Columbus native Johnny Clark is coaching the Lechugueros de Leon Basketball Club in the top pro basketball league in Mexico and his team got off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2006.
Columbus native Johnny Clark is coaching the Lechugueros de Leon Basketball Club in the top pro basketball league in Mexico and his team got off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2006. Last season the team finished 12-28 and was swept 0-3 in the first round of the playoffs as the eighth and last seed.
Clark’s team visited Gansos in Mexico City for the season opener and dressed only nine players because of injuries. It won 81-78 despite having five players foul out; it played the last 52 seconds with four players, reportedly the first team in league history to do that and win. The team also broke an all-time franchise record by shooting 25 of 28 from the free throw line, not surprising since Clark made his living around here as a shooting coach.
Rangers winger Rick Nash suffered his second concussion in eight months Tuesday night in San Jose and missed last night’s game with Anaheim. The former Blue Jackets captain will also miss at least Saturday’s game in St. Louis, as the team takes a conservative approach with him in light of their experience with him last season.
Nash played through symptoms for two games after his head had been slammed into the glass by Boston’s Milan Lucic on Feb. 12 and ultimately missed four games over a 10-day period.
Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan has been medically cleared to play and it’s up to coach Brady Hoke to decide if and when to play him. Hoke said this week that the junior captain “ potentially” could have played last week against Minnesota, but the coaches don’t want to rush him back.
Hoke joked Monday that he tends to be a worrier and gets that from his mother.
"It's more making sure structurally (that the knee holds up)," Hoke said. "And I know the doctors have cleared him, we've made that clear, but I think how that holds up -- he plays pretty fast. I'm probably more worried about it than anybody. . . Believe me, he's wanting to play, seems to feel OK. We still need to make sure he can do the things that he's capable of doing. It's still playing football.”
Fired Reds manager Dusty Baker isn’t letting the grass grow beneath his feet. The Washington Post reported that he has contacted Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo through his agent to let him know he is interested in the job. Baker said no interview has been scheduled.
“It’s early,” Baker told the paper. “A lot of stuff doesn’t really happen until the World Series is over. Right now, I’m in no hurry. I just let them know that I was interested.”
Baker, 64, said the Nationals interest him because the team has a chance to win big and soon.
“It’s a good team. It’s a very good team,” Baker said. “ I’m about winning. My son told me – he was crying the other day – he wanted to play for the Reds. Then he told me, ‘Dad, if you want to win, you want to go to the Nationals.’
“I don’t have a whole bunch of years left, but I’ve got some good ones left. I want to take a team to the top.”
After starting the first four games at left tackle for the struggling Steelers, former Ohio State player Mike Adams has been dropped to No. 3 on the depth chart behind Kelvin Beachum and Levi Brown.
Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he still believes that Adams, the team’s second-round draft pick in 2012, will come around, but he was blunt in his assessment of the situation in an interview with on KDKA-FM, 93.7 The Fan.
“There comes a time when if you’re not playing up to par, Coach [Mike Tomlin] has got to make a decision and I feel like he’s doing that with Mike,” Roethlisberger said. “And he’s saying, ‘You know what? Beach has done a great job of filling in at center, at guard at tackle.’ He’s going to give him a shot.
“If you’re Mike Adams you’ve got to take the approach of, ‘Wow, I’m now third on the depth chart. I need to probably pick it up a little bit. Maybe this is exactly what he needs to get to that next level. I know he can be that guy and I’ve got confidence that he can be.”
Adams’ struggles caused the team to trade for Brown, the fifth overall pick of the 2007 NFL draft. The Steelers had hoped Adams would at least duplicate the job that veteran Max Starks provided at the position the past two seasons.