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Stoops does not expect repeat rivalry altercation

first_imgUK's Jeff Badet throws up the Louisville "L" before kickoff Saturday.UK’s Jeff Badet throws up the Louisville “L” before kickoff Saturday.LEXINGTON, Ky. – There were no shortage of emotions in Kentucky football’s 2014 matchup with Louisville, but if UK head coach Mark Stoops has his way there will be no repeat of those histrionics this season.“I definitely don’t think there’s any part in that,” Stoops said Monday. “We don’t need to do that, we need to worry about playing football.”Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino echoed Stoops’ sentiments in his Monday news conference.“None of us want to see that,” Petrino said. “That’s not how it should be in football. It’s always hard for me to understand, when there’s a big game on the line, someone going out and getting a 15-yard penalty. But I was proud of some of our guys in pregame. There were some guys who were surrounded and kept their poise, got hit the face mask and didn’t do anything back. So I was proud of the poise we had.”Stoops knows both teams will bring plenty of emotion to the rivalry matchup, but he does not think that emotion can carry a team to victory.“That goes away very quickly,” Stoops said. “It’s the team that’s most prepared. It’s about execution. Our team will be motivated to play, and so will there’s. I think it’s about controlling those emotions and executing at a higher level.”Email Jon Hale at . Follow him on Twitter @JonHale_CJ . 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Several UK players helped spark the altercation by throwing Louisville’s trademark “L” hand signal at Cardinals’ players.Five flags were thrown for unsportsmanlike conduct in the game, including one against Kentucky offensive lineman Jervontius “Buncy” Stallings, who was redshirting during the 2014 season, for his role in a post-touchdown celebration.“Any rivalry game, there’s going to be more emotions involved, and we have to be able to handle that,” Stoops said. “If you go to last year, some of the emotions really hurt us. When we score a touchdown and we have some guys that maybe aren’t normally on the sidelines run out on the field and get a 15-yard penalty. That kind of stuff we can’t have. Every yard is going to be important.”UK hopes to ‘write a different ending’ against U of LAfter Kentucky’s 58-10 win over Charlotte, senior defensive tackle C.J. Johnson did not mince words when describing the Louisville rivalry, noting he doesn’t “like them.”With that kind of emotion from players, Stoops’ plans for a calm atmosphere may still meet resistance.“A lot of players from Kentucky hate them, hate them a lot,” Johnson said.Kentucky can ill afford any negative consequences from an overflow of emotion with a bowl berth hanging on the line for the second consecutive season against Louisville.The Wildcats failed to record the sixth win needed for bowl eligibility against the Cardinals in 2014 but hope for a different outcome this season.“We’re gonna have a lot of focus,” sophomore running back Stanley “Boom” Williams said after the Charlotte win. “Same situation as last year and we don’t want to have that same feeling as last year.”Kentucky still relies heavily on underclassmen on both sides of the ball, but Stoops hopes an additional year of experience will help some of those players avoid the mistakes of 2014.“I know we’ve grown, and we’ll talk about those things, but it’s more important for us to be prepared today, to start the week off with a great preparation today through the rest of the week,” Stoops said. “It’s about our preparation and how we play and the details of the game.”Sign up to get more like this free in your inboxlast_img read more

Fun photo from yesteryear

first_imgThis photo from circa 1976 came my way yesterday, and I thought it might be fun to share.The best I can tell is this is from the wedding day of Chuck Taylor and Jackie Brogan at Glade Springs Baptist Church.In the photo are L-R:  Bill Powers, John Troutman, Chuck and Dan Freeman.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/07/2018-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img

“I hope so” – Agent discusses future transfer away from Everton,…

first_imgWhen Nikola Vlasic left Everton on loan to go to CSKA Moscow, he went there to prove a point, and proving a point he is. Going through three managers in the space of a year, the attacking midfielder started under Ronald Koeman, sat on the bench under Sam Allardyce and was told minutes would be tough to find by Marco Silva.Now in Russia for the season, the Croatian midfielder has already caught everyone’s eye, helped by the fact he scored the only goal against Real Madrid in CSKA’s 1-0 win over Julen Lopetegui’s side.In fact, according to his agent, Vlasic is now really making a name for himself thanks to the move.Speaking to FCInterNews, he said: “For my client, when the managers changed at Everton, it was harder to find a spot, and when he played, it wasn’t in his favoured position. In Russia, people are already saying he’s the best in the league.“To behave like that after not playing for six months, you need to have your head firmly screwed on. Physically, thanks to his dad, he was immediately ready. In that regard, he’s a bit like Hulk, the Brazilian. And Nikola is a champion in his head, as well as in his body.”Embed from Getty ImagesTonci Martic was talking to the Italian website because, prior to his move to Goodison Park, Vlasic was one of the players Inter were looking at when scouting the Croatian league, which has produced some great players over the years.The agent also hinted a move could be on the horizon for his client, when asked if he thought Inter were still scouting him.He added: “I hope so. It would be nice to see him in Milan one day. We’re talking about one of the best players in the Croatia U21 team, and the future of the national side.“For Inter and other clubs, it’s an interesting profile. He’s a player who saw off the game against Real Madrid without a problem, showing his qualities despite being young. He’s 21. If that continues, it’s normal that Inter and other prestigious clubs will see him.”We’re looking forward to next summer already…by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoCNBC InternationalSingapore’s Freelancers Find New Income During the Coronavirus Pandemic.CNBC InternationalUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題Undolast_img read more

Porziņģis is in the top five of the NBA ‘bubble’ second…

first_imgLatvian basketball player Kristaps Porziņģis has earned a place in the second team of the National Basketball Association (NBA) with his performance in the Orlando “bubble”, the NBA reports on Saturday. Content will continue after the ad Advertising In the NBA Orlando bubble, the players earned a place with their performance from July 30 to August 14, when each team played eight matches to determine the final distribution of seats in the regular season.Portland’s “Trail Blazers” basketball player Damian Lilard was named the most valuable player in the sowing games, and his club still has to beat the Memphis “Grizzlies” to reach the “play-off”.Lilards averaged 37.6 points per game in that short period.Also, in the NBA, one of the biggest supporters of “KIA” called the “first” and second team of the “bubble”.The top five included Devin Bucker (Phoenix’s Dog), Luke Donchic (Dallas Mavericks), James Harden (Houston’s Rockets), Anthony Warren Junior (Indians “Pacers”) and Lilard.Meanwhile, Porziņģis, Jannis Adetokunbo (Milwaukee “Bucks”), Kavai Lenards (Los Angeles “Clippers”), Keris Leverts (Brooklyn “Nets”) and Michael Porters Jr. (Denver “Nuggets” took the top five.Significantly, the Mavericks basketball players were the only ones to take two places among the top ten players in the league. The best coach in this period was “Dog” co-driver Montijs Williams, whose team finished the end of the season with a perfect balance – 8-0 -, but that was not enough to get into the “play-off”.The league’s top five were chosen by journalists and television workers who have been in Orlando since day one.The Dallas team will start the playoffs on Monday when they play their first game against the second strongest team in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Clippers, who won last year’s champion and most valuable player (MVP) award holder Lenard before this season.For Porziņģis and his talented teammate Dončič, this will be his debut in the playoffs.Brooklyn’s Nets and Rodion Kuruc will also play the first duel on Monday. The first round of the Nets playoffs will have to meet with the Toronto Raptors.Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies are still fighting for a place in the playoffs. The Portland team will have one win to reach the play-off, while the Grizzlies have to win both matches. The winner of this pair will meet with the Los Angeles Lakers.last_img read more

Powerful North Muskegon girls soccer team handles Oakridge in league play, 8-0

first_img Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Shares Report a problem This item is… Share Other By Dave TomczakLocalSportsJournal.comMUSKEGON – North Muskegon’s girls soccer team had an impressive first half Tuesday.And after a few halftime adjustments, they were even more impressive finishing off the game.North Muskegon’s Audrey Wilson looks up to find an open teammate near the Oakridge goal. Photo/Jason GoormanThe powerful Norse scored three times on nine shots in the first half against host Oakridge, then rolled on to an 8-0 West Michigan Conference win.North Muskegon improved to 6-1 on the season and 4-0 in the conference.After a scoreless 14 minutes to start the contest, the Norse struck first when Sophie Mueller picked up a loose ball and fired it into the lower left corner for a 1-0 lead.Eight minutes later, Audrey Wilson broke through the Eagles’ defense and found Emily Judd alone in front of the net, and she scored to give North Muskegon a 2-0 lead.Wilson got her own goal at the 5:51 mark, giving North Muskegon a 3-0 edge at halftime.“Playing (at Oakridge), playing on this turf, it fits our style,” Norse coach Ryan Berends said. “It was tough in the first half due to the wind, but we settled down in the second half.”Sophie Mueller moves in the for the North Muskegon attack. in front of No. 14 Leah Lowry. Photo/Jason GoormanThe Norse scored five times on eight shots in the second half, and the game ended with 8:31 left due to the mercy rule.Grace Berends scored at the 32:43 mark for a 4-0 lead, and Sophia Schotts made it 5-0 seven minutes later.Gwenna Pitts increased the lead to 6-0 with 17:12 remaining, Wilson scored her second goal 1:04 later for a 7-0 lead, and Ayla Pitts ended the game with the final goal.“We made, at halftime, some adjustments,” Berends said. “Just to make our passes shorter, just be patient, draw them out and then go attack. That was a good adjustment.”The Norse outshot Oakridge 17-2. Wilson finished with two assists and Berends and Judd had assists.Goalkeeper Syann Fairfield had two saves for the Norse while Kristen Buchner had nine saves for the Eagles. Share FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… × DEAL OF THE DAY Sophia Schotts dribbles the ball up the sideline for North Muskegon. 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India ‘taking no prisoners’ against Australia, says Shastri

first_imgSYDNEY, (Reuters) – India’s head coach Ravi Shastri says his side will take no prisoners in their upcoming test series against Australia, who are still formidable opponents despite results going against them in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal. The scandal, which occurred during the third test against South Africa in Cape Town in March, resulted in year-long bans to former Australia captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner, with batsman Cameron Bancroft suspended for nine months.Australia have struggled to recover from the crisis, losing a test series to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and being whitewashed 5-0 by England in a one-day international series in June.They also lost 2-1 to South Africa at home in an ODI series earlier this month. Shastri, however, believes Australia will still be strong in the four-match series that starts next month and being deprived of key players will not weaken them significantly on home soil.“I always believe no team is weak at home,” Shastri, whose side have never won a test series in Australia, told reporters in Brisbane yesterday.“We might have three or four players not playing when a team comes to India, but God forbid if anyone says it is a weak Indian team because you will be surprised.” Shastri said his side would be “taking no prisoners” in their approach to the series.“We want to go out and put our best foot forward and focus on our game rather than what’s happening outside,” he added.India will play a three-match Twenty20 series before the first test starts at Adelaide Oval on Dec. 6. The Australia series will be the last chance in 2018 for Virat Kohli’s men to match their formidable home form with success abroad and show the world why they are the world’s top-ranked test side.India, who last lost a test series at home in late 2012 against England, started the year with a 2-1 loss in South Africa but then thrashed debutants Afghanistan at home in a one-off test.They then lost a five-match series 4-1 in England before thrashing West Indies 2-0 at home. Kohli scored four hundreds during the team’s last trip ‘Down Under’ and Shastri backed the batting ace to come good again.“He loves coming to Australia, he’s passionate about his game and the pitches here suit his style of play,” former India all-rounder Shastri said. “Once you have done well in this part of the world you always want to come out and play well again.“It’s a great place to play cricket, they play it hard, the sporting public really appreciate good, tough cricket. It doesn’t matter which side wins as long as there’s competition.”last_img read more

French Cup Review: Strasbourg Beat Lowly Grenoble To Secure Last Quarterfinal Spot

first_imgLigue 1 side Racing Strasbourg took the final quarter-final spot following the 3-0 win at lowly third-tier outfit Grenoble Foot 38 in what was a French Cup last 16 clash played on Thursday night.Star striker Stephane Bahoken gave the visitors a first half lead before further goals from Martin Terrier and Florian Sotoka (og) made the win a more comprehensive one.Strasbourg have now joined other last eight recipients like champions PSG, Lyon, Marseille, Caen, Lens, Chambly and Les Herbiers to fight for a semi-final spot.Relatedlast_img

Bayern Munich’s sexy Wags include a nutritionist, a dressage rider and a hotel owner… and they all love Oktoberfest

Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels Funny Moments Of Football Animals are so funny that you can die of laughter Best caption wins🏆 Credit @4×4 People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 BAYERN MUNICH boast some of the finest players in the game.From Robert Lewandowski to Thomas Muller and Thiago Alcantara, they’re a threat all over the pitch.Bayern Munich stars like Robert Lewandowski have stunning WagsCredit: Getty – ContributorMeet Wags like Anna LewandowskaNow they’re headed to Stamford Bridge, where they’ll take on Chelsea in the Champions League tonight.And they may bring their Wags to London with them too.The Bundesliga champions’ stars are armed with a group of stunning partners cheering them on, including a gorgeous nutritionist, stunning hotel owner and a dressage rider.And did we mention they’re happy to accompany their other halves to Oktoberfest every year?ANNA LEWANDOWSKAThe Bavarians top hotshot Lewandowski has been married to Polish nutritionist Anna, 31, since 2013.Just like her husband, she’s excelled in sport – winning a remarkable 29 medals competing in karate.In recent years, Anna turned her attentions to health and nutrition, has her own blog called Healthy Plan by Ann, as well as a food line – Foods by Ann.She has also helped Robert achieve peak fitness, modifying his diet, which improved his performances on the pitch.Anna Lewandowska is a health and nutrition expertThe wife of Robert Lewandowska has her own health blogAnna was a former karate champion in PolandIn recent years, Anna also launched her own food lineAnna Lewandowska has been credited with getting her husband into peak conditionJULIA VIGASSpanish playmaker Thiago’s missus is from Barcelona.Julia, 29, married the midfielder in 2015, and the pair have lived in Munich since he swapped La Liga for the Bundesliga in 2013.But Julia has reportedly wanted to move back to Spain, having business interests in the Costa Brava.She is part-owner of the three-star hotel The Terramar in the popular resort town Llafranc.Julia Vigas is the wife of Spanish playmaker Thiago AlcantaraCredit: EPAVigas is originally from BarcelonaVigas owns a hotel in the Costa BravaReports have suggested Vigas is hankering for a move back to SpainVigas and Alcantara share a dog togetherLINA MEYERJoshua Kimmich met his girlfriend in 2013 when he was playing for RB Leipzig.Meyer, 25, worked behind the checkout of the club’s store, while she was studying law at university.When Kimmich moved to Bayern in 2015, they managed to maintain a long-distance romance for two years until Lina moved to Munich when she had finished her studies.In 2018, they rode BMX bikes to Bayern’s title celebrations – proving they’re not just a glamour couple, but hipsters too.Lina Meyer is the girlfriend of Joshua KimmichMeyer met Kimmich when he was playing for RB Leipzig in 2013Meyer studied law at university In 2017 Meyer moved to Munich to be with KimmichJOSIPA PERISICAlthough Ivan Perisic is a major doubt for today’s first leg, we couldn’t forget about his beautiful wife.Josipa was a good luck charm for the forward at the 2018 World Cup, where his country Croatia reached the final.The brunette beauty was ever-present in the stands, wearing a Croatia jersey and cheering her man on.The pair were childhood sweethearts, and married in 2012.Josipa Perisic is the missus of Ivan PerisicJosipa is Ivan Perisic’s biggest supporterPerisic has amassed 34,000 followers on InstagramJosipa and Ivan Perisic were childhood sweethearts who married in 2012JANA WELLENHOFERThe heir to Manuel Neuer’s throne, Christian Fruchtl will have to make do with a place on the sub’s bench tonight.But his girlfriend is anything but second best.20-year-old Jana is a film and media student, with an eye for fashion.The trendy Wag regularly shares pictures of her and Fruchtl on holiday in a glamorous setting. She’s already primed for life as a footballers’ wife.Jana Wellenhofer is the Wag of the heir to Manuel Neuer’s throneSexy Wellenhofer dates Christian FruchtlWellenhofer is a film and media studentWellenhofer is already primed for the life of a WagLISA MULLERThe wife of Thomas, Lisa, 30, has made her own career in sport.With a love of horses, equestrianism was something she was always going to purse, and she’s a dressage rider.Lisa has competed in various tournaments, and is often supported by the German forward at these events.The pair own horses together too, including one called Dave. True story.Lisa Muller is the Wag of Bayern legend Thomas MullerMuller is a dressage riderMuller regularly competes at major equestrian eventsALINE BRUMWith Javi Martinez returning to Bayern Munich training, there’s every chance he will make their squad for the crunch tie with Chelsea.And that will be a delight for his biggest supporter – 30-year-old Aline – a Brazilian stunner, who likes to keep her private life away from prying eyes.The pair met in 2014, and have been inseparable ever since.They welcomed a son in 2016 – a boy called Luca.Aline Brum is the missus of Javi MartinezBrum is BrazilianBrum met Martinez in 2014Brum will be hoping Martinez gets some playing time after returning from injuryChelsea vs Bayern Munich FREE – Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for Champions League clash Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Source: Soccer – read more

Wild West Shootout family vacation ends with IMCA Modified tour title for Campos

first_imgHe started fast but not fast enough at Siskiyou Motor Speedway, Southern Oregon Speedway and Coos Bay Speedway, then started to right the ship with a third place outing at Cottage Grove Speedway.  “We found some stuff that was off,” Campos explained. “Then we started picking up the top three’s.”  Neighbor turned crew chief Don Wolff had been a long-time fan at Willamette and was pleasantly surprised to learn of Campos’ hobby when he moved in down the street. Part of the Break the Chain racing team, which advocates for victims of violence and abuse and raises awareness about social issues like sex trafficking and suicide, Campos has already sold his car and will race part-time before returning with new goals in 2020. HIS SPONSORS: Northwest Family Chiropractic and Salon Wisp, both of Salem; Esterlee Motel of Lincoln City; Young Brothers Construction of Burns; Roger That BBQ of West Salem; Finishline Graphics of Scapoose; and US Inspection Services of California. Consistency made John Campos champion of the Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout tour. (Photo by Ray Hull) A former open late model driver, Campos started racing a Modified in 2013 and with IMCA in 2015. He won four features in 29 starts overall this season, taking the checkers twice at Willamette Speedway and two more times at Sunset Speedway Park. KEIZER, Ore. – John Campos made a family vacation out of the eight-race Wild West Shootout. “We had a good season and will race part-time next year while we do family things,” he said. “We’ll come back in 2020 and travel more and venture out.”  “I had followed the tour twice before. I stayed consistent and came out on top this year,” Campos said. “I get excited to run this tour. I look at it as a vacation. We took the family along (daughter Bristol celebrated her birthday on tour the first two years) in a motor home.”  HIS CREW: Don Wolff. Wins-0                    Top Five Finishes-5           Starts-8 Campos, from Keizer, Ore., ran eighth on opening night and then sixth in each of the next two shows in the California and Oregon-based tour. He then reeled off five straight top four finishes, sealing the title with back-to-back third place finishes at Willamette Speedway. His consistency made him champion of the eighth annual tour for IMCA Modifieds.last_img read more

Jazz looking at a variety of scenarios with the No. 5 pick in the NBA draft

first_imgWe’ve got a great asset at No. 5 and we hope to capitalize in a big way. – Jazz general manager Dennis LindseySALT LAKE CITY — The big day that many Jazz fans and Jazz officials have been dreaming about for the past year or so finally arrives Thursday when the NBA draft is held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.On Thursday evening sometime around 6 p.m. MDT, the Jazz will reveal who they are taking with the No. 5 pick that they were allotted a month ago when the NBA draft lottery was held.The Jazz could get one of a half dozen players, although three in particular, Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, Arizona’s Aaron Gordon and Kentucky’s Julius Randle, seem most likely at this point.But who knows what will happen over the next few days.Thursday’s news of Joel Embiid’s foot injury threw a wrench into the draft works, which seemed pretty well set, at least among the top three picks. Is Embiid’s injury serious enough that Cleveland will not touch him and thus opt for safer picks Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins? Will Embiid fall far enough that the Jazz would snatch him up with their No. 5 pick?The Jazz and their fans would love to get Parker, although the chances of moving up far enough to get him are remote at best.Trying to get information from general manager Dennis Lindsey or vice president of basketball operations Walt Perrin about which way they are leaning for their No. 5 pick is next to impossible. Lindsey follows in the tradition of former GMs Kevin O’Connor and Scott Layden, who never tipped their hand prior to the draft. As Lindsey admitted, recently, “We keep it pretty close to the vest.’’The Jazz are not saying much more than they’ll take the best player available at No. 5. With young players at every position, they can afford to do that with no glaring need at any position.“We’ve got a great asset at No. 5 and we hope to capitalize in a big way,’’ said Lindsey. “There are some athletes and guys who can rebound the ball at No. 5.’’There is the possibility that the Jazz can decide to trade down in the first round, which shouldn’t be too hard with all the interest in the top half dozen players, or trade up, which is unlikely since the teams ahead of them aren’t about to give up a player that could possibly be a franchise player.“I’m supposedly in charge of the draft and I’m trying to figure out who No. 5 is,’’ said Perrin. “Now if Dennis wants to move up, I’m all for that. If he want to keep the fifth, I’m fine with that. If he wants to move back, I’m fine with that. I’m concentrating on 5, 23 and 35.’’Here are a few possible scenarios that might come up on draft night for the Jazz.Dream scenarioDespite his injured foot, Embiid ends up in the top three, along with Wiggins and Australian guard Dante Exum. Orlando, which apparently has its heart set on a point guard, opts for Marcus Smart, leaving Parker for the Jazz. Like ESPN’s Chad Ford said earlier this week, no fan base has been as excited for a player as Utah is for Parker, since Cleveland was the year it got LeBron James. But it’s only a dream.Embiid scenarioBecause of his broken foot, the top four teams are scared of drafting Embiid and he’s still available at No. 5. Do the Jazz grab him? Or do they still have bad memories of 2002 first-round pick Curtis Borchardt, who had a similar injury to Embiid’s and hardly played for the Jazz in two seasons.Defensive scenarioWith Embiid, Parker, Wiggins and Exum gone, the Jazz opt to go for the youngest player in the draft, Arizona’s Gordon, because he is touted as the best defensive player among Vonleh, Randle and himself. The Jazz keep talking about strengthening their defense and Gordon could fill the bill. As for his abysmal 42 percent free-throw shooting, Perrin points out that Karl Malone went from 48 percent as a rookie to a solid 75 percent career free-throw shooter.Surprise scenarioEmbiid, Parker, Wiggins and Exum are gone and the Jazz select … Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart. The Jazz haven’t seemed too keen on Smart and he wasn’t one of the 90 players they brought in over the past two months. Perrin acted frustrated last week in saying he talked to Smart’s agent “three or four times” about bringing Smart in without any luck. But he also said they’ve seen plenty of tape on Smart and talked to him and saw him at the combine and aren’t afraid to take him.Blockbuster scenarioLindsey somehow swings a deal with Cleveland to get the No. 1 pick by giving up Derrick Favors or Gordon Hayward along with the No. 5 pick. Then the question is, who will the Jazz select, Parker or Wiggins?Trade-up scenarioWhile it may be tough to move into the top three, the Jazz swing a deal to move up to Orlando’s No. 4 spot. They would probably have to give up a young prospect like Alec Burks or Enes Kanter or a future draft pick. The Jazz would certainly do this to get Parker if he were available, but may not just to get Exum. Why would the Magic do this? They are rumored to like Smart, so if they can get him at No. 5 and also pick up a good player it would make sense for them.Trade-down scenarioWith three power forwards as their most likely choices, the Jazz decide they’re happy with Favors, Kanter and Rudy Gobert, and trade down to get a shooter such as Creighton’s Doug McDermott or Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, who are expected to be available in the 9-12 range. By doing so, the Jazz would expect to get a solid veteran or a future first-rounder as part of such a trade.Likely scenarioWiggins, Parker, Embiid and Exum are taken in the top four in some particular order, leaving the Jazz to choose between Vonleh, Gordon and Randle. The Jazz select Vonleh, based on a better potential upside and his superior outside shooting.Besides the No. 5 pick, the Jazz have the No. 23 pick they acquired from Golden State as well as the No. 35 pick in the second round.Perrin said while the Jazz will take the best player with their second draft pick of the first round, he also said they are unlikely to take a player at the same position as their first pick. So if the Jazz end up taking a big forward, they won’t take another big forward with this pick.There is no consensus as to who the Jazz will take at No. 23. Among the players listed in the various mock drafts for the Jazz are UCLA guard Jordan Adams, Missouri guard Jordan Clarkson, North Carolina forward P.J. Hairston, Syracuse forward Jeremi Grant and Clint Capela, a 6-11 forward from Switzerland.Others who could be available at No. 23 include Final Four MVP Shabazz Napier of Connecticut, UCLA swingman Kyle Anderson, Washington guard C.J. Wilcox, Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early.The Jazz could also trade this pick because they might not want to be burdened with another guaranteed rookie contract after getting two first-rounders last year in Trey Burke and Gobert. Jazz add Embiid? Don’t even think about it Relatedcenter_img Mike Sorensen: Embiid or not Embiid, that is the questionlast_img read more