Ryan Lochte, Jonathan Bennett Test Their Friendship Knowledge

first_imgJust because they are BFFs does not mean they know everything about each other’s careers! Ryan Lochte and Jonathan Bennett took Us Weekly’s Friendship Quiz, and the results were all over the place.The duo started out strong with correct answers about the 36-year-old Olympian’s number of medals and an iconic fill-in-the-blank quote from the 39-year-old actor’s beloved film Mean Girls. However, things went awry when Bennett tried to list basic swim strokes and Lochte attempted to remember the name of his pal’s character from the 2004 movie.Ryan Lochte and Jonathan Bennett Put Their Friendship to the TestRyan Lochte and Jonathan Bennett – Advertisement – Watch the video above to see how Lochte and Bennett fared on their friendship test!Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! Bennett, meanwhile, explained their connection as “love at first sight” for him. “This chemistry happened immediately. And I remember he picked me to be his partner for the first challenge. … And that’s when it [was] born,” he said. “The hardest I’ve ever laughed in my life was with Ryan.”Reid, 29, is not jealous of their friendship, and neither is the All My Children alum’s partner, Jaymes Vaughan. As Lochte said, “Kayla is actually like, ‘I’m glad you’re talking to someone else but me.’”- Advertisement – Although the competitive swimmer could not recall the moniker (Aaron Samuels, by the way), he is a fan of the classic flick. “It’s a weird thing, and [Lochte’s wife] Kayla [Rae Reid] was texting me about it — like, ‘The only way Ryan Lochte can fall asleep at night is if we put Mean Girls on to, like, soothe him so he falls asleep so he hears you guys talking,’” Bennett quipped.The athlete even brought up the Mean Girls “burn book” when he incorrectly guessed what happens if a character in the movie does not follow the clique’s dress code. “Don’t you get banned into a book?” he asked. “Like, a shame book?” While the correct response was “You can’t sit with us,” Bennett agreed to “give him credit” for remembering the book, noting: “You were so close.”Ryan Lochte and Jonathan Bennett Put Their Friendship to the Test 1Ryan Lochte and Jonathan Bennett Broadimage/Shutterstock; Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/ShutterstockLochte and Bennett met while appearing on season 2 of Celebrity Big Brother in 2019. “As soon as he came in, I’m like, ‘Dude, like, this guy’s awesome.’ And I immediately was drawn to him,” the New York native told Us. “Then we had to be partners.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Skin’s Spin: Jeanie Buss exemplifies important paradigm shift

first_imgThe current state of Buss’ Lakers may seem somewhat idyllic, but her overall tumultuous tenure as the final decision-maker of one of the world’s most recognizable sports brands tells a more complex story about the collectively shifting paradigm of gender politics. Johnson implied that his close relationship with Buss could not withstand a relatively simple disagreement over who ought to be the team’s head coach, and he additionally implied that he was leaving because he could not have his way. Johnson later went on various talk shows and indicated that the primary reason for his resignation was his frustration with Pelinka, but that does not excuse the fact that his first instinct was to blame Buss. Women having power over men is no more or less of a problem than men having power over women. These dynamics are not harmful in and of themselves considering that hierarchical power systems are an intrinsic part of the human social experience, especially in the sports industry. Since she took the reins from her brother, the Lakers have been in a state of seemingly constant flux. Yet, as I write this column, they sit atop the Western Conference standings and have two of the best players in the NBA on their roster in Anthony Davis and LeBron James. The problems that may derive from the shifting dynamic will come if women are granted undeserved power due to their gender, as it will lead to a gender-based conflict where all those affected by this phenomenon are entitled to righteous resentment. That said, men have benefited from their gender status — at least in a social and financial sense ­— for all of human history, and a conflict of this nature would merely be a role-reversal of that which has persisted for far too long. Hopefully, the shifting gender politics paradigm will settle in a place that allows for greater meritocracy to exist so that those who want and deserve to have power are granted that power regardless of whether they have a Y chromosome or not. This idealistic, meritocratic society is something to strive toward, despite the fact that there will surely be many speed bumps along the way. Keeping this in mind, Jeanie Buss’ powerful position in the industry provides a unique opportunity to analyze the expanding role that women appear to have in sports — and in society in general — and the effects it may have on that larger gender politics paradigm. “I don’t want to put her in the middle of [the situation with Walton], even though she said, ‘Hey, you can do what you want to do,’” Johnson said. “I know she has great love for him and great love for me.” Jeanie Buss’ story is an example of how the existence of a powerful feminine figure operating in a traditionally masculine world can lead to messy confrontations, especially when that femininity is perceived as a threat to masculinity. But progress of this kind often comes at a cost. She is human and therefore imperfect, but as a USC alumna, the Trojan family should see her as a symbol of that progress and root for her to succeed, whether they’re Lakers fans or not. Women are increasingly taking and wielding power, and those who have grown accustomed to the traditionally masculine nature of corporate power are having to learn how to adapt to this new reality. It seems that those who are made uncomfortable by this shift prefer to take their ball and go home, as Magic Johnson did, but abdicating all responsibility is not an option for most people even if they are disgruntled. While this may seem problematic, that does not have to be the case. Buss acquired controlling ownership of the Lakers toward the end of the 2016-17 NBA season. Quickly thereafter, she hired former Lakers star Earvin “Magic” Johnson to serve as president of basketball operations and former high-powered sports agent Rob Pelinka to serve as the team’s general manager. Johnson’s official affiliation with the organization ended when he stepped down from his role in an impromptu pregame press conference in April. The sports industry has traditionally been seen as hypermasculine, and sports are still considered one of the most socially acceptable forms of “masculine” entertainment to this day. The most celebrated athletes are mostly men, as are the executives who operate the leagues and organizations. This is equally true of the journalists and pundits who cover the happenings of the world of sports. Jeanie Buss is a Trojan alumna and voting member of USC’s Board of Trustees. She also happens to be the controlling owner of the Los Angeles Lakers after the high profile ousting of her brother and former controlling owner of the organization, Jim Buss, in March 2017. In that press conference, Johnson indicated that a reason for his resignation involved a controversy with then-Lakers head coach Luke Walton, whom he wanted to fire. Buss, however, couldn’t bring herself to approve that decision. But this does not change the fact that his first instinct was to excuse himself from his responsibilities and obligations to the organization by throwing Jeanie Buss under the bus (pun intended). The incident is a microcosm of the gender politics paradigm shift that is confronting traditionally masculine facets of our world. To understand how Buss fits into this discussion, it would be valuable to have some background knowledge on what has happened to the Lakers since she took over. In Jeanie Buss’ case, yes, she inherited her portion of ownership of the Lakers through her late father, Jerry Buss, but she had to fight to earn her position as controlling owner from her brother, who was handed the keys because he was the first born male. Clearly, she has benefitted from her last name, not her gender. Due to the fact that Magic is a universally beloved sports icon, especially here in L.A., his controversial departure from the Lakers seems to have faded into nothingness as time has passed. Joe Skinner is a sophomore writing about USC alumni in sports. His column, “Skin’s Spin,” runs every other Tuesday.last_img read more

Kwesi Appiah not worried about ‘senseless’ bribery allegations against his team

first_imgGhana coach Kwesi Appiah insists his players have not been distracted by widespread allegations of bribery against his team.The Ghana FA issued a strongly-worded statement to rubbish claims that it attempted to induce Ghanaian-born Niger defender Kofi Dankwa before Monday’s final group B game.The story which was carried by the Ghana News Agency has been widely condemned by many of the Ghanaian journalists covering the tournament and angered many local fans back home.The story claimed captain Asamoah Gyan met Dankwa on the eve of the game and attempted to bribe him to throw the game in favour of the West African giants.The scandalous report is believed to have riled authorities who wasted no time in issuing out an official statement to dismiss the growing report.The Black Stars will tackle Cape Verde in the first quarter-final on Saturday and there are fears the reports could disturb their concentration ahead of the game at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium. But the Ghanaian trainer insists his players are well-focused on the game against the Blue Sharks and not worried about the ‘senseless’ allegations.“I heard about this negativity that you spoke off. For me there is no truth in it,” Appiah said“Everyone who watched the game will see that it doesn’t actually even make sense.“At the end of the day, the FA has issued an official statement on it. What I need to do is concentrate on the game ahead.“My boys are very focused on our game. As to what someone is suggesting or thinking, it up to that person. The Ghana News Agency reporter Veronica Commey and Nana Darkwa Gyasi of Accra-based Radio Gold who carried the report are reported to have been banned from the team’s camp in Port Elizabeth.last_img read more

Angels blow lead again, lose on another walk-off in Texas

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Justin Upton then hit a fly ball to Willie Calhoun in medium-depth left field. Stassi broke for home as Calhoun uncorked a throw well up the first base line. When catcher Jeff Mathis threw to first to try to nab Trout, the Rangers left the plate uncovered and Fletcher scored. A Kole Calhoun single then drove in Trout, making it 7-4.The Angels hitters took Patrick Sandoval off the hook after he struggled through his fourth big league outing. Sandoval was charged with four runs in 3-2/3 innings.Sandoval left his pitches over too much of the plate as the Rangers racked up eight hits against him, including a Willie Calhoun homer in the second.“He did alright,” Ausmus said. “They had a couple decent swings on him. He still always has a chance with the changeup, against right-handed hitters. The breaking ball is going to become more necessary as he goes through the lineup a second time or even a third time.” They blew a six-run lead in Monday’s 11-inning loss, thanks largely to nine walks. On Wednesday night, they had a 7-4 lead in the seventh when things began to go sideways.After relievers Miguel Del Pozo and Noé Ramírez had retired all eight batters they faced, Taylor Cole started the seventh by walking No. 9 hitter Jeff Mathis, despite an 0-and-2 start.“I should have at least thrown a fastball in there at the end,” Cole said, “but I’ve got one of the best changeups in the game. For him to spit on three in a row, I’ll tip my cap. I didn’t get hit hard. I am actually throwing the ball, in my opinion pretty well, so I’m not going to worry about it.”Mathis and Elvis Andrus came around to score against Luís García, making it 7-6.“I think the leadoff walk to Mathis is what hurt the most,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. PreviousTexas Rangers’ Hunter Pence is hugged by teammate Lance Lynn after driving in the winning run in the team’s 8-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 21: Patrick Sandoval #43 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 21: Miguel Del Pozo #58 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 21: Mike Minor #23 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 21: Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 21: Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels doubles against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Rangers’ Nick Solak is congratulated by Logan Forsythe after scoring a run in the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Texas Rangers’ Willie Calhoun watches his home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)The Rangers’ Rougned Odor, center, congratulates Willie Calhoun after he hit a home run during the second inning of Wednesday’s game against the Angels in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Los Angeles Angels Justin Upton, who had struck out, questions umpire Tom Hallion (20) during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019,in Arlington, Texas. Angels manager Brad Ausmus is at left. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Texas Rangers’ Delino DeShields heads back to second base after taking a wide turn on a single by Jeff Mathis, as Los Angeles Angels second baseman Luis Rengifo calls for the ball in the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 21: Noe Ramirez #24 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols signals for his hit to be called a home run, but after a review it was ruled a single, in the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 21: Noe Ramirez #24 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Rangers first baseman Danny Santana throws to home after trying to tag Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout at first base during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Los Angeles Angels ‘Mike Trout rounds third base as he heads home to score during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout is congratulated in the dugout after scoring a run against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Angels relief pitcher Taylor Cole throws against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Angels second baseman Luis Rengifo, left, and first baseman Albert Pujols chat during a break in play in Wednesday’s game against the Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Rangers’ Logan Forsythe is forced out at second base by Los Angeles Angels shortstop Wilfredo Tovar during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Angels Shohei Ohtani flies out to center field as a pinch-hitter during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Los Angeles Angels Brian Goodwin is forced out at second base by Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Los Angeles Angels catcher Anthony Bemboom scrambles after a wild pitch to Texas Rangers Hunter Pence, allowing Elvis Andrus to advance during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 8-7. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Texas Rangers’ Hunter Pence drops his bat after hitting a single to drive in the winning run against the Los Angeles Angels in the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 8-7. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)The Rangers’ Hunter Pence is greeted by teammates after his walk-off hit against the Angels on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Rangers’ Hunter Pence is mobbed by teammates after driving in the winning run against the Los Angeles Angels during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 8-7. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)Texas Rangers’ Hunter Pence is hugged by teammate Lance Lynn after driving in the winning run in the team’s 8-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca)ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 21: Patrick Sandoval #43 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 26ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 21: Patrick Sandoval #43 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 21, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ExpandARLINGTON, Texas — Once again, walks doomed the Angels to another walk-off loss.The Angels blew a three-run lead in their 8-7 loss to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night, with a pair of leadoff walks proving to be costly.The Rangers scored two in the seventh, one in the eighth and won it on Hunter Pence’s single in the bottom of the ninth. It was the 10th time the Rangers had a walk-off victory against the Angels in Arlington since 2012.It was the Angels’ third walk-off loss in a grueling four-game series, their final one at Globe Life Park. With a new ballpark with a retractable roof going up across the street, the Angels and Rangers played four games in three days, with temperatures in the upper 90s and a heat index over 100. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter García then began the eighth by walking Nick Solak, also after getting ahead 0-and-2. García gave up a single to Logan Forsythe and the Rangers tied with a Shin-Soo Choo two-out RBI single against Hansel Robles.In the ninth, Trevor Cahill gave up a leadoff single to Elvis Andrus. He went to second and third on two wild pitches. Pence then singled through the drawn-in infield, another loss to a bullpen that has struggled lately.“Probably just ebbs and flows,” Ausmus said. “You are not going to be great every single month. I would not attribute it to anything in particular other than just down month.”It spoiled a night in which the Angels hitters had overcome a pair of two-run deficits, before finally taking their first lead of the night with three runs in the sixth.Max Stassi, who came into the game with one hit in 31 at-bats with the Angels, lined a single with one out. David Fletcher followed with a double and Mike Trout was intentionally walked to load the bases.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more

Clippers hope vocabulary lessons help them improve their defense

first_img Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We always say: Knowledge is power,” he said. “And the quicker you have the knowledge, the more powerful and faster you become on defense.”BOOGIE CIRCLES CLIPPERS GAMEAll-Star DeMarcus Cousins reportedly plans to make his Golden State Warriors debut on Jan. 18 against the Clippers at Staples Center, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.ESPN had already determined last week that the network would change its previously announced schedule to broadcast the game, the third of this year’s series between the teams. The first two meetings have been thrillers, with the Clippers winning 121-116 in overtime at home and Steph Curry converting a layup with 0.5 seconds left to lift the Warriors to a 129-127 victory in Oakland.Cousins – who signed a one-year deal with the Warriors last summer as a free agent – has been out since suffering a left Achilles rupture on Jan. 26, 2018, when he was a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. In 48 games before his injury, he was averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists, plus 1.6 blocked shots and 1.6 steals.AND THE AWARD GOES TO …The Clippers received the inaugural NBA Team Innovation Award for Clippers CourtVision, the digital viewing experience that uses artificial intelligence and augmented reality to analyze the action on the court and then translate it into a series of animations and annotations on the screen. It’s available to Fox Sports Prime Ticket subscribers.CourtVision was envisioned by Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and uses technology from Second Spectrum to give fans a choice between watching a game on “Player Mode,” which features in-game stats, “Mascot Mode,” which is heavy on fun-filled features, or “Coach Mode,” which draws up plays on-screen as they develop.The NBA Team Sales & Marketing 2019 Awards were announced at the league’s annual sales and marketing meetings in Miami.Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory That discourse is especially important with a team whose longest-tenured member is Thornwell, whom the Clippers acquired on June 23, 2017.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Every team has its own language, he said, and so sometimes messages get lost in translation.“If you’ve been doing things a certain way for so long, you get used to it a certain way,” Thornwell said. “Guys, they have good intentions, (they’re) just calling the wrong call because it’s not the team’s call. It’s an issue we had to correct and it’s still something we continue to work on.“We try to do this thing where echo – if one player hears it, just say it because maybe the person beside you might not hear it. Talking is a part of defense and so you can’t play defense without talking. That’s one thing that we really emphasize every night.”It’s just a matter of some extra tutoring, Rivers said. LOS ANGELES — While they were studying film recently in an effort to identify ways to improve their transition defense, the Clippers realized they needed also to do some vocab cramming, too.“One of the things we found is that the guys were late a lot on stuff,” Coach Doc Rivers said. “And the big would say he called it out and the guard would say he didn’t hear it, then the big would say, ‘I said it,’ and the guard would say, ‘it was the wrong terminology.’ ”“It’s a pretty open team where everybody can voice themselves and give their opinion about things,” reserve guard Sindarius Thornwell said.They can talk about talking, in this case.last_img read more