LA Clippers’ Paul Pierce to consider retirement once again

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first_imgPORTLAND >> It’s a routine that Paul Pierce is getting used to. And, it’s a habit he’d love to break.At the end of the season, after getting eliminated from the playoffs, Pierce walks away from the team. He heads to the comforts of home and faces the most important decision of his career.“Is this it?”With his 18th season now over, Pierce is set to go through the steps once again, and he doesn’t know what he’s going to do. And, to be clear, this was a heartbreak.The corner of Pierce’s eyes were red and filling with tears as he talked about the Clippers’ Game 6 effort, one that came up a little short.“You saw it in everybody’s eyes – this group didn’t have no quit in them no matter what the circumstances are,” he said. “ … It didn’t take away from the guys’ effort. … I’m proud of everybody. It was great being able to play with a good group of guys like this.”Pierce, like everyone in the Clippers locker room, believed the Clippers had a chance to win. And, Pierce probably didn’t think he’d struggle as much as he did to make that happen.Pierce had career lows in virtually every category, and that, certainly, will be a factor in his decision.“There’s some evaluation that needs to be done,” Pierce said, “so I’m going to take my time and figure that out.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “Each and every year for the last couple years, I’ve thought long and hard about walking away from the game,” Pierce said after the Clippers were eliminated Friday. “The process is going to continue this summer, as I think long and hard, step closer to getting older in age. (It’s) seeing how my body feels, talk to my family. I just don’t want to make an emotional decision right now. I’ll just take some time off, sit down with my family and think long and hard.”Pierce has two years and $7 million left on his contract with the Clippers.If he made a decision today, he might be back because of the pain that comes along with losing.“Every year when you lose that game, when you say it’s time to go home and no more basketball for the year, and you’re not holding up that trophy, it’s a tough pill to swallow,” Pierce said. “If you’re any type of competitor, if you have any type of dream, you’re always thinking about winning that championship.“ … I don’t want to make an emotional decision. Every heartbreak makes you want to come back.”last_img read more


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first_imgST. LOUIS (AP) — Bradley rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half and earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2006, beating Northern Iowa 57-54 in the Missouri Valley Conference championship game. Elijah Childs scored 16 points for fifth-seeded Bradley. The Braves trailed 35-17 with 17 minutes left. They advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time overall — in their last appearance, as a 13th seed, they beat Kansas and Pittsburgh before losing to Memphis. MASON CITY — The NIACC women are headed back to the national tournament. The second-ranked Lady Trojans outlasted fourth-ranked Kirkwood 77-70 on Sunday to claim the Region XI championship and earn their ninth national tournament appearance, in a game you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. NIACC coach Todd Chichetto says the game lived up to the billing of being a hard-fought challenge for both squads.All-tournament team captain and conference player of the year Mandy Willems scored 16 points, Jada Buford had 15 while Autam Mendez added 14 to lead the Lady Trojans. Those three as well as Kelcie Hale made the Region XI all-tournament team.Chichetto says he’s proud of how his team, which is all freshmen except for one player, grew during the second half of the seasonChichetto was named the conference coach of the year. NIACC will play next week in the Division II national tournament starting on March 19th in Harrison Arkansas.== Listen back to Todd Chichetto’s full post-game interview LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Amir Harris scored the go-ahead layup with 10.8 seconds left and Thorir Thorbjarnarson blocked Jordan Bohanon’s 3-point try at the buzzer as Nebraska came back from a nine-point deficit in the last minute of regulation to beat Iowa 93-91 in overtime. The win might have served as an emotional sendoff for Cornhuskers’ coach Tim Miles, whose future at Nebraska is in serious doubt after his team’s free fall the second half of the season. Iowa lost its fourth straight. OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Alexa Middleton scored 24 points, Bridget Carleton and Ashley Joens had double-doubles and No. 19 Iowa State took control down the stretch to defeat No. 21 Texas 75-69 in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals. The second-seeded Cyclones, winners of five straight, will face No. 1 Baylor in their first championship game appearance since 2013. CEDAR RAPIDS – 7th-ranked NIACC dropped an 84-72 decision to Kirkwood in the Region XI men’s title game on Saturday afternoon, as you heard on KGLO.Regional tournament MVP Doug Wilson scored 27 points with six rebounds and two blocked shots to lead top-seeded Kirkwood, which advances to the national Division II national tournament in Danville, Ill. March 19-23.No. 2 Kirkwood (27-4) trailed 32-30 at the half and outscored the Trojans 54-40 in the second 20 minutes.NIACC (25-5) was led by freshman point guard Quentin Hardrict with 15 points. James Harris scored 13 points, Wendell Matthews scored 12 points and Trey Sampson scored 10 points. Sampson led the Trojans with 10 rebounds for his second career double/double.NIACC, which was playing in the regional title game for the first time since 1995, placed Hardrict and Sampson on the regional all-tournament team. The Trojans’ Mark Mohl was selected as the regional coach of the year. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Megan Gustafson scored 45 points Sunday to lead No. 10 Iowa past No. 8 Maryland 90-76 for its first Big Ten Tournament title since 2001. It’s the longest gap between conference crowns since the tourney became an annual event in 1995, and the Hawkeyes claimed the league’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid with a victory over the Big Ten’s regular-season champion. Kaila Charles scored a career-high 36 point for the Terrapins. Mason City native Makenzie Meyer played 37 minutes in Sunday’s game, scoring seven points and handing out five assists. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Taj Gibson scored a season-high 25 points, Jeff Teague added 20 points and 10 assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New York Knicks 103-92 despite playing without All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns. Rookie Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 18 points, while Tyus Jones added 13 and Dario Saric 11 for Minnesota, which has won six straight home games.last_img read more


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first_imgIn this Jan. 20, 1980, file photo, Los Angeles Rams running back Wendell Tyler (26) is thrown for 4-yard loss by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jack Lambert (58) as Steelers; L.C. Greenwood (68), Gary Dunn (67) and Joe Greene (75) during first quarter of Super Bowl XIV at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/File)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Four decades ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers put the finishing touches on the foundation of a dynasty.Already an emerging power in 1974, the Steelers selected wide receivers Lynn Swann and John Stallworth, linebacker Jack Lambert and center Mike Webster in the first five rounds of the 1974 draft.All four retired with a fistful of Super Bowl rings. All four have their busts in the Hall of Fame.“It is, by far, the greatest draft in NFL history,” current Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. “Our hats are off to Art Rooney Jr., Dick Haley and Bill Nunn. Coach Chuck Noll and his staff have to be applauded, and we will certainly be thinking about that group as we get into this draft.”No pressure or anything.The Steelers aren’t quite the budding dynasty they were 40 years ago, not after consecutive 8-8 seasons. Still, after a 6-2 finish and with nine selections in what Colbert called the deepest draft he’s seen in 30 years, there is cause for optimism.Pittsburgh is stuck in the middle of the first round at No. 15. Colbert doesn’t see that as a hindrance to getting the  impact player that can lift the Steelers back into contention after spending the last two Januarys watching the playoffs from home.“The player that is going to be available to us at 15 in years past, you may have had to been picking at seven or maybe eight to get the same quality of a player,” Colbert said. “There are easily 15 players available that we will be very happy with if we are able to pick them.”Five things to look for as the Steelers try to recapture a little bit of the magic the franchise found two generations ago:STAYING PUT: Colbert isn’t big on moving up in the draft, instead preferring to stick to the script and see what’s available when the Steelers are on the clock. Considering the depth of this draft, he has already ruled out Pittsburgh trying to get into the top 10. That doesn’t mean the Steelers won’t listen if the phone rings with a team offering an extra pick or two to move up to No. 15.“The more picks the merrier,” he said.Pittsburgh last traded its first-round pick in 2001, when it flipped positions with the New York Jets and ended up taking five-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Casey Hampton, adding two more draft picks in the process.WIDE OPEN: While the team signed free agent wide receivers Darrius Heyward-Bey and Lance Moore to offset the departures of Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders, the one thing they lack is a red zone target capable of using his size to get position.Enter Allen Robinson? The 6-foot-3 former Penn State star is projected as a second-round pick, and the Steelers have never hesitated to mine the Nittany Lions for talent.MONITORING THE CORNER: A changing of the guard is underway at cornerback. Veteran Ike Taylor signed a new — and deeply discounted — deal in the offseason after ceding his spot as the team’s top defensive back last fall to Cortez Allen. The Steelers need size and speed in the secondary after finishing outside the top 10 in yards allowed for the first time this millennium.Pittsburgh hasn’t taken a cornerback in the first round since Chad Scott in 1997. With Taylor in the final stages of his career and nickel back William Gay better suited for the slot, it might be time to find Taylor’s heir apparent, perhaps as high as the first round.HELP WANTED LINE: Free agency hit Pittsburgh’s defensive line the hardest. Ziggy Hood — a former first-round pick who never quite lived up to expectations — left. So did Al Woods, while longtime end Brett Keisel remains unsigned after his contract expired.While Colbert said the door isn’t closed on a possible return by Keisel, the Steelers need to get younger and more athletic along the line.“We’ve lost more than we have added,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “Hopefully, with this weekend and beyond, we will rectify that.”LENGTHY PROCESS: Consider the Steelers fans of the NFL’s decision to push the draft back from April to May.“We got an opportunity to probably lay more eyes on more guys throughout the process, and get out,” Tomlin said. “I know I probably got to more pro days this year than I have in the past. I think the additional time created more of an opportunity for that as well.”___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.orglast_img read more


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