Loading… According to The Athletic, Eddie Nketiah and Emile Smith Rowe are receiving the most admiring glances as Mikel Arteta looks to narrow down his squad.Nketiah, who left Leeds after just two league starts in five months, is said to be deciding between Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest for his next excursion.Brentford were also reportedly interested but have fallen out of the running after being unable to guarantee a regular starting spot for the 20-year-old striker.Meanwhile a number of clubs are making presentations to Arsenal about what they can offer attacking midfielder Smith Rowe.An underwhelming stint at RB Leipzig at the back end of last season is thought to make a loan to an English club this time around more likely.Huddersfield are the side most prominently linked with the 19-year-old so far.Game time is a priority for the club’s promising youngsters with Smith Rowe only managing six appearances this campaign.Otherwise, an additional ten players are reportedly listed to leave on loan or permanent deals this month.One first-team departure could be Shkodran Mustafi – the German recentlychanging agents in an apparent bid to find a new team. The January window action is set to escalate after a stand-offish opening from English clubs with two Gunners youngsters among those lined up for loan moves. Arsenal may have started the month quiet on the transfer front but reports suggest as many as twelve players could leave.Advertisement Read Also: Man Utd, Tottenham battle Arsenal for Barca defenderThat is in spite of three key defenders currently being unavailable due to injury – Kieran Tierney, Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin.Dani Ceballos, Rob Holding and Gabriel Martinelli are also battling fitness issues.But Granit Xhaka is set to stay put after Arteta helped the midfielder reconcile with fans after an infamous bust-up saw him lose the club captaincy.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Rarest And Most Valuable Card In The Whole World
INDIANAPOLIS – The jobless rate in Indiana remained steady in August dropping to 5.8 percent, according to a newly released report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.The unemployment rate in July was one-tenth of a percentage point higher at 5.9 percent.Despite the decrease in unemployment, Indiana’s private sector shed 2,600 jobs in August, led primarily by the Private, Educational & Health Services sector, which declined by 4,100 over the month.Losses were somewhat offset by a growth of 900 jobs in the Manufacturing sector, which has added more than 20,000 jobs over the past year.“Indiana’s unemployment rate has decreased 1.7 percent over the past year, while the labor force has expanded by more than 51,000 workers, which is quite remarkable,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.“During the same period, the Hoosier State has also added more than 56,000 private sector jobs. Together, these figures stand in stark contrast to our Midwestern neighbors.”Indiana remains the leading state in the nation in manufacturing job growth over the past year and is ranked second overall in the most manufacturing jobs since 2009.
The Palm Beach County School District released new details on Thursday as to how the 2020-21 academic school year may look, one day after school board members reached a consensus to begin the year with online-only classes.A spokesperson for the district sats that, unlike last March when teachers had just a few days to prepare and switch to distance learning, the district has had all summer to prepare for the possibility of virtual teaching with the new school year.In addition, Justin Katz, the president of the Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association, says the district will give teachers professional development training over the next few weeks, in an effort to help them be better equipped for online teaching.“There’s going to be a very rigid set of rules and working conditions that teachers will have to adhere to or face reprimand because that’s what we need to do to perform uniform high quality education,” Katz explains.In addition, a spokesperson says the school district plans to distribute 82,000 more laptops to students and make WiFi more readily available throughout the district.At Wednesday’s school board meeting, board members decided to start the 2020-21 academic year, which is scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 10, with online-only classes.A final vote will take place this Wednesday, July 15.WATCH LIVE: Press conference with U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia in Jacksonvillehttps://t.co/iPQ1J4aefk— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) July 9, 2020 Claiming that students statewide have suffered an “education gap” from online distance learning, the governor asked school districts to consider opening campuses right away for the 2020-21 academic year.“I want our kids to be able to minimize this education gap that I think has developed,” DeSantis explained. “In spite of good efforts with the online, it’s just not the same. So I worry about that gap.”The governor went on to say that he is concerned about the social impact that distance learning has on children.“There’s something to be said for being in school, seeing people you know, growing up like a normal kid,” according to the governor.He added that he would not hesitate to put his three children, who are not yet old enough to attendAccording to Gov. DeSantis, exceptions should be made for students who have significant health issues, and that choice is up to parents.“Different parents have different calculations. If a parent wants to opt for virtual education, they should absolutely be able to do that. We shouldn’t be forcing them to do any kind of decisions,” DeSantis said.There are 232,718 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4,009 deaths in Florida as of Thursday.Palm Beach County has 18,656 cases and 578 deaths. Board members also suggested the possibly of having teachers go into their classrooms several days a week to use their SMART Board and materials to teach children at home.A vote on that suggestion is also set for Wednesday.Following the final decisions, the school board will submit their plan to the Florida Department of Education for final approval.Last week, the Florida’s Department of Education issued an order requiring public school districts to open campuses five days a week.However, Palm Beach County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donald Fennoy said the district has some flexibility with that order, as the district takes recommendations and advice from health leaders.On Wednesday, President Trump said he wants schools to reopen nationwide in the fall, and threatened to cut federal funding if they fail to reopen.Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that children should be learning in classrooms.“Educating our kids is absolutely essential,” DeSantis said during a news conference at the Jacksonville Port Authority. “I have no doubt we can do this safely.”WATCH GOVERNOR ON SCHOOLS:
GROS ISLET, St Lucia, (CMC) – Jamaica Scorpions flopped while veteran left-hander Devon Smith took aim at another record to put Windward Islands Volcanoes in a strong position, heading into Saturday’s day three of their day/night seventh round match.Replying to the hosts’ 226 for nine declared on Thursday’s opening day, Scorpions failed to mount a serious batting effort and crumbled to 112 for nine before declaring their innings on the second day here Friday.Left-handed opener John Campbell, unbeaten on 29 overnight, failed to add but was the top-scorer as Scorpions lost wickets steadily after resuming the day on 33 without loss.Dervan Green got 25 batting at number eight but other than for wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas (20), no other batsman passed 20.Scorpions were undermined by the seam duo of Kyle Mayers (4-32) and Sherman Lewis (4-36) who grabbed four wickets apiece.Armed with a lead of 114 runs, Volcanoes were put in the driver’s seat by the 36-year-old Smith who was unbeaten on 75 as they reached 142 for three at the close – an overall lead of 256 runs.Smith is eyeing his second century of the match and fifth of the season, following his unbeaten 107 in the first innings.He has so far faced 137 balls and struck six fours and posted 48 for the third wicket with Kirk Edwards (17) and a further 31 in an unbroken fourth wicket stand with Roland Cato (16 not out).If Smith completes the feat of scoring a century in both innings, he will become the first batsman to achieve the milestone twice in the modern era (1966 onwards) of the Windies first-class championship.He now has 794 runs for the season.VOLCANOES 1st Innings 226-9 decl.Scorpions 1st Innings(overnight 33 without loss)J Campbell lbw b Lewis 29T Griffith c Dember b Lewis 3O Williams c Smith b Mayers 5B King lbw b Lewis 13*P Palmer c wkp Dennis Smith b Mayers 8F Allen b Johnson 0+A Thomas lbw b Mayers 16D Green lbw b Mayers 25D Jacobs c Devon Smith b Lewis 2O Smith not out 0Extras (b6, lb3, w2) 11TOTAL (9 wkts, 35.3 Overs) 112Did not bat: C Lamont.Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-34, 3-50, 4-54, 5-57, 6-75, 7-90, 8-108, 9-112.Bowling: Johnson 10-3-31-1, Lewis 12.3-1-36-4, Mayers 12-4-32-4, Dember 1-0-4-0.VOLCANOES 2nd InningsDevon Smith not out 75*T Theophile not out 0M Bascombe lbw b Campbell 18D Hector c Jacobs b Green 4K Edwards lbw b Jacobs 17R Cato not out 16Extras (b1, lb5, w2, nb4) 12TOTAL (3 wkts, 50 overs) 142Fall of wickets: 1-55, 2-63, 3-111.Bowling: Green 9-0-26-1, Lamont 14-1-39-0, Smith 5-1-22-0, Jacobs 12-3-19-1, Campbell 10-0-30-1.Position: Volcanoes lead by 256 runs with seven second innings wickets intact.
It was time.Football broadcaster and former coach John Madden announced his retirement yesterday at age 73. It probably makes sense, seeing as his man-crush, Brett Favre, also finally called it quits in 2009.There will be things I will miss about you, John. Your steadfast love for the game of football, for one. That energetic and colorful commentary will also be missed. And I know there are no other broadcasters who will tell me, “If your arm gets hit, the ball is not going where you want it to.” Football season won’t be the same without someone around to constantly overstate the obvious.I know there was a love-him-or-hate-him kind of relationship between Madden and his viewers. I myself fall into the former category. There was just something about my jaw dropping when he said, “Here’s a guy who when he runs, he moves faster.” That was amusing. You know, in that “I can’t believe he actually thought that was insightful” kind of way.Of course, that’s also why people grew tired of him; you can only state the obvious so many times before guys hit the mute button. I myself can recall a few times where I decided I’d rather listen to the dishwasher run than Madden’s commentary. But inevitably, I would turn him back on. I just didn’t have the heart to do that to you, John. The truth is, you do know what you’re talking about.I mean, here’s a guy who when his team scored more points than the other team, usually won football games. Say what you will about his broadcasting, but a 112-39-7 NFL coaching record is nothing to scoff at. Neither is a Super Bowl ring. People forget that at one time, the man knew what he was doing.Alas, that time has passed. Still, Madden won 16 Emmy awards for sports broadcasting. But I got the sense some people hoped he would finally quit. We all know Al Michaels has secretly been crossing the days off on calendars for a few years now. As incoherent as Madden’s ramblings sometimes were, the looks of pure confusion on Michaels’ face were priceless. But deep down Michaels knows he spitefully enjoyed being teamed with the man.And what’s there not to enjoy about him? Plenty of people owe a lot to Madden. Leonard Reiffel might top the list. For those of you who haven’t heard the name, he’s the guy who invented the telestrator. The thing might never have become popular if not for Madden’s unintelligible diagrams. EA Sports owes pretty much everything to him, as Madden Football is the gold standard for sports video games. And where would the turducken be without Madden?There is however, one man who more than anyone should be funding his retirement party: Frank Caliendo. The comedian owes a lot of his success (and his crappy TV show) to the man he became famous for impersonating. If NBC finds it misses John’s constant stream of Maddenisms, Caliendo could probably step right in with his spot-on impression. The only difference is Caliendo overstates to be funny; Madden overstates because it’s who he is.And that’s just it. Madden is who he is, and he’s never apologized for it. No matter what you think of him, there’s no denying Madden is an inherently likable guy. There’s a definite difference between being a sports analyst and a sports personality. Pat Summerall was a voice, but Madden was a character. After all, it takes something special to sell antifungal spray (boom!).The biggest shame is there’s nobody to step into his shoes. There’s a definite void in the sports broadcasting world that probably will never be filled. I dare you to name another guy that has what it takes to be the icon Madden is. NBC couldn’t; that’s why they tagged that waste of space Cris Collinsworth to fill Madden’s slot. The studio must have figured if it couldn’t convince Madden to return, they’d make watching football so unbearable the public demand he come back.But yes, it was time Madden retired. For his sake alone though, not ours. He needed time with his family and his retirement ensures he’ll never have to worry about putting a foot on an airplane again if he doesn’t want to. Here’s hoping he’s remembered for being a great coach and a knowledgeable (if sometimes inarticulate) broadcaster. Not just a comedian’s act or that guy in the Tinactin commercials. I mean, the man isn’t just a football guy; as far as video games are concerned, he is football.And as for Collinsworth, his replacement? Here’s a guy who makes Madden come off like Shakespeare.Adam is a sophomore majoring in journalism. Like John Madden or glad to see him go? Have a favorite Madden story or comment? E-mail Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also read | India Guinness World Records: Chennai man sets world record for solving most Rubik’s cubes underwater(Image credits: International Book of Records YouTube) Written By COMMENT WE RECOMMEND 2 weeks ago Guinness World announces ‘most t-shirts worn at once’ record, netizens want to beat it First Published: 4th September, 2020 16:04 IST LIVE TV 1 week ago Professional strongman tears apart vehicle license plates with bare hands, watch video WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US Devika Pawar Six-year-old Pranav Chauhan is reportedly trying to make a new skating record. Previously breaking a record for International Book of Records under the limbo skating category, the Ludhiana-based boy is aiming to skate to blindfolded for 16 km in one hour and 16 minutes. Pranav attempted the challenge this week and has apparently sent out an application to the Guinness World Records for making another record. Also read | Professional strongman tears apart vehicle license plates with bare hands, watch videoGuinness World Records: Punjab boy aims for blindfolded skating recordAs of now, Pranav Chauhan has two records in the International Book of Records. If he completes the blindfolded skating record, Pranav will have three international records under his belt while he is only 6 years old. However, Pranav’s attempt is to be verified by Guinness World Records. Chauhan attempted to break the record on Friday and skated blindfolded at the Layer Valley Skating Stadium in Ludhiana on Friday. As per reports, Pranav took one hour and 16 minutes to skate. Also read | Ecuadorian pair becomes World’s Oldest Couple with combined age of almost 215 yearsHis father, Surinder Kumar, spoke to ANI about the record. The current world record is 14km and they will be sending in the details for the new world record. Pranav, who is now six, started skating when he was only three and a half years old. His coach, Manish Pathak also spoke about Pranav breaking international records. He sees immense potential in Pranav and believes his hard work and motivation has paid off.According to the Times of India (TOI), Pranav covered 80 rounds of 200 metres each. To monitor his skating, local administrators were present. If Pranav manages to break the record, he will be the first Indian to have three world records at the age of six. Pranav’s record for limbo skating is for skating for the maximum number of times between two lanes of ten cones with a gap of 23 cm between them.The young skater finished 61 rounds in 29 minutes and 42 seconds. He broke the record last year, when he was five years old. In February, he completed a marathon of 30 km in two hours, which was also administered by district officials. While talking to TOI, Pranav credited his father and coach for his success, admitting to previous challenges in the form of multiple injuries. However, the six-year-old from Abdulpur Basti later overcame the difficulties before starting his professional career. They continued to train during the pandemic via online sessions, Chauhan told TOI. Pranav is also aiming to participate for the 400m race among blindfolded skaters to make a Guinness World Record. Also read | Guinness World Records shares video of ‘extreme basketball challenge’, netizens amazedPunjab boy skating record for limbo skating 3 weeks ago Guinness World Records shares video of ‘extreme basketball challenge’, netizens amazed Last Updated: 4th September, 2020 16:04 IST Guinness World Records: 6-year-old Punjab Boy Attempts Skating 16km Blindfolded Guinness World Records: Six-year-old Punjab boy named Pranav Chauhan has reportedly broken a Guinness World Record by skating blindfolded for 1 hour & 16 mins. 1 week ago Ecuadorian pair becomes World’s Oldest Couple with combined age of almost 215 years 1 week ago Good News: Chennai man sets world record for solving most Rubik’s cubes underwater SUBSCRIBE TO US
Ghana produced a somewhat reserved performance against Comoros yet found enough in the tank to beat Comoros 2-0 to qualify for the third round qualifying round of the World Cup Qualifiers.A goal in each half from Mubarak Wakaso and Jordan Ayew ensured Comoros caused no upset on a day when many expected Ghana to trounce their opponents from the Southern African state.The game was by far and large played at walking pace with Ghana comfortable knocking the ball amongst themselves in defence.The Coelacanths came into the game with the gameplan similar to what they used in Moroni 4 days ago. They planned to sit deep and catch Ghana on the counter and for the first 20 minutes, their plan worked according to plan.They threatened the most in the opening and almost found the net when a rasping shot by Ahmed Mogni hit the post.This seem to have wakened the Stars a bit who began to pass the ball around a bit quicker without much penetration. On one of their forays forward, skipper Asamoah Gyan was fouled on the edge of the box and upstepped Mubarak Wakaso. The Las Palmas midfielder expertly converted the free kick into the top roof of the night to the sheer delight of the fans in Kumasi.The rest of the half was relatively drab with chances few and far between both teams. Injuries to Jonathan Mensah and Solomon Asante meant the pattern was further disrupted with the introduction of Daniel Amartey and Jeffrey Schlupp.The second half followed a similar pattern in the opening parts with Ghana threatening down the left flank as Jeffrey Schlupp and Baba Rahman combined effectively a couple of times without really threatening the goal.Comoros gradually found their feet and began to attack Ghana a bit more to the detriment of the defence. The game became a bit stretched as the game ended up becoming an end to end affair. Ghana created two glaring chances with Asamoah Gyan missing a sitter after being played through by Dede Ayew while Dede himself missed a header after a fine cross by Schlupp.With ten minutes to go, Comoros problems were further deepened when defender Kassim Omar was sent off for a second bookable offence onJordan Ayew. The Aston Villa made the man advantage count when he got Ghana’s second goal after showing some good feet in the box to place the ball into the top roof of the net.Avram Grant made his last change giving WAFA attacker Samuel Tetteh his Ghana debut as he replaced Asamoah Gyan. The Ghana captain had a pretty off day by his standards and his wait to hit 50 goals has been prolonged.On the whole, credit must go to Comoros for making a good game out of this and for the Black Stars, bigger tests lie ahead of them as they seek to make it to the World Cup for a fourth consecutive time. –This game was live on SuperSport, your world of champions.
Nigeria’s Super 7 defeated Multichioce Ghana 3-1 on Saturday to win the 2017 Standard Chartered trophy tournament at the Lizzy Sports Complex.The West African regional event saw Multichioce Ghana, Super 7 Nigeria and Guinness Cameroun competing for the sole ticket to represent the sub region in London in May.The Nigerians recorded wins over Cameroun and Ghana to book a place at the final tournament in Anfield.Liverpool Legend Jason McAteer joined the regional event in Ghana and provided tips to the finalists and hosted a soccer clinic for children and engaged clients. The Super 7 team will receive a professional training session with LFC legends and coaches to help them prepare for the Final tournament including an all expensive paid trip to the UK.Speaking after the event, Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand & Marketing at Standard Chartered, Akosua Asiedua Addae said “we are pleased with the successful organization of this year’s event and we are hoping that they bring the cup because last year Kenya won and its time for West Africa to also win it”“ Unfortunately as a Ghanaian we would have loved to team Multichioce Ghana who represented us but all the same we wish team Nigeria ‘’“We believe that team Nigeria will make us proud when they square it off with seven other markets in the global event in London “she added.
A day earlier, Verlander told reporters that the preponderance of home runs had turned baseball into a “joke.” The current rate of 1.37 home runs per game would be an all-time record over a full season. Verlander believed “100 percent” that the league was intentionally tweaking the composition of the baseballs to allow for more home runs.It’s telling that Fox and Major League Baseball chose an in-game interview to address this issue in the most direct manner possible. Consider that a 30-second commercial during the All-Star Game has been variably reported to cost between $500,000 and $590,000. Someone with power believed Verlander’s supplicant take on the home-run spike – MLB is “trying to do the same thing we are, they’re saying,” he said, “if that’s the case then we can all figure this thing out” – was a valuable message to disseminate. It is certainly no coincidence that this came after Verlander was reportedly “chewed out” by two MLB executives, Joe Torre and Jim Leyland, following his conspiracy theory comments. MLB cares how we talk about home runs, now and 34 years from now. It wants to get its side of the story out quickly, lest New Baseball stumble into the same trap as New Coke.“You know, the biggest flaw in that logic is that baseball somehow wants more home runs,” Manfred told reporters Tuesday. “If you sat in an owner’s meeting and listened to people talk about the way our game’s being played, that is not the sentiment among the owners for whom I work. There is no desire on the part of ownership to increase the number of home runs in the game. To the contrary, they’re concerned about how many we have.”Verlander’s skepticism comes from a good place. We’ve seen this play before.This week, commissioner emeritus Bud Selig released a memoir, co-authored with journalist Phil Rogers, titled “FOR THE GOOD OF THE GAME: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball.” Selig describes watching Barry Bonds’ pursuit of Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record with none of the public-facing ceremony and pageantry we saw in the summer of 2007. Selig called it an “unpleasant” experience. He considered his presence at every Giants game perfunctory. Because he “didn’t want to be conspicuous by my absence,” Selig wrote, he found himself “hopscotching around the country to be in attendance when the self-absorbed slugger hit the record homer.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Sometimes, commissioners do things because they have to. They make the necessary proclamations while trying not to say the quiet part out loud. The quiet part about home runs today is that it took a literal astrophysicist to determine all the physical factors that might be affecting the soaring baseballs. The physics Manfred has publicly asserted, to this point in the conversation, draws from an MLB-commissioned study of 2017 baseballs. Today’s baseballs are different. In the meantime, the league has purchased Rawlings, which manufactures the baseballs at its plant in Costa Rica, and pledged more stringent oversight of the manufacturing process. Time is MLB’s biggest obstacle to conducting a thorough study of the new baseballs. And time can be vital.Related Articles The conversation about home runs in 1998 focused on Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa’s pursuit of Roger Maris’ single-season record. At the time, their heroics boosted the popularity of a sport still reeling from the 1994 strike and the cancellation of that year’s World Series. By 2007 the conversation was different. “By then we knew what was going on,” Selig wrote. “This was an age when sluggers found extra power through chemistry, and, of course, Barry was one of the leading men in baseball’s steroids narrative. There is plenty of blame to spread around in this sad chapter, and I’ll accept my share of the responsibility.” In nine short years, hitting a home run had morphed from a cherished accomplishment to a scarlet letter of suspicion. McGwire, Sosa and Bonds have yet to be inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.Decades from now, what will the conversation about home runs in the late 2010s sound like? The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger and the Brewers’ Christian Yelich each have a fighting chance of hitting 60 home runs, something no one has done since 2001 – the heart of the “steroid era.” We know now that’s partially a function of physics. Whether that’s good or bad might be a matter of taste, which can always change.Selig notes in his memoir that implementing MLB’s drug testing program required collective bargaining with the MLB Players’ Association. To a degree, it even required Congressional intervention – an unusually large stage for a culture war over home runs. This time, the conversation around homers will be different. Some players, like Verlander, might want to rein in the lack of air resistance around the baseball. Perhaps the majority of owners do too, as Manfred said. But if the culture war around New Coke holds any lesson for Baseball (and the baseball) in 2019, it’s that the majority doesn’t always rule. The latest season of the Netflix series “Stranger Things” transports us to the year 1985. In one episode, two characters debate the merits of New Coke. The controversy swirling around the soft drink, which was discontinued in 2002, is unfamiliar enough to 2019 audiences that it deserves refreshment. For the teenage characters, their debate centered around taste. For older generations of the time, something greater was at stake: tradition. The Coca-Cola Company was incorporated in Georgia in 1892. Any change to its signature product was sure to touch a nerve in America at large, and the South in particular.Sure enough, despite empirical taste tests demonstrating a broader preference for the New Coke, fans of the Old Coke complained to an eager press. They wanted their soft drink back. Moreover, they wanted to champion this particular soft drink as a token of a culture war. Let Pepsi be the “choice of a new generation” – Coca-Cola’s old formula was the drink of their generation, taste tests be damned. So it was that the Old Coke quickly returned and New Coke was quietly phased out. A corporation thought it had built a better mousetrap, stumbled into a culture war spearheaded by a vocal minority, and quietly retreated from the battle lines. Stranger things have happened.This is the story we tell about New Coke now, 34 years after it entered our lives. Baseball’s signature product, the home run, is in the midst of a similar conversation in 2019. It’s a cultural conversation, yes, but also some very specific, smaller conversations in which powerful people are questioning how we like our home runs.In the second inning of the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, Fox Sports split the screen on its television broadcast. The game played out on the left side. On the right, we saw a dugout interview between reporter Ken Rosenthal and pitcher Justin Verlander. “The commissioner today said that MLB has not ordered the balls to be altered, and the owners do not want more home runs,” Rosenthal told Verlander. The pitcher chuckled. 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Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error With all of these moves, it appears the Lakers offseason work is nearly complete.Well, almost. They still have not hired a coach. Byron Scott, the perceived favorite candidate has yet to hear from the Lakers after having his third interview on Wednesday. But the Lakers currently have a 12 players on guaranteed deals Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Julius Randle, Robert Sacre, Jeremy Lin, Nick Young,Jordan Hill, Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis, Henry, Johnson and Kelly. Second-round draft pick Jordan Clarkson has a non-guaranteed deal. The Lakers waived point guard Kendall Marshall on Friday, according to league sources, and the reasons hardly stemmed from averaging 8.3 points on 31.4 percent shooting, three assists and 2.8 turnovers through four games in Las Vegas Summer League play. Or his eight points and 8.8 assists through 54 games last season that featured inconsistent shooting and defense. Although Marshall was slated to make a relatively inexpensive $915,243 next season on a non-guaranteed contract, his vacancy cleared some cap space to accommodate the Lakers’ other moves.Both the Lakers and Marshall have interest in re-signing his contract if he clears waivers, according to league sources. But another team may claim him first. NBA teams can carry as many as 15 players on their roster. Band of brothers The bond grew stronger through two NBA championships. The cement stayed firm amid the losing, injuries and trade uncertainty. Yet, after Bryant spend years the Lakers not to trade Pau Gasol away, Gasol told Bryant he would leave. Gasol signed with the Chicago Bulls to a reported three-year, $22 million deal, marking a relative paycut that he attracted elsewhere, including the Lakers. “It was difficult. We have a close friendship,” Gasol said of Bryant to reporters on Friday in Chicago. “I’ll miss him. We talked to each other and our relationship goes beyond basketball. We’ll always have a friendship.”Bryant supported Gasol’s free agent decision even if it meant they would no longer play together. “Pau is extremely loyal and it’s a very tough position to be in as a free agent,” Bryant said last week at his camp in Santa Barbara. “My biggest message to him was, ’To make sure you enjoy the process. Don’t stress yourself out. The ball is in your court and your decision to make.’”It appeared Bryant still felt that way after Gasol informed him about his departure. “It was difficult to talk to him,” Gasol said of Bryant. “But he was very supportive. He understood and he just said, ‘I had to do what was best for me and felt right for me.’ He was going to support me no matter what. That’s what friends and brothers do.” A flurry of agreements and signings have happened, the Lakers’ response to the failed LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes operating at full speed. The latest included the Lakers on Friday agreeing to bring back forwards Ryan Kelly, Wesley Johnson and Xavier Henry. The terms were not readily available, but Kelly’s deal is guaranteed for two years, while the Henry and Johnson contracts were both believed to be one-year deals worth $1 million each. Kelly’s return was the most expected after the Lakers gave him a $1.1 million qualifying offer to make him a restricted agent, allowing them to match any offer he recived from other teams. After the Lakers selected him with the 48th pick of the 2013 NBA draft, Kelly impressed the Lakers with his floor spacing, basketball IQ and shooting. All of those qualities contributed toward averaging eight points on 42.3 percent shooting and 33.8 percent from three-point range.Henry’s return also adds needed depth at the small forward spot after averaging 10 points per game last season with bursts of athleticism and aggressiveness. Henry is currently recovering from offseason surgery on his right knee and left wrist, injuries that kept him out for a combined 39 games. Henry said last month that he expects to heal by late July. Johnson’s return to the Lakers seemed the most surprising. The Lakers did not consider him a priority after averaging 9.1 points per game on 42.6 percent shooting last season amid inconsistent offensive and defensive performances. But the Lakers were willing to keep Johnson because of his age (27), athleticism and being a good teammate.