Day: January 9, 2022

Panther City loses, but gets a SportsCenter Top Play on ESPN

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Panther City Lacrosse Club’s Phil Caputo, right, and Nathan Grenon, left, celebrate a goal during their 15-12 loss to the Seals in San Diego Saturday night. (Photo courtesy Panther City Lacrosse Club)

Photo courtesy Panther City Lacrosse Club

The Panther City Lacrosse Club is still searching for the franchise’s first win, but the team got its first Top Play on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

Playing its first game following a scheduled three-week break, Panther City faced a high-scoring San Diego Seals offense at Pechanga Arena Saturday night. Both teams’ regular goalies were scratches due to COVID-19 protocols, and the result was a high-scoring 15-12 Seals’ victory.

The loss leaves Panther City at 0-4, and just one of two National Lacrosse League (NLL) teams still searching for their first win. But the Fort Worth-based club got a victory, of sorts, when the team’s leading scorer found the back of the net

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Heat’s Kyle Lowry ejected after tossing ball back to official

Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry was ejected on Wednesday night after he appeared to just return the ball to the referee. (AP/Jeff Chiu)

Miami Heat star Kyle Lowry was ejected early on Wednesday night after he appeared to just toss the ball back to the official after a foul.

Lowry, just before halftime of Miami’s 115-109 win over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center, went to toss the ball back to referee Matt Kallio after teammate Duncan Robinson was called for a shooting foul.

Kallio, however, apparently thought Lowry was trying to do something else — as he quickly ejected Lowry from the contest.

Lowry picked up a technical foul earlier in the period, which is what triggered the automatic ejection upon receiving his second.

Now if Lowry actually threw the ball at an official, that’s grounds for an ejection. No question. 

But Lowry gently tossed the ball toward the official

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Tigers upset Tennessee in Baton Rouge

In what should have been a night where LSU cemented themselves as a SEC contender, the story became Xavier Pinson’s injury as he left the court with a ugly knee injury as LSU was trying to close out the win.

Pinson’s injury aside, it was a good night for LSU where they played some of the best basketball they have played all year.

The final score was 79-67 as LSU moved to 14-1 on the year.

Coming into the game, KenPom had LSU and Tennessee rated as the top two defenses in college basketball. These two teams were almost a mirror image of one another. Two elite defenses with offenses that have struggled at times.

For the first 17 minutes or so, it was a competitive game. LSU went on a run about 10 minutes into the game, but the Volunteers found a way to respond, trading some three’s with

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