Sport The Day in Sports: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

06:40  10 october  2019
06:40  10 october  2019 Source:   imagn.com

Soldier faces charges related to training accident that killed a West Point cadet

  Soldier faces charges related to training accident that killed a West Point cadet Staff Sgt. Ladonies Strong was charged with involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, reckless driving and dereliction of duty, the Army said.Staff Sgt. Ladonies Strong, who was driving the transport vehicle when it overturned on June 6, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, reckless driving and two specifications of dereliction of duty, the Army said in an email.

Kristaps Porzingis said “it felt natural” as he returned to the court on Wednesday night for the first time since suffering an ACL injury in February 2018, per Eddie Sefko of Mavs.com. Porzingis’ shot was rusty, as he went just 7-of-18 from the field and 2-of-7 from three-point range. Still, he managed 18 points in 19 minutes, along with seven rebounds and two assists.

Thon Maker, Kristaps Porzingis are posing for a picture© Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

“All good,” he said afterward. “The main thing for me is to be calm. Be focused and be calm on the court.”

The game marked Porzingis’ debut in a Mavericks uniform and his first time playing alongside Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic, who led the team with 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Six teams on upset alert for Week 4 in the NFL

  Six teams on upset alert for Week 4 in the NFL Here we identify six teams on upset alert in NFL Week 4. Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons (-3.5)Falcons QB Matt Ryan has thrown six interceptions in three games. If Tennessee’s edge rushers can bring the heat Sunday in Atlanta, then the secondary should benefit from one or two more.What this game may boil down to is whether Titans QB Marcus Mariota can get on the same page with his receiving corps. He opened the season with three touchdowns against Cleveland but has just one since.

“It’s easy to play with him, super-easy,” Porzingis said, per Sefko. “The looks he got us and how much attention he draws away from me and everybody else, it makes it so much easier. I’m excited going forward.”

There’s more from the Lone Star State:

  • Mavericks guard J.J. Barea is back to normal nine months after surgery on a ruptured right Achilles tendon, Sefko writes in a full story. Barea didn’t accompany the team on its current road trip, but he expects to play Friday night. “I’m feeling better than I thought I was going to,” he said. “I still got a way to go. But the more I play, the more I move, it gets better.”
  • Chris Clemons is hoping his scoring prowess is enough to earn a roster spot with the Rockets, relays Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. The 5-foot-9 guard won’t get regular playing time in a backcourt that includes James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Eric Gordon, but he may catch on as an extra point guard or possibly on a two-way contract. “I’m just enjoying the opportunity I’ve been given and working every day to try to make this roster,” Clemons said. “Hopefully, I’ll make the roster and be a full-time NBA player. But that’s stuff I can’t control. I’m just playing my game.”
  • The Spurs are limiting Dejounte Murray‘s playing time to 20 minutes per game as he works his way back from an ACL injury that cost him all of last season, according to Jeff McDonald of The San Antonio Express-News. Coach Gregg Popovich said Murray has more gained trust in his knee after playing in two preseason games. “We worry, as you would with someone who hasn’t played in that long of a time, but he went full bore with every minute we gave him,” Popovich said. “He got knocked down a couple times and twisted all around, and I think he gained a lot of confidence.”

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a man holding a basketball: Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz (20) flips the ball away from Atlanta Hawks guard DeAndre' Bembry (95) during the first half at State Farm Arena on October 9, 2019. 

Trump Said to Favor Leaving a Few Hundred Troops in Eastern Syria .
President Trump is leaning in favor of a new Pentagon plan to keep a small contingent of American troops in eastern Syria, perhaps numbering about 200, to combat the Islamic State and block the advance of Syrian government and Russian forces into the region’s coveted oil fields, a senior administration official said on Sunday. If Mr. Trump approves the proposal to leave a couple of hundred Special Operations forces in eastern Syria, it would mark the second time in 10 months that he has reversed his order to pull out nearly all American troops from the country. Last December, Mr.

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