USA versus Iran was more than just a game
We will never truly understand what the players on Iran’s national football team went through and were put through by an oppressive dictatorship that tried to hijack their moment.
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1. USA versus Iran was more than just a game
Watching Iran play in this year’s World Cup, especially the final game against the United States, was a complicated experience for The Sporting Tribune’s Arash Markazi, who is an Iranian-American.
I wasn’t sure how to feel about the match as an Iranian-American. I have been conflicted this entire World Cup. I love these young Iranian players. They are heroes but I hate the Islamic Republic they were forced to represent. There was sadly no way to separate the players from the oppressive dictatorship backing them.
2. Lakers blow out and avenge earlier loss against Blazers
The Lakers got a much-needed win against the Portland Trail Blazers after that disastrous ending against Indiana on Monday. The Sporting Tribune’s Rey Moralde has more from the Lakers’ 128-109 win on Wednesday.
Lakers played a clean brand of basketball, only turning the ball over 7 times the entire game. They even shot well behind the arc at 14 for 37 (.378). L.A. outrebounded the Blazers by three (remember that they were -12 in their first match-up). But what really stood out was the second chance points; Lakers had a 26-11 advantage. It’s really one of their better games this season. Portland looked outmatched and uncomfortable in the second half and that’s what the Lakers need to do with their duo of stars and improving role players.
3. Chargers News: Injuries, Bosa and Williams update
Chargers coach Brandon Staley gave an update on the numerous injuries the team has before facing the Raiders on Sunday. The Sporting Tribune’s Fernando Ramirez has the latest on the Chargers.
The offense could potentially be without receiver Mike Williams. He is still dealing with the reaggravated ankle he suffered against the Kansas City Chiefs. He has missed four games. Staley said Williams is day-to-day, and they will try to get him on the practice field this week. It would be huge for the offense if he can’t play on Sunday, but he may be a week away.
4. Fantasy Football PPR QB and Defense Rankings
Patrick Mahomes continues to be the most dominant fantasy quarterback but can Josh Allen and Jalen Hurts continue to rush the football at a high level this weekend to finish as the QB1? Is Trevor Lawrence a valuable fantasy QB the rest of the way? What about Justin Herbert? The Sporting Tribune’s Brandon Deutsch has the answers.
5. Kings waive struggling goalie Cal Petersen
The Los Angeles Kings put goaltender Cal Petersen on waivers Wednesday, one day after the team’s 9-8 overtime loss to the visiting Seattle Kraken. The Sporting Tribune has more from the surprising move.
Petersen gave up four goals on 16 shots in relief of Jonathan Quick, who allowed five goals on 14 shots. Petersen allowed the decisive goal to Andre Burakovsky 2:08 into overtime. Petersen, 28, is 5-3-2 with a 3.75 goals-against average in 10 games this season, but he has a woeful .868 save percentage that ranks second worst among the NHL’s 59 qualifiers. Petersen is in the second season of a three-year, $15 million deal as the backup to Quick, the longtime Kings starting netminder. Overall, Petersen is 44-42-10 with a 2.92 GAA and .905 save percentage in five seasons with the Kings.
6. Jordan Clarkson pours in 33 as Jazz handle Clippers
Jordan Clarkson scored a season-high 33 points to help the Utah Jazz snap a five-game losing streak with a 125-112 victory over the Clippers on Wednesday night in Salt Lake City. The Sporting Tribune has more on the game.
John Wall led the Clippers with 26 points off the bench, but they were limited without Paul George (hamstring), Kawhi Leonard (ankle) and Norman Powell (groin) and were playing for the second straight night after winning in Portland on Tuesday. The Clippers erased a double-digit, first-half deficit and nearly did the same in the second half after Utah re-established a big lead.
7. Odds and Ends presented by Circa Sports
Here are some odds at Circa Sports if you’re thinking about placing a wager today:
8. Ticket Time presented by TickPick
Here are the “get in” prices for tickets if you’re thinking about going to a game today:
9. On the Air presented by Pirnia Law
Here are the game times and television channels for professional teams in the region:
5:30 p.m. – Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars – Bally Sports SoCal
7:30 p.m. – Arizona Coyotes at Los Angeles Kings – Bally Sports West
10. The Arash Markazi Show presented by The Sporting Tribune
On Wednesday’s show, the crew talked about the Clippers possibly taking over Los Angeles with The Sporting Tribune’s Tim Lee and Grant Mona.
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