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JSerra gets ‘massive’ double-overtime win over Eastvale Roosevelt in basketball showdown

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Hold off on those projections of Trinity League basketball being another two-team affair between St. John Bosco and Mater Dei.

JSerra has thrust itself into the conversation by taking on one of Southern California’s best teams Tuesday night and coming away with a 90-76 double-overtime victory over Eastvale Roosevelt on an exciting night at the Redondo Union tournament. There were three overtime games.

At the end, 6-foot-11 Sebastian Rancik hugged 5-10 teammate Aidan Fowler. The two seniors scored 32 and 31 points, respectively.

“Massive win,” Rancik said.

JSerra improved to 5-0 and will get even better Dec. 24 when two transfers (6-9 and 6-6) become eligible. JSerra wants to be an Open Division playoff team for the first time.

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“This game is important because it’s such a good team we faced,” coach Keith Wilkinson said. “They’re an Open Division team. To get this win was huge.”

Issac Williamson tied the score at 67 with a three-pointer for Roosevelt (4-1) at the end of regulation. Rancik’s size left Roosevelt unable to cover him in the second overtime. Brayden Burries scored 29 points for Roosevelt while being in foul trouble much of the night. Korin Hull and Drew Bowman each contributed clutch baskets for JSerra.

Fowler and Rancik have been together for four years. Rancik is headed to Colorado. Fowler is waiting to be noticed. He had five threes and made tough shots under pressure.

Harvard-Westlake 83 La Mirada 68: The Wolverines improved to 5-0 behind their big three _ Trent Perry (30 points), Robert Hinton (23) and Nikolas Khamenia (21). Julien Gomez scored 37 points for La Mirada (7-1).

St. Bernard 90, Beverly Hills 80: It took two overtimes before St. Bernard (3-0) prevailed. Kendyl Sanders contributed eight points in the second overtime. Tajh Ariza, who had 15 points, made two free throws for St. Bernard with eight seconds left in the first overtime to tie the score. Lior Baradarian had 26 points for Beverly Hills.

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Santa Margarita 62, Santa Monica 57: The Eagles won in overtime. Cameron McNamee and Brayden Kyman each scored 21 points for Santa Margarita. Jayden Xu had 22 points and Luke Hecht 18 for Santa Monica.

Long Beach Poly 72, Lawndale 31: The Jackrabbits received 24 points from Jovani Ruff at Redondo Union.

Riverside Poly 78, Jurupa Hills 53: Chris Holland had 24 points and Jrob Croy 20 points for Poly.

Loyola 56, Brea Olinda 39: Hugh Vandeweghe had 12 points for Loyola.

Rancho Cucamoga 69, Cajon 34: Derek Moreland had 12 points for Rancho Cucamonga.

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Newbury Park 89, San Fernando 55: Blake Jones finished with 28 points for Newbury Park.

Saugus 86, Canyon 62: Justin Perez had 30 points for the Centurions. Peter Burton added 20 points.

Hart 76, Valencia 74: The Indians pulled out the overtime win. Bryce Bedgood had 41 points and 12 rebounds for Valencia. Devon Strong scored 36 points for Hart.

West Ranch 94, Castaic 55: James Evans finished with 26 points in the Foothill League win.

Legacy 49, Sage Hill 42: Damian Gaona had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Legacy.

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Birmingham 76, Campbell Hall 53: Sammy Velasquez had 19 points for the Patriots (2-0).

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Josh Donaldson, 2015 AL MVP, announces retirement from MLB after 13 seasons

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Josh Donaldson, the 2015 American League MVP, announced he will be retiring from MLB on Monday.

Donaldson, 38, explained why he’s hanging up his cleats after 13 years in the league. 

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“There was a time at the end of the season that I felt really good about where I was and I was going to try to give it one more go,” he said on The Mayor’s Office with former MLB first baseman Sean Casey. “But being home with the family, getting married, today is a sad but also a happy day for me. I am going to announce my retirement from the game I’ve dedicated my entire life around, and my family has. 

“It’s sad because I’ll be not able to go out there and play the game I love anymore, but it’s also a very happy time I get to be around the family and take that next chapter in life.”

Josh Donaldson #24 of the Minnesota Twins looks on and smiles during a spring training game between the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins on March 11, 2020 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. (Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)

Donaldson’s decline over the past two seasons was apparent, hitting .222/.308/.374 with the New York Yankees in 2022 — his first season with the team after being traded from the Minnesota Twins. Then, he hit .152/.249/.418 in 50 games between the Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers. 

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But Donaldson’s impact on the game came first with the Oakland Athletics in 2013 when he hit .301/.384/.499 with 24 homers, 37 doubles and 93 RBI in a breakout season that showed the 27-year-old as one of the best third basemen in MLB. 

YANKEES’ JOSH DONALDSON SUSPENDED ONE GAME WITH A FINE FOR ‘JACKIE ROBINSON’ COMMENT

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Josh Donaldson #28 of the New York Yankees singles during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on July 5, 2023, in New York, New York.  (New York Yankees/Getty Images)

He would earn his first All-Star appearance in the American League in 2014, but his best season was easily his first with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015, winning American League MVP after driving in 123 runs with a .297/.371/.568, 41 homers and 122 runs. 

Donaldson finished top 10 in MVP voting four times in his career, which also included time with the Cleveland Guardians and Atlanta Braves. 

While the “Bringer of Rain” was mostly known for his big leg kick that led to 279 homers and 816 RBI over his 13-year career, he was one of the smoothest third basemen in the league throughout his career. 

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Josh Donaldson (20) of the Toronto Blue Jays looks skyward as he arrives at the plate after homering in the first inning during the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox at the Rogers Centre May 8, 2015. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Other than his MVP, Donaldson earned two Silver Sluggers. 

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Clippers guard Russell Westbrook had surgery Monday to repair a fractured left hand and the hope is he’ll be able to return before the playoffs start in April, a person not authorized to speak publicly on the matter confirmed to The Times.

Westbrook will be reevaluated weekly to determine his status.

Westbrook was injured during the first half of the Clippers’ game against the Washington Wizards on Friday at Crypto.com Arena. He reached in from behind to try for a steal against Wizards guard Jordan Poole.

Westbrook, 35, was averaging 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists.

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He appeared in the first 58 games for the Clippers before his injury.

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Enes Kanter Freedom dismisses LeBron James' milestone: 'Integrity > 40,000 points'

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Enes Kanter Freedom chided LeBron James on Sunday after the Los Angeles Lakers star surpassed 40,000 career points against the Denver Nuggets over the weekend.

Freedom, who has been a critic of James for failing to call out China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims and his relationship with Nike, made a reference to the NBA star’s integrity.

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“Integrity > 40,000 points,” Freedom wrote.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gestures during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, March 2, 2024 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

He added, “A lot of child slave sweat shop supporters in these comments… but please, do talk about social justice at your convenience…”

Nike had long been accused of using sweatshops in Asia to produce the gear it sells across the globe. The company released a statement for fiscal year 2023 about forced labor, human trafficking and modern slavery.

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“NIKE takes seriously and fully supports national and international efforts to end forced labor, human trafficking and modern slavery,” Nike’s statement read. “NIKE’s requirements for suppliers are contained in our Code of Conduct and Code Leadership Standards. 

“The Code of Conduct lays out the required minimum standards we expect each supplier to meet in producing NIKE products and includes strict requirements around forced and child labor, excessive overtime, compensation, and freedom of association amongst other requirements.”

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Enes Kanter Freedom attends the Algemeiner 50th Anniversary J100 Gala at The Ziegfeld Ballroom on Nov. 29, 2022 in New York City. (Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Nike also described its practices to address the risk in the recruitment of workers.

FORMER NBA STAR KEVIN GARNETT REFERENCES LEBRON JAMES IN UNFOUNDED PED CLAIM

Freedom was critical of James when he surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time points leader.

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“38,388 Points. 0 Morals. 0 Values. 0 Principles. 0 Empathy. 1 Bow Down to #China. Congrats @KingJames,” he wrote at the time.

James hit the 40,000-point mark with a 35-point performance against the Nuggets, but Los Angeles fell to Denver 124-114.

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James smiles after scoring during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, March 2, 2024 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

“Being the first player to do something, it’s pretty cool in this league, just knowing the history, the greats that’s come through the league and then you see some of the greats on the floor tonight, it was great to compete,” James said.

“But for me, the main thing, as always, is to win, and I hated that it had to happen in a defeat.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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