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Sierra Canyon’s Bronny James and Juju Watkins selected as McDonald’s All-Americans

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Sierra Canyon’s Bronny James and Juju Watkins selected as McDonald’s All-Americans

As buzz round Bronny James’ school dedication continues to develop, the Sierra Canyon boys’ basketball senior checked off a significant highschool honor on Tuesday, tabbed to play within the McDonald’s All-American sport March 28 at Houston’s Toyota Middle.

James joined Sierra Canyon women’ star Juju Watkins as Trailblazers represented amongst a bunch of 48 complete named to the lads’s and girls’s rosters — the primary time, in response to traditionally out there rosters, {that a} Los Angeles-area faculty has named All-Individuals on the women and men’s aspect in the identical 12 months. Corona Centennial four-year senior Jared McCain was additionally tabbed for the lads’s sport.

James follows within the footsteps of 4 Sierra Canyon boys chosen as All-Individuals prior to now three years: now-UCLA guard Amari Bailey and USC massive Kijani Wright in 2022, and NBA sophomores BJ Boston and Ziaire Williams in 2020. After injury-plagued seasons at Sierra Canyon spent taking part in a complementary function to prime expertise, James has extra usually stepped into the limelight this season, a gradual catalyst on each ends of the ground who offers the 18-5 Trailblazers a relentless transition identification.

Watkins was a no-doubt choice, the consensus prime ladies’s basketball prospect within the nation authoring a traditionally nice senior season for an undefeated Sierra Canyon program. The USC commit is averaging 26.1 factors, 14.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a pair of.6 steals a sport.

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It’s simply the most recent award in a stacked trophy case, as she’s earned back-to-back Los Angeles Occasions women’ basketball participant of the 12 months awards, was chosen the Gatorade state participant of the 12 months final 12 months and gained a gold medal for USA basketball final summer season.

McCain, in the meantime, will cross off one of many remaining objects on a board of highschool objectives he’s been creating for years. A senior guard who’s helped Corona Centennial win back-to-back state championships, McCain was named the Gatorade state participant of the 12 months final season and has performed a good greater function on a 20-3 Huskies squad this season.

La Jolla Nation Day’s Jada Williams and Breya Cunningham, a degree guard-big connection that galvanizes the Torreys, had been additionally named to the ladies’s roster to spherical out illustration from Southern California.

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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 has surgery to repair fractured left hand

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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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