Parker has mild hamstring strain; hopeful for Game 4
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker, along with all of San Antonio, really, spent a restless night worrying about a gimpy right hamstring that hampered him in Game 3 of the NBA Finals and threatened the momentum the Spurs seized with a drubbing of the Miami Heat.
A day later, Parker said he got some good news. Just how good the news is likely won’t be known until Game 4 begins on Thursday night.
Parker had an MRI on Wednesday that revealed a Grade 1 strain of his hamstring, the mildest level of strain. He’s listed as day to day.
“I was just hoping it was not a tear,” Parker said. “The good news is it’s not a tear or a defect. So that’s the good news. Now I just have to see how I feel tomorrow.”
Parker was injured early in the second half of Game 3, which the Spurs won 113-77 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Stadium officials warn fans to stay off CWS field
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Channeling his best Clint Eastwood, the head of the agency that operates the College World Series stadium issued a warning Wednesday to fans tempted to dash onto the field during play: “Get off my lawn.”
Roger Dixon, president of the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority, said security personnel have made it a priority this year to keep fans from disrupting games at TD Ameritrade Park.
“While we understand this may be viewed as just having fun, we want guests to understand that it is a safety and security issue and fans on the field cannot be tolerated,” Dixon said.
The CWS begins Saturday and runs through June 25 or 26.
Officials for decades have winced at beach balls floating out of the stands onto the field. But they want to nip what has been an increasing number of fan-on-the-field incidents in recent years.
The breaking point came last year when several young fans hopped the 8-foot outfield fence in the seventh inning of Game 1 of the finals. According to media reports, six people were ticketed, including a 17-year-old girl who patted the backsides of two players while grounds crew members and security personnel chased her.
Dixon said it was discovered after the fact that plans for last year’s CWS finals incident had spread on Twitter. He said his security staff will be monitoring social media this year to determine if similar stunts are planned.
“I just think they’re kids who get hopped up,” Dixon said. “They’re out here tweeting back and forth, talking about it, egging each other on. So we will start watching that now and when we see something like that building up, you’ll probably see a bigger presence of security out there.”
NCAA vice president of championships and alliances Dennis Poppe said fans who try to draw attention to themselves by running onto the field are spoiling what is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many players. Poppe said he hopes the warnings dissuade potential pranksters.
“Frankly, you can’t stop idiots,” he said, “but you can do everything you can to make sure there isn’t an interruption to the games.”
NFL commissioner Goodell defends Redskins nickname
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the Washington Redskins nickname is a “unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”
Goodell was responding to a letter from 10 members of Congress who want the name changed because it is offensive to many Native Americans.
He cited the nickname’s origins and polls that support its popularity. Goodell wrote that he understands the feelings surrounding it are complex and could change, but he also point out fan pride in the team’s heritage.
The name is the subject of a legal challenge from a group seeking to have the team lose its trademark protection.
Team owner Dan Snyder has vowed to never change the name. Teton High School in Driggs, Idaho, this week became the latest high school to drop the name.