Kings set to stand pat as opener nears

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 That still leaves Taylor some wiggle room to make additions during the season. “We do have the ability to be flexible,” Taylor said. Valeri Bure, who has a sore lower back, didn’t practice Sunday, and neither did Jeff Cowan (groin). Bure’s availability for Wednesday’s season opener could be in question. Jeremy Roenick completed a full-team practice Sunday with no apparent ill effects, exactly one week after he suffered a concussion in a game against Phoenix. — Rich Hammond The Kings will announce their 23-man roster today, and although there are some issues of injuries and inexperience, general manager Dave Taylor is prepared to go with what he has. There have been a handful of minor trades around the league as training camps wind down, and while the Kings remain approximately $5 million under the $39 million salary cap and potentially have some issues with the depth of their defense, Taylor said he doesn’t anticipate any last-minute deals. “We’re always looking, but this is our team,” Taylor said Sunday. “We’ve had some pleasant surprises and our young players have played real well, and like everybody we’re looking forward to the beginning of the season.” The Kings’ actual 23-man payroll is expected to be approximately $33 million, but their salary-cap figure, which takes an average of a player’s salary over the course of his contract, is about $1 million higher. center_img Baze suspended Jockey Tyler Baze was removed from his mounts on an important card at Santa Anita on Sunday after being suspended for failing a breath-alcohol test when he went to Indiana to ride on Saturday. Stewards at Hoosier Park said Baze exceeded the .05-percent limit in the breath test given daily to Indiana racing license-holders. They gave Baze a seven-day suspension that could be adjusted after a hearing. California honors suspensions handed down in other states. Baze’s agent said the 22-year-old drank had been recovering from the flu and drank so he could sleep on the flight to Indiana. “He had a Bloody Mary on the airplane, and I think he had a beer,” agent Ivan Puhich said. “(Fellow jockey) Felipe Martinez told his agent that Tyler wasn’t drunk. But I said, /\x27/They have rules and Tyler broke them. You have to play by the rules.” ‘ — Kevin Modesti Oh no, no Ohno Apolo Ohno severely sprained his ankle Sunday and was forced to withdraw from the first World Cup meet of the year in short-track speedskating in Hangzhou, China. Ohno was hurt in the 500-meter quarterfinals. He managed to finish that race and advance to the semifinals, but the ankle was bothering him when he came out for the 1,000 heats. Team doctors advised him to skip the remaining events, including the 3,000 and 5,000 relay. “Apolo has a severely sprained ankle,” his father, Yuki Ohno, said on the skater’s Web site. “We are all on the same page that the priority must be a full recovery from this injury.” Briefly Hundreds of Mexican soccer fans mobbed Mexico City’s Independence Monument to celebrate the country’s first world championship, after their under-17 squad defeated Brazil 2-0. Chanting, running laps around the monument and waving Mexican flags, the fans shouted in unison “Mexico! Mexico!” Mexico has never before won a soccer world cup; Brazil has won the under-17 several times. Italy’s Danilo Di Luca won the first Pro Tour title after finishing fourth behind winner and Olympic champion Paolo Bettini in the Zurich Championship. Bettini, who won the Swiss event in 2001, finished the hilly 150-mile, one-day classic in 6 hours, 6 minutes, 22 seconds. Mbarak Hussein and Nicole Aish won the Twin Cities Marathon, each posting the second-slowest times in the event’s 24-year history. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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