EL SEGUNDO – For his one-day ticket to go snowboarding at Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah over the All-Star break, Lakers forward Vladimir Radmanovic paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $64. For the separated shoulder he suffered while snowboarding on that ill-fated trip, violating the terms of his contract, Radmanovic will pay a $500,000 fine, or enough to buy a lift ticket every day for the next 21 years. “I was prepared for everything,” Radmanovic said. “They came up with a number. I think it’s fair for what I did.” He initially lied about how he was hurt, claiming he slipped on an icy sidewalk while on a trip for coffee, before coming clean to coach Phil Jackson and general manager Mitch Kupchak. The Lakers opted not to void the five-year, $30.2 million contract Radmanovic signed last July and wound up cutting the 26-year-old forward a break for coming forward with the truth and showing contrition. Jackson lamented that he was unable to field a full complement of players for any of the three practices this week. Andrew Bynum was sick again Thursday and Aaron McKie went home with an upper respiratory infection. Maurice Evans was still experiencing soreness in his right knee while Bryant practiced, but not before first undergoing an MRI on his hyperextended left elbow. The exam showed no further damage. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I made a mistake,” Radmanovic said, “and obviously there’s a price for that mistake.” After much internal debate, that was the punishment the Lakers agreed was appropriate for Radmanovic, who is expected to be sidelined until mid-April with the injury. For his part, Radmanovic said he wouldn’t appeal the fine.
0Shares0000Hat-trick hero: Roberto Firmino scores the first of his three goals in Liverpool’s 5-1 win over Arsenal© AFP Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 28 – Liverpool roared back from a rare Anfield deficit to move nine points clear at the top of the Premier League as Roberto Firmino’s hat-trick inspired a 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal on Saturday.Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were also on target as Liverpool’s front three all scored in the same league game for the first time this season. Liverpool had trailed at home in the league for the first time in a day short of a year when Ainsley Maitland-Niles turned home Alex Iwobi’s excellent cross 11 minutes in.However, the lead lasted just three minutes as Firmino profited from some calamitous Arsenal defending to level and then left Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos on the floor to score his second goal in three minutes.Mane and Salah’s penalty had the game wrapped up by half-time and Firmino completed his hat-trick from the spot as Jurgen Klopp’s men extended their unbeaten league start to 20 games and took another significant step towards a first league title since 1989/1990.Win again in their next outing at Manchester City on Thursday and only a Liverpool collapse in the final months of the season can prevent an end to nearly three decades of hurt.Champions City now trail the pace setters by 10 points and even if they reduce that lead to seven with victory at Southampton on Sunday, they need to end Liverpool’s invincible season so far to get back in the title race at the Etihad.Tottenham’s title ambitions suffered a huge blow as Wolves scored three times in the final 18 minutes to win 3-1 at Wembley earlier on Saturday to further embolden Anfield with belief before kick-off.That confidence could have been shaken when after a bright Liverpool start, it was Arsenal who led when Iwobi’s teasing cross perfectly dissected Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk, to leave Maitland-Niles with an open goal.The signings of Alisson and Van Dijk have been credited for Liverpool’s rock solid defensive record with that goal just the eighth they have conceded all season in the league.But that solidity is now being married with a return to the sort of form Salah, Firmino and Mane showed last season in smashing a combined 91 goals last season.Firmino didn’t even have to look at the ball when he slotted the equaliser into an empty net after Sokratis’s attempted clearance rebounded off Mustafi into his path to quickly level.However, the Brazilian did all the hard work himself two minutes later by jinking through Arsenal’s hapless central defensive pairing before drilling low past Bernd Leno.Mane made it 3-1 on 32 minutes when Salah cushioned a cross perfectly into the Senegalese’s path to side-foot high into the net.Arsenal were handed a let off moments later by referee Michael Oliver when Granit Xhaka was only given a final warning rather than a second booking in a matter of seconds for kicking the ball away in frustration.But Oliver gave Liverpool the chance to extend their lead just before half-time when Salah tumbled under pressure from Sokratis in the box.Leno got a touch to the Egyptian’s spot-kick but couldn’t stop Salah moving level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane as the Premier League’s top scorer on 13.Liverpool could easily have had more after the break as only a poor touch from Salah allowed Leno to smother and the German ‘keeper also denied Fabinho, while at the other end Aubameyang’s blushes were saved by the offside flag when he fired over with an open goal gaping.Salah gave up the chance to move clear in the race for the golden boot when Sead Kolasinac pushed Dejan Lovren 25 minutes from time and Firmino gratefully fired home the penalty to round off a five-star performance.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)