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Where did D’Angelo Russell learn to draw fouls? ‘Lou Will University’

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Where did D’Angelo Russell learn to draw fouls? ‘Lou Will University’

The Timberwolves’ D’Angelo Russell rarely attacks the rim. He takes fewer than four shots a game from inside 10 feet.

Yet somehow the guard averages 3.5 free-throws a game — the same number as Anthony Edwards, who penetrates into the paint on a regular basis. While Edwards draws his fouls via shear brute force, Russell does so with craft.

The 25-year-old — who was averaging eight free-throws a game over Minnesota’s last two contests entering Tuesday’s game in Portland — is adept at sensing when something as simple as a defender’s hands are in the wrong place, and is able to move his arms to draw contact and a whistle.

The “rip through” move in which the offensive player swings his arms through the defender’s hands was declared to not be a shooting foul in recent years, leading fewer players to use the move. Yet Russell still goes to it whenever Minnesota is in the bonus, giving him two easy free-throws whenever it’s called.

“He’s such a smart basketball player, he knows what’s going on at every little moment. He’s always thinking the game, knows all of the situations,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said. “He’s pretty crafty with the ball in traffic. He does have a knack for drawing fouls.”

Minnesota’s rotational choices of late have had Russell off the floor at the end of the first and third quarters, even when the Wolves are in the bonus. But, Finch noted, when the opportunity to get to the line presents itself, Russell seizes it.

When Russell was a young player in the league, playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, he said he attended “Lou Will University.” He watched veteran teammate Lou Williams draw contact and calls through a variety of subtle methods. Russell took note.

“I learned all of that from him. Guarding him in practice, watching him do it from the bench, fool the refs every night,” Russell said. “I just felt like that I could add it to my game.”

BEVERLEY OUT AGAIN

Patrick Beverley missed his second straight game with a sprained ankle that Finch described as not “too, too severe,” though the coach added injuries like that often lead to more than one missed contest.

TOWNS ON BONDS

Count Karl-Anthony Towns as a member of the camp that was disgruntled by Barry Bonds’ omission from the Baseball Hall of Fame. Towns stumped for Bonds’ inclusion in the hall earlier in the day Tuesday, tweeting “This man should be in the HOF @BarryBonds. Ya’ll trippin if you think otherwise.”

When news circulated that Bonds did not receive the call, Towns quote-tweeted the news with a facepalm emoji.

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Law & Order: SVU Season 23 Finale: May 19 Release, Time And Plot Speculations

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Law & Order: SVU Season 23 Finale: May 19 Release, Time And Plot Speculations

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the first and longest-running spin-off of Law & Order that started in 1999 is coming with its final episode on 19th May and will leave viewers wanting more. Episode 22, titled “a final call at Forlini’s Bar,” will be released on NBC this week, concluding the season that premiered last September.

Season 23 stars Mariska Hargitay, Kelli Giddish, Ice-T, Peter Scanavino, Aime Donna Kelly, Demore Barnes, Blake Morris, Peter Hargrave, Lou Martini Jr., Stephen Wallem, and Jamie Gray Hyder in primary roles, though Barnes and Hyder have said their goodbyes to the series in the initial episode of the season already.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – What Is The Series All About? 

The Special Victims Unit is the elite force of NYPD that mainly tackles and investigates darker crimes than most – sexual assault, child molestation, child abuse, and domestic violence. Considering how heavy these cases tend to be, the series focuses on the mental and psychological effects of it on the department detectives and their lives as well.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is by far the longest-running US primetime series and the only one ongoing up to this date since its premiere in 1999.

The series is produced by Dick Wolf’s Wolf Entertainment production house and Universal Television, and Warren Leight is the present showrunner. Mariska Hargitay, who plays the main character Captain Olivia Benson, is currently an executive producer.

Episode 22: When And Where To Watch It?

Episode 22 of Law & Order: Special Victim Unit, which has added up to 514 episodes since the series started, will be airing on 19th May, Thursday at NBC, at 9 PM ET. The series would be available to stream on fuboTV, Hulu, Peacock Premium, and Amazon Prime Videos.

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Episode 22: What Can We Expect?

The last episode of the season, directed by Juan Campanella, has the squad confronting another problem. The synopsis for the episode says that the unit is providing support and protection to a domestic violence victim. However, the trial holds a twist.

That is to say, the episode is sure to be a roller coaster of turns, and our favorite squad needs to go above and beyond to finally get a rest (God knows they need a break!).

It is to remain whether the people involved in the case get their due justice and if the season ends up positively.

What Comes Next?

Yes, it’s a goodbye for our Special Victims Unit Squad, but it’s not forever! Luckily for us, NBC has already renewed the series for 3 seasons in 2020, which means, for the time being, we have confirmation that we are getting the next season, 24, in some time. Mariska Hargitay is not going anywhere, and neither are we.

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Why South Florida’s own Sony Michel is thinking Ricky Williams as he joins Dolphins

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Sony Michel knows what it means to be a running back wearing No. 34 for the Miami Dolphins.

As he was growing up in South Florida, developing into what would one day become a five-star high school recruit at American Heritage, it was Ricky Williams posting the two highest single-season rushing totals in Dolphins history in 2002 (franchise-record 1,853 yards) and 2003 (1,372).

“Everybody knows this is a great number,” Michel said in his first interview with his hometown team following Tuesday’s session of organized team activities. “Ricky Williams ran the ball hard here and did a lot of numbers. I can’t be rocking it just to rock it. I’ve got to come out here and put in some work.”

Michel, 27, who signed with the Dolphins last week, would’ve been just 7 years old when Williams set that franchise mark. He said he never had any Williams memorabilia at that young age, but he had Miami running backs from years that followed in Ronnie Brown and Reggie Bush on his wall as he got older. Williams, who infamously retired for the first time ahead of the 2004 season, later returned to team up with Brown in the Dolphins’ backfield, most memorably in the 2008 season highlighted by the onset of the Wildcat offense and Miami’s last AFC East division title.

Whoever his inspiration was then or now, Michel grew into an eventual NFL tailback through a storied high school career that saw him first burst onto the local scene as an eighth grader before his time at Georgia.

“It was a process for me,” said Michel about going from last time he carried the football for a South Florida team to this time. “It was the step of going to college, and when I was in the process of college, that became the idea or a potential idea of playing for the Dolphins.

“It was a dream, an aspiration. I didn’t know how true it would become, but we’re here and I’m excited. Words can’t really describe it.”

Now, Michel will be part of a crowded committee in the Dolphins’ backfield as one of four tailbacks capable of starting for an NFL team. Miami signed fellow running backs Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert in March. The Dolphins retained Myles Gaskin, who has started 17 games over the past two seasons for the franchise.

“A lot of great runners,” Michel said. “My whole thing is, if you want to be a good runner, you’ve got to compete with great runners. That’s one of the reasons I came here.”

New Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel is used to having multiple backs that can produce from his experience spearheading the San Francisco 49ers’ touted run game in the years before he became offensive coordinator there in 2021.

“Competition for the Miami Dolphins is only a good thing,” McDaniel said. “You have the opportunity to add a player of his caliber, of his pedigree, a multiple Super Bowl winner, we jumped at the opportunity.”

What stands out about Michel relative to the others is that he can be the physical, between-the-tackles ball carrier at 5-11, 215 pounds. Mostert (5-10, 205) is largely lauded for his blazing speed, and Edmonds (5-9, 210) is a dynamic back who also excels at catching the ball out of the backfield. Gaskin is listed at 194 pounds.

Michel’s journey out of college first saw him drafted as a first-round pick in 2018 by the New England Patriots. There, he found immediate success, winning the Super Bowl as a rookie and rushing for 336 yards and six touchdowns in the Patriots’ three playoff victories. Early that season, Michel had his first 100-yard rushing effort in a Week 4 win against the Dolphins, who entered 3-0.

Traded to the Los Angeles Rams ahead of last season, he ended up winning a second Super Bowl.

“Just keeping my head down and working,” he said of what he can bring the Dolphins from the championship experience. “I think that’s all I know. I think that’s all I’m going to continue to do — and earn my teammates’ trust.”

It’s fitting Michel returns to South Florida with a championship mindset. As a senior at American Heritage in the 2013 fall season, he led the school to its first state football championship. Heritage has since won four more — three of them with former Dolphins cornerback and current defensive assistant Patrick Surtain as the school’s head coach. Surtain was in his first year as an assistant at the school when Michel was a senior.

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Giants assistant GM Brandon Brown and special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey will attend an NFL diversity seminar in Atlanta on Monday as a networking opportunity for minority GM and head coaching candidates, according to a source.

Monday’s seminar is one league effort to improve an insufficient diversity track record. The seminar will give candidates a chance to network and interact with NFL team owners ahead Tuesday’s regularly scheduled one-day spring owners’ meeting.

Brown, 33, is on the rise in his first year as Giants assistant GM after spending the five previous years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was director of player personnel in 2021.

McGaughey, 49, is a respected veteran coordinator of six NFL franchises. He is entering his fifth straight season with the Giants in his second stint with the organization.

The seminar’s launch was first reported by The Washington Post.

SCHOEN SHUFFLING THE DECK

The Giants reshuffled the bottom of their roster on Wednesday with four signings and corresponding cuts. They signed defensive end Jalyn Holmes, safety Henry Black, and corners Maurice Canady and Khalil Dorsey.

They cut quarterback Brian Lewerke, outside linebacker Trent Harris, defensive end Raymond Johnson III and defensive back Jordan Mosley (waived/injured).

Lewerke’s release leaves the Giants with only three quarterbacks on their roster: Daniel Jones, Tyrod Taylor and Davis Webb.

Holmes, 26, who played 189 defensive snaps (35%) for the New Orleans Saints last season, knows Giants defensive line coach Andre Patterson from their time together in Minnesota.

Black, 25, is a former Green Bay Packer who played a lot of special teams in 2021. He logged 262 defensive snaps (24%), mostly in the slot or the box.

Canady, 27, and Dorsey, 24, are both former Baltimore Ravens who played under Giants defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale. Both spent time on injured reserve last season.

Canady, a 2020 opt-out, has been on three teams in the last four years: the Ravens, Jets and Cowboys. He’s a special teamer with four starts in 40 career games. He’s played 366 snaps in the slot and 364 at outside, per Pro Football Focus, with spot usage near the line of scrimmage.

Dorsey has played only four NFL snaps at corner, all in the slot as a rookie, per PFF. He spent all of last season on IR.

Mosley (Maryland) was one of two rookie minicamp tryouts to sign with the Giants a few days ago, along with DE Ryder Anderson (Indiana). The team also signed six draft picks coming out of that minicamp: first-rounders Evan Neal and Kayvon Thibodeux, fifth-rounders LB Micah McFadden, DT D.J. Davidson and Marcus McKethan, and sixth-round pick Darrian Beavers.

QB SKIPS GIANTS TRYOUT FOR CFL

Lewerke got the Giants through rookie minicamp, only to get waived four days later. The Michigan State product was the quarterback on the field last weekend.

The team had planned to bring Canadian QB Tre Ford in as a tryout, as reported by Football Gameplan’s Emory Hunt. But Ford chose to report to the Edmonton Elks’ CFL training camp instead.

Ford, 24, told the Edmonton Sun that “the Giants … wanted me to kind of play … an athlete position, too, so maybe a little running back/receiver type of thing. And I was definitely interested in pursuing my career as a quarterback.”

He’d already been to the Baltimore Ravens’ camp the week prior, too. And as the Elks’ 2022 first-round pick in the CFL draft, he decided to show up in Alberta with a chance to compete at his preferred position.

OTAs UNDERWAY

The Giants have 10 voluntary, full-team OTA practices through June 3 prior to their mandatory minicamp that runs June 7-9. Their first two OTAs on Monday and Tuesday were closed to the media. Thursday’s will be open. The rest of the OTAs will be on May 23, 24, 26 (open) and 31, and June 1, 2 (open) and 3.

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