Lakers' Scott says Randle needs to work on conditioning
Former University of Kentucky star Julius Randle had a solid rookie debut Monday night, scoring 10 points with eight rebounds in the Lakers' 98-95 victory over Denver. Although Coach Byron Scott was happy with some of what Randle accomplished, Scott would like to see more from him.
"He's got to do a better job of setting screens," Scott told the Los Angeles Times. "He's got to do a better job of getting up and down the floor. He does that in spurts.
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"The biggest thing with him right now is that he has to get in better shape. He's in good shape but he has to get in great shape."
Scott has held a vigorous training camp, pushing players to try to make the Lakers one of the best-conditioned teams in the league.
"When you're not in great shape and you get tired, you lose focus, it's that simple," Scott said. "It's just a matter of getting him in great shape."
During the summer, the Lakers held Randle back slightly to make sure an old high school foot injury was fully healed.
He felt comfortable in his first game, which he said was a lot easier than last week at Lakers training camp.
"Practice is way, way harder," Randle said.
Sixers waive veteran guard Bogans
The Philadelphia 76ers, who acquired Keith Bogans and a 2018 second-round pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for a 2015 protected second-round pick on Sept. 27, waived the former University of Kentucky star on Tuesday.
The Sixers made the trade to help the Cavaliers create a $5.3 million trade exception. At the time, a league source told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the 76ers organization was unsure if it would keep him. But Bogans didn't join the team for training camp, the newspaper reported.
"I think with Keith, I've coached Keith (in San Antonio)," said Sixers Coach Brett Brown, a former Spurs assistant. "He's a highly competitive player. He's a good player. You know it's not sort of the plans. He's looking to get with a different type of program in regards to not in the rebuilding mode.
"We are trying to identify youth. It's just one of those things; we wish him well. He's a good player and a highly competitive person."
Miller has shot at starting for Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans have five games remaining in the preseason. Coach Monty Williams hopes one of the small forwards on his roster will step up and take the starting role.
It hasn't happened after two games.
In Monday's 93-87 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, former Kentucky standout Darius Miller, John Salmons and Luke Babbitt, who are all vying for the starting job, combined for four points on 1-for-9 shooting.
Miller, who also starred at Mason County, has started the first two games, but he played only eight minutes against Atlanta and attempted one shot and scored two points.
The Times-Picayune reported that he's aiming to show more against the Wizards on Wednesday night.
''I'm definitely trying to earn the spot,'' Miller told the newspaper. ''That's a big thing. I feel like Coach Monty Williams is big on fighting for things you want. That's what I'm trying to do.''
Williams said the competition between the players is wide open.
''We want to get a look at a number of guys at the position,'' Williams said. "'I'm still not sure who we are going to go with at the spot. We have some different options. John is a guy we brought in to play some minutes there, but he can also play the two.''
Report: Faried ends up with $50M deal
A person familiar with the negotiations said Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried agreed to a four-year, $50 million contract extension. Denver had until Oct. 31 to negotiate a new contract for the former Morehead State star or he would have become a restricted free agent next summer. The high-flying Faried averaged 13.7 points and 8.6 rebounds last season.
The sides initially agreed to a five-year, $60 million deal, but Yahoo Sports reported that complications with the NBA collective bargaining agreement's fine print prompted the Nuggets and Faried to work out a deal for only four years.
Minority share in Cincinnati Reds is sold
The Cincinnati Reds approved the sale of minority share in the team to a senior managing director for The Blackstone Group based in New York City.
The sale involves a share in the team owned by Louise and Louis Nippert, who had majority interest in the team from 1973-81. Mrs. Nippert retained a minority share in the team until her death in 2012. The share was sold by the family's trust.
Frank Cohen bought the share. He grew up in Cincinnati and went to Northwestern University. Cohen also is a director for EOP, CarrAmerica, TRZ Holdings and Blackstone's industrial venture affiliate.
Bob Castellini is the majority owner of the team.
Grade I winner My Conquestadory retired
Conquest Stables' My Conquestadory, winner of the Grade I Darley Alcibiades at Keeneland last October, was retired, trainer Mark Casse said Tuesday.
My Conquestadory had been pointed toward a start in Saturday's Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland, where she was expected to be among the race favorites. Casse said Tuesday he was not satisfied with how the 3-year-old had trained while at Keeneland and the decision was made to let her begin her second career in the breeding shed.
"I just didn't feel watching her train at Keeneland that she was at her very best. And if you're going to run in a race like the one this weekend, you have to be at your very best," Casse said. "The owners and I talked about it and our feeling was she's already a Grade I winner, she's done a lot of things. She's sound and she could have gone on and ran another year.... I just didn't want to risk any problems with her. So she's already at Lane's End."
■ Jockey John Velazquez has the early Fall Meet lead at Keeneland with five victories in 11 starts, with purses totaling $1,221,091. Next up is Julien Leparoux with three wins in 17 starts.
Todd Pletcher is the leading trainer with four wins. Ken McPeek, Kellyn Gorder and Chris Block have two apiece.
College basketballFant, Price on preseason C-USA squad
Western Kentucky seniors George Fant and T.J. Price were named to Conference USA's 10-man preseason team by the league's coaches.
Fant, a former Warren Central standout, averaged 13.3 points and 6.6 rebounds for the Hilltoppers last season, the school's last in the Sun Belt Conference. Price was 10th in the Sun Belt in scoring with 15.5 per game.
The last word
In a Q&A on the Denver Broncos' website, former Boyle County and University of Kentucky star Jacob Tamme said what his career aspirations were as a kid:
"I know when I was in third grade I wrote down on a sheet of paper my career goal was to work at Dairy Queen and play in the NFL. I guess I just really liked Blizzards when I was little. There's still opportunity for that."