The Lakers do not plan on voiding the five-year, $30.2 million deal Radmanovic signed last July. But Radmanovic, who will miss six to eight weeks with the injury, does face a possible fine and/or suspension. “I did a stupid thing snowboarding, but I don’t want to be a liar,” Radmanovic said. “That’s not something that I am. Obviously, I lied but there was a way to correct it and hopefully this is going to help.” LOS ANGELES – Lakers forward Vladimir Radmanovic was about as good a liar as he was a snowboarder, which was why he arrived at the team’s practice facility Friday and decided to come clean to coach Phil Jackson and general manager Mitch Kupchak. Radmanovic did not suffer a separated right shoulder by falling on a patch of ice Saturday afternoon in Park City, Utah. He was injured while snowboarding in what he admitted was a violation of his contract. “We’ll discuss it internally over the next couple of days on what we may or may not do,” Kupchak said. “If it’s something that we feel needs to be shared, we’ll share it with you.” Lakers owner Jerry Buss nevertheless made a rare appearance in the locker room before Friday’s game. He sat between reporters and said, “I will mull it over” when asked about possible punishment. “It shows a lack of maturity and respect for his obligation to the Lakers and his teammates and the fans of Los Angeles,” Kupchak said. [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! Jackson said his last words to his players before the All-Star break were, “You guys take care of yourselves. This is a time when things can happen.” Snowboarding is not prohibited in the standard player’s contract, but skiing and other activities with an injury risk are. “Unfortunately, before I stepped on that board, I wasn’t really thinking about it,” Radmanovic said. “Until things happen, you don’t believe it’s going to happen to you. Hopefully, it’s going to be a lesson for me.” Kupchak said Radmanovic’s decision to tell the truth would be taken into consideration as the Lakers decide what penalties to impose. He said owning up to the embarrassing truth publicly was “to some degree a punishment.”
Fair officials said the organization is currently negotiating a multiple-year contract with the county. “We are already looking forward to another run next year,” Elkins said. Some old favorites made their return to the fair this year including the Washing Well Wenches, William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth. Visitors also got a chance to hear folk singers and see belly dancers, jugglers and more than 1,200 costumed performers. First-time fair-goer Jason Lopez said he liked getting dressed up like a knight. IRWINDALE – Thousands of people crowded the Renaissance Pleasure Faire and Artisans Market on Sunday to bid farewell to the Elizabethan village. The Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale was transformed into the 16th-century English country fair seven weeks ago. Fair officials said this year seemed to attract more than the usual 10,000 visitors per day. “We won’t know the final numbers until after today but we did see a lot more people this year,” said Andrew Elkins, the fair’s general manager. “We love this location. It’s been extra-promising.” This year marked the Renaissance Pleasure Faire’s 45th year in operation. Prior to making its way to Irwindale, the fair was held in Devore. “It was cool to put on the armor and have a sword,” said Lopez, 13, of Valinda. “You feel like you’re back in time here.” The fair’s Artisans Market provided a variety of foods for people to enjoy including Shepherd’s Pye, turkey legs and fish and chips, and had different craft demonstrations, including glass blowing and jousting. Annie Miller of Whittier said she has been to the fair for the past five years and wanted to bring her grandchildren on the last day. “They’ve never been before and I knew there would be a lot of people,” Miller said. “They thought it was just a regular fair but, boy, were they surprised to see all this.” The Renaissance Pleasure Faire started in 1963 in Agoura and was created to give real-life history lessons to students and their families. Elkin said the fair attracts about 20,000 visitors each weekend and since it began has had more than 5 million visitors from around the world. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 England lost 2-1 to Japan in the Women’s World Cup semi-final with a last gasp Laura Bassett own goal sending the Lionesses crashing to a cruel defeat.A close contest was heading to extra-time in Edmonton, when the Japanese broke on the counter-attack and a dangerous cross was met by Bassett, whose attempt to clear bounced off the bar and over the line.It was a devastating end to England’s first ever last four appearance on the global stage, particularly considering they had created better chances than the defending world champions and looked the more likely winners as the match progressed.Japan were favourites to progress before kick-off, and took the lead just after the half hour mark when England’s Claire Rafferty was penalised for a foul on Soari Ariyoshi, although it looked to have been committed outside of the box.Captain Aya Miyami calmly stroked the ball past England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley, but if Mark Sampson’s team felt hard done by, the score would soon be evened up in more ways than one.Eight minutes later, England had a dubious penalty of their own, when Steph Houghton was adjudged to have been fouled by Yuki Ogimi, who appeared to have clipped her heel, though again replays suggested it may have been a soft decision.Having restored parity thanks to a sweetly struck Fara Williams spot-kick, England grew in stature in the second half and on 61 minutes a smart turn and shot from striker Toni Duggan hit the bar.A period of sustained English pressure had the Japanese on the ropes, as substitute Ellen White forced the goalkeeper into a full stretch save two minutes later, followed by a header from Jill Scott that whistled past the post.On 77 minutes full-back Rafferty nearly redeemed herself when a mishit cross almost gave England a fortuitous lead, only to loop on to the top of the cross bar.But it was Japan who would benefit from a stroke of luck two minutes into stoppage time, as centre-back Bassett – who had been a rock for the Lionesses – stretched to cut out a dangerous ball into the box, only to send it past Bardsley.There was barely time to kick-off before the final whistle was blown, leaving Japan jubiliant and England to reflect on a game they had lost, despite having 11 efforts on goal compared to four from their opponents.The result means Japan will defend their crown against the United States, in a rematch of the final from 2011, while England must pick themselves up for a third-place play-off with European champions Germany. England players console Laura Bassett after her own goal gave Japan a 2-1 World Cup semi-final win