West Brom and England Under-21 player Saido Berahino was reportedly punched by a team-mate after failing to apologise for a mistake that led to relegation rivals Cardiff’s late equaliser in a 3-3 Barclays Premier League draw last weekend. West Brom have subsequently played down the incident, while former Swansea captain Monk was involved in a spat with club colleague Chico Flores earlier this season that led to police attending the Welsh team’s training ground. Asked about the West Brom incident, Swans head coach Monk said on Thursday: “I think it shows they (West Brom) want to win. “I am not saying condone it – you shouldn’t be hitting another player, if that’s what happened – but I think it shows they want to win and get out of this situation. “The disappointing thing for me is how those things don’t stay within the changing room. It worries me more who is leaking those stories out. I would prefer those sort of things staying in the confines of the dressing room. “I’ve said all along, these things happen. I have witnessed and been involved in many spats on the training ground. It’s because you want to win. “It could be a five-a-side, and you are on the losing team, someone kicks someone and there is a bit of argy-bargy, but that is because they want to win. “Okay, if it spills over into something else, as a manager and as a club, you obviously discipline them and make sure they don’t go over the top. “With me and Chico, it blew over within the hour. In terms of players and managers, the more you can keep it in house, the better it is. Ninety-nine per cent of the time it isn’t really what it is made out to be.” Top of Monk’s agenda this weekend is securing more league points when they visit Hull on Saturday. Press Association Swansea boss Garry Monk has expressed his disappointment that dressing and training ground bust-ups do not remain in-house. A draw and a win in their last two fixtures against Arsenal and Norwich combined to take Swansea seven points clear of the relegation zone, but Monk added: “We haven’t got enough points to be safe. “It is important we realise the position we are in, which I think we do. We are not safe, we have got a job to do, and we have to do it to the best we can. “I think it is important we finish the season strongly. We have still very much got a job to do, but it is not just about getting safe, it is trying to do that as early as possible and then push on from there. “For me, I want to get a couple more wins, at least, to ensure that we are safe. That is how I feel. “I want to try to win every single game for the rest of the season. If we can’t do that, then we make sure we don’t lose a game. That is the mentality we have to have.” Swansea faced extra demands this season through considerable Europa League commitments – they played 12 qualifiying, group and knockout games before bowing out to Italian heavyweights Napoli – which many pundits feel contributed to their position in the league’s lower half. Monk, though, is concentrated on finishing the campaign strongly, which continues against Hull and then sees them hosting title contenders Chelsea next weekend. “We have had a lot of criticism this year for some of the performances, and quite rightly so,” he said. “I think we want to show a message of intent to take forward that we are a good team, a good club, and when people doubt us this is how we react. That is vitally important in the games left.”
The calm and stoic tone in which Walton spoke masked his frustration.He often has reacted that way as he has experienced the Lakers going through some early hiccups. The Lakers’ coach shared the same mood over the San Diego Chargers announcing their intentions to relocate to Los Angeles for the 2017 NFL season.The San Diego native also does not plan to buy season tickets just because his hometown team plans to move where he lives.“I’m a little heartbroken over it right now,” Walton said. “I’m not ready to deal with the reality they’re going to leave San Diego.”All things considered, though, is it the right move for the Chargers to join the Rams to play in Los Angeles?“I haven’t followed it closely enough, but I don’t think it is,” Walton said. “But I’m a Chargers fan that wants the team in San Diego. I have no idea what’s happening on the business side of it. But I obviously would have liked them to stay.”Injury updateOn the surface, Lakers forward Brandon Ingram seemed fine. He sank eight consecutive 3-pointers in a pregame workout. He then logged nine points on a 3 of 7 clip.But Ingram’s stoic nature and steady play masked the reality he is nursing a sprain in his left wrist stemmed from taking a fall during Wednesday’s practice. He then had X-rays taken before the game, which turned out negative.“The Adrenaline is pumping,” Ingram said. “Of course I didn’t feel anything on the court. I’m sure it’ll be sore in the morning.”Lessons learnedThe experience may not exactly match playing for a future Hall-of-Fame coach on an NBA team. But in their young NBA careers, Ingram, D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle found significant value in playing for Spurs coach Gregg Popovich last summer on the U.S. Select team in Las Vegas.“It was great,” Russell said. “It was great picking his mind and getting as much knowledge as I possibly can.”While Russell declined to share what he learned, Popovich said he mostly emphasized “basic concepts” pertaining to ball movement and floor spacing. Ingram added Popovich also stressed the significance of defensive concepts.“Great coach; he tells you how to play the right way and he’s a great guy,” Randle said. “I loved playing for him.”It sounded like Popovich loved coaching them, too. “They were ready, willing and able in everything they tried to put out on the court,” Popovich said. “They seemed to enjoy themselves. They were talkative. They had a good give and take, listened well and they both wanted to be there.” SAN ANTONIO >> The outcome already seemed cemented. But just as the Lakers’ 134-94 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday at AT&T Center provided another reminder of the team’s steep learning curve, it also offered some promise regarding another development.Lakers rookie center Ivica Zubac took one giant leap with his progress by scoring a season-high eight points on 4 of 7 shooting with four rebounds in 14 minutes, 30 seconds of play.“Every time I get my chance,” Zubac said, “I’m going to be like this.”That has rarely happened for the Lakers’ 32nd pick out of Croatia. He has spent most of his time practicing with the Lakers while playing with their Development League affiliate, the D-Fenders. Zubac had not logged substantial minutes since starting on Nov. 2 in place of injured Timofey Mozgov. Then, Zubac had six points, four rebounds and four fouls in 19 minutes. In Zubac’s latest effort against San Antonio, Lakers coach Luke Walton praised his passing, shooting and defense.“He was good. He has a great feel for the game,” Walton said. “That’s why we’re so high on him.”Walton then added Zubac can improve on defensive rotations when he needs to switch to stop backcourt players. After losing 8 pounds since the season started by abstaining from soda, fried foods and pasta, Zubac said the Lakers want him to decrease his weight from 272 pounds to 265.“When you can run more, you can do everything better on the court,” Zubac said. “It definitely helps to stay in shape. I’m not playing a lot with the Lakers. It’s easy to get out of shape. Playing in the D-League really helps.”Broken heart Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Donald HesketDonald Hesket, of Geuda Springs, KS, died Sunday, January 11, 2015 at the St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas.Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, January 15th at the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Arkansas City, Kansas. Burial will be in the Tannehill Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:00 A.M until 8:00 P.M. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. A memorial has been established with the Gideonâ€™s International or the Slate Valley Baptist Church. Contributions can be left with the funeral home. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.Donald Vernon Hesket was born on July 21, 1926 the son of George Wayne and Velma L. (Condit) Hesket in Oxford, Kansas. He attended Oxford High School before working in the Oil Fields and later worked for Cessna. Don also farmed his entire life. On November 19, 1946 he was united in marriage with Alice Harding in Arkansas City, Kansas. Don enjoyed gardening and working with his hands. He could fix or build anything.Survivors include his wife, Alice Hesket of Geuda Springs; daughters, Terry L. Whitfield and husband George of Winfield and Carol W. Brown and husband Philip of Arkansas City; grandchildren, Stephanie Murphy and husband of Pooler, GA, John Post and wife Kristina of Andover, KS, Janelle Logan and husband Nicklaus of Mt. Juliet, TN, Evan Brown of Hendersonville, TN and Ethan Brown of Columbia, S.C.; step-grandchildren, Chris Whitfield and husband Roxanne of McKinney, TX and Amy File and husband Jerod of Pocahontas, IL; sisters, Mabel King of Winfield, Doris Smith of Enid, OK, Betty Arnold of Wichita, KS and Lois Cusick and husband Frank of Coloma WI; 4 grandchildren and 5 step grandchildren.Don was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son.