WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Derrick Rose said Monday he isnt worried about a rape trial set to start next week because he feels he didnt do anything wrong.Rose said he is instead focused on his first season with the New York Knicks. His first practice with the team will be Tuesday.My concern is just playing well this year, Rose said. I cant think about the case. I feel like Im innocent and I feel like I didnt do anything wrong, like I said, and I cant let that distract me with the year that I have ahead of me.A woman sued Rose last year in California, contending the former MVP and two of his friends raped her in August 2013 while she was incapacitated after a night of drinking. Rose and the others say they had consensual sex with her that night.The civil trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 4 -- barring any settlement -- the day the Knicks play their exhibition opener in Houston. Its unclear how much, if any, of the preseason he would have to miss if there is a trial.Im not worried about it, but if I do have to miss time, its a part of it, Rose said. Of course I dont want to be in this position, but it is what it is and Im going to let my lawyers and my team handle it.Rose added that he hadnt heard anything about a possibility of criminal charges being brought.The Knicks acquired Rose from Chicago in June. The point guard said he is healthy after a series of injuries, mostly to his knees, that have plagued him since his MVP season in 2011.Because of the injuries, Rose hasnt played in more than 66 games a season since he first tore his ACL in the 2012 playoffs. Rehab has forced him to report early or stay late after practices and games for much of the last few years, which he said was tiresome.But he was able to focus on basketball this summer while adding yoga to his workout routine, and Knicks who have been playing with him say Roses quickness has returned.Hes extremely focused right now, All-Star Carmelo Anthony said, adding that hes never played with a point guard with Roses explosiveness. Hes healthy, he has a different mindset. He has a clear mind and hes ready to go out there and try to help us with our goals.Rose was the biggest addition to a Knicks team that also signed his former Bulls teammate, Joakim Noah, and veteran guards Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings. If he remains healthy, Rose can get the Knicks playing at a quicker pace and create easier baskets under new coach Jeff Hornacek, after their offense often stalled while playing the triangle under Derek Fisher and Kurt Rambis the last two years.Lee said Rose, who once hit a game-winning shot over him while Lee played for Houston, has looked confident during offseason workouts.He kind of reminded me of that MVP D-Rose, especially in some of the drills that we were doing, Lee said. He was able to get to his spots quick, explosiveness and knock down shots.Rose averaged 16.4 points in 66 games last season, and most of the games he missed were unrelated to his knees. The Chicago native has been focused on learning a new city and team, traveling with a group of Knicks players to practice in Puerto Rico at Anthonys invitation.Having to miss time in October would delay his ability to get comfortable. A settlement would prevent that, but Rose didnt discuss that possibility, praising his legal team for taking care of the details.Theyre handling everything and theyre giving me time to focus on what I need to focus on and thats just straight basketball, Rose said.---Follow Brian Mahoney on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Briancmahoney ECCO Herre Yucatan Sandaler 069564-01543 Tarmac Online Tilbud
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Just trying to put a ball in play and have a good at-bat, and it just kept going and going and going and going.Walker (4-10), who gave up six runs and six hits in just two-thirds of inning, hit Yunel Escobar on the hand with the first pitch and Calhoun sent a 3-2 pitch over the right-field wall. Trout, who entered 8 for 10 in his career against Walker, then hit his 27th homer and Pujols followed with his shot to make it 4-0.Andrelton Simmons had an RBI double and Carlos Perez added a run-scoring single to cap the inning.Thats as good as it gets, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. It was a 13-pitch at-bat and it ended in a home run. Koles a grinder. He goes up there and he got a home run in a 13-pitch at-bat, which is tremendous.Tyler Skaggs (3-3) allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings for Los Angeles, striking out seven and walking one.Franklin Gutierrez answered in the bottom of the first with a two-run homer, his 13th.Im happy our team scored all those runs, but at the same time its tough to sit there for 45 minutes and throw in the cage and then come out there, Skaggs said. Im not complaining at all whatsoever, though. The offense was great tonight.Pujols 28th homer of the season, a two-run shot in the second, gave him 588 for his career to move past Frank Robinson into ninth place on the all-time list.I dont think about that, Pujols said. I was just glad to help our team win tonight and be able to contribute, especially after a tough loss last night.Trout had opened the inning with a triple off the glove of center fielder Leonys Martin.Calhoun also had a solo shot, his 15th, in the third, and Jefry Martes added an RBI single in the fourth to make it 10-2.Nelson Cruz hit his 34th homer to open the bottom half of the inning.The three connsecutive homers by the Angels was the first time since April 13, 2014, when Trout, Pujols and Raul Ibanez did it in the first inning against the Mets.ddddddddddddhat was the story of the game, Mariners manager Scott Servais. It was over before it really got started. Obviously, Taijuan did not have his best stuff tonight. The first pitch of the game, then the long at-bat to Calhoun that ends up with a home run, and then the home runs after.TRAINERS ROOMAngels: RHP Cam Bedrosian (2-0, 1.12 ERA), who already was on the DL (right middle finger flexor tendinitis) when the club announced earlier this week that he also was dealing with a blood clot in his upper right arm, will undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday for the clot, GM Billy Eppler said in a statement. ... 3B Escobar was taken out of the game after being hit. X-rays were negative and the team said he had a contusion on the back of his left hand.Mariners: RHP Drew Storen, on the 15-day DL (right shoulder inflammation) is expected to be activated Sunday. Storen pitched one scoreless inning for Triple-A Tacoma in a 20-pitch rehab outing on Friday, allowing one hit with one strikeout.ANGELS ROSTER MOVESThe Angels recalled RHP Alex Meyer and 1B Ji-Man Choi from Triple-A Salt Lake City. Meyer, acquired from the Twins along with RHP Ricky Nolasco at the trade deadline, is expected to start Wednesday in place of Brett Oberholtzer.TROUT STAYS HOT VS. SEATTLEIn 15 games against the Mariners this season, Trout is hitting .353 with seven home runs, two triples, two doubles and 17 RBI, with 17 runs scored. In his career against Walker, Trout is hitting .818 (9-for-11) with a triple, three homers and six RBI.CANO DOUBLES UPMariners 2B Robinson Cano doubled in the first inning, making him one of four players in major league history with at least 30 doubles and 30 home runs in 12 consecutive seasons, joining Stan Musial (16 seasons), Tris Speaker (12) and Honus Wagner (12). Cano is the only player to do it in 12 straight seasons to start his career.UP NEXTAngels: RHP Matt Shoemaker (9-13, 3.91 ERA) has won his last three starts and has pitched at least six innings in each of his last nine starts. He is 1-2 with a 5.82 ERA in three starts this season against the MarinersMariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (14-10, 4.01 ERA) is 6-1 with a 2.14 ERA at home against the Angels. Cheap NFL Hoodies Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys White NFL Jerseys Cheap Stitched Jerseys Wholesale Black NFL Jerseys Wholesale Stitched Jerseys
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