Mumbai, Oct 4 (PTI) The opening Ranji Trophy game of the season here between Haryana and Services, commencing on October 6, is threatened by rain which has extended its stay beyond its normal season this year in the metropolis. In fact as a forerunner to what could pan out in two days time, todays morning practice of Haryana was called off due to incessant rain by match hosts, Cricket Club of India. “Haryana were scheduled to practice this morning but it is now cancelled. Theres no possibility of having nets even in the afternoon. Services are set to arrive this evening,” said CCIs Sanjay Jaywant. Asked whether the track for the game was ready the former Mumbai Ranji cricketer said,”The wicket has been covered. We are keeping our fingers crossed.” This is the first season in which the Cricket Board has decided to experiment with the neutral venue concept and thats the reason two northern outfits are set to play their season-opening Group C game here. But the rains, which have been incessant since last Saturday after a brief lull, could play the spoil-sport. PTI SSR DK BS BS SDM
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson revealed Brazil team-mate Philippe Coutinho played a big role in his decision to join the Premier League giants.Alisson, 25, joined Liverpool from Roma in July, and has made a fine start in England.The shot-stopper was linked to the likes of Real Madrid before his move to Anfield, and the goalkeeper now says Coutinho – who left Liverpool for Barcelona in January after five years at the club – played a part in his decision. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “He spoke highly of Jurgen [Klopp, Liverpool manager] and about the players,” he told reporters.”He said there is no vanity in the squad but it’s a very ambitious squad with a strong desire to win.”Coutinho also said he was very happy here with his family, which is really important. Our wives spoke to each other too and they said they had a great time living here, and we are very happy.”Alisson has helped Liverpool win all six of their Premier League games to start the season, despite a howler against Leicester City earlier this month.The Brazilian was dispossessed by Kelechi Iheanacho, leading to Leicester’s goal and plenty of criticism.Back to work @ Melwood. pic.twitter.com/sZmIf9IoNP — Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 27, 2018 Despite that mistake, Alisson, whose team visit Chelsea on Saturday, said consistency was his biggest strength.”I am more mature today, so I deal better with the mistakes than the many times when I locked myself away and wanted to be alone,” he said.”But if you look at my professional history as a goalkeeper, I am not somebody who makes many mistakes. My game is characterized by consistency.”That is what has brought me to Liverpool. I like to make simple saves. I don’t make saves for the camera. If the ball is in front of me, I won’t dive. If it’s to the side of me, I will dive to the side.”My saves are not to show off or Hollywood saves for the camera.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
The two leading sides in Champions League Group B face off on Tuesday, with Barcelona aware that a victory over Inter will carry them through to the last 16, regardless of the outcome of the match between Tottenham and PSV.Barca have a perfect three wins from three to their name, while Inter’s six points put them in a commanding position to qualify ahead of the fourth round of fixtures.After a competitive match at Camp Nou a fortnight ago, in which goals from Rafinha and Jordi Alba guided the Spanish side to victory, Inter will be hopeful of at least sharing the spoils at home to keep their rivals at an arm’s length. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game Inter vs Barcelona Date Tuesday, November 6 Time 8pm BST / 3pm EST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Univision Deportes fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport ESPN and livestreamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport ESPN BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Inter squad Goalkeepers Handanovic, Padelli, Berni Defenders Vrsaljko, De Vrij, Ranocchia, Miranda, Skriniar, D’Ambrosio Midfielders Asamoah, Vecino, B. Valero, Perisic, Brozovic, Candreva, Nainggolan Forwards Icardi, L. Martinez, Balde, Politano Inter starting X (4-2-3-1)I: Handanovic; Vrsaljko, Skriniar, De Vrij, Asamoah; Vecino, Brozovic; Politano, Nainggolan, Perisic; Icardi Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Pique, Semedo, Lenglet, Alba, Chumi Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho, Arthur, Rafinha, Roberto, Vidal Forwards L. Suarez, Dembele, Malcom, Munir, Messi Barcelona starting XI (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Lenglet, Pique, Jordi Alba; Arthur, Busquets, Rakitic; Dembele, Suarez, CoutinhoBetting & Match Odds Barcelona are priced at odds of winning 23/20 according to bet 365 , while a draw is available at 5/2. Inter are priced at 27/10.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Much of the build-up around this encounter has circled around Lionel Messi. After fracturing his arm in a recent Liga clash against Sevilla, he could have made his return to feature at San Siro.“He could be available, but we have to wait, let’s see how he feels about his safety,” head coach Valverde said on the eve of the game. “I can’t anticipate anything but what is clear is that we aren’t going to take any chances with Messi.”And neither he should. Barcelona stand well placed to progress in Europe, after a perfect start to the season that has already seen them defeat group rivals Tottenham, PSV and Inter.On the domestic front, too, things look rosy, although they came within a whisker of suffering a stunning defeat against struggling Real Vallecano at the weekend. Goals in the final three minutes from Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez transformed a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 victory, though it came as a timely warning that they can take little for granted.Inter, too, have shown themselves a side worthy of respect. While Barcelona struggled on Saturday, Spalletti’s side were cruising to a 5-0 win over Genoa, having previously chalked up impressive victories against Lazio and AC Milan to help lift them to second in Serie A.The coach may have hailed Messi as the world’s best, but Inter are more concerned with a diminutive Argentine of their own, Mauro Icardi, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.“Icardi is our captain and our reference point,” Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti told Marca, rejecting the possibility of a transfer.“He’s also very happy at Inter. We’re not aware of any interest from Real Madrid. We’re aware that Inter are in good shape and don’t have to sell to continue to respect Financial Fair Play (FFP).”While things are going well for the Nerazzurri on the field, they are also coming together off it, too, with those FFP restrictions set to be lifted in the coming weeks. A positive result against Barca would cap a stunning spell for the Italians.
Former champion Maria Sharapova’s hopes of playing at this year’s Wimbledon championships could hinge on a June 20 meeting of tournament organisers unless the Russian hits form in forthcoming events in Madrid and Rome.Sharapova, who returned last week after a 15-month ban for an anti-doping violation, could still climb high enough in the WTA rankings to earn a spot in the main draw or Wimbledon qualifying tournament at Roehampton.Failing that the 2004 champion would need a wildcard, either into the main draw or the qualifying event which takes place a week before the championship begins.”We have a long-standing tried and tested process (for awarding wildcards) in the week before qualifying and this year is no different,” All England Club chairman Philip Brook said at a news conference on Wednesday.”First we will see if Maria applies for a wildcard and if so we will consider her case alongside everyone else’s.”It will be a decision for the group on the day.”Sharapova reached the semi-finals in Stuttgart last week as a wildcard entrant, playing her first tournament since her ban for taking the prohibited substance Meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. Her world ranking rose to 262.The cut-off date to enter Wimbledon’s main draw is May 22, the day after the conclusion of the Rome tournament in which Sharapova has been handed another wildcard.The cut-off for entry to the qualifying event is June 5.A strong performance from the former world number in Rome, and in Madrid the week before where she has also been handed a wildcard, would likely elevate Sharapova high enough in the WTA rankings to enter Wimbledon on merit.advertisementThat would potentially spare the All England Club a tough decision as they are already without defending champion Serena Williams who is regnant.Several players, including former world number one Caroline Wozniacki and former Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard, have been highly critical of tournament organisers handing five-times grand slam champion Sharapova wildcards.But Sharapova remains one of the biggest names in the sport and has the pedigree to challenge for the title.While at pains to say any application by Sharapova for wildcard would be treated like any other, Brook hinted that reputation could influence the committee which includes himself, Wimbledon tournament referee Andrew Jarrett and former British number one Tim Henman.”We look at who has done well in the lead-up tournaments,” he said.”We will also consider what might add interest to the tournament. If someone has a strong record at Wimbledon that would be taken into consideration.”Brook also suggested Sharapova’s case could be strengthened if she played at events in Nottingham, Birmingham or Eastbourne.”We do appreciate players who play in grasscourt tournaments in the build-up to Wimbledon and success in those, for a number of years now, had been rewarded (with wildcards).”The 30-year-old Sharapova, who failed an anti-doping test for the heart drug Meldonium after failing to realise it had been added to the banned list at the end of 2015, is also sweating on being handed a wildcard for the French Open.A decision on that is expected on May 16.
Real Madrid survived an early Atletico Madrid onslaught to reach the Champions League final 4-2 on aggregate on Wednesday and set up a mouth-watering clash against Juventus.Atletico roared into a two-goal lead in the semi-final second leg with a Saul Niguez header and Antoine Griezmann’s penalty, but Isco notched in the 42nd minute for Real who saw out the game calmly to lose 2-1 on the night and ease into the final.Real, who won the first leg at home 3-0, have now eliminated Atletico from the competition in four consecutive seasons, including the 2014 and 2016 finals.Zinedine Zidane’s side can become the first team to retain the Champions League title when they face his former club Juventus in the final in Cardiff on June 3.”It’s special, for sure, (Juventus) gave me everything,” Zidane told reporters. “But I’m with Real Madrid, another club of my life. It will be a beautiful final.”Atletico’s final European game at the Vicente Calderon before they move stadiums will be remembered for the fantastic atmosphere the supporters created as they tried to help their team overcome their arch-rivals.But Simeone’s men could not break their European curse against Real.”The first 20 minutes of this magic night at the Calderon will be remembered forever,” the Atletico coach said. “We have to be proud of the players. They kept hope, showing we weren’t talking for the sake of talking but because we believed.”Driven on by the deafening Calderon, Atletico started well, creating more danger in the opening minutes than they managed in the entire first leg before Saul nodded home Koke’s corner in the 12th minute.advertisementWhen Raphael Varane brought down Fernando Torres four minutes later and Antoine Griezmann converted the penalty, the comeback seemed a real possibility.But Real, who last failed to score 61 games ago, were not to be denied. Karim Benzema’s sensational solo dribble on the left byline took out three Atletico defenders and he cut the ball back for Toni Kroos to drive a shot at goal.Jan Oblak made an excellent save to keep the German at bay but Isco was on hand to poke home from close range and give Real a precious away goal.Atletico continued to press but Navas pulled off a fine double save to deny Yannick Carrasco and Kevin Gameiro.Cristiano Ronaldo thought he had added a second for Real but it was harshly ruled out for offside and the visitors calmly kept possession in the closing minutes to stay on course for a 12th European Cup.
While Mithali Raj, Team India’s ace female cricketer grabbed the second position in the top 10 ODIrankings for female players, Captain Virat Kohli has become the only Indian to feature in the top 10 of the ICC one-day male cricketer rankings. He managed to hold on to the third spot in the ODI batsman’s chart. Top 3 batsmenThe top three batsmen in ODI rankingsinclude – South Africa’s AB de Villiers with 874 points, Australia’sDavid Warner marginally short of the first position with 871, and ViratKohli with 852. The gap in the points imply toward the intensecompetition in the ranking. The other Indian batsmen who feature in thetop 20 were Rohit Sharma (12th), MS Dhoni (13th) and Shikhar Dhawan(15th). Male cricketers: Not well bowled!However, there was disappointment for India in the bowlers chart. No cricketer from team India featured in the top 10 list which is headed by Kagiso Rabada of South Africa.Left-arm spinner Akshar Patel secured the 11th spot along with New Zealand’s Matt Henry while Amit Mishra (13th) and Ravichandran Ashwin (joint 18th) are the other two Indian bowlers who featured in the top 20 list.Women cricketers grab top positionsFemale batsman from teamIndia, Mithali Raj, stood at the second position in the top 10 ODIrankings for female players with 756 points. While the men bowlers were not able to make it to the top 10, Jhulan Goswami, Indian bowler from the women team, securedthe third spot in the ODI rankings with 611 points. ODI team rankings:In the ICC one-day team rankings, South Africa was on top with 122 points, followed by Australia on 118, and India just a point behind with 117 at the third position. New Zealand with 114 and England at 112 are the fourth and fifth teams completing the top-5 ODI rankings.advertisement All the teams have a lot to play in the coming time. Australia and India have a good chance to overtake South Africa by the next rankings update if they win all their three league matches and South Africa loses all its three matches.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Garbine Muguruza’s first attempt at defending a Grand Slam title did not last beyond the fourth round, where she ran into a determined Kristina Mladenovic backed by a vocal crowd of countrymen at Roland Garros.A year after showing so much resolve while winning the French Open, Garbine Muguruza fell apart down the stretch of what became a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 loss Sunday to the 13th-seeded Mladenovic, who reached the quarterfinals at her home major for the first time.Mladenovic managed to pull off the biggest victory of her career despite 16 double-faults, seven in each of the last two sets at Court Suzanne Lenglen on a windy day with the temperature in the 60s (teens Celsius).Muguruza, who was seeded No. 4 in Paris, beat Serena Williams in the French Open final last year. She also was the runner-up to Williams at Wimbledon in 2015. But the Spaniard has been repeatedly answering questions recently about whether expectations are different now that she is a major champion and whether that sort of pressure might affect her on court.The last repeat women’s champion at Roland Garros remains Justine Henin, who won the tournament three consecutive years from 2005-07.The 24-year-old Mladenovic had never made it past the third round in Paris. She broke down in tears during her post-match speech to the crowd, which regaled her with chants of her nickname, “Kiki!”The last woman representing France to win the country’s Grand Slam tournament was Mary Pierce in 2000.
World Cup 2015. World T20 2016. Champions Trophy 2017. India have now made it to the semi-finals of three successive ICC tournaments, thanks to some sublime, all-round performances in different conditions.India were on fire in the World Cup down under two years ago. They brushed Pakistan aside before steamrolling South Africa, West Indies, Ireland and Zimbabwe in the group stage. They met Bangladesh in the quarterfinals and overcame the Tigers thanks to Rohit Sharma’s spectacular hundred.But heartbreak awaited the Men in Blue in the semis when they went down to eventual champions and co-hosts Australia in a one-sided match.In the World T20 at home last year, India were overwhelming favourites after winning T20 series against Australia, Sri Lanka and the Asia Cup T20.However, the hosts were shocked by New Zealand on a turning track in Nagpur. In a must-win game against Pakistan, Virat Kohli played a blinder to take the team home at the Eden Gardens. In a thrilling contest vs Bangladesh, India held their nerves to clinch it.Kohli was on fire again against Australia, smashing an unbeaten 82 as India gunned down 161.Up against the West Indies in the semi-final, Kohli was dictating terms yet again and made an unbeaten 89 to help India post a daunting 192 off their 20 overs. But the Caribbean team, riding on half-centuries from Johnson Charles and Lendl Simmons, romped to victory with two balls to spare.India reached England to defend a title they had won without much fuss four years ago. Back in 2013, India were the world champions and they would, under MS Dhoni, go on to beat South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan, Sri Lanka (in the semi-finals) and hosts England in the final and lift the Champions Trophy.advertisementThis year, India did not have the comfort of a lot of ODI cricket under their belt in the run-up to the coveted tournament. The players had completed a hectic Test season at home and had then spent the next two months going through the rigours of the IPL.But against Pakistan in the tournament opener, India were clinical with bat and ball. Half-centuries from Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Kohli and Yuvraj Singh led them to 319/3 off 48 overs. Umesh Yadav led a skilled bowling display as Pakistan lost a rain-truncated match by 124 runs.India were the more fancied team in their next encounter against Sri Lanka and the batsmen duly compiled another massive score. A Dhawan hundred and a Dhoni fifty helped the defending champs pile up 321. But Sri Lanka were not ready to roll over and wilt – their young batsmen produced a sterling show to stun the mighty Indians.The last league game against South Africa turned out to be a virtual quarterfinal. In a must-win game, the bowlers got their act together and dismissed a powerful South African batting line-up for a mere 191.The total was never going to challenge India with their batting might – despite losing Rohit early, Dhawan and Kohli smashed classy half-centuries to storm home.Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly summed it up nicely towards the end of the Indian innings. “India have rarely struggled in big tournaments. They won the 2007 World T20, the 2011 World Cup and now they are on their way to something very, very special.”The question is: Can India next the final this time and defend their crown? They are mot likely to face Bangladesh in the semis. It won’t be easy but the scales would be tilted heavily in favour of Kohli’s men.Teams reaching semi-finals of ICC Champions Trophy on most occasions:5* INDIA5 South Africa4 England4 Australia#INDvSA #CT17- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) June 11, 2017
Bringing back memories of the 2012 brutal Nirbhaya gangrape and murder, the Shimla gangrape victim was also subjected to horrific torture. The five accused who first brutally raped her and then dumped her body in a forest after strangulating her to death.Though the state police authorities are yet to make the post-mortem report public, victim’s family members tell a tale of spine-chilling torture which was meted out to the school girl.”There were cigarette burn scars on her body. She was bitten over lips, cheek, breasts. A leg and an arm had fractures. She was subjected to inhuman treatment before she was murdered,” victim’s uncle and sister said.Eyewitnesses said the victim bore scratch marks on her back, which proves she was thrown inside a pit after being killed. There are also allegations that the post-mortem report finds a very little mention of torture in it. Victim’s mother refused to buy the police theory and said, the actual perpetrators were roaming freely and the police tried to hush-up the case by merely arresting five labourers.”The accused are roaming freely. The police has failed to arrest the actual perpetrators. The police first said it was a high profile case. But, when the people mounted pressure they arrested four labourers and a local, after 10 days. Had it been a high profile case, then why did it take 10 days to arrest two Nepalese and two Uttarakhand labourers. Were these labourers waiting for their arrest? This clearly shows that the police is hiding something,” victim’s mother said.advertisementVictim’s family has refused to accept the police theory of murder and rape. The family now hopes that the CBI will do justice to the victim.”We fear that the police may destroy the evidence. We trust CBI which is a national agency which will bring the truth forward. It’s almost 20 days. The police has failed to arrest the actual offenders. Those arrested are also not safe. This shows that the police is trying to hide something. The persons arrested are not the ones whose photos were released on social media. That’s why we demanded a CBI probe, so that they do not spoil the evidences,” says victim’s mother.POLICE CLAIMS APPEAR TO BE RIDICULOUS Having attracted criticism for botched-up investigation, the murder and rape theory findings of Shimla Police has not been accepted either by the victim’s family or the locals. The police said victim was gangraped and killed between 4.30 and 6 PM, at a place which is located between the two roads. Shanties of the labourers are also located close by. Interestingly, nobody heard the screams of the victim when she was being gangraped. This hints that the girl was raped and killed elsewhere and then body was dumped in the forest.Police says, the victim was raped and killed at the same spot from where the body was recovered. This is a forest area and home to wild beasts. The body of the victim, according to the police was lying in the forest for two days when it was discovered by her uncle. However, no signs of wild animals mauling her body was found.Another major loophole in police theory is that the school uniform worn by the victim was untouched. Only one sock was missing. There are allegations that the missing sock was recovered from the house of one of the accused.The victim’s family fears that the evidences might get destroyed.LOOPHOLES IN SHIMLA POLICE’s INVESTIGATION Ignoring the safety of the accused, the police kept all five in a single cell. Incidentally, on July 18 when an alleged scuffle took place between the prime accused Rajinder Singh alias Raju and Suraj Singh, the police were unprepared to handle the situation. The guard on duty returned when Suraj was dead. Suraj’s wife has said he was killed by the police as he had threatened to reveal the truth.Interestingly, the police is yet to recover the Mahindra Pick-up vehicle which was used to commit the crime. The vehicle belongs to the prime accused Raju who allegedly gave lift to the victim in the same vehicle. It is still lying in the village and the police did not seize it.The police has also held one suspect named Ashish Chauhan alias Ashu for questioning, but later said it cracked the case with his help. He is still under the custody.Other important point of the case which the CBI will be focussing are the allegation that the arrested suspects are not guilty, they were lured with money to save the actual perpetrators. There are also allegations about some dubious bank transactions which took place in a local bank.advertisementAnother fact which points fingers at police investigation is why four labourers did not abscond after committing such a heinous crime. Normally, the Nepali labourers involved in crimes in Shimla and other areas escape. Their families have claimed they were with them when the police claims the victim was raped.”Those arrested are innocent. The village Panchayat President slapped them and the cop pointed a gun at Suraj Singh and pressurised him to confess the crime which he did not commit,” says Vinod, a fellow labourer who shared the accommodation with Suraj Singh, who died in the police lock-up after a scuffle with the prime accused Raju on July 18.BACKGROUND OF THE CASE:The 16-year-old school girl belongs to a poor family of Hilaila village under Kotkhai Tehsil of Shimla district. She would travel more than five kilometers to reach her school where she studied in the 10th standard. Her brother would accompany her usually, as the path meandered through a thick forest. On July 4, her brother did not accompany her as he was attending a sports meet. The victim left the school alone to her home. She met Raju, a neighbour, who offered her a lift in his vehicle. According to the police, other four accused are Suraj Singh, Subash Singh Bisht, Lokjan alias Chottu and Deepak alias Deepu. All were drunk. The accused according to the police stopped the vehicle in the middle of the forest and dragged the victim from the vehicle and raped her along with the labourers.The family members informed the police when the victim did not return home. Her father feared that she was killed by a bear. Victim’s body was spotted after two days in the forest. Police inaction angered the locals which stormed the police station and set the vehicles on fire. The incident also sparked protests in other parts of the district and then the State. Public outrage forced the State government to order a CBI probe. The issue also reached Himachal High Court which ordered CBI to investigate the case. Accordingly, CBI has registered two cases one pertaining to the gang rape and murder and another to the custodial death of Suraj Singh on July 18.Also Read:Shimla gangrape-murder case: Protests rock hill city, people accuse police of mishandling the caseShimla gangrape case: Accused found dead inside Kotkhai police stationShimla rape outrage: How Himachal, other states fare in crime against women
Joshna Chinappa edged out longtime India teammate Dipika Pallikal to make the women’s singles main draw of the USD 100,000 PSA China Open on Wednesday.A gruelling battle is expected whenever Chinappa and Pallikal face each other and it was no different this time.Chinappa, who won her 15th women’s singles national title last week, pipped Pallikal 7-11, 11-5, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8 in the final round of qualifying. She had also got the better of Pallikal in the Asian Championships final earlier this year.Chinappa, the highest ranked Indian at 14, had blanked Duan Si Yu of China in her opening qualifying match yesterday.World No. 22 Pallikal, too, had started her campaign on a promising note, beating former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf of England in another tough match lasting five games.Saurav Ghosal, India’s number one male player, made the men’s singles main draw with a 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-1 win over Omar Abdel Meguid of Egypt.
Spain’s Rafael Nadal made sure he would top the ATP rankings at the end of the season when he beat South Korea’s Chung Hyeon 7-5 6-3 in the second round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday.Nadal, who has never won the tournament, was a break behind in the opening set before stepping up a gear to set up a third round meeting with Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas.Hyeon got off to a solid start and broke Nadal’s serve as he moved 2-1 up but the Spaniard then won four games in a row.Un VAMOS et le numro 1?? mondial @RafaelNadal l’emporte 7/5 6/3 face Hyeon Chung?? @TennisTV #RolexPMasterspic.twitter.com/ONwbJDsPPb- ROLEX PARIS MASTERS (@RolexPMasters) November 1, 2017The South Korean levelled for 5-5 but paid for his efforts as Nadal sealed the set with two successive games.The world number one made the decisive break in the eighth game of the second set and bagged a straightforward win on his second match point when Hyeon sent a forehand long.Earlier, Germany’s Alexander Zverev was knocked out in the second round when he slumped to a 3-6 6-2 6-2 defeat against Dutch journeyman Robin Haase.The fourth seed, who has already booked his ticket for the season-ending ATP World Tour finals in London, lost his way in the match after Haase levelled at one-set all.The 20-year-old Zverev converted his only break point in the first set to take the lead while Haase wasted six break chances.But Haase played a bit tighter in the second set and it was enough to unsettle Zverev, who never threatened again in an almost empty AccorHotels Arena.advertisement
Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is enjoying playing under manager Pep Guardiola and credits the Spaniard’s tactics for helping him thrive at the Premier League leaders.The Belgian international notched seven league goals and nine assists in 2015 but since Guardiola’s arrival last July, De Bruyne’s impact has risen drastically, with the 26-year-old assisting 21 goals in 36 league games last season.De Bruyne has provided nine assists and scored twice in 16 appearances across all competitions this campaign and the attacking midfielder praised his manager and the club’s successful transfers for improving the unbeaten side.”Since Pep came to the club, he plays a style of football I like to play, so it makes it easy as a player,” De Bruyne told Sky Sports.”I like it here, it is the perfect environment and since I came here there has been a lot of trust in me. I like the project they are doing from the moment I came here.”There was an older team (when I first arrived), they did a lot of transfers, a lot of young people, they are building for the future… I am really happy here and I see myself being a long time here.”Reuters Photo De Bruyne, along with forwards Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, has been instrumental in City’s storming start to the season, which has seen them open a five-point lead at the top of the standings and qualify from their Champions League group.City host fifth-placed Arsenal on Sunday and De Bruyne has urged his team to extend their advantage and heap pressure on their rivals on a weekend when title contenders Manchester United and champions Chelsea face off at Stamford Bridge.advertisement”It is a very important one again. We have Arsenal and United have Chelsea, so there are a lot of things that can happen again,” De Bruyne added.”If we win that game, it means that somebody else is also going to lose points with Arsenal.”So it puts pressure on the rest, it gives us a good advantage and it is always handy to have more points and to put pressure on the other people.”
Steve Smith slammed yet another hundred and batted the entire last day as Australia held on for a draw in the fourth Test of the Ashes series against England at Melbourne on Saturday.Smith was unbeaten on 102 with Mitchell Marsh on 29 with Australia 263/4 in their second innings as both captains shook hands to bring an end to an exciting Boxing Day Test match at the MCG.WATCH: SPORTS TODAYAbandoning his natural attacking game to ensure his team salvaged a draw, Smith took 259 deliveries to reach his 23rd Test century and his third in this series after making an unbeaten 141 in the first Test in Brisbane and 239 in the third match in Perth.He brought up his hundred after tea with a single off Dawid Malan, one of seven English bowlers who tried unsuccessfully to get him out, raising his arms in triumph and embracing Marsh, who was also a model of composure, surviving more than three and a half hours.With 1305 runs at 76.76 in 2017, Smith is now the only player in Test history to score more than 1000 runs and average over 70 in four straight calendar years. He is already the highest-scorer in this series with 604 runs in 6 innings at an average of 151 with three hundreds, one fifty and a double ton.The 28-year-old is also leading the list of batsmen with most hundreds since January 2016 with 10 centuries ahead of Virat Kohli (9), Cheteshwar Pujara (7), Dean Elgar (6) and David Warner (6).(AP Photo)David Warner, batting with extreme caution when Australia was still a long way from safety, crawled to the slowest half-century of his career, reaching the milestone off 161 balls, before blowing his chance of making back-to-back hundreds when he fell for 86 to England skipper Joe Root, who celebrated his 27th birthday with a rare wicket.advertisementIn that stage, the English bowlers had their tail up and ran in with intent, especially James Anderson (1/46) and Stuart Broad (1/44). Shaun Marsh fell cheaply as well but the Aussie skipper was cool as a cucumber. He combined with Marsh to defy the Englishmen and did that with a lot of authority.Earlier, after Australia won the toss and opted to bat, the opening pair of David Warner game them an ideal foundation. The latter carried on to score a breezy ton courtesy some lady luck (when he got dropped on 99) by the debutant, Tom Curran. Credit to Smith as he batted with a sore bottom hand and scored a terrific ton. There was a collapse in the latter half of the innings which meant that they finished with a below-par total on a placid surface.England responded well with the best. The two most experienced campaigners, Alastair Cook (244*) and Root (61) came to the fore for them. It was the former English skipper who was in the thick of things. He mixed caution with aggression and scored a majestic double ton. Pat Cummins (4/117), Jos Hazlewood (3/95) and Nathan Lyon (3/109) bowled their heart out, got rewards as well but Cook’s 100-run ninth-wicket stand with Stuart Broad (56) deflated the morale of the opposition, thereby earning the tourists a 164-run lead.The home side was then under pressure to deliver. They lost two quick wickets fairly early but when the going gets tough, the tough get going. The two best Australian batsmen, Warner and Smith combined together.The rain came down pelting in the afternoon session on Day 4, proving to be a blessing in disguise. One and a half sessions got washed out and with that, England’s chances of forcing a win diminished. The visitors failed to get early wickets in the morning and the home side gradually moved into the lead. It was the MCG pitch which won the battle in the end.The fifth and final Test of the series will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground from January 4.
NEW YORK — Carey Price had an early feeling that one goal might be enough to settle the latest matchup between his Montreal Canadiens and longtime Original Six foe, the New York Rangers.Price outdueled counterpart Henrik Lundqvist, and earned a key win on the strength of Max Pacioretty’s goal with 4:17 left that lifted Montreal over New York 1-0 on Jan. 29.“I actually thought about that in the first intermission,” Price said. “Hank was playing really well. Both teams were playing really strong defensive hockey.”Pacioretty sent a wrist shot from above the right circle between the legs of Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh that appeared to surprise Lundqvist before squeezing inside the right post for his 22nd goal.“I don’t expect him to shoot,” Lundqvist said. “When I am about to push to my left, I got stuck in the post. There is no excuse. I have to expect him to shoot, even though it’s a tough angle.“I have to stop it. This is on me, and it’s a tough feeling.”That goal gave Price his 26th win and third shutout of the season in a stellar 24-save effort. Montreal has won four in a row — three with Price in net.Lundqvist made 25 saves for the Rangers, who have lost two straight following the All-Star break and managed only one goal. They were beaten 4-1 by the Islanders on Jan. 27.“An inch there, an inch here, we might have been able to beat their goaltender,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “They got the goal that made the difference.”The Canadiens, eliminated by the Rangers in six games in last year’s Eastern Conference finals, lead New York by seven points in this season’s playoff race.This rematch had a postseason feel to it. “I am just worried about doing my job — stopping the next shot,” Price said. “It’s fun to win games 6-5, but if we want to be successful, we’re going to have to really bear down on those low-scoring checking games.“Tonight we were the team that got the lucky bounce.”The netminders took turns in making spectacular saves. Lundqvist snared a shot by Pacioretty with a lunging reach of his glove in the first period that had him staring skyward.“I’ve shot on him a lot,” Pacioretty said. “He baited me with the glove and I felt pretty dumb, I took the bait. He was waiting for it. I feel like I could’ve shot anywhere else on the net and I would’ve scored.”Price shined in the third period, first when he denied Rick Nash on a short-handed breakaway, and then when he turned aside Martin St. Louis with a twisting, sprawling save that left him flat on his back.“I just kind of reacted,” Price said. “I got a shoulder and an ear on it. I thought it went behind me, so I spun around, and it ended up underneath me.”Montreal thought it took the lead with 1:56 left in the first when former Ranger Dale Weise ripped a shot that Lundqvist stopped. A video review ensued, and it appeared Lundqvist’s pad was in the net at the time, but there was no conclusive evidence.The opening period was particularly testy, a somewhat unusual scenario considering the teams hadn’t met since New York’s 5-0 home victory on Nov. 23. The Canadiens won 3-1 in the first game of the season series on Oct. 25.While there was only one fight in the first period — a bout between former Rangers forward Brandon Prust and Tanner Glass with 1:22 remaining — there were several other skirmishes and a near-fight between New York’s Chris Kreider and physical Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.The two came together with 6:55 left. Kreider was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, and Subban was whistled for embellishment. They then jawed at each other as they left the box.Kreider dropped his gloves and grabbed Subban, who kept his gloves on. The two returned to the penalty box because of more unsportsmanlike conduct.“I knew it was going to be an intense game,” Subban said. “You have two teams that are probably two of the best teams in the conference. We wanted to make sure we came out with our best performance.”The first period ended with a rough scrum along the boards in the Rangers end that featured Montreal’s Lars Eller throwing punches at Derek Stepan. Both were sent off for roughing, but Eller received an extra 2 minutes that gave New York its first power play.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Deron Williams finally delivered the game that’s expected of him, and he wasn’t going to let the Nets lose it.And after he finished carrying them into a 2-2 tie with the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed, the guy who had been being beaten up physically on the court and by fans and media off it knew how important his performance was.“We really needed to get this one to stay in the series,” he said, “and so it was definitely one of my better games this year for sure and probably as a Net.”Williams rebounded from two dismal games by tying a playoff career high with 35 points, and Brooklyn pulled out a 120-115 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on April 27 in Game 4.The Nets, just 38-44 in the regular season, moved two victories from becoming the sixth No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 — only the fourth since the first round became best-of-seven.“This is what the playoffs are all about. What we expect is to be challenged, and this is a great challenge for us,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said.Bojan Bogdanovic made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:25 left in overtime but the Nets never would have gotten there without Williams, whose 16 points in the fourth quarter were two fewer than he had total in the first three games of the series.Brook Lopez had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets.Jeff Teague had 20 points and 11 assists, and DeMarre Carroll added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks, who host Game 5 on April 29.Kyle Korver had 16 points and 11 rebounds, but the NBA’s leading 3-point shooter missed three straight from behind the arc in the final seconds with the Hawks trailing by three.The Nets finally got the rebound and former Hawks star Joe Johnson closed it out with two free throws, ending what was by far the best game of the series and perhaps the most memorable one in the 3-season history of NBA basketball in Brooklyn.“What a basketball game that was,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. “To me, that’s what playing this sport is all about.”Neither team had reached 100 points in any of the first three games and the Hawks had made only 39 percent of their shots. But they were mostly back in the form that produced 60 wins in the regular season — but the Nets were just a little better.That’s mostly because of Williams, who was 1-for-7 and 1-for-8 in the last two games, sitting out the last 16 minutes of Game 3 after hurting his tailbone and watching as the Nets seized control without him.But he moved well and shot better, making seven 3-pointers, including going 4 of 4 in his fourth-quarter flurry.“We understand and we know that Deron’s capable of doing that,” Hawks center Al Horford said. “You can only contain that type of player for so long. He had three not-so great games. He came out tonight and he was the difference.”Williams had only two free throws in overtime, capping the Nets’ run of seven straight points after Horford gave Atlanta its last lead, 113-111 with 1:44 remaining.Williams is a two-time Olympic gold medalist but has battled injuries since signing a five-year, $98.5 million contract in 2012.He averaged just 13 points during the regular season, and when he followed that with a dismal start to this series, Hollins had to defend his point guard from criticism during practice April 26.Williams then saved the Nets from a 3-1 deficit with his huge fourth quarter, when he even hit a turnaround 3-pointer from well behind the arc as the shot clock was set to expire.Millsap had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks, who had beaten the Nets six straight times this season before Brooklyn won both games here.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATLANTA — Jordan Spieth treated the Tour Championship as if it were a major. He played like it was, too.Looking for a fitting finish to a sensational season, Spieth poured in putts from all over East Lake and never gave Henrik Stenson or anyone else much of a chance Sept. 27.His final stroke was an 8-foot par putt that was right in the heart for a 1-under 69, and he leaned back with a smile of pure satisfaction.The 22-year-old Texan became golf’s first $22 million man — a PGA Tour record with just over $12 million in prize money, and the $10 million bonus for the FedEx Cup.“This is incredible,” Spieth said. “This is an event where we approach it like a major championship because we know this is possible at the end of it.”Even when he missed back-to-back cuts to start the FedEx Cup playoffs, Spieth spent the month trying to peak for the most important event in the lucrative series.He was the first to show up at East Lake to start grinding on his game. And with a one-shot lead going into the final round, he was on the putting green three hours before his tee time for what caddie Michael Greller called the “early grind.”“We only do this at the majors,” Greller said. It all paid off so handsomely, especially that putter.Spieth made three birdies in a four-hole stretch around the turn, and they were demoralizing for Stenson. Spieth made a 20-foot birdie on No. 8 for a two-shot swing that he never gave back.He made an 18-foot birdie on the par-5 ninth with Stenson already at tap-in range for birdie. And with Stenson just over 3 feet away for birdie on No. 11, Spieth curled in a 45-foot birdie putt.“Eleven was a dagger,” Spieth said.At that point, Stenson could only smile and bump fists with Spieth.“You can’t expect him to make it,” Stenson said after a 72. “You’re feeling like you got a good chance to make up some ground. But he just poured that one in the middle. It’s fun to watch and just say, ‘Well done.’ The best player this week won the tournament, won the FedEx Cup.”Spieth closed with seven pars for a four-shot victory over Stenson, Danny Lee (65) and Justin Rose (66). His fifth victory of the year, which includes the Masters and the U.S. Open, was worth $1,485,000 million and gave Spieth $12,030,465 for the year.The previous record was $10.9 million by Vijay Singh in 2004.And if that wasn’t enough, Spieth went back to No. 1 in the world.The first person to greet him was his little sister, Ellie, who keeps Spieth and the entire family so grounded in light of so much success. His parents, girlfriend, grandfather and a tight group of high school friends from Dallas were there to watch another amazing performance in a year filled with him.Spieth became the youngest player since Horton Smith in 1929 to win five times in a season, and the youngest to claim the FedEx Cup title.“It’s been a phenomenal year for him,” Stenson said. “I watched it firsthand at the first two rounds at Augusta, and he played phenomenal and putted phenomenal. And it was the same putting display, really, today — just an exhibition on the greens, to be honest.“His putting and mental focus is the best in the world. It’s hard to argue that.”And there’s no longer an argument for PGA Tour player of the year.Jason Day had five victories, including his first major at the PGA Championship, and there was talk a sixth win and the FedEx Cup might put the Australian in the discussion.Not anymore. Spieth made a spirited bid for the Grand Slam and joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to finish no worse than fourth in all the professional majors. Along with the money title, he won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest adjusted scoring average.The only question he couldn’t answer was what he will do for an encore.“This is one I cannot wait to celebrate,” he said.Stenson made a $1 million putt of his own, though it was the least he could do. He was three shots behind when he shanked his shot from the 17th fairway and made double bogey.That dropped him into a four-way tie for fourth and cost him a spot in the FedEx Cup ranking. But he bounced back with a 60-foot birdie putt on the 18th to go back to No. 2 in the FedEx Cup to earn a $3 million bonus (instead of $2 million for third).Stenson had three runner-up finishes in the postseason, and he has five for the year without winning. He still has events left on the European Tour.But this week — and year — was all about Spieth.“It’s the greatest season I’ve ever had, obviously,” Spieth said. “But it’s one where I believe we took our game on course and off course to a level that I didn’t think would be possible at different times in my life.”(DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
DETROIT (AP) — Alex Avila was the best player available on the Detroit Tigers’ board when it was their turn to select a player in the fifth round of the 2008 amateur draft.His dad suggested the Tigers pick someone else.“I didn’t want people to think it was a favor,” Tigers general manager Al Avila recalled. “I thought he would have a better opportunity if someone else drafted him so he wouldn’t have to deal with the scrutiny of being my son.”David Chadd, who is now the team’s assistant general manager and was its scouting director back then under general manager Dave Dombrowski, told Avila it would mark the first time the organization passed on the top player on the board that early in a draft.“I said, ‘I’ll back down and back off,’” said Avila, an assistant GM back then. “We drafted him and he developed very quickly.”The Avilas are one of the fortunate father-son duos in sports, striving to strike a balance between business and personal while regularly spending time around each other. Many aren’t able to always spend a Father’s Day with each other, and they treasure those times when schedules allow it.The Avilas shared memories of those early days and the GM remembers taking his son out to dinner for a heart-to-heart talk in 2009.“I gave him a strong message, saying, ’You need to pick it up or you’re not getting to the big leagues anytime soon,’” he said as his son, sitting a few feet away in Detroit’s dugout, started to chuckle.“A week later, I got called up,” he said with a grin.“And he’s been in the big leagues ever since,” said his proud father.Al and Alex Avila mutually agreed he should play elsewhere after his injury-riddled season in 2015, and he signed with the Chicago White Sox.“I felt we could do better,” Al Avila said. “I don’t think we even talked about it.”Nothing personal, kid.“He’s got to make decisions based on what he thinks is best for the organization,” Alex Avila said nonchalantly. “I grew up in baseball so I understood.”Alex Avila returned to Detroit this season. He was the top free agent available, his dad said. And the younger Avila is having his best season since 2011, when he was an All-Star.Some other father-son duos shared their feelings with The Associated Press to mark Father’s Day on Sunday:THE ANDRETTISIt is not easy following in the footsteps of a legend. Just ask Marco Andretti , who drives for his father, Michael, and lives in the shadow of his grandfather, Mario, one of the most beloved stars in motorsports.“My relationship with dad is mostly business and that’s why we’re able to make it work most of the time,” Marco said. “It’s tricky, though, because I have teammates. Dad overcompensates the other way to make sure I’m not getting favoritism. Sometimes, I’m not a fan of that.”Michael agreed, and said his son’s sentiments were accurate.“I don’t show any favoritism on my team and I’m probably harder on Marco than the other guys,” he said. “It’s a little unfair for him.”The 30-year-old Andretti, though, chose to be a driver after his dad sat him down for a talk a couple decades ago.“When Marco started racing, he did it because he felt like he had to do it,” Michael said. “I said, ‘Just quit.’ Six months later, Marco said he wanted to race again. I told him he could if he promised to do it for himself, not for who he is, and to have fun. He did and it has been totally different. I tried to take some of the pressure off him that I felt with my father.”THE STOCKSTILLSMiddle Tennessee State football coach Rick Stockstill and his son, Brent, had a little talk that turned out to be a big one following his last high school baseball game in 2013.As a quarterback, he was headed to play at Cincinnati.“I told him this is your dad speaking, not your coach,” Rick Stockstill recalled. “With your leadership, toughness and passion, you’re going to have a great career at Cincinnati.”Brent Stockstill , though, didn’t want to leave his hometown or his father.“I said, ’Dad, all I ever want to do is play for you,’” he recalled. “We had never talked about it before because I had kept it bottled up. It’s a father-son moment I won’t forget.”Bearcats coach Tommy Tuberville got a call from Rick Stockstill, asking him to release his son from his letter of intent, and he did a couple days later.“He said, ‘I would hope you would do the same for my son,’” Stockstill remembers Tuberville telling him. “And it has been a joy ever since that day.”With two seasons of eligibility, Stockstill has school records with 61 touchdown passes, two 400-yard passing games, 14 300-yard passing games and 303.3 yards passing per game.“I love that I get to see him every day after missing so much of his activities growing up because I was coaching someone else’s son or was recruiting someone else’s son,” his father said. “If you get an opportunity to coach your son, you’re crazy if you don’t do it.”By LARRY LAGE TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK (BUSINESS WIRE)- 2K is proud to announce that NBA® 2K19 is now available to fans across the globe. Celebrating 20 years of redefining what sports gaming can be, from best-in-class graphics and gameplay to groundbreaking game modes and an immersive open-world “Neighborhood,” NBA 2K19 continues to push limits as it brings gaming one step closer to real-life basketball excitement and culture.2K is proud to announce that NBA® 2K19 is now available to fans across the globe. Celebrating 20 years of redefining what sports gaming can be, from best-in-class graphics and gameplay to groundbreaking game modes and an immersive open-world “Neighborhood,” NBA 2K19 continues to push limits as it brings gaming one step closer to real-life basketball excitement and culture. (Photo: Business Wire)“ NBA 2K19 represents the culmination of over two decades of development and innovation from the development team at Visual Concepts,” said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts. “It’s exciting to be at the forefront of sports gaming by evolving the franchise year after year, and we can’t wait for our community to experience it for themselves.”NBA 2K19 features improvements and additions to all aspects of the game, ranging from a more immersive MyCAREER, to a redesigned MyTEAM, to an increasingly dynamic Neighborhood, all of which are tied together by a soundtrack produced by one of the most talked about musical artists, Travis Scott. NBA 2K19 promises to be developer Visual Concepts’ most ambitious product to date, with the key aim to provide the most well-rounded basketball simulation experience possible.NBA 2K19 delivers dynamic new features including:Take Control with Takeover: Harness your MyPLAYER’s full basketball potential with the new Takeover feature. Unlock special moves and abilities never before seen on the court, or activate Team Takeover and unleash the power of your full squad.Run the Neighborhood: You won’t want to miss a single day in the updated Neighborhood. Make a name for yourself on the court, at the Under Armour Cages, and during live events on the block. Ball until dawn with new day to night transitions, walk on at the Jordan Rec Center, or get the old Crew back together for exciting 3 on 3 streetball action.MyTEAM: Create your very first MyPLAYER card, and ball with LeBron, Kobe, and the rest of your collection in a variety of competitive modes. MyTEAM players can now test their skills in the NBA 2K19 MyTEAM Unlimited $250,000 Tournament, which will run October 13, 2018-February 13, 2019. The tournament will be played using the new MyTEAM Unlimited Mode, which features 5-on-5 NBA-style gameplay and allows users to choose any 13 cards from their Collection.All New MyCAREER: From Neighborhood legend to global phenomenon. The original career story mode returns with an all-new, immersive narrative charting your journey from China to the G League and eventually the NBA. Featuring an all-star cast, endorsements tied to your popularity, and new team chemistry elements that allow you to dominate the hardwood.Featuring LeBron James on the cover, the NBA 2K19 20thAnniversary Edition includes the NBA 2K19 game, 100,000 Virtual Currency, MyTEAM cards, LeBron-themed digital items for MyPLAYERs and more for $99.99 MSRP. Giannis Antetokounmpo is featured on the cover of the Standard Edition, available now for $59.99 MSRP. NBA 2K19 is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.For more information on NBA 2K19 please visit https://nba.2k.com/2k19/TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK – Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) grantee Figure Skating in Harlem was recently featured in The New York Times Style section.Photos for the feature were taken by photographer Flo Ngala, an alumna of Figure Skating in Harlem.Figure Skating in Harlem links the skilled practice of artistic figure skating to other skills including educational success, leadership ability, communication competency, and financial literacy. The program takes a holistic approach to the development of the girls it serves, and by the time they graduate from high school, 100% pursue higher education. Founded in Harlem in 1997, the program has since expanded to Detroit. On January 27th, a group from Figure Skating Detroit will be performing as part of the Skating Spectacular at the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.SNF has provided support for the organization’s ICE (I Can Excel) and Summer Dreams camps, and was acknowledged at Figure Skating in Harlem’s 21st Annual Student Ice Show in March 2018.More information is available online: figureskatinginharlem.org.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points and 11 rebounds in his return to the lineup, Eric Bledsoe added 29 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Brooklyn Nets 131-121 on Monday night.Reserve guard George Hill chipped in 22 points while Brook Lopez and Sterling Brown each scored 14 for the Bucks, who played without All-Star forward Khris Middleton because of soreness in his left groin.Milwaukee was unable to clinch the best record in the Eastern Conference because Toronto won earlier Monday.D’Angelo Russell had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who remained seventh in the East after losses by Detroit and Miami. Caris LeVert had 24 points off the bench.”I was just trying to get back into the rhythm. I was just trying to wait for the game to come to me. I think my team did a great job just finding me.” pic.twitter.com/yGhx2pgU1w— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) April 2, 2019CELTICS 110, HEAT 105BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving had 25 points, including a pair of key late free throws, and Boston held off Miami.Al Horford added 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the Celtics (46-32), who are trying to beat out the Indiana Pacers for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference standings.Goran Dragic led the Heat with 30 points. Bam Adebayo added 19 points and 14 rebounds. Dwyane Wade finished with 17 points and seven assists in his final regular-season game at TD Garden.Miami (38-39) maintained its half-game lead over Orlando for the final playoff spot in the East after the Magic’s 121-109 loss to Toronto.RAPTORS 121, MAGIC 109TORONTO (AP) — Danny Green scored a season-high 29 points, Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka each had 15 and Toronto clinched its sixth Atlantic Division title by beating Orlando.The win also means Toronto can finish no lower than second in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors began the day three games behind Milwaukee for first.Marc Gasol scored 13 points and Kyle Lowry had 12 as the Raptors snapped a two-game losing streak against the Magic.Nikola Vucevic had 13 points and 13 rebounds, but the Magic lost for the second time in three games after winning their previous six. Evan Fournier scored 21 points. Orlando remained a half-game behind Miami for the eighth and final playoff spot in the EastPACERS 111, PISTONS 102INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Thaddeus Young scored 19 points and Domantas Sabonis added 18 points and 12 rebounds to help Indiana snap a three-game losing streak with a victory over Detroit.It was a crucial win for the Pacers, who had lost seven of their previous eight and their grip on potentially having home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Myles Turner chipped in with 17 points and five blocks.Wayne Ellington scored a season-high 26 points and Andre Drummond had 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons. Detroit is in the No. 6 spot with a 1 ½-game lead over Orlando for the final playoff spot in the East.JAZZ 111, HORNETS 102SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 23 points, Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 18 rebounds, and surging Utah overcame Kemba Walker’s 47 points to beat Charlotte.Gobert, who is second in the league with 62 double-doubles, controlled the paint as the Jazz built enough of a lead to withstand Walker, who scored 22 points in the fourth quarter.Ricky Rubio added 20 points and 13 assists for the Jazz, who have won 10 of 11 and are two games back of Houston and Portland for the third and fourth slots in the Western Conference playoffs.TRAIL BLAZERS 132, TIMBERWOLVES 122MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Evan Turner had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists off the bench, and Portland moved into a tie for third place in the Western Conference with a victory over Minnesota.Rodney Hood led Portland with 21 points. Enes Kanter added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who joined the idle Houston Rockets at 49-28.Andrew Wiggins had 21 points for Minnesota, while Gorgui Dieng scored 18 on 7-of-8 shooting.MAVERICKS 122, 76ERS 102DALLAS (AP) — Justin Jackson scored 16 of his 24 points in the third quarter and Dallas took advantage of a short-handed Philadelphia lineup.Philadelphia went more than 10 minutes without a field goal spanning the second and third quarters. Dallas took advantage to build a 20-point lead early in the third and protected it from there.Jackson, acquired on Feb. 6 from Sacramento, had his highest point total with Dallas. He led a balanced Mavericks effort as leading scorer Luka Doncic sat out his second straight game with a thigh contusion.KNICKS 113, BULLS 105NEW YORK (AP) — Luke Kornet scored a career-high 24 points and New York snapped a six-game losing streak.Kevin Knox added 19 points, Damyean Dotson had 18 and Emmanuel Mudiay scored 17 for New York.Robin Lopez led the Bulls with a season-high 29 points. JaKarr Sampson scored 22 and fellow reserve Ryan Arcidiacono had 14.SUNS 122, CAVALIERS 113PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker scored 25 points after two 50-point games and a 48-point night over the past three, and that was enough to lead Phoenix over Cleveland.Booker sat more than eight minutes of the second quarter but had 13 assists. Josh Jackson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford added 19 points for the Suns.The Suns ended a six-game losing streak while the Cavaliers lost their sixth straight. The teams have the NBA’s second- and third-worst records: Phoenix at 18-60 and Cleveland at 19-59.Collin Sexton scored 21 points and Jordan Clarkson added 20 for the Cavs. They played without star forward Kevin Love, who missed his second straight game with left shoulder soreness.TweetPinShare0 Shares