Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports — Artem Anisimov (ahr-TEHM’ ah-NEE’-see-mahv) scored twice on 10 shots in regulation before providing the lone shootout goal in the Senators’ 4-3 win against the Red Wings. Scott Sabourin also scored and Marcus Hogberg stopped 25 shots as Ottawa sent Detroit to its fifth consecutive loss.NHL-NEWSLightning lose Stamkos for rest of regular seasonUNDATED (AP) — Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is expected to miss the rest of the regular season and potentially the first round of the playoffs.The team says Stamkos will undergo surgery for a core muscle injury and will be out for approximately six to eight weeks, including rest and recovery. NASCAR-FONTANA-QUALIFYINGClint Bowyer takes Fontana poleFONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Clint Bowyer (BOY’-ur) has won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Fontana, holding off six-time race champion Jimmie Johnson.Bowyer turned a lap in 40.086 seconds in his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to claim just his fourth pole position in 508 career Cup races. The veteran racer also won the pole for the first time in 20 career races at Auto Club Speedway east of Los Angeles.SOCCER-LIVERPOOL LOSES Brignone wins combined title as World Cup finish is in doubtLA THUILE, Italy (AP) — Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) won the Alpine combined World Cup title on Sunday without clicking into her skis. And the Italian might end up winning the overall and giant slalom globes as well without any further racing this season.Heavy snowfall caused the cancellation of the Alpine combined race on Sunday, reducing the number of races left for the season to seven — in Sweden and Italy. However, the international ski federation said it was yet unclear whether those races could go on amid health concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus in Europe.The cancellation handed the season title to Brignone, who won both combined races that took place this season.Brignone could also become the first Italian overall winner in the 53-year-history of the women’s World Cup. She is 153 points ahead of three-time overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin, who remains on a break from racing following the death of her father, Jeff Shiffrin, four weeks ago. Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, who is leading the slalom and the parallel standings, is third in the overall ranking, trailing Brignone by 189 points. March 1, 2020 — Trey Lyles had 20 points and the Spurs overcame a shaky fourth quarter to beat Orlando, 114-113. San Antonio had seven players score in double figures, including 19 points from Rudy Gay, 16 from DeMar DeRozan and 15 by Dejounte (deh-JAHN’-tay) Murray.— Eric Paschall’s (PAS’-kulz) 25 points led the Warriors in a 115-99 comeback at Phoenix. Damion Lee had 20 points and eight assists for Golden State, which trailed 41-28 after one period before ending an eight-game losing skid.— Trae Young and John Collins each recorded double-doubles in the Hawks’ 129-117 victory over the Trail Blazers. Young had 25 points and 15 assists, while Collins added 24 points and 10 rebounds in Atlanta’s second consecutive win.— Backup Mitchell Robinson had a career-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Knicks beat the Bulls, 125-115 to end a six-game losing streak. Julius Randle contributed 22 points and 10 boards for the Knicks, who blew most of a 17-point, third-quarter lead before prevailing.NBA-WARRIORS-CURRY Elsewhere on NHL ice:— The Blues still lead the Central Division by three points over the Avalanche after Ryan O’Reilly scored the only shootout goal to lead St. Louis over the Stars, 4-3. David Perron (peh-RAHN’) netted his team-high 25th goal and Brayden Schenn scored in his fourth straight game as the Blues ran their winning streak to seven straight.— Pavel Francouz (FRAN’-sohs) made 30 saves and blanked the Predators until the final 5 ½ minutes of Colorado’s sixth consecutive win, 3-2 at Nashville. Gabriel Landeskog (LAN’-dehs-kahg) and Martin Kaut scored 2:15 apart late in the second period to give the Avalanche a 2-0 lead.— The Penguins own their first six-game losing streak in eight years after Martin Jones made 30 saves in his 24th career shutout to lead the Sharks past Pittsburgh, 5-0. Evander Kane and Timo Meier each had a goal and an assist for San Jose Sharks, which has followed a five-game skid with back-to-back wins.— Ryan Nugent-Hopkins produced the tiebreaking goal with 5:14 remaining to send the Oilers to their second win in six games, 3-2 against the Jets. Edmonton forward Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) added two goals and an assist, giving him a league-high 102 points this season. Desmond Bane scored eight of his 23 points during TCU’s tiebreaking run as the Horned Frogs upended the Bears, 75-72. Bane drained a long tiebreaking 3-pointer with 4:42 left to put the Horned Frogs ahead to stay.PJ Fuller added 21 points for TCU, while Jaire Grayer had 13 points and nine rebounds.Jared Butler and Freddie Gillespie both had 18 points for Baylor.The Bears weren’t the only top-10 team to lose to an unranked opponent.Freshman Al-Amir Dawes drained a twisting, driving bucket with a second left to give Clemson a 70-69 triumph over sixth-ranked Florida State. Dawes finished with 18 points and the Tigers overcame a 10-point hole in the second half before notching their third win over a top-10 team this season. Rockets knock off Celtics in OTUNDATED (AP) — The Houston Rockets have a six-game winning streak after outlasting the Boston Celtics in overtime.James Harden had 21 points, including a pair of free throws with 25 seconds left in overtime to send the Rockets to a 111-110 triumph at Boston. Russell Westbrook scored 41 points and Houston withstood Jaylen Brown’s 3-pointer at the end of regulation.Robert Covington added 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets, who have won 10 of their last 12 games and beaten Boston five times in a row.Houston paces the NBA’s Southwest Division by 3 ½ games over Dallas. Reds fall to HornetsWATFORD, England (AP) — Liverpool’s bid for an invincible season is over following a 3-0 loss at Watford, the Reds’ first Premier League loss in 422 games and 45 matches.All three goals came in the second half, the first two from Ismaila (ihsh-MY’-lah) Sarr. Troy Denny made it 3-0 against a Liverpool defense that played poorly throughout.The win currently gets the Hornets out of the relegation zone.WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S COMBINED CANCELED PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-COLOGUARD CLASSICQuigley maintains leadTUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Brett Quigley fired a 5-under 68 to open a three-shot lead through two rounds of the Cologuard Classic.Quigley is bidding to win for the second time in his first four PGA Tour Champions starts.Fred Couples was second after a 66. The 60-year-old Hall of Famer won the last of his 13 senior titles in 2017. Stamkos has 29 goals and 66 points this season, both second on the team behind Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv).In other NHL news:— Blackhawks forwards Andrew Shaw and Zack Smith will miss the rest of the season because of injuries. Shaw has been sidelined since Nov. 30 because of a concussion. Smith is scheduled for back surgery on March 6.— The Islanders will make their full return to Long Island a year early after splitting the last two seasons between Nassau County and Brooklyn. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the team will play all home games during the 2020-21 season at the Nassau Coliseum, and any home playoff dates will take place on Long Island this season and next.PGA-HONDA CLASSIC The Celtics shot 0-for-6 while going scoreless over the final 2:49, dropping them one game behind the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors.Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:— The Lakers’ seven-game winning streak is over after rookie Ja (jah) Morant provided 27 points and matched his season high with 14 assists in the Grizzlies’ 105-88 stifling of Los Angeles. Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO’-nuhs) had 22 points and 20 rebounds as Memphis halted a five-game skid.— Kendrick Nunn scored 21 points and Goran Dragic added 19 points off the bench to lead the Heat past the Nets, 116-113. Bam Adebayo had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Southeast Division leaders, who didn’t clinch the win until Spencer Dinwiddie threw away a pass in the closing seconds.— T.J. Warren scored 30 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 22, including the go-ahead basket midway through the fourth quarter of the Pacers’ 113-104 downing of the Cavaliers. Domantas Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs) had his 46th double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds to go with nine assists in Indiana’s fifth win in six games.center_img Beijing won the right to host the 2022 amid light competition, despite questions about a lack of natural snow, pollution and scarce water resources. — The Maple Leafs picked up their third straight win as Martin Marincin’s (mah-RIHN’-chihnz) first goal of the season broke a 2-2 deadlock 18 seconds into the third period of a 4-2 decision over the Canucks. Auston Matthews scored his 45th goal of the season and Frederik Andersen turned back 25 shots to help Toronto solidify its hold on third place in the Atlantic Division.— Tomas Tatar’s (tah-TAHRZ’) third assist of the game was a setup of Jeff Petry’s overtime goal that pushed the Canadiens past the Hurricanes, 4-3. Phillip Danault (dah-NOH’) and Branden Gallagher each had a goal and an assist as Montreal dealt Carolina its third loss in a row.— Arizona spotted Buffalo an early 2-0 lead before Clayton Keller collected two goals and an assist to send the Coyotes past the Sabres, 5-2. Antti Raanta (AN’-tee RAHN’-tah) stopped 25 shots and blanked the Sabres after Marcus Johansson and Jeff Skinner scored 44 seconds apart in the first period.— Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews (tayvz) each scored in the shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks over the Panthers, 3-2. Toews also had a goal and an assist in regulation as Chicago handed Florida its sixth straight home loss.— The Kings beat the Devils, 2-1 on Adrian Kempe’s (KEHM’-pehz) goal at 1:58 of OT. Dustin Brown also scored and Jonathan Quick made 32 saves as Los Angeles improved to 3-1-1 in its last five games. B’s blank IslandersUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins continue to own a seven-point lead over Tampa Bay in the NHL’s Atlantic Division after winning for the 14th time in their last 18 games.The Bruins have a league-best 94 points after Charlie McAvoy provided a goal and two assists in a 4-0 shutout of the Islanders. David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) notched his league-leading 48th goal of the season and Brad Marchand added a goal and an assist.Tuukka Rask made 12 of his 24 saves in the third period of his fourth shutout of the season and 49th of his career.The Lightning kept pace with Boston and ended a four-game losing streak by downing the Flames, 4-3. Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat (AHN’-dray pah-LAHT’) scored power-play goals and Yanni Gourde (YAH’-nee gohrd) added a shorthanded tally in Tampa Bay’s first victory since its team-record, 11-game winning streak came to an end. Warriors star Curry not playing SundaySAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry won’t make his return to the court Sunday against the Wizards as had originally been hoped.Golden State says Curry is participating in full scrimmages and “continues to make good progress in his recovery” from a broken left hand. Coach Steve Kerr said earlier this week he hoped Curry would return this weekend.Curry has played only four games this season, falling on his hand Oct. 30 against the Suns.NHL-SCHEDULE Fleetwood in charge at Honda ClassicPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tommy Fleetwood birdied four of his final six holes in a 3-under 67 that leaves him atop the leaderboard through three rounds of the PGA’s Honda Classic.Fleetwood moved to 5 under for the week and one shot ahead of Brendan Steele at PGA National. The Englishman is ranked No. 12 in the world but hasn’t captured a PGA title.Steele birdied two of his first three holes on Saturday to get to 7 under before carding four bogeys in an eight-hole span for a 71.Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are two strokes back. — Luka Garza scored 25 points and had 17 rebounds as No. 18 Iowa pulled away in the second half for a 77-68 win over No. 16 Penn State. Garza extended his streak of 20 or more points against Big Ten teams to a school-record 14 games and posted his 14th double-double of the season.— Yoeli Childs poured in 38 points and had 13 rebounds as 17th-ranked BYU dumped Pepperdine, 81-64. The Cougars trailed by three at halftime before outscoring the Waves, 49-29 to improve to 24-7.— Andrew Jones had a career-high 22 points and Texas closed on an 8-0 run in the final minute to secure its fourth straight win, 68-58 at No. 22 Texas Tech.— Kristian Doolittle’s 19 points and seven rebounds helped Oklahoma earn a 73-62 victory at No. 20 West Virginia. Brady Manek posted 15 points and seven rebounds as the Sooners ended a six-game road lost streak.NBA-SCHEDULE Mamadi Diakite (MAH’-mah dee dee-ah-KEE’-tay) hit a go-ahead layup with 39 seconds left before Jay Huff provided a huge rebound and a block to help Virginia secure a 52-50 victory against seventh-ranked Duke. Huff finished with 15 points and 10 blocks, while Diakite and Braxton Key each added 14 points.The Blue Devils have dropped two straight and three of four, all against unranked teams.In other top-25 action:— Devon Dotson scored 25 points and top-ranked Kansas overcame an injury to center Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah ah-zoo-BOO’-kay) to earn its 14th straight win, 62-58 against Kansas State. Azubuike finished with six points and nine rebounds while playing just 20 minutes after hurting his ankle early in the first half.— Filip Petrusev (peh-TROO’-shehv) pumped in 27 points and third-ranked Gonzaga improved to 29-2 with an 86-76 defeat of Saint Mary’s. Corey Kispert added 20 points and Killian Tillie 13 as the Bulldogs continue to take aim at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULETCU upends BaylorUNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Baylor has lost for the second time in three games since winning a Big 12-record 23 games in a row. OLYMPICS-BEIJING 2022Beijing 2022 organizers say on-track despite virus outbreakBEIJING (AP) — Organizers of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games say they are on track to complete all competition venues by year-end and have teams in place for test events, despite the devastating impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak that originated in the country late last year.Questions have arisen about whether this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games, set to open on July 24, can proceed, although Japan has taken extensive measures to curb the spread of the virus. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a news conference Saturday that Japan is at critical juncture to determine whether the country can keep the outbreak under control ahead of the Tokyo summer Olympics.With new virus cases falling to around 500 or less daily, China has sought to slowly get its economy back on track by offering loans, tax breaks and other incentives. Strict travel restrictions remain, however, and a host of cultural and sports events have been canceled. — Malachi Flynn had a career-high 36 points and No. 5 San Diego State stretched its road winning streak to 11 games by topping Nevada 83-76. KJ Feagin had 14 points as the Aztecs improved to 28-1 overall.— Immanuel Quickley had 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in eighth-ranked Kentucky’s 73-66 verdict over No. 15 Auburn. The Tigers led 20-11 until the Wildcats embarked on a 20-3 run that helped them improve to 14-2 in the SEC.— Ninth-ranked Maryland absorbed a 78-66 loss to Michigan State as Cassius Winston furnished 20 points for the 24th-rated Spartans. Xavier Tillman Sr. had 14 points, 12 rebounds and six assists to help Michigan State avenge its Feb. 15 home loss to the Terrapins.— Luwane Pipkins scored 27 points to lead Providence to its fifth win over a top 25 team this month, 58-54 against No. 12 Villanova 58-54. The Friars improved to 10-6 in the Big East and boosted their NCAA Tournament resume with a win in Philly following victories over ranked teams Butler, Creighton, Seton Hall and Marquette.— No. 13 Seton Hall pulled out an 88-79 win over Marquette as Myles Powell provided 28 points and Sandro Mamukelashvili added 26. The Pirates led by 24 midway through the second half, but the Golden Eagles pulled within 84-79 with 34 seconds to play before Seton Hall moved to 13-3 in the Big East.last_img read more

East Bank close in on victory over West Berbice

first_img..centuries for Foo, Anderson and Perez on Day TwoEAST Bank required a further 77 runs for victory over West Berbice in round five of the Jaguars Franchise League three-day tournament when play ended yesterday..Kevlon AndersonSet 140 for victory, the visitors were 63-2 at the Bush Lot ground. Sachin Singh and Darshan Persaud, will resume today on 18 and 10 respectively.Resuming at 161-7, East Bank were bowled out for 191, with an overall first innings lead of 51 runs. Mark Rhobe contributed 23 before left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie claimed the final three wickets in quick succession.Persaud (0), and Sagar Hetheramani (11), were the final two batsmen to have been dismissed. Motie finished with figures of 5-39. Seon Glasgow ended with 2-36, while Leon Andrews, Andrew Dutchin and Derich McAlmon, all claimed a wicket apiece.The hosts started off their second innings on a bright note, with openers Raffle Estriado and Arthley Bailey adding 67 for the first wicket, and in the process wiped off the first innings deficit.Both batsmen started off aggressively with Estriado, in particular, hitting five fours in his 37 before he was removed by Ronaldo Ali-Mohamed.Off-spinner Steven Jacobs then picked up the wicket of the dangerous Shimron Hetmyer without scoring, to leave the hosts on 83-2 at lunch.Jonatan FooBailey was unbeaten on 30 while Andrews was on eight. After the interval the hosts were set back with three quick wickets, losing Andrews (9), Javid Karim (0), and Glasgow (9).Both Andrews and Karim were removed by Jacobs which Persaud claimed the wicket of Glasgow.Thereafter, Bailey and Motie shared a seventh-wicket stand of 77, but as the partnership was looking ominous, the medium pacer Rutherford removed Bailey for 75. An innings which featured nine fours and a six.At tea the hosts were 180-6, with Motie unbeaten on 41. After the interval Motie brought up his fifty, but the hosts were bowled out soon after for 190.Jacobs finished with figures of 5-22, with Rutherford claiming 3-28.East Bank then lost Christopher Deonarine (24), and Deonarine Seegobin (7). Both batsmen fell to Motie.Over at the Lusignan ground, Lower Corentyne reached an impressive 343 for 3 with Jonathon Foo hitting 152 and Kevlon Anderson 102 not outAt Port Mourant; Upper Corentyne resuming at 190-3, were bowled out for 310 in 81.3 overs, an overall lead of 157 runs. David Latchya took his overnight 66 to 77 while Anthony Bramble went on to score 105. Anthony Adams finished with figures of 7-91. Batting aRaymond Perezsecond time, Essequibo closed the day on 361-3, a lead of 203 runs. Keemo Paul made 177, Kevon Boodie 59, Ricardo Adams is unbeaten on 62 while Kemol Savory is on 37.At Tuschen ground on the East Bank of Essequibo, Georgetown resuming at their overnight score of 1 without loss, in reply to West Demerara’ 333 made on the first day, raced to 183 for 2 off 26 overs by lunch, with Raymond Perez and Christopher Barnwell unbeaten on 89 and 65 respectively.On resumption, West Demerara made criucial inroads to the Georgetown batting line up, removing Christopher Barnwell, for a brilliant 86, which included 7 fours and 7 sixes. Shortly after Barnwell’s dismissal, Perez brought up his majestic century which included 7 fours and 6 sixes. Perez madet 138, Steven Sankar 48, and Ramaal Lewis 68 runs.Georgetown’s innings ended on 396 all out from 81.2 overs for a lead of 63 . Bowling for West Demerara, Travis Persaud took 3 for 12, Richie Looknauth and Keshram Seyodan claiming 3 wickets for 96 and 104 runs respectively. At the close Wse Demerara had reached 43 for 2.last_img read more

Trojans to begin season at Harvard Invitational

first_imgBefore the USC men’s tennis team can bring an unprecedented fourth consecutive NCAA championship to Heritage Hall, it must begin its journey on the other side of the country.Chasing history · Senior Daniel Nguyen looks to help lead USC to a fourth straight NCAA championship, which would tie a collegiate record. – Mannat Saini | Daily TrojanNearly a week after accepting their championship rings last Saturday, the No. 1 Trojans will travel to Cambridge, Mass., to compete against No. 72 Harvard, No. 34 Michigan and No. 10 Texas A&M in the Harvard Crimson Invitational on Friday through Sunday. But 2011 Pac-10 Coach of the Year Peter Smith and company will have their work cut out with them with the absence of senior Steve Johnson, who, after finishing No. 1 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, opted to forgo his fall semester in preparation for turning professional.In his place, sophomore Ray Sarmiento, along with seniors Daniel Nguyen and Emilio Gomez, hope to shoulder up the load, with the three entering the season ranked No. 15, No. 16 and No. 66 respectively. As a freshman last season, Sarmiento received ITA All-American honors with Johnson after reaching the NCAA singles round of 16 and winning the 2011 Pac-10 doubles championship with Johnson.“[Sarmiento] is very athletic,” associate head coach George Husack said. “Last year he matured a lot in playing dual matches and certainly has developed pretty well.”Nguyen and Gomez each played a large role in topping No. 1 Virginia to clinch USC’s third consecutive championship last spring, and for the second year in a row, Nguyen clinched the championship for the Trojans with a win over No. 34 Sanam Singh. Meanwhile, Gomez went 4-0 in team tournament play, landing him NCAA All-Tournament honors.The two also received All Pac-10 Honorable Mentions and will help maintain a veteran presence with senior Ben Lankenau for a Trojans team that welcomes four freshmen to the squad.One of these freshmen is the promising Yannick Hanfmann, who joins the Trojans from Germany. He is ranked No. 2 in ITA Newcomers/Freshmen rankings and No. 932 in Association of Tennis Professionals rankings. Hanfmann’s ATP rank is impressive for his young age, considering no one else from the team is presently ranked.“[Hanfmann] is one of the best young fellows in Germany,” Husack said. “He’s a big guy with a big game. He still has a lot of maturing and developing to do, but he’s going to help us a lot.”Sophomores Corey Smith and Michael Grant and freshmen Eric Johnson, John Meadows and Jonny Wang round out the rest of the young, talented roster.While USC’s aim is unquestionably to notch a fourth straight NCAA title, it insists its focus is on the Harvard Crimson weekend invitational, as it prepares for what might become a historic season.last_img read more

AUDIO: Sunshine Stars Won’t Be Relegated – Duke Udi

first_imgRelatedAUDIO: Duke Udi Reflects On Outgone NPFL SeasonSeptember 22, 2017In “Nigeria”AUDIO: Away Win At Rivers United Thrills Duke UdiJuly 20, 2017In “Nigeria”‘Pay Me My Money’ – Duke Udi Fires Back At Ondo State GovernmentMarch 14, 2018In “Nigeria” Following recent impressive results, Sunshine Stars coach Duke Udi says he is confident the ‘Owena Waves’ will not suffer relegation from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this season.The Akure-based team who currently play home games in Ijebu-Ode, have won 4 of their last 5 NPFL matches, including two on the road against ABS FC and Rivers United.The team which was in the dreaded relegation zone when Udi took over the reins few weeks ago, are now placed 11th on the table with 42 points after 31 matches, just three points above the drop zone.Udi, a former player at Enyimba, says his love for challenges motivated him to accept the job in the first place.“Like I used to say, now we have about 21 points to play for. We will keep gathering our points,” the former Osun United coach said. “I don’t look at the relegation battle.“I took this job because I love challenges – they make me to be stronger. When I took this job, people were complaining: ‘Why will you take this kind of job?’“But I believe Sunshine (Stars) cannot be relegated. We still have about 21 points to fight for. We will keep fighting; we are a fighting team,” Udi said.Sunshine Stars will be guests of Wikki Tourists in Bauchi in a Match Day 32 tie on Sunday.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/DUKE-UDI-JULY-29.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger: ‘It’s more difficult to prepare against Hull than Barcelona’

first_imgArsene Wenger admits Barcelona are almost perfect – but insists it is easier to prepare his Arsenal side for the Catalan giants than it was for Saturday’s FA Cup meeting with Hull.The Gunners face a tough examination when they come up against Champions League holders Barcelona on Tuesday night as they look to progress past the round of 16 stage for the first time in five successive seasons.With Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez forming a formidable front three for the visitors to the Emirates Stadium many – including Wenger – make the Primera Division side favourites for the tie.Wenger believes Barcelona currently have “top, top class” attacking talent but says they have a chink in their armour and his players will take no preparing for the task at hand.”Honestly, of course the difficulty of the task is completely different but it is more difficult to prepare against Hull than Barcelona,” he said.”Against Barcelona everyone is naturally focused. It is more to create belief and confidence, because Barcelona are super-favourites in this game. “Against Hull it is more to raise the urgency level and convince everybody that it is a very difficult game.”Tomorrow everyone is convinced that we absolutely need to have, as a squad, total focus to have a chance and that is what I try to raise. Belief, confidence and let’s go for it.”Of course, there is no team – our world is not perfect and no team is perfect. But they are not far from it, Barca, I must say.”We have to use every moment in the game where we have the chance to score, and as I said after the Hull game, we had 70 per cent of the time the ball but we didn’t make a lot of it. Against Barcelona we will have the ball far less and we will have to make more of it.”Arsenal have suffered from poor results in the opening leg of knockout Champions League ties in recent years, last season losing 3-1 at home to Monaco before being eliminated on away goals following a 2-0 victory in the principality. And Wenger wants his squad to show they have learned from previous mistakes as he looks for the right balance to pull off a result on Tuesday.”It is a good opportunity to show we have learned because it is true we have given ourselves a difficult task after the first home leg and maybe after we have been a bit too keen to make the difference in the first game,” he added.”We need to find the right balance between being audacious because that is what you will need to be against Barcelona.”We need to be strong defensively as a unit and not put ourselves in front of a very difficult task in the second leg.”Arsenal only scraped through to the latter phases after staging a comeback in their group having lost three of their opening four matches. A 3-0 success in Olympiacos on the final matchday saw them edge through at the expense of the Greeks and Olivier Giroud, who scored a hat-trick in Piraeus, has pointed to Arsenal’s strength in depth as a positive as they look to not only roll over Barcelona but also challenge for the FA Cup and Barclays Premier League trophies.”Obviously Barcelona are favourites,” he said.”It’s the Champions League against Barcelona but we have good quality this year, even if we had a lot of injuries, but we did well during a tough moment in the Autumn and we have our players back.”We are very happy with that. For example Danny (Welbeck) made the difference against Leicester, and I was very pleased for him. We will need everybody, we have a strong squad and that is why we can play in every competition.”– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

UFC Wichita: What do impressive stoppage wins mean for Elizeu and Junior dos Santos?

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearA perfect example was the preliminary card scrap between Grant Dawson and Julian Erosa, which Dawson won handily.The 25-year-old, who earned a contract with a win on Season 1 of the Contender Series, was sidelined for an extended period after getting flagged for a potential anti-doping violation. After months of investigation, he was cleared of any intentional wrongdoing and cleared to return, collecting a unanimous decision win on Saturday night.Beating Erosa isn’t going to vault the newcomer into the featherweight title picture, but it’s a quality first step down that road for “The Prophet,” who trains with James Krause and the crew in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. It was a strong building block effort and the kind of fight you can look back to later as the point where Dawson started gathering momentum.And sexy or not, those fights are always important in the long run.Here’s a look at what transpired on the main card and the impact it will have for the athletes going forward.Junior dos Santos def. Derrick Lewis by TKO (strikes) at 1:58 of Round 2The big boys got after it right out of the chute and both landed massive shots early, with dos Santos rocking Lewis first before “The Black Beast” countered with a clobbering right hand of his own that made the former champion retreat and reset. Late in the first, dos Santos hurt Lewis with a spinning back kick to the midsection, though he opted against rushing forward in search of the finish, knowing Lewis only needs one shot to turn things around.Early in the second, “Cigano” got after it, connecting with big shots that stung Lewis and had him backing up. Once it was clear that the recent title challenger was in peril, the affable Brazilian opened up, eventually forcing the stoppage just before the two-minute mark of the second frame.What does it mean: Because the division has no clear direction at the moment, it’s difficult to say with any certainty what comes next for dos Santos, but there are a few obvious, important takeaways from this performance that rate regardless of the state of the division.First and foremost, that’s three straight wins for the former title holder, all of which have come in the last nine months. He’s lobbied to be as active as possible and is making the most of it by piling up wins, which has to put him in the title conversation.Secondly, the fact that he took a couple good shots from Lewis and still went forward and got the finish not only quiets any lingering questions about dos Santos’ chin after some stoppage losses a couple years back, but also shows he’s still a dangerous threat on the feet as well. There may have been a desire to chalk up his stoppage win over Tai Tuivasa as youthful recklessness on the part of the unbeaten, inexperienced Aussie, but hurting Lewis and putting him away leaves no room for debate about dos Santos’ endure power and crisp offensive attack.Lastly, this performance should put more pressure on the UFC to get things organized within the division as the veteran Brazilian is on a nice roll and he has limited options going forward. A bout with Francis Ngannou works as an obvious title eliminator and they were scheduled to fight in the past, so there is some history there. But without knowing what Daniel Cormier’s future holds and an idea about what things may look like two and three fights down the road, it might be difficult to coax the resurgent former champion into such a high-risk fight.Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Curtis Millender by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:35 of Round 1Make it seven straight for “Capoeira” inside the Octagon.Almost immediately, dos Santos put Millender on the canvas and went to work, controlling the Californian while advancing to half guard and connecting with short elbows and punches. As soon as Millender started to get uncomfortable and roll, dos Santos slipped around to his back and laced up the choke, quickly squeezing out a tap.This was a clinical performance for the Brazilian, who is a split decision loss in his promotional debut away from being 8-0 in the Octagon and riding a 12-fight winning streak overall.What does it mean: If this performance and the totality of his efforts thus far don’t earn dos Santos a shot at someone in the Top 10 and another main card assignment on a marquee card, nothing will. He took full advantage of his first main card assignment and made quick work of Millender before getting a little help from his translator when calling for a big opportunity next time out.The 32-year-old Brazilian had been buried on the prelims and suffers from being too humble on the microphone after victory, but at a certain point, you have to reward performance and dos Santos is deserving of a marquee name next time out. There have been a bunch of crucial welterweight fights in recent weeks with a couple more on the schedule before the month is out and “Capoeira” should absolutely land in the cage against one of the more established names in the group.Perhaps the winner of the fight between Leon Edwards and Gunnar Nelson? What about the winner of the main event in “Smashville, USA” between Stephen Thompson and Anthony Pettis?No matter who it is, it’s time to give dos Santos the high quality matchup he’s earned.Niko Price def. Tim Means by KO (right hand) at 4:50 of Round 1This one was forecasted to be violent and man did it ever deliver.Right from the jump, these two savages started firing, with Price hurting Means early before “The Dirty Bird” rallied to take the fight to “The Hybrid.” Standing in the center of the Octagon, the duo traded big shots and Stockton slaps, with Means starting to pull away as the end of the round drew nearer.He seemingly had Price dead to rights, backing him to the fence on shaky legs and looking to land one more clean shot, when Price uncorked a right hand that landed flush and brought the fight to a sudden halt.What does it mean: Performances like this have a way of standing out, even though neither man entered with a number beside their name and Price isn’t due one with the win. When you connect on a walk-off finish against a tough cuss like Means, who had never been stopped prior to this, you can be sure that people will be looking forward to seeing the entertaining Floridian Price back in the cage again soon.The 29-year-old is a “kill or be killed” fighter of the first order, as he’s only been to the cards once in his career and through eight UFC starts, he’s yet to see the second round.This isn’t the first highlight reel finish for Price in the Octagon and now that he’s established a reputation as a wildly entertaining all-action fighter, he could get a quicker push towards the Top 15 than others with a similar record, but fewer exciting efforts. What he does with it if that opportunity does come remains to be seen, but Price is an explosive athlete with the potential to spark anyone he faces and should get a long look after this.Blagoy Ivanov def. Ben Rothwell by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)The big fellas spent 15 minutes slinging leather, upping the output over the final 10 minutes to produce an entertaining scrap that resulted in Ivanov collecting his first UFC victory and the fans in Wichita voicing their displeasure with the decision.Throughout the contest, Rothwell marched forward, with Ivanov tossing out heavy counters and overhand fastballs that left “Big Ben” painted up at the end of the second and third. That said, Rothwell landed numerous clean, punishing blows of his own and while the numbers were close in the first two rounds, it felt like Rothwell’s pressure would be the deciding factor. But it wasn’t meant to be for the returning cult favorite.What does it mean: Every win is a big deal in the heavyweight division, where it only takes a couple strong performances to vault into the title picture. Ivanov started his UFC career with a loss to JDS, so picking up a win here against a stalwart like Rothwell helps set a baseline for where he fits in the weight class.This was a much more active performance from the Bulgarian, who didn’t have much to offer against “Cigano” last summer, though his willingness to move backwards and look to counter could present challenges against some of the big power hitters in the division. That being said, he took the best Rothwell had to offer and while there were a couple spots where he was stiffened up, he never stumbled.Clouds cover the heavyweight landscape for the moment, so it is unclear whom Ivanov could line up with next after this one. But this was a good win over one of the most experienced guys in the division that should carry him into the Top 10 and result in another marquee assignment later this year.Beneil Dariush def. Drew Dober by submission (armbar) at 4:41 of Round 2This was a gutsy effort from Dariush, who got pieced up and hurt a couple times during the opening five minutes, but was able to close the distance, secure the takedown and eventually get into his jiu jitsu game, work through a series of positions and attacks and find the finish.There were points in the first where things looked dicey, as he’s been stung and stopped in the past, but Dariush did well to clinch at the right times to clear his head and wisely turned to his grappler much quicker in the second. From there, he showed his elite talent on the mat, working through to mount and take Dober’s back before eventually moving from a kimura trap to an inverted triangle before finishing with the armbar late in the middle stanza.What does it mean: It’s a huge win in terms of confidence for Dariush, who quickly worked his way into the rankings early in his UFC career before a three-fight skid prompted many to question his place in the division. After getting back into the win column in November, this was the kind of win he needed in order to really re-establish his footing and solidify his standing as a fixture in the division.There are never any easy nights in the lightweight ranks, so the next one is going to be a stern test for Dariush no matter who he draws, but with back-to-back wins and some net positives to build upon from this one, “Benny” is a contender to potentially climb back into the Top 15 or play spoiler to someone looking to make a quick climb up the divisional ladder themselves.Omari Akhmedov def. Tim Boetsch by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)Akhmedov controlled the action with his clinch work, movement and improved patience, doling out shots in more controlled bursts than the “go hard and fast” strategy he employed throughout the majority of his previous UFC appearances. He broke Boetsch’s nose with a beautiful right hand in the second round and opened him up on both sides of his eyebrow during the bout as well, turning in his most complete, impressive performance in some time.What does it mean: This could very well end up being one of those fights I talked about off the top — a building block performance that doesn’t really blow you away right now, but turns out to be the starting point for something bigger.After dealing with inconsistency and a shallow gas tank at welterweight, Akhmedov is now 1-0-1 in two middleweight starts and unbeaten in his last four starts. He looked good in his divisional debut and showed considerable improvements and notable adjustments here, and while Boetsch is clearly on his way out, “The Barbarian” is still tough and savvy enough to ruin your night if you give him a chance.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearMiddleweight is undergoing show changes at all levels and a quality performance like this could open some doors for Akhmedov down the road.UFC Wichita ResultsMain Card Junior dos Santos def. Derrick Lewis by TKO (strikes) at 1:58 of Round 2Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Curtis Millender by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:35 of Round 1Niko Price def. Tim Means by KO (punch) at 4:50 of Round 1Blagoy Ivanov def. Ben Rothwell by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)Beneil Dariush def. Drew Dober by submission (armbar) at 4:41 of Round 2Omari Akhmedov def. Tim Boetsch by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)PrelimsAnthony Rocco Martin def. Sergio Moraes by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27,. 30-27)Yana Kunitskaya def. Marion Reneau by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)Grant Dawson def. Julian Erosa by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)Maurice Greene def. Jeff Hughes by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)Matt Schnell def. Louis Smolka by submission (triangle choke) at 3:18 of Round 1Alex Morono def. Zak Ottow by verbal submission (strikes) at 3:34 of Round 1Alex White def. Dan Moret by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) For the first time in the UFC’s history, the Octagon touched down in Kansas on Saturday night with a 12-fight event at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, headlined by heavyweight bangers Derrick Lewis and Junior dos Santos.Though the card was short on marquee names and fights that could be immediately identified as carrying divisional significance, UFC Fight Night 146 was one of those cards with the potential to serve as a catalyst for advancement for a couple different competitors beyond the main event participants.last_img read more

March Madness 2019: 3 Storylines to follow in the Elite Eight

first_img March Madness 2019 wrap: 4 teams punch their tickets to the Elite Eight There’s no telling what could happen next in NCAA tournament play, but here are a few storylines to follow.Auburn’s shocking successThe Tigers have won their last 11 games and have been one of the more surprising teams in the tournament. They ended an Elite Eight drought more than three decades old, and dominated the Tar Heels in a 97-80 victory on Friday. Related News Some unexpected things have happened on the way to the Elite Eight.The first No. 1 seed has fallen and this underdog has advanced to the fourth round for the first time in 33 years. North Carolina plays fast, but Auburn arguably played faster. It’s uptempo style and smothering defense make it a threat to any team moving forward.The Tigers blocked six shots against the Tar Heels. But they also showcased a versatile offense that shot a blistering 17 of 37 from behind the arc.Auburn lost its best player Chuma Okeke to a knee injury in the second half of the contest, but has other means to be effective.Cam Reddish’s knee injuryCam Reddish was ruled out for Duke’s game against Virginia Tech with a left knee injury shortly before the tip on Friday.The Blue Devils swingman was on the court for warmups, but did not participate with the team.Reddish is averaging 12.5 points in the NCAA tournament and is Duke’s most dangerous long-range shooting threat.The Blue Devils’ biggest weakness has been their lack of outside shooting, so Reddish’s continued absence could limit the team moving forward. It’s still unclear when he’ll return to the hardwood.The return of PJ WashingtonThe Wildcats got their best player back in the Sweet 16 and got a solid contribution from him against Houston. Washington scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and had a critical block down the stretch against Houston.Washington missed the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament with a foot injury, but now Kentucky has a chance to return to full strength.In his absence, the Wildcats proved they have an arsenal of offensive weapons that can compete with the best.Now that Washington is back, Kentucky could shock the field by ascending to another level.Washington is averaging 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds in 2018-19. He leads the Wildcats in both categories. March Madness 2019: Auburn F Chuma Okeke suffers torn left ACL, will not return to tournament playlast_img read more

The meaning behind the MLB bobblehead on Dwight’s desk in ‘The Office’

first_imgThat player is Mike Lieberthal. He is a two-time All-Star, a Gold Glove winner and a member of the Phillies’ Wall of Fame.You might not have thought much of this bobblehead considering it represents a Phillies player and the fictional Dunder Mifflin paper company is based in Pennsylvania. Maybe Dwight just likes the Phillies.Also, if you know about Lieberthal’s minor league baseball career, you know he played for the Triple-A baseball team in Scranton, where the show is based. It is a fun piece of trivia, but there’s actually another layer behind this bobblehead.MORE:  Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNLet’s check out Lieberthal’s profile on ever-trusty Wikipedia. (NBC) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/eb/7a/dwight-schrute-desk-bobblehead-ftr_vfrftgu131sg1d34u2a666qzd.png?t=562790570&w=500&quality=80 That’s right — his full name is Michael Scott Lieberthal. (Credit to Reddit user  m_rose95 for discovering this.)Dwight spends much of the series trying to gain Michael Scott’s affection. Michael even calls Dwight a “kiss ass” at one point. So it’s hilarious that even a seemingly innocent bobblehead of a baseball player on Dwight’s desk plays into this theme throughout the series. MORE:  Ranking the top 20 sports moments of ‘The Office’And if you don’t buy into that, then recall this quote from Dwight: “People underestimate the power of nostalgia. If baseball can use it to get people to care about that worthless sport, then I can use it to get my siblings to care about the farm.”So Dwight clearly isn’t a baseball fan. But he loves Michael so much, he has baseball memorabilia on his desk.center_img (Wikipedia) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/df/8c/mike-lieberthal-ftr_bz39dzgh0i7t1pgizajj92rau.png?t=563302570&w=500&quality=80 If you are an avid viewer of “The Office,” you might have noticed a bobblehead of a Phillies player on Dwight Shrute’s desk.last_img read more

Timberwolves romp past Lakers in 2nd half, overshadowing Rajon Rondo’s return

first_img🎥 Kyle Kuzma gives an update on the effects of his nagging hip injury. pic.twitter.com/jkN3cSHhiH— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 25, 2019 How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs PreviousLakers guard Rajon Rondo, right, shoots as Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns defends during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. Rondo had 15 points, 13 assists and six rebounds in his return from a 14-game layoff following hand surgery. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves scores past JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, left, goes up for a dunk as Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Moritz Wagner, left, and center Ivica Zubac defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Josh Okogie #20 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts as he is fouled by Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores over Gorgui Dieng #5 and Taj Gibson #67 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first half at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Josh Okogie #20 of the Minnesota Timberwolves attempts a shot over Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives on Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, right, shoots as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Derrick Rose #25 of the Minnesota Timberwolves attempts a shot over Josh Hart #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts for a foul during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Derrick Rose #25 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives between Moritz Wagner #15 and Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Gorgui Dieng #5 of the Minnesota Timberwolves grabs a rebound between Josh Hart #3, Brandon Ingram #14 and JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers watches play during the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns looks to pass while being defended by the Lakers’ Ivica Zubac during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. The short-handed Lakers had trouble with Towns (27 points, 12 rebounds), and a host of Minnesota reserves in a 120-105 loss. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives to the basket in front of Ivica Zubac #40 and Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, right, shoots as Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1, Ivica Zubac #40, Michael Beasley #11 and Moritz Wagner #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate a three pointer during the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Lance Stephenson defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Ryan Saunders of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts on the sidelines during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, and center Ivica Zubac defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts to a Andrew Wiggins #22 three pointer to take a 109-96 lead, on their way to a 120-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers react before an inbound during a 120-105 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: The taped finger of Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 120-105 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Moritz Wagner #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a pass around Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during a 120-105 Wolves win at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Taj Gibson #67 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts to a loss of possession during a 120-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores on a layup past Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during a 120-105 Timberwolves win at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket on Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during a 120-105 Timberwolves win at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, and center Ivica Zubac defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers argues a flagrant foul with referee Sean Wright #4 during a 120-105 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles away from Jerryd Bayless #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during a 120-105 Timberwolves win at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Josh Okogie #20 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives on Ivica Zubac #40 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 120-105 Timberwolves win at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts after his dunk in front of Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 120-105 Wolves win at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to his technical foul during a 120-105 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers calls out a play as he dribbles during a 120-105 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles in front of Dario Saric #36 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during a 120-105 Timberwolves win at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 24: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores between Luol Deng #9, Gorgui Dieng #5 and Jerryd Bayless #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during a 120-105 Timberwolves win at Staples Center on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, right, shoots as Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, left, and guard Jerryd Bayless defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Timberwolves won 120-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, center, goes up for a shot as Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, left, and center JaVale McGee defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Timberwolves won 120-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton, left, argues with referee Justin Van Duyne, center, after guard Rajon Rondo, right, was called for a technical foul during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Timberwolves won 120-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jerryd Bayless, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Timberwolves won 120-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, right, shoots as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, left, tries to pass past Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, upper right, and guard Josh Okogie during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Timberwolves won 120-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones, center, shoots as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jerryd Bayless, left, and forward Andrew Wiggins watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Timberwolves won 120-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, center, shoots as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie, right, defends and forward Keita Bates-Diop watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Timberwolves won 120-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson, right, dribbles past Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Timberwolves won 120-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, center, tries to pass the ball while under pressure from Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, and guard Rajon Rondo during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Timberwolves won 120-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, Josh Hart, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee, from left, confer during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Timberwolves won 120-105. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, right, shoots as Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns defends during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. Rondo had 15 points, 13 assists and six rebounds in his return from a 14-game layoff following hand surgery. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 50Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, right, shoots as Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns defends during the first half of Thursday’s game at Staples Center. Rondo had 15 points, 13 assists and six rebounds in his return from a 14-game layoff following hand surgery. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Lakers had to deal with a fearsome trio from Minnesota on Thursday night: Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jared Terrell.Wait, who?In a game in which two injury-ravaged teams had to reach deep into their benches, it was the reserves of the Timberwolves who stood out during a pivotal third-quarter stretch of a 120-105 whipping of the Lakers. Giving up 22 offensive rebounds and 20 turnovers, the Lakers conceded that Minnesota, down as they were, seemed to have a little more desire – a concerning state of affairs for a Lakers team that should have every ounce of motivation to stabilize after a tumultuous month.Coach Luke Walton said he had confidence that his squad, which has lost three straight games, can bounce back, but he acknowledged that the Lakers, with the benefit of two days between home games, simply didn’t bring it. But the result was no different than many other games without James – a loss, which drops the team to 5-10 without their franchise cornerstone. Minnesota’s victory continued to pull the Lakers down in the Western Conference standings, now tied in the loss column with the Timberwolves and the Sacramento Kings.To be sure, Towns and Wiggins did plenty of damage themselves, combining for 50 points. But from the point when the Lakers had their largest lead of the night, up by seven two minutes into the third quarter, it was impossible to ignore that mostly shelved players were at the forefront of Minnesota’s effort. They scored 32 points off the offensive boards, and 34 points off the turnovers, leading them to take 15 more shots than the Lakers.While there was some scoring from the Lakers’ bench – JaVale McGee and Michael Beasley combined for 19 points – the stagnation through that swing hurt against a Western Conference opponent that the Lakers are attempting to stave off.“It was going to be something that was going to take all five guys,” Walton said. “We know that Minnesota is a bigger team than us, they’re a stronger team than us with what we have right now, and the only way to win that physicality battle is to just bring it and outwork them. And unfortunately, we did not do that tonight.”Rondo started his night like a firecracker, nailing a pair of early buckets from behind the 3-point line, directing the offense with four assists in his first stint, and taking a charge from Towns to send the Minnesota big man to the bench with two fouls.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Luke Walton talks about the #Lakers inconsistency in execution in tonight’s game, @RajonRondo first game back and @kylekuzma’s performance. pic.twitter.com/nT9InmM5pI— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) January 25, 2019 Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions But it was a rough game for a lot of key players. New starter Ivica Zubac scored just two of his 10 points after halftime, adding eight rebounds but struggling to contain Towns (27 points, 12 rebounds).Kyle Kuzma was just 4 for 12 from the field, admitting later that he’s been dealing with a hip strain since scoring 32 points at Houston. He landed on the troublesome hip after sinking his first field goal of the game on a floater, adding to his stiffness. Walton said Kuzma looked less than his normal self, and Kuzma was forced to agree.Brandon Ingram led the Lakers with 20 points, but the team was just 8 for 28 on 3-point shots.The latest loss left the locker room grimly quiet. No one can say with certainty when James will return: Walton said pregame that he was “hopeful” that it would be by the All-Star Break next month. Until that return, the Lakers continue to search for the urgency that can at least get them closer to winning games like this one.“At the end of the day, every game is a must-win,” Kuzma said. “We’re fighting to be in the playoffs, fighting for seeding, and the season’s ticking down. We got less than 40 games right now, and everything has to be serious right now. Every game matters, every possession, every second.”Rajon Rondo (15 pts, 13 ast) speaks with @Mike_Bresnahan about how he felt in his first game back from injury. pic.twitter.com/g6ZdoKDxnI— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) January 25, 2019 🎥 Lakers can’t match the early second half run by the Timberwolves, dropping this one 105-120. pic.twitter.com/bk0EMWEmh2— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 25, 2019 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“They just pushed us around,” he said.It didn’t seem to matter how far down the roster any opposing player was.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Terrell, a two-way player making just his fifth appearance in an NBA game, scored eight of his career-high 10 points during a stretch when Minnesota outscored the Lakers 38-17. That was also a stretch when the Timberwolves, playing without injured starter Derrick Rose, turned to journeyman Jerryd Bayless (16 points) and Lakers cast-off Luol Deng (seven points), who bested a Lakers second unit still playing without a point guard.The struggles overshadowed the return of Rajon Rondo (15 points, 6-for-11 shooting), who burst forth from a 14-game layover (sprained right ring finger) with energy. His 13 assists (and six rebounds) helped give the Lakers a sense of centralized leadership on offense that they’ve sometimes lacked without LeBron James.“It’s just the way I play: it wasn’t about the first play or the first possession,” Rondo said. “Just try to bring energy every time I’m on the floor, do the intangibles and hopefully it creates a spark.”last_img read more

Best Cyclists in the World Will Make Spectacle in Sarajevo

first_imgThis August, Sarajevo will be the center of one more spectacular event-festival of urban extreme sports Valterise.The organizer of the festival is nonpfrofit organization Horizint,, which until now has organized five successful cycling races through Sarajevo called “Das ist Valter”.This year’s festival and Valter camp will be held from 23-25 August on Zmajevac.There will also be screenings of short movies, DJ’s and a photo exhibition by Zlatan Kurt.This is the first local festival of its kind that has as its goal to gather regional athletes of all disciplines in one place.This year’s Valter Downtown includes the biggest regional prize, which will be given out in the rest of the competition disciplines.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more