Redknapp fears impact of Zamora ban

first_imgHarry Redknapp fears the impact Bobby Zamora’s suspension will have on QPR’s fading Barclays Premier League survival bid. Press Association Zamora is missing for the next three matches, starting at Everton on Saturday, after being sent off in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Wigan for kicking Jordi Gomez in the head. Rangers are seven points adrift of safety with six matches remaining and Redknapp is frustrated to have seen his strike partnership with Loic Remy dismantled once again. “Bobby’s sending off was a rash decision and missing him for three games is a big loss,” Redknapp said. “It was a crazy challenge and it’s cost us dearly because we lost him for most of that game and for the next three matches. He should be disappointed.” center_img The former Tottenham manager added: “He’s not 100% fit, you can see that, but he’s still a good player. When Bobby and Remy have played together we always look like we’re going to win, but we can’t get the partnership together. “Often one of them has been injured and now Bobby’s suspended. This has cost us dearly. Remy’s our joint leading goalscorer now with five goals. That’s been the problem here – we’ve had no one to score goals. “How can you have a leading goal scorer who’s only scored five goals? It’s almost impossible.” No team has ever escaped relegation from QPR’s position, yet Redknapp clings on to a tiny glimmer of hope. “It wasn’t easy after the Wigan game, I felt low over the weekend for sure, but you just have to get on with it. We need to go again,” he said. “There’s still some life in us. If we’d picked those three points up I’d have fancied us to stay up. The momentum would have been with us. “There are still games to go, we just have to win as many as possible. It’s going to be hard, but when there’s a chance you have to keep believing. “Getting the three points is massive. We certainly need to win four games and draw one to give ourselves any sort of chance.” last_img read more

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Parlour: Cup should be Gunners goal

first_img Arsenal’s drought has placed added scrutiny on the future of Wenger, who is yet to sign a new contract with the club. Wenger has delivered Champions League qualification in every one of the 16 seasons he has been at the helm but that record is in danger of ending after a 3-0 loss to Everton last weekend. Roberto Martinez’s side are now only a point behind Arsenal in the league table, with a game in hand. Parlour admits the pressure on Wenger will be enormous if Arsenal fail to lift the FA Cup but the two-time double winner believes fans should be careful what they wish for. “The pressure on Arsene would be huge if they don’t win the FA Cup, there’s no doubt about that,” Parlour said. “You look at how some of the Arsenal fans react at the Emirates, they’re fed up with how the team are playing. “But changing a manager, it’s not easy, you’ve got to have a plan. “There are other good managers around the world, but a lot of them are in good jobs and would they leave their job to come to Arsenal? “They have to know the next guy could do as well if not better than Wenger and the grass is not always greener.” Arsenal have won the FA Cup 10 times – twice as many as Wigan, Hull and Sheffield United put together – and can equal Manchester United’s record of 11 this season. Wigan, currently fifth in the Championship, are the holders after pulling off a shock win over Manchester City in last year’s final but it is Wenger’s side who are strong favourites. “Wigan are going to play with no pressure whatsoever,” Parlour said. “Their main objective this season is to get back into the Premier League and after last year, they know Wembley very well and so do the supporters. “All the pressure is on Arsenal but that’s when you’ve got to step up, that’s why you’re a top player, that’s why you play in big teams – to handle pressure.” Parlour added: “You can’t get a bigger occasion than playing at Wembley in a semi-final in front of a full house. “It’s a big opportunity for Arsenal to show they can bounce back – it’s about their mentality and passion going into the game. “The league is no longer in their hands but the FA Cup is and it’s vital.” :: williamhill.com are an Official Supporter of the FA Cup. Latest odds: 2/5 Arsenal, 7/2 Draw, 7/1 Wigan. Press Association They face holders Wigan in the first semi-final at Wembley on Saturday, knowing a win will see them play either Hull or Sheffield United in the final on May 17. Parlour, who lifted the FA Cup four times and was a runner-up once, believes winning the tournament is now more important for Arsenal than qualifying for the Champions League. “For me it’s all about winning trophies,” said Parlour, speaking on behalf of official FA Cup supporter williamhill.com. “I know the Champions League is important as well but if someone asks you at the end of your career what you’ve achieved and all you’ve got is coming fourth eight years running – what is that? “It’s great for the club financially but you don’t want to be a professional footballer to make money for your club – the whole objective of being a footballer is to win. “I was lucky to win lots of trophies when I played and for the history of the club it’s all about silverware. “It would give the club a big boost for next season because all those players are good players but they need to win something together. “That’s the big thing for me – fourth and a trophy would be fantastic but if I had to pick fourth and no trophy or fifth and a trophy, I would definitely take the trophy.” And Parlour claims the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger will be huge if the club end a ninth consecutive season without a trophy. Arsenal’s 2005 victory in the famous knock-out tournament remains the team’s latest triumph, with the lack of silverware becoming a source of growing frustration in recent years. Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes the Gunners should prioritise the FA Cup over finishing in the top four. last_img read more

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Jaguars cart off OSCL All Stars feature

first_imgTORONTO, Canada — The much-vaunted Jaguars XI, comprising several prominent Conference A players, were made to work hard to earn victory over Kaieteur in last Saturday’s All Stars game, played at the Ashtonbee ground, Scarborough.The feature was part of the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) annual Family Day which attracted several children of members of the association and also saw the finals ofThe youthful Alvin Budhram collects the MVP replica trophy from Sue.the Caribbean Sensation sponsored 10/10 tournament.Set 118 for victory, after bowling out their opponents for 117 in the 15-over affair, Kaieteur were 92 for four when their overs expired, going down by 25 runs. The top scorers were Kumar (16) and Reyaz Prahalad (13) while extras played a huge part with 29, including 21 wides.Earlier, Jaguars were indebted to Riaz Kadir who hit 24 with one six and a four, Sunil Ramkissoon, whose 22 included two sixes and a four and Aftab Shamshudeen, who slammed a quick-fire 21 with two fours. Extras were again in the limelight with 15 wides, 12 leg-byes and five byes.Skipper Munniram Karran bagged two for 16, Kenny Ramsaywack two for 19 and Prahalad one for 35 in his solitary over.Replica trophies were presented to the winning and losing teams, Most Valuable Players, Shamshudeen of Jaguars and Alvin Budhram of Kaieteur.All the players and officials, including managers, Vish Jadunauth (Jaguars) and Frederick Halley (Kaieteur) were also recipients of medals.The OSCL annual presentation, dinner and dance is set for Saturday, October 21 next.last_img read more

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LoGiurato: Inefficient pass offense preventing Orange from taking next step

first_img Published on November 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments After each failed drive, after each mistake, Ryan Nassib’s first turn walking off the field is to the JumboTron. He looks to the replay, hoping for something fixable he didn’t see during the play. Saturday, he turned to the JumboTron a lot. And he turned to it on two hapless, three-and-out drives in the fourth quarter with a chance to mount a comeback. ‘They were definitely frustrating,’ Nassib said. ‘I personally had a couple of errors on a few drives, and I take responsibility for those.’ Part of a recurring theme lately for Syracuse has been that wretched offense. Especially in the passing game. All season, it has been just good enough to win. Against South Florida, the 98-yard, game-winning drive saved an abysmal performance. Against West Virginia, it was a good run game and defense that saved Nassib’s performance to forget. Against Cincinnati, the nation’s 98th-ranked pass defense, Nassib couldn’t open anything up downfield. Time to put it out there: In a year of across-the-board improvement for Syracuse, this passing offense is the component that is keeping it from winning the Big East.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Offense wins games. Defense wins championships. That’s the saying, at least. And through the first five games of Big East play, the SU defense has tried to do both. When it became clear that wasn’t going to be the case against Louisville, the offense couldn’t step up to the challenge. We finally learned what it was like for the Orange to play from behind for most of the contest Saturday. And it wasn’t pretty. The two exceptions were the 51-yard touchdown to Alec Lemon on what appeared to be a blown coverage and a 12-play touchdown drive in which the Orange nearly exclusively used its run game. After that, though, the Louisville defense adjusted quickly. Syracuse’s offense is not a Rubik’s Cube. Run, run, run the ball. It has worked this season in conjunction with the defense, to the tune of six SU wins in its first eight games. But Saturday, Louisville stacked the box and dared SU quarterbacks coach and offensive play-caller Nathaniel Hackett to take a shot deep. Even on passing downs, the Cardinals brought the house, leaving one-on-one matchups in the secondary. ‘Right off the bat, we knew they were going to pressure,’ Hackett said. ‘We knew that was kind of their forte. We kind of prepared for every possible pressure you could possibly imagine.’ Obviously, not every possible pressure. Because in the second half, the Syracuse offense didn’t even look like it was prepared to go out and play. Nassib had one completion of more than 10 yards in the second half. The offense as a whole had 62 yards. Sixty. Two. Divide that by 23 offensive plays. That’s 2.7 yards per play. And with that, the Orange watched as Louisville controlled the clock for nearly two-thirds of the half, marching down for two game-changing drives when SU couldn’t get anything going. ‘I could have sworn I thought we were going to just roll right down like we had earlier,’ Hackett said. ‘It was one of those things. We were trying to keep the same game plan, and they knew exactly what was going to come.’ While Louisville made adjustments and eventually got through with its pressure, Hackett and the Orange didn’t switch up. And that was SU’s downfall. It was no more evident than in two late drives, down 28-20, in which the Syracuse offense couldn’t respond off two stops from its defense. The Cardinals’ pressure was there, complete with hurries from Kamal Hogan and Malcolm Tatum that forced Nassib incomplete passes. Two drives, six plays, 15 yards. A 2.5-yard average, about on par with the rest of the half. Maybe that average is the reason Doug Marrone trusted his defense to make a play more than he did his offense in the final minutes. Because on fourth-and-4 from its own 42-yard line with fewer than five minutes to play, Marrone elected to punt away. You can’t blame him. Syracuse needed three yards. It hadn’t done that on most occasions Saturday. ‘We wish we had a couple more minutes on that clock,’ running back Delone Carter said. ‘And we wish we could have gone out there and won that one.’ Somehow, that’s a little hard to believe. Brett LoGiurato is an assistant sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at bplogiur@syr.edu.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Clayton Kershaw throws five innings in rehab start in Rancho Cucamonga

first_imgRANCHO CUCAMONGA >> It isn’t often a little known minor-league catcher gets multiple requests for interviews after batting practice. But this wasn’t just any other ordinary minor-league baseball game for most.Two-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw was on the mound, making a rehab start Friday night for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the California League affiliate of the parent Dodgers.There were more than 50 media credential requests, something unheard for a regular-season game. The last time an appearance by a big-leaguer generated this much buzz in Southern California was in 2009, when Manny Ramirez came back after a PED suspension and played some games in San Bernardino, then a Dodgers affiliate.Kershaw pitched on Opening Day in Australia but has been on the disabled list since with a strained back muscle. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But he hardly looked like a pitcher who had been missing in action for a month. He went five innings, throwing 56 pitches. He gave up two hits, struck out six and walked one. “It felt really good. It was good to get back out there again,” he said. “I was able to get in five innings and that’s a lot of getting up and down, which is good. I was real pleased with how it went.”The only hitter who had much luck against the Dodgers ace was shortstop Carlos Perdomo, who celebrated his 24th birthday by homering to lead off the fifth. He also had a single in the second.Kershaw had a seven-pitch inning and two six-pitch innings. He struggled a bit in the second inning, needing 20 pitches. He gave up a single and a four-pitch walk but struck out two. He didn’t seem to be worried about completely overmatching the JetHawk hitters. He never pitched at the High-A level, jumping from Low-A to Double-A.“They’re professional hitters too,” he said. “They had some guys that looked pretty comfortable in the box. It was just good to get the work in and come out of it feeling good.”center_img There had been some speculation that Kershaw would make another rehab start, but he said he wasn’t sure of his next step. He didn’t respond when asked if he was ready to rejoin the big-league team.The game at LoanMart Field was sold out even before the Dodgers announced on Wednesday that Kershaw would make the start. Chalk that up to a previously planned promotion — Brian Wilson BobbleBeard night.Kershaw had a couple tucked in his locker to give to his teammate.Quakes manager P.J. Forbes has gotten used to big-leaguers in the clubhouse. He’s already had Wilson, Chad Billinglsey and Josh Beckett this season. He is focused on his team’s play, which hasn’t been stellar of late. But he knows the value of having a highly respected professional around.Indeed, when Kershaw went to the bullpen to warm up, Quakes players stood side by side, watching intently.“I’m glad the kids are getting a chance to play behind someone of that caliber, who really is the face of the Dodgers,” Forbes said. “It’s as good as it gets without being in the big leagues. They can learn a lot by watching him.”Tyler Ogle, a ninth-round draft pick in 2011, was the player entrusted to catch for Kershaw, arguably the game’s best pitcher. He said hello to the pitcher briefly but met with him after batting practice to go over a few things.”“I’m not really nervous,” he said. “The last thing I need to do is get nervous and start making mistakes.”last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Sept. 19 – Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

first_imgSunday, September 21, 2014•1:51 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary of a cell phone by an unknown suspect(s) in the 100 block N. B, Wellington.•2:16 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a door in the 200 block W. 15th, Wellington.•2:55 a.m. Officers investigated burglary and criminal damage to property in the 1500 block W. Harvey, Wellington.•4:04 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of alcohol by a known suspect(s) in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington.•9:34 a.m. Officers took a report of an animal at large by known owner in the 300 block S. H, Wellington.•12:40 p.m. Officers investigated burglary and criminal damage to cane in the 300 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.•7:33 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to tires in the 400 block E. 7th by known suspect, Wellington. Wellington Police notes for Friday, Sept. 19 – Sunday, Sept. 21Friday, September 19, 2014•7:47 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the area of Crusader Drive and Woodlawn, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by juvenile male, 17, Wellington and a parked and occupied vehicle owned by Aaron D. Hines, Wellington.•7:48 a.m. Juvenile male, 17, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for inattentive driving.•8:30 a.m. Vanessa L. Trumpower, 31, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large.•10:14 a.m. Officers investigated aggravated battery by known suspect in the 1600 block W. 16th, Wellington.•1:13 p.m. Officers investigated a battery in the 500 block S. H, Wellington by known suspect(s).•1:30 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the Wellington.•4 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington.•4:50 p.m. Endia M. Hands, 22, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation and child restraint violation.•7:22 p.m. Officers investigated identity theft in the 500 block N. Elm, Wellington.•7:22 p.m. Officers investigated identity theft in the 500 block N. Elm, Wellington.•7:22 p.m. Officers investigated Identity Theft in the 500 block N. Elm, Wellington.•7:37 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 600 block N. Blaine, Wellington.•8:15 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1000 block E. 16th, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Janice M. Olivas, 64, Wellington and a fixed object/mailbox owned by Chad S. Gill, Wellington. Saturday, September 20, 2014•1 a.m. Ian D. Stallbaumer, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no brakelights.•9:18 a.m. Matt F. Vanboening, 48, Belle Plaine, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 53 mph in a 40 mph zone.•9:39 a.m. Juvenile male, 15, Mayfield was issued a notice to appear for speeding 68 mph in a 40 mph zone.•2:22 p.m. Leonardo M. Nunez, 29, Coffeyville, was issued notice to appear for speeding 58 mph in a 45 mph zone and window tint violation.•5:05 p.m. Roberto G. Lopez, 32, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 53 mph in a 40 mph zone.•5:38 p.m. Richard C. Brown, 35, Conway Springs, was arrested, charged and bonded with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding 52 mph in a 30 mph zone and no proof of insurance.•7:46 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a money order in the 1100 block W. 8th, Wellington.•11:13 p.m. Brent W. McIntyre, 20, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no brakelights.last_img read more

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Switzerland wins 8th straight game, Portugal stays close

first_imgAn Oct. 10 showdown between Portugal and Switzerland in Lisbon will likely decide which team wins the group to automatically qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Three days earlier, Switzerland hosts Hungary and Portugal plays at Andorra.Earlier Sunday, the Faeroe Islands defeated Andorra 1-0 for its second win, securing its best ever qualifying campaign.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’___PERFECT SWISS OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Andorra has four points from a win over Hungary and a draw against the Faeroe Islands.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacueescenter_img MOST READ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite UST, UP dealt with huge blow as imports Akomo, Ouattara ruled ineligible for UAAP Season 80 Switzerland’s Blerim Dzemaili celebrates scoring, during the World Cup Group B qualifying soccer match between Switzerland and Latvia, at Skonto Stadium, in Riga, Latvia, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)Switzerland extended its perfect record in World Cup qualifying by defeating Latvia 3-0 Sunday for its eighth straight victory, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal edged 10-man Hungary 1-0 to stay close at the top of Group B.With two games left, Switzerland has 24 points, three more than defending European champion Portugal. Third-place Hungary stayed on 10 points and is out of contention.ADVERTISEMENT Switzerland scored early and twice shortly after halftime to keep alive its impressive run in qualifying.Forward Haris Seferovic netted his fourth goal in the qualifying campaign with a neat flick from close range, and Blerim Dzemaili and Ricardo Rodriguez added to the lead in the second half.___STAYING CLOSEPortugal kept pace with Switzerland with its seventh straight victory since an opening 2-0 loss to the Swiss.ADVERTISEMENT Andre Silva scored the winner with a header from close range after a cross by Ronaldo just three minutes into the second half in Budapest.“It was a difficult game from start to finish,” Silva said. “We had to give everything we had. I’m glad I scored the winning goal.”Hungary played with 10 men from the 30th after Tamas Priskin was sent off for an elbow on Pepe.“We were always in control, but it was always a difficult and uncertain match,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.___HISTORIC CAMPAIGNGilli Soerensen scored a first-half winner and the Faeroe Islands defeated Andorra 1-0 to guarantee its best qualifying campaign ever.With two games left, the Faeroe Islands is in fourth place and out of contention for a World Cup berth, but it already has eight points — one more than it achieved ahead of the 2002 World Cup.Lars Olsen’s team beat Latvia earlier in its campaign, and drew with Andorra and Hungary.Its final games are against Latvia and at Hungary. View commentslast_img read more

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Clarkson sparks injury-riddled Cavaliers past Hornets

first_imgCavaliers coach Larry Drew gave a rundown of the team’s injuries in his pregame media session and then asked, “Who’m I missing? Is that it?”Thompson was a key member of the team that went to four straight NBA Finals and won the championship in 2016. Despite the injuries and early season drama that included coach Tyronn Lue being fired after an 0-6 start, he knows the players must keep their heads up.“We’ve got to,” he said. “This is the NBA. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. It’s a month into the season. We have to keep pushing and keep getting better.”Kemba Walker, the league’s third-leading scorer, was held to a season-low seven points and was 2 for 16 from the field. The Hornets star guard was averaging 27.9 points going into the game.“This was one of those nights,” Walker said. “I got to all my spots, was able to take all my shots. It was a rough night shooting the basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Cavaliers: Love had surgery Nov. 2 and is still wearing a walking boot on his left foot. …. Korver doesn’t believe his injury is serious and said that he’d be surprised if he isn’t ready play when the Cavaliers visit Detroit on Nov. 19. …. The 37-year-old Korver has been bothered by foot injuries the past two seasons. … Drew said Osman likely will miss his third straight game Wednesday.MAKING PROGRESSSexton, taken with the eighth pick in the draft, had four assists and five rebounds in 33 minutes. Drew said the 19-year-old will continue to play substantial minutes when Hill returns, but didn’t indicate whether the rookie will continue to start.“I see growth in the last week and a half,” Drew said. “He’s starting to kind of figure it out.”RALLY KILLERCharlotte won three of four going into the game, but didn’t play well in dropping to 7-7.“Hopefully this gives us some fire,” coach James Borrego said. “There wasn’t a whole lot of good out there. We’re going to have to use this game as fuel for the next game.”UP NEXTHornets: Host Philadelphia on Saturday.Cavaliers: Visit Washington on Wednesday. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Durant leads Warriors over Hawks after Green’s suspension Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jordan Clarkson scored 24 points, Tristan Thompson had 21 rebounds and 11 points, and Cleveland won for the second time this season, beating the Charlotte Hornets 113-89 on Tuesday night.The Cavaliers (2-11) broke a five-game losing streak. Cleveland’s first win came against Atlanta on Oct. 30.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCleveland’s injury list grew longer while the losses piled up. Forwards Kyle Korver (sore right foot) and Cedi Osman (back spasms) didn’t play Tuesday and are the most recent additions.All-Star forward Kevin Love (foot surgery), starting point guard George Hill (hamstring) and forward Sam Dekker (ankle) have also been sidelined. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Charlotte Hornets’ Malik Monk (1) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson (8) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 113-89. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers are dealing with so many injuries they needed an assistant coach to suit up for practice Monday.A little over 24 hours later they did just fine with their healthy players.ADVERTISEMENT Thompson matched his career high in rebounds and didn’t play in the fourth quarter.Rodney Hood scored 16 points for Cleveland, which built a double-figure lead midway through the first quarter and maintained that the rest of the game. Rookie point guard Collin Sexton had 16 points and five assists. David Nwaba scored 18 points off the bench.Jeremy Lamb scored 22 points for Charlotte. The Hornets were 33 for 95 from the field and hit 8 of 41 of their 3-point attempts.Cleveland’s past three losses were by a combined 12 points. The Cavaliers, who lost to the Hornets 126-94 on Nov. 3, led 63-42 late in the second quarter and were up 67-51 at the half, when Charlotte was 19 for 53 from the field.“For the work we’ve been putting in and the tough times we’ve been through, tonight’s win kind of pays off,” Drew said.The Hornets cut the lead to 78-67 in the third quarter, but scored two points over the final five minutes of the period. J.R. Smith and Nwaba helped Cleveland maintain the momentum by hitting 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions.The Cavaliers built the lead to 25 points in the fourth quarter.TIP-INSHornets: Walker, an 87 percent shooter, missed two free throws in a trip to the line midway through the second quarter. … F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (sprained right ankle) did not play after being injured Sunday at Detroit. He’s averaging 8.6 points in 13 games off the bench. … F Dwayne Bacon entered the rotation in his spot.TIP-INSlast_img read more

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Clippers get things back into focus

first_img“With his injury, he’s with us,” Elton Brand said of Livingston. “We’re not putting it behind us because he’s with us. If anybody can rehab from it, I know he can. He’s young and has a great will. We didn’t want to dedicate this game to him because anything less than a blowout wouldn’t have been enough.” The Clippers might have been inspired to do just that early on, as they went up by as many as 12 points in the second quarter. But Seattle recovered to lead 75-74 heading into the fourth quarter. Corey Maggette made twofree throws with 27.6 seconds left to give the Clippers a 93-91 lead. After Seattle’s Earl Watson (UCLA) turned the ball over, Chris Kaman added to the Clippers’ lead with two free throws with 10.9 seconds left. Elton Brand added one of two free throws with 1.2 seconds left. But the win could come with a price. The teams’ play again tonight in Seattle, and how Sam Cassell (abdominal strain), Cuttino Mobley (strained groin) and Tim Thomas (back spasms) respond is anybody’s guess. The victory kept the Clippers tied for the West’s eighth playoff spot with New Orleans, which also won Wednesday night, 107-100 over Atlanta. It was the first game for the Clippers since seeing Livingston go down with a horrific left knee injury Monday, in which he dislocated his left knee and kneecap and tore his anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and lateral meniscus. “Sometimes, you’re guessing whether they’re telling you the truth, saying `I’m fine. I’m fine,”‘ Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. “Then you see them dragging their leg up the court. I was limited on minutes with how much they were supposed to play, but I went over on all of these guys.” But to put things in perspective, Mobley said: “Working 9 to 5 is tough. Getting up early in the morning, 5 o’clock, to feed your kids – that’s tough.” The bumps and bruises could not come at a less opportune time for the Clippers. They are already trying to figure out how to recover from losing Livingston, who averaged 29.8 minutes per game. Cassell figures to log in more minutes at point guard, but he has been fighting an abdominal strain. When asked if he could play 35 minutes per night, said, “I don’t think so, but I’ll try.” Cassell played 34 minutes and had 16 points, five assists and five rebounds for the Clippers. Daniel Ewing, Cassell’s backup, played 13 minutes and had four assists and two points. Dunleavy met with Livingston on Wednesday and offered encouraging words. “He seemed good,” Dunleavy said. “He looked good, and he’s an intelligent kid. He understands what the situation is. The good news is that he’s not the first guy jumping out of an airplane without a parachute. There have been guys before.” Brand had an off night shooting, going 5 of 14 from the field, but he passed the ball well. He finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Maggette also had 18 points as six Clippers scored in double figures. joe.stevens@presstelegram.com. (562) 499-1338 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img With teammate Shaun Livingston not far from their minds, the Clippers went back to the focus at hand – trying to stay in the Western Conference playoff race. The Clippers did that, holding on to win their third consecutive game, 96-91 over the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday night at Staples Center. last_img
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