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NBA: James, Davis dominate as Lakers end playoff drought

first_img Loading… The Bucks led by as much as nine in the first half before the Lakers forced a tie 48-48 at halftime. Davis was limited to five points in 10 first-half minutes because of foul trouble. James also talked about the possibility of playing NBA games without fans in the arena due to fears over the coronavirus outbreak. The league sent a memo to each team on Friday asking them to develop contingency plans to combat the spread of the virus. One of the alternatives is playing games behind closed doors. “Nah. It’s impossible,” said James. “If I show up to the arena and there ain’t no fans in the crowd, then I ain’t playing. “I ain’t never played the game without no fans. Ever since I started. This ain’t Europe. – ‘Ain’t playing’ – “I play for my teammates and I play for the fans. That’s what it is all about.” The Lakers have another difficult opponent on the weekend. On Sunday they face Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers, who are in second place behind the Lakers in the Western Conference standings. James said he wants to enjoy their third win in a row for a few hours before he starts thinking about how to play the Clippers. “I am going to get some rest tonight. Get a good dinner and a glass of wine, maybe two. Then lock in on Clippers tomorrow,” James said. Elsewhere, Josh Hart scored 19 points with 12 rebounds and rookie Zion Williamson tallied 17 points as the New Orleans Pelicans snapped a three-game winless streak with a 110-104 win over Miami on Friday. Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way15 Celebs You Probably Didn’t Expect To Be CheerleadersA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go Stargazing10 Celebrity Dads Who Have A Bad Relationship With Their KidsBest Car Manufacturers In The World LeBron James and Anthony Davis scored all but one of Los Angeles’ points in the final quarter as the Lakers rallied to beat the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks 113-102 and clinch a playoff spot on Friday. Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, left, guards reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter at Staples Center in Los Angeles The dynamic duo combined for 67 points as James scored 11 of his team-high 37 points in the final quarter and Davis scored 14 of his 30 in the fourth in the clash between the teams with the league’s best records. The two stars played keep away from their teammates and would have shut out the rest of their bench had guard Alex Caruso not made a free throw with 14 seconds left on the clock and the game out of reach for Milwaukee. “I am extremely tired,” said James, who also had eight rebounds and eight assists in 37 minutes of playing time. The Lakers clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2013, ending a seven-year tailspin. Reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had a double double with a team-high 32 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. He was matched up against James for much of the evening. The Lakers earned a measure of revenge with Friday’s win. In their initial meeting this season on December 19 in Milwaukee, the Bucks defeated the Lakers 111-104. Antetokounmpo played a huge role in that victory with 34 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. “He got to the free-throw line a lot,” said James of Antetokounmpo on Friday. “He is such a great player. I just wanted to keep a body in front of him and make it tough on him.” Kyle Kuzma, with 11, was the only other Laker to finish in double figures while the Bucks had five in double figures.center_img This was the first game in the last 14 that rising star Williamson scored fewer than 20 points, but the host Pelicans still managed to pull out the victory in front of a crowd of 18,300 at the Smoothie King Center.Brandon Ingram woke up in the fourth quarter to offset a poor shooting night by making two key late jump shots. Ingram made just four of 20 shot attempts.Jrue Holiday scored a team high 20 points and Lonzo Ball had 16 in the win.Jimmy Butler scored 28 for the Heat, Duncan Robinson scored 24, including eight three pointers. Goran Drajic scored 15 and Andre Iguodala had 10 for Miami, who saw their four-game winning streak stopped.Robinson broke the Heat’s single-season record of 227 three-pointers which was previously held by Wayne Ellington.Elsewhere, Mike Conley scored 25 points thanks to some brilliant three-point shooting as the Utah Jazz overcame a poor performance from Donovan Mitchell to beat the injury-riddled Boston Celtics 99-94.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 New Orleans Pelicans Josh Hart reacts during the second half against the Miami Heat at the Smoothie King Center in New OrleansRead Also: NBA looks at coronavirus contingency plans; reportlast_img read more

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Batesville Wins Track Duel Meet At FC

first_imgThe Batesville High School boys and girls track team traveled to Franklin County to compete in a dual track meet in much better conditions than when the meet was supposed to be held in early April…in fact it was an almost perfect night.The boys increased their record to 18-2 defeating Franklin County 102-41 as the girls continue their undefeated season, winning 118-24. In fact, the girls took blue ribbons in all 16 events. The boys were close winning 12 out of the 16 events.23 different dogs earned a blue ribbon today and many of them were multiple winners. Those multiple winners were:Cole Nuhring-1600m run (5:02), 800m run (2:08.5) and the 4 x 800m relay (9:18.98)Peter Heil-110m hurdles (17.25), 300m hurdles (42.42), the 4 x 800m relay and the 4 x 400m relay (4:05.3)Michael Tunny-400m dash (54.02), 200m dash (23.34), the 4 x 100m relay(45.72) and the 4 x 400m relayCaleb Moster-3200m run (10:49) and the 4 x 800m relayNathan Longstreth-high jump (6’3″) and 4 x 400m relayKelsey Gausman-1600m run (5:46.2), 800m run (2:32.8), 4 x 800m relay (11:00) and the 4 x 400m relay (4:31.9)Ginny Westerfeld-100m dash (12.69), 200m dash (27.16) and the 4 x 100m relay (52.37)Kim Tidman-high jump (5’0″), long jump (16’4″), 4 x 100m relay and 4 x 400m relayRylee Goldsmith-400m dash (1:04), 4 x 400m relayCassie Reverman-discus (85’4″) and shot put (31’3.5″)Sarah Poltrack-3200m run (12:51) amd the 4 x 800m relayOther first place finishers were:Ben Westerfeld-pole vault (11’0″)Garrett Yorn-4 x 800m relayJohn Moody-4 x 400m relayTanner Ayette-4 x 100m relayJacob Koehne-4 x 100m relayZach Mears-4 x 100m relayBrooke Hartman-100m hurdles (18.35)Alex Wirth-Pole Vault (7’0″)Clare Bruns-300m hurdles (52.18)Mary Poltrack-4 x 800m relayGrace Yeation-4 x 800m relayAudrey Hall-4 x 400m relayTaking home the red ribbons were:Garrett Yorn-1600m runJordan Moorman-discusTanner Ayette-100m dashMatt Dennis-110m hurdles and 200m hurdlesClayton McKinley-shot putJohn Moody-400m dashNathan Bedel-pole vaultTom Chaffee-high jumpChris Riffle-3200m runGrace Yeaton-1600m runSam Heidlage-discus and shot putSophie Meadows-100m dash and 200m dashLexi Hatcher-pole vaultAudrey Hall-400m dashMaria Wessel-3200m runAnd the white ribbon winners went to:Kevin Bedel-discus and long jumpCody Reer-shot putClayton McKinley-high jumpCalvin Lehman-3200m runCaleb Moster-800m runTanner Ayette-200m dashMary Poltrack-1600m runKatherine Roell-discus and shot putClare Bruns-100m hurdlesGrace Yeaton-800m runMolly Weigel-300m hurdlesKylie Lehman-3200m runRylee Goldsmith-200m dashDespite really trying to train through this meet and prepare for next week’s Conference, we still had many personal records broken, listed by event below:100m dash-Allison Muckerheide200m dash-Michael Tunny, Zach Mears, Trevor Gartenman, Annie Freese, Sophie Meadows, Madeleine Robben300m hurdles-Clare Bruns400m dash-Jon Kurtz800m run-Jazmin Blanco1600m run-Clay Yeaton, Liz Cuttle3200m run-Grace YeatonHigh jump-Nathan Longstreth, Clayton McKinleyLong Jump-Allison MuckerheidePole Vault-Nathan Bedel4 x 400 splits-Matt Dennis, Alex Jorgensen, Tanner Ayette, Jacob Koehne, Jared Ilderton, Trevor Gartenman, Drake Main, Molly Weigel, Beth Werner, Laura Meer, Clare Bruns, Liz Cuttle, Mary Poltrack4 x 800 splits-Kylie Lehman, Jazmin BlancoThe Dogs only have a day off, then they will host the County meet on Thursday. We will also be honoring our fabulous 18 seniors! Come on out and cheer our track teams to a County Championship and help us thank our seniors!   Action begins at 5pm, but the Senior presentations will be at the end of the meet.Submitted by Batesville Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more

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Joseph C. Stirn

first_imgJoseph C. Stirn, age 53 of Batesville, died Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus.  Born September 26, 1964 in Batesville, he is the son of Betty (Nee: Karbowski) and Richard Stirn.  Joe married Kimberly Ryse on April 21, 1990 at Union Baptist Church in Greensburg.  He was the Facility Operations Manager at Main Source Bank for 32 years as well as a member of St. Louis Church, the Knights of Columbus Council #1461, the Knights of St. John Commandery #243 and the Oldenburg Conservation Club.To say Joe was an avid fisherman would be an understatement.  In addition to his job at the bank, he was also co-owner of the Stirn Bait & Tackle Shop for nearly 15 years and was also responsible for starting the annual Knights of Columbus Fishing Derby.  A selfless individual, Joe had a heart of gold and believed that family was very important.  His family shared that he would donate his vacation time at work to others who were in need.  They also indicated he was a good cook whose fudge, sweet hot mustard and salsa will surely be missed.He is survived by his wife Kim; sons Ethan and Aaron, both of Batesville; brothers Tim (Betsy), Paul (Dolly), Mark (Edie), Dave (Beth) and Andy (Susie), all of Batesville; sisters Carol (Mike) Voegele of Centerville, Ohio, Beth (Fred) Barger of Dillsboro, Indiana, Patty (Don) Kohlman of Batesville, Donna Salyer of Batesville; mother-in-law Jerelyn Koester of Greensburg; brother-in-law Mike Koester of Greensburg and sister-in-law Kelly (Brian) Land of Sandusky, Ohio.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his father-in-law Paul Koester.Visitation is Tuesday, June 5th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 6th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the Batesville Boy Scouts or the Oldenburg Conservation Club.last_img read more

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The Latest: McLaren team member ‘recovering well’ from virus

first_img Associated Press McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.”The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday.Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.”McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution.With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest. The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler.Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: McLaren team member ‘recovering well’ from virus ___11 a.m.Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time. “Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”___10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe.center_img ___9:55 a.m.The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid.The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice. There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket.Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country.All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak.The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___11:10 a.m. March 16, 2020last_img read more

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First Russia World Cup tickets to go on sale from today – FIFA

first_img(REUTERS) – Tickets for the 2018 soccer World Cup in Russia go on sale from today, the sport’s global governing body (FIFA) has said.Tickets will be sold in two phases, the first of which has an application period which runs from September 14 to October 12. Fans can apply for individual match tickets, tickets for a specific venue or ticket strips to follow the national team of their choice in this phase.Applications for tickets can only be made on the FIFA website (www.fifa.com/tickets) and anyone who applies during the first phase of sales will be informed of the success or failure of their applications by November 16.The first phase then concludes with a period between November 16 and 28, during which tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.“We have put in place a ticketing system that will enable all fans a fair chance to secure tickets,” FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said in a statement.The second phase of ticket sales has also been split into two periods. The first runs from December 5, 2017 to January 31, 2018, with allocations in this period to be decided by a random selection draw.From March 13 to April 3, tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.There will also be a last-minute sales phase from April 18 to July 15, the day of the World Cup final, which will also be implemented on a first-come, first-served basis.All fans attending matches at the World Cup will also need to apply for a FAN ID, a free official identity document required by the Russian authorities.The FAN ID includes benefits such as visa-free entry to the Russian Federation, as well as free use of public transport on match-days.The tournament begins on June 14 with Russia playing the opener at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Seven countries have already booked their places alongside the hosts – five-time winners Brazil, Belgium, Iran, Mexico, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.last_img read more

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Varlamov stops 27 shots, Isles beat Panthers 2-1 in Game 1

first_img August 1, 2020 Varlamov shook off a late-season slump in which he went 0-2-2 and allowed 18 goals in five appearances, and earned his 14th career playoff win, and first since with Colorado in 2014.Boychuk had dumped the puck into the Florida zone and was crossing the blue line, when Matheson lowered his shoulder and caught the Islanders player directly in the head.Boychuk lay face down on the ice before slowly getting up and headed directly to the locker room.An officials’ review led to Matheson being issued a minor penalty for an illegal check. The Islanders capitalized on the ensuing power play with Beauvillier one-timing in Devon Toews’ pass into the right circle.Huberdeau scored on an odd-man rush, in which he was allowed to cut in alone from the left wing and slip a shot under Varlamov. Associated Press Varlamov stops 27 shots, Isles beat Panthers 2-1 in Game 1 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTORONTO (AP) — Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots and the New York Islanders opened their best-of-five playoff series with a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday in the NHL’s return following a 4 1/2-month break.Anthony Beauvillier had the decisive goal by scoring on the power play 3:39 into the second period. The goal was scored a little over a minute after Florida’s Mike Matheson was penalized for a hit to the head on defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who did not return.Islanders trade deadline addition Jean-Gabriel Pageau opened the scoring re-directing in Derick Brassard’s centering pass 12 minutes into the game. NOTES: Panthers’ Joel Quenneville coached his 216th career playoff game, which ranks second on the all-time list. His 118 wins ranks third on the list, and remains five short of matching former Islanders coach Al Arbour, who ranks second. … This is the second playoff meeting after the Islanders eliminated the Panthers in six games of a first-round series in 2016. Florida has four players left on its roster from that series, Huberdeau, Matheson, Aleksander Barkov and Aaron Ekblad, while the Isles have 10. … The Islanders got the benefit of celebrating Pageau’s goal to the familiar home-arena sound of The Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop.” UP NEXTGame 2 Tuesday at noon EDT.___For more AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Jonathan Huberdeau scored 23 seconds into the third period for Florida’s lone goal. The Islanders entered the NHL’s 24-team expanded playoff as the Eastern Conference’s seventh seed, while the Panthers are 10th.Florida’s Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 26 shots in his first start since Feb. 29. Bobrovsky missed the Panthers’ final four games due to injury before the NHL season was paused on March 12.The Islanders beat Florida for the fifth straight time, dating to the 2018-19 regular season, and continued keeping the high-scoring Panthers in check.Florida finished this coronavirus pandemic-shortened season ranked fourth in the NHL in averaging 3.3 goals per game, but has now managed just five goals in four games against the Islanders.last_img read more

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Big Ten standings rely upon UW wins over OSU, MSU this weekend

first_imgBronson Koenig is back.That much was evident following the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s 71-60 win over Maryland Sunday, in which Koenig played 30 minutes and scored 9 points.“I didn’t know how many minutes I had played until I looked at the stat sheet after the game,” Koenig said. “I was kind of surprised and surprised at how good I felt.”Koenig told reporters Tuesday after practice he anticipates being in the starting lineup for the first time in 11 days come Thursday when No. 16 UW (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten) takes on Ohio State at 8 p.m. CT (ESPN).Men’s basketball: Badgers will be without Koenig on the road against MichiganAfter sitting out both practices this week, University of Wisconsin men’s basketball senior point guard Bronson Koenig will not play Read…Koenig sat out UW’s loss at Michigan last Thursday, then came off the bench Sunday. The time off definitely helped, Koenig said, as his soreness level was lower than it normally is the night and day after a game. But it came at the price of Koenig having to miss the first game of his career.“I never want to miss a game,” Koenig said. “That was my first time. It was definitely weird watching from the sidelines.”Now, the Badgers and Koenig will travel to face the Buckeyes, who suffered a 89-66 beating at the Kohl Center Jan. 12. UW led by as much as 32 that night, thanks to Koenig’s 21 points and 5-of-7 display from the 3-point line. Since then, Koenig’s shot hasn’t been as potent, but his performance Sunday was encouraging for him.“I wasn’t trying to rush my shot in the first half and force anything,” Koenig said. “I was just trying to let the game come to me. And once that first three finally went down it was a big relief. I feel like if I just keep doing what I’m doing and not forcing anything and letting the game come to me, I feel like it is close to starting to fall consistently.”Riley Steinbrenner/The Badger HeraldThat game against OSU was also the last time UW has made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game. That night, UW went 12-for-22 from beyond the arc.After OSU, Wisconsin will then have hit the road again, this time at Michigan State, for the teams’ first matchup of the season.Here’s a quick look at both teams:Ohio State (15-13, 5-10)Key players: G/F ― Jae’sean Tate (14.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg), F ― Marc Loving (12.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg), Trevor Thompson (10.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg)Key stat: The Buckeyes rank fifth in the league in shooting percentage at 46 percent from the field.OSU is limping into this matchup, finding itself on the losing end three games in a row (at Maryland, at MSU, Nebraska). Those losses have come by an average of 6 points.Tate is a versatile 6-foot-4 forward who leads the Buckeyes in scoring. Loving, standing at 6-foot-8, can also knock down 3-pointers, which he shoots at a 39 percent success rate. The Badgers held Loving to just 5 points in Madison, while Tate managed just 10.Michigan State (16-11, 8-6)Key players: G/F ― Miles Bridges (16.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg), F ―  Nick Ward (12.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg), Eron Harris (10.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg)Key stat: One of two teams (the other being Rutgers) that shoots worse than the Badgers from the free throw line, the Spartans rank 13th (63.9 percent) compared to Wisconsin’s 12th-ranked clip (66.5 percent). Should the game come down to free throws, it most likely won’t be pretty.Bridges, a freshman, is widely considered a lottery pick in the upcoming NBA draft, but an injury that kept him out before conference play hindered his presence. Still, his offensive talent drives the Spartans. Ward is a long, left-handed post player, and his matchup against UW’s Ethan Happ will be one to watch.Men’s basketball: Wisconsin’s Happ, Hayes tear the Terps 71-60 behind huge second-half performanceAfter dropping two in a row for the first time all season, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team rebounded Read…Like OSU, MSU shoots the ball efficiently. The 47.6 percentage mark ranks third in the conference.MSU’s difficult out-of-conference schedule affected its record early, and they haven’t fully recovered since, lurking in sixth place in the Big Ten. That being said, with Tom Izzo in charge, the Spartans always pose a threat. They are winners of four in their last six. Those losses, at MU and at Purdue, are both places UW has lost this season.MSU and UW will tip off at 3 p.m. CT on CBS.last_img read more

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Ghana tops 2013 Africa Zone III Table Tennis tourney

first_imgA four-man Table Tennis contingent from the Ghana Table Tennis Association has won this year’s Africa Table Tennis Federation Zone III Championship held in Benin.The team won 3 Gold and 1 Silver to top the medal table. Benin were second with 1 gold, 2 silver and I bronze.Felix Lartey won the men’s single event while Linda Annor captured the women’s single. Linda Annor partnered Cynthia Kwabi to win the women’s team event. Benin however won the men’s team session by beating Ghana 3-1.The annual tournament was put together by the Africa Table Tennis Federation Zone III Championship with the aim of bringing together players of the zone to compete for honours and to improve upon their rankings in the sub zone and in Africa.Togo placed third with 2 bronze medals. Ghana was represented in the three nation tournament by Felix Lartey, Emmanuel Commey, Linda Annor and Cynthia Kwabi all from the Ghana Immigration service.Head of delegation to the tournament and Team Coach, Anthony Owusu-Ansah said the team knew the caliber of players they were going to meet at the tournament as such had prepared well for them. “The Zone III tournament is very competitive and consistently we have seen new talents competing fiercely. A critical observation of the performance of the entire team has revealed remarkable improvement and gradual approach to overcome factors militating against their play.Ghana has been performing well in the tournament as such we came here to uphold the flag of Ghana. This we have been able to achieve well”, he said.The team were sponsored by Asky Airlines, a leading Pan African airline with operations into several African destinations and beyond and according to the National Team Coach the support made a tremendous impact on the performance of the team.“The team arrived safely thus we were spared the undue fatigue as has been the case of having to travel by road for similar competitions. This is what made the difference for us. We see this as the beginning of what promises to be a high impact enduring partnership between ASKY Airlines and the Ghana Table Tennis Association”, he said.Acting President of the Ghana Table Tennis Association, Mawuko Afadzinu said the exposure of the team to more playing time in recent times is paying off. “The Association is determined to raise the image of Ghana Table tennis. In the past few years, we have organized frequent tournament to unearth new talents and also improve on the play of the existing champions. This is paying off now as we have seen in this highly competitive Africa Zone III tournament. We will continue to make Table Tennis a bright star in Ghana’s sports”, he said.Meanwhile, a source at the Ghana Table Tennis Association has hinted that plans are near completion to host a major national championship tournament within a month.last_img read more

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Clippers tabbed as biggest NBA playoff underdog in 30 years

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, right, shoots against Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (35) during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, center, looks to pass away from Golden State Warriors’ Kevon Looney (5) and Draymond Green (23) during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, center, shoots between Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, left, Stephen Curry, and Kevon Looney (5) during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsGolden State Warriors’ Draymond Green reacts after a scoring against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, right, celebrates a score while guarding Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) in the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr gestures during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) passes away from Golden State Warriors’ Quinn Cook, left, and Andre Iguodala (9) during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers gestures during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, center, shoots between Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, left, Stephen Curry, and Kevon Looney (5) during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, right, shoots against Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (35) during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green reacts after a scoring against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac, right, shoots against Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (35) during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, center, looks to pass away from Golden State Warriors’ Kevon Looney (5) and Draymond Green (23) during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)NextShow Caption1 of 11Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, center, looks to pass away from Golden State Warriors’ Kevon Looney (5) and Draymond Green (23) during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)ExpandOAKLAND — “I guess all the basketball people are not very smart,” Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari said, referring to prognosticators and pundits who had the Clippers winning between 37.5 games (according to the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas) and 33 (FiveThirtyEight) and missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season.Instead, Gallinari had a new short (“light”) playoff haircut and the Clippers were preparing to begin the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.Now, before the series began against the two-time defending Golden State Warriors on Saturday, oddsmakers made the Clippers 100-1 underdogs to win the series. According to SportsOddsHistory.com, that makes them the biggest underdog entering an NBA playoff series in 30 years.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters The Warriors, meanwhile, are -50,000 to beat the Clippers at the SuperBook, which means bettors would need to put $50,000 on Golden State to win $100. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img That was the spirit early on too, Gallinari said.“We know the quality that we had since the beginning,” said Gallinari, who Saturday played his first playoff basketball since 2012, when he was with the Denver Nuggets. “The talent that we had and we had no doubt that we could make it to the playoffs. I guess all the basketball people are not very smart saying that we couldn’t make it to the playoffs. We’re just a little smarter than them.“That’s the truth. I always talk about the truth.”ENGAGING CONVERSATIONThe Athletic recently polled 127 NBA players on a variety of topics, from where they stood on the great G.O.A.T. debate to this season’s MVP debate and much more.Patrick Beverley’s name appeared three times in the poll: He was the fourth-most-mentioned defender (with 10.5 percent of the vote), fourth as the “toughest” player, and second — with 15.4 percent of the vote — in response to the question: “Who talks to most trash?”“He’s pretty good; he engages,” Rivers acknowledged reluctantly. “It’s rare that the guy on the other team doesn’t engage with him, and to do that, you have to have good material… I guess. So I would say he has good material.” “Golden State is one of the great teams in the history of the game,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. “They have three, four, five — I don’t know how many Hall of Famers they have on their team. So I get it. We’re fine with that.“It doesn’t give me motivation, though. It’s not like I’m gonna go in, ‘They made us 100-1!’ Like, I don’t care. We know who we are, we’re gonna play like who we are and we feel that’s fine, we feel that’s good enough.”Still, Rivers said he’d understand if some of his players took umbrage.“Any time you’re overseen or overlooked or whatever, we felt like that this whole time, that we’ve been kind of overlooked — and we’re in the playoffs,” rookie guard Landry Shamet said following the regular-season final against Utah. “We were predicted to have 30-some wins this year and not make the playoffs and all that, so we have that chip.“So they’re the favorite, but we gotta go in there thinking they gotta play us, too.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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