Viral Stories Just another WordPress site Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:20:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 140408441 Raptors crumble in 4th quarter to let Wizards even up series Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:20:10 +0000

In the ultimate eight minutes of Sunday night time’s ugly loss, the Toronto Raptors’ eight-point lead became an eight-point deficit.

And in these irritating minutes, as the sport slipped away, the Raptors noticed their playoff series lead over Washington vanish, and the storyline on such a optimistic season for the franchise flip bitter.

DeMar DeRozan had 35 factors, however shot simply 2-for-Eight in the fourth quarter, and the Washington Wizards scorched Toronto down the stretch en route to a 106-98 win, tying the opening-round Eastern Conference series at two video games apiece.

Bradley Beal scored 31 factors in Washington’s 106-98 win over Toronto to even up the first spherical playoff series at 2-2. 2:23

Moments later, DeRozan shouldered a lot of the blame for the loss.

“I had a lot of great shots in the paint that I took back, and there were some late-game shots that I wish I could take back,” DeRozan mentioned. “That’s just my mindset, being aggressive, wanting to win, willing to do whatever it took to push it to a win. But with that came some bad shots that I will definitely understand next time.”

Turnovers show pricey

Next time is on Wednesday in Toronto, the place the Raptors have misplaced simply seven occasions this season. The series then returns to Washington for Game 6 on Friday.

Kyle Lowry had 19 factors and 7 assists, Jonas Valanciunas had 11 factors, Jakob Poeltl completed with 10 and Serge Ibaka grabbed 10 rebounds.

But the Raptors’ turnovers — 18 giveaways for 19 factors — proved pricey as soon as once more.

“Can’t happen. Can’t happen,” DeRozan mentioned. “I think we got stagnant.”

Washington’s all-stars Bradley Beal and John Wall have been firing on all cylinders, Beal scoring 31 factors, and Wall chipping in with 27.

Still, the sport regarded like Toronto’s for the taking, notably when Beal fouled out with 5 minutes to play. Wizards coach Scott Brooks was furious, whereas the raucous Capital One Arena crowd roared “Ref you suck!”

But the Raptors failed to take benefit.

“This [loss] was tougher because I thought we had it under control,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey mentioned. “We had some turnovers, we had some unlucky premature turnovers.

“Nobody mentioned this was going to be simple. I mentioned that after Game three. We’ve simply received to bounce again. Neither crew has gained on the opposite crew’s courtroom but. When you do this, then it is a series.”

4th quarter rollercoaster

The Raptors had raced out to an early 12-point lead, and held the lead till halfway by means of the third quarter. A Mike Scott basket on the third-quarter buzzer despatched the sport into the fourth all tied up at 80-80.

Toronto opened the fourth with an Eight-Zero run capped by a steal and basket by Delon Wright. But the Wizards hit again, and when Marcin Gortat threw down an enormous dunk — elevating his fists and letting out a thunderous roar — it tied the sport with 5:40 to play.

Wall pounced on a Raptors turnover with 1:57 to play and his basket gave the Wizards a three-point lead. Then with the noisy crowd on its toes, Wall calmly drained a jumper that gave the Wizards a six-point lead with a minute to play. Kelly Oubre iced the victory with a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left, whereas a inventory photograph of a sad-looking Drake flashed on the jumbotron.

“Next man up,” Oubre said of Beal leaving the game. “Straight like that. We have quite a lot of nice expertise on this crew. At any given second anyone can go off and have a profession recreation, a breakout recreation.”

The towel-waving crowd was dotted with pockets of Raptors followers, and included Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Toronto rapper Kardinal Offishall.

Lowry offered some comedic aid in the primary half after Gortat misplaced his shoe after a tough block by Ibaka. Lowry picked up Gortat’s shoe and helpfully untied it earlier than handing it again with a pleasant pat on Gortat’s bottom.

Home cooking

The Raptors had anticipated the Wizards to put up a fierce battle on their house courtroom, the place they pulled even with Boston after trailing 2-Zero in final yr’s playoffs. The Celtics went on to win that series.

The Raptors dominated Washington in Games 1 (114-106) and a couple of (130-119), however have been humiliated in their 122-103 loss in Game three that noticed them give up 28 factors on 19 turnovers.

They do not do themselves any favours in playoffs. Last yr, their first-round series in opposition to Milwaukee was tied 2-2 earlier than they took the final two video games to win it.

“It’s nothing new for us,” DeRozan said. “You by no means need to be in this case, nevertheless it’s nothing new for us. We perceive the magnitude and significance of every part in the second. As a competitor, we thrive in moments like this. We perceive our alternative to return house, the place we have been nice all yr.”

DeRozan scored all 9 of his first-quarter factors on free throws, and OG Anunoby began with the identical steely nerves he is proven all series. During a 16-second stretch, the rookie had a layup, a steal and a dunk that gave the Raptors a nine-point lead. The Raptors would lead by 11 and took a 30-22 lead into the second.

Early by means of the second, Wright blocked Wall with such pressure it knocked the all-star on his again. Wright then fed a sprinting Pascal Siakam who completed with an enormous dunk, bringing the gamers on the bench to their toes roaring their approval. The sequence put Toronto forward by 11 factors, and the Raptors took a 51-40 lead into halftime.

Otto Porter Jr. had eight factors in three-and-a-half minutes to begin the third, and the Wizards tied the sport 58-58 with Eight:10 left in the quarter. Beal drained a 3 to give the Wizards their first lead of the sport three minutes later.

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Liverpool’s Mo Salah wins PFA player of year award Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:09:30 +0000

Mohamed Salah has been voted player of the year by his fellow professionals in English soccer in recognition of an unbelievable scoring return to the Premier League with Liverpool.

The Egypt ahead collected the Professional Footballers’ Association award at a ceremony in London on Sunday, two days earlier than Liverpool’s Champions League semifinal first leg in opposition to Roma.

It is a reunion with the Italian membership he left within the low season for a then $47 million US. The hefty price gave the impression to be a bet for Liverpool however now represents an actual discount.

The former Chelsea player has scored 41 objectives in 46 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool — enabling him to beat Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne in second place to the PFA award.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane was third.

“It’s a big honour,” Salah mentioned. “I’ve worked hard and I’m very happy to win it.”

Salah is getting ready to guide Egypt into its first World Cup in 28 years and he’s the primary player from the North African nation to win English soccer’s high particular person prize.

“Hopefully I’m not the last one,” he mentioned. “I’m very proud to win and I’ve worked very hard.”

Salah’s influence has been extra outstanding given his underwhelming 2014-15 season at Chelsea earlier than being offloaded by then-manager Jose Mourinho. He went on mortgage to Fiorentina in early 2015 and Roma in 2016, after which on a everlasting foundation to Roma in August 2016.

Scoring 15 objectives and establishing 11 extra for Roma satisfied Liverpool to deliver Salah again to a second spell in England.

His objective at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday was his 31st within the league this season, tying the scoring file in a 38-game marketing campaign held by Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Shearer and Luis Suarez.

Suarez was the final Liverpool player to be topped player of the year by the PFA in 2014 earlier than transferring to Barcelona.

It’s an indication of his outstanding influence that Salah secured the award with third-place Liverpool and that none of Manchester City’s newly topped champions gained the accolade.

But City winger Leroy Sane was voted PFA younger player of the year.

The PFA ladies’s player award went to Chelsea ahead Fran Kirby, whereas Lauren Hemp of Bristol City secured the younger player prize.

]]> 0 28347 Predators bury Avalanche to secure date with Jets in Round 2 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:57:41 +0000

​Colorado had velocity and youth. Nashville introduced expertise and know-how.

It was plain to see which received out — this time.

Mattias Ekholm ignited the offense early with the primary objective by a Nashville defenceman in the sequence, Pekka Rinne stopped 22 photographs and the top-seeded Predators superior to the second spherical with a 5-Zero victory over the Avalanche in Game 6 on Sunday night time.

Nashville will face the Winnipeg Jets in spherical 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, after a 5-Zero win over Colorado in recreation 6. 1:26

Austin Watson , Filip Forsberg , Nick Bonino and Viktor Arvidsson additionally scored to assist the Predators transfer on to face Winnipeg. They have been Three-1-1 in opposition to the Jets in the common season.

“I’m very impressed the way [the Avalanche] played. They played very modern hockey, with a lot of speed,” mentioned Rinne, who notched his fourth profession post-season shutout because the Predators received the sequence Four-2. “Great game. Great team effort. We didn’t give them any life.”

Nashville eliminated any type of drama with two objectives in the opening interval and two extra in the second to hush the capability crowd. That’s the type of recreation plan the Predators envisioned.

“I think that was our best game from start to finish,” Watson mentioned. “That’s good for us going forward, to be able to take the last game of this series and carry that into how we want to play in the next one.”

Andrew Hammond ran out of magic in web, permitting 5 objectives. The third-string goaltender nicknamed “Hamburglar” had 44 saves throughout a Game 5 win in Nashville to lengthen the sequence. But he could not flip again a formidable Nashville offence that received a second straight playoff contest in Denver. Before this, the Avalanche hadn’t misplaced two straight on the Pepsi Center since early December.

Avalanche goalie Andrew Hammond reacts after giving up a objective. (Jack Dempsey/Associated Press)

“It’s disappointing to us and I’m sure it’s disappointing to fans,” Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog mentioned. “It means a lot to us that they did give us a standing ovation at the end.”

Watson tormented Colorado with 4 objectives and 7 factors in the sequence. In all, 11 of Nashville’s forwards had at the least a degree over six video games.

The one factor lacking was contributions from a blue line that tied a franchise file for objectives throughout the common season. The Predators `D’ was held scoreless till Ekholm’s slap shot at 7:20.

Forsberg scored 38 seconds into second to give Nashville a Three-Zero lead and fully drain the vitality out of the world. Bonino added one other to go with his two assists.

The closest Colorado got here to scoring on Rinne was in the second interval, when Nikita Zadorov despatched in a shot, but it surely was waved off due to goaltender interference on Carl Soderberg.

“Every line that went out there took a lot of pride in playing good defence, even at the end with the game 5-0. We still protected the net,” Rinne mentioned. “Guys wanted to get me that shutout.”

Pekka Rinne made 22 saves to earn his fourth profession post-season shutout. (Jack Dempsey/Associated Press)

It was fairly a bounce-back season for Colorado, which boasts one of many youngest groups in the league. The Avalanche went from a 48-point group in 2016-17 to 95 factors this season, incomes the final playoff spot on the ultimate day of the common season. The Avs are the primary NHL group to publish that type of turnaround from one full season to the following since Pittsburgh additionally jumped 47 factors in 2005-06 (58) to `06-07 (105).

“There are a lot of positives for sure,” mentioned Nathan MacKinnon, who was held to one shot Sunday. “Everybody thought we weren’t going to make it, that we were going to be the odd-team-out in the West. Obviously, it’s nice to prove some people wrong and have a good young team going forward.”

In the handshake line after the sport, Nashville coach Peter Laviolette had some encouraging phrases for MacKinnon.

“He thought our team was up-and-coming, similar to their team,” MacKinnon recounted. “Definitely, it’s a good team to be compared to.”

Colorado ran right into a Predators squad that regarded each bit just like the group that went to the Stanley Cup Final a season in the past and received the Presidents’ Trophy this season. They’re clicking on all cylinders heading into the Winnipeg sequence.

“These guys have been flying around for six games, playing really fast hockey,” Forsberg mentioned. “We’ve been trying to play as fast as we can as well. If we can bring that speed into the next round that will be good.”

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Canada wins team show jumping at Nations Cup qualifier Mon, 23 Apr 2018 05:46:40 +0000

Canada gained the team show jumping competitors at the Longines Nations’ Cup in Coapexpan, Mexico on Sunday.

The Nations’ Cup in Coapexpan was the second of three qualifying occasions within the North and Central America and Caribbean League for the Longines Nations’ Cup last, which might be held in Barcelona in October.

Canada’s team is made up of Jonathon Millar of Perth, Ont., Jenn Serek of Calgary, Laura Jane Tidball of Langley, B.C., and Keean White of Rockwood, Ont.

The Canadian squad, which additionally gained the Longines Nations’ Cup in Ocala, Fla., in February, sits at the highest of the leaderboard with a complete of 200 factors. The United States is second with 165 factors whereas Mexico trails with 135 factors heading into the third and last qualifying occasion in Langley on June three.

The prime two groups at the top of qualifying will compete in Barcelona.

]]> 0 28341 Tied up: Giannis’ tip-in lifts Bucks over Celtics in Game 4 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 04:28:31 +0000

After dropping a 20-point result in the Boston Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks have been decided to not lose one other playoff sport.

Leave it to All-Star ahead Giannis Antetokounmpo to give you an enormous play in the ultimate seconds on Sunday.

Antetokounmpo scored 27 factors, together with tipping in the go-ahead basket with 5 seconds left, and the Bucks held on for a 104-102 win to tie their first-round playoff collection at two video games apiece.

Boston’s Marcus Morris missed a 14-footer on the buzzer with Khris Middleton’s hand in his face to seal a nail-biting win for the Bucks.

Seconds earlier, the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo jumped and reached up along with his left arm round Boston’s Jayson Tatum to place again Malcolm Brogdon’s missed layup for the game-winner.

“It’s a heck of play,” coach Joe Prunty mentioned.

Game 5 is Tuesday night time in Boston.

Antetokounmpo added seven rebounds and 5 assists, whereas Middleton scored 23 factors. The Bucks’ two greatest gamers have been clutch in the closing seconds of a tense victory, one other signal of maturity for the one of many league’s up-and-coming groups.

“One of the most important things that we can carry from this game moving forward is that we stayed disciplined and we trusted one another,” Antetokounmpo mentioned.

It might simply as simply have fallen aside for Milwaukee after dropping a 20-point lead with 7:37 left in the third quarter.

Jaylen Brown had 34 factors for the Celtics, whereas Tatum added 21. Tatum’s 18-footer with 52 seconds left gave the Celtics a short 100-99 lead.

He simply could not maintain off Antetokounmpo on the opposite finish for the decisive tip-in.

The disappointing finish for the Celtics overshadowed their spirited rally from a 65-45 deficit. Play acquired chippy and the Celtics restricted the Bucks’ transition sport.

They got here up one basket quick on the finish.

Antetokounmpo “made a great tip-in and he was battling for the ball. That’s what great players do,” coach Brad Stevens mentioned.

Both groups traded clutch buckets down the stretch.

After Tatum’s lengthy jumper, Brogdon hit a transition Three from the nook for a 102-100 lead with 33 seconds left. Al Horford adopted with two foul photographs to tie the sport at 102 with 29 seconds remaining.

They could not ship the sport into additional time. Morris bent over in frustration close to the Boston bench after his fadeaway hit the rim.

“We got the look we wanted … It’s a shot that (Morris) can make 10 out of 10 times,” Brown mentioned. “It didn’t go in tonight. So Game 5, keep moving forward.”


Celtics: Stevens saved his beginning 5 intact after the workforce by no means recovered from a disastrous first quarter in Game Three. Stevens mentioned he would possible solely make a change for matchup functions. … Boston ended with a 43-36 edge on the boards. … Morris completed with 13 factors and shot 4 of 14.

Bucks: Starting C John Henson missed a second straight sport with a sore again. … The Bucks went with the identical beginning 5 as Game Three, with Zeller changing Henson and Brogdon beginning for Tony Snell. … Jabari Parker led a vigorous effort off the bench with 16 factors and 7 rebounds. Backup C Thon Maker blocked 5 photographs and performed a lot of the fourth quarter.


The Bucks’ reinvigorated bench outscored the Celtics’ reserves 31-15. Parker, in explicit, gave the workforce a raise in the primary half with maybe his greatest defensive play of the 12 months after forcing turnovers on two straight Boston possessions at one level.


“We played great in the second half. We played great in the first six minutes of the game. The 18 minutes that ended the first half were not good. They had a lot to do with that.” — Stevens.


The Bucks set a franchise playoff excessive with 14 blocks, eclipsing the earlier excessive of 13 set in Game Three. The 7-foot-1 Maker has changed into disruptive presence after taking part in sparingly in the primary two video games. He’s getting prolonged minutes as a result of Henson’s harm.

“Thon is playing extremely assertive. The blocked shots are going to stand out because that’s something somebody can see on the stat sheet,” Prunty mentioned.


Brown picked up the second 30-point sport of the postseason after scoring only one 30-point sport in the common season. He was 13 of 24 from the sector however 2 of 10 from the Three-point arc. … The Bucks shot at the least 52 p.c from the sector for the third straight sport.


Game 5 is Tuesday on the TD Garden in Boston.


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Guentzel scores 4 goals to lead Penguins to Game 6 clinch Mon, 23 Apr 2018 04:14:16 +0000

Jake Guentzel dropped to his proper knee and slid on the ice in celebration, not just for his second profession postseason hat trick, however for the aim that assured Pittsburgh was shifting on within the playoffs.

He has established his playoff pedigree as a sensational scorer in simply two seasons and helped preserve a 3rd straight championship in sight for the Penguins.

Guentzel scored 4 straight goals to assist ship the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins into the subsequent spherical with an Eight-5 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 on Sunday.

The Penguins play the winner of the Washington-Columbus collection within the Eastern Conference playoffs. Washington leads that collection Three-2.

Guentzel scored six goals within the collection and added one other hat trick to pair with the one he had as a rookie in a first-round collection final season in opposition to the Blue Jackets.

“He has the ability to play his best when the stakes are the highest. We have a team that does that,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan stated. “They embrace adversity. They embrace the struggle. Our team doesn’t get rattled. They embrace the challenge.”

Guentzel had the third four-goal playoff recreation in staff historical past, becoming a member of Mario Lemieux in 1989 and Kevin Stevens in 1991.

“This is what you want to play in,” Guentzel stated. “You grow up dreaming about this and this is definitely fun. When the bounces start going your way, you just try and run with it.”

Sean Couturier had the 24th playoff hat trick for the Flyers, who have not gained a Stanley Cup since 1975. Couturier stated he performed with a torn proper MCL suffered in a collision with a teammate at observe final week.

“I couldn’t move that well, so I just tried to be well-positioned, have good sticks,” he stated.

Guentzel, not Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel or the injured Evgeni Malkin, gained the sport for the Penguins with goals off expensive Flyers turnovers, main them to their ninth straight playoff collection win.

He tied the sport at 4 with 54 seconds left within the second interval off a Flyers turnover. He scored 30 seconds into the third for the lead off one other giveaway, and sealed yet another lopsided win over the Flyers with two goals 10 seconds aside late within the interval.

It was 2-2 after one interval, 4-4 after two, and nothing was determined within the fiercest recreation of the collection between the longstanding rivals till Guentzel took management.

The Flyers, who survived a 10-game dropping streak simply to make the playoffs, misplaced all three video games at dwelling and never even a stable begin might assist them get out of the primary spherical for the primary time since 2012.

Couturier had been the Flyers’ postseason savior, coming back from a critical leg damage to rating the Game 5 winner after which open Game 6 along with his third aim of the collection simply 2:15 into the sport.

The Penguins, who gained Games Three and 4 in Philly, took purpose on the street sweep with two straight goals. Crosby, naturally, tied the sport when he knocked in a rebound off Kris Letang’s level shot for his whopping sixth aim of the collection. His aim was nonetheless being introduced when Carl Hagelin made it 2-1 when he was left on their lonesome in entrance of the online for the straightforward aim.

Philly’s protection was nonexistent and the Flyers had no our bodies on Crosby and particularly Hagelin on the gimme goals in opposition to Michal Neuvirth.

Andrew MacDonald tied it 2-all on a scorching shot. The defenseman briefly gave his staff the spark wanted to go toe-to-toe with the Penguins. Couturier scored his second of the sport on a stupendous breakaway to open the second interval and Scott Laughton scored on an extended wrister and almost pulled off a Lambeau Leap over the boards in celebration.

Matt Murray ought to have stopped the aim — the sort of unhealthy aim normally allowed by the Flyers — and the gang derisively chanted his title.

Patric Hornqvist scored his second of the collection to pull the Penguins to 4-Three.

The collection had been extra cordial than confrontational however each groups cranked up the nastiness ranges in Game 6. Penguins ahead Carter Rowney cross-checked Travis Konecny and roughed him up on the ice whereas the officers simply watched. Konecny jumped up and — like a wrestling heel smacking his opponent with a metal chair — cracked Sheary within the again along with his stick and was whistled for roughing. Flyers coach Dave Hakstol gave the refs an earful whereas the followers howled because the hits had been proven on replay.

But that was in regards to the final crowd-pleasing play by the Flyers. The Flyers failed to take a shot on aim till almost 12 minutes into the third interval and Couturier capped his three-goal recreation with 2:53 left to play.

Bryan Rust scored an empty-netter with 30 seconds left to make sure the Penguins received all 4 of their wins by a minimum of three goals.

Hart Trophy candidate Claude Giroux scored just one aim within the collection for the Flyers.

“I know for a fact that we got better as the season went on. Look at our team last year and look at our team this year,” he stated.

NOTES: Malkin was scratched with a leg damage. … The so-called dwelling ice edge in Philly misplaced some shine with giant pockets of empty seats for a must-win Game 6. … The Penguins scored five-plus goals in opposition to the Flyers eight occasions in 10 video games this season.


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Andrew Landry wins Texas Open for first PGA Tour title Mon, 23 Apr 2018 04:03:14 +0000

Andrew Landry received the Valero Texas Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory, pulling away with early birdies and holding on with par saves.

The 30-year-old Texan, busy at residence in Austin with the latest delivery of the household’s first little one, parred the ultimate seven holes for a Four-under 68 and a two-stroke victory over Trey Mullinax and Sean O’Hair.

“It was obviously a tough week this week,” Landry mentioned. “Going into the last few weeks with the childbirth and just really getting back out.”

Landry performed at Arkansas after starring at Port Neches-Groves High School east of Houston. Many members of the family had been at TPC San Antonio on Sunday.

“Everybody was out,” Landry mentioned. “It was pretty special to be able to snag a victory with everybody being here to share it.”

Landry completed at 17-under 271. He earned $1,116,000 and a spot within the Masters subsequent 12 months.

“I didn’t even really think about it, to be honest with you,” Landry mentioned. “There’s a lot of perks for a tour win and you’ve just got to continue to stay focused and not think about those kind of things.”

Landry took a two-stroke result in the par-5 18th after Mullinax chunked a flop shot and bogeyed the brief par-Four 17th. Landry hit a 55-foot putt over a ridge to three toes for par on 17 and made an Eight-footer on 18 after operating a 50-foot downhill birdie attempt previous.

Mullinax closed with a 69 a day after breaking the AT&T Oaks Course report with a 62.

“Just a lot of confidence. I know my game’s there, I’m playing really well,” Mullinax mentioned. “Give all credit to Andrew. He played really well today, rock steady. He was putting great, hitting great shots.”

O’Hair shot 66.

“When I’m good, I’m really good, and when I’m not good, I’m not so good,” O’Hair mentioned. “I’ve got to kind of get that a little bit better, but it’s always nice to compete and be in the hunt.”

Tied for the third-round lead with Zach Johnson, Landry birdied the first three holes and added two extra on Nos. 6 and 10. He bogeyed the par-Four 11th earlier than the closing par run.

“Made a couple putts and, unfortunately, Zach and Trey kind of had some hiccups there on the front nine and they didn’t play it as well as I did,” Landry mentioned. “I think that that was really, really key to getting to where I am right now.”

Landry received in his 32nd PGA Tour begin. He earned his tour card final 12 months on the Tour, and misplaced a playoff to Jon Rahm in January within the CareerBuilder Challenge.

“It helps because you get yourself in that situation and you continue to learn,” Landry mentioned. “Losing in that playoff when I was continuing to hit good shot after good shot, just not making any putts. Normally that’s a strength of my game. Now here we are, a winner.”

Jimmy Walker was fourth at 14 below after his second 67.

“From where I’ve been, it’s nice to see a lot of red numbers, nice to see putts going in, nice to be in contention,” mentioned Walker, the 2015 winner. “It felt good and I felt like I could get it done today and that’s been a while.”

Johnson had a 72 to complete fourth at 13 below. He received the occasion in 2008 and 2009, the final two occasions it was performed at LaCantera. The 42-year-old Iowan is winless because the 2015 British Open.

“It’s fun to compete against the so-called younger generation,” Johnson mentioned. “I still really do feel my best golf is in front of me. I know what I’ve got to clean up.”

Joaquin Niemann shot 67-67 on the weekend to complete sixth at 12 below in his professional debut. The 19-year-old from Chile was the top-ranked newbie on the earth.

“I never thought I was going to finish how I played this week, but I can’t be more happy than this,” Niemann mentioned. “Just try to keep it up and hope to play well for the next weeks.”

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Ginobili, Aldridge help Spurs beat Warriors to avoid sweep Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:51:40 +0000

Ettore Messina was screaming on the Spurs, and Manu Ginobili liked it.

Before Gregg Popovich, Ginobili performed in Italy for Messina, and on Sunday he delivered a throwback efficiency for his previous coach to save the Spurs’ season.

Experiencing a flashback to his days enjoying for Messina within the Euroleague in his early 20s, the 40-year-old Ginobili scored 10 of his 16 factors within the fourth quarter to help San Antonio beat the Golden State Warriors 103-90. The Spurs averted a sequence sweep as Popovich missed his second straight recreation following the demise of his spouse, Erin, on Wednesday.

In his 16th season within the NBA and maybe the ultimate dwelling recreation of his profession, Ginobili rebounded from a scoreless effort in Game Three to help Messina seize his first playoff victory as a coach, albeit an unofficial one.

“For moments when he talks to the rest of the team, or when he gets upset and he yells at us, a lot of flashbacks,” Ginobili stated, chuckling. “He’s very strict and he wants the team to play his way, so whenever we stopped executing the way we should have, the old himself comes back. It was good to see him coaching on this stage. Good memories.”

Ginobili performed for Messina whereas each had been with Virtus Bologna in 2000-02.

Kevin Durant had 34 factors and 13 rebounds for the Warriors, who can wrap up the sequence in Game 5 at dwelling Tuesday.

“You have got to give them a lot of credit,” Golden State ahead Draymond Green stated. “They came out and they probably played with more intensity this game than they did the entire series.”

LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 factors and 10 rebounds to lead the Spurs, however they had been willed to the end by Ginobili, who has stated he’ll determine within the offseason if he’ll return for a 17th season.

Ginobili was Three for four within the ultimate quarter, together with making each of his Three-point makes an attempt, and didn’t have a turnover in 6 1/2 minutes.

“I am so happy for him,” Messina stated. “I’m so happy. I think he deserves everything that is happening to him in his life and his career.”

Golden State outscored San Antonio 29-21 within the third quarter and went on a 13-5 run starting two minutes into the fourth quarter to pull inside 88-86 with 6 minutes remaining after trailing by as many as 17.

Aldridge banked in a Three-pointer with four:22 remaining to cease the Warriors’ run.

“It was kind of frustrating,” Green stated. “We played great defense and he throws something up like that.”

Ginobili then took over with a pair of Three-pointers within the ultimate minutes.

“I smiled when he made that corner 3 right in front of us at the end of the game,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr stated. “It was just so typical Manu. Forty years old and 16 points and hits the clinching 3. He’s Manu. That’s what he does.”

The Spurs had been 15 for 28 on Three-pointers on Sunday after taking pictures simply 26 % within the opening three video games. The Warriors had been 7 for 28.

“It was a do-or-die game, make it happen or go home, and I think every guy played with that mentality, that focus, and we ended up getting it done tonight,” Aldridge stated.

Aside from Durant, solely Klay Thompson (12) and Shaun Livingston (10) scored in double figures for the Warriors.

Rudy Gay scored 14 factors for San Antonio, Dejounte Murray had 12 and Kyle Anderson added 10.


Warriors: Livingston performed regardless of spraining his left ankle late within the Warriors’ Game Three victory. Livingston performed 21 minutes. … Golden State PG Stephen Curry remained seated behind the workforce’s bench as he continues to rehabilitate a sprained left knee. Curry is anticipated to be obtainable for the second spherical. … Andre Iguodala picked up his fourth foul with 7:56 remaining within the third quarter, however picked up only one extra foul for the rest of the sport.

Spurs: Ginobili performed in his 217th playoff recreation, breaking a tie with Shaquille O’Neal for sixth in league historical past. Ginobili additionally handed Reggie Miller for third in profession Three-pointers in playoff historical past. Ray Allen holds the document with 385 Three-pointers, adopted by LeBron James (337), Ginobili (321) and Miller (320). … Murray was Three for Three on Three-pointers within the first half, probably the most 3s made within the playoffs with out a miss by a Spurs participant since Steve Kerr (2003) and Patty Mills (2014) had been four for four in a half.


Durant was requested if the Warriors had been downhearted following the loss as a result of their locker room was so quiet following their first loss within the sequence.

“We were good,” Durant stated. “I guess everybody was just quiet in the locker room while you were in there, getting ready, putting on their clothes, getting ready to leave. What, you want us to be in there throwing champagne around?”


Ginobili took a knee to the thigh within the fourth quarter, however remained within the recreation after dropping to the courtroom in ache.

“Quad contusion, one of hundreds all career long,” Ginobili stated. “It hurts at the time, maybe tomorrow it’s going to hurt a little bit. We’ll see how bad or not bad it is for the next game.”

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Martha Karolyi sidesteps responsibility in Nassar scandal Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:38:23 +0000

Former USA Gymnastics nationwide staff coordinator Martha Karolyi says she feels for the sexual abuse victims of a former nationwide staff physician serving a long time in jail however added she does not really feel she ought to be held chargeable for his actions.

Karolyi advised “Dateline NBC” in an episode that aired Sunday she “feels extremely bad” for the victims of Larry Nassar however downplayed the concept the ambiance she created on the nationwide staff coaching middle allowed Nassar’s habits to run unchecked.

Karolyi led the nationwide staff for 15 years earlier than retiring after the 2016 Rio Olympics. She advised Savannah Guthrie she didn’t flip a blind eye to Nassar’s habits and that the physician conned her and husband Bela in a lot the identical manner he conned the mother and father and coaches of the athletes who Nassar abused.

Nassar spent almost three a long time at USA Gymnastics earlier than being fired in 2015 after complaints about his habits. He continued to work at Michigan State University via the autumn of 2016 earlier than being hit with federal fees. Nassar is now serving as much as 175 years in jail for molesting ladies and women and possessing child pornography.

Several gymnasts and coaches beforehand interviewed by The Associated Press mentioned the Karolyis institutionalized a win-at-all-costs tradition that pressured women to coach whereas injured. The poisonous setting allowed Nassar to flourish in half as a result of the athletes had been afraid to problem authority, based on witness statements in Nassar’s prison case and one of many lawsuits.

Karolyi, who led the U.S. to dozens of medals on the Olympics and world championships throughout her extremely profitable tenure, has been named as a co-defendant in no less than two civil lawsuits that additionally title USA Gymnastics and Nassar.

She mentioned she created a “very serious atmosphere” on the Karolyi Ranch that served because the nationwide staff headquarters and the place some victims, together with two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney, say they had been abused. Karolyi mentioned her job was to arrange the athletes to compete on the highest stage of the game however denied being verbally abusive to athletes. Asked if she was emotionally abusive, Karolyi responded “it depends on the person” and later mentioned “maybe that’s how it came across” earlier than including she did not know of one other option to coach.

Jamie Dantzscher, a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic staff and one of many first ladies to come back ahead, advised The Associated Press she wasn’t stunned the Karolyis sidestepped responsibility and identified the Karolyis allowed Nassar to deal with the athletes alone in their rooms with out one other grownup current.

“Regardless if they’re denying that they didn’t see it with their own eyes, they still allowed him in our rooms alone,” Dantzscher mentioned. “They knew he was going into the rooms. He never reported the emotional and mental abuse, that’s how he was able to flourish in that element.”

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Belt has 21-pitch at-bat, later homers as Giants beat Angels Mon, 23 Apr 2018 03:24:19 +0000

Rookie right-hander Jaime Barria of the Los Angeles Angels stored throwing strikes and Brandon Belt of the San Francisco Giants stored fouling them off and fouling them off and fouling them off and fouling them off.

Neither Barria or Belt was about to present in. Mike Trout and the opposite Angels outfielders started one another in amazement as the second at-bat of the sport dragged on. The crowd buzzed as Belt peppered the second deck behind house plate and even the seats down the right-field line with souvenirs.

Belt hit eleven straight balls into the group on a full rely, hanging in for an epic 21-pitch at-bat earlier than lining out to proper fielder Kole Calhoun.

Belt later homered to steer Johnny Cueto and the Giants over the Los Angeles Angels Four-2 on Sunday.

“I wasn’t going to give it up and the pitcher wasn’t either,” Belt stated. “It made for a good battle. If it helped get me a little bit locked in for later in the game, it was worth it.”

It was the longest at-bat within the majors since data started in 1988. The earlier excessive of 20 pitches in a plate look since 1988 was when Houston’s Ricky Gutierrez struck out in opposition to Cleveland’s Bartolo Colon on June 26, 1998, based on Retrosheet.

At one level, Belt chatted with catcher Martin Maldonado.

“He actually said that he hates when someone else does that. Belt said that,” Maldonado stated.

“If I’m in the field and somebody does it, I can’t stand it, but I wasn’t going to give in,” Belt stated. “I basically had to apologize to everybody after that.”

In all, the left-handed Belt fouled off 16 pitches, ending an at-bat the Giants stated lasted 12 minutes, 45 seconds.

It took 9 pitches for Belt to work the rely full, as he fouled off 5 pitches within the course of. He swung and missed simply as soon as and was greeted with high-fives when he returned to the dugout.

“I think after like the 16th pitch the crowd started getting into it,” stated Trout, whose two-run homer within the eighth was his huge league-leading ninth and his third in as many video games. “I couldn’t imagine being up there for 21 pitches. It’s unbelievable.”

Said Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons: “That was impressive, huh? I was really tired after that. Regardless of the end result that was fun to watch. Don’t want to do it again.”

Belt noticed 40 pitches in 5 at-bats.

“Even the second at-bat he did the same thing. Like, this can’t be happening,” Maldonado stated.

“I tried some changeups and then finally the fastball in got him out,” Barria stated by means of a translator. “I tried a curveball at one point and somehow he got contact and kept fouling it off. It was obviously tough.”

Said Belt: “You’ve got to give it to him. He kept on throwing strikes. He didn’t really hang anything except maybe a couple of pitches, but it was enough to throw me off and not get the barrel on the ball, so it was a tough at-bat.”

Angels pitching coach Charles Nagy checked on Barria (1-1) after the lengthy at-bat. Barria had thrown 9 pitches to Joe Panik, who hit a leadoff single, earlier than throwing 21 to Belt.

Remarkably, Barria threw 49 pitches and loaded the bases within the first inning however did not enable a run.

Belt singled and scored within the third and launched a leadoff homer to proper in opposition to Blake Parker within the fifth. Belt noticed a complete of 38 pitches in his first three at-bats, then hit the primary pitch his final two occasions up.

Barria was chased after loading the bases with no outs within the third. He allowed two runs and 6 hits, struck out one and walked one. He bought solely six outs on 77 pitches.

Cueto (2-Zero) allowed solely two hits in six shutout innings. He took a no-hitter into the sixth and struck out seven.

Cueto twice fanned Shohei Ohtani by getting the Japanese two-way sensation to flail at changeups. Cueto additionally struck out Trout twice.

The Giants right-hander walked two, hit two batters and lowered his ERA in 4 begins to Zero.35.

After loading the bases with one out within the sixth, together with permitting singles to Ian Kinsler and Ohtani, Cueto bought Luis Valbuena to floor right into a Three-6-1 double play. Cueto excitedly pumped his proper fist after taking the throw from shortstop Brandon Crawford.

Los Angeles had runners on the corners with two outs within the ninth earlier than Hunter Strickland bought Kinsler to fly out for his third save in 5 probabilities.


The 23-year-old batted cleanup for the primary time as a result of Albert Pujols bought his first time without work this season. He completed 1 for Four. Ohtani threw a bullpen session some 90 minutes earlier than first pitch and is scheduled to make his subsequent begin Tuesday at Houston. A blister on his proper center finger compelled him out of his begin after simply two innings Tuesday evening in opposition to Boston.


Giants: RHP Chris Stratton (1-1, 2.22) is scheduled to begin Monday evening within the opener of a house three-game sequence with Washington, which counters with LHP Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 2.49).

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (2-1, Three.98) seems to be to go Three-Zero on the street this season when he opens sequence at Houston versus UCLA product Gerrit Cole (2-Zero, Zero.96).


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