Friday , 19 January 2018

National Sports

LeBron, Curry are captains, to draft NBA All-Star Game teams

Team LeBron against Team Stephen is the NBA’s new All-Star matchup. LeBron James and Stephen Curry will go head-to-head again, this time as captains who pick teams for the revamped NBA All-Star Game. James and Curry received the most votes from fans in their conferences Thursday night and will draft from a pool of the rest of the NBA’s best …

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Joel Embiid celebrates All-Star nod with monster night vs. Celtics, brushes off Rihanna

That parade of well-wishers included Sixers coach Brett Brown, who came over from the coaches’ room to offer a congratulatory handshake then gushed about what Embiid’s nod means to the Sixers franchise as a whole. “Like somebody just gave one of your children a star and put it on his paper. It’s true,” Brown said. “[Embiid] and I have been …

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Landale leads Saint Mary's to upset of No. 13 Gonzaga, 74-71

Home losses are rare for Gonzaga, even against archrival Saint Mary’s. The Gaels relied on experience and their characteristically efficient offense to pull the upset on Thursday night. Jock Landale had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and the Gaels beat the 13th-ranked Bulldogs 74-71 to take sole possession of first place in the West Coast Conference. “You have to have …

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MacKinnon, Avs win 8th straight by holding off Sharks 5-3

Nathan MacKinnon scored twice during a 58-second span in the first period, Matt Nieto added a late insurance goal and the Colorado Avalanche ran their winning streak to eight straight by holding off the San Jose Sharks 5-3 on Thursday night. Carl Soderberg also scored, while Mikko Rantanen had a goal and two assists for the Avs, who’ve won eight …

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Leonard Fournette in car accident but is not injured

The Jaguars say Fournette’s car was rear-ended, and the rear bumper of Fournette’s 2017 Mercedes Maybach was knocked off. He signed it and gave it to one of the first responders. “Leonard is OK and was able to drive home,” the team said in a statement. “Appreciate everyone that has reached out to check on him.” Fournette ran for 109 …

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Svitolina into 4th round, ends 15-year-old Kostyuk's run

Elina Svitolina ended 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk’s strong run at the Australian Open, met her at the net for a warm embrace and offered some words of encouragement. Fourth-seeded Svitolina reached the fourth round at the season-opening major for the first time with the 6-2, 6-2 win on Rod Laver Arena. “It was sad playing another Ukrainian girl, same country is …

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Fleury, Golden Knights beat Lightning 4-1

Marc-Andre Fleury and Vegas Golden Knights went on the road and posted a big win against another Stanley Cup contender. This expansion team is showing no signs of slowing down. Fleury made 28 saves, David Perron had a goal and an assist, and the Golden Knights beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 Thursday night in a matchup of conference leaders. …

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Strugglesville: Cavs blow big lead, end Magic 104-103

There was none of the usual postgame chatter or music in the Cavaliers locker room. The mood was somber and quiet, not the same place. “Right now we’re in Strugglesville,” LeBron James said. “But it felt like a win. We needed it. Definitely.” Isaiah Thomas made two free throws with 11 seconds left and Cleveland came up with a defensive …

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NHL aware of backlash over Kid Rock performing at All-Star Game, standing by decision

The 47-year-old singer has drawn attention in the last year for endorsing President Donald Trump, his history of displaying confederate flags at concerts, criticism of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protests during the national anthem and anti-transgender comments made during a concert. The NHL’s decision to have him perform at the All-Star Game was widely criticized on social media this week. …

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NCAA president: 'Meaningful change' to come before tipoff of '18

In his first speech to the NCAA membership since the September arrests of assistant coaches at four schools and the firing amid scandal of Rick Pitino at Louisville, Emmert said the responsibility falls on the leaders in college athletics to restore faith in their mission. “Scandals that call into question our commitment to academic integrity make whatever praise we have …

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