Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports The Heat are in the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in six years following a 103-94 win over the Bucks.Playing without Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) because of a sprained ankle, the Bucks raced out to a 28-15 lead but couldn’t sustain the momentum. Miami answered with a 30-9 spurt that put the Heat ahead, 45-37.Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) each scored 17 points for the Heat, who overcame 22 turnovers and clinched their seventh trip to the conference finals since 2005.The Bucks are just the sixth No. 1 seed to fail to advance to the conference finals since the playoffs expanded to 16 teams in 1984.Khris Middleton scored a game-high 23 points for the Bucks. Donovan was at the end of his contract. He and the team described his departure as a mutual decision.In other NBA news:— Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) was the Defensive Player of the Year, so it should be no surprise that he was also the leading vote-getter for the league’s All-Defensive team. The Bucks forward appeared on 97 of the first-team ballots out of 100 cast by a global panel of sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. Also on the first team: Lakers forward Anthony Davis, 76ers guard Ben Simmons, Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Celtics guard Marcus Smart. — The Clippers have received final approval from Inglewood’s city government to begin construction on their new arena next summer. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is building a privately financed 18,000-seat arena along with a practice facility and corporate offices for his NBA franchise. Ballmer intends to open his new arena in 2024, immediately following the expiration of his team’s lease at Staples Center.— NBA coaches or other team staffers could have guests in the bubble later this month. Team staffs would be limited to a total of 10 guests, all of whom would have to begin a self-quarantining period at home immediately. The would then travel to Central Florida next week to begin another week of even stricter lockdown. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSHeat wipe out top-seeded Bucks; Lakers winLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The top seed is out after just two rounds and 10 games of the NBA playoffs. MLB-NEWSMore pitching woes for BravesUNDATED (AP) — The Braves’ season-long rotation woes continue as Max Fried has been placed on the 10-day injured list. Fried had been the only current healthy member of the projected rotation before the season began.The latest blow to the rotation could accelerate the team’s plans to have Cole Hamels rushed into action for his 2020 debut.In other baseball news: NBA NEWSBilly Donovan out as Thunder coach after 5 seasonsUNDATED (AP) — Billy Donovan won’t return after five seasons as coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder.Donovan took the Thunder to the playoffs every year. He was a finalist for Coach of the Year this season after his squad outperformed expectations and pushed the Rockets to seven games in the first round of the playoffs.Donovan went 243-157 with Oklahoma City. Osaka played far cleaner tennis than her opponent in a 6-3, 6-4 win over 93rd-ranked Shelby Rogers. Rogers finished with 27 unforced errors, Osaka with eight. The former No. 1-ranked played won the U.S. Open two years ago.Earlier, Brady defeated No. 23 seed Yulia Putintseva (poo-TIHN’-seh-vah), 6-3, 6-2.It’s been quite a surge for Brady, whose big serve and forehand have carried her to an 11-1 record since tennis returned from its pandemic hiatus.On the men’s side: — Pablo Carreño Busta (sah-REH’-noh BOOS’-tah) reached the semifinals for the second time with a marathon 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, 0-6, 6-3 win over Denis Shapovalov. The four-hour tussle came two days after Busta advanced when top seed Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) was disqualified in the first set of their match. — Alexander Zverev (ZVEHR-ehv) is a Grand Slam semifinalist for the second time in as many majors this year. The fifth-seeded Zverev advanced to the final four by rallying past No. 27 Borna Coric 1-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-3, overcoming 12 double-faults and 46 unforced errors. MLB RESULTSYanks fall againUNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees’ slump continues as they threaten to fall out of the American League playoff picture. NHL-STANLEY CUPKnights draw evenEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights turned the tables on the Dallas Stars to even the NHL’s Western Conference final at a game apiece.Two days after a shutout loss in the opener, the Knights allowed just 24 shots and blanked the Stars, 3-0.Robin Lehner posted his second consecutive shutout and fourth of the postseason. TRACK-SEMENYA APPEALSemenya loses appealGENEVA (AP) — Two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya has lost her long legal battle against track and field’s rules to limit female runners’ naturally high testosterone levels. Switzerland’s supreme court says its judges dismissed Semenya’s appeal against a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling last year that upheld the rules drafted by track’s governing body affecting female runners with differences of sex development. The Swiss Federal Tribunal said CAS had the right to uphold the rules to guarantee fair competition for certain running disciplines in female athletics.,Update on the latest sports — Kansas City snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating the Indians 8-6. Maikel Franco drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and had an RBI single in the ninth for the Royals. — Elvis Andrus (AN’-droos) homered and the Rangers snapped a six-game slide with a 7-1 win over the Angels. Lance Lynn struck out six, walked two and limited Los Angeles to one run on four hits over seven innings to help Texas end the Angels’ five-game winning streak.— The Dodgers pulled out a 10-9 win over the Diamondbacks by tying it with a four-run eighth before surviving a wild 10th inning. Gavin Lux launched a three-run homer to put Los Angeles ahead by four in the 10th, but Kenley Jensen allowed three runs in the 10th before fanning Wyatt Mathisen, to end it.— The Mariners’ six-game winning streak is over after pinch-hitter Darin Ruf homered with one out in the seventh to complete the Giants’ comeback in a 6-5 triumph over Seattle. Alex Dickerson and Mauricio Dubón also went deep for the Giants, who erased a 5-1 deficit to win for the seventh time in nine games. — Alec Bohm (bohm) hit a two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning to rally the Phillies over the Red Sox 6-5 in Game 1 of a twinbill. Bohm drove in four runs with three hits, including his winner off Matt Barnes. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALLLegislative leaders urge Big Ten to reconsider fall seasonUNDATED (AP) — Leaders of six state legislatures in the Big Ten footprint have sent a letter to Commissioner Kevin Warren asking the conference to reconsider its decision to cancel the fall football season.The letter is written on the letterhead of Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and also signed by statehouse leaders from Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.The Big Ten, and Warren in particular, have received strong pushback since the conference announced that university presidents voted to push back football and other fall sports until the second semester because of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Baylor became the third Big 12 team to postpone its scheduled season opener this week because of the coronavirus. The Bears were supposed to open at home Saturday against Louisiana Tech, but the visiting school announced that it would not be able to play because of a number of recent positive COVID-19 tests. center_img Next up for Miami is the winner of the East semifinal series between the Celtics and Raptors, which Boston leads, three games to two.The Los Angeles Lakers enjoy a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals after beating the Houston Rockets for the second straight game.LeBron James scored 36 points and Rajon Rondo (RAH’-zhahn RAHN’-doh) sparked a fourth-quarter rally in the Lakers’ 112-102 win over the Rockets. Rondo scored eight straight points during a 10-0 run early in the fourth quarter that put the Lakers ahead for good. He finished with 21 points and nine assists to help James set an NBA record with his 162nd career playoff win, surpassing Derek Fisher.Anthony Davis had 26 points and Kyle Kuzma added 14. James Harden scored 33 points and Russell Westbrook had 30 for the Rockets. All the scoring came in a 10-minute span of the second period, beginning with Paul Stastny’s (STAS’-neez) goal at the 4:53 mark. Stastny also set up William Karlsson’s power-play goal about 3 ½ minutes later. Tomas Nosek (toh-MAHS NOH’-shehk) capped the scoring for the Knights, who put 32 shots on Anton Khudobin (hoo-DOH’-bihn).Game 3 is Thursday.TENNIS-US OPENOsaka, Brady reach semisNEW YORK (AP) — Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka set up a U.S. Open semifinal against 28th-seeded Jennifer Brady, who’s never been this far at a major tournament. — The Padres have put first baseman Eric Hosmer on the 10-day injured list with a broken left index finger. Manager Jayce Tingler said the recovery time could be two to three weeks. — The Cubs have added well-traveled outfielder Billy Hamilton to their active roster and optioned slumping slugger José Martínez to their alternate training site. Hamilton was claimed off waivers from the Mets on Monday after going 1 for 22 in 17 games with New York.— The Brewers have released first baseman Justin Smoak, who had been designated for assignment last week. Smoak hit .186 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in 33 games for the Brewers.— Former American League President Gene Budig (BYOO’-dihg) has died. Budig brought an academic pedigree to the job and was the last one to hold the post, serving in the post from 1994 until 2000 when owners abolished league presidents. — All Puerto Rican players will be allowed to wear No. 21 on Wednesday during Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Day celebration. The move to wear the number started with the Pittsburgh Pirates and is similar to MLB’s celebration of Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 each April 15. Clemente died in a plane crash on Dec, 31, 1972, following takeoff from Puerto Rico on a flight to bring relief supplies to Nicaragua following an earthquake. — The Red Sox took Game 2 as Bobby Dalbec homered for his fourth straight game a two-run shot in the sixth inning of a 5-2 victory against the Phillies. — Sixto (SEES’-toh) Sánchez combined with four relievers on a four-hitter as the Marlins clobbered the Braves, 8-0. Jorge Alfaro, Garrett Cooper and Matt Joyce homered as Miami dumped Atlanta for the second straight day.— Wil Myers homered twice, including San Diego’s seventh grand slam of the season as the Padres blasted the Rockies, 14-6. Austin Nola hit a three-run shot to back Mike Clevinger, who struck out eight but was reached for four runs and five hits in five innings.— The Cubs were 3-0 winners over the Reds as Alec Mills pitched six sharp innings and David Bote (BOH’-tee) drove in two runs. Milles permitted four hits with six strikeouts and three walks in his first win since Aug. 24. — Spencer Turnbull allowed three hits in six scoreless innings, and the Tigers broke the game open with five runs in the fifth on their way to an 8-3 victory over the Brewers. Jeimer (JAY’-mur) Candelario homered and drove in four runs for Detroit. Jonathan Davis belted a two-run homer in his first at-bat of the season to spark the Blue Jays’ third straight win, 2-1 over New York. Shun Yamaguchi (shoon yah-mah-GOO’-chee) allowed one run in two innings of relief to earn the win. The Yankees have dropped five straight and 15 of 20 to fall to 21-21. They sit behind the Blue Jays and first-place Rays in the AL East.Elsewhere around the majors:— Juan Soto drove in a run in his return to the lineup and the Nationals used strong relief pitching to beat the Rays 5-3 and sweep the two-game series. Soto missed five games with left elbow soreness. — The Orioles homered four times as Ryan Mountcastle belted a two-run blast and Rio Ruiz added a three-run shot in an 11-2 dismantling of the Mets. The Orioles won their fourth straight and improved to 20-21, moving within a half-game of the slumping Yankees for the second wild-card spot. — The Twins and Cardinals split a doubleheader in St. Louis. Josh Donaldson, Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sanó all homered to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 7-3 victory in the first game. Jose Berrios (beh-REE-ohs) picked up the win, striking out eight but allowing three runs and four hits over five innings.— Matt Wieters (WEE’-turz) hit 14 foul balls during a 19-pitch at-bat that ended with a flyout as the Cards scratched out a 6-4 win in the nightcap. The Redbirds scored five runs in third, including a pair of bases-loaded walks, a hit batter and a fielder’s choice.— Pinch-runner Jason Martin scored the winning run on catcher Yasmani Grandal’s (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHLZ’) error in the bottom of the ninth as the Pirates rallied for a 5-4 victory over the White Sox. The error came after Grandal hit a two-run home run and Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) extended his hitting streak to 21 games for Chicago.— Khris Davis homered and hit an RBI double against previously unbeaten Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) as the Athletics dealt the Astros their sixth straight loss, 4-2 in Game 1 of a doubleheader. — The Astros ended their skid by getting a tiebreaking, sacrifice fly from Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) in the seventh inning of a 5-4 win against Oakland. The split keeps Houston 4 1/2 games behind the AL-West-leading A’s. September 9, 2020 Associated Press — Running back Kareem Hunt has signed a two-year, $13.25 million extension with the Browns. Hunt served an eight-game NFL suspension last year after joining Cleveland as a free agent. — The Cardinals have agreed to a two-year contract extension with star receiver DeAndre Hopkins that will keep the three-time All-Pro in Arizona through the 2024 season. The NFL Network reported that the extension is worth $54.5 million over two years, with $42.75 million guaranteed. The deal also has a no-trade clause and no-franchise tag clause. — Washington coach Ron Rivera missed his team’s first game week practice to start treatment for a form of skin cancer. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio stepped in and ran practice as planned when Rivera was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. — The Giants have waived cornerback DeAndre Baker, with the 22-year-old facing armed robbery charges relating to an incident in Florida in May. Baker has been on the commissioner’s exempt list since July 27. — The Jaguars have promoted quarterback Mike Glennon from the practice squad to the active roster and placed linebacker Quincy Williams on injured reserve. Glennon gives the Jaguars an experienced backup heading into the opener against Indianapolis on Sunday. NFL NEWSAP source: Broncos star Miller sustains serious ankle injuryUNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the Denver Broncos fear star linebacker Von Miller suffered a season-ending ankle injury toward the end of Tuesday’s practice. Miller appeared primed for a big season following an offseason in which he added several pounds of muscle and said he had rededicated himself to the sport. In other NFL news: last_img read more

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USC defeats Colorado in epic comeback

first_imgFor the USC men’s basketball team, nothing is better than playing at home. The Trojans overcame a 15-point second-half deficit to defeat the Colorado Buffaloes 79-72. The win moved USC to 15-0 on the year at the Galen Center.Guard Jordan McLaughlin scored a career-high 25 points to go along with five assists and four rebounds. Fellow backcourt mate, Julian Jacobs finished with 17 points, five steals, and two heart-pounding dunks, one of which was a reverse finish on a fastbreak.“I just wanted to get the crowd going.” Jacobs said on the dunk. “It was a huge momentum shift. That dunk put a statement on our run and got the crowd into it. It’s hard to play in Galen when the crowd is involved like that.”Behind 11 straight points from McLaughlin, the Trojans ended the game on a 34-12 run. The Buffaloes went on eight-minute dry spell from the field until guard Xavier Talton hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in regulation.The Buffaloes bullied their way to a huge advantage on the boards, out-rebounding the Trojans 37-21 for the game. The rebounding numbers were a season low for the Trojans.“Their guards would blow by ours on the closeouts, and even if they missed the shot, their bigs would slide onto our guards and get the offensive rebound,” head coach Andy Enfield said about Colorado’s rebounding advantage.USC jumped out to an early 14-9 lead behind the strong play of McLaughlin and Jacobs. Behind their bench, the Buffaloes responded with a 9-0 run that saw them take a four point lead.An and-one dunk from Jacobs pulled the Trojans within one, 20-19. Colorado responded by ending the half on a 17-10 run to take an eight point lead into the half.The Trojans were out-rebounded 23-11 in the first half. A strange turn of events happened after a missed free throw from Colorado’s Wesley Gordon. Forward Nikola Jovanovic failed to box out, leading an infuriated Andy Enfield to quickly sub him out for seldom-used Strahinja Gavrilovic. Jovanovic returned less than a minute later.The Men of Troy came out of the half fighting. Back-to-back steals led to a vicious reverse slam from Jacobs that capped a quick 5-0 run to start the second half. The Trojans had numerous chances to cut the lead to a single possession but failed to convert from the free-throw line.For the next five minutes, everything that could go Colorado’s way did. Bricked jump-shots led to easy offensive rebounds. Blocked shots went right to Colorado players under the basket. Off-balance 3-pointers to beat the shot clock went in. By the end of it the Buffaloes pushed their lead to fifteen, 60-45.At the  time, Colorado was shooting 64 percent from the field in the second half. Enfield responded by switching to a 2-3 zone. The Buffaloes would miss their next eight shots from the field.“Coach put an emphasis on defense.” McLaughlin said. “Coach said we were going to win with defense, and we did. It was a great call by coach [to switch to zone].”The Men of Troy went on a 20-5 run that tied the score at 65. McLaughlin scored 11 straight points that helped put the Trojans up by five with under two minutes left to play. The Buffaloes would never threaten again.McLaughlin and Jacobs finished with over half of the Trojans points, seven of their nine assists, and a combined nine steals.“[McLaughlin and Jacobs] controlled the game down the stretch with their penetration, shot making, and defense” Enfield said.Forward John Scott led the Buffaloes with 17 points and guard George King chipped in 13 points and nine rebounds. Colorado’s bench outscored the Trojans’ 37-15.USC’s win snapped a seven game losing streak to the Buffaloes. Next up for the Trojans is a Sunday afternoon game against the Utah Utes. Tip off is set for 3 PM and will be aired on Pac-12 Network.last_img read more

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Champions League winner to co-host this year’s SBC Awards

first_img Submit Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Sky Sports grows American football offering with NFL channel August 14, 2020 Luis Garcia, a Champions League winner with Liverpool and an official ambassador for the Anfield based club, has been confirmed as one of the hosts for this year’s SBC Awards.Held on Tuesday 5 December at The Artillery Garden in central London, Garcia will be fronting the end of year industry celebration that has been expanded to recognise excellence across all areas of sports betting in 2017, with 28 prizes split into 11 Operator/Affiliate awards and 17 Supplier awards.In this country, he is most famous for scoring five times in Liverpool’s Champions League winning campaign under Rafael Benitez in 2004/05, which included the infamous ‘ghost goal’ in the semi-final second leg against Chelsea.Joining Garcia, who also serves as an ambassador for UEFA and FC Barcelona, will be Matt Lorenzo, a TV presenter that has worked for Sky, BBC, ITV, Channel Four and GMTV. Continuing with the Champions League connection, Lorenzo played a key role in launching ITV’s coverage of the tournament in 1993, while he also became the youngest ever anchor of a networked World Cup in 1994.Garcia said: “It is a pleasure to be associated with the SBC Awards, which recognises the highest performing companies across the sports betting sector. As a footballer, my objective was always to compete for the biggest prizes, so I’m looking forward to co-hosting an event which translates this desire for success into the world of business.”Lorenzo added: “Having been involved in the launch of ITV’s Champions League coverage in the early 90’s, it will be an honour for me to co-host an event alongside a subsequent winner of the competition. I’m looking forward to playing a part in the SBC Awards, a Christmas themed end of year celebration for the sports betting industry.”Now that the nomination deadline has passed, SBC Events will later be announcing shortlists for each of the 28 categories. The Operator/Affiliate Awards will be put to a vote by anyone that attended this year’s Betting on Football and Betting on Sports conferences, while nominees for the Supplier Awards will be assessed by a hand-picked panel of experts.Meanwhile, in addition to announcing the 28 award winners, Garcia and Lorenzo will also be recognising those who have made a lasting contribution to the industry. Three new members will be inducted into the SBC Sports Betting Hall of Fame to join Sportradar’s Carsten Koerl, FSB Technology’s Mark Blandford and Howard Chisholm, the long-term Managing Director at Chisholm Bookmakers.SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron commented: “We are delighted to have signed up Luis Garcia and Matt Lorenzo, two leading names from the world of sport, to host the fourth edition of the SBC Awards.”last_img read more

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Former Alpena resident elected to Swedish Parliament

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA former Alpena resident has been elected to national office but not where you may expect.Helena Antoni was officially sworn into office as a member of Swedish Parliament last week.Antoni was born in Alpena in 1995 but spent the first thirteen years of her life in Sweden before moving back to Northeast Michigan. A graduate of Alpena High School she credits her AP Government class taught by Tony Linton for sparking her interest in politics.Beginning her political career at the local level Antoni has worked extremely hard to earn her current position, and says for the younger generation that may be interested in a political career…to let the current state of politics drive you.“I try to stay hopeful and think that every generation has that hump you sort of have to get over, and this is ours,” says Antoni. “And I would say let that spur you. Let that drive your interest in politics.”Tony Linton provided the following statement to WBKB regarding his former student, saying, “As a teacher there’s no prouder moment to see the success of a former student. Helena was a great student and obviously an up and coming politician. For her to mention me as an inspiration for her journey into politics doesn’t get any better.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Alpena High School, Helena AntoniContinue ReadingPrevious Senator Gary Peters makes statement opposing Trump administration’s planned changes to healthcareNext Alpena Community College receives grant to fight opioid epidemiclast_img read more

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