Berahino not for sale – Irvine

first_img Chairman Jeremy Peace has also said Berahino will stay with the Baggies and Irvine has now reiterated that stance. He said: “You certainly can’t stop people looking, but the chairman has come out and said Saido won’t be sold in January and I would imagine, as the chairman has said that, that he won’t be sold. “There will be a big focus on him and I expect people will have been looking at him and there will be a lot of people continuing to do that until the end of the transfer window. “We can’t stop them looking but that doesn’t mean we have to take any offers that come in and the chairman has made it fairly clear how he feels about that. “He has said Saido is not for sale so I don’t imagine he is going to change that, whatever comes in. “His goals are important. Everybody needs goalscorers.” Berahino is ready to return for Saturday’s West Midlands derby with Aston Villa after being starting on the bench in last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Hull, which left Albion a point above the Barclays Premier League drop zone. Irvine added: “He was obviously disappointed not to be in the team and I would be upset if he wasn’t disappointed but he has responded in the right way for any professional but he has come in and trained well this week and that’s the best way to deal with this.” Irvine is without Chris Brunt for the weekend after he failed to recover from his hamstring injury. The Hawthorns boss insists their eight-goal striker is going nowhere next month as the Baggies fight relegation. Berahino has failed to scored in his last seven games but was linked with a move to Inter Milan in the Italian media this week. Press Associationcenter_img Head coach Alan Irvine has vowed West Brom will not sell Saido Berahino in the transfer window.last_img read more

Caribbean Senior Squash Championships

first_imgGuyana ladies make clean sweep against BermudaTHE Guyana ladies got off to a very good start in defending their title after taking Bermuda down 5-0, when their battle in the team competition of the Caribbean Senior Squash Championships began yesterday in Trinidad and Tobago. Ladies singles third-place winner Ashley Khalil and the Wiltshire sisters Akeila and Larissa were all victorious in their matches while the other two matches, scheduled for the day, saw Guyana gain walkovers.Two-time former Caribbean junior champion, Khalil, took a straight-sets win against Grace Eddy (11-3, 11-0, 11-3). Akeila took a similar score against Meagan Jackson (11-3, 11-6, 11-7), as did Larissa who overwhelmed Morgan Lightborne (11-6, 11-0, 11-6).The women will play the Trinidad ladies, today, as they continue on the road to clinching their fourth consecutive title.In other good news, former Caribbean champion Richard Chin, Alex Arjoon and Kristian Jeffrey, arrived in Trinidad just in time to give the Guyana men’s team a much needed boost, following the injury of star player Sunil Seth.The men’s team open their bid for the title when they face the Jamaica team early today, before opposing the Cayman Islands team later this evening.Meanwhile, the Guyana veterans team fared somewhat better in their second matches of the team competition, coming up just one win short of an upset against the defending veteran’s team champions. In the day’s matches Ramon Chan-A-Sue defeated Don Benn 11-3, 11-9, 11-7 in the men’s 40-and-over category.In the men’s 60-and-over category Alwyn Callender outplayed Leon Truss 5-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8. The good fortune did not extend to Joe Mekdeci who lost 0-3 against Mark Sealy, and Juanita Fernandes who also lost 0-3 against Lynn McLeod.Guyana play OECS today.last_img read more

Bavuma marks ODI debut with ton as Proteas crush Ireland

first_img(REUTERS)-A century on his One Day International debut from Temba Bavuma and four wickets from part-time spinner JP Duminy helped South Africa secure a one-sided 206-run victory over Ireland at Willowmore Park yesterday.Bavuma, dropped on one, scored 113 as South Africa reached 354 for five with Farhaan Behardien hitting 50 off 22 deliveries and Quinton de Kock (82) and Duminy (52 not out) also contributing runs.Ireland lost captain William Porterfield to the second ball of their innings, trapped lbw by Kagiso Rabada, and were always up against it chasing a run rate of over seven an over. Kevin O’Brien (41) and Paul Stirling (40) provided some resistance as Ireland reached 148 before being bowled out with 19 overs to spare.Duminy returned career-best figures of 4-16. Ireland, given a rare chance to play against top tier opposition, next play Australia at the same venue, on the outskirts of Johannesburg tomorrow. Australia and South Africa will then embark on a five-match ODI series, starting on Friday.last_img read more

Passing game showing signs of life

first_imgMichigan, the nation’s top rush defense, was at it again, shutting down UW’s running game. UM allowed Badgers back P.J. Hill only 54 yards on 20 carries and sacked John Stocco four times, surrendering just 12 net rushing yards to UW on the day.The Badgers managed to stay in the game by an unconventional manner. Stocco and the UW passing game have been stuck in neutral since losing 98 percent of last year’s completions (196 of 200 catches) to either the NFL Draft or graduation. Last week, Badger head coach Bret Bielema said the passing game was still “taking baby steps.”That’s not to say all the problems have been aired out, but those baby steps got a little bigger Saturday as Stocco hit on 22 of 42 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown in the losing effort.”I think, in some ways, we did [get better today],” Stocco said. “I thought we started off the game very well and did some good things at the end there.”Stocco started out with as solid a quarter as he’s produced all year, completing each of his four passes for 53 yards in the first 15 minutes. The strong stanza was capped by a 29-yard touchdown pass in which Stocco snaked his way out of a blitz and calmly delivered the ball to Hill for the score.”He was on rhythm,” said Bielema of Stocco’s first quarter. “I like the fact that he was able to do some things at the line of scrimmage today as well. Coming into this game, we hadn’t done a lot of that in the heat of the battle, and he was able to take advantage of some looks of their defense.”Although the offense failed to capitalize on the opportunity of participating in a close game (10-10 at halftime) in the third quarter, the passing offense showed some more strength late in the game as Stocco completed six consecutive passes at one point and led the Badgers to 105 yards in the final four minutes.UW wide receiver Paul Hubbard, who left the game in the fourth quarter when he re-aggravated a shoulder injury, said he felt the passing game improved immensely from prior, mediocre games.”A lot of the guys went out there and they capitalized on the opportunities that they were given,” Hubbard said. “That’s what you do in big games, and it shows a lot for our passing game. Other games, we were all right, but we came into the Big House … and we were able to throw on them a few times.”The running backs and tight ends combined for 14 catches and 158 yards, led by five receptions and 64 yards for Hill. On the other hand, UW wide receivers tallied just eight catches for 78 yards.Bielema said that during the late surge of offense, Stocco began to look for tight end Travis Beckum, the converted defensive end who has become one of Stocco’s favorite targets.”It was apparent to me that John started looking to Travis a little bit after he made that catch on the sideline,” Bielema said. “He probably just saw him being able to catch the football.”Hubbard has made his name as a track star at Wisconsin and is still trying to sort out a struggle to hold on to the football. The other starting wideout, Luke Swan, has made few mistakes, but at 6 feet, 196 pounds has not posed a threat to opponents in terms of size.”We’ve still got a long season left. There were some good things we can be proud of today,” Stocco said. “We’ve just got to look at the things that we didn’t do well and clean those up this week.”We’re not far off. It’s just an adjustment here and there, and then we’re going to be right on track.”last_img read more

Gallery: Syracuse comes back to beat Drexel, 72-62

first_imgSyracuse (10-0) stayed perfect Saturday night in the Carrier Dome, beating Drexel (6-4), 72-62. The Orange entered the half trailing by eight with no players scoring in double figures. But stronger defense and shots starting to fall guided the Orange to a win over the Dragons, a team it lost to a season ago. Comments Published on December 10, 2017 at 4:59 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

USC seeks to reverse its fortunes against UC Irvine

first_imgCurrently holding an overall 6-15 record, and 2-5 in conference, the USC Men’s Volleyball team has struggled to find their rhythm this season. However, they will face No. 4 UC Irvine at home this Saturday coming off a solid road win against Stanford last weekend. Freshman middle blocker Sam Lewis leaps high to complete a shot. Sunny Dong | Daily TrojanAfter falling in the first set 21-25, the Trojans came back and won three straight sets to take the match. Senior outside hitter Jack Wyett lead the team offensively with 15 kills and one ace. Freshman middle blocker Sam Lewis made a significant impact with 12 kills and six blocks by the end of the night, also contributing two aces. Junior outside hitter Gianluca Grasso had an outstanding service performance with three aces and an additional seven kills. Junior outside hitter Ryan Moss boasted a .438 hitting percentage with his seven kills. Setters freshman Chris Hall and redshirt senior Gert Lisha successfully ran their 6-2 offense with 18 and 22 assists, respectively. Freshman libero Cole Paxson lead the team in serve receive and defensively with five digs. “There was more energy throughout the team, and we played more as a cohesive unit,” Wyett said. “With that, everything else just followed. We made our serves a lot down the stretch. [Lewis] was a big factor for us during crunch time. And our defense was pretty tenacious throughout the whole match. The mentality throughout was super strong in comparison to our other matches.” As for Stanford, freshman opposite hitter Jaylen Jasper led the team with 20 kills along with freshman outside hitter JP Reilly, who added 13 kills. Junior setter Russell Dervay put up 43 assists with the help of senior libero Evan Enriques who had a .973 reception percentage and 13 digs. The Cardinal made a total of 28 errors to USC’s 16, leaving them with little room for victory. This Saturday the Men of Troy will return home to play UC Irvine in a non-conference match. They will rely on their big hitters, Wyett, Lewis, Grasso, and Moss, along with Lisha and Hall as setters. Sophomore opposite Aaron Strange weighed in on what they need to do technically to beat the Anteaters. “We definitely have to take their angle away because they are an angle dominant hitting team,” Strange said. “They don’t really hit balls extremely hard. They are very shotty. Our back row defense needs to be prepared to pick up tips. As for serving goals, we need to serve hard and not let that interfere with our mental game.” They will be looking at Paxson and libero Matt Douglas to defend against their shots. With a more mental view of the game, Wyett spoke to their team goals. “We need to go in with the mentality that we can beat them,” Wyett said. “They have a couple really good guys. And I think if we can shut them down in the early part of the match it will instill the mentality that we are capable of beating any team.” The Trojans will need to defend against the Anteaters coming off a win against UC San Diego. Freshman middle blocker Austin Wilmot was named Big West Defensive Player of the Week this week after average 1.82 blocks over 11 sets. In their most recent match against the Tritons, he put up 13 blocks. Also in their last match, senior outside hitter Aaron Koubi put up 12 kills. He was followed closely by junior opposite hitter Karl Apfelbach and freshman outside hitter Joel Schneidmiller who each added 11 kills. Defensively, sophomore middle blocker Scott Stadick had 4 blocks and senior outside hitter David Parker contributed 8 digs. The Trojans will need to defend and strategically put the ball away by avoiding their block. They will look to improve their record and gain more momentum for their last few games of the season, ending with a match-up against UCLA on March 31.last_img read more

UWI Mona campus appoints Professor Dale Webber as new principal

first_imgProfessor Dale Webber, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Graduate Studies and Research at The University of the West Indies (UWI) has been appointed principal of the Mona Campus in Jamaica effective October 1 this year.According to a release from the university, his appointment was approved by Chancellor Robert Bermudez, on behalf of the University Council, following a recommendation from Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles.Webber, who The UWI said has had a distinguished career in Coastal Ecology and Environmental Management and a strong and consistent record of teaching; graduate supervision, administration and research excellence, which spans 30 years of service with the university will be succeeding Professor Archibald McDonald.last_img read more

Ghana Rugby starts preparations for local league

first_imgThe Ghana Rugby has started preparations for the 2014 / 15 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) that is slated to take place in November 2014 and January to February 2015.“Following the Ghana Rugby Stakeholder Forum on 14 August the Board left no stone unturned to transform dreams into reality by establishing various ‘Blueprint Project Teams – one being a team to work out the modalities of a properly run Club Championship,” the President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), Mr. Herbert Mensah, announced in Accra.Provisional preparations for the GRCC involve 12 Clubs from two Regional Associations to battle it out for top honours over 12 weeks with a total of 63 matches to be played.The two Associations, Greater Accra and CentWest, will each have the opportunity to nominate 6 teams that will play a “Home and Away” match each to determine the top two teams that will advance to the semi-finals followed by a final to be played in Accra on 21 February 2015.According to the GRFU Project Team there are many modalities and logistics to be sorted out including funding, playing fields, match officiating, transport, feeding and medical care to name but a few.“There is great excitement amongst players, clubs and officials as this will be the first ever professional Club Tournament of this nature. We are, however, under no illusion that the successful planning and running of the GRCC will take a lot of will and effort,” a spokesperson for the GRFU Project Team stated. Mr Sidney Yankson, newly appointed Director of Fundraising, admitted that even setting a budget for the event was no mean task.“This is the first ever Club Championship of this nature and it took a while to figure out what is required to run the GRCC professionally while ensuring maximum benefits to sponsors,” Mr. yankson said.The estimated cost to run the Championship is US$ 75,000 and according to Mr. Yankson. Meanwhile Clubs have also been requested to raise funds to cover the Tournament Registration Fee.“These fees will by no means cover the total cost of the tournament, but will also instill a discipline by our Clubs to look at all aspects of managing a Club, including the task of financial management,” he said.The GRFU has also embarked on a Rugby Family-wide programme to reach out to potential sponsors. The President of the GRFU, Mr. Herbert Mensah, in discussion with IRB Trainer David Dobela at the Coaches Training Course held to prepare Club coaches for the upcoming league.last_img read more

Kevin Durant, Warriors dominate Clippers in Game 3, take 2-1 series lead

first_imgPreviousLOS ANGELES — Oh yeah, that bear was ticked. Landry Shamet is new to the NBA, but he was right in assuming the Golden State Warriors weren’t going to take kindly to the rude awakening the Clippers gave them with their historic 31-point comeback victory on Monday in Oakland. The Warriors stormed into Staples Center […]Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors is outed while shooting against Danilo Gallinari #8 of the LA Clippers in the first half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsHead coach Doc Rivers of the LA Clippers reacts toward the officials after a foul call in the first half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game against the Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket against the LA Clippers in the first half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against the Golden State Warriors in the first half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket against Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers in the first half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors drivers to the basket against the LA Clippers in the first half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES — Oh yeah, that bear was ticked. Landry Shamet is new to the NBA, but he was right in assuming the Golden State Warriors weren’t going to take kindly to the rude awakening the Clippers gave them with their historic 31-point comeback victory on Monday in Oakland. The Warriors stormed into Staples Center […]LOS ANGELES — Oh yeah, that bear was ticked. Landry Shamet is new to the NBA, but he was right in assuming the Golden State Warriors weren’t going to take kindly to the rude awakening the Clippers gave them with their historic 31-point comeback victory on Monday in Oakland. The Warriors stormed into Staples Center […]Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors reacts toward an official in the first half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game against the LA Clippers at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Danilo Gallinari #8 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against the Golden State Warriors in the first half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Danilo Gallinari #8 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against the Golden State Warriors in the first half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors reacts toward an official in the first half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game against the LA Clippers at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES — Oh yeah, that bear was ticked. Landry Shamet is new to the NBA, but he was right in assuming the Golden State Warriors weren’t going to take kindly to the rude awakening the Clippers gave them with their historic 31-point comeback victory on Monday in Oakland. The Warriors stormed into Staples Center […]Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket against the LA Clippers in the first half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors against the LA Clippers in the first half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES — Oh yeah, that bear was ticked. Landry Shamet is new to the NBA, but he was right in assuming the Golden State Warriors weren’t going to take kindly to the rude awakening the Clippers gave them with their historic 31-point comeback victory on Monday in Oakland. The Warriors stormed into Staples Center […]Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the LA Clippers in the first half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Stephen Curry, left, and the bench of the Golden State Warriors after three pointer] against the LA Clippers in the first half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Head coach Steve Kerr, left, along with Stephen Curry and the bench of the Golden State Warriors after three pointer] against the LA Clippers in the first half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against the Golden State Warriors in the first half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors has un on the bench against the LA Clippers in the first half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors has un on the bench against the LA Clippers in the first half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors has un on the bench against the LA Clippers in the first half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors blocks the shot by Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers in the first half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala, left, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams during the first half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers is mobbed by Draymond Green #23 and Kevon Looney #5 of the Golden State Warriors in the second half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)LA Clippers owner Steve Balmer looks on in the second half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game between the LA Clippers and the Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors blocks JaMychal Green #4 of the LA Clippers in the second half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after hitting a three point shot against the LA Clippers in the second half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers drivers to the basket between Klay Thompson #1 and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors in the second half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors looks on against the LA Clippers in the second half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers controls the ball against the Golden State Warriors in the second half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Boxer Floyd Mayweather in the second half during an NBA first round playoff basketball game between the LA Clippers and the Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, right, shoots as Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney defends during the first half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Oh yeah, that bear was ticked. Landry Shamet is new to the NBA, but he was right in assuming the Golden State Warriors weren’t going to take kindly to the rude awakening the Clippers gave them with their historic 31-point comeback victory on Monday in Oakland. The Warriors stormed into Staples Center […]NextShow Caption1 of 35LOS ANGELES — Oh yeah, that bear was ticked. Landry Shamet is new to the NBA, but he was right in assuming the Golden State Warriors weren’t going to take kindly to the rude awakening the Clippers gave them with their historic 31-point comeback victory on Monday in Oakland. The Warriors stormed into Staples Center […]ExpandLOS ANGELES — Oh yeah, that bear was ticked.Landry Shamet is new to the NBA, but he was right in assuming the Golden State Warriors weren’t going to take kindly to the rude awakening the Clippers gave them with their historic comeback victory on Monday in Oakland.Kevin Durant reminded everyone he was Kevin Durant as the Warriors stormed into Staples Center on Thursday. They built another big lead and, aware that even 31-point advantages aren’t safe around the scrappy Clippers, kept their foot firmly on the gas, outplaying their hosts in every conceivable category in a 132-105 victory.“We just got our (butt) kicked tonight man,” Clippers guard Lou Williams said. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Green started the second half in place of center Ivica Zubac, who was called back into service when the game was out of hand. After playing only four minutes in the first half, he finished with a team-high 18 points in 17 minutes – and grabbed 14 rebounds in the fourth quarter, more than any player in any quarter of a postseason game since 2003.The Warriors extended their lead to as many as 36 in the third quarter, when Patrick Beverley picked up his fourth foul – and a technical foul – with 10:18 left in the quarter. He exited the game soon thereafter and didn’t return as the game got away from the Clippers, for certain this time.“Honestly, I don’t care who you’re playing,” Rivers said. “If you get down, it’s hard. The better the team, it’s harder.”JaMychal Green and Durant got to talking too much after Green was called for a foul in the third quarter and both were assessed technical fouls (No. 3 this series for Durant, who will face a one-game suspension if he gets four more during the playoffs).“They came out aggressive tonight,” said Beverley, who played only 18 minutes, and finished with six points, one rebound and without an assist. “We have to be more aggressive … it’s one game. We have to get better. We have to push to get back for a chance to win this (series), and we will.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “He’s Kevin Durant,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He showed everybody who Kevin Durant is.”“Coach Kerr came up with some plays for me at the start of the game, I think doing that kind of set the tone,” said Durant, who benefited from post-ups and dribble hand-offs, and took 15 first-half shots and made 10 of them en route to 27 points. That tied his highest-scoring opening half in a playoff game.The Warriors looked like the world-beaters they’re expected to be, shooting 73 percent in the first quarter and 54.8 percent for the game.And they stifled L.A. on the other end; the Clippers shot just 37 percent and had 11 of their shots blocked (now 31 in the series). Williams had a tame 16 points and Montrezl Harrell had 15.“If you don’t score against them, you can’t beat them, no matter how you defense it,” Rivers said. “But part of the reason scoring was a struggle was because we were taking it out of bounds the entire night.”Four of the Clippers’ starters were held to nine points or less, including Danilo Gallinari. The Clippers’ normally reliable scorer didn’t look like himself – and not because of a recent haircut; he finished 2 for 13 from the field and 0 for 8 from 3-point range.“I always think when Gal is missing shots, No. 1, it’s got to be something they’re doing,” Rivers said. “I think we always just say, ‘He missed shots.’ He did miss some shots, he had some wide-open shots. But we got to get him even better shots. We got to give him more shots.“Gallo is important. He struggled in Game 2, as well (and) in the fourth quarter, I think he had 17 points, we win the game. That’s not a coincidence.”While Durant dominated, the Clippers gave Steph Curry – who picked up five fouls in 20 minutes on the court – enough daylight to made 4 of his 6 attempts from behind the arc en route to 21 points. Andre Iguodala had 15 and Klay Thompson has 12. Filling in for the injured DeMarcus Cousins, Kevon Looney’s 10 points put him in double figures for the second consecutive game.At the half, the Clippers trailed 73-52 – and they were that close only because they were 19 for 23 from the free-throw line, where the Warriors finished the half only 10 for 12. And because of JaMychal Green, who bounced off the bench for 13 of his 15 points.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “They dissected us,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.“We feel embarrassed,” Shamet said.Said Warriors forward Draymond Green: “That was a fun game to play in.”With the butt-whipping, the Warriors took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series, which they hope will be a springboard on their way to their third consecutive NBA title. Game 4 is Sunday afternoon at Staples Center.Durant, maligned for his relatively subdued offensive outputs in Games 1 (23 points) and 2 (21), made his first six shots and 14 of 23 for 38 points in 29 minutes, his 56th career 30-point playoff game. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 last_img read more

Dodgers’ Alex Wood overcomes Coors Field mystique

first_imgDENVER >>Alex Wood struck out 10 in six innings and drove in a run with a well-placed bunt on a squeeze play, leading the Dodgers past the Colorado Rockies, 4-0, on Saturday night.Brett Eibner supplied additional offense with his first home run of the season and Austin Barnes and Justin Turner added RBI doubles for the Dodgers, who won their 100th game at Coors Field, the most by any visiting club.Wood (4-0) fanned at least one batter in five of his six innings and struck out the side in the third en route to reversing a dismal history at Coors, where he had gone 0-2 with an 11.25 ERA in four previous starts.He has 21 strikeouts in his last two starts, fanning a season-high 11 last time out in beating the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. The Rockies, shut out at home for the second time this season, had five hits off Wood, all singles. They had no better luck against relievers Josh Fields, Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen, who combined to throw three innings of two-hit ball.A couple of sparkling defensive plays by the Dodgers also hemmed in the Rockies, whose NL West-lead over the Dodgers dwindled to one-half game.First baseman Cody Bellinger turned an unassisted double play in the sixth, spearing Carlos Gonzalez’s line drive and catching Nolan Arenado, aboard with a walk, off the bag.With a runner on second in the eighth, third baseman Turner ranged to his left to snag Arenado’s line drive before it could get through the hole. A frustrated Arenado pounded his bat into the dirt after Turner made the play.Tyler Anderson (2-4) had eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings but the Dodgers managed to make solid contact when they did connect. Five of their seven hits went for extra bases, including Eibner’s homer leading off the fifth that soared into the stand of evergreens beyond the wall in center field. TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: 2B Logan Forsythe, sidelined since April 19 with a right toe fracture, ran the bases Saturday and was slated to move on to a rehab assignment next Tuesday.Rockies: C Tony Wolters, placed on the sevem-day DL with a concussion May 3 after being struck in the head by the back swing of a bat in San Diego, has begun his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque. He caught six innings against Nashville and was 1 for 4 with a home run as the designated hitter for Albuquerque on Saturday night. … CF Charlie Blackmon was not in the starting lineup for the first time this season as Manager Bud Black decided to give him a break. “I thought it was the right day to give him a night (off) from starting.” Blackmon remained available for pinch-hitting.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more