Other Sports Magnus Carlsen closes in on Tata Steel Chess title, Viswanathan Anand joint-third

first_imgIan Nepomniachtchi, the Russian Grandmaster who was also in with a faint chance, lost his chance to challenge Carlsen for the title as he lost in 35 moves to US Champion Samuel Shankland, who had earlier resigned from a drawn position in his previous game against Holland’s Anish Giri. The decision to resign from a position which was deemed a draw by a majority of experts prompted Giri to describe it as the American having an ‘hallucination.’Giri, on the other hand, drew in 31 moves against Teimour Radjabov but he remains the only player who can effectively dethrone Carlsen for the Tata Steel title, trailing by just half a point heading into the final round.The final round will be played on Sunday and Anand’s campaign will end against fellow Indian Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi. The title will be decided when Carlsen takes on Giri, with their rivalry dominating the chess landscape. Giri has drawn 16, lost one and won one encounter against Carlsen but their rivalry exploded on Twitter in 2018, when Carlsen said Giri had to win a title in order to be taken seriously. Anish Giri has won one and lost one game against Magnus Carlsen.Viswanathan Anand will take on Vidit Gujrathi in the last round.Carlsen will be aiming to win the Tata Steel title for the fifth time. New Delhi: Magnus Carlsen closed in on the Tata Steel Chess tournament with a win over Poland’s over Jan-Krzysztof Duda in 71 moves  on Saturday while former five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand’s chances of securing the top spot effectively ended when he was held to a draw in 41 moves by Chinese Grandmaster Ding Liren. On the penultimate day of the tournament in Lieden, Anand had to secure a win in order to stay in contention and hope for Carlsen to lose or draw the match against Duda but the reigning world champion showed his class and came out on top after the Polish GM made a blunder on pawn h6 and this resulted in him losing his queen to come under immense pressure.Although Carlsen also lost his queen a couple of moves later, Duda employed a solid defensive line but missed out on some key moments yet again to give Carlsen a big win. With Carlsen winning, the onus was on Anand to win against Ding. Playing with black, Anand was put under pressure but he held his line and managed to reverse the position. Both players attacked and had their winning moments but the players agreed to a draw. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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

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

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