Clippers extend home winning streak to 9 by beating Suns

first_imgView comments TIP-INSSuns: T.J. Warren and Josh Jackson each scored 15. … Ayton, the top pick in this year’s NBA draft, had a season-low four points but led the team in rebounds with nine. … Richaun Holmes came off the bench to score 10 points. … This was the first time in five games Phoenix did not have the lead going into the fourth quarter. … The Suns are 0-2 in the second game of back-to-backs. … G Isaiah Canaan was waived. He appeared in 19 games and averaged 7.5 points and 3.3 assists. Kokoskov said it “was a business decision but I feel good about his future.” Canaan began the season as the team’s starting point guard before Kokoskov moved Booker to the point and inserted rookie Mikal Bridges into the starting lineup.Clippers: Montrezl Harrell scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half. … Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 13 points. … Los Angeles has won nine straight against the Suns, dating to the start of the 2016-17 season. It is the club’s second-longest active winning streak against a single opponent — the Clippers have won 10 in a row vs. Orlando. … F Marcin Gortat did not play due to back spasms. … F Luc Mbah a Moute (sore left knee) and G Jerome Robinson (strained right foot) were inactive.UP NEXTSuns: Host Orlando on Friday.Clippers: Play at Sacramento on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Los Angeles improved to 14-6, which ties the fourth-best record after 20 games in franchise history. Along with being the surprise leaders in the West, the Clippers own the NBA’s longest active home winning streak and have won 10 of their last 12 overall.“We have a lot of confidence. We know what we can do,” said Gallinari, who matched his season high with 28 points and grabbed a season-best 10 rebounds. “We are happy but it is just the beginning. It is such a long marathon that the record we have now doesn’t mean anything. It’s just November.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLou Williams scored 20 points while Tobias Harris (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Boban Marjanovic (12 points, 12 rebounds) also notched double-doubles for the Clippers, who outrebounded the Suns 56-34 but committed 21 turnovers.“It was not a great night except for winning the game,” coach Doc Rivers said. “It was one of those games where we didn’t execute well. You’re going to have games like this but when you win them, they’re forgivable.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The game was tied 49-all at halftime before Los Angeles took control with a 20-4 run over a five-minute stretch in the third quarter to go up 83-63. Gallinari scored 12 of the first 15 points during the run, including a pair of 3-pointers.Los Angeles was 11 of 17 from the field, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers. The Clippers also went 13 of 15 from the foul line as they outscored Phoenix 40-25 in the quarter.“The third quarter was brutal. We couldn’t find the rhythm and the stops. We were taking individual action, which isn’t the way to win,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said.Phoenix, off to the worst start in franchise history at 4-17, pulled to 104-93 on Deandre Ayton’s reverse layup with four minutes remaining but could not get any closer.Devin Booker led the Suns with 23 points and Elie Okobo added 19.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday spark Pelicans’ rout of Wizards Los Angeles Clippers’ Tobias Harris (34) reaches for a loose ball next to Phoenix Suns’ Mikal Bridges during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES— Nearly a quarter of the way into their season, Danilo Gallinari and the Los Angeles Clippers are the surprise leaders in the Western Conference.Gallinari was one of three Clippers to record a double-double as they won their ninth straight home game, defeating the Phoenix Suns 115-99 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Jordan Nobbs, left, in action for Arsenal before suffering a nasty looking injury against Everton. Photograph: Lynne Cameron for The FA/Rex Shutterstock Twitter Pinterest Women’s Super League features Topicscenter_img Share via Email Facebook Spence’s sacking a sign of the timesThe 4-0 defeat to Arsenal was Everton’s first game since they sacked Andy Spence. He was a manager I had known for a long time, who had worked at the club for well over 10 years in various roles, and it is a club that is close to my heart, but I felt his departure was an important for this league. Though Arsenal got rid of Pedro Martínez Losa last October, there is no real tradition of mid-season managerial change in women’s football but in the new professional set-ups it is right that professional managers are held to professional standards. There has to be accountability in football, and as we’ve seen with Fulham in the Premier League the team that are bottom at this stage of the season will often look to make a change. I’m not taking Andy’s departure lightly, and I don’t want women’s football to go to the extremes we sometimes see in the men’s game, but it was his second season and he probably had targets to hit. Defeat to Yeovil was the final nail in the coffin. A full-time, professional role such as this will be attractive across the sport now: standards in women’s football are rising, the perception of women’s football and women’s sport in general is much healthier, and there will be many coaches who see the Everton job as an attractive prospect. For me, sad as it is to see Everton struggling, this is more evidence that this is a new era for women’s football and that is exciting.Have Bristol found another frightening forward?In the summer Lauren Hemp, an exciting 18-year-old English forward, moved from Bristol to Manchester City. On Saturday the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Liverpool was scored by Ella Rutherford, another exciting 18-year-old English forward. Bristol seem to keep producing these electric strikers. It was Rutherford’s first goal for Bristol after signing from Millwall but their other goalscorer, Lucy Graham, now has seven to her name and is only 22. It was Bristol’s third win of the season, enough to put them safely in mid-table, and Tanya Oxtoby has been doing an awesome job with them in her first season in charge. It’s also quite refreshing to see one of the league’s less-fancied names beat Liverpool – it’s not a scoreline you often see. It was Liverpool’s third defeat in a row and though the first two of that run, against Chelsea and Manchester City, were maybe to be expected, this one will hurt them. Their next game is against Birmingham, so it’s not going to get any easier.BT Sport has coverage of FA Women’s Super League all season. Watch Manchester City v Birmingham City: BT Sport 1 and 4K UHD (12.15pm) on 9 December Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Women’s football Moore makes life merrier for ReadingFara Williams stole the headlines again by scoring two more goals in Reading’s 4-1 win over Brighton, but there was another key player more quietly effecting proceedings a little further back. It is almost exactly a year since Jade Moore suffered an ankle injury that was to end last season and it is probably no coincidence that since her return to the starting XI, Reading have secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season. It has been a frustrating 12 months for her – maybe even more so because she is a physio herself – and Reading have missed her presence. To have her back is a major boost for them, and now they are steadily climbing the table again. Moore is not a provider nor a goalscorer, she’s a breaker-upper, a dictator in midfield, a strong tackler and a leader on the pitch. To get her back is like a key signing for Reading, and with her and Williams in the team they can be a real force. Williams just never stops impressing. She’s just the complete player, dangerous with both right and left feet and good with her head. Reading have had to deal with quite a lot of injuries, and still have a few players to come back, but they are clicking into gear now.• Suzanne Wrack: the next goal for women’s football is to balance the booksStriking setbacks no bother for BirminghamBirmingham City are another side who have been unlucky with injuries, and they are currently without two international strikers in Rachel Williams and Ellen White. They are both long-term injuries, and if Birmingham were over-reliant on their attacking prowess to roll teams over they would have fallen well away by now. But instead Mark Skinner has built his team around defensive solidity and organisation, and they continue to be the tightest, meanest, stingiest team in the Super League. They play so well as a unit, defending from the front and catching teams on the counter: as a player you absolutely dread playing teams like that. They and Arsenal, in very different ways, are the most consistent teams in the league and the sides I would least want to be facing, and that they are doing it with no stars in their side except perhaps the goalkeeper, Ann-Katrin Berger, makes it even more impressive. Birmingham have six clean sheets in eight games, only conceding against Arsenal and Manchester City, and they scored against both of those as well. So far this season Birmingham have beaten the teams they should beat, and when they are the underdogs they give their opponents a good run for their money. West Ham just didn’t have the answers on Sunday.• Referee suspended over using rock, paper, scissors instead of coin tossNobbs injury causes alarm for ArsenalThe Arsenal juggernaut keeps on rolling: another week, another convincing win, and more goals for the key attacking trio of Danielle van de Donk, Vivianna Miedema and Jordan Nobbs. If it wasn’t for Kirsty Levell pulling off a string of fine saves in the Everton goal the winning margin would have been even more overwhelming. However hard she tried, though, Arsenal’s attacking quality eventually shone through. But the game ended on a sour note with what looked like a potentially serious injury to Nobbs, who required lengthy treatment to a knee injury before being taken from the field. We can only hope that there is no long-term damage, because not only is she Arsenal’s captain but with nine goals to her name and a string of assists she is crucial to their success in attack. Arsenal’s squad is already stretched after Kim Little broke her leg last month, and though Lia Walti has come in and successfully filled that gap their squad is not strong enough to cope with many more setbacks. They have rarely been able to name a full bench, and have had only three substitutes on occasions, so any injury to one of their key attacking trio could well slow them down. Just as well they already have a six-point cushion at the top of the table.• Match report: Everton 0-4 Arsenal Reuse this contentlast_img read more