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Stephen Curry powers Warriors over Blazers in NBA Western Conference finals opener LOS ANGELES: Stephen Curry drained nine three-pointers on the way to 36 points Tuesday to propel the Golden State Warriors to a 116-94 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in game one of the NBA Western Conference finals.Curry added seven assists and six…

Zverev clay-court horror show continues with Italian Open exit

Stephen Curry powers Warriors over Blazers in NBA Western Conference finals opener

LOS ANGELES: Stephen Curry drained nine three-pointers on the way to 36 points Tuesday to propel the Golden State Warriors to a 116-94 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in game one of the NBA Western Conference finals.Curry added seven assists and six rebounds as the Warriors led all the way over a Trail Blazers team coming off a game-seven victory over Denver in the second round on Sunday.Klay Thompson added 26 points and provided an imposing defensive presence as the Warriors shrugged off the absence of injured superstar Kevin Durant.Draymond Green added 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and three blocked shots for the two-time defending NBA champions, who are playing in their fifth straight Western Conference final.Curry said he just took advantage of what a free-flowing Warriors offense gave him.It was a nice flow,” Curry said. “It just puts so much pressure on the defense.“You can’t key it on one guy and even if you try to somebody else is going to be open.”The Trail Blazers connected on only 36.1 percent of their shots from the field, making just seven of 28 three-point attempts as the Warriors drained 17 from beyond the arc.Portland star Damian Lillard hit just four of 12 shots to score 19 points with six assists, four rebounds and seven turnovers.CJ McCollum, who starred as Lillard struggled in game seven against the Nuggets, scored 17 points on seven-of-19 shooting.“The schedule favored us,” acknowledged Golden State coach Steve Kerr, whose Warriors polished off the Houston Rockets on Friday.“I thought we took advantage of the situation and got off to a good start.”The Warriors pushed their lead to 10 in the second quarter before Portland put together a run that trimmed the deficit to 48-45.Curry answered with a pair of late three-pointers — abetted by a Lillard turnover — to send the Warriors to the locker-room leading 54-45.The Trail Blazers made another push in the third period, cutting a 17-point deficit to six.Rodney Hood and Seth Curry both had three-pointers in the Blazers’ 11-4 scoring run to end the quarter, but those were the only points of the night for the younger Curry brother — a Portland reserve — as the game marked the first time siblings have met in an NBA conference final.The Warriors reserves opened strong in the fourth quarter to rebuild the cushion in a stretch that Kerr called key.“Great job by our bench,” Kerr said. “If we can buy some time for our starters to rest and even extend the lead, that’s a huge deal for us.”Despite their shooting woes, the Trail Blazers managed to stay in touch much of the night thanks to making 27 of 31 free throws and out-rebounding the Warriors 47-42.But their 21 turnovers led to 31 Warriors points — a gift no team can afford to give Golden State.“You can’t allow that,” said Lillard, who admitted it was hard to come back from the emotional high of beating the Nuggets in Denver.“I thought our minds were right. We came into the game ready,” he said. “But they’re a team that can go on runs, they make shots and the game can get away.”In particular, Lillard said, the Blazers need to make things more difficult for Curry, who had open look after open look.“That was poor execution defensively on our part,” Lillard said. “Having our bigs back that far, we’ve got to bring our guys up and run them off the line.”The Warriors will try to double their advantage in the best-of-seven series when they host game two on Thursday. They are again expected to be without two-time NBA Finals MVP Durant, who has a right calf strain.

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Floyd Mayweather posts video about heading to Saudi Arabia for talks on Manny Pacquiao rematch

Madison Keys, Daniil Medvedev get first titles in Cincinnati Keys beat Svetlana Kuznetsova for her second title of the season and easily the biggest of her career None of the Big Four — Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray — made it to the final Updated 19 August 2019 AP August 19,…

Floyd Mayweather posts video about heading to Saudi Arabia for talks on Manny Pacquiao rematch

Madison Keys, Daniil Medvedev get first titles in Cincinnati

Keys beat Svetlana Kuznetsova for her second title of the season and easily the biggest of her career
None of the Big Four — Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray — made it to the final

Updated 19 August 2019

AP

August 19, 2019 01:48

MASON, Ohio: Two unexpected champions embraced their first Rookwood championship trophies, concluding a week that brought more questions than clarity to the upcoming US Open.Who’s going to be healthy on the women’s side? Will stumbles in the men’s bracket at the Western & Southern Open carry over to New York?And are Madison Keys and Daniil Medvedev capable of carrying their newfound momentum into a Grand Slam event? After winning the biggest tournament title of their careers, they were already getting asked about how it might transfer to the bigger stage.Keys rallied late in both sets and beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 7-6 (5) Sunday for her second title of the season and easily the biggest of her career. After flameouts in her last three tournaments and a tough draw for the week, she couldn’t imagine the outcome.Back on the court to receive the trophy , she told the crowd: “If you told me this is where I would be a week ago, I would have laughed in your face!“Yet there she was, back in the Top 10 on a surprising upswing heading to New York.She’ll move up to the No. 10 ranking after a gritty showing that was typical of her week. She broke Kuznetsova to pull even in both sets at 5-5 and then pulled them out with a steady serve.Keys hadn’t made it past the second round in her last three tournaments, including Wimbledon. Now she’s got a good feeling with her favorite Grand Slam event at hand.“It’s definitely a great building block,” Keys said. “I want to do well in New York and have a good end to the season.”At 34, Kuznetsova was the oldest finalist in the Western & Southern Open’s history. She beat three top-10 players in a tournament — Sloane Stephens, Karolina Pliskova and Ashleigh Barty — for the first time in her 19-year career.The 153rd-ranked player got a late start on the season as she completed a seven-month recovery from a knee injury. In her ninth tournament of the season, she got her game together and got her best result in two years.“Honestly, I didn’t expect to be so good at this tournament,” she said.After what happened in Cincinnati during the week, nobody knows what to expect in the women’s bracket in New York.Serena Williams dropped out of Cincinnati because of back spasms that also forced her to withdraw from the final in Toronto. Naomi Osaka, the defending US Open champion, withdrew from her semifinal match on Friday with discomfort in her left knee that left her worried about her condition heading to New York.There’s some intrigue on the men’s side, too.The bracket in Cincinnati was billed as a reunion of the Big Four — Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray back together for the first time since January. None of them made it to the final.Nadal won the Rogers Cup last Sunday and withdrew from the Western & Southern, citing fatigue. Murray played singles for the first time since hip surgery in January and lost his opening match. Seven-time champion Federer was knocked out in the quarterfinals, and Djokovic lost to Medvedev in the semifinals with the crowd cheering him on.The Russian thanked the crowd for its support after beat David Goffin 7-6 (3), 6-4 for his first Masters 1000 title Sunday. It was his third straight final, but the first time he’d won. Medvedev lost to Nadal on Montreal a week earlier, then went on to reach his sixth final of this season, most on the ATP tour. He’s won twice.“To finally lift the trophy this week is an amazing feeling,” Medvedev said.At age 23, he became the youngest Cincinnati champion since Murray at age 21 in 2008.“Congratulations,” Goffin told him, “and I think you’re ready for New York.”

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Floyd Mayweather posts video about heading to Saudi Arabia for talks on Manny Pacquiao rematch LONDON: Floyd Mayweather released a video on Sunday saying he was traveling to Saudi Arabia for talks on a rematch with Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao.Mayweather, the undefeated 50-0 fighter, beat Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in…

Madison Keys, Daniil Medvedev get first titles in Cincinnati

Floyd Mayweather posts video about heading to Saudi Arabia for talks on Manny Pacquiao rematch

LONDON: Floyd Mayweather released a video on Sunday saying he was traveling to Saudi Arabia for talks on a rematch with Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao.Mayweather, the undefeated 50-0 fighter, beat Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in 2015 and it looks like the Kingdom could host the second bout between the two.

Undefeated, 50-0 boxing legend @FloydMayweather released a video on Sunday saying he was heading to #SaudiArabia for talks about a rematch with Filipino superstar @MannyPacquiaohttps://t.co/52EBxiUDsL pic.twitter.com/3yz9DQOFan
— Arab News (@arabnews) August 18, 2019

In the video, Mayweather said: “It’s an honor to come to Saudi Arabia to sit down with you guys to talk about the Mayweather vs Pacquiao rematch. Saudi Arabia — Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather — I’m on my way.”Mayweather’s last two fights saw him in a bout against MMA champion Conor McGregor in August 2017 and rookie Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve, the latter not counting toward his professional record.There has been no official announcement from Saudi authorities.

 

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Pat Cummins double stuns England after Steve Smith makes brave 92 in second Test following injury LORD’S, London: Australia’s Steve Smith returned to make 92 after a sickening blow to the neck before England captain Joe Root fell for the first golden duck of his Test career as Pat Cummins took two wickets in two…

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Pat Cummins double stuns England after Steve Smith makes brave 92 in second Test following injury

LORD’S, London: Australia’s Steve Smith returned to make 92 after a sickening blow to the neck before England captain Joe Root fell for the first golden duck of his Test career as Pat Cummins took two wickets in two balls on a dramatic fourth day of the second Ashes clash at Lord’s.England were 96-4 in their second innings — a lead of 104 runs — when rain forced an early close on Saturday.But with one day left, Australia know early wickets on Sunday could leave them in a position to press for a victory that would put them 2-0 up in a five-match series.England will now look to Ben Stokes, dropped twice on his way to 16 not out, and Jos Buttler (10 not out), to keep Australia at bay.Smith’s 92 was the centerpiece of Australia’s 250 all out in reply to England’s first innings 258.The star batsman had made 80 when he was felled by a bouncer from fast bowler Jofra Archer, making his Test debut, timed at 92.4 mph.The ball struck him on the side of the neck and head.Smith, fell face forward onto the ground. He was wearing a helmet without the additional neck protection that was introduced following the death of Phillip Hughes after his former Australia team-mate was hit by a bouncer in a 2014 domestic Sheffield Shield match in Sydney.“He doesn’t wear it because it is a personal choice,” Australia coach Justin Langer told Sky Sports after stumps.“We know it is available but he can’t feel comfortable with it on.”Smith, who had marked his comeback Test following a 12-month ball-tampering ban, with innings of 144 and 142 in Australia’s 251-run win in the series opener at Edgbaston, received several minutes of on-field treatment involving both teams’ medical staff.He got to his feet but eventually retired hurt, with Smith receiving a generous round of applause as he returned to the pavilion.“It was a terrible blow,” said Langer. “It looked horrible at the time.”This series has seen the introduction of concussion protocols that allow injured batsmen to be replaced by a substitute — previously restricted to fielding duty alone.But Langer insisted Smith’s health had not been put at undue risk by letting him resume his innings as soon as possible when Peter Siddle’s exit left Australia 218-7 after a break of 46 minutes.“We were, absolutely (happy for Smith to bat again). He went through the concussion testing,” said Langer, himself hit on the head several times during his career as an Australia opening batsman.“We wouldn’t let him go out unless we were confident he could do the job.”Archer had previously struck Smith, then on 70, on his unprotected forearm with another bouncer in a fiery eight-over spell.And it was that injury, not the blow to the neck, which Australia said prevented Smith from fielding on Saturday, although a team spokesman said later that hospital X-rays had revealed no fracture.From the second and third balls he faced on his return, Smith hit two fours off paceman Chris Woakes.But on 92, facing his ninth ball, Smith shouldered arms to a Woakes nip-back delivery and was plumb lbw to leave Australia 234-8.Smith reviewed almost as an after-thought before replays confirmed the end of a 161-ball innings that included 14 fours.Stuart Broad took 4-65 in 27.3 overs and Woakes 3-61 in 19 while Archer finished with figures of 2-59 in 29.“That was serious, serious pace,” said Woakes of Archer. “I was at fine leg and could still tell.“It is never nice to see anyone get hit. Thankfully it looks like Steve is OK.“He is a great player and it took something special from Jofra to get him out of his bubble.”England then suffered an a familiar collapse, Jason Roy, caught and bowled by Cummins (2-16) off a leading edge.Next ball, 9-1 became 9-2 with Root caught behind off a superb delivery.Joe Denly survived the hat-trick before being caught and bowled by Siddle (2-19), who also removed Rory Burns.

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