Warriors roll into second round of NBA playoffs

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):Golden State rolled into the second round of the NBA playoffs without injured superstar Stephen Curry, thoroughly embarrassing the Houston Rockets 114-81 on Wednesday to clinch the series 4-1.Klay Thompson scored 27 points with seven 3-pointers and Draymond Green added 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors, who will face the winners of the Los Angeles Clippers-Portland Trail Blazers series.Portland lead that series 3-2 after winning at Los Angeles, while Charlotte won narrowly at Miami to also take a 3-2 series lead.Golden State, without their MVP Curry, relied on his fellow ‘Splash Brother’ in Thompson to set the tone from the opening tip. Thompson became the first player in NBA history to make at least seven threes in consecutive playoff games, while Shaun Livingston scored 16 points for his third double-digit performance in three games.deep defendingJames Harden scored 25 of Houston’s 37 first-half points on the way to 35 points, but the Rockets had no chance with a one-man show against the deep defending champions.Portland’s C.J. McCollum scored 27 points to lead the Trail Blazers to a 108-98 win at the Clippers.Damian Lillard added 16 of his 22 in the fourth quarter when Portland pulled away, and the Trail Blazers capitalised on the absence of injured Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to beat Los Angeles.The Blazers are up 3-2 and could close it out tonight in Portland. If Game 7 is needed, it would be tomorrow at Staples Center.Maurice Harkless added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Mason Plumlee had 10 points and 15 boards for Portland.J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 19 points.Charlotte’s Courtney Lee sank a 3-pointer with 25.2 seconds left to put the visitors ahead to stay, and the Hornets beat Miami 90-88 in Game 5.The Hornets have won three straight games in the series, and will take a 3-2 lead into a potential Game 6 clincher tonight.Marvin Williams led the Hornets with 17 points, while Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker each had 14 for Charlotte.Dwyane Wade scored 25 for Miami, while Luol Deng scored 15, Joe Johnson added 13 and Hassan Whiteside finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.last_img read more

Neymar braced for PSG debut and French culture shock

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:46Fighting jihadism in the Sahel: Life inside the military camps00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings “But the people here are not talking about Neymar. The people here support their team.”It will be a major culture shock for Neymar in a town which has a population of just 7,000 and is best known for its annual Breton dance showcase, the Saint Loup Festival which draws visitors from around the world.However, that’s not to say that Guingamp do not have football pedigree.They were French Cup winners in 2009 and 2014 and last season beat PSG 2-1 in the corresponding league fixture, the capital city club’s second defeat in four visits to Guingamp since their hosts were promoted in 2013.Furthermore, former Chelsea and Ivory Coast star Didier Drogba spent a season at the club in 2002/2003.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Sore left arm keeps Sharapova out of Cincinnati eventcenter_img “Neymar — the football version,” ran their headline on Saturday in a light-hearted reference to how the most expensive transfer in football history has dominated news despite Neymar not yet having kicked a ball in anger.“A trio of Neymar, Pastore and Angel di Maria will support (striker) Ederson Cavani,” predicted L’Equipe.The match in Guingamp kicks-off at 1900GMT.An hour later, and around 1,200km further south, Barcelona will start their first competitive match without Neymar by facing bitter rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.Barca’s scattergun approach to finding a replacement for Neymar has so far been unsuccessful with bids for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund rebuffed.Gerard Deulofeu was handed Neymar’s role alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez up front in Monday’s 5-0 friendly win over Chapecoense on his return to the club after spells at Everton and AC Milan.And the Spanish international took his chance with a goal and two assists in just 45 minutes on the field.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Neymar #11 of Barcelona heads for the net in the first half against Juventus during the International Champions Cup 2017 on July 22, 2017 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPHe has dazzled Rio’s imposing Maracana and Barcelona’s storied Camp Nou, but it’s Guingamp’s humble 17,000-capacity Stade du Rouduorou, tucked away in sleepy Brittany, which on Sunday greets Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer.With the mundanity of transfer paperwork finally resolved, the 25-year-old Brazilian magician will line up for Paris Saint-Germain for the first time since his mind-boggling 222 million euro ($261 million) move from Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “He’s physically ready to play the whole ninety minutes,” PSG coach Unai Emery told AFP.“He’s been working well and we looked hard at tactics and free-kicks. We all want him in the starting eleven, he’s a player we need in the group.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Even Guingamp coach Antoine Kombouaré, himself a former PSG boss, wants Neymar to play despite the potential for destruction at the feet of the Brazilian superstar.“I want the fans to come Sunday to see Guingamp win… preferably against a side with Neymar in it. “We could have filled a stadium of 40,000 seats with no problem at all,” said Guingamp president Bertrand Desplat whose club budget is an eighth of what PSG paid for Neymar.“Remember the star of the show is going to be Neymar and for us we want to welcome this very special player and his team in the best conditions possible.”Journalists from far and wide are expected for the game — the ground’s press tribune, built to hold 80 people, has been extended to cater for 350.A total of 145 stewards will be on duty at the ground — 30 more than usual.1,200km away, Barca start new eraMeanwhile, French media speculated over who in the expensively-assembled PSG team will make way for Neymar.Le Parisien suggested it will be Javier Pastore, the Argentine star who was the first major signing after PSG were bought by their ambitious Qatari owners.“After first giving up his No.10 shirt, will he (Pastore) now give him (Neymar) his place in the team?” Le Parisien asked of the player who took up the No.10 shirt after Zlatan Ibrahimovic left for Manchester United last season, only to hand it to the Brazilian this summer.“Neymar will start on the left at the cost of Pastore.”Sports daily L’Equipe saw things differently, though. 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