Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James finished with 29 points for the Lakers, who had won their previous two games.Houston’s lead was three after Kyle Kuzma’s soaring dunk, but Harden was fouled on a 3-pointer and made all three free throws to make it 112-106.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefHarden then made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to push the lead to 12 and cause Lakers coach Luke Walton to call a timeout. James was in Harden’s face on the second one and Harden fell to the court as the ball rolled around the rim for a couple of seconds before dropping in.James added a dunk before Clint Capela and Harden made consecutive baskets to compete the 13-2 run and make it 122-108 to put the game out of reach. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Kuzma was called for a foul after that and Walton got a technical for arguing about that call.Harden made the technical shot and Paul added two more free throws to leave Houston up 90-88 after three.TIP-INSLakers: Kuzma received a technical foul in the first quarter for arguing about a foul call. … Brandon Ingram missed his fourth straight game with a sprained left ankle. … Kuzma had 24 points to give him 20 or more points in a career-best six straight games.Rockets: Brandon Knight played in his first game since Feb. 15, 2017, after recovering from surgery to repair a torn left anterior cruciate ligament. He came in with about four minutes left in the first quarter and played about four minutes with one assist and one rebound. … James Ennis sat out with a strained right hamstring.UP NEXTLakers: Visit Charlotte on Saturday night.Rockets: Visit Memphis on Saturday night. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) screams after making a basket as Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, and Lance Stephenson, right, watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. The Rockets won 126-111. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON— James Harden had 50 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, scoring 11 points during a big fourth-quarter run to lead the Houston Rockets to a 126-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.Harden grabbed his 10th rebound with less than 90 seconds left to give him his second triple-double this season and the 37th of his career.ADVERTISEMENT It was the first meeting between these teams since Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo got into a fight on Oct. 20 that led to suspensions for both players and Brandon Ingram. There wasn’t an altercation this time around in a game where Rondo sat out as he recovers from surgery to repair a broken right hand. But there was a spate of technical fouls late in the third quarter that led to the ejection of Nene.The Lakers scored six straight points, highlighted by a dunk from James, to get within 74-72 midway through the third quarter. Los Angeles ran off six in a row later in the period to tie it up before Harden ended the run with a jump shot. Nene then received a foul after being knocked to the ground trying to defend Kuzma as he drove to the lane. He yelled at officials and received a technical foul.Kuzma made his free throws but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed the technical shot.Nene made a hook shot before fouling Kuzma again on the next possession. He continued to scream at officials and was hit with a second technical foul and was ejected. Harden attempted to calm him down, but Nene continued to be agitated until he was escorted to the locker room.Kuzma made all three foul shots and added a 3-pointer with Harden in his face after a 3 by Harden to leave the Lakers up 88-87 with 9.9 seconds left in the quarter.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Mavs great Dirk Nowitzki set to make 21st season debut vs Suns TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening
The officials have expressed their suspicion about Sunil Narine’s quicker deliveriesWest Indies mystery spinner Sunil Narine has Monday been reported for suspect bowling action during a Champions League T20 match between KKR and Dolphins, yesterday in what turned out to be another ICC crackdown on chucking.The CLT20 organizing committee issued a media advisory late Monday night, confirming the development, that on-field umpires Anil Chaudhary and Chettihody Shamshuddin along with third umpire Kumar Dharmasena have expressed their suspicion about the quicker delivery bowled by Narine.”Mr Narine was reported by on-field umpires Anil Chaudhary and Chettithody Shamshuddin, along with third umpire Kumar Dharamsena at the conclusion of the match. The report specifically relates to the quicker ball bowled by Mr. Narine,” the press release states.”Under the CLT20 Suspected Illegal Bowling Action policy, Mr. Narine may request an Official Assessment from the BCCI Suspect Bowling Action Committee. Mr. Narine has been placed on the warning list and may continue to be selected to play and bowl for his team in a match,” the release further stated.However if Narine is reported again for the same problem, he will be debarred from bowling further in the Champions League T20 although he can play as batsman.”Under the CLT20 Suspected Illegal Bowling Action policy, if a player receives a report while on the warning list, the player shall be suspended from bowling for the remainder of the tournament and from bowling in any matches organised by the BCCI until such date as he is cleared.advertisement”A player suspended from bowling may continue to be selected to play in matches, however he will not be entitled to bowl.”Narine has been KKR’s primary weapon over the past four seasons and has helped the franchise co-owned by Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan to win two IPL titles in last three He is also on top of wicket-takers list with 11 scalps to his credit in the current edition of CLT20.The ICC has instructed the on-field umpires to be vigilant about suspected chuckers with Pakistan’s off-spinner Saeed Ajmal already suspended from bowling in competitive cricket. In this tournament, two Lahore Lions bowlers Adnan Rasool and Mohammed Hafeez have been reported for suspect actions.
Share on Messenger Toothless USA booed as they lose for second time in five days US sports features Share on Twitter Gold Cup 2019 Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Topics The boos from the stands at Nippert Stadium at half-time on Sunday were the sounds of Gregg Berhalter’s honeymoon period coming to a screeching halt. The US trudged off the field 3-0 down to Venezuela in Cincinnati, four days after a 1-0 loss to Jamaica in Washington DC. It’s not pleasant to be home-schooled on the eve of your biggest games since 2017.At least there was no danger of these Americans being accused of over-celebrating. But the defeats were morale-sappers ahead of the group stage of the Concacaf Gold Cup, which sees the US kick off against Guyana in Minnesota on Tuesday before facing Trinidad & Tobago and Panama. Share on Facebook USA Read more Share on Pinterest The losses were instructive: the team aren’t competitive without their best four or five players; goalkeeper Zack Steffen needs to cut out basic errors; left-back is a problem position; midfielder Wil Trapp, who flourished under Berhalter with the Columbus Crew, is no Michael Bradley in a midfield metronome role that requires him to create and frustrate.The games also floated a more general question: can the US realise head coach Berhalter’s vision of possession-based play that makes use of full-backs as surrogate attackers, with the team pressing hard and high without the ball? It might be a question of time; it could ultimately prove a matter of ability.Though Berhalter won 44 caps for the US, this is his first job managing a national team, where rosters are fluid and quality time is fleeting with players who spend the vast majority of their office hours in a multitude of leagues across several continents. But the signs are that he wants to implement strategies honed over five years with the Columbus Crew, and he comes armed with two whiteboards and three data analysts.“It’s a very detailed system,” former Crew and US defender Michael Parkhurst told Pro Soccer USA. “It took a while, and so for these guys that are in camp a week at a time here and there – some guys, their first camp, some guys’ first time playing together within the system, it’s difficult. It takes time.”A restive fanbase doesn’t want to hear that the team is still in a “learning moment” 20 months after the 2-1 loss to Trinidad that saw the US fail to reach a World Cup finals for the first time since 1986.Still, these were only Berhalter’s fifth and sixth matches in charge, and he’s had very little time with a full-strength roster. He’s entitled to experiment and it’s not his fault that US Soccer waited so long to appoint a permanent coach, strangely allowing the team to play 12 games under an interim who gave debuts to 23 players.The line-up against Jamaica bore little relationship to the side we’ll see in the matches that matter, and judging the US without Christian Pulisic is like reviewing the Louvre without mentioning the Mona Lisa.All the same, the past two performances lacked intensity as well as fluidity. The Americans only mustered one shot on target at Audi Field and were 3-0 down after 36 minutes against Venezuela – who are in form and beat Argentina 3-1 in March – with a Steffen blunder followed by two segments of dazed defending. That proved the final score.It was regressive stuff after Berhalter began with clean-sheet wins over Panama, Costa Rica and Ecuador, then a respectable 1-1 tie with Chile. No wonder he stood on the touchline with lips pursed in such a rigid horizontal line that they could double as a spirit level.Absorbing a new approach is one thing; enacting it, another. Learning your lines doesn’t mean you’re ready for Broadway. The great strides made by MLS since the 2000s mean it’s natural to hold higher expectations for the national team, but it’s not clear that the talent pool is deeper than it used to be.Most of the current squad are in their mid-20s, so should be in their prime when Qatar 2022 rolls around. But how much better are they likely to get before then? It might be unrealistic to imagine that 24-year-olds such as Paul Arriola, Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris can ascend from good to great. Will Berhalter, in the end, have to adapt his system to the squad, not the other way around?The US now have the opportunity for a quick rebound, with the presumed toughest opponents in Group D, Panama, up last. It is impossible to imagine the Americans failing to beat the Golden Jaguars on Tuesday: Guyana are ranked equal 175th in the world by Fifa and the country’s population is 800,000 – smaller than greater Dayton, Ohio.As so often in American soccer, the key question will be: can you beat Mexico? The US must also handle the pressure of a predictable past: they have failed to reach the Gold Cup final only once in the last seven attempts (in 2015). The 14 previous tournaments were won by Mexico (7) or the US (6) every time except 2000, when Canada were the victors. This year features 16 teams, up from 12, making it (even) easier to get out of the group stage.The Columbus captain, Trapp, who has played in all of Berhalter’s games, needs to show he can boss the midfield at international level. If goals are scarce, Berhalter’s curious decision not to take the promising 19-year-old forward, Josh Sargent, will be scrutinized.The viability of deploying Tyler Adams at right-back rather than midfield, where he features for his club, RB Leipzig, is a debate that must wait after the 20-year-old withdrew from the squad on Tuesday through injury.Go deep into the tournament and Berhalter will have met expectations; an early exit and… well, no matter the mitigating circumstances, we live in impatient and intolerant times and the Managerial Competence Scale has only two classifications: genius and idiot.