Holloway ponders Zaha loan return

first_img Press Association Winger Zaha, who completes a £15million switch to Old Trafford this summer, signed off in style by helping Crystal Palace to victory over Watford in the npower Championship play-off final. Zaha’s dart into the Hornets penalty area in the 15th minute of extra time ended with Marco Cassetti bringing him down, with Kevin Phillips dispatching the spot-kick. “I think he’d be silly to give me him back,” Holloway said. “Now we’re up it might be realistic, but who knows?” Ian Holloway admits he is tempted to ask new Manchester United boss David Moyes if he can borrow Wilfried Zaha next season.center_img He added: “He (Moyes) will know the task he’s got. Mine will be staying up, his will be winning every week. Good luck to him and good luck to us.” Zaha was in tears after the match, having given his all to ensure his boyhood club would be joining him in the top flight next term. “I’m speechless,” he told Sky Sports 1. “I’m exhausted and speechless and I don’t even know what to say. It’s my dream come true and this is all I wanted. “To leave Palace now, knowing they’re in the Premier League, that’s all I wanted. “I told myself I’d give all I can, I’ve given it 200 per cent and I’ve wanted it for so long. I just wanted to help out the team and I’m happy we actually made it. “Walking into the stadium with so many people was amazing and being able to play at such a great ground left me speechless. That’s all I wanted.” last_img read more

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Cahill lauds Chelsea’s attacking intent

first_img Branislav Ivanovic scored the only goal as Chelsea pulled themselves level with City in second in the table, just two points behind leaders Arsenal. Defender Cahill claims there was never any intention of sitting back and playing solely to cancel out the title favourites. The England international said: “It makes me laugh when people say that. “But we were disciplined defensively with the two midfielders and centre-backs staying solid. “It was a class performance. We had to weather the storm for the first 10 or 15 minutes but the work-rate was fantastic and we managed to get the result we deserved overall. “Jose has the CV for a reason. He is obviously a top-quality manager and we worked on a few things in the last couple of days which he was adamant we put into practice. “It did pay off for us and we defended solidly with a fair share of the ball. “The club is a massive club and when you have that and massive players, and you add a massive manager, I think it combines really well. Gary Cahill has laughed off suggestions Chelsea were planning to ‘park the bus’ at Manchester City and joined the chorus of approval for manager Jose Mourinho’s tactics. Press Association Mourinho masterminded a significant victory in the Barclays Premier League title race as the Londoners claimed a deserved 1-0 win over previously free-scoring City at the Etihad Stadium. With City having scored 115 goals in all competitions, it was assumed Mourinho might adopt defensive tactics but he more than matched City at their own game with a fine display of counter-attacking football. “He is experienced and it is all new for me but it is working well at the minute. We are playing well and doing what he asks of us.” Mourinho played down his side’s title chances after the game but the Blues are clearly in the reckoning. Their performance was an excellent response to last week’s frustrating goalless draw with West Ham and they will look to maintain the momentum as they host Newcastle on Saturday. Centre-back Cahill, who was outstanding alongside John Terry on a night of high intensity, said: “I thought every single person put in a shift and played well. “We know we have quality in the side but we had the desire to chase and break up play numerous times. “We had loads of possession against West Ham and it was a blow to drop two points at home. “Now we are on the end of a positive win away from home so we can’t afford to throw that away at the weekend against a tough team. “We are at home, we should be buzzing with confidence and ready to go again.” City made the better start with Yaya Toure and David Silva having early chances but Chelsea then took charge with Ramires testing Joe Hart before Ivanovic fired in a fine left-foot shot from 18 yards. With Eden Hazard and Willian tormenting the City defence, the visitors could have had more and Samuel Eto’o, Nemanja Matic and Cahill all hit the frame of the goal. Silva had two late chances as City searched for an equaliser but Chelsea were not to be denied. They were the first team since Birmingham in November 2010 to prevent City scoring at home. Cahill, 28, said: “Just before we left the hotel we saw the TV saying they had not failed to score at home since 2010, so hearing that 10 minutes before we set off had us buzzing. “They have quality players but they also have strength and power and sometimes they steamroller teams. I’ve seen them out-muscle teams and then their quality comes through. “We needed to match that from the off and I thought we did. Our creative players were creative and we defended really well and we got a clean sheet, which is rare.” There were numerous stars for Chelsea but the performance of £21million Matic, who arrived from Benfica last month as Juan Mata left for Manchester United, did earn praise. Cahill said: “When you are winning people don’t tend to say too much. “A fantastic world-class player has left the club, no doubt about it, but we have added another great player and he has started two matches and been fantastic in both of them.” last_img read more

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Aubameyang Leads Cast as Hosts Gabon Name Final Squad

first_imgAFCON 2017Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads the cast for Gabon as the hosts became the first team to name their final 2017 Africa Cup of Nations squad. The team captain and Borussia Dortmund star will lead the home players out for the opening game of the tournament against debutants Guinea-Bissau on 14 January in Libreville.Gabon have also named Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong despite the player being left out of November’s World Cup qualifier in Mali.Ndong was in the capital city Libreville but failed to turn up for international duty ahead of the Mali game last month, forcing the Gabonese Football Federation [Fegafoot] to send him back to England.But a remorseful Ndong, who held clear-the-air talks with Fegafoot has been included in a 23-man Panthers squad.Other names to make the final party include Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina, Bruno Ecuélé Manga of Cardiff City and China-based striker Malick Evouna.Gabon coach José Antonio Camacho included three domestic-based stars and also placed three players on standby for the biennial Africa Cup of Nations, which runs between 14 January and 5 February.The 2012 quarterfinalists are the first of the 16 participants to announce a final squad for the tournament on home soil.As well as taking on Guinea-Bissau in Group A, the hosts will also face four-time winners Cameroon and Burkina Faso, runners-up in 2013.Gabon will be hosting the continental tournament for the second time. They previously co-organised the competition with Equatorial Guinea in 2012.Squad:Goalkeepers: Didier Ovono (Oostende, Belgium), Yves Stéphane Bitséki Moto (CF Mounana), Anthony Mfa Mezui (unattached).Defenders: Lloyd Palun (Red Star, France), André Biyogho Poko (Karabukspor, Turkey), Aaron Appindangoye (Stade Lavallois, France), Franck Perrin Obambou (Stade Mandji), Bruno Ecuélé Manga (Cardiff City, Wales), Yoann Wachter (CS Sedan Ardennes, France), Johann Serge Obiang (Troyes, France), Benjamin Zé Ondo (Mosta FC, Malta)Midfielders: Mario René Junior Lemina (Juventus, Italy), Junior Serge Martinsson Ngouali (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden), Levy Clément Madinda (Gimnàstic, Spain), Guélor Kanga Kaku (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia), Merlin Tandjigora (Meixian Hakka FC, China), Didier Ibrahim Ndong (Sunderland, England), Samson Mbingui (Raja Casablanca, Morocco)Forwards: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Malick Evouna (Tianjin Teda FC, China), Denis Athanase Bouanga (Tours, France), Serge Kevyn Aboue Angoue (Uniao Leiria, Portugal), Cedric Ondo Biyoghe (CF Mounana)Standby: Axel Meyé (Eskisehirspor, Turkey), Johan Lengoualama (Raja Casablanca, Morocco), Donald Nzé (AS Pelican)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Eskridge’s blocked punt spurs Syracuse comeback; Offense continues to struggle in the red zone

first_img Published on October 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Related Stories UNBELIEVABLE: Syracuse completes 2nd-half comeback with late scoring drive to shock South FloridaSyracuse defense struggles to contain South Florida’s Daniels in victoryIseman: Syracuse can’t be counted out yet after displaying resolve in comeback win against South Florida TAMPA, Fla. — In the swarm of Syracuse defenders who collapsed on South Florida’s punter, Durell Eskridge executed what his head coach called for all week.Doug Marrone told his special teams unit it needed to block a punt. So Eskridge did just that Saturday night, making a game-changing play when he barreled through the USF protection and knocked Justin Kann-Brockhaus’ kick down in Syracuse’s 37-36 win over South Florida at Raymond James Stadium.The play helped shift momentum in favor of the Orange and started to send the Bulls to a deflating collapse.Syracuse trailed 23-10 early in the third quarter when the Orange defense forced a South Florida three-and-out. On the Bulls’ ensuing punt attempt, Eskridge came through with the block and recovered the loose ball to give SU possession.“We’ve been going over that play all week,” Eskridge said. “Coach Marrone, he knew I could get there. And we’ve just been going over it over and over again.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEskridge said he knew he just needed to run straight through the Bulls’ punt protector in the middle, and if he did that, the protector on the outside would slide over to help out. That opened up the outside for Eskridge to get to the punter.With good field position, Syracuse marched down to the South Florida 4 yard line, setting up a touchdown run by wide receiver Alec Lemon on an end-around that cut the deficit to six.Eskridge’s block was a big moment for an embattled special teams unit that has struggled since the first game of the season.“My team, they told me that I changed the whole game around and I knew I had there,” Eskridge said. “I knew we needed a big play at that moment and I came through, and we came together as a team and we pulled this out.”Red-zone struggles returnOvershadowed in Syracuse’s comeback 37-36 victory were the Orange’s struggles in the red zone.After Syracuse began running the “Tank” package with Lewellyn Coker at fullback and Adonis Ameen-Moore at running back against Pittsburgh, SU enjoyed more success converting on short-yardage and goal-line situations.“It’s very frustrating. You know you want to help out the O-line who grind every play,” SU running back Jerome Smith said. “It’s more just wanting to help your team out.”In a rough first half that sent the Orange into the locker room down 20 at halftime, Syracuse left points on the board on several failed red-zone opportunities. SU went 70 yards on its first drive of the game, moving down to the 5 yard line.A quarterback keeper for no gain, followed by a Smith run for just 2 yards and an incomplete pass quelled Syracuse’s chances for a touchdown, and the team settled for a field goal.Then in the second half, the Orange once again marched inside the 5 yard line, this time down to the 4. Smith went 3 yards on two plays to get to the 1. But a false start penalty on Syracuse brought it back 5 yards, and Ross Krautman missed a 22-yard field goal attempt to end the drive empty-handed.The Orange’s failed attempts to get the ball into the end zone from within 5 yards changed the game. Syracuse went into the break down by 20 in a game that should have been closer.Though the Bulls defense is last in the Big East in total defense, rushing defense and scoring defense, the unit put up a strong effort on Saturday.“They did a great job. They slanted, they hit hard,” Smith said. “They did a great job overall, though, especially in the red zone.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Sports Ministry makes sporting infrastructure ‘free & accessible’

first_imgLast Updated: 13th October, 2019 15:20 IST Sports Ministry Makes Sporting Infrastructure ‘free & Accessible’ With an effort to further the Fit India Movement and to make playfields and sporting infrastructure accessible, the Sports Ministry has introduced various steps COMMENT First Published: 13th October, 2019 15:17 IST READ | “Mary Kom is destined to win Tokyo Olympic gold”: Akhil KumarTo ensure focussed use of the available infrastructure, each stadium is being earmarked for a specific sport. JLN will host football leagues, training, and competitions organized by federations, while IG stadium will be earmarked for wrestling, boxing, judo, and badminton. Shooting competitions will be hosted at KSSR and hockey and swimming at National Stadium.READ | JapanVsScotland Rugby World Cup match continues, despite typhoon alert WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Suman Ray center_img Written By With an effort to further the Fit India Movement and to make playfields and sporting infrastructure accessible, without fee, to all sportspersons across the country from November 1, the Sports Ministry recently has taken some steps. The Sports Ministry has decided to allow national and state sports federations, leagues and clubs to organize sports events in all sporting facilities owned by the government, free of cost. The sporting facilities will also be accessible free of cost to coaches training athletes who are not part of camps organized in Sports Authority of India centers. The decision was taken with the view that people must have access to playfields and sporting infrastructure so that the culture of playing sport and therefore of fitness, becomes a way of life for Indians.READ | R Praggnanandhaa wins World Youth Chess Championship in U-18 categoryIn the first phase, stadiums in Delhi including Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Indira Gandhi Stadium, Major Dhyanchand Stadium, and Karni Singh Shooting Range will be opened up for state and national federations to host competitions, tournaments and leagues of all sporting disciplines. The Federations and Leagues will not be charged for use of the facilities in these stadia.The new policy will also allow non-SAI coaches to train their athletes at the stadium without any charge, provided that the coach has a minimum of at least 10 wards under his or her training. Training sessions can be booked by a coach online from November 1 and the coach can charge a reasonable training fee from his or her trainees.Youngsters who aren’t training for any sport professionally will also have access to these stadia and can play a game of their choice by advance online booking against available slots. They would have to get their photo identity cards made from the Sports Authority of India at a nominal cost.READ | Japanese Grand Prix: Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel grabs pole position LIVE TV Speaking of this first-of-a-kind decision to provide access to government’s sporting infrastructure to federations and the sportspersons free of cost, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Kiren Rijiju said, “The Sports Ministry is going all out to promote the Fit India Movement, which has been envisioned by our Honourable Prime Minister. In India, there aren’t enough playfields where children and those interested in fitness and sports can pursue a sport. The Sports Ministry has at its disposal some of the best sporting infrastructures of the country and needs to be utilized for the benefit of promoting the sporting culture and ecosystem in the country. We had a meeting with all NSFs and all of them are very happy with this decision, and some of them have already submitted their plans to host leagues and tournaments in the coming months. The intention of the ministry is to increase the use of existing sports infrastructure by 3 times in the next 3 months. I am sure this step will not only promote fitness but will also prompt more youngsters to compete in sport and help us identify more talent for the country.” FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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What happened to Lazio’s 17-year-old star who was accused of being 42?

first_imgJoseph Minala isn’t one of football’s most recognisable names but his image is one that many people who follow the game will instantly remember.Minala came under the global spotlight when a website claimed that Serie A club, Lazio’s 17-year-old starlet was actually 42 years old.The Cameroon-born midfielder had moved to Rome when he was 15 and was signed by Lazio in 2013.The story sparked a massive controversy with many calling for the player, whose rugged features set him apart from his age mates, to be banned.His photos were spread widely on social media, with Minala instantly become a global meme.An investigation by the Italian Football Association (FIGC) into Minala’s age was dismissed.The FIGC’s statement at the time said “the investigation did not show any need for disciplinary action.”However, the player’s once-promising career never really kicked off after that and he has spent his time at Lazio being sent out on loan season after season.He was initially sent out to Serie B sides Bari and Latina for the next two seasons before rejoining Bari on loan.He signed for Salernitana again on loan in 2017 and remained there until 2019 but despite having an option to sign him, the club decided to let Minala return to Lazio.He was loaned to Qingdao Huanghai earlier this year but is yet to play a game.He has also played twice for Cameroon’s U-23 side.While Minala, who is now 23, remains a Lazio player it appears his time at the club may be coming to an end as his contract runs out next year.It’s unclear exactly how much the debate over his age affected his career and whether he would have been a hit had the controversy not happened.last_img read more

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#Donkomi: Liverpool complete signing of Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos

first_imgLiverpool have completed the signing of Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos for a fee of £11.75m.The 24-year-old left-back has signed a five-year contract with the Premier League champions.The Reds made the move for Tsimikas after they failed to agree a deal with Norwich for Jamal Lewis.Liverpool announced the signing on their official twitter handle on Monday evening. “I’m very happy, I’m very proud to be here. For me, it’s the biggest club in the world. It’s an honor to be here and I will give my best,” Tsimikas told the club’s website.“The league here, I like a lot. I watch it on the TV and it was always one dream I had from when I was a kid to come to play in this league and to come through.The Greece international was one of Olympiakos’ key players  last season as they clinched their 45th Super League title.last_img read more

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Remembering Tom Scanlan

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis It is with heavy hearts that we report the passing of the man responsible for bringing local television to Northeast Michigan.Tom Scanlan lost his year and a half long battle with cancer on June 1st in Tucson, Arizona. With the financial banking of several investors, Scanlan and three of his air force buddies built WBKB-TV in Alpena in 1974, signing the CBS affiliation agreement in September of 1975.Following his years as general manager of WBKB–TV, Tom went on to become the owner of Scanlan Communication Group with the acquisition of WBK/WGTQ in Traverse City. In 1996 he built two more TV stations in Marquette and Calumet, MI.Tom is a retired colonel from the U.S. Air Force, past President of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and was inducted into the MAB’s Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2013 he received MAB “Lifetime Achievement” award, which is the Michigan Association of Broadcaster’s top honor.Curt Smith, a former general manager of WBKB-TV, along with Peter Neumann and Tom Diesinjer helped build WBKB-TV, calls Tom a brilliant broadcast pioneer and a friend of 49 years. The four have remained friends and reunited as recently as 2015 in Alpena to celebrate the 40th anniversary of WBKB-TV, where Scanlan was interviewed.“I remember getting the letter from the FCC and it was just…I was speechless. I called these guys up on the telephone and I said lets go!” Said Tom Scanlan, founder.Tom is survived by his wife Sue, son T.J., daughter Jessica and several grand children.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious New Deputy in TownNext Firefighters Respond To A Smokey Situationlast_img read more

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EPL: Jordan sees red, Leicester beat Liverpool as Man United and Man City win

first_imgA moment of madness from Jordan Ayew put Aston Villa down to 10 men and West Ham went on to beat the league’s bottom side 2-0.In the 17th minute, Ayew was shown a straight red card for elbowing Aaron Cresswell as the two jockeyed for position.Villa held on until the break but goals from Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate eventually made the advantage count for West Ham.Jamie Vardy’s stunning strike helped Leicester City to a 2-0 win over Liverpool on Tuesday to keep the Foxes top of the Premier League.Liverpool controlled much of the early action, but it was Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez who came closest to breaking the deadlock with a shot from distance that Simon Mignolet had to tip over the bar.Vardy found the breakthrough on the hour mark against the run of play with an outstanding finish on the half-volley from distance. And Vardy doubled Leicester’s lead 12 minutes later when Shinji Okazaki’s shot was blocked but deflected into the box, where Vardy was quick to dink the ball into the top corner.Leicester remain three points clear atop the table as Manchester City kept pace with a 1-0 win at Sunderland.Sergio Aguero supplied City’s opener in the 16th minute when Jesus Navas’ shot from an angle deflected across the box for the Argentine to score from 10 yards.Jermaine Defoe very nearly levelled the score just before the break but Joe Hart somehow got down in time to palm the ball out to the side, then scrambled to his feet in time to block Billy Jones’ follow-up. Manchester United responded to their fans’ pleas for more goals with two in the first half in a 3-0 win at home over Stoke City.The Old Trafford faithful only had to wait 14 minutes for Jesse Lingard to put United ahead with his second goal of the season by getting his head to a low Cameron Borthwick-Jackson cross.And Anthony Martial made it 2-0 on 23 minutes when Juan Mata found him in acres of space to curl in from 15 yards.United sealed the points eight minutes after the break as Mata passed ahead to Martial, whose one-touch cross across the box was perfectly placed for Wayne Rooney to tap home. Tottenham kept up their chase for the Champions League with a 3-0 win at Norwich.Dele Alli scored his seventh Premier League goal of the season just two minutes into the game when Norwich keeper Declan Rudd could only parry into Alli’s path.Soon after, Alli was fouled while chasing another rebound, and Harry Kane scored the resulting penalty to put Spurs 2-0 up.Kane scored his second of the day in the 90th minute.Spurs moved into third place as Arsenal were held to a goalless draw at home with Southampton. Arsenal had the best chance in the first half when Alexis played a long ball over the top that landed at Mesut Ozil’s feet, only for Fraser Forster to save from point-blank range.Bournemouth rallied from a goal down to win 2-1 at Crystal Palace.Scott Dann ended Palace’s long scoring drought by redirecting Wilfried Zaha’s powerful cross on 27 minutes.But Bournemouth were back level seven minutes later through Marc Pugh, who showed off some fancy footwork at the top of the box before slotting in at the far post. Benik Afobe scored his third goal in three games by reacting quickly to head home a rebound to put the Cherries ahetaad in the 57th minute.West Brom scrambled home a late equaliser to salvage a point in a 1-1 draw at home against Swansea.Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 64th-minute goal was the difference until Jose Rondon’s header in stoppage time levelled the score after Swansea had cleared off the line.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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NBA All-Star Game 2019: Top 5 highlights from Team LeBron’s victory over Team Giannis

first_img NBA All-Star Game 2019: 7 crazy stats from Team LeBron’s win over Team Giannis Team James earned the win in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.LeBron James’ squad trailed Team Giannis by as many as 20 points but rallied to pull out a 178-164 victory Sunday at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kevin Durant scored 31 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Team LeBron to earn MVP honors while James chipped in 19 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo registered a game-high 38 points and added 11 rebounds in the losing effort.Here are the top five highlights from the game:Mavericks veteran Dirk Nowitzki, who was named to the roster as a special addition, delighted the crowd with these two deep 3-pointers at the end of the first quarter. Related News NBA All-Star Game 2019: Kevin Durant earns MVP honorscenter_img “Get you one, Dirk!” 😯#PlayersOnly | #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/Be3wDRAhBb— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 18, 2019DIRK AGAIN! 💦#NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/AA21r2bwpU— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 18, 2019Somehow, Antetokounmpo finished this incredible dunk off of a Stephen Curry bounce pass in the first half.Another look at #Giannis in transition!Follow Giannis for the 2nd half of the 2019 #NBAAllStar Game – NEXT on #NBATwitterLive pic.twitter.com/QjvDS71xMZ— NBA (@NBA) February 18, 2019Former teammates Dwyane Wade and James connected for this off-the-backboard alley-oop in the third quarter. James and Wade — who is set to retire after the season — played together in Miami from 2010-14.WADE TO LEBRON! 👏👏💥💥#TeamLeBron 99#TeamGiannis 118#NBAAllstar on @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/W0zlaoAkq7— NBA (@NBA) February 18, 2019Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard hit back-to-back deep 3-pointers at the end of the third quarter. He finished with 18 points for Team LeBron. DAME TIME FROM THE LOGO. TWICE.We’ve got a game. pic.twitter.com/8jgblUckrV— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 18, 2019Stephen Curry took advantage of his Golden State teammate Klay Thompson as he knocked down the triple while getting fouled.Steph on Klay. AND-1. 😂 pic.twitter.com/Tr3vtRsccE— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 18, 2019Curry, who was playing in his hometown, scored 17 points on 6-of-23 shooting in the loss. He hit four of his 17 3-point attempts.last_img read more

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