Kevin Garnett had 35 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his first triple-double of the season Thursday to help the Minnesota Timberwolves hold off the Dallas Mavericks 114-109 for their fourth straight victory. \nSam Cassell added 26 points, and Gary Trent had a season-high 18 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota. \n"It's a dogfight in this division -- we just trying to scratch and claw our way through it," said Cassell. \nSteve Nash had nine of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, and Antawn Jamison had 14 of his 22 in the final period for the Mavericks, who dropped to 3-9 on the road. \n"A lot of guys played well, but the biggest surprise was Gary," coach Flip Saunders said. "It was the best game he had this year." \nKings 101, Hornets 90 \nIn New Orleans, Brad Miller had 21 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists for Sacramento. \nMike Bibby added 19 points, Bobby Jackson had 18 and Peja Stojakovic 17 for the Kings. \nBaron Davis led New Orleans with 23 points. The Hornets have lost three straight, all by double-digit margins. \nTrail Blazers 101, Suns 94 \nIn Portland, Oregon, Zach Randolph had 29 points and 20 rebounds to lead Portland past Phoenix. \nDamon Stoudamire and Rasheed Wallace each added 15 points for the Trail Blazers. Shawn Marion had 20 points for the Suns.
IMPORTANT SIGN: ’Now only Bayern can decide what happens,’ Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels said. ‘Sometimes, games are decided by brilliant moments’ Joshua Kimmich on Tuesday described his winning goal as “brutally important” after Bayern Munich took a huge step toward an eighth straight Bundesliga title with a 1-0 win at Borussia Dortmund to leave them seven points clear at the top with just six games left. Kimmich’s brilliant effort came just before halftime behind closed doors at Signal Iduna Park, as hosts Dortmund missed the chance to turn up the heat without the backing of their huge support. “It was brutally important: I looked around to see if everyone understood how important it was,” Kimmich said of his deft chip. Bayern captain Manuel Neuer
Tiger Woods on Sunday said that while his surgically repaired back might never be 10 out of 10 again, that would not stop him from being healthy and ready to go when the PGA Tour restarts. The 44-year-old said that he has been able to use the down time during the COVID-19 pandemic to get himself in shape for an expected condensed golf season. “It is going to be interesting,” Woods said at a four-man charity golf tournament in Florida. “I am used to trying to peak for majors in April, May, June and July, forever. Now this has changed everything. It
ON THE MOON: After achieving an against-the-odds restart, Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’landys says crowds should return to the stands by July 1 Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) has battled player scandals, top-level resignations and dire financial revelations during the COVID-19 shutdown, but against the odds, it returns this week to bring relief to team owners and sports-starved fans. The fledgling season had seen two rounds of matches when it was suspended on March 24 and is to have a different feel when it resumes with the Brisbane Broncos hosting the Parramatta Eels behind closed doors tomorrow. An “NRL island” off the Queensland coast, where all 16 teams would be kept in isolation, had been considered, but Australia’s success in containing the coronavirus has instead
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