Manu Ginobili scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, as the San Antonio Spurs pulled away following the late ejection of Ben Wallace to defeat the Detroit Pistons 84-75 Thursday. \n"I would rather be in the locker room than playing in a ... game like that," Wallace said afterward. \nDetroit trailed 71-64 when Wallace was called for a loose ball foul with 6:07 remaining. Referee Steve Javie ejected Wallace for heatedly complaining. \nMalik Rose hit the technical free throw and Hedo Turkoglu followed with a 3-pointer as part of a 6-0 run that put the Spurs ahead by 13. A basket by Tony Parker with 3:55 remaining completed an 18-4 run and gave San Antonio an 82-66 lead. \nSan Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said playing the Pistons was tough, given that he learned how to coach from Detroit's Larry Brown. \n"It's like playing ourselves," said Popovich, who was an assistant in San Antonio under Brown for three-plus seasons. "We do a lot of the same things. We like the same kind of players." \nThe win pulled the Spurs within two games of Midwest Division leader Minnesota with 10 games remaining for both teams. \nHawks 84, Hornets 76 \nIn Atlanta, Bob Sura had 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds as Atlanta took advantage of the absence of Baron Davis to defeat New Orleans. \nDavis, who leads the team with an average of 23.0 points, had a sprained left ankle. His status for Friday's home game against Phoenix was uncertain. \nChris Crawford and Jason Collier each scored 16 points for the Hawks, who limited New Orleans to 30 second-half points. \nThe Hornets shot just 4-for-24 from 3-point range, including 1-for-8 by Wesley and 2-for-10 by Armstrong. \nNew Orleans is fourth in the Eastern Conference standings but only 1 game ahead of fifth-place Milwaukee. When Davis missed six games with a similar ankle injury earlier this season, the Hornets went 2-4. \nWizards 103, Clippers 94 \nIn Los Angeles, Larry Hughes scored 24 of his 30 points in the first half as Washington beat the Los Angeles Clippers to end a five-game road losing streak. \nHughes, playing his third game since coming off the injured list, shot 11-for-20 and tied a career high with 12 rebounds to help the Wizards win for only the third time in 13 games. It's the second straight season that they've swept the Clippers. \nJerry Stackhouse had 20 points and Steve Blake scored seven of his 17 points in the final 4:42.
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017