With Shaquille O'Neal out of the lineup due to a tight left hamstring, the Miami Heat got 18 points from Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem and beat the Orlando Magic 95-89 in a preseason game Friday night. \nHeat coach Stan Van Gundy said O'Neal is also expected to sit out Saturday's game against the defending NBA champion Detroit Pistons. \nO'Neal said he hurt the hamstring at practice earlier in the week. \n"I'm good ... being cautious," said the 2.16m All-Star center who scored 17 points in his Miami debut, an 85-75 loss to the Houston Rockets on Oct. 10. \nWhen asked about when he would return, O'Neal said "whenever they say I can." \nWithout O'Neal, the Heat relied on the scoring of Wade and Haslem for their first preseason victory. Miami was outrebounded on the defensive boards 29-27, and 46-40 overall. \nHaslem had 11 points in the first half, helping the Heat to a 50-40 lead at the break. Wade scored nine points in the third quarter as the Heat built a 75-67 advantage. \nSteve Francis, Dwight Howard, the first overall selection in the NBA draft, and Jameer Nelson, the 2003-2004 national college player of the year, each scored 17 points for Orlando. \nGrant Hill scored eight points in 29 minutes in his second game after missing all of last season with an injured left ankle. \nO'Neal, acquired from the Lakers in a blockbuster trade about a month after Los Angeles lost to Detroit in the NBA Finals, said Friday he hopes to play another five or six seasons, and again expressed interest in owning an NBA team after retiring. \n"Of course I'm getting older," the 32-year-old O'Neal said. "But if it ever gets to the point where I can't do it, then I'll call you guys and we'll have a beautiful press conference and we'll have a beautiful Shaq Farewell Tour. \n"I'm getting older. I'm getting sexier. I'm getting meaner. I can still can do what I do." \n76ers 99, Raptors 97 \nIn Toronto, after hearing rare boos from the home fans, Vince Carter didn't want to talk about it. \nCarter had 15 points in his first game since demanding to be traded, but the Toronto Raptors lost their preseason opener to the Philadelphia 76ers. \nCarter, a five-time All-Star, was greeted with both boos and cheers after being introduced, a mixed reaction from the crowd of 13,370. \n"Who cares, man? Next question, next question," Carter said. "I have nothing to say about that. You can ask me until I'm blue in the face, I've got nothing to say."
STANDINGS: The Uni-President Lions’ victory pushed the CTBC Brothers to first place after they won their third straight game, beating the Fubon Guardians 6-3 The big bats of the Uni-President Lions were on fire in the CPBL yesterday as they crushed the Rakuten Monkeys 21-5 in Taoyuan, with outfielder Lin An-ko driving in seven runs on five hits and two homers. The result enabled the CTBC Brothers to take the No. 1 spot after they beat the Fubon Guardians 6-3. It was a highlight reel for the Taiwanese-Argentinian star Lin, who drilled two homers amid a heated home-run race between himself, now on 16 for the season, and Lions teammate Su Chih-chieh, who is on 18. Lin performed outstandingly, collecting five hits at six at-bats to drive
GERMAN LEADER: Liverpool’s 19th English title, one behind Manchester United’s record of 20, owes much to the transformational impact of coach Juergen Klopp Liverpool on Thursday ended a 30-year wait for the English title as they were crowned Premier League champions, triggering jubilant scenes as fans ignored social distancing measures to celebrate uproariously. Juergen Klopp’s men sealed a 19th league title with a record seven games remaining after Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat of second-placed Manchester City left the defending champions an unbridgeable 23 points adrift. Liverpool’s first English title since 1989-1990 — delayed by the COVID-19 suspension — earns them their maiden trophy in the Premier League, which was introduced in 1992-1993 and has been won 13 times by their archrivals Manchester United. Klopp was in tears
WOLFSBURG BEATEN: Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski scored from a penalty, his 34th league goal this season, finishing as the top Bundesliga scorer for the fifth time Werder Bremen gave themselves hope of avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga by thrashing Cologne 6-1 to grab a playoff place on the last day of the season, while champions Bayern Munich routed VfL Wolfsburg before lifting the trophy on Saturday. Japan striker Yuya Osako scored twice as Bremen stole the lifeline of the relegation/promotion playoff place from Fortuna Duesseldorf, who lost 3-0 against Union Berlin and were relegated with SC Paderborn, finishing one point behind Bremen. “We put in a great performance under pressure, but we are aware that we haven’t achieved anything — in the relegation playoff, the emotions will be
Alexis Lafreniere was supposed to walk on stage on Friday night in Montreal as the top pick in the NHL draft. After the COVID-19 pandemic paused the hockey season and postponed that possibility, Lafreniere was supposed to find out Friday night where he would be going when the league held its draft lottery. Instead, he must wait a little bit longer. Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the No. 1 pick still up for grabs in a second lottery drawing among the eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the playoffs — if play resumes. “We all knew