Allen Iverson scored 27 points and Willie Green added 15 Saturday to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to an 86-81 preseason victory over the New Jersey Nets. \nThe Sixers, playing at home for the first time after five road games, got 12 points from Green and Iverson in the final 3:50 to key the deciding run and provide a glimpse of how good their reconfigured backcourt could be. \nGreen is the likely starter at shooting guard, but Josh Davis, last season's CBA MVP, got the nod against the Nets, while Iverson slides to the point to fill the spot vacated by Eric Snow. \nThe duo had the bulk of the playing time in the fourth quarter, and Iverson gave the Sixers a 77-76 lead on a jumper from the top of the key. Iverson converted a loose ball pickup into an off-balance layup for a 79-76 lead and Green added a couple of long jumpers. \nIverson missed six of his 11 shots through three quarters before going 4-for-5 with a 3-pointer in the fourth. \nMagic 95, Rockets 72 \nIn Orlando, Florida, Steve Francis scored 17 points against his former club, leading Orlando over Houston in a preseason game between teams that pulled off one of the offseason's biggest trades. \nHouston played without Tracy McGrady, the centerpiece of the seven-player swap. He and Juwan Howard, also traded, sat because coach Jeff Van Gundy wanted to rest them and look at other players. \nFor the Rockets, Maurice Taylor scored 18 points, while Yao Ming added 12. Houston shot 39 percent while committing 23 turnovers for 30 Orlando points. \nCleveland 96, Boston 91 \nIn Uncasville, Connecticut, LeBron James scored 21 points and Cleveland overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half to defeat Boston. \nCleveland led 94-91 when guard Eric Snow missed two free throws with 18 seconds left. Aleksandar Pavlovic grabbed a key offensive rebound for the Cavaliers and made two free throws with 16.1 seconds left to seal it. \nGrizzlies 104, Hawks 72 \nIn Memphis, Tennessee, Pau Gasol scored 17 points and Bonzi Wells had 14 points and 10 rebounds to help Memphis rout Atlanta. \nMemphis (5-1) never trailed and had a 34-point lead at 97-63 with 5:56 left. \nJason Williams added 12 points and eight assists for Memphis. \nAntoine Walker led the Hawks (1-5) with 20 points. \nPacers 106, Timberwolves 104 \nIn Bismarck, North Dakota, Ron Artest and James Jones scored 16 points each as Indiana held on for a win over Minnesota. \nThe Pacers improved to 4-0 in the preseason and have beaten the Timberwolves (3-3) twice. \nWally Szczerbiak led Minnesota with 25 points and eight rebounds. \nMavericks 91, Bucks 89 \nIn Milwaukee, rookie Devin Harris scored 20 points in his first start of the preseason to lead Dallas over Milwaukee. \nDesmond Mason had 19 points, Joe Smith 14 and Van Horn 13 for the Bucks. \nErick Dampier had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Dallas. \nSpurs 91, SuperSonics 82 \nIn San Antonio, Tim Duncan scored 21 points to help San Antonio beat Seattle for the Spurs' first victory in four exhibition games this season. \nBrent Barry, a former Seattle player signed by the Spurs in the offseason, had seven points and three assists. \nRookie Damien Wilkins led the SuperSonics with 17 points.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker found himself in need of an assist to help the state fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He called on the New England Patriots. One of the team’s private airplanes on Thursday evening landed in Boston after returning from China carrying more than 1 million masks critical to healthcare providers fighting to control the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the Massachusetts National Guard met the airplane and offloaded the containers of masks onto waiting trucks for transport to warehouses for distribution. Baker secured the N95 masks from Chinese manufacturers, but had no way of getting them to the US. He
WAIT AND SEE: The estimated cost of postponement started at US$2 billion and has kept rising, but the IOC has yet to say whether it would help pay for the extra expenses Postponing the Tokyo Olympics to next year would make the event more costly for all parties, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) acknowledged on Thursday, although it offered few details on what the final bill might be. Four directors of the Olympic body held a conference call three days after Tokyo’s new dates were finalized, with the Games pushed back to July 23 to Aug. 8 next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the new dates cleared up any uncertainty about the event’s future, there are still plenty of question marks as the committee begins to work with Tokyo organizers and the
DECREASED TENSION: The US players’ lawyers said that the soccer federation no longer disputes that the jobs of the women’s and men’s national teams require equal skill Women players suing the US Soccer Federation (USSF) said in in court documents filed on Tuesday that the federation has acknowledged that the jobs of male and female soccer players require equal skill. The language seemed to signal a decrease in tension between the parties after language in documents filed by the federation’s lawyers earlier last month provoked widespread outrage in saying that playing on the men’s national team required a higher level of skill based on speed and strength and carried greater responsibility. The fierce backlash — not only from the women players, but also from sponsors such as Coca-Cola —
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are planning to play a charity golf match next month with Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, CNBC reported on Wednesday. CNBC, which cited an unnamed person familiar with the negotiations, said that the charity match would be held at an undisclosed location without fans and is being organized by the PGA Tour and AT&T’s WarnerMedia. The negotiations are still being finalized, but the match pitting 15-time major champion Woods and Manning against five-time major winner Mickelson and Brady could be aired on live TV and is unlikely to be featured on pay-per-view, CNBC said. “Discussions