Kings suspend top scorer
The Sacramento Kings have suspended leading scorer and rebounder DeMarcus Cousins indefinitely for “unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team,” the Kings said on Saturday. The suspension, his third this season, came after Cousins exchanged words with Kings coach Keith Smart during halftime of Friday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Cousins, who is averaging 16.6 points and 9.5 rebounds, lashed out at Smart after the coach said something to him, the Sacramento Bee reported. Cousins later apologized for his actions. “I shouldn’t have responded back,” he told reporters. “Should have accepted what was said and stayed quiet.” Cousins has been sanctioned twice by the NBA this year. He was suspended for two games last month for confronting a San Antonio Spurs announcer and was benched for one game by the league earlier this month after striking the Dallas Mavericks’ O.J. Mayo in the groin.
Lyon go level with PSG
Olympique Lyonnais beat OGC Nice 3-0 on Saturday to go level with leaders Paris Saint-Germain on 38 points as Ligue 1 prepared to head into its winter break. Lisandro Lopez, Anthony Reveillere and a Bafetimbi Gomis penalty gave Lyon the three points. It was a disappointing return to Lyon for former boss Claude Puel whose side ended the match with 10 men after David Ospina was sent off. The home side also finished a man short when Dejan Lovren was red-carded in the last minute. Meanwhile, Rennes are fourth after a 4-2 win at Ajaccio.
Broncos, Ragin’ Cajuns win
Boise State clinched a third straight Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, but the Broncos were pushed harder than they were the first two times, edging Washington State 28-26. In Saturday’s other college football bowl game, Louisiana-Lafayette began their own streak with a second-straight New Orleans Bowl victory, defeating East Carolina 43-34. Boise State’s big moment was provided by a little guy, with 1.63m Michael Frisina kicking a 27-yard field goal with 1.16 left to put the Broncos ahead. The Broncos sealed the win when Jeremy Ioane intercepted Keith Price’s pass. Boise State overcame a 205-yard rushing game by Bishop Sankey, who also had 74 yards receiving, giving him 279 of Washington’s 447 yards from scrimmage. Sankey rushed 30 times and caught six passes to be named MVP. Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway also put in an MVP performance to lead the Ragin’ Cajuns to victory over East Carolina. Broadway excelled by passing for 316 yards and running for 108. He also ran for a 12-yard score.
Lehmann lands in hot water
Former Australia batsman Darren Lehmann has been charged under Cricket Australia’s code of behavior for questioning the legitimacy of the bowling action of West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels. Lehmann, who coaches Brisbane Heat in the Twenty20 Big Bash League (BBL), called for an examination of Samuels’ action after a match against the Melbourne Renegades on Saturday. Samuels’ bowling played a part in the Renegades’ win and Lehmann later asked how the off-spinner could bowl at 120kph off a run-up of just a few paces. Lehmann said he spoke to the umpires because “I just want something done. He couldn’t bowl in the [Indian Premier League] last year, yet he can bowl in the BBL.” Lehmann was charged under a clause in the code that prohibits detrimental public comment.
‘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
’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.
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7
‘GREAT COMPETITOR’: Former French Open champion Garbine Muguruza was tested by American teenager Coco Gauff, before the Spaniard advanced in three sets Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Thursday cruised into the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia by handing their Japanese opponents a rare “double bagel,” a feat matched by US Open losing finalist Victoria Azarenka in the women’s singles. Top seeds Hsieh and Strycova took just 49 minutes to see off the challenge of Japanese duo Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya 6-0, 6-0 on the clay courts at the Foro Italico in Rome. The Taiwanese-Czech duo saved both break points they faced and converted six of 14, winning 62 percent of their first