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.
A sudden shortage of locks in Australian rugby union has opened the door for Matt Philip to reclaim his Wallabies jersey, but the Melbourne Rebels player says that the uncertainties wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic have left him with a difficult choice. The Australian yesterday named Philip among 16 Rebels players either set to leave the Super Rugby club or seriously considering it, underscoring the challenge Rugby Australia faces to retain talent. Linked with a move to Section Paloise Bearn Pyrenees, commonly referred to as Pau, in France’s Top 14, Philip said that he had yet to settle his playing future, and
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When Chinese Super League club Tianjin Tianhai surprisingly thrashed Rafael Benitez’s Dalian Yifang 5-1 to stay in the league in November last year, disgruntled fans were quick to allege corruption — the legacy of a murky past that exploded into scandal 10 years ago. Benitez, who led Liverpool to the 2005 UEFA Champions League title, was perplexed by one of the heaviest defeats of his coaching career, saying: “This is a game that I don’t quite understand.” Despite fan complaints to the Chinese Football Association (CFA), no case was brought and there is no evidence of wrongdoing. However, the haste with which some
Georgian tennis star Nikoloz Basilashvili, ranked 27th in the world, was on Sunday charged with physically assaulting his ex-wife, prosecutors said. A court in Tbilisi charged Basilashvili with perpetrating “violence against a family member committed in the presence of a minor,” before releasing him on US$30,000 bail, prosecutor Natia Guruli said. He faces up to three years in prison if found guilty. Basilashvili’s ex-wife, Neka Dorokashvili, on Sunday told Mtavari TV that Basilashvili “physically assaulted” her on Friday in the presence of their five-year-old son. Basilashvili denied the charges, his lawyer Irma Chkadua said. The 28-year-old won his second ATP Tour title at the China