Apoel say sixth straight title ‘most difficult yet sweetest’

first_imgApoel clinched their sixth consecutive title and 27th overall thanks to Mikael Pote’s dramatic late winner in their final game of the season against Anorthosis at the GSP Stadium on Saturday night.Apoel had begun the season as joint favourites wih Apollon in the 36-round marathon, and even though they finished top of the table at the end of the regular season, a draw at home to AEK and a loss to Apollon in rounds two and three of the playoffs respectively saw their rivals Apollon pull clear by three points at the top.AEK gave the champions a lifeline after they inflicted an unexpectedly heavy defeat on Apollon, allowing Apoel to close the gap, and when the Nicosia giants beat Apollon three rounds before the end of the season, they just had to keep their composure and win their final two games to be crowned champions. They did it the hard way, coming from behind to win both games 2-1.Apoel’s path to the championship was a turbulent one, with club president Prodromos Petrides admitting: “It was by far the most difficult yet sweetest of our six straight titles as we faced adversity right from the start, but we battled through and were rewarded.” The season started in bizarre circumstances for Apoel as they decided to sack their newly-appointed coach, Mario Bein, just a month into his post after a couple of less than convincing displays in the Champions League qualifiers.He was replaced by Greek coach Giorgos Donis who managed in a few days to get Apoel back on track, steering them into the money-spinning group stage of the Champions League. He was hailed a saviour by the Apoel faithful. Donis was himself replaced in March by Bruno Baltazar after a drop in form and a string of poor results culminating in the 4-2 defeat by Apollon in the playoffs. The gruelling Champions League run that pitted them against the likes of Real Madrid, Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund plus a number of serious injuries to key players were largely the reasons why Apoel stuttered.Beginning in September, Apoel lost their first choice goalkeeper Boy Waterman for five months with a shoulder injury while one of the most accomplished defenders ever to play in Cyprus, Carlao, spent more time in the treatment room than on the field. Another defender Roberto Lago, was also ruled out for most of 2017 while midfield schemer Bertoglio was hardly able to complete a couple of matches until December and was let go.One of the most valauable players for the champions last year, winger Giorgos Efraim, was injured in August in a Champions League qualifying game and only last month returned to full fitness. In December, Apoel suffered a ‘triple blow’ when three other first team players, Rueda, Milanov and Vinicius had to go undergo surgery and were to miss the rest of the season.If so many long-term injuries to key players happened to any other team in Cyprus they would most probably have buckled. Apoel though had the squad depth and mental strength to battle on and reach the winning post even if they did so with just a few minutes to spare.Despite all these difficulties Apoel still managed to amass a record number of points since the playoffs began and finished with the most victories (27). They also scored the most goals (92) in the club’s history while they remained the only team to have defeated both home and away, the other clubs in the top playoff group.The only blemish was that they only managed to keep 12 clean sheets and let in 35 goals, 10 of them conceded against main title challengers Apollon.Apollon meanwhile played their part in making this a close and enthralling championship, battling with Apoel from virtually the very first kick of the season and proved worthy opponents.They were arguably the most pleasing team to watch with their direct and attack-minded play. Their Cypriot coach Sofronis Avgousti was deservedly voted Manager of the Year, while five of his players were voted in the Team of the Year.Anorthosis and AEK join the champions and Apollon as Cyprus’ representatives in next season’s European competitions. Omonia’s Matt Derbyshire was the league’s top scorer for the second time with a tally of 23 goals, pipping AEK’s Florian Taulemmeuse on the final day. However this was scant consolation for the once mighty Omonia who finished bottom of the championship group, failing to finish in a European spot for the second year running.Aris and Ethnikos Achnas were the two teams that were relegated at the end of the regular season while Olympiakos joined them after picking up just four points from a possible 30 in the playoffs.Final day results:Champions Group: Apoel 2 Anorthosis 1AEK 3 AEL 2Omonia 1 Apollon 0Relegation Group:Olympiakos 3 Ermis 3Doxa 0 Pafos FC 3Salamina 4 Alki 0last_img read more

Brazil disappointing, but pressure on Serbia in decisive game

first_imgBrazil may have been one of the big disappointments so far at the Russia World Cup, but the pressure is on their opponents Serbia in their final Group E match in Moscow on Wednesday.Brazil, whose only defeats by the Balkan side came against the old Yugoslavia in 1930 and 1934, need just a draw to secure qualification for the last 16.For Serbia, who will want to be masters of their own fate, a win would guarantee their progress, although a draw could see them through if the Swiss are beaten by Costa Rica by more than one goal in the other group game.Brazil come into the game under fire at home after poor performances in their first two games.They were subdued in their 1-1 draw against Switzerland and had to wait until injury time to finally secure the goals and the win against a limited Costa Rica side.Full-back Fagner believes the pressure is a result of their own spectacular showing leading up to the tournament, a period in which they lost only one match in 21, scoring 47 goals and conceding just five.“I believe that because of all we did in the qualifiers and friendlies there is a huge expectation that we win our games,” Fagner told reporters at Brazil’s training camp.“Our opponents prepare well to neutralise us, but I think as games go on we will create chances either with plays from the professor (coach Tite) or through our own improvisations. Each result and win generates more confidence.”Brazil are expected to be unchanged from the side that beat Costa Rica, although their biggest opponent may be themselves.The five-time World Cup winners have been criticised at home with striker Neymar bearing the brunt of the opprobrium.The most expensive player in the world and a constant presence on billboards, television and social media, Neymar has not lived up to the hype and broke down in tears after the last-gasp win over Costa Rica.Fagner brushed off suggestions that the pressure was already having an effect on Tite’s side and said it was a natural reaction to – and maybe even a welcome consequence of – their own high standards.“We have created an expectation and that leads to pressure. We know we can get better, and that leaves us enthused because we know over the tournament you get better each game,” he said.last_img read more

A brutal disregard for reputations

first_img“I used to go missing a lot …..Miss Canada, Miss United Kingdom, Miss World”.George BestGermany – MISSING, Argentina – MISSING, Portugal – MISSING, Spain – MISSING.You have to ask why were Germany so ‘stupid and pointless’ (in the words of my boy) and why did Spain sack manager Julen Lopetegui when irked by Real Madrid and then not appoint Pep Guardiola for the World Cup? Big mistake, as well as those ridiculous shirts!With teams from Africa – GONE, Asia – GONE, Oceania – GONE, North America – GONE, the volatile South American temperament threatens to open the door to all European World Cup semi-finals; France, Belgium, Croatia and England (are England still classified for the moment as being European?).Watching games on RIK and listening to commentary on BBC Radio the delay on the sync has been a surreal experience, as you end up hearing if a penalty has been scored before you see it. I hadn’t realised that the sync was so far out as the commentary kept suggesting that England were already as good as in the final.Belgium 3 Japan 2 – Wow what a game! Was this THE game of the World Cup 2018? Two goals behind with 30 minutes to go Belgium dug incredibly deeply and turned the game around to win with last kick of the game.Humble pie was by then being eaten in huge chunks at the end of the game by Chris Sutton and the BBC Radio commentary team, as at two goals down to Japan they had mocked the Belgium ‘Golden Generation’ calling them wobblers and bottlers as they savaged the manager Roberto Martinez and described him as ex-Everton waffler. BTW wasn’t it two goals scored by the two substitutes? It’s always easy passing judgement from the commentary box …..just ask Gary Neville.Brazil not quite firing on all cylinders progressed to a big quarter-final encounter against the new ‘Tartan Army’ as Neymar Jr continued to throw hissy fits. After losing the spaghetti off the top of his head (which caused him to lose his balance and roll over repeatedly), he opened the scoring against Mexico, before providing an assist for Roberto Firmino, who I did say would score goals if only Brazil would pick him.Next up for England in the quarters are Sweden having scraped or scrapped past Colombia and Switzerland respectively after what were awful games. Gareth Southgate had reminded me of Sir (not Sir Alex Ferguson) in the classroom who had swallowed the text books and knowing every word of the coaching manuals had offered pedantic methods for every possible set-play scenario, but the players’ heads seem to be befuddled by his tactics. Does it matter how you win?It’s a bit like when you see a golfer with endless pre-shot routines on the tee and you feel like saying “just hit the ball”.Meanwhile sales of waistcoats have risen by some thirty per cent since the World Cup began. Surely it cannot be a style call but a manager’s OCD, which Gareth had been unwilling to change after the defeat to Belgium, so he must have been forced to wear his underpants inside out (a tip from Adrian Mutu) to change his fortune and to ward off the evil spirits lurking in the British media.As the inevitable ‘changing of the guard’ ushers in a new footballing generation and Kylian Mbappe took centre stage, France and Uruguay ignored the script and denied us a final ‘Duel of the Titans’ between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. In football there can be a brutal disregard for reputations as they, Andres Iniesta, Thomas Muller and other ‘greats’ faced up to inglorious exits from the World Cup spotlight. Let us never forget how much they all have contributed to the beautiful game!I am not going to put a jinx on Russia by tipping them to beat Croatia but instead repeat what I said before the last game that I don’t expect them to roll over and play dead, as their euphoric Russian people celebrate and ‘mangle the firewood’. After 120-minute plus games and penalties, cramp is becoming all too common… so when I return from rehab after the World Cup I will be forced to change the sofa.In the midst of a fantastic football spectacular in Russia, I imagine George Best (one of the greatest footballers never to grace the World Cup) would have said to Vladimir Putin: ‘Make love not war’.last_img read more

Pickford: I won’t take risks as England goalkeeper

first_imgEngland number one Jordan Pickford insists he would not take the sort of risk which left Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker red-faced.Alisson, signed by Liverpool this summer for a then-world record fee for a goalkeeper, is renowned for being good with the ball at his feet.But the Brazil international cost the Reds a goal in their recent 2-1 win at Leicester as he was caught in possession while trying to turn past Kelechi Iheanacho, leading to Rachid Ghezzal scoring into an empty goal for the Foxes.Ball-playing goalkeepers have been in the headlines since the start of the season with Alisson’s huge move from Roma eclipsed by Chelsea, who signed Kepa Arrizabalaga in a reported £71m deal with Athletic Bilbao.Manchester City won the Premier League title with Ederson, a player also adept on the ball, in goal and Pickford, too, has established himself as first-choice with both England and Everton because of his similar ability.The 24-year-old – who helped the Three Lions to the semi-finals of the World Cup over the summer – believes he knows when it is appropriate to put faith in his skills.“The quality of goalkeepers is very good, you have to be good at using your feet,” he said.“It’s something I’m good at, something I will keep practising. The new manager at Everton, Marco Silva, is big on it as well, playing out. It’s all about decision-making, doing it at the right times, and I never put myself in too much risk.”Asked if he had ever had a moment like Alisson suffered at the King Power Stadium, Pickford replied: “I try not to (do tricks) because I don’t want to be caught with it. It’s a risk.“If it comes off it looks good and if it doesn’t… It’s a style of play and I think that’s the way Liverpool want to play as well. You’ve got to give that one where mistakes will happen and it’s about not making the next one.“It’s all about managing the game and not making it again in the same game I’d say. It’s going to happen.“For me, I’m going to try not to put myself in that position to make those mistakes. It’s the timing of the game, really. You don’t want to get too comfortable if you’re wining and start trying to be a number 10 player.“If it’s on to do I’ll do it and if it’s not we’ll manage the game. For myself that’s where I learn more. The more games you play the more game management you learn.”While the clamour for football-playing goalkeepers continues, Arsenal’s Petr Cech has been in the spotlight having seemingly struggled to adapt to the demands.The 36-year-old has looked uncomfortable with the ball at his feet as new Gunners head coach Unai Emery demands his side play out from defence.But Pickford believes any criticism of the four-time Premier League winner is misplaced.“He’s been the top keeper in the Premier League for the last 10 or 12 years,” he said of Cech.“He’s a keeper when you’re growing up you see him making these saves week in week out, probably been the most consistent goalkeeper in these last 10 years in the Premier League, so you can’t give him too much criticism.“I’m certainly not giving him any. I think he’s a great goalkeeper and someone you look up to.”last_img read more

Mourinho not keen on Real job, wants to stay at Man Utd

first_imgJose Mourinho dismissed speculation linking him with a return to Real Madrid on Monday, saying he wants to stay on as Manchester United manager beyond his current contract.Current Real coach Julen Lopetegui is under pressure following a string of results that has left his side seventh in La Liga and Spanish media have reported that Mourinho is favourite for the job if Lopetegui is sacked.Mourinho’s United contract ends in 2020 and the club have the option to extend it for another year, but the Portuguese is under pressure himself with United 10th in the Premier League table after nine games.“My future is here,” Mourinho told a news conference ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League meeting with Juventus. “I have a contract and until the final days of my contract I only think about Manchester United.“I would like to stay after my contract runs out as well.”He also confirmed that United would be without six players for Tuesday’s match at Old Trafford, with Alexis Sanchez, Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard, Diogo Dalot, Scott McTominay and Phil Jones all ruled out.“The players you saw (in training) are the players that are available,” Mourinho added. “There is nothing to hide and Alexis is out.”The Portuguese also attempted to draw a line under the unsavoury scenes at the end of his team’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea at the weekend, asking Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri to give his assistant Marco Ianni “a second chance”.Ianni sparked a row by exuberantly celebrating a late Chelsea equaliser in front of the United bench, but apologised for his behaviour after the game.Former United midfielder Phil Neville had called for Ianni to be sacked by Chelsea because of his unsporting conduct, but Mourinho disagreed.“I’m not happy that it is going too far with the young boy, I don’t think he deserves more than what he got,” Mourinho said.“Ianni apologised to me, I accept his apologies, I think he deserves a second chance, I don’t think he deserves to be sacked… It was end of the story with me in the minute he apologised.”last_img read more

McIlroy suffers nightmare as Holmes sets the pace at Open

first_imgRory McIlroy’s Open Championship hopes were in tatters after a first-round horror show at Royal Portrush on Thursday ended with the home favourite carding an eight-over-par 79.All eyes were on McIlroy as the Open returned to Northern Ireland for the first time in 68 years, but his hopes all but disappeared with a sickening quadruple bogey at the first hole.The four-time major champion ended his day not only looking up at a leaderboard headed by American J.B. Holmes, but knowing he will need a stellar second round merely to make the halfway cut.Ireland’s Shane Lowry was the clubhouse leader for a couple of hours after a four-under-par 67 on a day of wind and squally showers, mixed with dazzling sunshine.A large group two back included world number one Brooks Koepka, who made an ominously good start with a tidy performance that was bogey-free until a wayward drive at the 17th.Koepka, seeking to complete one of the greatest major championship years after going second, first and second at the Masters, PGA Championship and US Open, was guided around Portrush by caddie Ricky Elliott, who hails from the area.“He just tells me where to hit it and I go from there,” Koepka said of Elliott.“The game plan’s pretty concrete. It’s actually quite easy. I really don’t have to do much thinking. I just go out there and play.”Other leading names did not enjoy their opening rounds at the last major of the year.Defending champion Francesco Molinari of Italy struggled to a three-over 74, former winner Phil Mickelson shot 76 and Masters champion Tiger Woods, among the late starters, finished seven-over as he struggled badly.McIlroy once scored 61 around Portrush as a teenager but began his challenge for the Claret Jug he won in 2014 like a Sunday morning amateur.He was cheered to the first tee but those cheers quickly turned to groans.McIlroy’s opening tee shot went out of bounds, breaking a spectator’s phone in the process. His follow-up found heavy rough and from there he struck his next shot into an unplayable lie in a bramble bush.After taking a penalty drop, McIlroy chipped on to the green and two-putted. He picked his ball out of the hole, to sympathetic applause, with an ugly eight on his card.The 30-year-old bogeyed the par-three third and although he repaired some of the damage with birdies at seven and nine, the gremlins returned. He double-bogeyed the par-three 16th and triple-bogeyed the last before trudging off.Earlier, Graeme McDowell drew loud cheers from the packed galleries as he got to three under after 14 holes on his hometown course but he leaked five shots in the last four holes.The 148th Open began with McDowell’s compatriot Darren Clarke striking the first tee shot on an historic morning on the Antrim coast. Clarke made three birdies in his first five holes before carding level-par 71One of the biggest roars greeted Emiliano Grillo’s hole-in-one on the par-three 13th. The 26-year-old Argentine’s ace was the first at the Open since Louis Oosthuizen in 2016.last_img read more

Spain’s Nadal secures comeback win to set up ATP Cup final against Djokovic-led Serbia

first_imgRafael Nadal secured a come-back victory against Australia’s Alex De Minaur at the ATP Cup in Sydney on Saturday, propelling Spain into the final of the inaugural event to play the Novak Djokovic-led Serbian team.The world’s top ranked player was ambushed early by the young Australian, who threatened to run away with the match, before the Spaniard recovered to win 4-6 7-5 6-1.Earlier in the evening, Roberto Bautista Agut played a near flawless match to defeat a misfiring Nick Kyrgios 6-1 6-4, giving Spain an unassailable lead going into the doubles match.The top 20-ranked De Minaur, who had previously not won a set against the Spaniard, threw his wiry frame at every shot, breaking Nadal’s serve in the first game of the match before going on to take the set.The 20-year-old hopped into his backhands, such was his determination to throw himself forward, and launched into the air to hit his punishing forehands.Nadal, one of the most dangerous players to serve against, remarkably did not earn a break point on the Australian’s serve until late in the second set, which he converted despite enjoying little momentum up until that point.“He had a lot of energy, he plays with a lot of passion, sometimes a little too much,” Nadal said.Spain has had a punishing schedule leading into the match, which included finishing the previous tie against Belgium in the early hours of Saturday morning.Nadal reeled off four straight games at the start of the third to set up the victory as De Minaur’s error count rose, and the Spaniard found his range.LONG RIVALRYIn the other semi-final, Djokovic played strong tactical tennis to overcome the enigmatic Russian Daniil Medvedev, to secure Serbia’s spot in the final.The Serbian won the contest 6-1 5-7 6-4 after he found success pushing the 198cm (6.5 ft) tall Russian around the court, forcing Medvedev to constantly scrape shots off his shoe laces.Less than two weeks out from the Australian Open, Djokovic gave the world’s top players a possible blueprint on how to beat the 23-year-old Russian who has been regularly toppling the game’s elite.While Medvedev’s slapping forehand, flat backhand and big serve have proven hard to counter, Djokovic used dropshots and low slicing backhands to pull the world number five into awkward places.Earlier, Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic beat his more highly ranked opponent, Russia’s Karen Khachanov, giving Serbia an unassailable 2-0 lead going into the doubles match.Spain will have an opportunity in Sunday’s final against Serbia to confirm it has the world’s best men’s tennis team, having recently won the revamped Davis Cup and boasting two top 10 players in its ATP Cup side.But Nadal will likely first need to reverse the momentum in his long rivalry with Djokovic, who has not lost to the Spaniard on hardcourts, like the court surface in Sydney, since 2013.Nadal said late on Saturday he had not yet formed a game plan.“No idea yet, I’m just happy for now, tonight, to be where we are,” Nadal said.Djokovic leads Nadal 28-26 in their head-to-head which dates back to 2006.last_img read more

Klopp left wanting more but hails sensational Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp felt his side should have beaten Manchester United by a more emphatic scoreline that Sunday’s 2-0 victory but was still left eulogising his team’s “sensational football”.The European champions are now 16 points clear of second-placed Manchester City in the Premier League, with a game in hand on Pep Guardiola’s team.“I enjoyed the game a lot. I would have preferred we’re 2, 3, 4-0 up after 60 minutes – good for nerves,” said the German, with his trademark grin.Liverpool took the lead through a Virgil van Dijk header in the 14th minute but had to wait until added time to make sure of the win with a breakaway goal from Mohamed Salah.Klopp though was forgiving of his players failing to turn spells of domination into a more emphatic victory.“I understand sometimes concentration levels drop. In the past I would have gone crazy, but now I’m calm,” he said.“We played sensational football. We could have scored more and maybe should have scored more.“Then United came back at the end of the first half. In the second half we created chances and played super football. But we’re not in business since yesterday – we know they would come back and they did,” he said.Klopp said he was not surprised by the levels which his team continue to produce during a Premier League season in which they have yet to lose.“To be honest, not really. We had exceptional sessions (in training) against the kids – 11 v 11. The boys go like crazy. I don’t take it for granted but I see them during the week so I’m not surprised.”last_img read more

Medical protocols surrounding ‘Project Restart’ to be outlined next week

first_imgPlayers and managers will be presented with medical protocols related to the Premier League’s Project Restart next week.The English top flight is working on plans to complete the 2019-20 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, dependent on Government advice.League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan said there was no suggestion players or managers were being coerced into a restart and that plans to ensure safety – including testing procedures – would be outlined next week.He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Next week the medical and operational protocols are going to be presented to the managers and indeed the players.“Hopefully there will be solutions that create this safe environment, in the meantime we’re staying very open-minded and as always the managers take their responsibility to the game very seriously on all these issues.”Bevan said he was expecting to receive the protocols in document form on Thursday, ahead of the meeting next week.He added: “It covers testing, tracking, PPE (personal protective equipment) available, clear guidelines on social distancing and obviously a safe environment to train and play.“There will be guidance on cardiology, mental and emotional well-being and I think the message is health is the guiding principle to any decision-making.”A seven-page document, drawn up by the Premier League’s director of football Richard Garlick, talks about players wearing masks or snoods at training.Epidemiologist Rowland Kao told the PA news agency last month that masks were a “sensible” precaution.“It’s unclear how much protection those masks would be, but it would seem sensible to put as many precautions as you could in place,” he said.But Brighton striker Glenn Murray branded the idea of wearing face masks as “farcical”.Bevan said there was no suggestion that managers would be involved in any coercion of players.“They’re the voice and leaders of clubs and teams but they always demonstrate calm leadership and that’s what we need,” he said.“Whatever the pressures, physical, psychological well-being of players, coaches and indeed all the personnel, that will come first and foremost.”It has been reported that Premier League club doctors have written to Garlick and the league’s medical adviser Mark Gillett asking 100 questions concerning return-to-play protocols.The questions outline various concerns, including approving guidelines which still carry the threat of death, liability, testing and insurance, transmission of the virus via sweat and goalkeeper gloves, suspicions that some clubs are already ignoring guidelines, an increased risk to BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) employees, and the ability of emergency services to attend training ground incidents.Medical officials from a number of sports governing bodies are meeting representatives from Public Health England on Wednesday, the second of the weekly meetings.last_img read more

No Davis, no problem as Pelicans rip Hawks

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jamal Murray came off the bench to score 24 points, leading six double-figure scorers for Denver in the Nuggets’ 110-107 victory over the visiting Chicago Bulls.Denver’s Will Barton sank two free throws with nine seconds remaining and teammate Danilo Gallinari added another to create the final margin.Jusuf Nurkic scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Nuggets, who also had 16 points and nine points off the bench from Wilson Chandler. Jimmy Butler had 25 points in a losing cause.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports “He came back out and said that he could go,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We put him back in to see if he was ready for (Wednesday’s game against Minnesota) and then took him back out.”Terrence Jones scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half and the Pelicans led 34-14 after the first quarter.“We started off the game the right way,” Gentry said. “We were really good defensively in the first quarter and because of that we ended up with some easy shots. It was a really good win for us against a quality team.”New York’s Kristaps Porzingis scored 31 points to power the Knicks over Portland 107-103 for their fifth victory in a row at Madison Square Garden. The Trail Blazers had won their prior six visits.Derrick Rose scored six of his 18 points in the final 3:40 and Brandon Jennings came off the bench to pass out 11 assists for the Knicks. Portland had 22 points from Damian Lillard and 16 from C.J. McCollum.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ “We came out hungry. We jumped on them from the start and continued to fight the whole game,” Frazier said. “When (Davis) went down everyone stepped up, but we already had the lead and just kept rolling.”Davis, averaging 31.7 points and 11.3 rebounds entering the game, was hurt diving into the stands trying to retrieve a loose ball late in the first quarter, crashing into a seat in the fourth row.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“I banged (my knee) on a chair,” Davis said. “They worked on my knee and it was good enough to go back in. I’m OK.”Davis returned to start the fourth quarter and finished with 13 points.center_img Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young Solomon Hill #44 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives against Tim Hardaway Jr. #10 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 22, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPPlaying without NBA All-Star forward Anthony Davis most of the night after he suffered a bruised right knee, the New Orleans Pelicans still routed Atlanta 112-94 Tuesday.Tim Frazier matched his career high with 21 points and added 14 assists for the Pelicans, who led by as many as 35 points in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Leicester march into last 16 with Real, Spurs out As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinelast_img read more