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NBA roundup: Pistons top Nuggets in OT

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Andre Drummond had 21 points, 17 rebounds and four assists. Reggie Jackson supplied 20 points and six assists off the bench.

The host Detroit Pistons eventually snapped a five-game losing streak by surprising the Denver Nuggets with a 128-123 win in overtime.

Bruce Brown contributed 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and Svi Mykhailiuk and Tony Snell scored 13 points apiece for Detroit.

Drummond recorded the 400th double-double of his career.

Nikola Jokic carried Denver with 39 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

Will Barton had 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Monte Morris scored 19.

Detroit’s Derrick Rose left in the first half with a groin injury and did not return to the game.

He finished with two points, ending his streak of 20-point games at 14.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo missed a triple-double by one assist for the fifth time this season, contributing 30 points, 19 rebounds and nine assists to Milwaukee’s victory over visiting Phoenix.

Brook Lopez blocked a career-high nine shots to complement 17 points, and Khris Middleton went for 25 points, helping the Bucks — beaten at home by Denver on Friday — win for the 10th time in their last 11 games.

Devin Booker scored more than 30 points for the seventh time in his last 10 games, pouring in a game-high 32 to pace the Suns, who lost their second straight.

Final scores Milwaukee Bucks 129 – Phoenix Suns 108.

Rookie Terence Davis scored a career-best 31 points on 12-for-15 shooting, and Toronto defeated the visiting Chicago to equal the franchise record with 11 straight wins.

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Pascal Siakam added 17 points and nine rebounds in spite of not playing in the fourth quarter for the Raptors, who also won 11 straight in 2016 and 2018.

Thaddeus Young had 21 points and seven rebounds for Chicago before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

Zach LaVine added 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Bulls, who have lost three in a row.

Final scores Toronto Raptors 129 – Chicago Bulls 102.

James Harden finished an assist shy of a 40-point triple-double, and Houston held on in a back-and-forth contest with visiting New Orleans.

Harden finished with 40 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, drilling 7 of 15 3-point attempts to keep the Rockets afloat while Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers shot a combined 2 of 15 from deep.

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Harden sandwiched a pair of driving layups around two free throws in the fourth quarter to extend the Houston lead to 110-103 and keep the Pelicans at bay.

New Orleans finished with a 63-43 advantage on the glass but was undone by 23 turnovers that Houston converted into 29 points.

Five Pelicans posted double-digit rebounds: Brandon Ingram (12), Derrick Favors and Lonzo Ball (11 each), and Zion Williamson and Josh Hart (10 apiece).

There were 14 ties and 10 lead changes. Neither team held a double-digit advantage.

Final scores Houston Rockets 117 – New Orleans Pelicans 109.

 

 

 

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Suarez scores as Barca condemn neighbours Espanyol to relegation

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 FC Barcelona kept up their pursuit of leaders Real Madrid in the La Liga title race by beating city rivals Espanyol 1-0 at home on Wednesday.

The slim win also condemned their neighbours to relegation from the top flight.

Luis Suarez struck the only goal in the 56th minute, lashing a loose ball into the net.

This was shortly after both sides had been reduced to 10 men each in a frantic start to the second half.

Barca’s teenage forward Ansu Fati was sent off for a reckless tackle five minutes after coming off the bench.

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But Espanyol’s numerical advantage lasted only three minutes as Pol Lozano was dismissed, also following a VAR review.

Barca, chasing a third consecutive Spanish title, are on 76 points after 35 games while Real Madrid is top with 77.

The leaders can restore their four-point advantage when they host Alaves on Friday.

Espanyol, one of Spain’s most prestigious clubs, were relegated for the first time since winning promotion back to La Liga in 1994.

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They are bottom of the table on 24 points after 35 games.

Barca had produced one of their best performances of the season by hammering Villarreal 4-1 away on Sunday.

But they looked sluggish at an empty Camp Nou, which normally would have been in full voice on derby day.

Espanyol frustrated their more illustrious neighbours in the first half with a five-man defence and created the better chances.

Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen had to be aware to prevent his teammate Clement Lenglet from scoring an own goal just before half-time.

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Espanyol’s Didac Vila fired the loose ball against the post.

Ter Stegen had also come to Barca’s rescue earlier, spreading his body and keeping out a low strike from Adri Embarba with his leg.

Barca found a way through with the help of their three forwards.

Antoine Griezmann raced to the byline and passed to Lionel Messi whose shot deflected into the path of Suarez and the Uruguayan made no mistake.

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JUST IN: Nigerian striker Onuachu contracts COVID-19

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Super Eagles striker and international player Paul Onuachu has tested positive for coronavirus.

The results of his compatriots Stephen Odey and Cyril Dessers at Belgian club Genk, came out negative.

The 26-year-old Nigeria international is the first Eagles star to test positive for the virus that has caused sporting events cancellations and suspensions across the globe.

“In the run-up to the first exhibition game of the season, the entire Genk group was tested yesterday (Tuesday),” a report on Belgian website hln.be stated.

Everyone tested negative except Onuachu.”

The 6ft7in striker left Belgium for Nigeria on May 27, alongside fellow Eagles strikers Victor Osimhen and Imoh Ezekiel and returned to his club June 28 after he was stranded for a week in Lagos due to travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Onuachu becomes the second Nigerian footballer to contract the virus after Akpan Udoh, the first footballer to be infected, in February.

Pianese forward, Udoh, 22, was born in Italy to Nigerian parents and began his youth career at Reggiana, before moving to giants Juventus, where he failed to play a competitive game for the Old Lady.

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According to hln.be, Onuachu will miss Genk’s first exhibition game of the season against Eendracht Termien on Thursday (today) as he will be quarantined for a week.

Onuachu’s COVID-19 status has however raised concerns within the Genk squad as he had trained intensively with the rest of the squad for more than a week now.

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Onuachu joined Genk from Danish club FC Midtjylland last summer and scored 10 goals for the club before the Belgian Pro Division season was ended abruptly due to COVID-19.

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Player who wore neck chain on pitch struck by lightning

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A 16-year-old Russian footballer has been put into a coma and left with a scar around his neck after he was struck by lightning during training.

Ivan Zaborsky is fighting for his life after the terrifying incident in Orekhovo-Zuevo, near Moscow.

The teenage goalkeeper, who was training separately from his teammates, was wearing a metal chain around his neck which was struck by the lightning.

It is claimed the sky was clear when the lightning struck at the FC Znamya Truda weekend practice session.

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Amazingly, the video appears to show him kick the ball from the edge of the penalty area even after he is struck.

He collapses to the ground and his coaches and teammates rush towards him.

His trainer Anton Basov performed a heart massage and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

The unconscious goalie was rushed to a local hospital and then transferred by helicopter to a clinic in Moscow.

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His girlfriend Yelena told Podyem media:

“He is in stable condition.

“He regained consciousness but due to a strong painful shock he had to be put back into a coma.

“His parents are at his bedside.

He has a scar around his neck where the lightning hit his chain, and that his lung was damaged. He needs time to stabilise.’

Zaborsky’s sister Karina Zaborovskaya said:

“He woke several times, but doctors were scared to take a risk, and he was put back to coma.”

She said:

“Doctors say that he was born under a lucky star. I still can’t comprehend it all. I cannot understand how it could happen

“There were no clouds above the stadium before and during the training session, nothing signalled trouble.”

She praised the coaching staff who ‘saved his life’ with their prompt action.

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