NBA Wrap: Warriors earn 14th straight road win

Klay Thompson scored 38 points, Stephen Curry added 30 and the Golden State Warriors beat the Chicago Bulls 119-112 on Wednesday night for their franchise record-tying 14th straight road win.

Kevin Durant had 19 points as Golden State moved into a tie for the third-longest road winning streak in a season in NBA history. The Los Angeles Lakers hold the record with 16 straight road wins during the 1971-72 season.

Next up for the NBA-leading Warriors is a trip to Houston for a showdown with the Rockets on Saturday night.

Nikola Mirotic scored 24 points for Chicago, which dropped to 14-8 since its 3-20 start. Robin Lopez scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half, and Kris Dunn also had 16.

The Warriors played without Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala due to injuries, and Jordan Bell sprained his left ankle when he challenged Lopez’s dunk on the Bulls’ first possession.

Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points to help Oklahoma City to a 114-90 win over Los Angeles, which was still without Lonzo Ball.

Steven Adams had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Russell Westbrook added 19 points and seven assists for the Thunder, who won their third straight. The Thunder shot 48 percent overall and outrebounded the Lakers 54-30.

Ball sat out his second straight game with a sore left knee, and LA dropped to 0-8 without its rookie point guard. The injury news got worse for the Lakers. Rookie forward Kyle Kuzma left with a finger joint sprain, and forward Kentavious Caldwell-Pope left with a right Achilles tendon strain. Neither returned.

Julius Randle scored all 16 of his points in the first half for the Lakers.

Kent Bazemore hit a jumper with 2.1 seconds remaining as Atlanta rallied from 19 points down to beat New Orleans 94-93.

With the score tied at 92, DeMarcus Cousins drew a blocking foul on John Collins with 13.7 seconds remaining, earning a trip to the foul line. Cousins made only one, giving the Hawks a chance to pull out the victory.

Bazemore knocked down the winning shot with Anthony Davis in his face. New Orleans had one last chance, inbounding the ball to Cousins near the hoop. He came up short on a quick shot, pleading with the officials for a foul call while the Hawks celebrated.

Bazemore led the Hawks with 20 points, while rookie John Collins added 18. Jrue Holiday paced the Pelicans with 22 points, while Cousins had 19 points and 14 rebounds. But Davis was held to just eight points on 2-of-8 shooting.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 34 points, Patty Mills made seven 3-pointers as San Antonio responded to the latest absence of Kawhi Leonard by beating Brooklyn 100-95.

Mills finished with 25 points and combined with Aldridge on the most important play of the game, a three-point play for Aldridge with 53 seconds remaining on a pass from the reserve guard after the Nets had cut a 17-point deficit to three.

The Spurs announced earlier Wednesday that Leonard would be out indefinitely so he can continue rehabilitating from the right thigh injury that forced him to miss the start of the season.

They were fine without him Wednesday, thanks also to Pau Gasol’s 13 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 21 points and Dwight Howard had another double-double as Charlotte used a record-setting first half to beat Washington 133-109 in coach Steve Clifford’s return.

The Hornets made 12 of their first 13 shots and scored a franchise-record 77 points in the first half to build a 16-point lead. They extended that to 28 in the second half in a game that was never close.

Kemba Walker had 19 points, Howard had 18 points and 15 rebounds and Jeremy Lamb had 16 points for the Hornets, who won for the fifth time in their last seven games.

Clifford returned after missing 21 games because of headaches caused by sleep deprivation. The Hornets were 9-21 in Clifford’s absence and had fallen eight games under .500.

Tyreke Evans had 23 points, including three free throws in the closing seconds, along with 10 assists to lift Memphis to a 105-99 win over New York.

JaMychal Green added 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Dillon Brooks and Jarell Martin added 17 points each to help Memphis win its second straight.

Kristaps Porzingis led the Knicks with 21 points, while Enes Kanter finished with 20, including 18 in the first half. Courtney Lee and Michael Beasley had 18 points each.

Memphis played without starting center Marc Gasol, who sat out with an illness.

Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 16 rebounds, while C.J. Miles scored 21 points as Toronto beat Detroit 96-91.

Kyle Lowry scored 18 points and DeMar DeRozan had 17 to help the Raptors avoid their first three-game skid of the season.

Andre Drummond had 25 points and 17 rebounds but the Pistons lost for the seventh time in eight road games.

Hassan Whiteside had a season-high 27 points with 13 rebounds and six blocks to lead Miami to a 106-101 win over Milwaukee.

Goran Dragic and Kelly Olynyk added 15 points apiece to help Miami rebound from a loss at Chicago that snapped the Heat’s season-high seven-game winning streak.

Khris Middleton had 25 points to lead Milwaukee, which lost to Miami for the second time in four days.

All the results from Wednesday’s NBA action:

Charlotte Hornets 133-109 Washington Wizards
Brooklyn Nets 95-100 San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors 96-91 Detroit Pistons
Atlanta Hawks 94-93 New Orleans Pelicans
Chicago Bulls 112-119 Golden State Warriors
Oklahoma City Thunder 114-90 Los Angeles Lakers
Milwaukee Bucks 101-106 Miami Heat
Memphis Grizzlies 105-99 New York Knicks
Sacramento Kings 105-120 Utah Jazz
Los Angeles Clippers – Denver Nuggets

Sharapova storms into round three

Maria Sharapova stormed into the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday morning with a straight sets win over Anastasija Sevastova.

It was sweet revenge for the Russian after the Latvian number 14 seed knocked her out of last year’s US Open.

The unseeded former champion Sharapova was on top early, holding to love and then pressuring the Latvian on her first service game although she ultimately managed to hold.

That was her only hold though as Sharapova won the next five games to take the first set 6-1.

The second set was more competitive, with the duo regularly trading breaks of serve on the way to a tie-break.

But it was the 2008 champion who found an extra gear in the tie-breaker as she pulled away to clinch it 7-4 and claim the match.

Sharapova will now face the winner of the match between 2016 champion Angelique Kerber (21) and Dona Vekic.

Another seed to make an early exit was ninth seed Johanna Konta, who was shocked by lucky loser Bernarda Pera of the US. Last year’s semi-finalist going out after losing 6-4, 7-5 to the 127th ranked American, who will play Barbara Strycova (20) of the Czech Republic in the third round.

Eighth seed Caroline Garcia had to fight to secure her place in round three, coming back from a set down to beat Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 6-8.

Former world number 2 Agnieszka Radwanska also made it through after losing the first set to Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko.

The Polish 26th seed pulled it round to win 6-2, 5-7, 3-6 and set up a tie against the winner of the Garbine Muguruza, Hsieh Su-wei tie.

More reports to come…

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Espanyol end Barca’s unbeaten run with cup win

Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Espanyol claimed a 1-0 quarter-final first-leg victory over fierce rivals Barcelona on Wednesday.

Espanyol 1 Barcelona 0

  • Messi sees 62nd minute penalty saved
  • Melendo nets 88′ winner

Match summary

Espanyol take the advantage going into their second leg clash next Thursday as Oscar Melendo’s late strike settled this tie.

Full report

Messi wasted no time in getting this game going as he fired a second minute free-kick just over the target, having won the set-piece moments after kick-off.

Messi then laid on for Sergio Busquets after eight minutes, but his shot was saved by Espanyol stopper Diego Lopez.

A goalbound effort from the Argentine attacker was blocked, ahead of a strong save from Lopez from a Messi shot from outside the box, after he was teed up by Busquets.

Gerard Moreno’s left-footed attempt from range flew just wide, before Paulinho hit his effort to the left of Lopez’s goal, having been put through by Messi.

And the first half ended with a Denis Suarez shot that flew inches off target, but with Barca in complete control of this tie, despite not being able to find a breakthrough at the mid-way point.

There was little in the way of goalmouth action at the start of the second period, ahead of an enforced substitution as Ivan Rakitic replaced an injured Paulinho.

Messi saw a 54th minute shot saved, but was then more importantly unable to capitalise from the penalty mark on 62 minutes, as Lopez made an excellent save in to the bottom-right corner – after Esteban Granero had fouled Sergi Roberto.

David Lopez then thought he had scored for Espanyol on 66 minutes, but his header from a Granero cross was well kept out, ahead of a wayward Leo Baptistao strike.

But Oscar Melendo made no mistake with his sweetly struck left footed shot, with 88 minutes on the clock, that flew into the bottom-left corner of the net to hand Espanyol a priceless win over their city rivals.

5 Health & Fitness Tips for Young Male Professionals

It’s 5:30. You’re finishing off those last few emails and getting ready to call it a day. While seeing a movie, having dinner out or grabbing a drink with friends all sound like fun ways to end the work day, leading a fit and healthy lifestyle despite a busy schedule does wonders for the body, mind and soul.

Here are 5 things to help you get into the habit of staying naturally cool and confident through a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Be Flexible. Always Be Ready to Work-Out Anywhere.

There are plenty of gyms in every major business hub, whether it’s BGC, Ortigas, Makati or QC. Most gyms have a website and social media accounts so your next membership is never more than a click away. Most well-known gyms offer classes if you don’t have your own program or can create programs according to your fitness goals. Look into sport-specific gyms for boxing, MMA and even cycling.

Without a membership, there’s plenty of ways to keep fit outside of a gym. Running tracks and paths in BGC, the Ayala Triangle in Makati, and the UP Diliman campus are all frequented by running enthusiasts looking to get a good sweat. Free public swimming pools are also available with a quick look online. Biking to and from work is also an option and increasingly popular given the traffic in Metro Manila.

PRO TIP: Keep a gym bag handy in your car or office locker so you’re ready to go any time.

Complement Your Workout By Eating Healthy

Eating right is as equally important as getting your daily workout in. Getting into the habit of eating healthy, portion control and proper hydration pays dividends in the long run, not to mention preventing the aggravation and stress of health complications moving forward.

Pre-packed meals delivered right at your office is a great way to not only ensure you’re getting the right kind of food in, it also takes away the stress of having to choose where to eat and the time it takes to go out and have lunch. Healthy snack alternatives like fruits and grains are also a great way of keeping calories down between meals.

Gear Up With The Latest Fitness Apps & Gadgets

Technology and innovation has made working out not only more fun, but also helps you keep track of progress and motivates you to continue your routine.

Wearable technology allows you to monitor steps, calories burnt, sleep patterns, water intake and your heart rate, among others, so you can see and record your progress throughout the week.  Most smartphones have health apps built in, but there are many apps you can download for more in-depth analysis of your workout, that usually come with their own brand of wearable technology that’s not only stylish but also functional.

Stay Properly Hydrated

There are multiple studies that vary on the amount of water one should consume each day, but most (if not all) will agree that proper intake of water is crucial in maintaining physical health. Most of us only think to drink whenever we work out or eat, but keeping a steady flow of water and other fluids is vital in keeping our bodies in tip-top shape.

Hydrate before a workout to ensure you are properly fueled going in, hydrate after to make sure you replenish what you lose.

Stay Loyal to Your Workout

Probably THE most important thing out of everything, more than any gym, piece of equipment or diet, is keeping it real with your chosen fitness goals. As the popular adage goes, “It works if you work it”.

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Nine-man Chelsea need penalties to see off Norwich

Chelsea defeated Norwich City 5-3 on penalties after being held to a 1-1 draw in their FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday.

Chelsea 1 Norwich 1 (AET) Chelsea win 5-3 on pens

  • Batshuayi scores on 55′
  • Lewis nets injury-time leveller
  • Pedro and Morata sent off
  • Blues score all five penalties
  • Chelsea set up fourth-round tie with Newcastle

Match summary

Eden Hazard scored the winning penalty in the shootout after Jamal Lewis had netted a 94th minute equaliser following Michy Batshuayi’s 55th minute opener, in a match that saw 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu start in defence for the Blues – who ended the match with nine men.

Full report

Chelsea were lively early on despite a noticeable lack of support, as Danny Drinkwater fired just wide from the edge of the box after some neat interplay from Pedro and Willian.

The Brazilian then twisted and turned before forcing Angus Gunn to palm a fierce drive away from goal, while the Blues were inches away from taking the lead as Cesar Azpilicueta stretched to reach Tiemoue Bakayoko’s flick from a ninth minute corner.

Willian should have done better minutes later with an effort he volleyed off target, before Gunn held on well to a David Luiz free-kick.

Timm Klose was well placed on 20 minutes to block a Kenedy shot, with Norwich completely pegged into their own half, save from a few unsuccessful breaks forward.

Drinkwater had the travelling Canary fans gasping as his dipping shot from 30 yards smashed onto the crossbar, via the slightest of touches from Gunn – before hitting the goalkeeper on the way down and fortunately running out of play.

Batshuayi, then so nearly handed Norwich the opening goal as his square pass across goal was picked up by Nelson Oliveira, but he also hit the woodwork.

Oliveira was wide with another effort, as the half drew to a close with Norwich slowly coming out of their shell.

Chelsea maintained their dominance in the second half though, with Batshuayi finding the breakthrough on 55 minutes. The striker fired home from close range after connecting to a Kenedy ball from the left.

Willy Caballero was forced to punch clear a James Maddison free-kick from the left on 59 minutes before Josh Murphy picked up a loose ball in the Chelsea box and hit a post.

Caballero expertly denied Maddison, who had arrowed a shot goalwards while Drinkwater flashed his 70th minute shot over the target after some more good work from Willian.

Norwich were starting to look a bit more lively, but without threatening, ahead of a wayward Batshuayi shot on 75 minutes, and a saved effort from Bakayoko.

Blues substitute Alvaro Morata flashed a header across goal moments after his introduction with 81 minutes played, ahead of a near-miss from Davide Zappacosta.

The Canaries then sensationally netted an equaliser deep into stoppage time, as Lewis flicked his header goalward, from a good Klose cross from the left.

Norwich were lively in the added minutes before a double save from Gunn, from Willian and then Morata, and Morata again in the 115th minute, with a header straight at the keeper.

Pedro was then dismissed for a second yellow following a reckless slide on Wes Hoolahan before Morata was expelled for arguing with the referee, having seconds earlier picked up a yellow for a dive.

On to the lottery of penalties, and Willian scored his kick, but Caballero kept out Oliveira before Luiz made it two for Chelsea.

Maddison was successful with his placement, but so was Azpilicueta, and while Mario Vrancic put his kick away before successful attempts from N’golo Kante and Murphy, Hazard stepped up and made no mistake, to secure the Blues’ passage in this famous cup competition.

All of Wednesday’s FA Cup results:

Swansea City 2 Wolves 1
Wigan Athletic 3 AFC Bournemouth 0
Chelsea (5-3 on Pen) 1 Norwich City 1

Koreas to march under unification flag in Olympics

Korea unification flag

North and South Korea have agreed to march under a unification flag at next month’s Winter Olympics.

Furthermore, the two embattled nations have also agreed to field a joint women’s ice hockey team.

The news comes after the conclusion of rare talks at the truce village of Panmunjom, the first sit-down between the two countries in more than two years.

North Korea agreed to send large delegation of athletes, cheerleaders and musicians to take part in the Games and the opening and closing ceremonies.

The Olympic Games will take place in South Korea from February 9 to 15.

Not all South Koreans are happy with the prospect of a united ice hockey team, however, as they feel it will jeopardize their chances of winning a medal.

An online petition urging President Moon Jae-in to scrap the plan has reportedly attracted thousands of signatures, but Moon told South Korean Olympic athletes on Wednesday that the move would help improve inter-Korean relations.

The decision will still have to approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Saturday, because North Korea has missed registration deadlines or failed to qualify.

Edward Kelly elated to compete alongside older brother Eric at ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES

Eric and Edward Kelly lived under the same roof for years in their hometown of Baguio City when they were young and shared the same burning passion in martial arts.

Growing up in the small town community of San Tomas Central, located within the city limits of Baguio, Eric and Edward did not always get along with one another as the two fought all the time, sometimes even resulting in injury.

“We were not that close before. We always fought. In short, Eric and I were headaches to our parents,” Edward recalled in jest. “But of course, things change when you grow up and mature. We now appreciate each other’s company.”

Fortunately, when the brothers entered high school, Eric discovered martial arts, and everything would change for both of them.

Edward paid attention to the growing accolades of his older brother and was heavily motivated by it.

“I noticed after he started martial arts that it taught him the discipline not to fight me as a brother. Instead, he started giving me advice through what he had learned,” he bared. “I also joined martial arts because it teaches you discipline, and a lot of other positives, too.”

Years later, both men have made remarkable runs as outstanding martial artists in their respective professional careers.

Eric is now widely regarded as one of the best homegrown martial arts athletes to come out of the Philippines.

A Wushu practitioner who combines solid striking techniques with high-level grappling skills, Eric owns nine scintillating submissions and one knockout out of 12 total career victories.

Eric’s most impressive showing to date came in a submission win over Rob Lisita in July 2014, a performance that earned him the US$50,000 ONE Warrior Bonus.

Meanwhile, Edward is considered as one of the best and brightest featherweight prospects to emerge from the well-established martial arts scene in the Philippines.

With a complete striking and grappling skill set, Edward brings Team Lakay’s world-renowned Wushu to center stage as he showcases his impeccable skillset inside the ONE Championship cage.

In addition, the younger Kelly has won three of his last four bouts under the ONE Championship banner, all by spectacular finish.

The Kelly brothers get a rare chance on 26 January as the siblings will compete side-by-side when ONE Championship holds its first of the four scheduled events in the country for 2018.

Asia’s premier martial arts promotion spearheads ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES at the 20,000-capacity SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

Eric squares off with Brazilian standout Rafael Nunes on the undercard of ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES, while Edward crosses paths with Cambodia’s Meas Meul in a three-round featherweight clash.

It is the first time both of them will be featured at a ONE Championship event together, and Edward plans to make it a night they will never forget.

“I am so excited because finally, it’s going to happen. It marks the first time that I will compete alongside my older brother. Surely, it’s going to be a memorable night for the both of us,” he said.

“We have the same aim of winning. So making it two for two on this card will make this extra special,” Edward added.

As Eric seeks to get back on the winning track at the expense of Nunes, Edward is likewise looking to move forward in his career after getting his three-bout winning streak snapped by American stalwart Emilio Urrutia in August 2017.

In his next cage outing, Edward goes up against Meul, a undefeated promotional newcomer with six wins to his credit, at ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES.

“My coaches has prepared me well for this. I am not going to disappoint my team and my country when I enter that cage on 26th of January,” Edward assured. “I don’t want to let my countrymen down this time. I am here to give them a great bout. And of course, win the bout in impressive fashion for them.”

Edward has no qualms if he has to go full three rounds with Meul, but he admitted that his sights are always set on securing the finish.

“I am looking to dominate him for three rounds. But hopefully, I can get the finish. A finish will be the perfect way to tell the world that I am back,” he ended.


NBA Wrap: Pelicans end Celtics’ streak as Davis stars

Anthony Davis had 45 points and 16 rebounds to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 116-113 overtime victory over Boston on Tuesday night, ending the Celtics’ seven-game winning streak.

DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday added 23 points and seven assists. Ian Clark added 15 points for the Pelicans, whose size inside ended up prevailing in overtime when Boston’s barrage of 3-pointers stopped falling.

Kyrie Irving led Boston with 27 points and Al Horford had 14 points and nine rebounds.

Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown added 16 points apiece for the Celtics, who attempted a season-high 50 3-pointers.

Evan Fournier scored a season-high 32 points to help the Orlando Magic break a seven-game losing streak with a 108-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

D.J. Augustin added 11 points and three assists in the fourth quarter, when the Magic scored 35 points after trailing by two through three.

Jimmy Butler had 28 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, who had won five straight games by an average of 18.8 points.

Nikola Jokic hit 29 points and pulled down 18 rebounds as Denver edges past Dallas 105-102.

Gary Harris added 25 points while Will Barton contributed 22 as the Nuggets almost let a 23-point second-half lead slip.

Dennis Smith Jr. top-scored for the Mavs with 25 points.

All the scores from Tuesday’s NBA action:

Orlando Magic 108-102 Minnesota Timberwolves
Boston Celtics 113-116 New Orleans Pelicans (OT)
Denver Nuggets 105-102 Dallas Mavericks
Portland Trail Blazers 118-111 Phoenix Suns

Reports: McGregor to be stripped of lightweight title

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor will be stripped of his title this weekend to allow Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov to fight for it, according to reports.

The Irish fighter has not fought since claiming the 155-pound title in November 2016, and in that time Ferguson has risen to claim the interim belt.

McGregor has apparently been in talks over a defence in August, but the UFC is apparently unwilling to wait that long.

Quoting sources close to Nurmagomedov, Russian website Tass said that McGregor will be officially stripped of his title after Ferguson and the Russian signed up to fight for the belt on April 7 in New York.

The bout will be announced at the next UFC event in Boston on Sunday when heavyweights Francis Ngannou and Stipe Miocic meet, the report said.

McGregor was also stripped of his featherweight belt last year for inactivity.

“I don’t think Conor wants to fight until August,” White said recently. “But if he waits until August or September, that’s around two years since the belt has been defended, and that can’t happen.”

“Not only to the sport, but to the other fighters. This is game of time. Time is your enemy in this sport, or any other sport.

“When you’re a professional athlete, time is your enemy, and we can’t let this thing go on forever and not give other guys the opportunity.

“Tony Ferguson has been around for a long time and has earned his dues, Khabib has earned his dues, and the list goes on and on.”

Nurmagomedov was originally scheduled to fight Ferguson in March last year, but the Russian was hospitalised after suffering problems during his weight cut.

Ceres-Negros make Shan United pay the penalty in ACL qualifiers

Ceres-Negros have advanced to the second preliminary round of the 2018 AFC Champions League qualifiers by beating Shan United on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

In a keenly-contested encounter at the Thuwunna Stadium, there was initially no separating Myanmar’s Shan and Philippine visitors Ceres, who earned their chance to qualify for Asia’s premier club competition as champions of their respective leagues.

With 90 minutes gone, the tie then went into extra-time and it was Ceres who drew first blood in the 94th minute, when Stephan Schrock’s dangerous ball into the box was inadvertently headed by William Nyakwe into his own goal.

But, just five minutes later, the hosts equalised courtesy of a fine strike by Patrick Asare, who received possession from Nay Lin Tun and turned sharply on the edge of the box before curling a sublime effort into the top corner.

As neither side were able to score again, the tie was then set to be decided by the dreaded shootout.

In the end, Ceres only need four successful conversions – from Carli de Murga, Schrock, Mike Ott and Bienvenido Maranon – to advance as crucial misses by Christopher Chizoba and Nyakwe saw Shan fall to a 4-3 defeat on penalties.

The Busmen will now meet Australia’s Brisbane Roar in the next stage of qualification, while Shan will have to settle for AFC Cup football in the coming season.