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American point guard Jacob Pullen lets it rain in Spain

  |  March 9, 2014

American point guard Jacob Pullen lets it rain in Spain

Shooting a basketball from beyond the arc is a beautiful science that very few players can really grasp. It does not matter which country you are in. In an ode to the late and great Philip Seymour Hoffman, he demonstrates my point perfectly in this clip from the movie Along Came Polly: But even as some of the most prolific basketball-playing actors are owning the courts in New York City, some other standout players are making headlines abroad. American point guard Jacob Pullen set a Spanish league record for most three-pointers in a game when he drained 12 in Barcelona’s [...]

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Timing of Quique Sanchez axe at Al Ain is a mystery

  |  March 9, 2014

Timing of Quique Sanchez axe at Al Ain is a mystery

Al Ain should know better. Certainly, every fan of Arabian Gulf League football realises that coaches come and (sooner than later) go … but Al Ain’s treatment of Quique Sanchez Flores, dismissed on Saturday, was particularly arbitrary and short-sighted. So, Al Ain will not win the league. That was clear in September, when club officials grasped the enormity of their mistake in hiring Jorge Fossati to replace Cosmin Olaroiu as coach, touching off a campaign of uncertainty and instability. It was a rudderless club for too long before Al Ain did something right — hiring Sanchez Flores. Where they went [...]

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Digging a bit deeper into the San Antonio Spurs success

  |  March 5, 2014

Digging a bit deeper into the San Antonio Spurs success

I profiled on Tuesday the San Antonio Spurs who, no, I’m confident now saying, are never going to let age catch up with them and get bad ever. One of the things I pointed out about San Antonio is that, despite playing a more subdued, conservative style and ranking just about at the bottom third of the league in shot attempts per game, the Spurs still score the ninth-most points per game in the NBA. Part of the reason for that is they shoot three-pointers very well – better than anyone else in the league, in fact, at 39.1 per [...]

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Tiger Woods’ last 5 withdrawals

  |  March 4, 2014

Tiger Woods’ last 5 withdrawals

In what has become a recurring theme over the past five years, the world No 1 walked off the course on Sunday at the Honda Classic, citing injury. Steve Elling takes a look at the brittle 38-year-old American’s list of medical maladies:   1. 2010 In his third event back from the sex scandal that nearly derailed his career, Woods withdrew after playing seven holes in the final round of the Players Championship. Woods cited a neck injury of indeterminate origin, which many believe dated to his infamous traffic accident on Thanksgiving night, 2009. 2. 2011 Woods again walked away [...]

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Photos: LeBron James wore a sweet black mask last week

  |  March 4, 2014

Photos: LeBron James wore a sweet black mask last week

LeBron James broke his nose, which is not terribly uncommon in the NBA. To stay on the court, basketball players very frequently wear a protective mask for a few games until their nose heals. Nothing too interesting about any of that, except for that when LeBron broke his nose, he came back last Thursday against the Knicks sporting a black mask, that, coupled with his black Miami Heat jersey and the fact that he’s the best basketball player alive, made him like awesome. He only got to wear it for the one game, though, with the NBA making him switch [...]

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Bahrain to honour Michael Schumacher

  |  March 2, 2014

Bahrain to honour Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher is still in coma after a ski accident. Franck Robichon / EPA

Seven times world champion Michael Schumacher, still in a coma in a French hospital after a skiing accident in late December, is to have the first corner of Bahrain’s Formula One circuit named after him. The German won the inaugural Bahrain race in 2004 and also advised on the design of the circuit. “From his first appearance… in 2004, he immediately became an inspiration for all those who love motorsport in the Kingdom and it is therefore natural for us to recognise him in this way,” Bahrain International Circuit chairman Zayed al Zayani said in a statement on Sunday. Schumacher’s [...]

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Another chapter in history of India-Pakistan cricket rivalry

  |  March 2, 2014

One of cricket’s biggest rivalries takes centre stage again today as India and Pakistan face off in Bangladesh at the Asia Cup, with the winner likely to reach the final. Here is a look at their past five one-day meetings. June 15, 2013 – India won by eight wickets, D/L method When the fixtures for the 2013 Champions Trophy in England were drawn, this match was marked on everyone’s cards. Edgbaston turned into the subcontinent for a day. Misbah-ul-Haq’s side, below, were all out for 165 after 39 overs and India chased down a revised total with ease. January 6, [...]

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One Direction star does a star turn for Doncaster Rovers

  |  February 27, 2014

One Direction star does a star turn for Doncaster Rovers
Louis Tomlinson, third from left, played in front of 5,000 spectators. Tim Whitby / Getty Images

One Direction pop star Louis Tomlinson lived the dream of many fans by playing for his club when he turned out for Doncaster Rovers on Wednesday. Tomlinson came on as a 65th minute substitute for Rovers in their reserve match against Yorkshire rivals Rotherham as part of a charity partnership with the local Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in northern England. More than 5,000 fans – an extraordinary figure for a midweek reserve match between two lower league clubs – turned out to watch Tomlinson, with many of the crowd, some of whom had come from as far afield as Mexico, [...]

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Ricky Ponting swings well with a golf club

  |  February 27, 2014

Ricky Ponting swings well with a golf club
Ricky Ponting retired from Australian cricket at the end of 2012. Robert Cianflone / Getty Images

QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand // Ricky Ponting, the former Australia cricket captain, used to win attention in New Zealand for his high scores, but it was his low score at the New Zealand Golf Open that caught the eye on Thursday. Ponting had six birdies in a combined 7-under par opening round of 65 with playing partner Tony Popovic in the pro-am, best ball section of the tournament. Ponting and Popovic were still five shots off the pro-am pace which was set at 12-under. Ponting played in a group including Stephen Fleming, the former New Zealand captain, while another former Australia captain, Allan Border [...]

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Lower-division clubs to make FA Cup final

  |  February 26, 2014

Lower-division clubs to make FA Cup final

The FA Cup semi-finals will have at least one representative from outside the Premier League after Charlton Athletic’s 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Monday, set up a quarter-final against League One’s Sheffield United. A look at the last five sides from outside the top flight to reach the final. Cardiff City – May 17, 2008 The Welsh side only had to beat one Premier League team, Middlesbrough, on their way to the semi-finals, where they defeated fellow Championship side Barnsley 1-0, thanks to Joe Ledley’s goal, to reach the final, where they lost 1-0 to Portsmouth. Millwall – May [...]

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