PORTLAND, Ore. (AP): The Trail Blazers huddled in a timeout with just more than 17 seconds left against Oklahoma City, and the overwhelming sentiment was simple: relax. The Thunder had trimmed Portland’s lead to 110-109, but the Blazers refused to get rattled and came away with a 114-109 victory Thursday night. “Even though it got scary there at the end, we were still able to calm ourselves down and get the win,” said Damian Lillard, who finished with 33 points. Russell Westbrook scored 45 on 12-of-36 shooting for the Thunder, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Oklahoma City newcomer Taj Gibson added 15 points, including a high-arching buzzer-beater from 61 feet away to put the Thunder up 60-57 at halftime. Alex Abrines’ 3-pointer gave the Thunder their biggest lead at 97-89 with 7:48 left, but Al-Farouq Aminu made a layup that tied it at 101 with 3:43 to go. He missed the free throw, but Jusuf Nurkic got the tip-in to give Portland the lead. Lillard’s 3-pointer extended it to 106-101 before Westbrook’s driving layup and free throw pulled Oklahoma City to 110-106. Abrines’ 3-pointer with 17.7 seconds left narrowed it to 110-109. After the timeout, Lillard was fouled twice in the final seconds and made all four free throws before Westbrook and Doug McDermott missed 3-pointers at the end. Nurkic, acquired by the Blazers just before the All-Star break in a trade with Denver, was a spark with 18 points, 12 rebounds, a career-high six assists and five blocks. “He has a good sense of the game,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “When you have that, I think the integration goes a little bit better.” Westbrook hit all 15 of his free throws. He had eight rebounds and four assists, ending a streak of four straight triple-doubles.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies will be doing the draw in their $10,000 fundraiser raffle this coming weekend.The Huskies are using the raffle to raise money for the upcoming 2018 Alberta Junior ‘B’ Provincials, which the team will be hosting next year. There are only 4,000 tickets for the raffle in total, with a grand prize draw of $10,000 taking place at the North Peace Arena on April 30th.Huskies President Mike Bacso says that there are only 1,000 tickets left for the draw, which happens this coming Sunday at 7:30 p.m.- Advertisement -Tickets are $5 each, and can be purchased in a number of ways. The Huskies will be selling tickets at both Save-On Foods and Ernie’s in the Totem Mall on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and again at Ernie’s on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..For more information, or to buy tickets, contact Huskies President Mike Bacso at (250) 794-1777, or via the Huskies’ Facebook page.
“Keep Your Five Alive” Indoor KO Competition…Linden’s Swag Entertainment provided fans with a glimpse of what is in store for opposing teams when they inflicted a crushing 6-1 drubbing on Georgetown’s Kingston as play in the “Keep Your Five Alive” Indoor Knockout Competition opened on Thursday night at the National Gymnasium.Part of the action in the ‘Keep Your Five Alive’ Indoor Knockout Competition at the National GymnasiumAppearing in the third game of the night, Swag were led to victory through a brace each from Colwin Drakes, who netted in the 9th and 11th minutes; and Jermaine Grandison, who netted in the 6th and 13th minutes.Clarence Huggins in the 7th, and Shane Luckie’s 20th minute strike completed their tally.Kingston’s lone response came off the boots of D. Christian in the 8th minute.Mocha’s Rhythm Stars were also in ripping form, dispatching Berbice Guinness champion Trafalgar 4-2, with Orville’s and Dorville’s solitary strikes supporting a pair from Steffon Stewart.Led by a double from Seon Grant, Agricola eliminated Broad Street, while Ryan O’Selmo and Tsekedi Sealey’s single efforts were enough to secure Sophia’s win over newcomers Avocado Ballers.In the final game of the evening, Leopold Street, one of the tournament’s favourites, beat Melanie 3-0, with their captain, Okenie Fraser, firing in a treble in the 4th, 12th and 20th minutes respectively.Buxton Diamond engage West Demerara Showstoppers, while the young Uprising team from the East Coast go up against Linden’s Silver Bullets.Ol Skool Ballers then collide with East Coast BV, before Ann’s Grove and North East La Penitence take to the court.The rejuvenated Tiger Bay unit then faces California Square, before Sparta Boss and Tucville bring the curtains down on the evening’s proceedings.Meanwhile, the organisers are reminding teams that only those winning will advance further in the competition.Over $800,000 in prize monies and trophies will be up for grabs.Complete ResultsRhythm Stars – 4 vs Trafalgar – 2Rhythm Stars ScorersSteffon Ramsay in the 13th and 16thOrville Stewart in the 1stDorville Stewart in the 18thTrafalgar ScorerOdari Miller in the 17th and 20thBroad Street – 1 vs Agricola – 2Agricola ScorerSeon Grant in the 2nd and 13thBroad Street scorerAkeem Sam in the 16thKingston – 1 vs Swag Entertainment – 6Swag ScorersColwin Drakes in the 9th and 11thJermaine Grandison in the 6th and 13thClarence Huggins in the 7thShane Luckie in the 20thKingston ScorerD Christian in the 8thAvacado Ballers – 0 vs Sophia-2Ryan Oselmo in the 2ndTsekedi Sealey in the 10thLeopold Street – 3 vs Melanie – 0Okenie Fraserin the 4th, 12th and 20th
MOST READ Brazil’s soccer player Neymar touches his left knee during a practice session at the Granja Comary training center ahead of the Copa America tournament, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)Neymar had to cut short his first full training session with Brazil ahead of the Copa America after the striker appeared to feel pain in his left knee.The 27-year-old Neymar left the field in the Granja Comary training ground outside Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday alongside doctor Rodrigo Lasmar. Brazil’s football confederation said Neymar had felt “discomfort” in his knee and was being evaluated by the medical staff.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Brazil fights Amazon fires after hundreds more flare up02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss 1, not done: Naomi Osaka avoids French Open upset; Halep wins, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport It was another setback for Brazil’s biggest star, who has only played four matches with Paris Saint-Germain since he returned from a broken metatarsal in his right foot on April 27.That was the same injury that slowed his runs and dribbles at last year’s World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBrazil fitness coach Fabio Mahseredjian had said before the training session that Neymar should be fully recovered after a pair of friendlies against Qatar and Honduras in early June.But on Tuesday, which marked Brazil’s first full training since players started gathering for the South American championship, Neymar had to leave and appeared to be in pain after taking a shot near the end of the session. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cafu, a former Brazil captain who led the team to the World Cup title in 2002, said Neymar was not showing enough respect for the armband.“Being captain is a big responsibility,” Cafu said. “It is more than being the team’s star.”Adoration at home has also suffered because of political reasons.Neymar recently showed support for far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has made a series of racist, misogynistic and anti-gay statements.Weeks later, as Neymar prepared for his return after the injury, Brazilian media reported his father had met Bolsonaro and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes to discuss the player’s tax problems.The Copa America will mark Neymar’s fourth tournament played at home. He won the 2013 Confederations Cup and the gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but his team was eliminated in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup. Neymar was injured and didn’t play in the 7-1 loss to Germans.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The Copa America starts on June 14 with host Brazil facing Bolivia in the opening match at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo. Venezuela and Peru are also in the same group.Brazil’s coaching staff was also optimistic about Neymar’s recovery for the World Cup in Russia, but the striker instead made news for his splashy dives rather than his once frequent dashing performances.Neymar is also heading into the Copa America, a tournament Brazil hasn’t won since 2007, with a disciplinary problem.Besides being been banned for three matches in France after an altercation with a fan following the French Cup final, Neymar also publicly criticized some of his teammates — a move that Brazil coach Tite doesn’t like.In response, Neymar has been replaced as captain by veteran defender Dani Alves. The Brazilian soccer confederation said Tite made the decision on Saturday after a one-on-one conversation with Neymar.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP