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Murray, Jokic lead Nuggets to 135-105 rout of Bulls

By Pat Graham, Associated PRess DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray scored 22 of his 25 points in the third quarter, Nikola Jokic finished two rebounds shy of another triple-double and the Denver Nuggets cruised past Chicago 135-105 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) for their 12th straight home win over the Bulls. Chicago hasn't knocked off the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center since Feb. 8, 2006. The Bulls also remain winless in 2019, with their losing streak stretching to nine in a row. Jokic had 18 points and 11 assists as the Nuggets bounced back from a 142-111 drubbing Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) at the hands of Golden State in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference. Lauri Markkanen scored 27 for a Chicago team that finished up a fruitless five-game trip. The Nuggets showed no residual effects from the lopsided loss to the Warriors, in which they allowed an NBA-record, 51-point first quarter. Denver picked up the defensive intensity from the start and limited the Bulls to 47 points at halftime. Denver led by as many as 40. Jokic did a little bit of everything, including a move where he went around the waist with the ball to avoid a defender and drew a foul while making the shot. That kicked up chants of "M-V-P!" The seven-footer from Serbia didn't have his best shooting night, though, missing several easy baskets in finishing 6-of-18 from the field. Bulls coach Jim Boylen took a "charge" late in the first quarter, when Torrey Craig fell on top of him after tumbling out of bounds. The ball was awarded to Chicago. TIP-INS Bulls: Rookie F Wendell Carter Jr. was ruled out with a sprained left thumb. He's day-to-day. ... G Zach LaVine was held to eight points, well below his average of 23.2. Nuggets: G Will Barton missed the game for personal reasons. ... G Gary Harris returned after missing five games with hamstring tightness and scored 14 points in 19 minutes as the Nuggets had seven players in double figures. ... Denver hit a season-high 20 three-pointers. KEEPING THEM FRESH Nuggets coach Michael Malone has been curtailing practices to keep his team fresh, especially in light of all their recent injuries. "I don't want to leave our fight in the gym and have nothing left in games," he said. STEPPING UP Boylen appreciated Kris Dunn taking accountability for his less-than-stellar play in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers earlier in the week. Dunn had six points and five turnovers against the Lakers. "He took it on the chest that he's got to play better for us to be successful. I'm just proud of him," Boylen said. "What we're striving for is to play better basketball and to own the 'Bulls' across our chest." UP NEXT Bulls: Host Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Nuggets: Finish a four-game homestand Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) against Cleveland......»»

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Andy Murray s agony: It s so sore I even hate walking the dogs

MELBOURNE, Australia – Andy Murray has opened up about the personal agony of his battered right hip after losing an epic Australian Open five-setter, saying he can't even enjoy simple pleasures like walking his dogs. The Scot fought to the bitter end in what could prove his final match before losing ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 15th, 2019Related News

Sooners QB, A s pick Kyler Murray declares for NFL draft

By Cliff Brunt, Associated Press Kyler Murray, the first-round Major League Baseball draft pick and Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma quarterback, declared himself eligible for the NFL draft on Monday. Murray announced his decision in a tweet, ending his brief and storied college career. What's next for the Murray is not yet known. I have declared for the NFL Draft. — Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) January 14, 2019 The Oakland Athletics made the speedy outfielder the ninth overall selection last June and agreed to $4.66 million signing bonus. The A's agreed to let him continue playing football, and he made the most of it by winning the Heisman in his only season as a starter for the Sooners. He passed for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns and ran for 1,001 yards and another 12 scores, posting the second-best passer efficiency rating in FBS history. As Murray dominated, his draft stock improved. Jim Callis, a senior writer on MLB.com, said the A's couldn't have foreseen that Murray would be a potential first-round NFL draft pick because of his size. Listed at 5-10 and 195 pounds, Murray would be a small quarterback in the NFL by any standard. "The primary risk was, what if he gets hurt on the football field?" Callis said, recalling his conversations with scouts before the season. "I don't think anybody was saying he could be an NFL first-round pick." Once the NFL emerged as a potential option for Murray, the A's took action. Representatives of the A's and Major League Baseball met Sunday with Murray, and the possibility existed that Oakland could offer more money by putting him on the 40-man major league roster. Even with the A's efforts, Murray would have a shot at a bigger payday sooner in football and he wouldn't have to go to the minor leagues. Callis and other observers say it is very unlikely Murray will be able to play both sports because he's a quarterback. Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders pulled it off, but Jackson was an outfielder and a running back and Sanders was an outfielder and cornerback. "This isn't Bo Jackson showing up and here, we'll pitch you the ball and you outrun everybody, or Deion Sanders helicoptering in and his great speed, coverage skills," Callis said. "When you're a quarterback, you have to put in hours and hours of study running an offense. ... You can't play both sports when you're a quarterback. I think if he wants to play quarterback, which appears to be his greatest love, there can't be any question that he's 100 percent football." Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said in November that if anyone could play both sports, it's Murray. "I don't want to put it past him," Riley said. " A lot of people would say he can't do what he's done right now — how well he performed for our baseball group here this spring, and how well he's played here for us. So there's certainly some different dynamics with it. Obviously the fact that he would want to play quarterback, if he chooses the football route, is a little different than Deion or Bo or some of those guys. But he athletically is so gifted and can transition between the two." The NFL scouting combine is in late February and early March and could intersect with his spring training — major league camp starts in mid-February and minor league camp begins in early March. If Murray wanted to participate in the combine, the A's would need to allow it and it would need to be reflected on his contract. Murray's road to his NFL draft choice was a winding one from his prep days in suburban Dallas. After a disappointing freshman season in football at Texas A&M in 2015, he transferred to Oklahoma. He sat out a year because of transfer rules, then was the backup during Baker Mayfield's Heisman-winning 2017 season. Murray then had an impressive enough baseball season in 2018 to draw the A's attention. Callis said Murray is somewhat like a faster version of outfielder Andrew McCutchen. After he was drafted, Murray took batting practice at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, greeted by "WELCOME TO OAKLAND" on the big scoreboard with his photo. A's manager Bob Melvin, executive Billy Beane and general manager David Forst closely followed Oklahoma football this season as the Sooners reached the College Football Playoff, losing to Alabama in a semifinal. As recently as last month, the A's said they expected Murray to pursue baseball. Murray had also said multiple times throughout the football season that he plans to focus strictly on baseball after this season......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 15th, 2019Related News

Murray bows out of last Australian Open as Federer, Nadal fight on

MELBOURNE, Australia – A battling Andy Murray bowed out of the Australian Open at the first hurdle Monday, January 14, but it was business as usual for ruthless Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who joined Caroline Wozniacki in round two. The Scottish five-time Melbourne Park finalist gave it everything he had and ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 14th, 2019Related News

Andy Murray likely to have statue erected – Wimbledon CEO

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is likely to be honored with a statue at the historic Grand Slam venue, the All England Club's chief executive told the BBC. The 31-year-old Scot -- who won the grasscourt Grand Slam in 2013 and 2016 -- announced last Friday retirement was on the cards due to a chronic hip injury. He then choked back tears and broke down as he revealed he hoped to end his career at Wimbledon, but admitted the Australian Open which began Monday could be his last event because the constant pain was so bad. Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All England Club, said Murray could well be honored in the same manner as fellow Briton and multiple Wimbledon men's sin...Keep on reading: Andy Murray likely to have statue erected – Wimbledon CEO.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 14th, 2019Related News

On bad hip, Andy Murray out in 1st round of Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia --- If this was it for Andy Murray, if this truly was it, he gave himself --- and an appreciative, raucous crowd that included his mother and brother --- quite a gutsy goodbye, the type of never-give-in performance he's famous for. What Murray could not quite do Monday at the Australian Open was finish off a stirring comeback and prolong what might just be the final tournament of his career. Playing on a surgically repaired right hip so painful that pulling on socks is a chore, he summoned the strength and strokes to erase a big deficit and force a fifth set before eventually succumbing to 22nd-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-2, M...Keep on reading: On bad hip, Andy Murray out in 1st round of Australian Open.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 14th, 2019Related News

Andy Murray to make career decision ‘in next week’ after Australian Open exit

AndyMurraysaid he would make a decision on further surgery that could end his career "within a week" after battling to a gutsy, epic five-set defeat in the Australian Open on Monday. The Scot fought to the very end before losing his Melbourne first-round match 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (4/7), 6-2to Roberto Bautista Agut. Murray, who has said he will retire this season because of chronic hip pain, seemed finished at two sets and a break down to the 22nd seeded Spaniard in the first round but somehow battled back to force a fifth set. "Amazing. That was incredible, thank you so, so much to everyone that came out tonight," the three-time Grand Slam champion said after being swept along ...Keep on reading: Andy Murray to make career decision ‘in next week’ after Australian Open exit.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 14th, 2019Related News

Nadal, Sharapova and Wozniacki advance at Australian Open

By John Pye, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal has missed a lot of tennis since last September. He hasn't missed a beat. The No. 2-seeded Nadal had a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth on Monday in the first round of the Australian Open, his first match back on Rod Laver Arena since he had to retire during his quarterfinal match last year. The 17-time major winner hasn't played since retiring from his semifinal at the U.S. Open because of a knee injury, and then had surgery on his right ankle in November. He also withdrew from a tune-up tournament in Brisbane because of a muscle strain in his thigh, mainly as a precaution, to ensure he's fit for the season-opening major. "Not easy to come back after a lot of months of competition, especially against a player playing super aggressive every shot," Nadal said. "It's very difficult to start after an injury — I know it very well. "So that's an important victory because is the first victory since a while, and at the same time, because that gives me the chance to be on court again." Wearing a sleeveless top, he showed no signs of any issues against Duckworth. His only hiccup came when he served for the match in the ninth game of the third set and was broken. He returned the favor quickly, though, to seal his spot in the second round. Nadal has only lost twice in the first round at Grand Slams — to Steve Darcis at 2013 Wimbledon, and to Fernando Verdasco here in 2016. Maria Sharapova's record in the first round is good, too. She was the first of five Australian Open winners to play on Rod Laver Arena on Day 1, starting with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Harriet Dart. No. 2-ranked Angelique Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open champion, opened with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Polona Hercog and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki beat Alison Van Uytvanck 6-3, 6-4 in the first of the night matches on the main arena. Sharapova has the second-best record (behind Serena Williams) among active women's players in first-round matches at the majors, and she gave an illustration of why that's the case in a 63-minute disposal of Dart. Stung by a first-round loss at Wimbledon last year, 2008 Australian Open champion Sharapova said she couldn't afford to feel any empathy for Dart. "There is no time for that, I'm sorry to say ... when you're playing the first round of a Grand Slam," said Sharapova, who is still feeling pain in her right shoulder despite sitting out the end of last season after the U.S. Open. "I think I was just focused on not having a letdown." Also advancing were 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, No. 9 Kiki Bertens, No. 11 Aryna Sabalenka, local favorite Ash Barty, No. 19 Caroline Garcia, No. 20 Anett Kontaveit, No. 24 Lesia Tsurenko, No. 29 Donna Vekic and No. 31 Petra Martic. Katie Boulter earned the distinction of winning the first 10-point tiebreaker under the Australian Open's new system for deciding sets, and she celebrated twice. Boulter beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (6), including 10-6 in the tiebreaker. Boulter started celebrating and went to the net when she reached 7-4 in the tiebreaker, forgetting it wasn't a conventional count. The new rule was introduced to ensure matches don't get too lengthy — previously the third set in women's matches and the fifth set in men's matches at the Australian Open had to be decided by a two-game advantage. Fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson won his first match at Melbourne Park since 2015 when he beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. Also advancing on the men's side were No. 14 Stefanos Tsitsipas, no. 18 Diego Schwartzman, No. 19 Nikoloz Basilashvili, No. 20 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 26 Fernando Verdasco and No. 27 Alex de Minaur, who won the Sydney International final last weekend. It was high stakes when ninth-seeded John Isner lost 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) to No. 97-ranked Reilly Opelka in a match featuring two of the tallest players on tour. Tomas Berdych sent 2018 Australian Open semifinalist Kyle Edmund home early with right away with a 6-3, 6-0, 7-5 win over the No. 13 seed on Melbourne Arena in the match before five-time finalist Andy Murray took on Roberto Bautista Agut......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 14th, 2019Related News

On bad hip, Andy Murray out in 1st round of Australian Open

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — If this was it for Andy Murray, if this truly was it, he gave himself — and an appreciative, raucous crowd that included his mother and brother — quite a gutsy goodbye. What Murray could not quite do Monday at the Australian Open was finish off a stirring comeback and prolong what might just be the final tournament of his career. Playing on a surgically repaired right hip so painful that pulling on socks is a chore, he summoned the strength and strokes to erase a big deficit and force a fifth set before eventually succumbing to 22nd-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-2, Murray's first opening-round loss at a Grand Slam tournament in 11 years. "If this was my last match ... I gave literally everything I had," Murray told a full house at Melbourne Arena, his voice shaking. "It wasn't enough tonight." Murray, just 31, is a year removed from the operation and he announced in the days leading up to the Australian Open that he will retire in 2019. The biggest looming question is whether he'd be able to make it to July for Wimbledon, where he won two of his three major titles, including the first for a British man in 77 years. He had raised the prospect that he might not be able to continue past this week, although he did leave a bit of room open, saying after Monday's match: "Maybe I'll see you again. I'll do everything possible to try. If I want to go again, I'll need to have a big operation (and) there's no guarantees I'll be able to come back, anyway." Even with a hitch in his gait, even as he leaned forward to rest his hands on knees between points, Murray summoned the strength and the strokes to push the match beyond the 4-hour mark. And the fans tried to will him past Bautista Agut, who had lost in straight sets all three previous matches the two men had played. They roared when Murray managed to break back to 2-all on the way to taking the third set, with his mom, Judy, smiling widely as she stood alongside other spectators. They chanted his name when he grabbed the fourth set. They stood when the compelling contest ended. "Andy deserves this atmosphere. Andy deserves (that) all the people came to watch him," Bautista Agut said. "He's a tough, tough fighter. A tough opponent. He gives everything until the last point. I want to congratulate him for all he did for tennis." Afterward, a video was shown in the stadium with tributes to Murray from various players, including rivals Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, along with Nick Kyrgios, Caroline Wozniacki, Karolina Pliskova and Sloane Stephens. "Amazing career. Congratulations, buddy," Federer said. "I'm your biggest fan.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 14th, 2019Related News

Federer opens Australian title defense as Murray hobbles into action

MELBOURNE, Australia – Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki open their Australian Open title defenses Monday, January 14, as Andy Murray takes to the court for what could be his farewell match at Melbourne Park and potentially his last ever. The Swiss maestro has won the last two Australian Opens and his ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 14th, 2019Related News

Federer shocked, Djokovic hurt by Murray retirement bombshell | The Manila Times Online

MELBOURNE: Roger Federer admitted Sunday he was shocked that tennis was to lose legend Andy Murray this year while long-time friend Novak Djokovic said the bombshell news had hurt him.READ The post Fe.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsJan 14th, 2019Related News

Roger Federer to talk with Novak Djokovic about ATP board woes

Roger Federer Sunday said he planned to speak to fellow big guns Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray about the future of ATP Tour chief Chris Kermode after reports of a move to oust him. Britain's Daily Telegraph said it had seen a strongly worded email sent out by ATP player councilmember Vasek Pospisil to players ranked between 50 and 100. It reportedly called for the workforce to "start acting and running like a business not like a bunch of scared kids ... we need a CEO that first and foremost represents OURinterests". The email added that "the governance structure of the ATP favors the interests of thetournaments and its (their) owners ... It's time for a change and it ...Keep on reading: Roger Federer to talk with Novak Djokovic about ATP board woes.....»»

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One more look at the Globes: what the TV cameras missed

  LOS ANGELES---Timothe Chalamet was easily the most affable among the stars in the pit, chatting up fellow actors and taking selfies with them, from Christian Bale to Lupita Nyong'o. In the green room, two silver-haired icons, Harrison Ford and Richard Gere, talked while waiting for their turn to present awards.   Those are among the scenes not captured by the television cameras in the recent 76th Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.   As usual, the stars and studio bosses schmoozed during the commercial breaks, but once Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg resumed their hosting duties onstage, the A-listers went back to their respective se...Keep on reading: One more look at the Globes: what the TV cameras missed.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 12th, 2019Related News

Lawson s Andy Brown to perform in Manila in March | ABS-CBN News

Lawson's Andy Brown to perform in Manila in March ABS-CBN News Andy Brown, the lead singer and guitarist of the British pop rock band Lawson, will be performing in Manila next year......»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsJan 12th, 2019Related News

Andy Murray to retire, Australian Open could be last event

MELBOURNE: A tearful Andy Murray on Friday announced he would likely retire this year due to severe pain from a hip injury, saying next week’s Australian Open could be the…READ The post Andy Murray to retire, Australian Open could be last event appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsJan 11th, 2019Related News

Tennis world reacts to Andy Murray s retirement

Murray has been struggling since suffering from a hip injury during Wimbedon back in 2017 and despite undergoing surgery in 2018, the 31-year-old just never fully recovered......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJan 11th, 2019Related News

Andy Murray to retire, eyes Wimbledon as last event

    MELBOURNE, Australia (UPDATED) – A tearful Andy Murray on Friday, January 11, announced ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 11th, 2019Related News

Intimate concert with Lawson vocalist for PH fans

Andy Brown, the former lead vocalist and guitarist of the British pop-rock band Lawson, will perform unplugged for his intimate, one-night concert on March 30 at Skydome in SM City North Edsa.   Mounted by KBeam Events, the acoustic show is expected to have Andy playing some of his new songs, including "Talk of the Town" and "Lay with Me" from his solo debut album, "Cedarmont."   The singer-songwriter's set will also feature material from Lawson's discography, like the UK hits, "When She was Mine" and "Standing in the Dark" (call 470-2222).   With Lawson currently on a hiatus, Andy went on to pursue a solo career in 2017 as a country artist.  ...Keep on reading: Intimate concert with Lawson vocalist for PH fans.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 10th, 2019Related News

Why cheaters are more creative than non-cheaters

ANDY (not his real name) was asking if I heard of a young caucasian gentleman who belongs to our Kaizen fraternity in this part of the world. “Yes, I know…READ The post Why cheaters are more creative than non-cheaters appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes ManilatimesCategory: Jan 8th, 2019Related News

Colors return to Golden Globes carpet

It was a return to looks of color on the Golden Globes red carpet after last year's show of #MeToo solidarity in black. The night's co-host, Sandra Oh, led things off in a classic Hollywood bob and white gown with an asymmetrical neckline as she posed with her evening's hosting partner, Andy Samberg. Oh's side coif and gently bedazzled draped look Sunday was paired with a red lip and high platforms that lent extra sparkle. She stacked diamond bracelets on her left wrist. Idris Elba, People's sexiest man, went tieless but was stunning nonetheless in a jade green tuxedo jacket and vest. Elsie Fisher, the 15-year-old star of "Eighth Grade," wore a red velvet suit by Kenzo. Amy ...Keep on reading: Colors return to Golden Globes carpet.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 7th, 2019Related News