XFL power rankings: Houston alone at top heading into Week 4 matchup vs. Dallas

first_imgJust when you think you had the XFL figured out, a winless team wins by 30 points. The Los Angeles Wildcats pulled the biggest upset of Week 3 with a 39-9 victory against the D.C. Defenders, and that leaves just one unbeaten team heading into Week 4. Sporting News looks at the XFL rankings each week.  MORE: XFL Week 3 results, highlights and moreXFL Power Rankings for Week 41. Houston Roughnecks (3-0)The Roughnecks take the top spot in this week’s rankings after a 34-27 victory against Tampa Bay. P.J. Walker, who passed for 306 yards and three TDs, hit Cam Phillips with the game-winning score with 10:32 remaining. Walker and Phillips combined for three more TDs and has become the best pass-catch connection in the league. Walker leads the league with 748 passing yards, and Phillips leads the league with 324 receiving yards. 2. St. Louis BattleHawks (2-1)  Keith Mumphrey and Joe Powell combined for the first kickoff return TD in the history of the XFL courtesy of a reverse, and St. Louis used that early momentum to cruise to a 29-9 victory against New York. Matt Jones (14 carries, 95 yards, TD) and Christine Michael (13 carries, 44 yards, TD) provided a balanced rushing attack for Jordan Ta’amu, and the defense limited New York to 2 of 10 conversions on third down. WEEEE LOOOOOVE XFL KICKOOOOOFFS!!!UNREAL.📺 @espn🖥 https://t.co/qZVDJBytZi pic.twitter.com/kudFLbJCW2— XFL (@xfl2020) February 23, 20203. Dallas Renegades (2-1)  Landry Jones was a mixed bag in a 24-12 victory against Seattle in a similar performance to his debut. He hit 30 of 41 passes for 274 yards, three TDs and two interceptions. The biggest revelation in the offense continues to be tight end Donald Parham, who had five catches for 101 yards and a pair of TDs. He’s going to get NFL looks if this continues. We can’t wait to see the “rivalry” game between Houston and Dallas in Week 4. It will be the best game of the week. 4. D.C. Defenders (2-1) The West Coast did not treat the defenders well in the loss to the Wildcats. Cardale Jones took his first loss as a starter dating back to his college days at Ohio State after a four-interception dud. The running game piled up 200 yards, but the turnovers got in the way. D.C. also was 2 of 13 on third down. Los Angeles had a 27-3 lead by halftime and never looked back. 5. Seattle Dragons (1-2)Seattle had a halftime lead on the strength of two first-half TD passes by Brandon Silvers, but the Renegades pulled away in the second half. Austen Proehl caught another TD for the Dragons and continues to be one of the more reliable receiving targets, but the running game sputtered again. Seattle also travels to face St. Louis in Week 4. It won’t get easier.   6. Los Angeles Wildcats (1-2)  The Wildcats took out their early-season frustrations on the Defenders, and Josh Johnson threw three TDs in a 39-9 blowout at home. Johnson’s 40-yard TD pass to Tre McBride set the tone, and LA has one of the better receiving tandems in the league with McBride and Nelson Spruce. Mike Stevens had two of the team’s four interceptions. It was an all-around effort the Wildcats can build on. 7. New York Guardians (1-2)  The Guardians bumped down a spot after the loss to St. Louis, and the quarterback carousel continued. Marquise Williams, Matt McGloin and Luis Perez all saw time against the BattleHawks, and Perez might be the best bet moving forward. He had some success in the AAF last season. The running game got on track, too, but it was too late against a better team. New York hosts Los Angeles in Week 4.8. Tampa Bay Vipers (0-3)  The Vipers finally scored some points after averaging just 12 points per game in the first two weeks, but it wasn’t enough against the best team in the league. Taylor Cornelius and Quinton Flowers shared quarterback duties again, and Jalen Tolliver had eight catches for 104 yards. The Vipers had 99 penalty yards in the loss and couldn’t generate a pass rush against Houston.last_img read more

Curtis Cup players in England’s European team

first_img Two of GB&I’s victorious Curtis Cup golfers are among the six players selected to represent England Golf in the European girls’ team championship at St Leon-Rot Golf Club, Germany, from 10-14 July. Charley Hull (Woburn) and Bronte Law (Bramhall) will be joined by Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak), Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’), Emily Taylor (Hillside), and Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough). Four of the players were members of the England team which won the silver medal at last year’s championship: Georgia Hall, Bronte Law, Elizabeth Mallett and Emily Taylor. The players: Charley Hull, 16, is the fifth ranked amateur in the world and the reigning English strokeplay champion. She and Bronte Law, 17, were members of the GB&I team which won the Curtis Cup earlier this month, for the first time in 16 years. Bronte was runner-up in the French lady junior championship earlier this season. Georgia Hall, 16, was runner-up in the English amateur championship at Royal Birkdale in May; Elizabeth Mallett, 17, is a past English girls’ champion; Emily Taylor, 17, is the Irish strokeplay champion; and Meghan MacLaren, 18, won the U18 trophy at the French lady junior championship. Georgia, Charley and Bronte were all members of England’s winning team at the 2011 ladies’ Home Internationals, while Georgia, Bronte, Emily, Elizabeth and Meghan were in the successful team at the girls’ Home Internationals. 21 Jun 2012 Curtis Cup players in England’s European team last_img read more

Rusty & Vincent qualify for playoffs

first_img2nd Terry Hodgkiss (26) 23pts3rd John Carlin (18) 22pts4th Markku Tynell (21) 21pts5th Leo Adam (24) 20ptsRusty Barfield.With the rain clouds continuing to encircle the Pattaya area the prospects for a return to dry-weather golf appeared to have somewhat dimmed as the group set out for the farthest of the courses on the schedule.So a smaller than usual group set off, under overcast but dry skies, over an almost deserted course where the two most difficult of the three nines were in play for the day.  Unfortunately the rain did not stay away for too long, leaving just five finishers who were led in by Mike Hill.  Six over handicap may not seem to be that good but it was a clear seven better than the next best could muster and owed as much to tenacity as skill.Terry Hodgkiss was the next in line to hand in a very wet and bedraggled score card for second place, one ahead of John Carling who described the going as heavy and slow.  Markku Tynell took fourth, with Leo Adam making his first appearance on the podium in fifth as the final finisher.There were no 2s in either of the divisions.Wednesday, Sept. 28, Khao Kheow B & C (yellow tees) – StablefordCSS 741st Rusty Barfield (6) 35pts2nd Larry Gibb (19) 33pts3rd Mike Hill (20) 32pts4th Frank Harrington (6) 32pts5th John Carlin (18) 29pts6th John Tallett (24) 29pts7th Markku Tynell (21) 29ptsVincent Gras.Clear skies all day was the forecast, as the group set off for a course that is a tough enough test in the best of conditions.  Overnight rain had left the course long and arduous but apart from the dampness it was in as good a condition as could be expected, with the greens especially worthy of good comment.Rusty Barfield returned to the group to win after completing an excellent round that got better as it progressed as he took 19 from the harder of the two halves to finish two ahead of Larry Gibb.Mike Hill slipped into third place after winning a count back over Frank Harrington with a better 17 to 16.  John Carlin then won a three-way count back for fifth, edging sixth placed John Tallett and seventh Markku Tynell as they recorded 17, 15 and 13 respectively.There were no 2s in the first division but Phil Cass and Mike Hill shared the second division rollover pool with one each on the island B8 hole.Friday, Sept. 30, Phoenix (Lakes & Ocean) – MedalDivision 1(Blue tees)CSS 77 NC1st Rusty Barfield (6) net 772nd Mark Lang (4) net 80Division 2CSS 741st Vincent Gras (17) net 732nd Terry Hodgkiss (26) net 753rd Benny Hansen (27) net 75Mike Hill.Once again the monthly medals were held at the redesigned Phoenix Gold course where the Lakes and Ocean nines were in play and the conditions were similar to the other two events earlier in the week, being heavy, with little to no run in the fairways and heavy wet grass in the rough.  The greens however showed some improvement from the previous visits, being a lot more receptive.So with scoring extremely difficult, especially for the first division who were playing from the blue tees as usual, the scores were once again generally well over handicap levels.Rusty Barfield took his first monthly medal ahead of Mark Lang, as the rest of the division failed to return a card and underlined the difficulty of the day.  Mark Lang’s card had commendably just two sixes included but too many fives had spoiled his chance of his first medal for the year, but he did become the eighteenth player in the first division to qualify for the end of year Gold and Silver playoffs.Vincent Gras was another to gain his place in the end of year competition as he took the second division medal with an excellent one over handicap return, this following a very productive first day in Pattaya the previous evening which had started early and required a very early bedtime.Terry Hodgkiss won a count back for second place with a better 34 to 37.5 to deny Benny Hansen a chance of an appearance in the finals.Mark Lang cleaned out the rollover pool in the first division 2s while Shuichi Kodak started a new holiday fund with his sole effort on the second division. IPGC Golf from The HavenMonday, Sept. 26, Greenwood – StablefordCSS 76 NC1st Mike Hill (20) 30ptslast_img read more

Freedom to Sleep

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Dr. Ankeney for Kaiser PermanenteAs another fall lurches toward a generation of school kids, now’s a great moment to talk about sleep. I know it seems a little strange to talk about nodding off to never-never land as we stew in the excitement of a new school year. But the reality is that much of America is “undersleeping,” especially school kids.Do you know how many hours of sleep per night is recommended for an average child/adolescent? It’s quite a lot, actually. Adults need at least seven hours per night on average for optimal sleep health. The National Sleep Foundation suggests up to nine hours for adults. Kids need substantially more, something in the 10-12 hour range.Problem: nearly 30 percent of adults in the U.S. report sleeping 6 or fewer hours daily with rates even worse among adolescents. And why does this matter? Over time, people suffer from all kinds of problems like reduced vigilance, distractibility, poor motivation, restlessness, and even incoordination. But insufficient sleep also can lead to cardiovascular disease, obesity, all-cause mortality (people who sleep less die earlier), reduced libido especially in older adults, and depression.Not getting enough sleep is a true medical diagnosis too: “Insufficient sleep syndrome.” The diagnosis requires both that the person is sleeping less than the recommended number of hours AND that they exhibit some of the symptoms listed above. It’s pretty clear that sleepiness played a role in the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear disaster, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and the 1986 nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl. You gotta wonder if the Atlanta Falcons were sleep-deprived when they played the Patriots in the 2017 Super Bowl.Doctors can help with insomnia using medications, right? The best answer here is along the lines of…rarely. The history of sleeping pills is long, interesting, and harrowing. The process of helping facilitate sleep through medication goes back to ancient times. Probably the first sleep aid was trusty alcohol, which indeed causes drowsiness. But that nice shot of J.D. gets metabolized quickly, which usually leads to frequently-interrupted sleep patterns through the latter half of the night and an uncomfortably hazy morning.In 1832, a drug called chloral hydrate (also called Noctec) entered the sleep scene. We then moved on to barbiturates and methaqualone and glutethimide. Some of these are still available on the market, most are not. ALL of the drugs we’ve used over the past 200 years do in fact cause drowsiness, so their introduction into the world was routinely met with enthusiasm. But with the advent of each new drug, the devil emerged in the details. Virtually every sleep aid eventually causes tolerance (the dose taken doesn’t work like it initially did) and create dependence (the drug doesn’t work much, but to not take them leads to sleeplessness for days).Worse, many of the “sleepers” pills were found to be extremely toxic in overdose; even a few extra could prove fatal. Some, barbiturates in particular, were found to stimulate enzymes in the liver to break down other drugs more quickly which then floods the body with drugs that were meant to trickle in slowly.The American entertainment culture has a long history with sleep meds. Jacqueline Susanne’s 1966 novel “The Valley of the Dolls,” one of the most successful books in publishing history, is a story about an aspiring actress who took ‘dolls’ (barbiturates) and was hooked on them. The Rolling Stones song “Mother’s Little Helper” is about a middle-America housewife addicted to little yellow pills, also likely barbiturates. If you haven’t heard the song, it’s not good. The upshot is that the pills ostensibly meant to help with sleep have become the fundamental unit of drug addiction in modern America. And let’s not forget the death of Michael Jackson, using a combination of propofol (used to cause anesthesia) and benzodiazepines. On that mixture, he simply stopped breathing.So, we’re left with a difficult conundrum: Sleep is important, and almost all medications that cause it are a horrible trap. What can be done?Turns out, quite a number of non-medical things can help with sleep; in fact, few people truly suffer from a physiological inability to sleep, so medications aren’t really necessary for them. The first step is simply making time for sleep a priority. It’s remarkable how many people don’t even give themselves a chance of a good night’s sleep because they don’t observe a bed time.Beyond this, most can conquer their sleep problems with assiduous sleep hygiene, sleep diaries, “wearables” (devices you can wear to track sleep quality), ASMR (repetitive sounds that create a pleasant lulling effect), smart phone sleep apps, and even cognitive behavioral therapy.So it’s still a reasonable thing to visit with your medical provider to ask for help with sleep if you aren’t getting enough. But ask for help devising a plan that doesn’t use medications. There are so many options today that everyone can create a plan that fits them best. And in the end, you can find a path to blissful, refreshing sleep, free of the medications that have plagued humanity for so long.“Kids are different today,”I hear ev’ry mother sayMother needs something today to calm her downAnd though she’s not really illThere’s a little yellow pillShe goes running for the shelter of a mother’s little helperAnd it helps her on her way, gets her through her busy day.-Rolling Stoneslast_img read more

Federer calls medical timeout ‘precaution’; del Potro next

first_imgIn the quarterfinals, he’ll face someone who turns 29 this month and whose presence does not conjure good memories for Federer at the U.S. Open: Juan Martin del Potro.Federer is a combined 44-0 against the first four men he’s played, and he is 16-5 against del Potro. But one of those defeats came in five sets in the 2009 final at Flushing Meadows, when del Potro won his only Grand Slam title and ended Federer’s streak of five consecutive championships in New York.“Probably feels like one of those matches I would like to play over again. Feel like I would probably win it somehow,” Federer said.“I just had all these chances in multiple moments. The only time when he was really better, in my opinion, was the fifth set,” he added. “Obviously that was good enough to beat me that day. It was a good match. A lot of back and forth. Crowd was really into it. Started in the day, finished in the night.”Del Potro has gone through plenty of health problems since then, including three operations on his left wrist that forced him to miss two years’ worth of Grand Slam tournaments until Wimbledon in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next That has had an effect on his two-handed backhand, to be sure, but the righty swing that produces massive forehands and serves is still intact — as Federer himself noted at his news conference and on Twitter.That was clear as del Potro shook off the effects of a fever and erased two set points while coming back from a big deficit to eliminated No. 6 Dominic Thiem 1-6, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4.When a reporter relayed to del Potro that Federer had spoken glowingly about him, del Potro responded: “Well, of course, I admire him, too. Everybody loves him.” Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns a shot against Philipp Kohlschreiber, of Germany, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)NEW YORK — The only bit of trouble for Roger Federer in his fourth-round match at the U.S. Open was when he felt the tightening of a muscle at the back of the top of his left leg.Federer asked for a medical timeout after the second set against No. 33 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, briefly let the court in Arthur Ashe Stadium to get a quick massage from a trainer, and soon was right back at it, finishing off his 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 victory Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal “It was more precaution. It’s all good. No problems there,” said Federer, who did not face a break point. “I’m not worried about it.”The state of the 36-year-old Federer’s physical condition has been a talking point throughout the tournament, because he tweaked his back during a match in August, interrupting his preparation for Flushing Meadows. Federer said he was worried about his movement in his first-round match against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe, then had timing issues in his second-rounder against 35-year-old Russian Mikhail Youzhny — and both of those contests went five sets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’On the bright side, the 19-time major champion also spent some time drawing a crowd by hitting in Central Park and has put together two straight-set wins in a row against opponents in their 30s.“I went from Tiafoe, then to the oldies, so that was good,” Federer joked. “Yeah, back to the ’80s.” Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitecenter_img Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay San Miguel to play Bridgeman vs Rain or Shine, still awaiting arrival of Terrence Watson Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies View commentslast_img read more

Defending champion Axelsen advances at badminton worlds

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ English FA brings in cards for touchline misconduct by managers Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Defending world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan defeated Canada’s Rachel Honderich 21-11, 21-9 to advance.In men’s doubles, top-seeded Indonesians Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo advanced with a win over Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong of China. They will face 10th-seeded Vladamir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov in the next round.On the women’s side, No. 1 seed Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan defeated Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Davletova 21-13, 21-14.The win sets up a clash with fellow countrywomen Du Yue and Li Yinhui in the round of 16.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil When play resumed on a different court, Axelsen won five of the next six points to clinch the game. He maintained this momentum into the second game, as he cruised to victory.“When we changed courts, I knew that both the light and wind was different, so I tried to focus on that and came really aggressive. Luckily that paid off in the end,” said Axelsen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Two-time world champion Chen Long beat Thailand’s Phetpradab Khosit 21-16, 21-11 in a match that lasted 50 minutes. Chen started slowly as Khosit repeatedly attacked the front of the net, but Chen eventually pulled away for the win.“When today’s match started, I still needed to adapt myself and mentally prepare myself,” said Chen. LATEST STORIES View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Viktor Axelsen of Denmark plays a shot against Huang Yuxiang of China during their men’s badminton singles match at the BWF World Championships in Nanjing, China, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)NANJING, China — Defending world champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark beat Huang Yuxiang 21-17, 21-8 Wednesday to advance to the round of 16 at the badminton world championships.The match was tied 16-16 in the first game before play was suspended for roughly 10 minutes as organizers dealt with water that was dripping onto the court.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Chen will next face 14th-seeded Kenta Nishimoto.Fifth-seeded Kidambi Srikanth beat Pablo Abian of Spain, while No. 6 seed Kento Momota continued to shine in his 21-8, 21-10 victory over Austria’s Luka Wraber. Momota will play Anders Antonsen of Denmark in the round of 16.In women’s singles, China’s top-ranked shuttler Chen Yufei edged Gregoria Tunjung of Indonesia 21-17, 22-20 in a closely contested match.“The opponent and I seemed to be equally competent. We reached a stalemate during the first half of the match, then we both played harder in the second half,” Chen said.Chen will next face Goh Jin Wei of Malaysia, who upset No. 14 seed Aya Ohori of Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

Possible recession looms for US

first_imgDear Editor,In recent days, the US interest rates have produced an inverted yield curve, which is a sign of slowing economic activity in the US economy, and this may possibly trigger a recession.For Guyana, this could be an opportunity which triggers local currency appreciation, depending on how the Central Bank and Ministry of Finance handle the US adjustment to interest rates.However, it should also be noted that if our currency and gold reserves are strengthened while simultaneously reducing our debt levels as a percentage of GDP, the opportunity to take advantage of the US economic adjustment would improve.The projected growth of our oil revenue will also substantially aid in achieving such currency appreciation (via resulting debt-to-GDP ratio reduction), and given our high dependency on foreign imports, a strong Guyanese dollar should be good for the economy, and help to keep inflation under control in the near to midterm, while global trade adjusts.The resulting increased buying power of the Guyanese dollar will also help ease the burden on local salaries, and enable households to improve their standards of living.The economy is currently experiencing high unemployment, and such an adjustment to monetary policy would have a much-awaited positive impact on the lives of many Guyanese. As the saying goes, “a little goes a long way”, and in this case, it surely will.Best regards,Jamil Changlee (Mr)last_img read more

Registration open for summer volleyball camp

first_imgFor more information on the camp, please contact Broyden at 250-785-6717.   Summer is the perfect season to practice your bumping, setting and spiking skills. The junior level camp will include participants from grades six to eight, while the senior level camp will include students from grades nine to twelve. The camp will involve three sessions a day, totalling roughly 6 hours in lessons each day. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the sessions will run from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., 1 until 3 p.m. and 6 until 8 p.m. On Tuesday and Thursday, sessions will run from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. and 1 until 3 p.m. – Advertisement – Beginning on July 4 and running until July 7, FortSt. John’sBertBoseMiddle School will be holding a Volleyball Camp at the junior and senior levels. The camp will cost $150 for both the junior and senior level and registration forms are available at Ernie’s Sports Experts located in the Totem Mall.last_img read more

Pacers go past Wizards, Raptors sink Hornets

first_img0Shares0000The Pacers nearly blew a 17 point lead but held on to beat Washington 98-95 helped by 33 points from Victor Oladipo © GETTY/AFP/File / ANDY LYONSLOS ANGELES, United States, Mar 5 – Victor Oladipo scored 33 points and Bojan Bogdanovic tallied 20 as the Indiana Pacers moved up the crowded Eastern Conference standings with a 98-95 win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday.The Pacers won despite nearly blowing a 17 point lead but they held on and the victory allowed them to jump over the Wizards by a half-game in the NBA standings. “We’re going to have to grind it out the rest of the year,” said Oladipo, who helped Indiana move into fourth in the Eastern Conference. “It’s playoff basketball the rest of the year.”Myles Turner added 12 points and 13 rebounds for visiting Indiana, which finished its four-game road trip 2-2 after beginning it with two losses.Cory Joseph did double duty, scoring 16 points and also defending the Wizards top scorer, Bradley Beal, who finished with 22 points.In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan had a team-high 19 points as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Charlotte Hornets 103-98 at Air Canada Centre.DeRozan added eight assists and four rebounds while Jonas Valanciunas chipped in 18 points and 13 rebounds. C.J. Miles and Fred VanVleet came off the bench to each score 12 points.Toronto improved to 45-17 on the season with the win. They have a two-game lead on Boston atop the Eastern Conference standings.Kemba Walker had a game-high 27 points, six rebounds and four assists to lead the Hornets, who have now lost three straight.Elsewhere, Taurean Prince rattled in the eventual game winning three pointer with seven seconds left as the Atlanta Hawks edged the Phoenix Suns 113-112.Prince drained a career high six three pointers and finished with 22 points for the Hawks who posted their 20th win of the season.Prince’s clutch shot came off a perfect screen play by teammate Miles Plumlee.“It’s a great feeling,” Prince said. “Hopefully, I’ll put up more.”Devin Booker’s potential winner for the Suns, a 15-foot shot from the right baseline, bounced off the rim as time expired.“I got the shot I wanted,” Booker said. “I picked a point on the floor. I got to it. I just missed it.”T.J. Warren scored 35 points, and Elfrid Payton had 11 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high 14 assists for the Suns. Booker finished with 20 points, snapping a streak of four straight games in which he had at least 30.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal transfer update: Gunners stepping up their efforts to land midfielder and goalkeeper on the way out?

first_img Wojciech Szczesny on the way out? – Click the arrow for more of the latest Arsenal transfer news – Polish goalkeeping legend Jan Tomaszewski has urged his compatriot to seek a short-term loan move away from the Emirates in order to guarantee himself regular game time. Szczesny was recently dropped following a string of poor performances, with David Ospina notching up three clean sheets in his last three matches in all competitions. Speaking to Polish outlet Sportowefakty, Tomaszewski said Szczesny needs to think of his career and ‘won’t lose anything’, by going on loan this month. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has publically commented that the club are working ‘day and night’ to bring in reinforcements before the end of the winter transfer window, but it looks as though recruitments aren’t the only topic on the agenda.Click the arrow above to see the latest Arsenal transfer gossip. Gunners stepping up their efforts to land Lars Bender – Click the arrow for more of the latest Arsenal transfer news – As talkSPORT reported yesterday, Dietmar Hamann’s comments that Arsenal should move for Lars Bender looks like it might have struck a chord among the Gunners’ hierarchy, with the Telegraph claiming that the club have decided Mathieu Flamini will leave the club – not until the summer though – while injury-prone Abou Diaby will finally be put out to pasture. The Metro have taken that as an indication that Wenger will use this space in his squad to bring in Bender, with efforts stepping up this month. 4 4 4 4 Wenger to make Joel Campbell decision by Wednesday – Read all about it, below, then click the arrow for more of the latest Arsenal transfer news, including Lars Bender talk! – It seems as though Real Sociedad boss David Moyes will learn whether his attempts to land Joel Campbell on a loan deal have been successful, with the Mirror reporting that Arsene Wenger is set to announce his decision on the Costa Rican’s future by Wednesday. The sticking point seems to be over whether the club wish to simply loan him or sell him permanently. Should they decide on the latter, it is believed Arsenal will seek around £8m for him. Hector Bellerin heading to Spain? – According to Tutto Mercato, the Gunners full-back could be heading to La Liga on loan, if Spanish side Getafe get their way. The 19-year-old has been used on occasions by Arsene Wenger this season, and following the lengthy injury sustained by Mathieu Debuchy, it looks like he might get further chances over the next three months. However, it’s being reported that Getafe have told Arsenal and the player that they can offer him the perfect opportunity to continue his development.last_img read more