Melbourne United too good for Adelaide 36ers in ANBL

Melbourne United survived a late scare and snapped their National Basketball League season duck with a 98-87 victory over the Adelaide 36ers on Friday night. Piloted by Tai Wesley (18 points) and Todd Blanchfield (17), Melbourne exploded with a dominant 32-17 second term and led by as many as 24 points late in the third quarter in Adelaide. With skipper Mitch Creek exiting the match with a leg injury sustained in the first quarter and star guard Jerome Randle (20 points) fouling out late, Nathan Sobey provided much-needed spark off the bench for the home side, helping peg the gap back to five points near the death. But they weren’t able to overhaul those final buckets and slipped to a 1-2 record. READ MORE:* Breakers pipped by Wildcats…

Lions coach Warren Gatland is 'desperate' to overcome the All Blacks in New ... Lions coach Warren Gatland admits he is desperate to get one over the All Blacks when they tour New Zealand next year. Gatland was appointed Lions head coach for the second time in September, after he guided them to a series victory over the Wallabies in Australia four years ago. Now the Kiwi coach will lead the tourists in New Zealand, starting in June when they face a provincial union XV, the five Super Rugby teams, New Zealand Maori and three tests with the All Blacks. Gatland cannot wait for the tour to get underway, as the Lions bid for their first series victory in New Zealand since 1971. READ MORE:* Gatland suffers shower injury* 'Arrogant ABs lacked respect'* The voice behind Ireland's RWC bid* Waist-high...

China denies rejecting visa to India’s Aruncahal Pradesh-based badminton manager Beijing: China refuted allegations that it denied a visa to the manager of the Indian badminton team on the grounds that he is a resident of Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims as Southern Tibet, saying he himself cancelled his visa application. Representational image. Reuters Bamang Tago, who is also the secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Badminton Association, had applied for a Chinese visa at its embassy in New Delhi to travel to Fuzhou for the ongoing China Super Series Premier badminton tournament. "What you said does not comply with the facts," a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, told reporters while commenting on the Tago's visa issue. "According to what we learnt, the person you have mentioned had previously gone to the Chinese embassy in ...

SC gives BCCI permission to incur expenses of Rs 1.33 crore to hold last two ... New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the BCCI to incur expenses of Rs 1.33 crore for holding the remaining two cricket test matches between India and England scheduled at Mumbai and Chennai respectively. A bench comprising Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud also allowed the BCCI to an incur expenditure of upto Rs 25 lakh each for the three one-day internationals and three T-20 matches which are to be played between India and England from January 15 to February one. Logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). AFP "We allow this application (by the BCCI). The BCCI will be free to incur Rs 1.33 crore expenditure for two test matches," the bench said, adding, "We also permit the ...

Ashwin to coach budding youngsters in Dubai Dubai. India’s Test all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin — currently busy playing in the ongoing Test series against England — has confirmed he will conduct a coaching clinic for budding youngsters in Dubai next month. Ashwin, who is passionate about passing his knowledge that he has gained from the game to youngsters, enjoys coaching budding players whenever he is off international cricket assignments. So when Dubai-based East Sports Management (ESM) Cricket Academy approached him to conduct a Master Class coaching clinic in Dubai immediately after the ongoing India-England series, he readily agreed. This will be the first time a cricketer who is the top ranked bowler in ICC’s Test ranking will be coaching in Dubai. Ashwin, after setting up his own GenNext Cricket Academy at the...

Goalless Sturridge to start against Scotland – reports Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will start for England against arch-rivals Scotland in Friday’s World Cup qualifier, according to reports.In eight appearances, Sturridge has yet to score a Premier League goal this season for the Reds after hitting the back of the net eight times in the previous campaign. Despite his poor record in the league this season, the Daily Mirror claims that Gareth Southgate will start Sturridge ahead of Harry Kane, who is struggling for match sharpness after recently returning from injury at Tottenham. Southgate confirmed yesterday at his pre-match press conference that Wayne Rooney would start and captain England against Gordon Strachan’s men. 🎥 See FATV's footage of @JackStephens_18's late winner over @Azzurri on his home ground of St. Mary's. https://t....

Thanksgiving was a good news/bad news kind of thing for NFL TV ratings There were three NFL games on Thanksgiving, and a whole lot of people watched the one between two classic NFC East rivals. Yesterday's @Redskins–@dallascowboys showdown averaged 35.1 mil viewers, now the most-watched regular-season NFL game in @FOXSports history! — FOX Sports PR (@FOXSportsPR) November 25, 2016 The 15.6 overnight rating garnered by the Redskins-Cowboys game was up slightly over last year’s Cowboys-Panthers game, which drew a 15.3 rating for CBS. The other afternoon game between the Lions and Vikings garnered a 14.4 overnight rating for CBS, up from the 13.7 rating for the 2015 Lions-Eagles game on Fox. But as we’ve seen all season, TV ratings for the prime-time game suffered, as the contest between the Steelers and the Colts drew a 10.8 rating on NBC, down 26 percent from last...

Kazakhstan says 3 stripped of Olympic medals ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) - Kazakhstan says three medalists are among six of its athletes disqualified from previous Olympics over doping. The country’s national Olympic committee said in a statement that weightlifters Irina Nekrasova and Maria Grabovetskaya, who won silver and bronze medals respectively at Beijing 2008, and bronze medal-winning wrestler Aset Mambetov, were retroactively disqualified following retests of drug-test samples they gave at those games. There are also retrospective disqualifications from the 2008 games for weightlifters Vladimir Sedov and Maiya Maneza, while another weightlifter, Almas Uteshov, has been scratched from the 2012 Olympics. Those rulings do not affect medals. Kazakhstan has one of the worst records of any country in the retests carried out this year by the International Olympic Committee. Copyright © 2016 The Washington Times, LLC. Please enable...