20 Jan

‘We can level the series’, says WI skipper Sammy

first_img The West Indies never recovered from 29 for two in the fifth over and failed to keep up with the required run rate of nearly 11 an over. The highlight of their batting was opener Andre Fletcher, who smashed 57 off 40 balls – his fourth T20I half-century, while and Kieron Pollard chipped in with 26 and Dwayne Bravo, 24. “I think from looking at the game we were under pressure from the first six overs. We tried to catch up them but they kept coming at us but we did not react, or respond well enough,” said Sammy. “But with that said, we backed ourselves to chase down the target and we looked at 30 runs that’s two big overs.” The second and final T20 international will be played today. NO RECOVERY KANDY, Sri Lanka (CMC): West Indies T20 captain, Darren Sammy, has described some of his teammates, including himself, as ‘rusty’ after they crashed to a 30-run defeat against Sri Lanka in the opening T20 International on Monday. West Indies were dismissed for 185 with one delivery remaining in the innings while chasing an imposing 216 at the Pallekele International Stadium. However, Sammy said he is confident that his side can level the series when the two teams play the second T20 in Colombo. “I think probably with better planning in the batting order we could have gotten closer, but we are playing the number one team in the world and they showed why they are number one,” said Sammy. “Some of us seem quite rusty. We have not played T20 for almost 10 months. Yes, but we are looking forward to Colombo and I believe we can come out and level the series.”last_img read more

18 Nov

Pacers Run Down Knicks, 92-87

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Paul George’s sore left ankle was getting worse, so he finally told his coach he needed to come out of the game.He hoped it was for good, but just in case, he had another message.“Don’t rule me out,” George told Frank Vogel. “So I just kept that in the back of his mind and late in the fourth he put me back in.”George then made the tiebreaking jumper with 23.6 seconds left, and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 92-87 on April 3 to tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.The Pacers blew an 18-point lead in the second half against a Knicks team missing its two best scorers, but recovered to join Detroit at 41-36 and stay two games ahead of ninth-place Chicago.George finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, returning to the game midway through the fourth quarter after the Pacers had said he was questionable to play further because of a sore left ankle.He had scored 12 points in the third quarter before checking out late in the period with the Pacers leading by 13. George grabbed a heat pack and was icing on the bench, hoping his work was done, but Vogel had no choice but to return to his All-Star forward.“Obviously, you want to step on a team’s throat when you’re up 18 and put them away. We failed to do that the last two nights but we got two Ws,” Vogel said, referring to an April 2 victory in Philadelphia. “So we’ve got to continue to work on what we need to do to put a team away, but I’ll be happy with the win.”Sasha Vujacic scored 21 points for the Knicks, who rested Carmelo Anthony and had fellow starters Kristaps Porzingis (sore right shoulder) and Jose Calderon (bruised right quadriceps) already out with injuries. Arron Afflalo added 15 points.Rodney Stuckey had 17 for Indiana, which got a big break when instant replay wiped out Afflalo’s apparent 3-pointer that would’ve cut it to one with 14 seconds left.But officials determined that Afflalo was out of bounds when he caught the pass before launching his shot and restored the Pacers’ 91-87 advantage.A night after a fourth-quarter rally in Philadelphia, the Pacers appeared on their way to an easy victory when they went ahead 68-50 in the third quarter.But the Knicks cut the deficit in half by the end of the period, then came all the way back to go ahead 87-85 on Afflalo’s free throws with 1:18 left.“I really appreciate and admire how hard that they came out and played in the second half,” Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis said. “We really gave ourselves a great chance to win. If we would have played that way to start the ballgame and finished it off in the first half, we probably could have come away with the win.”Ian Mahinmi tied it with two free throws before George knocked in his jumper for an 89-87 edge. Vujacic missed a 3-pointer before Monta Ellis added two from the line for a four-point advantage.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more