LATEST STORIES MOST READ “The fourth quarter, we just didn’t want to lose,” Kuzma said. “The first three quarters, I didn’t really shoot the ball very well. So, I just tried to lock in.”Kuzma was part of an offensive burst that led to the Lakers outscoring Memphis 48-36 in the second half. It took until the third quarter for Los Angeles to recover from a quick Memphis start that contributed to a 17-point first-quarter lead for the Grizzlies. Memphis earned the advantage by scoring inside, 18 of its 28 first-quarter points coming in the paint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“In the second half, we did a better job of keeping them out of the paint,” said Lakers forward Julius Randle, who finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, adding: “It’s the same formula all year. We defend and we win games.”Kuzma said it was a matter of shifting the defensive focus to protect the paint. “Just making a collective effort to make them shoot (outside).” Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points, and Lonzo Ball had 12 points and 10 assists.Andrew Harrison led the Grizzlies with 20 points and nine assists. Marc Gasol had 18 points, and JaMychal Green added 17 points and matched his season high with 16 rebounds. Memphis, which lost its fourth straight, was stymied by converting only 5 of 29 shots from outside the arc.“They’re not a really good 3-point shooting team, so we played percentages,” Kuzma said.Los Angeles took the lead with an 11-2 run in the fourth, as Kuzma scored seven straight points. The rally helped the Lakers take an 84-79 lead, and Memphis would never get the lead back.Gasol said the Grizzlies effort changed after building the early advantage.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism 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 “We started off playing with energy and moving the ball, cutting, sacrificing for one another,” the Memphis center said. “Then we got a little stagnant with the ball. We were not moving as fast.”That change in approach led to the Lakers steadily whittling into the Memphis advantage as the Grizzlies suffered with poor shooting after making 57 percent of their shots in the opening frame.“(The Lakers) were able to just shrink the floor and crowd the ball,” Memphis interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “We didn’t do the things necessary off the ball to help one another. We stopped cutting, we stopped moving the ball quickly and playing off the catch.”TIP-INSLakers: Caldwell-Pope, who missed his first five shots, had a 4-point play in the fourth quarter to start the Lakers 11-2 rally. .Isaiah Thomas sat out with a sore hip. .Ended a seven-game losing streak in the series. Had not won a road game in the series since Dec. 17, 2013. … Only eight players saw action for Los Angeles.Grizzlies: Called up Marquis Teague from their G-League team (Memphis Hustle) on Friday. .Green also had 16 rebounds Monday at Brooklyn.BEING PREPAREDThe Lakers were fully aware that Memphis was coming off a 61-point loss to Charlotte on Thursday – the biggest loss in franchise history. And they were prepared for a fast Grizzlies start. “It was our main focus,” Caldwell-Pope said. “No one gets beat by 61, and then comes out plays flat the next game. I hope not.”NOT FINISHED YETDespite the Grizzlies losing 23 of their last 24 and limping to the end with one of the worst records in the league, Gasol said he’s not necessarily looking forward to the end of the season. There’s still strides to make. “You want to go into the offseason with a different feeling,” Gasol said. “You want to have at least a baseline and understanding of what you’re trying to do and trying to accomplish as a team.”UP NEXTLakers: Wrap up a four-game trip Monday night against the PistonsGrizzlies: At Minnesota on Monday night. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Gordon near triple-double helps Magic hold off Suns Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) drives against Memphis Grizzlies forward Jarell Martin (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Kyle Kuzma wasn’t interested in seeing Los Angeles extend its losing streak.Kuzma scored 15 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and had 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a slow start to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-93 on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Wimbledon is prepared to take action against players who behave badly towards ball boys and girls and plans to discuss the matter with representatives of men’s and women’s tennis, commercial director Mick Desmond said on Wednesday.The subject became a hot topic last week after Spaniard Fernando Verdasco was pilloried on social media for appearing to berate a ball boy for not bringing his towel quickly enough at the Shenzhen Open.Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka also drew online criticism for shaking an empty water bottle in the direction of a ball boy in Beijing last week before tossing it to the floor.Swiss tennis great and eight times Wimbledon winner Roger Federer, himself a ball boy in his youth, said on Tuesday that players needed to respect the kids, who are all unpaid volunteers at Wimbledon.Desmond, speaking to reporters at the Leaders Sport Business Summit held at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium, said Wimbledon expected mutual respect by everyone at the tournament, from players to cleaners.”We’ll talk to the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) and the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) about behaviour,” he added.”There is a code of ethics at Wimbledon, I think there is more respect shown because I think there’s a sense of expectation of that.”But a ball boy or ball girl getting shouted out for not throwing a towel back… the players clearly know what’s expected of them and what’s not and Wimbledon is not afraid to fine players, whatever their standing.”How to ruin some kid’s tennis dream. Fernando Verdasco is a prick with an epic sense of entitlement pic.twitter.com/qym9ZXDdJ8advertisementRichard Morton (@Lionheart1970) October 1, 2018Desmond indicated, however, that Wimbledon was unlikely to break with tradition and replace the kids with back of court towel racks for players to help themselves.Wimbledon winner Andy Murray’s mother Judy asked on Twitter after the Verdasco incident: “What about a rule that makes players get their own towels? And the ball kids just look after the tennis balls.”Next month’s Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, the season-ending tournament for the best Under-21 male players, plans to do just that with players instructed to use a towel rack “to remove the onus on ball kids to handle towels”.”You never say never but I think there’s still a sense to make sure that the match stays at speed, it’s good to have that (service),” said Desmond.”But there needs to be mutual respect between the two entities.”(With Reuters inputs)
New Delhi: Amending the policy for para-athletes to make them eligible for more cash awards, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday handed over Rs 1.82 crore to the medallists of the Para-Badminton World Championship. As per the amended guidelines, medal winners in world events and world championships “which are organised by International Paralympic Committee as well as in events that are not organised by IPC, but organised by respective International Sports Federation and recognised by International Olympic Committee, will be eligible for cash awards from the government”. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIt has also been decided that medal winners will be given their cash awards the day they return to the country after an international event, and will “not have to wait for a once-a-year ceremony”, as was the norm earlier. The first set of athletes who received their cash awards under the changed guidelines are para-badminton players, who have just won 12 medals at the recently-concluded World Championships in Basel, Switzerland. IPC does not organise para-badminton events, and under the previous guidelines these players would not be eligible for cash awards from the government. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe medal winners met the sports minister over lunch at the Sports Authority of India and were handed over the cheques. While the gold medal winners took home Rs 20 lakh, the silver medallists were given 14 lakh and bronze winners Rs 8 lakh each. Winners in the doubles events won Rs 15 lakh each for gold, Rs 10.5 lakh each for silver and Rs 6 lakh for bronze. “We want to ensure that all athletes are provided the same facilities by the government. The para-badminton team has performed very well and brought glory to the country, they deserve to be rewarded for their hard work,” Rijiju said.