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Streaking Jazz make sweet music coming out of All-Star break

first_imgUK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer FILE – In this Feb. 12, 2018, file photo, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) celebrates as he runs off the court following their NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in Salt Lake City. As the season picks back up following the All-Star break, the Jazz are riding an 11-game winning streak. They’re currently part of a tightly-clustered group Western Conference teams that are vying for playoff position with some two months left in the regular season. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)PORTLAND, Ore. — A few weeks ago, it appeared the Utah Jazz might be headed to the draft lottery. Those around the NBA weren’t buying it.“They’ve got some good players, so I don’t think anybody was surprised they fought their way back in,” Portland guard Damian Lillard said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Man City’s quadruple bid ends in shock FA Cup loss to Wigan Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citycenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed As the season picks back up following the All-Star break, the Jazz are riding an 11-game winning streak. They are part of a tight cluster of Western Conference teams vying for playoff position with some two months left in the regular season.It’s been quite a rise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkUtah’s last loss was back on Jan. 22. The Jazz fell to 19-28 after losing 104-90 to Atlanta and were 18 games behind the conference-leading Warriors.“There were times where we kind of looked like we didn’t want to play, myself included,” Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell said after the loss to the Hawks, who are last in the Eastern Conference. “That’s not us. That’s not our identity.” “I think he should be rookie of the year for sure, not just because of his numbers but his impact on their team,” Lillard said. “He’s basically leading them and it’s special to see a rookie be able to do what he’s doing out there.”Over All-Star weekend, Mitchell won the slam dunk contest.The Jazz also made an important addition with Jae Crowder, acquired in a three-team trade from the Cavaliers at trade deadline. Crowder’s father, Corey, played for the Jazz in the 1991-92 season.In three games with the Jazz, Crowder has averaged 14.7 points and five rebounds and seems to have a new outlook with his new team.“These guys, they welcomed me right when I walked through the door. And playing with them is very, very, very fun,” he said following his debut.The Jazz resume play Thursday, at home against Portland. Coach Quin Snyder was asked whether the All-Star break came at a good time for the Jazz.“There’s two schools of thought, right? Let’s get the rest, and get recharged. And then there’s well, we’ve got a rhythm. We don’t want to lose the rhythm, let’s keep playing,” Snyder said. “I’d like us to do both.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rudy Gobert stressed it would be a painful road “until we start playing more physical and being more focused on what we have to do, individually and collectively.”Turns out the loss was a turning point of sorts. The resolve started the very next game with a 98-95 overtime win at Detroit. Along the way the Jazz beat the East’s top team, Toronto, on the road, and had victories over the Warriors and the Spurs. They downed Portland 115-96, ending the Blazers’ nine-game winning streak at home.“Everything is coming to fruition,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said about the Jazz. “They believe in the system. It takes awhile to put a system in. You have to have players of character who will understand it and execute it.”The Jazz rolled into the All-Star break with a 107-97 victory at home over Phoenix last Tuesday.Mitchell has been key, leading the team with an average of 24 points and four rebounds over the 11-game streak. For his rookie season, he has averaged 19.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Williams sisters continue to roll

first_imgTENNIS: Serena to face Henin in the quarterfinals, and Venus to see Jankovic. By Howard Fendrich THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – When you hear about Serena and Venus Williams overpowering opponents, as happened Sunday at the U.S. Open to two recent Grand Slam finalists, it’s easy to forget that the sisters are, indeed, individuals. And as similar as their on-court styles might seem, all stinging serves and gargantuan groundstrokes, they are not quite carbon copies. That point was driven home by their father and coach, Richard, who sat courtside for the final game of Serena’s 6-3, 6-4 victory over Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli, then watched Venus’ 6-4, 6-2 win against French Open runner-up Ana Ivanovic. “Serena reminds me of a pit bull dog and a young Mike Tyson, all in one,” Richard said Sunday. “Venus reminds me of a gazelle that’s able to move, prance and jump. Venus looks as if she is really enjoying herself out there more than Serena is right now. If they get by everyone and meet each other, it will be an interesting match.” Another all-Williams showdown is indeed nearing at Flushing Meadows, although unlike six previous meetings for major titles – Serena leads 5-1 in those finals, Venus leads 7-6 overall – this one would be a semifinal. “That would be awesome because it would mean that there is a Williams in the final,” Venus said. She also noted: “We have one more step.” For Serena, it’s a familiar one. She will face No. 1 Justine Henin in the quarterfinals at a third consecutive major, having lost to her at the French Open and Wimbledon. “Yeah, we know each other pretty well,” Henin said after beating No. 15 Dinara Safina, 6-0, 6-2, at night. “I know everyone was waiting for that match, and here we are.” The older Williams’ quarterfinal opponent will be No. 5 Jelena Jankovic, who defeated No. 19 Sybille Bammer, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. Men’s matches Sunday were in the third round, and No. 2 Rafael Nadal advanced without a hitch in his step – his taped-up knees have been bothering him – or his game, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-6 (3), 6-2, 6-1. Next up for Nadal is a fellow Spaniard, No. 15 David Ferrer, who was one point from defeat before coming back to eliminate 2002 Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5, in a match that included a 24-point game. Nalbandian held a match point while ahead, 5-4, in the fifth set with Ferrer serving, but the Argentine dumped a backhand into the net. “I couldn’t nail it down,” Nalbandian said. “It’s a pity.” Other winners included No. 3 Novak Djokovic, No. 17 Carlos Moya, No. 20 Juan Ignacio Chela, No. 23 Juan Monaco and unseeded Stanislas Wawrinka, who followed up his victory over Marat Safin by defeating Robby Ginepri of the United States, 5-7, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Moya also won in five sets, edging Philipp Kohlschreiber, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4, while Djokovic got past Juan Martin del Potro, 6-1, 6-3, 6-4. “Hopefully I play even better the next round,” Djokovic said. Both Williams sisters are two-time U.S. Open champions and both are getting in a groove as this Grand Slam goes on, just as Serena did en route to her eighth major title at the Australian Open in January, and Venus did en route to her sixth major title at Wimbledon in July. “I’m still not where I want to be, or near,” Serena said. “But I feel like I’m doing better, which is important.” Who needs tuneup tournaments? She pulled out of every event in the 11/2 months since spraining a ligament in her left thumb at Wimbledon, and while that hand is fine now, her father indicated something else is wrong. “Serena has a few problems that we haven’t talked to no one about,” Richard said, but wouldn’t elaborate. “I think she’s done a marvelous job of hiding it. Extremely marvelous.” When Serena is on the court, there’s no protective tape on her left thumb or anywhere else, although there was a Band-Aid wrapped around a toe when she walked out of her news conference in flip-flops. Asked whether something was affecting her physically, Serena replied: “I would be the last person to tell you, just in case Justine or Safina reads it, and they’re like, `Uh, I know what to do.”‘ Her two-fisted backhand was off and her footwork was slow at the start against the 10th-seeded Bartoli, who broke in the first game and went up, 2-0, with two aces. Then Serena snapped-to, breaking back to 2-2, and again for a 5-3 lead when she sprinted to reach a drop shot and swatted a cross-court backhand winner. “She just elevates her game when she needs to,” Bartoli said. “She’s not obviously trying to play the hardest on every point.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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