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  • Barcelona close gap as Real draw at Las Palmas

    first_img(REUTERS)-Substitute Sergio Araujo struck a late equaliser as Las Palmas held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw and left them with a one-point lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga yesterday.Karim Benzema had given Real a 2-1 lead in the 67th, three minutes after coming on, but the hosts spoiled the visitors’ night with Araujo’s 85th minute goal.Barca, playing without the injured Lionel Messi for the first time this season, won 5-0 at 10-man Sporting Gijon earlier in the day. Neymar scored twice while Luis Suarez, Arda Turan and Rafinha also hit the back of the net.“I’m disappointed with the two goals we gave away,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “We had the game under control but we had a lack of concentration at the end. We deserved to win this game.”Real, who saw their record-equalling 16-game winning run in La Liga halted in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Villarreal, took a deserved 33rd-minute lead.Marco Asensio headed in the rebound after goalkeeper Javi Varas was unable to hold onto Nacho’s powerful strike.The hosts equalised five minutes later when Raphael Varane’s poor clearance from Momo’s cross fell to Tana and the Spanish forward slotted the ball in from 10 metres.Benzema replaced Asensio in the 64th minute and the Frenchman scored after Cristiano Ronaldo’s powerful shot was kept out by Varas.Zidane took Ronaldo off after 71 minutes with the Portugal captain, who had failed to score on Wednesday, having endured another disappointing performance.“He always wants to be on the pitch but we have a game on Tuesday and I felt he needed to rest,” Zidane said referring to their Champions league match at Borussia Dortmund.Marko Livaja nodded the ball into the path of Araujo, whose first shot was saved by Kiko Casilla but he reacted quickly and scored on the rebound.Real are top with 14 points while Barcelona climbed into second place after Sevilla lost for the first time this season, 3-1 at Athletic Bilbao, and fell to fourth.Barca made a slow start at El Molinon before Suarez broke the deadlock in the 29th minute, rounding Sporting goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar to tap in the opener.Rafinha then headed in Sergi Roberto’s cross at the near post for the second three minutes later.Sporting lost captain Alberto Lora to a second yellow card for a late challenge on Sergi Roberto in the 74th.In the final nine minutes, substitute Paco Alcacer hit the crossbar but Neymar pounced on the rebound to tap in, Turan headed Barca’s fourth then Neymar got his second.“The right-back position was new to me but I’m growing to like it more and more,” Sergi Roberto, who has switched from a midfield position, told reporters after laying on two of Barca’s goals.Athletic Bilbao recorded their fourth successive league win at San Mames to climb to third.Sevilla’s Samir Nasri cancelled out Mikel San Jose’s opener before Mikel Balenziaga scored his first goal in his 270th career game to put Athletic ahead.Aritz Aduriz earned a late penalty after being elbowed by Sevilla goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, who was sent off, and converted for his team’s third.last_img read more

  • Positive COVID-19 test forces US golfer out of RBC Heritage

    first_img(BBC) – American golfer Nick Watney has withdrawn from the RBC Heritage after testing positive for coronavirus prior to the second round.Watney, 39, delivered a negative test before the tournament and shot a 74 in the first round.However, a PGA statement said that “prior to arriving at the tournament” yesterday, Watney “indicated he had symptoms consistent with the illness”.He then withdrew after having a test which came back positive.“For the health and well-being of all associated with the tournament and those within the community, the tour has begun implementing its response plan in consultation with medical experts including working with those who may have had close contact with Nick,” added the PGA.The RBC Heritage is the second tournament since golf restarted and California-born Watney is the first to test positive on the PGA Tour following its return.last_img read more

  • Gifted Chiori Fights Touminen for Global Boxing Union TitleÂ

    first_imgTonight World Boxing Federation Junior Middleweight champion and Global Boxing Federation World Super Middleweight title holder, Gifted Chiori, says he will stop Teemu Touminen in the third round, when he defends his title in a 10-round bout against the Finnish boxer in Atlanta Georgia on May 12.The fight, which is promoted by E Butt Promotions and Bishop Entertainment, is powered by Achievas Entertainment and has nine undercards, while Chiori would be headlining his first title fight of his boxing career.Chiori promised the huge population of Nigerians and Africans in Atlanta victory over Touminen, saying he is in top shape for the bout, despite making a return to the ring after some time out.“After being out of the ring for almost two years now, I can’t wait to bring back the fire come May 12. With the kind of rigorous training I have gone through, I should be able to stop him (Touminen) in the third round. I’m not underrating my opponent or being over confident, but I have perfected the strategy to stop him early after watching some of the tapes of his previous fights,” the Ajegunle-born boxer, who is based in the United States, said.Chiori’s career record stands at 13-0,  but he admitted that defeating the Finn would not be an easy task..“Touminen is a tested boxer and a worthy opponent any day and could be very tricky,” he saidChiori defeated German opponent, Tom Reiche, to retain his WBF Junior Middleweight title after he stopped him in the fourth round.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

  • USC unveils plans to renovate dining halls

    first_imgUSC Hospitality will renovate EVK Restaurant and Grill and Café 84 to create more inviting atmospheres and increase made-to-order food options. The renovation plan, which includes improvements in Trojan Grounds, is scheduled to be completed Aug. 1, Director of Hospitality Kris Klinger said.Though EVK operates as one of two residential dining halls, Café 84, currently a food court, will be renovated to serve as a third dining hall next year.New look · Café 84 will be renovated this summer and remodeled after Whole Foods, and Trojan Grounds will become a licensed Starbucks. – Phoebe Pan | Daily Trojan“Café 84’s transition from retail to residential was in support of an initiative by Provost [Elizabeth] Garrett to create more residential pockets on campus,” Klinger said.The renovation of Café 84 will be modeled after Whole Foods Market, Klinger said. The improvements to EVK will be modeled after True Food Kitchen, a small chain of restaurants that Klinger described as “open and bright.”Though many students applaud the renovations, some are disappointed that Café 84, as a residential dining hall, will require students to use swipes from a meal plan.“The only thing I don’t like is [Café 84] is going to be swipe in and swipe out, and I won’t have a meal plan next year,” said Anna Romanoff, a freshman majoring in political science. “But for the freshmen, it will be great.”As part of the renovation, USC Hospitality will be adding a Mongolian bar be que and a pizza oven to EVK, Klinger said. In addition, USC Hospitality will add a wider variety of seating.Some students said that though EVK is fine in its current form, upgrades are always welcome.“I’m OK with EVK now, but there is always room for improvement,” said Sara Littrell, a freshman majoring in chemistry. “It has a reputation as the lesser of the two dining halls.”Though Klinger said he has been told that the food in EVK has improved, he said the facility is in big need of an upgrade. Klinger said the dining hall has not undergone significant change since he was a student at USC. He graduated in 1992.“[EVK] just needed it,” Klinger said. “We have heard from a lot of students and parents and so on that the food has gotten a lot better, but the facility is still what it is.”In Café 84, Klinger said USC Hospitality hopes to add more stations and seating.“The stations are somewhat similar, but they will be refaced and redone so there will be options in regard to different made-to-order types of food,” Klinger said.In addition to the upgrades in Café 84 and EVK, Trojan Grounds, a 24-hour convenience store on the ground floor of Birnkrant Residential College, will be transformed into a licensed Starbucks, Klinger said. Additionally, USC Hospitality will make improvements to its interior.“Outside we can’t do too much because it’s a university building,” Klinger said. “But inside it will look totally different.”Klinger said the university would lend USC Hospitality funds for the renovation projects.“We use internal funds, if we can, or we borrow it from the university and pay it back over time,” Klinger said.Klinger said his department is now working with students to elicit their opinions on what food offerings they would like in the dining hall.“Now we are working with students [to see] what they would like to see with specific foods,” he said.Will Morrow, a freshman majoring in business administration, said EVK could improve the freshness and quality of its food.“It sometimes gets pretty gross,” he said.Klinger said he hopes the dining hall renovations create a more welcoming space for students.“We want to make sure it’s a great value,” Klinger said. “So making sure the space looks great and also [that] the food is up to that standard is important. We created a really unique environment with the campus center, in particular, and we want to make sure our residential environments match that.”last_img read more

  • Men’s tennis set to clash with crosstown rivals

    first_imgThe last time UCLA came to Marks Stadium, on April 16, 2010,  things turned sour for the USC men’s tennis team as it was handed its first conference loss in the team’s last match of the Pac-10 season.Rise to the top · Junior Steve Johnson has won 21 of his last 24 matches and was crowned the No. 1 player in the nation Tuesday. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan USC still snatched the 2010 Pac-10 title, but the victory was made bittersweet by the unsettling 4-3 loss to its crosstown rival.This year, No. 7 USC is determined to turn things around against visiting No. 6 UCLA when the two teams compete today at 3 p.m. In arguably the biggest match of the season, USC looks to protect its turf and come out with a dominant win.“Last year we lost on our home courts in the Pac-10 tournament and we don’t want that again,” said junior Steve Johnson.For many, today’s match is personal, especially as the Trojans look to continue their streak of consistent play that began with a 5-1 win last weekend against Stanford.“We’d definitely like to get a big win, especially on our home courts,” Johnson said.The Bruins are coming off a 5-2 upset by No. 20 California last weekend and are looking to make a comeback against USC.Even though this marks the first Trojan-Bruin matchup of the tennis season, USC coach Peter Smith has emphasized the team must not treat this match that differently, even if a victory might taste extra sweet.“We definitely approach these matches just like any other match,” said junior Daniel Nguyen. “We know every team is talented so we prepare ourselves to compete.”The Trojans looked a little shaken against Cal last weekend coming off of their close loss at the ITA Indoor Championships, but came ready to play against the Cardinal.Re-energizing focus, especially at this midway point in the season, seems to have made all the difference.“The most important thing is to focus on the stuff we can control, such as improving in our doubles, singles and our fitness to help prevent these injuries,” Nguyen said.In recent weeks, UCLA has been all the more dangerous. In the ITA Indoor Championships, the Bruins beat No. 10 Florida 4-3 and No. 15 Louisville 4-1, both of whom are upcoming opponents for USC.Despite the success of their crosstown counterparts, the players know they must prepare and focus on their game.“Our team goal is to continue to play at a high level and not worry about the wins or losses,” Nguyen said. “I think [we] really just [need to] take it one point at a time and play our hearts out.”last_img read more

  • Previewing the Boston Valentine Invitational

    first_imgSyracuse head coach Chris Fox only sent a handful of athletes to the Armory Invitational last weekend, possibly tapering most runners for the Boston Valentine Invitational on Friday and Saturday.Sending almost exclusively sprinters, hurdlers, and jumpers, seven of the 15 athletes that Fox sent scored for SU last week. The Armory meet was highlighted by Shaina Harrison, who cruised to victory in the 60m dash, never running from behind in the preliminaries, semifinals, or finals. She has finished top five in each of her four races thus far, winning two. After winning the Atlantic Coast Conference indoor championship in the 60m, the senior looks primed for another big year.Surprisingly, Freddie Crittenden did not emerge victorious in the 60m hurdles at Armory despite posting the fourth fastest time in the nation thus far, 7.72 seconds. He was bested by Trey Holloway of Hampton who posted a time of 7.71, which ranks him third in the nation, just a notch above Crittenden. This marked the first time that Crittenden had been taken down this season.Led by Crittenden, the SU hurdles team may prove to be very dangerous nationallyCrittenden currently sits atop the ACC leaderboard in the 60m hurdles. Sharing the top five with him from Syracuse is freshman Richard Floyd, sophomore David Gilstrap, and freshman Chevis Armstead. This trend will likely continue as both Gilstrap and Crittenden both came within 0.01 of their personal bests, while Floyd and Armstead keep dropping time. Floyd in particular dropped 0.12 at Armory.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFox will be looking to score big at BUAfter resting his entire distance and mid-distance squad, Fox will likely look to unleash it on one of the fastest tracks in the country at the Boston Valentine Invitational. Shaped like a NASCAR track, the Rekortan-covered 200m track is set with an 18.5-degree bank to ensure that runners maintain rhythm through turns, a crucial piece for longer races.Thanks to the setup of the track, only two weeks after Justyn Knight, Adam Palamar, and Joel Hubbard all ran sub-4:00 miles, faster times may be in store. In between the structure of the deck is also a tuned interface for greater rebound on each step. With each stride a runner takes, there is less stress on their legs than there otherwise would be and gives runners greater bounce with each impact. This helps prevent lower-body pain during races and diminishes fatigue on the runners. Many indoor tracks around the country have bits and pieces of these perks, but the track inside BU’s Track and Tennis Center is one of the few in the nation that has all of these pieces to help runners and is why the track often produces some of the best times in the country. Last year at the same meet, seven runners ran sub-4:00 miles at BU.Three seasons of running puts a great deal of stress on distance runners so often times they spend indoor meets tapering. The winter season is much more critical for the sprinters, hurdlers, and jumpers, who only get two seasons.“One thing that we do here is sort of low key indoors,” Fox said. “Outdoors is much more important to us.”“We’ll take a few big shots this indoor (season), especially on the distance side, we’ll be pretty good indoors, but really great outdoors,” Fox added. “We just don’t feel like you can run three really hard seasons.”With a forgiving, fast track, BU will likely be one of the places where Syracuse takes a “big shot.” Comments Published on February 12, 2016 at 10:30 am Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

  • Upset over No. 2 Indiana gives UW signature win

    first_imgAlthough set back by a gruesome leg injury and a concussion sustained at practice, Bruesewitz has shown flashes of his old self during conference play.[/media-credit]“Grind ’em out dog fights.”Those are the self-described kind of games Wisconsin redshirt senior Mike Bruesewitz loves to play in. With a collection of players similar to their starting forward, it’s no wonder the Badgers made some noise over the break in the world of college basketball.“There are some big boys in the Big Ten, it’s a very physical conference,” Bruesewitz said. “That’s the type of stuff I like, those are the kinds of games I like to be in.”“I don’t like the games we’re up 25. I’d much rather be in a close game where every decision matters, and every loose ball is a life or death situation.”And that’s how the Badgers have been playing since the students on the campus of the University of Wisconsin left for winter break. The team rode an eight-game win streak to first place in Big Ten play before a disheartening loss at Iowa this past Saturday, but the team has fans optimistic for hopes of a conference title.Every win has been tough for the Badgers, but that’s to be expected in a league that remains the undisputed best in college hoops. The team had to gut out their first two wins against undermanned, but gritty teams in Penn State, who lost its best player in Tim Frazier to an ACL tear, and Nebraska, but questions still remained. If Wisconsin couldn’t handle their business easily against two of the projected worst teams in the conference, how would they handle the upcoming gauntlet of ranked opponents on their schedule?It was a sentiment shared by freshman Sam Dekker.“We feel like our production was subpar the first eight, nine games of the season,” Dekker said.But the team rebounded in a way that surprised everyone in the world of college basketball. Blowing out No. 12 Illinois at home 74-51 in a 40-minute beating was just a glimpse of what laid ahead in Bloomington, Ind.Sure, the Badgers and Bo Ryan had owned Assembly Hall and the Indiana Hoosiers over the past few years, but were they ready to challenge the No. 2 team in the nation in front of a raucous, sold out crowd?Well, doubters, naysayers and non-Bolievers suddenly found Wisconsin was alone at the front of the conference, shocking the Hoosiers and their fans with stingy defense, clutch shooting and resiliency under duress in a 64-59 upset in the program’s biggest road win in history.“I think we’ve shown flashes throughout the season that we can compete with people, but we haven’t done it too consistently,” redshirt senior center Jared Berggren said. “The Illinois game was a good stepping stone there, it’s one thing to do it at home and another to do it on the road in a hostile environment.”“So to go into Indiana, at their place, and knock them off was a big confidence boost. Just shows what we’re capable of and we’re going to look to build off that.”It wasn’t like the Badgers were beating the Hoosiers throughout the game–far from it. Cody Zeller and his 18 points in the first half were decimating to UW trying to establish control. But, like they have all season, Wisconsin found a way to get it done by grinding down their opponents with physical defense, limited turnovers and balanced scoring.Berggren, the Badgers’ primary offensive option, didn’t even have his best game, as the athletic center scored just five points on 2-for-8 shooting from the field.But the team was brought back down to earth in Carver-Hawkeye Arena this past Saturday night against an emotionally charged Iowa team. Playing in honor of the 20th anniversary of the death of Chris Street, a Hawkeye basketball standout who died in a car accident Jan. 19, 1993, the all-around performance by Iowa would have made the former player proud.To put it lightly, the Badgers didn’t show up until the second half after being outscored 18-34 in the first half by their opponents, but it was a deficit that was too big to climb as the team fell for the first time in conference play 66-70.But even with the let-down loss, the team has done what it always has under Ryan, progressed from week to week and gradually gained more chemistry within its ranks of players.Ryan constantly preaches the most important thing he assesses at the end of each game: “Are we better this game than the last”? And that’s something that the Badgers certainly have shown (minus the Iowa game) during their undefeated stretch of conference play.“We kind of were set back by injuries at the beginning of the season,” Bruesewitz said. “We came in to the season with a lot of confidence … I know I did. I had a couple freak things happen to me, then Josh [Gasser] gets hurt. Essentially, you lose two starters; at that point, that’s a big blow to any team. You lose your point guard and small forward, but the guys were great to weather the storm.”Confidence is something Wisconsin has seemingly lacked during the season until the last four games, but it was something that was a bit expected coming into the season replacing multi-year starter Jordan Taylor, a fact amplified by Gasser’s season-ending injury.But redshirt freshman George Marshall and sophomore Traevon Jackson have been showing signs of growth in their roles and junior Ben Brust has developed nicely into more of a well-rounded offensive threat rather than just a deadly three-point shooter.The Badgers still have a long way to go in the Big Ten race if they hope to win a conference that currently has six of its 12 teams ranked in the Top 25.First comes Tom Izzo’s Michigan State team Jan. 22 at the Kohl Center. Although the Spartans are adjusting to life after long-time leader and 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year Draymond Green, junior guard Keith Appling has led MSU to first place in the Big Ten at this point in the season.After that, things don’t get much easier, as Wisconsin takes on No. 9 Minnesota at home and then both No. 11 Ohio State and No. 24 Illinois on the road (rankings as of Jan. 20).What the cards may hold for this Badgers in conference play is unclear, but Bruesewitz should be happy because, in the Big Ten, every night is a constant grind.last_img read more

  • Ladbrokes seeks Belgian data boost with STATSCORE products

    first_imgShare Share SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Related Articles STATSCORE chosen as the main sponsor for Futsal Ekstraklasa August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit SBC’s Year In Review: August’s big betting news December 27, 2019 STATSCORE, a data provider for bookmakers, sports clubs and news sites, has announced that two of its products, LivematchPro and Prematch Center, have been implemented on Ladbrokes.be.LivematchPro, which comes with “bet stimulating tools” for a sportsbook, provides in game visualisations and detailed statistics for match incidents in real time.Ladbrokes users in Belgium will gain access to these “match trackers” for more than 10,000 events a month across 16 sports.Meanwhile, Prematch Center supplies information including league standings, form tables, top scorers, assist leaders and yellow cards. Designed for “any company and any individual who wants to seek statistics about a sporting event”, it is expected to boost pre-match turnover for Ladbrokes.be.Ladbrokes has been a leading sports-betting provider in Belgium for over thirty years. The company combines a vast horseracing offering with a huge range of bets on the likes of football, tennis, basketball, volleyball, ice hockey, F1 and cycling.STATSCORE has been shortlisted for ‘Rising Star in Sports Betting Innovation’ and ‘Best Sports Data Product’ at the SBC Awards, held on Tuesday 5 December at the Artillery Garden in London.The prize winners, split into 11 Operator/Affiliate awards and 17 Supplier awards, will be announced by hosts Matt Lorenzo and Luis Garcia, a former Champions League winner with Liverpool.last_img read more

  • Kenley Jansen wants Manny Machado on the Dodgers; Machado just wants a decision

    first_img Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching The Dodgers have had a hole at shortstop since Corey Seager was lost for the season with an elbow injury. The Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees and Dodgers have been most prominently reported as Machado suitors.Although club officials aren’t allowed to speak publicly about their desire for players under contract to other teams, players have no such restrictions.Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen made no secret of his wish that Machado ends up in his clubhouse.“We would love to have him,” Jansen said. “We all know how great of a player he is. If we had a shot to get him, it will help tremendously. … We are definitely aware (of the rumors), but at the same time we’ve just got to stay focused and keep playing our game. Nothing has happened yet. If it does, it would be great. Hopefully it will happen. If it doesn’t, we’ve still got a great team to go out and compete and get back to the playoffs.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error WASHINGTON — As Manny Machado spoke to wave after wave of reporters crowded around his table during All-Star Game media availability on Monday, he was still wearing a Baltimore Orioles uniform.The big question — one that Machado couldn’t answer — was which uniform he’ll be wearing in a few weeks, or a few days.It could be the Dodgers, who are reportedly one of the teams on the short list of those most aggressively pursuing him.Machado, who has no say in where he goes, simply wants a resolution: “Get these answers done with and just get it over with and let’s go on and not answer these questions any more. That’d be good.” Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Related Articles Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ last_img read more

  • Russell, Young return, but Lakers fall to Knicks

    first_imgLOS ANGELES >> The Lakers’ dynamic playmaker returned to the court, only for D’Angelo Russell to show rust with his shooting. The Lakers’ prolific scorer returned as well, only for Nick Young to provide the opposite. The Lakers’ struggling veteran stayed in the starting lineup, only for Luol Deng to offer some productivity that mirrored his past.Even with those mixed developments, the Lakers still experienced something familiar even without a healthy roster. The Lakers suffered a 118-112 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday at Staples Center for the same reason they have logged six consecutive defeats.“I felt like we were the better team,” Russell said. “It’s embarrassing because we have too many defenders and athletic guys on this team to be this bad on the defensive end. We can be a lot better and we will be a lot better. It’s just frustrating.”The Lakers had no answer for anyone defensively, whether it was a rising star (Kristaps Porzingis; 26 points), a dynamic point guard (Derrick Rose; 25), a hometown standout (Brandon Jennings; 19) and a lethal scorer (Carmelo Anthony; 13). Though the Lakers trimmed an 11-point deficit to single digits in the final quarter, Rose widened the gap with a runner for a 115-109 lead with 19.4 seconds left. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Even if this season has become defined on progress than results, the Lakers (10-15) are close toward matching last year’s season-high eight-game losing streak in what ended with the team’s worst record in franchise history (17-65).The Lakers expect to fare better, though, for a number of reasons. The Lakers have liked Luke Walton’s comforting coaching style and innovative offense. Despite the Lakers’ recent losing streak, Walton encouraged the team’s starting lineup to work on sets on their own following morning shootaround on Sunday.“We played well enough offensively to win; 112 points at home that should be a win,” Walton said. “… It’s tough to win when we don’t get stops.”The Lakers’ latest loss also coincided with both returning healthy players.After missing the past 11 games with a sore left knee, Russell had only three points on 1 of 8 shooting and offered little to stop Rose in 18 minutes. But Russell’s five assists and overall presence boosted an offense that previously became stagnant.center_img “I feel like I took the shots I usually take,” Russell said. “I made the passes I usually make. Turnovers I know I can do better at, but it’s about finding that rhythm.”Russell missed his first seven shots, and made his first field goal when he sank a 3-pointer that gave the Lakers a 73-72 lead with 4:28 left in the third quarter. He did not shoot after that. Russell passed up an open 3-pointer moments later and zipped the ball center Timofey Mozgov out of his reach before going out of bounds.Yet, Walton expected Russell to look rusty after only practicing on Thursday and Saturday.A different story played out for Young, who had 15 points on a 6-of-11 clip in 20 minutes. After Walton called Young “one of the toughest players in the NBA” for returning two weeks after nursing a strained calf muscle in his right leg, Young did not look rusty. He scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half by both sinking jumpers and driving to the basket.“It felt good but I was a little winded,” said Young, who mentioned he will definitely play tonight in Sacramento. “I was achy body wise. I think I’ll be all right.”Young may have gone 1 of 6 from 3-point range, including a missed 3-pointer that could have cut the Knicks’ 104-98 lead with 3:28 left, but he still exceeded expectations. He did not compete in 3-on-3 drills on Saturday because of fatigue concerns. He then completed sprints in a Staples Center hallway after Sunday’s shootaround before shedding off more rust in his pre-game workout.Despite those limitations, the Lakers relied on others. Lou Williams had a team-leading 24 points on 6-of-13 shooting, including a 3-pointer that cut New York’s lead to 116-112 with 8.6 seconds left. After laboring with shooting inaccuracy all season, Deng had a season-high 22 points on a 8-of-13 clip. Clarkson added 14 points.Until the Lakers elevate their defense, though, the struggles could continue even with a healthy roster.last_img read more