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Raptors exec apologizes for crude dig at Nets TORONTO: Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri apologized Saturday for a foul-mouthed, fan-baiting speech at a rally prior to the Raptors' NBA playoff opener against the Brooklyn Nets.Ujiri, a Nigerian who was the first African-born general manager in the NBA and earned GM of the Year honors while with Denver, said he was trying to whip up the crowd outside the Air Canada Centre prior to Saturday's Eastern Conference clash when he concluded his remarks by shouting "F--- Brooklyn!"The crowd responded with an ovation, and Ujiri's remarks quickly found their way onto social media sites, but by halftime of Brooklyn's 94-87 victory he was offering his apology."It was the wrong choice of words out there," Ujiri told reporters in a corridor of the arena."This thing is really not about me, it's about the players and the playoffs."So just trying to get the crowd out there rattled. It was the wrong choice ...

Warriors hold off Clippers in post-season opener LOS ANGELES: The Golden State Warriors overcame 21 turnovers to edge the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on Saturday and snatch home court advantage in their NBA Western Conference first-round series.Klay Thompson scored 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds as the Oakland, California-based Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.David Lee added 20 points for the Warriors and Stephen Curry added 20.The game was tied 52-52 at halftime, but the sixth-seeded Warriors outscored ...

Below-par Bayern end league slump as Real loom BERLIN: Bayern Munich ended a run of three Bundesliga games without victory in Saturday's unimpressive 2-0 win at bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig, four days before their Champions League semi-final at Real Madrid.Peru veteran Claudio Pizarro, 35, and Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic were on target with late goals in what was only Bayern's third win in their last seven games in all competitions.Despite enjoying their customary 65 percent possession and fielding a near full-strength team, Bayern ...

Trescothick ready to help Trott LONDON: Former England opener Marcus Trescothick has said he is willing to help Jonathan Trott in his struggle with a stress-related illness after a similar condition ended his international career.Trott, who made a brief comeback after returning home following England's opening loss in a 5-0 Ashes reverse in Australia, announced he was bowing out of both Warwickshire and international duty with immediate effect after suffering a relapse in his condition.South Africa-born Trott came under fire ...

Juventus still on course for record ROME: Juventus remain on course for a record-breaking points haul as they closed in on the Serie A title with a 1-0 win over struggling Bologna on Saturday.A 64th minute goal from French starlet Paul Pogba was enough to give the Turin giants all three points and take them to 90 for the season.With four matches remaining, and having lost only twice in the league all season, Juventus can reasonably expect to become the first ...

Vekic upsets Zhang for final Cibulkova date in Malaysia KUALA LUMPUR: Teenager Donna Vekic pulled off the surprise of the Malaysian Open so far, edging out second seed Zhang Shuai 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday to clinch a final clash against top seed Dominika Cibulkova.The 17-year-old Croatian, the youngest player in the main draw, overcame a humbling start to upset Zhang, who was the first Chinese player to reach the semi-finals of the tournament."It was funny the way it went especially in the opening ...

Lacklustre Bayern edge past Braunschweig as Real await BERLIN: Late goals from veteran Claudio Pizarro and Mario Mandzukic rescued lacklustre Bayern Munich who beat Eintracht Braunschweig 2-0 on Saturday to bounce back from two straight league losses ahead of next week's Champions League semi-final at Real Madrid.The 35-year-old Peruvian, who has now scored against every Bundesliga club with Braunschweig the only one missing from his list prior to the game, was picked to start ahead of Bayern top scorer Mandzukic.The choice proved key ...


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