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Bucks spoil Cousins' return for Kings SACRAMENTO: DeMarcus Cousins returned to NBA action after battling viral meningitis but his 27 points for Sacramento on Thursday weren't enough in a 108-107 loss to Milwaukee.Brandon Knight scored 20 points and O.J. Mayo and Jared Dudley each contributed 19 to lead the Bucks over the Kings, who fell to 0-2 under interim coach Tyrone Corbin, who took over when Michael Malone was sacked this week.Cousins had a chance to win it in the closing seconds, but was off-target with a jump shot at the final buzzer. In addition to his game-high 27 points he had 11 rebounds, but the Kings suffered their fifth straight defeat."(Cousins) did a great job out there in trying to will us to a win," Corbin said.While the Kings welcomed their center back, Milwaukee were without theirs. Larry Sanders served a one-game suspension for a level-two Flagrant Foul incurred for shoving Boris Diaw in Wednesday's ...

Thunder's Durant exits early with sprained ankle OAKLAND: Kevin Durant's hot start was cold comfort when the Oklahoma City star limped out at halftime Thursday of the Thunder's 114-109 NBA loss to Golden State.Stephen Curry posted a game-high 34 points with nine assists, seven rebounds and four steals for Golden State. Six Warriors players scored in double figures as the team bounced back from a loss in Memphis on Tuesday that snapped their 16-game winning streak.Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Durant seemed ...
Sonny Bill Williams, Quade Cooper in 'fight night' SYDNEY: Code-swapping star Sonny Bill Williams and Wallaby Quade Cooper will headline a 'fight night' in Australia next month in a line-up that also includes rugby league player Paul Gallen.Williams, who returned to the All Blacks this year after a two-year stint with National Rugby League's Sydney Roosters, will take on American Chauncy Welliver in the January 31 event in Sydney.In his last fight in February, Williams won a 10-round heavyweight bout against veteran South ...
Drifting Liverpool seek Arsenal spark LONDON: Liverpool will hope to draw inspiration from memories of last season's thrilling 5-1 demolition of Arsenal when the teams resume hostilities in the Premier League at Anfield this weekend.Arsene Wenger's side were routed on their last trip to Liverpool's famous stadium in February, when a devastating four-goal salvo inside the first 20 minutes left the north London club reeling.It was the start of an 11-game winning run that took Liverpool to within sight of ...
Carrick hails Valencia as key to United revival BIRMINGHAM: Michael Carrick has hailed Antonio Valencia as a key figure in Manchester United's recent revival in the Premier League.Louis van Gaal's side travel to Aston Villa on Saturday looking to add to a six-match winning sequence that has lifted them to third in the table.United's fine form has come despite van Gaal continually having to make changes to his team because of injuries to several star players.And while forwards Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie ...
Pellegrini backs Mangala to shine for City MANCHESTER: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini claims he has complete faith in French defender Eliaquim Mangala ahead of the Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at Eastlands on Saturday.City captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out until the start of 2015 with a recurrence of a hamstring problem, so Mangala will get a run of games at centre-back alongside Martin Demichelis.And Pellegrini believes the France international, who joined the English champions from Porto during the ...
Koeman says Saints can recover from reality check SOUTHAMPTON: Ronald Koeman believes Southampton's clash with Everton at St Mary's on Saturday will provide a vital test of his team's character.Saints manager Koeman had enjoyed an almost perfect introduction to life in the Premier League during the opening months of the campaign as the Dutchman steered Southampton up to second place.But a run of five successive defeats -- four in the league followed by Tuesday's shock loss in the League Cup quarter-finals at third ...


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