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Italy's Messina coaches Spurs over Pacers SAN ANTONIO: Assistant coach Ettore Messina guided San Antonio over the Indiana Pacers 106-100 Wednesday, becoming the first Italian to coach an NBA game while replacing Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.Popovich, the NBA's longest-tenured coach, missed the game with what the team called a minor medical procedure. The coach who guided the Spurs to last season's NBA title will miss an undisclosed period of time."He will be back soon," said Messina, an Italian Basketball Hall of Fame member and two-time Euroleague Coach of the Year.French guard Tony Parker and forward Kawhi Leonard each scored 21 points for San Antonio while Leonard also contributed 13 rebounds for the Spurs, who improved to 10-4.Tim Duncan added 17 points for the Spurs, who were two games behind Southwest division leader Memphis.Rodney Stuckey scored 22 points to lead Indiana, which also had 13 points from Luis Scola and 12 from reserve Chris Copeland.The Pacers fell ...

Australia recall Horne, McMahon for England LONDON: Winger Rob Horne and flanker Sean McMahon earned recalls to the starting side for the Wallabies' clash with England at Twickenham on Saturday in their final international of the year.After two second successive defeats on their Northern Hemisphere tour, against France and Ireland, Australia are under pressure to perform and coach Michael Cheika has tinkered with the line-up. The match has been given added spice by the fact 2015 World Cup hosts England are ...
Ronaldo strike sinks gallant Basel BASEL: Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 71st Champions League goal, putting him three behind Lionel Messi's record, to give Real Madrid a 1-0 win at FC Basel on Wednesday as they maintained their 100 percent record in Group B. The Portuguese scored from close range after Karim Benzema got to the byline and pulled the ball back as he equalled former Real Madrid forward Raul's Champions League tally. Real, who made sure of top spot in ...
Mandzukic treble sends Atletico into last 16 MADRID: Atletico Madrid swept into the Champions League last 16 with a game to spare as Mario Mandzukic netted a hat-trick in a crushing 4-0 win at home to Olympiakos Piraeus in Group A on Wednesday. Last season's beaten finalists secured a fourth straight victory since falling 3-2 to the Greek side in their opening game in September and have 12 points from five matches, three ahead of second-placed Juventus, who won 2-0 at Malmo. ...
Wenger proud of Arsenal but says they can do better LONDON: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was proud his side had reached the knockout rounds of the Champions league for the 15th straight season on Wednesday but said they now needed to make a real impact in the competition. In the eight seasons since they lost the 2006 final to Barcelona, Arsenal have qualified for the last 16 every time but only reached the semi-finals once. After beating Borussia Dortmund 2-0 to reach the last 16 ...
Steady as she goes for jet-lagged McIlroy in Sydney SYDNEY: Rory McIlroy admitted to feeling fatigued from jet-lag and an early alarm call on Thursday but the first round of his Australian Open title defence was by no means a damage limitation exercise. Starting his day with rain clouds casting an early morning gloom over. The Australian Golf Club, the world number one produced a solid round of two-under-par 69 for an early share of second place. The Northern Irishman's driver was dialled in, ...
Japan banned from FIBA competition TOKYO: Japan have been suspended from international basketball competitions -- including the Olympics -- after failing to merge their two national leagues.The International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the sport's global governing body, issued the ban in Switzerland on Wednesday, saying the Japan Basketball Association (JBA), which oversees the game domestically, had not met its requirements.FIBA said the JBA had failed to come up with a plan to merge the community-based professional bj League and the National ...


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