Russia rejects Sochi doping claims

first_imgA former laboratory chief, Grigory Rodchenkov, has made extensive claims, including that urine samples were switched to ensure athletes tested clean.The World Anti Doping Agency says it will consider re-testing if necessary.last_img

NBA wrap: Thunder overcome 51-point performance by Damian Lillard to win in OT

first_img NBA trade rumors: Knicks will explore dealing Frank Ntilikina on draft night Meanwhile, there is little doubt who the best team in the Eastern Conference is right now.The Bucks drove home that they’re the best of the best with their 117-98 win over the Pacers on Thursday.Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped 29 points and added 12 rebounds in the victory, which gave Milwaukee a 49-16 record for the season. The Pacers, while still a very good team, are now 42-24 and 7 1/2 games back of the Bucks.However, the thing to note here is Indiana now leads the 76ers by a half game. Philadelphia faces off with the Rockets on Friday.Studs of the NightMyles Turner scored 22 points and added 17 rebounds and three blocks in the Pacers’ loss to the Bucks.Khris Middleton had 27 points, four assists and three steals in the Bucks’ win.Dud of the NightTyreke Evans signed a $12 million contract with the Pacers this season. He didn’t earn it on Thursday as he went 1-of-6 shooting with three points. The team was minus-12 with him on the floor.HighlightA player as big as Antetokounmpo should not be able to move like this. What’s NextNuggets (43-21) at Warriors (44-20) 10:30 p.m. ET — A battle between the Western Conference’s best teams is actually a fight for first place, as well, as Denver sits just one game back of the Warriors for the top spot. NBA free agency: Steve Kerr explains Warriors’ decision to sign Andrew Bogutcenter_img It took overtime but the Thunder were able to defeat the Trail Blazers despite a splendid performance by Damian Lillard.Oklahoma City dropped Portland 129-121 in overtime behind 37 points from Russell Westbrook and another 32 from Paul George. As good as those two were, though, their scores paled in comparison to Lillard’s as he dropped 51 on 15-of-28 shooting.This was Lillard’s first 50-point game of the season and fifth of his career. Related Newslast_img read more

Soccer: Pressure mounts on El Tri

first_imgAnything but an emphatic win for Mexico and the wildly popular Sanchez’s firing may not be far away given the weight of the nation’s expectations. Then Mexican soccer would truly find itself in turmoil with the start of World Cup qualifying a little more than a year away. Mexico has always under-performed on the international stage. Mexican coaches have customarily blamed the insularity of the nation’s domestic game for that. Players and coaches have long been reticent to join overseas clubs, although that is slowly changing as the money in Europe becomes bigger and ever more alluring. Still, against the United States, it was apparent that Mexico’s biggest problem was a massive case of overconfidence. Manchester United plays Reading in a fifth-round FA Cup replay live at noon today on Fox Soccer Channel, and D.C. United and the Houston Dynamo both play CONCACAF Champions Cup games Thursday on the same network. But the most fascinating game this week from a U.S. fans’ perspective may be Wednesday’s Mexico-Venezuela encounter in San Diego, which will be shown live at 7:30 p.m. on Telemundo. Fresh off a 2-0 loss to the United States, its biggest regional rival, Mexico faces what is generally acknowledged to be South America’s weakest national team. If it was important for Mexican coach Hugo Sanchez to lead his nation to success against the U.S. in his first game in charge, it is imperative for El Tri to defeat the South American minnows. center_img Sure, poor finishing and lax defending played a role in the loss. But the overarching impression given by Sanchez and his players was that Mexican futbol is far superior to U.S. soccer and a win was virtually a national right. Mexican machismo extended to Sanchez’s melodramatic sideline pouting during the game and the players’ refusal to shake hands with their U.S. counterparts afterward. In truth, however, the Mexicans had psyched themselves out before kickoff. Confident they would enjoy the bulk of the crowd’s support even while playing in the United States, and with the talismanic Sanchez at the helm and its stars recalled from Europe for the game, the Mexicans had conditioned themselves to believe victory was inevitable. Never mind that Mexico hadn’t scored a goal against the Americans on U.S. soil in six years. Or won outside of massive Azteca Stadium against the United States in seven years. Or that Mexico had lost to the United States at the 2002 World Cup. Even if it’s generally accepted that Mexican players on the whole are technically superior to those in the United States, the Americans have consistently showed that what counts just as much is hard work and playing as a team. How many more times must Mexico pay a price for taking supposedly lesser teams too lightly before learning its lesson? Bring on Venezuela. The U.S.-Mexico game set rating records on both English-language and Spanish-language television. The game was the most-watched U.S. game in history outside of the World Cup or World Cup qualifiers on ESPN2, with about 1.1 million viewers. On Univision, six million tuned in, making the game the most-watched Spanish-language sports event in history, beating every Super Bowl. Former South Torrance High star Shannon Boxx was recalled to the U.S. squad for the Algarve Cup in Portugal March 7-14. She had missed seven months with a serious knee injury. U.S. Soccer has announced it will employ four referees on a full-time basis for the first time, a move that hopefully will raise the quality of officiating in MLS. The National Soccer Hall of Fame will announce its 2007 class of three inductees this morning in Carson. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more