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Egypt high court upholds death sentence of 10 in soccer riot

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:41:26 UT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's highest appeals court on Monday upheld the death sentences against 10 people convicted over a soccer riot that killed over 70 fans in 2012, becoming one of the world's deadliest soccer disasters. The rioting erupted on February 2012, at the end of a league match in the Mediterranean city of Port Said between Cairo's Al-Ahly, Egypt's most successful club, and home side Al-Masry. The first Egyptian Premier League game in which fans were allowed back into the stadiums was played in February 2015, but that occasion was also marred by the death of 22 fans in a stampede outside the grounds. During the 2011 uprising that toppled autocratic President Hosni Mubarak, the Ultras often provided muscle at street rallies, directing protesters, leading chants and standing first in the line of fire as riot police unleashed tear gas.

Lots of points, lots of dunks, not a lot of All-Star defense

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:40:40 UT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It was the fourth quarter of the All-Star Game, and a few fans started yelling loudly enough for DeAndre Jordan to hear them from his spot on the Western Conference bench. Defense was in short supply on Sunday night during the NBA's showcase game, one where Anthony Davis smashed a 55-year-old record with 52 points and the Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference 192-182. "All-Star is about offense and giving the crowd a show, but if they want to see a little more defense as fans and everything — I mean, nobody wants to go out here and get hurt," said Davis, the game's MVP in his home arena. There were 16 fouls, mainly ones players were taking to stop the clock and allow substitutions; only four were of the shooting variety. LeBron James made a shot from nearly half-court, something he would never try in a competitive situation. West coach Steve Kerr said he and East coach Brad Stevens had jobs on Sunday night akin to the person who played the role of the title character in "Weekend at Bernie's," that being a deceased man who gets dragged from place to place and propped up to somehow give others the illusion that he's still actually alive. How All-Star games are played isn't up to the coaches, but rather it'll be the players who decide if they want defense back.

AP Source: Pelicans acquiring Cousins in multi-player deal

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:35:03 UT

The Kings dealt one of the most talented but temperamental big men in the game along with Omri Casspi to New Orleans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round draft picks this summer, a person familiar with the situation said. The move also sends a message that the Pelicans are more concerned with making a 25-game push for the playoffs this spring then where they'll be drafting next offseason. New Orleans (23-34) went into the All-Star break 2 ½ games behind Denver for the eighth and final playoff seeding in the Western Conference. The Kings get a player with a lot of potential in the 6-4 Hield, although he has been inconsistent during his rookie season out of Oklahoma, where as a senior he was one of the best players in the nation.

Seminoles' Martin has at least 2 seasons to overtake Garrido

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:16:43 UT

The next milestone for Florida State coach Mike Martin is the NCAA-record 1,975 career wins by the retired Augie Garrido. Mike Martin Jr., who has been with his dad as a player or assistant for more than half of those wins, said 2,000 isn't out of the question considering the Seminoles have averaged 51 a season since the elder Martin took over in 1980. Connor Seabold scattered five hits over seven innings in a 1-0 win Friday, and John Gavin pitched six shutout innings and Taylor Bryant drove in five runs in an 8-1 win Saturday. Stanford beat the Titans 7-6 on Sunday on Matt Winaker's RBI single in the 11th inning. The lefty allowed three hits and struck out seven in five innings. Youngstown State's Andrew Kendrick, who hit four home runs in 50 games last season, hit five in the Penguins' three games in a tournament in Clarksville, Tennessee. Mississippi used a five-run sixth inning to erase a four-run deficit and beat East Carolina 8-6 Sunday, giving the Rebels their first sweep of a top-10 opponent since 2010.

ICYMI: Upsets galore and one near upset in women's hoops.

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:14:53 UT

Nearly half the teams in The Associated Press women's basketball poll lost, including four of the top 10 teams. While the Huskies held on to win their 101st consecutive game after beating No. 6 South Carolina for the milestone victory last Monday, Florida State, South Carolina, Texas and Washington all lost at least once. The 20th-ranked Wolverines had a sellout crowd of 12,707 in an 86-68 loss to rival Michigan State. Like Michigan, Syracuse also had a record number of fans at their 85-80 loss to No. 7 Notre Dame. Washington guard Kelsey Plum moved into second place on the NCAA's career scoring list Sunday, passing Brittney Griner. UConn's milestone 100th straight win drew an 0.9 overnight rating — the highest-rated women's college basketball regular-season game since 2010.

Dustin Johnson wins at Riviera, goes to No. 1 in the world

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:12:46 UT

[...] . During the third round Sunday morning, when he shot a 7-under 64 and built a five-shot lead, his two longest par putts were from 4 feet. With his five-shot victory, he became the 20th player since the world ranking began in 1986 to reach No. 1. Neither did the 72-hole scoring record at Riviera, set in 1985 by Lanny Wadkins at 20-under 264, making it the oldest such record on the PGA Tour schedule. Johnson has won every year on the PGA Tour except for 2014, which was cut short when he stepped away for six months to seek professional help for personal challenges amid a published report he had tested positive twice for drugs. Johnson arrived at Riviera on Sunday morning with a one-shot lead to play 36 holes — the tournament was delayed all week by fog and rain — and one burst was all it took. "If he keeps playing the way he's playing, we've all got to pick our games up and try and compete against him," Day said. Because he's playing some good golf.

How often have athletes snubbed the White House?

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:10:56 UT

While presidents have been snubbed before, six players from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots took it to another level by preemptively turning down an expected invitation from President Trump. "The balance of power in professional sports now rests more with the performers than the owners," said Stephen Mosher, a professor of sports management and media at Ithaca College. [...] Mosher added, "I think it's quite refreshing. The Patriots were part of the political discourse even before they dramatically rallied from 25 points down to beat the Atlanta Falcons in the first Super Bowl to go to overtime. Kraft is a friend of the 45th president, and quarterback Tom Brady drew plenty of scrutiny when one of Trump's "Make America Great Again" caps was spotted in his locker at the start of the contentious presidential campaign. Five teammates — defensive back Devin McCourty, running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive end Chris Long, linebacker Dont'a Hightower and defensive tackle Alan Branch — quickly followed suit. SNUBBING THE WHITE HOUSE Since the tradition of inviting sports champions to the nation's most famous home really began to take off under President Reagan, some two dozen athletes have turned down the opportunity. Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas declined to join the 2011 Stanley Cup champions on their White House visit, writing on social media that the government "has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People." Most notably, he began the practice of placing congratulatory phone calls right to the locker room while teams were right in the midst of their championship celebrations.

Record All-Star: Davis scores 52, West tops East 192-182

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:33:03 UT

At the defense-free dunkfest that now serves as the NBA's All-Star Game, Davis scored a record 52 points and led the Western Conference past the Eastern Conference, 192-182 on Sunday night. Davis was the star of stars in a game where the teams combined for more points than in any other All-Star contest. Durant had a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. [...] after the game, word came that Sacramento is trading All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans as part of a deal that will involve five players and two draft picks. James scored 23 — including a 3-pointer from the midcourt logo — while Cleveland teammate Kyrie Irving added 22 points and 14 assists. Players jumped and threw hands skyward, Curry tossing a cupful of ice water onto a smiling Durant amid it all. Westbrook scored 12 points — all on 3s — in a 63-second span late in the third quarter, coming off the bench and firing over and over and over again. Curry took cover in the third quarter, comically hitting the deck face-first as Antetokounmpo went in for yet another dunk. [...] later in the quarter, Antetokounmpo went over Curry for a rebound slam — one that left Curry staring at the scoreboard for a replay. That happened to be the moment when John Legend — the halftime performer — and Chrissy Teigen were shown at their sideline seats on the video screens around the arena.

High profile gymnasts come forward, claim abuse by doctor

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:51:17 UT

Dantzscher, three-time U.S. rhythmic gymnastics champion Jessica Howard and former national team member Jeanette Antolin appeared on "60 Minutes" on Sunday , detailing what they have claimed is sexual abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar. The suit says the organization negligently suppressed, concealed or failed to disclose knowledge that Nassar had engaged in sexual conduct with team members. Nassar was ordered to stand trial on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after a woman described how he sexually abused her for years during her childhood.

The Latest: Davis breaks Wilt's record, West wins 197-182

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:57:16 UT

Anthony Davis scored an All-Star game record 52 points in his home arena, and the Western Conference squad defeated the East 192-182 on Sunday night. Westbrook's highlights included an alley-oop dunk set up by former teammate Kevin Durant Wilt Chamberlain had set the record with 42 in the 1962 All-Star game scoring record of 42 points. Playing in his home arena before a crowd that kicked it up a notch when he was introduced before the game, Davis has 32 points through three quarters of Sunday night's All-Star game, approaching Wilt Chamberlain's All-Star record of 42 points in 1962. At 23, Davis is among the youngest All-Stars, and one player even younger, 22-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, is delighting his many fans back home in Greece. Anthony Davis has turned in a strong enough first half to keep him firmly in the running to walk away with All-Star MVP honors in his home arena, dunking eight times on his way to a game-high 22 first-half points. Among the first quarter highlight of Sunday's NBA All-Star game was Westbrook's alley-oop dunk on a cut straight down the lane. With 5 minutes left in the first quarter of the All-Star Game, Westbrook passed to Durant, who sent a lob back across to the lane to his former Oklahoma City teammate and set him up for a dunk. Headlined by The Roots, with DJ Jazzy Jeff, Michael B. Jordan and more as part of the show, the elaborate pregame took a musical look at the league's history — paying homage to stars of the past and the stars of today. Beyonce, Jay Z, Magic Johnson, Fat Joe, Chris Tucker, Nick Cannon, John Legend, Alonzo Mourning, Oscar Robertson, Dikembe Mutombo and Spike Lee. Robinson and Hill were among the honorees Sunday at the National Basketball Retired Players Association's annual Legends Brunch, several hours before tip-off of the All-Star game.