Chelsea in relegation battle – Hiddink

first_imgLONDON (AP):Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has mentioned a word never heard at Chelsea in the Premier League era: relegation.Asked yesterday if Chelsea are in a relegation battle, Hiddink said: “It’s (a) reality.”Chelsea, which fired Jose Mourinho last month, are six points above the relegation zone in 14th place, ahead of matches against Everton and Arsenal.Hiddink says when he replaced Mourinho “we were one point off the line, relegation line, and now we have (a) little bit more” breathing space.Chelsea were relegated in 1988 but instantly returned to the topflight. A team has never been relegated straight after winning the Premier League.Meanwhile, both Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion were charged by the English Football Association yesterday with failing to control their players in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw.last_img read more

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Kerr moving on from Trump criticism: ‘I’m just trying to do my job’

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Warriors coach Steve Kerr did little to entertain questions Saturday about President Trump’s tweet criticizing his response to the NBA’s ongoing controversy with China.“Honestly, I’m trying to do my job. We’re in training camp. I know it’s a huge story, but I’m just trying to do my job,” Kerr told reporters.Two days after being called out by Trump, Kerr was again the target of a deriding comment Friday night. “So funny to watch Steve Kerr grovel and pander when asked a simple …last_img read more

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Bad day for No. 1s: Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka upset at Indian Wells

first_imgHong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy MOST READ Naomi Osaka, of Japan, reacts after losing a point to Belinda Bencic, of Switzerland, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, California — It was a tough day for seeded players at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, with Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, the world’s top-ranked players, ushered out in the desert.Djokovic and Philipp Kohlschreiber resumed their third-round match that was suspended because of rain a night earlier. The unseeded German knocked off the five-time tournament champion 6-4, 6-4.ADVERTISEMENT Big night from DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge help Spurs beat Mavericks Osaka lost to Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-1 in just over an hour in the fourth round of the first title defense of her career.“She sort of came out there really aggressive,” Osaka said. “She sort of knew what she wanted to do more than me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSince Osaka won the title at Indian Wells a year ago, she won the U.S and Australian Opens. Her triumph in Australia made her No. 1 for the first time, but her time at the top has been rocky. Osaka fired her coach and lost in the first round in Dubai before taking on a new coach, Jermaine Jenkins, who came on court during the match.“It’s always a bit tricky whenever you change someone in the team, but I feel like for a first tournament we did really well,” Osaka said. “We communicate well, so I think that’s a really big plus. I don’t think it’s going to be difficult.” On Tuesday, the 23rd-ranked Bencic served and returned better.The bottom half of the men’s draw still includes No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal and fourth-seeded Roger Federer, both of whom breezed to victory.Nadal eased by 25th-seeded Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-1, while Federer defeated Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4.“Overall it’s not been easy playing Stan,” Federer said. “He feels the same way, so that’s very awkward sometimes.”Djokovic owned an 8-1 record against Kohlschreiber, who beat a No. 1 player for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Venus Williams reached the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mona Barthel.“I haven’t played that much, so I wanted to make it count,” said Williams, who expects to play about 12 tournaments this year. “I need to do what I want, and what I want is to play the tournaments I want to play.”Bianca Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, beat 18th-seeded Wang Qiang 7-5, 6-2. Kohlschreiber liked the weather — sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s — much better than the cold and rain on Tuesday night.“I liked my chances more at night against Kohlschreiber, but it wasn’t to be last night,” Djokovic said. “Completely different conditions today. I congratulate him for playing tactically really well and getting me out of my comfort zone. He deserved to win.”The 35-year-old German started thinking he had a chance early in the first set when he survived a handful of break points on his serve.“I would say after 3-all in the first set I felt like getting closer to the set, holding my service games, which is not easy against Novak, because he’s such a great returner,” Kohlschreiber said. “I know from that point on it’s going to be a very interesting match.”Djokovic was just 1 for 5 on break-point opportunities. Kohlschreiber converted three of his four chances.Next up for Kohlschreiber is Gael Monfils, who owns a 13-2 record against the German.Djokovic remains alive in doubles with partner Fabio Fognini. Djokovic returned about an hour after his loss for their match.“When I hit a good return, I was wondering why this didn’t happen in singles,” he said.Also ousted were No. 6 Kei Nishikori, No. 10 Marin Cilic and No. 14 Daniil Medvedev.In women’s fourth-round matches, No. 2 Simona Halep lost to Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 3-6, 6-2; and No. 7 Kiki Bertens was beaten by 20th-seeded Garbine Muguruza 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

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D’Angelo Russell drops career-best 44 as Nets rally past Kings

first_imgJarrett Allen added 13 points and seven rebounds for Brooklyn. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 10 points.It was a much-needed boost for Brooklyn, which had lost the first three games of a seven-game trip. The Nets were also struggling to hold onto seventh place in the East before Russell led the comeback.De’Aaron Fox scored 27 points for Sacramento. Bagley had 29 points on 12-of-15 shooting for the Kings (35-35). Nemanja Bjelica added 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Harrison Barnes scored 17.Two days after beating woeful Chicago 129-102, Sacramento was well on its way to a lopsided win over a contending team in the East before things slipped away.“We relaxed and were very casual,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “Didn’t run back on defense, turned the ball over a ton and took a lot of jump shots because we thought it was going to be easy.”The Kings led by 28 points and shot 51.6 percent from the floor.TIP-INSNets: Jarrett Allen picked up a technical foul in the first quarter. . Allan Crabbe missed his third consecutive game with a sore right knee.Kings: Buddy Hield went 0 of 8 beyond the arc and remains nine 3s shy of the franchise single-season record of 240, set by current Sacramento assistant general manager Peja Stojakovic in 2003-04.WASTED TIMEOUT Brooklyn Nets guard D’Angelo Russell celebrates as he walks off the court after the Nets defeated the Sacramento Kings 123-121 in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, California — Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson tried just about everything to kick the Nets into gear. There were quick timeouts, angry, animated discussions with his players and even switching from man to zone defense.When nothing else worked, D’Angelo Russell and a handful of Brooklyn reserves took over and carried the Nets to an improbable win on their longest road trip of the season.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event UAAP volleyball: Lady Warriors end 4-game skid, match last season’s wins “I give a lot of credit to our bigs,” Russell said. “They set screens and got me open, got me downhill. Once you get downhill, any player that can get downhill and see the floor like that and see the rim wide open, the sky’s the limit.”Russell’s 27 points are the most in a fourth quarter in the NBA this season. Russell also had four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, breaking Allen Crabbe’s single-season record of 201, set last season. Russell has 202.“Once you get in that groove it’s hard to get you out of it,” Russell said. “No matter what defense a team throws at you, you’re going to find a way to get it done. That’s kind of what it was.”Hollis-Jefferson had 14 points off the bench, and none more important than his game-winning layup after Sacramento’s Marvin Bagley III stepped out of bounds with 5.5 seconds left.Hollis-Jefferson took the inbound pass from Joe Harris and looked for Russell, who was being double-teamed. With the clock winding down, Hollis-Jefferson drove from near the 3-point arc and went around a Kings defender near the hoop to score.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES MOST READ Atkinson was so frustrated with the Nets that he called a timeout 20 seconds into the second quarter, moments after Bogdan Bogdanovic made a 3-pointer that put the Kings ahead 41-25. Atkinson was quite animated during the break as he spoke to his players before getting up and walking away. It worked briefly, until the Kings scored 20 straight to open the third quarter.“The coaching was terrible,” Atkinson said. “The zone was terrible. I used up my timeouts. They never responded. We put a group of players out there that have a great bond and a great spirit and were working their tails off behind closed doors. It was 100 percent on them. That’s player ownership.”UP NEXTNets: Play the Lakers in Los Angeles on Friday.Kings: Host Dallas on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Russell scored 27 of his career-high 44 points in the fourth quarter, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made a layup with eight-tenths of a second remaining, and the Nets rallied from 28 points down in the second half to beat the Sacramento Kings 123-121 Tuesday night and snap a four-game losing streak.“We were at our wit’s end, it was kind of desperation,” Atkinson said. “It was a little bit like, ‘Let’s conserve our main guys and kind of play it out.’ I wasn’t expecting an amazing comeback, I just have to be honest. And then slowly but surely we started cutting the lead.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBrooklyn was sluggish and out of sync for three quarters before Russell sparked the Nets’ biggest comeback of the season.After scoring 17 points in the first half and going without a point in the third quarter, Russell shot 10 of 15 in the fourth quarter, repeatedly burning Sacramento’s defense with quick drives to the basket. He scored 16 straight points during one stretch while getting plenty of help from his teammates. 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