NBA Wrap: Cavaliers and Raptors both fall

LeBron James of a Cleveland Cavaliers looks on from a dais opposite a Washington Wizards during a second half.

BOTH Eastern Conference leaders suffered defeats, while a Miami Heat picked adult a win in Joe Johnson’s debut.

It’s all in a NBA Wrap.


Matthew Dellavedova finished with 9 points and 4 assists in a Cleveland Cavaliers’ 113-99 detriment to a Washington Wizards.

In a Detroit Pistons’ overwhelming 114-101 win over a Toronto Raptors, Aron Baynes posted an fit 9 points, along with 4 rebounds.

Washington Wizards ensure John Wall dribbles a round past Cleveland Cavaliers ensure Matthew Dellavedova, center, during a second half.

Washington Wizards ensure John Wall dribbles a round past Cleveland Cavaliers ensure Matthew Dellavedova, center, during a second half.Source:AP


Taking advantage of a singular day off for LeBron James, a Washington Wizards got a much-needed feat in their bid to pierce into playoff position, violence a Cleveland Cavaliers 113-99 on Sunday behind John Wall’s 21 points, 13 assists and 7 rebounds.

Attacking from a start, Wall done 8 of 11 shots and came out on tip in his matchup opposite hostile indicate ensure Kyrie Irving, who wound adult with 28 points and 6 assists on 9-of-20 shooting.

At one indicate late in a third quarter, Wall had a same series of assists as a whole Cavs team, 12, and he sat out a fourth quarter.

It was a second uninterrupted detriment for Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland, that is in a core of a widen of 3 games in 4 days.


Kent Bazemore scored 14 points and Al Horford had 13 points and tied a deteriorate high with 16 rebounds to assistance Atlanta kick Charlotte.

Marvin Williams finished with 16 points and Jeremy Lin scored 15 for Charlotte, that trailed a whole game. The Hornets were perplexing to be a initial Charlotte group given 1996-97 to win 8 games in February.

They pulled within dual with 7 mins left though couldn’t convene after scoring a season-worst 9 points in a initial quarter.

The Hawks finished a unsatisfactory five-game home mount with dual true wins to lift dual games brazen of third-place Charlotte in a Southeast Division.


Andre Drummond had 15 points and 18 rebounds, and Detroit Pistons took advantage of Kyle Lowry’s deficiency to kick Toronto.

Lowry sat out for a initial time all deteriorate given a Raptors wanted to rest him after a 43-point opening opposite Cleveland on Friday. Detroit (31-29) won a fourth true diversion and changed into a practical tie with Charlotte (30-28) and Chicago (30-28) for seventh place in a Eastern Conference.

The Raptors had their four-game winning strain snapped.

Terrence Ross scored 27 points for a Raptors.

Detroit Pistons ensure Reggie Jackson creates a layup shielded by Toronto Raptors brazen Patrick Patterson and core Jonas Valanciunas during a initial half.

Detroit Pistons ensure Reggie Jackson creates a layup shielded by Toronto Raptors brazen Patrick Patterson and core Jonas Valanciunas during a initial half.Source:AP


Damian Lillard had 33 points and 5 rebounds to lead Portland to a feat over Indiana.

CJ McCollumn and Gerald Henderson any scored 19 points for a Trail Blazers, who have won 8 of 9 games.

Monta Ellis had 18 points and Jordan Hill combined 15 off a dais for a Pacers, who have mislaid 3 of 4 games.

Meyers Leonard done a 3-pointer during a buzzer to give a Trail Blazers an 87-77 during a finish of a third quarter. Then Leonard non-stop a fourth with a basket and dual 3-pointers, including one to give Portland a 95-79 lead with 10:16 remaining.


Rookie Mario Hezonja dunked 4 seconds into his initial NBA start, finishing with 13 points, and Orlando led all a approach in a feat over Philadelphia.

Nik Vucevic and Victor Oladipo scored 28 points any and Aaron Gordon combined a career-high 22 for a Magic.

Jahlil Okafor scored 26 points for a 76ers, who mislaid their eighth straight.

Starting in place of harmed brazen Evan Fournier, Hezonja’s game-opening baskets got a Magic off to an 11-0 start and they shot 65 percent (30-for-46) in winning a initial half.

Oladipo, Vucevic and Gordon all reached double total in a 40-point initial quarter, Orlando’s highest-scoring entertain of a season.

Orlando Magic brazen Aaron Gordon celebrates a 3 indicate basket with Orlando Magic ensure Victor Oladipo and ensure Elfrid Payton during a second.

Orlando Magic brazen Aaron Gordon celebrates a 3 indicate basket with Orlando Magic ensure Victor Oladipo and ensure Elfrid Payton during a second.Source:AP


Chandler Parsons scored 29 points and Dallas started quick in a initial diversion given removing booed by a home throng during a bad opening half, violence Minnesota.

Parsons scored 13 true Dallas points in a widen covering a second and third buliding to assistance a Mavericks revive a 20-point lead they built in a initial 11 mins of their sixth true feat opposite Minnesota.

Two nights after scoring 27 points to assistance Dallas convene from 23 down in a second entertain of an overtime feat opposite Denver, Parsons was 10 of 15 from a field, done 4 of 7 from 3-point operation and strike all 5 of his giveaway throws.

Shabazz Muhammad scored 24 points to lead a Timberwolves.


Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, Joe Johnson done a 3-pointer on his initial shot in a Heat uniform during a large game-opening run, and Miami kick New York.

Johnson was in a starting lineup a day after signing with a Heat and contributed to their 13-2 detonate to start a game, a lead they never relinquished.

Hassan Whiteside combined 16 points and 11 rebounds for a Heat, who matched a authorization record with their fifth true feat in New York. Luol Deng scored 15 points and Johnson finished with 12.

Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points for a Knicks, who have mislaid 14 of 17. Robin Lopez had 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Miami had forsaken dual in a quarrel though done a good pickup during that widen Saturday with a signing of Johnson, a seven-time All-Star who had been waived by Brooklyn.

Miami Heat brazen Joe Johnson, personification in his initial diversion with a Heat, gestures as he runs down justice in a second half.

Miami Heat brazen Joe Johnson, personification in his initial diversion with a Heat, gestures as he runs down justice in a second half.Source:AP

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Cup hopefuls line adult for Lord Reims

Signoff wins a Lexus Stakes during Flemington. Picture: Wayne Ludbey

DARREN Weir’s heading Adelaide Cup prospects Signoff and Real Love conduct nominations for Saturday’s Lord Reims Stakes during Morphettville.

The high-class staying span tip initial markets for a $400,000 UBET Adelaide Cup (3200m) and Weir has indicated both are approaching to make a outing to Morphettville for a Group 2 underline on Mar 14.

The $120,000 Group 3 Lord Reims (2600m) is a normal lead-up to a Cup, with a initial 3 placegetters guaranteed a start in South Australia’s premier staying test.

Both Weir’s horses are certain to benefit a start in a 20-horse Cup margin though a Lord Reims leader is not probable for a re-handicap.

The Melbourne Cup-winning tutor also has entered both gallopers for Saturday’s $120,00 Listed Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) during Flemington.

Fields for both a Morphettville and Flemington cards are expelled on Wednesday.

Signoff and Real Love browbeat early Adelaide Cup markets, with UBET cost assessors rating them during $3.60 and $4.20 respectively.

Dee we Cee, a easily raced gelding from a Gai Waterhouse fast who ran second during Randwick on Saturday, is a usually other equine underneath double total during $9. He has captivated some early support, firming from a $13 quote on offer when markets were non-stop on Saturday.

GIFTED filly Samara Dancer will be spelled for 10 weeks after finishing good behind in Saturday’s Blue Diamond Stakes during Caulfield.

“She’d substantially run her grand final when she won a Blue Diamond Prelude,” tutor Phillip Stokes said.

“She’ll go for a decent spell now. She should come behind bigger and better.”

Stablemate Hucklebuck raced lengths subsequent his best after heading in a Futurity Stakes won by Turn Me Loose and Stokes pronounced it was best to boot a effort.

“He’s left to Mill Park for a integrate of weeks. He won’t go to Sydney on a behind of Saturday though we competence freshen him adult and run him here in a Goodwood,” he said.

“He pulled adult really unsettled after a race. When he’s in front, he’s never a same horse. I’d forget that run.”

Stokes’ intelligent competitor Eclair Choice, who was never in row before finishing second-last in Saturday’s Oakleigh Plate, is expected to subsequent start in a $100,000 Matrice Stakes (1200m) during Morphettville on Adelaide Cup day.

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Sixers membership expostulate to bind Randle deal

Jerome Randle crashes his approach by Matthew Burston and Markel Starks. Photo: Sarah Reed.

THE Adelaide 36ers trust a membership expostulate rising tomorrow will make a disproportion in securing star US ensure Jerome Randle for 2016-17.

Randle, 28 and 175cm, this deteriorate became a initial Sixer to lead a NBL in scoring and was instrumental in Adelaide’s playoff expostulate until hobbled by a knee injury.

He helped lapse a “full-house” pointer to Titanium Security Arena and became a large fan favourite in a process.

The 36ers have been operative overtime to keep his services for subsequent season, gripping him together with a core of players already on contract, Daniel Johnson, Anthony Petrie, Mitch Creek, Brendan Teys, Nathan Sobey and Matt Hodgson.

Negotiations have not stalled notwithstanding Randle usurpation a agreement to see out a stream Euroleague deteriorate in Lithuanian with Kaunas Zalgiris.

On Sunday he done his Zalgiris entrance alongside another former 36er in Brock Motum, heading his group to a 109-101 feat over P. Zvaigzdes.

Randle led Zalgiris with 19 points and 5 assists.

“We know Jerome is a good actor and we wish him behind with a 36ers,” Adelaide’s ubiquitous manager Guy Hedderwick said.

“We have a membership expostulate removing underway with a perspective of removing this (deal) opposite a line and carrying him behind with us.

Jerome and his mother Zhordan Randle during a NBLs MVP night. Photo: Julie Kiriacoudis.

Jerome and his mother Zhordan Randle during a NBL’s MVP night. Photo: Julie Kiriacoudis.Source:News Corp Australia

“The bar wants it, a manager wants it, a group wants it and, many importantly, a fans wish it.”

Hedderwick pronounced a new two-tiered membership meant members also would turn deteriorate ticketholders.

“There’s no cost change though there’s some-more advantages with entrance to disdainful website content, special offers, merchandising, a newsletter and a accumulation of additional advantages,” he said.

Hedderwick pronounced a 36ers were assured Randle wanted to return, he and his mother Zhordan carrying depressed in adore with a city and a welcoming embrace.

Randle also has been loquacious in his regard for 36ers manager Joey Wright and how his latest coach had authorised him to play and rediscover his adore of basketball.

“We’re really close,” Hedderwick pronounced to final a understanding with a renouned and multi-talented dynamo.

“With some-more support from a membership drive, we trust we can get it resolved successfully.”

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‘The best sledge we have ever heard’

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AFL: Tadgh Kennelly says Geelong have recruited for a solitary purpose of winning a flag.

Jonathan Brown and Michael Voss during their time during Brisbane.

WHEN it comes to sledging, few rivalled Michael Voss.

The many obvious of a Brisbane champion’s on-field arrows was when he told his brother, Brett, “My Dad f***ed your Mum final night” when they played opposite any other.

But there’s another sledge Voss’s former Lions teammate Jonathan Brown rates forward of that one.

“The best one we listened was Michael Voss, it was only after halftime, we were personification Geelong behind in a (mid) 2000s and Geelong were schoolboys during this theatre — they were really immature before their premiership era,” Brown removed on Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam Browny on Monday.

“There was a range chuck in and Vossy attempted to hindrance a game. He yelled out ‘Stop a game! Stop a game!’

“The referee listened to him, he suspicion ‘what’s going on here?’ He stopped a game. (Voss said) ‘I consider one of a Auskickers has been left on a field!’”

As everybody looked, Voss forked directly during immature Cats actor Shannon Byrnes.

“Shannon Byrnes was about 4 feet 8 (inches tall),” Brown said. “Both sides stopped, it was one of a funniest moments we have ever seen on a football field.”

Byrnes moments opposite Brisbane werent all bad  he took this hanger on Brown in 2006.

Byrnes moments opposite Brisbane weren’t all bad — he took this hanger on Brown in 2006.Source:News Limited

Byrnes responded to Brown’s story on Twitter today, joking that “little people have feelings too”.

‘Gov is West Coast’s Mr Fixit

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AFL: Adelaide thrashed West Coast by 100 points in a NAB Challenge.

McGovern gets some atmosphere in final season’s grand final detriment to Hawthorn. Picture: George Salpigtidis

JEREMY McGovern is an out-of-date footballer who could be on a verge of apropos one of a many sparkling large organisation a complicated diversion has seen.

So it’s small warn he has an out-of-date word to report a purpose he hopes to play for West Coast this season.

If a swingman is a actor who goes behind and forward, what do we call a swingman who can also go into a ruck? A utility, McGovern says.

A competent plumber, McGovern is a team’s Mr Fixit and his 33 games during AFL spin have been done by whatever a Eagles have indispensable during a time.

With Eric Mackenzie and Mitch Brown accessible and all bases apparently lonesome streamer into this season, manager Adam Simpson is left with an enviable riddle.

How do we spin a competition’s many versatile large male into a biggest arms possible?

Having played competently during both ends of a ground, McGovern himself says he doesn’t have a welfare for possibly end.

“I feel flattering healthy wherever we go,’’ he said.

“I theory to date I’ve substantially played my best footy so distant down back. So you’d substantially contend I’d be some-more disposition towards back, though we haven’t unequivocally had a large event adult forward.

“Whatever a organisation unequivocally needs. we consider that’s substantially going to be my purpose going forward, to be a versatile actor for us.’’



West Coast captain Shannon Hurn played 44 games with premiership swingman Adam Hunter and believes a Eagles competence have found a new Hunter 6 years after his injury-enforced retirement.

“The thing with Gov is he’s a healthy footballer and he reads a round and a play utterly well,’’ Hurn said.

“I consider for him to have a coherence to be means to play — roughly like what Adam Hunter did — if he can be behind or he can go forward, we consider he can means a bit of headache for many teams.

“That could be a genuine advantage for us that he can play both ends. The coaches will work that out. But positively kicking goals wins we games, so if he can do that he’ll substantially be adult in a brazen line a bit more.’’

While a season-ending knee injuries suffered by Mackenzie and Brown final deteriorate seemed to store vigour on McGovern’s shoulders, he says in fact it had a conflicting effect.

McGovern was a explanation as a permanent pivotal defender, being named in a 40-man All-Australian patrol notwithstanding personification usually 17 home and divided games.

He ranked No.1 in a foe for prevent security and equal initial for prevent outlines per game.

“Mentally it was a bit easier for me. we didn’t unequivocally have to consider about too much,’’ McGovern said.

“As a immature fella you’re perplexing to mangle into a side and afterwards we get your event and we have to worry about personification well.

“The event was there and it done it easy. we didn’t unequivocally have to quarrel for a spot. Mentally it usually helped me concentration on assisting a organisation out and my opening really.’’

Now one of his team’s many vicious players, it’s tough to trust that usually dual years ago

A fit McGovern this pre-season, a distant cry from when he outcast from a categorical training organisation in 2014 for branch adult overweight. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper

A fit McGovern this pre-season, a distant cry from when he outcast from a categorical training organisation in 2014 for branch adult overweight. Picture: Justin Benson-CooperSource:News Corp Australia

McGovern was nonetheless to play an AFL diversion and was outcast from pre-season training after returning from his mangle non-professional and overweight.

“This is substantially a initial time I’ve suspicion about it. But yeah, it has happened flattering quick,’’ he said.

“Really ever given Simmo’s come to a bar all has arrange of happened flattering discerning for me. Which we don’t mind. we don’t unequivocally like perplexing to consider about it all too much.’’

Simpson knew McGovern had something special though motionless tough adore was indispensable to move it out.

Just dual days into his initial pre-season after holding over from John Worsfold, Simpson sent McGovern make-up and told him he indispensable to get in figure before he could react his teammates.

Barely 6 months later, McGovern was a favourite during both ends of a belligerent in usually his third diversion as a Eagles hold off Gold Coast by 3 points during Subiaco Oval.

Simpson concurred following a diversion a afterwards 22-year-old had singular qualities after he shone late as a lax male in counterclaim and afterwards kicked a winning goal.

“Some players wait 10 years before they can unequivocally wish a round in those situations, and some players from a unequivocally commencement of their careers wish a round in their hands and they wish to impact a game,’’ Simpson said. “He’s a latter.’’

McGovern returned to training forward of a 2014 deteriorate some-more than 10kg overweight after a few too many beers on a post-season outing to Thailand with his mates.

Simpson outcast him from a categorical training organisation and, with a assistance of growth manager Mark Nicoski, McGovern finished a curved module to remove a weight.

Teammate Will Schofield, who total good with McGovern in a patched-up counterclaim final season, believes being sent divided was a vicious indicate in McGovern’s journey.

Gold Coast skipper Gary Ablett cannot forget Jeremy McGovern in a hurry. Picture: Daniel Wilkins

Gold Coast skipper Gary Ablett won’t forget Jeremy McGovern in a hurry. Picture: Daniel WilkinsSource:Supplied

“He always had a attributes. It was usually putting them in a right direction,’’ Schofield said.

“I consider entrance behind out of figure and going divided and being forced to work unequivocally tough substantially put him in good stead, both physically and mentally. But he always had a talent to be a genuine star of a comp.’’

Two years on from that good publicised summer, McGovern says he’s feeling fitter and stronger than ever after completing his best pre-season.

Having endured a array of paltry injuries final season, he is assured a 2016 indication of his physique will be some-more resilient.

“It’s usually a smoothness of training that has unequivocally helped,’’ McGovern said.

“I’ve been on a track. I’ve ran some of my improved times. we really feel better.

“I consider my categorical concentration was substantially usually a continuance side of it. Just creation certain I’m not violation down so that we can be out there for longer and assistance a organisation out a lot more.’’

McGovern gets some atmosphere in final seasons grand final detriment to Hawthorn. Picture: George Salpigtidis

McGovern gets some atmosphere in final season’s grand final detriment to Hawthorn. Picture: George SalpigtidisSource:News Corp Australia

McGovern’s ascent to be one of his team’s many vicious players competence have happened fast in a open eye, though his teammates aren’t surprised.

Schofield pronounced his younger teammate’s self faith had been there given he came to a Eagles during No.44 in a rookie breeze during a finish of 2010.

“Jezza always had a lot of faith in himself and it’s a credit to him,’’ he said.

“I consider it’s tough work and faith and subsidy himself in. It feels like he’s usually been around a integrate of years, though he’s been on a list for (five) years now.

“He’s apropos an gifted player, nonetheless he hasn’t played many games.

“We’ll demeanour to hopefully have a large year from him this year. we consider he’ll be a genuine versatile actor for us and a bit of a weapon.’’

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