Curry shoves, Thompson shoots and Warriors roll Thunder

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 10:50 PM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 10:49 PM


            Curry shoves, Thompson shoots and Warriors roll Thunder

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors didn't have Kevin Durant for Monday night's game at Oklahoma City.

With or without Durant, there's animosity to go around in this hot-blooded rivalry.

Klay Thompson scored 34 points to help the Warriors beat the Thunder 111-95 in a heated matchup filled with trash talk, technical fouls and a shoving match centered around the usually cool-headed Curry.

It was Golden State's second visit to Oklahoma City since Durant spurned his longtime employer to sign a free agent contract with the Warriors last summer. Durant has been out since February with a left knee injury and sat on the bench with his team.

Even with Durant out, the negative energy from the first meeting was still there. Curry exchanged shoves with Semaj Christon just before halftime, and both were issued technical fouls. Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Golden State's Draymond Green also got technicals for their roles in the skirmish.

"Your normal jump ball, fight for position situation," Curry said. "I was just trying to get in between Russ and — trying to get in between those two. I felt him push me. I kind of let that first one go, and then I kept going, and there was another little push, and I tried to hold my position."

Westbrook saw it differently.

"I think Curry tried to get into it with Semaj, and tried to push him, and I stepped in right between," Westbrook said. "Once I see something going down with my teammates, I'm hopping in."

The game itself was a knockout. The Warriors led by as many as 27 points while completing a sweep of the four-game season series.

Curry scored 23 points for the Warriors, who won their fourth straight and halted Oklahoma City's win streak at five games.

Westbrook scored 47 points the last time the teams met in Oklahoma City. This time, he had 15 points on 4-of-16 shooting.

"It was just one of those nights," Westbrook said. "Shots didn't fall. We had some open shots that didn't fall, and they made shots as well. A few mishaps defensively, but we'll be all right."

The Warriors took control in the second quarter, outscoring the Thunder 34-17 to go up 20 at the break.

Westbrook scored eight points in just over three minutes at the start of the third quarter to help the Thunder trim Golden State's lead to 12, but the Warriors bounced back and pushed their lead to 78-55 with just under five minutes left in the period. Westbrook didn't score again after his early third quarter surge.

Thompson made 7 of 15 3-pointers and Curry made 7 of 12.

"They have been steady working," Warriors forward David West said. "We have had to adjust a little bit with (Durant) being out, but they are great. They just shoot the ball as easy as anyone who has ever shot it. They are very confident right now."

TIP-INS

Warriors: Curry hit a 3-pointer at the end of the first half and ran down the tunnel to the locker room with the Warriors up 59-39. ... Green's technical was his 13th of the season. ... Matt Barnes was called for a flagrant foul in the third quarter.

Thunder: Westbrook's technical was his 15th of the season. He'll be suspended for a game if he gets another. ... It was the first loss for the Thunder with Taj Gibson as a starter.

QUOTABLE

Green, on getting the technical foul: "Jesus Christ. I don't know. Nothing surprises me at this point when it comes to anything like that. I actually knew it was going to happen, to be honest with you. I didn't do anything. If I'm anywhere in the area, I expect it."

STAT LINES

In his past five games, Thompson is averaging 28.4 points while shooting 54 percent overall and 51 percent from 3-point range.

UP NEXT

The Warriors play at Dallas on Tuesday night.

The Thunder host Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

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WATCH: Iguana stops tennis match at Miami Open

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 2:49 PM

WATCH: Iguana stops tennis match at Miami Open

An iguana, later named Iggy, wanted to join the fun at the Miami Open Wednesday, but instead brought a match to a halt. 

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Iggy perched itself on the scoreboard during a match between Tommy Haas and Jiri Vesley, according to Sports Illustrated

Maybe the iguana just wanted a better view of the game? 

Or maybe Iggy wanted a selfie with Haas? 

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Either way, Iggy wasn’t happy when officials tried to remove it from the court. 

The Iguana thought his new selfie friend, Haas, would let it stay and watch. But, instead, Haas quickly jumped out of the way. 

Eventually officials got the iguana off the court, but Iggy might have won this match. 

Baseball coach hits home run with social media plea for equipment

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 12:13 PM

Baseball coach hits home run with social media plea for equipment

A Virginia high school baseball team in desperate need of equipment finally got the help they needed.

John Marshall High School coach Brent Butler told local TV station WTVR that his team needed essential equipment, like gloves, cleats and bats. 

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He said he’s seen his team make big strides in recent weeks, but now they need equipment.

The committed coach got so desperate he said that he took to Facebook to ask the community for donations.

“It’s been really beneficial so far,” said Butler because donations are starting to trickle in.

WTVR stepped up to the plate, too, and presented the coach with a gift of $500.

“We know you have gotten some things and that helps, but we wanted to help as well,” WTVR reporter Lane Casadonte said. 

Butler said he was caught off guard and surprised by the gift.

“This is going to be really beneficial… I thought you guys were here for the weather!” Butler joked.

 

WATCH: Soccer player accidentally thanks wife and girlfriend in live interview

Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 2:06 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 1:41 PM

WATCH: Soccer player accidentally thanks wife and girlfriend in live interview

An African soccer player has some explaining to do after he thanked his wife and girlfriend in a post-match interview on Friday.

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South African Premier League player Mohammed Anas had just been awarded the Man of the Match title when he made the blunder on live television.

“I appreciate my fans also,” the Ghanaian striker said during the interview. “My wife and my girlfriend, I mean, yeah, sorry to say. I’m so sorry -- my wife, I love you so much.”

Anas’ team, the South African Free State Stars, had just played Ajax Cape Town, another South African team.

Anas later said that he refers to his daughter as his girlfriend. 

“My family knows that I call my daughter my girlfriend. That's what I was talking about. I don't have a girlfriend,” he said.

Anas said he’s not worried about upsetting his wife of seven years because she knows he is loyal. 

“I love her so much. She's given me two beautiful children. She is fine. She knows what kind of man I am, so I am not worried,” he told the BBC.

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

 

Former NFL star Dwight Clark announces he has ALS

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 5:49 AM

Former NFL star Dwight Clark announces he has ALS

Dwight Clark, a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers during the team’s heyday in the 1980s, disclosed Sunday that he has a debilitating illness.

The Mercury News said Clark was diagnosed in 2015.

The newspaper said Clark, a two-time Super Bowl winner, said in a note: “I have ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Those words are still very hard for me to say.”

Clark played nine seasons for the 49ers and was one of Joe Montana’s favorite targets. He had 6,750 receiving yards in his career, which is third on San Francisco’s all-time list, behind Terrell Owens and Jerry Rice.

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In the 1982 NFC Championship game, with less than a minute to go, Montana rolled to his right and threw a ball that most thought he was trying to throw away. But Clark jumped high and hauled it in, and the play was immediately anointed, “The Catch.” Sports Illustrated ranked it No. 33 on the list of 100 greatest plays of all-time.

The news comes on the same day the family of football legend and Hall-of-Famer Gale Sayers announced he has dementia.