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Cleveland – Colin Sexton had 25 points and nine assists, Andre Drummond added 19 points and 16 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 125-113 on Friday night.

For the second time in three days, the Cavs were successful against Brooklyn, who played without superstar Kevin Durant. The forward was absent as a precautionary measure as he continues to regain his form after surgery on his right Achilles tendon.

Kyrie Irving had 38 points and James Harden had 19 points and 11 assists for Brooklyn, which fell 147-135 Wednesday in double overtime. That was the first game the Nets had their trio of figures on the court.

Durant had 38 points that day and played 50 minutes, so the Nets decided to rest him on Friday. Brooklyn will play again this Saturday.

Jarret Allen – acquired from the Nets in a colossal trade involving Harden on Jan. 14 – scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds as a backup. Larry Nance Jr. had 15 points for Cleveland, which has won three games in a row and moved above the .500 mark at 8-7.

Dominant again Embiid

Joel Embiid had 38 points and 11 rebounds, Tobias Harris added 23 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Boston Celtics 122-110 on Friday night.

Seth Curry returned to the Sixers’ starting lineup, from which he had missed six games after testing positive for COVID-19. He scored 15 points.

Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 42 points and nine rebounds, while Marcus Smart finished with 20 points.

The 76ers, with recovered health, once again looked like legitimate contenders in the East.

Embiid had scored 42 points Wednesday, in a win over Boston itself. This time he lavished another fantastic performance.

The Cameroonian hit 14 of 15 shots from the penalty line. It looked almost perfect, after receiving a review from Smart.

The Boston player said that Embiid “falls and makes fouls are called” after the star center went to the line 21 times in the game in which he scored 42 points.

The Celtics made just 20 free throws in that engagement – none in the fourth quarter.


Enner Valencia scores a consecutive game in Turkey (Video)

Forward Enner Valencia scored a match in a row and allowed Fenerbahce to add as a visitor this Friday by drawing 1-1 against Sivasspor, in actions on matchday 20 of the Turkish Super League.

Valencia, who repeated ownership and held the entire match, accurately launched a penalty and scored the tie on the closing of the initial stage.

The Ecuadorian registered the third conquest in the Turkish tournament.

Musthapa Yatabaré opened the scoring for the homeowners in the 18th minute.

Fenerbahce has 39 points in second place, behind leader Besiktas (41).


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Kemba Walker scores 9 on his season debut

Boston Celtics star Kemba Walker scored nine points in his season debut when Boston was beaten 105-75 by the New York Knicks on Sunday.

Walker played 20 minutes, the goal of Celtics coach Brad Stevens, before leaving the game for good in the third quarter. He also had four assists, three rebounds and three steals. Walker had been out since the end of last season while undergoing a strengthening program for his diseased left knee.

“He’s obviously excited to play. He’s ready to play,” Stevens said before the game. “They’ve worked hard to get to this point, and we can’t wait to have it there.”

Walker has had knee problems for the past year. He struggled with it before last season was brought to a halt in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and then was limited by it when Boston returned to play in the NBA bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. during the summer.

After Boston lost to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals, Walker received an injection in the knee. He began a 12-week strengthening program in early October that ended earlier this month.

Since then, Walker has been slowly increasing his workload, a process that was inconvenienced due to Boston’s recent problems with COVID-19, as Robert Williams III and Jayson Tatum tested positive and several other players were tracing contacts. .

As a result, Boston had three games postponed last week before returning to the court to beat the Orlando Magic on Friday.

“Very little,” Stevens said when asked how much Walker had practiced with his teammates. “But he’s done a lot with, before our mini-closing last week, he was very involved with the coaches. [Luego] increased their work each day during that period … It’s probably not their typical practice, but they feel really good about where he is, and he feels really good about where he is. “


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Zion Williamson won’t play Clippers due to COVID-19 protocols

Zion Williamson will miss Wednesday night’s game against the LA Clippers under league health and safety protocols, the New Orleans Pelicans announced Wednesday afternoon.

The Pelicans traveled to Los Angeles on Tuesday after they were supposed to begin a seven-game, 13-day road trip in Dallas on Monday. However, that game was postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases and follow-up contracts with the Mavericks.

It was unclear if Williamson will miss more than Wednesday night’s game.

New Orleans did not add any other players to its injury report. The Pelicans were ready to go without Lonzo Ball (knee), while Eric Bledsoe was listed as questionable (right eye) and JJ Redick as probable (right hamstring).

Williamson is averaging 21.9 points on 55.7% shooting and 8.1 rebounds in nine games this season. This is the first game he will miss this season.


NBA postpones Wednesday’s Hawks-Suns game over COVID protocol

Wednesday’s game between the Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns has been postponed, the NBA announced.

Tracing contacts with Phoenix players is a factor because the Suns played the Washington Wizards on Monday, the league said. The Wizards have had positive COVID-19 tests on their roster, sources told ESPN, and their game was also postponed to Wednesday.

That has left the Suns without the eight available players required by the league to continue Wednesday’s game against Atlanta.

It is the seventh NBA game this season that has been postponed due to health and safety protocols.


Saban, Belichick, Guardiola and the ranking of the best coaches currently in sport

Nick Saban didn’t need to win a seventh national championship to have his name on the list of the best active coaches in American sport, although his most recent title guarantees him to be considered the best of the best.

Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 52-24 to win the 13th title in their history on Monday night, the sixth time they have been crowned in the past 12 years under Saban. The championship put Saban one ahead of another legendary Alabama coach, Paul “Bear” Bryant, by the most by a coach in the AP poll era (since 1936).

Saban took over the reins of the Crimson Tide for the 2007 season, creating a modern dynasty in college football that is unprecedented. His status as one of the greatest coaches of all time is unquestionable, but he is not the only one to make his mark in recent times when it comes to sports and its best coaches.

With that in mind, we offer a ranking of the best current coaches in American sports, adding European football as a means of comparison between the competitions that Spanish-speaking fans are passionate about.

1. Bill Belichick

We can’t talk about the greatest dynasties since the turn of the century without mentioning Bill Belichik’s New England Patriots, who have won six Super Bowls since 2001 to tie the Steelers for the most in history.

In that span, Belichik and the Patriots only missed out on the postseason three times, including this season when they were affected by the departure of quarterback Tom Brady and the details created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Either way, Belichik’s place is secure as one of the best coaches in NFL history, currently setting the bar as number one on the list.

2. Nick Saban



The Alabama Head Coach claimed one more national championship after his first glory in 2003.

Maintaining excellence in professional sports is a huge challenge for any coach, but it goes hand in hand with the decisions and vision of the management of the franchise in question. In collegiate sports, the story is different, and no coach plays the game of recruiting quite like Saban, who has turned the Crimson Tide into a title machine and elite player factory for the NFL.

Alabama’s six championships in 12 seasons are the shortest span to win six national titles in college football, surpassing the previous mark of 19 seasons set by Alabama from 1961-79, and Saban is the first head coach to win a national championship in 3 different decades (2000, 2010, 2020).

In 14 seasons in Alabama, Saban has a .881 winning percentage with six national titles, seven SEC titles, finishing nine times in the top 5 in the AP poll in that span.

3. Jurgen Klopp

No manager has recently made his mark on a club like Klopp in Liverpool, bringing the team back to glory after a lethargy that saw them give way in English football, and Europe in general, to several of their most staunch rivals.

Champions League and Premier League titles in back-to-back seasons sealed their place as an important figure in the history of the Reds, who remain in position to win more in 2021 despite a series of injuries that affected their performance in the former. part of the current season.

4. Geno Auriemma

With respect to Saban and Alabama, when it comes to recent dynasties in larger collegiate sports, nothing compares to Auriemma’s accomplishments leading the Connecticut Lady Huskies in women’s college basketball.

Under Auriemma, the Huskies have won 11 national titles, including six in an eight-season span of 2009-2016 when Auriemma topped John Wooden (11-10) for the most titles by a coach in college basketball history ( men and women) and the Huskies made history as the first Division I women’s team to win four consecutive national championships.

During those years, several of the best players in history have passed through Storrs such as Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart and Tina Charles. Let’s not forget the three Olympic medals (Sidney 2000, London 2012 and Rio 2016) leading the powerful American squad.

5. Mike Krzyzewski

While Auriemma has made his mark on the women’s side of college basketball, Coach K has excelled in the men’s side not only as one of the best today, but perhaps the best to do so in history, possibly sharing the throne with the legendary. Wooden from UCLA.

Since 1980, no team has won more collegiate championships (5) or appeared in more Final Fours (12) than Duke. During that time, Krzyzewski became the first coach to reach 1,000 Division I victories, earning the respect and adoration of thousands of players in the process, including those in the NBA who led to gold in three editions of the Olympic Games (Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016).

6. Pep Guardiola

For many, Catalan is still the standard when it comes to the best technicians in the world. Innovative and emulated, Guardiola would be chosen by the vast majority to run their respective clubs if money and competition weren’t factors.

Guardiola currently has the double motivation to achieve the European success in the Champions League that Manchester City longs for, in addition to recovering the Premier League scepter that Liverpool snatched from him in 2019-20 after winning consecutive championships from 2017 to 2019.

7. Diego Simeone

No coach in the world would be more valuable to his club than Cholo Simeone to Atlético Madrid. During his time as coach of the colchoneros, Simeone has won seven titles, including a LaLiga title in 2013-14, and year after year they present a quality team that competes with the giants of Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​despite a budget. very inferior, which is a remarkable feat in itself.

Atlético reached two Champions League finals under Simeone, falling tightly both times to their Madrid rivals in matches that came very close to winning, and their best moment in 2020 was eliminating defending champion Liverpool in the round of 16. As Simeone evolves in offensive game tactics, the club’s defense remains the best in Europe, ensuring that Cholo and his team will be in position to compete for titles in 2021.

8. Gregg Popovich

While Pop had as a contemporary one who many think is the greatest coach in NBA history in Phil Jackson, the San Antonio Spurs coach’s résumé speaks for itself about his impact and legacy on the game.

Pop double-hatted from management to the court to help create and sustain the impressive stretch that saw the Spurs qualify for the postseason in 22 consecutive seasons, winning five titles in the process. That consistency is unmatched in the NBA, and it helped earn him the admiration of a generation of players who put him in his own class among the best coaches today.

9. Terry Francona

While Francona is best remembered by many as the Red Sox manager who finally put an end to the ‘Curse of the Bambino’, it is his time at the helm of Cleveland that solidified his case as one of the best in the sport.

Francona has made adjustments to his philosophy and playing moves with a view to putting his players in the best position to win. He led Cleveland to the postseason in five of his eight seasons, falling within one victory of winning the World Series in 2016, despite the back and forth of players that characterize the small-market team. Thinking about that, 2021 will be a great challenge for Francona and his squad, following the recent trade that brought the face of the franchise, Francisco Lindor, to the Mets.

10. José Mourinho

Although the Portuguese manager’s greatest triumphs seem to be farther into the past with each passing season, his media presence on and off the pitch is unrivaled in European football.

Mourinho accepted the challenge to coach Tottenham in November 2019, replacing another standout in Argentine Mauricio Pochettino. Mou in such a way threw his hat to the middle in the English contest that his rivals Guardiola and Kloop dominate the last campaigns. And although the path to Hotspur’s glory is not guaranteed, the figure of Mourinho gives them a presence that transcends sport to spearhead their project at a time when the bet is not safe one way or another.


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