Spurs treat Nuggets for second straight loss; Golf-McIlroy hopes to be ‘purely a golfer’ after missing Players cut and more

What follows is a rundown of current sports news roundups.

NBA roundup: Spurs treat Nuggets for second straight loss

Keldon Johnson hit for 23 points and newly acquired Sandro Mamukelashvili scored his 11 points in the fourth quarter as the host San Antonio Spurs defeated the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets 128-120 on Friday to snap a two-game skid. consecutive. The Spurs led by five points heading into the final period and 123-116 after Mamukelashvili’s resounding 3-pointer with 2:33 to play. That seemed to put the Nuggets to sleep when San Antonio stretched its lead to a game-high 12 points on a layup by Devin Vassell a minute later.

Golf-McIlroy hopes to be ‘purely a golfer’ after missing Players cut

After missing the cut at the Players Championship on Saturday, Rory McIlroy said he hopes to spend more time being a golfer instead of being the figurehead of PGA Tour contention with LIV Golf. Until this week’s Players’ Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., McIlroy had done a decent job of juggling his duties as a leading voice on the PGA Tour Players Advisory Council and the third-ranked golfer on the PGA Tour. world.

Spurs finish top four as title win, says Conte

Finishing in the top four of the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur this season would be like winning the title, manager Antonio Conte said on Saturday after his team bounced back from midweek elimination from the Champions League with a win by 3-1 over Nottingham Forest. Harry Kane scored a first-half brace and Son Heung-min added a third as Spurs eased the pressure on Conte, whose future at the club has been the source of speculation after Wednesday’s Champions League knockout at the hands of AC Milan.

Golf-Scheffler becomes Players Championship leader

Scottie Scheffler took the third-round lead at the Players Championship on Saturday, taking advantage of ideal scoring conditions as the golfers produced a spectacular display of birdies, eagles, a rare ace and a record-breaking round from Tom Hoge. Masters champion Scheffler, who can claim the number one world ranking with a win on Sunday, clinched his round with a sizzling start from birdie-eagle to lay the foundation for a seven-under-par, 65, two-stroke lead. about Australian Min Woo Lee. in the final round on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass.

Tennis-Fritz survives Shelton scare to reach third round at Indian Wells

Defending champion Taylor Fritz overcame a tough challenge from fellow American Ben Shelton to advance 4-6 6-4 6-3 to the third round at Indian Wells on Saturday. An energized Shelton shot out and smashed an emphatic head to break serve en route to grabbing the first set when an upset appeared in the works.

Alpine ski record-Shiffrin almost untouchable, says fellow American Miller

Olympic alpine skiing gold medalist Bode Miller believes no one in his lifetime will match fellow American Mikaela Shiffrin’s extraordinary leap into the World Cup record books, saying she is a “once in a millennium” athlete. . Shiffrin, 27, launched herself into the pantheon of sporting greats when she broke Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark’s all-time record with a commanding 87th slalom victory in Äre, Sweden on Saturday.

Alpine skiing: Swiss Odermatt takes another victory in giant slalom in Slovenia

Marco Odermatt looks almost certain to win the overall Alpine Ski World Cup title after emerging triumphantly in the giant slalom race down the Slovenian slopes of Kranjska Gora on Saturday. The Swiss sprinter opened up a 140-point lead over Henrik Kristoffersen after claiming his fifth giant slalom victory this season.

Liverpool-Surprised by Bournemouth, Tottenham back to normal

Liverpool fell apart as Bournemouth stunned Juergen Klopp’s side with a 1-0 win to move out of the Premier League relegation zone on Saturday, while Manchester City beat Crystal Palace to stay behind Arsenal in the top. Victory would have temporarily lifted Liverpool to fourth, but it was Philip Billing’s goal that settled the contest in Bournemouth’s favor as the south coast outfit avenged a 9-0 thrashing at Anfield earlier this season. .

Tennis-Raducanu says luck cuts both ways after advancing in Indian Wells

Britain’s Emma Raducanu has learned that good fortune can be fleeting and bad luck can cruelly compound, but said she is on the up following her second-round victory in Indian Wells on Saturday. The 20-year-old has been beset by a spate of injuries and illness of late, but was all smiles after knocking out 20th-seeded Poland Magda Linette 7-6(3) 6-2 for her biggest win since her triumph at the 2021 US Open.

Alpine skiing-Shiffrin slaloms surpasses the Stenmark World Cup record

An emotional Mikaela Shiffrin wrote her name in the history books as the most successful Alpine World Cup skier of all time on Saturday with a record 87th career victory in a women’s slalom at Äre in Sweden. The 27-year-old American, who claimed her first win at the same resort in December 2012, had equaled the previous record of retired Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark in a giant slalom on Friday.

(With contributions from agencies).


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