Dominant debut for No. 1 pick Ayton in Suns’ exhibition game

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown UP NEXT: The Kings (1-0) travel to Los Angeles to play the Lakers on Thursday. … Phoenix (0-1) will play host to the New Zealand Breakers on Wednesday.76ERS 120, MAGIC 114Joel Embiid had 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds in 22 minutes. Ben Simmons added nine points, five rebounds, seven assist, two steals and a block.Furkan Korkmaz made 6 of 8 from the field, including 3 of 5 from behind the arc, and finished with 18 points in 18 minutes for the 76ers.Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 20 points and blocked two shots. Terrence Ross hit three 3s and finished with 13 points and three steals.76ERS: Markelle Fultz, the top pick in the 2017 draft who missed 68 games last season, had 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. … Jerryd Bayless did not play after suffering a sprained knee during practice Sunday. He’ll be re-evaluated in 3-to-4 weeks. Wilson Chandler, who strained his hamstring in Friday’s preseason opener, did not play. MAGIC: D.J. Augustine and Mo Bamba, the No. 6 overall selection in June’s draft, scored 12 points apiece. Augustine hit 3 of 4 from 3-point range and had six assists. … Isaiah Briscoe had 11 points and Aaron Gordon added 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists.UP NEXT: The 76ers (2-0) play Dallas in Shanghai on Friday. … Orlando (0-1) returns home to play Flamengo.KNICKS 124, WIZARDS 121, OTRookie Kevin Knox had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Knicks’ preseason opener.The No. 9 pick in the draft started and added three assists and two steals in 26 minutes. Lance Thomas scored 12 points. MOST READ John Wall played just 9 ½ minutes of Washington’s exhibition opener, scoring six points. Bradley Beal had 11, but shot just 3 for 12 in 22 minutes.KNICKS: Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing, now coaching Georgetown, spoke to Knicks players earlier Monday. … Damyean Dotson scored 12 of his 14 points in overtime, making all three shots, including two 3-pointers. … Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 11 points. … Second-round pick Mitchell Robinson, who didn’t play in college last season, had six points and seven rebounds. … Rookie Allonzo Trier, signed to a two-way contract, had 13 points. … Courtney Lee sat out with a strained neck.WIZARDS: Dwight Howard remained out with a back injury that has sidelined him since training camp began. … Kelly Oubre Jr. led Washington with 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists. … Otto Porter Jr. scored 13 points. … Markieff Morris was ejected after exchanging words with Mitchell. … Austin Rivers had seven points off the bench in his first game with the Wizards. … Jordan McRae was 4 for 4 for nine points in OT.UP NEXT: The Knicks visit Brooklyn on Wednesday. Washington (0-1) hosts Miami on Friday.PELICANS 116, HAWKS 102DeAndre’ Bembry had 20 points, five rebounds and four assists and John Collins scored 18 points for Atlanta. Rookie Trae Young had 11 points and eight assists, but was just 5-of-16 shooting.Anthony Davis led New Orleans with 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 17 minutes, and Jrue Holiday hit 3 of 4 from 3-point range and finished with 13 points. Julius Randle had 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds.PELICANS: Jahlil Okafor (ankle), Darius Miller (biceps), Nikola Mirotic (Achilles) and Alexis Ajinca (quadriceps) did not play. … New Orleans shot just 36.5 percent (38 of 104) from the field, including 8 of 39 (20.5 percent) from behind the arc.HAWKS: Justin Anderson (leg) Dewayne Dedmon (ankle), Daniel Hamilton (rotator cuff) and Omari Spellman did not play. … Alex Poythress had 13 points and five rebounds in 14 minutes. … Tyler Dorsey scored 11 points.UP NEXT: The Pelicans (0-2) travel to New York to play the Knicks on Friday. … Atlanta (1-0) plays the Grizzlies in Memphis on Friday. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The exhibition opener for both teams featured the top two picks in the most recent draft. Marvin Bagley III of Duke came off the Sacramento bench for seven points in 25 minutes.Ayton — Bagley’s one-time high school teammate — looks a little more NBA-ready. The former Arizona star leaped high for alley-oop and showed off a nice touch with a hook, finishing 9 for 16 from the floor and 6 of 8 from the free throw line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJoel Embiid, perhaps the league’s top current big man, matched up Monday with another top-10 center from the draft, Orlando’s Mo Bamba. Embiid kept Philadelphia unbeaten with 21 points in the 76ers’ final game before they head to China for a pair of games against Dallas.KINGS 106, SUNS 102 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) boxes out Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, right, during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Deandre Ayton might be the NBA’s next great man in the middle.The No. 1 pick had a dominant debut Monday night, finishing with 24 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots in the Phoenix Suns’ 106-102 loss to the Sacramento Kings.ADVERTISEMENT Lyceum nears twice-to-beat bonus, routs Mapua Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Yogi Ferrell had 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range, and Willie Cauley-Stein added 14 points and 12 rebounds for Sacramento.Josh Jackson added 17 points and six assists for Phoenix, and TJ Warren scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting.Ayton missed his final four field-goal attempts and went 2 of 4 from the line with an offensive foul in the final minute.KINGS: Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee), Kosta Koufos (hamstring), Iman Shumpert (calf) and Nemanja Bjelica (knee) did not play. … Harry Giles III, who missed all of last season after being selected 20th overall in the 2017 draft, scored 14 points. … Bagley shot 2 for 7 and grabbed two rebounds.SUNS: Mikal Bridges, the 10th overall selection in June’s draft, was scoreless with one rebound in 12 minutes. … Devin Booker, who had surgery on his right hand last month, did not play. He is expected to miss all of the preseason but expects to be ready for the start of the regular season.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Emery impressed by spirited Arsenal

first_imgBoth scored as Emery’s men collected the second victory of his reign.The Spaniard saw his side make hard work of seeing off the newly-promoted Welsh club with old defensive failings twice allowing Cardiff to equalise.But Emery was impressed with the way Arsenal responded to each of those setbacks.“The reaction is very important. The reaction was very good. We were calm,” Emery said.“The most important thing is to be calm and to continue working.“We controlled the match for 70 percent of the 90 minutes.”Emery got a crash course in both the strengths and weaknesses of the squad he inherited from Arsene Wenger.His decision to field two forwards paid handsome dividends as first Aubameyang and then Lacazette scored excellent goals to finally kill off Cardiff.The Bluebirds had equalised through Victor Camarasa and Danny Ward after Shkodran Mustafi headed the Gunners ahead.“They are playing minutes each match and today they started (together),” said Emery of his strikers.“We are continuing to work on the combinations. Today I think the two players scored goals and helped us. “We can continue to work to find the best performance with each player.”There is, however, plenty for Emery to ponder during the international break after the familiar failings that dogged the end of Wenger’s reign reared their heads again.After Mustafi’s powerful header from Granit Xhaka’s corner had put his visitors ahead in the Welsh capital, they failed to see the game out to half-time.In stoppage-time a poor Xhaka pass was intercepted, Nacho Monreal failed to deal with a Joe Bennett cross and Camarasa fired home.– Teething problems –Then, after Aubameyang had bent home a superb shot to restore their lead after clever work from Mesut Ozil and Lacazette, the Gunners switched off again and allowed Ward a free header to equalise again.“We need to continue improving on our defence,” admitted Emery, who also saw further teething problems for Petr Cech in the veteran goalkeeper’s efforts to play from the back.Twice in the opening eight minutes Cech made a mess of dealing with back-passes and, on the second occasion, Harry Arter fired over when he should have opened the scoring.“He has experience,” said Emery. “He is intelligent. He is doing what we want.“It’s very important for me to continue doing this and to keep improving.“We take a little risk, but when you break this risk and their pressing you can find space. We need to continue with this personality.”There was a sighting, too, of Ozil, who played a decent hand in victory having missed last week’s win at West Ham amid rumours of a row on the training ground with his manager.“Ozil with his quality, I think we need him to give us his moments in the match,” said Emery.“I think today in the second half he played a good match, he worked every minute he was on the pitch.“Maybe in the second half with his position on the pitch I think he feels better.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal duo Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey celebrate their win at Cardiff © AFP / Geoff CADDICKCARDIFF, United Kingdom, Sep 2 – Unai Emery praised Arsenal’s character after they gave a glimpse of their potential in a thrilling 3-2 victory at Cardiff on Sunday.Emery was rewarded for a bold selection after partnering Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, his two main forwards, together from the start for the first time in the Premier League.last_img read more