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Ronaldo sets record as Portugal rout Hungary at Euros LA Clippers even series with Jazz

Hawks rally past 76ers


BUDAPEST, Hungary, June 15, (AP): Cristiano Ronaldo set the record for most goals at the European Championsh­ip with two of them in Portugal’s 3-0 victory over Hungary at a packed Puskas Arena.

Ronaldo scored his 10th goal at the tournament from the penalty spot in the 87th minute and then added a second in injury time. He has now scored 11 goals over five continenta­l tournament­s. He entered the match even with Michel Platini at nine goals.

Portugal defender Raphael Guerreiro scored the first goal three minutes before Ronaldo’s first with a shot that deflected off a defender and wrongfoote­d goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

Ronaldo had missed an easy chance near the end of the first half when he hit a shot over the crossbar from close range.

It was the first match of the tournament to be played in front of a full crowd amid the coronaviru­s pandemic.

The first nearly-full stadium at this year’s European Championsh­ip is giving Hungary some boisterous support.

It is the only stadium at this year’s tournament to allow a full capacity amid the coronaviru­s pandemic.

The Hungarian fans bellowed out the national anthem and then broke out into loud chanting and slow-clapping in a bid to encourage their team before the game.

Hungary’s most vocal support congregate­d behind one of the goals. Portugal’s red-shirted and flag-waving followers filled a small section behind

where their goalkeeper match.

Spain 0, Sweden 0

In Seville, the chances came and went but neither Spain nor Sweden managed to put any of them in the net.

Spain dominated possession and kept the pressure on the opposing area for most of the match but the Swedes held on for a 0-0 draw at the European Championsh­ip.

Sweden managed only a few chances at La Cartuja Stadium, but they were some of the most dangerous ones.

Alexander Isak, who plays for Spanish club Real Sociedad, had a shot from inside the area hit the post after deflecting off Spain defender Marcos Llorente in front of the goal line.

Early in the second half, Marcus Berg was inside the area with the ball coming his way, but he mishit his shot.

Álvaro Morata had Spain’s best chance just a few minutes before Isak but his shot missed wide with goalkeeper Robin Olsen the only opponent to beat. Olsen also saved a close-range


header by substitute Gerard Moreno in the 90th minute.

Spain pressed until the end, but kept misfiring.

Spain’s matches at Euro 2020 are being played in Seville instead of Bilbao - the original host city for the continent-wide tournament - because the high contagion rate of the virus in the northern city wouldn’t allow for many fans to attend games.

A limited crowd of 12,517 attended the match at La Cartuja, where Spain will also play Poland on Saturday and Slovakia on June 23. A quarterfin­al match will also be played at the stadium.

Sweden, which haven’t advanced past the group stage at the European Championsh­ip since 2004, next face Slovakia on Friday in St. Petersburg.

The Swedes will also play in Russia against Poland.

Both teams were without players because of the coronaviru­s. Spain lost captain Sergio Busquets and Sweden was without Mattias Svanberg and Dejan Kulusevski. They were all still in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 last week.

Slovakia 2, Poland 1

In St. Petersburg, Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar stopped Robert Lewandowsk­i from scoring at one end, and then showed the world player of the year just how to do it on the other.

Underlinin­g his growing importance for a national team that’s for so long relied on Marek Hamsik, Skriniar played a crucial role at both ends of the field and scored the winning goal in Slovakia’s 2-1 win over Poland .

Lewandowsk­i endured another tough match in a major soccer tournament, with the uncompromi­sing Skriniar helping to stifle the Bayern Munich striker. Lewandowsk­i didn’t have a clear-cut chance and now has only two goals in 12 matches at a World Cup or European Championsh­ip.

The center back then demonstrat­ed he also has an eye for goal by stretching to bring down the ball at a corner and swivelling to toe-poke his shot into the net from 15 meters in the 69th minute.

LOS ANGELES, June 15, (AP): Kawhi Leonard and Paul George each scored 31 points - the second straight game they have both had over 30 points - and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Utah Jazz 118-104 on Monday night to even their Western Conference second-round series at two games apiece.

Leonard provided the highlight of the night with his dunk late in the second quarter. He got the ball just beyond the 3-point line, drove past Royce O’Neale in the lane and then slammed it over Derrick Favors to give the Clippers a 6238 lead with 1:24 remaining in the second quarter.

Leonard and George have each scored at least 20 points in all 11 games this postseason. They are just the third duo in NBA history to do that in a team’s first 11 playoff games and the first since Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant with the Lakers in 2003.

Jerry West, who watched Monday’s game from courtside, and Elgin Baylor were the other duo with the 1962 Lakers.

Marcus Morris added 24 points and went 5 of 6 on 3-pointers for fourth-seeded Los Angeles. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Salt Lake City.

Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 37 points, making him the first player since Golden State’s Stephen Curry in 2019 to have six straight 30-point games in the playoffs.

Joe Ingles added 19 and Bojan Bogdanovic 18 for the top-seeded Jazz, who has lost back-to-back playoff games for the first time this year.


Utah won the tip and scored on Bogdanovic’s dunk before the Clippers scored the next 10 points and never looked back as Leonard had five points during the early run.

LA’s largest lead in the first quarter was 19 as it was 6 of 12 on 3-pointers and forced six Utah turnovers.

Morris hit a pair of free throws with 5:21 remaining to put the Clippers up 51-22, which was their largest lead of the night. They had a 24-point advantage at halftime (68-44), which is tied for their second biggest in postseason franchise history.

LA led 105-85 with 6:48 remaining before the Jazz countered with a 17-7 run to cut it in half with 2:10 left.

Hawks 103, 76ers 100

In Atlanta, Trae Young overcame a cold start to score 25 points, including a floater that gave Atlanta the lead with 1:17 remaining, and the Hawks rallied to beat the Philadelph­ia 76ers 103-100 , tying the Eastern Conference semifinal at 2-2.

Philly blew an 18-point lead and may have bigger concerns: Big man Joel Embiid spent time in the locker room in the second quarter and didn’t make a field goal in the second half. Embiid has been playing with torn cartilage in his right knee.

Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 22 points for the Hawks, and John Collins had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Young made only 8 of 26 shots but had 18 assists. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Philadelph­ia. Embiid finished with 17 points and 21 rebounds. Tobias Harris scored 20 points for the Sixers, and Seth Curry had 17, missing a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Sixers led 60-42 late in the first half but Atlanta chipped away in the third quarter. Bogdanovic opened the final period with a 3-pointer to give Atlanta its first lead of the half, 83-82.

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