The Spokesman-Review (Spokane) : 2019-02-11
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TWO PAGE TUESDAY’S COUCH SLOUCH WHY IS ANTHONY DAVIS STILL IN NEW ORLEANS? OREGON WOMEN DRUB STANFORD CHELSEA LOSES 6-0 Chelsea was handed its heaviest loss in 28 years on Sunday when Manchester City routed Maurizio Sarri’s side 6-0 in the Premier League. The meeting of the last two champions was a complete mismatch as Sergio Aguero scored a hat trick for the second successive weekend. City regained top spot from Liverpool in its title defense as 2017 champion Chelsea ended the weekend by dropping out of the Champions League places into sixth. Raheem Sterling scored twice – City’s opener in the fourth minute and the sixth in the 80th – and Ilkay Gundogan also netted. Chelsea had not lost by six goals or more since April 1991 – a year before the inception of the Premier League – when Nottingham Forest beat the west London club 7-0. – AP Sabrina Ionescu’s club and high school teams were in the stands, some 100 fans at Friday’s game in Berkeley and again Sunday at Stanford to watch the star. She produced a 54-point weekend back home in the Bay Area. Ionescu (shown in photo with coach Kelly Graves) had 27 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and No. 3 Oregon used stellar defense to extend its NCAA-best winning streak to 16 games by running away from 11th-ranked Stanford 88-48 to snap a 29-game losing streak at Maples Pavilion. The loss was the worst in coach Tara VanDerveer’s 33 seasons at Stanford. The Cardinal’s last 40-point defeat: 98-56 at Long Beach State on Feb. 2, 1985, the year before VanDerveer arrived on The Farm. Ionescu grew up in the East Bay suburb of Walnut Creek. – AP Oregon ASSOCIATED PRESS (509) 459-5500; (800) 789-0029; RALPH WALTER (509) 459-5471 Sports desk/report results: Toll free: Sports Editor: THREE STARS VLADIMIR TARASENKO JARRED DIXON KENNY WOOTEN AUTO RACING Hendrick’s Byron wins Daytona pole Completed a hat trick 16 seconds into OT to lead St. Louis over Nashville for sixth straight win. Grabbed loose ball and banked in a half-court shot to give Missouri State a 66-65 win vs. Illinois State. Matched career high with seven blocks in Oregon’s 69-46 victory over Stanford. Top performers from the Inland Northwest and beyond: GOLF By Mark Long ASSOCIATED PRESS Mickelson on brink of 5th Pebble Beach
victory DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – William Byron put Hendrick Motorsports in a familiar position: on the pole for the Daytona 500. His bigger goal is to make the starting spot pay dividends for the NASCAR powerhouse.
The 21-year-old Byron and 25year-old teammate Alex Bowman locked in the front row for “The Great American Race” during qualifying laps Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. They comprise the youngest front row in Daytona 500 history.
The coveted starting spot hasn’t meant much for NASCAR’s season opener over the last two decades, though. The last Daytona 500 pole-sitter to win the race was Dale Jarrett in 2000.
The last four – Hendrick’s Jeff Gordon, Chase Elliott (twice) and Bowman – have failed to notch a top-10 finish.
“To have them on top of each other means the organization did a heck of a job,” Rick Hendrick said. “This is the deal to sit on the pole at Daytona.”
Byron reached a top speed of 194.304 mph in the final round of qualifying, nearly two-tenths of a second faster than Bowman (194.153).
The rest of the 40-car lineup will be set by two qualifying races Thursday. Thirty-six of those spots are already filled because of NASCAR’s charter system. ASSOCIATED PRESS Phil Mickelson put himself on the brink of a fifth victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach pro-am by turning a three-shot deficit into a three-shot lead when a wild day of weather kept him from finishing Sunday in Pebble Beach, California.
Mickelson was bogey-free with six birdies, and he made his big run starting with a 9-iron to a foot behind the cup on the par-4 ninth. That was start of a five-hole stretch when Mickelson made three birdies and Paul Casey had two bogeys.
About the only thing that didn’t go Mickelson’s way was the timing.
The final round started an hour late because of rain, and then it was delayed two more hours when sunshine gave way to a hail storm in a matter of minutes, covering the putting greens in a sheet of white.
Mickelson was at 18-under par through 16 holes. Casey had a 3-foot par putt on the same hole when Mickelson tried to lobby for them to finish, even in the dark.
Mickelson will have to return at 8 a.m. Monday to play the last two holes.
Casey was at 15 under, tied with Scott Stallings, who closed with a 66. Along with an outside chance at forcing a playoff, finishing alone in second instead of a tie is a difference of $152,000, along with world ranking points and FedEx Cup points. Casey and FedEx executive Don Colleran had a one-shot lead in the pro-am.
Mickelson was standing on the 17th tee when he heard the horn sound to stop play, and he shook his head.
The rest of his day was far better than the weather.
Mickelson is on the verge of winning for the 44th time in his career, and matching Mark O’Meara with five victories at a tournament he first played in 1995. It also would be his first victory on American soil since the Phoenix Open six years ago. ASSOCIATED PRESS American Lindsey Vonn displays her bronze medal from downhill race at world championships. area, Vonn embraced Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark, the only skier to win more World Cup races than she did – 86 to 82.
Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia beat Vonn and took gold, defending her title from the 2017 worlds. Stuhec finished 0.23 seconds ahead of silver medalist Corinne Suter of Switzerland and 0.49 ahead of Vonn. in the Western Conference Final (2006, 2007, 2017). IN BRIEF Kahun, Ward star in Blackhawks’ seventh win in a row: Vonn finishes third in her final race Dominik Kahun had two goals and an assist, Cam Ward made 43 saves and the host Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 for their seventh straight victory. Georgiev makes 55 saves in Rangers’ victory: Lindsey Vonn walked off with her career haul of medals in her right hand, the gold, silver and bronze clinking together almost weighing her down.
Or was it the bulging knee braces and metal support rods inside her vast array of broken bones?
Whatever it was, the sound was a reminder of what Vonn has come to symbolize – an athlete who battled back from one major injury after another throughout her career to win more ski races than any other woman.
Add one more – final – comeback to the list
Five days after crashing in super-G – a fall that knocked the wind out of her and left her with a black eye and a bruised rib – and three months after tearing a ligament in her left knee, Vonn won the bronze medal in the world championship downhill Sunday in Are, Switzerland, in the final race of her career.
She’s shed so many tears that there are none left – just like she no longer has any cartilage in her knees.
“I’m literally tapped out, I can’t cry anymore,” Vonn said. “I want to cry but it’s dry. … It’s not an easy thing to feel your bones hitting together and continue to push through it.
“Of course I’m sore. Even before the crash I was sore. So I’m just sore on top of sore. My neck is killing me,” Vonn said. “But at the end of the day no one cares if my neck hurts; they only care if I win. … I knew that I was capable of pushing through the pain one last time and I did that. … Every athlete has their own obstacles and I faced mine head on today and I conquered them.”
Vonn had been planning on retiring in December but she recently moved up her plans due to persistent pain in both of her surgically repaired knees. Then came the super-G crash, when she straddled a gate in midair, flew face first down the mountain and slammed into the safety nets.
It’s a medal that brings Vonn full circle: the American’s two silvers at the 2007 worlds on the same course in Are were the first two major championship medals of her career.
As soon as she exited the finish SKIING: Alexandar Georgiev had a career-high 55 saves to lead the host New York Rangers over the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1. Georgiev had the second-most saves in a regular-season game in franchise history. Mike Richter has the record with 59 on Jan. 31, 1991. Embiid, Sixers top James and Lakers Joel Embiid had 37 points and 14 rebounds, Tobias Harris scored 22 points in his second game with host Philadelphia and the new-look 76ers beat LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 143-120 on Sunday.
The 76ers have won two straight after acquiring Harris and four others at Thursday’s trade deadline. NBA: Daytona Clash Jimmie Johnson triggered a wreck that wiped out nearly the entire field at Daytona and zipped to the lead to win the rain-shortened exhibition Clash.
The seven-time Cup Series champion failed to win a race last season for the first time in his career but a dose of aggression put him back in victory lane in the first weekend of Speedweeks. Johnson’s win continued a banner day for Hendrick Motorsports. Teammates William Byron and Alex Bowman locked in the front row for the Daytona 500 earlier in the day in qualifying.
Paul Menard led 51 laps and controlled the race interrupted multiple times for rain. With more rain looming, Johnson dipped low and tried to sidedraft Menard as they battled for the lead. But Johnson turned Menard and started a chain-reaction accident that left cars sideways and smoking behind the No. 48 Chevrolet. American duo wins ice dancing crown The American ice dance duo of Madison Chock and Evans Bates captured the first major international title of their career at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Anaheim, California.
They scored 126.25 points during their free dance, which was to a medley of Elvis Presley tunes, and finished with 207.42 points to edge Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, who totaled 203.93 points. FIGURE SKATING: Durant scores 39 in Warriors’ win: Kevin Durant scored 39 points and DeMarcus Cousins made two free throws with 5.4 seconds to play that helped Golden State cap a comeback from a 19-point deficit in the first quarter to beat Miami 120-118 in Oakland, California. Mavericks rally to beat Trail Blazers: Luka Doncic scored 28 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. had 24 and Dallas erased a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat visiting Portland 102-101. Houston tops Cincy in Top 25 matchup MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: SCOREBOARD DeJon Jarreau scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and No. 12 Houston held off No. 25 Cincinnati 65-58.
Jarreau scored 11 consecutive points in the second half, including six straight to give Houston (23-1, 10-1 American Athletic Conference) a 63-58 lead with 3 minutes left
Cincinnati (20-4, 9-2) missed its last 11 field goals and went scoreless over the final 6:11. Australians beat U.S. in Fed Cup quarters Basketball NBA Romania upset defending champion Czech Republic 3-2 to advance to the semifinals of the Fed Cup on Sunday, along with France, Belarus and Australia. Australia beat the U.S. 3-2 in North Carolina, with Ash Barty and Priscilla Hon beating Danielle Collins and Nicole Melichar 6-4, 7-5 in the deciding doubles. TENNIS: Dallas 102, Portland 101 Philadelphia 143, L.A. Lakers 120 Sacramento 117, Phoenix 104 Orlando 124, Atlanta 108 Golden State 120, Miami 118 1⁄
2 Champions Tour Bernhard Langer made himself at home in the Oasis Championship in Boca Raton, Florida.
Playing 10 minutes from his house, the 61-year-old German star closed with a 7under 65 in windy condition at The Old Course at Broken Sound for a five-stroke victory. He finished at a tournament-record 19-under 197 for his 39th victory on the 50-and-over circuit and earned $255,000 to break Hale Irwin’s tour career record with $27,196,504. Local watch Zach Collins (GU), Portland: 9 rebounds, 7 points
Kelly Olynyk (GU), Miami: 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 points
Klay Thompson (WSU), Golden State: 29 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists No. 7 Oregon State rallies to beat Cal Tsonga French final: wins all- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-2 in an allFrench final of the Open Sud de France in Montpelllier, winning his 17th career title and denying his countryman a first. WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Destiny Slocum scored 26 points and Oregon State (20-4, 10-2 Pac-12) overcame an 11-point deficit to beat California 82-74 in Berkeley, California. Kristine Anigwe led the Golden Bears (14-9, 5-7) with 31 points and 18 rebounds. Hockey NHL St. Louis 5, Nashville 4 (OT) New Jersey 3, Carolina 2 Boston 2, Colorado 1 (OT) Winnipeg 3, Buffalo 1 Chicago 5, Detroit 2 N.Y. Islanders 2, Minnesota 1 Tampa Bay 5, Florida 2 N.Y. Rangers 4, Toronto 1 Ducks fire Carlyle; Murray takes over UCLA No. 17 Utah: takes down The Anaheim Ducks fired coach Randy Carlyle amid a seven-game losing streak.
General manager Bob Murray will take over as interim coach for the remainder of the season.
Carlyle, 62, the winningest coach in Ducks history, was in his second stint with Anaheim. He led the team to the Stanley Cup in 2007 and three appearances Kennedy Burke scored 26 points, Michaela Onyenwere added 25 points for the sophomore’s 11th 20-plus game of the season and UCLA (15-9, 8-4 Pac-12) beat Utah 10090 in Salt Lake City. Megan Huff had 23 points for Utah (18-5, 7-5). NHL: LPGA Tour Celine Boutier of France won the ISPS Handa Vic Open for her first LPGA Tour title, shooting an evenpar 72 for a two-stroke victory at 13th Beach Golf Links in Barwon Heads, Australia. Local watch Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay: 20 shifts, 2 shots, 1-for-1 faceoffs
Jared Spurgeon, Minnesota: 27 shifts, 2 shots, 3 BS From staff and wire reports
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