Paul, Lowry among the All-Star re­serves, with six first-timers

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - SPORTS -

The All-Star Game is go­ing to have plenty of new faces.

The NBA re­leased the list of the play­ers voted by the league’s head coaches as re­serves for the Feb. 16 game in Chicago, in­clud­ing six who will be All-Stars for the first time.

Kyle Lowry of the NBA cham­pion Toronto Rap­tors is headed back to the game, as are Mi­ami’s Jimmy But­ler, Philadel­phia’s Ben Sim­mons, Mil­wau­kee’s Khris Mid­dle­ton, Port­land’s Damian Lil­lard, Den­ver’s Nikola Jo­kic, Hous­ton’s Russell West­brook and — for the first time since 2016 — Ok­la­homa City’s Chris Paul.

The other re­serves are all first-time se­lec­tions: Mi­ami’s Bam Ade­bayo, Bos­ton’s Jayson Ta­tum, In­di­ana’s Do­man­tas Sabo­nis, New Or­leans’ Bran­don In­gram and the Utah duo of Dono­van Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.

Those six — com­bined with starters Pas­cal Si­akam, Luka Don­cic and Trae Young, whose spots were re­vealed last week — mean nine first-time Al­lS­tars will be at the game.

Among the no­table omis­sions from the re­serve list: Phoenix’s Devin Booker, Detroit’s Der­rick Rose and An­dre Drum­mond, Wash­ing­ton’s Bradley Beal and In­di­ana’s Mal­colm Brog­don.

NBA CHANG­ING ALL-STAR GAME FOR­MAT >> Kobe Bryant’s fi­nal jer­sey num­ber will be some­thing this year’s NBA All-Stars play to reach.

The NBA an­nounced ma­jor changes to the Al­lS­tar for­mat, turn­ing ev­ery quar­ter into a mini-game for char­ity be­fore an un­timed fi­nal quar­ter with a tar­get score that will de­cide which team wins. Scores will be re­set — back to 0-0 — at the start of the sec­ond and third quar­ters, then re­stored to be­gin the fourth quar­ter.

That’s where the trib­ute to Bryant and the No. 24 jer­sey he wore for the last decade of his NBA ca­reer comes into play. The team that wins the All-Star Game will be the first to reach a tar­get score, de­ter­mined by the to­tal points the team in the lead scored in the first three quar­ters com­bined — plus 24, the ob­vi­ous nod to Bryant.

Gym­nas­tics

NAS­SAR SUR­VIVORS OF­FERED $215M SET­TLE­MENT >> USA Gym­nas­tics has filed a bank­ruptcy plan that in­cludes an of­fer of $215 mil­lion for sex­ual abuse sur­vivors to set­tle their claims against the em­bat­tled or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The $215 mil­lion to­tal is the amount USA Gym­nas­tics’ in­surance car­ri­ers are will­ing to pro­vide the sport’s na­tional gov­ern­ing body to end years of le­gal bat­tles with ath­letes who were abused by for­mer na­tional team doc­tor Larry Nas­sar. The two sides have been in me­di­a­tion since USA Gym­nas­tics filed for bank­ruptcy in De­cem­ber 2018.

Nas­sar is serv­ing decades in prison for sex­ual as­sault and pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy in Michi­gan. Hun­dreds of ath­letes have come for­ward over the last three years say­ing Nas­sar abused them un­der the guise of treat­ment.

Tennis

DJOKOVIC ADDS TO SLAM STREAK VS. FED­ERER >> No­vak Djokovic stretched his Grand Slam win­ning streak against Roger Fed­erer to six in a row with a 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-3 vic­tory that earned the de­fend­ing cham­pion a record eighth trip to the Aus­tralian Open fi­nal at Mel­bourne Park.

The No. 2-seeded Djokovic will try to col­lect a record-ex­tend­ing eighth Aus­tralian Open ti­tle in Sun­day’s fi­nal against No. 5 Dominic Thiem or No. 7 Alexan­der Zverev.

Djokovic also can claim a 17th ma­jor tro­phy over­all to move closer to Fed­erer’s record of 20.

Amer­i­can Sofia Kenin won her Aus­tralian Open semi­fi­nal against Ash Barty 7-6 (6), 7-5. On Satur­day, Kenin will go up against un­seeded Gar­biñe Mugu­ruza, who de­feated No. 4 Si­mona Halep 7-6 (8), 7-5.

San Fran­cisco 27, Min­nesota 10 Ten­nessee 28, Bal­ti­more 12

Sun­day, Jan. 12

Kansas City 51, Hous­ton 31 Green Bay 28, Seat­tle 23

CON­FER­ENCE CHAM­PI­ONSHIPS

Sun­day, Jan. 19

Kansas City 35, Ten­nessee 24 San Fran­cisco 37, Green Bay 20

PRO BOWL

Sun­day, Jan. 26 At Or­lando, Fla.

AFC 38, NFC 33

SU­PER BOWL

Sun­day, Feb. 2 At Mi­ami Gar­dens, Fla.

Kansas City vs. San Fran­cisco, 3:30 p.m. (FOX)

L.A. Lak­ers L.A. Clip­pers Phoenix Sacra­mento War­riors

SOUTH­WEST DI­VI­SION

Dal­las Hous­ton Mem­phis San An­to­nio New Or­leans

NORTH­WEST DI­VI­SION

Den­ver

Utah Ok­la­homa City Port­land Min­nesota

Toronto Bos­ton Philadel­phia Brook­lyn New York

SOUTH­EAST DI­VI­SION

36 33 20 17 10 29 29 24 21 19 32 32 29 21 15 10 14 27 30 38 18 18 24 26 29 15 15 20 27 32 .783 .702 .426 .362 .208 .617 .617 .500 .447 .396 .681 .681 .592 .438 .319

— 31⁄2 161⁄2 191⁄2

27

— — 51⁄2

8 101⁄2

— — 4 111⁄2

17

Van­cou­ver Cal­gary Ed­mon­ton Ve­gas Ari­zona Sharks Ana­heim Los An­ge­les

CEN­TRAL DI­VI­SION

St. Louis Colorado Dal­las Chicago Win­nipeg Nashville Min­nesota

Bos­ton Tampa Bay Florida Toronto Buf­falo Mon­treal Ot­tawa Detroit 51 52 50 52 52 52 50 51

GP W

51 49 50 51 51 49 50 51 50 49 51 50 51 50 51 29 27 26 25 26 22 20 18 31 28 28 24 25 23 23 29 30 28 27 22 22 18 12

MET­RO­POL­I­TAN DI­VI­SION

GP W

18 19 18 20 21 26 25 28 12 15 18 21 22 19 21 10 15 16 17 21 22 23 35 4 6 6 7 5 4 5 5 8 6 4 6 4 7 6 12 5 5 7 7 7 9 4 62 170 152 60 143 155 58 158 157 57 161 159 57 148 142 48 136 174 45 128 156 41 127 162

NBA

70 164 141 62 179 143 60 131 127 54 155 161 54 152 160 53 163 163 52 156 166 70 169 135 65 181 142 61 183 163 61 186 170 51 147 157 51 157 161 45 138 169 28 109 199

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FRANK GUNN — THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Rap­tors guard Kyle Lowry ac­knowl­edges the crowd af­ter he be­came the fran­chise leader in as­sists dur­ing the sec­ond half against the Hawks on Tues­day in Toronto.

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