Saturday, November 29, 2014
Professional Sports
Asian chief warns against challenge to Blatter

Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has warned against any potential challenge to Sepp Blatter for FIFA's presidency and has pledged AFC support for the incumbent.

Reports in the English media have speculated that FIFA vice-president Prince Ali Al Bin Hussein of Jordan is considering a run against Blatter but Salman told Associated Press that any challenger has to consider what it best for the continent as a whole.

Al Shamrani says spit was provoked by Spiranovic

Saudi Arabia striker Nasser Al Shamrani claims he was provoked into spitting at Western Sydney Wanderers defender Matthew Spiranovic at the end of the Asian Champions League final earlier this month.

Al Shamrani spat at Spiranovic after Al Hilal lost 1-0 to the Australian team.

NHL Capsules

Martin St. Louis reached 1,000 career NHL points with a goal and an assist, Cam Talbot made 26 saves and the New York Rangers beat the slumping Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 Friday.

Rick Nash and Dan Boyle also scored for the Rangers (10-8-4), who shut out the Flyers for the second time in nine days.

Spieth among 3rd-round leaders at Australian Open

American Jordan Spieth was one of few players to master a wind-swept course at the Australian Open on Saturday, shooting a 2-under 69 to move into a three-way share of the lead.

Adam Scott stayed close while defending champion Rory McIlroy dropped five shots in two holes and shot 76.

T-Wolves beat Lakers after Kobe misses 3-pointer

Zach LaVine grew up a Los Angeles Lakers fan. The first time he saw them play at in person at Staples Center, the Minnesota Timberwolves rookie outperformed everyone — including Kobe Bryant.

LaVine scored 18 of his team-high 28 points in the second quarter, and Mo Williams had 25 points and 11 assists to lead the Timberwolves to a 120-119 victory on Friday night. It wasn't sealed until Bryant missed a 3-pointer as time expired.

Grizzlies snap Blazers' streak with 112-99 win

The Marc and Mike show is sweeping the West.

Marc Gasol had 26 points and nine assists, while Mike Conley added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies held off the Trail Blazers 112-99 on Friday night to snap a nine-game Portland winning streak.

Friday's NBA Capsules

Tony Parker had 27 points and the San Antonio Spurs held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 112-104 on Friday night —their second straight victory without Gregg Popovich.

Popovich missed his second straight game following a recent undisclosed minor medical procedure. The veteran coach's status is unknown for the team's upcoming four-game road trip, which begins Sunday in Boston, but he did visit with the team Friday morning.

Top 25 Capsules

Tournament MVP Frank Kaminsky scored 17 points to lead five Wisconsin players in double figures, Duje Dukan and Traevon Jackson each added 13 and the second-ranked Badgers beat Oklahoma 69-56 on Friday to win the Battle 4 Atlantis championship.

Sam Dekker scored 11 points and Nigel Hayes finished with 10 for Wisconsin (7-0), which trailed by one late in the first half before peeling off 10 straight points and taking the lead for good.

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