Sports Digest: Clemons scores 41 as Maine Celtics crush Greensboro Swarm, 144-107

BASKETBALL

Chris Clemons scored 41 points when the Maine Celtics crushed the Greensboro Swarm 144-107 on Tuesday night in a G League game at The Fieldhouse in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The Celtics, who won their second straight win, scored 47 points in the first quarter to take a 20-point lead.

The 144 points was one of the highest points of the season on March 20 against Delaware.

Matt Ryan added 20 points for Maine, which has two games left on its schedule — Thursday at Greenboro and Saturday at Lakeland, Florida.

GOLF

LPGA: Lorena Ochoa has already been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, and now only eight of the LPGA’s founders will earn a spot in the LPGA Hall of Fame.

The LPGA has announced changes to its Hall of Fame eligibility criteria, including lifting the requirement for players to be on tour for 10 years.

LPGA players earn two points for a major and one point for a win or grand prize. The Hall of Fame requirement is 27 points, 10 years on tour, and one major of award. Ochoa had 37 points but only played for seven years before retiring to start a family.

The Mexican star was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2017.

The LPGA also nominates the remaining eight founders — five were previously members of the Hall of Fame — through the honorary category. They are Alice Bauer, Bettye Danoff, Helen Dettweiler, Helen Hicks, Opal Hill, Sally Sessions, Marilyn Smith and Shirley Spork, who is still alive. The LPGA was founded in 1950.

Smith was previously inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The LPGA Hall of Fame Committee has also decided to award a point for an Olympic gold medal retroactive to the 2016 Olympics. Already in the LPGA Hall of Fame, Inbee Park won in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. and Nelly Korda won in Tokyo last summer.

TENNIS

MIAMI OPEN: Nick Kyrgios lost his composure, then a point, then a game, then the game.

The all-too-familiar trend that has often overshadowed the super-popular, super-talented and super-stunning Australian career continued when he was ousted in the fourth round by Jannik Sinner of Italy number 9 7-6(3), 6-3.

How the match was won will probably not be remembered. Will be Kyrgios’ meltdown, his afternoon of racket throws and smashes, lots of heated words with chair umpire Carlos Bernardes and even a fan somehow trying to take a selfie when tensions were at their peak.

But Kyrgios insisted that Bernardes would be given some blame for what happened, adding that he believed the umpire was disrupting his game by talking during a serve.

“If everyone in that crowd boos a referee, and he becomes the center of attention, that’s not his job,” Kyrgios said. “Because nobody in that whole stadium bought a ticket to see him talk or play or do what he does.”

When the match was over, Kyrgios was merciful to his opponent, shook hands at the net and exchanged a few pleasantries. Sinner then shook hands with Bernardes, as is the tradition, but Kyrgios passed him and spoke a few more words before grabbing his racket bag and leaving the field.

“He won’t even get a slap on the wrist for his terrible performance as a referee today,” Kyrgios said. “He was terrible.”

Kyrgios was in such a rush to leave that he left without reaching for the red-white-black Nike sneakers that lined his seat. He teamed up with Thanasi Kokkinakis to later win a doubles, explaining his side of what happened in the singles a few hours earlier.

“I’ve never participated in a match where a referee was so hated,” Kyrgios said. “Today he made it about himself, as if his feelings were apparently hurt by what I said, by what the audience was feeling. You can’t be like that when you’re a referee. Sorry.”

Sinner didn’t know much about what upset Kyrgios so much. “I was just trying to stay in my zone, and yes, I think that was the right choice,” Sinner said.

• Top-ranked Medvedev shook off a slow start to reach the quarterfinals by beating USA’s Jenson Brooksby 7-5, 6-1.

Medvedev has yet to drop a set in his three Miami games. He will take on the number 8 and defending Miami champion Hubert Hurkacz or the unseeded Lloyd Harris in the quarters – and if Medvedev has the upper hand there, he will be sure to displace Novak Djokovic and return to the number 1 in the world ranking.

FOOTBALL

WORLD CUP: Ghana became the first team from Africa to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar after a 1-1 draw with Nigeria in the second leg of their play-off to advance on away goals.

Thomas Partey scored for Ghana in the 10th minute in Abuja. William Troost-Ekong equalized for Nigeria with a penalty in the 22nd, but Nigeria were unable to use home advantage to score a winner.

• The United Arab Emirates defeated South Korea 1-0 to advance to a World Cup qualifier play-off against Australia in June.

The winner of the UAE vs. Australia advances to a play-off final against a team from South America for a ticket to Qatar.

• Cristiano Ronaldo, the all-time top goalscorer in international men’s football, will play his fifth World Cup in Qatar after Portugal defeated North Macedonia 2-0 in the European qualifying play-offs.

• Sadio Mane sent his country to the World Cup at the expense of Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah when Senegal defeated Egypt 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out after their play-off total ended 1-1.

Senegal’s victory, with Mane taking the winning goal, was a repeat of last month’s African Cup of Nations final, when he secured his country’s first major title by also scoring the winning penalty in a shootout against the Egyptians. .

• Poland is going to the World Cup – and of course Robert Lewandowski helped send his team there.

The prolific Bayern Munich striker converted a penalty in the 50th minute and set Poland on track to a 2-0 victory over Sweden in one of the European play-off finals for a place in this year’s tournament in Qatar.

• Iran blocked women from attending the final 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

ISNA said 12,500 tickets were sold online, 2,000 of which were reserved for women. Iran defeated Lebanon 2-0 in the match. A January win over Iraq secured the team a spot at the World Cup in Qatar.

A video circulating on social media shows hundreds of female football fans chanting “we have an objection” in response to the decision to ban them from attending the game in the northeastern city of Mashhad.

It was not immediately clear who had made the decision to bar the women from participating in the competition.

US WOMEN: Trinity Rodman was one of the young players named in the roster of the US women’s national team for a few games next month against Uzbekistan.

Coach Vlatko Andonovski has excluded veterans including Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Christen Press and Tobin Heath as he continues to evaluate players for World Cup qualifiers this summer.

The team has just four games left to prepare for the CONCACAF W Championship in Monterrey, Mexico, in July. The tournament determines the four places in the region for the 2023 World Cup and one place for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Among the 23 players on the roster are 14 players with 15 or fewer appearances on the national team. Three players, goalkeepers Bella Bixby and Aubrey Kingsbury and defender Naomi Girma, have yet to play in a game for the United States.

DENMARK: Christian Eriksen marked his emotional return to Parken Stadium with a brilliant goal as the playmaker captained Denmark to a 3-0 win over Serbia at the same ground in Copenhagen, where he went into cardiac arrest nine months ago.

It was Eriksen’s first appearance at Parken since his near-fatal collapse there during a match against Finland at the European Championship, and he was greeted enthusiastically by fans as he led the Denmark team out for the friendly. Before kick-off, he was warmly embraced by Serbian captain Dusan Tadic.

EDITION: Everton announced losses of more than 100 million pounds ($130 million) for the third year in a row.

Figures released by the club showed a deficit of £120.9 million ($158 million) for the year ending June 2021 after another season hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

That followed losses of 111.8 million pounds ($146 million) and 139.8 million pounds ($183 million) in the previous two seasons.

Under Premier League rules, a club is in breach of profit and sustainability rules if it incurs an adjusted loss of more than £105 million ($137 million) over a three-year period.

MLS: An independent investigation into how the Portland Timbers handled allegations of domestic violence against midfielder Andy Polo concluded that the team’s offers to help his estranged wife were not intended to persuade her to drop the charges.

The investigation by law firm Proskauer Rose LLP concluded that the Timbers should have informed Major League Soccer when sheriffs were called to Polo’s house in May 2021. The team was fined $25,000 for failing to report the incident. The study was commissioned by MLS and made public.

Polo was cited but never charged in the case and he denies Genesis Alarcon’s claims.

Polo’s contract was terminated by the league last month after Alarcon accused Polo of abuse on Peruvian television and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department incident report surfaced.

SWIMMING

USA OLYMPIC TIME TRIALS: USA Swimming has announced that the trials for the 2024 Paris Games will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium, the massive home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.

The decision marks the end of Omaha’s long run as host of the event. The final four U.S. trials, which began in 2008, were held in the downtown area of ​​the city of Nebraska, seating about 14,500 people after the temporary pool was installed.

Local organizers have proposed a setup that can accommodate 35,000 fans – by far the largest ever for the trials.

The exact dates for the eight-day trials have not yet been set, but are likely to be mid to late June, about a month before the Paris Olympics begin on July 26, 2024.

BIATLON

RUSSIA: After most Olympic sports banned athletes and teams from Russia and Belarus, biathlon reinforced isolation by banning member federations from the countries.

Russia and Belarus “have violated humanitarian obligations for member federations,” the International Biathlon Union said in a statement.

The IBU also noted that the Russian military invasion “has halted the activities of the Ukrainian Biathlon Federation”, so it would be unfair for the “attacking countries” to enjoy membership rights while biathlon in Ukraine is disrupted.


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