Stephen Curry tallies another 30 as Warriors rout Kings

Jan 4, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots a three point basket against the Sacramento Kings during the third quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

January 5, 2021

Stephen Curry followed up a career-best 62-point effort with 30 more in just 31 minutes Monday night, propelling the Golden State Warriors to a second straight run-away win, 137-106 over the Sacramento Kings in San Francisco.

Seven Warriors, including three reserves, scored in double figures. Golden State tied the franchise record for points at home team in the 2-year-old Chase Center — set one night earlier — while snapping a three-game losing streak against the rival Kings.

Harrison Barnes, a member of Golden State’s 2015 championship team, had 18 points for Sacramento, sharing team honors with De’Aaron Fox.

Riding the momentum of a 137-122 home win over Portland on Sunday, the Warriors wasted no time blitzing the Kings 24 hours later, scoring the first eight points of the game on 3-pointers by Draymond Green and Kelly Oubre Jr. and a 2-pointer by James Wiseman. They never looked back.

Curry, who had 30-plus points in each half of his performance on Sunday, totaled 23 in the first 24 minutes this time, helping Golden State run up a 68-48 advantage.

The second half was never appreciably closer, with the Kings suffering a third consecutive loss in the process.

Curry shot 9-for-18 overall and 5-for-12 on 3-pointers for the Warriors, who at 4-3 went above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2019 season.

Oubre, who had made just two of his first 30 3-point attempts as a first-year member of the Warriors, finally caught fire with four in six tries en route to 18 points, while Andrew Wiggins (16), Eric Paschall (14), Michael Mulder (12), Kevon Looney (11) and Wiseman (10) also scored in double figures for Golden State.

Mulder did all of his scoring on 4-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc, helping Golden State go 23-for-43 to outscore the Kings 69-30 from deep.

Buddy Hield was a third King to score in double figures with 10 points as Sacramento capped a winless trip that began with consecutive losses in Houston.

Barnes and Marvin Bagley III shared game-high rebound honors with Curry with nine apiece, while Fox collected a team-high seven assists, one fewer than Curry’s game-high total.

The Kings had swept last year’s three-game season series among the NBA’s two Northern California teams.

–Field Level Media

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NBA roundup: Mavs rout Clippers behind record first half

Dec 27, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) as he drives to the basket in the second half at Staples Center. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

December 28, 2020

Luka Doncic had 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and the Dallas Mavericks set an NBA record for the largest halftime lead in the shot-clock era in a 124-73 win at the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday afternoon.

Josh Richardson scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half for Dallas, which took a 77-27 lead into the break after shooting 58 percent from the floor and holding the Clippers to 24.3 percent, including 1 of 19 from 3-point distance.

The Golden State Warriors owned the previous record for largest halftime lead in the shot-clock era (1954-55), taking a 47-point advantage into the break against the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 2, 1991.

The Clippers played without four-time All Star forward Kawhi Leonard, who suffered a laceration near his mouth late in Friday’s win against the visiting Denver Nuggets. Paul George scored 15 points, and Serge Ibaka had 13 points and nine rebounds for Los Angeles.

Charlotte Hornets 106 – Brooklyn Nets 104

Gordon Hayward scored 28 points as host Charlotte nearly blew a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter and held on to defeat Brooklyn.

Hayward helped the Hornets rebound from season-opening defeats to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder by making 12 of 20 shots. Terry Rozier added 19 points for the Hornets, who shot 44.8 percent (43 of 96). P.J. Washington posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Graham added 13 points as Charlotte outscored the Nets 64-26 in the paint.

Kevin Durant led all scorers with 29 points, but the Nets couldn’t get their third 3-0 start in team history. Kyrie Irving added 25 for the Nets, who shot 42.7 percent and allowed 23 points off 19 turnovers.

Indiana Pacers 108 – Boston Celtics 107

Malcolm Brogdon scored 25 points and Domantas Sabonis converted the decisive layup in the final seconds as host Indiana edged Boston.

Sabonis recorded 19 points and 10 rebounds and T.J. Warren scored 17 as the Pacers won their third straight game to start the season. Doug McDermott tallied 16 points, Justin Holiday 13 and Myles Turner contributed 10 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots.

Boston’s Jayson Tatum had 25 points, 11 rebounds and five assists but launched an off-the-mark 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds to play. Jaylen Brown scored 18 points, Payton Pritchard added 13, Robert Williams III had 12 points and four steals, and Marcus Smart added 11 points.

Golden State Warriors 129 – Chicago Bulls 128

Damion Lee buried a straightaway 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds remaining to cap a Golden State rally that produced its first win of the season, a thriller over host Chicago.

Zach LaVine had a team-high 33 points for the winless Bulls, including 13 fourth-quarter points and a short runner that broke a 126-all tie and gave Chicago a two-point lead with five seconds left.

But with all eyes on Warriors star Stephen Curry, who had a game-high 36 points, his brother-in-law, Lee, shocked the Bulls with a 25-footer that served as the game-winner for a team coming off consecutive blowout losses at Brooklyn and Milwaukee.

Cleveland Cavaliers 118 – Philadelphia 76ers 94

Andre Drummond scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as host Cleveland breezed past Philadelphia.

Collin Sexton added 22 points, and Darius Garland and Cedi Osman contributed 14 apiece for the Cavaliers, who improved to 3-0. The last time the Cavaliers started with three straight victories to open a season came to start of the 2016-17 season, when they advanced to the NBA Finals.

Tobias Harris led the Sixers with 16 points, while Ben Simmons added 15 and Mike Scott 12.

Orlando Magic 120 – Washington Wizards 113

Terrence Ross and Markelle Fultz each scored 26 points to help Orlando overcome a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter en route to the victory over host Washington.

Evan Fournier had 19 points, and Nikola Vucevic added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Magic, who started a season with a 3-0 record for the fourth time in franchise history. They previously accomplished the feat in the 1991-92, 1993-94 and 2009-10 seasons.

Washington’s Bradley Beal had 29 points, and Raul Neto matched a career high with 22 while starting in place of Russell Westbrook, who sat out the second leg of a back-to-back for rest purposes.

New Orleans Pelicans 98 – San Antonio Spurs 95

Brandon Ingram had 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead three New Orleans players with double-doubles as the Pelicans won their home opener by defeating San Antonio.

Zion Williamson had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Josh Hart had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Lonzo Ball added 16 points. The Pelicans held on as Eric Bledsoe blocked DeMar DeRozan’s 3-pointer in the final second.

Rudy Gay led the Spurs with 22 points, Lonnie Walker IV scored 16, Keldon Johnson had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Dejounte Murray scored 13. San Antonio was completing a back-to-back after beating visiting Toronto on Saturday.

New York Knicks 130 – Milwaukee Bucks 110

Julius Randle recorded a game-high 29 points and 14 rebounds as New York led almost the entire way in a stunning win over visiting Milwaukee to snap a five-game losing streak against the Bucks.

Elfrid Payton had 27 points and seven assists for the Knicks, who won for the first time under new head coach Tom Thibodeau. Alec Burks scored 18 points off the bench while RJ Barrett added 17 points and eight rebounds for New York, which shot 54.1 percent (46-of-85) from the field, including 59.3 percent (16-of-27) from 3-point range.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks, who were just 7-of-38 from 3-point range (18.4 percent). Khris Middleton had 22 points while Bobby Portis (17) and Donte DiVincenzo (10) also got into double digits.

Phoenix Suns 116 – Sacramento Kings 100

Mikal Bridges scored 22 points, Deandre Ayton recorded a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds, and visiting Phoenix rode a big third quarter to beat Sacramento in the second half of a weekend back-to-back series between the teams. Sacramento won the first game 106-103.

Cameron Johnson came off the bench to score 21 points, and Frank Kaminsky added 11 and Langston Galloway nine. Ayton’s 15 rebounds led all players.

Sacramento, seeking its first 3-0 start since the 2002-03 season, shot 10-of-23 from 3-point range Sunday. But committing 15 turnovers to Phoenix’s nine, and losing the battle for points in the paint 50-42, doomed the Kings. Buddy Hield led Sacramento with 17 points, Tyrese Haliburton scored 15, and De’Aaron Fox finished with 12.

Los Angeles Lakers 127 – Minnesota Timberwolves 91

Kyle Kuzma broke loose with 20 points, all in the first half, and Los Angeles overcame the absence of leading scorer Anthony Davis for the easy victory over visiting Minnesota.

LeBron James added 18 points and nine rebounds while playing just three quarters as Davis sat out with a right-calf contusion. The Lakers have won consecutive games in convincing fashion after a season-opening defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

Rookie Anthony Edwards scored 15 points and Naz Reid added 11 as the Timberwolves were unable to overcome the absence of leading rebounder and third-leading scorer Karl-Anthony Towns, who dislocated his wrist late in a road victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday.

–Field Level Media

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Bitcoin rallies above $19,000 after biggest rout since pandemic

By Todd White

Bitcoin clawed back all of its losses from the biggest rout since March, showing a resiliency in a cryptocurrency rally that’s outperformed most major asset classes in 2020.

The most-traded digital coin rose over the weekend and added almost 5% more on Monday to $19,109. That topped its peak closing level reached last week, before prices started tumbling. A Bloomberg gauge of the biggest cryptocurrencies is up 13% from Friday.


“The Bitcoin correction didn’t last long,” according to Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda, who said the token may be poised for a new high. Entering “uncharted territory and the psychological boost that would come with a move like this could propel Bitcoin aggressively higher.” He is targeting $20,000 in the short term.

Bitcoin’s volatility was on show last week, when it crashed by more than $3,000 in just two days. The plunge triggered massive volume in spot and futures trading and drew particular attention because it began just hours after the currency failed to set a new intraday record. Strategists at JPMorgan Chase & Co. said that while the recent tumble cleared some speculative “froth,” further declines remain possible.

The futures market is proving that it’s becoming a more important risk-hedging venue for Bitcoin. Open interest on the CME Group platform has averaged 8,300 contracts in 2020 versus 4,000 last year.

Recouping sharp losses is not unusual for Bitcoin. The last time it dove 10% in one day, May 10, it took just four days to recover.

Bitcoin’s more-than-150% rally this year coincides with a steady flow of investments by institutions into the coin and into crypto infrastructure, from trading systems to custody. The latest was from Guggenheim Partners LLC, which said in a filing Friday it might invest up to 10% of its $5.3 billion Macro Opportunities Fund in a Bitcoin trust.

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Stock rout deepens on worries of worsening coronavirus pandemic

Policymakers in Europe “must choose between low unemployment or low COVID transmission rates. Unfortunately, they are now left dealing with the most sensitive currency of them all, people’s lives,” Stephen Innes of Axi said in a report.

In European stock markets, Germany’s DAX lost 4.2 per cent, and France’s CAC 40 dropped 3.4 per cent. The FTSE 100 in London fell 2.6 per cent.

Coronavirus counts are also climbing at a troubling rate in much of the United States, and the number of deaths and hospitalisations due to COVID-19 are on the rise. Even if the most restrictive lockdowns don’t return, investors worry that the worsening pandemic could scare away customers of businesses regardless and sap away their profits.

Stocks of companies that most need the virus to abate for their businesses to get back to normal were slumping to some of the sharpest losses. Cruise operators Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings fell at least 8 per cent, while Royal Caribbean fell 5.2 per cent. Delta Air Lines lost 4.9 per cent. Live Nation Entertainment, which depends on customers going to concerts and other events, sank 4 per cent.

Crude oil also tumbled on worries that an economy already weakened by the virus would consume even less energy and allow excess supplies to build higher. Benchmark US crude dropped 6.2 per cent to $US37.09 ($52.55) per barrel. Brent crude, the international standard, fell 5.4 per cent to $US39.34 per barrel.

Instead, investors headed into the safety of US government bonds. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 0.76 per cent from 0.79 per cent late on Tuesday. It was as high as 0.87 per cent last week.

A measure of fear in the stock market touched its highest level since June, when the market suddenly tumbled amid concerns that a “second wave” of coronavirus infections had arrived. The VIX measures how much volatility investors expect from the S&P 500, and it climbed 16.3 per cent Wednesday.

Even the continued parade of better-than-expected reports on corporate profits for the summer failed to shift the momentum.

Microsoft, the second-biggest company in the S&P 500, reported stronger profit and revenue for its latest quarter than expected. That’s typically good for a stock, but Microsoft nevertheless slumped 3.7 per cent. It gave a forecast for the current quarter that was relatively in line with Wall Street forecasts, but analysts noted some caveats in it.

UPS fell 5 per cent after also reporting better-than-expected earnings, though it said the outlook for its business is too cloudy due to the pandemic to offer any forecasts for its revenue or profits in the current quarter.

Among the few winners was General Electric, which jumped 9.6 per cent after reporting stronger profit and revenue for the latest quarter than expected. Automatic Data Processing rose 6.6 per cent after its profit report also topped expectations.

Companies broadly have not been getting as big a pop in their stock prices as they typically do after reporting healthier-than-expected profits. Analysts say that suggests good news on profits has already been built into stock prices and that the market’s focus is elsewhere.

Investors’ hopes that Congress and the White House could soon offer more big support for the economy as it struggles through the pandemic have largely faded. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have continued their talks, but investors see little chance of a deal happening before election day next week.

Economists say the economy likely needs such aid after the expiration of the last round of supplemental unemployment benefits and other stimulus approved by Washington earlier this year.

Uncertainty about the upcoming presidential election has also been pushing markets around.


The race seems be getting tighter than it was just a few weeks ago, said Jamie Cox, managing partner for Harris Financial Group. “It has markets somewhat unnerved that the prospects of a contested election are back in the mix,” he said.

Cox said he expects more calm in the markets in November after the election passes and some of the uncertainty over a new aid package fades.

“Aid is coming regardless. There’ll be no political motivation to hold it back after the election,” he said. “There’s plenty of desire to get money out to people so I think it will happen one way or another in November.”

In Asian stock markets, trading was mixed. Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell 0.3 per cent, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng also lost 0.3 per cent. South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.6 per cent, and stocks in Shanghai rose 0.5 per cent.

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Rookie stars in All Blacks’ Bledisloe rout

All Blacks winger Caleb Clarke has burst into global rugby stardom to help New Zealand get their Bledisloe Cup defence back on track with a 27-7 win over Australia in Auckland.

After a pulsating 16-16 draw in the series opener, the talk this week was whether the Wallabies could end their 34-year losing streak at Eden Park.

They couldn’t – with a multitude of handling errors and paper-thin defence consigning the Wallabies to yet another loss at their least favourite ground.

The All Blacks, stung by the poor effort in game one, came with more venom.

Veteran hooker Dane Coles bristled with energy and the return of Beauden Barrett from injury injected penetrative pace.

But the undoubted star was Clarke, who showed Jonah Lomu-like skills and strength as he bulldozed the Wallabies the defence time and again, announcing himself as a future star in the making.

Clarke, 21, the son of former All Blacks centre Eroni Clarke, was so impressive he left the field to a standing ovation with 12 minutes remaining.

“He is a very special player and a special kid,” said All Blacks captain Same Cane.

“I’m stoked to see him get his first start and he didn’t let anyone down. He was exceptional and I’m really happy for Caleb and his family.”

The All Blacks did a great job protecting Richie Mo’unga after the first five was ruffled last week with some borderline tackles. They used skip passes to Jack Goodhue and Barrett also stepped into the first-receiver role.

“(There was) a lot of pressure this week for a relatively new squad in a lot of ways and (I’m) really proud of the way we stuck to our plan,” Cane said.

“We worked really, really hard and in the end we managed to break them.”

After a Mo’unga penalty, it was Goodhue running at first receiver in 23rd minute that led to All Blacks first try – he powered to within a metre of line and Aaron Smith scooted around base of ruck to score.

Ned Hanigan was a strong addition to Wallabies and they struck back just on the half-hour when the blindside flanker broke through an attempted tackle by Joe Moody to set up a try for winger Marika Koroibete.

Australia suffered a big blow from the ensuing kickoff when Matt To’omua appeared to strain a hip flexor when making a clearing kick and he was replaced by Jordan Petaia.

Leading 10-7 at the break, New Zealand started the second half with a try-scoring blitz.

Within three minutes of the resumption Jordie Barrett crossed after Mo’uga and Goodhue combined to create an overlap against a flat-footed defence.

“The All Blacks were very good in turnover. They capitalised on our mistakes, as they do and we weren’t able to scramble and get out of that,” said Wallabies captain Michael Hooper.

“We were probably a boot loose at the start and that compunded at the end of the game.”

The game was effectively over and the future on show three minutes later when Clarke – with a mix of raw power and savvy footwork – smashed through five would-be tacklers to create the space for No 8 Ardie Savea to bust past the remnants of Australia’s broken defence.

The final two games of the series will be in Sydney on October 31 and in Brisbane on November 7.

Australia need to win both to win the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2003.

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MLB roundup: Yankees rout Red Sox for 10th straight win

Sep 19, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Mazza (22) pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

September 20, 2020

J.A. Happ struck out nine batters over eight innings as the visiting New York Yankees recorded their season-high 10th straight win on Saturday with an 8-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Clint Frazier homered among his three hits and drove in three runs for the Yankees, who have won 10 in a row for the first time since June 8-18, 2012. New York has won 12 straight over Boston dating back to last season.

Happ (2-2) recorded his first outing of at least eight scoreless innings without a walk since June 27, 2009. The 37-year-old left-hander scattered four hits in 113 pitches to improve to 13-4 in his career against the Red Sox.

Luke Voit and Kyle Higashioka each had an RBI single and Gio Urshela had a pair of sacrifice flies for the Yankees. DJ LeMahieu extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single off Chris Mazza (1-2) to lead off the first inning. He advanced to third on a pair of walks before scoring on Urshela’s first sacrifice fly.

Athletics 6, Giants 0

Jesus Luzardo combined with three relievers on a six-hitter and Jake Lamb broke open a tight game with a two-run home run as host Oakland once again beat Bay Area-rival San Francisco.

The win lowered the magic number for the first-place A’s to one for clinching the American League West. With second-place Houston’s win over Arizona later Saturday, the magic number stayed at one.

Luzardo (3-2) took a no-hitter into the fourth and then caught a break when the Giants pieced together three singles in the inning. The third of the three was an infield single by Mauricio Dubon, but A’s first baseman Matt Olson, after taking a late throw from shortstop Marcus Semien, was able to pick Donovan Solano off third base to end the threat after he’d rounded the bag too far.

White Sox 5, Reds 0

Tim Anderson hit two of Chicago’s five solo homers and Dallas Keuchel grinded through four innings in his return from the injured list as Chicago cooled off host Cincinnati, which had its six-game winning streak snapped.

Anderson, Yasmani Grandal and Jose Abreu hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the eighth to break open a two-run game.

Keuchel, who dealt with back spasms and most recently started on Sept. 6, was far from dominant, but was good enough to make it through 75 pitches while allowing four hits, walking three and striking out seven against the Reds, who are back in playoff contention.

Twins 8, Cubs 1

Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sano and Josh Donaldson homered, and Minnesota gained an easy win over host Chicago to clinch a playoff berth for the second straight year and the third time in the past four seasons.

Jorge Polanco added two hits and a run for Minnesota, which won for only the second time in its past six games. The Twins evened the series against the Cubs, with the finale set for Sunday.

David Bote doubled and drove in Chicago’s lone run. The loss snapped a five-game win streak for the Cubs.

Astros 3, Diamondbacks 2

Jose Altuve recorded his first multi-RBI game in almost a month, and Michael Brantley delivered a crucial defensive play in the seventh inning as host Houston defeated Arizona to square their three-game interleague series at one game apiece.

Altuve produced a run-scoring fielder’s choice grounder in the third inning and an RBI double in the sixth that pulled the Astros even at 2-2. Altuve drove home George Springer with his two-base hit and scored the go-ahead run when Kyle Tucker chased Arizona starter Luke Weaver (1-8) with an opposite-field RBI single three batters later.

With the Astros clinging to that one-run lead in the top of the seventh, Brantley completed an inning-ending double play by corralling a line drive off the bat of Jon Jay and firing to Altuve at second base to double off the Diamondbacks’ Pavin Smith. A replay review upheld the call.

Marlins 7, Nationals 3

Miguel Rojas finished a triple short of a cycle and Garrett Cooper homered and drove in three runs to lead host Miami past Washington.

The Marlins, who are chasing their first postseason berth since 2003, remained in second place in the National League East with nine games remaining. Miami will close out its home schedule on Sunday with a doubleheader that also concludes the five-game series against the Nationals.

Rojas went 3-for-5 with his fourth career leadoff home run off Nationals starter Patrick Corbin (2-6, 4.76 ERA). Cooper’s two-run homer in the third made it 3-0. Corbin allowed all seven Marlins runs on 14 hits over six innings, with no walks and seven strikeouts. Winner Pablo Lopez (5-4, 3.96 ERA) struck out seven and walked three while allowing three hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Dodgers 6, Rockies 1

Chris Taylor homered and hit a triple, AJ Pollock also went deep, and Los Angeles beat Colorado in Denver.

Clayton Kershaw pitched seven strong innings and Justin Turner also had two hits for the Dodgers. Kershaw (6-2) allowed one run on four hits and struck out six without walking a batter to help the Dodgers win their fifth straight and sixth in their last seven.

Kevin Pillar had two hits for the Rockies, who have dropped four in a row. Rockies starter Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-2) retired the last six batters he faced before leaving after five innings. He allowed three runs on four hits and struck out two with one walk.

Phillies 3, Blue Jays 1

Andrew Knapp and Adam Haseley each produced two hits and an RBI to lift host Philadelphia to a victory over Toronto.

Andrew McCutchen added an RBI single and two walks for the Phillies, who won their third in a row in this four-game series. Phillies starter Vince Velasquez threw 104 pitches over six innings. Velasquez (1-1) allowed two hits and one run while striking out six and walking three.

The Blue Jays have lost six straight games after managing just two hits. Blue Jays starter Hyun Jin Ryu gave up six hits and two runs in six innings. Ryu (4-2) struck out eight and walked only one.

Mets 7, Braves 2

Rookie David Peterson struck out a career-high 10 while Robinson Cano homered and finished with three RBIs as host New York beat Atlanta.

Peterson (5-2) got the better of fellow rookie Ian Anderson by allowing one run on three hits and four walks. He carried a shutout into the sixth. Peterson is the first Mets starter other than Jacob deGrom to strike out at least 10 since Noah Syndergaard whiffed 11 against the Chicago White Sox on July 30, 2019.

Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman went 0-for-5 as his 12-game hitting streak and 33-game on-base streak each came to an end. Anderson (3-1) took his first big league loss after allowing three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out eight over 4 2/3 innings.

Rays 3, Orioles 1

Yoshi Tsutsugo homered early, and Randy Arozarena added a tiebreaking two-run shot later as visiting Tampa Bay defeated Baltimore. The Rays have won the first four games of this five-game weekend series and will try to finish the sweep Sunday afternoon.

Charlie Morton (2-2) pitched five solid innings to get the win. He squirmed out of trouble a few times, allowing one run on five hits. He struck out six and walked two.

The Rays’ bullpen came through once more, throwing four shutout innings. Jorge Lopez (2-1) took the loss for the Orioles, giving up all three runs over six innings. He surrendered eight hits and one walk while striking out five.

Tigers 5, Indians 2

Detroit scored four eighth-inning runs following the retirement of their manager prior to the game and downed visiting Cleveland.

Ron Gardenhire cited health reasons for his sudden departure. He was replaced by Lloyd McClendon, who will manage the club for the remainder of the season.

Eric Haase and Daz Cameron each had two hits, a run scored and an RBI. Victor Reyes and Harold Castro each reached base three times and drove in a run for Detroit. Jose Ramirez drove in both runs for the Indians.

Cardinals 5, Pirates 4

Tommy Edman’s RBI single capped a five-run seventh inning for visiting St. Louis, who obliterated what had been a no-hitter in a win over Pittsburgh.

Mitch Keller pitched six no-hit innings for Pittsburgh, which built a 4-0 lead, but Sam Howard (2-3) gave up two runs and three hits in the seventh. Ke’Bryan Hayes and Jose Osuna each hit a solo homer, and Colin Moran had an RBI single for the Pirates, who have lost 11 of their past 12 games.

Tyler O’Neill added a two-run double and Kolten Wong an RBI single for St. Louis. Cardinals starter Kwang Hyun Kim pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up four runs and six hits, with four strikeouts and one walk.

Brewers 5, Royals 0

Corbin Burnes struck out nine in six scoreless innings in his latest stellar performance to help Milwaukee blank visiting Kansas City.

The right-handed Burnes (4-0) gave up just four hits without issuing a walk before leaving after 100 pitches for Milwaukee, which won its third straight game and fifth in its past seven.

Ryan Braun broke the game open with a three-run homer during a four-run eighth inning against the Royals, who have lost the first two contests of the three-game series after entering with seven wins in their previous eight games.

Mariners 4, Padres 1

Justus Sheffield pitched six strong innings and Luis Torrens hit a tiebreaking, two-run double against his former team as Seattle defeated San Diego.

The Mariners were considered the home team as the series was moved from Seattle because of hazardous air conditions in the Pacific Northwest due to wildfires.

The loss prevented the Padres from clinching a National League playoff berth.

Angels 4, Rangers 3

Los Angeles rallied against one of the best pitchers in the majors to defeat Texas in the second game of their four-game series in Anaheim, Calif.

Mike Trout singled home David Fletcher in the bottom of the eighth to give the Angels a one-run lead and complete the comeback after falling behind 3-0 to the Rangers’ Lance Lynn. Lynn threw at least 100 pitches for the 36th consecutive game, and allowed three runs and seven hits, struck out five and didn’t walk a batter in seven innings.

Los Angeles starter Andrew Heaney went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and six hits, striking out eight and walking one. Mike Mayers (2-0) retired the final six batters to earn the win. Shohei Ohtani homered, singled and scored two runs for the Angels.

–Field Level Media

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Futures bounce after tech rout sends Nasdaq into correction

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Nasdaq futures bounced on Wednesday following a brutal sell-off in heavyweight technology stocks that sent the Nasdaq Composite index into correction territory in just three sessions.

The tech-heavy stock index tumbled 4.1% on Tuesday, bringing total losses since Sept. 2 to 10%, with declines led by stocks such as Inc, Facebook Inc and Netflix Inc after a rally dominated by the so-called “stay-at-home” winners.

Investors were also unnerved by heavy trades in tech stock call options by SoftBank Group Corp during the run up in U.S. equities. A measure of demand for protective put options in relation to call options, used to bet on upside, has risen sharply.

Tesla Inc surged 7% in premarket trading after shedding about $80 billion of its market capitalization in the previous session following its surprise exclusion from the S&P 500.

At 5:37 a.m. ET, Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 196 points, or 1.77%, Dow e-minis were up 140 points, or 0.51%, and S&P 500 e-minis were up 25.75 points, or 0.77%.

Wall Street’s fear gauge slipped further away from near three-month highs as stock markets also shrugged off news about AstraZeneca pausing global trials of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine after an unexplained illness in a participant.

Lululemon Athletica Inc dropped 4.9% after the yogawear maker forecast a drop in current-quarter adjusted profit due to higher marketing expenses. (Reporting by Sagarika Jaisinghani in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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Roosters rout ‘not up to NRL standard’ Broncos, league reacts

The Sydney Roosters have added to the Brisbane Broncos’ dire week with a 58-12 win at the SCG.

The week could almost not end quickly enough for the Broncos after the saga of coach Anthony Seibold at the club finally came to an end.

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But any hope of the Broncos turning it all around for their caretaker coach quickly evaporated as the Roosters piled on the points, while hardly looking like they got out of second gear.

The Broncos only bright spot is that at least the Roosters didn’t beat the 59-0 record the club set against the Broncos earlier in the season.

“Some of the tries tonight and some of the tries the Broncos have had scored on them this year have been from poor structure in defence but tonight it’s just one-on-one misses. That is just not up to NRL standard,” Andrew Johns said as Roosters winger Daniel Tupou completed an expansive attacking raid down the left side.

“They’re arm-grabbing, not getting their shoulders in. And for the Roosters you get the feeling there’s more points to come.”

Fox League’s Greg Alexander was equally scathing.

“There was some pretty ordinary defence, they’re not sitting in 16th but they should be,” Alexander said.

“They’re the worst side in the competition… 59-0 against the Roosters, 48-0 the Tigers beat them at Leichhardt, 46-8 the Storm got them, 58-12 tonight.

“We spoke about Brisbane’s chances coming into this game and I think the betting in the game was the most a side had ever been paying.

“I think it was outrageous what the Broncos were paying to win the game. That was right.

“I was asked if we would see improvement in the second half. The Roosters ran in six second-half tries, so the Broncos season is over and honestly, I don’t know how they get through a week and front up for a game when they know this is on the cards.”

Broncos caretaker coach Peter Gentle said with four weeks left “we’re not going to serve that up for the next four weeks”.

“We need to be better than that,” he said. “We don’t help ourselves with the ball, and we’re just compounding it in defence. It doesn’t matter who you play, and they’re a fair side too, we need to be better than that.”

Gentle also refused to give the team an excuse that the Seibold exit hurt the side’s preparation.

He was right as the Roosters brought up the half century with seven minutes remaining.

Superstar fullback James Tedesco was at his scintillating best, scoring a try and orchestrating the demolition from the back.

He had five try assists, four line break assists, 10 tackle busts and 23 runs for 203m with the reigning Dally M Medallist showing why he’s in the conversation – if not leading it – for the best player in the league.

It’s the second time the Roosters have passed 50 against the Broncos in the clubs’ head-to-head history, both happening this season.

But the Broncos once again had no answers.

Fox League’s Greg Alexander said the season had just sent the Broncos confidence plummeting to new depths.

“Honestly, they’ve just been battered,” he said. ”We’re not in Brisbane, can you imagine the pressure and media scrutiny on those players and I think it’s just worn them down.

“The pressure on the coach, everything about this season has just added to what we’ve seen. A team that’s used to losing, it just becomes a habit.”

Social media had no mercy for the Broncos.

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Mitchell injury sours Souths’ rout of Eels

Latrell Mitchell has suffered a hamstring injury but South Sydney still made a premiership statement with a 38-0 flogging of Parramatta.

Yet to beat a top-six team before Thursday night, the Rabbitohs claimed their first big scalp of the year in style.

They didn’t just beat the Eels, they handed them their heaviest defeat at Bankwest Stadium.

The only concern for Souths was Mitchell, a week out from a now heavyweight clash with Melbourne.

With the fullback’s leg up in the air trying to save a try, teammate Jaxson Paulo collided with Mitchell and extended his hamstring well beyond its natural limits.

The Bunnies star stayed down but was eventually able to slowly limp around the edge of the field with the assistance of trainers and will have scans to reveal the extent of the injury.

But it shouldn’t take away from just how good Souths were.

A week after putting 38 on Manly in the first half, they were arguably even more impressive in the opening 40 minutes when they went to the break against the Eels leading 22-0.

The win all but assured Souths a finals spot, given they’ll likely finish the round just one win outside the top four.

Parramatta will be hoping to hold on to a place in the top four themselves, with their form fading in the past seven weeks.

Five-eighth Dylan Brown finished the night on the sidelines, after initially playing on with an ankle injury in the first half.

Souths were dynamite on their left and still pretty dangerous on their right as they found the Eels wanting on their edges as they racked up seven unanswered tries.

And this was from a backline missing Dane Gagai, Alex Johnston, James Roberts and Braidon Burns.

Their first try in the fifth minute set the scene, courtesy of a lovely left-edge move that had Mitchell’s quick hands put Corey Allan over.

The fullback was having a field day before his injury.

At one stage he looked set to be trapped in his in-goal when a bomb bounced but he stepped, swerved and bumped his way out before Souths were eventually tackled on the half-way line.

Their halves were just as impressive.

They combined brilliantly for one first-half try when Adam Reynolds drifted across field and found a gap for Cody Walker to charge through from 30 metres out.

In the next set, Walker broke down the left edge to put the Bunnies on the attack, allowing Reynolds to grubber for Jaydn Su’A to score a few plays later.

Reynolds had one of his own later in the game when he ran it on the last for Paulo, before the winger got it back in for this No.7 to score.

Campbell Graham bagged a double and Paulo had one as Souths terrorised the Eels’ edges and took their team tally to 31 tries in the past five games.

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Raptors rout Nets for 1st playoff sweep in franchise history

When Kyle Lowry hobbled off the floor early in Sunday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, his departure could have spelled trouble for the Toronto Raptors.

Instead, the Raptors’ bench delivered the best performance in NBA history.

Norm Powell poured in 29 points and Serge Ibaka scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and the Raptors clobbered Brooklyn 150-122 on Sunday to roar into the Eastern Conference semifinals on the heels of their first playoff series sweep in franchise history.

The Raptors bench scored an NBA-record 100 points, while Toronto’s 150 points were a franchise record.

WATCH | Raptors reserves combine for 100 points in win:

Norman Powell provided 29 of Toronto’s 100 bench points in their 150-122 series-clinching victory over Brooklyn. 1:36

As they’d done so many times before in a season plagued by injuries, the Raptors relied on: next man up.

“We just have confidence in each and every one of us that step on the floor and we work on offence,” Powell said. “I don’t think it really matters who’s in the game.

The defending NBA champions will face the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Game 1 goes Thursday, and the Raptors will need Lowry in the lineup against what should be a much tougher opponent in Boston, the only team to beat Toronto in the NBA restart.

The six-time all-star appeared to roll his left ankle when he stepped on Chris Chiozza’s foot, briefly attempted to keep playing but then hopped to the locker room with 2:48 left in the first quarter. Lowry, who had two points and three assists in nine minutes, then departed the arena for diagnostic imaging elsewhere on the NBA campus.

WATCH | Lowry leaves game with injury:

Toronto guard Kyle Lowry left the game after he appeared to roll his ankle late in the first quarter against Brooklyn. 1:19

“It would hurt us a lot,” coach Nick Nurse said on the prospect of playing without Lowry. “You guys know how big a cog he is to this whole thing. He’s our most experienced, toughest leader we got.

Nurse said he didn’t want to speculate on Lowry’s status.

“[But] I would imagine this: It’s going to be a hell of an injury to keep him off the floor. It’s not going to be a little thing; he’s going to try to figure it out.

Nurse pointed out that Lowry damaged ligaments in his left thumb in Game 7 of the conference semifinals last season, and played the remainder of the Raptors’ historic championship run, wearing a compression glove that resembled an oven mitt when he wasn’t playing. He underwent surgery soon after.

“It’s gonna take something pretty serious to keep him out,” said Nurse, who posed with his Red Auerbach Trophy for winning NBA coach of the year with team president Masai Ujiri before tipoff.

In the absence of Lowry, the Raptors would “do it by committee,” said Nurse. Sunday was the perfect example of that. Fred VanVleet had three fouls when Lowry left the game, then Powell picked up his third foul with 7:31 to play in the first half.

‘Resilience as a group’

The entire team stepped up though as Pascal Siakam had 20 points, Terence Davis finished with 14, Matt Thomas chipped in with 12 and OG Anunoby had 10.

Caris LeVert had 35 points to top the Nets.

“We had an extreme resilience as a group, a competitive nature about us as a group and a sacrifice as a group for the men who came, and extremely grateful for this group and the time we spent together,” coach Jacque Vaughn said.

The Raptors’ regular season was a lesson in playing shorthanded. They were battered by injuries, going 12-2 without Lowry in the lineup. Their resilience showed in their No. 2 finish in the East despite being fifth in the league in games lost to injuries.

“We’ve literally, probably faced every situation that you can possibly face in a season within a team,” Powell said. “When things like that unexpected happen, you’re able to refocus and figure it out along the way and we did a great job with that all year long. It’s a situation we’ve seen before. . . we’re not rattled.”

Charging forward

The Raptors rallied after Lowry’s departure. They led by 17 points in the second quarter, had stretched the difference to 27 points by midway through the third and, when Davis banked in a 30-footer at the buzzer to end the quarter, the Raptors took an insurmountable 116-87 lead into the fourth.

“We know the secrets, man,” Ibaka said. “The secrets of winning in this league are you have to come and play hard every night, to play as a team, and to defend, to play hard at both ends of the floor, to run, to play for your teammates. We know. That’s why we won last year. And then that’s why we’re going to try to go again to win this year.”

Ibaka said he hopes Lowry can play Thursday.

“We say it a lot, but he’s very important for us. He’s our motor. Hopefully he can be ready for the first game, because we need him big time, man. We need him big time,” he said.

Turning the tables

The Raptors had been swept four times in their 19 previous playoff series, by New York (3-0) in 2000, Washington in 2015, and Cleveland twice in 2017 and ’18.

The Raptors now face Boston for the first time in post-season history after the Celtics beat Philadelphia 110-106 earlier Sunday for a four-game series sweep.

Boston won three of the four regular-season meetings with Toronto, including a 22-point victory over the Raptors on Aug. 7 inside the NBA bubble.

On Sunday, the lead changed hands 11 times in the see-saw first quarter, and the Raptors led 39-32 to start the second.

Ibaka had a big second quarter, shooting 7-for-8 for 15 points. Thomas’s long jump shot capped a 17-8 Raptors run that had Toronto up by 17 points midway through the frame, and the Raptors headed into the halftime break with a 77-68 lead.

This was the third time the Raptors had faced the Nets in the post-season. Their seven-game series against Brooklyn in 2014 was a turning point for the franchise, which has made the playoffs every season since. That season saw the birth of Jurassic Park and “We the North.” The Raptors lost Game 7 104-103 after Lowry’s shot at the buzzer was blocked by Paul Pierce.

The Raptors won Games 1 through 3 by scores of: 134-110, 104-99 and 117-92.

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