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Friday’s games in a nutshell | NWN News

men’s college basketball

LAS VEGAS (NWN) – Paolo Banchero scored 21 points on Saturday night to move ahead of No. 5 Duke at No. 1 Gonzaga 84-81.

Duke (7–0) handed Gonzaga (6–1) their first defeat since April’s national title game, when Baylor defeated the Bulldogs.

Gonzaga came back from a nine-point deficit at the start of the second half thanks to Julian Strother’s offensive skills as he scored eight of the Bulldogs’ first 14 points, helping them move to within two. But Gonzaga suffered through a 0-for-5 span down the stretch and swung the ball three times to allow Duke to seize the momentum and close the game on 13-9.

Wendell Moore Jr. scored 20 points and Mark Williams added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Blue Devils.

nba

NEW YORK (NWN) — LeBron James was fined $15,000 on Friday by the NBA for an obscene gesture that also warned the Lakers superstar about using hate speech.

James gestures after a late shot in Los Angeles’ 124-116 overtime win in Indiana on Wednesday night.

He had missed a loss in New York the night before when he was suspended a game for hitting Detroit center Isaya Stewart in the face and drawing blood last Sunday. He used abusive words in his postgame interview after the win in Indiana while discussing the suspension.

Also on Friday, the NBA fined Portland’s Robert Covington $15,000 for throwing his facemask in front of the referee on Wednesday.

NEW ORLEANS (NWN) — Pelicans forward Zion Williamson has been cleared to participate in full team activities, the club announced on Friday, but there is no specific timetable for when 2019’s top overall draft substitute out of Duke will play. .

Williamson’s condition improved on Wednesday after imaging his right leg, which he fractured during an off-season workout.

COVID-19 new version

Golf, cricket and rugby on Friday became the first major sports to be affected by the new COVID-19 version, raising fears of renewed travel restrictions and disrupted events as they return to normal in the pandemic for nearly two years. were returning.

European golfers withdrew in the middle of the season-opening DP World Tour tournament in Johannesburg and were scrambling to catch flights from South Africa. Visiting cricket and rugby teams were doing the same.

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mlb

NEW YORK (NWN) — New York Mets and All-Star infielder Eduardo Escobar have agreed a free agent contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The man spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday night because the settlement was pending a physical one and had not been announced. MLB Network reported that the contract would pay Escobar $20 million over two years.

The 32-year-old Escobar was a first-time All-Star in 2021 when he batted .253 with 28 homers, 90 RBIs and .786 OPS for Arizona and Milwaukee.

–By baseball writer Jake Seiner.

NFL

Green Bay, Wisc. (NWN) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hasn’t had practice all week due to a toe injury but is expected to play Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

Rodgers said on Wednesday that he fractured his toe and the injury occurred while he was working at home during his quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

Rodgers took a day off last week due to a toe injury, though the current MVP threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-31 loss to Minnesota.

NHL

San Jose, Calif. (NWN) — San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson will take a temporary leave to deal with an undisclosed medical problem.

The Sharks said Friday that assistant general manager Joe Will will handle the day-to-day operations of the team during Wilson’s absence.

Wilson, 64, has been the general manager of the Sharks since 2003.

college football

Wake Forest has signed soccer coach Dave Clausen on what they call a long-term contract extension, as Clausen guides No. 21 Damon Deacon through a historically successful season.

The school announced the deal Friday night, a day before they play Wake Forest at Boston College to travel to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division title and league championship game. The private university did not release specific terms or the length of the deal to keep Clausen, who was discussed as a potential candidate for jobs open nationwide.

olympics

The International Ice Hockey Federation Council held a call on Friday to review the Olympic qualifications of the Chinese men’s national team players, although no decision was made about the host country’s status for the upcoming tournament in Beijing.

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Officials are set to review information from the Chinese Ice Hockey Association about players on the host country’s potential players list. Another meeting is scheduled for December 6.

Many of the players on the China national team are North Americans who went on to play for a Chinese-owned club in the Continental Hockey League in an effort to try and achieve Olympic qualification. But the pandemic-forced move of KHL club Kunlun Red Star out of China and into Moscow adds a layer of uncertainty as to whether players meet the eligibility standard.

Football

Former Netherlands international John van Schip on Friday resigned as Greece’s coach after failing to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

The 58-year-old former Ajax winger stepped down on December 31, five weeks before his contract expires, the Greek Football Federation said in a statement.

Greece has not reached a major tournament since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

ZURICH (NWN) – European champions Italy and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal were placed in the same World Cup qualifying playoff bracket on Friday, meaning at least one of them will miss next year’s tournament in Qatar.

Italy will face North Macedonia at home in the playoff semi-finals next March, and the winner will play either Portugal or Turkey for a spot in the World Cup.

Orlando, Fla. (NWN) – Nani’s 2022 option was rejected by MLS’ Orlande on Friday, allowing the 35-year-old forward to go on a free transfer.

Nani scored 28 goals and made 23 assists in 84 appearances in all competitions over three seasons.

His base salary this year was $2,333,333 and total compensation of $2,486,250, including a pro-rata share of his signing bonus.

Skeleton

IGLS, Austria (NWN) — There was a three-way tie for top spot in the World Cup skeleton circuit.

China won. So did Britain. So did Germany.

Geng Wenqiang handed China their first World Cup skeleton win on Friday – part of a historic three-way tie for the top spot. Geng, Britain’s Matt Weston and Germany’s Christopher Grother all completed their two runs in 1:46.04s.

There has never been a three-way tie for victory in any World Cup skeleton race since the sport was added to the circuit in 1986.

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