LONDON (AP):Describing the latest doping allegations levelled against track and field as a “declaration of war”, Sebastian Coe rushed to the defence of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) drug-testing system yesterday and said it was time to “come out fighting” to protect the reputation of the sport.In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Coe gave his first extensive comments following reports by German and British media outlets alleging that the IAAF had failed to act on suspicious blood tests involving hundreds of athletes over a 10-year period.”It is a declaration of war on my sport,” Coe, an IAAF vice-president, told the AP. “I take pretty grave exception to that. This, for me, is a fairly seminal moment. There is nothing in our history of competence and integrity in drug-testing that warrants this kind of attack. We should not be cowering. We should come out fighting.”Just weeks before the World Championships in Beijing, the sport was thrown into turmoil after German broadcaster ARD and The Sunday Times newspaper in Britain alleged that blood doping was rampant, citing test results from an IAAF database that were leaked by a whistleblower.”Nobody should underestimate the anger at the way our sport has been portrayed,” said Coe, who is a candidate for IAAF president in elections later this month. “The fightback has to start here. We cannot be portrayed as a sport that is in any way dragging our heels.”The media reports examined the results of 12,000 blood tests involving 5,000 athletes from 2001 to 2012 and concluded that 800 were suspicious. The reports said that 146 medals – including 55 golds – in disciplines ranging from the 800 metres to the marathon at the Olympics and World Championships were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests.breathtaking ignorance”The use of that database, however it got into their possession, displayed either breathtaking ignorance or a level of malevolence around a set of readings you can simply cannot extrapolate beyond,” Coe said. “The idea that my sport sat there either covering up wrongdoing or just being incompetent could not be wider off the mark.”Coe, the middle-distance great who organised the 2012 London Olympics, spoke to The AP on the same day as the IAAF issued a lengthy statement defending its procedures and calling the media allegations “sensationalist and confusing”.The ARD and Sunday Times reports were based on analysis of the leaked test results by Australian anti-doping scientists Robin Parisotto and Michael Ashenden.Coe questioned their credentials, saying: “These so-called experts – give me a break.”The IAAF has a commission of three independent experts who have tested and checked thousands of blood samples, Coe said.”I know who I would believe,” he said.The IAAF said the database was used for building up a record of blood profiles to use for target testing. Most of the samples were taken before the introduction of the biological passport programme and cannot be used as proof of doping.”The use of this stuff, the sensationalising, this is absolutely an attempt to destroy the reputation of the athletes and our sport,” Coe said. “Nobody is remotely suggesting that news organisations don’t have the right to question and challenge and kick the tires, but this selective use of this so-called information is just wrong.”Coe said the IAAF has been at the forefront of blood screening and out-of-competition testing for years.”We will not bend a knee to any other sport in the way we’ve led the way on this,” he said, noting that since 2011, the IAAF has pursued 63 cases based on the biological passport programme, with 39 athletes sanctioned so far.
BEIJING (AP):Usain Bolt returned to the track at the World Championships yesterday and eased his way through the preliminary round of his favourite race, the 200 metres.Justin Gatlin also cruised, doing nothing to diminish his role as Bolt’s top challenger.Win or lose, Bolt will leave Beijing still hailed as his sport’s fun-loving Superman. The chances of Gatlin getting a champion’s send-off: slim to none.It doesn’t bother him one bit.”Sometimes it has to be fuel,” Gatlin told The Associated Press as he left the Bird’s Nest to cool down at the nearby practice field following a preliminary heat of 20.19 seconds. “If you don’t let anything affect you at all, you have nothing to pull off of when you’re already running on fumes.”When Gatlin lined up for the 100-metre final Sunday night – a scintillating race he lost to Bolt by .01 seconds – he was on the line with three other athletes who had served doping bans: Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Mike Rodgers.Their doping pasts have barely been footnotes to the narrative in the 100. And the other athletes competing in Beijing, despite their doping pasts, have essentially gotten a free pass as well, even as track and field has been hit with multiple reports alleging doping among athletes in almost every corner of the sport.Gatlin? He takes all the heat.”If he wasn’t doing good, nobody would bring it up,” Dutch sprinter Churandy Martina said. “You do a million good things and one bad thing and people focus on the bad thing. It’s just people. It’s strange.”There has been vigorous debate over whether a convicted doper should be able to compete again. Gatlin has been snubbed by some meets since his return from his second doping conviction in 2010.But there is no keeping him out of major events like this one or the Olympics.In 2011 and 2012, the Court of Arbitration for Sport delivered a pair of decisions that spiked an International Olympic Committee (IOC) rule banning anyone who’d served a doping suspension of longer than six months from competing in the next Olympics. Those decisions sparked debate about whether a lifetime ban should be in order for a first offence. That didn’t happen, but last year, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) passed a rule that allowed for a four-year sanction for a first offence.”The reality is that your decisions have consequences, and some are permanent,” US Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart told the AP. “He made the decision to dope, and even if he’s fully eligible to compete again, some people can’t erase that from their minds.”Lost in all the handwringing of whether Gatlin belongs is that he’s hardly the scowling evildoer he’s often portrayed as. He’s spent time at schools to drive home the lesson that cheating certainly does not pay.Last night, he shouted down someone heckling his mother during the 100-metre medals ceremony – a widely retweeted story that has gotten him some good publicity.”She was explaining to the guy that you can’t always listen to what the media says,” Gatlin said.Bolt enjoyed a different interaction with the crowd when he got his medal – dancing, filming himself with a handheld camera, applauding back when the fans cheered for him.Back on the track Tuesday night for the 200 heats, Bolt worked hard through the turn, staked himself to a massive lead, then jogged to the finish and crossed the line first in a time of 20.28.”My fitness will be in question,” said the champion, who had run only three 200s this season, while he’s been nursing himself back to health. “Overall, it should be good. I’m confident.”In other races, David Rudisha won the 800-metre gold, and Nicholas Bett won the 400-metre hurdles to push Kenya to a leading fourth gold medal of the championships through Day 4. Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia won the 1,500 metres, and Denia Caballero of Cuba won the discus.Greg Rutherford of Britain took the long jump, while Jeff Henderson of the United States, who has this season’s longest jump, finished ninth – another disappointing effort for the Americans. With five days left in the meet, the United States are in sixth place, with only one gold, and six medals overall.Gatlin figures to add to the total – in the 200m finals tomorrow and the 4x100m relay this weekend.Getting the public to adore him, however, will be a tougher task, and he knows it.”All I ask for is respect,” he said. “You don’t have to cheer for me or be my fan. But I look for respect from the next man.”
Tennis Jamaica has called an extraordinary general meeting for Thursday, March, 3 at 5:30 p.m. to review resolutions regarding the election of officers and directors and approve its elections set to take place on Tuesday, April 12.In a release yesterday, Tennis Jamaica said both meetings will be held at the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), 6 Cunningham Avenue, Kingston 6, and will be administered by the JOA to ensure the integrity of the process and in the interest of accountability and transparency.According to Tennis Jamaica “a code of honour that has been respected by successive generations of leaders … (and) which has served the association well up to now needs to be strengthened in light of weaknesses that were exploited by some unscrupulous members that led to the aborting of the last elections held on November 19, 2015.”It said at that election there were 77 eligible voters qualified to vote for either of the two candidates for president, John Bailey, the incumbent, and John Azar, the challenger. At the end of the election process, Bailey polled 43 votes and Azar, 40, six more than the total number of persons eligible to vote.Tennis Jamaica said a review of the process has shown that unidentified individuals were able to take advantage of the less-than-rigorous electoral process that has relied on the integrity of its members, in order to ‘multiple-vote’.It is impossible to identify the offending members or the ‘bad ballots’, the release added.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP):Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal, but missed a penalty as Real Madrid were held 1-1 at Malaga yesterday to drop nine points behind leaders Barcelona.Ronaldo put the visitors in front with a header in the 33rd minute, but missed a chance to increase the lead a couple of minutes later when his spot kick was saved by Malaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni. The hosts equalised through defender Raul Albentosa in the 66th.Madrid needed a victory to stay nearer the lead after Barcelona won 2-1 at Las Palmas on Saturday.Real Madrid have 13 games left to try to stop Barcelona from successfully defending their title for a second consecutive year.”We are not done yet, we only lost two points,” Real Madrid; coach Zinedine Zidane said. “There are a lot of games left. The other teams can also lose points.”It will be difficult, though, as Barcelona haven’t lost in 32 games and have won eight in a row in the league. Real Madrid have been dominant at home since Zidane took over the squad, but they drew two of their three away league games. The only victory came with a late winner against Granada.NO GIVING UP”We never give up,” Real Madrid left back Marcelo said. “It’s a big difference, but we will fight until the end.”Some of Spain’s top sports newspapers ran headlines saying Madrid’s title run was over.”Real Madrid says goodbye to league title,” both Marca and AS said on their websites after the game.Madrid struggled from the start at La Rosaleda Stadium in Malaga, allowing the hosts to create several scoring chances. Goalkeeper Keylor Navas did well in keeping Malaga from scoring more goals.Replays showed Ronaldo was offside when he opened the scoring with a header after a cross by Toni Kroos. The ball appeared to bounce off Ronaldo’s back or shoulder before going in. It was Ronaldo’s 22nd league goal in 25 rounds. Luis Suarez, who scored on Saturday, leads the league with 25 goals.Both teams had opportunities to score towards the end of the match, but it was Malaga who got on the board with a close-range shot by Albentosa after a cross by Brazilian defender Weligton.The home draw left Malaga 11th in the 20-team standings with 31 points.
DORTMUND, Germany (AP):Borussia Dortmund’s chief has confirmed that nine-time Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt will practise with the Bundesliga team.Hans-Joachim Watzke told Kicker magazine yesterday that “it was no joke” and “not a marketing move”.Watzke was responding to a report in a Guardian newspaper that Bolt planned to train with Dortmund, one of the top Bundesliga teams.Dortmund and Bolt are both sponsored by the same Germany-based sports goods company, Puma, whose president contacted Dortmund to say that Bolt had asked about training with the team.Watzke said he welcomed the idea and that Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel also looked forward to it. Watzke said the timing of the practice remains to be determined.Asked if Bolt could have a future in Dortmund, Watzke replied, “We don’t even need to talk about it.”
5 reasons to give badminton a try “Testosterone is the natural steroid hormone that enhances sport, athletic and fitness test performance. In general, people with smaller digit ratios are better athletes,” explained Dr. Tomkinson.“Given that muscular strength is an important determinant of success in many youth sports and athletic events, our finding suggests that the digit ratio may predict performance in youth sports and athletic events requiring high strength,” he added.As muscular strength is also an important indicator of good health, the findings also suggest that teenage boys with lower digit ratios might enjoy better health in general.The results were published online in the journal Early Human Development. JBADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “The ring finger in males is typically longer than the index finger, whereas the fingers are about the same length in females,” explained Dr. Tomkinson, adding that there is some evidence to suggest that the digit ratio is influence by the levels of testosterone present during the early development of the fetus. “The more testosterone the fetus produces, the longer the ring finger, so the smaller the digit ratio.”The father-son team set out to look at whether the digit ratio could possibly be linked to muscular strength, which in turn could be linked to sports performance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The pair recorded the age, digit ratio, body mass and right handgrip strength of the participants, who were all aged 13 to 18 and attending Jordan’s school, the Sacred Heart School in East Forks, Minnesota, in the United States.They found that adolescent boys with lower digit ratios did indeed show a better handgrip strength, irrespective of their age or body size. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Image: monkeybusinessimages/Istock.com via AFP RelaxnewsNew research has revealed an unusual way of predicting sporting success: finding that the length of the ring finger of teenage boys could indicate their prowess at sports. The study is the first to attempt to measure this relationship.Carried out by the University of South Australia’s Dr. Grant Tomkinson and his son, 11-year old student Jordan Tomkinson, the research looked at the digit ratio (the difference in length between the index finger and ring finger) of 57 adolescent boys.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What’s in store for your animal sign this year MOST READ LATEST STORIES National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Brazil will have the luxury of being able to treat their game against Ecuador in Porto Alegre as a training exercise after securing qualification in their last outing, a 3-0 win over Paraguay in March — their eighth consecutive victory.The game may see Brazil coach Tite select Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, who has not played for the Premier League team this season amid a transfer saga involving Barcelona.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan PLAY LIST 00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Argentina’s forwards Lionel Messi (L) and Mauro Icardi talk during a training session in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, on August 29, 2017 ahead of their FIFA World Cup qualifier football match against Uruguay. / AFP PHOTO / Juan MABROMATALuis Suarez could yet line up against Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi on Thursday as South America’s battle for 2018 World Cup places resumes with Argentina’s trip to Uruguay the pick of the fixtures.With leaders Brazil already locking up their place at next year’s tournament, attention turns to the tussle for the three remaining automatic berths on offer in the marathon 10-team qualifying tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Colombia are second in the standings on 24 points while Uruguay and Chile occupy the other two automatic spots on 23 points.It means that fifth-placed Argentina have little margin for error as they head to Montevideo’s Estadio Centenario for the latest instalment of their historic rivalry with the Uruguayans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Argentina have spluttered their way through the qualifiers so far, notching only six wins in 14 games, but have shown signs of life under new coach Jorge Sampaoli.Sampaoli, who masterminded Chile’s victory at the 2015 Copa America, took control of the ‘Albiceleste’ in May, and began his reign with a morale-boosting 1-0 win over Brazil in a friendly in June. LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles A 6-0 romp over lowly Singapore provided a further clue that Sampaoli, who favours an aggressive, attacking style, may already have begun to have an influence.Higuain axedSampaoli served notice of his determination to invigorate Argentina’s ranks by axing striker Gonzalo Higuain in favour of Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi.Icardi is expected to start at the apex of a front three with Messi and Juventus prodigy Paulo Dybala lurking just behind.Argentina’s path to Russia has been complicated by the Court of Arbtitration for Sport ruling on Tuesday that confirmed a sanction against Bolivia for fielding an ineligible player in their September 2016 0-0 draw with Chile.ADVERTISEMENT Athletes raise millions for Texas flood disaster MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FIFA later converted that result to a 3-0 win for Chile, a ruling that means Sampaoli’s former team now have a one-point advantage over the fifth-placed Argentines.“Now we have to play catch-up to get to the World Cup,” Sampaoli said Tuesday.Uruguay meanwhile are sweating on the fitness of Barcelona star Suarez.The 30-year-old talisman was initially ruled out of the fixture through injury but has travelled back to his homeland to train with the team.Veteran coach Oscar Tabarez hinted Suarez may yet make a dramatic return on Thursday, declining to rule out the striker.“He has shown signs of recovery that have rather surprised us,” Tabarez said.If Suarez fails to win his fitness battle, Uruguay will once again turn to in-form Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, who is the top scorer in the qualifying competition with nine goals.“It is a very, very difficult match… We will see who has the most guts for it,” said Tabarez.Elsewhere on Thursday, second-placed Colombia will aim to edge closer to qualification with an away victory over already-eliminated Venezuela.Fourth-placed Chile meanwhile host Paraguay in Santiago as they aim to remain ahead of Argentina in the qualifying positions. 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Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Tuesday’s game was the first since March 9, 2015, that Paul was held to four or fewer points.D’Antoni isn’t concerned about Paul falling behind integrating and getting comfortable alongside JamesHarden in one of the Western Conference’s newest backcourt dynamic duos.“I don’t think it’s a challenge, you’ve got two great players that play very well on the ball and off the ball,” D’Antoni said. “I don’t see a problem. He wasn’t healthy yesterday so he was going half speed and we’re playing Golden State, so that was the challenge yesterday. They’ve looked good in practice. I think they’ll keep figuring things out a little bit better and make it easier on each other. But we’re looking forward to just getting him back healthy.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul, right, steps over Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) after losing the ball out of bounds during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Houston guard Chris Paul is out for the Rockets’ game in Sacramento on Wednesday night because of a bruised left knee and coach Mike D’Antoni isn’t counting on him Saturday for the home opener against Dallas.“It’s not a concern, it’s just nagging,” D’Antoni said before the game against the Kings. “We’ll sit him until the training staff thinks he’s ready to go and try to get over it totally.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Eric Gordon was to start in place of Paul, who still could be ready by Saturday but D’Antoni said, “I think he’s still in play but I think it’s hard.”Paul had four points and shot 2 for 9 in the Rockets’ season-opening 122-121 win at Golden State on Tuesday night but was limited by soreness in the knee. He led the Rockets with 11 assists and also grabbed eight rebounds, while playing 33 minutes in his regular-season debut with Houston after being traded away by the Los Angeles Clippers during the offseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Man, I got through it,” Paul told reporters after the game in Oakland. “It was cool. Tough game, but it’s all about getting the win.”Paul was hampered at the end of the preseason by the knee pain which continued flaring Tuesday, and D’Antoni said the perennial All-Star “is playing on one leg right now.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hayward from hospital: It’s hurting me that I can’t be there
MOST READ “Nothing has been easy,” coach Doc Rivers said.With Bradley Beal guarding him, Williams unleashed the winner from the top of the key, capping a wild final 12 seconds in which both teams traded leads on clutch plays.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“I made a move and Bradley bit on it,” Williams said. “I was able to pull up with one dribble. If I go left, I like my chances.”After Williams’ basket, the Wizards called a timeout. 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That set up Williams’ winning shot after the Clippers had blown a 14-point lead in the third quarter.Both teams were missing injured stars: John Wall for the Wizards and Blake Griffin for the Clippers.Neither team led by more than four points in the fourth.Beal got loose for 16 points in the third. He made four 3-pointers before Porter pulled the Wizards into a 75-all tie on a free throw. The last 1 1/2 minutes turned into a 3-point shootout between Williams and Scott. Each of them hit two 3s and Williams added another basket to give the Clippers an 85-81 lead going into the fourth.SWEET LOUWilliams is the NBA’s leading scorer off the bench and he’s been on a roll in his last six games, scoring at least 18 points in each of them. It’s the most dominant run of his career that he can recall.STRANGE STARTIn an omen to the strangeness of the game, the referees called a foul on the opening tip. “That was the first time I saw that,” said Beal, a six-year veteran. “Why was it a foul versus a re-jumped ball or just their ball?”STREAKINGThe Clippers have won 15 of their last 18 against the Wizards dating to March 18, 2009, including 10 in a row at Staples Center, which is the second-longest active home winning streak against a single opponent. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams celebrates after scoring late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-112. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — The way things have been going for the struggling Clippers, it figures a wild finish involving an arcane clock rule would be the way they’d finally win again.Lou Williams hit a go-ahead pull-up 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining, lifting Los Angeles to a 113-112 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday to end a four-game skid.ADVERTISEMENT TIP-INSWizards: Wall missed his eighth straight game with a sore left knee. Coach Scott Brooks said Wall practiced Friday and responded well. He will practice again on Monday and be monitored day-to-day.Clippers: G Milos Teodosic sat out his 22nd straight game because of a left foot injury. He practiced Friday, worked out Saturday and will work again Sunday. Coach Doc Rivers said if Teodosic can get through all that, there’s a chance he could play.UP NEXTWizards: Visit Brooklyn on Tuesday night in the finale of their five-game trip.Clippers: Host the Raptors on Monday night, the last time Toronto will be away for four straight games this season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “I never complain about tough decisions and tough plays at the end of the game that referees have to make,” he said.Beal called it “a freak rule” and said it didn’t make sense because the Wizards had his basket taken away.“We had a great play, now that you take that away that gives the defense a chance to set up now to change some things,” he said. “Now we’ve got to go back and try to change into a different play with the ball in the corner. He said we get the same amount of time, but we didn’t get the same amount of time. Then the ball was placed in the corner. So I don’t really understand it.”Rivers said he wasn’t sure what triggered the review.“I just wanted it to go in our favor and it did,” he said. “We showed a lot of heart.”Williams scored 35 points to lead a dominant bench effort for the Clippers. Their reserves outscored Washington’s 59-47.Beal scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half. Otto Porter Jr. had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Mike Scott had 22 points off the bench for the Southeast Division-leading Wizards.“This is one of those games that you can’t be 100 percent mad because there was so much freak stuff going on at the end of the game it could have played out any way,” Beal said.Austin Rivers hit a 3-pointer from the right wing, putting the Clippers ahead 110-109 with 12 seconds left after he missed a 3 in the right corner and Los Angeles controlled the rebound.“I thought that was going to be the one that won it,” Williams said. They inbounded the ball on the sideline with 1.2 seconds left and Beal hit the potential winning baseline jumper, which was waived off because the game clock started a couple tenths of a second too soon.After a video review, the referees decided to give Washington possession for a replay, except the Wizards inbounded in the left corner with 1.1 seconds on the clock. Marcin Gortat’s jumper bounced off the rim as time expired.Crew chief Bill Spooner told a pool reporter after the game that the referees incorrectly reset the shot clock to 1.1 seconds instead of 0.1. Spooner said the location of the inbounds changed to the point of interruption where Beal caught the ball.“We had a clock malfunction, early start,” Spooner said in a statement. “The time that they lost was 1.1. With an inbounds at 1.2 that leaves, mathematically, 0.1 and that should have been where we reset it. We actually made the mistake in their favor if you will, and reset it at 1.1.”Wizards coach Scott Brooks wasn’t upset about the mistake.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
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