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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017

Philip Major to fill Baker’s shoes in the Davis Cup tie By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

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ue to their commitments to school, top seed Baker Newman and No.4 seed Kevin ‘KJ’ Major won’t be able to represent the Bahamas when the first round of the American Zone II Davis Cup tie is played against Venezuela next month. In their absence, Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association secretary Darnette Weir has confirmed that Philip Major Jr has been added to the team to replace Newman and they are hoping to finalise the replacement for Major before the end of the week. The tie was originally set for February 3-5 in Venezuela. But due to the civil unrest in the country, they opted to play the tie at the Doral Country Club in Miami, Florida. Weir said while Major Jr will now join Spencer Newman and player/captain Marvin Rolle, the BLTA is looking at filling the final spot with either Justin Lunn or Cereno Rolle, who may have to play against each other to determine who gets the spot. “We don’t have our number one player, but it more than likely will change the dynamics, but with Marvin Rolle being the coach, we will rise to the occasion. “If we fall short, we still have a chance in April to play the other country to try to remain in zone II. We have fought too hard to be in zone II to get relegated back to zone III, so we hope that Marivin’s leadership and everybody being on one accord, we will be able to pull off the win over Venezuela.” Should the Bahamas lose against Venezuela, they will have to play the loser of the tie between Bolivia and El Salvador the same weekend in El Salvador from April 7-9 at a venue to be decided to avoid getting relegated to zone III next year. A victory over Venezuela would enable the Bahamas to move on to play the winner of Bolivia vs El

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PHILIP MAJOR JR has been added to the Bahamas’ Davis Cup team to replace Baker Newman. Because of school commitments, Newman and No.4 seed Kevin ‘KJ’ Major will not be able to represent the Bahamas when the first round of the American Zone II Davis Cup tie is played against Venezuela next month. The BLTA is hoping to finalise Kevin Major Jr’s replacement this week. Photo: Shawn Hanna/The Tribune Salvador, also in April, with the view of either advancing to zone one or remaining in zone II for next year. “We’re hoping that Baker will be able to join us in April,” Weir said. Baker Newman, winner of the BLTA’s annual Giorgio Baldacci National Open in December, which served as the trials for the team, is currently enrolled at Vanderbilt where he’s a member of their men’s tennis team. Kevin Major Jr, who finished in the No.4 spot, is enrolling in Seminole State Junior College in Oklahoma and will not be available. Philip Major Jr, who ended up in fifth place behind Spencer Newman (second) and Marvin Rolle (third), said it’s an honour

for him to be selected to the team to represent the country. “I’m going to take this opportunity and give it my best and leave everything out there,” said Major, who will be making the Davis Cup team for the second time, the first coming in 2013. With the Bahamas finally coming out of zone III last year when the team of the Newman brothers, Kevin Major and Rolle prevailed in Montevideo, Uruguay, Philip Major said he feels the Bahamas still has a solid team to go up against Venezuela, despite not having Baker Newman and Kevin Major Jr. “We have a lot of talent here in the Bahamas and we’re all capable of playing great tennis worldwide, not just in the Bahamas” he said. “If we can all bring our A game, I

believe we will have a chance, not just to win, but to move up to zone one.” In preparation for the tie, 20-year-old Philip Major said he’s been doing four hours of gym work and at least two hours of tennis workouts daily for the anticipation of playing in one of the best-of-five matches during the tie. “I want to be ready physically and mentally and to know that I will be able to last as long as I am able to,” he said. “With the tie being in Miami, hopefully we can have a good crowd come out to support us.” Once the team is completed, Weir said they will announce any package that is available for spectators who would wish to travel to Miami to cheer on the team.

THE Bahamas, in its bid to improve on his runner-up position last year, blanked Barbados 5-0 to win their opening match in the Bahamas IC International Doubles Week on Majority Rule Day. Although they played their first match yesterday, the weeklong tournament got started on Monday and will continue through the weekend at the National Tennis Centre. While the Bahamas prevailed with a clean sweep over their Caribbean rivals, Canada had a tough battle but pulled off a close 3-2 decision over the International Team, comprising of players from a combination of nations. On Monday, a depleted USA team held off Canada 3-2 and Barbados, which features Bahamian Leo Rolle, clinched a 5-0 sweep over the International team. “We’ve had some good matches, even though it’s been windy,” said tournament director Kit Spencer. “It’s challenging conditions to play in, which has been a levelling positions for the teams. “We had some problems with transportation in the United States. Some people couldn’t get flights because of the snow and others arrived without baggage, but things are starting to come together.” After watching their performance yesterday, Spencer said he’s looking for the Bahamas to continue their winning ways, but anything could happen as they look forward to a possible rematch with the USA on the final day of competition. The tournament calls for

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Crachad Laing: ‘Baseball saved my life’ By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net ONE of the many Bahamian prospects to acquire opportunities and education through baseball, Crachad Laing delivered an inspiring message to others looking to follow a similar career path. “I never played one inning of professional baseball, but I consider myself a success and my opportunities continue to expand,” Laing said at the Career Path To Athletic Success forum. “Baseball saved my life.” A product of the Junior Baseball League of Nassau, Laing finished high school in the United States at the Perkiomen School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then attended Bluefield State College where he played four years at catcher and infielder before he graduated with his degree in civil engineering. “Just like a lot of you I wanted to go away to school and I wanted

to play in the pros. Eventually I did get a chance to do that but it didn’t happen for me when it happened for everyone else and that can be very discouraging, but I stayed the course,” he said. Laing has now returned to Perkiomen as a physics teacher and assistant baseball coach. “People would ask why I was so happy and always smiling, it’s because at every stop on my journey I generally loved where I was at. My dream was to play baseball in the US and I had a chance to do that. I went to college free of charge. I know my parents couldn’t afford it and that was the reality of my situation. Prior to going to school I wanted to settle. My goal was to be a bellman at Sandals resort like I did the summer before. At the time I didn’t know I was settling because I wasn’t exposed to much,” he said. “Make the most of each opportunity. I spent one year at Perk and I stayed in contact with my coach all throughout my col-

CRACHAD LAING legiate career. It opened another opportunity for me. In March 2016 I was prepared to come back home and work, but another opportunity opened up for me. My

former coach at Perk lobbied for me to accept a teaching position and I recently got accepted into the applied physics programme at NYU in addition to the teaching and coaching post. Baseball completely changed the trajectory of my life. Who am I to be a kid from the Bahamas destined for so much more. I already beat the odds so I plan to keep on beating the odds. Sometimes our definition of success is so superficial and there are so many avenues of success through baseball. If it wasn’t for baseball none of this would have been possible for me. I always respected the game, I always loved the game and it has paid amazing dividends for me.” It was during his junior year at Bluefield State when Laing said he came to the realisation that his ultimate dream of professional baseball would have to take a backseat to the opportunities he would be able to grasp academically. “My goal growing up was always to be a pro baseball player.

There was even a point in time when I was thinking about leaving college to come home and sign but some point you have to realise what you’re good at,” he said. “I was a good baseball player but there are so many other qualities and characteristics other than baseball that I thought would have made me great.” Laing said that while he serves in his current position, he seeks to grant as many opportunities as he can to deserving Bahamian student athletes with a similar dream. “That’s what I ultimately want to do. I was like many of the young players sitting here looking up to these guys in the pros. I was once a kid sending emails to coaches trying to get an opportunity and now I’m able to call shots on that. It’s surreal. I want to be able to create that same opportunity for other young Bahamian players at my institution because I want to assist them in achieving their dreams in any way I can.”


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CLASS B CHAMPIONS New Susan Chase with 24 points.

Long Island boats dominate King Eric Gibson All-For-One Regatta THE third annual King Eric Gibson All-For-One Regatta over the weekend in Montagu Bay was dominated by the boats from Long Island in all three catergories. The Running Tide, which didn’t compete last year, led the way by easily winning the A Class for the celebrations for Long Islanders. The New Southern Cross got sec-

ond and the Good News came in third. Last year, the New Courageous won the title over the Red Stripe and Ed Sky. In the B Class, the New Susan Chase carted off the title, winning all three races to finish with 24 points. She was followed by the Lady in Red, Lady Natalie with 19 points and the Lady Sonia took third with 14.

The New Susan Chase didn’t compete last year as the Barbarian emerged as the chmpion over Storr’s Plumbing, Whiplash and Ants Nest. And in the C Class, the Whitty K made sure that she wasn’t left out as she joined her counterparts from Long Island in winning with 31 points, holding off the King and Knight (30) and Lady Eunice

(27) got third place. The Whitty K avenged a close 58-57 loss last year to the Crazy Partner. Keep Your Eyes on Him was third last year. Prime Minister Perry Christie was on hand, along with V Alfred Gray, the Minister of Agriculture and Local Government with responsibility for regattas, to present the awards to the various

winners on Sunday in Montagu Bay. The regatta kept the legacy of the late King Eric Gibson alive. The committee was headed by Gibson’s sons, Eric Jr and D Shane Gibson, Minister of Labour and National Insurance, along with Delworth Gibson, Cindy Gay, Stafford Armbrister and Lorraine Hamilton.

CLASS A CHAMPIONS Running Tide and crew.

CLASS C CHAMPIONS Whitty K and crew with 31 points.

CLASS B 2ND PLACE Lady Nathalie and crew with 19 points.

CLASS A 2ND PLACE New Southern Cross and crew.

PRIME Minister Perry Christie presents to the skipper of King & Knights who finished 2nd in Class C with 30 points.


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Comets shut down Big Red Machine Queen’s College junior boys pull off 42-36 victory over SAC

PLAY ACTION: The Queen’s College Comets junior boys pulled off a big 42-36 victory over the St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine on Monday as the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools continued its basketball regular season. Nathan Allen scored a game high 13 points and Nathan Moss added eight in the win for Queen’s College. SAC got 12 points from Dante Demeritte. Photos: Clint Higgs/Queen’s College

SPORTS NOTES BASEBALL JBLN REGULAR SEASON THE Junior Baseball League of Nassau has announced that they will open their 28th regular season this week with some 28 baseball teams for boys and five softball teams for girls competing. The season will run until May. The divisional breakdown of teams are as follows: Tee Ball Division - 5-6 years - 5 teams. Coach Pitch Division - 7-8 years - 3 Teams. Little League Minor Division - 9-10 years - 6 Teams. Little League Major Division - 11-12 years - 4 Teams. Junior Division 13-15 years - 5 Teams. Senior Division - 16-Over - 5 Teams. Girls Soft Ball - 1319 years - 5 Teams. This week’s schedule is as follows: Today 6:30pm - Minor league Royals vs Marlins Friday 6:30pm -Major League Yankees vs Giants Saturday Noon - Tee Ball Hornets vs Blue Claws 12:30 pm - Coach Pitch Padres vs Cubs 12:30 pm - Minor League - Mets vs Pirates 12:30 pm - Junior League - Orioles vs Dodgers 12:30 pm - Softball Distributors vs Knights 2pm - Tee Ball Hot Fries vs Bears 3pm - Coach Pitch Red Sox vs Padres 3pm - Minor League Diamondbacks vs Astros 3pm - Junior League Mariners vs Indians 3pm - Softball - Players vs Crushers

Sunday 12:30pm Senior Division Brewers vs Rangers 12:30pm - Major League Reds vs Cardinals 3pm - Senior Division Braves vs Nationals 3pm - Softball Spice Girls vs Crushers. BOWLING BBF ELECTIONS THE Bahamas Bowling Federation has announced that its annual general meeting and election of officers is all set for 7pm on Wednesday, January 18 at Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Centre. All members of the Ten Pin Association of the New Providence, which comprise of the City and Financial Leagues, are eligible to vote. The federation is inviting all financial members to come out and participate in the voting procedure. CITY BOWLING LEAGUE THE City Bowling League competition resumed after the holiday break last night with some outstanding scores being posted.    The top scorer was Lasheik Major of Carib Construction with a 650 high three game set. The runner-up was Ritchie Pyfrom of Telco Enterprises with a 648 second high set. Johann Pyfrom, also of Telco Enterprises, blasted the pins for the high game of 245 followed by Raymond Adderley of Carib Construction with another big game of 241. The ladies’ MVP was Driskell Rolle of TK Falcons with a 196 second high game and an impressive 569 high three game high set. She was followed by Tara Johnson of Duce City E

& U Water Coolers with a 545 second high set. Betsy Taylor of Bahamasair Flyers downed the pins for the high game of 203. In team scorers posted: Bahamasair Flyers def. TK Falcons 3-0; CDM Knights def. The Avengers 3-0; Carib Construction def. Fresh Blend 3-0; NUA Reach Crusaders def. Telco Enterprises 2-1; Island Game Strokers def. Ten Back Strikers 2-1; Duce City def. Giga Tech 2-1 and BEC Shockers def. Checker’s Cafe 2-1. ROAD RUNNERS TRACK MEET THE first track and field meet on the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ 2017 calendar is the Road Runners Track Classic that will be held this weekend at the new Thomas A Robinson National Stadium. The event is slated to begin at 6pm Friday and continue at 1pm on Saturday. However, the throwers will compete on Saturday only at the University of the Bahamas playing field, starting at 10am as the National Sports Authority has denied anyone from using the newly refurbished infield for throwing events at this time. BAISS BASKETBALL COMETS WIN THE Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools continued its basketball season on Friday with the Queen’s College Comets junior boys blasting the St John’s Giants 46-38. The Comets’ leading scorers were Nathan Moss with 12 points and Nathan Allen with nine. The leading scorers for St John’s were I Issacs with 20 and T Basden with 12.


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BAAA celebrates its 65th anniversary

MARKING 65 YEARS: Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations celebrated its 65th anniversary on Sunday with a church service at Holy Cross on Soldier Road. Following the service, they dined in the Victoria Room of the British Colonial Hilton hotel. President Rosamunde Carey and her executive team were joined by three former presidents - Desmond Bannister, Alpheus ‘Hawk’ Finlayson and Foster Dorsett. Also present were Bahamas Olympic Committee president Wellington Miller, Timothy Munnings, Director of Sports in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and Oria Wood, a senior officer. Additionally, Ray Hepburn, president of the Bahamas Association of Certified Officials, and his executives were also present, along with a number of coaches, athletes and friends. Photo: Philip Gray/BAAA public relations officer

BAHAMAS BLANKS BARBADOS 5-0 TO WIN BAHAMAS IC DOUBLES OPENER FROM PAGE 1 each team to play four individual matches - one with each country (four match days and one free day).  Men’s Doubles combined age 105+ and combined age 125+; Ladies Doubles combined age 105+; Mixed Doubles combined age 105+ and combined age 125+. Age is what a player will be by the end of 2017 (ITF standard). In their initial match, the Bahamas used a team of Neil MacTaggart and Mas Kimball to win 6-3, 6-3 over Ian Gentle and Leo Rolle; Sue Kimball and Kim O’Kelly won 6-1; 7-6 over Marie Gentle and Julie Salomon; John Antonas and Guiaume Bouffard won 6-2, 6-2 over Raymond Ford and Peter Symmonds; Sue and Mas Kimball won 4-6, 6-4, 11-9 over Marie Gentle and Leo Rolle and Kim O’Kelly and Neil MacTaggart won 6-4, 5-7, 10-5 over Julie Salomon and Raymond

Ford. “We have a good team and the whole point is that while it’s competitive and friendly, the conditions are tough for everybody,” said Antonas, the Bahamian team captain. “The wind has had some havoc, but it looks as if everybody is doing their best under the conditions. We pulled out a couple of close matches, especially the mixed doubles where we had to go to the tie breaker. “We’ve beaten Barbados, which is our first match and tomorrow we will play the International team, so we’re taking it one match at a time. We know that everybody will get better and we will get used to playing on this surface under these conditions.” The most difficult part of the tournament, according to Antonas, is matching up their players in the various age groups to face the challenge they will get from their opponents. But he said the Bahamas is stacked enough to get through it.

Julie Salomon, representing Barbados, said they are always excited to be back in the Bahamas and even though the weather is a little cooler than previous years, they like the facilities at the NTC. “The people here are just awesome. They put on a nice event for us and it’s so competitive,” she said. “Afterwards, we all get together based on our motto ‘Hands Across the Net, Friendship Across the Ocean.’ So it’s really, really nice. “Our Barbados contingent is small, but mighty and I think we’re competitive as any team here. We had a great match against the Bahamas today. It was so close and tight, but they were just a little better than us. I wish them well and I wish us well the rest of the week.” In the other match played, Canada won 3-2 over the International team. Peter Clarke and Bob Benneyworth won 6-4, 4-6, 10-8 over Kit

Spencer and Devin Fisher; Owen Pellew and Fraser MacDonald won 6-4, 7-6 over Habbo De Vere and Brigitte Hostrup and Pam oley and Rob Benneyworth won 6-0, 6-1 over Ellie Brown and Tommy Turnquest. But Pam Olley and Janice Longhurst lost to Kelly Kerr and Brigitte Hostrup, while Janice Longhurst and Fraser MacDonald lost 6-2, 6-4 to Habbo De Vere and Brigitte Hostrup. As the defending champions, Bob Beverley said the USA is not yet at full strength and it showed in their close 3-2 win over Canada on Monday. “Other than the wind, which is pretty difficult to play in, it’s always great to be here and we look forward to coming to the Bahamas to play,” said the American team captain. “We only come here to play in this tournament. “It’s very competitive this year. There are at least three teams out of the five teams and on any day

can beat one another. So I hope that we can be victorious, but I can bet you that the final score in whoever plays in the final will be 3-2 one way or the other.” With the USA experiencing snow in some states and the recent attack on a number of persons at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, Beverley said they are still waiting on their full team to arrive in time for their second match today against the International team. “We’ve lost a number of players and a few of our good players should be here by tomorrow,” he said. “The weather and the situation in the United States has hurt us, but we had a day off today, which was good. So I think we will do well.” Today, starting at 9am, the USA will play the International team and the Bahamas will face Canada. Then on Thursday, the USA will play the Bahamas and Canada will take on Barbados. 


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Pirates top the Legends, 109-92 KEVIN Wright Jr had 18 points, six assists and four steals to lead the Pirates on Saturday night as the New Providence Basketball Association resumed its 2016/17 season at AF Adderley Gymnasium. Marcian Higgins helped out with 13 points and seven rebounds, Audie Kerr also had 13 points, Antonio Hanna had 11 points, five rebounds and four assists, Kronoff Dean had 11 points, Domonique

Fernander had 10 points and 10 rebounds, Tevin Hudson also had 10 points with seven rebounds and Donathan Johnson chipped in with nine points. For the losers, Nipsy Jones came up with a game high 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists, Mario Pickstock had 20 points and five rebounds, Christoph McKenzie had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Kevin ‘Island’ McPhee had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

ABOVE THE RIM: The Pirates knocked off the Legends 109-92 on Saturday night. On Friday night, the Shockers stunned the Rhythm Rebels 73-57 and Mr Ship It Freight Regulators routed the Legends 100-67. Photos by Shawn Hanna/The Tribune

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THE SCHEDULE • Here’s a look at the games to be played this week: TODAY 7pm - Athletico Bahamas vs Elites Basketball Club (Division II) 8:30pm - University of the Bahamas vs Shockers FRIDAY 7pm - Rhythm Rebels vs Island Game Pros 8:30pm - University of the Bahamas vs Commonwealth Bank Giants SATURDAY 6pm - Bargain Wholesale Kings vs Future Ballers (Division II) 7:30pm - Athletico Bahamas vs Hype Basketball (Division II) 9pm - Mr Ship It Regulators vs Island Game Pros


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MATA, FELLAINI PUT MAN UNITED ON COURSE FOR THE LEAGUE CUP FINAL MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United closed in on the final of the English League Cup by beating injury-hit Hull 2-0 in the first leg of their semi-final thanks to second-half goals by Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini yesterday. Mata put United on course for a ninth straight win in all competitions by tapping home from close range in the 56th minute, before substitute Fellaini headed in a second in the 87th. The second leg is on January 26. Liverpool plays Southampton in the other semi-final, with the first leg today. United dominated throughout, unsurprisingly given the problems faced by an opponent which had an injury crisis so severe that it could only name six substi-

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tutes from a possible seven. Things got worse for Hull at Old Trafford, with two players — Markus Henriksen and Josh Tymon — helped off with apparent shoulder injuries. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic absent because of illness, Wayne Rooney was given a start by United manager Jose Mourinho — handing the England captain another chance to break United’s goal-scoring record he currently shares with Bobby Charlton (249). Rooney had two chances to get sole ownership of the record, the first being blocked early on before he shot wide from a narrow angle in the 51st after being released by Paul Pogba’s brilliant long pass. He was substituted in the 59th minute, with his next chance coming against Liverpool in a Premier League match at Old Trafford on

MANCHESTER United’s Marouane Fellaini, left, celebrates after scoring his sides second goal yesterday during the English League Cup semi-final 1st leg match against Hull at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England. (AP) Hull’s makeshift defence was marshalled impressively by Tom Huddlestone — a central midfielder playing at centre back — and United was mostly restricted to long-range attempts. One came from Pogba, who struck a free kick against the post in the 73rd. A 1-0 scoreline would have been something of a

Sunday. By the time Rooney had left the pitch, Mata had given United the lead — potentially from an offside position — and he couldn’t really miss after meeting a header across the face of goal from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, following a rightwing cross from Antonio Valencia.

success for Hull and its recently appointed manager Marco Silva, a Portuguese coach who has been dubbed the “new Jose Mourinho” after drawing comparisons with the United manager. Yet, Fellaini’s goal, a farpost header from Matteo Darmian’s cross, put United even more in control ahead of the second leg.

THE WEATHER REPORT

5-Day Forecast

TODAY

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High: 77° F/25° C Low: 70° F/21° C

MOSCOW (AP) — Maria Sharapova will return from her 15-month doping ban at a tournament in Germany on April 26. Car manufacturer Porsche, which sponsors both Sharapova and the event in Stuttgart, said yesterday that Sharapova has been given a wildcard entry into the tournament. It will be her first official competition since she tested positive for meldonium at last year’s Australian Open. “I could not be happier to have my first match back on tour at one of my favourite tournaments,” said the 29-yearold Sharapova, who won the Stuttgart tournament from 2012-14. “I can’t wait to see all my great fans and to be back doing what I love.”

Statistics are for Nassau through 1 p.m. yesterday Temperature High ................................................... 70° F/21° C Low .................................................... 57° F/14° C Normal high ....................................... 77° F/25° C Normal low ........................................ 65° F/18° C Last year’s high ................................. 86° F/30° C Last year’s low ................................... 70° F/21° C Precipitation As of 1 p.m. yesterday .................................. trace Year to date ................................................. 0.02” Normal year to date ..................................... 0.43”

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High: 76° F/24° C Low: 60° F/16° C

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7:21 a.m. 7:43 p.m.

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8:11 a.m. 8:34 p.m.

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CROOKED ISLAND / ACKLINS RAGGED ISLAND High: 78° F/26° C Low: 65° F/18° C

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THE TRIBUNE

Wizards above .500 after Wall keys 101-99 win over Bulls By IAN QUILLEN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall scored 26 points, including a game-winning baseline jumper with 5.9 seconds left, and added 14 assists as the Washington Wizards moved above .500 with a 101-99 victory over the Chicago Bulls last night. Marcin Gortat had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Washington (19-18). He also set the screen that freed up Wall for his tiebreaking jumper to seal a 10th straight home win. Markieff Morris and Bradley Beal each added 19 points for the Wizards, who com-

pleted their biggest comeback victory of the season after trailing by 18 in the second quarter. Washington is above .500 for the first time in more than a year. A season ago, the Wizards were 6-5 after a victory on Nov. 24, 2015. Denzel Valentine set career highs by scoring 19 points and making five 3-pointers for the short-handed Bulls, who despite seeing their lead slip away in the third quarter led by as many as seven in the fourth. Rajon Rondo added 12 points in his first game since December 30. Chicago was without leading scorers Jimmy Butler (ill) and Dwyane Wade (resting). Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic also sat out

with an illness. After both teams led during the final stages, Wall hit a pull-up from near the foul line that tied it at 99 with 47.4 seconds to play. Chicago’s Michael Carter-Williams missed a contested shot on the other end with about 30 seconds left. Wall got the ball after Otto Porter’s rebound, took Carter-Williams into Gortat’s screen on the right wing and hit a 16-footer over Robin Lopez’s late-arriving outstretched arm. After a timeout, Doug McDermott missed a long 3-pointer for the Bulls, and Wall grabbed the rebound with a second to go.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

RONDO RETURNS Before the game, Rondo said he was told by a member of the Chicago coaching staff that coach Fred Hoiberg was “saving me from myself” by benching the four-time All-Star for the past five games. Rondo was surprised by the comment and said he did not understand it. “Save me from myself?” he said. “I’ve never heard that before in my life. I guess he was trying to do the best thing for me.” Rondo hadn’t played since posting a plus-minus rating of minus-20 during 11 first-half minutes in Chicago’s 111-101 loss at Indiana on December 30. He averaged 7.2 points, 7.1 assists and 6.5 rebounds over 29 games before falling out of favour.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

RAPTORS guard DeMar DeRozan (10) drives past Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) in the second half of last night’s game in Toronto. (AP)

DEROZAN POWERS RAPTORS TO COMEBACK VICTORY OVER CELTICS, 114-106 TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored a season-high 41 points, Kyle Lowry had 24 and the Toronto Raptors ended the Boston Celtics’ four-game winning streak with a 114-106 victory last night. DeRozan added 13 rebounds for his second double-double of the season and Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and a career-high 23 rebounds.

The Raptors bounced back after losing to Chicago and Houston over the weekend. Toronto also kept itself above Boston in the Eastern Conference standings. A win would have pulled the Celtics even with the Raptors for second place behind Cleveland. Isaiah Thomas had 27 points and Marcus Smart had 16 for the Celtics.


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