Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 16th 2014 Contents at the end of the day I didn t really make
anything," said the Texas-born Reed.
Other players to start with wins were
Joost Luiten and Thongchai Jaidee, who
lost to McDowell in last year s final.
The second matches of the round-
robin stage will be played Thursday.
McDowell and Dubuisson won both of
their foursomes matches in Gleneagles.
They carried their good form over to The
London Club, which is staging the 50th
anniversary edition of the World Match
McDowell, who lost in the 2012 final
to Nicolas Colsaerts, was 2 up after five
holes and 3 up through seven before win-
ning another hole on No 10.
"There are no easy matches out here
and we always say that in match play as
there are 16 quality players here this week
---and especially being up against a guy
coming off a victory last week," McDowell
Dubuisson, who reached the final of
the Match Play Championship in Arizona
in February, was never behind against
Larrazabal and was 3 up after nine holes.
Coetzee, ranked No. 89 and a late injury
replacement for Thomas Bjorn, birdied
the last hole for a half point against Sten-
son at the end of a fluctuating match in
which neither player was more than 1 up.
"I am bit of a dark horse this week, I
guess, as I was maybe going to go to
South Africa to play a Sunshine Tour
event," Coetzee said. "But when I got the
call, I was obviously excited and nice to
be here and nothing to lose."
The top two players from each of the
four groups advance to the quarterfinals
on Saturday. The semifinals and final are
on Sunday. (AP)
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Graeme McDowell and Victor
Dubuisson began the World Match
Play Championship with comfort-
able wins yesterday, three weeks
after teaming up as one of Europe s
top pairings in the Ryder Cup at
McDowell had a 3-and-2 victory
over Alexander Levy, who won the
Portugal Masters on Sunday, and
Dubuisson beat Pablo Larrazabal by
the same score in the first of three
group matches at The London Club
in southeast England.
"Historically in this event the last
couple of years I have been getting
off to slow starts and you don t want
to put yourself in the hole against
good players," said McDowell, who
was 4 up after 10 holes against Levy
in the first match of the day. "So a
good start for me was key. ... I got
going with the putter and was able
to build a winning lead."
Henrik Stenson, at No 5 the high-
est-ranked player in the 16-man
field, halved his match with George
Coetzee of South Africa. Two other
members of Europe s Ryder Cup
winning team, Stephen Gallacher
and Jamie Donaldson, lost to Shane
Lowry and Paul Casey, respective-
ly. Patrick Reed, the US team s top
points scorer in Gleneagles, opened
with a 2-and-1 loss to Jonas Blixt.
Reed won 3 1/2 points in the Ryder
Cup in his first appearance in the
Blixt went ahead with a birdie at
No 7 and was never behind after
"It was one of those days where
both of us played pretty solid, but SHARJAH---Asad Shafiq hit an aggres-
sive unbeaten century for Pakistan A
against Australia on the opening day
yesterday of a four-day match in the
United Arab Emirates, a tune-up for
the first Test next week.
Shafiq, who is leading Pakistan A,
reached 108 not out off 156 balls, with
13 fours and four sixes in a decent total
Left-arm spinner Steve O Keefe staked
his claims for a test debut by claiming
3-76, as he shared the bulk of the overs
with offspinner Nathan Lyon, 0-68.
Opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad
made an entertaining 55 with seven fours
and two sixes before he played on Ben
Hilfenhaus shortly after lunch.
Shafiq raised his century by hitting
Peter Siddle for two successive bound-
aries then lofting the fast bowler over
long on for a six.
Shafiq featured in two productive part-
nerships; 87 with Shehzad, and 100 with
Haris Sohail (43) for the fifth wicket.
BEIJING---Mirza Teletovic scored 22
points to lead the Nets to a 129-117
overtime preseason victory over the
Sacramento Kings yesterday, as
Brooklyn swept a pair of exhibition
games in China between the teams.
The Nets were ahead 112-109 with
41 seconds left when the Kings Omri
Caspi drained a 3-pointer. On the next
play, Mason Plumlee s pass to Willie
Reed slipped through his hands, sending
the game into overtime.
Coach Lionel Hollins credited Deron
Williams for "getting us revved up and
in rhythm" after the Nets fell behind
going into the third quarter.
"And then everybody picked up their
energy and then we started pushing
the ball and scoring. They couldn t stop
us," Hollins said. "I m proud of the way
the young guys played. I m proud of
the way our team competed. They are
growing in that area of competitiveness
and toughness and trying to wear down
the other team."
Plumlee scored 18 points off the
bench and center Brook Lopez added
16. Ben McLemore led the Kings with
22 points. Both teams rested some key
players to keep them fresh and healthy
for the final preseason games back in
the U.S, with Hollins keeping out Kevin
Garnett and the Kings DeMarcus
Cousins sitting with a sore Achilles.
Teletovic has been the star of the
China tour, sinking a 3-pointer with
less than a minute left to seal the 97-
95 win over the Kings on Sunday in
"We did some good things offen-
sively," Kings coach Mike Malone said.
"We competed. We played hard, but
we just have to do a much better job
on defense to have a chance to win in
the very difficult Western Conference."
The game was played at the Mas-
tercard Center in western Beijing built
to host the 2008 Olympic basketball
tournament won by the United States.
Celebrity guests included Shaquille
O Neil and Yao Ming, both of whom
drew huge cheers when appearing
This year marks a decade since the
first NBA exhibition games in China,
part of an effort to build the league s
brand while giving teams a chance to
bond and experience a different cul-
China has grown increasingly impor-
tant to the NBA as it sees its interna-
tional revenues nearing its domestic
ones. The NBA boasts 70 million fol-
lowers on China s popular microblog-
ging platforms, largely drawn from the
300 million Chinese who play basket-
The league s China revenues have
soared past $100 million annually with
sales of merchandise and licensing
agreements. Along with NBA games
shown on monopoly state broadcaster
CCTV, they re now also streamed on
top Chinese Internet portals.
McDowell begins World Match Play defense with win
Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell plays a tee shot during day one of
the World Match Play Championship at The London Club, in Ash
southeast England yesterday. AP PHOTO
Teletovic leads Nets to
129-117 OT win over Kings
Pakistan's Shafiq warms
up for 1st Test with 108no
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