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PARIS---French Prime Minister Manuel
Valls said yesterday that the European
Championship soccer tournament will
go ahead as planned, despite the attacks
in Paris last November and Brussels last
Speaking on French state television,
Valls said the "strongest answer to ter-
rorists, in addition to the deployment of
all intelligence and security measures, is
life. The terrorists wanted to suppress
life (...) The Euro should be held, and
will be held."
With Europe on high alert, there are
concerns that Euro 2016 in France from
June 10-July 10 could be targeted, and
especially the fan zones where spectators
gather to watch games on large screens.
Valls said seven to eight million fans
are expected to visit the open-air areas
and that authorities will ensure their
safety with strengthened security meas-
ures. Security in fans zones "will be guar-
anteed with the same measures and
methods as in stadiums," ensuring that
"the party can take place," Valls said.
In the wake of the attacks in Paris that
left 130 people dead, France remains in
a state of emergency which was recently
extended to May 26---two weeks before
the opening game of Euro 2016.
Tournament organisers have increased
the budget for security by 15 per cent.
But fan zones, which are generally set
up in squares or parks near the center
of a city, are particularly vulnerable.
According to senior officials handling
tournament security, searches for explo-
sives will be carried out at all fan zones
when they open each day in the 10 host
cities. There will also be systematic pat
downs and metal detectors could be
NAIROBI---Kenya faces sanctions for a riot that
stopped play for more than 30 minutes yesterday
and forced police to fire tear gas into the stands to
get angry fans out of the stadium in an African Cup
of Nations qualifier against Guinea Bissau.
Kenyan fans threw stones and other missiles at
the Guinea Bissau bench, and at the fourth official
on the sidelines, following a disputed goal for the
visitors at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi. Guinea Bissau
won 1-0 to give Kenya little chance of qualifying for
next year's African Cup.
The trouble started when Zimbabwean referee
Norman Matemela awarded the winning goal to
Guinea Bissau in the 81st minute, despite protests
from Kenya players that the ball hadn't crossed the
line. Matemela stopped the game as missiles rained
down and riot police moved onto the field to protect
the players and officials. Police then fired tear gas
at the rioting supporters. Most of those fans had
been removed from the stadium by the time the
referee restarted the qualifier for the final nine min-
The victory through Mendes Suares' contentious
goal pushed Guinea Bissau top of the group, ahead
of Republic of Congo and Zambia, which drew 1-1.
Kenya is bottom of the standings with one point
from four games.
Also Sunday, the Confederation of African Football
fined Chad $20,000 after it withdrew midway through
the final qualifying stage. Chad was also banned from
the next African Cup in 2019, CAF said.
Durant scored 31 points and Russell
Westbrook added 29 to help the Oklahoma
City Thunder defeat the short-handed San
Antonio Spurs 111-92 in the NBA on Sat-
Oklahoma City won its seventh straight
but the game wasn't the late-season show-
down that was anticipated after the Spurs
rested Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge,
Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Park-
"Another opportunity for us to keep grow-
ing and building our habits," Durant said.
"It wasn't on us that they didn't play their
starters. We just had to continue to play
our game and do what we do."
Assured of a spot in the playoffs, Spurs
coach Gregg Popovich said his team played
hard, but didn't have the talent available to
"We hung in there really well and did a
good job," Popovich said.
"You learn from everything. Win or lose,
it doesn't matter."
The Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back
from Thursday's loss in Brooklyn to beat
the New York Knicks 107-93.
LeBron James had 27 points, 11 rebounds
and 10 assists for his third triple-double of
the season and the 42nd of his career. He
also moved within three points of Dominique
Wilkins for 12th place on the NBA's scoring
DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and
Patrick Patterson 16 as the Toronto Raptors
beat the New Orleans Pelicans 115-91 to tie
a franchise record with their 49th victory
of the season as they prepare for the play-
"We've got to understand the second half
of the season is where it counts, where it
matters, where we understand who we are
and what we've got to do to win," DeRozan
Paul Millsap had 23 points and nine
rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks ended the
Detroit Pistons' five-game victory streak,
The Hawks have won 13 of their last 16
and moved a game ahead of Miami atop
the Southeast Division.
Isaiah Thomas scored 28 points against
his former team as the Boston Celtics held
off the Phoenix Suns 102-99 despite almost
blowing a 21-point lead.
Orlando journeyman center Dewayne
Dedmon scored a career-high 18 points as
the Magic dealt the Chicago Bulls a blow
to their fading playoff hopes, winning 111-
89 to end a six-game losing streak.
The Bulls (36-36), fighting to climb back
into the eighth and final playoff spot in the
Eastern Conference, dropped their third
Brook Lopez scored 23 points and Bojan
Bogdanovic added 18 as the Brooklyn Nets
beat the Indiana Pacers 120-110.
Gordon Hayward scored 16 of his 18 points
in the fourth quarter as the Utah Jazz fin-
ished a five-game road trip with a 93-84
victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Nicolas Batum scored 23 of his 25 points
in the first half as the Charlotte Hornets
used a 3-point barrage to rout the Milwaukee
CJ McCollum converted a three-point
play with 7.6 seconds left to break a tie and
lift the Portland Trail Blazers past the
Philadelphia 76ers 108-105, avoiding another
embarrassing loss to the NBA's worst team.
KEY BISCAYNE---Two-time champion Victoria
Azarenka overcame five double-faults and held
every service game to beat qualifier Magda Linette
6-3, 6-0 yesterday at the Miami Open.
Azarenka, seeded 13th, moved into the fourth round
and is bidding to become only the third woman to
win Indian Wells and Miami back to back.
No 2 Angelique Kerber rallied past qualifier Kiki
Bertens, who retired trailing 1-6, 6-2, 3-0.
In men's play, lucky loser Horacio Zeballos reached
the fourth round by saving a match point and beating
Fernandez Verdasco 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4).
Zeballos lost in qualifying but made the draw when
Roger Federer withdrew because of a stomach virus.
Tomas Berdych erased all 10 break points he faced
and defeated American Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-7 (6),
6-3. Johnson, seeded 31st, fell to 0-13 against top-
No. 14 Dominic Thiem beat qualifier Yoshihito
Nishioka 6-2, 6-2, and No. 15 David Goffin eliminated
No 19 Viktor Troicki 6-1, 6-1.
Euro 2016 to go ahead
with fan zones
Spurs no match for Durant's Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, right, moves around San Antonio Spurs
guard Kevin Martin (23) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma
City, Saturday. Oklahoma City won 111-92. AP PHOTO
Kenya riot halts
African Cup qualifier
Linette in Miami
LONDON---British middleweight boxer Nick Black-
well remains in an induced coma following his
defeat to Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday.
The 25-year-old fighter suffered bleeding on the
brain after the fight was stopped in the 10th round.
The stoppage came after a ringside doctor advised
the referee that Blackwell was unable to see through
his left eye.
He was carried out of the venue on a stretcher.
British Boxing Board of Control general secretary
Robert Smith says Sunday: "He's in intensive care,
he's in an induced coma and he is resting and being
looked after by the experts.
"It's a very normal procedure. They put you in a
coma to get the swelling to go down. There's no
time-scale. Now it's just a matter of waiting and
Blackwell in coma
after loss to Eubank
installed at entrances.
Fans carrying large bags won't be
allowed inside and the areas will be
placed under video surveillance.
"France is a great and modern
country which is capable of guaran-
teeing its citizens' security," Valls said.
Asked about the possibility of hav-
ing some matches played behind
closed doors during the tournament
in case of an imminent threat, Valls
said "all possibilities should be con-
sidered, but it is not on the agenda
Valls spoke two days before France's
national team returns to the Stade de
France for the first time since the
November 13 attacks, as the host
country continues his tune-up for the
tournament with a friendly match
Suicide bombers blew themselves
up that evening outside the stadium
during France's friendly against Ger-
many, killing one bystander.
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