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Wall’s late 3 leads Wiz past
Celtics 92-91, forces Game 7
WASHINGTON—John Wall hit a
3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left
for the go-ahead basket, then
hopped atop the scorer’s table
and yelled to celebrate at the
conclusion of the Washington
Wizards’ 92-91 victory over the
Boston Celtics on Friday that
pushed their Eastern Conference
semifinal to a Game 7.
Wall overcame a 1-for-12 start to
finish with 26 points, and Bradley Beal
led the Wizards with 33. The backcourt
mates combined for 23 of Washington’s
26 points in the back-and-forth fourth
Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics
showed up dressed in black, but
couldn’t back up the fashion state-
ment, blowing an 87-82 lead over
the last two minutes. Thomas’ heave
at the buzzer clanked off the rim. He
and Avery Bradley each had 27 points.
Game 7 is at Boston on Monday
night. The winner will face LeBron
James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in
the East finals starting Wednesday.
The host has won all ten games be-
tween the Wizards and Celtics this
season—four in the regular season
and six in the playoffs.
Boston, which won Game 5 at home
by 22 points, led Game 6 by 69-66 en-
tering the fourth quarter, when a rela-
tively blah game became much more
compelling. The final period was tight
throughout, featuring six ties and nine
After Bradley and Beal traded shots
to even it at 89, the Celtics had the ball
and, coming out of a timeout with 14.1
seconds remaining, Al Horford made
a 16-foot bank shot for the lead. After
another timeout, Wall made the 3 that
would decide the outcome.
When the buzzer sounded, he ran
to a corner of the court, then made
his way to the sideline, jumped up and
yelled and popped his jersey.
The Celtics got off to a terrible start,
going 4 for 17 in the first quarter and
not making a field goal over the final
5? minutes or so.
But Washington could not take full
advantage, leading only 22-17 after
And Boston kept right on missing in
the second period, allowing Washing-
ton to open its biggest lead at 40-30.
But some defensive lapses by the Wiz-
ards followed, and the Celtics scored
the next ten points en route to going
up 42-41 at halftime. (AP)
Arsenal fans in love
with Wenger again
MANCHESTER, England—The swag-
ger has returned to their play. The
wins and the goals are piling up.
Arsene Wenger, a target of abuse
for much of the season, was even
greeted with rapturous applause as
he walked toward the fans.
Things are looking up for Arsenal as
the team makes its traditional end-of-
season charge for Champions League
qualification from the English Premier
The question is: Have they left it too
Arsenal produced one of its best per-
formances of the season to beat Stoke
4-1 on Saturday and move to within one
point of the top four with two games
If fourth-placed Liverpool fails to
beat West Ham away on Sunday, Ar-
senal knows that victories over Sun-
derland on Tuesday and Everton on
the final day will earn the team a place
in the Champions League for the 20th
It’s some turnaround from a month
ago, when Arsenal lost at Crystal Palace
3-0 and Wenger’s future was looking
bleak amid strong criticism from a sec-
tion of fans.
Yesterday, as he was making his way
along the touchline toward the dress-
ing room after the final whistle, Wenger
gave a wave to Arsenal’s visiting sup-
porters and they roared their approval.
“At the moment, we have consist-
ency,” Wenger said. “Let’s finish well.”
The pressure on Liverpool was
ramped up even further by Manchester
City beating Leicester 2-1 to move into
third place, above the Reds.
City has 72 points, Liverpool 70, and
Arsenal 69. Manchester United is on
65 points in sixth place, with a game
Nadal beats Djokovic
to reach Madrid final
MADRID—Rafael Nadal is near
his best again, and he showed it
with an emphatic win over a rival
he hadn’t beaten in three years.
Nadal ended his seven-match
winless streak against Novak Djok-
ovic with a 6-2, 6-4 win that put
him in the Madrid Open final again
Nadal overpowered Djokovic, and
converted on his third match point
to earn his first victory against the
second-ranked Serb since the 2014
French Open final. Nadal had lost 15
straight sets against Djokovic, and
won only one of the last 12 matches
against him in four years.
“To beat an opponent such as No-
vak, it gives you a lot of confidence. It
shows you you’re working in the right
way,” said Nadal, who has thrived after
two years struggling with his game.
It was another categorical win
for Nadal in what has been a superb
season for the fifth-ranked Spaniard,
who will be trying to win his third
straight title on Sunday. He can also
tie Djokovic with 30 titles in Masters
It was Nadal’s 14th straight victory,
and his tour-leading 33rd for the year.
The four-time Madrid champion
will play the title game against Domi-
nic Thiem of Austria or Pablo Cuevas
It will be the Spaniard’s eighth final
at his home tournament, and the first
since losing to Andy Murray in 2015.
Nadal last won in Madrid in 2014.
With Cristiano Ronaldo and Olym-
pic great Nadia Comaneci watching
courtside, Nadal was aggressive from
the start, and had 20 winners, includ-
ing seven off his backhand.
He conceded only two break op-
portunities to Djokovic, who convert-
ed one early in the second set.
Nadal had six break chances, con-
verting two in each set.
Nadal’s other titles in Madrid came
in 2005, 2010 and 2013-14.
It was the 50th meeting between
the two players, with Djokovic still
ahead 26-24. (AP)
Mumbai finishes top of IPL
champions the Mumbai Indians
held their nerves to beat Kolkata
Knight Riders by nine runs and
top the Indian Premier League
Mumbai finished the league stage
with ten wins from 14 matches, and
will play the second-placed side at
Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday for
a berth in the final.
Despite defeat, the Knight Riders
were also in the playoffs, but won’t
know until today whether they are
third or fourth. Regardless, they play
the other third- or fourth-placed
team in a knockout match.
The fourth team will be Kings XI
Punjab or Rising Pune Supergiant.
Mumbai totaled 173-5 and Knight
Riders fell short at 164-8.
Ambati Rayudu (63) and Saurabh
Tiwary (52), receiving their first
chances in the league after sitting on
the sidelines for more than a month,
shared a 61-run partnership before
Tiwary was run out in the 16th over.
Rayudu smashed six fours and
three sixes in his 37-ball knock before
he was stumped in the penultimate
Knight Riders batsmen threw away
their wickets while attempting ex-
pansive shots before Colin de Grand-
homme (29) and Manish Pandey (33)
put on 41 runs for the sixth wicket.
Knight Riders needed 25 runs in
the last three overs, losing de Grand-
homme then Pandey (33) in the 18th
over swung the game Mumbai’s way.
Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad beat
Gujarat Lions by eight wickets to rise
to second place.
Captain David Warner (69) and
Vijay Shankar (63) struck unbeaten
half-centuries as Sunrisers cruised
to 158-2 in 18.1 overs, after the Lions
were bundled out for 154 in 19.2 over.
The Lions lostten wickets for only
43 runs, spoiling Ishan Kishan’s (61)
and Dwayne Smith’s (54) rollicking
start of 111 runs off 65 balls.
Seamer Mohammed Siraj (4-32)
and legspinner Rashid Khan (3-34)
destroyed the Lions’ chances of a
Rashid had Smith leg before wicket,
and Siraj off-cutters earned him the
wickets of Kishan and captain Suresh
Raina (2) in the 13th over.
Dinesh Karthik fell to Rashid, and
Aaron Finch was clean-bowled by the
legspinner off a googly as the Lions
fell to 123-5 in the 14th over.
Siraj returned and clean-bowled
James Faulkner and Pradeep Sangwan
in his last over. Then league leading
wicket-taker Buvneshwar Kumar (2-
25) wrapped up the innings.
Sunrisers sweated a bit at 25-2 after
veteran Praveen Kumar removed Shi-
khar Dhawan and Moises Henriques
in one over.
But Karthik missed a hard caught
behind chance of Shankar at 6 and
Warner had a lucky escape on 29
when he gave a thick edge to legspin-
ner Ankit Soni but wasn’t ruled out.
Warner and Shankar, playing only
his third match of the IPL, struck nine
boundaries each in their 133-run
stand off 91 balls.
Lions finished seventh of the eight
Swansea City’s Fernando Llorente, centre, celebrates scoring his side’s first
goal of the game with teammates, during the English Premier League
soccer match between Sunderland and Swansea City, at the Stadium of
Light, in Sunderland, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Race for top 4 heats up
2. Tottenham Hotspur 35 77
3. Manchester City
6. Manchester United 35 65
8. West Bromwich Albion 36 45
10. AFC Bournemouth 37 45
11. Leicester City
12. West Ham United 36 42
13. Stoke City
16. Crystal Palace
17. Swansea City
18. Hull City
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MORE RESULTS FROM YESTERDAY
STOKE 1, ARSENAL 4
MANCHESTER CITY 2, LEICESTER 1
SUNDELAND 0, SWANSEA 2
BOURNEMOUTH 2, BURNLEY 1
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