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Thompson, Durant lead
Warriors past Spurs, 112 92
SAN ANTONIO --- Klay Thompson
scored 27 points, Kevin Durant had
24 and the Golden State Warriors
overcame a lethargic irst half to
beat the injury-riddled San Antonio
Spurs 112 92 on Thursday night.
Steph Curry added 21 points for
Golden State in its irst meeting
against the Spurs since sweeping the
Western Conference inals en route
to the NBA title.
The Spurs played without Kawhi
Leonard and Tony Parker, as they
did in the conference inals. Unlike
those blowout victories, Golden
State struggled to close out San An-
Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge
had 24 points and 10 rebounds, con-
tinuing his resurgent season. Kyle
Anderson added 16 points in place
of Leonard, whose return from an
injured right quadriceps is still un-
TRAIL BLAZERS 113,
Damian Lillard made a 3-pointer
with 0.7 seconds left and Portland
extended its winning streak over Los
Angeles to 13 games.
Lillard inished with 32 points,
and Portland snapped a two-game
skid. Jusuf Nurkic added 28 points
Brook Lopez had 27 points and
rookie Kyle Kuzma added a sea-
son-high 22 for the Lakers, who were
short-handed after Larry Nance Jr.
injured his left hand in the second
half. Fellow rookie Lonzo Ball was 0
for 2 from the ield with no points,
four assists and three rebounds.
Portland took a 106 105 lead on
Lillard's free throws with 1:56 left.
Kuzma made a hook shot on the
other end, but Lillard answered
with a layup before Nurkic made
free throws for a 110 107 lead. The
standing crowd chanted "Beat LA!"
But Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
quieted the fans with a 3-pointer off
an assist from Ball to tie it with 15.5
seconds left. Lillard hit the winner
over the outstretched arm of Bran-
don Ingram after letting some time
run off the clock. To the roar of the
crowd, Lillard pointed to his wrist to
indicate "Lillard Time."
Marseille suspends Evra for
kicking fan pending UEFA hearing
NYON, Switzerland --- Marseille has
suspended Patrice Evra and could
take further action after the de-
fender kicked one of the team's fans
before a Europa League game.
The French club's announcement
came after UEFA said earlier yester-
day that Evra will be banned for at
least one game.
UEFA's disciplinary body will meet
on Nov. 10 to rule on the incident, in
which Evra was sent off for violent
conduct before the game in Portugal
After opening an internal inves-
tigation into Evra's conduct, and
following a meeting between Evra
and club president Jacques-Henri
Eyraud, Marseille decided to take
The club said in a statement
Evra could face further sanctions.
Although Marseille accepted Evra
received some "hateful insults" he
could in no way "respond in such an
Evra got into a verbal argument
with Marseille supporters who
scaled barriers to confront him be-
fore the match against Portuguese
Evra was seen aiming a kick at the
head of one of his club's fans and
then being ushered away by a team-
mate. Evra, who was a substitute for
the game, was issued a red card be-
fore the match.
"The club can only condemn all
destructive behaviour from pseudo
supporters who insult their own
players when everyone should be
supporting the team," Marseille said.
Evra, whose most successful spell
as a player came at Manchester
United and Juventus, has lost his
place at Marseille this season to Jor-
dan Amavi. But Evra has remained
visible on Instagram videos, singing
and having fun.
He was heavily criticized in some
sections of the media, including by
former France players such as Chris-
tophe Dugarry, for ilming himself
offering a bag of food to a homeless
person on Marseille's streets and
posting a socially loaded message
asking others what they were doing
Evra's temperament has been an
issue in the past. He has clashed
verbally with former players --- es-
pecially Lilian Thuram and Dugarry
--- and with television pundits,
often mocking some of them with
invented names as a pun on their
Mourinho seeks redemption on return to former club
Games against Chelsea will always
be special for Jose Mourinho, for so
long the darling of Stamford Bridge.
The latest trip to his former club
tomorrow might just carry even
more signi icance.
There are other factors in play
for the Manchester United manager
aside from his team's need for three
points to keep pace with rampant
leader Manchester City in the Pre-
There's the desire for redemption
after United's humiliating 4 0 loss at
Chelsea around this time last year.
There's the gradual souring of his
relationship with Chelsea manager
Also, what better way to silence
growing criticism of him and his
team's style of play than for an in-
creasingly irritable Mourinho to
inally lead United to an away win
against a big rival?
"From the emotional point of
view, it's just one more game,"
Mourinho has said in the build-up.
Few will take those comments se-
Going into a match that has
proved to be one of the most con-
tentious and incident- illed in Eng-
lish soccer in recent years, the focus
should really be on Chelsea and
The 3 0 loss to Roma in the Cham-
pions League on Tuesday was verg-
ing on the embarrassing because of
the comical nature of Chelsea's de-
fending. And with the team having
already lost three times in 10 games
of its Premier League title defense,
questions are being asked about
Chelsea's squad depth and ability
to challenge on both domestic and
European fronts this season.
"In this season, we are strug-
gling," Conte said yesterday. "We are
struggling a lot. We are facing a lot of
Invariably, though, Mourinho
manages to grab the spotlight on
occasions like this. Even in last sea-
son's game, the United coach made
himself the focus of the post-match
analysis when, while shaking hands
with Conte after the inal whistle,
he rebuked his counterpart for his
hysterical celebrations on the touch-
"You don't celebrate like that at
4 0," Italian TV reported Mourinho
as saying. "You can do it at 1 0, oth-
erwise it's humiliating for us."
Since then, Mourinho described
Chelsea as a defensive team as it
marched to the league title, and
appeared to aim a dig at Conte in
particular this season when he crit-
icized other managers for "crying"
when their players were injured.
It must hurt Mourinho that his
biggest loss as United manager came
at the hands of Chelsea and at a sta-
dium where was once treated like a
king during two trophy-laden spells
as manager (2004 07 and 2013 15). It
is the only time Mourinho's United
has been beaten by more than two
goals in his 18-month reign.
Including that 4 0 loss in October
2016, United has played six away
league games against England's so-
called "Big Six" under Mourinho
and failed to win any of them, only
scoring one goal in the process.
Critics say a team as expensively as-
sembled as United's should be doing
more and playing more attractively.
"I know it's a different way of
analyzing things for this reason or
that reason," Mourinho said. "Sim-
ilar performances for some clubs
are magic, are examples of brilliant
tactics and amazing attitude of the
players, and for other teams the
same kind of performance becomes
conservative, negative, so many ad-
Mourinho continues to defend his
style and tactics in the big games,
saying his team deserved credit for
beating Tottenham 1 0 last weekend
in a period when Tottenham has
beaten Liverpool 4 1 and Real Ma-
drid 3 1. After the win against Tot-
tenham, Mourinho gave a "shush"
gesture to the TV cameras --- a per-
ceived retort to his critics.
In past years, picking up a point at
Stamford Bridge would be viewed as
creditable but Man City's fast start to
this season is making people re-eval-
uate what a good result is.
Fourth-place Chelsea starts the
game nine points behind City, and
second-place United is ive points off
the unbeaten and free-scoring lead-
ers. City hosts Arsenal hours before
the Chelsea-United match starts.
"There is a big problem for all the
teams ighting for the title, and this
is Manchester City," Conte said. "If
they continue in this way, it will be
very dif icult to ight for the title."
Ferrari could quit Formula 1
Ferrari president Sergio Mar-
chionne has said the team could
quit Formula 1 if they do not ap-
prove of the direction taken by new
owners Liberty Media.
The Ferrari chief pinpointed pro-
posals for a new engine design from
2021 as he made the threat in a con-
ference call with investors.
Marchionne said F1 had been
"part of our DNA since the day we
But he added: "If we change the
sandbox to the point it becomes un-
recognisable, I don't want to play
His concerns follow objections
from both Mercedes and Renault
over plans for a new engine de-
sign that were presented jointly
on Tuesday by governing body
the FIA and the F1 Group, which
was bought by Liberty earlier this
Marseille's Patrice Evra, third left, raises his foot trying to kick a man during
a scuffle with Marseille supporters who trespassed into the field before the
Europa League group I match between Vitoria SC and Olympique de
Marseille at the D. Afonso Henriques stadium in Guimaraes, Portugal,
PICTURE LUIS VIEIRA
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard drives to the basket on Los
Angeles Lakers' Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball during the fourth quarter of an
NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday.
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