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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Heat has time to rest
after sweeping Bobcats
The Miami Heat earned a little
extra rest and relaxation after
completing a four-game sweep
of the Charlotte Bobcats with a
109-98 victory in the NBA play-
offs on Monday night.
With Toronto and Brooklyn tied
at 2-2 in their series, it could be
until Sunday before Miami knows
its second-round opponent. That
would mean at least a week off for
the two-time defending NBA
"I m sure our guys will love it,
but the most important thing is
that we have the chance to move
on," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
Miami is the only team that can
No other NBA team has closed
out its opponent, and only the
Heat swept their series.
"Nothing is guaranteed," Spoel-
stra said. "Some people that are
cynical may look at this as a 2-7
(seed) matchup and say they were
supposed to win 4-0. It s not
working that way in this league.
... We understand how tough it is
to win in this league."
It s the second straight year the
Heat swept their opening-round
"We have been here before, we
have learned some lessons from
last year, and that is the best part
of it," Chris Bosh said.
"We will handle it better this
Dwyane Wade will have a
chance to rest sore knees and a
tight hamstring. And LeBron James
can ice up his thigh contusion after
scoring 31 points as Miami won
its 20th straight game over Char-
The Bobcats played without Al
Jefferson, their leading scorer and
rebounder who has been bothered
by a foot injury since the first quar-
ter of Game 1.
Atlanta s Mike Scott made five
three-pointers during a 30-6 sec-
ond-quarter run and the Hawks
defense fended off a furious
fourth-quarter charge to hold off
the top-seeded Indiana Pacers 107-
97 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-
The Hawks can complete one
of the most unexpected playoff
upsets in NBA history at home
Scott s performance was like a
bolt out of the blue.
After scoring just 30 points in
the first four games, he knocked
down four straight 3s early in the
second quarter and then closed
the decisive 30-6 run with the last
of his five 3s to give the eighth-
seeded Hawks a commanding 48-
It s a shocking twist in the East,
a conference that most expected
to come down to an epic Pacers-
Heat rematch in the conference
finals. To have any chance now,
the Pacers need to win two
straight, something they haven t
done with their regular starters
The Hawks, meanwhile, con-
tinued to decimate the Pacers
defense with the spread offense,
especially in a record-breaking sec-
At Dallas, Manu Ginobili scored
23 points and Boris Diaw hit a go-
ahead 3-pointer in the final minute
as the San Antonio Spurs held off
a second-half surge by Dallas to
win 93-89 and level their series.
The Spurs regained the home-
court advantage by getting a split
of two games in Dallas, matching
what the eighth-seeded Mavericks
did in San Antonio.
The Spurs led by 20 points in
the third quarter before the Mav-
ericks pulled even midway through
the fourth quarter.
Diaw hit from long range over
Dirk Nowitzki at the top of the key
for a 90-87 lead.
Nowitzki had 19 points and was
held under 20 in a fourth straight
playoff game for the first time since
his first postseason in 2001.
Game 5 is today in San Antonio.
Kwiatkowski takes Tour
of Romandie prologue
ASCONA---Michal Kwiatkowski of
Poland carried over his one-day clas-
sics form to win the prologue of the
Tour of Romandie in Switzerland yes-
The Polish rider, who placed third
at the Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the
Walloon Arrow last week, clocked six
minutes, 22 seconds for the 5.6-kilo-
metre (3.5-mile) course near the
Rohan Dennis of Australia trailed
Kwiatkowski by four seconds. Third-
place Marcel Kittel of Germany had
the same time.
The 23-year-old Kwiatkowski told
Swiss broadcaster RTS "that s the first
stage win in a World Tour race for me."
Defending champion Chris Froome
of Britain was 13th-fastest, trailing by
10 seconds. The winner of the six-day
Romandie race has won the Tour de
France for the past three years.
The second stage today is a 203-
kilometre (126.1-mile) ride from Ascona
to Sion. (AP)
PARIS---World and Olympic cham-
pion Marianne Vos says women
cyclists got a "big boost" when Tour
de France organisers agreed to host a
one-day race for them in Paris this
year --- but she s not stopping there.
The first "La Course by Le Tour de
France" --- a women s race --- takes
place on July 27, just hours before men
riders end their three-week jaunt
through Britain and France to the
Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Vos and Britain s Emma Pooley were
among four women riders who
launched a petition last year seeking a
women s version of the Tour. Tour
director Christian Prudhomme first
dismissed the idea, then grumbled
about the petition s timing, and relented
Vos called the race an important step,
"and let s see what other opportunities
we can get," the Dutchwoman said yes-
terday, at the same time race organizers
She calls herself a "marraine," French
for godmother, of La Course, and will
ride in the inaugural race.
La Course will cover 90 kilometres
(55 miles) and include 13 laps on the
Champs-Elysees, with a likely sprint
The winner will receive 22,500 euros
(about $31,000), the same sum awarded
to men for a Tour stage win.
"In addition to the 100 cyclists in
the pack, policewomen from the Paris
Police Prefecture will be responsible
for watching over La Course, which
will have a 100 per cent female jury,"
Tour organisers said in a statement,
adding that "those who make it onto
the podium can look forward to kisses
from podium boys!"
Until now, the 110-year-old Tour has
been almost exclusively a male preserve,
with women sometimes employed on
team staff, or on the winners podium
handing out flowers and dispensing
kisses on riders cheeks.
Tour organisers said the race will be
broadcast live in 104 countries. (AP)
World and Olympic champion Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos poses next to the Arch
de Triomphe with the logo of the"La Course by Le Tour de France" in Paris,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
...eyes more progress
Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan, left, shakes hands with Miami Heat's LeBron James after Game 4 of
an opening-round NBA playoff series in Charlotte, North Carolina, Monday night. Heat won 109-98, sweeping
the series 4-0. AP PHOTO
Vos hails women's Tour
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