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Kyrie Irving helps Celtics pull away to beat Grizzlies

first_imgBoston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) controls the ball against Memphis Grizzlies guard Andrew Harrison (5) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Kyrie Irving scored 20 points, Jayson Tatum had 19 points and nine rebounds and the Boston Celtics pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 102-93 on Saturday night.Al Horford added 15 points for Boston. The Celtics shot 49 percent, including 14 of 30 (46.7 percent) from outside the arc.ADVERTISEMENT Marc Gasol led Memphis with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Tyreke Evans added 25 points, and Dillon Brooks had with 14 points, hitting a season-best four 3-pointers.After Memphis used a 21-point third quarter by Gasol to take a 73-71 lead after three, the Celtics opened the final frame with the first 16 points for an 87-73 lead. That put the game out of reach as Memphis lost its 17th in the last 19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGasol got untracked in the early part of the third, scoring 10 points before the midway point of the frame. That pulled Memphis even with the Celtics.And then Gasol kept scoring, converting 8 of 10 shots and tallying 21 points in the frame. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Harden, Paul lead Rockets to 13th straight victory Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson That helped Memphis take a 73-71 lead heading to the fourth. But the Grizzlies couldn’t maintain the momentum missing its first seven shots as Boston rebuilt the lead to double digits.The Celtics shot well early, hanging around 60 percent through the early stages of the second quarter. That, combined with missing only two of their first seven shots from outside the arc, helped the Boston margin swell to 21 points.Memphis would make a bit of a dent in the lead, mainly behind its reserves. The Celtics still maintained a 48-40 lead at intermission.TIP-INSCeltics: Rookie F Daniel Theis, who broke his nose in Friday’s loss to Utah, was back in action against the Grizzlies, wearing a mask. … Tatum, who entered the game, leading the league in 3-point shooting at 50 percent (48-96), made both of his shots from outside the arc in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Grizzlies: The Celtics outscored Memphis 31-12 in the first quarter, marking the 14th time in the last 18 games that the Grizzlies were outscored in a quarter by at least nine points. … Gasol’s 21 points in the third were one shy of a Memphis record for points in a quarter.UP NEXTCeltics: At Indiana on Monday nightGrizzlies: At Golden State on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View commentslast_img read more

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Carmichael beats the odds

first_imgShortly before the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup that began Monday, a Southern California resident suffered a debilitating injury that threw her dream of representing her nation into doubt. That description fits Shannon Boxx, the former South Torrance High star who battled back from a serious knee injury to make the U.S. World Cup team. But it also accurately describes Torrance resident Simone Carmichael, a good friend of Boxx who graduated from the same high school the same year the U.S. star did. But unlike Boxx, widely considered the best female holding midfielder in the world, the 30-year-old Carmichael is virtually unknown. Carmichael plays in midfield for New Zealand, where she was born, although she has lived in the South Bay since age 6. And if anything, her return to competitive soccer is an even more remarkable story than Boxx, who sustained her injury last year. In contrast, Carmichael completely ruptured her Achilles’ tendon in May, just 41/2 months ago. “We see most professional athletes (with that injury) take nine months to a year to return – a really exceptional case is six months,” said Ken Vick, her coach and sports performance director at Redondo Beach-based Velocity Sports Performance, where Carmichael rehabbed. “She’s just blowing people away,” he added. “I’ve seen athletes come back from huge injuries before, but this is just incredible.” A veteran on a young New Zealand team, Carmichael – who goes by her maiden name, Ferrara, on the World Cup roster – has scored five goals in 12 appearances for the Ferns, as the team is known. The all-time assist leader for UC Irvine, Carmichael’s career has been dogged by injury. She tore a hamstring while trying out for the San Diego Spirit of the defunct Women’s United Soccer Association and never played in the league. Instead, she played a year of pro soccer in China – an experience that will serve her well at this year’s World Cup, which is being held in the nation. Carmichael has played the last six years in the Women’s Premier Soccer League for Rolling Hills Estates-based Ajax America, perennial contenders for the national title. After giving birth to her daughter, Kaitlyn, she began training at Velocity – where U.S. women’s national team players Cat Whitehill and Leslie Osborne also work out – a year ago Monday in an effort to regain her spot on the New Zealand roster. Carmichael succeeded and made the trip to Papua, New Guinea this spring, where New Zealand qualified for the World Cup. Unknown to anyone at the time though, a side effect of the anti-malaria medication she took to prepare for that trip caused ligament weakness. During a sprinting drill May 1, she felt her Achilles pop. “It was devastating,” said her husband, Pete Carmichael. “A lifelong dream and it seemed at the time to be gone. It was really tough.” But so, it turned out, is Carmichael. Working daily with Vick and a physical therapist, she tapped the state of the art technologies at Velocity’s 18,000-square-foot facility, including running force analysis and vibration training. “Her training was always walking a fine line between protecting and healing the repair and pushing her forward in small but continuous steps,” Vick said. On Aug. 12, Carmichael and Vick traveled to Chicago, where New Zealand was playing the U.S., so the Ferns coaches could evaluate her fitness. Two weeks later, she was named to the World Cup roster, despite not having played a full 90 minutes for the team since the injury. “I’m taking each day as it comes,” she e-mailed over the weekend from China. “I’m still not 100 percent, but I think I’m getting pretty close. No one expected me to be.” Carmichael anticipates sitting out New Zealand’s first two group games and is aiming to return for the Sept. 19 match against China, which the Ferns coaches believe offers the best chance of a victory. Carmichael missed her daughter’s first birthday on Monday as well as the move into the family’s new home. But the once-in-a-lifetime experience of playing in a World Cup is worth it. “It was a hard four months,” she wrote. “I surprised a lot of people. But the World Cup has been a lifelong dream of mine and I was determined to beat the odds and not let it get away.” And she’ll have something to tell her daughter about one day. Read more about the Women’s World Cup at the new soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more