subject: od measure Ibrahimovic has signed the boots. So charitable Wednesday night, wonder if Joe Hart has donatedPosted: 5:44am, May 8, 2014
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Kobe Bryant is often at his most dangerous when hes fighting the flu, and the ailing superstar carried the Los Angeles Lakers to the brink of yet another under-the-weather win. One dramatic shot by George Hill left the Indiana Pacers feeling a whole lot healthier. Hills high-arching shot banked in over Dwight Howard with 0.1 seconds left, and the Pacers withstood Bryants 40-point performance and the Lakers last-minute rally for a 79-77 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Hill scored 19 points for the Pacers, who benefited enormously from the Lakers 23-for-43 performance at the free throw line. Indiana led for most of the night, but couldnt put it away until Hill took charge on a pick-and-roll play with David West, dribbling past Pau Gasol and delicately lofting the ball over the shot-blocking Howard. "Its something you always dream about, to hit game-winners," Hill said. "So to do that and help this team win a game just makes it that much better." Coughing and wheezing on the court and in the locker room, Bryant still hit a tying 3-pointer with 24.5 seconds left and produced the 114th 40-point game of his career. "It was just a tough game for us, because we didnt make shots," Bryant said. "On top of that, we didnt make free throws. Ive got to minimize my mistakes. Ten turnovers is way too many for me, so I have to work on perfecting that and bringing that down. I just felt like I played to the crowd too much." The Lakers dropped to 2-3 under new coach Mike DAntoni. They mostly played the way Bryant felt, flirting with the lowest-scoring game and worst shooting percentage in franchise history before finishing with 31.6 per cent shooting and surpassing the club low of 70 points in a game with eight consecutive points in the waning minutes. Los Angeles tied it at 74 on Howards dunk with 1:56 to play. After West made one free throw, Howard and Metta World Peace combined to miss four straight free throws. After Hill made a running shot, Bryant hit a 3-pointer in front of the Lakers bench to tie it — but Hill dribbled down the clock and won it for Indiana. "Im a little bit proud of the guys, the way they fought and had a chance to win, which defies statistical logic," DAntoni said. "That was not nice. That was tough." The Pacers sturdy defence stifled the Lakers up-tempo offence for most of the night, turning the game into an ugly grind before the thrilling finish. Indiana won its third straight road game over the Lakers after losing its first 11 regular-season meetings after Staples Center opened in 1999. West scored 16 points and Paul George had 12 in the opener of a four-game road trip for the Pacers, who had lost six of eight away from home to start the season. "We need road wins to build our togetherness, our belief in ourselves and our new identity, and to build confidence," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. "This is a big one, and one that we were looking for." Before outscoring the rest of his team combined, Bryant missed the Lakers morning shootaround when he fell ill. He spent the day in bed, drinking fluids and listening to Bob Marley, before giving another high-scoring performance, albeit with 10 turnovers and 12-for-28 shooting. Howard blocked four shots and scored 17 points despite 3-of-12 shooting at the free throw line. "It shouldnt have got to that point," Howard said. "Its been a tough stretch for us early in the season. We cant lose our faith. Well find a rhythm and well get in a groove, but we cant let what were going through get us down right now." The Lakers returned from a three-game trip for a three-game homestand, their final multigame stretch at home before Christmas. After playing six games in a nine-day stretch earlier this month, the Lakers are clearly running near empty — and they had little to give in the first half against Indiana. The Pacers jumped to an early lead and hung onto it despite falling into a 1-for-23 shooting slump in the first half, playing more than 12 minutes with just one field goal. The Lakers couldnt take advantage, missing 14 of their 18 shots in the second quarter and repeatedly failing to move the ball at DAntonis preferred pace. Bryant made five of his first six shots, but fell into a 1-for-10 slump before getting rolling again late in the third quarter while Los Angeles made a 13-2 run. Bryant had nine turnovers in the first three quarters, but also had 29 points — more than his teammates combined 28. NOTES: The Pacers stay in California to face Sacramento and Golden State before stopping in Chicago on the way home from their trip. ... The Lakers handed out bobblehead dolls in the likeness of the late Chick Hearn, their beloved broadcaster who would have turned 96 on Tuesday. ... Ashton Kutcher, David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Kaley Cuoco, Gene Simmons, Shannon Tweed and Tenacious D band members Jack Black and Kyle Gass watched from courtside. cheap jerseys nfl. Conte, a former Juventus captain, took over last summer from Luigi Delneri, who failed to take Juventus into the Europa League with a seventh-place finish in the Italian league. wholesale nfl jerseys. The 27-year-old Layne was 0-5 with a 3.28 ERA in 32 games, including two starts, at San Antonio. The Padres acquired Layne from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash considerations on May 3. The team goes home with just one bronze medal. Brandon McBride of Windsor, Ont., was the best individual Canuck on Sunday, placing sixth in the boys 400-metre final with a Canadian junior record time of one minute 46. wholesale jerseys from china. It was incredible to witness the performance they produced in the final at UEFA EURO 2012 to beat Italy 4-0. cheap nfl jerseys china.S. Open victories this summer. Britains first male grand-slam winner in 76 years arrived on an open-top bus before walking slowly through the towns streets, signing autographs as the crowds chanted his name, waved Scottish flags and lifted homemade placards.With this midweek occupied by the final international date on the 2012 FIFA calendar much activity has happened off the pitch on the business side for the Barclays Premier League these past seven days. Kicking it all off and intriguingly so on a day that traditionally is reserved for issuing negative news this time last week Chelsea were announcing for the first time under Roman Abramovich a profit for the club. This coming according to Bloomberg after seven straight seasons where Chelsea stacked up debts that averaged out at over £75m ($120m) per season. With the announced profit coming in a shade over $2 million Abramovich will have to wait until some point in time well after John Terry and Frank Lampard finally retire to claw back the $1 billion he has invested too date in upgrading the player pool since taking ownership in summer 2003. Cynics suggest Chelseas deal with Gazprom, the Russian energy behemoth is merely a ploy to circumvent the Financial Fair Play conditions as set out by UEFA that were partially introduced this year ahead of their full implementation in 2014. Some smoke screen. That particular three-year deal will only show up on the Chelsea ledger in their financial earnings statement that will be announced this time next year. Then consider Chelsea as a privately held company has no legal obligation what so ever to make its financial statements public. They do so as a matter of transparency and club policy. One such club that doesnt have the comfort of financial privacy is current table toppers Manchester United. They gave that up completely when in late summer approximately 10 per cent of the company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Seems the most winningest club in domestic English history is no Wall Street darling though. Not only have shares taken an Ashley Young like dive since debuting ahead of the new season on August 9th when on Tuesday ticker symbol MUFC announced a significant 1st quarter profit investors dumped the stock and it ended the day down. Three months on from Manchester Uniteds Wall Street debut and even on the back of the announcement that the man who broke the Bank of England in 1992 George Soros had picked up a tranche of shares they still trade lower than their offer price. Meanwhile it seems the blue half of Manchester has got the January transfer spending off to the early start with speculation coming midweek that they will be tabling an astronomical offer to Liverpool for Luis Suarez. The opening salvo $65 million. The club was quick to deny reports. Chelsea taking a different track today as their manager was full of gushing admiration for the current pound for pound heavyweight center forward champion of the world, Radamel Falcao who for now is the property of supposedly the poorer half of Madrid. The European champions have nosed ahead in the bidding war for the Columbian and all it seems is when, not if he joins for a fee that is sure to break the clubs and UK transfer record of £50m. Come in El Nino your time is well and truly up. Fueling all this irrational exuberance in the Manchester-London transfer investment market is the global broadcast pie that some rational estimates tagged early in the week is set breach a quite staggering £5 billion [$8b] when all the schekles are added up for the next three-year cycle. Guaranteeing, for each of the 20 clubs, in excess of $100 million per season for TV appearances alone. Its the land of make believe, fantasy football indeed. Not even unlucky in love Justin Bieber gets that amount. Even if he was partnered by his South Korean strike partner Psy. For what was a banking free week for Arsenal, club CEO and Formmer MLS deputy commissioner Ivan Gazidis felt compelled to get in on the weeks financial frenzy by telling the BBC yesterday of his belief that within three years the red half of North London will be in place to compete with anyone in world football when it comes to transfer fees and salaries.dddddddddddd Not sure too many of the 60,000 plus in attendance at the Emirates tomorrow lunch time for the first running this season of the always classic North London Derby will be as forward thinking as they chew things over on the terraces whilst munching down their £10 burgers. Three years Ivan? Its three points they want Arsene. By the way did I mention Arsenal levy a premium of 25 per cent on the price of a beer at halftime. Thats how much the club rise the price of a pint in comparison to what one costs before kick off. How very creative. A reverse happy hour if you like. As discussion of fiscal cliffs south of the border gain momentum owners and CEOs representing the most indebted league in all of world sport met in central London yesterday and top of the agenda was Fiscal Responsibility. In an initiative that has the backing of the big clubs as ways to protect their globally aspiring brands the losers in this are the lesser lights, those that provide us with our weekly dose of romance. Your West Broms are vehemently opposed – as are the purveyors of Tony Pulis baseball cap. Ending the week in fine fashion earlier today a lone Ranger in a feeble attempt to drum up investor interest banged on about his clubs ambition to one day join the worlds most popular football league. The voice wasnt from a Championship promotion contender but the CEO of Rangers, Charles Green who dreams of a day UEFA tear down the rigid football borders that divide their 50 plus member states. Long has it been mooted at some point in the future the two giants of Scottish football would one day compete in the top tier of English football. Dream on it seems. In March this year when the subject last surfaced Barclays Premier League chief Richard Scudamore knocked it deftly into touch. "Our rules are simple. It says were a league formed for clubs that play in England and Wales. I dont see that ever changing." Scudamore cleverly side stepping the word never. This for a league watched it seems by ever increasing numbers globally and influenced by an ownership group from an ever increasing overseas base. Stranger things have happened in sport. Just ask Blue Jay fans. BOOTS OF ZLATAN After undoubtedly stealing the midweek spotlight who out there doesnt wish they could play football as well as Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Memo to English media, the Swede announced his maverick talent way back at EURO 2004). Well as they do say a good workman wouldnt ever blame his tools how then would you like to own the tools used by Zlatan in his single handed demolition of England? Well you could thanks to his Swedish teammate and West Brom player, Jonas Olsson. Yesterday on twitter Olsson (J_OlssonViasat) announced that for all those who donate £5 ($ 8 ) to his familys charity imitative they will automatically enter a lottery with chance to win the very boots Ibrahimovic wore in Stockholm Wednesday night. Seems the novel idea is paying off 12-hours later Olsson took to Twitter to announce £3,000 had already been donated. For good measure Ibrahimovic has signed the boots. So charitable Wednesday night, wonder if Joe Hart has donated? Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur live on TSN - Saturday November 17th 7:30am ET/4:30am PT Manchester City v Aston Villa airs live across the TSN and TEAM Radio Networks with coverage kicking off at 9:30am ET/6:30am PT ' ' '

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