Delph rules out Villa exit

first_img Press Association Delph did not fly out with the rest of the Villa squad for their training camp in Portugal on Thursday amid strong speculation that he was poised for an £8million move to the Etihad Stadium. But Delph on Saturday released a statement via Villa’s website to dismiss the story. “I’m aware there has been intense media speculation surrounding my future in the last 24 hours and I want to set the record straight,” Delph said. “I’m not leaving. I’m staying at the football club and I can’t wait for the start of the season and captaining this great football club.” Delph was on Manuel Pellegrini’s radar as City are keen to boost their home-grown quota following the loss of James Milner to Liverpool and Frank Lampard to New York City. Delph signed a new Villa contract earlier this year with his previous deal having been due to expire this summer, but it had been reported that City would meet a release clause in that contract. His re-commitment to the cause will come as a major boost to Sherwood, who has signed two players from City – Scott Sinclair and Micah Richards – as well as midfielder Idrissa Gueye from Lille this summer. City are also monitoring the situation with Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, who returned to training on Friday after two days’ absence with illness, and has been named in Liverpool’s squad to tour Thailand, leaving on Sunday. They have had two bids rejected, the last an offer of £40million, and have been reluctant to meet the Reds’ £50million valuation but this week’s developments with the England international will have offered City some encouragement if they want to try to negotiate an agreement. center_img Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has ruled out a move to Manchester City and insisted he will stay with Tim Sherwood’s side. last_img read more

Two matches fixed for tomorrow as EDFA Senior league continues

first_imgMAHAICA Determinators will face BV/Triumph while Golden Stars square off with Ann’s Grove tomorrow, when the East Demerara Football Association’s (EDFA) Senior league continues at the Golden Grove ground.From 13:30hrs, Mahaica Determinators, who are currently placed second in the points standings of the EDFA STAG Senior League with 23 points at the end of the first round of the league, will be going all out for a win to improve their standing in the league during this second round.BV/Triumph, on the other hand, are fourth in the points standings with 15 points and will surely be looking to improve on that.The feature game which is scheduled for a 15:30hrs start should also provide excitement as fifth-placers Golden Stars on 13 points will be looking for a win against Ann’s Grove, who are placed seventh in the standings with a mere eight points.When the league continued last Sunday, Mahaica Determinators and Ann’s Grove played to a 1-1 draw at the same venue.Samuel Vandyke had sent the Mahaica side into the lead with a penalty during the second period after a goalless first half, but Kevin Barry netted the equaliser in the 74th minute from the run of play.The winners of the league will receive $200 000 and a trophy, while the second-, third- and fourth-placers will earn $100 000, $75 000 and $50 000 respectively.The highest goalscorer in the competition will receive $25 000 and a pair of football boots, compliments of the EDFA’s president, while the best goalkeeper will be rewarded with a pair of gloves and a football.last_img read more

Syracuse defense falters against Niagara’s Willmott in team’s 1st loss of season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Callum Willmott angrily stormed off the field, kicking up a clump of turf as he walked to the sideline. Two yellow cards on Niagara earlier in the game meant the forward would have to take a seat on the bench.But Willmott’s temporary exit in the 63rd minute was only a footnote on his dominating, two-goal performance. The 6-foot-6 forward had already done enough to hand the Orange its first loss of the season.“They targeted me all game,” said Willmott, Niagara’s top returning goal-scorer from last season. “But luckily, I was able to score a few from the touches I received and made a difference tonight.”The two goals Willmott scored helped the Purple Eagles defeat Syracuse 2-1 at SU Soccer Stadium in front of 1,336 on Friday night. Niagara (2-0-1) only took six shots in the game, but Willmott made the most of his four chances in Niagara’s first win over SU (2-1) in 11 matchups.The Niagara sophomore used his unique blend of size and strength on both scores, revealing weaknesses in the veteran SU back line.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSeven minutes into the first half, that back line was left flat-footed.Willmott timed his header perfectly after gaining favorable position on a smaller defender in Skylar Thomas. He cleanly redirected the ball from right to left and away from leaping SU goalkeeper Alex Bono.Willmott and his teammates celebrated their first score as they jogged back to their side of the field. Meanwhile, Thomas – SU’s tallest player at 6-foot-3 – could only clap his hands in anger while he fished the ball out of his own net, unable to match up with a player of Willmott’s size.“It beats you up when you let a goal in that quickly,” said Thomas. “With a guy like that, you have to be aggressive with him.”With the defensive focus shifted to the tall forward, Thomas and his fellow defenders were able to contain Willmott the rest of the first half. Still, Willmott used his frame to shield the ball away from SU just long enough to set up his teammates.A few well-placed passes from Willmott’s foot set up Niagara attacks. And when the second half began, Niagara regained momentum and fed their best goal scorer again.One minute into the second half, a pass split the Orange defense and rolled into the box. Bono charged it, but it hit defender Chris Makowski and fell right to the feet of SU’s nemesis Friday night.One booming shot later, and Willmott gave the Purple Eagles a comfortable two-goal advantage.“He had two chances and he scored two goals,” SU head coach Ian McIntrye said. “It made it difficult being two down, but we had to keep pushing.”SU pushed back 18 minutes into the second half.As soon as Willmott exited the game with his second yellow card from a diving header, junior forward Tony Asante placed the ball by Niagara goalkeeper Brett Petricek, moving the Orange within one goal late.But Willmott reentered the game in its crucial closing minutes and seized momentum for the visitors again. He got a touch on each one of SU’s four corner kicks in the last three minutes of the game and deflated any chance for a game-tying score.With his size, strength, and skill, Willmott led his team to victory.And with a quick turnaround until Monday’s game against a deep Colgate team, the Syracuse defense has some questions to answer about how they’ll matchup against similar players in the future.“Without those two lapses, we had a pretty solid outing,” said McIntyre. “Sometimes you just have to take your hat off to a forward after a performance like that.” Comments Published on August 31, 2012 at 11:09 pm Contact Nick: nctoney@syr.edu | @nicktoneytweetslast_img read more

Champions League action tonight

first_imgIn the Champions leagueHaving played against Everton at the weekend Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne may start for Manchester City tonight against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.City defender Pablo Zabaleta says it could be an entertaining match. Barcelona currently sit top of the group with 6 points while City are second on 4.In the other game in that group Celtic host Borussia Monchengladbach.Hoops Manager Brendan Rodgers says staying in European competition is a big goal for his team.Group A leaders Arsenal host Bulgarian side Ludogorets at the Emirates.All of those matches kick off at 7.45last_img

Astros top Rockies 2-1 in 11; Greinke, Senzatela fine thru 9

first_img WATCH US LIVE First Published: 19th August, 2020 07:58 IST Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 19th August, 2020 07:58 IST Astros Top Rockies 2-1 In 11; Greinke, Senzatela Fine Thru 9 Myles Straw’s RBI single with one out in the 11th inning lifted the Houston Astros over the Colorado Rockies 2-1 on Tuesday, extending their winning streak to a season-high six games Written By SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img COMMENT LIVE TV Myles Straw’s RBI single with one out in the 11th inning lifted the Houston Astros over the Colorado Rockies 2-1 on Tuesday, extending their winning streak to a season-high six games.The back-and-forth finish came after the teams were scoreless going into extra innings, highlighted by splendid performances from starters Zack Greinke and Antonio Senzatela.The right-handers had nearly identical lines: They both went eight innings, allowed just three singles and walked none. Greinke struck out seven for Houston, one more than Senzatela.After both teams scored in the 10th, Abraham Toro started Houston’s 11th on second base and the Rockies intentionally walked pinch-hitter Carlos Correa. A sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Garrett Stubbs moved up the runners and Straw singled to left field off Jairo Díaz (0-1).Andre Scrubb (1-0) walked one in a scoreless 11th for the win.The Astros wrapped up a 7-1 homestand after losing five in a row. The Rockies have dropped five of their last six.Raimel Tapia hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th to put Colorado up 1-0. A sacrifice fly by Kyle Tucker scored Alex Bregman and tied it in the bottom of the 10th.The eight innings matched a career high for Senzatela, who last got through eight on May 26, 2017, against St. Louis. And he’s just the third pitcher in Rockies history to pitch eight or more scoreless innings and not get a win.Enoli Paredes struck out two in the ninth for Houston and Daniel Bard struck out one in the ninth to send it to the 10th.Greinke allowed two singles in the first inning and Charlie Blackmon singled to start the fourth, but still faced the minimum in that inning after Nolan Arenado grounded into a double play.Grienke didn’t allow a baserunner after that, sailing through the next four innings with the help of several groundouts. He finished his outing strong when Tapia grounded out to start the eighth before Greinke struck out Ryan McMahon and Sam Hilliard on just seven pitches to end his day.Senzatela didn’t allow a hit until a single by Bregman with two outs in the fourth inning. Yuli Gurriel followed with a single, but Tucker grounded into a forceout to end the inning.The Astros got a single from Straw with one out in the sixth and he stole second base. But he was left stranded when Senzatela retired Josh Reddick and Bregman to end the inning.That was the first of eight straight batters Senzatela retired to wrap up his outing.TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: CF David Dahl was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup because of tightness in his lower back. He was replaced Hilliard.Astros: Houston placed DH Yordan Alvarez on the injured list with right knee discomfort retroactive to Sunday. Alvarez, last year’s AL Rookie of the Year, missed the beginning of the season after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and played just two games before he was shelved again because of the knee problem. … OF George Springer was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup because of soreness in his right wrist. Springer was injured sliding on Monday night. … Manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that right-hander Justin Verlander played catch on Monday for the first time since he was injured and felt good. Verlander has been on the injured list since July 25 with a strained right forearm.UP NEXTHouston’s Framber Valdez (1-2, 1.90) opposes Ryan Castellani (0-0, 1.04) when this series moves to Denver for two games starting on Wednesday night.Image credits: AP FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Have a Marvel-ous time at Sunrise ComicCon!

first_imgThe first-ever Sunrise ComicCon will take place this Sunday, August 12, from noon to 7:00 p.m. at the Sunrise Civic Center (10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard). Fans of super heroes, sci-fi and fantasy are invited to take part in this family-friendly event. Highlights include:Cosplay ContestArtists & AuthorsPanels & DemosFood TrucksVendors60+ Open-Play Gaming SystemsSuper Smash Bros. 4 for Wii U Tournament ($5 player fee)Special Guests:“Epic Voice Guy” Jon BaileyComics legend Allen BellmanCracked publisher Captain CartoonArtist, Author and Animator SilverbackVisit www.sunrisefl.gov/comiccon for a complete schedule and vendor list. Save big by reserving your spot early! Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door. Call (954) 747-4646 or visit www.sunrisefl.gov/tickets.html. If you do wait ‘til Sunday to purchase your tickets, bring cash ($20 bills or smaller) to experience the shortest wait time. Small-bill cash purchases can be made at booths 213, 226, and 242. Credit card (Visa/MC/Discover/Amex) and large-bill ($50 or greater) ticket purchases must be made at the Box Office. Bought online and need to pick up a wrist band? Head to booth 213, 226, or 242!Sunrise ComicCon is sponsored by Supercon, Loot Comics & Games, Random Ramblings Productions, and Silverback.last_img read more

Paddy Power Betfair appoints legal leads for FanDuel buyout

first_img Alex Gersh returns to betting as Sportradar CFO   July 13, 2020 StumbleUpon FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 FTSE100 betting group Paddy Power Betfair (PPB), has confirmed the appointment of London law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as its lead legal advisor in its pursuit of US-facing DFS operator FanDuel.This week PPB governance confirmed industry rumours that the company was seeking to acquire New York-based DFS operator FanDuel, following the Supreme Court’s repeal of PASPA’s federal mandate.The betting group confirmed, to UK media that it had accelerated talks between parties following SCOTUS ruling, which will likely lead to the US opening state-sanctioned sports betting.As yet, PPB governance has no made its formal proposal for the outright acquisition of FanDuel and its associated assets.Corporate law news source, LegalWeek reports that Freshfields’ Senior Partner Oliver Lazenby will lead the FTSE betting group legal advisory on the proposed acquisition.Furthermore, PPB and Freshfields will be further assisted by Philadelphia-based law firm Blank Rome as US legal advisory.Deal counterpart FanDuel is reported to have recruited California law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati working alongside Scotland’s Shepherd and Wedderburn as UK advisor. Related Articles Submit Share BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Sportium CEO Alberto Eljarrat seeks to deliver ‘new horizons’ for Spanish racing

first_img Grupo Cirsa and Ladbrokes Spanish sportsbook joint-venture Sportium continues its commitment to modernizing Spanish horseracing, announcing that it has secured an exclusive partnership with ‘Gran Hipódromo Dos Hermanas’ – Andalucía’s biggest and most prestigious racetrack.The agreement sees Sportium become the lead betting services supplier to Apuesta Hípica y Deportiva Iberia (AHD Iberia), the province’s sole racetrack operator.Moving forward, Sportium confirms that it will broadcast Gran Hipódromo race events across its land-based and digital verticals, becoming the first betting operator to take bets across Spain on Andalusian horseracing.A key corporate directive of Sportium Chief Executive Alberto Eljarrat, in 2018 the Spanish bookmaker has moved to invest in redeveloping Spanish racing propositions and properties.Updating Spanish media, Eljarrat restated that Sportium was committed to ‘taking the beautiful sport of horseracing to new horizons in Spain, by securing it a wider public profile’.“Spain has the capacity to host racing fixtures all year-round – great venues, hospitality and climate,” said Eljarrat. “However, at present, we enjoy only 100 days of racing per year. This amounts to 500 races when compared to Italy’s 3,000, France where you have 20 for each race that we celebrate, and the UK were racing is a tradition.“I believe that we are not leaders in turf, simply because we have not developed proper racing betting systems to support the sport’s infrastructures, Sportium will change this.”Developing  Eljarrat’s new vision for Spanish horseracing, last October Sportium announced that it had entered a strategic partnership with French sportsbook PMU France, significantly expanding its betting resources and live broadcasts of European racing events.Sportium’s investment in Spanish racing will support the bookmaker’s retail expansion which has been undertaken during 2018, with the bookmaker opening new betting points in Andalucía and the Belleric Islands. StumbleUpon GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Sharelast_img read more

Paul George, Thunder keep Clippers searching for answers

first_imgPreviousOklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) gestures to the crowd after scoring a basket in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)From left, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson, Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) and forward Paul George reach for a loose ball in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Oklahoma City won 120-111. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) loses the ball as he drive between Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13), center Dakari Johnson, center and guard Andre Roberson, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsOklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, shoots in front of Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, right, shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Dakari Johnson (44) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) gestures to the crowd after scoring a basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers shouts to his team in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) defends in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Clippers forward Blake Griffin prepares to drive as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony defends during the first quarter of Friday’s game in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, shoots in front of Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) goes to the basket between Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7), forward Patrick Patterson (54) and forward Josh Huestis (34) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Oklahoma City won 120-111. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) shoots between Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) and teammate Willie Reed (35) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Oklahoma City won 120-111. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Oklahoma City won 120-111. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Thunder forward Paul George shoots between Clippers center Willie Reed, left, and guard Austin Rivers during the third quarter of Friday’s game in Oklahoma City. George scored 42 points to lead the Thunder to a 120-111 victory. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder forward Josh Huestis (34) is called for an offensive foul as he shoots over Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed (35) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Oklahoma City won 120-111. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers shouts to an official in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Oklahoma City won 120-111. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, drives to the basket past Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Oklahoma City won 120-111. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) is fouled by Los Angles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Oklahoma City won 120-111. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) is fouled by Los Angles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Oklahoma City won 120-111. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots between Los Angeles Clippers Clippers guard Austin Rivers, left, and forward Blake Griffin (32) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Oklahoma City won 120-111. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots in front of Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) gestures to the crowd after scoring a basket in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)From left, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson, Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) and forward Paul George reach for a loose ball in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Oklahoma City won 120-111. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)NextShow Caption1 of 22From left, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson, Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) and forward Paul George reach for a loose ball in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Oklahoma City won 120-111. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)ExpandOKLAHOMA CITY — In a meeting between teams in transition, the Clippers had the misfortune of running into the Oklahoma City Thunder on the night when everything started to click for new addition Paul George.George scored 42 points and the Thunder beat the Clippers 120-111 on Friday night, George’s highest-scoring performance since joining the team via an offseason trade with Indiana.The All-Star small forward made 13 of 22 shots and had nine rebounds and seven assists to help the Thunder snap a four-game losing streak.Russell Westbrook had 22 points and eight assists and Carmelo Anthony and Alex Abrines each scored 14 points in the Thunder’s highest-scoring game of the season. The Thunder led 63-55 at halftime behind 21 points by George and 17 by Westbrook.“All of the sudden, he got it going,” Rivers said of George. “I thought that changed the game when he got it going. That stretched the floor some more.”“I was just trying to stay in attack mode,” George said. “If plays opened up and there was opportunities to find guys, I was trying to, but it just seems that a lot of the plays just ended up me one on one with a big at the rim.”The Thunder continued their surge early in the third quarter. A 3-pointer by Anthony pushed Oklahoma City’s lead to 15. The Thunder increased the margin to 20 before the Clippers chipped away late in the quarter to close to 94-86 at the end of the period.A 3-pointer by Austin Rivers tied it at 105 midway through the fourth, but the Thunder held the Clippers to one field goal in the final three minutes to regain control.During their recent slide, the Clippers have struggled defensively against teams expected to be among the Western Conference’s best, surrendering 120 in consecutive games and 141 to Golden State recently.“We should be one, two, three, four, five – a top-five defensive team, without a doubt,” Doc Rivers said before the game. “So the fact that teams are hanging up these amount of points on us, we have to figure out whatever we have to figure out. But it’s getting ridiculous.“We’re going to figure it out and we’re going to get back to where we need to get, because if we do this, we’re not going to win games. You’re just not going to win. You can’t play to win if you’re scoring 115 and you’re still losing.”Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, after playing 30 minutes on Tuesday in a 120-107 loss at San Antonio, was sent back to Los Angeles midweek and ruled out for the last two games of the trip with a sore right knee.“It’s the same thing that kept him out of the second half of camp,” Doc Rivers said, “but he’ll be fine. That’s the good news. We were worried that it could be worse, and it’s not, but he’s still probably going to miss a week of games. So it’s just another guy out.”Beverley is hardly the only Clippers player dealing with an injury.Point guard Milos Teodosic has been out since Oct. 21 with a plantar fascia injury in his left foot. Small forward Danilo Gallinari has missed the past two games with a strained right glute.ALSOGriffin had five assists to surpass 2,000 in his career. He led the team in assists, and the team finished with just 13. … Clippers guard Jawun Evans, who played at nearby Oklahoma State last season, scored three points in 16 minutes. … Guard Sindarius Thornwell got his first career start in place of Beverley and scored 10 points. … Clippers center DeAndre Jordan finished with nine points and 12 rebounds. … Williams hit a double-clutch shot from halfcourt to end the first quarter. … Williams was called for a technical foul in the fourth quarter. … The Clippers conclude their trip on Saturday night in New Orleans. … Thunder center Steven Adams missed the game with a right calf contusion. … Dakari Johnson got his first career start in Adams’ place and finished with nine points.News services contributed to this story. Westbrook and Anthony made it tough for the Clippers to deal with George.“It’s hard because they have so many options,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers, whose team is finding its way after trading away All-Star point guard Chris Paul. “A lot of times you have the one-two option, they’ve got the one-two-three option. It’s tough.”George made 13 of 22 shots and had nine rebounds and seven assists. He said his new teammates are starting to figure out how his game works.“It really is just chemistry,” he said. “When I got here, one of the talks we had about what was best with offense was the movement. Coach (Billy) Donovan was happy that he could utilize me in that situation of moving and getting some flow in offense, so I’m comfortable with that. It’s good for me to get going and move around a little bit.”Lou Williams scored 35 points for the Clippers, who have lost four straight and six of seven. Blake Griffin had 17 points on 5-for-19 shooting.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more