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Daily Nation : February 5th 2014
DAILY NATION Wednesday February 5, 2014 SPORT BASKETBALL | Detroit team feels the Wade, James lead Heat past Pistons Star players deliver fifth win in six matches for rampant champions Miami D wyane Wade scored 30 points with 10 rebounds and five assists on Monday and LeBron James just missed a triple-double as NBA champions Miami beat Detroit 102-96. James scored 24 points with 11 as- sists and eight rebounds as the Heat won for the fifth time in six games. Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 26 points. Rodney Stuckey added 20 and Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond both recorded doubledoubles — Monroe with 17 points and 11 rebounds and Drummond with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Pistons had won two straight going into the contest, and they are one of just four teams to beat the Heat in Miami this season. They kept it close for much of the night, but surrendered seven of their 21 turnovers in the fourth quarter as the Heat pulled away. Ray Allen opened the fourth pe- riod with a three-pointer that launched a 14-5 Heat scoring run. A three-pointer and a driving hook shot by Wade stretched Miami’s lead to 100-85 with 3:41 remaining, and an 11-2 scoring run to finish the game by Detroit wasn’t enough. Following a nice showing against the New York Knicks on Saturday, Wade was simply brilliant in 37 minutes, hitting 68 percent of his shots while grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out five assists. It was Wade’s second 30-point outing of the season. Double figures LeBron James was sensational in the win, as well, and finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double with a line of 24 points (9-of-19 shooting), 11 assists and eight rebounds. Chris Bosh was the only other Heat player to finish in double figures and poured in 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting while hauling in seven rebounds. The Pistons were dominant on the glass from start to finish, edging out Miami by seven rebounds total and nine on the offensive boards, but their offense sputtered thanks to a regular dose of long-range jumpers and too many unforced errors. (AFP) 63 FOOTBALL Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards to commence continental campaign this weekend. P.66 Ireland, Wales in grudge Six Nations tie Paris France’s thrilling 26-24 win over England gave the Six Nations a scintillating start but next Saturday’s match between Ireland and two-time defending champions Wales promises to really heat up the tournament as one nation looks to settle a score. Pretty much the whole of Ireland — even those orientated towards Gaelic Games — will down tools on Saturday and be willing their team to deliver a hammer blow to Wales coach Warren Gatland’s hopes of an unprecedented third successive Six Nations title. Gatland, a former Ireland coach to boot, has become a pantomime villain in Ireland since he dared to drop Irish legend Brian O’Driscoll from the British and Irish Lions side for the third and decisive Test against Australia last June. While the Lions won the game and the series, justifying Gatland’s selection, it still rankled with the normally diplomatic O’Driscoll a few months later. “Yes, there’s resentment, of course,” O’Driscoll said last September. “Is he (Gatland) on the Christmas card list? Unlikely. “When you’re left with disappointment that way, you can’t but feel a little bit of resentment.” Memorable experience Both Ireland and Wales got off to winning starts at home at the weekend — the Irish eventually easing to a 28-6 win over a hapless Scotland while the Welsh had a scare or too before beating Italy 23-15. One of Ireland’s three try scorers against the Scots, Rob Kearney, making his 50th appearance for his country a memorable one, had no doubts about what the atmosphere will be like come the match. “Yes, there will be added spice,” PHOTOS | AFP Miami Heat’s LeBron James slams the ball against the New York Knicks during their game on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Left: Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade with LeBron James. Heat won 106-91. Heat beat Detriot Pistons 102-96 on Monday night. Tendulkar receives India’s highest honour New Delhi India’s President Pranab Mukherjee has presented the country’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, to cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar (left) quit international cricket in November following India’s win over the West Indies in a Test in Mumbai. Tendulkar is the first sportsman to win the award and - at 40 - the CRICKET Kumar Sangakkara became the leading century-maker among active Test players as Sri Lanka bounced back strongly after a shaky start in the second Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong yesterday. FOOTBALL 1-0 TENNIS Chelsea’s victory over Manchester City in an English Premier League match at Etihad Stadium on Monday night. Federer to play in Davis Cup quarters Former world number one Roger Federer says he will play for Switzerland in the Davis Cup quarter-final against Kazakhstan in early April. The 32-year-old, who is yet to win the Davis Cup, played in last weekend’s 3-2 victory over last year’s finalists Serbia. “I will line up with my friends, captain Seve and STAN against KazakhSTAN in April,” tweeted Federer referring to non-playing skipper Severin Lüthi and his team-mate and recent Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka. youngest. Previous recipients include India’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and former PMs Rajiv and Indira Gandhi. The award is made on a recommendation by the prime minister to the president. President Mukherjee presented the honour to Tendulkar and leading scientist Prof CNR Rao at a ceremony at Delhi’s presidential palace - or Rashtrapati Bhavan - on Tuesday morning. “I will continue to bat for India even though cricket has stopped,” Tendulkar said after receiving the award. Tendulkar had dedicated the honour to his mother Rajni when he was nominated for it hours after he announced his retirement last year. Tendulkar bowed out of international cricket after his 200th Test match - 24 years and one day after his first. (BBC) FOOTBALL US to host 2014 World Cup warm up Defending world champions Spain and African champions Nigeria feature in an eight-team 2014 World Cup warm-up tournament to be staged in the United States between May 27 and June 10. The ‘Road To Brazil’ event, organised by Major League Soccer, also features Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece, Ivory Coast, Honduras, as well as two teams not going to Brazil - Bolivia and El Salvador. said the 27-year-old, referring to how O’Driscoll’s dropping would impact on the game. Kearney, who along with brother and wing Dave earned praise for their performances against Scotland from coach Joe Schmidt, also inferred Gatland’s harping on about Wales being in line to become the first side to win three successive Six Nations titles. (AFP) They are going for three in a row (Six Nations titles) which their coach Warren Gatland doesn’t stop telling everyone” Rob Kearney, Ireland player CRICKET Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail was Tuesday appointed chief selector of the national cricket team and also tasked with developing the game in the country. Sohail, an attacking left-handed batsman, played 47 Tests and 156 ODIs for Pakistan.
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