MIAMI (AP):Miami jumped a slow-starting and inaccurate Dallas to set up a 106-82 win against the Mavericks on Friday, moving within one game of the lead in the NBA Southeast Division.Hassan Whiteside had 25 points and 19 rebounds for the Heat, who were without an ill Dwyane Wade early but still dominated.Elsewhere, Toronto rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Charlotte, and Chicago blew a big lead before steadying and beating New York.Miami’s Gerald Green added 19 points off the bench for Miami, who were forced to adjust their starting lineup shortly before tip-off when Wade was stricken by flu-like symptoms. Wade got some intravenous fluids and checked in early in the second quarter, just his 10th time playing off the bench in his 13-year career.Whiteside made 12 of 16 shots, and the Heat enjoyed their biggest victory margin of the season.Dallas had only 10 points in the first quarter – their lowest for any period this season – and shot just 36 percent for the game, compared to 56 percent for Miami.Zaza Pachulia’s 14 points and 13 rebounds was best for the Mavericks, who had won their previous four games.Toronto came from seven points down after three quarters to defeat Charlotte 104-94.DeMar DeRozan had 23 points and Kyle Lowry added 18 points and 11 assists for the Raptors.Kemba Walker had 18 points for the Hornets.Chicago blew a 17-point lead before pulling away again in the final quarter to beat New York 108-81.Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, and Nikola Mirotic had 17 points and seven assists for the Bulls, who won comfortably despite Derrick Rose missing a second straight game with hamstring tendonitis.Carmelo Anthony scored 20 for New York, who have dropped five of six.Washington beat Orlando for the 11th straight time, with John Wall contributing 24 points with 13 assists toward a 103-91 victory.Los Angeles’ Lou Williams scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter against his former team to guide the Lakers to a 93-84 win against Philadelphia in a match of the league’s two worst teams.
LONDON (AP):With a 3-1 win at Manchester City, Leicester showed why they really could be lifting the Premier League trophy for the first time in May.From 5,000-1 outsiders for the title in August, Leicester became the 7-4 favourites with several British bookmakers yesterday after going five points clear at the top.”I don’t believe in the bookmakers,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “The bookmakers at the beginning said Ranieri would be the first to be sacked. Then?”Then, Leicester went on to lose only two out of 25 league games and to close in on the most astonishing title challenge in the modern English game.City’s home loss to Leicester was compounded by Tottenham edging Watford 1-0 and replacing Manuel Pellegrini’s team in second place.Both games saw defenders scoring rare goals, with Kieran Trippier netting for the first time for Tottenham and Robert Huth claiming a double for Leicester.City conceded after only three minutes to Leicester, with Huth pouncing on the ball after Riyad Mahrez’s free kick bounced through the penalty area. Mahrez started the second half by powering a shot past goalkeeper Joe Hart before Huth netted again on the hour.City, whose Abu Dhabi investment fuelled 2012 and 2014 title triumphs, has now failed at six opportunities to beat any of the top six teams this season.”It was our chance at home to recover the lead in the table,” said Pellegrini, who is being replaced by Pep Guardiola at the end of the season. “We couldn’t do it and now we are six points behind Leicester.”Other results: Liverpool 2 Sunderland 2; Stoke 0 Everton 3; Aston Villa 2 Norwich 0; Newcastle 1 West Brom 0; Swansea 1 Crystal Palace 1; Southampton 1 West Ham 0.
Woodleigh Shooting Range, May Pen, Clarendon, fires off the 2016 pistol-shooting season with a challenging seven-stage 140-round match tomorrow, Woodleigh Winterfest. Top local shooters will be using the match as a warm-up for March’s highly anticipated Jamaica Invitational Pistol Tournament at the Jamaica Rifle Association, Mountain View, St Andrew, at which six-time world champion Eric Grauffel will be back to defend his crown. Woodleigh Winterfest match director Harry Chin Hing told The Gleaner Winterfest will be a stern test for even the top shooters. “This match will consist of many penalty targets and small steel plates, which will force many shooters to slow down and pick their shots carefully,” said Chin Hing. The seven stages comprise 59 paper targets, seven steel poppers and 17 eight-inch steel plates. Some targets will feature swingers, flip-up and falling mechanisms, making it that much more interesting. Shooters returning from the Florida Open in Frostproof will be in action at Winterfest, including Andrew (Andy) Yapp, who placed a credible ninth overall of 112 competitors in the limited division, securing third place in Master Class. Others to watch are Orville ‘Reds’ Henriques and Ron Brown Jnr, who were fifth and sixth, respectively. The popular production division will no doubt be contested heavily with consistent Tony ‘TJ’ Johnson and Ryan Bramwell gunning it out for top honours along with Chris Nunez, Darin Richards and Paul Shoucair in the mix. Open division has once again been affected by a shortage of ammo and will not see many of the usual competitors battling in the rapid-fire category.
BRIDGETOWN,Barbados (CMC):Marquee West Indies Women’s batsman Deandra Dottin has complained about the disparity in pay between men’s and women’s players and says she may be forced to take up alternative employment if the situation is not addressed.Citing the example of the respective payouts for the winners at the recent Twenty20 World Cup in India, the 24-year-old Dottin labelled the disparity as “ridiculous” and said it was “discouraging”.West Indies men’s side pocketed US$1.6 million for beating England in the final of the tournament, while their women counterparts won a mere US$100,000.”Barbados does not really give sports people – and from my point of view, women – the recognition and respect they need,” Dottin told Barbados Today online.”We were actually World champions and a lot of people feel we are getting all of this big money and the payment is equal to the men. That is not so.”She added: “In order for cricket to be better, you need to treat everybody as one. You can’t treat the men at a high level and the women at a much lower level. You (women) only have the fame and the name.more money”We women need to be treated way better than we are being treated – money-wise and respect. Regional male cricketers make more money than West Indies women in cricket.”Dottin is one of the most senior players on the women’s side, having played 90 one-day internationals and 88 Twenty20 Internationals.She became the first woman to score a T20 hundred as she scorched 112 off South Africa Women when the Caribbean hosted the T20 World Cup six years ago.Dottin is one of 11 West Indies women’s players with West Indies Cricket Board retainer contracts, which range from US$1,500 to $3,000 per month.In contrast, the men’s contracts are worth anywhere from US$100,000 up to nearly $150,000.The Barbadian Dottin said with the current of affairs, she may have to resort to playing cricket part-time.”This sort of treatment would discourage anybody from playing cricket. Right now, as a person who plays cricket full-time and loves cricket, I am looking for something else to do,” she said.”And if what I choose to do brings me more income and makes life better for me, I will play cricket part-time. They will not get my full dedication anymore.”