Rank outsider Feliciano Lopez of Spain buried eighth seed Andy Roddick under a hailstorm of aces as he won 7-6 (7/ 2), 7-6 (7/ 2), 6-4 to enter the fourth round at The Championships on Friday.At a time when millions of dollars spent on the sport by the United States Tennis Association are yielding no results, Roddick was a big hope for the Americans.But the way Lopez, who had lost seven times in a row before this to Roddick, cranked up his serve and won a pair of tie-breakers was proof he was going to do the damage.That it happened as early as the third round at Wimbledon will rankle Roddick as he was never able to generate the pace and settle into a rhythm.Watching left-handed Lopez in action was a delight, though had this been the Wimbledon of yesteryears, with the ball zipping off the surface and staying low, the Spaniard would have found it tough.For Roddick, this was the 11th straight appearance at this venue, and there was more hype than hope of him doing well.At a time when the top four in men’s section fancy their chances of winning the title, Roddick had to do something big this fortnight.Having lost three finals to Roger Federer at Wimbledon, Roddick will remain one of the enigmas who couldn’t seal a title here.His aggression was muffled on this day as the bearded Lopez, sporting a white headband and tied ponytail, could play the big shots when he needed them most. Proof of it was the two tie- breaks where Roddick came short.advertisementApart from the 28 aces which Lopez rifled in, he kept the unforced errors to a miserly seven. The angles he conjured up from the backcourt and midcourt added to his repertoire.”It’s definitely a great win for me. I had never beaten him before, so this is important for me as it comes at Wimbledon,” said Lopez.”I played a tough match against Roddick at Queen’s where I lost in the third round. He managed to do something there.”So at what stage did Lopez think he would win?” Even at two sets to love, I knew Andy was going to be there. I finally realised I had won when I shook hands with Andy. I knew I had won,” added the modest Lopez.”I had a couple of good years before this at Wimbledon but this is unbelievable. When I came into the locker room, my coaches told me I played solid and otherwise I wouldn’t have won two tiebreaks,” said Lopez.”For my game, this grass suits well. Everything was working for me today. And to win the first set was important. It was an unbelievable match,” he summed up.Roddick was gracious in defeat.”He played well and served well. He mixed up his serves well.”In the ladies’ section, the big casualty was No. 2 seed Vera Zvonareva, who went down 2- 6, 3- 6 to 32nd seed Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.Top seed Caroline Wozniacki needed to tighten her game in the closing stages to defeat Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano 6-1, 6-3 to enter the third round on Court 2.Razzano, who defeated Sania Mirza in the first round, produces some good tennis towards the end but it did not suffice.After the match, Wozniacki stirred up the debate over who plays on the bigger courts.”I think I deserve to play on one of the bigger courts. Obviously, everyone wants to play in there. It’s up to the tournament to decide where we’re going to play,” she said.Asked how it felt to play on grass, Wozniacki said: ” I think I’m playing well on grass. You know, I’m serving well. I’m moving well. I move the ball around well.”For Venus Williams, it was a stroll in the park as she defeated Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-0, 6-2 to enter the fourth round.Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova recovered from a poor start to defeat local favourite Laura Robson 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.With Laura serving big early on and throwing her racquet freely, Sharapova was feeling the heat.But as the fifth seed in the tournament, she knew what it takes to come out of a tight situation.”I felt I really started slow and she was much more aggressive than me. I really didn’t have too many looks on her second serve,” said Sharapova.GOOD DAY FOR INDIAFriday also saw Indian doubles pairs shine. Third seeds Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi advanced after a 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-4 victory over Croats Ivan Dodig and Lovro Zovko.advertisementSomdev Devvarman and Japan’s Kei Nishikori beat Rainer Schuettler and Alexander Waske 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-2.In women’s doubles, fourth seeds Sania Mirza and Russia’s Elena Vesnina beat Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic and Kazakh Galina Voskoboeva 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
Team India have a “Save Dhoni” campaign ahead of them if they want to pre-empt a ban on their skipper in the Lord’s Test against England, beginning July 21.Dhoni must not have his team turn up slow on the over-rate in the third Test against the West Indies here from Wednesday, for it would incur an immediate ban of one Test match on him.The Indian team follow their Caribbean odyssey with a star-billed series in England this summer and if Dhoni’s team is not alert, it could make him sit out in the Lord’s Test.Dhoni has already been twice guilty of breaching ICC Code of Conduct, rule 2.5, which states that a captain who is pulled up for three offences of slow over-rates in a 12-month period, would suffer an automatic ban in the next match of the same format.Dhoni and his men were deemed to have bowled three overs short during the recently-concluded Barbados Test, which was the second such offence in 2011, following a similar breach of rules in the Cape Town Test against South Africa earlier this year.The onus is now on India’s three premier bowlers to avert such a fate befalling their skipper.Ishant Sharma is fantastic form with a 10-wicket haul in the drawn Barbados Test but he takes unusually long time to finish up his overs.”Ishant takes a long time to return to his bowling crease and it sometimes stretches his over to seven minutes,” said an insider from the Barbados Test.advertisementThe case with Praveen Kumar is a little different. Praveen does return to his bowling mark briskly but he has the habit of standing and looking at the batsman, after a delivery has passed the bat and gone to the wicketkeeper.Even Harbhajan Singh, though a spinner, is not much of a help in making up for slow overs.”If he bowls 20 overs in a day, you would still find the slow over-rate hasn’t improved by much.”To be fair to Harbhajan, he got to bowl only 14 and 19 overs from the two innings in the Barbados Test.In contrast, Ishant and Praveen bowled the bulk of the overs — 42 for the former, 39 for the latter — which makes it 81 overs bowled from the 145 overs in two West Indies’ innings.”Bowlers like Glenn McGrath, if you remember, used to wear a watch on their wrist while bowling,” said the source.”To be fair, it is not easy for a genuine fast bowler to finish his overs in time. Teams which have had Brett Lee and Shoaib Akhtar usually struggle to keep up with the over-rates.”In the Barbados Test, Dhoni knew all along that he was behind the required rate in a stipulated time but even he was guilty of not rushing up the matter.Dhoni, being an innovative captain, keeps shuffling his fielders constantly and it doesn’t help in finishing the overs in time.He did try getting Suresh Raina to bowl his off-spinners on the last afternoon in a bid to speed up the rate but it only marginally helped the matter.Thus, Indian bowlers are required to win the Dominica Test and win the three-Test series but if it comes at the cost of a ban on their skipper, they would have paid a heavy cost for their efforts.- With inputs from PTI
It should give the old codgers a coronary. Sourav Ganguly leads India in the Test series against New Zealand this month just one Test victory short of equalling Mohammed Azharuddin’s record as the most successful Indian captain. Ganguly took over in mid-2000 during a difficult period post-match fixing and has,It should give the old codgers a coronary. Sourav Ganguly leads India in the Test series against New Zealand this month just one Test victory short of equalling Mohammed Azharuddin’s record as the most successful Indian captain. Ganguly took over in mid-2000 during a difficult period post-match fixing and has led India in 30 Tests with 13 wins, 8 losses and 9 draws to Azhar’s 14 wins, 14 defeats and 19 draws from 47 Tests. In one-dayers, Ganguly has 43 wins from 82 matches, while Azhar had 89 from 173. The controversial and confrontational left hander from Bengal tells Associate Editor Sharda Ugra about the pains and pleasures of the toughest job in Indian sport.Sourav Ganguly’I get the feeling that every player in this team believes injustice won’t be done to him which is a huge thing in a dressing room.’Q. In four of their last five away series, the Indians have gone into the final Test with a chance to win but haven’t. Will New Zealand be different? A. It’s my one aim, my dream to win a series overseas. We have come close so many times now – the talk of 16 years and no away series wins goes on and it can be irritating, but cricket’s not about talk, not about ifs and buts.Until we do it, such talk will remain. New Zealand will be a tough side at home. But my team has a lot of talent. I haven’t been part of an Indian team that has so much talent and I’m being frank here.Q. You’re now one short of Mohammed Azharuddin’s record of most Test wins by an Indian captain. When did the possibility of breaking that record strike you? A. When I started I didn’t know whether I would survive as captain. You don’t start a career thinking about statistics, but now when you’re close to a record like this, you feel good. But every win is a team effort. You feel good because the players you have backed through thick and thin have delivered the goods. It’s a very satisfying feeling.Q. India may have had a good year. But where are we in relation to Australia? What would happen if we toured Australia for a Test and one-day series now? A. Australia are still the No. 1 Test team. In one-day cricket we are at par with the best team in the world, which is still Australia. Australia are formidable, but I think we have played well in all conditions recently, in England, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. Last year we had a lot of injuries that hampered our campaigns abroad.Q. But where is your team in the rankings at the moment? A. I don’t believe in rankings. Sometimes the rankings surprise me. I don’t think it’s fair to judge a team on the basis of rankings. This year we’ve lost one series in the West Indies and a one-day series at home, but other than that we’ve won everything and we drew the Test series in England.Q. How would you say your captaincy has changed? A. It is a job you grow into. Any captain will take some time to settle down. Nobody is an outstanding leader straightaway. When I became captain we had a very young team. It was a bit difficult to get them to combine but we managed to do that by retaining the same team for a certain span of time.advertisementI’m a much better captain now I think, more mature I hope. I analyse situations much better. Fatherhood has changed me, I’ve become more patient. When you get back home and see your daughter smile, you forget whether you had a good day or a bad day.Q. What’s been the trademark of your captaincy? A. More than winning Tests and winning overseas, I feel that every player in this team believes injustice won’t be done to him. Which I think is a huge thing in a dressing room.Q. Knowing Indian cricket from the inside, did you think you could change things when you took over? A. Definitely. I believed I could. At this level you have to feel you can make things happen. I got a lot of confidence when I led the team in the ICC Trophy in Kenya. The way we played made me feel I could turn things around with this side.When I led in Toronto in 1999 we didn’t have Sachin Tendulkar, Ajay Jadeja, Javagal Srinath, Azhar and Anil Kumble, yet we still beat a full-strength West Indies that had Courtney Walsh, Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.Q. You’re considered a seamer-friendly rather than a spinner-friendly captain, which is not common among Indians. A. No, not really. It depends on the surface. This year in England we played two spinners for the most part of the series. Except at Lord’s, where I thought I made a mistake by playing only one spinner. I didn’t expect the wicket to turn so much. It’s only in the West Indies that I played one spinner – the wickets were not helpful and they had good players of spin bowling.Q. Indian captains aren’t known to be as emotional or demonstrative either. A. There have been many times when emotion has got the better of me … like after we won the NatWest Trophy final. But it is easier when your side plays well – it’s always the case with captaincy.advertisementLook at Steve Waugh. I’m not saying his job is easy but obviously he has a much easier time than other captains because he has such a fantastic side. This year all our batsmen have scored runs when the team was in trouble. It has made things easier for me and allowed me to be more settled.Q. What’s the worst part of the job? A. It’s a tough job. I’ve gone grey because of it – I think so anyway. It’s tension, hard work. Captaincy is extra pressure on top of what you have as a player. The best part is the honour of being the man who leads the Indian team. The worst is when you don’t do well, then you just have to cop it.Q. How do you cop it if you think the criticism is unfair? A. To people I know, I ask, ‘Why are you making things difficult?’ I do. A lot of times I’ve felt – and I may be wrong – that criticism is based on personal likes and dislikes, which is unfair. But that goes with the job and you have got to get used to it.I have always thought that when I walk out on the field leading India I will give my best. I don’t want to come off the field thinking I could have given a bit more. Obviously I make mistakes, everybody does, no captain is perfect. I think I’m mentally tough, otherwise I would have never survived seven years in Test cricket and I intend to survive a bit longer.Q. Knowing what you know now, what do you tell your players who are struggling? A. Last year when I was not getting runs, Rahul Dravid told me, ‘You’re one evening away from greatness’. That line has had a huge effect on my cricketing career. I now tell players who are struggling what Rahul told me – keep working hard and do the things you did when you played well and believe.Q. Weren’t you more fortunate than most captains to have fewer seniors and fewer egos to appease in the team? A. A team is like a family. In a family, a lot of things depend on how your elders are. The atmosphere in the dressing room depends on how the senior guys behave. Ours have done a fantastic job of passing on good habits, good practices. It’s up to the younger players to now pass that on. Even if some injustice was done to them they should ensure it isn’t repeated with their juniors.Q. Weren’t you lucky also to ask for and get a foreign coach? A. It wasn’t just me. All of us were involved. Sachin was equally important in the process, Anil, Rahul, all of us. We couldn’t let things be the way they were. People don’t remember personal glory. People won’t recall how many runs Mohammed Kaif scored in the NatWest final or what Rahul scored in Headingley. They only remember India won the NatWest final and at Leeds batting first on a seaming wicket.advertisementPeople remember India won. John Wright is a very good man. I trust him a lot. Many times I do things on my own. He may give me a suggestion but I may try something else. But the best thing he has done is to send the right vibes in the dressing room about hardwork and fitness. I honestly feel he is one man who can do a lot of good for Indian cricket.Some day somebody else will be captain and they will have another coach but I think John should still be involved with Indian cricket. He has a lot of ideas, he can help youngsters grow and become better players.Q. Captains are known to turn to books for inspiration and growth. You’re not a great reader, so where do you turn? A. I’m not fond of reading, no. I draw inspiration from people I see around me. I have a lot of regard for Steve Waugh as a character, as a cricketer. He got a hundred in Sharjah under pressure and I watched every ball of his innings. I get a lot of inspiration from his career, how he conducts his cricket.
India’s Yogeshwar Dutt defeated Puerto Rico’s Franklin Gomez Matos in the repechage round 1 of the 60kg wrestling competition of the London Olympics on Saturday.The win kept alive his hopes of a bronze medal. This was his third bout of the day in which he won two and lost one. First, he beat Bulgaria’s Anatolie llarionovitch Guidea in the qualification, but ended up losing to Russia’s Besik Kudukhov in the pre-quarterfinals.But, Dutt’s Olympic medal hopes were rekindled as he qualified for the repechage round of the men’s 60kg wrestling event after Russian Besik Kudukhov, who had defeated the Indian in the pre-quarterfinal.Yogeshwar must thank World Champion Kudukhov for keeping alive his bronze medal hope.The Russian, bronze medallist at the 2008 Beijing Games, won his quarter-final match 3-1 against Esmaeilpoorjouybari and semi-final 3-0 against Myong Ri to qualify for the final. Kudukhov will face Azerbaijan’s Toghrul Asgarov in the title clash.
While a cacophony of protests rose against the anti-ritualistic attack on religion in Umesh Shukla’s ‘Oh My God’, the film’s leading man and co-producer Paresh Rawal remains unfazed.The film is an adaptation of his Gujarati play ‘Kanji Virrudh Kanji’ and features him as an atheist.”There was no fear of backlash at all. We were always very sure of what we were saying and doing on ritualistic religion and the way it controls the life of the common man,” said Paresh.”I had performed the same story in play form in front of a thousand audience for 150 shows in Gujarati and Hindi repeatedly. The play has also been performed in Punjabi and English. We never had any protests,” Paresh stressed.”A live audience could’ve easily expressed it’s displeasure at our ideas in the play. Not once did we face any protest. So, I knew we were on stable ground with the film. There was no one throwing shoes in any of the shows. Audiences from the older and younger generations have appreciated the idea beyond the play,” he added.Paresh isn’t bothered with the spate of protests against the film.”Even in Punjab we’ve been able to release the film almost everywhere. The protestors are seeing and hearing what they want to. And if we are daunted by protests, we’d never be able to extend the reach and impact of the visual medium, be it theatre, television or cinema,” said the 62-year-old.Though the actor believes in God in real-life, he rues that religion is now being merchandised in the country.advertisement”I believe in God. But the costly ways recommended to reach him are wrong. Just who benefits from all the showy rituals, I don’t know,” he said.It is being said that the film’s co-producer Akshay Kumar, who nursed a life-long ambition of playing God, pushed his way into the film. However, Paresh gives him a clean chit.”It was really sporting of him to agree to feature in a film where a character actor like me played the lead. He believed in the theme,” he said.The critics have loved film, but Paresh doesn’t see himself as a saleable star.”I am not being modest when I say I don’t see producers putting a 50-crore film on my shoulder.It may happen in the future. One never knows,” he added.More on Oh My GodOMG Oh My God! collections see huge jumpOMG Oh My God! is doing well at the Box Office. The movie had a decent opening with Rs 4.25 crore.The Akshay Kumar starrer reportedly made Rs 6 crore on Saturday and Rs 7.25 crore on Sunday. Despite India VS Pakistan match on Sunday, the movie was well received.OMG: Oh My God! movie reviewGod as a Bollywood hero is obviously not much of a casting headache if Akshay Kumar is on board as actor-co producer in your film. The dapper star has the look, the grin, the screen presence and fan power. Put him on a superbike or give him a bansuri to play, Akshay is just the right fit as Krishna Vasudev Yadav from Mathura. OMG: Oh My God! however sees the screen god make space for an actor who has basically made his mark over the decades playing out more mere mortal avatars. If Paresh Rawal’s credibility as an actor has never been doubted, OMG – a film he incidentally co-produces with Akshay – sees him take centrestage as star of the show.That bit is interesting. As a comedian, Paresh has often hijacked the limelight from bigger names in multistarrers. Yet, the only starring roles he has had till date have come in serious films – Sardar and Tamanna. OMG is special in that sense. This is his first lead role in a comedy setup. Oh My God is for god fearing people: Mithun ChakrabortyOh My God is not against any religion but a comedy-drama that will help people to understand the need to love god, says Bollywood star Mithun Chakraborty, who acts as a godman in the film.”I play the character of a godman in the film and I have realise that we worship god because we are afraid of him. We actually worship our superstitions lying inside us. Through this film, we want to spread the message that if we love god whole-heartedly then he will eradicate every problem of us,” says the 62-year-old National Award winning actor.Oh My God not for money: Akshay KumarAkshay Kumar says his next production Oh My God, inspired by Gujarati play Kanji Virrudh Kanji, has not been made with the intention of making money. The project was a result of pure passion for the concept, says the actor.advertisementWatch the trailer: “‘Oh My God’ is not a film which I made to earn money. It’s a film which I loved, enjoyed it because I enjoyed the play and what I learnt from the play, I just wanted to share with the audience and that is why I just made this film,” the 45-year-old said here.
PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES As for a potential fight with Folayang, Banario said he’s not after his teammate and rather he’d like to challenge himself.“It is a great way to really see who is the best in the division, apart from my brother Eduard Folayang who’s the World champion,” said Banario. “I am definitely aiming to be the Grand Prix tournament champion. That’s my number one goal in 2019.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The step-ladder tournament that features eight fighters will flesh out the contenders and the winner of the whole event will get a crack at the ONE World lightweight title.Banario (14-7) already tasted championship gold but his reign atop the 155-lb division lasted just around four months after he lost to Koji Oishi 1:45 into the second round of their May 2013 fight.“I plan to show that I am one of the best lightweights in the promotion, and there’s a lot of buzz surrounding our division because of the tournament,” said Banario. “And because there’s a new crop of athletes who joined ONE there’s a lot of pressure to perform.”A part of that group of newcomers to the promotion is former UFC World lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez who’s also in the Lightweight Grand Prix.“I would be happy to put on a show for the fans against anyone ONE puts me in the cage with,” said Banario. “It doesn’t’ matter, I am confident in myself and my team. Through hard work we will achieve great things.”ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MANILA, Philippines—Honorio Banario is slowly making a name for himself in the lightweight division of ONE Championship and he’s taking every opportunity to put himself at the pedestal of that stacked division.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The promotion’s inaugural World featherweight division had a stellar record in his past seven fights going 6-1 with his lone loss against title contender Amir Khan back in September of 2018.Banario, however, ended his 2018 with a unanimous decision win over Rahul Raju on November 23 and he hopes to use that victory as a springboard to a prosperous showing in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“I learned a lot in 2018 and I’m going to learn a lot more this 2019,” said Banario. “I think the biggest lesson for me is to continue to stay hungry to learn, and to achieve more.”Banario will compete against seven top lightweights in the division that is currently under the rule of Team Lakay teammate Eduard Folayang. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Grizzlies acquire Justin Holiday from Bulls View comments
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, is congratulated by forward Brandon Ingram, front, and center Ivica Zubac, second from right, after scoring as guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope stands in the background during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 41 points in three quarters against his childhood team, joining some rarified company in the process.His offensive outburst propelled the Los Angeles Lakers over the Detroit Pistons 113-100 on Wednesday night to improve to 3-5 without injured LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ “Our team has shown a lot of growth from the post-LeBron injury,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said.Kuzma had 22 points in the third quarter, hitting four 3-pointers to get the crowd on its feet and scoring on consecutive goaltending calls. He joined Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, James Harden and James with 40-plus points in three quarters this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Pretty cool,” Kuzma said. “That’s the team I grew up watching. My fondest memories is them beating the Lakers.”Kuzma was a 9-year-old in Flint, Michigan, when the Pistons won the 2004 NBA Finals. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening In matchup of MVP frontrunners, Antetokounmpo gets win as Bucks turn back Rockets LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Pistons: Visit Sacramento on Thursday in the second game of a back-to-back before returning to LA to face the Clippers on Saturday.Lakers: At Utah on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He sat out the fourth quarter and put a wrap around his lower back, which has bothered him lately.The second-year forward had scoring runs of 10 and six points in the period, when the Lakers led by 16.“Everything was in the rhythm of the offense,” said Kuzma, who put up 500 shots the day before.“No matter what’s going on in the game he believes the next shot’s going in,” Pistons guard Langston Galloway said.Michael Beasley picked up where Kuzma left off, scoring 15 of his 19 points in the fourth on his 30th birthday. His scoring touch had James and other players on the bench on their feet.ADVERTISEMENT View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Detroit’s Blake Griffin, averaging a career-high 25.3 points per game, was held to 16. He had no rebounds for the first time in his career, in part because of Kuzma’s defense.“You never want to come in here and have a performance like that, especially when you need wins,” Griffin said. “The energy just wasn’t there. We just did a poor job managing this trip so far.”Andre Drummond had 17 rebounds and Reggie Jackson added 15 points for the Pistons, who have lost three in a row and six of seven.The Lakers took the lead for good in the second during a 20-7 spurt that pushed their lead to 13. Lonzo Ball’s bounce pass in the paint to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope got it going. Ball hit a 3-pointer and Kuzma had five points before James came on the court to cheer his teammates during a timeout.TIP-INSPistons: F Zaza Pachulia (bruised right lower leg) sat out.Lakers: James (left groin strain) is set to be re-evaluated Friday and won’t travel with the team for its game in Utah. … Rajon Rondo (right ring finger surgery) has also missed eight games. … The Lakers had a 72-44 edge in the paint. … Tyson Chandler was given the night off.HE SAID IT“It felt like it was skipping around out there until it hit Kuz’s hand and would go up every time.” — Walton on his team’s ball movement.UP NEXT