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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ALWATAN DAILY
          SPORTS                                                                                                                                                                                                    WEDNESDAY, fEbruArY 9, 2011


Bryant,                                                                                                                                                                                          Istomin,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Hewitt advance at San Jose ATP
Lakers hold off Grizzlies, 93-84                                                                                                                                                                     SAN JOSE, California: fifth-seeded Denis Istomin and number seven Lley-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ton Hewitt reached the second round of the ATP Tour SAP Open with straight-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 set victories. uzbekistan’s Istomin on Monday snapped a three-match losing
                                                                                                                                                                                                 streak with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over ATP tour newcomer roman borvanov of
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Moldova. Istomin reached the semi-finals in his San Jose debut last year, falling
                                                                                                                                                                                                 to eventual champion fernando Verdasco. Australia’s Hewitt advanced with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                 6-3, 6-3 victory over Germany’s bjorn Phau. former world number four James
                                                                                                                                                                                                 blake opened his 2011 campaign with a victory, downing qualifier Jesse Levine
                                                                                                                                                                                                 7-5, 6-1. Levine took the first break to go up 5-4, but managed to win just one
                                                                                                                                                                                                 more game the remainder of the match as blake converted four of his 11 break
                                                                                                                                                                                                 point chances. blake, who fell out of the top 100 after battling knee and shoul-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 der injuries last season, said he hoped the problems were behind him. “The main
                                                                                                                                                                                                 goal right now is to stay healthy and to keep doing everything I need to to keep
                                                                                                                                                                                                 the body right and then go out there and see how I can perform if I’m healthy,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                 he said. In other matches, American Donald Young defeated German Dustin
                                                                                                                                                                                                 brown 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, Michael russell edged fellow American Alex Kuznetsov
                                                                                                                                                                                                 6-4, 6-2, and wild card Tim Smyczek defeated Colombian robert farah 7-5, 3-6,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 6-3. The opening night of the tournament featured an exhibition match in which
                                                                                                                                                                                                 france’s Gael Monfils defeated 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras
                                                                                                                                                                                                 7-6 (7/4), 6-4. Monfils emerged the winner in a lighthearted contest, taking a
                                                                                                                                                                                                 camera from a photographer to snap Sampras at one point.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sampras, 39, was appearing in an exhibition here for the fourth straight
                                                                                                                                                                                                 year. He displayed his serve-and-volley skills while bantering with the crowd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     “Physically, that’s the most I’ve served and volleyed in the last seven years,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sampras said. “Not easy. Gael is a great mover, returns well and made me work
                                                                                                                                                                                                 really hard on my service game. All in all, I’m very happy with the way I played.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                 This exhibition marked Monfils’ debut at the San Jose tournament. He will no
                                                                                                                                                                                                 doubt be hoping his first appearance will follow the pattern of Verdasco’s last
                                                                                                                                                                                                 season, when the Spaniard followed up an exhibition win over Sampras by win-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ning the title. -AfP
Los Angeles
Lakers forward
Kobe Bryant
(right) makes
a move to go
around Mem-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Skateboard legend Tony Hawk to
phis Grizzlies
forwards Sam
                                                                                                                                                                                                 star at Yas Real Action Heroes event
Young and Zach
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Abu DHAbI: Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk will be opening and closing
Randolph dur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 the real Action Heroes weekend at Yas Marina Circuit when he gives demon-
ing a basketball
                                                                                                                                                                                                 strations of his spectacular skills in the main oasis area on 11 and 12 february.
game, Feb. 7,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Hawk has won numerous awards including Teen Choice Awards’ Choice
2011. (Reuters)
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Male Athlete and Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards’ favorite Male Athlete.
                        MEMPHIS: Kobe bryant scored 19 points and            fourth quarter, but sliced the Lakers’ lead to 78-            The quarter was marked by physical play from          The popular American athlete is one of the most recognized action-sports fig-
                   Lamar Odom had 15 points and 11 rebounds to               76 on Tony Allen’s dunk with 7 minutes left. but         both teams. Arthur and Artest were both forced to          ures in the world.
                   lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 93-84 win over           3-pointers by Odom and Artest put the Lakers             the bench in the quarter with bloody noses.                    Yas Marina Circuit is importing a special half-pipe for the demonstrations.
                   the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.                    ahead 84-76 with 5:44 remaining.                              Luke Walton’s free throw gave the Lakers their        The pipe will then remain at the circuit to form the basis of a possible special
                        Memphis got within two points in the fourth               The game featured a sibling rivalry - Lakers for-   first lead of the game, 34-33, at the 6:32 mark of         skateboarding area close to the existing Yas Kartzone. Plans for the permanent
                   quarter, but Los Angeles took advantage of five           ward Pau Gasol versus his younger brother Marc,          the second quarter. bryant made two free throws            skateboarding section are not yet finalized and will depend in part on public
                   Grizzlies turnovers to go on an 11-0 run and take         the Grizzlies’ starting center. Marc Gasol scored        to give Los Angeles a 50-45 lead at halftime.              response and reaction to the initial exhibition by Hawk and his crew.
                   an 89-76 lead.                                            10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.                            bryant and Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 10               The real Action Heroes weekend offers racing from the opening rounds of
                        The Lakers, who tied the season series 2-all,             The defending NbA champion Lakers had a             points apiece at halftime. Young had 14 points for         the Australian V8 Supercar Championship and the GP2 Asia Series and a round
                   have won three of four overall. The Grizzlies have        strong contingent of fans at the sold-out fedEx-         the Grizzlies, who made just five of their 21 shots        of the Cytech uAE GT Championship races. The gates open to the public on feb.
                   lost two straight but still have won five of their last   forum, including rapper Snoop Dogg, who was in           in the second quarter.                                     11th and 12th from 12.30 pm onwards, further details are available on www.
                   seven.                                                    town for a concert and sat in the front row wearing           Mike Conley scored seven points to stake    
                        Pau Gasol scored 17 points for the Lakers. Sam       a Lakers jacket and oversized sunglasses.                Memphis to a 13-10 lead with 5:18 remaining in
                   Young led the Grizzlies with 22 points, matching               Los Angeles began the second half with a 10-2       the first quarter. Pau Gasol was fouled by his broth-
                   his career high.                                          spurt, including 3-pointers by Derek fisher and          er while shooting a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left,
                        Grizzlies forward rudy Gay was hounded by            Artest, who scored 13 points. Allen’s layup capped       but he made just one of three foul shots and the
                   ron Artest’s tough defense, yet still managed 18          a 7-0 run and cut the Lakers’ lead to 64-58 with         Lakers ended the quarter trailing 29-26.
                   points on 7-of-15 shooting. but Zach randolph,            5:10 to play in the third quarter.                            Point guard Jason Williams, a free agent since
                   the Western Conference’s player of the month for               Memphis moved within two points on Dar-             being released by Orlando on Jan. 26, signed a
                   January, scored only eight points on 2-of-14 shoot-       rell Arthur’s layup. but the Lakers outscored the        contract with the Grizzlies on Monday. A known
                   ing.                                                      Grizzlies 7-4 to end the third quarter with a 73-68      favorite of Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley, Wil-
                        The Grizzlies trailed by five entering the           advantage.                                               liams is the club’s career assists leader. -AP

Formula one

Risks part of life for F1 drivers Booth
                                                                                                                        LONDON: formula One drivers must be allowed to indulge
                                                                                                                    their thirst for danger even if they run the risk of horrific accidents
                                                                                                                    like robert Kubica’s rally crash, according to Virgin racing team
                                                                                                                    principal John booth.
                                                                                                                        “It’s a shocking accident and I really feel for robert and the
                                                                                                                    whole team,” he told reuters at the launch of his team’s 2011 car.
                                                                                                                    “but sometimes you just can’t wrap them in cotton wool, can you?
                                                                                                                        “robert almost lost his arm five years ago in a road accident. You
                                                                                                                    can’t stop them driving cars, can you?,” added the briton.
                                                                                                                        Poland’s Kubica, who raced for booth’s Manor formula Three
                                                                                                                    team in Macau in 2004 alongside britain’s Lewis Hamilton, suffered
                                                                                                                    multiple fractures to his right hand, arm and leg in the smash in
                                                                                                                        renault have said their driver will be out for at least two months,
                                                                                                                    with the season starting in bahrain on March 13, but have described
                                                                                                                    doctors’ predictions that he could take a year to recover as overly
                                                                                                                        They have defended their stance in letting Kubica go rallying by
                                                                                                                    saying they wanted a racing driver, not a corporate robot.
                                                                                                                        “renault obviously felt that was the way to get the best out of
                                                                                                                    robert, to give him that amount of freedom. I am sure (team princi-
                                                                                                                    pal) Eric (boullier) and his team know exactly what they are doing,”
                                                                                                                    said booth.
                                                                                                                        rallying is Kubica’s passion, and he has competed in several
                                                                                                                    over the years, but other formula One drivers throw themselves into
                                                                                                                    equally risky activities away from what is in itself a highly dangerous                    Tony Hawks trains by airing a gap between ramps
FILE - Mercedes GP’s German driver Michael Schumacher crashes with Force India’s Italian driver
Vitantonio Liuzzi at the Yas Marina circuit, Nov. 14, 2010. (AFP)
                                                                                                                    sport. -reuters


No Premier League revolution despite wild weekend                                                                                                                                             Reina defends
                        LONDON: An incredible Premier League                 under manager Kenny Dalglish with their fourth           the incredible quality of barcelona but you sim-
                                                                                                                                                                                              Torres decision to join Chelsea
                   weekend that rained goals, upsets, comebacks,             successive victory. However, although the upset          ply do not get the bottom team in Spain beating             MADRID: Pepe reina has defended           good opportunity to continue developing.
                   penalties and stoppage-time drama has produced            results maintained the pattern of the season, a          the top team,” former Liverpool defender-turned         the decision taken by his Liverpool and       The club has to look forward and forget
                   a media mountain of comment about its egalitar-           scratch beneath the surface gloss reveals that fun-      analyst Alan Hansen wrote in the Daily Telegraph        Spain team mate fernando Torres to join       fernando. He is not here anymore and
                   ian nature. League leaders Manchester united              damentally very little has changed.                      on Monday.                                              Chelsea and urged fans of the Anfield club    we can’t do anything but wish him a lot
                   lost their unbeaten record against bottom team                 A top six of united, Arsenal, Manchester City,          “In the Premier League this season any of the       to remember the good times he brought         of luck.” Torres had a miserable debut at
                   Wolverhampton Wanderers while Newcastle unit-             Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool hardly points to        top four teams can play away from home and get          them. Torres incensed some Liverpool          home to Liverpool on Sunday, squander-
                   ed came from 4-0 down at home to draw 4-4 with            a changing of the guard.                                 turned over.”                                           fans with his explanation that he joined      ing several chances before being substi-
                   title-chasing Arsenal.                                         Similarly a february bottom six of West Ham,            The high-risk attacking approach of teams           Chelsea because he wanted to win tro-         tuted in the 66th minute as Chelsea lost
                        Even “unglamorous” fixtures such as Everton          Wolves, Wigan, West brom, birmingham City and            like blackpool and Wolves means they have more          phies and some burned his number nine         1-0. “It’s logical that people don’t under-
                   against blackpool (5-3), Wigan Athletic against           blackpool would not have been too far from most          chance of snatching a headline win than battling        shirt in protest.                             stand it but I think they have to make an
                   blackburn rovers (4-3) and Stoke City v Sunder-           people’s predictions when the action kicked off          for a point but it also leaves them open to hefty           Goalkeeper reina, who joined Torres       effort and remember what he did for the
                   land (3-2) produced 20 goals between them to              last August.                                             beatings and both could easily find themselves in       at Spain’s training base outside Madrid on    club during these past three and a half
                   back up the idea that England’s top division pro-              West bromwich Albion, promoted this season,         the bottom three come May.                              Monday as they prepare for Wednesday’s        years,” reina said. “He scored a lot of
                   vides entertainment to burn.                              have beaten Arsenal and Man City and drawn at                Manchester united barely broke stride in de-        friendly against Colombia, said there was     goals, he provided many entertaining af-
                        The weekend was finished off with the won-           Old Trafford, but still sacked manager roberto Di        feat as Arsenal’s draw and Chelsea’s home defeat        nothing to be done but wish the striker       ternoons of football and that is what we
                   derful theatre of fernando Torres making his Chel-        Matteo on Sunday, while blackpool, red-hot rel-          cushioned the Molineux blow and though they             good luck. “football is like that, as play-   have to remember, the smile that he put
                   sea debut against former club Liverpool only for          egation favorites at the start of the season, have       have drawn eight and lost one of their 12 away          ers we come and go,” reina was quoted         on people’s faces in many matches. In my
                   the 50-million pounds man to be relegated to a            done the double over Liverpool.                          games this season they remain four points clear         as saying in Spanish media. “You have to      case a friend is leaving, it’s tough but foot-
                   sideshow as Liverpool continued their renaissance              “People talk about the strength of La Liga and      and odds-on for the title. -reuters                     understand his decision, he felt it was a     ball is like that.” -reuter

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