Sports News Roundup: Soccer-Klopp, Tennis-Spain, Cricket-West Indies, NBA-Lakers
The winners of the Oceania Football Confederation's qualifiers, which are due to be played in Qatar in March, have been drawn to take on the country that finishes fourth in the Concacaf region in a one-off play-off in Qatar on June 14. Devonte’ Graham's late 3-pointer lifts Pelicans past Jazz Devonte' Graham drained a clutch 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining and Brandon Ingram scored 21 points to help the New Orleans Pelicans pull off a 98-97 upset win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night in Salt Lake City.
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Soccer-Klopp tells Mane to "payback with football" if teams target him
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp urged forward Sadio Mane to control his emotions when opponents try to wind him up and "pay them back" with the quality of his football. Klopp was involved in an ugly altercation with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during Liverpool's 4-0 win last weekend after the Arsenal bench appealed for action to be taken against Mane for his aerial challenge on Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Cricket-West Indies great Holding urges honest conversation on race relations
West Indies bowling great Michael Holding said his book "Why We Kneel, How We Rise" was hard to write but it was an important work because it stressed the importance of honest conversation about race relations. The book, which has been nominated for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award, covers racism in sport and features contributions from athletes such as Olympic champion Usain Bolt and World Cup winner Thierry Henry.
World number one Novak Djokovic overpowered Dennis Novak after Dusan Lajovic battled past Gerald Melzer and Serbia went on to a 3-0 win in their opener against Group F hosts Austria in the Davis Cup Finals in Innsbruck on Friday. Djokovic, aiming to guide Serbia to their first title since 2010 and second overall, made light work of his opponent as he dropped just six points on serve and did not face a break point while claiming a 6-3 6-2 victory in under an hour.
NBA-Lakers' James fined $15,000 by NBA for obscene gesture
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James has been fined $15,000 for making an obscene gesture during a game and was also warned for using profane language during a media availability, the National Basketball Association (NBA) said on Friday. Late in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' overtime win against Indiana on Wednesday James made a deep three point shot and then performed a celebration colloquially known in NBA circles as the "Big Balls Dance."
Olympics-Tibetan activists stage mock funeral for IOC over Beijing Games
A handful of Tibetan activists on Friday staged a mock funeral for the International Olympic Committee in front of its headquarters to protest against next year's Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in China. The protesters held a mock black coffin bearing the Olympic rings and the dates 1894 - the year the IOC was founded - and 2021, and unfurled Tibetan flags and a banner that read "Boycott Beijing 2022" .
NFL roundup: Raiders thankful to escape Dallas with OT win
Daniel Carlson kicked a 29-yard field goal with 4:28 left in overtime and the Las Vegas Raiders ended a three-game losing streak with a 36-33 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday at Arlington, Texas. Carlson booted five field goals and Derek Carr completed 24 of 39 passes for 373 yards and one touchdown as Las Vegas (6-5) nabbed the crucial win. The Raiders' DeSean Jackson (102 receiving yards) caught a TD pass and Hunter Renfrow established career highs of eight receptions and 134 yards.
Tennis-Spain's Lopez grateful for Davis Cup 'gift' at 40
Feliciano Lopez did not expect to play for Spain at the age of 40 but the veteran said he is relishing the opportunity after beating Ecuador's Roberto Quiroz in the Davis Cup Finals on Friday. Lopez recorded his seventh singles win at the Davis Cup Finals after defeating Quiroz 6-3 6-3. The Spaniard hit 13 aces and saved all five break points he faced to earn victory in front of a lively home crowd in Madrid.
Olympics-Brazil's Nuzman sentenced to 30 years in jail for Rio 2016 corruption
Former Rio 2016 and Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Arthur Nuzman has been sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in jail for money laundering, corruption and other crimes connected to buying votes for Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics. The ruling was announced by Judge Marcelo Bretas from the 7th Criminal Court in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.
Soccer-All Whites still have work to do, says Hay after World Cup draw
New Zealand will go into Oceania's World Cup preliminaries as favorites, but coach Danny Hay is taking nothing for granted after the winners of the confederation's qualifying tournament were drawn to face North American opposition on Friday. The winners of the Oceania Football Confederation's qualifiers, which are due to be played in Qatar in March, have been drawn to take on the country that finishes fourth in the Concacaf region in a one-off play-off in Qatar on June 14.
Devonte' Graham's late 3-pointer lifts Pelicans past Jazz
Devonte' Graham drained a clutch 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining and Brandon Ingram scored 21 points to help the New Orleans Pelicans pull off a 98-97 upset win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night in Salt Lake City. Utah took a 97-93 lead on a Rudy Gobert free throw with 37.4 seconds remaining to cap a 12-2 run for the Jazz.
(With inputs from agencies.)