Sports News Roundup: Soccer-Everton halt Arsenal march, Liverpool slide continues; NBA roundup: Five players ejected as Magic drop Wolves and more
The Magic went on an 8-0 run early in the third quarter to lead by double digits, a cushion they kept for most of the second half. Soccer-Sorry Liverpool thrashed 3-0 at Wolves Relegation-threatened Wolverhampton Wanderers humiliated Juergen Klopp's Liverpool on Saturday with a comfortable 3-0 win over the misfiring Reds, who are yet to win in the Premier League this year.
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Soccer-Everton halt Arsenal march, Liverpool slide continues
Arsenal suffered a reality check in their pursuit of the Premier League title on Saturday, losing 1-0 at struggling Everton in manager Sean Dyche's first game in charge, while Liverpool imploded in their third consecutive away defeat. James Tarkowski's second-half header sealed Everton's first victory since October, briefly moving them out of the relegation zone - although they ended the day back in it.
NBA roundup: Five players ejected as Magic drop Wolves
Cole Anthony came off the bench to lead seven Orlando scorers in double-figures with 20 points, and the Magic rode a dominant second half to a 127-120 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday in an ejection-filled game at Minneapolis. The Magic went on an 8-0 run early in the third quarter to lead by double digits, a cushion they kept for most of the second half.
Soccer-Sorry Liverpool thrashed 3-0 at Wolves
Relegation-threatened Wolverhampton Wanderers humiliated Juergen Klopp's Liverpool on Saturday with a comfortable 3-0 win over the misfiring Reds, who are yet to win in the Premier League this year. In their best performance of the season, Wolves cut through Liverpool's shaky defence from the off, missing two good chances before a Hwang Hee-Chan cutback went in off the heel of Joel Matip for a fifth minute own goal.
NBA-Tomahawk dunk? Step-back three? Skyhook? LeBron has options for breaking record
LeBron James' steady march to the top of the NBA's all-time scorers list has been assured for so long that the biggest drama remaining is seeing what type of shot he will deploy to etch his name into the history books. James needs 63 points to surpass fellow Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 38,387 points and after a road game on Saturday in New Orleans, most expect 'King James' to complete his quest in Los Angeles on either Tuesday or Thursday.
NBA-LeBron James returns to Los Angeles with history in his grasp
Lakers forward LeBron James returns to Los Angeles on the verge of becoming the NBA's all-time leading scorer after wrapping up a five-game road trip in New Orleans on Saturday night. 'King James' now needs just 36 points to pass fellow Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record 38,387 career points after contributing 27 points in the Lakers' 131-126 loss to the Pelicans.
Soccer-Messi to the rescue as PSG extend Ligue 1 lead
Lionel Messi scored in the second half to help Paris St Germain recover from a woeful start and extend their Ligue 1 lead to a provisional eight points with a 2-1 home victory on Saturday. Messi struck the winner after the break with his third goal in his last five league games to put PSG on 54 points from 22 games.
Tennis-Wawrinka seals shock win for Swiss, U.S. sweep Uzbekistan in Davis Cup qualifiers
Three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka rolled back the clock to secure a thrilling win for Switzerland over Germany in their Davis Cup qualifier on Saturday. The 37-year-old, part of the Swiss 2014 Davis Cup winning team but who had not played in the event since 2015, beat Daniel Altmaier 6-3 5-7 6-4 to seal a 3-2 win in Trier.
Cricket-Green's 'surprise' progress leaves McDonald hopeful ahead of first test
Australia coach Andrew McDonald remains hopeful Cameron Green can feature against India when the first test between the nations begins in Nagpur on Thursday after the all-rounder's finger injury made "significant" improvement. Green damaged his right index finger during the Boxing Day test win over South Africa in Melbourne and was only given clearance to return to training by his doctor on Monday following surgery.
Soccer-Rashford fires Man Utd to 2-1 win over Palace, Casemiro sees red
Marcus Rashford won a first-half penalty before scoring himself in the second half as Manchester United survived a straight red card for Casemiro to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday. The visitors found themselves behind early when a VAR check showed Will Hughes had handled a ball from Rashford in the box, and Bruno Fernandes sent Vincent Guaita the wrong way from the spot in the seventh minute.
Soccer-Haaland can improve by watching Kane, says Guardiola
Manchester City striker Erling Haaland can improve by watching and learning from his Tottenham Hotspur counterpart Harry Kane, manager Pep Guardiola said before the Premier League champions travel to the north London club on Sunday. Norway's Haaland, 22, scored his fourth league hat-trick in City's 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend, taking his tally to 25 goals from 19 games as his sensational debut season in the English top-flight continues.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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