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Abilene Christian Opens Conference Play with Win

By on August 2, 2020

first_img With the lead at 10 points (46-36), Cooke hit three straight 3-pointers on assists from Little to push the lead to 55-38 with 16:40 to play. That seemed to be the key stretch in the run as Cooke found the range from beyond the arc. He finished 5 of 11 from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range, and also hit all eight of his free throws. With his 22 points Sunday, Hawkins has scored 75 points in the Wildcats’ last four games since moving back into the starting lineup. Williams has come off the bench in the last four games and with his 16 points on Sunday he’s averaging 15.5 points per game in those four contests. Cooke – whose previous career-high was 14 points – had more than those 14 points in the 30-13 run that started the second half and pushed the Wildcats’ lead to 24 points (71-47) with 10:43 to play. Cooke had 15 points in the run, LaDarrien Williams had seven, Hawkins had five points and Wentz a 3-pointer as ACU opened a big lead. The win evens the Wildcats’ overall mark at 7-7 and they improve to 1-0 in the Southland Conference, while the Bears drop to 0-12 overall and 0-1 in the league. ACU is off until Saturday when it hosts Nicholls at 4 p.m. at Moody Coliseum. The Wildcats shot a blistering 53.7 percent from the field Sunday (29 of 54), including 11 of 18 from 3-point range (61.1 percent).center_img UCA wouldn’t go away as the Bears were able to cut the lead to 12 points on a couple of occasions inside the final five minutes before Hawkins hit a pair of free throws and a a layup, Williams hit a couple of free throws and Little a pair of free throws with 28 seconds to play to make the final 87-70.  Abilene Christian 87, Central Arkansas 70 ABILENE, Texas – Austin Cooke poured in a career-high 22 points and Harrison Hawkins continued his tremendous play on the offensive end of the floor Sunday afternoon as the Abilene Christian Wildcats opened Southland Conference play with an 87-70 win over Central Arkansas at Moody Coliseum. The first half was a bit of a back-and-forth affair until the last six minutes when ACU turned a one-point lead into a nine-point lead with an 8-0 run. Hawkins hit back-to-back 3-pointers before Jalen Little hit a layup on a feed from Hawkins to make it 33-24 with 4:09 left in the half. The Bears were able to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 38-34 with 16 seconds to play, but Parker Wentz buried a 3-pointer with six seconds left on a feed from Little to make it a 41-34 game at halftime.last_img read more

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Serena on a roll as she roars into last 16

By on May 14, 2020

first_imgSeven-times champion Serena Williams moved ominously into the last 16 at Wimbledon when she recovered from a sluggish start to beat France’s Kristina Mladenovic 7-5 7-6(1) on Friday.The American, seeded 25, looked sluggish initially and trailed 5-3 but the 36-year-old flicked the switch and reeled off six games in a row as Mladenovic wilted in the heat.To her credit Mladenovic recovered her poise and had a chance to break the Williams serve at 4-4 in the second set.Williams slammed the door shut though and piled on the pressure when Mladenovic served at 5-6.Mladenovic saved one match point with a graceful forehand winner and forced a tiebreak but there was no stopping Williams as she steamed through it like an express train.She brought up another match point with a 12th ace and finished it off with her 13th.Williams has now won 17 consecutive matches at Wimbledon including the 2015 and 2016 titles.She missed last year’s tournament because she was pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia.last_img read more

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WNBA players were near site of Istanbul attack, coach says

By on February 10, 2020

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments The league has partnered with LiveSafe, a safety communications platform, to provide a mobile security app to its 60-plus players competing in Russia, Turkey, China and other countries this offseason.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next An assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations, killing at least 35 people and wounding 40 others in what the province’s governor described as a terror attack.Carson had tweeted earlier in the evening that she was “stuck inside of the club because of ‘terror’ shooting in Istanbul. Praises to the most high.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngAbout two dozen WNBA players are in Turkey during their offseason playing in a league there.The incident occurred a week after the WNBA started offering to its players a phone application to help assist them in trying to stay safe while traveling overseas. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Los Angeles Sparks forward Essence Carson looks to teammate forward Nneka Ogwumike (30) after they won Game 1 of the WNBA basketball finals in the last second against Minnesota, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Minneapolis. APA handful of WNBA players, including Essence Carson, Chelsea Gray and Jantel Lavender of the Los Angeles Sparks, were next door to a deadly shooting in a nightclub in Istanbul on Saturday night.Sparks coach Brian Agler confirmed to The Associated Press that Carson had texted him that the three players were OK.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Senators to proceed with review of VFA Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:06Anti-US rally in Manila against attacks in Iraq00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ We are young EDITORS’ PICK Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chelsea gets 13th straight win, Liverpool maintains pursuitlast_img read more

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Tokyo officials feud with IOC over Olympic marathon switch

By on January 15, 2020

first_imgTokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is angry about it. Her allies say no change is needed and have raised questions about who will pay if the move goes through, and have not ruled out a lawsuit to recover damages.Taro Shirato and Hiroshi Yamada, members of Koike’s political party in the metropolitan legislature, told a news conference Tuesday that moving the marathon would cost at least $34 billion yen, about $310 million.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The IOC said it’s making the change, thinking first of athletes’ safety from Tokyo’s blistering summer heat.Koike’s allies offered a different take. Koike is one of Japan’s most influential politicians and just a few years ago was viewed as a potential candidate for prime minister. And she’s miffed about not being consulted. The races started at midnight in Doha with TV showing runners collapsing on the course. The scenes apparently shocked IOC President Thomas Bach.Yamada acknowledged the heat posed a risk. He said Tokyo has proposed moving the start to 5 a.m., which is mid-summer sunrise in Tokyo. Last week city officials also floated the idea of a 3 a.m. start.Estimates suggest the temperature would be 27C (81F) at 5 a.m., and would be 25.4C (78F) in Sapporo for a 7 a.m. start. The starting temperature in Doha for the women’s marathon was 32.7C (91F).Yamada described the starting temperatures in Tokyo and Sapporo “on a par.”“We do recognize and understand that the heat is a very important factor, but we do not believe that at this moment it represents an overly excessive risk.”Tokyo’s soaring costs are also a major issue.A government audit report last year said Tokyo was spending about $25 billion to organize the Olympics, all of which is public money except for $5.6 billion from a privately financed operating budget.Tokyo said in its bid in 2013 that the Olympic would cost $7.3 billion.Yamada was asked who would pay for the increased costs.“In the event this is changed to Sapporo, then I believe the citizens of Tokyo will not be convinced they need to pay. What I can say is that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government should not be the one to pay.” “Although they (IOC) talk about so-called athletes first, this can only be perceived as IOC first,” Shirato said through an interpreter.“You get the sense that no considerations have been made for the athletes,” Shirato added, “or the spectators who had already bought their tickets and who were looking forward to these events, or the potential spectators who will be cheering on the streets, and also to the people involved in the operation.”Don’t expect the IOC to budge. It has inspectors in Tokyo this week looking at preparations with the Olympics opening in just under nine months on July 24.IOC member John Coates heads the team and is an ally to President Thomas Bach. He has said repeatedly the IOC does not intend to change its plans, and has told that to Koike.The IOC fears worldwide television audiences might see a repeat of the recent world track and field championships in Doha, Qatar, where 28 of 68 starters failed to finish the women’s marathon and 18 of 73 men failed to complete the course.ADVERTISEMENT Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study View comments FILE – In this Feb. 24, 2013, file photo, runners compete in the men’s race of the Tokyo Marathon in Tokyo. Tokyo city officials are in a public feud with the International Olympic Committee over IOC plans, made without consulting the city or local organizers, to move the marathon 800 kilometers (500 miles) north to avoid Tokyo’s summer heat. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, Pool, File)TOKYO — Tokyo city officials are in a public feud with the International Olympic Committee over IOC plans — made without consulting the city or local organizers — to move next year’s Tokyo Olympic marathons 800 kilometers (500 miles) north to Sapporo to avoid the capital’s summer heat.The abrupt decision to shift the marathons and race walks was announced almost two weeks ago by the IOC.ADVERTISEMENT DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown MOST READ Asked if the Tokyo government might sue for damages, Yamada hedged.“That’s very difficult to respond to, but I believe in terms of discussions we need to clarify the legal context.”Tokyo’s organizing committee president Toshiro Mori, a former Japanese prime minister, seems to have sided with the IOC and not with Koike. He suggested a few days ago that it was a done deal.“Can we say no to the plan that the IOC and International Association of Athletics Federations already supported?” Mori said. “It’s not a question of good or bad, but we just have to accept it.”He also said cost was a major issue in moving the marathon.“Our overall cost has become a humongous amount, so it would cause us pain if the cost is added to our bill,” Mori said. “So I mentioned that to Mr. Coates, and he said he will look into it. We won’t be able to pay if it’s a significant damage to our finances. I have reminded him of that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust LATEST STORIES ‘Gago’ Embiid comes through as 76ers top Hawks to stay unbeatenlast_img read more

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Arsenal team news v Stoke: MASSIVE injury boost as three players return to action

By on January 6, 2020

first_img Wojciech Szczesny looks set to miss out this weekend Arsenal will be keen to put their dismal performance against Southampton behind them when they take on Stoke this weekend, but that seems to be easier said than done for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.Revelations over goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny’s behaviour has been the biggest talking point this week and once again dominated Wenger’s pre-match press conference.The Frenchman confirmed that the goalkeeper had apologised for his misdemeanour, but refused to shed any light on whether Szczesny will retain his spot in the Gunners’ starting XI.“I haven’t selected the first XI yet. I take everything into account,” Wenger said.One player that is certainly in contention for a start though is Mesut Ozil. The Arsenal playmaker has been absent with a knee injury, but Wenger confirmed that the German will be available for selection, and will definitely make the squad.He could be joined by Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini, both of whom are back in full training having overcoming respective hamstring and groin problems.Wenger will be short of options in attack though. Olivier Giroud returns having served his red card suspension, although Danny Welbeck has not sufficiently recovered from a thigh injury.Arsenal v Stoke is live and exclusive on talkSPORT, Sunday, from 1pm. Click here to stream. 1last_img read more

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Enrique to remain as Barcelona manager

By on January 3, 2020

first_imgLuis Enrique has been handed a contract extension at Barcelona.The former midfielder’s future at the Nou Camp had been cast into doubt – despite the 45-year-old winning the treble.But the La Liga giants have decided to keep the ex-Celta Vigo boss at the club.President Josep Maria Bartomeu said: “The treble symbolises more than any other thing, the unity of the Barcelona family. Today the Barça fans have every right to feel proud and privileged to be part of this club.” 1 Barcelona boss Luis Enrique last_img read more

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Fitness Park Grand Opening Today at 5p

By on December 22, 2019

first_imgThe Awareness Washington County (AWC) Class of 2014 is pleased to announce the GRAND OPENING of its class project – the COMMUNITY FITNESS PARK – on Thursday, July 9 at 5 pm.The public is invited and food and drink will be available. Come celebrate the opening of this family friendly park which is located at the corner of Homer and Mill Streets in Salem, Indiana.The Community Fitness Park is in close proximity to the Walking Trail, contains 9 pieces of permanent outdoor exercise equipment and is free to the public. The Salem Tree Board has generously agreed to provide and plant shade trees at the site. Picnic tables made by local craftsman Jacob Schmidt will be placed amongst the trees.Further local support has come from equipment sponsors, as well as materials and financial donors; Eddie Gilstrap Motors, John Jones, St. Vincent Salem Hospital, Salem Crossing, GKN, Senior Citizens Center, Jeans Extrusions, Jason Wade State Farm, La Gene’s Jewelers, Quick Seal, Meadowview, Fox Purlee, Knapp Miller Brown, Marshall Monuments, Salem Lumber, Deer Country, Ace Hardware, Ewen Insurance, Anne Terrell and Tom Fultz. Residents of the immediate neighborhood have donated good will, valuable advice and insight as well as tools.The class extends a special thank you to Temple and Temple, who excavated and drilled through rock in order to prepare the site; without their help, the project would have been impossible at its current location. Property was donated by the City of Salem; it was formerly owned and donated by the Tarr family.The purpose of Awareness Washington County is to develop informed, skilled, and committed civic leadership. The program is designed to assist a diverse group of participants in acquiring a broad understanding of the issues facing the Washington County area, fostering leadership potential, enriching leadership skills, and building relationships that will facilitate collaborative efforts in resolving today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. It is a leadership development experience different from most of the trainings given by companies.AWC helps individuals develop and strengthen their own leadership potential, empowering them to make positive change in the community wherever they see the need. Anyone who lives or works in Washington County is eligible for membership. Contact Marji Morris (mlmsoar@hotmail.com) or Debbie Mildenburger (dmildenburger@gmail.com) for more details or to join next year’s class.last_img read more

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Letterkenny Supermac’s planners back for a second bite

By on December 21, 2019

first_imgA Supermac’s restaurant is still in the pipeline for Letterkenny after a revised planning application was recently submitted to Donegal County Council.The Irish fast food franchise is hoping to bring its first outlet to Letterkenny following the successful launch of a complex in Donegal Town.The proposed Letterkenny restaurant would be located at the Old Tinney’s coal yard on the Port Road, just off the Station Roundabout. The takeaway chain’s parent company Atlantic Enterprises Ltd. applied to the council last year for the erection of a two-storey restaurant with a drive-thru.The applicants were then asked by the council to make some changes to the plans and provide further information.A number of objections were made to the application raising concerns including the traffic flow on the Port Road and the high number of food outlets already in the vicinity.Supermac’s owners responded to the council’s FI requests on 23rd October with a revised site layout and building design which takes local town planning strategies into account. Under the revised application, the restaurant is to be moved to align with the Port Road to ‘enhance the streetscape’ of the arterial route into Letterkenny.The scale, form and design of the proposed building are changed to conform to the surrounding area and to commit to using natural and locally-sourced materials.Revised Supermac’s Building Design by Corbwell DesignThe council requested that the number of car parking spaces be reduced and designated HGV and Coach spaces removed. This was complied with and a Road Safety Audit was carried out which the company said helped form the basis of the new site layout.Extra green space has been added to the site plans and clear pedestrian links are introduced to adjoin with nearby areas including the bus station.A decision on the revised application is due from the council next Monday, 19th November. The restaurant could bring significant job creation to the town, with over 80 estimated jobs being created during the construction phase and 25 more permanent roles once opened.The Donegal Town Supermac’s branch was the 116th outlet to open in Ireland. Sixty jobs were created at the restaurant, which was officially opened at Drumlonagher last week.Letterkenny Supermac’s planners back for a second bite was last modified: November 13th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Atlantic Enterprises Ltd.letterkennyplanning applicationSUpermacslast_img read more

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Columbus Catholic soccer rallies past Wisconsin Valley Lutheran

By on December 20, 2019

first_imgTorbey, Dieringer each score two goals for DonsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Wisconsin Valley Lutheran gave the Marshfield Columbus soccer team all it could handle for a little more than a half, but the Dons finally got their offense clicking and ran away with a 4-1 victory in a Central Wisconsin Conference match Thursday at Griese Park.The Dons’ powerful offense was held at bay for most of the first half as Wisconsin Valley Lutheran was able to push the ball out of its half of the field time after time.Coleton Schubring scored on a penalty kick in the 37th minute to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead before the Dons finally got things going.Evan Dieringer scored off an assist from Zach Olson with 2:23 to go before halftime to tie the game.After 10 minutes of scoreless soccer, Columbus’ Nadim Torbey countered WVL’s goal with a penalty kick of his own, and less than two minutes later Torbey scored again to put the Dons up 3-1.Dieringer added a goal on a long kick from the top right corner of the penalty box with 1:49 to go to provide the final margin.“We needed some more communication on the defensive end, we needed more supportive runs from the forwards, and we cleaned it up in the second half,” Columbus Catholic coach Jeff Edwards said. “The first half was really bad. No one was talking, and we deserved to be tied because we were not playing well.”With the victory, Columbus (12-3-1, 9-1 CWC) keeps pace with Central Wisconsin Conference leader Amherst/Iola-Scandinavia/Rosholt to remain one-half game out of first place. With four conference games remaining, including a regular-season finale Oct. 13 against the Falcons, Edwards said he is pleased the team is in position to compete for the conference title.“It will be interesting here,” Edwards said. “If we win out, we can win conference again. It would be nice to do. We’re expecting a good game with Pacelli here on Monday. We’re thankful for Northland Lutheran tying Amherst, and they have to still play them again, so who knows what will happen there.”Columbus hosts Stevens Point Pacelli on Monday at Griese Park.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 4, Wolves 1Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 1 0 – 1Columbus Catholic 1 3 – 4First half: 1. WVL, Coleton Schubring (penalty kick), 36:11; 2. CC, Evan Dieringer (Zach Olson), 42:37.Second half: 3. CC, Nadim Torbey (PK), 55:41; 4. CC, Torbey (Brown), 57:22; 5. CC, Evan Dieringer (Torbey), 88:11.Total shots: Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 8; Columbus Catholic 23.Shots on goal: WVL 3; CC 14.Corner kicks: WVL 6; CC 12.Saves: WVL, Rhein Zuelsdorff 10. CC, Kellen Heinzen 2.Records: Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 4-4-2 overall and Central Wisconsin Conference; Marshfield Columbus Catholic 12-3-1, 9-1 CWC.last_img read more

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This week: Money time is here!

By on December 17, 2019

first_imgThis week: Money time is here! Dec 09, 2019 by Eurocupbasketball.com With two rounds to go, the biggest question is which teams can book the remaining Top 16 tickets in this week’s games. There are seven spots still open and as many as five teams can qualify in Round 9.Qualifying possibilitiesNine teams have qualified and 13 teams are still competing for seven Top 16 spots that are still unclaimed in three groups. Three of those teams control their destinies and can qualify in Round 9 with a win regardless of other results. Group C has the most question marks with zero teams qualified and no teams that have been eliminated. That is very likely to change on Tuesday when Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul (5-3) qualifies as long as it loses by fewer than 35 points against Germani Brescia Leonessa (4-4). Even if that happens, Darussafaka can qualify on Wednesday if either UNICS Kazan or Nanterre 92 win their respective games. UNICS (5-3) is another team that can qualify without any help if it defeats Joventut Badalona (4-4). So can Tofas Bursa (4-4) in Group B when it visits Rytas Vilnius (3-5). However, Joventut and Rytas are both at home and also have their eyes on the Top 16, while knowing that if they are to lose, their situation can get complicated in the regular-season finale. Joventut can qualify this week if it wins and gets help from Nanterre and potentially Darussafaka, while Brescia can also get into the Top 16 by Wednesday night with a win, but only if UNICS wins and Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana also defeats Nanterre. Meanwhile, Rytas would surely qualify if it wins by 21 points or more, otherwise, it would need help, too. In a Group D battle for fourth place, Asseco Arka Gdynia (3-5) hosts Dolomiti Energia Trento (3-5). Trento qualifies if it wins by at least 21 points, but on the other hand, would be eliminated in case of a loss. Arka can’t qualify without getting help in other games.Eye on the tiebreakersWhen it comes to Top 16 qualification, a lot of it boils down to the tiebreak (dis)advantages. That is the reason Darussafaka is all but mathematically qualified; it swept Nanterre, holds +3 advantage over Joventut and has held on to a +2 margin in a tiebreaker over Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana. It is also the reason why things could remain very complicated in Group C, where Cedevita and Joventut hold tiebreak advantages over Brescia; Nanterre holds tiebreakers over UNICS and Joventut; Olimpija still has to play against Joventut; and Nanterre must square off against Brescia. In Group B, Rytas has done a great job by sweeping Lokomotiv, but has -7 disadvantage against Limoges, which can end up hurting the team from the Lithuanian capital even if Limoges gets eliminated. That is what makes the clash between Rytas and Tofas of crucial importance. Tofas won the first game 91-81 and that’s the margin Rytas will try to overcome. Group D has a key game on its slate between two 3-5 teams, Arka and Trento. The hosts are winless at home, but this win would give them a sweep over Trento. However, that solely would not get the job done because Buducnost VOLI Podgorica (2-6) holds a +14 tiebreak advantage over Arka. Meanwhile, Trento has a +2 edge over Buducnost, but has lost against Arka by 11 points. So, Trento will look not only for a victory, but for one by at least 11 points to win a tiebreaker and eliminate Arka. And if Trento wins by 21 or more points, it would punch its ticket to the Top 16. Any win fewer than 21 points would keep another team’s chances alive and that team is Buducnost.Streaking to first placeThe two longest active streaks in the EuroCup belong to Umana Reyer Venice (6-2) and EWE Baskets Oldenburg (5-3). Reyer opened Group B action with two defeats, but since then Coach Walter De Raffaele’s team has won six in a row and now visits Limoges CSP (2-6). If Reyer extends its streak to seven games on Tuesday, it would get a chance to clinch first place on Wednesday if Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar (3-5) also beats Partizan NIS Belgrade (6-2). Reyer and Partizan split road wins this season, but Reyer holds a +10 tiebreaker and a win combined with a Partizan loss would secure it first place and lock Partizan into second. In Group D, EWE Baskets Oldenburg (5-3) has won five in a row after losing its first three to open the season. This five-game winning streak started with a 13-point win over Unicaja Malaga (6-2) and now Oldenburg has come full circle and faces its toughest test yet. Unicaja is perfect at home and could clinch first place if it wins and Galatasaray loses in Podgorica, but Oldenburg has been firing on all cylinders and has gotten a huge boost with Tyler Larson (20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists in three games since joining the team). If Oldenburg keeps its streak alive it would have a realistic shot at winning the group despite starting the season with 0-3 record.Group A to the wire?There is a total of five 6-2 teams and two of them square off In Group A when Segafredo Virtus Bologna welcomes Promitheas Patras. It is a high profile game featuring a Virtus offense led by the point guard duo of Milos Teodosic and Stefan Markovic, ranking second in scoring (84.6 ppg.) and assists (20.4 apg.). It will make for a great test for Promitheas, which has allowed just 70.8 points on the road – third-fewest in the competition, but wants to bounce back after getting blown out the last time it played on the road at AS Monaco (5-3). This clash has first-place implications in Group A, which is different than the other three groups because all four Top 16 qualifiers have already been determined. It is also different because all four teams can still finish in first place in the standings. For Virtus, a win by 10 or more points combined with Monaco losing at ratiopharm Ulm (1-7) would secure first place. On the other hand, to clinch first-place Promitheas needs to win to sweep Virtus and also see Monaco and MoraBanc Andorra (5-3) lose. Regardless of the outcome in Bologna, if Monaco and Andorra both win against the only two already-eliminated teams, both will surely have a shot in Round 10 to finish this group in first.Clash of the statsThe EuroCup’s top two scorers, Joventut’s Klemen Prepelic (18.7 ppg.) and Jamar Smith of UNICS (18.1 ppg.) go against each other on Wednesday. No player averages more points on the road than Smith’s 21.0 and his total of 145 points also leads the EuroCup. Smith’s backcourt partner Errick McCollum has 134 points, the third-highest total this season – and more than Prepelic, who missed one game and has 131 for the season. Other than the clash of top scorers in Badalona, Round 9 offers several games where one team’s strength goes against the other’s weakness. The clash between Darussafaka and Brescia pits the visitors’ bottom-ranked offense (68.8 ppg.) against Darussafaka’s top defense, which holds opponents to a league-low 70.9 points. Darussafaka is also second-best in defensive rebounds (26.4) and it could be a tall order for Brescia which has the third-fewest offensive boards (8.1 orpg.). The same could be the case with Buducnost, tied for the worst in offensive rebounds (8.0) going against Galatasaray which allows just 9.6 per game, the sixth-fewest this season. Andorra plays at home where it averages a league-leading 91.5 points per game and welcomes Maccabi Rishon LeZion, which allows a league-high 91.0 points on the road. 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