The surging San Jose Sharks weren’t at their best. Still, they did enough to keep their winning streak going.
Kevin Labanc had a goal, two assists and the shootout winner as the beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 Saturday night for their sixth straight win.
Logan Couture had three assists and Erik Karlsson and Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored for San Jose.
“When you’re putting together a winning streak, you’re going to win all kinds of different ways,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. “You’re going to put some solid games together, and you’re going to have to win some like this.”
Andreas Athanasiou scored twice and Taro Hirose added one for Detroit, which has lost 12 of 16.
The Sharks have 21 points in 21 games (10-10-1), the first time reaching the point-per-game mark since they were 3-3-0 on Oct. 15.
“We’re obviously in a better spot now than we were six games ago, and we still have a long way to go,” said Karlsson, who played in his 700th NHL game. “I think we’re finding ways to win games now. I don’t think we played well in Anaheim or tonight in long stretches, but we’re finding a way.”
Martin Jones had 25 saves and stopped all three Red Wings attempts in the shootout. Among his saves was a sensational one that robbed Brendan Perlini of a power-play goal midway through the second with San Jose up 2-1.
San Jose’s NHL-best killing unit held the Red Wings scoreless on three power plays including one in overtime.
“He made massive saves,” Couture said of Jones. “That penalty kill, and save in the second was huge … He’s playing great. Big reason we got two points was him tonight.”
Jimmy Howard had 16 saves and stopped 2 of 3 shootout attempts.
Athanasiou tied it at 3 by scoring his fifth of the season with 4:14 left. He took a no-look pass from Valtteri Filppula on a 2-on-1 and fired a 35-footer past Jones.
Karlsson broke a 2-2 tie at 12:32 of the second on a power play.
Labanc snapped a streak of eight games without a goal when he scored his sixth with just under a minute left in the first of a scoreless game. He hadn’t tallied a point in his previous five games.
Vlasic fired a in long shot just over a minute into the second to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead.
The Red Wings answered 13 seconds later on Athanasiou’s fourth goal, and they tied it midway through the second on Hirose’s first goal of the season in his 18th game.
“Overall we played pretty good hockey,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We weren’t perfect, I thought we played fast a lot of the times, I thought our gaps were better, I thought our O-zone offense was better. We leaked a little oil at the end of the hockey game and I thought we were good in overtime.”
Paul George made history in his Clippers home debut even though he considered it mere practice after missing the first 11 games of the season.
George scored 37 points in 20 minutes, becoming the first NBA player to score that many in fewer than 21 minutes, and Los Angeles led all the way in routing the Atlanta Hawks 150-101 on Saturday night.
“He knows I had him on a time limit, so he’s trying to get it all in,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.
It was the Clippers’ largest margin of victory ever and their total points scored were the second-most in franchise history.
“We had another 30, 40 points that didn’t play tonight,” George said, referring to Kawhi Leonard.
The anticipated first game with George and Leonard in the lineup together didn’t happen when Leonard sat out with a left knee contusion.
But the Clippers didn’t need both of their new superstars on a night when George tied his career high with six 3-pointers and made all 11 of his free throws.
“It’s a dream come true to be able to do this at home in front of family and friends,” said George, who is from Palmdale, north of Los Angeles. “I’m just happy to be playing basketball again.”
George was clearly having fun in the fourth when he stole the ball, dribbled down and tossed it off the glass, setting up Montrezl Harrell for a two-handed dunk that ignited the crowd and pushed the Clippers’ lead to 36 points.
“This is practice for me to get in time with my guys and a catch a rhythm out there,” said George, who spent the first couple weeks of the season rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgeries. “I got new shoulders. They haven’t felt this healthy in a long time.”
George started the fourth quarter and hit a 3-pointer, having asked to accumulate more minutes since the team has had little practice time lately.
But when George tripped, Rivers had seen enough and removed him.
It wasn’t soon enough for the Hawks.
“You saw a guy step out on the court that had no rust,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said.
Two nights after scoring 33 in his debut at New Orleans, George scored 15 of the Clippers’ first 22 points in a six-minute span. They led by 17 and shot 59 percent in the opening quarter.
George is the first player in franchise history to score 30-plus points in his first two games with the team.
The Hawks scored 11 straight to close within four early in the second quarter, the closest they would come the rest of the game. The Clippers answered with an 18-6 run, fueled by George’s nine points, to go back up by 17 again.
George had 25 points at halftime when the Clippers led 74-62, shooting 52% and making all 16 of their free throws.
Leonard also sat out on Thursday when George made his Clippers debut in a loss to the Pelicans.
Trae Young had 20 points for the Hawks, who dropped their second in a row. They trailed by 52 points in the fourth.
“It was just bad effort,” Young said, “and you can’t do it in this league or you’ll get killed every night.”
The Clippers dominated in nearly every category, with their bench outscoring the Hawks’ reserves 81-35. Los Angeles made 17 3-pointers and hit 33 of 35 free throws.
The first time Dominic Thiem played at the ATP Finals, he was handed an unknown Greek teenager as a hitting partner in training.
Three years later, Thiem is facing that same player in the final of the season-ending tournament.
Thiem beat defending champion Alexander Zverev in the semifinals on Saturday after Stefanos Tsitsipas ousted six-time winner Roger Federer, setting up a title match between two players who first met each other at the O2 Arena under very different circumstances.
”I just saw a picture before that I practiced with him the first time I played here 2016,” Thiem said after beating Zverev 7-5, 6-3. ”He was a hitting partner here. It's an amazing story for both of us. … We didn't think that only three years later we were going to face each other in the final.”
The now 21-year-old Tsitsipas had the most eye-catching win on Saturday, saving 11 of 12 break points to beat Federer 6-3, 6-4. He also took advantage of an error-filled performance from Federer, who continually put his opponent under pressure only to come up short when it mattered.
"I'm proud of myself, how hard I fought today, how concentrated I stayed in the breakpoints," said Tsitsipas, who reached the biggest final of his career. "Didn't crack under pressure. I was very composed and very mature in my decisions."
In the evening match, Zverev doubled-faulted on set point to hand Thiem a 1-0 lead and was then broken for the second time to make it 4-2 in the second set.
Thiem saved two break points in the next game to hold for 5-2, and then served out the match on his first attempt, clinching the victory with a forehand winner on match point.
The final pairing also ensures that the tournament will have a first-time champion for the fourth year in a row.
Federer and Novak Djokovic combined to win the ATP Finals nine times in 10 years between 2006-15 before Andy Murray broke that streak and Gregor Dimitrov won it in 2017.
Zverev was trying to repeat last year’s title win but couldn’t convert any of the four break points he forced against Thiem. As he sat down for the changeover after his double-fault to end the first set, he slammed his racket down so hard it bounced along the court and came to rest behind the baseline.
He was also frustrated with the way he gave away a cheap break in the second set.
”I broke myself. I missed two overheads one meter away from the net,” Zverev said. ”It was just a bad game. Yeah, the match was over a few games later, so what can I do?”
Thiem beat both Federer and Djokovic in the group stage just to reach the semifinals for the first time in four attempts at the tournament.
Tsitsipas, who is making his first appearance at the event, saved all six break points he faced against Federer in the first set. That included two at 5-3, when he needed seven set points before finally winning a marathon game.
He broke again for a 2-1 lead in the second, then saved three break points from 0-40 in the next game before Federer finally converted his fourth to level the set.
But Tsitsipas broke again straight away with a forehand winner and then saved two more break points from 15-40 down when serving for the match at 5-4.
He didn’t give the 38-year-old Federer any more chances of a comeback, serving out the match with an ace.
"No doubt I had my chances," Federer said. "I'm just frustrated I couldn't play better. And when I did and fought my way back, I threw it away again."
The 17-year age gap between the two players was the largest in the history of the tournament.
For Federer, it was a surprisingly erratic performance after he played near-flawless tennis to beat Djokovic in straight sets on Thursday to reach the semifinals.
He finished that match with five unforced errors - including two double-faults - but had 26 in this match.
Federer was especially unhappy with the service break in the first set, when he also missed two fairly routine overheads to gift his opponent the early lead.
"Getting broken with missing two smashes in one game, that hasn't happened in a long, long time. Or ever," Federer said. "So that was tough."
Mohammad Tamimul Islam of BKSP finished top in the qualification round of the Junior Recurve (Under-20) of the Teer 3rd National Youth Archery Championship 2019, scoring 664 out of 720 that began at Archery Training Center of Shaheed Ahsan Ullah Master Stadium in Tongi on Saturday.
Shakib Mollah of Tirondaz Sangsad finished 2nd scoring 654 while Mohammad Hakim Rubel of BKSP finished 3rd scoring 645 in the event’s qualification round.
Bangladesh Archery Federation President Lt Gen (retd) Moinul Islam inaugurated the two-day meet Saturday morning.
BAF General Secretary Kazi Rajib Uddin Ahmed Chapal, City Group Senior Deputy Brand Manager Rubaiyat Ahmed and Archery head Coach Martin Frederick were also present.
Mehnaz Aktar Monira of Dhaka Army Archery Club finished first in the girls recurve junior (under-20) qualification round scoring 627, Dia Siddiqui of BKSP finished 2nd scoring 626 while Moni Rani Sarker of BAF Tiger Cubs became distant 3rd scoring 573.
In the boys recurve cadet (under-17) qualification round, Pradipta Chakma of BKSP finished first scoring 666, Abdur Rahman Alif of BKSP finished 2nd scoring 660 while Jannatul Islam of BAF Tiger Cubs finished 3rd scoring 650.
In the girls recurve cadet (under-17) qualification round, Eti Khatun of Tirondaz Sangsad finished first scoring 649, Dia Siddiqui of BKSP finished 2nd scoring 629 and Uma Singh Marma of BKSP finished 3rd scoring 586.
In the boys recurve youngster (under-14) qualification round, Abdur Rahman Alif of BKSP finished first scoring 686, Rakib Mia of BKSP finished 2nd scoring 686 and Yeasin Arafat of Tirondaz Sangsad finished 3rd scoring 671.
In the girls recurve youngster (under-14) qualification round, Eti Khatun of Tirondaz Sangsad finished first scoring 682, Uma Singh Marma of BKSP finished 2nd scoring 666 and Rajani Akhtar of BKSP finished 3rd scoring 632.
Himu Bachar of BKSP finished first in the boys compound junior (under-20) qualification round scoring 693, Ashiqujjaman of BKSP finished 2nd scoring 690 and Radin Bin Taleb finished 3rd scoring 679.
In the girls’ compound junior (under-20) qualification round, Puspita Zaman of BKSP finished top scoring 686, Bonnya Akhter of Bangladesh Ansar finished 2nd scoring 679 and Lamia Islam of Tirondaz Sangsad finished 3rd scoring 663.
In the boys compound cadet (under-17) qualification round, Himu Bachar of BKSP finished first scoring 685, Siam Siddiqui of Tirondaz Sangsad finished 2nd scoring 676 and Radin Bin Taleb finished 3rd scoring 664.
In the girls compound cadet (under-17) qualification round, Puspita Zaman of BKSP finished first scoring 682, Lamia Islam of Tirondaz Sangsad finished 2nd scoring 660 and Mst Humaira Akhtar Himu finished 3rd scoring 606.
A total of 103 young archers from ten teams -- 78 in recurve and 25 compound division archers – are taking part in the two-day meet.
Bangladesh posted their 2nd consecutive victory in the eight-nation ACC Emerging Teams Cup’2019 upsetting India by 6 wickets in the Group B match at BKSP ground-3 in Savar on Saturday.
With the well-merited victory of the Young Tigers, the cricket-crazy Bangladesh fans got some solace for the Tigers’ embarrassing innings defeat against hosts India in the Indore Test on Saturday.
Bangladesh made a flying start in the meet outplaying Hong Kong by 9 wickets in one of the four opening day’s matches at BKSP ground-4 in Savar on Thursday.
In the last group matches, Bangladesh will play Nepal while India will face Hong Kong, Pakistan will meet Oman and Afghanistan will lock horns with Sri Lanka, all on Monday (November 18).
The top two teams from each group will play semifinals on November 20 and 21 respectively while the final will be held on November 23, all at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
In the day’s other match, Pakistan also brightened their chance to qualify for the semifinals crushing holders Sri Lanka by 90 runs at Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Main Stadium in Cox's Bazar.
In other matches on Saturday, Afghanistan beat Oman by 9 wickets at the Academy ground of the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium Academy in Cox's Bazar while Nepal beat Hong Kong by 40 runs at BKSP ground-4 in Savar.
Sent in to bat first, India were all out for 246 runs in stipulated 50 overs, featuring 125 runs in the 5th wicket stand by Armaan Jaffer and Vinayak Gupta.
Armaan smashed 105 runs off 98 balls hitting 8 fours and 3 sixes while Vinayak added 40 off 65 balls featuring 5 fours.
Among others, Aryan Juyal contributed 37, Sanvir Singh 26, Hrithik Shokeen 16 and captain Belur Sharath 12 runs.
Sumon Khan picked up four wickets for 64 while Tanvir Islam and Soumya Sarkar bagged two wickets each conceding 38 and 53 runs respectively.
In reply, hosts Bangladesh scored 250 for 4 in 42.1 overs, featuring 144 runs in the 2nd wicket stand by captain Najmul Hossain Shanto and Soumya Sarkar.
Shanto smashed 94 runs off 88 balls hitting 14 fours and 2 sixes, Soumya scored 73 runs off 68 deliveries featuring 7 fours and 3 sixes. Shanto was the man of the match.
Among others, Afif Hossain remained not out on 34 while Yasir Ali scored 21 and Mohammad Naim 14 runs.
Yash Rathod, Sanvir Singh, Saurabh Dubey and Siddharth Desai took one wicket each conceding 16, 42, 40 and 49 runs respectively.