Associated Press December 31, 2020 /Sports News – Local UCLA edges Utah 72-70 for 5th straight home victory Tags: Pac-12/UCLA Bruins/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Smith scored 16 points and UCLA shook off coronavirus-induced rust to hold off Utah 72-70 for the Bruins’ fifth straight home win.UCLA (6-2, 2-0 Pac-12) hadn’t played since losing to Ohio State on Dec. 19 in Cleveland.The Utes (4-2, 1-1) had been idle since beating Idaho on Dec. 18.Both teams had games postponed due to COVID-19.Alfonso Plummer led the Utes with a season-high 22 points, making four 3-pointers. Timmy Allen added 18 points. The Utes never got off a final shot after Pelle Larsson turned the ball over with 3 seconds to go.
Tags: Mountain West/Steven Ashworth/Utah State Aggies Basketball January 16, 2021 /Sports News – Local Ashworth leads Utah State past San Diego State 64-59 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah (AP) — Steven Ashworth scored 17 points off the bench to lift Utah State to a 64-59 win over San Diego State, the Aggies’ 10th straight victory.Brock Miller had 11 points for Utah State. Neemias Queta added 10 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and four assists.Utah State is unbeaten in Mountain West play for the first time in school history and off to its best start in any conference since opening the Western Athletic Conference 11-0 in the 2010-11 season.Terrell Gomez had 16 points for the Aztecs. Lamont Butler added 13 points and five steals. Jordan Schakel had 11 points. Associated Press
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters) – Top batsman David Warner reckons Australia’s Twenty20 team are well on course for World Cup success later in the year as they go into the last game of their three-match T20 series in South Africa today.“We are definitely on track. You go back 18 months ago, even further back than that, people weren’t even rating us as a top five-ranked team. But given the schedule, it was difficult to put out our best team all the time.“But over the last 18 months we’ve established a really strong side, and we’ve consistently put out our best team every time we’ve played, and I think we’ve focussed very well on the World Cup,” he told reporters yesterday. Australia, who host the T20 World Cup from October 18 to November 15, had won eight games in a row before losing to South Africa by 12 runs in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.That levelled the three-match series at 1-1 going into today’s final game at Newlands.“We’ve got a great balance in our team right now. There is a lot of credit due to the bowling unit, especially the two spinners (Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa) who’ve really worked well together. Finchy (captain Aaron Finch) has used the bowlers at the right time as well, so we are being led in the right direction,” he said.“Our batting speaks for itself. We have great depth there and I feel we are very experienced… We don’t rely on one or two players. We’ve got 11 match winners and that’s the exciting thing about it.” Today’s game is a first return to the ground where Warner allegedly masterminded a plot to tamper with the ball using sandpaper during a Test against South Africa two years ago, for which he and captain Steve Smith were banned for a year by Cricket Australia.Smith and Warner have received little backlash from spectators in the opening two T20 games in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth in their first trip to South Africa since.“I didn’t cop anything out on the fence. The fans have been very respectful,” said Warner.“The past is the past. We’ve just got to focus on what is ahead of us.”