‘Top Gun’ Hopkinson trumps rivals again; Milling is junior winnerCONTINUING to display match winning form, veteran marksman Harold ‘Top Gun’ Hopkinson has once again outshot his rivals in claiming the top spot in the Guyana National Rifle Association (GuyanaNRA) Smallbore Section .22 Precision Shoot held last Saturday at the Tactical Services Unit Range of the Guyana Police Force.Hopkinson’s form, which allowed him to do well in the just concluded Grenada Gun and Rifle Association’s Second Annual six Stage, Level 2 IPSC competition in the Spice Isle, still held as he amassed 232 points along with two V Bulls to win the senior category.Taking second place was Chad Melville who ended with 228 points the same as Dr Johan DaSilva. However, Melville shot 4 V Bulls which meant that Dr DaSilva had to settle for third place.The senior competitors shot from the 10m and 15m distances while the juniors aimed from the 5m, 7m and 10m distances.The leading junior on the day – the top three competing in their first precision pistol match – was Terry Milling who accumulated 232 points and one V Bull. Second was Michael Tang with 225 points and 5 V Bulls while third place went to Sherwin Solomon who tallied 221 points and 1 V Bull.This was the third such competition held by the GuyanaNRA Smallbore Section for the year.
Before that, defending women’s champion Serena Williams faces Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova. World number three Roger Federer will be aiming to book his place in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon today.He faces American Steve Johnson on Centre Court at 1pm.Second seed Andy Murray is also in action today, he faces Australian Nick Kyrgios.
Afterward, Rivers was asked what a victory like this can do for his team’s confidence.“Nothing, really,” he said. “I mean, we believe we’re good anyway. Honestly. And we know they’re good, too. We have humility, we understand they’re a great team. We believe we are, too.“Neither team really shot the ball well. What it really came down to was mental toughness, which team kind of had to hang in there. And we did that.”Indeed, whereas Rivers questioned his team’s toughness seven weeks ago, he didn’t do that after this one.“Yeah, it shows great growth,” he said. “It’s what I said before the game, we’re better than we were when we played them the last time. We’re just better mentally.”Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 15 points, but he shot just 6 of 18. Steph Curry scored 14 points while being limited to just 12 shot attempts, well under his average of 17.1. Marreese Speights and David Lee had 11 apiece and Draymond Green scored 10.Paul and Green were yapping at each other at times, which is not surprising because these teams do not like each other. Paul discussed their conversations.“They are a great team over there,” he said. “He (Green) was talking about how well he played against us in the playoffs last year, and he did. We will take the win. That was a great team. We beat a great team tonight.”The Clippers beat the Warriors in seven games in the first round of the playoffs this past season.When Rivers first entered the postgame news conference, he said, “Wow, that was ugly.”Making just one of your first 17 shots will bring those kinds of remarks from a coach.“Yeah, it’s one of those games,” Rivers said. “Sometimes, you can’t win; you’re in the way of yourselves. I thought we had a little bit of that going on. They were just as bad, too, at times. One of those nights.”Perhaps, but considering what happened in November, this was a big victory for the Clippers.“It’s a great win,” Griffin said. “It’s great because there’s a lot of distraction, especially for the home team because you’ve got all your family in town (for Christmas). You’ve got a million things to do.“To come out and get a win, take care of that, it’s big for us. Especially with dropping the last two games, last three out of four.”The Warriors were coming off a stunning 115-105 loss Tuesday to the Lakers.Golden State was without starting post Andrew Bogut (knee) and the Clippers were again without backup post Spencer Hawes (knee).The Clippers next play host to the high-flying Toronto Raptors on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Raptors are 22-7 and sit atop the Eastern Conference standings. Wednesday marked seven weeks since the Clippers ventured to Oakland on Nov. 5 and were routed by the Golden State Warriors by 17 points. It was worse than that, though, as Golden State led by 27 after three quarters before coasting to victory.Afterward, Clippers coach Doc Rivers was steaming and intimated his team was soft.The rematch was Thursday – Christmas night – and it figured things might be a bit different.“Oh, we’re better, we’re way better than that,” Rivers said before tipoff. “No matter what happens, we’re a better team.” The Clippers were way better than they were in early November, and the result was a 100-86 victory over the Warriors before a sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center.The Clippers (20-10) had lost three of their past four. The Warriors (23-5) had won 18 of 20 but have now lost two consecutive games.Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 24 points off the bench. Chris Paul scored 22 points, Blake Griffin had 18 points and 15 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and J.J. Redick scored 11. Crawford sealed Golden State’s fate with a 3-point basket for a 20-point lead (97-77) with 2:55 left in the game.The Clippers led 20-18 after one quarter and 42-41 at halftime before leading 73-70 after three quarters.Los Angeles made just one of its first 17 shots, yet finished the game shooting 39.1 percent from the field. Golden State shot 42.5 percent, but the Clippers made 23 free throws to 12 for Golden State. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “If I put the basketball on the floor, I can probably make 43 percent of my shots, but that’s not really gonna do nothing for us with the outcome of the game. We got a nice flow, everyone’s touching the rock, everybody shooting and scoring, so I’m not gonna get in the way of the game because I want to have a little back-and-forth with Patrick Beverley, I’m Kevin Durant.“In this series, it’s kind of weird,” Durant continued. “When a guy’s that small, you got the advantage, but listen, we’ve heard ‘David and Goliath’ a lot growing up. That story is pretty prominent in people’s minds. So when you put that out on the court against me, then the refs are gonna (allow) him a little bit more“So when he runs up like a pitbull, grabs me, holds me, I don’t mind it; that’s how he make his money, that’s how he feeds his family. But if I throw something back, then let us play, you get what I’m saying? … I’m just trying to figure out each possession how I can be more effective without getting offensive fouls.” Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters PLAYA VISTA — The game within the games that has stirred the most intrigue during this first-round playoff series is the one pitting Patrick Beverley, the Clippers’ defensive dynamo, against Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors’ superstar scorer.In recent days, Durant has sought to remind reporters covering the series – which heads to Staples Center for Game 3 on Thursday tied at a game apiece – that Clippers vs. Warriors isn’t him vs. Beverley. And Beverley has asserted that his demonstrative, aggressive defense is just him doing what he always does.Still, the matchup between the Clippers’ 6-foot-1 guard and the Warriors’ 6-9 forward is proving a juicy subplot, especially because both players were ejected in the fourth quarter of Game 1 after being assessed two technical fouls apiece then both fouled out of Game 2.On Wednesday, Durant offered reporters in Oakland his professional assessment of the matchup: “… when I get the ball in my spots, I got a pest, Patrick Beverley, who is up underneath me, who I could definitely shoot over top (of) and score every time if it was a one-on-one situation, but we got a guy who’s dropping and helping, and then another guy who’s sitting on me waiting for me to dribble the basketball. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory The goal, he added, simply is to “try to be as physical as possible within the lines and within the rules, and set the tone that way.”It helps, he said, that the Clippers’ reputation proceeds them.“The best thing about our team is we have a reputation of playing hard,” Beverley said. “You play hard, you might foul sometimes, but refs are not gonna call every foul – and that’s both ways.“But,” he continued, “I got ejected the first game and fouled out the second game, so I haven’t even played a full game yet. Let’s try to play a full game first.”THE COMEBACKWith another game bearing down on them, the Clippers might be trying to put Monday’s historic rally behind them.But basketball fans would be forgiven for continuing to marvel at the feat: The 31-point comeback at Oracle Arena was not only the largest in NBA playoff history, but the largest comeback of any kind in Clippers history and the third-largest in any NBA game since at least 1996. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates In Playa Vista, Beverley told reporters he asked to guard Durant, downplaying his success so far by pointing out that his primary assignment is averaging a healthy number of points (22) in the first two contests.But, Beverley said, from where he stands, the height difference gives him the advantage: “I think it works in my favor. His center base is probably where my shoulder starts, so I’m fortunate to have a strong baseline and try to take away his legs from him.”And, again, he insisted his intent is not to rattle Durant.“I don’t try to get into anybody’s (head), I just try to go out and be me. If people get frustrated, then it’s their fault, not mine,” Beverley said.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error