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The Centralian Advocate Fri 28 May 2021



The Centralian Advocate Fri 28 May 2021


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FRIDAY MAY 28 2021 SPORT 47 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA BEN Simmons silenced the critics with a 22-point, nine-rebound, eight-assist performance as the Philadelphia 76ers routed Washington Wizards 120-95 to grab a 2-0 playoff series lead. Joel Embiid also scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the heavily-favoured Sixers got contributions from a number of players including starting power forward Tobias Harris, who had 19 points and nine rebounds. Austral ian S i m m o n s scored 12 of his 22 in the first quarter, delivering a breakout playoff performance after being criticised for scoring just six points in game one of the series. Im here to win and Im doing what I need to do to help my team win, whatever it is. Im not trying to prove anybody wrong or anything like that. Im trying to do my job to win, Simmons (pictured) said. The top-seeded 76ers now have a firm lead in the best-ofseven East series with game three scheduled for Sunday morning (NT time) in Washington. I told him, Youve got all the space and all the time in the world. Just attack, said Embiid of Simmons. Hes physical and hes athletic and he can make plays. The Wizards wove their way into the postseason by grabbing the eighth and final seed, but it hasnt been an easy road. Their frustrations mounted when Russell Westbrook left the game with an injury and had a run-in with a Philadelphia fan. Less than two minutes into the fourth, Westbrook injured his ankle and headed to the locker room. A Philadelphia fan dropped popcorn on Westbrook, who then had to be restrained. Ben makes a point as 76ers quell Wizards AFP Melbourne City players celebrate winning the A-League Premiers Plate last week. A-LEAGUES COVID SQUEEZE MELBOURNES Covid-19 outbreak has put further strain on an A-League season needing to be completed by June 21. With Victorias capital city going into a seven-day lockdown from Thursday night, the match scheduled for Saturday night between Premiers Plate winners Melbourne City and the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park has been postponed, with a replacement date yet to be announced. A decision is yet to be made whether Monday nights game between Western United and Macarthur FC, also at AAMI Park, will go ahead. Friday nights Western United-Melbourne Victory derby at the same venue will take place, but without spectators present. We will continue to monitor the situation based on government and health advice in relation to other matches, A-League boss Greg ORourke said. With City, Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar having AFC Champions League commitments late next month, the A-League finals series needs to finish by Monday June 21, with a likely grand final date being Sunday, June 20. Mat Ryan. VILLARREAL DEAL VILLARREAL defeated Manchester United 11-10 on penalties to win their first major trophy after a 1-1 draw in the Europa League final as goalkeeper David de Gea missed the decisive spot-kick in a remarkable shootout. Gerard Moreno gave Villarreal the lead 29 minutes into the Spanish clubs first European final, but Edinson Cavani equalised early in the second half before Unai Emerys team prevailed on spotkicks, extending Uniteds four-year trophy drought. SOCCEROOS goalkeeper Mat Ryan wants to stay at Arsenal despite his shortterm loan deal with the London club ending. Ryan is due to return to Arsenals English Premier League rivals Brighton where he has a year remaining on his contract after Australias World Cup qualifiers against Kuwait, Nepal, Chinese Taipei and Jordan in Kuwait City next month. However, having lived out his dream by playing for the club he supported as a youngster, Ryan hopes to extend his stay with the Gunners. Ive got full faith in the team around me my agent, family, friends that were going to get a couple of options hopefully and go about making whats going to be the best decision for me, the 29-year-old gloveman said from the Socceroos training camp in Dubai. Hopefully, Arsenal becomes one of those options as well that we can look at. Ryan still pinches himself about having the opportunity to play for Arsenal, where he was the second-choice goalkeeper behind Bernd Leno. Ive learnt so much in my experiences (at Arsenal) so far, all thats being with a club like that it was so cool to be a part of, he said. Ryan said he was thrilled to be back with the Socceroos, who havent played due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Socceroo keen to extend Gunners stay MARCO MONTEVERDE THE Tasmania JackJumpers have announced the appointment of Mark Radford as one of the clubs assistant coaches. Radford has enjoyed a decorated career as a coach in Tasmanian and Australian basketball. He is currently the Basketball Tasmania state head coach, a position he has held for the past seven years. Radford was also the head coach of the Australian World University Games Team from 2017-19, and the North West Thunder from 2001-08. He has served as an assistant mentor with the Australian under-19 team from 2014-16, and with the Perth Wildcats (2008-10) and Adelaide 36ers (2010-13) in the NBL. Tasmania JackJumpers head coach Scott Roth said: We are delighted to welcome Mark to the JackJumpers coaching staff. Mark is one of Australias leading coaches and will be an invaluable resource to us as we prepare for our NBL debut in October. Mark is also one of the most respected coaches in Tasmanian basketball and will help us build a team all Tasmanians can be proud of. With Sejr Deans becoming our first player signing last month and now Marks appointment, the JackJumpers already have a strong Tasmanian flavour and we look forward to more exciting announcements in the future. Radford cannot wait to start in his new role, and assist in growing the game on the Apple Isle. Im thrilled to be joining the JackJumpers staff as an inaugural assistant coach, he said. To have the opportunity to return to the NBL with Tasmania is an honour and I cant wait to help build the JackJumpers into a championship calibre team alongside Scott Roth and the rest of the staff. Tasmanian basketball is close to my heart and theres never been a more exciting time for the sport in our state, and I am looking forward to the journey ahead with the JackJumpers. Basketball Tasmania CEO Chris McCoy said: Mark Radford has had a tremendously positive impact on basketball in Tasmania over the seven years in his role as the BTAS state head coach. He will be missed in our programs but this is a great opportunity for him and a fantastic endorsement of Tasmanian basketball. Radford to Jump right in Tassie coach grabs NBL gig MARINERS EYE FINALS SPOT CENTRAL Coast took an enormous step toward securing finals series football by coming from behind to beat Macarthur FC 2-1 at Campbelltown Stadium on Thursday. The Bulls took the lead through Markel Susaeta, but the visitors dominated the remainder of the first half, pegging one back through a rare Jack Clisby finish just beyond the half-hour mark before Daniel De Silva completed the comeback with a 55th-minute finish hit from outside the box.

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