IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Nahoko Hattori (71) and Kaori Harada (73) are all another stroke back at 143.Overnight leader Kumiko Hiyoshi, who fired a 69 on Friday, shot a 77 to tumble into a tie for 20th at 2 over. Fujita hangs onOARAI, Ibaraki Pref. (Kyodo) Hiroyuki Fujita shot an even-par 72 to hold on to his lead in the Diamond Cup Tournament on Saturday, while Toshimizu Izawa charged into contention after tying the course record with a third-round 64.Fujita began feeling the pressure in pursuit of his first title in four years, making three birdies and as many bogeys on his way to a 9-under 207 total and a two-shot lead at the Oarai Golf Club in Ibaraki Prefecture.Izawa rebounded from a first-round 77 to grab a share of second place with Eduardo Herrera of Colombia and little known Yuji Igarashi. ICHIHARA, Chiba Pref. – Taiwan’s Huang Yu-Chen and Chihiro Nakajima shot 3-under-par 69s on Saturday to share the lead after two rounds of the 60 million yen Kosaido Ladies Golf Cup.Nakajima, targeting her first win in nearly two years, closed birdie-par-birdie to lift her into a tie with Huang at 4-under 140 at the Chiba Kosaido Country Club as both players head into the final round with a two-shot margin over Aki Takamura and Tseng Hsui-Feng of Taiwan. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES
Related When Utah plays New Orleans, it’s always going to be about Deron Williams and Chris Paul, two good friends who were drafted back-to-back four years ago and who played together on last summer’s gold-medal-winning Olympic basketball team. Even though Paul gets more national publicity and all-star accolades, Williams has usually gotten the better of Paul in head-to-head matchups and it happened again in the Jazz’s emotional win over the Hornets Saturday night.The final stats show Paul outscoring Williams 24 to 20, but getting six fewer assists, 13 to 7 for Williams.But the key numbers to look at were in the decisive fourth quarter.Williams made all three shots he took and score seven points, while handing out two assists, while Paul went scoreless, missing three shots with just one assists, playing the same minutes that Williams did.Afterward both players shrugged off the individual competition between to the two young point guards.”It’s tough to guard him and he was scoring pretty easily on us in the first half,” said Williams. “We had to make some adjustments to find the right pick-and-roll defense. We finally found something to slow him down and allow me to get over the pick and roll and stay in front of him better.”When asked about the Jazz defense in the final quarter, Paul down played it, saying, “What did I take, three shots? All I know we were taking the ball out of the net. They were making shots. That’s what happens.”Going into the final quarter, the Jazz led the Hornets 84-76 and with Williams and Paul both on the bench each team managed just one basket over the first four minutes of the quarter.Williams and Paul both returned to the game with 8:28 left and Williams quickly went to work.First he sank a 20-footer from the top of the key and followed it with a 3-pointer from the top to stake the Jazz to a double-digit lead. Then after Mehmet Okur drove for a score, Williams hit Okur at the top of the key with an assist on a 3-pointer to pretty much put the game away with 4:37 left.Williams found Okur with another assist and then sank a 12-footer to close out the scoring in the final minute.Meanwhile Paul had two of his shots swatted away by Andrei Kirilenko in the final 90 seconds. He had more turnovers (2) than points and assists combined in the final quarter.For the second time this season, the Hornets had to play the Jazz a night after playing the Lakers in Los Angeles. In December, the Jazz won by 26.Paul said being tired is no excuse.”I don’t believe in that fatigue stuff,” said Paul. “They made plays — Okur hit some big shots, D-Will hit a three and another shot. It wasn’t fatigue, we just lost.”Paul was also sympathetic to the Jazz organization for the loss of owner the day before.”The crowd was really into the game and the players, you could tell they really wanted to win it. We tried to come in here and steal one, but unfortunately we came up short,” he said.E-mail: [email protected] Jazz pay homage to Miller
Striker Olivier Giroud told reporters after Tuesday’s loss to the Swedes that there had been “a shouting match” in the French changing room and Blanc did not dispute his version of events.“When there’s a victory, you accept things more and you’re happier,” he told journalists at a press conference in Donetsk.“When you’ve lost, you’re more hot-blooded. It got heated, but we all cooled down after a good shower.“It kicked off a bit because all the players felt that everyone hadn’t given everything. To win matches, you have to play them and play them well.“I don’t know if it’s because we’ve got a fairly young squad. When you feel something, you have to say it, and it’s not just down to the technical staff.“They have to say things between each other, because it can be constructive. It shows that there’s a reaction, and a bit of electricity. I hope that there will be some against Spain, but in the right sense.”A booking for Philippe Mexes against Sweden means that he will miss the match against Spain in Kiev, with Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny expected to deputise at the heart of the French defence.Koscielny was also asked about the flare-up in the French changing room and he said the players had already put it behind them.“We said things to each other in the changing room, but what’s said is said and we’ll keep it in the group,” he said.“It was a complicated match, but the most important thing was qualification (for the quarter-finals). We would have preferred to qualify with a win, but these things happen.“We have to turn the page. I think everyone’s moved on now and we have to remain united, as we have been since the start of the training camp.”France could not ask for a more taxing last-eight assignment, with Spain boasting both the most prolific attack (six goals scored) and the meanest defence (one goal conceded) in the group phase.Despite having witnessed France’s long unbeaten run reach a sorry end, Florent Malouda said there was no time for self-pity.“It wasn’t the end of the run that was shocking, it was the way the run ended,” said the Chelsea midfielder.“We didn’t look like the same team last night. You look back to South Africa two years ago (at the World Cup), the work we’ve done to get here, getting through to the quarter-finals…“The way we gave everything up and played like a normal team who had come to play for fun in a tournament — that’s what was shocking.“But it’s better to end the run last night and then start a new one, and maybe win the competition.”France have also been drawn in the same group as Spain in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup and Malouda said Saturday’s game therefore presents them with a double-pronged opportunity.“We’ve done very well in our friendly games, against Germany, England and Brazil,” he said.“And we’re in Spain’s World Cup group. It’s a good chance to show our ambitions. Spain are the model right now and we have to get as close to their level as possible.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000ONETSK, Ukraine, June 20 – France coach Laurent Blanc admitted on Wednesday that angry words were exchanged by his players after their loss to Sweden at Euro 2012, but played down the significance of the incident.France fell 2-0 to Sweden in their final Group D match in Kiev, bringing an end to their proud 23-game unbeaten run and sending them into a quarter-final with holders and reigning world champions Spain on Saturday.