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Knicks beat Spurs to end 18-game home losing streak

first_imgRogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “That group gets credit for playing and doing their job the way they should,” he said. “Other than that, it was a pathetic performance defensively, but the Knicks had something to do with it.”The Spurs were so off early that they didn’t even make one of their baskets. Knox and Smith both went for the rebound of Aldridge’s miss with no Spurs around and knocked it into the basket, with Aldridge getting credit for the field goal.The Knicks led by nine at halftime and then started to run the Spurs off the floor in the third quarter. Pushing the pace and getting some easy dunks on lobs, they opened a 90-67 advantage on a 3-pointer by Dotson. The Spurs had to call three timeouts in the period — two at the same time when they couldn’t get the ball in after the first one — and were still down 19 with just over 2 minutes left in the period.They scored the final eight to cut it to 94-83 entering the fourth, but whenever they seemed to have any momentum, they would throw the ball away, allow an offensive rebound or commit a foul to stall.“We crawled back from 20, got back in the game, gave ourselves an opportunity,” DeRozan said, “but it’s really hard to find positives when you’re supposed to come in a building like this, against a team like this and get a win.”TIP-INSSpurs: Popovich said G Derrick White, recently returned from a heel injury, would play Monday in Brooklyn after sitting out the front end of the back-to-back. … Jacob Poeltl had 12 points and nine rebounds.Knicks: C DeAndre Jordan sat out with a sprained left ankle. … Fizdale said G Frank Ntilikina was progressing in his recovery from a sore groin and now able to do some running. … Fizdale was asked if he had considered any different types of techniques to deal with the Knicks’ struggles at home. “Like incense?” he responded.COACH ON COACHPopovich coached against Jeff Van Gundy when the Spurs beat the Knicks in the 1999 NBA Finals, and selected him to coach the U.S. team in qualifying games for this summer’s Basketball World Cup, where Popovich will lead the Americans. Popovich praised the work of Van Gundy, who hasn’t been an NBA coach since going 52-30 with Houston in 2006-07. So when the Knicks snapped franchise-record losing streak at Madison Square Garden at 18 games by beating the San Antonio Spurs 130-118 on Sunday night, actor Samuel L. Jackson made the announcement from on stage to Lee . Lee was in the audience on the night he won the award for best director for “BlacKkKlansman,” but for so long sat courtside when the Knicks used to win home games.“It’s major,” guard Dennis Smith Jr said after his first home victory as a Knick.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We’ve been having our fans come out and support every night and haven’t won here since Dec. 1. I wasn’t part of that one, so I’m glad that we could get it tonight and just give the fans something to see.”Damyean Dotson scored 27 points, and Smith, Kevin Knox and Emmanuel Mudiay all had 19. Smith had 13 assists and Knox had 10 boards, while rookie Mitchell Robinson finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds. “He’s better than most of us as a coach. I think most people know that, but that’s not always what gets you hired,” Popovich said. “It’s circumstances and those sorts of things and personal situations, and timing has to be right and all that. But he certainly is somebody who would make a franchise better, without any doubt.”FAMILIAR FACEDavid Lee sat courtside with his fiance, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. Lee played for both teams, beginning his career with the Knicks in 2005 and playing his final season with the Spurs in 2016-17.UP NEXTSpurs: At Brooklyn on Monday night.Knicks: Host Orlando on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tigresses foil Lady Maroons bid for lead; Lady Eagles stun Lady Tams New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) looks for a shot around the defense of San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — This Broadway smash even made news on Hollywood’s big night.Hey, when the Knicks win a home game, Spike Lee needs to know. Even if he’s across the country at the Academy Awards, busy getting his own big victory.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Coach David Fizdale said the Knicks never talked about their home skid, which began after a victory over Milwaukee.“They get over it, they get back to work,” he said. “And at some point you know the basketball gods will look out for you when you’re doing that.”DeMar DeRozan had 32 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who fell to 1-6 on their trip that ends Monday night in Brooklyn. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points, but was limited to just 13 minutes through three quarters because of foul trouble.The Spurs came in as the NBA’s best 3-point shooting team but were just 6 for 24 behind the arc, far too poor to make up for a dismal defensive effort that had the Knicks wearing out the rims with slam dunks and shooting 51 percent.Coach Gregg Popovich credited his reserves for getting the Spurs back into the game in the second half, but the hole was too big.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Italian tenor honored at funeral with one final standing ovation

first_imgMODENA, Italy – Luciano Pavarotti received a final, tearful standing ovation at his somber funeral Saturday after a recording of the Italian tenor and his father singing “Panis Angelicus” filled his hometown cathedral. Many of the mourners cried as Pavarotti’s unmistakable voice filled the cathedral, a poignant reminder of the talent lost with his death Thursday at age 71 after a yearlong battle with cancer. Pavarotti and his father had sung the duet in 1978 in the same cathedral – an event Archbishop Benito Cocchi said was described by someone who attended it as “a weaving of two tenors.” In a series of eulogies, Pavarotti was remembered as one of the world’s greatest singers, a symbol of Italy, a humanitarian and – in a message from his 4-year-old daughter, Alice – a father. “Papa, you have loved me so much. I know you will always protect me,” his daughter said in a message read during the service, while her mother, Nicoletta Mantovani, sobbed in the front row. Among the 700 guests were Italian Premier Romano Prodi, U2 lead singer Bono, U2 guitarist The Edge, movie director Franco Zeffirelli and former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Also sitting in the front row were Pavarotti’s first wife, Adua, his three grown daughters and his sister. The 90-minute service was filled with music, from Bulgarian-born soprano Raina Kabaivanska, who cried as she sang the opening hymn, Verdi’s “Ave Maria,” to tenor Andrea Bocelli’s “Ave Verum” during the communion. Flutist Andrea Griminelli played a solo. Thousands of admirers filled the piazza outside the cathedral watching the service on a big screen. The crowd erupted in applause when the white, maple casket covered with flowers – including Pavarotti’s favorite, sunflowers – was carried outside by 11 pallbearers. At the same instant, the Italian air force’s precision flying team roared overhead, trailing vapors of green, red and white – the colors of the Italian flag. Modena’s streets were filled with admirers who applauded as a black hearse bearing Pavarotti’s body went by. The tenor was buried at Montale Rangone cemetery, where members of his family, including his parents and stillborn son, Riccardo, are also interred. In his homily, Cocchi said the presence of so many dignitaries was a sign “of the esteem, the affection and the gratitude that universally surrounds the great artist.” But he said it was also significant how Modena residents paid tribute to their native son, breaking their silent vigil outside the cathedral when Pavarotti’s body arrived Thursday night with applause “not joyous, as in other occasions, but intense and sincere.” “The death of Luciano Pavarotti has made us feel more impoverished,” the archbishop said. “The maestro was and will always be a symbol for our city.” Pope Benedict XVI sent a telegram, saying Pavarotti had “honored the divine gift of music through his extraordinary interpretative talent.” Prodi praised Pavarotti for his humanitarian work and peace efforts and also expressed the gratitude of all Italians for the image of the nation he carried to all corners of the globe. “Italy is sad today, but it is also proud of him,” Prodi said during the service. “Here, in the cathedral of his hometown, Italy expresses its gratitude to him.” Pavarotti was beloved by generations of operagoers and pop fans alike for his breathtaking high Cs, hearty renditions of popular folk songs such as “O Sole Mio” and collaborations with singers such as Bono, with whom he recorded “Miss Sarajevo” in 1995 to raise money to help rebuild Bosnia. Pavarotti was the world’s best-selling classical artist, with more than 100 million records sold since the 1960s, and he had the first classical album to reach No. 1 on the pop charts. During a public viewing period that began Thursday night and continued until hours before the funeral, more than 100,000 people filed past Pavarotti’s casket and filled condolence books placed by vases of sunflowers outside the cathedral. Similar books are being made available at Italian embassies and consulates around the world, the Foreign Ministry said. “You can feel the legend. You feel it from the air that circulates inside the cathedral,” said Susy Cavallini, a 43-year-old Modena resident. “He was an exceptional man, for his humanity, for his culture and for his friendships.” That Pavarotti – a divorced man who had a child out of wedlock – was given a public viewing and a funeral in the cathedral spurred some debate. A Modena parish priest, the Rev. Giorgio Bellei, told the Corriere della Sera daily newspaper that the move amounted to “profanation of the temple.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more