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  • 22 May
    MILWAUKEE -- New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry wasnt about to worry about his teams flaws after its first victory of the season.Anthony Davis hit a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left and scored 32 points, and the Pelicans ended their winless start after eight games by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 112-106 on Thursday night.Are you kidding me, we were 0-8 and fighting for our lives, Gentry said. Everything that weve done in some kind of way had gone bad.To be able to finish the game and come away with a win, its relief, he said. Were not going to say it was just another game.The Philadelphia 76ers (0-7) are the remaining winless team in the NBA.Weve been working hard and playing our butts off, and tonight we just got one, Davis said. We needed everyone tonight to get this win.Jabari Parker scored a season-high 33 points for Milwaukee, which lost its second straight game to a team that was winless. In their last game Sunday, the Bucks fell 86-75 in overtime to Dallas, which was 0-5 coming into that game.We were in this situation in Dallas, Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said. They hadnt won a game either and they were desperate. New Orleans was desperate, and they found a way to win a game.ETwaun Moore added 20 points for New Orleans, playing its third game in four nights.Milwaukee used a late 9-4 run to pull within 108-105 on Giannis Antetokounmpos three-point play with 40 seconds to go.Matthew Dellavedova made a free throw to cut the New Orleans lead to 108-106, but Davis converted both free throws to make it a two-possession game.Mirza Teletovic missed a running 3-point attempt with 6 seconds left, and Tim Frazier hit a pair of free throws to close the scoring.Frazier had 15 points, 10 assists and five rebounds for New Orleans. Four of the Pelicans starters scored in double figures.TIP-INSPelicans: F Cheick Diallo was sent to the Austin Spurs of the NBA Developmental League. Diallo was the 33rd overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. ... New Orleans led the entire second half.Bucks: The first steel column went up this week during construction of the teams new arena. ... Parker made 13 of 26 shots, including a thunderous dunk on a pass from Dellavedova in the third quarter. ... Dellavedova had 12 assists, one shy of his career high. ... Starting C Miles Plumlee played 11 minutes, all in the first half, and all three of his shots were blocked by Davis.CHARITY STRIPEThe Pelicans have had trouble making free throws this year at 73 percent coming into the game, but made 25 of 27 against the Bucks. Weve had close losses and have missed 13 foul shots (in a game) and 12 foul shots, Gentry said. In those situations, you cant afford to do that. Tonight, we stepped to the line and shot them great.ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLEAntetokounmpo had 17 points, 10 rebounds and one assist in 35 minutes, his second double-double of the season. He picked up two early fouls against Dallas on Sunday and never got into a rhythm, and was charged with his fifth foul with 5:53 left in the fourth quarter against the Pelicans. He didnt return until there was 2:40 left in the game and was unable to rally his team to victory.A TYPICAL ROOKIEThrough the Pelicans first nine games, Buddy Hield was averaging nine points, making only 33 of his first 96 shots (34 percent). Gentry calls Hield, the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, a typical rookie. Hes trying to feel his way. Hes had some good games for us and hes had some struggles.UP NEXTPelicans: Host the Lakers Saturday. Los Angeles beat New Orleans in all three games last year.Bucks: Host the Grizzlies on Saturday. Memphis has beaten Milwaukee in nine of their last 11 games. Cheap Pittsburgh Steelers Gear . - Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds, J. Cheap Arizona Cardinals Gear . Francis told several hundred members of the European Olympic Committees that when sport "is considered only in economic terms and consequently for victory at every cost . http://www.nflauthenticcheapjerseys.com/ . The 15th-ranked Canadian men lost the opening two games of their European tour: 19-15 to No. 17 Georgia and 21-20 to No. Cheap Philadelphia Eagles Gear Cheap Miami Dolphins Gear .Y. -- Jayna Hefford scored the winning goal Friday as Canada survived a scare with a 4-3 win over Sweden at the Four Nations womens hockey tournament. RIO DE JANEIRO -- The IAAF said Saturday it has banned the only Russian in Olympic track and field from competition and that she is appealing the ruling.The eligibility of long jumper Darya Klishina was revoked by the IAAF based on new information it received last week, spokesman Yannis Nikolaou told The Associated Press.He would not specify what the new information is or who delivered it, though Klishinas attorney Paul Greene told the AP the case revolves around scratch marks on Klishinas doping sample bottles, identified as part of World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLarens work.McLaren has alleged that Russian security services were able to open supposedly tamper-proof bottles with the intent of swapping out tainted samples for clean urine, leaving behind telltale scratch marks on the glass.The basic idea here is that even a clean athlete like Darya is the victim of the state sponsored doping system, Greene added in a text message. At least thats the IAAF position.Greene said he had not seen the underlying evidence in confidential parts of McLarens report.Klishina, a former European indoor champion, previously was the only one of 68 Russians allowed to compete in the sport amid a massive doping scandal. The IAAF had accepted her application because she is based in the United States. The rest of the Russian team was banned over allegations of a widespread, state-sponsored doping program.The Court of Arbitration for Sport said it had received Klishinas appeal of the decision imposed by the IAAFs doping review board. The IOC and Russian Olympic Committee were invited to take part in the hearing. CAS said it hopes to issue its verdict by Sunday night.I am a clean athlete and have proved that already many times and beyond any doubt, Klishina said in a statement on her Facebook page.Based in the U.S. for three years now, I have been almost exclusively tested outside of the anti-doping system in question, she added, an apparent reference to the Russian anti-doping agency, which remains suspeended over doping cover-ups.ddddddddddddI am falling victim to those who created a system of manipulating our beautiful sport and is guilty of using it for political purposes, she said.I will take every possible effort to protect my clean image as an athlete, Klishina said. At this moment, I cannot help but feel betrayed by a system that is not focused on keeping the sport clean and supporting rank-and-file athletes, but rather seeking victories outside sport arenas.The president of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, condemned the IAAF decision. Overall, all of this looks like a mockery of the athlete by the IAAF, he said in a video message posted by the Russian Olympic Committee.The International Olympic Committee ruled out a blanket ban on Russia last month but imposed new rules which have barred some Russian athletes in various sports because their names were implicated in a report by McLaren, who alleged a major doping cover-up.McLaren said he had received leaked emails in which senior Russian Sports Ministry officials discussed whether or not to conceal doping cases related to hundreds of athletes across dozens of Olympic and non-Olympic sports.Some Russian athletes who were named in that report were able to regain their Olympic spots on appeal to CAS, although others were refused.If Darya Klishina is in the McLaren list, then the IAAF must have been aware of it for a long time, Zhukov said. They, as I understand it, only addressed questions to Klishina on Aug. 6. She answered them, and they only took this decision today, Aug. 13. Why it couldnt have been done while all the other federations were examining the problems with athletes who were in the McLaren list is completely incomprehensible.McLaren has said his investigation is continuing and that more athletes could be implicated as more evidence emerges.---AP Sports Writer Stephen Wilson contributed. ' ' '