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  • 26 Jul
    导出博客文章MIAMI -- Happy new NBA season.It starts Tuesday night in Cleveland, where the
    champion Cavaliers will raise a banner and the visiting New York Knicks will see
    if Derrick Rose can help them start rising back to the upper echelon of the
    league.Also this week: Dwyane Wade makes his official debut in Chicago after 13
    seasons in Miami, life after the retirements of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and
    Tim Duncan begins, and Golden State takes a team that won a record 73 games last
    season -- plus led Cleveland 3-1 in the NBA Finals before falling -- and adds
    Kevin Durant to the mix.So without further ado, to start off our weekly look at
    the NBA, three AP basketball writers offer up their predictions for the coming
    season:CHAMPIONJon Krawczynski : Golden State. I wish I had more guts, but there
    is just too much firepower there.Brian Mahoney : Golden State. Cant make a much
    better case for anyone else.Tim Reynolds : Cleveland. LeBron James chasedown
    block in Game 7 is yet another reminder that hes the best player
    alive.MVPKrawczynski: Chris Paul. Kevin Durant and Steph Curry will split the
    Warrior vote and LeBron will be all about playoffs, so the door is open for
    CP3.Mahoney: James Harden. Numbers will be sensational and Rockets will be
    improved.Reynolds: LeBron James. He averages 25, 7 and 7 and makes it look too
    easy. Besides, hes still owed a trophy from 2011.EAST RUNNER-UP (SINCE CLEVELAND
    WILL WIN, RIGHT?)Krawczynski: Boston. Al Horford and coach Brad Stevens are
    perfect together.Mahoney: Boston. Same as every year: whoever faces LeBron in
    the conference finals.Reynolds: Toronto. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan will be
    even better this year.WEST RUNNER-UP (SINCE GOLDEN STATE WILL WIN,
    RIGHT?)Krawczynski: Los Angeles Clippers. Theyre desperate for another run,
    enough to push past San Antonio.Mahoney: Clippers. Youth gets them past the
    Spurs for the right to lose to the Warriors.Reynolds: San Antonio. I thought
    about the Clippers, Utah and Portland here as well, but the Spurs still command
    respect.SURPRISE TEAMKrawczynski: Minnesota. Young legs plus coach Tom
    Thibodeaus intensity will fuel a playoff push.Mahoney: New York. Derrick Rose
    has to stay healthy sometime. And Olympic years seem to agree with Carmelo
    Anthony.Reynolds: Utah. Coach Quin Snyder is underrated, the Jazz are sneaky
    deep and can defend. Good combination.BREAKOUT PLAYERKrawczynski: Karl-Anthony
    Towns, Minnesota. First Team All-NBA, here he comes.Mahoney: DAngelo Russell,
    Los Angeles Lakers. Bryants final year in L.A. was wrong time, wrong place,
    wrong coach for the rookie. Now hell flourish.Reynolds: Damian Lillard,
    Portland. Disclaimer: Hes already broken out, but hes the pick here because
    people will finally notice this year.---THE WEEK AHEADHeres some of the games to
    keep an eye on this week:- New York at Cleveland, Tuesday: Ring night for the
    Cavaliers, the NBAs season opener, next door to Game 1 of the World Series.- San
    Antonio at Golden State, Tuesday: The Kevin Durant debut for the Warriors, and
    the only time these clubs will meet until March 11.- Miami at Orlando,
    Wednesday: The post-Dwyane Wade era starts for Miami, and the Magic will honor
    Pride nightclub victims and survivors.- Houston at L.A. Lakers, Wednesday: Luke
    Walton makes his sort-of debut as a head coach, as the Lakers begin anew without
    Kobe Bryant.- Minnesota at Sacramento, Saturday: A first-week big-man showdown
    -- the Wolves Karl-Anthony Towns and the Kings DeMarcus Cousins.---NUMBERS
    WATCH- Dirk Nowitzki enters 509 points shy of being the fifth 30,000-point
    scorer in NBA history.- If the Celtics win 15 more games than the Lakers, they
    would take over as the NBAs all-time wins leader. The Lakers have 3,235 wins
    coming into this season, the Celtics 3,221.- Stephen Curry has a chance to be
    the fourth back-to-back-to-back MVP in NBA history, joining Bill Russell
    (1961-63), Wilt Chamberlain (1966-68) and Larry Bird (1984-86). Since Bird
    pulled off the three-peat, five other players -- Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan,
    Tim Duncan, Steve Nash and LeBron James (twice in his case) -- have won two
    straight but saw their reigns end there.---STAT OF THE WEEKJust like when last
    season ended, the Spurs have the NBAs active career blocked-shot leader. In
    April, it was Tim Duncan (3,020). Now its Pau Gasol (1,777).---Follow AP
    Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds on Twitter at
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    .J. -- Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins
    yet again.
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    . But now that hes in the NHL, the Calgary Flames
    centre showed big improvement in that department by scoring the winner in the
    eighth round of a 5-4 shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.
    .Y. - Rob Manfred was promoted Monday to Major League Baseballs chief operating
    officer, which may make him a candidate to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner.
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    . He was followed closely by David Clarkson, donning red, seconds
    later. Clarksons actions one night earlier, leaping off the bench in defence of
    Kessel during a pre-season game against the Buffalo Sabres, will cost him the
    first 10 games of the regular season.
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    . The judges scored it 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 for
    Jones (19-1). It was the champions closest call. Despite the loss, it was a
    remarkable show by the confident Swedish challenger, who had the best of the
    early rounds and then hung on in the fourth and fifth. FRANKFURT, Germany --
    Serge Gnabry scored a hat trick in his debut for Germany as the World Cup
    champion overwhelmed San Marino 8-0 on Friday in a qualifier for the 2018
    tournament in Russia.Defender Jonas Hector added two goals as Joachim Loew won a
    record 95th match as Germany coach.Germanys fourth win in four matches, scoring
    16 goals without conceding, strengthened its lead atop Group C.San Marino, a
    tiny republic surrounded by Italy, did not manage a single shot at Germanys goal
    and remained winless in 126 matches.Still, San Marino did better than 10 years
    ago, when it lost 13-0 to Germany in a qualifier for the European
    Championship.Playing without several regulars on a wet pitch in driving rain at
    San Marinos stadium in Serravalle, Loew picked two newcomers for his starting
    lineup and one of them, defender Benjamin Henrichs had the first shot at goal,
    narrowly missing the target.Sami Khedira then broke the deadlock in the seventh
    minute, after picking a chipped pass from Ilkay Gundogan. Gnabry doubled the
    lead two minutes later following a sloppy clearance that gifted him the ball.San
    Marino crowded its defense and Germany stepped off the gas a bit until Hector
    scored the third in the 32nd after a play by Gundogan and Mario Goetze.Gnabry
    made it 4-0 after the break with a volley from closee range after another
    chipped pass by Joshua Kimmich.dddddddddddd Hector got his second before Gnabry
    completed his hat trick in the 76th, with another volley, this time on a pass
    from Thomas Mueller.Gnabry, schooled at Arsenal and now playing for Werder
    Bremen, became the first player to score three goals in his debut for Germany
    since Dieter Mueller more than 40 years ago.Mattia Stefanelli had an own goal
    before substitute Kevin Volland completed the rout.Also in Group C:---CZECH
    REPUBLIC 2, NORWAY 1In Prague, Michael Krmencik scored in his debut and Jaromir
    Zmrhal added the second for the host team, before Norway got on the board with a
    late strike by Joshua King.It was the first group win for the Czechs, who now
    have five points. Norway is one spot behind in fifth with three
    points.---NORTHERN IRELAND 4, AZERBAIJAN 0Northern Ireland moved into second
    place in the group with seven points by cruising past Azerbaijan, which also has
    seven points in third place.Azerbaijan had not given up a goal in its previous
    three matches but was down by two at the break following strikes by Kyle
    Lafferty and Gareth McAuley.Conor McLaughlin and Chris Brunt scored in the
    second half. ' ' '