Kyle Lowry has 24 points as Raptors hold on for win over Spurs

TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored 24 and added three assists as the Toronto Raptors held on for an 86-83 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.

DeMar DeRozan had 21 points, six assists and seven rebounds for Toronto (31-13), which has only lost at Air Canada Centre three times this season. Centre Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

LaMarcus Aldridge led San Antonio (30-17) with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Most of his scoring came in the third quarter as the Spurs mounted a comeback.

The sellout crowd of 19,800 gave DeRozan a standing ovation in the first quarter when it was announced that he would be competing in his fourth NBA All-Star Game, his second straight year as a starter for the Eastern Conference.

Fred VanVleet, who bruised his knee in Monday’s 117-111 loss in Philadelphia, did not play for the second game in a row.

His absence as a third guard behind Lowry and DeRozan was felt, forcing the Raptors’ two stars to play more minutes against a tough San Antonio defence.

With both teams trading leads early in the game, Toronto held a 63-60 lead after three quarters.

Bryn Forbes drained a three-pointer with 6:53 to go in the game to make it 70-69. DeRozan hit a turnaround jump shot and both teams missed baskets, before Lowry carried it up the court and shook his defender with a pivot move for a jump shot, forcing San Antonio to call a timeout.

Aldridge’s step-back jumper again cut into Toronto’s lead, but Lowry responded with two made free throws and after …read more


Madison Keys advances to 4th round at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Madison Keys is through to the fourth round of the Australian Open after starting Saturday’s program on Margaret Court Arena with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ana Bogdan.

The 17th-seeded Keys, who lost in the U.S. Open final last year to Sloane Stephens, saved three break points serving for the match, finally clinching it on her first match point when Bogdan netted a backhand.

Keys will next play the winner of Saturday’s later match between Aliaksandra Sasnovich and eighth-seeded Caroline Garcia.

The big match Saturday had the only two women’s major champions left in the tournament playing each other — 2008 Australian winner Maria Sharapova vs. 2016 Melbourne Park champion Angelique Kerber.

That was the first night match scheduled for Rod Laver Arena, with Roger Federer to follow in his third-round match against Richard Gasquet.

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Oscar winner Dorothy Malone, mom on ‘Peyton Place,’ has died

By Terry Wallace | Associated Press

DALLAS — Actress Dorothy Malone, who won hearts of 1960s television viewers as the long-suffering mother in the nighttime soap “Peyton Place,” died Friday in her hometown of Dallas at age 93.

Malone died in an assisted living center from natural causes days before her 94th birthday, said her daughter, Mimi Vanderstraaten.

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After 11 years of mostly roles as loving sweethearts and wives, the brunette actress decided she needed to gamble on her career instead of playing it safe. She fired her agent, hired a publicist, dyed her hair blonde and sought a new image.

“I came up with a conviction that most of the winners in this business became stars overnight by playing shady dames with sex appeal,” she recalled in 1967. She welcomed the offer for “Written on the Wind,” in which she played an alcoholic nymphomaniac who tries to steal Rock Hudson from his wife, Lauren Bacall.

“And I’ve been unfaithful or drunk or oversexed almost ever since— on the screen, of course,” she added.

When Jack Lemmon announced her as the winner of the 1956 Academy Award for best actress in a supporting role for the performance, she rushed to the stage of the Pantages Theatre and gave the longest speech of the evening. Even when Lemmon pointed to his watch, she continued undeterred, thanking “the Screen Actors and the Screen Extras guilds because we’ve had a lot of ups and downs together.”

Malone’s career waned after she reached 40, but she achieved her widest popularity with “Peyton Place,” the 1964-69 ABC series based on Grace Metalious’ steamy novel which became a hit 1957 movie starring Lana Turner. Malone assumed the …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

Lowry leads Raptors past Spurs, bolsters all-star bid

TORONTO — As the current No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, boasting the fourth-best record in the league, it makes sense that fans, media, players and coaches recognized the Toronto Raptors by giving their best player this season, DeMar DeRozan, an all-star starter nod.

But DeRozan isn’t the only Raptor who should be heading to Los Angeles to play on Feb. 18.

Let’s not forget about the guy who has arguably been Toronto’s best player during their most successful era ever (barring this season, of course): Kyle Lowry.

His coach certainly didn’t.

“Now we’ve got to get Kyle in,” Dwane Casey said Friday morning. “I’ve been texting coaches and going to be in tough with a lot of coaches to get him in. He should be in on his own merits, I shouldn’t have to do that because he is an all-star.

“If you find five other better guards, point guards in our conference than Kyle then I want to see them. I think the basketball gods will do the right thing and get him in.”

The San Antonio Spurs would likely agree with Casey’s words.

Without Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps), Manu Ginobili (thigh) and Rudy Gay (heel) the visiting Spurs were able to keep it close all throughout but, ultimately, were unable to keep up with Lowry and the much-healthier Raptors, falling 86-83 Friday night.

Led by Lowry’s game-high 24 points, on an efficient 8-of-16 shooting and 4-for-9 from outside, the three-time all-star’s fingerprints were all over this game while he remained within the flow of it.

He opened the scoring in the contest with a triple from the wing, then drilled another from the top of the key as part of the 9-0 run that helped Toronto get back into the game after a sluggish start, giving the Raptors …read more


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