Devils fans help young anthem singer who forgets the words

NEWARK, N.J. — Fans have come to the rescue of a girl who apparently forgot the words while singing the national anthem at a New Jersey Devils game.

Lauralie Mufute started singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Devils’ game Friday night against the Sharks when she stumbled after the words “whose broad stripes and bright stars.”

She paused for a moment, then restarted the stanza, but stumbled again before reaching “through the perilous night.”

The crowd of more than 14,000 at the Prudential Center jumped in, picking up where she left off and finishing the anthem.

The Jersey City girl mouthed the rest of the lyrics as the crowd sang, then flashed an appreciative smile.

Afterward, the Devils tweeted:

Tonight at @PruCenter, the Jersey crowd picks up the primary assist during the national anthem.

Mufute sang the anthem at a Devils game last year, nailing it.

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Rockets say Chris Paul is ‘week-to-week’ with knee injury

HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets may be without All-Star point guard Chris Paul for weeks because of an injured left knee.

Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters in Houston on Saturday that the team will hold Paul out until the knee is completely healed. The team has not offered any specifics on the injury, other than the knee is bruised.

D’Antoni said Paul’s status is “more week-to-week” than day-to-day, and that there’s no firm timetable for a return.

Paul laboured through Houston’s season-opening win at Golden State on Tuesday. He didn’t play when the Rockets faced Sacramento on Wednesday. Houston plays its home opener Saturday night against Dallas.

Paul was traded to the Rockets by the Los Angeles Clippers over the summer.

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Kevin Durant: “I want to be one of the best defenders in the league”

NEW ORLEANS – Kevin Durant charged his way into the lane. It did not matter that each time he did that, a swarm of Pelicans defenders gravitated to Durant and greeted him with sharp and quick hands. Durant still drove aggressively toward the basket.

This time, the approach paid off. Durant made a left-handed reverse layup. But the play caused him to lose his left shoe. That was not going to stop Durant, though.

He picked up the shoe. He sprinted down the other end of the court holding a shoe in his left hand and wearing only a sock on his left foot. Then shortly after tossing the shoe to the sideline, Durant swatted away a putback attempt from New Orleans forward Tony Allen. Seconds later, Durant stuffed Allen again.

“Luckily Tony Allen put the ball right in my face,” Durant joked.

Luckily for the Warriors, Durant was there to block the shot. He did that plenty of times more en route toward posting a career-high seven blocks in the Warriors’ 128-120 victory over the Pelicans on Friday. Durant also posted 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting.

In related news, Warriors coach Steve Kerr argued that “KD’s defense changed the game for us. Kerr also joked Durant that set a record by blocking two shots, while wearing one shoe. That play illustrated a huge goal Durant wants to accomplish on his bucket list.

“I want to be one of the best defenders in the league,” Durant said.

Durant is also often known as one of the best players in the league, period. He has made eight NBA All-Star teams. He landed on the NBA All-First team five times and the All-Second team two times. He has won both a regular-season MVP and a Finals MVP. Yet, Durant does not have a defensive accolade yet in his 10-year …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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