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20/08/2016

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SAN ANTONIO -- In the first NBA Finals game of his reign as the leagues commissioner, Adam Silver had to deal with a sweltering arena. Oliver Torres Atletico Madrid Jersey . Compared to what hes gone through in recent weeks, that seemed like a breeze. Speaking to The Associated Press on Friday at an NBA Cares event, Silver said hes thrilled that the leagues attention can be on the championship series between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs -- and not, as it was for so much of the post-season, on the off-the-court matters involving the banishment of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and now the looming sale of that franchise. "No question," Silver said. "In fairness to all the players and the teams, they worked so hard to get to this moment and a hot building is part of the competition in essence. And all those other things that weve been talking about the last several weeks are not." Posing for photos with Spurs players, coach Gregg Popovich, general manger R.C. Buford and others, Silver was all smiles when the ceremonial red ribbon was cut at the leagues latest "Learn & Play Center" at a San Antonio elementary school. Its the 897th time that the league has been involved with opening a facility like that, and another similar event will be held in Miami when the series shifts there next week. Silver made no prediction, other than saying he thinks the Heat-Spurs matchup could be a long series. He also said he was satisfied that the air conditioning issues that overshadowed Game 1 have been cleared up and will not affect play when the series resumes in San Antonio on Sunday night. "We learn something new all the time," Silver said. "The league checklist continues to get longer, the things that we need to ensure are functioning properly before games." The Sterling matter was Silvers first true test since taking over for David Stern as commissioner, and many players raved about his response, both in terms of message and swiftness. Silver barred Sterling for life after the longtime owner acknowledged making racist comments on tape, plus fined him $2.5 million. Now, the Sterling matter looks to be essentially over. The Clippers are poised to be sold to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, and Sterlings attorney said earlier this week that issues between Sterling and the NBA will be resolved without need for a lawsuit -- a decision that basically clears the biggest hurdle that would have precluded a sale. "Im pleased and proud that the attention is on the greatest basketball in the world," Silver said. Jan Oblak Atletico Madrid Jersey . -- Kevin Durant insists he and Russell Westbrook arent turning their first-round series into a two-man show, even if the NBA scoring champ says they may be shooting too much. Fernando Torres Jersey .com) - Gustav Nyquist scored the lone goal of the shootout as the Detroit Red Wings clawed their way back from a three-goal deficit to defeat the New Jersey Devils, 5-4, on Friday. LONDON -- Manchester City tightened its grip on top spot in the English Premier League on Saturday by registering a 13th straight home victory, easing past Blackburn 3-0 on a day Chelsea ended its lean streak to ease pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas. City barely broke into a sweat at fortress Etihad Stadium to move provisionally five points clear of Manchester United, with Mario Balotelli, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko scoring in a routine victory. England midfielder Frank Lampard scored one goal and set up another to inspire Chelsea to a 3-0 win over Bolton, ending the teams miserable run of five straight winless games to lift it above Arsenal and provisional fourth place. Arsenal hosts third-place Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday, when United visits Norwich. Citys sensational home form is allowing the side to zero in on a first English title since 1968. Not since Newcastle in 1996 has a team won as many successive home league games from the start of a season. "People say being leader you have the pressure from those behind but I think it is the opposite," City captain Vincent Kompany said. At the end of a week in which Carlos Tevez returned to training with City after three months of unauthorized leave, his rival strikers all scored to prove that the Argentina international will have his work cut out regaining his starting place. Balotelli opened the scoring after 30 minutes before Aguero in the 52nd and Dzeko in the 81st added further goals against Blackburn, which is third from bottom. "We seem to have found our form again," Kompany said. "Theres no such thing as an easy game and for us to win the league weve got to do the same, week in week out." Lampard completed Chelseas easy win with a late volley to become the first player to score at least 10 Premier League goals in nine successive seasons. It was also the 150th league goal of his career. He was one of three senior players, along with Ashley Cole and Michael Essien, recalled after being dropped for the 3-1 loss to Napoli in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday as Viillas-Boas relied on the old guard in his hour of need. Thomas Partey Atletico Madrid Jersey. "It was important to win after all the recent disappointments," said Villas-Boas, whose job may have been untenable had Chelsea lost to a team second from bottom. "We have been trying so hard and today we managed to do a great, great game." Brazil centre back David Luiz and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba, who went off injured late on, earlier scored after a goalless first half. "It takes a bit of weight off our shoulders to get back to winning ways," said Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, who kept a clean sheet against the club that sold him in January. "The mood in the dressing room is fantastic and we will build from here." Terry Connors first match in temporary charge of Wolverhampton Wanderers started disastrously with Papiss Demba Cisse and Jonas Gutierrez putting Newcastle 2-0 ahead after 18 minutes of their match at St. James Park. However, Matt Jarvis reduced Wolves deficit at the start of the second half and Kevin Doyle snatched the equalizer in the 66th, denting sixth-place Newcastles hopes of a finish in the Champions League spots and lifting Wolves out of the bottom three. "All credit to the lads. They came out in the second half, did the same things and got their reward in the end," said Connor, who will be in charge until the end of the season. Queens Park Rangers slipped to fourth from bottom after losing 1-0 at home to Fulham. Pavel Pogrebnyak scored the early winner, with the hosts chances of a comeback dashed by the sending-off of midfielder Samba Diakite in the 33rd for two yellow cards. Sunderland, rejuvenated since Martin ONeills arrival as manager in December, was brought back down to earth with a 4-0 loss at West Bromwich Albion. Peter Odemwingie scored twice and James Morrison and Keith Andrews added the others for West Brom in their thrashing of Sunderland, building on its 5-1 rout of Wolves a fortnight ago. 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