Los Angeles Lakers blow big lead, rally late for 108-103 win over Chicago Bulls

Brook Lopez #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against brother Robin Lopez #42 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on January 26, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (AFP)
Updated 27 January 2018

Los Angeles Lakers blow big lead, rally late for 108-103 win over Chicago Bulls

CHICAGO: Brandon Ingram scored 25 points, including eight in the final 3:18, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied late for a 108-103 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night after losing a 12-point, fourth-quarter lead.
Jordan Clarkson had 19 points and Brook Lopez added 17 for the Lakers, who have won four straight and eight of 10.
Los Angeles trailed 95-92 with less than four minutes to play before Ingram — who also had nine rebounds and was 10 for 18 from the field — started the rally with a pair of free throws.
Nikola Mirotic scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Denzel Valentine and Bobby Portis had 16 apiece for Chicago, which has dropped three straight.
This was the opener of a five-game road trip for Los Angeles, which led by as much as 15 in the first half before Chicago rallied to tie the score at 68 early in the third quarter. The Lakers, though, answered with 11 straight points and led 84-72 entering the fourth.
The Bulls rallied again and took a 92-90 lead with 5½ minutes remaining on Valentine’s 3-pointer. It was Chicago’s first lead since 3-2. Mirotic hit a 3-pointer to give the Bulls the 95-92 lead before Los Angeles took control.


‘Virus-free’ Turkmenistan to vaccinate foreign athletes

Updated 22 January 2021

‘Virus-free’ Turkmenistan to vaccinate foreign athletes

  • Turkmenistan is set to hold qualifying events for tennis’ Davis Cup and will host the Track Cycling World Championships in October
  • The ex-Soviet nation is the first Central Asian country to approve the Russian vaccine Sputnik

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan: Turkmenistan plans to vaccinate foreign athletes competing in the isolated Central Asian state, one of the few countries in the world yet to declare a coronavirus case, state media said Thursday.

The ex-Soviet nation is set to hold qualifying events for tennis’ Davis Cup and will host the Track Cycling World Championships in October.

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov was shown discussing preparations for the sports events with another official, in a broadcast on a state-owned sports channel.

The Turkmen leader said foreign athletes should be able to choose the vaccine they want to be inoculated with. “And we must provide this vaccination for free,” he added.

Kirill Dmitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a government body that is financing the production of Russia’s Sputnik V jab, said Monday that Turkmenistan had become the first Central Asian country to approve Sputnik.

Berdymukhamedov has said the Turkmen government is in talks with other companies over importing their vaccines.

Foreign observers had earlier cast doubt on the country’s claim that it has no cases of the coronavirus.

The government imposed a strict lockdown after the World Health Organization, in a visit by a team of experts to the country last July, called on Turkmenistan to take steps “as if Covid-19 was circulating.”

In addition to ordering citizens to wear masks and nonessential businesses to shut, the authoritarian leadership has championed herbal remedies including wild rue and licorice root as weapons against the virus.