Lakers experience Suns’ burn in 137-101 loss

first_img“Guys were fatigued,” said Ingram, who had nearly as many turnovers (two) as he did points (three) on 1-of-7 shooting. “That mentality was shifting about going on a break.”That mentality continued. Lakers center Tarik Black collected his fifth foul to enter the third quarter. Ingram and Nick Young were stuffed at the rim on consecutive possessions. The Lakers trailed, 102-76, and the fourth quarter hadn’t even started. Walton burned several timeouts after bad defensive miscues including when Knight scored on a wide-open dunk for a 133-99 lead with 2:01 left. Walton spent the entire timeout chewing out Ingram, who said Walton pleaded the importance about “finishing the game.”“Don’t waste opportunities, whatever the score is,” Walton said. “There’s a reason we play a lot of young guys because we want them to experience these things, to learn from it, to be able to play individually and as a group. If we’re going to go out there and do that, even if we’re down by 30, what’s the point? We’re not learning anything from that.”Moments later, Ingram needed another lesson after another failed defensive assignment. While Russell feigned ignorance over offering choice words to Ingram, he said Russell reiterated Walton’s message “just to finish.”“Just keep playing,” said Russell, who spoke with Zubac and Ingram afterwards in the locker room. “It’s a long season. Don’t get down on the games. Keep playing.”If only the Lakers did that when they had an actual game to play. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It’s an honor and a privilege to play in this league,” Walton said. “We have a great fan base, a great organization. We’re going to lose games. But when we give in like that and don’t play with a certain competitive level, that’s not right for anybody.”The Lakers missed 12 of their first 14 shots Wednesday. D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram each committed two turnovers midway through the first quarter. After Suns center Tyson Chandler thwarted Russell’s entry pass to rookie center Ivica Zubac, Suns guard Devin Booker immediately raced for a dunk that gave the Suns a 21-6 lead with 5:54 left in the first quarter. Russell chewed out Zubac over his post positioning during the subsequent timeout, an incident Russell said he didn’t remember. Walton then cleared the rest of his bench.“Going into All-Star break, it’s about changing our mentality,” said Russell, who had 21 points on 7-of-20 shooting after missing six of his first nine shots. “We have to come in more prepared.”The Lakers never looked prepared against the Suns. The Lakers trailed, 32-15, in what tied a season-low in points scored in the first quarter, a mark the Lakers also set against Phoenix on Nov. 6. The Lakers’ first half ended with Suns guard Eric Bledsoe throwing a half-court lob to Marquese Chriss with 1:05 remaining, prompting Walton to call timeout. Then just before the buzzer, Bledsoe banked in a shot from midcourt for a 68-48 halftime lead.As if Lakers associate coach Brian Shaw needed another reason to watch the game from the locker room while battling an illness. As if the Lakers had any more reason to make trade inquiries for the Feb. 23 deadline a day before playing their next game in Oklahoma City. As if Walton needed another reason to meet with his coaching staff as well as Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, executive Jim Buss and advisor Magic Johnson during the All-Star break. PHOENIX >> The Lakers opened the game either bobbling the ball or clanking shots off the rim on nearly every possession. They ended the first half with allowing Phoenix to throw both an alley-oop lob and a bank shot from halfcourt. Then, the Lakers spent the rest of evening doing little to fix the damage.The Lakers did not exactly conclude huddles with chants of “1, 2, 3, Cancun” as they once did before facing elimination in the 1998 NBA playoffs. But the Lakers still played in their 137-101 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday as if the week-long All-Star break started early. In related news, the Lakers posted their second-worst defensive performance of the season, trailing only the 147 points they allowed against Golden State on Nov. 23.“We’ve been warning about not going on All-Star break early,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “I felt like we did.”Walton quickly clarified that “not everybody” fit that description. Yet, Walton addressed the Lakers’ (19-39) play and All-Star weekend after allowing Phoenix (18-39) to set season highs for points and field goal percentage (55.7 percent), while scoring 60 points in the paint and 41 on fast-breaks. Phoenix also went 29-of-34 from the foul line, while Suns guard Eric Bledsoe posted a triple double (25 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds).center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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U.S. Open 2019: Brooks Koepka feeling ‘great’ in pursuit of hat-trick after back-to-back 69s

first_imgBrooks Koepka (69, 69) is the first defending #USOpen champion to break 70 in his first two rounds since Scott Simpson in 1988. pic.twitter.com/t1tjZZ0KZw— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 14, 2019″I feel great. I’m excited. I’ve got a chance. That’s all you can ask for. I just need to make a few putts. Sometimes the hole just needs to open up,” said the American.”If I can get off to a good start tomorrow, have that feeling where the hole’s opening up, it could be a fun round. And I’ll be honest with you, I struck it so poorly Monday and Wednesday. Rose led by two shots at 7 under when he signed for a 1-under 70.World No. 1 Koepka was pleased to keep himself in the mix for a fifth major title after getting through his round with only one bogey, becoming the first defending champion to break 70 in his first two rounds of the U.S. Open since Scott Simpson 31 years ago. Related News “I wasn’t playing good. And then it’s been nice to kind of find some confidence, especially on the golf course.”Aaron Wise carded a 71 to share second place with Scott Piercy, Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele and Louis Oosthuizen — who were among the afternoon starters.Tiger Woods will start moving day at level par following a 1-over 72, while a 69 elevated Jordan Spieth to 1 under for the tournament. Brooks Koepka fancies his chances of winning a third consecutive U.S. Open title after moving within three shots of leader Justin Rose at the halfway mark.Koepka matched his first round of 69 at Pebble Beach on Friday to head into the weekend in a promising position on 4 under. U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods battles to second round 72last_img read more

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2019 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, Brewers’ Christian Yelich lead the way

first_img Noah Syndergaard injury update: Mets place pitcher (hamstring) on IL The top three vote-getters at each position — top nine in the outfield — advance to the next round of voting for next month’s All-Star Game. According to Monday’s update, the Astros, Braves and Cubs are in position to send seven players through to the Starters Election, which will take place over a 28-hour period starting at noon ET June 26 and ending at 4 p.m. ET on June 27. Related News Craig Kimbrel on track to join Cubs by end of June The update is the last before the Primary Round polls close at 4 p.m. ET Friday under this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters.center_img Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger’s smoking-hot start to the 2019 season is paying off at the ballot box as he is the leading 2019 All-Star Game vote-getter with 2,184,251 votes in an update announced Monday by MLB (via MLB.com).Bellinger, slashing at .355/.451/.702 with 23 home runs and 58 RBIs in only 69 games for the NL West leaders, is followed closely by fellow National League MVP candidate Christian Yelich of the Brewers with 2,065,382 votes. Starters for the 2019 Midsummer Classic will be unveiled at 7 p.m. ET June 27 on ESPN. The pitchers and reserves will be announced at 5:30 p.m. ET June 30.The All-Star game is scheduled for July 9 in Cleveland.2019 MLB All-Star voting updateAL CATCHERS1) Gary Sanchez, Yankees1,357,3402) James McCann, White Sox580,3943) Robinson Chirinos, Astros487,8684) Jason Castro, Twins444,5335) Christian Vazquez, Red Sox302,6866) Jonathan Lucroy, Angels268,7107) Roberto Perez, Indians176,9768) Josh Phegley, Athletics151,6799) Mike Zunino, Rays128,34510) Martin Maldonado, Royals113,525NL CATCHERS1) Willson Contreras, Cubs1,555,4902) Brian McCann, Braves725,4843) Yasmani Grandal, Brewers513,4124) J.T. Realmuto, Phillies438,3905) Yadier Molina, Cardinals375,6906) Austin Barnes, Dodgers344,7457) Tony Wolters, Rockies204,6418) Wilson Ramos, Mets167,8799) Buster Posey, Giants146,90510) Yan Gomes, Nationals101,584AL FIRST BASE1) Luke Voit, Yankees696,1642) C.J. Cron, Twins586,3033) Carlos Santana, Indians560,8364) Jose Abreu, White Sox517,4735) Yuli Gurriel, Astros433,6926) Albert Pujols, Angels384,3227) Miguel Cabrera, Tigers362,6598) Edwin Encarnacion, Mariners205,0409) Mitch Moreland, Red Sox193,60910) Ji-Man Choi, Rays168,723NL FIRST BASE1) Josh Bell, Pirates1,106,1862) Freddie Freeman, Braves1,022,5353) Anthony Rizzo, Cubs948,0474) Max Muncy, Dodgers446,7045) Pete Alonso, Mets319,2566) Rhys Hoskins, Phillies249,3417) Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals234,1768) Jesus Aguilar, Brewers188,3329) Eric Hosmer, Padres149,74910) Daniel Murphy, Rockies112,317AL SECOND BASE1) Tommy La Stella, Angels1,020,9122) Jose Altuve, Astros923,1173) DJ LeMahieu, Yankees739,0744) Jonathan Schoop, Twins362,5045) Whit Merrifield, Royals247,9036) Brandon Lowe, Rays237,2777) Michael Chavis, Red Sox236,5268) Jason Kipnis, Indians137,7249) Dee Gordon, Mariners119,79910) Yolmer Sanchez, White Sox110,786NL SECOND BASE1) Ozzie Albies, Braves1,011,1322) Mike Moustakas, Brewers966,3913) Ketel Marte, Diamondbacks554,5244) Enrique Hernandez, Dodgers455,7045) Cesar Hernandez, Phillies424,3796) Daniel Descalso, Cubs410,1227) Robinson Cano, Mets179,7508) Kolten Wong, Cardinals163,2379) Brian Dozier, Nationals156,12910) Ryan McMahon, Rockies109,692AL THIRD BASE1) Alex Bregman, Astros1,322,9352) Gio Urshela, Yankees502,6143) Hunter Dozier, Royals424,0284) Rafael Devers, Red Sox335,6355) Marwin Gonzalez, Twins290,2646) Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays269,4927) Matt Chapman, Athletics267,5908) Yoan Moncada, White Sox262,4169) David Fletcher, Angels192,71210) Jose Ramirez, Indians136,766NL THIRD BASE1) Nolan Arenado, Rockies1,475,8252) Kris Bryant, Cubs850,7583) Josh Donaldson, Braves550,9474) Justin Turner, Dodgers512,2375) Anthony Rendon, Nationals378,7616) Manny Machado, Padres207,3547) Eduardo Escobar, Diamondbacks185,5618) Travis Shaw, Brewers148,3229) Maikel Franco, Phillies138,94810) Matt Carpenter, Cardinals132,248AL SHORTSTOP1) Jorge Polanco, Twins818,0822) Carlos Correa, Astros656,9953) Gleyber Torres, Yankees565,7284) Tim Anderson, White Sox510,3375) Francisco Lindor, Indians460,9526) Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox410,1347) Andrelton Simmons, Angels274,1818) Elvis Andrus, Rangers166,2759) Adalberto Mondesi, Royals148,84310) Willy Adames, Rays126,583NL SHORTSTOP1) Javier Baez, Cubs1,672,0622) Dansby Swanson, Braves764,6633) Corey Seager, Dodgers494,5464) Trevor Story, Rockies457,1595) Jean Segura, Phillies286,2876) Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres246,3747) Orlando Arcia, Brewers233,9538) Paul DeJong, Cardinals195,3579) Trea Turner, Nationals150,39210) Jose Iglesias, Reds134,143AL OUTFIELD1) Mike Trout, Angels1,904,2732) George Springer, Astros1,495,8173) Michael Brantley, Astros924,1734) Austin Meadows, Rays887,9465) Mookie Betts, Red Sox777,6426) Eddie Rosario, Twins687,5157) Aaron Judge, Yankees577,6408) Joey Gallo, Rangers537,9349) Josh Reddick, Astros511,90310) Max Kepler, Twins435,78911) Byron Buxton, Twins418,28712) Brett Gardner, Yankees259,17913) Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox258,47614) Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox234,30215) Tommy Pham, Rays223,25016) Aaron Hicks, Yankees221,57817) Trey Mancini, Orioles206,62018) Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers194,32819) Kole Calhoun, Angels168,97120) Kevin Kiermaier, Rays158,609NL OUTFIELD1) Cody Bellinger, Dodgers2,184,2512) Christian Yelich, Brewers2,065,3823) Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves1,229,2004) Albert Almora Jr., Cubs645,2915) Jason Heyward, Cubs614,8236) Nick Markakis, Braves614,3587) Joc Pederson, Dodgers598,9098) Kyle Schwarber, Cubs585,9979) Charlie Blackmon, Rockies530,34210) Bryce Harper, Phillies498,10011) Alex Verdugo, Dodgers437,11512) Ender Inciarte, Braves332,13413) Juan Soto, Nationals302,37514) Lorenzo Cain, Brewers282,06915) Marcell Ozuna, Cardinals275,59016) Melky Cabrera, Pirates252,38417) Scott Kingery, Phillies233,13118) Andrew McCutchen, Phillies224,87119) Ryan Braun, Brewers221,17220) Jeff McNeil, Mets205,542DESIGNATED HITTER1) J.D. Martinez, Red Sox893,6892) Hunter Pence, Rangers602,7663) Nelson Cruz, Twins506,2114) Shohei Ohtani, Angels362,9475) Aledmys Diaz, Astros353,0156) Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees295,3267) Avisail Garcia, Rays282,1708) Khris Davis, Athletics251,1919) Daniel Vogelbach, Mariners237,23810) Yonder Alonso, White Sox147,177last_img read more

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Nick Kyrgios unapologetic over Rafael Nadal shot: ‘I wanted to hit him’

first_img Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer sounds warning, ‘The tank is full’ “Why would I apologize? I mean, the dude has got how many slams? How much money in the bank account?” the Australian told a news conference.”I think he can take a ball to the chest, bro. I’m not going to apologize to him at all.”Asked if he aimed at Nadal, Kyrgios responded: “Yeah, I was going for him. Yeah, I wanted to hit him square in the chest. Like, he’s got decent hands.” Electrifying all afternoon…Sit back, relax and enjoy the very best of @RafaelNadal vs @NickKyrgios#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/02lOwdv3Xq— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 4, 2019Nadal, who will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round, accused Kyrgios of playing dangerously by hitting the blistering forehand.”Honestly, it’s not about what I feel or what I don’t feel. Honestly, it’s about we are in a game that the history of this sport is about respect and is about playing fair during the whole time,” he said.”I don’t say Nick does this stuff to bother the opponent, but it’s true that sometimes he’s dangerous. When he hit the ball like this, it’s dangerous. It’s not dangerous for me, it’s dangerous for a line referee, dangerous for a crowd. When you hit the ball like this, you don’t know where the ball goes. Nick Kyrgios said he wanted to hit Rafael Nadal “square in the chest” after crushing a forehand into the Spaniard during his Wimbledon loss.Nadal closed out a hard-fought 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3) victory over Kyrgios in an entertaining second-round clash Thursday. Wimbledon 2019: Rafael Nadal edges dangerous Nick Kyrgios in thriller But the Spanish 18-time grand slam champion appeared to be annoyed when Kyrgios blasted a forehand into him from behind the baseline in the third set, winning the point and opting not to apologize.Kyrgios, 24, stood by his decision not to apologize to Nadal for the incident. Related News “I know he’s a big talented player, but I am a professional player, too. I know when you hit this kind of ball, the ball can go anywhere. This time the ball went in, almost hit me, no problem. I am professional, so I know how to avoid this.”But another one, the ball goes straight to the back. So [it could] have been a dangerous moment for the line umpire. That ball hits an eye or something like this, it’s a problem. That’s it.”It’s not about I am angry about him at all. It’s about I want to play a match of tennis. Sometimes it’s difficult.” Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams survives scare as Meghan Markle roots her onlast_img read more

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Texans waive running back D’Onta Foreman, add Gimel President

first_imgIt appears like Houston is trimming its running back numbers.The Texans have waived D’Onta Foreman and are signing linebacker Gimel President, who spent four games with Houston in 2017, the team announced Sunday.  Champ Bailey’s powerful message: ‘If we start listening, there’s no telling the progress we can make’ The #Texans have signed free agent OLB Gimel President and waived RB D’Onta Foreman. pic.twitter.com/MJbEmcF369— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) August 4, 2019Foreman is entering his third NFL season and didn’t see much of the field in 2018. The 23-year-old showed promise as a rookie in 2017, rushing for 327 yards and two touchdowns. But he tore his Achilles in the back half of the year and only appeared in one game the following season.Some expected Foreman to be the front-runner to back up Lamar Miller, but coach Bill O’Brien indicated that position was “wide open” during camp. But O’Brien did say Foreman had the potential to be valuable if he showed effort. Related News “I think if he’s healthy and consistent and showing up day to day and putting the work in, he’s got the chance to be good.”Evidently he didn’t do that, so he’ll have to look for an opportunity on a new team.The Texans won the AFC South with an 11-5 record last season ranking eighth in total rushing yards (2,021).center_img John Harbaugh ‘pleased’ with Ravens’ passing game “It’s great. I have high expectations for him. I think he’s a talented guy. I know he wants to do well,” O’Brien said. “I just think he’s got a chance to be a really good player.last_img read more

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NFL preseason 2019: 3 takeaways from the first big night

first_img Jerick Mckinnon injury update: Starting season on IR ‘an option’ for 49ers running back Here are three takeaways from the first big night of the 2019 preseason: Daniel Jones looked ready to go from the startNew York received a lot of heat from its fans after it selected Jones out of Duke with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. But, he showed promise en route to his team’s 31-22 win over the Jets in his preseason debut. Related News Even if it’s just the preseason, there was plenty of NFL action Thursday.Players are looking to build momentum as the regular season approaches, and quite a few did just that. Lamar Jackson with the nice touch 🙌30-yard gain to Chris Moore! @lj_era8 @mulatto15#JAXvsBAL pic.twitter.com/P4kBV0wlVU— NFL (@NFL) August 8, 2019It’s evident that there’s no need to risk Jackson taking unnecessary hits in the preseason, but he has clearly been working to become a more complete dual threat quarterback.He should still get plenty of chances to get out in the open field and use his explosiveness in 2019, though.center_img Jermaine Kearse injury update: Lions wide receiver reportedly breaks leg in preseason opener The Giants quarterback looked poised against the Jets and went 5 for 5 on passing attempts for 67 yards, ending his lone drive of the night with a touchdown pass to the corner of the end zone.DAAAAAAAMN Daniel! 👀 pic.twitter.com/y916nWoLqO— New York Giants (@Giants) August 8, 2019Don’t put too much stock in his performance, because it’s only his first preseason game. However, seeing him step in comfortably is definitely a plus for the Giants.Eli Manning will still likely be the Week 1 starter, though. He completed his only throw of the game for three yards.The Patriots are still finding diamonds in the roughNew England routed the Lions 31-3 and one undrafted rookie burst onto the national scene for the defending champs.Jakobi Meyers is a quarterback turned wide receiver just like one of Tom Brady’s all-time favorite targets — Julian Edelman. He made Thursday his coming out party.The NC State product has already earned first team reps in camp and tallied six receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns against Detroit.#Patriots undrafted WR Jakobi Meyers has 2 TDs already.Still the first half.This is the 1st touchdown.pic.twitter.com/zQ2eOzGVrV— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 9, 2019Meyers could prove to be a valuable part of New England’s receiving corps in the regular season now that Rob Gronkowski has retired. Meyers sat out the entire second half, so it appears like he could be high on the Patriots’ depth chart.The Ravens are looking to do more with Lamar JacksonLamar Jackson primarily made a name for himself as a runner during his dynamic rookie season, but he showcased his improved throwing touch down the field against the Jaguars in a 29-0 victory.The second-year signal caller completed four of his six throws for 59 yards and a touchdown and didn’t record a single carry.last_img read more

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Meeting of the B&H national junior team in 2013

first_imgThe national junior team of B&H will gather and have a meeting after the New Year and Christmasholidays to continue with the preparations for the World Championship that will be held in B&H in2013. Zdenko Grbavac the leader of the B&H national junior team has already announced two cyclesof preparation. The third cycle should start on the 9th January 2013.The meeting of the team players will be in Gračanica, and almost all players of the junior team areinvited to attend the organization of the preparations for the World Championship in 2013.last_img read more

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Bekić is transfering to Swiss ”Winterthur”?

first_imgFootball player from the team ”Zrinjski” Amer Bekić will most probably spend the remainder of this season in the Swiss football club ”Winterthur”.” I still did not sign the contract, but I think this just a matter of time, because I won’t be coming back to Mostar to play. Everything should be done in a couple of days, since I have to do my physical examination, which I will do as soon as I come to Switzerland”- said Bekić on the topic of his transfer.last_img

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B&H at World Championship: Support from “Dragon’s Nest” in Sarajevo

first_imgOnly 63 days are left until the beginning of the World Championship in Brazil, and the atmosphere in the participant states is slowly heating up. Of course, this is also the case in B&H, whose representation will be the only debut team at the football festival in Latin America.These days, apart from collecting pictures of football payers, in which children and the older generations in B&H are participating, there are also promotions of spots from which the matches of the World Championship will be watched. In B&H cities there will be many so called “fan zones”, from which Bosnian and Herzegovinian fans will support the “Dragons”.One of the biggest support zones will be placed in Sarajevo, on the Liberation square Alija Izetbegović. It will be called “Dragon’s nest-BH Corner”, and will be filled with several contents, all according to the standards of the world’s biggest fan zones.“The match will be watched on an LED screen of the size of 8×4 meters, which is 32 square meters. The Dragon’s nest will be opened on 12 June, when the match Brazil-Croatia will start on Mundial. Moreover, it will work until 13 July everyday from 12:00 until 2:00 after midnight” said for Anadolu Agency the spokesperson of the fan zone “Dragon’s nest-BH Corner” Marina Duletić.Duletić said that the fan zone will have approximately 600 seats and some chairs will be covered in case of rain.“Dragon’s nest” in Sarajevo will be abound with the fun things, such as food corners, several campaigns and betting windows. In addition, we will have an info stand, where the visitors can be informed about up-to-date information from Mundial, match schedules and results”, said Duletić for AA.Organizers expect that the “Dragon’s nest” will be fully filled with the B&H supporters and they hope that they will see a spectacular atmosphere during matches. Moreover, they hope that the other supporters of the World Championship will be present as well.(Source: Klix)last_img read more

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Mrdic Won Gold Medal on “Sarajevo Open”

first_imgBH judo wrestler Mitar Mrdic won a Gold Medal on European Cup ‘Sarajevo Open 2015’, held at KSC Ilidža.In the finals, thirty-one-year-old athlete from Trebinje won against Montenegrian Nikola Gusic in category of up to 73 kg with the maximum result of 10:0 (ippon).Mrdic achieved five wins at the Sarajevo Open. Before winning against Gušić, he defeated Croatian  Dominic Sumpor, Montenegrins Djordje Perucica and Balsa Sinanovic, and in the semifinals he defeated French Arthur Clerget.Besides Mrdic, 19 other BH competitors performed at the first competition day of the Sarajevo Open. The most successful were Selma Sejdinovic, who won 7th place, and Petar Zadro, who won 9th place..On the second competition day, on Sunday, heavyweight fights are to be held. Larisa Ceric, Aleksandra Samardzic, and Harun Sadikovic, BH players for whom winning of a medal is anticipated, are expected to perform on this day.(Source: FENA)last_img read more

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