Costa Rica coach Wanchope in stadium fist fight PANAMA CITY (AP): Costa Rica soccer coach Paulo Wanchope landed in a fist fight while watching his country’s Under-23 team play in Panama. Video of the altercation shows Wanchope trying to enter the field through a gate in the stands. He appears to push a youth guarding the gate and then clashes with a man who punches and kicks him before police intervene. Local news reports indicate Wanchope was irritated at refereeing during Tuesday night’s pre-Olympic match, which ended 0-0. Wanchope took over Costa Rica’s team last year after a career as one of Central America’s most famous forwards. He played for several years in the English Premier League and was a star on the national team. Mexico, last month, fired its national team coach Miguel Herrera for allegedly punching a television broadcaster. Costa Rica’s soccer federation said in a statement that it was waiting to compile all the information available before commenting on the incident. Messi, Suarez, Ronaldo in running for UEFA Best Player award NYON, Switzerland (AP): Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez of Champions League winner Barcelona will compete with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo for UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award for last season. UEFA says the three stars topped a Europe-wide poll of journalists who chose from a 10-player shortlist. The same 54-member panel picks a winner on August 27 at the Champions League group draw in Monaco. Messi and Ronaldo had a season-long duel for the Champions League scoring record and resume this season tied on 77 goals. Suarez is nominated despite starting his season in late October after serving a FIFA fan for biting at the World Cup. The Uruguay forward scored the decisive goal in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final. Five Juventus players were shortlisted.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES “Just mental errors, mental errors defensively, and gave them some easy buckets,” San Antonio guard Bryn Forbes said. “I don’t know if it was to slow the run, but kind of get our head on right — kind of slow their pace there.”The Spurs responded well after those early problems, taking the lead by halftime and cruising to a 119-107 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, and Popovich moved another step higher on the NBA’s career wins list.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPopovich now has 1,221 victories. He’s tied with Jerry Sloan for third place, trailing only Don Nelson and Lenny Wilkens.“I thought after the first quarter, we competed well, we were sharper and we executed better,” Popovich said. “We had a poor first quarter, but I thought we pulled it together and focused pretty well after that.” MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — San Antonio was already down eight points when the Spurs took a timeout around the midway point of the first quarter.Then, after a turnover led to a Detroit dunk, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called another timeout, just 14 seconds after the first.ADVERTISEMENT Popovich said Gay would likely miss the next two games as well.TIP-INSSpurs: San Antonio came in averaging 12.3 turnovers per game, the lowest mark in the league. The Spurs had only nine against Detroit. … DeRozan also had nine assists and seven rebounds. … San Antonio went 26 of 32 on free throws, while Detroit was 14 of 17. … The Spurs remained percentage points behind Houston for the top spot in the Southwest Division.Pistons: Detroit was without backup C Zaza Pachulia (right lower leg contusion).ANOTHER LISTIt was the 518th road victory for Popovich, breaking a tie with Nelson for second on that career list. He’s now two behind leader Pat Riley.LENGTHY STRETCHDrummond played the entire first quarter, plus the first 4:56 of the second. That didn’t prevent San Antonio’s big run.In addition to Pachulia, the Pistons are also without backup point guard Ish Smith (right adductor tear).“Zaza and Ish are definitely missed, and I’m still trying to get adjusted to being out there with the second group,” Drummond said. “I’ve watched a lot of film of what they do, but I’m still working to find the best ways to get them involved and help them get into the best positions to score.” The Spurs trailed 19-9 after the second of those two timeouts, but they appeared to get the message. A 23-2 run spanning parts of the first and second quarters put the Spurs up 45-33.It was relatively smooth sailing from there for San Antonio, which led 59-51 at halftime and 84-73 after three quarters.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points for the Spurs. Blake Griffin scored 34 for Detroit, and Andre Drummond added 19 points and 14 rebounds.“Everyone talked about the regime ending in San Antonio, but they still have two Hall of Fame players in LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan and they are obviously a well-coached team,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “I thought we got off to a great start, but their second unit came in and speeded things up. We didn’t match it. We have to be able to pump the gas at the start of the second quarter.”San Antonio was without forward Rudy Gay, out with a sprained left wrist, but the Spurs still won a season-high fifth straight game. Detroit has lost seven of nine.ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXTSpurs: Visit Memphis on Wednesday night.Pistons: Visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments