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Hyderabad: PV Sindhu suffered a shocking loss to Sung Ji Hyun but defending champions Hyderabad Hunters still looked on course for a win with a 3-1 lead over Chennai Smashers in the Premier Badminton League. In the women’s singles match, Ji Hyun Sung got the better of Olympic and World Championship silver medallist Sindhu 15-13 14-15 15-7. Hyderabad, who began their campaign with a sweep against newcomers Pune 7 Aces on the opening day in Mumbai, were five points away from their first defeat on their own trump before Kim Sa Rang and Bodin Isara summoned all their guile and experience to turn the tables on B Sumeeth Reddy and Chin Chung Or. They won 13-15 15-12 15-10 and gave their team two crucial points.Having lost the opening game, Kim and Isara were trailing 4-10 in the second and looked lost against the aggressive approach from the Chennai Smashers men’s doubles pair. But it was the sheer experience of the South Korean-Thai pair that allowed them to not just overcome the opponents but also difficult court conditions with quick flat strokes to first force a decider and then wrap the match. Lee Hyun Il, the 38-year-old veteran from South Korea, then gave a few lessons to Chong Wei Feng, winning 15-11 15-13. Read More |Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu all-praise for P V SindhuThe battle of the two left-handers saw quite a few rallies played from the back of the court and every time it felt like the Chennai Smashers shuttler was looking to make a comeback, the experienced South Korean turned things around. Read More |Pro Kabaddi: Haryana Steelers, Tamil Thalaivas match ends in tieThe victory set up yet another opportunity for the BWF World Tour Finals champion Sindhu to wrap up the tie by giving her team an unassailable lead but the 23-year-old just could not find the rhythm that saw her beat Carolina Marin on the opening day. Chennai Smashers icon player Sung Ji Hyun made the most of Sindhu’s struggles with the conditions by concentrating on keeping the shuttle in play and force the world number three into making a plethora of unforced errors. To her credit, Sindhu refused to give up despite chasing the match since she led 8-5 in the opening game. She simply lost momentum after that to lose the game 13-15. The Indian was trailing for most part of the second game before taking the lead at 10-9 for the first time and forced the decider after winning the game on the deciding point. She, however, again struggled to find her rhythm in the third and final game as Sung changed ends leading 8-3 and then wrapped up the match 15-13, 14-15, 15-7 to keep the Smashers alive in the tie with two more matches to play. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
But it is worth noting that it was forward Blake Griffin, in recently disputing the notion that the Clippers are somehow damned, who chose to use the word “cursed.”When Ballmer purchased the team for a gaudy $2 billion, he infused the Clippers with the sort of buzzing energy that normally comes only with a second Starbucks stop.In August of ’14, during an introductory pep rally, that energy famously bubbled over, not unlike the sweat that streamed down Ballmer’s temples that afternoon.“Larry” was his loving way of referring to the Larry O’Brien Trophy, which the NBA hands annually to its champion, meaning the Clippers never have been close enough to know if it’s made of some sort of metal or, who knows, milk chocolate.Despite the lack of playoff success, Ballmer, similar to his team, is not difficult to like. Sitting here along the baseline, he comes off as somewhat of a regular fan – rabid but regular – at least for a guy whose net worth is estimated at $30.1 billion.Let’s think about the figure for just a second. Forbes magazine says there are only 34 people in the world richer than Ballmer, who could buy Rams owner Stan Kroenke four times over.As another comparison, Angels owner Arte Moreno is worth $2.1 billion. Ballmer finds things like Arte Moreno in between his couch cushions.Forbes also reports that Ballmer owns 4 percent of Twitter, which might not sound like much.But when you consider all the people you know who are on Twitter and the fact that, according to multiple news accounts, nearly 80 percent of its users are living outside the U.S., that’s no shortage of international clout.Anyway, I find Ballmer and the Clippers easy to root for, and not just because this group is the perfect Hollywood stereotype of the underdog. I mean, who pulls for a team that never wins anything to keep never winning anything?The Clippers make generally humorous and completely harmless television commercials.Griffin never has been more embraced by the organization than he has been this season, still barely a year after breaking his hand punching another team employee.Jordan has his body covered in tattoos that express his deep faith, including a pair of praying hands on his torso marked with an acronym for “God Watch Over Me.”Then there’s Chris Paul, widely considered to be one of the finest leaders in NBA history, a dynamic overall talent and a man with too many charitable efforts to list here, although I will mention he built a house in South Africa for orphans.They’re all coached by Doc Rivers, a former All-Star point guard known for his competitive natural who took the occasion of this series opening to announce he has a “man crush” on Gordon Hayward, the star of the Jazz.It has been awhile, but I don’t recall Phil Jackson ever talking publicly about his man crushes, and, never mind opponents, I mean the players Jackson actually was coaching.Sure, the Clippers still complain to the referees way too much and Griffin flops way too often. But you try playing on a team that ends every season in a fit of frustration.So I am pulling for the Clippers against Utah, convinced this is a series they absolutely should win.After that, comes round two and likely – Ah, uh-oh! – the Golden State Warriors.No, “Larry” won’t be visiting Staples Center anytime soon. But “Curly” and “Moe” are long gone, too, despite the fact someone else around here, once again, will laugh last.jmiller@scng LOS ANGELES >> It was in this same building, in August of 2014, that a man as bold as he is bald shrieked about his undying affection for “Larry.”Steve Ballmer also promised his Clippers would “keep coming and coming and coming and coming and coming,” the rambling battle cry interrupted only by his shouted assurances the team would be “Hard-core! Hard-core! Hard-core!”Staples Center shook that day, rattled by the thundering decibels produced by a single-person seismic event.Thirty-two months later and now opening the 2017 playoffs against Utah, there’s still no sign of “Larry,” the Clippers instead dragging around “Curly” and “Moe” and however else you’d like to express this franchise’s miserable slapstick past. They gave up home court advantage Saturday in a 97-95 loss to the Utah Jazz.Same old Clippers? Well, no, not at all. They are in the postseason for the sixth consecutive year and just finished with 51 victories, same as the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. This franchise once went 15 seasons without making the playoffs, a spiral into oblivion during which it moved from Buffalo to San Diego to Los Angeles, a break that wasn’t exactly fast but was – on the court, at least – fruitless.Still, there’s no denying that the Clippers never have advanced beyond two rounds of playoffs in any one season, an almost impossible degree of ineptitude that some people might characterize as being hexed.I’m not one of those people, since I always see the basket as nearly half-full, which, no, is not another joke about DeAndre Jordan’s career 43-percent free-throw shooting. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error