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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Joey Hauser had his heels on the logo at half court and that was close enough to feel confident about making a long-range 3-pointer.

Hauser hoisted the shot without hesitating and made it, helping him finish with a career-high 24 points in a 79-61 win over Western Michigan on Sunday night.

“I didn’t know how deep I was,” he said. “I just shot it in rhythm.”

The Marquette transfer scored in double digits in each of his first four games with the Spartans, and was making more than half of his shots before his breakout game. He was unhappy, however, about making just 3 of 13 on 3-pointers until connecting on a career-high six shots beyond the arc on 10 attempts.

Hauser credited his teammates for keeping his confidence up after his shaky start on shots from the outside by encouraging him to shoot more.

“They’ve had faith in me even though I missed a couple shots,” he said.

The Spartans (5-0) seemed flat or perhaps just tired for a second straight game at home after beating No. 6 Duke with an inspired effort on the road. Playing for a third time in six days, Michigan State led the Broncos (0-2) by just two points midway through the second half and trailed for six-plus minutes in the game.

Hauser helped Michigan State pull away with a 19-6 run in the second half that was capped by a 3-pointer from about 30 feet.

“They’re a good team and when he gets going like that, they’re really tough,” Broncos coach Clayton Bates said.

Western Michigan played for the first time since Nov. 25, when it lost by four points at Butler. The Broncos had their two previous games canceled because of coronavirus issues at Trine and due to their own outbreak, they did not play at Notre Dame.

Bates said his team was missing two starters and a key reserve against Michigan State because of coronavirus-related reasons.

“It’s been a crazy, wild week with our team,” Bates said. “Our guys battled through adversity and competed as well as they did against Michigan State, so we’re incredibly proud.”

B. Artis White, son of former Spartan basketball player Benny White, scored 19 points for the Broncos and Titus Wright had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Mid-American Conference team.

Michigan State, which barely beat Detroit 83-76 on Friday night, was sluggish early. The start may have been slowed by Aaron Henry being forced to come off the bench because he was late to a team meeting.

Spartans coach Tom Izzo said he sat Henry after he was a few minutes late to a meeting after giving him a warning for arriving right on time for a previous meeting.

“There has to be some discipline and accountability — our society has zero,” Izzo said.

Henry finished with 12 points and five assists, while Rocket Watts had 10 points and six assists.

BIG PICTURE

Western Michigan: Bates, in his first year, was proud of his team’s showing after being off for more than 10 days and facing one of the nation’s top teams without three key players due to COVID-19 issues.

“We’ve played two games and our effort has been outstanding and we have to carry that over into every game we play,” Bates said. “Michigan State sets the standard for how hard you play and our guys did not back down. Hopefully, we can learn from that.”

Michigan State: The deep and talented team is playing well in stretches and very poorly at times.

“We want to flip that switch on from the get go,” Hauser said.

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The Spartans should move up in the Top 25 on Monday after winning three games, including over No. 6 Duke.

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Western Michigan: Hosts Adrian College, a Division III school, on Monday night.

Michigan State: Plays at No. 15 Virginia on Wednesday night, matching up Hauser with his brother, Sam, who also transferred from Marquette.

“It’s going to be a really good opportunity to see him and I’m hoping my family can attend the game,” Joey Hauser said.



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Recent Match Report – Ireland vs Afghanistan 2nd ODI 2020/21

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Naveen-ul-Haq and Mujeeb Ur Rahman played key roles to restrict Ireland to 259

Afghanistan 260 for 3 (Rahmat 103*, Shahidi 82) beat Ireland 259 for 9 (Stirling 128, Campher 47, Naveen 4-42, Mujeeb 3-46) by seven wickets

Better support with bat and ball ensured Rahmat Shah‘s unbeaten 103 trumped Paul Stirling‘s 128 as Afghanistan took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. A third-wicket partnership of 184 between Rahmat and Hashmatullah Shahidi carried Afghanistan to a seven-wicket win with 28 balls remaining, after Ireland had set them a target of 260.

The only comparable partnership for Ireland was a fourth-wicket stand of 106 between Stirling and Curtis Campher, which came up in just 100 balls and featured excellent use of the sweep from both batsmen, particularly off Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan. The partnership left Ireland in good shape to mount a slog-overs charge, but they lost steam following the dismissal of Campher, caught at short extra-cover off Rashid. They only made 49 off the last 51 balls of their innings, and lost five wickets while doing so.

Three of those wickets, including that of Stirling in the 45th over, went to the fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq, who finished with figures of 4 for 42 from his ten overs. Afghanistan’s other bowling star was Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who picked up three wickets including the key dismissals of Kevin O’Brien and Andy Balbirnie with the new ball, which left Ireland 20 for 2 at one stage. Stirling began rebuilding the innings in the company of Harry Tector, who made a watchful 24, before Campher joined him in the 25th over of the innings.

Afghanistan’s chase began brightly, with Rahmanullah Gurbaz following up his debut hundred in the first ODI by clattering 31 off 26 balls, including two sixes off Simi Singh’s offspin. Barry McCarthy and Campher struck in successive overs thereafter, though, to leave Afghanistan in a bit of bother at 48 for 2 in the ninth over.

Rahmat and Shahidi counterattacked, hitting four fours and a six between them in their first four full overs together. Shahidi then slipped into a lower gear even as Rahmat kept finding the boundary with pristine drives to keep the required rate well under control. He brought up his half-century off 49 balls, at the start of the 23rd over.

It took Shahidi another ten overs to get to that milestone, off 68 balls, but having done so he opened out significantly, hitting Craig Young for back-to-back fours in the 38th over to bring up Afghanistan’s 200, and repeating the dose off Simi in the 42nd over before holing out to long-off to fall 18 short of a century.

There was no such trouble for Rahmat, who brought up the landmark for the fifth time in his ODI career, before giving a chance, put down at point by a diving Tector off McCarthy. By then Afghanistan only needed 21, and their captain Asghar Afghan ensured they’d finish in a hurry, hitting McCarthy for 6, 6, 4 in the 45th over and ending up unbeaten on 21 off 13 balls.

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Gordon, Cousins help Rockets cruise past Mavericks, 133-108

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DALLAS (AP) — Eric Gordon scored a season-high 33 points, DeMarcus Cousins had his best game for Houston with 28 points and 17 rebounds and the Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks 133-108 on Saturday night.

John Wall had seven points and eight assists after missing five straight games with right knee soreness. It was the first game for Wall since the James Harden trade. The Rockets were without a key piece of that deal as Victor Oladipo rested a sore right quadriceps.

Luka Doncic scored 26 points while sitting the entire fourth quarter with the game out of reach. The Slovenian star was again without European sidekick Kristaps Porzingis, who rested his surgically repaired right knee as the Mavericks finished five games in seven days by completing their second back-to-back in that stretch.

The Rockets were also playing on a second consecutive night for the first time this season and won both to improve to 3-3 since the Harden trade.

“It was a very complete game for us on both ends of the floor, especially on a back to back,” coach Stephen Silas said a night after a 103-102 victory at Detroit. “Really good trip for us.”

Houston never trailed as Cousins opened the scoring with a three-point play and scored eight points in the first three minutes. Cousins matched his most points since a torn Achilles tendon ended his final season with New Orleans in 2017-18.

Gordon was 6 of 9 from 3-point range as the Rockets shot 43% (16 of 37) from beyond the arc. Cousins, who came in shooting 26% overall and 24% from long range, was 9 of 15, including 4 of 8 from 3.

“My thing is the shot quality,” Silas said about Cousins. “He works conscientiously on his 3-point shot. I knew it would come around. We just had to make sure he was getting good, quality shots. He did that tonight.”

The Rockets led 70-59 after the highest-scoring half against Dallas this season. The Mavericks pulled within 74-71 early in the third quarter before Houston finished the quarter on a 30-12 run.

“We don’t have any excuses,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “The energy was a factor. We were able to get it up in spurts, but weren’t able to sustain it. They had more juice.”

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Rockets: Wall played 21 minutes when coach Stephen Silas said he would watch his minutes closely and make sure he didn’t play long stretches. … David Mwaba scored a season-high 18 points, and Mason Jones had 16.

Mavericks: Tim Hardaway Jr., who was 0 of 12 from the field in the most recent Dallas loss against Toronto, missed all five shots in the first half before going 4 of 8 after halftime and finishing with 15 points. … Doncic had eight assists and five rebounds. … Boban Marjanovic matched Hardaway with 15 points, and Trey Burke had 13.

SITTING PORZINGIS

Carlisle said the Mavericks figured they would rest Porzingis given it was their seventh game in 11 days since the 7-foot-3 Latvian made his debut after the offseason surgery. Carlisle left little doubt Dallas was upbeat about Porzingis’ progress.

“He’s doing exceptionally well,” Carlisle said. “It was a decision we talked about a lot, and that was one reason he didn’t get downgraded until later in the day. Things are in a really good place.”

HOMECOMING, SORT OF

Silas was back in Dallas after the first-year Rockets coach spent the past two seasons as an assistant with the Mavericks. But it wasn’t much of a homecoming.

First of all, Silas’ family made the move from Dallas to Houston the day before the game, “so we missed each other.” Even if his family had still been in town, Silas wouldn’t have been able to see them because of COVID-19 protocols.

“Obviously, being here, a place that’s so close to my heart but no fans and you’re not allowed to even shake their hands or hug,” Silas said. “Yeah, we’re going to Dallas, but it’s on a back-to-back and there’s no fans and I can’t even take a walk on the Katy Trail (near the Mavericks’ arena). It’s a downer.”

UP NEXT

Rockets: Washington visits Tuesday in one of three Houston home games in a span of 12 overall. It’s the second scheduled game for the Wizards since a six-game shutdown because of COVID-19 protocols.

Mavericks: Denver visits Monday to finish just the second set of consecutive home games for the Mavericks, who played 11 of their first 15 on the road.



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Welcome to FIFA.com News – First teams qualified for the FIFAe Club World Cup 2021

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  • Qualifiers from Zones 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 confirmed
  • Playoffs in Zone 4 to take place on 28 January
  • Zone finals in February to crown six zone winners

After weeks of intense qualification, 27 out of 42 teams have qualified for the FIFAe Club World Cup 2021™. The pinnacle event of competitive EA SPORTS FIFA for teams will feature the best clubs from each of the six zones and will take place from 24-28 February 2021. The reigning FIFAe Club World Cup Champion Complexity Gaming has qualified for the second time in a row.

27 teams from Zones 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 have already secured their spot in the zone finals, while the field of participants will be finalised after the Zone 4 playoffs have been finished next Thursday.

Once the qualification has been concluded, teams will be rewarded with a total prize pool of USD 105,000 and the 42 qualified teams will compete for another USD 245,000 in prize money at the FIFAe Club World Cup 2021 in late February.

The following teams have already qualified and will compete at the zone finals from 24-28 February:

The qualified teams:

Zone 1 (Oceania)

  • Atlantide Wave
  • Team FW AU
  • Melbourne City Esports
  • Dire Wolves/Black Sheep – Teams are tied on Consistency Ranking and will play the decisive game next Thursday

Zone 2 (Asia)

  • GBX Esports Team
  • WICKED ESPORTS
  • Blue United eFC
  • Kashima Antlers

Zone 3 (Africa & Middle East)

  • 25e Sports
  • Goliath Gaming
  • Tuwaiq eSports Club
  • Al-Nassr FC

Zone 5 (South America)

  • ELS Torneios Online
  • MGCF eSports – RMA Tech
  • FC Basel 1893 eSports
  • SPQR Brasil Team
  • DUX Latam
  • Medellin Es
  • Helmet Team
  • TTB Esports
  • Netshoes E-Sports
  • Team FW BR
  • Inter eSports
  • Central Español Uruguai

Zone 6 (North America)

  • SB18 Esports
  • Complexity Gaming
  • New York City Esports
  • Chivas esports

The Zone 4 teams who have made it to the playoffs taking place on 28 January, as well as all the other qualification results, are available on FIFA.gg.

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