Dalembert, Kings look to slow Philly's playoff push

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Dalembert, Kings look to slow Philly's playoff push

March 17, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (35-33) vs.
KINGS (16-50)Coverage begins at 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California
(AP) -- After suffering back-to-back losses to open their trip, the Philadelphia 76ers defeated one of the weaker teams in the Western Conference the last time they took the court.A meeting with the last-place Sacramento Kings could help Philadelphia in its quest for sixth place in the East, and the 76ers will try for a sixth consecutive victory in the series Friday night.
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Philadelphia (35-33) had won seven of nine on the road prior to losing to Milwaukee and Utah to begin its five-game trip.The 76ers, vying with New York for the sixth seed in the conference, allowed an average of 107.0 points in those two losses but used a strong defensive effort Wednesday night to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 104-94.
REWIND: Meeks, Brand lead 76ers over Clippers 104-94
Coach Doug Collins' team forced 17 turnovers and held Los Angeles to 4-of-13 shooting from 3-point range en route to its 11th win in 12 games when holding opponents under 100 points."It was a tough game but we had to have it. We had lost two in a row and we felt like we are a better team than to lose two in a row," said Elton Brand, who had 19 points, 12 rebounds and a season high-tying five blocks. "We had to have this game and we got it."Collins was ejected right before halftime after picking up his second technical foul."I just thought I had to stand up for our guys and they were great," he said. "They responded. We talked at halftime about how important this game was to get a road win and break our two-game losing streak."Guard Jodie Meeks, who had 22 points Wednesday, has gone 9 of 16 from long distance in his last two games. Meeks averaged 9.5 points over his first 50 contests but has scored 14.9 per game over his last 10."Jodie Meeks has been great," Brand said. "He didn't even dress at the start of the season, so for him to hit these big shots and play the way he's been playing, it's been great for us."Philadelphia, 5-8 on the road versus West opponents, has outscored the Kings by 16.0 points during its five-game run in the series.Sacramento (16-50) fell 97-93 to NBA-worst Cleveland on Wednesday night for its seventh loss in eight games.The Kings had averaged 105.9 points over their previous eight matchups but shot just 38.0 percent. Sacramento has dropped eight straight and 29 of 33 when scoring less than 100 points.Marcus Thornton had 23 points after scoring a career-high 42 in Monday night's 129-119 win over Golden State."To see that we played so well against Golden State and then to lose like this hurt," said Thornton, averaging 24.0 points in his last nine games. "It hurts, but it's the NBA. We have to put it behind us and get ready for Friday. We have a good Philly team coming in."Samuel Dalembert will be facing the 76ers for the first time since being traded to Sacramento in July. The 6-foot-11 center, who spent the first eight seasons of his career in Philadelphia, registered a career-high 27 points to go along with 16 rebounds versus the Warriors.He scored 16 and grabbed 10 boards Wednesday, and is averaging 19.7 points - 12.3 more than his season mark - and 11.3 rebounds over the past three games.

Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table

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Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table

Tiger Woods' re-felted pool table is for all of Raider Nation.

To no surprise, quarterback Derek Carr approves of the new look. 

The golf legend tweeted a picture of his new table where he went with silver felt and a Raiders logo right in the middle. Woods' table also has silver and black balls with the Raiders logo on them. 

Woods grew up in Southern California and attended Stanford in 1994, the Raiders' last year in Los Angeles. That same year, Woods helped the Cardinal become the NCAA Division I golf champions before turning pro.

Yoenis Cespedes: 'I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland'

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Yoenis Cespedes: 'I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland'

After signing a four-year, $36 million deal with the A's before the 2012 season, Yoenis Cespedes' time in Oakland came to an end halfway through his third season.

The current Mets star certainly hasn't forgetten his time in Oakland, sharing his desire to end his career back where he started it to the San Francisco Chronicle

“I wish that happens,” Cespedes said on Friday with the A's taking on his Mets in New York. “I told (Jerry) Blevins, ‘I don’t know how many years I’m going to play, but I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland.’ I don’t know if that’s possible or not, but that’s my goal.”

Cespedes, who has also played in Boston and Detroit, loved his time in Oakland. 

“I still love the A’s, they were the first team to give me an opportunity to play in the big leagues," Cespedes said. “I love Oakland all the time.”

Another key reason for Cespedes' hope to return to the A's one day is how much he enjoyed playing for manager Bob Melvin. 

“I tell my guys here all the time that he’s the best manager for me so far,” Cespedes said. “I don’t think there’s a better manager than Melvin.”

Cespedes hit .262 with 66 home runs in his time with the A's. Over his six-year career, the slugging outfielder owns a career .272 batting average with 146 homers.