Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, blocks a shot by Denver Nuggets forward Trey Lyles in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Nikola Jokic scored 24 points, Jamal Murray had 19 and the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 109-98 on Friday night after Murray and Russell Westbrook had a heated exchange.Westbrook and Murray pushed each other and argued after lining up next to each other for a jump ball in the final seconds. Jokic tried to get between them, and Westbrook threatened to beat up Jokic while being restrained. No blows were exchanged, but the final moments played out amid heightened tensions.ADVERTISEMENT Thunder: Andre Roberson remains sidelined by a left patellar tendon injury that has kept him out all season.Nuggets: F Paul Millsap missed a third game since suffering a right big toe fracture. … G Gary Harris missed a fifth straight game because of a right hip injury. … F Mason Plumlee fouled out with just over six minutes left to play.UP NEXTThunder: Complete a back-to-back at home Saturday night against the Los Angeles Clippers/Nuggets: Continue a four-game homestand Sunday night against Toronto.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With a 9-2 burst capped by another layup from George, Oklahoma City pulled within 99-96 with 3:20 remaining. The Nuggets scored 10 of the last 12 points down the stretch, four of them on a jumper and a pair of free throws by Murray.The teams were gathered for a jump ball with 35.7 seconds left when Westbrook, apparently upset over Murray’s positioning around the circle, began pushing him. As Murray pushed back, teammates and officials quickly rushed in to separate the two, who exchanged words before the skirmish ended.The Nuggets took a 60-52 lead at halftime, boosted by Torrey Craig’s perimeter shooting as he made three of his first four attempts from 3-point range.Adams scored 17 of his points in the first half, helping to keep the Thunder within striking distance.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Damian Lillard scores 24, Blazers hold off NBA-best Raptors No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jokic also had 15 rebounds and nine assists, just shy of a third triple-double this season. Nick Young, signed as a free agent Monday, scored six points in his Nuggets debut, including a key 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.Paul George had 32 points to lead the Thunder, who lost their fourth in a row to the Nuggets.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 ChrissSteven Adams added 26 points, and Jerami Grant and Westbrook finished with 13 points apiece.Trailing by 10 points late in the third quarter, Oklahoma City got a layup and a 3-pointer from George in the final minute to pull to within 82-76. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments
“Koops was the first person who gave me an opportunity in the KPL. He believed in me even with little experience and he gave me an opportunity to be his first-choice keeper. He was always there to encourage me even as I was growing and was very patient with me,” Matasi told Capotal Sport in Ethiopia, fresh from sealing the deal.The shot stopper joined AFC Leopards from West Kenya Sugar at the start of the 2011 season after guiding the then second tier side to the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield final where they lost 2-0 to Sofapaka.The goalkeeper has also paid tribute to his first football coach Fanuel Ivungwe who signed him up at West Kenya.“He literally picked me up from sugarcane plantations and brought me into the team,” Matasi said of his first tactician.Posta Rangers goalkeeper Patrick Matasi with his golden glove award during the KPL awards gala in Nairobi on December 13,2016. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAlso topping Matasi’s list of influencers include Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano and his keeper trainer Haggai Azande as well as the Posta Rangers duo of Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo and Lawrence Webo.The goalkeeper who has slowly become Kenya’s most trusted pair of hands keeping four consecutive clean sheets for the national team Harambee Stars says it is a dream come true making his first move out of the country.“This is a dream come true for me because I have worked hard for it and was always looking forward to the chance. It has finally come and I can’t explain how happy I am. I want to give my best for St. Georges and I know it will not be a walk in the park,” the keeper said.He added; “As a foreigner, you are expected to double your efforts. I know I come here to replace a very good goalkeeper (Ugandan Robert Odongkara) and the pressure is high. But I am equal to it.”Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi chats with national team osteopath Ludovic Breul during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSt. Georges have been trailing the keeper for a while now and watched him closely last Wednesday during Harambee Stars’ 0-0 draw with Ethiopia in Bahir Dar.He will become the second Kenyan keeper to play in Ethiopia after former Sofapaka and KCB keeper Zachary Onyango who played for Ethiopia Coffee in 2012.St. Georges are the heavyweights of Ethiopian football having won the league for a record 27 times and the Ethiopian Cup 11 times. They were the first professional Ethiopian football club established in1935 and were a symbol of resistance for the Ethiopians during the Italian occupation.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi celebrates the win against Ethiopia during the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 14, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18 – Harambee Stars First Choice goalkeeper Patrick Matasi, now headed to Ethiopian club St. George, has paid glowing tribute to his former coach at AFC Leopards Jan Koops, saying the Dutchman played a crucial role in helping him learn the ropes of top flight football.Matasi on Thursday evening sealed a three-year deal to join the Ethiopian giants, putting to an end a six-month stay with 11-time Kenyan Premier League champions Tusker FC.