Mohamed Salah wins Premier League Player of the Month

Mohamed Salah goes into Saturday's game against Manchester United on the crest of a wave. (Getty Images)
Updated 09 March 2018
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Mohamed Salah wins Premier League Player of the Month

LONDON: The awards and milestones continue to arrive thick and fast for Mohamed Salah after he was named the Premier League Player of the Month for the second time this season.
The Egyptian sensation scored four goals and contributed two assists in February to land the award ahead of Sergio Aguero, Mousa Dembele, Pascal Gross, Glenn Murray, Eden Hazard and Xherdan Shaqiri. Salah also won the award in November.
“The players make it easier and the coach also makes it easier for me,” Salah said. “It’s nice to win it again especially because it’s the Player of the Month of the Premier League, so that’s something good. I say always try to help reach the three points and to be in a better position.”
The gong is yet another addition to Salah’s trophy cabinet. He won the Arab Player of the Year earlier this year and then followed that up by landing the African Player of the Year. He also fired Egypt to the World Cup this season.
The forward, 25, has also been setting records for Liverpool since signing from Roma for for £34 million ($48 million). Last month he became the quickest Liverpool player to score 20 Premier League goals and also became only the fifth player to have scored 20 Premier League goals in a season for the Reds.
He has 32 goals this season in all competitions and is the Premier League’s joint-top scorer with Harry Kane on 24.


Warriors beat Trail Blazers in overtime to reach NBA Finals

Updated 21 May 2019
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Warriors beat Trail Blazers in overtime to reach NBA Finals

  • The two-time defending NBA champions reach the title series for a fifth consecutive season
  • The only other team to reach five straight NBA Finals was the Boston Celtics

LOS ANGELES: Stephen Curry and Draymond Green both posted triple-doubles to power the Golden State Warriors to a 119-117 overtime victory over the Portland Trail Blazers and into a fifth straight NBA Finals.
The two-time defending NBA champions reached the title series for a fifth consecutive season with the triumph in Portland, sweeping the Blazers in four games in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals.
The only other team to reach five straight NBA Finals was the Boston Celtics, when they went to a record 10 in a row from 1957 to 1966.
The Warriors will battle for the title starting on May 30 against either the Milwaukee Bucks or Toronto Raptors, aiming to become the first team since the Los Angeles Lakers of 2000, 2001 and 2002 to three-peat as champions.
Curry and Green became the first teammates in league history to have triple-doubles in the same post-season game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Curry finished with 37 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, while Green had his second straight triple-double — posting double digits in three key statistical categories — with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.
Fittingly, Curry and Green combined on the game-winning basket in overtime, Curry feeding Green for a three-pointer that pushed Golden State to a 119-115 lead with 39.6 seconds left in overtime.
The Trail Blazers had led 69-65 at halftime, and built the lead to 17 in the third quarter.
But Golden State, playing without injured superstar Kevin Durant as well as DeMarcus Cousins and veteran Andre Iguodala, chipped away, scoring the last nine points of the third period to close within 95-87 and knotting the score at 104-104 on Curry’s layup with 4:34 left in regulation.
Both teams had a chance to win in regulation, but Curry traveled before draining a three-pointer that didn’t count and Lillard was unable to get through in traffic as time expired with the score tied 111-111.
Portland star Lillard, playing with painful separated ribs, finished with 28 points while unheralded Meyers Leonard led the Trail Blazers with 30 points and 12 rebounds.
CJ McCollum added 26 for the Trail Blazers, but it wasn’t enough for a team that had fended off elimination twice in their second-round series against the Denver Nuggets.