Sports Wrap: Kobe Bryant signs off in style, Barcelona out of Champions League

first_imgNBA: Kobe Bryant scores 60 points in unbelievable farewell victoryBryant scored 60 points in his final game, wrapping up 20 years in the NBA with an unbelievable offensive showcase in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz.Atletico Madrid eliminate Barcelona from Champions League Holders Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League after being stifled by a brilliantly well-organised Atletico Madrid and undone by two goals from Antoine Griezmann in a 2-0 quarter-final second-leg defeat.Ruthless Bayern reach fifth Champions League semifinal in a rowBayern Munich booked their fifth successive Champions League semi-final spot with a 2-2 draw at Benfica to seal a 3-2 aggregate victory that kept the Germans on course for a treble of titles.Djokovic loses to Vesely in second round of Monte Carlo Masters It was Novak Djokovic’s first loss in a completed match since November, having retired from a match in February with eye infections.Kolkata, Bangalore in fray to host IPL 2016 final Kolkata has already expressed their willingness to host the Indian Premier League final with Bangalore also being in the fray to hold the summit clash of season nine.last_img read more

Im always going to shoot for that Johnson said

first_img“I’m always going to shoot for that,” Johnson said of reaching 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season.Johnson had 39 receiving yards in the first quarter before his injury, and when asked if he thought he could reach the 1,000-yard mark in just that game, he did not have any doubt.“Yes,” Johnson said emphatically. “I definitely did.”As far as possible expectations for the future, Arians did not keep the bar low.“200-yard games every week,” Arians said to some laughs from the media. “I’m serious, he’s capable.” To say there was relief surrounding the Arizona Cardinals Monday is an understatement.Head coach Bruce Arians provided “great news” when he revealed star running back David Johnson’s gruesome-looking left knee injury was only an MCL sprain and he will not need surgery.Taking an outside rush to the left in the team’s season finale against the Los Angeles Rams, Johnson’s left leg was caught under a Rams player’s body as his own body twisted backward. Comments   Share   Johnson admitted that while the initial hit was painful and the worst case scenarios did go through his head at first, he wasn’t feeling pessimistic about the results on Monday.“I actually wasn’t worried at all,” Johnson said Monday. “It felt strong, even in walking, I think I was just scared at first (with) the initial contract.”He admitted he had a great amount of relief, especially after seeing the replay.“After seeing that video, with everything that happened, I’m definitely blessed with the result,” Johnson said.Johnson’s pursuit of certain records, such as becoming the first player to have 100 all-purpose yards in every game of one season, was cut short by the injury.“It was a shame because you knew he was going to get his 100 (yards) easily, but you knew that injury was going to probably stop the streak and I’m just very, very happy that it’s not a serious one,” Arians said Monday.“I’m sad, but so much more proud that I had the best case scenario happen,” Johnson said of the 16-game record.The ever-humble Johnson said he could have reached 1,000 yards receiving had it not been for mental mistakes. Johnson finished with 1,239 rushing yards and 879 receiving yards. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact David Johnson meets with the media on Monday, Jan. 2. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more