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Canada inspired in World Cup by Toronto Raptors NBA title

Fri Jun 14 5:24pm ET
By JENNA FRYER
AP Sports Writer

PARIS (AP) Inspired by Canada's first NBA title, the country's national women's soccer team is aiming to emulate the Toronto Raptors' magical run.

The fifth-ranked Canadians were fast asleep in France when the Raptors won early Friday morning. But the players copped to immediately checking the results the moment they awoke.

''We're very excited for the Raptors. It's massive for Canada,'' midfielder Sophie Schmidt said. ''The first thing we did when we woke up was check our phones. That's massive for Canada and we're hoping to get the result and have another success story for Canadians to celebrate.''

Next up for Canada is a Group E match Saturday against New Zealand at Stade des Alpes in Grenoble. Canada won its opener 1-0 over Cameroon, while New Zealand lost to the Netherlands 1-0.

Video review, which is being used at the Women's World Cup for the first time, came in for some criticism from New Zealand coach Tom Sermanni on Friday.

''Can I be honest? Hopefully I can say this without any disrespect to anybody, I've been a bit disappointed in it,'' he said. ''I think the idea is great. But I think sometimes the concept and idea, when it works out, as it comes out, is not always fantastic. My concerns would be I think it's stopped the flow of the games a lot. I think it has taken an inordinate amount of time over decisions that are incredibly marginal. I think it's made some very poor decisions.''

Canada and New Zealand met four years ago in the World Cup in Edmonton, Canada, a match temporarily halted for lightning. The teams played to a 0-0 draw.

Canada and New Zealand met four years ago in the World Cup in Edmonton, Canada, a match temporarily halted for lightning. The teams played to a 0-0 draw.

''I just remember it being a very tough match,'' Schmidt said. ''New Zealand shut us down, didn't give us an inch. And I'm expecting similar from them, that they're going to be fighting, not giving up on anything, dangerous, and we're going to have to be at our best and put in a good performance to get a result.''

NETHERLANDS-CAMEROON: The first match on Saturday, a Group E game between the Netherlands and Cameroon at Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, could earn the Netherlands a spot in the round of 16.

The Netherlands opened the tournament by beating New Zealand and will have Anouk Dekker back from suspension and will likely return to the starting lineup.

Cameroon played well defensively in its opening loss to Canada, but it will take an increased effort against the European champions to avoid falling to 0-2 in the tournament. The Cameroonians struggled with possession and coach Alain Djeumfa is likely to rotate his lineup to spark offense.

RECAPPING Friday: Jodie Taylor scored her first international goal in 14 months to send England into the second round with a 1-0 victory over Argentina . The Argentines, who scored their first ever World Cup point in an opening draw against Japan, were resilient but Taylor finally found a way past goalkeeper Vanina Correa in the 61st minute after she had repeatedly thwarted England's attack. Taylor sneaked into a central location unchecked by the Argentine defense and met Beth Mead's low cross. She nudged the ball into the net and ended a 540-day England goal drought for the Golden Boot winner from the 2017 European Championship ... Cristiana Girelli scored a hat trick to put Italy into the second round of the Women's World Cup with a 5-0 victory over Jamaica. It was Italy's second hat trick at the World Cup, as Girelli joined Carolina Morace, who did it at the inaugural 1991 tournament. Girelli's three goals were the third hat trick so far this World Cup. Girelli's first goal was on a penalty kick she got two chances at making. Jamaica goalkeeper Sydney Schneider saved Girelli's low penalty shot to the right post, but video review determined Schneider came off her line too soon. Girelli scored on her second attempt to get Italy rolling. Aurora Galli came in as a substitute for Italy and scored twice for the final margin. .... Mana Iwabuchi had an early goal and then Japan held off a late charge from Scotland for a 2-1 victory. Iwabuchi, who was on the Japanese team that won the World Cup in 2011, scored in the 23rd minute to give Japan its first goal of the tournament. Yuika Sugasawa converted a penalty in the 37th minute to pad the lead going into the break.

Player Notes
Dennis Schroder Aug 14 2:20pm ET

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder (conditioning) is available for Friday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He recently cleared quarantine after re-entering the bubble. Chris Paul (hand) won't be available for this one, so Schroder is expected to get plenty of run. The Thunder aren't playing for anything, but could use this game to get Schroder's conditioning back to normal. Schroder is an intriguing, but risky DFS option for Friday's slate.

Serge Ibaka Aug 14 1:20pm ET

Toronto Raptors center Serge Ibaka (knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Denver Nuggets. He will get the day off along with most of the starting unit. He is battling a knee issue, but it is not considered to be serious. Chris Boucher should get all the minutes he can handle and will have plenty of upside here. He'll be an intriguing option for a shaky slate on Friday.

OG Anunoby Aug 14 1:20pm ET

Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Denver Nuggets. Most of the Raptors starters are going to rest in this fairly meaningless game. Terence Davis and Norman Powell are expected to see significant playing time here, so both should be reliable DFS options. However, that is assuming head coach Nick Nurse doesn't limit their playing time.

Michael Porter Jr. Aug 14 1:10pm ET

Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (rest) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Toronto Raptors. This appears to be a smart move considering Porter's injury history and he's averaging 33.3 minutes per game during the bubble. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect any of the Nuggets starters to see much playing time in this one. Bol Bol could end up with significant minutes and could be worth looking at for DFS contests.

Bryn Forbes Aug 13 11:50am ET

San Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes (quad) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Utah Jazz. The team is going to be cautious here, especially with Forbes battling left quad soreness. Keldon Johnson will be asked to play significant minutes off the bench in Thursday's game. He'll be an interesting low-cost DFS option for Thursday's slate.

Kristaps Porzingis Aug 13 11:40am ET

Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis (heel) has been downgraded to doubtful for Thursday's game against the Phoenix Suns. He was listed as questionable on Wednesday, but it sounds like the Mavs want to be cautious here. This game doesn't have any value in terms of playoff seeding, so the team will likely opt to rest Porzingis. Maximilian Kleber and Boban Marjanovic will see more playing time if Porzingis sits out. Both players are worth watching for DFS contests on Thursday.

Rui Hachimura Aug 13 11:40am ET

Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura (quad) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Boston Celtics. He was a late scratch from the Wizards' bubble finale, but the team wants to be cautious with their young forward. Johnathan Williams is expected to draw the start with Moritz Wagner getting more minutes as well. Neither player is going to be trustworthy in DFS contests.

Shabazz Napier Aug 13 11:40am ET

Washington Wizards guard Shabazz Napier (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Boston Celtics. He wasn't doing much damage when he was in the rotation, so this won't be a huge blow to the team. Troy Brown should draw the start with Ish Smith coming off the bench. Brown has struggled during the bubble, but is worth a look in DFS contests due to the fact he'll see significant playing time.

Kent Bazemore Aug 13 11:30am ET

Sacramento Kings guard Kent Bazemore (calf) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Kings have been eliminated from the postseason, so they have no incentive to play Bazemore at less than 100 percent. Daquan Jeffries should see significant playing time, so he could be a low-cost DFS option for Thursday's slate.

Seth Curry Aug 13 11:30am ET

Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry (leg) is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Phoenix Suns. He has been dealing with right leg soreness for some time, but was upgraded from questionable. Curry is expected to be limited since he is still battling an injury. He'll be a risky DFS option, assuming he is restricted for Thursday's game. Trey Burke and Delon Wright could see increased playing time, but neither is worth a look in DFS contests.

Justin Holiday Aug 13 8:30am ET

Indiana Pacers guard/forward Justin Holiday was on a roll in Wednesday's matchup with the Rockets, finishing a 108-104 win with 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting. He had a superb 4-for-8 record from downtown while adding six rebounds, two steals, one assist, and one block to his line. This was clearly Holidays' best performance since the restart and also one of his most productive games all season. He's been getting plenty of minutes in Orlando, but he had failed to make at least 30 percent of his shots in all of the previous games, so it's been a huge struggle for him.

Victor Oladipo Aug 13 8:30am ET

Indiana Pacers shooting guard Victor Oladipo was awful on Wednesday against the Rockets, shooting 7-for-26 from the field, but he still ended up logging a game-high 37 minutes. It's the most he's played all season which is great news regarding his health, but he clearly needs to perform better if the Pacers are going to go anywhere in the playoffs. Oladipo finished with 16 points on Wednesday, going 2-for-12 from deep. He also had six rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block. The Pacers take on the Heat next against whom Oladipo had a 14-point performance in 28 minutes earlier in the week.

Myles Turner Aug 13 8:20am ET

Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner became the latest big to shine against Houston, finishing Wednesday's 108-104 win with 18 points and 12 rebounds. He also had two assists, one block and one steal in 28 minutes of action. It actually wasn't a particularly good offensive night for Turner, with him going 5-for-14 from the field, but the 24-year-old was busy at the charity stripe and did a great job with 8-for-10 shooting. Turner will get a much tougher challenge next against Bam Adebayo and the Heat. The two teams already met at the start of the week and Turner was limited to nine points and seven boards.

Robert Covington Aug 13 8:20am ET

Houston Rockets forward Robert Covington had 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Pacers, attempting all of his shots from three-point range and finishing with 3-for-8 shooting from the field. He spent 36 minutes on the floor which was by far the most by a Rocket. Covington's offensive performances have been inconsistent in Orlando, but he's a key guy for the Rockets defensively and could be the difference between winning and losing in the playoffs. Before the postseason starts, Covington gets a revenge game against the Sixers on Friday. He spent a productive four years in Philly before getting traded in November 2018.

Jeff Green Aug 13 8:10am ET

Houston Rockets power forward Jeff Green missed all four of his attempts from downtown but still had a solid bench outing in a loss to Indiana, scoring 14 points on 5-for-12 shooting and adding three rebounds, one steal and one block to his line. Green has been a very useful pickup for Houston, and he's carved out a solid role for himself, even playing 30-plus minutes in back-to-back games. The veteran forward is hitting form just at the right time, with the playoffs starting next week.

James Harden Aug 13 8:00am ET

Houston Rockets guard James Harden had a wonderful 45-point performance on Wednesday against the Pacers, shooting 13-for-21 from the field with a 7-for-14 record from downtown. He also tied his career high with 17 rebounds and dished out nine assists with six turnovers and three steals. The league's top scorer has been in great form in the seeding games, and he should be very motivated to finally register efficient post-season performances. The Rockets take on the Beard's former team OKC in the first round. Harden shot below 33 percent from the field in three regular-season games against them this season, so it looks like a difficult matchup for him.

Brandon Clarke Aug 12 11:10am ET

Memphis Grizzlies power forward/center Brandon Clarke provided an excellent boost off the bench, but his club still fell short to the polished Celtics. Clarke scored 15 points on 7-for-14 shooting and added six rebounds and a block in his 29 minutes. Clarke has stepped with the injured Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) out and is posting 14.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.0 assists while shooting a sizzling 63.3% from the floor over his last three games. Keep him on your radar for Thursday as he has been quite reliable over this stretch.

Jonas Valanciunas Aug 12 11:10am ET

Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas did all he could on Tuesday to try to help his club keep their postseason hopes alive, but it was not enough in the loss Boston. Valanciunas netted 14 points to go along with 10 rebounds and two steals in 25 minutes but the big man was a minus-22 while on the floor. Gorgui Dieng also provided a solid spark off the bench with 10 points, five boards, and three steals and was actually a plus-seven in his 23 minutes. The Grizzlies have one last try to attempt to secure that their season resumes on Thursday and the Grizz will need their best out of JV in that one.

Ja Morant Aug 12 11:00am ET

Memphis Grizzlies rookie guard Ja Morant brought his prime game on Tuesday as he exploded for a monster line, yet it was not enough in the loss to the Boston Celtics. Morant tallied 26 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the floor while connecting on 11 of 15 from the line. Morant also found his teammates by handing out 13 assists with four rebounds and two blocks with a steal for one of the lines of the night. We can assume Morant will have another high-usage outing on Thursday in hopes to keep his club's season alive against the Bucks, who we can assume will be resting many starters.

Jayson Tatum Aug 12 10:50am ET

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum continued his elite form on Tuesday in the win over the Grizzlies. Tatum shot an incredible 10 of 13 from the floor en route to 29 points in 29 minutes of action. The young stud did not stop there as he added six boards, two assists, and a steal while committing five turnovers. Tatum looks to be back to where he was before the break and he will be a force come the postseason. The Celtics go again on Thursday and we can assume Tatum will be limited it he does indeed suit up in that one.