The 2019 All-Star Game is almost here.Lakers star LeBron James and Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo completed the first ever televised draft last week. James selected Kevin Durant with his top choice and Antetokounmpo followed by picking Stephen Curry. Complete rostersTeam LeBron— Kevin Durant— Kyrie Irving— Kawhi Leonard— James Harden— Anthony Davis— Klay Thompson— Damian Lillard— Ben Simmons— LaMarcus Aldridge— Karl-Anthony Towns— Bradley Beal— Dwyane WadeTeam Giannis— Stephen Curry— Joel Embiid— Paul George— Kemba Walker— Khris Middleton— Nikola Jokic— Russell Westbrook— Blake Griffin— D’Angelo Russell— Nikola Vucevic— Kyle Lowry— Dirk NowitzkiTeam ComparisonTeam LeBron NBA All-Star 2019: 5 most intriguing lineup combinations NBA All-Star 2019: LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo discuss first televised draft Team Giannis81Combined All-Star appearances 5215,923Combined points14,3264,783Combined rebounds5,1593,360Combined assists3,68111,681Field goals attempted10,8815,703Field goals made5,1163,6943-pointers attempted3,8291,4093-pointers made1,394Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis by the numbers— James will be playing in his 15th All-Star game. He’ll tie Kobe Bryant and former Spurs star Tim Duncan for the second most appearances in NBA history.— James will enter Sunday’s contest with 343 All-Star game points. That’s already the most by any player ever. He also holds the record for most field goals made and attempted.— Dwyane Wade needs three steals to become just the fourth player ever to tally 30 or more in their All-Star careers. Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas are the only three others to reach that mark.— The players with the top six individual scoring averages in All-Star history will appear in the game Sunday. They are: James (24.5), Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (24.5) Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (24.4), Warriors forward Kevin Durant (24.3), Pistons forward Blake Griffin (21.8) and Thunder forward Paul George (20.8).— James was also a captain in last year’s game, which was the first that did not feature the East vs. West format. He scored 29 points to lead his squad to a 148-145 victory over Team Curry. The 293 combined points were the fewest since the 2013 game. Three of James’ first four picks were impending free agents while Antetokounmpo chose multiple first-time All-Stars.The game will be played Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here are some numbers to know about the matchup. Related News — Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry has made just 33.9 percent of his 3-point attempts in All-Star games. Celtics guard Kyrie Irving is fourth all-time in that category at 48.4 percent.Stats provided by OptaLarry
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC: Barbadian left-hander Anthony Alleyne and Antiguan off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall have dominated the aggregates, following the third round of the Regional Four-Day Championship. The 23-year-old Alleyne, who plays for Barbados Pride, has amassed 443 runs from five innings so far, with an average of 88.60. He has reeled off scores of 19, 84, 88, 186 and 66 to enter the first break of the season on a run of four successive scores of over fifty. Alleyne, a former West Indies Under-19 player who has played just 12 first-class matches, gathered his maiden first-class hundred against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Queen’s Park Oval in the second round of matches. He leads the run-getters list ahead of Jamaica Scorpions opener John Campbell, who has 278 with Barbadian Kyle Hope, who turns out for Red Force, third, with 255 runs. Cornwall, meanwhile, has already tallied 19 wickets for Leeward Islands Hurricanes at an average of 23.68 to extend his fine form following on from the West Indies A tour of Sri Lanka recently. The right-armer has already picked up two five-wicket hauls this season, including a best of six for 82 against two-time defending champions Guyana Jaguar at Warner Park in the second round. Jaguar left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul has 14 wickets while Scorpions captain Nikita Miller, also a left-arm spinner, has taken 13.
Vijay Shankar has been ruled out of the upcoming Quadrangular A series against Australia and South Africa due to a left hamstring injury.The 27-year-old Shankar, who plays for Tamil Nadu in domestic matches, is currently undergoing rehabilitation at National Cricket Academy (NCA), Bengaluru.The senior selection committee has decided against naming any replacement for the all-rounder who was part of the India B squad in the Quadrangular series.”Vijay Shankar was part of the India B squad in the Quadrangular series. However the Senior Selection Committee has reached a consensus that there won’t be a replacement for Shankar in the India B squad,” acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said.The player, who appeared for Delhi Daredevil in the 2018 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), made his senior team T20I debut against Sri Lanka in March, this year.India are slated to play a Quadrangular A series against Australia and South Africa from August 17.(With inputs from ANI)