Some breath-taking basketball was on display here on Friday as Indiana Pacers edged past Sacramento Kings 132-131 in a thrilling contest, in what was National Basketball Association’s debut game in India.It was NBA’s first pre-season game ahead of the upcoming season.After the regulation time ended at 118-118, the match was decided in the extra five minutes when the Pacers, who were trailing throughout the match, went ahead for the first-time and managed to eke out a close win.For Kings, a two-pointer by Marvin Bagley (overall 12 points) in the dying seconds of the game also could not seal the deal for them.In the additional time, it was T Warren (overall 30 points) took the lead for Pacers with a three-pointer to take his side 121-118 ahead, but the Kings bounced back with Harrison Barnes (overall 21 points) grabbing two points.However, Domantas Sabons (overall 21 points), with a two-pointer again, took the Pacers ahead 123-120.And once again it was Warren with a two-pointer took Pacers ahead, but the Kings came back but finally it was a lay-up shot by Sabons that sealed the game for his side.Earlier, the first-ever NBA game in India turned out to be a good outing for the Pacers at the NSCI.Initially, the Pacers went ahead with two back-to-back baskets (two pointers) to take a 4-3 lead but then it was Kings’ show at a jam-packed NSCI.With a flurry of three-pointers, the Kings soon went ahead 17-6 as the Pacers defense was tested fully after first five-and-half minutes.advertisementHowever, a small break seemed to have rejuvenated the Pacers as they reduced the gap to 16-22 with five minutes left for the first-quarter to end.The first-quarter ended with the Kings enjoying a 10-point lead at 39-29.The hoopsters from both the teams showed their class with dribbles, drills and shooting and dunks. A three-pointer from Nemanja Bjelica helped the Kings only extend their lead over the Pacers.It was more about three-pointers now and the Kings were exactly doing the same as their lead soon swelled to 51-38 with eight minutes for the second quarter to end and then they gave no chance for the Pacers to make a come-back.Kings ended the second quarter with another three-pointer to lead 72-59.However, the third quarter belonged to the Pacers as, after the first four minutes, they nearly equalised with the scoreline reading 76-77.It was neck-and-neck from thereon as the Pacers continued to reduce the gap. But every-time, they inched closer, the Kings ensured that they stayed ahead and a late three-pointer by Corey Joseph tilted the tide in their favour as they ended the third quarter with a slender 97-92 lead.But the Pacers continued to bounce back and eventually managed to draw level at 118-118 apiece after the regulation time and force the game into additional time.The second pre-season game of the tour will be played on Saturday, while the regular season begins on October 22.Also Read | Barcelona should consider resting Messi for Sevilla clash: RivaldoAlso Read | India vs South Africa 1st Test: Ashwin leads India fight after Elgar, de Kock epics
🗣 DICKER. THE KICKER.Hey Gus Johnson, let’s throw it back to the epic ending of last year’s Red River matchup between Oklahoma and @TexasFootball 🤘🔥 pic.twitter.com/kmoeLnfSqJ— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 10, 2019Ultimately, the Sooners got their revenge in the Big 12 title game. Now, Texas is back on the offensive, looking to retake control of the series.Game Time: 12:00 p.m. ETChannel: FOXSpread: Oklahoma -10.5Over/Under: 76Announcers: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly RoweThe quarterbacks will likely be a leading story in this game. Hurts is the favorite to give Oklahoma its incredible third straight Heisman Trophy, with incredible stats through six weeks.Ehlinger has been dynamic in his own right, without as much help due to pretty significant injuries in Texas’ skill position ranks. Both players appear in ESPN’s Heisman tracker this week.The game could also have serious College Football Playoff ramifications. Oklahoma has proven that it can make it to the four team field with a blemish, but a win for Texas, with its only loss early in the season to a great LSU team, could get the ‘Horns back in the mix as well. ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 01: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns throws against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)We’ve had some lean weekends of college football recently, but that shouldn’t be an issue this weekend. Things heat up really quickly, with a highly-ranked Red River Showdown between Oklahoma and Texas at noon Saturday.OU looks as explosive as it has ever been, with Jalen Hurts stepping right in for Heisman winner Kyler Murray, after transferring over from Alabama. The defense, which has been an issue in recent years for head coach Lincoln Riley, appears to have taken a step forward under new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.That D will get a real test on Saturday, with Sam Ehlinger and the Texas Longhorns. Texas has already faced one significant test this year, hanging with but ultimately losing to LSU at home in Week 2.Oklahoma is a fairly significant favorite in the game, with the line at 10.5 points as of this writing. We’ve seen Texas win this game as a big underdog multiple times in recent years though. Last season, the Longhorns won the Red River game as 7.5-point underdogs.
Among the constitutional reforms to be proposed by the PSC are changes to the 13th Amendment to the constitution. (Colombo Gazette) The TNA has meanwhile indicated it may not name representatives to the opposition side for the PSC. The SLMC is not part of the government side appointed to the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) which has been tasked to formulate proposals on constitutional reforms. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have had talks on the 13th Amendment to the constitution, an SLMC spokesman said.The talks were held last night with the participation of delegations led by TNA leader R. Sampanthan and SLMC leader Minister Rauf Hakeem.