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Stewart keys Liberty's win with historic first half

Breanna Stewart helped the Liberty put the Sparks away on Saturday with a historic first half where she had 24 points, five assists and five blocks.

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Breanna Stewart had 33 points, 7 assists and 6 blocks to help the New York Liberty beat the Los Angeles Sparks 98-88 on Saturday.

Sabrina Ionescu added 24 points and Kayla Thornton had 20 for New York (14-3), which has won 10 of its past 11 games, including the first meeting between the teams on Thursday.

Stewart made sure they swept the two games. She had an incredible first half on both ends of the floor Saturday, scoring 24 points to go along with five assists and five blocks. She became the first player in WNBA history to have over 20 points, 5 assists and 5 blocks in a half.

Stewart, who also had three steals, made eight of her 10 shots from the field in the opening 20 minutes.

New York trailed 31-23 early in the second quarter before the reigning MVP took over. Stewart scored 19 points in the frame -- matching the Sparks for total points -- on 5-of-6 shooting to go along with three blocks.

With Stewart scoring or assisting on 29 of New York's 33 points in the second quarter, the Liberty built a 54-44 lead at the half.

"We were letting them off the hook a little bit," Stewart said. "Make sure I demanded the ball in the post."

As the Liberty put the game away in the third quarter with a 20-point lead, Stewart had a chase-down block on Stephanie Talbot that drew the crowd to its feet. Stewart matched a career high with the block.

"Just not giving up on the play. Whatever happened on the offensive end, we want to make every basket difficult for them," Stewart said.

Dearica Hamby scored 20 points to lead Los Angeles (4-13).

New York was still missing guard Courtney Vandersloot, who has been out seven games to be with her mother, who died last weekend. Vandersloot returned to the team Saturday and was warming up before the game.

"It's been a tough time for her and her family," Liberty coach Sandy Brondello said. "She's back in town, but we're just ramping her up a little bit."

The Liberty were also without Nyara Sabally (back) and Betnijah Laney-Hamilton (knee).

Los Angeles has its own injury issues with Cameron Brink out for the season with a torn ACL in her left knee and Azura Stevens still sidelined after having surgery on her left arm. Lexie Brown was also out with an illness, and the Sparks signed Queen Egbo to a hardship contract.

Egbo arrived in New York late Friday night and without any prep time to make her a custom jersey. She wore No. 44 with white tape over the jersey name.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Islamabad court reserves verdict in Iddat case against Imran, Bushra

The hearing on the couple’s pleas for annulment of their conviction in the same case has been adjourned until July 2

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Islamabad: Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Afzal Majoka on Tuesday reserved the verdict on pleas by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi seeking suspension of their sentence in the iddat case.

Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi’s lawyer, Salman Safdar, and Khawar Maneka’s lawyer, Zahid Asif Chaudhry, appeared in court.

The reserved verdict is set to be announced on June 27 (Thursday) at 3 PM.

Meanwhile, the hearing on the couple’s pleas for annulment of their conviction in the same case has been adjourned until July 2.

Earlier this month, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed the session court to deliver a verdict on Bushra Bibi’s plea for suspension of conviction in the Nikah case within ten days.

Bushra Bibi had approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) challenging the conviction in the Nikah case, where both she and Imran Khan were sentenced to seven years in jail and fined Rs 500,000 each.

Imran Khan married Bushra Bibi in February 2018 in Lahore, in a ceremony attended by close relatives and friends. However, PTI founder’s sisters were not present. The Nikah was performed by Mufti Saeed, with former PTI leader Awn Chaudhary and former Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Zulfi Bukhari serving as witnesses.

Last year, Bushra Bibi’s former husband, Khawar Maneka, claimed that the marriage was illegal and violated Sharia law, accusing the couple of marrying within the three-month iddat period following her divorce, and of fornication.

The court ultimately sentenced Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi to seven years imprisonment and fined them Rs 500,000 each in the 'un-Islamic' iddat case.

Judge Qudratullah announced the verdict.

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After exit from ICC T20 World Cup 2024, Pakistan Captain returns home

The latest reports suggest that Babar Azam has landed the Lahore airport from the USA via Dubai

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Lahore: National team captain Babar Azam returned home on Tuesday after the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 elimination.

Babar Azam arrived in Lahore from the USA via Dubai. After Pakistan's exit from the T20 World Cup, he had decided to extend his stay in the USA for a few days.

The sources said that Babar Azam would meet with PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi in the coming days to review the team's performance in the World Cup.

Besides it, PCB sources revealed that Chief Selector and Senior Team Manager Wahab Riaz would also meet with Chairman Mohsin Naqvi shortly.

Wahab Riaz is expected to present a report on the team's disappointing performance in the World Cup.

 

 

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