Reims beats Strasbourg to move into 8th place in Ligue 1

PARIS — Midfielder Mathieu Cafaro scored from a free kick midway through the second half as Reims beat Strasbourg 2-1 to move up to eighth place in the French league.

Moussa Doumbia put Reims ahead after just seven minutes with a half-volley which went in off the post. Adrien Thomasson equalized shortly after halftime for Strasbourg but substitute Cafaro sealed victory in the 66th.

Only four matches are going ahead this weekend, with another game moved to Tuesday and five postponed.

Runaway league leader Paris Saint-Germain’s match at Dijon on Saturday was initially maintained before also being called off at the request of authorities. This is because police forces across the country are being stretched amid anti-government protests and in the wake of a deadly Christmas market attack this week in Strasbourg.

A minute’s silence was being held at all soccer stadiums in France’s first and second divisions this weekend in memory of the victims and their families.

Reims players showed their support by unfurling a banner in front of the Strasbourg fans which said “Strasbourg Toujours” (Strasbourg Forever). Strasbourg president Marc Keller looked emotional as he applauded Reims fans, and Strasbourg’s travelling fans held up two large black banners with nothing written on them.

Sunday’s games are Nice vs. Saint-Etienne; Nimes vs. second-place Lille, and Lyon vs. Monaco.

Caen vs. Toulouse will take place on Tuesday.

The six matches were postponed last week amid security concerns about anti-government protests. Those are rescheduled for Jan. 15-16.

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Westminster basketball: men defeat CSU-Pueblo in overtime

The Westminster men’s basketball team came back to defeat CSU-Pueblo in overtime, 95-89. Westminster is 2-0 at home, 2-2 in the RMAC and 4-4 overall.

Westminster trailed by 10 to begin the second half. Brandon Warr and Jacob McCord brought the Griffins back into the game after combining for 32 points.

Five minutes into the second half, the Griffins trailed by nine. A 10-point run, eight from Warr and two from McCord, gave the Griffins a one-point lead. The lead changed hands 10 times before the half finished tied at 75-75.

The Griffins got off to a great start in overtime, scoring 12 unanswered points from Jai Jai Ely, Jake Connor, Alec Monson and McCord. The Thunderwolves had come within four points, with 17 seconds remaining, when a foul on Ely sent him to the line where he converted both free throw to finish the game, 95-89.

Both Warr and McCord recorded double-doubles during the evening. Warr scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds along with seven assists. McCord had 25 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and one blocked shot.

Ely, Connor and Monson scored in double digits. Ely scored 19, while Connor and Monson scored 11 apiece.

Next up for Westminster is New Mexico Highlands on Saturday in the Behnken Field House.

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Dixie State basketball: DSU corrals New Mexico Highlands on Friday night, 83-65

Dixie State posted its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference home victory, and in the process, DSU snapped New Mexico Highlands’ seven-game win streak, as the Trailblazers ran away with an 83-65 victory Friday night inside the Burns Arena.

The Trailblazers (4-3, 2-2 RMAC) held the Cowboys nearly 30 points below their season average, however, it did not look like that was going to be the case in the early going. NMHU (7-2, 3-1 RMAC) raced out to a quick 12-5 lead thanks in part to back-to-back 3-pointers from Raquan Mitchell and Jordan Jones, which forced DSU head coach Jon Judkins to call an early timeout.

That timeout immediately paid dividends as the Blazers rattled off seven straight to draw DSU even at 12-12. Then with the score tied at 20-20 midway through the stanza, Dixie State went on a run of its own, outscoring the Cowboys, 18-6, over an eight-plus span to open up a 38-26 lead.

DSU’s defense spurred the rally on as the unit forced two turnovers and held NMHU to just 1-of-13 shooting (1-of-7 3FG) during that stretch. DSU extended its lead to 42-28 late in the period, but the Cowboys connected on two late treys to trim the Trailblazer lead to 42-34 at the halftime break.

“The exact same thing happened to us [at Black Hills State last Saturday]; [NMHU] came out and shot a lot of threes,” Judkins said. “They pushed the ball up and would drive, kick and shoot, and our guys were not getting back on defense.

“I called that timeout and changed up some things and told our guys that we needed to sprint back [on defense] and slow the ball down,” Judkins added. “Then we got some good looks on offense and got back into the game.”

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Westminster basketball: women remain undefeated in conference

Two teams, unbeaten in conference, met at Behnken Field House, but only one remained unbeaten. The Westminster women’s basketball team defeated CSU-Pueblo, 65-58, and improved to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in the RMAC.

A close game between Westminster and CSU-Pueblo saw the score tied nine times and the lead change nine times in the first three quarters. Neither team led by more than five points until the final few minutes of the game.

Westminster trailed by two going into the fourth quarter. Olivia Elliss scored in the first minute to tie the game, 49-49, and scored two free throws three minutes later to give the Griffins a 51-49 lead, one they held on to the rest of the game.

It was a quiet night for leading scorers Denise Gonzalez and Hunter Krebs, but Olivia Elliss and Sicilee Williams came up big on both ends of the court. Elliss scored a career-high 18 points, and she grabbed seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot. Williams scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.

Denise Gonzlez had 11 points, five rebounds and nine assists. Kaitlin Toluono scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds.

Westminster will finish 2018 hosting New Mexico Highlands on Saturday night in the Behnken Fieldhouse.

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