PBA: Alaska avoids upset, escapes tough-luck TerraFirma

Vic Manuel leads bounce back win for Alaska Aces. PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines — Alaska dodged a bullet following a 99-96 win over TerraFirma in the PBA Philippine Cup Tuesday at AUF Sports Arena & Cultural Center in Smart Clark Giga City in Pampanga.

Vic Manuel had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Aces, who picked up their fourth victory in seven games.

JVee Casio added 11 points, including the go-ahead drive, 97-96, with 1:34 remaining.

The Dyip, who blew a golden opportunity to claim their first win of the season, took a 96-95 edge after a 3-pointer by Eric Camson with 2:37 to go.

TerraFirma, however, wouldn’t score again as it went on to miss its last seven attempts, including a good look at a potential game-tying triple by Camson as time ran out.

CJ Perez led all scorers with 25 points but even he couldn’t buy a basket when it mattered most for the Dyip, who fell to 0-5.

Juami Tiongson added 21 points built on six 3-pointers for TerraFirma, which lost the game despite hitting 15 triples.

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Canada’s Denis Shapovalov loses to Rodionov in first round of Vienna Open

Canada’s Denis Shapovalov is out of the Vienna Open after suffering a first-round loss to a player with just one previous win at the ATP Tour level.

Austrian wild-card Jurij Rodionov, ranked 153rd in the world, beat the eighth-seeded Shapovalov 6-4, 7-5 on Monday at the ATP 500 hard-court event.

The 21-year-old Rodionov came into the match with a 1-7 record in ATP Tour play.

Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., has now lost in his first match at the past two tournaments. The 21-year-old is ranked 12th in the world after cracking the top 10 for the first time in his career earlier this year.

Rodionov broke Shapovalov in the final game to win the match.

The Canadian struggled with his serve, committing 10 double faults.

Shapovalov won just 38 per cent of his points on second serve, well below Rodiovov’s 68-per-cent clip in the same category.

Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil, a qualifier, will meet Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime in an all-Canadian first-round match on Wednesday.

Auger-Aliassime, coming off runner-up and semifinal finishes at two tournaments in Germany, has won all three previous meetings against Pospisil.

Andrey Rublev started his quest for a fifth ATP title of the season with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Norbert Gombos at the Erste Bank Open on Monday.

The eighth-ranked Rublev hit 11 aces and never faced a break point in against his Slovakian opponent, who had won their only previous meeting on hard-court four years ago.

After his recent tournament wins in Hamburg and St. Petersburg, Rublev joined Novak Djokovic as the only players with four titles in the shortened 2020 season.

Headlining the event in Austria, Djokovic is set to play Filip Krajinovic in an all-Serbian opening-round match on Tuesday.

Djokovic, who won the event in his last appearance here in 2007, would meet

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NASCAR’s Cup playoff at misty Texas put on hold another day

FORT WORTH, Texas — The NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Texas was pushed back yet another day without drivers completing any more laps Monday.

Eight hours after the race was scheduled to resume on a misty day with temperatures in the low 40s Fahrenheit (single digits Celsius), NASCAR postponed it and decided to try again Tuesday.

Similar weather conditions were in the forecast for Tuesday and into Wednesday.

Only 52 of the scheduled 334 laps were completed Sunday before mist and drizzle forced the race to stop. There was a delay of more than four hours then before the race was postponed a day.

Another 115 laps have to be completed to get to the halfway mark of 167 laps that would make Texas an official race.

There are still three spots up for grabs for the four-driver championship race in the season finale at Phoenix. The only other race between Texas and Phoenix is Sunday at Martinsville, the shortest and oldest Cup track.

Joey Logano opened the final three-race playoff round with a win at Kansas, where he held off Kevin Harvick for the final 40-plus laps to get a victory that took him from outside the top four to a guaranteed championship chance in the Nov. 8 finale.

Harvick, who has won the last three fall races at Texas and is a nine-time winner this season, brushed the wall while leading on Lap 29. With damage to his car’s right side, he was 36th and one lap down when the race stopped Sunday.

The only laps completed Monday on the 1 1/2-mile track were by the Air Titan and jet dryer trucks. The race cars remained parked in the garage, never rolling to pit road.

There were several periods Monday when the track appeared to be drying,

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