Windies beaten easily in second ODI

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies’ disappointing tour of Sri Lanka continued here yesterday, when they plunged to an eight-wicket loss in the second one-day international (ODI) to tamely concede the three-match series.In another rain-affected encounter at the R Premadasa Stadium which was reduced to 38 overs per side, West Indies rallied to 214 all out off their allotted overs and watched helplessly as the hosts raced to their adjusted target of 225, with nine balls remaining.Opener Kusal Perera put the tourists to the sword before falling agonisingly for 99, while Lahiru Thirimanne saw Sri Lanka over the line with an unbeaten 81.The pair put on 156 in a busy second-wicket stand which killed off West Indies’ hopes of levelling the series, after they had claimed dangerous opener Tillakaratne Dilshan cheaply for 17 with the score on 40 in the fifth over.West Indies had been earlier bailed out by half-centuries from opener Johnson Charles and stand-in captain Marlon Samuels, after enduring another poor start.Charles blasted 83 off 70 deliveries, while Samuels controlled the innings with 63 off 61 balls, with left-hander Darren Bravo chipping in with 21.Off-spinner Milinda Siriwardana was the best bowler with two for 27, while speedster Lasith Malinga snared two for 43.West Indies lost Andre Fletcher to the second ball of the innings without scoring, edging a defensive push at Malinga behind with a single run on the board.Jermaine Blackwood then failed to make any impression on his ODI debut, spending 15 balls over his nine before attempting to go over the top with off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake and being held by Siriwardana running backward at mid-on.Tottering at 29 for two in the fifth over, the Windies were rescued by Charles, who put on 70 for the third wicket with Bravo, and then another 40 runs for the fourth wicket with Samuels.The right-hander struck seven fours and four sixes, playing with ease against both pace and spin. He cleared long on with Senanayake in the seventh over for his first six and raised West Indies’ 50 in the following over by pulling pacer Suranga Lakmal to fine leg for four.Charles brought up his fourth ODI half-century in style in the 12th over, sweeping spinner Ajantha Mendis fine for four to move to 46 before lifting the next delivery over long on for six.Bravo had struck a single boundary off 33 deliveries when he picked out Dilshan at mid-wicket off Siriwardana at 99 for three in the 16th over, and Charles was in sight of his third ODI century when he missed a sweep at the same bowler and perished lbw in the 24th over.West Indies were then held up by a three-hour rain break at 149 for four in the 27th over and when play resumed, they had all of 11 overs to give Sri Lanka a competitive total to chase.They quickly lost Jonathan Carter for five and Jason Mohammed, in his first ODI in four years, fell for four, as the Windies stumbled to 169 for six in the 32nd.Carlos Brathwaite blasted a four and a six in 17 off 13 balls but, importantly, added 42 for the seventh wicket with Samuels, who managed to reach his first half-century of the tour and the 26th of his ODI career.Once Samuels was run out in a mix-up with Brathwaite at 211 for seven in the 37th over, the Windies wilted with the last four wickets going down for just three runs.SCOREBOARDWEST INDIES (38 overs)J Charles lbw b Siriwardana 83+A Fletcher c wkp Perera b Malinga 0J Blackwood c Siriwardana b Senanayake 9DM Bravo c Dilshan b Siriwardana 21*M Samuels run out 63J Carter b Lakmal 5J Mohammed c Chandimal b Malinga 4C Brathwaite run out 17J Taylor run out 1S Narine run out 0R Rampaul not out 1Extras (lb6, w3, nb1) 10TOTAL (all out, 37.4 overs) 214Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Fletcher, 0.2 overs), 2-29 (Blackwood, 4.1), 3-99 (Bravo, 15.5), 4-139 (Charles, 23.2), 5-152 (Carter, 28.2), 6-169 (Mohammed, 31.2), 7-211 (Samuels, 36.5), 8-212 (Taylor, 37.1), 9-213 (Brathwaite, 37.3), 10-214 (Narine, 37.4)Bowling: Malinga 7.4-0-43-2, Lakmal 7-0-51-1 (w2), Senanayake 6-0-25-1, Mendis 7-0-44-0 (w1, nb1), Jayasuriya 2-0-11-0, Siriwardana 7-1-27-2, Dilshan 1-0-7-0.SRI LANKA (target: 225 off 38 overs)+K Perera c Brathwaite b Rampaul 99T Dilshan b Narine 17L Thirimanne not out 81D Chandimal not out 15Extras (lb6, w6, nb1) 13TOTAL (2 wkts, 36.3 overs) 225Did not bat: *A Mathews, M Siriwardana, S Jayasuriya, S Senanayake, A Mendis, L Malinga, S LakmalFall of wickets: 1-40 (Dilshan, 4.1 overs), 2-196 (Perera, 30.2)Bowling: Rampaul 6-0-39-1, Taylor 5-0-47-0 (w1), Narine 8-0-27-1, Samuels 5.3-0-34-0, Mohammed 6-0-25-0, Brathwaite 4-0-35-0 (w1, nb1), Carter 2-0-12-0 (w3).Result: Sri Lanka won by eight wickets.Series: Sri Lanka lead three-match series 2-0.Man of the Match: Kusal Perera.Toss: West Indies.Umpires: R Martinesz, R Tucker; TV – M Gough.last_img read more

Sojourner Truth provides Beckford with first winner

first_imgONeil Beckford, one of 17 apprentice riders who graduated from the Jockeys’ School in September of last year, rode his first winner when 4-1 chance SOJOURNER TRUTH romped the eighth race for $180,000 conditional claimers over the straight five course at Caymanas Park yesterday. A past student of Tacius Golding High in St Catherine, Beckford, 26, could not hide his glee when he passed the post first aboard his 58th ride, standing tall in the saddle with his whip hand raised high in celebration. Having secured three rides on the 10-race programme, Beckford said that he was looking forward to his first winner in SOJOURNER TRUTH, especially when it was learnt that the hot ante-post favourite, BARS OF GOLD, was a late non-starter. “She had shown improved form in her last two races, and with Bars of Gold out, I knew this was a golden opportunity for me to finally win a race. SOJOURNERTRUTH usually runs her best races over the straight when fully fit, and she delivered today by three lengths,” he explained. SOJOURNER TRUTH is owned by All-Stars Pro and trained by Paul Hylton. The 8-y-o bay mare by Skipping out of Augus Mawnin was winning her first race in well over a year. Beckford, who is apprenticed to veteran trainer Vin Edwards, thus became the 12th graduate from the last batch to ride a winner. Looking ahead, the young rider said he would work even harder to maintain his weight (51.0kg) and establish himself as a go to claiming apprentice. Meanwhile, BRAVE PROSPECT, running as the 2-1 second favourite, ran on strongly to beat long-time leader and 3-2 favourite FRANKENSTORM by three lengths in the Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup feature over 1100 metres. The 4-y-o colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 1999 derby winner Good Prospect, was ridden by Kerry-Gayle Robinson for in-form trainer Neive Graham and leading owner O’Shaun Connection. Eleven ran. – O.C.last_img read more

Rockets beat Jazz for 14th straight win

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Rozier’s dunk caps Celtics’ rally past Pacers OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Rodney Hood had 26 points off the bench for the Jazz, who have lost six of their last seven games. Without Dante Exum all season as he recovers from left shoulder surgery, the Jazz were also missing Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert and Raul Neto to various injuries on Monday night.“We didn’t have enough at the end,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “We couldn’t get stops in the fourth quarter and that can happen. We can say we ran out of gas, but they just continued to put pressure on us.”Utah led by five points entering the fourth quarter and had extended the lead to eight with about 10 minutes remaining. Houston then scored the next 15 points, powered by three straight 3-pointers by Gordon, to make it 98-91 with about 7 1/2 minutes left.Gordon made the first two before the Jazz called a timeout, but that didn’t cool him off as he hit another on Houston’s first possession after the timeout. Capela added a three-point play after that before Trevor Ariza added a 3-pointer to bring the crowd to its feet and spur Snyder to call another timeout.The Rockets were up by one at halftime. Utah scored the last five points of the third with a 3-pointer from Hood to take an 84-79 lead into the fourth quarter.TIP-INSJazz: Favors missed his second straight game with an eye laceration. … Gobert sat out for the second game in a row with a left knee sprain and bone bruise. … Neto sat out for the fourth straight game after sustaining a concussion. …Rockets: Nene (rest) did not play. … Capela returned after missing Saturday’s game with a bruised left heel. … Harden tied Moses Malone’s single-season franchise record of 29 straight games with 20 points or more.STICKING TO FOOTBALLAndre Ware, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1989 at Houston, participated in the Rockets’ First Shot promotion on Monday night where celebrities can win a $5,000 donation from owner Tilman Fertitta if they make a free throw. It didn’t appear that the 49-year-old’s athletic prowess translated to the basketball court as he air-balled the shot . Ware laughed and shook his head as the ball fell short of the basket. He wasn’t too upset though as he still earned $1,000 for charity by participating in the event. “You’re looking for it every time down the court,” he said. “I think guys were looking for me and it was just a fun game in that fourth quarter.”Harden added 26 points, Clint Capela had 24 points and 20 rebounds and Gordon finished with a season-high seven 3-pointers.The Rockets struggled from long range for most of the night, making just nine of 31 3-pointers in the first three quarters. The found their groove in the final period, when they made eight of 12 with five from Gordon to pull away for their 20th win in 21 games.Coach Mike D’Antoni was certainly happy Houston got the victory, but could have done without the Rockets waiting until the fourth quarter to pull away.“We’re getting away from getting out there and getting after them right at the beginning and blowing them out,” D’Antoni said. “Now we’re waiting until the end. We’re going against that and we’ll try to do a better job.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award THEY SAID ITHarden on Houston’s defense in the fourth quarter: “First three quarters we didn’t get stops consistently, and so we really couldn’t get out in transition. But (in the fourth) we got stops and knock down 3s — game’s over.”UP NEXTJazz: Visit Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.Rockets: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon, left, falls down shooting as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — With the amount of offensive weapons Houston has, teams have to choose who they’re going to try and stop.That often leaves other players with great opportunities to score, as was the case on Monday night when Utah keyed in on slowing down James Harden and Chris Paul to pave the way for Eric Gordon’s big night.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Gordon scored 17 of his season-high 33 points in the fourth quarter to power a huge run that put the Rockets on top, and they cruised to their 14th straight win, 120-99.“All it takes is one of us to get hot and (Monday) it was EG,” Paul said. “And that was crazy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHouston used a 15-0 run early in the fourth to take the lead and was up by four midway through the quarter after a layup by Joe Ingles. The Rockets then scored 11 points in a row, capped by two 3-pointers from Gordon to make it 111-96 with about three minutes to go.Gordon said that was the hottest quarter he’s ever had and when he got rolling he hoped his teammates would continue to find him.last_img read more

Violinists and cheering squads: North Korea’s Olympic lineup

first_imgIn this Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, photo, pictures of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are seen on a sign during a rally for a peaceful Winter Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea plans to send a spotlight-stealing delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in the South Korean county of Pyeongchang. The letters read “Peace bobsleigh.” (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)TOKYO — North Korea won’t be dominating any medal counts when the Winter Olympics come to Pyeongchang in South Korea next month. But it’s hoping to grab as much of the spotlight as it can with what might be an Olympic first in ice hockey and a flamboyantly crowd-pleasing all-female cheering section to liven up the stands.Negotiators from the two Koreas, fighting against the clock ahead of the games’ Feb. 9 start date, announced some of the key details of North Korea’s plans after a day of talks Wednesday in the Demilitarized Zone that divides them.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award That had the potential to be huge. Super Bowl halftime huge.Hand-picked by Kim himself, the Moranbong Band serves as the “soft” public face of the regime. Its members alternate between miniskirts and military uniforms on stage and are often called up to do concerts marking major political events, frequently with missiles or photos of the leader covering the big screens looming behind them.The presence of bandleader Hyon Song Wol in itself was sensational. South Korean media reports in 2013 claimed she had been executed by firing squad for her role in a salacious scandal. She put that speculation to rest by appearing on TV about a year later and is now an alternate member of the ruling party’s central committee.In the end, North Korea announced its 140-member Samjiyon band — an orchestra with dancers and vocalists — will make the trip.Maybe that’s for the best.The Moranbong Band was supposed to make its international debut in Beijing in 2015, but that fell through mysteriously at the last minute. Considering the more delicate North-South situation, concerns had been raised over what the band would perform in Pyeongchang — its repertoire includes such hits as “We Can’t Live Without His Care,” ”The Song of the Hwasong Artillerymen,” and “My Country is the Best.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next There has been some speculation about the attendance of high-ranking officials from the North. Kim Jong Un sent three of his top lieutenants to the South for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon — one of whom hasn’t been seen lately, sparking rumors last month of a purge.If a similarly senior bunch were to go, that would be big news.THE CHEERING SQUADSThe real crowd pleasers at North Korean sporting events are often in the stands.North Korea is known for the highly trained, ultra-serious and usually all-female cheering groups wearing bright outfits that it sends to motivate its athletes — and grab media attention — at important competitions abroad. North Korea intends to send 230 of them to Pyeongchang, according to Seoul’s Unification Ministry.It’s widely believed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s wife, Ri Sol Ju, is an “Army of Beauty” alumna, having traveled to Incheon in 2005 as part of a cheering squad at the Asian Athletics Championships.The women are chosen not only for their cheering skills but also for their youth and good looks.The mere prospect of seeing the women in action has already touched off quite a stir on South Korean and Japanese television shows.If nothing else, they will be ratings gold.… AND THE DIVAS THAT GOT AWAYIn talks earlier this week, North Korea sent the leader of its most popular girl band to negotiate, raising hopes the band would be coming to the games. Officials from North and South will take the plan to the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland this weekend for approval.Here’s a quick look at who might be coming. And a note on who conspicuously isn’t.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Louie Alas rues ‘passive’ showing from Phoenix Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ THE ATHLETESWho, how many, and maybe even if there will be any at all — those are still open questions at this point. South Korea’s media are reporting maybe 10 or so athletes will come.The North and South agreed to create a unified women’s hockey team, which would mark a first in the Olympics. The plan has gotten some criticism from the South because of concerns that South Korean athletes who made the national team might be bumped off to make room for the North’s players.South Korea’s president said fielding a joint ice hockey team would be a historic event that would move the hearts of people around the world. He also expressed support for athletes from the Koreas marching together under a blue-and-white “unification” flag. The plans still must be approved by the IOC.Two North Korean figure skaters qualified for the games, but the North failed to register them in time and they lost their slot in the pairs competition. Whether a special effort is being made to get them back into the games, or to bring in athletes for any other events, isn’t clear.No medals are involved, but the North will unleash a taekwondo squad on Pyeongchang. They’ll demonstrate the North’s version of the traditional Korean martial art, which is an official Summer Olympic event.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

There will be no ‘next Pacquiao’

first_imgManny Pacquiao. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netSports is replete with the search for new heroes.The United States, the grazing land of sports heroes of all kinds, searched for alternatives when larger than life champions struck out or were knocked down for the final count. Americans and subsequently the rest of the world looked for substitutes for Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and others.ADVERTISEMENT There was an aching for greatness. Many who followed in the paths of the great sports icons often struggled until they found their own stature. Baseball’s Mickey Mantle carried the onus of longing for New York Yankee greatness, carved his own name but hobbled with injuries throughout his career. After Ali, the world looked for its ring champion and found traces of greatness in Sugar Ray Leonard and others. But there was only one Ali.And now we find ourselves looking for our “next Manny Pacquiao,” a new ring gladiator who will hold our collective need for a champion who represents us. The rags-to-riches Pacquiao story has been retold so many times that it is now a legend. His ring conquests against some of the ring’s biggest names of this generation have inspired many to follow in his footsteps and try their hand in a sport that can make heroes swiftly and can destroy them just as quickly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPacquiao is still very much around but the “Pambansang Kamao” (National Fist) has already done more than enough for this hero-hungry land. A fight or two remains in the horizon, attempts perhaps to bring a storied career to a fitting ending. But sport can be merciless and the image of the hero heading into the twilight with a triumph is never easily crafted in reality.We owe it to Pacquiao though to make his own decision when to end his career. But now we look at the present and the future and should realistically come to terms with the truth that there will be no “next Pacquiao.” His story and legend will remain his own. The soft-spoken Jerwin Ancajas, whose ring smarts and quick hands have given him a fourth successful defense of his IBF super flyweight title, will make his own story. His humble beginnings and the path he took to make his boxing dream come true though are similar to those of Pacquiao.And yet Ancajas will be his own man. His journey is just beginning and the challenges of his generation are still ahead. We will always cherish Pacquiao and understandably long for him. But we have to allow Ancajas and others to shape their own greatness.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nash Racela rues poor finish in TNT loss to Phoenix LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

PVL: PetroGazz fends off Pocari-Air Force for 3rd straight win

first_imgChina population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film NLEX rallies to beat Blackwater in first game without Ravena Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “I see improvement and we’ll just work on our slow starts,” said Angels head coach Jerry Yee in Filipino. “I can see that they can hang on and they show the determination to win.”The Angels eventually kept its distance late in the set against the Lady Warriors with Cherry Nunag scoring on a quick kill for the 23-20 lead. Anastasiia Trach then put it away with a crosscourt kill that crept along the net.Olena Lymareva-Flink put up a game-high 30 points for the Angels while Trach added 17.Myla Pablo had 20 points to lead the Lady Warriors while Madeline Palmer and Arielle Love had 17 and 13 points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The Angels started the tournament with a 0-3 record but are now tied with the Lady Warriors at fourth seed with a 3-3 mark.But this win didn’t go as smoothly as the Angels intended.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPocari-Air Force held a big 16-8 lead in the pivotal third set but the Angels persevered and went on an 11-1 run to take the 19-17.The Angels pulled off another comeback in the fourth set with Paneng Mercado scoring two consecutive points to tie the period at 14-14 after the 14-10 deficit. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PetroGazz finally established a solid foundation and streaked to its third straight win after dismantling Pocari-Air Force, 25-19, 20-25, 28-26, 25-21, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Unbroken Cavs promise NBA fightback against sore Warriors

first_img“He did everything he could to will our team to win,” said Lue, who was asked if James could play better and said, “I hope so. I know it’s asking a lot but he needs to lead by example. He needs to keep it up.”Warriors coach Steve Kerr wants tougher defending on James.“Overall we did not do a good job on LeBron. He got to spots he wanted to. It’s a team-wide focus and aggression that needs to change,” Kerr said.“I didn’t think we got him out of any sort of comfort zone and we’ve got to do a better job of that on Sunday.”Iguodala ‘doubtful’Golden State’s Stephen Curry scored 29 points with nine assists, Kevin Durant added 26 points and nine rebounds and Thompson added 24 points.The Warriors have two injured starters, with Andre Iguodala having missed the past four games with a bruised left leg.“He has done some work. He’s feeling a little bit better,” Kerr said. “I would just call him doubtful for game two. We’ll see how it goes.”Thompson suffered a left leg injury early in game one but vowed to play through pain.“Sore but nothing too bad,” Thompson said. “I knew it would be sore but luckily we have a couple days between games so it will get right. “We lost a tough game,” Lue said. “We can’t dwell on that. We can’t live on that or we won’t be able to perform in game two. So we have to get on with it.“Listen, we’re not broken. We lost a game. It was a tough game for us. The guys’ confidence is not shaken. We have the blueprint. Now we have to execute at a higher level.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThat confidence flowed to Cavs guard George Hill, who spent a sleepless night after missing a late free throw that would have put the Cavaliers ahead.“We can win this series playing the right way. Everyone in this locker room felt we gave one away but we have a game on Sunday to make up for it and get back on the right track,” Hill said Friday. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial PVL: PayMaya captures semis spot, downs PetroGazz Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?center_img Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)A gut-wrenching loss in the NBA Finals opener has the Cleveland Cavaliers vowing a game-two fightback Sunday while the defending champion Golden State Warriors cope with two injured starters.Host Golden State seized a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven championship series with a 124-114 overtime triumph that Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue called a robbery, one the Cavs vowed Friday to put behind them quickly.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES “None of us is demoralized. We’re going to bottle up all that frustration from game one and bring it out for game two.“We’re the last two teams standings. We’re going to fight it out. It shouldn’t be a prom dance. It’s going to be a fight.”The Warriors, seeking their third title in four seasons from an unprecedented fourth consecutive finals showdown with the Cavs, expect nothing less.“I don’t expect them to be deflated by Sunday. I expect them to play with great energy out of the gate Sunday,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “If we play with great passion and great focus I think we’ll be fine.”Cleveland superstar LeBron James had a playoff career-high 51 points, the most in the finals since Michael Jordan a quarter-century ago and the most in the finals in a losing cause.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “If this was game 32 of the season, I would not have played.”The NBA released its review of late-game referee calls and stood behind the reversal of a call from a charge on Kevin Durant to a James blocking foul.‘This one hurt bad’ It also showed Green committed a lane violation on the free throw Hill missed that would have put the Cavs ahead with 4.7 seconds to go in the fourth quarter.“I stayed up most of the night rewatching the free throw, rewatching the play. I went over it in my head again and again,” Hill said. “I have great teammates in my ear all morning telling me to forget about it move on and don’t let it linger.”Hill called it his most disappointing defeat in his 10-year NBA career.“This one hurt bad,” Hill said. “Me not hitting that free throw cost the team the game but I dealt with it last night and we have to move on.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Pringle lives out a dream

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations BOCAUE, BULACAN—Stanley Pringle waited so long to don the Philippine jersey in front of his countrymen.Unable to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the regular competition due to the stringent rules of the international basketball association (Fiba) in acquiring a passport before turning 16, Pringle finally realized his dream of representing the country in the 3×3 World Cup at Philippine Arena here on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Unrecognized swim groups can’t join PSI events “It just feels great,” said the Globalport star, shortly after leading the Philippines’ losing effort to Mongolia in Pool C.“Since I came here, I really wanted to play for the national team. I guess this is the next best thing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWith the eligibility rules more lenient in 3×3, Pringle and Filipino-German center Christian Standhardinger are allowed to suit up for the Philippines, joining forces with Roger Pogoy and Troy Rosario.Known for his ability to beat defenders off the dribble and finish at the rim, Pringle’s scoring prowess proved key as the Filipinos stunned sixth seed Brazil, 15-7. But another dazzling display against Mongolia wasn’t enough as the Filipinos suffered a 21-17 loss to its more experienced foes. View comments “It’s so fast-paced,” said the 31-year-old Pringle, who drew the biggest cheers from the sizeable crowd. “They (crowd) always show their support. It adds to the motivation and we’re looking forward to playing well for them.”Pringle and Co., however, face a daunting challenge on Monday as they need to beat Russia and unbeaten Canada to reach the knockout stage.Standhardinger said the team’s woes stems from their inexperience which was exposed against Mongolia when they were called for two technical fouls and got into penalty early.Meanwhile, Perlas Pilipinas dropped its third straight game in Pool D of the women’s division Sunday, losing to Spain, 21-17, effectively snuffing out its hopes of reaching the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

Cilic beats Muller to set up quarterfinal against Querrey at Queen’s Club

first_imgThe big-serving American won in just under two hours against Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam singles champion.The first two sets were even, but Querrey ran away with the decider to set up a meeting with Cilic at the Wimbledon warmup tournament.Wawrinka is yet to find his top form after a double knee operation but said he must be patient.“For sure, I’m sad and frustrated because I need to win matches, I want to win matches and I want more. That’s for sure,” the Swiss said.“But there is a lot to take in the right way, and I’m sure if I can, as I say, keep doing the right things day by day, building on this and keep trying to improve, the results will come. I need to be patient with that.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Professional wrestler ‘Vader’ passes away at 63 Also, Frances Tiafoe beat Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to set up a last-eight clash with Jeremy Chardy. The Frenchman beat Russian Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (6), 6-3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “It was not easy, he (Muller) broke me in the beginning of the match and served out the first set,” said Cilic, who is a genuine threat on grass.“I managed to keep my composure and managed to serve well … It’s last year’s form, it continued this year, grass suits me greatly for my game, my shots hitting flat and deep through the court and serving well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCilic was champion in 2012 at Queen’s Club and runner-up also in 2013. He came close at Wimbledon last year, losing to Roger Federer after suffering from bad blisters in the final.Fifth-seeded Querrey, the winner here in 2010, beat Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-1. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Marin Cilic of Croatia celebrates winning his singles tennis match against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg at the Queen’s Club tennis tournament in London, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — Top-seeded Marin Cilic set up a quarterfinal with Sam Querrey after coming from a set down to beat Gilles Muller 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at Queen’s Club on Wednesday.Cilic was the losing finalist in the grass-court tournament and at Wimbledon in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihanlast_img read more

FEU avenges 1st round loss to UE, claims share of 4th

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal And it’s not just the stinging loss to UE that FEU bounced back from as it also snapped its four-game losing skid to improve to 6-6, tying University of the Philippines in the fourth spot.Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela the win gave them a crucial extension in his team’s Final Four bid after falling to as low as sixth in the standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“This is a new lease on life after that four-game losing streak and this was our first win of the second round,” said Racela. “We’re hoping to get the next game and another one to keep our hopes alive.”FEU started to create space across the first two quarter going on an 18-2 run to take a 34-13 lead after back-to-back threes courtesy of Arvin Tolentino midway through the second period. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Women wrestlers take on rivals and tradition in south Iraq Tolentino was a stable presence for the Tamaraws with 18 points, five rebounds, and two steals while Kenneth Tuffin added 17 points, eight of which came in the first and six from the fourth, and four boards.Barkley Eboña did much of the dirty work for FEU with 12 points and 16 rebounds.Alvin Pasaol finished with a game-high 24 points with 12 boards for the last placed Red Warriors who dropped to a 1-11 record.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—Far Eastern University finally got retribution from its first round loss to University of the East after cruising to an 80-61 win in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Ynares center here.The Tamaraws fell victim to the Red Warriors in just their fourth game of the year losing horribly, 90-65.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more