Ja’s Bonner to lead Leewards Hurricanes

first_imgJamaica-born top-order batsman, Nkrumah Bonner, has been appointed captain of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes for their sixth-round WICB First-Class Champion-ship encounter against Jamaica Scorpions at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, starting next Friday. Bonner, who joined the Leewards at the start of the season as one of the franchise’s two overseas players, has been the team’s most consistent batsman to date. He is now the leading scorer for the Hurricanes and at the WICB Super50 one-day tournament in Trinidad and Tobago last month, he topped the batting for the eastern Caribbean team. It is the first time that a Jamaican is set to assume the post, with Bonner replacing Anguillan wicketkeeper, Jahmar Hamilton. The latter was the captain of the Hurricanes during the Super50. They did not advance from the first round. Young Antiguan batsman Orlando Peters, who was Hamilton’s deputy during the Super50, will serve as the 27-year-old Bonner’s vice captain. The Leewards are having a difficult season and are firmly entrenched at the bottom of the standings of the first-class championship on 13 points. This is 16 points off fifth place held by the Windward Islands Volcanoes. Trinidad and Tobago Red Force are fourth on 37 points with Jamaica third on 53, Barbados Pride second on 63, and leaders Guyana Jaguars on 85. Meanwhile, there is no place in the Hurricanes latest 13-man squad for their other Jamaican-born representative Odean Brown. The leg-spinner represented the franchise in the Super50 tournament, but did not play in all of the six first-round encounters. Leeward Hurricanes squad: Nkrumah Bonner (captain), Orlando Peters (vice-captain), Quinton Boatswain, Nelson Boland, Rahkeem Cornwall, Daron Cruickshank, Colin Hamer, Jahmar Hamilton, Monticin Hodge, Jeremiah Louis, Sherwin Peters, Jacques Taylor, Gavin Tonge.last_img read more

Tony Becca: Rally ‘round the West Indies

first_img HIGH PRAISE These young champions, however, deserve high praise for what they have done. They are the first West Indians to win this title, but they have just started. The development must go on and on. It cannot stop here. It must not appear to stop here. The West Indies need more cricketers, much more good cricketers. The West Indies won for the first time, but this is a development tournament. It should be noted also that Namibia defeated South Africa, that Nepal defeated New Zealand, that Afghanistan defeated Zimbabwe, that Zimbabwe defeated South Africa, and that Afghanistan defeated New Zealand. It should be noted also that Namibia, Nepal, and Afghanistan finished at numbers seven, eight and nine, and above Zimbabwe, South Africa, and New Zealand at numbers 10, 11, and 12. With Australia absent, it was also good to see not only Burnham of England scoring three centuries, but also that the improvement of smaller nations and the fact that the most successful players were from the less fancied teams. They included the most successful fast bowler, left-hander Fritz Coetzee of Namibia, the most successful bowler in a match, Cakacava Tikolsuva of Namibia, who took six wickets against the West Indies, the third most successful bowler, Lamichlanke of Nepal, and that Karim Tanat of Afghanistan scored the second highest total of 156, admittedly against Fiji. It is written, somewhere in the Good Book, in huge, bold, bright letters, that “a little child shall lead them”, and that is gospel. It has been proven right. One week ago, in faraway Bangladesh, West Indies cricket came alive again, and it came alive, not through performances of the West Indies team, but through the surprising, dazzling deeds of the young West Indies team in the Under-19 World Cup tournament. The young West Indians denied overwhelming favourites India a fourth hold on the title, used the opportunity to surprise everyone and win their first title, covered themselves in glory, and all with refreshingly attractive cricket built around wonderful awareness of the game, good captaincy, sensible batting, consistent bowling, generally brilliant fielding, and magnificent self-confidence. It was more remarkable the way they came back to snatch and dominate the action. Starting the tournament as rank outsiders, the West Indians suffered early embarrassment when they lost three practise matches to Bangladesh before losing their first match of the tournament to England by a comfortable margin of 61 runs. From there on, however, they reeled off victory after victory until victory, sweet, expected, and emotional victory, became theirs as if by divine right. First, Fiji were beaten by 262 runs, but that was hardly unexpected. Then came victory by two runs over Zimbabwe, and then, after squeezing past Zimbabwe into the second round by the skin of their teeth, the West Indies, getting better and better, and stronger and stronger with every match, knocked off Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India one by one, one after the other, to shock the world and lift the crown. In the end, the young West Indies, considered by many, except those closely connected to the team, to be more a prime consideration for the Wooden Spoon, fluttered around Pakistan and Bangladesh, displaying their new-found skill in batting, bowling, and fielding while fully enjoying themselves, and except on occasion, at 70 for five in the final, while preening themselves and playing as if they were untouchable and unbeatable. LOW-SCORING FINAL The young West Indians ended up winning the low-scoring final, 146 for five to 145, in the last over, to end cock of the walk and the champions, the undisputed champions of all they surveyed. And they ended in style. After falling to 70 for five against India, the young West Indians settled themselves, lost not another wicket, and batted on confidently and without much trouble, or so it appeared. Man for man, they were not the best, however. The batsmen did not compare with Jack Burnhan and David Lawrence of England; Sarfaraz Khan and Rishalb Pant of India; Hashan Moshin and Unair Masood of Pakistan; neither did all-rounder Mehidiz Hasan Miraz of Bangladesh; neither did the pacers, left-armer Fritz Coetze of Namibia; Avesh Khan of India; Saqib Muhammad the Prophet of England; Muhammad the Prophet Jalfuddin of Bangladesh; and neither spin bowlers like left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar of India; and right-arm spinner Sandeep Lamichlanke of Nepal. In a team in which all the boys were apparently brim full of confidence and played like one, always with a smile and with a purpose, the standouts were captain and batsman Shimron Hetmyer, batsman Shamar Springer, batsman Gidron Pope, batsman Keemo Paul, batsman Keacy Carty, paceman Chemar Holder, and fast bowler Alzaar Joseph with Joseph as the one most likely to push ahead. The West Indies won the title, and every one of the players, every one of the party, deserved every credit for their wonderful achievement and their surprising gift. The ones which, to me, made the big difference, however, were the captain Hetmyer and his leadership; Paul, with his presence of mind for his controversial but correct run-out of Zimbabwe’s last batsman, Richard Nagarava; Pope’s innings, all but one of them, which set the team on the way; Springer’s innings against Bangladesh, wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach’s unusual stumping of Pant (from the unusual distance of some 20 yards back) in the first over of the final match; and the consistently good fast bowling by Joseph. The victory should serve as an inspiration to young cricketers in the region. It shows beyond a doubt that there are still good cricketers around these shores, and that providing that they are groomed properly, there are enough good cricketers to make the future promising and fulfilling. These young West Indians could, with a little luck, make the people remember the happiness of days gone by, days like in the 1960s when the West Indies had six players on the Rest of the World team Conrad Hunte, Rohan Kanhai, Garry Sobers, Lance Gibbs, Wes Hall, and Charlie Griffith. Hopefully, however, as some do not remember, the players will also remember that they are only young cricketers; that they are still learning the game; that as good as they are or promise to be, they are not yet members of the West Indies team, or great members; that they are still only 17, 18, or 19 years old; that there are players only a few months older than they are who were not eligible for the team; that some of them – most of them – will never make it; and that others around their age will make the West Indies team instead.last_img read more

Keyes locks points for Boys’ Town

first_imgArnett Gardens missed a great opportunity to move into second spot in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) standings, after losing 1-0 to Trench Town rivals Boys’ Town in the Trench Town derby football game at Barbican Field yesterday.Peter Keyes scored the game’s only goal after 35 minutes to help the Collie Smith Drive-based club rebound from their west Kingston derby defeat to Tivoli Gardens the previous weekend.”We lost a tough one to Tivoli last week, but we worked on it and bounced back and got the three points,” Keyes told The Gleaner.The striker, who has three goals this season, was pleased to get the winner.”It’s very important to score, but it was most important to get three points because we are screaming for points right now. So it doesn’t matter if it’s one of six goals, as long as we win.”He added: “I have been performing fairly well this season, but it’s just that the goals have dried up from last season. But I’ll continue to put in the work and, hopefully, the goals will continue to come.”As a forward, the job is to score goals, scoring goal is my job; so if I can get a goal every game, that would be good for the team. But it’s always a team effort, each time we try to play as a team to get three.”Arnett Gardens controlled the possession in the early minutes of the game and had a few threatening attempts, but Boys’ Town were also bright, and on 33 minutes, Adrian King tested Damian Hyatt with a rasping effort from 25 yards.Two minutes later, Boys’ Town took the lead when Keyes turned home Xavian Virgo’s low shot across the face of goal from five yards out.Arnett controlled the remainder of the game, but wasted their opportunities to draw level, with Newton Sterling and Kemal Malcolm coming closest to scoring.Boys’ Town coach Andrew Price said they played a strategic game in order to avoid consecutive derby defeats.”The team played to our strategy, because we know Arnett were going to come hard because derbys are always competitive. But today we were disciplined and kept our shape; we just want to be consistent,” he said.Boys’ Town remained in eighth with 18 points, while Arnett (23) stayed third on goal difference, the same as Humble Lion (23), who defeated Tivoli Gardens (18) 1-0.UWI FC (16) moved one place up to ninth after Anthony Greenland’s brace against his former club, and cellar-dwellars, Rivoli United, gave UWI a 3-2 win.Yesterday’s ResultsBoys Town 1 Arnett 0Portmore 0 Waterhouse 0Reno 1 Harbour View 0UWI 3 Rivoli 2Humble Lion 1 Tivoli 0Today’s game8:40 p.m. Cavalier vs Montego Bay United at Stadium Eastlast_img read more

Scorpions in charge

first_imgKINGSTOWN, St Vincent, (CMC): Devon Thomas fashioned his second first-class hundred but his first in regional cricket, while left-arm spinner Nikita Miller then grabbed two wickets to inch towards 400 first-class wickets, as Jamaica Scorpions dominated Windward Islands Volcanoes on the second day of their ninth-round contest yesterday. The right-handed Thomas, an Antiguan who captained Leeward Islands Hurricanes up to last season, stroked an enterprising 122 to guide his new side up to 445 all out in their first innings at the Arnos Vale Stadium. Partnership SCORPIONS 1st Innings (overnight 284 for five) J. Campbell c wk Ambris b Cottoy 135 S. Thomas lbw b Mayers 14 K. Edwards c Smith b Sebastien 23 A. McCarthy c Smith b Sebastien 20 J. Blackwood c Johnson b Cottoy 27 *P. Palmer b Johnson 82 D. Thomas c Hodge b Johnson 122 +A. Thomas lbw b Johnson 0 D. Jacobs c Mayers b Johnson 9 N. Gordon c Hodge b Sebastien 2 Nikita Miller not out 0 Extras (b2, lb6, w3) 11 Total (all out, 134.4 overs) 445 Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-111, 3-169, 4-222, 5-237, 6-415, 7-415, 8-429, 9-436, 10-445. Bowling: Matthew 16-6-32-0, Johnson 22.4-2-84-4 (w2), Mayers 22-9-44-1 (w1), Sebastien 38-4-113-3, Cottoy 27-1-128-2, Hodge 1-0-12-0, Theophile 8-1-24-0. VOLCANOES 1st Innings D. Smith run out 26 T. Theophile b D Thomas 16 J. Robinson c McCarthy b Jacobs 31 G. Pope b Miller 14 S. Ambris+ c D Thomas b Miller 50 K. Cottoy not out 4 K. Hodge not out 2 Extras (b4, lb1, nb1) 6 Total (5 wkts, 48 overs) 149 To bat: K Mayers, K Cottoy, M Matthew, D Johnson Fall of wickets: 1-43, 2-48, 3-72, 4-138, 5-146. Bowling: Gordon 5-0-17-0, McCarthy 8-1-25-0, D Thomas 5-1-16-1 (nb1), Miller 16-4-41-2, Jacobs 13-3-42-1, Campbell 1-0-3-0. Position: Volcanoes trail Scorpions by 296 runs. Toss: Jamaica Scorpions. Umpires: Deighton Butler, Gregory Brathwaite. Captain Paul Palmer struck a career-best 82 in a fabulous 178-run, sixth wicket partnership with Thomas, which enabled Scorpions to build on their overnight 284 for five. Left-arm seamer Delorn Johnson was the best bowler, with four for 84, while off-spinner and captain Liam Sebastien picked up three for 113, and leg-spinner Keron Cottoy, two for 128. In reply, Volcanoes were going strong at 138 for three, but lost two wickets late in the day to finish on 149 for five – still 296 runs behind going into day three. Sunil Ambris top-scored with a breezy 50 off 77 balls, with five fours and a six, rookie Jerlani Robinson chipped in with 31, while veteran opener Devon Smith struck 26. The 33-year-old Miller, who has played one Test and 46 One-Day Internationals, but has been overlooked by selectors for the last 12 months, knocked over Under-19 World Cup star Gidron Pope for 14 and then claimed Ambris, to move to 398 first-class wickets. Thomas owned the day, however, with a classy innings – only his second triple- figure score in seven years. Resuming the day on 24 not out, he counted 13 fours and two sixes in a knock that spanned 166 deliveries and just over 31/2 hours. SCOREBOARDlast_img read more

Gayle gone! – Tallawahs hunt new star player

first_imgTeam manager of the Jamaica Tallawahs Andrew Richardson says that the decision of star batsman Chris Gayle to leave the team for the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots ahead of next season’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 Cricket tournament is similar to basketball star Lebron James leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010. With question marks also surrounding the future of another top Tallawahs player, Andre Russell, Richardson noted that the defending CPL champions would be looking to add another big name to the squad with possible concerns about crowd support given the obvious void that will be left by Gayle’s departure. It was announced yesterday said Gayle would be moving to the Patriots and Richardson says Gayle’s figures for the Tallawahs in his four seasons with the Jamaican franchise will make it hard for anyone to match his impact. “It is a statistical fact that all Tallawahs matches that he made over 30 runs in, we have won,” Richardson says. Despite recent controversies surrounding the power-hitting batsman, including making what were considered to be sexist comments, Richardson added that the Jamaican is still extremely important to any team he plays for, while noting that the towering player also brings a strong sense of leadership and ability to motivate players. However, Richardson was quick to point out that the move means that other players now have to step up their performances without him. “Chris is an asset wherever he goes. Whatever team he goes to, it is automatically strengthened. He does put a lot of pressure on the other guys around him to step up as well,” said Richardson. “We know how dominant he is with the bat and he has been a leader from day one. I don’t know the role he’ll play in St Kitts. I don’t know if he’s going be the captain, I cannot comment on that, but he has made his decision. Chris is my friend, and I respect his decision,” he added. MARQUEE PLAYERS POSSIBLE REPLACEMENTS Richardson noted that although the team will be promoting players from within, Gayle is expected to be replaced with what he described as “another marquee player”. “Hopefully, we can do well in the draft, although the marquee players haven’t been made available as yet,” Richardson said. Fellow West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels is one name already eyed as a replacement as he is Jamaican and also considered a top player in the Twenty20 format of the game. He last represented the Patriots as their captain in the 2015 season. Richardson said he cannot yet confirm if the team will make him an offer, as the board needs to first meet to make a decision about it. He also refused to mention other possible replacements. The official said he was not yet sure if the move would affect turnout for games next season, especially as another of the team’s top players, AndrÈ Russell, faces a possible two-year ban for an anti-doping whereabouts violation. He said that he had not yet spoken to the board to see if that was also one of its concerns. Gayle has won the CPL title twice with the Tallawahs. The first was in the opening season in 2013 and the second, last summer. “I am a proud Jamaican and I loved representing the Tallawahs,” said Gayle yesterday. “I would like to thank the owners and management, who have been brilliant to work with; my team-mates, who always gave me 100 per cent support; and of course, the Jamaican fans who made Sabina Park such a special home ground for me.” Gayle’s 9,777 Twenty20 runs in his career make him one of the biggest names in the format.last_img read more

Bank on Ice Princess

first_img A lightly raced 5-y-o mare by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Premier Solution, ICE PRINCESS won by the resounding margin of 163/4 lengths in fast time (58.0) over the straight in maiden company on December 24, and coming back against weak opposition, looks hard to oppose. QUEENOFSAINTROSE should follow her home. Race number three for maiden three-year-olds over 1820 metres should see the likes of ROGAMMA, RAKSHA and the stable-companions PROUD OF NUCLEAR and SUBBIE in contention where it matters. With all unproven over this sort of trip, punters should play it safe, even though the Glispie-trained RAKSHA caught my eye when finishing strongly for third behind BLUE TRADITION and ROGAMMA over 1400 metres recently, this after swerving at the start. She will be ridden by the vastly improved claiming apprentice Anthony Thomas from the convenient mark of 51.0kg, and I take her to beat PROUD OF NUCLEAR, who finished 81/2 lengths second to RADICAL over 1400 metres recently. The fourth race over 1300 metres looks tailored for LORD EQUUS, who failed by half a length to stave off BIRD CATCHER over 1400 metres on February 4. Former champion jockey Shane Ellis is slated to ride the Patrick Fong-trained LORD EQUUS, who has been knocking at the door and now has old rivals MISTER BONES, MY COMPANION and ZEPHYR to beat in a field of nine. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by the straight five specialist, STAR OF DAVID, and the well-forward first time runner, SIMPLY OUTRAGEOUS, both to be ridden by Jevanne Erwin. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES With Wednesday’s programme proving a nightmare for form players, tomorrow’s Front Runner-sponsored race day at Caymanas Park offers a host of carry-overs. The Pick-9 had no takers and will offer a $1 million carryover, while the second Super-6, embracing races six to 11, boasts a $2.4 million carry-over, and the first, from race one to six, will start at $1.2 million. We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a 3-y-o and up claiming race ($550,000 – $500,000) over 1300 metres to be contested by seven starters, including top contenders ANOTHER FURY, DR. BANNER and the recent winner, HOLOGRAM SHADOW, now up in class after winning over 1100 metres on a $450,000-claiming tag on February 11. With the stables of trainer Fitzroy Glipsie bang in form, the ex-jockey, having saddled three winners last Saturday, his consistent grey filly, ANOTHER FURY, will prove hard to beat with former champion Wesley Henry now taking the ride. By He’stherealthing out of Raging Fury, ANOTHER FURY went under in a driving finish to DANCING QUEEN over a mile on February 8, only to be disqualified for causing interference to stable-companion FRANCIA’S PRIDE (a subsequent winner) entering the straight. She was then ridden by the female apprentice Mellisa Ward, who now gives way to Henry, and even with DR. BANNER enjoying good form and will have to be caught, ANOTHER FURY looks the right choice with 54.0kg. The second race over 1200 metres provides a five-star banker in the recent runaway winner ICE PRINCESS, to be ridden by 2.0kg claiming apprentice Odean Edwards for in-form trainer Errol Waugh. WEAK OPPOSITION (1) ANOTHER FURY/ DR. BANNER (2) ICE PRINCESS (3) RAKSHA/ PROUD OF NUCLEAR (4) LORD EQUUS/ MISTER BONES (5) STAR OF DAVID/ WINIT (6) SIMPLY OUTRAGEOUS/ ADORING LADYlast_img read more

Messi finally conquers Buffon as Barcelona beats Juve 3-0

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Winning start Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 Two of soccer’s all-time best players, the 39-year-old Buffon had denied Messi a goal in their previous three meetings, including Juventus’ 3-0 aggregate win in last season’s quarterfinals.But once he found room to work, Messi picked Buffon’s Juventus apart – to take some revenge from last year’s elimination and continue his superb start to the current season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMessi grabbed his 95th and 96th goals in the Champions League, breaking the deadlock just before the end of the first half in the Group D game. After he had hit the post and played a part in Ivan Rakitic’s second goal, Messi rounded off the commanding win.“Tonight (Messi) did score (against Buffon) because we left him too much space,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “(Messi) plays perfectly well in tight spaces, but today he had more space, and I would even say that we made it easier for him, leaving him so open.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lakers to retire Kobe Bryant’s two jersey numbers in December MOST READ Barcelona’s forward from Argentina Lionel Messi (L) vies with Juventus’ defender from Brazil Alex Sandro during the UEFA Champions League Group D football match FC Barcelona vs Juventus at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENEBARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi finally added Italy great Gianluigi Buffon on his long, long list of vanquished goalkeepers.Messi struck two shots past Buffon to lead Barcelona to a 3-0 victory over Juventus in their opening match of the Champions League on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Barcelona defender Gerard Pique cleared a header by Medhi Benatia off the line in Juventus’ best scoring opportunity in the 81st.Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, Messi has now scored eight goals in six games across all competitions this season.In the other Group D match on Tuesday, Sporting Lisbon won 3-2 at Olympiakos.Dembele, who debuted as a substitute in a 5-0 rout of Espanyol on Saturday, showed some of the speed that Barcelona wanted when it signed him, but otherwise had a subdued match.“Dembele was fine. It’s true that he has to adapt to the team, to learn some tactical questions,” Valverde said. “We have to help him come along. He has just arrived, he is young, and he has a long career in front of him.”To pry Dembele away from Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona reinvested a large part of the world record 222 million euros ($262 million) it received from Paris Saint-Germain for Brazil star Neymar. It paid Dortmund 105 million euros ($124 million) in a deal that includes possible add-ons that could bring the total to 147 million euros (about $173 million).Juventus was without injured defender Giorgio Chiellini, forward Mario Mandzukic and midfielder Sami Khedira. Juan Cuadrado was suspended. During the match, the Italian champions also lost De Sciglio to an injury in the first half, when he was replaced by Sturaro.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A costly, catty dispute finally settled OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ The first half was dull, apart from long-range attempts by Miralem Pjanic and Mattia De Sciglio for Juventus, until Messi struck just before the interval.Ousmane Dembele, the most expensive signing in Barcelona’s history, made his first start for the Catalan club. The 20-year-old France forward helped with a counterattack that caught the Juventus defense off-guard. Messi took the ball from Dembele, worked a quick one-two with Luis Suarez and then rolled a left-foot shot just inside the far post.Messi helped make it 2-0 in the 56th when his dangerous low cross was cleared by substitute Stefano Sturaro back to Rakitic, who fired it home.Messi got his second in the 69th when he took the ball on the right side and cut back to go around two defenders. He left Buffon with no chance against another left-foot strike that smacked into the lower corner of his net.As Barcelona’s coach Ernesto Valverde put it, “when Messi has the ball, anything can happen.”ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Thunder’s Adams, Roberson should benefit from superstar trio

first_imgNFL: Message being lost in political firestorm over anthem MOST READ Thunder coach Billy Donovan understands that the remaining players must be prepared to make the most of their chances for the team to be its best.“Certainly, Russell and Paul and Carmelo, there’s a lot of excitement around them, and rightfully so,” he said. “But Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, Jerami Grant, Raymond Felton — we’ve got to be a team, and it’s got to be all of us collectively as a team, and I think that’s where the focus is right now going forward.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams. APOKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City’s new super trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony will draw attention from two of the Thunder’s most rapidly improving players.Starters Steven Adams and Andre Roberson should have more room to operate while opponents try to stop three of the league’s top offensive threats.ADVERTISEMENT “Regardless it’s going to open up a lot of things,” said Adams, a 7-foot center.Adams has already has established himself as one of the league’s most effective players around the rim. Last season, he posted career highs of 11.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game and ranked seventh in the NBA in field-goal percentage at 57.1 percent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Steven Adams is a monster,” Anthony said. “He’s a monster like somebody from the ‘Game of Thrones’ or something. I love him. First day, his energy, what he brings to the game, to the court, to his teammates — his energy is incredible.”Roberson was a second-team all-defense selection last season, but he has shown flashes of potential on offense and is an excellent rebounder. Last season, he averaged career highs of 6.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:55Next challenge for OKC is ‘getting on same page,’ says Adams00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 How to help the Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Fans might get to see the playoff version of Roberson more often this season. In the five-game series against Houston last season, he averaged 11.6 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field.George looks forward to playing alongside Roberson, especially on the defensive side. In the past, Roberson would defend an opponent’s best player. Now, they can share responsibility and take pressure off Anthony.“I think I can take alongside the role with Roberson to leave Melo to do what Melo does, and that’s to put points on the board and that’s to be a mismatch, matchup problems on the offensive end,” he said. “But, really, it’s to take that pressure off him defensively to where he doesn’t have to exhaust himself chasing the smaller guys, or have to defend the primary guys on most nights.”Patrick Patterson, a power forward the Thunder picked up in the offseason, said his role will remain the same. He averaged 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds for Toronto last season and was a potential starter before Anthony arrived.“Energy guy,” he said. “Make sure to give energy, make the guys comfortable and opening space on the floor. I expected to come here and earn a spot. I knew I was going to have to work hard.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

With Alvarez, Versoza leading the charge, JRU coach confident of Final 4 chances

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Mia Tioseco is confident about Jose Rizal University’s chances of making the Final Four in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament.After all, if the playoffs started today, the Lady Bombers would be in it.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Versoza scored 17 points, including timely hits to knock the Lady Knights out of the Final Four race.“She’s very athletic and her attitude is also great,” said Tioseco of Versoza.JRU is currently tied with San Sebastian in fourth. The Lady Bombers face also-ran Lyceum in their final game of the elimination round while the Lady Stags clash with defending champion Arellano University.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Kelly Williams admits it felt good to ‘shoot, be free’ “For as long as the players will continue to fight then, I think we have a very good chance of making it,” said Tioseco.And any team that has a go-to guy capable of taking over the way Shola Alvarez does for the Lady Bombers is likely to go far as well.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 folkAlvarez, an MVP favorite if she propels JRU into the Final Four, set a season-high with 30 points to carry her team in a crucial win over Letran on Wednesday.But the Lady Bombers aren’t just a one-woman crew with Dolly Versoza proving to be a lethal second option. 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 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Elite Alive

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer PBA IMAGESIt took three quarters for Blackwater Elite to find their groove. But when they did, Kia Picanto simply had no answer to their relentless charge.Mike DiGregorio caught fire in the third quarter as the Elite overpowered the Picanto, 95-76, Friday night to stay within quarterfinal range in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ LATEST STORIES The fourth-year pro notched a career-best output for the third time in the last four games, finishing with 18 points—all coming in the last three periods as the Hotshots fought back from an early 13-point deficit on their way to a seventh win in 10 games.Justin Melton and Ian Sangalang also played key roles in the second half comeback, tallying 14 points each, while Paul Lee returned to also spark the Hotshots, who rebounded from a 95-101 loss to Rain or Shine last Saturday in Pangasinan.The result left the Batang Pier in a three-team tie from seventh to ninth spots with Phoenix and Blackwater. Only the top eight teams will advance to the playoffs.BLACKWATER 95 – KIA 76BLACKWATER 95—DiGregorio 21, Erram 17, Maliksi 14, Sena 9, Belo 8, Marcelo 8, Cruz 5, Pinto 5, Jose 4, Javier 3, Banal 1, Cortez 0, Palma 0, Neypes 0.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City On the heels of their stunning upset of San Miguel last week, the Elite also got solid performances from JP Erram and Allein Maliksi as Blackwater stayed in the running for the eighth and last playoff berth with two games remaining.“We just wanted to keep our hopes alive for the playoffs and it can only happen if we continue our winning ways,” said Elite coach Leo Isaac.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“The win against San Miguel was a shot in the arm, but we want to move on to the next level and play with a lot of maturity.”Rome Dela Rosa also sustained his resurgence on a night when Magnolia struggled early as the Hotshots repulsed the GlobalPort Batang Pier, 96-81, to close in on a twice-to-beat advantage. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed KIA 76—Tubid 22, Celda 21, Corpuz 9, Lastimosa 8, McCarthy 6, Reyes 5, Camson 3, Khobuntin 2, Galanza 0, Sara 0, Escoto 0, Yee 0.Quarters: 25-21, 47-41, 77-65, 95-76.MAGNOLIA 96 – GLOBALPORT 81MAGNOLIA 96—Dela Rosa 18, Melton 14, Sangalang 14, Lee 13, Barroca 12, Ramos 11, Pingris 6, Jalalon 5, Simon 2, Reavis 1, Herndon 0, Brondial 0.GLOBALPORT 81—Nabong 21, Grey 13, Anthony 12, Teng 12, Pringle 5, Araña, 5, Gabayni 4, Sargent 3, Elorde 2, Flores 2, Taha 2, Juico 0, Guinto 0.Quarters: 17-22, 34-39, 69-61, 96-81.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Arellano scores double Finals win 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more