Wilson believes Jamaican athletes will shine in Rio

first_imgMaurice Wilson, Jamaica’s head track and field coach to the 2012 Olympic Games and the World Championships in 2011 and 2015, is optimistic about the nation’s prospects for this summer’s Games in Rio de Janeiro. Wilson is, however, also cautious and is looking forward to the National Senior Championships, before he starts counting medals. Speaking after a recent training session at the GC Foster College for Physical Education where he lectures and coaches, he said: “I am expecting us to do very well, but at this point in time we want to be very cautious, watch what will happen at the National Championships and take it from there. “I’m feeling much better than I felt last year,” he said in reference to Jamaica’s 12-medal haul at the 15th IAAF World Championships. “I would still want to be a little bit cautious,” he nevertheless advised. “A lot of our perennial medal dependants are persons who have been going from 2008,” he observed. “We need to take that into consideration, that’s eight years later. “But I still believe because of how resolute we are, how proud we are as a nation and as a people, that if you’re going to think about top performances, you have to think Jamaica first,” he concluded. Jamaica’s best Olympic performances have come in 2008, when the nation’s athletes took home six gold, three silver and two bronze medals and in 2012, when they collected four gold, four silver and four bronze medals. At the World Championships, Jamaica have twice come home with seven gold medals. That was first achieved in 2009, when the overall medal haul was 13 and last year, when the full collection was 12.last_img read more

Jamaica outpower Guyana in Beach Soccer Championships clash

first_imgLivingston Scott, Gleaner Writer Jamaica rebounded from their opening game defeat to Belize in the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship being held at Malcolm Beach, Nassau in The Bahamas, by scoring a resounding 6-3 win over Guyana in their second match in Group A. The Jamaicans got off to a good start with Rohan Reid scoring two quick goals within the first six minutes of the first period to take control of the game. Jahshaun Moore got the Guyanese back in the game after taking advantage of a misjudgement by Jamaican goalkeeper Kirk Porter in the 10th minute before Reid completed his hattrick after converting a freekick three minutes later.  Deshawn Joseph finished neatly for Guyana with five minutes to go in the second period before Michily Waul restored the two goal cushion for the Jamaicans with an awkwardly bouncing shot from a freekick seconds later.   Jermaine Anderson scored either side of the end of the second period to put the contest to bed with Joseph again getting on the scoresheet with five minutes to go to round out the scoring.  The result sent the Jamaicans to the top of the group alongside hosts The Bahamas with three points ahead of their game against Belize.  The Andrew Price-coached team will be looking to secure a win in their final group game against host The Bahamas on Wednesday at 6:45pm, as they eye a spot in the play-offs. Belize will take on Guyana in the other game in the group today.last_img read more

Champs alert! – Police making special arrangements for 5-day meet

first_imgPeace For Champs Initiative founder, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Terrence Bent, says the Jamaica Constabulary Force will be making special preparations for next week’s ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. SPP Bent told The Gleaner that particular attention will be given to potential clashes between fans of defending boys champions Calabar High and rivals Kingston College. This is especially since there is an ongoing disagreement between both schools regarding the late registration of KC’s middle-distance runner Ari Rodgers, by ISSA, for the meet. “I am mindful of the perception or the reality of the conflict, and we have taken a decision to manage the internals using special law-enforcement teams within the stadium,” Bent said. He added that special policing will not just be done at the National Stadium where Champs will be held, but also on the streets of the Corporate Area on all five days of the meet. “We understand that out in the general areas of the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre and along the roadways leading to and from the event on the five days, there’s the possibility of clashes between not only those supporters, but generally speaking, the conduct of young persons. The rivalry sometimes takes an unfriendly turn, but we will put patrols, mobile and on foot, and will be covering those areas likely to see conflicts emerging.” Bent said that the arrangement for Champs revolves around what he describes as “some critical pillars”.The first of them, he says, is venue security. STADIUM ACCESS “Venue security is largely around access to Independence Park Limited, and in particular, to the stadium complex itself, in terms of ensuring that the persons that enter the facility are properly searched to prevent prohibited items from entering the stadium. We’re looking at how we manage unauthorised access to the facility. We know that there’s a capacity limitation, and what we have noticed from time to time is that persons would turn up without the ability to enter vis-a-vis no tickets or accreditation, but somehow, they enter the facility. We also need to make sure that those who have lawfully entered observe all of the stipulations and regulations that govern the operations of the stadium in terms of seating, conduct, no smoking, the introduction of large igloos and other banned articles.” Bent said that he is hoping the Peace for Champs Initiative, which he describes as “successful so far”, will be able to reduce the opportunities for clashes, and that the management of both schools will implore their students and supporters to conduct themselves properly. The Peace for Champs Initiative, which is in its eighth year, is a campaign aimed at promoting peace leading up to the staging of Champs. This campaign sees students of schools in the Corporate Area carrying out marches and other campaigns to remind students of the need for unity and civility during the festivities. Bent said that there will be a rally in the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre this week as part of the plans.last_img read more

Irving doesn’t mention LeBron in his goodbye to Cleveland

first_imgBritain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Arellano’s Lervin Flores crowned new NCAA slam dunk king Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. VIDEO: A (fresh-faced) @KyrieIrving speaks, now that the deal to the Celtics is finally done. Thanks Cleveland, says “the journey continues” pic.twitter.com/leFoxAIkX2— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) August 31, 2017CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving did not mention LeBron James, now his former teammate, while thanking Cleveland fans after his trade to Boston was finalized.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Irving, who is now officially a member of the Celtics after the teams completed a blockbuster deal that had stalled, posted a lengthy thank-you note and video on his Instagram account Thursday. While somewhat vague about his intentions, the All-Star guard explained some the reasons that led to him requesting the Cavaliers trade him following six seasons — and three straight trips to the NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ View comments Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies “You understand the magnitude of decisions that you make in your life can affect a lot of people all at once,” Irving said in the more than 4-minute video . “And when you get to that point and you understand that the best intentions for you and ultimately to be in your truth, and find out what you really want to do in your life and how you want to accomplish it — that moment comes and you take full advantage of it.“And there are no other ulterior reasons other than being happy and to be somewhere you feel like it’s an environment that’s conducive for you maximizing your potential.”Irving apparently felt it was time to get out from under the colossal shadow cast by James. The pair won an NBA title together — the first for any Cleveland team since 1964 — in 2016, but Irving did not single out James in his video or the accompanying note.When the Cavs first announced Irving’s trade on Aug. 22, James offered praise to his younger teammate on Twitter , saying: “Special talent/guy! Nothing but respect and what a ride it was our 3 years together.”Irving’s comments were his first since the trade. He was sent to the Celtics for All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and the 2018 first-round pick Boston acquired from Brooklyn.ADVERTISEMENT In a meeting last month with Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert, Irving said he wanted out. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay After the Cavaliers had concerns about Thomas’ hip injury, they asked for more and obtained a 2020 second-round pick from the Celtics, completing the deal.In his video, Irving thanked Gilbert and Cleveland’s ownership group for taking “a chance on a 19-year-old kid that was coming off a stubbed right toe, of being in a very, very immature place at the time.”The Cavaliers selected Irving with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011 after he played in just 11 games at Duke because of injury.He was a four-time All-Star with Cleveland and made the biggest basket in franchise history, a 3-pointer in the closing moments of Game 7 in the 2016 Finals that propelled the Cavs to the title.While Irving and James had their differences, the two seemingly managed to work through them. After the Cavs were beaten by Golden State in this year’s Finals, Irving spoke at length about what it meant to play with James and how much he had learned.But as he closed his video, Irving didn’t acknowledge their relationship.“And to my teammates: crazy stories, crazy experiences and just unbelievable human beings, man,” Irving said. “You all know how this brotherhood goes, man. All love.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Gasol, Grizzlies build big lead, hang on to beat Warriors

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies shoots over Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors. APMEMPHIS, Tenn. — Marc Gasol had 34 points and 14 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies built a 19-point third-quarter lead over Golden State before holding on to beat the defending champion Warriors 111-101 on Saturday night.James Ennis III added 13 points, and Tyreke Evans scored 12 as Memphis shot 47 percent compared to 39 percent for Golden State. The Warriors shot 12 of 38 from 3-point range.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The major burst for Memphis came early in the third quarter. The Grizzlies turned up their defense, forcing a trio of turnovers and scoring 15 straight points to stretch the lead to 18.The Warriors connected on only 6 of 22 shots in the third, while Memphis went 10 of 18.TIP-INSWarriors: The game was the only regular-season trip to Memphis for Golden State as the teams face each other three times this season — the other two games at Oracle Arena. … Draymond Green played in his 400th career game. … Thompson made a 3-pointer in the first quarter, marking his 57th straight game connecting from outside the arc.Grizzlies: F JaMychal Green, who started but was injured early in the opener, did not dress. Jarrell Martin started in his place. … Memphis defeated Golden State twice last season, one of only two teams to hang two losses on the eventual NBA champions. San Antonio also defeated the Warriors twice. … The Grizzlies hold a 13-10 advantage over the Warriors since 2011-12.UP NEXTWARRIORS: Wrap up a three-game trip in Dallas on Monday with a game against the Mavericks.GRIZZLIES: Start a two-game Texas road swing at Houston on Monday. They face the Mavericks on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 37 points, and Kevin Durant added 29 and 13 rebounds. But both were ejected with 43.6 seconds left after arguing with officials — Curry first after throwing his mouthpiece, and then Durant as he followed Curry’s argument.Klay Thompson finished with 14 points on 5 of 16 shooting, including 2 of 8 from outside the arc.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Warriors trailed by 19 late in the third quarter and Curry was saddled with five fouls. Consecutive 3-pointers from Durant and an unintended tip-in by the Grizzlies, credited to David West, cut the deficit to single digits with just under 9 minutes left.But Golden State never got close enough to catch the Grizzlies down the stretch. Streak over: Magic end 17-game skid to Cavs OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

Four countries place on the first day of the Youth Championships

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ La Salle holds off UE, books UAAP Final 4 ticket Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Saudis cut loose at rave-like event PLAY LIST 01:29Saudis cut loose at rave-like event01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next02:14Carpio 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aside from Korea, Malaysia and Japan, the other countries that dominated the top 16 slots after the first day of competition were Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.  The highest ranking that the Philippines attained was 18th place, with Daphne Custodio scoring a total pin falls of 1098. A total of 34 athletes played in the girl’s singles.  FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMalaysia’s Tun Ammerul L. Al-Hakim (center) soared to first place with a total series of 1370. Silver and bronze went to Japan’s Takumi Hagasaki (left) and Bahrain’s Ahmed Al-Awadhi (right).Photo courtesy Terence Yaw.If the quest for gold among the female youth bowlers was a close fight until the end, Malaysia’s Tun Ammerul L. Al-Hakim seemed to have secured the top spot in the boy’s singles competition after averaging a 238 in his first four games. Scoring a total of 1370 after six games, Tun Ammerul clinched gold and the second medal for his country. Taking silver was Japan’s Takumi Hagasaki, who managed to immediately bounce back after bowling a 160 in his second game. The Japanese youth bowler finished with 1298, beating Bahrain’s Ahmed Al-Awadhi by just 11 pins. Equally tight was the battle for 3rd place, Al-Awadhi prevented Chinese Taipei’s Liao Li-Yang from medaling after putting up back-to-back high scores of 235 and 251 in his last two games. The latter missed the podium by 20 pins. After the first day of competition, Taipei’s four athletes made it to the top sixteen. Other countries that made the cut-off were Korea, Singapore, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Philippines, Indonesia and Guam.  The Philippines’ Ivan Malig placed 9th out of 60 male youth bowlers with a six-game series of 1213. The top 16 girls and top 16 boys after a series of 18 games (which takes place from October 23 to 26) will qualify for the Round-Robin Matchplay Masters finals on October 27 and 28. ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES The 19th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships (AYC) took off yesterday with the singles competition. Held at the Coronado Lanes in EDSA Starmall, Mandaluyong City, first to compete for medals were the girls, wherein Korea’s Kim Ye Sol bagged gold after a six-game series of 1330. Korea’s Kim Ye Sol (center) takes gold, while Malaysia’s Nur Amirah Auni (left) and Japan’s Shion Izumune (right) settle for silver and bronze. Photo courtesy Terence Yaw.Short of just nine pins was Malaysia’s Nur Amirah Auni, who had to settle for silver after rolling a split on her last frame. Japan’s Shion Izumune squeezed into the podium by bowling 236 and 259 on her last two games, edging Kim’s teammate Lee Hyung Jung. The latter lost the bronze by just 12 pins.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Mapua forces Game 3 in NCAA juniors Finals

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ Mapua’s Clint Escamis. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion Mapua refused to let go of its crown and held off College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, 91-81, in Game 2 Thursday to force a winner-take-all duel in the NCAA Season 93 juniors basketball Finals at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Clint Escamis pumped in 25 points, four rebounds, four assists, four steals, and one block, including back-to-back layups in the final two minutes to douse La Salle Greenhills’ fightback late.ADVERTISEMENT Lillard’s 26, Napier’s hot hands lift Blazers past Magic Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “I just told them to stay aggressive. That’s it,” said coach Randy Alcantara in Filipino, as Mapua survived a foul-plagued showing from Most Valuable Player Will Gozum.The hulking Gozum only got 10 points, six rebounds, and two blocks before fouling out early in the fourth quarter as the Red Robins saw their 13-point cut down to just one, 69-68.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneHowever, Escamis had other plans for Mapua as he anchored a superb 17-8 blast that brought the lead back to10, 86-76 with 2:06 remaining.Warren Bonifacio tallied a double-double of 18 markers and 14 rebounds for the Red Robins, while Erick Jabel came off the bench to pour 17 points. “Unlike last game where we’re rushing things, this time we focused on the game possession-by-possession,” shared Alcantara.Game 3 is on Tuesday, still at the Big Dome.CSB-LSGH had to play the what could’ve been the clincher without Inand Fornilos, who served his one-game suspension after his Game 1 ejection.Joel Cagulangan paced the Junior Blazers with 16 points.The Scores:MAPUA 91 – Escamis 25, Bonifacio 18, Jabel 17, Goum 10, Garcia 8, Enriquez 6, Lacap 4, Dennison 3, Ramos 0, Sarias 0, Socias 0.CSB-LSGH 81 – Cagulangan 16, David 12, Marcos 12, Lepalam 10, Mosqueda 9, Perez 9, Sangco 5, Morales 4, Lao 4, Belgica 0, Pedrosa 0, Dela Cruz 0, Cruz 0.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Quarters: 25-19, 55-46, 67-67, 91-81. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Towns helps Wolves pull away to defeat Kings

first_img“The unselfishness has been there all year,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We have to continue to do that. Defensively, we have got to keep working at it. We understand how important that is.”More importantly, Minnesota improved to 2-0 since losing Butler to a torn right meniscus last week heading into one of its toughest stretches of the season. The Timberwolves leading scorer, Butler is hoping to return for the playoffs.“Everyone has to step up,” Wiggins said. “Everyone has to do their job and more if we want to get to where we want to get to. We just have to keep it going. We’re in a good spot right now and we have to keep it going and finish strong.”Thibodeau’s team, which began the day in third place in the West and is off to the fourth-best start in franchise history, plays its next eight games against teams with winning records beginning with back-to-backs at Portland and Utah.“Without Jimmy we have to tighten up a whole lot more,” Minnesota center Taj Gibson said. “We’re just putting the pressure on different guys in our lineup to step up because we have a tough road ahead of us.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingscenter_img Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, right, drives against Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Karl-Anthony Towns recorded yet another double-double in what has become a common occurrence for the first-time All-Star, and Minnesota got a much better defensive effort in the second half to pull away for a second straight lopsided win.Turns out life without Jimmy Butler isn’t as bad as for the Timberwolves as some expected it would be.ADVERTISEMENT North Korean delegation returns home after Olympics outreach Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Timberwolves: Play at Portland on Thursday.Kings: Play at Portland on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Towns had 26 points and 17 rebounds, his 54th double-double in 64 games this season, and Minnesota beat the Sacramento Kings 118-100 on Monday night.“Everyone has to step up,” said Andrew Wiggins, who scored 22 points. “Everyone has to do their job and more if we want to get to where we want to get to. We just have to keep it going. We’re in a good spot right now and we have to keep it going and finish strong.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJeff Teague added 20 points and Taj Gibson had 15 points to help the Timberwolves sweep the three-game season series between the two teams.All five starters and six players overall scored in double figures for the Minnesota. The Timberwolves scored only 21 points in the fourth quarter but it hardly mattered after they outscored the Kings 34-17 in the third to pull away after a back-and-forth first half.Towns took one shot in the first quarter before finding his stroke in the second when he scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting. He had four free throws during that stretch and finished 8-of-8 from the stripe.Skal Labissiere scored 20 points, Willie Cauley-Stein added 17 and Buddy Hield had 16 for Sacramento, The Kings have lost four straight and six of seven.“They got in the paint too much, shrunk up the court, bottled us up and we fouled them too much,” Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said. “Their physicality was a lot.”Towns was one rebound shy of a double-double in the first half and Minnesota led by as much as 10 before De’Aaron Fox capped a late Sacramento surge with a layup to pull the Kings within 63-60 at halftime.Teague and Wiggins combined for 15 points in the third quarter and Tyus Jones made two free throws and a short jumper to extend the Timberwolves lead to 97-77.GETTING TO THE RIMMinnesota held a big advantage on free throws, going 33 of 36 from the stripe. Sacramento was 12 of 13.“When we’re able to get to the line we get some rest and we get the chance to put the defense in different situations,” Towns said. “We’re doing a great job of getting to the line and putting ourselves in position to not get to the line but just making good offensive plays and getting some easy buckets.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: Towns’ double-double is the 168th of his career. … Minnesota went 14-for-14 from the free throw line in the first half.Kings: Bruno Cabocio had four points, three rebounds and three fouls in 18 minutes of his Sacramento debut. Cabocio was part of the trade that sent Malachi Richardson to Toronto.UP NEXTlast_img read more

Familiarity makes for smooth buildup for new PVL team Petro Gazz

first_imgPetro Gazz coach Jerry Yee.Newcomer Petro Gazz is ready for spread its wings in its foray into the Premier Volleyball League starting this May.Angels head coach Jerry Yee said the team is maximizing every second to prepare for the new season which tentatively starts on May 6 with the players committing every ounce of allowed free time they can give.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Fajardo gets inspiration from Fernandez sitting courtside Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “We like to be ready as we can be. Of course the other teams have been training hard as well and I hear that they are also practicing every night,” said Yee in Filipino during the team’s launch Friday at Kamayan Edsa.“All the teams have been maximizing their time and actually it’s been hard to schedule tune-up games this time because we’ve all been pretty busy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPetro Gazz is composed of players from De La Salle and College of St. Benilde and all have either played with or against each other the prior years.Petro Gazz Angels.And the captains Stephanie Mercado and Chie Saet were both Lady Spikers during their collegiate years. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback View comments In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Long lines in Venezuela to pay with ‘Petro,’ the state cryptocurrency PLAY LIST 03:36Long lines in Venezuela to pay with ‘Petro,’ the state cryptocurrency02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball00:50Trending 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “They’ve known each other before becoming teammates and so far in practice their transitions in offense and defense have been smooth, so we just have to polish this,” said Yee.The seasoned coach is confident of the team’s composition and is satisfied with the work they have put in despite the players being tied up to school or their day jobs.And although the team is new, the players have known each other for a few years already and Yee said that familiarity has been beneficial for the team’s chemistry buildup.“As for the situation with our team, we will work with all the pieces that we have,” said Yee. “So far every night we haven’t missed a beat.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

No. 1 pick Fultz scores 10 points in 1st game since October

first_img“That is a great unknown,” team president Bryan Colangelo said. “I’m not sure I have the answer. We will have to … certainly not judge tonight as the sole case of what to expect going forward.”Fultz checked in to a standing ovation with 2:54 left in the first quarter and drove down the baseline for a quick basket. But Fultz — whose awkward shooting form made him a punchline in the NBA — fired an airball later in the quarter.Perhaps trying to force his shot too much, Fultz also had two shots blocked on the same possession. He was a pedestrian 1 for 4 with three assists in the first half.Fultz scored two baskets in the third quarter, missed a spin move in the lane and had another shot blocked.“It was a little bit of excitement and little bit of just like, I gotta help the team,” Fultz said. “Once I stepped on the floor, it felt great just to be back out there with my brothers.”He did not shoot a 3-pointer or attempt a free-throw. It was his gruesome, clunky form at the line that got him mocked on social media.“That’s what the media’s job is, to try to do what they have to do to get paid,” Fultz said.The fans hardly seemed to care.Fultz was cheered each time he touched the ball, and they went wild when he sank two jumpers late in the game. The 6-foot-4 guard out of Washington just may have a significant impact after all in the postseason.“I love these guys. They’re my guys,” Fultz said. “I’m just trying to be the best teammate I can possibly be.” “Just woke up and it was that day,” he said.His next two answers were as empty as his stat line since October.Did he do something to hurt his shoulder or just feel soreness?Fultz rubbed his face and stared straight without talking and grabbed a towel someone tossed him. His wiped his face during a few more seconds of awkward silence.Why not talk about the injury?Blank stare.Fultz sparked the 76ers at times in actions, certainly not words, in a reserve role.“He looked confident,” coach Brett Brown said. “I thought it was a real, sort of bold, gutsy effort that he made given where he was now where he is.”The 19-year-old Fultz played the 76ers’ first four games of the season before he was ruled out indefinitely in October with soreness and a scapular muscle imbalance in the shoulder.The Sixers aren’t sure what they’ll get out of Fultz as they push toward 50 wins. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Joel Embiid had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Ben Simmons had 11 assists for the Sixers.Will Barton led Denver with 25 points.Embiid had perhaps his dunk of the season on a one-handed jam over Paul Millsap. Embiid raised the roof in celebration as the crowd roared and the replay was still on the big screen when the Sixers got the ball back and JJ Redick buried a 3.TIP-INSNuggets: Denver scored only 15 points in the third and blew an eight-point halftime lead. … Jamal Murray had 17 points and Millsap 16.“They got their defense into the game in the third quarter and we didn’t handle it well,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “We started becoming tentative. We started playing against the shot clock.”Sixers: Waived G James Young. Young averaged 2.8 points in six games. … Simmons topped Allen Iverson to set the team rookie record for assists.UP NEXT:Denver plays Tuesday at Toronto.The Sixers host the Knicks on Wednesday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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These fans are great, and I love them.”The Sixers and their fans wanted the No. 1 pick to play and — after five often-confusing months — they got him.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 crownREAD: Fultz returns to lineup for 76ersFultz scored 10 points and had eight assists in his first game since October, helping the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Denver Nuggets 123-104 on Monday night. Philadelphia 76ers’ Markelle Fultz, left, goes up for a shot past Denver Nuggets’ Torrey Craig during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 26, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Markelle Fultz heard 20,000 fans chanting “Fultz! Fultz! Fultz!” and for a fleeting moment he thought they were serenading Philly’s most popular athlete.“I thought they were saying ‘Nick Foles,’” Fultz said of the Super Bowl MVP for the champion Philadelphia Eagles.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery MOST READ The first selection of the 2017 draft shot an airball, had three shots blocked and artfully attacked the lane, flashing glimpses of what has made him both a mystery project and prominent prospect.With Philadelphia having clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2012, Fultz decided the time was right to return from the injured shoulder and busted confidence that had cost him all but four games of his rookie season.Fultz was on a media blackout in his absence and said nothing in his public return to clarify his situation.He basically ignored the first two questions about his shoulder, and instead thanked teammates and coaches for their support during rehab.Why was today the day to play?ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. 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