Thomas sets career-high 52 points in Celtics win over Heat

first_imgRodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint LATEST STORIES View comments TIP-INSHeat: Leading scorer Goran Dragic sat out for the second time in three games with back spasms. … The Heat outrebounded the Celtics 27-18 in the first half. … Hassan Whiteside had 17 rebounds in each of the first two meetings against Boston this season. He pulled down eight on Friday and scored 11 points.Celtics: G Avery Bradley was at home with an illness. “He came down with the latest sickness. He came in and got checked out and we sent him home,” coach Brad Stevens said. … Thomas has scored at least 20 points in 18 straight games, the league’s longest current streak.UP NEXTHeat: Host Detroit on Sunday night, then head out on a six-game Western Conference trip.Celtics: Host Utah on Tuesday night. The Celtics have won eight straight against the Jazz in Boston. 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) passes the ball against the defense of Miami Heat forward Luke Babbitt (5) and center Hassan Whiteside (21) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Boston. APBOSTON — Isaiah Thomas scored 29 of his career-high 52 points in the fourth quarter, setting a club record for points in a period and leading Boston to a 117-114 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night.Thomas hit six 3-pointers and converted a three-point play in the fourth quarter and broke the franchise record of 24 points in a quarter set by Larry Bird in 1983 and matched by Todd Day in 1995. Thomas also topped his career high of 44 points he scored on Dec. 20, at Memphis.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img 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 James Johnson scored 22 points for Miami, which has lost four straight and seven of eight. Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson added 19 points each for the Heat.Both teams were coming off losses the night before, but didn’t show any fatigue in a tight game Friday.The Heat opened the fourth quarter with five straight points to start an 11-2 run, including a three-point play by James Johnson and a dunk on a putback by Gerald Green. Richardson stole a pass and took it in for another dunk that gave the Heat an 89-84 lead with 9:27 to play.Thomas erased the deficit with consecutive 3-pointers, then added another from beyond the arc with 7:14 left to put Boston up 93-89. Thomas wasn’t done. He added another 3-pointer to put the Celtics up 101-93 and converted a three-point play with 4:05 left for a 104-98 lead.The Heat rallied with six straight points to tie it again, but Thomas put Boston right back up with a 1:57 left to make it 106-104 and the Celtics held on.ADVERTISEMENT Ronda Rousey gets $3 million guaranteed payday at UFC 207 Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos He entered the fourth period with 23 points and scored the first 11 of the quarter for Boston, which needed Thomas’ scoring outburst to hold off the Heat.Al Horford and Jaylen Brown were the only Boston players other than Thomas to score in the final period until Marcus Smart hit two free throws to seal it with 6 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThomas left between the foul shots and received a standing ovation from Boston fans, who chanted “M-V-P!” throughout his run in the fourth quarter. He was 9 for 13 from the field in the fourth period and made all 13 of his free throws in the game.Horford had 21 points for the Celtics. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac townlast_img read more

Lady Blazers give up long hair after failing to sweep elims

first_imgRodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 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 NBA: Nene nails game-winning free throws for Rockets Cariño is also relieved he can leave his team unattended without his players going wayward.“At least I know my team’s working on their own because they themselves are doing something to motivate each other,” said Cariño who didn’t shave his head.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federercenter_img Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ St. Benilde Lady Blazers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTONo more of those luscious locks for the Lady Blazers of College of St. Benilde.After losing to Lyceum last Dec. 6 in the NCAA Season 92 women’s volleyball tournament, the players went one with their bet to give up their long hair on their first setback.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books While head coach Michael Cariño was expecting a sweep from the team, the players also took it upon themselves to raise the stakes. “It’s like a bet for them, if they lose one game they will get a haircut,” said Cariño Thursday at San Juan Arena after St. Benilde stopped San Beda in four sets 12-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Our target was to sweep the eliminations really, and if weren’t able to do that they’ll have a haircut. I don’t know if they’ll do that again if we lose.” St. Benilde is now back to winning with a young two-game unbeaten streak heading into the final stretch of the elimination round. 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View commentslast_img read more

Inquirer 7 top UAAP women’s volleyball players: Week 7

first_imgLATEST STORIES Last week: No. 2Weeks on list: 5La Salle’s Kim Dy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSurprise, surprise, Kim Kianna Dy is on this list again. As La Salle’s talisman who barely averages 13 points a game, Dy is not the most prolific scorer in the league.But when you’re team’s winning, individual numbers aren’t that much of a priority. Dy finished with 11 points against UP and nine of those came from spikes.And it may not show in public, the trademark La Sallian swagger has slowly manifested in Dy.7. Jorelle Singh (National University, outside hitter)Weeks on list: 1NU’s Jorelle Singh. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe second round is nearing its finish but it’s still not too late to welcome a newcomer in our top 7. Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team placings, statistics and observation.ADVERTISEMENT This is Jorelle Singh’s first time and she fully deserves this spot. Singh, NU’s co-captain, was left in front of the net when their middle blocker was stationed at the back due to the team’s rotation.No matter, Singh held the fort for NU as she finished with 17 points to help the Lady Bulldogs over the Lady Warriors. Singh’s best play of that match was a perfectly-executed combination play when Santiago played bait and Singh launching a meteor-of-a-spike to give NU a 19-17 lead in the fourth set. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Santiago was on fire in the game, unloading 23 points, 20 off spikes and three off blocks. The towering Santiago played the crucial stretch of the fourth set in the back row as NU head coach Roger Gorayeb gambled and left off his liberos in the final set and in the last points of the match Santiago was stuck in the back row, an area of concern for Santiago considering her lanky frame isn’t built for digging and receiving. Santiago, despite standing 6-foot-5 and used to playing in the air, had her moments as the de facto libero.3. Mary Joy Baron (De La Salle University, middle blocker)Last week: No. 3Weeks on list: 2La Salle’s Mary Joy Baron. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMary Joy Baron is back in the list and she’s returned to her original rank as the third-best player this week. La Salle had just one game this week and it was a resounding vengeance against University of the Philippines. The Lady Spikers lost in three sets against the Lady Maroons in the first round but the fortunes have turned in the second with the defending champions scoring a 27-25, 25-11, 25-17 win.Baron was front and center in the triumph as she led La Salle with 16 points, and that can be broken down to seven spikes, six service aces, and three blocks. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Talk about a well-rounded offensive game.4. Jhoana Maraguinot (Ateneo de Manila University, outside hitter)Last week: No. 4Weeks on list: 3Ateneo’s Jhoana Maraguinot. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJhoana Maraguinot was the fourth-best player last week, well ‘lo and behold she’s at that spot this time again.With Ateneo going 2-0 this week, Maraguinot averaged 17.5 points a match and that mark was the highest for the Lady Eagles during this stretch of the season.Maraguinot became the focal point of Ateneo’s offense during the Lady Eagles’ win over the Lady Tamaraws scoring 23 points. Ateneo assistant coach Sherwin Meneses even said that they had to go to Maraguinot when things got tough during the game. “When we needed those points we had to go Jho or else we would’ve been in big trouble,” said Meneses.5. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside hitter) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Last week: N/AWeeks on list: 3UST’s Cherry Rondina. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCherry Rondina’s boundless energy has once more propelled her to this list.And though, UST finished 1-1 this week, Rondina’s intensity can’t be overlooked.In the Golden Tigresses’ loss to Ateneo, 25-10, 26-24, 28-26, Rondina was the lone player in black-and-gold to finish in double-digit scoring with 14 points.Rondina basically willed UST to survival in the third set against Ateneo but the Golden Tigresses eventually lost steam against the Lady Eagles.It was in UST’s next game against Adamson University, which it won 25-12, 25-18, 22-25, 25-19, where Rondina eventually got the support she needed.Rondina’s 18 points against the Lady Falcons were a game-high and she wasn’t the only Golden Tigress to produce more than 10 points.EJ Laure had 14 points in the Adamson game while Pam Lastimosa and Ria Meneses scoring 11 apiece. 6. Kim Kianna Dy (De La Salle University, opposite hitter) The UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament has reached fever pitch.Final Four positioning is of utmost importance right now with Ateneo (9-1) and defending champion De La Salle (8-2) inching closer to locking up the first and second seeds while University of Santo Tomas (6-4) and National University (6-4) having the inside track for the third and fourth spots. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnYes, the Golden Tigresses and the Lady Bulldogs are currently in the Final Four picture but one slip could see Far Eastern University (5-5) and University of the Philippines (5-5) making their move. Well that’s enough babble, here are INQUIRER’s top seven players for Week 7. ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Hualda rules Circulo Verde Chasedown Ateneo’s league-best 9-1 record has been the handiwork of Morado who’s been setting up the Lady Eagles as if she’s strumming a six-string Fender. In Ateneo’s two games in the week, Morado averaged 33 excellent sets per match.Morado’s greatness was in full display when she recorded 39 excellent sets against Far Eastern University when the Lady Eagles won in five sets, 25-20, 25-22, 17-25, 21-25, 15-8.For comparison, FEU tallied 40 excellent sets as a team.2. Jaja Santiago (National University, middle blocker)Last week: N/AWeeks on list: 3NU’s Jaja Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor a player of Jaja Santiago’s caliber, it’s surprising she’s figured in this list just three times.Santiago is the leading scorer of the tournament but when her team underwent a slump midway through the season the fun-loving NU spiker has been left off for a number of weeks.Fortunately for Santiago, the Lady Bulldogs played just one game this week and it resulted in a win against University of the East, 25-15, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21. 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 1. Jia Morado (Ateneo de Manila University, setter)Last week: No. 1Weeks on list: 5Ateneo’s Jia Morado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFirst thing’s first, this list is purely based on team records, statistics, and objective observation so for anyone claiming that this list could be biased (or that the author has a crush on Jia Morado) well it is not.With that out of the way, here goes.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Elite 8-Bound: Kentucky beats UCLA in south semifinal

first_imgKentucky guard De’Aaron Fox and UCLA guard Aaron Holiday chase a loose ball in the second half of an NCAA college basketball tournament South Regional semifinal game Friday, March 24, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. Kentucky won 86-75. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — De’Aaron Fox credits some sticky Kentucky defense for the Wildcats’ latest berth in a regional final.Coach John Calipari begs to differ.ADVERTISEMENT ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He points at Fox, the freshman guard who outplayed UCLA phenom Lonzo Ball with one of the best scoring nights in Kentucky’s vaunted NCAA Tournament history.Fox scored a career-high 39 points as Kentucky beat UCLA 86-75 Friday night in a showdown between two of college basketball’s goliaths for a spot in the South Regional final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“All I did at halftime was say: ‘Guys. Are you watching this game?’ and they said yeah,’” Calipari said. “I said; ‘Ok good. You know we are playing through De’Aaron Fox. The rest of you take a back seat and play off of him.’”Fox not only turned in the best NCAA scoring performance since Tayshaun Prince had 41 against Tulsa in 2002, it was the best by a freshman in tournament history. Malik Monk scored 21 points for Kentucky, and Dominique Hawkins added 11.This was the fourth time these powerhouses have met in the past three seasons, and UCLA upset then-No. 1 Kentucky in Rupp Arena with a 97-92 win on Dec. 3.Fox didn’t play his best in that game, taking 20 shots to get 20 points. That wasn’t a problem with Kentucky fans making the FedExForum as comfortable as Lexington. Fox scored the first eight points for Kentucky and was all over the court forcing turnovers or diving to the floor to force a jump ball.He outplayed Ball, who finished with 10 points on 4 of 10 shooting before announcing he had played his final game for UCLA. Ball handed out eight assists but also had four turnovers.Freshman TJ Leaf and Isaac Hamilton each had 17 points for UCLA.Kentucky shut down the nation’s top scoring team, holding UCLA well below its average of 90.2 points a game and just a point off its season-low.“We really picked it up defensively,” Fox said. “That’s why we won. Not because of our scoring. That team averages like 90 points a game, and we held them to … 15 less than their average.”Maybe it was nerves or so many freshmen, but Kentucky led 36-33 at halftime after a first half that wasn’t close to the fast-paced pace expected.By the second half, the Wildcats at least were running up and down the court.Monk also started scoring. The Southeastern Conference player of the year had only seven points in the first half. He hit four of his first five shots, including a pair of 3s, within the first five minutes of the second. He scored off the fast break, and his second 3 with 15:52 gave Kentucky a 50-44 lead. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awardscenter_img Thomas Welsh hit a short jumper, then Bryce Alford hit a 3 to pull UCLA within 50-49. That was as close as the Bruins would get as Kentucky pushed its lead to as much as 14 in the final couple minutes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely “I scored like the first 8 points of the game, and after that I was like you know it’s going to be a good night for me,” Fox said.The only No. 2 seed to advance to the Elite Eight, the Wildcats (32-5) won their 14th straight game. Now the NCAA’s winningest program will play another of basketball’s titans Sunday in top-seeded North Carolina, a 92-80 winner over Butler earlier Friday, with a trip to yet another Final Four on the line.The third-seeded Bruins (31-5) still have the most national titles. Yet they leave their third Sweet 16 under coach Steve Alford short of the Elite Eight.“We just got beat by a very good team that played very, very well tonight,” Alford said.Fans lustily booed Calipari in his first game in Memphis since leaving in April 2009 for the Wildcats . Calipari’s latest crop of talented freshmen put Kentucky into a regional final for the sixth time in seven years.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home LOOK: Lakers honor Shaq with high-flying statue outside arena 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 View commentslast_img read more

NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan’s last title in 1998

first_imgSwing Out Sister back to PH this April MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Cavs ignore last year’s comeback after another 0-2 hole LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak That’s an increase of 5 percent from the 18.6 million average in 2016.The Warriors’ 132-113 victory on Sunday drew an average of 20.1 million viewers, up 13 percent from Game 2 last year and the most for a Game 2 since Chicago and Utah met in 1998. The telecast peaked with 23.1 million viewers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThis is the first time two teams have met three straight times in the NBA Finals. 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 respitecenter_img For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks in front of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. APCLEVELAND — The first two games of the NBA Finals are the most-watched since Michael Jordan’s final championship in 1998.Despite two lopsided outcomes, Golden State’s two home wins over Cleveland averaged 19.6 million viewers, according to numbers released Monday by the Nielsen company.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

WATCH: LaVar Ball shows up at WWE Raw

first_imgWith sons LaMelo and Lonzo joining him, the Balls promoted their Big Baller Brand and announced a partnership with a WWE superstar.However, when LaVar said that the partnership isn’t with The Miz, the Intercontinental Champion grilled the family on how many championships they’ve already won.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnWhen The A-Lister raised that UCLA, Lonzo’s alma mater and future school of the other Ball children, didn’t win the 2017 NCAA Tournament, that was when LaVar blew his gasket and jawed at The Miz.“There’s only two dudes who are better than me, and I’m both of them!,” shouted LaVar. Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LaVar Ball steps up to the challenge of Intercontinental Champion The Miz at WWE Raw in Los Angeles. Photo by WWE.comLaVar Ball almost didn’t stay in his lane.The controversial father of incoming NBA rookie Lonzo showed up at Miz TV at WWE Raw on Monday (Tuesday Manila time) in Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LATEST STORIES 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 New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon Marck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental Westbrook wins MVP award after historic season Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ The Miz, seemingly challenging LaVar to a fight, took off his coat, that led to the Ball patriarch to take off his shirt as the two seemed poised to trade blows.Fortunately, Dean Ambrose came out and said that he was the one joining the Big Baller Brand as he stormed the ring to the aid of the Balls.The Miz and his entourage of Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas topped Ambrose, Rhyno and Heath Slater in the ensuing six-man tag team match.It was the first public appearance for Lonzo inside the Staples Center since being drafted second by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2017 NBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Law hails ‘quality’ WI captain Holder

first_img The tour of England represents one of the toughest challenges of Holder’s captaincy, especially with the youthful side – inexperienced in English conditions – already being written off by pundits. But Law said such was Holder’s character that such criticism only served to motivate him. “He takes it with a pinch of salt, the things said about him and this team and uses it to drive him and them forward,” said Law, who took over the side last March. “He’s got experience. He’s done it at this level, and I’m looking forward to how he performs.” The Windies take on England in the day/night opening Test starting tomorrow at Edgbaston. LONDON (CMC): Head coach Stuart Law has praised the character of Test captain Jason Holder and says he could be an effective leader over the next decade in West Indies cricket. The 25-year-old all-rounder is preparing to lead West Indies in the opening Test of a three-Test series against England in which the visitors have been labelled as rank underdogs. “It is a lot of responsibility, and he does it with fantastic integrity,” Law said here. “He’s a young man, but very intelligent and high quality. He’s doing everything to make sure he captains this side not just this series but for 10 or 15 years.” Holder was named Test captain two years ago, just a year after he was given charge of the one-day team, and has come in for widespread praise for his maturity despite the side’s losing slide. Under his watch, West Indies have won just two of their 15 Tests but have shown signs of development and professionalism. They stunned Pakistan last November in the United Arab Emirates to win the final Test despite losing the three-Test series, and also took a Test off the Pakistanis on the recent home tour as they again went down 2-1. TOUGH CHALLENGElast_img read more

Powell remains motivated, eyes strong 2018 season

first_imgZURICH, Switzerland: While underscoring the importance of inspiring the next generation of athletics stars, veteran Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell confirmed that he has no plans to hang up his spikes just yet and is eyeing next year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Powell was an ambassador for the UBS Zurich Kids Cup and spent yesterday signing autographs for and encouraging hundreds of young Swiss athletes at the Letzigrund Stadium along with other world stars such as Bahamas’s Shaunae Miller-Uibo. The former world record holder believes that it’s imperative that the kids be introduced to the sport at the earliest possible stage to ensure its continued growth across the world. “I feel really good doing these kids’ clinics because I love inspiring the youth,” Powell told The Sunday Gleaner. “Doing this is very important for maintaining interest in the sport. I have seen a lot of athletes today that I met with in the past and signed autographs for them, and they are now professional athletes, and this is pretty much coming from what we have done in the past for them, inspiring them and motivating them, and we push them to another level, so it’s definitely important.” Powell, who, last Thursday, competed in his first race in two months after an Achilles injury suffered during the National Senior Championships in June, clocked a very encouraging 10.11 seconds time in the men’s 100m at the Zurich Diamond League at the same venue. Buoyed by what he was able to run despite a mere two weeks of meaningful training, Powell is eagerly anticipating the coming season and believes that he has a lot left in the tank. Not counting the current season, since his professional debut in 2002, Powell has ended the year as either the fastest or second-fastest Jamaican, with the exception of the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The 34-year-old, who remains on a record 93 sub-10 seconds clocking in the 100m, says that he remains motivated and will continue to push himself. “I really don’t know yet (when I will retire). Everyone keeps telling me to go on until I can’t go anymore. I will continue to give it my best,” Powell shared. “I still have some work to do. It (getting to 100 sub-10 seconds times) keeps me motivated for sure. If I get to 100 this year, then next year, I will just be coasting, so I need to really do some work next year to ensure I even get to 110 (sub-10s),” added Powell. “This race (Zurich Diamond League 100m) just sets me up for the next one. I pray to God that next year I don’t get any more of these injuries. Achilles is one of the worst injuries to get. I would never wish it on my worst enemy,” he added before confirming his interest in the Commonwealth Games. “Am I considering the Commonwealth Games? Definitely! I don’t see why not. There isn’t much going on next year either, so I would definitely want to go to the Commonwealth Games,” said Powell, who won Commonwealth gold at the 2006 Melbourne Games. Very encouraginglast_img read more

JAAA boss expects top performances at U-18 meet

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr Warren Blake, says he expects a number of outstanding performances at the two-day Jamaica Under-18 Invitational.The meet which will be held at the National Stadium, will see junior athletes from Canada, St Kitts and Nevis, and St Vincent and the Grenadines competing in several events.Forty-two Canadians, the largest overseas contingent, are here for the championships.Dr Blake said the local athletes are looking forward to the championships and he is confident that they will do well.”I am expecting a very competitive event this weekend because the Canadians have sent down a fairly strong team,” said Blake.”Traditionally we are a step ahead of the Canadians in athletic competitions and so even though our athletes may not be the sharpest and some are just getting back into sharpness, I expect that they will be very competitive,” he said.Dr Blake added: “The important thing is to expose our Under-18 athletes to international competition because with the decline of the World Youth Championships region have to generate their own Under-18 competition and so I see this as an opportunity for Jamaica to step up to the plate to host this competition for the next three years.The championships is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. each day and will feature competition in the 100m, 400m, 1500m and 3000m; the 100m, 110m and 400 metres hurdles and the full range of jumps and throws.last_img read more

Pogba stars as Man United win EPL opener

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP) : Jose Mourinho received an instant reward for handing Paul Pogba the captaincy when the World Cup-winning midfielder paved the way for Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Leicester as the English Premier League season opened yesterday. Having returned from France’s triumph in Russia last month to intense media speculation about his future under United manager Mourinho, the 25-year-old Pogba was named skipper of a team that included debutant Fred. After an unusual stuttering run-up that briefly gave way to jogging on the spot, Pogba rifled home the first goal from a third-minute penalty after Daniel Amartey had handled a shot from Alexis Sanchez. The France playmaker then continued to impress as the first half wore on at Old Trafford, leading his team-mates by example. United had several chances to extend their lead against a Leicester side that called goalkeeper David De Gea into action more often than Mourinho would have liked. The manager, however, celebrated on the touchline after defender Luke Shaw directed home his first senior goal to put the result out of reach after an excellent through ball from Juan Mata. Substitute Jamie Vardy pulled one back with a stoppage-time header after Ricardo Pereira’s cross came back off the post, but it was too little, too late for Leicester. “Pogba was a monster, we thought maximum 60 minutes, he managed (more than) 80,” Mourinho said after taking his captain off late in the game. “Pre-season was very hard and we needed this fantastic spirit by the players to manage this performance and this result. “Paul was fantastic, his contribution was amazing but the fuel was disappearing. I am (also) very pleased for Luke. He made one mistake in 90 minutes, he was very good defensively.” Leicester looked startled by United’s early intensity but slowly began to feel its way into the match, with debutant James Maddison shining. Demarai Gray clipped in a smart ball that Kelechi Iheanacho followed with a strike across the face of goal, before a fierce Maddison shot was stopped by De Gea. At the other end, Andreas Pereira, making his first United appearance since February 2016, looked sharp in midfield alongside Pogba. Matteo Darmian tested Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel at the near post early into a second half that United started with bundles of possession, but few clear-cut chances. A good oppor-tunity came when Pogba fed Sanchez and he set up Mata, who had a shot that was deflected just wide. But it was far from one-way traffic. Eric Bailly did superbly to deny Iheanacho, and Vardy bundled Shaw off the ball to send in a cross that Gray almost flicked home. It was Shaw, who just like Pogba has endured some tough times under Mourinho, who was the unlikely late hero for United. With seven minutes remaining, he flicked the ball past a defender before sending a low left-footed strike into the net. It was the first senior goal for former England and Southampton defender Shaw, on the 23-year-old left-back’s 141st appearance. “It’s important to win and play well,” Mourinho said. “We must get used to teams who have players of the same quality that we have. Every team is a good team, forget the name, forget the history, forget the shirt.” Leicester manager Claude Puel praised his players. “It was not a good result, but it was a good performance,” Puel said. “We showed good control, good football, a lot of chances. We had chances to score in the first half. It was more difficult in the second half.”last_img read more