Mills leads Spurs past Warriors in game minus top stars

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next La Salle notches 2nd straight win, beats NU in four sets “It’s more about May and June than March,” said Matt Barnes, who the Warriors signed after Durant’s injury. “I understand the frustration from people, but we’re working for something bigger right now. So, we’ve got to do what’s best for our players. We apologize. You’ll definitely see our stars when it counts.”Earning the top seed is important, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr said keeping his team healthy is a greater priority. Golden State concluded a stretch of eight games in 13 days, including the second night of a back-to-back that saw the Warriors arrive in San Antonio at 3 a.m. Saturday.“We had to get through this night. That was the main thing,” Kerr said. “We had to get through this trip and they allowed us to do that. Obviously, we wanted to win, but we didn’t do that but we made it through to this point. Now we can go home, recharge our batteries and get rolling again.”The Spurs were expecting to be without Leonard, Tony Parker and Dejounte Murray due to injuries, but received a jolt when they were informed that Aldridge will be out indefinitely with a minor heart arrhythmia. The 31-year-old forward underwent tests Saturday and will have more Monday.“We hope LaMarcus is well and everything goes well and his arrhythmia goes back to normal and allows him to play with us soon,” Gasol said.ADVERTISEMENT Spurs: Popovich said Leonard is progressing through the league’s concussion protocol and is hopeful the All-Star forward can return Monday against Atlanta. … Mills was averaging 11.5 points in his previous four starts this season. … Parker missed his second straight game with back stiffness. He has missed 14 games this season. … Murray was sidelined with a strained left groin, missing his first game of his rookie season due to injury. … Bertans has 51 3-pointers this season, becoming just the sixth Spurs rookie with at least 50. … Gasol collected his 1,829th block, moving into 21st in career blocks in league history.MCCAW’S ROUGH NIGHTGolden State guard Patrick McCaw was 0 for 12, matching the league low this season for attempts without a basket.Barnes said he would talk to the rookie about remaining confident despite the rough outing.“Just keep playing,” Barnes said. “You miss every shot you don’t take. It was just one of those nights. He’s very consistent for us. He’s been stepping up while K.D. has been down. You’ve got to stay aggressive and continue to shoot.”UP NEXTWarriors: Host Philadelphia on Tuesday night.Spurs: Host Atlanta on Monday night. Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Patty Mills had 21 points and San Antonio rolled to a 107-85 victory over Golden State on Saturday night in a game short on star power to pull within a half-game of the Warriors for the NBA’s top record.“Both sides were missing some players, but at the end of the day it’s an important game either way,” said Pau Gasol, one of five Spurs players in double figures. “We got it done.”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 returnThe big showdown between the league’s top two teams turned into a huge letdown with both teams missing their star players.Already without Kevin Durant due to a knee injury, Golden State opted to rest Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills, of Australia, celebrates a 3-point basket during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 107-85. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — Golden State understands it might have disappointed fans in attendance along with those watching the nationally televised game against San Antonio by resting its best players.But the Warriors want to keep their players healthy — something the Spurs are now hoping for after a tumultuous 48 hours that led to the loss of Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge.ADVERTISEMENT Mills came through with a hot start with San Antonio missing its top two scorers. He matched a career high for points in a half with 21 in the opening quarters. He played only five minutes in the second half.“The aggressive mindset needs to be there no matter who’s on the court and who’s not,” Mills said. “That’s something that I’ve been trying to focus on a little bit more this end of the season going into the playoffs.”The Spurs, who led by as many as 28, made 12 3-pointers.San Antonio hit three consecutive 3-pointers midway through the second quarter, including a pair from rookie forward Davis Bertans. Mills’ 3 led Kerr to call a timeout with 6:18 as the Spurs lead swelled to 53-37.“I was disappointed in the defense in the first half,” Kerr said.Ian Clark had 36 points to lead Golden State, which suffered its third straight loss and fifth in seven games. Barnes added 14 points and Zaza Pachulia had 11 points and 12 rebounds.San Antonio also captured a possible tiebreaker against Golden State by winning the first two of three games against the Warriors in the regular season.“It’s a win we’re going to accept and keep, but wasn’t a fair fight,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “They’re Golden State. Their top four or five players weren’t there, if anybody didn’t notice. We’re supposed to win a basketball game like that.”TIP-INSWarriors: It has been 2,272 days since Golden State last played without at least one of their All-Star trio of Curry, Thompson and Green. The last time the Warriors’ were without all three was Dec. 21, 2010, when they beat the Sacramento Kings 117-109 in overtime. … Golden State has won just once in its past 35 regular-season games at the AT&T Center. The Warriors beat the Spurs 92-86 on April 10, 2016, to snap a 33-game losing streak in San Antonio on its way to a league record 73 victories. … Golden State is 10-4 in the second game of a back-to-back. … The Warriors recalled Damian Jones from its Development League to fill out its roster. Jones, who was averaging 8.4 points and 6.8 rebounds for Santa Cruz, had four points and five rebounds in 18 minutes. 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Facing E-Painters brings back fond memories for Chism

first_imgMOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media “It was fun. It brought back a lot of memories from practices and stuff,” he said. “I had fun playing against them. They played hard and they play as a team, as usual. I’m happy that I was out there with them, just on the opposite side.”READ: Chism eager to work with Guiao once more 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 returnHelping the Elasto Painters contend for the title in three separate occasions, the 29-year-old now finds himself on the other side of the fence as he followed Guiao in the NLEX camp.He may be wearing different jerseys, but he remains the same Chism who has wreaked havoc in his past stops here, pouring 27 points, 21 rebounds, and two blocks in his return on Friday. UE nears UAAP men’s lawn tennis crown Wayne Chism. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThough facing off against Rain or Shine is no longer an issue for coach Yeng Guiao, it was still a weird feeling for import Wayne Chism.But that didn’t stop him from competing at his best, especially against former teammate Beau Belga.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The former Best Import’s efforts, though, went for naught as the Road Warriors lost to the Elasto Painters, 113-105.READ: Yap’s 26-point burst lifts Rain or Shine past NLEXDespite the loss, Chism is optimistic that NLEX can turn it around, especially  the Road Warriors blend well in time.“We have a lot of improvements to do but this shows what we have as a team. It was good that we fought until the end instead of giving up and backing out of the game. We fought until the end and we just made mistakes in the end,” he said.“The only thing is we need to jell as a team and develop more chemistry. If we do that, we’ll be good to go.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards 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 ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Alab forges semis tiff vs Singapore

first_imgThe Long Lions rested import Josh Boone for the second straight game, allowing James Hughes to wreak havoc inside the paint. Still, Alab needed a late run to put away the Long Lions, who still led, 71-70, early in the fourth period.Alab hiked its record to 10-9 heading into its last assignment in Kaohsiung on Sunday against the Kaohsiung Truth.Celiz fired 13 of his 17 points in the first half alone to keep Alab in the thick of the fight. Hughes added 17 points and 14 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT The Slingers own home court advantage in the series, but Alab coach Mac Cuan believes the victory against the league-leading Long Lions will help his squad’s confidence in its playoff push.Hong Kong, which holds the top seed in the playoffs, will play either Saigon Heat or the Malaysia Westports Dragons in the other semifinal pairing.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“It’s a great win to get our minds right for the playoffs and start preparing for it,” said Cuan, after Alab beat Hong Kong for the first time after three losses this season.“I’m just happy we didn’t start flat and we competed right from the start regardless of the (Josh) Boone situation.” Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot ASEAN Basketball League/Glenn Michael TanFinding its rhythm early, Alab Pilipinas locked up the No. 3 seed heading into the 2017 Asean Basketball League playoffs after an 82-75 victory over Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions on Sunday night at USEP Gymin Davao City.With import Sampson Carter and local Robby Celiz getting into the groove in the first half, the Filipinos got off strong this time on their way to snapping a three-game slide and setting up a clash with No. 2 Singapore Slingers in the best-of-three semifinals starting April 2.ADVERTISEMENT Madis, Velez dominate Davao City PPS tennislast_img read more

Spurs anguish as West Ham loss eases Chelsea’s path to title

first_imgWildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR The collapse at the Olympic Stadium was so out of character for the current crop of Tottenham players. A team that invigorated the title race with daring, attacking football suddenly ran out of ideas in the London derby. A nine-match winning run — Tottenham’s longest since its last title-winning season in 1960-61 — came to an end meekly to leave the team four points behind Chelsea.“The right question to ask ourselves is, ‘Are we capable to increase, especially in the moments under pressure all together in a big game, the level?’” Lloris said.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“The way we played football was so excellent (this season), that’s why it’s even more frustrating today because I didn’t recognize Tottenham. So it hurts even more today.”It was only Tottenham’s fourth loss in 35 games this campaign, but the other setbacks came against more illustrious opposition: Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. View comments Tottenham’s Vincent Janssen, top, jumps over West Ham’s goalkeeper Adrian during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium. APLONDON — After Chelsea’s path to the Premier League title was cleared, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was left frustrated, bewildered and hurt.Without a title since 1961, Tottenham had fought so hard to trim Chelsea’s lead in recent weeks but then squandered the opportunity to slash it to a single point on Friday (Saturday Manila time). A 1-0 loss at West Ham enables Chelsea to secure the trophy before Tottenham even plays again.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Boxing on hot streak ahead of Canelo-Chavez Jr. showdown 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 Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely The visitors could find no way back as West Ham celebrated a signature win in its troubled first season at the main stadium for the 2012 Olympics which Tottenham had tried to secure in a bitter battle that ended up in court.West Ham turned on the style to foil a Tottenham side usually so energetic and menacing to ease any lingering relegation fears. The victory hauled Slaven Bilic’s team up six places to ninth in the standings after days of public debate about the manager’s futureWhat has proved costly for Tottenham are the dropped points in the opening months of the season. Tottenham was fifth in the standings after 18 games but has won 13 of its last 17 games to unexpectedly challenge Chelsea for the title, outmuscling bigger-spending rivals with a wage bill lower than its rivals in the top six.Now Tottenham is looking down again, holding an eight-point lead over Liverpool with three games to go. Tottenham is still set for a second consecutive season in the Champions League for the first time. But for the second year in a row, the team’s title bid has faltered in the closing weeks of the season.“I’m not really pleased with the way we played this game,” Lloris said before leaving the Olympic Stadium. “We didn’t put in the right energy, especially because of the context … in the title race. It was not enough.” LATEST STORIEScenter_img Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Chelsea has four games remaining — one more than Tottenham — and will capture its second title in three seasons by beating Middlesbrough on Monday and West Bromwich Albion on Friday. Tottenham’s challenge now is holding on for its highest finish in 54 years in the remaining three games.“To win a league, to win a trophy, there are key moments,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “And today was a key moment that and we couldn’t show that thing. It’s not about always playing well or badly, it’s not about running more or less, it’s about when you must win you win.“If you want to be a champion there are games you must win. How? I don’t know. Today we missed it a little bit.”Pochettino’s players were looking lethargic and were punished for their sloppiness in the 65th minute. Aaron Cresswell’s cross wasn’t cleared and Manuel Lanzini given space to pounce to score the only goal. It was the first time Tottenham had trailed in a league game in a month and the damage would have been heavier had goalkeeper Hugo Lloris not made a diving save to deny Jonathan Calleri.“We missed a little bit that fluidity to play with possession and move the ball quicker to find the space and try to break them down,” Pochettino said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

After a dunkfest in Game 1, Cavs must slow Warriors at rim

first_img“I think that’s how Cleveland is going to approach it, make it a physical game,” Michael Cooper, now the coach of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream who went through some epic Lakers-Celtics battles as a player in the 1980s, said before the series began. “Golden State wants a finesse game.”Finesse won Game 1.And after a team has been blown out in the playoffs, history shows that team typically tries to make a statement in Game 2 that things will be different.Funny thing is for Cleveland, the Cavs had a way to do just that three months ago in former Golden State center Andrew Bogut. Problem is, they only had him for 58 seconds.Let’s clear up a misconception: Golden State’s biggest undoing on the way to blowing that 3-1 lead in last season’s NBA Finals was not Draymond Green’s Game 5 suspension for connecting with LeBron James’ midsection.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April And easy isn’t supposed to happen, especially not at the rim in the NBA Finals.Forget all the things that Cleveland did wrong offensively in Game 1, the poor shooting and the 20 turnovers and how the bench basically contributed nothing.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 groundThe Cavs can score. They’ll likely be better on Sunday night in Game 2. That isn’t the issue.The issue is this: If the reigning NBA champions don’t show some toughness — especially at the rim — soon, they won’t be reigning NBA champions much longer. 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 — The sixth, Durant drove the lane and Smith ran away to cover Stephen Curry.“We made a lot of mistakes. They capitalized,” James said. “And we get an opportunity to get a couple days to see what they did and see what we did wrong and how we can be better in Game 2.”To be fair, playing the Warriors is a slew of pick-your-poison decisions. Overcommit to the lane, and their shooters will tee off from 3-point range. Overplay the perimeter, and the rim is undefended. They’ve won 28 of their last 29 games. They’re 80-15 this season. They could post the second-best record in NBA history when counting the regular season and playoffs, behind only the 1995-96 Bulls.Today’s NBA isn’t the sort of league where someone is going to egregiously foul Durant or any other Warrior to send some sort of foolish overly physical message, nor should it be. Though Kevin McHale’s aggressive at-the-rim takedown of Kurt Rambis in the 1984 title matchup remains a quintessential moment in postseason lore (and swung that Celtics-Lakers series totally Boston’s way).And this series is a long way from over. James has been on the losing end of Game 1 of the Finals seven times in eight tries. He was down 1-0 in all three of the series where he went on to win a ring. Not even a 3-1 deficit last year was enough to faze him.But someone from Cleveland had better find a way to make life tougher for the Warriors going forward starting on Sunday.Or else a lot more dunks are coming.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ The Warriors lost that series because Bogut — their best rim protector — got hurt in Game 5.And this year, it was Cleveland’s turn to lose Bogut.The Australian started the year in Dallas, got traded to and ultimately waived by Philadelphia, and signed with Cleveland because the Cavs knew they needed — and wanted — another tough guy who could clog the lane and had playoff experience. And there is no doubt he would have been eager to go against the team that jettisoned him to the Mavericks to make room for Durant.But Bogut checked into a game against Miami for his Cavs debut, collided with Heat rookie Okaro White, and broke his left leg. Season over. So while he was tweeting Thursday about Santa Claus and Australian Rules Football, Durant was dunking on the sort of nonexistent defense typically seen at an All-Star Game and not the NBA Finals.Durant had six dunks, all in the first half.— The first came off a great cut to beat James.— The second, James got no help after he swiped unsuccessfully at the ball.— The third, James slipped and again no help came.— The fourth, Kyrie Irving didn’t stop the ball as Durant sailed past.— The fifth, Shaun Livingston faked the Cavs out and Durant was left all alone. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in French Open: Johnson appreciates Thiem’s compassionate words For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’center_img 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. (Ezra Shaw/Pool Photo via AP)The first-half list of baskets for Golden State’s Kevin Durant in Game 1 of the NBA Finals went like this: layup, dunk, jumper, dunk, dunk, dunk, dunk, layup, dunk, layup.Most were easy.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in End of his agony? 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Ronaldo hits milestone as Portugal sink New Zealand

first_imgA dream fulfilled for Christian Puskas in Ronaldo’s sightsSantos fielded an attacking line-up packed with experience and resisted the temptation to rest Ronaldo with Portugal still requiring a point to qualify and vying with Mexico and Russia for top spot.Ronaldo twice threatened the New Zealand goal in quick succession, nodding straight at goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic on 24 minutes and then clattering the crossbar shortly after with another header from a Ricardo Quaresma cross.But the Portugal captain made no mistake after Danilo was wrestled to the ground in the area by a combination of Tom Doyle and Tommy Smith following a corner.Ronaldo buried the resultant penalty beyond Stefanovic to draw level with former Hungary great Sandor Kocsis and within nine goals of the legendary Ferenc Puskas’ European record of 84 at international level.Portugal swiftly doubled their lead when Eliseu’s dangerous low cross from the left was forced home by Silva, although there was brief concern for the new Manchester City signing as he landed awkwardly on his ankle. New Zealand skipper Chris Wood nearly grabbed a lifeline for the All Whites on the hour, but his back-post effort was scrambled off the line by a combination of Rui Patricio and Bruno Alves.Ronaldo could have added to his tally when he climbed to meet a Nelson Semedo delivery, his header scooped away by Stefanovic who then stood tall to superbly deny Andre Silva.Santos withdrew Ronaldo on 67 minutes with the semi-finals in mind, and his replacement Nani nearly struck within moments of his introduction only for Stefanovic to brilliantly tip behind his deflected shot.Silva finally provided Portugal with further breathing space 10 minutes from time as the AC Milan-bound striker ran at the Kiwi defence before drilling into the roof of the net. MOST READ New Zealand boss Anthony Hudson felt the final result was harsh on his players.“We started the game really well, and were the stronger of the two teams,” said Hudson.“But we had a period in that first half when we allowed them to come into the game and gave ourselves too much to do to get back into it.” Mexico eliminated hosts Russia with a 2-1 win in Kazan to join Portugal on seven points, with Santos’ side to face the runners-up of Group B on Wednesday for a place in the July 2 final.Copa America holders Chile lead Germany on goal difference ahead of the final round of matches in Group B, although Australia and Cameroon still harbour outside qualification hopes.ADVERTISEMENT Andre Silva added a third on 80 minutes before Nani completed the rout in stoppage time to ensure Portugal progressed to last four as winners of Group A, finishing above Mexico on goal difference.“We knew it could be complicated because we had seen New Zealand play Mexico and the problems they caused the Mexicans,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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Overall though, it was a fair victory. “But I think the New Zealand team should have scored a goal — they deserved one.”  Antetokounmpo brothers – from migrants to ambassadors Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) falls over New Zealand’s defender Andrew Durante after missing a goal during the 2017 Confederations Cup group A football match between New Zealand and Portugal at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVCristiano Ronaldo scored his 75th international goal as Portugal trounced New Zealand 4-0 in Saint Petersburg on Saturday to advance to the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup.The Real Madrid star struck from the penalty spot on 33 minutes to fire the European champions in front before Bernardo Silva turned in a second goal four minutes later.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela provincecenter_img For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ 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 Former Manchester United winger Nani then drilled in a fourth in injury time, with Portugal now having lost just one of their last 23 competitive fixtures. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Jamaicans urged to seek entry into Godolphin Flying Start

first_imgDarren Fox, Stallion Seasons sales manager, Darley Stallions in the United States of America, has called on Jamaicans to apply for entry into the Godolphin Flying Start programme in 2019. The Godolphin Flying Start programme is a two-year full time international management training specialising in thoroughbred racing and breeding. It was founded in 2003. The 2017-19 programme is now on. “I would encourage any young person to reach out and learn of this programme and send in an application. Your dream could be within your grasp, all you have to do is reach out and grab it; I am a product of this programme,” Fox disclosed during the Jamaica Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame banquet and prelude to the Derby last Thursday night at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Fox said that many countries have persons that enlisted in the Godolphin Flying Start programme, but “Jamaica is missing”. Jamaica Racing Commission’s general manager Richard Longmore said the Hall of Fame have been absent for the past six years and he hailed the return of the prestigious event. There was ten new inductees in the Hall of Fame. They include: Category A – 2010 Jamaica Derby winner Mark My Word owned by Elite Bloodstock. Category B – trainers Richard Azan and Vincent Edwards. Category C – jockey David McKenzie. Category D – grooms Linval McFarlane and Clive Evans. Category E – Veterinarians Dr Clifford Bradford and Dr St Aubyn Bartlett; racing administrator Chris Armond and owner Elias Haloute.last_img read more

Nurse backs WI to win at Sabina

first_imgWest Indies off-spin bowler Ashley Nurse believes the home team has a very good chance of winning the final match at Sabina Park tomorrow and tying their five-match one-day international series against India.The series is currently being led by India 2-1 after rain caused a no-result in the first encounter.”The guys are on a high and have gained a lot of confidence from the last game,” said Nurse, referring to their fourth match, which the West Indies won by 11 runs. They lost the first duel by 105 runs and second by 93 runs.”Therefore, once we come out, and tick all the boxes, I have no doubt that we can win the match, and level the series,” he added.The West Indies, who held their first training session at Sabina Park yesterday, will enter the showdown hoping to improve their batting displays so far.In the second match, the regional men, chasing 311 to win in Trinidad and Tobago were restricted to 205 for six, while in the third game in Antigua, they could only manage 158 in search of 252 for victory.There was also a less-than-ideal batting display in the fourth match also in Antigua where they scored 189 for nine before restricting the Indians to 178.These batting displays, according to Nurse, can be corrected and with the series now on the line, he is hoping the batsmen can rise to the occasion.”Not a lot of people expected us to do well in the series,” he said. “Everybody expected us to get five-love. To therefore be in a position where we can share the series is a testament to our commitment and belief.”Nurse, who along with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, have been spearheading the West Indies one-day spin bowling attack in recent times, has so far taken 26 wickets in 17 matches at an average of 26.04 and an economy rate of 4.56. He has best figures of four for 62.last_img read more

Belgium show class to take third spot

first_imgST PETERSBURG, Russia (AP): For Belgium and England, the third-place match at the World Cup was more like a dress rehearsal for future finals. At least they hope. The Belgians earned their best World Cup finish by beating England 2-0 yesterday in a match both saw as the start of a push for the European Championship title in 2020 or the World Cup in 2022. “With this winning mentality you can win trophies,” said Eden Hazard, who scored Belgium’s second goal. “In two years, in four years, we will be better. We have young players. They are very good also in the team. They push all of us.” Thomas Meunier and Hazard both scored at St Petersburg Stadium in a match between the two semifinal losers. England matched their best World Cup result – fourth in 1990 – since winning the tournament for the only time in 1966. “Today shows there’s room for improvement. We’re not the finished article. We’re still learning. We’re still getting better,” England striker Harry Kane said. “We don’t want to wait another 20-odd years to get into another major semi-final.” Both Belgium and England were playing for the seventh time in 26 days, but the Belgians entered the match with an extra day of rest. Meunier’s goal matched a World Cup record for Belgium by having 10 different players score in a tournament, something only done before by France in 1982 and Italy in 2006. Meunier scored in the fourth minute, knocking a cross from Nacer Chadli past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Hazard added the other off a pass from Kevin De Bruyne in the 82nd. Belgium’s previous best finish at the World Cup was fourth, but the team outplayed England in the midfield to go one better this time.last_img read more

SCHEDULE: Gibson McCook Relays Finals

first_img 5.34 p.m. 4 x 100m High School Boys Class IV 5.41 p.m. 4 x 100m Institution Men – Championship 5.48 p.m. 4 x 100m Institution Women 5.55 p.m. 4 x 100m High School Girls U19 – Championship 6.02 p.m. 4 x 100m High School Girls U17 – Championship 6.09 p.m. 4 x 100m High School Girls U15 6.16 p.m. 4 x 100m High School Girls U13 6.26p.m.  4 x 100m Masters Men 6.30 p.m.  4 x 100m Special Olympics Men 6.37 p.m.  4 x 800m High School Boys Open – Championship 6.47 p.m.  4 x 800m High School Girls Open – Championship 6.57 p.m.100m Women Open 7.08 p.m.100m Men Open 7.15 p.m.400m Women Open 7.25 p.m.400m Men Open 7.30 p.m. Sprint Medley Clubs & Institutions Men 7.38 p.m. Sprint Medley High Sch. Boys Open – Championship 7.46 p.m. Spirit Medley High Sch. Girls Open – Championship 7.54 p.m. 4 x 200m High School Girls Open – Championship 8:02 p.m. 4 x 200m High School Boys Class I – Championship 8.10 p.m. 4 x 200 High School Boys Class II – Championship 8.18 p.m. 4 x 200m High School Boys Class III 8.26 p.m. 4x 200m High School Boys Class IV 8.34 p.m. 4 x 400m Institution Women 8.45 p.m. 4 x 400m Institution Men –Championship 8.52 p.m. 4 x 400m High School Girls Open – Championship 9.00 p.m. 4 x 400m High School Boys Open – Championship GIBSON MCCOOK RELAYS FINALS 4.00 p.m. One Mile Open Men 4.10 p.m. One Mile Open Women  4.20 p.m. 4 x 100m Prep School Boys Under 10 4.31 p.m. 4 x 100m Primary School Boys Under 10 4.38 p.m.  4 x 100m Primary School Boys Under 12 4.46 p.m. 4 x 100m Prep School Boys Under 12 4.56 p.m. 4 x 100m Prep School Girls Under 12 5.04 p.m. 4 x 100m Primary School Girls Under 12 5.12 p.m. 4 x 100m High School Boys Class I Championship 5.20 p.m. 4 x 100m High School Boys Class II Championship 5.27 p.m. 4 x 100m High School Boys Class IIIlast_img read more