An August August for sports fans, argues Hubert Lawrence

first_imgAugust is looking august for sports fans. Not only does the eighth month contain important landmarks in Jamaica’s history, but it also brings two magnificent World Championships.With Emancipation and Independence raising patriotic fervour and the noteworthy performance of the Reggae Boyz fresh in memory, August puts netball and athletics on centre stage. Unfortunately, there’s a catch.The Sunshine Girls go first, in the Netball World Cup Down Under in Sydney, Australia, which starts tomorrow.Third last year in the Commonwealth Games, the Girls face two huge hurdles in their search for the gold medal. The hosts and their neighbours, New Zealand, have dominated these revamped and renamed World Championships since they started in 1969. Jamaica will need to be consistently brilliant to win a title that has always eluded them.Experienced under pressureMore than any of the Girls, Romelda Aiken knows what to expect Down Under. She anchored the Queensland Firebirds to a buzzer-beating one-goal victory in this season’s ANZ professional league final. It was as hard and passionate as the World Cup will be.Perhaps Aiken’s familiarity in those surroundings will be the little edge that will make the difference for the Girls.A week after the last ball bounces in Sydney, the finest track and field athletes will return to Beijing for the World Championships.Seven years ago, at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Melaine Walker launched a golden era in Jamaican athletics.Bolt, Fraser-Pryce and VCB return with glittering achievements under their collective belt. Bolt is the best male sprinter ever. With two World titles and two Olympic gold medals, Fraser-Pryce is the most successful female 100m sprinter of all time and VCB is one of the best 100-200 combination speedsters the world has ever seen.They go, with the likes of Asafa Powell, Elaine Thompson, Kaliese Spencer, Pan-Am throwing champions Fedrick Dacres and O’Dayne Richards, Javon Francis and Stephenie McPherson, to Beijing at a time when the sport is in crisis. That’s the catch. It takes the shine off what could be a month to remember.Bolt has the task of beating Justin Gatlin in a race for the soul of athletics. Allowed to return four years after a second drug-related offence, Gatlin has become a virtual persona non grata despite the contribution his 2006 plea bargain may have played in shutting down bandooloo networks.Their meetings in the 100 and 200 metres take place in the context of recent vexing revelations of ‘suspicious’ test results stored by the sport’s international governing body.Much to watch forMany will watch the World Championships just to see Bolt versus Gatlin. That would be a mistake. The men’s triple jump has two men – Olympic champion Christian Taylor of the USA and Cuban Pablo Pedro Pichardo have pulled the 20-year-old world record within reach. Keshorn Walcott, the Olympic champion, is part of a stellar field in the men’s javelin and the women’s high jump is getting high again.Besides that, world records have already fallen this year in the women’s 1500 and the women’s hammer.Add the Ashes and the return this week of English Premier League football and August could hardly be better.If the Girls win and Bolt leads a big Jamaican performance in Beijing, it would be perfect. I’m sure I’m not the only one with my fingers crossed.n Hubert Lawrence was in Sydney for the 2000 Olympics and in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics.last_img read more

Gordon’s hat-trick lifts MBU

first_imgWestern Bureau The goals just keep on coming for Montego Bay United’s forward Owayne Gordon, who fired in a hat-trick in Wednesday night’s opening Group Three Caribbean Football Union Club Championship win over Scholars International of Cayman, played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Gordon scored in the 25th, 73rd and 80th minutes  with an own goal coming from Scholars midfielder Courtney Duval in the 42nd minute. It was Gordon’s first-ever hat-trick for MBU. MBU’s win sets up what will likely be an interesting match against the defending champions Central FC from Trinidad on Sunday. Central will bow into action this evening when they meet the wounded Scholars in an 8 p.m. kick-off at the complex. MBU were made to work hard in the first 15 minutes to break down the Scholars team before Paul “Tegat” Davis-coached team began to settle and eventually turned the game in their favour, with Gordon in particular looking sharp upfront. “I was enjoying myself out there; it’s always nice to score goals but I think I enjoyed these greatly because it is my first hat-trick for MBU,”  Gordon said.   “They played hard but we are MBU and the team did what the coach asked and we got the important win,” added Gordon. The opening goal came from the penalty spot. Gordon stepped up to fire to the left of Scholars goalie Jermaine Brown after a defender had handled the ball. From there on there was little the visitors could do to stop the now marauding MBU team, buoyed by the early goal. The local team’s third goal and Gordon’s second was MBU at their best; a series of neat passes ended up with Gordon being fouled close to the area. Gordon struck the ball sweetly to the left of Brown in Scholars goal for a 3-0 lead. His hat-trick was completed when he lifted the ball over the advancing goalkeeper and into the unprotected net to complete the rout. “I am just happy to win tonight. I hope we play better in our next match and score more goals too,” added Gordon.last_img read more

Awards Season Is Here

first_imgAwards season is here in all its glory. In a Jamaican context, it climaxes at the RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards Ceremony in early January, but two big ones will arrive before the end of this month. The Caribbean Sports Journalists Association will dole out prizes for performances in 2016, while the Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Excellence will honour both the past and the present.The latter presents an intriguing face-off with a coaching award category that pits track and field high achievers Glen Mills and Stephen Francis against each other. It will be fascinating to see who wins. More important, it’s heart-warming to see the region honouring its own.Further afield, deliberations continue with regard to the IAAF Athlete of the Year Award. At first blush, South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk seems to be a runaway winner. The 24-year-old ticks all the right boxes, with an undefeated season capped by a world record 400-metre run to gold at the Rio Olympics. The year 2016 was also when the smooth-striding South African became the first athlete to have times under 10 seconds in the 100m, under 20 seconds in the 200m and under 44 seconds in the 400m.Add his mighty impressive 31.03-second run over 300 metres at the inaugural Racers Grand Prix and you have a cocktail of excellence. Those who favour other candidates for the IAAF award will dig deeper. They see that, though van Niekerk stormed to a world record of 43.03 seconds from lane 8, he never had even one other time under 44.Grist for that mill indicates that his historic sub-10 – 9.98 seconds in Bloemfontein, South Africa – came at 1395 metres of altitude and with a near-perfect aiding wind of 1.5 metres per second. The track and field numbers people calculate that down to 10.08 seconds if you zero the wind and altitude.ONE BIG PERFORMANCEIf you take the position that van Niekerk had just one big performance in 2016, you might give the award to someone else, but it would have to be someone who won in Rio AND who was consistently good throughout the Olympic campaign.When Usain tripped, recovered and then accelerated and eased up in front of a fine field to win the Racers Grand Prix 100 in 9.88 seconds, it looked like the tall man might have been headed for some really fast times. The same feeling arose when he ran 19.78 seconds in his Olympic 200-metre semi-final. An injury enforced break, however, made real speed impossible and caused him to ‘lose’ at the National Championships and to cut his season short.Despite that, one sports radio show host asked recently if Bolt could not win on sentiment born of his completion of the Olympic triple treble. The voting for the award actually does have a potentially ‘sentimental’ component as the IAAF Council’s vote will only count for 50% of the result, while the IAAF Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.The IAAF family is composed of IAAF member federations, IAAF Committee members, IAAF meeting directors, IAAF athlete ambassadors, athletes’ representatives, top athletes, members of the international press, IAAF staff members and the IAAF’s official partners. Could Bolt sentiment hold sway within this group? We will soon see.Kenyan Conselius Kipruto dominated the 3000-metre steeplechase all season and won in Rio. However, he never crossed the 8-minute barrier. Omar McLeod won the 60-metre hurdles at the World Indoor Championships, broke the 13-second barrier in the 110-metre hurdles AND won gold in Rio. Two pre-Olympic losses, one due to a fall, damaged his card.Designed to facilitate comparison, the IAAF Performance Tables give van Nierkerk 1310 points for his world record. Bolt would need times of 9.71 and 19.44 seconds in the 100m and 200m, respectively, to find parity. His fastest 2016 100m was clocked at 9.81 seconds in Rio. The table equates that to a 43.57 400m metre time and 1273 points.British distance king Moham-med Farah tripped and fell but recovered to win gold in the Olympic 10,000m final and completed the double with a victory in the 5,000m. Marathon maestro Eliud Kipchoge and decathlete Ashton Eaton both won both of their competitions, including the Olympics. The tables aren’t too kind to any of these men. Farah gets 1237 for his fastest 10,000 of the year – a time of 26 minutes 53.71 seconds, with Eaton’s Olympic record score of 8893 gathering 1247 points and with Kipchoge scoring 1288 for his best marathon of 2 hours 03 minutes and 5 seconds.By comparison, van Nierkerk’s second-fastest 400 of the year – a 44.11 – nets a mere 1237 points from the IAAF tables.The history of the award is, nevertheless, instructive. World records have been on the portfolio of 21 of the 29 previous winners. As we all know, the only man with a world record in 2016 is Wayde van Niekerk.Only one question remains. With all these awards, except the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Award, taking place in 2016, what happens to big performances if they occur in November and December? For example, West Indies batsman Chris Gayle scored 333 against Sri Lanka in the middle of November 2010. Would such a performance be too late to make the awards cut?n HUBERT LAWRENCE has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

Kings extend Bulls’ skid to 8 games with close win

first_imgChicago Bulls guard David Nwaba (11) falls to the floor as he shoots while Sacramento Kings players Frank Mason III (10), Willie Cauley-Stein (00) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)CHICAGO — The slumping Chicago Bulls may have seemed like the more desperate team, but Zach Randolph thought the Sacramento Kings needed a win just as badly.Randolph had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and the Kings beat the Bulls 107-106 on Friday night, extending Chicago’s losing streak to eight games.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Aldridge, Gay lead San Antonio past Grizzlies OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “Everybody’s desperate right now — especially us,” Randolph said.It was the third road win this season for the Kings (7-15).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It’s tough getting road wins,” Randolph said. “Any team it’s tough, trying to go into their place to get a win.“It was a good win, a team win. Everybody contributed.” Randolph was 12 for 19 from the field. Garrett Temple had 13 points and Willie Cauley-Stein added 10 points and four blocks for the Kings.Jerian Grant had 17 points, while rookie Lauri Markkanen, Robin Lopez and Paul Zipser scored 14 points apiece for Chicago, which dropped to an NBA-worst 3-18.It was the second straight night the Bulls lost by a point, although Friday’s game ended with a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer. Chicago’s last win was a 123-120 decision against Charlotte on Nov. 17.“It’s pretty tough,” Denzel Valentine (six points) said. “I think tonight we just didn’t play with the same edge. I don’t know whether it was travel. We weren’t aggressive. We didn’t have the same edge as last night, so that’s what we get.”Chicago kept it close throughout the fourth quarter. Randolph hit what turned out to be the key basket, giving Sacramento a 103-99 lead with 51.5 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Cauley-Stein also contributed with tough defense on Markkanen down the stretch as the Bulls came up empty on three straight possessions in the final 2½ minutes.BELOW THE RIMThe Kings and Bulls are rebuilding with a host of athletic high flyers, but Randolph, the old-school big man, controlled things with his ground game.“How about a 36-year-old that goes and gets 25 and 13 and has one free throw,” Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said. “That’s amazing. That’s fantastic work by Zach, and we did a good job of playing off of him, too.”STAYING POSITIVEWith the losses piling up, the Bulls’ biggest challenge might be to avoid focusing solely on the streak.“That’s the thing we talk about with this group all the time,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “It’s not about looking at the wins and losses. It’s about taking steps in the right direction every day. It’s about going out and competing every night and giving ourselves a chance.“If you can look at your teammate and say you were the harder-playing team at the end of the night, whatever happens — win, loss — you can live with it.”TIP-INSKings: Rookie F Justin Jackson and second-year players C Georgios Papagiannis and G Malachi Richardson were assigned to the Reno Bighorns of the G League. “It’s a developmental tool for them to be able to play,” Joerger said.Bulls: F Bobby Portis (right arm) was scratched just before game time. … F Nikola Mirotic — sidelined with a facial fracture following a preseason fight with Portis — practiced with the Windy City Bulls of the G League for a second straight day on Friday and could be activated on Monday. “A lot will depend on how he feels (on Saturday),” Hoiberg said. “He’ll come in and get some shooting (on Saturday) and, hopefully, we give him a good workout on Sunday, and we’ll take it from there.” … G Zach LaVine (knee surgery) also practiced with Windy City on Friday. His return date remains uncertain.UP NEXTKings: Visit Milwaukee on Saturday night.Bulls: Host Cleveland on Monday night. View comments 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 LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Bucks close with 9-0 run to beat Hornets

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Bledsoe had 24 points and 10 assists in the first game of the home-and-home set.Walker had 32 points before leaving with an apparent injury after losing the ball and falling to the floor with the game tied at 104 with 1:42 to play. Former University of Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky added 16 points, and Marvin Williams had 15 points and 10 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Hornets opened a 75-64 lead with 5:50 left in the third quarter. Milwaukee then went on a 12-0 run to take a 76-75 advantage on Middleton’s dunk with 3:16 left in the third.Milwaukee took the lead twice in the final minute of the third quarter, but Walker answered with 3-pointers each time to give the Hornets an 85-83 lead heading to the fourth. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Career night by Rivers leads Clippers over Rockets Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe makes a steal attempt on Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game. APMILWAUKEE — Khris Middleton scored 28 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a late deficit to beat the Charlotte Hornets 109-104 on Friday (Saturday Manila time).After Kemba Walker gave Charlotte a 104-100 lead with 2:24 remaining, Milwaukee closed on a 9-0 run, the Bucks tied it on dunks by Antetokounmpo and Middleton and took the lead on Eric Bledsoe’s layup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Spurs’ Leonard out indefinitely to continue injury rehab

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals “We didn’t feel he was ready. His confidence level wasn’t there, so we decided to give it some more time,” coach Gregg Popovich said before the Spurs played the Brooklyn Nets.Leonard has played in just nine games after missing the beginning of the season because of right quadriceps tendinopathy. He also was sidelined briefly because of a shoulder injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPopovich said Leonard hadn’t sustained another injury, but also didn’t seem confident in his ability to play at the level that had him finishing third in the voting for NBA MVP last season.“He didn’t reinjure it or anything but he was having pain, but not right after games, but maybe the next day at noon or that kind of thing and so the pain wasn’t dissipating,” Popovich said. “It wasn’t going in the right direction, it was going the other way and you’ve got to be confident in your body to go out there and play at the level that he’s expected to play. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Rodman checks into rehab after DUI arrest View comments LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In this Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 file photo, San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard, center, sits on the bench after playing in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas. The San Antonio Spurs say Kawhi Leonard will be out indefinitely as he continues his recovery from a leg injury, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Leonard has played in just nine games after missing the beginning of the season because of right quadriceps tendinopathy. He also was sidelined briefly because of a shoulder injury. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)NEW YORK — Kawhi Leonard is headed back to the sidelines, and he’ll stay there until his leg is ready.The San Antonio Spurs decided to shut their All-Star forward down Wednesday, saying Leonard would be out indefinitely as he continues his recovery from injury.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “So if we’re going to err, I’m going to do it on the conservative side and just decided we’re going to go back to the rehab and the strength and all that, try to get him more whole before we get him back out on the court.”Popovich said Leonard would be back this season.Leonard, who twice was the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year, is averaging 16.2 points this season.Starting guards Tony Parker and Danny Green have also battled injuries this season and were playing Wednesday under minutes restrictions. The injuries have hindered the Spurs, who went to the Western Conference finals last year but were only a half-game ahead of Minnesota for third place going into Wednesday’s play.“It’s a horrible situation. It’s bad,” Popovich said. “The players look right and left, they don’t know who’s going to be there from night to night, and it’s tough to get a rhythm and get a flow to the game for sure. But every team’s got problems they’ve got to take care of, so ours are no worse than anybody else’s.ADVERTISEMENT “But to play with the big boys you’ve got to have all your guys, and so we’ve got to have them ready if we think we’re going to have anything to do with the end of the season.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Air Force, UST win BVR on Tour Ilocos Sur leg

first_imgThe two winning teams took home P50,000 each.The runners-up bagged P30,000 while the third placers Genesa Eslapor and Babylove Barbon of Team UST and Brian Nordberg and Giovanni Musillo of Hong Kong pocketed P20,000. Mark GiongcoSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Cavaliers’ woes continue after loss to Pistons, Love injury Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Caballejo and Coyah Abanto of Air Force 1 and Henry Pecaña and KR Guzman of UST Alumni ruled the first leg of the third season of the BVR On Tour in Ilocos Sur over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Caballejo and Abanto beat 11 other teams in the women’s division, including Team Perlas 2, a squad composed of Beach Volleyball Republic founder Bea Tan and former Adamson spiker Amanda Villanueva in the finals, 21-15, 23-21.Pecaña and Guzman, meanwhile, emerged on top in the men’s division after turning back Jade Bacaldo and Fort Libres’ Team Univ. of Visayas, 21-18, 21-13.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt was the first BVR on Tour leg this year and it’s just the beginning of bigger things to come.“BVR is grateful to have been a part of the Sun Soaked Beach Festival for three years in a row,” said Dzi Gervacio, BVR co-founder. “This has been the first BVR on Tour leg and we are excited to be visiting more of our country’s shores to spread our love for the sport, elevate the competition and especially grow the game of beach volleyball.” Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Khris Middleton helps Bucks pull out sluggish win over Hawks

first_imgMilwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton, left, is fouled by Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks looked sluggish at times coming back from a four-game trip, and the worst team in the Eastern Conference was threatening to knock them off at home.All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo led one last charge to help the Bucks hold on for a 97-92 win on Tuesday night over the Atlanta Hawks.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Olympic figure skating unveils new, modern soundtrack Antetokounmpo overcame a slow start from the field to hit two key buckets in the final three-plus minutes, and Khris Middleton led a balanced attack with 21 points as Milwaukee improved to 9-2 under interim coach Joe Prunty.They’re a threat again for a top-four playoff seed in the East.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“When everything is judged on those last three minutes, you’ve got to do whatever it takes to win,” said Antetokounmpo, who had 15 points on 7-of-16 shooting and 15 rebounds.Dennis Schroder scored 18 points for the Hawks, and Ersan Ilyasova had nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. Ilyasova spearheaded a late rally in which Atlanta erased a 12-point deficit and tied it at 84 on Kent Bazemore’s 3-pointer with 3:30 left. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Antetokounmpo answered with a mid-range jumper and layup to open an 8-0 run following a timeout. Schroder and Bazemore then whiffed on open layups following a steal with less than a minute left that could have helped the Hawks mount one last comeback.“It’s guys making plays, that’s what it came down to. Making the extra effort, trying to get to the right spot defensively to close out,” Prunty said.Better defense has lifted the Bucks since Prunty replaced the fired Jason Kidd on Jan. 22. They’ve held opponents to less than 100 points eight times during Prunty’s 11-game tenure.While the Bucks are thinking about the playoffs, the Hawks are building for their long-term future. They’ll pull out a few positives from challenging a playoff contender on the road.“We’ve kind of stopped looking at records and the standings,” Bazemore said. “Our coach and our front office likes the nucleus we have here, we’re all growing … it’s getting the pieces in place, getting the experience and we continue to push.”TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Hawks: Second in the league at forcing turnovers (15.8 per game), Atlanta got the Bucks to cough up the ball just 10 times. … Bazemore had 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting.Bucks: Forward Jabari Parker played 18 minutes and scored seven points after missing the previous game for rest. He has shown flashes of the explosiveness that made him a dangerous player before missing a year after suffering the second major left knee injury of his career on Feb. 8, 2017. At one point in the first half, Parker ripped down a rebound before dribbling nearly the length of the court and dishing near the bucket after drawing a double team.ZELLER’S NEW HOMETyler Zeller had 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and eight rebounds in his first game in Milwaukee since joining the team on the road before the trade deadline last week.“It was actually kind of nice being on the road for the first five or six days, I could not worry about getting an apartment … or anything like that. I could just focus on basketball,” Zeller said.ON THE RUNA 14-2 run in the third quarter for the Bucks briefly broke open what had been a ho-hum game marked by questionable shot selection and bad misses on both sides. Middleton’s jumper with 2:58 left completed the spurt and lifted Milwaukee to a 65-53 lead.“Besides the third quarter and a couple of situations late, I thought our defense was really improving and getting to the point where we want it to be,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said.UP NEXTHawks: Finish up the second half of a back-to-back by visiting the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday in their last game before the All-Star break.Bucks: Host the Denver Nuggets on Thursday in their last game before the break.center_img Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Corey Brewer to sign with Thunder

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Corey Brewer #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks to the bench as the Lakers play the Dallas Mavericks in the second half at American Airlines Center on February 10, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. Ron Jenkins/Getty Images/AFPOKLAHOMA CITY — Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Corey Brewer will sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder after he clears waivers.The move was confirmed by Brewer’s agent, Happy Walters, on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings 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 awardcenter_img Brazil’s Neymar sidelined for up to three months with foot surgery It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lakers agreed to a buyout with the 6-foot-9 Brewer on Wednesday. He will help fill the void Andre Roberson left for the Thunder when he ruptured his left patellar tendon and was lost for the season. The Thunder have started multiple players with limited results since the injury.Brewer, 31, averaged 3.7 points in 54 games with the Lakers this season. He averaged 11.9 points per game for Houston during the 2014-15 season and has career averages of 8.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.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 folkBrewer played for Thunder coach Billy Donovan on Florida’s 2006 and 2007 national championship teams.last_img read more

Madrid-Bayern, Liverpool-Roma in Champions League semifinals

first_imgScientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ For most of the F1 teams, 4th place is as good as it gets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In the other semifinal, Liverpool was drawn to face Roma in a repeat of the 1984 final. The English team won that match in the Italian club’s home stadium. Liverpool will play at home first.The first legs will be played on April 24-25, with the return games on May 1-2. The final is scheduled for May 26 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.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 crownMadrid, seeking a record-extending 13th European title, is in the semifinals for the eighth straight year. That run has included three titles and four losses at the semifinal stage, including to Bayern in 2012 on penalties in Madrid.Bayern, a five-time champion, also eliminated Madrid in the semifinals of 1976, 1987 and 2001. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Liverpool is in its first Champions League semifinal match since 2008, when it lost to Chelsea.This season, Liverpool is the only unbeaten team despite playing the most games, 12, after coming through the playoff round in August.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)NYON, Switzerland — Two-time defending champion Real Madrid will play Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinals in a clash off clubs with a combined 17 European titles.The two European powers have never met in the final but this will be their seventh semifinal meeting in the 63-year-old competition. The first leg is in Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT Madrid beat a Bayern team coached by Pep Guardiola home and away in the 2014 semifinals, and also won their 2000 semifinal matchup.A Champions League final for Bayern would be a fitting end to coach Jupp Heynckes’ career with the German champions, who announced Friday it had hired Niko Kovac to take over next season.Heynckes came out of retirement in October after Bayern’s faltering start to the season led to Carlo Ancelotti leaving as coach.Bayern have not been to a Champions League final since 2013, when it won in what was also a last game for Heynckes before his first retirement. Heynckes also coached Madrid to the title in 1998 — another trophy-winning farewell before he was fired.Liverpool won the fourth of its five European titles in 1984 in Rome in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw. That was the only time Roma ever reached the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View commentslast_img read more