Money dispute may have blown Olympic hopes

first_imgHead coach of Jamaica’s Under-23 men’s football team, Miguel Coley, noted that off-the-field issues may have disrupted the team and its focus, as they ultimately lost the opportunity to advance in the Olympic qualification at the weekend.The team left the island last week full of confidence in making it to the final round of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers. However, needing to win their semi-final against Cuba to guarantee themselves one of the two spots in the CONCACAF final round, the team lost 2-1.They rallied to win the third-place match against St Vincent and the Grenadines 3-2, but by then it was too little, too late.One source revealed that the players were involved in a money dispute, which may have affected their performance. The source revealed that the players’ per diem was reduced from their first-round travels to St Lucia in June, causing the dispute a day before the Cuba game.represent with prideColey said it affected their mindset.”We are always going to have situations, but there are situations you don’t want before the day of a game, as it is always difficult to get back the mindset to go out and represent your country,” Coley admitted.”We have to channel these players in the right way and let them know their country is more than anything and the pride and passion to represent your country need to be looked at at all levels, so when players come in, they know how to wear the national colours with pride,” he commented.”This tournament wasn’t about money; it was an opportunity for them (players) to earn more money if they had gone to CONCACAF (final round) or the Olympics. So it is not an immediate gratification, it’s what is there for the future, and this is unacceptable and we have to move on from here,” he stated.Coley said he hopes a system will be put in place to prevent a recurrence.”I had to get into their heads and let them see the importance of representing their country and what they can achieve in the future,” he pointed out. “But whatever issue there is, it is good to put it on the table very early.”It was unacceptable from young aspiring players, and we don’t want this trend to continue,” said Coley.- L.S.last_img read more

Chambers, Martin top 5K Run

first_imgRyon Chambers and Arieta Martin topped the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica (PSJ), Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica (KSFJ) and the Kiwanis Club of Constant Spring’s (KCCS)5K Run/Walk at the Police Officers’ Club on Hope Road on Sunday.Chambers, the overall winner, crossed the finish line at 16:33.34, followed by Andrew Gutzmore at 17:26.03 and Shambola Moore in third at 17:50.78.On the female side, Martin ran home in 20:29.26 ahead of Janetta Robinson (21:50.03)and Tammara Hucey Glaves (23:27.87).The male winner for the walk was AndrÈ Smith in 27:24.42, with Shane Pryce (28:06.40) and Vivian Lawes (30:17.83).one-year scholarshipPaula Sinclair took the walk in the female categoryin 32:24.76. Jodi Jackson, 37:22.01, came second, and Modupeola Abayoni, 37:57.43, was third.The winners and other competitors were awarded withtrophies and prizes from several corporate entities, such as University College of the Caribbean, with a one-year scholarship, which went to Wayne Williams; Dolphin Cove, Mystic Mountain with tickets to their properties; and many others, who provided gift baskets and other prizes.The organisers were pleased with the response from the public, as they will be able to address some of the issues based on income to be received from staging the event.The 5K Run/Walk was a joint event by PSJ, KSFJ and KCCS. It was the third staging for the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica and the second for Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica. The beneficiaries will be the KSFJ and the KCCS ‘eliminate’ project aimed at pregnant women in Jamaica and worldwide, as the international project for Kiwanis across the world.last_img read more

WI, Australia, S Africa for tri-nation ODI series

first_imgCRICKET:ST JOHN’S, Antigua:The Caribbean will be the epicentre of the cricket world next June, when two of the world’s leading teams visit for a three-nation one-day international (ODI) tournament.Hosts West Indies will face reigning one-day world champions Australia and current world No.3, South Africa in a 10-match tournament over a three-week period from Wednesday, June 6 to Sunday, June 26.”This tournament promises to be very exciting with two of the world’s top teams coming to the Caribbean,” said WICB manager, cricket operations, Roland Holder.”It will provide a golden opportunity for our team to test themselves against two of the best sides in the world in the ODI format.”The tournament opens with round-robin matches contested at the Guyana National Stadium, before the teams travel to Basseterre in St Kitts for another series of matches at Warner Park, with the series moving to the Barbados capital of Bridgetown for the final round of matches at Kensington Oval, culminating with the final.”Australia won the ICC Cricket World Cup on home soil earlier this year and South Africa are highly ranked in this format, but are also the No.1 side in Tests,” said Holder. “These two sides have shared some fascinating rivalries not only in the ODI, but other formats of the international game in recent years.”The regional audience, therefore, will have a rare chance to attend and see this strong rivalry played out before their eyes, so we expect them to pack the three venues and bring the noise and colour associated with the game in the region.”SCHEDULEJuneWed 6: Australia vs South Africa – Guyana National Stadium, GuyanaFri 8: West Indies vs South Africa – Guyana National StadiumSun 10: West Indies vs Australia – Guyana National StadiumMon 13: South Africa vs Australia – Warner Park, St. KittsWed 15: West Indies vs South Africa – Warner ParkFri 17: West Indies vs Australia – Warner ParkMon 20: Australia vs South Africa – Kensington Oval, BarbadosWed 22: West Indies vs South Africa – Kensington OvalFri 24: West Indies vs Australia – Kensington OvalSun 26: Final – Kensington Ovallast_img read more

Unruly Zugulu to win Pick-3 Challenge

first_imgThe Supreme Ventures 2-y-o Triple Crown series of three races marks its second leg at Caymanas Park today, with the 11th running of the $3.6 million Pick-3 Super Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres, to be contested by nine starters.Despite the presence of the Wayne DaCosta-trained DREAMLINER, who ran on strongly to win the opening race of the series – the $2.95 Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Trophy over 1200 metres on October 19 – the series takes an interesting turn with the presence of the unbeaten juveniles ZUGULU and SIMPLY THE BEST. Both were impressive in separate two-year-old races – 90 minutes apart – on November 14.Racing for the first time and all the rage, the Philip Feanny-trained filly, SIMPLY THE BEST, showed tremendous speed over 1100 metres to win in the fast time of 1.06.3 behind splits of 23.2, 46. 4 for the half mile, with veteran jockey Ian Spence aboard.The talented filly by Adore The Gold out of Supa Lei will report even better for this race, and although up against the cream of the crop, will only go down fighting.UNBEATENZUGULU, on the other hand, is unbeaten in two starts, having romped the Coca Cola Juvenile Sprint over 1300 metres on November 14, this after delaying the start for eight minutes by his refusal to enter the gates.Trained by Richard Azan, the dark bay colt by Hold Me Back out of Candy Girl was eventually forced into the gates by some weary gate attendants, but once in, broke smartly on the outside to make all impressively, winning by 51/2 lengths from JAMAI RAJA, who renews rivalry today.ZUGULU covered the distance in the good time of 1:20.3 behind splits of 23.1, 46.3, and 1:12.4 for the first 1200 metres, with customary rider Shane Ellis again in the saddle.Prior to the Coca Cola Juvenile Sprint, ZUGULU missed the Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Trophy on October 19, having flipped over in the starting gate as the howling favourite and injuring himself. And before that, he bolted at the start on his intended debut some months ago.Azan concedes that while his colt has a touch of class, he is concerned about his recurring problems at the start.”He could well be the best two-year-old seen out so far, but I am concerned about his inability to settle down at the start,” he said.”I think he has secured a good draw on the outside and having worked well, my hope is that he will calm down. Given the high expectations, it would be unfortunate were he to miss another race in the Supreme Ventures series due to his unruly temperament, but I am hopeful,” added the trainer.Stable companions DREAMLINER and FUTURE KING, first and third, respectively, in the Cash Pot Only One For Me Trophy, are expected to give a good account of themselves, but the focus will definitely be on the hot duo, ZUGULU and SIMPLY THE BEST. ZUGULU, despite his problems at the start, is given the edge over this extended trip.I also like the speedy 3-y-o, SMOKEY TOPAZ, in the first race over 1100 metres; MEET JUSTIN in the second; down-in-class BARS OF GOLD in the fourth; CHIEF SECRETARIAT in the sixth; and REGALLY BOLD in the ninth over the straight.last_img read more

Tony Becca: Wanted: something like a miracle

first_imgThe West Indies are in Australia, and although the Australians are blooding some new players themselves, the West Indies, beaten and battered since 1995, are struggling along and fighting against the odds on a return to their glory days. Since that day in 1995 when they bowed to Australia, they have been beaten by almost everyone, except by Bangladesh and Zimbabwe; they have lost 5-0, they have failed to qualify for the Champions Trophy, and their awesome fast bowlers and their brilliant batsmen of earlier times are now, for want of a better term, firing blanks, most of them. No country, not England and certainly not Australia, who once ruled the roost, took this long a time to return to the top, or close to it. Just recently, the West Indies team toured Sri Lanka, and despite Sri Lanka losing the services of batsmen Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, and Tilikaratne Dilshan, as well as fast bowler Lasith Malinga, in spite of their confidence going in, they still failed to win a Test match for a 2-0, 3-0, and 1-1 result in Test matches, ODIs, and T20s. With the scores showing Sri Lanka 484, West Indies 251 and 227 in the first Test; and Sri Lanka 200 and 206, West 163 and 171 in the second Test, the West Indies batting failed miserably in the Test matches. And it wasn’t any better in the ODIs where, in winning 3-0, Sri Lanka once scored 228 for two wickets while batting second. The West Indies’ only saving grace came in the T20 tournament which they drew 1-1 but suffered a heavy defeat when Sri Lanka ran up 215 for three batting first. The West Indies are now in Australia, and despite losing 4-1 on their first tour in 1930-31, 4-1 in 1951-52, and 2-1 in the exciting series of 1960-61, 4-1 in 1968-69, and an embarrassing 5-1 in 1975-76 before the wonderful days of the 1980s and early 1990s, the future looks bleak. In those early days, the West Indies boasted players of the quality of George Headley and Frank Martin, Learie Constantine, Herman Griffith, Tommy Scott, Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes, Clyde Walcott, Gerry Gomez, Sonny Ramadhin, Alfred Valentine, Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Lance Gibbs, Clive Lloyd, Gordon Greenidge, Roy Fredericks, Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Viv Richards, Andy Roberts, and Michael Holding. While Australia have remained strong or nearly strong all the time, the West Indies have got weaker and weaker, to the point where they are now ranked only above Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Whereas the West Indies once filled to capacity cricket grounds like Lord’s and the Eden Gardens, Melbourne and Sydney, they are hardly likely to do so this time around; and whereas countries lined up to play the West Indies once upon a time, tours by the West Indies are run at a loss these days. The West Indies, regardless of what they may think, are no longer the attraction they once were. Apart from the results of matches, their batsmen, their bowlers, and most of their fielders are no longer as exciting, as fast, as furious, as excellent, and as brilliant as they were once upon a time. Once upon a time, particularly under Worrell, Sobers, Kanhai, Lloyd, and Richards, one was proud to be a West Indian, regardless of where in the world one found oneself. It may not be so when it comes to skill, but when it comes to results and to performance, this West Indies team may well be the weakest of all West Indies teams going back to 1928 and the West Indies first Test match. This team, the same team to a man which toured Sri Lanka, is going to Australia to take on Australia with their top batsmen, Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo, averaging 34.82 in 61 Test matches and 40.01 in 39 Test matches; and with their two top bowlers, possibly Jerome Taylor and Devendra Bishoo, averaging 32.99 in 43 matches and 38.35 in 15 matches. Those figures pale in comparison to a team of good, promising young batsmen, a team with batsmen like David Warner and Steve Smith, one with 15 centuries, including two in one match on three occasions, from 44 matches, and one with 12 centuries, including four in one series, from 34 matches. Fortunately for the West Indies, their batsmen in particular, Mitchell Johnson has just retired, and Mitchell Starc is injured. It is, however, also a team packed with really good fast bowlers in Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, and Peter Siddle, plus Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile. It also boasts, in Nathan Lyon, a good, old fashioned off-spin bowler. As a West Indian, I hope I am wrong, and I pray I am wrong. It seems, however, based on the look of both teams, and although the Australian batting seems top heavy, that this tour of Australia will be another disaster, probably worse than 1975 when a team including Gordon Greenidge, Roy Fredericks, Lawrence Rowe, Viv Richards, Alvin Kallicharran, Clive Lloyd, Andy Roberts, and Michael Holding was massacred by Greg Chappell, Ian Chappell, Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson, and company. It was, however, the start of something good. With a little luck, maybe with something like a miracle, the action, starting in Hobart on Wednesday, may be the beginning of something good. AUSTRALIA REMAINED STRONGlast_img read more

In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgNaggo Head Primary warmed up for the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Primary Schools Athletics championships by winning the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) Portmore Schools District Association Sports Athletic Meet at Waterford High School recently.Naggo Head totalled 340 points, while Portsmouth, 222 points, and Gregory Park, 154 points, rounded off the top three schools.The primary schools in Portmore normally meet this time of the year to participate in the JTA Portmore District Association track meet. The coaches select the best athletes to represent the school. The best students are then selected at this meet to represent the Portmore district association, after which they go to the St Catherine Parish finals.The best athletes then advance to the Sagicor JTA meet to represent their parish. Acting Mayor of Portmore Leon Thomas sponsored the trophy for the winning school.Edgewater FC make winning startDefending champions Edgewater FC made a winning start in their opening game of the 2016 season of the St Catherine FA Under-13 Football League at Lime Tree Oval last Saturday. Ontwain Mitchell, Christopher Robinson and Kamani Maxwell scored Edgewater’s goals.In other games, Portmore United whipped Daytona 6-0, Angels United clipped Rivoli United 2-1, East Portmore Portals downed Westchester 1-0 and Central Lynx drew 3-3 with Windsor Lion. The competition continues today.Cumberland Sports Day take spotlightClaim To Fame Promotions will be driving home a heath and wellness lifestyle in their community with the inaugural staging of the Cumberland Sports Day on Labour Day,May 23, at the Sector C football field.Activities include a six-a-side competition, with the winner to get $15000 in prize money and a trophy; celebrity football game, ladies football, netball and running events. Music will be provided by C4 International and Six Killer.Main organiser, Bling Claim To Fame, promised that it will be a fun-filled day for the whole family and refreshments will also be there.”This is a must-attend event, initiatives like these buildcommunities,” he said.PCA Portmore Primary cricket launchedThe Portmore Cricket Association (PCA)-sponsored Portmore Primary Cricket League was launched at Ken’s Wildflower on Wednesday.The competition is tentatively set to bowl off on Thursday, May 5, at the Portsmouth Primary School cricket ground. Ten schools have shown interest to join the competition, including defending champions Ascot Primary.Ascot’s coach, Errol Mathias, believes that his team stands “a great chance” to repeat as champions.He see all the teams in this year’s competition as a threat, however, he listed Independence City Primary, last year’s beaten finalist, as his greatest challengers.Noting the importance of this competition were president of the PCA, Courtney Francis, Hugh Hinds, the PCA’s coordinator of the League and businessman Lester ‘Father Ken’ Crooks, who is a long-standing contributor to cricket in Portmore.PGA on top in Church CricketPortmore Gospel Assembly (PGA) lead the standings on net run rate at the end of the preliminary round of the Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) Church Twenty20 Cricket League following last Saturday’s round of matches at the Bridgeport sports ground in Portmore, St Catherine.Despite going down in their first game of the season, PGA bounced back and won two games on the trot to be on 10 points.; Faith Temple New Testament are also on (10), while PFM International (PFM Int’l) are on five points, so too Power of Faith Development (PFM Dev.).PGA beat defending champions PFM Int’l by nine wickets. Scores: PFM Int’l 124-5 from 15 overs Glenn Wellington 55, Junior Stewart 22; Ralston Nelson 2-18 from three overs. PGA 126-1 Damion Bryce 65 not out, Ralston Nelson 46; Roderick Williams 1-12.In the second game, Faith Temple New Testament defeated PFM Dev. by six wickets. Scores: PFM Dev. 109 Aaron Graham 41. Simon Clarke 3-16 from four overs and Joseph Ellington 3-16 from three overs. In reply, Faith Temple got home with two deliveries to spare at 113-4, with top scorer Michael Ellington scoring 51 not out and Anthony Richards 42 not out. Jerome Herion took 2-12 from four overs.This morning third-placed PFM Int’l will take on brother team, fourth-place PFM Dev., in a knockout contest. The winner takes on the second place team, Faith Temple. Game time is 10:30 a.m.Clarendon’s Jamalco lead South Central questThe JB Rum/South Central Confederation Super League football competition continues today at Brooks Park in Mandeville with leaders Jamalco FC of Clarendon facing the host from Manchester, Ricam Academy.The competition which is played between the four major winners of the respectiveparishes, as well as the runners-up, kicked off last week at Brooks Park. The eight teams are zoned in two groups.Jamalco lead Zone One on four points, having played two games. Dunbeholden of St Catherine, Ricam Academy and Tru-Juice all have three points.Jamalco opened the competition with a 2-1 win over Tru-Juice of St Catherine, before being featured on Wednesday in a 3-3 draw against Black Stars at their Wembley Centre of Excellence home field. In that game, the teams were locked2-2 at half-time. Black Stars’ Zavier Henry pushed them ahead in the 71st minute, but Demar Stone was able to eke out a goal in the 75th minute to tie the game 3-3.Henry actually netted a hat-trick, scoring in the ninth, 40th and 71st minutes. Andrew Isaacs, with a brace in the sixth and 34th minutes and Demar Stone in the 75th minute scored or Jamalco.Also from the midweek schedule, Tru-Juice FC dominated Ricam Academy at home, winning 4-0, while in Zone Two, Downs FC of Manchester played to a 2-2 draw at home against New Bowens FC of Clarendon.St Elizabeth champions St Bess FC hosted Dunbeholden FC at the Lacovia Community Centre and lost 0-1. Lorenzo Dubidad scored the lone goal of the match in the 12th minute for Dunbeholden.Porus lead Pat Anderson Under-17 LeaguePorus are the star performers in the current Moorland Development/Pat Anderson Manchester Football Association Under-17 football competition.In five games so far, they have notched a perfect record, scoring 22 goals while conceding just one. They are the Zone Three leaders and are the first qualifiers to the knockout phase.Hillstars head Zone One with 11 points, compiled from three wins and two draws. The completion of matches is much slower in Zone Two, which is led by Downs with seven points from three games.In notable results from this week, Christiana Academy prevailed 3-0 over Technical Strikers, Alligator Pond and Downs drew 0-0, while Comfort edged Studds 1-0.last_img read more

Big guns ready for Camperdown Classic, Western Relays

first_imgThe Camperdown Classic and the Milo Western Relays will highlight track and field action today as both cities get set for some explosive competition with the National Stadium and the Montego Bay Sports Complex setting the respective stages. Several of the Racers Track Club’s household names are expected to feature at the National Stadium with 2011 world champion over the 100m Yohan Blake set for his first run this season with a 400m assignments. Jevaughn Minzie, Kemar Bailey-Cole and former Calabar star Michael O’Hara are also all expected to compete in the one lap event. Defending national boys’ champions Calabar High will again show up in large numbers and will have Jamaica College, Wolmer’s Boys and St Jago High for company, while on the female side, Vere Technical and St. Jago High are expected to lock horns with the likes of Immaculate, Convent of Mercy (Alpha), The Queen’s School and Camperdown set to join them. Cynthia Cook, a member of the Organising Committee is excited about today’s event. “I am very overwhelmed with the number of entries, and despite the entries being closed on Wednesday, we have been getting a lot of calls for late entries, but we just couldn’t take anymore. All is set for a day of fun and excitement, and the meet will be streaming live once again following an absence last year,” said Cook. Camperdown past student Rasheed Dwyer, 200m champion at the World University Games and Commonwealth Games 200 will be the honouree at the meet. Galaxy of stars In Montego Bay, fans will get a chance to see double Olympic female champion, Elaine Thompson and several members from the MVP Track Club who did very well at the Rio Olympic Games last year. These include 100m bronze medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, along with 100m finalist, Christania Williams and 400m finalist Stephenie-Ann McPherson. On the male side, Julian Forte who ended last season in fine style will be looking to impress, while his teammate Nesta Carter is expected to make an appearance following his absence from the track last year. The MVP athletes are expected to get strong competition in the relays from the G.C. Foster College and Sprintec teams, which overshadowed athletes from MVP last year. Things should also be exciting among the high schools, especially among the females with three of the most powerful female teams Edwin Allen, Holmwood Technical and Hydel all sending strong squads to the second city. On the male side it should be a battle royale between Kingston College and St. Elizabeth Technical, where the 4x400m and 4x800m. The meet will begin at 12:00 noon with the Class One boys’ 110m hurdles.last_img read more

Extra! Extra! Red Sox once again playing a lot of innings

first_imgDustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox crosses home after hitting a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning at Fenway Park on July 18, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPBOSTON — No rest lately for Dustin Pedroia and these Boston Red Sox.The Red Sox kept up their recent rash of playing extra extra innings when they went into the 15th early Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation View comments IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Malacañang open to creating Taal Commissioncenter_img Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet China boxing star Zou primed for biggest battle yet 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ It was past 1 a.m. at Fenway Park with the AL East leaders and Toronto tied at 4. The start was delayed for more than an hour by rain, and Pedroia and Chris Young homered for Boston.Both teams scored a run in the 11th to keep it going. In the middle of the 14th, there was a second seventh-inning stretch, with “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” again playing at the ballpark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Red Sox lost in 16 innings to the New York Yankees on Saturday. Boston and the Yankees then split a day-night doubleheader Sunday.Boston lost to Toronto 4-3 on Monday night — albeit in just nine innings. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Paradelast_img read more

Harden has 31, Rockets win again over Knicks

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Nadal beats Chung to guarantee ending the year as No. 1 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Ryan Anderson added 21 points for the Rockets. They won their eighth straight at Madison Square Garden, a streak that lasts so long that Mike D’Antoni was the Knicks’ coach last time they beat Houston at home, back on Jan. 26, 2009.Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 23 points for the Knicks, but Kristaps Porzingis was held to 19 as their three-game winning streak was snapped. Porzingis had scored 30 in five of the first six games, including a career-high 38 in a victory over Denver on Monday night, and came in third in the league with 29.3 per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Rockets arrived in New York struggling a bit, particularly from long range. Houston had been held below 30 percent from behind the arc already four times, including 28 percent in its loss to Philadelphia on Monday night, and hasn’t had a 40 percent night yet.D’Antoni said the Rockets’ data showed they were getting similar 3-point attempts as last season, when they set an NBA record for makes, but they just hadn’t been nearly as accurate. They finished at 36.5 percent Wednesday — but only after their subs cooled off to a 2-for-12 final quarter. LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “There was no chance to get here and no use being on the bus for two hours for that,” he said.UP NEXTRockets: Visit Atlanta on Friday night.Knicks: Host Phoenix on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ TIP-INSRockets: Houston scored 36 points in the second quarter and 40 in the third. … Clint Capela finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. … Eric Gordon had 17 points and Trevor Ariza 16.Knicks: The Knicks have three games remaining on a five-game homestand, their longest of the season.ONE-SIDED RIVALRYThe Rockets beat the Knicks for the 23rd time in the last 25 meetings. Houston has swept the series in 10 of the last 12 seasons.CHANGE OF PLANSThe Rockets decided to cancel their morning shootaround at Madison Square Garden because of the difficulty of getting to the arena from their hotel. They are staying in Battery Park, near where eight people were killed Tuesday when a man drove his truck onto a bike path, and the investigation was ongoing Wednesday morning. D’Antoni said they had the bus ready to take them and figured it wasn’t worth it.ADVERTISEMENT Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) celebrates after making a three point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in New York. The Rockets won 119-97. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — James Harden had 31 points and nine assists, and the Houston Rockets had their 3-pointers falling again in a 119-97 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.Harden made six 3-pointers and the Rockets hit 19 to bounce back after two straight losses.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Depleted Bolts get boost from Canaleta, new additions

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNo Ranidel de Ocampo meant no problem for Meralco when it made its season debut on Friday against Blackwater.Without the 36-year-old gunner as well as hardworking Cliff Hodge, the Bolts held their own to beat the Elite, 103-98, and start their campaign in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup on a high.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense ROS rookie Nambatac got a lot of advice from Yap in PBA debut Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ “I’m still not 100 percent, but I can feel that it’s slowly healing. I can force it now and I have moved past its limit. I’m trying to stretch the scar tissue so that I can know if it can endure the tough movements. I think I can play in January,” he said.“We can’t deny that we’re a stronger team. But all of the teams have also improved, so we’ll find a way,” he said. “I know that once I return, we’ll be ready to contend for the title.”Meralco faces defending champion San Miguel next on December 27 at Ynares Center in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson And for de Ocampo, a huge chunk of the credit should be given to Meralco’s offseason acquisitions.“The reason why KG (Cañaleta), (Mac) Baracael, and Jason Ballesteros are there is to help us. Everyone here help each other and I believe they are good additions for us,” he said as he watched his team start the all-Filipino conference with a victory for the first time in three years.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 folkCañaleta made his former team pay for letting him go, firing on all cylinders and drilling five treys to finish with a game-high 25 points. Baracael and Ballesteros also contributed and blended perfectly with holdovers Jared Dillinger, Reynel Hugnatan, and Bryan Faundo upfront.Those performances just make de Ocampo more excited to return to the court as he recovers from an injury he incurred in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals as he targets the next month as his return to the hardcourt. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more