Tony Becca: Reggae Boyz, or who?

first_img good run for Boyz Although the Reggae Boyz lost to Mexico, winners of the Gold Cup on seven occasions, they had a good run, playing nine matches, drawing one, winning four and losing three. Their passing, at times and especially against Mexico, was beautiful to see. It was almost delightful to see and at times, it was almost as accurate as tic-tac football. They lost the game against Mexico, not so much because of Michael Hector’s errors, but also because of their failure to do the right things when they did not have the ball. They failed to mark the Mexican attackers time and time again, such as when Mexico, under pressure for the first 15 minutes of the match, got away and Andres Guardado scored Mexico’s first goal. It was, however, a lovely run, probably the best in the history of the Reggae Boyz. In 1998, getting to France and the World Cup was good. This time, however, it may even have been better. This time they took on teams like Costa Rica, Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina with Lionel Messi and company and gave a good account of themselves, giving up only five goals in those four matches. The Reggae Boyz of 2015 were magnificent. Congrats to president Horace Burrell and coach Winfried Schafer on a job well done, even if they gave away all of the US$500,000 second prize Gold Cup money and promised the Boyz 100 percent of the one million US dollars first prize-money had they won the Gold Cup. I wonder if a team of only local footballers would have gotten away with that kind of deal when, in fact, they were representing Jamaica, and when the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) deserved some of that money to help its development programs or to assist in paying airfares, hotel bills, etcetera, for the players. That aside, however, from now on, even though the team was made up of mostly average players out of England, the Reggae Boyz will not be the same. The Reggae Boyz will not win, or draw, all the time, but probably they will never ever again be taken lightly wherever they may play. There is one thing that I did not enjoy, one thing that did not seem right. The Reggae Boyz were mostly from England and thus were strangers to Jamaicans. Founder of Cavalier Soccer Club, Leighton Duncan, once dreamt that a day like this would come. He dreamt, however, that it would come from the boots of players like Art and Asher Welsh, Ruddy Pierce and Neville Oxford, or from their sons or grandsons, dedicated players born and bred in Jamaica. Duncan, the former Jamaica player and national coach, never dreamt that they would come from so far away, at least not so many of them. He always felt that they could come from the diaspora, but only those who felt so inclined, those who expressed a desire to do so and those who really wanted to play for Jamaica, providing the space was available. I love to see good football and I love to win. I, more than anything else, also love to see Jamaica play good football and I also love to see the players, or a team of mostly born and bred Jamaicans, win. A national team must, or should reflect the level of football in the country, the playing conditions, the nutritional level, the skill level, the coaching and the competitive level if it is to mean anything to people, to be their team. Anything else cannot last. Anything else is fooling the people. It is not Jamaica’s football, nor is it representative of Jamaica, or of the Reggae Boyz. The so-called Reggae Boyz, the team of mostly English born and bred sons of Jamaican fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers residing in England, made Jamaica proud recently by their unexpectedly good performances in two regional tournaments. I watched all the matches televised in Jamaica and I enjoyed every one of them, except for the last one and except for one thing. Playing in the COPA America, the Reggae Boyz never won the title, they lost all three matches, but they lost all by one goal. They lost to Uruguay 1-0, to Paraguay 1-0 and to Argentina, also 1-0. Playing in the Gold Cup, they never won the title, but they never lost a match in the preliminary round, drawing 2-2 with Costa Rica, beating Canada 1-0 and El Salvador also 1-0. They then defeated Haiti 1-0 in the quarter-final, before defeating the United States of America (USA) 2-1 for the first time on American soil, to reach the final for the first time. In the final, however, they lost 1-3 to Mexico in a match in which they were outplayed and in which they made a few crippling mistakes. Going into the Gold Cup final, throughout the two tournaments, the Reggae Boyz defence was rock solid, but in the final against Mexico, the defence let them down, so much so that Mexico arrogantly replaced their captain and their first goalscorer in the 60th minute; and that the Jamaican goal, as good as it was, appeared nothing but a consolation effort in the 80th minute. The team, however, played well, almost brilliantly, throughout the tournaments, drawing with Costa Rica – who made it to the last eight in the last World Cup; lost 1-0 to Uruguay – former World Cup champions; and lost 1-0 to Argentina – former World Cup champions and the number one ranked team in the world. After drawing with Costa Rica and beating Canada, El Salvador and Haiti, all by one goal, they silenced a huge a flag-waving home crowd of Americans by defeating and shocking the USA.last_img read more

World Championships Fact

first_imgWorld Championships FactJamaica’s men won the sprint relay in a then world record 37.04 seconds at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. The members of the quartet were Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt.last_img

Kellits brace for Clarendon assault in ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup

first_img Group A Cornwall vs Green Pond Group B Green Island vs Rusea’s Frome vs Merlene Ottey Group C Herbert Morrison vs Muschett William Knibb vs Spot Valley Group D Manning’s vs Little London Maud McLeod vs Petersfield Group E Lacovia vs STETHS B.B. Coke vs Newell Maggotty vs Munro Group F Manchester vs Belair DeCarteret vs Mile Gully Winston Jones vs Cross Keys Group G Holmwood vs Alston Spalding vs Christiana Knox vs Bellefield Group H Kellits vs Clarendon College Lennon vs Thompson Town Group K Tacius Golding vs Charlemont Bog Walk vs Ewarton McGrath vs Dinthill Group L Port Antonio vs Buff Bay Happy Grove vs Fair Prospect Group O Seaforth vs St Thomas Tech Robert Lightbourne vs Morant Bay WESTERN BUREAU: After brushing aside Edwin Allen 6-1 in their opening Group H game of the 2015 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup schoolboy football competition on Saturday, defending champions Clarendon College are seeking back-to-back victories when they tackle Kellits High this afternoon at Crofts Hill Community Centre at 3:30 p.m. Coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis is expecting a tough outing playing away, but is drawing up plans for another three points. “Each game in this group is like a derby and we will treat it as such. We take no opposition lightly, but we are confident going up against this Kellits team and, hopefully, will leave with all three points,” said Davis. While not exclusively reliant on the form of striker Joel Sterling, who fired a hat-trick against Edwin Allen on Saturday, Davis is hopeful the player does likewise in this game. Sterling told The Gleaner following Saturday’s match that he was already looking forward to the Kellits matchup. “I feel that there is more to come. We had a good game first time out and coming up against Kellits will not be easy, but we are aware of what our coach requires and are willing to go get it done,” Sterling said confidently. It could be a matter of containment for Kellits, who were trounced 5-0 by Thompson Town on Saturday. However, assistant coach Kerreth Hines said his team will play to their ability. “We are quite aware that it will be a tough game for us. We lost our first match Saturday because of some issues we needed sorted out regarding our goalkeeper,” Hines said. “Now that we have done so, the most we are looking for is a draw in this game because we know the might of the champions. Nonetheless, we are confident in our own abilities while hoping for the best,” added Hines. Apart from Sterling, the Kellits backline will also have to pay special attention to midfielder Donovan Noble, Seigle Knight, Roger Russell and Romario Squire if they are to avoid another heavy defeat. In addition to the Clarendon College-Kellits matchup, a further 26 duels are also scheduled. These include Green Island versus Rusea’s in a key Group B clash, Herbert Morrison versus Muschett in Group C, Spalding and Christiana over in Group G, and Kemps Hill and Old Harbour lock horns in Group N. Meanwhile, it has been reported that Anchovy High School, who were slated to play out of Group A, have withdrawn from the competition. No reason was given by school officials, but a source told The Gleaner it would appear the decision was taken in light of the players’ academic record. Today’s matcheslast_img read more

Redick seals late win for Clippers in NBA

first_img In Oakland, California, Stephen Curry overcame his worst shooting night of the season to score 22 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the Detroit Pistons 109-95 to remain the NBA’s only undefeated team. Curry missed five of his first seven shots and finished seven of 18 from the floor while being held under 30 points for only the third time this season. The reigning MVP also had five assists and five rebounds. Klay Thompson added 24 points, Harrison Barnes had 12, Andre Iguodala scored 13 and Leandro Barbosa had 10, including five straight to help the Warriors pull away in the fourth quarter. The Chicago Bulls defeated the winless Philadelphia 76ers 111-88 after Nikola Mirotic had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Pau Gasol scored 16 points. The Bulls played without Joakim Noah and still cruised to a 15-point lead in the first quarter. They eventually stretched the lead to 26 points. Doug McDermott scored 18 points and Derrick Rose had 12. In other games, J.J. Hickson scored 19 points and rookie Emmanuel Mudiay hit two game-sealing free throws with 18.3 seconds remaining to help the Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 108-104, the San Antonio Spurs downed the Sacramento Kings 106-88 and the Indiana Pacers were 97-84 winners over the Orlando Magic. LOS ANGELES (AP): J.J. Redick scored six points in the final 55 seconds to rally the Los Angeles Clippers to a 94-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, ending a two-game losing streak. Blake Griffin had 24 points and 12 rebounds and DeAndre Jordan added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers during a back-and-forth game in which neither team led by more than eight points. Redick finished with 16 points, but his biggest contributions came when he hit a go-ahead three-pointer and then got fouled by Tony Allen and made all three free throws to put the Clippers ahead 90-86. Zach Randolph scored 26 points to lead the Grizzlies, who dropped their third in a row. Marc Gasol added 18 points and Mike Conley had 16. Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins equalled his career high with 33 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 17 as Minnesota blew a 34-point lead before ending Atlanta’s seven-game winning streak with a 117-107 win over the Hawks. Atlanta never led until Paul Millsap’s runner with 3:26 remaining made it 107-106, but Wiggins scored the next seven points to prevent one of the biggest collapses in NBA history. Jeff Teague finished with 24 points and Millsap had 22 for the Hawks. Curry scores 22last_img read more

Big two win but good signs for KC and Hydel

first_imgIt’s no surprise that Calabar High and Edwin Allen High held on to their team titles at the recently held ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. Both schools used great depth as a launch pad to victory at the March 15 to 19 championships. However, Kingston College and Hydel High, the respective runners-up, both have reasons for optimism.Led by coach Michael Clarke’s magnificent crew of Class 2 sprinters, Calabar increased their winning margin from 16.5 points last year to 27.5 this year. Christopher Taylor, Dejour Russell, Michael Stephens and Brandon Health chipped in with one-two finishes in the 100, 200 and 400 metres and one-three in the hurdles to lead the green-and-blacks to score 118 points in Class 2.outgoing seniorThose same boys gathered a Champs all-classes record of 116 when they were in Class 3.Even though Calabar were predictably modest in Class 3, one-two results in the 110 hurdles, led by outgoing senior Seanie Selvin and Kyle Mitchell in the shot, the Class 1 team added 88 points. The corresponding numbers for KC are 50 and 46.In part, because of illness to Kevroy Venson, Calabar managed only 38.5 points in Class 3. Venson, the favourite for both the 800 and 1500 metres, was eliminated in the first round of the shorter event, but recovered to win the longer event.The 2015 Calabar Class 3 unit took 35 points home.That’s the bright side for Kingston College and Jamaica College and any others who entertain hopes of winning anytime soon. The repeated absence of a high point Class 3 squad suggests that Calabar won’t be able to replace Taylor and company when they go up to Class 1 next year.Still Kingston College have much to work on with a meagre seven-point haul from the throws – a key area for attention. With Zico Campbell joining 2015 double Class 2 champion Rasheeda Downer in Class 1, the purples should be fortified.Not even the triple disaster of a lane violation for Class 1 200m prospect Patrice Moody, an injury-hit campaign for captain Shellece Clarke, and a baton drop for the Class 4 4x100m favourites could stop the Michael Dyke-coached Edwin Allen team. Clarke lost her sprint-win streak to Kimone Shaw of St Jago, who burned the Class 2 100m record to 11.40 seconds, but that was just one battle. Edwin Allen retained the big prize by scoring almost as freely as predicted. The champion school’s gold-medal winners included sprinters like Moody, who recovered to take the Class 1 100m, and Kevona Davis, who won both the 100m and 200m in Class 3, to Cemore Donald, who copped the 800/1500 Class 3 double to steeplechase champion Teresha Jacobs.possible challengerAnna Ashley continued her phenomenal Champs career with twin wins in the Class 2 high and long jumps.The best of all of those gold medals went to Shannon Kalawan, who flitted through the 400 metre hurdles in 56.41 seconds, the second fastest time in Champs history.Only 61 points of Edwin Allen’s 337.5 total were won in Class 1.Nevertheless, Hydel have emerged as a possible challenger in the future. Attention has clearly been paid to the middle and long distances and has added to Hydel’s core areas of sprints, jumps and hurdles. Coached by Corey Bennett, Hydel amassed 263 points.That’s a Hydel scoring record. Coach Bennett will lose reliable Samara Spencer, the Class 1 long and triple jump winner, to graduation after a fine Champs career, but he and his team have found a winning formula. Time will tell if it is quite enough to close in on Edwin Allen at Boys and Girls’ Championships 2017.For now, it’s time for Calabar and Edwin Allen to celebrate.• HUBERT LAWRENCE has attended Champs since 1980.last_img read more

Lottery Ticket has the Cure

first_imgThe inaugural running of the Miracle Cure Sprint over 1100 metres and the annual renewal of the Abbie Grannum Memorial Cup for maiden two-year-olds over 1400 metres are the co-features at Caymanas Park today.Eight will face the starter in the Abbie Grannum Memorial and indications are that HENRY THE SECOND, who made a promising debut over the distance behind FEARLESS SAMURAI on October 17, will go one better with Robert Halledeen aboard.HENRY THE SECOND ran a bit green on his debut, yet stayed on well for second after being slowly into stride. However, the son of Miracle Man has been taken to task at exercise since, galloping 1100 metres in a brisk 1:07.1 last Sunday morning.Trainer Ian Parsard says he has high hopes for HENRY THE SECOND in the remaining two-year-old races and now fitted with the visor (blinkers off), should use this race as a stepping stone to bigger things. SOTOMAYOR looks his principal danger.THe first running of the Miracle Cure Sprint in honour of the 1998 Caribbean Sprint champion who was owned by Dr. Paul Wright and trained by Philip Feanny, has attracted 14 three-year-olds (non winners of two), including three from the stables of 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta.They are LOTTERY TICKET, the mount of stable jockey Omar Walker, BLUE MOON and recent winner RUNAWAY GAL, who looks the least likely to win in present company.LOTTERY TICKET, a lightly raced filly by Seeking The Glory out of Just A Flutter, has moved impressively at exercise in preparation for this trophy, galloping 1000 metres in 1:00.4 last Saturday morning. Following her good fourth to stable-companion GOLD MINER over 1000 metres some weeks ago, she is tipped to take home this trophy from the handy mark of 52.5kg. OCEAN SEEKER and LIKE A LADY are twin dangers, both having run well for second recently.Other firm fancies on the card are TITANIC to rebound in the first race, PHOTOGENIC in the fourth, ETERNAL JOY in the sixth and CHOO CHOO BLUE in the 10th.last_img read more

Malaysia dismiss judging concerns as SEA Games close

first_imgBritain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Later on Wednesday, the tournament was declared closed in a colorful ceremony at the National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, where the Games flag was passed to 2019 hosts the Philippines.“Kuala Lumpur 2017 has been truly magnificent, memorable and majestic,” said SEA Games Federation president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar.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’Malaysia, who won 62 gold medals at the last SEA Games in 2015, topped the table for the first time since 2001 — when they also hosted the mini-Olympics. Thailand had 72 golds and Vietnam 58.Thai and Indonesian officials have hit out at the judging standards, and there have been a welter of complaints and videos online, many under the #ShameOnYouMalaysia hashtag. But Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, director-general of Malaysia’s National Sports Council, said none of the 10 visiting teams had registered an official complaint.“We have a technical delegate appointed by the international (SEA Games) federation,” he told reporters.“We have procedures on whatever protests or dissatisfaction (there is) from the teams and until now if I’m not mistaken we haven’t received any official complaints.”He added: “The bottom line is, there are rules, there are procedures. There is a technical delegate appointed by the international sports federation, and we have to trust those people to deliver the competition properly.”Malaysia have never won an Olympic gold medal, although they had four silvers and a bronze at last year’s Rio Games. They won five golds at the 2014 Asian Games and six at the last Commonwealth Games.‘Worst tournament’ADVERTISEMENT Malaysia dismissed concerns over judging at the Southeast Asian Games as the hosts finished the competition with a record 145 gold medals on Wednesday, more than twice the number of second-placed Thailand.The home team won five of the seven titles on the final day, a typically dominant performance as they ended the Games with more than one-third of the 406 gold medals handed out.ADVERTISEMENT Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Newspapers trumpeted Malaysia’s victory, and were thick with full-page ads taken out by companies to congratulate the team. Malaysia also celebrates its 60th independence anniversary on Thursday.Foreign media were less effusive. The Bangkok Post commented: “For many Thai officials, athletes, journalists and fans, KL 2017 is the worst tournament in SEA Games history in terms of both officiating and organising.”On Wednesday, Malaysia won three gold medals in speed skating, which was making its Games debut, and two in diving. Thailand took one in speed skating and one in weightlifting.The SEA Games, which now look forward to their 30th edition in 2019, allow the host nation to adjust the programme to suit their strengths, meaning they often finish top of the table.Winning one-third of the gold medals is not unusual for the home country. When Indonesia held the 1997 Games, they won 194 out of 448 gold medals, or 43 percent.Malaysia’s chef de mission Marina Chin admitted their original target of 211, the national record set in 2001, was probably conservative.“When we made the target together with the national associations, I would admit that we were a bit conservative because we didn’t know about the achievements of the other countries,” she said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ CEU, La Salle-Zobel dribblers try to extend WNCAA reignlast_img read more

Nash Racela throws shade at ‘perfectly officiated ball game’

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT head coach Nash Racela isn’t the one to shy away from controversial statements directed at the PBA and its game officials.He was fined P10,000 back in August for in-game statements directed at PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa, and he often voices out his displeasure over calls or the lack to the referees.ADVERTISEMENT Ambohot returns for Letran but still groping for form Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 DAY6 is for everybody LATEST STORIES And even though Racela took a different approach Friday after TNT’s 106-103 loss to Ginebra in game 3 of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals, his message was still filled with resentment.READ: Ginebra nears finals, nips TNT in game 3FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Obviously, it was a perfectly officiated ball game, you can’t really question the obvious,” said Racela with a straight face but with a heavy tone of sarcasm after the KaTropa moved on the brink of elimination in the semis.Racela was called with a technical foul in the second quarter when his import Glen Rice Jr. got into several scuffles with Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ How to help the Taal evacuees MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed The technical foul wasn’t the end for Racela as he exchanged choice words with Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua in the tunnel of the Big Dome at halftime.READ: TNT pulls even, turns back Ginebra in semis game 2 And as for Racela’s “perfectly officiated ball game,” his KaTropa were called for 35 fouls, 11 more than Ginebra received. TNT also had 14 free throws, 29 fewer than the Gin Kings attempted.“The referees did their part, did their best, in calling the game,” said Racela. “They made the right decisions. I don’t really question that and I’m happy our players did their best and gave ourselves a chance.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

James scores 34 as point guard, leads Cavaliers over Bulls

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Doping scandal roils another sport: Dogsledding Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Kevin Love had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade, who asked Cavs coach Tyronn Lue to take him out of the starting lineup, came off the bench and added 11 points.Justin Holiday scored 25 and rookie Lauri Markkanen 19 for Chicago, which made a season-high 17 3-pointers. The 7-foot Markkanen became the first player in NBA history to make 10 3-pointers in his first three career games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCELTICS 110, KNICKS 89BOSTON— Jaylen Brown scored 23 points, Jayson Tatum added 22 and Boston beat New York. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img CLIPPERS 102, JAZZ 84LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin scored 22 points, Patrick Beverley added 19 and unbeaten Los Angeles beat Utah.\All five starters for the Clippers (3-0) finished in double figures. Austin Rivers had 16 points, Danilo Gallinari 14 and DeAndre Jordan added 11 points and 18 rebounds.Rookie Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz (2-2) with 19 points, with Rudy Gobert adding 12 points and seven bounds. Thabo Sefolosha finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds off the bench.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kyrie Irving added 20 points and seven assists. Al Horford finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds.After dropping their first two games to open the season, the Celtics have won two straight. The Knicksremain winless through their first three games.Enes Kanter led New York with 16 points and 19 rebounds. But he got most of them in a first half in as his team struggled mightily from the field. The Knicks scored the first basket of the night, but never led again. They shot just 42 percent and went 1 of 12 from the 3-point line.PACERS 130, TIMBERWOLVES 107MINNEAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo scored 28 points and Cory Joseph added 21 to lead hot-shooting Indiana past Minnesota.Darren Collison had 15 points and 16 assists, Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and Domantas Sabonis had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who shot 67 percent from the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, who came out flat after a thrilling last-second win at Oklahoma City on Sunday.Minnesota was missing forward Jimmy Butler, who sat out with an upper respiratory infection. Shabazz Muhammad took Butler’s spot in the starting lineup, and he contributed to Minnesota’s slow start, going 1-for-5 from the floor and missing two free throws in the first quarter.MAGIC 125, NETS 121ORLANDO, Fla. — Aaron Gordon scored a career-high 41 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 35 seconds remaining, and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Orlando over Brooklyn.Evan Fournier added 28 points in game that went back and forth late in the fourth quarter. He finished the scoring with two free throws with 15.5 seconds to play.D’Angelo Russell scored 27 points for the Nets, while DeMarre Carroll had 19 and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson18.TRAIL BLAZERS 103, PELICANS 93PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — CJ McCollum scored 23 points and Portland extended its NBA-record winning streak in home openers to 17 games with a 103-93 victory over New Orleans.Damian Lillard and Evan Turner each added 13 points for Portland, which is off to a 3-1 start for the firsttime since the 2011-12 season.DeMarcus Cousins had 39 points and 13 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double to start the season. The Pelicans were hurt when Anthony Davis departed with a left knee injury in the first quarter. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, is fouled by Chicago Bulls’ Jerian Grant in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 34 points in a rare start at point guard and the Cleveland Cavaliers, using another early season lineup, awakened after a sluggish first half and beat the Chicago Bulls 119-112 on Tuesday night.Although he often handles the ball and runs Cleveland’s offense, James had not officially been listed as a guard since 2012 with Miami. He added 13 assists, including a no-look, behind-the-back dish to Jae Crowder for a 3-pointer during Cleveland’s 15-3 spurt in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View commentslast_img read more

Survivor Series: Brand supremacy goes to Raw

first_imgBraun Strowman stands tall for Team Raw to end Survivor Series. Photo by WWE.comOn a night where superstars from Raw and SmackDown clashed for brand supremacy, it was the red brand which came out on top winning the interpromotional duels, 4-3.But in the end, only Braun Strowman stood tall at the center of the ring after Team Raw topped Team SmackDown in the traditional 5-on-5 main event match at Survivor Series Sunday (Monday Manila time) in Houston.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Asuka was the sole survivor in the women’s traditional 5-on-5 match to lead Team Raw to victory.The Empress of Tomorrow bucked a 1-on-2 disadvantage as she made Tamina tap out to a flying cross armbar before submitting Natalya with the Asuka Lock.Team SmackDown suffered early casualties as team captain Becky Lynch, Money In The Bank holder Carmella, and Naomi all bowed out early, while Team Raw lost Bayley, Nia Jax, Alicia Fox, and Sasha Banks earlier in the match.In the champion-versus-champion duel, Universal Champion Brock Lesnar fended off a gallant stand from WWE Champion AJ Styles and a sore right ankle, scoring the pinfall after hitting an F-5.SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair also submitted Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss with the Figure Eight to reign supreme in the women’s duel.United States Champion Baron Corbin silenced Intercontinental Champion The Miz, catching him on his third corner dropkick attempt and turning it to an End of Days.SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos showed that they are the better team, topping Raw Tag Team Champions The Bar after Jey Uso connected with a splash on Sheamus.The Shield also proved to be the better trio, topping The New Day in their six-man tag team match to open the show as the Hounds of Justice put Kofi Kingston in its signature triple powerbomb from the top turnbuckle.In the kickoff show, WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore retained his title after pulled challenger Kalisto to an exposed turnbuckle before connecting with the JawdonZo.Owens and Zayn also trumped Breezango in a tag team match after the Prizefighter hit a Pop-up Powerbomb on Fandango, while Elias beat Matt Hardy with a Drift Away to open the night. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Martin Truex Jr. caps career season with first NASCAR title It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Strowman didn’t hide his confusion after the victory that even after Triple H celebrated the win, he threatened the executive, “If you ever try to cross me again, you will never play this game again.” The Monster Among Men then nailed the Cerebral Assassin with a pair of Running Powerslams before leaving the ring.It was an action-packed main event that lived up to the hype as the stars delivered for their own shows.Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode had their chance to mount their offense, but Strowman quickly eliminated the two SmackDown stars. John Cena nailed two Attitude Adjustments on Samoa Joe to take a member out of the red crew, but the 16-time world champion was the next to go after Angle connected with two Angle Slams and Finn Balor dropped the Coup de Grace.The blue side tried on its earnest to recover from the deficit, with Randy Orton taking out Balor with an RKO. But just when the Apex Predator was about to tag McMahon, the unruly duo of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn distracted the SmackDown commissioner, allowing Strowman to also eliminate Orton with another Running Powerslam to set up the 3-to-1 lead for Team Raw and the crazy finish.The main event wasn’t alone in backing up the hype as the pay-per-view delivered on its promise.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Strowman decimated fellow survivor Triple H after the red team topped the blue side in a confusing ending to what was billed as an all-star clash.Team Raw was poised to finish the match with three survivors as Raw team captain Kurt Angle had SmackDown team captain Shane McMahon locked into the Ankle Lock.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneTriple H, however, interjected himself in the fray and turned on Angle, hitting a Pedigree and allowing McMahon to score the elimination.Puzzled looks were abound after the incident as the WWE COO looked like he would side with his brother-in-law, but Triple H then nailed another Pedigree to score the winning pinfall for his team. 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