NBA: Laker great Magic Johnson would love to mentor D’Angelo Russell

first_img15 Taal towns now under total lockdown 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 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 Blessed with excellent court vision and high basketball IQ, Russell has shown signs of brilliance and early glimpses of superstardom.In his second year, however, the former Ohio Buckeye’s leadership and maturity levels have been questioned at times.Russell has also been slowed down by a recent knee injury, but has shown progression in the past two games, marked by impressive outings against the Denver Nuggets and the Washington Wizards. He tallied 22 points and 10 rebounds, and 17 points and 11 assists, for these games, respectively.Although taking a cue from Magic may not necessarily guarantee Russell’s improvement, the youngster could certainly learn a thing or two from the five-time NBA champion, considering they play the same position. Khristian IbarrolaADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Graduating De Guzman vows to win NCAA title in for CSB Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Earvin “Magic” Johnson would love to work with current Lakers’ starting point guard, D’Angelo Russell. AP/Danny MoloshokNBA great Earvin “Magic” Johnson was appointed as an advisor for his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers, on Thursday (Friday in Manila), and it seems like he also wants to take a mentorship role to one of the team’s brightest young studs.The 57-year-old NBA Hall of Famer, who’s undoubtedly the best point guard to ever don the purple and gold, has expressed his desire to take sophomore point guard D’Angelo Russell under his wing.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In a recent interview with Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet, Johnson said he has high hopes for the 20-year-old floor general and was hoping to have a more hands-on approach towards his development.Magic said he’d even help out in Laker practice if Luke Walton wanted it, mentioning D’Angelo Russell as a player he’d like to mentor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) February 3, 2017last_img read more

Former Knick Oakley ejected, arrested after MSG altercation

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who played with Oakley in New York, said the scene was “sad.”“That was tough for me to watch,” Rivers added. “Honest to God, if you could see, I took three steps. I swear I was going to run down there and then I thought, ‘What the hell am I going to do?’ But I didn’t like that. That’s my guy. So that was tough to watch from where I was standing.”Security was called to Oakley’s seat after he was shouting at Dolan, sitting not far ahead in his usual seat in the first row behind the baseline. Oakley shoved one security official in the face, though neither he nor any other arena staff threw any punches or pushed Oakley back, as players and tennis great John McEnroe looked on from his nearby seat.“I stopped and then there was an inbounds play on the side. I turned around just in time as he was handing it to him and then there was a foul. I walked back to catch the third, fourth and fifth rounds,” Clippers forward Blake Griffin said. “It was crazy, man.”Oakley was handcuffed near an arena exit as he waited for police to arrive.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite NBA: Warriors’ owner ‘hurt’ by finals trash talk from Michael Jordan Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos The 53-year-old Oakley played for the Knicks from 1988-98, helping them reach the NBA Finals, but has a poor relationship with the team because of his criticism of Dolan, the Madison Square Garden chairman.“Charles Oakley came to the game tonight and behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner,” the Knicks wrote in a statement on Twitter . “He has been ejected and is currently being arrested by the New York City Police Department. He was a great Knick and we hope he gets some help soon.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe NYPD said Oakley was arrested on three counts of assault, all third degree. He was being processed for a desk appearance and will be issued a summons to report back to court.The altercation took place just a few rows behind the court during a stoppage in play as Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis was shooting free throws, and players from both teams turned to watch. Former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley exchanges words with a security guard during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the LA Clippers, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Former Knicks star Charles Oakley was forcefully removed from his seats at Madison Square Garden and arrested after an altercation near team owner James Dolan.Oakley shoved security guards before they pulled him away from his seat behind the baseline during the first quarter of the Knicks’ 119-115 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. Fans chanted “Oakley! Oakley!” in support of the popular power forward.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown The 6-foot-8 Oakley was a rugged enforcer playing alongside Michael Jordan in Chicago and then Patrick Ewing on the Knicks teams of the 1990s. He has kept his tough-guy persona long after retirement, trading barbs with former rival Charles Barkley recently.“He’s the best teammate in the world. He really is,” Rivers said. “Honestly, the players could see, that was a tough thing to watch. I’ve been in the league a long time and I’ve never seen a thing like that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View commentslast_img read more

GlobalPort posts first win, sends NLEX to 0-6 start

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGlobalPort overcame the absence of Terrence Romeo down the stretch to beat NLEX, 85-82, for its first win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Malcolm White scored 23 points, including the go-ahead jumper, 82-80, with 23.8 seconds left, that went with 16 rebounds and six blocks as the Batang Pier finally barged into the win column after dropping their first four games.ADVERTISEMENT Banario to face Jartim instead of Lisita in ONE Manila card Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 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 “There is no perfect game but there is perfect effort,” said GlobalPort deputy Eric Gonzales, filling in for head coach Franz Pumaren, who was feeling under the weather. “I wanted to bring Terrence back in the game but he suffered from cramps. But, everybody stepped up in his place.”“We dedicate this game to coach Senen,” Gonzales said, referring to team assistant Senen Dueñas, who passed away Wednesday morning due to complications following chest surgery.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnStanley Pringle added 15 points, five rebounds and four assists while Romeo finished with 12 points on a bad 3-of-12 shooting night from the field with five assists and five turnovers.Romeo went to the bench with 6:15 remaining and headed into the dugout with under five minutes left. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES NLEX import Wayne Chism posted a game-high 29 points and 14 rebounds but he did not get enough support from the locals with Kevin Alas, Garvo Lanete and Carlo Lastimosa combining for just one point.Both Lanete and Lastimosa, who logged just three minutes and 14 seconds, were held scoreless.The Road Warriors, who suffered their sixth loss in as many games, rallied from 10 points down in the third quarter with Chism tying the game at 80 with a 3-pointer over White with 34.9 ticks to go.White answered back with a baseline turnaround jumper over Chism to put GlobalPort ahead for good.Juami Tiongson’s heave just passed halfcourt that would’ve forced overtime hit the front iron as time ran out.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Trump basks in Patriots’ White House visit

first_img“He persevered to become the 45th president of the United States,” Kraft said, and handed over a number 45 Patriots jersey to the Commander in Chief.Belichick indicated that this trip to the White House was even more special than his previous visits.“We’ve had the great privilege to be here several times. But this one, the way we were treated and the opportunities to be in the oval office and meet with the president, sitting inside of the white house, it’s been fabulous,” the famously taciturn coach said.The ceremony itself was a decorous affair after Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had injected a note of comedy with an impromptu visit to White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s daily briefing to journalists.“Need some help?” the irrepressible Gronkowski asked a surprised Spicer.“I think I’ve got this,” Spicer replied, “But thank you. Maybe. Thanks, man. I’ll see you in a minute.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town 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 Noting “pundits” had given the Patriots up for dead in February’s Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons, only to watch them clinch a last-minute victory, Trump quipped: “Good old pundits, boy, they are wrong a lot, aren’t they?”READ: NFL: Patriots beat Falcons in overtime to win Super BowFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHe called the Patriots’ 34-28 overtime triumph “the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time.”He credited Kraft and Belichick for fostering the team’s performance to have it snatch not only the most recent title but five National Football League championships since 2002. More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions LATEST STORIES Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out View comments President Donald Trump stands with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, left, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, and members of the New England Patriots during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, where he honored the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots for their Super Bowl LI victory. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)US President Donald Trump was among friends Wednesday as he welcomed the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots team to the White House, though the absence of star quarterback Tom Brady was glossed over.Trump made no mention of Brady — a friend and golfing buddy — during his remarks outside the White House, instead focusing on his warm relationships with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Brady was a late absentee from the visit. The high-profile player — who is married to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen — said he had “personal family matters” to attend to.READ: Falcons shake up defense after Super Bowl collapse A handful of other Patriots players had already opted out of the trip, some citing political differences with Trump.The visit happened hours after a former Patriots star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez was found dead in prison after hanging himself with a bedsheet in his cell.Kraft said he was delighted to be honored by Trump for a remarkable comeback victory that he said echoed the president’s own longshot campaign “against 16 career politicians facing odds almost as long as we faced in the fourth quarter.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Grizzlies coach Fizdale fined $30,000 for refs rantlast_img read more

London 2017 | No USA 100m hurdles sweep – Russell-Love

first_imgGillian Russell-Love, the 1998 Commonwealth 100 metre hurdles champion, thinks Jamaica’s Danielle Williams will prevent a US sweep in her event at the World Championships in London. Russell-Love’s picks for the medals are world record holder Kendra Harrison, Williams and Australian star Sally Pearson. Now a TV pundit, the retired two-time Olympian reckons Williams has recovered from a difficult 2016 season. The US has a fine quartet of 100 metres hurdlers in London, but when asked if they can repeat the 1-2-3 finish seen in the Olympic Games last year, Russell replied, “No they don’t, they’re not sweeping Danielle.” Harrison has a history of disappointing runs in big meets, including a non-qualifying 6th place in last year’s US Olympic Trials. However, Russell thinks she will win in London. “Harrison gets it done,” she predicted, “but Danielle is right there behind her, and I think Pearson is third.” Harrison false started at the 2015 World Championships and made an early mistake in the 2016 World Indoor Championships won by teammate and Olympic runner-up Nia Ali. Williams is the reigning World Champion but missed the Olympics after a mid-race error at the 2016 National Senior Championships. “That was a difficult lesson for her, but I think it was necessary in her development,” said the 1997 World Indoor 60 metre hurdles silver medal winner, “so whereas now you saw the Trials where she was running with Megan (Simmonds), Rushelle (Burton) and all those young ladies, she hit hurdles again, but she didn’t panic.” Williams overcame technical problems to set a new personal best of 12.56 seconds to win this year’s Nationals and came close to that time at the Monaco Diamond League meet. “She sorted it out,” surmised Russell-Love in Kingston on August 5. “And now she has gone through to where you saw in Monaco, looking very good,” she concluded. Harrison won the Monaco race in 12.51 seconds, well off her season’s best of 12.28, with Williams third in 12.58 seconds. Williams, 2016 Olympic semi-finalist Simmonds, 2013 World Youth Champion Yanique Thompson and last year’s World Junior runner-up Rushelle Burton will contest the heats of the 100 metre hurdles when they begin on Friday. Now at the University of Texas, Burton has had a long season on the US college circuit. Russell, however, feels that won’t affect the former St Andrew High School and Camperdown High School standout. “She has been through this already, through Champs and then again for the summer,” Russell presented. Burton was in the 2013 World Youth final won by Thompson and extended her season last year to win the World Junior silver medal. With that in mind, Russell, the 1990 and 1992 World Junior Champion reasoned, “she’s always been through this sort of path that our athletes have to go through where they have to do it twice.”last_img read more

Reynolds charged with returning glory to Rusea’s

first_imgWestern Bureau: Rusea’s High School Principal Linvern Wright believes that building a long term programme around Coach Vassel Reynolds is the key to a return to daCosta Cup supremacy for the institution. Rusea’s is one of the most successful teams in the competition with 10 titles, however, they have not lifted the title since 2011. The institution was the undisputed king of the 1980s when they dominated with five titles between 1984 and 1990 and Wright wants to bring back the glory days a challenge he feels Reynolds is capable of matching. “My aim is to have a good programme, and what I see is a coach that believes in moulding the players, doing the things right from day one, and eventually, titles will come,” said Wright who is also the chairman of the daCosta Cup competition. Meanwhile, Reynolds acknowledged the importance of returning the daCosta Cup to Rusea’s and underlined that his aim is to ensure that the team remains competitive each season. “Year after year, we must always be a force to reckoned with as to if that grants us trophies so be it but we are focused on being challenging,” said Reynolds. When asked if he will display the same philosophy that brought him success at Wolmer’s Boys last year, Reynolds who is the reigning winning coach of the Flow Super Cup, shared that he wants to display that same brand and philosophy of football with his new team. “Most definitely, especially on understanding the game form a tactical point of view and what we need to do to win games,” Reynolds said. “I’m very positive that once we can get that done, we will get them to perform at their utmost best, and from there, the sky is the limit for now and years to come.” When quizzed on goals for the season Coach Reynolds said that though his team is prepared to take on the new season it is going to take it game by game and round by round and then assess its general possibilities going forward. “I think we have as good a chance as any to challenge for any trophy that is available, but we just want to focus on getting through the preliminary rounds,” Reynolds said. Challengeslast_img read more

Hubert Lawrence | Facing the future

first_imgWhen the recriminations over Jamaica’s four-medal performance at the 16th World Championships are complete, the only option will be to look ahead. Big targets loom in Doha, the host city of the 17th World Championships in 2019, in Tokyo when the Olympics return there in 2020 and in 2021, when our best take on the globe again at the World Championships. It’s a new era. The incomparable Usain Bolt is gone, but the empress of speed Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, is on her way back to partner Olympic 100 and 200-metre champion Elaine Thompson at the top of world sprinting. Beyond that, the best guess is that a newer group of Jamaicans will bear the black-green-and-gold standard on the big stage. As we now should all know, success isn’t guaranteed. Nasty weather in London confounded our mostly local-based sprint crew at the World Championships this year. Those who did their training in the 30-degree-Celsius warmth of Jamaica found themselves shivering in the rain and the 13-degree freeze of London. A look at typical Tokyo weather is instructive. The July and August temperatures are tolerable at about 25 degrees Celsius. There is rain every other day. Most often, Tokyo gets 20 days of rain in July and about 17 in August. The cold and rain did us in at the Worlds in a city that had been kind to Jamaican athletes at the 1948 and 2012 Olympics. When the weather turned against us in London this year, we weren’t ready. Sadly, Bolt and Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby pulled while at speed, and almost all others ran with restraint. By contrast, on one of the worst days of the Championships, Norway’s Karsten Warholm won the 400-metre hurdles over a star-studded field in the slowest winning time in the history of the meet. His cold-weather comfort made him feel right at home. The Japanese rainy season, which runs through the July 24 to August 9 Olympic period in 2020, could present some challenges. Thankfully, there is enough time for our track and field brains trust to research the circumstances the team will face in Tokyo. Some individual coaches, clubs and athletes will have some ideas already, but perhaps this is a job for the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education and Sport. Alternatively, there are now faculties of sport at both the University of the West Indies and at the University of Technology. Tokyo’s weather One of them could take on the task of researching the approach to preparing the locally based athletes to excel in Tokyo’s weather. Specific advice on warm-up time and technique, hydration and clothing could constitute the difference between winning four medals and twice or three times as much. It’s no accident that Jamaica’s only gold medal in London came from 110 metres hurdler Omar McLeod, who lives abroad and often runs in cold weather. Danniel Thomas-Dodd, who trains in chilly Ohio, said she was right at home as she made history by being the first Jamaican woman to reach at a World shot put final. For all I know, 400-metre hurdles bronze medallist Ristananna Tracey had some cold-weather tolerance built in from her high school days in Frankfield, home of Edwin Allen Comprehensive. When the recri-minations end, it will be time to face the future. Jamaica still has a robust high-school system, competent coaches, and a post-secondary club and college network to go with the traditional option of the US track scholarship. Research and more advance planning can only help. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

No SDF help for JFF women’s league

first_img “I must take back to FIFA a report on the course so that we can help the FA, in this case, Jamaica, with its development. Jamaica has a high tradition in women’s football,” Rodebaugh, a former Mexico women’s footballer, said during the presentation of certificates to coaches who participated in the JFF-JMMB women’s coaching course last week. The JFF’s head of competitions, Raymond Anderson, commented on the duration of the five-a-side tournament. “What the JFF is doing now is to prepare for the next season. We will be having a national five-a-side competition to last four to five weeks,” Anderson said. “It is not about replacing the league, but because of lack of sponsorship, we decided to have a five-a-side, starting in November. We wanted to have a premier league, but as you might be aware, we had challenges,” he added. “Instead of not having a competition this year, we will have an interim one and then have a big competition next year. “You might have listened to the president (Ricketts) saying that he wants to have a competition this year. And if the president wants to have a competition in an eleven-a-side format, from the competitions department, which I chair, we will have to make it happen,” he disclosed. Also, the JFF director of operations, public relations, and events, Janice Rose-Brown, disclosed the logistical costs of running a premier league. “It would take about $12 million in sponsorship to assist better with transportation and other things to run the competition properly. We would want to do elements of rebranding and improve the league,” Rose-Brown said. She also said that it would be too late to start the league now. HIGH TRADITION Despite suggestions by Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Michael Ricketts that the Women’s Premier League might receive support from the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), there is continued uncertainty about this year’s staging. This is because the SDF’s General Manager, Denzil Wilks, denies any discussions about supporting a full league, preferring instead to assist in development projects. The government-run SDF rescued the league last year as long-time sponsors Sherwin-Williams decided to pull out in 2016. The foundation provided $10 million in sponsorship of the league and knockout competitions, but the lack of sponsorship could force a five-a-side competition instead this year. Ricketts, during a television interview last week, spoke to a regular 11-a-side competition, while indicating the possibility of having a revamped league this year after discussions he had with the SDF. Wilks said he was unaware of any discussion with regard to them again coming forward to sponsor the women’s competitions. “They (JFF) had written to us (SDF) several months ago about sponsorship, but the request was turned down,” Wilks told The Gleaner. “I am aware that they had asked the SDF board, but we would prefer to assist from a development perspective. We don’t think as a government agency, the SDF should be sponsors,” he added. “That is all I know. I have absolutely no information on any discussions between the SDF and JFF on that. I heard about it in the media.” However, speaking at the Presentation of Certificates for the FIFA Women’s Intermediary Coaching Course at the JFF headquarters last Friday, FIFA instructor Andrea Rodebaugh said that there could be possible FIFA support for Jamaica’s women’s football programme.last_img read more

Rockets lament missed chances after Game 7 defeat

first_img “It’s a grown man’s league,” Tucker said. “It doesn’t matter, next man up. You’ve got to play. You’ve got to win. It doesn’t matter who plays, step up.” The Rockets led the NBA by making an average of 15.3 3-pointers on their way to a franchise-record 65 wins in their second year in coach Mike D’Antoni’s high-octane offence. They made it to the conference finals for the first time since 2015, but were unable to overcome their worst shooting game of the postseason. Houston made just 7 of 44 attempts in Game 7 on Monday night. Trevor Ariza was 0 for 9. Harden missed his last 11 tries in a 2-for-13 night, and Gordon connected on just 2 of 12 attempts. “The first half, just our energy defensively was different. That created more opportunities for the 3 and they went in,” Harden said. “As a result of that, we got a double-digit lead going into halftime. Those same opportunities were there in the second half, we just didn’t make them. They made tough shots. That’s it pretty much.” HOUSTON (AP): The Houston Rockets were up by 14 in the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors when they started missing from 3-point range. They shot themselves all the way from prime position to advance to the NBA Finals to the end of a solid season. James Harden was the first to miss. Eric Gordon soon bricked one, and P.J. Tucker did the same. It was miss after miss after miss as the cold streak stretched to nine by halftime. There were 14 more in the third quarter in a surprising performance for a team that relied on the 3 all season. By the time Tucker connected with about six minutes left, the Rockets had missed an NBA-record 27 straight 3-pointers and the Warriors were on their way to a 101-92 victory. Though Gordon believes the result would have been different if Houston had Chris Paul for the last two games of the Western Conference finals, saying: “if he was out there, we’d have been playing on Thursday,” the rest of the Rockets agreed that even the nine-time All-Star probably couldn’t have changed things on a night their shooting was historically bad. STEP UPlast_img read more

Table Tennis Ja proposes Caribbean TT League

first_imgJamaica has suggested two measures designed to raise the profile of regional table tennis. According to Table Tennis Jamaica president Godfrey Lothian, proposals for a regional club league and a table tennis college were made at recent meetings of the sport’s administrators in the Caribbean.Lothia said he had tabled suggestions designed to lift the standard of play in the region. “We have also made two proposals to the Caribbean Table Tennis Federation, one to develop a table tennis college of the Caribbean, and, two, for us to set up a Caribbean club league”, he revealed, “where the champion club will play in that league because we think the Caribbean is weak and we want to get up to first world status in terms of table tennis.”The highest ranked male and female players from the Caribbean are Cuban Andy Pereira and Puerto Rican 17 year-old prodigy Adriana Diaz. They appeared at number 140 and 37 on the current International Table Tennis Federation world rankings this month. The top ranked Jamaican man is Simon Tomlinson, who is world number 747.No Jamaican women is world ranked.Lothian recently attended the first Table Tennis for All, for Life Forum, hosted by the Latin American Table Tennis Union in Costa Rica. At the event, he requested some assistance from the International Table Tennis Federation for the upcoming Caribbean Region Senior Championship which will contested in Jamaica next month, September 23-29.last_img read more