NBA: Warriors hold off Rockets despite Harden triple-double

first_imgPREVIOUS RESULTSWarriors win 6th straight, rout RocketsHarden’s triple-double leads Rockets over Warriors in 2OTADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View comments ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media MOST READ ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Curry drained a three-pointer with 1:46 remaining as the Warriors stretched their lead back to double digits after seeing it dwindle.Draymond Green scored 19 points, pulled down nine rebounds and came up with three steals in a characteristically energetic performance for the Warriors, clamping down defensively as the Rockets sought to close the gap down the stretch.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 returnKlay Thompson added 25 points for the Warriors, who improved to 60-14 and will host the 41-23 Rockets — third in the West behind Golden State and San Antonio — on Friday.Harden finished with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. But he connected on just five of 20 shots from the field and was one-of-nine from three-point range. He also coughed up six turnovers. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) drives around Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thomspon (11) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Houston, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. AP PhotoLOS ANGELES—Stephen Curry scored 32 points as the Golden State Warriors withstood Houston star James Harden’s 20th triple-double of the season in a 113-106 NBA victory over the Rockets on Tuesday.The league-leading Warriors stretched their winning streak to eight games, thwarting the Rockets’ comeback bid and sending fans in Houston home unhappy.ADVERTISEMENT Lady Spikers battle Tigresses in crucial volleyball showdown Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal tieslast_img read more

Pacquiao’s title on the line vs Horn in ‘Battle of Brisbane’

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks “This is the time that I give back to the fans,” Pacquiao said, adding that he’d suggested “let’s do free TV for the fans,” to Top Rank promotor Bob Arum.“I have to give a good show for them,” he added. “This is it. I’m excited.”Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 knockouts) is defending the WBO title he won on points against Jessie Vargas last November. That was one of the two fights he’s had — the other was a points win over Tim Brady in April of last year — since he lost the 2015 mega fight to Mayweather.Legendary trainer Freddie Roach has predicted a knockout against Horn, saying Pacquiao is perfectly prepared and the fight should be “short and sweet.”READ: Pacquiao out to give former school teacher Horn a boxing lessonADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao hasn’t won by knockout since 2009, but Roach said the 38-year-old eight-division champ has knocked down sparring partners and is in vintage form.“Freddie is very happy because that snap is back, the power is there,” Pacquiao said in an interview with ESPN after the weigh-in. “I feel good. Weight is not a problem. Let’s get it on.”Roach believes Pacquiao’s boxing future depends on how the fight goes against Horn. If he were to lose, Roach said he’d likely recommend retirement. A comfortable win would add ammunition for a rematch with Mayweather.Pacquiao has more than a decade of experience in this environment, and said he likes to take on a boxer who has hometown advantage because he enjoys the extra buzz. Horn (16-0-1, 11 knockouts) is unbeaten in his 17 fights since turning pro in 2013, but has never confronted anyone of Pacquiao’s caliber.Experience, “is my advantage,” Pacquiao said. “But I want to make sure that I … use it properly and maximize it.”Pacquiao tipped the scales at 66.1 kilograms (146 pounds) on Saturday, and Horn weighed in at 63.35 kilograms (147 pounds) after shedding 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) in recent days.Horn, a former school teacher and Olympic quarterfinalist before turning pro, said he had the reach and weight advantages over Pacquiao, and had the range of punches that could cause the Filipino great some trouble.During the week, he has talked about being disrespected amid talk of another Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, and said he had the weapons to knock out Pacquiao.“Game face is on. School is out,” Horn said. “I just keep that in my mind, what I’m going to have to do in the ring, which will upset Manny.”RELATED VIDEO Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Read Next Boxers Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, second left, and Jeff Horn of Australia, second right, pose for a photo in Brisbane, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Horn. AP FILE PHOTOBRISBANE, Australia— Manny Pacquiao has ducked and weaved, has been accused of being late and rude, and of thinking more about a Floyd Mayweather rematch than his WBO welterweight world title defense against Jeff Horn.After week of fine-tuning in Australia, Pacquiao and Horn easily made weight at the Saturday morning weigh-in. The Filipino senator did a quick TV interview before making a swift exit to eat.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES End of his agony? 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Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:40Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight01:40Filipinos 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 MOST READ READ: Pacquiao, Horn make weight for fightLocals have grumbled that Pacquiao only attended a formal pre-fight function for a few minutes on Friday, and Horn’s camp accused Pacquiao earlier in the week of being late for the official news conference and then constantly texting on his cell phone through the event.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’What nobody can complain about is the pulling power of the 11-time world champion. More than 50,000 tickets have been sold for the outdoor bout on Sunday afternoon at Suncorp Stadium, and the so-called “Battle of Brisbane” is expected to set records for pay-per-view in Australia.For the first time since 2005, a Pacquiao fight hasn’t been restricted to pay-per-view in America. ESPN will broadcast the fight to an estimated 95 million U.S. homes in prime time Saturday night. View comments Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Paul George heading to Thunder, Griffin stays with Clippers – reports LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs LSU title parade draws massive crowdslast_img read more

Bolt ranked as seventh most popular athlete on the planet

first_imgJamaican sprinter Usain Bolt moved up eight places and is now ranked as the seventh most popular athlete in the world according to latest ESPN’s World Fame 100 List.  Bolt, the eight – time Olympic champion and 11 time World Championships gold medal winner is listed behind leader Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid and Portugal footballer, NBA star LeBron James, Argentina’s Barcelona star Lionel Messi, tennis star Roger Federer, golfer Phil Mickelson and Barcelona and Brazil striker Neymar.  The Jamaican, who boasts 30 million followers on social media (Facebook – 19 million; Instagram 6.4 million; Twitter 4.6 million) holds the world records in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay.  He will hang up his spikes later this year at the World Championships in London, England. Bolt brought in an estimated US$30 million in endorsement funds.  Bolt was ranked as the 15th most popular athlete in the world in last years ESPN World Fame 100 list.  The ESPN World Fame 100 is a statistical analysis, of the most famous athletes in the world. Things taken into account include the annual Forbes’ list of the highest paid athletes with weight also going to endorsement deals, social media following and Google search popularity.last_img read more

IAAF suspends Fredericks in payment probe

first_imgMONACO (AP): Four-time Olympic medallist Frank Fredericks has been suspended from duty by track and field’s governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), while he is investigated for alleged corruption suspected of being linked to the 2016 Olympics hosting vote. The independent Athletics Integrity Unit said on Monday that its request for an interim ban on Fredericks, a former sprinter from Namibia, was granted by the IAAF disciplinary panel. Fredericks, who is also an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, is separately being investigated by the IOC ethics commission over a near-$300,000 payment he received on October 2, 2009 the same day Rio de Janeiro won the 2016 Olympic hosting vote in a four-city contest. French daily Le Monde alleged in March that the payment came from a Brazilian businessman and was channelled through a sports marketing company created by Papa Massata Diack, the son of former IAAF president Lamine Diack. Both Diacks are implicated by French prosecutors in a corruption case that includes extorting money from athletes to cover up doping. NO WRONGDOING Fredericks denies wrongdoing, claiming that the money was for contracted consultancy work. He previously offered to step aside from his IOC work and his IAAF duties, but has opted not to give up his seat on the ruling Council. “I am not prepared to voluntarily consent not to undertake my duties in respect of the position I hold as IAAF Council Member,” Fredericks wrote to the disciplinary panel. However, he did agree to avoid attending a meeting in London next month on the sidelines of the August 4-13 World Championships. Fredericks plans to contest the suspension at a hearing, the integrity unit says. In its published interim ruling, the IAAF disciplinary panel said Fredericks had the presumption of innocence while under investigation. Still, the panel chairman noted that “Fredericks has not, in the answers and explanations he has provided to date, disturbed the prima facie case of matters warranting investigation.” Those matters include “whether there was any connection between the payment and the IOC vote to award the 2016 summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro,” the IAAF panel said. Fredericks was seen as a rising star in Olympic circles until the case was reported. He had to resign as chairman of the IOC panel evaluating the bids of Los Angeles and Paris to host the 2024 Olympics, and agreed not to take part in that hosting decision due in September. The 49-year-old official won silver medals in 100 and 200 metres at both the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and 1996 Atlanta Olympics.last_img read more

Bilingual primed for perfect mile

first_img IMPROVING IN EVERY RACE Though Nunes and Subratie have numbers in their corner, Richard Azan’s lone runner, CAPTUREMYSHIP, has been improving with every race, winning three of four starts, the last being a five-and-a-quarter length romp at 1500 metres in June, suggesting he should have no problem at a mile. BILINGUAL, however, should be able to cope with Azan’s improving colt. In addition to being seven pounds lighter, she has faced the best of the three-year-olds this year, whereas CAPTUREMYSHIP has dodged those bullets by not competing in any of the classics. Nunes’ BILINGUAL faced the best of the best, finishing two lengths third behind SHE’S A MANEATER and MONEY MAGNET in the Thornbird Stakes, and returned to chase home the eventual Triple Crown winner in the fillies’ Guineas – which, by the way, was 1.2 seconds faster than the colts’ 2000 Guineas – the same afternoon. However, the brave filly’s stamina limitations, bred Fearless Vision-Electrifying, was exposed at 10 furlongs in the Oaks when she finished distressed, but far from disgraced, 12 lengths behind MARLENE MY LOVE after being five off at the furlong pole. Far from being short on class, BILINGUAL will certainly enjoy an easier pace, no tearaway LOOSE CANNON to contend with, and should outclass the expected leader, WESTERN WARRIOR, whenever Panamanian jockey Dick Cardenas decides to ask her to run. BILINGUAL now has the distance in her favour – a mile – and should use her class to make amends in this afternoon’s ninth race after losing to speedster LOOSE CANNON when returning off a near-five-month lay-up two weeks ago. Still in classic-distance mode when reporting off a rest on September 16, BILINGUAL was left flat-footed by LOOSE CANNON at 1100 metres. Her three previous races were middle to long distances, a run which started with the seven-furlong Thornbird Stakes in March, the fillies’ Guineas at a mile in April and the 10-furlong Oaks three weeks later. Though BILINGUAL showed real dash at exercise, galloping 59.2 on the round course a week before the race, LOOSE CANNON’s terrifying speed was simply too much for the filly coming off the long break, leaving her well behind in splits of 22.4 for the opening quarter and 45.3 into the lane, where she gradually closed inside the last furlong, finishing two-and-a-half lengths adrift in a final time of 1:05.4. Anthony Nunes has crowded the 11-horse field with five runners, including BILINGUAL, going up against a trio from Gary Subratie’s barn – SARAH LEE, GREATH FAITH and BIBLICAL LEGEND.last_img read more

Take Walker and Kingswood in Race 4

first_img SUNRISE-6 SELECTIONS 1. DAISY DUKE 2. VALDERRAMA 3. JOLLY D 4. KINGSWOOD 5. MOVIESTAR 6. REGGAE ROAD Well-bred DAISY DUKE, a half-sister to open-allowance campaigner Money Magnet, can give punters a perfect start at a good price in the opening race of the Sunrise-6 at Caymanas Park tomorrow. The opening event is an 800 metres race for maiden two-year-olds and has attracted just seven starters. DAISY DUKE finished behind most of the field on her July 8 debut but had an excuse as she was slowly out. Trainer Richard Azan has now replaced the tongue tie with a visor, and DAISY DUKE, even with the sparingly used Delroy Beharie aboard, is expected to be more alert at the gate and run an improved race. Trainer Anthony Nunes has presented punters with a real puzzle in Race Two. VALDERRAMA, a fairly well-bred three-year-old who slammed a subsequent winner by all of seven lengths on July 7, has been thrown in for a claiming tag of just $250,000. He won in the manner of a good three-year-old, and it is surprising that he has even been placed in claiming company. There is nothing to suggest, however, that PIZZARRO or ACTION MAN, two other leading contenders in the race, should test a good, improving three-year-old, and he is my firm choice to make it two in a row. JOLLY D should not be opposed in the third. Last time out, over 1000 metres straight (July 7), JOLLY D led all the way to slam $350,000 claimers by almost three lengths. He returns at the same handicap among the same claiming group and will travel 200 metres shorter. In that July 7 race, he was clear by six lengths at the 800 metres mark and is thus a firm banker. Leading rider, apprentice Anthony Thomas will be aboard. Three-year-old maidens will face the starter in the fourth, and KINGSWOOD, the mount of many-time champion jockey Omar Walker, looks to be a good thing. The grey colt is just returning after a fair debut on May 5, but has been busy on the exercise track. In that debut effort over 1200 metres, KINGSWOOD broke slow and was doing his best work at the end. He will travel an extra 100 metres and should catch rivals deep in the final furlong. A very poor set of maidens will contest Race Five, and the nod goes to MOVIESTAR, who has the best finishing time for the 1600-metre distance, while REGGAE ROAD ran extremely well in his last outing and is the choice in Race Six.last_img read more

Wilson hails MOU between G.C. Foster and Sprintec

first_imgHead of the Sprintec Track Club, Maurice Wilson, expressed his delight yesterday after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the G.C. Foster College. Wilson told The Gleaner following the MOU signing, which was held at the college’s campus in St Catherine, that he was very happy to be joining forces with the college. “I am extremely happy, and it has been long in coming, but there is no time like the right time. It is important that the legacy of G.C. Foster and the club are directly intertwined,” said Wilson, who is acting principal of G.C. Foster College. “If Maurice Wilson is not around, the collaboration must continue, and so it is for this reason that we are making sure that the structure is not only about one person, but about a group of persons that want to see the institution improve, want to see track and field improve, and by extension, sports in Jamaica,” he said. Wilson, who founded Sprintec in 2003, added that the club had already been assisting G.C. Foster’s athletes in a number of ways. “Obviously, there has been a great synergy because the college has been able to derive a number of benefits through our international athletes,” Wilson said. “We have been able to solicit excellent medical assistance for our college athletes, and we have also been able to solicit gear for our college athletes through adidas,” he said. David Mais, chairman of the G.C. Foster College, said that his institution was very happy with the partnership. “I think that the relationship, which has developed over the years, has got stronger, and we went through the engagement period, and now the two organisations are together in a formal arrangement,” said Mais. “We are absolutely looking at how we move together to make the track and field programme at G.C. Foster College and Sprintec much better, and it is something that will help the national team,” he said. Alando Terrelonge, minister of state in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, was also in attendance at yesterday’s signing. Dr Orville Taylor, senior lecturer and head of the Department of Sociology, Psychology, and Social Work at the University of the West Indies, was the guest speaker.last_img read more

10 Jamaicans for IAAF Continental Cup

first_imgTen Jamaican athletes will compete at next month’s IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava. Led by two former World Champions in Yohan Blake and Danielle Williams, the Jamaicans will be part of the Americas team that will compete against Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe contingents in a two-day team contest set for September 8 and 9. The full list contains 2011 100 metres World champion Blake; 2015 World 100m hurdles winner Williams; 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medal winners Fedrick Dacres, Danielle Thomas-Dodd, Aisha Praught-Leer, and Ronald Levy; 2014 Commonwealth 400 metre queen Stephenie McPherson; new national 800m record holder Natoya Goule; sprinter Shericka Jackson; hurdler Andre Clarke; and World Cup 100 winner Tyquendo Tracey. Blake and Williams will compete in the 100m and the 100m hurdles, respectively, with Dacres in the discus; Thomas-Dodd in the shot put; Praught-Leer in the 3000m steeplechase; and Levy in the 110m hurdles. McPherson, Goule, and Clarke take aim in the 400m, 800m, and 400m hurdles. Tracey is part of the Americas 4x100m relay pool. The Americas team also includes in-form US sprinters Noah Lyles and Jenna Prandini; Olympic champions Ryan Crouser of the USA (shot), Shaunae Miller-Uibo of The Bahamas (200m), and Colombian Caterine Ibarguen (triple jump), and the last two pole vault World champions Shawn Barber of Canada and Sam Kendricks of the US. Partnering Clarke in the men’s 400 metres hurdles is Commonwealth champion Kyron McMaster from the British Virgin Islands. There were two Jamaican winners at the last Continental Cup as Veronica Campbell-Brown took the 100 and Kaliese Spencer crowned a great season by winning the 400 metres hurdles. In addition, O’Dayne Richards and Jason Morgan picked up silver and bronze medals in the shot and discus, respectively. – H.L.last_img read more

More franchises could be coming to CPL

first_img He said the tournament had continued to attract some of the best international players, with the highest number of interest being shown at this year’s draft. “Ahead of the draft that was held in March of this year, we had more players registering for the draft than we ever had before,” Hall said. The 2018 CPL continues today with Guyana Amazon Warriors facing Jamaica Tallawahs in Guyana. Both are on 10 points but the Tallawahs are in third with the better net run rate. Game time is 7 p.m. BASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC): Expressed interest from investors could see the number of teams in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) being increased. This word has come from CPL’s Director of Operations Michael Hall, who has said the addition of franchises to the T20 competition is a distinct reality. Since its establishment in 2013, six teams have competed in the CPL; the Trinbago Knight Riders (formerly TT Red Steel), Jamaica Tallawahs, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Barbados Tridents, St Lucia Stars (formerly St Lucia Zouks) and the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots currently compete. In 2015, the Patriots replaced the Antigua Hawksbills that competed in 2013 and 2014. But Hall explained that the CPL was always looking to expand in an attempt to make the international tournament bigger and better. “The CPL, since I joined five years ago, has always been in expansion mode. I know that there has been, at least I have heard that there has been some heightened interest from potential investors looking to create some other franchises. “There is always that possibility. I know that discussions take place regularly and certainly the CPL as a league is in the market to have more teams. Whether that will happen in 2019 or 2020 it is hard to say, but we certainly would not be averse to increasing the number of teams in the league,” Hall said. Attractive tournamentlast_img read more

Jumo and the Heatwave Band for “The Strip” on Saturday evening

first_imgOne of the places to be this weekend is The Strip Hookah Lounge and Restaurant, Giftland Mall, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, for one of the craziest collaborations ever.Come Saturday evening, Jumo “Rubber Waist” Primo and the Heatwave Band will create an uproar as they team up to perform at an event hosted by Amplify Music Made of More.The Strip Hookah Lounge featured several artistes in the past including Kees out Kes the Band and others.This time, the all Guyanese cast will rip the place apart to make sure Guyanese soca junkies get the best.Jumo who recently launched his latest single “Doh Run” will definitely put on a show, along with one of the lead singers for the Heatwaves Band, Tennicia De Freitas. The other band members will also do their part as the duo promises a night full of energy and excitement.Admission to the event is easy.last_img read more