Scorpions suffer crushing defeat

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Barbados Pride needed just 54 minutes to wrap up an uncomplicated 10-wicket triumph over Jamaica Scorpions and make a strong start to their Regional First Class Championship campaign here yesterday.They picked up the last two Scorpions wickets for the addition of only 26 runs in just over half-hour, as the visitors were dismissed for 187 in their second innings, and then scored the required four runs to complete the victory at Kensington Oval.They secured 17 points for their efforts, while Scorpions walked away with a single point.Resuming the day on 161 for two, Scorpions would have entertained thoughts of saving the game after heavy rains here delayed the start by 11/2 hours.Once the skies cleared, however, fast-bowler Kemar Roach swiftly removed Jason Dawes (nine) and Marquino Mindley (13) to end the Scorpions’ innings.Pride then needed three overs to knock off the required runs. Captain Kraigg Brathwaite was voted Man of the Match for his first-innings score of 119.Jaguars stun WindwardsAT GUYANA NATIONAL STADIUM: Left-arm pacer Raymon Reifer and off-spinner Steven Jacobs shared eight wickets as defending champions Guyana Jaguars stunned Windward Islands Volcanoes to pull off an emphatic 104-run victory here yesterday.Requiring an uncomplicated 230 for victory on the final day, the Volcanoes folded meekly for 125. They were undermined by Jacobs, who claimed four for 35, and Reifer, who picked up four for 41, as the visitors slumped to 76 for seven at lunch.Miles Bascome top-scored with 38, and captain Liam Sebastien got 36, but were the only two batsmen to pass 15 and only two of four to get into double figures.AT WARNER PARK: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force crushed hapless Leeward Islands Hurricanes by an innings and 23 runs inside three days, to make a superb start to the Regional Four Day Championship here on Sunday. SCORES: T&T Red Force 325 all out (Steven Katwaroo 71, Evin Lewis 66, Narsingh Deonarine 55, Yannic Cariah 50; Rahkeem Cornwall 3-72, Gavin Tonge 2-53). HURRICANES 118 (Nkrumah Bonner 57 not out; Kavesh Kantasingh 4-29, Imran Khan 4-46) and 184 (Daron Cruickshank 26, Nkrumah Bonner 24, Steve Liburd 20; Narsingh Deonarine 3-32, Imran Khan 2-41, Kavesh Kantasingh 2-48).In the next round starting Friday, Pride host Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, while Scorpions entertain Windward Islands Volcanoes.last_img read more

UPDATED: Weekend start for Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship

first_img POINT SYSTEM Athletes will get nine points for a win; seven for second place; six, five, four, three, two, and one point for individual events; and 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2 for the relay. Points will be accumulated from the regional meets and carried over to the Grand Prix Final to determine the overall school champions. Technical committee chairman Maurice Wilson is expecting stiff competition in the sprints at the Western Championships, while the field events should take the spotlight in Kingston. “The 100m and the 200m should bring a lot of attention because the athletes from that region are comparable to athletes from the central and other regions. With the Youngster Goldsmith, the long jump should be of interest because of athletes coming out of Calabar High and even as far as Oberlin High. With Kingston College and Calabar, we are expecting good competition in the throws and the discus,” he said. St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), the defending boys’ champions, should get a head start with defending 200m Grand Prix champion Nigel Ellis expected to perform well again this season. Wilson also challenged athletes to hunt for prizes that would add to their schools’ programmes. The champion schools will receive $1 million, runner-up $500,000, and third-place $200,000 worth of gym equipment. Should an athlete break a record at any of the six meets, he/she will be awarded a scholarship that will be made payable directly to the school that the athlete will be attending in September 2016. The coaches of the 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletic Championship-winning male school and female school will each receive $50,000. *Earlier this story had said that the Camperdown Classic would be held at the Usain Bolt Track on Saturday, February 13. That was incorrect. It will in fact be held at the National Stadium. KINGSTON: Top high school athletes from across the island will do battle for $16 million in cash and prizes in the 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship, which gets under way this Saturday with the Western Championships at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay and the Youngster Goldsmith National Athletics Classics at the National Stadium in Kingston. Events to be contested in the seven-event Grand Prix Series are the 100 metres, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus, and 4x400m. The Grand Prix will continue with the Corporate Area Development Meet at the National Stadium on Thursday, February 11; Camperdown Classic at the National Stadium on Saturday, February 13; Central Championships at G. C. Foster College on Tuesday, February 16; and the Grand Prix final at the G. C. Foster Classics at G. C. Foster College on Saturday, February 20. The top two athletes from each event from the first five meets will earn the first six spots in the finals. There will be two wild card positions for the two next best athletes from any meet.last_img read more

Edwards looking for improved performance against Cuba

first_img Although victory is at the forefront of their minds, preparing the team for the CONCACAF Championship in Panama in April is the main objective. “We definitely want to win the games, but beyond the result, we have to be more mindful of how the team is looking up towards the games against Mexico, El Salvador and USA (CONCACAF group). That is the major focus. Results go a far way in boosting confidence and morale, but beyond the result, we have to be mindful of what we want to achieve and the extent to which we achieved those things. Edwards have faced the Cubans on many occasion in the last few years and believes the two countries have an intense rivalry. “We know we are developing a rivalry between ourselves and Cuba and it is going back many years, and we expect them to come out and fight and play a good game,” he said. Cuba’s coach, Rufino Sotolongo, says this is the first practice game for his team outside of Cuba and that it is very important they get a win. “It (games) is very important. Both teams have qualified for the next round (CONCACAF), so this game is very important, and we are taking it very seriously,” said Sotolongo. Although Sotolongo have seen the young Reggae Boyz play before, he will not dwell on the past. “We have watched them twice in Panama, so we know a bit about them. They have very good players and we respect them, and expect to see good things from them. The games are important, we need to win because it is preparation and we will look at where we are now, because the important thing is to qualify for the World Cup, so we want to know where we are in our preparation,” he said. PREPARING FOR PANAMA After below par performances against their United States and Canadian counterparts, Jamaica Under-17 coach Andrew Edwards says they are looking for marked improvements when they take on Cuba in another two game practice series starting on Sunday at Winchester Park at 3 p.m. The second game is schedule for UWI, Mona on Tuesday. The Jamaicans lost both games to the USA and Canada, and with the implementation of a residential camp, Edwards says they have been able to improve players and the team, and he is expecting a win to boost morale as well. “We have got a lot fitter and stronger, and tactically, we are much better and much better equipped, so we are looking for a better all-round performance at both ends of the pitch and in the middle as well, and you will see a better performance all around. They (players) have been together for a long while, so the cohesiveness and the understanding have developed over the last few weeks due to the residential camp and we are very happy where our preparation is, and we are looking for some good performances,” he said.last_img read more

Follow the Trace | That Miller vs Holding debate

first_img SIGNIFICANT DISPARITY Holding’s exploits as one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of the game, saw him ending up with 249 Test wickets achieved in an era when regional and international batsmen were significantly more highly skilled and productive. The key factor in that hypothetical life-and-death game scenario is that Holding’s success was at the superior international level while Miller’s success was the lower regional level with a significant disparity in the batting skills between the two eras. It then smacks a lack of basic understanding of sport generally and cricket in particular that any sane person would look at Miller’s regional figures in isolation and then opt to select Miller ahead of Holding on that basis. Contextually as well, it must be remembered that comparatively, Holding never played much regional cricket while at his peak, he was busy on international duty and subsequently playing county cricket in England. The majority of Holding’s regional appearances were early in the developmental stages of his career and then at the back end of his playing days when he was well past his peak, and retired from international cricket. This entire debate has once again proven how misleading and overrated statistics can be in sports analysis. Otherwise well-thinking pundits have descended to the level of self-induced ridicule after indulging in another dangerous exercise of Google analysis, resulting in some of these embarrassing and blasphemous pronouncements. Respect is due, and accolades are in order for Jamaica’s cricket captain and left-arm spinner, Nikita Miller, who continues his impressive run of form as a regional wicket taker. Miller is the first bowler in the history of regional cricket to hit the 400 mark. He has also surpassed the 50-wicket mark this season, and his wickets have come at below 16 runs per wicket. Over the past several weeks, however, some pundits and fans have got totally carried away in their blanket declaration of Miller as the greatest regional bowler ever, implicitly suggesting that the Jamaican is the best bowler to have played regional cricket. That is a false interpretation of the statistics and is thus a totally incorrect conclusion. Things got even worse when the moot question was posited that with Miller’s regional numbers so comparatively brilliant, in a hypothetical scenario of a regional cricket game to save one’s life, if given a choice between selecting Nikita Miller or Michael Holding, which bowler would you choose to play in this life-and-death encounter? Some pundits and fans actually affirmed they would select Miller ahead of Holding. Aside from implicit suicidal path in that choice, that dynamic also took the discussion into the realm of blasphemy. The very thought of selecting Miller ahead of Holding for any form and level of cricket is downright imbecilic. Having seen the folly of their argument the perpetuators of this nonsense attempted desperately to shift the goal post by hastily adding the clause that the choice must be based on regional bowling statistics only. Thus forget or ignore all we know about Michael Holding, another desperate clutching at straws. Fundamentally, Miller’s wicket-taking exploits are by and large in regional cricket in an era when batting in the region has been embarrassingly pathetic, which explains the inflated and exaggerated effectiveness of the regional bowlers, especially the spinners, who led by Nikita Miller, have snared the lion’s share of the wickets over the last decade and a half. With all due respect to the Jamaican skipper his wicket-taking returns is more an index of the inept batting skills of the batsmen of this era, than is of his brilliance as a bowler.last_img read more

UAAP Season 80 Preview: Expect the ‘unpredictable’ from La Salle Green Archers

first_imgAyo is putting a lot of trust on his guards as he expects more from the quartet of reigning Rookie of the Year Aljun Melecio, Kib Montalbo, Ricci Rivero, and Joshua Caracut.But the main advantage for La Salle will be still its vaunted “mayhem” defense —which befuddled a lot of opponents last season.“The mayhem has always been there. Actually it’s not only on defense, but on offense also. But our system is evolving. We’re doing new things because of course, you have to present new things in the table because teams are adjusting to us. You can’t rely on the things you did last season. Our system is evolving and we’re doing a lot of new things that hopefully, will be effective,” he said.Ayo said that he hasn’t changed his approach with this players this year as he constantly tries to alleviate the pressure and trusts them enough to let them play their game.“I’ve gotten used to it and (the approach) is almost the same as last year. The competition is there andyou have to be ready. You have to prepare and we have to compete. But I just allow them to play and have fun because it’s basketball and they have to enjoy,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Despite losing a big chunk of its core from the champion team last year, La Salle remains as formidable as ever.The Green Archers are the consensus team-to-beat this UAAP season 80 and for good season with reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala still leading the fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut coach Aldin Ayo  doesn’t want to rely on just Mbala alone as he posed a challenge for the rest of the Green Archers to step up and fill the shoes left by their seniors.“We suffered big losses with the graduation of our veterans. Now, we’re a younger team, but I’m expecting my second stringers last year to respond to their bigger roles because they have bigger responsibilities now,” he said. “As much as possible, we want to be unpredictable. We have 14 guys who are capable of playing so whoever is hot, that’s where we’ll go.” End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Coach: Aldin AyoLast Season: 13-1 (Champions)Holdovers: Ben Mbala, Aljun Melecio, Kib Montalbo, Ricci RiveroAdditions: Santi SantillanKey Losses: Jeron Teng, Jason Perkins, Julian Sargent, Thomas TorresADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles look to pick up where they left offcenter_img Break new ground Winning start MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson A costly, catty dispute finally settled 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

After international duties, Raymar Jose takes talents to PBA

first_imgCarpio 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 MOST READ Those stops were enough to earn him a spot in the Gilas Pilipinas roster for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, helping the Philippines win another gold medal in men’s basketball.Jose was also part of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas crew which competed in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup in Chenzhou, China, where he amassed averages of 5.0 markers and 3.4 boards in 11.7 minutes.What you see is what you get on the 25-year-old’s game, and he’s leaning on his strengths to establish his name in the pro league.“What I can give to the team is my hustle and defense. I’m known for doing whatever the team needs from me, so I’ll just make sure to do the little things for whatever team drafts me,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT “I focused on Gilas first. But when the Champions Cup was over, I felt that I was ready,” he said.Jose has had a memorable collegiate career, establishing himself as one of the toughest bruisers in the amateur ranks in his time with the Tamaraws.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHe averaged 11.1 points and 11.0 rebounds in 27.6 minutes in his final year in Morayta before  joining Kaohsiung Truth in the ASEAN Basketball League, where he netted 10.6 markers and 4.8 boards.Jose would later on sign up with Cignal HD Hawkeyes, averaging 12.27 points and 10.18 rebounds en route to him being named as the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup MVP. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson US misses World Cup for 1st time since 1986 with loss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Raymar Jose. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRaymar Jose is raring to continue the tradition of Far Eastern U alumni making an impact in the PBA.After honing his craft in the international stage, the 6-foot-4 forward takes on a new challenge as he enters the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Rookie of the Year award just the beginning for De Liaño, Maroons

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’ll just try to get better every day and improve and be better next season.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “For sure this trophy will motivate the team, this will improve the intensity in practices, and this will help us do better in practices,” said Gomez De Liaño Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I had a big role coming in and I had to do what I had to do, I’m grateful I got this award. I mean this is just the beginning, not just for me, but for the team as well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGomez De Liaño nabbed the award after finishing the eliminations with averages of 11.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game in helping the fifth-seeded Fighting Maroons take a 6-8 win-loss record.The rookie, though, is wary that his newfound notoriety would make him a moving target of their opponents.center_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manning benching low point of a year the Giants went south Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIndividual awards are recognitions for one and one person alone.Yet for Juan Gomez De Liano, the Rookie of the Year for the 80th season of the UAAP, his trophy is not just for him but also for the whole University of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

Road Warriors: Alab posts 3rd straight win

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Saigon, on the other hand, dropped its third straight defeat and fell to a 4-5 slate.The Filipinos now brace for Chong Son Kung Fu on Wednesday at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Laguna.Moses Morgan paced the Heat with 27 points and five rebounds before fouling out with 24.4 ticks left.Akeem Scott chimed in 26 markers, seven boards, three dimes, and two steals, while Esho got 23 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Grey steps up anew with career-high for GlobalPort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lawrence Domingo also stepped up with 14 points and four rebounds off the bench, Josh Urbiztondo got 13 markers off his 3-of-5 sniping from threes, and Bobby Ray Parks had 10 points, five boards, and two assists in the win.Alab recovered from its poor start where it stared at a 17-9 deficit, taking control of the game in the second half to grab a 64-54 lead in the third frame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe home team got to within three, 90-87, with a pair of free throws from Maxie Esho, before Alab ice the game at the free throw line late.Alab improved to 6-4 with three straight victories on the road. 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 LATEST STORIES Alab Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTanduay Alab Pilipinas did just enough in the clutch to hold off the Saigon Heat, 95-87, for their third straight victory in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League Sunday at CIS Arena in Saigon.Renaldo Balkman was superb anew for the Philippine side with 26 points, 20 rebounds, six assists, four steals, and a block, while Justin Brownlee also notched a double-double with 25 markers, 15 boards on top of three dimes, a steal, and a block to lead Alab.ADVERTISEMENT TANDUAY ALAB PILIPINAS 95 — Balkman 26, Brownlee 25, Domingo 14, Urbiztondo 13, Parks 10, Hontiveros 3, Celiz 2, Maierhofer 2.SAIGON HEAT 87 — Morgan 27, Scott 26, Esho 23, Williams 9, Arnold 2, Nguyen HPT 0.Quarters: 20-21, 42-47, 70-63, 95-87.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

UST libero Rivera suffers knee injury vs Ateneo

first_imgUST libero Rica Rivera being helped out of the court after suffering a right knee injury in the first set against Ateneo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas libero Rica Rivera suffered a right knee injury during the first set of their match against Ateneo in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Golden Tigresses assistant coach Mark Alfafara said the initial assessment was that Rivera tore her meniscus in the right knee but further tests will still be conducted once the libero arrives at UST hospital.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Rivera was going up after receiving Kat Tolentino’s hit and that’s when her knee buckled.The fourth-year player still tried to walk it off but eventually fell down in pain.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 folkRivera already suffered a right knee injury in 2015. Unbeaten NU averts disaster vs UE, wins 3rd straightcenter_img Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight 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 award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right tracklast_img read more

After 2 lopsided losses to Thunder, Durant leads Warriors rout

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Kevin Durant scored 28 points while avenging an embarrassing home loss to his former Oklahoma City team earlier this month and another on the road in November, leading the Warriors past the Thunder 112-80 on Saturday night.“We’re champions. We’re 46-14 and we’ve got one of the best road records in the league,” Durant said. “We’ve been doing this the last two years. We’ve got to be us.”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 folkStephen Curry added 21 points with five 3-pointers, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals as Golden State produced the kind of defensive performance coach Steve Kerr has been seeking.Russell Westbrook had 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Oklahoma City, which failed to reach 100 points for the first time in the last five games. The Thunder had scored at least 100 in 14 of their last 16, but this matched their season-low total. Durant’s pretty layup off a perfect pass by Curry with 3:06 left in the third put the Warriors up 75-66. That was part of a 37-11 Golden State run that included 30 points over the final 8:48 of the third — when Zaza Pachulia subbed in to relieve JaVale McGee.The Warriors held Paul George to five points. George’s 3-pointer at the 7:52 mark of the third with Durant’s hand in his face was his first basket after going 0 for 9 to begin the game. He finished 1 for 14 after going off for 38 points in the last meeting when Oklahoma City left Oracle Arena with a 125-105 rout on Feb. 6.“He’s played at such a high level offensively for such a long time, a night like tonight’s going to happen,” coach Billy Donovan said.Golden State also lost at OKC by 17 on Nov. 22.Draymond Green added 10 points, eight assists and five rebounds. He picked up his 15th technical of the season with 1:04 left in the first half, moving him within one of an automatic suspension. That came after Durant and Carmelo Anthony pushed, shoved, yelled from close range and had to be separated, receiving double technicals.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, right, reacts as a foul is called against him next to teammates Stephen Curry, left, and Kevin Durant during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors played stifling defense for a full game. They went on a jaw-dropping scoring frenzy midway through the third quarter.Yes, the dominant defending champions are back and ready to build some consistency.ADVERTISEMENT Nietes continues his reign as world champion, KOs Reveco MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanocenter_img GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City It was a testy rematch after the Warriors received five technical fouls in the previous meeting. Kerr isn’t concerned about Green.“I’m an emotional guy. I play with high emotion,” Green said. “I love this game of basketball. I play it with passion. I’ll continue to play with passion.”Durant announced his decision to join the Warriors and leave OKC on July 4, 2016, making him an instant villain in his former city.He scored 33 in the Feb. 6 meeting but got plenty of help this time.Earlier this month against the Thunder, Curry and Klay Thompson were a combined 11 of 27 from the floor and 4 for 15 on 3-pointers as the Warriors lost for the third time in four games. Thompson had 11 points Saturday, shooting just 1 for 11 from deep.TIP-INSThunder: OKC shot 9 of 34 on 3s. … The last time the Thunder won three of the four games against the Warriors in a single season was during 2012-13. The teams play again April 3 at OKC.Warriors: McGee made his second straight start at center in place of Pachulia and had an alley-oop dunk on Golden State’s first possession off a pass by Thompson. … Thompson passed Neil Johnston (10,023) for ninth place on the franchise’s career scoring list. … With one block, Green passed Chris Mullin (488) for eighth place on the Warriors’ blocked shots list. … Former Warriors F David Lee attended the game as a retired player and fan, receiving a rousing ovation when announced during the first quarter sitting courtside by owner Joe Lacob.ARIZONA SCANDALKerr expressed his “disappointment” in the scandal and coach Sean Miller’s situation at Arizona, where he played. “It’s my school,” Kerr said, “I love my school. I don’t really know what else to say.”DURANT’S HONORDurant received the January NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his giving off the court to help kids, families and other charitable causes for education and communities. He donated $3 million last month to the University of Texas where he played and matched Colin Kaepernick’s $10,000 in the quarterback’s “10 for 10” campaign, Durant’s contributions helping a local organization doing community-based justice work.“I’ve got to continue to leave my mark off the basketball court as well,” Durant said. “Look forward to doing that.”UP NEXTThunder: Host Orlando on Monday.Warriors: Visit Knicks on Monday looking for an eighth straight win in the series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? 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