Belo, dela Cruz vow to give their all for playoff-seeking Elite

first_img“We collapsed on the defensive end during the last minutes and that’s the reason why we lost,” said Belo.Dela Cruz said the defeat should serve as a lesson for the Elite with their game against the Hotshots will likely determine their fate this conference.“There’s always a bad game, but we tried our best. We just need to move on. We need to see our mistakes and we have to focus on Star,” he said.With a game left on Blackwater’s elimination schedule, the two forwards promised to do nothing but their best on Wednesday.“We’ll work hard for it. We’re focused on this last game and hopefully, we make it to the playoffs,” said the prized rookie Belo.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely View comments Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims PBA IMAGESWith the way Blackwater started the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, Mac Belo and Art dela Cruz agree that it would definitely be a disappointment if the team misses out on the quarterfinals.And that’s the reason why the Elite will be coming into their next game more focused as they eye to secure a seat in the top eight.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards “We just want to see our team make it to the quarterfinals,” dela Cruz said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Titans’ Dario to skip rest of Aspirants’ Cup to focus on academics MOST READ 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 “We have to give it all because that will separate us from the teams that will be eliminated. It’s going to be hard to be at the bottom, so we have to focus on that,” said dela Cruz.“We need to win against Star so we’re guaranteed to make it to the playoffs. It’s a do-or-die for us so we have to give our all,” Belo said.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 returnAfter losing to Ginebra, 99-90, on Friday, Blackwater missed a chance to clinch a quarterfinal seat and instead, fell to seventh place with an even 5-5 record.Belo admitted the defeat exposed Blackwater’s inexperience when it mattered most. Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board memberlast_img read more

NBA: Sanders returns to sign with Cavs

first_imgOfficial Danny Crawford listens to Larry Sanders #8 of the Milwaukee Bucks complain after he was called for a technical foul during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on December 2, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. Sanders returned to the NBA by joining the injury-hit Cleveland Cavaliers after a two-year absence following testing positive for marijuana. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Free agent Larry Sanders ended his two-year exile from the NBA by joining the injury-hit Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, the team announced.Former Bucks star Sanders, 28, has not played since 2015, when he walked away from the NBA following multiple positive tests for marijuana.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely NBA: Iguodala fined over racially charged comments Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Cleveland star LeBron James said at the weekend Sanders would be welcome at the Cavs.“With his hiatus, I don’t know what he was going through so I can’t comment about somebody’s personal life because I wasn’t a part of it,” James told Cleveland.com.“But it looks like he wants another opportunity and hopefully if we’re the team, hopefully we give him an opportunity. Why not?“Everyone deserves a second chance and it looks like he wants to get back to playing the game he loves and hopefully this is his destination. You don’t know how much you can get out of a guy that’s been out so long, but I’d love to see it. Why not?” CBBADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town He later underwent treatment for anxiety, depression and mood disorders.However he announced in January his intention to return to the sport and Cleveland have swooped following the injury which ruled out Andrew Bogut for the remainder of the season.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 returnAussie big man Bogut was waived by the Cavs on Monday, the team confirmed.Sanders was selected by the Bucks with the 15th overall pick in the 2010 draft. In five seasons with Milwaukee he averaged 6.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. LATEST STORIES ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards 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 View commentslast_img read more

Spurs beat Hawks to join Warriors with NBA’s best record

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives around Atlanta Hawks forward Kent Bazemore (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 13, 2017, in San Antonio. AP PHOTOSAN ANTONIO— Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points in his return from a concussion and the San Antonio Spurs equaled Golden State for the NBA’s best record with a 107-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night (Tuesday, Manila time).San Antonio made a season-high 16 3-pointers in its 19th straight home victory over Atlanta. The Spurs and Warriors are 52-14 with 16 games remaining, including the final regular-season matchup between them on March 29.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Atlanta point guard Dennis Schroder had 22 points and 10 assists, shooting 10 for 22 from the field. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 17 points, but the Hawks had their three-game winning streak snapped.San Antonio’s Patty Mills had 15 points and Danny Green added 14. The starting guards combined to shoot 7 for 12 on 3-pointers and the team finished 16 for 34 on 3s.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 returnRELATED STORIESMills leads Spurs past Warriors in game minus top stars Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media NBA: Curry picks Harden over Westbrook for MVP Westbrook’s Thunder stop Spurs’ winning streak Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View commentslast_img read more

No regrets for Tiamzon as she leaves Lady Maroons

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UP’s Nicole Tiamzon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERnetNicole Tiamzon’s UAAP career may have come to an end but she will leave the confines of University of the Philippines without a regret in her heart.UP got eliminated from the Final Four after losing in straight sets to Far Eastern University, 25-16, 25-16, 27-25, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte UP failed to follow up in its surprise entry to the Final Four in Season 78, where the Lady Maroons were eliminated by silver medalists Ateneo after one game.READ: Gaiser uncertain of volleyball career, sure of educational futureAnd even though Tiamzon is at peace with her departure from the Lady Maroons, her career outside of Diliman is still up in the air.Tiamzon said she still hasn’t decided on where to play next despite playing a big part in Foton’s early days in the Philippine Super Liga.“I’d rest first and finish my thesis and I know I’ll still play but I still haven’t decided where,” said Tiamzon.ADVERTISEMENT On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ravena wants to move on MOST READ Despite the heartbreak, Tiamzon said another team is more deserving of taking one of the remaining Final Four spots.READ: Lady Tamaraws eliminate Lady Maroons 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“Regrets? None at all,” said Tiamzon. “Though I think it’s unfortunate we weren’t able to get to the Final Four for another year and all of our sacrifices went for naught,” said Tiamzon, one of the three graduating Lady Maroons.“If this wasn’t for us, that spot belongs to someone else,” said Tiamzon. View comments SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’last_img read more

James dominates, Cavs beat Celtics in East showdown

first_imgIsaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 26 points.“We laid an egg tonight,” Thomas said. “There’s no way around that. We didn’t take advantage of the opportunity that we had tonight.”James’ output has increased noticeably over the last week as the regular season winds down. He entered Wednesday coming off back-to-back triple doubles in Sunday’s double-overtime win against Indiana and a blowout win over Orlando Tuesday, while logging 89 minutes over those two games.He played another 39 minutes Wednesday, finally going to the bench with 4:04 remaining.The Celtics came out of the gate stale offensively. Thomas went 5 of 9 from the field in first quarter, while the rest of his teammates were just 3 of 12.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cleveland seized on Boston’s sluggishness, outscoring the Celtics 22-4 over the first 6:40 of the second quarter.James was active on both ends during the run, exploding to the rim for several easy baskets. He also did it on the defensive end, notably stuffing Marcus Smart with a two-handed block.Even with Thompson out, this was the healthiest Cleveland team Boston had seen since the teams’ first meeting in November.James said it’s to be determined whether his team has truly turned a page this week.“Only time will tell,” he said. “But we played Cavs basketball tonight and when we do that we’re a pretty good team. So we’ve got four more games left and we can see how we can finish the season off.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES The teams had identical records entering their final regular-season matchup, but Cleveland (51-27) now has a one-game lead over Boston (50-28) with only four games to play. Cleveland also holds the tiebreaker with the Celtics for the top seed, if needed.“Just trying to get our team right going down the stretch brings out the best in me,” James said. “We knew we were coming to a hostile building tonight and just wanted to try and play our game … and we did that.”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 returnKyrie Irving added 19 points and five assists.The Cavaliers played without starting center Tristan Thompson, who was out with a sprained right thumb. But they performed without him, surging at the start of the second quarter and taking as much as a 29-point lead in the third quarter. They also outrebounded Boston 51-38. On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Promoters refuse to confirm Manny Pacquiao’s fight with Jeff Horn MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac 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 Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte View comments Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket past Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley, left, and center Al Horford (42) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — LeBron James and the Cavaliers sent a message to the Celtics in their final matchup during the regular season: They won’t relinquish the Eastern Conference’s top seed that easily.James had 36 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as Cleveland ran past Boston 114-91 on Wednesday night to move back into first place in the East.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Amazing comeback

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac 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 “It’s just the lack of maturity, lack of character and probably the ability to close out games,” said Guiao. “That’s been our weakest point; we haven’t been able to be mentally tough throughout the game.”“Having been with the team for the past five, six months, I was expecting that they’d be a little bit tougher, more mature. That’s where I was disappointed.”TNT, which at one point trailed, 60-89, was eventually able to dictate the tempo in overtime, going on an early 7-0 run with Roger Pogoy hitting a triple from the right wing to give the Texters a 120-113 lead.Meanwhile, the PBA is celebrating its 42nd anniversary with a bang on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.“We owe our fans a great deal of gratitude. They are the reason why the PBA remains strong through these years,” said PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Of all the losses that have collected around NLEX’s feet, this is most likely the one the Road Warriors wish they could kick away.NLEX was riding on a huge momentum crest in the first half—establishing a season scoring mark along the way—before watching TNT come back in scintillating fashion for a 126-121 overtime victory Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Pray Jeff Horn is (already) worth it Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte What was supposed to be NLEX’s breakthrough victory in their first PBA Commissioner’s Cup tournament under coach Yeng Guiao turned out to be a bitter extension of their current spiral: The team has now lost its first five matches here.“It’s still part of the struggle,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao, who has won just twice with the Road Warriors since joining the team this season. “We played probably our best first half and then our worst second half so it’s disappointing.”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 returnFor the Texters? It was their biggest turnaround in franchise history after having rallied past a 23-point hole against Alaska in Game 3 of the 2007 Fiesta Finals.“It was the players who talked before I entered the dugout, they were already talking with each other and they were trying to find ways to rally back,” said TNT coach Nash Racela. On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Jayson Castro led the second half charge for TNT, which trailed 76-53 at halftime after the Road Warriors’ record-setting performance in the first two quarters.TNT improved to 3-1.San Miguel Beer, meanwhile, continued its winning start to the tournament by whipping Phoenix, 110-88, in the second game.June Mar Fajardo led the Beermen with 22 points in a game that almost matched the high-scoring pace of the earlier match, where the Road Warriors’ 76 points in the first half were the most scored in that same stretch this season.But all that meant nothing as the Texters outscored them, 73-45, the rest of the way.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikelylast_img read more

Durant planned for this title months ago in picking Warriors

first_imgPresidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte He hugged mother Wanda many a time. And Curry, too. Even LeBron James, celebrating the fight and brilliance they each demonstrated during an entertaining back-and-forth basketball show in this Finals trilogy. Golden State in 2015, the Cavaliers last year, the Warriors again this time.READ: Kevin Durant’s menacing defense leads the way for WarriorsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“I hear all the narratives throughout the season that I was joining, I was hopping on bandwagons, I was letting everybody else do the work,” Durant said. “But then that was far from the truth. I came in and tried to help my team. Like I said, tried to be myself, be aggressive and sacrifice as well.”For all that chatter about chemistry on a super-team — some called them “supervillains” — how there might not be enough shots for all the big-time scorers, the Warriors kept winning as the world watched the every move of the East Bay franchise under a microscope. LATEST STORIES Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant gestures as he holds the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award after Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the NBA championship. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Durant and Curry were always right in the middle, yet they stayed loose and focused by building their own relationship — not to mention shooting skills — through regular shooting contests that were oh so close.READ: Warriors finish off Cavaliers in 5 games, regain NBA title “The way that he embraced the opportunity in the Finals, it was unbelievable,” Curry said. “It’s kind of crazy to think about the conversations we had this summer and going into the year about how we can both mesh and do what we do and be the players that we are and (to) see it come to life in this series, it was unbelievable.”Durant, an eight-time All-Star who only needed a ring to cement his superstar status, scored 39 points in a championship-clinching 129-120 victory and averaged 35.2 points and 8.4 rebounds in these Finals.“I’m just happy for him. He’s had an amazing career, but he just took it to the next level,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He was incredible all season long. He had an amazing series, just dominated. Everybody for the last 10 years knew how good he was, but until you break through and win that first championship, there’s always still something there. I’m just so happy Kevin has broken through. And there’s more to come from him.”ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View comments 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 respitecenter_img For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OAKLAND, California— They made their group plea to Kevin Durant last summer, Stephen Curry and the core of the Golden State Warriors traveling cross-country to go at a prized free agent the only way they do it around here: with “Strength in Numbers.”Durant didn’t really need a hard sell that day in the Hamptons. He chose Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and a chance at his first championship over returning to Oklahoma City. Scorned and scrutinized from every angle for that decision, Durant triumphantly raised his arms and an MVP trophy Monday night all these months later— beaming as a first-time NBA champion, just as planned.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer READ: Durant makes his mark in Game 1 of NBA Finals for Warriors Durant came back late in the regular season from a 19-game absence with a left knee injury, then dealt with a tender calf early in the playoffs. Still, he insisted he had another notch to raise his game, and he certainly found it. He dramatically drove and dunked on Cleveland’s defense, knocked down big 3-pointers and blocked shots while handling the load of defending King James.Ten years after becoming the No. 2 draft pick behind Greg Oden, Durant has reached the pinnacle. Whenever he is asked about his own accomplishments, he is always quick to offer a reminder just as he did with a new NBA champions hat on his head: “It’s a team sport.” He can’t do it alone.“I can’t believe it, but I have to,” Durant said recently of where he is after a decade. “I’m really proud where I am right now as a player and being as consistent every year as I’ve been. That’s something I talked about coming into the league, wanting to do it year in and year out. I’ve been able to accomplish that individually. But this is not an individual sport. So I’ve also realized that as far as becoming more of a team player, since my first year I’ve grown so much and I’m proud of myself in that area as well, but I’ve got a long ways to go.”READ: Durant makes his mark in Game 1 of NBA Finals for WarriorsThis is a major start. For those guys in the Hamptons recruiting Durant that day and all the others, they can’t wait for more.“We felt like Kevin could come in and help us and, like I said, make it all complete,” Green said. “And he showed that. Finals MVP, 4-1, world champions. Doesn’t get much better than that.”RELATED VIDEO Michael Jordan’s 1984 Olympic games Converse shoes sold for $190K China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreaklast_img read more

Work on stadium basketball courts delayed

first_imgRefurbishing work on basketball courts at the National Stadium complex has been delayed as the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) is in the process of re-tendering the contract for work to be carried out on seating facilities and a synthetic court at the venue. General Manager of the SDF Denzil Wilks, said he is hoping to complete the tender process as quickly as possible, so that the work on the facility can be completed.   “We have had to re-tender two aspects of the work and that is what is causing the delay,” said Wilks. “We have three aspects to the work, the base work, the synthetic court and the seating and the two aspects that we had to re-tender are the seating and the synthetic work and that will result in a delay in terms of the overall completion of the project,” Wilks said.    “(We want to) ensure that we do not exceed the budget and so that is why we are re-tendering,” Wilks said before adding that he expects the facility to be completed in a couple of months.   “We anticipate that by the end of August that we should be able to compete this project,” he said.   Meanwhile, it is costing the SDF about $35 million to repair the national basketball courts. The capacity will also be expanding from 400 to 1,000 as part of the refurbishing work currently being carried out. “This will help the sport of basketball tremendously because where we are taking it to, where it is coming from, it is like from night to day,” Wilks said. “It really was in a bad state. Everything was battered because the synthetic surface was in a deplorable state, and so it was all in shambles,” he added.last_img read more

Wedderburn : Three points a must today

first_imgThe ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup competition will resume action this afternoon with former champions St Elizabeth Tech (STETHS) hosting Lacovia High at 4 p.m., but 20 matches across seven zones will kick off half an hour earlier. STETHS have been a powerhouse of schoolboy football, being arguably the most successful rural school team in recent times, and intend to maintain their reputation. Head coach Omar ‘Rambo’ Wedderburn’s side fell short of all three points after drawing 0-0 in their derby with Munro College. However, he said that he was satisfied with picking up a point, and said that the team will go into today’s game with more driving force. “Each game we play is for the three points. In this zone, no team will just lay down and let us run over them, so I know it’s going to be a very physical game. Lacovia need this victory like us, so I expect it to be an exciting game,” Wedderburn said. When asked about the way STETHS plan to approach this game, given that they have scored 13 goals in just three games and Lacovia have conceded five in their three, Wedderburn said his only concern was the three points. “We are only going for the three points, so whichever way we get it, so be it. It is important to us going forward,” he said. Wedderburn said he is also looking forward to a big performance from the team today as they did not deliver on Saturday. Lacovia, however, with a win today, would see themselves levelling points with their opponents at the top. In order to do so, they will have to get their backline right as this has been their biggest weakness. Rank Teams Pts P W L D GF GA GD Zone B Hopewell vs Frome Knockalva vs Rusea’s Green Island vs Cambridge Zone D Godfrey Stewart vs Mannings Grange Hill vs Black River Petersfield vs Little London Zone E BB Coke vs Maggotty Newell vs Munro STETHS vs Lacovia Zone F Belair vs Mile Gully Manchester vs Cross Keys May Day vs DeCarteret Zone H Lennon vs Edwin Allen Thompson Town vs Claude McKay Zone L Titchfield vs Annotto Bay Happy Grove vs Horace Clarke Fair Prospect vs Port Antonio Zone N Garvey Maceo vs Vere Technical Old Harbour vs Central Kemps Hill vs Bustamante High 1 STETHS 7 3 2 0 1 13 0 13 2 Maggotty High 6 3 2 1 0 3 9 -6 3 Lacovia High 4 3 1 1 1 6 5 1 4 Munro College 4 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 5 B.B. Coke 3 3 1 2 0 5 11 -6 6 Newell 1 3 0 2 1 2 4 -2 Today’s games:last_img read more

Djokovic closer to Cincinnati Open title

first_img Stephen’S MATCH MASON, Ohio (AP): Novak Djokovic inched closer to one of the few titles to elude him throughout his career. The Serbian overcame an upset stomach and a sluggish first set yesterday, beating Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 before heavy rain halted afternoon matches at the Western & Southern Open. The 10th-seeded Djokovic demonstrated he’s back in form by winning Wimbledon title last month. Now he is trying to get his hard-court game ready for the US Open, the latest step in his long comeback. He has been very inconsistent while changing from grass to hard courts. “I know from experience it might come very quickly,” he said. “So I’m hoping for that.” First, he would love to win a Cincinnati title and complete a personal quest. Djokovic is trying to become the first to win all nine ATP Masters 1000 trophies. Djokovic has reached the finals at Cincinnati five times and dropped all five matches – three to Roger Federer, two to Andy Murray. “I think it adds more to the motivation rather than pressure,” Djokovic said. “I really want to win this tournament. I definitely need to play better than I have in the first couple of matches.” There was one notable upset in the men’s bracket before the rain arrived. Robin Haase beat third-seeded Alexander Zverev 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 for his first victory against a Top 10 opponent since he beat Zverev last November. He’s 7-26 overall against Top 10 players. “Nowadays against Top 10, 20, maybe Top 50, you have to be a little bit lucky,” Haase said. In the women’s bracket, defending US Open champion Sloane Stephens overcame a thumb injury during a 6-3, 6-2 victory over qualifier Tatjana Maria. A trainer applied a bandage to the third-seeded Stephens’ right thumb between the third and fourth games of the second set. The match was Stephens’ first since losing on Sunday to Simona Halep in the finals at Montreal. Sloane reached the semi-finals last season in Cincinnati – her best finish – before heading to the US Open and getting the title. Defending tournament champion Garbine Muguruza had a third-set meltdown and lost to Lesia Tsurenko 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 after a critical double fault.last_img read more