Knicks could try to deal Carmelo, but should they?

first_imgNew York Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, left, talks to Carmelo Anthony during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony wanted New York and Knicks fans wanted him — if the price was right.The Knicks probably exceeded it when they acquired him six years ago this month, setting expectations Anthony was eager to face but is increasingly unlikely to ever meet.ADVERTISEMENT But Mark Jackson, a former Knicks guard and current ABC analyst, cautions the failure belongs to the Knicks, one of the NBA’s sorriest franchises of the last 15 years, and not Anthony.“You don’t win with just one person,” Jackson said. “He’s a great player, a future Hall of Famer, there’s no question about it. So to me, it’s been team-wise, they haven’t been successful overall. But what he’s done and what he’s been able to do should be acknowledged and recognized. He’s one of the great Knicks.”On Saturday, Anthony passed Earl Monroe, who was on one of the Knicks’ two championship teams in a four-year span in the 1970s, to move into seventh place on the franchise’s career scoring list. He’ll soon move into the top 25 on the NBA’s career scoring list, and with his collegiate and international championships, he should easily get into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.“Listen what he’s done in this game … national championship at Syracuse as a freshman, that’s hard. What he’s done with FIBA basketball, I said (earlier this season), the Olympics, world championships, how he represented our country, it’s fantastic,” said Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, a Knicks assistant when Anthony was acquired. “He’s had a fantastic career. Still a heck of a player.”Opposing coaches agree, denying any slippage in Anthony’s game, even as his scoring and shooting percentage have fallen at 32. But President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson apparently isn’t convinced, with reports the Knicks have contacted the Cavaliers, Clippers and Celtics about an Anthony trade.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Chan Sun Jung makes UFC return, KOs Bermudez in 1st round Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown But if his time in New York is almost up, if the Knicks really are considering moving on without him, a word of warning.“He had 25 (points) in one quarter this year. Very recently,” LeBron James said. “So you tell me. How many guys do 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 returnNot many, but that hasn’t stopped round-the-clock trade speculation over the last couple of weeks, with still a couple more until the NBA trade deadline.If Anthony is dealt, he will leave without leading the Knicks to a title, or even getting particularly close. For his many critics, that will make it easy to label him a disappointment, especially by those who never wanted him in the first place at the cost of three starters and a top reserve off a promising team. MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Anthony wants to stay in New York and he can, given his no-trade clause that allows him to veto any deal, but some supporters are ready to see him go.The boos were noticeable as Anthony’s shot was off in a recent game and again Saturday in a loss to Cleveland. One fan’s impatience was evident after a particularly bad shot.“Two more years of that, you’ve got to be kidding me!” he screamed.Anthony angered some fans before he ever arrived by pushing for a trade and a more lucrative contract. Anthony was set to be a free agent in July of 2011, but instead, he sought a swap that would allow him to sign a more profitable extension, and the Knicks ended up sending Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton and Timofey Mozgov to Denver.The deal paid off for a time. The Knicks made the playoffs the season Anthony arrived, their first appearance since 2004, and in 2012 won a postseason game for the first time since 2001, ending an NBA-record 13-game skid in the postseason. New York won 54 games and dethroned Boston to win the Atlantic Division championship in 2013, with Anthony winning the NBA scoring title as the Knicks reached the Eastern Conference semifinals.They’ve since returned to their losing ways, on pace to miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season. Maybe that makes it easier for Anthony to accept a trade to a contender, if Phil Jackson is able to find one.The Knicks have gone down that road before when they traded Patrick Ewing in 2000. Anthony, by just about any measure, has had the best Knicks career since.Soon it might be over.“He’s a great player and he can care less, he’s going out and getting the job done and I’ve seen teams push guys out and wish they had him back,” Mark Jackson said. “He’s the one guy with all due respect to everybody else that you have to as an opposition, that you have to game plan against, and he’s the one you highlight.” Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board memberlast_img read more

Lee, Star bracing for tougher defensive battle vs Ginebra

first_imgPoe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study He took the leather from Rafi Reavis with five seconds remaining on the shot clock, spun in between Japeth Aguilar and Sol Mercado and heaved an off-the-glass floater over the outstretched arms of Kevin Ferrer to send the raucous crowd inside Smart Araneta Coliseum on its feet.That cold-blooded basket with 24.9 seconds to spare proved to be the marginal basket as Star pulled off the 78-74 Game 1 victory over Ginebra.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 returnREAD: Lee to the rescue as Star nips Ginebra, grabs 1-0 leadThough he’s glad that the Hotshots escaped with the win, Lee said that his game-clinching shot was part luck. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG 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 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown MOST READ Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte “From now until the end of this series, the games will always be like that. Ginebra is a defensive team and we’re also a defensive team. Whoever is the tougher to defend will be the one to prevail.”Game 2 is on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESPaul Lee cemented his new status as Star’s go-to-guy, again saving his team in the clutch on Thursday night.With the Hotshots in desperate need of a basket in the final minute, Lee took matters into his own hands and delivered.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Surprising Alaves to take on Barcelona in Copa del Rey final “I was just lucky. Actually, it was a broken play. We didn’t get to execute our play off the time out so I just took charge. I got the ball from Rafi and luckily, I got it on time. I didn’t have second thoughts, I just attacked. I saw an open lane, focused on my shot, and thankfully, it went in.”It’s not like this was the first time Lee had pull off this kind of heroic after he had saved his old squad Rain or Shine a number of times.Lee gave credit to Chito Victolero’s defensive scheme, allowing them to stay toe-to-toe with Tim Cone’s Ginebra. And he hopes the Hotshots show the same defensive intensity for the rest of the series.“The way we play, it’s really all about defense. If we win, we forget that, move on, and focus on our next games. Our chemistry is also better, and the longer we go, the more we trust each other both on offense and defense. That’s really a huge thing for us,” he said.With Star getting an early lead in the best-of-7 semifinals series Lee expects tougher competitiong in the games to come.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Inquirer 7 top UAAP women’s volleyball players: Week 6

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. UFC analyst Joe Rogan shares how McGregor can beat Mayweather ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Teaser, Jaja Santiago is gone (again) and Kim Kianna Dy is back (again).Here are INQUIRER’s top seven players for Week 6.1. Jia Morado (Ateneo de Manila University, setter)Last week: No. 1Weeks on list: 4Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBehold the only person to repeat as the top player in this list.Jia Morado has been nothing but mesmerizing this term for Ateneo that numbers won’t even do her justice.ADVERTISEMENT Her 17 points against NU is a big step-up from her average and that eventually led to their 25-21, 25-11, 15-25, 25-12 win.3. Mary Joy Baron (De La Salle University, middle blocker) Weeks on list: 1La Salle’s Majoy Baron. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEnter Mary Joy Baron.Baron’s reason for her inclusion in this list is almost the same as Dy’s with La Salle taking a two-game win streak to begin the second round and a strong play against NU.In her matchup against Jaja Santiago, Baron showed her class and finished with 15 points, six of which were blocks.What’s impressive about Baron’s stat line is that she had more blocks not only against Santiago, who had two, but against the whole NU team, which had four.If Baron’s recent play keeps up, she may very well repeat as the best blocker this Season 79.4. Jhoana Maraguinot (Ateneo de Manila University, outside hitter) Last week: N/AWeeks on list: 2Ateneo’s Jhoana Maraguinot. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo played just one game this week but boy did Jhoana Maraguinot make an impression.Maraguinot experienced a complete offensive turnaround when she scored 17 points to lead the Lady Eagles to a three-set sweep of University of the Philippines, 25-15, 25-14, 25-15. 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 ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot That glaring 25-5 first set scoreline is the greatest margin since 2010 when University of Santo Tomas obliterated University of the East 25-2.7. Pam Lastimosa (University of Santo Tomas, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 1UST’s Pam Lastimosa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLike Cheng, Pam Lastimosa missed all of Season 78 due to an injury.But Lastimosa’s back and she’s provided the veteran presence to the University of Santo Tomas, which stands at 5-3.The Golden Tigresses played just one game this week, against UE, and that resulted in a win that extended UST’s streak to four unbeaten matches.Lastimosa has been relegated to the second unit this season but that didn’t stop her from playing her best match this season when she led UST with 10 points in the Golden Tigresses’ 25-21, 25-15, 25-23 victory.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team placings, statistics and observation for the week.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments Before unloading on the Lady Maroons, however, Maraguinot scored just five points in Ateneo’s first round finale against De La Salle.5. Toni Rose Basas (Far Eastern University, opposite hitter) Last week: N/AWeeks on list: 2FEU’s Toni Rose Basas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University started the second round with a so-so performance as the Lady Tamaraws went 1-1 this week.That one loss was against the defending champions when the Lady Spikers cruised to a three-set sweep.The Lady Tamaraws, though, made a turnaround and made quick work of Adamson University, 25-9, 25-20, 25-11, and Toni Rose Basas was instrumental in that victory.Basas led FEU with 16 points, which was a big improvement from her seven-point production in their loss to La Salle.6. Desiree Cheng (De La Salle University, outside hitter) Weeks on list: 1La Salle’s Desiree Cheng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDesiree Cheng has come back from injury and she’s made a stopover in this week’s list.During La Salle’s little two-game win streak this week, Cheng has averaged 8.5 points. It may sound small but considering her team’s balanced scoring with Dy’s 12.55 points-per-game, that makes up a large chunk of the Lady Spikers’ offense.Cheng’s worth, though, was seen when she scored 11 points in their record win against FEU, 25-5, 25-23, 25-23. Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Bea De Leon, Ateneo’s emotional leader, described Morado as if she’s a conductor of an orchestra.“She makes volleyball a lot easier for us because almost 100 percent of the time the ball will go the setter,” said De Leon.Even Ateneo’s assistant coach Sherwin Meneses, who played the same position as Morado during his playing years with Adamson University, couldn’t help but marvel at their setter.Meneses said there are players that are just born good and Morado is one of them.“Jia’s instinct as a setter is just different from others and she can make any play from any bad reception,” said Meneses.Well, need this author say more?2. Kim Kianna Dy (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)Last week: N/AWeeks on list: 4La Salle’s Kim Dy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKim Kianna Dy is back and that is virtue of her team going 2-0 this week.De La Salle scored two quick wins over Far Eastern University and National University but it was the Lady Spikers’ victory against the Lady Bulldogs where Dy showcased her offensive prowess.Dy, as this writer has mentioned before, is La Salle’s most consistent scorer with an average of 12.55 points scored per game but veering away from the constant can sometimes be advantageous. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town The second round has officially begun and Ateneo is still the best team.There’s been movement in the middle of the table with University of Santo Tomas taking a solid foothold on one of the potential Final Four spots and University of the Philippines slipping to all the way down to sixth.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 returnDefending champions De La Salle is at close second behind Ateneo while Far Eastern University and National University are perched at precarious positions.And even though the tournament is well on its way into the second round but there are still newcomers in this list. Actually this week’s edition has two. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoslast_img read more

Only 7 players show up at PH volleyball team training

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A source said only seven of the 14 players listed, including reserve members, showed up to practice.Skipper Mika Reyes, Alyssa Valdez, Genevieve Casugod, Ces Molina, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, and Rhea Dimaculangan were present.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnLast Monday, the training session was cancelled because of zero attendance.The source added they are not allowed to give interviews to the media. 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) LATEST STORIES Attendance was sparse at the Philippine national women’s volleyball team closed-door practice session Wednesday at Arellano School of Law.The team, which is set to compete in the 2017 Malaysian Southeast Asian Games in August, is also preparing for a training camp in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Durant congratulates Westbrook for MVP award, compares him to video game character Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon MOST READ Marck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debutlast_img read more

Don Anderson | Jamaica make it to World Cup 2022 in Qatar?

first_img The drive by the JFF supported by the JOA to qualify for the 2020 Olympics is a step in the right direction. But this thrust needs significant support. The Government as facilitators and corporate Jamaica must come on board and complement this drive, as the youth will be the basis on which our football will grow. Already some 50 players have been identified for the Olympic qualifiers in order to transition from there to the world stage. The programme needs all the help possible. At nearly all venues lighting is adequate, at a time when television revenues play a critical part in the success of the game. In the absence of this, clubs and the national team will continue to struggle to earn adequate revenue to support the critical programmes needed for development. High level of professionalism demanded Properly structured Premier League Better Lighting for playing and as a revenue generator The RSPL provides the nucleus of the players that will strive for World Cup glory. But no team competing in the RSPL at this time is adequately funded to meet its expenses, including player salaries, nutrition for players, medical and other critical needs for players. But if this is the nucleus from which our national talent must come, this is not sustainable. The PFAJ is committed to play its part in this regard. We have to become far more professional in our approach. We have to put together a highly professional marketing proposal that speaks to the overall goal. How do we plan to achieve this? What the ultimate outputs are expected to be? Qualifying for Qatar in 2022 will take a concerted national effort, starting now, not 2020. But let us temper our expectations against the background of the above. I want to be one of the first to confirm my ride to Qatar, but we have to be mindful of what it will take to get there and put our collective energies to work. As a country, we are pretty hard on our sportspersons when we do not succeed as expected. Let us give this effort the biggest support possible. It will require no less. – Don Anderson is chairman of the Professional Football Association of Jamaica. But against the background of this general conviction, we have to face the stark reality that this is going to be a difficult assignment. Hence, we will have to temper our expectations going forward as there are several factors which we will need to overcome for us to get there. One of these is the absence of facilities and infrastructure, specifically good playing surfaces and club amenities. There are very few fields with playing surfaces that can enhance the skills of our players. The playing surface is critical in football, as a good first touch is essential for a team to play well, all other things being equal. The quality of our fields here does not lend itself to quick and good ball control and hence good passing. Several Premier League clubs have been working to improve their playing surfaces, but it remains a very tall order for them, financially. The absence of good playing surfaces will be a major drawback to cohesive play at the national level. As the curtain rises on the premier football competition in the world this week, we are asking ourselves, “Can Jamaica make it to the 2012 finals in Qatar”. The general feeling is “Yes, we can”. Jamaica Olympic Association President Chris Samuda was unequivocal in this regard in his football talk last week. As chairman (PFAJ), I declare my own support. Certainly Jamaica can qualify for the 2022 World Cup. – Our football has developed significantly since 1998. – We have unquestionably more good local players coming to the fore. – Our Premier League has matured over the years and is now highly competitive. We are enjoying a good run of success internationally, rising to 48th in the world ranking, so we are close to that 32-team bracket and have shown consistently that we can compete against the best. The programme to 2022 must be based on a structured and deliberate strategy to give the national team as much competition as possible over the next three years to qualifying. This will be buttressed by regular camps at which player evaluation is a central theme. Local players can be exposed to more organised and professional competition by seeking to get them playing in professional leagues across the world. Role of government Consistent Camps and Practice Games Hurdles to overcome Strong marketing approach needed There is a glaring need for significant improvement in the level of professionalism among clubs and at the national level. CONCACAF is on a drive to force a growing acceptance of a strong professional approach to the game at both club and the league levels. Next year, 2019, is mandated by them for all leagues to be fully professional, good playing surfaces, good lighting, good club facilities for players and spectators, good venue control, good administration, good and transparent accounting. There are rewards for compliance and penalties for non-compliance. Greater adherence to high professional standards will redound to the benefit of the clubs initially, and to the national programme. This will breed a new culture of excellence which will lead to the development of better players at club and national levels. If we expect the Reggae Boyz to qualify we must have a strategic drive to get there, starting now. It will require significant funding through a well-coordinated and prepared marketing proposal and plan. There are too many competing demands on Government’s relatively limited resources. Government must, however, be a facilitator. Developing from the youth levellast_img read more

JSA president hails team after qualification for Pan Am 2019

first_img THEIR PERFORMANCE It was mission accomplished for Jamaica as the senior national men’s team emerged from the 2018 Pan American Squash Championships having qualified to compete in the prestigious 2019 Pan American Games following on a silver medal win in the men’s singles event, courtesy of Chris Binnie. The team, which consisted of the top four local players, Binnie, Lewis Walters, Bruce Burrowes and Julian Morrison, finished in eighth place at the Championships which wrapped up over the weekend in the Cayman Islands. Jamaica made the top eight after surviving a tough competition draw which saw them beating regional rivals Guyana 3-0 to reach the quarter-finals where they lost to 2-0 to eventual champions, Mexico. Following the loss, the team contested the 5th-8th place draw, where they lost 3-0 to Brazil and 2-0 to Argentina to finish eighth. While not in medal contention, the Jamaicans established themselves among the top 12 teams in the Americas and will now do battle at the Pan American Games scheduled for next July and August in Lima, Peru. The team’s qualification followed on Binnie’s historic silver medal win in the singles draw as Jamaica continues to make a name for itself in international squash. “The boys did exactly what they went to Cayman to do, qualify to play at the Pan American Games next year and earn the right to be counted among the best teams in the Pan American sporting region,” said Chris Hind, president of the Jamaica Squash Association (JSA). “We have a lot to be proud of with Chris Binnie beating high-ranking international players to place second and the team, overall, stepping up their game to have a solid showing in such a competitive arena; and now, we’ll redouble our efforts to ensure we do even better at the Games next year.”last_img read more

Barcelona set for all the way win

first_imgBARCELONA should use her pace to run rivals into the ground in this afternoon’s ninth event for three-year-old fillies, non-winners of two races, at six and a half furlongs. Though sired by Natural Selection, who has thrown derby winners PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and SHE’S A MANEATER, plus FUTURE KING, disqualified after passing the post in front two years ago, BARCELONA’s dam is Buyabook, who is also the mother of former sprint champion POKER STAR, which appears to be her dominant gene. In five starts to date, including a brave attempt at eight and a half furlongs, BARCELONA, a comfortable winner at five and a half on her debut in April, seems, at best, to be a sprinter who can get middle distances if allowed to have things her way on the lead. With no genuine speed among her 13 opponents, BARCELONA, who is nicely in at the weights with 115lb and looking better at exercise each week, would have preferred it shorter but gets a race in which she can control the pace against her main rival, ACKEE PIE. Richard Azan’s ACKEE PIE last raced August 11, chasing COUNCIL OF TRENT all day in a nine-furlong-and-25-yards race won by STORM, eventually weakening into fourth place behind INNOVATOR, who had stumbled at the start, and third-place VIKUNA, a 45-1 outsider. ACKEE PIE had recently returned from a four-month lay-up and continues to avoid the round course at exercise, galloping 1:01.3 from the gate at five furlongs straight, which is never a good sign. During ACKEE PIE’s absence, BARCELONA debuted on April 28 and raced five times. Though champion trainer Wayne DaCosta gave her two months off, she returns active in the mornings, galloping five and a half furlongs at exercise for three consecutive weeks. Her last two gallops were bullet workouts, 1:07.2 on August 31, and a five-furlong spin, 1:01.1, last Thursday morning, signalling DaCosta’s intent to take the race by the ‘scruff’ of the neck from the word go. Though ACKEE PIE has faced better horses, even placing sixth in the Thornbird Stakes behind 1000 Guineas winner DISABILITY CHARM, her questionable exercise habits – accompanied by a pony in the mornings and spending time in the pool – make her susceptible to BARCELONA’s speed at six and a half furlongs. Going eight and a half furlongs on July 7, BARCELONA carried splits of 47.3, 59.3, 1:12.2 and 1:25.0, leading for seven furlongs, before being overhauled by AXLE ROD and INNOVATOR, who barely relegated her into third place. Omar Walker won aboard BARCELONA on debut and has, no doubt, been putting her through her paces at exercise, which should give him a fair enough idea of how to use her speed at six and a half furlongs.last_img read more

Firmino strikes late for Liverpool

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England (AP): Roberto Firmino had an eye for goal just when Liverpool needed a winner against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Liverpool had thrown away a two-goal lead at Anfield yesterday with Kylian Mbappe striking an 83rd-minute equaliser, but the French World Cup star’s carelessness at the other end proved costly for PSG in stoppage time. Mbappe was dispossessed by James Milner, giving Liverpool a final chance to attack the visiting goal. Firmino, who only came on in the second half after scratching his eye in Saturday’s victory at Tottenham, found the space to weave through the PSG defence and strike the ball low into the net to seal a 3-2 victory. For his celebration, the Brazilian covered his left eye as teammates lept on him. It made for painful viewing for PSG coach Thomas Tuchel, who had seen similar scenes before. As Borussia Dortmund coach, Tuchel’s side also conceded in the first minute of stoppage time at Anfield to go out of the Europa League in the quarterfinals in 2016. The stakes weren’t as high this time. This was only the opening game in Group C of the Champions League and PSG have five games to secure one of the top two places to advance to the round-of-16. But four months after losing last season’s final, Liverpool showed they might be capable of challenging for the title once again by finding a way to tame Neymar and Mbappe for much of the game. An emphatic start saw Daniel Sturridge score the opener in the 30th minute and Milner doubled the lead from the penalty spot six minutes later. But having failed to turn their dominance into more goals, Liverpool conceded before halftime when Thomas Meunier sliced into the net. And Liverpool were left reeling when Mohamed Salah misplaced a pass that allowed Neymar to carry the ball forward and Mbappe to produce the equaliser. Salah was brought off two minutes later, and found his own curious way to celebrate Firmino’s winning goal. The Egypt forward threw a water bottle at the ground looking far from happy.last_img read more

C’down, Wolmer’s in Manning Cup last eight

first_imgChristopher Bender, coach of Camperdown High and Wolmer’s Boys coach, Alex Thomas, both expressed delight after their teams booked berths in the quarterfinals of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition, following contrasting second round results at the Stadium East field yesterday. Camperdown, who last won the competition in 1982, secured their place in the next round of the competition, after a thrilling 4-2 penalty shoot-out victory over Excelsior. This after both teams ended 1-1 on aggregate after the two legs of the round of 16 tie. Camperdown won the first leg 1-0 but they were beaten 1-0 by Excelsior in full time, which resulted in game going to a penalty shoot-out. Camperdown held their nerves in the shoot-out with Shaquille Bradford, Altiman Gordon, Jeovanni Laing and Basil Trelevan converting from the spot. Rohan Beadle and Kareem Williams were on target for Excelsior but Javone Francis and Tajhay Williams missed their spot kicks. Bender said the victory means a lot to his team because they have been moving from strength to strength this season. Resilient “We showed a lot of resilience as we dug deep because we were never at our best in this game,” said Bender. “This (getting past the second round) has been eluding us over the years and so I am happy that we are over it now,” he said. “This is a young team and so this a good lesson for them going forward in the competition,” Bender said. In the second match of the double-header, Wolmer’s, who last won the competition in 1994, secured their spot in the quarterfinals after an easy 3-1 victory. The Heroes Circle-based institution won the tie 4-1 on aggregate. Rivaldo Mitchell (17th) Dwayne Allen (51st) and Nickache Murray (79th) were the scorers for Wolmer’s Boys. Jermaine Lyons scored for Denham Town in the 45th minute. Thomas said he is happy that they are now in the quarterfinals because they have been improving with each game. “I am feeling tremendously proud of the boys because we are taking it one step at a time and this is just another step for us,” said Thomas. He added: “Each game that we play, we are getting better and after each game we look at the mistakes and try and correct them on the training field.” Today’s games – 1 p.m: JC vs Calabar at Stadium East – 3 p.m: KC vs Cumberland at Stadium East – 1 p.m: Holy Trinity vs St Jago at Calabar – 3 p.m: Hydel vs STATHS at Calabar – 1 p.m: St George’s vs Mona at Spanish Town Prison Oval – 3 p.m: St Catherine vs Charlie Smith at Spanish Town Prison Oval.last_img read more

Oceania backs FIFA’s Infantino

first_imgAUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP): The 11-member Oceania Football Confederation says it is backing FIFA President Gianni Infantino for re-election. The Oceania group says its executive committee – comprising 11 member federation presidents in New Zealand and the Pacific islands – voted unanimously to support the FIFA leader. Infantino is seeking a full four-year term from 211 FIFA member countries at a June 5 vote in Paris. He was elected in February 2016 to complete the mandate of Sepp Blatter, who was banned by FIFA’s ethics committee. Infantino has no clear challenger yet before a February 5 deadline for potential candidates.last_img