After qualifying for Rio 2016, Knight-Wisdom was named Leeds Beckett University Sportsman of the Year for 2016. “This year has been very groundbreaking for me, getting that silver medal in February at the World Cup was out of the world, personally. In the diving world, it was huge, and a lot of people were shocked by it,” he said. He also came close to making it all the way to the 3m springboard final in Rio, finishing two places outside of the qualifying spots after a strong preliminary-round showing that sent him splashing into the semi-finals. “The reason why I missed out is that I didn’t actually bring my best to that semi-final. I made some simple mistakes we all make as divers,” he outlined. Meanwhile, the diver did admit that he has been blessed with the ‘best of both worlds’. He is representing Jamaica, while training in England with “some of the best divers”, including Rio Olympic gold and a silver medallists. “The club I am actually with is one of the most successful in the country and maybe one of the most successful clubs in the world. One of the guys I train with got an Olympic silver medal. His female partner she got an Olympic gold in the synchro event,” he added. Knight-Wisdom, who was born in Leeds, England to Jamaican father Trevor Wisdom and Barbadian mother Grace Knight, chose to represent Jamaica despite being eligible to represent his native Great Britain and Barbados. “It’s been the most amazing four years of my life. Obviously, it is such a positive year. I have never represented Great Britain before. Jamaica was my first country. “I would have it no other way, and I am so happy I made it through representing Jamaica, and I thank everyone for their support and I would love to do it over again in four years,” he told The Gleaner. SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR Lifted by his semi-final finish in the diving competition at last summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Yona Knight-Wisdom is looking to hit the pool in early January in preparation for a new challenge next season. The diver, who became Jamaica’s first male diving representative at the Olympics, is looking ‘to nail down what he hopes are key improvements’ ahead of next year’s competitions, which are set to get underway in February in Leeds, England. Meanwhile, Knight-Wisdom’s performances impressed many Jamaicans and he has been nominated for the RJR Sports Foundation’s People’s Choice award. “Hopefully, I will be here. My first competition starts in February. I want to maintain consistent training and performing at my best,” he outlined. The 21-year-old England-based diver is only the second Jamaican diver to the Olympics. Betsy Sullivan made it to the 1972 Munich Games.
2004 Olympic relay gold medal winner Aleen Bailey is still running and hopes to continue her track and field career once injuries allow her to do so. Now 36, Bailey is working to regain full fitness and will make her mind up about staying on track in March. Despite all she has achieved, the former Vere Technical High school star feels she has more to give. Coached now by her former Vere Technical teammate Soyini Thompson, Bailey spoke candidly of her future when asked about possible retirement. “I haven’t decided yet,” Bailey responded. “I’m still working out. I haven’t decided yet … I’ll make a decision based on how I feel in March.” She and Thompson, who is the head women’s track and field coach at Charleston southern University, will be waiting until then to see if a pesky hip injury responds to treatment. That problem is the extension of two years of trouble for the 2001 and 2003 national senior 100m and 200m champion. “I was in a car accident and I took a year off and I’m getting old”, she smiled. “So, last year, I tore my hamstring and that took a while. That’s why we’re trying to figure out if the hip doesn’t start feeling better.” If she makes her March fitness deadline, she will be optimistic about her own sprinting prospects. “I never doubt myself even it looks difficult,” she promised. Her additional motivation is to inspire others. “It’s not about me, It’s about whom I’m inspiring to do their best and not give up something that they love.” After leaving Vere in 1999, she starred at Barton Community College and the University of South Carolina. On the international scene, she reached her first major individual final in 2003, with a fifth-place finish in the 100m at the World Championships. At the 2004 Olympics, she was again fifth in the 100m final and was fourth in the 200m final won by compatriot Veronica Campbell. The bronze went to Bahamian Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie and Bailey still feels the disappointment. “The fourth place kinda hurt, thinking that you were this close to the medal, but I was happy and proud of myself.” She was also in the 2007 World Championships 200m final. Ten years after she made her international debut with a bronze medal in the 4x100m in the 1999 World Championship, Aleen ran strongly to reach the 100m final at the 2009 World Championships and upgraded her 1999 bronze to gold in the 4x100m. She ran a great third leg at the 2004 Olympics and in a memorable moment, grasped Campbell’s hand to ensure the baton was safely passed. Her experience as a baton expert has led her to believe that Jamaica could break the women’s sprint relay world record of 40.82 seconds this season. “I think we should do it this year, definitely,” Bailey predicted. “I think the team just needs to be more unified together and not divided because the men’s team, they gel, they gel. Once we get the females to gel like that then the world record is definitely (possible).” The record was set by Americans Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter in the 2012 Olympic final.
Muguruza reaches another Wimbledon final Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer The 37-year-old’s sublime display of power-hitting on Centre Court stopped Konta becoming the first British woman to make the final for 40 years and set up a title match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza. LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade 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 Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LONDON – Venus Williams became the oldest Wimbledon finalist for 23 years on Thursday as the American star ended Johanna Konta’s history bid with a masterful 6-4, 6-2 win.Twenty years after making her Wimbledon debut, five-time champion Williams is into her ninth final at the All England Club and her first since 2009.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Venus Williams of the United States returns to Britain’s Johanna Konta, during their Women’s Singles semifinal match on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday, July 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ View comments
LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 1. Mike Nzeusseu – C, Lyceum Pirates13 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocksLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s easy to look at Lyceum as a CJ Perez-centric team.But on Friday, Mike Nzeusseu reminded every one what makes the Pirates the most dangerous team in all the NCAA.Facing a Letran squad with a depleted frontline, the Cameroonian big man had a field day in the paint, imposing his presence to help Lyceum survive its toughest test yet and come away with the 75-68 win.The face that the Pirates came back from a 17-point deficit without coach Topex Robinson at the sidelines is proof enough how disciplined this team is.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Teen gunned down in Masbate 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 Eight games have already passed, and Lyceum and San Beda continue to run away from the pack.The others teams, meanwhile, are left to jostle for position in hopes of gaining a significant advantage come the homestretch of the eliminations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’This week’s list is an interesting one with only one holdover from last week’s rankings.Here’s INQUIRER’s top seven performers from this past week. Renzo Navarro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHis numbers may not be as stellar as the others in this list, but Renzo Navarro’s overall impact for San Sebastian has been undeniable late in the first round.Forging a deadly backcourt combination with senior Ryan Costelo and sniper RK Ilagan, the transferee has seen an uptick in his minutes and he has capitalized on the opportunities.Navarro’s biggest contributions this week for the Golden Stags was his flurry late in San Sebastian’s 75-73 thriller over EAC on Friday, dropping all five of his points in the final minute to tow his side to the win.7. Clint Doliguez – F, San Beda Red Lions11 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 stealLast Week: N/AClint Doliguez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s tough to pick a standout for San Beda, especially after that barnburner of a win against Perpetual on Thursday.But we’ll go with Clint Doliguez, who once again found a way to shine despite the overall ugly showing from his teammates.The 22-year-old has shown signs of potential through the course of the season, and his latest outing is no different.It may only be a matter of time before Doliguez establishes himself as a reliable rotational player for the Red Lions. That’s why it’s no surprise that Lyceum is still flying high in the standings at 8-0.2. Ervin Grospe – F, JRU Heavy Bombers16.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.5 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA couple of wins go a long way, and for JRU, stringing its first winning streak of the tournament means going as high as third place in the penultimate week of the first round.What makes the Heavy Bombers tick? It’s undoubtedly the stability provided by Ervin Grospe to the squad, earning him praises from coach Vergel Meneses.But the veteran forward’s task still isn’t over, as JRU faces a tough draw against San Sebastian and Perpetual.However, if the Heavy Bombers pass this test, it shouldn’t be hard for them to break out of their roller coaster ride of a season, let alone a spot in the Final Four.3. Prince Eze – C, Perpetual Altas17.0 points, 19.0 rebounds, 4.0 blocksLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLooking like the dominant Perpetual big men of old, Prince Eze is slowly earning his way among the ranks of his predecessors.With his consistent double-double showing, the Altas were able to snap out of their two-game losing skid with a 68-59 win over Arellano last Tuesday.Unfortunately, Perpetual needed more from him and his crew as the team lost to San Beda, 57-53 in its homecourt in an ugly and lowscoring game.There’s still positive signs, though, and if Eze could keep this up, coupled with the Altas marksmen hitting from their range, the Las Piñas-based crew could fully realize their potential as this season’s giant killers. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 4. Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights19.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.5 assistsLast Week: 4FILE PHOTO by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRey Nambatac was the lone holdover from last week’s list.Nambatac’s double-double performance helped Letran rack up four straight wins to move up to the top four, but that streak could not topple the mighty Lyceum on Friday, 75-68.It shouldn’t come as a shock, too, that Nambatac was the focus of the Pirates’ defense, forcing the Knights to finish the first round with a 5-4 card.Luckily, Letran will have at least two weeks to assess things before gearing up for battle again in the second round.5. Jed Mendoza – G, JRU Heavy Bombers13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 stealsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTey Teodoro may still be far from the playmaker coach Vergel Meneses is envisioning him to be, but Jed Mendoza has come to JRU’s rescue.The 21-year-old guard has taken the bull by the horn and has made the most of the opportunity given to him by his coach.Mendoza has been steady for the Heavy Bombers, doing it all to orchestrate the offense for his side, while also being a pesky on-ball defender.We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Things are just looking up for this budding JRU star.6. Renzo Navarro – G, San Sebastian Golden Stags9.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists (1-1)Last Week: N/A 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Marshawn Lynch sits once again during national anthem
LATEST STORIES FILE – In this June 5, 2016 file photo, Mexico defender Rafael Marquez leaves the pitch after a Copa America group C soccer match against Uruguay at University of Phoenix Stadium, in Glendale, Ariz. Marquez is back with his club on Monday, Sept. 18 2017, more than a month after the U.S. Treasury Department named him on a sanctions list for alleged drug trafficking ties. Atlas says the 38-year-old defender is practicing with the team again and will continue his legal fight. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)MEXICO CITY — Mexican soccer star Rafael Marquez is back with his club more than a month after the U.S. Treasury Department named him on a sanctions list for alleged drug trafficking ties.Atlas said Monday that the 38-year-old defender is practicing with the team again.ADVERTISEMENT In August, Marquez was among 22 people sanctioned by the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. He was accused of acting as a frontman for the Raul Flores Hernandez drug trafficking organization.Marquez has denied any wrongdoing and said he will work to clear his name. He is not known to face any criminal charges in the United States or Mexico.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAtlas says Marquez will continue his legal fight while at the team.Marquez has played internationally with AS Monaco, Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Bucks re-sign 40-year-old guard Jason Terry OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. How to help the Taal evacuees View comments
Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Boston led by 20 in the second quarter before letting the lead shrink to two in the third. Los Angeles then struggled down the stretch, shooting 5 of 18 from the field with six turnovers in the final period.Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 18 points apiece. Julius Randle had 16 points and 12 rebounds.Celtics fans gave rookie Lonzo Ball an icy welcome in his first trip to TD Garden. They booed the No. 2 overall pick throughout the night whenever he touched the ball. He finished with nine points, six assists and five rebounds, making just 4 of 15 from the field.With Tatum sidelined in the second half, Boston struggled defensively, and the Lakers exploited the paint for several easy baskets.“They hit us in the mouth and we were kind of shocked,” Kyle Kuzma said. “The second quarter and the secondhalf we fought back.”ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Irving also got banged up and had his right leg examined by trainers between the third and fourth quarters. He came back with just over six minutes to play and immediately made an impact, scoring back-to-back baskets to push Boston’s lead back to 100-90.The Celtics led by 48-28 in the second quarter but were outscored 24-13 over the final 6:51 of the half to let the Lakers back into the game.TIP-INSLakers: Only lead of the game was 2-0. … Had 12 turnovers in the first half.Celtics: Shot just 8 of 24 in the fourth quarter. … The 61 points scored by the first half was a season high. … Took a season-high 98 field-goal attempts.LAY OFF BALLCeltics forward Marcus Morris thinks fans should ease up on Ball.“He’s a good kid — it’s his dad,” Morris said. “He’s got a big mouth, everybody knows it. … He has a long time to do this. He’s a young guy. It kind of sucks that he’s gotta go everywhere and they just boo him and boo him and boo him. He’s just a regular player.”Ball said he didn’t take offense to it.“They’re home. I’d boo too if I was a fan,” he said. RIVALRY REKINDLED?Lakers coach Luke Walton said this generation of players views the Celtics-Lakers rivalry differently than those around for the 1980s matchups.“I think some of them get it, more than others,” he said. “Guys like Lonzo that grew up in LA, I think if you grew up in either one of these cities, you’re probably pretty well schooled on the rivalry. For some of these young guys, they probably don’t know much about it.”Celtics fans chanted “Beat LA!” after Walton was whistled for a technical foul in the third quarter.CELEBRITY SIGHTINGSNew Red Sox manager Alex Cora, New England Patriots players Devin McCourty and Dion Lewis, and rapper DMX were in attendance.UP NEXTLakers: At Washington on Thursday night.Celtics: Host Charlotte on Friday night. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LaVar Ball thinks son LiAngelo’s arrest in China ‘not a big deal’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) and Los Angeles Lakers’ Brook Lopez reach for the ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — The Celtics are piling up injuries almost as quickly as they are victories this season.Aron Baynes matched his career high with 21 points, Kyrie Irving scored 19 and Boston overcame injuries to Al Horford and Jayson Tatum to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-96 on Wednesday night for their 10th straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Baynes also had eight rebounds and three assists, and Boston improved to 10-2 even as Horford sat out after being placed in concussion protocol earlier in the day. The Celtics then lost rookie forward Tatum late in the second quarter, when he went to the locker room with a sore right ankle.Coach Brad Stevens said Tatum had X-rays and was fitted with a walking boot as a precaution. He will be re-examined on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIt’s yet another blow for a team that lost Gordon Hayward for the season after a gruesome leg injury on opening night.“Until we have only four left, I guess we’re just gonna keep playing,” Stevens said. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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
Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims 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 “I don’t have a quit bone in me, so if I’m on the floor I’ve got to try to make plays happen no matter what the score is,” he said. “That’s just my mindset.”Jeff Green added 21 points and Kevin Love had 16 for the Cavs, who are 10-1 since March 17, when Lue was forced to leave a game in Chicago with “piercing” chest pains. Lue, who has changed his diet and is taking sleep medication, has come back to a Cleveland team that seems to be hitting its stride just in time for the playoffs.But it took another of those patented James’ comebacks to down the Wizards, who have dropped seven of nine and are in a three-way battle with Milwaukee and Miami for playoff positioning.Wizards coach Scott Brooks said he feared James would do exactly what he did.“Like I said before the game, I’ll say it after the game and probably five years from now I’ll say the same thing,” he said. “He’s the best player in the league and he does that every night. You don’t get to see players like him often.”ADVERTISEMENT Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards’ Marcin Gortat (13), from Poland, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James looked at the clock and scoreboard and didn’t flinch.It was time to fix things. His time. Closing time.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “He gets that look,” Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver said.James scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and rallied Cleveland from a 17-point deficit to stun the Washington Wizards 119-115 on Thursday night to maintain the No. 3 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Cavs trailed 104-87 with 7:35 left before storming back behind James, who added 14 assists, nine rebounds and made sure coach Tyronn Lue got a win in his return after missing nine games due to health reasons.Cleveland was down 14 when James checked in with 7:48 left, and 13 seconds later, the deficit swelled to 17 when the three-time champion took off on one of those runs that have made him famous. Washington’s John Wall looked more like his speedy All-Star self in his third game back from knee surgery, scoring 28 points with 14 assists. But he had a costly turnover in the closing seconds and the Wizards couldn’t put away the Cavs down the stretch.Bradley Beal added 19 points, and Otto Porter had 18 for Washington.A basket by Markieff Morris gave the Wizards a 110-100 lead with 3:16 left, but James scored six straight, fed Green for layup, and Rodney Hood made two free throws to complete a 10-0 run by the Cavs. Morris then converted a three-point play, but Cleveland’s Kyle Korver knocked down a 3 in front of Washington’s bench — from nearly the same spot where he missed a big 3 in Game 3 of last year’s Finals.“Yeah I was wide open and the ball was in the perfect pocket,” Korver said. “I got to line it up and shoot it.”Green’s two free throws — on a tough call against Wall, who appeared to make a clean steal — gave the Cavs a 116-115 lead, but after Walls missed a short jumper, James split a pair of three throws, giving Washington one last chance.Wall drove the lane but instead of going to the basket, he attempted a twisting pass outside that was stolen by rookie Cedi Osman, who made two free throws to close it out.“I already knew on the play before that I wasn’t going to get the call, so why even put myself in that position?” Wall said. “I tried to find a teammate for a wide open shot. You just give that guy credit for making a great defensive stop.”SEEDINGThe Wizards remained in the No. 7 spot, sandwiched between the Heat and Bucks, who lost at home to Brooklyn.MORE INJURIESLue came back to a familiar situation as the Cavs, who have endured injuries for months, were missing point guards Jose Calderon (hamstring) and George Hill (ankle).TIP-INSWizards: Brooks said Wall will not play Friday night. He’s yet to play consecutive game since returning. … Wall lost weight during his recovery, and coach Scott Brooks said that should help the All-Star going forward. “It’s going to be good for his long-term recovery,” Brooks said. “It’s good for him. It’s good for us. He just needs to gets some reps.” LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Paul’s clutch layup lifts Rockets over Trail Blazers Cavaliers: Won their eighth straight at home. … James has scored 30 points in 429 games, tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for fifth place in league history. … Osman is the seventh different starting point guard for Cleveland, which because of injuries has had 29 starting lineups. … Lue was sorry to learn Celtics guard Kyrie Irving will miss the playoffs. Irving had a great run with Cleveland and will be forever remembered for his go-ahead 3-pointer in the closing minutes of Game 7 in the 2016 Finals. “He was a big part of what we did here, a big part of winning the championship and even though he’s on another team you still don’t want to see anyone go through that,” Lue said.UP NEXTWizards: Host Atlanta on Friday night.Cavaliers: At Philadelphia on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ View comments
Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Average game attendance at T-Mobile Arena is now 18,042. Tourists and comped high-rollers have surely caught games. So have tennis greats Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, rapper Lil Jon, poker pro Daniel Negreanu and slugger Bryce Harper before baseball season started. But defying some of those early predictions, it’s been regular residents and their children who have filled the stands game after game.The crowds bode well for the NFL’s Raiders, who are due to move to Sin City in 2020.The Knights — who were 200-1 at many sports books to win the Stanley Cup before the season began — proudly declare themselves Vegas Born. Their success on the ice has certainly influenced attendance, but it may also have to do with the city’s desperate need for fellowship around the time the season opened.The Knights’ home opener in October came only a few days after the city suffered the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The team retired jersey No. 58 during its final home game of the regular season to honor the victims. A banner with 58 stars was hoisted into the rafters. The victims’ names were also projected on the ice.“I think because all the players are from different places and Las Vegas is a melting pot of people from different places, it’s just really brought community together to have our own team,” said fan Angel Ashby. “This is a Vegas-born team. It isn’t from somewhere else.”ADVERTISEMENT Ashby had rooted for the Colorado Avalanche, but got rid of the jersey when the Knights arrived. She and her friends rotate hosting watch parties.The energy has existed at the arena from the beginning, but has progressively gotten louder with the success that followed. For the playoffs, the team has expanded the pregame festivities to include a huge knight’s helmet that is lowered from the rafters in front of the Vegas bench. The Golden Knights enter the ice through the front of the helmet.Some players toss pucks to their young fans before the game and some children in attendance will get sticks from select players after every game. And the popularity has spilled over from T-Mobile Arena to City National Arena, the team’s practice facility. There, the Vegas Golden Knights Skating Academy has grown from less than 100 kids to nearly 1,000 seven months after its inception.Todd Pollock, vice president of ticketing and suites, said he did not expect the level of support the team has experienced in its debut season and wondered what took so long for Las Vegas to get a major franchise. The team had planned a three-day campaign for season-ticket packages for next season, but the organization canceled after the first day due to an overwhelming response.“What we’re seeing collectively this year absolutely, positively, I don’t think I could have scripted it any better than the way it’s currently playing out,” said Pollock, who worked in the same capacity with the Los Angeles Kings and the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Rondo, Green serve up spicy subplot in NBA playoffs MOST READ The arena rocks when the expansion team that has taken the league by storm appears on its home ice. A city that for years longed for a major sports franchise has truly embraced the Knights.“It’s so much different live than it is on TV. It’s a whole different experience,” said David Santangelo, a Las Vegas resident who is a season ticket holder and longtime hockey fan. “People fall in love with it. So many people I talk to at work are saying that they didn’t know it was so exciting. People are really starting to learn about it now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSantangelo, who was wearing a Knights jersey, was among hundreds who attended a party Monday in downtown Las Vegas to watch Game 3 of the Knights’ second-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks. The Golden Knights have a 3-2 series lead after a 5-3 victory over San Jose on Friday night.For years, questions were raised over whether the tourist-driven city with a long history of hosting big events could support a big league team night after night. Gambling and a relatively small market size steered major franchises elsewhere. Before the Knights dropped the puck, there were naysayers even though initial ticket demand was high. LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 In this May 2, 2018, photo, people watch a second-round playoff series hockey game at a Vegas Golden Knights watch party outside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The expansion Golden Knights, Las Vegas’ first major sports franchise, have taken the league and their hometown by storm in their first season. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — The Golden Knights’ gold-and-grey-on-black helmets are everywhere.They’re on T-shirts and hats worn by mall patrons, on jerseys of moviegoers, on stuffed animals, on mugs and on bumper stickers deep in suburbia. Bars far from the city’s tourist-driven areas show the games on TV, and watch parties have become a regular activity.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
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But they can’t kill me yet.”READ: Sparring partner expects to see ‘vintage’ Pacquiao vs MatthyssePacquiao, 39, will be back in the ring Sunday for the first time since losing his World Boxing Organisation belt in a shock decision to Australian Jeff Horn on July 2 last year, after which he resisted calls to quit.And Fortune, who has been in the Filipino former eight-weight world champion’s corner since 2002, said the world would see “the old Pacquiao” thanks to a shake-up in his training regime.‘He’s a freak’ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “What do you do? You either roll over and die or you fight,” Fortune told AFP in Kuala Lumpur, as the 52-year-old put the finishing touches on Pacquiao’s return to the ring against WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina at the Axiata Arena on Sunday.READ: Fernandez warns: Watch out for Pacquiao storm that will surely hitFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“They’re your only two options. There is really no other choice,” said the Australian, who had chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, and is now in remission.“My salivary glands are almost all gone,” said Fortune. “I was lucky to keep one, and I’ve got 90 percent of my tastebuds back. “Manny’s 40 this year and you know we changed things up this time,” said Fortune. “We did a whole bunch of different work. We were shocking his system back into working.“He’s been doing the same stuff for 16 years so he probably gets so used to it.“But now it’s a different style of training — shorter, faster and more intense. So his body reacts differently. So that’s why he looks like the old Pacquiao.”READ: Speed, footwork still Pacquiao’s biggest edge, says Ancajas That could be bad news for 35-year-old Matthysse, who has knocked out 36 of his 39 victims, while Pacquiao’s last stoppage victory was against Miguel Cotto way back in 2009.“He overtrained for Jeff Horn, for sure, 100 percent,” said Fortune of Pacquiao’s flat performance a year ago which saw him lose a controversial unanimous decision.“He’s just stubborn sometimes. He learned his lesson. All I had to do was sit down and say to him: remember last year,” said Fortune.READ: Rage against ‘The Machine’: Pacquiao puts career on line“We don’t want to overtrain. This guy Matthysse is a lot better than Jeff Horn, he punches a lot harder. He’s a better fighter. He’s much more dangerous.”Fortune said Pacquiao would have no trouble making the 147-pound (67-kilogram) limit for his World Boxing Association welterweight challenge to Matthysse at Saturday’s weigh-in. This photo taken on July 11, 2018 shows Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao’s conditioning trainer, Justin Fortune (far L-in blue), watching Pacquiao (R) practice during a training session at a gym in Kuala Lumpur, ahead of his world welterweight boxing championship bout against Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse on July 15.If Manny Pacquiao needs to know all about comebacks, he need look no further than his conditioning coach Justin Fortune. The former heavyweight, who in 1995 went up against the great Lennox Lewis, found himself in an altogether different fight when a dental check-up four years ago discovered he had throat cancer. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANIf Manny Pacquiao wants to know all about comebacks, he need look no further than his conditioning coach Justin Fortune.The former heavyweight, who in 1995 went up against the great Lennox Lewis, found himself in an altogether different fight when a dental check-up four years ago discovered he had throat cancer.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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