PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: DARREN MATTOCKS reckons he’s a man for the big moment. As a schoolboy, he did it for Bridgeport High to lift the Manning Cup title. Year-end at the regional championship, he scored one goal in Jamaica’s victory to lift the Caribbean title. At the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and Copa America he had gone goalless for a total of seven matches. Then came Wednesday’s semi-final against hosts United States and the super confident striker hits the mark, handing the Reggae Boyz a lead they stretched through Giles Barnes’ goal to emerge 2-1 victors. “Perfect timing. They always say big players step up when it matters most. I think it was perfect timing to beat America in America in the semi-final. It’s just spectacular, it’s just perfect timing heading into the final. Hopefully we can get a goal or two and take it home,” he said of Jamaica’s historic win, their first over the Americans in their country. “I think I’ve got luck on my side when I play against America. I’ve played against them three times and I’ve beaten them twice,” he admitted. “But to beat them in America in a Gold Cup semi-final speaks volumes where Jamaica’s football has been and is going because we had never done that before. That’s something that’s going to be in history forever, no one can take that from us.” It has also given the Jamaicans another bite at history, as it’s the first time they have qualified for the Gold Cup final, being the only Caribbean team to do so. On Sunday evening when they tackle six-time winners Mexico in the final, Mattocks, who carefully pointed out that the team’s goals come first, says they’re optimistic, but respectful. We’re heading into the final high on confidence, but at the same time very respectful of a good Mexico team. We’re not going to take any team for granted. We’ve shown that all tournament long – we respect all our opponents, but at the same time we’re going for the victory.” In terms of his own form, the striker didn’t see himself as struggling before hitting the US target with a 31st minute header off Kemar Lawrence’s long throw. “I wouldn’t say struggling. Strikers who struggle are strikers who don’t create chances. Once you’re creating chances then it’s just a matter of time before it falls into place and that’s exactly what happened,” he explained. “The biggest thing for a striker is to score, but once you’re creating chances and helping the team (that’s fine) because it’s not all about goalscoring; it’s about helping the team, holding up the ball, doing defensive work and I’ve been doing that for the whole tournament. “When it matters most big players step up, like I did in the semi-finals, and come Sunday that’s what I’m looking to do again.” The final kicks off at 7:30 p.m.(6:30 p.m. Jamaica time) at Lincoln Financial Field here and he said the Reggae Boyz’s goal is to win. “To be honest, I just want to win this thing. I think it’s something the entire country is going to be proud of. Obviously, as a striker you want to score. To score a goal would be fantastic but the bigger picture is to win this thing,” said the Vancouver Whitecaps striker. “We’re not satisfied by beating America. Our eyes were on the prize from day one and thanks be to God, we’re just going to continue what we’ve been doing, first of all putting God first, then team work, team ethics and our work rate is going to show that we want this more than anyone else.”
The rules about such things like bowl, leg before wicket, catch, stump, run-out, and no-ball are clear. There is no area for interpretation, and in run-outs and no-balls, if any part, of the bat or the front-foot, however small, is not behind the line, the umpire is obliged to call him out. Nowhere, not yesterday and not today, has anyone ever warned a batsman before bowling him, getting him stumped, or before getting him leg before wicket before really doing it. On top of all that, the non-striker is a batsman, and he gets run-out just like any other batsman. If he breaks the rule, if he leaves the crease before it is time to do so, how does the fielding side dismiss him when he does leave the crease? Those who talk about the “spirit of the game”, must be speaking about those who appeal for a catch when they know that the ball has touched the ground, when they know that the ball has not touched the bat, and when, while appealing for leg before wicket they know that the batsman played the ball. Cricket has been used to this riddle as to when a batsman is out and when he is not out, and that is why the umpire asked the young West Indies captain if he really wanted to go through with the appeal. Would he have asked him such a question had the appeal been for leg before wicket or for bowl? Maybe had he not done so there would have been no controversy. NO AREA FOR INTERPRETATION New Zealand’s former captain, Stephen Fleming, came up with a reasonable response, sort of: “Right or wrong, it’s just a sad way to end a good game, especially one with so much on the line.” In 1987, in the World Cup in Pakistan, West Indies fast bowler Courtney Walsh warned non-striker Abdul Qadir of Pakistan for leaving his crease early. On that occasion, Walsh was the bowler, Saleem Jaffer of Pakistan, the last man, was the batsman, Qadir strayed way down the pitch, Walsh warned him instead of running him out, and Pakistan went on to win the match two, three deliveries later.. I was there, I criticised Walsh for warning Qadir, mainly because he was so far down the pitch, and because he had stopped Walsh in his run-up the previous delivery and had walked down the pitch to talk to Jaffer. It all seemed a deliberate action. On this occasion, however, Mgarava was inches out of his crease, Paul was not in his delivery stride, I am not sure if Mgarava was trying to steal a run or he just strayed as batsmen often do, and it was so close that the umpire had to seek the help of the third umpire. It did not matter whether the batsman strayed or not. The fact is that the batsman was out of his crease. To me, the rule is the rule, whether the batsman is run-out by a foot or an inch, whether he is leg before wicket when the ball pitches outside the leg stump or not, and whether he is bowled whenever the ball clips the stumps or not. It was tough luck for Zimbabwe, and good luck for the West Indies, even if it did not feel right for the West Indies to lose to England, to beat Fiji, and to beat Zimbabwe by the “Mankad” run-out to reach the quarter-finals. It was in the spirit of cricket. It is cricket, regardless of the custom. I have always believed that cricket is a unique and special game, and I believe that it is so especially because each side takes turn to perform, because it takes a long time to finish a game, because of the numbers and intricacies of the rules governing the game, and because the rules are often times open to interpretation. On top of all that also, sometimes a rule is not a rule, it is used only sometimes, only by some, and sometimes when it is used, its use is the topic of controversy. Last week, in the Under-19 World Cup, the West Indies narrowly defeated Zimbabwe by two runs to squeeze into the quarter-finals. Instead of showering praises on the young West Indians for being alert and aware of the situation and going on to win the match, all hell broke loose. Bowling the 50th over, Keemo Paul ran-out non-striker Richard Mgarava, and, suddenly, from all around the world, came cries of surprise and shouts of condemnation. From England’s one-day captain, Eoin Morgan, came, “Disgraceful behaviour. West Indies should be embarrassed”; from Josh Butler, an England player, came, Can’t believe what I have just seen”; from Darren Lehman, Australia’s coach, came, “Unbelievable. Not out”; and from England’s James Anderson, came, “Disgraceful.” What utter nonsense. According to the rules, the batsman was out. He was either out or not out. And for those who talk about fair play, there is nothing in the rules which talks about fair play. REASONABLE RESPONSE
EUGENE, Oregon: Jamaican shot put athlete, O’Dayne Richards, says his struggles to find form following a leg surgery in March is proving to be a test of patience after another disappointing series on Friday night’s opening day of action at the two-day Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. Richards, the bronze medal winner from last year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, fouled on his first effort before landing the implement at 19.09 metres and 18.30m in his remaining throws – his lowest marks since August 2013. The event was won by world champion Joe Kovacs (USA), who recorded a world leading 21.13m ahead of New Zealand’s Tom Walsh, 20.84m and veteran American Reese Hoffa, 20.58m. This was Richards’ second straight letdown in the ring, after a 19.22m throw at the Shanghai Diamond League meet earlier this month. Perhaps that is to be expected considering that it’s been just over two months since a metal rod was fitted through his knee and into his shin, after a surgery to correct a stress fracture. “I started off slow again,” he lamented after his event at Hayward Field. “I was a little bit cautious, but in terms of my health, I feel good, but I probably need a few more throws – well a lot more throws, but it will come. “It’s really testing my patience and I guess it’s a learning process as well, but I am trying,” added Richards, before admitting that his surgery is still playing on his mind. “It doesn’t go away or well for me it doesn’t go away, there is a constant reminder. There is a mark there that reminds me that it happened and it’s just taking a little bit more time for me to get mentally and physically tough enough to get over that hurdle,” said Richards. “I’ve never been in this bad a shape at this time of the year, but there is some time. There is time to do a lot more work and I am trying to stay positive and see how well I can do this year,” he added. “As it relates to the series, the first throw was a little bit cautious, but I didn’t hit the shot as well as I wanted to. For the second shot I decided I would try to do that a little better and I got a little improvement and on the third throw I said I would give it my all and then go as fast as I can. I went as fast as I could, but I didn’t hit the shot well, I was backing off and not pushing the shot and it cost me some distance,” he explained. Richards and his team have not decided on his next event so far, with the athlete looking forward to pushing on in training and getting things right in time for the upcoming Olympic trials. Constant reminder
Many actors will relate stories of how the acting bug bit, and once in their system, they couldn’t get it out.For chairman of the Jamaica Rugby Union, Jerry Benzwick, it was the rugby bug that bit more than 30 years ago and the love of a sport, which started while he was a first former at St Catherine High School, never died.”Rugby is a virus. It kind of gets into your system; it can’t come out,” he told The Gleaner.If his name seems familiar, it’s that for years, Benzwick, a trained actor, was also a regular feature on FAME FM’s Full House Fridays.Benzwick said he got into acting because he wanted to do radio work and did a course in voice and speech at the School of Drama”I went just to do voice and a couple of girls from the drama class dragged me over there, and the drama teacher said I could stay, then I did a production and the acting bug bit me. The following semester, I registered. It changed my life because I really found my niche. Before that, I had no idea what I wanted to do,” he shared.Ironically, acting did eventually get him to do his first love.After he went to promote a drama production on FAME FM, he was invited to return “anytime”, and that eventually morphed into a position on staff.All of that didn’t stop his rugby career, however.Championship-winning teamsBenzwick played rugby throughout high school and was on several championship-winning teams throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s.”There was a bunch of boys there (St Catherine) introducing sports and rugby got me excited because what I thought of was helmets, shoulder pads, and locker rooms. I was thinking American football. I went to the meeting and it wasn’t that.However, he got even more excited when he realised that rugby had none of the trappings he had presumed.”It’s the kind of sport that attracted me. A team sport is what I love where you can work with others, and I found rugby to be the purest team sports. Rugby is a full-on team sport where everybody has to pull their weight,” he explained.”Rugby was built on a foundation of discipline, integrity, honesty, solidarity, respect, and it is now the core values of rugby that we live by. When I was a child playing rugby, our coach would say ‘rugby man don’t do certain things’,” he added.After high school, he continued to play as part of St Catherine Masters team, the Thundercats.After spending two years living in New York, during which time he worked at a restaurant as a floor manager, at schools, and in dramas, Benzwick returned to Jamaica and was invited to run for the position JRU chairman.”When I told them I was coming back, they told me they wanted me to run for chairman. They told me I was the person who would have the right stuff to bring the union into the place where it needs to be.”He was elected unopposed on July 17.Benzwick, who is also a motivational speaker, has a lot of plans to move the sport forward locally.”(Rugby) has been mismanaged. We are sitting on a gold mine. Rugby has unlimited potential for tourism. Everybody who plays rugby travels, however nobody is travelling to Jamaica. My mandate is to change that and get big tournaments here right throughout the year” he said.”I intend to make rugby the national sport.”This is a task with which he is working alongside vice-chairman Keisha Ann Down, and the pair is on a social media drive to help their functions.The JRU is currently rebranding, but one issue is the shortage of green space. He also wants to improve the image of the sport with the international body, too, which would open doors for funding.
Jamaica’s number one ranked men’s player Gareth Henry will face Jan Frohlich of Czech Republic in the quarter-finals of the third annual Jamaica International Badminton Tourn-ament at the National Indoor Sports Centre today.Henry advanced following his 21-12, 21-17 victory against Milan Dratva of Slovakia on yesterday’s opening day of the four-day tournament. Frohlich eased past top Jamaican junior Nicardo Reid, 21-12. 21-9 to set up an interesting clash in the last eight of the men’s singles division.Henry is looking forward to a tough encounter against Frohlich who is the tournament’s number two seed.”I expect him (Frohlich) to play a really good game tomorrow (Friday). I need to be more focused than I did in the game against Dratva,” Henry told The Gleaner.TOUGH GAME’I need to be very smart as he is the tournament’s number two seed in the draw, so I’m expecting a tough game,” he added.Meanwhile, Frohlich is fully aware that he has to step up against the Jamaican.”I have never played him (Henry) in a tournament before but I have seen him several times in other tournaments. He is experienced, and on home court I am expecting him to be strong,” Frohlich shared.”I expect a lot of attack from him, so I have to prepare defensively,” he added.In the other quarter-final match-ups, the tournament’s number one ranked men’s player, Adam Mendrek of Czech Republic, will go up against Luke Couture of Canada; Matej Hlican of Slovakia faces Matthew Lee of Jamaica and Anthony McNee opposes Soren Toft of Denmark.Meanwhile, Jamaica’s top ranked female player, Katherine Wynter, will battle the tournament’s top seed Rachel Honderich in a key third round match today at 5:30 p.m..”I have been preparing for this tournament for a long while and I’m confident going against the number one seed,” Wynter told The Gleaner yesterday.The players are battling for overall prize money of US$10,000 (Ja$1.28 million).
View comments “I don’t know the ins and outs of what conversations are going on. It’s obviously surprising, but at the end of day nothing’s really surprising when it comes to story lines and things like that from year to year,” Curry said. “It’s just kind of the nature of the beast. I’m sure if something does happen I’ll be able to talk about it more but right now he’s still on Cleveland’s team.”While Curry received his hefty new deal, Warriors general manager Bob Myers kept nearly the entire title team intact for another championship chase.“It’s huge because we have great potential and opportunity to do some amazing things and win more championships,” Curry said. “When you have that chemistry, you don’t want it to end. You don’t want to have to kind of start over. I wouldn’t necessarily say rebuild, just take advantage of the camaraderie and the chemistry and the vibe that we’ve created around the Warriors organization.”It’s another whirlwind summer for Curry, who made an impressive appearance in last week’s Web.com Ellie Mae Classic golf tournament before missing the cut in the tournament, which is one step below the PGA Tour.Two championships in three years is pretty special, and he never forgets that.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, center, speaks to reporters at his basketball camp in Walnut Creek, Calif., Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)WALNUT CREEK, California — A rich new contract in hand, Stephen Curry is more determined than ever to give back both his time and financial resources wherever he is needed in the Bay Area.The Golden State Warriors superstar has yet to make a major purchase for himself since finalizing the $201 million, five-year contract late last month.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday05:52Court orders arrest of Maguindanao massacre accused still at large01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?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 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate “I think about it every day and it kind of helps me put things in perspective, how blessed I am to be able to do what I’m able to do on and off the floor, the opportunities I have to even run a camp like this. Because I used to go to the camps of guys who played before me and learn from them and just be kind of awe-struck and eyes wide open trying to learn as much as I could,” he said. “Fast forward to these last few years and now I’m on the other side of that equation giving back to the next generation of players. All of that is very surreal but it’s humbling just to be in that position. It actually helps me stay motivated to keep working because I don’t want the ride to end.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas McGregor’s biggest rival: ‘No way’ Conor beats Mayweather “I don’t want to get too deep into it but for the last couple years trying to figure out how I can make the most impact off the court on a consistent and impactful basis,” the 29-year-old Curry said Monday, going on two months after winning another NBA title. “Going forward and obviously keying in on the Bay Area specifically to hopefully leave a lasting impact for all the good that has happened in my life and my family here since I’ve been here the last eight years.“Obviously over the next five to really impact the community for the better and use my platform, not only just dollars but my platform and connections and ideas to make that happen. The contract puts more of a responsibility to make that happen and I’m obviously aware of that. And I have a great team around me that’s going to help me do that.”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, the two-time NBA MVP is hosting his fourth annual SC30 Select Camp with about two dozen of the top high school players at The John Muir Ultimate Fieldhouse before a showcase event Tuesday night at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco. He dazzled the prospects with his shooting routine, provided coaching and even took part in some 3-on-3 right along with the campers.Curry said not much surprises him anymore when it comes to NBA drama such as Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving’s request to be traded and no longer play alongside LeBron James. They won a championship together in 2016 before the Warriors won the June rematch. 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787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 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)Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant said Thursday he would boycott the White House if the NBA champions are invited, accusing President Donald Trump of escalating racial tensions in the country.In an interview with ESPN, 2017 NBA Finals MVP Durant said if the Warriors were invited to Washington in keeping with recent tradition of honoring sports teams, he would skip the event in protest.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate Durant was speaking amid an outcry over Trump’s response to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend which saw neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups clash with counter-protesters.Durant said he believed Trump bore responsibility for stoking racial divisions in the United States.“He’s definitely driving it,” Durant said. “I feel ever since he’s got into office, or since he ran for the presidency, our country has been so divided and it’s not a coincidence. When (Barack) Obama was in office, things were looking up. We had so much hope in our communities where I come from because we had a black president, and that was a first.“So to see that and to be where we are now, it just felt like we took a turn for the worse, man. It all comes from who is in the administration. It comes from the top. Leadership trickles down to the rest of us.“So, you know, if we have someone in office that doesn’t care about all people, then we won’t go anywhere as a country. In my opinion, until we get him out of here, we won’t see any progress.”ADVERTISEMENT Nzeusseu tows Lyceum to 8th straight win MOST READ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings View comments “Nah, I won’t do that,” Durant told ESPN at an event in his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland. “I don’t respect who’s in office right now…I don’t agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that.”Durant stressed that his decision was a personal choice, but added that he expected many Warriors players would follow suit if the team was invited.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’“That’s just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they’ll all agree with me,” Durant said.Durant’s team-mate Stephen Curry has already said he would be unlikely to attend while Warriors coach Steve Kerr has been a vocal critic of Trump. Durant meanwhile saluted athletes who have spoken out about race in America, citing former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and NBA superstar LeBron James amongst others.“As far as what’s going on in our country, for one as an athlete, you have to commend Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, CP3 (Chris Paul), Dwyane Wade for starting that conversation last year.“For us to move forward, we need more athletes and people of power and influence to come out and speak,” Durant added.“It’s great to see a lot of athletes coming together and trying to direct a positive path for a lot of kids and a lot of people in this country who look up to us.“It’s huge for us. It’s huge for sports. It’s huge for the influence we have, because we’re leaders at the end of the day. It feels good to see my brothers in the NBA and across sports speaking out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
“That’s why on the first loop I tried to warm up, then in the second loop I saw the other runners being left behind,” added the Rio Olympian and silver medals in the 2015 SEAG.READ: Patafa cuts Tabal, runner says ‘I just want to run for PH’ The race was held on well paved city streets with four and half loops on the main street on a cloudy day and weather cooled down by the previous night’s heavy downpour.“I felt that God was gifting me with this victory and all I needed to do was take it,” said Tabal.Her compatriot in the men’s side, Jeson Agravante didn’t finish the race.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments LATEST STORIES READ: Patafa reinstates TabalTabal, who trained for three months in Italy, hugged Athletics chief Philip Ella Juico and Philippine Sports Commissioner Ramon Fernandez right after draping herself with the Philippine flag at the finish line.“Thank you to all people who believed in me and for all your support,” said Tabal who has had strained relationship with the national athletics body for the past two years.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I went through a lot of hardships. In training. In everything. But the I know in my heart that I really have to deliver,” said Tabal in Filipino. “I can’t let disappoint my country.READ: Tabal pleads with Patafa to reconsider: I did nothing wrong 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’“To my fellow athletes, if we really do our best, we can do it,” added Tabal who clocked two hours, 48 minutes and 26 seconds, almost seven minutes clear of silver winner Hoang Thi Thanh.Tabal said she was feeling cramps on her tibialis or shin muscle during the first loop around the Putrajaya government complex that lined with gleaming office skyscrapers. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 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) Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano GOLD! Mary Joy Tabal rules women’s marathon in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/INQUIRERPUTRAJAYA, Malaysia Rising up through emotional ups and down, Mary Joy Tabal just crowned herself the queen of the 29th Southeast Asian Games marathon.The 28-year-old Tabal broke down in tears right after crossing the finish line, literally beating the Vietnam contestant by a mile, to deliver that gold medal she hoped would open the flood gates for Team Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. At least, there’s the promise of a dogfight
Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “We’re not consistent,” said Spurs reserve guard Manu Ginobili, who had 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists. “We’ve had some games where the activity is great like (Friday), where we hustle, went for loose balls. We were very aggressive. Some other games we are passive. … Consistency is what we are after.”The defensive consistency, coupled with 22 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and 18 more from Rudy Gay, led the Spurs to their fourth straight victory. Patty Mills had 10 points. Memphis’ 79 points were two short of the season-low for a San Antonio opponent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMemphis, which trailed 68-59 heading into the fourth, let the game slip completely away when San Antonio ripped off a 16-1 rally in the middle stages of the final frame, taking the Spurs lead to 25.“What bothers me the most is how we laid down at the end of the game, especially on the defensive end,” said Marc Gasol, who led the Grizzlies with 16 points and 13 rebounds. “I understand when things don’t go well for you offensively. You may go in a weird place mentally, but the defense has no excuse.” Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The Grizzlies did come out with more energy at the start of the game than the overall tone of play during the losing streak. The more spirited effort came in the second game under interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who took over after David Fizdale was fired Monday.While the attitude was different, it didn’t offset the Spurs talent and depth. Memphis held an early lead, but it didn’t take long for San Antonio to overcome the advantage and lead the rest of the way.“Team defense was very good,” said Spurs guard Tony Parker, who was playing in his third game after returning from offseason surgery for a ruptured left quadriceps tendon. “I thought we communicated pretty good, and overall, we were active.”TIP-INSSpurs: Aldridge had a season-high 41 points against the Grizzlies on Wednesday night. … San Antonio shot 44 percent, and the Spurs are 15-0 when they outshoot an opponent.Grizzlies: Chandler Parsons (right knee), Mario Chalmers (right ankle) and Brandan Wright (right groin), all of whom sat out Wednesday’s game at San Antonio with injuries, played Friday. … However, Wright experienced tightness in the groin during the first half and did not return. … McLemore surpassed his season-high with 11 points in the first half.BAD, BAD STRETCHADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 10-game losing streak is the longest for Memphis since losing 12 straight in January 2009. Memphis has not won a game since a road victory at Portland on Nov. 7. The Grizzlies last home win was Oct. 28 over the Houston Rockets. “The guys are down about it, but what happens sometimes when you on these streaks is one punch and you just start thinking about (the struggles),” Bickerstaff said.KAWHI STATUSInjured Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard accompanied San Antonio to Memphis, but did not play. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said before the game that Leonard, who hasn’t played this season because of a quadriceps injury, may return soon. “He’s getting closer all the time,” Popovich said. “He could be back sooner rather than later.” Leonard’s teammates are looking forward to his return and getting players back in their regular roles. Patty Mills is playing with the second unit since Parker’s return, and Kyle Anderson eventually will go back to the reserves when Leonard is healthy. “We’ve been playing together for a long time and we are used to each other,” Ginobili said.UP NEXTSpurs: At Oklahoma City on SundayGrizzlies: At Cleveland on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Thompson drops 27 as Warriors rout Magic Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) shoots against Memphis Grizzlies forwards Brandan Wright (34) and James Ennis III (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The San Antonio Spurs are looking for more consistency on defense. They came up with one of their better efforts of the season against the faltering Memphis Grizzlies.The Spurs held Memphis to 41 percent shooting, forced 16 turnovers and pulled away in the fourth quarter sending the Grizzlies to their 10th straight loss with a 95-79 triumph Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES View comments
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano 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 “For me, going into my last year, the championship was the only thing on my mind,” said Tolentino Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena after Ateneo won the title in a thrilling Game 3, dethroning De La Salle 88-86.READ: Ateneo nabs UAAP title, gets back at La SalleFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I wanted a championship, and these boys promised me a championship. Since Day 1 we always talked about it, we were going to get it.”Tolentino, who shares the captaincy with Mike Nieto, was never Ateneo’s main focal point on offense but was an integral part of the starting lineup playing as the Blue Eagles’ hustling power forward. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene The graduating Blue Eagle used that tenacity and grit to average 6.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in the championship round where he showed his versatility on the defensive end.And Tolentino credited the team’s championship run to the guidance head coach Tab Baldwin provided the team.“I’ve never had a coach like coach Tab,” said Tolentino. “The attention to detail, his mind is just full of basketball knowledge, and for us young players, it’s so important for us to develop at a young age and Coach Tab has done that.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Panlilio believes 2023 World Cup bid atones for 2019 failure OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netVince Tolentino came to Ateneo right after the Blue Eagles completed a rare five-peat.And it took Tolentino five years to get his first and lone championship with the Blue Eagles, who promised him he would leave Ateneo with the golden laurel of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ View comments