Westbrook hits 58 in vain as Blazers thwart Thunder

first_imgPrince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties A nail-biting final few minutes saw the Thunder stay in touch without managing to overhaul the Blazers. Westbrook crucially missed three consecutive shots as the Blazers took an 118-116 lead with only 41.9 seconds on the clock.Jusuf Nurkic increased the lead to four points with a right hook shot but the Thunder immediately made it a 120-119 game when Oladipo made an arcing three-pointer.Two more McCollum free throws put the Blazers three points ahead with 15.1 seconds remaining. A final attempted three-pointer from Westbrook missed the target and the Blazers sealed the win.“I just missed them,” Westbrook said later. “Made them all game, missed that one. But it’s all right. It is (frustrating).”“But at the same time, we put ourselves in that position,” he added. “We should be defending at a high level. Those are definitely shots I will live with because I will make them 9 out of 10. I just happen to miss that one.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon LATEST STORIES Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes up for a shot between Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J McCollum, left, and forward Al-Farouq Aminu (8) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Portland won 126-121. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Russell Westbrook exploded for the highest-scoring game of his career with 58 points, but it was not enough to stop the Oklahoma City Thunder from falling to a pulsating defeat against Portland on Tuesday.The Trail Blazers squeezed home with a 126-121 victory in a thrilling battle at the Chesapeake Energy Arena that Westbrook appeared to be attempting to win single-handedly.ADVERTISEMENT Blazers power forward Meyers Leonard said Portland had suspected they would be able to exploit Oklahoma City’s reliance on Westbrook.“Russ is incredible, no doubt about it,” he said. “Extremely talented, able to make plays for others. Able to score the ball obviously, rebound, defend, everything.”“But with that being said, it sometimes becomes a one-man show,” he added. “Now he is capable of that. But I think it’s to our credit, top to bottom we had a lot of guys contribute. We were sharing the ball, we believed in what we were doing, we believed in each other. This was a very big win for us.”Blazers coach Terry Stotts echoed Meyers’s assessment.“Up and down, all nine guys who played made a contribution,” he said. “I think we are playing better. It can be fleeting, so I don’t want to go overboard. I think we’re playing pretty positive with how we’re playing.”ADVERTISEMENT Ultimately, however, his virtuoso display came up short against the multi-faceted Blazers, who finished with seven players in double figures.Allen Crabbe led the scoring for the visitors with 23 points while Damian Lillard finished with 22 points. C.J. McCollum scored 21 points.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 returnWestbrook meanwhile made 21 of 39 shots but could not add to his remarkable season tally of triple doubles. Tellingly, Westbrook was the only Thunder starting player to make an assist.Only two other Thunder players made double figures — Victor Oladipo with 16 points and Enes Kanter with 11 points — as Oklahoma City slid to its fourth-straight defeat. Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Nowitzki joins 30,000 club against Lakers 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 China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Pacquiao signs contract to fight Aussie Horn

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Padda teases ‘hungry’ Adamson squad for next season Boxer Manny Pacquiao makes his “Grand Arrival” to the Wynn hotel-casino on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Jessie Vargas on Saturday night at the Thomas&Mack Center. APManny Pacquiao has signed the papers that would officially pit him against Australian Jeff Horn for the WBO World welterweight title, the Los Angeles Times reported.“We’re slowly finishing up the deal to fight… people have agreed on essential points,” Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said in the report.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Dutertecenter_img “Paperwork takes time, particularly when it’s not the usual thing of getting it done in the United States. We’re dealing with an Australian promoter, the state government…. Here, in this case, you’ve got to cross the T’s and dot the I’s, and that’s what we’re in the process of doing.”As per news.com.au, Horn’s promoters plan to meet with the state governments of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia to keep the fight within the island.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 returnPacquiao (59-6-2, 38 knockout) putting his WBO belt against the former Olympian Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) was Arum’s original plan before the Filipino and manager Michael Koncz pushed for a fight against Amir Khan in Dubai.That, however, fell through but Arum said a fight against Khan is possible in November. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska townlast_img read more

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James, Cavs come back from 26 down, beat Pacers to take 3-0 lead

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town The Cavaliers, leading 3-0, will try to sweep the series Sunday (Monday, Manila).The incredible rally ruined Paul George’s big night. He had 36 points, a playoff career-high 15 rebounds and nine assists.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 returnCleveland trailed by 26 in the first half and was still down 74-49 at halftime. The largest halftime deficit overcome to win a playoff game had been 21 points by Baltimore against Philadelphia in 1948.James scored 13 points in the third quarter to get the Cavs within 91-84. Bucks overwhelm Raptors 104-77, take 2-1 series lead James now has 5,669 points, 29 ahead of Bryant. He also matched three other ex-Los Angeles Lakers — Magic Johnson, Michael Cooper and James Worthy — for most consecutive first-round wins.This comeback began with a second straight devastating third-quarter punch from the Cavs.GAME 1 RESULT: NBA: Cavaliers escape with win over Pacers in playoff openerGAME 2 RESULT: NBA: Irving shines as Cavs take grip on PacersAfter Cleveland cut the deficit to 77-62 and then watched Indiana extend the margin to 20, Cleveland finished the quarter on a 17-4 spurt to make it 91-84.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Things only got worse for the Pacers.George’s 3 with 5:15 to go gave Indiana a 104-103 lead — its last of the game. James answered with a layup out of a timeout and the Cavs never trailed again.It’s only the second time in the Pacers’ NBA history they have lost the first three games in a best-of-seven series. Indiana has never endured a four-game sweep since joining the NBA.TIP-INSCavaliers: Kyrie Irving Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, Channing Frye all scored 13 points. … Cleveland has won six straight over Indiana. … After scoring 49 points in the first half, the Cavs scored 35 in each of the final two quarters. … Kyle Korver scored more points in two quarters (six) than he did in the first two games (four). He finished with 12.Pacers: George had 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Lance Stephenson added eight points and five rebounds in the first two quarters. … Indiana scored 37 points in the first quarter, falling just short of a season high (39), then matched that 37 in the second quarter for its highest first-half total of the season. … Coach Nate McMillan made a lineup change, inserting former Cavs player C.J. Miles into the starting rotation. Monta Ellis was relegated to bench duty. … The Pacers drew two defensive three-second calls in the first half.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates a basket against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Indianapolis. The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers 119-114. AP PHOTOINDIANAPOLIS— LeBron James finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers set an NBA postseason record by erasing a 25-point halftime deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 119-114 on Thursday night (Friday, Manila).James passed Kobe Bryant for No. 3 on the NBA’s career playoff scoring list and tied another NBA record by winning his 20th consecutive first-round game.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Fifa seat for nonong

first_imgEx-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta is poised to land a seat in the powerful International Football Federation (Fifa) Council following the decision of Kuwaiti official Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah to withdraw from the election.Araneta confirmed earlier reports that Sheikh Ahmad has also resigned from the Fifa council after he was linked to a fraud case involving Richard Lai, the Fifa official who was banned for bribery.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely 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. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Araneta, Zhang Jian of China and Mong Gyu Chung of South Korea can secure the three council seats for Asia if they get majority votes from the 46-member AFC during its congress on Sunday in Bahrain.“Its only a matter of formality,” said Araneta.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENRcenter_img Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Gilas five still raw on defense, says Chot Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home View commentslast_img read more

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Vanguardia says Wright-less Phoenix must learn to adapt

first_imgVanguardia, though, shared that it’s a sacrifice the Fuel Masters are willing to take for the benefit of the national team.“Ever since we got him in the draft, we knew that this will happen. We just have to live with it. For sure, there’ll be lots of tournaments after this, especially in the third conference, so we need to get used to him not being around.”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 returnWright, who is Phoenix’s starting small forward, has been such an integral part of the squad’s campaign this conference as he is averaging 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.4 steals in the five games he played in this 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Though the rookie’s contributions are a glaring dip from his averages in the first conference, Vanguardia noted that Wright’s presence alone could have made a difference, especially with the squad firing blanks for the game after shooting a measly 32-percent from the field. Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia admitted that the team really missed the presence of Matthew Wright in its game against Meralco on Wednesday.“We really felt it because he opens up the lane for Jameel (McKay) and he’s the second to RJ (Jazul) in assists for our team,” the mentor said following the Fuel Masters’ 81-66 defeat to the Bolts.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Not helping was the poor shooting from his guards, with Jazul going 1-of-13 from the field while Cyrus Baguio shooting 4-of-10.“We couldn’t score today. RJ couldn’t buy a bucket. We were lost in our flow of offense,” said Vanguardia. “We did okay on defense considering we were trying to make some stops, but the way Baser (Amer) and (Chris) Newsome were scoring, that’s the one thing we can’t stop.”Despite the loss, Vanguardia still believes that Phoenix can adapt with its situation, especially with a game against GlobalPort slated on Friday.“The good thing is we just have one day to prepare and we can bounce back on Friday,” he said. “We’re not really focusing on our loss because we got to get the next game. We have to figure out how to win without Matthew Wright. I think by Friday, we’ve already figured out how to play without him.”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ceres tops Group G, reaches AFC Cup knockout round Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely 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 LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Thompson on top in Rabat – Richards sets national shot put record

first_imgRabat, Morocco: ON a night when there were mixed results for Jamaican athletes here on the 10th leg of the IAAF Diamond League, the very dependable Elaine Thompson shone the brightest as she stretched her 100m wins to 14 in a row, capturing another Diamond League event in a new meet record of 10.87 seconds to erase her one year-old-mark of 11.02. Thompson was the only Jamaican to win on the night where there were second-place finishes for Janieve Russell, Kimberly Williams and O’Dayne Richards. Thompson warmed up for the World Championships in fine style, getting a good start and, despite a persistent challenge from the improved Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast, had too much top-end speed in the end to turn back her main rival, who finished second in a season-best 10.90 seconds. Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye finished third in 11.02 seconds. Jura Levy, 11.18, and Christania Williams, the other Jamaicans in the race, finished down the track in seventh and ninth, respectively. Thompson was happy with another victory on the circuit. “I am very pleased with the win and the time, as I came out to execute as usual, and getting a meet record, it is a wonderful feeling. This win puts me in good stead for the World Championships and I am now in a position where I want to be,” said Thompson, who stated that she was looking forward to her second World Championships. Jamaica’s best female 400m hurdler this season, Russell, who failed to make the World Championships team after finishing fourth at the National Championships, was the country’s next best athlete on the track, after finishing second in the women’s 400m hurdles. Russell ran on strongly in the closing stages of the event to finish second in 54.36 seconds, just behind the Czech Republic’s Zuzana Hejnova, who won in a season best 54.22 seconds with third going to Eilidh Doyle of Great Britain in 54.92 seconds. It was disappointment for national champion Rhonda Whyte on her first time competing in Europe. The 26-year-old was never in the hunt as she finished eighth in 56.00 seconds and 11th overall. Ristananna Tracey, who won the B race in 55.18 seconds, and her sister, Nikita, who was third in 55.50 seconds, ended fourth and eighth overall respectively. Recovering from an early-season injury, triple jumper Kimberly Williams got her season back on track after producing a season best of 14.31m to finish second in the women’s triple jump, behind winner Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia with 14.51m. Both Novlene Williams-Mills and Shericka Jackson finished out of the top three in the women’s 400m. Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo was too good for the field, clocking her third sub-50 seconds this season. Running out of lane six, she covered her two rivals going very fast over the first 200m, then maintained her form well to win easily in a new meet record of 49.80 seconds. The American pair of Natasha Hastings, 50.86, and Quanera Hayes, 51.08 seconds, finished second and third. Williams-Mills was fourth in 51.18 seconds, while Jackson was fifth in 51.20 seconds. Richards was the best performer among the Jamaican males. He finished second in the men’s shot put to set a national record with 21.96m, as the United States’ Ryan Crouser won with a new meet record of 22.47m. Crouser’s teammate Ryan Whiting came in third with 21.26m. Richards was very happy with his performance. “This is a very good result for me, as I didn’t expect this result today (yesterday), but this is a good sign going to the World Championships and I am hoping to go over the 22m barrier in London,” said Richards. It was disappointment for the other males for Jamaica at the meet as both Rasheed Dwyer and Warren Weir struggled in the men’s 200m, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively, in 20.43 and 20.48 seconds. Canadian AndrÈ DeGrasse won the event in 20.03 seconds, ahead of Ameer Webb of the United States, second in 20.18 seconds, and Zharnell Hughes of Great Britain, third in a season-best 20.22 seconds, running out of lane one. Making his Diamond League debut, long jumper Tajay Gayle, out of the University of Technology, finished ninth with 7.41m. WONDERFUL FEELINGlast_img read more

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Hamilton inches closer to F1 title in Japan

first_img VERY CLOSE “I was able to hold him behind me, but he got very close,” Hamilton said. “We had a bit of traffic, but it was very close at the end.” Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was fourth, followed by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. The Force India duo of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez was sixth and seventh, respectively. Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was eighth, followed by teammate Romain Grosjean. Williams driver Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10. Vettel’s early retirement put a serious dent in his fading hopes of coming back to win the championship. He also had mechanical issues at Malaysia and started at the back of the grid before working his way to a fourth-place finish. “It is obviously a pity the last two races with the reliability issues,” Vettel said. “But you know, it’s like that sometimes. Of course it hurts, and we’re all disappointed.” Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson also retired early when he ran across the gravel and dived nose-first into the barriers. Carlos Sainz lost control of his Toro Rosso, spinning across the gravel into the wall on the outside and retiring after the second lap. Mercedes also increased its lead in the Constructors’ standings to 145 points over Ferrari. Red Bull is in third place with 303 points. The next race is October 22 in the United States. SUZUKA, Japan (AP): Championship leader Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix yesterday, taking a major step towards winning his fourth Formula One (F1) title. The Mercedes driver crossed the finish line 1.2 seconds ahead of Malaysia GP winner Max Verstappen to claim his eighth F1 victory of the season and third at the Suzuka circuit. Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo was third. “The track was fantastic today and the team did an unbelievable job,” Hamilton said. “Max drove an outstanding race. Obviously, it wasn’t easy for us.” Hamilton moved 59 points clear of title rival Sebastian Vettel with four races left. Vettel was forced to retire on the third lap when his Ferrari lost power. Starting from pole position next to Vettel, Hamilton held the lead through the first turn. With Vettel out of the race, it quickly became a showdown between Hamilton and Max Verstappen. Hamilton built up a four-second lead over the Red Bull driver through the first 15 laps and made his only pit stop on the 23rd lap. Verstappen pitted a lap earlier than Hamilton, then produced some good laps to cut the lead to 1.7 seconds midway through the race. Verstappen closed to within a second at the start of the final lap, but traffic allowed Hamilton to escape once more and seal the narrow win.last_img read more

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It’s Crucial Appeal

first_img Anthony Nunes’ SOY EL SENOR closed for second behind POKER STAR’s 1:13.0 for six furlongs in his last run and will more than likely start favourite with a half-furlong more to travel. However, he has topweight 126lb and is not the most alert at the start of his races. CRUCIAL APPEAL has the class to sit off the pace again and pounce on the leaders before SOY EL SENOR winds up for his kick in the stretch run. Racing against the country’s top sprinters in April’s grade one Lady Geeta Trophy at six furlongs, CRUCIAL APPEAL ran an even race for fourth, beaten by SIEMPRE BUENO, CHACE THE GREAT and MONEY MAGNET, who only had a length on him in third place. It should be noted that Saturday’s five-furlong straight Reggae Trophy for grade one horses was won by CHACE THE GREAT, closing to beat SIEMPRE BUENO and MONEY MAGNET, the trio which CRUCIAL APPEAL was a little under four lengths behind in April. Though he hasn’t won on the round course in a while, CRUCIAL APPEAL’s six-furlong Lady Geeta run suggests he might have lost his tearaway speed but not class and could be transforming into a run-on sprinter. FAVOURITE Red-hot apprentice and leading rider Anthony Thomas has been given the task of trying to get renowned speedster CRUCIAL APPEAL stay the distance in this afternoon’s overnight allowance at six and a half furlongs. Thomas was aboard the ageing warrior two Saturdays ago when he showed an interesting side of himself, running on strongly inside the last furlong to get within a head of shock winner BIMINI at five furlongs round on July 7. CRUCIAL APPEAL literally lost the race by one hop, closing from six lengths off a furlong out, not the normal position for the eight-year-old, who has on occasions threatened the five-furlong straight track record throughout his career. Apparently pleased with CRUCIAL APPEAL’s come-from-behind run, new trainer Alford Brown has ambitiously stretched out the chestnut gelding, keeping Thomas astride to utilise his five-pound apprentice claim and great form, which has landed him six winners in the last three race meets. SIR BUDGET is again the contending speed after mixing it up with POLLY B, causing both to be swallowed by BIMINI. However, he returns with 121lb and should have the likes of LIGHTNING LILY and DANCING QUEEN pressing him on the lead at 110 and 111lb, respectively.last_img read more

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Thomas calls for focus from Portmore

first_imgPortmore United head coach Shavar Thomas says his team is very determined to come away with a positive result when they play away to Honduran side FC Motagua in the quarter-final of the Scotiabank CONCACAF League on Thursday. Thomas, a former national defender, said that Motagua is going to be very difficult to beat at home, but he is very optimistic that his team can come away with all three points. “We want to come away with a positive result, so we have to be tactically and mentally focused to play against a tough Motagua team,” said Thomas. “We are very motivated because we are one step away from going into the semi-finals, and the guys are very enthusiastic and upbeat about advancing,” Thomas said. Portmore, who are the reigning Red Stripe Premier League champions, reached the quarter-finals of the competition after a 7-6 penalty kick victory over Costa Rican side Santos at the National Stadium two weeks ago. Thomas noted that his players are in excellent form entering this encounter and everyone is looking forward to giving a good account of themselves against the Hondurans. “The focus is even more heightened than the first game and the guys are ready because we know that they are a tough team and they have good players,” Thomas said. “They have a couple of Honduran internationals that play for them and we are looking forward to a tough challenge,” he said. Portmore United will be led by Kemar Foster, Ricardo Morris, Javon East, Ewan Grandison, Damono Solomon and Rosario Harriott. The members of the Portmore squad left the island yesterday, while others are scheduled to leave this afternoon.last_img read more

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I will prove them wrong – Bolt

first_img ONE STEP AT A TIME GOSFORD, Australia (CMC): Track and field legend Usain Bolt has vowed to prove detractors wrong, as he seeks to forge a successful football career at A-League outfit Central Coast Mariners. The 32-year-old trained with the club for the first time here yesterday after signing on for an “indefinite trial” at Mariners, and said afterwards that the new career was something he definitely wanted. “It’s just like track and field – the first day of training’s always the roughest one – but it felt okay,” Bolt said after the training session. “I’m not setting myself any targets. I’m just going to put in the work. I don’t know what to expect so I’m just here to push myself, learn as much as possible. For me it’s a blank slate. I’m here to learn and get better, that’s my focus.” “Today was good, we’re taking it a step at a time, working on fitness, level by level, day by day. As long as you get fit in football, it’s relatively easy. That’s how I look at it. I don’t know yet.” He added: “I don’t want to be treated as the world’s first man. I want to be treated as a footballer because that’s what I want to be. People will say a lot of things about me, but I’ll prove them wrong.” The charismatic Jamaican won eight gold medals across three Olympics while setting multiple records, to establish himself as the greatest sprinter ever in the history of the sport. Since retiring last year, however, he has focused his attention on football, having even trained with German powerhouses Borussia Dortmund with the hope of landing a professional contract. Bolt said he had turned down opportunities in Spain and France and believes Australia is where he can make his mark in football. He noted that getting fit and making the necessary adjustments to football would be his focus in coming weeks but stressed he would not be putting himself under undue pressure. “I’ve seen as long as you are fit, it’s relatively easy with the running. As long as I get my body in shape and get some mileage [into my legs], I should be fine,” he explained. “I’m very cool under pressure, that’s one thing. My ability to understand very quickly and learn the game is very good. “I’ve expressed that I’m okay on the wing, I’m good at centre forward, but, at the end of the day, he [coach Mike Mulvey] will tell me what formation and where I’ll play.”last_img read more

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