Westbrook, Durant provide All-Star highlight

first_imgWestern Conference guard Russell Westbrook, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, dunks during the first half of the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)NEW ORLEANS — Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant played together for only 81 seconds in the All-Star Game, just one very early stint.It was enough for a signature highlight.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Golden State is 3-0 against Oklahoma City this season, so it’s not like Durant and Westbrook haven’t been around each other. But Sunday night marked the first time they shared an in-game huddle since last spring, when the Thunder season — and the Durant era — ended with a loss to Golden State in the West finals.“It was a great basketball play,” Durant said. “He was open so I threw him the lob. He can jump really high so yeah, good play.”At the time, no one knew it would be overshadowed later by Anthony Davis setting an All-Star record with 52 points — and then again when word came postgame that Sacramento is sending All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans.Cousins played only two minutes, which made the trade potential quite obvious. But Western Conference coach Steve Kerr insisted that was planned because Cousins wasn’t physically feeling his best.“He said, ‘I’m pretty banged up, and I really don’t want to play much,’” Kerr said, detailing a conversation he said he had with Cousins on Saturday. “Just give me a few minutes, and that’s plenty.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely View comments Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Cousins joins Davis in New Orleans after multi-player deal 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG A give-and-go — Westbrook to Durant, back to Westbrook for a dunk, rekindling their Oklahoma City magic for a moment — was the one of the most ballyhooed moments of Sunday night’s showcase in New Orleans. The Western Conference bench broke into celebration, replete with Stephen Curry even tossing a cup of ice water into a timeout huddle, though Westbrook tried to downplay it all afterward.“Yeah, he threw a lob,” Westbrook said. “That’s all that happened. Just threw a lob. It’s basketball. That’s it.”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 returnThat wasn’t it, of course.The Durant-Westbrook story line was huge coming into the All-Star Game, which the West won 192-182. The tale is well known: Durant left Oklahoma City for Golden State last summer, and the relationship between the former Thunder teammates has either been frosty or nonexistent since, depending on which perspective one wants to believe. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board memberlast_img read more

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Baron ‘confident’ going into fourth career UAAP finals

first_imgDozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town View comments Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Majoy Baron. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn terms of the ratio of playing years to finals appearances, De La Salle middle blocker Mary Joy Baron is a perfect four of four.Baron is entering her fourth straight UAAP women’s volleyball finals after the Lady Spikers took care of University of Santo Tomas, 25-14, 25-20, 24-26, 25-13, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape testcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Reyes, UST exit Final Four with heads held high Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ And it’s almost natural that Baron, who is the reigning Best Blocker in the league, is on a high for her forthcoming fourth title series.“Personally, I’m confident because we’re also the champions from last year,” said Baron Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “It’s really a great feeling to defend the crown and the finals is a different landscape because the intensity changes.”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 returnBaron, though, has experienced early heartbreak in her first two trips when La Salle lost to Ateneo twice before the Lady Spikers redeemed themselves and won Season 78.And as far as finals preparations go, Baron knows too well how to not let their guard down. 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. “We’ll study and prepare whoever we’re going to face, as a team we’re confident on whoever we face,” said Baron.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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CJ Perez-led Lyceum whips Letran for 2-0 start

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Aside from Perez, the rest of the Pirates also did their part, with rookie Jayvee Marcelino nabbing 16 markers and two dimes.Wilson Baltazar went 4-of-6 from threes to drop 14 points, MJ Ayaay had 13 markers, five boards, and four assists, and Jaycee Marcelino got 12 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“There’s no metric to where we are right now,” said Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson. “What I always love about this team is we always share the ball. That goes both ways, offensively and defensively. The players are just being active and enjoying the game.”The Pirates broke loose in the second half, with their 11-0 start igniting a 38-point third quarter, where they even led by as much as 21, 72-51, with four minutes left in the period. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar 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. CJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCJ Perez and Lyceum continued to impress in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup, this time, handing Letran a 99-90 beating Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The energetic swingman once again showed the way for the Pirates, unloading 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists, one steal, and a block to keep their team on top of Group A at 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home 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 GlobalPort stuns Meralco Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR LETRAN 90 – Nambatac 21, Bernabe 16, Balanza 14, Quinto 8, Caralipio 8, Balagasay 7, Calvo 5, Pamulaklakin 4, Ambohot 3, Gedaria 2, Vacaro 2, Taladua 0, Villanueva 0, Mandreza 0.Quarters: 22-16, 42-36, 80-64, 99-90. View comments Despite another promising outing, Robinson said the challenge for Lyceum is to keep working.“We’re always trying to sharpen our saw. It’s always going to be constant teaching on my end so that the players won’t be complacent.”Rey Nambatac topped Letran (0-2) with 21 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, while Maui Bernabe got 16 markers and five boards in the losing effort.The scores:LYCEUM 99 – Perez 16, Jv. Marcelino 16, Baltazar 14, Ayaay 13, Jc. Marcelino 12, Nzeusseu 10, Ibanez 5, Santos 5, Tansingco 3, Pretta 3, Serrano 2, Marata 0, Liwag 0, Cinco 0, Pallares 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Dutertelast_img read more

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Offense is key this time

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next There are a lot of similarities in the way the Bolts and the Hotshots have played their first nine games, and the biggest of them all is how they have clamped down on their enemies to emerge as the top two defensive teams at this point in the conference.And while Star’s Chito Victolero believes that his defense needs to hold up to grab the solo lead for the first time here, Black, a Grand Slam champion and one of the winningest coaches of all time, believes otherwise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“For a change, offensive execution will decide this game,” Black said over the phone, minutes before practice with his Bolts on Tuesday. “In a battle between the top two defensive teams in the league, it will all boil down to offensive execution versus solid defense.”Tip-off is at 7 p.m. with Black emphasizing that this is a “must-win game for both of us if we want to finish in the top two.” Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in 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 MOST READ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Now shines Milan Melindo, the late-maturing star Victolero is devising ways on how he can tighten his crew’s defense, especially inside the paint where Meralco thrives because of import Alex Stepheson.“We need to limit the activity of their import, especially in getting those offensive rebounds and second chance points,” Victolero said. “Our perimeter defense is also very important to prevent their guards from penetrating and creating shots.”Star will be seeking to extend a three-game winning streak, while the Bolts are still licking the wounds of an upset loss to GlobalPort last week, a setback that put Meralco in this situation.“We can beat the top teams and it follows that we can also lose (to the weaker ones),” said Black, who made it no secret that the Bolts are playing so well mainly because of the confidence Stepheson gives the local players.Meanwhile, Alaska tries to snap a three-game losing streak and make its way up to the middle of the standings when the Aces clash with winless NLEX in the 4:15 p.m. contest.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFacing what he thinks is a do-or-die game for both, Meralco coach Norman Black has a vastly different view on how his Bolts’ clash with Star will be decided.Tied at the top with 7-2 records, Meralco and Star tangle at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao on Wednesday, with the prize being one of two twice-to-beat privileges in the quarterfinals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Swing Out Sister back to PH this April End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

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Samoa Joe reigns at Extreme Rules, earns Universal title shot

first_imgSEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working In the kickoff show, Kalisto capitalized on Titus O’Neil’s distraction from ringside as he hit Apollo Crews with the Salida del Sol for the three-count.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Balor nailed Reigns with a Sling Blade and connected with a Coup de Grace, but Joe took the opportunity to come from behind and lock in his dreaded submission hold to knock his former NXT foe unconscious.Joe will now face Brock Lesnar for the title in next month’s WWE Great Balls of Fire.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundIn the night’s other matches, The Miz became a seven-time Intercontinental Champion to dethrone Dean Ambrose.The A-Lister used a variety of distractions including scheming his wife Maryse to slap him while also pushing the Lunatic Fringe to the referee to force disqualification. The confusion did him well, though, as he sneaked from behind to hit the Skull Crushing Finale for the pinfall victory. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Samoa Joe emerged as the number one contender for the WWE Universal Championship at Extreme Rules. Photo by WWE.comSamoa Joe choked the life out of Finn Balor to emerge victorious in the fatal-5-way main event at Extreme Rules Sunday (Monday Manila time) in Baltimore, Maryland.The Destroyer outlasted the Demon King, as well as Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Bray Wyatt to become the number one contender for the WWE Universal Championship in the chaotic main event.ADVERTISEMENT Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Sheamus and Cesaro also reclaimed their Raw Tag Team Championships as they edged the Hardy Boyz in a photo finish in their Steel Cage match.Alexa Bliss retained her Raw Women’s Championship as she shoved Bayley to a kendo stick on the turnbuckle before nailing the DDT.Neville continued to frustrate Austin Aries as he successfully defended his WWE Cruiserweight Championship in their submission match.The King of the Cruiserweights hit his rival with a Red Arrow to the back before following it up with a Rings of Saturn for the verbal tap-out.Rich Swann and Sasha Banks beat Noam Dar and Alicia Fox after Dar suffered a double knee drop from Banks at ringside followed by a Phoenix Splash from Swann.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron on doubters’ criticism: ‘I stopped caring a long time ago’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig inlast_img read more

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BPC race far from Castro’s mind with title as his only goal

first_imgSwing Out Sister back to PH this April Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Castro, though, made it clear that he won’t hesitate to take over the game if the opportunity presents itself and if his team badly needs him to.“Whatever the defense gives us and whatever their game plan is, that’s what I’m going to do. Anytime, I can adjust,” he said, exuding the veteran leadership the KaTropa badly need for this best-of-seven series.“This is already my ninth year in the league and the number one goal I have is to win the championship and not my numbers.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cristiano Ronaldo won’t quit Real Madrid — club boss 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. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlex Cabagnot and Chris Ross may be at joint first in the Best Player of the Conference race, but that is the least of  Jayson Castro’s concerns.Coming in as underdogs in the title clash, Castro knows that it would take more than just him to topple the San Miguel juggernaut.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “For us to beat San Miguel, we need to play as a team. We know San Miguel is powerhouse team, but we have a combination of veterans and newcomers, so I think it’s our eagerness to win a championship will be the difference-maker for us,” he said.Lauded as the Best Point Guard in Asia for the better half of the last four years, Castro welcomes the challenge of facing the duo of Cabagnot and Ross, both of whom are having stellar showings this conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundBut he also believes that he has able bodies in Roger Pogoy, RR Garcia, and Ryan Reyes to match up against the feisty Beermen backcourt.“I trust everyone of my teammates. Even down to (Anthony) Semerad or whoever it is that’s in the court, I trust them,” he said. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop workinglast_img read more

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Wimbledon 2017 | Nadal three wins from away from world number 1

first_img RETURN GAME LONDON (AP): Rafael Nadal is on his way to the fourth round at Wimbledon and he’s three matches away from taking over as the number-one player in the world. Nadal beat Karen Khachanov of Russia 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Friday on Centre Court. If he reaches the final at the All England Club, the two-time Wimbledon champion will take over from Andy Murray as the top-ranked player in the world. “First set and a half, I think, was very, very well. Very happy (with) the way that I played,” Nadal said in a television interview after walking off the court. “Then it was a little bit tougher. I think I stopped a little bit with the legs and he started to hit stronger, but he’s still a tough opponent and it’s impossible to win easy.” Nadal was playing in front of several sports stars seated in the Royal Box. One of them was Sergio Garcia, the Spanish golfer who was wearing his green Masters jacket. “He’s having an amazing season, especially with that victory, amazing victory in the Masters,” Nadal said. “So, just great to see him, and thanks for coming.” Nadal is having a pretty good season, too. He reached the Australian Open final, losing to Roger Federer, and won the French Open. The title at Roland Garros was his 10th at the clay-court major. On Monday, Nadal will face Gilles Muller in the fourth round. Muller beat Nadal at the All England Club in 2005, but the Spaniard got one back in 2011. That was the last time Nadal got past the fourth round at Wimbledon, reaching the final, but losing to Novak Djokovic. “He’s a specialist on grass,” Nadal said of M¸ller. “Probably his best surface, without a doubt.” Murray was next on Centre Court against Fabio Fognini. Earlier Friday, Victoria Azarenka extended her Grand Slam comeback into the second week. The former number-one from Belarus, who gave birth to her first child in December, advanced to the fourth round by beating Heather Watson 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 on Centre Court. Azarenka also lost the first set in her opening match, but that was only her third match since her return. Yesterday’s match was her fifth. “These are the matches that you’re looking for,” Azarenka said. “Try to find a way when not everything goes great.” The two-time Grand Slam champion will next face Simona Halep on Monday in the fourth round. The second-seeded Romanian beat Peng Shuai 6-4, 7-6 (7). Venus Williams, a five-time Wimbledon champion, beat Naomi Osaka 7-6 (3), 6-4 and will next face 27th-seeded Ana Konjuh. Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina, sixth-seeded Johanna Konta, 21st-seeded Caroline Garcia and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko also reached the fourth round. For the men, ninth-seeded Kei Nishikori was eliminated. The 2014 US Open finalist lost to Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3. “I couldn’t maintain my level high enough,” Nishikori said. “He served well every set. Was really tough time (on) my return game.” Marin Cilic, the man who beat Nishikori in that US Open final, advanced to the third round by beating Steve Johnson 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-4. The seventh-seeded Croat will next face Bautista Agut on Monday.last_img read more

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PSG hammer Bayern … Man U, Barca, Juve and Chelsea among winners

first_imgPARIS (AP): Paris Saint-Germain beat five-time champions Bayern Munich 3-0 in the Champions League yesterday with unstoppable football from their super-expensive attack. The French team tore the German visitors’ defence apart on the counterattack and took command of Group B with goals from Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar. Kylian Mbappe, who was hired alongside Neymar this summer for a combined US$470 million, did not score but tormented the Bayern defence throughout with his dribbling ability and frenetic pace. He was decisive in setting up Neymar’s goal. Impressive start Manchester United continued their impressive start to the season with a 4-1 away victory at CSKA Moscow with Romelu Lukaku scoring a brace with Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan adding the other goals. Barcelona had to rely on an own goal to defeat Sporting on the road with Juventus saving their goals for the second half as substitute Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic got on the scoresheet. Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata found the back of the net as Atletico Madrid and Chelsea were heading towards a draw before Michy Batshuayi scored a tap in the last minute of the game to win the game for the Londoners. Roma beat Qarabag 2-1 while Cletic hammered Anderlecht 3-0, while Basel were rampant, winning 5-0 against Benfica.last_img read more

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Busy second day for Ja’s juniors

first_img Lane placement Sawyers will run out of lane three in heat four, while Taylor, the only sub-45 seconds junior in the world this year with a best of 44.88 seconds, will run out of lane five in heat six. Briana Williams and Okeria Myrie will close out the morning session for Jamaica when they compete in preliminary-round action of the women’s 100 metres at 4:27 a.m. Williams is drawn in heat three and will run out of lane three, while Myrie will come out of lane seven in heat four. The second session will see semi-finals and finals for the remaining Jamaicans, where the Kingston College duo of Wayne Pinnock and Shakwon Coke will be in action in the boys’ long jump finals at 9:55 a.m. Jamaican time . The second session will see 800m women’s semi-finals at 9:50 a.m. and the 400m women’s semi finals at 10:25 a.m. The men’s 100m semi-finals are slated for 9:50 a.m. with the final down for 12:05 p.m. After a very successful opening day for Jamaica at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships where all seven athletes advanced to the next round of their events, it will be a very busy day two in Finland for the country’s young athletes. Fifteen will be in action with eight to compete in the morning session and seven down for action in the evening session. Medal favourites Damion Thomas and Orlando Bennett will be the first set to see action as they will compete in the heats of the men’s 110m hurdles, starting at 1:30 a.m. Jamaican time . World leader Thomas, with a best of 12.99 seconds, will take the track first, he will run out of lane three in the first heat. Bennett, the second-fastest with 13.00 in the event this year, will follow in heat two. The semi-finals are slated for 8:40 a.m. Jamaican time. World Under-18 silver medallist Sanique Walker and Shian Salmon will be in action in the women’s 400m hurdles starting at 2:30 a m . Walker will run out of lane three in heat one, while Salmon is drawn in heat five and will come out of lane six. Male team captain Christopher Taylor and Chantz Sawyers will be involved in first round action of the men’s 400m, starting at 3:20 a.m.last_img read more

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Former Reggae Girl hails WCup qualification

first_imgFormer Reggae Girl, Alicia James, a former top local player, has hailed the Girlz’s historic qualification to the 2019 World Cup in France.She is now hoping that the qualification will have a positive influence on how the female game is perceived locally and has called for more support for the women’s game.”I am excited for them because they trained hard and put in the effort in every game. I’m extremely happy and excited for the nation too, female football is moving forward, not only the men can make it to a World Cup,” she said..She argued that for many years the Reggae Girlz teams have flirted with qualification but never got the support it deserved to go all the way. However, she believes with the Marleys on board the team was able to make significant progress and she is hoping more sponsors come on board so the benefits will start trickling down to the local players and clubs.”I hope they realise now that the girls have the potential and just need the sponsorship. If this does not open their eyes now I don’t know what is going to open their eyes.”However, she added that. “This is a big thing. I am happy for them. The platform had been laid as it is now easier because four teams are now able to come out of CONCACAF for the World Cup.”last_img read more

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