Saints, UWI in historic title clash under lights

first_imgTitle-holders St Catherine CC and surprise finalists, the University of The West Indies (UWI), will meet in the final of the 2015 Jamaica Cricket Association 50-over Championship at Sabina Park today.The showdown, which is scheduled to start at 2 p.m., will be a historic day-and-night encounter – the first for a local competitive match-up at the venue.St Catherine, now under the leadership of Danza Hyatt, as Tamar Lambert stepped down recently, will enter the showdown as slight favourites, despite having a less-impressive record than UWI.St Catherine registered six wins and a loss, with the Robert Samuels-coached UWI boasting an undefeated record after seven games.The ‘Saints’, however, have a stellar line-up, particularly as it relates to experience. Their batting, their greatest area of strength, includes West Indies batsmen, Barbadian Kirk Edwards and Hyatt, as well as opener Shacaya Thomas and the experienced Lambert.The quartet, with the exception of Edwards – who joined them in the semi-finals – has been in good form this season and is responsible for their progress thus far.Also in their squad is young opener Oraine Williams, who recently returned from League cricket in Ireland, and steady all-rounder, Wayne Morgan, who on their day can construct a good innings.Jamaica fast bowler Brian Buchanan, leg-spinners Odean Brown and Gavin Wallace and off-spinning all-rounder Pete Salmon represent their main bowling threat.”Firstly, the aim is to make it champions two years in a row,” said Hyatt, whose charges brushed aside the challenge of St James by eight wickets in the semi-final.”We have a lot of match-winners, both with the bat and with the ball, and if two or three players should put up their hand – we should stand a good chance of winning,” he stated.UWI, winners of their semi-final by four wickets – over former champions Kensington – will look to new Jamaica four-day captain, Paul Palmer Jr, promising all-rounder Rovman Powell and fast bowler Christopher Powell.The three, past representatives of the Combined Campuses and Colleges at the regional level, have been outstanding with either bat or ball all season and come today will hope to lead from the front.”UWI is a young team as apart from me, who is the oldest player at 23. The average age of the team is 20 years old,” Palmer explained.”We are also an all-round team and tend not to focus on any one player, and once we continue to display those characteristics, it should be a good game.”Palmer continued: “They (St Catherine) are a tough team. However, it is about sticking to our game plan and executing as best as we can.”UWI will also bank on Jamaica Under-19 representatives, batsmen Chrishna Graham, Oshane Walters and Nicholas Walters, wicketkeeper Romaine Morris and fast bowler Omar Samuels.last_img read more

Roy fires England past New Zealand into World T20 final

first_imgNEW DELHI (AP):Opener Jason Roy smashed a quick-fire 78 as England beat New Zealand by seven wickets yesterday to reach the final of the World Twenty20 in convincing style.Roy clobbered 11 fours and two sixes off 44 balls during his maiden T20 half-century, as England scored 159-3 in 17.1 overs after Ben Stokes (3-26) helped restrict New Zealand to 153-8.England, the champions in 2010, will face the winner of the other semi-final between India and the West Indies in Mumbai today.Roy, who had scored 42 against Sri Lanka and 43 against South Africa in earlier matches of the tournament, took the game away from a team that had won all their previous four games by defending totals.He set the tempo by smashing four fours off the opening over from left-arm pace bowler Corey Anderson and went on to exhibit some fine shots in front and square of the wicket.Roy lofted and pulled fluently to add 82 in only 8.1 overs for the opening stand with Alex Hales (20) and continued in the same vein as England reached 100-1 in only 10.2 overs.Roy was bowled by leg-spinner Ish Sodhi with England needing 44 off 48 deliveries.SEALING THE WINSodhi also trapped Eoin Morgan leg-before wicket off the next delivery, but Jos Buttler (32 not out) and Joe Root (27 not out) saw the team through with Buttler sealing the win with a six off spinner Mitchell Santner.”It was a chance to get off to a great start on a decent wicket,” Roy said. “I gave it a crack and it came off. I got a few boundaries early and kept going from there.”Earlier, England’s bowlers took charge after the mid overs and strangled New Zealand in the death overs.Put in to bat, New Zealand had kept a steady pace of runs with Colin Munro smashing three consecutive fours off Liam Plunkett to take the score to the 50-run mark in 5.4 overs while the 100 was reached in 12.2 overs.Munro boosted the score in the mid overs, adding 74 for the second wicket with captain Kane Williamson, who struck a 28-ball 32.New Zealand lost seven wickets for 62 runs following that partnership, the last 10 overs of the innings yielding only 64 runs in the face of some tight bowling from both the pace bowlers and the spinners.”I knew we were probably a touch short,” Williamson said. “The 180-mark was realistic and it would have been a closer game. We were beaten by a far better team. We weren’t able to stem the flow of runs – it was a fantastic knock by Jason Roy.”last_img read more

Charlie aim for Group B lead

first_img Today’s games Group A Tarrant vs Greater Portmore Tivoli vs St George’s Group B STATHS vs Eltham High Group E Charlie Smith vs Clan Carthy Holy Trinity vs Mona Group F Edith Dalton vs KTHS Charlie Smith will go for their second straight win in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup football competition this afternoon when they take on Clan Carthy in one of two Group B matches at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, starting at 3:30 p.m. In the other group game, Holy Trinity entertain Mona at the Bell-Chung Oval. Charlie Smith kick-started their campaign with a 2-1 win over Mona on Monday and victory over Clan Carthy, who will be playing their first match of the season, would put them at the top of the standings with a maximum six points. “That is one of our objectives – to take the lead,” Charlie Smith’s head coach, Jerome Waite, told The Gleaner. “Not only to take the lead, but to stay ahead. It will be a tough season as the talent pool is not that great, but we are ready to take the lead,” he added. The 2014 beaten finalists were less than impressive in their opening fixture, but Waite promised a much-improved display this afternoon. “It (performance) will be a little bit better, the surface will be better, so I expect the players to rise above expectations,” he surmised. Last season’s beaten finalists, St George’s College, will open their season today when they travel to the Edward Seaga Sports Complex to play Tivoli in one of two Zone A matches. Tarrant will play Greater Portmore in the other Group A game. In the lone Group B match, St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) oppose Eltham High, while one game will be on in Group F, with Edith Dalton James hosting Kingston Technical High School. All games start at 3:30 p.m.last_img read more

Three coaches to watch in 2017

first_imgWHEN the 2017 high school track and field season gets underway on Saturday with the staging of the Pure Water JC Invitational and the First Chance meet at Herbert Morrison High in Montego Bay, most attention will be focused on Jamaica College.Three boys teams – St Jago High, Wolmer’s Boys and St George’s College – will be in the spotlight. All three have first-time head coaches.At the start of the New Year, the big question on the minds of many in track and field is, which of these coaches will make the biggest impact?Orville Byfield who not too long ago had a two-year stint at Kingston College as head coach will be the man in charge at St George’s. Danny Hawthorne will call the shots at Wolmer’s Boys while Rhansome Edwards will have his first stint at St Jago. He replaces Hawthorne.big differenceOf the three, Hawthorne is the most experienced and most successful. He has produced the likes of Olympians Yohan Blake, Nickel Ashmeade and Nathon Allen at St Jago and his presence should make a big difference at the Heroes Circle-based Wolmer’s. At their recent holiday camp they had as many as 80 boys in training.Hawthorne is looking forward to the new challenge with great optimism.”I am very pleased with the all round support so far from the institution as it has been a great reception from all angles and the boys are excited and enthusiastic and I am hoping to help to bring back the school at the top,” he said.For Edwards who had stints at Bridgeport High and Vere Technical in the past, the pressure is on. It will not be that easy to top or even equal Hawthorne’s work. He will be under the microscope but fortunately for him many of the young athletes Hawthorne brought to the fore are still in the programme.It will also be difficult for Byfield to do well at a school which is more friendly to football. St George’s has, however, produced several very good track and field athletes over the years and Byfield will surely not be under the same pressure he had at KC, from past students and others, to do well immediately.last_img read more

Bayern batter Arsenal – Real Madrid overpower Napoli in exciting clash

first_img But it was all Bayern for the second half, after Arsenal lost central defender Koscielny in the 49th minute. Robben and Philipp Lahm combined on the right ring, the latter producing an inviting cross for Lewandowski to rise above two defenders and head inside the right post in the 53rd. The Poland striker produced a brilliant back-heeled flick to send Thiago through to score another three minutes later. Bayern had a host of chances thereafter, first through Lewandowski, who struck the crossbar after rounding the ‘keeper, then through Robben, who was blocked by Kieran Gibbs, illegally according to the Bayern players, who demanded a penalty. The claims were forgotten when Thiago grabbed his second, minutes later, with a deflected shot after a corner, before Mueller completed the rout two minutes after he came on in the 86th. MUNICH, Germany (AP): Bayern Munich answered their critics with a comprehensive 5-1 rout of Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League clash to put one foot in the quarter-finals yesterday. In the other game played yesterday, holders Real Madrid rallied to beat Napoli 3-1 in Spain to set up an interesting second leg in Naples. Thiago Alcantara struck twice in a superb performance for Bayern Munich, while Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski and substitute Thomas Mueller scored the other goals. Arsenal now face what seems a near-impossible task in the second leg of the Round of 16 on March 7, despite a first-half equaliser from Alexis Sanchez. Bayern had been unconvincing in their five games since the winter break, looking tired and lacking the dominance they displayed at the start of the season. But the home side soon took control of the game. There was little Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina could do to stop Robben from opening the scoring in the 11th minute. Given too much space, the Dutchman cut inside as he’s done so often before and let fly with a shot that went in off the underside of the bar. Bayern dominated and it looked only a matter of time before the home side would add to its tally. Instead, Arsenal were given a lifeline when Lewandowski took down Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny and the referee awarded the penalty before the half-hour mark. Amid deafening whistles from the home fans, Manuel Neuer saved Sanchez’ weak spot kick and Sanchez then missed the rebound but the Chilean cut the Bayern fans’ cheers short when he prodded in at the third attempt. Suddenly, the momentum was with Arsenal. Granit Xhaka should have scored when he shot straight at Neuer, and Mesut Ozil might have made it 2-1 at the break, only for Neuer to come to Bayern’s rescue again. SECOND HALFlast_img read more

Top-seeded John Isner wins 3rd Hall of Fame title

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “It’s a lot of reward for a lot of hard work, a lot of years of sacrifice,” Ebden said. “It’s disappointing, but at the same time I have to be happy with my week.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Olympian Michael Phelps loses race against Great White Shark 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 “It’s hard to win a tournament,” Isner said. “It’s no small feat to come out here and be the last man standing. I’m very happy about that. It’s been two years since I won a tournament, so I had that weighing on my mind.”Isner became the second player to win an ATP title without facing a break point since records began in 1991. Tommy Haas also accomplished the feat in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2007.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’“I’m very happy with how I played all week,” Isner said. “It was a perfect week and I couldn’t ask for anything better.”Ebden was playing his first tour-level final.center_img MOST READ FILE PHOTO – John Isner of the US returns to Croatia’s Marin Cilic during their men’s singles first round tennis match at the ATP Aegon Championships tennis tournament at Queen’s Club in west London on June 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKNEWPORT, R.I. — Top-seeded John Isner beat Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Sunday for his third Hall of Fame Open title.The hard-serving American also won the grass-court event in 2011 and 2012. He has 11th career titles, all at the ATP World Tour 250 level.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rocketslast_img read more

BaliPure ousts Creamline, faces Pocari Sweat in PVL Finals

first_imgTeen gunned down in Masbate Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBaliPure knocked off top seed Creamline, 25-22, 27-25, 25-23, in a do-or-die for the lasr finals slot in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Cool Smashers played without their superstar Alyssa Valdez for the sixth straight game but still, the absence of the former Ateneo spiker can’t take anything away from how the Water Defenders played.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 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 Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The Water Defenders, who forced a deciding Game 3 following a five-set win on Sunday, set up a best-of-three showdown with the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors beginning on Saturday.The Lady Warriors rallied past the Air Force Lady Jet Spikers in the other sudden-death earlier.The Cool Smashers were 4-0 without Valdez and 8-0 overall entering Games 2 and 3 of their best-of-three semifinals showdown with the Water Defenders.“If Alyssa’s inside, that’s already a minimum of 20 points. If she’s playing good [she’ll score] 25, 29 [points]. We do not look at this as Alyssa’s not there. We just have to play to the best of our ability.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments “I didn’t expect that we’re going to win in three sets but of course, my expectation was we are going to win,” said BaliPure head coach Roger Gorayeb. “Regardless of how many sets, the important thing is to make the finals.”And it took a collective effort for the Water Defenders to reach the championship round anew with Jasmine Nabor orchestrating the offense with 44 excellent sets.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’Nabor’s playmaking distributed the scoring load to three spikers with Jerrili Malabanan, Grethcel Soltones and Aiko Urdas all finishing in double-digits.Malabanan wound up with 15 points while Soltones and Urdas had 13 and 12 points, respectively. Philippines stuns China to open 2017 Fiba Asia Cup bid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Pencak Silat: PH finishes 6th in men’s doubles

first_imgMOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Blazing Teodoro carries JRU past San Sebastian National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal What’s in store for your animal sign this year 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 Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Alfau Jan Abad and Alhohaidib Abad of the Philippines perform during the Pencak Silat double final of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYAlfau Jan Abad and Almohaidib Abad failed to make the podium in seni ganda (artistry men’s doubles) at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Thursday at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Malaysia.The Filipino duo only wound up sixth in seven teams that participated after wounding up with 529 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Host Malaysia won the gold medal, Indonesia got the silver, and Singapore claimed the bronze in the event.Almohaidib Abad can still claim the Philippines a medal as he participates in seni tunggal (artistry men’s singles) on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ View commentslast_img read more

With young stars, Cubs likely not fading after NLCS loss

first_imgMOST READ He pitched three-hit ball into the seventh to help Chicago avoid a sweep and got a standing ovation as he walked off the mound.“He’s so steady,” manager Joe Maddon said. “He’s kind of like that stoic figure that you’d like to have, kind of unflappable in most situations. So every team wants guys like that.”The trade that brought Arrieta from Baltimore in July 2013 helped fuel the Cubs’ rise. He is 54-24 over the past three seasons with a 2.71 ERA, two no-hitters and a Cy Young Award in 2015. But he turns 32 in March and figures to land a huge deal in free agency.ROTATION MATTERS: The Cubs could have two rotation spots to fill with Arrieta and Lackey possibly gone.One of them could go to Mike Montgomery. He made 14 starts and 44 appearances, finishing with a 7-8 record and 3.38 ERA.The 38-year-old Lackey has an expiring contract and might retire.DAILY DOSE: With his booming bat and limited skills in the field, Schwarber’s game appears made for the American League.Maddon, however, insisted he can be an everyday player in the NL. He said Schwarber has improved his footwork on throws from left field but needs to take better routes on fly balls.“So the stuff you see to this point that you don’t like maybe is very correctable,” Maddon said. “And when you have a guy that works like he does, you have to believe it’s going to happen.”Though he hit just .211, Schwarber came on strong near the end of the season to finish with 30 home runs. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber reacts after Game 5 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Chicago. The Dodgers won 11-1 to win the series and advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs’ season had just ended when Anthony Rizzo made a bold prediction.No, he didn’t promise another championship.ADVERTISEMENT CLOSING TIME: The Cubs could be in the market for a closer for the second year in a row.Aroldis Chapman signed with the Yankees last winter after a midseason trade brought him to Chicago from New York. Davis now has an expiring contract.Acquired from Kansas City last winter, he converted 32 of 33 saves. But the three-time All-Star was shaky in the postseason with a 4.26 ERA.NO RELIEF: President of baseball operations Theo Epstein insisted he has not lost faith in Carl Edwards Jr. and Montgomery despite their playoff struggles out of the bullpen. Edwards — like Montgomery — pitched well during the regular season.“Those two guys who have been the ones struggling this postseason, they got the three biggest outs in Cubs history last year,” Epstein said, referring to the 10th inning of Game 7 at Cleveland. “They both had really good years, and they both finished strong.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES “We’re gonna consistently compete here for years to come,” Rizzo said. “That’s what this organization has been built on. We want to compete for a five- or six-year period, every single year. We’re in position to do that. We’re gonna be in a position next year to make a postseason run, but it’s not gonna come easy and it’s something we can’t take for granted.”The Cubs started slow this season after beating Cleveland last year to win the World Series for the first time since 1908.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut they looked more like themselves in the second half, posting the best record in the National League after the All-Star break. Chicago finished with 92 wins to capture its second straight NL Central championship and beat Washington in a grueling Division Series.The Cubs just couldn’t hang with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS and got knocked out in five games. Even so, this team was built to last and doesn’t appear to be fading anytime soon.center_img Nets’ national anthem singer kneels to finish performance Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber and rookie Ian Happ are all 25 or younger. Rizzo is hardly an old man at 28. The same goes for 27-year-old Kyle Hendricks.Even so, some big questions loom for a team with three straight trips to the NLCS.Topping the list is Jake Arrieta’s future since he has an expiring contract. John Lackey is likely on his way out. Closer Wade Davis has an expiring contract, and the bullpen struggled in the playoffs after a strong regular season.Here are some things to know heading into the offseason:ARRIETA OUT?: Arrieta got quite a send-off in Game 4 of the NLCS, if indeed that was his final start as a Cub.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Curry, Durant hit key 3s late, Warriors hold off Raptors

first_imgFerrari’s fast F1 start reduced to late-season flop Curry scored 13 of his points in the third quarter and the defending champions avoided falling to 0-2 at home after losing their opener to Houston on Oct. 17. He made an off-balance layup with 1:28 to go then Golden State made a stop on the other end before Durant’s big three.“We had ourselves in a great position and we made some key mental mistakes that cost us,” DeRozan said. “Nothing went our way, everything went their way in that last minute.”Pascal Siakam scored 20 points as Toronto lost its 13th in a row at Golden State and seventh straight in the series. Serge Ibaka added 15 points and Kyle Lowry 14 points and nine assists.Thompson had two 3s and Durant another from downtown during a 9-0 run late in the second quarter and Thompson another in the waning seconds that put Golden State up 61-53 at the break.Rookie Jordan Bell’s dunk that featured a toss to himself off the backboard Saturday at Memphis drew some debate.Coach Steve Kerr spoke to the first-year forward out of Oregon, whose play had Curry and Durant’s jaws dropping.“I told him after it happened, I said be ready for them to retaliate. He had a bewildered look on his face. I think the issue is you’ve got old-school people, players on our own team, like Shaun Livingston, David West,” Kerr said. “The young guys are like, ‘Man, that was cool.’ I’m sort of in the middle, I never want to embarrass our opponent.”Kerr made a heartfelt message about loving and accepting your neighbor as the Warriors hosted LGBT Pride Night. Warriors President and COO Rick Welts was the first openly gay NBA executive.“There’s never been a more important time in our country to respect the person next to you, regardless of race, creed, color, sexual preference, sexual identity. I’m really encouraged by my kids’ experience here in California growing up, just in terms of acceptance. It seems like the young generation is learning more and more about we all just are who we are. We’re all individuals. What makes our country great is our diversity. The fact that we can respect each other and work together and embrace each other, I think it’s an important night for us. We want to welcome everybody from the LGBTQ community. Maybe, if you’re coming to the game tonight and your child says, ‘What does that mean?’ explain it to them. Explain to them the importance of loving the person next to you, respecting them, no matter who they are, where they come from. They’re human beings, we’re all human beings. We’re all in this together.” Durant finished with 29 points on 11-for-20 shooting, Klay Thompson scored 22 points with four 3-pointers, and Curry capitalized with a huge second half.DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points. He drove through the paint for a dunk with 3:53 to play then hit a key jumper a minute later to put Toronto in position after Curry, Durant and Thompson each missed key 3s down the stretch.Green had 15 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals but also six of Golden State’s 17 turnovers.Jakob Poeltl had 11 of his 14 rebounds on the offensive glass.“It’s a focus thing,” Green said.ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenecenter_img Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, right, shoots against Toronto Raptors’ Jakob Poeltl, left, as Warriors’ Draymond Green, second from right, blocks Raptors’ Delon Wright (55) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Oakland, California. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California—The defending NBA champions are working to rediscover their defense. Not to mention their basic rebounding fundamentals of boxing out and ability to avoid silly fouls.They barely beat the scrappy Raptors to avoid an 0-2 home start.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “Our defense has been horrible,” Draymond Green said.Stephen Curry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer from the top with 31.9 seconds left on the way to 30 points, and the sloppy Warriors held off Toronto 117-112 on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogKevin Durant’s 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining tied the game at 112, then he found Curry for the 3 that made the difference.“A 4-year-old up in the stands probably could have seen that we should have been boxing out,” Durant said of the 17 offensive rebounds surrendered. “… We don’t want to build bad habits and Coach is doing a good job of correcting us when we make mistakes.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more