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Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardJan 12th, 2017

Wesley Bryan, Cody Gribble share lead at Honda

DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer   PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — One reason Martin Kaymer enjoys the Honda Classic is because he doesn't feel as though he has to make a bunch of birdies. On such a serene Thursday at PGA National, that was required to keep pace. A pair of PGA Tour rookies who last played this course at Q-school for the Web.com Tour, Cody Gribble and Wesley Bryan, each opened with a 6-under 64 in the morning and it stood the rest of the day. The wind never really materialized. The greens remained soft from a big rain the day before. More than half of the field was at par or better. Kaymer, a two-time major champion from Germany playing on a sponsor exemption, chipped in from behind the 17th green for birdie and closed with a two-putt birdie from 40 feet for a 65. He was one shot behind, along with Anirban Lahiri of India. 'I felt very calm over the ball,' Kaymer said. 'I enjoy the golf course. When you stand on the first tee, you don't feel like you need to make five or six birdies. It's a ball-striking golf course, but even level par or 1-over par is a very good round. 'It was very soft and there was not much wind,' he said. 'Once you miss the fairway, it was actually OK from the rough because the greens are soft. I've not played the golf course in easier conditions.' Rickie Fowler and Ian Poulter found it the same way. They were part of a large group at 66. Sergio Garcia was headed in that direction until he pulled his tee shot left on the par-3 fifth hole and made double bogey, added a pair of other bogeys and recovered with a birdie on his final hole for a 68. He was in the group with defending champion Adam Scott. 'If the weather stays good and it's able to dry out, I don't see the golf course getting any easier,' Fowler said. It was an important start for Poulter, who is playing on a medical extension from a foot injury last year and has only six PGA Tour events left to earn either $220,301 or 154 FedEx Cup points to retain his full status. 'I'm on borrowed time,' said Poulter, who has slipped to No. 206 in the world. 'A win would be nice. I have to think that I've got a chance, I really do. The situation I'm in, I have to be aggressive, but I've got to be careful. I can't make many mistakes.' Bryan is coming off his best tournament, a tie for fourth at Riviera in which he got within two shots of Dustin Johnson toward the end of the third round. It took him awhile to get going in warm, calm weather, and he finished with a 30 on the front nine. Gribble already has won this season at the Sanderson Farms Championship last fall while the top players were in Shanghai. He missed four straight cuts on the West Coast and finally got his swing back to where he wants it. Along with birdies on three of the par 3s, he hit all 18 greens in regulation. Bryan, still more known for the trick-shot videos he makes with his brother, can feel his confidence starting to grow. And it helped to be on familiar turf. 'I think the comfort out here this week ... yeah, I got into some pretty good form, but out here on the golf course, I got through Q-school just about 14 months ago, and it's a place that I'm comfortable at and a golf course I know,' he said. He picked up a rare birdie on the sixth hole, one of two that have been converted from par 5s to par 4s for the Honda Classic, followed that with a 12-foot par save and then a 10-foot birdie on No. 8 to join Gribble in the lead. Gribble's PGA Tour journey started a year earlier than Bryan's. He tied for eighth at Q-school in December 2014 to get onto the Web.com Tour. He did well enough in the final event to earn his card, and a month later he was a PGA Tour winner. 'This is one of the tournaments I like to play,' Gribble said. 'I played it well in Q-school a couple years ago. I've got some good memories.' There weren't a lot of good memories over the last month, missing the cut in three straight events starting with the Phoenix Open. But the Texan has been grinding away with his coach the last few weeks and it's starting to take hold. 'We both know exactly how we want the ball to come out. We want less curve. I tend to draw it too much,' Gribble said. 'I know we wanted more a cut swing, but kind of finally ... it's hard to explain. It clicked today, but it could be lost again tomorrow. You never know. It was a great start, and hopefully I can build on it.' It helped to have a birdie putt on every hole. His lone bogey was a long three-putt on the 16th hole. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2017

Rested and ready: 13-1 shot Cloud Computing wins Preakness

BETH HARRIS, AP Racing Writer br /> BALTIMORE (AP) — Sometimes it pays to have a fresh horse. Cloud Computing skipped the Kentucky Derby, while eventual winner Always Dreaming and Classic Empire mixed it up in the mud at Churchill Downs. Two weeks later, Cloud Computing pounced on those two horses in the Preakness, pulling off an upset victory at 13-1 odds Saturday. He became the first horse to skip the Derby and win the second leg of the Triple Crown since filly Rachel Alexandra in 2009. 'Some of the reason that we won today was because we were patient and didn't throw an inexperienced horse against a 20-horse field in the Derby on a very difficult track,' winning co-owner Seth Klarman said. 'We made a great call.' Always Dreaming and Classic Empire dueled for most of the race before Classic Empire stuck his nose in front midway on the far turn. It looked as if Classic Empire would go on to win, but Cloud Computing ran him down on the outside. Always Dreaming faded to eighth in the 10-horse field on a cool and cloudy day at Pimlico. The crowd of 140,327 and wagering total of $94,127,434 were records, bettering the marks set last year. Ridden by Javier Castellano, Cloud Computing ran 1 3/16 miles in 1:55.98 and paid $28.80, $8.60 and $6. It was just the dark brown colt's fourth career start, the fewest of any horse in the race, and only his second win. He didn't run as a 2-year-old because of injury. Classic Empire returned $4.40 and $4, and 31-1 shot Senior Investment was another 4 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $10.20. New York-based trainer Chad Brown earned his first victory in a Triple Crown race. Castellano won for the second time. He rode Bernardini to victory in the 2006 Preakness. Castellano comes from a racing family, with a father, uncle and brother who have been jockeys. 'We've been working for a long time for this moment,' he said. 'It's great for the family.' The 142nd Preakness had been billed as a match race between Always Dreaming and Classic Empire, and it was from the start. They broke out of the starting gate next to each other and the fight was on. Always Dreaming took a slight lead with Classic Empire on his flank. Meanwhile, Cloud Computing was back in third as Castellano watched the duel unfold in front of him. Always Dreaming was the first to throw in the towel, surrendering the lead to Classic Empire midway around the final turn. 'We didn't have an excuse,' said Todd Pletcher, who trains Always Dreaming. 'We were in a position we expected to be, and I think the turnaround was a little too quick. He ran so hard in the Derby and today just wasn't his day.' Always Dreaming lost for the first time in five races this year. He'd won his first four by a combined 23 1/4 lengths. Classic Empire and Julien Leparoux went into the stretch with three-length lead, seemingly on his way to the winner's circle. At that point, trainer Mark Casse thought he was headed there, too. 'Of course,' he said. 'But I thought I was going to win a lot of times before, so it doesn't shock me.' But Classic Empire also paid a price for putting away Always Dreaming. Classic Empire fought on to the finish line, but couldn't hold off a fresh horse in Cloud Computing. 'Certainly I'm not going to dispute the fact that I brought in a fresh horse as part of our strategy,' Brown said. 'Our horse is very talented, too. Classic Empire and Always Dreaming are two outstanding horses, and our strategy was, if we are ever going to beat them let's take them on two weeks' rest when we have six (weeks), and it worked.' After Cloud Computing ran third in the Wood Memorial, Brown and the owners decided the colt would benefit from skipping the Derby. He came into the Preakness after a six-week break. 'It just didn't work out in the Wood. We just ran out of time,' Brown said. 'We just really zeroed in on this race, and thankfully it worked out.' The victory was especially sweet for Klarman, who grew up a few blocks from Pimlico. He turns 60 on Sunday. He and William Lawrence have been buying and racing horses together since 2006. 'This is the culmination of 25 years of hard work and learning and trying to figure this game out,' said Klarman, president of the Baupost Group, a hedge fund valued at $31 billion. 'In my regular life, I'm a long-term value investor. This is gambling. It's really been a thrill and this is the highlight of our career so far as thoroughbred owners.' Klarman, who races as Klaravich Stables, is a minority owner of the Boston Red Sox. Lookin At Lee, the Derby runner-up, was fourth. Gunnevera was fifth, followed by Multiplier and Conquest Mo Money. Hence was ninth and Term of Art last. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2017

Spieth and Palmer share lead at team event in New Orleans

AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Jordan Spieth showed off his stellar short game. Ryan Palmer contributed momentum-saving par putts. They turned out to be quite the team Thursday in the Zurich Classic, the first official team event on the PGA Tour in 36 years. Spieth hit a bump-and-run from 100 feet to a front pin to set up birdie on the par-5 11th, chipped in for birdie on the 14th and closed out their foursomes round with a 15-foot birdie for a 6-under 66 to share the lead with 18-year-old Ryan Ruffels and Kyle Stanley. Nick Watney made a 60-foot eagle putt from well off the green at the par-5 18th as he and Charley Hoffman were among four teams at 67. Even in the tough alternate-shot format, benign conditions at the TPC Louisiana allowed for good scoring with 43 of the 80 teams breaking par, and 18 teams in the 60s. 'Alternate-shot format with these conditions, anything 3 under or so was a solid score,' Spieth said. 'Grab a few extra and be in pole position , it's fantastic. We're just going to try and have as much fun as we had today.' The partnership of Spieth and Palmer, close friends who live in Dallas, took root late last year when Palmer's caddie, James Edmondson, said they would have to play together if Edmondson beat Spieth in a friendly match. He got Spieth on the last hole, and Spieth decided to add the Zurich Classic to his schedule. Spieth said his partner didn't miss a shot over the first 10 holes, and Palmer pitched in with key putts. They hit only two of the last seven greens in regulation and still played that stretch in 3 under par. 'It's great watching his short game,' Palmer said. 'It's one of the best in the world. And when the putter is rolling, it makes it not has hard to make those 5-footers. We both had our fair share, and we poured them in.' Palmer made a 6-foot par putt on the 13th hole and, after Spieth chipped in on the 14th, Palmer made a 12-foot par putt on the 15th. Ruffels, who turns 19 on Saturday, was an amateur in Australia when he played with Stanley at the Australian Masters. They got along well, are now represented by the same management firm and decided to play together in New Orleans. Ruffels had never played foursomes until nine holes of practice on Tuesday, but it sure didn't show. Starting on the back nine, they began the round with four straight birdies, with Stanley making three of those putts. 'We both keep it in play, and we both hit it quite long, and we gave ourselves a lot of opportunities,' Ruffels said. 'So all it took was someone to start rolling a few putts in, like we both did.' Some teams getting most of the attention didn't fare too well. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, the gold and silver medalists at the Olympics last summer in Rio, played the par 5s in 2 over and opened with a 72. Jason Day and Rickie Fowler, who have a corporate relationship with Zurich, could only manage a 71. The cut will be made after Friday fourballs to the top 35 teams and ties. The winners will each get credit for a PGA Tour victory, just as it was in 1981 at the Walt Disney World National Team Championship in 1981, the most recent official team event. Brian Stuard, who won the Zurich Classic last year on his own, has Chris Stroud as a teammate. They had a chance to tie for the lead on their final hole, the par-3 ninth, until Stuard hit into the water. He made a 20-foot putt to at least escape with bogey and a 68. Also at 68 were Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly, a pair of 50-year-olds from Wisconsin who still have full PGA Tour status. They also had a chance to join the leaders until Kelly missed a 3-foot par putt on the 17th. Brooks Koepka and his younger brother, Chase, who received a sponsor exemption, were among those at 69. Spieth headed to the practice range after the round, and then the two-time major champion and Palmer had plans Thursday night. New Orleans coach Sean Payton invited them to the Saints' team room for the NFL draft. Both are Cowboys fans, but Palmer is friends with the coach and played the pro-am with Payton and quarterback Drew Brees. 'It'll be really cool just kind of sitting in the back and watching that process take shape,' Spieth said. 'I've always wondered what it's like.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 28th, 2017

Mike Brown is more than capable of leading the Warriors

em>By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press /em> PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With coach Steve Kerr ailing, the Golden State Warriors are in capable hands with assistant Mike Brown. Kerr, the reigning NBA Coach of the Year, stayed behind at the team hotel Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) while the Warriors overcame a slow start to beat the Trail Blazers 119-113 and take a 3-0 series lead. Kerr announced Sunday (Monday, PHL time) that he would not be on the sidelines when Golden State tries to close out the series Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) at the Moda Center. It's one of three games on tap for the day: Toronto hosts Milwaukee with that series even at 2-all, and Washington has a 2-1 advantage in its series with game four at Atlanta. Golden State's players praised Brown for stepping into a lead role with short notice. A first-year assistant for the Warriors, Brown has plenty of experience as former head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers. 'Well we know he's comfortable in that position and he's got a ton of playoff experience. He's been a head coach in this league a long time, a very successful one,' Klay Thompson said. 'Obviously we miss Steve but Mike did a tremendous job and he's been there before, you could tell. We appreciated his composure. He was tremendous.' In the first of two stints with Cleveland, Brown led the Cavs to their first-ever NBA Finals appearance in 2007. He was named the league's Coach of the Year in 2009 when Cleveland finished with 66 wins. Draymond Green praised Brown as the MVP of game three, recounting a moment in the fourth quarter where he kept Green in the game despite playing the entire third — because the Warriors were making their comeback. 'When [he makes] those decisions that he made like that on the fly, it shows why he's been a head coach multiple times in this league. It shows why he's been to the finals. Why he's been around this league for 30 years,' Green said. 'He was thrown into the fire. He didn't find out he was coaching until today, and to make decisions like that in a hostile environment about to lose game three, and to do that, that was pretty big time for him. So that was huge.' Kerr, 51 still experiences lingering symptoms from complications following two back surgeries after the franchise's run to the 2015 championship. He missed the first 43 games last season dealing with symptoms such as headaches, nausea and an aching neck. Here's what to know for Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) games: ___ strong>Warriors at Trail Blazers, Golden State leads 3-0 (10:30am, NBA Premium) /strong> em> strong>NEED TO KNOW: /strong> /em> The Warriors can sweep the series on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) and get a bit of rest before they'll face the winner of the first-round series between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz. That match-up is tied at 2-2, following Sunday night's (Monday, PHL time) game in Salt Lake City. em> strong>KEEP AN EYE ON: /strong> /em> JaVale McGee. Twice the seven-footer has come off the bench and had a big impact. He had 15 points in game two, before 14 in game three — well above his regular season average of 6.1 points. Following the latest game, acting coach Brown said: 'In that third quarter, obviously you guys saw it, he was fantastic and that's why we went to him down the stretch. Normally we don't go back to him, but his length, his size, his athleticism we really felt affected the game on both ends of the floor.' em> strong>INJURY UPDATE: /strong> /em> Warriors F Kevin Durant is listed as questionable with a strained left calf that has kept him out of last two games. Also unknown is the availability of Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain), and Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain). The Blazers will be without center Jusuf Nurkic. The big man missed the final seven games of the regular season and the first two games of the playoffs with a nondisplaced fracture in his right leg. He came back for game three, but wasn't himself and finished with two points and 11 rebounds in less than 17 minutes. em> strong>PRESSURE IS ON: /strong> /em>The Blazers would like to steal just one away from the defending Western Conference champions. Damian Lillard said pride is on the line: 'At the end of the day, we've still got games to play. Right now, you've got to have some pride in having a sweep on the line and try to go get this next one on Monday and go from there a game at a time.' ___ strong>Wizards at Hawks, Washington leads 2-1 (8:00am, NBA Premium) /strong> em> strong>NEED TO KNOW: /strong> /em>The nastiness between the teams ramped up even more when Washington's Markieff Morris called Atlanta star Paul Millsap a 'crybaby' after the Hawks' blowout victory in game three. Millsap took the comment personally and it will be interesting to see how it affects his play. It would be hard to top his last performance, when he led the Hawks with 29 points and 14 rebounds, to go along with five assists, two blocks and one steal. em> strong>KEEP AN EYE ON: /strong> /em>John Wall vs. Dennis Schroder. Wall has played brilliantly in the series, averaging 31 points per game, but Schroder is also coming off a big game (27 points, nine assists). Schroder changed things up defensively in game three, picking up Wall in the backcourt, and it seemed to pay dividends. While Wall scored 29 points, he was held to just seven assists and wasn't quite as effective getting his teammates involved. em> strong>INJURY UPDATE: /strong> /em>Wizards F Otto Porter Jr. left the last game with a strained neck, but he was feeling much better Sunday and took part in practice. It looks like he'll be good to go for game four. em> strong>PRESSURE IS ON: /strong> /em>G Bradley Beal. The Washington star has struggled with his jumper all series, and he was especially anemic in game three with just 12 points on 6-of-20 shooting, missing all six attempts beyond the three-point arc. The Wizards want him to keep shooting, however, and believe it's just a matter of time before he breaks out of the slump. ___ strong>Milwaukee at Toronto, series tied at 2-2 (7:00am, BTV) /strong> em> strong>NEED TO KNOW: /strong> /em>DeMar DeRozan was an active presence in game four with 33 points and team-highs of nine rebounds and five assists. The Raptors' star is back on more comfortable turf at home, having erased memories of his 0-for-8 nightmare in game three in Milwaukee. Backcourt mate Kyle Lowry had 18 points, proving once again that Toronto is at its best when its star guards are productive. em> strong>KEEP AN EYE ON: /strong> /em>Whether the Raptors keep guard Norman Powell in the starting five. The 6'4' guard replaced center Jonas Valanciunas to give Toronto a smaller but quicker lineup to keep up with the athletic Bucks. Powell helped guard Khris Middleton, and the Bucks' second-leading scorer was held to 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting. em> strong>INJURY UPDATE: /strong> /em>None of note. em> strong>PRESSURE IS ON: /strong> /em>The younger Bucks and how they respond after the Raptors reset the tone of the series the game four slugfest. Watch how Giannis Antetokounmpo responds after being held to 14 points on 6-of-19 shooting and committing seven turnovers. Playoff games on the road after subpar outings are situations in which up-and-comers like Antetokounmpo polish their reputations as NBA stars. ___ em>Paul Newberry in Atlanta and Genaro Armas in Milwaukee contributed to this report. /em> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 24th, 2017

Griezmann gives Atletico win at Espanyol in Spanish league

JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press br /> BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Antoine Griezmann kept Atletico Madrid focused on a strong finish to the Spanish league on Saturday despite its looming Champions League semifinal with Real Madrid. Griezmann struck late in the second half at Espanyol to earn a 1-0 victory that kept Atletico in third place, three points ahead of Sevilla, and on course for a return to Europe's top competition next season. Atletico moved within four points of second-place Barcelona, which visits leader Real on Sunday trailing the pace-setter by three points. Real also has a game in hand as it tries to win the domestic title for the first time since 2012. On Friday, Atletico and Real were drawn to face each other for a third time in four seasons in the Champions League. Real won the other two meetings in the finals of 2014 and 2016. While Atletico has two league matches against Villarreal and at Las Palmas over the next week, its hopes for silverware rest squarely on their European clash with Madrid beginning on May 2 at the Santiago Bernabeu. '2017 is shaping up better than 2016,' Atletico manager Diego Simeone said. 'We are defending well and finding the moments to win games. I am sure we could perhaps play better, but the team is winning. There is still a ways to go before the semifinals.' At Espanyol, Simeone made only one change in his starting 11 from the team that drew at Leicester on Tuesday to advance in the Champions League on a 2-1 aggregate score. His side, however, showed little signs of weariness against an Espanyol that won four straight at home. Griezmann decided the contest in Barcelona dominated by both defenses in the 73rd minute when he used one touch of his left boot to volley home a rebound of a strike by Saul Niguez that came off a defender. The goal was his team-leading 16th in the league and 25th overall. 'We knew we would have a difficult time against a team that is so good at home,' Griezmann said. 'But we tried until the end and then held on.' VILLARREAL 2, LEGANES 1 Cedric Bakambu scored twice, including the stoppage-time winner apparently with his hand, to ensure Villarreal strengthened its hold on fifth place and a Europa League berth. Villarreal created several scoring opporunities but needed Bakambu to slot home the opener in the 68th. Leganes was close to grabbing a late draw when Miguel Guerrero struck in the 90th, but Bakambu appeared to use his hand to redirect Jonathan Dos Santos' cross into the net two minutes later. The result left Leganes winless in seven matches and clinging to the final spot above the relegation zone. 'He scored with his hand,' Leganes goalkeeper Iago Herrerin said. 'We are fighting for our lives. It was impossible not to see it.' Villarreal coach Fran Escriba acknowledged Bakambu 'touched the ball with his hand' after watching replays, but 'I didn't see it live.' MALAGA 2, VALENCIA 0 Sandro Ramirez continued his good scoring form, ensuring a third win in four rounds to dispel any relegation fears for Malaga. The former Barcelona forward has scored in all three of those victories. Ramirez blasted in his own rebound from a free kick just minutes after Jose 'Recio' Garcia headed the hosts in front in the 36th. Before he scored, Ramirez's powerful free kick struck Valencia's Ezequiel Garay in the head, leaving him visibly groggy as he remained on the turf. The defender underwent tests at a hospital that indicated mild head trauma. He was released from the hospital soon after the tests. OSASUNA 2, SPORTING GIJON 2 Last-place Osasuna couldn't have done much more to crush its fans' spirits than go up by two goals only to concede twice in the final 11 minutes. The draw left Sporting also in the drop zone at four points from Leganes and safety with five rounds left. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2017

Irving scores 37, Cavs hold on to beat Pacers 117-111

em>By Tom Withers, Associated Press /em> CLEVELAND (AP) - Kyrie Irving scored 37 points, Kevin Love added 27 and the Cleveland Cavaliers avoided another fourth-quarter collapse in Game 2, beating the Indiana Pacers 117-111 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) to take a 2-0 lead in the series. After squeaking out a win in the opener by a point, LeBron James and Co. showed more intensity on defense, more swagger in general and won their 10th straight first-round game over the past three seasons. However, they nearly blew an 18-point lead in the fourth as the Pacers got within four before Cleveland closed it out at the line. James added 10 rebounds and seven assists, but had eight of Cleveland's 19 turnovers. Game three is Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Paul George scored 32 and Jeff Teague 23 for Indiana, which showed more fight, but now has a steep hill to climb to get back in the series. Cleveland is 12-0 when starting 2-0 in the postseason. The Cavs vowed they would play better after their near-disaster in game one and they backed up their talk, delivering the kind of performance that was routine last season but very rare in 2017. Love scored 10 straight and drew a charging foul on Lance Stephenson in a span of two minutes as the Cavs opened an 89-70 lead. Irving closed the quarter by draining a three-pointer over Stephenson and the All-Star made sure Indiana's antagonizing guard knew about it, yapping in his direction long after the horn sounded. The Cavs still led 109-91 with 6:09 left, but the Pacers ripped off 13 straight points and were within 113-109 when George hit a three-pointer with 20 seconds left. It continued a disturbing trend for the Cavs, who have been giving up late, big leads with regularity. The other hitch for Cleveland was that starting guard J.R. Smith didn't play in the second half because of a left hamstring injury. Iman Shumpert, who sat the opener, replaced Smith and played 20 solid minutes. Despite losing the opener, Pacers coach Nate McMillian insisted his team hadn't lost any confidence. 'We believe,' he said. 'We came in believing, we still believe.' It just got a lot harder. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Pacers: /strong> /em> Glenn Robinson III returned after missing the past 12 games with a strained left calf. He scored four in nine minutes. C Al Jefferson was active, but didn't play. He's been out since March 26 with a sprained left ankle. George has made at least one three-pointer in 19 consecutive playoff games. McMillan said the team was told by security officials to stay in their hotel Sunday night (Monday, PHL time) while Cleveland police searched for a suspected killer, who randomly murdered an elderly man while posting the shooting on Facebook. Indiana is 0-9 when dropping the first two games in a series. em> strong>Cavaliers: /strong> /em>James (357) jumped Magic Johnson (358) for third place in career playoff steals and hopped Robert Parish for eighth in rebounds. A moment of silence was observed for Robert Godwin Sr., the 73-year-old tragically gunned down by the Facebook assailant. Stephenson had a strong workout with Cleveland in January before latching on with Indiana, but coach Tyronn Lue said his recent injury issues -- groin surgery and an Achilles issue -- dissuaded the Cavs from signing him. James has scored at least 30 points with 10 assists in 13 career playoff games, trailing only Jerry West (14) and Michael Jordan (15). strong>UP NEXT /strong> After two days off, the series resumes in Indianapolis on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). The Pacers went 29-19 at home during the regular season. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 18th, 2017

17 players present as Gilas begin daily practices

While more than a few key cogs were missing, Gilas Pilipinas still went to work in the first day of their day-to-day training sessions on Monday at the Kerry Sports Manila in Taguig. Mainstays Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Terrence Romeo, and Troy Rosario fronted the effort for the national team’s first daily practice to gear up for the 2017 SEABA Championship. Also present were Raymond Almazan, Carl Bryan Cruz, Ed Daquioag, Fonso Gotladera, Jonathan Grey, Bradwyn Guinto, Allein Maliksi, Von Pessumal, Roger Pogoy, Mike Tolomia, Norbert Torres, Almond Vosotros, and Matthew Wright. Mac Belo, LA Revilla, and Arnold Van Opstal were at the venue, but sat out due to various injuries. Among those absent from the training session were Japeth Aguilar, June Mar Fajardo, and Jiovani Jalalon. From today to two weeks forward, head coach Chot Reyes will hold daily training sessions to help determine the final lineup which will represent the country in the regional tournament. Reyes will name the final lineup on April 28. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2017

Barcelona needs 2nd miracle vs. Juventus in Champions League

JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press   BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona has already pulled off a seemingly impossible comeback to stay alive in the Champions League. Now it must do it all over again. Barcelona hosts Juventus on Wednesday, needing to overturn a 3-0 defeat from the first leg to advance to the semifinals of Europe's top-tier tournament. If Juventus scores first, Barcelona will find itself needing five goals. Lionel Messi and teammates have one big straw to clutch: their remarkable 6-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the last round to become the only team to ever overturn a 4-0 first-leg loss in the history of the competition. That rout included three goals after 87 minutes were up. Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is trying once more to rally his players to the challenge, and let Juventus know that his team will be in all-out attack mode. 'We will fight until the end. I am sure that at some point we will be close to pulling it off,' said Luis Enrique. He added, perhaps only half jokingly, 'we will risk it all, even up to fielding eight forwards. 'We have nothing to lose after all.' Barcelona, however, has given few signs that it can put on another great performance. Since roaring back against PSG, it has lost three times in seven matches and struggled to beat Real Sociedad 3-2 at home on Saturday. And former champion Juventus may prove a much tougher side to break down than PSG at Camp Nou. Here is a look at this week's quarterfinal second legs: ___ MONACO-BORUSSIA DORTMUND Dortmund will still be shaken from the attack on its team bus that forced the first leg of the quarterfinal against Monaco to be postponed for a day when it aims to overhaul its 3-2 defeat on Wednesday. This weekend's return of Marco Reus after six weeks out with a torn ligament provides a boost. The midfielder scored after just two minutes to help beat Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. Players dedicated the 3-1 win to Marc Bartra, who was wounded in the three explosions that hit the bus last week. 'It still won't be easy in the next games. You can't just forget the events of this week,' Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos said. Monaco has already played 53 games in all competitions this season and fatigue is starting to take its toll on the French league leaders. The good news for Monaco is that Radamel Falcao looks like his old self again. The Colombia striker has scored 18 goals in 24 league games, the best tally for a Monaco player in the top flight since Shabani Nonda scored 26 in 2002-03. ___ REAL MADRID-BAYERN MUNICH The defending champions will have Cristiano Ronaldo rested and ready to add to his two goals in Madrid's 2-1 win in the first leg in Germany. Coach Zinedine Zidane didn't play his star forward or most of his first-choice players during Saturday's Madrid's 3-2 win at Sporting Gijon that maintained its lead of the Spanish league. Gareth Bale is doubtful for Bayern's visit on Tuesday with a right leg injury, as well as defenders Pepe and Raphael Varane. Bayern's hopes will be pinned on Robert Lewandowski recovering from a right shoulder injury that ruled him out of the first leg. The Poland striker has scored 38 goals across all competitions this season. 'I'm doing well. I'm very happy that I could be there today in training. Everything's OK,' Lewandowski said on Sunday. Javi Martinez is suspended so if Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng fail to recover from their injuries, David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich might have to form Bayern's central defense. ___ LEICESTER-ATLETICO MADRID Leicester had to overturn a one-goal first-leg deficit against a Spanish team in the last 16, and achieved the feat at the expense of Sevilla. This time, the English champions don't have an away goal to aid their cause, losing the first leg 1-0, and they will also be up against last year's much more experienced finalist on Tuesday. For possibly the biggest game in its history, Leicester has issues at center back with Robert Huth suspended and Wes Morgan injured. Antoine Griezmann, who scored the first leg's only goal from a penalty, sat out Atletico's 3-0 win over Osasuna on Saturday. ___ BARCELONA-JUVENTUS Juventus could be without forward Paulo Dybala, who scored two goals against Barcelona in the first leg. The Argentina international limped off early in the second half of Juve's 2-0 win at Pescara with an ankle injury. 'He's taken a knock and twisted it a little but there's still four days, we have to be optimistic,' Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. Allegri promised Juventus wouldn't fall into the same trap of sitting back against Barcelona on Wednesday — an approach that doomed PSG. 'Our aim is not to score just one goal, but to get at least two,' Allegri said. Barcelona will get Sergio Busquets back after he was suspended from the first leg. ___ AP writers Samuel Petrequin in Paris, Daniella Matar in Milan, Ciaran Fahey in Berlin and Steve Douglas in London contributed to this report. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2017

Messi nets 2 as Barca rebounds before Juve and Madrid games

JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press   BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored twice on Saturday to help Barcelona rebound from back-to-back losses and go into the next round at Real Madrid within striking distance of the Spanish league leader. Messi added an assist as Barcelona saw off a dangerous Real Sociedad side 3-2 at Camp Nou, with the defending champions struggling to end a run of defeats at Malaga in the league and Juventus in the Champions League. Madrid needed two goals from Francisco 'Isco' Alarcon, including his 90th-minute winner, to stay three points ahead of Barcelona at the top of the table after prevailing 3-2 at Sporting Gijon. Madrid also has a match in hand. Before the fierce rivals meet next round, both will play the return legs of their Champions League quarterfinals. Madrid welcomes Bayern on Tuesday after winning the first leg 2-1, while Barcelona must overturn a 3-0 first-leg defeat to Juventus on Wednesday. 'Today was very important, considering where we were coming from. We were able to pull out a win against a very difficult rival,' Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. 'I'm more than satisfied with my players' ability to deal with their frustration after what happened in the Champions League.' ___ BARCELONA 3, REAL SOCIEDAD 2 Sociedad started strongly but it was Messi who struck first in the 17th with a sharply taken blast from outside the area that streaked into the lower corner of the net. Messi then scrambled in a rebound of Luis Suarez's shot in the 37th, taking his league-leading tally to 29 goals. Sociedad, however, got a goal back when Inigo Martinez's shot took deflections off Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and defender Samuel Umtiti before going in. Messi passed for Paco Alcacer, starting for the suspended Neymar, to make it 3-1, only for Xabi Prieto to steer home Willian Jose's pass in first-half injury time. Sociedad was the more aggressive side in the second half, which doesn't look good for Barcelona's chances of another stunning comeback in the Champions League against Juventus. In the Round of 16, Barcelona routed Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 to overhaul a 4-0 loss. 'It's obvious that we are in a phase in which rivals can hurt us easily,' Luis Enrique said. 'We have to improve that. My players need to keep up their confidence.' ___ SPORTING GIJON 2, REAL MADRID 3 Madrid was on the verge of a second consecutive league draw when Isco drilled a right-footed shot from just outside the area between goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar and his post. Isco's outstanding performance saved coach Zinedine Zidane from paying a heavy price for resting almost all his first-choice players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, for Madrid's big week ahead. 'Isco deserved this,' said Marcelo, who went on as a second-half substitute for Madrid. 'It was a relief to score at the end and take the three points. There is little time to rest and those who played today were phenomenal. They don't have many minutes, but that's what makes a team great. We need everyone and everyone responds.' Isco's first goal was a superb solo effort in the 17th to cancel out Duje Cop's opener. The Spain midfielder avoided three defenders before lashing a left-footed strike just inside the top corner of the goal frame. Zidane said it was Isco's best match with Madrid, adding 'you have to have character to do what he did.' Sporting went back ahead through a header by Mikel Vesga, who had already set up Cop's opener. But Alvaro Morata headed Madrid level again in the 59th, and the pacesetters kept pushing until Isco netted the winner. After the match, Isco tried to quash rumors he's unhappy at the club. 'I want to stay at Real Madrid for many years,' Isco said. 'I don't know why people are surprised when I say I want to play more.' ___ ATLETICO MADRID 3, OSASUNA 0 Atletico Madrid rested Antoine Griezmann ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match at Leicester, when it will defend a 1-0 first-leg victory. Yannick Carrasco struck twice and Filipe Luis added another goal as third-placed Atletico eased past bottom-side Osasuna. Osasuna's Salvatore Sirigu saved two late penalties by Carrasco and Thomas Partey. ___ DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA 2, MALAGA 0 Deportivo moved away from the drop zone with its first win in five rounds. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 16th, 2017

Jazz hold on to beat Spurs, 101-97

em>By Kareem Copeland, Associated Press /em> SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Gordon Hayward scored 14 and the Utah Jazz held on for a 101-97 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Utah will face the Los Angeles Clippers in the opening round of the playoffs. Los Angeles is currently playing Sacramento. A win by the Clippers would give them the fourth-seed and homecourt against the Jazz. The win was a season-best ninth straight at home, the longest streak for the Jazz since 2012. Hayward was an efficient 7-for-9 from the field while Rudy Gobert, George Hill and Shelvin Mack all finished with 13 for the Jazz. LaMarcus Aldridge paced the Spurs with 18 points and Kawhi Leonard added 14. San Antonio faces Memphis in the playoffs. Both the Jazz and Spurs played all their players for most of the game, but turned it over to the reserves down the stretch. The Jazz led most of the night before a Kyle Anderson jumper tied the game at 88-88 with just under five minutes remaining. A Shelvin Mack three-pointer put the Jazz up 96-94 as the two teams went back and forth down the stretch. San Antonio, however, never lead again as a Dante Exum steal with 28 seconds remaining forced the Spurs into a foul situation and the Jazz iced the game from the free-throw line. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Spurs: /strong> /em> Pau Gasol reached the 20,000 career-points with 13 points and now has 20,001 for his career. strong> em>Jazz: /em> /strong> Utah had its ideal starting lineup of Hayward, Rodney Hood, Hill, Gobert and Derrick Favors all available for the first time since March 5 (Mar. 6, PHL time), though Hood and Favors didn't start. The Jazz are 11-2 when that unit starts this season. strong>GRADUAL PROGRESSION /strong> The Jazz reached the 50-win mark this season for the first time since 2009-10 and are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Utah embarked on a slow rebuild under general manager Dennis Lindsey and coach Quin Snyder and watched the wins increase from 25 to 38 to 40 and now 51 since the 2013-14 season. strong>QUOTABLE /strong> Spurs coach Gregg Popovich let off a few jokes when asked about the trade that sent Boris Diaw to the Jazz last summer. 'It made our dinners a lot less fun,' Popovich said. 'He was one of the only guys who would drink with me. I try to corrupt all of my players with wine. He was easy. He was an easy target.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 13th, 2017

Zidane meets mentor Ancelotti in Champions League quarters

JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press   BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — As if a combined 16 European Cups weren't enough, the Champions League quarterfinal between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will also offer an intriguing duel between master and pupil. Zinedine Zidane's transition from retired player to successful coach at Madrid owes a lot to his time at the club under current Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti. Come Wednesday, the former colleagues will face off in the first of two contests to determine which will guide his team to Europe's final four. 'We're ready for Real,' said Ancelotti, who led Madrid to the 2014 title with Zidane as his assistant, a run which included defeating Bayern 5-0 on aggregate in the semifinals. Two years later, it was Zidane's turn to lift the European Cup as Madrid's manager, just four months after taking the job over from Ancelotti's short-lived replacement, Rafa Benitez. Toni Kroos, who left Bayern for Madrid when Ancelotti was still in charge, gives credit to Zidane for taking Madrid back to the top. 'He has had a huge impact here. He brought positivity when he arrived and took us in a new direction,' Kroos said. 'We are playing better football than before and that was rewarded when we won the Champions League last season.' The powerhouses' meeting will be their 23rd, a record for UEFA club competition. 'They will be two fantastic games. This tie could easily be the Champions League final,' Kroos said. Here is a look at all four quarterfinals: ___ JUVENTUS vs. BARCELONA Barcelona returns to the Champions League on Tuesday for its first match since its historic 6-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain that made it the first team to overturn a 4-0 first-leg loss in the history of the competition. But the Catalan club heads into the rematch of the 2015 final it won against Juventus on the heels of a 2-0 loss at Malaga on Saturday. The defeat included a red card for Neymar and damaged its chances of retaining the Spanish league title. 'That shouldn't be considered, it doesn't change anything,' Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. 'Barcelona is a team which is used to playing big matches like this.' Allegri could welcome striker Mario Mandzukic back from injury, while Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets is suspended. ___ BORUSSIA DORTMUND vs. MONACO It may lack the big names and champion pedigree, but if you want goals then look no further than Tuesday's match between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco. Monaco has scored a whopping tally of 133 goals in all competitions this season, including a bundle by teenage standout Kylian Mbappe. The 18-year-old forward, newly capped by France, has netted 12 times in his last 11 games and 19 for the season. He scored in both legs against Manchester City in the Round-of-16. Dortmund is no slouch either, led by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's 32 goals overall. But Dortmund is facing serious injury worries. It was without Marco Reus, Andre Schuerrle, Sven Bender, Julian Weigl, Shinji Kagawa, Erik Durm and Lukasz Piszczek in a 4-1 loss to Bayern on Saturday. ___ ATLETICO MADRID vs. LEICESTER As the only side in the quarterfinals that had to play a domestic fixture as late as Sunday, Leicester comes into the match having lost its unbeaten record under new manager Craig Shakespeare after falling 4-2 at Everton. The Premier League champions had won six consecutive games, including its Round-of-16 victory over Sevilla, after sacking Claudio Ranieri. However, with Shakespeare making five changes to his starting lineup, Leicester should be at full strength in Madrid. 'We're all excited for Wednesday night and it's going to be a great occasion, but we have to improve on that performance today,' winger Marc Albrighton said. Atletico is playing its best football of the season and got a big boost Saturday from Antoine Griezmann, whose late equalizer earned a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid. ___ BAYERN MUNICH vs. REAL MADRID Besides relying on its own potent attack, Bayern will also hope that Cristiano Ronaldo continues to struggle in front of goal this season in Europe. The Champions League's all-time scorer with 95 career goals has only struck twice this campaign. That has allowed Barcelona rival Lionel Messi to close the gap after scoring 11 goals to take his total to 94. Bayern arrives in fine form, enjoying a 10-point lead in the Bundesliga. The German side will be without defender Mats Hummels (ankle), while Madrid will likely be missing defenders Pepe (ribs) and Raphael Varane (leg). ___ AP writers Jerome Pugmire in Paris, Daniella Matar in Milan, Ciaran Fahey in Berlin, and Sam Johnston in London contributed to this report. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 11th, 2017

Raptors beat Knicks 110-97, assured of top-3 seed in East

em>By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press /em> NEW YORK (AP) — The Toronto Raptors know they are headed for another wake-up call, no matter how much they would like to sleep in. They've had the noon start on the opening day of the NBA playoffs the last few years and expect it again. So while playing some no-name Knicks on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) might not get them ready for the caliber of competition, at least it provided a glimpse of the timing. DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points and the Raptors overcame a slow start to wrap up at least the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 110-97 victory over New York. 'We've got to get our bodies and minds ready and I told the guys remember how this felt, [who] had a tough time getting going because that's probably going to be the game we have,' coach Dwane Casey said. The Raptors pulled away in the fourth quarter to reach 50 victories for the second straight season. They can still finish second if they beat Cleveland in their regular-season finale and Boston loses its final two. Kyle Lowry had 17 points and 11 assists for the Raptors, who swept the Knicks for the first time since 2009-10 in a strong follow-up to their franchise-record 56-win finish last season. 'A lot of teams don't get the opportunity just to win 50 games,' DeRozan said. 'For us to do it back-to-back years just shows the process and the progress that we made over the years.' Rookie Willy Hernangomez tied his career-high with 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who, despite playing without most of their top players, trailed only 76-75 after three. But Toronto broke it open behind the three-point line and won its third straight. 'I think they picked it up defensively and they put more pressure on us. They are a great team, a playoff team and that's how we learned today,' Hernangomez said. 'When the other team puts more pressure we have to learn how we have to improve our defense and offense at that point of the game.' The three victories have come since Lowry returned after right wrist surgery sidelined him for 18 games. He played 38 minutes, and then begged the NBA not to give the Raptors the sleepy-start schedule again next Saturday (next Sunday, PHL time). 'It's a difference for us, but at the end of the day we're still professionals, we've got to out there and do our job,' he said. 'Tonight it seemed like it took a little longer to get going but we got going, we got a win and whatever comes at that time we'll be ready to play.' Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis sat out again for the Knicks, who had already lost Derrick Rose to knee surgery and Joakim Noah to an NBA suspension. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Raptors: /strong> /em>Toronto finished 14-2 against the Atlantic Division for the second straight season. The Raptors are 61-14 against their divisional foes over the last four seasons. em> strong>Knicks: /strong> /em> Coach Jeff Hornacek seemed to think Porzingis (sore lower back) would play Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) in the season finale and wasn't sure about Anthony (sore left knee). Courtney Lee, the only player from the Knicks' expected starting five still playing, scored 14 points. strong>DEMAR 2K /strong> DeRozan shot 11-for-15 from the field and became the second player in franchise history with a 2,000-point season. He now has 2,020 points. Vince Carter scored 2,107 in 1999-00 and 2,070 in 2000-01. strong>GOOD GUARDS /strong> Markelle Fultz from the University of Washington, expected to be one of the top picks in the draft, was at the game. So was Stephon Marbury, the New York native who played for the Knicks during a turbulent stretch from 2003-08 and has gone on to a successful career in China. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Raptors: /strong> /em> Visit Cleveland on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). The Cavaliers have won all three meetings after beating the Raptors in six games in last year's conference finals. em> strong>Knicks: /strong> /em> Host Philadelphia on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) in their season finale. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 9th, 2017

Castro the leader shows TNT how winning is done

By now, it's common knowledge that Jayson Castro will once again don the Gilas Pilipinas jersey and his first tournament back from 'retirement' would be the 2017 SEABA Championships in Manila. That means, the Blur will leave his mother team TNT for a while and the rest of the KaTropa will have to fend for themselves. However, as long as Castro is still with his team in the Commissioner's Cup, the reigning two-time best point guard in Asia will just have to continue doing what he does best. And last time we checked, Castro is still pretty good in leading TNT to wins. The latest example came Friday night as the Blur practically willed TNT to victory against sister team NLEX, erasing a 29-point second-half deficit to win by five points in overtime. Castro finished with 32 points and 11 assists but more than his numbers, it was his actions that were more important for TNT in the grand scheme of things. 'Kung di ko gagawin yun, di rin susunod yung teammates ko, especially yung young guys namin. Sabi ni coach, 'maging example ka sa kanila,'' Castro said on his import-like effort to carry TNT. 'Syempre as a veteran and as one of the leaders in the team, kailangan ko rin ipakita yun para at least sa next game namin, maging example itong larong ito,' he added noting that the NLEX game was a good reminder that good things tend to happen if you don't give up. With TNT starting to roll with its third straight win, Castro now wants his squad to get rid of their bad habits in order to make another run at a title, with or without him basically. That means the KaTropa would most probably have to hold themselves accountable on defense, something that head coach Nash Racela also mentioned in his post-game interview immediately after the stunner on the Road Warriors. 'Sobrang lazy namin sa defense. Umaasa kami sa offense namin na mag-click and then at the same time, once maka-shoot sila, yung mga tough shots, nada-down kami,' Castro said. 'Isa yun sa mga [pointed out] ko. Miss or made, ganun pa rin yung intensity ng defense namin, dapat yun nga, high energy. Alam naman namin yung kakayahan namin eh,' he added.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 7th, 2017

Butler has triple-double, fuels Bulls past 76ers 102-90

em>By Dan Gelston, Associated Press /em> PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jimmy Butler had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and helped give Chicago's postseason hopes a needed boost in the Bulls' 102-90 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). The Bulls, Miami and Indiana entered the night with 38-40 records and in a three-way tie for seventh in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Butler had his fourth career triple-double. br />   br /> Rajon Rondo sat out with a sprained right wrist and Dwyane Wade missed another game with a fractured right elbow. Wade, who scrimmaged on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) for the first time since he was injured on March 15 (Mar. 16, PHL time), could return as early as Saturday's (Sunday, PHL time) game at Brooklyn. Wade, who averaged 18.6 points in his first season with his hometown team, had been ruled out for the season. But Wade was worked hard at joining the team minus any serious setbacks. Rondo was hurt Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) in a loss to New York. With Rondo and Wade sidelined, the Bulls still cruised against the lowly Sixers. Jerian Grant scored 15 points starting for Rondo, Nikola Mirotic scored 22 and the Bulls took a 14-point lead in the first half. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot led the Sixers with 18 points. The Bulls wasted a major opportunity when they lost to New York and could not afford a second straight road defeat to an Eastern Conference also-ran. The Bulls, who hold a tiebreaker over the Heat and the Pacers, improved to 7-4 since they lost Wade. The Sixers gave up 141 points Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) against Brooklyn and their defense was only slightly better against the Bulls, who seemed on the brink of missing the postseason for a second straight year just a few weeks ago. Mirotic hit his fifth triple of the game late in the fourth to make it 97-82 and the Bulls firmed up a playoff spot with two key cogs set to return. Butler earned his 10th assist on Mirotic's sixth three to clinch his fourth career triple-double. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Bulls: /strong> /em> Chicago has won 13-of-14 against the Sixers. The Bulls have defeated the Sixers seven straight times in Philadelphia. Michael Carter-Williams, 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year with the 76ers, received mostly boos when he checked in off the bench. em> strong>76ers: /strong> /em>Coach Brett Brown brought his parents to the game. Brown's father, Bob Brown, was a standout high school and college coach for years in New England. But it's mom, Bonny Brown, who might be the family's biggest hoops junkie. 'My mom is addicted, my mom watches more than dad,' Brown said. 'The best Christmas gift I give them is League Pass.' Robert Covington (knee), Jahlil Okafor (knee) and Sergio Rodriguez (hamstring) all sat out. The Sixers' 10-5 mark in January (which matched last season's total wins) was just a mirage and they crashed down the stretch. strong>UP NEXT /strong> Chicago plays Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) at Brooklyn and play its two final games at home. The Sixers finish their home slate Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) against Milwaukee and Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) against Indiana. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 7th, 2017

Racal shows heart, sets up Game 3 in D-League Finals

With its back against the wall, Racal showed its grit and held off Cignal-San Beda College, 100-90, Monday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan to force a Game 3 in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Finals. Leaning on leaders Rey Nambatac and Jackson Corpuz, the Tile Masters repulsed a late rally from the Hawkeyes as they kept their foes at bay and preserved the victory late. Nambatac scattered 24 points, four rebounds, three steals, and two assists, while Corpuz dominated the paint with his double-double of 20 markers and 11 boards in the victory. “We had a good start and identified their big three — Jason Perkins, Robert Bolick, and Javee Mocon. Magandang bagay na na-limit namin sila. It’s a big thing for us that those three played below average today,” said coach Jerry Codiñera, who was elated with the defensive work Racal did in Game 2. Kent Salado also added 15 points while Joseph Gabayni registered his best game to date with nine markers and 10 rebounds. The Tile Masters lost hold of their 19-point advantage, 57-38, in the second quarter after Perkins and Bolick teamed up to slowly claw Cignal back in the game and get to as close as five, 67-62, with 4:02 remaining in the third frame. However, Corpuz and Salado closed the quarter out on a 14-7 tear to restore order, 81-69, and maintain the cushion in the fourth period to cruise to the conquest. “Dapat handa ka whenever they go on a surge. We have to arrest that and today, nagawa naman namin,” said Codinera. Conference MVP Robert Bolick carried the Hawkeyes with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists while Pamboy Raymundo scored 17 on a 3-of-8 shooting from threes in the loss. Game 3 is on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. BOX SCORES RACAL 100 - Nambatac 24, Corpuz 20, Salado 15, Gabayni 9, Torres 8, Capacio 5, Dagangon 5, Flores 4, Onwubere 4, Cabrera 3, Mangahas 3, Gabawan 0, Gumaru 0, Terso 0. CIGNAL 90 - Bolick 18, Raymundo 17, Perkins 13, Potts 11, Bringas 8, Mocon 7, Villarias 7, Adamos 3, Arboleda 3, Oftana 3, Arong 0, Batino 0, Cahilig 0. QUARTER SCORES: 26-22, 57-42, 81-71, 100-90. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2017

Short-handed Spurs hold off Jazz late, 109-103

em>By Raul Dominguez, Associated Press /em> SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had 25 points and seven assists, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Utah Jazz 109-103 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) in a matchup of postseason-bound teams. The Jazz closed to 102-98 on Joe Johnson's 16-footer with 2:06 remaining that capped a 10-0 run. Leonard then blocked a shot by 7’1” center Rudy Gobert to help San Antonio preserve the victory. Gobert had 19 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots. Boris Diaw scored 19 points, making all nine of his shots against his former team. Utah (47-30) leads the Los Angeles Clippers (47-31) by a half-game for the Western Conference's No. 4 seed and home-court advantage in the opening round. San Antonio (59-17) is second in the West behind Golden State. The Spurs got their 30th home win despite resting Manu Ginobili, David Lee and Patty Mills, and missing injured starters LaMarcus Aldridge and Danny Green. Aldridge has a sprained left thumb and Green sat out with a bruised left quadriceps. Tony Parker had 21 points and five assists, and five of the team's nine-player rotation scored in double figures. Leonard had 19 points in the third quarter as the Spurs rebuilt a 15-point lead they lost in the first half. The Spurs took a 17-point lead in the second quarter following a 20-4 run bridging the first and second quarters. The Jazz rallied behind six points, five blocks and four rebounds from Gobert in the second quarter. Spurs rookie Davis Bertans opened 2-for-3 on three-pointers, fueling a 4-for-5 start on 3s in the opening period. San Antonio finished 10-for-19 on three-pointers. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Jazz: /strong> /em>PG George Hill missed his third straight game with a strained right groin. Diaw missed the first two games against his former team with a bruised right leg. The 6’8” forward from France played in 331 games in four-plus seasons with San Antonio after being released by Charlotte. Diaw averaged 7.4 points and 3.8 rebounds. Starting PF Derrick Favors has not played since March 6 (Mar. 7, PHL time), missing 13 straight games with a bruised left knee bone. Utah coach Quin Snyder is not sure when Favors will return, but is hopeful it will be prior to the postseason. G Raul Neto sat out his third straight game with a strained right groin. em> strong>Spurs: /strong> /em>Parker became the fourth player in league history with 500 points and 250 assists in 16 seasons, joining John Stockton, Gary Payton and Jason Kidd. San Antonio has the league's best record since the All-Star break at 16-4. Portland and Golden State are both 15-5 over that span. At 59-17, the Spurs matched the second-best record in franchise history through 76 games. San Antonio was 64-12 last season while winning a franchise-record 67 games. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Jazz: /strong> /em>Host Portland on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). em> strong>Spurs: /strong> /em>Host Memphis on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2017

Blazers beat Nuggets to take one-game lead for 8th seed

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Jusuf Nurkic had a career-high 33 points with 16 rebounds against his former team, CJ McCollum had 39 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 122-113 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) to take hold of the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Portland leads Denver by a game for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Blazers also clinched the season-series tiebreaker with the Nuggets, giving them an upper hand with eight games to play. Jameer Nelson led Denver with 23 points. The Blazers got Nurkic involved early against his former team. On Portland's first possession, Nurkic scored on a designed post-up play against Nikola Jokic, who took Nurkic's starting spot in Denver. After another first-quarter basket, Nurkic called on the crowd to pick up the noise, which was a theme for him throughout the night, even while on the bench. When Nurkic left the game late in the third quarter, he did so to a standing ovation. It wouldn't be his last of the night, as Blazers coach Terry Stotts pulled Nurkic for a curtain call with 19 seconds left. Nurkic spoke to the crowd after the game, even taking a shot at his former team. 'I wish those guys a happy summer,' Nurkic said. A 24-second violation by Denver at the 2:28 mark of the third got the home crowd into it even more, as Portland rode the momentum and improved defense to a 10-point lead after three quarters. With 7:21 left in the fourth, McCollum called the crowd to action again after another three-pointer to give Portland a 107-96 lead. The game featured seven lead changes and 14 ties before Portland pulled away. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Nuggets: /strong> /em> Despite the playoff implications, coach Mike Malone stayed away from calling Tuesday's (Wednesday, PHL time) game a 'must-win.' 'Not one time has anyone on this staff said to our players, `This is a must-win,' Malone said prior to the game. 'Because if we do that and lose this game for some reason, then our players say the season is over, we failed.' em> strong>Blazers: /strong> /em> The arrival of Nurkic from Denver has coincided with Portland's longest stretch of winning basketball, going 12-7 since his arrival. Malone didn't think much had changed with Nurkic, though. 'I haven't seen anything different,' Malone said. 'He started 25 games for us and we looked to post him up at times on the left block. He's a more than capable passer. He's a guy that can take the ball to the basket at times. We have our starting center in Nikola Jokic. [Nurkic has] come here and given them a boost, I'm happy for him. He's a good kid.' strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Nuggets: /strong> /em> Denver continues its five-game road trip in Charlotte on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). em> strong>Blazers: /strong> /em>The Blazers host James Harden and Houston on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 29th, 2017

Suspended Noah: Using supplement to aid injuries 'backfired'

em>By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press /em> GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Joakim Noah was seeking help to overcome injuries that wrecked his first season in New York and turned to an over-the-counter supplement. That decision 'backfired,' Noah said Tuesday. It led to a 20-game suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy, preventing Noah from ending a disappointing year on a positive note. 'This was a tough moment, but I'm going to learn from it,' Noah said. 'I tried to take a supplement to help me with everything I've gone through. I've gone through a lot of injuries, and I tried to take something to help me and it backfired.' Noah returned to practice Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) following Feb. 27 (Feb. 28, PHL time) surgery to remove a loose body from his left knee. The knee injury came after a hamstring injury he was trying to recover from around the All-Star break. All told, he managed just 46 games in the first season of a four-year, $72 million contract he signed last summer. 'I wanted to do something to help myself, help my body and like I said it backfired on me,' Noah said. 'I tried to take the right measures when I was taking the supplements and it wasn't enough.' The league cited Noah for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has said that the substance, known as SARMs, has 'similar properties to anabolic agents, but ... the lack of steroid-related side effects.' Noah was aware of the warnings players get when it comes to outside supplements, but may have desperate for some relief in the midst of a second straight injury-plagued season. He was limited to 29 games in his final season in Chicago because of a left shoulder injury that required surgery. 'So I know it didn't come from a bad place,' Noah said, adding that he thought 20 games was severe but 'it is what it is and I've got to bounce back.' He apologized to teammates and the organization, saying he let a lot of people down. 'You can't do anything about it now. We're just glad to see him back on the court today, doing some things,' coach Jeff Hornacek said. 'We'll miss him the rest of the year and the beginning of next year. But he'll be ready to go next year.' Noah was limited to 5.0 points a game and wasn't able to be the defensive anchor the team hoped. He may not even regain his starting spot next season, with rookie Willy Hernangomez playing well recently. Noah and the Knicks hope he can begin serving the suspension as early as their game Wednesday against Miami so he can chop off the first eight games this season. 'It's a tough lesson to learn, but everything in life has its purpose,' Noah said. 'I know that right now it's a tough situation to be in not being there with my teammates out there on the court. But I'm going to take this suspension like a man and move on.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 29th, 2017

Q&A: NBA pioneer Wayne Embry

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com Wayne Embry is closing in on 60 years in the NBA in one capacity or another. And if you hear him tell it, he’s been half-a-Forrest Gump, working without a plan and landing wherever the basketball winds have taken him. But that does not do the man or his career justice. “You can say Wayne’s been persistent,” Oscar Robertson said about his friend, fellow Hall of Famer and former roommate with the Cincinnati Royals. “A lot of things were not that easy for him on his way to where he is today. There was not a plan for a lot of African-Americans in those days, to be honest. People think because they see him now, ‘Everything was so wonderful.’ But he persevered. And I’m happy for him for that.” Wayne Richard Embry, who turns 80 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), has been a player, a scout, a team executive and a pebble-grained consigliere for so long, Bill Russell only had one ring when he arrived. Embry reached the NBA in 1958, the 22nd pick in the same draft that yielded Elgin Baylor, Hal Greer and Guy Rodgers. A native of Springfield, Ohio, and the only black student at his Tecumseh High in New Carlisle, Embry played at Miami (Ohio) before becoming a five-time NBA All-Star. He averaged 14.1 points and 10.4 rebounds for Cincinnati and, at 6’8” and 240 pounds, earned his memorable nickname (“The Wall”) with bone-jarring picks and box-outs. Embry was traded in 1966 to Boston, where he spent two seasons as a backup to Russell, earning a championship ring in 1968. Then it was on to Milwaukee via the expansion draft, with the Bucks jacking the 31-year-old Embry’s minutes from 13.9 to 30.2 in the season before they landed Lew Alcindor, a.k.a. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Soon after Embry retired as a player, Bucks owner Wes Pavalon sought him out to be “assistant to the president,” Ray Patterson. When Patterson moved on to Houston in 1972, Pavalon promoted Embry, making him the first black general manager in major American professional sports. Embry helped convince Robertson to accept his trade to Milwaukee for the 1970-71 season, the trigger of the Bucks’ NBA championship that season. He helped rebuild the team, after Abdul-Jabbar demanded his exit from the gritty Midwestern city, into an under-appreciated contender into the 1980s. Then it was on to Cleveland, where Embry became the NBA’s first black team president. The Cavaliers thrived on his watch, only to be blocked by Detroit and Chicago much as Boston and Philadelphia had been the Bucks’ obstacles. At age 67, Embry accepted a role as senior basketball adviser with the Toronto Raptors, a job at which he continues to work nearly 13 years later. Toronto has averaged 50 victories over the past four seasons, with Embry helicoptering in six or seven times each season and otherwise catching their games on League Pass from his Scottsdale, Ariz., home, where he lives with Terri, his wife of 57 years. Robertson, by comparison, was only Embry’s roommate for six seasons during their travels with the Royals. “He was all right,” Robertson recalled Friday. “He slept a lot and I didn’t.” A politics junkie and a history buff, Embry exercises daily and mostly battles some sinus issues after shedding considerable weight recently. Soft-spoken but sharp as ever, he spoke at length with NBA.com on the same day that, coincidentally, former Chicago Bulls GM Jerry Krause died at age 77. Here is an edited version of that conversation: strong>NBA.com: /strong> What do you remember about Jerry Krause? strong>Wayne Embry: /strong>He was a hard worker. Whether it be his work in the NBA or his work in baseball. Very much attended to detail, too. He was, I would think for his time, innovative in his approach, looking for things other people may not have thought to look for. Players’ extended family, that sort of thing. He was really dedicated to what he did. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Was it possible to have a good working relationship with him as a rival? strong>WE: /strong> He didn’t want to reveal any information to anybody. If there was a group of guys out on the road scouting, he would seem aloof sometimes. He didn’t want to give up any secrets or anything that he assumed the other guy didn’t know. He’d be very non-communicative. [chuckles] strong>NBA.com: /strong>Even Jerry West, “The Logo,” doesn’t have 60 years in the NBA. You got here a couple seasons before him or Oscar. strong>WE: /strong> I’ve been blessed to be involved in something like this that I have a great passion for. It’s been good for me, and to be able to still be involved at my age ... I just feel blessed. strong>NBA.com: /strong> You have to feel proud not only to be the first black GM in pro sports but to have achieved that way back in 1972. Did you have a sense of being a pioneer back then? strong>WE: /strong>At the time, it was a complete shock. I thought I’d be lucky to be assistant to Ray Patterson, who had done a tremendous job building the championship team. I came there in late ’70 and in August of ’72 I get a call from Wes Pavalon. He and two of his board members were in his office. He just looked at me and said, “You’re the new general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks.” It didn’t register. I was, what, 34, 35 at the time? There never had been any [black GMs]. I just told them I’d do the best I could in whatever capacity I was in. But to be named the man in charge came as a complete shock. strong>NBA.com: /strong> Pavalon was a pretty progressive guy, whose friends included tennis great Arthur Ashe and “Roots” author Alex Haley. Did he tell you later why he chose you for such a barrier-breaking role? strong>WE: /strong> No, not really. But I think that it had a lot to do with the fact I was with the inaugural team and was captain of that team. They drafted me at my age because they wanted leadership. And [coach] Larry Costello, whom I had gotten to know, respected my approach to the game and thought I’d be good for their young team. strong>NBA.com: /strong>You played only one season with the Bucks, retiring at 31. Couldn’t you have come back for another season as a mentor to Kareem? strong>WE: /strong> I probably could have. But my knees already were aching and my back got worse. It got very difficult to get up in the morning to go to practice. I only knew how to play the game one way, and that was all out. I said, “No, I can’t do it anymore.” strong>NBA.com: /strong> When Pavalon brought you back to Milwaukee – you briefly were a city recreation director in the Boston area – he was hoping to swing a deal for Oscar, right? strong>WE: /strong> Wes said “What d’ya think?” I said, “That would be an instant championship, if you got him with Kareem.” I think Oscar had a no-trade contract or approval, and [Pavalon] asked me if I’d pick up the phone and give him a call, and kind of push him our way. I told Oscar I was going back and it’d be great for him to win a championship after all these years. And of course I was interested in pushing it along, if I was going to go back there too. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Oscar understood the value of playing alongside Kareem. strong>WE: /strong> Well, yeah. All those great years he had in Cincinnati but he could never beat Russell and the Celtics. So for him to play with a center who was dominant – I wasn’t quite as dominant a center [laughs] – was a big step toward winning a championship. And it all worked out. strong>NBA.com: /strong> It worked out for you a year later, when Patterson left and Pavalon made you GM. strong>WE: /strong> At that point, I was trying to not screw it up. And I was always afraid that trading Greg Smith screwed it up because we were trying to get bigger at the power forward position. That’s when we brought Curtis Perry in. There were a couple years there where we got beat in the playoffs [by the Lakers and the Warriors], and then we got back to the Finals in ’74. We lost the final game in Milwaukee, which was a heartbreaker. strong>NBA.com: /strong> How cooperative were the league’s other GMs back then? Whether it was due to your race or the fact you were a recently retired player breaking into their ranks, was there any resistance to working with you? strong>WE: /strong> Not at all. They were very receptive and accommodating to me, as far as being a peer. A lot of great friendships evolved out of it. With Pete Newell and Bob Feerick, who was with Golden State at the time. Stu Inman and Jerry Colangelo. I think there was a lot of mutual respect. They helped me grow in the job. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Going about your job day to day, did you feel more eyes on you because you were breaking new ground? strong>WE: /strong>Actually, it didn’t dawn on me right away. I was asked at the time if it was significant, and I said only if it was significant to others. I just felt I had a job to do. I put pressure on myself to do the best I could, prepare myself for it and work harder than everybody else. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Did you like the job right off? strong>WE: /strong>I didn’t really know what it all entailed. It was difficult at first, because I had played with some of the guys I now was managing. As teammates, we had a different type of relationship. Then you had to change that. Instead of hanging out with you, there had to be separation. That was difficult. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Did you have to let Oscar know when he was nearing the end? strong>WE: /strong> That was one of the toughest assignments I had. It was the year of the [New Orleans] expansion draft, but he told us he wasn’t ready to make a decision. The organization certainly didn’t want to put him out in the expansion draft, just out of respect to him. We ended up protecting him. But time passed and ownership decided we had to move on. I had the responsibility of telling Oscar we were moving on, which was tough. strong>NBA.com: /strong> Did it impact your relationship with Oscar, at least temporarily? strong>WE: /strong>It may have. But we worked our way through it. We’re best friends now. strong>NBA.com: /strong>You also had the, er, fun job of dealing with Kareem when he wanted out of Milwaukee. strong>WE: /strong>I think it was the fall of ’74, I got a call that Sam Gilbert – representing Kareem – wanted a meeting. We had no idea what it was for. So Wes and I and Kareem and Sam met at the Sheraton out in Brookfield [western suburb of Milwaukee] and weren’t in the room five minutes when Sam said, “Kareem wants to be traded.” We didn’t want to trade Kareem, obviously, but we knew we were in for a long evening as we tried to hammer this thing out. The reason Kareem gave was, he wanted to go to New York or L.A., larger markets. Actually, Washington was his first choice. But there was that event at his house there...  strong>NBA.com: /strong>That’s right. In January 1973, a house that Abdul-Jabbar owned in D.C. was targeted in a home invasion. [Terrorists murdered several people in an attack on the player’s spiritual teacher Hamaas Abdul Khaalis, a rival of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad. Abdul-Jabbar was not present at the time.] strong>WE: /strong>That took Washington out, so it got down to the Lakers or the Knicks. We did everything we could do to talk him out of wanting to be traded. But he said, “Nope. If you don’t, I’ll become a free agent or I’ll sign with the ABA.” Of course we didn’t want that to happen. So we decided to keep it quiet. “Let’s not go public until we have a deal.” strong>NBA.com: /strong> You wound up keeping it quiet for most of that ’74-75 season. strong>WE: /strong>New York made their pitch but there was nothing [acceptable] they could do – they wanted to give us aging players and money. Then I got a call from Pete Newell [of the Lakers] who said, “Can we meet in Denver?” We met in Denver and hammered out a trade. strong>NBA.com: /strong> Considering your hand was forced, were you satisfied with the return on that deal? strong>WE: /strong>Yeah, we felt we got a good nucleus. And I told the board that, once it was clear Kareem wanted to be traded, I said, “This may be good for the franchise. We’re going to hold out to get young players who can be part of a solid future.” We got [David] Meyers and Junior Bridgeman as draft picks, and Brian Winters and Elmore Smith as players. Of course there was cash involved – that wasn’t my area – but that was a pretty solid foundation. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Where did your satisfaction come from as a GM, compared to winning games and chasing titles as a player? strong>WE: /strong>Pretty much the same. Our jobs in the front office are to create an environment for the players to succeed. My philosophy was, let the coaches coach and the players play. I always felt it was a players’ game. So let’s do the best we can there. Very seldom did I interfere with a coach coaching. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Well, there was that one time in Cleveland when Lenny Wilkens noticed you coaching up Brad Daugherty... strong>WE: /strong>He said, “I’d appreciate if you’d let us coach the team. I saw you over there talking to Brad and giving him some instructions.” I said, “Well, Lenny, I played the position. I just thought I’d give him a little tip.” He said, “Just pass that on to us and we’ll do it.” I thought about that, and I said, “You know what? You’re absolutely right.” You have to hold your coaches accountable, and if you’re going to do their jobs, you can’t hold them accountable. strong>NBA.com: /strong> With those Milwaukee teams of Marques Johnson, Sidney Moncrief, Bridgeman, Winters and eventually Bob Lanier, do you ever second-guess any moves you made or didn’t make? strong>WE: /strong>No, I think we were the best we could be. I thought Don Nelson did a tremendous job in developing those teams to where we were contenders. I had a great deal of pleasure in watching those teams grow, because it came after I had to tell Larry Costello he no longer would be our coach. And when I told Don Nelson – my roommate in Boston – that he was going to take over, he said “I’m not ready to coach.” I told him, “Nellie, you’re the coach. So let’s go for it.” He grew with the team and became obviously a Hall of Fame coach. That’s the reward, when you make decisions like that and they turn out well. That’s the pleasure I get now in an advisory capacity with Toronto. I tell the team when I speak to them before the season, my greatest joy is seeing others succeed. strong>NBA.com: /strong> How much better prepared were you when, after a year consulting with Indiana, you went to Cleveland as vice president and GM in 1986? strong>WE: /strong> I had learned a lot by then, a lot of valuable experiences. Managing in the ‘70s wasn’t easy for any of us. That was an era of the post-civil rights, Vietnam War protests, and it affected the sports and the country in general. We had the drug culture in the NBA. It was all part of the post-Sixties era. We were confronted with situations we never thought we’d face. It was trying, to say the least. Young people were protesting a lot of issues. We all respected others’ First Amendment rights. But we also had to be protective of the brand. So it was more a matter of how we did it. We had to protect the image of the franchise, but at the same time, we realized, “This is the time we’re living in. How can we affect change?” We had to think about how we expressed ourselves, and dealt with adversity and the various attitudes that prevailed. And still prevail. Quite frankly, I a little concerned about today. strong>NBA.com: /strong> What’s your take now on the social and political issues that have crept – or been invited – into sports. strong>WE: /strong> We’ve got to count on the 80 percent. I use the 80/20 philosophy, and if 80 percent is good and 20 percent is bad, the 80 percent has got to influence what happens with the other 20 percent. I think we still do a lot of good in sports. We can’t let the 20 percent rule. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Was the NBA of its times or ahead of its time in race relations in the ‘60s and ‘70s? strong> WE: /strong> We come from different backgrounds, different points of views. But I think once you’re in the locker room, the whole concept of winning is built on respect. You built a mutual respect in the locker room, you work toward a common goal, and that’s to win. You saw how the Celtics got along internally. Now we’ve got a lot more African-American players ... and that’s a different challenge. Plus the NBA has become global, putting us at the forefront of bringing together different cultures, different ethnic backgrounds to work toward that common goal of winning championships. It’s great to see how we’ve been able to integrate Europeans, Asians, Africans all into the NBA. We’re a model for how it can bring about change and mutual respect, which I think we need more of in the world. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Your teams in Cleveland had players and coaches who had the misfortune of being born into the era of Jordan. strong>WE: /strong>Obviously, you want to win championships. But if you can get to the final four, you’re a real contender. We were able to do that on one occasion. But we had to play against greatness in those other years. We consistently won 50 games or more, but we couldn’t overcome Michael Jordan. I talked to somebody yesterday who brought up “The Shot” again. [Laughs.] I wish they’d let that go. They keep playing that damn thing on television. strong>NBA.com: /strong> How do you feel about one man serving both as chief basketball boss and head coach, like Stan Van Gundy in Detroit or Gregg Popovich in San Antonio? strong>WE: /strong> My philosophy is having two people. But I can’t take issue with what Pop does, because he relies heavily on R.C. [Buford]. As long as someone has a person to rely on, as a check-and-balance, it can work. But I’m really an advocate of [splitting the duties]. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Did you ever want to coach? strong>WE: /strong>No. I wanted to be as far away from the action as possible because I was too fierce a competitor. One of the most regrettable things in my career was when I came on the court in a game in Detroit – I was sitting about 10 rows up – and the Pistons were having their way with our players. That was the late ‘80s or early ‘90s when the Bad Boys were at their best – or worst. The referees weren’t calling it the way I saw it, there was something happening underneath the basket and suddenly I found myself out on the court. I got the call from Rod [Thorn, NBA VP] the next day, saying “We’ve got to fine you $10,000.” I said, “Fine me more.” strong>NBA.com: /strong>I want to ask about your thoughts on the league today, about the way the game is played and the current hot topic of resting players. strong>WE: /strong> I am fearful that the big men are becoming an endangered species because of the emphasis on 3-point shooting. And I was in the room when we adopted the 3-point shot. I voted for it, I agree with it. But I am concerned about the use of these 6-11, 7-footers who we’ve seen over the years – centers don’t dominate anymore. You don’t see the development of the bigs as we once did. They’re used primarily in high pick-and-roll situations and very little in low-post play. I think there’s very much a need for a big, but the push now is for stretch-fours and stretch-fives. I can understand the analytics of it all, because we all can do arithmetic. But playing the game, you take what the defense gives you. There’s got to be a place for bigs – they want to play the game too. strong>NBA.com: /strong>And as far as resting players? strong>WE: /strong> I think that’s contrary to what the game should be about. [Commissioner] Adam Silver and the owners are going to address it, which I commend them for, because they have to address it. strong>NBA.com: /strong> The broadcast partners have wound up with some lousy games because of it. And we’ve heard fans complain when they’ve spent hundreds of dollars, months in advance, and maybe driven for hours to see the stars around whom the NBA markets itself. Do you share those concerns? strong>WE: /strong>Just as important is the whole competitive notion of why we play the game. We can’t compromise competition. If your team is vying for playoff position to get homecourt advantage, you look at the schedule and you think “Cleveland should beat that team” or “Toronto should beat that team.” But when they go in there and their three best players don’t play, that compromises competition. You can talk about being tired, but part of competition is about fatigue. You have to manage off days and manage lifestyle, manage all the things that contribute to fatigue. Physically and mentally. There are a lot of ways they can address it. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 26th, 2017

Nowitzki scores 23, leads Mavericks over Nets 111-104

em>By Michael Scotto, Associated Press /em> NEW YORK (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki kept Dallas ahead with his consistent play, and J.J. Barea put away the Mavericks' win with a burst at the end. Nowitzki had 23 points and nine rebounds, Barea scored 20 and the Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-104 Sunday (Monday, PHL time). The Mavericks led 94-92 with more than five minutes left before Barea scored nine straight Dallas points. 'Big shots,' Nowitzki said. 'That's what he does, pick-and-roll. They came off there and he made a couple from mid-range. He kind of iced it for us there and he's made big plays for this franchise for a long time.' Said coach Rick Carlisle: 'That was a key part of the game.' 'I thought Dirk played a great game. His scoring and shooting was tremendous,' he said. Harrison Barnes added 19 points for the Mavericks. After Barea's surge, Barnes' two layups made it 107-101 with 26.5 seconds remaining. Brook Lopez scored 27 points and Spencer Dinwiddie had 18 for the Nets. Randy Foye and Quincy Acy each had 11. Barnes scored 15 points in helping the Mavs take a 57-43 lead at halftime. Lopez scored 12 in the third quarter, and Brooklyn trailed 82-72 heading into the fourth. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Mavericks: /strong> /em> Carlisle discussed Yogi Ferrell's impact since signing with Dallas. 'We were all banged up. We had a lot of guys out. We desperately needed a guy that could play the position and hold the fort. I wasn't sure he was going to be a starter right away, but the way we were structured at the time it seemed like the best way to go. He started the first game, did a lot of good things and had a really terrific first couple of weeks. Now, we're at a point where he's pretty much held that position and he's done a lot of good things.' Ferrell scored eight vs. the Nets. A.J. Hammons and Jarrod Uthoff were inactive. em> strong>Nets: /strong> /em>Coach Kenny Atkinson thinks Rondae Hollis-Jefferson can be a power forward long-term. 'I think four can be his main position. I also think he can play three. Obviously the perimeter shooting has to get better. I think he can play three because he can handle the ball and he can play a little bit of pick-and-roll. He's going to be that hybrid that I think is an important position.' Lopez played in his 550th game, tying Mike Gminski for second place on the franchise's all-time games played list. Archie Goodwin made his Nets debut, becoming the 21st player to suit up for Brooklyn this season. He hit his only triple try and finished with four points. Joe Harris (sprained left shoulder) and Sean Kilpatrick (strained left hamstring). strong>LIN HURT /strong> Brooklyn's Jeremy Lin sprained his right ankle on a drive to the basket and missed the remainder of the game after being subbed out at the 4:35 mark of the first quarter. He had four points. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Mavericks: /strong> /em> Host Golden State on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time), starting a four-game homestand. em> strong>Nets: /strong> /em>Host Detroit on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). Brooklyn remains home for its next two games. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 19th, 2017