Barclays Premier League ReviewsJohn LeyCRYSTAL PALACE 1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3GOALS:- PALACE: VERTONGHEN OG 30th. TOTTENHAM: KANE 63rd; ALLI 84th; CHADLI 90th.Dele Alli scored a wonder goal to put Tottenham into fourth place in the Barclays Premier League. Jan Vertonghen turned Wilfried Zaha’s cross into his own net to put Palace ahead, but Harry Kane levelled. Then Alli flicked the ball over his head before volleying Spurs into the lead, while Nacer Chadli netted a late third.LEICESTER CITY 3 STOKE CITY 0GOALS:- LEICESTER: DRONKWATER 42nd; VARDY 66th; ULLOA 87th.Leicester moved three points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League on Saturday with an impressive win over Stoke. Danny Drinkwater gave Leicester the lead before Jamie Vardy ended his goal drought of 10 hours and 17 minutes and Leonardo Ulloa completed their 13th win of the season.MANCHESTER UNITED 0 SOUTHAMPTON 1GOAL:- SOUTHAMPTON: AUSTIN 87th.Southampton substitute Charlie Austin scored the winner to punish lacklustre Manchester United at Old Trafford. Austin, signed last weekend from Queens Park Rangers, rose to head home an 87th minute free-kick. At the end, United manager Louis van Gaal and his players were booed off.NORWICH CITY 4 LIVERPOOL 5GOALS:- NORWICH: MBOKAI 29th; NAISMITH 41st; HOOLAHAN PEN 54th; BASSONG 90th. LIVERPOOL: FIRMINO 18th, 63rd; HENDERSON 55th; MILNER 75th; LALLANA 90th.Liverpool come back from 3-1 down to steal a dramatic last-minute winner from Adam Lallana. Roberto Firmino put Liverpool ahead, but Dieumerci’s Mbokani levelled before debutant Steven Naismith put the home side in front. Wes Hoolahan added a penalty, before Jordan Henderson and Firmino struck. James Milner put the away side ahead and though Sebastien Bassong netted in added time, Lallana delivered a twist.SUNDERLAND 1 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1GOALS:- SUNDERLAND VAN AANHOLT 45th. BOURNEMOUTH: AFOBE 13th.Patrick van Aanholt scored for the second game in a row as Sunderland came from behind to draw against relegation rivals Bournemouth. The visitors dominated the opening half-hour and took the lead through Benik Afobe’s diving header. But Sunderland hit back through Van Aanholt, who collected Fabio Borini’s through ball and shot past Artur Boruc.WATFORD 2 NEWCASTLE UNITED 1GOALS:- WATFORD: IGHALO 46th; CATHCART 58th. NEWCASTLE: LASCELLES 71st.Odion Ighalo rediscovered his scoring touch as Watford won their first league game in six. The Nigerian striker went into the game without a goal since 28 December, but finally claimed his 14th of the season when he beat the offside trap to slot in Troy Deeney’s through ball. He then set up Craig Cathcart, who drove in the second from six yards. Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles headed home in the 71st minute to set up a tense finish.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 ASTON VILLA 0Aston Villa avoided defeat for a third successive Barclays Premier League match as they held neighbours West Bromwich Albion in an uninspiring stalemate. Villa could have been awarded a first-half penalty when Jordan Ayew appeared to be fouled by Albion defender Jonas Olsson. Albion failed to register a single shot on target, although Craig Dawson headed over and Stephane Sessegnon slashed wide after the break.WEST HAM UNITED 2 MANCHESTER CITY 2GOALS:- WEST HAM: VALENCIA 1st, 56th. CITY: AGUERO PEN 9th, 81st.Manchester City lost ground on Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester City as Sergio Aguero scored twice to rescue a draw at West Ham. Enner Valencia struck from inside the area after 53 seconds for the Hammers, but Aguero equalised with a penalty after he had been fouled. The hosts regained the lead when Valencia capitalised on hesitant defending by Nicolas Otamendi to stab in. However, Aguero struck from 10 yards late on to earn his side a point.
The Caribbean people and the Jamaican people, in particular, must be among the most talented, most creative and most resilient people in the entire world. On the few occasions when we have managed to put our collective energies together, we have been unstoppable. We seem, however, to have some serious and crippling flaws in our character, which make it most challenging for us to actually unite consistently for any meaningful cause. One such cause, West Indies cricket, has long been a victim of this debilitating fractiousness. The recent and ongoing controversy raging across the region – ironically ignited by the recent success of the regional cricket teams – the direction the rhetoric is going, poignantly highlights some of these fundamental flaws. The term ‘crab in a barrel’ has often been used to describe people who tend to pull down the progressive ones in their midst instead of supporting and encouraging their success. That is exactly what’s been playing out since the recent success of the West Indies team – in the glorious moments when the Caribbean people should be enjoying the unprecedented success of our Under-19 team, our women’s T20 team and our men’s T20 team all simultaneously boasting the status of world champions. Instead of celebrating and appreciating these rare and precious moments, the rhetoric has been toxic and the energies concentrated in the cause of tearing down the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and getting rid of its Jamaican president, Mr Dave Cameron. It is nothing short of ironic that the catalyst for this ongoing bickering was indeed our success. The incessant calls for the blood of Cameron in the instant of the region’s most successful on-field run in close to three decades, I think, merits some in-depth sociological and anthropological research. So many among us seem so willing to subscribe to the fickle notion that winning these world titles was achieved in spite of the administrators, and not because of them, implying therefore that now is as good a time as any to launch the ‘anti-WICB attacks’. Pettiness, maliciousness It would be understandable if this attitude emanated from some lofty and noble pursuit of a higher standard of consistency of excellence from our players and administrators, but the inherent pettiness and tone of maliciousness in the attacks, specifically against the board president, implies a complex and inexplicable personal dislike which defies rational discourse. In what is supposed to be one of our proudest moments, we have degenerated to our divisive worst. Not long ago, I was way down the wicket, in terms of my personal resignation to the fatal demise of West Indies cricket as an institution, after repeatedly witnessing and living the embarrassment of some stinging recent defeats in Tests and one-day internationals. Then came T20 and the near-immediate compatibility of this new format with the natural athleticism, pace and power of the average Caribbean cricketer. Flames of hope were rekindled when the West Indies went on to win the world T20 in 2012. Then came the men’s team and then the women’s team of 2016 and the historic double, as the flames were now fully ablaze. But just for a fleeting moment. Instead of gratitude and satisfaction, bickering has become the order of the day with past and current players leading the way, with the proverbial angry mob behind them. Misinformation and half-truths have permeated the air, as personal agendas have taken charge. Lost in the quagmire is another potentially inspirational and motivational gem, transformed instead into another opportunity to self-destruct. Despite the obvious redemptive value of T20 to the region’s cricket, we appear destined to drop the catch, as apparently we cannot handle success.
Both teams were unchanged heading into the second quarter as the Bajan Gems’ goal shooter, Shonica Wharton, proved an essential target for Barbados in the goal circle. Trinidad & Tobago’s shooter, Wallace, steadied her side and levelled the score early in the quarter, and from there, it was a goal-for-goal tussle as neither side could establish dominance, with the half-time score 23-21 in the Calypso Girls’ favour. Barbados’ Sheniqua Thomas was introduced into goal attack at the start of the second half, as the Calypso Girls established a break of seven goals early in the quarter, with goal attack Joelisa Cooper making her presence felt, but pressure from Barbados meant the margin was reduced to five, with Trinidad and Tobago leading 38-33 at the end of three quarters. The Bajan Gem’s Faye Sealy replaced the injured Wharton late in the final term, but the Calypso Girls were able to punish Barbados for errors, converting on the scoreboard and winning the fourth quarter 17-6. Trinidad & Tobago’s Onella Jack felt the tough matches against Australia and New Zealand prepared them for the win. “It means a lot because, mostly, either Barbados will beat us or we will beat Barbados, so today’s win means a lot to us,” she said. Jamaica, the other Caribbean team in the tournament, played Scotland on Monday (last night local time) in a match to determine the second team to advance from Pool B with England. ESSENTIAL TARGET New Zealand broke Australia’s 21-match winning streak with a hard-fought five-goal win in front of a world-record crowd at Allphones Arena yesterday. A total of 16,233 fans flocked to Sydney Olympic Park for the much-anticipated trans-Tasman clash, with the Silver Ferns winning 52-47 in an electric atmosphere. The match sets the scene for a dramatic week ahead, as teams head into the next stage of competition on Tuesday (tonight local time). In other Day Three action, Wales made it two from two, triumphing 71-44 over Zambia, while Trinidad & Tobago defeated Caribbean rivals Barbados 55-39. England also continued their strong performance with a comprehensive 85-34 win over Samoa, while Malawi took home the points from their battle with Singapore, winning 75-31. In the all-Caribbean matchup, world No. 10 Trinidad & Tobago overcame the ninth-ranked Barbados yet again, at the World Cup. Trinidad and Tobago’s Calypso Girls had defeated the Bajan Gems twice in their previous three encounters in World Cup history and managed to extend their lead in head-to-head battles with their rivals by one more. Allphones Arena was treated to a feast of Caribbean-style netball, with physical challenges, clashes, deflections, and intercepts. The matchup between Calypso Girls’ shooter, Samantha Wallace, and the Bajan Gems’ goal keeper, Shonette Bruce, was crucial, as Barbados were able to capitalise on errors from Trinidad & Tobago to lead 13-10 at the first quarter, despite two stunning intercepts from Trinidad & Tobago’s Onella Jack.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (CMC): Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott has criticised a lack of team spirit and unity within the T&T camp during the just ended games in Brazil. The javelin thrower had to settle for bronze, T&Ts only medal in Rio, after stunning the world in London four years ago when he became the second Trinidadian to win Olympic gold. Walcott threw the javelin a distance of 85.38 metres on Saturday after German Thomas Rohler who won gold with a top throw of 90.30m, while Kenyan Julius Yego took silver with an effort of 88.24m “We did not do so well as a team this year because honestly, for my part, we were not a team. We did not come together as a unit as in 2012,” complained Walcott. “I was young in 2012 and I was one of the younger ones and I saw the gelling of the team, but here it was not like that”. Without calling names, the 23-year-old athlete told reporters “the heads” and not the athletes are the ones to be blamed for the lack of unity in the team this year. Walcott’s comments come as the country’s Chef de Mission Dr Ian Hypolite faces public criticism for his role as an analyst on ESPN during the games. “I would not say it was the athletes, I would have to say it was the heads. You need to be able to understand that for a team to be able to perform properly you need to bring them together,” said Walcott. “It is the environment. When you as a team do not feel everybody is together (it) is like everybody is just concentrating on their own”. Walcott is not due to return to Trinidad and Tobago until early September as a result of two international engagements- the Paris leg of the Diamond League on Saturday before travelling to Zurich in Switzerland to compete on September 1. ‘HEADS’ TO BLAME
West Indies Women lost against England Women by five wickets in their fifth and final one-day international (ODI) cricket encounter at Sabina Park yesterday, which in the process allowed the visitors to claim a 3-2 series victory.In what was a less-than-ideal batting display, West Indies Women, after winning the toss, were bowled out for a modest 155 in 47.1 overs, with England replying with 158 for five off 38.5 overs.Leading the batting charge for the West Indies was talismanic opener and joint Player of the Series, Stafanie Taylor, who in recording her third half-century of the series, a well-played 57, made most runs for the regional women.Middle-order batter, Britney Cooper, 23, and opener Hayley Matthews, 22, were the next best scorers against Player of the Match and the other joint Player-of-the-Series, left-arm spinner Alex Hartley, who took four for 24.The English, in pursuit of the victory target, were led by an unbeaten 58 from frontline batter Natalie Sciver.This was in addition to knocks of 34 from opener Tammy Beaumont and 29 from captain Heather Knight.”It’s disappointing that we were not able to pull it off, but this is what happens when you don’t show up,” said Taylor. “We had backed ourselves to get a total closer to 200, but that did not happen and it gave them a low total to chase.”But, overall, I am proud of the effort of the girls in the series, and it is for us to learn from this experience going forward.”Knight, in the meantime, praised the fight shown by her charges throughout the series.”It was tough series, but we always knew we had what it take to come out on top,” Knight said. ”It was all about application and in the final match I thought we did that brilliantly.”LEAPFROGGED COMPETITIONThe result also ensured that the English leapfrogged the regional women in the multi-year eight-team ICC Women’s Championship, which also serves as a qualifier for next year’s International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Cup.England are now on 23 points, one more than the West Indies heading into their final set of matches next month.The West Indies will next play away to India, while England are scheduled to travel to Sri Lanka.World champions and early qualifiers Australia, on 30 points, lead the standings with New Zealand fourth on 20 and South Africa next on 17.The top four teams at the end of the championship, which offers two points for a win and one for a no-result, will automatically advance to the World Cup, with the other four down to contest a play-off series with two ICC Associate member countries.SCOREBOARDWEST INDIES WOMENH Matthews c Hartley b Elwiss 22S Quintyne c wkp Jones b Brunt 1*S Taylor st Jones b Hartley 57D Dottin c Sciver b Hartley 15+M Aguilleira c Sciver b Hartley 6B Cooper c Winfield b Brunt 23S Campbelle c Marsh b Hartley 4S King st Jones b Brunt 12A Fletcher lbw b Knight 2A Mohammed c Brunt b Knight 2S Connell not out 4Extras (lb4, w3) 7TOTAL (all out, 47.1 overs) 155Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Quintyne, 2.4 overs), 2-29 (Matthews, 11.1), 3-66 (Dottin, 22.1), 4-76 (Aguilleira, 26.3), 5-114 (Cooper, 37), 6-131 (Campbelle, 40.3), 7-137 (Taylor, 42.3), 8-148 (King, 44.5), 9-148 (Fletcher, 45.1), 10-155 (Mohammed, 47.1)Bowling: Brunt 9-1-35-3 (w1), Sciver 4-0-11-0, Gunn 5-1-18-0 (w1), Elwiss 3-1-11-1, Marsh 10-0-29-0, Hartley 10-1-24-4 (w1), Knight 6.1-0-23-2.ENGLAND WOMENL Winfield c King b Matthews 12T Beaumont c & b Fletcher 34*H Knight c wkp Aguilleira b Fletcher 29N Sciver not out 58D Wyatt c Cooper b Mohammed 12G Elwiss b Dottin 5+A Jones not out 4Extras (w4) 4TOTAL (5 wkts, 38.5 overs) 158Did not bat: K Brunt, J Gunn, L Marsh, A Hartley.Fall of wickets: 1-33 (Winfield, 8 overs), 2-56 (Beaumont, 16.1), 3-112 (Knight, 28.1), 4-133 (Wyatt, 33.5), 5-151 (Elwiss, 38).Bowling: Connell 3-0-15-0, Matthews 8-0-33-1, Dottin 4-0-23-1 (w3), Fletcher 10-2-28-2, Mohammed 6.5-0-32-1, Taylor 5-0-22-0, Quintyne 2-0-5-0.Result: England Women won by five wickets.Series: England won five-match series 3-2.Points: England Women 2, West Indies Women 0.Player-of-the-match: Alex Hartley.Umpires: G Brathwaite, N Duguid.
Yohan Blake, the 2011 World 100 metres champion, opened his 2017 season with a 47.26 seconds clocking over 400 metres at the Camperdown Classic track and field meet at the National Stadium yesterday.Blake, however, had several athletes ahead of him in the time-final event. Kavon Nelson of Akan Track Club led the way with 46.54 seconds, followed by Racers Track Club’s Zharnel Hughes (46.58) and Olympian Jaheel Hyde third with (46.67). Annsert Whyte (46.84) and Kemar Bailey Cole (47.03 ) also got under 48 seconds.In the women’s 400m, Dawnalee Loney of Mico University College clocked 53.64 to return the best time.In the 100m for Class One boys, Ashanie Smith of St Catherine High led the way with a personal best 10.59 seconds.He was the fastest time overall ahead of Odane McPherson of Greater Portmore with 10.63 and Delano Dunkley of Jamaica College (JC)10.63. Calabar High’s Tyreke Wilson clocked 10.75 and his teammate De’Jour Russell, 10.79.C’BAR TAKES 4X100MCalabar took home the Class One 4x100m relay in 40.38 seconds ahead of Jamaica College (40.63) and Excelsior High (40.70).Junine Goodison of Excelsior topped the Class One girls’ 100m with 11.73 while Tissana Hickling of St Jago High (11.78) and Aneka Brissett of the same school (11.85) finished second and third, respectively.Shaunelle Wallace of Immaculate Conception won the girls’ Class Two 100m with the fastest overall time of 12.05. Second was Kimone Shaw of St Jago (12.07) while her teammate, Shaneil English, was third with 12.13.
With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Torrential rains couldn’t stop the NCAA this week that even the oft-postponed triple-header finally pushed through on Friday.And after it’s said and done, we are left with only two games to wrap up the first round on Tuesday, with last year’s Final Four teams wrapping up their first round assignments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net(2) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 stealsLast Week: N/AAfter missing last week’s list, the pacesetter for the MVP plum returned with a bang.Against cellar-dweller Mapua, the Pirates followed the lead of CJ Perez, with him not only getting it done in the offense but also anchoring the team’s choking defense.His performance was so steady that even the team’s third stringers got a piece of the action en route to their dominant 97-74 blowout victory.Perez, though, acknowledges that the season is just getting started and the rest of the league will be out to deal Lyceum its first defeat come the second round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(3) Levi Dela Cruz – G, Arellano Chiefs24 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 blockLast Week: N/AWith Kent Salado taking a back seat on offense, Levi dela Cruz took the baton and ran with it as he set a career-high performance to help Arellano nab the 87-81 win over St. Benilde.The 22-year-old transferee has come out of Salado’s shadows to emerge as the key component in helping the Chiefs break out of their four-game losing slump.If dela Cruz continues this tear, we may just be seeing the start of a possible second coming of Arellano’s lethal guard combo of the past.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(4) Tey Teodoro – G, JRU Heavy Bombers19 points (4/13 3PT), 3 reboundsLast Week: N/A How rude could Tey Teodoro be?He even went to San Sebastian to remind everybody why he’s one of the deadliest snipers in the league, silencing the home crowd with his three-pointers from the parking lot to help JRU secure the 73-62 victory and extend its winning run to three straight games.But echoing coach Vergel Meneses, he needs more consistent performance from Teodoro like this one if the Heavy Bombers want to make a late run to the Final Four in the second round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(5) Lervin Flores – F, Arellano Chiefs14 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocksLast Week: N/ASurprising as it was, Lervin Flores makes his first appearance in this list for the season thanks to his steady contributions for Arellano in its skid-busting conquest over St. Benilde.The veteran forward has finally shown what he’s capable of, commanding the Chiefs’ defense after a woeful start this season.Coach Jerry Codiñera’s offense will always revolve around Salado, but Flores’ efforts must always be there if last year’s runner-up wants to make it to the semifinals in the long run.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(6) Prince Eze – C, Perpetual Altas14 points, 20 rebounds, 1 assists, 4 blocksLast Week: 3Perpetual may have went on a two-game losing slide to end the first round, but Prince Eze’s contributions shouldn’t be discarded.The Nigerian remains as a force to be reckoned with down low, keeping the Altas in the game despite losing in the end to EAC. 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Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(1) Sidney Onwubere – F, EAC Generals21 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 blockLast Week: N/AWithout Hamadou Laminou to bank on, coach Ariel Sison has made it clear that EAC must double, if not triple, its effort if it wants to progress to the Final Four.And one of the measures he did was to squeeze out all the minutes Sidney Onwubere could give him.On Friday, the Fil-Nigerian forward showed that he’s more than ready to the task, leading the Generals to a gutsy 61-57 win over Perpetual to finish the first round and show why he has to be included in the discussions for the MVP plum.As daunting as the task may be, Onwubere may have to live with the reality that he’s going to need to give everything he has if EAC wants to make it to the last dance.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Eze, however, could not carry the load alone as coach Jimwell Gican needs to challenge his locals, especially Gab Dagangon and GJ Ylagan, to come to Perpetual’s aid if it wants to churn out a late drive in the second round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net(7) Jayson David – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags18 points (5/8 3PT), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blockLast Week: N/ACoach Egay Macaraya’s secret weapon is a secret no more.Jayson David finally lived up to the hype of his mentor, going bonkers from beyond the arc despite San Sebastian losing to JRU.What better way for him to explode than on his home floor, where he stepped up for the undermanned Golden Stags, which sorely missed the presence of leader Michael Calisaan.David, though, has to prove that he’s not a one-game wonder as he needs to sustain this showing once San Sebastian springs back to action in the second round. 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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts during a break in play during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — LeBron James isn’t enjoying the view lately, watching the end of blowout losses from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ bench.James and his struggling Cavaliers absorbed their most-lopsided rout of the season, overwhelmed by the Toronto Raptors 133-99 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals “That I haven’t played in the fourth quarter,” he said, adding his team is getting “tore up.”Kevin Love, who scored 10 points, said he’s confident the Cavs can turn it around in time to reach the finals for a fourth straight season.“We have enough talent here to get over that hump and make a lot of good things happen,” Love said. “Right now it’s just tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel but it is there. We will get out of it and we will get better.”Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 22 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and a season-high 18 rebounds and the Raptors overcame the absences of two starters.C.J.Miles scored 16 points, Pascal Siakam and Norm Powell each had 14 and DeMar DeRozan 13 for the Raptors, who were without point guard Kyle Lowry (bruised tailbone) and forward Serge Ibaka (suspension). Jakob Poeltl had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NCAA volleyball: JRU blasts EAC behind Alvarez’s 24 The Cavaliers have dropped six of eight dating to a Christmas Day defeat at defending champion Golden State. James scored 26 points in this loss while Isaiah Thomas missed his first 11 shots.“I don’t know where it kind of went wrong or what happened,” James said. “We’ve got to try to pick it back up and find it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAfter losing to Minnesota 127-99 on Monday, the Cavaliers fell by an even bigger margin. Toronto’s 133 points were the most by any Cavaliers opponent this season, and marked the third straight game that Cleveland has allowed at least 127.So, what has been James’ biggest beef with Cleveland’s last two losses? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Toronto’s 29 wins through 40 games are the most in franchise history. The Raptors started 28-13 in 2016-17.END OF THE LINEThomas failed to make at least one 3-pointer for the first time in 60 games. It had been the second-longest streak in the NBA behind Golden State’s Klay Thompson (95).UP NEXTCavaliers: Thomas is expected to rest when Cleveland concludes a back-to-back by visiting Indiana on Friday. The Pacers have won both meetings with the Cavs this season.Raptors: Host Golden State on Saturday. Toronto has lost seven straight to the Warriors.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson VanVleet made six of eight 3-point attempts as the Raptors connected on a season-high 18 shots from beyond the arc.“I was really proud of the way he came to play,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.Toronto’s 12-game home winning streak was snapped in Tuesday’s loss to Miami, but the Raptors bounced back in their first meeting with Cleveland since the Cavaliers swept the Raptors out of the second round of the playoffs last May.Thomas connecting on a short jumper at 7:22 of the third quarter for his first basket. He finished 2 for 15 and went 0 for 6 from 3-point range. Playing for the fourth time this season as he returns from a right hip injury, Thomas scored four points in 24 minutes.“He’ll be fine,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “He’s going to have to work out some kinks, but he’ll be fine.”Lowry missed his second straight game after he was injured in a heavy fall in overtime of Monday’s win at Brooklyn. Lowry participated in shootaround Thursday morning but is still too sore to play.Ibaka served a one-game suspension for throwing a punch at Miami’s James Johnson in Tuesday’s home loss to the Heat.Leading 30-24 after one quarter, the Raptors extended their lead in the second thanks to their bench. Siakam scored 10 points and VanVleet had eight as Toronto led 65-40 at halftime.TIP-INSCavaliers: Thomas missed all 10 of his field goal attempts in the first half. … G Derrick Rose who has been out since Nov. 7 with an ankle injury, will not play Friday at Indiana. G Iman Shumpert, out since Nov. 20 with a knee injury, is also expected to miss Friday’s game. … Cleveland is 11-11 on the road.Raptors: Outscored Cleveland 76-48 in bench points. … Outrebounded the Cavs 63-35.RECORD-BREAKING START MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone
MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano After trading blows with FEU for a 5-5 tie in the fifth set, the Lady Spikers turned up the heat and went on a 10-2 run to end the match with Michelle Cobb connecting with Desiree Cheng for the sharp kill.La Salle’s first semblance of disparity in the fifth set was its 12-6 lead when Aduke Ogunsanya brushed off Jeanette Villareal’s attempt.La Salle already had a 24-22 advantage in the third set and needed just one point to finish off FEU. But Kianna Dy’s first attempt to end the match went out of bounds.Dy’s second attempt got blocked and Villareal denied Ogunsanya that gave FEU the 25-24 lead before Bernadeth Pons calmly scored the Lady Tamaraws’ 26th point of the third set.Adamson, though, wasted no time and stunned University of the Philippines, 25-9, 27-25, 25-20, in the other game.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano La Salle’s championship poise again came in full show. —AUGUST DELA CRUZLa Salle coach Ramil De Jesus didn’t like how his Lady Spikers let the game almost slip.But then again, De Jesus thought it might be the kind of match the defending champions needed.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Lady Falcons soared to their second straight win for a 2-1 card, already eclipsing their one-win total from Season 79, while the Lady Maroons slipped to their second straight loss and a 1-2 record.“It feels good, because last year was really tough for us and only winning one game it was hard so getting our second win, we’ve already our record and it feels good,” said Adamson coach Air Padda. “It shows that there’s been growth in the program and our team is not a pushover from last year.”With the Lady Falcons up two sets to none and holding a 23-18 lead in the third, Diana Carlos managed to score two straight points to cut the margin to three, 23-20, and give UP a semblance of fight.Carlos’ back-to-back hits prompted Padda to call time, and Jema Galanza calmed her mentor down with a pinpoint kill that went through UP’s defense and put the Lady Falcons at the 24-20 match point.UP’s Marian Buitre then gave Adamson the win when she failed to get the ball over from her side of the floor.Adamson had eight service aces in the first set alone.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed La Salle survived Far Eastern University, 25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 23-25, 15-7, to streak to its third straight win in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.“I always tell the team that even though they got the first two sets, we will lag behind in the third set,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “It’s fairly easy to score the first 24 points, but it’s very difficult to get that last one.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“These five-set matches are good because we can already see what needs to be fixed and it’s really a test for the team’s character.”The Lady Spikers, who tied National University on top at 3-0, sent the Lady Tamaraws skidding to their second straight loss after an opening-day win. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Awaiting Pacquiao’s ring return View comments