Scorpions aim to keep Hurricanes on the floor

first_imgMuch will be at stake when Jamaica Scorpions play away to the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua in the sixth round of the WICB First-Class Championship, starting today.Campaigning at different ends of the points table, the Scorpions, on 53 points, will be looking to move a step closer to the top two, Guyana Jaguars and Barbados Pride.The Jaguars, on 85 points, lead the championship, while the Pride are second on 63.The Leewards, in the meanwhile, have lost all five fixtures to date and are lurking at the bottom on 13 points. The Windward Islands Volcanoes are fifth on 29 points, with the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force fourth on 37.PRODUCING BETTER RESULTS”If we want to make a run for the title, we have to start producing better results, starting with the Leewards,” stated Jamaica captain Paul Palmer Jr.”They are down, and we need to keep them down by not only winning, but getting as much bonus points as possible.”With a three-win, two-loss record, the Scorpions will be hoping that the addition of batsmen Jermaine Blackwood, Kirk Edwards and Shacaya Thomas will add much strength to their batting, which has struggled all season.Blackwood missed the team’s first five matches due to West Indies duties, Edwards is making a return after missing their fifth round due to injury, while Thomas has been included for the first time this season.”We have strengthened our batting with the addition of (Jermaine) Blackwood and the return of Kirk (Edwards), and we’re looking for better totals,” said Palmer Jr.”This is in addition to our bowling unit, which we will be looking to for continued good showings.”The team’s bowling will be led by West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell and sidelined spinner Nikita Miller.As for the Hurricanes, who will be captained for the first time by Jamaica’s Nkrumah Bonner, they are hoping that this change, as well as an extended training camp, will make them stronger.”Jamaica is a good team, but we are playing at home and hope to use this to our advantage,” said Bonner.”We have players with talent, but have been struggling with the basics, and if we can correct that, we should be very competitive.”In addition to Bonner, their leading run-getter, the Leewards are expected to bank on discarded West Indies pacer Gavin Tonge, former captain and wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton, as well as promising young batsman Orlando Peters.last_img read more

Start with fit Awesome Destiny

first_img (1) AWESOME DESTINY (2) SUPERTRONICS/MAN IN BLUE (3) BIG GEORGE (4) SUB STRUCTURE (5) BATTLE SONG/CLEARLY OURS (6) GOLDEN GLORY BIGGEORGE TIPPED TO WIN BIG GEORGE, with four-time champion Omar Walker riding for DaCosta, has won two of his last three races and is tipped to repeat in the third race over the straight for four-year-olds and up. He represents the in-form horse in a small field of six, and despite the presence of the recent course winner ANOTHER BULLET and lightly weighted COME DANCE WITH ME. BIG GEORGE, however, has most appeal with only 53.0kg. Having dropped two classes to contest the fourth race (claiming $180,000) over 1000 metres round, SUB STRUCTURE, with Nelson aboard, should score an overdue win at the expense of the fleet-footed CLASSICAL TRAIN in the field of 12. The last two races in the first SUPER-6 should be won by BATTLE SONG (loves the straight) under in-form Aaron Chatrie and GOLDEN GLORY (Odean Edwards up) to beat his improving stable-companion CLASSY AVIATOR (Chatrie up) in the sixth race over 1400 metres for maiden three-year-olds. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES The Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park last Saturday, and the carry-over to tomorrow’s meet stands at $1.2 million. Both Super-6s were caught by punters and start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000. The first Super-6 is from race one to six; the late Super-6 from five to 10. We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a restricted allowance race over 1500 metres, confined to native and imported three-year-olds, to be contested by seven starters. The ones expected to figure seriously are recent winner WILL IN CHARGE under leading jockey Dane Nelson; the American filly AWESOME DESTINY with champion jockey Shane Ellis riding for trainer Gary Subratie, and MY COMPANION, who will now have the services of 3.0kg claiming apprentice Odean Edwards after flopping behind ORPHEUS in the Sir Howard Stakes over 1200 metres last Saturday. AWESOME DESTINY was all the rage (3-5 favourite) on her debut over 1200 metres some weeks ago but could only manage third, beaten three lengths by CRUISING MOTION. Now better for the experience and the longer trip to her liking, AWESOME DESTINY is expected to recoup losses despite the presence of the Robert Pearson-trained native-bred colt WILL IN CHARGE, who looked improved when scoring over a mile in the good time of 1:40.3. AWESOME DESTINY should chase the expected leader STUNNER before going through approaching the home turn and holding WILL IN CHARGE at bay. SUPERTRONICS, to be ridden by Robert Halledeen for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, went down fighting against the speedy YOGA recently and gets a glorious chance to go one better in the second race, a 4-y-o-and-up restricted allowance over 1100 metres (non-winners of two) in which eight will run. SUPERTRONICS has been knocking loudly at the door in recent weeks and should now win from MAN IN BLUE and BIMINI.last_img read more

Jurideini, Stewart weigh in on Reggae Boyz chances

first_imgTwo Local football experts shared mixed views on the Reggae Boyz’s chances against Nicaragua in the second leg of their CONCACAF World Cup qualifier in Manugua, this evening at 8:30.pm.Football analyst and administrator, Clyde Jureidini, believes the Boyz are that much better than their opponent and will get the required two or more goals to see themselves through to the next round.However, former national assistant coach, Bradley Stewart, thought the Boyz got it so wrong first time around that he doubts if they can get it right this time, especially with so many first-choice players out.”I expect they would correct the errors.. and that they come in a more serious frame of mind and start with a lot more urgency at the beginning of the game and put pressure on the opponent, even though they are at home and, hopefully, that pressure should count for the amount of goals we need,” said Jureidini.improvement mandatoryHowever, he warned that there cannot be a repeat of the indiscipline that cost the team in the first leg on Friday.”The disparity (between the teams) was largely in the execution … our discipline and application to the task we should correct. Having lost the first game, we should come out and play much better and with a lot more purpose to get the result,” he added.Stewart, on the other, has his doubts, based on the application in the first game and the fact that more first-choice players might miss this match.”What you call this? Mission Impossible? the veteran coach mused. “For the first game, we weren’t ready psychologically, and we underestimated this team. There were many things that were depressing … and when you make those mistakes at this level, I don’t think you are going to recover,” he assessed more seriously.”Given what has happened to Wes Morgan, (Jobi) McAnuff and (Gareth) McCleary (absent due to club commitments), Gil Barnes can’t play on (astro) turf, and Austin might not play, and if Austin don’t play, our defensive capabilities will be hampered,” he continued.However, he thinks Jamaica are much better and good enough to get the result and advance.”It doesn’t help them (Nicaragua) to play too defensive, as we will create chances, so they have to play cautious. This team is rated 139th, and we are rated 52, so there must be a difference.”But if we get the approach so wrong in the first match, then I am wondering if we can get it right this time around,” he questioned.last_img read more

Horse Racing Tips

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In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgHenriques tops first shooting match in Mandeville Orville Henriques began 2017 on a winning note, smashing a 10-man field to take the first monthly match at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club last weekend. Henriques, who was the top shooter in local matches during the 2016 season, won ahead of female shooter Sue Ann Henriques, who posted 73 per cent. The surprise finisher was Lyle Swaby, who took third spot. Swaby only started serious competition on the shooting circuit last year. Owen Campbell (62 per cent) copped fourth, edging Thomas Jones by one percentage point, with Evan Grant and Desmond Prince rounding out the shooters who got above 50 per cent. The next major match, dubbed Pre-Florida Open matchup, will be on February 12. St Bess FC of St Elizabeth lead on goal difference in a three-way tie on points at the top of the standings after five rounds of the 2017 South Central Confed Super League. Following a 4-0 demolition of Clarendon’s New Bowens last weekend, St Bess lead with 13 points ahead of Sporting Central and Tru-Juice of St Catherine. All three have won four of their five games and drawn one. Sporting Central earned their fourth win after outscoring Hillstars of Manchester 3-2 while Tru-Juice got the better of Kemps Hill 4-3. Dunbeholden FC also won 3-0 against Downs FC while Rivoli United FC disposed of Blackstars 4-1. The weekend was remarkable for Ricam Academy of Manchester, who scored their first victory beating visiting Holland PYC of St Elizabeth 3-1 at Greenvale Community Centre. The Noranda/New Day North Central Athletics meet takes place today at the Port Rhodes Sports Club, Discovery Bay. According to meet organiser Duen Daley, the meet has attracted more than 20 schools and a number of track clubs, including Athletico, Comets, and the Moneague Track Club. The meet has also been opened to prep and primary schools. The day starts off at 9 a.m. with the running of the 3,000 and 5,000 metres events. The grounds, track and facilities have been made available by the Port Rhodes Sports Club and Noranda/New Day bauxite operations. Greater Portmore Primary will have their annual 3K road race on their school grounds on Friday, February 3. Primary and high schools students in Portmore have been specially invited. Also invited are health-conscious individuals, parents and members of various clubs. Proceeds are in aid of the school’s sport programme. Entry fee: $300 children, $500 adults. Warm-up 6.30 a.m., race time 7 a.m. Medals will be given to the top three winners of each age group. Three-way tie in South Central Confed Noranda/New Day regional track meet on today Greater Portmore Primary 3K road race February 3 Porus FC have put last season’s disappointing run behind them and are leaders after two matches in the new season of the Manchester Football Association Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League. In fact, of the five teams which have played two matches, Porus are the only one to have a perfect run. The seven-team league saw three matches being played – two at Kirkvine Sports Club and one at the Porus Community Centre. In the first game at Kirkvine, Porus were gifted all three points when Mile Gully handed them an own goal in the final minute of play. The second game produced a five-goal thriller as Technical Strikers outscored Comfort 3-2. The man of the match was Technical Striker’s Christopher Williams, who scored twice. In the lone encounter at the Porus Community Centre, Star Zone and Villa played to a 1-1 draw.center_img Defending champions Fort International made a winning start to their 2017 campaign as the Jamaica Domino Federation/City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union domino league kicked off last Sunday. Fort defeated Mechanical Strikers 300-275. In other games, Right Stuff whipped Chedwin Strikers 300-246; Eradication stopped Masterpiece 300-277; Links United thrashed Ken’s Wildflower 300-224; Waterhouse United beat Naggo Head 300-281; Spring Village defeated Frasziers Whip 300-272; Correctional Services beat Garveymeade 300-190; Soursop Tree defeated Memory Lane 300-241; Feluchi Strikers outlasted Passagefort United 300-290; Exceptional International surprised Braeton All Stars 300-285. Tomorrow’s matches (Home teams named first): Garveymeade vs Right Stuff; Frazsiers Whip vs Fort International; Links United vs Masterpiece; Memory Lane vs Waterhouse United; Passagefort United vs Correctional Services; Eradication vs Ken’s Wildflower; Braeton All Stars vs Naggo Head; Chedwin Strikers vs Feluchi Strikers; Mechanical Strikers vs Soursop Tree. Fort make winning start Manchester and St James will contest the finals of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) netball competition on February 3. The venue is yet to be decided but St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) is being explored. The two parishes won their respective semi-finals last Friday at STETHS. St James defeated Westmoreland while Manchester had an easy victory over St Ann. Five games on in Portmore Division Two Five games are scheduled in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League tomorrow. Newly crowned mid-season champions Racing United have a tricky away assignment to Braeton United at Ferdie Neita Park in the first match of a double-header at 1 p.m. In the second game at 3 p.m., Westchester tackle Waterford. At Southborough field, Edgewater will square off against Three West at 1 p.m. and Caymanas Gardens tackle Southborough at 3 p.m. in the venue’s second game. In a lone game at the Cumberland High School field, Cumberland host Daytona. Meanwhile, Racing United took the mid-season trophy last Sunday without kicking a ball, as their opponents in the final, Edgewater FC, failed to show. Porus lead Manchester Major League Manchester, St James teachers in JTA netball finalslast_img read more

FEU prepared to play PVL Finals game 2 sans Pons

first_imgView comments Still, FEU coach George Pascua said his team will be ready to play on Saturday regardless.“We’re prepared to play again without them,” said Pascua. “We’ve been able to perform during games that she (Pons) wasn’t there.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Armed with more experience, Amer expected to lead Meralco in Finals Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBernadeth Pons has missed five of her team’s last six games but somehow, Far Eastern University still went on to make it to the championship round of the PVL Collegiate Conference.Minus Pons, FEU fell short in the finals opener but not after going toe-to-toe against an undefeated National University side, bannered by the towering Jaja Santiago.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Santiago imposed her will and finished with a game-high 23 points, including four blocks and four service aces.The Lady Bulldogs took Game 1, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Lady Tamaraws are likely to be without their team captain in Pons and another key player in Kyla Atienza in Game 2.The last time Pons showed up, she led FEU over Adamson in the semis decider on Saturday with 15 points. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 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 awardlast_img read more

Team chemistry not the issue for struggling Thunder, Carmelo Anthony says

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pundits are quick to attribute their struggles to chemistry issues between their three superstars, but Anthony was quick to dismiss such claims.“We’ve never had chemistry problems. We like, and enjoy, playing with one another. It’s never been a chemistry problem,” Anthony told  ESPN’s Royce Young after the team’s loss to the New York Knicks over the weekend.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 folkREAD: Knicks shut down Anthony in 2nd half, beat Thunder sans Porzingis“We’ve just got to figure out how to do so, but there’s never been chemistry problems with this group. We’ve embraced this since we came together that this was going to be a journey for us, and that’s where we’re at.” Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) holds off New York Knicks forward Doug McDermott (20) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec.16, 2017, at Madison Square Garden in New York.  AP/Bill KostrounWith the likes of perennial All-Stars Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in one team, many thought that the Oklahoma City Thunder would win the Larry O’Brien trophy this season and rank at least in top 3 in the Western Conference Standings.But through the first 30 games of the season, the team holds a meager 15-15 win-loss record and is currently eighth in the conference.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 2013 Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli sets come back MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Thunder’s offense has certainly been inconsistent this year, with the trio often taking turns and relying on whoever has the hot hand.Both George and Anthony are also used to having the ball in their hands for majority of possessions and the pair is still visibly adjusting to playing alongside perhaps the league’s most ball-dominant point guard.Still, Anthony continues to embrace the change and remains optimistic with the team’s chances of moving forward.“It is a different situation for me? Yes. Different dynamic for me? Yes,” he said.“Something I have to accept. Something I’m working on every day as far as my role on this team, what we need from me in order for this team to be successful. But this is, for me and the team, it’s about big picture for us.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson RELATED STORY:NBA: Westbrook says it’s his duty to make George, Anthony comfortable with ThunderSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Troy Daniels hits late 3, Suns hold off Grizzlies

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES 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 teams traded baskets and leads for much of the fourth quarter, and there were three ties. Neither team scored from the 3:45 mark of the fourth quarter until Daniels’ key 3.Memphis had two chances to tie or take the lead, but Evans’ 26-footer at the buzzer missed.I thought I could have got to the basket but I kind of stepped back and shot the 3,” Evans said. “It shouldn’t have came down to that. We had the early lead in the game.”Greg Monroe rebounded a miss and saved the ball to Daniels for his shot. Monroe had 12 rebounds.“I just wanted to make sure I stayed in bounds,” Monroe said. “If I could just get it to him, I knew he had an open shot.”ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals “We work each and every day for moments like this and I just happened to hit the shot,” Daniels said. “It feels great, I’ll tell you that. I rather for it to be on them (the Grizzlies) then anyone else.”T.J. Warren led the Suns with 27 points, and Daniels — acquired from the Grizzlies in September — added 14 off the bench. Phoenix won at home for the first time since Nov. 19 against Chicago.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 folkTyreke Evans led Memphis with 23 points, and Marc Gasol added 13 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots. The Grizzlies have lost eight of nine games and nine straight on the road.“It’s a matter of who makes the most plays and who makes the least mistakes,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said, “and tonight they made one more play then we did.” Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Phoenix Suns center Greg Monroe (14) drives to the basket past Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APPHOENIX — Troy Daniels knew his shot was going in the moment it left his hands, and he knew exactly where he was on the court — right in front of his former team’s bench.Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer with 17.6 seconds to play to give Phoenix the lead, and the Suns held off the Grizzlies 97-95 on Thursday (Friday Manila time) for their third victory in four games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Grizzlies used a 15-2 run to grab a 21-9 lead in the first quarter. But Phoenix outscored Memphis 17-4 over the final four minutes of the quarter to take a 26-25 lead going into the second.Evans scored 11 of his points in the opening 12 minutes.“It was a struggle all night, really,” Suns coach Jay Triano said. “From the opening tip, five of their first baskets where straight-on drives to the basket.”The Suns took a 53-44 lead on Warren’s 3-pointer with 2:40 left in the second. Then Warren scored and was fouled, making it 56-46.Warren had 17 of his points at halftime, and the Suns led 60-51 at halftime.The Grizzlies erased a 12-point third quarter deficit and took a 76-75 lead on Evans’ layup, then Kobi Simmons got a steal and layup for a three-point Grizzlies lead with 2:25 left in the third.Memphis took an 81-79 lead into the fourth quarter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DeRozan scores 45 points, Raptors rally to beat 76ers View commentslast_img read more

Towns’ near triple-double pushes Wolves past Knicks

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Travel an extra grind for Division I’s smallest schools MOST READ LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson 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 In his first year back with the Knicks after a signing a four-year, $71 million contract in the offseason, Hardaway entered the night averaging 17.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 21 games.UP NEXTKnicks: Host New Orleans on SundayTimberwolves: Host Portland on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Kristaps Porzingis scored 17 points for New York. Porzingis was 3 of 5 from 3-point territory but 3 of 14 from inside the arc. Enes Kanter had his 18th double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but the Knicks lost for the ninth time in 11 games.After impressive wins against New Orleans, Cleveland and Oklahoma City to start a five-game homestand, the Timberwolves had to work against the struggling Knicks. New York led much of the second half and entered the fourth with the lead before Minnesota went on an 18-4 run to seize control.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 folkThe Knicks were the hot-shooting team in the first half. New York hit 60.5 percent from the field in the opening 24 minutes and led by as many as eight points.Towns scored the first five points of the second half and slowly the Wolves’ defense recovered. Minnesota used a 14-4 run to start the second half and take the lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours TIP-INSKnicks: New York is 4-15 on the road this season. . Former Wolves forward Michael Beasley scored 13 points in 16 minutes off the bench. Beasley had 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting in just six minutes in the second quarter. . The Knicks entered the night with the league’s fewest 3-point attempts, but went 12 of 24 on Friday.Timberwolves: Minnesota had its sixth straight sellout, the longest streak for the franchise since it sold out 48 straight games from 1990-92. The Timberwolves sold out every game of the 1990-91 season and had seven in a row to start the 1991-92 season. Minnesota has nine sellouts this season. . The Wolves are 17-6 at home this season, winning the last seven. . Towns’ nine assists were a season high. . Minnesota allowed more than 100 points for the first time in eight games.HARDAWAY RETURNSTim Hardaway Jr. returned for the Knicks after missing 20 games with a stress injury in his lower left leg. He scored 16 points in 25 minutes off the bench. Coach Jeff Hornacek said Hardaway would play limited minutes in a reserve role as he tries to build up stamina.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, center, lays up a shot as New York Knicks’ Courtney Lee, left, and Enes Kanter, of Turkey, watch in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns fell one assist shy of his second career triple-double, scoring 23 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 118-108 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.Taj Gibson added 17 points and Andrew Wiggins had 16 for Minnesota. The Timberwolves shot 56.7 percent (38 of 67) over the final three quarters to come from behind and win their fourth game in a row and 11th of 14 overall.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Tiger Woods sneaks into weekend with closing birdie

first_imgFederer hails Chung as future top 10 player That was just enough to make the cut — his first since the Wyndham Championship in August of 2015 where he finished tied for 10th.Since then Woods has battled back trouble that sidelined him for all of 2016. He is playing his first official tournament since missing the cut here last year in an abortive comeback bid that ended with spinal fusion surgery in April.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 folkWoods was one shot outside the cut line when arrived at his final hole, the par-five ninth.He was in the right rough off the tee and his second shot left him on the edge of the green, 75 feet from the pin. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Woods was looking forward to testing his game under pressure over two more rounds.“It’s one thing to do it at home, it’s totally another thing to do it out here,” he said. “These guys are all going low and I haven’t done that in a long time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 15th hole on the North Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the second round of Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)LA JOLIA, United States — Tiger Woods birdied his final hole on Friday to make the cut on the number in his return to the US PGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open.The 14-time major champion wrestled four birdies from his last nine holes on the North Course at Torrey Pines, carding a one-under par 71.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 He took an unplayable lie, then missed the green. His chip rolled through the putting surface.Solid turnaroundWoods responded with four birdies coming home.He gave his massive gallery — sent scampering several times by his errant drives — something to cheer about for the first time all day when he rolled in a 50-foot birdie bomb at the first hole.“It was nice to get one to fall in there and get something positive going into the back nine,” Woods said.He got back to even par with a birdie at the fifth, a short par-five, where a solid drive trickled into the first cut of rough and his second shot left him off the green. A stellar chip left him an easy birdie.He got up and down for birdie at the seventh, but was back outside the cut line after a bogey at the par-three eighth.“I was just trying to get under par for the day,” he said of his inward push. “I thought that would be a good, solid turnaround from being two-over at the turn.“It was tough out there,” added Woods, who was 10-shots off the 36-hole lead held by American Ryan Palmer, who carded a five-under par 67 on the North Course for an 11-under total of 133.Spain’s defending champion Jon Rahm, who could seize the world number one ranking from Dustin Johnson with a victory, carded a six-under 66 and was alone in second on 134. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew He nestled a long first putt a few feet from the cup and made that for birdie, capping a 71 for a total of 143.“I was grinding my way around the golf course today,” said Woods, who hit just three of 14 fairways and nine of 18 greens in regulation. “I didn’t hit it quite as good as I would like to. I fought hard. I was trying to post a number, which I was able to do.”Woods, who opened the tournament with an even-par 72 on Thursday, struggled off the tee all day.t was a harbinger of things to come when he sent his first tee shot at least 50 yards left. He laid up in the rough and two-putted for par from about 40 feet.Then came a disastrous double-bogey six at the par-four 13th, his fourth hole of the day, where another tee shot went left into a scrub hazard.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearlast_img read more