Kudos for Sanya Richards-Ross, writes Laurie Foster

first_imgFoster’s Fairplay is fiercely protective of Jamaica’s world-standard track and field talent. When it seeks exposure under a foreign flag, there is frustration, coupled with anger. This columnist was at the 1999 Seville World Championships. Talking to Jamaica’s team boss, Winston Ulett, mention was made of a 13-year-old Sanya Richards, who was ‘kicking up rumpus’ on the US circuit. She was doing some sprint times that boggled the mind. The response was, “No big thing, Americans are noted for that”. The later-to-be-disgraced, self-confessed drug user, Marion Jones’ feats as a 15-year-old, sprung to mind. Ulett said a whole lot more. He is, in his own right, a man of high track and field pedigree. Kingston College groundings speak to no less. Also, he is the spouse of a highly celebrated educator, who boasts bloodlines to match. He added the real stunner. He mentioned that he had lost the battle to keep little Sanya at Vaz Preparatory in the country of her birth. It was like a body blow. Exit another prized asset. During the 2002 Kingston-staged International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships, this columnist, doing radio commentary, displayed unprofessional bias. The sentiment was for a Jamaican to get the better of a then 17-year-old Miss Richards (USA) – tagged ‘the deserter’ – in every event in which she participated. There was utter disappointment in the 400m, accompanying Sheryl Morgan’s third-place behind SR. It was transformed the following day, to openly expressed joy, when Anneisha McLaughlin sped to 200m silver ahead of SR. At the pre-competition press conference, disgust was made known, as choice of country to represent was raised. The label of ‘traitor’ on this journalist could have stuck. This as work environment at the nation’s gateway, albeit over 20 years hitherto, was happily shared with Sanya’s Auntie Claire and mom, Sharon, national airlines employees, and two sisters (any interpretation will do) of inner, but not concealed, beauty. It is now 13 years after Kingston, 2002. Unreserved apologies are extended. Foster’s Fairplay commends Mrs Sanya Richards-Ross for her unswerving support of her prep school, where the talent was first spotted. It remains the platform from which an outstanding career had been launched. sheer brilliance What does it matter that it has been to the everlasting benefit of an adopted country? Sheer brilliance on the world scene, despite a plethora of setbacks, which must have unsettled, serves to show that she is made of stern stuff. Triumphs over adversity have enhanced an image which shows inner strength. She has overcome challenges that athletes face on the path to realising their dreams. Beverly Boggis-Ulett (a former schoolmate of this columnist) and her staff at Dunoon Road-located Vaz Preparatory School, can stand tall and proud. The institution of primary education sits on a solid base of, arguably, the best learning curve that the country can boast. The school is an offshoot of the equally prestigious Morris-Knibb Prep, with Mavisville also part of the august family. It was constructed on land on which previously stood the house where the world cricketing icon, George Headley, lived. Like the Master, it has done Jamaica real proud. Named after a former senior female teacher at Morris-Knibb, Hazel Vaz, it has gifted Jamaica and the world with an outstanding individual in Sanya Richards-Ross. Her dad, Archie, whom I met for the first time at the World Relays in Nassau last May, is Fortis-branded. It is difficult to comprehend how he managed to escape the gaze of this eagle-eyed journalist, a most ardent follower of Bishop Gibson’s institution of learning, despite being herded with rich kids several miles adrift. If ever Foster’s Fairplay, so vigorously at the time, in opposition to Sanya’s move to compete for the USA, is asked why the change of heart? Her words at a function, recalling her early schooling, give the full story, giving back. “It was always one of my greatest pleasures to go back to my alma mater and speak to the kids. Vaz Prep gave me such a great foundation, and they are still instilling the most important values to our youth. Keep reaching for the stars. The sky is the limit.” Gwaan, Sanya, is you large. Send feedback: to lauriefoster2012@gmail.com.last_img read more

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Pardew happy with narrow Palace win

first_img The visitors alleviated the pressure by hitting back on the counter-attack. Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was forced to push a deflected Bakary Sako free kick behind for a corner before Gayle turned a cross from Sako against the woodwork. Palace manager Alan Pardew introduced Zaha from the bench after replacing him at halftime in last weekend’s defeat at Tottenham.The winger was soon involved, bewildering Nyom with his pace before being tripped by the right-back right on the edge of the Watford box. Cabaye slotted home and Gayle should have wrapped up the points with a little over 10 minutes remaining, but could only poke wide from close range after Yannick Bolasie knocked down a cross from Zaha. “I don’t smile often but I do smile today because I was really pleased,” Pardew said. “It wasn’t our greatest performance but it was a good, professional performance and as manager of the team that makes me happy.” WATFORD, England (AP): Crystal Palace rose to sixth place in the Premier League yesterday after Yohan Cabaye converted a second-half penalty to earn a 1-0 victory over Watford. Cabaye broke the deadlock in the 71st minute of a dour encounter at Vicarage Road after Allan Nyom made a clumsy challenge on Palace substitute Wilfried Zaha just inside the area. It was a repeat of their 2013 playoff final encounter, with a spot kick proving enough to decide the game in favour of Palace. Despite having plenty of possession it was not until after the interval that Watford came close to getting on the scoresheet. After Almen Abdi had been tripped by Joe Ledley, Jose Jurado stepped up and hit a 25-meter free kick that came back off the crossbar. counter-attacklast_img read more

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Go indoors Asafa, says Cuthbert

first_imgDouble Olympic silver medallist Juliet Cuthbert is suggesting that Asafa Powell add some indoor races to his 2016 season. Cuthbert believes some indoor action would complement Powell’s projected reduction of outdoor races in the period leading up to next year’s Olympic Games. She believes a few races at 60 and 200 metres will help him. “Normally, he wouldn’t race a lot before a major championship,” Cuthbert analysed, “so I’m not sure if he’s going to choose just three races instead of possibly six.” Powell, now 33, actually had five races between the Jamaican Championships and the World Championships, reeling off times of 9.81, 9.92, 9.87, 9.87, and 10.01 seconds. “But I think whenever you cut back,” Cuthbert continued, “it always helps you as long as you have a strong indoor season.” INDOOR INJURY Powell was injured indoors in 2004 and only returned to the early season undercover circuit in 2012. This year, he ran 6.52 seconds for an indoor 60 metres race in January. In February, he withdrew from a follow-up race in Ireland with a minor bout of groin trouble. Understandably, Cuthbert isn’t recommending a heavy indoor schedule for Powell. “Jump into some 200 metres races, maybe two, and possibly, maybe three 60m races,” she suggested while noting how good a starter he has always been. From Cuthbert’s viewpoint, the intensity of his indoor racing depends on how well his background training goes. If it goes well, she proposed, “he should be quite fine to run a few indoor meets and then cut back on the outdoor with the races”. Overall, Powell ran in 13 outdoor meets in 2015 and sped to 10 clockings under 10 seconds. Even though the 2007 and 2009 World Championships 100m bronze medal winner has run in three Olympic finals without reaching the podium, Cuthbert isn’t writing him off her medal projections. She believes he was more confident and relaxed this year. “Next year,” she speculated, “he might be even more confident going in, even though he didn’t get an individual medal this season. “So who knows what can happen next year?” she said.last_img read more

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RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year 2015 nominees

first_imgThe Hon Usain St Leo Bolt, OJ, CD – Athletics Alicia Ashley – Boxing For his achievement in taking triple gold at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China. Bolt won the 100 metres, 200 metres and anchored the men’s 4×100 metres, making it the third time he had taken triple gold at the Championships. Bolt’s success came despite losing significant training and competition time to injury, and his victories at the scene of his 2008 Olympic triumphs made him the all-time most decorated male athlete of the Championships with 13 medals – 11 gold and two silver. For her achievement in regaining the World Boxing Council (WBC) female world super bantamweight title with a 10-round decision over veteran Irish boxer Christina McMahon. In winning the title, Ashley became the oldest female world champion in boxing history. Ashley was the 2014 recipient of the Chairman’s Award at the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Gala.center_img For her achievement in earning a silver medal in the 50 metres breaststroke in a National Record 30.11 seconds and also the bronze medal in the 100 metres breaststroke, both at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, (Long Course). Atkinson also took the bronze medal in the 100 metres breaststroke at the Pan American Games in Toronto and finished the year in fourth place overall in the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup (Short Course). Atkinson is ranked No.3 in the World in the 50 metres breaststroke. Alia Atkinson – Swimminglast_img read more

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Elaine Thompson heads World Relays squad

first_imgOlympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson heads Jamaica’s 41-member team to the April 22-23 IAAF World Relays 2017 in the Bahamas. Thompson, who copped gold in the 100 and 200 metres in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last year, will be joined in the women’s 4×100 metres squad by Gayon Evans, Simone Facey, Sashalee Forbes, Natasha Morrison, and Christania Williams. In the 4×200 metres squad, Thompson is accompanied by Samantha Henry-Robinson, Anastacia Le-Roy, Jura Levy, Dawnalee Loney and Audra Segree. The members of the women’s 4x400m squad are Verone Chambers, Christine Day, Shericka Jackson, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Stephenie Ann McPherson and Janieve Russell. There will also be a mixed (men and women) 4x400m squad and this includes Natoya Goule, Jaheel Hyde, Tiffany James, Martin Manley, Jamari Rose and Ristananna Tracey. TOP NAMES Former world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell and 2011 World 100m champion Yohan Blake are the top names on the men’s team which will also compete in the 4x100m, 4×200 and 4x400m. 4x100m: Kemar Bailey-Cole, Yohan Blake, Everton Clarke, Julian Forte, Jevaughn Minzie and Asafa Powell. 4x200m: Nickel Ashmeade, Oshane Bailey, Rasheed Dwyer, Nigel Ellis, Chadic Hinds and Warren Weir. 4x400m: Javere Bell, Javon Francis, Demish Gaye, Steven Gayle, Peter Matthews and Rusheen McDonald. Officials – manager: Marie Tavares; assistant manager: Alan Beckford; technical director: Maurice Wilson. Coaches: Paul Francis, Jerry Holness, Michael Clarke, Renardo Walcott and Patrick Dawson. Team doctor: Paul Auden.last_img read more

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Lundqvist makes 39 saves as Rangers beat Ducks 4-1

first_imgNew York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) deflects the puck as Anaheim Ducks center Rickard Rakell (67) and Rangers right wing Michael Grabner (40) look on during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)NEW YORK — As he has so many times before, Henrik Lundqvist kept the New York Rangers in the game long enough for its scorers to break through.Lundqvist stopped 39 shots, Paul Carey scored twice and the Rangers beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Tuesday night to win their third straight. Kevin Hayes and Michael Grabner also scored for New York, and Nick Holden and David Desharnais each had two assists.ADVERTISEMENT It was the 422nd career win for the 35-year-old Lundqvist, who is 9-2 over his past 12 starts, including a no decision.“I think the way I take care of myself right now as I am getting older — the way I eat, the way I sleep, the way I prepare — I try to do everything I can to stay on top of my game,” Lundqvist said. “I feel like the team is playing really well and that’s helpful. I can focus on the shooter a lot. It’s a big thing for me to commit to the shooter a lot more, feeling that support from the guys around me.”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 folkOndrej Kase scored for the Ducks, who have lost three straight. John Gibson made 28 saves.The Ducks outshot the Rangers 16-10 in the first period and had several quality scoring opportunities. However, Lundqvist covered up a few defensive breakdowns, giving New York’s offense time to get on track. The Rangers scored twice in 1:24 spanning the first intermission. Desharnais found a streaking Carey at 19:14 of the first period, and Hayes scored 38 seconds into the second for a 2-0 lead.“I hate to say it but I think we are finding ways to lose hockey games at the moment,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. “You have to find ways to win games. We have to dig in, buckle down defensively and win one of these games 1-0, something like that. We have to give our goaltenders more help than that.”Carey scored again at 13:00 of the middle frame. Desharnais stopped short near the hash marks and found Carey alone in the slot. Jimmy Vesey also assisted on the play.Desharnais had been playing well on the top line while center Mika Zibanejad missed nine games with a concussion, but Zibanejad returned Tuesday. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault slid Desharnais to the fourth line, but he still contributed and has nine points in his last 10 games.“At the end of the day you’re going to get injuries during the season, and that’s opportunities for other guys,” Vigneault said. “Tonight, with Vesey and Carey he made some real good plays. That line got some good looks and were able to contribute. That is what we expected.”ADVERTISEMENT Grabner scored his 17th of the season at 16:37 of the third for a 4-1 lead. The speedy Austrian forward converted on his own rebound. The play was reviewed, but the referee’s determined the puck completely crossed the goal line before an Anaheim defenseman batted the puck out of the air.Kase was able to sneak a wrist shot between Lundqvist’s pad at 14:43 of the third period. Getzlaf and Josh Manson got assists.Anaheim scratched defenseman Brandon Montour, and Francois Beauchemin dressed in his place. Montour has now played in 33 of 35 games this season, missing one game due to injury.NOTES: Holden got his 100th career point on Carey’s first goal. … Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh skated in his 497th NHL game. … New York scratched D Steven Kampfer and C Boo Nieves. … Ducks F Andrew Cogliano is the NHL’s active leader in consecutive games played (821). … Anaheim scratched D Korbinian Holzer and C Dennis Rasmussen. … The Rangers have earned at least one point in 13 of their last 14 home games, dating to Oct. 26 (12-1-1 record over the span).UP NEXTRangers: Visit Devils on Thursday night.Ducks: Visit Islanders on Thursday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBA: Ex-Cavs coach David Blatt calls Kyrie Irving trade request ‘brave’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

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Ricci Rivero shuts down transfer rumors

first_imgAlmazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak “As of now, I still attend classes everyday. We just asked to take a leave of absence first from our trainings,” Rivero said on Monday as he joined the Gilas Pilipinas evening sessions at Meralco Gym.News surrounding Rivero’s status with the Green Archers surfaced over the weekend, with the school’s Office for Sports Development releasing a statement clarifying that the 20-year-old, together with brother Prince and teammate Brent Paraiso, won’t be attending the trainings due to their current commercial commitments.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 MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. .@RicciRivero06 clarifies that as of now, he’s still enrolled in La Salle and reiterated that he just asked to take a leave of absence due to the new school policy regarding player endorsements. pic.twitter.com/ZzQ3buG9zH— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) February 5, 2018 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Cool runnings too as Malaysia, Singapore take up Winter Olympics challengecenter_img LATEST STORIES 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “We’re surprised because we expected them to tell us to not have those endorsement deals during the season so that we’re more focused with the new coach and all,” he said. “We know it’s more ok if we’ll bond together and have the same mindset when the season is ongoing. But we were surprised when we’re about to start our training and that’s the first thing they said.”Despite the issue surrounding his future in Taft, Rivero clarified he’s still with La Salle.“There’s no truth to [transfer rumors]. As of now, I’m just waiting if there will be a meeting again with the (La Salle) managers,” he said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Embattled swingman Ricci Rivero reiterated that he’s still with La Salle, shutting down rumors of his possible transfer.ADVERTISEMENT La Salle has recently implemented a new policy prohibiting players from entering into sponsorship agreements with commercial entities as it seeks to have its players be in a better mindset under the guidance of new coach Louie Gonzalez.Rivero said that he personally asked to take the leave as he wanted to honor his word with his bevy of endorsement deals.“Even before that, I already signed the contracts. So it’s hard on my side to have said yes already and not honor that. I asked the coaches if we can take the leave and they said yes so that we can finish our commitments to the other brands,” he said.However, Rivero said that they were caught by surprise with the new policy as they expected the implementation to be done at the start of UAAP Season 81.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Running event urges locals, tourists to ‘love Boracay’

first_imgSkyathon organizers during a press conference at Icon Hotel. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netBoracay, one of the best beaches in the world, is making headlines recently, but not because of its world-renowned powdery white sand and scenic horizon.The small island is currently in hot water 0ver a bevy of environmental woes.ADVERTISEMENT SKYathon, a longstanding beach run event, hopes to help change all that by encouraging locals and tourists to embrace responsible tourism.“Our heed or call this year is #LoveBoracay,” said Jaynalen Redondo, sales marketing head of Sky Cable, during a press conference Monday at Icon Hotel. “Previously, we said that we’re heroes of Boracay, but this year, it’s timely for us to bring back our basic call to action which is to love Boracay.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Love the beach, love the picturesque backdrop but at the same time it’s a call to everyone to love Boracay by caring for the island even in the littlest way.”The event organized by RunRio, which is on its ninth year, is set on April 21 at Epic Boracay. Registered runners can choose from 3K, 5K and 10K. Part of the proceeds will go to the coral reef rehabilitation program. LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours There will also be mangrove planting, which is a linkup with the DENR.Organizers said they are expecting 700 runners this year, which is about 100 more than last year’s edition, with the event open to international competitors.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano 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 Towns helps Wolves pull away to defeat Kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View commentslast_img read more

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Familiarity breeds respect for NBA Finals foes

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. It nearly happened as for the first time in 39 years both the Eastern and Western Conference finals went to seven games before the Cavs downed Boston and the Warriors ousted Houston.Television ratings were up 40 percent from last year, when the Warriors went on a 16-1 playoff run to the crown.The conference finals game sevens produced the second-most NBA game viewers in US cable television and ESPN history.If those viewers were hoping to see a new set of finalists emerge, that’s just too bad, said Warriors guard Klay Thompson.“I think the rest of the NBA has got to get better,” Thompson said. “We’re happy to be a part of history. It’s pretty cool.”ADVERTISEMENT The Warriors seek their third title in four years to cement their dynasty as the best-of-seven championship series starts Thursday.The Cavaliers, boasting superstar LeBron James in his eighth consecutive finals, try to level their rivalry with Golden State at 2-2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownJames has no patience for those that say the matchup has grown stale.“Teams have had their opportunities to beat the Cavs over the last four years, and teams have had the opportunities to beat the Warriors over the last four years,” James said. “If you want to see somebody else then you got to beat them.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding De Leon says Almadro hiring ‘big factor’ as she decides on future with Ateneo The real Cavaliers reserves hope to add some punch to the punchlines.“He’s definitely a big part of our team. But if you watch the games, we have guys that have big moments,” said Cavs forward Tristan Thompson. “LeBron definitely has done a great job for us, but he’s not alone. He has help.”But James is a force to be reckoned with, Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver said.“I think the other team always knows that … if you’re going to win the game you have to go through him,” Korver said.That means the latest installment of the Cavs-Warriors rivalry will add to someone’s legendary legacy.“Golden State is one of the best teams I’ve ever played. It’s one of the best teams that’s ever been assembled,” James said. “I don’t know where they will fall in my book, but they will have a nice chapter.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationscenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film  ‘Good, healthy rivalry’ Just as the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics dominated the 1980s, the Warriors and Cavs have built a strong rivalry in which each has lifted a trophy.“We respect each other as professionals but there’s obviously some dislike because we’ve been facing it for four years and they beat us, we beat them,” Thompson said. “So there’s some natural competitiveness that brews between the fan bases and teams that makes for fun, energetic nights in this arena. So it’s a good healthy rivalry.”Warriors star forward Kevin Durant, who won his first title last year after the Cavs dethroned Golden State in 2016, says fans should enjoy the rivalry while they can.“It may not be as suspenseful as a lot of people want it to be or as drama filled, but that’s what you’ve got movies and music for,” Durant said.“If you enjoy basketball, I don’t feel like you should have any complaints because it’s a great set of players on both teams.”Some would argue that, saying the Cavaliers rely too much on James.Late night comedy show “Saturday Night Live” shared an internet video called “The Other Cavaliers” with a Roomba robotic cleaning device at point guard, a dog at center and teammates giving James back rubs, high fives and providing anything else he needs “as long as what he needs isn’t basketball.”“I run the pick and roll,” actor Mikey Day says in the video. “That’s when I pick up LeBron’s laundry and roll it over to his house.”Punch to the punchlines FILE – LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors look on during the first half in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPDefending champion Golden State and the Cleveland Cavaliers take their epic rivalry to historic levels with a fourth consecutive NBA Finals showdown — a challenge that both say never gets old.It’s the first time in major American sports history that the same clubs have played for a crown four years in a row.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallslast_img read more

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Serena Williams seeded 17 at US Open, 9 spots above ranking

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? FILE – In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Serena Williams holds the championship trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki in the championship match of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Serena Williams was seeded No. 17 for the U.S. Open, higher than her current ranking of No. 26. The U.S. Tennis Association announced the seedings for the main draws of women’s and men’s singles on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)Serena Williams got a bit of a boost in the seedings for the U.S. Open by being placed at No. 17, nine spots above her current ranking.The U.S. Tennis Association’s decision, announced Tuesday along with all the other seeds for the main draws of women’s and men’s singles, means Williams avoids a possible matchup against one of the top eight players in the third round.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins China coach admits Philippines ‘different’ team with Clarkson in tow Main-draw play begins in Flushing Meadows on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil It also sets up a possible matchup at that stage against her older sister, Venus, who is No. 16, her ranking this week.Indeed, all of the other seeds — 32 women, 32 men — were positioned based on the WTA and ATP rankings, as usual.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’This will be the third Grand Slam tournament of Williams’ return to competition since her daughter was born during the 2017 U.S. Open last September. Williams dealt with health complications from childbirth, including dangerous blood clots.The USTA already had said in June that it would institute a policy that would take into account if a pregnancy affected a player’s ranking. The issue arose when Williams — a 23-time major champion and former No. 1 — was not seeded when she returned to action at the French Open in May, her first Grand Slam tournament in nearly 1½ years. She was, however, seeded at Wimbledon, put at No. 25 while ranked 183rd. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Williams wound up as the runner-up at the All England Club, losing to Angelique Kerber there last month. The run to the final allowed Williams to rise to No. 28. In her next match, Williams had the most lopsided loss of her career, beaten 6-1, 6-0 by Johanna Konta in San Jose, California.USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said the placement of Williams was determined by “balancing a variety of factors, including her return to competition following the birth of her daughter, her recent hard court performance this summer, and recognition of her achievements at the U.S. Open.”He added that the USTA thought the decision “recognizes Serena, and is fair to the remaining seeded players.”Williams, who turns 37 next month, has won the U.S. Open six times, most recently in 2014. She is one Grand Slam title away from equaling Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24; Williams already owns the mark for most major singles trophies in the half-century professional era.The draw for the U.S. Open is Thursday in New York.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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