Danielle: Fierce and focused

first_imgBEIJING, China:Fierce and focused, Danielle Williams surprised herself and the rest of us as she hurdled her way to gold medal success in the women’s 100-metre hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.She had crossed the line first, but she wasn’t sure. How could she be? The giant screen inside the Bird’s Nest was not providing the answer fast enough for her to hide the nervous gaze that was stapled across her face.Impossible!Danielle Williams 12.57 PB; Cindy Roleder 12.59 PB; Alina Taley 12.66 NR.The young Jamaican had defied the odds. She was the best in the world.Not even her impressive 12.58 seconds win over pre-championships medal favourite Sharika Nelvis in the semi-final round two hours earlier, could prepare her and most of the athletics world for the results that followed.”I won, I won; I cant believe it!” she exclaimed just under an hour after draping herself in the Jamaican flag. This was after her name had flashed on the giant screen – on top of everyone else’s.”I came into this championship expecting to run a personal best got it in the semi-final and was just hoping I would have the legs to come back in the final since they were so close together,” Williams said or her target coming into Beijing.”In the semi-final, I realised I had the fastest time going in but I was not trying to get ahead of myself and get too cocky, because it was just one race and I was just trying to stay focused and level-headed going into the final,” Williams added.The 22-year-old became Jamaica’s second 100m hurdles world champion and the fourth woman from the country to medal in the event.She is also half of the first pair of siblings to compete in the 100m hurdles at a World Championships final.”It was an awesome feeling having my sister with me. We shall celebrate as soon as I get home. I’m just so sorry she couldn’t be on the podium as well,” Williams added before sharing her sister’s message at the end of the race. “She said ‘great going, proud of you’ and I told her the same thing.”Williams, who admitted that she was surprised that no Americans got on the podium after the dominance of their hurdlers all season, underlined her admiration of American legend Gail Devers while crediting her win to extensive work and improvements to her technique over the past year.Improving technique”We have worked on technique from the end of Commonwealth Games last year straight up to this championships. We have been working a lot on trying to fix my technique. It’s not perfect but it’s a whole lot better and I can attest to that. So, I’m happy that we were able to do that and I think fixing the technique got me the medal here,” said Williams, who says she is confident and motivated heading into the coming season.”I wont focus on increased expectations. I will continue to be my jovial, level-headed self and continue to train hard like everyone else will and hopefully in Rio I will be Olympic champion,” said Williams.One thing is for certain, she wont be catching anyone by surprise in Rio.last_img read more

West Indies humiliated again

first_imgHOBART, Australia (AP): The warning signs were evident when a mostly full-strength West Indies lost a tour match by 10 wickets to a Cricket Australia selection with six players making their first-class debuts. Against Australia’s Test team, ranked No. 3 in the world, the mostly young and inexperienced players from the Caribbean never stood a chance, losing by an innings and 212 runs yesterday inside three days at Bellerive Oval. Fast bowler James Pattinson took five wickets in the second innings to complement fellow paceman Josh Hazlewood’s four-wicket haul in the first. Off-spin bowler Nathan Lyon, playing in his 50th Test, took three vital first-innings wickets that placed the West Indies in early trouble. And then there was the Australian batting. AUSTRALIA SATISFIED Australia declared their first innings on 583-4 led by Man of the Match Adam Voges’ unbeaten 269 and record 449-run fourth-wicket partnership with Shaun Marsh. The West Indies were forced to follow-on earlier yesterday when they scored just 223-9 in their first innings injured paceman Shannon Gabriel (left ankle) could not bat in either innings. The match ended before tea yesterday when the West Indies led by Darren Bravo’s 108 in the first innings, and Kraigg Brathwaite’s 94 in the second were bowled out for 148. The West Indies lost 14 wickets in a session and a half. The team announced yesterday that Gabriel would return home due to the injury and a tour replacement would be named in the coming days. Pattinson (5-27) took up where Hazlewood left off in a West Indies first innings dominated by Bravo’s seventh Test century. Pattinson’s haul included the second-innings wicket of Bravo for four, ensuring the West Indies batsman was dismissed twice in 37 minutes. The West Indies resumed on 207-6 yesterday morning in their first innings before Hazlewood (4-45) cleaned up the tail. Resuming on 94, Bravo hit two boundaries off Peter Siddle in the first over to reach the century mark. Brathwaite tried vainly to notch a late century in the second innings, hitting four boundaries in a row, before being bowled by Hazlewood to end the match. “To win in three days was very satisfying,” Australia captain Steve Smith said. West Indies captain Jason Holder said the big loss wasn’t unfamiliar to him or a team hit by player strikes, pay disputes, coach suspensions and a decision by many of the top players to choose lucrative international Twenty20 league contracts over Test duty. “It’s a situation we’ve been in for the past few months, the past few years, really,” Holder said. “We need to be more disciplined… to spend more time in the middle. Hopefully, we can come back strong in the second Test.” SCOREBOARD RECORDPARTNERSHIP AUSTRALIA 1st Innings 583-4 decl. WEST INDIES 1st Innings (overnight 207 for six) D.M. Bravo c Lyon b Siddle 108 K. Roach c wk Nevill b Hazlewood 31 J. Taylor b Hazlewood 0 J. Warrican not out 2 S Gabriel absent hurt Extras (b7, lb10, w1, nb5) 23 TOTAL (all out, 70 overs) 223 Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Brathwaite), 2-58 (Chandrika), 3-78 (Samuels), 4-78 (Blackwood), 5-89 (Ramdin), 6-116 (Holder), 7-215 (Roach), 8-215 (Taylor), 9-223 (Bravo) Bowling: Hazlewood 18-5-45-4, Pattinson 15-0-68-0 (w1, nb5), Siddle 15-5-36-2, Lyon 19-6-43-3, Marsh 3-1-14-0. WEST INDIES 2nd innings (following on) K. Brathwaite b Hazlewood 94 R. Chandrika c Smith b Pattinson 0 D.M. Bravo b Pattinson 4 M. Samuels c Warner b Pattinson 0 +D. Ramdin c Warner b MR Marsh 4 *J. Holder c wk Nevill b Pattinson 17 K. Roach c wkp Nevill b Hazlewood 3 J. Taylor c Pattinson b Hazlewood 12 J. Warrican not out 6 S. Gabriel absent hurt Extras (lb1, w1, nb3) 5 TOTAL (all out; 36.3 overs) 148 Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Chandrika), 2-20 (Bravo), 3-24 (Samuels), 4-24 (Blackwood), 5-30 (Ramdin), 6-60 (Holder), 7-91 (Roach), 8-117 (Taylor), 9-148 (Brathwaite). Bowling: Hazlewood 10.3-3-33-3, Pattinson 8-2-27-5 (w1, nb2), Siddle 7.-1-34-0, Marsh 7-0-36-1 (nb1), Lyon 4-0-17-0. Result: Australia won by an innings and 212 runs. Man-of-the-Match: Adam Voges. Toss: Australia. Umpires: M. Erasmus, I. Gould; TV – C Gaffaney.last_img read more

Garner slams CARICOM dissolution proposal

first_img UNNECESSARY DEMAND BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) president Joel Garner has hit out at the CARICOM-commissioned Governance Panel’s controversial recommendation that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) be dissolved. Garner, the legendary former West Indies fast bowler and a current WICB director, questioned the practicality of the proposed move, contending that all the boards which comprised the regional governing body were legitimate legal entities and, therefore, they could not be simply struck down. “My questions are: Is the BCA, which was constituted by an act of Parliament in 1933, an illegal entity and my selection as president of the BCA an illegal act?” Garner queried, while speaking at the BCA’s quarterly meeting here Thursday. “So I have to ask the question: is the GCB (Guyana Cricket Board) an illegal entity? Is the Jamaica Cricket (Association) an illegal entity? Is the Leeward Islands Cricket Association an illegal entity? Is the Windward Islands Cricket Board an illegal entity? Is the TTCB (Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board) an illegal entity?” He continued: “If they are so, they have all been established in countries in which the prime ministers are making noise and they have to tell the public of the region if these entities are illegal, how they were able to remain vibrant for so long.” In proposing the dissolution of the WICB, the Governance Panel, headed by UWI Cave Hill Principal Eudine Barriteau, also recommended the appointment of an interim board, “whose structure and composition will be radically different from the now proven, obsolete governance framework”. While CARICOM heads have embraced the recommendation and resolved to ensure its implementation, the WICB, headed by controversial president Dave Cameron, has rejected it as an “unnecessary and intrusive demand”. The board also slammed the report as “limited in scope”, arguing that the panel’s investigations had “triggered findings and recommendations … which are not supported by the facts”. “The dissolution of the board is simply not a viable, legal or practical option and carries a major financial risk, which the panel either ignored or was unaware of,” the WICB told CARICOM in a written response earlier this year. Last month, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said CARICOM was soliciting advice on the “legal position” of West Indies cricket.last_img read more

Let’s focus, says Leicester’s Ranieri

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Glance at the Champions League standings and it would seem all is just fine at Leicester City this season. Three matches. Three wins. No goals conceded.If only the defence of its English Premier League title was going so well. Few had expected Leicester to replicate the feats of last season, when the unheralded team from central England went from relegation favourites to title winners in one of the most amazing stories in all of sports. Few, though, would have expected such a drop-off in the league the following season.”When I think of the Premier League, I’m very, very angry,” said Leicester’s usually amiable coach, Claudio Ranieri.Leicester City head into Saturday’s home match against Crystal Palace in 13th place in the 20-team league, having lost four of their opening eight games. The team only lost three league matches in the whole of last season.The most obvious explanation for the drastic dip in form is a change of focus. This season, it increasingly seems, is all about the Champions League, which Leicester are competing in for the first time.”It’s just psychological,” Ranieri explained. “Because when we play in the Champions League, all the specials are switched on. You’re very, very smart, focused in every situation.”The same can’t be said in the Premier League. Leicester have lost to Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea by three-goal margins and also have been defeated by promoted Hull. Their only wins have come against Burnley and Swansea, both of whom like Hull are among the contenders for relegation.There are other factors to blame apart from a preoccupation with the Champions League.The loss of N’Golo Kante to Chelsea has hit Leicester hard. It felt at times like the energetic Kante did the work of twoplayers in central midfield last season, providing protection for the defence and also a springboard for the attack. Off-season recruits Daniel Amartey and Nampalys Mendy (currently injured) just aren’t in Kante’s league.As a consequence, Leicester’s defence looks vulnerable, with centre backs Wes Morgan and Robert Huth exposed and making errors. That, however, doesn’t explain the team’s tendency to concede at set pieces this season, which is simplydown to a lack of concentration and awareness.Another factor is Ranieri’s squad strengthening over the summer, which included signing forwards Ahmed Musa and Islam Slimani for what were club-record fees.It has given the Italian coach more options for his lineup,but he might no longer know what his best team is.Last season, everyone knew Leicester’s first-choice lineup and Ranieri nicknamed ‘Tinkerman’ during his time at Chelsea rarely rotated, but that has changed. Shinji Okazaki, for example, rarely starts now, and the Japan forward was a key member of the title-winning team because of his work rate, unselfishness and qualities in linking the midfield and attack.Then there’s the dip in form of star players from last season striker Jamie Vardy and winger Riyad Mahrez. Vardy has scored twice this season, and not since September 10, while Mahrez hasn’t been the same effervescent force that once flustered defences. Have opponents worked out how to play them?A mid-table finish in the Premier League and getting to the knockout stage of the Champions League would be acceptable in this most unusual of seasons for Leicester. But for Ranieri, the quicker the team gets to the 40-point mark a figure widely regarded as the safety net against relegation the better.CHELSEA VS MANCHESTER UNITEDManchester United manager JosÈ Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge on Sunday for the first time since getting fired by Chelsea in December, which ended his second spell at the London club.It will be the latest game in a tough period for United, who played away to Liverpool on Monday and host Manchester City in the League Cup on Wednesday. Mourinho adopted a defensive, containing approach at Liverpool, which eked out a 0-0 draw for United. He may do the same against a Chelsea team that haswon both of their games since manager Antonio Conte switched to a three-man defence.last_img read more

Reset the records – Bailey

first_imgDonovan Bailey, the Canadian who produced a world record to win the 100 metres at the 1996 Olympics, wants to cleanse the all-time track and field performance list of drug-tainted marks.In an interview earlier this week, Bailey believes a reset of world records in athletics would do a world of good.According to the retired sprinter, a cleanse by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) would help fans focus on wonderful athletes like Olympic champions Usain Bolt of Jamaica and South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk.”I think the IAAF has to do something to ensure that doping is not the first thing you speak of,” he begun in an interview posted on www.insidethegames.biz.”I think for one you should press reset and get rid of all the records which were on the books if there has been a doping issue,” he recommended.His suggestion might also affect records and medals accumulated by East German athletes in the 1980s and 1990s.Documents released from that country after the unification of Germany confirmed the activity of a state-organised doping programme for its track and field athletes.”If there is a doping charge,” he explained, “you erase it – it becomes very simple – so we can talk about amazing positive things because there is so much to talk about, like Wayde van Niekerk and Usain Bolt.”Olympic GamesBolt famously did the 100 and 200 metre double for the third time in a row at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In the same Games, van Niekerk smashed the 400 metre world record with a fine run of 43.03 seconds from the outermost lane.Bailey, who ran a world record of 9.84 second to win his Olympic gold 20 years ago, also agrees with the ban of Russian athletes from Rio.”My stance would be any country that has been accused of and found guilty of statewide doping,” he asserted, “all the athletes would be banned.”He believes it is unfair for clean athletes to lose medals, prize money and sponsorship to users of illegal performance enhancers.”It is a terrible thing to do,” the 48-year-old Canadian lamented, “because most athletes are clean and believe in the power of clean sport.”He was interviewed in Monaco at last week’s SPORTELMonaco sports marketing and media convention in Monte Carlo.last_img read more

Ashley disappointed by fight postponement

first_img“Disappointed and very, very frustrated.” That was how former World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight champion Alicia ‘Slick’ Ashley described her feelings following the postponement of her return fight with Fatuma Zarika, which was scheduled to take place in Houston,Texas, on Saturday night.When she put her title on the line last October 1, in Flint, Michigan, there was a return-fight clause in place if she lost. She did lose by split decision, and after several weeks of negotiation, it was agreed the return fight would have taken place last night.Ashley told The Gleaner that she took the fight so seriously that she left cold New York, where she lives, for the warmth of Florida in early January and trained hard for a month.”A few weeks ago, I heard various stories which suggested that there could possibly be a postponement, but I hoped that this would not happen. It did, however, and what I am told is that Fatuma, who is from Kenya, is having visa problems trying to get back to the USA, so this has forced a postponement,” Ashley said. “I worked so hard and, believe me, I was ready.”Ashley said that she had a really good camp and was in much better condition now, than she was in October.”It would have been a great fight,” she added. “I want back my title and I hope that my promoter can get a new date soon.”last_img read more

NU, Ateneo near crowns

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The 6-foot-5 national team mainstay was an unstoppable force with 23 points as NU steamrolled over Far Eastern University, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24, in Game 1 of the best-of-three finals series at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Bulldogs, unbeaten so far in eight matches, can sweep their way to the title on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIn men’s action, Gian Glorioso and Marck Espejo provided the spark for Ateneo as it repulsed Far Eastern University, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19, to come within a win of claiming the title.Glorioso scored 15 points, while four-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Espejo accounted for 14 points aside from 12 excellent receptions and five digs. 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 award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Earlier, Arellano University moved closer to third place in women’s division after crushing Adamson University, 25-23, 26-24, 25-14.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny The Blue Eagles can wrap up the series with a win in Game 2 on Saturday.NU stormed with a first-set win anchored on Santiago, who was scoring at will against FEU, which was trying to find the right combination with the absence of team captain Bernadeth Pons.FEU, which struggled against Adamson to make the finals, found its stride in the second set with 10 service aces—including three straight by Jeanette Villareal—to complete its fight back from a 14-19 deficit in the frame.The Lady Tamaraws managed to save two match points but they committed back-to-back turnovers down the line.But the Lady Bulldogs put things in working order in the next set with Risa Sato, Aiko Urdas and Jorelle Singh serving as perfect foils for Santiago, which sent the Lady Tamaraws’ defenses in disarray.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Pascua admits Lady Tamaraws lacked ‘killer instinct’ in Game 1 loss It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES With Jaja Santiago serving as its powerful engine, the National University freight train arrived one stop away from the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference women’s title Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

Bledsoe sent home after reeling Suns fire Watson

first_imgPhoenix Suns’ Eric Bledsoe (2) looks up court in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)PHOENIX — Phoenix point guard Eric Bledsoe was sent home Monday, a day after the Suns fired coach Earl Watson and replaced him on an interim basis with Jay Triano.About the time that word of Watson’s firing was leaking out, Bledsoe sent a tweet Sunday that read “Don’t wanna be here.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “I’ve pretty much seen it all now with my years in the NBA,” Booker said. “You’ve got to control the controllables.”An interesting comment since Booker, the highly talented face of the franchise, is just 20 and in his third NBA season. A strong supporter of Watson, Booker said the players are responsible for the awful performances.“You can’t blame two 40-point losses on a coach,” Booker said. “That comes with pride. It comes with effort and love for the game. We haven’t shown that yet.”Under Watson, “there was a lack of development,” McDonough said. “There was a lack of individual player improvement and growth. We realize kind of where we are as a franchise in terms of being young, being in the developmental stage, but at the same time we expect to be competitive and for the guys to play hard and be put into positions to be effective offensively and defensively and we didn’t feel like that was being done.”McDonough said he expects that to improve under Triano, mentioning defense, ball movement and 3-point shooting.As if things weren’t bad enough, the Suns were awaiting word from the NBA on whether rookie Josh Jackson would be punished for making a gesture toward a heckling fan Saturday night in Los Angeles.It looked like Jackson was simulating a gun but he said that wasn’t the case.Jackson said he initially was going to give the guy the middle finger but decided against it and the gesture inadvertently wound up looking like a gun.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set McDonough said Triano would be head coach the remainder of the season.Triano, 59, came to the Suns as associate head coach in the summer of 2016 after four years as an assistant to Terry Stotts in Portland. Triano was head coach of the Toronto Raptors from 2008 to 2011. He also was head coach of the Canadian National Team.Triano described himself as a basketball guy and said he didn’t know if he wanted the job beyond this season.“We’ll see how it goes,” Triano said, “but I’m going to embrace it 100 percent and dive into it like I have everything else in my career.”Bledsoe had been averaging 15.7 points per game, second behind Devin Booker, and was the team’s on-court leader.The candidates to replace him are Mike James, who was undrafted in 2012 but played internationally before coming to the Suns this season, and Tyler Ulis, a second-round pick in 2016.The Suns have allowed a whopping 128.7 points per game, by far the worst in the league. They were blown out 124-76 at home in their season opener Wednesday, the most one-sided loss in franchise history.“I know it’s been a short period of time (three games), but as the days went by there were more and more things that we were uncomfortable with,” McDonough said, “so we arrived at this conclusion yesterday morning to make the change.”McDonough, who said he recommended the firing to owner Robert Sarver, accepted some responsibility for the team’s troubles.“I think we all do,” McDonough said. “I think Robert does. I think I do. It reflects poorly on all of us and we own that and we take responsibility for that.”Triano is Phoenix’s fifth coach since 2013. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIEScenter_img Meralco import Durham fined P30k for Game 5 comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny The Suns also fired assistant coaches Nate Bjorkgren, Jason Fraser and Mehmet Okur.Tyrone Corbin was elevated to lead assistant and Ty Ellis, head coach of the Northern Arizona Suns G League team, will fill one of the vacant assistant roles. Marlon Garnett was promoted from player development coordinator to bench coach.Watson’s firing came three games into the season, two of them among the four most one-sided defeats in franchise history.McDonough said those ugly losses weren’t the sole reason for the firing.“We had a number of meetings over the summer about some of the changes we would have liked to see in terms of style of play and player development and accountability,” McDonough said, “all those things that go into winning and helping players develop and improve. Unfortunately, we didn’t see those changes.”ADVERTISEMENT General manager Ryan McDonough said Bledsoe told him that he was at a hair salon and that’s what the tweet was about, that it had nothing to do with the Suns. “I don’t believe that to be true,” McDonough said.So Bledsoe was sent home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMcDonough said he’s already received calls from teams about Bledsoe’s availability and he planned to answer them. McDonough said Bledsoe had asked to be traded before the season.McDonough also acknowledged his relationship with Watson “wasn’t great” and that it is “time for a new voice, a new direction.” View commentslast_img read more

Lue unhappy with ’embarrassing’ Cavs

first_imgLue was at a loss to explain the Cavaliers’ sluggish beginning to the season which has left the 2016 NBA champions languishing in the bottom half of the table.The Cavs coach said the team had pored over footage of their losses in an attempt to pinpoint their faults.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Have to keep showing film and continue to keep talking about it,” Lue said. “Make sure we’re aware of it, and I think guys are embarrassed and should be embarrassed of how we’re getting beat.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sunday’s loss to Atlanta was particularly galling given the Hawks were missing five first-choice players, Lue said.“Teams that we’re playing, having guys out, key guys out and still not being able to win,” Lue said. “We all have to continue to keep searching and continue to keep fighting and continue to play hard.”Yet Lue was reluctant to point the finger of blame at the Cavs starting lineup, saying problems existed throughout the roster.“It’s not just the starters, it’s all of us,” Lue said. “We all have to get better and we have to put in the work to get out of this hole. Starters understand they have to play better. They know that. But it’s all of us.”ADVERTISEMENT Head coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers while playing the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena on November 1, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Indiana won the game 124-107. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPCleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Monday his players were “embarrassed” by their start to the season as they prepared to take on the Milwaukee Bucks.The Cavs slipped to 4-6 on Sunday after losing at home to the under-strength Atlanta Hawks, who are propping up the Eastern Conference standings at 2-8.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 76ers start West Coast road trip with Embiid on the bench Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Foles, Eagles outshoot Patriots for 1st Super Bowl

first_imgBrandon Graham strip-sacked Brady and Derek Barnett recovered, setting up rookie Jake Elliot’s 46-yard field goal for an 8-point lead.Brady got his team to midfield, but his desperation pass fell to the ground in the end zone.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 underdog Eagles (16-3), even injured starting quarterback Carson Wentz, came bolting off the sideline in ecstasy while Brady sat on the ground, disconsolate.“For us, it was all about one stop we had to make. We went out here and made that one stop,” Graham said. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ It was the first Super Bowl title for Philadelphia (16-3), which went from 7-9 last season to the franchise’s first NFL title since 1960.“If there’s a word (it’s) called everything,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. “That’s what it means to Eagles fans everywhere. And for Eagles fans everywhere, this is for them.”Super Bowl MVP Foles orchestrated the victory with the kind of drive NFL MVP Brady, a five-time champion, is known for. The drive covered 14 plays, including a fourth-down conversion.“I felt calm. I mean, we have such a great group of guys, such a great coaching staff,” Foles said. “We felt confident coming in, and we just went out there and played football.”The Eagles had to survive a video replay because ball pop into the air as Ertz crossed the goal line.ADVERTISEMENT 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 SEA Games 2019: Nicanor rallies to bring home 1st fencing gold for PH PLAY LIST 01:39SEA Games 2019: Nicanor rallies to bring home 1st fencing gold for PH04:16Hidilyn Diaz clinches her 1st SEA Games weightlifting gold04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet02:14Carpio 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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track San Miguel reclaims lead Philly didn’t flinch, answering with a precise 75-yard march and three more third-down conversions; the Eagles were 10 for 16. The last was on Foles’ perfect pass to Clement over double coverage. The rookie’s reception was upheld by review, and the Eagles were back on top by 10.Brady shrugged and, getting steadfast protection, went over 400 yards passing on the next TD drive. Chris Hogan scored from the 26 as he turned around safety Rodney McLeod.When all the Eagles could manage was Elliott’s 42-yarder for a 32-26 lead, it seemed inevitable the Patriots would go in front, then become the first repeat Super Bowl winner since they did it in the 2004 and ’05 games.Foles, Ertz, and — at last — a revitalized defense said otherwise.The weird image of Brady ambling downfield on a pass pattern came three plays after New England lost receiver Brandin Cooks to a concussion on a vicious but clean hit by Malcolm Jenkins in the second quarter. Amendola’s pass required an over-the-shoulder grab and the ball fell off Brady’s outstretched hands.When he got back to what he has done better than anyone in Super Bowls, Brady led a 90-yard drive following an equally strange play. Alshon Jeffery nearly made a spectacular attempt near the Patriots’ goal line, only to juggle the ball into the air while off-balance. Duron Harmon picked it off at the 10. Moments later, Brady was connecting with Chris Hogan for 42 yards.James White broke several tackles with a brilliant 26-yard run and it was 15-12. That gave White seven touchdowns in his past three postseason games, including the overtime winner last year.But the Eagles still had 2:04 left in the half — and some more magic in their bag.A short third-down throw to rookie Corey Clement on a circle route turned into a 55-yard explosion down to the Patriots 8. Philly got to the 1 and on fourth down, it was Foles’ turn to morph into a receiver.He did better than Brady. On fourth down, Clement took a direct snap, pitched to tight end Trey Burton, and the former Florida QB hit an uncovered Foles. The Eagles were up 22-12 at halftime, the most points New England has allowed in the opening half of a Super Bowl under Belichick. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 04: The Philadelphia Eagles celebrated defeating the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFPMINNEAPOLIS — The Philadelphia Eagles’ flight from last to first ended up with a Lombardi Trophy.In a record-setting shootout between Nick Foles and Tom Brady of the favored New England Patriots, the backup quarterback led a pressure-packed 75-yard drive to the winning touchdown, 11 yards to Zach Ertz with 2:21 to go Sunday night. Then a defense that had been shredded throughout the second half made two final stands to win 41-33.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “If they would have overturned that, I don’t know what would have happened to the city of Philadelphia,” Ertz said. “But I’m so glad they didn’t overturn it.”The touchdown stood — and so did thousands of green-clad Eagles fans who weren’t going to mind the frigid conditions outside US Bank Stadium once they headed out to celebrate. But not before a rousing rendition of “Fly Eagles Fly” reverberated throughout the stands once the trophy was presented to Lurie. Later, fans danced along with the “Gonna Fly Now,” the theme from “Rocky,” the city’s best-known fictional underdog.The Patriots (15-4) seemed ready to take their sixth championship with Brady and coach Bill Belichick in eight Super Bowls. Brady threw for a game-record 505 yards and three TDs, hitting Rob Gronkowski for 4 yards before Stephen Gostkowski’s extra point gave New England its first lead, 33-32.Then Foles made them forget Wentz — and least for now — with the gutsiest drive of his life, including a fourth-down conversion to Ertz at midfield.Foles has been something of a journeyman in his six pro seasons, but he has been spectacular in four career playoff games. He finished 28 of 43 for 373 yards and three TDs.The combined 1,151 yards were the most in any modern NFL game, and Brady’s 505 were the most in any playoff contest. The 40-year-old master finished 28 of 48 and picked apart the Eagles until the final two series.It was such a wild game that Foles caught a touchdown pass, and Brady was on the opposite end of a Danny Amendola throw that went off his fingertips.Eagles coach Doug Pederson brought home the championship in his second year in charge. Belichick is 5-3 in Super Bowls and his teams have only a plus-4 overall margin in those games.So this one was in keeping with that trend: breathtaking and even a bit bizarre.Brady and the Patriots looked more like five-time champions by opening the second half with a 75-yard touchdown drive. Gronkowski was unstoppable, grabbing four passes for 69 yards, including the 5-yard score. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Each team started with 67-yard drives to field goals — New England had never scored a first-quarter point with Brady in a Super Bowl.Each kicker later faltered, with Elliott missing the extra point, his fifth failed PAT this season, after Jeffery’s 34-yard touchdown. Then Gostkowski hit the left upright with a 26-yard field goal after holder Ryan Allen mishandled the snap. Gostkowski also missed an extra point.When LeGarrette Blount, who won the title last season with the Patriots, scored on a 21-yard burst, Pederson went for 2, but the pass failed, making it 15-3.The Eagles and Pederson brushed it off and stayed with their usual aggressive approach. Breathtakingly, it eventually paid off.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more