Corporate Team (Females): 1. Berts Auto Parts – 1:54.04 2. Bank of Jamaica – 1:54.53 3. J Wray & Nephew Ltd – 1:57.15 Males: 1. Bank of Jamaica 2. UWI 3. National Commercial Bank Other top three CANCER SURVIVOR Wheelchair females: 1. Sylvia Grant – 30:33 2. Colleen Morrison – 31:40 3. Maureen Saunders – 39:52 Wheelchair males: 1. Alphanso Cunningham – 28:13 2. Joel Brown – 34:00 3. Andre Morgan – 38:20 Corporate Run Females (Overall): 1. Gianna Anderson (UWI) – 22:47 2. Chantel Banbury (UWI) – 22:48 3. Gillian Campbell (NCB) – 23:20 Males: 1. Wilfred Wilson (UDC) – 20:08 2. Gerold Palmer (Dunns Electrical) – 20:25 3. Dwayne Smit h (BOJ) – 20:34 Executive Management 1. Ricardo Nuncio (D&G) – 25:55 2. Richard Oliver (RE/MAX Elite) 3. Dalton Myers (UWI) Open Walk Females: 1. Olivia McKoy – 33:33 2. Tamara Banton – 33:58 3. Keisha Whittingham – 33:59 Males: 1. Jason Whynn – 32:00 2. Kenardo Phillips – 32:03 3. Lenworth Hunter – 32:06 TOP WOMEN The veteran Blagrove covered the course in 23 minutes, .05 seconds, to be the first female to finish. Jozanne Harris was second in 23 minutes, 23 seconds, with third going to Janette Robinson in 24 minutes 22 seconds. Yesterday’s staging saw over 23,000 participants, which included walkers and wheelchair entrants as they turned out to give their support to the Jamaica Cancer Society, Black River Hospital’s Paediatric Unit and children with cancer across the island. Over $43 million was raised and Donovan Perkins, CEO of Sagicor Bank, was very pleased. “Today was an awesome day and I am very pleased with the support given for this venture. Although we targeted $50 million, we were very close as we got a little over $43 million and this is much better than last year, where we raised about $33m. But each year it gets bigger and better because it is for a worthy cause,” said Perkins, who also recognised artistes Ding Dong and Chi Ching Ching for keeping the large crowd entertained. Also on hand at yesterday’s event was Jamaica’s World Championships 4×400 metres gold medallist Novlene Williams-Mills, who had the honour of releasing hundreds of balloons before the start of the event. finishers KIRK Brown and Karlene Blagrove continued their good form this season as they captured the male and female 5K titles at yesterday’s Sagicor Sigma 5K Run in New Kingston. Brown, who copped the men’s title, won in 17 minutes 15 seconds, finishing ahead of former champion Shawn Pitter, who clocked 17.41 minutes, while Kemar Leslie took third in 18 minutes 26 seconds. Despite winning, Brown was not pleased with his time. “I feel great about the race, but I wanted to run much faster. This could have been so, but the officials needed to be more alert as I made a turn-off going the right way and they called me back to say it was wrong, then realised that I was correct and that allowed me not to have a faster time. But it was a great race overall,” said Brown. Williams-Mills, who is a cancer survivor herself, was delighted to be a part of the activities. “I am happy to be a part of this as I didn’t know that Jamaica had something like this going on over the years; but since being diagnosed with cancer, I realised that there has been so much more going on that I didn’t pay attention to when it relates to cancer. But for them to have an event like this, and so many persons turning out and to raise money for the cause, is fantastic and it is indeed an awesome feeling. “When I got the invitation to come, I said to myself that I could not have missed it. I have no regrets coming as life is just not about running track, and to break my schedule to come and give my support is great,” said Williams-Mills.
Maverley-Hughenden and Rockfort will meet in the feature match of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)-JB Charley’s Rum Super League semi-finals tonight at 8:30 at the Constant Spring Complex.In the opening match of the semi-final double-header, Barbican will oppose Brown’s Town at 6:30 p.m.The top four teams are hunting both the league title and a chance to represent the KSAFA Confederation in the play-off for a spot in next seasons’s Red Stripe Premier League.Maverley-Hughenden were very impressive in the preliminary stage by winning 12 of 16 games. They defeated Rockfort 4-2 in the first game of the season.The Maverley-Hughenden camp will be without head coach Lijaysu Simms, who is abroad. Assistant coach Hugh Blair will be in charge for the crucial encounter.Captain of Maverley-Hughenden Andrew Peddlar says that his team is well prepared and ready for battle.”Right now, we are well focused. We have no fear,” Peddlar boldly declared ahead of the last four clash.”We are 100 per cent ready for Rockfort as the plan is to win the Super League and qualify for the national league play-off. The coach is away, but ‘Bingy’ (Blair) is here and we will carry out the plan,” he added.Maverley-Hughenden will rely on Peddlar in the central defence position, veteran Kasai Hinds, the competition’s leading goalscorer Phillip Peddie, Andrew White, Odayne Burgher, Morias Somers, Omari Edwards and Wayne Williams.On the other hand, Rockfort are also oozing confidence.”We are very confident. We played them in the first game and lost, but that was a long time ago, and our team has improved. We beat them in the Major League semi-finals two years ago, so we know that we can repeat that,” president of Rockfort Dwayne Dillon told The Gleaner yesterday.Rockfort will rely on captain Calvin Campbell, Chevon Williams, Sheldon Green, Jermaine Freckleton and Twain Winter.In the opening semi-final game, Barbican and Brown’s Town should have a highly competitive affair.In the teams’ first meeting this season, Barbican won 2-0 and hold the psychological advantage heading into the semi-final.Barbican, under the guidance of head coach Mark Sutherland, are seeking to win the Super League for the second time in three seasons.Their key players include Akino Bailey, Keino Simpson, Jadian Redwood, Jermaine Parris, Nicholas Smith and Greg Taylor.Meanwhile, Brown’s Town, now under the guidance of coach Keon Broderick, will rely on Robert Coley, Kamali Coburn, Joshua McNaughton, Mikhail George, and Derron Beckford for victory.
MUMBAI, India (CMC):Nine West Indies Twenty20 stars that have enriched the lucrative Indian Premier League have been retained for next season, organisers announced yesterday.Superstars Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, as well as current West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite, headline the list, which includes 44 overseas players of the total 140 kept when the window for the eight franchises to retain players for the coming season closed on December 15.Current West Indies Test and one-day international captain Jason Holder and fellow fast-bowler Jerome Taylor are the only two West Indians that were part of the IPL last season that were cut, being dropped by Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians respectively.Gayle and leg-spin bowler Samuel Badree were retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), which lost the final this year against Sunrisers Hyderabad.Gayle and Badree are two of 20 that RCB have retained at a cost of close to US$9 million and will help to form the same core of players that played last season.Bravo and his namesake Dwayne Smith have been kept by Gujarat Lions, which retained 16 players at just over US$8.5 million, but also off-loaded eight players, including star South Africa fast-bowler Dale Steyn.Brathwaite regained his place with the Daredevils, as one of five overseas players retained among the 18 at a cost of close to US$7.5 million.Though they may have parted company with Holder, the Knight Riders have, however, held on to spinner Sunil Narine and all-rounder Andre Russell, as two of four overseas players retained as part of a group 14, costing a little over US$7.7 million.The Indians have kept big-hitting Kieron Pollard and compatriot Lendl Simmons among six overseas players that help to form the 20, which the franchise retained at a hefty price tag of just over US$9 million – the highest of the franchises.RCB and the Indians have retained 20 – the highest number of players – and KKR have retained the least number with 14.Rising Pune Superstars released 11 players – the highest number – but Kings XI Punjab still have the biggest cap space of close to US$3.9 million to spend on bringing new playing resources to the franchise.
Jamaican winger Leon Bailey has reportedly signed a five-year deal with Bundesliga team Bayer Leverkusen. Reports surfaced late yesterday out of Germany that the Jamaican had signed a deal with the high-profile German club with transfer figures of 11.5 million pounds quoted by several credible sources. A picture of Bailey posing with a Bayer Leverkusen jersey with the words ‘Bailey 2022’ in reference to the year his contract is scheduled to expire printed on the back alongside his adopted father and manager Craig Butler and club officials also made the rounds on social media late yesterday. Leverkusen are yet to confirm the deal, however, an announcement is expected in the coming hours. Bailey rose to prominence at Belgian club Genk after impressive performances in the Belgian domestic competition as well as the UEFA Europa League. He is yet to secure his first cap for the Jamaican senior football team. He becomes the latest noted player sold by Genk following the departure of now-established players such as Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke, Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) and Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli). Bayer Leverkusen, which finished third in last season’s Bundesliga have been one of the better performing teams in the competition in recent years and boast talents such as Javier Hernandez, Kevin Kampl, Karim Bellarabi as well as Hakan Calhanoglu.
Such is the growing support for road races islandwide that the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run grew from 297 participants and $700,000 raised in 1999 to 26,000 entrants and $35 million last year. Others have also been showing growth by tapping into vibrant road running community. The CB Group UWI 5K held at the University of the West Indies, Mona, set a target of $20 million last year, but doubled that by reportedly garnering over $40 million. This year the organisers could be aiming to raise even more for charitable causes including; the UWI scholarship fund in educational and sports development. The GraceKennedy 5k: Education Run raised around $7 million for charities for communities in Downtown Kingston, West Kingston, Spanish Town and Majesty Gardens as well as Quarry Hill in St Catherine. The Digicel Imagine 5k Run, which will mark its sixth renewal, could raise over $15 million this year, having grown steadily with over 10,000 participants in 2015. The event, organised by the Digicel Foundation seeks funds for about 12 special needs beneficiaries. It is supported by over 20 corporate partners. Meanwhile, Running Events Limited, the chief organiser of road events locally reported road race events raised over $100,000,000 last year. Locally, the only road running event to significantly attract foreign participants is the Reggae Marathon 5K and Half Marathon, which draws in runners from at least 30 countries between the winter and thanksgiving period. It is held in Negril annually, and is seen as a strong local sports tourism product. Approximately $200 million could be raised this year, with about 20 major road races set to contribute much needed funds to local charities including schools, homes for the needy and public hospitals. Ingrid Card, vice-president of Group Marketing at Sagicor – organisers of the Sigma Corporate Run, which is targeting $60 million, says the full cost of the event is covered by her organisation, underlining that all funds raised will go to charity. “We will give the entire $60 million, as the need is great. For example, at the Bethlehem Home they had wheels, and a plastic chair as a wheelchair,” she told The Gleaner. “We need the support, and for people to support a worthy cause.” The beneficiaries of that event will be abandoned children and babies in the Bethlehem Home, operated by Missionaries of the Poor, the Spanish Town Hospital Paediatric Unit, and the Mandeville Hospital Paediatric Unit. SHOWING GROWTH
Lamar Odom. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Former NBA star Lamar Odom opened up on the Players’ Tribune on Thursday about the roller-coaster of cocaine addiction that left him comatose and close to death after a Nevada brothel binge in 2015.Although he’s sober now, Odom writes on the website that it’s “an every day struggle”.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Hotshots get young import He recalled his shock upon waking in the hospital, having collapsed at the Love Ranch brothel outside Las Vegas.“At some point, the main doctor came in and told me what had happened,” Odom wrote. “He said, ‘Mr. Odom, you’ve been in a coma for the last four days. Do you understand?’ I couldn’t talk. So I just nodded. He said, ‘It’s a miracle that you’re here. We didn’t think you were going to make it.’”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’BACKSTORY: Lamar Odom’s spiral leaves ex-NBA star fighting for his lifeOdom, a two-time NBA champion who gained wider fame as the star of a reality television series with wife Khloe Kardashian, said that at the time he was “doing coke every day … I couldn’t control it.” Odom and Kardashian were separated at the time of his overdose. They reunited after the incident, but split again last year.Odom said he didn’t touch cocaine until he was 24 years old, when he was on vacation in Miami.“If I knew that it was going to affect my life the way it did,” he wrote, “I would’ve never even thought about it.”But the drug became an escape from the feelings of loss he felt after the death of his mother from cancer, the death of his beloved grandmother and the death of his six-month-old son, Jayden, to sudden infant death syndrome.He said he knew his increasingly reckless behavior was destroying both his personal and professional life.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Now he credits rehab and the support of his family with keeping him going.“Even though my funeral would probably be a good funeral, and there’d probably be a lot of people who hadn’t seen each other in a long time. But it ain’t time for that yet. … I still got my kids. I’m still here. And damn, I’m still pretty handsome.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View comments
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny If there’s one thing that stands out in Jerrick Ahanmisi’s game, it’s putting the ball through the hoop.In Adamson’s calculated approach to the game where every single player has a role, Ahanmisi was blessed with the task to shoot.The lanky wingman averaged 18.5 points per game and that’s pretty much it as the other statistical categories belong to his teammates.Guard: Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines)Paul Desiderio does not give a (expletive) about field goal percentage, and in an all-important game against Far Eastern University the UP senior showed why.UP had to win their game against FEU on Saturday to barge into the fourth spot and Desiderio didn’t let his disastrous 5-of-22 clip deter him from taking the game-winning shot.With the scores tied at 56-56 and the ball in his hands with 6.2 seconds left, Desiderio looked down his good friend Ron Dennison in the eyes, dribbled to the left wing and shot the game-winning triple the basketball gods bestowed upon him.And as UP head coach Bo Perasol said, in this is better in Filipino, “may kakapalan talaga” and for all you English snobs out there it roughly translates to “the guy’s got balls.” It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Honorable mentionsRicci Rivero (De La Salle Green Archers)As Ben Mbala returned to form, Ricci Rivero promptly took the backseat.Rivero, though, still produced more than respectable numbers of 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, three assists, and three steals in La Salle’s two wins this week.Marvin Lee (University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers)Alright, forget wins for a second because Marvin Lee looked like the lone Growling Tiger from University of Santo Tomas who put up a fight.Lee was awfully quiet in UST’s 75-70 loss to Adamson as Growling Tigers head coach Boy Sablan preferred to have Oliver De Guzman as the main point guard.Against La Salle, however, Lee felt the pressure of an impending 0-14 season that he singlehandedly dogged a UST fight despite losing by 35, 94-59.Lee scored a game-high 25 points, on 10-of-20 shooting, while grabbing seven rebounds.Those numbers, though, doesn’t hold justice to Lee’s efforts since the UST captain visibly tried to hold his emotions when the final buzzer sounded. 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The standings have remained pretty much the same the week prior with Ateneo and La Salle still at the top two spots and Adamson U sitting comfortably at third with its closest pursuers two games behind.The action is in the fourth place battle with University of the Philippines and Far Eastern U locked in heated race and National University relying on other teams to lose if it hopes to get to the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAnd with that said, here are the best players, by position, this week.Center: Ben Mbala (De La Salle Green Archers) Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ WATCH: Get to know Rey Nambatac in 7 questions 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 king is back and he brought back the same form that made him the UAAP’s most formidable force.After a lackluster week prior to this one, Ben Mbala wreaked havoc like no one other than himself can.The reigning MVP put up 21 points and 12.5 rebounds to lead La Salle to two wins this week.Forward: Alvin Pasaol (University of the East Red Warriors)ADVERTISEMENT It’s the tail end of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, and frankly that’s about it.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Although Alvin Pasaol was limited to a season-low eight points against Ateneo, Pasaol still averaged a respectable 15.5 points in the two games this week while averaging eight rebounds.Oh, and Pasaol’s struggles on the field against the Blue Eagles was the product of pure defense Ateneo employed on him.Plus, Pasaol’s 23 points against La Salle were scored with Mbala playing as his main defender.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)It’s a fact that Thirdy Ravena can straight up ball—and not just on the offense.Ravena was a major factor why Pasaol put up his worst offensive output this season, hounding UE’s star pretty much the whole way with Vince Tolentino helping in the flanks.And Ravena put up an efficient 17-point, eight-rebound, four-assist afternoon while shooting 67 percent from the field in 19 minutes of play.Guard: Jerrick Ahanmisi (Adamson University Falcons)
PBA IMAGESGreg Slaughter thinks that Barangay Ginebra has yet to play at its best this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“I don’t think we’re peaking yet,” he said. “We still got two more tough games ahead of us. We’ll just take it one at a time.”ADVERTISEMENT Slaughter shared the spotlight to the likes of Kevin Ferrer, who drilled two huge treys which triggered the fourth quarter pullaway, Scottie Thompson, who kickstarted the attack with his relentless rebounding and excellent playmaking, and Mark Caguioa, who made the most of his limited time on the floor playing active for the Gin Kings.“It was just a team effort,” he said.With games against Meralco and Rain or Shine ahead, Slaughter hopes Ginebra will be able sustain its game and advance to the quarterfinals.“Hopefully, we could just jell more and get a little more production out of our bench as the season goes on,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Already in tough spot, TNT could miss 3 key cogs for 2 games Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track View comments If Ginebra’s game against TNT is any indication, it seems like the Gin Kings are slowly getting close to being at their full potential.Riding the trio of Slaughter, LA Tenorio, and Japeth Aguilar, Ginebra eviscerated the KaTropa in the fourth quarter to take a 93-78 win on Sunday for a share of the the fifth spot at 5-4.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 folkSlaughter said the win would not be possible if not for the effort of their teammates.“It may show up in the stat sheet that we scored a lot of points, but there’s a lot of intangible plays made by our guys off the bench,” he said. Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice02:34Monsey stabbing witness says he ‘threw coffee table’ at suspect02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES MOST READ Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
Boston’s Jaylen Brown led the U.S. with 35 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Kuzma, the hometown Lakers’ promising rookie, added 20.Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons also was sharp in his rookie debut in the game, with the Aussie No. 1 pick contributing 11 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and four steals while catalyzing the World’s offense. His 76ers teammate, Croatia’s Dario Saric, also hit four 3-pointers.Hield, who is from the Bahamas, will be sorry to see the end of his eligibility for this game, in which he scored 28 points last season in New Orleans as a rookie with the Pelicans. The sweet-shooting Kings guard hit five 3-pointers.Bogdanovic, from Serbia, was even better from long range, going 7 for 13 on 3-pointers and even adding six assists to earn MVP honors.“I approach every single game the same way,” Bogdanovic said. “Try to compete to be the best version of myself that day, and it just happened tonight. You never know when it’s going to happen.”ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Both Kings guards excelled against their Sacramento teammate, De’Aaron Fox, who scored four points for the U.S.“I told him I would score on him,” Bogdanovic said. “I should (have) bet as well, but we didn’t bet, so I didn’t get some extra money.”The biggest cheers at Staples Center went to Lakers youngsters Kuzma and Brandon Ingram on the U.S. team. The fans also roared for Lonzo Ball, who was selected for the U.S. roster but unable to play due to his lingering knee injury.Ingram, who scored eight points, and Kuzma were both playing in their third game in three nights, including a loss at Minnesota on Thursday night. But they are the struggling marquee franchise’s only representatives at the latest All-Star weekend in its hometown.The 16-time NBA champion Lakers (23-34), who also had Larry Nance Jr. in the dunk contest before trading him to Cleveland, are likely to miss the playoffs for a team-record fifth consecutive season.“It was a good pickup game,” Ingram said. “Guys got to go out there and hit a few shots and have fun. Got a couple dunks at the end. It was just good for the fans.”Embiid provided the third quarter’s best highlight with a nimble spin move into a ferocious dunk while the World padded its lead out to 32 points in the third and 39 in the fourth. Embiid only played nine minutes, but also hit a 3-pointer.The final seconds devolved into an uncontested dunk contest, and the Americans finally had a few highlights. Brown and Atlanta’s John Collins both threw down ferocious , acrobatic slams .Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Dallas’ Dennis Smith Jr. also warmed up for their participation in Saturday’s dunk contest with a couple of nasty slams in the first half. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World Team’s Buddy Hield, of the Sacramento Kings, shoots as U.S. Team’s Taurean Prince, of the Atlanta Hawks, defends during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian/Pool via AP)LOS ANGELES — Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic got the All-Star weekend off to a running start in the World’s latest victory over the NBA’s young Americans.Hield scored 29 points with five 3-pointers, and his Sacramento Kings teammate won the MVP award with 26 points and seven 3-pointers in the World team’s 155-124 victory over the U.S. team in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Hanyu defends Olympic gold medal in men’s figure skating UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer The annual showcase of the NBA’s top rookies and second-year players again served as the opening to the three-day All-Star festivities, which are being held in Los Angeles for the record sixth time.But this show was headlined by two shooting stars from the upstate rivals of the hometown Lakers and Clippers, with Hield and Bogdanovic combining to hit 12 of the World’s 23 3-pointers. The World has won this All-Star showcase four consecutive times.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“You know, it was (an) All-Star Game, so it wasn’t like a really competitive game,” Hield said. “But the World has been getting better. I’m proud to see a lot of guys around the world from France, Australia, you have (Joel) Embiid from Cameroon. Everybody is showing progress, and the world is showing progress catching up to American basketball. This shows how hard we’ve been working and how dedicated we are to this game.”Indeed, the 10-man American team struggled to keep up with the 10-man team representing everywhere else, from Canada to Croatia to Cameroon. Eight of the World’s 10 players hit double figures, including 21 from Denver’s Jamal Murray, the Canadian MVP of this game last season with 36 points. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READ
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard drives to the basket on New York Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Lillard scored 37 points as the Blazers won 111-87.(AP Photo/Steve Dykes)With the Houston Rockets on top of the NBA and James Harden on top of the scoring race, he may be running away with the MVP vote.Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard might have something to say about that.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano ___The top four teams in the Western Conference have combined for 39 straight victories.And if a couple of them have even a minor slump, they might fall right out of the playoff picture.That’s how tight things are in the West headed down the stretch. Golden State is 6-0 since the All-Star break and can’t gain on Houston, which has won 16 in a row to remain a half-game ahead.Third-place Portland has won eight consecutive games and is a game up on New Orleans, winner of nine in a row. Yet the Pelicans are just three games ahead of ninth place, and there remains just a 4 ½-game difference between No. 3 and No. 10.“There’s just not a whole lot of separation,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said, “so I think that’s what you’re going to see for the rest of the year.”___Christmas? Certainly.Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Same.Those were the dates of the two Golden State-Cleveland matchups, so they were obvious. New York at Milwaukee, Friday. It’ll bring up bad memories for the Knicks, since it was against the Bucks last month that Kristaps Porzingis tore his ACL.Cleveland at the Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday. Think Isaiah Thomas would like to have a good game against the team that sent him west at the trade deadline?Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What about March 9?That date probably wasn’t circled by many looking for potential NBA Finals previews this season, but it sure looks possible now.Houston visits Toronto in that Friday night showdown, a matchup of the best in the West and the leaders in the East.The Rockets take a 16-game winning streak and the league’s best record into their game Wednesday at Milwaukee. They have won nine straight on the road.The Raptors are an NBA-best 27-5 at home and have won five in a row overall.___Other games to watch this week:San Antonio at Golden State, Thursday. Start of a treacherous three-game trip for the Spurs, who then go to Oklahoma City and Houston.Philadelphia at Miami, Thursday. The sixth-place 76ers are two games ahead of the Heat, who are eighth in the East.Golden State at Portland, Friday. The Blazers beat the Warriors 123-117 on Feb. 14, when Kevin Durant scored 50 points and Lillard had 44. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City With stellar play steering their sizzling teams, they have at least entered their names in the conversation with a little more than a month left in the regular season.Harden has been runner-up to Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook in recent years, but it’s looked like his time this season. 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The Western Conference player of the month for February opened March by winning player of the week, largely on the strength of a 53-point, 18-rebound, five-block effort that rallied the Pelicans from a 17-point deficit to a victory over Phoenix on Feb. 26.Then he went for 41 points and 13 rebounds Tuesday in his first game this week, hitting the tiebreaking shot as the Pelicans beat the Clippers in Los Angeles.He’s second in the league in scoring and blocks, and eighth in rebounds.Lillard is building a good resume for this week’s honor. He’s scored 39 and 37 in two games thus far, with 19 in the fourth quarter Monday to rally Portland past the Lakers, and eight 3-pointers Tuesday in a rout of the Knicks. That gave the league leader in second-half scoring 35 or more in seven of the last 10 games.Most importantly — for their teams and their candidacies — their clubs are rolling. 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