Brathwaite innings inspired by mom

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Carlos Brathwaite’s boundary-studded half-century on yesterday’s rain-hit second day of the third Test against Australia carried deeper value than just fours and sixes.The audacious right-hander carved out 69 off 71 deliveries with seven fours and four sixes, and while the innings sustained West Indies’ fightback at 248 for seven at the close at the Sydney Cricket Ground, it also had a special significance.Brathwaite has dedicated his career to his mother, Joycelyn, who is a breast cancer survivor. And with the third day of the Sydney Test designated ‘Pink Day’ in support of the fight against breast cancer, the Barbadian’s knock could not have been more timely.”Mom messaged me and said the first 50 was for her. So, overnight, she was telling me that I have 35 of her runs, so get the other 15 today and then start over fresh for mine,” Brathwaite said yesterday.”I ended with 69 – so that’s 19 for me,” he added with a smile. “She not a ‘big’ cricket person, but she understands a bit about the game and she has been a tremendous supporter all my life.”‘Pink Day’ is an initiative of the McGrath Foundation – organised by fast bowler legend Glenn McGrath in honour of his late wife Jane, who died of breast cancer seven years ago.Ahead of the match, members of the West Indies and Australia teams posed for special team photos wearing pink caps and interacted with breast cancer patients and their caregivers.With first-hand knowledge of the struggle against the disease, Brathwaite made it his duty to speak to the visitors and offer words of encouragement.”Just to see someone who went through it and people that care for people going through it, I just felt the need to put my arm around them and say, ‘Thanks for the job you are doing’,” he said.”And then I went to the lady (with breast cancer) to say, ‘You are a fighter, you are a survivor, and just keep going’.”Brathwaite revealed that his mother was diagnosed during 2011, the year he made his debut for the Windies in Bangladesh. He shaved his head during that tour to show solidarity and sent the photos home to show his support.”She took it better than I did. I was the one stressing all the time, wondering if she was okay, crying at times, and she was always the one with a smile on her face,” he recalled.”Through the ordeal, I cried the whole night, slept away from home because I couldn’t manage to stay with her and watch her going through it. But she was really buoyant throughout, always smiling and cracking jokes.”She is a very spiritual person and she was always saying, ‘Just keep faith and God will come through for you’. And her ordeal showed me what God can do, and that is why I have the faith I have.”SCOREBOARDWEST INDIES 1st innings(overnight 207 for six)K Brathwaite c Smith b Lyon 85S Hope c wkp Nevill b Hazlewood 9DM Bravo c Khawaja b Pattinson 33M Samuels run out 4J Blackwood b Lyon 10+D Ramdin not out 30*J Holder c Burns b O’Keefe 1C Brathwaite b Pattinson 69K Roach not out 1Extras (b5, lb1, nb1) 7TOTAL (7 wkts, 86.2 overs) 248To bat: J Taylor, J Warrican.Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Hope), 2-104 (Bravo), 3-115 (Samuels), 4-131 (Blackwood), 5-158 (K Brathwaite), 6-159 (Holder), 7-246 (C Brathwaite)Bowling: Hazlewood 15.2-5-37-2, Pattinson 16-3-67-2 (nb1), Lyon 35-12-78-2, Marsh 4-1-15-0, O’Keefe 16-5-45-1.AUSTRALIA – *S Smith, D Warner, J Burns, U Khawaja, A Voges, M Marsh, +P Nevill, S O’Keefe, J Pattinson, J Hazlewood, N Lyon.Toss: West Indies.Umpires: C Gaffaney, I Gould; TV – M Erasmus.last_img read more

Jamaica to host WI Women, England ODIs

first_img West Indies Women and their English rivals met during the T20 World Cup in Dharamsala, when the Caribbean side missed out by one wicket in a last-ball thriller during the group stage. England Women’s head coach, Mark Robinson, said the recent T20 World Cup had been a stern reminder of the Caribbean side’s quality and noted his squad was preparing for a tough battle. “The five-match ODI series against the West Indies in Jamaica will be a great test for us,” Robinson said. “We all saw during the ICC Women’s World T20 what a talented side they are, and they will be especially dangerous in home conditions. It should be a really exciting tour and a challenge that we will relish.” The first two games have been scheduled for October 8 and 10 at the little-used Trelawny Stadium, which first hosted warm-up games for the 2007 Cricket World Cup, but to date has never staged an international fixture. For the last three games, the teams will turn their attention to the historic Sabina Park in Kingston, where they play games on October 14, 16 and 19. West Indies Women are second in the ICC Women’s Championship on 20 points, four points adrift of Australia Women. England, in the meantime, are way off the pace lying sixth on 13 points. ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Twenty20 World champions West Indies Women will turn their attention to the 50 overs format when they clash with England Women in a five-match one-day international (ODI) series this October in the Caribbean. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) yesterday confirm that the two sides would meet in a series from October 8-19, with the three final games designated with ICC Women’s Championship points. For West Indies Women, the tournament will be the first since winning the Twenty20 World Cup in India last month and WICB’s project officer for women’s cricket, Josina Luke, said the series is “great” for the women’s game regionally. “Winning the World T20 continues to be great for women’s cricket in the Caribbean,” Luke said. “We are taking nothing for granted and we look forward to an exciting series with England.” MISSED BY A WICKETlast_img read more

Sandals makes swing for PGA status

first_imgSandals Golf and Country Club, in the hills of Upton, St Ann, is already the most-played in the Caribbean, logging 25,600 rounds last year.That number could increase significantly as Sandals boldly moves to position the par-71 course to Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) status in “the very near future”, according to general manager Miguel Arthurs.Among the events Sandals hosts annually are three marketing competitions, one of which ended at the weekend, the 14th US Travel Agents Golf Tournament. Travel agents from Latin America and Canada are hosted in two other tournaments.More than 100 travel professionals from the United States played 36 holes, in a four-man scramble format, “giving the travel partners a chance to experience the products first-hand and, hence, being better able to market the destination and facilities to their respective clients”, explained Garth Laird, Sandals Resorts’ director, Travel Industry Programmes.Team 10A, led by Christopher Ward, a professional player, won ahead of Team 10 by virtue of having a better back nine, after both sides tied with overall scores of 121 on Saturday.FIRST-TIME EXPERIENCEWard was among the first-timers at the tournament, who Laird said would get to experience “the renovations done at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, the most complete destination in the Caribbean”.Ward, who organises groups travelling to golf destinations, was a big catch for Sandals as he has been playing on the second-tier professional Web.com tour since 2011 and competed as recently as June in the Air Capital Classic.He described the course as “fairly easy and enjoyable to play”, considering it has shorter holes, compared with others.”It’s been great. It’s my first time in Jamaica. I have been to other parts of the Caribbean before. Overall, the experience has been great, a laid-back atmosphere,” he said, watching teammate Lindsay Forrester as she birdied the par-four eighth hole, cheered on by Russell and Cody Hulse, the other members of Team 10A.Ward’s comments scored a hole-in-one for Arthurs, general manager for a year-and-a-half, and proud of the role annual travel agents’ tournaments play in supporting Sandals Foundation’s Junior Golfers programme.Sandals Golf and Country Club hosted the Jamaica National Amateur Championship earlier this year, the first time the tournament was being held outside the Corporate Area or St Catherine, which Arthurs described as “a resounding success”.The long-term goal, though, is to return Jamaica to pride of place in hosting international tournaments as the island did from 1991 to 1995 when Tryall Golf Club was home to the invitational Johnnie Walker World Golf Championship.last_img read more

CB Facey Foundation returns to the green for SANTA

first_imgKINGSTON: The C.B. Facey Foundation (CBFF), the charitable arm of Pan-Jamaican Investment Trust Limited (Pan-Jam), are back for the third year as title sponsors for the SANTA (Seeing A Need, Taking Action) charity golf tournament. “We are thrilled to be the title sponsors for yet another SANTA charity golf tournament as we are dedicated to satisfying children’s needs. This partnership aligns with the values of our Foundation, as we see a need and take action for the charities and organisations that will benefit this year,” said Brittany Singh Williams, executive director of CBFF. This year’s golf tournament proceeds will continue the reconstruction efforts at the Wortley Home for Girls, which was destroyed by fire in June 2015. Boys’ Town Infant and Primary School is also among the list of other beneficiaries. The 16th annual charity golf tournament will be held at the Constant Spring Golf and Country Club. The weekend-long event begins on Friday, December 2 at 6 p.m., hosting a cocktail party and a VIP putting tourney where participants can register for the tournament that tees off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, December 3 with the junior competition. On Sunday, December 4, the seniors will begin the day’s tournament at 6:30 a.m. Participants will be separated into four categories – men and women – who are required to pay $10,000 to register. Juniors can play for 18 holes, nine holes or five holes will contribute $6,000, $4,000 and $2,500, respectively, to compete. “The primary objective is to continue to bring golfers together and to support charity. We expect to have in excess of 144 adult golf players and approximately 30 juniors,” said SANTA organiser Nigel Davy. SANTA seeks to raise funds to make Christmas, and the rest of the year, a bit merrier for non-profit organisations in Jamaica that cater to children’s needs. Participants and spectators may pledge donations via pledge cards available at the tournament or on the new C.B. Facey Foundation website www.cbfacyfoundation.org.last_img read more

Maverley-Hughenden, Waterhouse in Boulevard clash

first_imgPromoted Maverley-Hughenden will look to step out of the Red Stripe Premier League’s relegation zone when they face neighbouring Waterhouse in a battle of the Washington Boulevard-based teams at Constant Spring Complex in St Andrew, today, starting at 3:30 p.m. Neither team is doing particularly well with Maverley-Hughenden struggling in eleventh place on 24 points and Waterhouse sitting on 28 points in eight position. The Maverley team are yet to beat their neighbours this season, losing 2-1 and drawing 1-1 in their two previous meetings. With seven games remaining before the conclusion of the third and final round of preliminary games, Maverley-will have to come all out for a win. It will be a tall task for the Anthony Patrick-coached team as they have not won in the last ten games. Maverley’s last victory was a 1-0 result against Arnett Gardens on November 18. Meanwhile, Waterhouse have been unbeaten in the last seven games, and are growing in confidence since Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey replaced Marvin Tate as coach late last year. In the day’s other game, Humble Lion will face Harbour View at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon. Today’s games 3:30 p.m.: Maverley-Hughenden vs Waterhouse at Constant Spring 3:30 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Harbour View at Effortville Community Centre Tomorrow’s games 3:30 p.m.: Boys’ Town vs UWI FC at Barbican Complex 3:30 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Jamalco at Edward Seaga Complex 3:30 p.m.: Reno F vs Portmore United at STETHS Complex 6 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Montego Bay United at Anthony Spaulding Complexlast_img read more

Macandili replaces Lazaro in SEA Games lineup

first_imgDawn Macandili. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Dawn Macandili, the 19-year-old newly-acclaimed best libero of Asia, has replaced Denden Lazaro in the lineup for the Southeast Asian Games.With her no-nonsense defense, Macandili was plucked out of the reserve list to serve as the main foundation of defense of the Philippine women’s volleyball team.ADVERTISEMENT “Every game is important and we need all players to play their hearts out from start to finish,” added Vicente.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Head coach Francis Vicente said they prioritised the health of Lazaro who was among the A-listers in the team brimming with highly popular players like Alyssa Valdez, Aby Marano, Jaja Santiago and team captain Mika Reyes.“We know how hard she worked and how eager she is in representing the country, but she will be a crucial part of the team in the next few years, we can’t risk it and aggravate her condition,” said Vicente.Macadili, however, is a wise choice as she just snagged the second best libero award during the Asian Championships where the Philippine ended 8th place out of 14 countries.Other members of the women’s team are Kim Fajardo, Gen Casugod, Maika Ortiz, Rhea Dimaculangan, Aiza Pontillas, Ces Molina, and Jovelyn Gonzaga.The Philippines will only have four games, two in the group stages, a game in the semis and a possible match in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ READ: Macandili not settling after winning AVC’s 2nd Best LiberoLazaro has been nursing a hamstring injury since after the team’s exhibition match prior to the Asian Championship in Binan, Laguna.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’With a huge following back home, the Philippine women’s volleyball team is counted upon to score as many victories as it can, battling Malaysia on Friday abd Vietnam on Saturday at MITEC Hall 1.Lazaro and another reserve Kim Dy are with the team which arrived Saturday afternoon here. Let the flames begin! Flying diver ignites SEA Games Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

UST, FEU advance to UAAP beach volleyball semifinals

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Cherry Rondina and Caitlyn Viray ran roughshod over University of the Philippines’ Diana Carlos and Ayel Estrañero, 21-7, 21-15, in its first game. The Golden Tigresses, then, capped their day with a brutal sweep of Adamson University’s Bernadette Flora and Chrislyn Uy, 21-9, 21-14.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza also triumphed over the Lady Falcons, 21-12, 21-14, in their first game on Saturday.The Lady Tamaraws, then, brushed off the University of the East duo of Judith Abil and Angelica Dacaymat, 21-10, 21-7. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up NU stops slide at expense of UP University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University secured the first two spots in the semifinals of the UAAP Season 80 beach volleyball tournament Saturday at SM Sands by the Bay.Season 79’s finalists arrived in the penultimate round unscathed with identical 5-0 records.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene DAY6 is for everybody It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide LATEST STORIEScenter_img How to help the Taal evacuees La Salle and the Lady Maroons walked off SM Sands by the Bay with 3-2 records and are poised to take the remaining semifinals spots.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

Holiday shopping at Fenway Park, for fans and team alike

first_imgAll that was missing was a power hitter for the middle of the lineup.“We are focused on getting one person,” baseball boss Dave Dombrowski told reporters, repeating the same shopping list he had when he went to baseball’s winter meetings this week.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 Red Sox were non-contenders when the Marlins traded Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees. The ballclub insisted that their rival’s acquisition doesn’t change the plan.“The worst thing you can do is overreact, or even react to what the Yankees do,” Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said. “As a fan, it drives you a little bit crazy to see Giancarlo Stanton in the pinstripes. But we don’t want to overreact to anything a competitor does.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lakers’ Caldwell-Pope misses game because of travel restrictions Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2017, file photo, Boston Red Sox new manager Alex Cora poses in Fenway Park following an introductory news conference in Boston. The Boston Red Sox held a Christmas carnival at Fenway Park on Saturday, Dec. 16, for fans who — like their favorite team — still have some shopping to do. Cora said he wasn’t worried about his bosses filling the gap in the lineup. There’s no deadline in the offseason,” Cora said. “When we get to Feb. 16, we’re going to have a good baseball team.” (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox held a Christmas carnival at Fenway Park on Saturday for fans who — like their favorite team — still have some shopping to do.Thousands of people lined up in 20-degree temperatures to visit the ballpark and have the chance to buy tickets to some home games. There was also a yard sale, rides for the kids, balloon animals, face-painting, carolers and a chance to take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READ “Earlier, it was more about food and water,” Cora said. “Now it’s rebuilding houses … impacting kids. This is going to be a special day.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The market got even thinner this week when Carlos Santana came off the market, but Boston was not willing to go near the $60 million, three-year contract he got from the Philadelphia Phillies. That leaves free agents J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer, as well as a potential trade for Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado, as the best sluggers on Boston’s shopping list.New manager Alex Cora said he wasn’t worried about his bosses filling the gap.“There’s no deadline in the offseason,” new manager Alex Cora said. “When we get to February 16, we’re going to have a good baseball team.”A member of Boston’s 2007 World Series winners and a bench coach on the Astros team that won it all this year, Cora said he was planning to go to Florida soon to meet with some of his players. Then he will return home to Puerto Rico, where he has been working to get supplies to victims of Hurricane Maria.The team has a planeload headed for the island at the end of January, he said.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

Sorry for #basketbrawl

first_imgMOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gilas cadet Troy Rike protects Australia’s Chris Goulding from the mobbing fans during the brawl at Philippine Arena. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Philippine Basketball Association will appeal any sanction by Fiba on Gilas Pilipinas players if it involves their stint in the professional league, commissioner Willie Marcial said Thursday.“We will wait for Fiba’s decision,” Marcial told reporters after meeting members of the team that came to blows with Australia during their World Cup Qualifying match at Philippine Arena Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The statement was signed by SBP president Al Panlilio and BA counter part Ned Coten.Nine players from Gilas Pilipinas were ejected from the game on disqualifying fouls while four Aussies were also tossed after the melee, which was triggered by a blind-side elbow from Daniel Kickert to Roger Pogoy.Late Wednesday night, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao came to Gilas Pilipinas’ defense and blasted Kickert for the attack, which he described as potentially fatal.“Kickert started it all and he didn’t even apologize. All he said was it’s regrettable and all he said was it was unfortunate,” Guiao told reporters after the Road Warriors’ loss to the Magnolia Hotshots at Mall of Asia Arena. “He almost killed somebody and he did not apologize.”Guiao said the Aussies, who flew to the country on the heels of a stunning defeat to Japan, came to the Philippines “looking for trouble.”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 award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding England’s Stones calls Colombia ‘dirtiest team’ he’s faced LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “If the players are suspended from Fiba tournaments, we will abide by that decision,” Marcial added. “But if they are suspended even in the PBA, we will appeal.”The PBA has deferred action on the erring players until after the Fiba decision comes out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Earlier in the day, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Basketball Australia came up with a joint statement expressing regret over the brawl, which happened in the third period of what was officially logged as an 89-53 win by the Aussies when the Filipinos did not have anymore players to continue on.“We deeply regret the events that took place during the game,” the statement read. “The actions displayed have no place on any basketball court. We wish to apologize to the entire basketball community worldwide—and in particular to our fantastic fans in the Philippines and Australia—for the behavior displayed by both teams and for bringing the game of basketball into disrepute.” View commentslast_img read more

Lakers, Trail Blazers to meet for Summer League title again

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 While Hart is a leading candidate for MVP of the entire summer league, he said he’s not worried about following in the footsteps of Lonzo Ball, who was awarded the honor last season.“It’s a testament to the hard work I put in this off season, but I don’t go for individual accolades, that’s never been a reason why I played this game — I play this game to win,” said Hart, who is averaging 24.1 through six games. “If we win, that’s the biggest thing.”It won’t be easy, though, as Portland (6-0) has three players back from last year’s squad, including Las Vegas-native Zach Collins, along with Caleb Swanigan and Jake Layman.“We all want to win out here, we’ve gotten this far so why go home with a loss,” said Layman, who is averaging 14 points after the first six games. “It’s fun for us to play them again, we had a tough loss last year, didn’t have our best game. So I think we’re all excited to get back out there and get a win this year.”For Collins, he’s looking for redemption personally, after struggling last summer in his hometown and getting injured before the championship, then enduring the rigors of a rugged rookie season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Last year Kyle Kuzma dropped a game-high 30 points to lead the Lakers to a 110-98 victory over Portland.This year it’ll be MVP-candidate Josh Hart — one of two returning players from last year’s team — looking to earn a second straight title for the Lakers (6-0). Alex Caruso is also back for Los Angeles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’But for Hart, who didn’t play in the 2017 title game, he is not looking at it as a two-peat, given the complexion of this year’s squad is different.“Our identity is totally different, the make-up is totally different, that team last year we had three first-rounders and a second rounder, so the make-up was totally different and how we played was totally different,” Hart said. “This team is tough, is gutty and determined to win. I came here to win, I came here to dominate and that’s what I want to do tomorrow.” Filipinos make mark in under-12 baseball tournament in US And nothing would mean more for him than to win a pro championship, albeit a summer league title, in front of friends and family.“The team took care of business and got to the championship and I had to go back to Portland to get better so I wasn’t a part of it; technically this is my first year,” said Collins, who won four high school state championship at Bishop Gorman and helped lead Gonzaga to the 2017 national championship game. “I’m excited, we came all this way, we played this well to get this far and this is our goal. Our goal was to come in and win this thing and we’re one win away from doing that.”LAKERS 112, CAVALIERS 109Hart scored 37 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Lakers to a semifinal win. Svi Mykhailiuk scored 31 points for the Lakers, while Jeff Ayres added 20.Xavier Rathan-Mayes made the play of the game when he snatched a loose ball and fed Ayres with a pretty touch pass under the basket with 45 seconds left in the second overtime. Rathan-Mayes followed Ayres’ lay-in with a slashing lay-up to put the Lakers up 110-106 with 22 seconds left.Cleveland’s Billy Preston missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers (5-2) with 27 points, while Jamel Artis and John Holland each scored 17.TRAIL BLAZERS 97, GRIZZLIES 92Swanigan and Collins both each had a double-double to lead Portland in the second semifinal. Swanigan scored 21 points and had 16 rebounds, while Collins had 13 and 12. Archie Goodwin added 22 points for the Trail Blazers.The Grizzlies (4-3) were led by Brandon Goodwin, who had 27 points, while Kobi Simmons scored 34 and Markel Crawford added 19. Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton battle for the ball during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 16, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Wash. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.The Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers will meet in the NBA Summer League championship for a second straight season.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamcenter_img Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more