Durant gets first triple-double with Warriors, win over Mavs

first_imgSuper Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint View comments ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors drives on Justin Anderson #1 of the Dallas Mavericks at ORACLE Arena on December 30, 2016 in Oakland, California. AFPOAKLAND, California—Kevin Durant notched his first triple-double for Golden State with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and first in more than a year, leading the Warriors past the Dallas Mavericks 108-99 on Friday night.Durant’s eighth career triple-double was his first since Dec. 10, 2015, against Atlanta. Klay Thompson scored 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter and finished with five 3-pointers and Stephen Curry added 14 points.ADVERTISEMENT Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Thompson has 78 3-pointers against the Mavs, his most against any opponent. The Warriors began 3 for 10 from long range but wound up 11 for 33.Dirk Nowitzki, who had been questionable coming in with an illness, scored 11 points on 3-for-12 shooting in 23-plus minutes for Dallas.Warriors reigning NBA Coach of the Year Steve Kerr, for one, is ready for 2017 given his health issues following complications from two back surgeries last year that still affect him.But he doesn’t need to change his routine. Nor his star-studded roster.“I’m not a resolution guy,” he said. “I go to the gym every day, I don’t just go to the gym the first 10 days of January.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Harrison Barnes, who spent the past four seasons in a key role with Golden State, scored 25 points for Dallas against his old team.In the first quarter, Curry (11,903) passed Purvis Short (11,894) for seventh place on the Warriors’ all-time scoring list.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnDraymond Green had 13 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in Golden State’s ninth straight home win against the Mavericks, the Warriors’ streak longest ever.There was some Curry vs. Curry in this one, with Stephen guarding brother Seth and vice versa for short stints. 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round MOST READ 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 Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Two pairs of Stephen Curry’s special shoes were auctioned off to raise $45,201 to aid the Oakland Fire Relief fund following the deadly Dec. 2 Ghost Ship warehouse fire in nearby Oakland. The “Oakland Strong” shoes worn in a game by the MVP were taken for $30,101 by an anonymous bidder, while his pregame “Ghost Ship” grafitti-style pair went for $15,100 also to an anonymous bidder.“I’m always very proud of Steph and all of our guys. They put some money together as a group, the team did, to donate to the fund,” Kerr said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Green, Parker help Spurs rally to beat Trail Blazers Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board memberlast_img read more

Oakley’s arrest lowest point in his falling out with Knicks

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2011 photo, then-Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach and former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley directs players in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Charlotte, N.C. Oakley was forcefully removed from his seats at Madison Square Garden and arrested after an altercation near team owner James Dolan. Oakley shoved security guards before they pulled him away from his seat behind the baseline during the first quarter of the Knicks’ 119-115 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night, Feb. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)NEW YORK — Charles Oakley maintains he did nothing wrong before he was surrounded by Madison Square Garden security officials.Something has happened, though, to turn him from popular player to persona non grata within his former franchise.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoscenter_img He is due back in court April 11.Oakley pushed and shoved his way around the basketball court at MSG for 10 years as a fighting forward during an era of excellence for the Knicks, who made one NBA Finals appearance and became an Eastern Conference power while Oakley played for them from 1988-98.He was back there brawling again Wednesday, only this time it was a sad sight in what’s perhaps the team’s sorriest era.The Knicks have become one of the league’s worst teams, winning just one playoff series since 2001 and falling to a franchise-worst 17 wins two years ago. Oakley has been a vocal critic of the performance and that’s led to his falling out with the organization.The team gave him complimentary tickets and acknowledged him on the video board when he first retired, but stopped giving him passes after he blasted the team to reporters at a game. He is no longer invited to official team events and when he does go to games, pays his own way. He’s not sure if will keep going.“My thing is, I would love to be able to go to the Garden, but I don’t want to keep going to the Garden if all this is going to keep happening,” Oakley said. “My thing is, I feel sorry for the fans because those fans like me, and they appreciate me and I appreciate them.”Oakley was also appreciated by teammates, from Michael Jordan in Chicago to Patrick Ewing in New York, and he remains respected by current players. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade posted pictures of Oakley on their Instagram pages, and Clippers coach Doc Rivers said it was difficult watching his former Knicks teammate being dragged away and handcuffed during the first quarter of Wednesday’s game.“Listen, he was my teammate and he was a great teammate,” Rivers said. “I don’t know what happened. Obviously they had to do what they had to do. They were in the right. Security has to do what they have to do. But at the end of the day it’s still your teammate. So that was tough.” 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown But the Knicks said he was causing trouble Wednesday even before security reached his seat.“There are dozens of security staff, employees and NYPD that witnessed Oakley’s abusive behavior,” the team said in a statement. “It started when he entered the building and continued until he was arrested and left the building. Every single statement we have received is consistent in describing his actions. Everything he said since the incident is pure fiction.”Clippers forward Blake Griffin said he recognized Oakley right away and saw him say something to Dolan before the altercation at his seat.“I was walking down and I saw him. He stopped and he started talking to Dolan,” Griffin said. “But it was crazy. I didn’t know what it was about or anything. I just saw a bunch of commotion.”Oakley was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of criminal trespass. He is accused of striking one security guard in the face with a closed fist, and when two other people tried to intervene, both were pushed and received cuts.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Birdies, pars and diplomacy: Trump and Abe to play golf Oakley blamed his strained relationship with the Knicks and owner James Dolan on Thursday for the altercation that led to his ejection and arrest from New York’s 119-115 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.Oakley said during an ESPN Radio interview that he had been in his seat for just a few minutes when he was surrounded by security, denying that they approached him after he shouted at Dolan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Now I’m four rows from this guy, so I’m going to walk in this place and just start hollering, ‘James Dolan! James Dolan!’ I mean, that’s embarrassing, man. I did not do none of that,” Oakley said. “I didn’t know the man was sitting in front of me at first until they walked over there.”Oakley said he has been told that Dolan must be informed by security whenever he is in the arena, and that MSG staff follows him when he leaves his seat to go the bathroom. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac townlast_img read more

San Antonio Spurs ease past Indiana Pacers

first_imgSan Antonio outscored Indiana 21-12 to close the second quarter as the teams went into the half tied 49-49.The Pacers hit 48.7 percent overall from the floor while the Spurs shot 46 percent.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Paul George scored a team-high 27 points for Indiana who dropped to 29-26 on the season.Myles Turner finished with 22, Jeff Teague scored 15 and Rodney Stuckey added 13 for the Pacers who lost their fourth straight game..San Antonio outrebounded Indiana 49-37.Leonard and Patty Mills sank three-pointers in the third quarter’s final 2:24, and the Spurs led 83-79 through 36 minutes. George had 12 third-quarter points to help the Pacers remain within striking distance.The Pacers then surged to an 85-84 lead after beginning the fourth on a 6-1 run.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Popovich disappointed with Trump’s outreach to some groups Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown LATEST STORIES 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG MOST READ Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard shoots over Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Indianapolis. San Antonio defeated Indiana 110-106. AP PHOTOINDIANAPOLIS—Kawhi Leonard tallied a game-high 32 points as the San Antonio Spurs once again avoided back-to-back losses with a 110-106 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).LaMarcus Aldridge scored 19 points, and Danny Green, David Lee and Tony Parker each scored 12 for the Spurs, who were coming off a surprising 94-90 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT READ: NBA: Struggling Knicks surprise SpursThe Spurs have lost two in a row only twice this NBA season and are 9-1 on the second night of consecutive games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAldridge’s three-point play with 52 seconds left gave the Spurs a 105-100 lead, and Parker made two free throws with 23 seconds remaining that bumped the lead to 107-101.Two Aldridge free throws at the 3:55 mark and Leonard’s baseline jumper with 3:34 to play gave San Antonio a 98-97 lead. Another Leonard basket stretched the lead to 100-97 with just under three minutes left. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 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 View commentslast_img read more

Cone livid over Ross’ late-game 3, Austria defends SMB guard

first_imgFilipinos 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 Cone was livid over Ross’ late 3-pointer with the game already decided in favor of San Miguel. The two engaged in a shouting match as both teams headed into their respective dugouts following the Beermen’s 99-88 win.READ: Beermen pull ahead late to beat Kings, get 2-1 leadFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnCone declined to comment about the incident while Ross thinks what happened was just part of basketball.San Miguel’s Chris Ross. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“There’s a shot clock, and they’re playing defense on me, so I took the shot, it’s basketball. I don’t think I did anything wrong,” he said. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Ross finished with a game-high 24 points that went with eight assists in 40 minutes to lead the Beermen to a 2-1 series lead. He also had more free throws than the entire Ginebra team, going 9-of-13 from the line.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions MOST READ LATEST STORIES China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member San Miguel coach Leo Austria came to Ross’ defense.READ: Despite big win, there’s room for improvement for Beermen“Well, that was because of Chris Ross’ three pointer,” Austria said of the incident. “There was 26 seconds remaining and think he (Ross) felt he still needed to shoot to avoid a shot clock violation so he shot it. Unfortunately, it went in,” Austria recalled.“But during the game they were actually letting Chris Ross shoot. They got mad, they thought it was disrespectful, but that’s not intentional. He was just pumped up. We were disappointed with our last game, we thought we’re going to win despite being down by 26 points in the first half.”READ: Ginebra ties seriesADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident ‘Happy pill’ Pacres glad to inspire UST in win over NU Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra had another intense battle in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Wednesday night.The intensity, however, spilled over to the Smart Araneta Coliseum hallway with Gin Kings head coach Tim Cone and Beermen guard Chris Ross getting into a heated argument just shortly after the final buzzer sounded.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Sato powers BaliPure past Creamline girls

first_imgBut more importantly, BaliPure got its groove back after a stinging defeat at the hands of Perlas in its previous game.With BaliPure needing to wriggle out of a tight situation, Sato, a Filipino-Japanese spiker, cut loose with a quick kill to help the Water Defenders save set point, 23-24.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundA couple of errors by the Cool Smashers allowed the Water Defenders to move on top, 25-24, before Alyssa Valdez struck back for Creamline to make it 25-all.But Sato, getting the feed from National University teammate Jasmine Nabor, scored on a quick strike for 26-25, only to see Creamline tying it one last time in the next play. MOST READ Risa Sato scored three of her 16 points in a tense exchange in the fourth set to lift BaliPure to a 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, 28-26 triumph over Creamline Tuesday night in the Premier Volleyball League at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Water Defenders thus closed in on a spot in the semifinals after posting their fourth win in five matches.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jerril Malabanan next fired one before Sato delivered the killing blow via a tip-in.Malabanan wound up with 15 points, supported by Grethcel Soltones and Aiko Urdas who contributed 12 and 10 markers, respectively, for BaliPure. Nabor had 41 excellent sets.Valdez tried to carry Creamline on her shoulders with 27 points but they weren’t enough as the Cool Smashers dropped to 2-4 and are in danger of getting booted out from the next round.ADVERTISEMENT Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak LATEST STORIES S’woods tilt blasts off Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte View comments 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 Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

Jaja Santiago lifts Tornadoes to second victory

first_imgView comments The national team stalwart amassed 35 points to dominate the match as the Tornadoes plucked their second straight win in as many games and hand the Lifesavers their first loss in two starts.Santiago had 30 attack points, two blocks and three aces for Foton, which was still trying to adjust to one another after a major offseason revamp.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe Lifesavers snatched the third set on a spike by former Foton gunner Angeli Araneta.“We relaxed in the third set and lost our service receives,” said Santiago. “But in the fourth, we brought our service game back.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Jaja Santiago. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThere’s no stopping Jaja Santiago Saturday night.The talented, 6-foot-5 utility hitter led Foton to a 25-20, 25-23, 23-25, 25-15 victory over Generika-Ayala in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprilcenter_img More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Ravena relishes chance to join SEAG-bound Gilas rosterlast_img read more

Smackdown! Trump’s insult act comes from pro wrestling hype

first_imgNBA: Carmelo Anthony open to waiving no-trade clause for Rockets, Cavs—report Wrestling aficionados say the president, who has a long history with the game, has borrowed the time-tested tactics of the squared circle to cultivate the ultimate antihero character, a figure who wins at all costs, incites outrage and follows nobody’s rules but his own.“In our terminology, he’s playing it to the hilt,” said former World Wrestling Entertainment writer Dan Madigan.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’On Sunday, Trump’s apparent fondness for wrestling emerged in a tweeted mock video that shows him pummeling a man in a business suit — his face obscured by the CNN logo — outside a wrestling ring. It was not clear who produced the brief video, which appeared to be a doctored version of Trump’s 2007 appearance on World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. But it was tweeted from the president’s official Twitter account.Madigan was first struck by the parallels last summer when Trump was introduced at the Republican National Convention. There was a backlit Trump, unveiled in stark silhouette, who then sauntered onto stage at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, just like wrestling’s most infamous antihero, The Undertaker. Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation “I think of Donald Trump as the ultimate babyface,” Cotter said, “almost in the ilk of ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, who was this rage-against-the-machine, anti-authority and establishment figure.”Cotter saw Trump employ a classic pro wrestling tactic during his first news conference as president-elect, when he ordered CNN reporter Jim Acosta to be quiet and barked, “You are fake news!”“In wrestling terminology, he cut a promo on that CNN reporter and got over him, basically,” Cotter said. “In wrestling, some smarmy heel is going on and on and on and the baby face quips a response right back and the audience goes crazy.”Perhaps Trump comes by it naturally. He hosted back-to-back WrestleMania events in his Atlantic City, New Jersey, Trump Plaza in 1988 and 1989. And then, most famously, there was a mock “Battle of the Billionaires” in 2007 when he body-slammed and then shaved the head of WWE boss Vince McMahon.Most recently, he picked McMahon’s wife, Linda, who ran twice unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut, to head the Small Business Administration.Ranjan Chhibber, a humanities and film studies professor at Florida State College in Jacksonville who has written about pro wrestling, said Trump is most clearly portrayed in the ring by the industry’s current bad-boy-turned-hero: CM Punk, a brash 38-year-old wrestler whom writers have dubbed the “Voice of the Voiceless.”CM Punk’s character often says he will say things no one else dares to say, and wrestling writers have created a new narrative for him that’s almost tailor-made for the current political environment of leaked emails and unauthorized dossiers: revealing the secrets of what happens backstage.“This is pro-wrestling writing genius,” Chhibber said.In wrestling, writers create season-long dramas that turn the mat into a stage for fantasy. Narratives pit good against evil, stronger personalities win over more subdued ones, and announcers legitimize the at-any-costs tactics of the “heels.”When Trump publicly supports Russia’s Vladimir Putin, depicted by the U.S. intelligence services as a sort of global “heel,” he is effectively playing the role of the announcer who builds up the bad boy in the ring, justifying his alpha-dog behavior, Madigan said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LSU title parade draws massive crowds Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs NEW YORK — Making bombastic boasts. Dropping signature catch phrases. Attaching insults to rivals’ names. Shouting down perceived enemies.If President Donald Trump’s recent attacks on television personalities, journalists and political rivals feel like something straight out of the pro wrestling circuit, it may not be a coincidence.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks “His demeanor, duration of his walk to the podium, his playing to the crowd. … Pure Undertaker,” Madigan said.And Trump’s tiger-like pacing on stage behind Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate last fall in St. Louis? That’s how wrestlers stalk their opponents during pre-match taunting sessions.In this Sunday, April 1, 2007, file photo, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, center, held by “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, prepares to have his hair cut off by Donald Trump, left, and Bobby Lashley, right, after Lashley defeated Umaga at Wrestlemania 23 at Ford Field in Detroit. Wrestling aficionados say President Trump, who has a long history with the game, has borrowed tactics of the sport to cultivate the ultimate antihero character – who wins at all costs, incites outrage and follows nobody’s rules but his own. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)In subsequent months of Trump’s tweets and public feuds, it became clear to Madigan and other former WWE writers that, consciously or not, Trump was channeling professional wrestling in his politics.“The parallels are uncanny,” said Domenic Cotter, a producer who in the mid-2000s cut backstage segments for WWE.Depending on your political affiliation, the writers said, Trump is playing one of two classic wrestling characters: The “heel,” or ultimate bad guy, who wins at all costs; or the modern-day wrestling protagonist, dubbed a “face” or “babyface,” in wrestling parlance.ADVERTISEMENT Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit And when Trump assigns prefixes to his political rivals’ names (think “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” Brzezinski or “Crooked Hillary” Clinton) he is effectively emulating the longtime wrestling announcer Bobby “The Brain” Hennan, who cheered on “heels” over rule-following “babyface” wrestlers he disparaged.“The hero is boring. He does the same vanilla thing,” Madigan said. “You always watch what the bad guy says and does.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos LATEST STORIES Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet View commentslast_img read more

JWN’s Smith hails Burrell as selfless leader

first_img TRUE LOYALIST The JWN executive also singled out Burrell as a loyalist, noting his push to have the company recognised for their Premier League sponsorship. “When we came on board, he was extremely grateful, because we had stepped in at a time when it was difficult to secure corporate sponsorship. The value of the sponsorship amounted to well over $100 million, a hefty sum, even by today’s standards. Burrell in his wisdom recognised that it was crucial for him to partner with a reputable organisation like J. Wray and Nephew in order to continue the development of the sport locally,” Smith observed. Continuing, Smith noted that “although JWN is no longer the title sponsor, the company has, nevertheless, remained an avid football supporter. Burrell appreciated this, and sought to include us at every opportunity.” “Burrell always focused on how he, personally, or through an organisation he led, vis-‡-vis Captain’s Bakery or the JFF, could help Jamaican footballers achieve greatness and climb in the rankings. Captain never lost his focus on identifying local talent and giving them the best visibility that we could give in any competition. This will be my fondest memory and a continuing source of inspiration for years to come,” Smith concluded. Highlighting the passionate and selfless contribution of Captain Horace Burrell to Jamaica’s football legacy, Cecil Smith Jnr, commercial director of long-standing sports sponsor, J. Wray and Nephew Limited (JWN), paid tribute to the former President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). Burrell, who had been ill for the past year and was undergoing treatment at the Johns Hopkins Cancer Treatment Centre in Maryland, United States, passed away on June 6 at the age of 67, leaving behind sons Romario and Jaeden and daughter Tiphani Burrell-Piggott. Smith noted JWN’s long association with football and Burrell dating back to when they were title sponsors of the National Premier League. Today, the company continues its support of the sport via sponsorship of the parish Super League competitions. “I found him to be a noble son of the soil … who genuinely wanted to advance the development of the game of football locally,” said Smith. He added: “Burrell acted selflessly where football was concerned. He was an honest and reasonable man who kept the development of the sport of football at the heart of everything he said and did.”last_img read more

Dyke confident Davis will rebound

first_imgMichael Dyke, the coach of young sprint star Kevona Davis, says he is confident that his young charge will rebound quickly from her recent disappointment at the IAAF World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya. Davis who was the favourite to win the 100-metre title at the championships, had to settle for the bronze medal after pulling up close to the finish line with a hamstring injury. The injury also forced the Edwin Allen star to miss 200m. Dyke, the coach of Edwin Allen High and a member of Jamaica’s coaching staff in Kenya, said Davis’ injury is not very serious and she will heal in time for next season. “It is not very severe based on the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) that was done,” said Dyke. “It is more a strain than a tear, but it is something that she will still require treatment,” he said. “She is a strong young lady … and I know that she will not allow this to affect her going forward,” Dyke said. The veteran coach added that Davis’ injury was a result of the cold conditions which met the athletes upon their arrival in Kenya for the five-day championships. “It was very cold especially when she went out for the final,” said Dyke, who guided Edwin Allen to their fourth straight ISSA Girls’ Championships title this year.last_img read more

Follow The Trace | The Spirit vs the rules of the game

first_img As if that Pollard controversy was not enough, Brian Lara’s bleeding heart criticism of the uncompromising hard-nosed approach of the champion West Indies team of the 80’s into the mid 90’s fanned the raging flame even more. Lara, in essence, berated the West Indies greats for not always playing cricket in the spirit of the game, opining that Clive Lloyd, Vivian Richards and company too often played to “win at all cost”. I am still bewildered and flabbergasted that a man who has been widely regarded as a true genius and hero of West Indies cricket could hold those contextually naive views. Implicit in Lara’s utterances is his failure to make the connection between the uncompromising and ruthless way that the West Indies played the game in the glory days, to the fact these very same characteristics propelled them to become champions of the world. The dominant Australians who toppled the West Indies as world champions were equally ruthless in the way they played the game, but Lara in his childlike innocence, thinks otherwise. Brian Lara implicitly preferred losing playing cricket in the spirit of the game, than being a world champion while abiding by the rules of the game. I fundamentally disagree with Lara’s sentiments. In adoring the mettle and mentality of the all conquering West Indies team of the ’80s and early ’90s, I unequivocally take refuge in the words attributed to famous American football coach Vince Lombardi, “In sports winning isn’t everything, IT’S THE ONLY THING”. Sportsmanship: The Kieron Pollard bowling controversy in the Caribbean Premier League ignited debates about it, and the pronouncements by West Indies batting great Brian Lara have escalated it. Another round of emotional arguments, as to whether sport at the professional level should be guided strictly by the rules and laws, or if additionally there should be allowances made for the unwritten gentleman’s understanding, or the spirit of the game. This issue is rife with subjectivity as it relates to the degree of tolerance for the spirit of the game. There are surely extenuating instances and circumstances, such as when a player gets injured in football, and the unwritten rule of whichever team is in possession of the ball plays it out of touch for the player to get treatment; after which, the ball is returned by the opposing team to the team that was in possession. That kind of extreme situation aside, it all comes down the conscience of the individual players with the clear understanding that there is absolutely no obligation for any player or team to play in the unspecific invisible and unenforceable spirit of the game, especially in the cut and thrust of today’s multibillion dollar professional sporting sphere. For the most part, the support of the principle of playing games in a particular spirit is based on emotionalism, and to a large extent, bias. The harsh and widespread criticism of Pollard, for example, has come from people who were eerily silent, or held a completely different view last year when West Indies under 19 bowler Keemo Paul committed an even more glaring breach of the spirit of the game by running out the Zimbabwean non striker who was backing up too far. This was a legal decision which effectively won a game for the West Indies that Zimbabwe was well on course to winning. The rest, they say, is history. In the case of Pollard’s lesser sin, the game was effectively over with the only real point of interest being whether the opposing batsman, Evin Lewis, could enter the record books by getting the three runs needed from one delivery that would see him scoring the fastest CPL century and the second fastest in that format of the game, in terms of deliveries faced. From a professional competitor’s perspective, Pollard would have none of it and proceeded to end the game with a no ball to concede the one run needed for the victory, to leave Lewis high and dry. Instructively, a lot of the people now criticising Pollard supported Paul last year. Bleeding heartlast_img read more