Past The Finishing PostTrack: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1600 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. MINY LEE JInnis4 51.02. LAZZA SMuir 55.0 5/2 4 1/4L3. SLEW DI CLOCK MWard4 51.0 1/2L4. ROSY PARKS HPottinger4 50.0 HeadLate scratch : #6 SURVIVAL SUNDAYWIN: $116.00PLACE: $62.00, $83.00, $91.00Final Time : 1:46.0 Splits : 24.3, 48.2, 1:15.04yo colt – RIZZI LEE – LADY MANILATrainer: DONOVAN PLUMMER Owner : ORELON Z JONESBred by DONOVAN PLUMMER & SYDNEY WATSONQu: $211.00 Ex: $526.00Superfecta: $2,476.00Race 2 1200 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. VISION OF GOLD OWalker 54.02. MACALLAN OEdwards3 53.0 3/4L3. SEEKING THE DAWN RMairs 56.0 2L4. BIG DATA AChatrie 56.0 1LWIN: $92.00PLACE: $57.00, $93.00, $76.00Final Time : 1:16.1 Splits : 23.1, 47.33yo ch colt – FEARLESS VISION – GOOD PROSPECTTrainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ELIZABETH A DACOSTABred by FRANCIS BARNETT, EDISON CHAI & LOUIS LYNQu: $347.00 Ex: $534.00D/E: $182.00Superfecta: $1,305.00Race 3 1820 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. COLORS OF WAR WHenry 51.02. SCAR DBeharie 54.0 1 1/2L3. * TROJAN LSteadman3 53.5 3 1/2L4. KING WITHIN SMuir 56.0 3LWIN: $290.00PLACE: $68.00, $96.00, $54.00Final Time : 2:02.4 Splits : 27.0, 52.2, 1:18.2, 1:46.44yo ch filly – WAR MARSHALL – COLOUROFMONEYTrainer: PATRICK FONG Owner : NEW BLUE LTD.Bred by LAURENCE HEFFESQu: $4,023.00 Ex: $4,280.00D/E: $1,046.00Trifecta: $3,043.00Rolling Triple: $2,497.00Race 4 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000)3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)(DIV.I)*1. EUSEBIA RMitchell 55.02. FLAGRANS JErwin 54.0 2 1/2L3. GRANDE MARQUE RHalledeen 55.0 Neck4. POWERFUL RED AntThomas4 50.0 1/2L5. SIR D BebHarvey3 54.0 3 1/4LWIN: $133.00PLACE: $76.00, $140.00, $106.00Final Time : 1:01.2 Splits : 23.1, 47.1, ,7yo ch mare – DEPUTY’S REPORT – EXCHANGE ONLYTrainer: DENRICK CHAMBERS Owner: J.R. STABLESBred by LAURENCE HEFFESQu: $731.00 Ex: $1,078.00D/E: $774.00Trifecta: $1,339.00Hi-5: $6,595.00Rolling Triple: $3,893.00Race 5 1200 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3-Y-O&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II1. CRUISING MOTION PFrancis2. BIRD CATCHER WHenry 50.0 Neck*3. AWESOME DESTINY AChatrie 55.0 *3/5 1 1/2L4. MISS MYRTLE NBerger4 46.0 2 3/4LWIN: $311.00PLACE: $69.00, $63.00, $57.00Final Time: 1:15.1 Splits : 23.3, 47.13yo colt – WEEKEND CRUISE – TOTAL MOTIONTrainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : CARLTON S WATSONBred by KARL SAMUDAQu: $638.00 Exacta: $1,555.00D/E: $1,245.00Trifecta: $819.00Rolling Triple: $19,475.00Race 6 1300 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITIONRACE -FILLIES*1. GLOBAL BebHarvey3 52.02. GOLDEN GLORY AChatrie 55.0 10L3. WARTIME OWhite 53.0 4 1/2L4. FRANCIA’S PRIDE WHenry 52.0 Neck5. PHOTOGENIC HPottinger4 50.0 1L6. OCEAN SEEKER LSteadman3 53.0 7/1 Sh.HeadDNF #4 MONTEGONIAN DaneNelson 54.0 5/1DNF #14 STRAIGHTFROMUHEART RMitchell 53.0 99/1 WIN: $93.00PLACE: $73.00, $70.00, $156.00Final Time : 1:21.1 Splits : 23.3, 47.3, 1:13.0,3yo filly – FILM DIRECTOR – EMMVEEPEETrainer : FITZROY GLISPIE Owner :VINTAGE BLOODSTOCKBred by LORENZO B. ROBINSONNOTE: HORSE #4 MONTEGONIAN, AND HORSE #14 STRAIGHTFROMUHEART FELL.Qu: $119.00 Ex: $212.00D/E: $1,616.00Trifecta: $893.00Hit-6 carry-over: $238,241.90Rolling Triple: $4,693.00Pick-4: $54,104.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6: $76,090.90 (6 OF 6)Race 7 1500 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. DREAMCOMETRUE RHalledeen 53.52. MIND SET OFoster 53.0 5/1 2L3. ANOTHER BULLET OEdwards3 51.0 Neck4. RAS EMANUEL JErwin 54.0 3 1/2LDNF #5 DINNER BY SEVEN PFrancis 51.0 39/1DNF #8 STIR IT UP VNajair 52.0 6/1WIN: $234.00PLACE: $86.00, $129.00, $108.00Final Time : 1:35.1 Splits : 24.0, 47.1, 1:13.0Winner: 4yo b filly – DEPUTY GLITTERS – SPACEDOUTTrainer: STEVEN TODD Owner: PATRICK D MCKENZIEBred by EDISON CHAINOTE: HORSE #5 DINNER BY SEVEN, AND HORSE #8 STIR IT UP JOCKEYS FELL.Qu: $790.00 Ex: $1,982.00D/E: $509.00Superfecta: $8,313.00Rolling Triple: $8,382.00Race 8 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000)3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)(DIV.II)1. *BATTLE SONG AChatrie 55.02. BURNING MEDIC OWalker 54.0 4 1/2L3. HAWKEYE RLahoe 57.0 7/2 2 3/4L4. PRINCESS SALLEMA AntThomas4 50.0 1 1/4L5. GEORGIAMYLOVE MWard4 51.0 1 1/4LWIN: $128.00PLACE: $69.00, $70.00, $83.00Final Time : 1:00.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.3Winner : 5yo b filly – OUTRIGGER – SAILINGTrainer: VICTOR WILLIAMS Owner: ANDRE S ADAMSBred by PERCY TOMLINSONQu: $322.00 Ex: $512.00D/E: $537.00Trifecta: $318.00Hi-5: $6,540.50Rolling Triple: $1,046.00Race 9 1000 M (R) (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE*1. ROYAL ASSAULT SEllis 53.52. RED FLAG ISpence 53.0 5 1/2L3. LADY SHANKARI OWalker 53.0 Head4. MOM’S STUDENT WHenry 51.0 1 1/4LWIN: $88.00PLACE: $58.00, $71.00, $152.00Final Time : 1:00.2 Splits: 23.1, 46.2Winner : 4yo ch colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – MAYKEN JOYTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : DEBORAH NUNES-BOORMAN & TARA NUNES & S.NARINESINGH & E. HALOUTEBred by MARK H. A CROSKERYNOTE: HORSE #5 LADY SHANKARI PLACED 2ND BUT WAS DISQUALIIFIED AND PLACED 3RD BEHIND HORSE #7 RED FLAGQu: $282.00 Ex: $243.00D/E: $161.00Superfecta: $2,456.00Rolling Triple: $1,037.00COLIN MELHADO MEMORIAL CUPRace 10 1200 M (Purse $530,000)3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)*1. ETERNAL JOY LSteadman3 54.02. CHANGE HIM NAME MWard4 50.0 3/4L3. INFANTRY OFFICER RHalledeen 54.0 Neck4. JOYFUL RAKOTA RLahoe 54.0 2L5. PRINCESS SHEMIKA AChatrie 54.0 1 1/4LLate scratch : #5 LIGHT BRIGADEWIN: $163.00PLACE: $89.00, $86.00, $99.00Final Time: 1:15.3 Splits : 23.2, 48.1Winner : 5yo ch filly – TRADITIONAL – MAYKEN JOYTrainer: NEIVE GRAHAM Owner : O’SHAUN CONNECTIONBred by MARK H. A CROSKERYQu: $433.00 Ex: $773.00D/E: $322.00Trifecta: $535.00Hi-5 carry-over: $138,544.25Rolling Triple: $752.00Pick-4: $3,596.00Super-6: $41,209.20Pick-9: $2,868.50; $75.50 Carry-over : $1,721,984.20PlacePot 8 : $34,285.00
BERLIN (AP):Bayern Munich ground out a 3-1 win at Stuttgart and provisionally opened an eight-point lead to move closer to an unprecedented fourth straight Bundesliga title yesterday.”We need another three wins and a draw to achieve something very special, something no team in Germany ever achieved,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.An own goal from Georg Niedermeier got the defending champions under way in the 31st minute and David Alaba made it 2-0 in the 52nd.Daniel Didavi pulled one back in unorthodox fashion in the 63rd, scooping the ball while on the ground over the helpless Manuel Neuer. Didavi did not have time to get up from his previous attempt.Bayern substitute Douglas Costa sealed it in the 89th with a shot inside the left post.Borussia Dortmund can restore the five-point gap today with a win at Schalke in the Ruhr derby. Five rounds remain after the weekend’s games.”I always watch Bundesliga on Sundays,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. “But I rely on Bayern Munich and not Borussia Dortmund.”
The West Indies never recovered from 29 for two in the fifth over and failed to keep up with the required run rate of nearly 11 an over. The highlight of their batting was opener Andre Fletcher, who smashed 57 off 40 balls – his fourth T20I half-century, while and Kieron Pollard chipped in with 26 and Dwayne Bravo, 24. “I think from looking at the game we were under pressure from the first six overs. We tried to catch up them but they kept coming at us but we did not react, or respond well enough,” said Sammy. “But with that said, we backed ourselves to chase down the target and we looked at 30 runs that’s two big overs.” The second and final T20 international will be played today. NO RECOVERY KANDY, Sri Lanka (CMC): West Indies T20 captain, Darren Sammy, has described some of his teammates, including himself, as ‘rusty’ after they crashed to a 30-run defeat against Sri Lanka in the opening T20 International on Monday. West Indies were dismissed for 185 with one delivery remaining in the innings while chasing an imposing 216 at the Pallekele International Stadium. However, Sammy said he is confident that his side can level the series when the two teams play the second T20 in Colombo. “I think probably with better planning in the batting order we could have gotten closer, but we are playing the number one team in the world and they showed why they are number one,” said Sammy. “Some of us seem quite rusty. We have not played T20 for almost 10 months. Yes, but we are looking forward to Colombo and I believe we can come out and level the series.”
With The Queen’s School still Jamaica’s only all-female institution to host an annual development meet, the organisers are hoping this year’s 15th staging of the Queen’s-Grace Jackson meet will be their biggest, most memorable and most spectacular to date.The event, slated to begin at 8:30 a.m. next Saturday inside the National Stadium, was launched at the Queen’s School board room on Central Avenue, St Andrew, yesterday.The event, a qualifier for the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships in March, is expected to attract as many as 2,400 athletes. It will cost $500 for adults to enter while children with school identification and under 12 will pay $200.Honorees at this year’s meet will be recent graduate Danielle Williams, who won the 100m hurdles gold at last year’s IAAF World Championships and Wayne Long and Winston Harvey for their long-term contributions as track and field officials.five scholarshipsMeet patron, Olympian and past student Grace Jackson, highlighted the fact that five scholarships worth $15,000 each will be given to qualified Queen’s student athletes.”I would like everybody to come out to the stadium and watch the show. We are going to have excellent performances,” Jackson said.Meanwhile, telecommunications provider Digicel are on board for the first time, courtesy of their Digicel Grand Prix series, which sponsors a number of development meets.Main sponsor, Lucozade, has pumped in $650,000 in cash, products and special prizes for athletes and supporters.Meet manager Olive McNaughton stressed that the meet is about the development of athletes.”This meet is not just for the stars. This meet is for development, I think the Queen’s-Grace Jackson Meet has done its part in terms of development in Jamaica,” McNaughton said.Competitors will come from some of the major track and field clubs including MVP/UTech, Racers Track Club and G.C. Foster, as well as from high schools across Jamaica. Teams from Cayman Islands, The Bahamas and St Lucia are expected to compete for the first time.The events down to be contested include 200m for all classes, 400m hurdles, the 400m for clubs and institutions, field events including triple jump and discus while the organisers are also hoping to have the shot put and a special 60m event.The 4x400m relays are scheduled to bring the curtains down at 6 p.m.
Ninth Annual Jamaica Bicycle Bash Bicycle enthusiasts from across the island are expected to converge at James Bond Beach in St Mary on Sunday, May 29, for the 9th Annual Jamaica Bicycle Bash. Whether taking part in the many games and competitions, showing off their bicycles, or simply enjoying the vibe with other cyclists, the day is designed to provide a fun-filled family atmosphere for riders of all ages. Crowd favourite “Rambolyimpics” will once again be a centrepiece of the competition schedule, along with the “Bunny Hop”, “Slow Race”, “Eliminator”, “Gladiator Circles”, and many others! Guests will also be treated to stunt demonstrations from the island’s best BMX stunt riders. Entry fee is $200 with a bicycle and $300 without. Gates open at 10 a.m. Russian tennis head backtracks MOSCOW (AP): The head of the Russian Tennis Federation backtracked on his comments yesterday, saying he didn’t mean to suggest that Maria Sharapova’s failed doping test could spell the end of her career. Russian news agency R-Sport had quoted Shamil Tarpishchev yesterday as saying that Sharapova’s situation is “bad” and that it is “very doubtful” that she will resume her career. “I only said that she can’t play now because no ruling on her case has been issued,” Tarpishchev later told the Tass news agency. Sharapova tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January. She said she had taken the drug for a decade for medical purposes and didn’t know it had been banned for 2016. Sharapova remains provisionally suspended from competition pending a ruling from the International Tennis Federation. Kaka tops MLS salary list BETHESDA, Md (AP): Kaka remains Major League Soccer’s highest-paid player at just over US$7 million, and American goalkeeper Tim Howard will earn slightly more than US$2.5 million in his return to the league. Kaka, the former AC Milan and Real Madrid star, is earning a base salary of US$6.6 million from Orlando City, according to figures released yesterday by the MLS Players Union. Including a prorated share of compensation not specified to a specific year, his total earnings remain a league-record US$7,167,500. Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco, the league’s 2015 MVP, has a US$5.6 million base and total compensation of US$7,115,556. US national team captain Michael Bradley, in his third season with Toronto, has a US$6 million base and US$6.5 million total earnings. Howard, the US starting goalkeeper at the past two World Cups, is joining Colorado next month after a decade at Everton. He has a US$2.1 million base and US$2,575,000 in total compensation. Steven Gerrard, the former Liverpool and England captain now with the Los Angeles Galaxy, has a US$6 million base salary and US$6,132,500 in total earnings. Former Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard, who has yet to play a match for New York City this season, has a US$6 million salary. He is followed by teammates Andrea Pirlo (US$5.6 million, US$5,915,690) and David Villa (US$5.61 million).
READ: Mbala lauds Pasaol for record-setting career game“I’m really comfortable with my body because I’m a stretch four and I can also bang underneath,” said Pasaol who averaged 40.5 points and 10 rebounds in his past two games.And of the 32 points Pasaol scored against UST, none were bigger than the two that came with only 22.7 seconds left when he gave UE a 94-91 lead en route to the win.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlvin Pasaol sat down on his padded chair inside the pressroom of Mall of Asia Arena with sweat dripping from his shoulders as he wiped off his wet forehead.The chunky forward just put up a game-high 32 points days after dropping 49 to pace the Red Warriors to their 96-91 win over hapless University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:14Carpio 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene How to help the Taal evacuees DAY6 is for everybody Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up And with a performance to remember, since this came in UE’s lone win in the first round, Pasaol got the green light to indulge on something his coach Derrick Pumaren stopped him from enjoying since the start of the tournament.READ: Alvin unleashed: After scoring 49, Pasaol hopes for 50 next timeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Manong [Pumaren] gave me a reward today and that is I get to eat an unli [unlimited] rice meal,” said Pasaol in Filipino Saturday. “He won’t stop me now and he really didn’t allow to eat that much because I bulk up easily.”Pasaol’s walking, and playing, weight usually dances between 80 and 90 kilograms but the high-scoring forward doesn’t mind the heft he carries during games. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Sablan: UST will be one of the top teams next season LATEST STORIES View comments
Mitsatit blocked Miado’s takedown attempt to transition to a full mount where he landed an elbow that forced the Filipino to verbally submit 4:23 into the fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson FILE – Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPJomary Torres followed up her debut win in ONE Championship with an impressive decision victory over Nita Dea of Indonesia in their atomweight bout Friday at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Myanmar.Torres (3-0) beat Dea, a grappling specialist, at her own game as she outwrestled her throughout the match.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Suu Kyi appeals to ICJ not to impose int’l justice PLAY LIST 04:31Suu Kyi appeals to ICJ not to impose int’l justice02:09‘I am prepared:’ Duterte reiterates openness to accept Rohingya refugees02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “This victory is so sweet. I am excited about how the future will unfold as I continue my career in ONE Championship. For sure, I will be back in the gym immediately. I am ready to climb the ladder and face the biggest names that the organization has to offer,” said Torres.“It is truly an honor to compete with a talented competitor like my opponent. She gave me a tough test. My opponent withstood everything I threw at her. I tip my hats off to her and her skills. This bout will be beneficial to my growth as a martial artist in this sport and in ONE Championship.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogDea (0-2) managed to shock Torres with a knee to the head but the Filipino again managed to bring the fight to the ground to earn the judges’ nod.Torres, however, was the only Filipino fighter to come out of the card victorious. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Ateneo nears sweep, sends UST to 13th straight loss China’s Chen Lei battered Burn Soriano on the ground to earn a technical knockout victory 1:06 of the second round of their bantamweight fight.Chen remained undefeated after seven fights while Soriano lost his second straight match and is now at 3-4.Chinese flyweight Ma Hao Bin (9-1) submitted Filipino knockout artist Eugene Toquero with an armbar 4:51 into the first round.Ma, who won his sixth straight fight, locked Toquero in an early guillotine choke but the Filipino managed to break free.Thai Pongsiri Mitsatit finished off the Philippine contingent with a convincing victory over Jeremy Miado in the strawweight division.ADVERTISEMENT
Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) protests a call beside Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (36) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)None of this is good.It’s a bad look for James Harden, after a game where he took 15 free throws, to say he wasn’t getting favorable whistles. It’s counterproductive for the NBA to say there were three uncalled fouls against LeBron James in the waning moments of a Finals rematch. It’s troubling that referees are too often part of the postgame story.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson This is Christmas week, an unofficial start date of the NBA season for casual fans who shift their focus from football to basketball.Those new eyeballs are not seeing the league at its best.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 folkReferees have been in the news plenty this season, especially this week. No one wants that. Fans pay to see triple-doubles, not double-technicals. The latest ref drama was Thursday night in Boston, where the Celtics rallied from 26 points down to beat Houston — but postgame talk was dominated by discussion of two late offensive foul calls against Harden.“You never want to see a game end like that,” Brooklyn’s Caris LeVert said. LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Holm aiming for upset of Justino, 2nd title belt at UFC 219 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Boston loved the calls and Houston hated them and everyone else is likely split down the middle. Thing is, fixating solely on those two whistles robs the league of a chance to revel in what should have been considered a great basketball game.The two calls against Harden came in the final 8 seconds, both pushoffs drawn by Boston’s Marcus Smart.It is undeniable that Smart is a very good defensive player.He also has a reputation among opponents for being a flopper.On the first of the two late fouls, Smart appeared to grab Harden — who tried to get his arms free. Smart is a tough, strong guy, but when Harden made contact with him he dropped like a rock.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew On the second, Harden pushed off and Smart fell again. This time, it seemed more believable. If Harden hadn’t extended his right arm so far, who knows if referee Tony Brothers (who made both calls) would have blown the whistle.The first one didn’t look like the right call. The second one did.Neither is why Houston lost. Houston lost because it wasted a 26-point lead. The Rockets might have had a chance to win in the last 8 seconds. But it should have never come down to officiating. And it had nothing to do with only two refs working the game; one of the three assigned sat out with a sore back.“First of all, how do you only have two officials on a national TV game? That is the first question,” Harden said. “A lot of grabbing, a lot of holding. How else am I supposed to get open? A guy has two arms wrapped around my whole body.”Harden also shot just 7 for 27 from the field.Fans just want the good stuff. They don’t want stories of bad calls and ref suspensions for getting physical with a player, like Courtney Kirkland did with Shaun Livingston. They probably don’t want to see what went on late in the Cleveland-Golden State marquee Christmas game, either.James got fouled three times by Kevin Durant in the final moments — with the Cavs down three. None of the three got called.James is 6-foot-8, 250 pounds, a problem to defend and a problem to officiate. He suffers from the same issue Shaquille O’Neal did; when you’re the strongest guy on the floor, opponents tend to be allowed to get away with more. He can get clobbered, but won’t always get the call.“For me, the worst thing is when I actually go over and talk to the ref and they say ‘it was nothing,’” James said.The NBA ultimately said James was right about his belief that Durant fouled him, confirming as much in the Last 2-Minute Report on Tuesday. The L2MR is a great tool, though meaningless. It’s probably safer for players and coaches to think they were the victims of a bad call instead of having those suspicions confirmed by the league, which isn’t going to change the outcomes anyway. (“Sorry, LeBron, you were right. KD did hit you. Our bad. You still lose.“) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense It’s difficult to say if the report helps or hinders the player-ref relationship, which is somewhat tense at the moment.ESPN reported last week that the leadership from the players’ association and the referees’ union met with hopes of a better relationship between the sides. It’s a nice idea but disagreements are inevitable.Another issue: the referee corps is changing. Seasoned vets like Danny Crawford, Joey Crawford and most recently Monty McCutchen have all called their last games. Refs are getting younger, newer. Growing pains are happening.“You can’t deny that there’s a transition period right now,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.True, but no one would ever want to see a Finals game get decided by a late pushoff.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Alaska’s always been family first, I will never get in the way of somebody taking care of something important with their family,” said Saturday.“I’ve spoken to some of you about him missing some practices but our rule is if there’s something going on with your family, it’s an emergency, you don’t even need to call me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAbueva, who missed four straight practices with the club, was in game gear before the Aces took on the Elite but spoke lengthily with Compton before tip-off.Compton then allowed Abueva to leave to take care of the family issue. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “We’re a family-first franchise, it’s one of the things that makes me proud to be part of Alaska,” said Compton as his team won 88-84. “We obviously missed Calvin but the other guys stepped up in his absence and we’re just praying for him.”RELATED VIDEO Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours After title win, Eustaquio eyes unification clash with Moraes Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Alaska Aces. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlaska head coach Alex Compton said the Aces are in full support of Calvin Abueva, who has been dealing with family problems, even if it means he could miss practices.The star forward left Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday even before Alaska’s game against Blackwater started, but Compton cleared that his departure wasn’t a disciplinary action.ADVERTISEMENT
LATEST STORIES MOST READ “The fourth quarter, we just didn’t want to lose,” Kuzma said. “The first three quarters, I didn’t really shoot the ball very well. So, I just tried to lock in.”Kuzma was part of an offensive burst that led to the Lakers outscoring Memphis 48-36 in the second half. It took until the third quarter for Los Angeles to recover from a quick Memphis start that contributed to a 17-point first-quarter lead for the Grizzlies. Memphis earned the advantage by scoring inside, 18 of its 28 first-quarter points coming in the paint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“In the second half, we did a better job of keeping them out of the paint,” said Lakers forward Julius Randle, who finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, adding: “It’s the same formula all year. We defend and we win games.”Kuzma said it was a matter of shifting the defensive focus to protect the paint. “Just making a collective effort to make them shoot (outside).” Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points, and Lonzo Ball had 12 points and 10 assists.Andrew Harrison led the Grizzlies with 20 points and nine assists. Marc Gasol had 18 points, and JaMychal Green added 17 points and matched his season high with 16 rebounds. Memphis, which lost its fourth straight, was stymied by converting only 5 of 29 shots from outside the arc.“They’re not a really good 3-point shooting team, so we played percentages,” Kuzma said.Los Angeles took the lead with an 11-2 run in the fourth, as Kuzma scored seven straight points. The rally helped the Lakers take an 84-79 lead, and Memphis would never get the lead back.Gasol said the Grizzlies effort changed after building the early advantage.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism 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 “We started off playing with energy and moving the ball, cutting, sacrificing for one another,” the Memphis center said. “Then we got a little stagnant with the ball. We were not moving as fast.”That change in approach led to the Lakers steadily whittling into the Memphis advantage as the Grizzlies suffered with poor shooting after making 57 percent of their shots in the opening frame.“(The Lakers) were able to just shrink the floor and crowd the ball,” Memphis interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “We didn’t do the things necessary off the ball to help one another. We stopped cutting, we stopped moving the ball quickly and playing off the catch.”TIP-INSLakers: Caldwell-Pope, who missed his first five shots, had a 4-point play in the fourth quarter to start the Lakers 11-2 rally. .Isaiah Thomas sat out with a sore hip. .Ended a seven-game losing streak in the series. Had not won a road game in the series since Dec. 17, 2013. … Only eight players saw action for Los Angeles.Grizzlies: Called up Marquis Teague from their G-League team (Memphis Hustle) on Friday. .Green also had 16 rebounds Monday at Brooklyn.BEING PREPAREDThe Lakers were fully aware that Memphis was coming off a 61-point loss to Charlotte on Thursday – the biggest loss in franchise history. And they were prepared for a fast Grizzlies start. “It was our main focus,” Caldwell-Pope said. “No one gets beat by 61, and then comes out plays flat the next game. I hope not.”NOT FINISHED YETDespite the Grizzlies losing 23 of their last 24 and limping to the end with one of the worst records in the league, Gasol said he’s not necessarily looking forward to the end of the season. There’s still strides to make. “You want to go into the offseason with a different feeling,” Gasol said. “You want to have at least a baseline and understanding of what you’re trying to do and trying to accomplish as a team.”UP NEXTLakers: Wrap up a four-game trip Monday night against the PistonsGrizzlies: At Minnesota on Monday night. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Gordon near triple-double helps Magic hold off Suns Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) drives against Memphis Grizzlies forward Jarell Martin (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Kyle Kuzma wasn’t interested in seeing Los Angeles extend its losing streak.Kuzma scored 15 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and had 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a slow start to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-93 on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments