Klopp hopes reserves can avoid FA Cup slip-up

first_imgMotorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Klopp has to factor in the effects of the demanding Christmas schedule, which forced his side to play two matches in less than 48 hours last weekend, beating Manchester City 1-0 on the Saturday before conceding two penalties in a 2-2 draw at Sunderland.He also has to consider the fact Liverpool play the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final at Southampton on Wednesday, meaning rotation to keep players fresh is inevitable.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 returnKlopp has indicated Loris Karius, dropped midway through last month after mistakes brought heavy criticism, will return in goal, in order to give Simon Mignolet a breather.“There is a big chance Loris will play,” said Klopp. “He has been training outstandingly well which is good to see. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, center, celebrates with his players after the English Premier League soccer match Liverpool against Manchester City at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. APJurgen Klopp cited fixture congestion as the chief reason for fielding an almost unrecognizable Liverpool line-up in the third round of the FA Cup at Exeter last season.A year on, the 49-year-old German is following the same path against League Two (fourth tier) opposition from the south-west of England once more, this time in the form of Plymouth.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 Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ View comments LATEST STORIES Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round “It’s difficult to speak about these things in public because it becomes a story but we cannot ignore the pressure you make.“That’s how it is, we have to cope with it, deal with it.“That is why you see I made the change and I am sure Loris will benefit from this step back, or step aside.“Simon has done a really, really outstanding job for us since he’s been playing again and forced Loris to train at the highest level because we have two really good goalkeepers. It was good for him.”‘No one will be daunted’ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Mourinho rules out January defender swoop Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Klopp will also rest a number of key first-team players who picked up relatively minor injuries during or before the holiday period, including James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip and Daniel Sturridge.It means there will be opportunities for players who have largely been on the fringes, such as midfielder Kevin Stewart, and for young players seeking to gain match experience, such as defender Trent Alexander-Arnold.At least, unlike a year ago, Liverpool start their FA Cup third-round tie with home advantage.That ought to give Klopp a chance of avoiding the scares of last season, when his team of fringe players and youth products had to come back from behind twice to draw 2-2 at Exeter before winning the replay.Plymouth, FA Cup semi-finalists in 1984 and quarter-finalists as recently as 2007, are second in League Two, having responded well to the disappointment of losing to AFC Wimbledon in last season’s promotion play-off final.Manager Derek Adams has reshaped his squad considerably since last season’s promotion failure, signing 14 players on a permanent basis during the summer and two more since the January transfer window opened.Perhaps the most intriguing of all the arrivals are former Cameroon Under-20 international defender Yann Songo’o, who has played club football in Spain and the United States, and striker David Goodwillie, who has rather lost his way since winning three caps for Scotland between 2010 and 2011.“I’m sure no-one will be daunted by it and we’re going up there to enjoy it,” said Plymouth midfielder David Fox.“There’s no pressure on us at the end of the day.“We’ve got a huge following going, backing us and we’re going to really enjoy it.” Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikelylast_img read more

TNT lost effort vs Star, says Castro

first_imgWWE: Tyler Bate crowned new UK champ Slow to rotate and beaten to 50-50 balls by a locked in Hotshots crew, the KaTropa found themselves down, 15-4, and was even demoralized when the lead grew to as high as 19, 69-40 early in the third.Though the squad performed better in the second half, the damage was already done as TNT couldn’t recover.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 returnThe difference was glaring, with Star nabbing 15 offensive rebounds which led to an 18-8 discrepancy in second chance points.Castro offered no excuses and said the KaTropa must find their old form if they hope to advance to the playoffs. LATEST STORIES Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ 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 “Siguro kailangan namin pa i-push yung sarili namin tsaka i-remind sa amin ng mga coaches na hindi kami mananalo lang sa offense at dapat pati sa defense din,” he said.(Maybe we have to push ourselves harder and the coaches also need to remind us that we’re not going to win with just offense, but also with defense.)Castro rued TNT’s missed opportunity as it lost a golden chance to make a case for the top two, and rather, found itself on a tightrope as it dropped to joint fifth place with Ginebra, Alaska, Star, and Phoenix all carrying similar 4-4 slates.“Sayang yung opportunity. Pinapractice naman namin yung mga plays pero di namin maapply. Sa amin talaga, sana next game more effort pa,” he said.(We wasted an opportunity. We’re practicing our plays but we couldn’t apply them. For us, I hope we make more efforts.)ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Still, Castro believes that the KaTropa have enough in their gas tank to pull wins and secure a spot in the top eight.“Confident pa rin kami kasi alam naman namin na ginagawa namin yung mga kailangan naming gawin. Kailangan lang mai-apply sa game talaga. Nakita naman namin na kapag dumedepensa kami nakaka-stop kami. Sana yung lessons ng talo namin ngayon, maayos namin sa mga remaining games namin,” he said.(We’re confident because we know that we’re doing the things we have to do. We just have to apply those things in the games. We see that if we’re playing defense, we’re getting stops. I hope the lessons from our loss, we can apply to our remaining games.)TNT faces Mahindra on Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEven Jayson Castro admitted TNT lacked effort in its 88-77 defeat to Star on Sunday.“Nawala yung effort namin, at isa na ako doon (Our effort was gone, including myself),” he shared.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

D-League: Tanduay whips Wangs for 1st win

first_imgPBA IMAGESTanduay found its mark in the second half to pound Wangs Basketball, 94-81, for its first win in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Mark Cruz lit up the scoreboard, scattering 27 points and three rebounds to carry Rhum Masters to victory.ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ 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 LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mark Brana topped Wangs Basketball with 13 points and six rebounds off the bench in the loss.The scores:TANDUAY 94 – Cruz 27, Quinto 14, Reyes 13, Moralde 11, Cenal 6, Sanga 6, Sollano 6, Eguilos 4, Santos 4, Palma 2, Varilla 1.WANGS 81 – Brana 13, Publico 12, Tambeling 10, C. Gomez 9, Labing-isa 9, Tayongtong 8, M. Gomez 6, Acosta 4, Enriquez 4, Montuano 4, Salcedo 2, Juruena 0, King 0, Regalado 0.Quarters: 23-17, 52-41, 77-61, 94-81.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ MOST READ Orton comes out of nowhere to win Royal Rumble Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Bong Quinto had 14 markers, six boards, and five assists, while Raphy Reyes had 13 points and five assists.The win allowed Tanduay to atone for its 83-67 loss to Cafe France last Monday.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 returnThe Rhum Masters fended off the pesky Couriers late in the third frame, turning a 64-57 advantage to a 13-4 blast to end the period and hold a 77-61 lead.They would extend the lead to 22, 84-62 courtesy of a Paul Sanga trey with 8:22 left in the game. View commentslast_img read more

Man United fans celebrate triumph after tragedy

first_imgMore Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Manchester’s Wayne Rooney holds the trophy after winning 2-0 during the soccer Europa League final between Ajax Amsterdam and Manchester United at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)A crowd of Manchester United fans were cheering outside a Stockholm stadium on Wednesday as their team won the Europa League, a relief for the supporters after the Manchester terror attack 48 hours earlier.“It’s fantastic to see them winning. We were always confident that we would win,” said George Malloy, a 69-year-old from Dublin. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I think it will be a good lift for the people of Manchester,” he added. Manchester fans were screaming and whistling in joy, while their Ajax counterparts were biting their nails as the English club won 2-0. 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 groundOutside the entrance of the modernly decorated Friends Arena in the Stockholm suburb of Solna, fans were upbeat and cheerful under sunny summer skies, but nervous about both the outcome of the match and security issues.Ahead of Wednesday’s match, players held a minute’s silence in honour of the victims of Monday’s suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena which left 22 people dead. Security was tight at the arena as a SWAT team stood guard outside.“We’ve already undertaken a lot of preparation, and with the way the world looks today this type of incident (Monday’s attack) is the kind of thing we have to prepare for. So it has been part of our planning all along,” Stockholm police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said.United manager Jose Mourinho said Tuesday he and his players were finding it hard not to think about the attack, which targeted fans leaving a pop concert by the American singer Ariana Grande and left 59 people injured.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Heat’s Big 3 era ends as deal struck for Bosh to go—report Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Shaun Payne, a 29-year-old United supporter, said Monday’s attack undoubtedly scarred the team, but he was optimistic that they would win.“They have nothing to lose tonight. They’ll go for it,” he told AFP.“It’ll provide extra motivation to represent the city and to hopefully bring the trophy back with us,” he says. Tight securityRob Coppen, a 28-year-old Ajax fan from Amsterdam donning the team’s kit, said the terror attack took the joy out of the final. “(The attack) has taken the spark off the game. It’s been a while since Ajax has been in a Euro final so it’s a pity.“But what can you do? Nobody asked for this, neither Manchester nor Ajax,” he said. Amy Edwards, a Manchester fan, was worried about safety at the final, but said she refused to let fear control her life. “I’m worried a little bit in case something happens tonight, but I guess it’s always a risk you take anyway and go to high profile games,” she said.“But you can’t stay inside,” she added. “Obviously the events in Manchester has put a dampener on everything but hopefully we can win and bring the trophy back tonight.” End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprilcenter_img 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 China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer For Mark, a 19-year-old Manchester fan living in Stockholm, this was no ordinary match. “It was very special because of the events that happened in Manchester and now they qualify for Champions League,” he said. Vijay Patel, a 29-year-old Manchester fan from the UK, said the team came out even stronger in the aftermath of the attack. “It should motivate them… they’re not just winning for the team they’re winning for the city,” he said. Team supporters were celebrating hours earlier at a fan zone in Stockholm’s leafy Kungstradgarden park where they played football and took photos.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View commentslast_img read more

Azkals hardpressed to win vs Tajikistan after China drubbing

first_imgMissile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Christiaens complained of swelling on his knee after the match. Misagh Bahadoran, who scored the lone goal for the Azkals at Tianhe Stadium, initially thought he had reinjured his knee after limping off against China, but tests showed it was only a minor knock, which he can recover from in time for the Tajikistan game.READ: Azkals suffer ’embarrassing’ defeat to ChinaFEATURED 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 groundJames Younghusband sustained a sprain ankle early against China and had to be substituted. The Azkals’ defensive frailties were exposed by China and skipper Phil Younghusband vowed they won’t allow themselves to be caught in the same situation again.“If we play like we did against China then we’ll struggle to get a result in Tajikistan,” said Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband. “Winning Tajikistan was a must before the China game and moreso now because we need to get the result of (China) out of our heads.” Finals coaches ponder Warriors’ spot among their epic teams “We never want to be in this position again and we need to take what we learn and not make those same mistakes against Tajikistan,” said Younghusband.“This (loss to China) doesn’t harm our chances of making the Asian Cup. Emotionally and mentally it affects us, but in terms of reaching our goal, it doesn’t affect us. We know that if we can get a good result in Tajikistan that we’re a step closer to reaching our goal.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ FILE — Philippine Azkals vs Nepal in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netGUANGZHOU – The heavy 1-8 defeat to China last Wednesday night only cranked up the pressure on the Philippines to secure a victory against Tajikistan in AFC Asian Cup Qualifying in Dushanbe next week.But the Azkals will be missing key personnel for the match as leftback Jeffrey Christiaens and winger Pika Minegishi were omitted from the squad of coach Thomas Dooley before the trip to the Tajik capital via Urumqi last Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April On the back of a busy schedule in the Philippines Football League, the Azkals only had two training sessions under coach Thomas Dooley before the battled China in the friendly which also saw the Azkals mentor give newcomer Camelo Tacusalme playing time at centerback.READ: No time to sulk, Azkals look to move on after China rout “I was pretty much lost for words in terms of the result,” said Phil Younghusband. “We were quite embarrassed to be honest, but we have to be positive because there were some good things in the game and also things we need improve on.”Younghusband said the China match showed the gap in level at the moment and how much work should be done for the Azkals, “if thats the level we want to be.”But the Azkals captain stressed that the more important game will be against Tajikistan on Tuesday at Central Republican Stadium in Dushanbe. Another win will keep the Azkals on top of Group H.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 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 MOST READ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop workinglast_img read more

From UAAP to PBA, Austria and Racela renew coaching battle in finals

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 Four years ago, Leo Austria and Nash Racela were coaches in the collegiate scene, leading their respective teams to the championship.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Fast forward to now, both mentors, who are armed with more experience and a handful of championships to boot, are set on a collision course as they are tasked to steer two proud franchises to the promised land when San Miguel and TNT battle in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.Despite already being a veteran of four championship duels, Austria believes his team is just fortunate enough getting to this stage after a hard-fought series against Star.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 ground“We’re just lucky to be here. But maybe, it was destiny smiling our way,” he said Monday in the pre-Finals press conference at Sambokojin in Libis.Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAustria shrugged off his unblemished 4-0 Finals record, noting that the most important thing for the Beermen will be their preparation. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Tanduay escapes Marinerong Pilipino For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in “I don’t want to pressure myself. Every game, every practice, we try to prepare hard because if you prepare your body and mind, you can overcome anything,” he said.The same goes with Racela, who’d rather focus on his squad’s preparation heading into the series than obsess on the different storylines.Making his first finals appearance at TNT’s helm, the youthful mentor is downplaying the best-of-seven showdown.“We just want to take advantage of every opportunity which comes our way and we’ll do our best,” Racela said.Game 1 is on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Jamaicans Kelly, Williams continue to shine in USL

first_imgTAMPA, Florida (CMC):Jamaican strikers Dane Kelly and Romario Williams continued in their rich vein of form, helping push their respective sides to victory in the United Soccer League (USL) over the last two days.Kelly, the USL all-time leading scorer, was one of four different players to find the net as Reno 1868 FC took a 4-0 victory against Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Wednesday at Greater Nevada Field, less than a day before Williams’s strike was the only goal, as Charleston Battery prevailed 1-0 over Bethlehem Steel FC on Thursday at Goodman Stadium.The Jamaicans are now the two leading scorers in the League with Kelly, a former Tivoli Gardens player topping the chart with nine goals, one ahead of Williams.GOAL ATTEMPTSIn Reno, Nevada: Kelly came close to adding to his league-leading goals tally in the 19th minute with a curling shot that went just over the crossbar.The Jamaican threatened twice more in the first half, but 1868 FC took the lead two minutes before the half-time break when Jimmy Ockford headed home a cross by Chris Wehan from the left into the left corner of the net.Kelly again went close two minutes into the second half but extended Reno’s lead in the 57th minute as he put home the rebound of his own penalty kick after Roughnecks goalkeeper Bryan Byars had made the initial stop. Lindo Mfeka made it 3-0 in the 63rd minute with a good left-footed shot into the right corner from 20 yards, and Antonio Hoppenot ensured that there would be no hope for Tuls four minutes later with a strong finish from just outside the penalty area.It was the third consecutive shutout for Reno, whose record three wins, three losses, and two draws have earned them 11 points in ninth place in the Western Conference, edging them closer to one of the eight playoff positions.In Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: Williams’s strike ensured that the Battery moved three points clear at the top of the Eastern Conference.The Battery got into their groove more as the half progressed and almost took the lead in the 29th minute when Skylar Thomas’s flicked finish was denied by an outstanding save by Steel FC goalkeeper Jake McGuire.Three minutes later, though, Williams drove home a finish from 25 yards out as he drifted in from the left and fired a low shot that clipped the left post and found the net.last_img read more

NBA Finals : Cavs vs Warriors – Position-by-position matchups

first_imgA position-by-position look at the matchups in the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers: CENTRE: Zaza Pachulia vs Tristan Thompson. Pachulia is back and ready to go after missing two games in the Western Conference finals with a heel injury. He may not be out there long if the Warriors decide they need more mobility against Thompson, who is nearly averaging a double-double and shooting 60 per cent while creating plenty of extra possessions with his offensive rebounding for the Cavaliers. Edge: Cavaliers. POWER FORWARD: Draymond Green vs Kevin Love. Green wanted the matchup with the Cavaliers after Golden State fell short last year despite his brilliant Game 7, and now here it comes. On top of his versatility and defence that is so important to Golden State, he’s shooting 47 per cent from 3-point range in the postseason, tops on a team that has some of the best perimeter shooters in the world. Edge: Warriors. SMALL FORWARD: Kevin Durant vs LeBron James. Durant has been terrific in his first postseason with the Warriors, averaging 25.2 points on 55.6 per cent shooting. James has been even better, putting up 32.5 points on nearly 57 per cent shooting, and adding 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game. Edge: Cavaliers. SHOOTING GUARD: Klay Thompson vs J.R. Smith. Thompson’s shot has been off in the postseason, hitting just about 38 per cent from the field, but his defence is probably more important than his offence now anyway as the usual primary defender against Kyrie Irving. Smith has had a quiet postseason, playing more than 30 minutes and taking more than eight shots just once in the Eastern Conference finals. Edge: Warriors. POINT GUARD: Stephen Curry vs Kyrie Irving. With his big performance in Game 5 that helped start Cleveland’s comeback, his 3-pointer in Game 7 and then his go-ahead basket in their Christmas Day matchup, Irving has repeatedly hurt the Warriors. Now he comes into this series off a sizzling conference finals, shooting 62 per cent against Boston. Curry is averaging 28.6 points in the play-offs and looking like a different player now than heading into last year’s NBA Finals after a knee injury earlier in the postseason. Edge: Warriors. RESERVES: Andre Iguodala, Shawn Livingston, JaVale McGee, Ian Clark, David West, and Patrick McCaw vs Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, Kyle Korver, Deron Williams and Richard Jefferson. Advantage: Warriors.last_img read more

Start with Executive Charm

first_imgEXECUTIVE CHARM, with visiting Panamanian jockey Dick Cardenas aboard, can give Sunrise-6 punters a good start in tomorrow’s Hall Of Fame race day at Caymanas Park.The four-year-old filly has finished in front of all her main rivals in the past four months and with the distance perfect can either go in front or come from off the pace. EXECUTIVE CHARM is the only horse in the field with sub-1:21.0 (twice this year) for 1300 metres and should be followed home by FLYING MACHINE and PROUD PRESIDENT.Race Two is a very knotty event as the three-year-olds are improving rapidly at this time and I would not be surprised if a big price winner turns up. On past performances, however, ARTHUR’S DREAM, trained by Gary Subratie, looks the likely winner. She won on debut then ran a cracker behind classic aspirant Lightning Lily going 1100 metres on May 20. The winner clocked 1:06.3 while ARTHUR’S DREAM was a close third in 1:06.4. With normal improvement the Deputy Glitters – Spaced Out filly should get down to at least 1:06.1 over the same distance tomorrow.Too Much PacePRINCESS EMANUELLE won over 1000 metres straight in decisive fashion on May 27 and can complete the double over the same distance tomorrow. Ahead of that event Peter McMaster’s filly had been outclassing her highly-rated stable companion Choo Choo Blue at exercise. She is still training well and will have too much pace for her rivals.ACTION CRUISE is another banker in race four. She has had several good performances over this distance in the $180,000 claiming group and will be too good for this largely out of form 10-horse field.A favourable outside draw gives MARKET SENSATION a distinct advantage in race five. The Dwight Chen-trained filly was third to Big Mistake, with PATCH in second, going 1200 metres on May 27. PATCH is back tomorrow at post position one but MARKET SENSATION is drawn at 10 and should be motoring home best of all at the end.The winner for race six should come from one of PIANO MAN and BIG BLACK NATION. The latter has, however been running some indifferent races in the recent past so the nod goes to PIANO MAN. The Anthony Nunes-trained gelding will race in blinkers so expect him to be up with the leaders before pulling clear in the last furlong. Stable jockey Linton Steadman will ride.last_img read more

Van Niekerk: I’m just doing me

first_img With many rueing the day Bolt finally hangs his spikes up, Van Niekerk was asked if he was the man to fill the void that would be left not just by Bolt as an athlete, but also by Bolt the personality. “I’ve had that chat with Bolt quite a few times already,” Van Niekerk admitted. He added: “I find it incredibly difficult to even come close to what Bolt has represented with his charismatic ways, and so on, but at the end of the day, you just need to be you. I am going to go out there and showcase who I am, and at the end of the day, it is performances that will make me a great athlete. “I am just really going to do me, and, hopefully, it will win hearts over. But I think, obviously, Usain has set the bar quite high both with his personality and his performances, so it’s tough for us when it comes to the personality because he just naturally has it, but we’ll see how it goes, maybe there will be some way that I come out of my shell.” – J.C. FILLING BOLT’S SPIKES SOUTH AFRICAN World 400m record holder Wade Van Niekerk doesn’t worry about beating times anymore. He just goes out there to ‘do’ him. On the eve of the Diamond League event in Monaco, the Olympic 400m champion was asked if he believed that the 200m world record set by Usain Bolt in 2009 was beatable. He said: “I don’t believe in unbeatable anymore, I am just going to go out there and do me.” On his own world record time in the one-lap sprint, he didn’t rule out one day running sub-43 seconds. “If you think about it, at the age of 24 last year, running a 43.03, which is so close to running a sub (43), it is definitely something we need to aim for. I just need to have the right race, right conditions and the perfect moment and I am sure it will happen.”last_img read more