WI batsmen struggle in tour match

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies batsmen made a sluggish start to their tour of Sri Lanka on a rain-hit opening day of their three-day tour match here yesterday.Opener Kraigg Brathwaite top-scored with 46 but West Indies struggled to 127 for six against the Sri Lanka Cricket Board President’s XI, on a day when only 46 overs were possible at the Sinhalese Sports Club.Rookie Shai Hope was unbeaten on 24 while Darren Bravo made 21, but opener Rajindra Chandrika (18), Jermaine Blackwood (3), Shane Dowrich (3) and Marlon Samuels (0) all failed.Off-spinner Suraj Randiv was the President’s XI best bowler with three for 33, while seamer Suranga Lakmal supported with two for 10.Rain and a wet outfield forced the abandonment of the morning session and when play finally got under way at 1:45 p.m., West Indies lost Chandrika cheaply with the score on 23, pulling Lakmal to midwicket in the 16th over.The right-hander faced 49 balls and struck three fours.Brathwaite and Bravo then put on 55 for the second wicket to take the Windies to tea at 78 for one.The left-handed Bravo fell to the fourth delivery following the break, however, edging one behind off Randiv without a run added to the interval total.He struck three fours and a six in 32 balls at the crease.Multiple wicketsHis dismissal sparked a collapse where five wickets fell for 35 runs as Randiv and Lakmal ran through the middle order.In the second over after tea, the right-handed Samuels edged the fourth ball he had faced to the keeper off Lakmal, and Blackwood spent 19 balls at the crease before holing out to mid-on off Randiv.The obdurate Brathwaite, who faced 102 balls and counted six fours, perished in the next over lbw to 24-year-old seamer Vishwa Fernando and Dowrich fell six overs before the eventual close to give Ramdiv his third wicket of the day.Though 59 overs had been scheduled, bad light forced a premature end to the day’s play, with Hope and Denesh Ramdin, unbeaten on five, attempting to steady the innings.The right-handed Hope has so far struck three fours in a 35-ball knock.last_img read more

TOTTENHAM VS WATFORD

first_imgTOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)LLORIS, WALKER, ALDERWEIRELD,VERTONGHEN, DAVIES,DIER, DEMBELE,SON, ERIKSEN, CHADLI,KANEDEENEY, IGHALO,JURADO, WATSON, CAPOUE, ABDI,AKE, BRITOS,CATHCART, NYOM,GOMESWATFORD (4-4-2)Tottenham Hotspur are riding high after winning 3-0 at Norwich City on Tuesday. It was Spurs’ fifth win in a row in all competitions and third in the Barclays Premier League and it rook them to third place, leap-frogging near neighbours Arsenal.The win at Carrow Road meant that they have now gone 11 away games without defeat for the first time since they went 16 without lost away in 1985.And Spurs have an impressive scoring rate with 44 goals; only Manchester City, with 46, have more. And 22 of those have come at home, where they have won six and drawn four of their 12 games.Watford have won four and drawn three of their 13 away games but when these teams met at Vicarage Road in last December Spurs won 2-1 with goals from Erik Lamela and Heung-Min Son, a result helped by the fact that Watford were reduced to 10 men with the score at 1-1 after Nathan Ake was dismissed.In all competitions, Spurs are unbeaten in eight games home and away against Watford, while the Hornets have lost both Premier League visits, conceding seven goals in the process (3-1 and 4-0).And Watford have lost on their last five league visits to White Hart Lane, conceding 15 goals. Their last league win there was nearly 31 years ago, in May 1985, when they thrashed Spurs 5-1.At Norwich, Spurs forward Dele Alli’s goal was the fourth quickest in the Premier League this season (1 min 36 secs) and Tottenham’s quickest in the Premier League since Boxing Day 2014 (Harry Kane vs Leicester, 57 seconds).Kane added two goals at Norwich but Alli undergoes a test after being withdrawn at half time with illness.last_img read more

Mourinho fears United succumbing to pressure after third straight loss

first_imgLONDON (AP):The footballing divide in Manchester is becoming clearer a month into the season.On the blue side, Pep Guardiola is thriving at the start of his Manchester City career with five wins out of five in the Premier League.On the red side, Jose Mourinho is discovering the toils David Moyes and Louis van Gaal endured trying to live up to Alex Ferguson’s high achievements during his 26-year reign.After opening the campaign with three successive wins, the record 20-time English champions have now lost three games in around a week.A 3-1 loss at Watford yesterday – ending a 30-year unbeaten run against the club based north of London – followed a losing start to the Europa League on Thursday at Feyenoord in the Netherlands. The miserable sequence started last Saturday by losing the first Manchester derby of the season to Guardiola’s City.”I feel that some individuals probably feel the pressure and responsibility too much,” Mourinho said at Vicarage Road.”We started the season very well with (winning) the Community Shield and three victories in a row in the Premier League, the best start that a new manager has had at Manchester United I think.”But was I thinking that my team was ready, perfect, unbeatable? Not at all. I was completely aware that we were not perfect, with lots of players who are not end products and can make their own mistakes.”Although 18-year-old Marcus Rashford marked his first start of the season for Mourinho by cancelling out Etienne Capoue’s opener, Watford surged back in front in the 83rd minute at Vicarage Road. Substitute Camilo Zuniga scored within a minute of coming off the bench and Troy Deeney netted a penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time.It’s only five games into the Premier League season but United are already six points behind the leaders – Guardiola’s City.”We have to improve, no doubt, individually and collectively,” Mourinho said. “And that’s my job.”If not, United could be missing out on the top-four again and face another season out of the Champions League. But there’s a long way to go in the season.Here is a look at yesterday’s other games:TOTTENHAM 1, SUNDERLAND 0Moyes is trying to revive a reputation tarnished by his time at United at a club renowned for its struggle to stay in the Premier League. Five games into the season and Sunderland only have one point after this fourth loss.It was a mixed day for Tottenham. Harry Kane scored in consecutive league games for the first time since March by tapping into Sunderland’s goal in the second half. But the league’s top scorer in the last campaign was stretchered off toward the end of the fixture at White Hart Lane with an ankle injury.Kane left the stadium on crutches and Tottenham is waiting to discover the extent of the injury after scans today.CRYSTAL PALACE 4, STOKE 1Like Sunderland, Stoke have only a solitary point after being condemned to a fourth straight league loss on a trip to south London.Stoke collapsed inside 11 minutes at Selhurst Park, with goals from James Tomkins and Scott Dann seizing control of the game. Another goal burst came in the second half when James McArthur and Andros Townsend netted inside four minutes, while Marko Arnautovic got Stoke’s only goal, in stoppage time.SOUTHAMPTON 1, SWANSEA 0Claude Puel’s wait for a win as Southampton manager is over, thanks to Charlie Austin’s goal. The substitute striker also got the south-coast club’s Europa League campaign off to a bright start on Thursday by netting twice against Sparta Prague.Southampton have five points from five Premier League games, while Swansea are a point behind.last_img read more

Simmons to meet with lawyers – reports

first_imgLONDON (CMC): Axed West Indies head coach Phil Simmons could be contemplating legal action against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over his abrupt firing last week. Reports in international media said the 53-year-old Trinidadian was expected to meet with his legal team in coming days to discuss the matter and would then decide on a course of action. “Phil is currently in the UK and is supposed to meet his lawyers within the next 72 hours,” a confidante of Simmons, who requested anonymity, was quoted as saying. “His next course of action would be influenced by the advice they give.” Simmons’ sacking was announced by the WICB last Tuesday as the West Indies team prepared to leave Barbados for Dubai to begin their Twenty20 and one-day series against Pakistan. The move followed weeks of speculation about Simmons’ future, and WICB President Dave Cameron had sidestepped the controversial issue following the board of directors’ meeting in Dominica last week. In a cryptic release three days later, however, the WICB said it had taken the decision to relieve Simmons of his duties at the Dominica meeting. “In recent times, based on the public pronouncements of the coach and the approach internally, we have identified differences in culture and strategic approach,” the WICB release said. Simmons took up the position in March last year after taking Ireland to the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. He was suspended seven months later over controversial comments regarding team selection for the tour of Sri Lanka, but was reinstated following the series, after issuing a public apology. Simmons oversaw West Indies’ capture of their second Twenty20 World Cup title in India last April and then helped guide them into the final of the Tri-Nations Series in the Caribbean last June.last_img read more

Reggae Marathon weekend December 1-3

first_img One of the highlights of this year’s event will be the participation of the 2016 winners of the Tottori Prefecture Marathon, in Japan, as part of a twinning agreement between the Westmoreland Parish Council and its counterpart in Japan, the Tottori Prefeture. Leading up to the December event in Negril, a Burger King-sponsored ‘Run Di Road’ 10K Race Day will be held on Sunday, November 6, starting from the Burger King store at the Portmore Mall, beginning 7 a.m. Participants will be allowed to run or walk the race. In addition, the popular 4x1500m relay for students will also be opened to tertiary institutions and members of running clubs. Participants in ‘Run Di Road’ 10K Race Day can register at runningeventsja.com or pick up registration forms at Burger King’s head office, 18 Hope Road, as well as the Burger King stores at Portmore Mall and Braeton. “We are very proud of the fact that we will, again, be using hi-tech scoring systems for the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K,” Francis said. Scoring for Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K will be provided by MYLAPS Bib Tag timing system, with live on-line tracking of runners along the course available on www.reggaemarathon.com and interim results posted during the race. There will be over US$10,000 in total prize money this year, together with finisher certificates, as well as Bob Marley and Rita Marley trophies to the male and female winners of the Reggae Marathon. In addition, there will be a special prize category for high school boys and girls in the 10K and special prize categories for teams in the Half Marathon and 10K. Last year, no local prize winner broke the Reggae Marathon course records in any of the three events, so this year the Jamdammers Running Club of Kingston will continue to offer a special prize purse to any local who will break any of these course records. Major sponsors of the 2016 Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K are: Jamdammers Running Club of Kingston; PUMA Running; Jamaica Tourist Board; Couples Resorts Jamaica; JHTA – Negril Chapter and Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association. TWINNING AGREEMENT The 16th staging of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K will be held from December 1-3 in Negril. The run-off will begin on the IAAF-certified course at the Long Bay Beach Park, located along Negril’s famed seven-mile beach, then loop into the town of Negril, before heading north towards the town of Green Island. The main event will start at 5:15 a.m. on Saturday, December 3, and the course will remain open for six hours. New for 2016 will be that marathoners must reach the half-way mark in three hours to stay in the event. “We are expecting a minimum of 2,500 participants from more than the 35 countries which participated last year,” said Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis, race director of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K event. Francis said a number of groups and individuals have already registered their attendance. In fact, he said, one participant has timed his honeymoon in Jamaica to coincide with his participation in the sport event.last_img read more

It’s Bigbrowngreyhope

first_imgMIDWEEK racing resumes at Caymanas Park today with a well supported 10-race programme featuring the Alty McKenzie Memorial Cup over a mile (claiming $350,000 – $300,000) and the overnight allowance sprint over 1100 metres. Post time is 12.30 p.m. and 10 races are scheduled. The Alty McKenzie Memorial has attracted eight starters and the three that matter are JESSIE JAMES, COMPUTERIZE and BIGBROWNGREYHOPE. All three are ideally suited to a mile and should ensure a close contest, but strictly at the weights, the Marlon Anderson-trained BIGBROWNGREYHOPE the most appealing in the hands of champion apprentice Linton Steadman with only 53.0kg. True, he broke down and did not finish when highly fancied some months ago, but stepping down in class and now under the care of a shrewd trainer, gets the nod over COMPUTERIZE under leading jockey Omar Walker and the stretch-running JESSIE JAMES, the mount of top apprentice Bebeto Harvey. The overnight allowance sprint also has eight starters and should see Walker aboard DREAMLINER turning the tables on Steadman, who rides ROYAL ASSAULT. Both are proven speed horses who ran well last time out and I expect them to turn for home clear of he well-trained UNCLE TAF. Victory, however, should go to the Wayne DaCosta-trained three-year-old colt DREAMLINER, who should prove that much stronger than the four-year-old colt ROYAL ASSAULT in the last furlong. Other firm fancies on the card are SCAR to go one better in the second race over a mile, DUSSELDORF in the fifth, REIGN OVER ALL in the seventh and BIG AL in the eighth.last_img read more

Sotomayor wins SVL 2-y-o finale

first_imgTHE grey SOTOMAYOR floored the odds on the previously unbeaten filly SHE’S A MANEATER to win the 105th running of the Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile – the final leg of the Supreme Ventures Triple Crown series for native bred two-year-olds, at Caymanas Park yesterday.Installed as 3-1 second favourite after finishing second to SHE’S A MANEATER in race two of the series, the Pick-3 Super Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres on November 26, SOTOMAYOR, with Linton Steadman riding for trainer Anthony “Baba” Nunes, ran on strongly in mid-stretch to catch and beat 1-5 favourite SHE’S A MANEATER under leading jockey Omar Walker by a length in a field of 11.This prevented the Wayne DaCosta-trained SHE’S A MANEATER from becoming only the second two-year-old to sweep the three-race series, a feat accomplished by the unbeaten PRINCESS POPSTAR in 2013.SOTOMAYOR was held off the early pace in fifth as the DaCosta-trained MR. UNIVERSE (31-1) led comfortably from MONEY MAGNET (7-1) and SHE’S A MANEATER chasing as a team passing the half mile.MR. UNIVERSE, with Orlando Foster aboard, turned for home two lengths clear of SHE’S A MANEATER on the outside and MONEY MAGNET on the inside, but by then SOTOMAYOR had moved within striking distance on the outside.DECISIVE WINUnder a torrid right hand stick from Steadman, SOTOMAYOR caught up with the new leader SHE’S A MANEATER midway the last furlong, gaining the ascendancy in the closing stages for a decisive win.MONEY MAGNET under top apprentice Bebeto Harvey finished another five lengths away third, with MR UNIVERSE in fourth.Nunes was perhaps the happiest man at Caymanas Park, with SOTOMAYOR having defied the odds by turning the tables on his old rival.”I am elated, but I knew that Sotomayor was improving at a rapid rate and having worked impressively and the cheek pieces fitted for this race, felt he had a good chance of winning now stepping up to a mile.”The plan was to have him earlier in the pace and he was never far off entering the straight. I knew then that his turn of foot would prove decisive late in the race and looking ahead, is one for the classics in 2017,” said Nunes, who despite failing to beat DaCosta for the trainers’ title, enjoyed a marvellous season.This included previous big race wins in the derby (ORPHEUS), St. Leger, Lotto Classic and Superstakes with BIGDADDYKOOL.SOTOMAYOR is a grey colt by Traditional out of Runaway Julie, co-owned by David Miller and the Trinidadian Stephan Narinesingh and bred by HAM Stables Limited. This was his second win from five starts.Claiming apprentice Anthony Thomas highlighted the Boxing Day card with three winners, including the free-running SMART BIDDER at 25-1 for trainer Albert Chong in the closing race for $180,000 claimers.Back to form jockey Prince “Daggerman’ Holder rode two winners,while Walker, who is set to be crowned champion jockey, won the third race aboard 1-5 favourite CHO CHOO BLUE for trainer Peter McMaster following a tremendous stretch duel with highly-fancied GARY GLITTER.last_img read more

39 assists proof of Ginebra’s ‘unselfish mentality’

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano PSC halts sale of Rizal Memorial Sports Complex Ginebra’s assist total was the most in 14 years, as per league head statistician Fidel Mangonon.The Kings made basketball simple by moving the ball and finding the open man, assisting on 39 out of their 44 made field goals.And with Ginebra playing unselfish and getting contributions from almost everyone, Kia, which trailed by as much as 34 points, was just lost defensively.“We change good shots into great shots with our ball movement,” Cone said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra playmaker LA Tenorio made a beeline drive to the basket then set up Greg Slaughter for the uncontested dunk at the 5:24 mark of the third quarter.A little over a minute later, Scottie Thompson penetrated the lane before dropping a dime to Slaughter for another throwdown.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets View comments Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 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 Those couple of plays made for two of the Gin Kings’ whopping 39 assists in their wire-to-wire win over the Kia Picanto on Wednesday.“I’m really proud of that. I’m proud of the way we’ve been assisting the ball. It just shows the unselfish mentality everybody has,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone after his team’s 120-99 victory.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’“LA is the leader in that but I think the key guy is Scottie. He’s so infectious with his passing and everybody wants to do it. Joe also loves to pass and Justin also loves to pass. It becomes infectious after a while and guys really look to move the ball,” Cone added.Thompson dished out a game-high 10 assists while Brownlee and Tenorio finished with seven and five, respectively. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanslast_img read more

Hot-shooting San Beda humbles Mapua for 6th win

first_img“If we played the way we played in the fourth quarter, I think we’ll have a hard time against them. We played bad in the fourth quarter,” he said. “I just have to let the other guys realize that we can’t let those things happen. I hope my players realize that.”The Cardinals missed the services of Andoy Estrella, who is nursing an MCL injury.In his absence, Christian Bunag stepped up for the skidding Mapua (1-6) with 20 points and 18 rebounds in the team’s fifth consecutive defeat.Almel Orquina got 11 markers and four boards, while Magboo had 10 points and four rebounds.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings MOST READ LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano SAN BEDA 66 – Tankoua 11, Mocon 10, Potts 8, Bolick 6, Soberano 6, Cabanag 5, Carino 4, Bahio 4, Doliguez 3, Adamos 3, Tongco 2, Presbitero 2, Oftana 2, Abuda 0.MAPUA 55 – Bunag 20, Orquina 11, Magboo 10, Nieles 6, Victoria 4, Aguirre 2, Gabo 2, Jimenez 0, Raflores 0.Quarters: 23-6, 31-20, 51-32, 66-55. NBA: Analyst Charles Barkley says it’s ‘stupid’ that Kyrie Irving wants to leave Cavs Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Mapua still tried to recover and cut the deficit to just nine, 64-55, after a Kim Magboo bucket with 1:12 to play, but Robert Bolick’s free throws doused that rally as San Beda cruised to its fifth straight victory.Donald Tankoua made a living in the paint for the Red Lions, grabbing 11 points and 16 rebounds for his best game to date.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’Javee Mocon got 10 markers and six boards, Davon Potts had eight points and three rebounds, and Bolick collected six markers, eight boards, and four dimes in the balanced attack for San Beda.Despite the comfortable triumph, coach Boyet Fernandez chided his wards for what he felt was a lackluster showing in the payoff period. San Beda’s Davon Potts and Donald Tankoua celebrate. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda stepped on the gas pedal early and blew Mapua out, 66-55, to nab its sixth win in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Coming off a week-long break, the Red Lions imposed their will early and raced to a 23-6 charge in the first period, pulling away from the Cardinals and grabbing a lead as high as 25, 49-24 late in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 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 Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View commentslast_img read more

Goran Dragic back with Heat after summer title for Slovenia

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ IOC tries to calm Olympic concerns amid North Korea tension The Heat had a strange season a year ago — starting 11-30, finishing 30-11 and missing the playoffs in a tiebreaker. Dragic averaged a career-best 20.3 points, and emerged as a locker-room leader as the year went along. He also did what he could to persuade Heat free agents like Dion Waiters and James Johnson to stay.“It’s a lot of new challenges ahead,” Dragic said. “I’m looking forward to come to Miami and to battle for a title in Miami. Nobody gave us a chance, the Slovenian national team. Nobody is going to give us a chance in Miami. But I always believe. Why not?”An estimated 20,000 people stood in the pouring rain to greet the Slovenian team when it arrived home. The medal ceremony after the championship game became Slovenia’s most-watched television event in the country, at least since ratings started being kept. Dragic was told 94 percent of the nation was watching.“I’m just proud of him,” Heat President Pat Riley said. “And I’m proud that we have him.”Before 1991, both Serbia and Slovenia were part of Yugoslavia. Hence, the family ties for Dragic still exist.“Playing for my national team for the past 12 years, you’re always waiting to achieve something, and as soon as we won the final all the burden from my shoulders fell down,” he said. “I felt so happy. And, of course, on the other side, I have family in Serbia. But I was born in Slovenia … it was not a question that I was going to do everything to bring them a title.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Sept. 17. 2017, file photo, Slovenia’s Goran Dragic lifts the trophy after defeating Serbia in the Eurobasket European Basketball Championship finals in Istanbul. Here’s how Heat guard Goran Dragic spent his summer vacation. He led Slovenia, his mother’s homeland, to an improbable gold medal at the European Championships. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)MIAMI — A quick summary of the last few weeks in the life of Miami guard Goran Dragic:He led Slovenia, his mother’s homeland and the place he calls home, to an improbable gold medal at the European Championships. The title game came against Serbia, his father’s homeland and a place where he still has relatives.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody He was the tournament’s MVP . He received one of Slovenia’s highest civilian honors. He was brought to tears by a gift of a jersey from the mother of his idol, the late star Drazen Petrovic.And through it all, the words of Heat coach Erik Spoelstra echoed in his head — winning a championship is usually more demanding mentally than physically.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Now I fully understand what he means,” Dragic said.It’s a lesson Dragic hopes to put to more use starting next week, when he returns to the U.S. and the Heatbegin training camp. The only true point guard on Miami’s roster, Dragic is going to be a major key if the Heat are to return to the playoffs and contend in the Eastern Conference. And coming off his MVP showing at EuroBasket, the Heat hope his game keeps elevating. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide View comments 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 MOST READ How to help the Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “He looked sensational,” Spoelstra said of his point guard’s play at EuroBasket. “I’m so happy for him, so proud of that accomplishment, this most unlikely championship. Slovenia is a country of only 2 million.It’s smaller than the city of Miami. And to beat the powerhouses over there, but also to see how passionate Goran was about trying to lead this team to the title.”Dragic averaged 22.6 points and 5.1 assists in the nine games. His 35 points in the title game was the high for the tournament.He told Spoelstra in June he was all-in on trying to deliver Slovenia its first gold medal.“He trained extremely diligently for this,” Spoelstra said. “And he competed and led at such a high level. You could just see the emotions pouring out of him. I talked to him on the phone after they won and he said, ‘This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.’”The task that awaits in Miami won’t be easy.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more