CALIFORNIA, Trinidad (CMC):Title-holders Jamaica crushed North Windwards to post their first win, while hosts Trinidad and Tobago carved out a steady victory over Guyana in the third round of the Regional Women’s Super50 here yesterday.At Gilbert Park, the Jamaicans pulled off a resounding 116-run win, while at Macaulay Park, the Trinidadians eased to a six-wicket verdict to record their second win of the tournament.Jamaica would have been the more relieved with their result, however, after losing their opener to Barbados last Thursday and then suffering a no-result against South Windwards two days later.Sent in, Jamaica tallied 148 all out off their 47 overs, with Chedean Nation and Vanessa Watts top-scoring with 28 and Chinelle Henry getting 20.They had a shaky start when they lost West Indies players Natasha McLean for 10 and Stafanie Taylor for three, to slip to 31 for two in the 10th over.However, Nation and Watts pulled the innings around in a 47-run third-wicket stand, which came from 67 deliveries. Neither batter managed a boundary.Henry, batting at number five, then arrived to play a busy knock of 20 off 26 balls, with three fours.Seamer Krisani Irish was the best bowler with four for 30, while Qiana Joseph (2-18) and Swayline William (2-23) picked up two wickets apiece.In reply, North Windwards slid to 32 all out off 16.5 overs, with off-spinner Watts wrecking the innings with four for 10 and Taylor taking three for four with her off-breaks.no double figuresNot a single player reached double figures, with Irish’s five being the top score.T&T, meanwhile, racked up a crucial second win to follow up their eight-wicket victory over South Windwards last week.Winning the toss and opting to field, they reduced Guyana to 101 for eight off 50 overs, and then easily overhauled their target off 30 overs.Opener Amanda Samaroo top-scored with 32 from off 75 deliveries, with two fours, adding 31 for the second wicket with Shenelle Lord, who made 10. Off-spinner Plaffiana Millington was the best bowler with two for 41.Earlier, Guyana made heavy weather of their innings and never really got going, despite Shemaine Campbelle’s top score of 25 and Melanie Henry’s 21.Henry and Lashuna Toussaint (7) put on 28 for the first wicket, but the partnership consumed 67 balls and set the momentum for the innings.Off-spinner Karishma Ram-harack (2-14) and slow medium Felicia Walters (2-22) finished with two wickets apiece.
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Legendary Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne believes an intervention from Brian Lara is warranted in order to save West Indies’ troubled tour Down Under from becoming a full blown crisis.Speaking after witnessing the Windies innings and 212-run defeat inside three days in the opening Test in Hobart, Warne said Lara could play a role in reviving team morale.”Lara is in the country. They need to get him involved, spend some time with the team in Melbourne,” said Warne, who snared 708 wickets from 145 Tests.Lara is the highest run-getter for West Indies in Tests with 11 953 runs in 131 matches and remains the world record holder for the highest scores in Tests and first class cricket.He is currently in Australia after featuring in a Festival of Cricket Twenty20 match in Western Australia last week.Warne, one of Lara’s main nemeses during his playing days, said it was important West Indies bounced back as world cricket needed a strong Caribbean side.”I think world cricket needs the West Indies to be strong. What they bring to the table is so exciting,” said Warne. “They play with emotion, passion and flair. The Windies are passionate people and they will be hurting from that loss.”West Indies were hammered in Hobart, dismissed twice for 223 and 148, in response to Australia’s massive first innings score of 583 for four declared.They face Australia in the second Test in Melbourne starting Boxing Day.
Leicester City captain and Jamaica central defender, Wes Morgan, said he will be doing his best to replicate the successes he has been having at his English Premier League (EPL) team with the Reggae Boyz in their World Cup Qualifiers (WCQ).”International football is completely different. You meet up today and play a game a few days later. But with your club you play together week in week out and in terms of structure they are very organised. But it’s (WCQ) a challenge ahead of us and we have to do our best to win the games,” he told The Gleaner.”I always give my best and my all for the Jamaican team. I always want to make sure we qualify for the World Cup. But it’s going to take a group effort, it’s going to take everyone pulling together to try and win the games. If we do that there is no doubt we will come out with the victory and with the points.”We are going to try our best, that is all we can do. We know it will not be easy because Costa Rica is a very tough team, we have always had tough games against them, and they will want to do their best as well,” he continued.He believes that with the support of the 12th man (fans) victory, is much more attainable.”With the Jamaican people behind us and we (players) on top of our game and playing our best, we can come out with the win. We are in this together, we are all pulling in the same direction, which is to get to Russia World Cup, and it’s a long way to go. There will be ups and downs, but hopefully, there will be more ups and we can see through qualification,” he said.WINNING WAYSMeanwhile, the confident Leicester City defender believes things are shaping up nicely for his club to capture their first English Premier League (EPL) championship title and he has no doubt they can continue their winning ways.”We have always had that confidence and that belief, but sometimes you just need to get the breaks and I think this season everything has come together nicely. Some individuals are playing on top of their game and playing the best they have ever played, so it’s a combination of everything and the boys are full of confidence and just want to continue the good run,” he stated.- L. S.
However, the continuing and persistent sidelining of arguably the world’s best netball coach is simply intolerable. Winston Nevers MUST be immediately appointed as a czar of local netball, with the mandate of (a) regaining the position of ‘sometimes third, most times fourth’ (we are now fifth), then moving Jamaica into the realm of challenging the world’s top two teams, Australia and New Zealand, to the pinnacle of World netball. The fact that club teams from around the world are recruiting local talent to their squads underlines the notion that we have the skills. We need a coach who can recognise the strength and weaknesses of opponents and make adjustments DURING A GAME in order to secure a win. We cannot allow the talent and skills of our Sunshine Girls to be humiliated on the world stage because we keep doing the ‘same old, same old’, no matter what the opposition is doing during the game. When the pre-game plan is not working, we have to change the plan. What is so hard about that? Secondly, Netball Jamaica has to target and recruit taller girls to the team. In the recent tournament, our girls were dwarfed by our opponents and the results confirmed our deficiency. If I can paraphrase the words of a previous Prime Minister: “We are just too blessed with athletic ability and talent to be stressed in international competition.” Madam President, netball in Jamaica is down but not out. We can begin to move up and challenge Australia and New Zealand, we need to acknowledge the greatness of Mr Nevers and invite him to take charge. When the Sunshine Girls left Jamaica to play in the Fast5 World Netball Series 2016, expectations were high. Jamaica had performed satisfactorily in the inaugural competition and because of the natural speed and athleticism of the females, moving up the Fast5 ranking seems to be a given. Not so. In the recently concluded competition in Australia, the Sunshine Girls played six matches, won two and ended the competition fifth, beating last-placed South Africa twice – by one single ‘deggeh-deggeh’ point in two tries (34-33). In the other four games, Jamaica never scored 20 goals. Cable television enabled some of us to watch the games. The first game that I watched came as a shock. I checked and rechecked the caption of the coverage because I saw some big girls playing against some small girls. Could I have selected a women against girls practice match? In the games that I saw we were outjumped, outs hot and outcoached. Against Malawi, a team that promised much in the last competition, we were literally mauled. We ended up losing by 46-12, our lowest score of the tournament. The boast of the Sunshine Girls of being the best ranked international team sport in Jamaica is fast becoming hollow, unless the new hierarchy of Netball Jamaica recognises the inadequacies and does something to remedy the situation. We can no longer sit back and bask in the fact that we are the best Caribbean ranked team in netball. Our international standing is fading. There are some good moves initiated by the women in charge of Netball Jamaica. The introduction of professionalism to the local league and the strengthening of parish organisations is good. Giving young, precocious talent in netball the opportunity to travel and play internationally is good. The interest of club teams in England and Australia in local talent is good. Praise is due. MOVING JAMAICA TO THE TOP
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC): Head coach Graeme West believes West Indies A’s resounding success in the one-day series against Sri Lanka is testament to the quality of players in the Caribbean first-class system, and a reminder of the importance of playing more cricket outside of the region. The one-day side whitewashed the hosts 3-0, producing a series of dominant batting displays to win every game comprehensively and compensate for the four-day side’s 2-1 defeat in the preceding unofficial ‘Test’ series. West said once the development shown during the series here continued, the pool of players from which the international squad was selected would be significantly enhanced. “It goes to show they are a number of players that are emerging from the first-class franchise system and they need to have opportunities to play overseas, to play against quality opposition to kind of assess where they are at and also to develop their skills and broaden their range of method, in order to be able to support the current players that are in the senior team,” West said. “If we can develop a stronger pool of players to supplement what we currently have, it starts to put a little bit more pressure on those players who are currently in position [in the senior side], and when injury or loss of form come along, then there are more players who are able to step up and perform to a good level that will produce positive results.” West Indies A started impressively, routing Sri Lanka A by 165 runs in Dambulla and followed up with a 109-run victory in the second game in Karunegala, after piling up a stunning 347 runs. The visitors won a rain-hit contest on Sunday, pulling off an eight-run win under the Duckworth-Lewis method, as they once again went past 300. Opener Kyle Hope, captain Jason Mohammed and Andre McCarthy all managed hundreds, while the exciting Rovman Powell slammed a pair of half-centuries. “It was a great achievement. In the three games we played, we had some outstanding performances from many of the players in the squad,” West said as he praised the side’s performance. “Certainly [in the final game], McCarthy coming into the team and scoring a fantastic hundred was one of the highlights, and it just goes to show the depth and quality we had in our squad.”
Jamaica’s fast bowler Jerome Taylor could be in action for the West Indies when Sabina Park hosts its 50th Test next weekend. In a release yesterday, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said the bowler had indicated that he has come out of retirement and is available for selection for Test cricket. This decision, the WICB said, means he is now available for selection in all three formats of the game. Last July, the 32-year-old fast bowler had announced his retirement from the longest version of the game. “I believe I still have a lot of cricket left in me and I know I can still offer a lot to West Indies cricket in the Test arena,” said Taylor. “If selected, I will look to put my best foot forward and give my all for the team. We have some young players in the group at the moment and I believe with my experience, I can add to the team going forward.” Taylor has played 46 Tests, taking 130 wickets at 34.46 apiece, with best figures of six for 47 against Australia in June, 2015 at Sabina Park. He has also scored 856 runs, with a top score of 106 against New Zealand in December 2008 at University Oval in Dunedin. Chairman of the West Indies Cricket Board’s selection panel, Courtney Browne, welcomed Taylor’s decision to come out of retirement. “It is good to see that Jerome has decided to come out of retirement and make himself available for Tests once again. When you look at the volume of cricket we have this year, we will need to look at all the resources we have available, and having someone of his ability and experience adds value to our player pool,” Browne said. West Indies are preparing to face Pakistan in a three-match Brighto Paints Q Mobile Cup series later this month, starting with the historic 50th Test at Sabina Park.
View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “I’m just going to play and whatever happens, happens,” Aldridge said. “I’m more comfortable for sure. Playing more confident. Hopefully that translates to us being better out there.”Aldridge’s running dunk on a bounce pass from Manu Ginobili gave the Spurs a 100-92 lead with 1:42 remaining.“They deserved a lot of credit for executing down the stretch against a very talented, well-coached team,” Popovich said.Ginobili finished nine points and four assists, including a 3-pointer within a minute of entering the game midway through the first quarter. Ginobili received a huge ovation similar to the one he got in the team’s final game last season when fans were not sure if he would return.Danny Green added 17 points while shooting 3 for 7 on 3-pointers. Green had two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, both off assists from new teammate Rudy Gay.Gay, who signed with the Spurs after four seasons in Sacramento, had 14 points and five rebounds.Dejounte Murray had 16 points, five rebounds and two assists while starting in place of Parker.TIP-INSWolves: Minnesota’s last victory over San Antonio came April 8, 2014, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves have lost 12 straight to the Spurs and eight straight in San Antonio. … After being one of the league’s youngest teams the past few seasons, Minnesota has only one rookie on its roster this season, 7-foot center Justin Patton. Patton missed the season opener while recovering from surgery on his left foot.Spurs: Popovich said there is no timetable for Leonard’s return from right quadriceps tendinopathy. … Parker plans on returning in mid-November from a left quadriceps tendon surgery. … San Antonio swept all four games against Minnesota last season, winning by an average of 9.0 points.WELCOME BACKGay, who had not played since tearing his Achilles tendon in January, was glad to be back on the court.“Man, it felt good,” Gay said. “I kind of got emotional in the game just because I’ve been through so much these last couple of months. I’ve been getting so many text messages that motivate me to keep going. It just reminds me of what I’ve been through these last couple of months.”Gay’s opening basket was an emphatic dunk with a minute remaining in the first quarter.MURRAY MOVING ALONGMurray, in his second year out of Washington, had two assists and two turnovers while shooting 7 for 8 from the field in 25 minutes.“He’s playing with much better composure, much more control of the game and directing the team,” Spurs center Pau Gasol said. “But he’s also taking advantage of his athleticism and opportunities.”NO EXCUSES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives between LaMarcus Aldridge of the San Antonio Spurs and Pau Gasol of the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center on October 18, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFPSAN ANTONIO — LaMarcus Aldridge was unhappy with the Spurs the past two seasons and Gregg Popovich understood why.Their heart-to-heart talk has made basketball life much easier for Aldridge, and his comfort was apparent in the season opener.ADVERTISEMENT Butler, acquired in offseason trade with Chicago, knew the lead was precarious at best.“Because we were just outscoring them at the time,” Butler said. “Yeah, we got some stops, but we’ve got to rely on defense a lot more.”San Antonio responded defensively, holding Minnesota to two field goals after Butler’s basket.Butler finished with 12 points and Crawford had 10. Andrew Wiggins led Minnesota with 26 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 18.Aldridge had one of his most complete games with the Spurs, two days after signing a three-year, $72 million extension. He shot 9 for 21 from the field and had four assists.He was limited to five attempts in the first quarter as the Spurs did not go out of their way to get the ball to their 6-foot-11 forward, but instead let him ease into the contest.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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And we took care of that, basically by me letting him know that we’re going to do it differently.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSan Antonio needs Aldridge to feel at ease with the team missing Leonard and Tony Parker to injuries. Even without them, the Spurs had enough to hold off the revamped Timberwolves.Minnesota bolstered its young lineup with the addition of veterans Jimmy Butler, Jamal Crawford, Taj Gibson and Jeff Teague. The quartet helped the Wolves rally from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take a 92-91 lead with 5:02 remaining on an 18-foot jumper by Butler. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Greek Freak drops 37 points, leads Bucks past Celtics Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau refused to blame a brief preseason schedule for his team’s troubles in the fourth quarter. The Timberwolves played three preseason games while trying to incorporate a roster that is almost half-filled with new players.“There is going to be an excuse every night if that’s the road you go down,” Thibodeau said. “But that’s not what we want to do. We have to look at film, try to learn from it and be better the next time.”UP NEXTWolves: Host Utah on Friday.Spurs: Visit Chicago on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours INQUIRER sought Lim’s side, but he has yet to issue a statement as of posting.The Altas amassed a 4-14 record this past NCAA Season 93, with Prince Eze carrying much of the load in their campaign together with seniors Gab Dagangon, GJ Ylagan, and Keith Pido.Perpetual is set to begin its buildup for NCAA Season 94 early as it participates in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup in January.Lim last called the shots for Ginebra in the PBA in 2015 after a largely successful run in San Beda, where he won four titles from 2007 to 2011. He also briefly coached Stadium Jakarta in the NBL Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Amid celebration, SBP braces for lots of hard work ahead SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE) PLAY LIST 02:19SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE)01:38SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Sources close to the situation confirmed that the 57-year-old Lim has recently been appointed as a team consultant for the Perpetual Altas.“He’s there in Perpetual now. He’s running the practices but he’s just a consultant,” the source said.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 folkJimwell Gican is still the team’s head coach, but the position has long been in dispute with Nosa Omorogbe also calling the shots for a handful of games last season.Another source who corroborated the report said that Lim is also trying to bring in a pair of assistant coaches. Frankie Lim. PBA IMAGESFrankie Lim is back in the collegiate scene.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
LATEST STORIES “When you look at Jones’ body of work, you see a guy that can compete and win at the highest levels,” Cormier says.Wait, are we still talking about Jones?The coke-snorting , erection-pill popping , drunken-driving UFC star widely regarded as the best fighter in the world, yet can’t keep out of trouble long enough to stay champion?Yeah, that guy.Jones has been the anchor that’s put more weight on Cormier than the light heavyweight championship belt he’ll wear around his waist headed into the co-main event against Oezdemir at UFC 220 .ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ Oezdemir could be the fighter that makes Cormier look real old, real quick.With a win, Oezdemir might even put Switzerland on notice that there’s more to its athletes than tennis great Roger Federer.“It’s two different worlds but I’m going to get there,” Oezdemir said. “People recognized me, people follow it. There are also people that don’t really care about UFC but they follow it only when I fight. It’s really something new for them and something that’s getting big in my country.”Cormier would be a ranked contender instead of champ had it not been for Jones’ latest folly.UFC stripped Jones in September of its light heavyweight title for a third time and reinstated Cormier as the 205-pound champion after Jones’ latest failed doping test. UFC made the call after the California State Athletic Commission changed the result of Jones’ victory over Cormier at UFC 214 in July to a no-contest. Cormier had lost the belt to Jones in a third-round stoppage.But the USADA announced Jones had violated the UFC’s doping policy with a second positive test. The California commission made its no-contest ruling after Jones’ backup sample also failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency test for the same substance, the banned steroid Turinabol.“I think he’s going to be gone for a while. As unfortunate as it is, that chapter in my career is over,” Cormier said. “I don’t believe that he’ll back in time for us to fight again. That’s sad.”Jones recently passed a polygraph test that he says proves he didn’t knowingly take the steroid Turinabol. Cormier balked at that defense, joking that serial killer Ted Bundy also passed a lie detector test.“There’s just some weird people leading him,” Cormier said. “For them to actually make that public was a little bit of a bad mistake, I thought.”Cormier, who also works as a UFC analyst, enters the fight as the favorite. 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That’s his only path to victory. I’ll take the three over one.”Cormier trash-talked the challenger this week at Fenway Park, insistent that a successful title defense was on deck.“You know what’s going to happen, Volkan!”“Walk away. Walk away.”“I’m not going over there,” Oezdemir said as he headed toward the first base side exit.“Bye, Volkan,” Jones said, laughing.Oezdemir walked out without looking back at Cormier. He’d rather look ahead at a fight that could crown him a champ.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cormier can’t duck Jones — inside the octagon out or out — and knows his career always will be defined by the two times he failed to beat the fighter nicknamed “Bones” and the myriad of controversies that are hooked to one of UFC’s great rivalries.Champion or not, Cormier always will be considered a step below Jones, and maybe not even a true champion.Cormier is clean.Jones is the class of the division.Cormier (19-1) seemed more Mike Torrez than Bucky Dent this week in Boston as every media scrum, every TV interview was focused on the shadow Jones still hovers over the champ.Cormier could show Francis Ngannou-esqe KO ability and put Oezdemir out in the first round and his career would still come with an asterisk: has never defeated Jon Jones.“My career is very closely tied with Jones. It will never change,” Cormier said. “But I’m still here, right? I’m still doing this. That’s what matters. In the grand scheme of things, the most important thing is being here, being able to fight for this.”With that, the 38-year-old Cormier patted his UFC light heavyweight belt, an explicit sign to the UFC faithful that the champ is here.Bring on Oezdemir at TD Garden.The 28-year-old Swiss native earned the title bout on the strength of his last two fights that lasted a total of 70 seconds. He defeated Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa with unexpected knockouts in stunning time to rise in the ranks and earn a fight against Cormier. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier acknowledges the cheers of fans as he takes the stage for his weigh-in the night before his Ultimate Fighting Championship bout against Volkan Oezdemir, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON — Daniel Cormier has shed his last 10 pounds to make weight, is pumped to defend his UFC light heavyweight championship and says he can beat Volkan Oezdemir.Well, that’s the message Cormier tries to push when he’s not continuously pressed about the one guy he won’t be fighting.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak “He hurt me with that kick,” Cormier says of his last fight against Jon Jones. “I’ve been hurt before.”Oezdemir has had only three UFC fights, yet his fourth will find him lined up against …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 folk“I hate that he did some dirty stuff,” Cormier says, again of Jones. “But he did a lot of great things to finish that fight. I accept that.”Oezdemir is still surprised to see his name on the poster and in a championship fight so quickly, but … Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with teammate Jordan Clarkson during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)The stars will be out in Los Angeles, on the basketball court and all around it.The NBA’s All-Star festivities are back at Staples Center, with the usual events on All-Star Saturday night and a new format for the game Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Some things to watch as Los Angeles hosts the All-Star Game for a record sixth time:LEBRON IN L.A.: James refuses to discuss his free agency during the season, but figure on it coming up in Los Angeles since there’s been such speculation about him signing with the Lakers. The Lakers, after a trade with James’ Cavaliers last week, would have enough salary cap space to offer a maximum contract to James and another star if he opts to become a free agent and leave Cleveland this summer.HOMECOMING KINGS: The Los Angeles area is home to a number of All-Stars, including 2017 MVP Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City and runner-up James Harden, along with Oklahoma City’s Paul George and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan.SIDELINED STARS: James’ team will look much different than the one he drafted after a number of injuries. DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Love, John Wall and Kristaps Porzingis all were forced to pull out. George, Andre Drummond, Goran Dragic and Kemba Walker were added as injury replacements by Commissioner Adam Silver.DUNK LIKE DAD: Larry Nance Jr., one of the players who went from Los Angeles to Cleveland in the four-player trade at the deadline, will be back in his former home arena to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest. He’ll try to follow in the footsteps — or flight path — of his father, who won the NBA’s first slam dunk title in 1984. Rookies Donovan Mitchell of Utah and Dennis Smith Jr., and Indiana All-Star Victor Oladipo round out the field.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ BIEBS IS BACK: Bieber will return to play in the celebrity game on Friday night after winning MVP honors in the 2011 game. He will play on Team Lakers, co-coached by actor Michael B. Jordan. They will play against Team Clippers, who feature Academy Award winner Jaime Foxx.ALL-STAR SINGERS: Fergie will sing the U.S. national anthem and Barenaked Ladies will perform the Canadian national anthem. Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D will take the stage at halftime. Kendrick Lamar also is set to perform Friday night in Los Angeles as part of the weekend festivities. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arellano stuns Perpetual, nears NCAA men‘s volleyball crown UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry drafted players from the pool of All-Stars and the winning team gets a $350,000 donation from the NBA to the charity it chose. The league is hoping the new format that replaced the traditional East-West matchup will make it more competitive after a couple of lackluster games the previous two years.Perhaps the players can heed the words of Kobe Bryant, who won the MVP award on his home floor when the All-Star Game was last in Los Angeles in 2011.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 folk“I feel like we have a sense of responsibility and we are voted in for what we do during the season, which is play hard,” Bryant said following that game. “And we come here, that’s what the fans want to see. They want to see us go at it and see us compete and that’s what I try to do and that’s what I try to tell my teammates to do.”Bryant is gone now but Beyonce and Jay-Z, Jack Nicholson and Justin Bieber are among the celebrities who attended that game and are scheduled to be back for at least some of this weekend. 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments