MONEY MAKES THE MARE RUN His team of officials and the players themselves are not only significantly richer financially, after this enthralling run in the Gold Cup, but more important, they have demonstrated to the rest of the Caribbean in no uncertain manner that “money makes the mare run”. Before their victory in the Caribbean Cup, this group of players made it very plain that match fees could not be relegated to “promises” as they insisted on payments agreed by the Federation before continuing to play. They got what they demanded and they won! A dispassionate fan could be forgiven for thinking that a Federation ‘stuck-up’ in this way would have learnt a lesson, and made changes in the remuneration package of players and support staff, before any further national competition. Apparently no such arrangement was made and there were, therefore, reports of two incidents where player demands were met after a ‘strike’ and the threat of a ‘strike’. Once their financial and compensation demands were met … presto! … success! This reminds me of advice I got from a friend many years ago. He said: “If there is something that you need to be done, and you cannot do it, find the best person for the job, ask him how much money he wants, get the money and pay him. Never ‘cut a deal’ or the service you receive will be commensurate with the quantum of the ‘deal’ you arranged”. REFORMING CONCACAF New CONCACAF president Alfredo Hawit has announced plans to reform his organisation by having independent committee members, term limits for executives, and the release of financial statements and exco compensation packages for its members. The only problem is that no date for implementation was announced! There is a lot of work to be done to instil public and player confidence in football hierarchy around the world. Not only should these announced reforms take place quickly, but CONCACAF must ensure that member associations also submit themselves to this reform. Finally, after the ‘high’ of Jamaica’s performance during the Gold Cup, we must as a people insist on a transparent investigation into the conduct of the referees during the Mexico versus Costa Rica game and the Mexico versus Panama game. It is not enough to admit that “officiating errors” were made and leave it at that. The investigation must include a comprehensive financial audit of everyone on the referee panel. Nuff said. Well done, Reggae Boyz. You have made us proud. Jamaica’s Gold Cup campaign has ended with a 3-1 defeat by Mexico in the finals on Sunday. The Reggae Boyz played well, and except for an inability to put the ball in the opponents’ net during the first 30 minutes of undeniable ascendancy, and two uncharacteristic errors by a central defender, whose defensive skills were one of the reasons why we reached the final in the first place, we lost to a better team on the night. The coaching staff and players must be congratulated for a series of matches that began in the Copa America, where we lost all three games to powerhouse opponents, to the amazing Gold Cup run, where we left indelible scars on some of the previous ‘Big Names’ in CONCACAF. Winfried Sch‰fer, the Germany-born coach of the Reggae Boyz, is sure to be elevated to ‘hero’ status on his return to Jamaica to continue his contract with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). PROMISED PAYMENTS How many times in the past years have our sports teams been denied proper (agreed) compensation while being urged to “do it for your country”? Yet, the very same voice urging patriotism always seems to be very well compensated while the ‘patriots’ continue a life of mendicancy. This group of footballers could not be fooled by promises. They have the experience of seeing what happened to their Caribbean neighbours, Trinidad, who played way above their pay grade in a World Cup campaign, only to be told (not in these exact words) “Cho man, you can’t take a little joke, eh?” when they demanded promised payments. All the monies earned by the team in this tournament will be turned over to the people that earned it! The players and coaching staff. The parent administrative body, the JFF, must now realise (for the first time, at last) that it has to get up out of its air-conditioned offices and assist marketing experts in attracting sponsors while making proper use of funds garnered from FIFA for the development of the game and not the development of a few. The indictment of two former (Caribbean) presidents of CONCACAF, the confession of a previous secretary to wire fraud conspiracy, tax evasion and money laundering conspiracy, does very little to enamour seasoned professionals to the lure of promises, like “you will soon get your money”.
Attack-minded midfielder Joel ‘Jobi’ McAnuff, who missed an easy scoring chance for the Reggae Boyz in their 1-1 draw with Costa Rica at the National Stadium on Friday night, says he wants to make amends in their return CONCACAF semi-final round World Cup Qualifier in San Jose on Tuesday.The England-based McAnuff, one of the most influential players for Jamaica, especially in the first 45 minutes of Friday’s game, collected a fine defence-splitting pass, but sent his shot high and failed to trouble the Costa Rica goalkeeper.little disappointed”Yeah, I just probably tried to put a little bit too much power into it rather than placing it and I am a little disappointed that I did not put that into the back of goal,” he told journalists after the game.McAnuff, however, stressed that everyone gave 100 per cent during the game and the Reggae Boyz had chances to win the game.”We played them (Costa Rica) in the Gold Cup and we should have won that as well. We need to turn the ‘should haves’ into wins, and we believe we can do that,” he said.Historically, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have it all to do in San Jose as they have never beaten Costa Rica at home, but McAnuff said they will fight to win on Tuesday.”The group is getting stronger and we responded well to the goal on Friday. Maybe, in years gone by, we would have gone under and lost the game, but we held on and really made sure we were playing up in their half towards the end.”We are going to be right there to the end and get the points we need,” he stressed.Jamaica are third in the four-team group with four points. Costa Rica lead with seven while Panama, also on four points, are ahead of Jamaica on goal difference. Haiti are at the bottom of the group on a point. Only the top two teams will advance to the final round.
Kerron Clement, the two-time World champion who beat Dutch at the US Trials, clicked to his best race in years to win in 47.73 seconds. A Kenyan record of 47.78 gave Boniface Tumuti the silver. Yasmani Coppello of Turkey edged Thomas Barr of Ireland, the 2015 World University Games champion, 47.92 to 47.99, in the race for the bronze. Whyte peaked at the right time, but found himself surrounded by others who had obviously read the same script. This Racers Track Club athlete is a late bloomer who, at 29, might be a medal candidate at the World Championships next year in London. The same goes for triple jumper Kimberly Williams, who bounced into her second Olympic final, and Olympic newcomers Christania Williams and Stephenie-Ann McPherson. The latter pair competed in the 100m and 400-metre finals, respectively. It seems like it was just yesterday when Christania zoomed to the second fastest 100-metre dash in Girls’ Championship history, a 2014 winner of 11.19 seconds for Edwin Allen Comprehensive High School. In just two years, the University of Technology student has mastered the 11-second barrier. Her future seems bright. Nothing is certain. In 2011, she was third in the Carifta Games Under-20 100-metre final. Ahead of her were Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas and Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago. Injury ushered Strachan out to the Bahamian Olympic 4x400m, while Ahye was an impressive finalist in the 100m in Rio. All things being equal, Ristananna Tracey, Leah Nugent and Janieve Russell will be on the same growth pathway in the future too. Like those detailed above, they all were in their first Olympic Games and made history by giving Jamaica a trio of 400-metre hurdles finalists for the first time. Like Whyte, Tracey and Nugent set personal bests in the 400-metre hurdles final. Spare a thought for 2015 World shot put bronze medal winner, O’Dayne Richards. The burly national record holder fought his way past injury and leg surgery to again take his place in a global final. Had he been 100 per cent, a medal would have been within his strong grasp. In an environment where only medals matter, these performances will appear to be disappointments. Nothing could be further from the truth. Youth, even for Whyte, is on the side of this group of distinguished athletes. While the future offers no guarantees, continued smart work could well open the door to the medal stand as early as next year in London. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980. BEST RACE IN YEARS In major championships, like the recently concluded Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, medals matter. Jamaica can be justly proud of its haul of six gold, three silver and two bronze medals. It would be a mistake to focus only on those who won medals. Annsert Whyte arrived in Rio as national 400-metre hurdles champion with a two-year-old personal best of 48.58 seconds. Peaking perfectly for the biggest meet of his life, the former Clan Carthy High School 400-metre finalist went faster in every round and clocked 48.07 seconds in the final. Among Jamaicans, only Winthrop Graham, Danny McFarlane, Kemel Thompson and Isa Phillips have ever been quicker. Whyte’s new personal best is faster than the time that sat atop the 2016 performance list before the Olympics began. That was 48.10 seconds by American Johnny Dutch at the Jamaica Invitational. Dutch didn’t reach Rio as he was the victim of a shocking last hurdle fade-out at the US Olympic Trials.
MANCHESTER, England (AP):Pep Guardiola started the season calling Antonio Conte a “master tactician.” Now, he’s labelling him “maybe the best” coach in world football.”His statistics, his numbers, the way they play, are really good,” Guardiola said yesterday, a day before his Manchester City side takes on Conte’s Chelsea in a match between two of the title favourites in the English Premier League.It will be the first time that Guardiola, a serial winner in spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and Conte, who won three Italian titles with Juventus, have come up against each other as managers. They vaguely recall facing each other as players when Juventus (Conte) played Brescia (Guardiola) in Serie A in 2003.”You and me had hair in that time!” Guardiola said, laughing. “Wow, it was a long time ago!”City and Chelsea sit in the top three of the Premier League after 13 games, with their coaches having contrasting starts to their first jobs in English football.City won their first 10 games in all competitions under Guardiola but have stuttered since, winning just three of their last seven matches in the Premier League.It took Conte time to get his methods across at Chelsea, but he now has the team firing after switching to his favoured three-man defence. With seven straight wins in the new 3-4-3 formation, Chelsea lead the league.”They were contenders to win the Premier League from the beginning, but now, maybe more than before. It’s a good test for us,” said Guardiola, who gave his players two days off this week ahead of the game.”We are going to take them on with ambition and see what we can do to win the game.”Chelsea have conceded just one goal in their recent winning run that has taken in victories over Hull, Leicester, Manchester United, Southampton, Everton, Middlesbrough and Tottenham.”Tomorrow is a great test for us, for our formation, to continue in this way,” Conte said. “We know that it won’t be easy because tomorrow we face a really great team.”We want to show we are working very well and we are growing. Tomorrow is another step to show us if something changed compared to the start of the season.”
Brathwaite then allied with Chase in an up tempo 66-run, fourth wicket stand off 46 balls, which pushed Pride past the 200-run mark. Test batsman Chase clobbered a four and three sixes in a 27-ball cameo, but once he was bowled by Pervez in the 45th over, Pride lost their next six wickets for 42 runs. ICC Americas’ run chase was in peril as early as the fourth ball of the innings when Hakeem Dobson was caught at the wicket off Roach without scoring, and captain Nitish Kumar followed for one off the first ball of the second over when he was bowled by Holder, with three runs on the board. They were in further trouble at seven for three in the third over when Kamau Leverock, coming off a half-century in his last innings, departed for just one after cutting Roach to Warrican at third man. Amsterdam and Srimantha Wijeyeratne (1) put on 29 for the fourth wicket before three quick wickets tumbled for as many runs in the space of 11 balls. Tottering on 39 for six, Allen blasted a four and four sixes in a 32-run, seventh wicket partnership with Saad bin Zafar (4) but the latter’s dismissal, lbw to off-spinner Ashley Nurse in the 18th over, brought a swift end to the innings. FOURTH-WICKET STAND LUCAS STREET, Barbados, (CMC): Opener Kraigg Brathwaite’s second Regional Super50 hundred inspired unbeaten Barbados Pride to a commanding 171-run victory over ICC Americas in a one-sided contest at Windward Cricket Ground here yesterday. In another imperious display by the hosts, they stormed to 282 for nine off their allotted 50 overs after opting to bat first, and then bundled out ICC Americas for 111 in the 34th over, to seal their fifth straight win. Test batsman Brathwaite followed up his 101 against Guyana Jaguars just over a week ago with 108 off 134 deliveries, while left-hander Jonathan Carter sustained his good form with 57 and Roston Chase, 40. Leg-spinner Timil Patel (3-57) and fast bowler Cecil Pervez (3-58) claimed three wickets apiece. Captain and seamer Jason Holder then crippled the ICC Americas run chase with a brilliant spell of three for 25 from 10 overs while left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican (2-18) and fast bowler Kemar Roach (2-22) supported with two wickets apiece. All-rounder Timroy Allen stroked a typically whirlwind 36 off 25 balls while Alex Amsterdam chipped in with 30. But they were the only two to pass 20 as ICC Americas slumped to 39 for six in the 12th over and never really recovered. ICC Americas had earlier struck the first blow of the contest when Anthony Alleyne fell cheaply for two with three runs on the board in the second over. However, Brathwaite led the recovery in an innings that included seven fours and six, and which anchored three successive half-century stands He put on 79 for the second wicket with Shai Hope who made 27 and another 92 for the third wicket with Carter, whose knock was a busy one requiring just 56 balls and including three fours and a six.
Supreme Venture Racing and Entertainment Limited’s (SVREL), racing director Chris Armond, says transforming Caymanas Park into a profitable entity is the ultimate goal of the SVL subsidiary the new owners and operators of the venue.Armond revealed a number of changes which are geared at improving the racing product and ensuring a commercially efficient racing track.One of the major revenue increasing plans is the ammendment of several exotic bets such as the ‘Twilight Six’ (early pick-6), ‘Sunlight Six’ (late pick-6), ‘Superfecta’, ‘Pick Nine’ and ‘Pick Four’, as well as the creation of a bet call single-winner bonus.Only one person can win the single-winner bonus, so if there is more than one winner for a bet, a percentage of what is left for the payout to the winners will be set aside to create the single-winner bonus.If there is no single-winner for more than a month, SVREL will have the ability to declare the next race day as a mandatory payout, so even if there is more than one winners that day the bet will be paid out, and this will include all the funds that have been accumulated in the single-winner bonus, in addition to what is wagered on the day.mandatory payment”So everything will be paid out on that (mandatory) day, even if there is more than one winner. If you have no winner of the bet (mandatory payout) then you will a carry-over, but no money from the carry-over will be put into the single winner bonus.The whole carry-over will be a carry-over for the next bet,” Armond stated.This option will be offered at both OTBs and at Caymanas Park and the Racing Director believes this will certainly increase interest among punters.”If you have a single-winner bonus that reaches $10 million, the betting that day will be significantly higher,” Armond noted.Meanwhile, he revealed they are also looking into ‘tweaking the claiming system to suit the quantity of horse available.”The claiming system has been around for about 25 years and I don’t think enough tweaking has been done based on the horse population we have.It’s important we ride races on conditions that suit the horse population and that’s one of the first priorites we will undertake, to see how best we can improve on what we have,” Armond said.He added that Caymanas Park enjoys 60 per cent of the betting dollar and the bookmakers 40 per cent, noting that if they can’t increase the betting dollar, they want to increase their percentage.
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 A relative unknown earlier in the year, Standhardinger burst into the scene after coach Chot Reyes enlisted him in the Gilas Pilipinas pool. He made his national team debut in the 2017 Jones Cup.The Fil-German averaged 16.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, before being a more well-rounded performer in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, netting 13.8 markers, 11.0 boards, and 1.4 assists.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’Drafting him, though, comes with a risk as the 28-year-old had earlier signed with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions for the upcoming 2017-2018 ASEAN Basketball League season.Still, the mother ballclub who decides to pick Standhardinger can field the big man as early as next season’s Commissioner’s Cup, granting he secures a release from his ABL team. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Also declaring for this year’s draft are Cignal HD standouts Jason Perkins of La Salle, Davon Potts of San Beda, and Andreas Cahilig of EARIST.Scorer Robbie Herndon, forward Julian Sargent, bruiser Felix Apreku, and sniper Zach Nicholls have also submitted their applications for the draft.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZChristian Standhardinger has thrown his name into the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft pool.Sources close to the situation confirmed that the 6-foot-7 forward beat the deadline for Fil-foreign applicants on Monday, as his entry boosted the stock for what could be a loaded draft class.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles
“Those were big,” remarked Codiñera. Before that, the third guy was not evident, the third guy. We only have Salado and (Lervin) Flores, but the third option wasn’t there. But this time, we got good contributions from our bench.”Rence Alcoriza topped Arellano with 23 points on a 4-of-5 shooting from three, while Salado got 17 markers, seven assists, and three boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogLervin Flores added a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, Marwin Taywan got 15 markers and five assists, and Michael Cañete had 12 points and nine boards in the victory as the Chiefs rose to 4-6 in the standings.“It’s a game of spurts. They made a run, we made a run, but I guess it’s the stops and we made the key stops,” said Codiñera. 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 Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend JRU’s short rotation took a toll on the team in the extra periods, as Teodoro, Ervin Grospe, Abdulwahab Abdulrazak, and Abdel Poutouochi all fouled out before the game concluded.Teodoro went 6-of-17 from threes to wound up with 30 points and six rebounds, while Jed Mendoza collected 24 markers, four boards, and four assists.Aaron Bordon also had 13 points, five rebounds, and three dimes in the defeat, as the Heavy Bombers saw their four-game winning streak snapped and fell to a 6-4 record.The Scores:ARELLANO 115 – Alcoriza 23, Salado 17, Flores 17, Taywan 15, Canete 12, Enriquez 9, Concepcion 9, Nicholls 5, Villoria 5, Abanes 3, Dela Cruz 0, Meca 0, Filart 0.JRU 109 – Teodoro 30, Mendoza 24, Bordon 13, Grospe 10, Abdul Razak 10, Sawat 9, Lasquety 4, Poutouochi 4, Dela Virgen 3, David 2, Mate 0.Quarters: 18-20, 43-39, 68-64, 89-89, 100-100, 115-109.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A costly, catty dispute finally settled Break new ground Eustaquio, two other Filipinos headline ONE: Total Victory Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winning start View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano just had enough gas left in the tank to beeat Jose Rizal University in a 115-109 double overtime thriller Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Catching the opposition by surprise, coach Jerry Codiñera went to his unheralded role players as guys like Allen Enriquez, Archie Concepcion, and Kraniel Viloria strung 10 straight points give the side 110-100 lead with 3:04 left in the 2nd OT, before Kent Salado put on the finishing touches.ADVERTISEMENT Tey Teodoro forced the first overtime with an off-balanced triple from the right corner with 2.5 seconds to spare in regulation to tie the game at 89.He continued his tear in the first extra period, drilling another trey this time from the right wing to give the Heavy Bombers a 100-97 lead with 18.5 ticks remaining.However, the Chiefs refused to die as Salado threw a crosscourt pass to Zach Nicholls, who then miraculously canned a desperation three with 2.0 seconds left to once again knot the game at 100. Teodoro still had a chance to win the game, but shot his floater too strong.“We’re already down, but the prayer shot from Zach gave us relief. We were able to regroup from that shot and got some energy from our bench,” said Codiñera.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson
In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene But all that seems like a distant memory.Memories of Favors are now of him struggling to move, playing just 50 games and averaging 9.5 points and 6.1 rebounds last season — his worst since 2012-13. But the season before the injuries, Favors averaged 16.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and was considered a borderline All-Star. He and Hayward were thought of as the nucleolus of a young Jazz roster.Hayward, however, developed into a max-contract All-Star and Gobert evolved into one of the dominant centers in the league while Favors struggled to stay on the floor. The Jazz then brought in George Hill, who had a career year, and Joe Johnson, who started eating up major minutes at the four position, then advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2010.Favors was no longer one of Utah’s rising stars.“Anytime a player goes through this, there’s no question of a mental component,” Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said. “We do appreciate that Derrick persevered and didn’t complain when his role was adjusted. And adjusted appropriately because he could only handle so much of the load and minutes.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)SALT LAKE CITY — Derrick Favors knows he’s been the forgotten man in the Utah Jazz grand scheme.“I’m pretty much used to it,” Favors said. “The whole time I’ve been here has been like that. It seems like everybody seems to forget about me all the time. That’s what people kind of forget, I can score the ball, too, when I get the chance.ADVERTISEMENT ‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man PLAY LIST 01:28‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up “Not only was there the physical component, the mental component and the integration as well that he just wasn’t available during critical periods when the team was starting to perform.”Favors is now the healthiest he’s been in nearly two years and the timing couldn’t be better for the Jazz, who lost nearly 40 points per game with Hayward in Boston and Hill in Sacramento. The Jazz listed Favors at 265 pounds last season before he dropped 15-20 pounds during the summer. He improved his diet — cutting out a lot of red meat, pork and heavy foods while emphasizing lighter fare and more vegetables. Favors also worked to strengthen the muscles around his knee and focused on improving foot speed, lateral and explosive movements.“There was a lot of frustration last year, but he handled it well,” said Jazz assistant coach Antonio Lang. “He was really professional. There were some people taking some shots at him because he wasn’t as efficient as he’s been in the past, and he’s never a guy that’s going to say, ‘I’m not 100 percent.’“When Derrick’s healthy, Derrick can be back to being Derrick.”Those around the organization say there’s a clear difference in the vibe surrounding Favors. He took a couple weeks to get away after the season, spending time with family and friends. He his third child, Derrick Jr., was born on July 24.A motivated Favors now has something he has never had in Utah: A starting pass-first point guard in Ricky Rubio. And if that isn’t enough, Favors is in a contract year.“I’ve got a big opportunity in front of me right now,” Favors said. “We’re going to be a different type of offense now that Gordon is gone.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Rhode Island girl collapses at soccer game, dies at hospital Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. How to help the Taal evacuees Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “I definitely prepared myself this summer to be a big part of the offense, whether it’s scoring or being a playmaker.”The Jazz are going to need Favors to produce.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThey are embarking on a new era with the departure of Gordon Hayward. All-NBA center Rudy Gobert and guard Rodney Hood are commonly thought to be the future of the franchise, but Favors could be the key to the Jazz earning back-to-back playoff berths for the first time this decade.Favors spent the last season and a half dealing with knee and back injuries that didn’t require surgery, but sapped him of his athleticism. Being light-footed and nimble in a powerful 6-foot-10 is what made Favors unique. He could attack the rim, finish with touch and knock down jumpers past the elbow. On the defensive end, the former No. 3 overall pick out of Georgia Tech was agile enough to guard multiple positions, protect the rim and not be a liability in pick-and-roll. View comments
Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments How to help the Taal evacuees Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed 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 Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13). (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)James Harden had pretty successful individual season last year, averaging career bests in points (29.1), rebounds (8.5) and assists (11.2) while moving to the point guard position for the Houston Rockets.With the five-time NBA All-Star expected to slide back to the shooting guard position due to the arrival of Chris Paul, former Rockets head coach Kevin McHale questioned the crafty lefty’s leadership.ADVERTISEMENT South Korea defender scores 2 own goals in loss to Russia McHale, who mentored Harden for three and a half seasons, said his teammates had a hard time listening to the bearded guard due to his deficiencies on the defensive end of the floor.“Look, if James tells you, ‘Chuck, you got to play better D.’ You listening to him? You got to be kidding me. I lived through it, believe me,” the coach-turned-analyst said. “Everybody in the locker room did this [hand on forehead]. Every time he mentioned defense, everybody would put their head down, like you got to be kidding me.”Still, McHale lauded his former player as “fantastic with the ball and a “great passer.”“The guy’s got phenomenal vision. Talk about vision, James can see all the passes and do everything,” he shared. Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DAY6 is for everybody Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide “But James is not a leader,” the Boston Celtics legend said in an appearance on NBA TV. “He tried being a leader last year, tried doing that stuff. I think Chris Paul is going to help him just kind of get back into just being able to hoop and play and stuff like that.”The #OpenCourt guys discuss if @CP3’s arrival will benefit @JHarden13 and the @HoustonRockets. pic.twitter.com/hT2bibHrpSFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 6, 2017 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson