BARCELONA, Spain:Having sold over 100 million smart phones last year, Chinese-based cell phone giants Huawei remains confident its partnership with Lionel Messi will now lead its organisation to the top of global phone sales soon. Messi is a five-time Ballon d’Or/FIFA World Player of the year winner and as the first player to achieve that historic feat, many consider him one of the all time football greats.Messi, who represents Spanish club Barcelona was recently named global brand ambassador for Huawei during a press conference held in the city.With Messi being born in Rosario Argentina in the same year as Huawei’s inception in 1987, the organisation has labelled the partnership as a “perfect fit”.long-term partnership”We are seeking a long term partnership. He is a win-win, look to see Huawei and Messi in the future,” Kevin Ho, president, Handset Business, Huawei Consumer BG said.The Messi and Huawei partnership is over a three year period, but no official figure was released on how much it will cost the Asian brand.Huawei is also the official Smart phone partner of London-based English football club Arsenal. It is set to launch their new P9 smart phone in London on April 6.Despite Huawei’s global sales last year, it remains one of the three top smart phone vendors in the world, behind Apple and Samsung.They, however, lead the Asian market by beating Xiaomi, Lenovo, Apple and Samsung to become the top smart phone vendor.The company hopes Messi can help raise its brand awareness in markets it has been making inroads in like Latin America, Asia and Europe where football enjoys a cult-like following.Meanwhile, according to Ho, five reasons which make Huawei devices stand out from others are, “design, craftsmanship, user experience, long battery life and excellent camera quality”.He stressed that Huawei is happy to be a sponsor of the Digicel Rising Star in Jamaica.
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CMC):The government here has suspended funding to the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) after the organisation refused to accept the nomination of two new members to its executive committee.Renard Moxam and Sharon Roulstone were told their nomination papers were not in order and CIFA re-elected Bruce Blake as its vice-president, in its recent elections.Blake will continue as acting CIFA president since former president, Jeffrey Webb, also the former CONCACAF president and FIFA vice-president, is facing trial in the United States on a series of corruption related charges.”In the light of all that has happened in the recent past with FIFA, CONCACAF and, by extension, CIFA, one would have thought we could have gotten past this to allow some possible changes,” Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden said in a statement.”As a government, we have, therefore, decided that, regrettably, we cannot financially support CIFA any further under the current circumstances.”Meantime, the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission has confirmed that a police investigation has been launched into CIFA.The probe appears to be linked to corruption in the sports, with the local media reporting that CIFA’s auditors had reported “suspicious transactions” to the authority.”The Anti-Corruption Commission can confirm that a matter involving the Cayman Islands Football Association has been brought to the commission’s attention,” a spokesman for the body has been quoted as saying.”This matter is being reviewed and no further information will be released at this time.”
The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) commenced the Prep schools’ phase of its mini basketball with an introductory clinic at Hillel Prep School last Friday.Nearly 100 students from grades 4-6 participated in the clinic, which was conducted by INSPORTS’ Calvin Martin, who also heads the Southern Conference, and Alf Remekie, national coordinator of the Jamaica Basketball Association (JaBA).”It was well received,” said Martin. “We had them in two groups, so it was easier to work with.”INSPORTS has committed almost $1.5m in support of the programme over the next eight months.Several coaches from its just-concluded Level One coaching certification course for new coaches also participated in the clinic, which forms part of their assessment exercise.Coaches from Hillel Prep were delighted with the event and expressed an interest in other such sessions to assist in growing the popularity of the game at the institution.”The coaches are interested in a programme,” Martin said, noting plans to return for other clinics.Mark Broomfield, president, JaBA, welcomed the initiative by INSPORTS and expressed satisfaction at the partnership with Government, stating that Mini Basketball is one of the cornerstones of his administration’s development plan.”I welcome the idea and the initiative. A clinic is good to introduce the sport,” said Broomfield. “My personal belief is that these agencies that have as their mandate to develop sports must look at grassroots programmes and support sustainable development programmes. So a clinic in a school is a good programme.”He added: “Outside of clinics, there must be competitions in which they can get a chance to practice … you must have a sustainable environment.”My understanding is that it is going to transition into competitions.”TWO-STAGEPROGRAMMEMartin confirmed this, saying INSPORTS will be implementing the Mini Basketball programme in two stages, at the community and school levels, with a prep and primary schools competition.”We started the competition last school term. It had been absent for three to four years,” he said of the competition among junior institutions.”In terms of numbers we’re looking to have 40 in Kingston, 15 in St Catherine and Portmore, and about 10-12 in Montego Bay, and we hope to expand it year by year. We’ve some St Thomas schools and some in Hanover who are also interested.”The school section will come after GSAT. The communities will have their first event sometime to the end of November to the beginning of December,” Martin continued.As organisers, he says they are trying their best to make the competitions cost-effective.”We’ll be providing bibs, so all the schools have to do is get to the venue. We’re trying to make it as low cost as possible so the schools won’t have to spend any money.”
The FLOW-powered Super Cup competition has been a revelation since its creation in 2014, with clashes between the best rural and urban schoolboy football teams drawing massive crowds to, and inducing euphoria at, venues across the island. However, to some, the heavily marketed Super Cup tournament has taken away much of the gloss from the traditional cups – the Manning Cup and daCosta Cup league tournaments, as well as the Walker Cup, Ben Francis Cup and Olivier Shield knockout tournaments – which all continue, for the most part, to struggle to match the appeal of their younger sibling. Still, FLOW’s man in charge of marketing and products, Carlo Redwood, while acknowledging the mammoth impact of the Super Cup towards his company’s overarching objectives where local schoolboy football is concerned, was quick to underline his company’s commitment to extending that appeal to the other competitions. Redwood noted that the success of the Super Cup competition will not only help the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) as a result of their gate receipt-sharing agreement, but will also help to raise the excitement around the other competitions as the formula of comprehensive sports entertainment is continually polished and extended. “We are absolutely committed to all the competitions,” Redwood declared ahead of Saturday’s Manning Cup final between Jamaica College and St George’s College and the second daCosta Cup semi-final between St Elizabeth Technical High School and Lennon High. Five-year contract “It’s a development strategy over a number of years. We have a five-year contract and our goal is to ensure that all the competitions have the same level of energy, excitement and support as the Super Cup does. “Two years ago, we started the journey as LIME to continue the investment in the development of sport. We didn’t want to just invest to develop the game itself, but we wanted to bring back the glory days of schoolboy football,” Redwood added. “The Super Cup was the first step, which brought the attention of the Jamaican public on a large scale as we start to see that development coming now into the other competitions. As we’d appreciate, it takes money to deliver that kind of product; the surfaces that we want them to play on at all the other levels is difficult (to realise) – the price (to rent venues) is very high. Bringing entertainment and so on costs money as well. “What we are really doing is using Super Cup as the first step in generating more income for ISSA. What nobody really knows is that the gate receipts that we have – we have a gate-share arrangement with ISSA that allows that money to be reinvested in other competitions, and that is important,” underlined Redwood, who agreed that the traditional competitions are not helped by games being played on less-than-ideal surfaces, a situation he noted was unavoidable at present given the financial constraints. “It’s difficult, as ISSA has said, to find that type of sponsorship that you need to create the kind of football that we all want, because it cost money to do so. Super Cup is really the vehicle that has brought that extra money to the table that will allow us going forward to deliver Manning Cup and daCosta Cup and certainly Olivier Shield and Ben Francis Cup in that type of way that people now enjoy with Super Cup, but again, it’s a process,” added Redwood. email@example.com
Midfielder Vishinul Harris on Monday night knocked even harder on the door to a Reggae Boyz invite with another fine display as he spurred defending champions Arnett Gardens to a 2-1 win over leaders Portmore United in the Red Stripe Premier League.The 22-year-old could not have chosen a better stage than in front of a capacity crowd with national coach Winfried Sch‰fer in attendance. Blessed with the languid movement, deceptive skill of former national player and coach Theodore Whitmore at his best, Harris glided through opposition defenders at will and sprayed passes long and short, almost to perfection. The only ‘negatives’ displayed by Harris was a tendency to hold on to the ball a little bit too much, which contributed to his failure to score.For Harris, though, the important thing was getting the three points for his team.THREE POINT AIM”The three points are what we wanted. That was the aim before this match started, to get the three points, and we are happy that we got them,” the national Under-23 player said.The win pushed Arnett Gardens to 42 points, just one below Portmore United.Both of Arnett Gardens’ goals resulted from Harris assists. In the ninth minute, he made a slide rule pass to Leon Strickland, who collected with his back to goal, spun around and steered to the opposite corner from where goalkeeper Shaven-Sean Paul was rooted.For the second goal, which came in the 42nd minute from the boot of Newton Sterling, Harris found him with a long pass – which he collected while off balance – and managed to get the shot off while going down.Jovan East scored a beauty for Portmore United in the 48th minute to give them more belief, as Arnett Gardens hung on for the win.GELLING”The main thing in the camp right now is to push for another title and this win will help us as we are just a point behind Portmore now. We normally gel properly in about December so we are in a good spot to make a run now,” admitted Harris of his team’s standing.His own performance, he said, could have been better.”It was a good performance, but not for me, enuh. But I should have killed off the game before it got to stoppage time, and I am a bit disappointed with that,” said Harris, who failed to score after cutting through the backline and dismissing ‘keeper Paul, but hesitated in firing and had his eventual cutback blocked.The former Charlie Smith High School player said he was denied a clear foul in the dying minutes when he was cut down just outside the 18-yard box.”Actually, it was a foul. It was definitely a foul. My feet were hurting me, but I had to keep on pushing,” he said.Despite not adding to his goal tally, Harris said he showed national coach Sch‰fer enough to convince him that he deserves a look.”I think I would have shown him some of the things that I can do. Actually, I was the MVP for the game, so definitely I was the player for the night,” he said confidently.StandingsTeams P W D L GF GA GD PtsPortmore 22 13 4 5 27 17 10 43Arnett G 22 13 3 6 34 19 15 42MoBay U 22 11 8 3 34 13 21 41Humble L 22 8 8 6 18 17 1 32H View 22 7 9 6 23 22 1 30UWI FC 22 8 6 8 24 29 -5 30Cavalier 22 7 6 9 18 21 -3 27Boys’ T 22 7 6 9 23 30 -7 27Reno 22 5 9 8 20 30 -10 24W house 22 4 8 10 20 28 -8 20Tivoli G 21 5 4 12 23 30 -7 19Rivoli U 21 4 7 10 20 28 -8 19
It was records galore on Thursday at the Digicel Anthrick Corporate Area Development Track and Field meet at the UWI-Usain Bolt Stadium, where some 30 new marks were achieved as Kingston College and Wolmer’s Girls walked away with top prize of $250,000 for being the top boys and girls school.Despite top boys team Calabar being absent and several top names from Kingston College, including the likes of Akeem Bloomfield, Jhevaugn Mattherson, Nathaniel Bann and Dontre Williams also not present, this did not take anything away as athletes from the respective schools warmed up for next month’s ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships, with good performances, while gaining crucial points for next week’s Digicel Grand Prix finale at G.C. Foster College, where the top two teams from each region will advance.Kingston College topped the male section with 397 points, ahead of Jamaica College – second on 166, andExcelsior High in third with 164 points.Individually, on the male side, it was Kingston College’s Class Two athlete Zico Cambell, who stole the show.Campbell, who transferred from Glenmuir High last September and who is not eligible to compete at Champs this year, captured the shot put in a new record of 16.92m to erase Calabar’s Andre Chin’s two-year record of 15.32m. He returned to keep his lead in the Grand Prix discus after another record of 49.32m.After playing second fiddle to Calabar’s sprinters all season, Kingston College’s Yashawn Hamilton took the opportunity to take the lead in the Under-18 Boy’s 100m Grand Prix after clocking a fast 10.79 seconds to erase Calabar’s Daniel Bogle’s two years old record of 10.98 in winning the Class Two event, ahead of teammate Akeem Cargill, who finished second in 11.01, and Excelsior’s Craig Campbell coming in third in 11.05.The photo finish camera could not decide the winner of the Boy’s Class Two 110m hurdles as Kingston College’s Phillip Beckford and Orlando Smith both touched the finishing line together in a new record of 14.02 seconds.Other record breakers from Kingston College included Shane Buchanan (15:30.00) in the 5000m Open, and Marco Doodnauthsing (48.36) in the Class I boy’s 400m.MORE UPSETSExcelsior’s Nathan Brown led the way for the Mountain View-based team among the males as he clocked 1:53.95 in winning the Class One boy’s 800m in a record time, getting the better of Kingston College’s Lerone Bowden (1:55.14) and his teammate Shemar Hylton, third in 1:55.78.Jamaica College’s Detroy Stewart was an impressive winner in the Boy’s Class Two 1500m as he rushed to a new record of 4:14.55 in winning the event, ahead of his teammate, Rackeem Ricketts, second in 4:24.45 with Billy Watson of Kingston College taking third in 4:36.44.Despite a low-keyed season so far, Wolmer’s Girls showed that they will not give up their Corporate Area title that easily at “Champs” this year as they staved off a strong challenge from Excelsior to cop the female overall title with 359 points ahead of their main rival on 324 points.They dominated the sprints in Class One and Two as Trudyann Williams captured the Class One 100m in 12.00, edging out Camperdown’s Rushelle Burton, who finished second in 12.01 with third going to her teammate, Trishawana Crawford, in 12.23.
ENGLANDJ Roy lbw b Gabriel 13S Billings c C Brathwaite b Nurse 52J Root b Gabriel 4E Morgan run out 107J Buttler c Carter b Nurse 14B Stokes c Holder b Bishoo 55Moeen Ali not out 31C Woakes not out 0Extras (lb7, w12, nb1) 20TOTAL (6 wkts, 50 overs) 296Did not bat: A Rashid, L Plunkett, S Finn.Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Roy, 5.3 overs), 2-29 (Root, 7.2), 3-96 (Billings, 21.3), 4-129 (Buttler, 26), 5-239 (Stokes, 44.4), 6-292 (Morgan, 49.3)Bowling: Holder 9-1-46-0 (w2), Gabriel 10-0-58-2 (w2, nb1), C Brathwaite 10-1-54-0 (w1), Nurse 10-0-57-2 (w1), Bishoo 6-0-49-1 (w5), Mohammed 5-0-25-0.WEST INDIESK Brathwaite c Rashid b Woakes 14E Lewis c Billings b Woakes 21K Powell c Roy b Plunkett 1+S Hope c Finn b Rashid 31J Mohammed run out 72J Carter c Roy b Plunkett 52*J Holder c wkp Buttler b Plunkett 4C Brathwaite c Root b Woakes 12A Nurse lbw b Woakes 21D Bishoo not out 12S Gabriel c wkp Buttler b Plunkett 0Extras (lb4, w7) 11TOTAL (all out, 47.2 overs) 251Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Lewis, 9.2 overs), 2-37 (Powell, 10.2), 3-39 (K Brathwaite, 11.4), 4-108 (Hope, 24.3), 5-190 (Carter, 38.2), 6-201 (Holder, 40.2), 7-210 (Mohammed, 42), 8-224 (CR Brathwaite, 44.3), 9-250 (Nurse, 46.3), 10-251 (Gabriel, 47.2).Bowling: Finn 9-0-49-0 (w1), Woakes 9-1-47-4 , Root 5-0-31-0 (w1), Plunkett 8.2-1-40-4 (w3), Moeen Ali 7-0-37-0, Rashid 9-1-43-1 (w2).Result: England won by 45 runs.Series: England lead three-match series 1-0.Man-of-the-Match: Eoin Morgan.Toss: West Indies.Umpires: G Brathwaite, R Palliyaguruge; TV – C Gaffaney. ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Jason Mohammed hit a maiden One-Day International half-century and Jonathan Carter gathered his third but West Indies failed to come to grips with a challenging run chase, and slumped to a 45-run defeat to England in the opening game of a three-match series here yesterday.Asked to overhaul 297 after England captain Eoin Morgan had struck his 10th ODI hundred, West Indies lost wickets in clusters and were bowled out for 251 in the 48th over, to suffer their sixth one-day defeat in their last eight outings.Mohammed, in only his third ODI and his first international appearance in two years, top-scored with 72 while Carter weighed in with a robust 52 and Shai Hope, 31.The right-handed Mohammed anchored two successive half stands, which pulled West Indies around from danger at 39 for three in the 12th over and lifted them into a strong position at 190 for four in the 39th over.But Carter’s dismissal signalled a decline for the hosts and they lost their last wickets for 61 runs in the space of 54 balls, to fall behind in the series.SECOND GAMESeamers Liam Plunkett (4-40) and Chris Woakes (4-47) did nearly all the damage, grabbing four wickets apiece, to underline a potent England performance ahead of Sunday’s second game at the same venue.Sent in, the tourists slumped to 29 for two in the eighth over after speedster Shannon Gabriel struck twice early on but the left-handed Morgan came to his side’s rescue with a superb 107 off 116 deliveries.All-rounder Ben Stokes hit 55 and opener Sam Billings gathered 52, while Moeen Ali came at the end to produce a cameo unbeaten 31 from 22 balls.Following a half-hour delayed start because of wet run-ups and then rain, England found themselves stunned after Gabriel prised out Jason Roy (13) and Joe Root (4) cheaply.Roy, dropped by captain Jason Holder off a caught and bowled chance in the fifth over, perished in the following over – lbw on the back foot to one which kept low.Gabriel then got the prized wicket of Root, spectacularly bowling the right-hander with a quick delivery which jagged back and found the batsman rooted to the crease.However, Morgan arrived to steady the innings, anchoring three partnerships which ensured England reached the fourth highest total at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.He put on 67 for the third wicket with Billings, 110 for the fifth wicket with Stokes before adding a further 53 with Moeen Ali for the sixth wicket.Morgan, dropped on four in the 11th over by Kieran Powell at first slip off the first ball of seamer Carlos Brathwaite’s opening spell, made the most of the opportunity to raise his 32nd ODI half-century off 67 balls in the 31st over.He then required only another 45 deliveries to reach three figures, clearing the ropes at mid-wicket with Brathwaite to bring up the landmark in the 48th over.In reply, West Indies were given a solid if not spectacular start of 36 by left-hander Evin Lewis who made 21 and Kraigg Brathwaite who scored 14.LEADING EDGELewis was looking ominous when against the run of play, he pulled an innocuous delivery from Woakes into the lap of deep mid-wicket in the 10th over.Powell, making a return to international cricket following a three-year break, failed to impress as he perished in the 11th over for one, caught at point off a leading edge by Jason Roy off Plunkett.And in the following over, Brathwaite found himself in a tangle against an ordinary short ball from Woakes and swatted a simple catch to Adil Rashid at mid-on.Mohammed then instigated a recovery, first in a 69-run, fourth wicket stand with Hope and then in an entertaining 82-run, fifth wicket partnership with Carter.All told, he faced 91 balls and struck seven fours.SCOREBOARD
End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The Thunder became only the fourth team in league history to have swept the eliminations after NLEX, which did it twice, and Cagayan Valley.But for Altamirano, the 10-game sweep won’t mean anything if they don’t close the deal and finish the conference with a championship.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’That title drive begins on Thursday as Flying V faces four-seed Centro Escolar University in a best-of-three semifinals series.Altamirano noted that his team is well aware of how stronger the opposition has gotten, and he is keeping the Thunder’s feet on the ground as they take things one game at a time. “Other teams are getting stronger as the playoffs get deeper. But we’re not looking beyond that. CEU is also a team-to-beat because they’ve been there lots of times. (Rod) Ebondo has been in the D-League for so long and he has been in Finals. Their core, although school-based, are still very experienced. So we’re just focused on the task at hand,” he said.Luckily, Altamirano will have Conference MVP pacesetter Jeron Teng at his disposal, as he will count on the La Salle prodigy to lead Flying V to the promised land.“Jeron is an achiever. When he puts his mind to it, he will not stop until he gets it. Before, he’s been known as a scorer. But now, he’s trying to evolve the other aspects of his game,” the coach said.But for all of Teng’s magnificence, the veteran mentor reiterated that the 23-year-old swingman can’t do it all alone. That’s why he’s relying equally on his core of Gab Banal, Eric Salamat, Hans Thiele, and Thomas Torres to get the job done.“What I like about Jeron is his ability to involve his teammates. That’s a very good sign of a good player. But of course, he can’t do all of that if not for his teammates so I think Jeron is very blessed to have teammates like Eric, Gab, and Thomas,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas “Actually, I’m just blessed to have these type of players that we got. We just remind them to focus on the process and the result will take care of itself.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her LATEST STORIES MOST READ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 Pocari thwarts Air Force, returns to PVL Finals Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFlying V coach Eric Altamirano wants his players to forget the elimination round sweep and focus on the new challenge ahead of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals. “In our team, we already forgot about the 10-0. We’re back to square one and our focus is what’s in front of us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments
Filipinos sure know how to show their all-out support to their beloved national basketball team.The Philippine team has been the biggest draw of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup and the number of fans in attendance at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon appears to be growing every time Gilas hits the floor.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Filipinos in Lebanon go all out in support of Gilas PilipinasAnd in Gilas’ tiff against Qatar on Sunday, Filipino fans took their admiration to the next level as they rallied behind their team even after the game.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’As per Fiba.com, more than 2,000 fans came out to meet Gilas in its 80-74 win over Qatar. The victory put the squad on top of Group B with a 3-0 record with wins over defending champion China and Iraq.Photo from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.com 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano China stops skid, Korea stays spotless in AVC 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Christmas meals draw Lebanese together at protest site PLAY LIST 01:18Christmas meals draw Lebanese together at protest site02:44Lebanese protest at new PM’s home, demand he quits06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Teen gunned down in Masbate LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) controls the ball against Memphis Grizzlies guard Andrew Harrison (5) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Kyrie Irving scored 20 points, Jayson Tatum had 19 points and nine rebounds and the Boston Celtics pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 102-93 on Saturday night.Al Horford added 15 points for Boston. The Celtics shot 49 percent, including 14 of 30 (46.7 percent) from outside the arc.ADVERTISEMENT Marc Gasol led Memphis with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Tyreke Evans added 25 points, and Dillon Brooks had with 14 points, hitting a season-best four 3-pointers.After Memphis used a 21-point third quarter by Gasol to take a 73-71 lead after three, the Celtics opened the final frame with the first 16 points for an 87-73 lead. That put the game out of reach as Memphis lost its 17th in the last 19.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 folkGasol got untracked in the early part of the third, scoring 10 points before the midway point of the frame. That pulled Memphis even with the Celtics.And then Gasol kept scoring, converting 8 of 10 shots and tallying 21 points in the frame. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Harden, Paul lead Rockets to 13th straight victory 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson That helped Memphis take a 73-71 lead heading to the fourth. But the Grizzlies couldn’t maintain the momentum missing its first seven shots as Boston rebuilt the lead to double digits.The Celtics shot well early, hanging around 60 percent through the early stages of the second quarter. That, combined with missing only two of their first seven shots from outside the arc, helped the Boston margin swell to 21 points.Memphis would make a bit of a dent in the lead, mainly behind its reserves. The Celtics still maintained a 48-40 lead at intermission.TIP-INSCeltics: Rookie F Daniel Theis, who broke his nose in Friday’s loss to Utah, was back in action against the Grizzlies, wearing a mask. … Tatum, who entered the game, leading the league in 3-point shooting at 50 percent (48-96), made both of his shots from outside the arc in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Grizzlies: The Celtics outscored Memphis 31-12 in the first quarter, marking the 14th time in the last 18 games that the Grizzlies were outscored in a quarter by at least nine points. … Gasol’s 21 points in the third were one shy of a Memphis record for points in a quarter.UP NEXTCeltics: At Indiana on Monday nightGrizzlies: At Golden State on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments