Portmore United FC are ready and willing to play the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) final against Montego Bay United (MBU)FC in St James on Sunday at 4 p.m. “We won’t mind taking the trophy if they (MBU) are not there; however, the fans will be cheated,” Andre Waugh, technical director of five-time national champions Portmore United told the RSPL weekly press conference at the Red Stripe Hospitality Lounge yesterday morning. MBU failed to send any representative as they continued their protest against the move by the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ) decision to stage the final at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 1 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, St James. Waugh said MBU’s absence from the press conference is an issue for that club. “We won’t be caught up. We will remain focused on the game,” he stated. Portmore have beaten MBU the three times that the teams have met in the RSPL preliminary stage this season, but Waugh is not taking his opponents lightly. “We have beaten them three times this season, but we won’t be complacent. We want to go all the way by adding the title to the regular season trophy we won for ending on most points.” The Portmore technical director added that he expects MBU to show for the final. “We expect MoBay to turn up, so we will go there to win,” he pointed out. BIG LOSS Portmore United will be without inspirational captain Omar Daley for Sunday’s game, and Waugh admitted that it is a big loss. “Omar Daley is out for the final because of an injury. His absence will be a big loss as he is a good leader, on and off the field,” the Portmore technical director said. He added that he had no problems with the decision to play the match in Montego Bay. “Once the decision was made, we worked with it and we have no problem with the venue and time of the game. We have no fear,” Waugh, who is also physical trainer for the Jamaica national senior team, said. Promoted Portmore United returned to the RSPL after being demoted two seasons ago. Last season, they captured the St Catherine FA Major League and knockout titles. They then won the South Central Confederation Super League and went into the Jamaica Football Federation premier league qualification play-offs and came out on top ahead of the University of the West Indies FC.
ATLANTA, Georgia:JULIA COUSINS’ caring touch has got her on the move.Her job as a physiotherapist took the 32-year-old from St Catherine, where she grew up, to her day job in St James at Cornwall Regional Hospital. Then she started working at daCosta Cup matches as a member of the Jamaica Sports Medicine Unit, and top local clubs Montego Bay United and Wadadah.While he was a member of the senior men’s national football team coaching staff, Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore had a knee injury and was recommended for treatment to Cousins, whose skill extended the recommendation.Now, she’s the Reggae Boyz’ team physiotherapist.From she was a child, Cousins had a talent and an affinity for sport, winning a high jump gold medal for Waterford Primary at the primary champs. That talent, however, never went far.”When I was in first form, I tried out for the track team, but that never worked out. It’s a very funny story. When I was at primary school, all you had was a mattress on the ground and two persons holding a string and you’d run and jump over,” she explained.”When I went to St Hugh’s, I went out for the track team, but that also never worked out,” said Cousins.Her association with sport never stopped there, however. Her cousin, Dadrian Williams, played football and they went to matches aplenty. Williams represented Spanish Town High at Manning Cup and Cousins would be his number-one supporter.”I used to follow him more and started to get into football more,” she admitted, noting her favouritism for Village United, Waterhouse and Portmore United, “as I lived in Portmore”, in the Premier League.Then came World Cup 1994 and she started putting together her scrapbook.”I remember Oliver Kahn, Roberto Carlos,” she said of popular stars glued up to pages in her keepsake from the 1994 Finals in the United States.At the time, little did Cousins know that she would be playing a role in a football championship.The first move came last year when she worked on the Reggae Boyz’ home-and-away friendlies against Trinidad and Tobago,Then in November of last year, Jamaica were involved in the regional championship, the Caribbean Cup, and she was officially brought into the set-up.WORKING RELATIONSHIP”It was a dream for me,” she admitted of working alongside people who are “icons in our country. Warren Barrett , he’s a great personality – my angel,” she said of the goalkeeper for the original Reggae Boyz, Rene Simoes’ 1998 unit that pioneered World Cup qualification for Jamaica.”They’re easy to talk to, they include you, they joke around, especially Rudi (Rodolph) Austin, he’s great for the team,” Cousins said. “I’m normally a reserved person … but they draw you out. It’s a good working relationship.”The team’s manager, Roy Simpson, said besides her professionalism, Cousins provided balance.”I think at first, she was a bit tentative coming into a male environment. But she never really understood that it wasn’t really about gender, but competence, and the first time she worked with us, the players especially – because she works closely with the players – were satisfied, as well as the coach,” Simpson said.”Coupled with her dedication, because she had challenges getting time off, she has always made herself available to serve the country first and the players on the team.”We refer to her as the rose among the thorns because her femininity provides balance,” he theorised.The test of Cousins’ commitment goes beyond gaining time off to work with the Boyz.”I’m doing a doctorate in Physical Therapy with Nova Scotia Eastern University, and even during the Caribbean Cup, I had to email my lecturer in the middle of the night to get a deadline extended for a paper,” she said.”My mom, sisters, friends, they’re very supportive, always saying ‘you can do it,’ but going back to school is not fun.”Among the Boyz it’s different,” the self-professed God-fearing person said.She has shared their joy at becoming Caribbean champions last year in Jamaica; seen the time play admirably, despite losing 1-0 in matches against Uruguay, Paraguay and world number one Argentina in Chile; and now she’s in North America travelling with the Jamaica senior team. They have been to Los Angeles, Texas, Toronto, Baltimore and now Atlanta, where they will tackle the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final Georgia Dome today.”I think they’re a great bunch of guys and I really want them to do well,” she said. “I think it’s overdue, so I want them to go very far in this tournament and possibly win.”With the final and third-place set for Philadelphia, whether the Reggae Boyz win or not, Cousins will be on the move.
Western Bureau: Scoring a hat-trick in today’s daCosta Cup final is uppermost in the mind of Dinthill Technical’s striker Rodave Murray. “Winning the title with this team would be an amazing feeling, but scoring a hat-trick in the final, plus winning, would be extraordinary. That is what I am focusing on at the moment,” declared Murray ahead of today’s showdown with St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS). Such is the confidence of Dinthill’s most prolific goalscorer this year, having netted 27 times so far. Murray has been their most dependable player and is noted for his high skill level. Aware of STETHS threat He said he is aware of the threat STETHS pose to them lifting the title after a 34-year wait, adding that it’s a final worth seeing, as his team is hungry and desirous of proving themselves worthy champions. The wily 18 year-old forward has been a real threat to opponents all season, as his close controlling and dribbling skills make it a difficult task for defenders to stop him. “I love to lead by example, so I work hard for the team, and with my goals, we are able to reach the final. Now (that) we are here, we are hoping to enjoy the moment, play good football and score to win,” Murray said.
A time will come when reason prevails over West Indies cricket. Right now, despite the discomforts being aired, we are champions of the world three times over. That’s no mean feat.Mere weeks after victory in the Under-19 World Cup, the West Indies took two titles in the space of just a few hours at the T20 World Cup on the weekend. Those wins didn’t come easily. The men’s innings rode on the back of good bowling, a stable innings of 85 by Marlon Samuels and a swashbuckling finish by Carlos Brathwaite.Sunday’s double dominance can’t gloss over the problematic issues that attend West Indies cricket. It can’t, by itself, heal the cracks of trust that are evident. It doesn’t even guarantee that a great Test team will emerge soon with a blend of veterans and debutants from the Under-19 team, even though anything is possible.It does, however, reassert the region’s potential for greatness in cricket. Twenty20 isn’t Test cricket, but when one nation can win three world titles in a matter of weeks and two on the same day, it shows that there is definitely something worth saving.JUST AS VALUABLEFor many, these three victories are just as valuable as triumphs over England and Australia in Tests. As offered in the space recently, the Under-19 success provides hope for the future. Our women, led by Stafanie Taylor, look set for a long reign among the world’s best.The quarrels are reminiscent of the street protests in Sydney by Jamaican athletes in 2000 when Merlene Ottey replaced Peta-Gaye Dowdie on the team roster for the Olympic 100 metres. Then, as now, frustrations bubbled over and led to an airing of dirty linen in public. Instead of celebration, sanction is the watchword.When the dust settles, one hopes that all will agree that eligibility to play for the West Indies will rest on participation in regional tournaments with some concomitant flexibility to allow the professional cricketer the chance to make some money elsewhere, while it is there for the taking.In the meantime, this is still a time for celebration. Even in the turbulent aftermath of the big double, the image of our women and then our men dancing happily with the World Cup trophies are inspiring.Combined with the recent Under-19 success, it is a sign of how great we can be in cricket.n Hubert Lawrence has attended the Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London.
Working extra hard against an enemy that has made turns in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Barangay Ginebra on Friday night got the perfect reward for its effort and got ready for a bigger battle that’s just around the corner.ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Earlier, Alaska pulled off a second straight win Friday night, downing GlobalPort, 101-88, as the Aces stayed in the running for a playoff berth.With the franchise-worst 14-game losing streak now behind him and needing his team to win its last three games to advance scot-free, Aces coach Alex Compton has gone on to borrow a cliché and rewrite it a bit.“When it rains, it pours and when it rained, it rained on us pretty bad,” Compton saidLaDontae Henton scored 36 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, and Calvin Abueva scored all of his 12 points in the fourth period as the Aces wriggled out of a 67-all tie after three quarters to rise to 2-6.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending 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 Bayron overtakes Lascuña Break new ground It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Winning start Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 was important to get this win because we turn around and play San Miguel Beer,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said, minutes after rallying for a 98-81 decision of Blackwater at Mall of Asia Arena. “The final score doesn’t give justice to the difficulty of this game.”Ginebra trailed early and needed one big spurt in the fourth period to put the Elite away and extend the tournament’s longest winning streak to seven after opening up with a loss and remain at No. 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“You don’t want to play San Miguel coming off a loss, you need to have high energy coming into that game to have a chance,” Cone went on, referring to their 6:45 p.m. clash with the powerhouse Beermen on Sunday, which could ultimately mean No. 1 seeding for his Kings.Blackwater dropped to 4-5, losing for just the second time in six games since Henry Walker arrived. The Elite would need to sweep their remaining two games to advance to the quarterfinals outright. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
The Tamaraws and Falcons take the floor at 4 p.m. with both teams trying to close out the first round with a fourth straight victory that could forge a tie at second spot if La Salle loses to Ateneo on Sunday.The game caps what Adamson coach Franz Pumaren calls a “brutal week” for the Falcons as it comes just three days after a thrilling 73-71 win over University of the Philippines.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Well, it’s a brutal week for us,” said Pumaren. “We would have to rely on our training to keep us afloat against FEU.”The Tamaraws, in contrast, had six days to prepare for the game after their 78-59 win over the Maroons last Sunday. 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 LATEST STORIES View comments “They’re (Falcons) a well-coached team and they run a very good system,” said FEU coach Olsen Racela. “I think it’s a great chance to grow as a team.”University of the East and University of Santo Tomas collide in the first game at 2 p.m. in the battle of winless squads.Both the Warriors and the Tigers are brimming with optimism as they shoot for a first victory this season.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tenorio reminds Kings to keep emotions in check amid heated battle How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Looking to sustain their winning runs, Far Eastern U and Adamson dispute solo third spot when they battle on Saturday in UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson
“I’m looking at a huge task in front of me,” Laimbeer said. “First I have to build a staff from everything from video coordinator and interns to my assistants to basketball ops people. I’ve been making lists and lists and lists.”His task is a little easier than other startup franchises because MGM has been in the entertainment business for years.“I think it’s new to them. They understand arenas, they understand all that goes into the logistics and selling tickets,” Laimbeer said. “The basketball part they are into, but it’s not something they’ve really done before. I have the experience that I can navigate and explain what this is and how it works and what the opportunities are. I know all the infrastructure and the how-to. My job is to set everything up.”Finding those people won’t be so hard, as Laimbeer said his phone has been ringing nonstop since it was announced that he took the job.MGM will not be the first company with casino holdings to own a WNBA team. The Mohegan Sun owns the team in Connecticut. The blueprint for Nevada is somewhat similar.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiefer Ravena ‘very excited’ to play for Guiao at NLEX Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The 60-year-old Laimbeer could stay with New York as the team’s general manager or find employment elsewhere.His decision was made a bit easier when his phone rang a few weeks ago. An executive at MGM Resorts International asked him to be the coach and president of the new WNBA team that was moving from San Antonio to Las Vegas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I said I’d talk to my wife,” Laimbeer said. “At the end of the day, I like challenge and I think this would be a great experience.”Laimbeer accepted the new position, which he will start Nov. 1. In this Aug. 29, 2015, file photo, New York Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer watches during the team’s WNBA basketball game against the Connecticut Sun in Uncasville, Conn. AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)NEW YORK — Bill Laimbeer found himself at a crossroad.His contract with the New York Liberty was up and he wasn’t sure if he wanted to stay or move on. He had spent the last few years grooming Katie Smith to be the team’s next head coach and felt the time was right for her to take over the team, which lost in the second round of the playoffs for the second consecutive year.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “While other teams are restocking their cupboards, we have to order things from scratch like basketballs, athletic tape, nearly everything,” Laimbeer said.This will be the first professional basketball team in Las Vegas, which has become a coveted target for sports franchises over the past few years.The expansion Vegas Golden Knights began their first NHL season this month. In March, the NFL formally approved the Oakland Raiders’ relocation to Las Vegas by the 2020 season to occupy a proposed new stadium on the Las Vegas Strip, although the deal wasn’t approved until casino mogul Sheldon Adelson pulled out of the financing plan.The Golden Knights play at MGM’s T-Mobile Arena, but the casino doesn’t own the team.“This is the first pro sports team that MGM resorts owns and it’s a great alignment frankly with the DNA of our company,” said Lilian Tomovich, MGM’s chief experience and marketing officer.Laimbeer inherits a team that finished last for the second straight year. San Antonio has a talented young nucleus with Kayla McBride, Moriah Jefferson and Kelsey Plum. The team also has the top chance to get the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft.“They need a change of culture,” Laimbeer said. “Any time you get a team that’s beat down record-wise, you have to have a catalyst for a change. This is a tremendous catalyst. Going to an exciting venue and situation where there’s resources. I have been successful creating a team that can compete. We can break out of this thing.”Laimbeer also thinks being in Las Vegas will be attractive to free agents.“Players will want to come here,” he said. “All the signs point to a great opportunity. We have to pick up the pieces and make it happen.”This is the second move for the franchise. It came to San Antonio from Utah in 2003. Led by Becky Hammon, the Stars reached the WNBA Finals in 2008. The team has finished with the league’s worst record each of the past three seasons. LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, right, celebrates with teammate Kyle Walker after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Huddersfield Town and Manchester City at John Smith’s stadium, in Huddersfield, England, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)LONDON — Only a third of the way into its Premier League campaign, Manchester City is already making history.Pep Guardiola’s City defeated Huddersfield 2-1 Sunday to equal a club record 11th straight league win. City also moved to 37 points from 13 games — the highest ever points total at this stage of a Premier League season.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Dragic, Ellington lead slow-starting Heat past Bulls Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ There was some fortune attached to the winning goal. Substitute Gabriel Jesus had his shot saved, but it popped up into Sterling’s midriff and looped into the top corner.___STERLING ON THE UPIt wasn’t Sterling’s first late winner of the season for City. The England winger scored deep into stoppage time at Bournemouth in August to secure a 2-1 victory.Sterling has previously faced criticism for failing to add end product to his prodigious dribbling skills and pace, but he has been prolific in front of goal so far this campaign. His goal at Huddersfield was his 12th in 18 appearances in all competitions.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Having started the season considered the side most likely to challenge the Premier League’s “Big Six,” Everton is swiftly falling into a fight at the other end of the table.Southampton became the latest side to take advantage of Everton’s disarray. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s long-range strike canceled out Dusan Tadic’s opener, but Charlie Austin scored two second-half headers before Steven Davis rounded off the scoring.Former Everton player David Unsworth has been in temporary charge since Ronald Koeman was fired on Oct. 23, but has managed just one win during his seven-game tenure. The club is still searching for a permanent replacement, with Unsworth’s failure to improve results likely having ruled him out.“I wouldn’t go that far so early,” said Unsworth, when asked if Everton were embroiled in the relegation fight. “I think we are in a tough moment, I think we have a massive week ahead of us. If you ask me that question next week I can give you a more honest view.Everton is now 16th, just two points clear of the relegation zone. Southampton moved up to 10th.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 After Huddersfield took a shock lead, Raheem Sterling won a penalty — which Sergio Aguero converted to draw the teams level — before completing the comeback himself six minutes from time to restore an eight-point lead for City at the top of the table.Elsewhere, Alexis Sanchez’s last-minute penalty gave Arsenal a 1-0 win at Burnley and Southampton crushed Everton 4-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneAfter handing Manchester United its first league defeat of the season in October, Huddersfield had another famous victory in its sights when Christopher Schindler’s header deflected in via City’s Nicolas Otamendi in added time at the end of the first half.However, City leveled just two minutes after the break when Aguero calmly converted his spot kick after Sterling was brought down by Scott Malone. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “He (Sterling) is still young, he’s able to improve,” Guardiola said. “We are going to be there to help him to become a better player. We are so satisfied with his performance.”___LATE AGAINWhen Arsenal went into added time still level with Burnley, history suggested victory was still within its grasp.On its last trip to Turf Moor, in October 2016, Laurent Koscielny scored the only goal in the 93rd minute. In the corresponding fixture at the Emirates Stadium in January, Sanchez stepped up eight minutes into added time to give Arsenal a 2-1 win after Andre Gray had leveled with a penalty of his own five minutes earlier.There was only one spot kick on this occasion, as Sanchez found the bottom corner two minutes into stoppage time after James Tarkowski was adjudged to have pushed Aaron Ramsey.“There’s a lot of me inside, that’s raging a lot,” Burnley manager Sean Dyche said. “Football’s a harsh game and sometimes it hurts you.”It was only the second away victory in the Premier League for Arsenal this season and came against a Burnley side on a three-match winning streak, in which it had not conceded. The win moves the Gunners back above Tottenham and into the top four, but it remains 12 points adrift of City.___EVERTON CRISIS Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES Ball had 16 points, six assists and six rebounds.Stephen Curry missed his fifth straight game with a sprained ankle, and Draymond Green sat out for the fourth time in five games with right shoulder soreness. Durant and the Warriors still had enough to handle the Lakers, who missed several opportunities down the regulation stretch to seize control of the game.The Lakers recovered from a five-point deficit in the final minute of the fourth quarter to force overtime, but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed a jumper at the buzzer that could have won it.Durant then hit a 3-pointer to open overtime, but Ball made a driving layup with 1:03 left to put the Lakers ahead 113-112.Durant drew a foul and made two free throws, but Julius Randle hit one of two to tie it before Durant’s winner.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers retire Kobe’s two jersey numbers LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 18: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors looks in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Kevin Durant scored 36 points and hit a tiebreaking 22-foot jumper with 7.3 seconds left in overtime, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Lakers 116-114 Monday night for their ninth consecutive victory.Klay Thompson had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the defending NBA champions predictably dampened a celebratory night for the Lakers, who retired Kobe Bryant’s two jersey numbers during a halftime ceremony.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Warriors nursed a narrow lead in the fourth period despite their two stars’ shooting struggles, but Ingram drove for the tying layup with 27 seconds left. After Durant missed, Caldwell-Pope drove downcourt with the crowd on its feet and a chance to emulate Kobe on a late game-winner — but Caldwell-Pope badly missed his long jumper at the buzzer.Bryant didn’t stick around for overtime, leaving with his family.KOBE’S NIGHTThe Lakers honored Bryant by hanging his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys high above the Staples Center court during a ceremony attended by dozens of his former teammates and competitors, from Shaquille O’Neal to Allen Iverson. Bryant is the leading scorer in franchise history, and Magic Johnson declared him “the greatest who ever wore the purple and gold.” Bryant spent his brief remarks thanking his friends and the Lakers before addressing his three daughters at courtside: “If you do the work, work hard enough, then dreams come true.”TIP-INSWarriors: Golden State played its final road game of 2017. … The Warriors will host the Lakers in Oakland on Friday night.Lakers: Ingram left briefly in the third quarter after taking a hard fall underneath the basket. He had a bruise on his right cheek, but felt good enough to continue. … Larry Nance Jr. threw down a superb dunk on Durant in the first half, bringing the crowd to its feet.UP NEXTWarriors: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.Lakers: At the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours READ: Lakers retire Kobe’s two jersey numbersPerhaps in tribute to Bryant, Durant and Thompson never stopped shooting even when they weren’t making many. The duo combined to miss 31 of its first 40 shots, but Durant went 4 for 4 in overtime, capped by that pure go-ahead jumper in OT.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 folkThe Lakers had a chance at the end, but David West blocked Lonzo Ball’s shot and Brandon Ingram couldn’t beat the buzzer.Kyle Kuzma scored 25 points in a reserve role and Ingram added 19 for the Lakers, who have lost three straight and eight of 10.
MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours While San Miguel has thrived in this tournament, Meralco has gone the exact opposite. The Bolts have won just a combined four games in the last two seasons under Black, who continues to look for a dominant man in the middle.Instead, the Bolts landed KG Canaleta from the free agent market, and the journeyman gunslinger repaid Black’s trust in their debut by shooting 25 points against his former team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eagles abound in pro league Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the entire field wanting to shoot it down, defending champion San Miguel Beer returns to action Wednesday and will put Meralco to the test in the PBA Philippine Cup as they jostle for the early elimination round lead at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Coming off an impressive 104-96 decision of Phoenix Petroleum in the inaugurals, the Beermen will slug it out with the Bolts in the 7 p.m. contest.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meanwhile, the Fuel Masters try to rebound from that defeat when they battle Kia Picanto in the 4:15 p.m. game.“The field improved their rosters and their battlecry is to beat San Miguel Beer,” Austria went on. “But every time there’s pressure, my players play with the sense of urgency. They are still hungry [to win] the title.”No team has achieved a four-peat in this conference, and San Miguel has come out on top of practically everyone’s list as the team to beat.And Black’s problem will be Fajardo, with Meralco not having the player that can stop the the 6-foot-10 star one-on-one.“I think we have a better team than the one last season,” Black added.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “They will be a handful,” Meralco coach Norman Black said of the Beermen, after his Bolts also had a shaky debut against the Blackwater Elite a week ago.San Miguel coach Leo Austria didn’t hide his strengths in the win over Phoenix, calling on his starting unit to do practically all of the offensive damage on the Fuel Masters.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 folkAgainst Phoenix, Austria’s first five scored all but nine of the total San Miguel output, with reigning four-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo finishing with 23 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks.“The first win is really hard [to get], especially because everyone is preparing very hard for us,” Austria said.