ADMINISTRATIVE BUNGLING I submit the reason for our lack of upward mobility in world netball is due to administrative bungling when it comes to selecting a coach. The most successful coach ever in Jamaica’s netball is Winston Nevers. He has won more titles in all divisions of netball than all the coaches of the national team combined. Yet, he is constantly overlooked by what appears an unwritten policy of ‘no male netball coach until the national football team has a female coach’. That ‘policy’ has since been verbally withdrawn, but, as my granny used to say, “action speaks louder than words”. Football: The present leader and administration of football in Jamaica took over the reins of the sport and took the nation to the ultimate prize in football, playing in the World Cup finals. The formula was to use Jamaican players to qualify us through the early stages, only to jettison them in the latter stages. That formula has been repeated every year since 1998, yet we have never been close to qualifying again. That formula revealed the fact that the foreign Jamaican players had absolutely no interest in advancing Jamaica’s football, only on enhancing their career goals. Alicia Ashley was born in Jamaica on August, 23 1967. On Friday, at the age of 48 years and 81 days old she won the World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight championship title. Ashley is a world-champion athlete with the genetic makeup and indomitable spirit that translates to excellence in the field of sports – Jhaniele Fowler-Reid in netball, Alia Atkinson in swimming, Usain Bolt in track and field, Chris Gayle in cricket, Raheem Sterling in football, and I could go on and on. All these Jamaica-born athletes are recognised as being among the best in the world. Yet, when it comes to using individuals with similar genetic make-up and indomitable spirit in team sports, Jamaica’s name disappears from the list of champions. What could be the reason? What could cause a nation of some of the greatest athletes in the world to fail so miserably in team sports? Let us start in the quest for the answer by looking at the different sports. Netball: The present leader and administration of netball in Jamaica took over the reins of the sport with the nation ranked fourth in the world. After many years, many coaches, different teams, we are still ranked fourth in the world. Yet our Sunshine Girls are recruited by teams in Australia, New Zealand and England to play in their elite Leagues. However, in world championships we are sometimes third, most times fourth. SAME OLD PROBLEMS Yet, year after year, it’s ‘same-old, same-old’. Never once thinking of (a) improving the playing surfaces of football fields in this country, thus improving the quality of our players; (b) giving local footballers a chance of playing with (obviously) more talented foreign players, thus improving themselves. Cricket: The present leader of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has carried West Indies cricket down a path that has seen international teams reduce considerably the number of matches that they play against us, and complain bitterly of financial losses when we do get a chance to play. The West Indies have alienated and dumped some of the region’s best players, while its leader disrespects cricket icons on social media and talks glibly about settling a “charge” by the Indian Cricket Board recompensation for an aborted tour by the players ‘by the end of June’ this year. We are now in November and there has been no word on any resolution to this crisis. This same administration suspended the head coach of the team, Phil Simmons, on September, 28, for controversial (and possibly truthful) public statements. The administration met with Simmons and he has been reinstated. I read recently a Chelsea player quoted as saying he would prefer to lose than win a match for the manager, Jose Mourinho. When I look at the results of the recent Test series against Sri Lanka and the first one day international, I get the feeling that there are similar sentiments within the West Indies squad. It is time we, the people, demand (a) term limits for sport administrators and (b) insist leaders of sporting organisations play the sport at a high level, thus showing they can relate to the intricacies of international competition. It is not too late. Important elections in different sporting organisations are due before December.
KANDY, Sri Lanka, (CMC): Captain Darren Sammy believes the two-match Twenty20 International series which gets underway today (8:30am Jamaica time) represents West Indies’ best chance of securing a result on what has been a hugely disappointing tour of Sri Lanka. The Caribbean side were swept by handy margins in the two-Test series and suffered a 3-0 clean sweep in the rain-affected One-Day International series that followed, leaving them without success on the tour. However, Sammy said T20 represented a format in which West Indies were most comfortable and therefore was expecting the side to be successful. “I think we’re now playing a format which we enjoy, in a place where we have played it the best, and the last time we were here we had good memories so we’re looking forward to the tournament,” said Sammy. “It is a different format and one we’re pretty good at so we’re looking forward to the contest.” The former Test and one-day captain, Sammy was one of three players joining the limited overs squad already here, with the pair of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard also arriving. And with the likes of Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels and Sunil Narine already in the line-up, West Indies are expected to be a handful for the hosts. Under Sammy, West Indies won the Twenty20 World Cup back in 2012 when they beat Sri Lanka in the final, and still have fond memories of the triumph. This year, however, they have not played a competitive series for several months but Sammy does not expect this to be a hindrance especially with several key players involved in a Twenty20 leagues across the globe this year. “The last international T20 we played was back in January in South Africa but after that we’ve played a few tournaments [as players],” Sammy explained. “Some of our guys are playing all over the world but we have put in some practice yesterday and today (Sunday), so hopefully the rest of the squad that has been here they should be acclimatised to the conditions and will be looking to bring their experience and play a format we enjoy playing.” Sri Lanka have selected a youthful squad for the series, with the likes of Binura Fernando and Jeffrey Vandersay and all-rounder Shehan Jayasuriya, included to face the Windies. Sammy said, however, West Indies would not be taking anything for granted as T20 came down to execution on the day and not personnel. “Whichever opposition we play we will pay them the full respect that they deserve, especially in T20 that narrows the gap between the number one and number eight side,” he pointed out. “Whoever executes on the day, the team that sticks to the basics and absorbs pressure the most or apply the pressure the most, normally end up victorious. It’s going to be good contest between bat and ball especially with Sri Lanka coming from winning the one-day and the Test series. “They are a good side playing at home and I believe we have a good side as well. We just hope on the day cricket is the winner, and also West Indies.” SQUAD – Darren Sammy (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor.
Francis said the presiding officer was in charge and added that even if their names were not on the list there was a supplemental list, which had their names. “From you sell your vote you will sell your soul,” another told The Gleaner. Liaison officers at the Phillippo Baptist Church in Spanish Town were bitter as they told The Gleaner that several persons, who had come to vote were being turned away with claims that their names were not on the voters list. The officers claimed that they escorted several persons and did find their names on the list after they had initially been turned away. “A eleven somebody we count say them name not on the list and when we come back and go up there with them we found their names,” Liaison officer, Joy Francis told The Gleaner.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is without question Jamaica’s most accomplished female athlete. Whether or not it is accepted or appreciated by those who are employed to structure and steer her career and, by natural extension, her life, she is a model of outwardly displayed decency, dignity and decorum. Breaking into the golden limelight of Olympic achievement at the 2008 Beijing event, amid thoughts of ‘too inexperienced’, she thrashed the critics who contributed to that limiting sentiment. Her remarkable feats in the ensuing years are etched in the pages of sporting history, indisputably and indelibly stamping her as the greatest of her gender in her time. At the Rio Olympics of 2016, the pint-sized warrior was faced with a task of world record-breaking proportions. Taking a third 100m win was going to be unprecedented for any gender. That so, as Usain Bolt’s similar crowning, would still be a day away. However, there existed a major hurdle. A lingering toe injury, which limited her to a single individual event, stood in her path to additional awe-inspiring achievement. The bronze medal she successfully engineered came with the burdensome baggage of excruciating pain as she traversed the agony of the preliminary rounds. The winner and new sprint queen was her MVP teammate, the new girl on the Jamaican frontier, Elaine Thompson. The manner in which the visibly hurting Wolmer’s Girls’ School graduate offered post-race support to her successor at the top revealed another character trait. It spoke to an inner confidence in circumstances where a less-than-worthy assessment of self would have been understandable. The ‘Shelly’ on show was down, but clearly, not out. It was tantamount to a shout of ‘I’ll be back!’ Then came what was described in a section of the press as the ‘Shelly Shocker’. Jamaica’s elite female sprinter was parting company with the MVP Track Club. It was the coaching and technical guidance venue that she had graced for her entire professional career, lasting in the vicinity of nine years. Toe injury Sifting the responses, inadequate and unacceptable handling of her toe injury by the club’s management team appeared as the most likely cause. Foster’s Fairplay has commented on the likelihood of a reverse move. Was it conceivable that the MVP could stomach what would be a body blow to its well-established mantra? After all, has there ever been a case where an athlete taking or being shown the exit door has been allowed a 180-degree turn? The stage for an amelioration of sorts was set in a television programme covering the Rio Olympics. The MVP President, Bruce James, who displays a particular interest in Fraser-Pryce, was invited by fellow panellists to address the then just-announced cleavage in the club’s ranks. With the actual recording of his response unavailable, inference can still be adduced or at least attempted. The highly respected track and field analyst was plunged into a mode which suggested ‘no separation can be confirmed without my input’. These are the words of Foster’s Fairplay and not the man himself. As a matter of fact, the interpretation of his manner included a ‘wait until I speak to her and I will put the matter in true perspective’. For this columnist to cite him as saying, in a summation of his expressed thoughts, ‘I exercise significant influence over her decisions’, which, to emphasise, he did not, it would merely be a misquote and not a misrepresentation of his perceived position. His overall attitude indicated surprise on hearing the news of the intended departure of the sprinting empress, followed by paternal concern, and to cap it all, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll fix it’. With all that ‘in charge of things’ display, it was not a shock when news filtered across the sporting landscape that the athlete had lit the proverbial candle and was singing her way home. Foster’s Fairplay has tried to confirm with James. What came back was a little more than nothing. The level of secrecy surrounding her present condition after surgery and a time frame to resume preparation for the upcoming season was alarming. It was certainly not what the lovers of the sport and Fraser-Pryce herself deserved for their career-long adoration and support. The MVP must do better. – Email: email@example.com
Portmore United’s stay at the top of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) was even more short-lived than that of previous leaders Humble Lion, who spent one week at the top. The St Catherine team’s lead lasted just four days after they went down 1-0 to Maverley-Hughenden in their opening game of the second round at the Prison Oval yesterday, with the University of West Indies (UWI) regaining control of the standings after coming out on the better end of a goal fest against Boys’ Town. The result saw the Lenworth Hyde-coached team slumping to fourth in the standings with 21 points, with UWI’s (23) 3-2 win over the Red Brigade at Barbican Complex ensuring another change at the top. At the Prison Oval, Nicholos Scott netted the game’s only goal five minutes after the interval to give promoted Maverley-Hughenden their second win of the campaign, and coach Lijyasu Simms, who has seen his team draw seven of 12 games, said the win was a result of proper planning after analysing their first-round performance. BEAR FRUIT Results Boys’ Town 2 UWI 3 Montego Bay 2 Arnett Gardens 0 Jamalco 1 Harbour View 2 Reno 1 Tivoli Gardens 2 Waterhouse 1 Humble Lion 1 Portmore 0 Maverley-Hughenden 1 “We sat down and looked where we went wrong in the first round and put things in place for the second round and it bore fruit today and we want it to bear fruit as we go along because the aim is to move from strength to strength,” he said. Portmore dominated the first half hour of play, but never created any real chances, while Maverley-Hughenden came to life in the last 15 minutes and came close to scoring from set pieces twice following faulty ball handling from goalkeeper Shaven-Sean Paul. But it was Portmore who came closest when Kareem Manning crashed a free kick against the post in the 36th minute, and in the 42nd, Suelae McCalla lifted Cleon Pryce’s cross over the bar from four yards. However, five minutes after the break, Maverley-Hughenden surprised the hosts when Scott was the only one to react to a wayward shot, which he redirected in the back of the net from the back post. Malique Foster should have equalised, but placed his effort straight at goalkeeper Damian Campbell. In the final minutes, Portmore thought they had an equaliser when Shawayne Nelson latched on to a loose ball on top of the box, but his goal-bound rocket cannoned off the post and out. “We were flat compared to the second half, but we created some chances, but we lost our focus and we weren’t on top of our game and it cost us today,” Portmore’s assistant coach Linval Dixon said. “It is not the best way to start the second round, but we have time to correct some mistakes we made today and we will get it right, but today wasn’t the case and we paid dearly,” added.
“We are extremely happy with the support given as more than 30 teams have entered the meet and we are also happy to be back at home as it is more of a family atmosphere here and we are having something special for the kids in the community with a kiddies section where they can enjoy themselves,” said Williams Gayle. Last year the meet lost some support as it was held the same day as the Digicel Grand Prix final at G.C. Foster College. This year’s meet will have four championship events with $40,000 each going to the winning team and a cash prize of $30,000 going to the top coach. The championship events are 100 metres Class One boys, 400m Class One boys, 4x100m Class One boys and 4x400m open girls. THE busy track and field season continues today with the third staging of the third S. W. ‘Isaac’ Henry Memorial meet inside the National Stadium and the Ben Francis Invitational at Vere Technical. Both meets begin at 8:30 a.m. Chairperson of the Isaac Henry meet, Juliet Parkes-Livermore, is very pleased with the support garnered so far for the meet. “We have received more than 60 entries from top high school teams and this includes 1700 athletes,” according to Parkes-Livermore. “We got great sponsorship for the meet and as once the name Isaac Henry was mentioned we got full support. I would like to thank all the sponsors including past students,” said Parkes-Livermore. The meet begins with the 1500m open for females and males. Other events on the track include 400m hurdles, 400m for all classes, all sprint hurdles, 200m all classes, 800m Invitational along with Open 4x400m for males and females. The top three teams in the relay event will walk away with cash incentives. The winners will collect $50,000, second $30,000 and $20,000 for third. The field events will include long jump, high jump, shot put, discus and javelin throw. After moving to a new venue last year due to renovation work on its playfield, the Ben Francis Invitational meet returns to Vere Technical in Hayes, Clarendon. Organising committee member, Tamar Williams -Gayle, the head of the physical education department at the school, is happy with the support for this year’s meet. FAMILY ATMOSPHERE
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate View comments LATEST STORIES Jaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum weathered a furious rally from Emilio Aguinaldo College to score the 97-93 stunner Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at EAC Gym in Ermita.Jaycee Marcelino uncorked 20 points, five rebounds, three assists, and four steals, none bigger than his swipe against Francis Munsayac with 7.0 seconds to spare as he cruised to the game-clinching fastbreak to preserve the Pirates’ 7-0 record.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bugarin also denied Perez’ drive in the ensuing possession, but EAC couldn’t make the most of its chances as Munsayac bobbled the rock and allowed Marcelino to snuff the ball out of his grips for the dagger layup.The loss spoiled an emotional day for EAC as the team dedicated the game to its Cameroonian big man Hamadou Laminou, who was ruled out of the season after tearing his ACL on his right knee.Munsayac also saw his career-best 26 points go down the drain, while also collecting four assists and two rebounds in the defeat.Jerome Garcia had 19 markers and five boards for the Generals, which saw their two-game winning streak snapped and fell down to an even 3-3 slate.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her LYCEUM 97 – Perez 20, Jc. Marcelino 20, Nzeusseu 17, Jv. Marcelino 9, Caduyac 8, Ayaay 6, Baltazar 5, Ibanez 5, Santos 3, Tansingco 2, Marata 2, Pretta 0.EAC 93 – Munsayac 26, Garcia 19, Bautista 11, Diego 11, Bugarin 10, Onwubere 6, Pascua 5, Neri 3, I. Mendoza 2, Corilla 0, J. Mendoza 0, Tampoc 0, Guzman 0.Quarters: 27-24, 52-49, 77-71, 97-93. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings “We need games like this to sharpen us, for the players to know that even though we’re undefeated, we should remain grounded,” said assistant coach Jeff Perlas, who took charge of the team after coach Topex Robinson was ejected after incurring two technical fouls midway through the second period.CJ Perez also scattered 20 markers, three boards, and five assists, while Mike Nzeusseu registered a double-double in the tune of his 17 points, 19 rebounds, and a block.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’The Pirates shrugged off the distraction and controlled the tempo in the second half as they grabbed a 91-84 lead in the final four minutes. But the home team refused to roll that easily, with Juju Bautista keeping the Generals in the game before Rustan Bugarin knocked down the undergoal stab with 54.4 seconds to play. Flying V survives close call, draws first blood in D-League semis End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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
Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Rose talks fame, fatherhood, Cavs and redemption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another player who spent some time under the roof in Ashe on Tuesday was French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, whose first-round victory was completed there after being shifted from Court 17 because of the rain.“For me, was fine, but I was there only, like, three games,” she said. “Probably not enough time to really hear that noise or realize something like that.”Nadal said the noise under the roof at Flushing Meadows is worse than when the covers atop arenas at Wimbledon and the Australian Open are closed.“I understand it’s a show, at the end of the day, and I enjoy that. I feel part of this, of course. But under the roof, we need to be a little bit more strict about the noise, in my opinion, no?” he said. “Because all the noise stays inside, and this is difficult, no?”Widmaier said the USTA expects things to be less problematic as the two-week tournament continues.“What we noticed last year is that during the first week of the competition, there was noticeable crowd noise, both with the roof open and closed. Of course, that’s exacerbated when the roof is closed. However, we also noticed that as the tournament progressed, and the matches became more compelling, the crowd noise reduced,” he said. “It is early in the tournament, and we expect that as the tournament goes on, there will be more of a hush in the seating.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot from Dusan Lajovic, of Serbia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — It’s too loud under the U.S. Open roof for Rafael Nadal.Even though the U.S. Tennis Association tried to lessen the noise in Arthur Ashe Stadium after the retractable cover’s debut during last year’s tournament, there was still quite a bit of ambient sound when the top was shut because of rain Tuesday.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 Cone01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener01:56Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’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 Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal View comments “Too much noise, no?” the No. 1-seeded Nadal said after beating Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-2 in the first round. “I was not able to hear the ball when you are hitting, no?”Nadal, who counts two U.S. Open championships among his 15 Grand Slam titles, missed the tournament because of an injury in 2016, when the $150 million sliding cover made its debut atop the event’s main arena.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’Some players and spectators described the sounds last year as being similar to a rushing waterfall, a result of a combination of equipment in the stadium and 20,000-plus fans speaking.The USTA pledged a year ago to try to improve the situation and spokesman Chris Widmaier said Tuesday that steps had been taken: Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees MOST READ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ —a cellphone tower above the stadium’s broadcast booths was moved;—old air conditioning equipment in the same spot was replaced with modern units that he said are much quieter;—sound-dampening material was placed above other AC units located outside of Ashe.Widmaier acknowledged that last year’s “background noise level … needed to be, at a minimum, reduced, if not eliminated.”Told of Nadal’s complaint Tuesday, Widmaier agreed “it was loud in there today, especially with the roof closed.” He said the USTA plans “to continue to work with sound experts” to see what else can be done.ADVERTISEMENT
FILE – In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Lynx forward Plenette Pierson flexes her muscles to celebrate after a play by center Sylvia Fowles during the third quarter against the Atlanta Dream in a WNBA basketball game in St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota secured the top seed in the WNBA playoffs while the Los Angeles Sparks will be the two seed. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Maya Moore scored 26 points and Renee Montgomery added 18 to help the Minnesota Lynx secure the top seed in the WNBA playoffs with an 86-72 victory over the Washington Mystics on Sunday.Minnesota (27-7) finished the season a game ahead of Los Angeles (26-8). Both teams have byes until in the semifinals on Sept. 12.Washington (18-16) is the sixth seed and plays the Dallas Wings on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT LOS ANGELES — Nneka Ogwumike scored 21 points and Candace Parker had a double-double as the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks closed the WNBA regular season with a win over Connecticut.Los Angeles (26-8) went 15-1 at home, but finished a game behind Minnesota for the top seed in the playoffs. The Sparks have a bye until the semifinals. The Sun (21-13) are the fourth seed and have a first-round bye.Parker had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Sparks and Odyssey Sims had 16 points.Courtney Williams led the Suns with 19 points. Jonquel Jones had 10 rebounds to finish with 403, the first player in league history to surpass 400. Tina Charles held the old record at 398. With 10 points, Jones had 20 double-doubles this season.LIBERTY 82, WINGS 81ADVERTISEMENT Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson ROSEMONT, Illinois — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, making two free throws with 15.6 seconds left for a three-point lead, and Seattle beat Chicago.The Storm rallied to take a 79-78 lead with 3:11 left as Jewell Loyd’s open 3-pointer from the corner capped a 9-0 run.After Stewart’s makes, Allie Quigley curled around a high screen but her long 3 was off the mark. Seattle’s Noelle Quinn sealed it by making two free throws with 11.2 seconds left.Loyd added 25 points for Seattle (15-19), which plays at Phoenix on Wednesday night in the first round of the playoffs. Stewart made 10 of 12 at the stripe as the Storm only missed three free throws in 27 attempts.Kahleah Copper paced Chicago (12-22) with 18 points. Courtney Vandersloot set a WNBA record in the third quarter for the highest single-season assists average. Her eight assists per game surpassed Ticha Penicheiro’s 2002 mark of 7.9.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ARLINGTON, Texas — Tina Charles had 18 points and 18 rebounds to help New York clinch the third seed in the playoffs with a win over the Wings and extend the Liberty’s winning streak to 10 games.The Liberty (22-12) matched the franchise record for longest winning streak and have a first-round bye. The seventh-seeded Wings (16-18) play at No. 6 Washington in a one-game playoff on Wednesday.Trailing 82-79 after a Charles putback with 22.1 seconds to play, the Wings missed, but forced a turnover and Aerial Powers scored on a putback with 3.7 seconds left. When the Liberty inbounded the ball in the frontcourt after a timeout, they had a backcourt violation, giving Dallas one last shot. Skylar Diggins-Smith’s attempt from the 3-point line bounced off the rim at the buzzer.MERCURY 84, DREAM 70PHOENIX — Brittney Griner scored 30 points as the Phoenix Mercury closed the regular season with a victory over the Dream on Sunday to secure the fifth seed in the playoffs.Phoenix (18-16) will host Seattle on Wednesday night.Griner reached the 30-point mark for the sixth time in her career with a reverse layup with 1:23 remaining in the fourth quarter. She blocked Elizabeth Williams’ shot at the other end. All six of her 30-point games have come this season.Leilani Mitchell added 18 points for Phoenix and Diana Taurasi was held to nine points on 3-of-12 shooting.Rookie Brittney Sykes scored a career-best 33 points for Atlanta (12-22). She was 12 of 19 from the floor and made seven free throws. Tiffany Hayes added 15 points, and Camille Little moved into a tie with Lauren Jackson for 12th place in WNBA history with 2,447 rebounds, passing Yolanda Griffith.STORM 85, SKY 80 Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay MOST READ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Sharapova comeback, teen’s dream run end at US Open 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 National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Kristi Toliver hit a 3-pointer with 4:28 remaining to pull Washington within 80-71, but Moore answered at the other end and the Mystics didn’t score again until the 2:09 mark.Toliver led Washington with 20 points. Elena Delle Donne added 12 points in just 18 minutes and Krystal Thomas grabbed 14 rebounds.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’It was Minnesota’s final game at the Xcel Energy Center as the Lynx will play their home playoff games at the University of Minnesota’s Williams Arena. The team is moving to accommodate the Minnesota Wild’s preseason schedule.SPARKS 81, SUN 70 Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Break new ground OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Winning start End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Tolomia hit all five of his triple tries and finished with a career-high 24 points, while de Ocampo, six times a champion with the Texters, fit in so well with the new system that he scored 10 points in just 16 minutes.Allen Durham scattered 26 points, had 18 rebounds, six assists and two blocks to lead the Bolts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESWith several new pieces added to the crew that finished second last season, coach Norman Black is not talking about – and has gotten the results contrary to – his Meralco Bolts needing to jell.“We’re starting to blend well together, starting to become cohesive,” Black said after the Bolts bamboozled Alaska, 106-78, to move within another victory of clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A costly, catty dispute finally settled End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 Rookie Mike Tolomia, added to the lineup less than a month ago, and Ranidel de Ocampo, the veteran superstar acquired from TNT KaTropa in a three-team deal who was playing his first game, were big as the Bolts broke loose in the second period and turned what was an anticipated close game into a ho-hum.It was the seventh win in nine games for Meralco, while the loss was the first in the last four games for the Aces, who slumped to a 3-7 card and are in danger of missing the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMeralco now effectively has a two-for-one chance of nailing a top four berth, as the Bolts close out opposite GlobalPort and then powerhouse San Miguel Beer.“There are a lot of teams fighting for top four spots,” Black stressed. “And this is the time of the conference where you need to win games, otherwise, you won’t get it. And a top four berth has been our goal right from the start.” LATEST STORIES View comments Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ MOST READ A costly, catty dispute finally settled It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson San Beda trumps San Sebastian for 10th straight win