Top Class A to E juniors/sub juniors, ladies and hunter class shooters will be locked in an exciting battle for honours at the Spectrum Sporting Clays, which takes centre stage at the Knolford Polo Ranch, located in Riversdale in St Catherine, today.The day’s proceedings will commence with an 8:30 to 10 a.m. registration, while the eagerly anticipated shotgun start will happen at 10:30 a.m.The event is named after title sponsors Spectrum Systems Limited, and will see prizes being awarded to the winners in the various categories.The entry fee will be $1,000 for all categories of shooters except ladies and juniors.Jamaica Skeet Club president, Khaleel Azan, believes today’s shoot will provide fun and excitement and a family atmosphere for shooters, guests and spectators alike.COMPETITIVE COURSEHe expects to see more than 120 shooters and has predicted that there will be good competition, friendly and intense rivalries on what is a competitive course.Lunch will be on sale at the venue. Today’s event is being sponsored by Spectrum Systems Limited, Rum-Bar Rum, WATA, Kingston Industrial Garage with its brands Subaru, Jeep and Ford.
There is a very simple personal philosophy that guides my perspective on all sports: ‘winning supersedes all’. After all, sports in general and especially professional and international sports is a results business. The basic principle of all sporting activity is built on teams and individuals competing against each other with the singular objective of winning. There have been lots of reasons to be critical of West Indies cricket in recent years. The administrators and the players have deservedly felt the wrath of despondent Caribbean cricket fans, but things have taken a dramatic twist in a matter of a few weeks. The West Indies have become Under-19 world champions, World T20 men’s champions, World T20 women’s champions. In remaining consistent, we have to now give credit to the same administration and, by and large, the same players, for bringing glory to the region. It would be downright hypocritical to blame the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the players when things go wrong and refuse to heap praises on the same board and the same players when things go right. The fact of the matter is that West Indies cricket has not enjoyed this kind of widespread and consistent success for the past two decades. The interest, enthusiasm, and passion ignited by the recent success of our now three world champion teams have provided a sobering reminder of what West Indies cricket means to the people of the region. This dramatic and sudden change of mood and attitude is down to one thing only success on the on field of play. The feel-good emotions spreading across the region has little to do with likeness for the WICB president, Mr Dave Cameron, or the deficiencies in the governance structure of our cricket. Winning these three titles is what it’s all about. It is much more important that West Indies cricket regain its relevance and its respect, than having a likable and affable board president. If Mr Cameron’s seemingly obnoxious and arrogant style of leadership serves as motivation to the players in helping them focus and perform and win like they have done, maybe we should consider making Mr Cameron president for life. The board president has been the target harsh criticism from many quarters ever since the ill-fated tour of India back in 2013. The US$40 million-plus debt owed to the BCCI as a result of that fiasco is as much about the West Indies players walking off the tour as it was about Mr Cameron’s handling of the incident. In all fairness to Mr Cameron’s, his critics, including some of the very senior players in the team, must now also recognise that it is the same person who is presiding over the affairs of the region’s cricket while we are having all of this international success. Let us not conveniently ignore the fact that the West Indies are on top of the world in the most rapidly growing format of the game. Our weakness in Test cricket is as a result of the natural evolution of the game, which is rendering the longer versions of the game redundant. Neither Mr Cameron nor the International Cricket Council (ICC) can reverse this process of evolution. Indeed, the administration deserves credit for not being left behind, but instead, embracing the new craze as the region continues to churn out the most talented individual players in this format of the game, while boasting the world champions for both men and women, another index of T20 cricket saving our cricket rather than it destroying our cricket. But for the rapid emergence of this format, West Indies cricket would by now be further condemned to the doldrums of irrelevance. I suggest we put on hold this grand ‘get rid of Dave Cameron campaign’, assuming we are all about performance and winning and getting West Indies cricket back on top, which is exactly where it is right now. Again, the West Indies are winners, and after all, WINNING SUPERSEDES ALL.
However, while the victory put Dynamites top of the standings with 14 points, Victorians moved off the bottom of the tables with only their third win of the campaign. They have six points. Lewis took centre stage, hammering three fours and eight sixes off just 34 balls as Dynamites, opting to bat first, rallied to 188 for seven off their 20 overs. The 24-year-old, who reached his half-century off 21 balls with a straight six off leg-spinner Shahid Afridi in the seventh over which cost 21 runs, put on 103 for the first wicket with Mehedi Maruf, who made 44 from 31 deliveries. Lewis was eventually third out at 122 in the 12th over, caught in the deep off seamer Soumya Sarkar. All-rounder Andre Russell, in his second game of the tournament, made just eight while Dwayne Bravo got 16. In reply, Riders were limited to 146 for eight off their allotted overs, despite Ziaur Rahman’s 60 off 43 balls. Samuels then followed Lewis’ cue, stroking two fours and four sixes in a 41-ball innings as Victorians, set a paltry 125 for victory, coasted to victory with eight balls remaining. Imrul Kayes fell cheaply for nine but Samuels put on 90 for the second wicket with Pakistan’s Ahmed Shehzad (46) to pull the innings around. Earlier, Sammy suffered the indignity of a one-ball ‘duck’ as Kings, choosing to bat, could only muster 124 for seven. Top of standings DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC): West Indies players Evin Lewis and Marlon Samuels both stroked half-centuries to power their respective franchises to victories in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) yesterday. In the first game of a doubleheader at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, the left-handed Lewis carved out a typically stroke-filled 75 as Dhaka Dynamites defeated Rangpur Riders by 42 runs. In the nightcap encounter, Samuels hit a controlled unbeaten 55 to lead a successful Comilla Victorians run chase as they beat Darren Sammy’s Rajshahi Kings by eight wickets.
Records The innings of the Scorpions brought about several records. This includes registering the highest margin of victory since the tournament was inaugurated in 1972 and Jamaica’s biggest one-day total ever. Additionally, there was also the record of the most sixes hit by a team, 27. Openers Chadwick Walton and Steven Taylor, who put on a record 174 runs, laid the foundation for the Scorpions, with Jermaine Blackwood following through with 108, and Man of The Match, Rovman Powell, a late-order 95. The latter also returned to take five for 36. Miller, in the meanwhile, is hoping that his charges will be able to put in a similar display against Barbados Pride in the final today, also at Coolidge. “It’s a final and you don’t really have a choice. You just have to bring your ‘A’ game,” expressed Miller. “I want to thank the team for the character they have shown so far. We didn’t play well in our first game and lost, but we did not hang our heads. We held it up, and we have since played some good cricket and have excited the crowd, and, hopefully, come the final, we will continue in that vein.” Captain Nikita Miller believes Jamaica Scorpions always had it in them to post big totals and it was just a matter of time. He made the disclosure following the team’s mega 292 runs win over ousted champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the semi-final action of the WICB Regional Super50 Tournament on Wednesday. “Before the final, we spoke about some of the previous games we batted in , whereby we set up innings nicely, but we just did not close it out,” expressed Miller. “We then said this is the game for us to close it out. Given the type of players that we have we are capable of scoring big runs. It subsequently happened and we are thankful.” Jamaica, who are reaching their first final since the 2011-2012 when they won the title, amassed a record-breaking 434 for four off their 50 overs. The Robert Samuels-coached unit then returned to bowl out Trinidad for 142.
I was born during the dark clouds of the second World War, and to those who were born after that, I make no apologies for it, even if, to a few, I am considered old fashion for my views, and especially so, on cricket. And my view on cricket is simply this: for whatever reason, cricket today is a game for all kinds of people, for three kinds of people, including those who love it for its skill between bat and ball, for its excitement, drama, and surprises, and those who prefer it for its artificial atmosphere and finishes, and especially after a quick 20-over affair. And I respect and admire all three versions of the game, but I love the original one, the one that fully tests ones skills in the many aspects of the game, including technique with bat and ball, the intricacies of the game, and the many variables as it meanders through the unknown and on to the end for one to five days. I love cricket for what it really is: a game of skill, of excitement and drama, of surprises and disappointments, and, as Mark Nicholas, the former captain of Hampshire, has said, one of the rearguard action. Now a journalist, Nicholas, writing on cricinfo.com recently, wrote that people have apparently turned off Test cricket because of its length, its total dependency on technique, the possibility of enduring maiden overs after and maiden overs day after day as batsmen fight for survival, and the ever-present possibility of the dreaded draw. To Nicholas, however, and for me also, the draw is not a dreaded draw, at least not all the time. The draw, which can be really be boring at times, can also be an attraction, and an exciting, nail-biting one. And it can be, as it has been on many, many occasions, as exciting as many thrilling victories, when the draw comes after victory seemed almost a certainty or almost a foregone conclusion for one team, and when one team appears dead and buried. At such times, it is almost like a miracle to come away alive and ready to fight another day. How can I forget, as a young man, the Test match at Lord’s in 1963, when the West Indies went all out for victory on the last day, with fast bowler Wes Hall bowling non-stop all day, and when Hall started bowling the last over of the day, Colin Cowdrey, with his left-arm in plaster, came out to bat left-handed as the last man for England with six runs to get and one wicket in hand? How can I forget either, Garry Sobers and David Holford, with the West Indies on 95 for five in their second innings and just eight runs ahead of England at Lord’s in 1966, putting on 274 to save the game? And how can I forget, as a man, that wonderful performance of V. V. S. Laxman and Rahul Dravid in Kolkatain 2001, when, after being dismissed for 171 and following on 274 runs behind, they stroked 281 and 180 in a partnership of 340 to pull an amazing victory? How can I forget that day at Trent Bridgein in 1966 when, with the West Indies in trouble and fighting to save the game, Derek Underwood and company, on a rainy Saturday, bowled maiden after maiden overs before Rohan Kanhai and Basil Butcher gave the Monday crowd a batting display to remember, or just recently, in Ranchi in India, when Australians Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh, with the Indians getting ready to celebrate with champagne, batted for 64 overs on the last day and scored 123 runs on a “turner” to rob India of what seemed a certain victory? And how can I forget that day in Chittagong when, at tea time on the final day, England were 1000 without loss and, to everyone’s shock, to some dismay, to others jubilation, went on to lose to Bangladesh as all 10 second-innings wickets fell for 64 runs in 21.3 overs, These were not normal deeds, neither were they regular deeds, but there have been many more instances of two batsmen, a batsman and an all-rounder, a batsman and a tail-ender, or two tail-enders have gone beyond the norm by defying the odds and by frustrating the opposition when all seems lost. Cricket is a game of many parts, of skill, charm, and elegance, of strength and speed, concentration and staying power, and, of course, of the excitement of flying sixes and acrobatic fielding. MEMORABLE INSTANCES Nicholas mentioned a few memorable instances when the dead got up and walked, when, at Old Trafford in 2005, Ricky Ponting, Brett Lee, and Glen McGrath batted Australia to safety before a full house, when Australia had England on the ropes in Cardiff in 2009 and Monty Panesar and James Anderson fought the good fight to save the game, and when, at Adelaide in 2012, newcomer Faf du Plesis joined A. B. deVilliers and batted all day as South Africa denied Australia what seemed an easy victory. The victory at Old Trafford was so exciting that according to Nicholas, England’s captain Michael Vaughan was heard saying to his players as Australia celebrated the draw, “See, even the mighty Australians are celebrating a draw with us.” My memories suggest to me that the draw is an important part of cricket, and that many of the game’s most memorable and historic moments involves great and surprising escapes. How can I forget, as a teenager, when Denis Atkinson and Clairemont Depeiza of the West Indies batted for over a day and scored 348 for the seventh wicket against Ray Lindwall, Keith Miller, Richie Benaud and company of Australia to save a Test match in 1955? 1963 TEST MATCH AT LORD’S
Jeo Ambohot added 11 points and eight rebounds before going down with a right wrist injury following a nasty fall at the 5:48 mark of the third quarter. for the Knights, who blew a 12-point lead in the first half,“All credit to the boys. Their character showed when Jeo was out and everybody stepped up,” said Letran head coach Jeff Napa.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’“Four [straight] wins is nothing. It’s not our main target. Our focus is to win as many games as we can,” Napa added.San Sebastian forward Michael Calisaan scored 18 points, including the game-tying triple, 71-all, with 1:14 remaining in regulation. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Alapag confident of Gilas’ chances in another PH-Korea duel Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Letran hiked its record to 5-3 while San Sebastian, which rallied from an early double-digit deficit, dropped to 3-4.Calvo wound up with 12 points and eight assists.Jerrick Balanza sealed the game by hitting two free throws with 26.9 ticks to go.ADVERTISEMENT FILE PHOTO by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLetran continued its winning ways after surviving San Sebastian, 79-75, in overtime in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Rey Nambatac posted another double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds while JP Calvo hit the go-ahead free throws, 77-75, with 1:20 left and made a crucial steal off the inbound pass as the Knights chalked up their fourth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coming out with renewed drive after the restart, the Busmen saw Bienvenido Maranon sending a long-range effort off target in the 51st minute, but cracks in the defense continued to show with Muller and Kawase colliding as Barkov pressed, before Junior Munoz made the clearance. As the Filipinos chased the game, Istiklol continued to find gaps in the defense with Manuchehr Dzhalilov scoring the first of his two goals from long range in the 67th minute. There was time for the Istiklol target man to score a fourth two minutes from time as the Busmen once again failed to deal with a cross, allowing Vadiev Dilshod to set up Dzhalilov who slotted home from close range. The Busmen fly home on Wednesday morning, but this was a tough reality check as they paid dearly for a sub-par away performance.ADVERTISEMENT Istiklol got a goal each at from Akhtam Nazarov and Romish Dhzalilov in the first half, before a second half brace from Manuchehr Dhzalilov ensured the Tajiks go into the second leg on Sept. 12 at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City with a comfortable advantage. A 5-0 win at home will allow the Busmen to advance, but a 4-0 scorline will send the tie to extra time. But with the way the Tajik champions dominated the first leg, it seems the Busmen would need a miracle for that to happen. 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’Nazarov opened the scoring by converting a penalty in the 25th minute after Kota Kawase brought down Dimitri Barkov inside the area. Romish Dhzalilov doubled the lead at the stroke of halftime with a clinical strike that left Roland Muller with no chance. The Busmen hardly threatened in the first half as Istiklol controlled proceedings, pressing high and winning the ball early. It didn’t help that the Busmen missed their top defender Super Herrera to suspension as Kawase struggled to deal with Barkov. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies MOST READ SEA Games: Cray settles for silver in 100m dash Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo from AFC Cup Twitter.HISOR – Filipino club Ceres-Negros absorbed a 0-4 drubbing at the hands of Tajikistan champion Istiklol in the first leg of their AFC Cup inter-zone semifinal tie on Tuesday, leaving the Busmen with a mountain to climb in the return leg in three weeks time. On a chilly night in the outskirts of the capital Dushanbe, the Busmen struggled to cope against a relentless Istiklol side that made the most of its physical advantage by hassling and harrying the visitors at Hisor Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
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Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Chelsea are now clear of Roma at the top of Group C by two points, after the Italians held on to beat Qarabag 2-1 in the early kick-off in Baku.Kostas Manolas and Edin Dzeko put the visitors two goals to the good inside quarter of an hour, and although Pedro Henrique pulled one back for Qarabag, the home side couldn’t find a maiden Champions League point.United outclass CSKAThree-time winners Manchester United brushed aside CSKA Moscow 4-1 to maintain their unbeaten record in the Russian capital, with Romelu Lukaku continuing his extraordinary start to life at the club with a brace.The Belgian striker headed Jose Mourinho’s visitors in front, before Anthony Martial made it two from the penalty spot.Lukaku tapped in his 10th goal of the season before half-time and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the fourth before a late consolation from teenager Konstantin Kuchaev.“It is a great achievement (Lukaku’s goals), but it’s only possible with a good team,” said Mourinho.“But for Romelu, these are incredible numbers. He is humble, he wants to learn, he is ambitious.”The other game in Group A saw Basel make it back-to-back defeats for 10-man Benfica, with a stunning 5-0 thrashing in Switzerland.Michael Lang slotted into an empty net and Dimitri Oberlin finished off a breakaway to get Basel off to a brilliant start.Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s penalty ended the game as a contest and Andre Almeida was sent off for a horrendous tackle, with the 19-year-old Oberlin completing a brace. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide 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 Basel’s biggest ever win in the Champions League was sealed by teenager Blas Riveros.Last season’s runners-up Juventus struggled for long periods at home to Olympiakos, but eventually saw off their stubborn visitors 2-0 as Gonzalo Higuain came off the bench to score.A brave effort from Olympiakos was in vain as Mario Mandzukic bundled in a second.Barcelona overcame a stuttering display to edge out Sporting 1-0 in the Portuguese capital.Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both wasted excellent chances in the opening 45 minutes, but Ernesto Valverde’s side were fortunate to score a 49th-minute winner through Sebastian Coates’ own goal.Barca lead Juve and Sporting by three points at the top of Group D.Celtic cruised past Anderlecht 3-0 in what looks to be a fight for third place behind PSG and Bayern in Group B.Leigh Griffiths grabbed the first goal shortly before half-time in Brussels and the Glaswegians wrapped it up in the second period as Serigne Kara put through his own net and Scott Sinclair rifled home. Atletico were handed the opener against English champions Chelsea when David Luiz needlessly gave away a penalty and Antoine Griezmann slotted past keeper Thibaut Courtois.But the Wanda Metropolitano — as well as the watching Diego Costa, signed this week from Chelsea — was silenced as former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata headed in an excellent Eden Hazard cross.Antonio Conte’s men deserved all three points and snatched the win in the fourth minute of added time as Belgian subsitute Batshuayi picked out the bottom corner.“Michy scores every time he’s on the field! He can score every time. I’m so happy for him,” said winger Hazard.“We want to play games like these. We play for Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world and we want to win everything.”ADVERTISEMENT PSG’s Neymar clenches his fist after scoring his side’s third goal as PSG’s Dani Alves, left, runs to hug Neymar during a Champions League Group B soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Neymar starred as Paris Saint-Germain sent out a statement of intent with an impressive 3-0 Champions League victory over Bayern Munich on Wednesday, while Michy Batshuayi grabbed an injury-time winner as Chelsea won 2-1 at Atletico Madrid.It took PSG less than two minutes to break the deadlock in the Group B clash against Bayern, as world-record signing Neymar teed up fellow Brazilian Dani Alves to hammer home.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DAY6 is for everybody How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene San Miguel aims for All-Filipino Cup history after failed Grand Slam bid OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Bayern piled on the pressure but failed to take their chances, before Edinson Cavani finished a sweeping counter-attack with an exquisite strike into the top corner.Unai Emery’s men finished off their visitors in the 63rd minute when Neymar pounced after Kylian Mbappe had bamboozled the Bayern defence.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“The main thing is the three points, but it’s also important for me that the fans enjoy the match and seeing us win against a top-level side,” said Spanish coach Emery.PSG now lead the five-time champions by three points in the race to finish top of Group B. 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It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Rookie forward Kyle Kuzma scored 28 of his career-high 30 points in the second half for the Lakers, who have lost five of six. Los Angeles beat Phoenix 100-93 on Monday, but couldn’t match that defensive effort in the rematch.Ulis, Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Suns rookie Josh Jackson all got technical fouls for an aggressive shoving match near the Phoenix bench with 3:17 to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneBooker scored 36 points in the Suns’ home loss to the Lakers on Monday, and he kept up his history of torrid performances against LA. Perhaps motivated by a verbal altercation near the Lakers’ bench in Phoenix four days earlier, Booker hit all six of his 3-pointers in the first half at Staples Center.Kuzma set a new career high for the second straight game with a dynamite second half, but the Lakers made no progress on their deficit. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Devin Booker hit six 3-pointers while scoring 33 points, and the Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time in three tries this season, 122-113 on Friday night.Alex Len had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Suns, who won for just the second time in eight games. Tyler Ulis added 16 points as Phoenix bounced back impressively after giving up 142 points in a home loss to Houston one night earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Lakers: Larry Nance Jr. has been cleared to return to practice earlier than expected. The forward broke hisleft hand Nov. 2 and was expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. … Kuzma’s sixth 20-point game is the most among NBA rookies.UP NEXTSuns: Host the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.Lakers: Host the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Spurs overcome 23-point deficit to beat Thunder Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Brook Lopez had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles. Rookie point guard Lonzo Ball had a quiet six points, six assists and six rebounds in 38 minutes.Greg Monroe had six points and one rebound in his second appearance with the Suns.One night after giving up 90 points in the first half to Houston, the Suns yielded a measly 53 first-half points to the Lakers while jumping out to a 12-point lead. Booker nailed two 3-pointers in the final 14 seconds, with Ball’s first field goal on a layup sandwiched between them.TIP-INSSuns: Big man Dragan Bender celebrated his 20th birthday with 10 points and five rebounds. … Big man Tyson Chandler missed his second straight game with a respiratory illness. … Jared Dudley missed his fourth consecutive game with a knee injury.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene
LATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Alaska’s Vic Manuel (left) and Calvin Abueva try to keep possession for the Aces as NLEX’s JR Quiñahan joins the fray during their match Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. —AUGUST DELA CRUZFatigued but holding on long enough, NLEX wrapped up a challenging eight-day stretch by winning all its three games and shoring up its playoff position in the PBA Philippine Cup.And the Road Warriors got their composure tested—and passed with flying colors—along the way.ADVERTISEMENT It was the third straight win for the Road Warriors, who will close out their elimination round schedule with matches against formidable squads Blackwater and TNT KaTropa.“We will just try to get into a spot to make the next round and not play a team with a twice-to-beat advantage,” Guiao said. “That’s the remaining goal for us—try to get to at least sixth place.”Tournament format calls for the top two teams after the eliminations to clash with the seventh- and eighth-seeded squads in the quarterfinals and needing just one win to make the Final Four.FIRST GAMENLEX 96—Alas 15, Fonacier 15, Soyud 15, Quiñahan 12, Ravena 12, Miranda 8, Tiongson 8, Mallari 4, Baguio 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Gotladera 2, Taulava 0.ALASKA 89—Casio 12, Manuel 12, Teng 12, Abueva 10, Cruz 10, Enciso 10, Exciminiano 7, Banchero 4, Racal 4, Thoss 4, Potts 3, J. Pascual 1, Baclao 0.Quarters: 29-18, 52-32, 79-54, 96-89SECOND GAMEADVERTISEMENT Blatche resumes Gilas training Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases GINEBRA 93—Tenorio 27, J. Aguilar 25, Slaughter 20, Thompson 9, Ferrer 6, Cruz 6, Taha 0, Mercado 0, Caperal 0, Caguioa 0, R. Aguilar 0.TNT KATROPA 78—Castro 17, Williams 17, Pogoy 16, Tautuaa 10, Garcia 8, Reyes 2, Torres 2, Semerad 2, Tamsi 2, Paredes 2, Golla 0, Carey 0.22-18, 44-42, 63-62, 93-78Sports 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments “This win is good for us in terms of learning a lot of lessons,” coach Yeng Guiao said with a sigh of relief after his Road Warriors nearly blew a 30-point fourth quarter lead before carving out a 96-89 victory over Alaska that snapped the Aces’ six-game winning streak at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“Even the two games before this was really hard and they (games) helped us in terms of keeping our composure in the endgame,” added Guiao after NLEX rose to 5-4 and put itself firmly in the middle of the pack.“We were actually very tired with this being our third game in eight days.”Barangay Ginebra got 27 points and 11 assists from LA Tenorio and a combined 45 from its twin towers as the Gin Kings handled TNT KaTropa with ease in the nightcap, 93-78, to also rise to 5-4.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 folkJapeth Aguilar had 25 points and the 7-foot Greg Slaughter 20 and 14 rebounds for the Kings, who dealt the Texters a fifth setback also in nine games.Kevin Alas made key free throws in the waning seconds to save the Road Warriors, who yielded a 32-4 run that had the Aces coming to within two after trailing 87-57 early in the payoff frame. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak