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As deadline nears, can Cavaliers find deal to make a difference?

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Cleveland has been able to score late-season help in recent years by signing veteran players who had taken buyouts and gone to the waiver wire, but even that kind of move may not be available this time. With so much uncertainty about James’ future, Cleveland may not be an attractive destination to veterans who have other options.But James’ immediate future is clear. He said Tuesday after a 116-98 loss in Orlando that he would not waive his no-trade clause and would finish the season in Cleveland.“I couldn’t give up on my teammates like that. I just couldn’t do it,” James said. “We put too much into the game every single day.”They’re just not getting enough out of it.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES The Cavaliers are a team that’s deeply in a rut and badly in need of a change to jump-start a season that shows signs of slipping away. But they’re down to their final hours to find help via trade, with the deadline set for Thursday afternoon.Impact players are traded, but this season the biggest ones may have already been moved. Jimmy Butler, Chris Paul, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony all were dealt over the summer, as was Kyrie Irving — in a move that may have backfired for the Cavs. Their former point guard has led Boston to the top of the Eastern Conference, while Isaiah Thomas has struggled in the brief time he’s been available since returning from his hip injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCleveland also acquired the Brooklyn Nets’ No. 1 pick in that deal, a likely high lottery selection. But the type of names most heavily mentioned in the days before this year’s deadline — such as the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams, and Memphis’ Tyreke Evans — aren’t worth such a coveted asset. They can certainly help teams but maybe not ones who seem as far off track as the Cavs, who have dropped 14 of 21 and are barely hanging on to a spot in the top four of the Eastern Conference.The deadline was moved up this season, with the NBA feeling it would give players who are dealt a chance to use the All-Star break to get acclimated to their new situations. The deadline previously was at the end of the break, and it sure looks like the Cavs wouldn’t want to wait that long this season.center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers players, from left, LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Love, JR Smith and Jae Crowder take a break during a review in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis. James and the Cavaliers are going through their annual January freeze. It’s taking them longer to thaw this year, raising questions about whether they’re still the best team in the Eastern Conference or good enough to make their fourth straight NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)LeBron James says he won’t be traded, though every other move should be on the table for the Cleveland Cavaliers.It’s just unclear if anything can make a difference.ADVERTISEMENT Troy Rosario stretchered off after hard falllast_img read more


Australian eves thrash India 1-2

first_imgIndia’s hopes of bagging a medal in women’s hockey at the Commonwealth Games faded on Wednesday as defending champions Australia handed them a 1-2 defeat. After a 1-1 draw with Scotland, India have just one point from two matches.Chanchan Devi and Australia’s Jayde Taylor vie for the ball during the match on Wednesday. After two wins in two days, Aussies seem headed towards the semi-finals. India – the 2006 Games silver medallists – now need to beat South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago in their remaining pool matches and also need to keep an eye on goal difference. On Wednesday, a goal in each half – from Shelly Liddelow and Megan Rivers – saw the Aussies through.Rani Rampal pulled one back in the dying minutes, but it was too little, too late. India started on a bright note and put in a much improved display than what was seen against Scotland. They dominated the opening exchanges and earned as many as four penalty corners, but the ageold weakness in the area continued to haunt them.They also created chances from open play, but Chanchan Devi failed to connect with a shot by Saba Anjum. On the other end, the Aussies took the lead on their first clear opportunity of the match in the 11th minute. Kate Hollywood capitalised on some lax Indian defending and couple of mis-traps allowed Fiona Johnson to put the ball in the path of Shelly Liddelow, who found the empty net.The Australians tried to drive home the advantage, but their first penalty corner was saved by a combination of custodian Deepika Murty and the post. India had several chances of putting the Aussie defence under pressure but a lack of pace in attack and a tendency to dwell on the ball for long put paid to their efforts. More often than not, they were crowded out. Both teams got eight penalty corners each, but to no avail. Dipika made a great save on her near post from close range of a Casey Eastham shot.advertisementThe Aussie girls went into halftime with the slender lead and the trend continued after the break. In the second half, a dangerous pass by Chanchan provided Ritu Rani with a good opportunity, but her shot missed the target. Ritu tried again but this time, Australian goalkeeper Rachel Lynch made an alert save with her pads. In the 59th minute, however, the Australians provided the body blow when Megan Rivers beat Deepika in a one-on-one confrontation after receiving a pass from Hollywood.Australia had chances for a third goal as well but could not find the net. Ritu injected some tension in the final minutes when she dispossessed an Aussie defender and shot past the goalkeeper. But there was no time left to look for the equaliser. “We now have to win the next two games. It is going to be tough as South Africa are playing good hockey,” coach Sandeep Somesh said. “We missed chances and also gave away the ball a lot. The problem of fading in the second half, which we saw at the World Cup, persists.”last_img read more