TORONTO, Canada (CMC):Reigning Woodbine champion Patrick Husbands rode a handsome double on Wednesday’s mid-week card here, as he continued to close in on third spot in the jockeys’ championship.The 42-year-old scored with favourite Pretty Bird in the day’s opening race and followed up with another win in race two aboard punters choice, My Name is Michael.Husbands has picked up the pace after a sluggish start to the season and now has 79 wins, just two adrift of Alan Garcia who lies third on 81.Eurico Rosa da Silva, the 2010 champion, leads with 128 wins with three-time former champion Luis Contreras eight behind in second.A seven-time Woodbine champion, Husbands is also now on course to pass 100 wins, a feat he has only failed to accomplish once in 17 full seasons at the prestigious Toronto oval – when he broke his leg in 2013 and missed nearly fourth months of the campaign.He started brightly on Wednesday, however, making all the running with Pretty Bird over six furlongs to beat the three-year-old fillies by half length.Husbands broke the bay smartly and duelled with Scindia before getting clear but was forced to the hold off the fast-finishing Woven Lady in the stretch.In race two over a mile and eighth, Husbands and My Name is Michael barely edged out 5-1 bet Peyton at the wire in a close finish.The Barbadian sat the five-year-old dark bay off the pace as 2-1 choice Brilliant Comet posted an easy 25.61 seconds for the quarter and 51.30 for the half.Husbands then roused My Name is Michael heading into the far turn before challenging strongly in the stretch to reel in the leaders and just get up at the wire.
LONDON (AP):Chelsea manager JosÈ Mourinho was charged by England’s Football Association yesterday for accusing Premier League referees of being biased against his team hours after he was given public backing by the club following its disappointing start to the season.Speaking after Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Southampton at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho said referees “are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea”.Imply biasThe FA said in a statement that Mourinho’s remarks constitute improper conduct as they imply bias and bring the game into disrepute. Mourinho has until Thursday to respond to the charge.Earlier, Chelsea took the unusual step of publicly endorsing Mourinho, with the team languishing in 16th place in the 20-team Premier League after winning two of their first eight games. Chelsea have also lost one of their first two group games in the Champions League.”The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support,” a Chelsea statement read. “As Jose has said himself, results have not been good enough, and the team’s performances must improve.”However, we believe that we have the right manager to turn this season around and that he has the squad with which to do it.”On Sunday, Liverpool fired manager Brendan Rodgers and Dick Advocaat resigned as Sunderland manager.- AP
VILLA (4-1-4-1)GUZAN,HUTTON, OKORE, LESCOTT, BACUNA,SINCLAIR, SANCHEZ, VERETOUT, GANA, AYEW,GESTEDEARSENAL (4-2-3-1)WALCOTT,CAMPBELL, OZIL, OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN,FLAMINI, RAMSEY,MONREAL, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, BELLERIN,CECHOn Wednesday Arsenal recorded one of their best recent results in Europe when, having needing to win 2-0 in Greece against Olympiacos, they won 3-0 thanks to an Olivier Giroud hat-trick. It means the Gunners are in the knock-out stages of the Champions League for the 16th year in a row.Now the bottom club in the Barclays Premier League entertains Arsenal, second in the table after returning to winning ways against Sunderland. The Gunners had gone three games without a win but responded by claiming their ninth victory of the season, the joint most wins along with Leicester City and Manchester City.By contrast, Aston Villa have just one win – the fewest in the Premier League. But in new manager Remi Garde they have a man familiar to Arsenal fans. The Frenchman spent three years at Arsenal, from 1996 to 1999, though in that time he made only 31 first-team appearances.Arsenal have scored 27 goals so far; only Everton (28), Manchester City (30) and Leicester City (32) have more. But they have also hit the woodwork 12 times, more than any other team in the Premier League. Villa, though, have just 13 goals, the joint lowest with Stoke City.
CENTURION, South Africa (AP): England crumbled to 101 all out and their second-lowest score ever in South Africa to lose the fourth and final Test by 280 runs yesterday, ending a hugely successful tour on a sobering low point. Continuing on 52-3, England lasted barely an hour on the final day at SuperSport Park, as their last seven batsmen were fired out in just over 13 overs, mainly down to another supreme display by young South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. “This week has shown us that if you’re not absolutely 100% on it … you just can’t compete,” England captain Alastair Cook said. Still, England had already won the series with a 2-0 lead ahead of the final Test and will celebrate a first victory over South Africa in 11 years. The context of the loss was that the game in Centurion was a dead rubber, and England were reaching the end of a long and rugged tour. Over the last month, England beat South Africa convincingly in two games on their home soil, and dominated long periods of the drawn second Test in Cape Town. South Africa chased down their consolation win desperately, having sustained a rare home series loss, been knocked off the top of the Test rankings, and been the target of sometimes fierce criticism by their fans and media commentators. Rabada’s 6-32 in England’s brief second innings, and his 13 wickets in the Test, confirmed the relief of a first victory for the former No. 1 team in their last 10 Tests, since they beat West Indies in early January 2015. “Tough times are part of the game. And it’s a part of individual careers,” South Africa captain AB de Villiers said. “I never felt it was panic stations.” The 20-year-old Rabada became only the third South African to take 13 wickets in a Test, and his match figures of 13-144 were the second-best ever for the Proteas behind Makhaya Ntini’s 13-132 against West Indies in 2005.
SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARYLEICESTER CITY V NORWICH CITY, KING POWER STADIUMLEICESTER (4-2-3-1)SCHMEICHEL, AMARTEY, HUTH, MORGAN, FUCHS, DRINKWATER, KANTE, MAHREZ ALBRIGHTON, VARDYNORWICH (4-2-3-1)MBOKANI, JARVIS, HOWSON, NAISMITH, MULUMBU, TETTEY, OLSSON, BASSONG, KLOSE, PINTO, RUDDDespite losing 2-1 at Arsenal in their last Barclays Premier League outing a fortnight ago, Leicester City remain top of the table with a two-point advantage over Tottenham Hotspur and the Gunners, with just 12 games remaining.With their two closest rivals not playing until Sunday and with fourth-placed Manchester City involved in the Capital One Cup final – against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium – the Foxes have the chance to extend their advantage to five points.Leicester have the joint most goals in the Premier League, with Manchester City (48) while visitors Norwich City have suffered nine defeats – and just two wins – out of 13 away games. Only Newcastle (10) have lost more on the road.When the teams met at Carrow Road in October, Leicester moved up to fourth in the Premier League with a narrow victory, taking the lead through Jamie Vardy’s penalty. Jeffrey Schlupp put the Foxes in control before Norwich’s Dieumerci Mbokani replied.Leicester have entertained Norwich only once before in the Premier League when, in April 1995, they won 1-0. But in three of their last four visits to Leicester the Canaries have won three. Overall, Leicester have won eight and drawn six of 21 home league clashes, with Norwich winning seven times.Vardy has 19 goals, including four in his last four games and has won six penalties for Leicester this season.REFEREE: NEIL SWARBRICK. MATCHES: 10. Y38, R2.SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARYSOUTHAMPTON V CHELSEA, ST MARY’S STADIUMSOUTHAMPTON (4-3-2-1)FORSTER, SOARES, FONTE, VAN DIJK, BERTRAND, ROMEU, CLASIE, WARD-PROWSE, TADIC, LONG, PELLECHELSEA (4-2-3-1)COSTA, PEDRO FABREGAS, WILLIAN, MATIC, MIKEL, AZPILICUETA, CAHILL, TERRY, IVANOVIC, COURTOISChelsea are unbeaten in their last 11 Barclays Premier League games. Their previous defeat was back in December, at Leicester City. But they meet a Southampton outfit unbeaten in their last six, winning five. And the Saints and goalkeeper Fraser Forster have gone 633 minutes without conceding a goal.That record has been bettered only 10 times previously in the Premier League and if he keeps another clean sheet extending his record to 723 minutes he will be fifth, with Manchester United’s Edwin van der Sar holding the record of 1,311, completed in February 2009.Southampton’s impressive run has taken them into the top six; their best ever finish in the Premier League was seventh last season while in 1985 they finished fifth in the old First Division.Chelsea have risen to 12th place in the Premier League and will hope to improve on just three away wins and just 12 goals from 12 games on the road.The Saints won 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in October, while both games last season ended in 1-1 draws.Chelsea have scored 10 goals in their last two domestic outings. Following the 5-1 win over Newcastle last time out in the Premier League, they won 5-1 against Manchester United in the Emirates FA Cup.REFEREE: MARTIN ATKINSON. MATCHES: 24. Y85, R1.SUNDAY, 28 FEBRUARYMANCHESTER UNITED V ARSENAL, OLD TRAFFORD.MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1)DE GEA, LOVESMALLING, BLINDBORTHWICK-JACKSON, CARRICK, SCHNEIDERLIN, LINGARD, MATA, MEMPHIS, MARTIALARSENAL (4-2-3-1)GIROUD, CAMPBELL, OZIL, WALCOTT, COQUELIN, RAMSEY, MONREAL, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, BELLERIN, CECHOn Tuesday night, Arsenal suffered a setback in the Champions League when they lost 2-0 at home to a Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona. But in the Barclays Premier League, they are just two points behind leaders Leicester City, level on points with second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.Manchester United are fifth, despite losing 2-1 at Sunderland in their last league outing. They made amends with a 3-0 win in the Emirates FA Cup, at League One Shrewsbury on Monday night.They return to Old Trafford where they have won just six of their 12 games in the league. However, United have conceded just five home goals all season, the fewest in the Premier League.Arsenal, though, have scored more league goals away than at home 23 compared to 18 and they have lost only three games on the road.When these teams met at the Emirates Stadium in October Arsenal stunned United with three goals in the opening 20 minutes. United had no answer to Arsenal’s opening burst as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil scored twice in 74 seconds. Sanchez added a third from 18 yards as the Gunners beat United for just the second time in 14 league meetings.Their Premier League record at Old Trafford is poor. Last season’s 1-1 draw ended a run of five straight defeats, while the Gunners have won just three of their 23 visits, most recently in September 2006. United have won 15 and drawn five.REFEREE: CRAIG PAWSON. MATCHES: 19. Y61, R2.SUNDAY, 28 FEBRUARYTOTTENHAM HOTSPUR V SWANSEA CITY, WHITE HART LANETOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)LLORIS, WALKER, ALDERWEIRELD, WIMMER, DAVIES, DIER, DEMBELE, SON ERIKSEN, CHADLI, KANESWANSEA (4-2-3-1)AYEW, ROUTLEDGE, SIGURDSSON, KI, BRITTON, CORK, TAYLOR WILLIAMS, FERNANDEZ, NAUGHTON, FABIANSKITottenham Hotspur moved to within two points of Premier League leaders Leicester as Christian Eriksen struck a late winner at fourth-placed Manchester City in their last game in the Barclays Premier League.Visiting striker Harry Kane scored from the spot in the second half after Raheem Sterling was penalised for handball. After Kelechi Iheanacho levelled, Christian Eriksen earned a fifth league win in a row.Tottenham have won five consecutive Premier League games for the first time since a run of six, in December 2011.If Leicester lose at home to Norwich on Saturday, Spurs can go top with a win over Swansea, who have won only two of their 12 away games this season. Their last was at Everton; since then they have taken just two points from a possible nine.When the teams met in October in Wales, Swansea came from behind twice to steal a 2-2 draw.Indeed, that extended Spurs’ unbeaten Premier League run against the Swans to nine games. Swansea last beat Spurs, at home, in October 1982 in the old First Division.Swansea have never won at Spurs in the league. They have lost on their last 14 visits and the last time they got a draw there was in the old Second Division in November 1930. Overall, in 17 visits the Welshmen have lost 15 and drawn just two. And in those 17 games, Tottenham have scored 49 goals and conceded just 14.REFEREE: MIKE JONES. MATCHES: 18. Y60, R1.
Rookie Muir logs double at Northlands EDMONTON, Ontario (CMC): Jamaican Shamaree Muir continued to make waves in his debut international season when he rode a double on the eight-race card at Northlands Park here on Saturday. The 21-year-old took race one over six furlongs with 2-1 chance Live a Little before following up in race eight over 6-1/2 furlongs with victory aboard 9-1 choice Long Time Don. Muir, a two-time champion apprentice back in his homeland, lies sixth on 33 wins in the season due to wrap up on October 22. Five-time defending champion Rico Walcott, who won just once on the day’s card, tops the jockeys standings with 86, a whopping 40 clear of Trinidadian Keishan Balgobin. Jamaican Dane Nelson sits third on 45 wins with multiple-time former champion Barbadian Quincy Welch one back in fourth. New WI players fine-tune for ODIs DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): West Indies one-day players arriving here over the weekend trained with the full unit for the first time yesterday as they fine-tuned their preparation for the start of the three-match series in Sharjah next Friday. The contingent of left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, batsmen Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, and Jonathan Carter, along with fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, off-spinner Ashley Nurse, and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin arrived here on Friday to link up with the other members of the ODI, which is who are contesting the ongoing Twenty20 series. All-rounder Jason Holder, who is yet to feature in the T20 series, will lead the ODI side for the series, which will also see games in Sharjah on October 2 and in Abu Dhabi on October 5. SQUAD: Jason Holder (captain), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Keiron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels. Pakistan add Akmal, Shafiq KARACHI, Pakistan (CMC): Selectors have recalled Umar Akmal and Asad Shafiq to Pakistan’s one-day international squad for the three-match series against West Indies starting on Friday in Sharjah. The 26-year-old Akmal played the last of his 111 ODIs 18 months ago while Shafiq, 30, has played 58 ODIs but has spent the last year in the wilderness. However, the experienced Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Gul, with over 300 ODIs between them, have been left out after playing against England over the summer. SQUAD: Azhar Ali (captain), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sohail Khan.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, in the meantime, in expressing delight at the win, said his bowlers did well. “Tricky weather, first day, winning the toss and bowling, there was only one chance to get them out quickly with the weather. The bowlers did well, especially Amir in the first innings and Yasir,” he said. The second match in the three-Test series will begin on Saturday in Bridgetown, Barbados. SCOREBOARD Captain Jason Holder believes a much better first-innings display could have resulted in a different outcome to the first Brighto Paints-Q Mobile Test, which ended with the West Indies going down by seven wickets to Pakistan at Sabina Park yesterday. Set just 32 for victory late in the morning session of the final day, Pakistan achieved their target for the loss of three second innings wickets shortly after lunch. The tourists ended on 36 for three to go along with their first innings total of 407. The West Indies in their first innings made 286 and 152 in their second. “Not enough runs in the first innings. We lost wickets early, and could never consolidate with any partnership in the middle. We needed to get in excess of 300 runs, but didn’t,” said Holder. ” ”We lost early wickets again in the second innings, which also affected us. Yes, Yasir Shah did bowl wonderfully, but we could have batted a lot better,” he said. Starting on 93 for four and still needing another 28 runs to make Pakistan bat again, the West Indies were hoping for another rearguard effort, which in similar circumstances saw them pull off a dramatic draw against India last summer. However, unlike the last occasion, where middle-order batsman Roston Chase recorded his maiden Test century, and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and all-rounder Jason Holder scored half-centuries, it was not to be. Having resumed with middle-order batsman Vishaul Singh and night watchman, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, both not out on zero, the West Indies went on to lose their last six wickets for a mere 59 runs. Debutant Singh was the first to be dismissed when he misjudged an inswinging delivery from left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir and was bowled for nine with the score on 110. He was followed by Bishoo, who with the total on 129, pushed at a ball outside off stump from Mohammad Abbas and was caught behind for 18. Dowrich, zero from five balls, Holder 14 from 25 and pacer Alzarri Joseph one from two, soon perished before leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who ended with figures six for 63, claimed the wicket of last man, Shannon Gabriel, without scoring. Chase, having batted for close to an hour, was left not out on 16. Shah, who took two for 91 in the first innings, was named Man of the Match. ”It’s a tough phase, but it is what it is. We just got to stick together and learn,” continued Holder. ‘”I have full confidence in this young group, but we definitely need to get off to better starts. Kraigg Brathwaite couldn’t get going in this Test match, for example. The last time when we beat Pakistan late last year, he carried his bat through both innings.” Delight West Indies 1st Innings 286 Pakistan 1st Innings 407 West Indies 2nd Innings (overnight 93 for four) D. Bishoo c Younis Khan b Abbas 18 Vishal Singh b Mohammad Amir 9 R. Chase not out 16 +S Dowrich lbw b Abbas 0 *J. Holder c wkp Sarfraz Ahmed b Wahab Riaz 14 A. Joseph lbw b Yasir Shah 1 S. Gabriel c Abbas b Yasir Shah 0 Extras (lb5) 5 Total (all out, 52.4 overs) 152 Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Brathwaite), 2-72 (Hetmyer), 3-84 (Hope), 4-89 (Powell), 5-110 (Singh), 6-129 (Bishoo), 7-129 (Dowrich), 8-151 (Holder), 9-152 (Joseph), 10-152 (Gabriel) Bowling: Mohammad Amir 14-4-20-1, Mohammad Abbas 11-1-35-2, Yasir Shah 21.1-4-63-6, Wahab Riaz 6-0-29-1. Pakistan 2nd Innings (target: 32 runs) Azhar Ali b Joseph 1 Ahmed Shehzad c wkp Dowrich b Gabriel 6 Babar Azam not out 9 Younis Khan lbw b Bishoo 6 *Misbah-ul-Haq not out 12 Extras (lb2) 2 Total (3 wkts, 10.5 overs) 36 Did not bat: Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed+, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas. Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Ahmed Shehzad), 2-7 (Azhar Ali), 3-24 (Younis Khan) Bowling: Gabriel 3-1-7-1, Joseph 3-1-6-1, Bishoo 2.5-0-19-1, Holder 2-1-2-0. Result: Pakistan won by seven wickets. Series: Pakistan lead three-match series 1-0. Man-of-the-Match: Yasir Shah. Toss: Pakistan. Umpires: R Illingworth, R Kettleborough; TV -B Oxenford.
Break new ground MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Alvarez insisted on a rematch clause for the fight which some are hoping is the beginning of boxing’s newest trilogy series like Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera and Micky Ward and Arturo Gatti.Golovkin says he’s willing to take on all comers and can’t wait to get into the ring with Canelo, comparing the excitement to being with a new lover.“It is like you are going with your new girlfriend. Oh yeah,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pelicans add free agent Tony Allen View comments When reporters asked him on Wednesday about the birth of his second child, which happened last Friday, he said, “Please don’t ask me about my family. I am just focused on boxing.” His boxing career started in his native Kazakhstan. Growing up in a family of four boys, if he wasn’t scrapping with his brothers at home he was fighting much older and bigger kids in the streets.He had his first professional fight in 2006 at age 24 after a superb amateur career which included a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. His fought in Germany and Denmark before joining forces with trainer Abel Sanchez who taught him how to maximize his strengths.Sanchez and Golovkin teamed up for fights in Panama, Kazakhstan, Germany and Ukraine before Golovkin made his US debut in 2012.Golovkin’s twin brother, Max, said Gennady is a very private person.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “Nobody knows about it because camp is always closed,” Max Golovkin said. “No one knows how dedicated and focused and concentrated he is.”Max knows Gennady better than anyone. They had an older brother, Vadim, who helped introduce them to the sport and another brother, Sergey, who took time to work with them as well.Two brothers diedTragically both brothers were killed in separate incidents during Russian government service.The funeral for Vadim, who died first, was held with an empty casket. The family is still trying to find out the details of what happened.Gennady named his first child, a boy, Vadim. Max is also on Gennady’s mind when he fights. The family didn’t have much money so when Gennady turned 18 he was the one they picked to pursue a boxing career.“They chose Gennady should continue his career,” Max said.When you consider Gennady’s difficult journey to the pinnacle of his profession it is easy to see why he insists on taking nothing for granted.They say styles make fights and this one has the ingredients to be the start of a special rivalry. READ: Golovkin, Alvarez make weight for blockbuster fightIt is also the three-belt champion’s first fight in Las Vegas and it fittingly comes against the toughest opponent he has ever faced in a career which has been defined by a steady jab and explosive knockout power.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 biggest day is coming,” Golovkin said. “This is my game. My fight, I am the boss. I am the champion.”That was a mouthful from Golovkin. All week long during the build up to Saturday’s fight at the T-Mobile Arena for middleweight supremacy, the reserved Golovkin has said he prefers doing his talking in the ring. A costly, catty dispute finally settled Winning start It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Boxer Gennady Golovkin poses on the scales during a weigh-in with Canelo Alvarez at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. / AFP PHOTO / John GURZINSKIGennady Golovkin has travelled the globe winning boxing matches in 22 cities and seven different countries to earn his Las Vegas debut on Saturday.The 35-year-old Golovkin has waited years for the arrival of this career-defining superfight against Mexico’s biggest star Canelo Alvarez.ADVERTISEMENT 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 A costly, catty dispute finally settled OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ DAY6 is for everybody “He had made his sentiments known, as had we, and if there was something that made sense, we were going to move forward without him,” general manager Scott Perry said. “If it didn’t we were going to move forward with him, and this just happened to make enough sense to move forward without him.”Porzingis hoped Anthony would remain in New York, though understood why the move to Oklahoma City was better for someone he called a mentor and big brother. Kanter also believes the change of scenery will benefit the 33-year-old All-Star, who thanked the organization and city in an essay on his website.“I think he’s going to do a lot of good things in Oklahoma City, and there’s not much distractions,” Kanter said. “It’s a smaller city of course, you can focus on basketball. I think that’s what he needed. He can focus on basketball and just go out there and do his thing.”Kanter was giving a basketball clinic for orphans in Oklahoma City when he learned of the deal and has been beaming ever since about the move to a big city — one with plenty of Turkish restaurants — after the native of Turkey previously played for Utah and the Thunder.He played in some pickup games this summer with Anthony, who would have still been the Knicks’ best offensive weapon if he remained. It appears that will now be Porzingis, the 7-foot-3 forward from Latvia who will be entering his third season.He spent the summer back home, leading the national team in the European championships and didn’t return to New York until Sunday, the day Anthony arrived in Oklahoma City.Porzingis wouldn’t address his decision to skip his exit meeting with Knicks management before leaving. He only wanted to discuss the team to which he returned — the one that’s now his.“The past is the past and I don’t want to talk about that no more,” Porzingis said. “Let’s talk about the next season. I’m just excited to be here.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fajardo leads PBA Governors’ Cup BPC race; Durham top import 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 Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacuees So the Knicks know they are facing a tough task in moving on without him — on and off the court.The Knicks completed the trade with Oklahoma City on Monday that sent Anthony to the Thunder and made Kristaps Porzingis the new main man in Madison Square Garden.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“Obviously he took a lot of pressure off of everybody. We’ve got to understand that,” Porzingis said.“He was always the No. 1 focal point for the other team and I realize that. And now I’m going to be one of those guys that the other team is going to focus on. That’s going to make things more difficult for me, so it’s going to be different. It’s going to be way different. He draws so much attention and there might be more attention on me. So I have to be ready for that.” LATEST STORIES And that’s not just during the games.Anthony was the one who faced the toughest questions from reporters while other teammates could quickly escape as the losses mounted. And he was the one willing to speak up about social issues, around the country or in his homes in New York or Baltimore.The Knicks acknowledged that side of Anthony on Monday, donating $100,000 to his relief efforts in Puerto Rico, his father’s hurricane-devastated homeland the Knicks had visited with him a few years ago.The team believed Anthony would be with them Monday until just a few days ago. They hadn’t been able to find a trade that suited the franchise or player, and on Friday said they planned for him to be there when training camp opened.But discussions with the Thunder moved quickly that night and into Saturday morning, and by the afternoon New York had agreed to the trade that brought Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second-round pick to New York.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks celebrates his basket in the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden on March 27, 2017 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement Elsa/Getty Images/AFPGREENBURGH, N.Y. — Carmelo Anthony was the Knicks’ leading scorer, the one who made things easier for his teammates.He was also the voice of the franchise, often eager to use his fame and fortune for good.ADVERTISEMENT
Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in New York. The Nets won 112-107. AP Photo/Frank Franklin IINetizens have often joked about how LeBron James owns the Cleveland Cavaliers due to his supposed involvement with the franchise’s management decisions.But if everything falls into place, “The King” could actually one day purchase the Ohio-based squad, if current owner Dan Gilbert decides to put it up for sale in the future.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Last May, James also shared his goals of owning a team upon retirement.READ: NBA: LeBron James bares ownership aspiration upon retirementHowever, those aspirations have to wait, as the four-time NBA MVP still has plenty of basketball left in him, and he hopes to lift the Cavaliers from its slump in the ongoing 2017-2018 NBA regular season. Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Bucks’ Kidd fined $15,000 for criticism of officiating Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:22Bongbong Marcos: I’m not interested in Leni’s ouster… She’s not the enemy04:50LeBron James puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans for 3rd time02:14Carpio 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 Speaking to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, the three-time NBA champion once again bared his dream of one day calling the shots as an owner of an NBA franchise.“To be an owner of any team would be crazy,” he said. “If this thing opened up and I’m in a position financially, and I’ve got the right team around me, obviously. “FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAlthough he certainly welcomes the thought of owning the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2003, James knows that the plan remains far-fetched at best at this point.“But who’s to say Dan will (sell)? I’ve always kept it just player/owner at this point. I guess once I come down to that point, if the conversation needed to be had, I’ll have it. But I don’t have it right now,” he explained. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson