105-year-old Frenchman sets cycling record

first_imgThree years ago at the same venue, Marchand covered 26.927 kilometers (16.731 miles) in one hour to better his own world record in the over-100s category.Still, impressed fans and chanted “Robert, Robert” during the last minutes of his ride. Marchand received a standing ovation once he completed the last of his 92 laps and was then mobbed by dozens of cameramen and TV crews.“He could have been faster but he made a big mistake. He has stopped eating meat over the past month after being shocked by recent reports on how animals are subjected to cruel treatment,” Marchand’s physiologist, Veronique Billat, told The Associated Press.By way of comparison, the current overall world record for one hour is 54.526 kilometers (33.880 miles) set by British rider Bradley Wiggins in 2015. But Wiggins, who smashed the previous record using the world’s leading track cycling equipment, is now retired.Marchand, who lives in a small flat in a Parisian suburb with a meager pension of about 900 euros ($940), keeps pedaling and stretching every day. As if time had no effect on him.ADVERTISEMENT In a skin-tight yellow and violet jersey, the 105-year-old Frenchman set a world record in the 105-plus age category — created especially for the tireless veteran — by riding 22.547 kilometers (14.010 miles) in one hour.“I’m now waiting for a rival,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnMarchand had ridden faster in the past on the boards of the Velodrome National, a state of the art venue used to host the elite of track cycling. But he had warned before his latest attempt that his current form was not as good.“I did not see the sign warning me I had 10 minutes left,” Marchand said after his effort. “Otherwise I would have gone faster, I would have posted a better time. I’m not tired. I thought my legs would hurt, but they don’t. My arms hurt, you have to hurt somewhere.” “Reading a lot keeps his mind alert,” Mistler said. “He does not watch much TV, apart from the Tour de France stages.”At 105, Marchand is not making plans for the future. His coach would not be surprised to see him back on the boards, though.“Setting goals for himself is part of his personality,” Mistler said. “If he tells me he wants to improve his record, I’ll be game. Robert is a great example for all of us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “He’s got two essential qualities. A big heart that pumps a lot of blood, and he can reach high heart beat values that are exceptional for his age,” said Billat, a university professor. “If he starts eating meat again and builds more muscle, he can better this mark.”Marchand, a former firefighter who was born in 1911 in the northern town of Amiens, has lived through two world wars. He led an eventful life that took him to Venezuela, where he worked as a truck driver near the end of the 1940s. He then moved to Canada and became a lumberjack for a while.Back in France in the 1960s, Marchand made a living through various jobs that left him with no time to practice sports.He finally took up his bike again when he was 68 years old and began a series of cycling feats.The diminutive Marchand — he is 1.52 meters (5-foot) tall and weighs 52 kilograms (115 pounds) — rode from Bordeaux to Paris, and Paris to Roubaix several times. He also cycled to Moscow from Paris in 1992 and set the record for someone over the age of 100 riding 100 kilometers (62 miles).“If the president of his teenage club who told him he was not made for cycling because he was too small could see him today, he would kick himself,” Marchand’s coach and good friend Gerard Mistler told the AP.According to Mistler, the secret behind Marchand’s longevity relates to his healthy lifestyle: eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, no smoking, just the occasional glass of wine and exercising on a daily basis.“He never pushed his limits, goes to bed at 9 p.m. and wakes up at 6 a.m., there’s no other secret,” Mistler said. “If had been doping, he would not be there anymore.”To stay fit, Marchand rides every day on his home trainer and puts himself through outdoor training sessions on the road when the weather is good enough.“One needs to keep his muscles working,” said Marchand, a faithful reader of communist newspaper L’Humanite. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 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 French cyclist Robert Marchand, 105, pedals in a bid to beat his record for distance cycled in one hour, at the velodrome of Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, outside Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Nearly a century ago, Robert Marchand was told by a coach that he should give up cycling because he would never achieve anything on a bike.He proved that prediction wrong again on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac towncenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Murray battles through, Djokovic gets selfie surprise Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round View commentslast_img read more

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Santos saves day for San Miguel vs Ginebra

first_imgAnd at the center of that victory was Arwind Santos, who hauled down three crucial rebounds as well as contesting LA Tenorio’s potential game-tying floater in the endgame to stretch San Miguel’s winning streak to six games.But the 2013 PBA Most Valuable Player said he didn’t expect anything less against a formidable opponent like the Gin Kings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“In-expect naming hindi ganoon kadaling talunin ng Ginebra (We expected that we’ll have a hard time going up against Ginebra.),” he said.But Santos said grind out games like this will be beneficial for the Beermen in the long run, preparing them for the tightly-contested games expected in the playoffs. Dimitrov finds way to break title drought in Brisbane San Miguel springs back to action on Friday against Rain or Shine.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ LATEST STORIES Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer “Ang laki ng maitutulong nun. Syempre dependent pa rin kami sa bawat isa at sa game plan namin. Yung talent ng team – dependent kami doon kaya nakakuha pa kami ng kalamangan ng konti,” he said.(This will be a big help. Of course, we’ll rely on ourselves and our game plan. We’re dependent on the talent of our team, which is the reason why we still get those leads in the end.)Sitting on top of the standings at 7-1, Santos shared that San Miguel still fears the prospects of peaking early in the tournament. But for him, what will spell the difference between their title retention chances and a possible decline will be the team’s collective hunger.“Bilang captain ball, nandoon yung part ko na iremind yung bawat isa na wag magiging kuntento. Pumapasok yung pagiging relaxed sa isip namin kaya sana di namin madala yun. Kasi, pag kayo ang number one, kailangan mas lalo pa naming dagdagan yung effort namin. Basta wag kaming magsasawang manalo,” he said.(As the captain ball, there will always be a part of me who will remind my teammates to not be content. We may be relaxing, but I hope we fought through it. When you’re number one, you have to be relentless in our effort. We shouldn’t be satisfied with just winning.)ADVERTISEMENT View comments PBA IMAGESDefense did it for San Miguel.Squandering a 10-point lead, 72-62, with 2:25 left in Sunday’s tiff against Barangay Ginebra, it was the Beermen’s defense which helped them secure a 72-70 thriller.ADVERTISEMENT Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint 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 Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikelylast_img read more

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UFC middleweight champ Bisping: GSP thinks he can beat me

first_imgMichael Bisping (left) says his next opponent Georges St. Pierre looks down on him.  APUFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping has hit the so-called “George St. Pierre sweepstakes,” as he will reportedly face the longtime Welterweight champion at the latter part of 2017.READ: Georges St. Pierre books UFC comeback fight vs. champ BispingADVERTISEMENT After a three-and-a-half-year hiatus, the Canadian superstar has drawn interest from several high-profile fighters upon his return to the octagon.As expected, Bisping was livid upon knowing he’d be the one to welcome the the 35-year-old legend back, but insisted that GSP was looking down on him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“He chose me because he thinks he can beat me,” Bisping said in the latest episode of UFC Tonight, as relayed by MMAFighting.“I trained with him 11 years ago and he outwrestled me. Now back then I was a kickboxer from England, I didn’t know a double leg from a double decker bus.” Golf goes ‘radical’: Plans drawn to speed up, simplify the sport “I have nothing but respect for Georges,” said Bisping. “For me, beating Georges St-Pierre, beating Anderson Silva, beating Dan Henderson, beating Luke Rockhold, for me, it really puts an exclamation point on my career.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bisping’s remarks are aligned with St. Pierre’s decision to move above a weight class, instead of returning to the 170-lb. division, which he dominated up until his abrupt retirement in 2013.“He thinks I’m an easy opponent, an easy pick. He picked me to come out of retirement, moving up a weight class, it’s almost like he has nothing to lose, but if he moves up a weight class, he beats me, he becomes a legend,” the 38-year-old English fighter explained.Before seizing the title in surprising fashion against Luke Rockhold in June, Bisping was considered a “gate keeper” in the division for his failure to win big fights against high-profile opponents.Fortunes changed for the Ultimate Fighter Season 3 winner, as he currently holds a 5-fight win streak, with notable victories over certified Hall of Famers Anderson Silva and Dan Henderson.Despite his recent comments, Bisping is aware of the wonders of beating the UFC’s most dominant welterweight ever, and looks forward to adding yet another feather to his growing legacy.ADVERTISEMENT Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident MOST READ LATEST STORIES 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijinglast_img read more

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Fighting Lee wants to lead ‘new era’ for women

first_img‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos “I’m really excited to be paving the way for women’s MMA in Asia,” said Lee, who fights under One Championship, the organisation which has spearheaded the growth of the sport in Asia.“Now women’s MMA is kind of like the new big thing. It’s really great because you’re seeing a lot of highly skilled athletes now,” she added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Before, women’s MMA was kind of just pushed to the side, not really a big deal. I think that this is just the beginning of a huge new era.”Lee was speaking to AFP at the gym in Singapore where she trains. She had just returned from Bangkok, where she successfuly defended her ONE Championship atomweight world title via a technical knockout of Taiwan’s Jenny Huang. 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 Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Singapore-based One Championship has 24 events scheduled for 2017.Last month, the world’s biggest mixed martial arts organisation, the Las Vegas-based Ultimate Fighting Championship, announced its return to Asia with a Singapore show and a desire to debut in China.“I did everything that I wanted to do in that fight,” said Lee, referring to her fight against the previously unbeaten Huang.“I’m really happy that all the hard work paid off.”Lee, who holds a 7-0 record, will launch the second defence of her title in Singapore on May 26 when she faces the also undefeated Istela Nunes of Brazil.Despite the quick turnaround, Lee said she will be ready for the clash against Nunes who she described as a “very tough fighter”.“When I started fighting, I was fighting back-to-back, non-stop, so it feels good actually to get the ball rolling again and go straight into the next fight.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UFC legend Matt Hughes considering comeback—report Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu MOST READ Lee, who divides her time between Singapore and Hawaii, said that in North America, the sport has already taken off but has still room for growth in Asia.“I’m very excited to see all the growth that is to come,” she said.As the sport also gains popularity in China, Lee said she is open to fighting there.“China is a huge untapped market. I haven’t fought in China, it’s some place that I do want to go to,” she said.“I think the more female fights with fighters from all around Asia, it’s definitely going to help grow the sport in countries like China, where it is usually not so popular for women to be fighting.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Singaporean mixed martial art fighter Angela Lee works out at a gym in Singapore on March 16, 2017.Top Asian fighter Angela Lee said on March 16 she is prepared to headline a “new era” for women’s mixed martial arts in the region, and looked forward to a possible fight in China. / AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMANTop Asian fighter Angela Lee said Thursday she is prepared to headline a “new era” for women’s mixed martial arts in the region, and looked forward to a possible fight in China.Lee, 20, who is of Singaporean and Korean descent, is one of the sport’s most exciting prospects and has gained a huge following since becoming the world’s youngest MMA champion last year.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home LATEST STORIES ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot View commentslast_img read more

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Ramsay rues missed goal

first_imgLATEST STORIES ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely BACOLOD CITY—Up until early Thursday, Ceres-Negros winger Iain Ramsay still can’t seem to shake off the golden opportunity he missed hours earlier.He wasn’t sure if he did make contact with Fernando Rodriguez’s pass too early or if he was just a tad late in meeting the low cross from inside the six-yard box in the 74th minute.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home 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 Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebucenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Just the same, Ramsay’s bungled chance characterized a subdued night for the Busmen, who were held to a goalless draw by Felda United of Malaysia in their Group G clash in the AFC Cup at Panaad Stadium here.“I felt I could have done better with that chance,” said the Fil-Australian.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnCeres remained on top of Group G with five points, barely ahead of Vietnamese side Hanoi, on goal difference.Victory at home would have given the Busmen the cushion they needed with two of their three matches in the second round to be played away from home. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sorry, LVPI tells Ateneo for missed invites View commentslast_img read more

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Ray Allen gets no invitation to ’08 Celtics team reunion

first_imgFilipinos 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 View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Both Allen and Garnett have since retired, while Pierce also revealed that this season with the Los Angeles Clippers will be his last.  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celtics down Wizards in grudge match Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ray Allen. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOAlmost five years since Ray Allen left the Boston Celtics to join the Miami Heat, there’s still no love lost between him and his former comrades.Nearing the 10th anniversary of its NBA championship, the 2008 Celtics squad is gearing up for a reunion party to commemorate its glory. However, the team did not even bother to invite its former sharpshooter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I asked a couple of the guys. I got a no, a no head shake,” the team’s former point guard, Rajon Rondo, told Undefeated when asked why Allen was excluded.The feisty floor general, who now plays for the Chicago Bulls, also revealed that there are still hard feelings related to Allen’s departure prior to the 2012-2013 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnInstead of signing with the team, the 10-time All-Star opted to join then LeBron James-led Miami Heat, who was considered Boston’s biggest rival at the time.“I don’t know a good analogy to put this in. It just wasn’t the greatest separation,” Rondo explained further to Bleacher Report. “It wasn’t the greatest thing that could’ve happened to us as a team, a bond. We were at war with those guys [Miami]. To go with the enemy, that’s unheard of in sports. Well, it’s not so unheard of. It’s damn near common now,” the 31-year-old spitfire guard added.He even questioned Allen’s loyalty and allegiance to the team.“Who were you for? You didn’t bleed green. People think we had a messed-up relationship. It’s not the greatest. But it’s not just me,” he said.Allen, Rondo and future Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were responsible for the greatest season turn-around in NBA history. The team went 66–16 in the regular season, capped off by the Larry O’ Brien trophy. Previously, the team won only 24 games.Meanwhile, Allen, who still holds the league’s all-time record in three pointers made, has remained estranged from Rondo, Pierce and Garnett since his departure.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awardslast_img read more

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Warriors clinch West, NBA’s top record

first_imgGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) steals the ball from Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — The NBA regular season belongs to the Golden State Warriors – again.The high-speed Bay Area dynamo needed 42 points from Stephen Curry to hold off the pesky Phoenix Suns 120-111 Thursday night, a victory that ensured Golden State will have the best record in the NBA for the third straight season.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos James dominates, Cavs beat Celtics in East showdown “Yeah, it’s impressive,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We have had a great run.”The Warriors won their season-best 13th straight game, all of them without the injured Kevin Durant.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnGetting the top playoff seed was “a goal that we set going into the season,” Curry said, “to make sure the regular season mattered for us, to clinch that, and we did.”With Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala resting and Durant one game away from returning from injury, the Warriors prevailed in front of a noisy crowd. On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out LATEST STORIES Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac towncenter_img View comments Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government “I think our guys enjoy the position we are in. They know it is a special era that is not going to last forever,” Kerr said. “We have a special group of talented players at the same time, so we are trying to enjoy every moment.”Curry scored 23 in the first quarter when the Warriors blew open a 41-18 lead, but the Suns rallied with a 34-17 second quarter and made a game of it from there.“I think we got mesmerized as a team,” Kerr said. “We were so enamored with what Steph was doing that we kind of stopped playing to start the second quarter.”Devin Booker scored 21, Tyler Ulis 20 and Jared Dudley matched his season high with 19 for the Suns, who tied a franchise record with their 13th straight loss.Alan Williams scored 16 and grabbed a career-best 17 rebounds for Phoenix.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We just wanted to keep the game close, give ourselves the chance,” Dudley said. “Obviously, they are a championship team and for us, we want to just keep putting our young guys in situations where they can just learn from it.”Golden State became the first team have the NBA’s best record for three consecutive seasons since the Boston Celtics did it in 1983-84, ’84-’85 and ’85-’86. The Warriors, Boston – multiple times – and Philadelphia are the only franchises in NBA history to achieve that feat.The Warriors also are the first team to win at least 65 games in three straight seasons.Klay Thompson scored 22 for the Warriors, including a critical late 3-pointer.With the Spurs’ loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Warriors are 65-14, 4 1/2 games ahead of San Antonio. Golden State has three games to play, San Antonio four.The Warriors raced to that 23-point lead after one quarter, but Phoenix outscored Golden State 34-17 in the second quarter to cut it to 58-52 at the break.Golden State led by 13 entering the fourth quarter.But the Suns, with the worst record in the West and second-worst in the NBA, didn’t fold.A 10-0 Phoenix run sliced Golden State’s advantage to 104-101 on Ulis’ 20-footer with 5:01 to play. Curry responded with his eighth and final 3-pointer, but the Suns twice cut it to four again – the last at 109-105 after Ulis made a pair of free throws 2:29 from the finish.Thompson’s 3, only his second in nine tries, made it 112-107 and Phoenix never got closer than five again. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 respitelast_img read more

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Forth described as a big talent at funeral

first_imgFormer Olympic Gardens and Tivoli Gardens High striker Okeem Forth was described as a big talent during a thanksgiving service for his life at the Olympic Way Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Olympic Gardens yesterday. Forth died on the same night that he was struck in the neck during a Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)/Magnum Major League semi-final game between Molynes United and Olympic Gardens on April 28 at the Constant Spring field. President of Molynes United Eurado Cornwall said that Forth was a wonderful talent that was on his way to big thing when his life was cut short. “We are sorry for what happened. We are not boasting about his death. I saw him play and was coming after him to join Molynes United,” Cornwall said during a tribute. “He was on my radar. It is sad that he had to go this way. He was one for the future. I wish Olympic Gardens the best in the future,” he added before receiving a huge applause at the end. Davian Anderson, who read the eulogy, said that Forth was a top striker who had great character. “He was a top-notch striker. He will always be remembered for his bright smile. We all know him as Chu Chu. He was never disrespectful to anyone,” Anderson said. “Okeem had manners and was looking to make a career out of the game that he loved in order to help his family. Football was his passion,” he added. Kimani Morgan, a member of the Olympic Gardens’ Major League team, described his former teammate and close friend as a determined leader. “He was a big inspiration and motivator for others and had talent. Okeem was the white flag on the battle field, always want peace. Why did you have to go so soon? Life will never be the same without your presence,” Morgan said. “I remember he told me that football is not just a game, it is about heart,” he added. The 18-year-old was later laid to rest at the Meadowrest Memorial Gardens in St Catherine.last_img read more

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We bowled very, very poorly – Sangakkara

first_img KEY TO LOSS Jamaica Tallawahs captain Kumar Sangakkara believes better bowling will be required if his side is to defeat the Chris Gayle-led St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Wednesday at Sabina Park and advance to the play-offs of the Hero Motocorp Caribbean Premier League Twenty20. The Tallawahs, who are seeking to reclaim the title, were beaten in their second home fixture on Saturday, going down by 36 runs to the Dwayne Bravo-captained Trinbago Knight Riders. The defeat, which was the Tallawahs’ third from eight matches, saw the Knight Riders posting a mammoth 208 for six on the back of 91 from New Zealander Brendan McCallum, and 42 from countryman Colin Munro. Seamers Rovman Powell, two for 38, and Krishmar Santokie, two for 39, led the way for the Tallawahs in the field. In their response, despite 53 from Sangakkara, and 32 from Lendl Simmons, 30 from Powell, and 21 off 12 balls from AndrÈ McCarthy, Jamaica fell short at 172 for seven off 20 overs. Seamer Jason Searles, three for 27, claimed most wickets. “The key to the loss is that we bowled very, very poorly,” said Sangakkara, whose charges were chasing their second sub-200 total of the season. “We are not bowling to our plans and our strengths, as well as we are setting fields and bowling to our fields. “There were too many length balls, which can be hit, and not enough variations and bowling in line with the wicket.” Sangakkara, who also starred with the bat as the Tallawahs trounced St Lucia Stars by six wickets last Friday at the same venue, in highlighting the strength of St Kitts, expressed hope for an improvement. “We have a lot think about, a lot to talk about and apply into our next game,” he said. “We expect a very tough game against St Kitts, so we have to brush up our skills.” The Patriots, who benefitted in the off-season with the transfer of Gayle from the Tallawahs, are presently second in the six-team standings with six wins and two losses, and have already qualified for, at least, the play-off. They are, however, seeking to join Trinbago in the semi-finals by beating Jamaica. The top teams at the end of the preliminaries automatically advance to the semi-finals with the third- and fourth-place finishers contesting a play-off.last_img read more

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Godfrey Stewart ready for D’Cup test

first_imgWith the vast majority of last year’s team unavailable for this year’s campaign, Leford Parce, the coach of former daCosta Cup champions Godfrey Stewart High School, is not bubbling with the usual enthusiasm going into the 2017 schoolboy football season. In fact, coach Parce believes the task will be quite tedious, after losing most of the fifth form players due to disciplinary action taken against them by the school’s administration. According to him, the players in this year’s team are untried players, who do not have either Under-16 or Under-14 experience under their belts. However, he is confident that both midfielders Tyriel Williams and captain Alvarez Cooper will have a break out season this year. “We are going to be having a pretty young team because we have not retained any of our older players from last season,” said Parce, who noted that due of financial constraints, their pre-season has not been what he would have wanted. Nonetheless, he said what they have managed to do have been of great benefit adding that he hopes the games they have managed to get under their belt will prove to be enough. “We started late, so we had only four weeks of camp preparation,” said Parce. “However, we have been unbeaten in all our preseason games, so I am hoping that it will help the guys going into our first game on Monday.” According to Parce, his primary goal is to get through the first round and then take it from there through the other rounds. He believes that, if they get through the first round, the team would have gained enough experience and confidence to do well going into the other stages of the competition. “Our first goal is to go on to the Second Round … what this will do is to give the guys the necessary competitive games to gain experience,” said Parce. “After the first round, we should be able to compete because it’s a good bunch of guys, it is just that experience lacking.” Godfrey Stewart High will kick-off their season on Monday with a Group D fixture against Black River High. The other teams in the group are: Grange Hill High, Little London High, Manning’s School and Petersfield High.last_img read more

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