Fifteen individual and relay World Cham-pionships medallistshave been included as the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) yesterday named the island’s largest team ever assembled for an IAAF World Championships ahead of the August 22-30 event in Beijing, China.A total of 53 athletes (27 male, 26 female) – many of whom are already in Tottori, Japan, for the team’s pre-championships camp – have been handed tickets to Beijing, bettering the 51 selected to represent the country at the 2011 Daegu showcase.JAAA president, Dr Warren Blake, highlighted the team’s diversity as all four individual medallists from the last edition of the championships – led by triple gold-medal winners Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, along with Nesta Carter and Warren Weir – return to lead the Jamaican effort.”We are taking the biggest team we have ever taken to the World Championships, and also the most diverse team,” Blake told The Gleaner. “This is something we are quite happy about, and something we have been encouraging over the years.”Three male discus throwers (Jason Morgan, Federick Dacres and Chad Wright), two female 800m competitors (Natoya Goule and Simoya Campbell), a female (Danniel Thomas) and a male (O’Dayne Richards) shot put athletes, a male 5000 competitor (Kemoy Campbell) and a female steeplechase runner (Aisha Praught) give the country its widest range of competitors at the World Championships.Salcia Slack’s naming as the country’s representative in the heptathlon also drives home the point.insipid startHowever, all eyes will be on Bolt, who after an insipid start to his season, seemed to have regained some form ahead of his Beijing assignment, twice clocking 9.87 seconds in less than an hour at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London a few weeks ago.Bolt will return to the site of his double world record exploits at the 2008 Olympic Games, but will perhaps face his biggest test with world leader and 100m silver medallist in Moscow, Justin Gatlin, setting the pace this season.Fraser-Pryce also won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the last World Championships in Moscow in 2013, but is only expected to mount a defence of her 100m world title in Beijing.Her young MVP stable-mate, Elaine Thompson, the national champion, has been handed the reigns in the 200m, where stalwart Veronica Campbell-Brown will also feature, in addition to the 100m.Kaliese Spencer has been missing from the circuit for the past month with a leg injury, but she is expected to be back at her best.Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Novlene Williams-Mills and Christine Day are listed for the women’s 400m.Asafa Powell will be looking to add to his two World Championships bronze medals in the 100m, with Kemar Bailey-Cole seeking an upgrade to his Commonwealth gold, while 2013 silver-medal winner, Warren Weir, will be hoping to find form in the 200m.Sub-45 second pair Javon Francis, the national 400m champion, and Rusheen McDonald, both lead the quarter-mile charge on the men’s side with Omar McLeod, who clocked a quick 12.97 at the national trials, and national record holder, Hansle Parchment, primed to do well in the 110m hurdles.The Jamaicans ended the 2013 World Championships with nine medals (six gold, two silver and one bronze), the same as their 2011 return, with 2009’s 13 medals being the country’s largest-ever haul at the World Championships.SQUADMen: Nickel Ashmeade, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt, Julian Forte, Warren Weir, Peter Matthews, Rusheen McDonald, Edino Steele, Javon Francis, Kemoy Campbell, Omar McLeod, Hansle Parchment, Roxroy Cato, Leford Green, Annsert Whyte, Damar Forbes, O’Dayne Richards, Fedrick Dacres, Jason Morgan, Chad Wright, Tyquendo Tracey, Rasheed Dwyer, Jonia McDonald, Dane Hyatt, Nesta Carter, Andrew Riley.Women: Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Natasha Morrison, Elaine Thompson, Sherone Simpson, Christine Day, Shericka Jackson, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Novlene Williams-Mills, Simoya Campbell, Natoya Goule, Aisha Praught, Kimberly Laing, Danielle Williams, Shermaine Williams, Janieve Russell, Kaliese Spencer, Shevon Stoddart, Ristananna Tracey, Shanieka Thomas, Kimberly Williams, Danniel Thomas, Salcia Slack, Kerron Stewart, Chrisann Gordon, Anastasia LeRoy.Officials: Team leader – Ludlow Watts; assistant – Dave Myrie; assistant – Heleen Francis; technical leader – Maurice Wilson; head coach – Michael Clarke.
Defending daCosta Cup champions Clarendon College will get their title defence under way when they clash with Group H rivals Edwin Allen High to open the 2015 Flow/ISSA schoolboy football season at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.The game is the second of a triple-header. Action begins at 2:30 p.m. with a Manning Cup showdown between defending champions Jamaica College and Calabar High. This will be followed by the Clarendon College/Edwin Allen clash at 4:20 p.m.The evening’s final match will pit many-time daCosta Cup winners Cornwall College against Irwin High in the opening Group A encounter starting at 6:45 pm.Head coaching duty at Edwin Allen resides with Conroy Brown, the man who steered them to the inter-zone round last year, and he is already brimming with confidence ahead of his team’s clash against the champions.He told The Gleaner that team spirit is high and they are rearing to get a crack at the Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis-conditioned Clarendon College outfit.”We are well prepared; we are confident and we are ready to go do the job,” said Brown.No surprise there, as although they were defeated twice by the eventual champions in the group stage last year, including a 1-2 loss in their return fixture, coach Brown is positive it will be a different result after this evening’s final whistle.”Edwin Allen will be in Montego Bay to win; not to lay down and play dead this time around. We have an idea of what this Clarendon College team will put out there and we are focused on getting three points from our first match,” he said.It’s a much more straightforward deal for Clarendon College. Davis said he is under no pressure to win, but will be positioning his team for victory nonetheless and will play like the champions they are.Confident nevertheless”We are under no pressure at all to perform. We know what we have to do and we have the team to get it done. This game, like all the others, will be tough, but we are confident of a good showing,” Davis said.Meanwhile, Cornwall College, the 11-time champions look set for a strong start to the competition against Irwin, who they swamped 11-0 in one match and 3-0 in the return game of the group stage for a 14-0 aggregate. It could be a similar mountain to climb for Oscar Irving’s Irwin this year.The pundits all believe this Dr Dean Weatherly team is even more impressive than the one they had last year, and that should send shivers down the spines of Irwin.”It wasn’t nice looking at the score against us. But it’s a new season with the same team, so we have that experience behind us. I think we can spring a surprise against Cornwall; it’s what the players keep talking about,” Irving said.Dr Weatherly wants a good start.”It’s always important to start on the front foot and that is our aim. Three points in any situation is important and as a team we strive to be the best. Therefore a victory is what we are expecting against Irwin,” he said.
Having helped more than 75 tertiary students to a college education amid challenging economic times, organisers of the CB Group UWI 5K and Smart Eggs Kids K are hoping to raise $15 million for the academic and sporting development of more students through the University of West Indies’ (UWI) Scholarship Fund.UWI’s all-important run/walk will begin and end at the UWI Mona Bowl on the morning of Sunday, November 15.The 5K run will begin 7 a.m. and will be followed by the Kids K at 8 a.m., which will enter its second staging. Registration will open next week and the cost to participate is $1,000.This fourth renewal aims to target Jamaicans abroad, members of the general public, running/walking enthusiasts, as well as charitable donors and companies.The event was launched under the patronage of the honourable Douglas Orane and Donette Chin-Loy Chang, widow of G. Raymond Chang yesterday, at the UWI-Usain Bolt Track.Chang, now deceased, was a co-founder/co-patron, while wife Donette Chin-Loy Chang will serve as patron in his honour.Importance of educationDouglas Orane, event chairman/co-patron, said: “Ray would say this all the time: ‘Education is the great leveller and we need to use that in order to advance everybody in life’.”I look forward to seeing all of you here and to the support that you have given us over the years, individuals and committed corporate sponsors,” he continued.UWI Principal, Professor Archibald McDonald, lauded the event.”Many of the students who receive the CB Group UWI 5K scholarships are the first in their family to attend an institution of higher education. The opportunity afforded them as a result of this event will impact not only their lives, but generations to come,” he outlined.Since starting in 2012, the initiative has been able to raise $38 million, while last year’s proceeds enabled UWI to award 25 scholarships valued at $8,500,000, as well as to donate a Thermocycler (PCR machine or DNA amplifier) for $1,400,000 to the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation.Matthew Lyn, chief operating officer, CB Group, noted: “The CB Group UWI 5K has grown in a short space of time into an event which not only impacts the university community but the entire country, as these scholarship recipients will one day contribute significantly to the development of Jamaica in their respective fields.”
LONDON (AP):Rarely has a north London derby had such implications for the destination of the English Premier League trophy.When Tottenham host Arsenal tomorrow it will be a meeting of second and third with only three points separating.After both lost Wednesday, a draw between the neighbours could allow Leicester to move further in front in their improbable title challenge when they travel to Watford tomorrow.Leicester were held by West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday but were celebrating the following night when the three teams below them Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City all lost.Arsenal’s 2-1 home defeat to Swansea has left Arsene Wenger’s side on a three-game losing streak in all competitions for the first time in six years. That first Premier League title since 2004 is looking increasingly hard to secure for Arsene Wenger, even in this most unpredictable season.”We have to focus on our job and come back reminding ourselves that we have some quality as well,” the Arsenal manager said.Tottenham’s 1-0 loss at West Ham on Wednesday punctured the optimism gathering around White Hart Lane that the 55-year wait for the title could be ending. Instead of going top in March for the first time since 1964, Tottenham remain second.Top-scorer Harry Kane is on a four-game barren run in front of goal but Arsenal will be without injured Petr Cech tomorrow as the goalkeeper recovers from a calf injury.”One year ago we always spoke about reducing the gap with the top four and now we are second in the table,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said Thursday. “Who knows what will happen in the future? Now we need to be focused on the present.”The future for Tottenham should be a return to the Champions League, having only competed once in Europe’s top competition in 2010-11.UNITED RESURGENCESuddenly Manchester United’s prospects of returning to the top four are looking far healthier. Buoyed by four successive wins in all competitions, United are now only fifth due to neighbours City having a superior goal difference.”We are showing passion,” United midfielder Ander Herrera said ahead of Sunday’s game at West Brom. “We fight to the end. We show when we don’t play good we can win. I think that the attitude is very good.”I am optimistic because we can still fight for everything. We want to be in the top four. We know it’s not easy because our opponents are tough, but we are Man United: we have to win.”SWANSEA HEALTH SCARESwansea head coach Francesco Guidolin remained hospitalised yesterday after missing his side’s victory over Arsenal with a chest infection.The 60-year-old Italian was referred to a respiratory specialist in London.”Francesco remains comfortable in hospital and is receiving excellent care and treatment,” Swansea said in a statement. “He is making good progress and is in good spirits … no release date from hospital has been confirmed at present.”The victory at Arsenal, with first-team coach Alan Curtis in charge, moved Swansea six points clear of tomorrow’s opponents Norwich, who are in the relegation zone.Chelsea remain unbeaten in the league since Guus Hiddink took charge in December, with the ailing champions rising from the relegation zone to 10th place. Chelsea host Stoke tomorrow.
There was even more drama in the one-over eliminator as Taylor helped Thunder to reach eight for one and Sixers then lost three wickets as they, too, ended on eight runs. Boundary count was then used to determine the winners, and Thunder, with 16, edged out their opponents who struck 14. The victory left Thunder three from bottom in the eight-team tables on 10 points while Sixers remained top on 16 points. One-over eliminator SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): Stafanie Taylor’s season-best half-century was nearly in vain, but somehow, Sydney Thunder managed to hang on and beat city rivals Sydney Sixers in a dramatic Women’s Big Bash League encounter here yesterday. Set 139 for victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Thunder were propelled by Taylor’s top score of 68 off 51 balls, but once she departed to the second ball of the penultimate over with 11 runs required, Sixers hit back to ensure scores were level at the end of the allotted overs.
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lee poured in seven of his 15 points in the payoff period, Acox tallied a double-double with 14 markers and 10 rebounds, while Barroca had 13 points and four rebounds.“We had the proper mindset and it was to win. The only thing we had control of is our game and I’m proud of my players, especially in the second half,” said Star head coach Chito Victolero.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“They stepped up on defense plus we had a better ball movement on offense after that forgettable first half.”The victory improved the Hotshots’ slate to 7-4, to have a shot at a twice-to-beat. Their fate, however, will depend on the result of the Meralco-San Miguel game which is still being played as of posting. LATEST STORIES Falcons edge Bulldogs for 2-2 record How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up MOST READ PBA IMAGESStar turned back NLEX, 101-93, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Hotshots leaned on the trio of Paul Lee, Kristofer Acox and Mark Barroca to keep themselves in the hunt for a top four seat.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody The scores:STAR 101 – Simon 16, Lee 15, Acox 14, Ramos 14, Barroca 13, Dela Rosa 8, Melton 6, Pingris 6, Sangalang 4, Jalalon 3, Brondial 2, Reavis 0.MERALCO 93 – Fuller 16, Mallari 13, Fonacier 12, Alas 9, Al-Hussaini 9, Quinahan 9, Lastimosa 8, Taulava 5, Tiongson 5, J. Villanueva 3, Soyud 3, Baguio 1, Rios 0.Quarters: 17-25, 36-44, 72-69, 101-93.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lee and Barroca found their groove midway in the fourth quarter to trigger Star’s breakaway, 95-83, with 3:20 left.PJ Simon topscored for Star with 16 markers, while Aldrech Ramos got 14 points and four boards.Aaron Fuller led the Road Warriors with 16 points and 17 rebounds, while Alex Mallari got 13 markers, six boards, and four dimes in the loss.The Road Warriors are also in a wait-and-see approach as to what seed they will end up with.Meralco’s win would put NLEX at fifth place, while a San Miguel victory puts them in sixth.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFacing what could be the toughest challenge to their Grand Slam drive yet, the San Miguel Beermen have their work cut out for them entering the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs as the sixth seed.Chris Ross, however, remains upbeat despite the situation that the Beermen are in.ADVERTISEMENT “There’s also no pressure. It’s just basketball. We’re playing basketball for a long time and we’ve all been in certain situations. There’s never any pressure on us. We just got to go out and play our type of basketball and try to win this game,” he added. “We just got to win, man. We got a chance on Wednesday to bounce back so that’s what we’re gonna do.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “We play our best when our backs are against the wall. When the cards are stacked against us, we play our best basketball,” Ross said after San Miguel blew a big lead and lost to Meralco, 104-101 on Sunday.The loss means San Miguel will have to beat defending champion Barangay Ginebra twice in the quarterfinals to move on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut it’s not like the Beermen haven’t faced seemingly insurmountable leads before and won.“We know what we’re playing for, and we’re playing for something not a lot of teams have done in the league. I never lose confidence in my team and my team never loses confidence. We’re very confident going in no matter what matchup we’re going,” Ross said. How to help the Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Durham wants no letup from No. 1 Bolts heading into playoffs View comments
In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide View comments The Knicks played their first game without Anthony, losing to the Brooklyn Nets.NETS 115, KNICKS 107D’Angelo Russell scored 19 points in his Nets debut to help Brooklyn take the first of two preseason meetings between the city rivals.Acquired in a trade with the Lakers, the former No. 2 pick started in the backcourt with Jeremy Lin, who struggled to a 2-for-9 night and scored eight points.Enes Kanter, acquired from Oklahoma City in the Anthony trade, and Tim Hardaway Jr. each scored 17 points for the Knicks.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES NBA changes All-Star Game format; captains will pick teams OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Paul had 11 points and seven assists in his Houston debut. The Rockets tried to acquire Anthony after getting Paul, but couldn’t work out a deal during their summer-long discussions with the New York Knicks, who instead dealt their leading scorer to Oklahoma City on the eve of training camp.“Being happy out there on the court again, being excited, being motivated to be out there on the courtagain, it’s back for me,” Anthony said. “That feeling is back for me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut the Rockets, who had one of the NBA’s most potent offenses last season, might not need the extra scoring. James Harden had 16 points and 10 assists, Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon scored 21 points, and the Rockets made 24 3-pointers . Gordon had six and Trevor Ariza hit five on his way to 18 points.MVP Russell Westbrook didn’t play for Oklahoma City. MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed DAY6 is for everybody Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) is guarded by Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Tulsa, Okla., Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Carmelo Anthony was sharp in his first game with the Thunder, though Chris Paul and the Rockets look like they will be just fine without him.Houston overcame Anthony’s 19 points in just 20 minutes and Paul George’s 15, spoiling their Oklahoma City debuts with a 104-97 victory on Tuesday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma.ADVERTISEMENT TJ Warren scored 23 points and the Suns rallied with a 41-point fourth quarter in Portland.Damian Lillard had 18 points for the Trail Blazers.SUNS: No. 4 overall selection Josh Jackson scored 14 points. … Devin Booker had 19 points. … Alex Len finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds.TRAIL BLAZERS: Rookie Caleb Swanigan scored 18 points. Fellow rookie Zach Collins was limited to five points but had a team-high eight rebounds. … Jusuf Nurkic had 16 points. … CJ McCollum shot just 4 for 13 for his 10 points.UP NEXT: Phoenix (1-0) visits Utah on Friday. Portland (0-1) hosts Toronto on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NETS: Sean Kilpatrick scored 15 points. … Brooklyn was 16 for 32 (50 percent) from 3-point range. … Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Joe Harris each scored 13 points. Spencer Dinwiddie and Quincy Acy had 12 apiece. … The Nets played without Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert because of ankle injuries.KNICKS: Kristaps Porzingis scored 15 points. … First-round pick Frank Ntilikina of France came off the bench and scored five points on 1-for-7 shooting from the field. … Hardaway made five 3-pointers.UP NEXT: Brooklyn (1-0) hosts Miami on Thursday. New York (0-1) visits Washington on Friday.BULLS 113, PELICANS 109Cristiano Felicio scored 15 points and the Bulls overcame a strong performance from the All-Star tandem of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins in New Orleans.Davis had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Cousins added 20 points and 10 boards.BULLS: Nikola Mirotic and Justin Holiday each scored 14 points. … Rookie Lauri Markkanen, whose rights Chicago acquired when they traded Jimmy Butler to Minnesota, didn’t play because of back spasms. He is expected to miss the Bulls’ first two preseason games. … Denzel Valentine made four 3-pointers for his 12 points.PELICANS: Rajon Rondo started against the team he played for last season and finished with five points, eight assists and four rebounds. … Davis and Cousins each played about 33 minutes, Rondo 31 and Jrue Holiday almost 30. Dante Cunningham was the only starter below 20 minutes. … Cunningham is starting in place of forward Solomon Hill, who is not expected back until February because of hamstring tear. … E’Twaun Moore scored 16 points.UP NEXT: Chicago (1-0) visits Dallas on Wednesday. New Orleans (0-1) visits Oklahoma City on Friday.SUNS 114, TRAIL BLAZERS 112 How to help the Taal evacuees It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’
Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Griffin has arrived in Detroit now, and on Wednesday the Pistons introduced him and the two other players they received from the Los Angeles Clippers in the blockbuster deal earlier this week. Griffin, Brice Johnson and Willie Reed should be available to play Thursday night when Detroit hosts the Memphis Grizzlies, and that’s when the idea of Griffin in a different uniform will really become a reality.The Pistons sent Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic and two draft picks to the Clippers. The trade came seven months after Griffin signed a $171 million, five-year contract to stay with Los Angeles — a fact that’s been duly noted. LeBron James described the deal as “unfortunate” — pointing out that players are described as disloyal for leaving teams, but franchises don’t necessarily face the same criticism when trading players who have stayed committed to them.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 folkWhen asked if he regretted not having a no-trade clause, Griffin kept the focus on his future with his new team.“I want to play for an organization that wants me to play there,” Griffin said. “This is where I want to be, and this is the place that wants me.” LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Detroit Pistons’ Blake Griffin, from left, Willie Reed and Brice Johnson pose with their new NBA basketball uniforms in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Blake Griffin described his reaction when he found out he had been traded.“Shocked is a good way to put it,” he said. “I didn’t know anything. I pretty much found out when everybody else found out. It just kind of took a second to realize, OK, like, everything’s changing.”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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed But if Griffin stays healthy and productive, he could easily become a fan favorite in Detroit, where the franchise has long featured physical, blue-collar players willing to throw their weight around. Griffin was asked about a couple of those former Pistons — Ben Wallace and Dennis Rodman — and whether he could be comparable.“Somewhere in between Ben Wallace and Dennis Rodman,” he said, drawing a laugh. “Being a coach’s son and growing up playing for my dad, and him always demanding that I play hard and be a hard worker — both my parents are two of the hardest-working people I know. I think hard work is something that has been instilled in me from a young age, so I try to play that same way.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Detroit is in its fourth season with Stan Van Gundy as coach and team president, and the Pistons — without Griffin and the newcomers — snapped an eight-game losing streak with a win Tuesday night over Cleveland. If the season ended now, they would not make the playoffs, but they’re within striking distance with plenty of time remaining.An injury to point guard Reggie Jackson has been a big issue, and Van Gundy has cautioned against expecting any immediate surge after Griffin’s arrival. The trade was a risk because of Griffin’s big contract and his injury history, but owner Tom Gores indicated before Wednesday’s news conference that he understands it could take time for the deal to pay significant dividends.“My job probably should be to be a little patient, although Stan and I did talk yesterday, and our biggest job up front is to adapt as fast as possible,” Gores said. “Our expectation was always to win this year, so of course we want to win this year, but whatever happens this year, we have an asset for the long haul. This deal does not happen if Blake was on a one-year deal.”Gores said the deal wasn’t made to provide a short-term boost in fan support, although any added buzz is certainly welcome. The Pistons have played in front of plenty of empty seats at their new downtown arena this season, but a few more performances like Tuesday’s might change that.“I did consider the buzz it would bring to our players and our organization,” Gores said. “I didn’t think for a second about filling the stadium. That would be very short-term.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler, wife die in Los Angeles crash OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
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