It’s Ahoure or Gardner for 100m

first_imgK.C. Graham: All eyes will be on Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce today in the women’s 100m as there is speculation that she is not yet ready to compete with the big girls due to a toe injury.Lowe: She certainly isn’t ready and has said as much, noting yesterday that this is a test to see where she is. Still, she’s a fighter and will try her best I’m sure. However, after missing as much training as she has, it’s hard to see her winning here.K.C. Graham: And the field is a quality one as there are four sub-10.80 seconds athletes in the field although I do not expect much from Carmelita Jeter and it will be interesting to see how Blessing Okagbare runs here after being easily beaten by Elaine Thompson recently.Lowe: Fraser-Pryce won here last year in 10.81 but I doubt we’ll see that kind of time from anyone in this field today unless helped by wind. Nobody is in particularly great form and it might be an opportunity for another Jamaican, Simone Facey, who has gone 11.00 and 11.05 this year to make a good impression.K.C. Graham: I am really happy for Facey, who is making a big comeback this season and I expect her to improve on her season’s best of 11.00 seconds. However, I think they will all have to chase English Gardner, who likes this track and this is home for her as she has scored several wins in the past here including NCAA titles for Oregon. I think she could go sub-10.90.Lowe: She had a close win last year in the ‘B’ race over Elaine Thompson in 10.84 and like you said, loves to compete here in front of her fans from college days. She has also gone 11.04 this year too and has been bouncing around in the hotel and looking quite eager to step on the track.K.C. Graham: The race is going to be very close though as Barbara Pierre, the Indoor 60 metres champion, is bubbling with confidence while Ahoure and Bartoletta want to do well. I think Fraser-Pryce will just go through the motions here as coach Stephen Francis is a smart guy and is waiting for Rio but you know as a Nike athlete she has to show up for this meet.Lowe: I think she wants to do more than just show up here. She has missed several training sessions and is running out of time before trials. She won’t risk further injury – I don’t think, but she’ll certainly want to give herself and her coach a real opportunity to see just where they are at this point. I think Ahoure has this one covered. She’s been working well so far this season especially on the final phase. She wins a close one ahead of Gardner. A healthy finish will be key for SFP at this stage, a fast time would be a bonus and winning is not her primary focus here.K.C. Graham: You can take this trifecta to the bank my friend. It is Gardner from Ahoure from a fast finishing Okagbare for third.Lowe: Thank you but I’ll pass, my record so far speaks for itself so let me reiterate. Ahoure over Gardner. Third place is up for grabs.last_img read more

Thunder rally from 19 down to frustrate Hornets

first_imgCarpio 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 Borrego called it “game plan errors.”Paul George had a different explanation: that’s just the way Westbrook impacts games. He called the seven-time All-Star “one of the baddest dudes in the league.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAbrines deflected praise for his big game to Westbrook, saying all he had to do was make open shots.“The defense has two options — come in and help and leave me open or stay attached to me and (Westbrook) is going to get layups,” Abrines said. “Sometimes you just stay in the corner and wait for the pass to come.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Said Walker: “They were blitzing me the whole game, so I kind of got a few of my baskets early in the third in transition. But yeah everyone is switching now, but for the most part in the pick and roll they were blitzing me.”WESTBROOK’S TECHWestbrook got a technical foul early for screaming “and one” after a driving layup after the foul wasn’t called. He appeared not to like the call very much because on the next possession he split two Charlotte defenders and threw down a dunk.UP NEXTThunder: Visit Washington on Friday night.Hornets: Host Cleveland on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, shoots over Charlotte Hornets forward Cody Zeller during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. Oklahoma City won 111-107. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — James Borrego wasn’t upset Russell Westbrook put up 29 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds against his team Thursday night. He expected that from the seven-time All-Star.What bothered Charlotte’s first-year coach is that Alex Abrines had 25 points on five 3-pointers and Dennis Schroder was able to get to the rim effectively and add 21 more, helping the Oklahoma Thunder overcame a 19-point deficit to beat Borrego’s Hornets 111-107 for their third straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Alex has to be ready to shoot the ball, he’s a shooter and he knows how to play the game of basketball,” Westbrook said.Westbrook did his part, hurting the Hornets in transition, with pull-up jumpers and in pick and rolls, a few of which resulted in highlight reel dunks. He also helped limit Kemba Walker to 21 points.The Thunder made a concerted effort to slow down Walker, who came in averaging 30 points per game. Walker failed to make a field goal before the break and had just three points, although the Hornets still led 48-44 at halftime.Walker came to life in the third with 10 straight points to help the Hornets push their lead to 19.Westbrook led the Thunder back.ADVERTISEMENT With 1:12 left, he drove and found an open Dennis Schroder with a crosscourt pass for an open 3-pointer. After a Charlotte miss, Westbrook used a screen from Steven Adams to get by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for a layup to push the lead to 108-102. Westbrook punctuated the win with a ferocious dunk with 13 seconds left off a fast break before stopping to glare at the crowd.TIP-INSThunder: Were 8 of 37 from 3-point range.Hornets: Charlotte entered with 104 3-pointers, tied for the second most ever through eight games behind last season’s Golden State Warriors (107). … Marvin Williams now has 500 career blocks. … Tony Parker went down hard on his left elbow but remained in the game. Borrego said he is fine.GEORGE’S DEAD FOOTGeorge had a rough night, shooting 4 of 20 from the field and finishing with 11 points. After the game, George revealed he’s been dealing with a peroneal nerve palsy or “dead foot.”“I am just trying to play through that,” George said. “It’s nothing major or that is going to hurt me. It’s just something that is going to come back when it feels right.”STRATEGY ON WALKERThunder coach Billy Donovan joked he wasn’t giving away his strategy for slowing down Walker in the first half since they have to play the Hornets again.“It was a collective team effort and we did a really good job,” Donovan said. “You have to do a good job in pick and roll coverage and you have to be persistent because he’s really shifty. He looks like he is giving up on the play and you bail out and there he goes.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Phenomenal achievement’: Djokovic stunned by return to top spotlast_img read more