Apprentices on show today at Caymanas

first_imgThey include Odean Edwards, who has secured as many as five rides on the 10-race programme.Edwards, who is apprenticed to trainer Richard Azan, joins Linton Steadman, Hakeem Pottinger, Dane Dawkins, Amoy Gray, Oneil Beckford, Jerome Innis, Anthony Thomas, and two of the three female apprentices – Natalie Berger and Mellissa Ward – as the ones down to ride today.Edwards, who is popularly called ‘Dino’, will ride BABY P for Azan in the third race, the Keeling Memorial Cup over 1100 meres for two-year-olds; highly fancied FIFTYONESTORM for trainer Edward Walker in the fifth race over the straight five course; LUCKYBEGOOD for trainer Bernard Vincent in the sixth over 1300 metres; as well as recent winner TARANIS for Azan in the seventh over a mile; and KING NEBARUE for trainer Linton Calder in the eighth race, again over a mile.Edwards, who rode a winner as exercise rider in 2014, has a glorious chance of opening his official account aboard FIFTYONESTORM, who not only has good speed, but looked in good condition at exercise recently and will relish the straight.STEADMANTOMAKEEARLYIMPACTSteadman, on the other hand, is apprenticed to 14-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, and the buzz on the backstretch is that he will make an early impact, having ridden two of the three winners in the JRC Training School races aboard GRAND TRAIN and SEAL THE DEAL, not to mention two winners in MADEBA and GRANDE MARQUE as an exercise rider as well.He is down to ride the two-year-old VISION for Wayne DaCosta in the third race and the highly-fancied SIR D for trainer Ryan Darby in the closing race over the straight for conditional $180,000 claimers. Steadman could well win with SIR D, who is favourably drawn on the stands’ side in a 15-horse field.Meanwhile, the 2013 derby and St Leger winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR looks the pick of the weights in today’s grade one feature, the $1.2 million Governor General’ Stakes over 2000 metres at Caymanas Park, a major prep for the November 14 Superstakes.Significantly, the race has been brought forward by three weeks due to the activity leading up to the inaugural running of the Diamond Mile on December 5, with a record purse of JA $13.5 million.The DaCosta-trained PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, with in-form Robert Halledeen again in the saddle, is one of six horses declared for the GG Stakes, and with the scales decisively in his favour (112.0kg), should lead home two-time Superstakes winner TYPEWRITER and COMMANDING CHIEF.Other firm fancies on the card are DIAMOND in the opening race for maidens over a mile ST BERNARD in the second; the unbeaten DREAMLINER for DaCosta in the Keeling Memorial Cup; stable-companion DRIPPING IN GOLD in the seventh; and COLD GROUND to go one better in the eighth race over a mile.last_img read more

Warrican hurts Lankans but Windies stumble

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, CMC – Left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican snatched four wickets on debut to help inspire a Sri Lanka collapse but West Indies then lost opener Shai Hope to stumble to the close on a sluggish opening day of the pivotal second Test, when 12 wickets tumbled. Opting to bat first, Sri Lanka folded in the final hour at the P Sara Oval for 200, with only Milinda Siriwardana showing any major resistance with 68. Rangana Herath, batting at number nine, ended on 26 not out while first Test century-maker Dinesh Chandimal chipped in with 25. The 23-year-old Warrican, brought in for pacer Shannon Gabriel in the only change from the Galle Test, finished with four for 67 and was supported by seamers Jason Holder (2-22) and Jerome Taylor (2-50). However, Sri Lanka hit back in the 32 deliveries possible before bad light ended play, prising out the right-handed Hope for four, as West Indies reached 17 for one. Hope perished to the final delivery of the opening over, missing one from seamer Dhammika Prasad that came back and to be trapped plumb in front, with the score on seven. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite, unbeaten on four and nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo, five, then kept the Sri Lankan bowlers at bay until play ended prematurely with just over 16 overs remaining. Sri Lanka had earlier started poorly, losing Kaushal Silva without scoring to the fourth delivery of the day with just a single run on the board, caught at the wicket off Taylor – a decision only given after the Windies opted for review. In a session which saw only 21 overs bowled, the hosts lost wickets steadily to decline to 59 for four at lunch, with another first Test century-maker Dimuth Karunaratne (13), debutant Kusal Mendis (13) and captain Angelo Mathews (14) all falling cheaply. Skipper Holder, in the second over of his first spell, trapped the left-handed Karunaratne leg before wicket on the stroke of the first hour with one that shaped in and three balls later in the next over, Roach ended Mendis? first Test innings meekly when he had the right-hander caught at the wicket playing a loose stroke. Mendis was originally given not out but had the decision overturned on review. West Indies then ended the session on a high when Holder knocked over his opposite number, Mathews for 14 in the final over before lunch, caught at second slip by Brathwaite pushing defensively.last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_imgAussies make one change HOBART, Australia (CMC): Australia have named uncapped fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile in a 12-man squad for the first Test against West Indies in Hobart. The Western Australian pacer has been selected in place of the injured Mitchell Starc, who is out for the rest of the Australian summer after suffering a stress fracture in his right foot during the third Test against New Zealand in Adelaide. The first Test in the three-match series starts at Bellerive Oval on December 10. Australia squad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner (vice-captain), Joe Burns, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Adam Voges. T&T’s new football president PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): David John-Williams is the new president of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) following general elections here on Sunday. John-Williams, boss of top T&T side W Connection, defeated incumbent Raymond Tim Kee 25 votes to 19 after the second round of voting. After the first round of a hotly contested election, John-Williams earned 18 votes to Tim Kee’s 13, while the other presidential contender, Clynt Taylor, got eight. The other two presidential candidates, Selby Browne and Ramesh Ramdhan, were eliminated by virtue of each receiving just three votes. “I will lead from the front and set an example,” declared John-Williams. “If I have to pick up papers for T&T football, I will do that.” WICB supports Narine ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): The West Indies Cricket Board has given Sunil Narine its full backing after the beleaguered off-spinner was on Sunday banned from bowling in international cricket because of an illegal action. Director of cricket, Richard Pybus, said the board would fully support Narine during his rehabilitation and backed the Trinidadian to bounce back from the latest blow to his career. “We will be offering our support to Sunil as he does the remedial work on his bowling action. I know the time and effort he has put in to do this work previously, and I am sure this will just deepen his resolve to come back a better bowler,” said Pybus. No positive tests at Rugby World Cup LONDON (AP): Organisers say no positive tests have been recorded from nearly 500 doping samples collected during the Rugby World Cup. Tournament organisers announced the results yesterday of the “intelligence-led, targeted” drug-testing program during the World Cup, which was played in England and Wales from September 18 to October 31. World Rugby says 468 urine and blood tests were carried out across all 20 teams, with 200 in-competition samples and 268 out-of-competition. World Rugby says “the program has recorded no adverse analytical findings to date”. Samples were analysed at the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory at King’s College in London. Samples will be stored for possible future re-analysis.last_img read more

Leicester stun Manchester City

first_imgLONDON (AP):With a 3-1 win at Manchester City, Leicester showed why they really could be lifting the Premier League trophy for the first time in May.From 5,000-1 outsiders for the title in August, Leicester became the 7-4 favourites with several British bookmakers yesterday after going five points clear at the top.”I don’t believe in the bookmakers,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “The bookmakers at the beginning said Ranieri would be the first to be sacked. Then?”Then, Leicester went on to lose only two out of 25 league games and to close in on the most astonishing title challenge in the modern English game.City’s home loss to Leicester was compounded by Tottenham edging Watford 1-0 and replacing Manuel Pellegrini’s team in second place.Both games saw defenders scoring rare goals, with Kieran Trippier netting for the first time for Tottenham and Robert Huth claiming a double for Leicester.City conceded after only three minutes to Leicester, with Huth pouncing on the ball after Riyad Mahrez’s free kick bounced through the penalty area. Mahrez started the second half by powering a shot past goalkeeper Joe Hart before Huth netted again on the hour.City, whose Abu Dhabi investment fuelled 2012 and 2014 title triumphs, has now failed at six opportunities to beat any of the top six teams this season.”It was our chance at home to recover the lead in the table,” said Pellegrini, who is being replaced by Pep Guardiola at the end of the season. “We couldn’t do it and now we are six points behind Leicester.”Other results: Liverpool 2 Sunderland 2; Stoke 0 Everton 3; Aston Villa 2 Norwich 0; Newcastle 1 West Brom 0; Swansea 1 Crystal Palace 1; Southampton 1 West Ham 0.last_img read more

Circus Circle Hockey Club reunion

first_imgCircus Circle Hockey Club will be staging its first reunion since its inception back in 1983. The reunion will be spread over three days, starting on Friday, April 22 to Sunday, April 24.The reunion will see over 50 past players, with approximately half of that number travelling from the United Kingdom and the United States to make the historic event.Activities will start with a welcome session at Cuddy’z Sports Bar and Restaurant in New Kingston on Friday, April 22. Then on Saturday, the day’s activities will start off with an early morning beach breakfast, followed by a ‘Circus Circle Golf Challenge’ at 10 a.m.In the afternoon, there will be a hockey double-header at the Mona Hockey Turf featuring a Circus Circle Invitational team taking on a local select Jamaica Hockey Federation team, to be followed by the main event: Circus Circle Masters playing an over-45 Invitational Masters team.The weekend activities will culminate on Sunday, April 24, with a road trip to Strawberry Fields in St Mary.last_img read more

Spurs cut Leicester’s lead to five points

first_imgSTOKE, England (AP):Harry Kane and Dele Alli both scored twice yesterday as Tottenham crushed Stoke 4-0 with a devastating attacking display to close the gap on Premier League leaders Leicester City to five points.Tottenham’s fearless performance was an emphatic response to Leicester dropping points in Sunday’s draw with West Ham with four games remaining.Either team winning the league would shake up the established order. Leicester have never won the top flight in their 132-year history and Tottenham’s only titles came in 1951 and 1961.”We’re not going anywhere we are on their tails,” Kane said of Leicester after taking his league-leading tally to 24 goals.The England striker curled in the opener in the ninth minute at Stoke, but Tottenham only burst into life in the second half.The 20-year-old Alli dinked the ball over 39-year-old goalkeeper Shay Given to double Tottenham’s lead in the 67th, but then missed an open goal.Kane did succeed in putting the ball into an unguarded net in the 71st and Alli arrowed a powerful volley into the net to complete the heaviest loss of the season for ninth-place Stoke.last_img read more

Man United advance in Europa League

first_imgODESSA, Ukraine, (AP):Manchester United won for the first time in 10 away games in Europe and advanced to the Europa League knockout stage by defeating Zorya Luhansk 2-0 yesterday.Another defeat and a Feyenoord win in the other Group A match, and United would have been eliminated.But midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first goal for United to begin the second half ended the team’s frustration, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic came through at the end for his seventh goal in his last six matches.”The first goal was magnificent,” Ibrahimovic said on MUTV. “He came in speed and had control all the way. Then the timing to put between the legs was beautiful. He killed the game by scoring.”United finished second in the group to Fenerbahce, who beat Feyenoord 1-0 courtesy of a Moussa Sow bicycle-kick goal.AZ Alkmaar qualified from second place in Group D after beating group winners Zenit St Petersburg 3-2. Ben Rienstra, Ridgeciano Haps, and Muamer Tankovic scored for the Dutch side. Giuliano pulled one back for Zenit, and Stijn Wuytens’ own goal settled the score.A 0-0 home draw with Group E winners Roma meant Romania’s Astra advanced with the Italian club.Saint-Etienne came from two goals down to beat Anderlecht 3-2 and claim Group C, after both had qualified.Fiorentina moved into the knockout stage from the first place in Group J after beating Azerbaijan’s Qarabag 2-1.Matias Vecino’s first goal of the season put Fiorentina 1-0 up an hour in, and substitute forward Reynaldo levelled in the 73rd. But three minutes later, Federico Chiesa netted the winner.PAOK finished second in the group after a 2-0 win over Slovan Liberec.Newcomers Osmanlispor made the round of 32 by beating Zurich 2-0 and finishing top of Group L.A PERFECT GROUP STAGESpain’s Villarreal are also through after beating Steaua 2-1, trailing Turkey’s Osmanlispor by one point.Group H winners Shakhtar Donetsk completed a perfect group stage record with a 4-2 away victory at Braga. Captain Taison and defender Serhiy Kryvtsov had two goals each.KAA Gent advanced with a 1-0 win at last place Konyaspor.Thirteen other clubs made the knockout stage in the previous rounds. Four sides qualified with two matches to spare: Four-time European Cup winner Ajax, St Petersburg, Shakhtar Donetsk and Schalke. The qualifiers after five matches were Roma, Anderlecht, APOEL, Athletic Bilbao, Genk, Krasnodar, Olympiakos, Saint-Etienne, and Sparta Prague.last_img read more

Video games in the Olympics? Here’s how it might work

first_imgMos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up 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 In this photo, taken on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, an esports competitor takes part in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Including competitive computer games, known as esports, could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial. (Photo by DAVID ALIAGA / LAUREL Photo Services via AP)ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — The future of the Olympics may just be in a basement in Turkmenistan.With leading Olympic figures considering a possible role for competitive computer games – known as esports – at the 2024 Games in Paris, a pan-Asian competition in the ex-Soviet state offers a possible vision of the future.ADVERTISEMENT Esports aren’t a natural fit for Turkmenistan, one of the poorer ex-Soviet nations, though one where internet access is growing rapidly.The rules weren’t explained in the local language, but that didn’t turn off the crowd of up to 200 in the windowless basement of a sports arena from cheering and whooping at a particularly spectacular kill or skillful strategy.Still, the attendance was tiny compared to big pro esports events, which can pack thousands into traditional sports arenas, and it didn’t make much of a splash online. Fewer than 50 viewers at a time watched some opening-round matches Monday on Twitch, a leading game streaming service that regularly attracts tens of thousands of concurrent viewers to its more popular streams.If esports make it to the Paris Olympics, it would redefine what Olympic sport is meant to be.The International Olympic Committee has previously resisted calls to add “mind sports” like chess that don’t involve physical exertion, or events where machines are key, like auto racing.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Esports would also mean the IOC allowing private companies to set the rules of its competitions.Most traditional sports treat the rules with reverence, only occasionally tinkering around the edges. Not so for games publishers, who routinely mix things up to attract new players and keep things fresh.Adding just one new character can reshape the whole “meta” — the game’s constantly evolving web of tactics and counter-tactics.Senior figures in the IOC and the esports world have publicly doubted esports will be ready for an Olympic debut in seven years’ time.“We are still some way away from our vision and we need to start on the right foot,” Asian Esports Federation president Kenneth Fok said last week. “For esports to develop in a positive banner, we need the full support of each and every NOC, their government, and more importantly the general public to have a positive perception of electronic sports.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Top seed Meralco comes back to beat Star in semis opener Deciding which games to pick is fraught, too. The IOC has a sponsorship deal with Chinese company Alibaba, which has major esports interests, but rival firms have their own popular brands.The IOC also fears violent games would hurt the Olympics’ image.IOC president Thomas Bach told the South China Morning Post, an Alibaba-owned newspaper, earlier this month that he’d prefer sports simulations.“We want to promote non-discrimination, non-violence, and peace among people. This doesn’t match with video games, which are about violence, explosions and killing. And there we have to draw a clear line,” he said.All four of the games on the program this week in Turkmenistan featured some form of combat, though in fantasy settings with cartoon-style animation techniques. There weren’t any realistic military-themed shooting games on the program.Bach also said esports needs a firmer structure. The IOC is used to dealing with a single governing body for each sport, like FIFA for soccer or the International Gymnastics Federation. Esports has its own international federation, but with limited influence over a web of private interests including games publishers, competition organizers and players’ teams.The event in Turkmenistan showed how that system doesn’t yet fit smoothly with the Olympic movement.IOC sponsor Alibaba’s Alisports division was in charge of the event, and used an open online qualifying system.That prompted federations from Australia and South Korea to boycott, saying athletes should have been picked by their national Olympic committees in the manner of a traditional sport.If esports make it to the Olympics, other potential problems for the IOC include criticism it’s moving away from promoting a healthy lifestyle, and that it’s ignoring poorer countries where fast computers and brand-new games are unaffordable. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Including esports could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial.The Olympic Council of Asia included esports as an official demonstration event at its Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this week, with teams from China and nine other nations battling in four games ranging from space combat in “StarCraft II” to card-game strategy in “Hearthstone.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSupporters of esports in the Olympics say their event is a real sporting contest, one which prizes strategy and lightning reactions over physical agility.“It needs different skillsets from different people,” competitor Jess Joaustine Tamboboy from the Philippines told The Associated Press. “It doesn’t really have a physical requirement because you can see around us the players are short and tall, maybe a little bit thin, maybe a little bit fat. But all they have in order to qualify to play for these types of titles are just their cognitive or mind skills.” How to help the Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DAY6 is for everybodylast_img read more

Onwubere eyeing impressive farewell in NCAA ahead of PBA Draft

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Onwubere also has high hopes ahead of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, saying he’s confident that he can fit to whatever team picks him.“I know that I’ll go back on being a role player. The effort, the hustle, the defense, I can promise that I can do my best there,” he said. “If I’ll be given the chance, I just promise that I’ll continue developing my game and do my best on defense.” How to help the Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ View comments Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College may have failed to reach its target of making it to the Final Four this NCAA Season 93, but the fight is still not over for Sidney Onwubere.With only two games left in his collegiate career, the Fil-Nigerian forward is seeking to leave a lasting impression in his final days as a General before he makes the jump to the pro league.ADVERTISEMENT Lyceum evades Letran upset to go 16-0 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “I’ve already filed for the draft. My coaches told me that I’m ready for the PBA and I can’t waste my time anymore,” he said.Onwubere has been averaging 15.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 blocks so far this season, impressing in his final year as he emerged as the undisputed leader of EAC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe 23-year-old is also looking to pounce on the opportunity after memorable stints with Racal in the PBA D-League.“Now, my name is in the discussion so I’m really making the most of this opportunity,” he said. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Without Curry or top seed, Warriors face different playoffs

first_imgTwo years ago, Golden State put its focus on going for a record 73 victories and lost to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the Finals. Then late last season, the Warriors were gearing up for that inevitable Finals rematch with rival Cleveland while Durant worked back from a knee injury before capturing his first title and becoming Finals MVP.For Kerr, the goals lately were simple: find some rhythm and return everybody to health. He used 27 different starting lineups — yes, a huge number — in a big jump from his first three seasons coaching Golden State. Last season there were 14 different starting five combinations for the Warriors on the way to a second title in three years, 12 the year before that and just eight during 2014-15 as the franchise won its first championship in 40 years.And this time around, the Warriors didn’t even know their opponent until Wednesday night, meaning Golden State’s video crew worked overtime preparing for all the possible opponents.“Basically we spend most of our time trying to predict what’s going to happen, and we’re all wrong,” Kerr quipped last week. “And the next day we reshuffle the deck and we guess again.”Golden State will still look a lot different when the ball goes up at Oracle Arena without Curry.The two-time MVP is expected to miss the entire first round after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee March 23 on the very night he returned from a six-game absence with his latest ankle injury. It was bad luck, too, as center JaVale McGee fell into him.Curry’s absence as a floor leader and heart of the team hurts.“They’ve been pretty fortunate here in that the injuries hadn’t been the long ones where guys are out 10-15 games. It’s been three or four games or maybe a five-game stretch,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “It’s something different, but I really do feel like everyone would love to struggle and be 57-22 if you can consider that struggling.”Golden State finished 58-24, dropping 12 home games — something unheard of the previous three years when they were barely blemished with only nine losses total at one of the NBA’s most imposing stops.The Warriors want to re-establish that energy and swagger at home. Immediately. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Germany tops FIFA rankings despite loss to No. 2 Brazil The Golden State Warriors are used to being the best out West, a top target that everyone in the NBA seeks to unseat.It’s just a little different this time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNot that Kerr is overly concerned. Golden State’s coach thinks the Warriors will be just fine when they open their best-of-seven series against No. 7 seed San Antonio at home Saturday afternoon.“We’re going to have new life when the playoffs start. And I’m well aware of what a long, difficult season it’s been,” he said. “So many things have been thrown at us here the last month, especially all the injuries, which have really shaken up our rotation. That’s made it difficult on everybody and our players. But they’re fighting and that’s the main thing. LATEST STORIES Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) lies on the court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry on the sidelines again, this time with a hurt knee. No longer the sure-thing No. 1 seed. Steve Kerr piecing together rotations based on who’s available through illness and injury.It hasn’t exactly been an easy course this season for the defending NBA champions.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READcenter_img Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “We’re going to be all right.”During one especially tough stretch, all four All-Stars were out because of health — Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. Golden State dropped seven of 10 at one point last month, then lost its final regular-season game by a jaw-dropping 40 points Tuesday night at Utah.Yet, now, everybody is relishing a new season.“It’s not a carbon copy of last year by any stretch,” Curry said. “But I know for sure we have the guys and the IQ and the resiliency to understand how we’re going to accomplish our goal this year and not compare it to last year. Because I’m sure you can ask any championship team along the way that’s trying to repeat or whatever the case is, every journey is defined by different circumstances.“Injuries, the fact that we have been in the 2 spot for about two weeks now with really no chance to climb or fall, so you have to fight human nature in that sense. I think all that we’ve invested in our game, in our team and in our identity over the course of the last three, four years will show up when the time is right.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Kerr didn’t worry about the record. He was too busy mixing and matching just to get through games over the past month.“It’s been a long haul, for sure. I was hoping that we would be heading into the playoffs healthy, obviously everyone wants that,” he said. “But this is all part of it, it’s all part of the journey. This is our journey this year. Every year’s different, so it’s been a bumpy road but here we are. I’m really proud of our guys.”And the rest of the league still realizes what it’s up against.“You can’t count these guys out, and I don’t think anybody is counting them out,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “They’ll get their guys back and they have enough guys I think they can survive until they get everybody back.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more