World Championships FactEight. Since 2009, Jamaican speedster Usain Bolt has won eight World Championships gold medals. These, along with the two silver medals won in 2007, make him the most successful athlete in the history of the World Championships.
GOALS:- CHELSEA: TRAORE 39th. STOKE: DIOUF 85thChelsea boss Guus Hiddink extended his unbeaten record to 12 games, the best ever start to a Barclays Premier League manager. But he was denied a win when Mame Biram Diouf netted an 85th minute equaliser. Earlier, Bertrand Traore gave Chelsea the lead when he converted Nemanja Matic’s pass from 20 yards.EVERTON 2 WEST HAM UNITED 3 GOALS:- SOUTHAMPTON: VAN DIJK 90th. SUNDERLAND: DEFOE 85th.Struggling Sunderland were denied three valuable points by a goal scored deep into added time at St Mary’s Stadium. Virgil van Dijk stole the equaliser for Southampton after they had Jose Fonte sent-off. Earlier, Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe had put the visitors ahead and the Saints lost Fonte for hauling down Fabio Borini.SWANSEA CITY 1 NORWICH CITY 0 GOAL:- LEICESTER: MAHREZ 56th.With Arsenal and Spurs drawing earlier in the day, Leicester took advantage by pulling five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League, thanks to a goal from Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian found the top of the net early in the second half, meaning he has scored or assisted 26 goals this season. The victory takes Leicester 11 points clear of fifth-placed West Ham. ANTONIO 78th; SAKHO 81st; PAYET 90th.West Ham staged a remarkable comeback against 10-man Everton. Everton striker Romelu Lukaku scored his eighth goal against the Hammers early on before Kevin Mirallas was red-carded for a second bookable offence in the 34th minute. Aaron Lennon made it 2-0, but West Ham responded through Michail Antonio and Diafro Sakho headers before, Dimitri Payet struck with the winner.MANCHESTER CITY 4 ASTON VILLA 0 GOALS:- EVERTON: LUKAKU 13th; LENNON 56th. WEST HAM: GOALS:- TOTTENHAM: ALDERWEIRELD 60th; KANE 62nd. ARSENAL: RAMSEY 39th; SANCHEZ 76th.Spurs were again denied the chance to move to the top of the Barclays Premier League when Alexis Sanchez netted the equaliser for 10-man Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey’s clever back-heel flick gave the visitors the lead, but his side were handicapped by the departure of Francis Coquelin, sent off for two yellow cards. Spurs replied with goals from Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane before Sanchez levelled late on.WATFORD 0 LEICESTER CITY 1 CHELSEA 1 STOKE CITY 1 GOALS:- NEWCASTLE: PEREZ 80th. BOURNEMOUTH: TAYLOR OG 28th; KING 70th; DANIELS 90th.Newcastle’s place in the Barclays Premier League is in danger after a dismal performance against fellow strugglers Bournemouth. The visitors took the lead when Newcastle defender Steven Taylor turned the ball into his own net. Josh King made it 2-0 and after Ayoze Perez pulled one back, Charlie Daniels made it 3-0 in the final minute.SOUTHAMPTON 1 SUNDERLAND 1 GOAL:- SWANSEA: SIGURDSSON 61st.After winning at Arsenal in midweek, Swansea beat Norwich with a goal from Gylfi Sigurdsson. Nathan Redmond shot wide late on for the visitors but Swansea, whose head coach Francesco Guidolin missed the game through illness, held on to win. Norwich remain in the relegation zone and are without a win in 10 matches in all competitions.TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2 ARSENAL 2 GOALS:- CITY: TOURE 48th; AGUERO 50th, 60th; STERLING 66th.Manchester City kept their title hopes alive with four second-half goals against troubled Aston Villa. Bottom side Villa kept City at bay until the 48th minute, when Yaya Toure turned home David Silva’s pass. Sergio Aguero made it 2-0 soon after, before he exchanged passes with Silva to fire home a third. Raheem Sterling tapped in City’s fourth, before Aguero missed a late penalty.NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 3
The West Indies, the much talked-about, and, to a point, deservedly so, world champions of three forms of the game, the men’s and women’s T20 cricket and the Under 19 cricket, 50 overs, had their wings clipped in the United Arab Emirates recently, and disastrously so. After winning the Under-19 competition on the back of a controversial, though legitimate, run-out, and after winning the men’s T20 leg of the three by an unforgettable, superb, fantastic and never before four-sixes-in-a-row assault in the last over of the final by Carlos Brathwaite, the West Indies nosedived and crashed unceremoniously. Playing against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, the West Indies lost the first match by nine wickets and 5.4 overs when they were routed for 115 and the second by 16 runs after Pakistan had hopped to 160 for four and then stifled the West Indies at 144 for nine. In the third match, the West Indies lost the match by eight wickets after they were limited to 103 for five and Pakistan cruised to 108 for two off 15.1 overs. It must be noted that the West Indies were without Chris Gayle, their number-one batsman, and that they were also without their sometimes big hitter, their sometimes successful pacer, and their always brilliant and magnificent fielder Andre Russell, the man who so often pulled them out of trouble with a few big hits and with a couple wickets in 20 overs. The West Indies knew this before they arrived for the matches, however, certainly when they spoke, time and time again, sometimes condescendingly, about not taking Pakistan lightly, only for Pakistan to turn around and rub their nose into the ground. LOSS FOR WORDS BEATEN BADLY Coaches must do job Captain Carlos Brathwaite, like those before him, had nothing to say, at least nothing that makes sense. Like those before him, he tried to find words, and all he could find, in reaction to the team falling away and losing once again, was that the ‘batting let us down’. “Today, it just did not come off for us. The better team won. Winning the next match is important,” Brathwaite said after one, or after two of the defeats. The batting is in a mess, and it has been that way for a long time, even despite the hiring and firing of so many coaches. This criticism of the West Indies team in the United Arab Emirates has nothing really to do with the board or with president Dave Cameron. As he said recently while in India, his role is to run the business and the players’ role is to play cricket, and by finding the money to improve the salaries of first-class cricketers in the region and to play the domestic competition on a home-and-away basis, Cameron, at least, has tried to improve the standard of play. They may not have helped the team this time around, but the West Indies must have forgotten that there was no Gayle and no Russell among them. They were beaten badly, and there can be no excuse, regardless of anything anyone might give, for the performance. The batting, according to coach Toby Radford, was disappointing and embarrassing. He did not say so, but obviously, he could easily have said that the batsmen played without using their head. They played without utilising what is generally called ‘common sense’. Radford did not say anything about them either, but the bowlers were hardly any better, certainly not according to the figures. Everyone knows by this that the better team never always wins T20 matches, sometimes, not even does it win most times. A good T20 team is expected to perform in a manner that is not so disappointing, however, and especially so in its batting. A good team is not expected to perform so badly, even if it is inconsistent, and certainly not in the T20 game. The situation is simply this: the West Indies batsmen, except for one or two on their day, cannot bat. They do not know how to plan an innings, long or short; they do not know the value, the importance of pushing the ball about when things are dicey; they do not know how to shift gears; and they do not know the value of taking the strike or of not taking the strike. They play shots almost from start to finish of their innings. They, obviously, most times, show no respect for the bowler by playing shots above their capability and certainly not called for. Most times, the batsmen throw away their wickets by attempting rash strokes. Sometimes, they even give them away by careless and suicidal running between the wickets. Radford claims that they love to hit fours and sixes and that they mostly play on quicker pitches and slightly smaller grounds where it easier to do so. Well if that is so, they must adapt to the slower pitches and bigger grounds. That is what international cricket is all about, and that is what good batting is all about. The truth is that the West Indies lose wickets in bunches and fall down in their own backyard as easy they do in a far-away country. The T20 team in the United Arab Emirates does not have one good reliable batsman on the team, with the possible exception of the enigmatic Marlon Samuels and, probably the promising Evin Lewis, and not one of them, nor any of the top six, seven, or eight batsmen, but for one innings each from Dwayne Bravo and Samuels, has done anything worthwhile. The exciting Nicholas Pooran batted at number six in the first match, his first match, and failed, then in the second match, while every other batsman retained his place and their positions, Pooran was eased down to number eight, where, like everyone else, the youngster failed again, and in the third match, he batted at number six again, and failed again. In order to improve the level of batting, however, and the all-round play of the West Indies, Cameron now needs to do two things: he needs to see to it that the coaches which he employs do their work, or try to do their work, and he needs to see to it that the players focus on their job and listen to the coaches. He needs to remind the selectors also that good batting is good batting, regardless of the type of cricket one is playing, and that is why, in T20 cricket, the good batsmen, or the great batsmen, were and are the likes of Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Kane Williamson, David Warner, Joe Root, Steve Smith, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, and company. These batsmen are batsmen, and they are the best in the world, in T20, in ODI, and in Test cricket. Their drives, their cuts, and their hooks are strokes of beauty and sometimes awesome power, their fours are most times strokes of timing and elegance, and their hits for sixes, mostly over long-off, long-on, mid-wicket, or behind square-leg, are sometimes, and most times, well calculated and well played. The hope now is that the West Indies, especially their batsmen, perform better in the ODIs, and that they will do much better in the Test matches.
In what could well go down as the best ISSA-FLOW Super Cup performance so far this season, Clarendon College, at their vintage best, demolished Excelsior High 7-1 at Sabina Park yesterday.Brilliant Clarendon captain and forward Creggton Charlton dominated the action as he scored a hat-trick and had a hand in three of the other four goals as his team eased into the semi-final of the competition.Charlton’s goals came in the 25th, 51st and 86th minutes.He then sent a warning to his rivals in semi-finals.”This is not one of my best performances. I can do better because I am Creggton Charlton. I can perform a lot better because I want my team to win all four trophies and I am going to do my best and I will be leading again,” said the confident player.NO FEAR”I don’t fear anybody,” said Charlton of a potential semi-final clash next week against his daCosta Cup rivals.”I am going to take all four trophies and I am hoping to be the standout – leading goalscorer and MVP,” he stressed.The Clarendon team’s other scorers were Dominic Lemont (54th), Donovan Noble (61st) , Shande James (65th), and Nicque Daley (71st).Excelsior’s consolation goal came in injury time (91st) as Clarendon’s concentration dropped. There were five cautions in the electrifying contest, dominated by the Clarendon school.Coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis of Clarendon said the 7-1 win was not a big surprise.”To be honest, we could see it in training …, so I expected this performance from my guys,” he outlined.Excelsior’s Shavar Thomas called the result a big disappointment.”Hats off to Clarendon. They had a special player in Charlton, who made the game for them. It’s just disappointing that we didn’t respond, but I guarantee you … you will never see an Excelsior performance like that again,” Thomas said.
Popular local striker Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson hopes to push his new club, Mount Pleasant, into the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) next season. Anderson is on loan until the end of the season from RSPL team Waterhouse. He has been at Mount Pleasant in the Phoenix/St Ann Major League for the past three weeks. Tuffy and strike partner Dean Andre Thomas have combined to move Mount Pleasant from fifth place to second in the league. Thomas, who moved from Harbour View during the January window, has scored four goals in two games, while Anderson has been on target once for their new club. Anderson has his sights set on helping Mount Pleasant gain promotion to the nation’s elite league. “My season started bad at Waterhouse. I went through a rough patch,” he told The Gleaner yesterday. He also said that a call from former national striker Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, who is the coach at Mount Pleasant, led him (Anderson) to St Ann. “Tegat called me and we reasoned about a move to the club, so I’m there. I am just trying to push the team to the premier league,” he explained. “I also spoke with coach (Glendon) ‘Admiral’ Bailey (of Waterhouse) and Mr (Bruce) Bicknell (chairman of Waterhouse) and I was sent on loan until the end of the season,” he added. “When I went there, the team was in fifth position. now we are in second,” the 37-year-old noted. Priory leads the Phoenix/St Ann Major League standings on 21 points, followed by Mount Pleasant and Lime Hall on 14 points each. However, Mount Pleasant enjoy a better goal difference. Tomorrow, Mount Pleasant will square off against Lime Hall at Drax Hall. Anderson, who has also represented Village United, Seba, and Wadadah locally and CD Aguila in El Salvador, scored twice in 12 appearances for the Jamaica senior team.
“I think runs were more important than time and 190 was probably not quite enough. If we got another 50 runs or so and possibly gave them 60 overs, or something like that, the nature of the wicket meant you could get wickets quickly.” South Africa opener Dean Elgar was named man of the match after making a career-best 140 then 89. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who made 130 in his team’s first innings to move within one century of Martin Crowe’s New Zealand record of 17 test hundreds, said he was already looking ahead to the next match after the damp ending to the series opener. “It was going to shape up to be a really interesting last day, which is why you play the game,” he said. “It’s nice to go into the second match with both teams having played some good cricket but eager to make some improvements as well.” The teams now head to Wellington for the second test, which begins on Thursday with New Zealand facing injury concerns. Batsman Ross Taylor has already been ruled out with a calf muscle injury, suffered while batting in the first innings at Dunedin, and fast bowler Trent Boult is in doubt because of a hip problem. Boult will travel to Wellington with the New Zealand team and his fitness will be monitored over the next few days. DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP): The first cricket test between New Zealand and South Africa ended in a draw when rain washed out the final day without a ball being bowled yesterday. The umpires called off the match just after lunch with the forecast of more bad weather preventing the prospect of either team winning. South Africa was due to resume its second innings at 224-6, a lead of 191 runs, with the captain Faf du Plessis 56 not out and Vernon Philander unbeaten on 1 and the match delicately poised. “It was set up to be a great test match with all three results in play,” du Plessis said. “I think both teams will feel they did a lot of good things, and some things they can do better in the second test. NOT ENOUGH
Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Gonzales picks up emotional first win in ONE Championship LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 16: Gennady Golovkin reacts after his fight with Canelo Alvarez was called a draw during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championionship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPLONDON — Billy Joe Saunders remained on course to challenge either Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez after Saunders defended his WBO middleweight title with a unanimous points decision over American Willie Monroe Jr. on Saturday.The 28-year-old Saunders, (25-0, 12 knockouts) was fighting for the first time under new trainer Dominic Ingle. He received scores of 117-111, 115-114, 117-112 from the three ringside judges.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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. How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson A costly, catty dispute finally settled Saunders had been tipped to face the winner of the Las Vegas fight, but Golovkin retained his middleweight titles Saturday night, fighting to a 12-round draw with Alvarez in a brutal battle that ended with both fighters holding their hands aloft in victory. There is already talk of a rematch.READ: Alvarez, Golovkin fight to a brutal draw; rematch to comeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIn London, it was Saunders’ superior sharpness and intent as much as his skills that secured his latest victory. Leading with the jab and also succeeding to Monroe’s body, Saunders began with a typically fast pace and faced little more than jabs in return.In the third round an accurate right uppercut hurt his challenger, and it was only when a cut opened by the bridge of his nose following an accidental clash of heads in the fourth that the American temporarily fought with greater belief. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Monroe’s record fell to 21-3, with six knockouts.Promising heavyweight Daniel Dubois had earlier earned his fifth victory from five when stopping A.J. Carter in only 48 seconds. Carter required oxygen and was immediately sent to hospital, having been knocked down three times.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide DAY6 is for everybody MOST READ
Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene The Lady Eagles have been in disarray since last week, with majority of the team reportedly calling for Bundit’s ouster, with the main issue stemming from the multi-titled mentor’s hard practices. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAnusorn “Tai” Bundit will stay as head coach of Ateneo’s women’s volleyball team.Ateneo president Fr. Jett Villarin, SJ announced the news on Monday after team management and the Thai coach met several times the past week.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 Villarin, however, has put his foot down to resolve the issue and get the team’s act straightened up as Ateneo prepares for its campaign in the coming UAAP Season 80.Villarin also called for unity as the Lady Eagles try to put the issue behind.“I know that much has been said in social media about our coach and our Lady Eagles. With people taking sides, no one has emerged from all this unscathed. I request everyone to be more careful with their social comments, to be more understanding of how terribly painful it must be for the coach and especially the women to have their character impugned in public based on speculation. The team’s concerns, I must say, are legitimate, and so we will address these moving forward,” he said.Villarin has then tasked the school’s Athletics Office to take part in addressing the said issues.“I am asking the Athletics Office to assist in addressing these concerns and to help in the healing process,” he ended.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSL imposes 1-year ban, P50,000 fine on Soltones after playing in PVL All-Star Game LATEST STORIES “The meetings have not been in vain since a number of valid concerns were raised and will be addressed systematically by the Ateneo de Manila. One important common denominator in these gatherings is what I saw to be the shared desire of both Coach Tai and the Lady Eagles to apply themselves wholeheartedly to representing our school and doing their best to play for the championship. And to achieve this, they know that they have to make the needed adjustments and mutual accommodation in their preparations,” he said in a statement.“In view of all this, I am happy to announce that both Coach Tai and the Ateneo Women’s Team will continue to work together to make this season’s campaign successful.”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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours
Summer Philippine Golf Fair opens at Blue Leaf Filipinas ___Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “There (are) tournaments that I can’t imagine missing on purpose, because (they are) tournaments that I love to play,” Nadal said on Wednesday. “I don’t see myself missing Monte Carlo on purpose. I don’t see myself missing Wimbledon on purpose, or the U.S. Open, or Australian, or Rome. These kind of events, I don’t see missing (them).”The 31-year-old Spaniard recently returned from a right hip injury which forced him to retire during the fifth set of his Australian Open quarterfinal against Marin Cilic.With his 32nd birthday coming up on June 3 — during the French Open — the 16-time Grand Slam champion accepts he may think differently when he gets closer to Federer’s age.“Of course, when you get older, you need to adjust a little bit more the efforts and the calendar. But for me (it) is difficult to say I don’t play, for example, grass, or I don’t play hard (courts),” Nadal said. “(It) is not in my plan, but I can’t say ‘never’ because I cannot predict what’s going to be in the future.”Nadal is chasing an 11th title at both Monte Carlo and Roland Garros, which begins on May 27.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ 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 Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View comments For the second consecutive season, the 36-year-old Federer is skipping the entire clay-court season in order to be at his best on grass.After coming back from injury to win the Australian Open last year, Federer skipped the clay-court season, won Wimbledon, and retained his Melbourne crown to extend his record tally to 20 majors.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 crownThe Swiss star is keeping his aging body fresher by playing a bit less — avoiding Nadal on clay at Roland Garros or elsewhere — and it is working for him.But Nadal still thinks he can play a full schedule. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding FILE – Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Dusan Lajovic of Serbia & Montenegro during their first round Men’s Singles match on Day Two of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images/AFPMONACO — For now, Rafael Nadal doesn’t see himself skipping any major tournaments the way Roger Federer has been sitting out the French Open.The veterans are back at the top of world tennis, with Nadal needing to win the Monte Carlo Masters this week to avoid losing his top ranking once again to Federer in their seemingly eternal battle for tennis supremacy.ADVERTISEMENT
FILE – In this April 3, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Rodney Hood (1) drives past Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. A person familiar with the situation says the Cavaliers will not fine or suspend forward Rodney Hood for refusing to enter Game 4 against Toronto. The Athletic reported that Hood angered his teammates and others in the organization when he declined coach Tyronn Lue’s request to replace LeBron James with 7:38 left and the Cavs leading by 30. Hood spoke to team officials about the incident Tuesday, May 8, 2018, and will not be disciplined, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of sensitivity.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Rodney Hood got an unusual reaction when he apologized to his Cleveland teammates for refusing to check into Game 4 against Toronto.They laughed.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC A season-long soap opera.“I hate it,” Lue said of the Cavs’ circus.But Love said Hood has been forgiven and it’s likely the Cavs will need him against the Celtics and maybe beyond.“I was that guy before,” Love said. “Not even that it’s a second chance, but things like that happen in the course of a season. I’ve only known Rodney for a short period of time, but I know he’s a great guy. I know he’s here to win. Was that a great decision? Maybe not. But he came in today, said he’s all in and we believe him. That’s why we were able to laugh it off.”There’s nothing funny about Hood’s recent play.He started Game 1 in the opening round against Indiana, but has not been effective coming off the bench. He scored just two points in the three games against the Raptors on 1 of 9 shooting.Hood, though, is confident he can contribute. Just three days after joining the Cavs, he had one of his best games on Feb. 11 at Boston, scoring 15 points.He’s hoping for another shot.“I haven’t played well regardless of what minutes I get, I gotta have a positive impact on the game and that’s the frustrating part,” he said. “The good thing about it is that we gotta a lot of basketball left and it’s just next play, next series and try to get better.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ 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. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast LATEST STORIES ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Connected at hip: Cavs, Celtics intertwined since big trade Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident “I should have known because I didn’t play throughout the duration of the game that it was gonna look bad, but it wasn’t (as bad) as people was trying to make it,” Hood said. “Next time I’m definitely going to go in. I apologized to T-Lue for any confusion and stuff like that but that’s all it was.“I should have took it more serious and went in there and got some reps up and get in a little rhythm.”The Cavs did not fine or suspend the 25-year-old Hood, who came to Cleveland in a Feb. 8 trade from Utah.Both before and after Hood arrived, the Cavs, who will open the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday in Boston, have dealt with a lengthy list of disruptions.There was the heated team meeting in which some players confronted Kevin Love for missing time. There was the roster overhaul at the trading deadline. There was Lue’s medical absence, Tristan Thompson’s relationship with reality TV star Khloe Kardashian and almost constant speculation surrounding superstar LeBron James’ future.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ The chaotic Cavaliers have dealt with bigger nonsense this season.“They was like, ‘Hood, that’s not really a distraction’ because of everything that they’ve been through this year,” he said. “So they all took light of it. They understand, so it wasn’t anything really.”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 crownHood added another distraction to a season full of them on Tuesday night when he waved off coach Tyronn Lue’s request to replace LeBron James during the fourth quarter of the Cavs’ blowout win over the Raptors. The Cavs were ahead by 30 when Hood, whose playing time has dwindled in the postseason, told Lue to put in Jose Calderon instead.Hood said he told Lue to “just let Jose play” and then regretted his decision. View comments