BEIJING (AP):This World title came in a tactical race for David Rudisha, so very unlike the wire-to-wire run at the London Olympics that earned him a gold medal and a world record in the 800 metres.For the 26-year-old Kenyan, it felt just as good.Rudisha missed the chance to defend his World title two years ago in Moscow because of an injured right knee, which restricted him to just two races that season. He endured the doubts and the pain and some hard-to-take losses before arriving in China as an outside contender for gold.On top of that, his first-round race was only hours after Kenya’s highly rated marathon runners bombed out in the opening event of the championships on Saturday, with two failing to finish and none making the top 20. It cast a long shadow over the whole Kenyan squad, something Rudisha promised to lift.And lift it, he did. His win yesterday gave Kenya their fourth gold medal – and the top spot in the standings – after four days.”This means a lot to me. Coming here, I wasn’t the top in the world; I wasn’t the favourite,” he said. “I just came here as an underdog, (but) that worked on my side because I had little pressure coming back here. People weren’t focusing on me – they were focusing on the other guys. At least I sneaked in very nicely without a lot of pressure.”That also applied to Nicholas Bett, who was a surprise winner in the 400-metre hurdles, clocking a season-l eading 47.79 earlier in the night. Kenya picked up their first two golds on Monday in the steeplechase and the women’s 10,000m.Two important factors contributed in his favour in the final: three Kenyans were competing and able to dictate the pace and positions to a degree, and defending champion Mohammed Aman of Ethiopia and Olympic silver medallist Nijel Amos of Botswana didn’t qualify.Rudisha was content to hold back, coasting through the first lap in 54.17 seconds. As the race reached a climax, Adam Kszczot of Poland got boxed in and Amel Tuka was forced to run wide. The two times he was challenged, Rudisha responded with bursts of speed and finished in one minute, 45.84 seconds.Europeans took silver and bronze, with Kszczot finishing second in 1:46.08 and Tuka third in 1:46.30, earning the first track and field medal ever for Bosnia.Kszczot said he was peeved at the race tactics: “Nobody would pass him. If I’d been in the outer lanes, I would have done it.”Tuka, however, congratulated Rudisha on his shrewdness.”He’s the record holder. He’s a big name,” Tuka said. “I’m very proud to run with that guy.”Tuka and all the other 800 runners will now be aiming to beat Rudisha at next year’s Olympics. And Rudisha is ready for the challenge.”Today was like a tactical race; that’s all I wanted to do,” Rudisha said. “It’s a message I can win a tactical race, as well as I can win fast races like the way I display in London in the final, winning in a world record. I can win any race the way I want it.”
Pune, Rajkot get nod NEW DELHI, India (AP): The western cities of Pune and Rajkot will provide the franchises to fill in for the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League over the next two years. The Board of Control for Cricket in India said the new teams will be temporary replacements after the Super Kings and Royals were suspended this year by a Supreme Court-appointed committee over corruption and spot-fixing. New Rising Consortium-owned Pune and mobile phone manufacturer Intex-owned Rajkot were selected in a reverse-bidding process in which bidders were asked to discount their annual revenue share of US$6 million. New Rising gave up that revenue entirely and also committed to pay US$2.4 million per year to the BCCI. Intex will pay US$1.5 million per year. McCullum stands by evidence DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP): New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum says he stands by the evidence he gave at the perjury trial of former teammate Chris Cairns, although Cairns’ acquittal has raised questions over whether he was believed by a jury in London. McCullum was the prosecution’s leading witness in the trial of Cairns, the former New Zealand allrounder who was alleged to have lied in a libel action against Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi, who accused him of involvement in match-fixing. In evidence, McCullum said he was approached by Cairns in 2008 and encouraged to become involved in match-fixing. Cairns’ legal team sought to discredit McCullum’s evidence by pointing out he took three years to report the alleged approach, then changed elements of his story on later occasions. On the eve New Zealand’s first Test against Sri Lanka in Dunedin, McCullum faced the media yesterday for the first time since Cairns’ acquittal. Few questions at the conference related to the Test match; instead, McCullum was quizzed on his evidence and the fallout from the Cairns trial. Swansea sack Monk SWANSEA, Wales (AP): Swansea has fired manager Garry Monk after nearly two years in charge, following a dip in form that has seen the team win just one of their last eleven Premier League games. Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins says he made the decision because of “a drop of performance levels and run of results over the last three months.” Jenkins says “when you take into account the excellent campaign we had last season when we broke all club records in the Premier League, nobody foresaw the position we would be in at this moment in time.” Monk was with the club for more than 11 years, first as a defender and then manager since February 2014 when he replaced Michael Laudrup. Barcelona aiming for third Club World Cup title TOKYO, Japan (AP): Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez spearhead Barcelona’s attempt to win a third Club World Cup title when the European champions arrive in Japan next week. Luis Enrique’s squad will play their first game on December 17 in Yokohama, just five days after hosting Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league. The tournament begins on Thursday in Yokohama. Barcelona and Copa Libertadores winners River Plate are favourites to reach the December 20 final. Barcelona won the tournament in 2009 and 2011 and the Spanish league leaders are clear favourites to continue Europe’s domination. The tournament, which features the top clubs from FIFA’s six continental confederations plus the champion of the host country, returns to Japan for the first time since 2012. It was hosted in Morocco the previous two years.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – FIFA presidential hopeful Gianni Infantino says he will make the Caribbean a priority if he is elected to the organisation’s highest post. Currently UEFA’s general secretary, Infantino is among six candidates set to contest the February 24 election in Switzerland, in a bid to replace the disgraced incumbent Sepp Blatter. “I can bring a lot to this region, to this part of the world. I have seen many presidents who are committed to the game and organising football, sometimes in difficult circumstances and we have to help,” Infantino said during a visit here Thursday to meet with Trinidad and Tobago FA chief David John-Williams. The 46-year-old Infantino is a Swiss and Italian national who has served as UEFA general secretary for the last seven years.
One lucky punter bagged a $5.9 million payout in the Pick-9 last Saturday and both Super-6s, along with the Pick-9, start anew at Caymanas Park tomorrow.The 10-race programme which commences at 12:15 p.m. is expected to be keen in most races. The Pick-9 will embrace races two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10.We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a restricted allowance race over 1100 metres for five-year-olds and up (non winners of two). Despite a small field of six, the race should be closely contested by the consistent DEMOLITION BOY, PLAY BACK, PARTY CITY and GENUINE ARTICLE.PARTY CITY has finished among the first three in her last two races and gets a glorious opportunity to leave non-winners of two company, especially with Jason Simpson sticking with the ride for trainer Phillip Elliott.Simpson had been riding in the United States for some time, winning 35 races at Finger Lakes last year before returning home in December. DEMOLITION BOY and PLAY BACK are twin dangers.The second race, again over 1100 metres for native bred maiden three-year-olds, will see nine facing the starters, including three first-time runners.Of these, the Wayne DaCosta-trained ALEXANDER REW (Jerome Innis up) and Richard Azan’s ZI BEAST (Odean Edwards) have looked forward in their preparation and should enter the reckoning. But they will have to be above average to topple the Gary Griffiths-trained SILENCE, who ran a blinder over the straight last Saturday when finishing a length second to DON CHASSIS in the Mercury Sprint.Prior to that, the son of Traditional – Quickster finished a length away third to STORM VALLEY and MILAGRO over this trip on January 7 and despite the presence of the speedy fillyDELPHINIUM (figure 8 on), SILENCE looks the one to beat with Richard ‘Bya’ Mitchell retaining the ride.TOP CONTENDERSRace number three, a maiden special for four-year-olds and up over 1820 metres, brings together top contenders CONCLUSION (Dane Nelson), who has finished second in his last four races, LEEKOUT (Andree Powell), and RUBY ROSE (Dane Dawkins), in a field of seven.The winner will definitely come from this consistent trio, but the Gary Griffiths-trained CONCLUSION has been begging for a distance such as this, after finishing second (closing rapidly) to JON MARSHALL over 1200 metres last Saturday. And prior to that, he failed by half a length to catch SHARP SKIRT over 1500 metres on January 25. It’s now or never for him.The fourth race over 1400 metres for four-year-olds and up, non winners of three, promises keen competition among the likes of DYSFUNCTIONAL, LORD EQUUS, MONTEGONIAN, BIRD CATCHER, LITTLE BIG HORN and recent winner MYCOMPANION in a field of nine.Definitely a race to consider multiple choices, but LORD EQUUS, whofinished a close third to LIKE A LADY over 1100 metres last Saturday, will relish the longer distance and with Nelson riding him from the convenient mark of 55.0kg, gets the nod over DYSFUNCTIONAL (working very well) and BIRD CATCHER.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by BUBBLING KITTEN (working well) and down-in-class ARGUMENT DONE to be ridden by Paul ‘Country’ Francis and Nelson, respectively.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) PARTY CITY/DEMOLITION BOY(2) SILENCE/ZI BEAST(3) CONCLUSION(4) LORD EQUUS/DYSFUNCTIONAL(5) BUBBLING KITTEN/KING D(6) ARGUMENT DONE/ST BERNARD
Fiona Richards and Lushane Wilson each walked away with $25,000 courtesy of D&G Malta to further their education. The students, from Edwin Allen and St Jago High School respectively, were the top performers at the Central Championships held at GC Foster College on March 8th. Malta has joined forces with Digicel Grand Prix and will be awarding the Champion Boy and Girl at each of the regional championship scholarships valued at $25,000 each. The scholarship is one of many initiatives the brand has planned for 2017 as part of their longstanding commitment to athletics in Jamaica. “I feel great!” said Richards, “I am thankful for this money from Malta.” The 18-year-old is a fifth-form student who specialises in the shot put and discus field events. Richards had an exceptional performance at Central Champs, recording her personal best, 13.80m, in shot put. “Fiona’s performance throughout the day indicates that she is resilient, dedicated and has a bright future,” said Nathan Nelms, assistant brand manager for Stouts and Malta at Red Stripe. “Malta couldn’t be more pleased to award her with this scholarship that will help to fuel her athletic and academic pursuits.” Malta will also award $25,000 to the Champion Boy and Girl at the DGP finals today at the National Stadium. “I’m going to train harder and go out on Saturday and push out my best,” said Richards, who has high hopes to receive another Malta cash prize. “I am hoping to break both the discus and shot put records at Boys and Girls Champs; after that I hope that my track and field performance will get me a scholarship to study overseas because I want to become a chartered accountant.”
“Do not pay any attention to his record,” was the word from his camp yesterday” as he put some finishing touches on his training. “We are here to win and we know who we will be fighting. We have studied tapes of Davis in action, and have noted some weaknesses that we intend to exploit. We are the underdogs and that is fair, but we have a plan of action, and there will be a big upset tomorrow night,” was the final word. In the first fight on the series, Jamaica’s Sakima Mullings fought Winston Matthews, a Canadian with only one win and two draws, and the feeling was that he would have had an easy passage. He was pushed all the way however, and ended up with a close decision. Will history repeat itself? We will certainly know tonight. In the meantime, Davis has been posted as the firm pre-fight favourite. Wray and Nephew Contender crowd favourite, Tsetsi “Lights Out” Davis, makes his 2017 debut in the competition tonight, against Canadian David Leblond, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, in a fight, that on paper, looks like a mismatch. The night’s action starts at 8.30 p.m. with two amateur bouts, and the main event, which will be broadcast live by Television Jamaica, goes on at 9.30. Davis has appeared in every Contender series since its inception in 2013 and has reached the finals twice. He lost to Devon Moncriffe in 2013 and to Sakima Mullings in 2014. Last year he bowed out early when a clash of heads in his encounter with Richard Holmes senthim packing with a serious cut over his right eye. “This is my year,” he told The Gleaner yesterday. “I have trained hard, I am ready and I plan to go all the way” was his bold prediction. He is one of the seeded boxers in the competition, and had what was seen as the luck of the draw in the first round of the competition, when he picked Leblond’s name at the pre-fight draw. Leblond, who is a brash 23-year old boxer, has had only one fight as a professional, but his camp points to the fact that he learnt his skills as an amateur. Record no bother
View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano FILE – In this July 30, 1932, file photo, doves are released during opening ceremonies of the Tenth Olympiad at the Coliseum in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council is expected Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 to endorse a proposal to host the 2028 Olympics, following an announcement of a deal last month to leave 2024 to Paris.(AP Photo)LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles took another step Friday toward bringing the 2028 Olympics to the city, despite questions about future costs.The City Council voted 12-0 to endorse documents at the heart of its plan to stage the Summer Olympics for the third time since 1932. The contract outlines Los Angeles’ financial responsibility in hosting the Games, including covering shortfalls if the $5.3 billion plan runs into the red. In addition, a budget for the proposed 2028 Games has not been completed.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The vote followed a morning-long committee hearing that mingled civic cheerleading and salutes to Olympic champions past with warnings about potential costs and suggestions the international event would drive up housing costs and drive out the homeless.“This opportunity is too great, we cannot pass it up,” council President Herb Wesson Jr. said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The vote took place less than two weeks after the city announced an agreement with international Olympic leaders ceding the 2024 Games to rival Paris, while opening the way for Los Angeles to host the 2028 Games.The U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors must also approve the deal. The International Olympic Committee vote to award the two Olympics is scheduled for September in Lima, Peru. LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Neymar could finally make PSG debut on Sunday MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Much of the meeting amounted to a choreographed tribute to the city’s Olympic legacy, with frequent references to the LA Games in 1932 and 1984 and the athletes who competed in them.Olympic champions Carl Lewis and Janet Evans, who are part of a private committee behind the bid, urged approval of the plan.Lewis, holder of nine Olympic gold medals in track and field, said the Games are not just an event, “it’s about a whole city.”The deal comes with millions of dollars of financial sweeteners for accepting the later date. However, the extra four years pose challenges for Los Angeles from maintaining public interest to rewriting deals for stadiums, arenas and housing that were all hooked to 2024.City analysts recommended the council approve the contract, which faced an Aug. 18 deadline, but also emphasized a revised budget for 2028 could take months to complete.“There are inherent risks to hosting such major events so far into the future,” city analysts noted in a report on the agreement.The bulk of the revenue for the Games is expected to come from ticket sales and corporate sponsorships.Part of the deal includes creation of a reserve fund to cover any cost overruns, with the city kicking in $270 million. The state is expected to commit a similar amount, but because of the legislative calendar the state might not be able to consider its piece of the proposal until next year.In a statement, Mayor Eric Garcetti called the agreement “the deal of a lifetime.” Teen gunned down in Masbate City analysts concluded that the 2028 plan, while incomplete, included significant safeguards for taxpayer dollars. The Olympics have a notorious history of runaway costs, but city officials have argued their proposal can stay within budget by relying on the region’s many existing stadiums and arenas, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Staples Center.Los Angeles had bid on the 2024 Games, but embraced the 2028 alternative after Paris emerged as the front-runner for 2024 and the IOC proposed the unusual dual award.At one point during the sometimes tense meeting, Councilman Joe Buscaino shouted at a heckler, “This is right for the city.” As the vote was being taken, protesters yelled from the back of the council chamber, “Let us speak” and “sellout.”Steve Ducey of No Olympics LA, an opposition group, said the vote would take place without an independent budget analysis.“Shame on you,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’
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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Oladipo, Pacers end Cavaliers 13-game winning streak Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ FILE – Miami Heat center Chris Bosh gestures as he speaks during a news conference before the start of an NBA basketball game between the Heat and the Boston Celtics, Monday, March 9, 2015, in Miami. Bosh is recovering after falling seriously ill because of blood clots on one of his lungs. The Heat said that Bosh is scheduled to resume “full basketball activities” in September. APDESOTO, Texas — The mother of professional basketball free agent Chris Bosh is among several people questioned by police during a drug raid in a Dallas suburb.A DeSoto police spokesman said Frieda Bosh was one of several people found about 6:30 a.m. Friday in the house in a posh gated community in DeSoto. Police Sgt. Nick Bristow said no arrests were made, but enough drug paraphernalia was found to indicate they were used in narcotics trafficking. He said the investigation was continuing.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Bristow said Chris Bosh is listed as the owner of the house but was not among those there Friday.There was no listed telephone number for Frieda Bosh or her son.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseChris Bosh played 13 NBA seasons in the NBA. Plagued by injuries and health issues in recent years, he was cut by the Miami Heat on July 4. View comments
Bad back and all, rookie Herndon shines for Magnolia Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Banal also took his act to the PBA when he served as the head coach for the Phoenix Fuel Masters from 2014 to 2016.He is currently the head coach for Marinerong Pilipino in the PBA D-League, where he is assisted by his brother and fellow multi-titled mentor Joel Banal.“UE is on a 31-year title drought. I’ve done it with San Beda after a 28-year drought. Coach Joel broke the 14-year drought for Ateneo [and he] will be my consultant if we’ll be given the chance,” said Banal. “We know what to do and how to do it.”Though UE has yet to issue a statement on to what direction it wants the Red Warriors to go, Banal already has an inside track for the job as he is set to handle super scorer Alvin Pasaol with the Skippers this upcoming 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.UE finished UAAP Season 80 at seventh place with a 3-11 record, which ultimately led to Pumaren’s ouster from the post.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA IMAGESFailing to make it to the UAAP Final Four for the eighth straight year, University of the East may just need a divine intervention moving forward.And one name immediately comes to mind.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Koy Banal has bared his intentions to take the mantle for the Red Warriors as he hopes to be the successor to the post left by coach Derrick Pumaren.“Yes, I’ve submitted my application,” he shared as he seeks to land the job and start the rebuild in preparation for UAAP Season 81.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 folkBanal is no stranger to the collegiate scene, coaching Far Eastern University from 2000 to 2004 where he won a pair of titles with Arwind Santos leading the charge for the Tamaraws.He also steered the San Beda Red Lions to the NCAA Season 82 championship in 2006 with Nigerian center Sam Ekwe leading the way, before steering the wheel for the Arellano Chiefs from 2011 to 2013. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points and 19 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 25 points for New Orleans, which hit the halfway point of the regular season one game above .500 and in the Western Conference playoff picture, but still in need of more consistency and less sloppiness.While the Pelicans shot 54.9 percent (45 of 82), they nearly threw the game away with 18 turnovers, which Portland converted into 28 points.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 folkDamian Lillard and C.J. McCollum each scored 23 points for Portland, which attempted 42 3-pointers and missed 30 of them.Al-Farouq Aminu had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Jusuf Nurkic added 19 points for the Blazers. Shabazz Napier scored 17 points in his seventh start of the season, and his 3-pointer gave the Blazers their biggest lead at 75-67 in the third quarter. Soon after, however, Rajon Rondo’s 3 ignited an 11-2 New Orleans run that also included Cousins’ cutting dunk as he was fouled, and the Pelicans preserved a single-digit lead the rest of the way. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Anthony Davis’ restored mobility was evident when he used a behind-the-back dribble to cross up defender Ed Davis, who stumbled backward into Aminu. The Pelicans star then drove down the lane and finished a short floater as he was fouled by Zach Collins.Later, Davis went well above the rim to throw down a sly alley-oop lob from Cousins, who suddenly tossed the ball up with his right hand after initiating a dribble drive from the top of the key.New Orleans led by as many as 16 points in the second quarter when Cousins’ 3 capped a 16-4 run that made it 45-29.But Lillard, who had just four points midway through the second quarter, pulled the Blazers back by scoring nine quick points during a 13-4 run, hitting two 3s and a driving layup as he was fouled.McCollum and Aminu added 3s to further close the gap, and Lillard’s steal of Holiday’s pass and breakaway dunk tied it at 61 heading into halftime.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Heat guard Dion Waiters decides to have ankle surgery New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, blocks a shot by Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis scored 36 points in his return from a right ankle sprain, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Portland Trail Blazers 119-113 on Friday night.Davis did not appear at all bothered by the injury that kept him out of Wednesday night’s narrow loss in Memphis, scoring on everything from explosive dribble drives to soaring dunks.ADVERTISEMENT