Wavell Hinds, president of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), has described as surprising, claims by West Indies Twenty20 captain, Darren Sammy, that the organisation has not represented their best interest as it relates to contracts for ICC Twenty20 World Cup in India next month.Sammy, in a recent letter to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), claimed that a reduction in payments for players to participate in the tournament, has ran contrary to their expectations, and, as a result, members squad, are seeking a renegotiation.However, Hinds, whose entity has been at loggerheads with several of its senior playing members, especially since their aborted tour of India in October 2014, has defended negotiated contracts between WIPA and the WICB, saying that what has been arrived at represents the “best interest” of all players in the region.”I am surprised that they (World Twenty20 squad players) are behaving this way, as the information (based on new payments) would have been disseminated to them nine months ago,” stated Hinds.”I was present at all the meetings, and Darren Sammy was not, so I think he is speaking on information he has gotten.”[However], as far as I am concerned the team that I lead, and the executive that I lead, and the members of the (WIPA) negotiating team, did all the best that they could to get the best.”He continued: “This was not just for a selected group of players, but for all the players of the region, including first-class players.”Currently serving his fourth year as president, Hinds explained that the contracts were negotiated based on new payment conditions stipulated by the WICB, as a result of changes at the International Cricket Council (ICC) level.This, he continued, has subsequently resulted in players being offered less money as compared to the Twenty20 World Cup in 2012.LESS MONEY”In February 2014, the International Cricket Council (ICC) agreed to have a new payment scale for its members, and this took effect January 2016,” said Hinds.”The new (players’) remuneration package is therefore based on current commercial revenues available to the WICB, and not that of commercial revenue that obtained in 2012 when the West Indies won the tournament.”There is no specific fees for Twenty20 World Cups anymore. Its ICC Events payments,” he stressed.Hinds also expressed that the disbursement of monies from the ICC has also change with payments now being collectively issued twice per year over a new four- and eight-year period, in comparison, to it’s prior one-off payment regimes.Hinds, in further explaining the new payment structure, also said that player match fees for Twenty20 World Cup has been increased from US$1,750 to US$6,900.This is in addition to an incentive 80 per cent of prize money won, and 50 per cent of sponsorship fees, should there be any.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Bowling consultant Sir Curtly Ambrose says that the preparation camp here over the last two weeks has allowed West Indies to fine-tune their game as they take aim at the Twenty20 World Cup starting next week.The Caribbean side has been training here and has also played three unofficial warm-up T20 games to gain match practice ahead of the March 8 to April 3 ICC event in India.Sir Curtly said that he saw improvement in the two opening games against Zimbabwe last week and in yesterday’s contest against English County Warwickshire, which West Indies won by 11 runs at the Dubai International Stadium.”I think the bowling is really coming together. We have had a couple of good games so far, and there’s room for improvement, obviously, but I am quite satisfied at the moment with the way the guys are bowling,” Sir Curtly said following the game.PLAN GOING WELLHe added: “As a bowling unit, we are working with a plan and, so far, the plan has gone well and I’m just hoping by the time we get to India, everything will just come together where we can do well in this tournament.”He said Windies batting had also performed well on tour and pointed to the depth as the key to its success.Pointing to the opening game against Zimbabwe and yesterday’s game against Warwickshire, the former West Indies paceman said that the Caribbean side showed it possessed quality batting all the way through the order.”The good thing about this team is that we have depth in our batting. We are a team that doesn’t rely on one or two players. We have depth, and that is going to be key,” he stressed.”When we lose early wickets, guys in the middle and lower order can still come in and get us to a good total, so that, to me, is the strength in our batting so at the moment, I am quite comfortable with both bat and ball.”The fielding has been good, but we still can improve, so generally, I am quite satisfied.”
LONG TERM GOAL RAISING HIS GAME Jamaican basketball centre Samardo Samuels has signed a multi-million-dollar two-year deal with top Spanish professional basketball club Barcelona. The contract signed two weeks ago with the two-time Euro League champions is valued at approximately US$2.6 million. It was the most valuable contract signed by the former Cleveland Cavalier, whose previous best contract was valued at US$1 million. The 26-year-old Samuels played three seasons with the Cavaliers. After being released by the Cavaliers in 2013, the 6-foot nine centre played two months in Israel with Happoel Jerusalem before joining Dinamo Milano in the Italian League. With Samuels on the roster Milano won the Italian League title in 2014. Milano were dethroned this past season losing in seven games in the semi-finals to eventual champions Dinamo Sassari. The former Louisville Cardinal explained that getting into the Spanish League and playing for a top club will help him raise his value as a player and could eventually pave a path back to the NBA as a starter. “This is great. I get to go over and play with one of the best basketball teams in Europe, playing against the best players and improving my game,” Samuels told The Gleaner. Samuels’ mentor Ajani Williams, the immediate past president of the Jamaica Basketball Association, praised the deal with Barcelona saying it will also help the player’s longer term goals. “This deal will further underwrite his long term goals of putting away money for retirement, and I think he has a chance to further increase his value. I also still think he has a good shot at the NBA if he wants it. But right now the math has him earning more in Europe than the NBA today,” Williams said. The first order of business, though, is winning championships at Barcelona. “When I win titles, the people in the NBA can appreciate my talent and give me the opportunity I deserve,” said Samuels, who played off the bench during his short stay in the NBA. He was full of praise for his former club Milano, which he said helped him raise his game and earned him this contract with Barcelona. “If I didn’t go to the Italian League I wouldn’t be here having this conversation,” said Samuels who is visiting Jamaica so he can obtain a Spanish visa. He reports to training camp on August 27.
Weather: Fine; Track: GoodRace 1 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHTTHE BODY PARTS DEPARTMENT1. *MACHU PICCHU SMuir 53.02. EAST SIDE GIRL WHenry 50.0 6 1/2L3. BOOK OF RULES OWhite 53.0 Sh.Head4. HE’S A DIAMOND RLahoe 55.0 2LWIN: $90.00PLACE: $83.00, $108.00, $111.00Final Time : 1:02.4 Splits : 23.2, 47.1,Winner : 4yo ch filly – HOMING INSTINCT out of REGGAE CITI by CITIDANCERTrainer : TERRENCE J. MCWHINNEYOwner : TERRENCE J. MCWHINNEYBred by LAKELAND FARMS LTD.Quinella : (5,7) $316.00 Exacta : (7-5) $424.00Superfecta : (7-5-4-1) $13,191.00Race 2 1100 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM(350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)THE TRANSMISSION DEPARTMENT1. LORD STORM SEllis 57.02. FRANKENSTORM OScott4 52.0 1 3/4L 94.003. LOVETTA JONES WHenry 50.0 Head 177.004. CHANGE HIM NAME OnBeckford4 50.0 3 1/2LWIN: $148.00PLACE: $176.00, $94.00, $177.00Final Time : 1:08.0 Splits : 23.2, 46.4, ,Winner : 4yo gr colt – STORM CRAFT out of LAW LADY byTrainer : NEIVE E. GRAHAM,Owner : O’SHAUN CONNECTIONBred by ALEXANDER V. HAMILTONQuinella : (7,9) $434.00 Exacta : (7-9) $1,414.00D/E : (7-7) $512.00Superfecta : (7-9-4-10) $16,881.00Race 3 1100 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCETHE NEW PARTS DEPARTMENT1. *CAMPESINO WGriffiths,OD 56.02. TOOTING KAT OEdwards4 48.5 2 1/2L3. BORDER LINE BebHarvey4 50.5 2 1/4L4. ROYAL VIBES LSteadman4 52.0 2LWIN: $74.00PLACE: $55.00, $136.00, $56.00Final Time : 1:05.3 Splits : 22.3, 45.4, ,Winner : 5yo b horse – COMPADRE out of YAELLA by BOLD EXECUTIVETrainer : PHILIP M. FEANNYOwner : HAMARK FARMSBred by LORENZO B. ROBINSONQuinella : (3,6) $1,601.00 Exacta : (3-6) $3,075.00D/E : (7-3) $400.00Trifecta : (3-6-2) $2,233.00Rolling Triple : (7-7-3) $949.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHTTHE ENGINE DEPARTMENT1. GIRLY GIRLY LINKS OWalker 53.02. VISION OF GOLD RHalledeen 54.0 6 1/2L3. FRANCIA’S PRIDE KRobinson 53.0 1/2L4. BIRD CATCHER BBell 52.5 1/2L5. BABY P OEdwards4 51.5 2LLate scratch : #3 MAGGIE’S WAYWIN: $163.00PLACE: $102.00, $81.00, $1218.00Final Time : 1:07.2 Splits : 23.1, 47.1, ,Winner : 2yo b filly – SORRENTINO out of VICTORIA by ALISIOSTrainer : RYAN O. DARBYOwner : IAN LODGEBred by NEWTON & TREVOR BARNESQuinella : (12,13) $233.00 Exacta : (12-13) $658.00D/E : (3-12) $519.00 (3-3) $75.00Trifecta : (12-13-14) $5,552.00Hi-5 : (12-13-14-5-2) $277,560.00Rolling Triple : (7-3-12) $2,257.00Race 5 1300 M (Purse $768,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB3YO-REST.STAKESTHE ACCESSORIES DEPARTMENT1. *POKER STAR RHalledeen 53.02. BRAWN OWalker 56.0 6 1/2L3. ROAD WI SEH JInnis4 48.0 4L4. LONG RUNNING TRAIN WHenry 55.0 1LWIN: $80.00PLACE: $70.00, $119.00, $92.00Final Time : 1:17.2 Splits : 22.3, 45.1, 1:10.1,Winner : 3yo b colt – LIQUIDITY out of BUYABOOK by TAKE ME OUTTrainer : WAYNE A. DACOSTAOwner : ALEXANDER HABERBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Quinella : (1,4) $324.00 Exacta : (4-1) $334.00D/E : (12-4) $634.00Superfecta : (4-1-7-8) $2,831.00Rolling Triple : (3-12-4) $1,103.00Race 6 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000)3-Y-O & UP CLM ($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)THE WASSY CG 1501. SIR D LSteadman4 52.02. WINESHA RCole 55.0 1 1/4L3. MR. LUVAL RLahoe 57.0 1 3/4L4. INFANTRY OFFICER SMuir 52.0 Sh.Head5. *DAGGA DAGGA LINKS JInnis4 50.0 1 1/2L6. SMART BIDDER JErwin 54.0 Sh.HeadLate scratch : #9 ENHANCE PROSPERITYWIN: $169.00PLACE: $103.00, $117.00, $136.00Final Time : 1:00.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.2, ,Winner : 7yo ch horse – CONCERTO (USA) out of ANOTHER MOOCHIE byTrainer : RYAN O. DARBYOwner : RAPHAEL E GORDONBred by STUD EL AGUILAQuinella : (2,16) $565.00 Exacta : (16-2) $997.00D/E : (4-16) $400.00Trifecta : (16-2-10) $2,124.00Hit-6 : (16-2-10-14-7-) $20,105.00Rolling Triple : (12-4-16) $2,151.00Pick-4 : (3-12-4-16) $2,592.00Super-6 : (7-7-3-12-4-16) $12,882.50Race 7 1300 M (Purse $550,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CLAIMING($500,0-$450,0) THE SUSPENSION DEPARTMENT1. UNBRIDLED ROCK PFrancis 52.02. *DAYTON AFFAIR SMuir 52.0 Sh.Head3. ANGEL STAR OWalker 53.0 1 1/2L4. HOMECOMING HPottinger4 49.5 7L5. CONNOR DDawkins4 50.0 3/4LLate scratch : #9 MR. COOKIEWIN: $130.00PLACE: $68.00, $59.00, $63.00Final Time : 1:22.2 Splits : 24.2, 48.1, 1:14.1,Winner : 3yo b colt – BRIDLED QUEST out of ROCK STAR QUEEN byTrainer : GARY A. SUBRATIEOwner : THE SUCCESS FARMBred by TREVOR R. JAMESQuinella : (7,11) $157.00 Exacta : (7-11) $272.00D/E : (16-7) $848.00Trifecta : (7-11-5) $175.00Hi-5 : (7-11-5-3-12) $3,169.00Rolling Triple : (4-16-7) $1,262.0Race 8 1400 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.IITHE JAPANESE TRUCK PARTS DEPARTMENT1. *ORIGINAL TRAIN WHenry 51.52. BONGO KING SMuir 53.0 1 3/4L3. TROJAN SEllis 53.0 7 1/2L4. DASH BOARD OEdwards4 48.0 3/4L5. BRAVE PROSPECT PFrancis 50.0 1 1/4LLate scratch : #5 TURBO MACHINE CATWIN: $172.00PLACE: $81.00, $77.00, $96.00Final Time : 1:25.1 Splits : 22.3, 45.2, 1:10.4,Winner : 3yo b colt – IMAGE MAKER out of REGINA ROYALE by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : HARRY PARSARDOwner : HARRY PARSARDBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Quinella : (2,9) $298.00 Exacta : (2-9) $448.00D/E : (7-2) $548.00Trifecta : (2-9-6) $239.00Hi-5 : (2-9-6-7-14) $12,889.00Rolling Triple : (16-7-2) $2,950.00GOLD CUPRace 9 1400 M (Purse $1,600,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES1. *PERFECT NEIGHBOUR RHalledeen 55.02. UPPA TUNE PFrancis 57.0 1 1/2L3. UNCLE TAF WHenry 50.0 1 3/4L4. PHINEAS HPottinger4 49.0 1LWIN: $121.00PLACE: $64.00, $61.00, $104.00Final Time : 1:24.3 Splits : 23.3, 45.2, 1:10.1,Winner : 5yo b horse – NATURAL SELECTION out of DESPERATEHOUSEWIFE by GHOST RANSOMTrainer : WAYNE A . DACOSTAOwner : ALFRED A. LEE & JEFFREY S. MORDECAIBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Quinella : (1,2) $283.00 Exacta : (2-1) $511.00D/E : (2-2) $281.00Trifecta : (2-1-3) $469.00Rolling Triple : (7-2-2) $1,440.00Race 10 1200 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3) THE LIGHTS DEPARTMENT1. ZEUS AndrePowell4 49.52. XQUISITE CHOICE RLahoe 54.0 Neck3. PRINCESS SHEMIKA RHalledeen 54.0 1L4. *TOUCH DE ROAD BebHarvey4 52.0 3/4L5. CHEERS JInnis4 56.0 NeckWIN: $276.00PLACE: $86.00, $81.00, $76.00Final Time : 1:14.3 Splits : 23.1, 47.0, ,Winner : 4yo b colt – HOMING INSTINCT out of ROYAL OCCASION by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : ATKINSON (SR),CLIFFORD C Owner : CLIFFORD C. ATKINSON (SR)Bred by CLIFFORD C. ATKINSONQuinella : (5,16) $1,256.00 Exacta : (5-16) $3,200.00D/E : (2-5) $496.00Trifecta : (5-16-11) $3,919.00Hi-5 carry-over : $94,155.75Rolling Triple : (2-2-5) $2,121.00Pick-4 : (7-2-2-5) $6,692.00Super-6 : (4-16-7-2-2-5) $13,875.40Pick-9 : (7-3-12-4-16-7-2-2-5) $738,267.50
Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and champion jockey Omar Walker teamed up for three winners at Caymanas Park yesterday, including 9-5 favourite LOTTERY TICKET in the Howard Phillipps Memorial Trophy over 1100 metres, the day’s feature.The fair-size crowd, which included former West Indies fast-bowling great Michael Holding and former England cricket captain Michael Atherton, saw the DaCosta-trained 1-9 favourite, RADICAL, and 3-5 favourite LOOSE CANNON also providing Walker with runaway wins.LOTTERY TICKET, however, had no such luxury, as the four-year-old filly by Seeking The Glory out of Just A Flutter had to be hard driven to catch and beat the free-runnng ZEPHYR (12-1) by half a length in the good time of 1:06.2. The race was contested by 11 starters, including the fleet-footed LUNAR ROCKET (5-2), who disputed the lead with ZEPHYR into the straight, but weakened out of the frame in the latter stages.MARLENE MY LOVEMeanwhile, the lightly-raced but highly thought of three-year-old filly, MARLENE MY LOVE, notched her second win from as many starts in the restricted allowance mile contested by eight three-year-olds.Ridden by former champion jockey Wesley Henry for trainer Dwight Chen and popular owner Howard Hamilton, MARLENE MY LOVE (named for the owner’s wife) tracked long-time leader WESTERN WARRIOR (19-1) into the straight before going by a furlong out to beat him by 31/2 lengths in the good time of 1:39.3.Unraced as a two-year-old, the bay filly by Adore The Gold out of Miss Chestnut, a half sister to two-time Horse of the Year Mark My Word, showed enough class to prompt her owner to say: “I believe she will develop into a live classic contender … . She has the pedigree and a style of running conducive to middle and longer distances.”MARLENE BY LOVE was bred by HAM Stables Limited.
FIFA Member Association Service Director Theodore Giannikos is satisfied with the progress made at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Technical Centre, after yesterday assessing the construction of a 24-room dormitory building at the University of the West Indies (UWI) – based facility. The first phase of the project was completed at a cost of US$480,000 ($61 million) and the second and final phase is expected to start this month end, costing US$620,000 (J$78.7 million). It is projected to be finished in six months. “I am impressed. I think it is a good step towards the development of football in the country,” Giannikos told The Gleaner. “This is creative work, very important help to football. The federation will have a very good base to build from (when the building is completed) to help young footballers develop,” he also added. JFF’s general secretary Raymond Grant says the second phase of the project was sent to FIFA for approval. “The second phase is before FIFA for approval by March 28. If approved a contract should be signed between FIFA and YP Seaton (local contractors for the project),” Grant said. “The good thing is that FIFA is satisfied with the plan, so work is expected to start later this month,” the general secretary said. According to JFF president Captain Horace Burrell it is long time coming but worth the wait. “I’m extremely happy that phase one of the project is completed. The project has taken a long time but the vision is for the future. It will benefit generations to come. A lot has gone into the project. It is about the development of our football. Christopher Shaw, project consultant explained that the three storey building will consist of 24 fully furnished double occupancy rooms, a lobby, manager’s office, patio, canteen, technical area, library, cold storage and meeting area. The property is on lands leased to the JFF by the UWI for 49 years.
NBA players express frustration with Trump’s words LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody However, Fajardo’s quest for a record-setting sixth BPC plum is in peril if sixth-seed San Miguel does not make it past the quarterfinals, where it will take on a third-seed Ginebra armed with a twice-to-beat advantage.Meralco swingman Chris Newsome is at distant second with 33.273 SPs after leading the Bolts to the top seed at the end of the eliminations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogGinebra center Greg Slaughter is at third with 33.091 SPs, San Miguel forward Arwind Santos at fourth with 32.273 SPs, and TNT’s Jayson Castro at fifth with 32.200 SPs.Rounding out the top 10 are Alex Cabagnot of San Miguel (30.273 SPs), Stanley Pringle of GlobalPort (29.444 SPs), Calvin Abueva of Alaska (29.000 SPs), Baser Amer of Meralco (28.900 SPs), and Kevin Alas of NLEX (28.727 SPs). Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’00:50Trending 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up MOST READ How to help the Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo is once again on pace to etch his name in the history books as he leads the statistical points race for the Best Player of the Conference in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The 6-foot-10 giant emerged as the top local performer after amassing 37.900 statistical points (SPs) powered by his averages of 18.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, and 1.7 assists.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meanwhile, Allen Durham is poised to reclaim the Best Import plum for the season-ending conference after averaging 27.82 points, 19.36 rebounds, 7.09 assists, and 1.18 blocks to amass 61.364 SPs.Chasing him for the award are TNT’s Glen Rice Jr. with 55.625 SPs, Phoenix’s Brandon Brown with 54.500 SPs, Blackwater’s Henry Walker with 53.250 SPs, and GlobalPort’s Murphy Holloway with 53.222 SPs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide View comments
Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) drives past Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler (23) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball in Boston, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Defense dominated as Boston went back-and-forth with Minnesota for three quarters.The fourth belonged to the Celtics, who pulled away early in the final period and held off the Timberwolves 91-84 on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 25 points and a career-high 23 rebounds. Jimmy Butler scored 14, Jamal Crawford had 13 points and Andrew Wiggins scored 10 for Minnesota, which lost back-to-back games for the first time since November.“I think we did a pretty good job defensively making it hard on them. We just didn’t make the shots we needed to make,” Towns said. “We fought very hard offensively. It just was a funky night for us.”Boston had a rough night shooting, going 38 for 94 (40.4 percent) and making just 6 of 36 3-pointers. Minnesota also struggled, shooting 36.8 percent from the field.“They are a good team,” Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. “You’ve got to play 48 minutes against them to win. We didn’t do that. We had a little lull at the start of the fourth.”The Timberwolves, coming off a 98-97 loss at Brooklyn on Wednesday, faded early in the fourth after leading by as many as seven in what had been a tight game. The lead changed 14 times before Boston went up for good in the final period.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Thomas to start for Cavs, Rose could return soon Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Celtics: Aren’t home again until Jan. 16, a stretch that includes a game in London against Philadelphia on Jan. 11. … Boston swept the two games against Minnesota last season. … The Celtics shot 20 percent (3 for 15) from 3-point range in the first half.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.Celtics: Visit the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Irving drove for a layup with one second left in the third, starting a 10-2 run that allowed the Celtics to start pulling away. Baynes scored Boston’s first four points of the final period, and Rozier banked in a shot and then added a 3-pointer with 8:02 left that gave the Celtics a 77-68 lead.Boston continued its run, getting a dunk by Baynes followed by a steal by Smart that started a fast break and sent Smart to the line for two free throws that pushed the lead to 85-73 with 6:05 remaining.PLAYING SMARTBoston coach Brad Stevens said Smart is a luxury to have coming off the bench for the Celtics. He scored 16 on Wednesday night as Boston beat Cleveland 102-88 in a rematch of the 2017 Eastern Conference finals, and then led Boston in scoring Friday when the Celtics needed a late push to pull away from Minnesota.“Sometimes when we’re struggling, I think the ball is going to find energy. And Marcus Smart has energy,” Stevens said. “He’s playing at a good level. We need him to continue to do so. Obviously, he’s a really important part of our team.”REBOUNDING WOESTowns pulled down more than half of the Timberwolves’ 43 rebounds, and no other Minnesota player had more than four as Boston dominated the glass 56-43.“We’ve just got to make a conscious effort to go get them. We can’t just rely on Kat (Towns) to get every single rebound,” Butler said. “He did a great job of it, but we’ve got to help him. He can’t be everywhere on the floor.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: Hadn’t lost back-to-back games since Nov. 19 against Detroit and the following night at Charlotte. … Lost their 11th straight at Boston. … Towns had a double-double by halftime with 14 points and 13 rebounds in the first two quarters. His previous career high was 22 rebounds against Houston last Feb. 25, and the most he pulled down this season was 19 against Oklahoma City on Oct. 27. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “We just stuck with it and the defense came and gave us a victory,” said Marcus Smart, who led Boston with 18 points. “Tonight was one of those games where every last one of us from the starters to the guys coming in off the bench were ready.”Smart scored 16 in the second half and fellow reserve Terry Rozier finished with 14 points for the Celtics, whose bench outscored Minnesota’s 42-20.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 folk“We played pretty good defense tonight. That’s what pushed us over at the end,” said Rozier, who added nine rebounds. “Once we locked in on the defensive end, we were fine. 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Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Butler took part in five-on-five drills on Tuesday for the second straight day, Thibodeau said. This last stage of rehabilitation from the meniscus injury on Feb. 23 is about stamina, timing and taking contact.“You’ve got to trust Jimmy. That’s the main thing,” Thibodeau said. “You go step by step, do all the things that the medical people are asking him to do, but he’s the athlete. He knows. He’s been through this before in different situations. When he’s ready to go, he’ll go.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Wolves visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. They host the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. The final regular- season game is on April 11 against the Nuggets.“You’ve got to risk it for the biscuit, and I’m ready to do that,” Butler said. “I want to be in the playoffs. I want to continue to play. I’m not saying I’m the only reason we’re going to make it. But I think the chances are a little bit higher if I’m out there.”The Wolves are 8-8 since Butler was hurt, in quite the fight to keep playing beyond next week. They hold tiebreakers against every other team that’s slotted fifth through 10th as of Tuesday, though two losses to Denver could give the Nuggets that edge.Far more problematic than the probabilities and scenarios for Minnesota is the lack of fire on display down the stretch, particularly on defense. The Wolves lost 121-97 at home to Utah on Sunday to let the Jazz move ahead of them into sixth place.“We’ve just got to get tougher. We’ve got to play like some dogs. Teams just do whatever they want against us. I don’t like it. But there ain’t no coach in the world that can make somebody play hard. Ain’t no coach in the world that can make somebody want it,” Butler said.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims The All-Star shooting guard, whose fearlessness with the ball and tenacity defending it has been badly missed by the team, told reporters after practice on Tuesday that he’s “this close” to being back on the court.Butler was a full participant in the workout, coach Tom Thibodeau said, and his surgically repaired right knee would be evaluated again on Wednesday.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 Timberwolves play at Denver on Thursday, one of two matchups left with the Nuggets. They’re one of their primary competitors for the remaining playoff spots in the stacked Western Conference, where the fourth and eighth places were separated by two games entering the games on Tuesday. The Nuggets are ninth.“I’m going to wake up one day and be like, ’Let’s go play some ball,’” Butler said. “It’s just, when that day’s going to come, I don’t know.” LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FILE – Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves moves against David Nwaba #11 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFPMINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves have been stumbling down the stretch, trying to hold on long enough for the franchise’s first postseason appearance in 14 years.Jimmy Butler might be back just in time.ADVERTISEMENT Canelo-Triple G rematch is off after Alvarez withdraws In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback