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Christmas records career-high six blocks, stifles Parker and Co.

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Parker zoomed down the court early in the second half, stepped past Ennis and rose up for a layup.The electrifying Duke freshman forward seemed poised for one of his signature slams.But Syracuse center Rakeem Christmas, who trailed on the play, had the dunk sized up and elevated to swat the attempt out of bounds.“I think Rakeem was tremendous,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “I think he’s getting better all the time. I think he’s become a great factor.”For all the flak that Christmas has gotten this season, he played as well as anyone given his role on Saturday. The junior center finished with seven points, a season-high 10 rebounds and a career-high six blocks as Syracuse edged No. 17 Duke 91-89, in an overtime thriller.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textChristmas denied Parker four times, and got two fingers on a Rodney Hood dunk attempt that would have given Duke a one-point lead with 13 seconds left in overtime.“It was a great atmosphere,” Christmas said. “A lot of fans were here to support us. It was one of the greatest games I played in myself. It was a great game and I am glad we won.”Christmas helped limit Parker to 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting, and drew his fifth foul on a charge call with 1:42 left. Parker posted Christmas up on the right block and was whistled for swinging his left elbow.The call was questionable, but its effect on the game was enormous.“There were a lot of plays in general that could have gone both ways,” Parker said.Christmas also drew Jefferson’s final foul with 31 seconds to play when Jefferson held back Christmas’ right arm in an attempt to prevent him from setting a screen.For Syracuse, with sophomore center DaJuan Coleman out for the season after undergoing knee surgery Tuesday, Christmas’ excellent defensive performance is an encouraging sign.With a tough conference slate highlighted by road games against Duke and No. 18 Pitt, the Orange will need more strong play from him. Comments Published on February 2, 2014 at 3:34 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

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L.A. Clippers star Blake Griffin to undergo surgery to remove staph infection

first_imgGriffin is averaging 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists while shooting 50.1 percent from the field. He was third in the league’s MVP balloting last year. OKLAHOMA CITY >> Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin needs surgery to remove a staph infection in his right elbow, and coach Doc Rivers says it “could be a while” before he returns.The team made the announcement Sunday before its game against the Thunder.Griffin will undergo the surgery Monday in Los Angeles. He will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.Rivers says he doesn’t know when Griffin will return. Spencer Hawes will start in Griffin’s place against the Thunder. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Warriors injury updates: Klay Thompson questionable, Kevin Durant out Game 3

first_img NBA free agency rumors: D’Angelo Russell on at least 5 teams’ shopping lists Thompson left Game 2 against the Raptors on Sunday with left hamstring tightness in the fourth quarter after he landed awkwardly while attempting a 3-pointer.Klay Thompson limped off the floor and into the locker room with an apparent leg injury after landing awkwardly on a shot attempt. pic.twitter.com/SNT3dEe5U9— ESPN (@espn) June 3, 2019Thompson told Kerr after the game he would be “fine” but the team will rely on the medical staff’s expertise before determining his availability.”Klay could be half-dead and he’d say he’s fine,” Kerr told reporters. “We’ll see.” Thompson weighed in shortly after his coach spoke Tuesday, saying  (via ESPN) “it’s hard to see me not playing” in Game 3. Steve Kerr gives an update on the injuries to Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney. #GameTime pic.twitter.com/jfMEla2d9v— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 3, 2019Thompson had 25 points, five rebounds and five assists before going down with the injury, though the Warriors still pulled off a victory to even the series at 1-1.Golden State, seeking its third consecutive championship and fourth in five years, has a chance to take control of the series when it heads to Oracle Arena on Wednesday. DeMar DeRozan calls himself ‘sacrificial lamb’ of Raptors’ runcenter_img Kerr added Klay Thompson is questionable, while Andre Iguodala will play.Warriors coach Steve Kerr says Klay Thompson is questionable for Game 3. Kevin Durant won’t play. Andre Iguodala will play.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 4, 2019Durant hasn’t played since straining his calf in Game 5 of Golden State’s second round series against the Rockets. Related News Kevin Durant will continue to support his squad from the bench.The Warriors star has been ruled out for Wednesday’s Game 3 matchup against the Raptors in the NBA Finals, coach Steve Kerr announced Tuesday.last_img read more

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Colter glad he’s face of college athlete union bid

first_imgNorthwestern quarterback Kain Colter speaks during a news conference in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan., 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)Theodis Kain Colter is the perfect front man for the College Athletes Players Association.Colter is the ideal student-athlete: playmaker as quarterback and receiver, three-time Big Ten all-academic honoree, polished speaker.“God has blessed me with the ability to be a natural-born leader whether it’s as a quarterback, team captain or leader outside of the football field,” Colter told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “This is something I’m truly passionate about.”Colter, who played his college ball at Northwestern, and the United Steelworkers have announced plans to form the first labor union for college athletes. Colter said at Tuesday’s news conference in Chicago that football and basketball players help generate hundreds of millions of dollars for schools, coaches and administrators, but the NCAA gives them little or no say about financial compensation or how to improve their own safety.Colter told the AP he loved his experience at Northwestern, but he has long believed the system is broken. He comes from an athletic family. His father, Spencer Colter, was a safety on Colorado’s 1990 national championship team. His uncle, Cleveland Colter, was an All-America safety at Southern California.Colter said he was moved to action after a conversation with his teacher in a summer class called Modern Workplace. The class was studying the history of labor unions, and the teacher asked him why college athletes didn’t unionize, considering all the money their sports generate.Not long after that Colter reached out to Ramogi Huma. He’s a former UCLA football player who runs the National College Players Association, which he founded in 2001 to lobby for the interests of college athletes. Huma worked out the details with the Steelworkers while Colter worked to garner support from teammates.Colter rented a classroom on the Northwestern campus for a meeting Sunday where he asked the Wildcats’ football players to sign union cards. Colter said almost all of them did. A petition to form a union has been filed with the National Labor Relations Board, which must determine whether the football players are employees as defined by federal labor law. If they are, they would have the legal right to organize.The NCAA and Big Ten maintain the athletes are not employees.Colter has exhausted his eligibility, so it’s unlikely he’ll partake in any of the benefits if the union comes to fruition. He said he wants to help make life better for the athletes who follow him.At a minimum, he said, college athletes deserve to receive money in addition to their scholarships to cover the full cost of attendance and have guaranteed medical coverage that extends beyond college. That medical coverage, he said, should pay for treatment of health problems that pop up as a result of injuries incurred from playing their sport.“We’re not trying to fill our pockets,” Colter said.The medical issue hit home with Colter this past season. He suffered a concussion in the season opener and battled an ankle injury later in the season. He hopes to be drafted into the NFL as a receiver.“I hope that 10 or 15 years down the line I don’t have long-last effects from my playing days, from wearing my school colors,” Colter said. “I brought a lot of (publicity) for my school. You would just hope that in return they would offer you some protection.”last_img read more

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Bruins continue playoff drive with shocking win over Leafs

first_imgThe Nelson Leaf may want to avoid top spot in the Murdoch Division and stay away from playing the Grand Forks Border Bruins in the first round of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.The Bruins roared back to score four unanswered goals in the third period en route to a 5-2 road-victory over the Leafs Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win was the second time in a week the Bruins have beat up on the Leafs.“It appears that maybe we do have Nelson’s number,” Bruins assistant coach Matt Zamec told The Nelson Daily Sunday prior to a key game against Spokane Braves.“We’re battling for that last playoff spot and have been playing very well since the Christmas break so it’s nice to see us be able to win last night and last week.”Despite being down 2-1 after two periods, Zamec felt the Bruins were not out of the game.And when Nate Corey jumped out of the penalty box to score a breakaway goal to tie the game at 2-2, Grand Forks felt ready to steal the road win.Michael Rand notched the winner midway through the final frame before Nelson Minor Hockey grad Coleton Dawson sealed the win. “I’ve been with the team for eight years and have never played a meaningful game this late in the season,” Zamec admitted.“This is huge for the team, it’s huge for the town which is right behind us.”Former Leaf Connor Gross and Max Newton, into an empty net, also scored for Grand Forks.Adam Hodge and Robson Cramer replied for Nelson.Nelson out shot the Bruins 32-31.Dominic Stadnyk was in goal to lead the Bruins to its second win in eight days over Nelson.Brad Rebagliati took the loss in goal for Nelson.Nelson, 32-8-1-3, remains in second spot in Murdoch standings, one point behind idle Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The Leafs host Castlegar Wednesday in a rare mid-week encounter at the NDCC Arena.Meanwhile the Bruins, trailing the Braves by four points with four games in hand, played Sunday against Spokane.ICE CHIPS: Nelson’s captain Darnel St. Pierre was on the sidelines serving another suspension after receiving a hit-to-the head penalty during Friday’s 9-0 drubbing of Castlegar. This is the third time this season the rugged rearguard has been suspended for an accumulation of hit-to-the-head penalties. . . .Nelson played the game with only three regular defencemen in Patrick Croome, Robson Cramer and Nick Trefry. Croome sat out Friday’s game due to suspension. Nelson is hopeful to see defenceman Austin Seaman back on the roster. The Calgary native has been sidelined after suffering a leg injury since December 6 in Fernie.last_img read more

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Joanisse, Jackson secure final two spots in 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship Page Playoff

first_imgThe two rinks now meet in the Page Playoff 3-4 contest Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Nelson Curling Club.Earlier in the day, at 2 p.m., the top two seeds square off as Vernon’s Jim Cotter plays Sean Geall of New Westminster in the Page Playoff 1-2 contest.Cotter advanced as the top seed in the Page Playoff after capturing the A event Thursday with a 5-4 win over Michael Johnson of the Royal City Curling  Club.Geall earned the B event crown Friday afternoon by defeating Jackson 5-1.The loser of the Page Playoff 1-2 contest has a second chance at the Final as the rink meets the winner of the Page Playoff 3-4 game Sunday morning at 11 a.m.The Page Playoff 1-2 winner advances directly into Sunday’s 4 p.m. Final. The Final Four at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship is now complete after Dean Joanisse of New Westminster and Glen Jackson of Victoria secured the final two berths Friday night in C event action at the Nelson Curling Club.Joanisse scored a pair in the tenth end to edge Neil Dangerfield of Victoria 5-4 while Jackson had an easier time, outlasting Victoria’s Jason Montgomery 7-4.last_img read more

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Hinds defends WIPA, WICB deal

first_imgWavell 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.last_img read more

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first_img Prosecutor Pam Bondi did not return phone messages seeking comment. Fleeing an officer is a felony, while reckless driving is a misdemeanor. Tampa police said Gooden sped away after his BMW was pulled over for swerving and braking erratically on Aug. 22. Police said his breath smelled of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot, as he twice refused to get out of the car for a sobriety test. At the time, he was out on bail on a charge of hitting his live-in girlfriend in the face during an argument. He turned himself in Aug. 25. Gooden remained in custody at a Hillsborough County Jail without bond, according to jail records. O’Neal gets assist Gooden, 41, did not appear in court and entered a written plea. His attorney, Peter Hobson, said the new charge was not part of a plea agreement. “We had no role, we did not participate in any way in that decision,” he said. Doc Gooden enters a not guilty plea Prosecutors dropped a drunken driving charge against former baseball star Dwight Gooden, and he pleaded not guilty to fleeing an officer and a new charge of reckless driving after a traffic stop last month. center_img Shaquille O’Neal provided an assist to police over the weekend, trailing a man who allegedly assaulted a gay couple before alerting an arresting officer. The 7-foot-1 Miami Heat center, who is in the process of becoming a Miami Beach reserve officer, was driving on South Beach around 3 a.m. Sunday. He saw a passenger in a car yell anti-gay slurs at the couple, who were walking, said Bobby Hernandez, a spokesman for the Miami Beach Police Department. The man then got out of the car and threw a bottle, hitting one of the pedestrians, who was not seriously hurt. The man got back in the car, which sped off. O’Neal followed, flagging down an officer who made an arrest, Hernandez said. Michael Gonzalez, 18, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon. The driver of the car was not charged. O’Neal, who hopes to be a police chief or county sheriff one day, was already being fitted for his Miami Beach police uniform before he helped the police out. “For this incident I don’t want to be credited as an individual who does police work,” O’Neal said in a statement. “I want to be credited as a Miami Beach police officer.” Katrina woes Division I basketball and football players from schools closed by Hurricane Katrina will still have to sit out for a year if they transfer to one of the many colleges that have offered admission, NCAA president Myles Brand said. The NCAA said last month that it would bend some rules to help students and schools deal with the hurricane, including letting students compete without attending classes. But during an appearance at the University of Rhode Island, Brand said the only rule the NCAA would not bend was the one that requires Division I basketball, football and hockey players to sit a one year if they transfer to another Division I school. In other sports, Division I athletes can transfer and play immediately at another Division I school if they receive a release from the original university. Some super cleanup Officials will have to clean and decontaminate the Louisiana Superdome before the stadium’s future can be determined. Superdome officials took their first look at the Superdome on Friday. Those officials said that mounds of trash have been removed from the Superdome’s concourses and the interior is still dark, waterlogged and vile smelling. The New Orleans Arena next door is in better shape, they said. “The first job is to get both buildings cleaned and decontaminated,” Glenn Menard, who manages both buildings, said. “Once we have that done we’ll have the experts go in and tell us what can be done and what can’t be done.” NHL re-vote Saskin has asked the executive board of the NHL Players’ Association to vote again on his five-year deal as the new executive director this time by secret ballot. Despite overwhelming support from player reps during a conference call with the executive board Monday night, Saskin decided to reopen the vote. He wants to end criticism from a small group of players who questioned the process by which Saskin was hired. Ballots were sent to player reps around the league Tuesday morning, and the vote is expected to be completed by the end of the week. Saskin is expected to once again have his deal approved with a huge majority. Williams sentenced Point guard Marcus Williams was given 18 months probation and ordered to perform 400 hours of community service for his role in the theft of four computers from a campus dormitory. Under the accelerated rehabilitation program for first-time offenders, Williams will have no criminal record if he successfully completes his probation. “It was foolish. It was selfish,” Williams told Superior Court Judge Marcia Gleeson. “I’d like to apologize to the four women involved. I’d like to apologize to the students on campus. I’d like to apologize to my coaches, my teammates, my family and the state of Connecticut.” Long findings released Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Terry Long died from a brain inflammation that resulted, in part, from repeated head injuries suffered while playing football. Long, 45, died at UPMC Passavant Hospital on June 7, a few hours after paramedics found him unconscious at his home. An autopsy was inconclusive, but subsequent tests on tissues and fluids taken from Long’s body yielded the findings released Tuesday. Long died of an inflammation of the lining of the brain, said Joseph Dominick, chief deputy coroner in Allegheny County. A contributing factor was “chronic traumatic encephalopathy” also known as dementia pugilistica a condition most often seen among career boxers. Fritsch dies Fritsch, who went from Austrian soccer player to place-kicker for the Dallas Cowboys, died. He was 60. Peter Klingelmueller, a spokesman for Rapid Vienna, the soccer club on which Fritsch played for 14 years, confirmed Fritsch’s death. The Austria Press Agency reported that Fritsch collapsed and died of heart failure in Vienna after eating at a restaurant. Fritsch played in nine matches for the Austrian national soccer team and, in 1965, scored two goals for Austria as it defeated England 3-2 in London. Six years later, soccer-style kickers were becoming popular in the NFL and the Cowboys sent scouts to Europe in search of strong-legged soccer players who could be taught to boot footballs. Fritsch also kicked for San Diego, Houston and New Orleans in the NFL. Truex fined Busch Series champion Martin Truex Jr. was penalized $10,000 and 25 points by NASCAR for using an obscene gesture during last week’s race. The punishment tightens Truex’s hold on the Busch points lead he now holds just a 69-point advantage over Clint Bowyer with seven races left this season. Truex was side-by-side with Mike Wallace late in Friday night’s race at Richmond International Raceway when Wallace pinched Truex into the wall. The contact tipped Truex’s car onto its right side, where it traveled around part of the track on just two tires. Olowokandi acquitted Indianapolis judge acquitted Minnesota Timberwolves center Michael Olowokandi of misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct at a downtown nightclub last fall. Olowokandi was arrested about 3 a.m. on Nov. 25 after he refused to leave Tiki Bob’s and had to be subdued by police with a stun gun. He was held overnight in jail and released in the morning. Olowokandi said he was trying to retrieve a sweatshirt from the club. He was acquitted by Judge William Nelson in a bench trial in Marion Superior Court. May has surgery Bobcats forward Sean May had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will not be ready to play when training camp begins next month. May, the former North Carolina star selected 13th overall in the NBA draft, is expected to be ready in time for Charlotte’s Nov. 2 season opener. Connor to practice Penn State linebacker Dan Connor is welcome again at practice after serving a university punishment for allegedly making harassing phone calls, coach Joe Paterno squelched questions about the sophomore’s status with the team. “Forget Connor. I’m not telling anything. I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Paterno said. “I haven’t gotten the slightest idea. … honest.” Troy Smith will start at quarterback for No. 9 Ohio State on Saturday against San Diego State, while Justin Zwick the starter the first two games this season has been relegated to the sideline. Kleco in accident New York Jets player Joe Klecko accidentally hit and killed a man while driving on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, police said. The 51-year-old Klecko was heading south at about 8:30 p.m. Monday in a 2005 Chevy Suburban when he struck the man, who was pushing a grocery cart, police said. Ray Peterson, 65, was pronounced dead at the scene. 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A’s observations from day two of MLB Winter Meetings

first_img— Rumors about how the A’s might address the second base opening … LAS VEGAS — After a quiet opening day of winter meetings, the A’s activity at winter meetings began to heat up on day two.— Chris Herrmann was signed to a one-year to possibly serve in a platoon role with Josh Phegley at catcher next season. A’s GM David Forst did not rule out the possibility of adding another catcher in addition to Herrmann, but said he’d be comfortable entering the regular season with the current platoon.last_img read more

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Old injury prevents Syazwan from completing full 90

first_imgAsian Cup Qualification Syazwan admits to still being hampered by his troublesome hamstring Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 14:39 6/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Syazwan Zainon, Malaysia, Hong Kong, 2019 Asian Cup qualifier FAM Asian Cup Qualification Malaysia v Hong Kong Malaysia Hong Kong Syazwan Zainon was on hand to help Malaysia to their first point in the group but acknowledges the qualification task now becomes harder. After two matches without a win in the final Asian Cup qualification round, Malaysia are left rooted in the bottom spot of Group B. The single point was achieved in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Hong Kong, a result which left a lot to be desired.Given that Lebanon and North Korea are generally accepted as the two teams that perhaps are on a different level, it was the old cliche six-pointer against Hong Kong, a side that was arguably closer in terms of strength to Malaysia. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Kedah’s Syazwan Zainon was on tap to tap home a rebound after the ball had spun into his path, following Safiq Rahim’s shot that hit a Hong Kong defender. The winger took his shot without hesitation and it was a precise finish to the near post, just three minutes after the away side had taken the lead.Despite the lack of a win since the team’s management was handed over the Eduardo ‘Nelo’ Vingada, Syazwan had little doubt that the Portuguese is the right man for the job. While results haven’t been promising, Syazwan points to the incremental improvements to the players and the team as one factor why the team will continue to keep faith with Vingada.”We all have high confident in coach Nelo. He has given us a lot of guidance. On a day to day basis, the players have improved working under him. Even though we have lost some games, our game have become better. He is a very good coach.””Yes, the draw did reduced our chances a little bit. But the coach still trust us. Even after the match he told us not to lose heart and we can be better in the next game,” said Syazwan to Goal after the match on Tuesday night.Hong Kong kept a close eye on Syazwan throughout the match as they worked to limit his influence on the match. However, the winger was still able to produce good runs down the left hand side but his final ball left a lot to be desired.In the two matches that Malaysia have played in this stage of the qualifiers, Syazwan has yet to complete the full 90 minutes. He was taken off after 85 minutes against Hong Kong which followed his second half substitution in June’s match against Lebanon.”I still have an old injury with my hamstring which I’m still not fully recovered yet. But I just wanted to play however long I can manage. I can still play around 60 to 80 minutes every game,” explained Syazwan.Malaysia will need a fit Syazwan for the crucial encounter against North Korea in October and if Vingada can improve Syazwan’s final passes, Malayan Tigers’ chances of getting a result in Pyongyang could well depend depend on the Kedah player’s performance.last_img read more