MANCHESTER UNITED (4-3-3)DE GEA, DARMIAN, SMALLING, BLIND, SHAW, SCHNEIDERLIN, CARRICK, DEPAY, MATA, ROONEY, YOUNGTOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (4-2-3-1)KANE, CHADLI, ERIKSEN, LAMELA, MASON, BENTALEB, ROSE, VERTONGHAN, WIMMER, DIER, LLORISThis is first game of the Barclays Premier League season; the Old Trafford game kicks off at 12:45BST to begin the exciting PL marathon.It is also a huge season for both clubs with Manchester United hoping to improve on fourth place last term – when they finished 17 points adrift of winners Chelsea – and Tottenham (who finished fifth and a massive 23 points behind the Blues) desperate to break back into the top four of the Barclays Premier League.Spurs will be hopeful of improving on a record of just one defeat (and three draws) in their last six home and away league games against the Red Devils.And United boss Louis van Gaal will not need prompting that he began his league career at Old Trafford on the opening day of last season with a shocking 2-1 reverse against Swansea City. Indeed, that was United’s first opening-day defeat since 1972.United have been busy in the summer, signing winger Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven), Torino right-back Matteo Darmian, midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, from Bayern Munich and Southampton respectively, and Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero. Most should be involved against a Spurs side that were keen on Schneiderlin last season.United are without Marouane Fellaini, who is banned after receiving a red card against Hull last season. They also give tests to Marcos Rojo, Javier Hernandez and Anders Lindegaard, while Angel Di Maria left United on Wednesday for Paris St-Germain.Spurs signed Cologne’s Kevin Wimmer, Kieran Trippier of Burnley and Toby Alderweireld, who spent last season on loan at Southampton before moving to White Hart Lane permanently from Atletico Madrid.
With the IAAF World Athletics Championships about to get under way in Beijing, China, Supreme Ventures, through their JustBet sports betting brand, has released the top betting odds in the market, for the upcoming track-and-field showcase. JustBet is the best bet for winning odds on Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to win the 100-metre events.All eyes will be on the men’s 100 metres, which will see defending champion and world record holder Usain Bolt going up against Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, and Asafa Powell. Odds on the world record being broken in the men’s 100 metres are a whopping $10, which means that for a $1,000 bet, the payout would be $10,000.Fans can also place wagers on the “head-to-head” winner of the Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin matchup, should they advance to the final of the event. Odds on Bolt beating Gatlin are $1.75, which means that a $1,000 bet would pay $1,750 to the bettor. Odds on Gatlin beating Bolt are $2, which means that a $1,000 bet would pay $2,000.JustBet has so many betting options available for variety that odds are also available for predicting the winning time in the men’s 100m final. For example, odds on the winning time ranging from 9.60 to 9.70 are $2.50, while odds on the winning time being 9.59 or under are an amazing $12, which means a $1,000 bet would pay $12,000.To sweeten the pot, odds are also being offered on the 1-2-3 finishers in the final. Odds on Bolt, Gatlin, and Powell finishing 1-2-3 in that order in the final are at $3, which means that a $1,000 bet would pay $3,000.Incidentally, odds on Asafa Powell winning the 100m gold are listed at $15, which means that $1,000 bet would pay $15,000.Odds for the favourite Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to win the 100m “head-to-head” against the rest of the field are $1.40. This means a $1,000 bet will pay $1,400. For the risk takers, a bet for any other participant in the 100m field to beat Shelly-Ann, pays odds of $2.70, which means a $1,000 bet will pay $2,700.As Jamaica seeks to eclipse their medal tally of nine medals inclusive of six gold, from the 2013 World Championships, odds are being offered on Jamaica’s total medal count and gold medal count for this year’s Championships.
‘very pleased’ BEIJING, China: Competing at her first World Championships, Commonwealth Games bronze-medal winner Janieve Russell has looked the part, showing composure and confidence as she booked her spot in tomorrow’s women’s 400 metres hurdles final. Russell came close to her personal-best 54.75, and seemed to have a lot in reserve, as she crossed the line in 54.78 to finish second to World Champion and gold-medal favourite Zuzana Hejnova, 54.24, with Meghan Beesley, 55.41, taking third. The University of Technology student came off the corner in good shape and held her form, staying close to Hejnova the whole time and showing impressive maturity in her execution of the race. “It feels pretty good, and I’m very excited,” she said. “The aim was to make all three rounds, and I’m glad I accomplished that goal. Hopefully, I can get a personal best in the final, if not a medal. If that doesn’t happen, I will still be happy since it’s my first World Championships. “The Commonwealth Games certainly broadened my experience because the field is as good as the championships, because you are going against all seniors who have been to the Olympics and World Championships. So this has helped me to learn the pace and be more confident,” added Russell. “I am very pleased. It’s very close to my personal best, which is why I say that in the final, I’m sure that I can do very well and come out with a personal best. So I’m really excited right now,” she added. The former Holmwood Technical standout also pointed out that having Hejnova in her semi-final did not affect her either way. “Having her (Hejnova) did not affect me at all. I went out there telling myself that we all trained hard throughout the season; it’s about who wanted it the most, and I just went out there with guts and heart,” Russell said. The women’s 400m hurdles final is set for tomorrow at 8:10 p.m. (7:10 p.m. local time), and will also see Kaliese Spencer’s involvement. – A.L.
BOURNEMOUTH (4-1-4-1)FEDERICI,SMITH, COOK, DISTIN, DANIELS,SURMAN,RITCHIE, GOSLING, ARTER, STANISLAS,KINGMANU(4-2-3-1)MARTIAL,FELLAINI,LINGARD, SCHWEINSTEIGER, SCHNEIDERLIN, MATA,DARMIAN, BLIND, SMALLING, McNAIR,DE GEAManchester United must bounce back from Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat in Germany against Wolfsburg, which saw them knocked out of the Champions League.After winning 1-0 at reigning champions Chelsea, Bournemouth should be confident of facing United at the Vitality Stadium. That victory, only their third of the season, took the Cherries out of the bottom three.Indeed, Bournemouth became the first newly-promoted side to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in more than 14 years.United, now fourth in the Barclays Premier League, arrive hoping to shake off their habit of featuring in goalless draws; Louis van Gaal’s men have been involved in no fewer than eight 0-0 stalemates in 2015, their most in a calendar year since 2005 when they notched up 10.However, United also have nine clean sheets this season; in the last campaign they kept 11.This is the first time these teams have met in the league, though in eight cup ties, United have won five, drawn two and lost only one – in the FA Cup in 1984.
Pride beat Red Force by three wicketsPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Barbados Pride defeated Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by three wickets in their final-round game in the Regional Super50 at Queen’s Park Oval yesterday.Scores:RED FORCE 226 all out off 50 overs (Darren Bravo 82, Denesh Ramdin 57, Kjorn Ottley 38; Jason Holder 4-35)PRIDE 227 for seven off 48 overs (Kraigg Brathwaite 48, Jonathan Carter 31, Jason Holder 25; Rayad Emrit 3-45)Volcanoes beat Hurricanes by five runsBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):Windward Islands Volcanoes defeated Leeward Islands Hurricanes by five runs in their final-round, Group B game of the Regional Super50 at St Paul’s Sports Complex.Scores:VOLCANOES 243 for six off 49 overs (Sunil Ambris 74, Andre Fletcher 42, Tyrone Theophile 35, Kyle Mayers 30; Daron Cruickshank 2-47)HURRICANES 238 for nine off 49 overs (Orlando Peters 77, Nkrumah Bonner 35, Sherwin Peters 32; Delorn Johnson 3-36, Mervin Mathew 2-56). Results
Track: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1200 M (Purse $660,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)RESTLESS GLEN (1991)*1. BERRANCA LSteadman3 53.52. SUPERTRONICS OWalker 56.0 5 5 1/2L3. RAISING THE BAR OBennett 52.5 3/4L4. WELL BLESSED AChatrie 52.5 3 1/2LWIN: $109.00PLACE: $56.00, $69.00, $171.00Final Time : 1:12.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.3, ,Winner : 4yo ch filly – ADORE THE GOLD out of CHARITY DANCE by GILDED TIMETrainer : NUNES,ANTHONY C Owner : STEPHAN A NARINESINGHBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (5,8) $121.00 Exacta : (5-8) $140.00Superfecta : (5-8-7-4) $2,638.00Race 2 1300 M (Purse $660,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)CLASSIQUE (1992)*1. DOC HOLIDAY JInnis4 51.02. LEGAL ACCOUNT BebHarvey3 52.5 2 Neck3. PERSIAN BELLE DaneNelson 52.0 5 1/2L4. AUNT HILDA RMcNaughton 51.5 NeckLate scratch : #6 DIFERENTGENERATIONWIN: $95.00PLACE: $74.00, $76.00, $95.00Final Time : 1:21.3 Splits : 23.1, 47.0, 1:13.3,Winner : 6yo b horse – WIZARD OF GOLD out of SI MI TRIAL by CRUCIAL TRIALTrainer : PRINCE,TYRONE A Owner : RAHMOSSBred by EDISON CHAIQuinella : (2,4) $166.00 Exacta : (4-2) $360.00D/E : (5-4) $127.00 (5-6) $50.00Superfecta : (4-2-1-8) $1,821.00Race 3 1100 M (Purse $630,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)SWEETNESS (1997)1. WHO’S BOSSY JInnis4 48.52. ALL FOR THE GLORY OMullings 53.0 3/4L3. GRAND TRAIN LSteadman3 53.0 Neck*4. DR. DEAREST WHenry 52.0 1 1/2LLate scratch : #9 LA MADRINAWIN: $542.00PLACE: $171.00, $186.00, $94.00Final Time : 1:10.0 Splits : 23.4, 48.2, ,Winner : 5yo ch filly – WHO’S STAYIN ON out of TIFTAYVIA byTrainer : PARCHMENT,MARGARET A Owner : MARGARET A PARCHMENTBred by VINCENT LUMSDENQuinella : (2,3) $3,122.00 Exacta : (2-3) $3,574.00D/E : (4-2) $1,965.00 (4-9) $150.00Superfecta : (2-3-6-7) $21,211.00Rolling Triple : (5-4-2) $1,403.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $600,000) 4-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)-NOT FINISHED 1st-2nd SINCE DECEMBER 9, 2015FATHER CHRISTMAS (1959)1. SINK THE BISMARCK BebHarvey3 54.02. VALLEY OF QUEENS RHalledeen 53.0 2 1/4L*3. SUB STRUCTURE LSteadman3 53.0 1/2L4. MANDEYA JJackson 55.0 1 1/4LWIN: $270.00PLACE: $75.00, $89.00, $61.00Final Time : 1:09.1 Splits : 23.3, 47.1, ,Winner : 6yo b horse – HE’STHEREALTHING out of JUST A FLUTTER byTrainer : WILLIAMS,VICTOR G Owner : ANDRE S ADAMSBred by ANTHEA E. GORE, BRUCE & NOEL LEVYQuinella : (2,9) $706.00 Exacta : (2-9) $1,540.00D/E : (2-2) $3,073.00Superfecta : (2-9-5-10) $2,465.00Rolling Triple : (4-2-2) $12,108.00Race 5 2000 M (Purse $918,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. MR. DOITBETTA HPottinger4 51.02. WONDER GIRL RHalledeen 53.0 1 8L3. ACAPULCO JPatterson3 51.0 1 2 1/4L4. DUSSELDORF AChatrie 54.0 3LWIN: $101.00PLACE: $74.00, $97.00, $103.00Final Time : 2:12.4 Splits : 25.1, 52.1, 1:16.2, 1:44.3Winner : 3yo colt – VIBANK out of OLYMPIC ADVICE by OLYMPIOTrainer : ROBINSON,LORENZO B Owner : LORENZO B ROBINSONBred by LORENZO B. ROBINSONQuinella : (1,4) $348.00 Exacta : (1-4) $448.00D/E : (2-1) $576.00Superfecta : (1-4-7-8) $3,961.00Rolling Triple : (2-2-1) $5,890.00Race 6 1200 M (Purse $893,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE (DIV.I)ANY HORSE1. MISTER BONES DaneNelson 55.02. KING D WHenry 54.0 2 1/4L3. URBAN PRINCIPAL OFoster 56.0 2 1/2L4. KANALOA LSteadman3 53.0 Sh.Head5. #2 NEHEMIAH SEllis 54.0 3/4L6. #9 BAY COMMANDER RStewart 52.0 1 3/4LWIN: $411.00PLACE: 175.00, $329.00, $219.00Final Time : 1:14.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.4, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – REGION OF MERIT out of SECRET WEAPON byTrainer : LEWIS,GORDON A Owner : ANTHONY K HARTBred by TONY HARTQuinella : (5,8) $4,177.00 Exacta : (5-8) $7,415.00D/E : (1-5) $1,127.00Trifecta : (5-8-11) $12,408.00Hit-6 Carry-over : $84,981.00Rolling Triple : (2-1-5) $6,124.00Super-6 : (5-4-2-2-1-5) $35,992.70Race 7 1500 M (Purse $630,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)CESARIO (1982)1. #5 TASHIE BABY HPottinger4 50.52. #3 SNEAK PEEK SEllis 55.0 4 1/2L3. #1 MINY LEE DDawkins3 51.0 3 1/2L4. #6 BIG BUCK JInnis4 49.0 1/2LWIN: $239.00PLACE: $103.00, $129.00, $294.00Final Time : 1:36.1 Splits : 24.2, 48.1, 1:14.0,Winner : 4yo ch filly – TRACKING out of QUICKSTER by HAIL ORPHANTrainer : GRIFFITHS,GARY J Owner : GARY J GRIFFITHSBred by GARY GRIFFITHSQuinella : (3,5) $326.00 Exacta : (5-3) $845.00D/E : (5-5) $2,023.00Superfecta : (5-3-1-6) $10,697.00Rolling Triple : (1-5-5) $4,193.00Pick-4 : (2-1-5-5) $26,140.00Race 8 1200 M (Purse $893,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE (DIV.II)ANY SLOT1. MISS FIESTY OWalker 54.02. DILIGENT DaneNelson 55.0 2 3/4L3. *SEEKING THE DAWN WHenry 53.0 1L4. LUCKY NINE HPottinger4 51.0 1 1/2L5. AIR MARSHALL RHalledeen 53.0 1 1/4LLate scratch : #2 PRINCE SAMMO, #3 MIRACLE RIVERWIN: $306.00PLACE: $73.00, $65.00, $56.00Final Time : 1:15.1 Splits : 23.2, 47.0, ,Winner : 3yo b filly – TAQARUB out of PROUD AGAIN byTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : NEW BLUE LTD.Bred by NEW BLUE LTD.Quinella : (9,11) $1,183.00 Exacta : (11-9) $3,022.00D/E : (5-11) $2,162.00Trifecta : (11-9-7) $938.00Hi-5 : (11-9-7-10-4) $10,034.00Rolling Triple : (5-5-11) $11,805.00JAMAICA 1000 GUINEASRace 9 1600 M (Purse $3,250,000) NB3-Y-O FUTURITY – FILLIESSPONSORED BY P2P BETTING & GAMING ENTERTAINMENT*1. NUCLEAR AFFAIR DaneNelson 57.02. A THOUSAND STARS RHalledeen 57.0 9 1/23. SORRENTINO’S STAR WGriffiths,OD 57.0 Neck4. BIRD CATCHER SEllis 57.0 Head5. GOLDEN GLORY WHenry 57.0 3WIN: $83.00PLACE: $60.00, $131.00, $83.00Final Time : 1:39.2 Splits : 24.1, 47.1, 1:13.3,Winner : 3yo filly – NUCLEAR WAYNE out of COMMANDRA AFFAIR byTrainer : SUBRATIE,GARY A Owner : MICHROSBred by MICHAEL BERNARDQuinella : (2,8) $775.00 Exacta : (2-8) $807.00D/E : (11-2) $464.00Trifecta : (2-8-13) $674.00Hi-5 : (2-8-13-14-4) $9,679.00Rolling Triple : (5-11-2) $2,195.00PlacePot 8 : (2,4-2,3-2,9-1,4-5,8-3,5-) $19,026.00Race 10 1820 M (Purse $880,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCEDENNIS “UNCLE D” CHIN-YOU TROPHY1. MIRACLE STAR AChatrie 54.02. ROYAL VIBES OWalker 52.5 2L3. ORIGINAL TRAIN WHenry 53.0 3/4L*4. PUDDY POOH DaneNelson 54.0 1/2L5. MOM’S STUDENT OWhite 51.0 2 1/2LWIN: $224.00PLACE: $76.00, $156.00, $63.00Final Time : 1:56.3 Splits : 26.2, 50.1, 1:14.3, 1:42.1Winner : 7yo ch horse – MIRACLE MAN out of IRISH STAR by IRISH QUESTTrainer : PLUMMER,DONOVAN Owner : PINK ALAINABred by PETER – JOHN RHODENQuinella : (5,8) $2,883.00 Exacta : (5-8) $4,260.00D/E : (2-5) $484.00Trifecta : (5-8-10) $1,659.00Hi-5 : (5-8-10-1-2) $7,102.00Rolling Triple : (11-2-5) $3,792.00JAMAICA 2000 GUINEASRace 11 1600 M (Purse $3,250,000) NB3-Y-O FUTURITY – COLTS & GELDINGSSPONSORED BY P2P BETTING & GAMING ENTERTAINMENT*1. FUTURE KING RHalledeen 57.02. ORPHEUS SEllis 57.0 1 1/4L3. CHACE THE GREAT AChatrie 57.0 1/2L4. BIGDADDYKOOL LSteadman2 57.0 2 3/4L5. LORD EQUUS ISpence 57.0 3/4LWIN: $148.00PLACE: $85.00, $69.00, $88.00Final Time : 1:39.4 Splits : 23.3, 46.3, 1:11.3,Winner : 3yo b colt – NATURAL SELECTION out of MILLENIUM PRINCESS by MUTAKDDIMTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : ALFRED A. LEE & JEFFREY S. MORDECAIBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Quinella : (6,10) $524.00 Exacta : (10-6) $822.00D/E : (5-10) $774.00Trifecta : (10-6-7) $460.00Hi-5 : (10-6-7-2-12) $3,090.00Rolling Triple : (2-5-10) $2,194.00Pick-4 : (11-2-5-10) $6,428.00Super-6 : (5-5-11-2-5-10) $55,067.10Pick-9 : (2-2-1-5-5-11-2-5-10) $35,354.50 (2-2-1-5-5-11-2-5-10) $589.00 Carry-over : $978,171.60
Brown pleased with winning start Former Jamaica College outstanding jumper Clayton Brown made a winning indoors start for his new school, the University of Florida last Saturday. Brown cleared 2.25 metres to win the men’s high jump at the Clemson Orange and Purple Invitational meet. Brown, who won the Class I high jump event at last year’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships and who was fourth in the triple jump was pleased with his winning performance. “I feel very good about my performance and I did better than I expected,” said Brown. He is looking forward to greater success in the upcoming season. “The competition here is great and I am looking for more success in the season,” concluded Brown, who will compete in Virginia Technical meet in two weeks time. – Raymond Graham Klopp’s decision backfires Juergen Klopp’s decision to field Liverpool’s youngest ever team backfired yesterday as the Premier League title contenders were held 0-0 at home by fourth-tier Plymouth in the third round of the FA Cup. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino also made sweeping changes, and was made to sweat as his side left it late to beat second-tier Aston Villa 2-0. Chelsea had an easier time, sweeping aside third-tier Peterborough 4-1, with Spanish forward Pedro scoring twice. Westbrook’s 17th triple-double lifts Thunder past Nuggets OKLAHOMA CITY (AP): Russell Westbrook was scary enough already. Now, the league’s scoring leader is hitting 3-pointers as well as he does everything else. Westbrook had 32 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists for his 17th triple-double of the season and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 121-106 on Saturday night. Westbrook made 7 of 12 3-pointers after hitting a career-high eight 3s on Thursday at Houston.
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He had little choice. Starting on the reachable par-4 10th, where one mistake can lead to big numbers, Woods played it perfectly with an iron to the far left of the fairway for the best angle into the green, a wedge to just under 10 feet and a birdie.His drive on the par-5 11th sailed to the right toward the trees. About 10 minutes later, a golf cart drove up to the tee with Woods in the passenger seat. He never found his ball, presumably swallowed up by the tree. There were questions that someone would have picked it up, but not enough evidence to suggest it was anything but lost.He made double bogey.Then, he lost his tee shot to the right, hit out of a greenside bunker past the flag and onto the fringe, and had to work for bogey.“I was 1 under early — first hole — and all of a sudden I went double bogey-bogey,” Woods said. “I was like, ‘Oh, man, here we go. I’ve got to somehow turn this thing around.’ And I was able to do that. Fought hard to try and keep that momentum going.”ADVERTISEMENT It turned out to be another step forward.Woods overcame a drive that apparently never came down from a eucalyptus tree, another tee shot that wound up on another hole and few careless mistakes with the irons to post a 1-over 72 in the opening round Thursday at the Genesis Open.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 folkRiviera was at its best under full sunshine and greens that felt firm under the feet even in the morning. No one shot better than 67 from the early side of the draw.“I hung in there well and grinded,” Woods said. Woods wasn’t overly perturbed by the lost ball at No. 11 and can’t remember the last time it happened, suggesting Olympic Club when he was at Stanford.He answered with a perfect tee shot on the 13th and a 15-foot birdie putt, and he kept his round together with a series of putts from the 6-foot range for pars and birdies — a par save from the bunker on the 16th, a slippery birdie putt on the par-5 17th, a par save from above the hole left of the 18th green and a difficult two-putt birdie on the par-5 first hole from 50 feet that he rapped as though it were a 5-footer.He made more than he missed.“No one’s going low out there,” Woods said. “It’s too hard. The greens are starting to get a little bouncy, and those short ones are not easy.”His lament was two mistakes from the fairway — a wedge into No. 3 that went too long and over the green, taking away a good birdie chance; and pulling his approach on the seventh hole that went into a deep swale. Woods used his putter to get it up the hill, some 15 feet by the pin, and he missed the par putt.He finished strong, however, with an aggressive approach to a back right pin at No. 8 — anything long is a certain bogey — for a 3-foot birdie, and then an entertaining end to his round. He lost another tee shot so far right that it went into a bunker on the 10th hole. That bunker might be the toughest spot at Riviera, unless someone is playing the ninth hole. Woods hit a 9-iron just threw the green to set up a two-putt par.He last played Riviera in 2006 when he withdrew after making the cut because of the flu. This is his ninth time playing Riviera as a pro, the most of any PGA Tour course where he has never won.Being gone for so long meant big crowds for his return.“Just like the old days,” caddie John McLaren said as he walked toward the 14th tee and looked over at fans who stood six-deep watching Woods at No. 8. Geoff Ogilvy was coming down from the clubhouse toward the range after his round of 72 when a marshal told him to clear the area. Ogilvy showed the marshal his badge.“It doesn’t matter. Tiger is coming,” the marshal replied. Thomas (69) and Rory McIlroy (71) played with Woods, neither a stranger to big crowds, but rarely virtually ignored.“Everyone’s out here to see Tiger, but I’m definitely the third player in the group,” Thomas said. “So I had a couple times where I had a short putt, people are walking off, but that’s a part of it. But the coolest part is the same thing — there’s so many people and it’s a Thursday morning playing with two really good friends and people that I look up to and people that I’ve tried to model my game after for so long. It’s pretty cool to be grinding out here with them.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Simmons, Mitchell and young NBA phenoms set for Rising Stars 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 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ Tiger Woods tees off on the 10th hole during the first round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. 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MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — Undermanned and all, Meralco leaned on an unlikely hero in Jason Ballesteros to come away with a 84-82 squeaker over Barangay Ginebra and stay in playoff contention in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Philippine Arena here.“Wow,” exclaimed Meralco coach Norman Black after his team created a three-way logjam at ninth with TNT and Blackwater at 4-6. “It’s just great effort from the guys just knowing the circumstances that had we lost today, we’re out of the tournament. The guys just came out there and played to get the win.”ADVERTISEMENT Ballesteros faced the Gin King giants and made a good account of himself, hauling down a career-best 17 rebounds while also scoring the final three points for the Bolts in the final minute.The unheralded big man secured the offensive rebound after misses by Reynel Hugnatan and Chris Newsome before banking the go-ahead bucket, 83-82, with 36.2 seconds left.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 folkScottie Thompson missed a floater on the other end, before Ballesteros once again grabbed another board before splitting his foul shots with 17.3 seconds to go.The Gin Kings muffed another opportunity after Japeth Aguilar misfired on his potential game-tying triple as the Bolts escaped with the win. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Padda says Adamson ‘scared on defense’ vs Rondina, UST MERALCO 84 — Lanete 19, Caram 16, Hugnatan 12, Newsome 12, Ballesteros 7, Salva 5, Amer 4, Bono 4, Canaleta 3, Faundo 2, Sedurifa 0, Tolomia 0.GINEBRA 82 — J. Aguilar 20, Thompson 17, Slaughter 12, Mercado 10, Caguioa 6, Cruz 5, Tenorio 5, Devance 4, Mariano 3, Ferrer 0, Manuel 0.Quarters: 15-20, 45-38, 67-64, 84-82.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “It’s just a huge win for us and gave us another chance going to our last game against Magnolia,” said Black, who now shifts his focus on the Bolts’ last outing versus the Magnolia Hotshots in Cagayan de Oro. “It’s nice to be alive. We look forward to Saturday.”Garvo Lanete shot 3-of-8 from three to top Meralco in scoring with 19 markers while Anjo Caram had a career-best 16 points. Hugnatan and Newsome both wound up with 12.Aguilar paced Ginebra with 20 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, while Thompson flirted with a triple-double with 17 markers, 13 boards, and five assists.The Gin Kings fell to an even 5-5 record after they squandered a 77-69 lead midway in the payoff period. Meralco staged a 12-3 run to grab an 81-80 lead at the 1:17 mark.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments