LONDON, England: Sprinting superstar Usain Bolt admitted he gets upset when the credibility of his performances is questioned because of the doping stigma attached to athletics, while adding that he believes it’s every athlete’s – not just his – responsibility to protect the image of track and field. Bolt, hailed in some quarters as the shining knight for a sport that struggles to be taken seriously in the wider market largely because of a number of high-profile doping cases, says the entire fraternity shares the obligation to do everything possible to keep the sport in a positive place – starting by remaining honest. “Yes, it’s definitely upsetting (when his performances are questioned because of other high-profile doping cases), especially throughout the years when you work hard and the sport is getting a good reputation and then it slides when other athletes decide to do the wrong thing. It definitely upsets me because everybody starts pointing fingers again and starts speculating, and it certainly doesn’t help the sport in any way,” Bolt said. Athletes’ responsibility However, despite his transcending figure in the sport and his massive global value, Bolt believes other athletes need to see the sport’s growth and protection as their responsibility as well. “There are other athletes. All athletes have the responsibility to help the sport and keep it in a positive light. I do my best. I try to run fast and I do it clean and that is what I have to continue doing. I will not say I am the only saviour of athletics. Hopefully, athletes coming up can learn and will see that I did it clean as well,” Bolt added before again noting his disappointment in Tyson Gay, who tested positive for a banned substance in May 2013 but only served about a year on the sidelines because he cooperated with anti-doping authorities. “I can’t do anything about it, it’s the rules. The IAAF makes the rules and they hand out the bans along with WADA and everybody. So, if they see it fit to make the rules what they are, I can’t do anything about it,” Bolt said. “The only person I had a problem with was Tyson (Gay). The reason is, I competed with Tyson throughout the years and I had so much respect for him as a competitor and looked at him as one of the greatest competitors I had ever faced. He was dedicated and worked hard and I looked forward to competing against him, so when it happened I was very disappointed,” Bolt said before comparing Gay’s situation with that of another American, Justin Gatlin. “(Justin) Gatlin was before my time and I am not saying what he did was right. It happened when I was just coming up in the sport but because Tyson and I competed so much against each other and I always told my friends that I could always be sure that Tyson would show up for competition; then you hear that he’s is cheating. That hurts to know that someone you look up to is banned. It bothers you,” Bolt said.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):Opener Kraigg Brathwaite grabbed a stunning six-wicket haul to rout Sri Lanka cheaply but he then perished cheaply leaving West Indies with a difficult run chase on today’s fourth day, in order to win the second Test at the P Sara Oval.Trundling his unheralded off spin that had previously brought him a single wicket from 48 overs in his 23 Tests, the 23-year-old ripped through the Sri Lanka second innings with a spell of six for 29 to send them crashing for 206, an hour after lunch on yesterday’s third day.He was supported by debutant specialist left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican who picked up two for 62.Set 244 to win their first ever Test on Sri Lankan soil, West Indies lost Brathwaite for three to what turned out to be the last delivery before tea as rain arrived to force the end play 10 minutes early. This was before forcing the abandonment of the final session with the score on 20 for one.The right-handed Brathwaite, as he has done previously in the series, faced 26 deliveries before playing down the wrong line and falling leg before wicket to seamer Dhammika Prasad.Shai Hope was unbeaten on 17, with West Indies requiring a further 224 runs to win the contest.Recovery before all outEarlier, resuming the day on 76 for two, Sri Lanka recovered from two early blows within the first 35 minutes to cruise to 154 for four before dramatically losing their last six wickets for 52 runs.Captain Angelo Matthews top-scored with 46, Milinda Siriwardana got 42, while Kusal Mendis chipped in with 39 and Kaushal Silva, 32.West Indies were rewarded in the day’s fifth over when Silva edged a defensive prod at Warrican to first slip where Jermaine Blackwood pouched the first of his five catches, at 84 for three.Two balls later in the next over with no runs added, fast bowler Jerome Taylor got the right-handed Chandimal (12) to inside edge a delivery that came back and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin took a sharp catch moving to his left.Mathews and Siriwardana then bolstered the innings with a 67-run, fifth wicket stand, which kept the West Indies bowlers at bay.The right-handed Mathews faced 120 deliveries and struck three fours while the left-handed Siriwardana slammed three fours and two sixes, in an entertaining 60-ball knock.Siriwardana, in only his second Test, played positively striking straight sixes off both Warrican and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, who went wicket-less from 20 overs.SCOREBOARDSRI LANKA 1st Innings 200WEST INDIES 1st Innings 163SRI LANKA 2nd Innings(overnight 76 for two)K. Silva c Blackwood b Warrican 32K. Mendis c wkp Ramdin b Warrican 39D. Chandimal c wkp Ramdin b Taylor 12*A. Mathews c Blackwood b Brathwaite 46M. Siriwardana c Blackwood b Brathwaite 42+D. Perera c wkp Ramdin b Brathwaite 5R. Herath c Blackwood b Brathwaite 18D. Perera c Roach b Brathwaite 7D. Prasad not out 1N. Pradeep c Blackwood b Brathwaite 0Extras (b2, lb2) 4TOTAL (all out, 75.3 overs) 206Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Karunaratne), 2-55 (Mendis), 3-84 (Silva), 4-84 (Chandimal), 5-151 (Siriwardana), 6-165 (K Perera), 7-195 (Herath), 8-203 (D Perera), 9-206 (Mathews), 10-206 (Pradeep).Bowling: Taylor 8-3-26-2, Roach 6-1-15-0, Holder 5-1-9-0, Warrican 25-2-62-2, Bishoo 20-3-61-0, Brathwaite 11.3-4-29-6.WEST INDIES 2nd InningsK. Brathwaite lbw b Prasad 3S. Hope not out 17TOTAL (1 wkt, 9 overs) 20Fall of wicket: 1-20 (Brathwaite).Bowling: Prasad 5-2-4-1, Pradeep 1-0-8-0, Herath 3-1-8-0.Position: West Indies require a further 224 runs with nine wickets intact.Umpires: Simon Fry, Rod Tucker; TV – Marais Erasmus.
PARIS (AP):Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrated his return to his first senior club with a goal as Paris Saint-Germain advanced to the knockout phase of the Champions League yesterday, while Juventus claimed top spot to qualify from Group D with a 1-0 win over Manchester City.In Group B, Manchester United were left frustrated by another lackluster performance in a 0-0 draw against PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford. The group remains wide open and will be decided on the final day after Wolfsburg moved to the top of the standings with a 2-0 defeat of CSKA Moscow.Ibrahimovic played his first competitive club match at his hometown team Malmo since joining Ajax in 2001. He marked the occasion by netting PSG’s third goal, with Laurent Blanc’s players thrashing their Swedish opponents 5-0 in Group A.Already qualified before traveling to Ukraine, 10-time European champions Real Madrid conceded three goals in 12 minutes, yet still came away with a 4-3 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the group’s other match. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Madrid made sure of finishing on top.Atletico secured their place in the next round with a 2-0 victory over Galatasaray in Group C and will travel to Benfica to decide first place in two weeks’ time. Both teams have 10 points after Benfica recovered from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 at Astana.
MISSED OPPORTUNITY Rivaldo English scored twice as Wolmer’s Boys blanked Camperdown 3-0 in a Group F ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup Group F match at Alpha Institute. English scored in the 24th and 75th minutes after Andre Daley had given Wolmer’s the lead in the 22nd minute. The Wolmer’s team played some attractive football and moved the ball around well and were safe in defence. Camperdown had their moments but could not break down the Heroes Circle-based school. Both teams entered the game as joint group leaders, but Wolmer’s moved to the top on nine points while Camperdown remained on six points. Camperdown’s best chance fell to their captain Tumekie Blackwood, who missed from close range, with Wolmer’s custodian Shemar Jennison out of position. English had a wonderful game and pushed his tally to four in three games. “It is a wonderful feeling to help my team to win the game. The objective is to score as many goals as possible to help the team move towards our goal of winning the Manning Cup,” English told The Gleaner. “I am happy with how the team is playing. We have played three games and won all of them, so it is a good start. We just have to work harder in the remaining games,” he shared. “This is my third season in the Manning Cup, and the dream is to win the title and follow in the footsteps of my father (Irvino English), who won the title at Norman Manley,” he disclosed. Wolmer’s head coach, Vassell Reynolds, praised his team for an improved performance. “It is a much-improved performance from the last game against Dunoon. It is a pretty good Camperdown team. However, we need to play simple, but it is a work in progress,” Reynolds reasoned. Greater Portmore vs Excelsior St George’s College vs Tarrant Vauxhall vs STATHS Eltham vs Jamaica College Charlie Smith vs Waterford Clan Carthy vs Mona (All games start at 3 p.m. and home teams are named first.) Today’s games
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels stroked half-centuries in an improved West Indies performance, but the Caribbean side were still distinctly second best, slumping to a 59-run loss to Pakistan in the second one-day international (ODI) to concede the three-match series here yesterday.After a woeful performance in last Friday’s first ODI, West Indies displayed more fight this time around, but Pakistan’s target of 338 was always well beyond their reach and they buckled under the burden of a rising required run rate and declined to 278 for seven, to lose their fifth straight game on tour.Left-hander Bravo top-scored with an attractive 61 off 74 deliveries, while veteran right-hander Marlon Samuels struck 57 off 52 balls. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite chipped in with a dogged 39 and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, 34.LITTLE HOPEAt 194 for three in the 38th over, West Indies retained some hope – albeit faint – of overhauling their target, especially with Samuels and Ramdin at the crease and the likes of Carlos Brathwaite and Kieron Pollard still to come. But three wickets tumbled for 37 runs in the space of 29 balls to leave the Windies on 231 for six in the 43rd over and Jason Holder’s unbeaten 31 off 26 balls was only of academic importance at the end.Earlier, Babar Azam spearheaded Pakistan’s charge with his second straight hundred, as the hosts capitalised on a poor bowling effort to pile up 337 for five off their 50 overs – the third-highest ever total in an ODI at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.Babar, batting at number three, stroked 123 from 126 deliveries to follow up his 120 in the opening game last Friday at the same venue, while veteran right-hander Shoaib Malik struck 90 off 84 balls and Sarfraz Ahmed, an unbeaten 60 off 47 balls.Pakistan were in a spot of bother at 40 for two in the fifth over before Babar and Shoaib took the game away from West Indies in a record third-wicket stand of 169.Babar struck nine fours and a six, while Shoaib was aggressor, smashing three fours and six sixes before perishing in the 34th over.Seamer Holder finished with two for 51, while debutant fast-bowler Alzarri Joseph picked up two for 62.SCOREBOARDPAKISTAN*Azhar Ali lbw b Holder 9Sharjeel Khan c Holder b Joseph 24Babar Azam c C Brathwaite b Joseph 123Shoaib Malik c Bravo b Narine 90+Sarfraz Ahmed not out 60Imad Wasim b Holder 11Mohammad Rizwan not out 6Extras (lb2, w12) 14TOTAL (5 wkts, 50 overs) 337Did not bat: Mohammad Nawaz, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali.Fall of wickets: 1-40 (Azhar Ali, 4.5 overs), 2-40 (Sharjeel Khan, 5.1), 3-209 (Shoaib Malik, 33.4), 4-282 (Babar Azam, 45.1), 5-320 (Imad Wasim, 48.3)Bowling: Holder 8-1-51-2 (w1), Joseph 10-0-62-2 (w6), C Brathwaite 8-0-60-0, Narine 8-0-39-1 (w1), Benn 8-0-61-0, K Brathwaite 3-0-18-0, Pollard 5-0-44-0.WEST INDIESJ Charles c Imad Wasim b Mohammad Amir 2K Brathwaite run out 39DM Bravo run out 61M Samuels b Wahab Riaz 57+D Ramdin b Wahab Riaz 34K Pollard c Shoaib Malik b Imad Wasim 22C Brathwaite run out 14*J Holder not out 31S Narine not out 1Extras (lb8, w9) 17TOTAL (7 wkts, 50 overs) 278Did not bat: S Benn, A Joseph.Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Charles, 1.4 overs), 2-92 (KC Brathwaite, 21.2), 3-127 (Bravo, 28.3), 4-194 (Samuels, 37.2), 5-209 (Ramdin, 39.2), 6-231 (CR Brathwaite, 42.1), 7-273 (Pollard, 48.3)Bowling: Imad Wasim 10-0-62-1, Mohammad Amir 9-0-49-1 (w2), Hasan Ali 9-0-56-0 (w1), Wahab Riaz 10-0-48-2 (w3), Shoaib Malik 5-2-16-0, Mohammad Nawaz 7-0-39-0 (w2).Result: Pakistan won by 59 runs.Series: Pakistan lead three-match series 2-0.Man-of-the-Match: Babar Azam.Toss: Pakistan.Umpires: S Ravi, Shozab Raza; TV – Ruchira Palliyaguruge.
A joint is where two or more bones meet (articulate). There are over 100 joints in the body. Joints are divided into three types based on the amount of movement they allow. – Fixed or immovable joints (fibrous) In these, bones are fused together by tough fibres. These types of joints are found in areas requiring strength. Examples are the joints between the plates of the cranium (skull) and the fused joints in the sacrum. – Slightly movable joints (cartilaginous) In these, a small amount of movement can occur. The bones are linked by cartilage. Cartilage is a tough, but flexible cushion of tissue that stops the bones from knocking together (friction) and can also compress a little to allow slight movement. Slightly movable joints are found between most of the vertebrae in the vertebral column and the joint between the ribs and sternum. – Freely movable joints (synovial) All freely movable joints share features which prevent friction between moving bones. One of the main features is the presence of synovial fluid between the moving bones. The bones are held together by slightly elastic fibres called ligaments, which allows the bones to move; any damage to the ligament results in the joint losing some of its strength and stability. There are six basic types of synovial joints (freely movable): – Ball and socket – These moves freely in all direction. Ligaments are often used to keep the joint stable. This type is only the hip and shoulders. – Hinge – The movement of this type works like a hinged door. The movement allowed is flexion and extension. This type of joint is formed at the elbows and knee. – Pivot – These joints allow only rotation because of its ‘ring on a peg’ structure. This is found between the atlas and axis vertebrae in the neck and between radius and ulna, below the elbow. – Saddle joints – These allow movement in several planes, back, forward and side to side. Bones are shaped like saddle and fit neatly together. Example the thumb. – Gliding – These allow slight movement in all direction, however, ligaments limit another. Examples are the carpal bones of the hand vertebrae. – Condyloid – These allow movement in several planes, back and forward and sideways. A ligament prevents rotation. The rounded end of bones fit into the hollow of another. Examples are the wrist and ankles. Joints work smoothly together when we perform sporting activities. They must be capable of their full range of movement in order to work well. The demands of sport puts severe stress on joints. Therefore, it is essential to warm up before an activity and cool down after the activity. Joints can be injured as a result of impact, internal forces or a mixture of both. Examples sprains, torn ligaments and dislocation. Last week, we looked at bone growth and formation, functions and types of bone in the human skeleton. We continue this week’s lesson by looking on the bones of the vertebral column and the types of joints. THE VERTEBRAL COLUMN The vertebral column is important in all sporting movements, it is flexible, strong and allows bending and stretching into many different positions. It is also vulnerable to injury if preventative care is not taken. The vertebral column: – Protects the spinal cord – Supports the upper body – Give a wide range of movement – Is important for posture – Passes force to the body parts Disorders of the spine: – Scoliosis – a sideway curvature of the spine that affects posture, causing difficulty in standing straight. – Kypsosis – a forward bending of the spine that makes the person appear to be leaning forward. FUNCTIONS OF THE VERTEBRAL COLUMN The vertebral column, spine or backbone consists of 33 specialised bones called vertebrae. Between each vertebra, there is a disc of cartilage that allows a small amount of movement and act as shock absorber. The vertebral column can be divided into five sections. – Cervical vertebrae – This is the neck region and consists of seven vertebrae. They provide attachment for neck muscles and support the head and neck. The top vertebra (atlas) fits into the skull and allows nodding of the head. The second vertebra (axis) allows rotation of the head. – Thoracic vertebrae – These are 12 vertebrae that support the ribcage and forms part of the chest area. They allow slight bending, forward, backwards and sideways. – Lumber vertebrae – These are the five largest bones of the spine. The muscles of the back are attached to them. They allow large range of bending forward, backwards and sideways. This region can be easily injured. – Sacral vertebrae – These five vertebrae are fused together and form a very strong base that supports the weight of the body and passes force from the legs and hip to upper body. – Coccyx – These are five fused vertebrae. They have no special function other than for muscle attachment. TYPES OF JOINTS
The ISSA-FLOW Super Cup will stay in Kingston for the third-consecutive year.Wolmer’s Boys won their first hold on schoolboy football’s most coveted trophy with a stoppage time (91st minute) winner by striker Alphanso Gooden that was enough to beat a resolute Cornwall College at Sabina Park last night.Two minutes into injury time, Andrew Daley, who had a very lively game, drove into the Cornwall College 18-yard box and took advantage of some hesitant defending, to take control of the ball, before sending a pass to Gooden. The big forward was given a lot of space in the Cornwall area and he picked his spot and sent a thunderous shot into the back of the net.It was the sixth goal for Gooden this season, and his most important, so far.”It feels very wonderful to score and win the FLOW Super Cup for the very first time for my school,” he said.”I am happy, as the team looked up to me to score and get the win. It was tough, but we gave everything to beat them,” Gooden told The Sunday Gleaner.BEAMING MOTHERHe was joined by his beaming mother, Karen Hinds, who praised her son.”I feel very good. Watching my son all season has made me very happy. He wanted this moment for a very long time (and) it finally came through. I love him,” she said.Wolmer’s principal Dr Walton Small was ecstatic.”We are going to win the other trophies,” he saidCoach Vassell Reynolds said his guys were brimming with confidence prior to the game.”Prior to the game, I had never seen my players so confident. We knew it was going to be a tough game and we were very solid in defence … we also countered well tonight.”Wolmer’s came back strong in the second half after the dangerous Jourdaine Fletcher had tormented them for long periods. He had two very good free kicks, which were saved by goalkeeper Shamar Jamieson.The first half was fairly even, and both teams created chances, but could not find the net.It was the Montego Bay-based Cornwall’s first loss in all competitions this season.Coach Dr Dean Weatherly called it a ‘painful defeat’ but backed his team to rebound and challenge for the rest of the trophies this season.
Cindy Resultay of Perlas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comPerlas Pilipinas got a rude welcome in Division A after a 106-55 beatdown at the hands of defending champion Japan in the Fiba Asia Women’sCup Sunday at Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bangalore, India.Japan showed it was on a different class from the get-go, taking a 25-11 lead after the first 10 minutes of the gameADVERTISEMENT Antetokounmpo uses just 6 pairs of shoes in a season ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur The mighty Japanese stretched their advantage to 50, 91-41, after a basket by Evelyn Mawuli with 8:13 left.Mawuli topscored with 21 points to lead five other Japanese players scored in double-digits with Miyuki Kawamura adding 14 and Sakura Akaho posting a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.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’Gemma Miranda was the lone bright spot for PH. She finished with 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field.A determined Perlas, which faces another powerhouse in Australia on Monday, tried but just couldn’t get anything going. The Filipinos shot just 29% from the field while the allowing the Japanese to shoot 49%. 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans View comments McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return MOST READ
View comments SPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’When she bagged silver in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, she immediately resigned from the national team over her camp’s alleged disagreement with sponsorship deals.But after a lengthy exchanges all over the media, she was reinstated later on to compete—and finish 124th—in the Rio Olympics in 2016. During the selection for this SEA Games, she was required by Patafa to be under one of its sanctioned coaches, which also didn’t sit well with Tabal, who was training abroad under her own set of mentors.Patafa again took her in to compete in the Games and hopefully give a golden start to the athletics team which garnered five golds, seven silvers and nine bronzes.Competing alongside Tabal is teammate Jeson Oyco Agravante.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Short-handed Bolts rally to thwart Fuel Masters Tabal has been the country’s golden girl in marathon, winning racess in international and local events, but her name has also been so often attached to controversyThe 28-year-old Tabal, of Guba, Cebu City, has been at odds with national governing body of her sport, the Philippine Track and Field Association, for the good part of the last two years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Teen gunned down in Masbate Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Mary Joy Tabal. FILE PhotoKUALA LUMPUR—As marathon ushers in the medal-rich track and field competitions on Saturday, focus will be on how Mary Joy Tabal would fare against the best in the field.And as she seeks to give the country its first gold, inevitably, the spotlight will also shine on the controversies that have hounded her career.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)
MOST READ How to help the Taal evacuees Smith was coming off a back-to-back in which he scored 14 points on Wednesday night during a home win over Chicago. He played with much better pace Wednesday than in his debut and Thursday night he improved a little bit more in that area without starters like Dirk Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews not even in the building.He converted two of four shots from 3-point range, and continued to show his great athletic range by driving to the basket and also soaring above Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic for an alley-oop slam in the second quarter.“It was a great play call by Coach Hunt, that’s it,” Smith said of the alley-oop feed from Seth Curry. “He set me up how I need to be set up and Seth made a great pass.”MAGIC 112, MAVERICKS 89Aaron Gordon had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Nikola Vucevic added 14 points in Orlando’s home preseason debut. Dallas’ Dennis Smith, the No. 9 overall pick in the June’ draft scored all 13 of his team-high points in the first half on a night when the Mavericks left most of their starters and veterans at home.ADVERTISEMENT DALLAS: The Mavericks brought a skeleton crew into Amway Center with several of the veterans and coach Rick Carlisle not making the trip on a preseason back-to-back. Starters Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes did not make the trip along with veteran reserves Nerlens Noel, J.J. Barea, Josh McRoberts and Devin Harris. Carlisle did not make the trip because he was ill. Associate head coach Melvin Hunt stood in for Carlisle.ORLANDO: Rookie first-round draft pick Jonathan Isaac struggled in his home debut, converting just one of five from the field to finish with just two points, three rebounds and two blocked shots in 17 minutes. Recent Hall of Fame inductee and former Magic star Tracy McGrady sat courtside. … Forward Adreian Payne suffered a fractured left hand during Tuesday night’s practice. Payne is a two-way player for the Magic, who appeared in 18 games last season with Minnesota.UP NEXT: The Mavericks (2-1) are off until Monday when they will host Orlando. The Magic (1-1) will host the Miami Heat on Saturday night.NETS 107, HEAT 88Jeremy Lin scored 16 points and the Nets outrebounded the Heat 62-37 in their second straight preseason victory.Tyler Johnson had 21 points and nine rebounds for Miami, while Hassan Whiteside added 19 points and nine boards.HEAT: The Heat were a dismal 4 for 28 (14 percent) from 3-point range. … Erik Spoelstra started the same five (Rodney McGruder, James Johnson, Whiteside, Dion Waiters and Goran Dragic) as Miami’s preseason opener against Atlanta, saying that group asked for a second chance even though he felt they didn’t play well. … Dragic scored 12 points but fellow starting guard Waiters had two on 1-for-8 shooting.NETS: D’Angelo Russell scored nine points, going 4 for 14 from the field and 1 for 7 from 3-point range. … Reserve Sean Kilpatrick had 14 points and seven rebounds. … Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 10 points and eight rebounds. Swingmen Caris LeVert and Allen Crabbe remained sidelined with ankle injuries.UP NEXT: Miami (1-1) visits Orlando on Saturday. Brooklyn (2-0) hosts New York on Sunday.TRAIL BLAZERS 106, RAPTORS 101 DAY6 is for everybody Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) dribbles by Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (2) and center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)ORLANDO, Fla. — Dallas Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. has the talent and physical tools to become a standout in the NBA.But right now, it’s about incremental improvement for the point guard selected No. 9 overall out of North Carolina State in June. He improved in playing with pace after his preseason debut this week and during Thursday night’s 112-89 loss to Orlando — with most of Mavs’ starting unit and all of the veterans remaining home for the second game of a back-to-back — Smith got a taste of running the show and calling his own plays.ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Brady throws for 303 yards, Patriots hold off Bucs 19-14 Damian Lillard led Portland with 16 points and eight assists in 26 minutes and CJ McCollum added 15 points. Kyle Lowry paced visiting Toronto with 23 points and had six assists in 25 minutes.TORONTO: DeMar DeRozan and C.J. Miles did not play. … Starting power forward Serge Ibaka struggled, scoring just two points on one of five shooting from the field and an 0-for-3 showing from 3-point range, while also adding four rebounds in 20 minutes.PORTLAND: Rookie power forward Caleb Swanigan impressed with an active night with six points, eight rebounds and six assists in 18 minutes off the bench. … McCollum was effective from 3-point range, converting four of six from beyond the arc. … The Trail Blazers outrebounded Toronto 47-38 on the night.UP NEXT: The Toronto Raptors (1-2) will host Detroit on Tuesday. The Trail Blazers (1-1) hit the road to face the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.TIMBERWOLVES 111, WARRIORS 97Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns each scored 16 points in 26 minutes apiece for the Timberwolves in Shenzen, China. Durant scored 20 points in 25 minutes to lead Golden State.MINNESOTA: Power forward Taj Gibson is looking more with his new team after being reunited with Thibodeau, his old Chicago Bulls coach. Gibson scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds while showing the ability to become more of a “stretch four” in Thibodeau’s system. He hit one of two 3-point shots — not bad for a player who has attempted only 35 3s in his career and made only three last season. … Andrew Wiggins added 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting from the field.GOLDEN STATE: Curry hit three of six from 3-point range, as did Klay Thompson, who finished with 13 points in 24 minutes.UP NEXT: The Warriors (0-2) and Timberwolves (2-0) meet again on Sunday in Shanghai, China. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Smith was able to get his teammates involved while also creating for himself plenty, finishing with 13 points, three rebounds and one assist in nearly 19 minutes during his third preseason game.“I’m very comfortable,” said Smith, who only played the first half. “At the end of the day it’s just playing basketball, making the right reads and things like that. I’ve been doing that for a very long time so I just have to keep coming out and learning the game and I will keep getting better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMavs associate head coach Melvin Hunt, who filled in for a sick Rick Carlisle on Thursday, said he most pleased with Smith’s growth in calling his own plays against Orlando.“I wanted him to get the feel of that responsibility and he did some great things. It was subtle,” Hunt said. “He did some subtle things that were big time. It’s fun watching him develop.” Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments