Bolt best ever – Martinot-Lagarde

first_imgFrench hurdler Pascal Martinot-Lagarde says Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt is the best athlete he has ever seen.Martinot-Lagarde, the 2010 World Junior 110-metre hurdles champion, says Bolt has brought fun to the sport of athletics. The 24-year-old Frenchman made his opinion known in an interview in the IAAF Personal Best series.Asked who was the best athlete he has ever seen, Martinot Lagarde said: “Without doubt, it is Usain Bolt.”Our sport became more fun since he burst on to the scene at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games,” he continued, in an interview that appeared on the website of the International Association of Athletics Fede-rations, www.iaaf.org.Martinot-Lagarde was just 17 when Bolt won the Olympic gold medals in the 100 and 200m, with world recordsin Beijing. The charismatic Jamaican unveiled his now famous ‘To Di Worl’ pose there and danced to reggae music after each stunning victory.The Frenchman is an accomplished senior athlete now with silver and bronze medals from consecutive visits to the World Indoor Championships in 2012 and 2014. He is the latest in a line of French hurdlers who began with 1976 Olympic champion Guy Drut.Martinot-Lagarde placed fourth in Beijing at the recent World Championships in the 110-metre hurdles final in which Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment placed second.last_img read more

Franfield wins drama-filled Superstakes

first_img All FRANFIELD FRANFIELD, running at odds of 7-1 with leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths riding for big-race trainer Richard Azan, won the 37th running of the Burger King Superstakes – an eventful race which left the large crowd in a tizzy – over 2000 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. After passing the post five lengths clear of 18-1 outsider HOVER CRAFT in the $4.5 million race for three-year-olds and up, FRANFIELD had to survive a lengthy stewards’ enquiry, as well as objection from jockey Robert Halledeen, who rode third past the post PERFECT NEIGHBOUR (4-5) in the nine-horse field. It was the 7-1 chance, UNCLE TAF, who led for most of the way under former champion jockey Wesley Henry, but he was chased relentlessly by FRANFIELD, followed by PERFECT NEIGHBOUR on the rails and the 3-5 marginal favourite, TYPEWRITER, seeking his third consecutive Superstakes win, with customary rider Shane Ellis aboard. What looked to be developing into an interesting race at the halfway stage took a dramatic turn from the half mile when Griffiths pushed his mount past the early leader, UNCLE TAF, who hauled up sharply at this stage, interfering with the Wayne Dacosta trained PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who lost valuable ground. Thereafter, it was all FRANFIELD, as the four-year-old chestnut colt by Traditional out of Supa Lei kept on strongly to win by five and a half lengths from the late-closing HOVER CRAFT (18-1) from the Dacosta Stable. For Azan and 57-year-old Hall of Famer Griffiths, it was a day with the “kings and his horses”, as the race was billed. Azan saddled an unprecedented ninth Superstakes winner, including four straight by MENUDO from 1999 to 2002, while Griffiths was notching his eighth. FRANFIELD, who finished fourth to TYPEWRITER last year, raced in the silks of reigning champion owners Elite Bloodstock Limited. Azan, who also posted his unbeaten colt, ZUGULU, to win the $1 million two-year-old Juvenile Stakes with Ellis aboard, said: “Franfield is a better horse this year, and I was encouraged by his previous run with a fast-finishing second to Campesino over six furlongs on October 24. “I took him to task in preparation for the Superstakes, and given the easier pace, I am happy that he has delivered, and he will be back for the $13.5 million Diamond Mile on December 5.” On a day when star apprentice Linton Steadman rode three winners, POKER STAR (8-5) romped the Glen Mills Caribbean Sprint, while PHINEAS (3-1) got up on the line to pip derby winner SEEKING MY DREAM in the Coca Cola Invitational Mile.last_img read more

Gayle flies home for birth of first child

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): Cricket superstar Chris Gayle will miss a couple of matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after flying out to be with his partner for the birth of his first child, media outlets in India are reporting. Several media outlets have quoted a source close to Gayle’s franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), as confirming that the flamboyant opening batsman left with the team’s blessing. Media reports from Jamaica also quote local sources as saying that Gayle and his partner, Natasha Berridge, are expecting the child to be delivered this week. Gayle, 36, is expected to rejoin RCB on Monday and will be absent for their games against the Mumbai Indians and the Rising Pune Supergiants this week. Gayle has not had the best start to the IPL, scoring just one and a duck in the first two matches. “I am confident that Gayle can come up with runs when the team needs it,” said Virat Kohli, the RCB captain. “You can certainly be rest assured that Gayle will come good as the tournament progresses. He would score a century when the team will need it. I am not too worried about Gayle because the other guys are stepping up nicely,” added Kohli. Gayle’s team management has not commented on his departure, but a picture he posted on his Instagram page stated: “I’m on my way Baby.” Gayle is also reported to have thanked Qatar Airways for its services, which included a congratulatory cake.last_img read more

Rio Olympics CEO says privately-run budget needs public money

first_imgJANEIRO (AP):The CEO of the Rio Olympics said yesterday his privately funded operating budget needs just under $30 million in public funding to meet its obligations.Chief executive officer Sidney Levy had pledged that only private money would be used to run the Games. That promise was broken just over a month ago when the committee requested a bailout from the city of Rio de Janeiro and the federal government to run the Paralympic Games.Levy, speaking on the final day of the Paralympics, said “we committed ourselves to hosting the Games without any public funds, but during the journey there were a lot of ups and downs” that led to the overrun.The operating budget is for running the Ggames themselves and does not include roads and stadiums built to prepare the city. In a conservative estimate, Rio spent between $10-12 billion in public and private money readying the city much of the private money lured in by tax concessions and favourable loan terms from government lenders.Levy, who promised early in his term to run an operating committee free of corruption, said the final figure for the operating budget was $2.8 billion. He said the final government contribution would not be more than one percent of that.The dollar-denominated budget number has fluctuated over the years because of wide swings in that currency’s value against the Brazilian real.The Rio organising committee received a last-minute reserve fund of 150 million reals ($45.9 million) from the city of Rio de Janeiro. Levy said he expects to use about two-thirds of that fund.Brazil’s federal government also came up with another 100 million reals ($30.6 million). This comes in the form of “sponsorships” from three state-run entities, including the scandal-plagued oil company Petrobras.Levy said he does not regard the “sponsorship” as government money, although organising committee members acknowledged they lobbied Brazil’s federal president Michel Temer for the outlay.NOT GOVERNMENT MONEY”This is a right Petrobras has to purchase this sponsorship as many other privately owned and other state-run companies do,” Levy said. “It is not government money that could be used for other things. It’s their advertising money.”Levy then added: “By the way, they paid very little for it. It was very cheap for them.”Levy said the annual salaries for its eight top directors would be available at the end of the year. The Brazilian newspaper Estadao reported last month the eight were paid an average of $25,000 per month in 2015.Levy also said the audit results of his budget would be made available.”We follow the rules of all private companies that are listed on the stock market in Brazil,” Levy said. “Our (financial) statement cannot be doubted because they are audited and published. I insist on that.”last_img read more

Former champion Taylor arrested for biting, threatening woman

first_imgTaylor was detained after allegedly biting a woman at the address several times.The woman used pepper spray on Taylor, who chased her from the home and threatened to kill her, police said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Taylor has been charged with misdemeanor battery and the felony offense of first degree terroristic threatening.The latest brush with the law could have serious implications for Taylor, who was given a suspended sentence of 19 years last year following a 2014 shooting at his home that injured a cousin. Taylor, who in 2005 ended Bernard Hopkins’ reign as world middleweight champion, has not fought since winning the IBF middleweight title in a bout against Australia’s Sam Soliman in 2014.He was later stripped of the belt because of his ongoing legal problems.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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 Ginobili set to return to Spurs for 16th season—reports Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Jermain Taylor. AFP FILE PHOTOLos Angeles, United States  — Former middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor was arrested by police in Arkansas on Tuesday after allegations of biting and threatening to kill a woman.A statement from Maumelle Police Department said the 38-year-old former undisputed world champion was detained at his home just before 3:00am local time.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission 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’ View comments Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Paradelast_img read more

SEA Games: Centeno, Amit on course for 9-ball gold medal battle

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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) National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Centeno, the reigning champion, took a bye before crushing Angeli Ticoalu of Indonesia, 7-4, to march to the next round.Then two-time world 10-ball champion Amit defeated Indonesia’s Silviana Lu, 7-3, in the other quarterfinal match.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’FILE – Chezka Centeno of the Philippines during the 28th SEA Games Women’s 9-Ball Pool. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA“As much as possible we want a repeat performance,” said the 18-year-old Centeno who didn’t hide the fact that she looks up to Amit in and out of the pool house.In the men’s 9-ball pool Carlo Biado prevailed over Amnuayporn Chotipong of Thailand, 9-3, to advance to the semis. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu SEA Games: PH duo settle for silver in men’s tennis Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies LATEST STORIES View comments Rubilen Amit of the Philippines during 9-Ball competition in 2015 SEA Games. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMAKUALA LUMPUR — Filipino pool divas have made their way to an expected gold medal battle.The last Southeast Asian Games’ finalists Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit barged into the semifinals of the women’s 9-ball singles Friday at KLCC.ADVERTISEMENT So far, the billiards team, with former world champions in the fold including Efren “Bata” Reyes, only has one medal to show.Former World No. 1 Dennis Orcollo and Warren Kiamco placed third in 9-ball doubles.The Philippines won three golds last SEA Games.ADVERTISEMENT What’s in store for your animal sign this year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasaylast_img read more

Djokovic becomes father of baby girl

first_imgNational Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ McKines wishes players well, hopes SMB wins Grand Slam Jelena gave birth on Saturday evening and their second child will be named Tara, Blic newspaper reported on its online edition.The couple have a two-year-old son Stefan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 30-year-old Djokovic announced in July he would miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury.The Serb retired from his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych in July because of the problem, from which is suffering for a year-and-a-half. View comments Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic smiles as he delivers a press conference in Belgrade on July 26, 2017. FILE PHOTOTwelve-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena have become parents of a baby girl, local media reported on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Between mid-January 2015 and June 2016, Djokovic won 17 of his 22 finals played in 24 tournaments. It seemed nothing could interrupt his dominance of world tennis.But for months the Serbian national hero — now fourth in the world rankings — has been a shadow of his former self.Since winning the French Open last year to complete the career Grand Slam, he has failed to claim another major title.He crashed out of the Australian Open in the second round and the French Open in the last eight.Djokovic said in July he would need a couple of months without the racket but that surgery was “not an option”.ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu 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 Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ With Andre Agassi continuing as his coach while he recovers, Djokovic now intends to be ready to start the new season at the beginning of 2018.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Davis, Cousins lead Pelicans over Bulls in OT

first_imgMOST READ Jameer Nelson added 13 points, Darius Miller had 11, and Jrue Holiday 10 for New Orleans. The Pelicans improved to 4-2 on the road.Justin Holiday had 18 points, Denzel Valentine added 16 and Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez had 14 apiece for the Bulls. They were coming off their first road victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBoth teams looked sluggish completing their first back-to-backs of the season. The Bulls shot 35.4 percent from the field to the Pelicans’ 40.2 percent.Cousins made two of three foul shots for a 91-86 lead with 2:35 left in overtime before Nelson hit a 3 for a 96-88 lead with 48.9 seconds remaining. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ RETURN LOOMINGBulls forward Bobby Portis’ eight-game suspension ended Saturday. Coach Fred Hoiberg refrained from saying whether Portis will play Tuesday at Toronto. Portis was suspended Oct. 18 due to injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic in a fight at practice.Mirotic suffered broken bones in his face and a concussion and is expected to miss four to six weeks. He has been working out, but has yet to get on the court, Hoiberg said. “The important thing is he’s making progress and is in good spirits,” Hoiberg said.TIP-INSPelicans: New Orleans split two preseason games against the Bulls. … The Pelicans improved to 3-2 on the road with Friday’s 99-94 victory at Dallas. New Orleans had not been above .500 on the road after more than one game since 2010-11. … Cousins and Davis are the only teammates among the league’s top five scorers.Bulls: G David Nwaba exited with a right ankle sprain with 5:17 remaining in the third quarter. He had seven points and four rebounds. … Brothers Jrue Holiday (New Orleans) and Justin Holiday (Chicago) both started. … Markkanen is one of nine NBA players since 1983 to have at least 115 points and 65 rebounds in his first seven career games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) and Chicago Bulls forward Paul Zipser (16). APCHICAGO — Anthony Davis had 27 points and 16 rebounds to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 96-90 overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).DeMarcus Cousins added 25 points and 11 rebounds — 18 and seven after halftime — to help the Pelicans snap a six-game, regular-season losing streak to the Bulls.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 LATEST STORIES Drummond powers Pistons past Kings OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Davis rebounded Lopez’s putback attempt with 9.7 seconds remaining in regulation. Holiday missed at the other end with 3.3 to go before Cousins blocked Lopez to send the game to overtime.The Pelicans opened the final quarter on a 20-7 run to take a 77-71 lead. Valentine hit a 3 to put the Bulls ahead 83-81 with 2:28 left before Davis dunked to tie it.Justin Holiday scored 10 points in the third quarter for the Bulls, who led by as much as nine and 64-57 after the period.The Pelicans shot 40.5 percent from the field to the Bulls’ 32.6 percent in the first half of a tied game. Davis led New Orleans with 14, and Lopez had nine for Chicago.Cousins had just seven points and four rebounds at halftime after averaging 29 points and 14 rebounds per game and posting two 20-point, 20-rebound games in his previous five contests.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Blatche ‘apologized’ to Gilas for subpar showing, says Reyes

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERNational team coach Chot Reyes isn’t losing sleep with Andray Blatche playing his worst game as a member of Gilas Pilipinas on Monday.The naturalized player only mustered six points on a 2-of-9 shooting from the field, while also committing six turnovers in the Philippines’ 90-83 victory over Chinese Taipei in the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT “With all the attention Andray is getting, it allows June Mar to operate in the post by himself,” Reyes said.Still, Reyes made it clear that he’s far from satisfied with Blatche’s performance and he is keeping his fingers crossed that the 31-year-old big man will have better conditioning come February for the second leg of the qualifiers.“Hopefully, in the next window, he’s gonna be in better basketball shape. He would have been playing for a couple of months in China, so that should be able to help,” he said.Reyes is also pining for Blatche to have more time with the national team pool.“The key is to get him practicing with us for more than five days, like what happened today.”ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ But the seasoned mentor added the former NBA veteran was the first to reach out to his teammates after his lackluster showing.“He apologized personally to the team after the game at the dugout tonight. I think we’ve seen the worst of Andray’s games,” said Reyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneBlatche had a forgetful offensive night but he more than made up for his shooting woes on the defensive end, hauling down 15 rebounds and blocking five shots in 28 minutes on the floor.His mere presence alone was also key in helping June Mar Fajardo churn out his best game to date in national team duty, with the four-time PBA MVP posting 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. “It’s really hard that he’s not in sync with our little counters, the little things that we do. We can’t teach everything in five days. You might be able to teach everything but to actually practice it, run it, make it instinct, you can’t get that in five days.”Blatche arrived in the country on November 19, giving him only less than a week to acclimate and blend in with his teammates before Gilas flew to Tokyo and faced Japan.Reyes knows crucial Blatche is to Gilas especially against the big teams like Australia.“We’re not too worried. We’d still rather have Andray than not have him, especially when we play the big teams. We’d still rather have Andray at this point,” he said.The Philippines plays Australia, which is also undefeated at 2-0, next in February.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Victor Oladipo scores 26, leads Pacers past Magic View commentslast_img read more

Holiday saves Pelicans in win over 76ers

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? The 6-foot-4 Holiday, an Eastern Conference All-Star in Philadelphia before being traded to New Orleans in 2013, struggled to create scoring chances on dribble drives against the 6-foot-10 Simmons, missing eight of his first 12 shots. He shifted his focus to passing out of his drives and committed five turnovers.Then Holiday opened the fourth quarter by letting fly quick 3s and changed the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“I guess it was just my turn at that time,” Holiday said. “Obviously, we were down and I was having a rough game passing the ball.”Rajon Rondo, who sat out the Pelicans’ collapse against Sacramento on Friday night, returned with 13 points and 18 assists. Holiday said Rondo fueled New Orleans’ 44-point fourth quarter with his ability to push the pace and “get everybody a good shot.”“My points are (thanks) to him,” Holiday asserted. “Right when he came back in, everything changed for me.”Anthony Davis added 29 points and DeMarcus Cousins 23 for New Orleans, which looked out-of-synch in the third quarter and in danger of dropping a second straight at home.“We didn’t want to happen what happened last game,” Holiday said. “That’s all that we kept on talking about.”Simmons, who played one season at LSU before being selected first overall in the 2016 draft, had 27 points and 10 rebounds. He dazzled the crowd with a handful of explosive, driving dunks, including a reverse jam along the baseline that had the Sixers as close as 108-107 with 7:26 left.ADVERTISEMENT But Holiday and Davis responded with 3s to make it 114-107.“Closing games out on the road is always difficult,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “It’s especially difficult with DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday” on the other team.J.J. Redick, who had 28 points, hit a tough 22-foot jumper that briefly cut the Sixers’ deficit to five with four minutes left, but Holiday again responded with a 3, and his final 3 a couple possessions later gave the Pelicans’ an 11-point lead with 2:54 to go.Already without 6-foot-9 starting forward Robert Covington, the Sixers scratched 7-foot center Joel Embiid minutes before the game because of back stiffness.“We have to be more consistent and make the right plays every time,” Simmons said. “When we make mistakes and do not have guys like Joel and Cov to make up for it, it gets tough. We have to just come together as a team and get through it.”Still, Philadelphia outrebounded New Orleans 47-33 and outscored the Pelicans 60-44 in the paint. The Sixers snagged 22 offensive rebounds, which tied a season-high and led to 20 second-chance points.TIP-INS76ers: Embiid, whose playing time had been limited since offseason knee surgery, was expected to play in New Orleans after sitting out in Cleveland on Saturday night. … Covington was ruled out because of a back injury stemming from his leap into the stands in Cleveland a night earlier. … Guard T.J. McConnell also was scratched with a left shoulder sprain. … Amir Johnson and Trevor Booker each had 16 points for the Sixers. … Dario Saric had 13 points and 11 rebounds. … Richaun Holmes scored 12 points.Pelicans: E’Twaun Moore had 14 points and Dante Cunningham 10. … Davis was called for a flagrant foul with 4:54 to go for lifting his elbow while setting a screen and hitting Simmons in the head. … Cousins’ playing time was limited when he was assessed his fifth foul with 9:33 left. … Reserve swing player Tony Allen dropped to the court in the first quarter before limping to the locker room on his own with what team officials said was a left knee injury. He did not return.KEEPING MOMENTUM Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Oladipo scores career-high 47 as Pacers beat Nuggets in OT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Cousins said he persuaded coach Alvin Gentry to delay subbing him back into the game in the fourth quarter because he didn’t want to disrupt New Orleans’ surge into the lead.“He wanted me to get AD a break, but at that moment we were kind of going on a run, so I said, ’Coach, let ’em roll,’” Cousins recalled. “I just didn’t want to be the guy to break what we had going on.”UP NEXT76ers: At Minnesota on Tuesday night.Pelicans: At Houston on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) goes to the basket between Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) and forward Trevor Booker (35) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Right when it looked as if rising star Ben Simmons might lift the 76ers to an unlikely road victory, a guy that used to have Simmons’ job in Philadelphia took over in the clutch and rescued the Pelicans.Jrue Holiday made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, when he scored 19 of his 34 points, and New Orleans overcame an eight-point deficit in the final period to beat short-handed Philadelphia 131-124 on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more