Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) reacts after he was called for a personal foul against San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Kevin Love’s latest move hasn’t made any of the Cavaliers screaming mad.There’s a positive change.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Jose Mourinho extends contract at United until at least 2020 When Lue informed Love of the switch, the five-time All-Star said, “good.”It’s the best thing that’s happened in days for Love, who has spent much of his four seasons in Cleveland under attack.While he struggles on the defensive end against bigger players, Love is a matchup nightmare for defenses because of his ability to play with his back to the basket and outside range. He willingly moved to center this season for Lue, who appears to be done with his “small-ball” lineup.“He felt good about it and I think offensively for him now he can post more 4s,” Lue said. “Get back to posting him more. I think it’s a good adjustment for us. Just have to see how it looks going forward.”While they’ve made an on-floor adjustment to improve, the Cavs have unresolved issues away from the court. Thompson said the team’s fractured relationships may not heal.“That’s part of life,” he said. “But at the end of the day when we’re between these lines, we got to play for one another and that’s all that matters. I don’t care if X don’t like X off the court. … As long as you’re on the court playing hard and playing for each other, that’s all that matters to me. We don’t got to talk to each other off the court. As long as we talk on the court, on the defensive end, that’s all that matters to me.”The Cavs have been at each other’s throats before.“We’ll be fine,” James said. “We’ve got to work our habits though. It’s not going to be as easy as we’d all like it to be. But at the end of the day, nothing has ever come easy to me, so I actually like what we are. I don’t like losing, I don’t like the way we’ve been losing. But I think it’s going to help us out in the long run.” Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Targeted by some teammates during a heated meeting this week, Love is returning to power forward after Cavs coach Tyronn Lue tweaked his lineup in hopes of reviving a team that has dropped 10 of 13 games.Lue had been resisting changes, but following Thursday’s practice he announced he’s dropping forward Jae Crowder to the second team, returning center Tristan Thompson to the starting lineup and switching Love, who was named an All-Star reserve, back to a position where he is much more comfortable.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLeBron James and his teammates have been consumed in recent days by chaos, highlighted by a pre-practice meeting Monday when players aired grievances. A few targeted their frustration at Love, who went home sick from Saturday’s lopsided loss to Oklahoma City and missed Sunday’s practice.Lue said he considered other changes, but decided the Crowder-Thompson-Love maneuver is it for the moment. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ LATEST STORIES “It’s not a good time right now,” Lue said. “Just see how this works first and go from there.”Monday’s clear-the-air meeting didn’t do much good as the Cavs lost in San Antonio on Tuesday. During the third quarter, Crowder ignored and walked around a fallen Love , who was helped to his feet by one of the Spurs players.Cleveland’s season is crumbling with every loss, and Lue had little choice but to do something to slow the decay. He had several other options, like benching either point guard Isaiah Thomas or struggling shooter J.R. Smith, but Lue felt the move with Crowder made most sense. Lue said Crowder, who started 43 of Cleveland’s 46 games, accepted the demotion without pushback.“Jae has been playing good the last few games and it has nothing to do with Jae,” Lue said. “He’s been great. He’s all about the right things. He’s all about the team. You hate to make these changes. Not saying it’s permanent, but he’s about the team. Went and talked to him this morning and he said, ‘Whatever is best for the team. I’m all in.’ It was a great talk with him.”Lue believes Thompson’s defensive ability will help when opponents run pick-and-rolls on the undersized Thomas, who is still finding his rhythm after missing seven months with a hip injury. On the offensive end, Thompson’s screens might free up Thomas as well.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The defending champions lost their four-game win streak at the hands of the Lady Bulldogs, 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14, that ended their unbeaten start and watched NU go to an immaculate 4-0 slate.After the drawback, though, the Lady Spikers went back to business and dished out a three-set beating to woeful University of the East, 25-18, 25-17, 25-20.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We really wanted to win immediately, and when we lost to NU we went straight back to the gym to fix our mistakes,” said Kianna Dy in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.“And when we lost we knew we found our strength. We’ve addressed what we needed to do and that was realizing we needed to finish off games immediately and we shouldn’t be complacent even if we go up by two sets.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH In their game against NU, Dy and the rest of the Lady Spikers failed to counter a loose cannon in Jaja Santiago who finished with 27 points.Against UE, however, La Salle stayed true to its course and denied the Lady Warriors any chance to get back at them.Desiree Cheng finished off the Lady Warriors with two clutch kills that brought La Salle’s record to 4-1, half-a-game behind leader NU.“One of the things we learned after the loss to NU was that we need to be fearless and have this emotional fortitude,” said Dy who had eight points against UE. “We have drills where we won’t stop unless coach Ramil [De Jesus] tells us to stop.”“We have to show our toughness, show that we won’t give up no matter what. It’s connected to the game because you shouldn’t give up until the 25th point.”ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Soyud finds confidence despite Adamson’s loss to Ateneo De La Salle has had this habit of immediately going back to the drawing board after a loss, and the Lady Spikers did just that after they bowed to National University on Sunday in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments
BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “Yesterday he did like 32, 31 rounds so today he’s a little tired and we have to spar again tomorrow,” Fortune told INQUIRER.net Friday at Elorde Gym in the Mall of Asia Complex.READ: Roach unbothered by Pacquiao’s sluggish starts in sparring FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMembers of Team Pacquiao including head trainer Freddie Roach were present at the gym.Pacquiao (59-6-2) is set to defend his WBO World welterweight championship against the undefeated Horn (16-0-1) in what would be the Filipino icon’s first defense of the belt since his victory against then champion Jessie Vargas in November. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Paras begins ‘humbling’ journey with Cal State Northridge BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Manny Pacquiao during training at Elorde Gym in Pasay City. He is preparing for a title defense against Jeff Horn on July 2 in Australia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netManny Pacquiao’s training session for Friday was called off as the boxer skipped his afternoon routine to cool down after an intense workout on Thursday.Conditioning coach Justin Fortune said Pacquiao, who is preparing for his July 2 fight against Jeff Horn in Australia, wanted to rest after doing more than 30 rounds of drills the previous day.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Boxing’s only eight-division World champion has been ramping up the ante in his training sessions with the fight just a month away.READ: Roach says it’s on Pacquiao when Horn goes down“Yesterday he did a lot of rounds, nine rounds of sparring, and around 32 altogether,” said Fortune.Fortune, though, downplayed any concerns, saying Pacquiao just needs to cool off in preparation for his training session on Saturday. He is expected to move his training to General Santos before wrapping it up in Australia.“He just needs to fall back a little bit, but he’s all good.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments
Country’s top amateur golfer Rashid Khan was elated at making it to the Asian Games squad and envisages it as an opportunity to win a gold medal in Guangzhou, China in November.”I had been revelling in the dream of becoming a part of the Asian Games for the last two years. So I am feeling extremely happy to make the cut,” said the 19-year-old golfer in New Delhi on Tuesday.”But it is only half the journey finished and life will come a full circle for me when our team will hand the country a gold medal at the Games,” Rashid said at the sidelines of ceremony where the Indian Golf Union (IGU) announced the men’s and women’s team for the Asian Games, and other tournaments.India clinched a gold at the 2002 Asian Games while in the previous edition of the event, India finished with a silver medal.The other golfers who will accompany Rashid at the Games are Rahul Bajaj, Abhinav Lohan, Abhijeet Chaddha and Ashbeer Saini. The first three golfers will be the regular members of the team while Saini is a reserve.Amongs the girls, it is country’s top amateur golfer Vani Kapoor who will be the front runner of the team. She will be joined by Gurbani Singh and Shreya Ghei, with Shradhanjali Singh as the reserve player.The IGU on Tuesday also announced the men’s team for the biennial world amateur team championships – the Eisenhower Trophy scheduled to be held in Buenos Aires in Argentina from October 28.advertisementIGU president Ashit Luthra said that the selection process was very transparent and the Indian team will be a force to reckon with. “The biggest challenge for India will come from Korea and Japan. But our teams have the potential champions who would go on to make it big at the pro level as well,” Luthra said.FOUR ROUNDS IN GUANGZHOUThe men’s and women’s team will be off to Guangzhou, China, on September 23 to play the four practice rounds at the Dragon Lake Golf Club – the venue of the golf competition for the Asian Games.Rashid said that the practice will provide a good opportunity to have a feel of the course. “It’s great that we will get a chance to play four rounds at the golf venue for the Asian Games. It will help us know what type of the golf course it is. After coming back to India we can plan our game according to that” he said.
Left-arm pacer Isuru Udana recorded the first hat-trick of the Champions League Twenty20 as Wayamba Elevens crushed Central District by 75 runs in their last league match of the Twenty20 tournament, here today.Already out of the semifinal contention, it was a consolation win for the Sri Lankan side, who haven’t won even a single match so far.Wayamba put up a modest total of 144 for six and then bundled out the Kiwi side for a paltry 70, riding on Udana’s spectacular hat-trick that came in the third over of the Central innings.Udana removed Brad Patton (1), Mathew Sincliar (0) and George Worker (0) in his second over to trigger a batting collapse.Udana first dimissed Patton caught behind in the fourth ball and Sinclair was stumped down the leg side off a wide delivery.The left-arm paceman then bowled Worker to trigger wild celebrations.The New Zealanders never recovered from the deadly setback and could not even bat for the quota of 20 overs, as they were skittled out in only 15.3 overs.Spinner Ajantha Mendis (3/14) was also successful as Kiwi side cut a sorry figure, heading home without any win.Bevan Griggs (19) was the highest scorer for the CentralDistrict as only four batsman reached the double digit mark.Earlier, the Sri Lankan batsmen also struggled but smallcontributions from from most of the players helped them set a modest target.Mahela Jayawardene (20) and Mahela Udawatte (23) steadied the Lankan innings after the early fall of Jeevantha Julatanga (6).Skipper Jehan Mubarak was top scorer for Wayamaba with a 26-ball 31.advertisementShalika Karunanayake (15) and Shalika Karunanayake (12) put up a useful unbeaten 31-run stand for the seventh wicket to take their side close to 150-run mark.
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has claimed that the thousands of pounds of cash discovered by British police at his hotel room during spot-fixing investigation in late August was part of his legitimate tour allowances.Butt and pacemen Mohammad Asif and Mohammed Amir were provisionally suspended by International Cricket Council following allegations of spot-fixing in a News of the World sting.There were subsequent accusations that police had discovered $ 24,036 in marked notes in Butt’s hotel room.However, Butt said the money was legitimate as they were tour allowances given to him by the Pakistan Cricket Board.”Well I think everybody knows the Pakistan Cricket Board pays us daily allowances on tours and it was a long tour,” he said in an interview at his Lahore home with Sky Sports due to be broadcast later.”About 11,000 of that money was from our daily allowances and being the captain, I had an extra entertainment allowance which amounts to about 4,500 from the tour, which I had with me,” said Butt.- With PTI inputs
South African cricketer Morne van Wyk feels the close One-day series against India has helped them prepare well for the tough World Cup battle ahead.South Africa batsman Morne va Wyk. APSouth Africa won the series 3-2 after winning the decisive fifth match, in which van Wyk scored a crucial half-century for his side.”The victory definitely boosted our confidence, but even if we lost, it would not have been the end of our Cup chances.It’s better that we had to struggle rather than win the series 4-1 or 5-0, because in that way we have been forced to find answers to some tough questions,” Van Wyk said on Monday.However, the wicketkeeper batsman says past results won’t count when the ICC flagship event begins next month in the Indian sub-continent since there are many contenders for the title.”The tournament is something completely different and each of the teams starts on an equal footing, irrespective of their recent results,” he said.van Wyk is aware that he may not feature in the playing XI regularly since experienced Jacques Kallis will return to side after recovering from his injury but is still in positive frame of mind.”Jacques is the kind of player that no team can afford to leave out. Of course I don’t wish injury or poor form on any of my team-mates, but it’s a long tournament and anything is possible,” he said.”I don’t care where I have to walk out in the batting order, and whether I have to stand behind the wickets or in the field. I have even started working on my bowling again ? just in case the team may need me in that role,” he added.advertisement- With PTI inputs
India’s bowler Munaf Patel (R), celebrates with fellow team member Suresh Raina (L) after taking the winning run of South Africa’s batsman Wayne Parnell (L) during the 2nd ODI cricket match at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on January 15, 2011.The BCCI on Monday announced the 15-member Indian squad for the 2011 World Cup beginning from February 19.The team comprises seven batsmen, one all-rounder, four pacers and three specialist spinners.Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina have been retained from the present team on a tour of South Africa. Vice-captain Virender Sehwag, who had opted out of the ODI series in South Africa, has made a return for cricket’s biggest event.Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra will take care of pace-bowling while Harbhajan, R. Ashwin and Piyush Chawla form the spinners’ trio.Yusuf Pathan has been handed the all-rounder’s job. Wicket-keeping has been entrusted entirely to captain M.S. Dhoni.Those who failed to find a place in the team include spinner Pragyan Ojha, pacer S. Sreesanth and all-rounder Rohit Sharma.The selection panel, headed by chief selector K. Srikkanth, chose the team out of a list of 30 probables. Dhoni and coach Gary Kirsten, who are currently busy with the ODI series in South Africa, were also part of the consultations done through teleconferencing.The 15-member team is:MS Dhoni (C)Sachin TendulkarVirender SehwagGautam GambhirYuvraj SinghSuresh RainaVirat KohliYusuf Pathan (all-rounder)Zaheer KhanAshish NehraMunaf PatelPraveen KumarHarbhajan SinghR. AshwinPiyush ChawlaChief selector K. Srikkanth said a well-balanced team had been picked up keeping in mind the ground and wicket conditions in the sub-continent.advertisement”We have selected the best combination after consultations with the captain and the coach. I am confident the team will win the World Cup for us,” Srikkanth said in Chennai.He brushed aside concerns over fitness of the players, saying: “Every team has injury concerns. Why worry about it?”