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Afrika out, Dry in for Blitzbokke

first_img25 April 2014Versatile back Mark Richards has replaced Cecil Afrika in the Springbok Sevens squad for the penultimate HSBC Sevens World Series tournament next weekend in Glasgow, the South African Rugby Union (Saru) confirmed on Thursday.Afrika was not considered for the 12-man squad to contest the tournament in Scotland because he is still completing rehabilitation on a groin injury he suffered at the Hong Kong Sevens in Stellenbosch. Depending on his progress, he might be considered for selection should the need arise to call up a player for the London Sevens, which take place on 10 and 11 May.Richards last played for the Springbok Sevens during round one of the World Series at the Gold Coast in Australia.Good newsThere was also good news for the team. Chris Dry, an ever-present figure in the front row the past few seasons alongside veteran Frankie Horne and captain Kyle Brown, was cleared to play after initial fears that he might miss the last two tournaments because of a lower back injury.Dry was given the go-ahead being examined by three specialists and completing his functionality tests without discomfort.‘A quality player’Neil Powell, the Springbok Sevens coach, was happy with the preparation of his squad and especially the availability of Dry, saying in a statement: “Chris is a quality player and has shown great form for this season, so it’s a welcome bonus for us that he is available to play.”He added: “Mark [Richards] really put up his hand during our training camp of the past two weeks and deserves his chance. He has experience of playing at this level and is eager to grab his chance.”Hong Kong performanceSouth Africa suffered their first Cup quarterfinal exit of the season in Hong Kong against Australia after reaching at least the semi-finals of all the previous tournaments. Injury robbed the team of several players on the last day of that event, but they still managed to win the Plate Final against Wales.Prior to their Hong Kong Cup exit, the Springbok Sevens were in excellent form and appeared in five consecutive Cup Finals. They are currently seven points behind log leaders New Zealand.PoolThe Springbok Sevens team will play Portugal, Samoa and New Zealand in the pool stages in Glasgow.SPRINGBOK SEVENS SQUADChris Dry, Philip Snyman, Frankie Horne, Jamba Ulengo, Werner Kok, Kyle Brown, Branco du Preez, Stephan Dippenaar, Justin Geduld, Mark Richards, Kwagga Smith, Seabelo SenatlaSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

‘It starts with me’: Ross says he let his team down in Game 4 loss

first_imgCignal razes Wangs, cruises to win no. 6 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel point guard Chris Ross knew he wasn’t at his best in their 102-97 Game 4 loss to TNT in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Wednesday, and he readily owned up for his shortcomings as the series got tied at 2-2.Ross, fresh off winning the Best Player of the Conference Award, was subpar in the fourth game finishing with just eight points, his lowest of the series so far, five rebounds, four assists, and 33 percent shooting.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games From Games 1 to 3, Ross averaged 16 points, 18.5 points in the two wins, 8.67 assists, five rebounds, and 3.67 steals a game.He also shot the ball at 43.75 percent from the floor before Game 4.READ: Clutch Castro carries TNT to tie Finals series at 2-2Ross added they did not play with the same intensity as a team who wants to take a 3-1 series lead.“We played decent enough, but that wasn’t out style of play,” said Ross. “We didn’t play with a sense of urgency of trying to put them down 3-1, that’s why they [the KaTropa] won. It started with me, I wasn’t good enough.”ADVERTISEMENT “We just have to play better as a whole, and it starts with me,” said a dejected Ross at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I didn’t play well enough today for us to win. I feel like I let my team down. I’ll be better next game.”READ: Ross wins Best Player award; Rhodes top importFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“As one of the leaders, it starts with me.”Ross has been tearing it up for the Beermen against the KaTropa in the championship round, and prior to their Game 4 loss, the back-to-back Philippine Cup Finals MVP filled up the stat sheets easily for San Miguel. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

Damian Lillard comes through in clutch as Trail Blazers survive Kings in OT

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Lillard shook off a sluggish night to score five of his 25 points in overtime, and the Portland rallied after blowing a 14-point halftime lead to beat the Sacramento Kings 113-108 on Tuesday night.“They outplayed us for most of the second half,” a weary Lillard said. “At that point you have to come together as a group and kind of forget about everything that’s happened. You have to make plays happen from that point on to pull out a game and I thought we did a great job of that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionJusuf Nurkic had 24 points and a career-high 23 rebounds to help Portland to its fourth straight win over Sacramento. CJ McCollum added 16 points, and Maurice Harkless had 11 points and nine rebounds.“The effort it took to come back and win in overtime, I was really impressed with our guys,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “To make a comeback like that you have to be good at both ends, and we were.” BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Kawhi Leonard unleashes career-best 45 as Raptors beat Jazz Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “He picks and chooses his spots of when he wants to go,” Joerger said. “He just went around people and shot layups.”Buddy Hield scored 27 points for Sacramento. Nemanja Bjelica added 14 points and 16 rebounds, and Bogdan Bogdanovic had 19 points.De’Aaron Fox had 13 points on 6 of 19 shooting and missed a jumper at the end of regulation.“We just have to execute at the end of the game,” Fox said. “We had makeable shots and we just didn’t make them.”Portland led by 64-50 at halftime and was up by seven entering the fourth before Sacramento went on a big run led by Bogdanovic. He scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and scored all five of the Kings points in overtime.Hield made five 3s and had 19 points in the first half, but Seth Curry and Nurkic combined for 30 points before halftime.TIP-INSBlazers: Curry had a season-high 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting. … Nurkic had a double-double by halftime. … Harkless returned after sitting out against Philadelphia on Saturday because of a sore left knee. … Portland had five turnovers in each of the first three quarters.Kings: Bogdanovic missed his first eight shots. … Hield made five 3s. … Cauley-Stein had five points and 11 rebounds.NURKIC’S BIG NIGHT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Lillard wasn’t much of a factor until late in the fourth quarter when he scored seven of Portland’s final nine points, including a layup with 15.5 seconds remaining to force overtime.The Blazers dominated after that while outscoring the Kings 10-5 in the overtime. Lillard made three free throws and a 20-foot jumper to spark Portland’s finish and erase an otherwise rough night shooting from its backcourt tandem of Lillard and McCollum.Lillard went 8 of 21 from the floor. McCollum shot 8 of 19.“I woke up this morning feeling a little beat up, a little bit tired,” Lillard said. “But I’ve been a lot more sick.”Kings coach Dave Joerger said Lillard was the difference, especially down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, center, tries to squeeze past Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, left, while guarding Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. The Trail Blazers won in overtime, 113-108. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, California–Damian Lillard woke up Tuesday morning feeling out of sorts and didn’t get much better through the first three quarters against Sacramento. When Portland needed him the most, however, their All-Star guard came through in a big way.It wasn’t necessarily Michael Jordan dropping 38 on Utah in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals but it was more than enough to help the Trail Blazers kick off the new year the right way.ADVERTISEMENT Sacramento had no answer for Nurkic in the middle. Joerger was so frustrated that he benched 7-foot center Willie Cauley-Stein early in the first quarter after Nurkic had five points as part of a 10-3 run. Portland’s big man also a good job getting to the line, making 14 of 16 free throws to go with five blocks, five steals and seven assists.“Nurk’s been on a role,” Stotts said. “Tonight may be probably the best game he’s played as a Blazer. He did a little bit of everything.”UP NEXTBlazers: Host Oklahoma City on Friday.Kings: Host Denver on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more