SOUTHERN CRUISE can expect worthwhile opposition from his own stable companion HOUDINI’S MAGIC, who bids for a hat-trick of wins, along with BRAWN, now back in good form, and Saturday’s scorer, ORIGINAL TRAIN. Nunes holds a particularly strong hand with SOUTHERN CRUISE and HOUDINI’S MAGIC, both of whom have won over this trip in the past. HOUDINI’S MAGIC is much improved, and while I fancy SOUTHERN CRUISE, the dark bay colt by Performing Magic out of Milestone looks his principal danger. BRAWN, ORIGINAL TRAIN and STAR NEW VISTA should complete the hi-five in a 12-horse field. Elsewhere on the card, FRANFIELD, now pretty light with 50.5kg by virtue of apprentice’s Bebeto Harvey’s 4.0kg claiming allowance, should win the knotty open-allowance race over 1200 metres to be contested by 12 starters. The Richard Azan-trained four-year-old colt ran creditably when finishing third to UNCLE TAF in the fast-run Fontainbleu Trophy over 1500 metres on October 3. With the shorter trip not an obstacle and nicely drawn on the outside, UNCLE TAF gets the nod over TRADITIONAL PRINCE and ALL CORRECT. I also like DOOLAHIN to win the third race for maiden tree-year-olds, BRAVE PROSPERCT in the fourth, BLACK THORN in the seventh, and XQUISITE CHOICE over CHIEF SECRETARIAT in the eighth. WORTHWHILE OPPOSITION Having finished a good third to SUPERLUMINAL in the July 4 Jamaica St Leger over 2000 metres, SOUTHERN CRUISE will prove hard to beat when he lines up for today’s Royal Dad Trophy Restricted Stakes for three-year-olds and up over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park. Trained by in-form Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, SOUTHERN CRUISE has won four races from seven starts this season, including his first two, to be considered a live classic contender. However, he flopped in the Lotto Classic (Governor’s Cup) and also the Derby in June, before showing his mettle with a late flourish in the St Leger, finishing just on the heels of Derby hero SEEKING MY DREAM, who was second and just ahead of the 2000 Guineas winner, ALI BABA, in fourth. To say that SOUTHERN CRUISE represents classic form would be an understatement. And strengthened by the fact that he beat BRAWN in decisive fashion over 1500 metres on August 29, suggests he is on song for this race. Owned and bred by Member of Parliament Karl Samuda, the three-year-old bay gelding by Weekend Cruise out of Honeytonkville still has scope for improvement. Being lightly raced and having worked well in preparation for this trophy, SOUTHERN CRUISE looks the right choice with leading jockey Shane Ellis riding him from the convenient mark of 54.0kg.
UNBELIEVABLE TENNIS LONDON (AP): Right now, Novak Djokovic is about as good as it gets on a tennis court. The top-ranked Serb put on an impressive display against Kei Nishikori at the ATP finals yesterday, stretching his winning streak to 15 matches at the season-ending tournament with a 6-1, 6-1 win at the O2 Arena. “I think I was at my best,” said Djokovic, who has won the last three titles at the ATP finals, and four overall. “Undoubtedly, it’s been an incredible performance that I was hoping I can have coming into the match, coming into this tournament.” Djokovic lost only nine points on his serve and never faced a break point. With Nishikori serving, Djokovic won 30 of the 53 points played. Before the match, the ATP held a minute’s silence for the victims of the Paris attacks. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Friday’s attacks on the Stade de France, a concert hall and Paris cafÈs that left 129 people dead and more than 350 wounded, 99 of them seriously. In the late match, Roger Federer beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2. Federer, a six-time champion who is playing at the season-ending tournament for the 14th straight year, got off to a slow start, winning only one of the first nine points to fall behind 2-0. But he quickly turned things around and ended up with a pair of breaks in each set and another win in London. Federer will face Djokovic tomorrow, while Berdych plays Nishikori. Djokovic has not lost at the season-ending tournament at the O2 Arena since 2011, when Janko Tipsarevic beat him in the round-robin stage. Besides his run at the ATP finals, Djokovic has won 38 straight matches indoors, a streak stretching back to 2012. Nishikori, making his second appearance at the tournament for the top-eight players in the world, found out just how good Djokovic is right now. “I think my serve was the key. Both sets, I lost my first-service game,” said Nishikori, who beat Djokovic in the 2014 US Open semi-finals. “I mean, he also played unbelievable tennis. Very ashamed with this score.” Maybe he shouldn’t be, though. Djokovic is having the best season of his career. He reached the final at all four Grand Slam tournaments, winning three of them. His only loss in a major this year came in the French Open final, when Stan Wawrinka beat him in four sets. And another title in London next Sunday will make Djokovic the first player to win four straight at the season-ending tournament.
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KINGSTON: Supreme Ventures Limited, one of the main sponsors of tomorrow’s Diamond Mile set for Caymanas Park, is promising an event with more than just a touch of class. Seventeen of the island’s best thoroughbreds have been nominated for the big race that will ensure that the race will be of the highest quality. The activities off the track are expected to match, if not exceed, what will be a spectacular race. Having bought into the vision of Gary Peart, chairman of the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission, SVL is planning to make this year’s second staging of the Diamond Mile even better. “Last year when they started it we got involved because we saw the vision that Gary Peart had to introduce this event of which there is no other like it in the Caribbean – and it was such a huge success,” said Simone Clarke Cooper, the assistant vice-president, group corporate communications at SVL. “From the time it happened people have been buzzing about it. We are planning to step it up this year.” The Diamond Mile, with the richest purse in the Caribbean, is already a cut above the rest. “It’s a glitzy kind of affair. It’s taking horse racing to that kind of world class, prestigious standard that you would see at Ascot or any of the top horseracing venues,” she said. “We have a huge set-up that we are putting on, on the in-field. We want all the patrons to come out dressed to the nines to have a day that is not only horse-racing, but one which fans will enjoy.” She said guests under their big tent on the in-field will enjoy world-class savoir-faire. “Underneath our big tent on the in-field we will be entertaining our guests there. It’s horse racing mixed with glamour, glitz, entertainment, top-notch food, and drink. It’s will be an experience,” she said. “Patrons in the stands will also enjoy what SVL has in store. There will be prizes for the best dressed and there will be lots of other giveaways that SVL believes will make the Diamond Mile race day unforgettable,” Clarke Cooper added.
Kimberley Hamilton was the lone female at the FLOW Ultimate Experience football skills competition leg in Jamaica last weekend, and she has described it as being very “scary”. The Immaculate High schoolgirl defender was among 68 footballers that participated at the event held at Ballaz Park, Devon Road in St Andrew. At the end of the over two-hour session the 14-year-old third-former was not selected as one of two winners to represent Jamaica in Trinidad and Tobago on May 7, but it was a valuable experience for her. “It’s scary being among so many boys, but I have three brothers who also play football and they were also there,” she told The Gleaner. She knew about the event because of her membership with Ballaz. “I like playing among boys, so I am used to that. My ambition is to represent Jamaica at the junior and senior levels,” she added. Hamilton started playing football 10 years ago after being encouraged by her father, Paul Hamilton. She has represented Immaculate since first form, and this season helped her team to the ISSA schoolgirls’ competition second round for the first time. Immaculate were eliminated at that stage last week. Hamilton’s father says he is fully aware of the importance of having the right balance between education and sports. “I encourage my kids to play sports because it helps you to be accepted. I try to instill in my kids to balance education and sports,” Paul said.
Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ “Akhmetov will be a tough draw for us,” he admits.“In terms of confidence, Geje is 101-percent confident. You can see that he’s mentally prepared and though we’re facing a former champion, I think we have a good gameplan. Looking at his nutrition and conditioning, we’re well prepared,” said Sangiao. “If he executes our gameplan well, I think we’ll definitely get the win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ebondo ‘honored’ to possibly play for Gilas in Fiba Asia Champions Cup OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Team Lakay.JAKARTA — Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao isn’t putting too much pressure on Geje Eustaquio to match the accomplishments of his contemporaries, knowing that in terms of motivation, his flyweight warrior is already aware of what he has to do to get to the level of his peers.“It’s the same. I always ask them, ‘What is the goal for every fighter?’ It’s to get the belt. So they know it and it’s already a motivation for them to do well in their training and inch closer in getting that belt soon,” he said on Thursday after the open workouts at Celebrity Fitness Gym in fX Sudirman here.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES A costly, catty dispute finally settled End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Break new ground Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A costly, catty dispute finally settled It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Eustaquio (9-5) will face probably the biggest threat to his title aspirations in former two-time ONE Flyweight Champion Kairat Akhmetov on Saturday in the main event of ONE: Total Victory at Jakarta Convention Center here.If victorious, the 28-year-old striker can stake his claim to challenge the promotion’s top flyweight Adriano Moraes of Brazil for the belt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThat could put Eustaquio in the limelight like fellow Team Lakay fighters like Honorio Banario and reigning ONE Lightweight Champion Eduard Folayang.But Sangiao refused to look beyond Eustaquio’s next opponent, but the decorated mentor has no doubt in his mind that his ward is more than ready to get his place in the spotlight. Winning start 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
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Wade scored 17 in the quarter, 11 on free throws, as he was able to draw fouls with drives and extra-effort plays.“He continues to play the same way and that’s what you need from vets and future Hall of Famers,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Guys like that who understand the game and when it gets tough, don’t panic and continue to play the same way.”UP NEXTClippers: Continue road trip on Saturday in Charlotte.Cavaliers: At Detroit on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump welcomes college sports champions to the White House LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, right, drives against Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 118-113 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James knows about the narrative bouncing around the NBA that Cleveland can be dethroned in the East.He’s ignoring it, and slowly changing it.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “You know I could care less what people say,” James said. “I’m so far beyond that. I don’t care what people say.”Just to make sure everyone understood him, James asked his two sons waiting for him in Cleveland’s locker room to chime in on whether he was concerned about outside voices.The boys had dad’s back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneJames had another of those games that he only seems capable of, scoring 39 points with 14 rebounds in 46 minutes as the Cavaliers continued to improve from a shaky start with their fourth straight win, 118-113 in overtime on Friday night over the skidding Los Angeles Clippers, who dropped their seventh in a row.Kevin Love scored 25 and drained a pair of 3-pointers in OT, when the Cavs, who didn’t take the lead until the first minute of the extra session, outscored the Clippers 13-8. “They made some big 3s,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “You have to give them credit. That’s why they’ve been in a lot of Finals.”The Cavs spent all night chasing the Clippers and caught them at 105-all when Love grabbed an offensive rebound and fed James, who dropped an uncontested 3-pointer with 47 seconds left.Griffin missed tough shots on consecutive possessions, giving Cleveland one last chance in regulation but James missed an off-balance left-hander just before the horn.James made a free throw to open OT — he went 1 of 5 at the line — and give Cleveland its first lead. Then, after Love made his two 3s, James sealed the Cavs’ fifth win in six games with a jumper.“Well defended,” Rivers said. “It’s LeBron James.”TIP-INSClippers: Jordan made his first eight shots, three on dunks. … G Patrick Beverely (sore right knee) missed his fourth straight game. … Rivers is “amazed” by James, who just over a month shy of his 33rd birthday, hasn’t slowed physically. “Most players when they get to his age are smart enough now they see everything,” he said. “But usually when they get to that age, they’re too old to do anything about it. He has both going for him. He can beat you with his brain. He can beat you with his power. It’s a daunting task when you watch him on film.”Cavaliers: PG Derrick Rose will miss at least two more weeks with a nagging left ankle injury. Rose’s ankle will be immobilized in a boot for the next week and he could undergo treatment for as many as three more weeks. … Iman Shumpert started again at point, but left in the first quarter a sore left knee and didn’t return. … G Jose Calderon played his first minutes since Nov. 1. … Working toward his return from a hip injury, G Isaiah Thomas got in two on-court workouts before the game. … Cleveland has won 33 of its last 39 home games against Western Conference teams.D-WONDERFULWade’s aggressiveness in the second quarter helped the Cavs shake off an atrocious start. Down 10 points, Cleveland chipped away and despite some defensive lapses, the Cavs somehow tied the Clippers 56-all at halftime. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Dwyane Wade gave Cleveland a huge spark, scoring 23 points with 11 rebounds in 37 minutes. The Cavs’ win wasn’t eye-pleasing, but it was another step in the right direction for the three-time defending conference champions, who went 3-1 on a just-completed road trip.On Thursday night, James said he watched Boston beat Golden State to improve to 14-2, a stunning start that has prompted discussion about Cleveland’s vulnerability.James dismissed any concern about the Celtics’ early burst.“I’ve got too much to worry about around here right now trying to get our ship going in the right direction,” he said.The Clippers’ ship is taking on water fast. Los Angeles has lost nine of 10 since a 4-0 start.Blake Griffin scored 23 and DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 22 rebounds for Los Angeles, which didn’t give up the lead until the first minute of overtime.The Clippers had chances to put the Cavs away in regulation, but they didn’t execute down the stretch and then had defensive breakdowns in overtime.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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
Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFrom relative nobodies, Mac Belo and Raymar Jose came out of nowhere and built themselves to become two of the most hardworking forwards in the country today.And it all started in FEU, with coach Nash Racela ingraining in them the right way to perform at the best of their capabilities.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re a little nervous seeing how good Blackwater is right now. But we’re ready and we really prepared hard for them,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson But it’s not just Racela, as Roger Pogoy will also have to deal with the trouble of taking on his former teammates and close friends.“I’m excited to play against Toto for the first time here in the PBA. And I’m also happy for Mac because he’s been playing well after recovering from his injury,” said the 25-year-old sniper in Filipino.Seeing how good his former peers have been playing for Blackwater, Pogoy admits that TNT is at a disadvantage in this tiff.“They have the advantage because Blackwater, especially Mac and Toto, are playing great. They’re young and they’re fast, and their confidence is on a high,” he said.But as close as Pogoy is to Belo and Jose off-court, the Cebuano gunslinger knows that it’s all business once that buzzer sounds.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew That development saw the two go from Morayta to the national team to now in Blackwater where they are emerging as solid contributors for the hard luck squad this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.But on Wednesday, Racela will have to face his own creations when his TNT battle the upstart Elite squad at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“After their stint in FEU, we’ve seen their development as players. And they’re already different players from the time we separated in 2015,” said the easy-going mentor. “From good players, they are now very good players.”Both Belo and Jose were integral parts of the Racela-coached Tamaraws which went to back-to-back Finals in 2014 and 2015 and ultimately won FEU the UAAP Season 78 championship. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Ceres battles past Shan United to set up clash vs Brisbane Roar
Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track “With a handful of follows and some likes on Twitter, my fate has been sealed in your minds,” Sandgren said, reading from his mobile phone. “To write an edgy story, to create sensationalist coverage, there are a few lengths you wouldn’t go to to mark me as the man you desperately want me to be.”Sandgren refused to answer questions about his statement, saying that the focus around him “has gone very far away from the tennis.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIf one thing is clear after the past few days, it certainly has.Given what he’s accomplished on the courts at Melbourne Park, Sandgren’s story was initially focused on his tennis. The 26-year-old Tennessee native has never come close to experiencing this type of success before. Prior to coming to Melbourne, Sandgren was a mainstay on the second-tier Challenger Tour — the minor leagues of tennis. He had only won two matches at the ATP Tour level — and never played in a Grand Slam. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases United States’ Tennys Sandgren leaves Rod Laver Arena after losing his quarterfinal to South Korea’s Chung Hyeon at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)MELBOURNE, Australia — After losing in the Australian Open quarterfinals on Wednesday, Tennys Sandgren saved his final shot of the tournament for the media.Sandgren opened his news conference following a 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-3 loss to Hyeon Chung by reading a prepared statement directed at the media that has scrutinized his Twitter feed during his unexpected run at Melbourne Park.ADVERTISEMENT #KicksStalker: George dedicates 2nd shoe to up-and-comers LATEST STORIES 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 Williams had apparently taken notice, sending her own tweet during Sandgren’s match, saying “Turns channel” — a message her followers interpreted as a response.Sandgren has defended his social media activity this week, denying being a supporter of the far right while saying he finds “some of the content interesting.”“Who you follow on Twitter I feel doesn’t matter even a little bit,” he said following his win over Thiem. “To say, well, he’s following X person, so he believes all the things that this person believes, I think it’s ridiculous.”He explained in an interview with ESPN that he deleted all of his tweets not because it’s “something that I’m really necessary embarrassed about,” but because he thought that “creating a version of a cleaner start is not a bad call.”With his prepared statement on Wednesday, though, Sandgren made clear he’s done explaining his tweets.“You seek to put people in these little boxes so that you can order the world in your already assumed preconceived ideas,” he said, addressing reporters at his news conference. “You strip away any individuality for the sake of demonizing by way of the collective.”Refusing to take any more questions about social media, Sandgren then shifted gears and offered praise for his quarterfinal opponent, Chung.Later, though, he did return to the subject briefly to offer perspective on the storm of attention he’s received in the past week and a half, saying he was going to go home, turn his phone off and reflect on everything that’s happened.“I constantly try to be introspective as to what’s going on in my life,” he said. “This has been a lot of information to digest in the last few weeks. So I need to take ample time to do so, so I can move forward correctly.” But in Melbourne, Sandgren came out of nowhere to stun two top-10 players — Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem — en route to being just the second man in the last 20 years to reach the quarterfinals on his Australian Open debut.What started off as a fairytale story, though, began to change tenor when Sandgren’s social media activity came to light.Before he scrubbed his Twitter history on Tuesday, Sandgren’s tweets had included one saying the unfounded “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory linking Democrats to a child-sex ring at a Washington pizzeria was “sickening and the collective evidence is too much to ignore.”Among his recent retweets was a video by Nicholas Fuentes, former host of a podcast called “America First” who attended last year’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.And he apparently targeted Serena Williams, calling a video of her yelling at Roberta Vinci during their U.S. Open semifinal in 2015 “disgusting.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo (9) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) are separated by an official during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Both players were ejected. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis tuned up for the All-Star Game with one more dominant performance.Davis had 42 points and 15 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Lakers 139-117 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points and Brandon Ingram had 21, but Los Angeles surrendered its most points in a regulation game this season. Julius Randle scored 20 points for the Lakers, and Josh Hart had 15.Los Angeles guard Isaiah Thomas and coach Luke Walton were ejected in the first half. Thomas was involved in a minor altercation with Rajon Rondo late in the first quarter, also resulting in the ejection of the New Orleans guard. Walton was tossed in the second after protesting a technical foul on Kuzma.“There were a lot of things that I was frustrated about at that point,” Walton said. “I had had enough.”Brook Lopez made two 3-pointers during an 11-0 run that got the Lakers within two early in the third. But Nikola Mirotic scored 11 of his 16 points in the quarter, helping the Pelicans to a 103-91 lead heading into the final period.“I’ve played with a lot of great guys, guys who can score like 20, 30, but Anthony is a different level,” said Mirotic, who was playing his sixth game with the Pelicans since being acquired in a trade with Chicago. “The way he shot, the way he played, you know it’s just amazing. There is no way somebody can guard him because he can do everything: popping, going to the basket, face-up, low post. It’s just amazing.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Pelicans: Host Miami on Feb. 23.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jazz zoom to 11th straight after win over Suns GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer “(The Lakers) were switching a lot and (Davis) had a small guy on him a lot,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. “He took advantage of it.”Davis went 15 for 18 from the field with three assists, three steals and two blocks. Jrue Holiday had 24 points and 11 assists, and reserve Darius Miller scored 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt was the highest scoring game of the season for New Orleans, which has won three in a row heading into the break.“I was just being aggressive,” said Davis, who was elected to the starting lineup for this Sunday’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles. “We’re on a good little roll and we’re playing with a lot of confidence. We wanted to make sure we finished on a good note before this break. Now we have to make sure we keep it going and come out with a lot of energy after the break.” LATEST STORIES MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Davis made three baskets and Mirotic hit a 3-pointer that gave New Orleans a 120-100 lead with seven minutes remaining.“We could not stop them from getting whatever they wanted,” Kuzma said.E’Twaun Moore had 14 points for New Orleans, which shot 53.1 percent (53 for 99) from the field. Miller made four of the Pelicans’ 14 3s.“It can’t just be Jrue and AD,” Gentry said. “We’ve got to have three or four guys have really good games each night. Then we’ve got to have another couple do a little better than expected.”FAST STARTThe Pelicans set a franchise record for first-quarter points as they raced to a 46-33 lead. They fell one point short of the franchise record for first-half points with a 79-66 lead at the break.TIP-INSLakers: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had five points, eight assists and eight rebounds. … The Lakers shot 51.1 percent from the field.Pelicans: Davis scored 31 first-half points despite missing three minutes of the first quarter after sustaining a groin injury. … Gentry said he’ll take turns starting C Emeka Okafor and Mirotic based on matchups.OKAFOR RETURN CONTINUESThe Pelicans signed the 35-year-old Okafor to a second 10-day contract. Okafor was initially signed to a 10-day contract on Feb. 3, ending a four-year absence from the NBA, and has appeared in four games, including two starts.“I think it’s fascinating that he can sit out that long, but I think it also shows the dedication that he has,” Gentry said. “He’s not here for any other reason other than he loves the game.”UP NEXTLakers: Visit Minnesota on Thursday before heading into the All-Star break. 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