Gayle, Russell named in Windies T20 squad

first_img TOP PLAYERS BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Batting sensation Chris Gayle and all-rounder Andre Russell have both been included in the 15-man West Indies squad for the Twenty20 World Cup in India. Some media reports yesterday announced the squad without Gayle and Russell, sparking some speculation on social media, but CMC Sports understands that the Jamaican pair is definitely part of the Windies campaign for the March 8 to April 3 tournament. The squad, which is yet to be named officially by the West Indies Cricket Board, includes embattled off-spinner Sunil Narine, who is currently banned from bowling internationally. However, Narine is expected to undergo testing on his action at Loughborough University in England next month, before confirming his spot on the side. All eyes will be on Gayle, however, especially after he sparked controversy during the recent Australia Big Bash with his now infamous ‘Don’t blush, baby’ live television interview, where he appeared to openly flirt with Channel Ten’s Mel McLaughlin. The 36-year-old left-hander has played in every T20 World Cup since the inaugural tournament in South Africa eight years ago, when he announced himself in the format with a stunning hundred against the hosts in Johannesburg. He has since become arguably the most valued commodity on the global T20 circuit, and his presence will ensure West Indies will be installed as one of the early favourites. Only recently, he blasted a 12-ball half-century in the Big Bash to equal the record for the fastest ever fifty in T20s. Russell, meanwhile, has become one of the most sought-after T20 players and last year plied his trade in the Indian Premier League, South Africa’s Ram Slam, the Caribbean Premier League, the Bangladesh Premier League, and the Big Bash. He emerged as one of the leading players for Sydney Thunder as they wrapped up the BBL title last week, scoring 185 runs at a strike rate of 186 while taking 16 wickets with his pace bowling. The Windies squad also sees the return of combative left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, who has not played for West Indies since last April after being dropped following England’s Test tour of the Caribbean. Benn, 34, had an outstanding campaign with the ball in the Regional Super50 which wrapped up on Sunday in Trinidad and Tobago, taking 15 wickets to be the tournament’s leading bowler. All-rounder Darren Sammy, who led West Indies to the T20 World Cup title four years go in Sri Lanka and into the semi-finals in Bangladesh in 2014, has been re-appointed skipper. West Indies are set to play in Group One alongside reigning champions Sri Lanka, South Africa, England and yet-to-be determined qualifier. WEST INDIES – Darren Sammy (captain), Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Keiron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Sunil Narine, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Jerome Taylor, Andre Russell.last_img read more

Binnie ‘happy’ with overall performance

first_imgKINGSTON:Jamaican and Caribbean men’s champion Chris Binnie finished second at the TRAC North of Scotland Professional Squash Association tournament which wrapped up on Sunday in Aberdeen, Scotland.Although unseeded, Binnie fought his way to the final, beating Richie Fallows of England 11-9, 3-11, 11-2, 11-8 in the first round, and Fallows’ teammate Joe Green 6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-4 in the quarter-finals.In the semi-finals Binnie rallied from a first game loss to beat Englishman Eddie Charlton, ranked 65 in the world, 4-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7.However, the Jamaican’s winning streak ended in the final, as he went down 4-11, 4-11, 7-11 to Yousseff Soliman of Egypt.”Although I’m disappointed that I lost in the final I am very happy about my performance throughout the week as it will improve my ranking,” said Binnie.The national and regional champion is heading to Switzerland to compete in the Pilatus Cup, which starts tomorrow.”There were many positives to take away from doing well in Scotland and I’ll be working for an even better result in Switzerland,” said Binnie.last_img read more

Scorpions claim first-innings honours

first_img SCOREBOARD SCORPIONS 1st Innings (overnight 229 for seven) J Campbell lbw b Sebastien 43 *P Palmer c Sebastien b Mathew 0 K Edwards c Bobb Sebastien 24 A McCarthy lbw b Peters 92 B King c Bobb Sebastien 17 +C Baugh lbw b Sebastien 8 D Bernard Jr c Bascombe Sebastien 43 N Miller c Bascombe Sebastien 8 D Jacobs c Polius Shillingford 7 J Dawes c Smith Sebastien 8 M Mindley not out 3 Extras (lb5, nb1) 6 TOTAL (all out, 108 overs) 259 Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-71, 3-76, 4-106, 5-126, 6-214, 7-229, 8-242, 9-254, 10-259. Bowling: Mathew 17-6-25-1, Peters 16-3-40-1, Shillingford 24-2-59-1 (nb1), Bobb 24-5-72-0, Sebastien 27-4-58-7. VOLCANOES 1st Innings D Smith c Campbell b Dawes 1 T Theophile c McCarthy b Miller 33 M Bascombe lbw b Jacobs 23 K Lesporis c McCarthy b Jacobs 17 +S Ambris c Campbell b Miller 89 D Polius lbw b Jacobs 8 *L Sebastien c King b Miller 10 S Shillingford c Bernard Miller 14 A Bobb c Palmer Mindley 11 M Matthew not out 0 K Peters b Mindley 0 Extras (b1, lb2, nb3) 6 TOTAL (all out, 70.2 overs) 212 Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-58, 3-60, 4-87, 5-103, 6-122, 7-178, 8-212, 9-212, 10-212. Bowling: Mindley 9.2-2-22-2, Dawes 9-0-40-1, Miller 31-7-67-4, Jacobs 20-1-76-3, Campbel 1-0-4-0. SCORPIONS 2nd Innings P Palmer not out 3 J Campbell not out 2 TOTAL (without loss, 6 overs) 5 Bowling: Mathew 2-0-2-0, Peters 1-0-2-0, Shillingford 2-2-0-0, Sebastien 1-0-1-0. Position: Scorpions lead by 52 runs with all ten second innings wickets intact. Toss: Scorpions. Umpires: C Taylor, Zahid Bassarath. A four-wicket haul from left-arm spinner Nikita Miller put Jamaica Scorpions in pole position for the third and penultimate day of their WICB First-Class Championship clash against the Windward Islands Volcanoes at Sabina Park. Demonstrating control, mixed with guile, Miller picked up four for 67, as the Windwards, replying to 259 made by Jamaica, were bowled out 212. Batting a second time, the Jamaicans, who enjoyed a 47-run lead, then closed on five without loss, 52 runs ahead. “We are in a good position,” revealed Jamaica captain Paul Palmer Jr. “I think we did well to get them out for a total under 250 as the pitch got a bit easier to bat on during their innings. “It’s now up to us to try and build on the lead that we have and try to get to set them a total of over 300 runs.” Resuming the day on 230 for seven, Jamaica went on to add another 29 runs for their last three wickets with overnight batsman David Bernard Jr, adding 11 to his overnight 32. He was the second to last batsman to be dismissed, caught at the wicket off the bowling off-spinner all-rounder, Liam Sebastien. The diminutive Sebastien, a former West Indies Under-19 representative, utilised a lot of flight and got bounced and turned to finish with seven for 58. The haul was his second best ever, with seven for 49 being his previous best. The Windwards, however, in their response, were never allowed to settle and, throughout their innings, lost wickets at regular intervals. AT PROVIDENCE: Leeward Islands Hurricanes, replying to Guyana Jaguars’ 419 for nine declared, were 48 for four at the close on the second day of their second-round match at the National Stadium yesterday. Scores: JAGUARS, 419 for nine declared (Vishaul Singh 150; Shiv Chanderpaul 65; Steven Jacobs, 63 not out; Chris Barnwell 48; Anthony Bramble 42; Alzarri Joseph 5-99; Jacques Taylor, 3-70). HURRICANES, 48 for four; (Steve Liburd, 20 not out; Chris Barnwell 2-5; Gudakesh Motie 2-7). AT KENSINGTON OVAL: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, replying to Barbados Pride’s 300 all out, were 153 for five at the close on the second day of their second round match here yesterday. Scores: PRIDE, 300 (Shamarh Brooks 111; Roston Chase 59; Kyle Corbin 46; Shane Dowrich 48; Imran Khan, 4-75; Shannon Gabriel, 3-49; Kavesh Kantasingh, 2-80). RED FORCE, 153 for five (Kyle Hope 45; Steven Katwaroo, 27 not out; Yannick Ottley, 26 not out; Kevin Stoute, 2-25.last_img read more

Camperdown net exciting win over St Hugh’s in ISSA netball

first_imgCamperdown High School’s senior team continued its impressive form this season in the urban area Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) competition as they defeated last season’s beaten finalist, St Hugh’s High, 40-37 in a rescheduled top-of-the-table Group Two game at the Leila Robinson Court on Monday.With one set of matches to be played in the second round, Camperdown are now on 12 points from four games, while St Hugh’s, who were suffering their first defeat of the season, are now on nine points and look set to meet defending champions The Queen’s School in one semi-final.Monday’s encounter was crucial for both teams, which came into the game unbeaten after winning three games in a row as the winners were likely to avoid Queen’s in the next round.It was close going all the way, despite Camperdown leading from start to finish. The red and blue-clad team led 11-10, 21-19 after the first two quarters and extended the lead to 31-26 after the third quarter.Numerous turnoversWith Camperdown making numerous simple turnovers in the last quarter, they allowed their opponents back in the game with three minutes to go. St Hugh’s Kaden-Ann Dehaney was finding her shooting range as they reduced the deficit by one at 37-36, before Camperdown found extra.Winning coach Wayne Stewart was very happy.”Over the years we have reached the quarter-final stage, but have always been beaten by Queen’s; and winning now and avoiding Queen’s in the semi-final, we think we can go all the way this time around,” said Stewart.In other matches on Monday, Norman Manley defeated St Andrew Technical High School STATHS) 47-15 and Queen’s remained unbeaten in their group after stopping Tarrant High 39-33 to finish on top with 15 points.The final set of matches will be played on Friday at the same venue as St Catherine High will meet STATHS, Camperdown go up against Meadowbrook High and St Hugh’s meeting Gaynstead High.last_img read more

Rochelle Bryan pledges to remain at Barbican

first_imgAfter representing three clubs in 15 years in the nation’s Women’s League football, Rochelle ‘Chunky’ Bryan has fallen in love with Barbican FC. She now has no intention of parting ways with the St Andrew-based club.In her second season at Barbican, Bryan was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the just concluded 2015 season. She won the MVP trophy and $25,000 cash incentive at the recent Sherwin- Williams/JFF awards ceremony.Bryan missed the function due to illness, but was naturally happy on hearing the good news. She was a key member of the team which won the league and knockout double. Playing in an attacking midfield role, Bryan netted seven times, including two hat-tricks.”I felt really great when I heard the news as it was my first MVP award in the league after so many years,” Bryan told The Gleaner.”Well, I have been playing in the league since 2000 and won back-to-back titles with my first club, Portmore Strikers, in 2000-01. And, this year I won my fourth title with Barbican,” she disclosed.”It is really a very nice feeling to win such an award. I just gave it my all and it paid dividends,” the 28 year-old former youth and national senior representative stated.She said Barbican are a great club and it is wonderful to be working with her teammates and coach Charles Edwards.”The coach and captain (Philisha Lewis) have been very good to me. They help to motivate the team on a whole. Barbican are like a family and we are reaping the benefits of hard work over the years,” Bryan, who also played at UWI FC two years ago, said.”I intend to remain at Barbican as long as I am healthy and can give my all to the team. The key at Barbican is discipline and the training is very hard. But we are going for it again as we have not lost a game since 2011,” she said.Bryan, who started in the local club league at age 13, has been affected by knee and back injuries during her career.She last played for Jamaica women’s senior team last year, but was not included recently. However, Bryan says whenever she is called, “I am always ready to represent my country.”Right now, we need a lot more help in order to develop the football here. The JFF also needs to do a lot more for women’s football. There is a lot of talent out there, but they need proper guidance,” the veteran footballer shared.last_img read more

Ambusley has high praises for MBU’s ‘Black Jesus’

first_imgMontego Bay United FC winning captain Dwayne Ambusley said he strongly believed that the team’s ‘Black Jesus’ would be the saviour in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) final a week ago.The man Ambusley referred to as ‘Jesus’, Dino Williams, came off the bench in the 69th minute, and with the game tied at 1-1, scored the winning goal at the 80th minute against Portmore United at the Montego Bay Complex in Catherine Hall.”I refer to him (Williams) as Jesus because he has been our saviour. He always saves us,” Ambusley told The Gleaner at the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ)/RSPL presentation ceremony at the Courtleigh Auditorium last Thursday evening.Williams was in doubt for the final due to a leg injury. And, with the competition’s top marksman, Owayne Gordon, leaving on loan to the United States days leading up to the final, a saviour was needed.”He was touch and go for the final,” Ambusley disclosed. “I was the one who requested the change as I wanted him into the game from early,” the captain stated.After the game, Ambusley naturally was happy.IMMENSE JOY”The joy is like none other, better than the first time we won two years ago,” Ambusley pointed out. “We had not beaten Portmore in three previous games, so this one is sweeter.”Ambusley also said that the team was not distracted by the off-the-field issues raised by his chairman, Orville Powell, concerning the playing of the game.”The team was always focused on the game. We were not concerned about other things,” reasoned the 35-year-old midfielder, who joined Montego Bay United, then Seba United, some six years ago from Montpelier FC.”I’ve always dreamt of playing in the Premier League locally, so I went to Seba. And now, we have won two national titles to add to the other two won at Seba,” he said.Ambusley was a member of the Rusea’s High School team that won the Ben Francis knockout trophy in 1996.- M. S.last_img read more

JC’s ‘Dolphy’: Blue through and true

first_img His son did, however, attend the institution in 2002. “I hope that my grandson, in the next two years, will be able to come to Jamaica College as well,” he noted. “JC become a part of my life for the almost 44 years that I am here, I believe there is blue blood in my veins.” He said he was backed by influential JC Old Boys board members, who told him to continue at the school, joking that if he left, he would die of boredom. Meanwhile, as equipment manger and football fan, Gordon believes JC can dominate the Manning Cup for years to come adding that the support of the past students will continue to bring success. “Everywhere the team goes, I travel with them. The team makes me know most of Jamaica, which I know right now. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be travelling all over the country, and they take me places that I didn’t know,” noted Gordon, who admitted that he was not an avid football fan before he arrived at JC. He has lifted seven Manning Cup titles with the ‘Dark Blues’ but is also quick to remind everyone about the trophy-less 33-year spell that he team suffered. “It makes me feel good knowing that long period of 30-odd years we have been disappointed, and now we find it. We want to dominate for the next 30 years, if that is possible,” Gordon laughed. JC won a fourth straight Manning Cup title last season and also capped the year with the Olivier Shield crown. BLUE BLOOD A regular fixture around the Jamaica College (JC) football team, Othniel ‘Dolphy’ Gordon carries a presence that will never go unnoticed at the Old Hope Road institution. An employee of the school for over 43 years, Gordon, who served as JC’s groundsman for decades before retiring into his new role as equipment manager for the football team, has embraced this new lease on life. “I am 63 and I am the equipment manager for the team, and that is what keeps me going. I’ve been working for 43 years, but I think I can go on,” he said. “My retirement starts in March, but with the encouragement I have been getting from the Old Boys, they tell me to just continue. I think I will go on, and I might be able to do another five years,” Gordon added. Gordon’s love was not born out of any experiences at the school as a student; he was never enrolled there, but his commitment over the years and his passion for the school’s football team, has been on frequent on display at JC games over the years. “I did not attend the school. I just came as an ancillary staff member. Sometimes I feel so happy that I don’t know what I would do without this school,” he told The Gleaner.last_img read more

Sarfraz Ahmed : Sharjeel’s absence a blow for Pakistan

first_img Pakistan take on West Indies in a full tour which runs from March 26 to May 14. The tour will include four Twenty20 Internationals, three One-Day Internationals and three Tests. In the limited overs squad named this week, selectors included the likes of veterans Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez, both of whom Sarfraz said a lot would be expected from. “The presence of senior players like Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik is very important for the team. We will leverage the capabilities of those players who are in form,” Sarfraz stressed. LAHORE, Pakistan (CMC): Opener Sharjeel Khan’s absence from Pakistan’s limited overs tour of West Indies later this month will be a big loss for the side, captain Sarfraz Ahmed has said. Sharjeel was provisionally suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board over his alleged role in a spot-fixing scandal during the first week of the just concluded Pakistan Super League. The 27-year-old has emerged as a potent force in recent months and was the side’s leading batsman on the one-day tour of Australia in January. “It’s saddening when you lose some players who are perfect for the setup. Sharjeel was the type of player who we needed as he was perfect for the contemporary run-and-gun style of cricket,” said Sarfraz following a training session in preparation for the upcoming series. “He isn’t with us anymore so of course it will affect us but I have full faith in the newcomers and they will translate their domestic form at international level.” He added: “The West Indies tour holds immense importance for the team. Sharjeel’s absence will make a difference, but hopefully the other openers will step up and not let us feel his absence.” FULL TOURlast_img read more

Thompson, Durant lead injured Warriors to 10th straight win

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Omri Casspi came off the bench to contribute 12 points and six rebounds. While coach Steve Kerr would far prefer a healthy roster, he appreciates the opportunities many of his role players are receiving to play more significant an important minutes.“I like it,” said Kerr, who certainly wasn’t going to be pleased with the 16 turnovers.The Warriors began a seven-game homestand in a stretch with nine of 10 games at home before next playing away from Oracle Arena on Jan. 3 at Dallas.Curry did some light on-court work at morning shootaround a day after the Warriors said the two-time MVP would be out at least another week with the ankle injury. Kerr said it was Curry’s first time moving laterally, and he wouldn’t scrimmage or practice before being examined again.“He had a good day today. He was working out with Steve Nash and Q (Bruce Fraser) and got a lot of good stuff and it looked like he was moving pretty well,” Kerr said. “A good sign.”ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle management ‘firmly behind’ Ayo in Green Archers’ rebuilding phase Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense 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 Golden State has won all six games since Curry injured the ankle on Dec. 4 at New Orleans.Curry will miss two more games this week, as well as the Christmas Day showdown against Cleveland before getting evaluated again.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol (33) drives the ball against Golden State Warriors’ Patrick McCaw, Klay Thompson, David West and Omri Casspi, from left. APOAKLAND, California — Klay Thompson scored 27 of his 29 points in the first half and made his first nine field goals, leading the undermanned Golden State Warriors past the Memphis Grizzlies 97-84 on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) for their 10th straight win.Kevin Durant added 22 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots as defending champion Golden State was down five regulars again, including two-time MVP Stephen Curry out for his sixth straight game with a sprained right ankle.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Thompson shot 10 for 16 overall and didn’t miss until a 3-point try with 6:10 left before halftime.Curry tweeted in the midst of Thompson’s hot start: “Somebody is having a great game!”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 folkThompson received a rare technical — his seventh in seven seasons — with 10:22 left in the game for arguing when he thought he was fouled.Marc Gasol had 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Memphis, which started a stretch with seven of eight games on the road. The Grizzlies were 10 of 44 in the second half, shot 12 for 31 from 3-point range and committed 17 turnovers.last_img read more

Curry’s effect on Warriors even more apparent since injury

first_imgView comments MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone “Every game’s not going to be pretty. I love being held to that high standard. That’s what kind of keeps me motivated,” he said. “When you can look at that line and find things that I can do better, which nobody needs to tell me that I already know.”The good news is Curry’s footwork hasn’t been hampered by the ankle injury. It’s something David West and Green respect in particular, even if it’s not the showiest talent for the shoot-from-anywhere point guard.“I think people get caught up in the flashy stuff, but his footwork is incredible,” West said. “I think that’s the one thing that kind of gets lost in it. If you’re a basketball person you understand that footwork is sort of the foundation. I don’t think we’ve seen the type of footwork he has. He gets his feet set on every single shot, he’s never out of range.”Curry works hard on that footwork in the offseason. It’s what allows him to have such a quick release, even if he’s catching the ball on the move or with his body facing half-court.“If you’ve got slow feet or shaky balance, it throws your rhythm off and your consistency,” he said. “I wouldn’t say I have like wide-receiver feet, where they’ve got the quick jabs and they can change direction up like that. I just feel like I’m always in balance, and that’s what helps me get my shot off quick and stay in a solid rhythm through my shot and be able to handle the ball and try to be creative.”Curry will try to dazzle again Wednesday night for the Warriors, who look to extend their winning streak to six games.“He’s fast with the ball but he’s not the fastest guy in the world. He’s pretty strong but he’s not the strongest guy in the world, but his footwork is so good that for what speed he may not have, it makes him way faster because of how good his footwork is,” Green said. “He’s probably faster than someone that may be faster than him because he kind of dances. He should go on Dancing with the Stars.”Curry chuckled about that idea. Alas, he loves his day job, and his first choice for a second career would be as part owner for his hometown Carolina Panthers.“I will not take Draymond’s advice and go on Dancing with the Stars,” he said. “I’ll just keep shooting jump shots.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, right, shoots against Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic (15) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won, 124-114. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry pumped his fists and flexed his biceps. He dangled that signature mouthpiece from his teeth in sheer delight.Oh, and he knocked down some of those familiar way-back 3-pointers, too.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Mavericks beat Magic, stop 3-game slide Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson The reigning Western Conference player of the week, Curry has scored 29 or more points in seven straight games. He’s gone over 30 points in six of those seven games and 12 times overall this season.He’s been practically unstoppable since returning from injury, averaging 35.2 points over that span as well as 5.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.4 steals in 32.4 minutes. Curry also has four or more 3-pointers in seven straight games.The Warriors have needed his steady hand with playmaking sidekick and Finals MVP Kevin Durant sitting out the past three games with a strained right calf. Durant is expected back for Wednesday’s home game against the Clippers.Curry also had six turnovers Monday night, so coach Steve Kerr hardly considered it one of his star’s best games.That’s fine with Curry.ADVERTISEMENT Yes, Golden State’s sharp-shooting star is feeling it again, and he’s proud to be, in his words, “that presence that kind of gets us going.”In a 32-point, nine-assist performance against Denver on Monday, Curry wound up 9 for 17 overall while making 5 of 10 3-pointers. But he’s a menace for opposing defenses even without his best shot.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 folkCurry’s mere existence on the court makes every Warrior better. Teammate Draymond Green shot 42.1 percent from the field while Curry missed 11 games with a sprained right ankle. In the five games since Curry’s return, Green has hit 55.6 percent. Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala have also shot better since Curry came back.“That’s why he’s a two-time MVP in this league, that’s why we have two championships,” Green said. “He’s become the superstar that he has even on a night where it wasn’t quite his night, he filled the stat sheet up like that and impacted the game. Even if he didn’t have 32 points and nine assists, what he brings to our offense and all the attention that he draws that gets me open shots … he creates a lot of mismatches on the floor for the defense.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more