From all indications, defending champions Arnett Gardens will not start the season at full strength.According to head coach Jerome Waite, the Business House competition has kept his players occupied up until the start of the season, while others are still overseas.However, the three-time Premier League-winning coach has placed his trust in the experienced players he has available, as well as young players coming into the squad.”Arnett Gardens will start slow this season,” he told The Gleaner. “Reason being, a lot of players participate in the Business House competition and they have not shown up for regular training, as well as players overseas. But despite that, we are looking forward to the season, as it’s not how we start, but how we finish,” he said.”I am not worried about the core of the team at this time,” he continued. “The youngsters here will be given the opportunity, all they need to do is go out and perform to the best of their ability and put the pressure on the other players that are not here (yet).”He admitted that the young players will go through a learning curve before they can establish themselves.Learning process”They (young players) will be going through a learning process, but the fact that we have a system in place means that players have to understand the roles and functions of the system, so it will be a learning process for a lot of those youngsters,” he pointed out.”The team will always be prepared physically, mentally, tactically, technically and psychologically and all of those things when we put them together will ensure Arnett Gardens have another successful season,” he continued.Even though some key players from last season’s triumph will miss the start of this campaign, Waite intends to start with a win against University of the West Indies FC to Monday.”Although the core of the team is not there I expect them to handle themselves well. Our last 13 games up to the final we won and we want to continue that unbeaten run.”As the defending champions, you have to take your opportunity at the start of the season, not in middle or the end. In the first round, you have to go out and start as champions,” he insisted.
Month: January 2020
Rojay Smith (Wolmer’s)Scored a goal and provided an assist in his team’s win over Port Antonio last week.Joel Sterling (Clarendon College)Hit the back of the net twice for CC last week as they clipped Hydel in extra time.Gregory Messam Jr. (St George’s)A brace from the elegant player helped contenders STGC to a comfortable win.
With Western Champs out of the way and having no clear challenge in either the 400m, 800m or the 1,500m, Broomfield is setting her sights on conquering new frontiers. “ISSA Girls Champs is my aim right now; I plan on getting three gold medals there, also in the 800m, where I am gunning for a fourth straight win in that event. Also, I hope to win gold in the 400m flat, as well as the 400m hurdles,” declared Bromfield. Bromfield wasn’t alone in the books as multiple record holder, as Cornwall College’s triple jumper Alrick Ottey twice extended the top mark. His first mark came after leaping 15.56 metres to win the boys’ Class One title, eclipsing the previous meet record of 15.37m held by Odaine Lewis. Ottey later extended the record, this time jumping 15.69m. There were other impressive performances, including STETHS’s Winsome Harris’ record run to win the girls’ Class Three 80m hurdles. Harris clocked 11.64 seconds for gold, beating the old mark of 12.07. Nigel Ellis, another star from the STETHS factory, commanded attention as he made light work of the field in landing the boys’ Class One 100m with a new record. Ellis clocked 10.20 seconds, erasing the old standard of 10.32 seconds. Mathew Brown of Cornwall College and Marquis Jones of STETHS grabbed silver and bronze, respectively. Vanessia Pusey won the girls’ Class One equivalent in 11.28. Aberdeen High School, based in St Elizabeth, broke new ground by winning their first ever medal at Western Champs through 12- year-old Jadau Burke, who won the boys’ Open 3000m. Petersfield High’s Antonio Watson ran into the record books, posting 50.82 to win the boys’ Class Three 400m. His time bettered the old record of 50.87. Munro College’s Devante Heywood was equally impressive in the boys’ Class Four 400m, setting a new record of 52.81 seconds. The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship events include the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 4x400m, long jump, high jump and discus. NEW FRONTIERS WESTERN BUREAU: Eight records tumbled as St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) returned as double champions at Saturday’s County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA) Western Championships – part of the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship – at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, but the undoubted star of the show was the champions’ super athlete, Junelle Bromfield. Bromfield used her scintillating form to send a message to all-comers at March’s Girls Champs and the remainder of the Digicel Grand Prix Championship by blitzing two records. The STETHS athlete shattered the old mark of 54.49 to easily win the girls’ Class One 400m in a time of 52.43. Kimisha Chambers of STETHS and Segale Brown of Petersfield High took silver and bronze, respectively. Bromfield returned later to obliterate the Class One 800m field in 2:07.37, destroying the old meet record of 3:13.53. Shaniq Summerville of The Manning’s School was second and Shaneice Buchanan of Rusea’s High placed third. It marks a triple gold run at these championships for Bromfield, who had already secured the 1,500m title at last Tuesday’s girls’ eliminations at Rusea’s High School. “The feeling is great, but I think I may have disappointed my coach a little because he wanted me to take it a little easier on the first lap. But I pushed myself harder without anyone giving a serious challenge,” Bromfield said. “I was never challenged by the other athletes today. I thought it was an easy victory, and to get not one, but two records in one day, is fantastic,” the usually shy athlete told The Gleaner.
Excelsior High School’s Shanice Love has been dominant at the regional level.Now, she is celebrating her first title at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Associ-ation (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, after a record-breaking performance in the Class One girls discus event.The dominant Love landed the disc an amazing 52.73 metres to erase Tara-Sue Barnett’s 2013 mark of 51.16m.Davia Brown (Hydel High), 42.76m, was second, with St Jago’s Tracey-Ann Simms, 41.52m, taking third.”This is my last Champs and I really wanted to make my mark, and I did,” beamed Love.So with two events scored, Excelsior are out in front of the girls’ race with 15 points, one more than Hydel High (14), followed by St Jago (10), Wolmer’s (nine), Holmwood (seven), Vere Technical (seven), and Buff Bay High (six).Three finals are on for today’s third day of competition among the girls.Defending champion Natalliah Whyte has been a spectator for much of the season as she struggled with a prolonged injury. She was good enough for second place in her Class One 200m heat yesterday, clocking 24.18 to finish behind Holmwood’s Shanta Deer, 24.11.Holmwood’s Ashley Williams, 23.80, was quickest to the line in the heats, with Edwin Allen’s Patrice Moody joining her as the only two athletes to dip below 24 seconds, with a 23.82 win in her heat.St Jago’s Shaniel English was most impressive in the Class Two girls 200m heats, stopping the clock at 24.07 to win her heat with little trouble. Manchester’s Dazsay Freeman clocked 24.18 to win her heat, with Edwin Allen’s Kashieka Cameron also posting the same time in her heat.CLASSOFTHE FIELDHydel’s Gabrielle Matthews, 24.95, was the class of the field in the girls Class Four 200m heats, registering the fastest time as she advanced to today’s semi-final. Edwin Allen’s Bethany Bridge had the second-fastest time – 25.09; with her teammate, Salieci Myles, 25.34; Shantae Williams (St Jago), 25.42; RenÈe-Ashley Jackson, 25.71, also of St Jago; and Hydel’s Omelia Stanley, 25.97, also looked good in qualifying, with the winner expected to come from that bunch.Joanna Reid, the 200m-400m double champion from Class Four last year, was comfortable in winning her Class Four 200m heat, stopping the clock at 24.79. But she will be hard-pressed to win this event with the likes of Kevona Davis (Edwin Allen), who also booked her spot in the next round with a 24.61 win in her heat. Britany Anderson (Vere), 24.40, and Hydel’s Ashanti Moore, 24.72, also made progress.Excelsior’s Ackera Nugent, 24.97, is another one to watch in this event.Edwin Allen’s Cemore Donald has already gone 2:10.09 in the 800m and the defending champion was authoritative in winning her heat and topping all qualifiers into today’s Class Three girls 800m semi-final with a fine 2:16.91 clocking.Her schoolmate, Kayan Green, was also the best in her heat, winning in 2:19.17 with Holmwood’s Delverna Bromfield, 2:20.48 completing the top three qualifiers. Medal favourite Britney Brown (Manchester), 2:24.14 also booked safe passage with a comfortable win in her heat.In Class 2, Chrissani May (Holmwood), who had to play bridesmaid in both the 800m and 1500m at last year’s championships – with two silver medals to her name – was keen to show her intentions at the first chance, posting the fastest time 2:15.31, in yesterday’s 800m qualifiers. Hydel’s Shanique Masters (2:15.60) finish second in the heat and was also the second fastest qualifier, with Vere’s Britnie Dixon, May’s main rival for the gold, also winning her heat comfortably in 2:17.51.Other impressive qualifiers included another Holmwood girl, Brittney Campbell, 2:17.90, Spalding’s Kimone Campbell, 2:18.15, Kelly-Ann Downer (St Andrew), 2:16.76 and Albert Town’s Tasinia Mothersill, 2:17.59.Janell Fullerton, a bronze medal winner for Edwin Allen last year, is safely through to the final of the girls Class One shot put event. Fullerton, who now defends the colours of St Jago, posted 12.12m to lead all qualifiers in her preliminary flight. But it was Immaculate Conception High’s Kadian Clarke who was most impressive, with a 12.31m mark in her flight.Medal contender Latifah Smith (XLCR), barely made it through to the final with a 10.55m effort, while Holmwood’s Georgetta Samuels, 11.89m; STETHS’ Sahjay Stevens, 11.82m and Rashida Elliott, also from Holmwood, 11.50m, where the other impressive qualifiers.Jordan Temple’s (Immaculate), 4.95m, is the best distance among qualifiers to the Class Four girls long jump event, while St Andrew’s Davia Nichol registered 4.92m on her first attempt, with Zourie Smith, also from St Andrew High and another Immaculate student, Shantay Kellyman, both going into the finals with 4.85m efforts.
Nineteen-time World champion Ben Husthwaite, a specialist trainer with a local shooters, praised Jamaica for its fourth-place finish at last week’s World English Sporting Clays Championship in San Antonio, Texas. The performance has been hailed as Jamaica’s “best performance in the tournament ever”, with the local contingent scoring 782 points, behind top guns the United States (914), England (867) and Australia 818), respectively. Jamaica staved off challengers from highly rated Italy, South Africa and Venezuela teams for their top-four among the seven countries which competed. A total of 17 countries overall competed, with 10 fielding individual shooters, while over 1,000 competitors faced off. Husthwaite, who finished second in the main Master Class event with a total 207 out of a possible 230 birds, said: “What they (Jamaica) achieved in Texas is like David beating Goliath. “They beat a team from Italy filled with world and national champions. I am proud of everyone, and I know that they will medal one year.” Jamaica’s team members included Craig Simpson (captain) (160), Bobby Chung (162), Leighton Sasso (139) (vice-president of the Jamaica Skeet Club), Geoffrey Ziadie (166) and former president Errol Ziadie (155), while the reserves were Raymond McMaster and Damien Moe. They shot 782. The individual performances from the Jamaicans showed Geoffrey Ziadie (166 of 200 birds) coming second in the main event of the AA Class and fifth in the preliminary competition. The AA Class is immediately below the Master Class or highest competition level. Five-time national champion Shaun Barnes (156) placed third in the main event of the A Class, first in the Super Sporting (81), first in the preliminary competition (85), and third in 5-Stand (80). Reserve team member Ray McMaster (75), who was recently elected to the Jamaica Skeet Club board, placed fourth in the B Class of Super Sporting Ryan Chung (65) who competed in the D Class was first in FITASC and fifth in 5-Stand. The other D Class member Jordan Thwaites was fifth in the main event. Dominic Simpson (119) – E class – placed 10th in the main event. Female shooter Wendy McMaster also had a good tournament shooting 119 in the E Class of the main event. The competition featured preliminary – 100 birds, main event – 200 birds, super sorting – 100 birds, FITASC – 100 birds, and 5-Stand – 100 birds. Meanwhile, immediate past president Khaleel Azan, who was part of the Jamaican contingent, called it “Jamaica’s best performance in the tournament ever”.
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees FILE/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR—For team captain Mika Reyes, the important thing is not to get complacent.The Philippines blew past Malaysia in straight sets, which the 6-foot middle blocker said will boost the confidence of the star-studded team.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We are confident against Vietnam. Our mindset is positive that we can beat them because we already did (in the Asian Championships),” said Reyes.That win, according to her, would be the big motivation for the team.“But we can’t be over-confident. We can’t be complacent. We need this win against Vietnam so we will work very hard for it.” ADVERTISEMENT “It was a good result. We are thankful that we won,” said Reyes. “But we know that we were a bit slow. We had a slow start.”Reyes was referring to the first set when the Filipinos threw away five points through service errors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Maybe it’s first-game jitters but we need to work hard on it,” she added.Reyes said that the game against Vietnam on Friday would be different. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heroes rise as athletics fuels Philippine gold drive What’s in store for your animal sign this year National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal View comments
Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu MOST READ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “We’re a little frustrated at halftime. We were playing a little sloppy and weren’t as efficient as we wanted to be,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone, whose squad chalked up its fifth straight victory and tied idle Meralco in first place at 5-1.“And what has been our MO this conference, we broke away in the third quarter. We were able to get some stops and get the lead. That was pretty much our story.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Justin Brownlee and Joe Devance combined for half of the Kings’ output in the pivotal third period as they nearly matched the production of the entire Fuel Masters.Brownlee was everywhere, finishing with 24 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks while Devance scored nine of his 14 points in the third quarter. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion Barangay Ginebra steamrolled skidding Phoenix, 105-92, to regain a share of the top spot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.The surging Gin Kings turned a close duel into a blowout in the third quarter, where outscored the Fuel Masters, 32-18.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals00:51Ecuador: Barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sinks at port01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite ‘It’s so fake’: Track legend Lydia de Vega dispels death hoax The third quarter was the turning point but one of the major keys that allowed the Kings to dominate was their size with Brownlee, Devance, Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter.Aguilar had 19 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks while Slaughter added 14 points and 11 rebounds as the two also made it hard for Phoenix’s stand-in import Brandon Brown to operate.Flaunting its huge frontline featuring the 7-foot Slaughter, Aguilar and Brownlee, Ginebra controlled the rebounding department, 76-47.Brown, who was coming off a 49-point explosion on an efficient 18-of-27 shooting from the field, was held to just 26 points on an 8-of-23 clip with seven turnovers.Phoenix, which absorbed its first loss to Ginebra this season, dropped its seventh setback in a row.ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies View comments
PBA IMAGESGreg Slaughter may be his rival on the court, but June Mar Fajardo is just glad to see the Barangay Ginebra center back.“I’m happy that he’s back and playing again for Ginebra,” Fajardo said in Filipino on Sunday. “He’s been playing well since returning this conference. He’s dominating the paint again.”ADVERTISEMENT Winning start Slaughter poured in 16 points and hauled down seven rebounds while Fajardo posted a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds to help the Beermen beat the Gin Kings,107-103.Just like Slaughter, the reigning three-time PBA Most Valuable Player is also on the road to recovery after sustaining a calf injury earlier in the conference.“I’m feeling well and I’m already healthy. I struggled a bit on my offense but I’m making it up on defense and the other things I can help my team with,” Fajardo said.The Beermen are starting to become the team tipped to capture a Grand Slam, having won two games in a row after a shaky 3-3 start.“It’s all credit to my teammates. Hopefully, we sustain this.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Break new ground 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A costly, catty dispute finally settled OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Facing off for the first time since the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup, The Cebuano giants clashed for the first time on Sunday since the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup.READ: Slaughter shrugs off matchup with Fajardo: ‘It’s team-on-team’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogFajardo thinks Slaughter, who was out for almost a year due to an ACL injury, is better than he was before.“He’s always been good. But now, he got stronger and wider. It’s easier for him to score now and he even beat me in scoring,” he said. MOST READ Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend FEU’s Dennison sets career-high amid jeers from DLSU crowd
MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “From here on, we’re going to play the tough teams so every experience that we could get is very important,” said Robinson after the Pirates secured a postseason berth for the first time with a 94-83 win over Perpetual Help on Thursday.Letran seeks to move up to solo third when it clashes with another Final Four contender, San Sebastian, in the first game at 2 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Knights have nailed back-to-back wins after a three-game slide to climb back into contention.And with the Jose Rizal U Bombers slumping, the Knights have a golden opportunity to consolidate their place in the next round.Letran coach Jeff Napa’s wards are coming off an 88-79 win over Mapua last week. But San Sebastian is also in fiery form, having beaten St. Benilde, 73-61, also last week. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DAY6 is for everybody “Our game is slowly picking up after some soul-searching,” said Napa. “We’re ready to achieve our goals.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Wednesday Group, Dreamchaser rule inaugural PBS OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Riding high on a 13-game winning run, Lyceum coach Topex Robinson knows it will only get tougher from hereon for the Pirates in NCAA Season 93.The Pirates, who clinched a Final Four berth last week, try to move closer to an elimination-round sweep when they clash with the desperate Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 View comments
Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics looks on during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at TD Garden on Oct. 2, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPWith the much-anticipated opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA season just days away, basketball fans are already gearing up for the exciting match-ups in store.But perhaps the brightest spotlight is saved for the Eastern Conference Finals rematch between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who both will pit former teammates LeBron James and Kyrie Irving against each other for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I’m appreciative of (my career in Cleveland). The multiple legacies I want to live in my life, Cleveland is definitely part of one. Whether it’s appreciated or not, it doesn’t matter to me,” he shared. “I think the effect, the actual time I spent there, is what matters most and actually trying to be remembered for what happened.” Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Kyrie Irving says Boston is ‘a real, live sports city’Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Tyson Fury promises ‘three big fights’ in 2018 MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Irving, of course, was shipped to Beantown this off-season, following his demands to get out of Cleveland and play elsewhere.When asked if he’s anxious ahead of the monumental clash, the 25-year-old ball-handling savant said he felt no pressure at all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“No. Why would it be? It’s just hoops,” Irving told Marc Spears of The Undefeated. “It’s just hooping. I understand the magnitude.”Although he downplayed any personal attachments on his return to the Quicken Loans Arena, Irving understands the marketability of his impending match-up with his former team. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “I know what it is going to entail in terms of marketing, whatever the case may be, to garner up this energy to make people feel a certain type of way,” he said.“I get all that. It’s part of the game. It’s been a part of the game for a while. But, it’s just two hoops and a basketball,” Irving added.Still, Irving said he’d remain composed no matter what treatment he’d get from Cavs fans in the arena.“It’s all love no matter what,” he said. “I have heard boos at times to hearing cheers in the parade. I’ve been in the championship parade as well as being down 30 in ‘Q Arena.’ So, I’ve heard it all. It’s just good to be there and hoop against a great team like the Cavs.”The four-time All Star also once again thanked the entire city of Cleveland for his time, despite the circumstances surrounding his departure.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments