JASON MORGAN stepped up to the plate in Zurich but was unable to find the type of form that has seen him throw a personal best and national record of 68.19 metres.Morgan finished in eighth position in the Diamond League discus event with a best throw of 58.52m.Reflecting on his form this year, he told The Gleaner that hurting his back earlier in the season hindered his progress.He said: “This year has been ups and downs. The ups were breaking the national record, the downs was hurting my back really bad.”I continued to throw because I had scheduled meetings, but that wasn’t the best thing I could have done.”He added: “Next year is another challenge, I’m looking forward to it but, hopefully, I will be able to secure some finance that will help me. I’m coaching myself and work a full-time job caring for abandoned and abused kids; it’s not an ideal situation.”Today’s competition wasn’t the best, but it’s another day. It started raining earlier and I’ve had a bad experience in the rain when I slipped in London, so it made me wary.”Morgan said competing in the World Championships in Beijing has steeled him for the rigours of international competition. Approaching the Olympics in 2016, he will be ready to improve on his performances this year.He said: “I’m actually motivated by what I could have done this year at the Championships if I wasn’t hurt. You are not going to get everything you want all of time but I am a positive man, and I am looking forward to next year.”SELECTEDRESULTSWOMEN100m B race: 1. Elaine Thompson 11.06, 2. Sherone Simpson 11.27, 3. Barbara Pierre (USA) 11.27. 4. Kerron Stewart 11.33.100m: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jam) 10.93, 2. Blessing Okagbare (Nigr) 10.98, 3. Tori Bowie (USA) 11.05, 4. Candyce McGrone (USA) 11.09. 6. Veronica Campbell Brown 11.22, 7. Natasha Morrison 11.30.400m hurdles: 1. Zuana Hejnova (Cze) 54.47, 2. Sara Slott Petersen (Den) 54.57, 3.Georganne Moline (USA) 54.89, 4. Kaliese Spencer (Jam) 55.29. 7. Janieve Russell (Jam) 55.98.4x100m: 1. Jamaica 41.60, 2. USA 41.83, 3. T&T 42.94, 4. Sui. 43.10.MEN200m: 1. Alonso Edward (Pan) 20.03, 2. Raheed Dwyer (Jam) 20.20, 3. Asaso Jobodwana (RSA) 20.20, 4. Nickel Ashmeade (Jam) 20.35.400m hurdles: 1. Kariem Hussein (Sui) 49.16, Rasmus Magi (Est.) 49.37, 3. Thomas Barr (Irl) 4. Michael Bultheel (Bel) 7. Annsert White Jam) 50.22.Discus: 1. Robert Urbanek (Pol) 65.78m, 2. Piotr Malachowski (Pol) 65.04m, 3. Gerd Kanter (Est) 64.38m, 4. Philip Milanov (Bel) 63.04m, 8. Jason Morgan (Jam) 58.52m.- J.C.
THE Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Community Football League, widely known as the ‘Ghetto World Cup’, is set to kick off next month. The popular competition had its initial staging in 2009 and spread like wildfire, as the number of participating teams doubled for the islandwide championship. “It is one of the most popular competitions that we’ve ever launched,” noted Ian Andrews, INSPORTS’ administrative director. The last instalment got under way in 2014, but Andrews explained that due to demand, plus other contingent factors such as a massive swell in participation, the institute had to halt proceedings and re-work its strategy. Andrews said: “The number of teams doubled within a year, so the demand pushed up the costs.” Through rising demand, the communities have somewhat formed a partnership with the state agency to carry the tournament, which lost its sponsor with the Claro pullout. “The clubs and teams have agreed that they would help us,” said Andrews. “One such area is to share the cost for the officials.” He added: “The communities have been clamouring for it, in fact the entire country … but we?re doing it parish by parish and we’re just continuing what we started last year. We’re going to start sometime next month.” As he addressed over 30 Corporate Area teams that attended a meeting for updates on the competition – at Tinson Pen playing field – last Saturday, Andrews said the agency expects to invest over $28m into the League, which will impact over 500 communities across the length and breadth of the nation. He also thanked those in attendance for their patience over the period of stoppage and promised an exciting finish to the League. The expenditure, he said, would cover several components including uniforms, playing field development and preparation for games, training and salaries of match officials, certification of coaches and match balls. Added value came through initial partnerships with the National Council for Drug Abuse and Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning, which targeted and engaged the ?unattached youth? in the communities as a means of fostering holistic development. Now, without sponsorship, the INSPORTS official said they will have to explore other channels. Still, Andrews vowed not to lower the League’s standards. “It was one of our flagship competitions,” he said. “We made it very clear that our thing was not a ‘Bush League’, but something to empower the communities, to get them playing together and give them something of worth.”
Horse Racing ResultsTrack Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1200 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2) & 6YO&UP(NW4)1. INFANTRY OFFICER AChatrie 52.02. CHANGE HIM NAME MWard4 49.0 Neck3. EL NUMERO UNO SMuir 54.0 Sh.Head4. SOUND OF MIRACLE DaneNelson 55.0 3 3/4LLate scratch : #3 MINNIFFIAWIN: $226.00PLACE: $74.00, $231.00, $173.00Final Time : 1:14.4 Splits : 23.1, 46.4, ,Winner : 5yo b mare – STORM CRAFT out of TRAIL RIDER by HESABULLTrainer : GARY,GRIFFITHS J Owner : DENNIS G WILLIAMSBred by ROGER NEWMAN, MARK & SUSAN WATESQuinella : (1,7) $957.00 Exacta : (7-1) $1,715.00Superfecta : (7-1-5-2) $5,100.00Race 2 1000 M (R) (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. *CLASSIK MAKIT MWard4 49.02. DANISH BROWN HPottinger4 51.0 3L3. THEGREATALLIANCE RDuhaney 54.0 9L4. BOOK OF RULES WHenry 54.0 1 1/4LDNF #6 DAINTY DOTTIE AndreePowell4 47.5Late scratch : #7 ROYAL PRIESTHOODWIN: $91.00Final Time : 1:04.3 Splits : 24.0, 49.1, ,Winner : 5yo b horse – WAR MARSHALL out of SIXTH SENSE by MAVERICKTrainer : LANCE,RICHARDS P Owner : MILLENIUM STABLESBred by OSWALD M. CLARKE & OSWALD CLARKE (JR.)Quinella : (1,3) $652.00 Exacta : (3-1) $953.00D/E : (7-3) $814.00 (7-7) $85.00Trifecta : (3-1-2) $1,127.00Race 3 1600 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. LITTLE RHEA JInnis4 48.02. GIRSHOM AndrePowell4 52.0 Sh.Head3. WHO’S BOSSY KPowell 54.0 1L4. *LUCKYBEGOOD AChatrie 53.0 1 1/4LWIN: $246.00PLACE: $84.00, $78.00, $85.00Final Time : 1:44.2 Splits : 24.2, 47.3, 1:14.0,Winner : 4yo b filly – WAR MARSHALL out of PRINCESS AKEEM by MAVERICKTrainer : RYAN,DARBY O Owner : RYAN O DARBYBred by PHILIP A. AZARQuinella : (6,8) $614.00 Exacta : (6-8) $1,997.00D/E : (3-6) $794.00Superfecta : (6-8-1-3) $3,400.00Rolling Triple : (7-3-6) $6,180.00Race 4 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE -FILLIES1. FIX IT UP VNajair 52.02. *KACI WHenry 55.0 2 1/4L3. PRINCESS STATISTIC DaneNelson 55.0 Head4. FREE RANGE OWalker 55.0 1 1/4L5. I HAVE A DREAM RMitchell 54.0 3/4LDNF #5 MAMETA RCole 51.0WIN: $1843.00PLACE: $135.00, $58.00, $136.00Final Time : 1:02.2 Splits : 23.2, 47.3, ,Winner : 3yo filly – URBAN KING out of LA CHAISE byTrainer : MARKLAND,O’NEIL D Owner : O’NEIL D MARKLANDBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Quinella : (8,11) $2,582.00 Exacta : (11-8) $5,264.00D/E : (6-11) $5,846.00Trifecta : (11-8-1) $7,771.00Hi-5 : (11-8-1-10-2) $200,321.00Rolling Triple : (3-6-11) $37,962.00Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. *SCOOP JORDYNE DDawkins4 49.02. BORDER LINE DaneNelson 54.0 1/2L3. RED FLAG JInnis4 48.0 1 3/4L4. RUM PUNCH PFrancis 52.0 5LLate scratch : #2 DANOS LA PAZWIN: $100.00Final Time : 0:58.3 Splits : 22.3, 45.2, ,Winner : 6yo b horse – BURNING MARQUE out of ONE ONE NINE by THE MEDICTrainer : PHILLIP,LEE A Owner : INTEL DIPLOBred by DAVID ECCLESTONQuinella : (3,6) $282.00 Exacta : (3-6) $553.00D/E : (11-3) $1,495.00Trifecta : (3-6-7) $299.00Rolling Triple : (6-11-3) $20,683.00SUNNYSIDE STAKESRace 6 1100 M (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES1. BIRD CATCHER WHenry 52.02. *GLOBAL PFrancis 54.0 1 1/2L3. POISON GAS RLunan 54.0 3L4. CLASSY AVIATOR AChatrie 54.0 2 1/2L5. DUTCHESS URIEL JInnis4 52.0 2 1/2LWIN: $174.00PLACE: $92.00, $138.00, $176.00Final Time : 1:07.0 Splits : 23.0, 46.2, ,Winner : 2yo filly – BURNING MARQUE out of BYE BYE BIRDIE byTrainer : FITZROY,GLISPIE Owner : FITZROY GLISPIEBred by NEW BLUE LTD.Quinella : (2,3) $225.00 Exacta : (3-2) $689.00D/E : (3-3) $363.00Trifecta : (3-2-6) $1,724.00Hi-5 : (3-2-6-11-4) $14,662.00Rolling Triple : (11-3-3) $10,405.00Race 7 1100 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE AUG.131. *POWER OF THE CAT MWard4 48.02. TIMEFORACAT LSteadman3 52.5 Head3. FASTANDFLASHY WHenry 50.5 1/2L4. *ALDEBARAN JErwin 55.0 Neck5. EXCLUSIVE PRINCE DDawkins4 49.0 2L6. RULES OF THE CAT AChatrie 51.5 2 1/4LLate scratch : #5 HERECOMESTROUBLE, #10 SACHINWIN: $164.00PLACE: $95.00, $188.00, $260.00Final Time : 1:09.2 Splits : 23.4, 48.0, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – TRADITIONAL out of RUSSIAN ACTRESS by ABSENT RUSSIANTrainer : CARL,ANDERSON D Owner : CARL D ANDERSONBred by CARL D. ANDERSONQuinella : (3,14) $1,019.00 Exacta : (14-3) $1,745.00D/E : (3-14) $1,133.00 (3-10) $325.00Trifecta : (14-3-2) $2,461.00Hit-6 : (14-3-2-12-6-) $99,645.00Rolling Triple : (3-3-14) $1,948.00Super-6 : (7-6-11-3-3-14) $1,149,713.50 (6 OF 6)JOSEPH ARMOND MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 8 1820 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-RESTRICTED ALL.II1. CAMOUFLAGE PFrancis 53.02. SIR BIGGS LSteadman3 52.0 1/2L3. *ABBEY ROAD DaneNelson 53.5 3 1/4L4. SHINE AndrePowell4 51.0 1 1/2LWIN: $201.00PLACE: $56.00, $66.00, $53.00Final Time : 1:59.2 Splits : 26.3, 21.1, 1:15.4, 1:43.4Winner : 3yo ch colt – LEGAL PROCESS out of PEACE BY PEACE by ALISIOSTrainer : DELROY,SPENCER Owner : DELROY SPENCERBred by BACCAS, IMRAAN ALLIEQuinella : (2,5) $1,229.00 Exacta : (5-2) $1,797.00D/E : (14-5) $1,809.00Superfecta : (5-2-8-4) $5,436.00Rolling Triple : (3-14-5) $8,457.00Race 9 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. BATTLE SONG AChatrie 55.02. EUSEBIA RHalledeen 55.0 1/2L3. *WAR CHIP JErwin 55.0 Neck4. NUH VEX OFoster 57.0 2 3/4L5. MAGIC CITY RLahoe 55.0 1 1/2LWIN: $701.00PLACE: $174.00, $72.00, $100.00Final Time : 1:00.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.1, ,Winner : 4yo b filly – OUTRIGGER out of SAILING by SAILOR’S WARNINGTrainer : VICTOR,WILLIAMS G Owner : ANDRE S ADAMSBred by PERCY TOMLINSONQuinella : (4,10) $3,407.00 Exacta : (4-10) $5,979.00D/E : (5-4) $2,748.00Trifecta : (4-10-6) $3,666.00Hi-5 : (4-10-6-11-8) $27,156.00Rolling Triple : (14-5-4) $24,116.00Pick-4 : (3-14-5-4) $76,684.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6 : (11-3-3-14-5-4) $14,055.60 (5 OF 6) Carry-over : $969,837.37Pick-9 : (7-7-6-11-3-3-14-5-4) $34,131.50 (7 OF 9) (7-7-6-11-3-3-14-5-4) $667.50 (6 OF 9) Carry-over : $4,272,888.06PlacePot 8 : (1,7-6,8-8,11-3,6-2,3-3,14-2,5-4,10) $329,074.00 (8 OF 8)
The Operations Committee of the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) will be inspecting the playing fields of all 12 clubs in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) following the recent poor weather associated with hurricane Matthew. The inspection is expected to take place before Friday to determine the level of readiness of the venues after the passage of the weather system. Matches originally scheduled for last Sunday have been postponed and a new date is yet to be decided by the PLCA. However, the league will resume this Sunday, October 9 with the original fixture involving six games. “We normally have inspection of the fields, and this will be done by weekend with a team from the operations committee,” Franz Walker, PLCA league director informed The Gleaner yesterday. “There were no strong winds usually associated with a hurricane, so the team will just look at fields to determine whether they are okay for games,” he also said. The games scheduled for Sunday reads: Arnett Gardens FC hosting Portmore at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex; Tivoli Gardens welcoming Maverley-Hughenden to the Edward Seaga Complex; Humble Lion and Montego Bay United squaring off at Effortville Community Centre in May Pen; Boys’ Town vs Jamalco FC at Barbican Complex; Harbour View playing Waterhouse at Harbour View Stadium and Reno and UWI meeting at Frome. ‘NO STRONG WINDS’
RAGING FURY Tomorrow’s Supreme Ventures-sponsored 12-race programme at Caymanas Park featuring the $3.6 million Pick-3 Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres for native bred two-year-olds, offers a Pick-9 carryover of $2.4 million. This will be conducted from race four to 12, while both Super 6s start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000. The first Super-6 will be conducted from race one to six, the late Super-6 from seven to 12. We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a high claiming event over a mile to be contested by nine starters including top contenders ORIGINAL TRAIN, RAGING PROSPECT and the up in class hat-trick seeker LEGENDARY PLEASURE, who is extremely fit and is sure to get a good ride from champion apprentice Linton Steadman. ORIGINAL TRAIN and RAGING PROSPECT are the most accomplished in the field but the two ran poorly behind JAMAI RAJA in an overnight allowance race over 1700 metres last Saturday and have been dropped in class as a result. RAGING PROSPECT, who was quietly fancied at 12-1, stumbled badly at the start and did not recover but in his race prior to that on September 17, he beat all barring SUPERLUMINAL over 2000 metres in overnight company. The 7-y-o son of He’stherealthing – Raging Fury looks tempting at the weights with only 52.0kg and 2.0kg claiming apprentice Javaneil Patterson riding for trainer Ryan Darby, and is preferred to LEGENDARY PLEASURE and ORIGINAL TRAIN. Next on the programme is the Pick 3 Easy To Play Trophy over 1500 metres for four-year-olds and up (non winners of two). Among the eight starters are the recent fast- time winner PARTY CUP, who by virtue of his 16-length victory over 1400 metres on November 5 in a time of 1:28.1, should also have the beating of non-winners of two, with Patterson securing the ride, VESPERS (regaining form), second to BRIDLED PRINCESS on November 12, looks the principal danger. GREAT FAITH, who went down fighting against MARKET FORCE on her recent debut over 1100 metres, is confidently expected to win the third race for two-year-olds, this over 1200 metres for the Pick 3 “Straight” Trophy. The Gary Subratie-trained GREAT FAITH has most to fear from the Anthony Nunes-trained MIRABILIS, who finished five lengths fifth to the winner in the same race. TWO STEPS UP, who recently got through in the Stewards’ Room, ran well when beaten a head by FIFTYONESTORM in his subsequent race over 1100 metres on November 16 and should rebound in the fourth race over 1200 metres (claiming $350,00 – $310,000) with Shamaree Muir aboard. EL CLIENTE and ROYAL GIRL are twin dangers in a field of 10. Briefly, the last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by the sparingly-raced YOGA (Wesley Henry up) who has been moving impressively at exercise and in the sixth, it should be PURE AMAZEMENT under top apprentice Bebeto Harvey. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES TWIN DANGERS (1) RAGING PROSPECT (2) PARTY CUP/ VESPERS (3) GREAT FAITH (4) TWO STEPS UP/ EL CLIENTE (5) YOGA (6) PURE AMAZEMENT
ADVANTAGE UWI – 5:30 p.m. – Boys’ Town vs Humble Lion at National Stadium – 8 p.m. – Tivoli Gardens vs Harbour View at National Stadium Tomorrow’s games Today’s games – 3:30 p.m. – Maverley-Hughenden vs Montego Bay United at Constant Spring Complex – 3:30 p.m. – Reno vs Arnett Gardens at STETHS Complex – 3 p.m. – Jamalco vs Portmore United at Wembley Centre of Excellence in Clarendon – 3:30 p.m. – Waterhouse vs UWI FC at Drewsland Stadium The University of the West Indies (UWI) FC will look to continue their surprising run in the 2016-17 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season when they tackle Waterhouse FC in the third-round preliminary stage at the Drewsland Stadium today at 3:30 p.m. Both teams are at different ends of the 12-team elite league and are coming off victories in last week’s round. UWI clipped Tivoli Gardens 3-2 at Edward Seaga Complex, while Waterhouse edged Maverley-Hughenden 2-1 in a fierce Boulevard derby at Drewsland. UWI are on 42 points alongside Tivoli and reigning champions Montego Bay United (MBU) in the race for top-six qualification. However, Tivoli enjoy a better goal difference ahead of UWI and MBU. UWI FC hold the advantage heading to the game. They defeated Waterouse 1-0 in the first round and 1-0 in the second round, and are highly favoured to come away with three points again. Coach of UWI FC, Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle, is a former Waterhouse assistant coach and has used his knowledge of the opponents to good effect. Waterhouse will look for a win in order to remain in the hunt for a top-two finish that will give them automatic semi-final places. They will rely on key players such as captain Rochane Smith, Girvon Brown, who netted in his return to the club following a stint in El Salvador, Keammar Daley and big defender Patrick Brown. Meanwhile, Waterhouse moved out of the relegation zone after the win against Maverley-Hughenden and are unbeaten in the last three games. They will enter the game full of confidence. With that scenario, the game could be a treat for spectators. Waterhouse’s main players include veteran Irvino English, Rodave Murray, Neicko Williams and captain Romario Campbell. In another game, Reno will entertain Arnett Gardens in a crucial encounter at the St Elizabeth Technical High School playing field. Reno are coming off a good win against MBU in St Elizabeth and will be on the hunt for another three points at their new home.
Fitzroy Dunkley made up a 10 metres deficit on the final leg as Jamaica stunned their rivals in the men’s 4x400m. Jamaica won in 3:03.14, USA were second in 3:03.25 and Bahamas, third in 3:06.20. In the women’s 4x400m, Jamaica crossed the line in 3:28.32 , ahead of the United States, 3:29.30. Bahamas and Nigeria failed to finish. Jamaica’s team in running order was Stephenie McPherson, Shericka Jackson, Dawnalee Loney and Janieve Russell. PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania Jamaica captured the men’s and women’s 4×400 metres in the USA vs The World contest at the Penn Relays a short while ago.
Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals “He’s looking good so far. I feel we can win this fight, this is a good opportunity for us and we have to take advantage of it as much as we can,” said Roach in a report from BoxingScene.com.Gesta (31-1-2) fought for World title only once when he lost to then IBF World lightweight champion in December 2012.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 folkSince then, though, Gesta has strung together a six-fight unbeaten streak with his bout against Carlos Molina in 2015 the only one ending in a draw.Linares (43-3-0), however, is considered as one of the top fighters in the lightweight division and won his last 12 fights including six World title bouts from 2014. “We’re in a real tough fight, my guy is definitely getting ready for this fight,” said Roach who trained legendary fighters like Manny Pacquiao, Mike Tyson, Bernard Hopkins, Oscar Dela Hoya, and Miguel Cotto.“We’re going over a lot of strategy, we started sparring and it went well. We still have a lot of time to work a little more.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Balkman gets ‘chance for ‘redemption’ with Alab stint OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone If Freddie Roach is to be believed, Filipino slugger Mercito Gesta can score an upset win over WBA World lightweight champion Jorge Linares.Roach has been hard at work preparing Gesta for the biggest fight of the 30-year-old’s career on January 27 and the Hall of Fame trainer said there will be surprises come fight night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH02:14Carpio 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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Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Despite no longer having Kyrie Irving at his side. Despite an injury-riddled season in which the Cavaliers’ roster morphed twice and despite being surrounded by a supporting cast that included rookies and just three holdovers from Cleveland teams he dragged to three straight NBA Finals, James played every game and powered through his 15th pro season like it was another helpless defender in the lane.By investing millions into maintaining his body and with a work ethic that has pushed him since childhood, James seems intent on challenging basketball’s natural cycle of aging.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAt 33, and on the eve of making a run at his eighth straight Finals, James is not slowing down. He remains the game’s best all-around player, most dominant force. Still, the one to beat. Still, the player most capable of carrying a team to playoff victories. Still, the most likely player — sorry Messrs. 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While Cleveland’s season was highly irregular, James had another brilliant one.He averaged 27.5 points — his highest total since 2010 — and established career-highs in assists (9.1), rebounds (8.6) and played the full slate of games for the first time. He led the league in total points, minutes played, surpassed 30,000 career points, recorded 18 triple-doubles and was the league’s second-leading scorer in the fourth quarter (7.5 points).The three-time champion also extended his record of scoring at least 10 points to 873 games, a mark once owned by Michael Jordan (862), the player James has spent his entire adulthood being compared to and the one he has equaled on many measures.Jordan was not done at 33, winning three more titles. But his game aged differently. Jordan relied more on jumpers as he got older and ceded tough defensive assignments to other Bulls. James continues to take over games physically, particularly late, and he never hesitates to defend the opponents’ toughest scorers. And the Bulls never counted on their general to rebound or dish out assists as the Cavs lean on James.James has done it all amid a strange, soap-opera-like season for Cleveland, which endured injuries, illnesses, trades and tribulations from late last summer until early spring.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina As far as Brown’s concerned, James is the new standard.“I don’t see any decline athletically and then watch it, the trend that he’s now shooting and making 3s, so you feel that he just keeps getting better,” Brown said before James scored 44 with 11 rebounds and 11 assists against the Sixers. “The fact that he can play that many minutes, that many games, seemingly not missing a beat. He is amazing.“In my opinion, he is the best player to have ever played our sport. And he just keeps getting better. And I say that with tremendous respect to lots of other people. That’s a hell of a comment that I don’t throw out recklessly. And I just feel like his body of work makes me feel very confident and comfortable saying that. He’s playing arguably his best basketball.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames “As the Land Turns is what I call it,” said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, who returned from an illness just last week.Following Wednesday’s regular-season finale, James stamped this as-yet-unfinished season a personal triumph.“It’s the best I’ve felt all season and I’ve got the numbers to back it up and I’ve got the wins to back it up as well,” he said. “I’ve just tried to be available to my teammates every single night and do everything that I could to win ball games. Either by scoring, by rebounding, by defending, by assisting, taking charges, whatever the case may be. Statistically it all speaks for itself.”While amassing those numbers, James has seemingly paused the aging process. Of course, it helps that he has a nutritionist, personal trainer, masseuse, cryogenic chamber and 21st century technology to keep him one step ahead of Father Time.Cavaliers forward Kendrick Perkins, who was drafted in 2003 after James, is awed by his friend’s commitment and dedication. Perkins was stunned to learn James invests upward of $2 million per year on his body.“It’s crazy. I watch how he takes care of his body, I watch how he gets treatment around the clock,” said Perkins. “But it shows and that’s why he’s able to do what he’s been doing at this age. Everybody will be like, ‘Man, ‘Bron got to be doing something,’ and I’m like, ‘No, he actually put in the groundwork and everything you see is because he sacrificed.’ It’s amazing to watch.”James isn’t done, not even close, and earlier this season he described re-writing the narrative that players in their early 30s have reached their prime.“Hopefully I can break the mold, so when the next guy comes, he can still get $200 or $300 million and be 33 years old,” he said. “I’m serious. This is the mold I’m trying to break. It’s not just about me, it’s for the next crew. I want it all.”And what James wants, he usually gets.He has meticulously worked at his craft, refining his game, adding weapons. This season, James posted a career-high in 3-pointers, and according to Basketball-Reference.com , he made a higher percentage of shots from beyond 28 feet than any player — including Stephen Curry — since 2001. LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) jumps by Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) on his way to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla. At 33, an age when athletes are either eroding, completely washed up or staring retirement straight in the eyes, James is flourishing with zero signs of decline. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr., File)CLEVELAND — LeBron James emerged from a chaotic, complex season unscathed — better than ever.Still the NBA’s undisputed king.ADVERTISEMENT