Michael Binns scored a double and Tremaine Stewart got the other goal as Portmore United defeated 10-man Humble Lion 3-1 in their second leg semi-final at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex Monday night to reach the 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League final. Portmore advanced 4-3 on aggregate after Humble Lion won the first leg 2-1 at the Effortville Community Centre. Kemeel Wolfe scored the consolation goal for Humble Lion. Last night’s winners will meet Montego Bay United in the May 2 final. On Sunday night Montego Bay got past defending champions Arnett Gardens, also 4-3 on aggregate, after the teams played to a 2-2 extra-time draw.
SAT, SEPT 26LEICESTER CITY 2ARSENAL 5GOALS: LEICESTER: VARDY 13, 89. ARSENAL: WALCOTT 18; SANCHEZ 33, 57, 81; GIROUD 90.Alexis Sanchez netted a hat-trick to help Arsenal end Leicester City’s unbeaten start to the Barclays Premier League season. Jamie Vardy put the Foxes ahead, but Theo Walcott equalised and then Sanchez took control of the game with his treble. Vardy and Olivier Giroud netted late on to extend the Gunners’ advantage.LIVERPOOL 3NORWICH CITY 2GOALS: LIVERPOOL: MILNER 2; STURRIDGE 59, 67. VILLA: GESTEDE 66, 71.Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge scored his first two goals since March. Former Villa midfielder James Milner opened the scoring after 66 seconds and Sturridge doubled Liverpool’s lead. Rudy Gestede pulled one back from close range for Villa before Sturridge scored his second. Gestede gave Villa hope with a fine header.MANCHESTER UNITED 3SUNDERLAND 0GOALS: UNITED: MEMPHIS 45; ROONEY 46; MATA 90.Manchester United moved above rivals Manchester City to the top of the Barclays Premier League with Wayne Rooney’s fifth goal of the season taking him level with Denis Law as United’s joint-third leading league scorer with 171. Memphis Depay opened the scoring before Rooney scored his first league goal of the season. Mata added United’s third.NEWCASTLE UNITED CHELSEASOUTHAMPTON 3SWANSEA CITY 1GOALS: SOUTHAMPTON: VAN DIJK 11; TADIC 54; MANE 61. SWANSEA: SIGURDSSON PEN 83.Virgil van Dijk scored his first goal for Southampton.The Dutch centre-back, signed from Celtic in the summer, headed an 11th minute lead before Dusan Tadic made it 2-0 and Sadio Mane slotted in the third. Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a penalty for the Swans in the 83rd minute after Jose Fonte had pulled down Neil Taylor.STOKE CITY 2AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1GOALS: STOKE: WALTERS 32; DIOUF 83. BOURNEMOUTH: GOSLING 76.Substitute Mame Biram Diouf’s header gave Stoke their first Barclays Premier League win of the season. Jonathan Walters scored from Marko Arnautovic’s cross to put the hosts ahead before Dan Gosling equalised after the break. Diouf then stooped to head in Glen Johnson’s superb cross from the right for the winner on 83 minutes.TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 4MANCHESTER CITY 1GOALS: TOTTENHAM: DIER 45;ALDERWEIRELD 50; KANE 61; LAMELA 79. CITY: DE BRUYNE 25.Manchester City lost a second Barclays Premier League game in a row with Harry Kane scoring his first Tottenham goal of the season. Kevin de Bruyne put City ahead before Eric Dier equalised. Toby Alderweireld headed Spurs in front from an Erik Lamela free kick. Kane side-footed in when teammate. Lamela slotted home their fourth.WEST HAM UNITED 2NORWICH CITY 2GOALS: WEST HAM: SAKO 33; KOUYATE 90. NORWICH: BRADY 9; REDMOND 83.Cheikhou Kouyate struck a late equaliser for West Ham to earn a point against Norwich.Substitute Nathan Redmond looked to have won it for the visitors with a low strike, before Kouyate pounced. Robbie Brady had given Norwich the lead early on. Diafra Sakho levelled for the hosts by sliding in Dimitri Payet’s cutback, as John Ruddy pulled off saves from both Sakho and Payet.SUN, SEPT 27WATFORD 0CRYSTAL PALACE 1GOAL: PALACE: CABAYE PEN 71.Crystal Palace moved up to sixth in the Barclays Premier League with Yohan Cabaye’s penalty the difference in a poor game at Vicarage Road. Palace subWilfried Zaha was tripped for the spot kick.Palace had earlier hit the post through Dwight Gayle.Jose Jurado’s free kick came back off the bar for Watford.
Boys’ Town Football Club celebrated their 75th anniversary yesterday with a 1-0 win over Waterhouse in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football match at Waterhouse Stadium.Shamar Nicholson netted the game’s only goal after three minutes to give the ‘Red Brigade’ their first back-to-back wins for the season.On the contrary, defeat sunk Waterhouse to the bottom of the standings.In terms of a start, it has been far from the best for the famed ‘Red Brigade’, but coach Andrew Price said they were determined to celebrate the occasion with a victory.”The day started right; we had a church service this morning for our 75th anniversary, and the message we got from our chaplain was very inspirational. One of the things he said was that we are only as strong as all of us, and I think it resonated with the players as they dug in today (yesterday) and really fought hard,” observed Price.”It wasn’t the prettiest, but we fought, and I believe it was a just result,” he added.Teenager Nicholson put the visitors ahead after just three minutes of play, when he took advantage of a scramble in the box to score.Boys’ Town were better in the first-half, although the best chance of the period fell to Sean Coleman, who opted to pass with the goalkeeper at his mercy and the chance went a-begging.After the break, Waterhouse controlled possession, but both teams showed why they are struggling in the lower half of the table, as chances were minimal.However, towards the end, Waterhouse stepped up in search of the equaliser, and Kenroy Howell, Omar Walcott and Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson all had very good opportunities to steal a point, but they all failed to find the net.”We are still missing chances after chances, but once we can get that right in front of goal, I think we will be okay,” said Waterhouse coach Anthony Patrick.The win lifted Boys’ Town one place up the table to eighth with 12 points, while Waterhouse hit rock bottom as they are bottom of the League with seven points, one behind UWI, who drew 2-2 with Reno.Meanwhile, Harbour View stunned second-place Portmore United 3-0 on Kevon Frater’s hat-trick, to also register their first back-to-back win of the season.Junior Flemmings continued his fine form, scoring the lone goal in Tivoli Gardens’ 1-0 win over Rivoli United at Spanish Town Prison Oval, while Humble Lion beat Cavalier 1-0 on a late goal from Devon Hodges in their clash at Stadium East.Montego Bay United remain on top with 17 points. Portmore stayed second on 15, followed by Tivoli and Reno with 14. Harbour View joined defending champions Arnett on 13 points.Yesterday’s ResultsBoys’ Town 1 Waterhouse 0Harbour View 3 Portmore 0Tivoli Gardens 1 Rivoli United 0UWI FC 2 Reno FC 2Today’s Game8:40 p.m. Montego Bay United vs Arnett Gardens at Montego Bay Sports Complex
This columnist was, as a boy aged 11, introduced to the discipline of Test cricket. It came from a medical father from a background of poverty, but a father who thought that the game of gentlemen was compulsory education for his sons, for whom birth circumstances afforded a perch of privilege on the social ladder.The option to refuse parental instructions did not exist then. Daddy, who could more than afford a higher spectator rating, accompanied his very compliant younger son to sit on the grounds at Sabina Park, the least costly section.Clearly, a lesson was being taught. Of course, it was after school hours at the neighbouring Morris Knibb Prep, and since elder brother – now revered as Dr William – was confined to boarding school at Jamaica College (JC), there was no sibling sharing of the moment.It was the closing session of the fifth and final Test against the visiting India, for whom Polly Umrigar and Vijay Manjrekar showed class that foretold the later arrival of Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar.failureBatting idols to many West Indians at the time, the Three W’s (Everton Weekes, Frank Worrell and Clyde Walcott) had scored 564 runs among them in the first innings. To be able to see them on that afternoon, modest offerings notwithstanding, almost atoned for failure to do so when they dispatched the bowlers from the continent to all sections of the park.Chasing 181 runs for victory, 92 for four wickets – after an India crawl to 444 to ensure a draw – was less than enticing.Following that era, there were thrills in batting power, panache, and pride. The architects were Garfield Sobers, later to receive a knighthood from Her Majesty the Queen; Rohan Kanhai; Seymour Nurse; and Basil Butcher, supported by the Boys’ Town boy, Collie Smith, after opener Conrad Hunte, also to receive the title “Sir”, had prepared the opponents’ bowlers for the slaughter.They made the game an entertainment priority. That the wielders of the willow, in all their elegance and aplomb, contributed to the saying, “cricket is a batsman game”, will not here be disputed. But that accepted, six-foot and plenty, lightning-quick bowlers, fierce in approach and demonic in execution, must be mentioned when the history of the noble game and what gave it its spectator value is catalogued.They came in all shapes, Wesley Hall; Charlie Griffith of suspect action; Keith Boyce, fiery fast for a single season (1973); the unsmiling ferocity of Andy Roberts; the silky smooth sprinter strides of Michael Holding; with Curtly Ambrose and world record wicket-taker in Courtney Walsh. They embellished the spectacle.Also making the cut to win souls to the game were spin twins Ramadhin and Valentine, who mesmerised opposing batsmen on their day. Soon after, arrived the flighted, deceptive guile of bean pole Lance Gibbs, recalling memories of one of that great and picturesque in speech cricket commentator, John Arlott’s favourite quotes: “Gibbs to Dexter, who gropes.”The vicious belligerence of Viv Richards, the elegance and charm of Lawrence Rowe, and the artistry and craft of a Brian Lara came later.All these difficult-to-forget periods indelibly imprinted cricket as the game to be watched.little measureIs the oh so tolerant and patient cricketing public, having had the experiences, as cited, expecting a return of those days, or are they asking, as Marc Anthony did of a dead Julius Caesar in the Shakespeare classic of that name, “O mighty Caesar! Dost thou lie so low? Are all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, spoils, shrunk to this little measure?”West Indies are unable to rise from the cellar of world cricket. Players of talent drift in and out as they succumb to the “dangled carrots” of 20:20 frolic.Political leaders are locked in battles with the game’s administrators as to who disrespected who first. This is close to anarchy in the once-loved game.Dave Cameron is the top man and he should know the ills. Vilified and sidelined for one reason or another, even before he took the chair, he is expected to find the cure for all maladies – Simply because he is who the region has and he needs the filip of “a better day for cricket” to beef up his rÈsumÈ.Fix it, Daveemail@example.com
Only bright spot GEELONG, Australia (CMC): West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite is hoping to continue his good form when he faces the rampaging Australians in the second Test of the ongoing series starting in Melbourne on Boxing Day. The 23-year-old made a boundary-studded 94 in the second innings of the first Test as the Windies lost at Hobart. It was a stand-out innings as he fell just short of what would have been a fifth Test century in the space of 18 months. He is looking to build on that and notch three figures when the two teams line up for the historic second Test at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. “Playing in Australia is a dream come true. As a little boy growing up in Barbados, and when I went to Combermere School, you heard a lot about cricket and the huge significance of the Boxing Day Test match. Now I have the opportunity to play in the event. It is something I’m really looking forward to,” he said. “I’ve heard it’s a magnificent stadium and a lot about the history, and especially the West Indies’ rich history there as well. For me, this is one of the ‘big’ Test matches.” With West Indies sliding to defeat in Hobart, the right-handed Brathwaite launched an assault on Australia’s bowlers, hammering 13 fours and a six in a cameo 122-ball knock. The innings was the only bright spot for the tourists as they were dismissed for 148 to lose by an innings and 212 runs. “I played well in the second innings in Hobart and I felt I hit the ball really well. It’s all about getting a start here in Australia,” Brathwaite explained. “You have to give yourself a chance. You have to graft and dig in. I didn’t get a ‘start’ in the first innings, so I was determined to get a big score in the second innings. “I managed to get myself in and went on and played my shots. I was quite happy to get a score. I still want to keep working hard. It’s still about going out there and getting a start and going on.” Brathwaite’s four Test centuries have come in contrasting conditions. His maiden century was 129 against New Zealand in Trinidad in June 2014, followed by a career-best 212 against Bangladesh in St Vincent three months later. He then gathered a dogged 106 against South Africa in the Boxing Day Test last year while his fourth was 116 against England in Grenada in April. Despite the heavy loss in Hobart, Brathwaite said the mood in the camp remained upbeat as they prepared to face a Victoria XI at the Simonds Stadium in a two-day warm-up match tomorrow and Sunday. “We’ve had two sessions thus far, and the team spirit is quite good, and we just have to keep going from strength to strength,” Brathwaite said.
CRUISING West Indies, who were cruising at 147 for three, had lost two quick wickets, including Pope, who laid the foundation by putting on 44 runs for the first wicket with Tevin Imlach. Hetmyer arrived to lead the recovery of an innings which appeared to be wobbling and compiled a 64-run stand with Keacy Carty. Heymyer’s score of 60, his second straight half century, included 7 fours and a six, while Carty picked up two boundaries in his contribution of 22. Hetmyer’s departure threatened to tilt the game towards Bangladesh but when Jyd Goolie joined Springer, the two gathered 30 runs for the fifth wicket to take the score past 175. The run chase was disrupted again when left-arm spinner Saleh Ahmed Shawon, Bangladesh’s chief wicket taker with three for 37, struck twice in four balls to remove Goolie for nine and Paul for four. But Springer weathered the threat by teaming up with Michael Frew to steal singles and twos in a patient stand of 36. Springer, dropped on 15, was unbeaten on 62 with five fours and a six, and scored the winning runs for West Indies when he smashed Mohammad Saifuddin through the covers for four. Earlier, captain Mehedi was forced to rescue his side with a top score of 60 after they had slumped to 88 for four. Mehedi stitched together an 85-run partnership with Mohammed Saifuddin for the sixth wicket, which lifted the homeboys from 113 for five to almost 200. Paul broke the partnership, capturing the wicket of Mehedi and added two lower-order wickets to finish with impressive figures of three for 20 from three overs. DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC): West Indies will make their second appearance in the Under-19 World Cup final after a stunning three-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the semi-final at Shere Bangla National Stadium yesterday. West Indies, inspired by an all-round performance from man of the match Shamar Springer, silenced more than 10,000 fans at the stadium with a gutsy run chase to overhaul the 227 runs set by Bangladesh who won the toss and elected to field. Keemo Paul destroyed the Bangladesh lower order, grabbing three for 20, including the important scalp of captain Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who led the innings with a half century. Half centuries from Shimron Hetmyer and Springer, under pressure, complemented a positive innings from opener Gidron Pope as the visitors negotiated some anxious moments before romping to victory with eight balls remaining. They will now contest the showpiece championship match against India in Mirpur on Sunday. Pope, who was dropped on 23, started the chase in aggressive fashion, clobbering 14 runs in the first over on his way to 38.
Shaw says this will save the teams a lot of expenses. “I know when a player gets injured, coaches, managers and sometimes players have to go into their pockets, so this is going to save a lot of money and the clubs can now channel their money, in other areas,” he said. Ryhon Brooks, manager of Delgado Health Services, said that former Meadhaven and Calabar coach David ‘Wagga’ Hunt was his inspiration and he just wanted to give something back to football in honour of the outstanding local youth coach. “Mr Hunt is someone I respect and looked up to, and I wanted to do something to honour him, I couldn’t help him when he was with Meadhaven, but I thought, how could we honour a great man like that, and we thought how best to aid football in Jamaica than to ensure that we give young men a chance to move through the levels. “We don’t want another report of a youngster dying on a football field, so we thought, let’s give them this sponsorship,” he said. The deal with also be extended to KSAFA’s Red Stripe Premier League clubs. A historic partnership was forged at the Delgado Health Centre yesterday, with the signing of a three-year agreement worth $21.6 million ($7.2 million per season), between the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) and Delgado Health Services. The sponsorship will last until August 2020, and youth players will be entitled to a free electrocardiogram (ECG – a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart) at the start of the season. Any player who is injured during a KSAFA event will receive free medical care. The services include physiotherapy, orthopaedic consultation, and general family consultation. KSAFA president, Wayne Shaw, said that the deal is the first of its kind locally, and that it will not only aid young players’ development, but also their clubs. The health care will be available for all leagues from quarter-finals through to the finals and will be provided for teams during Friday night football, which begins in March. Also, senior players, KSAFA referees and council members will be offered ECG tests at a cost of $500, physiotherapy at $1500, and general family consultation at $1000. CUTTING BACK ON EXPENSES
Edwin Allen High are many people’s hot favourites for the girls’ title at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships but Holmwood Technical’s head coach, Dave Anderson, is surely not ready to crown them as yet.TOP HONOURSAnderson is very confident that Holmwood Technical can challenge Edwin Allen for top honours at the this year’s meet.”The girls are in excellent shape as they have performed well at the various development meets and they are ready to deliver,” he said.Many see Holmwood in a tight battle with former champions St Jago for third and fourth but Anderson disagrees.”I strongly believe my team can win and the media can say what they want but I have seen in the past where Holmwood won one year by more than 100 points but lost the following year. This is a championships … when teams do not get points they are predicted to get there can be some panic in the camp and this has happened on more than one occasion so I am not writing off my team,” he said.
Kasey Kahne (5) kisses the yard of bricks on the start/finish line after winning the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 23, 2017. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)INDIANAPOLIS — Kasey Kahne needed a break Sunday — and got it.The 37-year-old driver barely reached the overtime line before the last caution flag came out in a crash-marred Brickyard 400, allowing Kahne to complete a six-hour marathon and snap a long winless streak.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Next Sunday, the series moves to Pocono, Pennsylvania, where Chris Buescher is the defending champion.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View comments Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Jamaica stuns Mexico to reach CONCACAF Gold Cup final Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 The wacky race had a little of everything — 14 cautions and 55 caution laps, both race records, three red flags and a 1-hour, 47-minute rain delay. Nineteen cars did not finish. It lasted so long, drivers were racing against the impending darkness as much as they were themselves.For Kahne, his 18th career win might have been the sweetest of all.He had only three top-10 finishes in the first 19 races. His future with Hendrick Motorsports was in question, and after going almost three full years and more than 100 races without a win, he was finally back in victory lane.“It puts him in the chase,” team owner Rick Hendrick said after his 10th Brickyard victory. “It puts him in the playoff. We’re excited about that.”Kahne’s last win came in Atlanta in August 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return He crossed the yard of bricks under caution with daylight fading and his muscles cramping, just ahead of Brad Keselowski and Ryan Newman.“I had a great car out front. I had a pretty good car all day long. I was really happy,” Kahne said. “Unbelievable to win in Indianapolis. Unbelievable to win a Cup race — it’s been a while. I know it’s great for my team.”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’But even before kissing the bricks and posing for photos, Kahne’s long-awaited victory celebration was put on hold as he dropped to the ground and his crew members tried to rub out the cramps he fought through late in the race.Afterward, Kahne went to the speedway’s infield medical center where he received intravenous fluids. Other drivers said temperatures inside the cockpits topped 130 degrees. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “As much as I didn’t need him winning I’m happy for @kaseykahne,” Clint Bowyer wrote on Twitter. “People have written him off lately. HUGE win under extreme pressure.”YOUNG GUNSThe next generation of Cup drivers struggled Sunday.Larson, who was a big mover early in the race, finished 28th. Chase Elliott was knocked out after 43 laps because of an engine failure and wound up 39th.Ryan Blaney also was knocked out in one of the late crashes and finished 23rd.EARNHARDT & DANICA RESULTSDale Earnhardt Jr. also had a tough day in his final Brickyard start. The 42-year-old driver damaged his radiator when he hit the back of Bayne’s car on Lap 77 and wound up pulling off the track and stopping underneath the Gasoline Alley sign. When he climbed out, Earnhardt received a loud roar.“There was just a bunch of cars slowing down, starting a chain reaction. We got into the back of (Bayne),” he said. “It just knocked the radiator out of us. We had a great car. We had a top-10 car. I thought we could finish there.”Former IndyCar favorite Danica Patrick received a penalty for a pit violation early in the race and finished 11th.UP NEXT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. By any measure, it was a wacky day.The two fastest cars on Indy’s 2.5-mile oval — Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. — went out in a crash with 49 laps to go. Truex’s car slid up the track going through the first turn and the Toyota teammates both wound in the wall. Busch led the first 71 laps, 87 of the first 110 and swept the first two stages ahead of Truex.“That’s the way it goes,” Busch said. “Just chalk it up to another one we found a way to lose.”The finish was even wilder.Over the last 16 laps, there were five crashes and two red flags.The craziness began when Kurt Busch, Erik Jones and Clint Bowyer got together coming out of the fourth turn. On the ensuing restart, Kyle Larson hit the wall on the front straightaway to bring out another caution.Things again went awry when Jimmie Johnson, Keselowski and Kahne went three-wide through the third turn on what was supposed to be the second-to-last lap. But Johnson’s smoking car started spinning and hit the wall to force overtime.“I wouldn’t call it an absurdity, I just think it was a crazy race,” Keselowski said. “There was some crazy strategy.”Trevor Bayne got into the mix with two laps in the first overtime when his car was bumped from behind, sending it sideways through the field. Six cars got collected in the crash, bringing out yet another red flag and adding more laps to the race.Kahne finally ended it by reaching the line just ahead of Keselowski as another multi-car crash occurred behind him.
View comments How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Thomas is out, shipped to Cleveland in a package that brought Kyrie Irving to Boston and completed — for now, at least — a near-total makeover of the team that had the best record in the Eastern Conference last year.But that doesn’t mean Hayward is disappointed that the team he is going to play with looks much different from the one he thought he had joined.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“You’re talking about two superstar players, two incredible offensively talented players,” Hayward said Monday at the Celtics media day.“It would have been amazing to have the opportunity to play with I.T. I was looking forward to that; that was something that was enticing and exciting about the Boston Celtics. On the other hand, I get to play with another superstar.” LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody The Celtics already had had quite the summer after they signed Hayward to a four-year deal worth about $128 million and traded Avery Bradley to clear cap space for him. When Irving asked for a trade, general manager Danny Ainge pounced, shipping out Thomas — a fan favorite and the team’s biggest star — along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round draft pick.Irving would not say whether he plans to talk to Cavaliers superstar LeBron James about his trade demand, telling reporters: “It’s not anybody else’s business.”“It’s just really between two men,” he said. “If it happens or not, I’m pretty sure you guys won’t know about it.”For now, he is worried about his new team.“There’s just a lot of newness I have to get used to, which I’m excited about,” he said Monday. “It’s going to come in waves, man, these ups and downs we’re about to face as a team. … It will really echo in terms of our identity and how we’re going to respond.”ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 Trump says NFL insults about patriotism, not race Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward (20), Al Horford (42), and Kyrie Irving (11) walk together during a photo shoot at NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Canton, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)CANTON, Mass. — Gordon Hayward was looking forward to playing with Isaiah Thomas, one of the Celtics players who recruited him to Boston during his whirlwind free agency.By the time Hayward steps on the parquet floor, though, there will be another All-Star point guard dishing out the ball.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ In all, just four players return from last year’s conference finalists: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier and Al Horford.They’re all new to Irving, a four-time All-Star who averaged 21.6 points and 5.5 assists in his six-year career, all of it for the Cavaliers.Ainge said it wasn’t his goal to shake up the conference finalists.“Those guys were terrific players for us, and some of my favorite players that I’ve watched and been around during my time here. But we had a chance to get some players, too,” Ainge said. “It wasn’t because we were unhappy with our roster.”Ainge would like to see how it all works out.“We don’t plan on doing the same thing next summer,” he said. “I plan on getting down to about a 1 handicap next summer.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next