LATEST STORIES BATANGAS 91 – Sara 16, Sedurifa 16, Ablaza 13, Lascano 12, Saitanan 11, Mendoza 10, Dela Pena 5, Mangabang 4, Isit 2, Laude 2, De Joya 0, Delfinado 0, Inciong 0, Revadavia 0.CAFE FRANCE 69 – Calisaan 14, Arim 13, Aquino 8, Faundo 7, Manlangit 6, Veron 5, Casino 4, Desiderio 4, Guinitaran 4, Wamar 4, Ebondo 0, Mercado 0.Quarters: 25-18, 52-32, 74-55, 91-69.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely ‘Frustrated’ Padda sorry for cursing on live TV in Adamson loss to FEU ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot PBA IMAGESWith nothing to lose, Batangas came out firing and stunned Cafe France, 91-69, to end its 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on a good note Monday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Dan Sara led the upset, orchestrating the Batangas’ battleplan as he dropped all of his 16 points in the first half to go along with three rebounds and two assists.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Joseph Sedurifa also caught fire in the endgame, burying 11 of his 16 markers in the fourth period as the Batanguenos formalized the upset late. He also had 11 boards and six assists.“We definitely got something from this and we did what we’re talking about all conference long, that we need to keep on improving,” said Batangas coach Eric Gonzales.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnCedrick Ablaza added 13 points and five rebounds, while Joey Lascano had 12 markers and six boards.Batangas ended its inaugural stint in the developmental league winning three of its last four outings and finished with a 4-5 card. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 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 Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Motivated to finish the conference strong, Batangas caught a sluggish Cafe France crew sleeping, jumping to a 52-32 halftime lead before extending it to 25, 72-47, in the third quarter.Michael Calisaan still tried to bring the Bakers back in the game and sliced the deficit to just 13, 76-63, with 5:41 left in the fourth frame, but Sedurifa provided the finishing kick in the final quarter to seal the deal for Batangas.The loss sent Cafe France to its second straight defeat. The Bakers, though, will still go to the playoffs as the third-seed with their 5-4 record, enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.Calisaan paced the Bakers with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Oliver Arim had 13 markers and three boards in the no-bearing game.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT View comments
The Boston Celtics’ grief-stricken star, Isaiah Thomas, was the latest hoop hero to deliver a heartwarming shoutout to his sister Chyna, who died recently in a one-vehicle accident in Washington. Reports said Chyna crashed after her car drifted into the shoulder and crashed into a barrier.Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas wears a message on his shoes in memory of his sister Chyna during the fourth quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game against the Chicago Bulls,Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Boston. The Bulls won 106-102. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Thomas still saw action in Game 1, scoring 33 points while adding six assists and five rebounds in a 106-102 loss to Chicago. NBA.com reported that Thomas will play in Game 2 before flying to Washington to attend to his sister’s funeral arrangements.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBrad Stevens was reported as saying the Celtics might attend any service for Thomas’ sister.But even before that, Thomas already honored his sister by scribbling her name on his kicks for Game 1, along with the words “R.I.P li’l sis” on the left shoe and the date of the accident on the right. View comments Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Reynel Hugnatan’s tribute to friend Gilbert Bulawan. Photo by Bong LozadaThe shoe, after all, is starting to become a far-reaching message platform, with fans also taking time out to admire (slash-criticize) their idols’ kicks during game lulls. Thus, messages scribbled on stars’ shoes always catch media attention.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte WANT to see how much a message means to a basketball star? Look at their shoes.Whether it is a message of hope, of grief or of a political stand they want to rally behind, the NBA’s biggest names have no qualms about turning their kicks into a message board of sorts.ADVERTISEMENT Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government 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 On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town NBA: Pacers’ George calls out teammates after Game 2 loss to Cavs LATEST STORIES Thomas isn’t the first shoe scribbler in the NBA, though.LeBron James brought the Trayvon Martin shooting incident to the public eye with a few words on his shoe.Miami Heat forward LeBron James wears a message honoring Trayvon Martin on his shoe before their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons on March 23. (Duane Burleson/AP)Kevin Durant also made a political stance by writing the words “Black lives matter” on one shoe and the polarizing “All lives matter” on the other.Kevin Durant’s shoes. AP File PhotoAnd of course, Steph Curry has been known to use Golden State games to preach bible verses by wearing them on his shoe.In the PBA, Meralco big man and veteran Reynel Hugnatan, the mafia don of all local basketball sneakerheads, paid tribute to the late Gilbert Bulawan after the latter died during a practice session.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test
Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The sought-after All-Star had also considered offers from the Miami Heat and his former team Utah Jazz, but announced that he’ll be heading to the Boston Celtics through an emotional piece published in The Player’s Tribune.Prior to his announcement, multiple reports indicated that the former Butler standout heavily considered all three teams—so much so that he had a ghostwriter pen three different pieces for each potential destination.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’His agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed the news to Jody Genessy of the Deseret News, claiming that the 27-year-old forward prepared a piece announcing his return to Utah and two more stating his move to either Boston or Miami.But despite his earlier confusion, Hayward couldn’t resist the allure of reuniting with his college coach Brad Stevens and joining a contender like the Celtics. Gordon Hayward STREETER LECKA/Getty Images/AFPGordon Hayward decided to take his talents from Salt Lake to Beantown on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).READ: All-star Hayward agrees to sign with CelticsADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Hayward will reportedly sign a four-year, $128-million contract with Boston, although nothing has been confirmed yet as Utah is also working on a sign-and-trade deal for its former franchise player. Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBA: Guard Nick Young headed to Warriors Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LSU title parade draws massive crowds LATEST STORIES View comments
MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Atoy Co satisfied with Mapua’s efforts in loss to Arellano FILE – Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCalvin Abueva introduced himself to Gilas Pilipinas’ new recruit Christian Standhardinger on Saturday when Alaska played Gilas Pilipinas in a tune-up but there was no handshake nor a pleasant greeting.There was, however, a lot of hitting, shoving and trash talking.ADVERTISEMENT LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs LSU title parade draws massive crowds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return National team coach Chot Reyes wasn’t surprised with how Standhardinger stood his own against Abueva.READ: Filipino-German stars in Gilas PH tuneup “It’s nothing to Standhardinger. That guy is tough, he’s not gonna back off of anyone so that’s what we like about him,” Reyes said.Standhardinger said he is fully aware that Abueva is a national team mainstay. He also had his own script of their word war.“I have much respect for that, but in the game, I don’t care,” he said.“He asked my how my day is going and I asked him how his day is going. Then he asked he how my family, and I said my mother is fine. He told me his grandma is feeling great, so that was what we talked about,” said Standhardinger with a smile.READ: Jalalon tweaks ankle in Gilas tune-up a week before Jones Cup Being his usual self, Abueva said he has nothing personal with Standhardinger.“I was just testing him. It’s nothing personal because we’re going to be Gilas teammates eventually,” Abueva said.“He’s okay. There were just some instances where his emotions got the better of him but he still manages to keep his focus on the game.” “I just wanted to introduce myself to him,” said Abueva in Filipino with a huge grin.READ: Reyes sees growth as Gilas survives Alaska in testy encounterFEATURED 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’Abueva and Standhardinger got into it during an inbound play late where the Fil-German big man kept sticking his arm on the waist of the Aces forward, who responded by repeatedly swatting his arm away.The referees stood in between the two, who went on to jaw at each other. The verbal war continued until the final buzzer where Abueva extended an elbow out as he walked by Standhardinger, who couldn’t help but laugh. The wily Abueva said he was just preparing Standhardinger for instances like this where an opposing player would try to get under his skin.READ: Gilas stint ‘dream come true’ for Fil-German Standhardinger “He’s just new with Gilas and the longer he stays, the more he gets to be in situations where someone is going to play mind games with him and I just want him to get used to these kinds of situations.”After the game, Standhardinger brushed the dustup aside and said what happened was all part of a closely-contested game.“It was nothing. It was a close game, so emotions were running high. I like his intensity and I will shoot back with my intensity, and in the end, we won, so that’s good,” said the 28-year-old Standhardinger.ADVERTISEMENT
View comments MOST READ 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 Painting found in Italian museum wall is stolen Klimt Jean-Paul Gaultier to retire as fashion designer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 76ers’ Joel Embiid fined for LaVar Ball obscenity McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Imee Marcos slams driver-cap on motorcycle taxis The cap-strapped Wolves only had the room exception left to use for the deal, worth about $4.2 million for the upcoming season. The second year is a player option.The 37-year-old Crawford averaged 12.3 points in 82 games for the Clippers last season. He was traded to Atlanta to help make room for Danilo Gallinari and reached a buyout agreement with the Hawks.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’It continues an aggressive summer for the Timberwolves and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau, who acquired three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler in a trade with the Chicago Bulls, signed free agent point guard Jeff Teague and veteran forward Taj Gibson to remake a roster that won just 31 games last season.The flurry of activity left the Wolves with an imposing starting five, but very little off the bench on the wings behind Butler and Andrew Wiggins. LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Jamal Crawford. APLAS VEGAS — The Minnesota Timberwolves were in desperate need of a scorer off the bench. Jamal Crawford has made a living doing just that.Crawford reached agreement with the Timberwolves on a two-year deal Saturday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because he cannot be signed until he clears waivers.ADVERTISEMENT Pornography greets commuters at Sweden bus stop Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Solar-powered barge a key ‘interceptor’ for plastic waste Crawford has long been one of the league’s microwave men — a player who can come off the bench cold and warm up quickly. He has won the NBA’s sixth man of the year award three times, most recently in 2015-16.His scoring average last season was the lowest since 2002-03 and he is a career 35 percent shooter from 3-point range. So the Wolves still have some holes to fill with a roster that now has 11 players. They have almost no cap room left to sign free agents, so the remaining deals will either have to be for the veteran’s minimum or via trades.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
IMPRESSIVE ELAINE A new champion will be crowned in the men’s 400 metres hurdles on today’s second day of the JAAA National Championships. Defending champion Annsert Whyte of Racers Track Club failed to advance after finishing fourth in his heat in 50.23 seconds. Fastest qualifier was NCAA bronze medallist Kemar Mowatt, who won heat one in 49.43. Jaheel Hyde was second fastest after winning heat two in 49.46, while Shawn Rowe won heat three in 49.59 to be the third fastest qualifier. The other qualifiers for the final, which will be run at 6:20 p.m. today, are Ricardo Campbell (49.54), AndrÈ Clarke (49.50), Sheldon Williams (49.83) and Javarn Gallimore (50.05). Defending champion Ristananna Tracy topped the women after winning heat two in 54.56 ahead of Leah Nugent, second in 54.90. Favourite, Janieve Russell, won heat one in 54.91 ahead of Ronda Whyte, who was second in a personal best time of 54.93 seconds, with third going to Nikita Tracy in 55.01. Kaliese Spencer, who finished fourth in heat one in 55.38, along with Sashel Brown (56.69) and Rushell Clayton (56.61), all advanced. Olympic champion Elaine Thompson looked very impressive in the women’s 100m after winning her heat in an easy 11.29. Simon Facey, 11.22; Joneille Smith, 11.23; and Sashalee Forbes, 11.34, all won their heats. Julian Forte, 10.14, advanced to this evening’s 100m semi-finals with the fastest time. Odean Skeen won his heat comfortably in 10.17. Other heat winners were Yohan Blake, 10.21, and Asafa Powell, 10.22. There was disappointment for Kemar Bailey Cole, who pulled up close to the finish line in the heat won by Powell. In the triple jump, Clive Pullen retained his title after winning with 16.83 metres. Wilberforce Walker was second with 16.09m, with Clayton Brown third with 15.97m.
POOR START Winning the toss and electing to field, the West Indies got off to a poor start as Indian openers captain Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan showed their shot-making abilities in a rollicking 64 runs opening stand inside the first six overs. However, after removing Kohli, caught off the bowling of Williams for 39, off the third ball of the sixth over, and Dhawan run out for 23, also by Williams two balls later, things turned a bit in the West Indies’ favour – a fact they held on to. Supported by Taylor, as well as timely contributions from off-spinners Sunil Narine and Samuels, the West Indies were able to limit the Indians to below the 200-run landmark. Middle-order batsman Dinesh Karthik, 48, made the most runs for India. Possessing some of the best hitters in the game, the West Indies then went about their run chase in a confident manner, with the 25-year-old Lewis and Gayle putting on 82 for the first wicket. Gayle was eventually dismissed in the 9th over with the team well within the required run rate when he was caught by wicketkeeper MS Dhoni off the bowling of left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav. The dismissal, however, did not slow down Lewis, who, in showing range and poise with his shots, treated the good crowd to 12 pulsating sixes and six fours. “It’s good to see the guys went out there and played with expression,” Brathwaite said. “Chris did not get off as well as he would have liked, but then Evin Lewis took over the mantle from him. “Lewis got an even hundred in Florida against India last year as well, and on scoring this hundred, you could see he wanted to take it directly to the end. Kudos to him. He has shown a lot of maturity over the last 12 months.” Kohli, in assessing his team’s defeat, pointed to dropped catches as well missed opportunities to make a total in excess of 200 runs. “I thought we were on course for 220-plus, but we fell about 30 runs short,” he said. “Then when we bowled, (but) well we did not take our chances in the field, so that cost us.” In winning the clash, the West Indies were able to salvage some pride, having lost the preceding one-day international series 3-1. Captain Carlos Brathwaite believes that guts and determination were keys to the West Indies defeating India by a commanding nine wickets in their one-off Twenty20 International clash at Sabina Park yesterday. Set a challenging 191 to win on a good batting pitch, the West Indies cruised to their target at 194 for one off 18.3 overs. Leading the victory charge was young Trinidad opener Evin Lewis, who, in slamming his second century, ended undefeated on 125. Experienced middle-order batsman Marlon Samuels and opener Chris Gayle chipped in with 36 not out and 18, respectively. “Everyone in the team fought hard,” said Brathwaite, while also referring to their bowling performance, which was led by fast bowlers Jerome Taylor and Keswick Williams, who claimed two wickets apiece. “It was a very good wicket to bat on and a very good score they posted, but we always believed that we could chase it down.”
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP): The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said yesterday that sprinter Nesta Carter will challenge his disqualification by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on November 15 with a verdict is expected weeks later. Carter tested positive last year for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine in reanalysis of a urine sample from the 2008 Beijing Games. He and Usain Bolt were teammates on the 4x100m relay team, which won in a world record of 37.10 seconds. Carter ran the opening leg, and Bolt took the baton third in a team that also included Michael Frater and Asafa Powell. The IOC’s disqualification of Carter and the relay team came in January, spoiling Bolt’s perfect Olympic record of three gold medals – in the 100, 200 and 4×100 – at three consecu-tive games from 2008-2016. Carter also teamed with Bolt on three straight world championship relay-winning teams, from 2011 through 2015. They were also teammates when Jamaica set another 4×100 world record in 2012 at the Olympics, running 36.84 seconds. Bolt said earlier this year that he was “not sad” about giving up the medal, though was “waiting to see if Nesta is going to appeal.” Carter’s legal team could ask Bolt to appear as a witness at the hearing, which is likely to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland – the home city of CAS and the IOC. Dozens of athletes tested positive for banned drugs in an IOC-ordered reanalysis program using new and more accurate tests on samples stored since the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. Most of more than 110 cases involved steroids and athletes from the former Soviet republics. Carter’s case was the only one involving Jamaica.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Discarded West Indies wicketkeeper, Denesh Ramdin, will lead his native Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the Professional Cricket League which bowls off next week. The Guardian newspaper here said the 32-year-old will replace all-rounder Marlon Richards who led the side for the last two rounds of the last first class season, after regular captain Kyle Hope became unavailable. Hope is currently away on West Indies duty for the two-Test tour of Zimbabwe. Ramdin, who led West Indies in 13 Tests between 2014-15, is vastly experienced and has led T&T in the past. A veteran of 74 Tests, Ramdin has also played 140 first class matches, and his presence is being viewed by selectors as a boost for a Red Force side short of experience. He represented West Indies in Tests up until last year January, before being axed months later ahead of India’s tour of the Caribbean. Red Force face a tough start to their first campaign when they take on perennial arch-rivals Barbados Pride at Kensington Oval, starting October 26. Last season, Red Force finished third as Guyana Jaguars claimed their third straight first class title.
Tomorrow’s Game – 3:30 p.m.: Cavalier vs Tivoli Gardens – Stadium East – 3:30 p.m.: F.C. Reno vs UWI FC – Frome Complex – 7 p.m.: Harbour View vs Waterhouse – Harbour View Stadium – 6:30 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Sandals South Coast FC – Montego Bay Sports Complex – 3:30 p.m.: Portmore United vs Humble Lion – Spanish Town Prison Oval Having recorded two firsts of Premier League life with their first goal and first point, Westmoreland-based Red Stripe Premier League debutantes Sandals South Coast will be going after yet another today – their first victory – when they play away to Montego Bay United. The Aaron Lawrence-coached Sandals South Coast team scored their first goal of the season in their opening game of the season and recorded their first point with an away draw with former champions Harbour View. The new boys added another point last week when they came from behind to draw at home with fellow-promoted team Cavalier. That point saw them inch their way off the bottom of the table and just above Montego Bay United, the team they meet today. Bottom of the table is not where many expected to see Montego Bay United, the most consistent team in the league for the last five years and the team that had replaced Reno FC as the pride of western Jamaica. This situation, according to coach Rod Underwood, is due largely to a change of philosophy and personnel. “We have changed the whole philosophy of the club. We have several newcomers, and we are giving them a chance. We are trying to rebuild, to gel, and the performances and the results will come,” explained Underwood. With that being the case, Underwood could not have asked for a better game at this time than one against the least experienced team in the league, and he is confident that his charges will get the job done. “It is an important game, and we expect everyone to deliver. It is a crucial game and the players are aware of this. “In terms of getting a positive result, I am always optimistic that it will happen. We always go into a match expecting to win. That is our plan,” added Underwood, whose team has been without the injured Dino Williams, their most outstanding player during their fruitful runs over the years; the loaned out Owayne Gordon; and the departed duo of Allan Ottey and Fabian McCarthy. Today’s games – 8:35p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Boys’ Town – Anthony Spaulding Complex WATERHOUSE LOOKING TO REBUILD At the Harbour View Stadium, the embattled Waterhouse will be seeking to rebuild their reputation, after being embarrassed 5-0 by Portmore United last week, when they play away to Harbour View, who were similarly on the losing end after going down 0-1 to Tivoli Gardens. Portmore United, after their heavy win last week, will be looking to add the scalp of Humble Lion to their collection. Humble Lion, last week, showed signs of improvement in their 1-1 home draw with Arnett Gardens. A similar performance is expected from them, especially with Andrew Vanzie looking to be getting back to his best. Vanzie, like coach Lenworth Hyde and the Wolfe brothers, would not want to lose to their former club. UWI FC, like Portmore United, have had a strong start to the season and but for goal difference, would be in the lead. Their success has been largely due to the goalscoring of Ryan Miller, who made the move from Cavalier in the off season. Miller’s five goals see him leading all scorers and is just one ahead of Reno’s Craig Foster. Both are expected to have their own private battle. Tivoli Gardens will be hoping to enjoy some momentum from their Monday night win over Harbour View when they play away to another team from the East, Cavalier FC. The Rudolph Speid-coached outfit are in seventh position, just one above Tivoli Gardens. Neither team can afford any further slippages.