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Aussies ‘favourites’ for Tri-Nations matchup against Windies – Simmons
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):Head coach Phil Simmons has downplayed West Indies’ chances in the Tri-Nations Series, starting tomorrow, but said it would be mistake to underestimate his side.West Indies are poised to clash with World champions Australia and powerful South Africa from June 3-26 in Guyana, St Kitts and Barbados.However, the hosts are ranked eighth in one-day internationals (ODI), 36 points behind table leaders Australia, with the Proteas 24 points ahead in third spot.”They are (number) one and three in the world for a reason, so we need to get up there, and that’s the reason we need to play these teams so we can see where we are, and especially if we beat them we know we’re somewhere close to them,” Simmons told reporters.”The number one team in the world has to be the favourites going into the tournament, but that’s the thing, I don’t think we were favourites in India at the T20 (World Cup), so you play the game as you see it.”West Indies open their campaign against South Africa tomorrow at the National Stadium in Guyana and follow up with a clash against the Australians on Sunday at the same venue.The Windies have not played an ODI at the venue in nearly four years, but have had mixed results there, winning four of eight contests.Simmons was, however, divided on whether the National Stadium would provide an advantage for his side.I don’t know about home advantage. It’s been a while since games have been played here, so I don’t know about home advantage,” he offered.”Usually, you get good wickets here, great outfield, good crowd, so it could be a little bit of home advantage, but we’ve got to make that in the start, so how we do determines which side the crowd gets on.”Usually, here, you can get big scores, chase down big scores, and that’s all it is. A good wicket is a wicket that everybody and can bat and bowl and get good scores for the people to watch.”The series is the first for the West Indies since winning the Twenty20 World Cup in India in April.
Football world mourns after fatal crash
NEW YORK, (AP): From Lionel Messi to Neymar, from Pele to FIFA, the world of sports expressed its sorrow following the crash of the plane carrying the Brazilian football team Chapecoense on Monday. The short-haul charter crashed in Medellin on its way to Colombia for the Copa Sudamericana final. At least 75 of the 81 people on board died, authorities said. “It’s impossible to believe this tragedy, impossible to believe what happened, impossible to believe that the plane crashed, impossible to believe that athletes, human beings were on this plane, impossible to believe that these people left their families. … Today the world cries, but heaven rejoices in receiving Champions.” – Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar on Instagram. “My deepest condolences go to all of the families, friends and supporters of the Associacao Chapecoense de Futebol squad. #FuerzaChape.” Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi on Facebook. “Brazilian football is in mourning. It is such a tragic loss. My sincere condolences to the families of the deceased. Rest in peace.” Brazilian legend Pele. “This is a very, very sad day for football. We are so sorry to hear about the airplane crash in Colombia, it is shocking and tragic news. At this difficult time our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends. FIFA would like to extend its most heartfelt condolences.” FIFA President Gianni Infantino on FIFA’s website.
Wilks: SDF doing its best with money it gets
Sports Development Foundation’s (SDF) general manager, Denzil Wilks, has revealed that the entity does not have enough money to fund all the nation’s various sporting associations, but it is doing its best with the allocation it gets.In 2014, the foundation had a budget of just under $160 million to work with, but this was increased to just under $217 million for 2015. Last year’s figure, however, saw a decrease on 2015’s allocation by $26 million and as a result, Wilks has said that he is unsure whether the budget for 2017 will be more, less or a similar figure to 2016.”It is a wholly inadequate budget, resulting in serious challenges for decision-making,” Wilks said.Sport Minister Olivia Grange said that she also finds the budget a challenge for both the ministry and the foundation to work with. “The SDF’s demands are great and, at times, we have to say no to some people,” she said.Officials of some associations have been seeking alternate means to fund their budgets.The Jamaica Amateur Gymnastics Association (JAGA) receives $107,000 per month from the SDF. Its president, Nicole Grant-Brown, said that this money goes towards paying officials and association debts.She said that because the money provided by the SDF is not enough, JAGA has had to partner with private clubs to make ends meet, as she describes it.”Some of our programmes for the primary and basic school meets are in collaboration with the Jamaica School of Gymnastics (JSG),” Grant-Brown added.SALES FROM ADVERTISINGShe said another way that JAGA will look to generate revenue is to partner with JSG to sell advertising space on billboards in the gym (which is still in its construction phase), to raise some of the funds needed.The Jamaica Rugby League Association (JRLA) receives $88,000 per month from the SDF. Its director, Romeo Monteith, said that given the level of funds needed to cover the cost of its affairs, fundraising efforts would not really go a far way in making up the shortfall.”Subvention (from the SDF) does everything for us locally,” Monteith said. “The simple fact is that when you look at what your major cost is, which is your international games, you’re looking at 20 tickets and hotels, so you’re looking at close to $1.5 million on average and there are very few fundraisers that can raise that money, to be honest.”The JRLA was formed in 2005, but started competing internationally four years later. Monteith said that the association has an international grant, which is used to cover the cost of the senior men’s team’s travels as it is the only team which plays internationally. To save money, the JRLA’s senior team travels once a year and while there are teams which are based abroad, a British-based Jamaican team famously beat Ireland 68-16 and drew 16-16 with Wales last year.
Rumble in the Jungle
– Maverley-Hughenden vs UWI Time: 3:30 p.m. Venue: Constant Spring Complex – Jamalco vs Waterhouse Time: 3:30 p.m. Venue: Wembley Centre of Excellence in Clarendon – Tivoli Gardens vs Portmore United Time: 3:30 p.m. Venue: Edward Seaga Complex – Arnett Gardens vs Humble Lion Time: 6 p.m. Venue: Anthony Spaulding Complex With this scenario in mind, a big ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ is expected, and spectators should brace for end-to-end stuff from the teams. Coach of Humble Lion, Donovan Duckie, says despite his team having beaten the Junglists twice already this season, he anticipates a tough encounter. “We asked the team to be consistent, as what we want to do is keep the momentum going. We know that the team has class and good support. We have been unbeaten in the last six games, so the aim is to go there and leave with a positive result,” Duckie told The Gleaner yesterday. “The guys have been working hard, and we know that it is always difficult to play Arnett in the Jungle. We beat them twice, but know they won’t play dead tomorrow (Wednesday),” he added. Meanwhile, Arnett’s veteran coach Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite says his team is ready to face the Lions inside the Jungle. “The team is in good stead and ready for a tough challenge against Humble Lion. We are finding the right chemistry, and confident for a win playing at home,” Waite said. Humble Lion will face Arnett Gardens in a highly anticipated clash in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at the Anthony Spaulding Complex in Trench Town, St Andrew, today, starting at 6 p.m. Humble Lion are currently in second position on 45 points in the 12-team RSPL, a point adrift of leaders the University of the West Indies (UWI), who are on 46, while Arnett Gardens are in sixth position on 35 points. With the top six qualifying for the championship battle at the completion of the third and final preliminary round, both teams will be looking for maximum points. However, Humble Lion are in an automatic semi-final qualification position and will seek full points in order to step closer to a last-four play-off spot. Teams MP W D L GF GA GD Pts UWI 24 14 4 6 33 22 11 46 Humble Lion 24 13 6 5 30 15 15 45 MBU 23 13 6 27 17 10 43 Tivoli 23 13 3 7 33 19 14 42 Portmore 24 11 8 5 25 20 5 41 Arnett 24 10 5 9 32 30 2 35 Reno 24 7 7 0 20 24 -4 28 H. View 24 7 6 11 21 30 -9 27 Waterhouse 24 6 5 12 19 23 -4 24 Mav.-Hugh. 24 4 11 9 20 6 -6 23 Jamalco 24 7 2 15 22 33 -11 23 Boys’ Town 24 5 4 15 22 45 -23 19 TOUGH ENCOUNTER Today’s games – Reno FC vs Harbour View Time: 3:30 p.m. Venue: STETHS Complex Tomorrow’s game RSPL standings
TNT sticking with Rice
Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer has also made an import change by signing up Terik Bridgeman in place of Wendell McKines.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES All eyes will be on Glen Rice Jr. in tonight’s match—and all future TNT games. —Sherwin VardeleonANTIPOLO—Nash Racela, with genuine amazement, was asking why scribes were badgering him on whether or not Glen Rice Jr. is here to stay as TNT KaTropa import.With Michael Craig still watching from behind the bench in the last three games, the jury is still out on the son and namesake of the former NBA All-Star.ADVERTISEMENT Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu “Let’s say that he’s day to day,” Racela said when someone asked who he will play against GlobalPort on Friday at Ynares Center here, where the elimination round of the PBA Governors’ Cup enters its second half. “Let’s just put it that way.”Rice has shown the ability to score, as witnessed Wednesday night when he dropped 31 on Blackwater that went with seven steals. But from among the imports of powerhouse teams, the former Washington Wizard in the NBA is built differently and plays unlike the others.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’And the fact that Craig is still here opens Racela up for that sort of questioning.“Slowly, he is getting a feel of the league,” Racela said of his import, who likes to play the perimeter more and is considered small compared to the others because of his lean frame. “He now understands the calls (of the referees) and the physical plays (on him). “He knows that the local players will be after him (being the import) and at least tonight, he was in control of himself emotionally,” Racela went on. “And as long as he continues to understand that, I think we will be OK.”The Texters will put a two-game winning streak on the line against Terrence Romeo and GlobalPort at 7 p.m. as sides need to string up wins in a hurry to get to the upper half of the standings. Berths in the top four carrying a distinct advantage in the first round of the playoffs.GlobalPort has that sort of bruiser for an import in Murphy Halloway, who churns out double-double numbers with impunity which could help the Batang Pier in their playoff drive.Right now, both the Texters and the Batang Pier are not there even as KIA Picanto and Blackwater slug it out in the 4:15 p.m. contest.In related developments, Blackwater and Barangay Ginebra came to terms on a trade that sent injured sophomore Art dela Cruz and Raymond Aguilar to the Gin Kings in exchange for Chris Ellis and Dave Marcelo.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal MOST READ Reyes wants expanded Gilas cadets pool View comments
Mirotic, Portis lead way, Bulls blow out Celtics
Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic (44) and Bobby Portis celebrate the team’s lead late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis are starting to draw attention for their play together instead of their fight with each other.Mirotic scored 24 points, Portis added a career-high 23 and the Chicago Bulls blew out Boston 108-85 on Monday night with Celtics star Kyrie Irving sidelined because of a bruised left quadriceps.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It feels like it’s March, but it it’s not,” said Mirotic, who has averaged 16.5 points in March during his career — more than in any other month.TIP-INSCeltics: Stevens said he doesn’t expect Irving to be out long, though he added: “Who knows with muscular injuries.” … Stevens also said doctors will re-evaluate F Marcus Morris’ ailing left knee on Tuesday. Morris sat out for the second straight night and the third time in four games. He also missed the first eight games of the season. … Horford had five assists. … Boston’s 85 points were a season low.Bulls: Markkanen participated in the morning shootaround and got treatment afterward. But coach Fred Hoiberg said the prized rookie’s back continued to tighten. … Kris Dunn had 12 points, his career-high fifth straight game in double digits. … David Nwaba had 13 points and six rebounds.UP NEXTCeltics: Host Denver on Wednesday.Bulls: Host Utah on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But the two have played well together the past two games.“We need to give the credit to (coach Fred Hoiberg),” Mirotic said. “Fred is the one who is making us play. He’s the guy who is calling the plays for us and putting us in the right spots to play.”As for the fight?READ: Bulls’ Mirotic opts not to have surgery for facial fractures“Man, that situation’s over,” Portis said. “Everybody’s talking about that. But that doesn’t matter anymore. We’re just trying to win games.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Matt Barnes retires from NBA at 37, saying he did it his way Mirotic made his first start of the season with leading scorer Lauri Markkanen sidelined because of back spasms and shot 9 of 14 with eight rebounds. Through three games, the 6-foot-10 forward is averaging 16.3 points.Portis shot 10 of 15 and nailed all three 3-pointers.READ: Bulls exercise options on Portis, 4 other players Al Horford scored 15 for Boston (23-6). Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier added 13 points apiece in the Celtics’ most lopsided loss of the season.“Sometimes you get your butt kicked. It was simple as that,” coach Brad Stevens said. “Chicago dictated the whole game. They played harder than we did. They played with more presence than we did. They played more competitive than we did. They played with more authority than we did. You’re not going to win many games when you play like that.”PULLING AWAYBoston got within 12 in the fourth quarter before Portis hit a 20-footer and Mirotic made a 3 to make it 90-73 with just under eight minutes left. The Bulls remained in control the rest of the way.Mirotic came through with 16 points as Chicago grabbed a 56-42 halftime lead. Portis scored 15 in the first half.The Bulls wiped out a four-point deficit and led 52-34 after a 24-2 run in the second quarter. Portis scored 10 during that stretch, nailing two 3s, and Mirotic finished it with a short hook.QUOTABLE It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 Owners of the NBA’s worst record, the Bulls (6-20) built an 18-point lead in the second quarter against the Eastern Conference leaders. And when Boston cut it to 12 in the fourth, the Bulls simply pulled away for their third straight win.Leading the way were two players who made headlines for all the wrong reasons before the season started.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseREAD: Bulls’ Niko Mirotic accepts Portis apology over fight Their fight at practice left Mirotic with facial fractures, causing him to miss the first 23 games. Portis served an eight-game suspension. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set
PBA Season 43 Preview: Alaska looking to regain ferocity, toughness
LATEST STORIES Last season was one of Alaska‘s worst in the franchise’s rich PBA history.After frequent trips to the finals, the Aces were either sent to an early exit or missed the playoffs completely in the 2017 season.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 folkBut that was before as Alaska head coach Alex Compton sees a bright season ahead for his team.“I actually see how our team can be really good. You see potential and you see how things could work,” Compton said. “Now it’s our job to get there as a team. I need to show and lead and they need to follow. But what I see of where we can go, I’m actually excited.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The other is the new pieces the Aces added in the offseason in Jeron Teng, Davon Potts and Ronald Pascual.Teng was the fifth overall pick while Potts fell into the second round in the 2017 Draft. Pascual, on the other hand, is making a comeback after a long absence.“He is coming back and I’m proud of him. He had to fight through some things and he’s doing the work,” said Compton said of Pascual, who was out of the PBA circuit since being released by the Blackwater Elite in November 2016 before the start of the 2016-2017 season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Alaska, which was ousted by Barangay Ginebra despite owning a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals of the Philippine Cup as the second seed, went just 7-15 in the last two conferences combined and at one grueling stretch dropped 14 straight games, a franchise-worst.After experiencing their lowest of lows, the Aces have nowhere to go but up. Compton knows improvement must come within and he thinks his squad has regained its identity as a fearsome defensive team.“The biggest thing is how we play. For two years, I’ve felt like we set ourselves apart with our ferocity and toughness. We’re really fighters. Last year, we just went through a funk and it was really difficult,” he said.“And this year, we’re trying to build that back. If we can have that toughness, that ferocity, and with better execution, by being a little smarter and better at making decisions, and then, the part that excites me is I think we have it in us.”Compton said having a relatively healthy team compared to last year is one of the reasons why he believes Alaska is going to be back to its old self.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone PBA Season 43 Preview: Rain or Shine eyes semis breakthrough Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Head Coach: Alex ComptonKey Players: Calvin Abueva, Sonny Thoss, JVee CasioKey Additions: Jeron Teng, Davon PottsKey Losses: Dondon Hontiveros, Tony dela CruzADVERTISEMENT
Change of atmosphere could do wonders for Lady Warriors
UE Lady Warriors. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East was picture of disarray during the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament after winning just of the 14 games it played.After a few tinkering in the offseason, however, two prominent figures in the Lady Warriors’ locker room believe their improved chemistry will ultimately change their fortunes.ADVERTISEMENT And that change in disposition became key to the team’s improved structure as former captain Shaya Adorador said.“The skills are already there and what we are focused right now is improving how we move as a team on the court,” said Adorador in Filipino. “We’re focusing on how we will gel better once we go in the floor.”UE was the second-worst spiking team in Season 79 posting a success rate of just 23.27 percent and that was partly due to the team’s terrible 7.47 excellent set average per period.ADVERTISEMENT Team captain Roselle Baliton said even head coach Francis Vicente has created a different atmosphere within the team, switching from a strict disciplinarian to an almost laid-back chap.“Coach Francis even jokes with us right now,” said Baliton in Filipino. “He’s not that strict anymore and he’s beginning to give this light presence with the team. The bonding’s better.”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 folkVicente had always displayed a no-questions-asked demeanor with his team, be it with the national squad or with the girls’ volleyball team of University of Santo Tomas when he was still head coach.That, however, apparently toned down as the team prepares to make surprises in Season 80. View comments Woods brings back big crowds, big cheers with a 72 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Wizards All-Star guard John Wall to have left knee surgery
MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak 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 Pistons land Griffin from Clippers as LA sheds another star Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It’s definitely not an easy day,” Brooks said at his pregame session with the media. “Over the last week, we saw he was dragging a little bit. … Decided going forward that it would be best for him to get a little cleanout.”Wall is second on the Wizards in scoring, averaging 19.4 points, and is second in the league with 9.3 assists per game. In July, he agreed to a $170 million, four-year contract extension that starts next season.He was selected last week for his fifth NBA All-Star game but now is expected to miss that event in Los Angeles next month.The Wizards entered Tuesday tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 27-22 record.“We don’t have the cushion that John can take over a game,” Brooks said, “or John can create a shot (for himself) or … for the other guys.”ADVERTISEMENT Now they’ll have to try to go what could be a long stretch without their on-court leader.“By the time he comes back, we’ll be in the playoff push,” forward Markieff Morris said, “or just getting ready for the playoffs.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Washington went into Tuesday 6-6 without Wall this season.The timing of the surgery gives Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld a chance to find a new point guard before the NBA trading deadline, which is Feb. 8.Brooks said he didn’t think Wall’s injury will substantially alter the team’s approach to the deadline.“This is a minor setback. And he will be back — I don’t know when,” Brooks said. “We’re not going to change things up just ’cause of this.”Reserves Satoransky and Tim Frazier figure to get additional playing time.“We cannot panic about it,” Satoransky said about losing Wall.“John is the main guy, so it’s always tough to cover your main guy when he goes down,” said Satoransky, who is averaging five points and 2.6 assists. “It’s very challenging.”Wall sat out Washington’s most recent game, at Atlanta on Saturday, because of a recurrence of soreness and swelling in his left knee. Earlier issues led him to sit out nine games in November and December, and attempts to help him included draining the knee and getting platelet-rich plasma injections.“It just kept becoming a problem,” Brooks said.Led by its backcourt of Wall and Bradley Beal, a first-time All-Star pick this season, Washington reached the Eastern Conference semifinals each of the past two years before being eliminated from the playoffs. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson A person with direct knowledge of the injury said Wall could miss six to eight weeks. That person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not release any estimate of the length of Wall’s absence. Washington’s last regular-season game is April 11.“It just proves that he wasn’t the John that we know,” backup guard Tomas Satoransky said. “His knee was bothering him all season long.”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 folkThis is the latest knee problem for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft out of Kentucky. Wall had surgery on both of his knees before last season.Coach Scott Brooks delivered Tuesday’s news to other players at a shootaround ahead of Washington’s night game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) moves past Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, right, to shoot during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)WASHINGTON — Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Wednesday and could miss much of the rest of the regular season.The Wizards announced Tuesday that Wall would have the operation in Cleveland and that a timeline for his return would be determined afterward.ADVERTISEMENT View comments