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FIFA president mourns James’ passing

first_imgFIFA president Gianni Infantino has joined the local football fraternity and general public in mourning the tragic passing of St George’s College schoolboy footballer Dominic James.The Jamaica Football Federation’s South Central Confederation Chairman Michael Ricketts, while speaking at James’ memorial service on Saturday at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, relayed Infantino expression of condolences at the youngster’s death.”President Infantino, who, from as far away as Switzerland, was moved by the news and reality of Dominic’s passing,” the long-time JFF official outlined.He was speaking on behalf of JFF President Captain Horace Burrell, who was not well and unable to attend.”In memory of Dominic James,” read the FIFA boss’ letter.”Dear President Burrell, please accept my deepest condolences on hearing that Dominic James, a student and captain, has passed away at just 18. Dominic left us too soon and we here at FIFA are truly sorry to hear of his passing.”DEEPEST CONDOLENCES”On behalf of members of the international football community, I should be grateful if you could extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”We hope that in some way our words of support may help bring a little bit of peace in this time of sadness.President, FIFA.”Ricketts noted that the letter was received last week from FIFA.James, who was born on September 26, 1997, was an endearing Manchester United fan, and dedicated footballer from as early as his formative prep-school years.He attended Jamaica College (JC) and then left for St George’s last year, where he won his second FLOW Super Cup.Owing to him winning successive FLOW Super Cup titles, an MVP award will be named in James’ honour.He wanted to become a professional football player.James died after being rushed to hospital following his collapse during a Manning Cup match against Excelsior High on September 20 at the Stadium East field.Ricketts’ tribute also paid respect to Dominic’s parents David and Denese James, members of the extended James’ family and members of the St George’s College fraternity.James, who was also very successful academically and had attained impressive passes in his external examinations, was hailed as a model student.on Saturday. “How could we not celebrate positively, a life which achieved such enviable academic and sporting excellence.”last_img read more

Jazz try to slow Harden in Game 2 after Game 1 rout

first_imgLATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cruz positive F2 Logistics can pull off another PSL finals comeback View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames “There’s no answer. He’s seen it all,” D’Antoni said. “Now, he might play bad and that’s because he’s human. But there’s nothing that you can conceivably come up with that can stop one of the best offensive players ever.”Harden led the NBA in scoring in the regular season by averaging a career-high 30.4 points a game and ranks second behind LeBron James this postseason with 31 points a game.Houston’s Trevor Ariza, a player known for his defense, has the task of guarding Mitchell in this series. He was asked what he would try if he had to guard Harden. There was a long pause before Ariza let out a loud sigh and said with a laugh: “I’d figure out a way to slow him down.”But the veteran is happy to be playing with Harden and not against him.“I’m glad I don’t have that problem right now,” he said. “I wouldn’t tell them what I think. I would let them try to figure it out on their own.”ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC The top-seeded Rockets expect to see a different team than they did in Game 1 after the Jazz had only about 36 hours between the end of Game 6 against the Thunder and the start of this series.“I think a couple days’ rest will help them and we’ll get the best they’ve got,” D’Antoni said.The Jazz refused to use fatigue as an excuse for their poor performance in Game 1, but they did admit that they were feeling better about this game with a little bit of rest. Mitchell said having two days to break down film and work on their game plan has also been beneficial.Despite trailing by double digits for most of Sunday’s game, the Jazz don’t seemed daunted or discouraged entering Game 2.“A lot of people have been hitting me up saying: “Try to keep your head up. It’s only Game 1,’” Mitchell said. “And my head was never down. I don’t think any of our heads were ever down. It’s just one game out of a long series … I think being down 0-1 last series and seeing how we came back and responded definitely gives you a sense of more hope than if this would have been the opening round.”The Jazz will try and even the series without starting point guard Ricky Rubio, who sat out Game 1 and is out indefinitely with a strained left hamstring. The Rockets believe Rubio’s absence changed things for Mitchell. He scored a playoff-high 38 points in Game 6 to lead Utah to the win before scoring 21, which were his fewest of the postseason, on Sunday.“It makes Donovan handle the ball more than they would like,” Ariza said of Rubio’s injury. “He’s their dominant scorer at this point so when he has to handle the ball and get everybody involved in the game it kind of takes away from him scoring the ball all the time or being aggressive all the time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “He is a (heck) of a player so it’s going to be tough, but we feel like we can just try to make it a bit tough on him for the whole (time) he’s out there,” Utah’s Joe Ingles said.Harden made seven 3-pointers in Game 1, leaving the Jazz focused on limiting him from long range.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 crown“Just make him a driver,” rookie Donovan Mitchell said. “He loves getting back to that 3. They got comfortable in the first half and they went up 30. So just being able to make them uncomfortable and not let them dictate what we do on defense. Make sure we dictate what they do.”Coach Mike D’Antoni isn’t concerned about anything that the Jazz might throw at Harden on Wednesday and believes the only thing that can keep Harden from a big game is, well, Harden. Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) talks to guard James Harden during the second half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — No one on the Utah Jazz is using the word “stop” when referring to what they’ll try to do to James Harden in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals on Wednesday night after the Houston Rockets’ star scored 41 points in a Game 1 rout.They’re simply searching for ways to slow him down a bit after he’s averaged almost 36 points a game in five meetings this season.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more