The 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) resumes today with four mid-week games.Leaders Portmore United will look to keep ahead of their rivals by getting past Cavalier in the their 5 p.m. clash at the Stadium east field.The St Catherine-based club lead the way with 31 points. They should get the better of a struggling Cavalier team, which finds itself in the relegation zone on 14 points.Cavalier, who lost 1-0 to Rivoli on Sunday, could surprise the leaders as they have reserved their best displays for the top teams this season.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC):Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul has called time on his illustrious international career, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced late yesterday.In a release, the WICB said the 41-year-old Guyanese had given notification via email that he was no longer available for selection.Chanderpaul played a record 164 Tests, amassing 11,867 runs at an average of 51. He is second on the all-time West Indies list of run-scorers to Brian Lara who scored 11 953 runs.He also played 268 one-day internationals and 22 Twenty20 internationals.Chanderpaul was axed last May by West Indies selectors following a run of low scores but said at the time he was focused on regaining his place in the side.He represented Guyana Jaguars in the ongoing Regional Super50 in Trinidad and Tobago.
P W D L GF GA GD Pts1. Leicester 32 20 9 3 55 31 24 692. Tottenham 32 17 11 4 57 25 32 623. Arsenal 31 17 7 7 52 30 22 584. Man City 31 16 6 9 56 32 24 545. Man Utd 31 15 8 8 39 27 12 536. West Ham 31 13 12 6 49 37 12 517. S’hampton 32 13 8 11 41 33 8 478. Stoke City 32 13 8 11 36 39 -3 479. Liverpool 30 12 9 9 46 41 5 4510. Chelsea 31 11 11 9 49 41 8 44 P W D L GF GA GD Pts11. W’ Brom 31 10 10 11 30 37 -7 4012. Everton 30 9 11 10 51 42 9 3813. B’mouth 32 10 8 14 38 54 -16 3814. Watford 31 10 7 14 30 36 -6 3715. Swansea 32 9 10 13 33 42 -9 3716. Crystal P 31 9 7 15 34 42 -8 3417. Norwich 32 8 7 17 35 56 -21 3118. S’land 31 6 9 16 36 55 -19 2719. N’castle 31 6 7 18 31 58 -27 2520. A’ Villa 32 3 7 22 22 62 -40 16
CARDIFF, Wales (AP):A former English Premier League player was found not guilty of rape yesterday following a retrial, ending a five-year case.Ched Evans, a Wales international who has played for Manchester City and Sheffield United, wept and hugged his fiancee after the verdict was given at Cardiff Crown Court.The 27-year-old Evans admitted to having sex with a teenager in a hotel in north Wales in May 2011 but always insisted it was consensual. He was convicted of rape in April 2012 and released from prison after serving half of his five-year sentence.The rape conviction was overturned in April following an appeal.A jury of seven women and five men found Evans not guilty following three hours of deliberations after the eight-day trial.Evans and his partner stood outside court with supporters as his solicitor read a statement on behalf of Evans.”That incident did not involve the commission of a criminal offence,” the statement said, “and today, I am overwhelmed with relief that the jury agreed.”Thanks go, too, to my friends and family,” it added, “most notably my fiancee, Natasha, who chose, perhaps incredibly, to support me in my darkest hour. Whilst my innocence has now been established, I wish to make it clear that I wholeheartedly apologise to anyone who might have been affected by the events of the night in question.”Evans plays for third-tier club Chesterfield, who signed him in June despite a public outcry when he attempted to return to professional football with other clubs while his appeal was being heard.
DHAKA, Bangladesh, (CMC): All-rounder Darren Sammy’s cameo failed to save Rajshahi Kings as they slumped to heart-breaking three-run defeat to Khulna Titans in the Bangladesh Premier League here yesterday. Chasing 134 for victory at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Kings came up short on 130 all out off their 20 overs, to lose their opening game of the tournament. The right-handed Sammy, who is leading the Kings this season, slammed an unbeaten 31 off 23 deliveries but it was not enough to get his side over the line. His three sixes came down the stretch and kept Kings in the hunt but he perished at the start of the 18th over, bowled by seamer Shafiul Islam. They needed seven runs off the last over but lost three wickets to see their challenge fizzle. Sammy was one of just three players in double figures with opener Mominul Haque stroking a top score of 64 off 57 deliveries. Opting to bat first earlier, Titans reached 133 for eight off their 20 overs, with West Indies Twenty20 batsman Nicholas Pooran getting only 14. Captain Mahmudullah and Riki Wessels both top-scored with 32. In the other game at the venue, former Barbados and West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith failed with 10 as his Chittagong Vikings went down to Rangpur Riders by nine wickets.
Jamaican winger Leon Bailey came on as a second half substitute on his debut for Bayer Leverkusen during their 1-0 defeat to Hamburg in the German Bundesliga today. The 19-year-old Bailey entered the field in the 82nd minute when he replaced follow winger Admir Mehmedi. Bailey signed a five-year deal with Bayer Leverkusen from Belgian side Genk for 11.5 million pounds last week. The 19-year-old impressed during his time at the Belgian Club scoring 15 goals and providing 21 assists in 77 league games. He also slammed in seven goals and three assists in 12 European outings for Genk. Hamburg’s goal was scored by Kyriakos Papadopoulos in the 76th minute.
Chris Paul smiles during news conference to introduce him as the newest member of the Houston Rockets Friday, July 14, 2017, in Houston. The nine-time All-Star was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers late last month. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — Chris Paul didn’t talk about his legacy, and never uttered the word “championship” on Friday when he was officially introduced as the newest member of the Houston Rockets.Still, Paul’s motivation for opting into the last year of his contract so the Los Angeles Clippers could orchestrate his trade to Houston was clear. He and the Rockets believe that adding him to a team headlined by James Harden gives both parties a much better shot to chase a title.ADVERTISEMENT Undrafted Dylan Ennis drops 35 for Warriors in Vegas IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Paul had not one, but two comical responses to those worried about how they’ll share the ball. The first one came unprompted when he was asked what he and Harden have talked about since he joined the team.“There was a basketball in the room and we was fighting over it,” he said before cracking up.Later, he was specifically asked how he thinks the pairing will work out.“It’s definitely going to be an adjustment,” he said. “But I’m excited about it. I’m truly excited about it.”Then, after a short pause, he turned to D’Antoni and said: “That’s coach’s problem.”In a room that contained not only his wife and two children, but also numerous members of his extended family and several friends, he talked about how he has already been embraced by the team and said that he’s been with Trevor Ariza and Bobby Brown every day.And then he finally put aside the jokes and got down to the meat of his conversations with Harden.“We talked about the ultimate goal and that’s winning. Neither one of us have had the opportunity to do that,” Paul said. “We talked about how good that would feel, and that’s probably what I’m most excited about is to be on this journey with somebody else that wants it as bad as I do.” End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ “It’s not just about me coming here to help him,” Paul said. “He’s going to help me. We’re going to help each other, and we’re going to help this team hopefully get to where we want to be at.”READ: NBA: Paul believes blockbuster trade will benefit both Rockets, ClippersFEATURED 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’The Rockets haven’t won a championship since winning back-to-back titles in 1994-95, and knew they had to add another superstar to this team which was ousted by the Spurs in the second round last season to have any chance to get another one.“This is a moment that our whole organization has been working toward to get ourselves back to a championship,” general manager Daryl Morey said. “We really do think this is a historic pairing with Chris Paul and James Harden and the great players we have around them … that really gives us an unbelievable chance at getting back and getting our third championship.” Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission “I’m ultra-competitive,” he said. “There’s no reason in playing unless you’re playing to win … we have one goal here and it’s to win.”READ: NBA: Clippers stars Griffin, Paul opt for free agencyHouston coach Mike D’Antoni looked absolutely giddy, smiling broadly almost the entire time he sat next to Paul as the nine-time All-Star discussed joining the team.“You hate to play against him,” D’Antoni said. “But I’ve been on his side and I’ve been against him and it’s much better to be on his side. He brings a special type of competitiveness. He’ll be on my butt, too. We’ll all get better with him.”Paul, who said he once thought he’d never leave Los Angeles, feels rejuvenated since the trade and expressed his excitement at not only playing for the Rockets, but also all the work that he’ll have to put in before a game is ever played.READ: Ex-NBA exec denies having hand in botched 2011 Chris Paul trade“I haven’t been this excited about basketball in a while to tell you the truth,” Paul said.He’s been one of the top point guards in the NBA over the last decade, averaging 18.7 points, 9.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals over his career. His role could evolve a bit in Houston after Harden took over as the team’s point guard with great success in D’Antoni’s first year with the Rockets last season.How these two point guards will work together next season has been a major point of discussion since Paul was acquired for seven players, including Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams.READ: NBA: Thumb surgery to sideline Chris Paul six to eight weeks OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Not only has Paul never won a title in his 12-year career, he’s been widely criticized for his inability to advance past the second round of the playoffs. In the past when that fact was brought up, it would invariably elicit a prickly response from Paul.READ: NBA: Paul goes from Clippers to Rockets in blockbuster dealThat wasn’t the case on Friday when Paul smiled and joked throughout a news conference that preceded a party where thousands of fans including “Modern Family” star Rico Rodriguez welcomed him to the team.“Really? I didn’t know,” he deadpanned when his playoff shortcomings were broached by a reporter.Then he got serious.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade View comments
Ceres delivers magical win 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ BIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines took an emphatic opening game win in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship on Wednesday, and the talismanic Alyssa Valdez hopes the Filipinos could build on that confidence-booster in the coming days.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Substitutes Kianna Dy and Gen Casugod were visibly nervous during their brief time on the floor with the two unable to put on points and instead produced errors late in the match.Reyes was pleased with how her team performed but she knows they can perform better in the coming days.“We’re happy with how we played,” said Reyes. “We just need to up our confidence and increase our intensity in the next games.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings “We’re really getting our confidence and we’re hoping we can bring this confidence to future games,” said Valdez at Alonte Sports Arena.“And of course this is also in preparation for the Southeast Asian Games,” she added.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’Valdez was a picture of confidence in the Philippines’ first game with her game-high 14 points on 13 of 21 spikes.The opening win over Hong Kong, she said, was just a part of the process they’re looking to complete in the tournament. Teen gunned down in Masbate The Philippines’ 1-0 card puts the team at an early position atop Pool A and another win will see it strut to the quarterfinals.“We have a bigger goal, and the whole team’s mind-set is to achieve that bigger goal of advancing,” said Valdez. “This game was really for our country. We really wanted to show everyone that we’ve prepared hard for this tournament while we were in Japan and now that we’re here, we’re also preparing for the SEA Games.”Meanwhile, skipper Mika Reyes admitted the Philippines could have gotten off to a better start against Hong Kong.“There’s still the first-game jitters and I’ve always said that our camp wasn’t that long; it was just two or three weeks,” said Reyes in Filipino after scoring six points in the win. “But we still applied the patterns and the lessons we’ve learned during our Japan training camp.”The Philippines went to Japan in preparation for the AVC tournament and the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement00:50Trending Articles01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:40Filipinos 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’ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees LAS VEGAS — Just 20 months ago, a former plumber from Dublin fought a fearsome superstar who hadn’t lost in a decade. Conor McGregor talked his way into a big-money showdown, but he had to back up his boasts against Jose Aldo, one of the greatest fighters in his sport.McGregor finished the UFC featherweight champion in 13 seconds with one devastating left hand.ADVERTISEMENT What’s in store for your animal sign this year National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal LATEST STORIES These things could all unsettle Mayweather, who typically doesn’t face trouble unless he takes a voluntary risk by moving into dangerous areas to throw combinations, or getting angry and brawling a bit.And therein is another potential route for McGregor. Call it the Aldo Strategy: If he can get Mayweather feeling both confident and angry, there’s a chance Mayweather will let down his defense enough to attempt to finish McGregor in brute style — and maybe McGregor will have an opening.Mayweather hasn’t seemed interested in McGregor’s typical trash talk during the buildup to the fight, but perhaps he could waver the champion’s focus with the wrong word, an errant elbow or a rabbit punch behind the head — enough to draw a warning, but not lose a point.McGregor amplified his boasts this week, calling Mayweather “a broken man” and vowing to finish him within two rounds. Nobody knows whether McGregor actually believes his bluster, but the Irishman has defiantly vowed he will win.It’s not probable. But with McGregor, anything is possible. MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Floyd Mayweather presents an entirely different challenge when McGregor steps in the Vegas ring Saturday night. In his professional boxing debut, McGregor must figure out how to beat Mayweather at his own game — something the best boxers in the world have never done.McGregor is a massive underdog, and deservedly so. But stop pretending the improbable doesn’t happen in combat sports, particularly when the self-proclaimed Mystic Mac is involved.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’To declare McGregor can’t possibly win this fight displays more arrogance than, say, spending every night at a strip club the week beforehand, as Mayweather is currently doing.Of course the hard-hitting Irishman has a chance — and there are several tactics he could employ to pull the biggest upset in boxing history. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The people who don’t believe it don’t know anything about fighting,” said UFC President Dana White, who admittedly has a slight bias here. “This isn’t going to be a boxing match. This is going to be a fight.”It’s also a fight between a 29-year-old southpaw in his prime and a 40 1/2-year-old veteran who hasn’t fought in nearly two years and doesn’t particularly want to be here, as he acknowledged repeatedly Wednesday. Mayweather isn’t the fighter he once was, and his competitive fire is dwarfed by his need for the mammoth paycheck from this endeavor.Conor McGregor speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. AP PhotoBut how does an MMA fighter with no competitive boxing experience since childhood take on a 21-year pro veteran with world championships in five divisions and arguably the most brilliant defensive skills in the history of the sport?He gets in Mayweather’s face, both before and during the fight.He charges forward from the opening bell and forces Mayweather to think defensively all night.ADVERTISEMENT Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu He throws hundreds of punches from every angle with the goal of setting up the vicious left hand that has turned out the lights on MMA opponents.And if none of that is successful, McGregor could bend the Marquess of Queensberry rules to their breaking point in hopes of goading Mayweather into a brawl.None of it is guaranteed to work. But it’s definitely worth a shot.Looking back at Mayweather’s history is a daunting task, given his 49-0 record, but it contains clues for tactics that could magnify McGregor’s chances.For instance, McGregor could amplify the strategy used by Marcos Maidana and Jose Luis Castillo. Both boxers pressed Mayweather constantly, using roughhouse tactics on the border of legality, and bombarded Mayweather with punches, many from unorthodox angles.Mayweather won both fights, but definitely looked uncomfortable for long stretches. McGregor doesn’t have the hand speed of those professional boxers, but he should strive to emulate their urgency.He should also attempt to show Mayweather things he’s never seen before in the ring, and his decision not to hire a boxing trainer for the bout might actually help in that regard. The UFC star should switch stances and try just about any punch, including the looping overhand shots rarely seen in high-level boxing matches because they’re easily countered, but common in MMA bouts because of the distance they create from the opponent.If McGregor gets hit, so be it. Every punch absorbed is the price for a chance to reply.McGregor believes Mayweather made a mistake by agreeing to fight in 8-ounce gloves instead of the typical 10-ounce pillows, but he shouldn’t rely solely on the unicorn one-punch knockout. While McGregor has definite power, only the biggest Mac homer would think it’s something Mayweather hasn’t seen from boxers — and Mayweather has shown a solid chin and excellent recovery skills on the few occasions he has been hit.Instead, the key is to use that energy to get in a good position to unload the left hand or a combination through Mayweather’s shifty defense. McGregor could repeatedly tie up Mayweather and attempt to land shots in the clinch. 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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 Argentina, Uruguay collide in South America qualifiers Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies “When they have guys that are prepared to sacrifice for their teammates and put their team above the individual… I think that attracts all the NBA teams to look to those characteristics,” said Andrew Gaze, one of the first Australians to play in the US college system.“It is great for our national team and it provides tremendous inspiration for the youngsters coming through, who know that if you play basketball in Australia, there is clearly a pathway you can end up as an NBA player.”The 1990s were a golden era for Australian basketball, with a handful of trailblazers, including Gaze (Washington Bullets and San Antonio Spurs), Bradtke (Philadelphia 76ers) and Luc Longley, who won three championships with the Chicago Bulls alongside Michael Jordan, playing in the NBA.The Boomers reached the Atlanta Olympic semi-finals in 1996 before losing a memorable encounter to the USA “Dream Team” and took fourth-place at Sydney four years later.Standards during this period were also bolstered by US talent looking for game time elsewhere, said Marty Clarke, associate head coach with Saint Mary’s College in California, where Australians Mills and Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Matthew Dellavedova graduated.Strong at the grassroots“Partly because of the influence of the USA, with import players going overseas and the coaches going to coach elsewhere, the distance between the USA and the rest of the world certainly shrunk,” said Clarke, also a former Boomers assistant coach.While Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) struggled after the turn of the century as attendances dwindled, grassroots participation remained strong, producing a new generation of talent.“Whereas people (once) played another sport and made a transition to basketball, these kids have been around these big stadiums since they were babies,” Clarke added.Exum, Simmons, and Jonah Bolden, who was recently drafted to the Philadelphia 76ers, are all sons of former NBL imports. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ A record eight Aussies (excluding Maker who was listed as South Sudanese) were listed on NBA rosters at the start of last season and hundreds of young men and women are now competing in the US college system, with many progressing to professional careers internationally.While no basketball nation can match the athleticism of the US, coaches say Australians have earned a reputation for selflessness and being team players.“I know that when we take kids to tours in America, the main thing that we struggle with is defending those super-athletic kids.“But then down the other end (Americans) struggle to defend our structure and our skill, and our decision-making,” said Melbourne Tigers coaching director Nick Abdicevic.Australia’s golden eraADVERTISEMENT Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles (FILES) This file picture taken on August 21, 2016 shows Australia’s Matthew Dellavedova (2nd L) going to the basket during their men’s bronze medal basketball game against Spain during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. AFP PHOTO / Andrej ISAKOVIC / TO GO WITH Basket-AUS-USA-NBA, FOCUS by Daniel DE CARTERETIf you ask Australian youngsters who their favorite basketball player is, US superstars such as LeBron James or Kevin Durant are likely responses, with the mere mention of the NBA creating a buzz.But home-grown talent Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers), Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs), Dante Exum (Utah Jazz) and South Sudanese refugee Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks) have swelled Aussie numbers in the world’s top league and heightened the hopes of young Australians playing the game.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal The elite training program in Australia’s capital Canberra can take much of the credit for producing the country’s top talent.“We have got this hidden gem sitting in Canberra,” said Basketball Australia chief Anthony Moore.The academy has been lauded for producing an NBA talent pool whose numbers compare with some of the top US colleges.Recognizing this, the NBA in June teamed up with Basketball Australia to launch the NBA Global Academy there.“(Australian players in the NBA) have all had a touch point at some part with the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) basketball program, so that holds us all in really good stead, and that certainly has drawn the NBA to us,” Moore added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu “It definitely gives you something to aim for, knowing that they have started where you started and they made it all the way to the top,” Austin Bradtke told AFP after a narrow win at a recent basketball carnival in suburban Melbourne.“Experiencing American basketball, and also the crowds and stuff, it looks really enticing for a young player, that is where I am keen to go,” added the 17-year-old, whose father Mark was among the earliest Australians to play in the NBA.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’Once a far-flung dream for young hopefuls, technology is giving scouts greater access to international talent, while an elite junior program is putting promising Australians at the forefront of the game, with courts Down Under proving fertile ground for US recruiters.Australia’s national side “the Boomers” were earlier this month crowned FIBA Asia Cup champions despite fielding a second-string side because their top international stars were unavailable. LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles View comments