ISLAMABAD (AP) — Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed replaced Shahid Afridi as captain of Pakistan’s Twenty20 team yesterday after the national team made an early exit from the World Twenty20. Afridi quit as captain after Pakistan lost three of their four group matches at the World Twenty20 tournament in India but said he wanted to continue playing the shortest format of international cricket. “I spoke to Sarfraz this morning and conveyed to him that he was our natural choice for this position,” PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said in a statement. “His appointment is open-ended. I wish him good luck in his new role.” Ahmed, 28, played in all the four World Twenty20 matches but batted lower down the order throughout the tournament despite having a good strike rate of 120.24 in 21 Twenty20 Internationals. Ahmed led Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan’s first professional domestic Twenty20 league in February before losing to the Misbah-ul-Haq-led Islamabad United in the final. Ahmed made his international debut in 2007, a year after he led Pakistan to win the Under-19 World Cup. He has scored 1,077 runs in 58 ODIs and 1,296 runs in 21 Test matches at an impressive average of 46.28. Last year he was made Pakistan’s vice-captain for both T20 and ODI teams. Ahmed said it was a big achievement for him to lead Pakistan in the shortest format. “It’s an honour for me that I’ve been made the captain. I was looking at various things since I was made the vice-captain and have noted it down,” Ahmed told reporters in his hometown Karachi.
DOHA, Qatar: Hansle Parchment believes the track and field world could be in for something special at Jamaica’s Olympics trials next month, as he expects fierce competition in the men’s 110m hurdles. The 24-year-old, who won bronze in the event at the 2012 Olympics followed by silver at the World Championships last year, is expecting fierce competition from the likes of Omar McLeod and Andrew Riley. McLeod burst on to the scene last year with some impressive times, before finishing sixth at the World Championships. The 21-year-old McLeod has gotten off to an even faster start this year, winning the World Indoor title followed by a new personal best clocking of 9.99 in the 100m. Fans will not have to wait long to see McLeod and Parchment match strides, as both men are scheduled to face the starter in tomorrow’s opening meet of the 2016 IAAF Diamond League series in Doha, Qatar. But it is next month’s clash that Parchment is really looking forward to, that’s the one which really matters. “Trials coming up is a stepping stone going forward into the Olympics and I am definitely looking forward to the competition,” Parchment said. “As we know we have some good guys coming up; Omar (McLeod) is there and (Andrew) Riley, just to name a few. “So it should be very interesting competition in Jamaica. I hope that we can turn a few heads when we compete at the trials.” Parchment is hoping with the emergence of such top level competition in Jamaica, hurdles will captivate the attention of local track and field fans and get the respect it deserves. “I have always said that hurdling is one of the better events, but just like some of the field events there is not so much attention given to it,” Parchment said. “People don’t really know who is hurdling, who is throwing or who is jumping most of the times, so we want to compete in such a way that people can see what’s happening in the hurdles. We want to raise the level of competition, so that people start talking about hurdling as one of the events to see.” With competition increasing in the event yearly, Parchment anticipates that youngsters will also start gravitating to the discipline more. As it relates to his chances at this year’s Olympics, Parchment is optimistic that once he stays healthy and focus he will do very well. “There has been one small setback, but other than that it has been a good season so far, especially in background training. I have done a lot more than I usually do, so I think I am on a good path,” Parchment said. “So once I keep working and keep the focus I know I will be good for the rest of the season.”email@example.com
MANCHESTER, England (AP):Louis van Gaal was careful to downplay talk of a permanent power shift in Manchester after United’s 4-2 victory over City in the most recent derby game.Old Trafford was rocking that evening in April. After four straight losses to their neighbours, United finally owned local bragging rights. City were on a downward spiral – behind their neighbours in the standings, their title defence in tatters and with manager Manuel Pellegrini’s job under serious pressure.But Van Gaal wasn’t getting carried away, and he was right.Since that painful loss six months ago, the blue half of Manchester has recovered to remain the dominant force in the city – as they have been since the end of Alex Ferguson’s 26-year tenure at United in 2013.City won six straight games after that derby, to finish the Premier League nine points above United and in second place.After two months of this season, City are in first place, the top scorers in the division and the favourites to capture the title for the third time in five years.The derby mauling in April seems a distant memory now as City head back to Old Trafford on Sunday for the 161st Manchester derby, the headline game in the 10th round of Premier League fixtures.The momentum seems to be with Pellegrini’s men, who have won their last two league games 6-1 and 5-1. City also had the advantage of playing at home in the Champions League on Wednesday – beating Sevilla 2-1 – while United had to travel back from a game in Moscow on the same night.However, United are at home – where they are unbeaten this season and have won seven of eight games – and has the incentive of potentially going top of the league with a win. United are third, tied for points with second-place Arsenal, but behind on goal difference.Arsenal are at home to Everton on Saturday.’PERFECT’ DE BRUYNEThe absence of striker Sergio Ag¸ero and playmaker David Silva, who were injured during the recent international break, has robbed City of their two most influential attacking players for the derby. But in Kevin De Bruyne, City has one of the most in-form players in the league, proving so far that he’s worth the US$85 million the club spent to make him their record signing.Pellegrini even called him the “perfect” signing after De Bruyne scored an injury-time winner against Sevilla on Wednesday.De Bruyne has been rotating, with great effect, with Raheem Sterling for central or left-wing roles in City’s attack in recent games. He is hard to pick up and his eye for a pass is arguably as good as Silva’s.Pellegrini’s biggest call this weekend is whether to recall captain Vincent Kompany, or retain the centre-back partnership of Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala.TRAVEL TIMEUnited must make a 1,600-mile journey back from Moscow on Thursday after the 1-1 draw with CSKA in the Champions League, putting the team at a disadvantage ahead of the derby, according to van Gaal.”Manchester City don’t have the travel. We have, so they have more rest,” Van Gaal said. “There is nothing you can do. They have the benefit.”United are in mixed form heading into the weekend, having lost 3-0 to Arsenal and won 3-0 at Everton in their last two Premier League games.
More than $700,000 in prize money will be up for grabs when the 2016 General Accident Insurance Company tennis tournament serves off tomorrow at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston. The tournament will end on Sunday, April 10.This tournament will be part of the Llockett McGregor tennis series, and for the first time, it will be an Open tournament, with prize money attached. There will be Men’s and Women’s Open, Men’s Professional 35 for older players, and a Men’s Class 2 team event that will feature teams from Oaklands, Police Officers Club, Montego Bay, the Pegasus and Ocho Rios, and a special Liguanea Club doubles championship. Sixteen junior doubles teams will also participate.The whole idea, McGregor told The Gleaner, is to make the tournament more attractive to various groups of players, many of whom will participate so as to gain bragging rights among their colleagues, over the next year.At the launch of the tournament on Wednesday at the Liguanea Club, General Accident’s business development officer, Nadia Mitchell, lauded the organisers of the tournament and pointed to the fact that each year, the tournament was well supported by players and spectators. One hundred and fifteen players are expected to participate this year.Her company’s vision, Mitchell said, “goes way beyond the tennis courts because each year, this prestigious event brings together world-class players, and tennis enthusiasts” and this she said, “bolsters personal development of the youth players in particular, and creates the opportunity for individuals to engage in a diverse community centred activity.”The top-seeded male player is Damion Johnson, a former Jamaica No. 1 player. Current female champion Ffion Fletcher is the top female in the line-up, and in the Men’s 35, Dwayne Pagon, a former Davis Cup captain is the top seed.
Hot-shot Jamaican striker Leon Bailey celebrated his nomination for the prestigious UEFA Golden Boy award with a first-half goal in KRC Genk’s 3-1 win over Italian outfit Sassuolo in the Europa League yesterday.Bailey, 19, continued his rise as one of European football’s most prized youngsters after being named on the 40-man shortlist, which contains the most impressive under-21 players on the continent.The UEFA Golden Boy award is presented by sports journalists to the most impressive young footballer in Europe and has, in the past, been handed to the likes of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero of Manchester City, Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, Alexander Pato of Villarreal, Mario Balotelli of French club Nice, and another Jamaican-born player, Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.HOGGINGHEADLINESBailey has been hogging headlines in Belgium and across wider Europe after a string of impressive performances for his club, which has also seen him linked to several major clubs in England, Spain, and Italy.The attacker, who is yet to be capped by Jamaica’s senior team, scored in the 25th minute to cap a day that saw him listed among the likes of household names Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa (Inter Milan), Leroy Sane (Manchester City), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Kingsley Coman, Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich), Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Amadou Diawara (Napoli) and Marco Asensio (Real Madrid).Yesterday’s net shaker improved Bailey’s seasonal return to seven goals and four assists in eight games in all competitions.He played a key role in Genk’s qualification to the Europa League after bagging seven goals and serving up 11 assists in a breakout season last year, which saw him receiving the nod as the best young player in the Belgian top flight.Bailey is the poster boy of Craig Butler’s Pheonix Academy, which has its roots in Jamaica but has had considerable success in sourcing the European market with young Jamaican talent, which also includes Butler’s son Kyle, who is also in the Genk firstname.lastname@example.org
LONDON (AP):In one dugout at Etihad Stadium tomorrow will be a manager enjoying a six-match winning streak with his second-place team. In the other, a manager reeling from the biggest loss of his career and down in fifth place.Few at the start of the English Premier League would have predicted it would be Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino with the edge over struggling Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola.But the top of the standings is confounding expectations in the second half of the season. City host Tottenham with Guardiola’s side trailing the second-place London club by three points and leaders Chelsea by 10 points.Having already ruled City out of the title race, Guardiola is now in a scrap just to secure Champions League qualification by finishing in the top four as he endures a difficult first season in English football.It was against Tottenham in early October when Guardiola experienced his first setback at City, with Pochettino ending the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach’s winning league start. Last weekend, he was humbled by a 4-0 loss at Everton, a career low for the Champions League-winning coach.Has Guardiola lost the Midas touch?”The coach has to adapt with the players, the players have to adapt with the coach,” Eric Abidal, who played under Guardiola at Barcelona, told The Associated Press yesterday. “Tactically, and the methodology of Pep Guardiola is methodology from Barcelona … he needs time. They will win trophies.”City racked up six successive wins in the league before losing 2-0 at Tottenham on October 2. Since then City have dropped 18 points, winning seven of their 14 games as the shortcomings of the brittle defence and shaky goalkeeper Claudio Bravo have been exposed.City’s attacking options have been reinforced with Gabriel Jesus completing his move from Palmeiras in time to feature against Tottenham.And for the 19-year-old Jesus, Guardiola played a big part in deciding his next destination.”He was the only manager who called me, so I was very pleased,” Jesus said. “One thing I’ve noticed is that, like me, he is mad about football. He lives football 24 hours a day. I’m like that, too.”Tottenham could move six points clear of City by completing the double over Guardiola’s side.And for Pochettino, it’s not just about securing a second successive season in the Champions League, but delivering the north London club’s first domestic title since 1961.”We have to try to show that we can be real contenders for the Premier League, that’s the real challenge,” Pochettino said. “It’s more important that we can show ourselves, rather than show Manchester City.”We need to show ourselves we are capable of dealing with that pressure, and to try to win games to achieve big things.”Tottenham have received more positive news on defender Jan Vertonghen’s ankle injury. After initial fears the centre back could be out for three months, Tottenham now expect him back in six weeks.AT THE BOTTOMTwo of the teams in the relegation zone have tricky trips to top-four opposition.Paul Clement takes Swansea to third-place Liverpool tomorrow for a daunting second league game in charge of the bottom-place team.”It does not look hopeless,” the former Bayern Munich assistant coach said. “We are one point behind the team outside the relegation zone and not far behind the teams just above that as well.”Sunderland, who are above Swansea on goal difference, are at West Bromwich Albion. Hull are a point further up the standings going into Sunday’s game at leaders Chelsea.THIS WEEKENDTOMORROW7:30 a.m.: Liverpool vs Swansea10 a.m.: Bournemouth vs Watford10 a.m.: Crystal Palace vs Everton10 a.m.: Middlesbrough vs West Ham10 a.m.: Stoke City vs Man United10 a.m.: West Brom vs Sunderland12:30 p.m.: Man City vs TottenhamSUNDAY7 a.m.: Southampton vs Leicester9:15 a.m.: Arsenal vs Burnley11:30 a.m.: Chelsea vs Hull Citypoints standings P W D L GF GA GD PtsChelsea 21 17 1 3 45 15 30 52Tottenham 21 13 6 2 43 14 29 45Liverpool 21 13 6 2 49 24 25 45Arsenal 21 13 5 3 48 22 26 44Man City 21 13 3 5 41 26 15 42Man Utd 21 11 7 3 32 20 12 40Everton 21 9 6 6 32 23 9 33West Brom 21 8 5 8 28 28 0 29Stoke City 21 7 6 8 27 33 -6 27Burnley 21 8 2 11 23 31 -8 26B’mouth 21 7 4 10 30 37 -7 25West Ham 21 7 4 10 26 35 -9 25S’hampton 21 6 6 9 19 26 -7 24Watford 21 6 5 10 23 36 -13 23Leicester 21 5 6 10 24 34 -10 21M’borough 21 4 8 9 17 22 -5 20Crystal P 21 4 4 13 30 40 -10 16Hull City 21 4 4 13 20 45 -25 16Sunderland 21 4 3 14 20 40 -20 15Swansea 21 4 3 14 23 49 -26 15
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Photo by Marc Reyes/INQUIRERIt won’t be just Gilas Pilipinas shooting for a basketball gold in Kuala Lumpur.Perlas Pilipinas, the less-heralded women’s squad, will also go all out for a Southeast Asian Games crown when the biennial meet kicks off next week.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her The crucial game against the Thais will be at 8:30 p.m. Then the Philippines takes on host Malaysia at 11 a.m. the following day.“Imagine we need to go back to the hotel, it would take time. How much sleep can we get?” said Aquino.Still, team captain Raiza Rose Dy said the team is in high spirits.“Our experience in the Fiba Asia Women’s Cup was a big help, because of world class competition; we got to play against WNBA players,” said Dy. “That is something not experienced by other SEA Games countries.”The Philippines wound up fourth two years ago in the Singapore edition which was dominated by Malaysia.ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas PH water polo gunning for podium celebration Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ But head coach Pat Aquino admitted that the schedule—not just their opponents—presents a big stumbling block.“I don’t know about the schedule but it works against us,” said Aquino.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’Competition starts Aug. 20. He said Perlas, which played in the tough Fiba Asia Women’s Cup, will play Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar in that order.“Then we will take on (title favorite) Thailand the following day. Thailand will be coming from a break going into that game,” Aquino told the Inquirer. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments
Larry Fonacier. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLarry Fonacier turned back the clock and looked like the gunslinger of old as he shot NLEX out of danger en route to a 103-100 stunner over San Miguel Beer in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday.With the Road Warriors engaged in a tight battle in the last two minutes, the 35-year-old first struck at the 1:46 mark for the go-ahead triple to push the Road Warriors up, 98-95.ADVERTISEMENT It also helps that he’s playing alongside players who are no stranger to Guiao’s system like Quiñahan and Cyrus Baguio, as they all give NLEX the much-needed veteran presence.Fonacier thinks the Road Warriors’ win over the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen is a sign that they can compete against any team in the league.“It means that we’re on the right track of being able to compete at a high level this conference. We’re almost on our goal of making it to the semis. We’re an inch closer to that and we don’t want to relax. We don’t want any meltdown like in our previous game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Lassiter after SMB loss to NLEX: ‘We’re still finding our way’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 View comments He doubled down a minute after, puncturing the dagger three from the top of the arc off a JR Quiñahan pass with 23.9 seconds left to give his side a comfortable 101-97 edge that took the air out of the Beermen.“Larry was vintage from eight years ago,” said ROS coach Yeng Guiao, who acquired the veteran marksman via trade late in the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup.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’However, Fonacier said that the big shots he had wouldn’t be possible if not for Guiao, the same coach who bestowed much belief on him back when he was still an upstart in the league coming out of Ateneo.“He started it all. I give credit to him. He helped me to have strong will in this league. He’s trained me to be ready for those moments and I thank him for the tough love while we’re still at Red Bull,” he said. LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles
Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Winning start “I think its important that you’re able to motivate yourself. We always believe in the triumph of the competitive spirit. Now that we’re getting support from the government, it’s important for us to give back to those who help us,” he said. “We’ll try our hardest, and if not, we’ll still try to achieve sporting excellence, inspire our countrymen, and bring honor to God and country.”RELATED VIDEO Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) The Filipinos will compete in archery, athletics, badminton, boccia, chess, cycling, goalball, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis, tenpin bowling, and wheelchair basketball in the regional games set from September 17 to 23.Woodpusher Menandro Redor will serve as the country’s flagbrearer after winning four gold medals in the visually impaired 2 division, which is for partially blind participants for chess in the 2015 ASEAN Para Games.He will also spearhead the chess team’s quest for seven golds in Kuala Lumpur as they gun to improve the six-gold harvest from Singapore.Also expected to strike gold are Paralympic bronze medalists Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta of powerlifting and Josephine Medina of table tennis.Though still lacking in support, Barredo believes that the paraathletes are more than ready to make the country proud.ADVERTISEMENT Blazing Indians extend win streak to 19 straight Break new ground LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson A costly, catty dispute finally settled The 164-man strong Philippine team will feature 111 athletes competing in 12 sports with the goal of faring better than the country’s the 16 gold medal haul in Singapore two years back.The paraathletes also have a chance to turn things around for Philippine sports, after the country just managed 24 golds—way below its target of 50—in the 2017 SEA Games last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogPhilippine Paralympic Committee president Mike Barredo is proud of how differently abled athletes have grown through the years since the association’s inception in 1997.“It’s been 20 years and we’ve had participation in five Paralympic games, five Asian Paragames, and this is the ninth edition of our ASEAN Para Games. If you could see, this might be our biggest contingent that will join outside of our country. We’re getting bigger and it’s because we’re showing our might,” he said. Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Josephine Medina wins the bronze medal in the women’s individual table tennis – Class 8 at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Photo by ITTF websiteLooking to surpass the gold medal haul of the country’s able athletes, the Philippine delegation is settingthe bar high for the 2017 ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.“The team is in high spirits, and if our estimation is correct, we have a strong chance of winning 27 golds, perhaps more,” said chef de mission Ral Rosario during the sendoff at the Dad’s in Mandaluyong City on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ View comments
LATEST STORIES And now they are no more.With Paul’s contract up, the Clippers traded their nine-time All-Star to the Houston Rockets in theoffseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNow more than ever, the Clippers are Griffin’s team — a very different team with nine new players.“There will be times when Blake is the tallest guy on the floor,” coach Doc Rivers said. “We want him to be an aggressive player, an attack player. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “He’ll bring the ball up at times. He’ll be one of the guys we use as a facilitator.”Griffin will be whatever the Clippers need at the moment. And that figures to be more than their leading scorer.“We’re going to be a different team,” Griffin said. “It’s just the nature of getting so many new guys, but that’s a good thing. We’ve had some regular-season success but we haven’t had true success here. Now’s a good time to move forward.”Griffin, 28, has All-Star center DeAndre Jordan back in the middle. Danilo Gallinari is the new small forward. Patrick Beverley — who came over in the Paul trade — takes over at point guard, and either Lou Williams or Austin Rivers will start at shooting guard.That’s a lot of new.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ How to help the Taal evacuees Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin poses for photos during an NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — For six years, they were the Los Angeles Clippers’ dynamic duo, a one-two punch that led the team to the playoffs every season.Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were one of the most respected twosomes in the game. The Clippers won over 50 games each of the past five years.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide DAY6 is for everybody Kyrie Irving excited about joining revamped Celtics Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments 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 “It’s going to take some time with this many new guys,” Griffin said. “It’s on the guys who are coming back, who have been here year after year, to kind of help lead the way a little bit and show them how we dothings here.“We’re going to be a team that’s fun to watch. Get up and down and play hard.”That was a recurrent theme at the Clippers’ media day on Monday. Despite the loss of Paul — considered by many the league’s best point guard — the Clippers expect to run more this season than ever.“I think (his loss) mandates a change in style,” Rivers said. “Probably the style I’m more familiar to begin with. I’ve always been a ball-movement coach. I think we can get back into that.“I do want to play at a higher pace. You go into camp and you look at your team and you’ll find the pace that they want to play at. I think we should be an up-tempo team, an early-strike team. We should be a very physical team.”Even with Paul, the Clippers never could advance beyond the Western Conference semifinals. Some demanded change, and change has arrived.“I’m excited about this new challenge,” Griffin said. “It’s going to be fun.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next