FANTASTIC FEAT Donovan Dawkins scored another late goal to fire defending champions Jamaica College (JC) to a third successive hold on the coveted ISSA-FLOW Olivier Shield, the symbol of all-island schoolboy football supremacy, at the Stadium East field yesterday. Dawkins, who broke the hearts of St George’s College when he found an 89th-minute winner in the recent Manning Cup final, was again the star of the show with a 90th-minute clincher to stun daCosta Cup champions St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS). The goal capped a come-from-behind 2-1 victory for JC, who sealed their 20th hold on the trophy. The STETHS camp was left fuming after the defeat, as they accused the match officials of denying them at least three clear penalties. Dwayne Foster’s 30th strike put STETHS ahead, but the Old Hope Road-based JC rallied in the second-half with goals from Tyrique McGee (50th) and Dawkins. JC coach Miguel Coley admitted they were poor in the first period, but said a firm team talk at half-time and a few adjustments made the difference in the second half. “Football is 90 minutes and more. The first half was difficult. We were down 1-0, but we have shown over the years that we are resilient. We knew STETHS wouldn’t last the entire game, and we got space and hurt them,” he said JC became the first school to win three straight Oliver Shield crowns since Vere Technical won four titles from 1967 to 1970, and Coley was proud of this achievement. “It’s a fantastic feat for everyone behind this team … we are the best team (this season). We are an all-round team. We are not the most flashy, but football encompasses everything, and we were the most mental team. We are very organised defensively, and it paid off for us this year,” he added. A set-piece on 30 minutes put the rural champions in front. Foster’s free kick eluded everyone before lodging inside the far post. Five minutes into the second half, a brilliant strike from McGee pulled JC level. Dawkins and Zeron Sewell wasted great two opportunities to give them the lead. They were not to be denied, however, as Ronaldo Brown slipped a pass to Dawkins, who tucked the ball past Jahmali Waite on full time. It was STETHS’ third defeat in their last three Oliver Shield finals (2009, 2013 and 2015). STETHS’ coach Omar Wedderburn was upset as he thought the game was not decided by the players. “It’s a loss that I really feel upset over,” Wedderburn said as he pointed to mistakes made by the match officials.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce six-a-side final todayThe final and third-place play-off in the Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce six-a-side football competition takes place this afternoon at the Foska Oats Oval, 451 Spanish Town Road (opposite Wray & Nephew Limited), starting at 4 p.m.The competition, held in the Waterhouse community where female superstar sprinter Fraser-Pryce grew up, saw 44 matches being played before it came down to the two finalists – Eurotrend and last year’s beaten finalists, Miles.After 71 goals, a new champion will be crowned in this the third staging of the competition. The final will be preceded by the third-place play-off between 2013 champions Varma Rangers and the 2014 champions, Dark Side.In semi-final action last Sunday, Miles defeated Varma Rangers 3-2 on penalty kicks after a goalless scoreline in regulation and extra time, while Eurotrend clipped Dark Side 1-0. Kemar Bygrave of Eurotrend emerged the competition’s leading scorer with three goals.The final will be followed by the presentation of awards to the top four teams, as well as most valuable player, leading goalscorer, most disciplined team, and to the dress parade winner, Angola Strikers.Twenty-four teams divided into four zones contested the competition, which is sponsored by Digicel, for whom Fraser-Pryce is a brand ambassador; GraceKennedy; Wata; TanK-Weld Metals; Sagicor Bank; and NCB Foundation.The Gleaner, Emancipation Park in INSPORTS TT club league semisEmancipation Park defeated The Gleaner 4-1 in the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) table tennis club league (Division Two) on Monday at The Gleaner Sports Club to top their group with three wins and a loss.Emancipation Park have now advanced to the semis and will be accompanied by The Gleaner, who were runners-up with two wins and two losses.Emancipation Park started the match on a winning note when Courtney Hall beat Wayne Lyew 3-0; Hall and Geoge Gallimore teamed up to beat The Gleaner’s Lyew and player/coach Selvin Smith 3-2 in the doubles; while Smith pulled back a game with a 3-2 win over Orane Shields; Ronaldo Brown outplayed Gareth Segree 3-0; and Alicia Bennett stopped The Gleaner’s Carol Denny 3-1 in the women’s match to complete victory for her team.Portmore outshoot Racing 6-3Portmore United’s second-string team was too good for Racing United as they out-gunned their opponents 6-3 in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League on Thursday.Toulay McCalla struck a hat-trick of goals, Cleon Price hit a brace, and Aldayne Grant added another goal to complete the scoring for the winners. It was Portmore’s first match of the season.Braeton United lead the league with six points from two games.In games last Sunday, Waterford (three points) came off the mark with a 1-0 win over Racing United (two points), second place; Cedar Grove (five points) drew 1-1 with Daytona; while Edgewater and Cumberland also drew 1-1.Board to decide the fate of JDCA finalCaribbean Classic and Spit Fyah will in short order know the outcome of their Jamaica Domino Council Association (JDCA) League final, which ended prematurely recently. Both teams were in a heated battle in the final, and with the scores reading Classic 293 and Spit Fyah at 289, Classic showed up late to restart the match, which went into a countdown. Spit Fyah’s players staged a walk-out and the game was called off. The executives of the league will rule on the matter.Mega Angels, Westchester play to exciting tieWestchester dropped their first point in the South East St Catherine Netball League after they played to an exciting 18-18 tie with Mega Angels last Sunday. In another game on Sunday, Pro Santos ‘B’ whipped their sister team, Pro Santos ‘A’, 24-11, and Express All Stars swamped Progressive Strikers 13-0.In games last Saturday, Mega Angels thrashed Express All Stars 35-9; Pro Santos clipped Passagefort Strikers 16-14; and Westchester trounced Progressive Strikers 21-3.Winter Football Camp for PortmoreOverseas-based coach Dean Luthian, a former coach at Portsmouth FC, will conduct a winter football camp for players from Portmore at the Portsmouth Primary School playing field, starting next week.The camp, which will attract about 60 youngsters in the eight-16 age group, will run from Monday, December 14 to Thursday, December 17. The time for the sessions is from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and registration is free.Project Winter Camp will see coaches from the USA and the Caribbean using their expertise to take players to the next level. The vision of the project is to be a football club that produces high-quality players, playing at the highest level locally and internationally, with emphasis on building self-esteem and self-awareness.- Compiled by Orville Clarke and Anthony Minott
LONDON was Alia Atkinson’s third Olympic Games but it was also her breakthrough moment and her performance there catapulted Jamaican swimming to a whole new level. Atkinson first competed in Athens in 2004 and finished 25th in the 200m breaststroke in Beijing in 2008, but as a 23-year-old with college experience under her belt, Atkinson went to a third Olympic Games. Having tied with Canadian Tera van Beilen for eighth place in the semi-finals of the women’s 100m breaststroke, Atkinson was forced to swim off with the North American to decide a spot in the final. Then-Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica president, Martin Lyn recalls the intensity of the experience. “At first she was a little almost nervous even though it was her third Olympics but as she progressed she became more and more confident. That came to a head when the swim-off occurred. She was ready to swim but the Canadians wanted to put the swim-off to the next day and we (Jamaican officials) ensured that the swim occurred within hours of the previous swim and because she was so fit and ready she was able to perform and she won the swim off by metres,” Lyn told The Gleaner. The swimmer was supported by members of the Jamaican contingent in the Olympic Pool at the finals in London and they watched as Atkinson came within metres of a bronze medal. She eventually finished fourth Lyn, who was president of the ASAJ from 2009-2015, said Atkinson’s exploits in London helped to attract more interest and sponsors to the sport, as the image of swimming being one for elitists, slowly shifted. “The popularity of aquatics definitely grew as a result of Alia’s performance and more sponsors became aware. It takes more work for us to push sponsorship and to bring up other Alia’s in Jamaica and we have in Jamaica which are very many (like her). We have a great programme and I see where we can produce many more Olympians in the pool,” Lyn said. He added that the increased sponsorship helped the association to send Atkinson to events overseas which helped improve her stature as well. “It (London) was the first time she was swimming against Europeans because she had never been to Europe and we were able to send her to Europe after that which is why she has been able to do so much better,” he noted. Atkinson, now 27, is looking forward to her fourth Olympics. Since 2012 she became the first black woman to win a world title when she set a world record in the 100m breaststroke at the 2014 Short Course World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Atkinson also won a bronze medal in 100m breaststroke and silver in the 50m breaststroke at the Long Course World Championships in Kazan, Russia in 2015.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP):For some nations, winning Olympic gold is quite the regular occurrence. At the Rio de Janeiro Games, plenty of first-timers got to hear their anthems played in celebration as well.Going into Sunday’s final day of competition in Rio, 10 teams including the independent team of Olympians were assured of leaving these Games with their first gold medals.That’s the most first-timers since 16 nations got their inaugural feel of Olympic gold at the Atlanta Games in 1996.And those were hardly the only medal milestones at these Games. The United States became the first team to win 1,000 gold medals in summer Games competition and a record 87 teams got at least one medal in Rio.A look at the 10 first-time Olympic champions:BAHRAINRuth Jebet, born in Kenya but now running for Bahrain, won the women’s steeplechase. Bahrain were making their ninth trip to the Olympics.FIJIMen’s rugby took gold, giving Fiji their first gold in 14 trips to the Summer Olympics.INDEPENDENTFehaid Al Deehani is an officer in the Kuwaiti army, but his nation is suspended by the International Olympic Committee. He was permitted to compete as an independent, becoming the first with that distinction to win gold when he prevailed in double trap shooting.IVORY COASTCheick Sallah Junior Cisse won gold in taekwondo, the first gold in 14 Olympiads for Cote d’Ivoire.JORDANAhmad Abughaush prevailed in taekwondo. This was Jordan’s 10th trip to the Summer Olympics.KOSOVOMajlinda Kelmendi prevailed in women’s judo. Kosovo were first recognised by the IOC in 2014, so this was their first time at the Summer Games.PUERTO RICOMonica Puig won the women’s tennis gold, completing a dazzling run through the field. Puerto Rico’s first gold came in their 18th trip to the Summer Games.SINGAPOREJoseph Schooling won the men’s 100-metre butterfly, beating Michael Phelps among others. It took Singapore 16 trips to the Summer Games before winning a gold.TAJIKISTANDilshod Nazarov won the men’s hammer throw. This was Tajikistan’s sixth time sending a team to the Summer Olympics.VIETNAMHoang Xuan Vinh in 10-metre air pistol gave the Vietnamese their first gold in 15 trips to the Olympics.-AP
Going into the Gibson McCook Relays last Saturday inside the National Stadium, it was odds on for national high school female champions, Edwin Allen, to dominate the day’s proceedings and were favoured to win at least five of the relays. However, with Hydel coming to the party, making up for their average performance at the Milo Western Relays, and Holmwood doing well, it was very competitive among the girls. The Michael Dyke-coached Edwin Allen team was only able to win three events – the 4x100m for Classes One and Three, and the Open 4x800m. It was quality performances from the team, however, as there were two records, the 4x100m Class Three in 44.91 seconds and the 4x800m in 8:47.71. On both occasions, the records removed were held by Holmwood Technical. Despite not winning the expected many events, Dyke was very pleased with the team’s showing, especially their Class Three quartet of Saleica Myles, Kavona Davis, Lisandra Brown and Shanique Rowe. They became the first Class Three team in history to go under 45 seconds. This was undoubtedly the most outstanding performance of the meet. Dyke said that he was not surprised by the fast time done by his team. “I’m not surprised that they ran that fast, because I have been impressed with them in training due to their cohesiveness and their execution. I knew that they were going to do something special,” Dyke said in an interview with The Gleaner minutes after the event. “Credit to all the girls, especially that blazing second leg by Davis, whose run played a significant role in the new time. Their passes were just flawless,” he continued. WORKING HARD Dyke said the girls had been working hard since their Class Four days. “Except for Myles, the other three have been together as a team since their Class Four days when the team dipped under 47 seconds at Champs two years ago. They know each other’s style well and this made it simple for them,” he said. Dyke said the performance by his young team made up for the mishap in Class Four. “My Class Four team was on target to do something special in their event, but there was a mishap between my second and third-leg runner, and they did not complete the race. I sympathise with them as they are young, but the Class Three girls made up for that disappointment,” he added. He continued that his team was on target to win another title at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships this year. – R.G.
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Time for payback for Gilas vs Chinese Taipei Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet In Korea, the training sessions are about to get on another level with thrice-a-day practices on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while continuing their two-a-day sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays until they return home on August 4.Acaylar is confident that the national team would gain a lot in the Korea trip, noting that the lessons they would gain there will be valuable for the regional tiff.“Korea is one of the best teams in Asia. That is why I really chose that over Japan for men’s, because I want to develop more on service receive and pattern of floor defense, and especially, blocking because when it comes to men’s blocking is really the name of the game,” he said.“Also, I told my libero and my setter that every time before they go to sleep, I will really make it a point that Korean coaches will handle them because Koreans are good in setting.”Acaylar is hopeful that all the sacrifices will pay off in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur,. MalaysiaADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LATEST STORIES LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Sammy Acaylar. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Sammy Acaylar said he’s still far from content with the way the Philippine men’s national volleyball team performed in its straight sets win over Macau, 25-16, 25-16, 25-15, in an exhibition game Sunday in the Battle of the Rivals at Mall of Asia Arena.“I’m still not satisfied,” Acaylar said in Filipino. “What we’ve been practicing in our trainings didn’t show today. Maybe it’s because it’s our first time to play together and also the first time to play in an arena like this with the kind of crowd that we had.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Also, maybe it’s our culture that we know that we can beat them, our intensity goes down. But I told the coaching staff that we have to train their psychology and character of the players, that whoever our opponent is, the killer instinct must be there.”Bonjomar Castel fired seven of his nine points off kills, while Greg Dolor churned the same output to lead the squad.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’Ranran Abdilla added six markers, while team captain Johnvic de Guzman and Mark Alfafara uncorked five points each as the Philippines swept its two tuneup matches against Macau, with the first happening last Friday in Imus which also resulted in a straight-sets victory.Acaylar said that the national team will now go on a twice-a-day training, practicing on mornings and afternoons, before they go to Korea on July 22 to better prepare themselves for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games on August. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “I want to do that because I want to win and the whole Philippines is supporting us, so we really have to deliver good results.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles The Philippines won the gold in the men’s fours, the silver in the women’s fours, women’s triples, and the bronze in the men’s pairs.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’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Volleyball’s loss is judo’s gain National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal 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 Philippines captured another piece of hardware in the lawn bowls of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Saturday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Ainie Knight and Asuncion Bruce’s partnership won the Philippines the bronze medal in the women’s pairs events marking the country’s fifth medal in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments
Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs stands on the court during Game One of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on May 14, 2017, in Oakland, California. AFP FILELos Angeles, United States — San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard will miss the entire NBA pre-season as he struggles with a right thigh injury, the team said Saturday.A Spurs statement said Leonard was suffering from a “right quadriceps tendinopathy” and there was no set timetable for his return.ADVERTISEMENT “He is expected to miss the entire 2017 pre-season,” the Spurs said on Twitter.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said earlier Leonard was still undergoing intensive rehab on the injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“He’ll probably miss the beginning of preseason or a good deal of preseason, and we’re not going to put a timetable [on a return],” Popovich said.“But he’s working at it, and we’ll get him back as soon as we can.” Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up 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 Barriga heads Filipino pugs sweep in China MOST READ View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene How to help the Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It is unclear when Leonard sustained the injury. Leonard was sidelined during the 2017 playoffs after suffering an ankle injury in the Western Conference semi-finals against Houston.He aggravated that injury in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors, ruling him out of the remainder of the series, which the Spurs lost 4-0. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
On military appreciation night in Brooklyn, @KyrieIrving wanted to thank some soldiers in attendance himself pic.twitter.com/s7Hk6D9Pog— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 15, 2017Kyrie Irving gave away another pair of his Nike Kyrie 3s, and this time both the shoes and the recipients are of utmost importance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe masked Irving, after leading the Boston Celtics to a 109-102 road victory over the Brooklyn Nets, saw two members of the military in the audience for the home teams’ military appreciation night and proceeded to make their days instantly better.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Kia sends disgruntled Revilla to Phoenix for Grimaldo, pick Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ The Kyrie 3 Irving gave away was a special colorway dedicated to his mother Elizabeth and features a rose pattern and a “mom” lettering on the tongue.This wasn’t the first time Irving gave away his shoes to the members of the audience.Irving did it in the preseason when he gave his sneakers and jersey to a fan in Charlotte.He again hamnded his game-worn sneakers to a grade-schooler in the Boston’s season-opener in Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Irving gave one of the ladies his game-worn jersey while giving the other a special makeup of his Kyrie 3. 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes up for a dunk in front of Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn, left, and center Robin Lopez (42) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Things are starting to click for the Oklahoma City Thunder.Russell Westbrook had 21 points and seven assists and the Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 92-79 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES LeBron’s ‘superhuman’ powers will eventually go away, Draymond Green says PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:30SEA Games: Agatha Wong wins 2nd gold medal in wushu00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “In the second half, we never got into a rhythm,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Never played to an identity. I thought our defense, for the most part, was pretty good for the full 48. We had some lapses. But I thought offensively, that’s where we got to really move the ball and make them work and find ways to break the defense down better than we did in the third and the fourth.”TIP-INSBulls: Were coming off a 133-94 loss to San Antonio. … Starters shot 1 for 11 from the field in the first quarter. … Valentine was the only Bulls player to make more than two field goals in the first half.Thunder: C Steven Adams missed his third straight game with a right calf contusion. … Won the firstmeeting with the Bulls 101-69 on Oct. 28. … Grant made a layup off an inbounds pass in the final second of the first half. … George finished with 13 points after scoring 42 and 37 points in his previous two games.STAT LINESOklahoma City’s wins during the current streak have come by an average of 11.7 points. All of the Thunder’s wins this season have been by at least nine points. All the losses have been by nine or fewer.QUOTABLEWestbrook, on being focused against a struggling team: “We did a good job of just coming out and being consistent, staying with our principles, playing Thunder basketball and not worrying about the opponents.”UP NEXTBulls: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.Thunder: At San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. Lauri Markkanen and Antonio Blakeney each scored 16 points for Chicago, and Denzel Valentine added 13. The Bulls shot 34.7 percent from the field.“We fought from the second quarter on, but again, we’re down 20 in the first quarter with a seven-point quarter,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “You’re not breeding any confidence for yourselves. So it’s a mindset. You’ve got to come out and see that thing go through the hoop. It’s going to give you a little confidence. Right now, we don’t have a lot, especially early in games.”The Thunder led 58-34 at halftime. Westbrook didn’t score until 6:43 remained in the second quarter, but finished the half with 17 points.“He does that to a lot of people,” Hoiberg said. “He’s so explosive. There’s a reason he was the MVP last season.”Though the Thunder were never threatened in the second half, they had hoped to finish better. They shot 22 percent after the break.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City had high hopes coming into the season after trading for All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Paul George, but the Thunder had lost four straight before getting things turned around to even their record at 7-7.“From here, we’re kind of gaining some momentum,” George said. “We’re getting consistency from our level of play standpoint. I think we’re starting to come together for the most part. Again, we’re obviously not where we want to be. There’s always going to be a level of improvement, but we’re trending in the right direction.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneAnthony returned to the lineup after missing the previous game with a sore lower back and finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jerami Grant added 15 points and 11 rebounds.The Thunder led 27-7 at the end of the first quarter to match the fewest points they have allowed in a quarter since the franchise moved from Seattle in 2008. The Bulls made 2 of 16 field goals in the period.“Just setting the tone,” Westbrook said. “Thought we did a good job of being aggressive, using our hands.That’s how we win games.” Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments