Two-time Superstakes winner TYPEWRITER started his 2015 campaign on a high note with an emphatic victory in the 3-y-o and up open allowance feature for the Nigel B. Nunes Memorial Cup, a race he was winning for the third consecutive year.Racing for the first time since his unplaced effort behind PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in the grade one Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over 2400 metres last Boxing Day, TYPEWRITER was presented in good nick by trainer Spencer Chung. Stepping down in class, the six-year-old bay gelding by Western Classic out of Docs’ Paladin outclassed his six opponents with veteran jockey Ian Spence riding him for the first time, replacing his customary jockey, Shane Ellis, who chose to ride the even-money favourite FRANFIELD.Held up in fifth for the first half of the race as LOCKED AND LOADED (13-1) and highly fancied UNCLE TAF (9-5) for the lead ahead of TIMEFORARMS (15-1) and FRANFIELD, TYPEWRITER was produced three-wide with his challenge entering the straight as TIMEFORARMS turned for home just ahead of FRANFIELD.Responding to the left hand whip, he went by TIMEFORARMS leaving the furlong pole to win by two lengths, with FRANFIELD another eight lengths away third.TYPEWRITER is owned by Robert and Valentine Chung and bred by HAM Stables Limited. He has now won 14 races from 25 career starts, including the 2012 derby and St Leger, as well as back-to-back Superstakes, for total stakes of $17.4 million.UNBEATEN IN TWO STARTSThe speedy 2-y-o colt, DREAMLINER, with Robert Halledeen riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta romped the Terremoto Trophy secondary feature to be unbeaten in two starts.Following the disqualification of the Aaron Chatrie-ridden and Gary Subratie-trained BOLD AVIATOR on the previous Saturday, the stewards struck again by disqualifying another Chatrie-ridden horse for Subratie, WOMAN IS BOSS (4-1), for causing interference in the seventh race over the straight. The jockey was suspended from riding for the remainder of the day as well. In the very next race, they struck again, taking down the 9-5 favourite, REGALLY BOLD, with former champion Wesley Henry aboard.
Veteran local coach Vassell Reynolds has been appointed technical director of Red Stripe Premier League outfit Humble Lion. Reynolds, the current head coach of Wolmer’s Boys, has taken over the reins from Donovan Duckie, who was fired at the end of last season. Linval Wilson will remain as the head coach of the team. Reynolds, who will have overall responsibility for the club’s transfer policy, said he is looking forward to working with everyone in the Humble Lion organisation. “It is my native parish and I have known and coached probably all the players there and so my involvement with them is a seamless one,” said Reynolds. “It is just a matter of getting in there and settling (in) as quickly as possible,” he said. “Every team would have had their own identity, but I am not going there to change that, I am going there to get one of the most experienced teams in the competition to play together,” Reynolds said. Humble Lion are currently fourth in the Red Stripe Premier League standings on 19 points, five behind leaders Montego Bay United. Reynolds added that he will be doing his best to help the Clarendon-based club win this season’s competition. “One of the first things that I have done is to charge the experience players to deliver and to stand up and be counted and to give an account of their performance every week that they go out there and play,” Reynolds noted. Continuing he said: the plan is also for us to solidify our position in the table because we have had one of the best starts since we are in this competition and I hope that we can continue to be consistent on all fronts. Humble Lion’s record currently stands at five wins, four draws and three defeats.
WBA (4-3-2-1)MYHILL,DAWSON, McAULEY, OLSSON, EVANS,FLETCHER, SANDRO, GARDNER,SESSEGNON, McCLEAN,ANICHEBEMAN UTD (4-2-3-1)RASHFORD,DEPAY, MATA,LINGARD,HERRERA,SCHNEIDERLIN,ROJO, BLIND,CARRICK, VARELA,DE GEAWith none of their rivals winning in midweek and only Leicester City of the top four getting a point, Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Watford took them level on 47 points with rivals Manchester City, in fifth place and now with the chance to finish in the Champions League places.Juan Mata’s goal late on at Old Trafford gave United their fourth straight win in all competitions. After this game at The Hawthorns they face Premier League rivals Liverpool in the Europa League.They visit West Bromwich Albion who are unbeaten in their last three league games, taking seven points from a possible nine, with the draw at league leaders Leicester City on Tuesday taking them into 13th place, 12 points clear of the relegation zone.When the teams met at Old Trafford earlier this season, United won 2-0 with goals from Jesse Lingard and a Mata penalty after Albion’s Gareth McAuley was dismissed.United’s record at The Hawthorns is good; in nine Premier League visits they are unbeaten, winning seven and drawing two including Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever game in charge, the 5-5 stalemate in May 2013. Albion last beat United at home in 1984 in the old First Division.Albion are without Claudio Yacob, who is banned after collecting a 10th yellow card of the season at Leicester. Chris Brunt remains on the sidelines while Jonny Evans is a doubt and there are tests for Callum McManaman and James Morrison.United, meanwhile, test Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling while Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw and Bastian Schweinsteiger are still absent.
NO DIRECT MEETINGS SUPERPOWER IN SPRINTING In fact, our sources have shared that there were no direct meetings to discuss the 15-point IAAF proposal prior to the Special Congress despite its presence, in full, on the IAAF’s website for several months. JAAA members were only advised of the abstinence after the fact, during a post-Congress briefing session, where members eventually expressed their full support of the decision. Meanwhile, 95 per cent of the member associations voted in support of the IAAF reforms in Monaco, which will take effect in two waves – January 2017 and 2019. Still, the JAAA is underlining its commitment to the fight against doping in sport – which represents a major element of the new package, citing that its decision not to vote has no bearing on this position, while noting that its grouses stemmed from several governance proposals and the actual voting process – which oddly required a yay or nay vote on all 15 points en bloc. “To suggest that we abstained because we didn’t support tighter regulations against drug cheats is simply not true. We have also been criticised for not wanting athletes to have a voice, when the truth is, we are one of the very few federations where a current athlete (in Michael Frater) was accepted as part of our executive,” the release read. “We support any measure that seeks to eradicate doping in sport. We are a superpower in sprinting and we are of the firm belief that our status as the premier country in the sprints would have been established a long time ago if the fight against drugs was as strong worldwide as it is now. We don’t see it as mere coincidence that our prominence as a track and field force is coming at a time when the practice of rigidly fighting against drugs across the globe is as prominent as it is now,” the release continued. Amongst the JAAA gripes is the decision to alter the composition of the council to reflect gender balance. The JAAA contends that this decision was taken by a small group of individuals and needed further discussion at the Congress level. The JAAA also argues that the current age limit of 70 years-old, which was agreed in the 2015 constitution, was removed without any discussion at Congress and also noted their discontent that committees would no longer be elected by Congress but would instead be appointed under the new plan. Other issues raised by the JAAA include term limits. The organisation also argues that the council’s executive board would also be drastically changed without full discussion among member federations. It is against these issues and the fact that they could not vote on individual points that the JAAA says it decided to not cast a vote at all. The IAAF was forced into change on the back of the uncovering of a massive doping and corruption scandal that rocked the international body. Sebastian Coe, who replaced Lamine Diack, who is at the centre of the scandal, as president of the IAAF, has a led a charge to clean up the sport and return its credibility. At the base of that effort is a 15-point plan that included anti-doping, regulation and administrative changes that are hoped will lift the sport. Jamaica’s track and field authority is trying to silence the noise caused by its folding of the arms at a high-level IAAF meeting in Monaco a few weeks ago, but it appears its representatives in the principality – president Dr Warren Blake and general secretary Garth Gayle acted without the approval of their executive. The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) decided not to vote on amendments to the constitution governing international track and field and is now forced to publicly dismiss suggestions that it does not support the fight against drug cheats – given the heavy anti-doping theme of the overall package. In a release issued late Friday night over Gayle’s signature, the JAAA also denied that its decision not to cast a vote on the 15-point reform package was because of a rejection of the push to add greater voice to athletes. Blake and his administration have come under heavy criticism, and with Jamaican track star Usain Bolt underlining his support for the package, which, among other things, was geared towards greater transparency, more accountability, less presidential power plus gender and term-related issues, it came as a shock to many when it was revealed that the JAAA, which was represented by Blake and Gayle in Monaco, had not voted in support. The Sunday Gleaner has since learned that there was no consultation between Blake, Gayle and the rest of the JAAA executive before the decision was taken to abstain.
GREEN LIGHT KARACHI, Pakistan (CMC): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have not given up hope of West Indies touring here next March, and will be meeting with security company Eastern Star International to contest a security report it issued and which formed the basis of the Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) recent recommendation to members against touring the volatile Asian nation. A proposed two-match Twenty20 Internationals series in Lahore against the Caribbean seemed to be off the cards after FICA issued a damning advisory indicating an “elevated security risk” for those choosing to tour Pakistan. That advisory was based on an assessment by Eastern Star International, and was apparently behind the decision by West Indies players union, WIPA, not giving their blessing to the tour. However, the PCB said it intended to put forward “the factual position and the improvement in the security situation” in Pakistan during the meeting with the security company. “After the FICA advisory came out, we investigated on what basis they had given such an advice and we found out their security advisers were Eastern Star Security,” said Najam Sethi, the head of PCB’s executive committee. He added: “I will be meeting their officials to let them know about the factual position and the improvement in the security situation in Pakistan, which is why we are also trying to bring back international cricket to the country.” The PCB wanted two T20Is against the Windies here in March in return for giving the green light to an invitation from the West Indies Cricket Board to a similar two-match series in Florida, United States, later that month. Since then, the WICB have announced a full series against Pakistan in the Caribbean of three Tests, three One-Day Internationals, and two T20Is from March 31 to May 10. But Sethi said they were still in talks with the WICB to have the matches staged in Lahore. No major cricketing nation has toured Pakistan since 2009 when a bus carrying the Sri Lankan Test side was attacked by militants. Pakistan have since played their ‘home’ series in the United Arab Emirates.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) say they will stand by all-rounder AndrÈ Russell and offer any support they can to the cricketer following his one-year ban.Russell was slapped with a 12-month sanction after he failed to file his whereabouts form, resulting in three missed doping tests. Under the World Anti-Doping Agency code, three missed doping tests equate to a failed test.WICB’s Corporate Communications Officer Carole Beckford said the board would not comment further until they received an official statement from the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission as to the terms of the ban, but confirmed the organisation’s support.”We will support Mr Russell in any way deemed appropriate … . We don’t know the details of it (ban). Some of them are conditional, but whatever is appropriate, the board stands with him,” Beckford told The Gleaner.WILL BE MISSEDJCA President Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven added that the absence of Russell, an international T20 star who has had major impact for the West Indies and in the top T20 leagues around the world, will be felt.”I think everyone would be disappointed. I saw AndrÈ last weekend in the semi-final of the AILO (local) competition and he was at his best, and we were all hoping to have him in the final this weekend.”He is a prolific international cricketer and his absence on the field during this period in any competition whatsoever will undoubtedly impact the game. Fans, including myself, will miss his heroics on the field,” Heaven said.”But the JCA will stand by him and provide the support it can during this difficult time. I want to assure him that this is just a period in his career and by no means the end of the road, and he should use the positive elements of this unfortunate situation to make both himself and other young cricketers better,” added Heaven.The local cricket boss also believes the ban will have a massive effect on his earnings for the period.- L.S.
The Shield.The Swoosh.The Wingfoot.Introducing our new coat of armor → https://t.co/iuYLihcVwT #AllForOne pic.twitter.com/QjqpaYQmxb— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) August 7, 2017ADVERTISEMENT The Cleveland Cavaliers will be seeking redemption in the upcoming 2017-2018 NBA regular season and it’s only fitting they don “a new coat of armor.”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’The reigning Eastern Conference Champions introduced their new line of updated jerseys through a clip released on the team’s official Twitter page.The Cavs kept its primary wine-and-gold colorway, but Nike’s variation featured a minimalist yet more distinguished design. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Teen gunned down in Masbate End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ The “Association” white edition—formerly known as the home uniform—is emblazoned with CAVS” on the chest area, while the Icon Version says (Cleveland).The team’s alternative and special-occasion jerseys are expected to come out in the coming days. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORIES:LOOK: Cavs unveil modernized logos for 2017-2018 NBA seasonNike to junk ‘home’ and ’away’ designations for jerseys next seasonSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Screen Grab from Twitter/@cavsComplementing the squad’s revamped logos is Nike’s iconic “Swoosh” emblem on the front left side, while Goodyear’s sponsorship “wing foot” logo is on the right.Screen Grab from Twitter/@cavsEmbodying the team’s emphasis on selflessness and brotherhood, the mantra “All for One. One for All” is stitched both at the bottom of the jersey and under the flaps of the shorts.It’s all about the details.Take a closer look at our new uniforms → https://t.co/TS8i1PaBpz#AllForOne pic.twitter.com/8aQpp4Vtg4— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) August 7, 2017ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas MOST READ Chan to Phoenix Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kendrix Belgica paced St. Benilde with 18 points and eight rebounds, while JJ Domingo had 14 markers, three assists, and two boards against seven turnovers.The also-ran Blazers dropped their fourth straight defeat to fall down to a 3-13 slate.The Scores:ARELLANO 95 – Salado 16, Nicholls 13, Flores 12, Abanes 11, Alcoriza 11, Dela Cruz 11, Viloria 8, Cañete 4, Enriquez 4, Meca 3, Padilla 2, Concepcion 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Taywan 0, Filart 0.ST. BENILDE 65 – Belgica 18, Domingo 14, Naboa 8, Dixon 5, Leutcheu 5, San Juan 4, Johnson 3, Sta. Maria 3, Young 3, Pili 2, Castor 0, Suarez 0, Velasco 0.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Kent Salado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano sent a strong message that it’s still alive and kicking with a 95-65 mauling of St. Benilde that kept its Final Four hopes alive in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“It’s a very important win for us. I can’t exaggerate the gravity of this game because every game is a must win for us. It gives us hope coming to our game against San Sebastian,” said coach Jerry Codiñera.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed DAY6 is for everybody Kent Salado led the Chiefs with 16 points and 11 assists, while Zach Nicholls went 3-of-6 from three to wound up with 13 markers, all coming in the second half when the game was already decided.Lervin Flores added 12 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, as three other players notched double-digits in scoring.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWith the win, Arellano forced a tie with EAC at sixth place with their identical 6-9 records.Rence Alcoriza ignited the blowout as he unleashed nine of his 11 markers in the first quarter to help Arellano grab an early 28-16 lead it would no longer surrender. Cavs coach Lue says friends shot in Las Vegas tragedy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Quarters: 28-16, 47-33, 69-50, 95-65. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments
Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kyle Lowry scored 25 points and DeMar DeRozan had 18 for the Raptors, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.The Knicks trailed 59-48 at halftime and were down 62-52 after Lowry’s two free throws with 10:47 left in the third quarter. Enes Kanter’s layup with 10:28 left began the eight-minute surge, which didn’t end until CJ Miles hit a 3-pointer with 2:23 remaining. Kanter added five more points during the run, while Courtney Lee contributed seven of his 15 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneNew York took its biggest lead at 89-69 on Doug McDermott’s jumper with two seconds left in the third quarter.The Knicks still led by 18 when the Raptors went on a 12-0 run of their own to cut the deficit to 94-88. But Porzingis converted a three-point play with 5:25 left to end the run and also hit the next bucket, and the Knicks put it away soon after when Hardaway Jr. made a 3-pointer. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Toronto led most of the first half and DeRozan’s layup with a second left put the Raptors up by 11 at halftime.Hardaway and Lee each had game highs of seven assists.The Knicks are 10-2 when scoring at least 100 points this season. They are 4-0 when holding opponents to less than 100.DeRozan had scored at least 20 points in 10 straight games before falling two points short on Wednesday.Joakim Noah has not dressed in all five games the Knicks have played since he was activated following his 20-game suspension. He is currently in the second year of a four-year, $72 million contract.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Toronto Raptors forward Norman Powell (24) tries to strip the ball from New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK—Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a career-high 38 points, including 12 during a 28-0 run in the third quarter that sent the New York Knicks to a 108-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.Kristaps Porzingis added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who outscored the Raptors 41-10 in the third.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Heat beat Celtics to end 16-game winning streak
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(AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana—It took Rajon Rondo 20 games in a Pelicans uniform to rewrite franchise record books.As Rondo gains more comfort with his new team—and its unusual lineup featuring two dynamic All-Star big men—his ability to recognize mismatches and put talented scorers in advantageous spots could be exactly what New Orleans needs.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Rondo set a franchise record with a career-high 25 assists in just 30 minutes on the court, Anthony Davis had 33 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks, and the Pelicans beat the Brooklyn Nets 128-113 on Wednesday night.“The No. 1 thing is we got the win. And then me, personally, I love passing the ball,” Rondo said. “I’ve been blessed to play with a lot of great players, and what I take pride in is making those guys’ jobs easier.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 14 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 23 points for the Pelicans, who’ve won three straight—all by 14 or more points.Rondo was quick to point out his whole team moved the ball well and shot accurately. The Pelicans had a record 40 assists as a team on 48 total field goals. “That speaks for itself. It wasn’t just me,” Rondo said. “The ball was hopping and we were making plays for one another.”Cousins said Rondo made it look “easy.”The Pelicans “looked like the Harlem Globetrotters at one point,” Cousins added. “It’s fun to play that way.”Davis even credited Rondo, who missed the start of the season with an abdominal injury, for improving team defense.“He’s been getting on me about not blocking shots, so for the last couple games I’ve been trying to just go after everything,” Davis said.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:4420 Sea Games-related incidents so far, says NCRPO03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Tatum’s big fourth quarter helps Celtics top Hornets Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Currently sitting on the edge of the Western Conference playoff picture, the Pelicans entered their current three-game homestand looking to string together victories against teams that have struggled on the road.They got off to a solid start against Brooklyn, leading by as many as 16 in the first quarter, 23 in the second and 33 in the third.“We just did not have the defensive mentality and defensive discipline to get stops. They are a potent offensive team,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “We should have more resiliency, more understanding of the situation. Sure, they are a big team, but you can negate that with your activity. You can negate that by denying passes, by getting deflections.”Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry pulled his starters in the third quarter, only to have to put them back in following a 17-0 Nets run that trimmed New Orleans’ lead to 91-75 heading into the fourth.Caris LeVert scored 22 points, Nik Stauskas added 21, and both were instrumental in Brooklyn’s brief surge. But the Pelicans’ lineup of Davis, Cousins, Holiday, Rondo and E’Twaun Moore, who had 20 points, quickly created separation again and set up a stress-free finish.“When their starters came back in, they kind of punched us in the mouth again. But at least we tried our hardest and made the game respectful,” Stauskas said. “What I have learned in my four years in the league is when you are out there, you have to compete.”The only drama in the latter stages of the fourth quarter was whether Rondo would eclipse franchise and career marks for assists. He broke Chris Paul’s mark with his 22nd assist and set a new personal best with his 25th, then came to the bench to a standing ovation and a congratulatory handshake from Gentry.Rondo is the only active player with 25 assists in a game and among only seven players in NBA history to have done it, the others being Scott Skiles, John Stockton, Jason Kidd, Kevin Johnson, Nate McMillan and Isiah Thomas.“It’s definitely an honor to be mentioned with those guys, especially with passing the ball, which I take pride in,” Rondo said “But I couldn’t have done it without my teammates making shots, so I’ve got to give those guys the credit.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments