Glowing tributes for Holy Trinity’s Jordan Foote

first_img He left behind mother Nadine Sutherland, father Cavel, and five brothers, among other relatives and friends. Ryan Foote, his older brother, recalled Jordan as his “prized possession”. “My little brother who I looked up to in football, I love you. Words can’t describe,” he said. Ryan thanked the generous sponsors who rallied to Foote’s aid, the Holy Trinity High School, and others, while singling out Manning cup coach Devon Anderson as “man of the moment” for his role in Jordan’s life. Anderson later shared with The Gleaner: “I still think I didn’t do enough. He was like a son to me.” Jordan attended Elletson Primary School from 2004-2009 before moving on to Holy Trinity High between 2009 and 2015. Holy Trinity’s Manning Cup team’s vice captain Karim Brown, who has known Jordan for over five years, said: “It is very sad. He is the one who inspired me to start playing for Holy Trinity. Before I went to the school, I was hearing about him and I looked up to him.” Principal Margaret Brissett-Bolt affectionately called Jordan “my number 10”, adding farewell to to Jordan “who we all loved”. She added: “Jordan and his team put us on the map as football players that everyone had to take a second look at, and at the time when Jordan got ill, that was when I knew there was so much that was correct and right with Jamaica,” the Holy Trinity principal stressed as she spoke of the financial assistance Foote received to do his surgery. Central Kingston Member of Parliament and former Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites, shared: “On behalf of the people of Central Kingston, I offer sincere sympathies to his family and to the colleagues at Holy Trinity High School, the students making marvellous strides in wholesome education.” Captain Horace Burrell, Jamaica Football Federation president, on his way to Costa Rica for tomorrow’s return leg World Cup qualifying football match, stopped to deliver his message. “Having lost a son around about the same age, I kind of understand how it feels and sincere condolences to the parents, other family members, to the school, and to all the football fraternity and we mourn with the parents.We ask that those who are close to the parents give support,” Burrell outlined. Tributes Former Holy Trinity High School football representative Jordan Foote was remembered with glowing tributes during a packed funeral at the Arnold Road Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kingston yesterday. Jordan, who lived and breathed football, was laid to rest in a Manchester United-styled coffin. The lnternment took place at the Dovecot Memorial Park. He was born Jordan Jerome Foote on June 1, 1997 and lost his battle with bone cancer at the University Hospital of the West Indies on March 5. Foote almost single-handedly led the unheralded Holy Trinity High School to the FLOW Super Cup final in 2014. Other tributes came from Saccheen Laing, who read a poem to her ‘friend’; Michael Ricketts, Clarendon Football Association president; Holy Trinity and Hydel High Schools; Marlon Campbell – St Catherine High; family friend Karen Edmond, and the education ministry, courtesy of Sergeant Coleridge Minto, director of safety and security in schools. The offering collected will go towards the Jordan Foote Foundation. Left behindlast_img read more

Matthews powers Hurricanes to win

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): Teenage West Indies all-rounder Hayley Matthews snatched a four-wicket haul to help Hobart Hurricanes stun Melbourne Renegades via the one-over eliminator in a thrilling contest in the Women’s Big Bash League here yesterday. Amy Satterthwaite’s unbeaten 52 had propelled Hurricanes to 121 for five off their 20 overs at Queen Elizabeth II Oval, and off-spinner Matthews then derailed the Renegades innings with four for 23 from her four overs, to ensure that the scores were level at the end. Set 13 to win from the one-over eliminator, Hurricanes easily reached their target with the 18-year-old Matthews and Satterthwaite gathering the required runs. The victory was the second straight for Hurricanes following their three-run verdict, also over Renegades, on Saturday. Sent in, Hurricanes lost Matthews cheaply for seven in the third over as they slumped to 56 for four in the 13th over. However, Satterthwaite struck four fours and a six in a 41-ball knock as she put on 45 for the fifth wicket with Corinne Hall (27) to bolster the innings. Renegades got a start of 32 from captain Rachel Priest (19) and Grace Harris (15) before Matthews, who shared the new ball, removed both in the fifth over to leave the hosts on 34 for two. However, Kris Britt (36) and Danielle Wyatt (35) added 70 for the third wicket, which seemed to put Renegades firmly in the driver’s seat at 104 for two in the 18th over. But Matthews intervened yet again, accounting for both Britt and Wyatt in her final over – the 18th of the innings – leaving six runs to get for victory off the last. Renegades were still favoured with one run required off the last ball, but Molly Strano (3) perished via the run-out route.last_img read more

As Asian Games host, Indonesia has more at stake than sport

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In this July 25, 2018, photo, members of joint Indonesian police and military special forces take part in an anti-terrorism drill ahead of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia is deploying 100,000 police and soldiers to provide security for the Asian Games, the biggest event ever held in its terror attack prone capital Jakarta, parts of which have been dramatically spruced up as the city readies to welcome tens of thousands of athletes and visitors. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia is deploying 100,000 police and soldiers to provide security for the Asian Games, the biggest event ever held in its terror attack prone capital Jakarta, parts of which have been dramatically spruced up as the city readies to welcome tens of thousands of athletes and visitors.The 18th Asian Games, which run until September 2, are being held in Jakarta, Palembang on the island of Sumatra, and in West Java. About 12,000 athletes, support staff and officials and 5,000 journalists are expected.ADVERTISEMENT The games are being held at what is domestically a trying time for Indonesia. An earthquake on the island of Lombok last week killed more than 430 people and the country is beginning what’s expected to be eight months of presidential election campaigning that trades on religious and ethnic divides. Any significant problems or successes at the Asian Games will reflect on the incumbent president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.And despite a massive counter-terrorism crackdown since the 2002 Bali bombings, the past several years have seen increased activity by militants who’ve been reinvigorated by the extremism of the Islamic State group.Local militants have carried out unsophisticated but still deadly attacks across Indonesia, including in Jakarta. Their ideological leader was sentenced to death in June and police have arrested more than 280 suspected militants and killed 21 following suicide bombings in the second-largest city Surabaya in May in which radicalized families used their young children as weapons.The dispersion of venues is a particular challenge for security, requiring a huge number of personnel to manage everything from traffic to VIP security and terror threats, said Indonesia’s deputy national police chief, Muhammad Syafruddin.Some 100,000 police and soldiers are being deployed as another 100,000 are on standby, said Syafruddin, who is also chef de mission of the Indonesian team.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Keep bribes secret for 10 years, FIFA won’t punish you View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img It’s the second time Indonesia has hosted the games. The first in 1962 was under the country’s founding president Sukarno, who wanted to showcase Indonesia and himself as a leader of nations who’d thrown off colonial Western rule. This time, Indonesia, projected to be among the world’s 10 biggest economies by 2030, wants to shift perceptions that it’s in the “too hard” basket and pave the way for an eventual tilt at even bigger sports hosting baubles.All venues are finished and tested with only beautification work being carried out just days before Saturday’s opening ceremony, said organizing committee member and sports ministry secretary Gatot S. Dewa Broto, who pronounced the facilities “extremely wonderful.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’An opening ceremony involving 5,000 performers is planned with a mythological theme, flying people and, indispensably in a country of dozens of active volcanoes, a mountain that erupts, albeit a “very small eruption,” Dewa Broto said.The official website says the games will be “inaugurated through a colossal ceremony as a way to show the world that Indonesia is a big nation that is capable of hosting an international event.” 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Organizers must also work hard to avoid scratching any of the sore diplomatic points between the 45 countries and territories competing.Referring to the controversy over Indonesia’s flag being printed upside down in publications for the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia last year, Dewa Broto said Indonesia will be at pains to not be the country causing any offense.“We don’t have any intention to make any refunds for that one,” he said. “We want to be a very good host country. We don’t want to get any negative image during the games.”            /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “About three months ago we foiled a plot by a radical group who planned an attack during the games, but we were able to detect it and prevent it. We can say that our success in detecting possible attacks is quite significant,” he said.Indonesia had less than the usual amount of time to prepare after the original host country, Vietnam, withdrew because of financial problems. Known for some of the world’s most congested traffic and creaking infrastructure, Jakarta initially seemed unprepared for the challenge of hosting a major sports event. But officials are confident everything is ready.The country of more than 260 million people has spent $2 billion to upgrade its main stadium and connected venues, which were used for the 1962 Asian Games, and build a velodrome and equestrian center in eastern Jakarta.One of central Jakarta’s two main thoroughfares has in the past few weeks become an almost unrecognizable boulevard of level footpaths and wide lanes after several years of subway construction — a city improvement being done independently of the games — was cleared away and its obstacle course-like sidewalks repaved.Many athletes and visitors will arrive through the international airport’s gleaming new Terminal 3,  another infrastructure improvement that was in the works before the games were awarded to Indonesia.Tests of travel time between the athlete village and the main stadium show it’s almost achieving the targeted 30 minutes, possibly helped by expansion of a policy that alternates the days vehicles can use certain roads based on having an odd or even number plate.But not every problem can be solved to perfection.Just a few hundred meters from the revamped thoroughfare that passes the main stadium, long stretches of another significant artery are bounded by open drains and warped footpaths and divided by construction work for an elevated rail line.A black and foul smelling river next to the athlete village eluded a permanent solution so it has been covered in special netting to hide the eyesore and diminish the odor.Air quality has noticeably deteriorated in Jakarta this month, a thick haze hanging over the city most days. Organizers promise an improvement. Schools along the routes for athlete convoys will be closed to further reduce traffic and factories have been asked to go slow. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READlast_img read more

15 students benefit from GBTI’s Annual Bursary Awards

first_imgFifteen holders of Early Savers accounts at the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI), who were all successful at the recent National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA), were on Friday presented with Bursary Awards.The fifteen students included top 1 per cent performers Venecia Lall, Umashankar Singh, Devine Amsterdam, Ajala Maharaj along with Manoj Ram, Julia Bacchus, Jonathan Robinson, Christopher Shepperd, Neeraj Joree, Nandishraj Singh, Dhanpal Singh, Cameron Siers, Shemroy Singh, Bomeka Singh and Marissa Siriram.The students who received their bursary awards at GBTI’s main branch on FridayThe monetary award is expected to assist the students with their school needs in order to make their school life easier.Speaking at the brief ceremony held at the bank’s main branch in Kingston, Georgetown, Executive Director of GBTI, Richard Isava encouraged the students to be consistent and to remain focused at all times.“During this phase of your life, you can be easily distracted by the natural and social pressures in school or in the society as a whole. But remember that you are not alone – you have support and keep telling yourself you can make it and if you keep reassuring yourself you will succeed. You have come this far; you should only seek to climb higher” the Director encouraged.Isava noted that GBTI continues to believe in investing in the future and in providing opportunities for their growth and development.“Our Early Savers Account is one way in which we support growth and development of our young people. You would know about some of the other features and benefits of being in our Early Savers Club but today I want to underscore the importance of Education…” Isava said.Also, in attendance at the ceremony was Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Primary) of the Education Ministry, Owen Pollard, who delivered brief remarks, also encouraging the students to keep working hard for their achievements.Guyana Times spoke to two of the awardees including special needs student Jonathon Robinson, who expressed his gratitude to have been selected to be recognised.The young man encouraged parents to open accounts with GBTI so that their children can benefit in the future.Devine Amsterdam, who was awarded a place at Queen’s College, said that she is proud to be among those chosen by the financial institution.“I’m proud to be here, to be collecting a gift from GBTI. I have been an Early Saver since I was born so I am really happy for the support that GBTI have been giving to us” the student expressed.Over the years, GBTI has seen some of the country’s top performers emanating from their Early Savers Club including last year’s top performer, Nalia Rahaman.Presently, GBTI also offers financial support for students wishing to pursue their tertiary education. However, this is not limited to students only but to all customers.last_img read more

Pembina renews opposition to PNW-LNG

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The left-leaning Pembina Institute is out with another critique of the Pacific Northwest LNG project.It is arguing the ineffectiveness of British Columbia’s new climate plan is underscored by the looming threat posed by the Petronas led project to the province’s emissions targets.The Institute has today released what it calls a new infographic, quantifying the potential environmental impacts of PNW-LNG in the context of what it calls the incomplete Climate Leadership Plan unveiled last month by the Provincial Government.- Advertisement -The updated analysis was included in a letter to Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister, Catherine McKenna, as the Trudeau government continues the review process of the project long considered a front-runner in the race to build Canada’s first LNG export project. The institute claims carbon pollution from the two phases of the plant proposed for the Prince Rupert area, and its associated upstream operations extending to the Peace Region, could reach 9.2 million tonnes by 2030 and increase to ten million by 2050.It also claims the project could result in the drilling of 258 extra shale gas wells and the usage of five point one million cubic metres of fresh water per year.Advertisement Thus it says potential environmental impacts of the project in 2030 would be comparable to the carbon pollution of one point nine million cars on the road and the residential fresh-water use of 56 thousand Canadians.Noting BC’s legislated climate target for 2050 is 13 million tonnes of carbon pollution, the Pembina perspective is that the project would torpedo that target.Thus it is recommending the federal government reject the project and is also calling on the B-C government to implement the full package of recommendations from its expert advisory panel—the Climate Leadership Team.BC Associate Director Matt Horne puts it this way, “Allowing Pacific Northwest LNG to proceed would put BC’s climate targets out of reach and present a serious obstacle to Canada’s climate ambitions.”Advertisementlast_img read more

A day at the races

first_imgPOMONA – Spending a day at the races – and out of school – is an idea Sandy Franco could grow accustomed to. Franco, 15, a sophomore at Nogales High School, spent Friday along with 29 other students at Fairplex in Pomona watching drag racing. More importantly, she also received advice from professional racers about the importance of education, setting goals and making positive decisions. The National Hot Rod Association’s Youth & Education Service program attracted 5,400 students from 90 schools in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. The YES program was created in 1989 as a vehicle to connect students with careers in auto racing. For the last seven years, the U.S. Army has partnered with the NHRA in presenting this educational program that 50,000 students from across the country participate annually. Gonzalez, a senior, has come to the YES event for four years and is still thrilled by the prospect of meeting drivers and seeing race cars. Teachers also see the event as an educational experience for students. “I’ve been teaching auto shop for 18 years and I’ve been bringing kids here for 17,” said Tom Blair, an automotive technology instructor at Pioneer High School in Whittier. “I bring them to get them excited about automotives and auto shop – and it’s the one place they’ll come and they won’t forget what they see and hear,” he said. “These are the big boys who come racing here.” Phillip Jelinek has been taking auto-shop students at Monrovia High School to the event since 1989. He said one of the most thrilling aspects for students is always getting to interact face-to-face with the drivers and crews. “It’s the only motor sports venue that allows you to walk right up there in the pits and get within five to 10 feet of them.” Jelinek said the event also opens the students up to the many job opportunities available in racing – from marketing and graphics to cooking and sales. “Most of the kids don’t know what they want to do. This is just planting seeds, giving them ideas of what they can do,” he said. “There is just a myriad of careers associated with drag racing besides just working on cars.” Staff writers Cortney Fielding and Tracy Garcia contributed to this story. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Friday’s agenda included remarks from racing pros Tony Schumacher and Angelle Sampey about setting goals. Then the students watched the qualifying runs of drivers for the NHRA’s Auto Club Finals. Additionally, students looking for a bit of physical activity stopped by the U.S. Army tent to compete in a push-up and football throwing contest. The diminutive Franco is a life-long racing fan who wants to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She knows the value of a good education, Franco said, and having the opportunity to experience a competitive race in person was a treat. “I get to be out of school and see drag racing!” she said excitedly. David Muro and Jasmin Gonzalez, students at California High School in Whittier, were also excited to spend the day out of class and around cars. last_img read more


first_imgWell it’s Monday morning here at the Media Box HQ and we are looking forward to another a busy week. Last week was really full of activity for us we were run off our feet or should I say heels!Last week it was all fun and games at Kavanagh’s SuperValu, the Buncrana and Dungloe stores hosted two successful fun days in their bid to raise €30000 for the Donegal Hospice. Both days were a massive success and they raised an impressive €2,466 towards the Hospice Campaign.The two action packed fun days had bouncy castles, face painting, kids sport games, fun games, live music and much more it was a great day out for all ages. The Media Box team really enjoyed the day, especially Corinne who was star struck when she met Mickey and Minnie Mouse! The next big activity in the pipeline is the Supervalu Super Heroes climb of Mount Errigal on the 21st of August. This week the Media Box team swapped our heels and dusted off our trainers and started our extreme training regime. We want to be the first to reach the top of the mountain!Mary Dolan from Drung Co. Cavan was the lucky winner of €1,000 this week complementary of Gallaghers Bakery Grab a Grand competition. Finding her golden ticket in her White Sliced Pan bought in Dennings Co. Cavan; Mary was entered into a draw with other contenders and was randomly selected as this week’s Grab a Grand winner.Each week Gallaghers Bakery will put 20 lucky golden tickets into their famous White Sliced Pan with one ticket holder walking away €1,000 richer. To be in with your chance to Grab a Grand pick up your Gallaghers white sliced pan from any store, enjoy the new and improved recipe and keep your fingers crossed for the lucky loaf with the golden ticket.This week marks the launch of Smyth’s Daleside Feeds search for ‘little farmers’ aged 15 and under to star in their 2012 calendar “Growing up on the Farm”. The calendar will highlight the top class quality of Smyth’s products whilst featuring junior farmers helping out on the farm.  So if you know a little farmer who has what it takes to be Mr /Miss January, February or March then please send a picture of their best farming pose to Smyth’s Daleside Feeds:  All applications must be made by a parent/ guardian over the age of 18. For more information on Smyth’s Feeds and the 2012 Little Farmers Calendar please logon to their Facebook page at: Our top tune for today is Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, hopefully it will get everyone in the spirit to dust off their trainers and prepare for the Super Valu climb. Please feel free to logon to and sing along.Hope you enjoyed this week’s update on our office antics and keep an eye on our Facebook page to hear more. Until next week keep running in those heels! The Media Box Team XMEDIA BOX BLOG: RUNNING IN HEELS was last modified: August 1st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MEDIA BOX BLOG: RUNNING IN HEELSlast_img read more


first_imgLagan Harps FC News:Our mens team went back top of the league with a 2-1 win away to Gweedore Utd. Scorers were Mark Hunter and Glen Gallagher. We don’t have a match this weekend. Our u/16’s lost their unbeaten record when they went down 2-0 away to Cappry rovers in the cup. They had already qualified for the final so the result didn’t affect this. They start their league campaign away to Castlefin Celtic on Saturday. Our u/14’s lost their first league game 3-1 at home to Fintown Harps. scorer was Enda Gallagher. This game was brought forward so they don’t have a game this weekend. Our u/12 reserves put up a good performance before losing 3-1 to Cappry Colts.Evan Rodgers was the scorer. Our u/12′ A’s are at home to Cappry Rovers in the National Cup while our u/12 reserves are home to Convoy Reserves in the league. Our u/10 and u/8 teams were in action in the blitzs.In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 4,6,20 and 24. Ten people had two numbers with Rita Keappock, drawn out and winning E50. Next weeks jackpot is E5900.SOCCER: HUNTER AND GALLAGHER FIRE LAGAN HARPS TOP OF THE TABLE was last modified: October 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:soccerSportlast_img read more

Tripura tribal party initiates to unite regional parties on NRC

first_imgIndigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura has taken initiative to unite regional parties to voice demand for National Register of Citizens (NRC) in entire northeastern region. Upbeat over conclusion of the exercise in Assam, the Party began voicing demand for the same in Tripura.INPT General Secretary Jagadish Debbarma said they will hold a ‘huge’ rally at Khumulwng, headquarters of Tripura tribal autonomous district council, on September 24 to press two major demands – implementation of the NRC and withdrawal of proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill.Mr. Debbarma on Monday informed his Party has been in touch with the regional parties in other States with an intention to create a confederation “to consolidate movement to achieve the demands”. Top leaders of mainstream regional parties have been invited to the rally.INPT’s ploys however seen as efforts to revive its base in tribal areas ahead of elections to the tribal autonomous district council due in early next year. INPT has been a traditional ally of the Congress and the alliance expected to continue in council’s election.Regional parties always have a tendency to cultivate sensitive issues that concern State’s indigenous population which reduced to minority over the decades owing to migration and infiltration of non-tribals from across the international border.There is however a difference between regional parties in other northeastern States and Tripura as parties like INPT and others accept cut-off year 1971 for detection and deportation of foreigners. In other States, demand is for 1952 as cut-off year.INPT also moved the Supreme Court seeking an order for imposition of NRC in Tripura. A few other regional parties have followed the suit.last_img read more

Kyrie Irving, Celtics outlast Thunder in thriller

first_imgView comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “We just played a good team,” George said. “I thought they made some big plays, big shots. Gotta live with it.”Steven Adams and Dennis Schroeder each had 16 points for Oklahoma City, and Jerami Grant scored 15.Oklahoma City suffered its first loss since a 138-128 overtime setback against the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 17.Westbrook made two free throws to pull Oklahoma City within 127-125 with 45.9 seconds remaining after Boston had led by six with 1:27 to go.Irving’s driving finger-roll with 23.3 seconds left put Boston up by four, but Grant answered with a 3-pointer to bring the Thunder within 129-128.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oklahoma City squandered a chance to take the lead after Jayson Tatum missed one of two free throws. Irving stripped Westbrook with 8.1 seconds on the clock and Horford got the ball back to Tatum, who sealed the win at the line.“In a (tight) game like that, I’ve just got to take care of the ball, so that’s on me,” Westbrook said.Irving said “instincts” led him to gamble on his steal of Westbrook.“It’s winning time,” Irving said. “I feel like when the ball’s in my hand, I’ve just got to make the right play. Being down the stretch, just trying to make the right decisions.”TIP-INSThunder: George has made at least two 3-pointers in 31 straight games. … Oklahoma City enjoyed its best offensive month in franchise history in January, averaging 120.6 points and 44.1 made field goals while going 9-5. … F Abdel Nader (illness) did not play in his return to Boston. Nader, a 2016 second-round draft pick of the Celtics, averaged 3.0 points in 48 games as a rookie last season with Boston.Celtics: Irving scored 20 in the first half, giving him 20 or more points in a season-high nine straight games. … C Aron Baynes missed Sunday’s game after an MRI exam Saturday revealed a contusion in his left foot. “I don’t anticipate him being back anytime in the next week or so,” coach Brad Stevens said. … C/F Robert Williams (back tightness) also sat and is considered day-to-day.THE BIG THREEIrving, George and Westbrook combined for 89 points in the nationally-televised affair that served as a warm-up act for the Super Bowl.“Going against the best is always a great challenge,” Irving said. “You just want to stay consistent in this game. That’s how you get respect. That’s all I really care about, getting wins.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity moments were plentiful at Super Bowlcenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. THUNDEROUS RESPONSEOklahoma City began the season with four straight losses, the last a 101-95 home defeat by Boston on Oct. 25.“They’re 33-14 since, which is as good as anybody in the league and they look like that,” Stevens said before tipoff.SUPER SUNDAYPatriots fans who didn’t travel to Atlanta to watch New England face the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl made their presence felt at TD Garden. A sea of Tom Brady jerseys, “Beat LA” T-shirts and Pats-related signs accented the crowd. One fan shown on the video board wearing a Rams’ Todd Gurley jersey was soundly booed.Before last year’s Super Bowl, Stevens wore a hoodie after the Celtics game in honor of Patriots coach Bill Belichick. He stuck with his usual wardrobe this time — because the Patriots lost a year ago.“I’m not superstitious as a coach,” Stevens said. “I’m superstitious as a fan.”UP NEXTThunder: Host the Magic on Tuesday night to begin a stretch of seven of 11 at home.Celtics: Visit the Cavaliers on Tuesday night before hosting ex-Cavs star LeBron James and the rival Lakers on Thursday. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ Boston has won four straight since a 115-111 home loss to the Warriors on Jan. 26 and has won nine of its last 10 games overall.“We battled against Golden State, but (this is) a good win,” said Al Horford, who had 17 points and nine assists. “This team has been playing really well and it’s just good to get this win here at home.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMarcus Morris had 19 points, Marcus Smart added 18 and seven assists and Daniel Theis had 14 off the Celtics bench.George scored 37 points and Russell Westbrook notched his sixth straight triple-double and 19th of the season with 22 points, 16 assists and 12 rebounds. Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, right, defends against Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Eight days after letting a win slip away against the Golden State Warriors, the Celtics were able to finish the job against another tough Western Conference opponent.Kyrie Irving had 30 points and 11 assists as Boston overcame big games from Oklahoma City stars Paul George and Russell Westbrook to snap the Thunder’s seven-game win streak in a 134-129 thriller on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more