Last week, the team leader of the organising committee of the Gibson-McCook Relays (GMR) was interviewed on KLAS Sports Radio. Any sentimentally inclined sporting enthusiast must have been duly moved. Foster’s Fairplay was privileged to have been part of the audience. The show, configured for the ‘riding home’ pleasure of working class Jamaica and hosted by a Fortis stalwart in sports journalist, Stratton Palmer, drove home a salient point. The rich legacy of the event, conceptualised and cofounded by bright minds, was alive and kicking. Forty years ago, inspired by visits to the world acclaimed Penn Relays Carnival, Jamaica’s now departed track and field icon, the energetic and ebullient administrator, Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook, could no longer ignore the bee in his bonnet. The concept, aligned to the energy and enthusiasm to create and replicate for his own, led to the founding of the Gibson Relays, as it was first named. Why not, as the Reverend Percival William Gibson, born in the same year as Prime Minister Norman Washington Manley – had played such a significant and seminal role in the shaping and steering of the McCook of the 1950s. The term ‘no-brainer’, not yet hatched, would now be quite appropriate. It is no easy task to have Kingston College old boy and former athlete medical professor Rainford Wilks speak about the planning team and his achievements. However, it would be a journalistic faux pas not to try. He was quizzed on attempts to emulate the McCook model and sustain the principles, prestige and precision of the event. He explained: “The organisation and execution are based on the same principles as under Mr McCook. The committee consists of complementary personalities and skills required to execute the meet, many carefully chosen by McCook himself and serving long internship – are very prepared for the job.” The assessment demonstrated a stark and unapologetic resolve to laud the work of the man who threw the first die. There was more to come. “We have enhanced the organisation with modern information and communication technology, as well as organisational and accounting principles and requirements.” LOVE AND RESPECT The love and respect for the giant of a sporting icon, seeming to be ever present asserted itself even more in what the professor must have thought was the final query as he offered a sum up remark. “However, the basic attitudes, values and principles are the same ones enunciated by Bishop Gibson and the Honourable Neville Teddy McCook. We will not change a winning formula.” Foster’s Fairplay is not known to sideline those who are the major players – spectators. They should always receive value for funds spent. Many come to the park seeking innovations or features, new or established, which will heighten the appeal of and ensure lasting interest in the spectacle. With this in mind and alert to scarcity of disposable income to satisfy a sophisticated entertainment appetite, there would be no ignoring that. The man who seems to forget his auspicious title, calling himself simply ‘Rainford’, responded. “The GMR is a spectacle, its essence is high-quality athletics executed efficiently and on time. Jamaica is the focus and repository of high-quality athletics, and relay running in particular, and we feel no pressure to change anything, except being more efficient.” He referred to the GMR as “a training ground for track and field officials”. About overseas participation? “(It) would complement the meet and we would welcome it, but it is difficult to arrange for a variety of reasons. We continue to pursue that initiative and we will see how it goes when the opportunity presents itself.” On future plans? “We are in a strategic review process and will have to pay attention to several factors, including sustainable funding, penetration of the Caribbean and wider NACAC area in order to contribute to regional development of athletics. But short of extending to a second day, there is little room for change.” The chief organiser was less effusive on the 2016 features. “We will introduce a bit of spectacle for some of the championship events this year with the help of (sponsors) Digicel. Our emphasis is on quality and efficiency in a safe, fun-filled environment. The spectacle will come from the performances.” Rest well, Teddy. The Gibson McCook Relays will live on. n For feedback, email [email protected]
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CMC):Another lower-order collapse condemned West Indies Women to a four-run defeat to South Africa Women in their third and final Twenty20 International and a 2-1 series loss here yesterday.Chasing 120 for victory at Newlands, West Indies Women were sailing at 81 for three in the 15th over at one stage before losing five wickets for 16 runs in the space of 18 deliveries to end on 115 for eight off their 20 overs.They required 12 runs off the final over, but came up short as Shamalia Connell (13 not out) and Anisa Mohammed (five not out), failed to find the boundary.Deandra Dottin and opener Hayley Matthews both top-scored with 24, while captain Stafanie Taylor got 23. But they were just three of four batsmen to reach double figures.Off-spinner Yolanie Fourie was the best bowler with two for 20 from four her four overs.Winning the toss and batting, the Proteas Women were carried by Lizelle Lee, who struck an unbeaten 33, captain Mignon du Preez, who scored 32 and Marizanne Kapp, who finished on 24 not out.In reply, West Indies Women lost Kycia Knight for three at 15 for one in the third over, lbw to left-arm seamer Moseline Daniels.Taylor and Matthews then revived the innings in a 32-run stand before Fourie claimed the first of her two wickets when she had Matthews brilliantly caught by Daniels, leaping one-handed on the backward square boundary at 47 for two in the ninth over.Taylor followed 10 runs later, bowled around her legs after missing a sweep at leg-spinner van Niekerk.Dottin quickly counter-attacked in a 24-run fourth wicket stand with Kyshone Knight (9). She smashed a four and two sixes off 18 balls and looked be changing the course of the innings when she holed out to long on against seamer Masabata Klaas. Her dismissal triggered a slide and West Indies Women were unable to recover.The Caribbean side will now turn its attention to the Twenty20 Women’s World Cup in India from March 15 to April 3.
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 behind
One is the greatest athlete in history, another is a young champion, who is looking to find his way again, the other inspired them both – a timeless giant, perhaps, the nation’s favourite son. Sprint’s triumvirate will come together for only the second time on Jamaican soil as three of the four fastest men in history will test each other at the upcoming Racers Grand Prix meet at the National Stadium, each looking to test the waters and make an early statement ahead of the National Senior Championships – Jamaica’s Olympics trials. Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell will highlight the 100m clash at the June 11 meet, each at different stages of their impressive careers, but despite the common goal of Olympic success, their trajectories could not be any more different. The six-time Olympic champion has also enjoyed his face-offs against Blake, taking the edge with a 3-2 lead in their five 100m races, with Bolt’s Daegu World Championships false start also adding an ‘L’ to the double world record holder’s head-to-head record Powell holds a 5-3 lead over Blake in their 100m clashes, but there is precious little to choose from between the two with the pair splitting their last six meetings. Bolt, who is now on a 30-race winning streak, kick-started his season with a 9.98 win at the Ostrava Golden Spike meet last Friday, with Blake also teasing with a 9.95 run in April at the MVP Track and Field meet. Powell got a head start on his countrymen with a busy indoor season, which saw him getting a silver medal at the World Indoor Championships. He has, however, only ran once in the 100m so far this season, a solid 10.04 run in Guadeloupe. You can bet comfortably that he will need to go well below that if he is to strike first blood against his friendly rivals with the National Senior Championships just a few weeks away. Nightmare seasons World record While Bolt is keeping an eye on the Olympics with his three gold medals from the previous instalment tucked under his arm, Blake is looking to confirm that he is truly back after a couple of nightmare seasons, where he was dogged by injury after injury. Powell, on the other hand, is looking to change his fortunes under the five rings after two fifth places and an eighth-place finish, respectively, at the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games. Interestingly, despite their significance to Jamaican and international sprinting, the three have only raced together in the 100m on three occasions – first in Paris at the Meeting Areva, where Bolt clocked 9.84 to lead a Jamaican sweep, with Powell, 9.91, and a young Blake, 9.95, taking the other two spots. In 2012, weeks before the Olympic Games in London, Blake no longer the wide-eyed understudy that won World Championships gold a year earlier, beat Bolt at the National Senior Champion-ships, with Powell taking third place. The trio would again face each other and the rest of the best in the final at the London Olympics, with Bolt and Blake taking gold and silver as an injured Powell struggled to eighth place. Bolt has certainly been the alpha male where this showdown is concerned. In 16 races together, Powell has only beaten Bolt on one occasion, back in 2008 at the Stockholm Diamond League, in a close finish.
Meanwhile, in another main game of interest, former champions Charlie Smith are also looking to start on a winning note against Mona. Head coach Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite says although he does not know anything about Mona, they are looking for a good start. “It’s a game we are all looking forward to. Raheem Hill dislocated his collar bone in training on Saturday and that is seen as a setback. However, we are still looking forward to the game. We don’t know anything about them (Mona), but we are expecting to start positively,” Waite reasoned. Mona are playing at home and, with home support, could pull off a surprise against Charlie Smith High. The Eltham vs Spanish Town game is viewed as a derby clash, so both teams will be coming for three points and bragging rights in the parish. WINNING START Excelsior vs Tarrant Greater Portmore vs Tivoli Clan Carthy vs Kingston Waterford vs Holy Trinity Mona vs Charlie Smith (Home teams named first; all games kick off at 3:30 p.m.) Excelsior High will seek to get off to a winning start against Tarrant High when both teams meet in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-FLOW Manning Cup football competition’s Zone A clash at Excelsior High today, starting at 3:30 p.m. The remaining games on the day read: Greater Portmore vs Tivoli High at Greater Portmore High; Clan Carthy vs Kingston High at Alpha Boys’ Home playing field; Waterford vs Holy Trinity at Waterford High; and Mona vs Charlie Smith at Mona High. Seven-time Manning Cup champions Excelsior, under the guidance of head coach Shavar Thomas, are expecting to get off to a flying start against Tarrant High. “The approach is to go ouT there and win the game. We are not taking any team for granted, but the ball is round and if the players don’t go out there and play to instruction, things could go the wrong way,” Thomas, who is a former national senior team captain, told The Gleaner yesterday. Tarrant High are back in the competition after a one-year absence and will certainly look to ambush Excelsior. Today’s games
More discipline Former champions Jamaica College and Haile Selassie High captured the last two semi-final spots in the ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup knockout competition following contrasting victories yesterday at the Constant Spring Sports Complex in St Andrew. Haile Selassie stunned Excelsior High 6-5 on penalties after yesterday’s opening quarter-final ended 1-1 after regular and extra time. In the feature match, JC easily got past Holy Trinity High 3-0. In the first game, Hamish Smith put Haile Selassie ahead when he converted a wonderful free kick from 20 yards past Excelsior’s custodian Romario Palmer in the 42nd minute. With time running out, Excelsior equalised when Cadine Graham scrambled home from close in with the teams playing injury time at the end of 90 minutes. Earlier during the first-half Excelsior were reduced to ten players after Tyrick Sutherland was shown a red card for stomping on a Haile Selassie player. Haile Selassie’s veteran coach, Geoffrey Maxwell, said his team played a good first half but lost their discipline in the second half. “I think we played hot and cold. I thought Excelsior would have played a running game. The players need more teamwork and more discipline. However, we give thanks for winning the game and going into the semi-final,” Maxwell told The Sunday Gleaner. Losing coach, Shavar Thomas said Haile Selassie were the better team for the 90 minutes of regular time. “For 90 minutes, we were second best, but got better in extra time. We will have to go back and prepare for the FLOW Super Cup and Manning Cup competitions,” Thomas said. In the second game, JC hardly broke a sweat in getting by Holy Trinity. The game ended as a contest in the first half. Duhaney Williams opened the scoring for JC in the 17th minute. Holy Trinity had the chance to get the equaliser when they earned a penalty, but Jabouri Howell’s kick was saved by JC’s custodian Rajay Johnson in the 18th minute. Former Holy Trinity player Ronaldo Brown put JC further ahead in the 20th minute and Maliek Howell sealed the deal in the 38th minute. “It was a wonderful first-half performance by the team. We dropped the intensity in the second half as the semi-final is on Tuesday,” JC’s head coach, Miguel Coley, said. The Walker Cup semi-finals are scheduled for Tuesday, October 18 at Constant Spring. Kingston College will face Bridgeport High in one game and first-time semi-finalists Haile Selassie tackle JC in the other.
MELBOURNE, 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.
‘Messi ban unfair, irregular’ BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Lionel Messi’s four-match ban in World Cup qualifying was unfair and irregular, the new president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) claimed. Claudio Tapia, elected on Wednesday, also said Messi was banned from four of Argentina’s last five qualifiers because AFA had lost its influence at FIFA. Messi was banned on Tuesday by FIFA for verbally abusing an assistant referee in a qualifier against Chile last week. Argentina, lying fifth and out of the automatic qualifying spots in the South American standings, is expected to struggle without their best player. “(Messi’s ban) is not fair and it doesn’t abide by the rules,” Tapia said. Neuer out with foot injury MUNICH (AP) Bayern Munich will have to do without goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for two games because of a foot injury. The 31-year-old Germany goalkeeper injured his left foot in training on Wednesday. Club doctor Markus Walther performed a small operation, and the club said yesterday that it “went optimally”. Neuer, who already missed Germany’s recent games against England and Azerbaijan because of calf problems, will miss Bayern’s league games against Augsburg tomorrow and Hoffenheim on Tuesday. Neuer received support from Real Madrid midfielder and former Bayern teammate Toni Kroos, who also had his eye on the upcoming Champions League quarter-final between the sides. “Get well. But take your time.,” Kroos wrote on Twitter. Everton’s Funes Mori out for season LIVERPOOL, England (AP) Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori is set to miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury, dealing another blow to the Premier League team’s defence. Everton say the centre back “suffered a torn meniscus” while playing for Argentina against Bolivia in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. The club says Funes Mori will discuss surgical options next week and “is likely to be out of action for the rest of the campaign”. Right back Seamus Coleman sustained a broken leg while playing for Ireland on Friday. Everton are seventh in the Premier League after seven wins in their last 10 games. The team is six points behind fourth-place Liverpool, who host Everton in the Merseyside derby tomorrow.
McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return “He [Coronel] hit the big shots in the end and we made key stops in the dying seconds and those things helped us get the win,” said Perpetual assistant coach Jimwell Gican in Filipino.GJ Ylagan had a game-high 13 points to lead the Altas but it was the 6-foot-11 Prince Eze who did much of the dirty work with 11 points and 21 rebounds.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 Altas had a comfortable 49-40 lead heading into the fourth but a slew of turnovers allowed the Cardinals to storm back and mount a 14-2 run to take a 54-51 lead with 4:05 left in the game.Leo Gabo had a team-high 12 points to lead the Cardinals. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation PH bamboozles Iraq LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Perpetual Help came through in the clutch and silenced host Mapua University, 63-60, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Mapua University Gym Thursday.AJ Coronel came through in the final couple of minutes for the Altas, hitting a crucial triple to give Perpetual a 60-56 lead at the 1:22 mark of the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 37-year-old Jefferson spent two seasons with the Cavaliers and played a big role off the bench during the team’s 2016 championship season. He appeared in 79 games last season, averaging 5.7 points in 20.4 minutes.Jefferson also has played for the Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, Jazz, Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks over his 16-year career.Malone and Jefferson’s paths actually crossed a few years ago when both were with Golden State. Malone has nothing but respect for Jefferson the player.“He’s the consummate professional, stays ready,” Malone said. “Anytime you can be around a player that has a resume like Richard does, I think you’re better off for it. I wish Richard the best of luck wherever helands.”In Denver, Jefferson figures to back up Wilson Chandler at small forward and provide another veteran voiceon a Nuggets squad that many predict to be in the playoff race after narrowly missing a spot a year ago. The team hasn’t been to the postseason since 2012-13.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jefferson will join the Nuggets on a one-year deal, a person with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement hasn’t been disclosed by the team. ESPN first reported the deal, which it said is worth $2.3 million.After weeks of fine-tuning his roster through training camp and the preseason, Malone suddenly has to juggle things around. Not that he minds carving out minutes for a player he can’t even name just yet. Jefferson adds another leadership presence to a young, playoff-hopeful roster.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“Teams are always trying to find ways to improve in any way, shape or form,” said Malone, whose squad opens the season Wednesday in Utah. “If our front office deemed it necessary to make a move prior to the start of the regular season, that’s something I fully support and they have my 1,000 percent belief in what they’re trying to do.“We embrace whoever else comes in and we make the most of it. I don’t foresee if any changes are made, there being any negative effects to that.” “Anytime you come to the season with high expectations, it raises your level of play and intensity,” said Will Barton, whose ankle has quickly mended after he rolled it during practice Monday. “With us having high expectations, we all want to prove that we’re as good as we think we are. It’s a good thing. We don’t want to come into the season with people saying we’re going to (stink).”Heading into the season opener, Denver’s starting lineup looks like this: Paul Millsap at power forward, Chandler, Nikola Jokic in the middle and Gary Harris at shooting guard.The point guard situation remains up in the air. ESPN reported that Denver plans to waive veteran Jameer Nelson and he wasn’t at practice Tuesday. That leaves youngsters Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay to play the position.The only hint Malone would provide about who would start at the point was that his last name began with “M” and “U.”Hmm — not all that helpful.As for Nelson, Malone didn’t talk about the possible release of his veteran floor leader, only what he’s meant to the team.“His ability to mentor and help young players is something that people didn’t hear enough about,” Malone said. “Jameer has a great basketball mind and passion for the game.”Asked if this sort of move signals a growing faith in Mudiay, Malone played it coy.“I’m not going to speak to anything,” Malone said. “I love our team and trust (the front office) to do whatever they feel is in our best interest to have our best team possible.”___ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 Mourinho says long-term tenure at Man United unlikely Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson (24) battles Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes (40) for space during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas. Their roster overloaded, the Cavaliers are trading Richard Jefferson and Kay Felder to save money. Cleveland has agreed to send Jefferson, Felder, two second-round draft picks and $3 million to the Atlanta Hawks in a move that will allow the Eastern Conference champions to avoid paying $12 million in luxury tax penalties, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)DENVER — Michael Malone knows all about Richard Jefferson. Just not Tuesday, with the deal for the veteran forward still waiting on official word.“Who’s Jefferson?” the Denver Nuggets coach coyly said after practice.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson