Drag racing getting better at Vernamfield

first_imgIt was as if all the drivers saved the best for last.A total of 148 turned up to entertain a bumper crowd with blistering action, superb execution and blinding speed at the final drag racing meet for 2015 at Vernamfield on Sunday.Executive member of the National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) Stephen Gunter says the turnout of drivers was testament to the level of confidence they are now showing in the drag racing product. He notes that there has been big year-on-year growth.”In 2014, we were seeing average fields of 122 for that series. This year, we saw average fields of 148, which happens to be the number that participated in the final challenge for the year,” Gunter said.He also pointed to the increased number of foreign entries. In 2014, there was a lone Caymanian representative in Michael Williams driving a Mitsubishi Evolution, who managed to win the Pro Racer 9 Second Challenge. This year, there were all of four representatives from Cayman piloting serious machines and laying down good times.Highlights of meet five included the record run of Xavia Murray – in his Honda Civic – who broke the NDRC Front Wheel Drive record three times. The new record is 10.048 seconds.The record run of Orville Williams in his Nissan Pulsar also excited the crowd. He set a new NDRC Four Wheel Drive record of 8.944 seconds down the quarter-mile track.Caymanian Jody Jervis was not to be outdone. He piloted his Nissan Skyline to set new NDRC Rear Wheel Drive 4, 6 and Rotary records twice. The new record is 8.903 seconds.Gunter says the larger fields also contain better prepped cars, as evidenced by the faster times and a resulting greater level of competition.”There is no denying that the drivers are better prepared; the times that they are recording are phenomenal,” Gunter said.Plans are already in place for the 2016 Drag Challenge. Gunter would not be drawn on the sponsorship line-up since ‘things are at a delicate stage”, he said. The NDRC executive was not shy in saying, however, that 2016 will be bigger and better.neville.graham@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Russell, Smith fire Islamabad to PSL title

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Andre Russell’s three-wicket haul and Dwayne Smith’s hostile half century fired Islamabad United to a six-wicket victory over Quetta Gladiators in the finals of the inaugural Pakistan Super League here yesterday. Smith struck 73 off 51 balls – 52 of which came from boundaries, to anchor an impressive run chase at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. “It was a good pitch, and I said to myself, just go there and back yourself,” said Smith, who was named the Man of the Match. “It’s a very good group, and I feel at home with everyone, and from the time I came here, I saw that, and I knew this team was going to win the tournament.” Smith’s fireworks came after his West Indies compatriot Russell led a bowling attack that restricted Gladiators to 174 for seven in 20 overs, following half centuries from Ahmed Shehzad and Kumar Sangakkara. Shehzad, who hit nine sixes, top-scored with 64 before he was caught by Samuel Badree from a Mohammad Sami delivery, while Russell removed Sangakkara for 55, which included seven sixes. Russell, the main wicket-taker for the champions, grabbed three wickets for 36 runs, while Samuel Badree picked one for 38. “Winning has been following me; I’ve won three in a row now – Big Bash, BPL, and now, PSL,” said Russell. “Once you’re enjoying the game, success is going to follow you. The only problem that I had, or a few others might have had, is the back-to-back games we had, but we are athletes.” – CMClast_img read more

Nyquist to miss Belmont Stakes

first_imgNEW YORK (AP):So much for a rematch in the Belmont Stakes.Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist won’t run in the final leg of the Triple Crown after developing a fever and having an elevated white blood cell count, trainer Doug O’Neill said Tuesday.”He’s out because of sickness,” O’Neill said.Any thoughts of a second straight Triple Crown were wiped in the Preakness last Saturday when Exaggerator finally defeated Nyquist after four previous losses.A rematch in the Belmont on June 11 would have been the next best thing to a Triple Crown attempt. Last year, American Pharaoh became the first horse in 37 years to sweep the Derby, Preakness and Belmont.”He’s fine, but he’s got an elevated white blood cell count,” O’Neill’s assistant Jack Sisterson said from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, where Nyquist is recovering. “We just want to do right by him and get him 100 percent.”Nyquist came into the Preakness unbeaten in eight races, including a 1 1/4 length win over Exaggerator in the Derby. Exaggerator turned the tables in the Preakness, winning by 3 1/2 lengths over a sloppy track, with Nyquist finishing third.Now, Exaggerator will take on a bunch of rivals he’s already finished ahead of in the Derby and Preakness, including Preakness runner-up Cherry Wine and Lani, fifth in the Preakness and ninth in the Derby.”We’re sorry that Nyquist cannot compete at the 2016 Belmont Stakes and hope for a speedy recovery and return to the racetrack,” said New York Racing Association president Chris Kay in a statement.last_img read more

MoBay’s Williams targets title, scoring record

first_img “When you have your captain, teammates, coaches and everyone believe in you, it motivates you every day to do the job. We have Allan Ottey, (Fabian) McCarthy, Ronaldo Rodney, Cory Hylton and Otis Friend and if everyone starts clicking then that will take some pressure off my back,” he analysed. Williams is confident the title will be MoBay United’s again and he is also looking to take Nelson’s record. “We are going to defend our title,” he stated confidently. “And this season, I am eyeing Roen Nelson’s 30 goals for a season. I hope I get a good start and maintain. “If I can play almost every game, I can reach my target. If I get 10 goals for the first round that would be a good total. Anything under 10 I will not be satisfied, but anything over will be a bonus,” he said. EVERYONE CLICKING The 2015/2016 football season was not as good as it could have been for Montego Bay United striker, Dino Williams. The 26-year-old started the Red Stripe Premier League with a bang, netting 14 goals in 19 games to lead the League. However, he departed for trial with Indy Eleven in the North American Soccer League (NASL). But injury denied him a contract. On his return to domestic football, the injury limited his contribution, though he still scored the winning goal in the Premier League final. Over the off-season, the prolific striker’s body recuperated fully and for the first time in years he is starting a season injury free and warns that this could be his most devastating yet. One of his key ambitions is to take Roen Nelson’s 30-goal-a-season record. “Over the years, I always have some nagging injury, so to start the league injury-free is a plus for me and my team,” said Williams. “This season, I plan to work hard and do the right things. Once I have fitness, I will be on my ‘A’ game and I know every game I can get one or two goals. “This season, you are going to see a different Dino Williams, a more aggressive Dino Williams, with more off the ball movements. “You are going to see a more explosive Dino Williams, creating a lot of damage, leading MoBay United and playing his best football,” he warned. For five successive seasons, MoBay failed to start their season with a win and the omen continued on the opening day with a 2-1 loss to newcomers Maverley-Hughenden at Wespow Park. However, they rebounded with a 1-0 victory over Tivoli Gardens at Edward Seaga Sports Complex on Sunday, with Williams responsible for the all-important goal, netting at the 25th minute. Williams is convinced opposing defenders will find it hard to stop him and his teammates.last_img read more

Boyz gear up for Suriname clash …Whitmore confident despite injuries to key players

first_imgCaptain Je-vaughn Watson and Kemar Lawrence have been ruled out of Jamaica’s crucial Caribbean Cup qualifier against Suriname at the National Stadium this Sunday. Watson has been sidelined for six to eight weeks after doing an operation on his hernia, while Lawrence will miss out after picking up a hamstring injury in the New York Red Bulls’ play-off game against Montreal Impact last weekend. Although coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore will miss the pair and anticipates a tough encounter against the Surinamese, he is convinced that victory will be theirs at the end of 90 minutes on Sunday. “We know that once the national team has a game, it’s going to be tough. We overcame Guyana, and now, we are looking forward to the Suriname game, and we don’t want to leave anything up to chance,” he said. (Despite the injuries) we are looking for a good game and a good performance and a positive result,” he told The Gleaner at the team’s training session at Stadium East yesterday. With Watson out, goalkeeper Andre Blake has been handed the mantle to lead the team and has welcomed the responsibility. “It’s my first captaincy at the national level. It’s a privilege, an honour, so my job now is to try and get the players on the same page so we can go out and do what we have to do. For me, it’s no added pressure. I’m a leader and I will just be me,” he said. Jamaica and Suriname are tied on three points after both scored victories over Guyana. However, Whitmore wants to avoid the kind of start they had against Guyana, and victory on Sunday would secure their place in the regional Caribbean Cup and the CONCACAF Gold Cup. “Suriname is a hard-running team, but Caribbean teams playing against Jamaica are always up for it, and the first 20 minutes of the Guyana game, we do not want. “We are Caribbean champions and we are looking to the Caribbean Cup and the Gold Cup as well. The Gold Cup is basically our World Cup, so we have to do what we have to do be there. So far we are OK but with the absence of certain players we are a bit unbalance, but it’s workable and we are looking for a positive result,” he said.last_img read more

WICB names U-19 squad for Super 50

first_imgST JOHNS, Antigua: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) today announced the West Indies Under-19 squad to participate in the upcoming Regional Super 50 Tournament. The 14-member squad includes five players who were part of the team which won the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh last year. These are all-rounders Shamar Springer and Keemo Paul; middle-order batsman Kirstan Kallicharan; wicket-keeper-batsman Emmanuel Stewart; and left-arm fast bowler Obed McCoy. The West Indies Under-19s are participating in this tournament as part of their preparation for the ICC Under-19 World Cup, to be played in New Zealand next year. Springer, Paul and McCoy will not be eligible for that tournament, but have been selected as part of their continued development and monitoring. The West Indies Under-19s will play in Zone A, which is based in Antigua. They will play alongside defending champions Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, Windward Islands Volcanoes, Kent Spitfire and host team Leeward Islands Hurricanes. SQUAD: Te-Shawn Alleyne, Alick Athanaze, Joshua Bishop, Shian Brathwaite, Kirstan Kallicharan, Mikyle Louis, Obed McCoy, Matthew Patrick, Keemo Paul, Jeavor Royal, Javier Spencer, Shamar Springer, Emmanuel Stewart and Bhaskar Yadramlast_img read more

Perpetual protests forfeiture of win vs St. Benilde

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer READ: Perpetual’s win over St. Benilde forfeitedThe Mancom also forfeited Perpetual’s juniors game against La Salle Greenhills, which the latter won, 64-60. 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 NCAA Mancom chairman Fr. Glynn Ortega, OAR, of host San Sebastian said that the league is still discussing the matter.READ: Tang says game should’ve been forfeited after Altas’ jersey mix-up“We’re still deliberating on it today,” he said.Sources close to the situation noted that Perpetual has already owned up to its mistake of not having its white uniform on time and would have been open if commissioner Bai Cristobal defaulted the game from the get-go.But the confusion came with the decision to go on with the game despite the jersey mix-up.ADVERTISEMENT Designated as the light team for the game, Perpetual played in their maroon jerseys against St. Benilde.READ: NCAA: Perpetual brings wrong set of uniformFEATURED 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 game still pushed through, but a technical foul was called on the Altas and Matthew Johnson drilled the technical free throw to start the duel.Perpetual is questioning why was it penalized twice, first for the technical and latter on, the forfeiture of the win. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Andy Murray corrects reporter’s ‘sexist’ question 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSlighted by the NCAA’s decision to forfeit its 69-65 victory over St. Benilde on Tuesday, Perpetual filed its own protest before the league’s management committee (Mancom) on Thursday.The Altas are appealing to reverse the NCAA’s earlier decree and uphold their win as they argued that the team were penalized twice for bringing the wrong set of uniforms.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

50-0: Floyd Mayweather stops Conor McGregor in 10th round

first_imgBritain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Before a pro-McGregor crowd that roared every time the UFC star landed a punch, Mayweather methodically broke him down after a slow start to score his first real stoppage in nearly a decade. He did it in what he said would be his final fight, against a fighter who had never been in a professional boxing match.McGregor boxed surprisingly well early. But after landing some shots in the first three rounds, his punches seemed to lose their steam, and Mayweather went on the pursuit. McGregor backpedaled most of the way, stopping only to throw an occasional flurry as Mayweather wore him down.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’“I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see,” Mayweather said. “I owed them for the (Manny) Pacquiao fight.”McGregor had vowed to knock Mayweather out within two rounds, and he won the early rounds with movement and punches to the head. But the tide of the fight turned in the fourth round as Mayweather seemed to figure out what he had to do and began aggressively stalking McGregor. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies “I was a little fatigued,” he said. “He was composed in there, that’s what 50 pro fights can give you.”Mayweather ran his record to 50-0, surpassing Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record and giving himself a great parting gift. He repeated afterward that he was not going to fight again.“This is my last fight for sure. 50-0 sounds good, I’m looking forward to going into the Hall of Fame,” Mayweather said. “I picked the best dance partner to do it with.”Irish fans arrived by the thousands in the days before the fight, filling the arena for the weigh-in and boisterously cheering for their man. They even went off in the middle of the night and spray painted an Irish flag and “49-1” on a billboard on Interstate 15 promoting Mayweather’s businesses.The capacity crowd at the arena cheered McGregor on, but they quieted as the fight progressed and Mayweather showed his dominance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal MOST READ LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: (R-L) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a punch at Conor McGregor during their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPLAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. figured out a 50th opponent, letting Conor McGregor have the early rounds before stalking him late and leaving the mixed martial artist defenseless and exhausted on the ropes.Mayweather battered McGregor around the ring in the later rounds, finally stopping him at 1:05 of the 10th round Saturday night with a flurry of punches that forced referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Philippines falls to Vietnam in bronze medal match Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees 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 “I turned him into a Mexican tonight,” McGregor said. “He fought like a Mexican.”In a fight so intriguing that it cost $10,000 for ringside seats, McGregor turned in a respectable performance for someone in his first fight. But Mayweather’s experience and his ring savvy paid off as he executed his game plan to perfection.“Our game plan was to take our time, go to him and take him out in the end,” Mayweather said. “I guaranteed everybody this fight wouldn’t go the distance.”Mayweather was widely criticized for not going after Pacquiao in their megafight, and he didn’t make the same mistake this time. In a fight that could make him $200 million he seemed to stagger McGregor with a series of punches in the ninth round, then came back in the 10th eager to finish it off.McGregor went over and hugged Mayweather. He seemed almost happy in the ring afterward, secure that he had given a good performance even in losing.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titleslast_img read more

Bryant set to bring KO punch to UFC with BodyArmour

first_imgMargot 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Former NBA star Kobe Bryant gestures as he speaks to invited guests during an event to inaugurate new Basketball play ground in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Kobe Bryant said to Sports News Television that he wouldn’t go to the White House if President Donald Trump invited him. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)NEW YORK — Kobe Bryant is set to enter the UFC octagon — at least, with a sports drink.The retired Los Angeles Lakers great is an investor with BodyArmor, the first official sports drink of UFC, and hit New York on Thursday to promote the partnership.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Bryant, the third-leading scorer in NBA history, called his first year of retirement “lovely.”“I started thinking about what comes next when I was 21 years old,” Bryant said. “When you retire, how do you grow, how do you mature? And also, how do you understand the market?”Bryant has more than business interests to keep him busy in retirement. He wrote an ode to basketball titled, “Dear Basketball,” that he recited in September alongside “Jaws” film composer John Williams and his orchestra in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl. He wants to become a mentor to athletes, in the corporate world or anyone who wants to pick the brain of the five-time NBA champion.“How can I take the knowledge that I’ve learned in my profession and help them,” Bryant asked. “I’ve had that in my life. I’ve had guys like John Williams, who is a composer, who seemingly has nothing to do with what I do but has everything to do with it in terms of how you manage a team, how you focus on details.”BodyArmour unveiled its new flavor “Knockout Punch,” specfically for UFC. BodyArmour says it’s the fastest growing sports drink in its category, and boasts 110 percent increase in sales from last year.BodyArmour wants to usher in a new generation of sports greats as the undisputed sports drink champ.“It’s the boxing of sports drinks. That’s what Gatorade is,” BodyArmour founder Mike Repole said.It’s the kind of trash talk Bryant could support. And it’s just a small reason why Bryant has invested in the company.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “I was obsessive about every little detail,” Bryant said. “From footwear to what I wear to recovery. If I feel like I could gain any type of advantage whatsoever, I obsessed over that detail. So yeah, this is something I wish I would have had.”The Lakers will retire Bryant’s No. 8 and No. 24 in a ceremony Dec. 18 during their game against Golden State. Bryant is an 18-time All-Star and the Lakers’ franchise leader in points (33,643), games played (1,346), 3-pointers (1,827), steals (1,944) and free throws (8,378).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meb to run last NYC Marathon, retire where he began in 2002 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny He could have used something stiff to ease the sting of the Dodgers’ loss to Houston in the World Series.“Heartbreaker, man,” he said. “I’m happy for Houston and they derserve it. But being in LA all these years, my heart breaks for them.”Bryant was flanked by UFC President Dana White and fighters Cody Garbrandt, Francis Ngannou and Cythia Calvillo just a left hook away from Madison Square Garden. Garbrandt defends the 135-pound title against T.J. Dillashaw on the UFC 218 card Saturday night at the Garden.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBryant, who gave an informal backstage pep talk to the fighters, can’t stick around for the card. He said he was in a rush to get home to his three daughters, the oldest of which, Gianna, has flashed some of the same basketball skills as her dad. Bryant has said he has no interest in a Lakers’ front office role and is content to keep his scouting reports within the family.“I coach my daughter’s sixth grade team. That’s the extent of it all,” Bryant said. “She’s a beast. She’s tough. She’s a little firecracker, man.” MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

NBA: Celtics are ‘team of the future in the East,’ coach Kerr says

first_imgKerr added: ”They’re really sound, and they’re motivated. It’s a team that’s been on the rise the last couple of years. They lost in the conference finals. They want to win a championship, and it looks like it”.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:LeBron: ‘It’s been a while since I had a guy who can score and create for others’Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UAAP taekwondo: NU starts strong in title-retention bid View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The odds didn’t seem to be in the favor of the storied franchise at the beginning of the year, retaining only four players from last year’s team that reached the Eastern Conference Finals.To make matters worse, the team’s prized off-season free agent signing Gordon Hayward suffered a season-ending ankle injury on opening night.Anchored by Irving’s magnificent play and steady contribution from veteran Al Horford and young guns Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the Celtics are once again primed to rule at the top of the East and perhaps even more.“Even without Gordon Hayward and that awful injury, Boston is just crushing people,” Kerr shared.“So, it’s going to be really fun to go against them on Thursday. We know how tough it’s going to be,” he added, referring to the team’s match-up with the Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny FILE – In this Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, file photo, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr directs his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Oakland, California. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is not yet ready to return to the bench as the franchise prepares for its third straight trip to the NBA Finals.After dropping its first two games of the season, the Boston Celtics are sitting at the top of the NBA Standings, winning 13 straight games.READ: Masked man: Irving returns as Celtics win 13th straightADVERTISEMENT Although the boys of Beantown are situated on the Eastern Conference side, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is keeping tabs on the league’s hottest team.“It sure looks like Boston is the team of the future in the East, with the assets that they still have and their young talent and their coaching, and Kyrie (Irving) is amazing,” Kerr told ESPN’s Chris Haynes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneNo stranger to accumulating consecutive victories both as a coach and a player, Kerr had nothing but compliments for the Brad Stevens-led squad.“That looks like a team that is going to be at the top of the East for a long time to come,” he said. “Whether their time is now or the future, that’s to be determined, but they sure look like they want it to be right now.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more