Dr Paul Wright: IAAF needs fresh start

first_img NINE-DAY WONDER The sport of athletics needs a complete overhaul. The idea of men of ‘integrity’ volunteering to ‘serve the sport’ without any monetary reward has now been officially debunked. The findings of the Diack Pound-led WADA probe must never be allowed to be a nine-day wonder. The officials who have been indicted and suspended are but the tip of a very large iceberg. There many associates of the sleaze previously known as the IAAF that have to be exposed and removed from office. The call by British Athletics to expunge all the previous world records and to start anew may be extreme, but it is an idea that needs to be contemplated. This column has long reminded readers that there were leaders of athletics in many of the countries who were of the opinion that the ‘stars’ of the sport should be mollycoddled and supported no matter what and that any positive drug test by a ‘star’ must be (a) vehemently denied, and (b) if the tests are conclusive, blame the test, blame the tester, blame the procedure, but under no circumstances blame the athlete. We now know that many of the world’s top athletes have been able to be one step ahead of the tests and testers, and it is now conformed that some among the complicity of doctors, laboratories, and dope-control officers have been corrupt and complicit in allowing cheaters and downright crooks to continue to ‘trick us’. The Pound-led probe has exposed the dark underbelly of a corrupt organisation that can only begin to restore trust if ALL the principals of the organisation are removed. There can be no sacred cows. A fresh start is mandatory. The second aspect of the WADA-commissioned report on corruption in the sport of athletics was published last week. In summary, it stated that not only did the IAAF ‘s president and a powerful rogue group extort athletes and allow doping athletes to continue competing, but more damningly, the report stated that “far more members of the IAAF staff knew about the problems than has currently been acknowledged”. The present president of the IAAF, Lord Sebastian Coe, was a vice-president and an acknowledged “disciple” of the previous president, Lamine Diack, for eight years and yet swears that he knew nothing, he saw nothing, and heard nothing that could have aroused his interest or suspicion while the acts of corruption and bribery contained in the report were committed. Astonishingly, Lord Coe remains unfazed by these reports and continues as the leader of an international organisation that has lost all its credibility and the trust of athletes and fans worldwide. The leaders of football (FIFA), athletics (IAAF), and cricket (WICB) have been exposed by whistle-blowers (insiders and previous board members) and yet continue to insist that ‘everything criss’ until the police became involved. The world owes whistle-blowers a debt of gratitude that only time will be able to quantify.last_img read more

TOTTENHAM VS WATFORD

first_imgTOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)LLORIS, WALKER, ALDERWEIRELD,VERTONGHEN, DAVIES,DIER, DEMBELE,SON, ERIKSEN, CHADLI,KANEDEENEY, IGHALO,JURADO, WATSON, CAPOUE, ABDI,AKE, BRITOS,CATHCART, NYOM,GOMESWATFORD (4-4-2)Tottenham Hotspur are riding high after winning 3-0 at Norwich City on Tuesday. It was Spurs’ fifth win in a row in all competitions and third in the Barclays Premier League and it rook them to third place, leap-frogging near neighbours Arsenal.The win at Carrow Road meant that they have now gone 11 away games without defeat for the first time since they went 16 without lost away in 1985.And Spurs have an impressive scoring rate with 44 goals; only Manchester City, with 46, have more. And 22 of those have come at home, where they have won six and drawn four of their 12 games.Watford have won four and drawn three of their 13 away games but when these teams met at Vicarage Road in last December Spurs won 2-1 with goals from Erik Lamela and Heung-Min Son, a result helped by the fact that Watford were reduced to 10 men with the score at 1-1 after Nathan Ake was dismissed.In all competitions, Spurs are unbeaten in eight games home and away against Watford, while the Hornets have lost both Premier League visits, conceding seven goals in the process (3-1 and 4-0).And Watford have lost on their last five league visits to White Hart Lane, conceding 15 goals. Their last league win there was nearly 31 years ago, in May 1985, when they thrashed Spurs 5-1.At Norwich, Spurs forward Dele Alli’s goal was the fourth quickest in the Premier League this season (1 min 36 secs) and Tottenham’s quickest in the Premier League since Boxing Day 2014 (Harry Kane vs Leicester, 57 seconds).Kane added two goals at Norwich but Alli undergoes a test after being withdrawn at half time with illness.last_img read more

NORWICH CITY VS MAN CITY,

first_imgNORWICH (4-1-4-1)RUDDY,PINTO, KLOSE,MARTIN, BRADY,O’NEIL,REDMOND, HOOLAHAN, HOWSON, NAISMITH,JEROMEAGUERO, BONY,SILVA, TOURE,FERNANDINHO, NAVAS,CLICHY, OTAMENDI, KOMPANY, SAGNA,HARTMANCHESTER CITY (4-4-2)Manchester City are 10 points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester City and, with Tottenham Hotspur without a game and Arsenal in FA Cup quarter-final action, at home to Watford, City can move into third spot with a win at Carrow Road.After this game, City entertain Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League then have another home game, against rivals and neighbours Manchester United in the Premier League.However, City’s 15 league wins include 10 at home and only five away while they have just 13 goals on the road; their previous fewest goals on the road is 17, in 2005-06 and 2007-08. In each of the last two season’s City have scored 39 away goals.When the teams met in October, City needed a late Yaya Toure penalty to beat Norwich and stay top of the Premier League. Nicolas Otamendi’s header put the hosts in front, before Joe Hart inexplicably dropped the ball at the feet of Cameron Jerome for a Canaries equaliser.A frantic finale followed, as Toure scored from the spot after Russell Martin’s red card for handball. And before the end Aleksandar Kolarov missed a penalty.And in January City won 3-0 in the FA Cup at Carrow Road. Sergio Aguero scored in that tie to maintain his record of always scoring when he starts against Norwich. So far the Argentine has played five full games against the Canaries, scoring a total of six goals.Norwich test Sebastien Bassong, Robbie Brady, Andre Wisdom and Steven Naismith but Alex Tettey is out for the season. City, meanwhile, are still missing Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph and Samir Nasri.last_img read more

SSL supports Allman/Woodford FC

first_imgKINGSTON: In the presence of Minister of Education and Member of Parliament for Central Kingston, Stocks and Securities Limited (SSL) handed over a cheque worth $150,000 to the Allman/Woodford Under-13 and Under-15 football teams. “Sports is a complement to education, it both boost character and confidence. We do not always acknowledge the cohesive work that sports organisations do in promoting goodwill, discipline and providing our young people with an opportunity to express themselves through sports,” remarked Minister Thwaites. Both teams earned positive results in their opening matches. The Under-15 and Under-13 Allman/Woodford teams copped landslide wins against Mountain View FC with scores of 5-0 and 10-0, respectively. Since the beginning of this year’s season, the Allman/Woodford Under-13 team has played five matches, winning four and drawing one, while the Under 15 team has won three of its five matches. Lamar Harris, general manager and company secretary of SSL, noted that through the company’s Foundation, SSL is proud to contribute to sports and education as these areas enhance nation building. “I want to congratulate both teams for their stellar performance this past weekend,” said an excited Harris. “We are heartened to know that SSL is supporting one of the best football clubs in Kingston. “Our commitment to the nation’s youth goes beyond this isolated activity. SSL promotes educating the public on ways to improve lives through gaining financial freedom.” Allman/Woodford Football Club, under the leadership of Errol Howlett, vice president and manager, has become a formidable force and is one of the strongest clubs in Central Kingston. “We really appreciate the support we received from Stocks and Securities Ltd. Their donation will go a long way in helping the team finish this year’s season, especially in terms of equipping the teams with the proper gear, provision of transportation, food and other necessities,” said an appreciative Howlett. Stocks and Securities Ltd.(SSL) is now gearing up to officially launch the SSL Foundation, with Bishop Robert Thompson as chairman and Richard Bertram, SSL consultant.last_img read more

Man City march on as Chelsea lose 2-1

first_imgLONDON (AP):Breaking a 103-year club record, Manchester City reeled off its 10th straight Premier League victory on Saturday. For Jose Mourinho, a landmark day produced an unwelcome result, with his 100th home league game in charge of Chelsea ending in only a second loss.City’s fourth success of the new season was a 2-0 victory over Watford, with US$76-million signing Raheem Sterling scoring his first league goal for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, which looks irresistible in its quest to regain the trophy from Chelsea.Fortunately for City, whose other goal was scored by Fernandinho, Chelsea appear to be imploding.A 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace left Chelsea with only four points from four games heading into the international break.Although Radamel Falcao cancelled out Bakary Sako’s Palace opener by heading in his first Chelsea goal in the 79th minute, the south London visitors were back in front inside two minutes through Joel Ward.Already, Chelsea are eight points adrift of early leaders City. It’s a daunting gap, but Mourinho knows how easy it is to throw away a lead.Before winning the title by eight points in May, Chelsea recovered from conceding the same advantage over City midway through the season.Liverpool harbour ambitions of winning a 19th title – the first since 1990 – but could struggle to just return to the top four as yesterday’s 3-0 home capitulation to West Ham demonstrated.On the day Palace won at Chelsea for the first time since 1982, West Ham ended an even longer winless run at Anfield stretching back to 1963.WEST HAM SECOND WINManuel Lanzini and Mark Noble sent West Ham into a half-time lead. Although Liverpool had Philippe Coutinho sent off at the start of the second half, Noble was also dismissed before Diafra Sakho completed West Ham’s second away win of the season.The league campaign started for West Ham under Slaven Bilic with a win at Arsenal, who have recovered from that opening-day setback to collect seven points from nine.Arsenal relied on Fabricio Coloccini’s own goal to win 1-0 at Newcastle despite the hosts playing for 75 minutes with 10 men after Aleksandar Mitrovic was dismissed.There were two red cards at Stoke, shown to two home players – Ibrahim Afellay and Charlie Adam – within seven minutes against West Bromwich Albion. Despite playing with nine men from the 31st, West Brom only edged a 1-0 win through Salomon Rondon’s header.Like Stoke, Sunderland are still searching for their first win of the season after being held 2-2 at Aston Villa.Bournemouth, playing their first-ever season in the top flight, have four points from four after drawing 1-1 with Leicester.In the day’s late game, hosts Tottenham Hotspurs were held to a 0-0 scoreline by Everton.last_img read more

Zugulu for SVL feature

first_img DaCosta has three strong candidates in the unbeaten FUTURE KING, DREAMLINER and VISION, who upset stable-companion DREAMLINER in the 1100 metres Keeling Memorial Cup on September 26. All three DaCosta horses should figure seriously over this trip. FUTURE KING, in particular, has looked razor-sharp at exercise and with stable jockey Robert Halledeen securing the ride, the hint should be taken. Azan, on the other hand, saddles the highly thought of ZUGULU along with FEDORA. ZUGULU looked the real deal on his debut over 1100 metres on October 3 when winning by four lengths with leading jockey Shane Ellis aboard. Since then, the dark bay gelding by Hold Me Back out of Candy Girl has worked well, galloping six furlongs in a brisk 1:13.0 in preparation for this trophy and will be the one to beat today. The $10.60-million Supreme Ventures Limited 2-Y-O Triple Crown series kicks off at Caymanas Park today with the 11th running of the Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Trophy over 1200 metres for a purse of $3 million. The series for native-bred juveniles offers a million-dollar bonus as well to the owner of the horse good enough to win all three races. The other races in the series are the $3.6-million Pick-3 Super Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres on Saturday, November 28, and the SVL Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile on Boxing Day, this for a purse of $4 million. Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and Richard Azan will run five horses combined, these representing the top contenders in the line-up. STRONG CANDIDATESlast_img read more

In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgwell in Manchester Major LeagueHillstars dished out their second 4-1 win in the Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League, taking advantage of Greenvale at the Kirkvine Sports Club last Sunday.Shaquille Wellington powered the defending champions, scoring twice to effect a 2-0 lead and following Jermaine Green’s 54th-minute strike, which made it 3-0, returned in the final minute to complete a hat-trick. Tennison Brown’s 70th-minute for Greenvale goal proved merely consolatory.The previous week, Comfort had felt a similar beating. Jermaine Green was the hero on that occasion, netting twice.Ricam have also scored two impressive wins. The first came against Downs, a team which had just gathered a weekend highlight 5-1 win over Villa United.In a game that saw two goals being scored in time added on, Ricam achieved a 4-1 victory on the back of a Maxwell Robinson hat-trick. Ricam’s second win, which came last Saturday, was a 3-0 shut-out of Porus.Matches are scheduled for today and tomorrow at Brooks Park and Kirkvine.Mount St Joseph, Knox win Manchester Prep titlesMount St Joseph returned a mixed bag of football finals results in their defence of the 2015 Manchester FA-run Brumalia House-sponsored Howie Chin male and female Prep School League, which was completed recently.Mount St Joseph retained their female title when they defeated long-time rivals Belair Prep 2-1.However, a new champion was created in the male category after Knox defeated Charagape 1-0. The new champions actually dethroned the defending champions via the penalty shoot-out route in the semi-finals.In retaining their female title, Mount St Joseph spoiled Belair’s perfect-win-season record. They were, however, forced to do it the hard way, coming from a 0-1 deficit after Timika Scarlett scored for Belair in the 24th minute. Jada Blake earned the equaliser for the champions in the 28th minute before Dania-Lee Wint sealed the championship with a 45th-minute goal.The advance of Knox and Charagape to the male finals represented the first time that neither Belair nor Mount St Joseph had made it there. In a very tense final, Jamal Lovelace’s 32nd-minute strike gave Knox their first-ever hold, having reached the semi-finals last year.Rappa Pam Pam Shoot for MandevilleMandeville will host its final competitive shooting match of the year tomorrow when the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC) hosts its Christmas extravaganza dubbed “Rappa Pam Pam”. Venue will be the MRPC’s home in Lincoln.The tournament is the club’s “give-back” to shooters and patrons throughout 2015. The match will require 100 rounds, a count which is designed to attract regular contestants on the circuit as well as regular firearm holders. A feature of the day will be cooked food and soup for all, free of cost. Children will also be fÍted with play facilities, food, and ice cream.There is likely to be a new year-end champion other than club captain Orville Henriques based on the practice match earlier this week. The injured Henriques was beaten into third place, with Ellsworth Dixon and Thomas Jones taking first and second, respectively.Following the tournament, an awards ceremony will follow, where the Shooter of the Year and Most Improved Shooter categories will be announced.Holmwood athletes dominate Ron Hamilton 5KHolmwood Technical athletes dominated the second running of the Ron Hamilton 5K road race held in Christiana last Sunday.The event is named in honour of retired Holmwood Principal Ron Hamilton. It was also a fundraiser for the Holmwood track and field teams.Holmwood athletes took the first four places in the 5K road race that saw competitors run from the gate of Holmwood, take the new highway, turn at Christiana High before finishing back at Holmwood’s gates. The walk event was limited to 3K and began at the Christiana High School gate.Leading the Holmwood charge was Kajay Walker, who clocked 17 minutes five seconds to edge out Shaquille Onfroy, Shemar Legister, and Javion Lewis, respectively. Rodrick Reese ofKnox stopped the top 10 sweep, coming in at number five in 18 minutes and 25 seconds.It was a similar affair in the female section, where Chrissani May led a sweep of the top 10 places.Hanbury top historic Peter Bunting Football night showIn the first ever night game for the final of a community league, Hanbury won the Peter Bunting Central Manchester Community Football League with a 5-3 win on penalties over the Mandeville police team.No goal was scored throughout regulation and extra time, and it seemed fitting that Hanbury, as the historic host, triumphed to cop the $100,000 first prize. The lawmen earned $60,000. It was a cash-rich evening as earlier in the thirdplace play-off, Land Settlement won $40,000 after defeating Heartease 3-0. Ramon Senior netted a hat-trick.Individual awards were ignored, but the divisional winners were all awarded prize money. Divional winners were Blue Mountain (Bellefield division), Mandeville Police (Mandeville), Albion (Knockpatrick), and Land Settlement (Royal Flat).The occasion fetched thousands of spectators, and during the day, children of the community, as well as others from the wider central Manchester constituency were fÍted and fed.Mid-season finalists beatenBoth Cedar Grove and Braeton United, the teams that will contest the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League mid-season final were beaten last Sunday. Cedar Grove suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Cumberland (five points), which won their first match in four tries. Braeton United remained on six points from three games as they were clipped 1-0 by Edgewater.In another game Daytona (seven points) spanked Southborough 4-2. The mid-season final is scheduled for Sunday, December 27, at the Cedar Grove playing field, starting at 3 p.m.Winter Football Junior camp a successChicago-based coach Dean Lothian and his team from the United States hosted a four-day football camp in Portmore dubbed Winter Football Camp Jamaica, which finished last Thursday at the Portsmouth Primary playing field.Lothian is from Portsmouth in Portmore and played for Rodwood FC in his earlier career. He received a scholarship and benefited from college football in the USA. He said that as a coach, over the years, he has received loads of equipment including balls from sponsors, and he decided to donate coaching expertise and equipment to local coaches and young players in Jamaica.Patrick Dunkley, the coach of East Portmore Portals, was instrumental in getting the Winter Camp team in Jamaica.The camp attracted scores of youngsters in the eight-16 year-old age group and ran from Monday, December 14 to Thursday, December 17. The vision of the project is to be a football club that produces high-quality players, playing in the highest level locally and internationally through the intentional emphasis on building self-esteem and self-awareness. Both girls and boys participated.The team of foreign-based coaches will now turn their attention to Westmoreland.Rivoli oust Old Harbour in FLOW Happy Sutherland KODefending champions Rivoli United sent Old Harbour Bay United packing with a 2-0 win in the feature match of a double-header in the quarter-final round of the Flow-sponsored St Catherine FA Happy Sutherland Knockout competition last Thursday night at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.In the opening game at the venue, Bodles eliminated Frazsiers Whip 2-0.In matches on Wednesday, former champions Portmore United defeated Marcus Garvey 2-0 and Royal Lakes clipped Dunbeholden 2-1.The semi-final pairings pit Rivoli United versus Portmore United and Bodles versus Royal Lakes on January 20, 2016, at Spanish Town Prison Oval.Westchester on topWestchester’s netball team leads the South East St Catherine Netball League with 16 points as the preliminary round comes to a close. Mega Angels, with 13 points, occupy second spot, Pro Santos (12) are third, while Pro Santos A and Express All Stars are tied for fourth on nine points apiece.In a recent game, Mega Angels dismissed Pro Santos B 24-11. The top three teams will progress to the semi-final automatically, while the next four will battle for the fourth and final spot. The competition continues on January 9. Nathan cops prestigious Abe Alexander TrophyFormer president Richard ‘Roots’ Nathan capped the prestigious Abe Alexander Memorial Trophy at the KSAFA Western Sports Business House Football Association awards presentation at the Red Stripe Sports Club recently.Petrojam, the 2015 Division One triple champions, won most awards, including the KO and Challenge Trophy against Division Two champions Peak Bottling.Former national player and Premier League winning coach Lenworth Hyde Sr, who guided Petrojam to the triple, was named Coach of the Year; Corey Samuels, Manager of the Year; Cornelius Simms KO MVP; and Jaron Richards the League MVP.Nathan, a former president of KSAFA and the Business House Football Association, was honoured for his outstanding contribution to football since 1973 as player and administrator. He received the award from newly elected president of Netball Jamaica, Dr Paula Daley-Morris, the guest speaker at the function.GraceKennedy, who went under to Petrojam 2-3 on penalties in the Division One final, walked away with the Division Two runners-up trophy, while Sagicor, who lost out to Peak Bottling in the Division Two final, collected he runners-up award.Troyland Williams of Peak Bottling won the leading goalscorer award in Division Two, and teammate Andrew Morrison the MVP award. Metrodade’s Kemar Beckford won the award for leading scorer in Division One.Carib Cement won the award as five-a-side champions, with ATL taking the runners-up award.Scotiabank was cited as the Most Prepared Team, Nicholas Scott (Scotia) the KO competition’s top scorer. Carvel Banton was named Referee of the Year, while Khonordo Johnson won the assistant referee award.Champions startlast_img read more

New skipper Campbell eyeing first one-day 100

first_imgNewly appointed Jamaica Scorpions one-day captain, opener John Campbell, says his intention is to grab the opportunity with both hands. The former West Indies Under-19 vice-captain is scheduled to lead Jamaica for the first time when the WICB NAGICO Insurance Super50 tournament bowls off early next month. “I’m really happy and elated to be leading my country at the highest level,” said Campbell, who replaces spinner Nikita Miller as leader of the unit. “It’s not really a surprise to me as I am the vice-captain of the four-day team. “I therefore knew that the selectors were looking at me, and now that I have been presented with the opportunity, I hope to grab it both hands.” Campbell, one of the brighter batting prospects locally, is set to lead Jamaica in a tough Group A. The group includes the co-hosts and title holders, Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, last year’s runners-up Barbados Pride, and invited team, ICC Americas. Each team is slated to play each other twice at the group stage with the top two advancing to the semi-finals, set for January 20 and 21. The final will be played on Sunday, January 23. “It’s a tough tournament and a tough group, but we have a good, balanced squad,” stated Campbell. “I am therefore looking forward to us going over there and representing the country well, and hopefully bring home the trophy.” Meanwhile, 23-year-old Campbell, who boasts a one-day average of 33 from eight games, said he is hoping to improve his overall statistics. “I have been doing fairly well in one-day cricket, and heading into this tournament, I am looking to score my first one-day century,” he said. “That would be good for me, and for the team.” The third staging of the Super50 is set to bowl off on Thursday, January 7 at Queen’s Park Oval with the Scorpions facing the Red Force in a day-night encounter. St Kitts and Nevis are the other co-hosts and will feature Guyana Jaguars, Windward Islands Volcanoes, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, and Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners.last_img read more

Blake, Fraser-Pryce among stars in action today

first_imgThe heavyweights will be busy today. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Yohan Blake, Elaine Thompson and Warren Weir will all get their season going at today’s Camperdown Classics inside the National Stadium and the Milo Western Relays set for Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.In Kingston, the majority of athletes from the Racers Track Club are expected to be on show with the notable exception being the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt.In addition to Blake and Weir, the likes of Edino Steele, Zharnel Hughes and Kemar Bailey-Cole are expected to open up in the 400m, which get under way at 4:30pm.The newest member of the club, Michael O’Hara will also compete for the first time for his new club as he is down to participate in the 200m.Today’s event will be the final leg of the Digicel Grand Prix series for high school athletes in the Corporate Area to qualify for next Saturday’s finale at G.C. Foster College.Athletes from Calabar High, who were absent from the Corporate Area meet in midweek are expected to be at today’s Classics in large numbers and in addition to the Grand Prix, there will also be cash incentives for the top male and female high school teams in the Class One 4x100m relays.In the west, fierce competition is expected as the high-powered MVP Track Club arsenal will be on show with Sprintech and G.C. Foster College providing the challenge.RELAY TEAMSMVP will be relying on world and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson and Stephenie-Ann McPherson in the female relays, while the likes of Julian Forte and Nesta Carter will provide leadership among the males.Sprintech has a formidable squad themselves with Sherone Simpson, Anneisha McLaughlin, Jura Levy and Gayon Evans carrying the flag for the Maurice Wilson-coached unit.We should also see fireworks in the high school category as Edwin Allen, Holmwood Technical and Hydel will lock horns. Among the males, all eyes will be on St. Elizabeth Technical following their fine performances at Western Championships last Saturday with the red hot Nigel Ellis and Jauvaney James leading the way.Action gets under way at the Camperdown Classics at 8:30 a.m. with the Western Relay starting at noon.last_img read more

Hawks beat Celtics, Spurs crush Grizzlies

first_imgATLANTA (AP):Atlanta and San Antonio took imposing 2-0 leads in their opening-round playoff series with emphatic victories over Boston and Memphis on Tuesday night.The Hawks held the Celtics to the lowest-scoring first quarter in the playoffs since the NBA went to the shot clock, building a 21-point lead and holding on despite an ugly shooting performance of their own for an 89-72 victory and a strong hold on their Eastern Conference series.Al Horford and Kyle Korver led Atlanta with 17 points apiece, but this game was essentially decided in the first 12 minutes.The Hawks started nine of 13 from the field, knocking down six from beyond the three-point arc. Korver made four from long range, a big turnaround from a one-of-10 performance in Game One that didn’t include any threes. Atlanta led 24-3 just 6 1/2 minutes into the game.Even after failing to score the rest of the period, the Hawks still led 24-7 heading to the second.Shaking off a dismal performance in the playoff opener, Korver swished four three-pointers in the opening minutes to propel Atlanta to a stunning 21-point lead before many fans had settled into their seats. There wasn’t much doubt after that.MISSED SHOTS”We all have pride, right?” said Korver, who went one of 10 on Saturday and missed all seven of his three-point attempts. “I wanted to come out and play better the second game.”As good as Korver and the Hawks were in the early going, this one will be remembered more for the Celtics’ grisly start.”I don’t know what it is,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder, looking a bit shell-shocked after scoring just two points on one-of-nine shooting. “But we’ve got to change something.”Crowder had plenty of company in his shooting misery.Boston star Isaiah Thomas was held to 16 points on four-of-15 shooting, going one of six beyond the arc. Marcus Smart stepped in for the injured Avery Bradley and went one of 11, also making just one of six from three-point range. The Celtics finished at 32 per cent overall (28 of 88), five of 28 from long range.Game Three is tomorrow night in Boston.San Antonio were even more impressive than the Hawks in beating the Grizzlies 94-68. Patty Mills had 16 points, Kawhi Leonard added 13 and San Antonio never trailed in sweeping the first two games.last_img read more