Month: January 2020

Jamai Raja fancied in the third

first_img Trained by Paul Smith, ELVIRA will report in good nick, and despite the obvious clams of CHANGE HIM NAME, with the improving female apprentice Mellisa Ward again in the saddle following his near miss to INFANTRY OFFICER over 1200 metres on Sunday, as well as ROCKETEER and FIFTYONESTORM, she gets the nod in a field of nine. The third race over 1300 metres for maiden three-year-olds looks tailored for JAMAI RAJA, who ran a fair race when finishing six lengths fifth to SORENTINO’S STAR over 1400 metres in the valuable Pick-3 Super Challenge Trophy on November 28. Prior to that, on November 14, the chestnut colt by Market Rally out of Angela’s Favourite chased home his highly thought of stable companion ZUGULU over this trip in the Caymanas Juvenile Sprint and with trainer Richard Azan calling up his promising 4.0kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey for the ride, reducing the weight to 51.5kg, the hint should be taken. Best of his 12 opponents is THE PROMISE LAND (Wesley Henry up), a lightly raced colt who is steadily coming along. After winning easily over 1820 metres on a $350,000 claiming tag last Saturday, ABOVE THE RADAR, with Aaron Chatrie again in the saddle, steps down in class for the fourth race over a mile, and although he can expect stiff opposition from OUR CREATION (Bebeto Harvey up) and AUDRE’S BLESSING, in a 10-horse field, should bring fitness into play and win again. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by down-in-class RAGING PROSPECT (Shamaree Muir up) and the fleet-footed YOGA, working well with Paul ‘Country’ Francis riding for trainer Solomon Sharpe. Their respective dangers are HOLOGRAM SHADOW under Shane Ellis and LEGAL ACCOUNT, with four-time champion Omar Walker riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta. The Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park last Saturday and the carryover to tomorrow’s 12-race meet stands at $4.2 million. There is also a carryover in the second Super-6, this amounting to nearly $1 million. The Pick-9 will be conducted from race four to 12; the first Super-6 from race one to six; the late Super-6 from race seven to 12. We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a three-year-old maiden special over 1820 metres to be contested by seven starters, including top contenders CAPTAIN GRANVILLE and the free-running ABOGADO, to be ridden by champion jockey-designate Shane Ellis and Wesley Henry, respectively. The Andrew McDonald-trained ABOGADO has been knocking loudly at the door in sprints, failing by a head to stave off the outsider QUEENOFSAINTROSE over 1200 metres on December 5, a race in which CAPTAIN GRANVILLE finished a well-beaten ninth after being brought slowly into stride. Prior to that race, CAPTAIN GRANVILLE was second to MEET JUSTIN over a mile as the 4-5 favourite and returning over a more suitable trip, and the figure eight now fitted, should outfinish ABOGADO in the closing stages. ELVIRA, who beat all, barring the in-form FRANKENSTORM over the round-five course on November 28, is tipped to go one better now dropped-in-class ($350,00 claiming from $450,000) in the second race over 1100 metres. (1) CAPTAIN GRANVILLE/ ABOGADO (2) ELVIRA/CHANGE HIM NAME (3) JAMAI RAJA (4) ABOVE THE RADAR/ OUR CREATION (5) RAGING PROSPECT/ HOLOGRAM SHADOW (6) YOGA/LEGAL ACCOUNT Elvira gets the nod FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIESlast_img read more

Clennon earns three-year contract in Finland

first_imgReggae Boyz striker AndrÈ Clennon is set to depart the island this week to take up a three-year contract with Finnish club VPS.The 25-year-old former Waterhouse and Lam Dong (Vietnam) player recently agreed to the deal after impressing while on a two-month loan from defending Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) champions Arnett Gardens at the end of last season.”I should leave any time next week. I recently re-signed a three-year contract team with VPS,” the former Bridgeport High School star told The Gleaner.”It is a great feeling because it is a good opportunity for me to go over there and continue to do well because it is a gateway to other opportunities in Europe,” the powerfully built attacker added.Unlike the first time he went to VPS, this time, Clennon will head to the club alone.”Initially, when I was there the first time, it was both me and Hughan Gray who went, but now, I am going back alone. There will, however, be another Jamaican there as Steven Morrissey, who played for Portmore United, is with the club,” Clennon said.national squadThe striker, who earned a recall to the national squad after playing an integral role in Arnett Gardens winning last season’s RSPL title and who was part of Jamaica’s squad that competed in the country’s first ever Copa AmÈrica tournament and best-ever finish in the Gold Cup last summer, said the opportunity was a result of hard work.”I went on a two-month loan last season, and I think I did well playing six games, scoring four goals and helping my team to avoid relegation. We finished ninth in the 12-club league, and this is in the top league in Finland,” the Portmore resident said.Clennon said the type of football played in Finland is tailor-made for his style of play.”The type of football there is very competitive. It has good-quality players, some of whom would have played in the German Bundesliga and came back to play there, so it is a good place to be and to play football. It is typical European football played with a lot of speed and very physical and it suits me.”It is pretty cold there, but you have to get used to it because in international football today, you cannot get rid of that, and once you are going to that side of the world, you just have to prepare yourself and mind to just go out there and work,” the six-footer said.While happy with the opportunity and the compensation he will get, Clennon said this would be just the start for him in Europe and European football.”I am looking to make the best of this, and even though I have signed a three-year contract, I am looking to use this as an opportunity to move to Norway or Sweden after about a year, depending on how well I do,” the confident player said.last_img read more

‘I told him to keep his composure’

first_imgWest Indies batsman Marlon Samuels said explaining to emerging Barbados all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite the importance of keeping his composure was key to the latter pulling off his last-over heroics against England during the final of the ICC World Twenty20 earlier this week.Brathwaite hit four sixes off the first four deliveries of the 20th over to surpass the total of 155 for nine set by the English, sending West Indies fans into wild celebrations.”I told him to keep his composure,” stated Samuels when asked to relive the moments leading up to the final over.”(Ben) Stokes is not a good bowler at the death, as he tends to bowl a lot of full tosses,” Samuels said.He added: : “I was, in the meantime, at the other end, pressuring Stokes and telling him a lot of stuff so that I could get into his head and try to break his concentration.”The 27-year-old Brathwaite, who had represented the Caribbean side in two Tests, seven one-dayers, and eight Twenty20s before the tournament, ended unbeaten on 34 off just 10 balls during the dramatic end.Jamaican Samuels finished unbeaten on 85 off 66 balls to claim the Player of the Match award returned home on Tuesday.”It was overwhelming and wonderful to be in the situation where I could remind him (Brathwaite) that if he wanted to make a name for himself this is the over,” continued Samuels.Brathwaite, who made his one day and Twenty20 debut at age 22, scored a quick-fire 59 on Test debut away to Australia in Melbourne late last year.He then followed up that with a near run-a-ball 69 in the second Test in Sydney.Recognising his pugnacious talent, he was earlier this year picked up for a surprising US$620,000 by Dehli Daredevils, 14 times his original base price, during the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 player auction.The IPL is scheduled to start this weekend.last_img read more

Taylor: Players need to take more responsibility

first_img While Taylor shone with three half-centuries, the home side’s batting proved brittle throughout, and the 25-year-old Jamaican said this was an area that required attention. “I definitely think our batting is one of the weakest points. If you look back at Trelawny, we fell down a few times down there, and even coming here, we batted first and just one time got over 200 runs,” she pointed out. “So when you look at it, I think it’s kind of poor, seeing that you are playing at home. You actually want to dominate when you’re at home, and I don’t think we do so.” Other than Taylor, no other player managed to pass 50. Leading players like Deandra Dottin finished with 102 runs from her five outings, while the seasoned former captain Merissa Aguilleira could only muster 43 runs from her four trips to the crease. Twenty20 World Cup star teenager Hayley Matthews also failed to get among the runs, with 76 from five innings. “From the World Cup, the expectations for Matthews were quite high. I know that she believes she’s not giving [what is] expected, but I think she’s still young and has a lot to learn,” Taylor said. “I do think, for Merissa, you need more consistency. She’s one of those players that has been doing well for us.” Wednesday’s final game highlighted the Windies Women’s batting problems. Opting to take first knock, they were dismissed for 155 in the 48th over, leaving England Women with an uncomplicated target. Taylor said the defeat had been a failure of application. “I do think if we had aimed for 190-plus, we could have changed the game,” she noted. “I don’t think the intention was actually there, but I don’t think the surface made much of a difference. I think it was quite similar [to the others], a good batting pitch. It was just for us to apply ourselves.” BATTING BRITTLE KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): West Indies Women’s captain Stafanie Taylor says her side lacked intent during the recently concluded five-match one-day series against England Women and called on more players to contribute towards the team success. The Caribbean side went down by five wickets in the final game at Sabina Park on Wednesday to concede the series 3-2. “I don’t think we fought the fight we would’ve actually wanted. We knew these points [in the ICC Women’s Championship] were actually crucial and I don’t think we had the intention,” Taylor said in a frank assessment of her side’s performance. “England performed like they are the ones playing at home, so I didn’t think we made our presence felt, and we kind of fell down there.” She added: “As players, we need to take a lot more responsibility for our actions and not leave it up to one or two people.” West Indies Women twice came back, after trailing in the series, to level at 2-2, heading into the final game. They suffered a narrow five-run defeat in the opener in Trelawny, but won the second game at the same venue when they clinched a dramatic 38-run victory. When the series moved to Sabina Park for the three all-important ICC Women’s Championship games, England Women drew first blood with a convincing 112-run win before West Indies squared the series with a 42-run verdict in the fourth ODI.last_img read more

PROFILES: Gilas Pilipinas Final 12 for Fiba Asia Cup 2017

first_imgView comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bolts beat Painters, spoil Yap’s historic night Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ But it’s a tall order for the Filipinos, who are slotted in a tough group that features powerhouse China.Nonetheless, these players vow to give it all to keep the Philippines among the best in Asia.Artwork by Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer SportsFEATURED 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’ 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 This time, a youth-laden Gilas Pilipinas will stake its claim as the continent’s best in the upcoming Fiba Asia Cup 2017 in Lebanon.Familiar faces, who have brought pride to the country in the last two editions of the Asian meet, return to guide promising young guns in the hopes of ending the Philippines’ string of bridesmaid finishes.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

PBA: Star ends Kia’s misery with 47-point beating

first_imgThe second quarter was essentially one big scoring run for the Hotshots, who overpowered the Picanto 33-12 to take a 65-36 lead in the second half.Despite handing Kia its worst loss in franchise history, Star head coach Chito Victolero downplayed their dominance said the game just went into their favor.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“Actually those kinds of things just happens,” said Victolero. “We have a good mindset and we play together as a team. Both the offense and defense were rolling tonight.”“We needed this game very badly in order for us to have a slim chance for the top four and we know that Kia won’t give this game that easily.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Camp time! Warriors, Wolves prepare to open training camp Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESStar capped off Kia’s horrendous showing in the PBA Governors’ Cup with a 128-81 drubbing Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Hotshots, who are on their way to the quarterfinals, improved to 6-4 while the Picanto failed to win a single game in the conference and signed off with a 0-11 card.ADVERTISEMENT Star put Kia on a vice grip, holding down the Picanto on a paltry 32 percent shooting, 30-of-95, while shooting on a better 60 percent clip, 48-of-80.The Hotshots also outrebounded the Picanto 62-41.Kristoffer Acox led the Hotshots with 19 points and 15 rebounds while Jio Jalalon and PJ Simon had 15 and 13 points, respectively.Marc Pingris added 12 points and nine rebounds and upped his career total points to 5,001 on a fast break dunk with 7.7 seconds left in the game in what became as the match’s final field goal.Gerron Johnson had 29 points on 9-of-28 shooting to lead Kia.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Sharapova gets red-hot Garcia in tough Tianjin opener

first_imgMOST READ However, 15th-ranked Garcia has been carrying a thigh injury and combined with her reaching Sunday’s final of the China Open, she could yet choose to skip Tianjin.Sharapova, now ranked a lowly 104 in the world, could hardly have a harder opponent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogGarcia is in the form of her life, winning the Wuhan Open last weekend and later Sunday playing new number one Simona Halep in the final in Beijing.Also taking part in Tianjin, which is near the Chinese capital, is the two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. But as usual, most focus will be on the 30-year-old Sharapova, who has struggled for top form and fitness since returning to tennis in April following her suspension for taking the banned substance meldonium.She fell in the third round at the China Open to Halep, who will be confirmed as number one for the first time on Monday. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up DAY6 is for everybody Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Ronaldinho plays soccer exhibition with Chechnya leader In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts during her women’s singles match against Simona Halep of Romania in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Maria Sharapova’s stop-start comeback from a 15-month doping ban takes her to the Chinese city of Tianjin this week and a tough draw against France’s on-form Caroline Garcia.The five-time Grand Slam champion and former number one from Russia has been paired with top seed Garcia in her opener at the Tianjin Open, where she was granted a wildcard.ADVERTISEMENT 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. How to help the Taal evacueeslast_img read more

Perpetual erases 4th set deficit, trumps Arellano for 11th NCAA volleyball title

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NCAA Season 93 men’s volleyball champions: Perpetual Help Altas. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUniversity of Perpetual Help displayed its championship poise and withstood Arellano University , 23-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-23, to claim the NCAA Season 93 men’s volleyball crown Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The two sides were locked in an epic battle for the entire match and the Altas even found themselves trailing 19-12 in the fourth set but clawed their way back and blindsided the Chiefs for their 11th title.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Reigning MVP and Rookie of the Year Joebert Almodiel led the Altas with 19 points while Taneo Ronniel Rosales had 11 and 10 points, respectively.Christian Dela Paz had 16 points to lead the Chiefs. LATEST STORIES Alejandro lifts Go for Gold in upset win vs CEU Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Read Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Perpetual scored on back-to-back blocks to take the lead at 22-21 before Ridzuan Muhali converted on a crosscourt kill to send the Altas to the 24-22 match point.Rey Taneo then put the Chiefs away with an inspired quick kill that landed squarely in the middle of Arellano’s defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I always told my players that nothing is impossible,” said Altas head coach Sammy Acaylar in Filipino. “If you don’t give up, the Lord will give this win. So when we closed the gap I knew we never gave up.”“This is my passion, I never counted my championships because this is the help I can give to the players who will be tasting their first title.” MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Ancajas leads Elorde honorees; Pacquiao main guest speaker

first_imgLATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jerwin Ancajas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWorld champion Jerwin Ancajas heads the honorees in the 18th Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Memorial Awards and Banquet of Champions Sunday night at the Grand Ballroom of Okada Hotel Manila.Ancajas, who is slated to make his fifth defense of the International Boxing Federation super flyweight title against countryman Jonas Sultan in May, along with former IBF light flyweight titlist Milan Melindo and former World Boxing Organization bantamweight king Marlon Tapales will be feted as Boxers of the Year for 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims 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 In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverycenter_img Ateneo’s Team Azul 14-U bags Milcu championship Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Melindo yielded his title to Ryoichi Taguchi by unanimous decision last Dec. 31 in Ota City, Japan, while Tapales lost his crown to the weight scales before knocking out Shohei Omori in the 11th round last April 23 in Osaka.Another highlight of the annual event is the casting of the fists of eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, who will also be the guest of honor and speaker, and former World Boxing Association welterweight titlist Bernabe Villacampo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe country’s international, regional, and national champions will also receive awards to be presented by Laura Elorde. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comebacklast_img read more

Detroit’s Griffin has bone bruise, to be evaluated in a week

first_imgSimmons’ triple-double paces Sixers to 9th straight win Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Pistons acquired Griffin in January in a blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Clippers. Detroit is five games behind Milwaukee for the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverycenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims 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 Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) takes a shot while warming up for a NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons say star forward Blake Griffin has a bone bruise on his right ankle and will be evaluated again in a week.Griffin was scratched from Thursday night’s win over Washington and had an MRI that night. The Pistons say a timetable for his return will be provided “as appropriate” — Detroit’s playoff chances are slim, and the regular-season finale is April 11.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more