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Ayton fine candidate for Suns’ No. 1 pick in NBA Draft By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter


e can speculate on a possible destination for Deandre Ayton when the NBA Draft takes place next month. The league hosted its Draft Lottery Tuesday night in Chicago, Illinois, where the order of selection was decided for all 15 lottery teams. The NBA Draft takes places June 21 at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. Ayton is considered a consensus top overall pick by every reputable scouting service in the projection business. The Phoenix Suns landed the number one pick and

came into the lottery with the best percentage of doing so at 25 per cent. Ayton finished his school years at Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix and went on to attend the University of Arizona for a single season. The opportunity to begin his professional career in the state led many pundits to believe the Suns will take advantage and select Ayton. In an interview with ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth, Ayton discussed the rise in international acclaim for Bahamian basketball in recent years with the popularity of himself and Buddy Hield. “I wouldn’t say there’s a movement starting but we’re just letting everyone know that we’re representing the 242, which

ARIZONA’s DeAndre Ayton poses for a portrait before the NBA basketball draft lottery on Tuesday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) is the Bahamas and we’re coming,” he said. “Not trying to say that basketball is really trending in the Bahamas but we just want more opportunities to be made and to come to the Bahamas. We want more

opportunities to be open and we want to give kids more opportunities so they don’t have to go outside of the country to help be what they want to be. We just want to be able to help give back.”

The second overall pick went to the Sacramento Kings, who had just a 5.3 per cent chance of landing the top overall pick. The Suns hired Igor Kokoskov as its head coach in the offseason, leading the speculation that the team could select 19-year old Slovenian wing Luka Doncic with the top overall pick. Kokoskov coached Doncic to a Eurobasket title with the Slovenian national team last summer. If the Suns draft Doncic, it would allow the possibility of the Kings to select Ayton at No.2 and pair him alongside Hield for the foreseeable future. Atlanta Hawks were awarded the 3rd pick, the Grizzlies have No.4 and the Mavericks were awarded the 5th pick. The Magic,

Rockets even series HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and Eric Gordon each scored 27 points to lead a balanced attack and the Houston Rockets routed the Golden State Warriors 127-105 last night to even the Western Conference finals at one game apiece. The Rockets didn’t trail after the first quarter and led by double digits for most of the night. They head to Oakland, California for Game 3 on Sunday night feeling much better after rebounding from a deflating 119-106 loss in the series opener. P.J. Tucker added a playoff career-high 22 and Trevor Ariza had 19 as both bounced back after struggling in Game 1. Tucker had just one point in that game and Ariza scored eight, but was limited on defence after collecting his fifth foul early in the third quarter. Kevin Durant had 38 points after scoring 37 in the opener, but Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for just 24 points after the pair went for 46 in Game 1. Houston wasn’t able to slow down Durant, but did a much better job of limiting open 3-pointers by Thompson and Curry, and the two made just 3 of 12 attempts. The Warriors made three free throws to get within 11 early in the fourth quarter before the Rockets scored the next 11 points, with 3s from Gordon, Tucker and Harden to make it 111-89 with about 6 1/2 minutes to play. Durant made a basket after that, but Houston scored the next eight points to extend the lead to 119-91 with about five minutes left. The Warriors got frustrated in that stretch, with Durant getting a technical for shoving Harden in the back and Draymond Green pushing Ariza out of bounds seconds later. It was then that coach Steve Kerr sent all of his starters to the bench for good.


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ROCKETS guard Chris Paul (3) shoots over Warriors forward Draymond Green last night. (AP)

Bulls, Cavaliers, Knicks, 76ers, Hornets, Clippers and Nuggets complete the list of lottery teams in descending order. Ayton declined an invitation to participate in the combine this week in Chicago. During his lone season at Arizona, he averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game while shooting 61.6 per cent from the field, and was “Karl Malone Power Forward” of the year and Associated Press First Team All-American. He was also the First Team All-American from the NABC, USBWA and Sporting News, Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Most Outstanding Player of the conference tournament in the same season.


Gordon came off the bench to make six 3-pointers, Tucker tied a playoff best with five and Harden added three. Houston avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this postseason and the Warriors lost in the second game of a playoff series for the first time since the 2015 NBA Finals, snapping a 10-game winning streak in such games. Houston led by as many as 19 in the first half and was up 64-50 at halftime. The Warriors cut it to 74-64 with five quick points from Durant, but the Rockets opened it back up to 89-72 when Gordon

made an off-balance layup before crashing to the court while being fouled and made the free throw. The Rockets were up by 16 to start the fourth quarter but Golden State got within 98-86 with about 10 minutes left. Curry had five points in that span, including his first 3 after missing his first six attempts of the night. Curry finished with 16 points and Thompson was 3 for 11 for his eight points. TIP-INS Warriors: It was Durant’s 19th straight playoff game with at least 20 points. Curry made one

3-pointer to extend his NBA playoff record of 81 straight playoff games with at least one 3-pointer. Durant and Curry were Golden State’s only players with more than 10 points. Rockets: Houston improved to 8-0 this postseason when leading after three quarters. Houston made 16 of 42 3-point attempts. Paul finished with 16 points. UP NEXT After Game 3, the teams will play Game 4 on Tuesday night in Oakland before returning to Houston for Game 5 on Thursday.

SHE has yet to make a preseason appearance, but WNBA Insiders still consider Jonquel Jones one of the top players in the league and project her to have another standout season. posed questions to the league’s general managers to learn what the people who make the decisions think on a variety of topics. Jones was voted as the league’s top rebounder and received a whopping 58 per cent on the poll ahead of Tina Charles at 25 per cent. Sylvia Fowles and Brittney Griner were tied for third at eight per cent. Jones also received eight per cent of the votes for WNBA MVP (tied for fourth) and best centre in the league (tied for third). Jones was also in a tie for third place among the players best at creating their own shot. Jones finished the year averaging 15.5 points and 11.9 rebounds per game, leading both categories for the Connecticut Sun - a dramatic increase from her rookie season when she averaged 6.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Her record-setting total was 403 rebounds for the season. She also added 20 double doubles. Jones’ historic season included several individual milestones, including becoming just the second player in league history to record three 20-rebound games in a single season. The Sun finished the regular season with a record of 21-13, second in the Eastern Conference. They lost to the Phoenix Mercury in the second round of the playoffs. The Sun were also projected to be successful in the WNBA Insider poll as the team likely to have the most wins in the Eastern


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Track meet held in honour of Fritz Grant

ON THE REPLAY: Aspiring track stars compete in the Ambassadors Track & Field Club’s annual Fritz Grant Invitational, held at the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium on Saturday. The meet was held in honour of the club’s long time coach Fritz Grant. Photos by Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff SEE OFFICIAL RESULTS ON PAGE 4


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ANNUAL JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL RUGBY FESTIVAL BEGINS ON SATURDAY IN GRAND BAHAMA FREEPORT Rugby Club is scheduled to host its eighth annual Junior International Rugby Festival May 19-20 in Grand Bahama at the club’s home field on East Settler’s Way. This year’s tournament will include sides from Key Biscayne, Florida, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, and New Providence will travel to play in the two-day tournament. This annual exhibition is a great showcase for the sport and will feature players from eight to 16 years of age. The festival is a culmination of months of dedication from Freeport’s coaching staff, players and leadership group. Stephen Sheehan, a youth development officer hired to promote the club’s rugby and soccer programmes, has made a significant impact on the island. Sheehan has set up programmes at Jack Hayward High, St George’s High and Sunland Baptist Academy to help instruct students about the game of rugby. With Sheehan on board, the club’s rugby and soccer programmes have seen increased membership across the board, with youth athletes representing many of the island’s schools, including Bishop Michael Eldon, Jack Hayward, Lucayan International School, Sunland and Tabernacle. “Working for the rugby club has been a tremendous experience, and this is just the icing on the cake,” Sheehan said. “We look forward to two days of great rugby with new friends from all over the world.”

ORGANISERS of Freeport Rugby Club’s eighth annual Junior International Rugby Festival, which is all set to be held May 19-20 in Grand Bahama at the club’s home field on East Settler’s Way. The event represents a fantastic tourism opportunity as the club expects more than 400 players, coaches, parents and supporters to arrive on the island. The club extends its gratitude to its generous sponsors for the event, including the Bahamas Tourism Board, MSC, Pelican Bay, BTC and GB Shipyard - all of whom have

made this event possible with their generosity. Said President Rob Speller: “As a non-profit organisation we rely on the goodwill of our members and sponsors to enable all our youth programmes to operate and to host such an event as the festival proves what we are doing at the club is working for the junior members.

JONATHAN Augustin-Fairell (left) in action for the Bahamas in this file photo.

Augustin-Fairell signs up with top league in France By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter ONE senior men’s national team member has progressed to the top league in France as his new club looks to bolster its roster for a playoff push. Jonathan Augustin-Fairell signed with JDA Dijon of LNB French Pro A as the league’s playoffs continue this weekend. He was called up to replace Jacques Alingue. Augustin-Fairell averaged 11.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for Blois of the French Pro B League. He appeared as a member of the national

team this year during the FIBA World Qualifiers. In his debut for Team Bahamas, he finished with four points, two rebounds and two assists in a loss to the Dominican Republic. Fairell spent last season with SPO Rouen Basket of the French Pro B League. Duran International represents Fairell, who averaged a team-high 14.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game last season in 34 games for Rouen. In his first year (2015–16) of professional basketball, Fairell played with Vienna in Austrian A Bundesliga, where in 42 games he averaged 14 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per

game. He finished second in the league in rebounds that season. Fairell helped Vienna to win the Supercup and make it to the league semifinals. It was a successful season for Fairell, as he was selected to the Eurobasket. com All-Austrian League 2nd Team and to the league’s all-star game. Prior to turning pro in 2015, Fairell played collegiate basketball with Murray State. In two seasons with Murray State, Fairell averaged 6.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game on 59 per cent shooting from the field. Fairell started 68 of the 69 games he played at Murray State.

“Our aim has always been to provide boys and girls in our community a safe environment to play soccer and rugby,” he said in a press release. The club welcomes spectators to watch the action, which is all set to kick off at 9am Saturday. Photos and videos of the tournament will be posted on the club’s social media accounts.

BODYBUILDING RESULTS RESULTS of the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation’s 45th Annual Novice and Open Bodybuilding Championships, held at the Melia resort on Saturday night: Men’s Junior Physique - Jeremy Misiewicz Men’s Junior Physique Open - 1st - James Bain, 2nd Jeremy Mischiewicz Women Wellness Novice/Open - 1st - Anthena Bain, 2nd - Patrice Forbes, 3rd - Sanadia Smith Women’s Figure Novice B Class - Tanya Forbes Women’s Figure Novice D Class - Roberta Wheeler Women’s Bikini Novice B Class - Ebony Russell Women’s Bikini Novice F Class - Japhier Gardiner Women’s Bikini OpenB Class - Ebony Russell Women’s Bikini Open E Class - Shakira Ferguson Women’s Bikini Open F Class - Japhier Gardiner Women’s Bikini Open G Class - Tashara Seymour Women’s Figure Open B Class - Tanya Forbes Women’s Figure Open D Class - 1st - Lindsey Curry, 2nd - Roberta Wheeler Men’s Physique Novice A Class - 1st - Donovan Mckenzie, 2nd - Kendal Turnquest Men’s Physique Novice B Class - 1st - Garcia Martin, 2nd - Johnathon Dorsette Men’s Physique Novice C Class - 1st - Sidney Bain, 2nd - Bryant Simmons Men’s Physique Novice – D Class - 1st - J Misiewicz, 2nd - Aaron Mackey, 3rd - Kenton Ferguson Men’s Physique Novice – F Class - 1st - James Bain, 2nd - Johnson Moise, 3rd - Mueller Petit Men’s Bodybuilding – Middle Weight Novice -  Reginald Delancy Men’s Bodybuilding – Light Heavy Weight Novice - Rashied Edgecombe Men’s Masters Open - 1st - Chris McQueen, 2nd Mario Sweeting, 3rd - Sidney Outten Men’s Physique Open A - 1st - Terran Knowles, 2nd - Alberto Armbrister, 3rd - Donovan Mckenzie, 4th Kendal Turnquest Men’s Physique Open B - Garcia Martin Men’s Physique Open C - 1st - Gemo Smith, 2nd - Sidney Bain, 3rd - Johnathon Dorsette Men’s Physique Open D - 1st - Wellington Wallace, 2nd - Jeremy Misiewicz, 3rd - Kenton Ferguson, 4th Aaron Mackey Men’s Physique Open F - 1st - Raynor Ferguson, 2nd James Bain, 3rd - Johnson Moise, Mueller Petit Men’s Muscular Physique – D Class - Rashad Edgecombe Men’s Muscular Physique – F Class - Cornelius Knowles Men’s Bodybuilding Welter Weight - Paul Wilson. Men’s Bodybuilding Middle Weight - 1st - Charles Reckley, 2nd - Giovanni Farrington, 3rd - Reginald Delancy Men’s Bodybuilding Light Heavy Weight - Chris McQueen Men’s Bodybuilding Heavy Weight - Sidney Outten OVERALL Women’s Bikini Novice - Japhier Gardiner Women’s Figure Novice - Tanya Forbes Women’s Figure - Lyndsey Curry Bikini Open - Tashara Seymour  Men’s Bodybuilding Champion - Charles Reckley Men’s Physique - Raynor Ferguson Muscular Physique - Rashied Edgecombe Best Poser Novice - Reginald Delancy Best Poser Open - Paul Wilson Men Bodybuilding Novice - Rashied Edgecombe

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RESULTS: AMBASSADORS TRACK CLUB’S ANNUAL FRITZ GRANT INVITATIONAL OFFICIAL results of the Fritz Grant Track and Field Invitational, held at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium on Saturday: Girls 100M Dash Under7 Finals (w: 0.8) 1, #94 Thompson, Ariel, Beginners Tr, 20.31. Boys 100M Dash Under7 (w: 0.8) 1, #26 Morley, Shiloh, 4d’s Stallions, 19.03. 2, #216 Bannister, Aiden, Fast Forward, 21.42. 3, #105 Simm, Ronald, Beginners Tr, 21.81. Girls 100M Dash Under 9 1, #40 Mackey, Vanessa, Alliance Ath, 15.79, w:0.7. 2, #445 Smith, Jayla, StarTracker, 16.23, w:1.1. 3, #571 McKinney, Skylar, X-Treme Athl, 16.75, w:0.8. Boys 100M Dash Under 9 1, #534 St. Louis, Teven, T-Bird Flyer, 15.77, w:1.1. 2, #420 Ford, Michael, Spirit OF Excell, 15.84, w:1.0. 3, #107 Thompson, Rolando, Beginners Tr, 15.97, w:1.0. Girls 100M Dash Under 11 1, #412 Forbes, Shakana, Spirit OF Excell, 14.40, w:-0.2. 2, #414 Hanna, Keimahri, Spirit OF Excell, 14.74, w:0.1. 3, #194 Davis, Kleigh, Fast Forward, 15.39, w:-0.2. Boys 100M Dash Under 11 1, #60 Burrows, Kion, Ambassadors, 13.72, w:0.2. 2, #407 Higgs, Jonnthan, Speed Kids, 14.23, w:0.3. 3, #408 Mackey, Brandon, Speed Kids, 14.48, w:0.3. Girls 100M Dash Under 13 1, #118 Clarke, Malynte, Bsd Juniors, 13.27, w:1.2. 2, #547 Thompson, Lanique, Unattached, 13.92, w:0.5. 3, #546 Rolle, Ryniqua, Unattached, 14.03, w:0.3. Boys 100 Meter Dash Under 13 1, #422 McBride, Nijae, Spirit OF Excell, 13.25, w:0.2. 2, #392 Pratt, Darius, Roadrunners, 13.40, w:0.2. 3, #177 Gray Jr., Philip, D.T.S.P. Wo, 13.70, w:0.6. Girls 100M Dash Under 15 1, #558 Archer, Paige, X-Treme Athl, 12.89, w:0.2. 2, #581 Pratt, Amari, X-Treme Athl, 13.08, w:0.5. 3, #117 Miller, Shaunece, Bsd Juniors, 13.54, w:0.4. Boys 100M Dash Under 15 1, #121 Miller, Tyler, Bsd Juniors, 11.70, w:0.1. 2, #157 Forbes, Rayand, Club Monica, 11.90, w:0.1. 3, #459 Deveaux, Terrance, Star Tracker, 12.10, w:0.1. Girls 100M Dash Under 17 1, #431 Charlton, Anthaya, Star Tracker, 12.49, w:0.1. 2, #150 Thurston, Geordan, Club Monica, 12.84, w:0.4. 3, #444 RolleCurry, Robynn, Star Tracker, 13.16, w:-0.1. Boys 100M Dash Under 17 1, #21 Donald, Ladamien, 4d’s Stallions, 11.16, w:0.5. 2, #159 Johnson, Davon, Club Monica, 11.20, w:0.5. 3, #311 Bethel, Lowell, Phoenix Trac, 11.28, w:0.5. Women 100M Dash OPEN (w: 0.5) 1, #84 Robinson, V’Alonee, Bahamas Spee, 12.08. 2, #73 Clarke, Kristen, Bahamas High, 12.40. 3, #72 Adderley, Aliyah, Bahamas High, 12.49. Men 100M Dash OPEN 1, #155 Curry, Adrian, Club Monica, 10.62, w:0.3. 2, #553 Adderley, Anthony, University O, 10.65, w:0.2. 3, #634 Mullings, Ken, University O, 11.13, w:0.3. Girls 400M Dash Under 13 1, #13 Smith, Shaniyah, 4d’s Stallions, 1:05.14. 2, #362 Dean, Katranel, Roadrunners, 1:06.07. 3, #351 Turnquest, Moniqua, Quick Step, 1:06.72. Boys 400M Dash Under 13 1, #258 Winder, Raywind, Hurry Murray, 1:01.34. 2, #418 Ching, Whitfield, Spirit OF Excell, 1:03.94. 3, #528 Kelley, Tarquin, T-Bird Flyer, 1:04.97. Girls 400M Dash Under 15 1, #245 Kemp, Breyanna, Hurry Murray, 1:02.31. 2, #2 Brown, Aliyah, 4d’s Stallions, 1:04.83. 3, #373 Sears, Sherinique, Roadrunners, 1:05.09. Boys 400M Dash Under 15 1, #151 Bain, Shimar, Club Monica, 54.44. 2, #219 Evans, Ahmad, Fast Forward, 54.95. 3, #495 Boyer, Paulindo, Swift Athlet, 55.57. Girls 400M Dash Under 17 1, #189 Brennen, Lyric, Fast Forward, 1:04.38. 2, #59 Wilson, Raynell, Ambassadors, 1:08.16. 3, #329 Pride, Angel, Pride Athletics, 1:09.97. Boys 400M Dash Under 17 1, #184 Moss, Lamont, D.T.S.P. Wo, 53.03. 2, #61 Clacema, Guivens, Ambassadors, 53.89. 3, #21 Donald, Ladamien, 4d’s Stallions, 56.84. Women 400M Dash OPEN 1, #551 Josey, Romica, University O, 59.59. 2, #198 Johnson, Craiesha, Fast Forward, 1:00.41. 3, #54 Miller, Maya, Ambassadors, 1:01.23. Men 400M Dash OPEN 1, #82 Newbold, Stephen, Bahamas Spee, 48.38. 2, #75 Handfield Jr., Lavardo, Bahamas High, 48.44. 3, #79 Dormeus, Bradley, Bahamas Spee, 48.76. Girls 100M Hurdles Under 17 (w: -0.4) 1, #189 Brennen, Lyric, Fast Forward, 16.25. 2, #47 Burns, Meliah, Ambassadors, 17.28. 3, #38 Knowles, Carlissa, Alliance Ath, 18.61. Boys 110M Hurdles Under 17 (w: -0.1) 1, #396 Whylly, Cephas, Roadrunners, 16.34. Men 110M Hurdles OPEN (w: -0.1) 1, #428 Wilson, Jahmaal, Star Elite, 14.32. 2, #507 Hemmings, Perez, Swift Athlet, 16.04. 3, #511 Knowles, Azaiah, Swift Athlet, 19.73. Girls 4x100M Relay Under 9 1, X-Treme Athletics ‘A’ 1:25.81. Boys 4x100M Relay Under 9 1, Beginners Track Club ‘A’ 1:03.91. Girls 4x100M Relay Under 11 1, Fast Forward Athletics ‘A’ 1:05.48. 2, 4d’s Stallions ‘A’ 1:05.98. 3, Beginners Track Club ‘A’ 1:09.22. Boys 4x100M Relay Under 11 1, X-Treme Athletics ‘A’ 1:03.02. 2, Star Trackers T&F Club ‘A’ 1:03.91. 3, Beginners Track Club ‘A’ 1:04.38. Girls 4x100M Relay Under 13 1, D.T.S.P. Wolfpack ‘A’ 57.20. 2, Spirit Of Excellence ‘A’ 58.29. 3, Fast Forward Athletics ‘A’ 58.68. Boys 4x100M Relay Under 13 1, Spirit Of Excellence ‘A’ 55.20. 2, Roadrunners Track and Field Cl ‘A’ 56.08. 3, Star Trackers T&F Club ‘A’ 56.19.

Girls 4x100M Relay Under 15 1, X-Treme Athletics ‘A’ 51.81. 2, D.T.S.P. Wolfpack ‘A’ 52.66. 3, Fast Forward Athletics ‘A’ 54.53. Boys 4x100M Relay Under 15 1, Roadrunners Track and Field Cl ‘A’ 48.94. 2, Club Monica Athletics ‘A’ 48.98. 3, Swift Athletics ‘A’ 49.92. Girls 4x100M Relay Under 17 1, Ambassadors Athletic Club ‘A’ 56.25. 2, X-Treme Athletics ‘A’ 56.85. Boys 4x100M Relay Under 17 1, Fast Forward Athletics ‘A’ 45.19. Women 4x100M Relay OPEN 1, Fast Forward Athletics ‘A’ 52.52. Men 4x100 Meter Relay OPEN 1, University Of The Bahamas ‘A’ 42.53. 2, Star Trackers T&F Club ‘A’ 43.10. 3, Swift Athletics ‘B’ 43.31. Girls 4x400M Relay Under 13 1, Hurry Murray Athletics ‘A’ 5:08.24. Boys 4x400M Relay Under 13 1, Hurry Murray Athletics ‘A’ 4:37.74. 2, T-Bird Flyers Track Club ‘A’ 4:50.50. 3, Champion Athletics ‘A’ 5:13.68. Girls 4x400M Relay Under 15 1, 4d’s Stallions ‘A’ 4:26.97. 2, T-Bird Flyers Track Club ‘A’ 4:27.86. Boys 4x400M Relay Under 15 1, Swift Athletics ‘A’ 3:52.85. Boys 400M Hurdles Under 17 1, #230 Sands, Lavano, Fast Forward, 1:02.03. 2, #396 Whylly, Cephas, Roadrunners, 1:06.41. Men 400M Hurdles OPEN 1, #636 Thompson, Avery, University O, 58.04. 2, #355 King, Kamrenn, Quick Step, 1:01.18. 3, #521 St. Surin, John, Swift Athlet, 1:03.10. Girls 800M Run Under 15 1, #245 Kemp, Breyanna, Hurry Murray, 2:32.44. 2, #128 Simms, Esther, Champion Athleti, 2:37.61. 3, #212 Valcourt, Javonya, Fast Forward, 2:38.73.

Hurry Murray, 27.91, w:0.1. 3, #308 Moxey Jr., Kenny, Panthers, 28.43, w:0.7. Girls 200M Dash Under 15 1, #558 Archer, Paige, X-Treme Athl, 26.26, w:1.1. 2, #581 Pratt, Amari, X-Treme Athl, 26.74, w:0.8. 3, #117 Miller, Shaunece, Bsd Juniors, 27.07, w:1.0. Boys 200M Dash Under 15 1, #508 Higgs, Malik, Swift Athlet, 23.47, w:1.8. 2, #383 Ermilus, Daniel, Roadrunners, 24.21, w:1.5. 3, #20 Davis, Tkai, 4d’s Stallions, 24.27, w:1.5. Girls 200M Dash Under 17 1, #559 Baptiste, Karolyn, X-Treme Athl, 27.01, w:1.5. 2, #588 Turnquest, Etheopia, X-Treme Athl, 27.26, w:1.6. 3, #47 Burns, Meliah, Ambassadors, 28.01, w:1.7. Boys 200M Dash Under 17 1, #228 Major, Kendrick, Fast Forward, 23.15, w:1.8. 2, #61 Clacema, Guivens, Ambassadors, 23.53, w:1.8. 3, #220 Ferguson, Keano, Fast Forward, 23.62, w:1.6. Women 200M Dash OPEN (w: 2.0) 1, #73 Clarke, Kristen, Bahamas High, 25.38. 2, #72 Adderley, Aliyah, Bahamas High, 25.56. 3, #81 Knowles, Tamalia, Bahamas Spee, 27.24. Men 200M Dash OPEN 1, #555 Dean, Yurick, University O, 21.98, w:2.5. 2, #321 Gomez, Michael, Power Athle, 22.03, w:2.1. 3, #633 Hanna, Bradon, University O, 22.16, w:2.5. Girls 1500M Run Under 17 1, #191 Chea, Llanzita, Fast Forward, 5:30.79. 2, #369 Joseph, Rowlia, Roadrunners, 5:43.27. 3, #207 Ritchie, Jodie, Fast Forward, 5:47.21. Boys 1500M Run Under 17 1, #391 Pratt, Anton, Roadrunners, 4:31.66. 2, #505 Greenslande, Kenneth, Swift Athlet, 4:40.94. 3, #514 Neely, Felix, Swift Athlet, 4:42.06. Women 1500M Run OPEN 1, #37 Kikivarakis, Nia, Alliance Ath, 5:46.02. 2, #34 Dean, Danielle, Alliance

Women High Jump 1.50 then 5c OPEN 1, #291 Scott, Beyonce, Leap of Fait, 1.53m. 2, #290 Forbes, Amina, Leap of Fait, 1.48m. Men High Jump 1.75 then 5c OPEN 1, #294 Ingraham, Ryan, Leap of Fait, 1.90m. 2, #293 Fernander, Blayre, Leap of Fait, J1.90m. Girls Shot Put Under 15 1, #561 Ferguson, Claire, X-Treme Athl, 6.51m. 2, #365 Ferguson, Teneil, Roadrunners, 6.00m. 3, #545 Rolle, Ryneisha, Unattached, 3.38m. Boys Shot Put Under 15 1, #597 Evans, Zion, X-Treme Athl, 9.01m. 2, #339 Pierre, Luvante, Pride Athletics, 7.75m. Girls Shot Put Under 17 1, #234 Gilbert, Anthonique, Galaxy Invad, 7.78m. 1, #235 Johnson, Brenaye, Galaxy Invad, 7.78m. Boys Shot Put Under 17 1, #18 Coakley, Anton, 4d’s Stallions, 7.15m. Women Shot Put OPEN 1, #366 Hanna, Gabrielle, Roadrunners, 7.39m. Men Shot Put OPEN 1, #537 Jean Jacques, Johnnie, Throwers Inc, 15.26m. 2, #539 Williams, Gabriel, Throwers Inc, 12.39m. 3, #394 Sears, Kevin, Roadrunners, 11.89m. Girls Discus Throw Under 17 1, #365 Ferguson, Teneil, Roadrunners, 14.15m. Women Discus Throw OPEN 1, #366 Hanna, Gabrielle, Roadrunners, 22.40m. Men Discus Throw OPEN 1, #537 Jean Jacques, Johnnie, Throwers Inc, 43.37m. 2, #536 Hudson, Tarajh, Throwers Inc, 40.06m. 3, #535 Cooper, Bradley, Throwers Inc, 39.94m. Girls Javelin Throw Under 17 1, #578 Neely, Lowgin, X-Treme Athl,

ASPIRING track stars compete in the Ambassadors Track & Field Club’s annual Fritz Grant Invitational, held at the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium on Saturday. The meet was held in honour of the club’s long time coach Fritz Grant. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff Boys 800M Run Under 15 1, #495 Boyer, Paulindo, Swift Athlet, 2:15.51. 2, #20 Davis, Tkai, 4d’s Stallions, 2:17.83. 3, #30 Saintilus, Christopher, 4d’s Stallions, 2:23.35. Girls 800M Run Under 17 1, #209 Sears, Sierra, Fast Forward, 2:30.01. 2, #207 Ritchie, Jodie, Fast Forward, 2:34.94. 3, #369 Joseph, Rowlia, Roadrunners, 2:39.74. Boys 800M Run Under 17 1, #505 Greenslande, Kenneth, Swift Athlet, 2:09.09. 2, #390 Ozias, Jackson, Roadrunners, 2:10.28. 3, #514 Neely, Felix, Swift Athlet, 2:19.91. Women 800M Run OPEN 1, #550 Ford, Amber, University O, 2:18.52. 2, #631 Capron, Genisha, University O, 2:30.64. 3, #54 Miller, Maya, Ambassadors, 2:32.22. Men 800M Run OPEN 1, #353 Forbes, Joel, Quick Step, 2:05.79. 2, #520 Smith, Eric, Swift Athlet, 2:13.25. 3, #63 Forbes, Hilton, Ambassadors, 2:20.42. Girls 150M Dash Under 9 1, #40 Mackey, Vanessa, Alliance Ath, 22.97, w:0.9. 2, #146 Johnson, Jayna, Club Monica, 25.07, w:0.9. 3, #93 Seymour, Takashi, Beginners Tr, 26.38, w:0.9. Boys 150M Dash Under 9 1, #534 St. Louis, Teven, T-Bird Flyer, 22.78, w:-0.1. 2, #107 Thompson, Rolando, Beginners Tr, 23.76, w:0.1. 3, #15 Brice, Zaveon, 4d’s Stallions, 24.37, w:0.1. Girls 200M Dash Under 11 1, #194 Davis, Kleigh, Fast Forward, 31.75, w:2.0. 2, #6 Fernander, Neveah, 4d’s Stallions, 31.85, w:2.5. 3, #144 Hudson, Jade, Club Monica, 32.02, w:2.5. Boys 200M Dash Under 11 1, #408 Mackey, Brandon, Speed Kids, 30.09, w:2.1. 2, #60 Burrows, Kion, Ambassadors, 30.27, w:2.1. 3, #594 Chandler, Kaleb, X-Treme Athl, 30.36, w:2.1. Girls 200M Dash Under 13 1, #118 Clarke, Malynte, Bsd Juniors, 28.05, w:2.0. 2, #546 Rolle, Ryniqua, Unattached, 29.15, w:2.0. 3, #362 Dean, Katranel, Roadrunners, 29.36, w:2.1. Boys 200M Dash Under 13 1, #177 Gray Jr., Philip, D.T.S.P. Wo, 27.27, w:0.1. 2, #258 Winder, Raywind,

Ath, 5:51.66. 3, #620 Humes, Stacyann, Hurry Murray, 5:59.37. Men 1500M Run OPEN 1, #616 Minors, Christopher, Hurry Murray, 5:29.54. 2, #613 Gibson, Daniel, Hurry Murray, 5:36.32. 3, #615 Johnson, Andre, Hurry Murray, 5:52.67. Men 4x400M Relay OPEN 1, Swift Athletics ‘A’ 3:40.35. Girls 150M Dash Under7 (w: 0.8) 1, #94 Thompson, Ariel, Beginners Tr, 28.82. Boys 150M Dash Under7 (w: 0.8) 1, #26 Morley, Shiloh, 4d’s Stallions, 28.63. 2, #105 Simm, Ronald, Beginners Tr, 32.73. 3, #101 Pinder, Rashad, Beginners Tr, 47.29. Girls Long Jump Under 15 1, #4 Cartwright, Tonisha, 4d’s Stallions, 4.31m, w:NWI. 2, #48 Donaldson, Shannon, Ambassadors, 4.20m, w:NWI. 3, #116 Mackey, Celine, Bsd Juniors, 4.17m, w:NWI. Boys Long Jump Under 15 1, #219 Evans, Ahmad, Fast Forward, 5.73m, w:NWI. 2, #593 Campbell, Andric, X-Treme Athl, 5.12m, w:NWI. 3, #383 Ermilus, Daniel, Roadrunners, 4.88m, w:NWI. Girls Long Jump Under 17 1, #58 Strachan, Alanna, Ambassadors, 4.18m, w:-0.5. 2, #562 Ferguson, Kirshan, X-Treme Athl, 4.17m, w:0.6. Women Long Jump OPEN 1, #241 Tibby, Rochelle, high perform, 4.78m, w:0.5. 2, #236 Stubbs, Lauryn, Galaxy Invad, 4.14m, w:0.5. Men Long Jump OPEN 1, #499 Dean, Karon, Swift Athlet, 6.64m, w:0.9. 2, #229 Rolle, Sean, Fast Forward, 6.00m, w:1.3. 3, #65 Johnson, Kenneth, Ambassadors, 5.59m, w:NWI. Girls High Jump 1.40 then 5c Under 15 1, #373 Sears, Sherinique, Roadrunners, 1.38m. 2, #579 Neilly, Kasha, X-Treme Athl, J1.38m. Girls High Jump 1.45 then 5c Under 17 1, #434 Floyd, Tanisha, Star Tracker, 1.38m. 1, #562 Ferguson, Kirshan, X-Treme Athl, 1.38m. 3, #431 Charlton, Anthaya, Star Tracker, 1.33m.

13.66m. Women Javelin Throw OPEN 1, #86 Alexis, Deandra, Bahamas Tiger, 11.57m. Men Javelin Throw OPEN 1, #229 Rolle, Sean, Fast Forward, 52.48m. Men Triple Jump OPEN 1, #548 Collie, Latario, Unattached, 16.10m, WJ, w:0.1. Girls High Jump 1.30 then 5c Under 13 1, #560 Clarke, Ciann, X-Treme Athl, 1.28m. 2, #367 Hanna, Iesha, Roadrunners, 1.08m. Boys High Jump 1.40 then 5c Under 13 1, #607 Sweeting, Anthony, X-Treme Athl, 1.40m. 2, #308 Moxey Jr., Kenny, Panthers, 1.35m. 3, #598 Harvey, Brian, X-Treme Athl, 1.25m. Girls Long Jump Under 11 1, #95 Thompson, Jasmine, Beginners Tr, 2.63m, w:NWI. 2, #194 Davis, Kleigh, Fast Forward, 2.55m, w:NWI. 3, #196 Fraser, Zara, Fast Forward, 2.41m, w:NWI. Boys Long Jump Under 11 1, #591 Brice II, Demian, X-Treme Athl, 3.82m, w:NWI. 2, #602 Pennerman, Jahiem, X-Treme Athl, 3.62m, w:NWI. 3, #592 Butler, Justiz, X-Treme Athl, 3.38m, w:NWI. Girls Long Jump Under 13 1, #547 Thompson, Lanique, Unattached, 4.45m, w:NWI. 2, #187 Adderley, Koi, Fast Forward, 4.38m, w:NWI. 3, #560 Clarke, Ciann, X-Treme Athl, 4.05m, w:NWI. Boys Long Jump Under 13 1, #526 Burrows, Milton, T-Bird Flyer, 4.51m, w:NWI. 2, #528 Kelley, Tarquin, T-Bird Flyer, 4.16m, w:NWI. 3, #308 Moxey Jr., Kenny, Panthers, 4.14m, w:NWI. Men 3000M Run OPEN 1, #337 Jean, Jason, Pride Athletics, 11:40.39. 2, #616 Minors, Christopher, Hurry Murray, 11:40.54. 3, #617 Johnson, Gabriell, Hurry Murray, 12:24.51. Girls 3000M Run OPEN 1, #620 Humes, Stacyann, Hurry Murray, 12:50.91. 2, #619 Kemp, Breyteisha, Hurry Murray, 13:06.92. 3, #618 Kemp, Breynice, Hurry Murray, 13:33.97.


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Suns already know 3 great candidates for No. 1 pick By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Deandre Ayton might be going back to Arizona after all. The same can be true for Marvin Bagley III. Or maybe Luka Doncic gets to reunite with his past coach. The Phoenix Suns have a trio of fine candidates for the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. In various ways, the team already has an element of familiarity with each one of them. Ayton played his college ball at Arizona. Bagley, the Duke freshman star this past season, is an Arizona native. And Doncic, the Slovenian teen who has been tabbed a can’t-miss NBA prospect, won a title with new Suns coach Igor Kokoskov last summer — when they helped give the tiny nation its biggest sports win, a gold medal at the European Championships. These are good days for the Suns, who have gone through three dreadful seasons and eight consecutive playoff-less campaigns. But they have a new coach in Kokoskov, a promising young core and after winning the draft lottery on Tuesday night, a chance to pick No. 1 overall at the draft in New York next month. “It’s not a race,” said Josh Jackson, who just completed his rookie

season with Phoenix and is part of that young group that the Suns believe will get them back into the playoff mix before long. “We’re going to progress at our pace. Any progression is good progression, in my opinion. So wherever we are, hopefully we keep taking steps forward.” This draft could be a big step forward. Start with Ayton, who averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds in his one college season at Arizona. He came to the U.S. from the Bahamas, hoping for great things but never expecting this would be the cards he was dealt. “It’s God’s plan,” Ayton said. Bagley was the Atlantic Coast Conference player and rookie of the year, leading the league in scoring (21.0 per game) and rebounding (11.1 per game). Unlike Ayton, he’s expected to work at the draft combine that commences in earnest in Chicago on Thursday, and he will be on the Suns’ radar. He said he would obviously welcome the chance to go back to Arizona, where he was born and raised. “It would mean a lot if it were to happen that way,” Bagley said. Doncic will get plenty of support from Kokoskov, and others who know his game well — like Miami

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer

DEANDRE Ayton sits on the stage before the NBA basketball draft lottery on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) guard Goran Dragic — insist that he has the ability and intellect to make a quick impact in the NBA. “It’s been a good month for us, a good week in particular,” Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said. “We targeted a three-year rebuilding window and I know it’s been a little bit controversial in some ways. ... If you’re serious about winning a championship someday in the NBA, it’s really hard to build through the middle, so to speak.” So three years ago, when they couldn’t convince

LaMarcus Aldridge to come to Phoenix, the Suns decided it was time to push the reset button. The results: They got budding stars in Devin Booker and Jackson, wound up creating some cap space to spend on veterans this summer, and will not only have the No. 1 pick but also two others in the top 31 selections in this draft. “The future’s bright,” McDonough said. “And our hope and our goal is to be a lot better next year.” McDonough left the lottery holding a placard with

a big red “1’’ on it, and Jackson left with the one bearing the Suns logo that NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum displayed when announcing that Phoenix won the right to pick first. The Suns aren’t holding all the cards. They’re just holding the most important ones. “We have a small target grouping in mind, but we’re not going to rule anything out at this point,” McDonough said. “I think we’ll have a great choice, no matter who we select.”

CAVS GUARDS SMITH, HILL LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK IN GAME 3 By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — J.R. Smith reached out, placed his hands on Al Horford’s back and shoved Boston’s big man out of bounds. It was the only time Smith was on target. Smith’s shoddy performance in Game 2 — he missed all seven shots and committed a flagrant 1 foul in 27 forgettable minutes — underscored a startling disparity between Cleveland’s and Boston’s starting backcourts that allowed the fearless Celtics to withstand a brilliant, 42-point effort by LeBron James and take a 2-0 series lead. Smith and point guard George Hill were outscored 41-3 by Boston’s Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier, who were faster, hungrier and maybe tougher. “I don’t think tougher,” Smith said afterward, showing better defensive instincts than during the game. “They made shots, we missed shots at the end of the day. We had some good looks, they didn’t fall. For them playing on their home court, they fell. It’s a matter for us to bounce back, go home, try and get (win) two, even the series up and come back here.” Smith will be further punished by the NBA for his aggressive foul on Horford, who was in the air when he got pushed and could have been seriously hurt. Thanks to the league’s odd scheduling, Game

3 is not until Saturday, giving Cavs coach Tyronn Lue plenty of time to consider tweaks to his starting lineup and rotations. After a 25-point lambasting in the opener, Lue altered his frontcourt by putting Tristan Thompson with the first five and bringing Kyle Korver off the bench. The moves worked as Thompson provided needed energy and Korver knocked down four 3-pointers and had Boston’s defense focused on more than James. Now, Lue has to ponder another shake-up. One option is to re-insert Korver at small forward, sit Hill and slide James to the point, where he typically plays anyway but where he’ll be more susceptible to double teams and will have to work harder than he is already. Another possibility is to drop Smith, who is 2 of 16 from the field and missed all seven 3-pointers, from the starting lineup, but that would be risky because of his mercurial nature. Sit him and risk never getting him back. Lue is willing to live with Smith’s streakiness — he went 6 for 6 in Game 4 against the Raptors — but what he can’t afford are the defensive lapses that led to slow rotations and gave Rozier and others wide-open looks in Game 2. Smith has been locked in defensively throughout the postseason, so Lue is assuming he’ll get it together. Lue’s decision not to play guard Jordan Clarkson for

BOSTON Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, right, tries to drive against Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith (5) during the second half in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference final on Tuesday night in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) a single minute in Game 2 was curious, mostly because Clarkson is quick enough to handle Rozier and he scored 10 points in Game 1. Veteran Jose Calderon appears to be out of consideration despite his steadiness and experience. Lue may fear the 36-yearold will be targeted and exposed defensively. Of course, there’s irony in Cleveland having backcourt issues in this series. A year ago, Kyrie Irving averaged 25.8 points in the Cavs’ five-game rampage over the Celtics in the conference finals. Now an injured Irving sits on Boston’s bench in street clothes unable to help his new teammates while

his presence teases the Cavaliers, who have not adequately replaced the All-Star since trading him. They are finding life in the playoffs is more difficult without Irving, who at times carried Cleveland’s offence, giving James a break and Lue a dependable second scoring option. It’s easy to secondguess the decisions now, but it feels as if the Cavs’ trades of Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade at the deadline were hasty. Cleveland lacks enough playmakers capable of creating their own shot or opportunities for others. Hill has been unusually passive in the first two games, and the Cavs need to get him going.

And they certainly need more from Smith, whose frustration surfaced at the worst possible time when his hard foul on Horford riled up the Celtics and their rowdy crowd. As the referees reviewed the play, Boston fans chanted profanely at Smith, who smirked and later said the taunts didn’t bother him. “I love it,” he said. “I don’t want the opposing fans to like me. That’s not why I’m here. They can chant and scream all they want. “It actually makes me feel better about myself. They know me.” The Cavs know him better, and they need Smith to be himself.

WNBA INSIDERS: ANOTHER STANDOUT SEASON FOR JONQUEL JONES FROM PAGE 1 Conference and tied for third in projections to win the WNBA Finals. They were also voted as the “Most Fun Team to Watch.” Jones comes off a successful offseason where she led her Shanxi Xing Rui Flame to a runners-up finish in the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association. Jones ended the regular season averaging a team-high 29.3 points, 18.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists over 31 games. Sun head coach and general manager Curt Miller told the Norwich Bulletin that he is confident


Jones will join the team in time for the season opener. “I will be confident when I see her walk into Mohegan Sun Arena that she is here,” Miller said. “There is going to be a learning curve. Game shape, basketball shape, is totally different than treadmill and workout shape so it’s going to be a learning curve for her after missing a 19-day training camp on timing, execution, as well as conditioning and getting her basketball legs under her,” Miller said. The Sun recorded preseason wins over the Dallas Wings and Los Angeles Sparks as the preseason got underway last week.

Miller said the combination of Jones – the league’s reigning Most Improved Player and Second Team All-WNBA selection, and Chiney Ogwumike, the 2014 Rookie of the Year, could take the Sun to the next level. Alongside Ogwumike, Jones averaged 6.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game as a rookie. Last season, with Ogwumike sidelined with an injury, Jones developed into one of the league’s rising stars. And the expectations will be even higher for both Jones and her team headed into the 2018-19 season.

The WNBA announced 20 games that will be live streamed on Twitter during the 2018 season as the social media app returns for its second consecutive season of live game coverage. Three of the 20 games will feature Jones and the Sun. The Sun will be in the first game broadcasted live on Twitter when the regular season commences on Sunday, May 20. They will face the Las Vegas Aces at 1pm. Their other Twitter broadcasts will be against the Dallas Wings, 7pm August 14, followed by the finale against the Los Angeles Sparks, 3pm on August 19.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers are off the market. The Panthers announced yesterday they have signed a “definitive agreement” to sell the team to David Tepper, the founder and president of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management. The deal is subject to NFL approval. League owners will meet next week in Atlanta, where they are expected to vote on the purchase. Since Tepper already has been vetted by the league as a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the approval process is not expected to run into any snags. The transaction is expected to close in July, the team announced.

FOGNINI GETS WIN OVER THIEM IN ITALY By ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer ROME (AP) — Fabio Fognini got the Italian Open crowd fired up with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win over sixthseeded Dominic Thiem to reach the third round yesterday. Italy’s top player came out wearing a black shirt with a red lightning bolt design down his chest and he was energised from the start, grazing the flower beds lining the court to return Thiem’s high-bouncing topspin serves and frustrating the Austrian with well-placed lobs and touch volleys. “I played very well today,” said Thiem, who beat Rafael Nadal in the Madrid Open semi-finals last week. “It was just him, he was very pumped playing at home.” Nadal, a seven-time Rome champion, and fourtime champion Novak Djokovic also advanced. Nadal routed 31st-ranked Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-0, while Djokovic beat Georgian qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-2.

RANGERS SHUT OUT MARINERS 5-1 By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — Bartolo Colon laughed off having a line drive hit him in the stomach, allowing four hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings and giving the Texas Rangers a 5-1 win over the Seattle Mariners yesterday. On the cusp of his 45th birthday, Colon (2-1) put together arguably his best performance this season. Colon was excellent spotting his fastball and using his breaking pitches to keep Seattle off balance, a night after the Mariners scored nine runs. Delino DeShields gave Texas the lead with a twoout RBI double in the eighth inning to score Isiah Kiner-Falefa. The Rangers added four more in the ninth, all after Ryon Healy’s two-out error and two runs scoring on a wacky strikeout. Ronald Guzman struck out swinging with the bases loaded and two outs, but catcher David Freitas couldn’t handle the pitch from Marc Rzepczynski. Jurickson Profar scored from third on the passed ball and Kiner-Falefa from second after Freitas made an unnecessary throw trying to get Guzman out at first base.


Thursday, May 17, 2018, PAGE 7

Griezmann scores twice as Atletico wins Europa League final By JEROME PUGMIRE AP Sports Writer LYON, France (AP) — Striker Antoine Griezmann punished sloppy Marseille with two expertly-taken goals as Atletico Madrid won the Europa League for the third time with a resounding 3-0 victory in yesterday’s final. Marseille was going for a second European trophy, 25 years after winning the Champions League, but had no answer to Griezmann’s mobility and finishing. Captain Gabi capped off the victory with a fine finish in the last minute after being set up by Koke. “It’s more than about winning the Europa League tonight, it’s about more than a trophy,” Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said. “It represents the value of hard work, a steady hand and consistency, values to be successful in life. Keeping at it, keep working hard and it will bear fruit.” Several of Marseille’s players were in tears after the final whistle, undone by a player who was turned down by several French clubs when he was a youth because of his diminutive stature.

Griezmann pounced in the 21st minute, slotting coolly into the bottom left corner after being set up by midfielder Gabi’s first-time pass. Marseille’s woeful defending contributed, as midfielder Zambo Anguissa failed to control a needlessly casual pass out from goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and the loose ball bounced straight to Gabi. “Griezmann took full advantage,” Marseille coach Rudi Garcia said. “I think the blame can be shared, it’s 50-50.” The irrepressible Griezmann started and finished the move for his second, four minutes into the second half. He athletically won a high ball in midfield and quickly swapped passes with Koke before gliding into the penalty area unchallenged and delicately clipping the ball over the onrushing Mandanda. He celebrated both goals with an energetic celebratory dance from popular video game Fortnite, although he couldn’t do it as well the second time around as he was quickly mobbed by teammates. Marseille began with urgency, but striker Valere Germain wasted a great chance to taken

ATLETICO players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Europa League Final soccer match against Marseille yesterday. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) an early lead when shot over after being played clear through on goal by Dimitri Payet’s slick pass after three minutes. Centre half Adil Rami shot just wide moments later as Marseille’s positive start initially upset Atletico’s rhythm in midfield. The French side’s hopes faded after Payet went off injured in the

31st minute, with what appeared to a recurrence of a thigh injury. Marseille lost its third straight European final after coming up short in the UEFA Cup final — as the tournament was formerly known — in 1999 and 2004. Moments after Griezmann’s opener, Marseille fans were given a warning over the public address

system to stop letting off flares and firecrackers or the game would be stopped. They carried on anyway, and so did the game, with sections of the stadium cloaked in thick pyrotechnic smoke. But nothing could disguise Atletico’s vast superiority, as it added to the Europa League trophies from 2010 and 2012. It also lost Champions League finals to Real Madrid in 2014 and 2016 and the gulf in experience was evident. The comfortable lead allowed Atletico to take off Griezmann in the final moments and give veteran forward Fernando Torres a send-off, as he came on to a huge ovation from the red-and-white horde of Atletico fans. The 34-year-old Torres, who is leaving Atletico at the end of the season, finally won a trophy with his beloved club. He raised the trophy aloft with his right hand in front of adoring fans who nicknamed him “The Kid” when he started his career in 2000. The night really belonged to Griezmann, whose stock will rise even further. Atletico’s next challenge will be trying to stop a bigger club signing Griezmann, amid ongoing interest from Barcelona.


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10:48 a.m. 11:18 p.m.

2.6 3.4

4:55 a.m. ‑0.5 4:54 p.m. ‑0.5


11:44 a.m. ‑‑‑‑‑

2.6 ‑‑‑‑‑

5:50 a.m. ‑0.4 5:51 p.m. ‑0.3


12:14 a.m. 12:46 p.m.

3.2 2.5

6:47 a.m. ‑0.3 6:52 p.m. ‑0.1


1:14 a.m. 1:51 p.m.

3.1 2.5

7:48 a.m. ‑0.1 7:59 p.m. 0.0


2:16 a.m. 2:58 p.m.

2.9 2.5

8:49 a.m. ‑0.1 9:08 p.m. 0.2

Wednesday 3:20 a.m. 4:02 p.m.

2.8 2.6

9:49 a.m. ‑0.1 10:16 p.m. 0.2

sun anD moon Sunrise Sunset

High: 82° F/28° C Low: 78° F/26° C





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8‑16 knots Shown is today’s weather. Temperatures are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.

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6:25 a.m. 7:48 p.m.

Moonrise Moonset

8:28 a.m. 10:20 p.m.





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The higher the AccuWeather UV IndexTM number, the greater the need for eye and skin protection.




High: 82° F/28° C Low: 78° F/26° C

High: 82° F/28° C Low: 79° F/26° C


High: 83° F/28° C Low: 77° F/25° C



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High: 83° F/28° C Low: 78° F/26° C

8‑16 knots

MAYAGUANA High: 83° F/28° C Low: 78° F/26° C

Shown is today’s weather. Temperatures are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.





High: 83° F/28° C Low: 79° F/26° C

GREAT INAGUA High: 86° F/30° C Low: 80° F/27° C









8‑16 knots

10‑20 knots


Today: Friday: Today: Friday: Today: Friday: Today: Friday: Today: Friday: Today: Friday: Today: Friday: Today: Friday: Today: Friday: Today: Friday: Today: Friday: Today: Friday: Today: Friday:

WINDS SE at 8‑16 Knots SE at 8‑16 Knots SE at 8‑16 Knots SE at 8‑16 Knots ESE at 10‑20 Knots ESE at 12‑25 Knots ESE at 10‑20 Knots ESE at 10‑20 Knots ESE at 8‑16 Knots SE at 12‑25 Knots SSE at 8‑16 Knots SE at 8‑16 Knots SE at 8‑16 Knots SE at 12‑25 Knots SE at 10‑20 Knots E at 10‑20 Knots ESE at 10‑20 Knots ESE at 15‑25 Knots ESE at 10‑20 Knots E at 10‑20 Knots SE at 8‑16 Knots SE at 8‑16 Knots SE at 8‑16 Knots ESE at 12‑25 Knots SE at 8‑16 Knots SE at 12‑25 Knots

WAVES 3‑5 Feet 3‑6 Feet 1‑2 Feet 1‑2 Feet 4‑7 Feet 4‑8 Feet 4‑8 Feet 5‑9 Feet 3‑5 Feet 3‑6 Feet 2‑4 Feet 2‑4 Feet 2‑4 Feet 2‑4 Feet 4‑7 Feet 4‑8 Feet 3‑6 Feet 4‑8 Feet 5‑9 Feet 6‑10 Feet 2‑4 Feet 2‑4 Feet 3‑5 Feet 3‑5 Feet 3‑5 Feet 3‑6 Feet

VISIBILITY 3 Miles 3 Miles 3 Miles 3 Miles 8 Miles 8 Miles 8 Miles 8 Miles 5 Miles 5 Miles 3 Miles 3 Miles 5 Miles 5 Miles 8 Miles 8 Miles 8 Miles 8 Miles 8 Miles 8 Miles 3 Miles 3 Miles 8 Miles 8 Miles 8 Miles 8 Miles

WATER TEMPS. 78° F 78° F 80° F 82° F 78° F 80° F 81° F 81° F 79° F 79° F 80° F 80° F 80° F 82° F 82° F 82° F 81° F 83° F 80° F 80° F 79° F 79° F 81° F 83° F 79° F 81° F

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