Rehabilitation Responsibility accepted Both players ultimately accepted their responsibility before the ICC lifted their bans. The PCB agreed a six-month rehabilitation programme for the duo that included lectures to younger cricketers on anti-corruption before allowing them to compete in domestic matches. “I am very relaxed, the toughest phase of my life is over,” Asif said. “This one-day tournament will help me gauge where I stand … International cricket is my target but I have to do well in the domestic matches before I can hope (for) international cricket.” Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said last week that, if they perform well in domestic matches, both players deserve another chance in international cricket. ISLAMABAD (AP): Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt smashed a century and fast bowler Mohammad Asif took two wickets as the convicted spot-fixers made their first appearance yesterday in competitive cricket after being away for more than five years. Butt scored 135 off 143 balls with 14 fours while Asif took 2-22 as they led the Water and Power Development Authority to a convincing 141-run victory over Federally Administered Tribal Areas in a one-day cup match in Hyderabad. “I hope that this is the new beginning,” Butt said. “As long as I will get more matches, I will improve.” Both players were eligible to compete from last September when their bans ended but first had to go through the Pakistan Cricket Board’s rehabilitation programme. Asif, Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Amir were banned for at least five years for deliberate no-balls at a 2010 Test match against England. Butt was captain of the team for the Lord’s Test. Amir pleaded guilty from the onset, which accelerated the left-arm fast bowler’s return to the national team, Butt and Asif went on to challenge the bans until their appeals were rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
When the finalists of the boys’ Class Three high jump final were announced at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships at the National Stadium yesterday, all eyes were on Cayman-born high jumper and the Class Three champion and record holder, Calabar High’s Lamar Reid. Not many had their eyes on the Herbert Morrison’s pair of Antonio Hanson and Javier Hall, who both jumped 1.85 metres to take first and second, respectively, and relegate the defending champion, Reid — who scaled 1.75m — to third. Gold medallist Hanson said many people knew of their potential after both jumped personal bests of 1.90 metres at the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) meet earlier this year, but no one expected them to take the top positions. “People knew we jumped 1.90m at STETHS so they were looking out for us, but they never expected us to win. I knew it would have been hard for us because no one was looking out for us, everyone was looking out for Lamar Reid, the record holder to take this event,” said Hanson. “But we trained hard, trained together and fed off each other’s energy and we came out here and we won … and I expect to beat him (Reid) even if he jumped higher because when he did the last jump I didn’t feel the vibes to jump anymore,” he told The Gleaner. Hall said he expected a tougher fight from Reid. “We expected to win and we came out to win, but he (Reid) never put up the fight we expected so there was no competition. But it is a joy taking back home the gold and silver,” he added. Reid said it was just a bad day. “I feel very bad, I expected to win. But the other team won because I had a bad day today,” he said.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):West Indies Test captain Jason Holder says he intends to place a heavy emphasis on standards and believes this will be key to getting the best out of the regional squad.Speaking during his first official media conference, the 23-year-old said he had already discussed this area with head coach Phil Simmons and hoped this would mark a departure from the past.”We need to set standards. The first thing we need to do is set a standard in the dressing room where we don’t fall below,” Holder told journalists here Monday.”It is something I have had a lot of discussion with the coach about. It is important that we set this standard so guys know where we are at the moment, what is the benchmark and know that we just can’t fall below it.”Once we do that and get players to buy into that theory, then moving forward it should be a lot easier.”He continued: “In the past we have been a bit haywire and we’ve not been settled in a sense where we have a standard, and we have encountered a lot of hiccups here and there.”I think once we can clarify the whole situation as to what is required as an international cricketer and we set the standard, it should be a lot easier going forward.”West Indies have struggled on and off the field in recent years and have plummeted in the International Cricket Council rankings in both the Test and one-day formats. They lie eighth in the Test rankings and ninth in ODIs and are now set to miss out on the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.They have endured a tough year with series losses in South Africa and more recently, to Australia, but Holder believes they can win on the tour of Sri Lanka, which starts next month.”Sri Lanka’s just lost their two (stalwarts) in Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, so they are basically in a rebuilding phase where they’re trying to look for young players to come in and fill those boots,” Holder explained.”We’re in a similar situation where we’ve just lost players like Shiv (Chanderpaul), Chris (Gayle) is out with injury and we have a pretty young side at this present time, so it should be a really good series, one that should give us a gauge of where we are at and also where we need to be at the end of it.”I’m looking forward to it. I’m sure the other guys are looking forward to it as well and I expect a very good encounter, with us coming out on top at the end of it.”West Indies leave month-end for the tour of Sri Lanka which runs from October 8 to November 14. The series will comprise two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20s.
Western Bureau:Reno climbed to second in the 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League standings, with a commanding 2-0 victory over Waterhouse in their rescheduled match at the Frome Sports Complex on Thursday.Rondell Morris got them under way with a penalty in the 20th minute before Afiba Chambers doubled the lead in the 65th.The win was Reno’s second of the season and follows Monday night’s 1-1 draw away to Harbour View. They are on seven points, two less than current leaders Portmore United.Assistant coach Michael Graham praised the fearlessness of his young brigade, adding that the experience of playing top teams early in the season will benefit the club.”We are improving with each and every game,” Graham pointed out.”It’s a very young team we have here, but we are playing excellent football at the moment and as we continue holding our own, especially defensively, we can only get better as the season progresses,” said Graham.Missed opportunitiesWaterhouse were unlucky themselves, coming close to scoring on a few occasions, mainly from set plays but a combination of stubborn defence and wayward shooting from the Waterhouse players let the former champions down.Graham wants to create a special atmosphere at Frome whenever teams visit.”Frome should be a fortress for FC Reno,” he said. “Visiting teams must feel real pressure and leave the complex empty-handed. That is what we need here to help the club progress in this league,” he added.Central defender Alburn Facey was once again like a rock at the back for Reno along with captain Morris.”These are clearly two very good defenders and we are delighted to have them in the team. Facey is young defender and he is very level-headed,” stated Graham.
Wolmer’s Boys coach Vassell Reynolds said he is not concerned with anything else but eliminating big-named rivals and reigning ISSA-Flow Manning Cup champions Jamaica College today, when the schoolboy football powerhouses square off in their semi final at Sabina Park, at 4 p.m.Wolmer’s did, recently, eliminate today’s opponents from the Walker Cup quarter-finals, but none of that will matter today, Reynolds reasoned.”My approach from the beginning of the season is not to concern ourselves with the name of a team; the teams dont matter to me, only our next game. We always look to the next game,” warned Reynolds.”We dont know anybody named JC right now!” Reynolds quipped.”The Super Cup is glamorous and there is monetary reward and exposure there, because most people watch it. In terms of prestige, history, folklore, even though our aim is to be in all three finals, I would choose the Manning Cup.”We are confident of our ability as usual, we will be relying on our strength, and we will be focused and confident we will get the job done. We have momentum on our side, we are still unbeaten, we concede the least amount of goals,” Reynolds was quick to underline.He warned his charges that losing today would be unacceptable.”We don’t play against a name, we play against a team. It’s evident this is not the JC of last year, but from we met them in the STETHS CUP (pre-season), we knew they could be a formidable team,” Reynolds added.
GREAT WEEK LONDON (AP): As title-chasing Arsenal completed back-to-back wins with ease, it took other Premier League games to provide a double-dose of late drama. Newcastle were facing ending another weekend in the relegation zone until Ayoze Perez stunned Tottenham in the third minute of stoppage time to win 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Liverpool, which lost last weekend to Newcastle, left it even later at home to West Bromwich Albion, with Divock Origi recovering a 2-2 draw in the sixth minute of stoppage time. The optimism which surrounded Juergen Klopp’s arrival as Liverpool manager two months ago has been substituted with a realism. Liverpool are five points adrift of Manchester United, which held on to fourth place despite losing at Bournemouth on Saturday, and nine behind provisional leaders Arsenal. Olivier Giroud converted an early penalty for his 50th Premier League goal, before Mesut Ozil set up Aaron Ramsey to sweep in another as Arsenal beat bottom-place Aston Villa 2-0. It was goalkeeper Petr Cech’s 169th clean sheet in the Premier League – most achieved with Chelsea – matching David James’ record. Although Arsenal’s stay at the top could be brief if Leicester beat ailing champions Chelsea, the win at Villa Park capped a good week when the odds were defied to book a place in the round of 16 in the Champions League. “I was a bit anxious today because we had given a lot on Wednesday night (at Olympiakos) and we came back very, very late,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “I knew that Villa was fighting to survive … it was a controlled performance and a great week for us. Don’t worry. I had as well a few bad weeks already. So sometimes it balances a little bit.” It’s been a good four months for north London counterpart Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs. They had not lost in the League since the opening day of the season until running into a resilient Newcastle, which ended the 14-match unbeaten run. Perez beat Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris at his near post as the full-time whistle loomed, after fellow substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic had cancelled out Eric Dier’s first-half headed opener for Tottenham. “In the second half, every time we had the ball we started to make some mistakes and we give them the possibility to a right to a goal,” Pochettino said. “I think the first person that was responsible of the defeat is me.” With Newcastle out of the drop zone and up to 15th – above Chelsea – the pressure is off Steve McClaren for now. HARD WORK AND COMMITMENT “You’re only two days away from another crisis, so it’s important we keep our feet on the ground,” McClaren said. “We’ve not turned the corner … we want to be (like) this every week and that only comes on a platform of hard work, attitude and commitment and discipline.” A week after a miserable trip to McClaren’s Newcastle, Liverpool were facing a second successive loss. Although Jordan Henderson put Liverpool ahead at Anfield, Craig Dawson quickly scored an equaliser in the first half for West Brom and Jonas Olsson put the visitors ahead in the 73rd. But Henderson set up Origi to score from outside the area just when the Midlands club seemed set to take all three points. “Maybe the crowd was disappointed, but they didn’t let us feel it,” Klopp said. “We were all in the game, we were all concentrated to get this one point at the end and it felt like three. I know it’s only one, but it felt like three and in this moment there was an explosion (of emotion).”
Caymanas Park Results for Dec 23, 2015Track Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. *ABOGADO WHenry 54.02. LAGUNA POINT OEdwards3 49.0 Head3. RED EAGLE RLunan 54.0 2L4. LAZZA OWalker 54.0 NeckLate scratch : #2 HOMECOMINGWIN: $93.00Final Time : 1:00.4 Splits : 22.2, 46.2, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – LEGAL PROCESS out of FIRSTBORN by SECRET MANTrainer : MCDONALD,ANDREW A Owner : NICALBred by PERCY TOMLINSONQuinella : (6,7) $144.00 Exacta : (7-6) $270.00Trifecta : (7-6-4) $470.00STEWARDS’ CUPRace 2 1000 M (R) (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -COLTS & GELDINGS1. SIR RAJA BABA BebHarvey4 51.52. *LORD EQUUS OMullings 53.0 1/2L3. OK DUDE EMurray 53.0 2L4. GOLD MAKER CChow 55.0 3 1/2LWIN: $101.00PLACE: $50.00, $50.00, $50.00Final Time : 1:01.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.0, ,Winner : 2yo b colt – SORRENTINOTrainer : JAGHAI,HOWARD K Owner : W. B. RACINGBred by BAGWANDEEN, WILBERT LIVINGSTONENOTE: HORSE #2 LORD EQUUS FINISHED 1ST BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 2ND BEHIND HORSE #7 SIR RAJA BABAQuinella : (2,7) $77.00 Exacta : (7-2) $210.00D/E : (7-7) $412.00Superfecta : (7-2-5-3) $1,524.00SWEET RUCKUS TROPHYRace 3 1400 M (Purse $850,000) NB&IMP2-Y-O GRADED STAKES1. BLUE DIXIE DaneNelson 57.02. *BUBBLING KITTEN WHenry 55.0 Head3. GOLDEN GLORY AChatrie 52.5 3 1/2L4. GLYDER NBerger4 50.0 4 1/2LWIN: $117.00Final Time : 1:26.2 Splits : 24.0, 47.2, 1:12.0,Winner : 2yo b filly – SKY MESA out of DIXIELAND BULL byTrainer : SUBRATIE,GARY A Owner : MICDON RACINGBred by CAROLE & JOHN RIO, MIKE SIDO & DR. LAURA SUROVI SIVOQuinella : (1,2) $60.00 Exacta : (2-1) $137.00D/E : (7-2) $263.00Trifecta : (2-1-3) $48.00Rolling Triple : (7-7-2) $930.00Race 4 1200 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. WICKED TUFF RLahoe 54.02. HE’S A DIAMOND RMitchell 57.0 5L3. DEPUTY HEADGIRL OMullings 51.0 3 1/2L4. *SMART TRAIN DaneNelson 55.0 3/4L5. IDON’TKNOW ADancel 54.0 HeadWIN: $468.00PLACE: $289.00, $100.00, $468.00Final Time : 1:16.2 Splits : 24.0, 48.2, ,Winner : 4yo ch colt – URBAN KING out of CONNELL TOWN by ARCHERS BAYTrainer : SMITH,GRESFORD A Owner : S & S CAMPBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Quinella : (3,7) $2,128.00 Exacta : (7-3) $2,967.00D/E : (2-7) $981.00Trifecta : (7-3-1) $11,350.00Hi-5 : (7-3-1-12-11) $100,988.00Rolling Triple : (7-2-7) $3,724.00Race 5 1500 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. TRACKING DANIEL JAnderson 55.02. *WHO’S BOSSY BebHarvey3 51.0 1 1/4L 95.003. EAZY STEPPING PFrancis 52.0 2 1/2L 307.004. SEAL THE DEAL DaneNelson 54.0 2LWIN: $326.00PLACE: $162.00, $95.00, $307.00Final Time : 1:36.3 Splits : 24.2, 48.3, 1:15.0,Winner : 4yo ch colt – TRACKING out of A TASTE OF ORILEYS by LAW OF THE SEATrainer : RAMBALLY (JR),ARNOLD A Owner : ARNOLD A RAMBALLY JR.Bred by ERIC MARTINQuinella : (2,8) $717.00 Exacta : (2-8) $1,604.00D/E : (7-2) $2,139.00Superfecta carry-over : $108,677.40Rolling Triple : (2-7-2) $7,075.00Race 6 1200 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO MAIDEN CONDITION RACE -NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE AUGUST 23(DIV.I)1. *MESSITHEGREAT ISpence 52.02. ARTHUR BebHarvey3 52.0 14 1/2L3. ROSY PARKS HPottinger4 50.0 4L4. KINGS OF JORDAN WHenry 52.0 1/2L5. CONNOR CBudhai 52.0 2 3/4L6. GOFORHOME JInnis4 48.0 1/2LLate scratch : #11 CRUISIN DANIELLEWIN: $70.00PLACE: $57.00, $105.00, $120.00Final Time : 1:14.2 Splits : 23.2, 47.2, ,Winner : 3yo colt – TRADITIONAL out of PRINCESS TERRI byTrainer : FEANNY,PHILIP M Owner : THE T’S STABLEBred by TERRENCE STRACHANQuinella : (1,5) $172.00 Exacta : (5-1) $196.00D/E : (2-5) $427.00 (2-11) $192.00Trifecta : (5-1-9) $179.00Hit-6 : (5-1-9-8-10-) $6,099.50Rolling Triple : (7-2-5) $5,369.00Pick-4 : (2-7-2-5) $10,752.00Super-6 : (7-7-2-7-2-5) $18,574.80Race 7 1200 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO MAIDEN CONDITION RACE -NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE AUGUST 23(DIV.II)1. *CRUCIAL VALOR JPatterson4 52.0 *3/52. SLEW DI CLOCK MWard4 48.0 4/1 4L3. CHEXIMAKIT HLewis 51.0 33/1 5 1/2L4. YOUR EXCELLENCE ISpence 52.5 19/1 4L5. IMAGE EMPRESS JInnis4 48.5 6/1 1 3/4LWIN: $84.00PLACE: $69.00, $88.00, $163.00Final Time : 1:16.2 Splits : 23.0, 47.2, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – SILENT VALOR out of CRUCIAL CAT byTrainer : ANDERSON,CARL D Owner : CARL D ANDERSONBred by CARL D. ANDERSONQuinella : (2,9) $238.00 Exacta : (2-9) $425.00D/E : (5-2) $85.00Trifecta : (2-9-8) $1,327.00Hi-5 : (2-9-8-12-4) $18,247.50Rolling Triple : (2-5-2) $768.00Race 8 1200 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. *CHEERS BebHarvey3 52.02. GENUINE FRIEND SMuir 54.0 2 1/43. ROVING STAR JAnderson 51.5 2 3/44. PRINCESS SHEMIKA OEdwards3 51.0 Sh.Head5. BLACK BOY WHenry 56.0 1 1/45. KING NEBARUE AntThomas4 51.0 54/1 dead heatLate scratch : #5 TWO STEPS UPWIN: $102.00PLACE: $69.00, $105.00, $108.00Final Time : 1:15.2 Splits : 23.0, 47.2, ,Winner : 4yo ch colt – YESBYJIMMINY out of ANGELA’S FAVORITE byTrainer : SOUTAR,WELSH M Owner : THE FAMILY CONNECTIONBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (2,3) $329.00 Exacta : (3-2) $464.00D/E : (2-3) $138.00Trifecta : (3-2-11) $799.00Hi-5 : (3-2-11-12-7) $1,122.50 (3-2-11-12-8) $5,593.00Rolling Triple : (5-2-3) $163.00TITANIA TROPHYRace 9 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE II-(FILLIES & MARES)Pos No. Horse Jockey Kgm Odds Lgths Win Place1. STIR IT UP VNajair 52.02. WELL BLESSED PFrancis 51.5 2 3/43. COMMANDING AVIATOR AChatrie 52.5 14. *FIRE ALARM OEdwards3 50.0 2 1/2WIN: $629.00PLACE: $119.00, $103.00, $97.00Final Time : 1:07.0 Splits : 22.4, 46.2, ,Winner : 3yo b filly – HE’STHEREALTHING out of JUST A FLUTTER byTrainer : MARKLAND,O’NEIL D Owner : O’NEIL D MARKLANDBred by ANTHEA E. GORE, BRUCE & NOEL LEVYQuinella : (7,9) $2,260.00 Exacta : (9-7) $4,160.00D/E : (3-9) $1,820.00Superfecta : (9-7-6-4) $12,524.00Rolling Triple : (2-3-9) $4,285.00Race 10 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 4-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE AUGUST 23, 20151. *WAR CHIP WHenry 53.02. RULES OF THE CAT JInnis4 48.5 1 3/4L3. TERRA MARIQUE JPatterson4 49.0 3L4. FASTANDFLASHY PFrancis 50.5 Sh.Head5. GIRL ON FIRE JAnderson 51.5 1 1/2LWIN: $122.00PLACE: $93.00, $132.00, $94.00Final Time : 1:00.4 Splits : 22.4, 46.2, ,Winner : 5yo ch mare – WAR MARSHALL out of BLUE CHIP byTrainer : MATHIE,ROWAN R Owner : LLOYD L DAVISBred by JAGHAI O.D., J.P., HENRY WILLIAMQuinella : (1,16) $718.00 Exacta : (1-16) $637.00D/E : (9-1) $2,188.00Trifecta : (1-16-9) $642.00Hi-5 : (1-16-9-11-14) $36,182.00Rolling Triple : (3-9-1) $5,721.00Pick-4 : (2-3-9-1) $7,472.00Super-6 : (2-5-2-3-9-1) $25,020.70Pick-9 : (7-2-7-2-5-2-3-9-1) $1,693,538.50PlacePot 8 : (1,2-3,7-2,8-1,5-2,9-2,3-7,9-1,16) $5,979.00
Points standingP W D L GF GA GD Pts1. Arsenal 21 13 4 4 37 21 16 432. Leicester 21 12 7 2 38 25 13 433. Man City 21 12 4 5 39 21 18 404. Tottenham 21 9 9 3 34 17 17 365. West Ham 21 9 8 4 33 24 9 356. Man United 21 9 7 5 27 20 7 347. Stoke City 21 9 5 7 24 22 2 328. Crystal Palace 21 9 4 8 23 20 3 319. Liverpool 21 8 7 6 25 27 -2 3110. Watford 21 8 5 8 25 24 1 2911. Everton 21 6 10 5 36 29 7 2812. Southampton 21 7 6 8 28 24 4 2713. West Brom 21 7 6 8 22 27 -5 2714. Chelsea 21 6 6 9 28 31 -3 2415 Norwich City 21 6 5 10 24 35 -11 2316. Bournemouth 21 5 6 10 23 37 -14 2117. Swansea City 21 4 7 10 19 30 -11 1918. Sunderland 21 5 3 13 26 41 -15 1819. Newcastle 21 4 6 11 22 38 -16 1820. Aston Villa 21 2 5 14 17 37 -20 11
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), blasted the West Indies cricket team for the behaviour of some of its players following the final of the Twenty20 World Cup in India earlier this month.In an unusual step yesterday, the ICC labelled the players’ behaviour as “inappropriate and disrespectful” and argued that it “brought the event into disrepute”.In a statement following a meeting of its board over the weekend, the ICC said it had even given “serious consideration” to bringing sanctions against the players.INAPPROPRIATE”The board considered the behaviour of some of the West Indies players in the immediate aftermath of the final and unanimously agreed that certain comments and actions were inappropriate, disrespectful, and brought the event into disrepute,” the governing body said.”The board acknowledged an apology by the WICB but was disappointed to note that such behaviour had detracted from the success of what was otherwise a magnificent tournament and final.”West Indies beat England by four wickets in a dramatic final over in Kolkata to win their second Twenty20 World Cup, following their triumph four years ago in Sri Lanka.Many of the Caribbean players celebrated wildly afterwards, with some removing their shirts as they danced in delight.West Indies captain Darren Sammy also stunned many by openly criticising the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) during the official post-game interview and highlighting the players’ ongoing pay dispute, which had marred the build-up to the tournament.Man-of-the-Match Marlon Samuels was also fined for his verbal tirade against bowler Ben Stokes during the final over of the game.While not specifying exactly what behaviour the ICC found offensive, the ICC chairman, Shashank Manohar, said the Windies players actions were not “acceptable conduct” for ICC events.”The sport of cricket is proud of its unique spirit and this involves being gracious in victory as well as defeat and respectful at all times to the game, one’s opponents, the sponsors and the fans,” Manohar said.”The Board also noted that very serious consideration had been given to bringing Code of Conduct charges in respect of the behaviour of the West Indies players and emphasised that this was not acceptable conduct at ICC events played out on a world stage in front of millions of people around the globe.”Following Sammy’s interview, WICB president Dave Cameron also tendered an apology for what the board deemed to be his “inappropriate” comments and promised to investigate.
OAKLAND, California (AP):Golden State rolled into the second round of the NBA playoffs without injured superstar Stephen Curry, thoroughly embarrassing the Houston Rockets 114-81 on Wednesday to clinch the series 4-1.Klay Thompson scored 27 points with seven 3-pointers and Draymond Green added 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors, who will face the winners of the Los Angeles Clippers-Portland Trail Blazers series.Portland lead that series 3-2 after winning at Los Angeles, while Charlotte won narrowly at Miami to also take a 3-2 series lead.Golden State, without their MVP Curry, relied on his fellow ‘Splash Brother’ in Thompson to set the tone from the opening tip. Thompson became the first player in NBA history to make at least seven threes in consecutive playoff games, while Shaun Livingston scored 16 points for his third double-digit performance in three games.deep defendingJames Harden scored 25 of Houston’s 37 first-half points on the way to 35 points, but the Rockets had no chance with a one-man show against the deep defending champions.Portland’s C.J. McCollum scored 27 points to lead the Trail Blazers to a 108-98 win at the Clippers.Damian Lillard added 16 of his 22 in the fourth quarter when Portland pulled away, and the Trail Blazers capitalised on the absence of injured Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to beat Los Angeles.The Blazers are up 3-2 and could close it out tonight in Portland. If Game 7 is needed, it would be tomorrow at Staples Center.Maurice Harkless added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Mason Plumlee had 10 points and 15 boards for Portland.J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 19 points.Charlotte’s Courtney Lee sank a 3-pointer with 25.2 seconds left to put the visitors ahead to stay, and the Hornets beat Miami 90-88 in Game 5.The Hornets have won three straight games in the series, and will take a 3-2 lead into a potential Game 6 clincher tonight.Marvin Williams led the Hornets with 17 points, while Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker each had 14 for Charlotte.Dwyane Wade scored 25 for Miami, while Luol Deng scored 15, Joe Johnson added 13 and Hassan Whiteside finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.