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first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours With young stars, Cubs likely not fading after NLCS loss 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 Luka Doncic uncorks eight 3s to help Mavs fend off Blazers Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Isabela students make facemasks, bake pastries for Taal eruption refugees Kendrick Nunn continues to shine as Heat torch Thunder Grizzlies push streak to 7 wins after beating Cavscenter_img Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball gestures to teammates during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — Lonzo Ball barely missed a triple-double with 29 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in his second NBA game and the Los Angeles Lakers held on to beat the Phoenix Suns 132-130 on Friday night.The Suns had a chance to tie it with 1.2 seconds to play, but T.J. Warren missed the first of two free throws. That meant he had to miss the second intentionally and hope for a rebound, but the Suns couldn’t get a decent shot off before the buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT Ball, the No. 2 overall pick this year who is a week shy of his 20th birthday, took over down the stretch, scoring eight points in a 2 1/2-minute span. His final basket during that run, a floating layup, put Los Angeles ahead 130-122 with 1:35 to play.But the Suns came roaring back behind Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker, whose 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left cut it to 131-130. Brandon Ingram made one of two free throws to give Phoenix one last chance and Warren was fouled by Ingram on an inbounds play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe free throw was off the back of the rim, though, and the Lakers survived.Bledsoe scored 29 points, 17 in the fourth quarter. Booker also flirted with what would have been his first career triple-double, finishing with 25 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Warren added 24 points, 17 in the second quarter. Ingram scored 25 points for Los Angeles. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Both teams were coming off of season-opening blowout losses.The Lakers lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 108-92, and Phoenix was routed by Portland 124-79, the most one-sided loss in Suns history and most one-sided season opener ever in the NBA.From the opening tip Friday, it was a fast-paced, often sloppy, game with not much attention to defense.Phoenix used a 13-2 run to go up 55-49 with 7:09 left in the half and the Suns stretched it to 67-58 on another 3 by Booker with 3:34 left in the half. But the Lakers scored the next seven, five at the free throw line.Warren responded with consecutive baskets, but Ingram had the last laugh, a 3-pointer with eight seconds to play to cut Phoenix’s lead to 73-70 at the half.ADVERTISEMENT Hawks complete late rally to stun Spurs Booker was called for a flagrant one when he fouled Brewer hard on a layup with 6:02 left in the third quarter. Larry Nance Jr. jumped into the fray and put a shoulder into Booker, who responded with a shove. Booker and Nance both were assessed technical fouls.The play came during an 13-2 Lakers outburst that put Los Angeles on top 95-85 after Nance stole the ball from Booker with both players on the floor and flipped the ball to Lopez for a layup with 3:03 to play in the third quarter.The Lakers boosted the lead to 111-99 on Clarkson’s basket with 10:28 to go.TIP INSLakers: Luol Deng, who started Thursday’s opener, was inactive. … Ball had three points, nine assists and four steals in his debut Thursday night. … The Lakers locked arms as they stood for the national anthem.Suns: In the second quarter, Warren was 6 for 7 from the field and 5 for 6 from the foul line. … Booker was flattened under the Phoenix basket by Brook Lopez in the second quarter. He was slow to get up but stayed in the game. ..The Suns play their next five on the road. Their next home game is Nov. 6 against Brooklyn.UP NEXTLakers: Host New Orleans on Sunday night.Suns: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgShare on Facebook Topics Read more Share on WhatsApp The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. ‘I don’t feel like an underdog’: Jürgen Klopp eager for Real redemption features Milan’s Suso: ‘I feel like I am only at 70% of what I can achieve’ Neal, along with his old team-mate Alan Kennedy, had been invited along by Bygroves, who doubles as Liverpool FC’s chaplain and was signed by Bill Shankly as a schoolboy. If it began as a charitable gesture it soon became a genuine passion for both veterans: Kennedy got so into the rapidly growing sport that he was recently selected for England’s first over 60s walking football team, alongside Bobby Charlton’s younger brother Tommy, 73.Both Kennedy and Neal are now regulars at Bygroves’ sessions, an initiative of Red Neighbours, Liverpool’s community outreach programme. Neither are paid to attend. The sessions are free, apart from the tea and biscuits afterwards. “I only joined up so I could give Phil Neal the runaround,” says Tony Perischine, a 74-year-old Evertonian, who plays with his brothers, aged 64 and 70. “Oi,” yells Bygroves, as Neal misses a pass. “Just ‘cos you’ve played in five Champions League finals doesn’t mean you don’t have to pay attention, mate.”At 67, Neal is one of the younger members of the Red Neighbours walking football squad. Though he doesn’t look it, Jim Mounsey, 90, is the oldest. Rules dictate that no one is allowed to tackle him or any of the octagenarians once they have the ball, but Mousney still looks sharp and scored a tidy penalty when the Guardian was in the stands. He joined up after a friend spotted a flyer in the local clinic and suggested he give it a go. He’d been looking for a way to keep fit after his local swimming baths shut down and now relishes the game. “I still feel the impulse to kick the ball,” he says. On windswept astroturf around the corner from Anfield stadium, 34 men with a combined age of well over 2,500 were being put through their paces before their weekly walking football game. “Come on lads,” says their coach, Bill Bygroves. “Get those hips going. Pretend you’re dancing with your girlfriend — or boyfriend. That’s right, Jim. On your toes. Very nice. Can you believe he’s 90? Look at him go!”On the sidelines, one of England’s most successful players of all time winced as he stretched out his calves. “I think I’ll give this bit a miss today,” says Phil Neal, as men 20 years his senior followed orders to sit down with a ball between their feet. “I was at Kenny Dalglish’s golf day yesterday so I’m a bit worn out.” Liverpoolcenter_img Share on Pinterest Read more The sessions have been life-changing for Sol Sorsky, who is 82. When he started, in January, he couldn’t even kick the ball. He was not allowed to play at school — “I wore glasses and lads with glasses couldn’t play football” — and was dangerously overweight. “Everyone says I look fitter. I’m much happier. One of the other lads said to me the other day, ‘no offence but when you first came here you were a doddery old man. Now you’re a rottweiler!’”The social aspect is as important as the exercise, says Bygroves. Post-match refreshments often turn into a Beatles singalong with ladies from Red Neighbours’ walking netball team, who practise inside at the same time. The men even have their own supporters: Liz Hayes, 68, and Edith White, 79, who cheer from the sidelines.Neal insists he gets a decent workout from walking football, though he is trying to learn to take things a little easier: “My brain still thinks I’m a Liverpool full-back but my body has other ideas.”The non-contact rules dictate that he can’t tackle as hard as he did in his prime, and running is strictly forbidden. “But yes, you do let some of them get past. At 90, you deserve a clear chance at goal. You can still be as competitive as Klopp’s boys whatever your age.” Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share via Email When he first turned up to the walking football sessions at Anfield sports and community centre last year, the other players thought they were dreaming. Surely that wasn’t Phil Neal lining up for selection. The Phil Neal. The only player to appear in all four of Liverpool’s European Cup victories between 1977 and 1984. Only Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have won more trophies than his 23. The unforgiveable bubble perm had long given way to a shiny bald head but it was unmistakably him, the defender they nicknamed Mr Consistency.His new team-mates weren’t starstruck for long, despite many of them standing in the Kop during Neal’s heyday. Before he had a chance to get his bearings he’d been nutmegged by Tommy Doran, a 73-year-old retired builder. Until seizing that golden opportunity, Doran’s proudest footballing moment was aged eight, when an impromptu game in the Anfield car park with 50s Liverpool legend Louis Bimpson left him with a broken wrist.“Phil Neal is an idol of mine,” says Joe Blundell, 81. “I was amazed to see him here, but you quickly realise how ordinary he is.” He wondered whether the current generation of Liverpool stars would be doing the same in their dotage. “The money is so high now they live in another sphere, don’t they?” Maybe Mo Salah would, he mused. “He’s building a school and a hospital back home in Egypt, isn’t he?” Share on Messenger Share on LinkedInlast_img read more