STOCKHOLM, Sweden:If Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is feeling the pressure of defending her world crown, it was not evident as she cruised to victory at the BAHAUS Athletics Diamond League meeting yesterday.She clocked 10.93 seconds (-0.2) in front of a Stockholm crowd that clearly idolises the sprint legend.With the World Championships less than a month away, Fraser-Pryce told The Gleaner: “There’s always pressure going into any meet. I’m defending champion and everybody’s coming, but that’s not something I worry about.”I’m not worried about anything actually! I’m just focused on executing the race and enjoying the championships.”Beijing holds fond memories for the Jamaican. It was in 2008 that a young Fraser-Pryce announced herself to the world by claiming the 100m gold at the Beijing Olympics.LOOKFORWARDTOBEIJING”I’m looking forward to going back to Beijing. In 2008, I had no idea that I would win a medal. Rather, I was going there for the sheer excitement of making an Olympic team.”I was looking forward to seeing all the athletes, and if anything, I was star struck when I got there.”And here I am, years later, going back as the defending world champion.”There is something about the Jamaican, which makes her turn up for the big races. She is a genuine championship performer. Just what is her secret?”I have no idea how I perform so well in major championships,” she said.”When I get to major championships, I’m just very focused and ready to run.”It’s weird, but I think my body has a memory, which remembers when I’m in a big race. So far, I’ve only lost one championship, which was in 2011.”I rely on past experiences and victories. I just seem to get it right at the right time.”The 28-year-old has illuminated the sport over the years with her demeanour and famous smile. Her calm start-line antics go against some of the more serious traits of her competitors, who can barely raise a smile while in the zone.Fraser-Pryce said: “I’ve no pre-race antics. I’m not focused on what anybody else does.”Fraser-Pryce’s compatriot Natasha Morrison, came home third in the 100m in Stockholm. She, too, was happy enough before Beijing.”It was very chilly, and I’m looking forward to Beijing,” said a contented Morrison, who registered 11.22. American Tori Bowie was second in 11.05.In the triple jump, Kimberly Williams took third place behind Caterine Ibarguen, 14.69m, and Olga Rypakova, 14.30m. After an opening effort of 13.89m, she improved to 14.21m with her second leap. Her fifth jump of 14.22m was her best effort.There was no joy either for 800m runner Simoya Campbell.Campbell came home sixth (2:01:57) but is of the view that she can produce in Beijing.”I feel very confident before going to Beijing and feel comfortable in myself. I have been putting in all the work needed.”The event was won by Renelle Lamote (France) in 1:59.91.Rusheen McDonald (45.55) and Edino Steele (46.17) came home sixth and eighth, respectively in the 400m, which was won by Machel Cedenio (Trinidad and Tobago), 44.97.Peter Matthews, 45.79 was content with his second-place finish in the 400m B race.
Jose Marti Technical High put the brakes on Group G leaders, Kingston College, halting the North Street-based school’s perfect winning record, with a come-from-behind 1-1 draw in ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup action at the Stadium East field yesterday.KC went ahead in the 26th minute when Rashawn Mackison headed home from a perfect Nickardo Hanchard corner kick.The purple and white-clad KC should have wrapped up the game before the end of the first half but wayward finishing ensured their opponents remained with a fighting chance.They took that chance in the 62nd minute when Khalfane Richards cleverly chipped the ball over a KC defender then dribbled into the 18-yard box before slamming home. Richards who was scoring his fourth goal of the season, celebrated wildly in front of the KC supporters with a wipe of his finger across his neck.”That was just my celebration. I like to upset the big guns like St George’s and KC,” he said.”I feel very wonderful as I have put in a lot of hard work. I will keep trying to score more goals,” he told The Gleaner.KC remain top of the group with 16 points from six games, with five wins and yesterday’s draw. Camperdown are next with 12 from five while Jose Marti are third with seven points.KC’s coach Ludlow Bernard said his team needed to convert its chances and also tighten up in defence.”We will always say that we need to convert our chances, but probably if we were a little tighter in defence they would not have got that chance,” he assessed, adding that they will be looking to “maximise their efforts in remaining games”.Calvert Fitzgerald, coach of Jose Marti, believes his team did well to earn the draw.”We really wanted something from this KC game so we are very satisfied,” he said.
Captain of Jamaica Scorpions, John Campbell, believes playing their best cricket will be key in overcoming Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in their WICB-NAGICO Insurance Super50 Tournament top-of-the-table clash at Shaw Park, Trinidad and Tobago, today.The encounter, set to get under way at 9:30 a.m. (Jamaica time), will see the hosts (12 points) looking to hold on to their narrow two-point lead over the Scorpions in Group A.Jamaica have won two and lost one of their three matches, while the Red Force have so far recorded two wins and a no-result from their rain-affected fixture.”They are playing well at the moment and are at the top of the table,” noted Campbell. “But we have not played our best cricket yet and if we do, I believe we will win.”A return-leg fixture of the round-robin group stages, the matchup will see Jamaica looking to turn the tables by 84 runs in the tournament opener.Led by solid batting from Andre McCarthy and accurate bowling from leg-spinner Damion Jacobs and fast-bowler Sheldon Cottrell, Jamaica have since gone on to record back-to-back wins in their next two outings. They defeated ICC Americas by 184 runs, before turning back the challenge of Barbados Pride by two wickets on Monday.The results, according to Campbell, have lifted the spirit of the team and he is anticipating the momentum to carry over into today’s match.”We just need to go out there and play positive cricket,” he said.Both teams, favourites to advance from the group as winners or runners-up, are set to welcome the return of their West Indies players.Campbell said batsman Jermaine Blackwood was set to join the team in time for the clash, while it is understood that the Red Force are likely to feature batsman Darren Bravo and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.Blackwood, Campbell pointed out, should help to bolster the batting, which struggled against Trinidad and Barbados with scores of 137 and 139 for eight.”We have a problem with losing cluster of wickets,” Campbell confessed.”Getting in on these (Trinidad) wickets is hard, so moving forward … one of the set bats will have to look to bat as deep as possible for the team.”Trinidad’s Red Force, in addition to Bravo and Ramdin, are expected to pivot their hopes on batsmen Narsingh Deonarine and Jason Mohammed, plus all-rounder Rayad Emrit.
JAMAICA Hoerman Cup player Sean Morris and Delroy Johnson yesterday parred the 18-hole course at Sandals Golf and Country Club to sit atop the leaderboard with scores of 71 each on the opening day of the Jamaica National Amateur Golf Championship at Upton, St Ann.Morris and Johnson, a former Hoerman Cup player, lead a field of 60 golfers vying for the national amateur title, which is being played outside the Corporate Area for the first time in its 24-year history.Tracking Morris and Johnson are Sandals-based Zandre Roye, two over par, 73, and Jonathan Newnham, three over, 74, entering today’s second round of the three-day Labour Day weekend tournament.Playing alongside Roye, the fourth group to tee off yesterday morning, Morris promised to turn up the heat today on an already hot but windy course.”It’s a three-day event and, as such, I eased into the round this morning. I have some new equipment in the bag, which takes a while to get used to.”It was a bit tricky with the wind gusting up to 20 miles per hour, at least a constant 10, playing on tiny greens. Regulating the greens can be challenging, a bit tricky. Your short game has to be in good nick, and I have always had a good short game,” warned Morris, a Jamaica Hoerman Cup player since 2004.Newnham, though three shots behind joint leaders Morris and Johnson, is backing himself to rally today.”There were some positives. I hit the ball really well, but didn’t score well, but there are positives going into tomorrow. If I can tighten my short game, I will have a really good chance by Monday,” Newnham said.Newnham teed off in the third group, which included former Sandals-based former Caribbean junior champion, Romaine Evans, who had a terrible start, 12 over par.David Mais, tournament director, said the turnout was affected somewhat by the funeral of a member of the golfing fraternity, which clashed with the first day.”A lot of the Constant Spring players were out attending the funeral of Rodger Braham, a member of the JMMB team and a keen golfer who played at Constant Spring,” he said.
PHOENIX, Arizona (CMC):Andrew Ramgeet kept up the pressure on leading jockey Scott Stevens with a pair of wins on Wednesday at Turf Paradise.The Jamaica-born Ramgeet fortified his hold on second position at the racetrack located in the capital of this south-western American state with his second straight double, moving his season tally to 37 wins – eight behind Stevens.Ramgeet guided the odds-on favourite Not That I Recall to an easy, nine-length victory in the US$12,500 second race over 1,100 metres on the dirt track.He put the two-year-old, chestnut filly to stalk the pace before making a bid from the inside on the final turn and assuming command in the lane for drive the animal to the line in a time of one minute, 05.30 seconds.Ramgeet later produced the 4-5 favourite Frat Boy in the final stretch to take a comfortable six-length victory in the US$7,100 sixth race which was contested over 1,600m, also on the dirt.Frat Boy was taken back at the start and kept in the middle of the pack before Ramgeet advanced the four-year-old, dark bay gelding in the second turn.They, however, ran into traffic and bided their time until they were able to rally three across and take control in the lane to draw off and stop the clock at 1:39.84 seconds.
Veteran shooter Geoffrey Ziadie registered the first win on the local skeet shooting calendar, firing an impressive 90 of 100 birds to claim the High Over All (HOA) spot at last Sunday’s Driftwood Gun Club sporting clays challenge.This year’s clay shooting season opener was held at a new DaCosta Farms venue in St Catherine, with a field of 116 shooters competing.Ziadie finished two points ahead of runner-up Robert Yap Foo, another seasoned shooter, who hit 88. The A Class top spots were decided by; Richard Sleem with (87), Christian Sasso (85) and Greg Chong (85) birds, respectively.Margeurite Harris (67) topped the Ladies Class.Meanwhile, Zachary Chen (87) took the junior class, while Roman Tavares Finson (80) claimed sub juniors honours while Jonathan Ralston hit 62 birds to win sub – sub juniors.While praising Ziadie’s win, Jamaica Skeet Club president, Khaleel Azan noted that the course was shot under challenging conditions of 30 mph wind and heat, which tested the physical and mental toughness of the shooters.”The winning scores (were) generally impressive, noting they will help a number of the island’s top shooters prepare for overseas tournaments starting in February in Florida,” said Azan.
“Eduard’s personality is very much like Manny Pacquiao, he’s very gentle and kind,” said Sityodtong.“But he’s a fierce tiger, a fierce lion in the cage but outside of it you’d never know he’s a fighter because he’s so kind and humble and his life story is so inspirational.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano ONE’s last event in Manila was in March with lightweight champion Eduard Folayang successfully defending his belt against Ev Ting.Sityodtong said part of their affinity to the Philippines is how similar Folayang and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao’s life stories are.FEATURED 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’“I think it resonated because when you look at Eduard his life story is pretty much like Manny Pacquiao,” said Sityodtong.Folayang and Pacquiao both grew up poor but both found a greater calling in combat sports. 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 MOST READ ONE Championship Chairman Chatri Sityodtong talks to members of the media during his press scrum Friday at Holiday Inn in Macau.MACAU—ONE Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong said Friday the Asian promotion is set to schedule four fight cards in Manila come 2018.“It’s massive,” said Sityodtong of the growth of ONE in the Philippine market during his media scrum at Holiday Inn here. “We’ve always done one or two events in Manila in the previous years, next year we’ll have a record number of events in the Philippines.”ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Slow start can’t stop Bolt in debut at last worlds View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur
It’s hard for someone of Ildefonso’s caliber to feel any pressure inside a basketball court, but that happened on Sunday when he subbed in for the suspended Jamike Jarin as National University’s head coach in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.And although NU took a 91-83 victory against University of Santo Tomas, Ildefonso knew coaching is far from him.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“I really don’t have any ambition to be a head coach,” said Ildefonso in Filipino at Filoil Flying V Centre. “Honestly, coaching’s not for me.”“Coach Jamike knows it but he told me that I wasn’t exactly geared for that path. But let’s see. Only God knows where I’ll end up.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 NU trailed, 43-40, at the end of the first half and it was in the first 20 minutes of the game that Ildefonso looked rattled, a far cry from his days as the PBA’s Demolition Man.“During the first half I was really nervous, being a player is really different from being a coach. As a player, I immediately knew what to do with a ball, but as a coach there are so many players that you have to look at. And you also have to look at your opponents.”NU’s captain Matt Salem may have given Ildefonso a “10 over 10” mark in the legendary player’s debut as head coach, the San Miguel icon humbly gave himself a less impressive grade.“To be honest, as a coach I’ll give myself a really low grade,” said Ildefonso.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene UE continues resurgence, beats UP Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s no need for any argument that Danny Ildefonso is one of the greatest Filipino basketball players of all time.Ildefonso is a two-time PBA MVP, eight-time PBA champion and is a five-time Best Player of the Conference, tied with his student June Mar Fajardo atop that list.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
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 But his new role as head coach of the country’s lone representative in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) has opened another set of challenges.“For so long, you’re playing on the court and you’re trying to make the big shots, you’re trying to give the correct assists. Now, being on the sideline, the focus is how can I put the team in the best position possible to be successful,” says the six-time PBA champion.“It’s almost like you’re back in school. You study how you can help the team, study your next opponent. But I don’t think there’s anything I didn’t expect. I think just in terms of planning, a lot of time goes into it.”But then, there’s a bit of worry: Remember when they said great athletes make horrible coaches?ADVERTISEMENT No basketball-loving Pinoy fan, for sure, wants that to happen to Alapag. Not to this smallest guy with the biggest heart who unleashed dagger triples against long-time nemesis South Korea. Not to this captain who personified the Gilas Pilipinas team chant puso (heart) when he carried the country to its first World Cup victory in 40 years.Coaching perilsAlapag, though, knows the perils of coaching. He’s not too nervous, he says, since he tries to equip himself as much as he can.“It’s about the same as playing, or maybe a little harder just because your perspective of the game is much broader when you’re a coach,” says the 39-year-old Alapag. “You’re not on the court so you’re able to see what’s happening. And you have to do your best to break it all down and teach it to the team.”So maybe Alapag does know better, never mind the horror coaching stories. And perhaps, as some would think, isn’t there a Phil Jackson for every Magic Johnson?“It depends on the person, the player’s transition to coaching,” Alapag points out. “My approach going to this first head coaching job is leaning on the coaches that I played for, especially coach Chot (Reyes) and coach Norman (Black).”“A lot of my coaching influence is between the two of them—just picking their brains, their knowledge of the game,” he says. “I just feel very fortunate that in the last 14 years of my playing career, I’ve been able to be near them, learn from them and win with them. Hopefully, I can apply their advice this coming season.”As much as he has picked up pointers from Reyes, his coach in Gilas Pilipinas and Talk ’N Text, and Black, his mentor in Meralco, Alapag has also put in a lot of himself in formulating his own Xs and Os.“I’ve learned from them, and at the same time, I’m going by my experience—what made the teams I played for successful in terms of culture, environment. And of course, just working hard. Throughout my career that was really something I held on to very strongly—my work ethic,” says the former PBA Most Valuable Player.Sustain edge Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments Alapag thinks how he is as a coach is pretty much how he was as a player—the kind that drops by early in the gym and stays late “to sustain that edge.”“Every year there are new players always wanting to prove themselves. And as you get older, you want to keep that edge. And the only way to do that is to continue putting in the work, continue to be consistent with your work ethic. I want to apply that same thing in terms of coaching,” he says. “But now, instead of doing the shooting, the ball handling, it’s now watching videos, now it’s studying. Again, it’s like I’m back in school, learning.”And Alapag can get meticulous in learning. His passion for perfecting that stroke from beyond the arc—which, by the way, led to a PBA record for most number of career three-point shots made—runs similar to his current passion of wanting all coaching bases covered.Clearly, it’s one reason he tapped another PBA great, Danny Seigle, as one of his deputies.A different perspective“He’s one of the best players who ever played in the PBA. His basketball mind is very, very helpful to me,” says Alapag. “He’s another set of eyes. He might see something that I don’t, especially because he was a big guy in his career and I was never really much down there in the post in my career. It’s just a different perspective.”Alapag also doesn’t mind having around Mac Cuan, last year’s coach who slid down as assistant after steering Alab to a third-place finish.“His experience with the team last year is so important because this is my first time,” he says. “I’m leaning on him a lot in terms of his experience with the team.”Alapag, too, wants his relationship with his players—from young guns like Ray Parks to veterans like Dondon Hontiveros—to be just as smooth.“I want to establish relationships with these guys so that it’s not just a player-coach,” says Alapag. “I really want it to be a family environment. When you can create that environment, and then there are tough times later on, you can get through it. Just like any family that deals with hardship or any struggle.” Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThere’s a whiteboard in the gym that neatly lists the team’s task for the day. Below the date, there’s an outline that starts with a warm up and goes down to the drills and different plays—pinky, zipper side, shirt.It’s a detailed to-do list crafted by a leader so meticulous but at the same time creative.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I’m definitely very detailed, but at the same time, I want to give these guys the freedom to play,” says Jimmy Alapag, the new coach of Tanduay Alab Pilipinas. “I want them to play to their strengths.”“I feel like the best basketball players are focused and disciplined, but there’s also the freedom to let them do what they do best,” he adds. “That’s what I encourage the guys [to] just play and do what [they] feel will make our team successful. I don’t want to give any limitations to what they can do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogFor some, it might take some getting used to seeing Alapag orchestrating plays from the sidelines instead of the hardcourt where his leadership, on-court vision and incredible will to win made him a Philippine basketball legend.New role OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson As the day’s practice wraps up, Alapag notes it’s all about fine-tuning, now that it’s only a week away before Alab opens its campaign versus Hong Kong Eastern.“Anytime you get an opportunity to play the defending champion on opening night, it’s going to be a challenge,” he says. “It will give us a great barometer of where we are as a team. Whatever happens, it’s a long season.”Definitely, there’s still time for Alapag to learn. But hopefully, it won’t take long for him to start listing those wins.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson First-timers, Soguilon make their mark
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Dr. Richard D. Parker with the Cleveland Clinic Marymount was consulted about the injury. Parker performed a procedure in May 2016 to remove calcific deposits in Wall’s left patella tendon. Brooks said Wall’s current injury did not appear related to that procedure.Washington is 1-1 this season without Wall, who also missed a game because of a shoulder injury.“I’m fine with John missing two weeks if this is going to make him better,” center Marcin Gortat said Saturday. “Two weeks are not two months. We can cover for him for two weeks and then he’s going to come back stronger, better, healthy and then hopefully we can go from there. That said, he’s our leader.”Backup Tim Frazier replaces Wall in the starting lineup with Tomas Satoransky moving into the rotation. Acquired by Washington from New Orleans during the offseason, Frazier is averaging 3.2 points and 3.9 assists in 16.6 minutes. He has 42 career starts including two this season and 35 with the Pelicans during the 2016-17 campaign.“Next guy has to step up. That’s it,” said Frazier, who had eight assists in each of his two starts this season. “Obviously we can’t be John, an All-Star, our leader, our best player, but we just got to step up and be the best we can and get as many wins as possible.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards drives to the basket against Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat in the second half at Capital One Arena on November 17, 2017 in Washington. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPWASHINGTON — Washington Wizards guard John Wall is expected to miss about two weeks with inflammation in his left knee, the team announced Saturday.Wall, 27, underwent an MRI, coach Scott Brooks revealed Friday following the day’s practice session, which the point guard missed. The four-time All-Star received platelet-rich plasma and viscosupplementation injections Saturday in Washington in the hope of reducing the inflammation that has caused discomfort for the past two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT “We felt like this was the best thing,” Brooks said before the Wizards hosted the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday. “We figure this is the early part of the season, and we’re in no rush. Give him the best chance to come back.”The injury occurred when Wall made knee-to-knee contact with another player during Washington’s Nov. 7 loss to Dallas, according to the team statement. Wall, who averages 20.3 points and 9.2 assists, previously said fluid on his knee built up after he received IV fluids to deal with illness and migraines before the Wizards hosted Atlanta on Nov. 11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneWall sat out Sunday’s 100-91 loss at Toronto, but returned to play his usual starting role in matchups against Milwaukee and Charlotte. He had 31 points and 11 assists over 41 minutes in Washington’s 129-124 overtime loss to the Hornets on Wednesday, but then didn’t participate in Friday’s practice.“We had it drained and it actually felt pretty good,” Brooks said. “He played terrific in Milwaukee and then last game he had one of his best games of the season. . But after the game, the swelling came back.” View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ His brother’s keeper Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set