Jamaica’s 2018 World Cup hopes were left hanging by a thread last night after the Reggae Boyz were battered 3-0 by hosts Costa Rica in San Jose. The defeat left Jamaica a poor third in CONCACAF semi-final round Group B. The Boyz are on four points, six behind early final round qualifiers Costa Rica and three short of Panama in second. In last night’s second match in the group Panama clipped Haiti 1-0. The Haitians have already been eliminated. They are at the bottom of the group with one point. Unlike last Friday’s clash between the two countries, Costa Rica started very fast and dominated the action in last night’s match. They went ahead as early as the seventh minute when Celso Borges sent a powerful header past Jamaica’s goalkeeper Andre Blake. Captain Bryan Ruiz made it 2-0 eight minutes before the break after he pounced on a rebound following a brilliant block by Blake. The hosts completed the scoring after a lightning attack down the right. Blake was in position to block the first shot but was helpless to prevent Johan Venegas from slotting home under his despairing dive in the 78th minute. With two goals for and six against – a goal difference of minus four – Jamaica’s Boyz will need big wins in their final two matches to have any hope of getting to the final round. Only the top two from each semi-final round group will advance to the final round of qualifying. Jamaica will travel to Panama for their next match on September 2 and anything but three points will see the Boyz crashing out of contention. The Reggae Boyz’s final match is against Haiti at the National Stadium on September 6.
BANGALORE, India (CMC):Chris Gayle’s batting failures continued as his Jamaica and West Indies teammate, AndrÈ Russell, upstaged him with an electrifying cameo to fire Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to an important win in the Indian Premier League here yesterday.Entering the run chase with KKR in a spot of bother at 69 for four in the 11th over – in pursuit of 186 for victory – the right-handed Russell reignited the innings with 39 off 24 balls as the visitors reached their target off the first ball of the final over.Yusuf Pathan finished on 60 not out off 29 deliveries, posting an invaluable 96 for the fifth wicket with Russell, who blasted a four and four sixes.Captain and opener Gautam Gambhir stroked 37 off 29 balls.The victory allowed KKR to move into second place on 10 points, ahead of Mumbai Indians, courtesy of a superior net run rate.Gujarat Lions remained clear at the top on 12 points.Sent in at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB were powered by a joint top score of 52 from captain Virat Kohli and opener Lokesh Rahul, as they reached 185 for seven off their 20 overs.RUN OF LOW SCORESAustralian Shane Watson chimed in with 34, while the left-handed Gayle continued his run of low scores with seven.Subdued by Russell in the first over, Gayle seemed ready to explode when he struck South African seamer Morne Morkel straight overhead for six, off in the second over of the innings.Next ball, however, Gayle miscued a pull at a ball of shortish length and skied a catch to the wicketkeeper at eight for one.Gayle has scored eight runs in three innings for RCB this season and all told, has now failed to reach double figures in six consecutive innings since his hundred against England in the Twenty20 World Cup last March.Russell claimed one for 24 from four overs of pace, while West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine went wicketless from his four overs which cost 45 runs.
VOCAL 12TH MAN The answer? Easy. Place enough doubt in the minds of supporters of Portmore United as to whether the match would be played and force them to decide on the wisdom of spending scarce resources in attending a match at the other end of the island that might not take place at all! The result: sparse attendance by Portmore fans and a vocal and powerful 12th man that inspired local hero, Dino Williams, to score the 88th-minute goal that gave the home team the title. Few saw the strategy out of which victory evolved. I have no doubt that the wounded egos of the organisers and administrators of football in this country will guarantee that Mr Powell, and indeed, the team and fans of Montego Bay United, will be sanctioned. However, in my opinion, that will be a very small price to pay for the victory that occurred on Sunday night. To reach the final of the premier football competition in the island three years in a row and to win it twice is not an easy accomplishment. The architects of victory MUST be suitably and amply rewarded. In this regard, local footballers who STAY and play their football here (some eventually getting overseas contracts that improve their game) must be afforded the opportunity of playing for their country, a strategy that will enhance the importance of the local competition in the eyes of the paying public, instead of turning to so-called ‘Plastic’ Jamaicans, whose only allegiance to football in Jamaica is to play in the World Cup. To the Jamaica Football Federation, I say sanction Mr Orville Powell (and MBU) all you want, but understand that the ONLY way to improve local football and to get us back to the World Cup Finals is to invest in local footballers from the time they leave the Under-19 level and stop relying on ‘Plastic’ Jamaicans, who, once we are eliminated from World Cup Qualifying competition, are never heard from again, until …! Well done, MBU. Well done, rural Jamaica. There is indeed good football being played outside of the Corporate Area. Congratulations are in order for Montego Bay United (MBU), for their victory in Sunday’s final of the Red Stripe Premier League. The coach, Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, and the players deserve victory as they outplayed fellow finalists Portmore United on the field in wet conditions. But what about the input of the real leader of MBU, Orville Powell? In assessing his role in the victory of a franchise that has reached its third final in three years, I am reminded of a quote I read some years ago from a Chinese philosopher, who is best remembered for his book – The Art of War – where he writes about how to subdue the enemy without fighting. Sun Tzu said: “All men can see the tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.” After winning the competition in 2014 and losing in 2015, Mr Powell realised the importance of the ’12th man’ – the fan support in finals. He got a part of his wish when the administrators of the sport decided to have the final in Montego Bay, the home town of his team. What apparently irked him was the decision of the administrators and the sponsors to have the game played at 4 p.m. on Sunday WITHOUT any input from any member of the MBU hierarchy, who, presumably, knows some-thing about the likes and dislikes of their fans. Mr Powell’s attempts at having the time changed failed. So his Plan B seemed to include how to minimise the support of his adversaries.
The progressive three-year-old colt BUZZ NIGHTMARE should complete a hat-trick of wins in the third running of the O & S Tack Room and Supplies Trophy (restricted stakes) over 1300 metres at Caymanas Park today. Ten three-year-olds and up will face the starter.Trained by 14-time champion Philip Feanny, BUZZ NIGHTMARE has won three of his four races since his smashing debut over 1100 metres on February 28, winning by 11 lengths in the smart time of 1:05.3, with veteran jockey Ian ‘Dolly Baby’ Spence aboard.Following that impressive display, BUZZ NIGHTMARE was installed a howling 1-2 favourite for his next race, the valuable Prince Consort Guineas Trial Stakes over 1400 metres on March 14, but ran below expectations and was beaten into fifth place by SIEMPRE BUENO and POKER STAR behind a fast time (1:25.3).He was given a four-month respite (missing the classics as a result), but reporting well refreshed on July 18, slammed ACTION MAN by 10 lengths over 1100 metres in fast time, and quickly followed up over the round five course on August 6 when leading home ROYAL ASSAULT.post-to-post winsHis two recent wins were not only achieved in fast times, but in post-to-post fashion, suggesting that BUZZ NIGHTMARE is on top of his game at present.True, the 3-y-o bay colt by Into Mischief out of Queen Of Battle faces three worthy opponents in ROAD WI SEH, SHINING LIGHT, and the American-bred 3-y-o colt BRAWN, but BUZZ NIGHTMARE strikes me as having a bit more class than any of the three.He has looked sharp at exercise, and having secured a perfect draw on the outside, should race into an early lead over ROYAL ASSAULT and the Lorne Kirlew-trained ROAD WI SEH (working well) at the half mile, holding the latter at bay in deep stretch, even with the sparingly-used Spence in the saddle. It should be recalled that Spence was aboard ‘BUZZ’ when winning on his debut and the jockey has been his constant partner at exercise in the mornings.Other firm fancies on the card are down-in-class ABOVE THE RADAR in the opening race over 1820 metres; TARANIS in the second; in-form NEW KINGSTON in the third; ROUGH PATRICK in the fifth; and PRINCE ANDREW in the eighth for overnight allowance horses.
Jamaicans and overseas runners shared the spotlight in the 15th Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K held yesterday in Negril, Westmoreland. In what was the best supported staging of the event, the excitement and anticipation was high as more than 2,500 runners dashed across the starting line at the Long Bay Beach Park where locals walked away with three top spots while their overseas counterparts copped the remaining three top titles. The longest event, the Reggae Marathon, went to Poland’s Bartosz Olszewski. He clocked two hours 36 minutes and three seconds (2:36.03). Elina Junnila, also from Poland, snatched the female title in 3:08:50. Defending male 10K champion Dwayne Graham retained his title in 32:01. “It feels great to come back and take the title, I really love this,” a winded Graham told the Sunday Gleaner following his big win. The farmer gave his formula for success as nothing more than eating right, complemented by training hard in the hills of his home parish of St Mary. He even boasted that he won despite putting in less training than he did in previous years, noting that this is a testament to his passion for athletics. “This is my third year. The first time I came in third, while for my second and third year I am first so it’s job well done,” he stated, adding that he will be back for the title next year. The first female home in the 10K was Danielle James. She clocked 39:51. James credited her success to some intense training at G.C. Foster College where she is also currently pursuing a two-year coaching course. “The first time I came here, I came in second. The second time I was third and now I am first so I’m feeling pretty good,” said James. The Half Marathon male and female winners were Jamaica’s Kirk Brown and Canadian Heather Colasuomno. FORMULA FOR SUCCESS
LAUDERHILL, Florida (CMC ): Evin Lewis stroked an astonishing maiden Twenty20 International century, but West Indies required all-rounder Dwayne Bravo’s guile in a brilliant last over, to beat India by a single run, in a thrilling finish to the opening game of the two-match series here yesterday. The left-handed opener struck exactly 100 off 49 deliveries as West Indies, sent in at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium, amassed the third highest-ever T20I total in reaching 245 for six off their 20 overs. Lewis’s opening Johnson Charles smashed 79 off 33 balls while Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell both chimed in with 22, as left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (2-39) and seamer Jasprit Bumrah (2-47) picked up two wickets apiece. Stroke-maker Virat Kohli threatened, but only briefly, striking three fours in scoring 16 off eight balls before gloving a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Andre Fletcher off Bravo. India were stumbling on 48 for two at the fifth over but Rahul anchored two excellent, successive partnerships to put them in the driver’s seat. First, he put on 89 with Rohit who clobbered four fours and four sixes in carving out his 11th T20I half-century before holing out to deep mid-wicket off Pollard’s slow medium in the 12th over. Rahul then collaborated in a fourth wicket stand of 107 with Dhoni which put India on the verge of pulling off the highest run chase ever in a T20 International. Rahul, dropped on 36 by Russell at long-off off seamer and captain Carlos Brathwaite, struck 12 fours and five sixes while Dhoni counted two fours and two sixes, but both their efforts proved in vain. Lewis had earlier given West Indies the impetus with a rollocking innings, which included five fours and nine sixes. The 24-year-old produced a wonderful exhibition of clean hitting as he put on a stroke-filled 126 off 57 deliveries for the first wicket with Charles, whose half-century contained six fours and seven sixes. Charles did most of the early damage, plundering 17 runs from the opening over from seamer Mohammed Shami before taking another 13 from the third over sent down by pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Driver’s seat He raised his fourth T20I half-century off 20 balls with a pair of back-to-back sixes off off-spinner Ravi Ashwin in the sixth over, and he ripped apart Jadeja in the ninth over which cost 20 runs, before he was bowled in the following over by a full-length delivery from Mohammed Shami. Lewis, meanwhile, appeared measured until he slammed a pair of back-to-back leg-side sixes off Jadeja in the seventh over, before reaching his fifty off 25 deliveries by carving Mohammed Shami to the point boundary in the tenth over. In the next over, he flirted with history when he belted five consecutive sixes off the hapless Stuart Binny, but could only drag the final delivery to long-on for a single. The second match will be played today at the same venue starting at 9 a.m. (Jamaica time). Firm favourites In reply, K.L. Rahul carved out a superb, unbeaten 110 off 51 balls – his maiden T20I hundred – while opener Rohit Sharma bludgeoned 61 from 28 deliveries and captain MS Dhoni, an unbeaten 43 from 25 balls. India were firm favourites when they started the final over needing just eight runs but Bravo, who finished with two for 37 off his four overs, showed every inch of this experience to get West Indies over the line. He had Dhoni dropped by Marlon Samuels off the first delivery as the batsmen scrambled a single and then held Rahul to a single to deep cover off the next ball. Dhoni scampered a leg bye off the third ball before Rahul missed out on a huge opportunity when he could only get a single off a low full toss off the fourth delivery. With four runs needed from the last two deliveries, Dhoni squeezed an attempted yorker down the ground and collected two but off the last ball, found himself deceived by a Bravo slower delivery and squirted a simple catch to Samuels at third man. West Indies had earlier claimed opener Ajinkya Rahane cheaply off Russell when he was caught by Bravo on the ropes at third man the Trinidadian running around and producing a sensational low dive to come up with a spectacular catch at 31 for one in the third over. Ripped apart
LONDON (AP):Hired to revitalise Manchester United, Jose Mourinho is instead turning the clock back and losing his temper in public.A 1-1 draw with West Ham yesterday left United 11 points behind leaders Chelsea and without a win in four league matches at Old Trafford for the first time since 1990.That dry home spell came toward the end of a 26-year title drought which ended in 1993 with Alex Ferguson collecting the Premier League trophy. Ferguson retired in 2013 with 13 title triumphs to his name and Mourinho was appointed to recreate the Scot’s winning mentality at the club after three lacklustre years under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.The only current similarity between Ferguson and Mourinho, who was fired a year ago by Chelsea, is the fiery temper on the Old Trafford touchline. At least with Ferguson it produced results.Mourinho was sent to the stands for the second time in a month yesterday after being enraged by Paul Pogba being booked for an apparent dive.United had just recovered after conceding inside 90 seconds from Diafra Sakho’s header. Pogba set up Zlatan Ibrahimovic to nod in the equaliser in the 21st minute.”One day, it will have to happen for us,” said Mourinho’s assistant, Rui Faria. “We’ll start winning.”If they don’t, United faces a second season out of the Champions League and a 30 per cent drop in sponsorship cash from Adidas of around US$25 million. After a third of the season, United are eight points behind Arsenal in the fourth spot to qualify for Europe’s elite competition.ARSENAL 3 BOURNEMOUTH 1After a four-game goal drought, Alexis Sanchez rediscovered his scoring touch with a double either side of Theo Walcott’s header.A defensive blunder gifted Sanchez his 12th-minute opener, pouncing on the loose ball after an errant back pass by defender Steve Cook.A dubious penalty – won and converted by Callum Wilson – allowed Bournemouth to level in the 23rd. Wilson barged into Nacho Monreal before the defender was penalised for fouling the Bournemouth striker.Arsenal took until eight minutes into the second half to go back in front with Theo Walcott heading in Monreal’s cross. Sanchez completed the win in stoppage time from substitute Olivier Giroud’s pullback, highlighting the need for Arsenal to extend the Chile forward’s contract which expires in 2018.”It is important,” Wenger said. “We will not sort it [out] tonight. We have some time in front of us. You (the media) like us to spend money, so you should be happy!”While Arsenal stayed three points behind Chelsea, Bournemouth dropped to 12th.SOUTHAMPTON 1 EVERTON 0Charlie Austin scored after only 41 seconds on a miserable return to Southampton for former manager Ronald Koeman.Josh Sims opened his Southampton debut by teeing the ball up for Austin’s header.Southampton climbed to 10th place, two points behind Everton, who have won only one of their last eight league games in Koeman’s first season in charge.WATFORD 0 STOKE 1The architect of the only goal acknowledged it shouldn’t have been awarded.Charlie Adam’s push on Valon Behrami was missed by the referee before his header came off the post and cannoned off Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes’ legs into the net.”I think it was a foul actually,” Adam said.Watford finished with 10 men. Miguel Britos was sent off in the 90th minute after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Xherdan Shaqiri.Midtable Stoke (16 points) are two points behind Watford.
The Share the Love tour hosted by Ballaz International provided four days of excitement and inspiration for Jamaicans as they brought a first of its kind all-star tour that ignited football fans and Jamaicans from all walks of life. The Share the Love Tour was birthed out of a desire to honour Jamaican football heroes, inspire a new generation of youth, share the Love of God as part of the ministry of Ballaz International, and to give the opportunity for the Brazilian football icons to see and experience Jamaica sharing their love for football and God with the Jamaican public.The four-day tour included a historic game at the National Stadium between some of Jamaica’s most prolific football players and an all-star Brazilian team. The Jamaicans left the game victorious, defeating the Brazilians 2-1 in the friendly match.There was also a ground- breaking ceremony, city walk and clinic in Southside, Downtown Kingston. This event saw the ground breaking at the future sight of an astroturf field that will become a part of City Life Ministries’ engagement with the community of Southside. The Brazilian team also walked through the community and executed a clinic at Breezy Castle for over one hundred children from Southside and surrounding communities. The tour saw church services held at Fellowship Tabernacle and Go for God Family Church, and they gave the Brazilian players an opportunity to worship and to share their stories of faith in God.Lastly, the tour had a meet, greet and play with members of the Ballaz family. This event saw over 60 children and their families having the opportunity to interact with and be inspired by the Brazilian team.Reflecting on the historic nature of the exhibition football match, 1998 World Cup goal keeper Warren “Boopy” Barrett said that “It was a great joy, honour and privilege to represent the national colours again with some of the best teammates that anyone could hope to play with. It really stirred some great memories which we all will carry with us for a lifetime”.legends and pioneersWolmer’s Manning Cup player Jahwahni Hinds was overwhelmed by the opportunity.”Hat’s off to Mr Virtue for this opportunity. Friday night was one of the biggest nights of my football life so far. It has always been a dream of mine to play alongside legends and pioneers of my country and I enjoyed every moment of it,” he said.Director of Ballaz International Andre’ Virtue said that “the tour was intended to inspire and ignite passion and hope in the people of Jamaica, especially the youth. As an organisation that is focused on football youth development, we believe that this was the perfect match and set of activities for such a tour of its kind,” he added.
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano CJ Perez once again imposed his might, racking 16 points, three rebounds, two assists, and a steal, but this time, he allowed his teammates to also flourish in the spotlight.Jaycee Marcelino fired 13 markers, six boards, and two dimes, MJ Ayaay went on a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc to wound up with 13 points and nine rebounds, and Ralph Tansingco also had 13 markers and five boards in the win.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’Lyceum also matched its longest winning streak at four, equaling the feat set under coach Bonnie Tan in 2013.Still, coach Topex Robinson downplayed the win, saying that his players simply manned up to the task on a night when with Arellano fired blanks. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Quarters: 20-11, 40-30, 63-49, 99-65. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 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 McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return 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 View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “We just caught them in a bad afternoon and we took advantage. The players were playing well and they’re up to the challenge,” he said.Zach Nicholls topscored for the Chiefs with 12 points on a paltry 4-of-11 shooting from the field, while Kent Salado was limited to 11 markers, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals in the defeat.The Scores:LYCEUM 99 – Perez 16, Jc. Marcelino 13, Ayaay 13, Tansingco 13, Nzeusseu 8, Ibanez 8, Jv. Marcelino 8, Caduyac 6, Serrano 5, Pretta 3, Marata 2, Baltazar 2, Liwag 2, Santos 0.ARELLANO 65 – Nicholls 12, Salado 11, Concepcion 9, Canete 7, Meca 6, Alcoriza 5, Dela Cruz 4, Enriquez 4, Flores 3, Ongolo Ongolo 2, Rivera 2, Abanes 0, Taywan 0, Villoria 0, Padilla 0.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netContinuing its dream streak this NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament, Lyceum coasted to a 99-65 thumping of Arellano to stay unscathed Tuesday in the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.It was a complete domination for the Pirates as this season’s dark horses showed no mercy against last year’s runner-up, pulling away from the Chiefs, 63-49, in the third quarter before pushing the lead to as high as 35, 99-64, late in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets MOST READ Engel, Davidson homer as White Sox end 9-game losing streak LATEST STORIES
MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Los Angeles County is home to 10 million people, and that population could increase by more than 500,000 by 2028, state demographers project. The cutting-edge technology in the new NFL stadium, now scheduled to open in 2020, will probably look like the forgotten Blackberry by 2028.Many athletes in their prime today will be in the bleachers in a decade. And how can officials accurately estimate ticket prices and the revenue they will generate?Events that happened 11 years ago can seem part of a faded, distant past. Facebook was a mere two years old. Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was executed. Taylor Swift released her first album, and “Game of Thrones” was years into the future.Consider the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The nearly century-old iconic structure — which would be used in an Olympics for a third time after the 1932 and 1984 Games — was constructed long before modern building codes. It was also severely damaged in a 1994 earthquake. The coliseum is currently undergoing an extensive makeover, but experts have warned it could still be vulnerable to shaking.Estimates vary widely on what the federal government would need to spend on security for the two-week event, by some accounts $1 billion or more. It’s only a guess what the price tag will be in 2028, or the level of threat at that time.Higher construction costs are likely, too. One example of the work that needs to be done: the Coliseum, a football stadium, would need to be converted into a venue for Olympic track events, then back again.Over the years Olympics have been notorious for cost overruns, and studies have questioned if host cities benefit economically. Russia has struggled with costs from the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which have been called the most expensive Olympics of all time.But Andrew Zimbalist, an economist at Smith College in Massachusetts, said LA was better positioned for a longer wait than other recent Olympic cities because its plan calls for no new major construction“They will be able to run an operating surplus,” he predicted.In the shorter term, the private committee behind the LA bid must retool its initial 2024 plans for four years in the future, including renegotiating contracts for housing athletes and temporary venues, which were all hooked to 2024. Los Angeles Olympic Committee leader Casey Wasserman, from left, and City Council President Herb look on as L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a press conference to make an announcement for the city to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2028, at Stubhub Center in Carson, outside of Los Angeles, Calif., Monday, July 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)LOS ANGELES — By 2028, a new stadium being built for the Rams and the Chargers will have been beaten up by nearly a decade of NFL games. The seemingly intractable problems of Southern California — traffic and homelessness — might get better or grow worse.So much can change in 11 years.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Los Angeles’ decision to lock in an Olympic Games to far-off 2028 was praised by city leaders as a deal that offers hundreds of millions of dollars in future benefits. But the longest wait time for any Olympics in the U.S. also comes with the risks of the unknown.“It’s a big chunk of time,” noted Jules Boykoff, a Pacific University professor who has written widely on the Olympics. “You just don’t know what’s going to come. The world presents surprises.”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’History teaches that the economy swings up and down, sometimes with disastrous results. Political scientists foresee an era of continuing upheaval and unrest. Geologists say an inevitable big earthquake in quake-prone Southern California could damage venues envisioned as part of the Games.Mayor Eric Garcetti shrugged off a question about the uncertainty. “Los Angeles is resilient,” said the youthful-looking mayor, who will be granddad age, chasing 60, by the time of the Games.“If the entire earth falls apart, probably the Olympics aren’t happening in Los Angeles. But short of that, we are going to have a great Games here in LA,” the mayor told reporters.In embracing the 2028 date that is expected to be finalized later this year, city Olympic organizers ceded the 2024 Games to Paris, which both cities had craved.But Garcetti and other supporters argued that the four-year delay was advantageous, giving the car-choked city more time to build rail lines. Additionally, the delay comes with financial sweeteners that, among other things, will pump millions of dollars into youth sports.But time rushes on, and major changes are bound to happen.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Barcelona has ‘doubts’ about Neymar’s future amid PSG rumors Another hurdle: With the change in date, LA apparently needs to renegotiate and extend financial guarantees approved by the city and state to cover potential shortfalls connected with the 2024 bid. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September that puts California taxpayers on the hook for up to $250 million if Los Angeles were awarded the 2024 Games and they ran over budget, and the city has promised the same.Chicago-based sports-finance consultant Marc Ganis said the overall outcome was favorable for LA, given that Paris was in line for the 2024 Games. Additionally, financial sweeteners will help cover costs over the longer wait time.Still, facilities age, technology advances and costs rise.“There is always going to be financial risk,” Ganis said, “when you are targeting 11 years into the future.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return