TORONTO:The grandeur of the National Anthem reverberated around 65 Trinity Street where the 2015 Toronto CIBC Para Pan Athletes’ Village is located, as the Jamaican flag was hoisted on the country’s Independence Day, at the welcome ceremony on Thursday.Brand Jamaica was on show as officials and athletes, attired uniformly in the national colours, assembled with Jamaicans residing in Canada, who bonded with team Jamaica in an expression of national unity.Several hand-held flags were waved in a flurry of patriotism, while the contingent’s media outfit captured expressions of pride on camera. The occasion was celebratory, but reflections on the purpose of the journey and the business at hand introduced a solemnity which gave the ceremony greater meaning for Jamaica’s athletes.Chef de Mission, Randolph Jones, led team Jamaica into the international zone where flag-raising ceremonies at international and regional Games are customarily held, and after the flag was hoisted, he presented Jamaica’s gift of the globally acclaimed Blue Mountain Coffee and an assortment of Jamaican spices to a representative of the mayor, who in turn handed him a replica of the 2015 Toronto Para Pan American torch.Music, modern and cultural, and dances performed by youth to the sounds of generational hilts, characterised the ceremony in which Brazil and Bermuda were the other participants.”The ceremony was a celebration of sport, its camaraderie, friendship, and unifying influence, and team Jamaica embodied that expression,” said Christopher Samuda, president of the Jamaica Paralympic Association.Wayne and Heather Fullwood and Roger Shaw, Jamaicans residing in Canada, celebrated with the team, and after the ceremony, the festivities continued in the Chef de Mission’s office with the volunteers assigned to Jamaica, who have become, in their words, “totally Jamaicanised”.
Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum So it made sense that Wall’s reeling and undermanned Washington Wizards, amid so much losing and infighting and roster flux, would dominate James and his rising Los Angeles Lakers throughout a 128-110 victory Sunday night.“We’re a team that’s built on energy and depth,” James said. “We didn’t have either tonight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissA day after he and Lonzo Ball each registered a triple-double in a win at Charlotte, the four-time NBA MVP had six rebounds and three assists and sat out the fourth quarter of a lopsided laugher.“We did a good job of making it a little difficult on him, showing him a lot of bodies, active hands,” said Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who had 25 points and 12 rebounds. 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(AP Photo/Al Drago)WASHINGTON — John Wall was at his attacking best: 40 points and 14 assists; one no-look, through-the-legs assist; one buzzer-beating rainbow step-back jumper.LeBron James was at his sluggish worst: a season-low 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Wall said the key for Washington was its defensive effort, something often missing this season.“Tried not to let LeBron get going,” Wall said. “He missed a couple easy shots he always makes. Didn’t get a couple calls driving to the basket. … It’s one game, but we know he is who he is.”Nothing the Lakers tried to do to slow Wall worked as the Wizards emphatically ended a four-game losing streak, going up by as many as 18 in the first quarter and 27 in the third.“Box-and-1. Triangle-and-2. I haven’t seen that since high school,” Wall said.James and the Lakers had been 5-1 in the second half of back-to-back sets this season, but they opened Sunday’s game by going 5 for 19, 0 for 8 on 3s. Washington, meanwhile, made its first five shots and 13 of its first 18, taking a 26-8 lead on Wall’s layup.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Wall ended the first half with a baseline jumper over 7-foot-1 center Tyson Chandler to make it 71-51. Wall turned and slapped palms with a couple of front-row folks, then spread his arms wide and basked in the ovation from a home crowd populated by plenty of spectators in LA jerseys.“I know all the Lakers fans out there probably was upset,” Wall said, rolling his eyes.By then, Wall already had 28 points, outscoring LA’s five starters — James, Ball, Chandler, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart — by six.Recently acquired reserve forward Sam Dekker scored a season-high 20 for Washington, including a buzzer-beating bank shot at the end of the third quarter that put the hosts ahead 99-76.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a season-high 25 points for the Lakers, 15 in the second quarter.Washington was without starting center Dwight Howard, who had back surgery, and injured starting forward Otto Porter Jr., while a pair of players — Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers — were unavailable because they are on their way out of town via a trade that is still not officially complete.Didn’t matter on this night, thanks in large part to Wall.“When he gets going,” Dekker said, “it really sets the tone for us.”TIP-INSLakers: Michael Beasley was back with the team, but didn’t play, after being away for personal reasons. … JaVale McGee missed the game with flu-like symptoms. … A pair of sneakers James wore during a game at the Wizards a year ago Monday — one black, one white, with the word “equality” in capital gold letters on the back of each — was recently placed on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. … Ball finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. 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