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CHICAGO---Jimmy Butler of
the Chicago Bulls has been
named the NBA's most improved
player after making his first All-
Star team and averaging a
career high in scoring.
The 25-year-old Butler
received 92 of 129 first-place
votes and 535 total points from
a panel of US sportswriters and
Draymond Green of the
Golden State Warriors (11 first-
place votes, 200 points) was
second, and Rudy Gobert of the
Utah Jazz (12 first-place votes,
189 points) finished third.
That the award went to Butler
was hardly a surprise given the
big jump he made while helping
the Bulls fight through injuries to
win 50 games.
In his fourth season, the guard
went from averaging 13.1 to 20
points. His shooting improved
from 39.7 to 46.2 percent, his
rebounding jumped from 4.9 to
5.8, and his assists increased
from 2.6 to 3.3 per game.
The Bulls are tied 1-1 with
Cleveland in the Eastern
Conference semifinals after
beating Milwaukee in the first
round. Game 3 is on Friday at
Bulls' Jimmy Butler selected as NBA's most improved player
CHRIS GAYLE blasted
his 14th Twenty20
century and became
the first overseas
player to eclipse 3,000
runs in the Indian
Premier League, as
Kings XI Punjab by 138
runs on Wednesday.
Gayle smashed 117 off
a mere 57 deliveries.
"I think application
is a really big thing
and it was something
that we had talked
West Indies coach
expressed his concerns
about his players
approach to batting.
(Ext: 2213, 2711, 2212,
Four-time winners, DirecTV W Con-
nection will kick off the defence of its
Digicel Pro Bowl title against Japs
North East Stars in a "grudge-match"
and repeat of the 2013 final.
The match between W Connection,
tournament winners in 2002, 2004,
2007 and 2013/2014, and Stars, beaten
finalists in 2013 will be the feature of a
quarterfinal double-header at the Ato
Boldon Stadium, Couva from 8 pm.
It s the same venue where the Angus
Eve-coached Stars edged out W Con-
nection 5-4 on penalty kicks after a 0-
0 draw in the controversial T&T Football
Federation FA Trophy final, which is still
before the association s disciplinary com-
This is because W Connection, also
three-time Pro Bowl runners-up in 2005,
2006 and 2010 and which had a late
Jerrel Britton goal wrongfully ruled out,
protested the use of midfielder Gorean
Highley by Stars and the matter while
understood to be discussed by the
T&TFF Disciplinary Committee headed
by Newton George is yet to be made
Even so, W Connection assistant
coach, Earl Jean said his team will be
relishing the match-up with Stars.
"It s marvellous that we are against
North East Stars and I don t think North
East Stars coach Angus Eve will like it."
"We are going to do a good job and
will be ready for the challenge because
we know that everyone will want to beat
us."For W Connection which blanked
Police Fc 3-0 in last year s final, the Pro
Bowl also represents its last chance to
pick up a domestic title this year, after
capturing five last campaign inclusive
of the Digicel T&T Pro League, T&TFA
FA Trophy, Toyota Classic and Digicel
Charity Shield as well.
But, despite the lack of silverware
Jean said it hasn t been such a bad season
for the club.
With a 2015 Caribbean Football Union
(CFU) Club Championship semi-finalists
set for May 22 against Jamaica s Montego
Bay at Couva, Jean said: "It s not all that
disappointing because we have been
doing good work with the young squad
that we have and are hoping to end the
season on a high and take the $100,000
When both teams met in the final on
May 29, 2013, at the Hasely Crawford
Stadium, Mucurapo, W Connection 4-
3 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 dead-
The winner of the W Connection and
Stars encounter will advance to the semi-
finals on May 15th, for a meeting with
the winner of the Couva opener between
2008 champions Caledonia AIA, which
also reached the final a year later, and
Pt Fortin Civic.
Caledonia, which has endured one of
its worst campaigns in recent memory
ended the Pro League season in a dis-
appointing number eight spot on the
nine-team table, but will enter the match
with some confidence, having edged
out St Ann s Rangers, 2-1 in the lone
Pro Bowl qualifiers at the same venue
on Tuesday night.
Pt Fortin, meanwhile finished fifth
after being trounced by Police FC, 3-0
also on Tuesday, and will need to redis-
cover some sort of form to avoid an
Up at the Marvin Lee Stadium,
Macoya, high flying newly crowned Dig-
icel T&T Pro League champions, Central
FC will start their quest for a maiden
Bowl title against 2012 winner Defence
Force in what is expected to another
mouth water battle from 8 pm.
And speaking ahead of the match
with the Teteron Boys former England
World Cup defender and Central FC
coach Terry Fenwick said his team will
no doubt be confident and well rested
for the task ahead.
"The guys had a chance to enjoy the
Pro League triumph, but now we have
to focus on what is expected to be a
very difficult month with the Pro Bowl
as well as the Caribbean Football Union
Club Championship semifinals.
"As a team we know what we are up
against when we face Defence Force and
in the past our matches have always
tend to produce goals, and while it may
be the same we are confident of coming
out on top", Fenwick boasted.
Central FC have already won the First
Citizens Cup and the three separate
rounds of the Pro League Rawle Fletcher
(Round One), Akeem Adams (Round
Two) and Kevon Carter (Round Three).
In the earlier match at Macoya, last
year s surprise package, Police tackles
2005 and 2006 winners, Play Whe San
W Connection, Stars
clash in 'grudge match'
Footballers of the
Chelsea of T&T pose
with their US$4,000
winning purse after
the 2014 regional
final of the
which took place at
the Jean Pierre
Road. The players
are flanked by
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