Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 29th 2017 Contents INDEPENDENCE, OHIO---There's a
four-headed, shot-making, score-
board-breaking monster out West
awaiting LeBron James and the Cav-
The Warriors are stomach-churning scary.
James, though, can't run or hide. With
eight NBA Finals appearances under his belt,
he is ready to face a team he's called "a beast."
After all, he has slayed behemoths before.
Pushing off any talk about the Warriors
until after Sunday's practice, James was
asked to assess the task at hand: beating
Golden State's All-Star-studded lineup of
Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thomp-
son and Draymond Green.
Is this the biggest challenge of his career?
"It's probably up there," he said. "I mean,
it's up there."
And then, almost as if he was trying to
remind himself that he's got three champi-
onship rings and is frightful in his own right,
James recalled other fearsome postseason
opponents --- San Antonio and Boston.
"I've played against four Hall of Famers
as well, too, with Manu (Ginobili), Kawhi
(Leonard), Tony (Parker) and Timmy D (Tim
Duncan) on the same team," said James, oc-
casionally sniffling as he continues to fight
a cold. "And if you add Pop (coach Gregg
Popovich) in there, that's five Hall of Famers.
So, it's going to be very challenging. Those
guys are going to challenge me, they're going
to challenge our ballclub.
"This is a high-powered team."
James also took on a Celtics team loaded
with big-name talents.
"I've played against Ray (Allen), KG (Kevin
Garnett), Paul (Pierce), (Rajon) Rondo and
Doc (Rivers). So, it's going to be very chal-
lenging not only on me mentally, but on our
ballclub and on our franchise."
Cleveland-Golden State 3.0 is the match-
up fans worldwide expected and wanted, and
James believes they're in for quite a show.
Both the Cavaliers and Warriors have up-
graded their rosters from a year ago, when
they went seven games in an epic series that
spawned the first comeback from a 3-1 defi-
cit in Finals history and resulted in Cleveland
winning its first pro sports championship
That Warriors team James conquered in
2016 won 73 games during the regular season
and was being mentioned as one of the best
to ever take the floor.
Hard to believe, but this version --- with
Durant --- might be even better.
Golden State has been putting on a basket-
ball clinic over the past two months, winning
27 of 28 games since March 11 and becoming
the first squad to start the postseason 12-0.
Durant, who previously faced James in the
2012 Finals with Golden State, has taken a
great team and elevated it to a nearly un-
The Warriors are using Durant in every
imaginable way on offense, and James isn't
surprised to see his good friend and Olympic
teammate more mobile than he was with the
Monday, May 29, 2017 guardian.co.tt
Peter Acham is the new president
of the Arima Race Club after being
The new president got 29 of the 54 votes
during the club's Annual General Meeting
(AGM) which took place upstairs the main
stand at the club yesterday.
Acham takes over from incumbent Lin-
ford Carrabon (votes 29-25).
There were 54 members present during
the meeting and Richard Freeman served
as the returning officer.
John O'Brien was unchallenged for the
position of second vice president, while
there are three new committee members---
headed by Andre E Baptiste (46votes),
Hugh Lee King (43votes) and Shivam
The persons voted in yesterday have a
full two-year term while Richard Freeman,
Winston Govia, Tansley Thompson and
Charles James have one year left to serve
since they were elected in 2016.
Think Fashion may well find five fur-
longs of 'good to firm' Windsor too short,
in an 'aged' Maiden Stakes today, but I'll
take my chance with this experienced,
well-bred, Brian Meehan-trained So You
Think filly, mount of James Doyle.
Meehan is no 'winning machine' but his yard
seems to be grinding into action; Spark Plug
was an unlucky short-head loser at Goodwood,
Saturday, and Brian always turns his horses
looking a 'million dollars' due to a patient,
understanding, approach to needs of thor-
In this day and age training is a 'numbers
game' and there are so many who simply can't
register sufficient success to attract owners
but Meehan continues to survive at the pic-
turesque Manton stables complex, formerly
owned by Robert Sangster and occupied by
his great friend, Barry Hills.
Dropping down in distance is seldom a prob-
lem but Think Fashion achieved his 'career
best' time-handicap mark over seven in the
group three 'Greenham' at Newbury; what a
drop in class this represents.
Subsequently Think Fashion finished a close
third to heavily-backed Yaraki on a 'good to
soft' Lingfield surface; that mark should also
be good enough on this occasion.
Both Beck And Call and Fair Cop are pro-
gressive types, sure to be well supported from
'fashionable yards, but if Think Fashion rep-
licates anything like her last two efforts this
really should be fifth time lucky under Doyle,
a real 'favourite' who has a brain!
If you are wondering why this Monday fix-
ture is being staged this afternoon it's another
'bank holiday' programme and evening racing
isn't allowed in England on them!
Valley Of Rocks has Black Salt to beat in a
3-y-o Maiden stakes over six furlongs of 'good
to firm' Redcar; price-wise the former makes
more appeal judged on an encouraging debut
under Joe Fanning last September.
On his seasonal debut over the straight
Chepstow mile thirteen days ago Valley Of
Rocks attempted to sort out the wheat from
the chaff with positive front-running tactics
but was somewhat over-cooked and, not sur-
prisingly, 'cracked' in the closing stages.
Black Salt comes out similarly and will be
fancied but preference is for Mark Johnston's
Similar ground is expected at Leicester
where Perfect In Pink could well enhance stud
value in an 'aged' Maiden Fillies' Stakes over
twelve furlongs; Mick Channonj has booked
another 'favourite' jockey, Graham Lee.
Highland Pass (9/4) and Crafty Madam (5/2)
was a 'beaut' double on Saturday.
In this June 16, 2016, file photo, Cleveland
Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry
(30) look at each other during the second
half of Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals, in
Cleveland. While there have been 14
rematches in NBA Finals history, this year's
meeting between LeBron James' Cleveland
Cavaliers and Stephen Curry's Golden State
Warriors will be the first trilogy in league
history. AP PHOTO
Under: (Last Monday)
1 pm ....................................21-1
4 pm ................... ..............12-21
6.30 pm............ ................ 9-25
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
21 (Mouth) 10.30 am
22 (Cattle) 4 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
15 (Sick Woman)
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017
10 (Monkey) 6.30 pm
22 (Rat) 10.30 am
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 3 5 8 3 19
15SICKWOMAN3 4 1 1
18WATERBOAT 6 3 4 4 17
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 4 7 0 4 15
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 5 3 1 4 13
30 HOUSE CAT
31PARSONWIFE3 5 3 6 17
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
35 (Big Snake)
28 (Red Fish)
Redcar, 10.15 Valley Of Rocks (e.w)
Windsor, 11.20 Think Fashion (nap-e.w)
Leicester, 12.50 Perfect In Pink (e.w).
by beastly Warriors
Acham is ARC
THE FULL EXECUTIVE
Peter Acham - president
Richard Freeman 1st VP
John O'Brien - 2nd VP
Hugh Lee King
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