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MAINTAINING GOOD FORM “It was an okay race for me and I enjoyed the route, and this is background training for me in preparation for the Girls’ Championships, and I am hoping that I can maintain my good form this season,” said the 17-year-old Green. Yesterday’s staging, which will see proceeds going in aid of the Pre-University Men’s Programme (PUMP) & Scholarship funds, was well attended, and race coordinator Ian Forbes was impressed with the support and the organisation of the event. “I think this first staging was a huge success and I am very elated and thankful. It was excellent and the course was superb as we saw some good times, and I think the participants enjoyed it,” said Forbes. G.C. Foster College’s Oshane Archibald and Hydel’s Monifa Green took top honours at yesterday’s first staging of the Pump It Up Mico 5K Run/Walk, which started and ended at the college campus in Cross Roads. Archibald, who has been in great form for the past two years on the road and who, the previous day, had captured the Knox College 8K road race in Manchester, was an impressive winner, covering the course in 15:19.46, ahead of Garfield Gordon, 15:27.15, and Shane Buchanan, who closed off the top-three among the males in 15:32.14. Taking over the lead from Buchanan at the 2K mark, Archibald expressed satisfaction with his performance. “I just came out today to do my best knowing that I had some good competitors to compete with, and the hard work paid off,” said Archibald, who stated that his next target is this Sunday’s Burger King 10K Race in Portmore. Despite competing the first time on the road this season, Green, who had several successes last year, made a winning seasonal debut as she was the first female to cross the line and 34th overall in 18:39.89. It was, indeed, a clean sweep of the top-three places among the females by the Corey Bennett-coached Hydel High school as Aaliyah Stewart was second in 19:07.44, with third going to Jade Jones in 19:19.53.
Dunleavy and Maggette can’t coexist. We know this. They tried to put on happy faces for a while, but it came to a head again last week when Maggette publicly lashed out about his lack of playing time. This, remember, came less than a month after Sterling, Baylor, Dunleavy and Maggette came together in the Staples Center tunnel, sang “Kumbaya” and decided they would try to be a happy family. Well, that lasted a while, didn’t it? It’s now nothing short of a clown show, and the men wearing the suits should have known better. Who’s running this team, anyway? Dunleavy wants to trade Maggette, Sterling wants to keep him and Baylor, well, who knows? He seems to be in the middle, trying to placate both sides. The lion’s share of the blame here falls on Sterling. His involvement in the whole thing has turned the Maggette affair from a sticky situation to a tar pit. Because who isn’t going to listen to the boss? Sterling is making himself look like L.A.’s version of George Steinbrenner, minus the mean streak. Donald, if Maggette is more important to you than Dunleavy, fire Dunleavy. If Baylor isn’t doing the job you want, fire Baylor. But trying to play all sides and have this magically work out, it just isn’t going to happen. You’d think that a man with Sterling’s business background would understand management. With the trade deadline approaching, Sterling needs to ask himself one question: What’s more important, his admiration for Maggette or his team’s chances of making the playoffs? Dunleavy’s feelings aren’t going to change. He doesn’t like Maggette’s defense or attitude, and the road-trip outburst just sealed the deal. Now it’s time to take the handcuffs off Baylor, let him do his job and make a respectable trade, one that will allow the team to focus on something other than internal strife. This could have been the Clippers’ season. Instead, it’s a mess, but maybe it’s not too late to fix. Don’t do it: As the Feb.22 trade deadline approaches, the hottest non-Maggette trade stories center around Memphis’ Pau Gasol, with Chicago as a possible trade partner for the Grizzlies. Sounds good for the Bulls, except the latest rumors have the Grizzlies seeking two players from a group that includes Luol Deng, Andres Nocioni, Ben Gordon and Kirk Hinrich. Thanks, but no thanks. Nocioni is 27 and the other three are 25 or younger. That quartet forms the core of a group that has kept the Bulls competitive in the ultra-tough Central Division and should keep them strong for years to come. A versatile 7-foot center such as Gasol is nothing to sneeze at, but the Bulls can’t afford to lose two of their top four scorers. One player and a draft pick? Sure, and if that happens, watch out for the Bulls. Numbers game: Is there something about The Palace of Auburn Hills that makes NBA players lose their minds? First the Indiana Pacers go charging into the seats and now, the Brian Cook incident. Cook, bothered by a lack of recent playing time, dropped his warmups into Lakers coach Phil Jackson’s lap as he left the bench and, well, there’s really no good way to spin this one in Cook’s favor. But does Cook have a point? Let’s look at some numbers provided by the stat gurus at 82games.com. Using a simple formula known as “net points,” which measures a team’s point totals when a particular player is on or off the court, Cook is the Lakers’ fifth-most efficient player with a plus-17 rating. That puts Cook behind Kobe Bryant (plus-175), Kwame Brown (plus-93), Lamar Odom (plus-63) and Maurice Evans (plus-51) and far ahead of Smush Parker (minus-35) and Andrew Bynum (minus-75). And Vladimir Radmanovic, who competes with Cook for playing time? He’s a minus-275. Ouch. Baby Shaq? The NBA slam-dunk contest, which stopped being interesting after Spud Webb threw down, could get an infusion of life if Orlando’s Dwight Howard pulls off what he’s thinking. Howard told the Orlando Sentinel last week he’s considering a dunk so thunderous that it would bring down the basket support, something Shaquille O’Neal made famous a few years back. “That’s what I have people telling me: tear it down!” Howard said. “But you know how hard that is to do? I know Shaq has done it. I don’t know. It’s never been done (in the slam-dunk contest).” Take that: Dwyane Wade is known as being perhaps the most mild-mannered of all the NBA stars, but Wade couldn’t resist taking a jab at Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, who, in the estimation of Miami followers, hasn’t given enough credit to the Heat for its NBA Finals win over the Mavericks. “At the end of the day,” Wade told the Miami Herald, “you’re remembered for what you did at the end. … Dirk says they gave us the championship last year, but he’s the reason they lost the championship, because he wasn’t the leader that he’s supposed to be in the closing moments.” For those interested in calendar-circling, Dallas hosts Miami on Feb. 22. [email protected] (818) 713-3611 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But they won’t, at this rate, because this team is closer to a total collapse than it is a turnaround. That’s not Chris Kaman’s fault, even though he has been a $52 million stiff, and it’s not Shaun Livingston’s fault for being too young or Elton Brand’s fault for perhaps being tired after a long summer of basketball. The blame for the Clippers’ struggles, especially of late, falls at the top, with owner Donald Sterling, with general manager Elgin Baylor and with coach Mike Dunleavy, for their inability to get their act together. This team is falling apart because it can’t figure out what to do with its sixth man, Corey Maggette. Think about it. The Clippers have Brand, one of the best post men in the game, and Sam Cassell, perhaps the smartest point guard, leading a deep and talented lineup, and they’re imploding over their sixth man? To be fair, the NBA coroner hasn’t arrived. In fact, the Clippers would be in the playoffs if the season ended today and yes, if the Clippers make the postseason they could go on some miracu- lous run. Well, Clippers, it was fun while it lasted. We’ll always remember the good times. The exciting playoff run last spring and the … OK, well, that’s pretty much it, so the Clippers better be prepared to show those highlights for the next decade.