FILE – In this Feb. 23, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love greets fans before an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, in Memphis, Tenn. The All-Star forward, who has been sidelined since late January with a broken left hand, said Friday, March 2, 2018, that he’s progressing well and it’s possible he could return sooner than expected. Love has been out since Jan. 29 and was expected to miss two months.(AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — As the Cavaliers experience growing pains with four new players, relief might be ahead: Kevin Love.The All-Star forward, sidelined since Jan. 29 with a broken left hand, said Friday he could return sooner than expected. The initial timetable was for him to be out two months.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Reduced to a role of interested observer, Love has watched as coach Tyronn Lue force feeds numerous offensive sets and defensive principles to players who began the season in different systems. The new-look Cavs have had some great moments, and more than a few tough ones.Following Thursday’s home loss to Philadelphia, Lue said he planned to simplify things for his new players. On Friday, the Cavs watched film and afterward Lue said he’s still confident his club will mesh.“I feel good about this team,” Lue said. “No doubt about it. We got a lot of young talent. We got a lot of good pieces. We’re just trying to figure it out, put it together. We’ve only played seven games right now and those guys are still trying to figure it out.”There will be another adjustment when Love returns, but it won’t be as if Lue has to re-teach him how to play with LeBron James, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson, the four players remaining from Cleveland’s 2016 NBA title team.The Cavs may not be the same, but Love believes they remain strong.ADVERTISEMENT “We have guys who have been here and know exactly what to expect moving forward,” said Love, who is averaging 17.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and shooting 40 percent on 3-pointers. “So it’s on us to bring everybody along and have veteran guys push maybe the younger guys or the new guys through the process. …“The coaching staff has remained the same so we know what they want out of us. Having some new blood and some new faces in some ways can be a good thing because they’re going to be very hungry and want to get on that quick learning curve to make it so we have a big run.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Mental battle key to Djokovic comeback, says former coach LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings View comments Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ “If I can get back before eight weeks, great,” he said. “So I’m hoping that that is the case.”Love’s recovery has picked up speed in recent days. He’s now able to catch the ball with a padded glove to protect his left hand, and the progress is such that there’s less risk for re-injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“One of the things I can do now is kind of catch the ball, guide it and shoot it within 12-15 feet so that feels good to do something other than run on the treadmill or run on the bike so it’s nice,” he said.The Cavaliers have been transformed since the last time Love played, with their roster overhauled by three trades before the deadline. Cleveland is just 3-4 since adding guards George Hill, Jordan Clarkson and forwards Rodney Hood and Larry Nance Jr. But Love has been encouraged by the infusion of talent and is excited about the team’s prospects once he returns. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano
Bartica Massacre TrialCelbert Reece pled guilty to 12 counts of manslaughterEight years after the brutal slaying, a trial will finally proceed after three accused in the Bartica massacre pleaded not guilty, while two others pled guilty on a lesser count. Celbert Reece – one of the five men charged with the February 2008 massacre which left 12 persons dead – on Tuesday pleaded guilty to manslaughter, which makes him the second person to enter a guilty plea in as many days.This jarring revelation was made after Defence Counsel Madan Kissoon indicated that his client wished to enter the not guilty plea. The defendant who was clad in white, pleaded not guilty to the first indictment of the murders, but guilty on the lesser count for his involvement in the deaths which included three law enforcement officers. Lead Prosecutor Diana Kowlessar who read out the defendant’s statements, noted that Reece, called “Chi Chi” explained that on the day before the murderous acts were carried out, he received threats against him via a telephone call from “Fine Man” and he was later held up by fourmen armed with AK-47’s and a car driver who carried a hand gun at East La Penitence. The court heard that this car took him to the Parika bus terminal in Georgetown where he and two other men travelled by bus to Parika. The defendant further claimed that he was “forcibly contracted” to drive the gunmen by boat from Parika to Bartica and to and from a resting place on a nearby island. During the period of his many “forced” transits, he had driven the boat which had two drums of gasoline, to an old wharf in Tiger Bay where he met up with a woman before he briefly saw his family. Reece stated that co-accused Dennis Williams called him via phone and he along with seven other men later boarded a boat once again and “Sad Man” put an AK to his back. He was not released because, according to him, he was the one to fix any problems that arose with the boat’s engine.The court later heard that the gang bought more fuel after they returned to Tiger Bay after he bought food with a male and female.The men returned to the getaway island.Recalling the fateful night of the massacre, the defendant said that he and seven other men left the island at 18:00h for Bartica and he docked the boat. Reece also claimed that he heard gunshots and even witnessed five of the 12 victims being shot to the head by “Fine Man”. The court heard that after Reece set the boat adrift at a camp, two safes were opened which contained gold and jewellery. The defendant added that all men were paid six ounces of gold each.He said he later escaped from “Fine Man” and his henchmen some three months later after which he was captured by Police on May 27, 2008, when he was pointed out in a car while accompanying his friend, “Randy” who was also wanted for murder.Reece’s not guilty plea comes just one day after co-accused Michael Caesar also pleaded guilty to 12 counts of manslaughter. Caesar on Monday claimed that after the boat docked, he was dressed in a soldier’s uniform and carried an AK-47 and two handguns.Justice George ordered a probation report for the two accused and they will make their next court appearance on December 16 for sentencing. Meanwhile, the three other accused, Mark Williams, Dennis “Anaconda” Williams and Roger Simon, all pled not guilty to 12 counts of murder and their trial will start this morning at 09:00h.Over 30 witnesses are expected to testify in the High Court trial of the three accused.The five, allegedly being a part of the Rondell “Fine Man” Rawlins’ gang attacked the town and fatally shot 12 persons, namely Police Lance Corporal ZaheerZakir and Constables Shane Fredericks and Ron Osborne. Additionally, Edwin Gilkes, Dexter Adrian, Irving Ferreira, Deonarine Singh, Ronald Gomes, Ashraf Khan, Abdool Yasseen, Errol Thomas and Baldeo Singh were the civilians killed.