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Jamaica: breeding ground for athletic talent

first_imgWhile Jamaicans celebrated the triumphs of the country’s athletes at the 15th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Athletics, which ended in Beijing, China, yesterday, there was also reason to celebrate the country’s athletics programme in its entirety. Several athletes who competed at the World Championships representing other countries train in Jamaica under local coaches. These athletes work out at the IAAF High Performance Training Centre (HPTC) based at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the UWI-based Racers Track Club under coach Glen Mills. The most famous face of those who ran in Beijing would have been the Anguilla-born British sprinter, Zharnel Hughes, who will enter his fourth and final year at the HPTC this season. Hughes finished fifth in the men’s 200m in a personal best time of 20.02 seconds. Botswana’s Isaac Makwala, who was fifth in the men’s 400m in a time of 44.63, also trains in Jamaica at the HPTC, as does The Maldives’ Hassan Saaid, who advanced from the preliminary round of the men’s 100m after finishing second in heat one in a time of 10.56; and later finished seventh in heat seven in a national record 10.42 seconds. Jacqueline Miller, the daughter of late former president of the North Central America and Caribbean Association (NACAC) president, Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook, is acting director of the IAAF-funded HPTC. The IAAF’s scholarship covers meals, coaching, physiotherapy and housing for athletes at the Aqueduct Flats. The specialty of the local centre is sprints and hurdles and Miller said the mandate of the US$1300 four-year programme is to get young athletes, usually under the age of 25, ‘on the podium’. Miller told The Gleaner that she feels the centre is meeting its mandate. “I think some of the athletes don’t even come to us with the (World Championships) qualifying times and some of them are now the national record holders in their countries,” she said. “Zharnel Hughes is the Diamond League leader in the 200m. We only get four years to go at it and I think we are on our way to doing it,” she added. Miller also noted that good performances also boost requests to attend the HPTC. Selection is done by the board of directors, which includes members of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and the Jamaica Olympic Association. Usain Bolt, who won gold in the men’s 100m, 200m and was part of the men’s 4x100m gold medal winning team in Beijing, was also a beneficiary of the HPTC in his early career. Bolt now trains with Mills, who also coaches Antiguans Daniel Bailey and Miguel Francis, who were both members of the Antigua and Barbuda men’s 4x100m relay team which finished fifth to Jamaica in the final in a time of 38.61 seconds. Francis is part funded by his member federation and Miller said it was hoped he would be able to join the HPTC in the near future. Delanno Williams, who ran the second leg of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s men’s 4x400m bronze medal team (2:58.51), also trains with Racers at UWI.last_img read more

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Champions Mico ‘A’ ease into semis

first_imgDEFENDING champions Mico ‘A’, along with Molynes United ‘A’ and UWI Pelicans, joined Jamalco in the semi-finals of the Supreme Ventures Major League netball competition after quarter-final wins at the Leila Robinson Courts on Saturday.Defending champions Mico ‘A’ had the biggest margin of victory. Led by national representative Vangelee Williams, the Annette Daley-coached team had an easy 40-19 win over Ravens.The defending champions led from start to finish as they had leads of 9-4, 17-9 and 27-16, before closing out a big win.Abbygail Linton, with 13 goals from 17 attempts; Mischa Creary, 12 from 15; Stephanie Anderson, nine from 14 and Taniel Roberts, six from 11, were the top goalscorers for Mico. Melecia Josephs, with eight goals from 11 attempts, was the best shooter for the losers.UWI LOOKED SMOOTHUWI Pelicans looked smooth in their 40-30 triumph over UTech Knights, where the Conrad Parkes-coached team controlled all quarters, leading 9-6, 17-12 and 26-22.Goal attack Rebekah Robinson was tops with 21 from 28, while former national representative, goal shooter Thristina Harwood, had 14 from 32.National player Khadijah Williams, with 14 from 32, top scored for UTech, with Shenova Edwards assisting her with nine from 17.Meanwhile, Molynes United ‘A’ overcame a resilient Mico ‘B’ 34-27 to book their semi-final spot. It was close going at the start as, after the first quarter, the score was tied 5-5, before Molynes took the lead 15-11 at the second quarter and maintained it to the end. At the end of the third, they were up 22-19.Former champions Jamalco had already booked their semi-final spot two days earlier.In tomorrow’s semi-finals at the same venue, Jamalco will go up against Molynes United ‘A’ and UWI Pelicans will face Mico.Preceding these games, the Minor League semi-finals take the spotlight at 6 p.m., with Waterhouse Eagles playing Global B and Tantrum opposing Queens Park.last_img read more

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Reggae Boy Burke wants to be the man

first_imgAfter netting his second goal in three games for the Reggae Boyz, former Rivoli United frontman Cory Burke says he is ready to carry the mantle as the country’s main goal-getter from now on.Burke, netted the all-important goal in Jamaica’s Caribbean Football Union Caribbean Cup-qualifying match against Suriname at the National Stadium and the 24-year-old told The Gleaner that the confidence placed in him by the coaching staff is pushing him on in what has been an impressive start to his international career.”I have played three games for my country and I have scored two goals. That is a good record so far,” Burke noted. “The coaching staff is looking to me to be that player, to be the goalscorer for the country, and it’s a great opportunity to get the chance to be that player.”Once I put in the work, things will come easy,” he added.THREE-PRONGED ATTACKAgainst Suriname, ‘Buju’, as he is commonly called, played in the middle of a three-pronged attack with Owayne Gordon on the right and Dino Williams on the left. The lanky striker did well to hold up the ball and bring his fellow attackers into the play.His moment came early in the first half when he checked his run before latching on to a pass from Williams to steer home a low cross for the only goal of the game.A minute later, he had another great chance to score but he chose to pass to Dino Williams, who over-hit his effort.Burke, is currently signed to United Soccer League team Bethlehem Steels (an affiliate of MLS club Philadelphia Union), and he is eyeing his chance to play in the MLS and expects his goal on Sunday to put him closer to making the step up in division.”This (goal) will be a big chance for me to get into the MLS. Being a part of the national first team, my agent is always telling that whenever I get a chance to play in the national team I should always try to score a goal or two, so it’s a big opportunity for me being in the first team and scoring, it means a lot,” he saidBurke thought he could have done more in the game but was pleased with his contribution nonetheless.”We expected to win, maybe by more goals, but we went down to 10 men, and after that, it was going to be difficult … . But it is the three points that matter. I believe I could have done better, but I got the go-ahead goal, and that goal helped us to win the game, so I am pleased about that,” Burke closed.livingston.scott@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

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‘Teddy’ fires TG to win

first_imgJermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson netted a 24-minute brace, grabbing goals in the 43rd and 67th minutes as Tivoli Gardens defeated Portmore United 2-1 at the Edward Seaga Complex, ending a two-game losing streak.After back-to-back defeats to UWI and Harbour View, the west Kingston team was intent on getting back to winning ways, with the three points lifting them from fourth to second position in the standing, two adrift of leaders UWI (47).Despite a lacklustre start, Johnson got the home team off the mark when he converted from the spot two minutes to the break after Junior McGregor was tripped inside the area.However, that lead lasted just two minutes as Ewan Grandison whipped a corner kick to the near post past Tivoli custodian Davin Watkins, with the help of the wind.GREAT GOALSAfter the interval, the game came to life, with Johnson leading the charge for the home team, and after 67 minutes in the contest, McGregor robbed Roberto Johnson of possession and fed the former Bolton striker, who steadied himself and fired past Shaven-Sean Paul in goal from 20 yards.”Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson continued to live up to expectation and he came up big again. This was a very important three points. Both teams wanted it, but Tivoli wanted it more,” said Tivoli Gardens coach Omar Edwards.Portmore’s coach, Lenworth Hyde, said that his opponents defended stoutly.”We tried to get back into the game but they fought hard and defended well,” he said.In other games, UWI stayed top of the table after a 0-0 draw with Maverley/Hughenden (24), while Waterhouse (27) continue to pull further from the bottom two after a 1-0 win over Jamalco (23).Reno play Harbour View in the lone game at STETHS today at 3:30. p.m.last_img read more

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Windies steering towards defeat at end of day 4

first_imgWest Indies will have to produce a Herculean batting effort on tomorrow’s final day if they are to get a result from the ongoing first Brighto Paints-Q Mobile Test against Pakistan at Sabina Park. The Jason Holder-captained regional side, trailing by 121 runs of first innings after Pakistan scored 407 in their first innings in reply to their 286, reached a precarious 93 for four at the end of today’s fourth and penultimate day. This means that they are still 28 runs behind with most of their top order batsmen already in the pavilion. Openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieron Powell, who put on 22 for the first wicket, were dismissed for 14 and 49, respectively, while Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope could only manage 20 and six. Night watch batsman, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, and one of two remaining specialist batsmen, debutant Vishual Singh, are the not out batsmen. Both are yet to get off the mark. The other specialist batsman remaining is Roston Chase. Leading the charge for Pakistan is Yasir Shah, who in nine overs telling leg-spin, has taken all the wickets to fall. He has impressive figures of four for 33.  Earlier, the West Indies were parried in the field by bowling efforts from their new-ball opening pair of fast bowlers, Alzarri Joseph and Shannon Gabriel. Joseph claimed three for 71 and Gabriel three for 92. Pakistan, in the meantime, were spearheaded to their total by captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who after being dropped twice, went on to post an unbeaten 99 not out. Play is scheduled to resume tomorrow at 9:30 am.last_img read more

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Antetokounmpo uses just 6 pairs of shoes in a season

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Antetokounmpo said out of the scores of pairs he receives from Nike, he makes it a point to save every one.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Bonleon holds off transfer to Arellano, stays with UST for academics McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netMilwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo may be under contract with sporting giant Nike and is set to earn around $100 million for the next four years, but he still maintains his frugal ways.“Last year I used five or six pairs of sneakers, so if we played around 100 games, around 20 games per pair,” said Antetokounmpo during his media availability for the “Greek Freak Invades Manila” Sunday at Fairmont Makati.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Antetokounmpo grew up in poverty when he and his family was still in Greece where his parents always feared if they would be deported back to Nigeria, according to Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins.In his rookie year, Antetokounmpo saved a pair of shoes then-teammate Caron Butler threw away saying it was still good enough to play in.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Growing up [throwing good condition shoes] did not exist,” said Antetokounmpo, who is in the country for a charity event organized by King Bally Entertainment Group.“I realized now that I’m four years in the league and you get so many shoes you can throw some but for me, I’m not saying it was a bad thing what Caron did, but it kind of shocked me.” LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur View commentslast_img read more

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Scribes honor Season 42’s finest

first_imgView comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson ABL: Alab Pilipinas drops second game Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny The other regular awards include the William “Bogs” Adornado Comeback Player of the Year to Kelly Williams of TNT Katropa, the Mighty Sports Defensive Player of the Year to San Miguel’s Chris Ross, and Mr. Quality Minutes to Jio Jalalon of Star.The Finals MVP of the season’s three conferences will also be given a plaque of recognition, namely, Ross (Philippine Cup), Alex Cabagnot (Commissioner’s Cup), and LA Tenorio (Governors’ Cup).Among the other awardees are Terrence Romeo (Mighty Sports Scoring Champion) and Tenorio (Player of the Week Order of Merit).ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ 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 San Miguel coach Leo Austria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe top performers of the PBA’s 42nd season will be honored during the PBA Press Corps Annual Awards Night Thursday at Gloria Maris Restaurant inside Gateway Mall at Araneta Center in Cubao.San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria highlights the evening when he receives his third straight Coach of the Year award to become the first person to take home the perpetual Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan trophy named in honor of the late prodigious Filipino coach.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Dalupan trophy is handed out to the person who wins the Coach of the Year award three straight seasons. Austria, who has won the award since 2015, steered San Miguel to two championships this season, including a third straight Philippine Cup title that allowed the Beermen to take home the Jun Bernardino Perpetual trophy.San Miguel Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer Ramon S. Ang will also be cited with a special honor by the men and women who regularly cover the PBA beat, bestowing on him the Danny Floro Executive of the Year award named after the amiable big boss of the multititled Crispa Redmanizers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRep. Mikee Romero, of 1Pacman party list and Globalport team owner, is expected to grace the affair as the league’s outgoing chair and will be joined by his successor Ramon Fernandez of NLEX.The ceremony is going to witness the awarding of the PBAPC’s first ever Game of the Season to be bestowed on the Barangay Ginebra-Star Governors’ Cup duel held last Sept. 3.last_img read more

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SMB, Ginebra, TNT emerge as favorites for PBA PH Cup title

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf the PBA Governors are to be believed, San Miguel is set dominate PBA Philippine Cup anew, although TNT and Barangay Ginebra are not far behind.Majority of the 12 governors said the Philippine Cup title is a virtual toss up between the three teams because of their size and the presence of the league’s big men in their line ups.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “They have good players, they have extremely good coaches,” said Rain or Shine governor Mamerto Mondragon of the three teams. ““San Miguel and Ginebra both have the bigs that dominate the league,” said Magnum Membrere, TNT’s assistant team manager.Alaska governor Dicky Bachmann hopes Alaska can go back to its status as a Philippine Cup elite, when it challenged San Miguel in 2015 and 2016, after it experienced a downhill 2016-2017 season.“For the top three teams, I would say San Miguel, Ginebra, and TNT,” said Bachmann. “Alaska, hopefully will be performing better this season.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours #KicksStalker: Hoops, iconic AF1s highlight ‘Battle Force Manila’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “TNT, Ginebra, and San Miguel,” said San Miguel governor Robert Non during the league’s preseason press conference Thursday. “TNT has an intact lineup and has the the bigs that can match up with June Mar [Fajardo], same is true with Ginebra because Greg [Slaughter] is back in the lineup.”San Miguel has effectively used Fajardo’s 6-foot-10 frame to rule over the Philippine Cup for three straight seasons with the giant from Cebu collecting four straight MVPs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseThe governors looked at Ginebra’s frontcourt partnership of Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar as the biggest challenge to San Miguel’s dominance.TNT, meanwhile, has the likes of Kelly Williams, Troy Rosario, and Mo Tautuaa in its frontcourt. All three stand at 6-foot-7 with the ability to stretch the floor while having the length the be effective down in the post. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 awardlast_img read more

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Durant drops triple-double, Warriors hit 21 3s to beat Wolves

first_imgNonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each added 25 points for Golden State.Durant was fined $15,000 by the NBA earlier in the day for his comments about referee James Williams after being ejected from Tuesday’s win against the New York Knicks. He later apologized and said he had acted like a “diva” and a “jerk.” Also on Thursday, Durant said he was the first pick in the NBA All-Star draft conducted by team captains Curry and LeBron James.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Life could be much worse. It was definitely a fun day,” Durant said. “I was looking forward to seeing who was going to be on the All-Star teams, looking forward to my fine and most of all looking forward to playing tonight.”Durant went 6 of 9 on 3-pointers and continually pushed the ball down the court to create open shots for Curry and Thompson. Durant hit two 3s and Curry added a third in a 67-second span late in the third quarter, during which the Warriors (39-10) went 8 of 11 on 3-pointers, leading Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau to throw up his arms in frustration. Timberwolves: Thibodeau said before the game that Butler, an All-Star reserve, is “close” to returning, Minnesota is 2-2 in the four games Butler has missed.Warriors: Curry became the fifth player in Warriors history to score 14,000 points, ending the game with 14,023. Curry, who is in his ninth season, trails Wilt Chamberlain (17,783), Rick Barry (16,447), Paul Arizin (16,266) and Chris Mullin (16,235) on the franchise list.GRAND TIMESZaza Pachulia played in his 1,000th regular-season game, becoming the third Warriors player to reach that mark this season, joining David West and Andre Iguodala. It was game No. 109 for Pachulia in a Warriors jersey. Most of his games, 556, were played with the Atlanta Hawks.BAD MATCHUPTowns was unstoppable near the basket at times and the Timberwolves had a 60-44 advantage on points in the paint. But that didn’t matter against the Warriors’ outside marksmanship. “You can’t beat the Warriors if you’re playing 2 versus 3. You can’t trade 2s for 3s,” Towns said. “We did a great job fighting all night, but it seemed like we got so close, they just started raining 3s again. No matter, uncontested, contested, it didn’t matter. They hit them when they needed to hit them. That’s the sign of a championship team right there.”UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host Brooklyn on Saturday, seeking a 10th straight home win.Warriors: Host the Boston Celtics on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Minnesota’s Jamal Crawford said Durant has become a better passer, making him even more of an offensive threat.“He’s even more dangerous. He’s already the best scorer in the world,” Crawford said. “If he has the assists, that just makes it tough to deal with.”The Warriors matched their previous season high of 18 3-pointers by the end of the third quarter. They made 57 percent from behind the arc in the game, with Thompson hitting seven and Curry connecting on five. That pinpoint shooting allowed Warriors coach Steve Kerr to forgive his team for 15 turnovers and inconsistent defense.“Our guys are so talented they lit up the scoreboard. They can win a lot of games without being totally dialed in and defending at a high level and that’s what happened tonight,” Kerr said. “It wasn’t our best effort, but talent wins.”Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 31 points and 11 rebounds. Crawford added 21 points and Jeff Teague had 17 points and seven assists for Minnesota, which played its fourth straight game without Jimmy Butler, who has a sore right knee.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Harris scores 23 points as Nuggets beat Knicks Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, left, fights for the ball with Golden State Warriors’ David West, right, and Klay Thompson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant called himself a “jerk.” The Minnesota Timberwolves had a different description of the Golden State Warriors’ All-Star forward, calling him “the best scorer in the world.”Durant had 28 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Warriors made a season-high 21 3-pointers in a 126-113 victory over the Timberwolves on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Abueva hopes to get second chance at Gilas, vows to redeem self

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo from Fiba.comCalvin Abueva is still keeping his fingers crossed on his potential inclusion back to Gilas Pilipinas, which will see action against Australia and Japan in the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Abueva is hoping to make the roster, but knows that in the end, it’s still going to be coach Chot Reyes, who will have the final say.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ceres hits AFC Cup milestone in drubbing of Boeung Ket OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak “For me, I’m just doing my best here. It’s sad that I may skip the second window, but [Gilas] is important for me,” he said.Reyes, meanwhile, remains noncommittal if he’s going to reconsider include Abueva to his roster for the games against Australia and Japan later in Feburary, saying that as of now, everything is still status quo.“Calvin is still part of the pool. He continues to come and practice as part of the pool just like everybody else here,” he said. “We took him out of the consideration for the second window, but he has remained part of the pool. And I’ve always said: people can play themselves into consideration, into the pool and out of the pool, or out of consideration. There’s no change there.”Reyes reiterated he still hasn’t made up his mind as to who will comprise his 12-man lineup in Melbourne especially with some of the players hit with injuries.“We haven’t made any decisions either way because we’re still assessing the injury status of the other guys so we’re not yet in a position to make any final decisions or determinations in the line-up,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “This is an opportunity. I accepted coach Chot’s decision wholeheartedly and whatever happens, I’ll accept it,” he said in Filipino.Abueva has been dropped from consideration for the upcoming leg by Reyes after he and Raymond Almazan skipped the team’s first three practices this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHe did show up in the following week on January 29 after he got cut and promised to make up for his shortcomings. Abueva has since been diligent in showing up for the trainings, missing only one session when the Aces had a game the day prior.Still, there’s no denying that Abueva is making the most of this “second chance” participating in practices, relishing every opportunity to help the national team. But given the chance, Abueva vowed to do his best to redeem himself to Reyes and the national team program.“I’m showing, the best that I can, what I was in the first window, it’s still going to be the same,” he said. “There are some players who are not here and who are injured, and if I get a chance, that would be a big thing for me and I promise that I’ll double my effort.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:14Carpio 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View commentslast_img read more

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Adversities fuel Lady Falcons to victory

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew With momentum not on their side, veterans Jema Galanza and Mylene Paat knew they had to take action.Like a beaten down protagonist going up against a confident foe, the Lady Falcons exchanged every imaginable blow with the Lady Warriors to take the five-set win, 19-25, 25-11, 16-25, 16-25, 15-12.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 folkGalanza and Paat dealt the knockout blows and all the while lifting the spirits of their younger teammates.“Chiara’s injury was a big blow to the team but I saw that every one of my teammates we ready,” said Paat in Filipino Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES MOST READ 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 Padda blasts ref after ‘crucial’ call in Adamson win over UE Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University’s inspired win over University of the East in the second round of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament ended a woeful past several weeks for the Lady Falcons.The Lady Falcons were in a tailspin prior to facing the Lady Warriors having lost four of their last five games, and Chiara Permentilla also sprained her left ankle a few days before the match.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism “We shouldn’t just work double the rate we’re doing, we have to triple it,” said Paat who had 18 points. “We have to really work for everything.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For skipper Galanza, it would be up to the veterans to inspire their younger teammates amid the adversity they were in.“This was a challenge for us to push them even further,” said Galanza in Filipino. “We should be able to show to them that we will fight for them and that we shouldn’t give up on the challenges we face.”Galanza was the one to strike first for the Lady Falcons when she found the right corner off a crosscourt kill that put them up, 14-11, then Paat ended the Lady Warriors’ fight with an off-the-block spike.The win saw Adamson move up to fifth place with a 4-5 record, a slate Galanza said could’ve been better if they were able to win their previous matches.“If we could’ve won in our past games we could’ve had a better track to the Final Four but this is the situation we’re in right now,” said Galanza who led her team with 22 points. “Of course we regret not taking those chances, but we have to fight right now.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Filipino sensation Dasmarinas KOs Frenchman for IBO title

first_imgFilipino boxer Michael Dasmarinas (C) celebrates after defeating French opponent Karim Guerfi during the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Batamweight world title in Singapore on April 20, 2018.Filipino boxer Michael Dasmarinas defeated French opponent Karim Guerfi seconds into the fourth round to win the International Boxing Organisation bantamweight world title in Singapore. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas YeoRising Filipino sensation Michael Dasmarinas knocked out his French opponent Karim Guerfi just seconds into the fourth round Friday to win the vacant International Boxing Organization bantamweight world title in Singapore.Dasmarinas, a southpaw, unleashed a powerful left hook to the jaw of Guerfi, sending the French fighter to a hard landing on the canvass as medics rushed in with a stretcher.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Defense found: Bucks overwhelm Celtics for 116-92 win In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 awardcenter_img Eyes dazed, he tried in vain to get up and then rolled to the side as medics checked his face. He later left the ring on his own.A teary-eyed Dasmarinas raised his hands in jubilation as Filipinos in the crowd of about 4,000 spectators at the Singapore Indoor Stadium roared in approval.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDasmarinas, 25, increased his record to 28 wins, 19 of them via the short route. The 31-year-old Guerfi’s record fell to four losses.Guerfi was more aggressive throughout, while the Filipino was cautious, choosing to absorb some punches while waiting for a chance to unleash his deadly left hand. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In the main event, Singaporean fighter Muhamad Ridhwan, 30, won over Filipino fighter Jeson Umbal, 23, via a split decision following a brutal final 12th round to retain the IBO intercontinental featherweight title.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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PH Azkals eye top 100

first_imgThe Philippines has a lot to celebrate anew after putting in a lot of hardwork and sacrifice to clinch its latest achievement. —SHERWIN VARDELEONAfter reaching new heights in the latest International Football Federation rankings, the Philippines hopes to finally crack the Top 100 before its historic campaign in the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January.Azkals manager Dan Palami vowed to pull out the stops to ensure that the team reaches that goal by the time it faces South Korea (Jan. 7), China (Jan. 11) and Kyrgyzstan (Jan. 15) in the 24-nation continental showpiece event in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film World champion banners tough Xterra Legazpi cast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Palami also said an announcement on the national team coaching job would be made soon.The Azkals are also vying in the AFF Suzuki Cup in November with two home matches against Singapore (Nov. 13) and Thailand (Nov. 21). The Azkals are also traveling to face the playoff winner between Timor Leste and Brunei (Nov. 17) as well as Indonesia (Nov. 25).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Azkals improved two notches to a record high of 111 in the rankings released by the sport’s governing body on Thursday. It has been a steady climb for the Azkals in the last eight years since Palami started helping bankroll the national team, which hovered between 180 to 190 in 2010.“It’s a reward for all the hard work of the players, staff and management and the federation all these years,” Palami said. “This wasn’t easy. It has been a long and arduous climb. The rankings have shown how far we’ve developed as a team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRanking points are determined by results of the past four years with the more recent games carrying more weight.“It’s a good place to be as we prepare for the Asian Cup,” said Palami, noting that a higher ranking will allow the Azkals to attract quality teams for friendly matches in preparation for the continental tournament. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

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Standhardinger attributes losses to Gilas’ ‘lack of experience’ in 3×3

first_imgView comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gilas only won a couple of games to finish with a 2-2 record which wasn’t enough to advance into the next round.“I honestly felt that we were better and it was just the lack of experience that happened that’s why we did not win those games,” Standhardinger told reporters on Monday night after the Philippines wrapped up its campaign with a 19-12 win over Russia. “But now that we have that experience I honestly hope that we stay together and we make history in this 3×3.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownOnly Troy Rosario had experience playing in the 3×3 while Standhardinger, Stanley Pringle and Roger Pogoy are all first-timers.Also, the team only had three weeks of preparation and 11 practices before the tournament started. Making it more difficult was Standhardinger’s knee injury that kept the Fil-German from missing practices. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Philippines ends Fiba 3×3 World Cup campaign with rout of Russia MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls The Filipinos opened the tournament on a high note after beating Brazil, 15-7. But they couldn’t sustain their play and fell to Mongolia, 21-17.Facing a must-win, the Philippines came just a shot away from toppling Canada, which went undefeated in pool play.“I think it’s a little bitter for me because I’m happy we won two games but we should’ve won against Canada and we should’ve won against Mongolia for sure.”ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETThe Philippines failed to make the quarterfinals of the Fiba 3×3 World Cup, but it was never a question about talent.Christian Standhardinger believes the team’s inexperience playing 3-on-3 was too much to overcome especially when playing against some of the world’s best.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Xiong retains ONE women’s strawweight belt at expense of Balin

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sweden hit out at Germans for ‘rubbing it in’ with celebrations Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town LATEST STORIES 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China’s Xiong (12-1) was dominant in all facets of the match repeatedly taking Balin (10-3) down and attempting several submission attempts.Xiong was able to virtually dictate the pace of the match when she landed a flying knee to Balin’s face before pounding on the Argentinian while holding a mount position.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIn one of the four Super Series bouts, Thailand’s Petchmorrakot Wor. Sangprapai triumphed over French Guiana’s Fabrice Fairtex Delannon in a 67-kilogram catchweight Muay Thai fight.Pethmorrakot earned a doctor’s stoppage victory 43 seconds into the second round after Delannon’s cut on his forehead proved to be too detrimental for the French to continue in the fight. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Malaysia’s Ev Ting earned a unanimous decision victory over Japan’s Koji Ando in their lightweight bout.Ting (16-4) has racked up three straight wins while the inverse can be said for Ando (12-7-2) who’s lost his third consecutive bout.Although the two maintained a tit-for-tat affair for much of the fight, Ting was able to land the decisive blow with a vicious high knee in the third round.Thailand’s Lerdsila Phuket Top Team overcame Cambodia’s Sok Thy in the flyweight division of the ONE Super Series earning a split decision win in a closely contested striking affair.In the first of the Super Series fights in the main card, Morocco’s Tarik Khbabez scored a knockout victory over Hong Kong’s Alain Ngalani in his debut fight.ADVERTISEMENT Khbabez had control of Ngalani throughout the match and cutting the ring and pressuring the latter into the corners and ropes.A gassed-out Ngalani failed to break the 10-count giving Khbabez the knockout win 1:49 into the third round.Japan’s Yukinori Ogasawara closed out the preliminary card with a second round knockout win over Portugal’s Rui Botelho in their Muay Thai Super Series flyweight boutAfter allowing Botelho to build momentum in the first round, Ogasawara clocked Botelho with a gorgeous spinning back elbow knocking the Portuguese out cold.In the night’s first fight, Cambodia’s Rin Saroth scored a third round TKO win over Indonesia’s Mario Satya Wirawan in the bantamweight division.Saroth (3-5), who held a mount position, rained down on Wirawan (5-6) late in the third prompting the referee to stop the fight 2:30 into the round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MACAU—Jingnan Xiong successfully defended her ONE women’s world strawweight title after securing a unanimous decision win over Argentina’s Laura Balin in the co-main event of ONE: Pinnacle of Power at Studio City here in Macau.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

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Pocari Sweat shocks Creamline to take PVL semis opener

first_imgBaser Amer part of Gilas’ final lineup vs Australia Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town From a 19-19 tie in the third set, the Lady Warriors scored four straight points with Love hitting a booming down-the-line kill for the 23-19 buffer.Pocari head coach Jasper Jimenez said their extra games in the quarterfinals proved to be fruitful as his players had to go through an earlier adversity that prepared them well enough for their semifinal match against the Cool Smashers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I think the advantage we had was we played so many games before this one, we went through the eye of the needle,” said Jimenez in Filipino. “And one more thing, we won the first set against Creamline and those guys aren’t used when they’re down.”Love had viable support from her teammates with Madeline Palmer putting up 12 points to help the Lady Warriors while Myla Pablo and Jeanette Panaga had nine points apiece. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPocari Sweat-Air Force scored an opening match upset after knocking down Creamline in three sets, 25-23, 25-12, 25-23, in the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Airelle Love, who suffered from cramps earlier in the game, put up 20 points as the Lady Warriors blindsided the Cool Smashers, who had more than two weeks of rest after getting a semifinals bye for topping the league with a 6-1 record in the eliminations.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 awardcenter_img Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Alyssa Valdez had 16 points to lead the Cool Smashers but had little help as the team’s second-leading scorer was Kuttika Kaewpin who had six.Although the team didn’t have much disparity in terms of attacks, 34-30 spikes in favor of Pocari, the Lady Warriors were an impenetrable wall scoring on 13 blocks while also showing up from long range with 10 aces.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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