Tough fight

first_imgRodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford is declared winner over John Molina Jr. after a WBO junior welterweight boxing bout at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. Crawford won by TKO in the eighth round. APWhen Manny Pacquiao fought against Jessie Vargas last November, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach felt certain of a dominant victory. He was right.Now that Terence Crawford looms as a prime candidate to tangle with Pacquiao this year, Roach has some reservations.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely This week’s #KicksStalker pick: Jio Jalalon’s Lillard 2 Easter The seven-time trainer of the year feels Pacquiao, the eight-division world champion and current World Boxing Organization welterweight titlist, will be thoroughly tested by the unbeaten Crawford (30-0 with 21 knockouts), the unified light welterweight king.“It’s a tough fight, yes,” Roach told badlefthook.com. “But it’s one that we have to say yes to… because we don’t wanna just be fighting nobodies. We still want to be the best.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnCrawford, nine years younger than Pacquiao at 29, is certainly one of the best.  He is favored to be named 2016 Fighter of the Year after defending his 140-pound crown thrice this year, the last via an eight-round stoppage of the overweight John Molina Jr. in April.Roach even likened Crawford to a “young Mayweather but he probably has a better punch than Mayweather.”  Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img MOST READ Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:40Filipinos 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 Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

WNBA players were near site of Istanbul attack, coach says

first_imgRodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely An assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations, killing at least 35 people and wounding 40 others in what the province’s governor described as a terror attack.Carson had tweeted earlier in the evening that she was “stuck inside of the club because of ‘terror’ shooting in Istanbul. Praises to the most high.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAbout two dozen WNBA players are in Turkey during their offseason playing in a league there.The incident occurred a week after the WNBA started offering to its players a phone application to help assist them in trying to stay safe while traveling overseas. Chelsea gets 13th straight win, Liverpool maintains pursuit 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Los Angeles Sparks forward Essence Carson looks to teammate forward Nneka Ogwumike (30) after they won Game 1 of the WNBA basketball finals in the last second against Minnesota, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Minneapolis. APA handful of WNBA players, including Essence Carson, Chelsea Gray and Jantel Lavender of the Los Angeles Sparks, were next door to a deadly shooting in a nightclub in Istanbul on Saturday night.Sparks coach Brian Agler confirmed to The Associated Press that Carson had texted him that the three players were OK.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federercenter_img Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ The league has partnered with LiveSafe, a safety communications platform, to provide a mobile security app to its 60-plus players competing in Russia, Turkey, China and other countries this offseason.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES 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 respitelast_img read more

10th grader gets thrill of a lifetime in volley tryouts

first_imgMOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Aspirants doing the drills pic.twitter.com/kRcWLuqb4l— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) February 25, 2017 “Wow I didn’t imagine this is possible, I only see her on TV now she’s playing with me,” said Bacamante. “Overwhelmed, she’s my idol.The 10th grader, an open spiker like her idol, said she was thrilled by whole experience and will treasure it the rest of her life.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBut her luck took a turn for the better as Arellano University owner Pete Cayco quickly offered her a scholarship for their high school team.“Do you want to play in Manila?” said Cayco who is also acting president of Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas. “My school is a champion team, maybe you want to join.” View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Nicole Bacamante, Grade 10, can’t believe she played along side Alyssa Valdez; she set several hits for Alyssa in scrimmage. Photo by Marc ReyesDAVAO CITY—Nicole Bacamante was working on her school assignment at home when she heard that her idol Alyssa Valdez was in town for the national tryouts.So the varsity player of University of Immaculate Conception rushed to the University of Southeastern Philippines gym to join the tryouts.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Bacamante said from now one she will give even more focus on volleyball. “I’m very vocal inside the court, and I discovered that she (Valdez) is also very vocal also,” she added.RELATED VIDEOSTryouts underway pic.twitter.com/FY8dNp6KR5— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) February 25, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Tryouts just wrapped up and the throng swarmed into Alyssa pic.twitter.com/8XzrfETXU5— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) February 25, 2017 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Soltones, Lady Stags inch closer to NCAA beach volley 4-peat Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

WATCH: UFC legends Couture, Liddell turn back clock in sparring session

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town The pair first locked horns at UFC 43 back in 2003, with Couture winning the UFC light heavyweight title by third-round TKO.Liddell would eventually get his revenge, winning the next two bouts in brutal fashion at UFC 52 in 2005 and UFC 57 in 2006, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Over the weekend, the retired vets teased fans on what could have been if they had a fourth bout.Both Liddell, now aged 47, and Couture, 53, laced up the gloves anew and  engaged in a light sparring match at  Jay Glazer’s Unbreakable gym in West Hollywood, California, United States.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe friendly match was gloriously captured on video and certainly brought back a lot of memories for longtime fight fans.An image posted by Liddell on his Instagram account also showed the two legends squaring off face-to-face, with iconic Hollywood action star Sylvester Stallone posing between them. 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 Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Their last bout amassed over 400,000 pay-per-view buys and was the most watched ever in UFC history at the time, according to MMAFighting.Liddell hanged up his gloves in 2010, while Couture walked away from fighting a year later. Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORIES:Cormier retains light heavyweight belt, retires JohnsonLausa loses to Bibulatov in UFC 210Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Tebow homers twice, strikes out 5 times in 1st series View comments Back in their heydays, former UFC champions Randy “The Natural” Couture and Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell entertained countless of fans with an epic rivalry, which resulted into one of the best trilogies in recent memory.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoslast_img read more

GlobalPort rookie Pessumal steps up in Romeo’s absence

first_imgPBA IMAGESGlobalPort head coach Franz Pumaren knows he has to get something from his bench players if the team aspires to advance to the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.The Batang Pier ranks dead last in the league with only 23.2 bench points per game.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ 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 Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely “Basketball is 48 minutes, so even if the starters play well for 36, the other 12 minutes should be solid to win the game. Bench contributions come in big in those situations, and we all try to collectively do our part so that we can contribute in the games,” he said.Pessumal is confident that this game could be an eye-opener for GlobalPort to make the most of its arsenal.“Terrence is our number one option, but I think that when he comes back, we’ll be more deadly if the bench can contribute while he’s also on the court,” he said. “We just have to play together more and understand that if we want to make it to the playoffs, we need to be a team. We’re getting there slowly. Hopefully, this will be a springboard for us to get to the playoffs.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View comments Tenorio praises Aguilar’s defense in Gins win over TNT Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But on Sunday, without Terrence Romeo to lean on, the reserves finally stepped up for GlobalPort in a 105-86 rout of Mahindra much to the delight of Pumaren.“If you look at our games, our bench was hardly a factor, but now it was able to give us a lift,” Pumaren said after the Batang Pier got 35 bench points in the blowout. “Hopefully, the bench will continue helping us in our coming games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnOne of those reserves who picked up the slack was rookie Von Pessumal, who had a field day from threes as he shot 4-of-9 from beyond the arc to register a career-best 14 points.The former Ateneo shooter acknowledges how big of a boost bench support can provide for a team. That’s why he’s continually challenging himself to step up to the plate regardless of what the situation is.last_img read more

Rule change will allow headgear during basketball games

first_imgFilipinos 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 Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption Warriors call Utah boring, but fans say it’s place to party “We are hopeful that FIBA will come up with a positive decision regarding the matter of headgear,” Mashhoun told FIBA.com after the game.He attended the game, as did Lubomir Kotleba, an adviser to FIBA’s secretary general.Under Iran’s strict Islamic norms, male fans are barred from attending women’s sporting events, but many are pushing to change that practice. Allowing the headgear may help.FIBA told its playing rules committee in February to create a proposal that outlines how headgear can be worn safely during games. Now FIBA’s congress will vote to approve eliminating a longstanding ban on religious headgear in competition, clearing the way for athletes to wear hijabs, turbans and yarmulkes on the court starting in October. According to FIBA, headgear was banned for safety reasons two decades ago out of fear it could fall off, causing a player to slip or become entangled.The change would be a welcome move by many, including Breanna Stewart, who was one of a dozen WNBA players who signed a letter on social media that was sent to FIBA president Horacio Muratore.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENRcenter_img Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this file photo, East African Muslim girls practice basketball in their new uniforms in Minneapolis. Members of basketball’s international governing body are expected to vote to eliminate a rule that bans religious headgear during competition. Headgear was banned for safety reasons two decades ago out of fear it could fall off, causing a player to slip or become entangled. APNEW YORK — The crowd was unusual in Iran sports history: It included men.An exhibition women’s basketball game in Tehran last month was attended by Iran basketball federation president Mahmoud Mashhoun and other men.ADVERTISEMENT “I think it would mean a lot,” Stewart said. “Obviously with what’s going on in this world, we strive for equality. I think when you’re on the court or playing your sport, that’s your safe haven to get away from everything else that’s going on. It’s huge for them to be able to feel welcomed on the court and play.” MOST READ They weren’t just there to watch the players. They were there to observe the uniforms.Members of basketball’s governing body had a chance to see players wearing the hijab, which could be allowed permanently if a rule to permit religious headgear is approved during FIBA’s midterm congress on Thursday or Friday. FIBA’s central board approved the proposal on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I think it will pass,” USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley told The Associated Press. “It came up in our board meeting and everyone supported making the change.”FIBA’s technical committee had been preparing and studying proposals to safely allow headgear and the hope is a rule change will be enacted at the meeting. View commentslast_img read more

Tanduay sets PBA D-League record with 76-point rout of Zark’s

first_imgNot easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Pornography greets commuters at Sweden bus stop 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Lesnar barely survives Joe at WWE Great Balls of Fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Tanduay coach Lawrence Chongson downplayed his team’s feat and said what’s important to him and the players is winning.“Those records mean nothing if we don’t make it to the next round. The only record we want is to be a champion,” he said.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’Jerwin Gaco wasted no time as he set the tone early, uncorking 14 of his 21 points during the Rhum Masters’ 35-6 start. He also had eight rebounds and three assists in the victory.James Martinez also had a hand in the rout as he went 5-of-8 from threes to finish with 23 markers on top of nine assists and two rebounds. Jean-Paul Gaultier to retire as fashion designer LATEST STORIES Paul Sanga added 20 points and four rebounds, and had the privilege to secure the record-setting basket with an undergoal stab in the dwindling seconds of the game.Paul Varilla added 15 markers and eight boards, as all 14 players were able to log at least two points in the blowout.Chongson attributed the huge conquest to the team’s collective resolve as Tanduay sought to bounce back from its 104-89 loss to Flying V last Thursday.“It just so happened that we started strong. We’re coming from a loss and all we wanted was going on Thursday’s game because we want to have momentum in our game against Batangas,” he said as the Rhum Masters forced a three-way tie at third place with CEU and Batangas, all carrying an identical 4-2 slate.Robby Celiz paced Zark’s Burgers with 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists, while Jerome Ferrer got 12 markers and four boards.ADVERTISEMENT Imee Marcos slams driver-cap on motorcycle taxis 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 Painting found in Italian museum wall is stolen Klimt MOST READ The Jawbreakers suffered their fourth straight defeat and stayed at the cellar with a 1-7 record.The scores:TANDUAY 141 – Martinez 23, Gaco 21, Sanga 20, Varilla 15, Alvarez 11, Villamor 10, Eguilos 9, Vigil 9, Terso 7, Santos 5, Sollano 5, Palma 2, Taganas 2, Tambeling 2.ZARK’S BURGERS 65 – Celiz 13, Ferrer 12, Bautista 11, De Leon 10, Cudal 6, Cariaga 5, Mangahas 5, Nalos 2, Argamino 1, Cayabyab 0, De Ocampo 0.Quarters: 35-6, 58-29, 95-45, 141-65.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jerwin Gaco. PBA IMAGESTanduay annihilated Zark’s Burgers in record-setting fashion, 141-65, Monday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Rhum Masters set new PBA D-League records for most points scored in a game, eclipsing Racal Motors’ previous 140 against the Jawbreakers last June 8, and the biggest winning margin, topping the 67-point blowout by Cignal over Gamboa Coffee Mix last June 15.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Solar-powered barge a key ‘interceptor’ for plastic wastelast_img read more

Estrella nails game-winning, step-back 3 as Mapua stuns Letran

first_imgImee Marcos slams driver-cap on motorcycle taxis For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jerrick Balanza topped Letran with 15 points, while Nambatac got 13 markers and three assists.Prodigal sons Bong Quinto and JP Calvo almost delivered the victory for the Knights as they took charge in the fourth quarter. The two combined for 23 points and eight rebounds in the losing effort.The Scores:MAPUA 78 – Estrella 18, Raflores 12, Gabo 12, Bunag 10, Victoria 8, Aguirre 6, Pelayo 5, Nieles 4, Orquina 3.LETRAN 75 – Balanza 15, Nambatac 13, Quinto 12, Ambohot 11, Calvo 11, Taladua 6, Vacaro 4, Bernabe 3, Balagasay 0, Gedaria 0, Pascual 0, Mandreza 0.ADVERTISEMENT Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Quarters: 17-19, 38-41, 56-61, 78-75. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Painting found in Italian museum wall is stolen Klimt Jean-Paul Gaultier to retire as fashion designer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments Andoy Estrella. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAndoy Estrella came up with the biggest shot in the clutch, drilling a gutsy step-back three to carry Mapua to a 78-75 stunner over Letran Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The senior playmaker took the ball when it mattered the most and drained the game-winning trey with five seconds to spare over the outstretched arms of Jeo Ambohot.ADVERTISEMENT PH Dragon Boat team eyes Asian Games gold Pornography greets commuters at Sweden bus stop MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “I just shot the ball and it went in,” said Estrella. “Coach told me to get the ball and take the last shot. I had a lot of confidence before I took that shot.”The Knights still had a chance to force overtime, but Rey Nambatac airballed his three-pointer at the buzzer.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’Estrella carried much of the load for Mapua with 18 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, while JB Raflores notched a double-double with his 12 markers and 11 boards.Leo Gabo, who is playing his first game since serving the last of his four-game suspension dating back from 2015, went on a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, two of which coming in the final three minutes as the Cardinals mounted a huge fightback after going down 71-65. He finished with 12 points and four assists. Solar-powered barge a key ‘interceptor’ for plastic wastelast_img read more

Burton, Gordon set for first senior titles

first_imgACTION is expected to reach fever pitch when competition on the second day of the JAAA National Senior Championships gets under way today with the staging of three finals in the field and six on the track. The following are the previews of 10 selected events and a likely top three.WOMEN’S 100mNo stopping the fastest woman in the world in this event. Elaine Thompson is the overall Diamond League winner and has already qualified for IAAF World Championships. The Stephen Francis-coached athlete will not double in London and will compete only in the 100 metres at the Trials. She is the world leader with a best of 10.78 seconds at the Shanghai Diamond League in May. Simone Facey, Joniel Smith, Christania Williams, Sashalee Forbes, and Natasha Morrison will battle for the other two spots.Top three:1. Elaine Thompson2. Joniel Smith3. Simone FaceyWOMEN’S 200mA wide-open race with Thompson out. Following her third-place finish at the Diamond League last week with a season’s best of 22.77, Simone Facey is given the nod.Top three:1. Simone Facey2. Sashalee Forbes3. Samantha Henry-Robinson400mShericka Jackson, the World and Olympic bronze medallist, usual peaks late in the season and NCAA Division 1 champion Chris Ann Gordon should capture her first senior title. She is the most consistent Jamaican so far in the event with a best of 50.39 seconds. Jackson will definitely be second, with third up for grabs. Veteran Novlene Williams-Mills and Stephenie Ann McPherson should decide third.Top three:1. Chris Ann Gordon2. Shericka Jackson3. Stephenie McPhersonWOMEN’S 100m HURDLESIt is unlikely that the defending World Champion Danielle Williams will start here. Even if she starts, no one will stop the vastly improved Rushelle Burton. Since winning a silver medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Poland last year, she has moved from strength to strength and recently became the fastest-ever freshman in the event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships after her third-place finish in 12.65 seconds.Top three:1. Rushelle Burton2. Danielle Williams (if she starts)3. Megan SimmondsWOMEN’S 400m HURDLESA straight fight here between the 2015 champion Janieve Russell and last year’s winner, Ristananna Tracy. Russell, who showed great form in Rome recently, should win.Top three:1. Janieve Russell2. Ristananna Tracy3. Leah NugentMEN’S 100mYohan Blake is looking like his old self, and after two sub-10 seconds on home soil at the JII meet and the JN Racers Grand Prix, he should make it win number three at the National Stadium in less than four weeks. Veteran Asafa Powell is battling injury, but he will be dangerous. Others like Jevaughn Minzie, Odean Skeen, and Nickel Ashmeade are ready to pounce.Top three:1. Yohan Blake2. Asafa Powell3. Nickel AshmeadeMEN’S 200mA quick double for Blake here with a very interesting battle for the next two spots.Top three:1. Yohan Blake2. Rasheed Dwyer3. Nickel AshmeadeMEN’S 400mThis could be the event of the championships. A new champion will be crowned as defending champion Javon Francis is out injured. A cracker here, but the consistent Nathon Allen, who was third a year ago, is given the edge over Demish Gaye and Akeem Bloomfield.Top three:1. Nathon Allen2. Demish Gaye3. Akeem BloomfieldMEN’S 110m HURDLESOlympic champion Omar McLeod will start as the favourite here. The world leader with 13.01 seconds, he will be looking for his third title in three years. Great competition should come from both Ronald Levy and former champion Hansle Parchment. McLeod cannot put a foot wrong here as new kid on the block. Levy is well conditioned for the ‘kill’ and could provide the upset of the championships.Top three:1. Omar McLeod2. Ronald Levy3. Hansle ParchmentMEN’S 400m HURDLESJaheel Hyde is ready for his first senior title. He loves competing at the National Stadium and will want to satisfy his expected big fan club by taking the big prize. However, he should find the NCAA bronze medallist Kemar Mowatt in his way. Mowatt has been consistent all season and has gone sub-49 seconds twice and is expected to go low 48 seconds here. After knocking on the door for some time, it could be breakout for AndrÈ Clarke, the former Vere Technical and G.C. Foster College man.Top three:1. Kemar Mowatt2. Jaheel Hyde3. AndrÈ Clarkelast_img read more

Blake to rival Bolt

first_imgAndre Lowe: Well, the time has come for one of the greatest sportsman to call it a day and move on to retirement. Usain Bolt takes focus in the 100 metres final today! Raymond Graham: And his fans will be very nervous as they all want him to leave on a high note, and definitely, this will be the most nervous time of his long and illustrious career Andre Lowe: I’m not so sure about that? I’d say the last two years were more nervous for him given what was at stake. Andre De Grasse is out of the championships and people think that has boosted Bolt’s chances, but in truth, Yohan Blake was always going to be Bolt’s biggest rival; De Grasse was not in any shape to challenge the big Jamaican. Raymond Graham: I was in no way worried about De Grasse because all season he has not done anything to impress me as I see Bolt’s threat coming from elsewhere Andre Lowe: Blake has been extremely impressive in training, everyone around him including Bolt, knows he’s in amazing form the kind of form he has not been in since 2012. Bolt thinks he needs to run 9.8 or lower to win, and he’s absolutely right. Raymond Graham: I like Blake, but I am a bit concerned that he has not competed since the National Championships and could have lost some of the competitive edge Andre Lowe: He’ll get that back by the final. Both he and Bolt will be sharp. I expect Blake and American Christian Coleman to do the early running but Bolt’s last 50m is said to be fully tuned right now. Bolt for the win in 9.79 seconds. Blake second in 9.85, and it’s anybody’s guess who runs third … maybe Coleman or Justin Gatlin, who I heard is quietly doing well in training. Raymond Graham: Coleman could be the one to spoil the party here as he is the fastest man in the event this year, but like Blake, lack of competition could hurt his chances, and being so inexperienced, I am going with Bolt to win in 9.83 over Blake 9.86 with Coleman third.last_img read more