‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ 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 Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books MOST READ 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Calvin Abueva goes up for a shot. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe defense that Alaska hopes to ride to get back in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals again did the trick last night as the Aces shut down Star in overtime to win, 97-90, and climb into the upper half of the standings at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.Shorthanded with one of two legitimate centers out for the rest of the conference and the other slowly being broken in, the Aces held fort using a gung-ho style full court press that held the Hotshots to just four points in the extra five minutes.ADVERTISEMENT It was the fourth win in seven games for the Aces, who will have to make do for the rest of the conference without backup center Noy Baclao and with starting slotman Sonny Thoss playing just a shade over six minutes in his first game of the season.Calvin Abueva scored five of his 23 points in overtime and Vic Manuel scattered 25 as the undersized duo more than held the fort for the Aces against Star’s formidable frontline.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 returnAlaska thus stayed alive in the hunt for a top two berth.The losing finalist to San Miguel Beer here in the last two seasons, coach Alex Compton wants his Aces to be able to start playing right heading into their last four games and actually doesn’t care what position they end up in. Azkals, Asian teams to benefit from broadened World Cup field Paniamogan made seven triples inside the final three periods.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES They play Blackwater on Sunday and then Mahindra on Jan. 22, and Compton just couldn’t help but marvel at the Floodbusters, who ripped Meralco in the first game, 105-92, after getting a career-high 25 points from Philip Paniamogan.“Mahindra looked like a brand-new team out there today,” Compton said after RJ Jazul and JV Casio combined for 23 points and actually beat the prolific Star guard tandem of Paul Lee and Mark Barroca.Allein Maliksi led the Hotshots with 15 points. He was responsible for forging overtime at 86-all but missed a string of shots in extension.“That’s his job, that’s what he has been doing his whole career,” Compton said of Maliksi.Mahindra won a second straight game and coach Chris Gavina believes they are starting to lay down the foundation of a team that looked like it didn’t belong at the start of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Fajardo was a spiker in high school before she was turned into a setter a year before her first international tournament.“When I became part of the RP [Republic of the Philippines] Youth, I was just converted to a setter and it wasn’t a year even before I was playing in an international tournament,” said Fajardo.“And of course Roselle has tried out for the team, and what do we know on what she did during the tryouts? We should never be a hindrance to her development as an athlete.”ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READ View comments Rain or Shine’s Washington reaches 5,000 points Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kim Fajardo, the longtime skipper of De La Salle University, wanted all those who have nothing positive to say about Baliton to just zip it.“Let’s give the kid a chance to show what she can do, and you all should stop bashing her online because that can cause her confidence to dip,” said Fajardo after their three-set sweep of University of the Philippines, 27-25, 25-11, 25-17, in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre.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“When you continue bashing her she might think ‘am I that bad?’ or ‘am I that weak? Am I that bad at setting up my teammates?’Baliton played the setter position for the first time this Season 79 after spending much of her career as a middle blocker due to her 6-foot frame, and this became Fajardo’s point of similarity. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu DLSU Lady Spikers. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRoselle Baliton has been on the crossfire of Internet know-it-alls after she was chosen as one of the setters of the 25-woman pool the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas formed.On Sunday, though, University of the East’s playmaker got a major voice of support.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot
MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “I guess we did show that we don’t need to rely on a naturalized player and we’ll still dominate the tournament with just our locals,” he said.Still, having Blatche on the rotation is another thing, and Wright thinks that Gilas should not take things for granted as it looks to close things out against Indonesia on Thursday.“It’s gonna be a dogfight,” he said of Indonesia, which will be bannered by naturalized import Jamarr Johnson, Indonesian-American forward Arki Wisnu, and veteran playmaker Mario Wuysang.“I know Jamarr Johnson is going to be ready to play. This will be his second game, so he’ll definitely beat us with is motor. But we’re hitting our stride lately. Everybody has confidence on our team and we’ll do what we’ve been doing for the past week.”ADVERTISEMENT The Fil-Canadian rookie owed his stellar shooting to his teammates Terrence Romeo and Jayson Castro.“Those guys make my job so easy. Terrence and Jayson found me, they hit me in stride, hit me with momentum,” he said. “Having great passers like that makes my job so much easier. I can’t take all the credit for that. Those guys put me in a good position.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundGilas has been unselfish on offense all-tournament long and against the Vietnamese the team dished out 27 assists on 41 made field goals.Wright also believes that Gilas’ 107-52 blowout of Vietnam sent a strong message to the rest of the Southeast Asian region that the Philippines is still a cut above the rest even with just its locals in tow. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Final duel set Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Swing Out Sister back to PH this April For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle 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 Matthew Wright. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWithout Andray Blatche to lean on, Gilas Pilipinas’ locals picked up the slack to cruise to a 55-point rout of Vietnam in the 2017 Seaba Championship on Wednesday.One of those who stepped up was Matthew Wright, who delivered his best scoring game in the tournament with 19 points on a scintillating 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc.ADVERTISEMENT Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead View comments
Jamaican martial artists from five organisations, bolstered by members of Jamaica’s male and female combined martial arts teams, in addition to participants in the McKay Security Jamaica Taekwon-Do High School League, are aiming at another record-breaking performance at the June 28-July 2 United States Open in Orlando, Florida. Last year, Jamaica won 80 medals at the International Sports Karate Association-sanctioned event, eight fewer than 2015, but made up in quality where they lost out on quantity by bagging 34 gold, one more than the previous year. The performance drew congratulations from Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, who lauded the delegation. INSPIRING SUCCESS “Both junior and senior players from the martial arts – tae kwon do, karate and Seido – have been flying the Jamaican flag really high. I have been following their impressive progress and the success is inspiring, to say the least,” said the sports minister, whose commendations, head of delegation Jason McKay said, will serve to spur the team, especially the high-school children. “You would not believe how much it meant, to the children especially, to read in the newspaper that the country’s sports minister was congratulating them,” McKay pointed out. In addition to seasoned veterans from the combined martial arts teams, children from Jamaica Taekwon-Do Centre, Ultimate Taekwon-Do, Mandeville Taekwon-Do, Rising Sun Karate, Future Leaders Karate and high schools, led by defending league champions Calabar, Jamaica College, Kingston College, Wolmer’s and St George’s College will vie for US Open titles in continuous, points and clash sparring. Among the highlights of the US Open will be Jamaica’s female combined team taking on their regional rivals in the Caribbean Taekwon-Do Cup to open the tournament on Thursday, and close the Night of Champions, an ESPN-televised event in which multiple ISKA World Champion Subrina Richards will face 2015 International Taekwon-Do Federation Camila Canut of Argentina.
Mandeville to host Street Gun championship Red Blazer Charity Golf St Elizabeth have changed the pattern of results in recent years in the contest for the South Central Confed Juici Patties Youth league by a resounding display this year. After running last for the past five years, St Elizabeth currently lead the challenge for the Under 15 title on goal difference from defending champions St Catherine. They are on nine points with a plus two goal advantage after blanking Clarendon 3-0 earlier this week. With just two rounds to go, they will travel to Manchester today at Brooks Park and only need to avoid defeat to achieve at least the runners-up spot. Manchester who are third on six points, can, however, improve, but they must beat or avoid a loss against St Elizabeth and hope St Catherine defeat St Elizabeth in the final round next week. Clarendon have been unusually dismal this season losing all their Under-15 matches. Generations rebound in Top Notch Summer league St Elizabeth surprise in Juici Patties Confed league St Catherine are firm favourites to dethrone Manchester and become champions of the 2017 Juici Patties-sponsored South Central Confed Under 13 league. They stayed on course after drawing 1-1 with the champions at Brooks Park earlier this week. With two rounds to go, St Catherine lead on ten points, three ahead of Clarendon whom they meet today at 1 p.m. at the Spanish Town Prison Oval. A draw will be enough for them to claim the championship. Clarendon would be keen to achieve a positive result and salvage something from what has been a dismal challenge in the Under-15s, where they have failed to earn a single point. They have also scored only three goals in four matches while conceding ten. Manchester, who have three points, still have a mathematical chance of finishing runners-up, but they must beat St Elizabeth at Brooks Park today and hope Clarendon falter badly against St Catherine. Portsmouth to launch youth club tomorrow Links United crowned champions Mandeville walkers top Grace 5K walk Jamaica’s T20 player Rovman Powell hit a 100 as his team Old Harbour crushed Melrose by 106 runs at Port Esquivel to reach the quarter-finals of the Social Development Commission community T20 cricket competition recently. Scores: Old Harbour 219-4, from 20 overs (Powell 100, Erron Downer, 51; Devon Smith 38); Melrose 113-9 in 20 overs (Krischon Givans 4-9). Heartease of St Thomas also joined Old Harbour into the last eight from Group A after beating St Andrew parish winners Richmond by five wickets in the early game at the same venue. The other teams through to the quarter-finals are defending champions Junction of St Elizabeth, Clarendon’s Racecourse; Greater Portmore and St Ann champions Summer Hill. Powell’s ton puts Old Harbour into SDC T20 quarter-finals The 2016-17 road race and walk season ended recently in downtown Kingston with the ninth GraceKennedy 5K Education Road Race. Mandeville-based circuit walkers, Jon Oliphant and Natasha McKenzie, were the respective male and female champions. In absence of Northern Caribbean University representative Duwell Allen, who is the fastest over a 5K walk this year, Oliphant topped a good field in landing the event in 29 minutes flat ahead of Damion Henry and Lenworth Hunter. McKenzie, a physical education teacher at Holmwood Technical, walked home in fifth place overall in 32 minutes and first among females. In the second place was Sandra Aiken in 32:07. She edged Paula Sinclair at the finish line by a second. This was McKenzie’s fourth win in major walk events across the island this year. She won both the Kingston and Montego Bay legs of the Guardian Life Keep It Alive 5K series and also topped the field again in the Father’s Day Everyone’s a winner/Best Dressed Chicken 5K walk at Hope Gardens in Kingston. Generation have rebounded to win their second match and revive hopes of making it to the quarter-finals of the Top Notch Blocks Summer Football league. Matches are played each Sunday at the Sunset playfield in Knock Patrick, Mandeville. Generation won 2-0 against Albion courtesy of goals from Tevin Wright and Ivanhoe Smith, to move to six points from three games. In other results from last week’s round, Madrid won 2-1 against Central United, Old England edged Epping Forrest 1-0 and Belair Boys and United All stars drew 0-0. The Pro Hardware line-up as well as Belair are the early zone leaders of the competition. Pro Hardware have nine points and are unbeaten after three games, while Belair have seven points from three games. St Catherine poised to win Confed U-13 Links United recently copped the Jamaica Domino Federation-City of Kingston Cooperative Portmore St Catherine title 300-242 over first-time finalists Spring Village in a lopsided final. Portsmouth, a community in Portmore, will launch their youth club tomorrow. The launch will be held at the Portsmouth community centre and starts at 6 p.m. Apart from sports, the clubbites will be engaged in arts and culture, education and security. “Our main focus will be on sports, recreation, education, arts and culture and security,” said Kevin Reid a member of the club’s executive body. He added that the club’s launch is a big buzz in the community and all stakeholders gave given their blessings to the initiative. He said that the club will have a solid base as the executive is made up of a number of skilled individuals. The club is targeting two age groups from six to 12, and 13 to 45 years. He continued: “We don’t want to leave everybody out, the core will be teenagers and early 20s. Pistol competition fans will turn their attention to the second leg of the National Street Gun championship series to be hosted at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club. The range is located in Lincoln, five miles south-west of Mandeville and overlooking Spur Tree. The competition seeks to target regular firearm holders as it focuses on mounting stages which mimic typical Jamaican shooting scenarios. Stages likely to be featured are domino table, inside a car, bedroom, washing area. They are also spectator friendly, safe and exciting. Only regular carry-on weapons are allowed, and no additional rigs can be worn. Hence, both the professional and regular licensed firearm holder are paired into competition. The competition starts at 10:30 a.m but the range will be opened from 8:30 a.m. to facilitate practice. There is an admission fee for patrons. The Liguanea Lodge 1479, in association with the University Hospital of the West Indies’ Tony Thwaites Wing will host the Red Blazer Charity Golf Classic at the Constant Spring Gold Club on July 29. Start time is 7 a.m. The tournament is open to men, women and juniors. Entrance fees are $4,000 for adults and $2,000 for Constant Spring Golf Club members and juniors. Main sponsors for the Jamaica Golf Association endorsed tournament are JN Bank and Knutsford Express.
LONDON (AP): Everton completed the treble-signing of Brazil midfielder Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk, along with Barcelona duo Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes, as the Toffees further strengthened their squad for the new season on Thursday. All three deals were announced in the final hour of the English transfer window, which closed at 5 p.m. local time. Bernard, who joins on a four-year deal, cited the club’s new manager Marco Silva as a key factor for his move. “I chose Everton because of all the things I had heard about Marco Silva and after speaking to him I was happy with what he said to me,” said Bernard, who left Shakhtar earlier this summer at the end of his contract. Barcelona confirmed they had reached an agreement to sell Colombia defender Mina, 23, to Everton for around €31 million (US$36 million) – with a buy-back clause for Barcelona – while Portugal midfielder Gomes, 25, heads to Goodison Park on a season-long loan. The trio join forward Richarlison and full-back Lucas Digne as high-profile arrivals at Everton during the transfer window.
SINGAPORE (AP): Karolina Pliskova won the first set to eliminate Petra Kvitova and then won the second set to advance to the semi-finals at the WTA Finals. Pliskova, who advanced from her group for the second straight year, beat Kvitova 6-3, 6-4 yesterday to improve her record to 2-1 at the season-ending tournament. It was Pliskova’s first victory over Kvitova in their fourth meeting. “I knew I lost my other matches to her. I knew this time I had a chance because I was playing pretty well in my other two matches here,” Pliskova said on court after the match. “Everything is working well for me this week, so I’m just happy.” In the other group match, Elina Svitolina stayed unbeaten and advanced to the semi-finals by beating defending champion Caroline Wozniacki 5-7, 7-5, 6-3. Kvitova jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second set, but Pliskova then won six of the next seven games. Kvitova finished the group with three straight losses. “I still had a lot of positive thoughts in the match to fight and turn it around, even [if it] didn’t happen,” Kvitova said. “I still need to be fine because I still have the Fed Cup final (against the United States) coming up.” Kvitova, who is from the Czech Republic, rarely loses to players from her country. Since the 2012 Madrid tournament, the two-time Wimbledon champion has won 27 of 29 matches against Czech opponents. Her only other loss to a Czech player in that time period was to Pliskova’s twin sister, Kristyna, at this year’s tournament in Charleston, South Carolina. Svitolina only needed to win one set in the late match to advance, but she had to wait for it. Wozniacki nearly pulled off the straight-set victory, which would have given her a place in the semi-finals instead. But she squandered two game points in the final game of the second set and then sent a backhand long on a fifth-set point for Svitolina. “It was an amazing match and a tough fight because Caroline always brings the best out of you,” Svitolina said on court. “You have to push your limits against her.” POSITIVE THOUGHTS
GOSFORD, Australia (AP):Usain Bolt’s bid to become a professional football player in Australia has ended with the Olympic sprinting great failing to agree on a contract with the Central Coast Mariners.The Mariners announced yesterday that Bolt’s indefinite training period with the club “has drawn to an end, effective immediately.”Central Coast reportedly offered Bolt a contract worth 150,000 Australian dollars (US$110,000) and hoped to get a third-party endorsement to increase the salary package into the millions, but management for the eight-time Olympic gold medallist rejected the offer.”It has been a pleasure to work with Usain as he pursued his desire to become a professional football player,” Mariners owner Mike Charlesworth said in a statement. “This has been a mutually beneficial partnership that brought an increased level of excitement and attention to both the Mariners and the A-League.”Bolt, who has never played football at an elite level, practiced with the Mariners squad in September and October but only played in some low-level, non-league matches. He stopped practicing with the club’s top team when contract negotiations intensified immediately before the A-League season started.Thankful”I would like to thank the Central Coast Mariners’ owners, management, staff, players and fans for making me feel so welcome during my time there,” Bolt said in a statement released by the club. “I wish the club success for the season ahead.”Bolt scored two goals in a trial game but wasn’t included in the squad for the A-League season opener on October 21, when Central Coast had a 1-1 draw in Brisbane. Mariners coach Mike Mulvey said after that match that he wasn’t aware the club had made an offer to Bolt.The 32-year-old Bolt retired from competitive track and field last year and has since explored options in Germany, South Africa, Norway, and Australia to gain a professional soccer contract.His first game for the Mariners, an exhibition against a selection of amateur players, attracted a much larger than average crowd, and Bolt’s bid to join the A-League has generated plenty of headlines. But critics questioned Bolt’s ability to play at an elite level and others wrote it off a publicity stunt.
Williams encouraged the players to work out consistently, even during tournaments, in order to maintain muscle memory. “There might be situations where based on how an innings is progressing, a player may spend the day in the pavilion waiting to bat or may just end up all day in the field doing limited work. In those situations, players should use an hour or so in the evening to get in some type of training activity. There are light but effective programmes designed for these types of days. The senior lecturer at the G.C. Foster College reminded the group of the need for players to maximise their time and energy at training to produce high quality results and performance for matches. He also shared ways in which the Scorpion players could use their rest days during matches to do simple tasks, either in the gym or field. Williams, who also manages the National Under-19 team, noted that between tournaments and during the off season players sometimes lose the discipline it takes to maintain a fitness regime. He recommended the implementation of a ‘watchdog’ system to tackle that problem. “CWI should assign an individual in each territory to ensure that players in all participating teams are training consistently and in accordance with agreed regional standards. Everyone benefits when players can maintain a certain base-level fitness year-round. It means when pre-tournament or preseason training begins, the players are able to get right into the planned activities,” he said. In response to a concern raised by the players about the risk of burnout in training, Williams said the staff would, among other things, employ the use of oximetres to monitor oxygen levels to limit the risk of exhaustion. The Scorpions will start their campaign against Barbados Pride at the 3Ws Oval on December 13. CONSISTENT WORKOUTS With the West Indies Championship (formerly the Regional 4-day competition) bowling off yesterday, the Jamaica Scorpions organised a compulsory fitness strategy session for players. The session, which was delivered by Gibbs Williams, the lead fitness tester for Jamaica, was designed to instruct players on how to tactically maintain optimum fitness throughout the competition. “During a competition, it is quite easy for players especially, to ignore or forget certain routines around maintaining their fitness and training. Over the course of a four-day game their daily activities are different, but there are ways to ensure that certain crucial fitness matters are treated with the utmost importance,” said Williams, who is also a Level 3 coach.
Social media star/entertainer “Tear Drop” teamed up with former Guyanese beauty queen Ruqayyah Boyer and members of the XOXO and SAK group to record his newest single titled “What Chu Wanna Say”.The song is produced by AJ (Adrian Johnson) Records in a catchy hip pop fused soundtrack. The recording was actually an impromptu recording that was done while chilling at the studio.Each section was free-styled during the session and the song was finished in less than an hour. The end product, however, is one that is gradually gaining momentum and airplay. All parties are currently discussing putting out a visual for the soundtrack in the near future.The chorus really directs the narrative for the song and acts as an invitation for each artist to speak up about how they were feeling at the moment, unfiltered and direct.Social media star Leon Clarke, better known as “Tear Drop”, was really the driving force behind each artiste aiding in bringing out the best in themselves.While it was an in the moment recording, it turned out that each verse and style represented the team and some of the values that they stand for.Themes explored in the verses are truth, struggle, loyalty, trust, spirituality, struggle and lots of swag.