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first_imgsemi-final spotWin and qualify for the semi-finals. That’s the task facing the Portmore United camp, as they face out-of-contention Daytona in an east St Catherine Constituency-sponsored Portmore Under-17 Football League match today, at Ferdie Neita Park in Braeton at 2 p.m.Portmore are on 12 points and with the win they would cop a semi-final spot alongside already qualified Portsmouth (16 points). Braeton United (14 points) will be hoping that Portmore either lose or draw, to enable them to make the semi-finals instead.In matches played last Thursday, Edgewater swamped Hellshire United 14-0, Braeton United clipped Watson Grove 2-1, Rodwood blanked Southborough 3-0 and Racing United and Cedar Grove drew 0-0.Connection start well in Porus Western Union youth leagueDefending champion Connection opened their account in the 2015 edition of the Western Union-sponsored Porus Summer Youth Football League, defeating newcomers Sporting Academy 2-0 last weekend.The league caters for invited teams in and around Manchester fielding youngsters no older than 16 years. Females are also included.The competition kicked off last weekend at the Porus Community Centre, where it has been exclusively played for more than 15 years. Eleven teams will participate this year, with two games each on Sundays and Wednesdays. Games for this weekend have, however, been suspended due to the Emancipation holiday weekend activities.Last weekend’s opener saw the return of Trinity, which had been absent for years, going up against Rising Stars, last season’s beaten finalists. That game ended with Rising Stars being the victors, winning 2-0.On Tuesday, the first of a double-header featured Tuff Gong against Villa United, which ended with a 1-0 victory for Villa. The second encounter saw Galaxy also winning 1-0, against Settlement.In the lone game played on Wednesday, Russia ran away 5-0 winners over Genius.Mandeville-based shooters do well in Jamaica CupShooters from the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC) were among the top performers at last weekend’s International pistol tournament dubbed the Jamaica Cup. The tournament was hosted over two days and jointly held by the Jamaica Rifle Association (JRA) headquarters on Mountain View Avenue and the Woodleigh range in Clarendon.Heading MRPC’s charge was club president Orville Henriques, who finished third behind top performer Ronald Brown Jr. and Andy Yapp, who was second.Owen Campbell was fifth, but teammates Thomas Jones and Gary Foster occupied sixth and seventh, respectively. Evon Grant of MRPC was 10th.Campbell, Jones, Foster and Grant improved their International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) world ranking.Zones take shape in Jamalco Football LeagueAll four preliminary zones of the Clarendon-based Jamalco Football League (JFL) are showing tangible signs of the teams positioned for second round qualification. Mocho, which completed a 5-0 demolition of Juventus last week, have already qualified from Zone One with six points from two games. With just one game to be completed, the trio of Raymonds (three points), Juventus (two) and Railroad (two) are on collision course to decide the second qualifier.Invincible and Wembley lead the charge in Zone Two with four points each after two games. Savannah are next with three points, but only have one remaining encounter. Two other teams, Top Halse Hall and Harmons, have one point each, but they have two matches in hand.New Bowens are clear leaders in Zone Three and are unbeaten with six points from two games. Next is Top Hill with three points, but they have only completed one of their three scheduled games. Napoli, which won their midweek encounter 2-0 against Hunts Pen, are already sure of qualification from Zone Four, having mined six points from two games. Port, with four points, can still advance if they avoid defeat in their final game.Two matches will be hosted today at Wembley Excellence Centre. Savannah will be up against Invincible at 2 p.m., while Top Hill play Sunset at 4 p.m. Tomorrow’s two games will be hosted at Harmons. Top Halse Hall will play Harmons at 2 p.m., while the final game sees South Manchester battling Hunts Pen.Manchester teams receive kudosDespite failing to reach the semi-finals of the Jamalco-dominated Clarendon Netball Association (CNA) Senior League for the first time in four years, invited Manchester netball teams in the just concluded Juici-Patties Senior and Junior League performed creditably.Knox High produced their best finish in a major netball tournament after copping second in the Junior League. The Spalding based Knox led 15-13 in the junior final against experienced campaigners Denbigh High, but wilted in the hot conditions of the Clarendon Park hardcourts to eventually lose 32-24.Earlier, Team R from Royal Flat won the day’s rally featuring all the teams which had failed to reach the semi-finals. Team R also copped more glory for Manchester when they were declared the most disciplined team, for which they won $20,000. Another Manchester team, Ridgemount, were third in the final rally.Old England advance in Top Notch Summer LeagueAn Orane Richards second half strike gave the Manchester Division One champions, Old England FC, a 1-0 victory over Mandeville United to advance in the Top Notch Summer League. In other matches played last weekend, the star-studded Starliner FC team were held to a 0-0 draw by lesser fancied Broken Hurst, while Manchester All Stars recorded a 1-0 win over Central United.In a top of the table clash, Richards scored from a free-kick in the 70th minute. With this win, Old England FC finished on top of the Group B on seven points. Despite the loss, Mandeville United advanced to the second round after finishing on six points. These results mean that new champions will be created as the defending champion Albion United have only one point, making their final game against Heathfield merely of academic interest.The league continues with three games tomorrow:- Patrick Town FC vs Sinclair Avenue FC, Sunset Strikers vs Team STVET and Albion United vs Heathfield YC. make winning startDefending champions Passagefort United made a winning start to their campaign as they rushed past Westmeade Rising Sun 250-225 in the Colin Fagan-sponsored South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League last Sunday. In another game, Ken’s Wildflower outlasted Cumberland 250-247 in a close encounter.The competition continues tomorrow with three games – Garveymeade vs Passagefort United at Garveymeade Sports Club, Westmeade Rising Sun vs Waterford at Westmeade and Portsmouth vs Cumberland at the Portsmouth Community Centre.Portmore hunt storm into semisHope & Mercy Ministries stormed into the semi-finals of the Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) Church Football League, after a comprehensive 3-0 win over Faith Temple Pentecostal at the Passagefort playing field last Sunday.Jason Williams (37th, 65th) and Jemarc Graham (71st) scored the goals. With the win, Hope & Mercy will play Fair View in one semi-final game on Saturday, August 8. Defending champions, 65 Waltham Park New Testament will take on Power of Faith Ministries in the second semi-final.Meanwhile, 65 Waltham Park Road New Testament maintained their 100 percent win record, with a 2-0 win over Lighthouse Assembly. Scorers for 65 Waltham Park Road were Shaquille Weir (16th) and Kingsley Morgan (71st).PFM ‘A’ hunt Tru-Juice clashZone B leaders New Raiders (10 points) face third-place Tru-Juice (nine points) in the top clash of the round, in the opener of a double-header in the St Catherine Football Association Under-20 Football League at Lime Tree Oval today, match time is 2 p.m.In the second game at the venue, at 4 p.m., hot Zone A team Royal Lakes (10 points), who are currently third, take on leaders Federal United (13 points) in another big clash, as the competition intensifies.Zone A’s second place team, Portmore United (12 points), could regain the lead if they get by Naggo Head and Federal draw or lose. The match will be played at Ferdie Neita Park in Braeton at 4 p.m.In other games, Portsmouth vs Dunbeholden at Portsmouth; Albion vs GC Foster at Albion Oval; Newland vs De la Vega City and Frasziers Whip vs Spanish Town Police Youth Club. All games begin at 4 p.m.In matches last week, Royal Lakes beat GC Foster 2-0; De la Vega City blanked Albion 3-0; Newland tagged Naggo Head 2-0 and Tru-Juice edged Dunbeholden 1-0.Passagefort United Record ton for SamuelsNational Under-17 representative, 15-year-old, Dominik Samuels, made a record 186 not out to led his team, Ken’s Wildflower, to a massive 287-run win over Waterford in a Portmore Cricket Association Milo-sponsored Portmore Under-17 Cricket League game at Waterford High School last Sunday. The teams are playing for the Milo Challenge Cup.Scores: Ken’s 338-2 (35 overs). Samuels 186 not out, Romane Donigal 79 not out; Waterford 51 all out, Keyon Edwards 18; Loren Green, 3-10; Shamoy Edwards 2-2; Shamar Ervin 2-13.At Hamilton Gardens, Greater Portmore defeated the home team by 21 runs in a low-scoring game. Scores: Greater Portmore 126-7; Niko Jolly 29; Krishan Graham 23; Mark James 22; Danvil Wollaston 3-28; Hamilton Gardens 105 all out; Wollaston 22. Andre Jackson 3-15; Krishan Graham 2-38. The competition continues tomorrow.Hope & Mercy another netball titleFormer champions PFM ‘A’ will attempt to regain the crown they lost last year, as they take on Equator Faith Mission in the final of the PFM Church Netball League at the PFM Sports Complex on Saturday, August 8. Match time is 2:15 p.m.In the play-off for third place, PFM ‘B’ will play Faith Temple New Testament at 1:30 p.m.In semi-final games played last Saturday, PFM ‘A’ beat PFM ‘B’ 29-22. Debbie Ann Coghiel 15/18 shots and Melonie Bailey 14/18 attempts scored for PFM ‘B’. Sophie March scored all of PFM ‘B’ goals from 32 attempts. Equator Faith Mission defeated Faith Temple 22-17. Equator’s Nickeisha Duncan, 20 goals from 25 attempts, led her team, while the top shooter for Faith Temple’s was Lorraine Miller, who shot 12/19.New Raiders,last_img read more

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first_imgNBC renews deal with EPLNEW YORK (AP):NBC renewed its deal with the English Premier League for six years yesterday. The network won the American rights for the top European football league in 2012 from Fox and ESPN with a three-year agreement. This time, the Premier League went with a longer contract that goes through the 2021-22 season. Viewership has been soaring for international football in the US, making the Premier League a hot property with most major sports rights locked up long term.”Outstanding production, expert analysis and wide audience reach have all been beyond expectations,” Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said in a statement. “First-rate creative marketing and promotional campaigns have driven interest in our clubs, and the competition as a whole, to unprecedented levels.”Premier League viewership on NBC and NBCSN averaged a record 479,000 viewers last season – up nine percent from a year earlier.Vardy apologises for racist languageLEICESTER, England (AP):England and Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has apologised after he was filmed using racist language toward a Japanese man in a casino. British newspaper The Sun on Sunday released footage that appeared to show Vardy using a derogatory word for a Japanese person three times to a fellow gambler in a Leicester casino on July 26.In a statement released by Leicester, the 28-year-old striker apologised and said “it was a regrettable error in judgement I take full responsibility for and I accept my behaviour was not up to what’s expected of me.”Leicester said it was looking into the incident.Smith makes case for captaincyLONDON (AP):Australia batsman Steve Smith says he will follow the example set by Michael Clarke and be “aggressive” and “pro-active” if, as expected, he is named as the new captain of the country’s Test team.No official decision has been made regarding who will replace Clarke following his announcement that he’ll be retiring after the current Ashes series, although Smith has been described as the “heir apparent” by Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland.Smith captained Australia during the home series against India last year when Clarke was injured and says “I got a taste of it last summer and really enjoyed the role. If it happens, fantastic.”Smith says Monday that Clarke tried to lead from the front as a player and “I will take that same road as well”.Sri Lankan ex-rugby player’s body exhumed for murder probeCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Sri Lankan investigators yesterday exhumed the body of a former international rugby player whose mysterious death three years ago was ruled an accident, but is now suspected to have been a murder in which ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son is implicated.Wasim Thajudeen was found dead in May 2012 inside a burning car that appeared to have crashed into a wall. Following accusations that police had covered up the circumstances of his death during Rajapaksa’s presidency, authorities reopened the case after a new president was elected in January.Rajapaksa has denied any involvement by his son Yoshitha, 28, who is also a former member of Sri Lanka’s rugby union team. The former president says the allegations, mainly by members of the current ruling party, are politically motivated to discredit him ahead of parliamentary elections next week.Rajapaksa is contesting for Prime Minister in a bid to revive his political career.last_img read more

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Change in table tennis rule

first_imgUntil October 1, coaches were restricted by the rules of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) in the amount of advice they could give to their players during matches. Some of those restrictions were lifted on October 1.Now, in addition to coaching before matches and during time-outs, players can receive advice when the ball is out of play.The previous restriction constrained coaches to cheering from the sidelines and encouraging players in between points. The more crafty practitioners sometimes used hand signals, often pre-coded, to circumvent the old rules. Those who were caught were subject to ejection.One famous case involved the current head Chinese men’s coach, Liu Guoliang. Liu, World and Olympic champion as a player, was ejected in Tianjin, China, at the 2005 World Championship.Apparently, in the opinion of the umpire, he was coaching outside the provisions of the rule. He was coaching Ma Lin in a difficult match against Petr Korbel of the Czech Republic.The new provision has debuted at the men’s table tennis World Cup currently being played in Berlin, Germany. At first glance, coaches are not behaving differently than before October 1. Until then, they were only able to advise their players before matches, between games and during 60-second time-outs. Each player is only allowed one time-out per match.Judging from the play in Berlin, it does not appear that coaches are giving advice after every point as the change allows.The ITTF decided on the change at its board meeting at the 2015 World Championships. The introduction follows tests of the new regulation in some leagues around the world, including in Germany.last_img read more

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JC soar – Defending champs through to second round

first_img WINNING GOAL The captain rolled in a superb through ball to Brown, which the player controlled, found space, and caressed home inside the 75th minute, capping off JC’s return to winning ways after last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with STATHS. “It’s an amazing feeling to score, coming off an injury. I am happy with my performance. I think I am 60 per cent there. I don’t really have a goal target this season. I just want to score the important goal and help my team win,” the match winner told The Gleaner. JC coach Miguel Coley said he was happy with his team’s effort getting control of the ball and passing it around. “We are still tweaking the team and doing some shifting and changing to see what’s best because in the second round, you have to be on point and everything has to be right,” he stressed. A well-executed 74th-minute strike by forward Ronaldo Brown yesterday sealed a fighting 3-1 win over Eltham High School, securing passage to the second round of the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup for reigning Champions Jamaica College. The feisty Group B fixture, which saw four yellow cards issued, was played at the Jamaica College playing field, located on Old Hope Road in Kingston. The home team went ahead via a close-range strike from Malik Howell inside the 12th minute. The early ‘dark blues’ lead was cancelled out 10 minutes later when Akeem Rhooms fired Eltham back into the game. The champions, though not playing at their clinical best, regained the lead in the 31st minute courtesy of a Donovan Dawkins tap-in. The drenched JC surface made ball control and possession hard for both teams, but JC’s pressing and hunger bore fruit when captain Oquin Robinson linked up superbly with Brown.last_img read more

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Another Ja basketballer close to hitting the big times in the US

first_imgAnother Jamaican basketballer has moved closer to becoming an NBA player after former Vere Technical High student and NCAA rebounding phenom Shevon Thompson was drafted by the Orlando Magic affiliate team Erie BayHawks as their second round 11th pick.Thompson’s draft follows on the heels of former Calabar High standout Vashil Hernandez, who was signed by the Miami Heat. Even though he was not selected in the draft, Thompson, former George Mason University standout, believes he can make a big impression in the NBA Development League and take his game all the way to the NBA.”For sure, everything is about your work ethic, so I will be giving the extra and I will be working hard. I will focus on my rebounding. That is what I will continue to work on. That and things like tracking and catching the ball. I also want to make my offence better, but it’s going to be tough,” he told The Sunday Gleaner on Friday.Former Jamaica Basketball Association president Ajani Williams, who has guided the player’s career and mentored him at the Jamaica Basketball Association Elite Academy, also believes the sky’s the limit for the talented player.”He’s a rebounding phenom. Nobody can stand in the way of Shevon and the NBA but himself. The sky’s the limit for him, if he increases his knowledge of the game,” said Williams.Thompson was, unfortunately, diagnosed with acute myocarditis (an inflammatory disease of the heart muscle) and has been ruled out for six weeks. However, the illness is treatable, and the NBA prospect is expected to return to training in a few weeks.”It (illness) didn’t affect me much, but I wasn’t happy because it set me back, but everything is for a reason. It gave me more time to learn the game and get my body right. So when I return, I can go into full attack mode. I am confident I will overcome this and move on,” he said.Thompson, who is a seven-footer, turned heads while attending George Mason. He was a top-five rebounder in his first two seasons in the NCAA Division One and led in scoring one season. He also had the honour of being named to the Atlantic 10 All-Third team. However, his playing time in his senior year decreased under a new coach and a new system.But though he had draft workouts with Orlando Magic, the Houston Rockets, the Chicago Bulls, and the Washington Wizards and had significant interest from the Detroit Pistons and the Rockets, it was Orlando who quietly and surprisingly took the chance with the big Jamaican.BIG IMPRESSIONThompson noted that the D-League has improve drastically over the last few years, and although he expects it to be tough, he’s aiming to make a big impression.”It’s a great feeling being drafted by one of the teams in the highest basketball league in the world.. The D-League is getting better. It’s a lot more difficult as there are a lot of guys from top leagues, but it develops you even better,” he saidHe added: “I want to improve my knowledge of the sport so I can make my game more fluid and think less during games.”Meanwhile, one scout who was present at one of the player’s recent NBA workouts told Basketball Insider.com: “There is no doubt he has the size of an NBA player but what makes him special is his rebounding instincts and his knack for tracking the ball. He’s a phenonenal rebounder. Considering he’s only been playing for a few years, he’s impressive,” the scout was quoted saying.last_img read more

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STETHS reach fifth straight daCosta final

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) hurdled a tricky semi-final matchup at Manchester High yesterday to oust Lennon High 2-1 and book a spot in the final of the ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup against Cornwall College on Saturday, December 3.The Santa Cruz-based STETHS made sure they took the time to exact some amount of revenge against a Lennon side that pipped them to the Ben Francis Knockout title a week ago.A goal in each half, the first from Tahjae Palmer in the sixth minute and a 78th-minute strike by Nickalous Gayle, fired the defending champions to the win. Ray Campbell was on target for Lennon in the 43rd minute as the teams went into the half-time break at 1-1.It was a predominantly midfield-dominated game, with Lennon’s Kwesi Watts having a good game on the right.Demar James, the STETHS striker was busy, having four shots at goal, but none managed to beat Tyrone Mullings in the Lennon goal. However, when James was brought down 30 yards out, a Rujay Robinson free kick was blocked by Mullings into the path of Palmer, who tucked it away for the opening goal.Lennon found the equaliser when Campbell spotted STETHS goalkeeper Kenroy Wallace off his line and he applied a clinical finish from 30 yards, lobbing the back-pedalling custodian two minutes before the half-time break.After the break, Christopher Randall was within a whisker of scoring a second goal for Lennon, but his header floated over the crossbar off a right-sided free kick.DEFENSIVE SECOND HALFSensing the possibility of the game going into extra time, neither team provided much adventure in the second half. Both were content to sit back and pounce on the counter-attack.On one such counter-attacking move, Gayle was sent clear and his shot gave Mullings no chance. STETHS then held the lead for the final 12 minutes to reach a fifth straight daCosta Cup final.”I cannot complain. Today, we showed the mettle of true champions. It was a given that Lennon would come at us, but once our players played to the plan, it was hard to get the better of us,” said a clearly delighted Wendell Downswell, STETHS’ technical director.”These players are a good bunch, an excellent set of youngsters. Now they can reward themselves by retaining the daCosta Cup title,” he added.In contrast, Lennon’s skipper Fitzroy Cummings and several of his teammates slumped over in tears in the driving rain at the end of the game. He said it was a big loss as he wanted the win to reach the final in what is to be his final chance of lifting rural area’s schoolboy football biggest title.Lennon’s assistant coach Sheldon Lennon labelled the season as successful even though they failed to advance to the final.”Yes, we wanted it really badly, but there can only be one winner, and STETHS had the better of us today although we dominated possession. It was an excellent effort here, but we still have the Ben Francis Cup,” Coach Lennon stated.last_img read more

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Williams, Federer back in the thick of things

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):For all their Grand Slam successes, Venus Williams and Roger Federer still find themselves surprised to be in the semi-finals at the Australian Open.Injuries, illness and advancing age can do that to the best of athletes, even 17-time major champion Federer and seven-time Grand Slam singles winner Williams, who has overcome an energy-sapping illness and is playing some of her best tennis since being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome in 2011.”I have a lot to give, I have a lot to give to the game. I feel like I have a lot of great tennis in me,” Williams said when asked why she didn’t retire when diagnosed with the illness that also causes joint pain.”So anytime you feel that way, you continue. It’s just the excitement of having the opportunity to compete at my best level.”The 36-year-old Williams beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Tuesday, becoming the oldest player to reach the semi-finals at Melbourne Park in the Open era. She’ll next play Coco Vandeweghe, an American who beat French Open champion Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-0 in Tuesday’s other quarter-final match.It was a long time coming for Williams, who reached her 21st Grand Slam semi-final, but her first at the Australian Open in 14 years.The 35-year-old Federer, meanwhile, is back from a six-month injury layoff due to left knee surgery. On Tuesday, he had a 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 win over Mischa Zverev, the player who eliminated top-seeded Andy Murray from the tournament two nights earlier.Federer’s semi-final opponent will be Stan Wawrinka, who had his major breakthrough in Australia in 2014. Wawrinka beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-3.Federer won the first five games in 12 minutes, setting up a straightforward win to reach his 41st Grand Slam semi-final and his 13th at Melbourne Park.Only he didn’t expect to be anywhere near the semifinals.”Winning back-to-back matches in best-of-five sets against quality, great players, that’s been for me the big question mark, if I could do that so early in my comeback,” Federer said. “I felt I was always going to be dangerous on any given day in a match situation. But obviously as the tournament would progress, maybe I would fade away with energy.”I think now that I’m in the semis, feeling as good as I am, playing as good as I am, that’s a huge surprise to me.”last_img read more

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‘We’re here to fight, learn’: Valdez, PH volleybelles unfazed after loss

first_img“That’s what we want to show to the people, that we will fight.”The Philippines finished the group stage with a 1-1 record and trail the 2-0 Kazakhs in Pool A.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’Valdez, who scored a combined 28 points in the both games, hopes they can bring whatever lessons they learned in their loss to Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals where they are set to face Pool C leaders Korea.“There comes a point where you just tell yourself that we should just accept the challenges and learn the lessons we need to advance,” said Valdez in Filipino. “This is still a long tournament, this isn’t the end.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This is the first time that this group has been together to represent the country and I hope this continues until we achieve that perfect chemistry.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Co rues dwindling number of Mapua players due to injuries LATEST STORIES CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines just absorbed a disappointing loss at the hands of Kazakhstan in the Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, 25-23, 25-20, 25-19, but Alyssa Valdez remains unfazed.“We’re here to learn, we’re here to fight, we’re here to win,” said Valdez Friday at Alonte Sports Arena here. “Teamwork will bring us to a good finish, and we’ll give our 101 percent to achieve that.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbatecenter_img Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 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 MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas View commentslast_img read more

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Dirk on today’s NBA: ‘It’s more about making money and winning than loyalty’

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Break new ground Folayang working on ground game, striking as he awaits next fight 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A costly, catty dispute finally settled Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts during play against the Memphis Grizzlies at American Airlines Center on March 3, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPDirk Nowitzki certainly knows a thing or two about loyalty.Although the German-born superstar has received a lot of enticing offers whenever he hits free agency, the 39-year-old forward has often made compromises to stay with the only team he has ever known, the Dallas Mavericks.ADVERTISEMENT He also credits his decision to stay with the franchise to other factors aside basketball, particularly his tight relationship with team owner Mark Cuban and the loyal Dallas fan base.“I think I’m old school,” Dirk, who led Dallas to an NBA title in 2011, said. “Some of these guys that are now stars are obviously younger. The business has changed a bit. You know, I never knew what to expect when I came to Dallas, but everything just came together here. The way, when I got here, that the community embraced me and wanted me to succeed.”He added: “Cuban buying the team at the end of my second year was a huge part of why I was here my entire career. He was a huge supporter of mine. He’s a friend of mine and he’s always supported me throughout my career. So I was here, I belong to this community, and for me, it was always easy for me to be loyal.” /raADVERTISEMENT Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Winning start LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Now entering his 20th NBA season with the team, the one-time NBA MVP acknowledged that loyalty is a rare trait to have in the league these days.“The new NBA is a little different. It’s about making money and winning and not as much about being loyal anymore,” he said during an appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio and relayed by The Score.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNowitzki recently inked a $10-million contract over the summer—which is a relatively modest contract for someone of his stature. Although he has gotten up in age, the 13-time All-Star remains as one of the best stretch forwards around.Having accumulated around  $245 million since entering the league in 1998, Dirk has willingly taken pay cuts in order to sign other talents and help improve the Mavs roster. View commentslast_img read more

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Late Ott goal rescues point for Azkals

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59PNP – Anti-Kidnapping Group rescue kidnapped Chinese, Vietnamese women02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES FILE PHOTO – Mike Ott. Photo by tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMike Ott struck in the 89th minute as the Philippines salvaged a 1-1 draw with Yemen early Wednesday to stay on top of Group F of AFC Asian Cup Qualifying at Al Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar.The Azkals struggled to break down the Yemenis for most of the match until Ott, who plays for Angthong United in the Thai first division, got on the end of a clever ball from Paul Mulders and beat Mohammad Ayash at his near post for the equalizer.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With four regular starters out due to injuries, Azkals coach Thomas Dooley was forced to improvise with his lineup.JPV Marikina defender Sean Kane was a surprise starter at central defense in his Azkals debut, while Davao Aguilas’ Simone Rota returned from injury and Daisuke Sato regained his leftback spot.Manny Ott’s absence meant Pika Minegishi was deployed up front with Phil Younghusband placed in an advanced role at midfield.The Azkals came out with more energy and vigor in the opening exchanges but the Yemenis’ speed on attack always posed a threat.Mike Ott forced a corner in the second minute with a deflected effort off a pass from Phil Younghusband.But other than that early opportunity, the Azkals were left wanting in the final third.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Tawfik Ali put Yemen in front with an opportunistic strike in the 63rd minute after the Azkals failed to clear a corner.With a second straight draw against the Yemenis, the Azkals improved to eight points, two ahead of Tajikistan and Yemen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Tajiks are ahead of Yemen on goal difference after beating Nepal, 3-0, in Dushanbe for their second straight winWhile the result didn’t clinch the Azkals an Asian Cup berth, it could ultimately prove crucial as the Filipinos next face Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14.A victory in the Nepalese capital will seal qualification for the Azkals with a game to spare as Yemen will still play Tajikistan in Dushanbe. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson As proven in last month’s 2-2 draw in Bacolod, the Yemenis were always quick to punish the Azkals for their mistakes.And it was an error from Dennis Villanueva that nearly handed the Yemenis the lead four minutes before the break.Villanueva sent his pass out of defense straight at Ala Al-Sasi who took a first time shot from 25 yards only to be denied by the crossbar. The follow up from Al-Matari was weak with Neil Etheridge quick to collect.The Azkals opened the second half with another half chance, but the ball from Ott to Younghusband inside the area was a tad too heavy.The woodwork rescued the Azkals for the second time in the 56th minute when Nabil Hazaea found space in the area and had Etheridge beaten. Two minutes later, Kane had to clear Ali’s header off a corner kick off the line.Yemen finally got its reward just three minutes after the hour mark when Ali poked the ball home after the ball ricocheted off Mulders inside the area.Needing a response, the Azkals quickly brought more men forward with little effect until substitute Junior Muñoz showed grit and determination as he marauded down the right and cut the ball back for Younghusband who took a touch for Mulders.Mike Ott did a fine job staying onside before showing composure to finish as the Azkals summoned their never-say-die spirit to inch closer to a first Asian Cup appearance in 2019. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Folayang, Nguyen set friendship aside for ONE lightweight title bout View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

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