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Fajardo on pace to win 5th BPC award

first_img98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG 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 San Miguel’s dominance has also been evident in the BPC race with three other Beermen making it to the top 10.Arwind Santos sits in third with 34.2 SPs, followed by Alex Cabagnot in fourth with 33.4 SPs. Marcio Lassiter is in eighth with 30.5 SPs.Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar completes the top five with 32.0 SPs.Rounding out the top 10 are Phoenix’s Matthew Wright (31.7 SPs), Alaska’s Calvin Abueva (30.6 SPs), Mahindra’s Alex Mallari (29.5 SPs), and Meralco’s Chris Newsome (29.3 SPs).Wright also leads the Rookie of the Year race averaging 17.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.3 steals.ADVERTISEMENT Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHistory beckons for three-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo as he continues to rack up accolades.If things stay as they are, the Cebuano giant is bound to win his fifth Best Player of the Conference award this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blackwater’s Mac Belo is second among rookies (27.7 SPs), Star’s Jio Jalalon in third (23.2 SPs), TNT’s Roger Pogoy in fourth (18.5 SPs), and Alaska’s Carl Bryan Cruz in fifth (16.2 SPs).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Ginebra stays alive for semis spot, stuns Alaska Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Fajardo is currently leading the statistical points (SPs) race after the elimination round where he helped San Miguel clinch the top seed with a 10-1 card.The 6-foot-10 Fajardo averaged 19.9 points, a league-best 16.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.7 blocks to garner 45.0 SPs.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 returnFajardo is gunning for his fourth BPC in the all-Filipino conference and fifth overall, tying him with his mentor Danny Ildefonso.GlobalPort star Terrence Romeo is second, who has 41.5 SPs thanks to his averages of 28.7 points, 6.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.3 steals. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Ginebra makes PH Cup Finals, beats Star in Game 7

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES “Our guys did a good job pushing and pushing and they kept battling and battling,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. “I thought it was truly an amazing series.”READ: Jaworski shows up to support Ginebra in PBA semis Game 7FEATURED 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 32-year-old Mercado hit 4-of-6 from long range but his biggest contribution was on the defensive end where he locked down the Hotshots’ go-to guy Paul Lee from Game 3 onwards.After playing hero in Games 1 and 2, Lee was silenced for the remainder of the series and he ended up playing his worst in Game 7 where he was held scoreless in the second half to finish with four points on 2-of-8 shooting from the field. GALLERY: Le Tour de Filipinas Stage 3-4 (Naga-Daet-Lucena) MOST READ Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:11SEA Games 2019: PH’s Ian Bautista boxing bantamweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member READ: Pain all worth it for hurting Devance in Ginebra’s Game 6 winGinebra looked well on its way to a blowout after taking a 33-18 lead early in the second quarter but Star, led by Allein Maliksi and Marc Pingris, found its way back, trailing by only four after three quarters.But it was all Ginebra in the fourth quarter with Mercado, Tenorio and Aguilar scoring timely baskets to keep Star out of reach.Maliksi had a team-high 22 points but he did not score in the final 12 minutes while Pingris collected 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “That was our target, basically. Paul was No. 1, Ping and Maliksi—those are the three guys that we wanna target defensively. The job that Sol was able to do one-on-one kept us in our defensive game plan,” Cone said. “He was definitely the impact guy on defense.”READ: Ginebra has advantage in Game 7 because of Cone, says Pingris“He has the ability to get to the rim and hit a bunch of 3-pointers this time. He did that in the finals last conference too and he’s a big moment player and without a doubt if you put the numbers up, he was our MVP,”Ginebra arranged a best-of-seven championship showdown with defending champion San Miguel Beer. Game 1 of the Finals tips off on Friday night at MOA Arena.LA Tenorio was also instrumental with 21 points and five assists. He was 8-of-8 from the free throw and his pair of freebies extended the Gin Kings lead back to 10, 84-74, with 1:41 left.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties PBA IMAGESSol Mercado capped off his superb semifinals stint with a sterling Game 7 as Barangay Ginebra knocked off Star, 89-76, in their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals showdown Tuesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Mercado led all scorers with 23 points to go along with four rebounds and five assists for the Gin Kings, who clinched their second straight finals appearance after winning the Governors’ Cup crown last season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

After run-in, Santos asks rookie Ferrer: What have you proven?

first_imgKevin Alas gestures after making a basket. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDescribing Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals between San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra as heated would be an understatement.Aside from San Miguel guard Chris Ross and Ginebra head coach Tim Cone engaging in a shouting match along the Smart Araneta Coliseum hallway shortly after the game, Beermen forward Arwind Santos and Gin Kings rookie Kevin Ferrer also went at it on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT “We were just trying to get under each other’s skin,” Santos said in Filipino. “I saw he was focused in the fourth quarter and He was clapping. But I didn’t do anything yet because I was still waiting for the right time to get back at him. It’s all about timing and I got the better of him in the end.”READ: Beermen pull ahead late to beat Kings, get 2-1 leadFEATURED 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 returnWith under a minute left, Santos and Ferrer got testy and with the Beermen already on their way to victory, the veteran made his move and clapped in front of Ferrer’s face.Santos said he and Ferrer also exchanged a few words which the 2013 PBA MVP didn’t appreciate hearing from the former University of Santo Tomas star. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely READ: Ginebra played ‘horrible from start to finish,’ admits Cone“I was a rookie before and if you want to talk about rookies, there’s not a peskier rookie than Calvin,” Santos said, referring to Alaska’s Calvin Abueva. “Calvin is the most annoying rookie for me but he still wasn’t able to get under my skin. What more Kevin?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “He told me not so good things like, ‘You’re already old and yet you still resort to things like that,’” Santos recalled.READ: Cone livid over Ross’ late-game 3, Austria defends“So I told him, ‘You’re still young. What have you proven?’ And to me, he’s really hot-headed. He doesn’t want to be given a dose of his own medicine.”Ferrer has been a vital piece for Ginebra especially in the finals, but Santos is far from impressed.“He’s not the one who’s leading his team to victory. Our defense isn’t even focused on him. You still have to be ready for him but he’s not the kind of player that you will fear,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing MOST READ View comments Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Cone livid over Ross’ late-game 3, Austria defends SMB guard 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Balor returns, Angle named new GM in Raw after Mania

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town 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 The former Universal Champion surprised the rowdy crowd and teamed up with Seth Rollins as they beat the team of new United States Champion Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe in the main event.After the match, Balor and Rollins had a short staredown, acknowledging their history after meeting in last year’s SummerSlam, before celebrating the victory to end the show.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 returnBalor returned to action for the first time after recovering from his shoulder injury, which rendered him inactive since August.The show lived up to the hype as the wildest crowd of the year with its fair share of surprise appearances, stunning debuts, and landscape-shaping news. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test LATEST STORIES Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out As he took in all the boos, Reigns just said, “This is my yard now,” before leaving the ring and further infuriating the audience.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bolick takes blame for Cignal loss on day he claimed MVP award Finn Balor teamed up with Seth Rollins in his first night back to top Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe at Raw after Mania. Photo by WWE.comThe Demon King is back.Finn Balor made his triumphant return to put the exclamation point on the wild Raw after WrestleMania show Monday (Tuesday Manila time) at Amway Center in Orlando.ADVERTISEMENT Kurt Angle is the new Raw general manager. Photo by WWE.comWith ex-Raw general manager Mick Foley fired and commissioner Stephanie McMahon indefinitely out, Mr. McMahon announced 2017 WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle as the new Raw general manager while also baring a Superstar Shake-Up between Raw and SmackDown next week.Shocking the crowd at WrestleMania 33, Raw Tag Team Champions Matt and Jeff Hardy successfully defended their newly won titles after topping Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.The Revival, Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, were finally called up from NXT as they beat The New Day on their first night on the main roster and injured Kofi Kingston after the match.Emma also returned to a six-woman tag team match as she paired up with Charlotte and Nia Jax, but came out on a losing effort against Raw Women’s Champion Bayley, Sasha Banks, and Dana Brooke.However, nothing compared to the loud boos that welcomed Roman Reigns to start the show as for 10 minutes, the crowd expressed their displeasure over The Big Dog following his victory over The Undertaker the night before.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Fajardo thankful for lessons from roommate Blatche

first_imgPresidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJust like in San Miguel, June Mar Fajardo has shown his willingness to take a back seat to his teammates in Gilas Pilipinas, most notably to Andray Blatche.“We know Andray is our main man. I’m just doing the role that has been given to me by coach and I think so far, I’m doing that job well,” said the three-time PBA Most Valuable Player.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Scheduling tougher task for Gilas, says Reyes Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working LATEST STORIEScenter_img With Fajardo and Blatche manning the paint, coach Chot Reyes has enjoyed trotting out a formidable twin tower combo, with the two averaging a combined 15.0 boards of the team’s tournament-best 51.3 rebounds in the Philippines’ 2017 Seaba Championship run.The Cebuano slotman believes that the regional tiff is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his partnership with the Syracuse bruiser, noting that their time together has helped both of them know each other on and off the court.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 ground“I’ve learned a lot from him,” Fajardo said of his roommate. “His leadership on and off the court is the biggest thing and I’m thankful that he’s here to help us win the championship.”And the same goes for the rest of Gilas Pilipinas, as the team gears up for tougher challenges ahead against its Asian counterparts. MOST READ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak “Our chemistry is already there and we just have to polish that. But I know we can still work on our defense because we’re facing taller opponents next. We really have to work harder on our defense,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View commentslast_img read more

Warriors set 12-0 record for 3rd straight trip to NBA Finals

first_imgPresidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Kyle Anderson scored 20 points to lead the Spurs, who were without Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and David Lee. San Antonio didn’t go down without a fight despite the injuries.Anderson dove on the court for a loose ball that the Spurs had tipped away defensively, pushing the ball upcourt to Patty Mills who fed Ginobili for a 3-pointer that pulled San Antonio to 108-94 with 7 minutes remaining.The effort made Spurs coach Gregg Popovich smile and clap at times, but the Warriors’ depth and talent proved too much for short-handed San Antonio.Golden State shot 56 percent and were 14 for 39 on 3-pointers.Draymond Green had 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge closed out a disappointing series with his second eight-point effort against the Warriors.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) goes up for a shot as San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge (12) and Bryn Forbes (11) defend during the second half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Monday, May 22, 2017, in San Antonio. AP(Updated, 12:56 p.m.) SAN ANTONIO — Stephen Curry scored 36 points as the Golden State Warriors closed out the Western Conference Final against the injury-ravaged San Antonio Spurs with a 129-115 victory Monday night (Tuesday, Manila), becoming the first team in league history to start the playoffs 12-0.Golden State led by as many as 22 points in cruising to its third straight NBA Finals. The Warriors await a possible third straight championship matchup with Cleveland, which leads Boston 2-1 in the East finals.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak “It’s great to be one of the last two teams standing, we’ll see how it goes,” said Kevin Durant, who had 29 points and 12 rebounds.San Antonio’s only lead came on the opening possession when Manu Ginobili tossed in a left-handed scoop shot. The Spurs started Ginobili in what could be his final game with the team. The 39-year-old had maintained he will not ponder whether to retire or return until after the season.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 groundUnsure if the beloved veteran will return, the crowd serenaded Ginobili with “Manu, Manu” chants as the game came to a close.“An amazing competitor, even more fun playing against him,” Durant said of Ginobili. “He was phenomenal this series.” Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:40Filipinos 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 NBA: No blame for LeBron after Celtics no-show, says Lue MOST READ LATEST STORIES Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop workinglast_img read more

Kobe Paras stars for PH in Day 2 of Fiba 3×3 World Cup

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:55Tourism’s gifts and woes for Santa and Sami homeland02:46Fighting jihadism in the Sahel: Life inside the military camps01:40Filipinos 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 Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Kobe Paras put on a show in his first two games for the Philippines in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France.ADVERTISEMENT The 19-year-old Paras, one of the youngest players in the tournament, but showed he can hang with the big boys.The 6-foot-6 Paras led the 18th seed Philippines to a 21-15 upset of No. 7 Romania in the opening game with 12 points, most of which came during a 9-2 run inside the last two minutes.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 groundREAD: Paras, Ravena lead PH over Romania in Fiba 3×3 World Cup opener MOST READ LATEST STORIES Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Celiz, Mangahas lead Zark’s to its 1st win in PBA D-League Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Paras, along with teammates Kiefer Ravena, JR Quiñahan and Jeron Teng hope to bounce back against No. 2 Slovenia early Wednesday morning.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Paras flashed a complete offensive game and had several highlights as well, including a pair of nifty behind the back moves on his way to the bucket.The versatile forward, however, was slowed down by France in the second game where he only scored three points. The Philippines lost, 22-11.READ: Host France whips Philippines in Fiba 3×3 World CupADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

400m hurdles the top Jamaica event at Junior College Champs

first_imgA one-two-three finish for Jamaicans in the 400 metres hurdles was the highlight of the recently concluded United States Junior College Track and Field Championships, contested on the grounds of Hutchinson College, Kansas, last week. Former St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) star Okeen Williams won the event and was one of seven Jamaican champions at the meet. Williams gave the gold medal to South Plains Junior College in 51.45 seconds. Fellow Jamaicans Rayan Holmes, the winner of the schoolboy event for Edwin Allen High at the 2016 Penn Relays, and Robin Black followed Williams across the line. They represented South Plains and Western Texas College, respectively, and clocked times of 52.49 and 52.70. The long-standing STETHS hurdles tradition was upheld in the women’s event as Kimiesha Chambers, now of Western Texas, clocked 60.93 seconds to beat her competition. The other Jamaican wins came from Sanjae Lawrence, Nyoka Clunis, Anatascia Forrester, Latavia Coombs, and Ayesha Champagnie. Champagnie continued her dominance in the junior college multi-events with a score of 5,227 points as the former STATHS star won the heptathlon for Barton County Community College. Lawrence, formerly of Petersfield High, gave Barton another win with a top shot put throw of 17.94 metres. Clunis, Forrester and Coombs took charge in the discus (50.86 metres), long jump (6.05 metres), and triple jump (13.03 metres). They attended Excelsior High School, Manchester High School and Holmwood Technical High School, respectively, when they were in Jamaica. Champagnie’s dominancelast_img read more

Bounce to rebound in race 3

first_imgNECROMANCER, who was forced to play second fiddle to stablemate Nadeshico on May 27, should not be opposed in tomorrow’s opening race of the Sunrise-6.With the guaranteed minimum increased to $1.5 million for the Boom Jamaica Derby Day, punters will want to get off to a winning start, and the Casual Trick – Eighteen Karat filly looks the right choice for the 600 metres event.Trained by Anthony Nunes, NECROMANCER clocked 36.2 when second to her stablemate in May and should get the better of newcomer APOLLO BAY with overseas-based Dane Nelson in the saddle.Nelson will close a quick double for trainer Nunes in race two, a 1200 metres race for horses in the $250,000 to $210,000 claiming group. Nunes saddles ARIZONA GOLD, who was not disgraced in placing seventh by six lengths to Cruising Motion over 1000 metres on May 6 in the $450,000 claiming group. The five-year-old gelding is down two levels and should get the better of the improving BIG MISTAKE.BOUNCE is a firm fancy in race three. The four-year-old gelding won well over the 1500 metres distance on April 22, and then gave two encouraging efforts in the non-winners of three. He did finish behind CUP O TEA on June 3, but that result can be thrown out the window. BOUNCE allowed CUP O TEA 10lb on April 22 and won fairly easily. Now the latter is up to 121lb, while BOUNCE, going his favourite distance, is down to 119lb, a swing of 13lb.ANOTHER EASY WINNelson should have another easy win aboard CHIEF PROSPECT in race four. Last time he ran at this level ($180,000 claiming), CHIEF PROSPECT won by 16 lengths.At first glance, race five looks competitive but a closer examination will reveal that FRANKENSTORM is a cinch in the 1100 metres event. He was up with $525,000 claiming last Saturday and is just too good for the $350,000 claiming group. It should be an all-the-way win with the 3kg claiming apprentice Anthony Thomas aboard.Fifteen maidens will face the starter in race six, where first-timer TEN CARATS looks the one to beat. By Fearless Vision – Diamondntheruff, the Christopher Pierre-trained filly has been burning up the exercise track since mid-May.I will, however, take my chances with Fitzroy Glispie’s SON OF SPARTACUS. He ran an even race when fifth by ten lengths to Five Star over 1100 metres on April 1. He was then burdened with 56kg and, now down to 50kg, will make a bold bid with apprentice Oneil Beckford aboard. SON OF SPARTACUS worked alongside overnight allowance campaigner Another Fury on June 17, completing 800 metres flat in 51.0 seconds and could use his race experience to upstage TEN CARATS.SUNRISE-6 SELECTIONS1. Necromancer2. Arizona Gold3. Bounce4. Chief Prospect5. Frankenstorm6. Son Of Spartacuslast_img read more

We lack depth! – Track and field experts say talent pool too small to exclude coaches

first_img She added: “My suggestion is to fix whatever the problem that the JAAA may be having now with coaches interfering when you send a team away. Coaches must understand that [they are] also a member of the team,” she said. Meanwhile, JAAA President Dr Warren Blake dismissed the idea of excluding private coaches from national teams as “ridiculous”. “If we were to exclude these coaches, we wouldn’t have anybody to take. We have usually chosen coaches for teams based on their success to getting athletes there. That is one of the criteria that we use. So if we were to suddenly exclude these coaches, we wouldn’t have anybody to take because the senior coaches are the ones who happen to have athletes on the team,” he said. Two of Jamaica’s most respected voices in track and field believe that the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) must do more to manage the conduct of coaches and athletes on national duty overseas. Since the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, which ended on August 13, there have been calls for coaches who are associated with athletes at international competitions to not be part of the senior coaching staff as conflicts of interest may arise. Head coach Maurice Wilson, who was also coach of nine athletes on the national team in London, was singled out. Other members of the coaching staff in London also had athletes on the team. David Riley coaches long jumper Ramone Bailey, while Paul Francis, who is head coach at the University of Technology and also affiliated with the MVP Track Club, had responsibility for athletes Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Shericka Jackson, among others. A bust-up between McPherson and Jackson was made public by technical leader Donald Quarrie, who also questioned the decision of Francis to pull McPherson from the women’s 4x400m relay. Track analyst Laurie Foster says that the pool of respected coaches is so small that the mandate must come from the JAAA to manage the issues that may arise. “Private coaches also happen to be the most senior of our coaches and the most knowledgeable. So although, in principle, I accept the view that coaches with athletes must not be part of the pool, where are you going to find the coaches to do that? They just don’t exist,” he told The Gleaner. Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, who represented Jamaica at the Olympic Games from 1984 to 1992, agreed that the options are few, and, therefore, it is incumbent on the JAAA to resolve the issues. “We have a small pool of good coaches who have a reputation, so it’s going to be a little bit difficult to say the top coaches in Jamaica cannot be a part of the coaching teams going away. It’s best if we have such a small pool (of coaches). We have to iron this out for the good of Jamaica. We can’t go on the world stage again and let people hear of a ‘cass-cass’,” she said. JAAA MUST LEAD SUGGESTIONlast_img read more