THE eighth running of the Seek Exercise Book Back to School Trophy race over 1300 metres for open allowance horses will highlight today’s 11-race programme at Caymanas Park, with a purse of $1 million.Sponsored by Book Empire Limited, manufacturers of Seek Exercise books, the race returns to the calendar following a two-year absence, during which the sponsors focused on rebranding, according to Bruce Baylis, managing director of Book Empire.With eight horses declared today, the field is high on quality, having attracted seven starters from the August 1 Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Trophy over 1200 metres, which saw TRADITIONAL PRINCE running on strongly with topweight to win in a blanket finish involving five horses.TRADITIONAL PRINCE got up in the nick of time to beat favourite FORTUNEONEHUNDRED by a neck, with another neck to SCOPP JORYDNE in third and a short head to EDISON in fourth. All renew rivalry today, along with RIO COBRE and PUDDY POOH, who were some 41/2 lengths in sixth and seventh, respectively.impressive workWhile I expect an improved performance from this year’s 1000 Guineas winner, PUDDY POOH, who has worked impressively and now has the services of former champion jockey, Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry, the one best equipped to pull it off is the speedy American five-year-old horse, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, to again be ridden by title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta.FORTUNEONEHUNDRED was outsped by the fleet-footed TALENTED TONY K for the first 800 metres in the BGLC Trophy, before going by leaving the quarter pole. In the end he was caught on the inside by the very fast-finishing TRADITIONAL PRINCE, who renews rivalry on 2.0kg worse terms.FORTUNEONEHUNDRED has less speed to contend with today and I am expecting him to turn for home ahead of PUDDY POOH and RIO COBRE, holding on well for the victory ahead of the closers SCOOP JORDYNE and EDISON.This being Seek Back to School annual raceday, nine of the other 10 races on the card will carry the names of Seek products.Firm fancies for me are HOLOGRAM SHADOW to repeat in the second race for the Seek Double Line Trophy, LORD CHEPSO in the fourth for the Seek Scrapbook Trophy, DIAMOND in the seventh for the Seek Customer Trophy, and BATTLE SONG in the ninth race over the straight for the Seek 70 Sheet Trophy.
We figured that the club should ask for five or 10 per cent of fees that any player received through cricket after they had reached the stage of regional and international representation. We talked to the JCA about it many times, but nothing came of it. We thought of doing it alone, but then we figured that would not make sense since all the players had to do was, maybe, join another club. It is over 20 years now that that suggestion was made, and ignored, and now I understand that the JCA will be holding a meeting shortly to discuss the same topic. He who feels it knows it. The West Indies Board needs money, the clubs need money, West Indies cricket needs money, and one way of getting it is through the skill of their players, or whicever players they may be, once they are West Indians. Once upon a time, West Indies players were so good, so great, that they would make millions of dollars for playing cricket anywhere in the world. This time around, and in this sort of cricket, there are some nuggets still around, including Gayle and Russell, Pollard himself and Carlos Brathwaite, but the West Indies Board had better be careful. It had better trod gingerly. This move was badly timed, and this move, as good as it seems, appears rushed. It seems like a move designed to get back at certain players for saying certain things, and that would defeat the whole purpose, and all the good intentions. Some things are not as bad as they sometimes seem to be. Most times, it depends on how they are said, or written, or how they are presented. In-demand players The West Indies must be careful, especially as a free for all, with everybody paying in a tit-for-tat formula, could end up benefitting no one at all and, in particular, the West Indies, who have so many overseas players in their own CPL league. It be could be penny wise, and pound foolish. On top of that, what would happen if the organisers really objected to paying the money? Would the West Indies Cricket Board then call on the players to pay it from their fees, or would the board then suspend them, or ban them from West Indies cricket? Back in the late 1980s, 1990s, and the early 2000s, during my time as the president of Melbourne, in the days of the Milo – Melbourne Festival, plus the President’s Luncheons, fish fries, bingo parties, and dances, back in the days when money was tight and it was difficult making ends meet, the committee came up with what we thought was a beautiful idea. We were at that time, and even up to now, producing a fair number of first-class players and Test players, including the great Michael Holding and Courtney Walsh, and we thought it would be a good idea if we were to get back a little of what we spent in developing these players into what they had become. Free for all Money, it is said, especially by those who do not have it, is the root of all evil. To those who have it, however, especially a lot of it, money, if it is used properly, is the key to happiness and success. The West Indies Cricket Board has no money, or very little. It has no success on the field recently, or very little. It wants some money in a bid to find success, and it plans to get that money one way or another. With the dwindling gate receipts hurting West Indies cricket, the board’s only source of revenue is its share of revenue from the ICC and from television. The problem of the board is where to find the money. The money should come from the players, but therein lies the problem: the WIBC does not control the players. It has no players. As the body governing West Indies cricket, the board selects the West Indies team. The member countries, however, are the ones that parade them in regional competition and then leave the West Indies Board to select the best of them for international competition. It is as simple as that, or it should be as simple as that. Even though this seems to have been forgotten, or ignored, over the years, this is how it was meant to be, and this is how it should be. West Indies cricket, made up of 12 different countries and six members, and with no one to control it, is a complex and confusing thing. The players all belong to the member countries and to the respective clubs in the member countries. They are the ones who discover the players, who nurture their talent, and put it on display in local and in regional competitions. The West Indies Cricket Board is in a bind. They are short of money to do what should be done, e.g., to pay the players properly and to administer cricket properly – to provide proper coaching, especially at the youth level, to provide good facilities, and to assist the clubs in some way. The board say that its players are in demand, that they are all around the world playing in T20 cricket and that they are making money doing so, and they have decided that they want some of that money. First of all, Kieron Pollard is the player the West Indies Cricket Board refused the No Objection Certificate (NOC) to play in Bangladesh although Pollard is not on the West Indies team, although Pollard is not a contracted player with the West Indies board, even though the board should have no control over him, and even though other West Indians are playing around the world without even a murmur. This seems a case of double standards. The Board has since clarified its position by saying that the 20 per cent it is asking for is to be paid by the organising board and not by the player, or players, and has back-tracked a bit since by “releasing” Pollard. This all started with the West Indies Cricket Board’s refusal to sign the NOC for Pollard to go Bangladesh to play and the objection to the demand by the international players association Cricket South Africa, and Cricket Australia while saying that it is a restraint of trade and that they are willing to fight it. The West Indies Cricket Board, however, claims it is not a restraint of trade by saying that they have a right to a percentage of the players’ fees due to their investment in the players’ development. And a precedent has already been set. India, through their Indian Premier League, made a contribution equivalent to 10 per cent of the fees to the countries involved and to the West Indies Cricket Board for Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, and Andre Russell for two years up to the West Indies strike in India a year ago. That may have been a PR exercise, but whatever it was, it was not a part of the players’ fee, as the board’s letter of refusal to Pollard first implied it should have been. A third of the money from the IPL was kept by the West Indies Board, a third was paid to the Jamaica Cricket Association, and a third was paid to the player’s club, to Lucas, Melbourne, St. Elizabeth, and St. Catherine for their role in developing the players. Right or wrong, and although the players do not belong to them, maybe that is why the West Indies Board is looking in that direction this time. Money is short, and he who feels it knows it. Something seems wrong, however. Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa say that the issue of fees was brought up by the West Indies at a recent ICC meeting, but nothing was agreed. Michael Muirhead of the West Indies Board, on the other hand, said he was told that it was agreed upon. It’s all a mess, and especially that despite everything, somewhere along the line, Bangladesh appears to have agreed to pay over 10 per cent of the players’ fees to the West Indies Cricket Board. The West Indies Cricket Board had better be careful it does not have another crisis on its hand. Something disruptive always seems to happen in West Indies cricket every time something good happens. Money is needed, and a fee for the services of top West Indies players playing around the world seems a good idea. But it must be well thought out, and it must be well thrashed out between all concerned before any decision is taken, especially as it concerns the problem-ridden West Indies. Five or 10 per cent fees
The third season of the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup came to the expected dramatic and spectacular end over the weekend. After some initial trepidation by some of the stakeholders of the schoolboy football product, the growth and popularity of this concept of a ‘Champions League’ for schoolboy football has worked wonders and is now being fully embraced across the entire football fraternity. The features injected by the main sponsors, of strategically pitting the best of rural versus the best of urban, and having all the games played on the best available surfaces in the country, as well as presenting a wider fun-filled experience on matchdays have understandably connected and resonated big time with the general public. The ISSA-FLOW Super Cup despite its relatively short existence, is the fastest growing football-related experience in Jamaica. This rapid growth and impact is taking place in the midst of yet another round of painful and heartfelt complaints by the owners and managers of the local Premier League clubs. Untenable, unworkable, impossible, senseless are but some of the many disparaging words being used to describe the situation as exists with the clubs in the nation’s elite league. Just last week, two of the bigger clubs in former national champions Arnett Gardens and city rivals Waterhouse squealed out in tandem about the crippling financial situation gripping the clubs. Both clubs proceeded to trim the size of their squads and to further cut the already meagre pay packages to their players. The problems are even deeper than the clubs’ inability to balance their books. It reportedly takes in the region of $20-30 million dollars per season to finance the running of a Premier League club with the winning prize at the end of the season being between $2 and $3 million. The fact that the Jamaica Football Federation in recent years has basically marginalised the players emerging from the league as it relates to meaningful national senior selection; has had an immeasurably negative effect on the marketability of the players and ultimately the league, which also translates into less and less players gaining the exposure needed to invite significant overseas contracts. There has long been an emerging sense of hopelessness as it concerns to the viability and sustenance of the local Premier League. Lots of hot air is still being emitted re: the implementation of a franchise system as the saviour, which is yet to be translated into any semblance of action. The Red Stripe Premier League is crying out for help but the cries seem to be falling on deaf ears. The league has been relegated to the role of the proverbial ‘worthless big brother’ being overshadowed by the more ambitious and progressive ‘little brothers’ the Manning Cup, the daCosta Cup and now the Super Cup continue to get all the praise and the raise. In that kind of wider context and in a space where there has not been a national senior knock-out competition for several years, a SENIOR SUPER CUP along the conceptual lines of the Flow Super Cup would most certainly give the local Premier League a much-needed shot in the arm. If managed and promoted along the same lines and with the same vigour, commitment and creativity. We do have a distinct tendency in Jamaica to en masse gravitate towards ideas that work. There is no doubt that the Flow Super Sup has worked and continues to work at the schoolboy level. In the absence of alternative inspiration, there is no insurmountable reason why the concept of the Flow Super Cup could not work at the senior elite club level. It is certainly worth a try. Negative effect
Marlon Samuels’ performance in the 2016 final of the International Cricket Council World Twenty20 has seen him being nominated for this year’s 56th staging of the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman of the year award. Samuels showed once again that he is a man for the big occasion when he turned in a second man-of-the-match performance in an International Cricket Council World Twenty20 final to lead the regional side to the 2016 title. The 35-year-old Jamaican came to crease two deliveries into the second over, as England had the West Indies at one run for the loss of one wicket and that would soon turn 11 runs for three wickets in pursuit of 156 for victory. But despite the team’s precarious position, Samuels exuded his usual confidence which caught the eye of England’s Ben Stokes, who was fielding at mid-off. Stokes began sledging the right-handed batsman and Samuels, not being one to back from a challenge, returned the verbals. But it was his bat that spoke the loudest; cracking nine 4s and two 6s in an unbeaten 85 off 66 deliveries at a strike rate of 128.78, as he was there at the end to witness Carlos Brathwaite hit four consecutive sixes off Stokes in the final over, as the West Indies won by four wickets with two deliveries to spare. Samuels’ tournament winning 85 not out was his highest Twenty20 score of the year, as he averaged 29.25 runs from 11 matches. In Test cricket he averaged a modest 23 runs from eight matches with a highest of 76 against Pakistan in October. He, however, starred for the West Indies in One-Day Internationals (ODI) and was the team’s best batsman in the tri-nation series versus Australia and South Africa. He scored 374 runs in 10 ODI matches at an average of over 37.40 including his maiden ODI ton against Australia, 125. Samuels was named West Indies Cricketer of the Year and the One-Day International Cricketer of the Year at the West Indies Cricket Board’s annual awards function in July. It is on the back of these performances that former Jamaican and West Indies cricketer and sports analyst, Maurice Foster, believes Samuels is certainly the most deserving cricketer to be considered for sportsman of the year award. “If any cricketer was going to be nominated it had to be Marlon (Samuels), who was the most consistent of all the Jamaican players and he was the man-of-match in the final of the World Cup and his innings really allowed the West Indies to win that World Cup,” Foster, who is a former sportsman of the year award recipient himself, said. “The bar for me is very high where Marlon (Samuels) is concerned based on his potential. But nevertheless when you look at the personalities in cricket he stood out more than others despite a really checkered year for him and a lack of consistency; every now and then he played some crucial innings for the West Indies. And the true test of any cricketer is their performance in Test cricket or in a final.” Foster further reasoned that it is Samuels’ personality that allowed him to thrive in adverse situations, such as in the final against England when he had a confrontation with Stokes and in making his highest score of the year against Australia; a team he has had a bit of history with. “Animosity between teams sometimes motivates you and maybe Marlon was motivated by the fact that he was playing England and them themselves are sledging and making comments about him when he goes to the middle and therefore you have to get the upper hand,” Foster reasoned. “So he probably concentrated a little bit more and was a little bit more determined to perform and also against the Australians, who introduced sledging to cricket and sometimes take it to a level that I believe is not in the realms of sportsmanship.” Foster added: “He could be a bit more motivated when he is playing against England or Australia and wants to do well against them because of the comments and the personalities on the field that he really doesn’t have that kind of friendly rapport with.” Chris Gayle was the last cricketer to cop the coveted Jamaica Sportsman of the Year award winning back in 2010. Besides Gayle; the other cricketers to have won the award are Jackie Hendricks (1966), Lawrence Rowe (1972, 1974), Maurice Foster (1973), Jeffrey Dujon (1988), Patrick Patterson (1991), James Adams (1994), and Courtney Walsh (1998, 1999, 2000). The RJR Sports Foundation is for the 56th year honouring outstanding achievements in sports by professional or amateur Jamaican athletes who have represented the country in an internationally recognised sporting competition between January 1st and December 31st of each year. The award ceremony is slated to take place at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on January 13, 2017.
Sports lawyer Dr Emir Crowne has said that Olympian Nesta Carter has a good chance of getting his 2008 Olympic gold medal back when his legal team submits an official appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).Carter and his Beijing Games 4x100m relay teammates (Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Dwight Thomas) were disqualified and had their medal stripped by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after he retroactively tested positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine.Crowne was the attorney for Dominique Blake, another Jamaican athlete who tested positive for using the substance, but he had managed to get her a reduced ban from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).He told The Gleaner, during an interview at the University of the West Indies yesterday, that there is only one way that it would be possible for Carter and his teammates to reclaim their medal.”The only way to get the medal back is to say that the substance was not listed in 2008. What the IOC did is decide it’s similar to something called2-Aminoheptane. The problem with that is there’s a rule that says if something has similar effects or similar biological properties, it is also banned. That rule is designed to stop ‘designer drugs’. The problem is methylhexaneamine was created in 1944 and was reintroduced in the United States in 2006, when ephedrine was banned. So it’s not like methylhexaneamine is a designer drug. It should have been listed either as far back as 1944 or at least 2006, because it’s materially unfair to athletes to have this ‘catch-all’ provision.”NATURAL JUSTICE CONCERNTo strengthen his point, Crowne compared the situation to banning a basic necessity for all athletes.”If I say hydrogen peroxide, or something biologically similar to it, is banned, is water now banned?” Crowne asked. “Under that rule, water is banned! Are we trying to stop people from drinking water?!”Crowne said that not listing the substance, at the time he mentioned, breaches the principles of natural justice and said that it is unfair of the IOC. This is especially since the IOC constitution says that the rule is designed to prevent “designer drugs”, and he does not find methylhexaneamine to be one.The sports lawyer expects the appeal process at CAS to take as long as up to six months to return a ruling.”If there’s even any hope of it (the ruling) being overturned, there’s going to be pressure on WADA and the IOC to ensure that it gets its best experts lined up to testify, like they always do in every hearing.”From the time you file a CAS appeal, it should be done within six months. That’s normal time frame, but with the vested interest in this case, it may drag on longer, but it would be one of the more precedent-setting cases in light of the doping climate we’re in now. It will also take three to four days for arguments in this case.”Crowne said he has reached out to Carter’s legal team to aid in their appeal and said that he is willing to work for a reduced fee or even pro bono (without charge).
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith Cameroonian center Hamadou Laminou’s recovery proving faster than expected, Emilio Aguinaldo College seeks a share of top spot when it clashes with Letran on Tuesday, while San Beda and Arellano try to bounce back in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.One of the teams tipped to improve from last season, the Generals opened their campaign with a 74-64 drubbing of the St. Benilde Blazers in a game where the hurting Laminou topscored with 21 points last Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Teng posts triple-double as Flying V books top seed IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LATEST STORIES LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “I feel like I’m just at 60 percent,” said Laminou heading into the 12 noon match. “I did not practice for the last two months. I’m not yet at 100 percent , but I’m trying my best to get back in shape.”San Beda, stung by a 92-96 defeat to the Lyceum Pirates last Friday, battles St. Benilde at 2 p.m., before Arellano tries to get back on track against the Jose Rizal U Bombers at 4 p.m.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’With the pool of big men in the league not as talented as in previous seasons, Laminou’s presence could just be the edge that the Generals need in their push for a first Final Four appearance.“He’s a very important player for us,” said EAC coach Ariel Sison. View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission
DAY6 is for everybody It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Ravena put up a team-high 21 points and eight rebounds to lead the Blue Eagles while Matt Nieto added 11 points. Mike Nieto and Aaron Black chipped in 10 points each.Alvin Pasaol led UE with 22 points with Nick Abanto adding 10 points and nine rebounds. Parker beats Fury on points, retains WBO heavyweight title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Ateneo won by 18 but the Blue Eagles weren’t really able to establish complete dominance over the Red Warriors until the fourth period where Thirdy Ravena imposed himself.Ravena scored five unanswered points to cap off Ateneo’s 10-1 run to put the Blue Eagles ahead, 77-60, in the final minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“In the third we had the lead but we couldn’t really, we can’t say we had control of the game because they were keeping the score within distance,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “It’s a good thing our players responded and we played efficient offense in the fourth.”“UE is a tough team and I guess for a minute there we fell into the trap of thinking they were a 0-3 team and in the third we gave up 29 points against them.” How to help the Taal evacuees FILE PHOTO — Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena goes for a layup against University of the Philippines during their game in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo remained unbeaten in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament after whipping University of the East, 83-65, Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Blue Eagles improved to 4-0 while the Red Warriors tied University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers at the bottom of the standings with identical 0-4 records.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide LATEST STORIES View comments
LATEST STORIES Samboy de Leon added 16 markers and nine boards, while RK Ilagan had 13 points, eight dimes, and three rebounds.Frontcourt Alfred Batino and Jeepy Faundo both had 10 markers as Che’Lu survived the onslaught led by Altas big man Prince Eze on both ends.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkChe’Lu coach Stevenson Tiu attributed the win to his players’ talent as he himself admitted that he’s still adjusting to the team.“We won because of the skills of our players and their talent. I admit that it’s also my fault because I still haven’t adjusted to them,” he said. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Player of the Week: Pogoy flourishing off the bench for TNT Allyn Bulanadi triggered a telling 16-4 blast that pushed the Revellers’ lead to 17, 77-60, with 4:03 left to play.That blistering stretch was crucial for Che’Lu, which was grossly out-rebounded, 63-51. The Revellers, however, were able to cash in on the Altas’ 30 errors with 28 turnover points.Eze topped Perpetual Help, which lost its debut under new coach Frankie Lim, with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocks.The Scores:CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 83 — Calisaan 20, De Leon 16, Ilagan 13, Batino 10, Faundo 10, Bulanadi 6, Costelo 6, Calma 2, David 0, Lao 0, Santos 0, Valdez 0.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESMichael Calisaan was at his best, lifting Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian to an 83-70 victory over Perpetual Help Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Pasig City Sports Center.The senior forward was integral in the Revellers’ breakthrough win as he poured in 20 points on top of nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments 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 MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PERPETUAL 70 — Eze 15, Coronel 13, Villanueva 13, Jimenez 9, Charcos 7, Peralta 7, Gallardo 5, Pido 1, Antonio 0, Aurin 0, Tamayo 0, Tongco 0.Quarters: 17-22, 34-38, 59-53, 83-70.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak
Kianna Dy has a chance for glory at two different levels in her volleyball career.ADVERTISEMENT The De La Salle opposite hitter Dy is just three victories away from her third straight UAAP women’s volleyball title and she also has a chance to be part of the Philippine Women’s National Volleyball Team that will compete in the 2018 Asian Games and 2018 AVC Asian Women’s Cup.With tremendous opportunities in front of her, the 22-year-old from La Salle wants to first focus on the goal where she’s closer to the finish.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I’ll just have to balance things out, on what I will prioritize and for now I think it would be the UAAP because it’s almost over,” said Dy in Filipino after the tryouts for the national team at Arellano University on Wednesday.“After the UAAP, then I’ll turn my focus to the national team.” Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC NLEX changes import as first-choice Arnett Moultrie yet to arrive Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dy is part of the 34-member master list that national team head coach Ramil De Jesus submitted to the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc., the Philippines’ national sports association for volleyball.And in the two days that Dy showed up for the weekly tryouts, she feels it augmented her preparation for the Final Four wherein they will face National University on Sunday.“I think this is an advantage for us we’re training as part of the pool for the national team,” said Dy who has La Salle teammates Mary Joy Baron and Dawn Macandili with her in the tryouts.“It’d be hard for us if we stay idle during this long UAAP break, so to prevent the rust we’re here training.”ADVERTISEMENT
Paul Pogba later scored the winning goal in the 81st minute, and goal-line technology was used to confirm the ball had crossed the line after bouncing down off the crossbar.“I’m not going to complain about the use of video today,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “It helped correct a mistake.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPogba had been unimpressive until the goal, but the Manchester United midfielder set up a 1-2 with substitute Olivier Giroud and beat Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan to give France the victory.Australia captain Mile Jedinak had briefly equalized from the penalty spot in the 62nd after France defender Samuel Umtiti handled the ball in the area. 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 After a balanced first half in the Group C match at the Kazan Arena, France was awarded the first penalty following a VAR review. After checking images of a tackle from behind by Joshua Risdon on Griezmann, referee Andres Cunha pointed to the penalty spot.“When I received the knock I believed there was a penalty,” Griezmann said. “The referee did not bow his whistle, so I moved on with that. But when he went to see if there was a penalty I immediately thought about how I would take it.”Griezmann hit a powerful shot that left Ryan stranded, four minutes before Jedinak then sent France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris the wrong way to put the teams level following Umtiti’s clumsy foul.France had controlled possession and circulated the ball well before the interval, but after four shots in the first eight minutes the French failed to get a single shot on target in the remainder of the first half.GROUP DYNAMICSADVERTISEMENT It’s the ideal start for France, whose ambition is to finish at the top of a group that also includes Peru and Denmark. A win against the South Americans next would allow France coach Didier Deschamps to rotate his players for the final game.Australia, whose goal is to survive the group stage, will need two good results to escape elimination.KEY TO SUCCESSThe French did not impress in the final third of the field and their defense often looked shaky.Umtiti made a clumsy mistake when he jumped to clear a ball with both arms raised and touched the ball with his hand to concede a penalty. But the French showed guts to secure the three points with a good pressing toward the end.Australia delivered a gritty display that bodes well for its next two matches. The team’s defense is solid and they were unlucky in the end. They also have a skillful and inspired playmaker in Aaron Mooy.SUPER SUBSGiroud and midfielder Blaise Matuidi had a big impact after coming in as substitutes during the second half.Giroud delivered the assist that led to Pogba’s goal and Matuidi added some strength and pace in midfield after France looked bereft of ideas in that sector for long spells.MBAPPE THE YOUNGEST MOST READ Messi misses penalty, Iceland holds Argentina to 1-1 draw China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Australia’s Robbie Kruse, center, and Andrew Nabbout, right, react on referee Andres Cunha from Uruguay, left, after he watches a replay on a screen during the group C match between France and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)KAZAN, Russia — Technology twice helped France at the World Cup on Saturday as the 1998 champions labored to beat a gritty Australia 2-1 in their opening game.The French team was given a controversial penalty kick, eventually converted by Antoine Griezmann in the 58th minute, after the referee watched the replay of a foul on the sideline.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Kylian Mbappe became the youngest player to represent France at a World Cup at 19 years, 178 days. 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