Bolt, Fraser-Pryce aiming at more success this year

Posted On Feb 10 2020 by

first_img Pushing myself Newly crowned RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of 2015, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, say winning the prestigious title means a lot to them, adding they will be looking to represent Jamaica well, and seek more global success this year. The RJR Sports Foundation’s annual awards ceremony was held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel last Friday night. Bolt won his sixth Sportsman of the Year award, after copping titles in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, while Fraser-Pryce, who also won in 2012 and 2013, lifted her third Sportswoman of the Year title. Last year, Bolt returned from an injury-plagued start to the season to dominate the men’s sprints at the IAAF World Championships. He won gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium where he had previously set world records in the 100 and 200 metres. “Six-time athlete of the year in Jamaica is always an honour,” Bolt told reporters. He pointed out that he is looking forward to a stress-free year, but was mindful of the demands ahead. “It’s just about trying to stay focused this year and staying on top of things and making sure everything runs smoothly … pushing myself, but also being aware of everything that is going on around me,” he added. Meanwhile, Fraser-Pryce, the three-time Sportswoman of the Year, also received the Sagicor Iconic Award at the function. The MVP Track Club star won gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, China, as well as copping the Diamond League 100m title. “I am feeling blessed and I am feeling honoured,” she said. “For me winning an award is a signal that you did something right in 2015, and I am really honoured and blessed and grateful to be able to collect a third Sportswoman of the Year Award here,” Fraser-Pryce said. She added: “I am looking forward to an exciting 2016.” Shot-putter O’Dayne Richards, who twice hit a national record – 21.69m – on his way to winning Pan American gold and a historic World Championships bronze, was presented with the runner-up to the Sportsman of the Year Award. World Championships 100m hurdles gold-medal winner Danielle Williams who clocked a personal best 12.57 for gold in the event in Beijing last summer was runner-up to the Sportswoman of the Year. The People’s Choice Award for Performance of the Year went to Jamaica’s senior women’s 4x400m relay team. Novlene Williams-Mills, who anchored Jamaica to the gold medal in the World Championships 4x400m and who has successfully fought off breast cancer, was recognised with the Chairman’s Award. Former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Personal bestlast_img read more


SA’s deVilliers to play for Barbados Tridents

Posted On Feb 10 2020 by

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): South Africa’s super star AB deVilliers is set for his first stint in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after signing to play for Barbados Tridents, officials announced yesterday. The South African Test and ODI captain says he is excited about the prospects of playing in the CPL expected to take place in July. The announcement comes days after Barbados Tridents was purchased for a reported franchise fee of US$2 million by Dr Vijay Mallya, owner of the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise in the Indian Premier League which de Villiers plays for. “Barbados is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I am honoured to have been invited to join the Tridents,” said de Villiers. “The CPL has been growing each year, and I’m pleased that this year the league fits so neatly within the Proteas’ international schedule”. De Villiers’ participation in CPL 2016 is not expected to clash with any of South Africa’s international fixtures. The CPL is expected to be played during dates to be announced in July soon after South Africa’s campaign in a tri-series in the West Indies in June, where Australia are the third team. “I’ve had a careful look at my schedule and am looking forward to the next few months. For players in my position, it is important to find a balance between playing international cricket and participating in the various T20 leagues around the world,” said de Villiers. “I remain absolutely committed to international cricket but, this year, it just so happens I can play in the CPL as well; in contrast, for example, I have declined offers to play in the Big Bash League in Australia because it clashes with our home series against Sri Lanka.”last_img read more


Foster’s Fairplay – In preparation for Rio

Posted On Jan 20 2020 by

first_imgThe privilege of survival to read the opener to Foster’s Fairplay’s 2016 journey is much for which to be thankful. It mirrors what was wished for its audience over the festive season and beyond.The enhanced opportunity that Christmas offers to renew acquaintances with those hardly ever seen was most welcome. There was a plethora of expressions of appreciation for views exposed, whether or not there was agreement. That was the gift of a lifetime. While it is comforting to know that there is an audience, the resultant applause is even more so.Gratitude is extended to avid sports enthusiast Emile Spence for mentioning something that a sadly departed mentor, Jimmy Carnegie, would have described as “sloppy”.Sorry, Jimmy for not following your advice to “check for accuracy before stating what is claimed to be fact”.In last week’s column, the Sunshine Girls’ coach was referred to as Jill Patterson – albeit a star in her own right in the netball pantheon – a many-time national representative. The reference should have been Jill McIntosh. Apologies to any reader who might have been temporarily confused.The year 2016 is at hand. This being Olympic year, the spotlight is on track and field, which is once again expected to sparkle.This column has been traditionally critical of the stewardship of the sport as administered by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA). This is not to say that there have not been noteworthy features. The annual Golden Cleats Awards, where participants at various levels receive distinguished mention, is one. The maintenance thereof is commendable, although the award base could be a bit more expansive – a subject for further ventilation.TEAMSELECTIONWith Rio in mind, Foster’s Fairplay is pleased to ease the pressure on the JAAA, if only momentarily. Apart from naming the team for competition, which can be a pain-free process (Oops!), all the main activity preparatory to the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ falls under the canopy of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), Mike Fennell’s JOA.One can sense a question from the readership: “Why the presence of Dr Paul Wright’s favourite word, “Oops”!Simple. Team selection to major events in track and field comes after national trials for which policy guidelines are predetermined and published. As such, there can be no missteps in the execution. Even so, this columnist clings to that “Oops!”. Sufficient, until the time.The dialogue now is what has been a distastefully contentious feature of past global competitions – preparation camps for the flagship sport. Vigorous, verging on vitriolic debates have ensued as to whether or not they should be mandatory. This, not only pertaining to attendance by all athletes, but if they should exist at all.The tug-o-war led to a ban on the Stephen Francis-led MVP athletes at the 2009 Berlin World Championships, ruling them out of participation.It took intervention from the organisers, the IAAF, to set the situation back on an even keel.One hopes that an initiative to avoid any semblance of a camp-related dispute is already under way. Jamaica needs to be building on its multiple-medal profile as of Beijing, 2008, further embellishing its image and seeking to enhance the lustre.GAININGMORERESPECTAll the energies and enthusiasm need to revolve around earning plaudits for the land of Bob Marley and the Reggae Boyz and that our people gain more respect in the global sphere.That glow of quality must not be allowed to be diminished by a quagmire of questionable quests for one-upmanship and throwing poison darts at one another.Foster’s Fairplay has a few suggestions. Foremost, that the JOA convene a forum, inviting a representative body of all stakeholders destined to descend on the Brazilian city this summer.Views must be candidly voiced on the necessity of a camp and if attendance should be compulsory. Given what will surely be a divergence of opinion, the JOA must issue an informed ruling for or against.The Foster’s Fairplay view is that camps only serve relay practices. Place the funds saved for the non-staging into a pool and collaborate with the meet directors on the professional circuit. From this could come a substantial increase in prize money for the far too infrequent relays in that arena.Decision-makers must think on these things.n For Feedback: Email lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more


Johnny Grave Appointed WICB CEO

Posted On Jan 20 2020 by

first_img Grave is currently employed with the Professional Cricketers’ Association in the United Kingdom, where he spent the last nine years as commercial director, and has also held several senior leadership roles at English county side, Surrey. “Johnny has a proven track record of success in his career to date, and a huge amount of relevant experience, and will add exceptional value to the organisation,” WICB President Dave Cameron said. “Johnny was the unanimous choice of the interview panel and clearly shares our vision for the future of West Indies Cricket.” Indeed, Grave’s background appears to make him a perfect fit for the job, given the WICB’s tenuous finances, and never-ending disputes with players over pay, as well as terms and conditions of engagement, which has undermined performances on the field. The WICB said the top priorities for the new CEO would be the management and oversight of its US$40 million budget, the creation of new commercial opportunities, helping to drive revenue into the whole game, along with an increased focus on player relations and improved performances on and off the field. ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Hoping to expand its commercial footprint, improve its management, and develop a better relationship with players, the West Indies Cricket Board announced yesterday that Englishman Johnny Grave would take up the position of chief executive officer from February. Grave replaces Michael Muirhead in the post, following the Jamaican’s decision to step down last October, and was appointed following what the regional governing body described as “a rigorous recruitment process led by PricewaterhouseCoopers Barbados”. “I am delighted to have been given the honour of becoming the new CEO of the WICB,” Grave said. “I am genuinely excited by the opportunity of improving cricket at all levels within the region, and I am looking forward to working with the many stakeholders who are committed to the long-term development of West Indies cricket.” PROVEN TRACK RECORDlast_img read more


History beckons for Leicester’s manager

Posted On Jan 20 2020 by

first_img EPL standings LONDON, AP: A place in the Premier League history book is available for Craig Shakespeare when the Leicester manager takes the resurgent champions to Everton on Sunday. Since taking over from title-winning coach Claudio Ranieri in February, Shakespeare has steered Leicester away from relegation danger and into the comfort of mid-table with five straight league wins. One more at Goodison Park and he’ll match the record of consecutive victories at the start of a managerial career in the Premier League, shared by Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) and Carlo Ancelotti (Chelsea). Whether Shakespeare joins that esteemed pair may depend on what line-up he selects against Everton because he might have one eye on the first leg of Leicester’s Champions League quarter-final match against Atlético Madrid on Wednesday. Is it worth Shakespeare risking the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez ahead of possibly the biggest game in Leicester’s history, especially now that the team is up to 11th place in the 20-team Premier League and appears safe from relegation? Chelsea holds a seven-point lead with eight matches remaining and visit Bournemouth. Second-place Tottenham, who appear to be the only team capable of stopping Chelsea, host Watford. SPAIN Real Madrid will have the Spanish league lead on the line when it hosts Atlético Madrid in the city derby tomorrow. Madrid will be defending their two-point lead over Barcelona against an Atlético team in its best spell of the season, coming off five straight wins and with its stout defence working well again. Madrid also have won five games in a row, and their attack has scored at least a goal in the last 51 games in all competitions. Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and Karim Benzema ­ Madrid’s strikeforce ­ will be fully rested for the match at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium after being left out of the team’s win at Leganes on Wednesday. Defending champions Barcelona visit Málaga, who ended a six-game winless streak by beating Sporting Gijón on Wednesday. GERMANY The biggest game in German football is also in danger of being overshadowed by the looming resumption of the Champions League. Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich and fourth-place Borussia Dortmund meet tomorrow, yet both could be preoccupied by what awaits them in the quarter-finals of Europe’s top competition in the coming days. Dortmund host Monaco on Tuesday, and Bayern are at home to Real Madrid on Wednesday. Tomorrow’s game sees the top scorers in Germany go head-to-head. Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads with 25 goals, while Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski has 24 before he faces his former club. Aubameyang scored the winner in Dortmund’s 1-0 victory over Bayern at home last November. That defeat in Dortmund was Bayern’s first of the season. Dortmund are under more pressure as they bid to overtake Hoffenheim for the last automatic Champions League qualification place. FRANCE Boosted by victory in last weekend’s League Cup final, Paris Saint-Germain have their sights set on catching Monaco in the title race. PSG trail Monaco by three points, although it is effectively four given Monaco’s huge goal difference of plus 61 ­ more than 20 goals better than PSG. But PSG hope the 4-1 win over Monaco in last Saturday’s final can crank up the pressure, with the teams facing each other in the French Cup semi-finals. Monaco also have extra games in the Champions League, playing Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals, and have a smaller squad than PSG.                    P  W D L GA GF GD Pts 1. Chelsea 30 23  3  4  62  24   38 72 2. Tottenham 30 19  8  3 60 22 38 65 3. Liverpool 31 17 9 5 66 39 27 60 4. Man City 30 17 7 6 57 34 23 58 5. Arsenal 29 16 6 7 61 36 25 54 6. Man United 29 14 12 3 43 24 19 54 7. Everton 31 14 9 8 53 34 19 51 8. West Brom 31 12 8 11 39 40 -1 44 9. Southampton 29 10 7 12 36 37 -1 37 10. Watford 30 10 7 13 36 48 -12 37 11. Leicester City 30 10 6 14 37 47 -10 36 12. Stoke City 31 9 9 13 33 45 -12 36 13. Bournemouth 31 9 8 14 44 56 -12 35 14. Burnley 31 10 5 16 32 44 -12 35  15. West Ham 31 9 6 16 41 57 -16 33 16. Crystal Palace 30 9 4 17 39 50 -11 31 17. Hull City 31 8 6 17 32 61 -29 30 18. Swansea City 31 8 4 19 37 66 -29 28 19. Middlesbrough 30 4 11 15 22 37 -15 23 20. Sunderland 30 5 5 20 24 53 -29 20last_img read more


SEA Games: PH’s Lois Go settles for bronze in Ladies’ golf

Posted On Jan 19 2020 by

first_imgSearch on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Cignal’s Jose named D-League MVP View comments LATEST STORIES Thai powers Atthaya Titikul (14-under-par 199) and Thitapa Pakdeesettakul (7-under-par 206) took the gold and silver medals, respectively. 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’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles What’s in store for your animal sign this year Lois Go finished as the third best golfer in the Ladies’ Individual Stroke Play in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.Go registered 4-under-par 209 to take the Philippines’ first medal in golf so far in the regional games.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


NBA: Ex-teammate Kanter on Durant’s Twitter comments: ‘It’s just really sad’

Posted On Jan 19 2020 by

first_imgHow to help the Taal evacuees It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Kevin Durant (35) and Enes Kanter (0).  AP File PhotoReigning NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant recently owned up to his recent comments regarding his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, admitting it was “childish and idiotic.”The Golden State Warriors forward was caught red-handed using an alternate Twitter account to answer a negative comment made by a netizen about him, but failed miserably as he accidentally replied using his own verified handle.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up The outspoken Kanter added: “Play basketball and try to be the best. When he’s doing all these little things to all those people who sit on their laptop and just writing comments – they got no life. Come on, man. You don’t do that.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Durant also claimed that with the exemption of Russell Westbrook, his former OKC squad mates  were not talented enough to win an NBA title.Despite the stinging words, Kanter took more offense on Durant’s critical comments on coach Billy Donovan.“What he said about Billy Donovan, I don’t know if anyone made the conference finals in his first year in the NBA,” Kanter said. “Billy Donovan, of course he’s pretty new in the NBA, but I feel like he’s done an amazing job. There’s coaches in the NBA that have not made the playoffs yet, and they’ve been in the league for 10, 15 years, but he made the playoffs in his first two years, and I think he’s done a good job.”Although Kanter does not deny Durant’s supreme talent, he claims that a player of his stature shouldn’t try to please everybody and pay attention to critics.“You just won a championship. You were the Finals MVP,” he said of KD. “I understand interacting with fans, but having a fake account and just answering back and trying to have a conversation with them and stuff, come on, man. If you’re Kevin Durant, you don’t do that. He is one of the top five players in the league. Come on, man. Just go do your thing.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SMB draw collective effort in win over Phoenix In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Despite the public apology, his former teammate Enes Kanter couldn’t help but chastise the NBA superstar.“Well, I’m not angry. It’s just really sad,” the 25-year-old Turkish center said of Durant’s comments.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“I remember when he was here – I played with him one-and-a-half years – and when he was here, this organization and these fans, this whole state, gave him everything he asked for, everything he wanted,” he explained to CBS Sports Radio’s Andrew Bogusch, as relayed by The Score.“The cooks, the chefs, the massage therapists, the coaches, players – everything – just (to make) sure he is okay and getting what he wanted to get.” Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more


Hawks end 8-game skid, beat struggling Cavaliers

Posted On Jan 19 2020 by

first_imgKiss-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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Cavaliers forward Kevin Love was taken to the hospital after leaving in the third quarter with an illness. The team announced that Love, who had four points and four rebounds in 19 minutes, was treated and released.The Cavaliers cut a 16-point deficit in the second half to two on James’ basket with 21 seconds left. Atlanta’s Isaiah Taylor missed two free throws with 12.1 seconds to go, but Channing Frye missed a 3-pointer and Dwyane Wade’s tip-in fell off the rim.“To get a win in Cleveland is not easy to do,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “They had a chance down the stretch where they got back in it, but I’m happy for our guys. It’s a good win.”The Cavaliers have also lost to Orlando, New York, Indiana and Brooklyn during their rocky stretch, which has included three straight defeats at home. Wade kept Cleveland in the game with 19 points in the first half and finished with a season-high 25.Cleveland’s first-quarter problems continued. Coach Tyronn Lue used two timeouts in the first seven minutes as the Hawks raced ahead 27-11.ADVERTISEMENT Celtics extend win streak to 8 with win over Magic 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 LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img APCLEVELAND — Coming off LeBron James’ 57-point performance, it appeared the Cavaliers had finally gained some momentum.A team that hadn’t won since its season opener proved otherwise.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Dennis Schroeder scored 28 points and the injury-riddled Atlanta Hawks ended an eight-game losing streak, beating skidding Cleveland 117-115 on Sunday.The Hawks hadn’t won since beating Dallas on Oct. 18 and were missing five players, but the Cavaliers went down to yet another puzzling loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogJames, who had 26 points and 13 rebounds, was soaking his feet in a tub of ice water and had ice wraps on both knees and his right elbow following the game. He didn’t have an explanation for why there was no carry-over from Friday’s 130-122 win over Washington.“That’s a question I cannot answer,” James said. “I was ready to go. A lot of the guys were ready to go. I cannot answer that question.” “No energy. The effort was pretty bad,” James said of the early deficit. “You turn the corner but you can’t fix it in one game. We just have to try and figure it out.”Schroeder scored 11 straight points in the third quarter to kept Atlanta ahead.Cleveland steadily cut into the lead behind Kyle Korver’s 19 points in the fourth.“It’s a special place to play and everyone was excited to compete against these guys,” Schroder said.Atlanta put seven players in double figures, including the five starters. Luke Babbitt, making his first start of the season in place of Mike Muscala (sprained ankle), and Taurean Prince each scored 17 points.TIP-INSCavaliers: G Iman Shumpert (sore right knee) will practice Monday for the first time since being injured Nov. 29. He could play Tuesday against Milwaukee. … F Tristan Thompson (strained left calf) is expected to miss three to four weeks.Hawks: Rookie F Tyler Cavanaugh was in uniform after signing a two-way contract Saturday. … G Malcolm Delaney (sprained right ankle), F Ersan Ilyasova (bruised left knee), C Miles Plumlee (strained right quadriceps) and F DeAndre’ Bembry (fractured right wrist) also were unavailable.RIGHT TO THE POINTFrye said he should have made the 3-pointer in the closing seconds. The veteran forward also put his finger on the Cavaliers’ problems.“Honestly, we’ve got to play harder, be more attentive to detail and have a better sense of urgency,” he said.ON THE WAY BACKCleveland point guard Isaiah Thomas, acquired as part of the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston, has been doing on-court workouts. The team announced before the season that it hoped he would return by January.“The staff’s doing a great job trying to get him ready,” Lue said. “We don’t want to rush him back if he’s not 100 percent. They’ve been doing a good job taking it slow and make sure they rehabilitate him the right way.”Thomas averaged a career-high 28.9 points, third in the league, last season. Derrick Rose has been starting at point guard while James has also run the offense.UP NEXTHawks: Host Boston on Monday. Atlanta is the only Eastern Conference team without a home victory with an 0-3 record.Cavaliers: Host Milwaukee on Tuesday. Cleveland earned a 116-97 road win over the Bucks on Oct. 20. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more


Even without superstars, Aquino steers Lady Bulldogs to a perfect season

Posted On Jan 19 2020 by

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NU coach Patrick Aquino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNational U Lady Bulldogs coach Pat Aquino wouldn’t deny that this fourth straight UAAP title could be considered as his toughest granting the players he lost for this Season 80 campaign.“From the start, this is a team that has no identity. We lost Afril Bernardino and Gemma Miranda,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT NU’s dominance in the women’s division from Season 77 to 79 has largely been attributed to the brilliance of three-time MVP Bernardino and two-time Finals MVP Miranda.But this year was a lot different as the two cornerstones were nowhere to be found for the Lady Bulldogs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“This time, there’s no superstars,” said Aquino.But that didn’t stop his other wards from stepping up in the tough Finals series against University of East as they did their part in sustaining NU’s 64-0 run. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. But for now, Aquino and his wards wouldn’t mind savoring this title quest. “We’re just going to enjoy this championship.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Ravena redeems self, soars high for UAAP Finals MVP award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Season MVP Jack Animam, Finals MVP Trixie Antiquiera, Congolese center Rhena Itesi, guard Ria Nabalan, and senior Janet Sison all had their share of the limelight to help the Lady Bulldogs prevail including the 79-68 Game 2 victory on Sunday.And Aquino couldn’t be more proud with how they rose to the occasion.“I’m just happy that my players excelled. We never imagined that we’ll go this far, but with the support of everybody, from the bosses to the NU community, we’re thankful for the trust they gave us,” he said.After its women’s basketball team wrapped puts its fourth straight perfect season, its the Adamson softball team’s to keep its streak, currently at 73 games and the longest in UAAP senior’s history, going.“I don’t want to think about it, but at the back of my mind, the pressure is already there. I hope we can get to beat that record. Hopefully, we could achieve that,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 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 View commentslast_img read more


Warriors’ Curry to miss Christmas clash with Cavs due to ankle injury

Posted On Jan 19 2020 by

first_imgGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, limps off the court to the locker room in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will miss at least one more week with a sprained right ankle.Curry was evaluated by the team’s training staff Tuesday. The team says the ankle is healing well and Curry has been cleared to do modified on-court workouts. Curry will be evaluated again in one week when the team expects to have more clarity on when he can return to play.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bucks hold off Cavs despite James’ 39 points 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Golden State has won all five games since Curry injured the ankle on Dec. 4 at New Orleans.Curry will miss three games remaining this week, as well as the Christmas Day showdown against Cleveland before getting evaluated again.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 folkIn other injury news, forward Draymond Green (right shoulder), guard Shaun Livingston (right knee) and center Zaza Pachulia (left shoulder) are questionable for Wednesday’s game against Memphis. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more