RSPL semis kick off next Sunday

first_imgThe real battle for this year’s Red Stripe Premier League title will begin this weekend.Semi-final action will kick off next Sunday with promoted Portmore United facing Humble Lion in a semi-final first-leg match at the Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon. Match time is 3:30 p.m.The other first-leg semi-final will see defending champions Arnett Gardens tackling last season’s beaten finalists, Montego Bay United, at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in the Monday night encounter, starting at 8:40 p.m.Both semi-finals are expected to be close and exciting.Portmore United, who ended the preliminary round with the most points have, under the guidance of head coach Jeffrey Hewitt, played some good football during the first three rounds. They will look to players such as captain Omar Daley, Ewan Grandison, and Ricardo Morris to give them an early advantage.On the other hand, Humble Lion, who are being guided by Vassell Reynolds, will rely on Wolry Wolfe, Ricardo Cousins, and Levaughn Williams.On Monday, fireworks are expected when Arnett visit Montego Bay.Arnett’s coach, Jerome Waite, will look to key players like Vishinul Harris, captain Oneil Thompson, and Kemal Malcolm.Montego Bay United’s coach, Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, will counter with ace goal scorer Owayne Gordon, Dino Williams, and Allan Ottey.last_img read more

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Gonzales pleased with recovery

first_imgLast season, former Jamaica 400 metres record holder Jermaine Gonzales didn’t participate at a major championship and he didn’t win a race. But for the injury-prone athlete, it was a very positive season, as for the first time in many moons he completed a season without being restricted to the treatment table or without suffering any major relapse in his preseason.The Gleaner caught up with the former Tacius Golding High School quarter-miler recently and he revealed that the persistent hamstring problem that limited him over the last few seasons is now further behind him. Also, he is eyeing a spot on the Jamaica team to the Olympic Games next year in Brazil, despite increasing competition from young stars coming up in the event over the last year or so.”For me, last year was recovery from a long-term injury and it was good, as I actually got a chance to run a couple races and build on the strength in the muscle, and now I am actually back in training a month now and it’s going good.Serious injury”This injury was a serious injury; probably a lot of people would have stopped after an injury like this, but the fact that I was out there competing again means a lot to me.”Now the injury is gone,” he beamed, “the muscles are getting stronger and I am really looking forward to try making the team to Rio.”Gonzales is very positive that as long as he can avoid any recurrence of the injury and return to his best form, he will be working overtime to accomplish his goals.”I believe in myself and my talent and the team around me now and they really motivate me to carry on. I definitely see the future bright and as long as I don’t have any recurrence of this injury, it is going to be a good season for me.”Injury is always my problem. The talent is there, so for me it’s just doing the things that are necessary and keep praying and hoping I stay healthy,” he continued.”The aim is to make the team to Rio, it’s the Olympics and it’s Brazil and everybody wants to be there, so I will be doing everything in my power to stay healthy and get back into some good shape so I’ll be on that team,” added a determined Gonzales, who is a member of the Cameron Blazers Track Club, which is coached by former 400m World champion Bertland Cameron.”I know coach Bert Cameron has been there and done it before, so I am just staying focused; listen to his instructions, keep working hard and stay strong and I know things will work out,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Bruising gym takes top honours

first_imgStony Hill’s Bruising gym, coached by Carl Grant, took top honours in the Jamaica Boxing Board’s National Senior Championships, held recently at the Stanley Couch gym on Victoria Avenue.These were the 2015 Championships, which should have been held in December but were postponed.Bruising gym scored 14 points in the Elite section of the championships, edging the 2014 champions the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), 12, and then picked up another four points in the novice section of the championships. Third was the Stanley Couch gym with six, and fourth, Seaview gym with five.In the novice section of the championships, for boxers with less than five bouts, Sav Boxing Academy took top honours with eight points from Stanley Couch’s seven, Sugar Olympic third with six and St Thomas fourth with five.Grant took the award for outstanding coach, middleweight champion Daine Smikle won the outstanding male boxer award, Nyoka Hewitt won the outstanding female boxer award, and Joshua Forrest-Barrett was named the outstanding novice boxer.AVERAGE STANDARDThe standard of boxing on display was only average, and a lot of work will have to take place in the various gyms this year to bring the boxers up to international standard. There were a few promising boxers, however. The classiest and most promising boxer in the tournament was Daine Smikle, who lives in the United States and is coached by his father Gary Smikle, a former local amateur boxer champion, who also had a good career as a professional. In the novice class, middleweight Forrest-Barrett stood out.Smikle pulled off a big upset when he dethroned middleweight champion Janathan Hanson in the semi-finals and then disposed of Seaview gym’s Nick Reid by a technical knockout because of injury in the finals. Defending welterweight champion Kestna Davis, coming back from a long break because of an injury, had a close call in his semi-final against Canadian boxer Joshua Frazer, who pushed him all the way. Davis won that fight by split decision. In the final he looked much better and won by a unanimous decision over Kevonna Willis of the JDF.In other finals in the elite class, lightweight Ricardo Carter from G.C. Foster defeated Patrick Sahadeo of the JDF; female super heavyweight Sashagaye Fowler from Bruising defeated Jasmine Graham from Stanley Couch by a technical knockout in round one; light welterweight Damion Wiliams from the JDF defeated Bruising’s Damion Fuller, and light heavyweight Ian Darby from the JDF defeated England-based Reece Shagourie on points by a split decision.last_img read more

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Kompany could return for City

first_img paperwork delay MANCHESTER, England (AP): Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany could return at Everton in the English Premier League tomorrow, but Gabriel Jesus may have to wait for his debut. Jesus, the Brazil striker signed from Palmeiras in the summer transfer window, officially joined City this month but his registration is yet to go through. “When Palmeiras and the FA solve the problems he will be able to play,” City manager Pep Guardiola said yesterday. Most of the paperwork has been done and the club is hopeful it will be completed soon, meaning Jesus could be available to face Tottenham next weekend. One player who is in contention to face Everton is Kompany, who has been declared fit after two months out with a knee injury. “He has trained,” Guardiola said. “The last two or three days he was a full part of the training sessions, so he is back.” The 30-year-old Kompany has not played a full match since April, and has been hampered by problems in recent seasons, with his latest injury being his 35th since joining City in 2008. The Belgium defender could need a run of games to prove he has a long-term future at the club, which is fourth in the Premier League. “Hopefully, he can play and be used for the second part of the season,” Guardiola said.last_img read more

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Pitch problems – ABCA president urges WICB to look into Sabina Park surface

first_img EIGHT-WICKET HAUL ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC): Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association president, Leon Rodney, has criticised the Sabina Park pitch and called on the West Indies Cricket Board to pay closer attention to the preparation of pitches for the ongoing Regional four-day championship. His calls come after Leeward Islands Hurricanes beat Jamaica Scorpions by 34 runs at the venue in a low-scoring affair that ended on the third day, despite the abandonment of the first day due to rain. Both teams were dismissed below 100 in their first innings, with Hurricanes managing 133 in their second innings, and Scorpions falling for 114 in pursuit of 149 for victory in the last innings of the day-night fixture. “If our first-class competition is going to operate like that, then the West Indies Cricket Board [has] to look into the preparation of the grounds, especially in Jamaica,” said Rodney, a former Leeward Islands coach. “There are just too many issues of that happening in Jamaica for us not to be concerned, and maybe the West Indies Cricket Board needs to give a special eye. “You can’t tell me that two first-class teams playing – one is out for 71, one is out for [56], one for 133 and one for [114] so there is not even 500 first-class runs in the match.” Bowlers thrived in the contest, with rookie seamer Jeremiah Louis finishing with an eight-wicket match haul and Test seamer Alzarri Joseph claiming five wickets in the second innings. All told, a mere 374 runs were scored across four innings, with only 12 double-figure scores registered, and a highest score of 47 by Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood in the Scorpions second innings. Rodney said based on Sabina’s recent history, there were obviously issues with the pitch which needed to be addressed. “When I was coaching Leeward Islands in 2010, as a matter of a fact, we had two games stopped in Jamaica and the pitch had to be reorganised,” he said. “And one was against Guyana, in Sabina, and then the England Test match that was stopped, so when I saw these figures, I was saying that something has to be wrong.” The second-round game at Sabina Park involving Windward Islands Volcanoes was also a low-scoring affair, but the second- and third-round games both saw totals of above 200 in every completed innings.last_img read more

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Chan to Phoenix

first_imgFilipinos 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 Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings The Painters have never been the same ever since Guiao left Rain or Shine at the end of last season to take up a job at rebuilding NLEX.Chan said he is grateful for his time with Rain or Shine and hopes to make an impact with his new team.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’“I’m excited and I hope that I can help Phoenix make it to the playoffs,” the 33-year-old Chan said.“I told [the team] that I can do whatever they want from me,” the 2012 Governors’ Cup Finals MVP added. “Again, I just want to help the team make it to the playoffs.” Before Chan, the Rain or Shine management let go franchise player Paul Lee, practically hours after news of the Guiao transfer to NLEX broke.Lee is now with Star and a big part of the Hotshots’ future.What Lee is to the Hotshots is what Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia hopes he can get from Chan, a native of Bacolod who had an outstanding collegiate career at Far Eastern U.“I hope he can have the same impact with us like what Paul Lee has with Star,” Vanguardia said even as he also sees Chan’s arrival as a chance for Matthew Wright to learn a thing or two about being one of the best outside guns in the league.The Painters had also dealt away JR Quiñahan to GlobalPort before the Batang Pier made a deal a few months later that reunited him with Guiao at NLEX.Rain or Shine won last season’s Commissioner’s Cup with Pierre Henderson-Niles as an import but bombed out in the quarterfinals of its title defense.The Painters and Fuel Masters are still awaiting approval of the trade from the office of commissioner Chito Narvasa.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas View comments ‘Busy’ Duterte can’t join athletes sendoff LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Chan has career averages of almost 11 points, 2.9 rebounds and two assists. He played for Gilas Pilipinas several times, including the 2013 Fiba Asia in Manila where the country finished second to Iran.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rain or Shine dealt away another vital piece of its two PBA championships under former coach Yeng Guiao on Monday as it sent Jeff Chan to Phoenix Petroleum in exchange for Mark Borboran and a second-round Draft pick.Chan, the 10-year shooting guard, will thus make his appearance for a third PBA team after being acquired by the Elasto Painters from Red Bull around 2009, when Guiao was starting to form what would become one of the league’s best squads.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’last_img read more

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Back from the dead, Aces stay in playoff hunt

first_imgMOST READ San Miguel ends Ginebra’s 7-game run That mentality was in full display in the game against the Picanto as Alaska pulled itself back from 10 points down.Abueva was at is best, doing a little bit of everything including getting into Kia import Geron Johnson’s head.With Johnson losing his focus, Alaska capitalized with its import Buck Henton and starting point guard JVee Casio coming through down the stretch.Abueva admitted that Johnson’s aggressiveness caught the Aces by surprise.“We were rattled,” he said. “We knew we needed a win, but we struggled getting any momentum in the first three quarters. But in the fourth quarter, everything clicked and that was when we were able to show our energy and hustle. All we wanted was to win.”ADVERTISEMENT Winning start Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Calvin Abueva. PBA IMAGESAfter Alaska’s 0-6 start in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, the players know that they have no choice but to play like there’s no tomorrow.Not only are the Aces’ campaign this conference is hanging in the balance, but so are their careers as well.ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend However, if there’s one positive thing their slump gave the Aces, it’s that they can’t take any team lightly.“Before, we’re a bit overexcited. We felt that we could beat anyone, but we were wrong. We realized that it’s not going to be easy,” said Abueva. “Now, I think we’re being more solid. We’re getting our momentum back and I hope we continue this.”Alaska stakes its three-game winning streak against Meralco.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Our captain (JVee Casio) said that a lot of us have expiring contracts. So if we want to get extended, get a raise, we have to make it to the playoffs,” said Calvin Abueva in Filipino.That explains the heightened sense of urgency of the Aces for the past three games as they snapped their inglorious 14-game losing skid dating back to last conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAlaska has now won three straight games with its latest victory at the expense of Kia, 102-94, on Sunday.“We’re willing to die just for us to play well and make it to the playoffs,” the energetic forward said. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ View commentslast_img read more

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NCAA: San Beda sends Letran to 3-way tie for 4th seed

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The defending champions improved to 16-1 and continued their winning streak to 15 games while the Knights dropped to 8-9, tying Arellano U and San Sebastian at the fourth spot.“It’s a rivalry game, we have to win this game to prepare us against Lyceum on our final game,” said Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez. “I commend Calvin [Oftana] for giving us a good start and Robert [Bolick] did a good job in the end.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogOftana’s seven points in the first period helped the Red Lions get a 21-14 edge in the first 10 minutes.Donald Tankoua, though, was the high-point man for San Beda with 15 points to go along eight boards while Oftana and Bolick had 13 points apiece. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda came through in the clutch and defeated rival Letran, 73-68, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Red Lions mounted an 11-2 game-closing run to take a 72-65 lead with 1:12 remaining in the fourth with Robert Bolick scoring four points in the charge.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Bong Quinto led the Knights with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Jerrick Balanza had 16 points.Rey Nambatac struggled against the defense of Bolick as he put up just eight points on 3-of-13 shooting. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kyrie Irving on opening night showdown vs. Cavs: ‘There’s no pressure at all’ 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 awardlast_img read more

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Blackwater stumped: Where in the world is Chris Ellis?

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES View comments Italy’s decline can be traced to Serie A’s problems Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy continues to be stumped as to where Fil-Am wingman Chris Ellis is—or what his basketball plans are.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “Actually I think he is on the exit already from the PBA. Otherwise, if you’re interested to play, you have no choice but to follow the trade,” he said. “So far, in the past three years I have been in the PBA, this is the first time I found a player who doesn’t report in a trade. So we won’t force the issue.”Ginebra shipped Ellis together with center Dave Marcelo to the Elite in exchange for the injured Art dela Cruz and Raymond Aguilar last August.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneSince being dealt, Ellis has just showed up once in the team’s practice before complaining of a kidney problem which needed hospitalization. That was the last time the team saw of or heard from the former Slam Dunk champion—until a cryptic tweet last Nov. 12.“I want to sincerely thank everyone who has shown love n concern for me! Thank you!! Im Excited for what the future holds! Until we meet again!” Ellis wrote. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

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Outgoing PBA chair assures league will open as scheduled

first_img“Like a normal family, there will always be problems. We’re all passionate and that’s the reason why we got here. But it’s in the interest of all 12 corporations, all 12 teams to put up a league by December 17,” he said.The GlobalPort governor also guaranteed that the league is preparing for a booming season opener come two weeks time.“By December 17, the PBA is preparing a big opening day. The PBA will be as scheduled and will be business as usual. We will fix this,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ The soft-spoken executive has allayed fears of a delay of the next season amid the current dispute between the Board of Governors.“By next week, we will fix everything. This impasse will come to an end. I would confidently say that divisiveness, the impasse will finish next week. Whatever group you’re part of, this will all end,” he said.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 folkSeven teams, namely TNT, Meralco, NLEX, Alaska, Rain or Shine, Phoenix, and Blackwater, have expressed their lack of confidence on PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa and called for his ouster, while the remaining five — San Miguel, Ginebra, Magnolia, GlobalPort, and Kia — has backed the beleaguered executive through this crisis.Romero brushed off the dispute and attributed the conflict to the team’s unwavering passion for winning. View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Outgoing PBA chairman Mikee Romero. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonOutgoing league chairman Mikee Romero of GlobalPort assured everyone that the 43rd PBA season will go on as planned.“Rest assured, the 2018 PBA season will start at December 17,” he said in his speech in the 2017 PBA Press Corps Annual Awards Thursday at Gloria Maris Restaurant in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ ONE Championship hopes to tap into India market Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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