Petron books semis slot

first_imgAnd already, Petron coach Shaq delos Santos is looking at a sweep of the elimination round—the better to prepare the Blaze Spikers for the semifinal stage.“Hopefully we can sweep this, because the next round will be most important,” said Delos Santos, whose charges will face middle of the road squad Generika-Ayala in their last eliminations match on March 23.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnDelos Santos said he didn’t expect Foton to fold up easily but commended his players for stepping up.“It just so happened that we were able to adjust to one another faster than the other teams,” he added. LATEST STORIES The Blaze Spikers will thus join Japanese club Kobe Shinwa along with two other PSL teams in a single-round semifinal where the champion will be determined through points scored.The Tornadoes, sans Jaja Santiago and EJ Laure due to the ongoing UAAP, absorbed their second defeat in four matches.Cocolife scored its first victory in four matches at the expense of fellow neophyte Sta. Lucia Realty, 22-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-16, in the second game.Sta. Lucia remained winless in three starts.Opposite hitter Aiza Maizo-Pontillas led Petron with 11 points but it was the Blaze Spikers’ evenly distributed point production that keyed the victory.Starting out for Petron, Mina Aganon drilled in eight points, while Mika Reyes and Bang Pineda each contributed five. Ces Molina Rhea Dimaculangan and Cj Rosario chipped in four points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Petron demolished Foton, 25-12, 25-10, 25-23, to enter the Belo-Philippine Superliga semifinals trouble-free Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Molina and Reyes each blocked twice to lead the Petron defense that produced seven blocks that stymied the Tornadoes. The Blaze Spikers also led in digs, 25-18.The Tornadoes tried to rely on resident middle blocker Dindin Manabat, but she could only make three points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ramsay rues missed goal MOST READ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awardslast_img read more

Pacquiao slowly begins getting into shape for Horn bout

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Once Pacquiao is in shape, chief trainer Freddie Roach will fly in to take over the crucial training phase, likely to be held in Gen. Santos City.Team Pacquiao will go to Brisbane late June, the length depending on the prevailing climate in the capital of Australia’s state of Queensland.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao AFP FILE PHOTOTraining camp won’t open until early May, but already Manny Pacquiao is in preparation mode.The eight-division world champion has added jogging to his daily routine of playing basketball to whip himself into shape.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test After going one round around the grounds of Forbes Park Tuesday, Pacquiao went two rounds Wednesday, according to Aquiles Zonio, Pacquiao’s spokesperson.The Fighting Senator, who’ll be dangling his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against Australian Jeff Horn on July 2 in Brisbane, also did abdominal exercises.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnLike in his last few fights, Pacquiao is expected to train for eight weeks, a bulk of which will be held in Manila at night owing to his legislative duties.Assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez, with assistance from Nonoy Neri and Haplas Fernandez, will supervise the early part of Pacquiao’s training centered on physical conditioning. View comments Chan carries Rain or Shine to thrilling comeback win Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska townlast_img read more

Supporting role

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Whatever coach (Chot Reyes) wants me to do I’ll do it,” said Fajardo, San Miguel Beer’s 6-foot-10 prized center whose point production is expected to dip under the dribble drive system of the national mentor.“I am not after visible numbers, especially the scores,” added Fajardo on Sunday, hours before Gilas Pilipinas 5.0 takes on the Visayas All-Stars at Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City. “Whatever is required of me to help the team, I’ll do it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Seaba tournament is set May 12 to 18 at Smart Araneta Coliseum and the Fiba Asia Cup on Aug. 10 to 20 in Lebanon.Fajardo will be joined by Calvin Abueva, Japeth Aguilar, Raymond Almazan, Jio Jalalon, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Roger Pogoy, Jason Castro, Matthew Wright and Terrence Romeo in Gilas Pilipinas’ first game as a team since the final roster was announced by Reyes in Lucena last Friday. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR CEBU City—For June Mar Fajardo, the country’s glory comes first.The three-time PBA Most Valuable Player is willing to take the back seat and let others chart the route in the Philippines’ drive toward the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) championship and, hopefully, the Fiba Asia Cup title.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Naturalized Filipino Andray Blatche completes the Final 12, but the 6-11 slotman, who also likes to shoot outside, will be arriving from the US only on Monday.With Blatche around, Reyes will have the luxury of fielding a twin tower combination that’s certain to terrorize the smaller players of the region.Fajardo, the fulcrum of the Beermen’s offense that have yielded them the last three Philippine Cup crowns, will have to take a new role as defensive stopper as well.Gilas Pilipinas assistant coach Jong Uichico said Fajardo’s 260-pound frame will always be an advantage.“I’m sure coach Chot will pounce on it should nobody on the other team be able to match up with June Mar,” said Uichico.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ BaliPure grounds PAF Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jarlast_img read more

‘From awesome to awful’ – Beckles concerned about ‘collapsing’ WI cricket

first_imgUniversity of the West Indies Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles, in speaking of the role the institution’s new Faculty of Sport will play, has criticised the state of Test cricket in the region, saying it has collapsed. Speaking recently at the launch of the faculty, Beckles said that cricket is suffering because enough has not been done to maintain the standards of the game in the region. “We must make sure that when we achieve excellence, we must not lose it. We are here on the cusp of a predicament,” he said. “For 20 years, we were the best Test cricket team in the world. We were invincible. No one could have imagined 20 years ago that our Test culture would collapse from awesome to awful. No one could have imagined it, but it happened.” Beckles said that it should not be accepted that the West Indies cricket team had its era and now that it is over, it should be accepted that it was just a phase of dominance. “I’m not a believer in the notion that what goes up must come down,” he said. “The Swiss have been making the best watches for 500 years. They are determined for the next 1,000 years to always be making the best watches – because their communities are committed to maintaining the excellence they have achieved. Every time you achieve excellence and you lose it, someone has to take account of that.” Beckles will also soon be launching a book titled Cricket without a cause – The rise and fall of West Indian cricket.last_img read more

Haslam TT Challenge tomorrow at William Knibb

first_imgFIVE-TIME Caribbean champion Orville Halsam hasn’t played table tennis for Jamaica in decades, but he hasn’t been forgotten. Memories of his stalwart service to the game will be relived at the Orville Haslam Legends of Table Tennis Challenge Cup tomorrow at the William Knibb Memorial High School. Among those who will take to the table to celebrate Haslam are four former national champions: Christopher Marsh, Colin McNeish, Peter Moo Young, and Courtney Wilson. Haslam won the men’s singles from 1967-1971 and helped Jamaica dominate the Caribbean. He later served as president of the Jamaica Table Tennis Association. The line-up also includes Wilson’s former St James teammates Bruce Cormack and left-handed Peter Tomlinson, recent Commonwealth Games trials third-place finisher Alphanso Morris, Stephen Grant, and Samuel Lamount on the men’s side. The ladies listed to attend include former national players Cecile Dennis, Desrene Greaves, and Elaine McKoy. According to the organisers, the players were all invited because of their contact with Haslam in the past.last_img read more

Chace The Great takes feature

first_img 18 WINNERS CLEAR Leading rider Anthony Thomas produced CHACE THE GREAT with a late spurt to collar 8-5 favourite SIEMPRE BUENO in yesterday’s Reggae Trophy, winning consecutive feature races in as many days at Caymanas Park. The two-kilo claiming apprentice took his tally to six winners in the last three meets, including a three-timer for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta last Sunday, landing the Owen Silvera Memorial astride Uncle Frank. Last year’s Caribbean Sprint champion at six furlongs, CHACE THE GREAT, winless from four starts this season, was sent off at odds of 5-2 and shared joint topweight of 121lb with SEEKING MY DREAM. SIEMPRE BUENO broke briskly from postposition six with lightweight jockey Wesley Henry to get away from MR UNIVERSE and appeared a winner a furlong out in the five-furlong straight race. However, CHACE THE GREAT closed strongly inside the last half-furlong to go by a winded SIEMPRE BUENO to clock a fast 58.2 to win by a length and a quarter. Thomas is now 18 winners clear of Shane Ellis in the jockeys’ standings and has one more day in the saddle, this Wednesday, before going off on a five-day suspension for three instances of interference. Ellis rode two winners, BORONIA in the opening event and 24-1 outsider GENERAL REPORT, who straightened fourth in the ninth race and closed strongly to turn the event on its head. Apprentice Oneil Scott also rode two winners, BIG DREAM in the fourth and SIR JHUNJHUN WALAH in the 10th. Lorne Kirlew was the top trainer on the day, taking a quick double with favourites in the first two races – BORONIA and POWERFUL RED.last_img read more

Cameron elated for successful Women’s T20

first_imgSt John’s, Antigua:Great cricket, massive crowds, top-class music and food, and a well-executed event across all three venues were just some of the things Cricket West Indies (CWI) president, Dave Cameron pointed out in showing how elated he was at the first stand-alone Women’s World T20 Championship which ended on Saturday.The president is heaping praise on tournament director Jennifer Nero and her team on a well-run series of events. “We have shown the world our abilities as a cricketing destination on and off the field of play,” Cameron said.”On behalf of the entire CWI team, I want to congratulate all the people who participated in the Championship, making it the success it has turned out to be.We also acknowledge and accept the praises from the International Cricket Council.”Cameron also congratulated Australia on winning the title. “Despite the Windies Women’s loss in the semi-finals, we are extremely proud of the way the women displayed strength of character and were a joy to watch in the field for every single game. From all the feedback I have received, the entire Caribbean is proud of the ladies.”He was also keen to note the “reaction of the fans from the warm up games to the final” and thinks this sets the tone for years to come.Cameron promised that the full report on the championship will be made public once finalised.last_img read more

All set for “Armageddon” showdown on Saturday

first_imgWith just two days before the big clash, Deejays are adding that final tweeks to their selections as they intend to represent to the fullest come Saturday evening at the Cliff Anderson Sport Hall tarmac. The competition called “Armageddon” is expected to be the biggest clash among deejays and selectors.The tarmac will explode when Deejays Antzman, Magnum, and Dellon along with Selectors Charlie, Face and Clive juggle for a whopping $500,000 as first prize. The winner will not only receive the cash prize but also trophies and bragging rights for an entire year.  Just a reminder, the competition will be held in four segments.The first segment is called “Good over Evil – God Bless Round”. After this, one contender will be eliminated. The second segment is called “Release the Beast – Anything goes” and again after this 10-minute clash, one person will be eliminated.The third round is called “Crossing over – Hip Hop/Rap” while the final round is called “Last day – Singer Artiste/Vocal Artiste Only * Tune for Tune”.The Armageddon sound clash will be judged by the fans while the rules will be enforced by the Host or emcee, Malcolm Ferreira. Tickets for the event cost $1500.Gates open at 19:00h and the clash begins at 21:00h. The evening is promoted by Empire Media Inc.last_img read more

Auditions for “I’m a Big Deal” Pageant set for Sunday

first_imgAs preparations get underway for one of the biggest pageants in the Ancient County in November, the executives are making sure the best of the best are represented on stage. The Miss Berbice – “I’m a Big Deal” pageant is expected to be bigger and better with lots of prizes up for grabs.The reigning queen, Farah Valentina has been representing the Ancient County to the best of her ability and is preparing to hand over her crown come November.One lucky young lady will walk away with the title and more so, cash and other prizes when she is crowned Miss Berbice, “I’m a Big Deal” queen. However, this cannot be possible if that lucky young lady does not apply.Making it easier for the young ladies, the committee will be hosting an audition on Sunday, August 26 at Alex Foster Building, Rose Hall, Corentyne, Berbice commencing at 11:00h.Young ladies between the ages of 16 and 26 who think that they are passionate, eloquent, industrious and ambitious are encouraged to attend the audition.In addition, they must be unmarried, without children and more importantly, living in Berbice. If you possess that above mentioned criteria, then audition for the pageant.Once selected, the journey of a lifetime will begin. Once the finalists have been selected, they will undergo rigorous training as they are prepared to compete in several segments on the night of the grand coronation.The delegates will be judged on costume, talent, swimwear, evening wear and intelligence. For more information on the audition, feel free to contact the organisers on telephone number 698-2500.last_img read more

No fair weather fan

first_imgSatiricus had enjoyed the West Indies turnaround in England, and was smiling as he ambled over to the Back Street Bar. When was the last time that two West Indians had made centuries in the same test? Satiricus was sure the answer was “NEVER!” if it followed being bowled out twice in one day during the previous game!! Ahhh…how the worm had turned!!“Eh! Eh! How come all yuh teeth a show?” asked Bungi as Satiricus reached the table where he and Hari were already ensconced. “Like Ca’stic treat yuh nice las’ nite, or wha’?”“I always get good treatment, bai!” Satiricus grinned. “I was thinking about West Indies in England.”“What can you say?” said Hari, signalling for a beer for Satiricus. “They break your heart, and now this!!”“Leh abee drink to dem,” said Bungi raising his beer to “clink”, ‘an’ abee Warriah too!”“Hear! Hear!” smiled Satiricus, after downing his entire bottle and signalling for another. “We going all the way, you know!”“Sato, me fr’en’, me always tell yuh,” began Bungi, “Cuss when yuh ah guh, nah wheh yuh ah come out!”“Now, now, Bungi,” grinned Hari. “Sato is not a fair weather cricket fan!”“Budday!” said Bungi, “Na Sato bin a cuss dem bais in England when dem get bowl out two time in waan day?”“And he did say the Warriors were out of it!” conceded Hari. “What you have to say for yourself Sato?”“Well, I didn’t tell you guys,” replied Satiricus with a sheepish grin. “I had bet some REAL money on them when they lost!”“Suh me ti’nk me know wha’ mek yuh skin yuh teet’ suh big dis marnin,” said Bungi as he ordered beers all round. “Yuh bet pan dem again!!”“Damn right!!” said Satiricus as he mentally counted up his winnings with the bigger odds after his teams’ losses!last_img read more