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  • Argentina defender Otamendi joins Man City

    first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Manchester City strengthened its defence for the team’s bid to regain the Premier League title by signing Argentina centre back Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia yesterday, taking spending this summer close to US$156 million.Otamendi signed a five-year deal and reportedly cost City about US$44.6 million. He became the fourth Argentina player in City’s squad, joining Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis and Sergio Ag¸ero.City have already signed England winger Raheem Sterling for a club-record US$76 million and also brought in England midfielder Fabian Delph as they look to reclaim the league trophy from Chelsea, and win it for a third time in five years.Otamendi is a tough central defender, who helped Argentina reach the Copa America final last month.”Nicolas Otamendi was arguably the best defender in La Liga last season, and so naturally, I’m delighted to have added a player of his quality,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said.”As a footballer, Nicolas has all of the qualities to be a success in the Premier League – he’s strong, he’s excellent in the tackle and he’s very good technically.”Otamendi will provide competition for Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala, and Demichelis for a place at centre back, and faces a fight to make the starting team.Kompany and Mangala have begun the season well, keeping clean sheets in big wins over West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea as City moved top of the early standings.With Kompany being captain and back in form, Otamendi looks to be battling for a place with Mangala – his former teammate at Porto – and Demichelis.City have also been heavily linked with a bid for Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin de Bruyne as the club benefits from UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules restrictions being lifted.last_img read more

  • Confident WI look to rise above setbacks in first Test against Sri Lanka

    first_imgGALLE, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies will be hoping to put a less-than-ideal build-up behind them when they clash with Sri Lanka in the opening Test here starting on Wednesday (11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jamaica time).Prior to the start of the tour, they lost head coach Phil Simmons to suspension for comments that were critical of the team selection. Then, monsoon rains, typical in the south Asian nation at this time of year, served to disrupt the Caribbean side’s preparation since they arrived nearly two weeks ago.Added to this, their batsmen failed to spend adequate time in the middle in the drawn three-day game, which ended Sunday in Colombo and their bowlers were kept in the field for the better part of the last two days as the Sri Lanka Cricket Board President’s XI amassed over 400 runs.While acknowledging that the pre-Test preparation had not gone smoothly, new captain Jason Holder said there was a confidence and focus in the young squad, which he expected to pay dividends over the next few days at the International Cricket Stadium.”We’ve controlled what we can control. Obviously, we had a bit of rain which offset our practice sessions a fair bit, but we’re professional,” the 23-year-old told a news conference.better opportunity”I think, going into this series, we all have our minds tuned to the game. We’ve had a good blowout in the three-day game that we had and it is now important for our guys to make a mark for themselves, and there’s no better opportunity than to start in this series.”Opting to bat first, West Indies were dismissed for 204 with only opener Kraigg Brathwaite of the frontline batsmen getting among the runs with 46. Left-hander Darren Bravo, one of the mainstays of the batting line-up, managed only 21 while the experienced Marlon Samuels failed to score and Jermaine Blackwood got three.”I’m not too disheartened. It was just a practice game where we felt we needed to spend some time,” he explained.”Obviously, certain batsmen didn’t spend as much time as we would want, but in speaking to them and seeing how they’ve been moving in the last few days, they look very, very confident … I have full confidence in our batsmen that they will be able to produce in this Test match.”The bowlers toiled without much success as well, with Holder one of three seamers to pick up two wickets, along with Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel. New-ball bowler Jerome Taylor sat out the encounter.West Indies have brought two frontline spinners on tour in the uncapped left-armer Jomel Warrican and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, but their attack is expected to be heavily pace-oriented.”We have a bit of pace in our attack, but I think skill comes into play. Obviously, in these conditions they’re pretty batting-friendly and pace may not rattle many international batsmen at this stage, so I think you have to be skilful,” he pointed out.youngest ever”Jerome has exhibited that in the last few series and over the past few years he’s been playing for West Indies. Myself and Shannon have been slowly but surely growing into Test cricket. Hopefully, whatever team we come up with for the first Test match here in Galle, whoever gets selected goes forward and does their best for the team.”For Holder, the Test will be a special one. Appointed one-day captain earlier this year, he was last month asked to take over from Denesh Ramdin in the longer format. He is the youngest ever Test captain and in charge of a struggling unit.”It is a special day for me … taking the field for the first time as captain, but, for me, it is bigger than me at this point in time.”Squad: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite (vice-captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajendra Chandrika, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Jomel Warrican.last_img read more

  • Past the finishing post

    first_imgPast the finishing postCaymanas Park Results for Jan 02, 2016Track Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1200 M (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO(NW4)*1. ITALIANO OWalker 54.02. HOLOGRAM SHADOW SEllis 56.0 4L3. GOLDEN BULLET DaneNelson 54.0 2 1/4L4. BAD BOY JUSTIN CChow 53.0 3 1/4LWIN: $144.00PLACE: $64.00, $75.00, $91.00Final Time : 1:13.2 Splits : 23.1, 46.4Winner : 7yo horse – HE’STHEREALTHING – PIK A TRIXTrainer : NEIVE GRAHAM Owner : O’SHAUN CONNECTIONBred by OWEN & SOLOMON SHARPEQu: $270.00 Ex: $492.00Superfecta: $1,244.00Race 2 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. CRUISING MOTION RHalledeen 54.02. NOLAN HILL AChatrie 56.0 3L3. DUTCHESS URIEL LSteadman3 53.0 2L4. OK DUDE EMurray 54.0 1 1/4LWIN: $88.00PLACE: $70.00, $164.00, $73.00Final Time : 1:02.0 Splits : 23.2, 48.1Winner : 3yo colt – WEEKEND CRUISE – TOTAL MOTIONTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : CARLTON S WATSONBred by KARL SAMUDAQu: $613.00 Ex: $811.00D/E: $276.00Superfecta: $2,465.00Race 3 1200 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)*1. BIG GEORGE OWalker 51.02. PIZARRO OEdwards3 54.0 3L3. ACTION MAN LSteadman3 53.0 2L4. DREAMCOMETRUE AChatrie 53.0 2 1/4LWIN: $64.00PLACE: $65.00, $96.00, $102.00Final Time : 1:13.4 Splits : 22.4, 46.3Winner : 4yo b colt – DEPUTY GLITTERS – LATE APPEALTrainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : GRAHAM A. BROWNBred by EDISON CHAIQu: $207.00 Ex: $335.00D/E: $96.00Superfecta: $513.00Rolling Triple: $320.00Race 4 1500 M (Purse $500,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE 2/9/2015*1. I’M ALLWRIGHT SMuir 51.52. YES WE WILL AndrePowell4 51.5 Sh.Head3. DEVIL’S CHILD DDawkins4 49.5 2 1/4L4. SISTA MARGARETT NBerger4 46.0 1 3/4L5. ZANZIBAR BebHarvey3 52.0 3/4LWIN: $181.00PLACE: $77.00, $147.00, $114.00Final Time : 1:39.3 Splits : 24.4, 49.0, 1:15.2Winner: 7yo ch mare – REGION OF MERIT – P.W’S CHOICETrainer: MORRIS POWELL Owner: JENIFER E HALLBred by JOHN C. WRIGHT & PAUL C. WRIGHTQu: $903.00 Ex: $1,323.00D/E: $188.00Trifecta: $1,977.00Hi-5 carry-over : $91,617.00Rolling Triple: $406.00Race 5 1200 M (Purse $500,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT FINISHED 1st-3rd SINCE 2/9/20151. WRIGHT AWAY AntThomas4 53.0*2. FLAGRANS LSteadman3 54.0 Sh.Head3. GIRL ON FIRE JAnderson 51.5 2L4. SIR KING YELLOW OSimpson 52.0 99/1 NeckWIN: $360.00PLACE: $97.00, $698.00, $115.00Final Time : 1:18.2 Splits : 24.0, 48.3Winner : 5yo b colt – SHUFFLING MADDNES – CLIFFY’S CHOICETrainer: STEVEN TODD Owner : ANDRAE S GARDINERBred by PAUL CLIFTON WRIGHTQu: $508.00 Ex: $1,564.00D/E: $1,869.00Superfecta: $139,916.00Rolling Triple: $6,164.00Race 6 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) NB5-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. MEDICAL INSTINCT RNelson 51.52. QUEEN OF THE TOWN JErwin 54.0 2 3/4L3. DEPUTY HEADGIRL OMullings 54.0 2 3/4L*4. HE’S A DIAMOND LSteadman3 57.0 2L5. FLIGHT DIRECTOR MWard4 52.0 Sh.Head6. DANISH BROWN HPottinger4 55.0 1/2LDNF: THEGREATALLIANCE DBadaloo 56.0 11/1Late scratch: HOPSCOTCHWIN: $1084.00PLACE: $141.00, $97.00, $91.00Final Time : 1:03.1 Splits : 23.4, 47.4Winner: 5yo ch filly – HOMING INSTINCT – MEDICAL SOCATrainer: PAUL HYLTON Owner: OOH-LA-LAABred by DAVID DIXONQu: $11,791.00 Ex: $12,990.00D/E: $7,824.00 Special Double (9-8): $303.00Trifecta: $13,486.00Hit-6 carry-over: $57,701.15Rolling Triple: $141,340.00Pick-4: $83,332.00Super-6: $357,661.20Race 7 1000 M (R) (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. DI COBRE DDawkins4 50.02. EL NUMERO UNO JPatterson4 50.0 1 1/4L*3. ETERNAL JOY PFrancis 52.0 2L4. ROCKETEER OEdwards3 50.5 1 1/4L5. KIMBERLY GOLD BebHarvey3 51.5 3 1/2LWIN: $296.00PLACE: $153.00, $210.00, $72.00Final Time : 1:02.0 Splits: 23.3, 48.0Winner: 7yo ch horse – DAYTON FLYER – SUB ZEROTrainer: WILFRED CHIN Owner : LLOYD D CHONGBred by KELVIN JONES & MICHAEL MCINTOSHQu: $2,254.00 Ex: $3,524.00D/E: $5,552.00Trifecta: $1,670.00Hi-5: $235,742.00Rolling Triple: $3,199.00Race 8 1300 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) (DIV.I)1. WINIT JPatterson4 50.0*2. SMOKIN PRINCESS OWalker 52.0 2 1/2L3. SEAL THE DEAL RMitchell 54.0 2 3/4L4. DARLIN WHenry 51.0 2 1/2L5. PECKARONI OBennett 54.0 NoseWIN: $486.00PLACE: $124.00, $65.00, $78.00Final Time : 1:25.1 Splits : 23.4, 48.4, 1:16.3,Winner: 6yo b horse – STORM CRAFT – IRRISISTIBLETrainer: MICHAEL MCINTOSHOwner : RENFORD G SIMPSONBred by RAPHAEL E. GORDONQu: $386.00 Ex: $1,219.00D/E: $2,229.00Trifecta: $1,014.00Hi-5: $96,164.00Rolling Triple: $114,802.00ST. CATHERINE CUPRace 9 1100 M (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE*1. POKER STAR RHalledeen 57.02. CAMPESINO SEllis 56.0 1L3. HOVER CRAFT AndrePowell4 51.0 10 1/2L4. BUZZ NIGHTMARE PFrancis 50.0 NeckWIN: $95.00Final Time : 1:05.2 Splits : 22.2, 45.1Winner: 4yo b colt – LIQUIDITY – BUYABOOKTrainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ALEXANDER HABERBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Qu: $93.00 Ex: $139.00D/E: $876.00Trifecta: $203.00Rolling Triple: $7,975.00Race 10 1300 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) (DIV.II)1. WHO’S ORCHID KPowell 52.02. RUNNER RUNNER DDawkins4 56.0 4 1/2L3. OMEGA AndrePowell4 50.5 4/1 Head4. TWILIGHT ROCKET OEdwards3 51.0 4 1/2L5. MISTY DMcKenzie 53.0 3/4LWIN: $398.00PLACE: $185.00, $145.00, $101.00Final Time : 1:25.0 Splits : 24.0, 48.2, 1:16.3Winner: 6yo ch mare – WHO’S STAYIN ON – BUCKS ORCHIDTrainer: WAYNE PARCHMENT Owner : V.M.W.Bred by VINCENT LUMSDENQu: $1,391.00 Ex: $3,882.00D/E: $905.00Trifecta: $3,400.00Hi-5: $32,019.00Rolling Triple: $5,298.00Pick-4: $37,540.00Super-6: $30,663.70 Carry-over : $1,103,895.00Pick-9: $48,639.00; $1,280.00Carry-over : $340,473.00PlacePot 8 : $6,878.00last_img read more

  • Sunshine again … Fowler-Reid happy to be back in national set-up

    first_imgFollowing dismal performances from Jamaica’s senior netball team on two recent overseas assignments, Netball Jamaica has called on the services of experienced goal-shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid to help them in their next tournament – a four-match series against England later this month. The Sunshine Girls were swept 3-0 in a friendly series in New Zealand and finished fifth in the six-team Fast5 Netball World Series in Australia in what was the country’s worst performance ever at the tournament. Without Fowler-Reid and fellow world-rated player Romelda Aiken in the team, the Jamaicans were rather poor, especially in the Fast5 tournament, where they failed miserably in the shooting circle. Both Aiken and Fowler-Reid, who ply their trade overseas, had come under fire from Netball Jamaica for not making themselves available for those tournaments. However, Fowler-Reid, who is also a student at the Mico University College, where she is doing a bachelor’s degree in guidance and counselling cleared the air recently about her absence and will be available for the upcoming England friendly. Jamaica, which is ranked number four on the world list, is hoping to use the tournament to get back on track against their fierce rivals, who are ranked at number three. Fowler-Reid, who will be attending her first training session with the national team this afternoon, is very excited to get back in the national set-up. “I am very excited to be going back to the squad to train with them as part of the team going to England later this month. I am looking forward to helping to redeem some of what we have lost over the past few weeks with the games we have played in New Zealand and Australia, and I am hoping to give my best performance here,” said Fowler-Reid. Fowler-Reid also spoke about her reasons for missing the New Zealand and Fast5 assignments. “In terms of not going to those tournaments, I had personal things to deal with, including school – making sure that everything was okay at school because I am out for a full semester, and I am thankful to the Mico University College because they understand what I am doing and they give me a lot of room to do what I love to do as well to get an education,” she continued. “In terms of shape, I am not yet fully where I want to be fitness-wise, but I am getting ready and I will be working on getting to a level where I think I will be okay on the court. My body is ready and my skill is always there, but fitness really plays an important role for being on the court for 60 minutes, and with a little more running and cardio, I will be ready,” said Fowler-Reid who last season, had the best shooting average in the ANZ tournament while playing for the Southern Steel. BEST PERFORMANCElast_img read more

  • Ailments slow down Gilas star

    first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comWith the next Gilas Pilipinas game in the Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut not to happen until Wednesday at the earliest, Christian Standhardinger will have some time to recover from a severe stiff neck and a bruised shoulder.The Filipinos were to face Qatar at press time on Sunday night. Even with a loss, they will advance straight into the quarterfinals where they will clash with either Lebanon or Jones Cup tormentor South Korea for a place in the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 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 MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Teen gunned down in Masbate Victories over China and Iraq allowed the Filipinos to stay away from world power Australia, which could go on to clash with either New Zealand or defending champion China on the way to the title match.Standhardinger skipped the team’s practice on Saturday and watched his teammates in the shootaround on Sunday leading to the 9 p.m. clash with the winless Qataris.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’The Fil-German’s injury cropped up on the day that the 6-foot-10 June Mar Fajardo finally joined the team in practice after sitting out the first two games because of a calf injury.Standhardinger has been a force in the middle for Gilas despite being only 6-foot-8, averaging 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Albertos finish 1-2 View commentslast_img read more

  • Filipinos bag another silver in sepak takraw

    first_imgBritain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles The Philippines bowed to host Malaysia in the final of men’s regu event of sepak takraw in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Tuesday night at Stadium Titiwangsa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Filipinos dropped a 23-25, 13-21, decision to the Malaysians to salvage the silver near the close of the competitions. ADVERTISEMENT Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles 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) National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasaycenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Laos and Brunei wound up with bronze medals.It was the second silver medal for the Philippines in the sport after the team’s second place finish last August 16 in the chinlone (linking) event. 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’ Pacquiao’s new basketball league gets off ground MOST READlast_img read more

  • PH hockey team ‘getting hungrier’ with newfound support

    first_imgTrending 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) Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ READ: Philippines wins first ever SEA Games ice hockey gold “I think everyone is getting hungrier with all the support we’re having,” said Füglister during the team’s homecoming at SM Megamall’s skating rink on Thursday.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’“People who weren’t interested in hockey before or didn’t know of the sport are now aware of it. We got flooded with messages of well-wishes.”READ: Filipinos break ice with 12-0 thumping of Indonesia in ice hockey The members of the Philippine men’s ice hockey team celebrate their gold-medal victory in the 29th Southeast Asian Games ice hockey tournament Thursday night at the Empire City Arena. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ SEA GAMES POOLIce hockey may not be a mainstream sport in tropical Philippines, but with the national team claiming golden glory in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games things may just turn around for the winter-based sport.National team captain Steven Füglister said Thursday the group’s inner fire have grown exponentially since their Malaysian triumph and they’re more eager to carry the Philippine colors in future international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT RELATED VIDEO Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacueescenter_img The Philippines edged Thailand 5-4 in the gold medal game, making Füglister and his squad as the inaugural champions of the event in the regional games.Füglister, who was based in Switzerland until 2014 before moving to the Philippines, was surprised with how the SEA Games is given such a high regard in the region.READ: SEA Games: PH stays unscathed at 2-0 in ice hockey“We went to the SEA Games and we were impressed by how important was the event in the region,” said Fuglister. “It was my first SEA Games and it was a big stage for us and we’re happy we succeeded.”“A lot of these played hockey because of their love of the sport, they didn’t do it for media recognition, they did it for the love of the game and their love of their teammates.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal LeBron James ‘excited’ to return to Manila for ‘Strive for Greatness’ showlast_img read more

  • Arum excited for Ancajas’ Top Rank debut

    first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Ancajas (28-1-1) will defend his title for the fourth time against Mexico’s Israel Gonzalez (21-1) at Bank of America Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.The 26-year-old Ancajas’ fight against Gonzalez will be the first time Arum will see the Filipino in action, although the Top Rank boss already has in idea of the capabilities of his new fighter.“I have never seen him before and Sean Gibbons [who is a part of Ancajas’ brain trust] had brought him in and convinced everybody that he would perform well and he was on television both to the United States and Australia.”The fight Arum talked about was Ancajas’ methodical destruction of Teiru Kinoshita in July of 2017 that ended via technical knockout in the seventh round.“He destroyed the Japanese fighter,” said Arum. ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Jerwin Ancajas and trainer Joven Jimenez being interviewed during Wednesday’s meet and greet. Photo by Roy Luarca/INQUIRERAs a Filipino southpaw, Jerwin Ancajas was easily compared to the legendary Manny Pacquiao.Ancajas even owns one of the 14 World titles Pacquiao once held, the IBF World super flyweight belt.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES North Korean flag flies in South before Olympic Games opens 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 And Ancajas’ high-octane offensive style didn’t go unnoticed to the eyes of one of the boxing world’s most influential figures in Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.Talking to BoxingScene.com, Arum, who is also the promoter of Pacquiao, expressed his excitement over Ancajas’ Top Rank debut on Sunday [Manila time]. 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 folk“Obviously, our whole adventure [with Pacquiao] was so successful. It took up a good part of my life, certainly the recent part,” said Arum in the report. “So you’ve got a kid like Jerwin who is very talented and is a lovely kid and you hope that it turns out the same way.” View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

  • Clippers look to heal with decisions looming about future

    first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Some takeaways from the Clippers’ season:BIG MAN’S FUTURE: DeAndre Jordan has a player option of $24.1 million for next season or he could explore free agency. He and the team have yet to agree on an extension. “I want to be where I’m wanted,” Jordan said. “I want to have a chance to contend. That’s really what I’m looking at.” He averaged 12 points and 15.2 rebounds, but just 0.9 blocks. Jordan has spent his entire 10-year career with the Clippers and he turns 30 in July. “Let’s not write the script yet,” Rivers said of Jordan’s future.DOC’S FUTURE: Rivers is entering the final year of his contract. He could either receive an extension or leave after five years in Los Angeles. He was stripped of his duties as president of basketball operations a year ago, leaving his focus solely on the court. “I love where we’re at as a franchise,” Rivers said. While he has yet to match the success he enjoyed in Boston (two NBA Finals appearances and one title), he pulled off one of his best coaching jobs by keeping the Clippers in contention all season when it would have been easy for them to fold. “I really commend him for sticking with us,” Jordan said. Rivers trusted younger players to produce and swingman Montrezl Harrell blossomed under his tutelage.LOU WILL: Lou Williams led the team with career highs in scoring (22.6 points) and assists (5.3) coming off the bench in his 13th season and first in Los Angeles. His scoring average was the highest of any reserve in the last 25 years. He received a $24 million, three-year deal in February and was a key reason the Clippers remained competitive despite their injuries. “My job this summer is getting myself prepared,” he said. “There’s always room for improvement.”DRAFT PICKS: Besides their own pick, the Clippers will have Detroit’s pick that they received from trading Blake Griffin in January.FREE AGENCY: Besides Jordan, the Clippers could have decisions to make if starting guard Austin Rivers and Teodosic exercise their player options and become free agents. Rivers averaged career highs in points, assists, 3-point percentage and minutes. Bradley will be an unrestricted free agent. However, injuries blunted his impact. Harrell will be a restricted free agent, which allows the Clippers to match any offer he would receive. 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Eleven players missed a total of 265 games.Coach Doc Rivers started an NBA-leading 37 different lineups because of the injuries. The Clippers were forced to dip into the G League for starters, most notably C.J. Williams (who was signed to a multi-year deal) and Tyrone Wallace.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 crownThe season began with nine new players on the roster after the offseason departures of Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford.But injuries soon befell the newcomers. Point guard Patrick Beverley was lost for the season after right knee surgery; starter Danilo Gallinari missed 60 games with hand and glute issues; backup guard Milos Teodosic was out 36 games with foot problems; and guard Avery Bradley was out 24 games.center_img Magic fire coach Frank Vogel after 6th straight losing year Los Angeles Clippers sit on the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — The Clippers are finally out of their misery, a long season marred by significant injuries coming to an end just short of the playoffs.They finished with a winning record of 42-40, but their streak of consecutive postseason appearances ended at six. 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    first_img“When you got an import like Tony who can go for 40 any night, it makes everything easier for everybody. He spreads the floor, we’re making a lot of extra passes, so when you got an import and they can really score the ball, I’m looking to make plays and make people better when the import comes on.”Despite the Aces’ dominating performance, Banchero knows that it’s still early in the conference for them to step on the brakes.“Obviously, there are still things that we need to correct. We’ll go watch film on Monday because we got TNT before the All-Star break and they’re gonna be tough. They got a bunch of guys so it will be a good test for us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco sends NLEX to 0-3 hole behind Newsome’s 30 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMore than the offense, it was Alaska’s defense which allowed it to break away from Columbian Dyip, 134-103, on Friday for its second straight victory in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“I think it was our defense, not our offense, that really gave us this win tonight,” said Chris Banchero.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames The fourth-year guard helped in shutting down the Aces’ backcourt counterparts as Rashawn McCarthy, Jerramy King, and Reden Celda shoot a paltry 10-of-32 clip from the field.“They were playing really well. We wanted to limit them and I think we did. I don’t think they even got into double digits tonight, so I think we did great,” he said.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 crownThat tenacious defense also translated to good things on the other end as Banchero was happy to organize Alaska’s offense en route to nine points, four rebounds, and a game-high 13 assists.“It’s easy when guys are making shots. All I gotta do really is pass them the ball,” he said, adding that it doesn’t hurt having a guy like Antonio Campbell receiving his passes. LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more