98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Hotshots slip past Gin Kings for 2-0 lead LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESAfter three tries, TNT was finally able to solve the puzzle that was San Miguel.The KaTropa escaped with an 87-85 victory over the Beermen to level the best-of-7 semifinals series at 1-1 on Friday, giving them the confidence against the defending champions with still a long series ahead.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member “At least, our confidence is there again. It’s all we want to do, to win one, then let’s see. We know San Miguel is a strong team, so to beat them, we all need each other,” said Jayson Castro.TNT lost to San Miguel, 98-94, in heartbreaking fashion in their eliminations match last January 28 thanks to an Alex Cabagnot go-ahead three, and was again humiliated, 111-98, last Wednesday in Game 1, where Marcio Lassiter caught fire and poured 22 points.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 returnBut it was a whole different story on Friday with the KaTropa’s defense containing the Beermen snipers and forcing them to a woeful 7-of-26 shooting from three.Castro had a near triple-double with 10 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds and was crucial in the clutch for TNT after San Miguel roared back and took an 82-80 lead with four minutes left to play. Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte The KaTropa also shut down clutch performer Cabagnot in the end game, forcing him to give up the ball, and prevented Arwind Santos from making a game-winning attempt in the final 6.2 seconds.“We gambled to trap Alex so that he will give up the ball and it bore fruit. Again, it’s our one-on-one defense because we know that when it’s in the dying minutes, Cabagnot can shoot that ball,” he said.Castro said the KaTropa will bring in the same mindset when the two teams clash again on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We can’t afford to be on in the first and second quarters, then be off in the third quarter. We can’t make too much mistakes because once we do that, San Miguel will run away from us,” he said. “We just have to give our team a chance to be always there in the end.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown View comments
MOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Pangilinan, also chair of telecommunications giant PLDT, and Vargas are two of the highest executives of the MVP group, which has been boxing’s private sector benefactor for the past eight years.“I am honored and humbled by the continued support,” said Vargas. “While we were disappointed at our failure to win medals in the Olympics, we offer no excuses. Rather, we pledge to move forward and ramp up our efforts to energize the national boxers into a more potent force in the international arena.”Also elected were Rep. Raul Daza, vice chair; John Patrick Gregorio, vice president; lawyer Oscar P. Moreno, Jr., treasurer and secretary general Ed Picson. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED 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 return Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing NU undergoes attitude change in 5-set win over UP, says Santiago Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines’ (Abap) grassroots programs and search for the first Olympic gold medal will continue under sports patron Manny V. Pangilinan and Ricky Vargas.Pangilinan and Vargas were re-elected Abap chair and president, respectively, for the third straight term during elections held at Microtel by Wyndham-MOA in Pasay over the weekendADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments
Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View comments China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Late run completes TNT rally past struggling Alaska Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Serbia’s Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Argentina’s Juan Martín del Potro during a quarter finals match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Friday, May 19, 2017. (Photo by GREGORIO BORGIA / AP)ROME — Four-time champion Novak Djokovic picked up right where he left off in a rain-delayed Italian Open quarterfinal against Juan Martin del Potro, closing out a 6-1, 6-4 win Saturday to set up a semifinal later against Dominic Thiem.Djokovic was leading 6-1, 1-2 before heavy rain Friday night caused the conclusion of the match to be postponed by a day.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 Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In clearer conditions at the Foro Italico, Djokovic held serve when the match resumed and then got the decisive break in the next game with a drop-shot winner.Djokovic waved his arms to get the crowd behind him as the set wore on, dictating play from near the baseline while del Potro stood further back retrieving balls in the corners.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundIn the other semifinal, 16th-seeded Alexander Zverev was playing big-serving John Isner.In the women’s tournament, fourth-ranked Simona Halep advanced to the final and extended her clay-court winning streak to 10 matches with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Kiki Bertens. MOST READ After dropping five set points while serving for the opening set at 5-4, Halep started knocking her head with her finger as if saying, “Wake up.” After getting broken in that game she held at love in her next service game to end the set.Halep then cruised past her 20th-ranked Dutch opponent amid intermittent rain.Bertens committed 31 unforced errors to Halep’s nine.Halep is looking for back-to-back clay-court titles after taking the title in Madrid last weekend.The Romanian will face either Garbine Muguruza or Elina Svitolina in Sunday’s final.ADVERTISEMENT
Thunder center Kanter’s father released from custody in Turkey Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Klitschko, who reigned over the heavyweight division for a decade, is also fighting Father Time at the age of 41.His fight in London’s Wembley Stadium against 2012 Olympic champion Joshua, 14 years his junior, was one of the best heavyweight bouts in recent times.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundKlitschko fell to 64-5 in a career that began in 1996 after he won the Olympic gold in Atlanta. View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. APHAMBURG, Germany — Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko says he’ll decide whether to have a rematch with Anthony Joshua “within the next two weeks.”Klitschko, who lost by an 11th round TKO in a pulsating bout with the Briton on April 29, says in comments reported by news agency dpa, “My life isn’t only sport and boxing,” and that he’s planning “the career after the career.”ADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Swing Out Sister back to PH this April End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions LATEST STORIES
Arnett Gardens Under-20 coach, Orlando Clarke has said he is concerned about the mentality of his players, as he believes that the delayed Alliance MoneyGram/McKay Security football final versus Tivoli Gardens Under-20, is putting a strain on his youngsters. The championship game was originally set for last Saturday, but because of heavy rainfall, was postponed until tomorrow. Clarke says he will have to wait to see how the delay will affect his players going into the rescheduled final. “I’ll have to see the turnout in training, because we weren’t expecting to train this week. The under 20 is played during the exams period so I have a couple of players who are stressed out,” Clarke said. Clarke says he will have to re-evaluate his squad ahead of Wednesday’s final before selecting the team. “Today at training, I’m going to see who we have, and if there will be any changes,” Clarke told The Gleaner. The Junglists will be hunting their fifth under 20 title when they come up against Christopher Burnett’s Tivoli side. They made the final with a convincing 3-0 victory over Seaview Gardens in the semi final. Tivoli Gardens booked their spot with a thrilling penalty shoot-out victory over Waterhouse. Tomorrow’s final kicks off at 6pm at the Drewsland Stadium in Waterhouse. – Lanze White
LONDON, (CMC): West Indies Women’s captain Stafanie Taylor has continued her slide in the international rankings as the fallout continues from her side’s wretched outing at the recent ICC Women’s World Cup in England. In the latest One-Day International (ODI) rankings released yesterday, Jamaican Taylor fell one place in the batting to 10th spot, with Indian Harmanpreet Kaur the biggest mover, jumping seven places to sixth. Deandra Dottin, who struck her maiden ODI hundred during the tournament, has fallen three places to 17th. Taylor and Dottin are the only two West Indies players in the top 20, with Hayley Matthews the next best-ranked Caribbean player at 32nd. Dottin was the leading Windies run-getter with 185 runs, with Taylor ending with 179. Australian Meg Lanning leads an unchanged top five. In the bowling, meanwhile, Taylor slipped one place to fourth in the rankings headed by South African Marizanne Kapp, with Indian seamer Jhulan Goswami jumping four places to second. Off-spinner Anisa Mohammed, who ended the tournament with seven wickets, is ranked 13th. Taylor, who managed just five wickets with her off-spin, remained number two in the all-rounders list after being knocked off the top earlier this month by Australian Ellyse Perry.
“It (argument) started with a uniform thing, and I don’t remember exactly why, because when it was beginning, I made sure I got in there to keep things normal. It escalated a little bit, but the main thing I was concerned about was keeping them apart,” said Quarrie. The event was won by the United States in 3:19.02, with Great Britain and Northern Ireland running second in 3:25.00 and Poland third in 3:25.41. Quarrie is calling for stricter guidelines where national representation is concerned and says he will be submitting his proposals to the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association. “Part of it is that there are not enough guidelines,” Quarrie said. “Guidelines are going to have to be set up and enforced and athletes are going to have to understand that if you are not prepared to step up to the line, you can be replaced even if it means we are not going to win. “We have to start somewhere as it relates to certain disciplinary means of making sure our athletes realise when it comes to the country, especially with the relays, the country comes first.” LONDON, England: Donald Quarrie, the technical leader of Jamaica’s team to the just-concluded World Championships in London, is questioning the reasons behind Stephenie-Ann McPherson’s withdrawal from the women’s mile relay team. He has called for stronger guidelines for national representation. McPherson was withdrawn from the women’s 4x400m relay team just before they took the track for the final, following an altercation with MVP teammate Shericka Jackson. Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby was brought in to replace McPherson and the line-up was completed with Chrisann Gordon, Jackson and Novlene Williams-Mills. McLaughlin-Whilby, however, suffered a leg injury 100m into her second-leg run before crashing to the ground and ending the Jamaicans’ hopes of defending their title. Quarrie, however, raised questions about McPherson’s withdrawal, noting that the athlete threatened not to compete in the mile relay during her spat with Jackson while at the team hotel. Quarrie noted that upon arrival at the warm-up track soon afterwards, he was told by coach Paul Francis that McPherson would no longer be able to compete because she was injured. In addition to being a part of the national coaching setup here, Paul Francis is a coach at MVP and is the brother of MVP head coach Stephen Francis. “My main issue right now is the fact that one young lady said she was not going to run, suddenly. I show up at the track and her coach is telling me she has an injury and will not be able to run. The doctor did check with her and said it was a grade one something – I can’t remember what it is – but I find it very strange that between the hotel and here (warm-up track), an injury could have occurred,” said Quarrie. “I am not going to put the blame on the young lady only. The coach is the one that said she cannot run, just as he said Elaine could not run. He gave me a reason that Elaine did not run in practice to the extent which he wanted should in case she had to push herself. She had not done that, so it was his decision,” Quarrie continued before sharing the circumstances around the altercation between the athletes. “There was a verbal altercation between herself and Shericka. She (McPherson) said it (that she would not run). I told her not to say so and that we should move on. In the heat of everything, I could forgive the young lady, but I would like to know why, in such a short space of time, I show up at the track, and she is not running,” said Quarrie, who, without going into details, shared that the argument started because of uniforms. ALTERCATION ESCALATED
The young Windies side came under heavy criticism following the first Test defeat, when they lost 19 wickets on the third day to be dismissed for 168 and 137. “West Indies are not on top and playing the best but the media is too critical, they need to give these youngsters a chance because not every player starts out at the top of their game,” Samuels said. “In history there are greats who started slow, and players who started fast and never last,” the 36-year-old Jamaican said. West Indies face England in the decisive third Test at Lord’s starting Thursday. Samuels, who played the last of his 71 Tests last November, will be a part of the Windies one-day side who arrive here later this month for a five-match series. LONDON, (CMC): Experienced Jamaican batsman Marlon Samuels was full of praise for the West Indies team following their recent win in their Test series against England and also came to the defence of the players. Samuels believes the squad came in for unfair criticism following their heavy defeat in the opening Test but feels the players should be given time to show their quality. The Windies got off to a terrible start in their series after being destroyed inside three days by an innings and 209 runs in the opening Test at Edgbaston. They bounced back to surprise the hosts by five wickets in the second Test at Headingley last week, after remarkably chasing down 322 on the final day. It was their first Test match win against England in that country in 17 years.
TIMEFORARMS faces twin threats from Wayne DaCosta’s camp, IAN LINKS and HOVER CRAFT, but looks rather appealing at 52.0 kilos, coming off a good mile last month. Fitzroy Glispie has kept eight-year-old warrior TIMEFORARMS in good shape, always a dangerous horse whenever he drops to overnight allowance company, the level at which this afternoon’s 2000-metre Kenneth Mattis Memorial will be run. The race pits oldstagers such as seven-year-old HOVER CRAFT, TIMEFORARMS and other eight-year-olds such as former Horse of the Year, TYPEWRITER, and PHINEAS, against a young brigade led by half-their-age IAN LINKS and five-year-old SUPERLUMINAL. Despite having youth in their favour, SUPERLUMINAL and IAN LINKS will find the older horses no pushovers, especially TIMEFORARMS and HOVER CRAFT. Both horses have basically been riding out their conditions, having won at overnight allowance but simply can’t match up to open allowance unless facing a very cheap field. Having gradually made their way back to overnight allowance their respective trainers have been sharpening them this past summer, ready to pounce as soon as the class bottoms out. TIMEFORARMS, in particular, has the handicaps and form in his favour against SUPERLUMINAL, who finished last on his most recent outing, 14 lengths behind HOUDINI’S MAGIC and IAN LINKS a month ago at 1500 metres. SUPERLUMINAL had not trained well for that event but was expected to carry his form out of the Owen Silvera Memorial, a month prior, when he was beaten a length-and-a-half by WILL IN CHARGE. After chasing the pace down the backstretch, SUPERLUMINAL backed out of contention approaching the home turn and found nothing in the stretch run when asked by Omar Walker. The bay horse has not looked any better at exercise since and appears suspect, especially with topweight 126 lb at 10 furlongs. The other younger horse in the event with any semblance of form is IAN LINKS. However, he’s not light enough at 52.0 kilos to make up for the class that he lacks in a race which has the likes of his stablemate HOVER CRAFT, PHINEAS and TIMEFORARMS, who stormed from off the pace to beat him at 1500 metres in February. TIMEFORARMS, in particular, caught the eye when finishing third behind 14-1 upsetter ROYAL VIBES and UNCLE TAF at a mile on August 12, a race in which he had HOVER CRAFT and PHINEAS behind in fourth and fifth places, respectively. Returning at 52.0 kilos TIMEFORARMS should be the horse to beat coming from off the pace. Red-hot two-kilo claimer, Anthony Thomas, who has won 10 races in three race days, has the leg up. Thomas has been timing his finishes with almost perfection and can pull off a win at 10 furlongs with TIMEFORARMS. Not exactly a two-turn horse, TIMEFORARMS has performed creditably at 1820 metres to have as good a chance as any. Sitting level with SUPERLUMINAL on May 23, he was only three-quarter length behind his younger rival in the Mark My Word Trophy won by grade-one runner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR. Earlier this year, again at 1820 metres, he was a length and-a-half behind third-place HOVER CRAFT in the Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy narrowly won by FRANFIELD over BLUE DIXIE. HOVER CRAFT has trained well, 1:13.4 for six furlongs, last Saturday morning, and should be TIMEFORARMS’ biggest threat unlike PHINEAS, who, though one of the most consistent in the 10-horse field, is suspect at two turns. FORM IN HIS FAVOUR
HARD TRUTHS The condition in which Jamaica’s football has been allowed to fall is troubling. The second-place finish in the CONCACAF Gold Cup last summer gave a temporary fillip, but since then, losses to Canada and Saudi Arabia have removed the smiles from the nation’s face. Then comes the heartbreaking news that the country’s best young talents are ineligible for entry to the prestigious English Premier League (EPL) unless a FIFA world ranking of a spot in the top 50 is attained. According to recent reports, EPL clubs Brighton and Crystal Palace made moves to sign Reggae Boyz’ first choice goalkeeper Andre Blake but were thwarted by the failure to secure a British work permit because of Jamaica’s low ranking. Something drastic has to be done to raise the level of the sport if this sad situation is not to continue. Foster’s Fairplay has a suggestion. Exposure on a few occasions to the 20-year-old Leon Bailey, as he plays in the German Bundesliga for Bayer Leverkusen is compelling. He has scored two fantastic goals, the last against high-riding Borussia Munchengladbach in a come-from-behind 5-1 victory, coming from 0-1 at half-time. One can add at least three Man of the Match Awards to his name as a testament to his pedigree. As the colloquial language in his country of birth goes, “Him nuh normal.” This player needs to be playing for Jamaica. The newly elected regime at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is being given time to set out its plan, promised in early exchanges post the poll, to be “coming soon.” At the time of writing, it is five weeks since that announcement, which is deemed to be enough for a full roll out. If the reason for the delay is, “we are plotting the Leon Bailey scenario with the intention to invite him, utilising the traditional channels for the next FIFA date,” that would be more than acceptable.” There are some hard truths to be faced. Jamaica needs Bailey and not the other way around. The country can benefit from his presence to have the image of the game restored to the level it enjoyed during the Boyz’ campaign to France ’98. The concept of a fortress, as the Office was, needs resuscitation. Players need to feel that there is a clear path to be taken for them to realise their dreams. This is not to say that all this rebuilding is a one-man job, but it can be a platform on which to build the future by bringing back the match day support Jamaica once knew. With that all this, it must be appreciated that things have gone terribly wrong and must be fixed in the best interests of the nation’s football. The JFF is to be blamed for bringing the Bailey discussions into the public space. Meetings at which these negotiations are forged should be held in camera. It is for this body to apply the medicine now. In the opinion of this column, the first play is to sideline the controversy with Bailey’s protector-plus-everything else, Craig Butler. Butler should not be faulted, in all the to and fro so far, for setting his conditions for the release of the young baller. There is nothing inherently wrong in his asking for details of a programme that is requesting the input of the considerable skills with which his “son” is blessed. He undoubtedly played a sterling role in Leon mastering his craft and would not want it to fall on rough ground, there to wane and wither away. As it entails in a United States collegiate system, parents are invited on visits for them to get the lay of the land that their charges will call their home for an extended period. Come on JFF, for reasons already explained, Leon should be brought home to be a member of the country’s squad to participate in its next home game. Any fallout that occurs from putting Butler’s grievances on hold will, hopefully, be cooled by the energy and excitement the introduction of Leon can be expected to give to the nation’s football. – Send feedback to laurieFoster2012@gmail.com.