LATEST STORIES Despite the Floodbuster’s surprise run in the 2016 Governors’ Cup, coach Chris Gavina found himself back to square one as he had to start from scratch after the team opted to let go of Nino Canaleta, Aldrech Ramos, Bradwyn Guinto, Keith Agovida, and Paolo Taha.With a new-look team led by Alex Mallari, Mahindra unsurprisingly struggled, dropping its first five games before scoring a breakthrough on Christmas Day, a 97-93 overtime victory over Blackwater, and following it up with a 105-82 triumph over Meralco.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 returnThough the Floodbuster ended the conference with a 3-8 slate, there were definitely some positives for the team going forward.“There’s definitely the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Gavina. “I’ve been telling the guys that our losses don’t define the character that we built and the resiliency of our guys to stay together. A lot of young guys are learning to deal with adversity and figure out how to be successful at the elite level. Being young, you can’t fast-track experience, but a lot of guys made a lot of headways.” For one, Mallari is looking like a legitimate go-to guy for Mahindra. Holdovers LA Revilla, Mark Yee, and Jason Ballesteros have also provided consistent contributions for the team. Its rookies Russel Escoto, Joseph Eriobu, and Reden Celda have also been solid, as well as free agent pickups Philip Paniamogan and Jeric Teng while veterans Ryan Arana and Gary David are expected to recover from their injuries in time for the second conference.“Our guys are really looking forward to coming back and hold themselves accountable for their performance,” Gavina said.“I truly believe that we’ll have a better showing,” he said. “We’re going to have extended time to really start teaching guys just how to play basketball, the way we need them to play – not the way they think they need to play – and develop the guys’ skill sets that I feel like we need to maximize them in our system. The way we develop is really uncanny. We break down players’ weaknesses and maximize them so we can turn those weaknesses into strengths.”Mallari believes the Floodbuster will make a splash in the Commissioner’s Cup.“We’re young and we got a lot of energy. We just need to put it all together. Every new team has a learning process and we know that. With an import, it’s going to take a lot of load out of the other guys and open up more opportunities for everybody. I think next conference, we’ll make some noise.”ADVERTISEMENT Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Escoto ‘positive’ about recovery from latest knee injury Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town But for that to happen, Gavina said that there should be continuity with the roster that he has.“I’m praying I won’t be losing eight guys again coming in the second conference and start from zero. If we can keep this core together, I think I’m expecting us where we want us to be,” he said, as the Mahindra management now begins to scour the globe for a reinforcement next conference.“Hopefully, we can get a monster of an import. I hope Kobe Bryant is available. Maybe he’s on our budget,” Gavina joked, ending the all-Filipino conference with a smile on his face.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 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 Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFinishing with the second-worst record may be a disappointment, but not for a team like Mahindra, which still managed to win three games despite losing its core players from last season.“We weren’t expecting to do big things. We’re expecting to go last, but we didn’t go last, so there’s some silver linings,” said Mahindra guard Alex Mallari.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG
“This is the strongest team that has the chance to go to the Finals, so I have hopes to see them in the Finals,” said Cayetano, who was in attendance during UP’s game against Ateneo at Filoil Flying V Centre.UP first showed some glimpses of its brilliance back in Season 78 when the Lady Maroons managed to get into the Final Four as the fourth seed, and though they lost to eventual runners-up Ateneo, it was the beginning of an impending development.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 Lady Maroons tore through the Season 79 with four straight wins to begin their campaign with Diana Carlos, Justine Dorog, Marian Buitre, and Isa Molde providing the youthful offense and the pair of Nicole Tiamzon and Kathy Bersola giving the veteran stability.UP’s catalyst, however, is setter Ayel Estrañero, who has been instrumental in the Lady Maroons’ surprising dominance of the league. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And though the Lady Maroons saw its winning streak end at the hands of Ateneo in straight sets, 25-14, 25-19, 25-21, Cayetano said they should never lose hope, as their setback is a natural part of the sport.“Everyone wants their team to win but sometimes there are valuable lessons when you lose so that’s how I look at it,” said Cayetano, who graduated cum laude in 1985. “That’s what I told them when I went to the dugout.”“They should learn from this lesson and there’s never an easy way to get to the championship so it’s part of playing. You can’t win them all, but of course I would’ve wanted to see them win but it’s all part of it.”ADVERTISEMENT FILE – UP Lady Maroons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines just got one heck of a believer. Sen. Pia Cayetano, a UP alum, on Sunday said the current squad of the Lady Maroons has the best chance of making it into the UAAP women’s volleyball finals. ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra ties series at 1-1, survives San Miguel in OT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 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 Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions View comments
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 China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ San Beda stays immaculate with beating of JRU Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University head coach Jamike Jarin said Wednesday they can’t do anything about their early exit from the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier but use it as a lesson months before the UAAP season begins.The Bulldogs had a chance to enter the quarterfinals but fell short against University of the Philippines, 59-56, in their final group stage game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ View comments “It was very disappointing because we were looking forward to going to the quarterfinals, but hats off to UP because they played really well despite their three key players not playing,” said Jarin as his team finished their run with a 4-4 record.NU played against a depleted UP team that did not include Paul Desiderio, Diego Dario, and Juan Gomez De Liaño.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 groundJarin added the Bulldogs will use their experience in the preseason to help them prepare better for the upcoming UAAP season.“Of course we will learn from this and pick up from what we learned and just keep moving onwards to the UAAP,” said Jarin who is on his first year as NU head coach after leaving San Beda. 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’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer “You have to stay confident and the good thing about this is the UAAP will not start tomorrow so we still have two months to work on our team.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
MOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Heat, Waiters agree on new deal “There’s probably a few adjectives there,” Lindsey said. “That may be a conversation for a later date.”The Jazz are losing 21.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game and their lone All-Star that helped return the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2012.“Certainly we will miss Gordon and his many contributions to our team, but I always tell our players that ‘adversity is opportunity in disguise,’” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said in a statement. “This is one of those moments and we need to live those words. We have a roster of young, talented and resilient players. I am confident that together we will accept this challenge while continuing to strive toward our goal of individual and collective improvement.“To further lament Gordon’s departure does not honor the commitment we have to our current players.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Gordon Hayward #20 of the Utah Jazz watches on during their game against the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena on January 18, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPSALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey hasn’t spoken with Gordon Hayward since the All-Star announced he was heading to the Boston Celtics. The two have texted back and forth, however.Lindsey wouldn’t lament Hayward’s choice to take Boston’s $128 million offer, understanding that it’s a personal decision that was made. But the process has left the Jazz in a bit of a bind. There were contingency plans in place in case Hayward left, but most available marquee players had made their decisions before Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LSU title parade draws massive crowds 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 “Timing has been problematic,” Lindsey said Wednesday. “It’s time for us to pivot. It’s time for us to move on. We like our young group and we think we’re going to keep the defensive integrity.“There’s not as many prospects left on the board because of the timing. So we’ll take a look at it, prospects at every level.”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’Things took a bizarre turn Tuesday as early reports had Hayward going to Boston, but his agent later put out a statement that the decision had not been made. Hours later, it was announced through a Hayward-written post on The Players’ Tribune .Lindsey declined to address the way it was handled or the way he was informed. Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation
PREMEDITATED Kemahl ‘The Hitman’ Russell is now the Junior North American Boxing Federation middleweight champion after a technical knockout win over Ian ‘The General’ Green in New York on Saturday night. Russell controlled the fight throughout and his combination of body shots and jabs to the face was too much for Green to handle. Green gave up in the seventh round after the doctor at ringside felt that he had received too much punishment throughout the rounds. “The fight should’ve been stopped earlier, if you ask me,” Russell told The Gleaner. “He was taking a lot of punishment. They were trying not to stop the fight. The referee was trying to give him a chance to get back and give a good fight. It was a good fight. He didn’t get knocked out, and he was trying to come back and he couldn’t. I was the better boxer. I was the better fighter inside and outside. I was stronger, I was faster, I had the better IQ (intelligence quotient), I had the better ring, craft, I had the better leg movement, and I was the better all-round boxer. ” Before the bout, Russell had said that he had three strategies that he was looking to use throughout the match. He would not give details about them at the time, but he told The Gleaner yesterday that he was able to use those tactics as effectively as he had planned to. “Going into the fight, I programmed my mind and body a certain way to fight – where you’re gonna throw the punches, which speed you’re gonna throw the punches with, moving the head and moving the foot. It’s a premeditated thing,” Russell said. “One of the strategies was going to the body, which worked very very well, and the other was using the jab. Then the other was coming over the top with the right hand because I knew that his left hand would always be down, even when I’m close. When he put up his left hand, then I went to the body.” Russell, who also won the Wray and Nephew Contender Series two years ago, describes the feeling of being a continentally recognised champion as extraordinary, especially because he won in front of boxing great Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield, whom he watched and respected growing up. He said that this is just the beginning of many successes. “Trust me, it’s really special,” Russell said. “It’s a good look, not only for me, but for Jamaica as well, especially to know that you have boxers out there with things going on and to know that we have good athletes here in the field of boxing. “It’s one of the best feelings. I’ve never experienced anything else like this. Nothing else can give me that feeling.” Russell’s record now moves to 12 wins, 10 by knockout, 1 loss, and no draws.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): Neymar admitted yesterday that he is not 100 per cent in shape after a week’s training with Brazil in its FIFA World Cup preparations. The striker said he still feels discomfort in his recovering right foot but believes he will be better for the tournament in Russia, which begins June 14. “Physically, I am well. My foot is fine. I am adapting in a few things. I still feel some discomfort, but it is not something that will trouble me,” the 26-year-old Neymar told journalists at Brazil’s football confederation headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. Asked how well he was feeling now, Neymar answered: “Not 100 per cent yet. But that comes with time. It is normal that I have this fear of making complete movements. Let’s take it easy. There are still many days until the [World Cup] opener, and I will be 100 per cent then.” Neymar has not played a match since February but hopes to be on the pitch again in Brazil’s friendly against Croatia on June 3 in Liverpool. “I am ready to play. There is nothing that can stop me,” he said. “What I feel today is this fear because I am coming back now.” The Brazilian was forced to leave the 2014 World Cup with a vertebral fracture in the 2-1 victory against Colombia in the quarter-finals. “I hope that dream is not interrupted once more and that it is consolidated with a title for us,” Neymar said. During the week in the Granja Comary training camp in Teresopolis, outside Rio, Neymar continued his recovery dribbling and passing at high speed. Members of Brazil’s coaching staff have tried to reduce pressure on the star by saying it would take time until he delivered his best performances. Brazil’s 20-man squad left for London yesterday to continue its World Cup preparations.
Track: Good Weather: Fine Race 1 1600 M (Purse $600,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3) DR ST AUBYN BARTLETT JP *1. #5 DUSSELDORF OnBeckford2 52.0 $117.00 $69.00 2. #7 CHIEF PROSPECT DAThomas 57.0 6-1/2L $107.00 3. #8 NASDAQ PRINCESS JPatterson* 53.0 5-1/2L $296.00 4. #9 ORIGINAL TRAIN PParchment 54.0 3/4L 5. #2 FIERY PATH BebHarvey* 55.0 Nose Final Time : 1:45.0 Splits : 25.3, 50.0, 1:16.2 Winner : 5yo ch horse – RISING MOON – LADY GEETADEO Trainer : EDWARD STANBERRY Owner : HUGAL DOUGLAS Bred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P. Qu: $517.00 Ex: $775.00 Tri: $4,220.00 Superfecta: $15,649.00 Hi-5: $46,754.50 Race 2 1600 M (Purse $620,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) ELIAS HALOUTE 1. #10 MISS JUDY JInnis* 50.0 $1658.00 $316.00 2. #2 BLOOD SONG SEllis 56.0 3L $78.00 3. #9 UNEXPECTED LSteadman* 54.0 3-1/4L $137.00 4. #7 AGNES T OEdwards 52.0 3L Final Time : 1:44.1 Splits : 24.2, 47.4, 1:14.0 Winner : 4yo b filly – NATURAL SELECTION – REGAL SENSATION Trainer : PAUL CHARLTON Owner : VEN DEEZLE Bred by MILLWOOD CLARKE Qu: $3,633.00 Ex: $18,834.00 D/E: $3,978.00 Tri: $7,378.00 Superfecta carry-over : $112,264.75 Hi-5 carry-over : $61,587.50 Race 3 1000 M (R) (Purse $660,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4) CLIVE EVANS & LINVAL McFARLANE *1. #5 FORTUNEONEHUNDRED RoshJohnson4 53.0 $71.00 $53.00 2. #4 MILAGRO AntThomas2 52.0 2L $71.00 3. #7 PRINCE SAMMO GRichards 57.0 4L $113.00 4. #9 BUCKALUCK DDawkins* 52.0 1-1/2L JF #1 WOODHOUSE SEllis 54.5 Final Time : 1:02.1 Splits : 23.3, 47.4 Winner : 8yo horse – KEYED ENTRY – M. Y. BRIDLEWOOD Trainer : DENNIS LEE Owner : DENNIS LEE Bred by BRIDLEWOOD FARMU Qu: $206.00 Ex: $215.00 D/E: $3,013.00 Tri: $263.00 Superfecta: $1,282.00 Rolling Triple: $10,350.00 DRUMBEAT TROPHY Race 4 1000 M (S) (Purse $600,000) 4-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3) 1. #5 BULLET RAJ OnBeckford2 52.0 $145.00 $50.00 *2. #8 ROYAL GIRL GRichards 55.0 4-1/2L $50.00 3. #1 LAGUNA POINT AntThomas2 51.5 10-1/2L $50.00 4. #9 MR. COOKIE RoshJohnson4 53.5 3/4L DNF #2 ZEUS AChatrie 53.0 DNF #3 WILLINSTON MWard3 50.0 Late scratch : #4 SUNDANCE, #10 RED EAGLE Final Time : 1:02.0 Splits : 22.3, 47.4 Winner : 5yo ch gelding – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – DANCING GOLD Trainer : IAN ROBERTS Owner : NADON Bred by WILBERT BAGWANDEEN Qu: $98.00 Ex: $227.00 D/E: $206.00 Tri: $135.00 Superfecta: $394.00 Rolling Triple: $13,335.00 Race 5 1820 M (Purse $650,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3) VINCENT EDWARDS O.D 1. #7 MUSKETOON WHenry 55.0 $536.00 $277.00 2. #12 WINTER IS COMING GRichards 56.0 2L $87.00 3. #6 DADA’S NALA PHolder 51.0 Neck $211.00 4. #3 VICE ROYALTY DDawkins* 54.0 1-3/4L 5. #10 DEAL MARKER SEllis 55.0 2-1/2L Final Time : 2:00.3 Splits : 27.2, 53.1, 1:18.3, 1:45.0 Winner : 4yo dk b/br colt – STORM CRAFT – DANCING MIA Trainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : STEPHAN NARINESINGH Bred by LAKELAND FARMS LTD. Qu: $945.00 Ex: $1,704.00 D/E: $1,084.00 Tri: $6,770.00 Superfecta: $30,182.00 Hi-5: $45,021.00 Rolling Triple: $3,399.00 Pick-5: $91,870.00 (5/5) LESLIE McRAE MEMORIAL TROPHY Race 6 1100 M (Purse $870,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.I) 1. #7 HERECOMESTHEBOSS DDawkins* 52.0 $314.00 $117.00 *2. #11 A SEH SOUP DCardenas 52.0 3/4L $95.00 3. #2 PANDORA’S BOX OWalker 52.5 1-1/4L $115.00 4. #9 SLY STALLOON OnBeckford2 52.0 3/4L 5. #3 LAZER LIGHT DGordon 54.0 26/1 Sh.Head Final Time : 1:10.3 Splits : 23.4, 48.1 Winner : 3yo b filly – CASUAL TRICK – INTENSIFIED Trainer: FITZGERALD RICHARDS Owner : COLLA Bred by BURNETT & PAULETTE MORRIS Qu: $446.00 Ex: $1,128.00 D/E: $2,524.00 Tri: $1,342.00 Superfecta: $2,779.00 Hi-5: $5,949.00 Rolling Triple: $10,285.00 JRC’S JOCKEYS’ TRAINING SCHOOL RACE #2 Race 7 1400 M (Purse $600,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT DAVID McKENZIE *1. #11 CLOUDY GREYT STownsend 55.0 $122.00 $94.00 2. #6 PYTHAGORAS THEOREM RSpencer 53.0 1-3/4L $176.00 3. #3 BORONIA RLewis 53.0 7-1/2L $246.00 4. #14 LADY BUDGET SFletcher 53.0 3-3/4L 5. #10 FIRST SELECTION TFoster 53.0 3/4L Final Time : 1:31.2 Splits : 24.0, 48.0, 1:15.4, Winner : 4 gr filly – FEARLESS VISION – SAFE LANDING Trainer : PATRICK LYNCH Owner : CUDS Bred by COURTNEY WALSH Qu: $576.00 Ex: $1,036.00 D/E: $1,861.00 Tri: $3,910.00 Superfecta: $21,535.00 Hi-5: $24,791.00 Rolling Triple: $34,459.00 Pick-4: $50,296.00 (4/4) Single Winner Bonus : $3,770,523.25 Super-6: $934,407.50 (6/6) Race 8 1000 M (R) (Purse $800,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($850,0-$750,0)/NB3YO&UP(NW4) DR. CLIFFORD BRADFORD 1. #3 LOOSE CANNON AntThomas2 51.5 $124.00 $57.00 *2. #6 ARMAGEDDON OWalker 55.0 Neck $55.00 3. #11 LITTLE BIG HORN OEdwards 53.0 2-1/4L $107.00 4. #2 SHINING LIGHT AChatrie 54.0 1L 5. #1 TALENTED TONY K DCardenas 54.0 1L Late scratch : #12 SMOKEY TOPAZ Final Time : 1:00.3 Splits : 22.4, 46.1 Winner : 4yo ch colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – DEVIL WOMAN Trainer: ERROL WAUGH Owner: CONNECTICUT Bred by HAM STABLES LTD. Qu: $139.00 Ex: $286.00 D/E: $566.00 Tri: $454.00 Superfecta: $1,334.00 Hi-5: $2,404.50 Rolling Triple: $8,697.00 LESLIE McRAE MEMORIAL TROPHY Race 9 1100 M (Purse $870,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.II) *1. #1 MADAM SECRETARY OWalker 52.5 $83.00 $53.00 2. #6 UNCLE HONEY RLahoe 54.0 1-1/2L $64.00 3. #5 SACRIFICE OWhite 54.0 1L $112.00 4. #12 GOLDEN DESTINY OScott2 52.0 1/2L 5. #9 NUCLEAR DAN DADA RHalledeen 54.0 1-3/4L Final Time : 1:09.1 Splits : 23.3, 48.1 Winner : 3yo ch filly – FILM DIRECTOR – LISA VIBES Trainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : CARLTON WATSON Bred by ASTON MARSH (DR.) Qu: $229.00 Ex: $329.00 D/E: $226.00 Tri: $1,299.00 Superfecta: $4,102.00 Hi-5: $12,109.50 Rolling Triple: $1,207.00 Placepot 8: $2,092.00 (8/8) THOROUGHBRED RACING HALL-OF-FAME STAKES TROPHY Race 10 1200 M (Purse $1,250,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE *1. #3 MR. UNIVERSE GRichards 52.0 $95.00 $66.00 2. #10 WONG DON AntThomas2 51.0 11L 148.00 3. #11 CAMPESINO ISpence 57.0 1L 100.00 4. #5 ANOTHER BULLET RHalledeen 57.0 3/4L 5. #1 JAMAI RAJA LMiller 50.5 2L Final Time : 1:11.1 Splits : 22.3, 46.0 Winner : 4yo ch colt – REGION OF MERIT – RAGING FURY Trainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : CARLTON WATSON Bred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD. Qu: $1,160.00 Ex: $1,474.00 D/E: $217.00 Tri: $1,476.00 Superfecta: $12,278.00 Hi-5 carry-over : $82,696.25 Rolling Triple: $491.00 Race 11 1200 M (Purse $650,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3) RICHARD AZAN 1. #9 MY ANGEL BRIANNAH OScott2 50.5 $254.00 $148.00 2. #8 BUCK CALL DCardenas 50.5 4L $124.00 3. #13 PARTY PRINCESS DAThomas 53.0 Sh.Head $204.00 4. #4 PHOTOGENIC AChatrie 52.0 Neck *5. #12 BOFFO OWalker 52.5 *2/1 Head Final Time : 1:16.2 Splits : 23.4, 48.4 Winner : 5yo ch mare – ZAHAAZEH – BROWN SUGAR Trainer: RALPH ROBERTS Owner : RALPH ROBERTS Bred by TAINIYA SELENA KERR Qu: $600.00 Ex: $1,425.00 D/E: $648.00 Tri: $1,832.00 Superfecta: $6,936.00 Hi-5: $17,837.00 Rolling Triple: $1,409.00 Pick-4: $3,676.00 (4/4) Single Winner Bonus: $3,913,908.05 Pick-5: $7,596.00 (5/5) Super-6: $25,432.30 (6/6) Pick-9: $1,865,075.20 (9/9)
MILAN (AP):Juventus missed Mario Mandzukic and Giorgio Chiellini. They got by with Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus came from behind to win at relegation-threatened Empoli 2-1 yesterday and maintain their unbeaten start in Serie A.His first was a perfectly placed penalty, and his second was a magnificent 20-yard strike, which his coach, Massimiliano Allegri, called “a moment of magic”.”Those types of moves should be shown to kids in football academies rather than boring them with theory and tactics,” Allegri said. “Tomorrow, so many of them will go out and try to imitate the feat of a superstar: By doing that they will certainly learn more than with abstract concepts.”Ronaldo has seven goals in 10 league matches and four in four since being accused of rape in the United States last month.Following a midweek win at Manchester United in the Champions League, Mandzukic was out injured along with Emre Can and Sami Khedira. Juventus was dealt another blow when defender Chiellini limped out of the warm-up and was replaced in the starting line-up by Daniele Rugani.
Take due care If athletes’ welfare is not taken into consideration then we may lose some very talented athletes, or other issues such as mental health may affect some of our athletes. We could lose some as they no longer trust the system and stop training for national teams. Another challenge is that at the professional level we tend to believe that these athletes can take care of themselves. This, unfortunately is not really true. I believe that there needs to be national support for the well-being of athletes. While there is a Jamaica Athlete Welfare and Development fund still ongoing out of the Ministry of Sports, this is in no way meeting most of the needs of our sportsmen and women. I also believe that the Institute of Sports (Insports) needs revamping. Government should use that body as the organisation to focus on developing high-performance athletes. It should still focus on youth development but as part of a more structured programme that seeks to guide athletes from youth to professional levels. Within that space, the Institute could also have a division that caters to athlete welfare. I think the framework is there. In fact, the Government had done a great job in implementing a National Sports Policy which provides an outline for national sport development. What is now needed is proper implementation to achieve the various objectives. The truth is that if we have a case here in any sport in Jamaica similar to that of US Gymnastics, then the difficulty will be ensuring protection for the athletes’ well-being and exposing what Associations might be doing. Like the USOC, the Jamaica Olympic Association is the custodian of the Olympic Charter in Jamaica and can play a role in revamping any sporting association. As we continue to support our sportsmen and women, let us look out for the signs that they may be facing challenges to their well-being, or that their welfare is not being supported. – Dalton Myers is a sports consultant and administrator. Email feedback to [email protected] The fallout from the sentencing of former USA gymnastics team doctor and a physician at Michigan State University, Larry Nasser took another turn when news emerged earlier this week that the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is making moves to remove the US Gymnastics as the governing body for that sport in that country. This comes on the heel of the resignation of the CEO who was chosen to help with this process of reform. The USOC indicated that it seems unlikely that the necessary reform can come from within, and as a result, it may need to intervene. This is a very interesting move, extending the ripple effects of what happened at the USOC for many years. Nasser was found guilty and sentenced for sexually abusing gymnasts under his care for many years. Meanwhile, a tribunal in Britain has learnt that there was a “toxic relationship” between British Taekwondo coaches and medics. This is because it is believed that athletes’ welfare was being sacrificed for winning medals at the Olympics as British Gymnastics and others are believed to receive increase funding based on medals won. This resulted in concerns about injuries to athletes and their general well-being. As the tribunal hearing continues, this is definitely a case to keep an eye on. In Jamaica, we have not had such fallout but both cases make you wonder who protects the interest and welfare of athletes in competitive environments. Locally, many persons have complained about the ill-treatment or overworking of athletes at all levels, from high school to professional realms but there is no formal functional sports oversight body to which athletes feel that they can make a genuine complaint, and have it dealt with Professional sport is very competitive and funding is often heavily dependent on performance. Most sporting associations and sports equate success to mean medals. In our unique situation, the welfare of athletes seems to rest with their track clubs, their agents and/or managers. Athletes will trust these persons as they tend to hold the keys to contracts, funding and moral support. While we may want to believe in these handlers, history tells us that we still need to pay keen attention to issues such as sexual assault, physical abuse, overwork and psychological abuse that can affect the welfare of our athletes.
LOS ANGELES, AP – There’s no NBA Finals rematch this year on Christmas. Not technically, anyway. It’s LeBron James vs the Golden State Warriors for the fourth consecutive year on December 25, though James will be wearing a Los Angeles Lakers uniform this time. It was a predictable matchup. It isn’t, however, a break from tradition. That’s one of the biggest misnomers about the NBA and the schedule. An NBA Finals rematch is not common, not the norm, not a guarantee for the last two teams that were standing the previous season. The league has crowned a champion every year since 1947, and the tradition of Christmas Day games started later that same year. (They’ve been an annual fixture since, with the exception of 1998, when a lockout didn’t allow that season to begin until February.) But there have been only nine NBA Finals rematches on December 25. The recent Golden State-Cleveland history may make it seem like more. James has been in five Finals rematches on Christmas, all since 2011: Miami vs Dallas that year, Oklahoma City vs Miami the following year, and Cleveland vs Golden State in each of the last three years. The other four rematches on the holiday: Orlando vs Houston in 1995, Philadelphia vs the Lakers in 2001, San Antonio vs Detroit in 2005 and Boston vs the Lakers in 2008. So instead of a Cavs-Warriors rematch, getting Lakers vs Warriors — for the first time in the LeBron LA era — makes perfect sense. “Bron is Bron,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “They’re going to be tough, a tough matchup on Christmas Day, but we’re looking forward to it.” Inevitably, so will James. Even with the Lakers having lost four of their last six games, they’re off to a 19-14 start — their best since the 2011-12 season. “We’ve got a long way to go to get to Golden State,” James said in September. He’s about to get his first look at how the Lakers measure up with the champs. CHRISTMAS LINEUP Tuesday’s slate starts with Milwaukee at New York, followed by Oklahoma City at Houston, Philadelphia at Boston, the Lakers at the Warriors and then Portland at Utah. It’s Milwaukee’s first Christmas game since 1977, which will end what was by far the league’s longest December 25 drought. Utah have not played on Christmas since 1997. A look at each of the five games: BUCKS AT KNICKS Congratulations to the schedule-makers, because there’s no way they could have known this Christmas game would be wrapped in animus. Giannis Antetokounmpo was peeved at New York forward Mario Hezonja — who dunked on him, stared at him and then stepped over him when the teams met on December 1. THUNDER AT ROCKETS A rematch of a game from Christmas 2017, which the Thunder won 112-107. Oklahoma City are 6-2 on Christmas since the team moved there; when the franchise was in Seattle, they were 0-11 on the holiday. Rockets star Chris Paul will miss Christmas for the third straight year — with the Clippers, he had a left hamstring strain and missed their game against the Lakers in 2016, he sat out last year’s Houston-OKC game with a groin strain and this year, it’s another left hamstring issue that will keep him out. 76ERS AT CELTICS These are heated, historic rivals, but they’ve met on Christmas only once before — in 1961, when the 76ers were the Syracuse Nationals. Boston, which famously avoided home Christmas games forever (the Celtics played their first 30 such games away from Boston), will be at home on the holiday for the second consecutive season. LAKERS AT WARRIORS It’s the 20th consecutive Christmas appearance for the Lakers, and with James there now, don’t expect that streak to end anytime soon. Warriors star Kevin Durant apparently loves playing on the holiday; he’s averaging 31.1 points in his eight previous Christmas games. TRAIL BLAZERS AT JAZZ Portland are 14-3 all-time on Christmas and could tie Miami (10-2) for the best winning percentage on the holiday if they top the Jazz. Meanwhile, for Utah, it’s a chance for Jazz star guard Donovan Mitchell to get his first — but almost certainly not his last — look at playing on Christmas. CHRISTMAS HISTORY The NBA’s five-game Christmas lineup is back for an 11th consecutive year, and that may seem like a lot of matchups but has been exceeded plenty of times in the past. There were seven games on the holiday in 1949, 1971 and 1977, as well as six in 1970 and 1976. And there were some years where everybody played on Christmas. In 1952, the league had 10 teams, so that meant five Christmas games. In 1956, the league’s eight teams got together for two Christmas doubleheaders — two games at Madison Square Garden, two others at the War Memorial in Rochester, New York. And in 1959, eight teams meant four games on the holiday again. With Milwaukee playing, the league’s longest Christmas drought will belong to the Atlanta Hawks, who haven’t appeared on the holiday since 1989. After the Hawks, the longest droughts will be held by Charlotte (no appearances in 29 seasons), Memphis (no appearances in 24 seasons), Toronto (2001), Sacramento (2003), Indiana (2004) and Detroit (2005). Everyone else has played at least one Christmas game since 2009.