SUSPICIOUS DOPING The revelations of “suspicious” doping test results from major athletic competitions by an article that appeared in the Sunday Times of England many days ago have brought the expected howls of protest from the IAAF and other organisations, whose main problem seems to be “a who talk?”. The good news is that the World Anti-Doping Authority has immediately launched an investigation into the allegations that athletes with unusual blood test results seem to be doping with impunity. Confirmation of doping from blood test results can only be done after comparing results from that same athlete over time, the main reason for an Athlete Biological Passport, which Jamaica started to collect in 2015. Last Friday, news emerged that Russian female marathoner Lilya Shobukhova, who won the London marathon in 2010 and was runner-up in 2011, had all her results since 2009 annulled because of doping. This athlete was exposed by the Sunday Times article as having ‘extreme blood scores’ for nine years before the IAAF took action in 2014, yet the London Marathon organiser who allegedly paid for the tests was not informed until the publication of the Sunday Times article. London Marathon organisers are now seeking to recover over half a million pounds in prize and appearance money from the disgraced Russian athlete four years after she doped. Trying to find out “a who talk” is not the answer, but a timely and transparent testing process and results management that ensures cheaters are exposed and those who do not cheat are rewarded. FAILURE TO ADJUST TACTICS Our failure lies in the inability of the team to adjust tactics during a game based on the strength and weaknesses of an opponent. This can only be done by the coaching staff. In a preliminary game against England last week, we at home witnessed the ‘same old, same old’ result. Jamaica going off to a blistering start, mesmerising our opponents, leading fairly comfortably, then came failure to adjust tactics, thus an eventual defeat. As a result of that defeat, our Sunshine Girls (who beat Scotland and qualified for the quarter-finals) can still go on to win and confound those who see New Zealand as the best team on show, but in reality, our chances now are much slimmer than when the Girls left Jamaica. What this country needs is coaching by tried and proven experts, who just happen to be available locally! The blatant and barefaced determination of netball hierarchy to refuse to give ‘guru’ Winston Nevers full control of the programme will continue to be our lone obstacle in the quest to be the best in international netball. Every year, every competition, it is the same thing – we play well against Caribbean neighbours, beat the rest of the competition ranked fifth to wherever, lead in our matches against the top-three teams in the world, they adjust their tactics, we don’t, then we crash to a defeat. In the past, it was easy to blame fitness. Not this time. These are the fittest Girls ever sent away to World Championships. Hopefully, netball leaders realise that when pointing an index finger at a supposed cause of our defeat, at least three fingers are pointing directly at them. Jamaica’s team to netball’s World Championships, the Sunshine Girls, has been the fittest, best trained, best fed, best sponsored of all the previous netball teams to any international competition in living memory. The Girls have a new coach and an overseas technical director (well paid) and a support team par excellence. They left Jamaica with a lot of good wishes and support as they sought to challenge world powerhouse teams Australia and New Zealand for netball’s ultimate prize. But first, they have to go through the rounds and qualify for the semi-finals and then the finals. The Jamaicans are ranked fourth in the world, not an achievement to be sniffed at. However, for far too long we have been sometimes third, most times fourth, in these competitions. For me, this is unacceptable as I have always felt that the Sunshine Girls, with the talent displayed and their athleticism, deserve to be number one in the world.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2 MANCHESTER UNITED 1GOALS:- BOURNEMOUTH: STANISLAS 2nd; KING 54th. UNITED: FELLAINI 24th.A week after toppling reigning Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea, newly promoted Bournemouth shocked Manchester United. After David de Gea was beaten from a corner by Junior Stanislas, United equalised via Marouane Fellaini. The visitors faded after the break and could not fight back after Joshua King fired in from Matt Ritchie’s set piece.CRYSTAL PALACE 1 SOUTHAMPTON 0GOAL:- PALACE: CABAYE 38th.Crystal Palace moved up to sixth in the Barclays Premier League thanks to a Yohan Cabaye winner. The hosts fully deserved their first Barclays Premier League win over Southampton, a victory that also extended Palace’s unbeaten run to three league games. Yannick Bolasie’s cross allowed the unmarked Cabaye to tap home from six yards late in the first half.MANCHESTER CITY 2 SWANSEA CITY 1GOALS:- CITY: BONY 26th; IHEANACHO 90th. SWANSEA: GOMIS 90th.Manchester City went top of the Barclays Premier League on Saturday thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s injury-time deflection. City, beaten at Stoke a week ago, struggled against managerless Swansea, who sacked Garry Monk on Wednesday. And after Wilfried Bony lost Ashley Williams to score against his former club, Bafetimbi Gomis’ late equaliser looked like it would earn a point – before Iheanacho’s lucky strike.NORWICH CITY 1 EVERTON 1GOALS:- NORWICH: HOOLAHAN 47th. EVERTON: LUKAKU 15th.Romelu Lukaku scored for the sixth successive time in the Barclays Premier League, but Norwich produced a battling second-half display to hold Everton to their third straight Premier League draw. Lukaku scored with a header from Gerard Deulofeu’s excellent cross. Wes Hoolahan levelled for Norwich from close range before Cameron Jerome missed a great chance for the hosts.SUNDERLAND 0 WATFORD 1GOAL:- WATFORD: IGHALO 4th.Watford claimed their third successive win through Odion Ighalo’s early goal to leave Sunderland in the relegation zone. Ighalo and Black Cats defender Sebastian Coates met Allan Nyom’s low cross at the near post and diverted the ball past Costel Pantilimon. Sunderland took time to find a response but dominated the second half.WEST HAM UNITED 0 STOKE CITY 0These teams drew for the third Barclays Premier League game in a row at the Boleyn Ground. Marco van Ginkel, brought in for the injured Xherdan Shaqiri, had Stoke’s best chance in the first half but he put wide from close range. West Ham enjoyed more action in front of goal but they were denied time after time by Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.
Warm-up matches Thursday, March 10: vs India – Eden Garden, Kolkata Sunday, March 13: vs Australia – Eden Garden, Kolkata Super 10 Group 1 matches Full match schedule Wednesday, March 16: vs England – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Sunday, March 20: vs Sri Lanka – M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore Friday, March 25: vs South Africa – Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur Sunday, March 27: vs Qualifier 1B – Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur ST JOHN’S, Antigua: Johnson Charles has been named to replace Darren Bravo in the West Indies squad for the ICC World Twenty20 Championship. The tournament will be played in India from March 8 to April 3. The 27-year-old Charles is a top-order batsman who can also keep wicket. He is also an occasional medium-pace bowler. He has represented the West Indies in 23 T20 Internationals so far, and was member of the team which won the ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka in 2012. During that tournament, he was Man of the Match against England with a match-winning 84 at Pallekele in the quarter-finals. The West Indies are due to arrive in Kolkata on March 7 ahead of the tournament. They will have official warm-up matches against India on Thursday, March 10, and against Australia on Sunday, March 13. West Indies have been drawn in Group 1 of the Super 10 stage, where they will play alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and one of the qualifiers from the first round. Squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor.
Track Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1820 M (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO-NW41. LADY BELRIDGE OMullings 52.02. SIR SOUTH HPottinger3 51.0 Sh.Head3. *BRAVE PROSPECT JPatterson3 54.0 1 1/2L4. PLAY STATION OWhite 52.0 2 1/2LLate scratch: #5 RAY RAYWIN: $321.00Final Time: 1:58.4 Splits : 27.1, 52.0, 1:16.4, 1:43.1Winner : 6yo b mare – OUTRIGGER out of DOCANDME by JOESLEWTrainer : TOWNSEND,RAYMOND I Owner : RIDGEWOODQuinella : (3,6) $781.00 Exacta : (6-3) $1,136.00Trifecta : (6-3-7) $426.00Race 2 1200 M (Purse $500,000) NB5-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. DANISH BROWN OMullings 53.02. *IDON’TKNOW RLunan 53.0 5L3. THEGREATALLIANCE AChatrie 55.0 5L4. DEPUTY HEADGIRL JErwin 53.0 3/4LDNF #3 LADY MARCIANNE LWalters 55.0 45/1Late scratch : #5 MR. MUSMAKIT, #6 RAWALPINDI EXPRESSWIN: $144.00Final Time : 1:17.2 Splits : 24.2, 48.3, ,Winner : 5yo ch filly – REGION OF MERIT out of EAST WIND by ALISIOSTrainer : BURRELL,RENEX L Owner : RENEX L BURRELLQuinella : (2,4) $229.00 Exacta : (4-2) $312.00D/E : (6-4) $685.00 (6-5) $298.00 (6-6) $254.00Superfecta : (4-2-1-8) $262.00Race 3 1200 M (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE1. *CAMPESINO WGriffiths,OD 55.02. BRAWN DaneNelson 52.5 2 1/4L3. ROYAL ASSAULT WHenry 50.5 3 1/2L4. FORCE DE JOUR NBerger4 46.0 1 1/4LWIN: $70.00PLACE: $53.00, $66.00, $69.00Final Time : 1:11.0 Splits : 22.4, 45.4, ,Winner : 6yo b horse – COMPADRE out of YAELLA by BOLD EXECUTIVETrainer : FEANNY,PHILIP M Owner : HAMARK FARMSQuinella : (2,7) $203.00 Exacta : (2-7) $208.00D/E : (4-2) $304.00Trifecta : (2-7-4) $137.00Rolling Triple : (6-4-2) $2,458.00Race 4 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. *MY WAY OWalker 54.02. PATCH RWilson 54.0 4L3. THAT’S THE MAN AMartin 54.5 1 1/4L4. JASON’S GOLD JErwin 52.5 1 3/4L5. DUTCHESS URIEL LSteadman2 53.5 1LLate scratch : #12 UNCLE BUNNYWIN: $51.00PLACE: $58.00, $94.00, $208.00Final Time : 0:58.1 Splits : 22.3, 45.1, ,Winner : 3yo ch colt – MARKET RALLY out of ALL IN by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : MILADE AZANQuinella : (9,14) $199.00 Exacta : (14-9) $226.00D/E : (2-14) $66.00 (2-12) $91.00Trifecta : (14-9-7) $516.00Hi-5 : (14-9-7-16-8) $3,954.00Rolling Triple : (4-2-14) $451.00Race 5 1000 M (R) (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP-NW31. FIX IT UP AMartin 55.02. PERFECT GOLD DDawkins3 50.0 1L3. FABULOUSCONNECTION HPottinger3 53.0 2 3/4L4. WAR CHIP DaneNelson 53.0 NeckLate scratch : #3 TURBULENT VELOCITY, #7 CLASSICAL TRAINWIN: $384.00PLACE: $154.00, $1324.00, $143.00Final Time : 1:01.1 Splits : 23.2, 47.1, ,Winner : 4yo filly – URBAN KING out of LA CHAISE byTrainer : MARKLAND,O’NEIL D Owner : O’NEIL D MARKLANDQuinella : (8,10) $7,517.00 Exacta : (10-8) $46,778.00D/E : (14-10) $685.00Superfecta : (10-8-1-5) $122,480.00Rolling Triple : (2-14-10) $822.00Race 6 1300 M (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3/OT)1. HAILEY’S COMET KPowell 50.02. *TOUCH DE ROAD RLahoe 52.0 3 1/4L3. NATASHADONTPLAY JPatterson3 49.5 1 1/2L4. XQUISITE CHOICE HPottinger3 51.0 1 1/4L5. BAD BOY JUSTIN AChatrie 52.5 1LLate scratch : #3 AWESOME CATWIN: $358.00PLACE: $233.00, $115.00, $129.00Final Time : 1:21.1 Splits : 24.3, 49.1, 1:14.1,Winner : 5yo b filly – IMAGE MAKER out of REGINA ROYALE by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : DARBY,RYAN O Owner : IAN M ROBERTSQuinella : (2,8) $774.00 Exacta : (8-2) $1,483.00D/E : (10-8) $3,014.00 (10-3) $878.00Trifecta : (8-2-12) $3,242.00Hi-5 : (8-2-12-7-9) $17,242.00Rolling Triple : (14-10-8) $5,104.00Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. SAMORA (AndreePowell) 4 49.02. SIR LEYLAND HALL RNelson 56.0 5L3. *FIRE ALARM RHalledeen 53.5 1L4. GOLD SCREW MWard4 52.0 3/4L4. MAMETA OFoster 53.0 dead heat6. #4 KACI DaneNelson 53.0 3LWIN: $8653.00PLACE: $726.00, $97.00, $66.00Final Time : 0:58.2 Splits : 22.2, 45.0, ,Winner : 4yo colt – HOMING INSTINCT out of SHAKIRA SHAKIRA byTrainer : PLUMMER,DONOVAN Owner : SOMORA CLARKEQuinella : (1,11) $11,266.00 Exacta : (11-1) $53,570.00D/E : (8-11) $155,560.00Trifecta : (11-1-3) $44,023.00Hit-6 carry-over : $213,934.50Rolling Triple : (10-8-11) $97,276.00Super-6 : (4-2-14-10-8-11) $682,425.20CLIFFORD STEWART MEMORIAL CUPRace 8 1200 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO-NW2 & 6YO-NW41. ST. BERNARD OWalker 54.02. AQUILO WHenry 54.0 Sh.Head3. EL NUMERO UNO RLunan 55.0 Sh.Head4. EL CLIENTE OEdwards3 51.0 Neck5. BLESSEDNESS JInnis3 49.0 1/2LDNF #11 WARRIOR PRINCESS JErwin 53.5WIN: $248.00PLACE: $98.00, $119.00, $86.00Final Time : 1:15.1 Splits : 23.1, 47.1, ,Winner : 7yo ch horse – TRACKING out of LUVABLE by LAW OF THE SEATrainer : BEECHAM,MICHAEL A Owner : PHILIP A EDWARDSQuinella : (7,12) $1,404.00 Exacta : (12-7) $2,365.00D/E : (11-12) $214,504.00Trifecta : (12-7-1) $4,124.00Hi-5 carry-over : $68,384.55Rolling Triple : (8-11-12) $1,961.00PlacePot 8 : (3,6-2,4-2,7-9,14-8,10-2,8-1,11-7,12) $165,750.00Race 9 1400 M (Purse $500,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT FINISHED 1st – 2nd SINCE DEC.111. STORMONTHESEA (AndrePowell) 4 51.02. VERONICA B JPatterson3 52.0 2 3/4L3. COSEQUIN OEdwards3 51.0 Head4. ZANZIBAR HPottinger3 52.0 2 1/2L5. JOHN D LINJAH DDawkins3 49.0 NeckWIN: $1536.00PLACE: $890.00, $96.00, $537.00Final Time : 1:30.3 Splits : 24.0, 48.1, 1:16.0,Winner : 5yo dk b/br colt – STORM CRAFT out of VELOCITY byTrainer : HARDIAL,RUDOLPH M Owner : JACQUELINE M. BURGESS & EMILE K. WRIGHTQuinella : (4,5) $13,106.00 Exacta : (5-4) $19,656.00D/E : (12-5) $51,410.00Trifecta : (5-4-8) $87,160.00Hi-5 carry-over : $200,681.65Rolling Triple : (11-12-5) $21,432.00Pick-4 : Carry-over : $594,698.00Super-6 : (14-108-11-12-5) $52,929.50 Carry-over : $1,111,519.50Pick-9 : (6-4-2-14-10-8-11-12-5) $66,603.00 (6-4-2-14-10-8-11-12-5) $324.50 Carry-over : $1,677,505.20
“(They are) quality spin bowlers on pitches they are used to bowling on and they did a very good job. We didn’t find a way with the bat to combat that. It certainly wasn’t through a lack of effort by the players; they just found it very difficult. It’s disappointing.” Radford was quick to praise Pakistan’s batting effort, which saw them tally 160 for four off their 20 overs after being sent in. “Pakistan have bowled well and have actually fielded very well, and when they batted, they showed that on a slow wicket and a big outfield, it’s actually all about knocking the ball into gaps and doing a lot of running,” he explained. “They ran a lot of twos, which I think really stretched us, and I don’t think it was ever going to be a game for lots of boundaries because I don’t think it was that type of surface or that type of outfield.” DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Batting coach Toby Radford said West Indies once again failed to adjust to conditions in Saturday night’s second Twenty20 International and need to find answers ahead of the final game tomorrow. For the second straight day, the reigning World champions found themselves completely outclassed by Pakistan, this time slumping to a 16-run defeat to surrender the three-match series. Radford said his side’s batting performance had once again been “disappointing”, pointing out that it followed a similar trend to Friday’s nine-wicket loss in the opening game. “The first power play today and yesterday were similar. (We were) five (wickets) down yesterday, three down in the first six (overs) today, and I think the big difference, when you looked at Pakistan in the first six, (is that) they were 38 for one (in the opening game) and 39 for one (today),” said the Englishman, who joined the side just before the series. “Clearly, the game plan from Pakistan has been to have slow wickets, bowl a lot of spin and have very big boundaries. The West Indies are known to be a big six-hitting and boundary-hitting side and normally play on slightly quicker pitches and slightly smaller outfields, but it is up to us to find a way around that.” Chasing 161 for victory at the Dubai International Stadium in order to level the series, West Indies never got going, slumping to 19 for three in the sixth over and then 89 for seven in the 16th. “I thought Sohail Tanvir bowled very well with the new ball tonight and picked up two wickets. I thought yesterday Imad (Wasim) picking up five wickets was very, very good,” Radford said about the first game on Friday. GOOD JOB
MOSCOW (AP):Russian athletics looked set for conflict with the IAAF over doping even as the government admitted on Tuesday that some top coaches relied on giving banned substances to their athletes.The IAAF, on Monday, said Russia would probably not be reinstated to global athletics until at least November, extending a ban first imposed in November 2015. That means there won’t be an official Russia team at the World Championships in August, though there may be “neutral” athletes competing.A new IAAF road map obliges the All-Russian Athletics Federation to confront World Anti-Doping Agency allegations that the Russian state oversaw a vast cover-up of drug use, either by accepting them or “convincingly rebutting those findings”.state-backedARAF first vice-president Andrei Silnov ruled out an admission that Russian doping was state-backed.”There are no facts there, just assertions, and we’re gradually proving that it’s not a state structure, a system, that kind of thing,” he told The Associated Press.A former Olympic high jump champion, Silnov said whistle-blowers about doping in Russia were motivated by money, questioned claims that Russia had “a culture of doping,” and suggested the IAAF was unfairly slowing down Russia’s reinstatement.”The criteria we have, we fulfil. We fulfil them and there’s a new set,” he said. “The process goes on and on.”Silnov held a news conference alongside former long jump world record-holder Igor Ter-Ovanesyan, who said East German athletes’ steroid-fuelled successes during the Cold War should be seen as legitimate products of “good pharmacology,” rather than condemned as doping. Silnov did not challenge the claim.Following a council meeting, the IAAF laid out conditions for Russia to return to competition, including the reinstatement of the national drug-testing agency, which remains suspended over various allegations of covering up doping. That isn’t considered likely to happen until November.
Holmwood’s Sasheika Steele matched the Class Three girls 100m record as the one-time ‘Champs Queens’ fought back ahead of today’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships climax inside the National Stadium Steele stopped the clock at 11.50 to carve her name beside Shauna Helps’ as record holder, out-powering Hydel’s Gabrielle Matthews, 11.73 and Campion’s Krystal Sloley, 11.86 as Holmwood clawed into the lead of defending champions Edwin Allen’s lead after a strong all-round showing on yesterday’s penultimate day of competition. Three time defending champions Edwin Allen ended the day on 130 points with the 10-time champions Holmwood logging 110 points of their own. St Jago are next best with 104; Hydel – 89; Excelsior – 65 and Vere Technical 53. In the Class One event, St Jago’s Aneka Brissett won the event in 11.41 seconds ahead of Edwin Allen’s Patrice Moody, 11.67 and Renee Shaw from Excelsior, who clocked 11.72. Michae Harriott (Holmwood), 11.63 won the gold in the Class Two 100m final ahead of Mount Alvernia’s Kemba Nelson, 11.72 and St Jago’s Kimone Shaw the former champion. Class Four hotshot Brianna Lyston from St Jago, stayed on course for an expected sprint double with a 11.86 win in the final with teammate Danae Nembhard, 12.08 and Tia Clayton (Edwin Allen), 12.28 following her to the line. Earlier in the day, Wolmer’s Girls’ Janeek Brown broke the Class One girls 100m hurdles record with a 13.52 run to erase Peta-Gaye Williams’ old mark of 13.56 in the event, set in 2015. Big winners yesterday were; Britany Anderson of Vere Technical who ran a new Class Two Girls 100m record in 13.04 seconds in the semi-finals from heat two. She will go into today’s final as favourite for the gold medal and could upstage defending champion Daszay Freeman of Manchester High, who booked her spot with 13.37. St Jago’s Rosealee Cooper qualified third in 13.50, with former record holder Shanette Allison of Holmwood, 13.69, expected to challenge. Girls Javelin Throw Open final was won by Georgetta Samuels of Holmwood Technical, who took the gold with a throw of 46.64m. Second went to Sah-jay Stevens of St Jago (46.05m) and third to Kimoy Phillips Petersfield (43.08m) Annishka McDonald won the girls Class Four High Jump gold with a clearance at 1.64 metres, silver went to Malaika Cunningham 1.61m and Sashanti Hinds of Hydel, 1.55m. The Girls Class Two discus gold went to Marie Forbes (Vere) with a throw of 41.74m. Holmwood’s Shaday Hudson got silver with 40.51m with the bronze going to Shamella Donaldson of Rusea’s (40.41m) Meanwhile, girls Class Three 400m, favourite and defending champion Joanne Reid of St Jago qualified in 56.58 seconds behind Holmwood’s Daniella Deer (54.80) and Nattesha Palmer, also of Holmwood (56.58) to today’s final. The Girls Class One 100m hurdles final will have a packed field of stars, including:Gabrielle McDonald of Edwin Allen High, who should be hard to beat after qualifying in a record time of 13.52 seconds. She will face stout challenges from Janeek Brown of Wolmer’s, 13.53 and schoolmate Amoi Brown, 13.58.
Alab Pilipinas team for the 2017-2018 ABL Season. Photo from @alabpilipinas Twitter.Reggie Okosa, a 6-foot-10 center who has vast experience playing overseas, is Alab Pilipinas’ other import in the coming Asean Basketball League season.Okosa has had stints in Korea, China, Japan, Venezuela, Argentina and Mexico, but aside from his experience, new Alab coach Jimmy Alapag described Okosa as a versatile offensive player, who can score in variety of ways.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny READ: Hontiveros returns to action, joins Alab Pilipinas“He’s a veteran. He’s played all over the world from the CBA to the KBL to the Japanese league, he and Ivan actually competed with each other in the KBL a few seasons ago,” Alapag told INQUIRER.net, referring to his other reinforcement Ivan Johnson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“He gives us another inside presence. A guy who’s capable of stepping outside and make shots but can also play with his back to the basket.”READ: Team owner: Alab PH poses biggest threat to Hong Kong 5 reign It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Alapag is banking on the two imports’ familiarity with each other to further build the team’s chemistry with the new season set on Nov. 17.Alab Pilipinas opens its campaign against defending champion Hong Kong on Nov. 19 at Mall of Asia Arena.The Philippines, which got swept by Singapore in last year’s semifinals, will also lean on the likes of reigning local MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and former PBA veteran Dondon Hontiveros.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:32JoyRide execs deny using trolls to boost page reviews00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Michael Jordan scores again, this time with his Jumpman logo
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene SMB-Kia trade deal on hold Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny The Knights are looking to sustain their late-season surge that has brought them back to relevance after missing out on the postseason last year.Letran, only two years removed from its 17th title, has faded away from the limelight as the likes of upstart Lyceum has taken the tournament by storm this year, going unbeaten in 18 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Our goal is to give Letran another championship,” said graduating player Rey Nambatac, whose resurgence has coincided with Letran’s superb play in the last two games.“But we’ve been in must-win games for the last two weeks and I think that will help us overcome San Sebastian,” Letran coach Jeff Napa said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “The players are definitely going all-out. I’m not ready to take a vacation yet.”The Stags are also looking to make a return to the Final Four for the first time since Season 89 when the team was coached by current Lyceum mentor Topex Robinson and powered by CJ Perez, who was in his rookie year in the league.San Sebastian earned the fourth seed due to a superior quotient after a 95-64 demolition of Letran last Sept. 26. But coach Egay Macaraya expects a dogfight this time against the Knights, who stunned Arellano, 79-68, to reach this game.“It will be tough but we’re ready,” said Macaraya.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Old rivals Letran and San Sebastian, with a combined 29 NCAA basketball titles, find themselves in each other’s way again in their bid to return to the Final Four in Season 93’s men’s basketball tournament.The Knights square off with the Stags in another do-or-die affair on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena, with the survivor reaching the next phase of the stepladder semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE – Brothers for life, Mark Caguioa is paying Jayjay Helterbrand the ultimate tribute.The 2012 PBA Most Valuable Player is momentarily shelving his famed number 47 jersey as he opted to wear jersey number 13 for the entirety of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Balanced NLEX subdues GlobalPort in Christmas clash Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments “I’m gonna be wearing this for one conference as a tribute to @jayhelterbrand. Merry Xmas to everyone,” Caguioa posted on his Instagram account (@47markcaguioa). The two guards were teammates since the Helterbrand entered the league in 2001 and played for Ginebra until last season.Both won an MVP award while winning six titles, the last being the 2017 Governors’ Cup.Helterbrand retired after the 2017 season, leaving Caguioa without his backcourt partner for the first time in 17 years.In his first game wearing his longtime partner’s jersey number, Caguioa poured seven points, on a 3-of-5 shooting from the field, alongside six rebounds and an assist in 21 minutes of action.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours