Month: January 2020

High-riding Molynes United ‘A’, UWI Pelicans in JN Open League title showdown

first_imgThe dream run of Molynes United ‘A’ in the JN Open League Sunshine netball competition continued on Thursday inside the National Indoor Sports Centre, as for the second time in two days they got the better of a Mico team.After eliminating defending champions Mico ‘B’ in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, Molynes United upstaged Mico ‘A’ 20-18 on Thursday to advance to today’s final, which will be played at 6 p.m.Their opponents will be UWI Pelicans, who had an impressive 36-25 win over Waulgrovians ‘A’ in their semi-final.Mico ‘A’, the best attacking and defensive team in the competition, were without the services of ace goal shooter, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid. Even then, they were expected to win.However, Molynes jumped into a quick 3-0 lead and led 5-4 at the break. Both teams had a battle royal up to the half-time as they went into the break even at 9-9.For the next two quarters it was anybody’s game. Mico shooters, led by goal shooter Tanielle Roberts and goal attack Stephanie Anderson, found it very difficult to score, while Molynes shooters Shantal Slater and Kara Christie were finding it easier to make their shots.”We are very elated; we worked hard, we trained hard and we executed well,” said Molynes captain Stacy Mullings.”We stuck to our game plan and it worked. After beating Mico ‘B’ we knew it was going to be a tough challenge as Mico ‘A’ is a good team, but we just remained disciplined and listened to our coach,” added Mullings.Slater scored 11 from 12 attempts, while Christie had nine from 10. For Mico ‘A’, Roberts had 16 from 24 tries.In the earlier game, it was smooth sailing for the Conrad Parkes-coached UWI Pelicans after a competitive first quarter, where UWI led 9-8.However, it was all UWI Pelicans from there as they led 20 -14 and 27-20 at the end of the second and third quarters.Goal shooter Thristina Harwood top scored for the winners with 29 goals from 33 tries, while goal attack Rebecca Robinson scored eight from 10. For Wualgrovians ‘A’, former UWI player, Ladonna Lamonth, had 20 goals from 25 attempts.Meanwhile, Speg ‘A’ and UTech Knights will meet in the Open B League final at 5 p.m., after both teams won their semi-finals on Thursday. Speg ‘A’ defeated Molynes United ‘B’ 37-26, while UTech Knights stopped Tivoli Gardens 37-22.last_img read more

$5m colt hits the Park tomorrow

first_imgBoth the Pick-9 and Super-6s start anew on tomorrow’s well supported 12-race-programme at Caymanas Park, and with large and competitive fields evident, punters will be required to dig deep to find the winning combinations. The Pick-9 will embrace races four to 12, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from seven to 12. The Pick-9 offers a guaranteed minimum of $1 million, the Super-6s $750,000 each. The opening race over 1100 metres for three-year-olds has attracted some very speedy horses and it promises to be close in a field of seven. Significantly, champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has two live contenders in recent winner GOLD MINER and LITTLE BIG HORN. Former champion Philip Feanny saddles BUBBLING KITTEN and DANCING QUEEN while Gary Subratie also has two in SIMPLY THE BEST and BIG DATA, all fit horses. It will be hot, but I believe Feanny holds the key with either BUBBLING KITTEN (Leo Miller up) or DANCING QUEEN (Oneil Mullings). BROOKLYN, who failed by a neck to stave off 99-1 outside A VESSEL OF LOVE over 1100 metres recently, should welcome the longer distance of the second race over 1820 metres and with champion jockey Shane Ellis now taking the ride, the hint should be taken. LATE N’ DRAFTY and STRAIGHTFROMTHEHEART are twin dangers in a field of 10 maiden three-year-olds. The day’s five-star banker comes in the form of PONTIUS PILATE (Ellis up) in the third race over 1200 metres for maiden two-year-olds. Trained by Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, PONTIUS PILATE makes his debut with a big reputation, the son of Forest Danger – Sea Treaty having fetched the record price of $5 million at last year’s yearling sale. Working really well in preparation for this race, PONTIUS PILATE is a half brother to three derby winners, including the recent T&T derby winner ACADEMY AWARD, also trained by Nunes at his overseas stable. Briefly, DASH BOARD, with in-form apprentice Javaniel Patterson aboard, gets the nod over recent course winner MAMETA (Ellis up) in the fourth race over the straight, while the last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by JUNIOR DON (Omar Walker up) and DEMOLITION BOY under top apprentice Bebeto Harvey). (1) DANCING QUEEN/ BUBBLING KITTEN (2) BROOKLYN/ LATE N’ DRAFTY (3) PONTIUS PILATE (4) DASH BOARD/MAMETA (5) JUNIOR DON/PLAY STATION (6) DEMOLITION BOY/BRAVE HEART – O.C. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIESlast_img read more

Tony Becca | Stunning strike by a teenaged spinner

first_img England, right up there with the best of them, never dropping below number three or four in the world, were beaten, and soundly at that, by Bangladesh, one of the minnows of the Test cricket, the number-nine team in the world, once the number-10 team, and the second-to-last ranking team of the ICC’s full members. And it was a humiliating defeat for England. The victory came one week after England had escaped with a 22-run victory in Chittagong in the first Test, and the man, or boy, who put the skids under them was 18-year-old Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who followed his six-wicket haul in the first innings of his debut Test match in Chittagong with match-winning returns of six for 72 and six for 82 for an amazing 12 wickets in the match. In two matches, out of a possible 40 wickets available to the entire Bangladesh team, he alone snared an impressive 19 wickets. What made the off-spinner’s bowling magical, however, was that England, left to score 273 for victory, were going well, 100 without loss at tea, on the third day when Mehedi made his play. With the first delivery after the interval, he got a wicket, and thereafter, with left-arm spinner, the experienced all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, as his comrade at arms, he stifled and suffocated all of England, the best of England’s batsmen in one session. In 22.3 fantastic overs, Bangladesh grabbed 10 English wickets for 64 runs to storm to a memorable and historic victory, one which, like the West Indies victory over England in England in 1950, may prove to be the beginning of things to come. While that West Indies victory over England came after 32 matches, however, the West Indies first victory over England came in only their second series and in only their sixth match. This maiden victory for Bangladesh over any of cricket’s big boys came after 94 matches of trying. Sports, including cricket, is a wonderful thing, especially whenever one is on the winning team, or the winning side, and particularly, whenever that victory is a big surprise to everyone, probably excepting you. This past week produced two surprises, one really not so surprising, and one very much so. In fact, one was more than surprising: it was simply very surprising and stunning. In Sharjah, the West Indies recovered to register a victory in the third and final Test, but although Kraigg Brathwaite batted impressively in his own inimitable style, while batting undefeated through both innings of the Test match, and Jason Holder, hinting of things to come, bowled magnificently in the second innings, it was one victory against eight losses. And even though it prevented a whitewash, it probably was not so surprising. And that victory was not surprising because even though it prevented the embarrassment of a clean-sweep defeat, the West Indies were once the number-one team in the world and Pakistan were never that good, despite producing some gifted players. What happened, what ended in Mirpur last Sunday, however, was not only stunning: it was almost unbelievable. It was Bangladesh’s first victory over England. In fact, it was their first victory over anyone but for the West Indies and Zimbabwe. The West Indies, meanwhile, despite losing everything up to then, despite this victory not even being a consolation victory, apparently went into this final Test with some new-found spirit and played quite well. They lost the toss, as usual, they picked up two wickets in the first over of the match in a wonderful start, Pakistan recovered, they hit back in the session after tea on the first day, and after struggling to 68 for four in the first innings, after Pakistan had struggled to 48 for four in the second innings, and after looking set to fall again at 67 for five, chasing a victory target of 153, the West Indies, based on what had gone on before, squeezed to a surprising victory by five wickets. Brathwaite first stroked a well-played 142 not out to follow behind Frank Worrell, Conrad Hunte, Desmond Haynes (three times), and Christopher Gayle as West Indians to bat undefeated through a Test innings, and then returned to lead the West Indies fightback in the second innings with another solid and undefeated innings of 60 not out. And captain Holder, with five wickets for 30 runs, Bishoo, with three for 46, and the reliable and consistent Shane Dowrich, who partnered Brathwaite with a fine innings of 60 not out during an unbroken six-wicket stand of 97 in the all-important second innings, all chipped in to save the blushes. HEAVY UNDERDOGS And it was a victory which left England’s captain, Alistair Cooke, saying that because of the defeat, and the way it was administered, “We are now going to India as heavy underdogs.” Spin has been the hallmark of Asian attacks from the days of bowlers like not only of Gami Goonaseena, but like Subhash Gupte and Vinoo Mankad, Bhagwat Chandrasekar, Erapali Prassana, Srini Venkataragavan, Bishen Bedi, and Anil Kumble, Nasim-ul-Ghani, Intikhab Alam, Abdul Qadir, Shahidi Afridi, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saqlain Mushtaq, others like Muttiah Muralitheran and Ajantha Mendis, and, these days, it seems to be getting more and more so. After decades of pace bowling, spin bowling seems to be taking over as the likes of Ravichandra Ashwin, Amrit Mishra, and Hardil Pandya of India, Yashir Shah of Pakistan, Imran Tahir of South Africa and Jeehan Patel, Ish Sodhi, and Mitchell Santar of New Zealand, and Adam Zampa of Australia. There are others like Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka, Taijul Islam (eight for 39 versus Zimbabwe in 2014), Shakib and Mehedi of Bangladesh, Moen Ali, Adil Rashid and Zafari Ansari of England, as well as Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree and Davendra Bishoo of the West Indies. Spin bowlers are common in places like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. They produce them at the rate of a dime-a-dozen. Overseas batsmen, most times, find it difficult to play and, most times, if not all the time, pitches are prepared to help them. Although nothing is basically wrong with it, it seems that this time, Bangladesh ensured that they prepared their pitches for their spinners, and although over the years, especially before the coming of the all-out pace attacks, and especially in Asia, more overs were bowled per innings by spinners than by pacers, this time it was ridiculously one-sided in favour of the spinners. It almost seems a waste of time and money to have employed former West Indian fast bowler Courtney Walsh to find future Bangladeshi fast bowlers. In the two Test matches, Bangladesh spinners bowled 282.1 overs and their pacers 31 overs, and on top of that, and even though England also opened their bowlers with spin on one or two occasions, their spinners opened the bowling in both innings of both Test matches. It was a good victory, it was a gritty performance, and it was a series of some lovely promises. Brathwaite batted well, and so did Dorwich. Holder did quite well with both bat and ball, and Bishoo, Shannon Gabriel, and Alzarra Joseph also bowled well. Probably the most impressive statistic for the West Indies, however, was batting for over a hundred overs on turning pitches in the second innings of the first and second Test matches and scoring 357 and 322 each time. But as Holder said so beautifully afterwards: “One Test victory, by all means, is not enough. It’s a situation where we have to stay hungry, and that’s something I believe we have in this group.” Maybe, with the exception of one or two, that is the case, but we just have to wait and see. GRITTY PERFORMANCE HUMILIATING DEFEAT NEW-FOUND SPIRITlast_img read more

Galanza hungry for wins after Adamson’s dismal PVL stint

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Padda entered the Adamson program in Season 79 and things started poorly for the Lady Falcons finishing with a league-worst 1-13 record.“We’re fighting every game but our goal and together with the coaches is to win,” said Galanza. “Coach Air’s first year with us we managed to win just one game so if we lose, for example here, we should be able to learn new lessons.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ink or swim? Tattoos on show at worlds Jema Galanza, Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University skipper Jema Galanza saw another disappointing end to one of the Lady Falcons’ exploits as they finished the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference with a disappointing 1-6 record Saturday.And that string of losses does not sit well with the beautiful Galanza.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’center_img McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener01:40Filipinos 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. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur “I want to win,” said Galanza in Filipino after losing in straight sets to the semifinals-bound Philippine Air Force 25-22, 25-16, 25-21, at Filoil Flying V Centre.Galanza will enter her fifth year with the Lady Falcons come the UAAP season and the captain said there’s no better way to build up momentum than in the offseason.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’“I am hungry for wins because this will be my last year with the team and why not start this conference in the PVL so we can build the necessary momentum come the UAAP season.”Galanza would also like to show head coach Airess Padda that they’re capable of doing great things for Adamson. MOST READlast_img read more

SEA Games: PH pugs start gold medal hunt

first_imgMOST READ Back then, the Philippines went home with five gold medals but there were more boxing events.Marcial will vie in 69kg-75kg, Fernandez in 52kg-56kg, and Kazakhstan President’s Cup champion Carlo Paalam in 46kg-49kg in the preliminaries starting at 3 p.m.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’Joining them is two-time champion and Olympian Charly Suarez who will also vie for honor in 69kg-75kg.Bautista will go straight to the quarterfinals in 49kg-52kg division, needing just one victory to ensure at least a medal finish. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 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) Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ The same thing with 75kg-81kg bet Marvin John Tupaz, who like Bautista will start his quest on Monday. Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Philippines’ Eumir Felix Marcial, right, celebrates winning the fight against Singapore’s Tay Jia Wei. Singapore SEA Games Organizing Committee /KUALA LUMPUR — Four of boxing’s “Super Six” begin their quest for gold medals Sunday in preliminary bouts in the Southeast Asian Games at MITEC Hall 8.Eumir Felix Marcial, Mario Fernandez and Ian Clark Bautista, champions of their respective divisions two years ago in Singapore, will lead the crew tasked to duplicate a daunting feat.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate Glittering start to Tabal’s journey to Tokyo Olympics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

Perlas Pilipinas falls to Indonesia anew as road to gold gets tougher

first_imgNational Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Perlas Pilipinas quickly lost its luster, dropping a 78-68 decision to Indonesia just a day after its sparkling debut against Singapore in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Buoyed by a big Filipino crowd at MABA Stadium, the Philippines fought hard, but Indonesia proved to be too much in the end as a familiar narrative was rewritten.The Filipinos also yielded to the Indonesians in the 2015 SEA Games with Natasha Christaline leading the way.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’Christaline was brilliant yet again, scoring 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field. Yuni Anggraeni also made a big impact with 16 points and 11 rebounds.The setback to Indonesia, just like before, dealt a huge blow to the Philippines’ bid to bag its breakthrough gold medal in women’s basketball. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Joshua open to MMA crossover fight MOST READ Teen gunned down in Masbate Perlas took a 41-34 lead at the half but its shooting turned sour in the second half while Christaline caught fire for Indonesia, which gained a 59-50 advantage entering the final frame.Allana Lim had 15 points for PH, which ripped Singapore, 88-54, in the opener, while Camille Sambile added 14.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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) OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Takahashi finally gets to be No. 1

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ READ: Takahashi gives PH its 2nd gold in judo, shocks Thai champ“My favorite is steak. But I also love pancit and lechon,” said the senior high school student at Shukugawa Gakuin High School.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’She was the youngest gold winner for Team Philippines after winning the women’s -70-kilogram gold Sunday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games here.“My strength is in-born. My father influenced me,” she said through judo officials Lorna and Takeshi Nakano. The Nakanos are parents of bronze winners Shugen and Keisei. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Mariya Takahashi of the Philippines competes against Surattana Thongsri of Thailand in the finals of the women’s -70kg class of the 29th Southeast Asian Games judo competition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center Hall 5. Takahashi prevailed via ippon in 48 seconds to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Mariya Takahashi may have learned judo from her father, but it was her mother, who introduced her to Filipino delicacies such as pancit and lechon.The 16-year-old Takahashi went to her mother’s home province of Davao when she was 10 and that’s when she developed her love for Filipino food.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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) LATEST STORIES National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Takahashi honed her skills in Hyogo, a district in Japan which has a very strong women’s judo team.Her father played judo for Aichi district and he helped his only child Mariya learn the ropes.But back in the district level, Takahashi said her best achievement was only second place.In this SEA Games, however, she’s the No. 1.ADVERTISEMENT Biado credits pool legends Bata, Django for gold medal win Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dieslast_img read more

Barcelona closes transfer market with whimper

first_imgNational Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal LATEST STORIES 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 Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho, center, runs with the ball as Ecuador’s Juan Cazeres, left, looks on during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)BARCELONA, Spain — Instead of a promised player to help fill the hole left by Neymar, Barcelona made no signings on the final day of the summer transfer market in Spain.Barcelona had been after Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho for weeks, and on Monday Barcelona’s sports director Robert Fernandez said the club wanted to bring in “one or possibly two players” before the transfer window shut on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kyrie Irving says trade request was about optimizing his potential Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees The failure to sign Coutinho or another top-notch playmaker caps an awful month for Barcelona, which started when Neymar bolted for PSG after the French club triggered his buyout clause by paying a world record fee of €222 million ($262 million).Barcelona was able to reinvest part of that payout in France winger Ousmane Dembele and Brazil midfielder Paulinho. Paulinho cost €40 million ($47 million). Dembele’s final cost could reach 147 million euros (about $173 million), making him the third most expensive transfer after Neymar and PSG’s new signing Kylian Mbappe.Business was scant across Spain.Sevilla, a Champions League club, acquired Johannes Geis on loan from Schalke 04 with an option to purchase the midfielder.Forward Loic Remy left Chelsea and signed a two-year contract with Las Palmas. The Canary Islands club also got Moroccan international Oussame Tannane on loan from Saint Etienne.ADVERTISEMENT Valencia beat the clock with two late loan deals, securing the arrival of Andreas Pereira from Manchester United and winger Goncalo Guedes from PSG.Espanyol brought back former players Sergi Darder and Sergio Sanchez. Darder came from Lyon on a one-season loan deal that included an option to buy the midfielder for €8 million ($9.5 million). Sanchez, a defender, was loaned by Rubin Kazan.Ecuador forward Jefferson Montero joined promoted club Getafe on loan from Swansea.Athletic Bilbao struck a future deal for Eibar’s Ander Capa to change Basque Country clubs next summer. Bilbao said it paid €3 million ($3.5 million) for Capa, who agreed to a four-year contract starting in July 2018.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles But the midnight deadline to acquire new players in la Liga struck before Barcelona could pry away Coutinho or find a similar talent to help its attack. Media reports had speculated that Barcelona was also interested in Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria and Juventus playmaker Paulo Dybala.The only activity at Camp Nou on Friday was Barcelona’s agreement to loan forward Munir El Haddadi to fellow Spanish club Alaves. He played on loan at Valencia last season.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’Fernandez had also said it was likely that other players would leave the club. But midfielder Arda Turan and the disappointing Andre Gomes both stayed put.Barcelona announced late on Friday that Fernandez and club official Albert Soler would hold a press conference on Saturday, apparently to explain what went wrong in the transfer window. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies View commentslast_img read more

Prince Eze out of the NCAA MVP race

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:18SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:14Carpio 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 How to help the Taal evacuees Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPrince Eze may be leading the Most Valuable Player race, but he won’t get the award at the end of the season.The Nigerian big man’s hopes of claiming NCAA Season 93 MVP award was dashed after Perpetual’s 55-50 defeat to San Beda on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That eliminated the Altas out of the playoff race with their 4-10 record, stopping Eze from following the footsteps of Jojo Manalo and Earl Scottie Thompson as the only Alta to win the highest individual award.The 6-foot-11 center has been the pacesetter at the end of the first round after averaging 15.5 points, 17.2 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks in the 14 games he played for the Altas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut his candidacy came to a screeching halt owing to the league’s ruling disallowing players from non-Final Four teams from staking their claim for the MVP plum.The last non-Final Four player to win the highest individual award was St. Benilde’s Jay Sagad in Season 81 back in 2005 after the Blazers finished sixth out of eight teams with their 5-9 record. That instance prompted the NCAA to change its rules and give premium to players who led their team to the Final Four to win the MVP award. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-upcenter_img Eze, though, can still get a consolation as he can still make it to the Mythical Team at the end of the season, granting that his numbers won’t dip or he won’t be ejected for Perpetual’s last four elimination games.He was earlier named as the All-Star MVP during the midseason festivities.With Eze out of the MVP race, that opens the gates for other contenders to win the hardware.Now leading the race is Lyceum’s CJ Perez, who has been averaging 18.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals through the Pirates’ current 15-0 run.Also in the running are San Beda forward Javee Mocon (12.5 points, and 10.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists), Lyceum big man Mike Nzeusseu (10.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks), and Letran swingman Rey Nambatac (16.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists).ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson JRU repulses St. Benilde, tightens grip on 3rd spot Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson DAY6 is for everybody Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

Rookie Perkins vows ‘to play a lot better’ after Phoenix’s loss to San Miguel

first_imgBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Perkins tried to hold his own against the Beermen big men, with him designated to matchup against former MVP Arwind Santos through the course of the game. Despite the size disadvantage, the former La Salle bruiser was able to rack up 10 points, nine rebounds, two assists, and a steal.However, his foul woes kept him on the bench for an extended amount of time, something coach Louie Alas noted that the prized forward should learn to manage in the coming games.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“He can do a lot better. His mistakes in the preseason, which is the early fouls, happened to him again. He need to adjust to the officiating because the referees won’t adjust to him,” Alas said.Perkins admits that coming to the game, he expected an outing as tough as this. But he knows that it doesn’t get easier from here knowing the heightened level of competition in the pro league. “It wasn’t a surprise. I was well aware that I was playing with smart players, both in our team and San Miguel’s team. All the players in the PBA, their IQ is a lot higher than it was in college, so it’s not a surprise to me,” said the fourth overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.With his first PBA game out of the way, Perkins vowed to perform better in the next games as he takes a bit of a breather before he and the rest of the Fuel Masters return to action on December 27 against Kia.“I’m gonna play a lot better. I’m gonna work a lot harder. My IQ is gonna be higher next game. I’m gonna study the game a lot more,” he said. “Hopefully, I’m gonna keep getting better every game and keep progressing.”ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDespite nearly posting a double-double, Jason Perkins was far from satisfied with how he fared in his PBA debut.“It wasn’t good. It wasn’t as good as I would’ve liked to play. But it doesn’t really matter how I played, we ended up losing. It’s about wins and losses,” Perkins, the Phoenix rookie, said moments after the Fuel Masters’ 96-104 defeat to San Miguel in the opening game of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Styles finishes year on a high at WWE Clash of Champions Read Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more