Month: January 2020

 

Cruz, Rain or Shine confident against No. 1 SMB

first_imgPanelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos The Elasto Painters clinched the eighth seed with Cruz anchoring the squad with 12 points, 12 rebounds, and two assists.The odds are stacked against Rain or Shine, which will be without its starting center Raymond Almazan, but Cruz believes the team has what it takes to pull off the upset.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 return“Our team is finally getting the confidence,” he said. “They’re getting their rhythm back again. We’re not blaming each other and every one’s enjoying the game.”The Elasto Painters will play their fourth game in eight days on Sunday, with the Beermen enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage. 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 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 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter Rain or Shine finally ended a four-game slump with a 103-80 victory over Blackwater on Friday, Jericho Cruz is convinced that the team has gotten its old groove back just in time for the playoffs. “You don’t know who will catch fire for our team. Anybody can get off. I’m excited to play San Miguel in the quarterfinals,” Cruz said.ADVERTISEMENT Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ AMA coach wants more help for Teng Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Cruz said that if there’s one team that can beat its higher seeded foe, one couldn’t go wrong betting on Rain or Shine.“We’re really happy that we got to move on. Even though we’re the eighth seed and we’re facing San Miguel with a twice-to-beat advantage, it’s fine with us. You never know, we might have the chance to beat them,” he said.“We’ll go back to the lab tomorrow and get ready for the game on Sunday. I know it’s going to be a hard game for us but coach is there to help us set a game plan. We have to follow his game plan and we’ll be okay.”ADVERTISEMENT Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte View commentslast_img read more

 

Back spasms leave Tiger questionable for Masters

first_imgPoe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study “My doctors have advised me not to play for the next two weeks, to continue my treatment and to let my back calm down,” Woods said on his website.“This is not what I was hoping for or expecting.”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 statement on his website said a “possible playing schedule” for Woods in March and beyond would be determined after his back has been reassessed, with time ticking as the Masters, the year’s first major tournament, looms April 6-9 at Augusta National.The 41-year-old American, who has not taken a major title since the 2008 US Open and last won any event at the 2013 World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational, has 79 career PGA triumphs, three shy of Sam Snead’s all-time record. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Draymond Green grabs NBA first in Warriors win over Grizzlies 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Tiger Woods holds his back after playing his tee shot on the 15th hole of the north course during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course on February 5, 2015 in La Jolla, California. Donald Miralle/Getty Images/AFPTiger Woods will miss planned US PGA Tour starts the next two weeks with ongoing back spasms, which forced him out last week in Dubai and have him questionable for the Masters.The 14-time major winner, trying to rebuild his career after back surgery that benched him for more than a year, pulled out of next week’s Genesis Open at Riviera and the following week’s Honda Classic near his South Florida home.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacking a ranking high enough to play in WGC events next month in Mexico City and Austin, Texas, there are four PGA events in which Woods could prepare for the Masters, but the only one in his usual rotation is the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, set for March 16-19.Others would be the Valspar Championship near Tampa the week before Bay Hill, the Puerto Rico Open the week after Bay Hill and the Houston Open the week before the Masters, a week Woods usually skips tournaments in favor of practice.Woods tweeted that he will appear at Riviera next week, saying, “Really looking forward to seeing everyone at genesis open next week, unfortunately I won’t be able to play.”Woods said he was “extremely disappointed” to miss the Genesis Open, which benefits his charity foundation, and the Honda Classic.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos But Woods, a former world number one who has slid to 674th in the rankings, has struggled since making a December return from a 16-month layoff following back surgeries in September and October of 2015.The man who once strode above the sport pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic last week with back spasms after a birdie-free first-round 77 left him 13 shots off the lead.Woods had missed the cut a week earlier, a once unthinkable scenario, at his first US PGA event of the year at Torrey Pines, a course where he has won eight titles.“The whole plan was to get my body, mind and spirit ready for that first full week in April,” Woods said last week.“You know, I’ve done it (won at Augusta) four times and I’d love to do it a fifth.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

 

Bali Pure edges Creamline in Game 1 of PVL semis

first_imgSwing Out Sister back to PH this April Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thunder center Kanter says father arrested in Turkey China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in LATEST STORIES Gorayeb said Bualee is playing through a right shoulder injury and he instructed Sato to help their Thai import on the offensive end.“Every ball that went to Risa, she managed to kill it and I’m so proud of her because she wasn’t blocked in the first set,” said Gorayeb.Kaewpin Kuttika led Creamline with 16 points while skipper Alyssa Valdez had 12.ADVERTISEMENT FILE PHOTO- Grethcel Soltones of Bali Pure attempts a spike against two Philippine Air Force blockers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBali Pure inflicted the first blow, beating Creamline, 22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-21, in Game 1 of their best-of-three semifinals series in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Opposite hitter Aiko Urdas sealed the semis opener for the Water Defenders.ADVERTISEMENT For Water Defenders head coach Roger Gorayeb, complacency won’t be on their minds as they look to finish off the Cool Smashers come Tuesday at Philsports Arena in Game 2.Creamline hasn’t beaten Bali Pure in all three meetings this conference and Gorayeb wants it to stay that way.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 ground“I just want them to have the wisdom, we are not yet in the finals and I told them beginning today that all of our games will be treated like games in the finals,” said an emotional Gorayeb who lost his cousin a few days back. “I want to give Bali Pure their first final appearance.”Jennifer Keddy caught fire for the Water Defenders finishing with a game-high 24 points while Risa Sato, who took over Jeng Bualee’s offensive duties, added 13. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in MOST READ 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’ 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 View commentslast_img read more

 

Lassiter gets back at TNT 5 years after his first Finals loss

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOn Sunday, Marcio Lassiter finally exorcised the demons of his first Finals defeat in the PBA.The sharp-shooter was just a spunky upstart in the league when he emerged as one of the key contributors in Powerade’s Cinderella run back in the 2012 Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View comments McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos LATEST STORIES Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Obiena bags pole vault bronze However, that didn’t come with a happy ending as Talk ’N Text beat them in five games to claim the championship.Lassiter had to watch the Tropang Texters revel and he kept that image in his memory as he hoped one day to be on the other side.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 always had that on my mind,” said Lassiter.He finally got his revenge as San Miguel finished TNT in six games for his fifth professional title. LSU title parade draws massive crowds SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:40Filipinos 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 Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Lassiter went 5-of-13 from three for his best game in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals in the 115-91 Game 6 closer of TNT.“It definitely came at a great time,” the 30-year-old sniper said. “I told myself it’s only a matter of time. I had some bad shooting performances but I knew that won’t make it who I am. I’m a shooter so I kept on shooting, just want to stay true to the work I put on the gym. I worked so hard to be in this position. I just need to trust my teammates and trust my shots.”Lassiter, though, clarified that redemption is just a small part in his motivation heading into the Finals, noting that firsty priority will always be the team.And he believes the biggest reason why the Beermen are reaping is because of their camaraderie like no other.“We’re a family. We’re so close to each other, we look after each other, and we win or lose with one another,” he said. “We built this camaraderie, we fight for each other and we sacrifice. We understood years before we got into this position that we can’t do it ourselves and we soul-searched way back, but at this point, it’s all about being together, sharing and chemistry, teamwork, believing each other.”ADVERTISEMENT LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

 

Superluminal to top open-allowance rivals

first_img BETTER OFF IN THE WEIGHTS TRAINER Gary Subratie has three runners in this afternoon’s open allowance at 1500 metres – BRAWN, AWESOME DESTINY and BLUE DIXIE – gunning for the major slice of the $1.15m purse. Whereas Subratie might have numbers on his side in the eight-horse field, the race will be decided on form and handicaps, which bring into play the duo of DWAYNE STAR and SUPERLUMINAL. Subratie’s BRAWN shares topweight 57.0 kilos with HOUDINI’S MAGIC, a tall task in a race expected to have sustained pace from start to finish. BRAWN has gone up nine pounds from his last race, a near six-length loss behind HOUDINI’S MAGIC in the 1400-metre Eros Trophy a month ago. On the other hand, HOUDINI’S MAGIC will run 14lb heavier. In addition to topweight 57.0 kilos, United States-bred BRAWN’s habit of giving away lengths at the start will take a brave punter to stay in his corner at 1500 metres, hoping everything goes right for him after getting it wrong in his last two races. Subratie’s other two other runners, BLUE DIXIE and AWESOME DESTINY, also importees, are much better off in the weights at 51.0 and 49.0 kilos, respectively. BLUE DIXIE reports off a four-month layup and AWESOME DESTINY has been doing weird things at exercise since beating KALAMTA at 1820 metres last month. First, she bolted in a three-furlong gallop on July 30 and raced wide down the backstretch on Sunday when striding seven furlongs in 1:37.1. Using either horse will be a judgement call, similar to stablemate BRAWN. Nicely in at the weights and bang inform are DWAYNE STAR and SUPERLUMINAL, both carrying 53.0 kilos. DWAYNE STAR was really comfortable when winning in 1:32.0 at Saturday’s distance last time out. SUPERLUMINAL, however, is the more accomplished of the pair and gets a decent pull in the scale. Last time out, SUPERLUMINAL carried 57.0 kilos and was run out of it close home by WILL IN CHARGE, who had 54.0 kilos in a very fast mile, 1:37.1. WILL IN CHARGE returned with bottom weight 50.0 kilos to beat grade one in Monday’s Prime Minister’s Stakes. SUPERLUMINAL loves galloping out of the chute and, with 53.0 kilos, should be able to sit in any pace being set down the backstretch. Omar Walker enjoys either stalking or being just about on the lead with his mounts, making SUPERLUMINAL a perfect horse for his riding style.last_img read more

 

FOOTBALL: 10-man Canada blank Boyz

first_img Romario Williams also had a good chance for the Jamaicans on the stroke of half time, but his point-blank effort was saved by Canada’s goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler. The Canadians dominated the early exchanges in the second half, but they were reduced to 10-men after promising 16-year-old striker Alphonso Davis was sent off in the 71st minute following a clash with Jamaica’s defender Damion Lowe.    The Reggae Boyz then created a number of scoring chances but they failed to hit the target. Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz were beaten 2-0 by 10-man Canada in their friendly international at the BMO Field in Toronto on Saturday night.  Anthony Jackson-Hamel gave the Canadians the lead in the 16th minute, when he calmly slotted home a Junior Hoilett cross.  Jonathan Osorio doubled Canada’s lead in the 30th minute when he beat the Reggae Boyz’s offside trap to fire home past Blake. Ricardo Morris came close to pulling back a goal for the Reggae Boyz a few minutes later, but his shot from 12 yards went wide of the target. last_img read more

 

Edwards: TG can go all the way

first_img “Based on what I have seen so far in terms of the turnout, the attitude is getting better, I believe that this team can go all the way,” he said. Tivoli have not won the Premier League title since 2010. However, they have managed to secure back-to-back KSAFA Jackie Bell Knockout titles over the past two seasons. “The players here know how to win, but they just need to have the right attitude and to be consistent, and once they do this, then we are good enough to go all the way,” Edwards pointed out. Better attitude Following the acquisition of the number of players in the off season, Tivoli Gardens FC’s coach, Omar Edwards, says that they have positioned themselves to make a very serious push for the Red Stripe Premier League title this season. The west Kingston-based Tivoli who were knocked out at the quarterfinal stage of the 2017-18 competition by Cavalier, have acquired the services of striker Newton Sterling from Arnett Gardens, Michael Spence (Cavalier), Kemar Seivwright and Raymond Williamson (Molynes United), Maurice Wilson (Rae Town) and Saquille Jones of Portsmouth. Edwards, who will be entering his third season with the club, told The Gleaner that the expectations were very high among the players and they are looking forward, with confidence, to their opening match against Montego Bay United on September 16. “The expectation is always to win the Premier League, but we know that it is a difficult challenge. We have brought in some new players to join the players that we have from previous years, and so it is a mix of youth and experience that we believe will give us a good blend going into the new season,” said Edwards.last_img read more

 

Walker Cup semis: Excelsior, St Catherine clash in feature

first_imgSt Catherine High School and Excelsior High are two evenly matched teams. Even at the semi-final stage of the Walker Cup football competition, the teams have won the same number of games and have only been beaten two times. The two schools have scored more than 40 goals and conceded fewer than seven. Both teams played out of Group E in the first round of the Manning Cup and were only troubled when they played against each other. In the first leg, St Catherine blanked Excelsior 2-0, and in the return leg, Excelsior handed the school from St Johns Road their first defeat of the season, winning 2-1. Excelsior, who last won the Walker Cup in 2008, are desperate to end their 10-year schoolboy football trophy drought. “Winning the Walker Cup will be a catalyst to us getting back to where we used to be, so I hope we can win and go to the final and win again,” said Excelsior coach Daniel Riley ahead of today’s feature semi-final at the Spanish Town Prison Oval. And St Catherine, whose trophy case is still empty, believe that they can change that this year. “This is the first time we are reaching the semi-finals of the Walker Cup. The school has reached the semi-finals in the Manning Cup, and we want to compete for the trophy, but first we must approach this semi-final with a lot of intensity and zest, and if we are able to do that, then we can come out on top,” St Catherine’s coach, Anthony Patrick, said. The match is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Spanish Town Prison Oval today. In the 1 p.m. curtain raiser at the venue, Hydel High will face Cumberland High. 1 p.m: Hydel High vs Cumberland 3 p.m: Excelsior High vs St Catherine High Today’s matcheslast_img read more

 

3-night Red Square “fete” for February

first_imgAs plans move apace for Mash 2017celebrations, Westsiders Entertainment is planning one of the biggest fetes which will see patrons getting their grooves on for not one but three nights. The three exciting events will be spread across the country beginning on February 24 and culminating on February 26.Rick RamoutarSexy VanessaShakti StringsTeam MMRTerry GajrajThe event which is expected to coincide with all the other parties for Mash 2017 is titled “Red Square Fete” and will feature a long list of international, regional and local artistes. The list includes Trinidad chutney sensations, Adesh Samaroo, De Hunter, Rick Ramoutar and Sexy Vanessa; with Guyana’s own Terry Gajraj gracing the event with his presence.The local Guyanese cast will include Steven Ramphall, Aamir Khan, the Shakti String Orchestra and the Ishara Dancers. Also adding some vibes to the three-night affair will be the versatile duo, WR Reaz and Selector Andy from the Team MMR family.The first event is billed for February 24 in the parking lot of the Leonora Synthetic Track, on the West Coast of Demerara. The following night, partyholics will be entertained at the Lusignan Community Centre Ground, East Coast Demerara, and on February 26, the last show will be held at the Canje Ground, Rose Hall, Berbice.Tickets for the event cost $1000 in advance and more at the gate.Showtime for all of the shows is 19:00h but gates will be opened at 17:00h.last_img read more

 

Post-revelry…

first_img…thoughtsLike the obligatory post-coital smoke, your Eyewitness can’t let this big Jubilee Bash pass without some reflection as to what actually went down. After all, the theme for the entire week of celebrations was “Reflect, Celebrate, Inspire”. This is a reelection on the celebration but frankly, it wasn’t very inspiring! There was a “Jubilee Festival” at the National Stadium then with the Flag Raising Ceremony and the grand finale of the Float Parade on Independence Day itself. Was it as good for the participants and it was for the organisers?Well the Jubilee Festival – paid for by private companies, hustled to give “contributions” – kicked off on May 19 with “A night of Spiritual Upliftment”. But for some reason, not many showed up to be “spiritually uplifted”. Even GINA, the PR arm of the Government, couldn’t “big up” the attendance beyond “hundreds”. Is it that 50 years after Independence, Guyanese are less religious? Is that a mark of our social progress? The social scientists did predict “modernisation” will be accompanied by “secularisation”. Or is it because only “pro-Government” religious groups were invited?The next event was also scheduled for the National Stadium the following day – Everything Guyanese – showcasing our Indigenous Peoples’ Culture folk music. Your Eyewitness scanned every newspaper in hard copy and Internet …nothing…zilch…nada. So what does that mean? Indigenous Peoples are still the “invisible Guyanese”?The 21st had the “Night of Legends” and this came off…but with and even sparser crowd than for the “spirituality”. Either the legends aren’t as well known as they ought to be or else Guyanese aren’t too big on nostalgia. Who remembers Johnny Braff once ruled the airwaves all across the Caribbean around the time of Independence? Well, not the organisers since he was billed but not featured. And he’s in Guyana!But they did plan something for the presumably present-fixated youngsters… A Nexxt Generation concert that was supposed to showcase “young Guyanese talent”. Here again… Nothing. If two concerts occur and no one reported it – did they happen? Turned out the Govt organisers flubbed the media passes!Be as it may, there was for sure the grand Flag Raising at the spanking new wooden Durban Jubilee Park. But unfortunately, the snubbing of the Opposition entourage who didn’t get seats overshadowed the flag on the tallest pole in the country.The Independence Day float parade was almost an anticlimax – saved by the massive show of support for the Guyana Amazon Warriors.It was the only float drawing the full diversity of Guyana. Cricket’s still our unifying force.….J’ouvert?This Government has made a Herculean effort to move the Float Parade from Republic Day on February 23 to Independence Day, May 26. But they didn’t just move the date…they objected to the vulgar degeneration of the ethos of the Republic Day celebrations into a “poor man’s” sexualised imitation of the Trinidad Carnival. Including of late, even their messy J’ouvert. The coalition Government vowed to return “dignity” to the activity.One could understand Guyanese imitating Carnival because of its connection to Lent falling in February, which was also our Republic month. But what was the reason for now holding a “J’ouvert” in May – as one group did on the morning of the 26th? Is it that we Guyanese just can’t commemorate anything without it descending into vulgarity?It should surprise no one the Guyanese “J’ouvert” ended up with the being beaten with bottles when they tried to bring order to one scuffle.What does this mean? The descent into the abyss might be permanent?…excuseJunior Minister Nicolette Henry issued an “explanation” for the snubbing of the Opposition Leader at the Flag Raising ceremony that raises more questions than the “answers” in the explanation.For instance, who were the hundreds of persons who were in what she described as the “Presidential Section”.last_img read more