13 championship events for Gibson McCook Relays

first_imgThe prestigious and exciting Gibson McCook Relays, slated for Saturday, February 27, will see the 4×200 metres Girls’ Open and the 4×200 metres for Class One and Two boys upgraded to championship events.These events will be part of a stellar cast of 13 mouthwatering championship showpieces inside what is expected to be a jam-packed National Stadium.The three events have been added by the organisers due to their prominence at the IAAF World Relays in recent years.Local appliance and furniture retail franchise Singer expressed delight with being drawn as sponsor of the 4x100m Institution Men’s Championship race, an event that could see Racers Track Club kingpins Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, and other members of their institution square off against other top-level challengers.Besides Singer, 12 other championship marquee event sponsors were named last Thursday at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, ahead of the Gibson McCook Relays’ 40th staging.Advanced Scales and Equipment snapped up the 4x100m high school boys’ Class One Championship, while the 4x100m High School Girls’ Under-19 Championship will be sponsored by Consumer Brand (Oral B).Beverage brand Lucozade will sponsor the 4x100m High School Boys Class Two Championship, while for the girls, Wisynco will sponsor the 4x100m High School Under-17.EVENT SPONSORSThe 4x400m High School Boys’ Open went to SOS Foods Limited and the girls’ equivalent went to CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, while Grace Foods will be the sponsor of the 4x400m Institution Men’s Championship.The 4x400m Institution Men’s Championship will be sponsored by Grace Foods, 4x400m High Schoolgirl’s Open by CIBC First Caribbean, and the 4x400m High School Boys’ Open sponsored by SOS Foods.Jamaica Biscuit Company and Consumer Brands (Head and Shoulders) selected the Boys and Girls’ High School 4x800m Open, respectively.There were 42 sponsored events for the Gibson McCook Relays, which is one of the most prestigious relay meets in the world.It began in 1976 in honour of Kingston College founder Bishop Percival Gibson and was later renamed after Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook.last_img read more

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Reno relieved to escape relegation

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:It all looked good when Girvon Brown tapped home from close range to give UWI FC a 60th minute lead against FC Reno in yesterday’s Red Stripe Premier League match at the Frome Sports Complex.Although the university team went on to win 2-1, they failed in their objective to land a semi-final spot.The result was equally bittersweet for UWI and FC Reno, the latter, in particular, because of their struggle to avoid relegation, which neither Rivoli United nor Cavalier SC were able to accomplish.It was palpable relief for Michael Graham, the Reno coach, after news filtered through that Cavalier had lost 0-1 to Tivoli Gardens FC.”I can’t tell you how relieved we are to know we are still in the league. We started as planned in this game, but lost our way after not taking advantage of that missed penalty opportunity,” said Graham.”It was a good enough game for us to win, but we just never got that second goal we wanted so badly. I am still grateful because next season will see us in the league,” added Graham.PENALTY SAVEDReno should have opened the scoring when the usually reliable Rondel Morris had his penalty kicked easily saved by national invitee Amal Knight for UWI in the 40th minute.He would regret missing from the spot as Brown was on hand for a simple tap-in at the 60th minute.Reno were again awarded a penalty, but this time the responsibility fell to Afiba Chambers and he found the equaliser in the 62nd minute.Just as Reno were looking at scoring another to take the game away from UWI, the visitors pounced. Anthony Greenland found space at the top of the Reno penalty area and he struck a beautiful curling shot that left the Reno goalkeeper beaten in the 75th minute.Marcus Gayle, UWI’s head coach, was disappointed as 49 points was only good enough for fifth, while Reno’s 34 points was as lucky as it gets, keeping them in tenth place.”Although disappointed at not making the semis, I think it was a terrific, wonderful first season in the league for us. Now we can build on this and become a major force in years to come,” stated Gayle.last_img read more

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Hawthorne under pressure at St Jago

first_imgHawthorne under pressure at St Jago… Axe looms for veteran as Wolmer’s also parts company with entire staffFollowing the recent restructuring of the Wolmer’s Boys School track and field programme, another high profile high school coaching job is reportedly on the line.Christopher Harley is the first major casualty following last month’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, with the team’s uninspiring performances said to have upset several influential members of the school’s support.As a result, Harley, who took over as head coach in 2012, along with his entire coaching staff, was shown the door at the Heroes Circle – based school earlier this week.The Wolmer’s programme will reportedly be overseen by past student and patron Stephen Francis, who runs the powerful MVP Track Club.Harley may have some company soon, with sources telling The Gleaner that long-time St Jago High school boys team coach Danny Hawthorne may also soon find himself on the sidelines, with a large section of the Monk Street-based school’s past student body pushing for a new direction.Hawthorne, a veteran, who has guided the likes of Yohan Blake and Nickeal Ashmeade over the years is under immense pressure as he is, according to several sources, seen by some of the programme’s backers to be incapable of guiding the school to a championship.St Jago’s boys finished in fourth position at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, 112.5 points behind winners Calabar, with Wolmer’s – winners in 2010 under David Riley’s leadership, finished 10th this time around after managing 50 points.St Jago’s last boys’ title came in 1993.The Gleaner tried to get in contact with both coaches but was unsuccessful.last_img read more

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After ‘long’ coach’s speech, Williams gets by

first_imgPARIS (AP):Serena Williams was ahead, yes, but hardly at her best, when claps of thunder and a heavy downpour interrupted her third-round French Open match at a critical juncture.So during what turned out to be a delay of more than 21/2 hours right before a second-set tiebreaker yesterday against 26th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France, Williams met with coach Patrick Mouratoglou.”I spoke 10 minutes, which is far too long. Actually, at the end, I said: ‘Sorry. I spoke too long; much too long.’ Because a long speech is not a good speech; it has to be short and powerful,” Mouratoglou recounted later. “My point was just to make her think the way she thinks when she’s good, when she’s playing like Serena plays.”Did it work?”Just look at the score,” Mouratoglou said, “And, more than that, look at the way she did it.”Coming out of the locker room determined to dictate play more than she had been, Williams edged Mladenovic 6-4, 7-6 (10), a victory that set up a fourth-round matchup against a woman whose coaching consultant is the 34-year-old American’s former rival, Justine Henin.”Up until that point, I had not been playing my game. I was playing really defensive. It’s not me,” said the top-seeded Williams, who compiled a 5-2 advantage in winners in the tiebreaker. “So I just wanted to be Serena out there.”at stakeHer sister, Venus, seeded No.9, beat France’s Alize Cornet 7-6 (5), 1-6, 6-0 to reach the fourth round for the first time since 2010. And another American, No. 15 Madison Keys, got that far at Roland Garros for the first time with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory over Monica Puig.Quarter-final berths will be at stake in these matchups tomorrow: Venus vs No. 8 Timea Bacsinszky, Keys vs Kiki Bertens, No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro vs Yulia Putintseva.Next up for Serena Williams is No. 18 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, who was 0-7 against Ana Ivanovic before beating the 2008 French Open champion 6-4, 6-4.Svitolina, 21 and the winner of the girls’ title in Paris in 2010, is 0-3 against Williams.In men’s action, No. 1 Novak Djokovic finished his 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Aljaz Bedene just before nightfall, while No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga quit after seven games against Ernests Gulbis because of an injured right leg. Other winners: No. 7 Tomas Berdych, No. 11 David Ferrer, No. 12 David Goffin, No. 13 Dominic Thiem and No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut.Thiem, 22, got past Alexander Zverev 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to close in on his first Grand Slam quarter-final.While the draw set up a potential fourth-round match for Thiem against Rafael Nadal, the nine-time French Open champion’s withdrawal Friday because of an injured left wrist means that a far less daunting opponent awaits.Instead, Thiem faces 56th-ranked Marcel Granollers, who never has reached a major quarter-final either.”Against Rafa, I’m the underdog,” Thiem acknowledged. “Against Granollers, I’m probably the favourite.”last_img read more

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Chelsea, Liverpool on course in League Cup

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): With no European competitions clogging up their schedules, Chelsea and Liverpool are placing more importance on the English League Cup than usual this season. They both advanced to the last 16 on Tuesday, but took different routes. Chelsea came from two goals behind at Premier League champions Leicester, taking an end-to-end game to extra time at 2-2 thanks to goals from defenders Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta before Cesc Fabregas’ double clinched a 4-2 win. Liverpool had it much easier, dispatching second-tier Derby in a 3-0 victory with Ragnar Klavan, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi scoring the goals. Chelsea and Liverpool both rested key players, but still fielded strong line-ups in a bid to stay alive in one of three competitions they’ll enter this season. Liverpool are record eight-time League Cup winners, while Chelsea are joint second in the all-time list of trophy winners with five titles. BIGGER PRIORITIES Leicester have much bigger priorities this season. Aside from attempting to retain their Premier League title, Claudio Ranieri’s team are in the Champions League for the first time and likely will not be too concerned about exiting a competition of the least importance. Japan forward Shinji Okazaki took advantage of defensive errors to score twice for Leicester at King Power Stadium, but the hosts were undermanned in extra time after Marcin Wasilewski collected his second yellow card in the 89th for elbowing Diego Costa in the face. Fabregas’ two goals sent a message to Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who has marginalised the Spain midfielder at the start of the season. Everton failed to transfer their strong Premier League form to the League Cup by losing 0-2 to second-tier Norwich, which played almost a complete reserve team. Lucas Perez, a recent signing from Spanish side Deportivo La CoruÒa, scored twice in the second half for his first goals for Arsenal in their 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest. Granit Xhaka scored from long range – as he did against Hull in the Premier League on Saturday – to put Arsenal ahead and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wrapped up the victory for a visiting team featuring a mix of youth-team players and fringe squad members.last_img read more

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Russell’s violation hearing continues – West Indies all-rounder’s lawyer remains confident

first_imgLead counsel Patrick Foster continued his cross examination of Nadia Vassell, Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) whereabouts officer and director of technical services, during yesterday’s hearing into the whereabouts clause violation of Jamaica and West Indies all-rounder AndrÈ Russell at the Jamaica Conference Centre. Foster focused his arguments on procedural breaches by pointing to miscommunication and questionable methods of communication used by JADCO in contacting Russell and his agent, Will Quinn, for extension deadlines, especially, from the period July 20 to 24th (2015), in regards to the allegations against the West Indies cricketer. “I finished the cross-examination of Ms Nadia Vassell on the filing failures allegations. I just explored the procedures adopted by JADCO in recording the filing failures, and I did that in background with the rules just to make the panel understand what the process is and if there was compliance with the rules,” he told The Gleaner. “That is the critical issue, whether there was a filing failure and whether JADCO reached that conclusion in the appropriate way in compliance with the rules, particularly in relation to the July to September quarter where issues arise as to whether they have the right to make two filing failures or one,” he added. When the hearing resumes on October 6, Foster will continue his cross examination of JADCO witnesses Carey Brown, the executive director of the organisation, and Tahje Smith. Following his questioning of those two witnesses, Russell’s team will then open its case, and Russell is expected to give evidence. “The next witnesses to be called are Mr Carey Brown and Mr Tajae Smith on behalf of JADCO. But we are moving on with the case after those two witnesses are finished, and we will open our case and Mr Russell will give evidence. We are looking forward to giving evidence and have the matter closed and move on. But it (case) is still unfolding, and I will leave that ’til the end,” he said. At the last hearing, Vassell told Foster that a reminder was first sent to Russell through a letter on July 6, 2015. Russell was given an extension to file his whereabouts by July 13, 2015 and on July 20, he (Vassell) sent another email to the cricketer asking him to file his whereabouts by July 24.last_img read more

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Wilson: G.C. Foster’s Olympians training well

first_imgRio de Janeiro Olympians Sashalee Forbes, Anniesha McLaughlin-Whilby, and Ristananna Tracey have all made good starts to training for the 2017 season. That’s the assessment of their coach, Maurice Wilson, who says if all goes well, next season could be exciting.Wilson, who coaches the trio of first-time Olympians at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education, made the observation at the launch this week of an upcoming road race being organised by the institution.”So far, I think we have started well,” he said. “I think they have superseded all marks from last season, this time, already,” he tabled, “so it seems to me that once they stay injury free, we’re going to have a very exciting season.”He had high praise for Forbes and McLaughlin-Whilby, who won Olympic silver medals for their contribution in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays, and for Tracey, who set a lifetime best of 54.15 seconds in the final of the 400 metres hurdles.Speaking of Forbes, he enumerated, “If you were to check the records, I think only Sherone Simpson, who has made that huge transition, moving from 11.3 to 11.1 under Stephen Francis coming out of high school.”In her first season out of Manchester High School, Simpson improved her 100m personal best 11.37 seconds to 11.01 and reached the 2004 Olympic final in her first year with UTech/MVP coach Francis directing her workouts. Holmwood Technical High graduate Forbes moved her best from 11.55 to 11.17 in 2016.Wilson, who was Jamaica’s technical leader at the 2016 Olympics, was nevertheless cautious. “Last year,” he recalled, we felt that Rasheed Dwyer would run 19.7.”PROMISINGDwyer and Anatascia Leroy, teammates in Wilson’s Sprintec Track Club, and Demish Gaye, a G.C. Foster College student-athlete, all looked promising early in the Olympic season. A lifetime best of 10.10 seconds for 100m on April 16 indicated progress for Dwyer in the 200m, where he was Commonwealth champion in 2014. Hit by Zika, Dwyer never approached his 200m best of 19.80 and wasn’t even able to run the final at the National Senior Championships.In similar fashion, the virus erased fine early form shown by Leroy, who has won World Championships and Commonwealth gold medals as part of Jamaica’s 4×400 metre squads. She had lowered her 200m personal to 22.85 on April 16.Gaye was enjoying a breakthrough season in the 400 metres and had wins at the Gibson-McCook Relays and the Inter-Collegiate Championships for G.C. Foster.Wilson also gave an update on these three athletes. “Dwyer seems to be in excellent shape, also Demish,” he reported. “There’s a little bit of a challenge with Ana (Leroy), but I’ve taken it on myself to make sure as one of my longest-serving athletes that I do everything in my power,” he pledged, “to get her back to the highest level.last_img read more

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CRICKET: Windies level series

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel snatched a five-wicket haul in a Man-of-the-Match performance as West Indies beat Pakistan by 106 runs on the final day of the second Test here Thursday, to level the three-match series at 1-1. Set 188 for victory at Kensington Oval, Pakistan folded meekly for 81, with Gabriel finishing with five for 11 to end with match figures of nine for 92. Captain and seamer Jason Holder claimed three for 23 while pacer Alzarri Joseph picked up two for 42. Resuming from a precarious position of 35 for five at lunch, Pakistan failed to rebound and lost their remaining wickets for 46 runs to be all out, 38 minutes before the scheduled tea interval. Wicketkeeper Safraz Ahmed top-scored with 23 and tail-ender Mohammad Amir scored 20, staging the best partnership of the innings with 42 for the eighth wicket.last_img read more

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Thompson, Praught impress in Doha

first_imgElaine Thompson looks unstoppable. Asafa Powell is still waiting for his 98th sub-10 seconds 100m time, and Aisha Praught got her name in the record books as the Diamond League circuit got going in Doha yesterday. As the temperature teased 40 degrees Celsius at the Qatar Sports Club ahead of the action on the track, Thompson brought some heat of her own, blazing to a 22.19 seconds win in the 200m ahead of a field that included world champion Dafne Schippers as well as Jamaicans Veronica Campbell-Brown and Simone Facey. Considering the -2.3 wind factor, yesterday’s run was a clear improvement on the 22.16 (+1.9) season-opening effort from last season in the 200m and shows that the double Olympic sprint champion is primed to continue her lordship in female sprinting. Schippers tried to rally as both athletes came off the bend in front but had no response to Thompson’s extra kick, and in the end, had to settle for second place in 22.45 ahead of Marie-Josee Ta Lou, 22.77. Facey ran fourth in 23.00 with Campbell-Brown next best in 23.09. For Thompson, it was all about execution and making the most of her first experience in Qatar, the host for the 2019 World Championships. “This is my first time in Doha, and my first race of the season. I just wanted to get the race right and see how far I am in the season, and I just wanted to execute a good race,” said Thompson, who will be looking to improve on her 200m silver medal won at the last World Championships in Beijing at this year’s event in London. DISAPPOINTED IN TIME Things weren’t so rosy for Powell, who despite crossing the line in second place in his second 100m of the season, was more disappointed that he was not able to stride closer to a magical 100 sub-10 seconds clocking in the event. Akani Simbine took an impressive win in 9.99 seconds – his sixth sub-10 seconds time of the season, with Powell crossing the line in 10.09. The Jamaican has now gone four races without a sub-10 clocking, and he thinks this time around, the wind was the enemy. “I’m not surprised coming in second. We’re only just beginning our season. I wanted to go sub-10, but couldn’t because of the wind,” he said pointing to the -1.2 m/s wind factor. Thid place went to Femi Ogunode, 10.13 with Justin Gatlin, 10.14, in fourth, and Andre De Grasee, 10.21 in fifth place. Jamaican distance runner Aisha Praught had reason to celebrate after she lowered the national record in the 3000m steeplechase, clocking 9:19.29 for eight place in the event. Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi, 9:00.12, got the win ahead of Beatrice Chepkoech, 9:01.57 and Olympic champion Ruth Jebet, 9:01.99. “I am totally pleased to set the national record,” she told The Gleaner yesterday. “I really wanted to do it last year, but I could not quite pull it off. Today was a big day!” Praught is now the 37th fastest women ever in the event, and she replaced Mardrea Hyman’s 9:27.31 set in 2005. Megan Simmonds managed a 13.13 run, which was good enough for fifth place in the 100m hurdles with world record holder Kendra Harrison, 12.59, securing another commanding win. Cindy Roleder, 12.90, and Sherika Nelvis, 12.91 finishing second and third. Natoya Goule, 2:01.59, attacked the field in the first 400m of the women’s 800m but faded badly into eight place as Caster Semenya, 1:56.61 overpowered the field to register a big win; while Annsert White, 50.80, also found himself at the back of the pack in the men’s 400m hurdles event. This was won by hometown standout Abderrahaman Samba in 48.44 ahead of Kerron Clement 49.40 and LJ Van Zyl, 49.49. Steven Gardiner, 44.60, won the men’s 400m to continue his positive start, while Qatari star Mutaz Essa Barshim’s 2.36m clearance in the high jump secured his first win at the Doha Diamond League. Christian Taylor won the triple jump with 17.25m off the board. Selected Results Men’s results 100 Metres – Men Wind: -1.2 m/s 1 Simbine, Akani 9.99 2 Powell, Asafa 10.08 3 Ogunode, Femi 10.13 400 Metres – Men 1 Gardiner, Steven 44.60 2 Merritt, LaShawn 44.78 3 McQuay, Tony 44.92 1500 Metres – Men 1 Manangoi, Elijah Motonei 3:31.90 2 Kiplagat, Silas 3:32.23 3 Birgen, Bethwell Kiprotich 3:32.27 3000 Metres – Men 1 Kwemoi, Ronald 7:28.73 2 Chelimo, Paul Kipkemoi 7:31.57 3 Kejelcha, Yomif 7:32.27 400 Metres Hurdles – Men 1 Samba, Abderrahaman 48.44 2 Clement, Kerron 49.40 3 van Zyl, L.J. 49.49 8 Whyte, Annsert 50.80 High Jump – Men 1 Barshim, Mutaz Essa 2.36m 2 Grabarz, Robert 2.31m 3 Thomas, Donald 2.29m Triple Jump – Men 1 Taylor, Christian 17.25m 2 Craddock, Omar 17.08m 3 Copello, Alexis 16.81m Javelin Throw – Men 1 Rohler, Thomas 93.90m 2 Vetter, Johannes 89.68m 3 Vadlejch, Jakub 87.91m Women’s results 200 Metres – Women 1 Thompson, Elaine 22.19 2 Schippers, Dafne 22.45 3 Ta Lou, Marie-Josee 22.77 4 Facey, Simone 23.00 5 Campbell-Brown, Veronica 23.09 800 Metres – Women 1 Semenya, Caster 1:56.61 2 Wambui, Margaret Nyairera 1:57.03 3 Sum, Eunice Jepkoech 1:58.76 8 Goule, Natoya 2:01.59 3000 Metres Steeplechase – Women 1 Jepkemoi, Hyvin Kiyeng 9:00.12 2 Chepkoech, Beatrice 9:01.57 3 Jebet , Ruth 9:01.99 8 Praught, Aisha 9:19.29 100 Metres Hurdles – Women 1 Harrison, Kendra 12.59 2 Roleder, Cindy 12.90 3 Nelvis, Sharika 12.91 5 Simmonds, Megan 13.13 Pole Vault – Women 1 Stefanidi, Ekaterini 4.80m 2 Morris, Sandi 4.75m 3 Silva, Yarisley 4.65m Shot Put – Women 1 Carter, Michelle 19.32m 2 Marton, Anita 18.99m 3 Dubitskaya, Aliona 18.90mlast_img read more

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Ramsay hat-trick boosts Ceres demolition of Meralco

first_imgLATEST STORIES 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 Ramsay’s wife, Jodie, and one-year-old son, Oddell Jordan, arrived last week.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Creamline on top as Alyssa leaves MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyercenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Inspired by the presence of his family who flew in from Australia last week, national team standout Iain Ramsay produced a hat-trick to propel Ceres Negros past leader FC Meralco Manila, 7-0, Saturday in the Philippines Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Spanish striker Fernando Rodriguez also came through with a couple of goals while Stephan Schrock accounted for the other goal for the Busmen who moved up to third spot with 19 points, behind Meralco (23 points) and Global Cebu (20).ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It was Ceres’ second straight 7-0 victory after drubbing Ilocos United by the same scoreline last weekend at Panaad Stadium. What made the victory even more remarkable was the fact that the Busmen beat a Meralco side which had brothers Phil and James Younghusband starting.Meralco lost for the first time in 10 matches this seasonFEATURED 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’“When we do it like we did it today, we should have no problems,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic.The Sparks’ misery as they lost for the first time this season. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

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