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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Gonzales happy with Batangas’ q’finals feat despite exit

first_imgLeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Eric Gonzales. PBA IMAGESBatangas may have lost the battle, but for coach Eric Gonzales, his team didn’t entirely lose the war.The soft-spoken mentor was glad with the way his team fought in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation cup, even branding the campaign as an “overachievement.”ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan ranks Kobe ahead of LeBron: ‘Five rings beat three’ That is, if they decide to give the PBA D-League another go next season.“It’s up to boss,” Gonzales pointed to team manager Atty. Ruel Camobas. “I know boss is passionate and he’s happy with what the team has achieved. I’ll just do the coaching here.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Still, Gonzales was all smiles as he reflected on the jump his side had following a disappointing maiden campaign in the 2017 Foundation Cup, where at 4-5, Batangas just missed out on advancing to the playoffs.“Nevertheless, I’m happy with what we were able to come up with, especially to those who played in a competitive setting in the first time. I thank God for what the team has achieved.”Adding to Gonzales’ elation was the emergence of Cedric de Joya, who showed tremendous potential despite his size.“Our bunso (little brother) stepped up,” he said. “But it can’t go any further than that. We still need strong supporting role players.”With the foundation already laid out, Gonzales could only wonder what the future holds for the Batangueños.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube “For me, us reaching the quarterfinals is a bonus,” said Gonzales in Filipino after the Batangueños exited the tournament in an 81-74 defeat to CEU on Thursday. “We dealt with a lot of things, especially losing Joseph Sedurifa. We got reinforcements, but we didn’t have enough time to build that chemistry.”Batangas had to scamper for a replacement as it hoped to fill the shoes left by the Meralco-bound Sedurifa, who was the team’s leading scorer for the whole conference.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’Out of desperation, the team signed up Robby Celiz, Michole Sorela, and Leo Avenido from the eliminated teams, while acquiring Joseph Gabayni and Jebb Bulawan from the free agent pool.However, with just one day to prepare, the chemistry which helped the Batangueños finish the eliminations with a 6-4 slate didn’t live up to par resulting in the early exit. MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Indian national gunned down in Camarines Surlast_img read more

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LOOK: NBA teams exploit solar eclipse to mock Phoenix Suns

first_imgAn extremely rare phenomenon took place over the weekend,  as the Great American Eclipse put on a show over the skies of the United States.But sadly for an NBA franchise that shares the name of the massive star, the Phoenix Suns, rival teams took the astronomical event as a chance to poke fun at the Arizona-based squad.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano In honor of the sun being blocked today, here are our best blocks against the @Suns over the past few years! ☀️🌑😎#SolarEclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/NcnldLq2Ho— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) August 21, 2017 MOST READ Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder PLAY LIST 05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder00:50Trending Articles01:29Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic01:40Filipinos 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal The Brooklyn Nets could not resist the urge as well and posted a clip of their own.PSA: The @Suns getting blocked beginning at 1:23 Brooklyn time 😎🌑 #SolarEclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/srEY1kHlss— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) August 21, 2017ADVERTISEMENT — Phoenix Suns (@Suns) August 21, 2017Screen Grab from Twitter/@Suns As the Moon passed the Earth and “blocked” the Sun, teams collated videos of their players blocking the Suns’ squad, starting with the Atlanta Hawks’s social media team.“In honor of the sun being blocked today, here are our best blocks against the @Suns over the past few years!” the Hawks captioned the video, along with the hashtag #SolarEclipse2017. 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’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’center_img View comments Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Azarenka withdraws from US Open amid child custody dispute The Minnesota Timberwolves also chimed in, sharing a clip of Karl Anthony Towns emphatically swatting Devin Booker’s shot.Here’s how @KarlTowns blocks the Sun. #SolarEclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/2fqsQrRcan— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) August 21, 2017The Milwaukee Bucks rounded out the mischievous bunch, claiming to have been blocking the Suns since 1968.Blocking out the Suns since 1968. #SolarEclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/KIBQC0zfE0— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) August 21, 2017The Suns’ social media team, meanwhile, refused to take the online abuse and threatened to “block” back.  /raWhen the Suns block back 😏 #SolarEclipse17 pic.twitter.com/gU32E0LmzW 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stingslast_img read more

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Schooling slams critics after SEA Games golden double

first_imgBritain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson What’s in store for your animal sign this year MOST READ In the 100m freestyle, he was pushed all the way by Vietnam’s Hoang Quy Phuoc before winning in 48.93, outside the SEA Games record he set two years ago in Singapore.In the relay, he pulled away in the last leg to help Singapore to win by more than six seconds, but their time didn’t beat the tournament record they set in their home pool in 2015.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal 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) Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasaycenter_img View comments Home-grown sports here to stay, say SEA Games chiefs Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “They can say whatever they want,” Schooling shot back, when asked about the criticism of his performances which has been circulating online.“My goal is to come here and help the team as best as I can, win gold medals. That’s all I care about at this meet. You can’t always set best times, it’s fine. 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’“It’s all about me trying to help the team as best as I can and me trying to win as many individual events as I can.”Schooling, who won 100m butterfly bronze at last month’s world championships, just a year after stunning Michael Phelps to claim the Olympic title, hasn’t tested his personal bests this week. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Singapore’s Joseph Schooling reacts after winning the men’s swimming 100m freestyle final event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) at the National Aquatics centre in Kuala Lumpur on August 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANAOlympic butterfly champion Joseph Schooling rounded on critics who say he’s swimming too slowly after he grabbed his fourth and fifth gold medals of the Southeast Games on Thursday.Schooling said detractors could say what they liked as he won the 100m freestyle and anchored Singapore’s 4x200m freestyle relay victory to near his target of six gold medals in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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UP clips UE in 5 sets in UAAP debut of Kenyan coach

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson FILE PHOTO – Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines started its new era under new Kenyan head coach Godfrey Okumu with a 25-19, 25-13, 21-25, 16-25, 15-8 win over University of the East in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Lady Maroons survived their disastrous performance in the third and fourth sets where majority of their 46 errors occurred and buckled down in the fifth set.ADVERTISEMENT Diana Carlos and Molde led with UP with 22 and 20 points, respectively, the first time that the duo both scored at least 20 in the same game.Judith Abil led UE with 12 points while Mary Ann Mendrez added 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nursing an 8-6 lead in the final period, UP built an 11-7 buffer off Justine Dorog’s kill.Isa Molde then, scored two of the Lady Maroons’ final three points to secure the victory.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“I’d just like to say that UE played well, we put the pressure on them but we relaxed,” said Okumu. “You saw in the fifth set that we fought back, our defense came back.”“I told my players that if they pass well they will execute well and if they can defend well they will score.”center_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year LATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Germany wins Davis Cup tie against Australia Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed 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 awardlast_img read more

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MLB honors school shooting victims with special caps

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “You can’t put it into words,” he said, fighting back tears. “I think it’s great what Major League Baseball is doing to show support for our community and our school. It’s been a rough week and just being out here … (gives me) a sense of freedom.”Teams had the option of wearing he caps, which are black with “SD” in block letters, during the games or only during warmups. Both the Astros and Nationals wore them during Friday’s game.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 folkMLB ordered more than 2,500 of the caps from New Era, league spokesman Steven Arrocho said. Many teams will have players sign them, and they will be auctioned to benefit the victims and families affected by the shooting.Stoneman Douglas, which won a state title in 2016, counts several baseball players as alumni, led by Cubs star Anthony Rizzo. He left camp in Arizona to return to Parkland the day after the shooting, gave an emotional speech at a candlelight vigil and later visited victims in the hospital. He wasn’t in the lineup for Chicago’s game on Friday, but wore the hat bearing his high school’s initials while working out. Washington Nationals pitcher Tim Collins wears the cap of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Eagles baseball team before the start of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Players around the league are wearing the caps to remember the victims of a shooting at the school last week. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball coach Todd Fitz-Gerald and his sons were guests of the Houston Astros for their spring opener against the Washington Nationals on Friday as Major League Baseball honored victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, by having its teams wear caps with the school’s initials.Fitz-Gerald said it was a “relief” to get back to the sport he loves and to stop thinking, at least for a moment, about the Valentine’s Day mass shooting that left 17 people dead and more than a dozen others wounded.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Both Fitz-Gerald and his son Hunter, a junior, were on campus during the shooting, in which 14 students and three teachers were slain. The elder Fitz-Gerald wore a crisp white shirt that was adorned with the words “Douglas Strong” as he chatted with Astros manager A.J. Hinch and several other players and coaches during morning workouts. He and Hunter accompanied Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow on the field before the game to hoist the World Series trophy.Down the road in Jupiter, Florida, the rest of the Stoneman Douglas baseball team as well as the school’s softball team were guests of the Marlins before their game against the St. Louis Cardinals.“It’s helping us feel better and it shows that we are one big family,” Douglas center fielder Ryan Shinko said. “It’s not just us.”Douglas pitcher Connor Brian, a senior who will play baseball at Middle Tennessee State next season, had the names of all 17 victims written on the bill of his cap.“It just gives me a remembrance when I’m pitching to do it for them,” Brian said.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingscenter_img MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View comments Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed 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 Marlins players and staff wore maroon shirts that read “MSDSTRONG,” and CEO Derek Jeter mingled with the teams and posed for selfies with some players. The revered former New York Yankees shortstop drew on his experience in dealing with 9/11, telling players that they can help the community heal.“When I was in New York playing after September 11, obviously you’ll never forget what happened, but at least for those three hours we gave people something they could cheer for,” Jeter said. “We appreciated that and we sort of took that and ran with it as an organization. I think a lot of times professional sports teams, sports teams in general, can help distract people, so to speak.”Before the first pitch, the Marlins and Cardinals observed 17 seconds of silence in memory of the victims. Douglas players and coaches watched from seats behind home plate.“In Parkland, there’s not a lot of smiles,” said Dustin Brian, Connor’s father and a former Douglas assistant coach. “That’s why I think this is so cool, getting them away from the community.”At the New York Yankees’ opener against Detroit, both teams lined up along the foul lines for a moment of silence before the game. A flickering candle was shown on the left-field video board.“You know a community is hurting right now,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Baseball sometimes can play a part in helping with the healing process.”Back at Astros camp, Hinch said he hopes wearing the caps would let those affected by the shooting know that they’re thinking about them.“The only thing we can do is bring some recognition and offer our support,” Hinch said. “I think around baseball we have heavy hearts that we even have to do this because of the tragedy that happened. For us to wear their hats, for us to tell them that we’re on their side is our way to kind of galvanize everybody, get everybody together in one setting and let them know they’re not alone.”Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school, has been jailed on 17 counts of murder, and authorities said he has confessed to the shooting.“We’re not going to let one individual define who we are,” Fitz-Gerald said. “That’s it. That’s the bottom line … our responsibility is to be strong for our community. And our baseball program has a long tradition of success and we owe it to the students, we owe it to the community to represent them and give them something to be proud about.” FBI probe docs list range of payments to top college basketball players It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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