Premier League club profiles

first_imgArnett GardensWhen formed: 1977Position last five seasons: Eighth, eighth, fourth, fourth, championsPlayers arriving: Lamard Neil, Davion Garrison, Javasca Taylor, Tajar Phillips, Roger Bucknor, Lennox Russell, Andre Moulton, Antonio Radcliffe, Garfield Rennicks, Lenworth Dudley, Owen Ewart, Tajay Walker, Jamone Shepherd, Rolando Barnett, Yassu Walters, Nicholas SmithPlayers departing: Raffique Bryan, Odane Samuels, Malik SamuelsTop players: Oneil Smith, Leon Strickland, Vishunal Harris, Marvin Morgan Jr, Keneil Hyde.Titles won: 1977-78, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2014-15Parish: Kingston & St AndrewColours: Red and blackComments: Jerome Waite (head coach) – “Arnett Gardens will start slow this season, the reason being a lot of players have not shown up for regular training. It’s not how we start, but how we finish and we will put everything together to ensure Arnett Gardens have another successful season.”Reno FCWhen formed: ( )Position last five seasons: Seventh, 10, N/A, N/A, 10thPlayers arriving: NonePlayers departing: Craig Foster, Codean SmikleTop Players: Denmark Gillings, Romario Downswell, Rondell Morris, Alburn FaceyTitles won: 1989-90, 1990-91, 1994-95Parish: WestmorelandColours: Blue and whiteComments: Ishmael Paharsingh (vice president) – “We have lost Craig Foster and Codean Smikle to Rivoli, but we have most of the players from last season and we have a few additions. We want to be in the top four and we have the ability with all our young players.”Boys’ TownWhen Formed: 1940Position last five seasons: Second, second, fifth, ninth, eighthPlayers arriving: Shamar Brown, Adrian King, Mikhail Harrison, Davion Roberts, Simon Young, Amani Mitchell, Kevoy BlackstockPlayers Departing: Owen Powell, Nykoli Burke, Jason Jackson, Hugh Evans, Carlloyd WaltersTop players: Michael Campbell, Rafiek Thomas, Shamar Nicholson, Andre DawsonTitles won: ThreeParish: Kingston & St AndrewColours: Red and whiteComments: Andrew Price (head coach) – “We started late and our ground is being rehabilitated. So we will play home games at Barbican. We haven’t been really busy in the transfer market. We have a good blend of youth and experience and we should be as competitive as any team.”UWI FCWhen Formed: 2009Position last five seasons: N/APlayers arriving: Anthony Greenland, Stephen Lowe, Jamie Robinson, Raffique Bryan, Daniel Gilzene, Girvan Brown, Patrick BrownPlayers departing: NoneTop players: Raffique Bryan, Anthony Greenland, Akeem ThensteadTitles won: 0Parish: Kingston & St AndrewColours: RedComments: Gayle (president) – “When you step up to the Premier League, it’s a whole different ball game, it’s not easy. We are about 70 percent (ready). The aim is to stay in the league and we think we have the players and system in place to at least stay up.”Humble LionWhen Formed: 1974Position last five seasons: Tenth, fourth, ninth, seventh, runners-upPlayers arriving: 0Players departing: 0Top players: Devon Hodges, Francois Swaby, Wolry Wolfe, Jermaine Christian.Titles won: 0Parish: ClarendonColours: Green, Yellow and redComments: Dafne Taylor (executive) – “We have more depth in the team than last season, so we are looking good for this season and we are aiming for the top spot.”Tivoli GardensWhen Formed: 1970Position last five seasons: Champions, fifth, sixth, fifth, sixthPlayers arriving: Theo Brown, Dwayne Smith, Nickoy Christian, David Stultz, Romaine Brackenridge, Javanie Mitchell, Damion McNeishPlayers departing: Jamie Robinson, Deron Duncan, Junior McGregor, Keammar DaleyTop players: Junior Flemmings, Edsel Scott, Ranike Anderson, Christopher Jackson, Warren Thompson, Jevaughn JeminsonTitles won: 1983, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2011Parish: Kingston & St AndrewColours: Black and orangeComments: Edward Seaga (president) – “We have been falling off because we don’t have the top level (players) like before. It’s hard to find people that are of grade one because you are taking in schoolboys and it (schoolboy football) is different from Premier League. But what we are looking for is a couple good strikers and a left back and with new faces you always get a boost.”Harbour View FCWhen Formed: 1974Position last five seasons: Third, sixth, first, third, fifthPlayers arriving: Claudious, Blackburn, Akeem Smith, Devon Haughton, Bryan English, Mark Bryan, Hugh Evans, Jason Jackson, Keammar Daley, Odane Samuels, Keastner Sturridge, Javean Adams, Maleak Thomas, Rasheed Willis, Nicque Daley,Horace Ramsay, Jevaughn JeminsonPlayers departing: Damion McNeish, Nicholas Knight, Yassu Walters, Dante TaylorTop players: Nicholas Beckett, John-Ross Edwards, Kevaughn Frater, Dejani Isaacs, Rosario HarriottTitles won: (Four) 2000, 2007, 2010, 2012Parish: Kingston & St AndrewColours: Blue and GoldComments: Ludlow Bernard, (Head coach) – “The expectations are usually high at Harbour View Football Club. Last year was somewhat out of the norm for us. It’s not going be easy because several clubs have made significant improvements and would’ve added to their core. Humble Lion and Arnett Gardens did well and have added to their core, Tivoli and Cavalier didn’t do too well, so we expect them to come good. Our ambition is to finish in the top four and take it from there. The first objective is to get off to a good start, then gradually improve the quality of the team. We’re looking forward to a good season.”Cavalier SCWhen Formed: 1962Position last five seasons: N/A, N/A, Eighth, Eighth, SeventhPlayers Arriving: Shawn Lawes, Rashaun Patterson, Akeem Christie, Romario Sterling, Owen Powell, Nykoli Burke, Carlloyd Walters, Kaheem Parris, Demale Sinclair, Damian Forbes, Kemali Green, Khalfani Brown, Luis Watson, Trevor Tingling, Richard Davis, Syrene Wilmot, Okeefe Cunningham, Luis Watson, Shemar PowellPlayers Departing: Liston James, Claudious Blackburn, Devon Haughton, Javanie Mitchell, Girvan Brown, Davion Roberts, Robert Stewart, Kimani Maxwell, Ato WilliamsTop Players: Chevonne Marsh, Jeffrey Grant, Al Nesbeth, Dawayne Smith, Oshane Jenkins, Jason Watson.Titles won: (one) 1980-81Parish: Kingston & St AndrewColours: Black & WhiteComments: Rudolph Speid (Technical director) – “We believe that we’ve a better team this year than last year, we expect to do much better. The aim is to get into the top four. We believe we have more depth and should do much better, even though we’ve lost three of our starting players from last season.”Montego Bay United FCWhen Formed: 1972 (as Seba United, rebranded 2011)Position last five reasons: N/A, Seventh, Seventh, First, SecondPlayers Arriving:Players Departing: Ricardo MorrisTop Players: Lesly St Fleur, Dino Williams, Allan Ottey, Jermaine WoozencroftTitles won: 1987, 1997, 2014Parish: St JamesColours: Green and BlueComments: Orville Powell, (Owner) – “Our aim is to get better and better each year. The mistakes we made last year we’ll address them and improve on them. We’ve gotten the prararation in now, we’ve been preparing way ahead of other clubs. With that preparartion we hope to improve on our standing. We’ve gotten some youngsters in who we’re looking forward to, we know they’re capable.”Waterhouse FCWhen Formed: 1968 (Harlem Kickers, 1972 (Great West United, 1979 (Waterhouse FC)Position last five seasons: Fourth, Third, Second, Second, FourthPlayers Arriving: Kemar Beckford, Deron Duncan, Jermaine Henry, Ackeem Anderson, Ronaldo Dixon, Norjae Mowatt, Robert Stewart, Jashmar Benjement, Jamar Wilson, Wasim Smikle, Jahmali WhitePlayers Departing: Owen Walter, Rashaun Patterson, Hasani BarnesTop Players: Romario Campbell, Evan Taylor, Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson, Damarley Samuels, Nicholy FindlaysonTitles won: (Two) 1997, 2006Parish: Kingston & St AndrewColours: Blue & YellowComments: Calvert Fitzgerald, (Head coach) – “It’s my first season back with them. We’re trying to go all the way. I’ve inherited a very good team. Anthony Patrick did a very good job and he left a very talented bunch of players. I just have to do my best to see if we can cross that barrier that has been evading us for so long.”Rivoli United FCWhen Formed: 1972Position last five seasons: N/A, N/A, N/A, Sixth, NinthPlayers Arriving: Liston James, Owen Walter, Romario Constant, Kevaughn Russell, Ramaine Linton, Dellon Dixon, Junior McGregor, Chadrick Prawl, Codean Smikle, Alex Gooden, Joel McKenziePlayers Departing: Kemar Beckford, Anthony Greenland, Davion Garrison, Jermaine Henry, Javaughn Cole, Shawn Ferguson, Ja GordonTop Players: Cory Burke, Kemar Bennett,Titles won: NoneParish: St CatherineColours: Red & BlackComments: (head coach, Harold Thomas): “We’re hoping for a much better performance from last season. It’s a young team, we’re trying to get a base. But we’re hoping to make a better performance than last season.”Portmore United FCWhen Formed: 1973 (as Hazard United, rebranded 2003)Position last five seasons: Fifth, First, Third, 11th, N/APlayers Arriving: Kambugi McCalla, Sievon Thompson, Andrew Christie, Shaven Sean Paul, Marc-Akeen McLeggon, Tariq Melvin, Saneekie Burton, Ato WilliamsPlayers Departing: Shamar Fraser, Ramone Shepherd, Yanik Williams, Deandre GrayTop Players: Paul Wilson, Sulae McCalla, Ewan Grandison, Roberto Johnson, Shaven Sean Paul, Ricardo Morris.Titles won: (Five) 1990 (Hazard), 2003, 2005, 2008, 2012Parish: St CatherineColours: Blue & WhiteComments: Clive Marshall, (Manager): “In terms of preparation I think we’ve done fairly well. I think we’re on track, we’re not necessarily where we’d want to be because we had an extended season and had to give the players some rest, so we started a little late. We’ve a fairly balanced team to start the league, we’ve players with Premier League and national experience. With that experience I expect us to have a fairly good start. The feeling is that we will compete. We’re not going in with expectations to win the league, but we’ll compete and try our best to amass as many points as possible.”last_img read more

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Day, McLaughlin out of MVP?

first_imgThere are strong indications that World Championships 400m finalist Christine Day is among the athletes who will be leaving the MVP Track Club ahead of coming season.Day, along with her sister, Jonique; struggling quarter-miler Riker Hylton, who only recently left the Racers Track Club; Natasha Morrison; and one-time Holmwood Technical standout Anneisha McLaughlin-Whitby, herself a finalist in the 200m at the 2009 World Championships, are all believed to be on their way out of the Stephen Francis-led programme.When contacted yesterday, President of the MVP Track Club Bruce James could neither confirm nor deny the development, offering instead that several changes will be made at the University of Technology-based outfit, with some athletes leaving, noting that there will also be a few additions to the unit as well.”There are some changes – additions and subtractions – but I can’t say anything else at this point. Not everyone has returned to training yet, but once everything is finalised and we put everything together completely, we will be giving an update as to the athletes in the programme,” said James.Day, who is coming off one of her best seasons as a professional, was one of 15 MVP athletes who represented Jamaica at the recent World Championships in Beijing, China.Personal bestsThe 29-year-old twice got personal-best marks in her 400m pet event – first clocking 50.16 to match her career best en route to winning at the National Senior Championships in June, before stopping the clock at 50.14 to finish fourth in the final in Beijing.She was also a member of Jamaica’s gold medal-winning 4x400m relay team.McLaughlin-Whitby, who decided to take a break from the track last season after nearly two decades of competing, is also believed to be among the athletes who won’t return to train at MVP.McLaughlin has been training out of the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sports, where Maurice Wilson’s SprintTec group, which also includes Sherone Simpson and Rasheed Dwyer, is based. Wilson is, of course, McLaughlin’s former coach at Holmwood Technical.last_img read more

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Djokovic, Serena in Aussie Open finals

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Novak Djokovic called it the best he has ever played against old foe Roger Federer. Serena Williams was just being her dominant self.The defending champions both made their way back to the Australian Open final, with Djokovic beating Federer 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 and Williams defeating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-4 yesterday.”I’ve had matches where I’ve played similar tennis,” said Djokovic, the top-ranked player in the world. “But I think against Roger, these first two sets have been probably the best two sets I’ve played against him overall throughout my career.”Hours earlier at Rod Laver Arena, Williams advanced to within one win of another Grand Slam milestone. If the six-time Australian Open champion wins tomorrow’s final against seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber, she will equal Steffi Graf’s 22 major singles titles, a record in the Open era and the second-most in history behind Margaret Court’s 24.”I was able to do everything that I needed to do,” Williams said of yesterday’s match. “I was really hitting just all the right shots, making little to no errors, which is kind of hard to play like that.”Djokovic, a five-time champion at the Australian Open, advanced to his sixth final at Melbourne Park.For Federer, the signs were ominous from the beginning. Djokovic held his first service game at love and broke the 17-time Grand Slam champion in the second. After seven minutes, Federer was trailing 3-0.In the first semi-final match, Kerber ended Sydney-born British player Johanna Konta’s surprising run with a 7-5, 6-2 win to reach her first Grand Slam final. Konta was the first British woman since 1983 to reach the semi-finals at a major tournament.last_img read more

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Taylor leads Windies Women to another win

first_imgVIJAYAWADA India, (CMC):West Indies Women remained true to form when they clinched their three-match Twenty20 International series against India with an uncomplicated 31-run victory in the second game here yesterday.Defending 137 for five at the Mulapadu Cricket Stadium, the Caribbean side knocked over the hosts for 106 off 18.1 overs, to win their second game in three days and make up for the pain of their 3-0 whitewash in the preceding one-day series.Sent in, West Indies Women were again propelled by captain Stafanie Taylor who top-scored with 47, while veteran Deandra Dottin stroked 35 and teenaged opener Hayley Matthews, 27.Seamer Shikha Pandey was the best bowler with two for 29.Matthews gave the innings impetus in a brisk 28-ball knock, which included five fours, but she and Britney Cooper (5) fell in the space of nine deliveries to leave the visitors on 41 for two in the eighth over.Taylor then expertly anchored two key partnership to ensure West Indies built a competitive total. First, she put on 48 for the third wicket with Dottin, who dominated with a 21-ball cameo, which included five boundaries.Secondly, she added a further 48 for the fourth wicket with former captain Merissa Aguilleira, whose 21 came from 17 balls and included two fours.All told, Taylor faced 46 deliveries and counted four fours.India Women then found themselves in early trouble when they lost Smriti Mandhana cheaply for four off the fourth ball of the innings with the score on five, and several attempts to revive the innings failed.BEST STANDSCaptain Harmanpreet Kaur top-scored with a brisk 43 off 37 balls with a four and three sixes, while Deepti Sharma chipped in with 24 from 21 balls, but the hosts struggled to put partnerships together.Deepti Sharma added 24 for the second wicket with Meghna Singh (17) and another 22 for the fourth with Kaur for the best stands of the innings.When Deepti Sharma was caught and bowled by off-spinner Anisa Mohammed in the 11th over, India Women were struggling on 59 for four, and Mohammed and Dottin combined to trigger a collapse which saw the last six wickets go down for 47 runs.Mohammed finished with three for 23 and seamer Dottin picked up three for 24 – including Kaur who was last out.The final game of the series starts tonight at 11:30p.m.SCOREBOARDWEST INDIES WOMENH Matthews c Kaur b Pandey 27*S Taylor c Goswami b Bisht 47B Cooper c Meghna Singh b Sharma 5D Dottin c Patil b Pandey 35+M Aguilleira run out 21Kycia Knight not out 0Extras (lb2) 2TOTAL (5 wkts, 20 overs) 137Did not bat: S Quintyne, A Mohammed, S Selman, C Nation, S Connell.Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-41, 3-89, 4-137, 5-137.Bowling: Goswami 4-0-27-0, Patil 3-0-17-0, Bisht 4-0-26-1, Pandey 4-0-29-2, Sharma 4-0-27-1, Bose 1-0-9-0.INDIA WOMENS Mandhana c Cooper b Selman 4Meghna Singh lbw b Matthews 17D Sharma c & b Mohammed 24V Krishnamurthy b Matthews 5*H Kaur c Quintyne b Dottin 43S Pandey c Quintyne b Mohammed 5A Patil lbw b Mohammed 0J Goswami c Connell b Dottin 3E Bisht c Cooper b Dottin 0+N Parween c Mohammed b Quintyne 1Preeti Bose not out 2Extras (w2) 2TOTAL (all out; 18.1 overs) 106Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-29, 3-37, 4-59, 5-73, 6-74, 7-80, 8-80, 9-87, 10-106.Bowling: Selman 3-0-22-1 (w1), Dottin 3.1-0-24-3 (w1), Matthews 4-0-15-2, Mohammed 4-0-23-3, Quintyne 4-0-22-1.Result: West Indies Women won by 31 runs.last_img read more

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Holmwood to take early lead among girls

first_imgLike on the Boys’ side, it will be two finals on day two of competition among the Girls’ at the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships on Wednesday, as it will be the discus throw for Class 1 while it will be the shot put for Class 2.Former champions Holmwood Technical should be ahead as they are expected to pick up 15 points after the Girls’ Class Two shot put final which is slated for 5:50 p.m. The impressive Shadae Hudson, with a season best of 13.99m, done when winning at the Digicel Central Athletics Championships, should win here, ahead of Immaculate High’s Shania Sloley, with Hudson’s teammate, Keneisha Thompson, getting the bronze medal.Edwin Allen High’s Fiona Richards should continue her good form at these championships. Double throwing champion for Buff Bay High two years ago in Class 2, Richards, the leader in the shot put, who has gone over 51m twice, should get the better of St Jago High’s Gabrielle Bailey, who has beaten her twice this season. Excelsior High’s Tavia Ranger looks good for bronze here.Predicted points standing after 2 finals1. Holmwood Technical 15 points2. Edwin Allen 123. St Jago High 11- R.G.last_img read more

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NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 13

first_imgWith the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody Finally, we get some sense of clarity two weeks away from the end of the eliminations.Lyceum and San Beda have already punched their tickets to the playoffs and JRU seems to be following suit after moving a win away from nabbing the third spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThree more teams are duking it out for the last Final Four spot, making every game for Letran, San Sebastian, and Arellano do-or-die duels.Individually, players are also doing last-ditch efforts on not just helping their respective teams progress, but also put themselves in the conversation for the end of season awards. 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For the second straight week, and fourth time overall, the energetic Lyceum forward tops this week’s rankings.Though the Pirates are facing what could be their toughest stretch yet, Perez is still keeping his numbers up as he leads his team’s bid to sweep the elimination round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(2) Jed Mendoza – G, JRU Heavy Bombers16.5 points (4/10 3PT), 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assistsLast Week: N/AChurning out consistent numbers in JRU’s Final Four drive, Jed Mendoza takes the cake in the team’s 2-0 week.The playmaker’s poise, coupled with his stupendous sniping from downtown was really a big shot in the arm for the Heavy Bombers as they move a win away from clinching a seat in the Final Four.Mendoza has shown that he can be the perfect compliment to Tey Teodoro all season long, but his biggest test will be in its next two games as JRU seeks to formalize its entry to the postseason.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(3) Andoy Estrella – G, Mapua Cardinals22 points (2-4 3PT), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal But as for this past three game days, here are the week’s best performers.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(1) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 stealsLast Week: 1CJ Perez continues to prove that he is one of the best, if not the best collegiate player in the country today.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(5) Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs16 points, 11 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/AKent Salado just brought Arellano out of the depths of elimination, doing it all in the team’s 95-65 beatdown of College of St. Benilde.Fighting for survival, the speedy playmaker’s double-double night against the Blazers kept the Chiefs’ flailing hopes alive as they seek to make a late rally to the Final Four.But the job won’t be easy, as Arellano will have no other choice but to win its next games, starting on Tuesday against San Sebastian.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(6) Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags15 points, 13 rebounds, 1 blockLast Week: N/AAnother solid showing went down the drain for Michael Calisaan as San Sebastian suffered another loss to drop to 7-8. 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How to help the Taal evacuees Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Last Week: N/AHope may be lost, but that won’t stop Andoy Estrella from giving Mapua its first winning streak of the season.The senior guard was clutch once again as he lifted the Cardinals to a gutsy 76-71 win over Perpetual on Thursday.Mapua may already be out of the running for the Final Four, but that doesn’t mean that Estrella couldn’t get the graceful exit he’s pining for.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(4) AC Soberano – G, San Beda Red Lions13 points (7-12 3PT), 2.5 reboundsLast Week: N/AAnother sharp-shooter enters this week’s list as AC Soberano unfurled a pair of standout outings in a 2-0 week for San Beda.Already considered as one of the deadliest snipers in the amateurs, the stocky guard showed how lethal he could be as he fired 5-of-7 threes to pour in 17 points in the Red Lions’ 88-51 rout of EAC.That’s exactly the performance coach Boyet Fernandez was looking for as San Beda gears towards its final elimination game against league-leader Lyceum. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s not for the lack of effort, though, as the Golden Stags lost a heartbreaking 60-58 thriller to JRU on Friday.With three games left in its schedule, San Sebastian should have the heightened sense of urgency in the coming weeks if they want to advance to the big dance.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(7) Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights12 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/AAlso on the losing end this week was Rey Nambatac.The senior guard tried his hardest to help Letran dent Lyceum’s armor, but in the end, the Pirates were just too much as the Knights fell, 81-69.Though defeated, Letran’s showing was respectable to say the least, with Nambatac being the engine that keeps the team going.But the 23-year-old vowed to not just churn out solid numbers, but also deliver victories, especially with games against San Beda and St. Benilde next in the Knights’ schedule. 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Fernandez knows ‘underdog’ San Beda will come out big vs Lyceum

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “Lyceum is the best team right now. They beat us twice and they beat us fair and square. So there’s no doubt that we’re the underdogs,” he said.Despite the unfamiliar situation, Fernandez believes the Red Lions — who have one of the most successful basketball programs — can pull off the triumph and give the school their 10th title in 12 years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I know we lost against Lyceum and I know that the people have been doubting us, but the players really believe in themselves,” said Fernandez, citing guys like Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon as the team’s driving force through the course of this year’s journey.“We lost those two games, but I still do trust my players. I know they will come out big and we look forward for Friday’s game.” Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene ‘We did our best’: Macaraya positive despite Stags’ failed NCAA Finals bid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s not often that San Beda finds itself as the underdog when it comes to the championship round.But with Lyceum completing an awe-inspiring 18-game elimination sweep this NCAA Season 93, coach Boyet Fernandez is well aware that the Red Lions have the cards stacked against them once the Finals tip off on Friday.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. So much is the mentor’s confidence that he likened the Red Lions’ situation to Season 87 in 2011, where the Frankie Lim-mentored squad toppled the San Sebastian crew bannered by the “Pinatubo Trio” of MVP Calvin Abueva, Mythical Team member Ian Sangalang, and sharpshooter Ronald Pascual.“When (San Beda) entered the Finals, they weren’t the favorites. It was Calvin’s San Sebastian and they won the series. So maybe history repeats itself,” he said.Fernandez is not leaving any stones unturned in preparing the Red Lions to the best of his capabilities for what is expected to be another all-out war against the Pirates.“We’ll see what we can do against them. We’re ready,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Bulls beat Jazz for 4th straight victory

first_imgChicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn, left, celebrates with Denzel Valentine after the Chicago Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz 103-100 in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO — Nikola Mirotic is smiling again. The shots are falling. All the weightlifting work he did in the summer is paying off. The Chicago Bulls are winning.That infamous practice fight is beginning to fade into the background.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Robin Lopez added 16 points for Chicago (7-20), and Dunn finished with 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Portis scored each of his nine points in the fourth after he got off to a slow start.Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 32 points on 15-for-26 shooting, but the Jazz (13-15) dropped their fourth straight game. Rodney Hood scored 15 points after missing the previous seven games with left ankle soreness.“We’ve got to play better on the defensive end,” coach Quin Snyder said. “We’ve been here before, as far as the ball not going in. We have to be more stingy. We didn’t have that tonight.”Dunn was 6 for 18 from the field, but he made a couple of big plays down the stretch. He connected with 1:39 to go to make it 98-94 Bulls. After Mitchell responded with a driving layup, Dunn made a stepback jumper over Alec Burks to restore the Bulls’ four-point advantage.“I believe in my game,” Dunn said. “The coaching staff believes in me, my teammates do. There’s going to be times where there’s going to be bad games, I understand that, but I am going to keep fighting.”ADVERTISEMENT Jazz: Visit Boston on Friday night. The Jazz dropped both of their games against the Celtics last season.Bulls: Visit Milwaukee on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 awardcenter_img Dunn, David Nwaba and Justin Holiday each missed a foul shot in the final seconds, giving Utah one more chance. But Mitchell missed a running 3-point try as time expired.“I rushed it,” Mitchell said. “I should have shot it with two hands, first of all. I should have shot it like a regular pull-up.”Ricky Rubio added 14 points for Utah, which has dropped the first two on a six-game road trip. Burks finished with 13 points.“We can’t do it in spurts,” Hood said. “If we can’t sustain it over 48 minutes, we’re not going to win.”Utah trailed by as many 12 in the second quarter, but closed the half with a 17-6 run and kept up its solid play at the start of the third. Jonas Jerebko’s reverse layup with 7:06 left gave the Jazz a 63-58 lead, leading to a timeout by the Bulls.TIP-INSJazz: It was Mitchell’s third game of his rookie season with at least 31 points. … G/F Joe Johnson has been sidelined since Oct. 30 because of right wrist tendon instability, but he could return soon. “He can’t have contact in practice, but he’s been doing non-contact stuff in practice,” Snyder said. “It’s a question of sooner rather than later.” … G Raul Neto was held out due to a concussion. Neto left in the first quarter of Saturday night’s 117-100 loss at Milwaukee.Bulls: Holiday finished with 12 points. … Portis was 0 for 5 from the field in 16 minutes heading into the final period. He scored a career-high 23 points in Monday night’s 108-85 victory over Boston. … Each of Chicago’s starters scored in double figures for the fourth time this season.MISSINGChicago played without rookie forward Lauri Markkanen, who missed his second straight game due to back spasms. Markkanen, who is averaging 14.7 points and 8.1 rebounds, was originally listed in the starting lineup, but was replaced by Mirotic shortly before the game.UP NEXT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Mirotic scored 29 points, Kris Dunn hit a clutch jumper with 22 seconds left and the Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 103-100 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight victory.“I think right now, Niko has brought a confidence to this team,” coach Fred Hoiberg said.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 folkMirotic made 11 of 18 shots from the field and grabbed nine rebounds in his best performance since he returned last week after missing the start of the season with facial fractures. The 6-foot-10 forward got hurt in a fight with teammate Bobby Portis, throwing the future of both players in question, but the Bulls are perfect since Mirotic returned to the court.“We are enjoying playing the basketball together,” Mirotic said. “You can see good chemistry. The guys on the bench, they are all yelling, they’ve been happy. So I think after (what) we all get through, this team deserves it.” Irving’s 33 lifts Celtics past Nuggets LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Gymnast McKayla Maroney says settlement covered up sex abuse

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina US Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Mckayla Maroney (left) revealed on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, that the team’s former doctor, Larry Nassar (right), molested her from when she was 13 years old until she left the sport in 2016. AFP FILE PHOTOSLOS ANGELES — Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney was forced to sign a confidential settlement with the group that trains U.S. Olympic gymnasts to keep allegations that she was sexually abused by team doctor Larry Nassar a secret, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).Maroney, who won a team gold and an individual silver on vault as part of the “Fierce Five” U.S. women’s team at the 2012 Olympics in London, said Nassar’s abuse started in her early teens and continued for the rest of her competitive career.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ After suffering sexual abuse and “years of psychological trauma,” Maroney reached a settlement with USA Gymnastics in December 2016, but the terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed in court papers. Her lawsuit seeks to invalidate parts of the settlement, arguing it violated California law and that USA Gymnastics “had a plan to keep the sexual abuse of Nassar quiet.”Maroney, who is now 22 years old, said in a Twitter post in October that the abuse started when she was 13 and attending a U.S. national team training camp in Houston. Nassar told her at the time that she was receiving “medically necessary treatment he had been performing on patients for over 30 years,” she said at the time.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 folkHer attorney, John Manly, said she had been abused between 50 and 100 times by Nassar, including at the Olympics and during the world championships.She has described Nassar giving her a sleeping pill while the team traveled to Japan for the 2011 world championships. Maroney says Nassar later visited her in her hotel room after the team arrived in Tokyo, where he molested her yet again. “First and foremost, she wants this never to happen to another little girl,” Manly said in an interview.The settlement included nondisclosure and non-disparagement clauses and Maroney or her parents could be sued for more than $100,000 for violating the agreement. The suit seeks to invalidate those provisions under a California law which prohibits settlements in civil cases that could result in criminal sex offense charges.“It’s despicable and it is wrong,” Manly said of the settlement agreement.Nassar has admitted to sexually assaulting female gymnasts, possessing child pornography and molesting girls who sought treatment. He was sentenced earlier this month to serve 60 years in federal prison for possessing thousands of images of child pornography.Maroney’s lawsuit also names the U.S. Olympic Committee and Michigan State University, where Nassar had worked for decades.ADVERTISEMENT Isaiah Thomas could be playing for Cavaliers next week The court complaint alleges the university had received complaints from two female athletes who accused the doctor of inappropriately touching them in the late 1990s and that the USOC has had “a culture and atmosphere that conceals known and suspected sexual abusers.”USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Michigan State University did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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Hard to believe, but Pop was once unwanted — by Spurs fans

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 NCAA volleyball: San Sebastian starts life after Soltones era Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense LATEST STORIES Popovich now has 1,176 wins. He’s 34 away from No. 4 Pat Riley, 45 shy of No. 3 Jerry Sloan, and should catch both next season. He would need 156 to catch No. 2 Lenny Wilkens, and 159 to match No. 1 Don Nelson’s record of 1,335.“Doesn’t mean anything, except I’ve had good players and I’ve been coaching for eons,” Popovich said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READcenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson The San Antonio Express-News took a poll after that season and found that 92 percent of Spurs fans wanted Popovich fired.As Popovich would suggest now (on politics, one of his favorite topics), sometimes voters get it wrong.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“The pressure is always there for any coach,” Popovich said. “You’ve got to get the job done. If you don’t, you’re not there. If you do get it done, you get to stay.”He said those words in 1997. He was right. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Greg Popovich the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs draws up a play while on the bench against the Memphis Grizzlies in game three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on April 20, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPGregg Popovich was the coach nobody wanted.It’s hard to fathom now, after five NBA championships as coach of the San Antonio Spurs and with him now alone in fifth place on the league’s all-time victory list. But it’s true — Popovich’s decision to fire Bob Hill and make himself coach and general manager in December 1996 was horribly received at first, leaving even some of his own players baffled.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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