Saipan carves niche as sports tourism capital of Micronesia

first_img2013 Hell of the Marianas. Photo from the official HOM Facebook account.SAIPAN—Not only do the steep hills of Saipan provide the best access to breathtaking view of the island, they can also push even the most veteran athletes to their limits.Saipan’s terrain, which features short sharp climbs across the luscious forest overlooking the ocean,  makes for the perfect setting for the island’s top sporting events, which has consistently lured elite athletes from all over the world.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Westbrook’s triple-double fuels Thunder Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Senators to proceed with review of VFA SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK “Aside from the scenic view, the course itself provides a great challenge,” Vincent Seman, president of the Northern Mariana Islands Cycling Federation, told INQUIRER.net. “Anywhere you can lots of flats, but not anywhere you can have lots of flats and short steep climbs.”Seman, who also got into the sport of cycling because of Saipan’s captivating yet challenging courses, believes that that combination is why cyclists and other athletes alike keep coming back. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“[Saipan] just the provides a very natural environment. Just to have this kind of scenery and to be able to put up a race like this, it’s just the best of both worlds.”Saipan  is located in the Western Pacific some four hours away from Manila by plane with a population of close to 50,000— a good number of that from the Philippines. View comments Concepcion said Saipan’s hosting of the IRONMAN 70.3 is a first in Micronesia and the MVA is hoping to encourage participants in places where there is an MVA office like Korea, Japan, China and the Philippines.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Earlier this month, Filipino cyclists and triathletes had their mettle tested in the annual Hell of the Marianas 100-kilometer bike race and all of them admitted that the course was one of the toughest they’ve experienced yet.“It was really hard. I hope the level of competition continues to improve because this was a great course and I know a lot more can be encouraged to join, “ said multiple Tour champion Mark Galedo, who finished third in the race last December 3, said in Filipino.Hell of the Marianas is just one of the international sporting tournaments Saipan has regularly hosted in the past decade. There is also the annual XTERRA Off-Road Championships, where Filipinos like professional triathlete Joe Miller of Team Forza have also competed.But there is none bigger than the prestigious IRONMAN 70.3 Saipan this March, something which is sure to boost Saipan’s reputation as a sports tourism destination in this side of the world.“We want to promote as a fun, fit, active, and healthy destination,” said Marianas Visitors Authority managing director Chris Concepcion. “That’s how we want to brand ourselves–as a sports island and paradise here in the middle of the Pacific.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes We are young Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol townlast_img read more

Brighter future as Maroons acquire services of Akhuetie

first_imgSmart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PH among economies most vulnerable to virus The acquisition of Akhuetie is expected to boost the fortunes of the UP Fighting Maroons, who exceeded expectations and almost made it to the UAAP Final Four behind a strong showing in the second round of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:47Gatchalian seeks probe on Kuwait’s fake autopsy report on Villavende’s death01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View comments Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Fighting Maroons coach Bo Perasol confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon in a short text message.“Yes, Bright has committed to play for UP. We were also able to secure the release from Perpetual,” he wrote.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngThe Maroons bested Ateneo and defending champion La Salle in the recruitment war for the high-scoring center.Perasol explained that the UP management led by team manager Dan Palami and Akhuetie are still in the process of transferring his school records and the 19-year-old is set to enroll this coming academic year. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes FILE – Bright Akhuetie. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines’ future just got brighter.Bluechip big man Bright Akhuetie is set to go from Las Piñas to Diliman after securing his release papers from University of Perpetual Help – System Dalta.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter From L-R: Taipan Millan, Dan Palami, Bright Akhueti, Renan Dalisay, Coach Bo Perasol, Rollie Fabi, Jayson Jorvina. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAkhuetie averaged 17.6 points, 12.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.7 blocks in his sophomore year for the Altas this past NCAA Season 92.If the Nigerian’s enrollment goes as smooth-sailing as expected, he can see action for UP in UAAP Season 81 at the soonest.“He will be definitely be a big positive factor to our program. He also needs that one year to make himself comfortable to the UP educational system,” said Perasol.NowheretogobutUP Foundation headed by its chairman, Renan Dalisay, as well as former Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla and UP alumni Ronald Mascarinas and Robina Pe also played a big role in luring the 6’8″ big man.The Fighting Maroons are coming off a morale-boosting 5-9 record this past year in Perasol’s first year at the helm.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Rousey quotes JK Rowling about hitting rock bottom on Instagram We are young Senators to proceed with review of VFAlast_img read more

A river runs through it — and keeps the Amazon’s bird species diverse

first_imgA new genetic analysis shows that rivers in northeast South America rarely give rise to new bird species, but are important in maintaining existing biodiversity.Researchers found that 86 pairs of the more than 400 endemic bird species in the Rio Negro basin have range boundaries that meet but never overlap, many of them coinciding with either the Rio Negro or the Rio Branco.Amazonian rivers, they conclude, can play two distinct roles in species evolution: their formation may separate populations and create new species directly, and their presence can prevent hybridization or competition between related species that evolved independently and meet at the river.Understanding how the size of a barrier influences its ability to isolate populations genetically will have major implications for how conservationists try to mitigate the effects of habitat fragmentation caused by human activities. Amazonian rivers don’t often drive the creation of new species, but do help maintain distinct populations, according to a study published in the journal Science Advances last month.Amazonian rivers create stark barriers through the landscape and form the edges of many species’ range. But a large-scale genetic analysis in the Rio Negro basin suggests that while rivers have not played a direct role in giving rise to most new bird species, they may be crucial to maintaining them.The Guiana Shield is a region of the South American tectonic plate that includes Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Venezuela and parts of Colombia and Brazil, which together harbor high levels of biodiversity, including over 250 endemic bird species. Of these, 86 pairs have range boundaries that meet but never overlap, many of them coinciding with one of two rivers: the Rio Negro and the Rio Branco.Using the most comprehensive genetic and geographical database compiled for any Amazonian river basin to date, Luciano Naka and Robb Brumfield, both from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, determined that the majority of pairs were unlikely to have speciated as a direct result of the formation of the two rivers. Most species evolved before the rivers formed, and did not show the pattern of evolutionary relationships expected of species separated suddenly by a physical barrier. But once formed, rivers act as significant barriers that isolate species, a finding that may also apply to man-made barriers such as roads.The caica parrot (Pyrilia caica), one of the more than 400 bird species endemic to the Guiana Shield. Its population is mirrored across the lower Rio Negro and Rio Branco by the closely related orange-cheeked parrot (Pyrilia barrabandi). Image by Luciano N. Naka.“This is a major advance towards understanding the role of rivers as agents of speciation in Amazonia,” says Angelo Capparella, a zoologist at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, who was not involved in the study. Previous research has investigated this phenomenon for one or a few species, but large-scale studies have been hampered by a lack of specimens; it took Naka, who is also affiliated with the Federal University of Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, over a decade to collect the necessary data for birds in the Rio Negro Basin. “The combination of [the] large sample size of paired taxa with the latest in phylogenetic methods … makes for this being a robust study,” says Capparella.For many species of birds, mammals and invertebrates, Amazonian rivers mark the start and end of their range. The pattern is so noticeable, renowned naturalist Alfred Wallace wrote about the phenomenon in his 1852 article, “On the Monkeys of the Amazon”: “the native hunters … always cross over the river when they want to procure particular animals, which are found even on the river’s bank on one side, but never by any chance on the other.”The range of the black nunbird (Monasa atra) ends at the lower Rio Negro. Across the river lives a population of the white-fronted nunbird. The two species shared a common ancestor some 4.5 million years ago. Image by Luciano N. Naka.To understand how this pattern arose, Naka and Brumfield used mitochondrial DNA sequence data from specimens supplied by U.S. and Brazilian ornithological collections to estimate the likely divergence times for 74 pairs of bird species that replace one another along the stretches of the Rio Branco and Rio Negro. They found that the species arose between 240,000 and 8 million years ago. “The ages of each pair span through millions of years,” says Naka, making it very unlikely that a single event could be responsible for separating all pairs.Next, the authors reconstructed the birds’ evolutionary tree to determine patterns of relatedness between pairs. If two species are created by the formation of a river, or other physical barrier, then they would be likely to be each other’s closest relatives, known as “sister taxa.” But this is not the case for birds living in the Guiana Shield. “There are other Amazonian populations that are more closely related to either one of the two taxa studied than its cross-river replacement,” Naka says, indicating that the species probably evolved elsewhere and later met at the river barrier.Further support for this interpretation came from published geomorphological data for the area, which indicates that both rivers are in fact much younger than most of the species included in the study. The Rio Negro formed just 1.2 million years ago, and the Rio Branco is younger still, with evidence that its course changed from northeast to south, reaching its current route through the Guiana Shield just 19,000 years ago, making them far too young to have been the driving factor in the evolution of most bird species pairs.However, 12 taxa pairs that are separated by the upper Rio Negro had diverged around the same time that the river was formed, making it possible that they speciated as a direct result of its formation. “We cannot rule out their common origin,” Naka says.The forests of the Guiana Shield are home to more than 400 endemic bird species. Image by Luciano N. Naka.Amazonian rivers, they conclude, can play two distinct roles in species evolution: their formation may separate populations and create new species directly, and their presence can prevent hybridization or competition between related species that evolved independently and meet at the river.In his 1852 paper, Wallace hypothesized that the width of a river would determine the extent to which species differed on either side. Naka says their results show some tentative support for this hypothesis. “The Rio Negro is a good example showing how the lower and very wide reaches of the river is a barrier for about 80 pairs of avian taxa, and the upper and much narrower reaches only bound the distribution of about 20 pairs,” he says. However, the Rio Branco bucks this trend: it is just 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) wide but acts as a barrier to 40 pairs of birds and several species of primates.Understanding how the size of a barrier influences its ability to isolate populations genetically will have major implications for how conservationists try to mitigate the effects of habitat fragmentation caused by human activities. “Features such as major roads … could be fragmenting bird populations to the point that it will either unleash a new wave of speciation or, more likely, force populations into remnant habitat that is too small for long-term persistence,” Capparella says.This type of study can underpin conservation approaches known as Conserving Nature’s Stage (CNS) that take into account the physical factors that generate and maintain biodiversity when designing nature reserves that will offer a habitat environment in the long term.Banner image of the Rio Branco by Thiago Orsi Laranjeiras.Citation: L. N. Naka, R. T. Brumfield, The dual role of Amazonian rivers in the generation and maintenance of avian diversity. Sci. Adv. 4, eaar8575 (2018). Article published by hayat Amazon Biodiversity, Amazon Conservation, Birds, Evolution, Genetics center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

NU tests Ateneo; FEU, Adamson collide

first_imgBut their partnership was tested in the opener when University of the East put up a gallant stand before eventually yielding, 18-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-13.Out to challenge NU at 4 p.m. are the Lady Eagles, who tripped the Santo Tomas Tigresses, 25-20, 25-21, 25-22, in Saturday’s opener.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAteneo’s Jho Maraguinot will lead the charge for the rebooting Lady Eagles, along with Bea de Leon, Maddie Madayag, Michelle Morente and Kat Tolentino.Adamson and Far Eastern University collide at 2 p.m., each hoping to notch their first victory. Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READcenter_img Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Jaja Santiago and National University take on an Ateneo team wanting to prove itself post-Alyssa Valdez Wednesday in the UAAP women’s volleyball at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.Santiago, the dominant 6-foot-5 middle blocker-turned-opposite spiker, showed that she has found an able feeder in Jasmine Nabor, who replaced Ivy Perez.ADVERTISEMENT Tanduay wins 3rd in row as Cruz sizzles View commentslast_img read more

Rory: ‘I’d think twice’ about another Trump round

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Different thingsBut when asked Tuesday at Augusta National how that was any different from playing a round with Trump after the US President’s comments about sexual assault and other controversies, McIlroy admitted, “It’s a difficult one.”But he said Muirfield members and the US President were “two completely different things” and did not defend Trump’s remarks.Trump’s presidential campaign was nearly derailed last year by sexual harassment charges and his boasts about groping women.“I’ve spent time in President Trump’s company before and that does not mean that I agree with everything he says. Actually the opposite,” McIlroy said.“We were never in a day and age where we could say those things, but some thought it was appropriate.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Pacers boost playoff hopes with comeback over Raptors MOST READ McIlroy said he wanted to see the scene around Trump and that no political issues came up as they toured the Trump-owned layout.“Whenever an invitation or a request comes my way, I don’t want to say I jump at the chance, but at the same time, to see the Secret Service, to see the scene, I mean, that’s really what I was going for,” McIlroy said.“There was not one bit of politics discussed in that round of golf. He was more interested talking about the grass that he just put on the greens.”McIlroy had remarked that he had enjoyed a quiet run-up to the year’s first major tournament, which starts Thursday at Augusta National with top-ranked Dustin Johnson as the favorite after three wins in a row.“It has been a relatively quiet buildup to the Masters for me, which has been quite nice,” McIlroy said. “It’s made a bit of a change from the last couple of years, especially ’15, coming off the back of two major wins in a row and going for the career Grand Slam.“Obviously this year, with Dustin winning three times, he’s the form player right now… I don’t feel like I can fly under the radar anymore, but at the same time, it has sort of felt that way to me and it has been nice to be able to prepare and just go about my business and try to get ready for this tournament.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I felt I would have been making more of a statement if I had turned it down,” McIlroy said. “It’s not a tough place to be put in, but it was a round of golf and nothing more.“Would I do it again? After the sort of backlash I received, I’d think twice about it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnMcIlroy decision to play golf with Trump, whose statements about women have raised eyebrows, contrasted sharply with his own pro-women stand against members of Muirfield golf club in Scotland who disapprove of allowing women members.Muirfield voted 80% in favor of admitting women earlier this year, but McIlroy said it was “obscene” that some had voted against the motion, noting “I won’t be having many cups of tea with the members.” Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 4, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPRory McIlroy would “think twice” about playing another round with US President Donald Trump after the backlash he received from a February round at Trump International in Florida.Four-time major winner McIlroy, trying to complete a career grand slam by winning the Masters, said he felt at the time that turning down Trump’s invitation would have been a worse option.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Tomic can’t ‘find any motivation’ at Wimbledon

first_imgThousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacquiao demands ‘closure’ from WBO on controversial ‘Battle of Brisbane’ Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs View comments Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet He has not advanced as far as the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam event since losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in 2011 — when at 18 he became the youngest man to reach the final eight at Wimbledon since Boris Becker defended his title in 1986.Tomic, who reached a high of No. 17 in the world rankings in January 2016, entered Wimbledon ranked No. 59 after reaching the quarterfinals in Eastbourne, where he beat Zverev 6-3, 6-2 last week in the second round.“Some weeks I play well and beat a bunch of players and do super well in tournaments … but now it’s a roller coaster, and I just can’t seem to find, like, the commitment to work hard, to enjoy (playing) and to lift trophies,” Tomic said.Zverev broke Tomic late in the first set and again early in the second set, after which the Australian said he mentally “wasn’t there.” Tomic also admitted that when he called for a medical timeout, he did so to “try to break a bit of momentum” — although Zverev said later that he believed Tomic was injured.“It kind of made it almost tougher for me, because I didn’t know what to expect, because between points he was walking slowly, and he definitely acted like something was wrong,” Zverev said. “But then he would still, you know — if the ball is within reach, he would still hit the ball hard, especially with the forehand, place it well, and hit a lot of winners.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I felt a little bit bored out there,” Tomic said, “to be completely honest with you.”Tomic was playing at Wimbledon for the eighth time. He lost to Mischa Zverev 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 on Court 14.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I feel holding a trophy or, you know, doing well, it doesn’t satisfy me anymore,” Tomic said. “It’s not there. I couldn’t care less if I make a fourth-round U.S. Open or I lose (in the) first round. To me, everything is the same. I’m going to play another 10 years, and I know after my career I won’t have to work again.”Tomic has won three titles in his career, the first in Sydney in 2013. He then won consecutive titles in Bogota, Colombia, in 2014 and 2015. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 Zverev finished with 18 aces, compared to Tomic’s four. He also had 11 fewer unforced errors than Tomic, who committed 25.“I feel like Bernie has been playing Wimbledon since he was about 11,” said Thanasi Kokkinakis, an Australian who lost to Juan Martin del Potro in his first-round match. “Maybe he’s bored. I’m not sure. I do know he’s skillful and hopefully he gets it together because he’s a good player.”After acknowledging his lack of interest, Tomic was asked about whether he would give back his prize money because of his performance — a question he quickly shot down. He also disagreed with a suggestion that he didn’t give his best effort against Zverev.“While I do feel a bit of guilt and I’m like, maybe I could have played four or five sets,” Tomic said, “in my opinion, he played well and I was just playing terrible and I just couldn’t find any rhythm, and he deserved to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LSU title parade draws massive crowds Australia’s Bernard Tomic looks on during his Men’s Singles Match against Germany’s Mischa Zverev on day two at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — After all the hard work and dedication it takes to get to Wimbledon, at least one player couldn’t be bothered with actually trying to win.Bernard Tomic, a 24-year-old Australian who reached the quarterfinals at the All England Club in 2011, said Tuesday he “just couldn’t find any motivation” to compete this year.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Adidas releases X-16, Ace 17 boots in Jamaica

first_imgKINGSTON:Adidas, global leader in football gear, introduced two of its newest products to Jamaica recently, following unveilings in Latin America in March.The Blue Blast collection, consisting of X-16 Blue Blast Boot and ACE 17+ Purecontrol, can now be purchased at sporting goods stores islandwide.The X16 Blue Blast, worn by Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, German national player Thomas Muller of Bayern Munich, and Uruguay’s Luis Suarez of Barcelona, features striking blue and pink colourway with non-stop grip technology finish. This allows players to have greater control over their movement. With the Pure Cut Sock System, its laces are hidden under an upper layer of the shoe, while the SprintFrame outsole keeps the wearer’s foot closer to the ground. These features provide support and proportion throughout the entire foot, creating stability during high-speed changes of direction.Players will be able to purchase models made specifically for use in the stadium, which has all the basic qualities, as well as cage and street versions. The cage version has all the qualities of the stadium model, with gum finish on the outsole. Street models will feature boost technology, a sole that is made with thermoplastic polyurethane – giving the wearer more energy in every step with added comfort.OPTIMAL FIT FOR WEARERSMeanwhile, the Blue Blast ACE 17+ Purecontrol will feature an all-new pure cut sock system that has been designed to provide optimal fit for wearers. This shoe boasts a signature highly stretchable material, which helps to lock the foot in place while it adjusts to a variety of complex movements. In addition, the new design will also include boost technology. Players have the option of purchasing the on-pitch, cage or street versions of the shoe. They will join the likes of Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, as well as Mesut Ozil of Germany and Arsenal.Adidas, which has signed local brand ambassadors Chronixx and Kamila McDonald, is a major supplier and partner of some of the world’s largest and most recognised football gear, having high demand among fans of the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Confederations Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.last_img read more

Durant : The stone that the Warriors refused

first_img LONE SEASON But he favoured Oden, a 7-footer who in his lone season at Ohio State was drawing comparisons to Hall of Famer Bill Russell, Nelson’s teammate in Boston. “I think it’d be pretty simple for us,” Nelson said. “We would probably have to go with the bigger guy at this point.” Nelson said he might reconsider if he thought Durant was going to be a superstar, and the forward looked like one as he tore through the Big 12 as a freshman at Texas. But with the Warriors already having Baron Davis, Monta Ellis and Stephen Jackson, Nelson saw other needs. Truth be told, Golden State’s former coach wasn’t sure the Warriors needed Kevin Durant. The Warriors were already small-ball sensations, capable of piling up the points with their daring drives and sizzling shooting. So rather than add another scorer, Don Nelson figured Golden State might be better off getting a dominant man in the middle to shore up the defence in the 2007 NBA draft. Nelson thought the Warriors needed Greg Oden. That was 10 years ago, leading up to the heavily hyped draft in which the Oden-Durant debate raged throughout basketball. And now, as Durant leads the league’s most potent team into the NBA Finals, while Oden is long gone from the NBA spotlight, it’s easy to forget that a lot of people agreed with Nelson. “I think everyone felt that there were two players there that were going to be prominent players, but one thing you can’t count on is injuries,” Warriors executive Jerry West said. “So Greg really never had a chance to have a career, where Kevin’s obviously been more than advertised.” The Warriors were looking like a lottery team in March 2007 when Nelson was asked what he thought they should do if they got the No. 1 pick. He’s one of the innovators of small ball, a coach who seemed more comfortable with a point forward than a power forward, so it wouldn’t have been surprising if he leaned Durant.last_img read more

Impress us – Adams urges cricketers to make mark during regional season

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC): Director of cricket, Jimmy Adams, has urged players to use the upcoming first class season to stake their claim for a place at the higher level. The four-day season is set to bowl off on October 26 and Adams said the three-month season provided the ideal chance for youth cricketers and fringe players to grab the attention of senior selectors. “It’s an opportunity for the talented players in our game to stake a claim for a place in international matches,” said Adams, who took over from Englishman Richard Pybus in the post earlier this year. “It’s also an opportunity for us to see young players that have just come out of youth cricket and it’s another opportunity for us to showcase the depth of West Indies talent, so I am quite looking forward to the start of this four-day season.” The first class tournament will kick-off the West Indies domestic season, which also includes the Regional Super50 one-day tournament next January and the Caribbean Premier League at the back end of next summer. For the fourth straight year, the season will be played under a home-and-away format, which will again see 10 rounds of matches, a feature Adams said was key to player development. “This tournament is critical to our game in view of its length, since there are return matches. It provides so many opportunities for young players and for some that have been around for a long time to get a lot of matches under their belt,” said the former West Indies captain. “I think it is also good for the selectors to have an opportunity to see more of the players in different conditions, so it will throw up a lot of very, very useful information and give us a better indication about the quality of our players. Cricket West Indies has transformed the first class tournament into a professional franchise set-up from the old territorial format, with players on full contracts and the season extended to include home-and-away fixtures. Under the new stipulations, players can also move between franchises, and are selected out of a draft ahead of each season. This year, the season has been squeezed into three months – wrapping up January 21 – and Adams underscored the importance of player fitness to cope with the demands. Three-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars will open the defence of their title against Jamaica Scorpions at the Guyana National Stadium, while Barbados Pride host Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Kensington Oval and Windward Islands Volcanoes and Leeward Islands Hurricanes clash at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada.last_img read more

Ambris, Blackwood get chance to impress selectors

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Test opener Kieran Powell will get the opportunity for valuable match practice ahead of the upcoming Test series while Sunil Ambris and Jermaine Blackwood have been given a chance to impress selectors again, after being named in a 13-man Cricket West Indies President’s XI squad to face Sri Lanka starting today. The left-handed Powell will captain the side, which also includes fast bowler Miguel Cummins and uncapped batsman Jahmar Hamilton, both of whom were last week named in the squad for the first Test. Though Powell was included in the Test squad, he has been short of runs of recent, and the three-day contest at the Brian Lara Stadium offers him the ideal chance to find some form ahead of the three-Test series. An attractive stroke-maker, the 28-year-old managed just 142 runs from six innings on the three-Test series against England last year, and a mere 82 on two-Test tour of New Zealand last December where he suffered the ignominy of a dreaded “pair” in the last match. He got two half-centuries against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo last October but has not scored another half-century since his return to international cricket following a three-year self-imposed break. While he captained West Indies A to a resounding series win over touring England Lions four months ago, his returns were again disappointing with 128 runs from five innings. Meanwhile, Blackwood will hope to catch the eyes of selectors after being axed for the upcoming series. With just 15 runs from his last five Test innings, the attacking right-hander can keep himself in the selection frame with healthy scores against the Sri Lankans. Ambris will taste high-level competitive cricket for the first time since fracturing his arm on the ill-fated tour of New Zealand. Last year he forced his way into the Test squad with heavy scoring, but then astonishingly trod on his wicket twice in scoring 25 runs in four innings against the Black Caps, to complete the most forgettable of Test debuts. All-rounder Raymon Reifer, who made his Test debut against New Zealand, is also in the President’s XI line-up. The match is the only warm-up fixture before Sri Lanka take on West Indies in the opening Test at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad starting next week Wednesday. SQUAD: Kieran Powell (captain), Sunil Ambris, Jermaine Blackwood, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Rahkeem Cornwall, Miguel Cummins, Jahmar Hamilton, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Keon Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Vishual Singh, Jomel Warrican. AMBRIS’ RETURNlast_img read more