But 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 READ 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 comments
Ai-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 comments
Thousands 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.ADVERTISEMENT
KINGSTON: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.
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.
ST 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.
ST 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’ RETURN
NCAA SCHOLARSHIPS She reported that research shows that student athletes from schools with track-and-field programmes of high repute tend to get scholarships to National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 universities, while those from smaller high schools often go to US junior colleges. “The transition rate for leaving from a junior college to senior college is less than two per cent, and the transition period is about four years. After about four years, most people don’t transition,” she added. She suggests a five-year timeline in which emerging schools could bolster their academic programmes enough to give student athletes better opportunities to qualify for better scholarships. “I would recommend, you see schools emerging, a Petersfield, Green Island, Bridgeport – Jazeel Murphy came from there – you start putting in remedial programmes in place. You look at these students and think about mentoring. But until you can do that, allow them to move.” She notes that such programmes are already in place in schools noted for track and field. “I know (schools like) Calabar, JC, KC have old boys, and they mentor those students”, she said. Irving, who has also partnered with Olympian Vilma Charlton to unearth the genetic background for, the Jamaican sprint prowess, says money is a key resource. “We have found in our research that finances is one of the major criteria that determines if you transition or if you don’t transition,” she said. “If you don’t have the money to support the health plan, the food and nutrition, the psychology, it means that you are going to be left behind.” That led to a singular conclusion. “Until those things are put in place, I don’t think we should have this transfer rule,” she surmised. “Yes, have the transfer rule, but develop a system to ensure that people are not victimised by this transfer rule,” she concluded. Dr Rachael Irving, research fellow at the University of the West Indies (UWI), thinks ISSA should wait before implementing its new transfer regulations. In the interim, schools with modest track and field programmes could be strengthened before the regulations come into force. Should ISSA, go ahead as planned, Irving projects that Jamaica will lose its edge in global sprinting and that youngsters will lose important opportunities. Irving’s suggestion is based on the findings of a 2016 UWI research project she spearheaded. “Only six per cent of those who run at the elite junior level transition to the senior level”, she explained. “Most of those who transition are from the athletic schools. As a matter of fact, looking at the data, about 0.05 per cent of those from the schools that aren’t equipped transition,” she revealed of the study entitled ‘Transitional Nurturing Determines Elite Performance in Sprinting.’ The study concluded that “students who attended high schools with well-established track-and-field programmes are more likely to represent Jamaica at the Olympics and World Championships”. Irving said that if the rules are implemented as planned, she projects that “another 10 years, if it’s like that, if it stays the same, then we will perform less”. Irving outlined the outlook of parents who entertain the thought of their children changing schools. “If I’m at a school where if I get sick, I can’t be taken care of, we have no network, I do not have the money to send my child or get a good doctor to see my child, I’m going to send that child somewhere, even though I’m emotionally attached to that child, where life will be better and eventually it will mean better for me. Maybe I’m not educated, but I see by sending my child to a Calabar, a KC (Kingston College), a JC (Jamaica College), the child will get an education, plus, the child might be a national representative”.
After a three-year hiatus, Heineken’s Masquerade Party will return to the 704 Sky Lounge on Saturday evening. The event is expected to be ‘off the hook’ as the venue is being transformed into the ultimate green light effect.It’s the place that you must be this weekend as some of Guyana’s and Trinidad’s best DJs will provide the party experience of a lifetime. Upon entry, patrons will be given free masks and beads.The music will, however, put you in the party mood. Heating up the dance floor will be Boom DJ Seen Up.Later in the evening, DJ Ana and DJ Simmons from Trinidad will take over the console. These two DJs are known to set the place on fire with their excellent juggling skills. In fact, DJ Ana had the crowd going when Heineken hosted its champion league at the Marriott Beach Front.Moreover, early bird tickets for the Masquerade party cost $1500 and will be available at the 704 Sky Lounge and Sports Bar. If you do not have that early bird ticket then patrons will pay $2000 at the door.Doors to the party will open at 21:00h.
Drinking and driving is a social illness that plagues societies across the globe: from the well-developed to the Third World.In Guyana, it is well-known that accidents on the roadways account for a large percentage of deaths in the country. Recently, there have been measures such as a curfew put in place to curb the number of drunk drivers who will be on the roads. However, I think that even though we can put measures in place to deal with consequences of alcohol abuse, we should put measures in place to prevent alcoholism to begin with.In our country, alcohol use and, in many cases, abuse, is something of a culture. Our idea of a good time is often centred on the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Our regional and local music that we’re expected to support encourages it. It’s not to say that drinking alcohol is inherently bad, but our culture promotes excess: Drink until you lose consciousness; drink one more; how can you have fun if you don’t drink? It normalises the overuse of alcohol.Of course, this is not unique to just Guyanese or Caribbean culture, but particularly in Guyana I believe it has far-reaching consequences. Guyana has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. This speaks volumes of mental health care. Persons with mental illnesses often times feel stigmatised, and are afraid to speak about their problems. This is because many Guyanese believe that mental illnesses aren’t real sicknesses. They think that they’re made up, are an overreaction, or just cries for attention. When there isn’t anyone one feels comfortable talking to, and you’ve grown up with alcohol being used casually, it becomes easy to turn to the bottle. If this happens, and one becomes dependent upon alcohol to solve one’s problems, alcoholism is quick to follow.While that may just be one reason why people drink excessively, it is of course not the only one. There are many cultural and social influences that engender the “alcohol culture”. However, one thing that shouldn’t happen under any circumstances is drunk driving. This endangers not only oneself, but innocent people around you.What can we do? I think the first step has to happen in our homes. We need to encourage everything within limits. We have to show the younger generation the meaning of the phrase “drink responsibly”, rather than just stating it and never giving them real-life examples. It is not an easy task to accomplish, but it starts with the individual. If you notice someone drinking excessively, step in. It takes an active rather than passive effort. We cannot see something going wrong and say that it’s someone else’s problem. That same drunk driver could end up killing a dear friend or relative of yours. We also have to encourage our friends to take it easy. Often, we tend to encourage our friends to do just the opposite in the interest of “fun”. However, if you care about that person, you should care about their safety.