Pumaren’s PBA return inspires Menor to make comeback

first_imgPainters: Time to move on Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Though the former San Beda standout admitted he’s still out-of-shape, he’s trying his best to make it back to his peak form.“I’m still out-of-shape. I’m trying my best to get back on my conditioning but it’s still different practicing with a team.”Fortunately, coach Eric Gonzales allowed him to be a part of his Batangas squad, and the veteran immediately made his imprint, finishing with nine points on a 3-7 shooting, five rebounds, two assists 15 minutes in the squad’s 101-95 loss to AMA Online University on Thursday.Menor is keeping his hopes up that all of these sacrifice will be worth it in the end.“Hopefully. I don’t dream to be a superstar. It’s already in my mindset to just be a role player.”ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ With a chance to revive his professional career, Ogie Menor is willing to take the long road as he joins Batangas in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards “This is a challenge for me. It’s like I dreamed again and I went back to college. I’ll play in the D-League to make it back to the PBA. I think I can still play for two to three years.”The 30-year-old returned from the United States last week in the hopes to get a crack at a PBA roster anew.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 returnPlaying in blacktop hoops and coaching eighth and ninth graders in the US, Menor said he was inspired to make a comeback with the return of his mentor in Air21 coach Franz Pumaren to the pro league as the coach of GlobalPort.“I told myself that if coach Franz returns to the PBA, I want to make a comeback. Even if he don’t sign me, he was really my guide. He was my reason why I tried to be fit again.” View commentslast_img read more

Gorayeb blasts NU in three-set loss to La Salle

first_img15 Taal towns now under total lockdown LATEST STORIES NU was at the mercy of La Salle’s onslaught, which now holds a 3-1 card.La Salle outscored NU, 34-25, in spikes, 14-5 in service aces, and interestingly enough the Lady Spikers also dominated the Lady Bulldogs 9-1 in blocks.Coming into this game, the Lady Spikers were the best blocking team in the league with an average of 2.8 per set while NU was second with 2.45 and that figure is a glaring representation of how much the Lady Bulldogs faltered. But more importantly for Gorayeb, it’s his team’s intangible that were in question.“We didn’t do anything out of the ordinary, La Salle didn’t do anything out of the ordinary,” said Gorayeb. “The players themselves surrendered, they threw in the white towel really early.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte The Lady Bulldogs’ only relevant set was the first and it all went downhill from there.Gorayeb demanded toughness from his team which has been dubbed as one of the premier squads this season after their success in the Shakey’s V-League during the preseason.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 return“You can be not tough physically, but you should always be tough mentally,” said Gorayeb, whose team now holds a 3-1 slate. “Because during practice it’s 99 percent physical and just one percent psychological, but it’s the opposite during actual games, it’s 99 percent psychological and one percent physical.” “We need to develop the mental toughness of the young players who are going into college but if you’re in your third or fourth year you should be mentally and physically tough.” Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study NU head coach Roger Gorayeb. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRoger Gorayeb did not hold his emotions back after National University lost in three sets to defending champion De La Salle, 29-27, 25-16, 25-21, in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.NU was riding a three-game win streak, and was one of the league-leaders, going into Sunday’s game but La Salle, which lost its last match against University of the Philippines, was on a warpath to redemption.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Reyes takes blame for UST’s 3rd loss in 4 games Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 View commentslast_img read more

Jefferson pours 41 as Alaska staves off late Rain or Shine rally

first_img‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Shawn Taggart still kept ROS afloat, drilling a huge three with 8.6 seconds left to cut the deficit to 103-101, before Casio iced the game with a pair of freebies.Taggart topped Rain or Shine with 40 points and 14 rebounds, while Jericho Cruz had 11 markers, three boards, and three dimes.Tolomia sank all of his nine points in the fourth period, but that couldn’t stop the Elasto Painters from falling to their second straight loss and fall to 3-2.The scores:ALASKA 105 – Jefferson 41, Casio 16, Thoss 15, Abueva 11, Racal 6, Enciso 5, Exciminiano 3, Andrada 3, Pascual 2, Cruz 2, Mendoza 1.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESCory Jefferson nailed the go-ahead 3-pointer with 30.1 seconds left as Alaska doused Rain or Shine’s fiery fightback, 105-102, to stay unbeaten in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Jefferson fired 41 points and had 13 rebounds, and three assists to lead the Aces to their fourth win in as many games and grab a share of the lead with Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu RAIN OR SHINE 102 – Taggart 40, Cruz 11, Tolomia 9, Yap 8, Norwood 8, Chan 7, Belga 6, Almazan 4, Washington 4, Tiu 3, Ponferrada 2, Ahanmisi 0.Quarters: 26-29, 50-44, 80-71, 105-102.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media JVee Casio added 16 markers, four of which were the game-sealing free throws, on top of eight assists, and two boards.“Cory hit some big shots. That’s what you’d like to see your import do. And any point guard in the world is expected to make those free throws and that’s what JVee did for us,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton.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 returnSonny Thoss chipped in 15 points, five rebounds, and two assists as Alaska had redemption in a rematch of last year’s Finals in the same conference.The Elasto Painters had a chance to score after Jefferson’s huge bucket late but Mike Tolomia, who anchored the team’s huge rally from 14 points down, lost the ball when he made a baseline drive with 23.1 ticks remaining. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 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 Ateneo gets confidence boost ahead of DLSU tiff with UE romp Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot View commentslast_img read more

Palami sees more in Global victory over Malaysian club

first_imgOn the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In contrast, Global plays in a less established league in the Philippines and is entered in the second tier continental tournament for just the second time after ruling the United Football League last season.Global also missed skipper Misagh Bahadoran who was sidelined by a knee injury.But everything fell into place for Global in an eight-minute spell in the first half where Dennis Villanueva, Shu Sasaki and Amani Aguinaldo scored to give the Filipinos enough cushion to hold off a late JDT fightback.“Our hunger showed in the way we played,” said Aguinaldo, whose goal in the 35th minute turned out to be the difference between the two sides.The win puts Global on course of topping the group and reaching the Asean zonal semifinals for the first time.Global has already beaten Magwe of Burma (Myanmar) and Beoung Ket Angkor of Cambodia in the initial round of the double round group stage.ADVERTISEMENT Parks doubtful but Alab confident it can stretch series SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test A hard-earned 3-2 win over Malaysian champion Johor Darul Tazim on Wednesday night at Rizal Memorial Stadium finally reinforced Global’s rising stock.The Filipinos also regained top spot in Group F with a third win in four games for nine points, two ahead of JDT.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 return“Yes, its a group stage win, but its a victory against a former (AFC Cup) champion who beat us 4-0 three weeks ago,” Global owner Dan Palami said. “It may just be our biggest win as a club.”Johor, the three-time defending Malaysian Super League champion, won the AFC Cup two years ago and reached the semifinals last year. The club is also the most well-funded in the MSL. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government LATEST STORIES “I think the players will once again believe in themselves that if they can do that against JDT, maybe they could do that against other teams,” said Palami. 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 MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Dan Palami. FILE PHOTOFor Global-Cebu, it was a win that meant more than just three points in an AFC Cup group stage game at home.Since it started competing in continental competitions in 2013, the club had been in search of a victory that would cement its reputation as one of Southeast Asia’s strongest clubs.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Dutertelast_img read more

Olympics: Kids to choose Tokyo 2020 mascots

first_imgMindanao Children’s Games pushing through in Davao City Budding designers have a two-week window from August 1 to 14 to submit entries, after which a mascot panel will compile a shortlist in December.Japanese schoolchildren, who could have a better handle on the squidgy mascots than organizers who have hitherto bungled the rollout of the Olympic stadium and official logo, will finish voting on the shortlist in January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe winning designs will be announced in March, with the mascots to be given official names by August 2018.Mascots—often referred to in Japanese as ‘yuru-kyara’ (soft characters)—are big business in Japan and have become part of the cultural landscape. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Image: AFP/Toru YamanakaDespite several high-profile gaffes in their 2020 Olympic preparations, Tokyo 2020 organizers reckon choosing the Games mascots will be child’s play—so much so they’re leaving the decision to schoolkids.Japanese organizers announced Monday that the official 2020 mascots would be decided by a nationwide competition, in which members of the public will submit designs before elementary schoolchildren across the country select winners from a shortlist.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer The market for characters like Kumamon, a giant black bear with red cheeks which represents Kumamoto prefecture, and his bitter rival Funassyi—a hyperactive ‘pear fairy’ with a love for heavy metal—is an eye-watering $30 billion a year, with mascots adorning everything from key-chains to planes.Tokyo organisers are battling to rein in runaway costs for the 2020 Olympics which have cast a shadow over preparations.The city’s bid committee estimated costs of $7 billion and projected an economic windfall in excess of $25 billion.But a panel of experts have warned the overall budget could exceed that without drastic cuts.That warning came after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tore up the original plans for the Olympic stadium over soaring costs and organizers scrapped the first design for the 2020 Games logo after accusations of plagiarism. JBADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:40Filipinos 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 More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Bolick, Red lions put Pirates in their place with huge second half

first_imgSwing Out Sister back to PH this April China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFacing the team tipped to challenge their reign in the NCAA, the San Beda Red Lions gave the Lyceum Pirates a quick reminder of their strength and firepower.Robert Bolick scattered 16 points to lead a balanced offensive as the Lions turned back the Pirates, 96-79, last Wednesday for an impressive start to their Filoil Flying V Premier Cup campaign in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Lions turned what was expected to be a dogfight into a rout, clamping down on the Pirates in the second half on their way to a come from behind victory at Filoil Flying V Centre.“The players got too excited that’s why we started bad,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez whose team is coming off a training camp in the United States. “In the second quarter, I told them to relax and to prepare for the press. With coach Topex (Robinson), Lyceum is a different team. If we want to beat Lyceum we have to raise our intensity level.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe Lions went ahead, 51-49, after Ranbill Tongco drilled a triple with 1:15 left in the second period, before ripping the game wide open early in the third behind Arnaud Noah and Clint Doliguez.San Beda held Lyceum to 29 points in the second half. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Gilas needs Blatche backup End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments 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 Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In other games, Perpetual Help outlasted the University of the East Red Warriors, 72-68, for its second win in four games, while University of the Philippines nipped Emilio Aguinaldo College, 61-59.The Altas saw their 13-point lead cut to one early in the final period before Gab Dagangon and Jack Hao joined forces to restore order for Perpetual.Alvin Pasaol was the lone bright spot for the Warriors finishing with 19 points as Mark Olayon and Clark Derige were each held to six points.Paul Desiderio tossed 18 points while Diego Dario added 14 points, including the marginal basket late in the game for the Fighting Maroons who improved to 3-0.“We started flat but we calmed down ourselves and it was good that we were able to bounce back and it all started in our defense,” said UP coach Bo Perasol. “We need to learn some more on how to close out the game. I think we closed the game really bad but Diego’s shot bailed us out.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Argentina begins new era under coach Sampaoli

first_imgEx-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Sampaoli, dressed in Argentina colors, said his mission is “to build a team that respects the history of Argentinian football” and bring fans back.He is Argentina’s third coach during the current edition of the World Cup qualifiers in South America, after Gerardo Martino and Edgardo Bauza. Argentina is currently fifth in qualifying — only the top four get direct spots at Russia 2018.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundSampaoli, who left Spanish club Sevilla to take the national job, will get his first game in charge against Brazil in a friendly on June 9 in Melbourne, Australia.Most players in the squad have been involved in three consecutive narrow defeats in finals: World Cup 2014, Copa America 2015 and Copa America Centenario 2016. But Sampaoli knows his biggest challenge lies with Messi delivering good performances for the national team. “We want the most genuine and pleasant version of the best player in the world, we want him happy here,” Sampaoli said, adding that he’d spoken with Messi in recent days.Argentina will play Uruguay on Aug. 31 in its next World Cup qualifying match. After that, there will be only three games to secure a spot in Russia.“The difficulty in the qualifiers is real: Argentina is not qualified, but we know we have the resources for that,” he said.Sampaoli only became famous at home when he took Chile to its first major trophy by beating Argentina on penalties in the 2015 Copa America final. Argentina’s new soccer coach Jorge Sampaoli poses between his coaching staff Sebastian Beccacece, left, and Jorge Desio at the end of a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. APBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Jorge Sampaoli has taken over as Argentina coach and faces the challenge of bringing out the best in superstar Lionel Messi for his national team and restoring the confidence of fans.“It is a dream that I cherished for ages. This is a position I always admired — It generates a lot of dreams and passion,” the 57-year-old Sampaoli told a press conference Thursday (Friday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Marco Andretti has 2 chances to bounce back at Detroit GP Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop workingcenter_img Swing Out Sister back to PH this April China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Lightning Lily powers home

first_imgLIGHTNING LILY staved off a last-gasp lunge by THORNHILL MISS to land yesterday’s fillies-only Titania Trophy by a half-length, clocking 1:06.3 for five and a half furlongs.Partnered by Oneil Mullings, speedy LIGHTNING LILY chased 9-1 outsider ARTHUR’S DREAM, who got a flying start from the gate to carry the first two furlongs in a split of 23.0 seconds flat.LIGHTNING LILY, the 6-5 favourite, moved up to test ARTHUR’S DREAM three-and-a-half furlongs out, ahead of highly fancied EARTH ANGEL running at odds of 7-2. However, ARTHUR’S DREAM responded by quickening under apprentice Dane Dawkins to carry the field into the final turn.Meanwhile, THORNHILL MISS, who was unable to match the speedsters’ pace down the backstretch, came challenging five wide off the turn with Wesley Henry, hot on the heels of the leaders.Always travelling well, LIGHTNING LILY renewed her challenge to tackle ARTHUR’S DREAM early in the straight and grabbed the lead a furlong out.Ridden out by Mullings, LIGHTNING LILY quickened away nicely, but had to be driven out inside the last half-furlong to stave off THORNHILL MISS, who came with a strong run on the outside, but too late to catch Feanny’s runner.EXPERIENCED HORSESARTHUR’S DREAM stayed on for third ahead of EARTH ANGEL, both running for the second time against experienced horses.Two whopping outsiders, VERY CLASSIC at 15-1 in the opening event and 14-1 shocker, SMASH AMUSEMENT, smashed all Sunrise Pick-6 bets, sending a carry-over of $1,751,870.25 to Tuesday’s Labour Day meet, which has the 1820-metre Mark My Word Trophy for open allowance horses and the 1200-metre Labour Day Trophy as co-features.Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has five runners in the Mark My Word Trophy, including PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who returns to the route circuit for the first time since finishing fourth in last November’s Superstakes.last_img read more

Levy shines in Paris

first_imgPARIS, France: One of the season’s most improved athletes, sprint hurdler Ronald Levy, surprised a class field yesterday to win the 110 metres hurdles at yesterday’s seventh leg of the Diamond League series at the Charlety Stadium in Paris. Levy’s victory was one of three for Jamaica at the meet. Olympic champion Elaine Thompson maintained her fine form to win the women’s 100m while veteran Novlene Williams-Mills won the 400 metres. In a career-best effort, Levy defeated a field that included the 2016 Olympic champion, Jamaica’s Omar McLeod, and Sergey Shubenkov, who won gold for Russia at the 2015 World championships. Drawn in Lane Eight, Levy was out of the blocks very fast, running his cleanest race all season to take the win in 13.05 seconds. It was also personal best for second-place finisher Andrew Pozzi of Great Britain in 13.14, as hometown boy Garfield Darien was third in 13.15. American Devon Allen was disqualified for false-starting while McLeod had to settle for seventh in 13.41, his first loss of the season after complaining of calf problems before and during the race. Earlier, Hansle Parchment failed to advance to the finals after finishing fourth in his heat in 13.41. Levy was elated with his win and the new personal best. “After the Trials, I found out my mistakes and my coach worked these out. I just went out to execute what I was taught, and I love Lane Eight because this is the lane where I do much of my workouts,” said Levy, who stated that he was nervous in the preliminary round. “In the heats, I did not do that well because it was my first time competing in Europe, and I was nervous, but in the final, I stayed focused, and the result was a big win,” he said. It was a chilly evening in the French capital, but this did not stop the progress of Olympic double-sprint champion Thompson, who was competing in Paris for the first time. She ran a controlled race to cross the line in 10.91, getting the better of Diamond League leader Marie-Josee Talou of CÙte d’Ivoire, 10.96, and Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare, 11.10. Jamaica’s Christania Williams was sixth in 11.22. Coming off a fast 10.71 at the National Senior Championships, Thompson was happy with the win. “I am happy with the win and also pleased with my time as this is my first time competing in Paris, and after a long flight, I think I did well,” said Thompson. Earlier, Williams Mills scored the first win for Jamaica on the night, winning the 400m in 51.03. Getting out of the blocks quickly in lane four, covered Shericka Jackson, the National champion, in Lane Five, and maintained her form well throughout. American Courtney Okolo was second in 51.19, while Jackson ended third in 51.91. Stephenie McPherson withdrew from the race after being injured during her warm-up. Despite the slow winning time, Williams Mills, the new leader in the event with 20 points, was satisfied with her performance. “I just came from the Trials, so I wanted to run a good time, but a win is a win,” said Williams Mills. There was a top-three finish for Rasheed Dwyer in the men’s 200m. He was third in 20.47 as Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev won in 20.15, with veteran Churandy Martina of the Netherlands placing second in 20.27. Julian Forte (10.26) was fifth in the men’s 100m, won in 9.99 by Ben Meite of Cote d’Ivoire, while Aisha Praught placed seventh in the women’s 3,000 metres steeplechase in 9:20.38. The event was won in 9:01.69 by Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya.last_img read more

Big first for Stephens

first_img RANKING SOARED NEW YORK (AP): Sloane Stephens never looked shaken by the setting or the stakes in her first Grand Slam final. Her opponent, Madison Keys, most definitely did. Stephens, 24, easily beat her close friend, 22-year-old Keys, 6-3, 6-0 to win the US Open yesterday, capping a remarkably rapid rise after sitting out eleven months because of foot surgery. “I should just retire now,” Stephens joked. “I told Maddie I’m never going to be able to top this. I mean, talk about a comeback.” The 83rd-ranked Stephens, who beat Venus Williams in the semi-finals, is only the second unseeded woman to win the tournament in the Open era, which began in 1968. A year ago, she sat out the US Open altogether because of what turned out to be a stress fracture in her left foot. She had an operation in January and made her season debut at Wimbledon in July, exiting in the first round. Lost her next match, too, in Washington. Since then, she has gone 15-2, and her ranking has soared from outside the top 900 to what will be around No. 20 as of Monday. Oh, and, don’t forget: She is now, and forever will be, a Grand Slam champion. This was only the second time in the Open era that two women were making their Grand Slam final debuts against each other in New York. Stephens most certainly handled the occasion better, claiming the last eight games and making only six unforced errors – Keys had 30 – in the entire 61-minute mismatch. There hadn’t been an all-American women’s final at Flushing Meadows since 2002, when Serena Williams beat her older sister Venus.last_img read more