UP shocks La Salle in 3

first_imgThe Lady Maroons ended a 16-game losing skid against the Lady Spikers, with their last victory over the Taft-based team actually coming in 2008 via a technicality.De La Salle forfeited all of its second round matches in that season since one of its players, Jacqueline Alarca, was deemed ineligible.While this was considered as a weaker La Salle team compared to last season when it bagged the title behind Mika Reyes, Ara Galang and Cyd Demecillo, UP, which reached the Final Four last year, did put together a performance to remember, finishing strong late in sets to keep its unblemished record.The Lady Maroons have yet to drop a set in their first three matches of the season, while the Lady Spikers lost for the first time in three outings.An attacking error from La Salle’s Ernestine Tiamzon sealed the victory for UP in an hour and 18 minutes, after the Lady Maroons reached match point on a kill from Nicole Tiamzon.ADVERTISEMENT The 25-22, 25-21, 25-19 triumph not only extended the Lady Maroons’ unbeaten start to three games, but was also indicative of their improvement the past few years.“The girls know what they are capable of achieving this year,” said assistant coach Rald Ricafort. “They know that they are the more experienced team. They were focused on reading La Salle’s plays.”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 returnEarlier, University of Santo Tomas turned back University of the East, 25-9, 25-22, 25-23, for its first win of the season.Marivic Meneses, EJ Laure and Cherry Rondina combined for 37 hits as the Tigresses finally broke through the win column after starting their campaign with back-to-back losses, while sending UE to its third straight defeat. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Title conquest puts spotlight on Arellano, mourning coach Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:40Filipinos 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 Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Out to end a 35-year wait for a championship, University of the Philippines reinforced its title credentials with a swift and merciless demolition of defending champion La Salle last Thursday in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot studylast_img read more

Ginebra frustrates Star to knot series

first_imgPBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra got a huge lift from Jervy Cruz to frustrate Star, 93-86, Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum and tie their 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at 2-2.Cruz pumped in a season-high 21 points, including a three-point play with 20.2 seconds left, to seal the game.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:40Filipinos 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 “All we did is just tie the series and make it a best-of-three. I thought our guys showed great resolve today,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. “If they can beat us twice in a row, we can beat them twice in a row.”“It was another defensive battle. We just seemed to have control most of the game but they just hung around,” Cone added. “We got a lot of help other than Japeth (Aguilar) and LA (Tenorio) today and that was huge for us. Dave (Marcelo), Jervy and Chris (Ellis) stepped up.”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 returnThe Gin Kings took an 85-75 lead after Cruz sank two free throws with 3:36 remaining but they still had to fend off the Hotshots, who had one last fight in them as they pulled to within five on a 3-pointer by Allein Maliksi with exactly a minute to play.But Cruz, who came just two points shy of matching his career-high, was brilliant all game long and it was only fitting that he delivered the game-clinching basket. MOST READ Rondina hopes her energy rubs off on teammates Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Game 5 is on Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar scored 12 of his 18 points in the final frame that went with 10 rebounds while Scottie Thompson was in his usual active self to finish with four points, 14 rebounds, four assists and two steals.Sol Mercado added nine points and three assists but made a bigger impact on the defensive end in neutralizing Paul Lee for the second straight game.Lee averaged 17.5 points in the first two games of the semis but has only scored 16 points combined in Games 3 and 4. He only had nine points Wednesday night and shot just 4-of-14 from the field with six turnovers.The 28-year-old Lee was also saddled with foul trouble and had to sit on the bench after picking up his fifth foul at the 14 seconds into the fourth period.Allein Maliksi led the Hotshots with 18 points but he cooled off in the second half where he scored only five. Jio Jalalon added 16 points while Rafi Reavis notched a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board memberlast_img read more

Sorry, LVPI tells Ateneo for missed invites

first_imgFilipinos 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 ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot “Of course anyone would want to represent the country and help the country,” Morado said late Wednesday.Ateneo officials said they didn’t receive any letter for the March 12 tryouts for the collegiate players although they knew about it through the UAAP.“The LVPI is humbly taking responsibility on the failure to invite four Ateneo stars. It was clerical and administrative error on our part and all along we were under the impression that these young players were invited through the proper channel,” said Cayco in a statement.The LVPI would announce soon the schedule of the special tryout although it may take some time because of the ongoing UAAP.It wasn’t clear, however, what will happen to the newly formed national pools should any of the Ateneo stars make the grade.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Everybody wins in this golfest And to correct the oversight, LVPI acting president Pete Cayco said they would schedule a special tryouts for four of Ateneo’s players—Mark Espejo, Jia Morado, Maddie Madayag and Kat Tolentino—just so they get “to display their talent and fight for slots in the national pool.The coaching staff led by Francis Vicente had actually named middle blocker Madayag and outside spiker Tolentino part of the 25-member women’s national pool. But the exclusion of talented setter Morado and MVP Espejo drew the fans’ ire.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 returnMorado’s exclusion became all the more controversial with the inclusion of University of the East setter Roselle Baliton.The 6-foot-1 Baliton, picked because of her height, bared that she had been receiving hateful messages online. She has since deactivated her social media accounts.Morado said everyone in the pool deserved their slots but that she would be willing to play for the national team if given the chance. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt looks like the drama surrounding the formation of the men’s and women’s volleyball teams did not end with the announcement of the national pools for both squads.Here’s a plot twist: The Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. offered its apology to Ateneo Thursday for failing to hand over formal invitations to the school’s standouts for the last phase of tryouts.ADVERTISEMENT ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Stepheson nearing top shape: ‘It’s all coming back’

first_imgMeralco import Alex Stepheson. PBA IMAGESIt may be scorching at this time in the Philippines, Meralco import Alex Stepheson has taken a liking to the country’s hot weather as he said that it has helped him get into his desired shape.“I lost a little weight because of the running and also the humidity and heat, so each game I felt a little better, so today, I felt pretty good,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot “I definitely can still improve my conditioning. There are a lot of shots around the basket that I’m still not quite finishing like I want to, and just overall presence – I have moments where I kind of maybe disappear for a second or two, but it’s all coming back,” he said. “I was out for two months, so it’s a process, but I’m getting there.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UST bolsters Final 4 bid, blasts FEU ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards View comments Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Admittedly not in peak form when he first landed here, the hulking reinforcement has slowly gotten into the shape he had envisioned for himself in his two weeks in the Philippines.READ: Bolts staying patient with StephesonFEATURED 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 returnAnd after three games, which all ended in wins for the Bolts, Stepheson is looking to further shed weight to get to his tip-top form. After all, it was what coach Norman Black expected of him when the Grand Slam-winning mentor first saw him in the NBA D-League.“Coach Norman told me that when he first saw me in the D-League Showcase, he liked what he saw. So he told me to try to do what I was doing there out here and I should be good,” he said. ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home 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 READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu On Friday, Stepheson had his best game to date as he tallied 20 points and 27 rebounds in Meralco’s 94-89 win over TNT.READ: Stepheson’s presence invigorates BoltsThe 29-year-old import, though, downplayed his stellar showing and said that he just did what was asked of him by the coaching staff, something which he is eyeing to sustain as the conference goes.“I’m just going to keep doing my job, rebounding, playing strong inside, try to make as many free throws as I can, try to finish off the shots I can around the basket, and hopefully some of those dunks start to go in. Other than that, I know my job and I’m trying to do it the best way I can,” he said. “I’ve just been trying to eat right, sleep right, keep working on improving, and get where I should be to help my team win.”Stepheson, though, shared that he still isn’t satisfied with his performance as he inches closer to his desired shape.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikelylast_img read more

Complete UAAP, NCAA teams spice up Filoil Preseason Cup

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Huge 4th quarter tows Star past Canaleta-led Blackwater Tournament director Joey Guillermo said the inclusion of all the teams from the two leagues would greatly help in their preparation for their respective tournaments.“We’re trying to help these teams to prepare, and for our part we’re helping the schools to prepare,” said Guillermo Thursday at SportsIQ, the Inquirer’s omniplatform radio sports show.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 returnWith NCAA having 10 schools, and with the UAAP having just eight, Guillermo said they can’t group the teams based on its leagues.Instead they put up two groups with nine teams each with schools from the NCAA and the UAAP getting to cross path as early as the first stages. Talk about a preseason.For the first time in its 10-year history, the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup will have all the teams from the two biggest collegiate leagues in the country, the UAAP and the NCAA.ADVERTISEMENT There is, however, a more notable group as Group A consists of bitter rivals Ateneo and La Salle, and San Beda and Letran.“People will look forward to this, and if we put the four schools in different groups, the fans will have to hope that their teams will meet in the semifinals,” said Guillermo.Guillermo added his preseason tournament is not regarded as just a simple summer league, but a venue for the teams to immediately showcase what they’ve got.“I think the tournament has grown a lot, because when I took over in 2010 I was still trying to convince the schools to send their teams,” said Guillermo. “Now the schools itself are the ones asking, ‘when will the Filoil start?’”“I guess we’re pretty satisfied with what we’ve accomplished.”ADVERTISEMENT SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test 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 Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View commentslast_img read more

TNT newbie Garcia thankful for Racela’s confidence

first_imgWildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR 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’ PBA IMAGESRR Garcia feels lucky being put in a position where he doesn’t really have to adjust much.After all, he’s under the guidance of coach Nash Racela anew, his former mentor in Far Eastern University.ADVERTISEMENT Greene glad to silence trash-talking Rhodes MOST READ LATEST STORIES “It’s just the game. We’re even joking around inside, kuya Alex (Cabagnot), Chris Ross, and Marcio (Lassiter). After the game, we’re all friends,” he said.Despite his promising debut with TNT, Garcia doesn’t want to get lost on his situation, saying that he knows that his main purpose in the squad is to try on filling the void left by the Gilas Pilipinas players.“I know I’m here because of my scoring, and that’s really a tall task knowing that we lost Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy and Troy Rosario,” he said. “But I know it’s not just up to me, and knowing coach Nash, what he wants is for the team to collectively help us get the wins.” /atmADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte View comments Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar “Coach Nash and I have been together back in college and it’s the same. He tells me to play my game and I don’t feel any pressure at all knowing that he has my back. He lets us do our thing and I know what I’m going to do in his system,” he said in Filipino.Garcia played his first game with TNT on Friday, making immediate impact in its 112-103 victory over San Miguel, the same squad which traded him last week for Matt Ganuelas-Rosser.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 returnExuding confidence, the former UAAP MVP unloaded 12 points, three assists, and two rebounds in his 24 minutes on the floor with the KaTropa.Garcia, though, made it clear that he had no axe to grind with his former squad, noting that his standout performance against the Beermen was just business as usual. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot deadlast_img read more

Maroons nail quarters berth

first_imgTrump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Swing Out Sister back to PH this April 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’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak 3 teams seek breakthrough win Jun Manzo delivered the late heroics as University of the Philippines slipped past National University, 59-56, to advance to the quarterfinals in the Filoil Flying V Premier Preseason Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre Wednesday.NU held a 56-52 edge before UP rallied with a 7-0 blitz capped by Manzo’s dagger trey with 54.4 ticks left.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img “[I told Manzo] you are the scorer, so you got to make sure you are going to do the job right now,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol. “You can pass but make sure you think about scoring. So that’s what he did.”In the other matches, San Beda crushed Jose Rizal University, 73-57, as the Lions remained unscathed in seven games. Arnaud Noah chalked up 17 points to lead the Lions.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 groundPerpetual Help also stunned Ateneo, 60-59, for a 3-5 record.Nigerian Prince Eze shone with 18 points, eight rebounds and six blocks, but it was Flash Sadiwa who buried the game-winner with a nifty layup with 1:13 remaining. —CARLO ANOLIN, KRISTOFER PURNELL For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

NBA: Jimmy Butler’s trainer blasts Bulls GM after draft day trade

first_imgView comments Butler, meanwhile, will reunite with his former coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota and form a “Big 3” alongside promising studs Karl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Reyes impressed by Fil-Nigerian Edu: ‘Unbelievable’ 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Although the 27-year-old swingman has been at the center of trade talks in recent weeks, his personal trainer, Travelle Gaines, couldn’t help but lambast the Bulls organization, particularly General Manager Gar Forman.“0-82.worst culture in the league.I met drug dealers with better morals then their GM,”  he tweeted, shortly after the deal was announced.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 ground“He is a liar and everyone knows,” he added.Turmoil inside the Bulls’ front office has been reported in multiple instances in the past, but  Gaines comparing Forman to drug dealers might just be the boldest one yet. MOST READ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April A dream fulfilled for Christian Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit Former Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)The off-season continues to be a busy one in the National Basketball Association, as the Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler was recently shipped to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and the No. 7 pick Lauri Markkanen.READ: Sources: Bulls trade Butler to TimberwolvesADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Burrowes claims Liguanea Open Squash title

first_img Reflecting on the match, Burrowes said, “Coming into this tournament, I knew every match would be challenging because of the handicap format and Tahjia has improved so much that it’s getting harder to play him. But my game plan was to not make as many mistakes as him, so I stuck to that, and it worked well for me, and winning is always a good feeling.” In the thrilling third-place play-off, the unpredictable Jemel Sterling defeated Mario O’Connor. O’Connor fought hard, but Sterling’s double-handed style made it difficult for O’Connor to anticipate his plays and Sterling prevailed 21-10, 21-13, 21-16. The Donald Williams Award for Sportsmanship went to veteran, Douglas Beckford. Liguanea Club’s general manager, Rory Shepherd said, “As a whole, it was a very exciting tournament with a lot of thrilling matches that were great for both the players and the spectators. We look forward to doing it again next year.” WINNING GAME PLAN Top-seed Bruce Burrowes lived up to his billing, beating All-Jamaica Under-19 Boys’ Champion, Tahjia Lumley, to win the 2017 Liguanea Club Open Squash Championships, which wrapped up on Saturday night at the Liguanea Club in Kingston. The tournament’s handicap format, which levels the field for players of varying abilities, meant that Lumley started each game of the match with a lead over Burrowes. To neutralise the advantage, Burrowes played patiently, keeping the rallies long and waiting for his less experienced opponent to make mistakes. For his part Lumley put up a fight, but Burrowes’ superior skill and legendary stamina proved too much for the teenager. Burrowes, who first claimed the title in 2015, won 21-11, 21-18, 21-15 to lift the trophy for the second time.last_img read more

Hue hails Whitmore – ‘Coach giving home-based players more opportunities …’

first_img Hue, who is now eking out a living playing semi-professional football in the United States, has vowed to play his part in developing the game locally through his Jermaine Hue Football Foundation. The foundation donated $150,000 earlier this month to the football programme of his former school, St Thomas Technical High School. When asked whether he felt like he should have been given more opportunities to represent the country during his playing days, this is how he responded. “I never really thought about whether I got a raw deal with the national programme during my playing days. But it is something I have heard the fans say very often. That means maybe there is some truth to it. Maybe I should have got more opportunities based on my performances,” Hue said. Former national midfielder Jermaine Hue has high praises for Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore’s move to give local-based players more opportunities to represent the country. Last Friday, a senior men’s team, made up of local-based players, beat Grenada 5-1 in their friendly international ahead of the CONCACAF Nations League Cup next month. Harbour View’s Peter-Lee Vassell scored twice while Daniel Green, also from the Stars of the East, got the opener. The fourth was an own goal while Cavalier’s Chevonne Marsh scored the fifth and final. Hue, who many persons in the football fraternity believe was not given enough opportunities to represent the country even though he played exceptionally well in the local premier league during his playing days, says it is up to the players now to perform well to keep their places in the squad. “I think ‘Tappa’ is doing a good job because they are taking a look at the home-based players. He is giving them an opportunity, and now it is the responsibility of each player to do their best whenever they go on the football field and leave it up to the selectors to select them,” Hue said. “For me personally, whenever I got a chance to play I played to the best of my ability and gave it a 100 per cent every single time. I told myself that I have to put in a performance and then I leave it up to the fans to put pressure on the selectors.” He continued: “If the fans are not talking about you and have your name in the streets, that means you are not doing anything. The job of the players is to prepare themselves well and whenever they get the opportunities they have to perform and leave it up to the fans to put pressure on the selectors, and hopefully they will be selected.” PLAY HIS PARTlast_img read more