Ginebra shuts down Meralco

first_imgPBA IMAGESILOILO—Barangay Ginebra held Meralco to two points in the first 6:30 of the third, and to just 10 in the period, to break away from the Bolts and pull out an 83-72 victory that got the Gin Kings back on the winning track in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at University of San Agustin gym here.The Kings were dragged into another low-scoring contest but came out on top this time, rising back to .500 with a 4-4 card to stay mathematically in the hunt for a top two finish while virtually sealing Meralco’s doom in the season-opening conference.’ADVERTISEMENT Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ It was the sixth straight loss in a 2-7 card for the Bolts, who fell in danger of bringing up the tail here for the second season in a row.Meralco had a 23-14 lead at the end of the first and clung to a 40-39 edge at halftime before the Kings shut down the Bolts in the third to ease out front and never look back.Joe Devance scored 19 points, LA Tenorio chipped in with 18 and Japeth Aguilar completed a double-double with 17 and 12 rebounds for the Kings, who could sweep their remaining three games and hope that they fall into a tie for No. 2 and forge a playoff.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 returnAs things stand, San Miguel Beer, the two-time defending champion, more or less sealed No. 1—and the first twice-to-beat privilege—after a 106-101 overtime win over Rain or Shine on Friday, leaving the Elasto Painters and GlobalPort tied for second with 5-3 records.For the Kings to have a shot at a twice-to-beat privilege, they must win over Blackwater, Phoenix Petroleum and NLEX and hope that the Batang Pier, the Elasto Painters as well as Alaska and TNT KaTropa don’t win more than seven games to forge a tie. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Quiñahan tells NLEX players: Tough love from Guiao is normal Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taalcenter_img Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 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 Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ SCORESGINEBRA 83 – MERALCO 72GINEBRA 83—Devance 19, Tenorio 18, Aguilar 17, Mercado 9, Thompson 7, Caguioa 4, Ferrer 4, Ellis 3, Marcelo 2, Cruz 0, Mariano 0, Taha 0.MERALCO 72—Hugnatan 18, Newsome 14, Amer 11, Caram 6, Yeo 6, Bono 5, Hodge 5, Faundo 4, Daquioag 3, Grey 0, Nabong 0.Quarters: 14-23, 39-40, 56-50, 83-72Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Chan Sun Jung makes UFC return, KOs Bermudez in 1st round

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member “I put myself in his shoes,” Bermudez said. “If I was away from the sport for three years, man, I would be so thirsty, so hungry to get after it.”In the semi-main event, the previously unbeaten Alexa Grasso lost to veteran Felice Herrig by unanimous decision in a women’s strawweight fight. Herrig won her second straight fight.This was just Herrig’s third fight since the start of 2015, with her last being a victory on July 23, 2016. At 32, Herrig felt she was overlooked with the matchup against the 23-year-old Grasso.“Sometimes, the veterans in this sport actually get overlooked because we’re not these young, up-and-coming fighters that you can market,” Herrig said. “It’s like we kind of get left behind and forgotten about. I wanted to prove I’m here, and I’m here to stay.”Grasso’s unbeaten record come to an end in her second UFC fight.Texas native James Vick picked up a lightweight win over Abel Trujillo. The Fort Worth native won via submission in the third round with a choke hold. He improved to 10-1 overall and made a request in the octagon to get his next fight in Texas, as well, during the UFC’s event in Dallas on May 13.“I’m like a little kid right now. I’m so happy,” Vick said. “This is my state. I love to fight here.”At 6-foot-3, Vick is tall for the lightweight division. He thinks others in the division think they can wrestle him to the ground, but he proved on Saturday that is not the case.“I knew that it was going to present itself because I knew he was going to try to wrestle me,” Vick said of the choke. “I don’t know why they think I can’t wrestle.” Jung is 4-1 in the UFC, with his only loss coming to featherweight champion Jose Aldo in his last fight before his spell in the military on Aug. 3, 2013. Overall, Jung is 14-4 as a professional.Bermudez was ranked ninth in the featherweight division, and this victory makes Jung feel his goal of featherweight gold is once again in his sights.“My goal is always to be the champion, and I think this fight has put me back in the game,” Jung said.Bermudez ended a two-fight winning streak but was happy with his performance, saying he felt he improved on his previous showing last August.It may have been difficult for Bermudez to prepare for Jung, with no recent film to watch. On Thursday, at the pre-fight workouts, Bermudez noted that Jung was in the featherweight division’s top-5. He came in expecting to get the South Korean’s best.ADVERTISEMENT 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 PH clinches tie vs Indonesia behind Gonzales Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. HOUSTON — After a 3 1/2-year absence from the UFC, Chan Sun Jung looked like he never left.The South Korean featherweight, who left the UFC in 2014 to serve his two-year mandatory military service in his home country, knocked out Dennis Bermudez in the first round at UFC Fight Night 104 Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Jung delivered a right uppercut that knocked Bermudez to the ground before delivering multiple right hands that forced referee Herb Dean to stop the fight at 2:49 of the first round.“I actually was expecting and planning for a five-round decision,” Jung said. “But I thought if I can catch the knockout or submission, then even better.”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 returnBermudez delivered the most effective blows early in the first round, stunning Jung temporarily. Two minutes into the fight, he thought he was in control.“Everything was going my way, I felt,” Bermudez said. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments LATEST STORIES Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown MOST READlast_img read more

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NBA: Aaron Gordon won’t compete in next year’s slam dunk contest

first_imgOrlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon competes in the slam dunk contest during NBA All-Star Saturday Night events in New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP/Gerald Herbert)After a stellar showing in last year’s NBA Slam Dunk Contest, many believe that Orlando Magic swingman Aaron Gordon will captivate fans again and bring the spectacle to even greater heights this year.But after a rather underwhelming showcase at the Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), the dynamic leaper said he would no longer participate in the event next year.ADVERTISEMENT View comments On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government With LaVine sitting out the contest this year, Gordon was primed as the heavy favorite among contestants DeAndre Jordan, Derrick Jones Jr. and Glenn Robinson III.NBA: Zach LaVine declines 2017 slam dunk contest invite—reportHowever, much to the surprise of many, Gordon missed majority of his dunk attempts and failed to reach the championship rounds after receiving the lowest score among participants.Aaron Gordon: “I just wanted to do something new, something innovative. It didn’t go my way.”— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) February 19, 2017ADVERTISEMENT SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Anthony Davis sets All-Star record with 52 points, West tops East LATEST STORIES In a statement to Sport’s Illustrated’s Ben Golliver, Gordon explained his intentions to take a break from the high-flying competition.“This event takes a lot out of you when you approach it as seriously as I do,” he said.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 21 year-old forward, who many believed was robbed of the title against Zach LaVine last year, has been vocal about his strict preparations coming into the  NBA All-Star weekend’s premiere event.“He’s taking this year’s contest very seriously,” Graham Betchart, Gordon’s mental conditioning coach and dunk consultant, told Bleacher Report. “It’s been on his mind since the third grade.” Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Robinson eventually won the hardware in arguably one of the most lackluster dunk contests in history.READ: Robinson III, Gordon, Porzingis win NBA All-Star eventsTNT commentators, meanwhile, noted that a current foot injury appears to have sapped Gordon’s signature air time.Throughout his performance, Reggie Miller kept pointing out that Gordon did not appear to have the same ‘bounce’ he had last year. Khristian Ibarrola/ra/jbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 respitelast_img read more

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Tested again, resilient Raptors rest up for Cavs rematch

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Anthony Joshua making case as boxing’s next great heavyweight At the least, the Raptors will need to get better at holding onto big leads after blowing a 25-point advantage against the Milwaukee Bucks before winning 92-89 on Thursday night. Toronto took a physical, tiring first-round series in six games.“We’re just a team up north. We don’t get a lot of respect and I like that,” coach Dwane Casey said. “As a matter of fact I think we’re better with our backs against the wall.”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 Eastern Conference semifinals start in Cleveland on Monday.“Ready for the next one. Ready for the next one,” guard DeMar DeRozan said. The Raptors’ leading scorer had 32 points on 12-of-24 shooting, along with five steals. Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Both teams were tired in the final few minutes, especially the Bucks. But Milwaukee still set an aggressive tone from late in the third quarter through most of the fourth. Casey said his team had lost some composure during the Bucks’ run.“Our physicality is something we have to look at,” he said. “At the end of the day, I loved our resiliency. I loved how our guys didn’t cave in.”Toronto answered the Game 3 blowout by winning a defensive slugfest in Game 4, the start of three straight victories to close out the series.Now it’s on to Cleveland, a year after losing to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals in six games.Casey said again on Thursday night that his playoff-tested team knows how to respond from adversity. They’re used to being doubted.“We’re better from that standpoint,” he said. “We’ve got some fighters and scrappers. … We make it hard on ourselves sometimes, but at the end of the day we’re going to go down swinging.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan drives against Milwaukee Bucks’ Greg Monroe during the first half of game 6 of an NBA first-round playoff series basketball game Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — The Toronto Raptors keep getting themselves into tough situations in the playoffs.They hope their resilience helps make them stronger as they get ready to face the Cleveland Cavaliers again.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar LATEST STORIES Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR MOST READ But once again, the Raptors didn’t make it easy on themselves. They looked as if they were on cruise control after DeMarre Carroll’s 3 gave them the 71-46 advantage with 5:16 left in the third quarter.Then they started resembling the team that got embarrassed in a 27-point blowout in Game 3.Giannis Antetokounmpo played 47 minutes, mustering enough energy to help spearhead a second-half rally. He repeatedly tore through the Toronto defense to get to the lane, finishing with 34 points. Khris Middleton fought through an illness that bothered him all week to score 19 points.On offense, the Raptors stopped moving the ball. They had so much success up to that point with throwing quick passes, finding cutters and scoring on pick-and-rolls. The Bucks didn’t trap as much as earlier in the series, throwing a new wrinkle at Toronto.“I handled it well. I was ready (for) whatever they were going to throw at me,” DeRozan said. “I knew later in the game it was going to be difficult and it was.”ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte 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

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Bornea earns WBF super flyweight title in 8th round TKO

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake Bornea get the WBF intercontinental super flyweight title via an 8th round TKO of Renerio Arizala on Saturday, May 13, 2017. (Photo from Borena’s Facebook page)DAVAO CITY — Jake Bornea floored Renerio Arizala with a thunderclap of punches in the eighth round to claim the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) intercontinental super flyweight title Saturday.The slugger from General Santos City threw a combination in the midsection that opened up Arizala’s chin late in the round to the delight of the partisan crowd at the Waterfront Insular Hotel Pavilion here.ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working View comments For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIES Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Highly-acclaimed international referee Tony Weeks had seen enough and prevented Arizala from receiving more punishment. He declare Bornea winner by technical knockout.Weeks is widely known for officiating the blue-chip fights of Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao against Marco Antonio Barrera, Oscar Dela Hoya and the third installment of his clash with Juan Manuel Marquez.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 groundIt was the sixth career knockout of the 21-year-old Bornea, who came from the stable of Jim Claude Manangquil, out of 12 victories in 14 fights while Arizala, one of the prized wards of the Penalosa Boxing Stable in Mandaluyong City, got his seventh defeat in 21 fights, including a single draw.Rosekie Cristobal seized the vacant Philippine Boxing Federation (PBF) lightweight title with a sixth-round stoppage of Alvin Makiling of Cagayan de Oro City. Cristobal was behind in the judges’ scorecards in the fourth and fifth rounds before he sprang a surprise in the sixth with powerful combinations that forced the referee to end Makiling’s agony.The southpaw from President Roxas, Cotabato received a golden belt from PBF President Lope Sarreal Jr., who was joined in the ring by Games and Amusements Board Chairman Abraham Kahlil Mitra and boxing benefactor Naris Singwangcha from Thailand.Other winners in earlier bouts were bantamweight Ryan Lumacad, welter Adones Cabalquinto, light fly Rene Mark Cuarto, super flyweights Vincent Astrolabio and Raymond Tabugon, flyweight Ivan Soriano and featherweight Jing Aguan. /atmADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Indonesia posts back-to-back wins, downs Malaysia End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead 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 China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreaklast_img read more

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Gin Kings rise

first_imgChina reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak In rising to 6-2 overall, Ginebra is just half-a-game out of the lead—now a three-cornered race after the Beermen dropped to 7-2 in a tie with idle Star and Meralco.And that makes for an interesting ending to this round as a top two finish carries a lot of importance.Incidentally, the Hotshots and the Bolts dispute what could be the first of those two twice-to-beat privileges this Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Earlier, Mahindra got career games from two pocket-sized locals to pull off a 122-121 overtime conquest of Phoenix Petroleum that allowed the Floodbuster to keep their wafer-thin hopes of advancing to the playoffs.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 groundLA Revilla scored 26 and rookie Reden Celda 25, counting the game winner.“We have a good shot at it,” coach Tim Cone said of his Gin Kings’ chances at a top two finish, aided in large part by a questionable call with two minutes left that resulted in three straight free throws that made it 98-90. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco Manila squeaks past JPV Marikina End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Ginebra import Justin Brownlee soars for a layup off three San Miguel Beer defenders in their game on Sunday. —ARNOLD ALMACENRunning at every given chance to negate the enemy’s advantage in size, Barangay Ginebra led from the start and upended San Miguel Beer with a 107-99 victory, tightening up the top two race in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations before a boisterous crowd at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday.LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson and import Justin Brownlee took turns hitting the shots that stung the Beermen in the stretch as the Gin Kings averted another endgame collapse to bounce back from a loss just two nights before and get back in the running for a twice-to-beat privilege.ADVERTISEMENT 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. LATEST STORIES MOST READ That play clearly showed Brownlee warding off Chris Ross in a fastbreak layup try, and when the call went against him, Ross was slapped with a technical foul that had Tenorio converting on the free throw.“I’ve been in the league the last 27 years and I don’t worry about officiating anymore,” Cone said. “Referees are not consistent anywhere in the world.”Brownlee finished with 34 points.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 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’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Dutertelast_img read more

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Oct 13 the big day – Bolt statue to be unveiled on Heroes’ weekend

first_img However, when asked by The Gleaner to explain the reason for the delay, her response was: “We never said it was going to be unveiled in August. We said it would be completed and ready in August, but we did not announce the date that it will be unveiled.” Grange said that the statue, which was done by Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson, is one of the legacy projects for the 55th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence. “We are in the process of establishing a partnership with Usain Bolt’s team to leverage his success and to work with him to ensure that his legacy lives on. So we are working on tangible projects that will be a lasting tribute to Usain Bolt,” she said. Sport Minister Olivia Grange has said that the statue commissioned to honour sprint legend Usain Bolt will be officially unveiled on Heroes’ weekend. Grange said that it will be placed at Statue Park at the National Stadium in Kingston, but there are plans to place a replica of the sculpture at another location. While Grange said this will be in western Jamaica, she declined to give specific details where, but said an announcement on that will be made at a later date. “Traditionally, when we celebrate the athletes’ achievements, we usually, over the last few years, plan the event for Heritage Week,” the minister said. “Of course, in consultation with Usain Bolt’s management, we came to the understanding that he will be available for that weekend, because there’s the run (Jamaica National Foundation 4K and 10K Walk/Run event) on the Sunday (October 15), and we’ll do the unveiling on the Friday.” Grange had previously said at the launch of the Jamaica National Racers Grand Prix on March 17 this year, that the statue would have been mounted to match Bolt’s final IAAF World Championships in London England, which took place earlier this month. “We are on schedule to complete this statue by Independence and to have the mounting coincide with Bolt’s final World Championships in London,” Grange said at the time. DENIED CHANGING DATElast_img read more

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23rd Baxter Canadian golf tees off at Sandals

first_imgOCHO RIOS: The prestigious 23rd annual Baxter Travel Golf Tournament will tee off today at the Sandals Golf and Country Club with over 90 influential Canadian travel agents and tour operators taking part. The two-day tournament, the third major international travel agent golfing event to be staged at the venue in a month, is expected to deliver a shot in the arm for Jamaica as a golfing destination and also the nation’s tourism industry as the agents and tour operators will be heavily promoting the island. The United States and Latin American travel agents completed their events recently, and both were very successful, according to organisers. “Jamaica stands to benefit significantly from hosting these influential travel agents,” said Maureen Barnes-Smith, director of sales and marketing, Unique Vacations Canada, the Canadian sales and marketing arm of Sandals Resorts International. “Not only will they be here as part of the Sandals tournament, but they will tour the island, experience what Jamaica has to offer, and when they go back, promote and sell Jamaica,” Barnes-Smith added. She pointed to the significance of the Canadian market, which has experienced growth in the past several years and is of vital importance to the island. Event organisers were pleased with the large number of entries to the Baxter Event, and since its inception, each year has always been well attended. Eighteen four-man teams will tee off in the scramble format. For the opening day, the 18-hole event will be spiced up with the ‘Longest drive’ and ‘Closest to the pin’ contests. Tee off is slated for 8:30 a.m. on the second and final day, while the awards ceremony at the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, to be followed an hour later by dinner. “Traditionally, we have always had some fun and also riveting action on the golf course, and this year promises to be no less impressive,” noted Miguel Arthurs, general manager Sandals Golf & Country Club.last_img read more

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Orville Higgins | Bad-mind people, leave Bolt alone!

first_imgIf I live to be as old as Methuselah, I will never quite understand Jamaican people. We are prone to take some highly irrational positions on some subjects that are nothing short of flabbergasting. The latest uproar in some quarters against Usain Bolt trying to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a professional footballer is bewildering to say the least. Why on Earth would anyone have a problem with Bolt wanting to be a footballer? Indeed, why would anyone have an issue with Bolt deciding he wants to do ANYTHING? Would the backlash from certain sections be any different if Bolt had decided to play table tennis? Would they be as caustic if Bolt had decided to play professional volleyball? I honestly don’t think so. I have found out that the most rabid critics of Bolt over his intention to turn pro in football have been people who are heavily biased towards football as a sport. Usually, these are people who wanted to be footballers themselves and may just be harbouring some ill will against Bolt because he is getting an opportunity that they wished they could have had. It is not costing any of us one single dollar for Bolt to follow his dream. The way some of us are behaving would appear that Bolt was using Jamaican taxpayers’ money to go chase his dream. Why are we bellyaching over this? We should be silently applauding the man for the willingness and bravery to follow his dream. What if Bolt was an illiterate who, after retiring from athletics at 32, decides he wants to fulfill a lifelong desire to be a lawyer? Would we be as critical if he started taking reading lessons and hired special teachers to help him? Wouldn’t we be all silently admiring him even if we secretly doubted that he would make it? A lot of us are where we are in life because we dared to believe and hope. Many of us have reached places many didn’t expect us to reach. It is the hope that eternally springs in the human breast that gives us dominion over all living things. Lower animals as a rule can’t plan for life in five or 10 years. They don’t carry hopes and inspirations for 30 years. That’s the domain of humans. It should be illegal for us to talk Bolt down or try to stop him from doing something he so desperately wants to do. So what if he flops? What if he is a horrible failure in football? Surely the sun would still come up the next day! There is this “fool fool” misconception that somehow Bolt’s legacy as a sprinter will somehow be tainted if he fails as a footballer. How can anyone with a brain reason like this? Michael Jordan was very average as a baseball player, and yet when we come to discuss the greatest of all time in basketball, Jordan’s name is perennially at the top of the list. His ordinary stint in baseball has no bearing whatsoever on his status as a basketball player. If Serena Williams decides to retire and take up kick-boxing, how would that in any way diminish her achievements as a tennis player? I have heard that if he can be training for football, then he should have stayed in track and field. What nonsense! The man has achieved everything that he wanted in athletics. There is nothing left for him to prove there. None of what I have said speaks to the qualities of Bolt as a footballer. I have saved this for last because it really doesn’t matter. Even if he had zero ability, he shouldn’t have to deal with the criticism he is now facing. The truth, though, is that Bolt does have some ability. He will not be the modern-day PelÈ or Maradona. He will not be a star in one of the top leagues around the world. But anyone with an objective mind can see something in him. He can head, he kicks reasonably well with both feet, and if he cranks up his fitness to close to where it was before and put in the work, he can be decent. Bolt has some raw attributes that could see him becoming an average player in one of the lower leagues in the world. He is a better player than some of us are crediting him for. I wouldn’t put it past Bolt to leave some eggs on a few faces a few months from now.last_img read more

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Past The Finishing Post

first_imgTrack: Good Weather: Fine CASH POT “KENT” TROPHY Race 1 1000 M (R) (Purse $690,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO&UP(NW3) *1. #9 MR. LYNDHURST OWalker 54.0 $103.00 2. #3 HOLOGRAM SHADOW RRoman4 53.0 1-1/4L 3. #7 KIMBERLY GOLD AntThomas 52.0 6-1/4L 4. #8 CONCUR JPatterson 54.0 1-1/4L Final Time : 1:01.2 Splits : 23.2, 47.0 Winner : 5yo b gelding – STORM CRAFT – LADY TARKARI Trainer: RYAN DARBY Owner : RAPHAEL E GORDON Bred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P Qu: $104.00 Ex: $279.00 Tri: $177.00 Superfecta: $668.00 CASH POT “BONANZA” TROPHY Race 2 1000 M (R) (Purse $600,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO(NW3)&NB5YO(MDN) 1. #8 MILAGRO TFoster4 53.0 $111.00 $64.00 2. #4 PRINCESS STATISTIC RLahoe 53.5 2-1/4L $147.00 3. #3 TEISHA’S DREAM WHenry 53.0 3L $370.00 4. #5 NO MONEY FRIEND DThompson4 51.5 Head 5. #6 JAMAICAN CITIZEN RSmith4 51.0 4L DNF #9 SONADOR EXPRESS JPatterson 52.0 9/1 Late scratch : #10 PRINCESS BRIANNA Final Time : 1:02.2 Splits : 23.4, 48.0 Winner : 4yo ch colt – PERFORMING MAGIC – MORGHYN Trainer : JOHNNY WILMOT Owner : CARLTON WATSON Bred by EVERGLADES FARMS LTD. Qu: $652.00 Ex: $957.00 D/E: $201.00 Tri: $2,907.00 Superfecta: $28,295.00 Hi-5 Carry-over: $49,221.25 CASH POT “XTRA” TROPHY Race 3 1400 M (Purse $870,000) NB3YO MDN.COND.-NOT FINISHED 2nd-4th in NON-RESTRICTED MDN. 1. #13 CRUCIAL’S TREASURE CMamdeen4 49.0 $320.00 $112.00 2. #8 STALLWALKIN’GIRL HLewis 51.5 2-1/2L $168.00 3. #11 LUMINOUS POWER JPatterson 52.0 3-1/2L $85.00 4. #12 GOLDEN EMPEROR GRichards 53.5 2-1/2L 5. #6 STACYSLADY CBrown 52.0 4-1/2L Final Time : 1:29.1 Splits : 24.0, 48.1, 1:14.1 Winner : 3yo b filly – CRUCIAL TRIAL – PRIVATE TRIAL Trainer : RENEX BURRELL Owner : LLOYD SALMON Bred by TREVOR JAMES Qu: $1,963.00 Ex: $5,368.00 D/E: $916.00 Tri: $3,286.00 Superfecta: $34,900.00 Hi-5: $224,757.00 Rolling Triple: $2,249.00 CASH POT “SPRINT” TROPHY Race 4 1000 M (R) (Purse $930,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)&NB3YO-REST.STAKES *1. #1 ANOTHER VIGOROUS SEllis 55.0 $100.00 $55.00 2. #8 NUCLEAR FLIGHT WHenry 53.0 1-1/2L $63.00 3. #2 MY SISTER DDawkins 50.0 1-1/4L $63.00 4. #5 EL PROFESOR OWalker 54.0 2-1/4L Late scratch : #7 PRINCESS ZELLA Final Time : 0:59.1 Splits : 23.0, 45.3 Winner : 3yo b gelding – LEGAL PROCESS – MISS NICKELS Trainer : ROWAN MATHIE Owner : LLOYD DAVIS Bred by NEW BLUE LTD. Qu: $101.00 Ex: $193.00 D/E: $841.00 Tri: $118.00 Superfecta: $423.00 Rolling Triple: $2,265.00 CASH POT “RAKE” TROPHY Race 5 1200 M (Purse $620,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) 1. #6 CALL TO DUTY OWalker 54.0 $239.00 $173.00 2. #7 EXPLOSIVE CHARGE ODonegal 55.0 2L $353.00 3. #11 LOLA GREY GRichards 54.0 1-1/4L $163.00 *4. #4 SILVER SURF DDawkins 56.0 1L 5. #8 TWILIGHT PRINCESS HPottinger 51.0 1-1/4L DNF #2 GENUINE ARTICLE JInnis 54.0 Final Time : 1:18.0 Splits : 24.3, 49.2 Winner : 5yo ch gelding – LIQUIDITY – P.W’S CHOICE Trainer : LEROY FRANCIS Owner : DAVID GRAHAM Bred by PAUL CLIFTON WRIGHT Qu: $2,962.00 Ex: $5,142.00 D/E: $757.00 Tri: $5,707.00 Superfecta: $48,314.00 Hi-5 Carry-over : $79,173.25 Rolling Triple: $14,413.00 CASH POT “ONLY ONE FOR ME” TROPHY Race 6 1200 M (Purse $3,250,000) NB2-Y-O GRADED STAKES 1. #2 TOP SHELF HPottinger 52.5 $1584.00 $177.00 *2. #5 CASUAL DRINK DDawkins 52.5 2L $64.00 3. #10 PRINCESS ANNIE JInnis 50.0 2L 91.00 4. #7 BALTUSROL DCardenas 54.0 2L 5. #9 TREVOR’S CHOICE GRichards 54.0 4-1.2L Final Time : 1:14.1 Splits : 23.1, 47.2 Winner : 2yo ch filly – SOUL WARRIOR – FIRST CHOICE Trainer : PATRICK FONG Owner : SUPERKIDS RACING STABLES Bred by DWIGHT CHEN, ONEIL MARKLAND & DENNIS CHIN-YOU Qu: $825.00 Ex: $5,530.00 D/E: $38,650.00 Tri: $5,990.00 Superfecta: $51,277.00 Hi-5: $29,972.00 Rolling Triple: $159,913.00 Pick-5 : Carry-over: $748,585.50 Single Winner Bonus : $408,250.05 Super-6: $1,739.00 Carry-over : $1,268,206.88 CASH POT “PLAY IT” TROPHY Race 7 1200 M (Purse $1,000,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE *1. #1 WITHOUT EXCEPTION OWalker 52.0 $98.00 $78.00 2. #7 ZEPHYR SRichardson4 53.0 3/4L $225.00 3. #8 PRINCESS EMANUELLE AChatrie 51.5 1-3/4L $228.00 4. #2 HONEY RYDA STownsend4 50.0 Sh.Head 5. #9 BIRDIE MY LOVE RLewis4 51.5 Neck Final Time : 1:13.0 Splits : 23.0, 46.3 Winner : 3yo b colt – NATURAL SELECTION – AHWHOFAH Trainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : IAN K KONG Bred by WINSTON KONG Qu: $956.00 Ex: $1,389.00 D/E: $7,077.00 Tri: $3,094.00 Superfecta: $4,463.00 Hi-5: $27,709.00 Rolling Triple: $52,018.00 Pick-4: $180,516.00 Single Winner Bonus : $1,135,704.05 CASH POT “WIN IT” TROPHY Race 8 1100 M (Purse $680,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3O/T) *1. #6 ICE COLD DCardenas 52.0 $118.00 $62.00 2. #1 STORM VALLEY TFoster4 50.5 1-1/4L $112.00 3. #4 DEAL MARKER WHenry 51.0 1-1/2L $103.00 4. #5 ZI BEAST DSatchell4 52.0 1-1/2L Final Time : 1:07.1 Splits : 23.2, 46.2 Winner : 4yo ch gelding – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – CAUCHEE Trainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : STEPHAN NARINESINGH Bred by DERICK LATIBEAUDIERE O.J Qu: $339.00 Ex: $487.00 D/E: $176.00 Tri: $455.00 Superfecta: $761.00 Rolling Triple: $28,742.00 CASH POT “CANTER” TROPHY Race 9 1400 M (Purse $870,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE 1. #5 QUEENS HIGHWAY AntThomas 54.0 $177.00 $69.00 2. #6 DREAMINGOFANNA PFrancis 51.5 1/2L $105.00 *3. #2 GIACONDA RRoman4 49.0 3-1/2L $59.00 4. #4 ISOTOPE RSmith4 51.0 2-1/4L Final Time : 1:28.4 Splits : 24.2, 48.3, 1:13.4 Winner : 3yo ch filly – SILENT VALOR – SPECIAL REPORT Trainer : PRINCE MCDONALD Owner : DERRICK GAYLE Bred by DERRICK GAYLE Qu: $520.00 Ex: $915.00 D/E: $469.00 Tri: $891.00 Superfecta: $6,186.00 Rolling Triple: $730.00 FONTAINBLEU TROPHY Race 10 1500 M (Purse $1,150,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE 1. #3 FAYROUZ DCardenas 50.0 $275.00 $67.00 *2. #5 MARQUESAS DDawkins 52.0 Head $72.00 3. #2 UNCLE FRANK CMamdeen4 53.0 5L $77.00 4. #8 LIGHTNING LILY OMullings 52.5 4-1/2L Final Time : 1:31.4 Splits : 23.2, 46.1, 1:11.1 Winner : 3yo filly – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – PRINCESS GEETA Trainer : ANTHONY C NUNES Owner : A .BJORN,D.NUNES-BOORMAN,S.NARINESINGH & T.NUNES Bred by WILBERT BAGWANDEEN & DENNIS GRAHAM Qu: $289.00 Ex: $824.00 D/E: $1,105.00 Tri: $1,130.00 Superfecta: $1,903.00 Rolling Triple: $2,408.00 Placepot8: $10,437.00 (8/8) Single Winner Bonus: $593,950.35 CASH POT “SUPER DASH” TROPHY Race 11 1000 M (S) (Purse $900,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II 1. #4 ADONIS DCardenas 52.5 $186.00 $75.00 *2. #10 SEA SWAN AChatrie 50.0 Neck 77.00 3. #12 SERGEANT RECKLESS OMullings 50.5 6-1/2L $191.00 4. #11 ISINBAYEVA RLahoe 53.0 1-1/4L 5. #8 REIGNING KING GRichards 51.0 1-1/4L Final Time : 0:57.4 Splits : 22.3, 44.3 Winner : 3yo gelding – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – LA REINA Trainer : ANTHONY NUNES, Owner : ELIAS HALOUTE Bred by ELIAS HALOUTE Qu: $149.00 Ex: $545.00 D/E: $684.00 Tri: $525.00 Superfecta: $6,156.00 Hi-5: $10,485.00 Rolling Triple: $5,276.00 Pick-4: $6,170.00 Single Winner Bonus : $1,274,560.56 Pick-5: $14,984.00 Single Winner Bonus : $591,953.05 Super-6: $575,210.00 (6/6) Pick-9: Carry over: $621,231.00 – Single Winner Bonus: $236,106.39last_img read more

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