Padda blasts Lady Falcons in team’s ‘worst performance’ Alyssa Valdez attends Davao tryouts. Photo by Marc ReyesDAVAO CITY—Alyssa Valdez drew a big crowd as she graced the national volleyball team tryouts Saturday and later on gave her commitment to play for the Philippine flag.“I’m sure they will understand that the call of the country is the most important,” said the 23-year-old Valdez, when asked if her team in the Thailand League, 3BB Nakornnont in Thailand League, will allow her to suit up for the country.ADVERTISEMENT Crowd reacts at Alyssa’s spike pic.twitter.com/gFiNIoEXd7— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) February 25, 2017ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Aspirants doing the drills pic.twitter.com/kRcWLuqb4l— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) February 25, 2017 Tryouts just wrapped up and the throng swarmed into Alyssa pic.twitter.com/8XzrfETXU5— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) February 25, 2017 Valdez was mobbed by fans who trooped to the University of Southeastern Philippines gym here and cheered her every move.“It’s a thrill for me trying out for the national team. And I will do my best to make the country proud if I’m given the chance,” added Valdez, who flew in from Bangkok Saturday morningFEATURED 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 returnTen other aspirants showed up in tryouts that will last until Sunday. After the Davao leg, there will be another tryouts for the collegiate players.RELATED VIDEOS Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Crowd reacts to her even if she’s picking up her drinking bottle pic.twitter.com/mOat6SIhk4— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) February 25, 2017 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 counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties View comments
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End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “We have to have a good mindset going into the battle for third,” said Valdez, who finished with 13 points in the loss. “We really fell short in this game but I still think this is a good experience for everyone also.”Creamline’s three-set loss to the Water Defenders was the first match the Cool Smashers played in less than four periods and it’s unfortunate that it had to happen this way, Valdez said.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 groundValdez added they had to battle through their team’s immense inconsistency during their match against Bali Pure, with the Cool Smashers being formed just a few months before the PVL tournament started.“Our game today was really inconsistent and we were not that cohesive as compared to the other teams whose cores have been together for much longer than us,” said Valdez. “Of course, we’ve been frustrated but we have to learn from that and we have to work on our maturity as a team.” “And we want to think that we’ve overachieved in some way because we’re really a new team and it’s hard to go up against the teams who’ve been together for so long,” said Valdez.Creamline drew the shorter end of the stick against Bali Pure, getting outscored in the spikes department 41-30 and committing more errors than the Water Defenders, 19-12.Sports 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. More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions MOST READ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ababa, Gialon move ahead by one View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter losing its shot at making the finals Thursday, Alyssa Valdez and Creamline now set their sights on a third place finish in the Premier Volleyball League.The Cool Smashers lost to Bali Pure, 25-18, 25-13, 25-16, in the semifinals and Valdez said they just have to remain positive as they contend for a bronze medal.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in LATEST STORIES 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 China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think last year there were two things we fell short on — it took too long to make the ruling and it left uncertainty with the competition,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s managing director of rules and competition. “I think should a similar circumstance happen, I think we are poised to move quickly.”The U.S. Open, as well as the USGA’s other biggest events, will no longer have referees who walk with each group, a practice that dates to 1991. Instead, officials will be stationed at various spots on each hole around the course.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 biggest advancement is having four video monitor stations, along with the use of tablets, that will allow officials to review any rules discrepancies on the course to reach conclusions immediately.That might have made it a lot easier on Dustin Johnson — and everyone else — last year at Oakmont. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Dustin Johnson hits from some tall fescue on the 12th hole during a practice round for the U.S. Open golf tournament Wednesday at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin. APERIN, Wisconsin — Determined to avoid the embarrassing rules mess from a year ago, the USGA is shaking up the way it officiates the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.It pledged to respond quicker and not wait to make a ruling.ADVERTISEMENT 650,000 fans at parade cheer Penguins for Stanley Cup win Johnson’s golf ball moved slightly as he stepped in for a 3-foot par putt on the fifth hole. He didn’t think he caused it to move, called in the walking referee and no penalty was assessed. But when the USGA saw video, officials thought there might be a penalty.They told Johnson when he was on the 12th tee, saying he might be penalized and they could review it after the round. That would have been fine except that it was the final round. Johnson played the last seven holes not knowing if he would be penalized, and thus not knowing the score.It was a major gaffe, saved only by Johnson playing so well that he had a four-shot lead when he birdied the final hole to win the U.S. Open. After meeting with officials, he was given a one-shot penalty that affected only the margin of victory, not the name on the trophy.The USGA has a five-member rules committee led by Thomas Pagel, the senior director of rules. Pagel will be the chief referee for the U.S. Open, who can make immediate decisions that would stand.A repeat of the Johnson incident is unlikely this year, and not just because the greens at Erin Hills are nowhere near as fast as Oakmont’s putting surfaces. The USGA introduced a local rule last year that if a golf ball or marker moves accidentally, the player puts it back without penalty.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments LATEST STORIES 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 Having video more readily available for review should help avoid uncertainty.Bodenhamer said the rules committee — not always the player, in some cases — would be able to look at the video and quickly decide whether it’s a penalty.It was the most significant change for a U.S. Open that is desperate to have a smooth tournament. The previous year at Chambers Bay, the grass on the greens was starting to die before the U.S. Open began and at times on the weekend, players were putting through what amounted to matted dirt.Jordan Spieth won when Johnson, needing a 12-foot eagle putt to win, three-putted for par to finish second. He missed a 4-foot birdie putt on the bumpy green.Part of that could be attributed to weather in the Pacific Northwest that week.As for Oakmont a year ago, that was a breakdown in communication and delivering the ruling at the right time.“We not only learned from it, but we made changes,” USGA executive director Mike Davis said. “And I think that’s the way you have to approach anything that doesn’t go right: ‘How can we make it better? 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National University also capped the preseason tournament with a piece of recognition after fending off University of Santo Tomas, 86-75, for the third-place trophy.Rhayyan Amsali had 30 points and 14 rebounds to lead NU. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Ronaldo hits milestone as Portugal sink New Zealand Escamis, though, wasn’t the lone Red Robin to punish the Blue Eaglets.Mapua’s frontcourt duo of Warren Bonifacio and Will Gozum crushed Ateneo.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 groundBonifacio finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, nine of which came from the offensive glass, while Gozum had a 17-point, 14-rebound double-double.Dave Ildefonso led Ateneo with 16 points and eight rebounds while Kai Sotto finished with 15 points and 14 boards. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mapua topped Ateneo, 89-82, in the high school finals of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Clint Escamis delivered an offensive assault for the Red Robins, finishing with a game-high 23 points to go along seven rebounds. ADVERTISEMENT 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 Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES A dream fulfilled for Christian MOST READ
LONDON, England:World record holder in the 110m hurdles, Aries Merritt, has praised the Jamaican pair of Omar McLeod and Ronald Levy, but insists that he is not overly concerned with their form.With the Jamaican duo impressing all season, the American is aware that he will likely have to get through the two if he is to get to the top of the podium at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in London next month, but insists that he is not paying too much attention to what his rivals are doing.”I feel like hurdling as a whole has gotten a lot better for everyone. Ever since I ran the world record in 2012, the standard for hurdles has shifted and so you see a lot of people running 13.0 seconds and under in the event,” said Merritt. “It’s a new era of hurdling and training, and a lot of persons are running well.”Merritt clocked 12.80 to set a new mark at the Brussels Diamond League meet in September 2012 but since then, has had to come back from several injuries, including a kidney transplant. His fastest time since then is 13.04 seconds done in Beijing in 2015. He won the event yesterday at the Muller Anniversary Games in the London Stadium in a season-best 13.09 seconds.McLeod, the Olympic champion, has recorded the fastest time in the event since Merritt’s world-record mark; the 12.90 national record, which he posted at the National Senior Championships last month, and now has the fastest three times this year, including two marks below 13 seconds – 12.90 and 12.96.Levy burst onto the scene this year and with a season and personal best time of 13.05 to his credit, only McLeod and Sergey Shubenkov (13.01) have gone faster. Levy showed that he was ready to compete with the world’s best, taking down a big field at the Paris Diamond League a few days ago and is now considered as a medal prospect heading into the World Championships.FOCUSING ON SELFMerritt acknowledged the form shown by the Jamaicans but says his focus will be on his own targets when they face off at the August 4-13 championships.”Omar is an Olympic champion and has already run sub-13 twice this year, and that’s really great. Levy is running very well, but when I am running at a major championships or Diamond League, I can’t focus on what everyone is doing, I have to focus on myself, because at the end of the day, someone can go out and break a world record or something, but it doesn’t matter, because I have to focus on what I am doing,” Merritt said.”In a championships setting I am aware that they are there, but I am not focused on them. I am just focused on me, because there are 10 barriers and they are your biggest enemy,” he added.Merritt, who won bronze at the last World Championships, also claimed gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Jamaica’s hopes of winning a medal at this year’s Netball Youth Cup in Botswana, ended yesterday after they were beaten 38 in the quarter-finals by England. It was the first time since 1995 that the Under-21 Sunshine Girls were missing out on a place in the semi-finals of the championships. The junior Sunshine Girls, who won silver at the championships in 2000 under the guidance of current head coach Janet Guy, were beaten by hosts Botswana in their third match on Tuesday. They had earlier recorded victories over Cook Islands, Malaysia and Uganda. The junior Sunshine Girls, who won bronze in Glasgow in 2013, will now be playing for the fifth and sixth spots at the tournament. The Jamaican team is captained by defender Kadie-Ann Duhaney, who plays in the Australian Super League competition. The team also includes five players who recently represented the senior Sunshine Girls in a three-Test series against Barbados at the National Arena. That series ended in a 1-1 draw.
This year’s staging of the Jamaica National (JN) Foundation Heroes in Act!on Run/Walk will take place with the aim of benefiting the Trelawny Infirmary in Falmouth. This year’s staging takes place on October 15 and starts at the Falmouth Pier with a warm-up at 6:30 a.m. before the race at 7 o’clock. Race marshal Alfred ‘Franno’ Francis said that this year’s race will not only give participants the option of walking or running, but also choices between a 4K and 10K distance. He added that the course has been improved this year to lift the safety of competitors. “Your Worship (Trelawny Mayor Councillor Collin Gager) and the JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force) have provided escort and control for the past two runnings,” Francis said. “This year, we will have an additional set of marshals whom I consider my elite marshals. “We will have a special set of volunteers from JN and we are also going to use cones, especially on the highway. We will cone the soft shoulder and we’ll have our marshals there to escort and control, along with the JCF to ensure the continued safety of our participants. I say continued because we have had the run two years with no negative incidents.” Francis said that ambulances and medical personnel will be what he describes as “strategically placed” along the route, but he asked competitors to properly prepare themselves ahead of the race to prevent any emergencies. The JN Foundation will be partnering with the Usain Bolt (UB) Foundation, as Trelawny is Bolt’s parish of birth. The Usain Bolt Foundation CEO Winsome Wilkins said that the Trelawny Infirmary should be a world-class facility for its residents. A WONDERFUL EVENT Partnership and development manager at the JN Foundation, Onyka Barrett-Scott, said that they are partnering with the infirmary this year because they recognise the importance to take care of the needs of Jamaica’s elders, whom she said have “paved the way for many of the nation’s successes.” JN Foundation general manager Saffrey Brown is expecting the number of participants to continue to increase this year. “We think it’s important that we continue to support rural development,” she told The Gleaner. “We’re looking for 3,000 runners this year. First year we had 1,000, second year we had 2,000, so we’re happy to grow at about a thousand. We wouldn’t want the run to get too big because it takes away from the overall experience. It’s a really wonderful event. You want to ensure that the numbers continue to support the environment, which is a really wonderful historical town.” Brown said that although 100 per cent of funds raised will go towards the charity, the organisers have not set a specific target in mind. However, she said that the aim is just to create an event where participants can enjoy themselves and whatever is raised from it goes to a good cause.
HOUSTON (AP): Tilman Fertitta, a billionaire restaurant and casino owner from Houston, agreed to buy the Houston Rockets from Leslie Alexander yesterday. Terms were not released and must be approved by the NBA Board of Governors. In the two most recent sales of NBA teams, the Los Angeles Clippers sold for $2 billion and the Atlanta Hawks for $850 million. “This is a lifelong dream come true,” said Fertitta, who will be the sole owner of one of the NBA’s elite teams. “Leslie Alexander has been one of the best owners in all of sports, and I thank him immensely for this opportunity. … I am overwhelmed with emotion to have this opportunity in my beloved city of Houston.” The deal includes Clutch City Sports and Entertainment, which puts on shows and concerts at the Toyota Center. Alexander announced the team was for sale in July. He became owner in 1993, and the Rockets won titles in 1994 and 1995 behind Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. In 24 seasons under Alexander, the Rockets have won 57 percent of their games, fifth highest in the league. The 60-year-old Fertitta owns the Landry’s restaurant chain and Golden Nugget casino and hotels. He was born in Galveston, Texas, and has lived in Houston his entire adult life. Fertitta is the chairman of the board of regents of the University of Houston System and star of the reality show “Billion Dollar Buyer” on CNBC. The 74-year-old Alexander says he wants to spend more time with family and work on his charitable projects.
Tomorrow is Hall of Fame raceday at Caymanas park. A number of Hall of Fame inductees from last year will have races named in their honour on the 11-race card. The programme begins with the running of the Dr St Aubyn Bartlett event over 1600 metres for the $180,000 claiming group. This will be followed by the Elias Haloute (second), Clive Evans and Linval McFarlane (third), Vin Edwards (sixth), David McKenzie (seventh) Dr Clifford Bradford (eighth) and Richard Azan (11th). The feature race is the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Stakes Trophy over 1200 metres, which will be run as the tenth race. Health Fair A health fair will be one of the features of the day, with free health checks by the National Health Fund. The Jamaica Urban Transport Company (JUTC) will also be refilling smart cards, while the Registrar General’s Department will assist patrons with information concerning birth, death, and marriage certificates. Georgia Samuels, senior secretary and procurement officer at the Jamaica Racing Commission’s (JRC), also noted that Sagicor would be giving away free vision, blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure tests. “Bashy Bus, an organisation that does free HIV tests, manicures and pedicures, will also be at the track. Normalyn Haynes, JRC’s personnel and administrative officer told The Gleaner that they would be doing everything to ensure a good day. “We want them (patrons) to remember the Hall of Fame. It’s an honour for them (inductees to have a race named after them). I don’t know how popular it (Hall of Fame race day) is, but we always try our best to put on a memorable occasion,” she said. Former JRC chairman Denis Laylor would also be a special guest tomorrow.
MOSCOW (AP):Kylian Mbappe has electrified the World Cup with his speed and youthful exuberance. Luka Modric has coolly controlled matches in Russia with his graceful play in the middle.Whether France win their second title in 20 years or Croatia raise the trophy for the first time tomorrow at the Luzhniki Stadium in front of Russian President Vladimir Putin and nearly a billion television viewers, could turn on the play of the two stars.The 19-year-old Mbappe has been the biggest sensation at the tournament in Russia, scoring three goals – including two against Argentina in the round of 16 – and creating havoc for opposing defenses with his pace and his agility.”It’s going to be the biggest match of my life, for sure,” the Paris Saint-Germain forward said yesterday.Although Mbappe has impressed for France at the month-long tournament, Modric has been the rock and the spark for Croatia. When the Real Madrid midfielder has the ball at feet, good things seem to happen for Croatia.”Even when you think they’re going to lose, or going to crack, they always have the mentality to come back,” Mbappe said of the Croatian team. “It’s a team that plays with a lot of intensity.”France last won the World Cup title in 1998, at home. The French defeated Croatia in the semi-finals that year, which until now had been the country’s best showing at the tournament.The heads of state from both countries are expected to sit with Putin. Will Smith is set to headline the closing ceremony.In all three of those matches, Croatia has had to recover from being a goal down. The players never gave up.”When you put the sacred Croatia shirt on you become a different person,” Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic said through a translator. “I’m not trying to say it’s a superior feeling that the French have for France, or Russians for Russia.”The best feeling is to be Croat these days and this is the source of all our strength.”While Croatia had to rally to keep advancing, France won all three of their knockout games in the regulation 90 minutes and trailed for only nine of the 540-plus minutes it has been on the field.