Hard-fighting Ginebra looks forward to scaling more odds

first_imgDevance took shots to numb the pain of his injury beginning in the semifinals against Star.“It was all worth it,” Devance said. “Just to battle with these guys, they played their hearts out. I don’t regret anything.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Reflecting on their runner-up finish in the all-Filipino tournament where they overcame a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals against Alaska and climbed out of a 0-2 hole against Star in the semifinals, Cone paid tribute to his players for rising to the challenge.“We overcame a lot,” said Cone, singling out Devance as an “inspiration for his great courage throughout the whole series” against the Beermen.“There’s so much to be proud about but it’s hard to be proud after a loss. You want to put up a better fight than we did. But that’s already a great feat because guys are worn out. We didn’t have Greg the whole conference, we lost Jervy (Cruz) in the series after Game 2.”Japeth Aguilar said there were still plenty of positives to take out of their campaign.“We fought through a lot of adversities, and then we made it to the finals,” said Aguilar.ADVERTISEMENT China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBattling through four do-or-die games en route to the All-Filipino Cup finals before ultimately falling short against San Miguel, Barangay Ginebra will once again face tough odds in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup that starts March 19.With seven-foot center Greg Slaughter not expected to return for the mid-season tournament and power forward Joe Devance likely to undergo surgery on his injured foot, the Gin Kings are bracing for a difficult grind in the tournament with a 6-foot-10 height limit for reinforcements.ADVERTISEMENT SMB’s next goal: ‘4-peat’ LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Justin Brownlee, who led the Gin Kings to the Governors’ Cup crown last year, is returning for another tour of duty.But while the sweet-shooting Brownlee flourished in his first stint with the 6-foot-5 height limit for imports, he faces a different challenge altogether with bigger reinforcements tapped by other squads.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 returnStill smarting from the 1-4 series loss to the Beermen in the finals last Sunday, Ginebra coach Tim Cone believes his team will figure out a way to contend despite having a smaller import in Brownlee.“We’re gonna be small but we have some ideas at how we’re gonna play and we’ll work it through, see how it works,” said Cone. Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:40Filipinos 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 View commentslast_img read more

La Salle notches 2nd straight win, beats NU in four sets

first_imgFILE – La Salle’s Kim Dy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle posted back-to-back wins after turning back National University, 25-21, 25-11, 15-25, 25-12, in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Lady Spikers improved to 7-2 while snapping the Lady Bulldogs’ streak at two games.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Dy and Baron led the defending champions with 17 and 15 points, respectively while Kim Fajardo dictated their tempo with 41 excellent sets.Singh had 12 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs (5-4), who slipped into a tie with Far Eastern University in fourth.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Kim Kianna Dy capped La Salle’s impressive showing with a kill that bounced off Aiko Urdas’ reception.La Salle saw an opening at the start of the fourth set when NU’s towering middle blocker Jaja Santiago was at the back row that limited her efficiency.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 returnThat allowed the Lady Spikers to bombard the Lady Bulldogs and get an 18-6 lead as Mary Joy Baron denied Jorelle Singh. “I saw that in the fourth set Jaja started at the back and I think that’s why we were ahead early,” said La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus. “That was a different tactic from what we’re used to.” LATEST STORIES 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incidentcenter_img Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View comments Last year’s runner-up finish, fuels Kahlefeldt Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions 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

FEU’s Ramirez playing in PH to fulfill mother’s dream

first_imgChina reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University guard RJ Ramirez has foregone a basketball future in Canada to play the sport in this hoops-crazed country.And it’s to complete the wish of his mother Virginia.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in “I’m doing this for my mother who passed away two years ago,” said Ramirez Friday after leading the Tamaraws to an 88-77 win over National University in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup.Ramirez, who was initially en route to a collegiate career with Adamson University, played two years for Humber College in Toronto before returning to his mother’s land.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 groundBoth of Ramirez’s parents are Filipinos and were once based in Rosario, Cavite where he lives with his grandparents when he’s not at FEU’s dormitories.“I have here the opportunity of playing basketball in the next level, and I will have to play in the UAAP for a couple of years,” said Ramirez who had 15 points, five assists, and three steals during their game against the Bullogs. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Globalport clings to playoff hope after upset of Rain or Shinecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “That’s why I’m here, to play basketball and go to the next level.” End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions LATEST STORIES For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’last_img read more

JFF Presidential timeline

first_imgRonald Gordon (1965-1967) • George Abrahams (1967-1973) • Benvenuto “Tino” Barovier (1973-1975) Locksley Comrie (1975-1977) • Patrick Anderson (1977-1979) • Lincoln Sutherland (1979-1981) • Hugh Perry (1981-1983) • Dr. Winston Dawes (1983-1985) • Anthony James (1985-1992) • Heron Dale (1992-1994) • Captain Horace Burrell (1994-2003) • Crenston Boxhill (2003-2007) • Captain Horace Burrell (2007-2017)last_img

‘Ricketts is the right man to build on Burrell’s legacy’

first_img RIGHT PERSON “The former president (Burrell) and us had a good working relation as a family network, and we see it fit to continue on that trend. We feel Mike is the right person and we are going to give him 100 per cent support on all that we have been planning. “We have no intention of changing, the plans (started under Burrell) they are good plans, they are workable and can have a big impact on the future of Jamaica’s football, so on that basis we had to give Mike the nod,” he insisted. Gregory Daley, the St James FA president, had similar views. “In the view of St James, Michael Ricketts was the right person. We knew what he was about and there are a lot of things on the table that we need to put forward, and we didn’t want to change from that, as then we would have to be charting a completely new path. “So even though Ambassador’s ideas are good … we had to make a conscious decision as to who is the best person … and in the near future, everyone will see why the majority voted that way,” Daley said. Ricketts’ campaign manager and Hanover FA president, Sheridan Samuels, said the transition process was very important and that it was crucial to have someone from the inside who understood the difficulties and what needs to be done. “Captain set the bar at a level … and as directors, we were understudying his whole movement… So to get someone from outside to come in was going to be difficult because we know exactly what we want to do. “We know the problems and we have persons who have contacts with CONCACAF and FIFA and we need all of that to move the federation and to continue moving it forward. We want to continue the whole process that is in place now, and Mike is the best person to do it. He is one of us, he knows what is happening, he’s somebody from within,” he noted. The majority of Mike Ricketts’ support at yesterday’s Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) presidential elections came from western Jamaica parish associations, and the general consensus from the presidents of the Hanover, Westmoreland and St James Football Associations is that he is the right man to continue building on the legacy left behind by the late Captain Horace Burrell. According to them, Ricketts knows the issues and challenges affecting the federation and is aware of what needs to be done. Westmoreland FA president Everton Tomlinson noted that he is close to both candidates but believed Ricketts is the man to improve on what Burrell left behind.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgCoach cleared of administering EPO to banned runner Jeptoo NAIROBI, Kenya (AP): The former coach of banned marathon runner Rita Jeptoo was acquitted yesterday in a Kenyan court for charges that he helped administer the blood-booster EPO to her. Italian national Claudio Berardelli was cleared of charges of conspiring to harm Jeptoo’s career by administering a banned substance. Daniel Cheribo Kiplangat, an assistant coach who worked with Berardelli, and pharmacist Stephen Kiplagat Tanui were also cleared of the charges in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Kiplagat, however, was found guilty on other charges of operating a pharmacy without proper certification. The three men were arrested and released on bail more than a year ago. Jeptoo, a three-time Boston Marathon and two-time Chicago Marathon winner, tested positive for EPO in an out-of-competition test in September 2014, just before she was due to claim a $500,000 prize as the top marathon runner in the world. Nadal, Federer cruise in Shanghai SHANGHAI, China (AP): Rafael Nadal won his 14th consecutive match to reach the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals, beating Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-1 yesterday. Roger Federer, seeded second to Nadal, defeated Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-2. Nadal hadn’t won an ATP hard-court title in more than three years until the U.S. Open last month, and now he’s gunning for his third in five weeks. In the quarter-finals, Nadal will play sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, who got past Sam Querrey of the U.S. 6-3, 7-6 (3). Federer will play Richard Gasquet. Meanwhile Juan Martin del Potro advanced by overcoming third-seeded Alexander Zverev 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.last_img read more

Princess Annie to slam rivals

first_imgAt first glance, the Wayne DaCosta-trained three-year-old filly LUANA appears to be a ready-made winner of tomorrow’s second race, the opening event of the Sunrise-6. LUANA won impressively in maiden company on May 26, while clocking 1:23.2 for 1300 metres, and in two subsequent races she was not disgraced behind My Super Girl over 1100 metres on June 2 and Super Sparkle on June 16. However, LUANA failed to complete a June 30 1200-metre race, which was won in a fast 1:10.4 by Hilly’s Halo, and has now been dropped to the lowly $180,000 claiming group. She has done very little on the exercise track since that last race, and it suggests that all is not well with the Casual Trick – Diamondntheruff offspring. SUPER-SELECTIONS The race-fit MR COOKIE is a better bet in this opening race. He has been competing against lesser company but advertised his fitness in his last two starts with strong performances behind LITTLE BIG HORN and PRINCESS CAULA. He finished second by 23 lengths to LITTLE BIG HORN, but the run was much better than the final placing suggests. He chased the winner, now campaigning in $550,000 claiming, for a long way behind splits of 48.1×1:13.1 and is the choice in a field where the majority of the horses have been running well below their best forms. BLOOD SONG, to be ridden by veteran jockey Shane Ellis, is a banker in Race Three for non-winners of two over 1700 metres. He finished fast behind Flowers Thirty in a 1400 metres race on Emancipation Day, and the four-year-old gelding should really appreciate the extra 300 metres. Race Four is a knotty 1000 metres round race for four-year-olds and upwards non-winners of three. ZI BEAST, AMAR, UNCLE FREDDIE, and TOUGH COOKIE have all been showing good form, but my selection is TOOT THE BLUES. The four-year-old filly is a more resolute galloper than all the aforementioned horses and should stay close to the expected pacesetter ZI BEAST before taking charge in the final 200 metres. PRINCESS ANNIE in the fifth for two-year-old maidens over 1000 metres round has classic potential written all over her and should win on a canter. The Wayne DaCosta-trained filly is a half brother to Future King, who won the 2015 Jamaica Two-year-old Stakes in 1:38.4. This filly has been working well and is even more fashionably bred than Future King. Her sire is Northern Giant, a horse who was 12th in the 2010 Preakness Stakes in the United States. The last two Sunrise-6 races should go to PARAJET (knocking at the door) and SUPER SPARKLE. 2. MR COOKIE 3. BLOOD SONG 4. TOOT THE BLUES 5. PRINCESS ANNIE 6. PARAJET 7. SUPER SPARKLE elton.tucker@gleanerjm.com Better Betlast_img read more

Reggae Girlz inspire the entire region – Cedella Marley

first_imgCedella Marley, national senior women’s football team ambassador and daughter of reggae legend Bob Marley said that the Reggae Girlz’s qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next year will have a positive impact on women’s football, not only in Jamaica, but also across the Caribbean. Marley, Chief Executive Officer of the Bob Marley Foundation, a non-profit organisation which began sponsoring the Reggae Girlz in 2014, after their six year hiatus from football due to lack of funding, was a guest on the BBC’s News Hour yesterday. She said qualification will inspire girls across the region to believe in achieving their dreams. “There’s a Jamaican saying: ‘Wi likle but wi tallawah,’ Marley said. “We might be small as a country, but our strength is, of course, in our people and our qualities that we have. I think every little girl that’s in some school in the Caribbean that has a dream of doing what we saw happened (on Wednesday) night, now knows that it can be true – it is true.” “It has become a reality. Four years ago, I said this is like a Disney movie waiting to be made. Hopefully some body’s writing the script. Jamaican women don’t cry. We smile and we laugh and we go through but (Wednesday) night, I did shed a tear,” Marley added. PRIDE Marley said that her father would be proud to see her contribution to the team’s success if he had still been alive today. “He would be very proud of the women’s team,” she said. “My father probably would not expect anything less from me. My mom, she keeps me so focused and determined and all she has to do is give me a nod and I’m off running, so I’m grateful for both parents.”last_img read more

Mount Pleasant look to move up RSPL table

first_img – 8:35 p.m.: Harbour View vs UWI FC – Harbour View Stadium Moneybags Mount Pleasant FC will make another attempt at cementing their credentials as being legitimate title challengers when they host leaders and defending champions Portmore United at Drax Hall in one of five games on today. The newly promoted team, backed by Englishman Peter Gould, got their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) journey off to a good start when they beat the defending champions on the opening day of the season. Since then, they have blown hot and cold, beating some of the better teams and falling to teams they were expected to beat at home. In their last three games, they have got the better of Waterhouse, lost to Montego Bay United away, before stopping 11th-placed Dunbeholden away. A win against Portmore United would have their horde of fans, some of whom have fallen off the wagon temporarily, believing again. Portmore United, while leading everyone else, have not been the most consistent, losing twice in their last five games. Portmore United do have the deepest squad in the league, and if their players such as captain Ricardo Morris, Jovan East, and Chavany Willis report with enough interest, then they could be unplayable. Tomorrow’s game RELEGATION HOLE At Royal Lakes, Waterhouse will seek to pile more misery on the battling Dunbeholden who, with a victory, could strengthen their chances of climbing out of the relegation hole in which they currently find themselves. Waterhouse have improved their standing to second, and a win would pull them closer to leaders Portmore United, and even ahead of them should the leaders lose to Mount Pleasant. Arnett Gardens ended their winless-losing streak with a comfortable 2-0 away win over the struggling Tivoli Gardens and should fancy their chances against Humble Lion. Of interest is the fact that midfielder Vishinul Harris and goalkeeper Damion Hyatt, both of whom were being sought by Humble Lion, played key roles in Arnett Gardens’ midweek win and should feature today. Humble Lion do have quality in their line-up, and their chances should not be written off, but in order for them to have a chance, their attackers will have to fire. Tivoli Gardens have slipped out of the top six, and with unfavourable results, a playoff spot appears to be slipping out of their hands. From their perspective, today’s home game against Montego Bay United could be exactly what the doctor ordered. They must be thinking that if there is a team for them to beat now, it must be the team rooted at the foot of the table. Montego Bay United, on the other hand, are in a battle for survival, and anything but a win today would drive another nail into their relegation coffin. The reactivation of Dino Williams, the temporary return of Owayne Gordon, as well as those of Deshane Beckford, Jacameno Barrett, and Johann Weatherly, have strengthened their squad, but they will have to start stacking up the victories. Reno have taken over from Boys’ Town as the great-escape artistes of the RSPL, and this season is continuing in that vein for them. A favourable result against Cavalier will have them believing even more that they can do it once more. A loss, however, could see them being dragged back into the relegation dogfight, especially if one or both of Dunbeholden or Montego Bay United win. – 5 p.m.: Cavalier vs Reno – Stadium East – 3 p.m.: Dunbeholden vs Waterhouse – Royal Lakes – 3 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Arnett Gardens – Effortville Community Centre – 3 p.m.: Mount Pleasant vs Portmore United – Drax Hall – 7 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Montego Bay United – Edward Seaga Complex Today’s Gameslast_img read more

“FAMILY” for National Park on Saturday

first_imgOver the past years, 704 Sport Bar, Club and Sky Lounge has been hosting concept parties and would have featured several artistes ranging from soca to chutney and dancehall. This time around, and in light of the holiday weekend, the entity has decided to spread its wings.On Saturday evening, the establishment will host a party titled “FAMILY” and will feature Jamaican dancehall artiste, Popcaan and a surprise artiste of Jamaica. Apart from the live performances by Popcaan and his band, there are several deejays that will add to the excitement.These include Tallest and Fifty out of 704 Bar; Deejay P-Star and Perry West out of Trinidad and Tobago; Deejay Puffy, Garwin and Seen up along with Magnum, Gully Ras and Selector Diamond.Advance tickets for the event were sold at $2000 each but if you missed that train, tickets are now available at $3000 and can be collected at ALL Churches Chicken locations; Chetsons, Garage, La Rose Boutique, West Vibes at Vreed-en-Hoop and Sherriff Major in Linden.Gates to the event open at 20:30h, with Popcaan expected to perform at 00:30h. Crown Vibes will be providing sound and lighting for this epic event. Apart from this event, the entity also has its regular concept parties; one of such is “Stitchy on the Roof” on Sundays and “Small Friday” on Thursday evenings.last_img read more