ON THIS WEEKEND

first_imgSaturday9 a.m.: LEICESTER CITY vs CRYSTAL PALACE11:30 a.m.: ARSENAL vs EVERTON6 p.m.: STOKE CITY vs WATFORD9 p.m.: NORWICH CITY vs WEST BROMSUNDAY12 a.m.: ASTON VILLA vs SWANSEA CITY7 a.m.: SUNDERLAND vs NEWCASTLE UNITED9:05 a.m.: MAN UNITED vs MAN CITY11:15 a.m.: LIVERPOOL vsSOUTHAMPTONDIGICEL SPORTSMAX9:05 a.m.: BOURNEMOUTH vsTOTTENHAM DIGICELSPORTSMAX 2last_img

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STGC are the favourites – St Jago’s Laing

first_imgWith his St Jago team ousted by St George’s College (STGC) in the ISSA-Flow Manning Cup, the Super Cup and Walker Cup knockout competitions, coach Glen Laing contends his boys lost to the better team. Laing admitted that the North Street-based school was better than his St Jago charges during their three defeats to them, which led to his conviction that STGC are the “favourites” for the title following a comprehensive 3-1 hammering in their Super Cup semi-final clash at Sabina Park last Saturday. In the other semi-final, Jamaica College blanked Wolmer’s 2-0 to set up a mouth-watering final on Saturday inside the National Stadium. “We were up against a better team. Anytime you play St George’s, goals gonna score. We were hoping to get the communications at the back better, but didn’t,” Laing said. “They must be the favourites. They are scoring goals, and when you score goals, you will win games. I have them as the favourite right now.” Earlier this season, St Jago were beaten 3-2 in the Walker Cup, and dumped 3-0 in the Manning Cup at the hands of STGC. In their last encounter, despite playing without captain and influential player Shevon Stewart, STGC showed their class in front of a packed venue. In his absence, the familiar name of Alex Marshall stepped up to put the ‘Light Blues’ ahead inside the first minute, caressing home a Stephon Gilzene’s cross from close range. St Jago, however, did not capitulate after conceding that early goal, but built their attack from set pieces which the George’s defence seemed incapable of handling effectively. Shaqon Bryan tapped in a 24th minute equaliser as his teammates struck the crossbar twice with powerful headers from a teasing corner kick. StGC again went in front when defender Akeem Prawl climbed above the St Jago defence and appeared to head the ball in the back of the net. Television replays, however, showed that the ball came off a defender’s head and was chalked in as a 63rd minute own goal. The Georgians certainly didn’t care how the goals came and they were celebrating another soon afterwards after some enterprising play by another of their standouts, Gregory Messam Jr. Messam Jr. who stood in as captain for the day, went by two players and played a marvellous ball to Marshall, who clinically swept past the advancing Akeem Chambers to extend STGC’s lead and grab his second of the night in the 70th minute. Click link for more Schoolboy Football photos.http://jamaica-gleaner.com/myreport/schoolboy#mid=&offset=&page=&s= Close-range goallast_img read more

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JFF, Boyz ready to count their blessings

first_imgThe Reggae Boyz will not be short on blessings when they line up for their next match in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying semi-final play-offs against Costa Rica at the National Stadium on Friday, March 25. They will be needing every bit of it. Costa Rica lead the four nations in Group B challenging for two spots to the Final Round play-offs. After two rounds, the Central Americans have maximum six points and with Jamaica lying joint second with Panama on three points, plus due to play in Costa Rica four days later, getting a good result will be key. As the match will be held on Good Friday, Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President Captain Horace Burrell said they will be moving to appease their Christian adorers with a church service ahead of the football match, which is slated to kick off at 7 p.m. “Being a religious day, Good Friday, and with Jamaica being a Christian society, the JFF recognises the significance,” said Burrell. His organisation had moved for a postponement as a mark of respect to people who, by way of tradition, observe Good Friday as a deeply religious day. But FIFA, the sport’s world governing body, denied the request. “The day is of religious significance and we’re trying to ensure that we do something special to show our recognition for this special day,” admitted Burrell. “The JFF, having been unsuccessful in having the date changed, decided that the next best thing to do is to arrange to have a period of reverence and celebration and so we have a committee in place and we will be giving some details shortly. “Basically we’re looking at having a praise-and-worship period to start at around five o’clock. We would dedicate a period to religious sermon, and so the Christians too will be asked to contribute by buying a ticket to come in there,” he divulged. Continuing, he said: “We’ll be having some religious leaders to lead us in service. We’ll encourage the church groups at a high level to be a part of it and ask the Christians to come and be a part of it.” This sort of service would be somewhat different from what has occurred in the past, especially in the era when the men’s national senior team was coached by Rene Simoes, who hails from the largely Catholic and football-mad country, Brazil. Simoes guided the country to its first and only senior men’s World Cup Finals appearance in 1998 in France and throughout the campaign, he was also famous for wearing his jersey with the words ‘Jesus Saves’ written on it. “In the past, Reverend All Miller has always preached,” reminded Burrell of the pre-game happenings. In reference to the upcoming event, he noted: “You’ve to show respect to the Christian society and to God. Come in, enjoy the service and enjoy the football game.”last_img read more

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Awesome Destiny powers home

first_imgThe American three-year-old filly AWESOME DESTINY responded to a strong ride from top apprentice Bebeto Harvey to win the United Racehorse Trainers’ Association Trophy restricted stakes over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.Making the most of the running into the straight, AWSOME DESTINY (9-5) had to cope with a strong challenge from 4-5 favourite WILL IN CHARGE under apprentice Hakeem Pottinger on the inside rails but found extra in the last furlong to win by 11/4 lengths from WILL IN CHARGE, with another three lengths to 9-5 chance BIRD CATCHER in third.AWESOME DESTINY is owned by We’re Family and trained by Gary Subratie, and this was her fourth win from 13 starts this season.FIGHTING VICTORY”Both horses were expected to have the finish to themselves based on their October 22 performance when finishing heads on for second and third behind Jamai Raja over this trip, but my horse was always going to get first run, and with the blinkers removed, scored a fighting victory,” Subratie said.Harvey, who has an outside chance of catching Omar Walker in the race for the jockeys’ championship with 52 wins to Waker’s 62, had a second winner on the card in the progressive 3-y-o colt JAMAI RAJA, who romped the ninth race over 1700 metres for his third consecutive win.Trained and part-owned by Richard Azan, JAMAI RAJA won the overnight allowance contest by nine lengths from SILVER CLOUD as the 3-5 favourite.Elsewhere, the favourite AKASH won the Royal Lancaster Trophy race for maiden two-year-olds, while it was the 1-2 favourite MR. AMBASSADOR, with Walker aboard, in the Frank Parham Memorial Trophy over 1200 metres.last_img read more

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No word of medal upgrade – T&T Olympic chief

first_img JA TEAM DISQUALIFIED PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): National Olympic authorities say they have received no word from the International Olympic Committee on any upgrade in medal as a result of the Jamaica’s disqualification as men’s sprint relay champions at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Brian Lewis, head of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, said they would not be rushing to any conclusions and this moment, were showing their solidarity to Jamaica. “The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) has not at this time received any official communication from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in respect of the Trinidad and Tobago men’s relay team,” Lewis said yesterday. “As such, we have taken note of the IOC Disciplinary Commission Decision and official statement as it relates to Jamaica and Nesta Carter. “It is always a disappointing and an unfortunate situation when an athlete from any country is embroiled in such a situation, and certainly, we empathise with our Caribbean athletes.” The IOC announced yesterday that Jamaica’s men’s sprint relay team from the 2008 Games would be disqualified after it was confirmed that Nesta Carter, a member of that team, had tested positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine. Carter, along with sprint superstar Usain Bolt, Michael Frater and Asafa Powell, had won gold in a world record time of 37.10 seconds. However, Carter was among several hundred athletes who had their samples from those games retested ahead of last year’s Rio Olympics, and the IOC said the 31-year-old has returned a positive sample. T&T, whose team of Keston Bledman, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Richard Thompson finished second, are expected to be upgraded but Lewis said the TTOC would allow the IOC process to run its course. “We await the completion of the IOC’s process and procedures as it relates to the upgrading of the medals. So at this point in time it is extremely premature and speculative for the TTOC to comment in any way as it relates to Trinidad and Tobago being awarded the gold medal.” T&T won two medals in Beijing, with Richard Thompson taking silver in the men’s 100 metres.last_img read more

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Ja International Badminton Tourney: Henry, Wynter advance

first_img In other results on the opening morning, Dennis Coke beat Christopher Beecher 21-11, 21-8; Craig Allison defeated Kirk Francis 21-13, 21-16 and Luke Couture eliminated Garron Palmer 21-8, 21-16. Henry cruised past Jamaican teammate Albert Myles 21-11, 21-11 in the first round of the men’s singles, while Wynter beat her compatriot Alana Bailey 21-12, 21-8.  Milan Dratva of the Czech Republic will be Henry’s opponent in the second round at 4 o’clock this afternoon. Wynter will face Canada’s Rachel Honderich. Jamaica’s top singles players, Gareth Henry and Katherine Wynter, easily advanced to the second round of the four-day Jamaica International Badminton Tournament at the National Indoor Sports Centre this morning.last_img read more

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Perlas outlasts UP to stay in hunt for semis spot

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBanKo Perlas kept its composure and remained in the quest for a semifinals spot in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference after dismantling University of the Philippines, 30-28, 21-25, 25-21, 25-18, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.An awry spike from Lady Maroon Diana Carlos ended the match in favor of the Perlas Spikers as they improved to a 2-3 standing while UP slipped to 1-4.ADVERTISEMENT Diana Carlos had a game-high 24 points to lead the last-placed Lady Maroons.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation 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 LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Kelly continues nomadic training style ahead of ONE Macau cardcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Opposite hitter Nicole Tiamzon said it was her team’s strong, yet long, first set that gave them the confidence in pushing through.And although the Perlas Spikers dropped the following set, they were able to recover in the third and that boosted their morale, said Tiamzon, once more going into the fourth period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It’s a good thing we got the first set and at least we were able to gain the confidence and we realized that yes we can hold on to our lead,” said Tiamzon. “Because our team has a tendency to slow down once we see that we’re about to close things out.”Tiamzon and Ella De Jesus led BanKo Perlas with 15 points apiece while Kathy Bersola and skipper Sue Roces added a combined 27 as they jumped to the fifth spot, from sixth, in the eight-team tournament. Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

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Pablo proves she’s all worth it

first_img2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Pocari and Air Force will battle for a title slot at 4 p.m. this Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Creamline and BaliPure, also tied at 1-1, collide in the other best-of-three Final Four series at 6:30 p.m.After the elimination round, Pablo emerged as one of the leading contenders for the Most Valuable Player award.The former National University stalwart led the scoring race with 143 points built on 128 spikes, 11 blocks and four service aces.Pablo also ranked second in the spiking department with a 39.75 percent success rating and wound up No. 9 in blocking with 0.42 average per set.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 It’s no longer a surprise who turned up when Pocari Sweat needed a win.Just a set away from elimination, the Lady Warriors banked on Pablo in crucial stretches to rally past Air Force, 25-22, 16-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-12, and forge a do-or-die semifinal match in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The veteran open spiker bested BaliPure’s Aiko Urdas and Creamline’s Rosemarie Vargas for the weekly citation.In Pocari’s Game 1 loss to Air Force, 25-20, 25-19,25-20, the day before, Pablo still paced her squad with 13 points and seven digs.center_img “We just kept the faith and showed teamwork,” said Pablo after the Lady Warriors kept their bid for a fourth straight championship alive on Sunday.Pablo finished with 22 points built on 20 attacks and two blocks in a stellar performance that earned her the Philips Gold-PVL Press Corps Player of the Week honors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas MOST READ PSC backs Watanabe’s Tokyo Olympic bid 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments Last year, Pablo inked a P4.6 million five-year deal with Pocari. And she has consistently proven that she’s all worth it.Meanwhile, Game 1 of the men’s finals between Cignal TV and Mega Builders is also slated this Wednesday at 1 p.m.The top two teams forged the duel after sweeping Sta. Elena and Philippine Air Force, respectively, in the Final Four. —JASMINE W. PAYOSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

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CEU halts Flying V’s perfect run, forces Game 3

first_imgMOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gab Banal, Aris Dionisio, and Eric Salamat all churned out 11 markers in the defeat.The Scores:CEU 93 – Ebondo 18, Aquino 18, Uri 15, Casiño 13, Jeruta 10, Manlangit 8, Wamar 7, Cruz 4, Arim 0, Baconcon 0.FLYING V 72 – Teng 13, Banal 11, Dionisio 11, Salamat 11, Torres 10, Cañada 8, Paredes 4, Tampus 3, Thiele 1, Austria 0, Koga 0.Quarters: 31-14, 58-35, 79-61, 93-72.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Macandili on facing powerhouse teams in AVC: ‘This is anybody’s game’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano CEU shot 10-of-22 from threewh ile also limiting Flying V to just 31-percent shooting from the field.The win kept the fourth-ranked Scorpions alive and forced a winner-take-all Game 3 slated on Thursday for the right to face Cignal HD in the Finals.“The pressure is on them,” said Garcia. “We didn’t really expect to make it here, but since we’re here, it’s not bad that we try to go for it.”It was a forgettable outing for leading MVP contender Jeron Teng, who played through a sprained left ankle in the first half before fouling out at the 7:21 mark of the fourth quarter.He finished with 13 points, on a 5-of-13 shooting from the field, on top of three rebounds, and two assists in the defeat to lead the Thunder.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Teen gunned down in Masbate Rod Ebondo. PBA IMAGESRefusing to go home, Centro Escolar University came out like a house on fire and burned Flying V’s dream of a perfect conference down with a 93-72 blowout Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig in their 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals series.The Scorpions held the Thunder scoreless in the final 5:15 of the first quarter to turn a 14-12 deficit into a commanding 31-14 advantage.ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend That choking defense continued in the second quarter, where CEU locked Flying V down to grab a lead as high as 23, 58-35, at halftime.Making true of his vow to force the equalizer, Rod Ebondo scattered 18 points, 26 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks to carry the mantle for the Scorpions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Art Aquino was also flawless from the field as he made all of his seven shots to pour 18 markers and seven boards, while Christian Uri had 15 points and four rebounds in the victory.“We didn’t focus much of our defense on Teng, but rather, our team defense. We followed our gameplan on defense and that made things easy on us on offense,” said coach Yong Garcia.last_img read more

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UAAP Season 80 Preview: New look, same goals for FEU Tamaraws

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Break new ground Year after year, Far Eastern University has always been a contender for the UAAP title.This season is no different for the Tamaraws — except for one thing: a new head coach in Olsen Racela.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogTaking the mantle from his brother Nash, the PBA great seeks to continue FEU’s winning ways in his coaching debut in the collegiate scene after being in the pros for the past five years.“I feel I’m here to continue the program of coach Nash. We’re still running the same system: the dribble-drive. But of course, I’m bringing in my own ideas as well,” he said. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Winning start It will be new Tamaraws squad under Racela with only Ron Dennison and Prince Orizu as the remaining players from the champion team which won the title two years back.But this time, FEU will have the likes of RJ Ramirez, Jasper Parker, Hubert Cani, and Arvin Tolentino joining the fray to make for a solid challenger to the UAAP throne.“Even though we are much smaller this year, we’ll make up with it through quickness because we’re a guard-based team,” said Racela.Despite the different look, the emphasis on excellence remains the same as FEU seeks to stretch their Final Four appearance to five years straight.But Racela doesn’t want to put too much pressure on his wards, simplifying his challenge to just give it their all every single game.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “Just like any other team, our realistic goal is to make the Final Four and then let’s see what happens from there,” he said. “But I always tell my players that no expectations, that what we expect from them actually is for them to play hard every single game, give it their best every single game, and the result will take care of itself.” It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Coach: Olsen RacelaLast Season: 9-5 (Final Four)Holdovers: Ron Dennison, Prince Orizu, Axel IñigoAdditions: RJ Ramirez, Jasper Parker, Hubert Cani, Arvin TolentinoKey Losses: Raymar Jose, Monbert Arong, Ken HolmqvistADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ UAAP Season 80 Preview: Now contenders, Adamson Falcons embracing the pressure View commentslast_img read more

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