Month: January 2020


In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgThe Gleaner clip Petrojam in BH football The Gleaner kept their hopes alive for a semi-final spot in Division One of the KSAFA/Western Sports Football Competition, with a 3-2 win over many-time champions Petrojam at Alpha Boys’ Home on Monday. Petrojam, who subsequently emerged KO champions with a 2-0 win over Carib Cement on Wednesday for coach Lenworth Hyde, opened the scoring through Boys’ Town Premier League player, Rafeik Thomas, in the 28th minute. The Gleaner levelled the score late in the first half via a penalty from Locksley Thompson. In the second half, The Gleaner gained the ascendancy with some creative plays and was rewarded with a goal from their prolific striker, Fabian Nethersole, in the 68th minute. They went further ahead in the 83rd minute when Norman ‘Ball Vibes’ Bailey netted for the Ian Barnett-coached Gleaner team. Petrojam got a late goal through Arnett Gardens’ Premier League player, Leon Strickland, almost on the stroke of full time. Scotiabank and Carib Cement will meet in a crucial encounter this afternoon at Winchester Park and neither can afford to lose if they hope to make the semis. Defending champions Metrodade, who are unbeaten in the league, lead the standing, ahead of GraceKennedy and Petrojam. The fourth and final semi-final spot will be decided among Scotia, Carib Cement and The Gleaner, who have completed their preliminary round fixture with 18 points. Waltham Court wins Symtai Consultants Boys’ Town T20 Waltham Court won the Symtai Consultants Boys’ Town T20 Cricket tournament for the third straight year, after their four-wicket triumph over first-timers Passagefort in the final at Collie Smith Drive recently. Scores: Passagefort 113-9 (20 overs) – Christopher Flemmings 29, St Aubyn Reynolds 25; Aldane Bruce 2-18, Leighton Lewis 2-21, Yanique Elliott 2-21. Waltham Court 114-6 – Yanique Elliott 25, Leighton Lewis 18 not out; Bryan Brown 3-12, Roderick Williams 2-19. At the end of the match, Lyndel Wright, a former Jamaica Cricket Association president and coordinator of the league, handed over the championship trophy to Waltham Court. DB Basovak take U-17 title DB Basovak FC are the 2015 champ-ions of the St Catherine FA U-17 Football League. DB Basovak won 4-2 on penalties after both teams were locked 0-0 after regulation and extra-time. Dujon Powell struck the decisive penalty in the penalty shoot-out. Paul Planter, Steve Reid and Lashawn Parker were also scored their penalty kicks. Passagefort on top Defending champions Passagefort United remained atop the standings after their fourth straight win in the Colin Fagan-sponsored South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League, which is sponsored by Member of Parliament Fagan, last Sunday. The competition consists of teams based in Portmore communities, including Waterford, Portsmouth, Bridgeport, Westmeade, Cumberland. Passagefort United (16 points) defeated cellar dwellers Portsmouth (two points) 250-236. In other games, third place, Waterford (10 points) stopped Ken’s Wildflower 250-229 to win two games in a row. They also defeated Cumberland the night before, 250-244, in a countdown, in a match that had ended prematurely a week earlier, while third-placed Cumberland (10 points) outclassed second-place Garveymeade (13 points) 250-221. The aim of the league is to foster unity between people from different communities in the constituency. Jamalco Football League semis begin The semi-finals of the 2015 Jamalco Football League will kick off today at the Wembley Centre of Excellence, with Napoli tackling Railroad at 4 p.m. The second semi-final, featuring Top Hill and Sunset, will be played at the same venue tomorrow at a similar time. Extra-time and penalties will be used if necessary to decide the finalists. Last weekend’s quarter-finals produced a few surprises. Mocho were eliminated when they were unbelievably swamped 4-1 by Napoli. The former champions had finished the preliminary round with a perfect win record and were seen as one of the title favourites. The second semi-final was more closely contested, with Sunset winning 2-1. Wembley took the lead in the 33rd minute. Sunset’s woes were further compounded when they were reduced to 10 players late in the first half. Sunset, however, equalised early in the second half and were kept in the game through the brilliance of their goalkeeper. A quick counter-attack resulted in Sunset getting a penalty, which was converted in the 68th minute. Wembley then went on an all-out attack, but they were again thwarted by Sunset’s custodian, and could not produce any more goals. Genocide, Chester Divas in netball final New champions will be crowned when the final of the Manchester Netball Association parish league is played today at the Manchester High courts. The final should get under way at 3 p.m. and features Royal Flat against Chester Divas. Defending champions Legendary were eliminated when they were beaten 23-20 by Genocide in the semi-finals. Chester Divas earned their first finals berth after outscoring Royal Flat 24-15. Today’s program also features a third place play-off and closing rally of all the teams which failed to make it to the semi-finals. Connection, Sporting Academy in Porus final Defending champion Connection and newcomers Sporting Academy will contest the final of the Western Union-sponsored Porus Summer Youth Football League. The game will be hosted at the Porus Community Centre in Manchester, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The third place play-off between Settlement and Rising Star will kick off at 2 p.m. A closing ceremony and presentation of awards will follow the championship game. Newman’s Construction Summer Football League Road Youths crushed Housing Scheme 4-1 to highlight last weekend’s play in the Newman’s Construction Summer Football League held at the Greenvale Community Centre in Central Manchester. The league caters to community Youths in the Greenvale area and its environs. Ten teams are taking part. In the other match played last weekend, Texas and Scot Town drew 1-1. Two matches are hosted each Sunday. Corner league finalists decided The finalists in the Daryl Vaz West Portland constituency corner league football competition were decided in Thursday’s semi-final matches at Lynch Park, Buff Bay. In the first semi-final, Woodstock beat Chatsworth 2-0 courtesy of goals scored in the second half by Sheldon Davis (46th minute) and Oshane Dunkley (47th). Former national invitee, Damion Harwood, who had a brilliant game for Chatsworth, failed to get his name on the scoresheet, despite firing home a number of powerful shots, which either hit the woodwork or were brilliantly saved by the goalkeeper. In the second game, Uptown of Buff Bay defeated defending champions Hope Bay by a similar margin of 2-0, after completely dominating both halves. The goals were scored by playmaker Rushane Taylor in the 56th minute and Demar Casington in the 60th. The final will be played tomorrow at 6 p.m., with the winner set to earn $100,000, along with the championship trophy, while the runner-up will receive $50,000. Other sectional prizes are up for grabs, including leading goalscorer, most disciplined team, player of the tournament and the fair play award. Sponsorship totalled $1,300,000 and 32 clubs from 37 communities in West Portland took part in the competition.last_img read more


Now or never for Boyz … Jamaica face Nicaragua in do-or-die World Cup qualifier

first_imgTHE implications will be massive when the Reggae Boyz face Nicaragua in their return-leg CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying football match in Managua tonight, beginning at 8:30 p.m.The Jamaica men’s senior national football team lost the first-leg match, their home tie, 3-2 at the National Stadium on Friday night.That means, in very real and practical terms, they are facing a do-or-die situation.That they must win, is only a small part of the equation. Goals too, are important, given the deep hole in which they have found themselves due to the number conceded on home territory in Kingston.Having conceded three goals and lost by one, the Reggae Boyz must win by at least two clear goals to ensure a clear advantage, to qualify ahead of Nicaragua.There are two other ways that Jamaica can qualify. They can win the match by a one-goal margin, but score more goals than Nicaragua (three) did in Jamaica. Otherwise, if they win 3-2, the away-goals rule would register as equal, and then FIFA would likely decide on a tiebreaker, which could be a play-off on neutral territory.Any other permutation, such as a 1-0 or 2-1 Jamaica win, a draw or Jamaica losing means the end of the road as far as the nation’s hopes of qualification for the 2018 World Cup Final in Russia is concerned.That would be a massive blow to Jamaica’s football programme. The men’s senior national team, the Reggae Boyz, are the breadwinners, the life of the programme. Funding, much of which comes from sponsorships, as well as gate receipts, are almost entirely generated by this team.$700m budgetA preliminary estimate by chairman of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Leighton McKnight, revealed a $700 million budget to get through the 2014 CONCACAF Finals (involving six qualifiers).This is only the first round of qualifying. Next round would be 12 teams, four in three groups, which would mean six games, with three away. Then the CONCACAF Finals, six teams and 10 matches. Those costs, with time, would have escalated.The earnings from World Cup qualification for 2014 would have been US$9 million, plus earnings in gate receipts. Also, calculate all at like rates for the period leading through to 2018 at today’s costs, and you’ll begin to get an indication of what’s at stake.However, Nicaragua stand in the way.Jamaica, too, will again not be at full strength. Striker Giles Barnes will not play. Up to Sunday, captain Rodolph Austin had not yet arrived in Managua, as he went to Mexico looking to sort out a Danish visa for his next contract.For Friday’s game, influential midfielders Joel (Jobi) McAnuff and Garath McCleary, along with central defenders Wes Morgan and Jermaine Taylor, were not available. Head coach Winfried Sch‰fer pointed out that the wives of McAnuff and McCleary are expecting, while Taylor picked up an injury at the Golf Cup Finals in the US and has not recovered from surgery.Morgan and Taylor’s omission meant the back line was missing at least one of its regular leaders, for the first in a long, long time. Additionally, goalkeeper Dwayne Miller, who Sch‰fer had been moulding into a leader at the back during the Gold Cup, sat out in place of Andre Blake, who spent most of the last year on the sidelines with a knee injury.The defence had been a strong point of the team through the Gold Cup and Copa America – tournaments where the team excelled in the past two months. They were disorganised against Nicaragua, with the usually reliable Kemar Lawrence caught out of position on two goals and handling the ball for a penalty that made the other.Within the first 10 minutes, they were trailing 0-2.”For the second leg, we can’t start this way,” said Sch‰fer. “We have to press for the ball, and we’ve to go to Nicaragua with the motivation to win.”We have to believe we can change the match. I believe it,” added the coach.New Chelsea signing Michael Hector got a lot of attention and was booed unnecessarily too often by the local crowd. He will need to use the ball much quicker to complement the team’s attempts to keep Nicaragua off the scoresheet, with goals in great demand.Adrian Mariappa is more than capable and has the senior role not only at the back, but in the team. He proved his level with a goal Friday, and will be looking to balance at both ends.Alvas Powell played the other full-back role. He turned his back on the country by walking out of the team at the Gold Cup, knowing fully well that the teamwas already short by four players. The players, who had tried to influence him without success, were peeved. Sch‰fer, who along with other members of the team staff tried changing his decision, said he would not call him back, at least now.mystifying inclusionPowell’s inclusion, even in the squad, is mystifying, and one wonders if in any way it is impacting the team and those who have decided to stay away from it.The coach himself had built the unit in his self-professed ‘one for all, all for one’ tag representing their modus operandi. Could the players have viewed their teammates’ inclusion a betrayal of that trust. More on that later.Still, in Jamaica, Nicaragua were stubborn and full of fight, making it difficult to score. Jamaica had plenty opportunities, and that should boost their confidence. Plus, it’s hard to believe one team will be blessed with so much luck again, as Nicaragua and their outstanding goalie conjured every available means to keep the ball out of goal.Darren Mattocks, who scored Friday, along with Simon Dawkins, Deshorn Brown andothers formulating the Reggae Boyz firepower, have a job on hand to save the country’s football.The implications are massive. The chance is at their feet. It’s now or never.last_img read more


Spectrum Sports Clays on at Knolford Ranch

first_imgTop Class A to E juniors/sub juniors, ladies and hunter class shooters will be locked in an exciting battle for honours at the Spectrum Sporting Clays, which takes centre stage at the Knolford Polo Ranch, located in Riversdale in St Catherine, today.The day’s proceedings will commence with an 8:30 to 10 a.m. registration, while the eagerly anticipated shotgun start will happen at 10:30 a.m.The event is named after title sponsors Spectrum Systems Limited, and will see prizes being awarded to the winners in the various categories.The entry fee will be $1,000 for all categories of shooters except ladies and juniors.Jamaica Skeet Club president, Khaleel Azan, believes today’s shoot will provide fun and excitement and a family atmosphere for shooters, guests and spectators alike.COMPETITIVE COURSEHe expects to see more than 120 shooters and has predicted that there will be good competition, friendly and intense rivalries on what is a competitive course.Lunch will be on sale at the venue. Today’s event is being sponsored by Spectrum Systems Limited, Rum-Bar Rum, WATA, Kingston Industrial Garage with its brands Subaru, Jeep and Ford.last_img read more


Follow The Trace: Winning supersedes all, writes Oral Tracey

first_imgThere is a very simple personal philosophy that guides my perspective on all sports: ‘winning supersedes all’. After all, sports in general and especially professional and international sports is a results business. The basic principle of all sporting activity is built on teams and individuals competing against each other with the singular objective of winning. There have been lots of reasons to be critical of West Indies cricket in recent years. The administrators and the players have deservedly felt the wrath of despondent Caribbean cricket fans, but things have taken a dramatic twist in a matter of a few weeks. The West Indies have become Under-19 world champions, World T20 men’s champions, World T20 women’s champions. In remaining consistent, we have to now give credit to the same administration and, by and large, the same players, for bringing glory to the region. It would be downright hypocritical to blame the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the players when things go wrong and refuse to heap praises on the same board and the same players when things go right. The fact of the matter is that West Indies cricket has not enjoyed this kind of widespread and consistent success for the past two decades. The interest, enthusiasm, and passion ignited by the recent success of our now three world champion teams have provided a sobering reminder of what West Indies cricket means to the people of the region. This dramatic and sudden change of mood and attitude is down to one thing only success on the on field of play. The feel-good emotions spreading across the region has little to do with likeness for the WICB president, Mr Dave Cameron, or the deficiencies in the governance structure of our cricket. Winning these three titles is what it’s all about. It is much more important that West Indies cricket regain its relevance and its respect, than having a likable and affable board president. If Mr Cameron’s seemingly obnoxious and arrogant style of leadership serves as motivation to the players in helping them focus and perform and win like they have done, maybe we should consider making Mr Cameron president for life. The board president has been the target harsh criticism from many quarters ever since the ill-fated tour of India back in 2013. The US$40 million-plus debt owed to the BCCI as a result of that fiasco is as much about the West Indies players walking off the tour as it was about Mr Cameron’s handling of the incident. In all fairness to Mr Cameron’s, his critics, including some of the very senior players in the team, must now also recognise that it is the same person who is presiding over the affairs of the region’s cricket while we are having all of this international success. Let us not conveniently ignore the fact that the West Indies are on top of the world in the most rapidly growing format of the game. Our weakness in Test cricket is as a result of the natural evolution of the game, which is rendering the longer versions of the game redundant. Neither Mr Cameron nor the International Cricket Council (ICC) can reverse this process of evolution. Indeed, the administration deserves credit for not being left behind, but instead, embracing the new craze as the region continues to churn out the most talented individual players in this format of the game, while boasting the world champions for both men and women, another index of T20 cricket saving our cricket rather than it destroying our cricket. But for the rapid emergence of this format, West Indies cricket would by now be further condemned to the doldrums of irrelevance. I suggest we put on hold this grand ‘get rid of Dave Cameron campaign’, assuming we are all about performance and winning and getting West Indies cricket back on top, which is exactly where it is right now. Again, the West Indies are winners, and after all, WINNING SUPERSEDES ALL.last_img read more


Lewis, Samuels hit half-centuries in BPL

first_img However, while the victory put Dynamites top of the standings with 14 points, Victorians moved off the bottom of the tables with only their third win of the campaign. They have six points. Lewis took centre stage, hammering three fours and eight sixes off just 34 balls as Dynamites, opting to bat first, rallied to 188 for seven off their 20 overs. The 24-year-old, who reached his half-century off 21 balls with a straight six off leg-spinner Shahid Afridi in the seventh over which cost 21 runs, put on 103 for the first wicket with Mehedi Maruf, who made 44 from 31 deliveries. Lewis was eventually third out at 122 in the 12th over, caught in the deep off seamer Soumya Sarkar. All-rounder Andre Russell, in his second game of the tournament, made just eight while Dwayne Bravo got 16. In reply, Riders were limited to 146 for eight off their allotted overs, despite Ziaur Rahman’s 60 off 43 balls. Samuels then followed Lewis’ cue, stroking two fours and four sixes in a 41-ball innings as Victorians, set a paltry 125 for victory, coasted to victory with eight balls remaining. Imrul Kayes fell cheaply for nine but Samuels put on 90 for the second wicket with Pakistan’s Ahmed Shehzad (46) to pull the innings around. Earlier, Sammy suffered the indignity of a one-ball ‘duck’ as Kings, choosing to bat, could only muster 124 for seven. Top of standings DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC): West Indies players Evin Lewis and Marlon Samuels both stroked half-centuries to power their respective franchises to victories in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) yesterday. In the first game of a doubleheader at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, the left-handed Lewis carved out a typically stroke-filled 75 as Dhaka Dynamites defeated Rangpur Riders by 42 runs. In the nightcap encounter, Samuels hit a controlled unbeaten 55 to lead a successful Comilla Victorians run chase as they beat Darren Sammy’s Rajshahi Kings by eight wickets.last_img read more


Miller fired up ahead of Super50 final

first_img Records The innings of the Scorpions brought about several records. This includes registering the highest margin of victory since the tournament was inaugurated in 1972 and Jamaica’s biggest one-day total ever. Additionally, there was also the record of the most sixes hit by a team, 27. Openers Chadwick Walton and Steven Taylor, who put on a record 174 runs, laid the foundation for the Scorpions, with Jermaine Blackwood following through with 108, and Man of The Match, Rovman Powell, a late-order 95. The latter also returned to take five for 36. Miller, in the meanwhile, is hoping that his charges will be able to put in a similar display against Barbados Pride in the final today, also at Coolidge. “It’s a final and you don’t really have a choice. You just have to bring your ‘A’ game,” expressed Miller. “I want to thank the team for the character they have shown so far. We didn’t play well in our first game and lost, but we did not hang our heads. We held it up, and we have since played some good cricket and have excited the crowd, and, hopefully, come the final, we will continue in that vein.” Captain Nikita Miller believes Jamaica Scorpions always had it in them to post big totals and it was just a matter of time. He made the disclosure following the team’s mega 292 runs win over ousted champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the semi-final action of the WICB Regional Super50 Tournament on Wednesday. “Before the final, we spoke about some of the previous games we batted in , whereby we set up innings nicely, but we just did not close it out,” expressed Miller. “We then said this is the game for us to close it out. Given the type of players that we have we are capable of scoring big runs. It subsequently happened and we are thankful.” Jamaica, who are reaching their first final since the 2011-2012 when they won the title, amassed a record-breaking 434 for four off their 50 overs. The Robert Samuels-coached unit then returned to bowl out Trinidad for 142.last_img read more


Tony Becca | Cricket, a game of many moods

first_imgI was born during the dark clouds of the second World War, and to those who were born after that, I make no apologies for it, even if, to a few, I am considered old fashion for my views, and especially so, on cricket. And my view on cricket is simply this: for whatever reason, cricket today is a game for all kinds of people, for three kinds of people, including those who love it for its skill between bat and ball, for its excitement, drama, and surprises, and those who prefer it for its artificial atmosphere and finishes, and especially after a quick 20-over affair. And I respect and admire all three versions of the game, but I love the original one, the one that fully tests ones skills in the many aspects of the game, including technique with bat and ball, the intricacies of the game, and the many variables as it meanders through the unknown and on to the end for one to five days. I love cricket for what it really is: a game of skill, of excitement and drama, of surprises and disappointments, and, as Mark Nicholas, the former captain of Hampshire, has said, one of the rearguard action. Now a journalist, Nicholas, writing on recently, wrote that people have apparently turned off Test cricket because of its length, its total dependency on technique, the possibility of enduring maiden overs after and maiden overs day after day as batsmen fight for survival, and the ever-present possibility of the dreaded draw. To Nicholas, however, and for me also, the draw is not a dreaded draw, at least not all the time. The draw, which can be really be boring at times, can also be an attraction, and an exciting, nail-biting one. And it can be, as it has been on many, many occasions, as exciting as many thrilling victories, when the draw comes after victory seemed almost a certainty or almost a foregone conclusion for one team, and when one team appears dead and buried. At such times, it is almost like a miracle to come away alive and ready to fight another day. How can I forget, as a young man, the Test match at Lord’s in 1963, when the West Indies went all out for victory on the last day, with fast bowler Wes Hall bowling non-stop all day, and when Hall started bowling the last over of the day, Colin Cowdrey, with his left-arm in plaster, came out to bat left-handed as the last man for England with six runs to get and one wicket in hand? How can I forget either, Garry Sobers and David Holford, with the West Indies on 95 for five in their second innings and just eight runs ahead of England at Lord’s in 1966, putting on 274 to save the game? And how can I forget, as a man, that wonderful performance of V. V. S. Laxman and Rahul Dravid in Kolkatain 2001, when, after being dismissed for 171 and following on 274 runs behind, they stroked 281 and 180 in a partnership of 340 to pull an amazing victory? How can I forget that day at Trent Bridgein in 1966 when, with the West Indies in trouble and fighting to save the game, Derek Underwood and company, on a rainy Saturday, bowled maiden after maiden overs before Rohan Kanhai and Basil Butcher gave the Monday crowd a batting display to remember, or just recently, in Ranchi in India, when Australians Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh, with the Indians getting ready to celebrate with champagne, batted for 64 overs on the last day and scored 123 runs on a “turner” to rob India of what seemed a certain victory? And how can I forget that day in Chittagong when, at tea time on the final day, England were 1000 without loss and, to everyone’s shock, to some dismay, to others jubilation, went on to lose to Bangladesh as all 10 second-innings wickets fell for 64 runs in 21.3 overs, These were not normal deeds, neither were they regular deeds, but there have been many more instances of two batsmen, a batsman and an all-rounder, a batsman and a tail-ender, or two tail-enders have gone beyond the norm by defying the odds and by frustrating the opposition when all seems lost. Cricket is a game of many parts, of skill, charm, and elegance, of strength and speed, concentration and staying power, and, of course, of the excitement of flying sixes and acrobatic fielding. MEMORABLE INSTANCES Nicholas mentioned a few memorable instances when the dead got up and walked, when, at Old Trafford in 2005, Ricky Ponting, Brett Lee, and Glen McGrath batted Australia to safety before a full house, when Australia had England on the ropes in Cardiff in 2009 and Monty Panesar and James Anderson fought the good fight to save the game, and when, at Adelaide in 2012, newcomer Faf du Plesis joined A. B. deVilliers and batted all day as South Africa denied Australia what seemed an easy victory. The victory at Old Trafford was so exciting that according to Nicholas, England’s captain Michael Vaughan was heard saying to his players as Australia celebrated the draw, “See, even the mighty Australians are celebrating a draw with us.” My memories suggest to me that the draw is an important part of cricket, and that many of the game’s most memorable and historic moments involves great and surprising escapes. How can I forget, as a teenager, when Denis Atkinson and Clairemont Depeiza of the West Indies batted for over a day and scored 348 for the seventh wicket against Ray Lindwall, Keith Miller, Richie Benaud and company of Australia to save a Test match in 1955? 1963 TEST MATCH AT LORD’Slast_img read more


Letran withstands San Sebastian in OT

first_imgJeo Ambohot added 11 points and eight rebounds before going down with a right wrist injury following a nasty fall at the 5:48 mark of the third quarter. for the Knights, who blew a 12-point lead in the first half,“All credit to the boys. Their character showed when Jeo was out and everybody stepped up,” said Letran head coach Jeff Napa.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’“Four [straight] wins is nothing. It’s not our main target. Our focus is to win as many games as we can,” Napa added.San Sebastian forward Michael Calisaan scored 18 points, including the game-tying triple, 71-all, with 1:14 remaining in regulation. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Alapag confident of Gilas’ chances in another PH-Korea duel Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Letran hiked its record to 5-3 while San Sebastian, which rallied from an early double-digit deficit, dropped to 3-4.Calvo wound up with 12 points and eight assists.Jerrick Balanza sealed the game by hitting two free throws with 26.9 ticks to go.ADVERTISEMENT FILE PHOTO by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLetran continued its winning ways after surviving San Sebastian, 79-75, in overtime in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Rey Nambatac posted another double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds while JP Calvo hit the go-ahead free throws, 77-75, with 1:20 left and made a crucial steal off the inbound pass as the Knights chalked up their fourth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 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


AFC Cup: Heavy defeat leaves Ceres needing miracle

first_imgNational Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coming out with renewed drive after the restart, the Busmen saw Bienvenido Maranon sending a long-range effort off target in the 51st minute, but cracks in the defense continued to show with Muller and Kawase colliding as Barkov pressed, before Junior Munoz made the clearance. As the Filipinos chased the game, Istiklol continued to find gaps in the defense with Manuchehr Dzhalilov scoring the first of his two goals from long range in the 67th minute. There was time for the Istiklol target man to score a fourth two minutes from time as the Busmen once again failed to deal with a cross, allowing Vadiev Dilshod to set up Dzhalilov who slotted home from close range. The Busmen fly home on Wednesday morning, but this was a tough reality check as they paid dearly for a sub-par away performance.ADVERTISEMENT Istiklol got a goal each at from Akhtam Nazarov and Romish Dhzalilov in the first half, before a second half brace from Manuchehr Dhzalilov ensured the Tajiks go into the second leg on Sept. 12 at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City with a comfortable advantage. A 5-0 win at home will allow the Busmen to advance, but a 4-0 scorline will send the tie to extra time. But with the way the Tajik champions dominated the first leg, it seems the Busmen would need a miracle for that to happen. 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’Nazarov opened the scoring by converting a penalty in the 25th minute after Kota Kawase brought down Dimitri Barkov inside the area. Romish Dhzalilov doubled the lead at the stroke of halftime with a clinical strike that left Roland Muller with no chance. The Busmen hardly threatened in the first half as Istiklol controlled proceedings, pressing high and winning the ball early. It didn’t help that the Busmen missed their top defender Super Herrera to suspension as Kawase struggled to deal with Barkov. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies MOST READ SEA Games: Cray settles for silver in 100m dash Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees 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 Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo from AFC Cup Twitter.HISOR – Filipino club Ceres-Negros absorbed a 0-4 drubbing at the hands of Tajikistan champion Istiklol in the first leg of their AFC Cup inter-zone semifinal tie on Tuesday, leaving the Busmen with a mountain to climb in the return leg in three weeks time. On a chilly night in the outskirts of the capital Dushanbe, the Busmen struggled to cope against a relentless Istiklol side that made the most of its physical advantage by hassling and harrying the visitors at Hisor Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


Neymar leads PSG past Bayern, Batshuayi stuns Atletico

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Chelsea are now clear of Roma at the top of Group C by two points, after the Italians held on to beat Qarabag 2-1 in the early kick-off in Baku.Kostas Manolas and Edin Dzeko put the visitors two goals to the good inside quarter of an hour, and although Pedro Henrique pulled one back for Qarabag, the home side couldn’t find a maiden Champions League point.United outclass CSKAThree-time winners Manchester United brushed aside CSKA Moscow 4-1 to maintain their unbeaten record in the Russian capital, with Romelu Lukaku continuing his extraordinary start to life at the club with a brace.The Belgian striker headed Jose Mourinho’s visitors in front, before Anthony Martial made it two from the penalty spot.Lukaku tapped in his 10th goal of the season before half-time and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the fourth before a late consolation from teenager Konstantin Kuchaev.“It is a great achievement (Lukaku’s goals), but it’s only possible with a good team,” said Mourinho.“But for Romelu, these are incredible numbers. He is humble, he wants to learn, he is ambitious.”The other game in Group A saw Basel make it back-to-back defeats for 10-man Benfica, with a stunning 5-0 thrashing in Switzerland.Michael Lang slotted into an empty net and Dimitri Oberlin finished off a breakaway to get Basel off to a brilliant start.Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s penalty ended the game as a contest and Andre Almeida was sent off for a horrendous tackle, with the 19-year-old Oberlin completing a brace. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide 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 Basel’s biggest ever win in the Champions League was sealed by teenager Blas Riveros.Last season’s runners-up Juventus struggled for long periods at home to Olympiakos, but eventually saw off their stubborn visitors 2-0 as Gonzalo Higuain came off the bench to score.A brave effort from Olympiakos was in vain as Mario Mandzukic bundled in a second.Barcelona overcame a stuttering display to edge out Sporting 1-0 in the Portuguese capital.Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both wasted excellent chances in the opening 45 minutes, but Ernesto Valverde’s side were fortunate to score a 49th-minute winner through Sebastian Coates’ own goal.Barca lead Juve and Sporting by three points at the top of Group D.Celtic cruised past Anderlecht 3-0 in what looks to be a fight for third place behind PSG and Bayern in Group B.Leigh Griffiths grabbed the first goal shortly before half-time in Brussels and the Glaswegians wrapped it up in the second period as Serigne Kara put through his own net and Scott Sinclair rifled home. Atletico were handed the opener against English champions Chelsea when David Luiz needlessly gave away a penalty and Antoine Griezmann slotted past keeper Thibaut Courtois.But the Wanda Metropolitano — as well as the watching Diego Costa, signed this week from Chelsea — was silenced as former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata headed in an excellent Eden Hazard cross.Antonio Conte’s men deserved all three points and snatched the win in the fourth minute of added time as Belgian subsitute Batshuayi picked out the bottom corner.“Michy scores every time he’s on the field! He can score every time. I’m so happy for him,” said winger Hazard.“We want to play games like these. We play for Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world and we want to win everything.”ADVERTISEMENT PSG’s Neymar clenches his fist after scoring his side’s third goal as PSG’s Dani Alves, left, runs to hug Neymar during a Champions League Group B soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Neymar starred as Paris Saint-Germain sent out a statement of intent with an impressive 3-0 Champions League victory over Bayern Munich on Wednesday, while Michy Batshuayi grabbed an injury-time winner as Chelsea won 2-1 at Atletico Madrid.It took PSG less than two minutes to break the deadlock in the Group B clash against Bayern, as world-record signing Neymar teed up fellow Brazilian Dani Alves to hammer home.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DAY6 is for everybody How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene San Miguel aims for All-Filipino Cup history after failed Grand Slam bid OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Bayern piled on the pressure but failed to take their chances, before Edinson Cavani finished a sweeping counter-attack with an exquisite strike into the top corner.Unai Emery’s men finished off their visitors in the 63rd minute when Neymar pounced after Kylian Mbappe had bamboozled the Bayern defence.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“The main thing is the three points, but it’s also important for me that the fans enjoy the match and seeing us win against a top-level side,” said Spanish coach Emery.PSG now lead the five-time champions by three points in the race to finish top of Group B. 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