In the preliminary finals played this morning in rainy conditions, POM Gold beat POM Black 14-7 on diamond 1On diamomd two, POM White was too strong for Mt Hagen defeating them 12-5.POM Gold will meet POM White in the grand final.In the men’s, the preliminary finals are underway between POM Melonas and NCD Meros.The other final is between POM Kakas and Lae Reds.Winners will play off in the grand final.
What can the last two signings, Perea and Mula, contribute to the team?Well, I think they can contribute a lot to the team. They are two kids that I think will fit very well in the workforce and come very hungry. Mula is going to bring us in the outside game, has an overflow and can add us to completion. Perea is very versatile and can give us different positions. In principle the two would arrive at the match against Numancia.They are two signings made in the early days of the Winter Market and I have the impression that they try to address very diagnostic needs by the coaching staff and the sports management.Yes, it is like that. We are very happy with the squad and the work of the team, but we thought we were somewhat short in some positions. With these movements I think we left the template almost closed. We had several conversations with the sports management and we wanted the additions to arrive soon to join the team as soon as possible since we have a very important January. They are also a profile of young soccer player and wanting to grow up that we wanted him to be with us.Do you consider the incorporation chapter closed? Everything that can be improved will be well received. But with these two signings and with the illusion that we have in the current template we cannot think of anything other than that the template is closed. I am happy with the template I have.Have you forgotten the anger of the game against Extremadura?The words I said in Extremadura have had a great impact. However, I just said something obvious, that there are players who have to give more level of what they are giving because they came to highlight and make a difference. It is time to react. We have the entire second round ahead.Which plot of the game gives you more headaches?We have gone through several phases. We started being very offensive but weak in defense. Little by little we have evolved and improved a lot in defense, but in attack we have room for improvement. Not only can we improve on the goal, in the definition, we have to be more decisive in attack.Keep growingWhat is true is that Alcorcón has competed in all matches.I think the only game we haven’t competed against is Zaragoza. I think that the last three games have been superior and we have generated, but we have not added victories. We need something else on the offensive plot.Are the next weeks decisive to see what the Alcorcón will fight at the end of the season?We are in a quiet situation, but with an eye on the backs that come very strong. We want more and we are working for it. I think we have to improve in everything and especially in home games. I am sure that we will continue to grow as a team.Are you worried that after seven games without winning, this situation affects the head of the players in some moments of the matches?Of course. We want to free the player and be calm and confident. We are creating occasions and competing. Every game is a world and I am very happy with the last matches except the last 20 minutes in Extremadura.I guess eager to give the fans a victory.You are right. Our hobby deserves much more. The time has come to not ask for more and give them to us. Take one more step for the fans to push us. We really want the three points to stay in Santo Domingo.What does the Numancia tell you?Knows how to adapt to each game and each situation. It fits little since it has a great defensive solidity. It is dangerous in offensive transition. They are very close and well worked. They will make it difficult for us. The Alcorcón does not go through its best moment of the season. Saying this is obvious. The potters do not know what it is to win in the last seven games, six in the League and one in the Cup that led to the elimination of the category. This next Wednesday the Numancia will measure the aspirations of an Alcorcón that needs to re-savor the three points. More in Santo Domingo. And it is that the first part of the season has been something strange for the potters. Accustomed to making Santo Domingo a fort, on that occasion, the team has only added eight points. However, far from home he is unbeaten and is the 3rd best visitor to the Smartbank League. In 13th position, with 28 points and in a quiet area, Alcorcón will try to take another step to be able to dream in the last part of the season. Of all this, the signings, the lack of gunpowder and the next rival we talked with the potter coach Fran Fernández.
National long jump champion Chanice Porter is going pro. Now out of eligibility at the University of Georgia, the baby-faced Porter is looking to the future, starting with the 2017 World Championships in London.Porter is also very happy for her former Manchester High School teammate, the newly minted double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson.Speaking from her base in Athens, Georgia, Porter said: “At this point, I’m going professional,” with great anticipation in her voice. “That’s what I’m doing”, she continued, “I’m still working out with my college coach, so I’m still based in Athens.” That’s a reference to Petros Kyprianou, who coached her to a dramatic last-round NCAA long jump victory last year.She has very high regard for his skills.”Last year was my first year with him,” she recounted during an interview on January 27, “so he has done some great things.” American Keturah Orji, Kyrprianou’s other NCAA champion, triple jumped all the way to fourth place in the Olympics.After winning three gold medals and setting three still-standing records at Boys and Girls’ Championships, Porter went to Georgia on a sports scholarship, but was bedevilled with injury. “My freshman year, coming out of high school, I had a bone spur in my ankle so I did a surgery and took it out, but it left a space in my ankle ,so the friction from the space caused it to hurt a lot. We’ve been treating it, but it still hurts.”So it kinda limits the amount of jumps I can do,” she detailed, “and the amount of competition I can do also.” With this in mind, she is skipping the 2017 indoor season.PERSONAL BESTLast year, she jumped 6.52 metres to take third place for Georgia at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Despite competing sparingly, she produced a personal best of 6.67 metres to win with the very last jump of her collegiate career at the NCAA Outdoors. That distance brought her within touching distance of the Olympic-qualifying standard of 6.70.|The 2015 and 2016 Jamaican long jump champion is philosophical about not reaching Rio.”Well, for me, it was just not my timing,” she said. “I think there are more years to come so I’m just looking forward to the next one. Hopefully, with this year, I’ll be on the World Championship team.”Even though she missed the Olympics, she took great joy in the success of her former high school track team colleague, Thompson.”She has really gone a long way,” she remembered of their days together at Manchester High. “I remember one year in high school, she didn’t get to go to Champs”, Porter said. “Elaine has come a far way, I must say”, she concluded.Porter has her mind set on emulating the likes of Chelsea Hammond and Elva Goulbourne, the last two Jamaicans to jump in Olympic finals.She has also put an end to her aspirations in the high jump, where she has the Champs record and a World Youth bronze medal. Even though she cleared a personal best of 1.88 metres last year, she wistfully explained: “In high jump, it’s either I’m having a good day or a bad day, and most of the time it’s a bad day, so my coach just called it quits for me.”The soon-to-be professional long jumper is completing the second half of a double degree in financing planning and consumer economics and expects to graduate in May.
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:14Carpio 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manlapaz was already confined in the hospital even before the start of UAAP Season 81. Several players, current and graduates have aired their sentiments over the absence of the barker’s booming vibrato. His last in-game call was during the women’s volleyball tournament of the UAAP. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissManlapaz got his start as the barker for the PBA before moving to the collegiate circuit, where he had the chance to give monicker to some of the UAAP and NCAA’s most iconic players like Calvin Abueva, called The Beast, and Alyssa Valdez, who was given the alias The PhenomKnown for his antics, Manlapaz would also sub in for the buzzer during the times the shot clock and game clock malfunctioned. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college He is survived by his children Dawn Marie Zsazsa Manlapaz-Lainez, Kevin Bon Jovi, Vincent Miles Pele, Christine Amidala, Patricia Ann, and Luke Anakin. Barcelona shocked by last-place Leganes in Spanish league Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Iconic barker Rolly Manlapaz. Photo from his Facebook account.Rolly Manlapaz, the iconic voice of collegiate sports, passed away Thursday afternoon after his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He was 58. The longtime barker was pronounced dead at 1:10 pm at University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Medical Center. ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo gestures at the end of the Champions League group H soccer match between Manchester United and Juventus at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)ROME — Juventus president Andrea Agnelli is standing by Cristiano Ronaldo as the soccer superstar faces an accusation of rape in the United States.Agnelli, the son of former Fiat CEO Umberto Agnelli and a member of the Italian car maker’s board, spoke Thursday at a club shareholders meeting in Turin.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a personal case and the choices are up to him but I reminded him my door and Juve’s door are always open to him and we’re here to help and support him in any way,” said Agnelli, who is also president of the European Club Association.In July, Ronaldo left Real Madrid after nine years for Juventus, a move that cost the Italian club 112 million euros (then $132 million).“He allows us to reach a wider audience and allows us to consolidate our position within the sports and entertainment industry,” Juventus chief revenue officer Giorgio Ricci said.On the field, Ronaldo continues to help Juventus win games. The Portuguese player has scored five goals in 11 matches this season, and two in four matches since being accused of rape.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “When there are problems I tend to look people in the eyes, ask them the questions directly and them judge them myself,” Agnelli said. “I’m very calm, having spoken to him directly as soon as the case emerged, on his position. And his behavior in the days and weeks that followed only confirm my initial feeling.”Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit last month in Nevada claiming Ronaldo raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Police also reopened an investigation into the allegation at her request.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissRonaldo defended himself against the accusation at a news conference ahead of a Champions League match this week. His attorney, Peter S. Christiansen, issued a statement on Oct. 10 denying wrongdoing by his client.Some of Ronaldo’s corporate sponsors, including Nike and video game maker EA Sports, have expressed concern about the rape allegation. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Back by the beach, Dodgers look to get hot in World Series MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
FILE – In this Nov. 2, 2018, file photo, Jon Jones, left, pushes Alexander Gustafsson out of the way during a news conference about their light heavyweight bout at Madison Square Garden in New York. UFC 232 is on track to sell out the Forum in Inglewood just six days after the end-of-the-year show was moved from Las Vegas to Southern California. That is a testament to the quality of a card headlined by Jones’ return to the UFC against Gustafsson. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)INGLEWOOD, California — Dana White knew the UFC would take some pretty big hits, both financial and otherwise, when he moved its traditional end-of-the-year show from Las Vegas to Southern California on six days’ notice to keep Jon Jones on the card despite his latest positive drug test.Some hits are more damaging than others, however. According to White, UFC 232 is going to sell out the famous Forum on Saturday night, even though tickets only went on sale Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ That’s a statement on Los Angeles’ passion for mixed martial arts, but it’s mostly a testament to the quality of a show that compelled fans to travel countless miles to Vegas — and then about 250 miles more to LA.UFC 232 is headlined by Jones’ return to the sport in a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson for the light heavyweight title. The penultimate bout is featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s superfight with bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes in perhaps the best matchup in women’s MMA history. The big-name undercard includes former UFC champions BJ Penn, Carlos Condit and Andrei Arlovski, along with former title contenders Chad Mendes and Cat Zingano.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWith such an irresistible slate of fights, the UFC is closing out the year with style — even if it’s under weird circumstances for the fans and fighters.“It’s not an easy decision to make,” White said. “You’ve got to pull the trigger and you’ve got to make moves. You’re not going to make everybody happy. You can’t make every fan, every fighter happy. We did everything we could to make it better.” LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lakers guard Rajon Rondo out for a month after right hand surgery Not every fighter will agree after getting a shrunken paycheck due to California’s state income tax. White flatly said the UFC won’t compensate the fighters for any lost income due to the move.But the pay-per-view audience still gets a stacked show headlined by the first fight in nearly 1 1/2 years for Jones (22-1), the self-sabotaging superstar who tested positive for very low levels of an anabolic steroid earlier this year.The result isn’t considered a failed doping test by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, but the Nevada Athletic Commission wanted a hearing on the matter in January. Its California counterpart had no such qualms, prompting the UFC’s extraordinary move.Jones has made innumerable mistakes outside the octagon, but that bad-boy persona combined with his brute brilliance in competition has made him irresistible to many fight fans. According to Jones, some root for his success, while others yearn for his failure with similar passion — but both camps buy his fights.Jones claims he thought about quitting the sport while he spent the past year pounding a heavy bag in his garage in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He reclaimed his light heavyweight title in July 2017 with a win over Daniel Cormier, only to lose it again due to another failed doping test.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 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 “I was hated, and turning it all off is the easy way to deal with it,” said the 31-year-old Jones, who is fighting for only the third time in nearly four years of his athletic prime.“Financially, I didn’t have to fight anymore. I could afford to delete my social media accounts and just ride off into the sunset. But I didn’t want to do that. I still want to compete and be the best.”He returns to fight Gustafsson (18-4), who provided Jones with the toughest fight of his life in 2013. Jones won the decision, but was battered and humbled by the Swedish contender.Gustafsson has stewed over the loss for years, and he was infuriated by Jones’ latest doping troubles. He labeled Jones a cheater Thursday and vowed to make the former champion “eat everything he says on Saturday night.”“You put illegal stuff in your body, but it won’t help you this time,” Gustafsson said. “I’m ready to end this. I’ve learned how to dig deeper.”The other championship bout at UFC 232 is every bit as compelling as the main event thanks to the bravery of Nunes (16-4), who is moving up 10 pounds to challenge the most feared women’s fighter in MMA history.Justino (20-1) hasn’t lost a fight since 2005, battering every contender with her peerless power and athleticism. She has long been reluctant to fight Nunes because she is a fellow Brazilian, but changed her mind after Nunes repeatedly called her out.“After everything she has said, I know that if I beat her now, nobody back (in Brazil) will look at me like I did the wrong thing,” Justino said. “She is asking for it, so she can get it now.”Nunes scrapped her way to the top of the bantamweight division and subsequently battered Ronda Rousey into retirement. Although she is an obvious underdog, Nunes believes she can claim Cyborg’s mantle as the greatest female fighter.“This is for the (title of the) baddest woman on the planet,” White said. “I love this fight. I’ve wanted this fight for a long time. Anytime you can put a fight together between two champions, I love that.” View comments
Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The NBA had earlier thumbed down Clarkson’s Asiad stint, saying that it only allows its international players to suit up for their countries in major Fiba tournaments such as the Olympics and the World Cup.But the rules on those tournaments are stricter, as they require players with dual citizenships to have secured their second passports before they turned 16.“We have been trying to discuss the matter with Fiba,” SBP president Al Panlilio was quoted in an interview by Agence France-Presse (AFP). “Everyone is working on the matter and we will do everything that we can.”If Fiba won’t relent in classifying Clarkson as a naturalized player, the coaching staff led by Yeng Guiao and the SBP will have to choose between him and Andray Blatche, the hero in the Filipinos’ 93-75 World Cup stint-clinching win over Kazakhstan on Monday in Astana.But if the SBP does get Fiba to relent, then the Filipinos will have a pretty strong 1-2 punch that will be complemented well by Jason Castro, Japeth Aguilar, gunslinger Marcio Lassiter, reigning five-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and other talents from the local pro league.ADVERTISEMENT Coach Yeng left with bigger mission to heal MOST READ The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas will be leaving no stone unturned in sending the best possible team to the Fiba World Cup in China later this year and move to get the green light to field Jordan Clarkson as a Filipino.“(We) plan to request Fiba to allow Jordan Clarkson to play with us as a Filipino,” Gilas Pilipinas patron Manny V. Pangilinan said on Tuesday, a day after the Nationals arrived to a heroes’ welcome following two key victories overseas that got the Philippines back in the main draw.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “In 2014 in Seville (Spain), we won only one game—versus Senegal,” Pangilinan wrote in a message to the Inquirer. “I am confident we will win more than this in China.”Clarkson plays for the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA, which will be well into its break by the time the World Cup is played in eight cities in China from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDrawing of lots will be on March 16 in Shezhen, one of the eight host cities in China.Last year, after a long process, Clarkson got permission from the NBA to play for Gilas in the Asian Games in Jakarta, suiting up as a local. View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra
Police are investigating the death of a 32-year-old man of Fitzburg, Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini), following a motorcycle accident.Dead is Alvin Blair who reportedly died on Friday evening after the motorcycle on which he was riding dropped into a pothole, causing him to lose control.Guyana Times understands that the 32-year-old man borrowed the motorcycle which bears registration plates CH 2517 from Raul Campbell of Train Line, Port Kaituma.Reports are at about 22:00h, Blair was proceeding north along the western carriageway, descending a hill at 26 miles Access Road, Port Kaituma, with his friend, 31-year-old Roy Spencer, also of Fitzburg, Port Kaituma, when the accident occurred.According to the police, the motorcycle flipped over several times before the duo was pitched on the road.They were assisted by public-spirited citizens who rushed both injured men to a nearby health post.Blair, who was picked up in an unconscious state, was further rushed to the Port Kaituma Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Spencer, the pillion rider, suffered a broken left jaw and right leg. Investigations are ongoing.
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Stiliyan Petrov 1 Stiliyan Petrov will not be offered a playing contract at Aston Villa despite attempting to make his comeback.The Bulgarian midfielder has been training with Villa this summer after battling back from leukaemia, following his diagnosis in 2012. Petrov initially retired from playing three years ago but was invited on Villa’s pre-season trip to Austria with a view to impressing first-team coaches, although the club have now confirmed he will not make a return to on-field action.Boss Roberto Di Matteo has, however, offered him an opportunity to remain at the club in a different, as yet unspecified, role.Di Matteo told the club’s official website: “Stiliyan is an inspiration to all of us.“I have spoken to him and explained my thoughts and offered him the chance to remain at the club.“Stiliyan is going to discuss this with his family before coming back to us.”Petrov, who made 219 appearances for Villa’s senior team after joining from Celtic in 2006, trained with Villa’s Under-21s last season.