Western Bureau:Clarendon College, held 0-0 by Edwin Allen High on Thursday, will face much tougher opposition in Lennon High in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup Group H top-of-the-table clash today.Knowing that a point will give them top honours in and qualification to the inter-zone round, the Paul Davis-coached team will be bent on returning to their free-scoring ways against rival who are also keen on qualifying.Lennon will be mindful of the four points gap that separates them from the reigning champions and will be hunting maximum points.Clarendon’s 14 points from six matches, including two draws, makes them favourites entering the fixture while Lennon have ten points from five matches having logged three wins, one loss and a draw so far.The race for qualification is much tighter in Group E, where last year’s beaten finalists, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), are making life difficult for themselves with several sub-par performances including a 2-2 draw last time out against Maggotty.The Santa Cruz-based school (third in group with 12 points), trails both Lacovia and Munro (tied for first) on 13 points and cannot afford another slip up if they are to move into the second round.The clash between STETHS and Munro should be hot. When they last met, STETHS prevailed 1-0 at Alpart and now playing at home are expected to dominate.Overall, nine teams, depending on results could qualify for the inter-zone round after today’s matches.Today’s matchesSt James vs Cornwall CollegeMerlene Ottey vs Rusea’sHerbert Morrison vs Spot ValleyWilliam Knibb vs MuschettGodfrey Stewart vs Little LondonSTETHS vs MunroMaggotty vs NewellBB Coke vs LacoviaManchester vs Mile GullyWinston Jones vs DeCarteretCross Keys vs BelairSpalding vs BellefieldHolmwood vs KnoxAlston vs ChristianaLennon vs Clarendon CollegeKellits vs Edwin AllenMarcus Garvey vs York CastleBrowns Town vs Ocho RiosBrimmervale vs Annotto BayTacky vs St Mary TechIslington vs St. Mary HighCharlemont vs EwartonTacius Golding vs McGrathBog Walk vs DinthillTitchfield vs Port AntonioFair Prospect vs Buff BayGlenmuir vs Garvey MaceoDenbigh vs PorusOld Harbour vs Foga RoadKemps Hill vs Vere TechPaul Bogle vs SeaforthMorant Bay vs St. Thomas TechMatches kick off at 3:30 p.m.
Sunshine Girls goal shooter, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, will leave the island on Sunday for her fourth appearance in the ANZ Netball Championships. The 29 year-old Fowler-Reid will appear once again for the New Zealand-based team, Southern Steel. Fowler Reid is expecting another exciting season. “I am looking forward to an exciting year, as it will be a new coach and new management, so I know it is going to be a lot of fun, and I know I will do very well”, said Fowler-Reid. Some of the top netballers in the world, including Jamaica’s Romelda Aiken, who is a member of the Queensland Firebirds, are playing in the ANZ Championships. “It is good once again to team up with some of the top players in the world. It is very challenging but I do enjoy it,” said Fowler-Reid. Playing in the recent intercollegiate league for The Mico University College helped her to prepare for the tough ANZ Championships. “I had some good competition playing in the intercollegiate league. This has helped to get me in a proper frame of mind to go back on court and get into some rigorous training,” she said.
Jamalco will represent the South Central Confederation in the Red Stripe Premier League play-offs for the second time in three seasons after scoring a 2-0 win over St Elizabeth’s St Bess in the South Central Confed final at Brooks Park yesterday.Dwayne Dunk headed the Clarendon side in front after 57 minutes, and Rohan Daley sealed the win with a fine team goal in the 71st minute.Jamalco coach Rayon Johnson could hardly contain his excitement after the final whistle, and expects his team to give a stronger showing in the play-offs this time.”We have been having ups and downs throughout the season, so this win is something to be happy about and we are really excited about it,” he said.St Bess were the better team in the first half, but only had themselves to blame for not scoring as they wasted at least three easy scoring chances.Jamalco came into their own towards the end of the first half and, after the break, they continued to look more dangerous. Twelve minutes into the second half, they went in front when Dunk stabbed home a header from six yards after a free-kick was awarded just outside the St Bess goal area.Jamalco continued to have the better of the game, and 14 minutes later, they added a second goal following a swift counter-attack, which was finished off by Daley, who fired a low shot under David Jamieson in the St Bess goal.DESPERATE ATTEMPTSt Bess made a desperate attempt to get themselves back in the game later on, but could not break down a well organised Jamalco defence, despite creating a few half chances.St Bess coach Oneil Thomas said that his players chose the wrong game not to show up.”Today, nobody showed up to play, and it’s the wrong time we chose to do that, but some of it is down to the discipline on the field … and the next team wanted it more than us,” he said.Meanwhile, Johnson is more hopeful of their chances in the play-offs this time.”Everybody will play for a spot in the Premier League. We are all on an even basis now,” he said. “So we just have to go and play our game. Those teams are prepared for us and we just have to do what we have to do and try and get the points.”
NEW DELHI, (AP):India fell short in the last over as New Zealand won the second one-day international yesterday by six runs to level the five-match series at 1-1.Chasing 243 to win, India were bowled out for 236 in 49.3 overs with Kedar Jadhav scoring 41, including two fours and two sixes. MS Dhoni struck 39.Earlier, Kane Williamson scored his eighth ODI century as New Zealand finished on 242 for nine. Williamson hit 118 off 128 balls, with 14 fours and a six, after the Black Caps had been put into bat.India made a sedate start in its run chase when Rohit Sharma (15) and Ajinkya Rahane (28) put on 21 runs off 7.1 overs for the first wicket. Sharma had tried to increase the scoring rate and perished in the process, caught behind off Trent Boult, who finished with 2-25.Virat Kohli had a rare failure as he too was caught behind for nine, while trying to play a leg glance off Mitchell Santner. Rahane was then deemed out, caught at square leg off Tim Southee. The decision appeared controversial as replays suggested that the ball might have bounced before Corey Anderson caught it. However, the third umpire didn’t have sufficient evidence to overturn the onfield decision. Southee ended on three for 52.LEFT STRUGGLINGIndia were left struggling at 72 for three and then Manish Pandey (19) was run out while going for a tight second run, leaving the hosts reeling further at 73-4.Dhoni and Jadhav came to the rescue by adding 66 runs for the fifth wicket.The partnership revived the Indian innings but Jadhav’s 37-ball stay ended when he was caught behind off Matt Henry just as the match seemed to be turning.Dhoni put on 33 runs with Axar Patel (17). The match turned decisively when Southee pulled off a stunning reflex return catch off Dhoni in the 40th over. Patel fell shortly after, caught in the deep off Guptill, who finished with two for six.Guptill struck twice in that 41st over as Amit Mishra holed out off a skier as India collapsed from 172-6.A surprising 49-run partnership off 48 balls for the ninth wicket between Hardik Pandya (36) and Umesh Yadav (18 not out) provided a thrilling twist.Pandya holed out off Boult with a miscued shot in the penultimate over. With 10 runs needed off the last six balls, Southee bowled Jasprit Bumrah to seal a tight win with three balls to spare.India won the first ODI by six wickets.The third ODI is in Mohali on Sunday.
OAKLAND, California (AP): San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 35 points as the Spurs emphatically spoiled Kevin Durant’s long-awaited Golden State debut on Tuesday night with a 129-100 rout that sent Warriors fans for the exits early on the team’s opening night. Cleveland, who defeated the Warriors in last year’s NBA Finals, looked more assured in their opening game, sweeping past New York on a night the Cavaliers raised last season’s championship banner. Durant had 27 points and 10 rebounds, but little looked in sync for MVP Stephen Curry and the reigning Western Conference champions in a forgettable first game and quite a different one after the Warriors dominated at home and came out of the blocks last season with a record 24-0 start. Leonard scored 31 points by the end of the third, while LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Spurs. Curry, last season’s first unanimous MVP, scored 26 points, but was just three for 10 from three-point range. Cleveland’s LeBron James had his 43rd career triple-double to power the Cavaliers past New York 117-88. James scored 19 points and added 11 rebounds and 14 assists in front of a raucous home crowd that was on its feet from the pre-game ceremony until late in the game, celebrating the city’s first championship in 52 years. Kyrie Irving scored 29 points, including 19 in the third quarter when Cleveland went on a 20-4 run that rapidly ended the Knicks’ hopes of an upset. Carmelo Anthony led New York with 19 points. Portland extended their run of winning home openers to 16 straight seasons as Damian Lillard scored 39 points to lead the Trail Blazers to a 113-104 victory against Utah.
“I got caught up in the moment and could have handled it differently,” he said in a text message. “I apologize, and will do so to him (Black), personally.”End of the drama. Now back to the action on the floor.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He also owned up to the task of failing to provide the finishing kick for the Kings in that wild ending to Game 3.“I feel that it was my responsibility, because I am the leader on the floor,” Tenorio said. “We expected them (Bolts) to come out and play desperate basketball, which is what happened.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe 5-foot-8 guard doesn’t want to see another Meralco victory in their 7 p.m. showdown because he has already experienced first hand what it feels blowing a 2-0 lead and eventually losing the championship.“That was in my rookie year, while playing for San Miguel,” Tenorio said. “I was very happy that we were already leading (2-0) before Ginebra won the last four games. I was devastated (then), and I don’t want that to happen again.” Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe drama was over even before it could gather ground and Barangay Ginebra’s LA Tenorio was quick to point out at what the task at hand is all about.“Like how we treated (the last game), this should be a do-or-die game for us,” the cat-quick, heady floor leader of the Gin Kings said, referring to Game 4 of their PBA Governors’ Cup Finals against Meralco slated Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Beast mode’ Maraño named league ambassador Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “That’s why this (Game 4) should be do-or-die for us,” he went on. “Actually, I told (my teammates) that (the last game) was already do-or-die. We cannot afford to give them (Bolts) the confidence.”Meralco already has that now, especially after Allen Durham tore the Ginebra defense to shreds when it mattered in Game 3.The Bolts, though, will be without Ranidel de Ocampo, who tore a left calf muscle in the first quarter of Game 3.It was an endgame that upset Cone and he reacted quite unexpectedly to a timeout called by counterpart Norman Black with 38 seconds left and the outcome already beyond doubt.Cone refused to shake the hand of his fellow Grand Slam champion and did not talk to reporters later on. He issued an apology and said that “there is no one in the PBA I respect more than Norman Black.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments
Mañalac pushes for soft tennis in SEAG Mark Magsayo passed the test, but not with magnificent scores.The unbeaten Filipino hope dubbed “Magnifico” went through the full route to beat Japanese Shota Hayashi by unanimous decision Saturday night to retain his World Boxing Organization international featherweight title at Bohol Wisdom School gym in Tagbilaran City.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Though he was unable to deck the former world champion, Magsayo did enough to earn the nod of the three judges by similar 116-112 scores in the headliner of Pinoy Pride 43 at his hometown.The 22-year-old Magsayo extended his winning run to 18 with 13 knockouts and stayed on course to earning a crack at a world crown next year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneHayashi suffered his seventh loss against 30 wins and one draw, moving him closer toward retirement.“Prince” Albert Pagara continued his trip back to the top by stopping Tanzanian Mohammed Kambuluta in the second round of the main supporting bout. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagara’s third straight win since being knocked out by Mexican Cesar Juarez in 2016 raised his record to 29-1 with 19 knockouts.Power puncher Jeo Santisima needed just one round to finish off Indonesian journeyman Kichang Kim and climb to 15-2 with 13 knockouts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Also watching was an equally extraordinary, if motley, crew. Deployed in a VIP box together were Moon, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s envoy sister, Kim Yo Jong. The latter two, at loggerheads over North Korea’s nuclear program, didn’t speak, and the world watched the awkwardness.What followed was a strong dose of athletic diplomacy: two weeks of global exposure for the Korean team, particularly the women’s hockey squad, which trained for weeks with North and South side by side getting along, taking selfies and learning about each other.On Sunday night, though K-pop megastars EXO claimed center stage, leaders rejoined athletes as a primary focus.Kim, President Donald Trump’s daughter and Moon sat in close proximity as the Olympics’ end unfolded before them and the statement was released in Seoul. Also seated nearby was Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. forces Korea. Unlike Pence, Ivanka Trump was smiling as she turned in the North Koreans’ direction. It was not clear what she was smiling at, but a White House official said it was not the North Koreans.The developments Sunday both inside and outside the VIP box were particularly striking given that Kim Yong Chol, now vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, is suspected of masterminding a lethal 2010 military attack on the South.Outside the stadium, North Korea was not welcomed as much.More than 200 anti-Pyongyang protesters, waving South Korean and U.S. flags, banging drums and holding signs like “Killer Kim Yong Chol go to hell,” rallied in streets near the park. They denounced the South Korean government’s decision to allow the visit. There were no major clashes.That wasn’t all when it came to these odd games. Let’s not forget Russia — or, we should say, “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” the shame-laced moniker they inherited after a doping brouhaha from the 2014 Sochi Games doomed them to a non-flag-carrying Pyeongchang Games.Two more Russian athletes tested positive in Pyeongchang in the past two weeks. So on Sunday morning, the IOC refused to reinstate the team in time for the closing but left the door open for near-term redemption from what one exasperated committee member called “this entire Russia drama.”Away from the politics, humanity’s most extraordinary feats of winter athletic prowess unfolded, revealing the expected triumphs but also stars most unlikely — from favorites like Mikaela Shiffrin, Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn to sudden surprise legends like Czech skier-snowboarder Ester Ledecka and the medal-grabbing “Garlic Girls.” Rangers retire Hall of Famer Jean Ratelle’s No. 19 Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea PLAY LIST 01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea02:31Palace ‘not bothered’ by Trump OK on US ban vs De Lima jailers01:09Trump: Don’t feel like I’m being impeached02:14Carpio 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 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Other Olympic trailblazers: Chloe Kim, American snowboarder extraordinaire. The U.S. women’s hockey team and men’s curlers, both of which claimed gold. And the Russian men’s hockey team, with its nail-biting, overtime victory against Germany.What’s next for the games? Tokyo in Summer 2020, then Beijing — Summer host in 2008 — staging an encore, this time for a Winter Games. With the completion of the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, that Olympic trinity marks one-third of a noteworthy Olympic run by Asia.For those keeping score at home: That means four of eight Olympic Games between 2008 and 2022 will have taken place on the Asian continent. Not bad for a region that hosted only four games in the 112 years of modern Olympic history before that — Tokyo in 1964, Sapporo in 1972, Seoul in 1988 and Nagano in 1998. Japan and China will, it’s likely, be highly motivated to outdo South Korea (and each other).As signs came down, shipping boxes were loaded and the area emptied out early Monday, the departing Olympians left behind a Korean Peninsula full of possibility for peace, or at least less hostility.The steps taken by North and South toward each other this month are formidable but fluid. People are cautiously optimistic: The governor of Gangwon, the border province where Pyeongchang is located, even suggested Sunday that the 2021 Asian Games could be co-hosted by both Koreas.It probably won’t happen. But it could. That could be said about pretty much anything at an Olympic Games, inside the rings and out. Corporate and political and regimented though it may be, that’s what makes it still the best game in town for an athletic thrill every other year — and yes, sometimes a political one, too. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It was all an extraordinary bookend to an extraordinary Olympics that featured athletic excellence, sideline surprises and unexpected lurches forward toward a new detente on the Korean Peninsula. Thrilled athletes marched into the arena around the world’s flags, relaxed after showing their athletic best to themselves and to the world.“We have been through a lot so that we could blaze a trail,” said Kim Eun-jung, skip of the South Korean women’s curling team, which captured global renown as the “Garlic Girls” — all from a garlic-producing Korean hometown. They made a good run for gold before finishing with runner-up silver.That these games would be circumscribed by politics was a given from the outset because of regional rivalries. North Korea, South Korea, Japan and China are neighbors with deep, sometimes twisted histories that get along uneasily with each other in this particular geographic cul-de-sac.But there was something more this time around. Hanging over the entire games was the saga — or opportunity, if you prefer — of a delicate diplomatic dance between the Koreas, North and South, riven by bloodshed and discord and an armed border for the better part of a century.The games started with a last-minute flurry of agreements to bring North Koreans to South Korea to compete under one combined Koreas banner. Perish the thought, some said, but Moon’s government stayed the course. By the opening ceremony, a march of North and South into the Olympic Stadium was watched by the world — and by dozens of North Korean cheerleaders applauding in calibrated synchronicity.ADVERTISEMENT Even as dancers performed cultural stories to music before an enormous crowd, South Korea’s presidential office released a brief statement saying that Pyongyang had expressed willingness to hold talks with Washington.The North has “ample intentions of holding talks with the United States,” according to the office. The North’s delegation also agreed that “South-North relations and U.S.-North Korean relations should be improved together,” Moon’s office, known as the Blue House, said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkInternational Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, just before declaring the games closed, addressed the two Koreas’ cooperation at the closing ceremony, saying, “The Olympic games are an homage to the past and an act of faith for the future.”“With your joint march you have shared your faith in a peaceful future with all of us,” Bach said. “You have shown our sport brings people together in our very fragile world. You have shown how sport builds bridges.” It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours From front row left, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, his wife, Kim Jung-sook, and Ivanka Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter, watch the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics along with Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, standing third from back row left, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed Sunday night very much as they began, with humanity’s finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with decades of war and suspicion among them shared a VIP box — and a potential path away from conflict.Senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. presidential adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump sat in two rows of seats behind the Olympic rings, meant to represent a competition of peace and international unity. In close proximity — though with no apparent communication between Trump and Kim — they watched a spirited, elaborate show that concluded the Pyeongchang Games.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings
Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Sources: Salah considering retiring from national team LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees But he proved that age sometimes doesn’t matter.“I think it’s important, something big,” Baloy said about the goal. “England is a strong team, with great players. We’re learning a lot. The result makes us sad, but the first goal is important.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panama’s Blas Perez jumps over teammate Felipe Baloy after he scored his side’s opening goal against England during a group G match at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor Caivano)NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — He made his World Cup debut at age 37, when he’s about to hang up his boots, and scored his country’s first-ever goal on soccer’s biggest stage.What more could Panama captain and defender Felipe Baloy ask for.ADVERTISEMENT The 6-1 thrashing that Panama suffered at England’s hands on Sunday and the 3-0 defeat to Belgium in the team’s first group match were mere anecdotes for the Central American country’s fans. Panama’s supporters exploded with joy when Baloy, who came on as a second-half substitute, put the ball into the net against England.As soon as the match was over, Panama’s players gathered in the middle of the field, knelt down and hugged each other while they prayed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFor them, the goal was an historic feat. Soccer is slowly gaining a foothold in a country where baseball players and boxers reign. This is Panama’s first World Cup and its first goal was against England, the inventor of the game.Baloy, who captains Panama even though he’s not a starter, has more than 100 international appearances and he’s running on fumes. He said that he’s “100 percent sure” that he won’t play for the national team after the World Cup, and “90 percent sure” that he won’t return to club football either. With his goal in the 78th minute, Baloy became the fourth-oldest player to score at a World Cup. At 37 years and 120 days, Baloy is behind Cameroonian Roger Milla (42 years, 39 days), Swede Gunnar Gren (37 years, 236 days) and Mexican Cuauhtemoc Blanco (37 years, 151 days).Sunday’s match might have been Baloy’s last if coach Hernan Dario Gomez, who took a risk in taking him to the World Cup, doesn’t select him for Panama’s last group match against Tunisia on Thursday in Saransk.“Yes, I felt emotional,” Gomez said of Baloy’s goal. “He’s at the end of his career and he’s going to retire from the national team, and God gave him the opportunity because of his professionalism to have this beautiful goal.”Baloy said: “Some of us players were attacked, criticized for our age.”He was referring to players like himself and Blas Perez, another player who is 37 with more than 100 international appearances and who played as a lone striker against England.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina
The Aces absorbed a 77-71 loss against the Hotshots in a game they could’ve held on to win, but the final buzzer sounded on them and import Mike Harris knows the only thing they can do is move on.Harris knows the situation they’re in but the Aces can’t afford to be embroiled in any negativity.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 Chriss“You take it one game at a time, so you know our job is to come back, refocus tomorrow and be ready for Game 3,” said Harris. “All we need to do is win one and that changes the whole thing.”“We can’t get down on ourselves, I’m not down on myself. I’ve been in this situation before so I like the situation, this is a precious situation.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 Spain braces for some 500 violent fans for Copa Libertadores MANILA, Philippines—The odds are certainly stacked against Alaska after falling 2-0 in its seven-game series against Magnolia in the PBA Governors’ Cup finals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Alaska was in control for most of the game and headed into the fourth quarter with a 65-61 lead but it went into a pitiful shooting performance going 2-of-20 from the field the whole final period.The Hotshots, who shot 5-of-13 from the field, outscored the Aces 16-6.“It all comes down to execution and that’s exactly what I expected coming into this, they (Magnolia) are a great team, they’re a great defensive team,” said Harris, who put up 22 points and 12 rebounds but turned the ball over seven times.“They challenge me a lot more on the court than most teams had done this year and they really forced me to move the ball and focus on passing so I really like that it’s a challenge I’m ready to take.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments