Parks drops 8 triples as Alab routs Saigon Heat Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:29Saudis cut loose at rave-like event00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Though the Floodbuster are already out of contention in the playoff race, Mallari knows the victory will serve as a morale-booster for their buildup for the import-laden conferences.“Anytime you get a win, even though it’s no bearing, it gives you momentum and some confidence going to the second conference. So if we can follow this one with a win and end the conference on a high note, that’s all we could ask for,” he said.It also helps that the players are slowly beginning to find their roles in Mahindra.“Guys are not shy to shoot anymore,” he noted. “They’re willing to let it go and if they miss, they miss. If it’s an open shot and they shoot it, that’s all we could ask for. Guys are finding their roles, getting more comfortable with their roles, and when we get a good import, we’re going to be a dangerous team.”Falling just one assist shy of achieving a rare triple-double, Mallari is not ruling out the possibility of eventually tallying one.ADVERTISEMENT But on Friday night, Mallari made it look easy as he fired a career-best 30 points to go with 10 rebounds and nine assists in Mahindra’s 106-96 win over NLEX on Friday.Prior to his career night, Mallari was averaging 16.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists for the Floodbuster this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnMallari said he’s just seizing the opportunity to make his mark in the league after stints in loaded teams like Petron and Star in his first four seasons in the league.“I just want to let loose,” he said. “I was on a winning team but I didn’t get a lot of freedom. Now, I’m just trying to be aggressive and help our team in any way, try to find the mismatches. What happens happens.” LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely PBA IMAGESDon’t call Alex Mallari the Filipino Russell Westbrook anytime soon.“Going 30-10-9 a night? No. I’m not Westbrook,” he said, knowing producing those numbers on a nightly basis is tough to achieve.ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal “I’m going to look at the tape to look who missed a layup,” he joked.“I didn’t even know until I was close to that until they told me with a minute left. It’s unfortunate, but we got the win and it’s all that counts. It’s OK. Maybe one of these days, I’ll get one too.”Mahindra is set to face Mallari’s former team Star next Wednesday to wrap up its Philippine Cup campaign.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, left, is fouled by Sacramento Kings guard Darren Collison during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Stephen Curry just plain missed when it mattered most and said so afterward. Steve Kerr insists he got what he deserved being ejected for going absolutely crazy at the refs and losing his cool. The Golden State Warriors showed some flaws and played one of their worst games yet.Draymond Green failed to knock down a 3-pointer from the top of the arc at the final buzzer and DeMarcus Cousins scored six of his 32 points in overtime and overcame several key mistakes as the Sacramento Kings snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Warriors with a wild 109-106 win Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Darren Collison scored 18 points and the bench added 45 for Sacramento, which lost 117-106 to Golden State at the Golden 1 Center last month as the Warriors rallied in the second half.Kerr was tossed with 3:34 left in the third and had to be held back near midcourt by assistant coach Mike Brown as the reigning NBA Coach of the Year moved toward official Bill Spooner. Kerr, irate and swearing after a pair of loose ball fouls on Kevon Looney 18 seconds apart, pointed and gestured while repeating profanities.“I got what I deserved. I deserved to be ejected — so I was. I have no complaints,” Kerr said. “I was angry.”After four straight Kings free throws — one for a technical on Green — Kerr erupted. Curry and Klay Thompson hit consecutive 3s, but that momentum was short-lived.Golden State dropped to 0-3 in OT this season.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Warriors: F David West, out since sustaining a non-displaced fracture of his left thumb Jan. 18 against Oklahoma City, continues to make progress and could return as soon as Wednesday given the team has a couple of days to practice and work him back into the mix.Kings: F Omri Casspi, out the last 10 games with a strained right calf, will not return until after the All-Star break. “We’re going to be a little conservative with it,” coach Dave Joerger said.UP NEXTWarriors: Golden State has a rare and helpful three-break between games before hosting Chicago on Wednesday.Kings: Host the Bulls on Monday looking to snap a four-game skid in the series and get their first home win against Chicago since Nov. 20, 2014.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Beermen enter semis, fight off Painters Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG “We got what we deserved — before I was tossed and after,” Kerr said. “It was one of the worst games we played all season. We had no purpose. The ball didn’t move. I didn’t even recognize our team out there tonight. Maybe we were due for one.”Curry’s layup attempt with 4.9 seconds left clanked off the rim and the two-time reigning NBA MVP also missed a short jumper with 6.9 seconds left, but finished with 35.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnCousins was unable to corral the rebound on the first miss and the ball went out of bounds at the baseline to the Warriors for one more try with 6.2 ticks remaining.“I just missed it,” Curry said. “Tough way to end the game with a shot at point-blank range to erase all the mishaps earlier.” Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member A night after recording his sixth career triple-double, Cousins had 12 rebounds and nine assists to just miss another. This win could provide some much-needed momentum for Sacramento, in a stretch with 11 of 13 home games.With Sacramento ahead 96-95 in regulation, Cousins also became furious with Spooner and received a technical with 2:08 to play for yelling and gesturing in frustration. Curry hit the tying free throw to tie it at 96.“There are no excuses. It’s something we’ve been preaching for a long time,” Cousins said. “I’m so proud of my team. We came out and got a big win. We competed from start to finish.”Green walked off on his own after missing a driving layin at Cousins 1:17 before halftime and going down hard by a cameraman. He grabbed his right knee, an X-ray was negative and he was back on the court by the 10:09 mark of the third.Sacramento guard Arron Afflalo was back after missing Friday night’s 105-103 home loss with a stomach virus.Green returned from a one-game absence with a bruised left shoulder and Shaun Livingston also was back after being sidelined the past two games with a strained mid-back.DURANT’S OFF NIGHTTypically the epitome of efficiency, Kevin Durant wasn’t his usual steady self.KD was held without a field goal until his dunk 3:19 before halftime and wound up with 10 points in a rare off shooting night. He was 2 for 10 from the field and missed all six of his 3-point tries, but had nine rebounds and five blocks.TIP-INS Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ View comments
Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Ravena and Parks also skipped last year’s PBA Draft making them ineligible to suit up for Gilas.“No, they have no chance for this time because we were very clear that for you to get to the program, you have to be in the PBA,” Reyes told reporters after wrapping up Gilas’ practice Tuesday night at Meralco Gym.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“They made their decision, unfortunately, we have to live with those decisions. There is an agreement between the SBP and the PBA that precisely stipulates that the guys have to be in the PBA.”Reyes stressed the two don’t have any chance of making it to Gilas’ SEABA roster and said their status of being part of the team in the future is still uncertain. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Champions, stars swap homes in Superstar Shake-Up Bobby Parks and Kiefer Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena and Ray Parks will have to wait for the conclusion of next month’s SEABA Championship before they can get their chance to play for the national team.National coach Chot Reyes said Gilas Pilipinas has no available slots for Ravena and Parks, two of the biggest amateur stars in the country, “for now” with the team already in the middle of its SEABA buildup.ADVERTISEMENT On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town 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 Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out “Right now, unfortunately, there is no opportunity for them. In the future, later this year, we don’t know. But for certain, in the SEABA, there is no chance,” said Reyes. “Everything after SEABA, we leave it for after SEABA because for now, our focus is winning the SEABA. Otherwise, there is no use planning for anything else if we don’t win that. For now, all our focus is really on the SEABA.”The SEABA tilt is slated on May 12-18 and will be staged here in Manila.Parks and Ravena teamed up with Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League where the Philippine team was swept in the semifinals by the Singapore Slingers.The 24-year-old Parks was part of the Gilas squad, which competed in the Fiba Olympic qualifying tournament last year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test LATEST STORIES Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government View comments
Philippine team vs Poland in FIBA 3×3 worlds. Photo from FIBA.comOne of the proponents when it comes to the development of 3×3 basketball, the Philippines will be the stage for the Fiba 3×3 World Cup 2018.Manila has been granted the hosting rights for the fifth edition of the international 3×3 tournament, where it will serve as the culmination for the numerous 3×3 legs next year.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely UP’s Manuel passes Civil Engineering board exam, eyes PBA LATEST STORIES “We are very proud and honored to be hosting the FIBA 3×3 World Cup next year,” said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios in a statement.“Our two previous experiences hosting FIBA 3×3 events have been a success and 3×3 has become a centerpiece of our development program.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe country staged Manila Masters legs back in 2014 and 2015, where national team players Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva battled the world’s best 3-on-3 ballers.“We are delighted to bring the FIBA 3×3 World Cup to the Philippines,” said Fiba 3×3 managing director Alex Sanchez. “We are positive that the SBP and the passionate Filipino fans will make it an unbelievable experience for the best 3×3 players in the world and everyone watching on all platforms.” Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR MOST READ Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Serbia’s men and Czech Republic’s women’s teams are the reigning world champions after topping the 2016 tilt in Guangzhou, China. The two squads are set to defend the title in the 2017 World Cup in Nantes, France slated on June 17 to 21.Mac Belo, Russel Escoto, Glenn Khobuntin, and Karl Dehesa represented the Philippines in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup last year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead View comments
Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gilas Pilipinas did away with the final game of its preparation to make it to the Fiba Asia World Cup Qualifying on Wednesday night in the same emphatic manner that it had done in the first four.ADVERTISEMENT The Filipinos, though, kicked their game to high gear starting the second and, like in their previous matches, blew the enemy away with a barrage of baskets from inside and out as Calvin Abueva and Raymund Almazan scored 16 each and Troy Rosario and Jio Jalalon combined for another 22.Reyes said that Blatche tweaked a hamstring in a 55-point blowout of Thailand on Tuesday and rested the 6-foot-11 NBA veteran for the title game against the Indonesians at 7 p.m. also at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The multititled coach is bracing for their toughest fight, most especially after Fiba had cleared Indonesia’s naturalized player Jamarr Johnson and the United States-born forward Arki Wisnu for their last two games.Johnson scored 17 points and led Indonesia to a 123-50 ripping of Burma (Myanmar) in an earlier game.“We know that it is not a roster that you take for granted,” Reyes said, referring to the Indonesian lineup. “That is why we built the team that we built, exactly for this game.”ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Imports finally get transfer papers Wright drained five triples and went 7-for-9 from the field overall, and got a challenge from Reyes during the interview after he played his finest game as a national.“The key for him now is consistency,” Reyes said. “Can he shoot that way when there are higher stakes and against tougher opposition?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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 View comments Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead And with the squad fully prepped, coach Chot Reyes couldn’t care less if the Filipinos rip Indonesia to shreds.“All we need is a ‘W,’” Reyes said, moments after a 107-52 thumping of Vietnam that sealed the do-or-die tiff with the Indonesians on Thursday for the Southeast Asian Basketball Association title, which also gives the champion the right to represent the region in the qualifying proper starting in November.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“We’re not concerned with the margin of victory. We just want to get to the Fiba Asia,” Reyes said after getting five players in twin digits led by Matthew Wright’s 19.Team Philippines started off slow against one of the weakest teams in the tournament, as the Filipinos played without Andray Blatche for the first time. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coaching breakMarielle finally got her break this year coaching the Under-16 team in the AFF Championship in Vientiane, Laos. Under the guidance of one of the icons of women’s football in the country, the girls blitzed through the group stage and delivered a memorable 3-2 victory against Myanmar in the semifinals. Against the powerhouse Thais, Marielle’s wards succumbed to a 2-6 defeat in the finals.“There was a lot of fulfillment watching the girls improve from the first day of the tryouts until the end of the tournament,” says Benitez. “It’s not just about coaching these girls, but also giving them life lessons, too.”It didn’t come as a surprise that Benitez was able to steer a team to a second-place finish on her coaching debut. For one, some of her players had experience with the Under-14 team in an AFC tournament last year. But as much as she deflects credit to other coaches like Landagan and Patrice Impelido, there’s little doubt that Benitez’s passion for excellence and work ethic has rubbed off on her team.“I didn’t have enough experience as head coach, but the other coaches were very supportive,” says Marielle. “We knew we wouldn’t be starting from scratch, plus we had some unfinished business against Thailand.”ADVERTISEMENT With the AFF Under-15 silver medal in the bag, Marielle Benitez (fourth from left) celebrates with (from left) physical therapist Mae Pongase,head of delegation Lalaine Sarmiento, assistant coaches Joyce Landagan and Patrice Impelido and goalkeeping coach Eleonora Dillera. —PHOTOS COURTESY OF MIA MONTAYREFormer women’s national football team skipper Marielle Benitez wears many hats. On this day, she’s at the Philippine Football Federation office as a coach, evaluating a recent international campaign where her squad achieved a silver-medal finish.On some days, she’s on the campus of the Philippine Women’s University, sorting out the varsity teams’ requirements for a competition as the university’s athletic director. The following week, she can be anywhere else in the world, performing and touring as a member of the Bayanihan Dance Group, the country’s national traditional dance troupe. There are also days when you’ll find her on television, doing commentary for football matches.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BaliPure holds off Creamline, nears championship berth China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead “I’m someone who finds joy in doing new things everyday,” says Marielle, 35.The juggling act isn’t new to Marielle, who, from 2003 to 2013, represented the country in international football. In fact, she’s mastered the art of managing her time amid her myriad interests. So when the PFF was searching for women’s coaches to make up the youth teams, Marielle was a natural choice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundShe’s a member of La Salle’s four champion teams in five UAAP seasons and also bagged the Athlete of the Year plum in 2004, the first time the league gave the award to an athlete in a team sport. She has played close to 60 international matches for the country.Coaching was a natural transition for Marielle, but surprisingly, there was a lot of apprehension on her part when the PFF appointed her to be part of the staff for the Under-14 team two years ago. Pretty soon, however, the concerns went away as she naturally blended in with the staff, led by coach Joyce Landagan. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ While the girls ultimately fell short, the runner-up finish validates the country’s sustained improvement in women’s football, which is enjoying a renaissance in the past few years, highlighted by the national women’s team’s qualification for the AFC Asian Cup in Jordan next year.Passionate about football“I may be very new to coaching since it’s a different aspect of football, but I like the challenge. I like to be kept on my toes figuring things out,” says Marielle. “I’m happy that even if we didn’t win the championship, the girls I coached became more passionate about football and appreciated all the hard work that comes with representing the country.Marielle knows what she’s talking about. As a national player, she showed steadfast commitment despite her involvement with Bayanihan. She would attend Bayanihan rehearsals at night at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and wake up early the next morning to join St. Benilde’s men’s team in training to improve her fitness since the team was also handled by then women’s national coach Marlon Maro.“I’m lucky to have coaches who have been supportive of what I’ve been doing,” says Marielle, the second of three children of former Bayanihan dancers Noel and Susie Benitez.Marielle draws parallelisms to what she’s doing in football with dance. “Both require discipline, sacrifice and patience,” she says. “Both things are challenging physically, emotionally and mentally. Training in football can go for two hours maximum, but in dance you can go one hour to six hours, depending on the difficulty of the routine. Precision is important. Dance also teaches teamwork. Both require the same focus.”The balancing act will continue for Marielle as she furthers her coaching career, while pursuing her other interests. But count on her to fulfill her roles with the same drive and passion that has been the hallmark of an already amazing career.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments
CALL FOR HELP SPORT MARKETING PLAN Jamaica is a land of talkers, of people who sometimes talk more than they act, and because of that, the country continues to mark time. Despite the many improvements in life in the years since 1962, since Independence, Jamaica has enjoyed little real and substantial development. Every summer, for example, is accompanied by drought, and every drop of rain is accompanied by flooding, washed away towns, and roads. After each summer and after each rainfall, the problems are forgotten until the next time they happen. It is always business as usual. The ravage of the drought is forgotten, and the raging floods and the people living along river banks are forgotten. People are allowed to do anything, or most things, and are allowed to live wherever they choose to live, and all because of the attitude which says, “Cho, allow the man”, “every man must live” and “every man must eat a food”. The State is expected to look after all its citizens, especially in times of need, and, therefore, it would seem that while the State should not dictate to its citizens, it has an obligation to cater for the development of the citizens, to educate et cetera, et cetera, and to intervene for the welfare of the citizens, where necessary. Aside from being labelled a bad Government, as a non-caring Government, and as a very callous Government, to stand aside and do nothing would be very costly, and has been very costly. There seems to be a change in the air, however, and one is coming from Desmond McKenzie, the minister of local government, re the Government’s policy on places to live, or not to live, and one from Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, the minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sports. From George Headley to Elaine Thompson, Jamaica has had sportsmen and sportswomen who have conquered the world time and time again, and they have young people in many, many different sports who have threatened to, and are threatening to keep Jamaica in the news, and making the news in sports all around the world. For years, however, the sportsmen and sportswomen have been calling out for help, for more assistance from the Government and from the private sector, so that they can continue to develop and to produce, and with all the goodwill in the world, this country could not afford to do so, to do more than it can. The Government, in fact, should not be expected to fully fund sports, certainly not ‘professional’ or elite sport, and certainly not the government of a country which is strapped for funds and one in which there are other priorities. Professional sports, elite sports, usually attract large crowds, television rights, and things which make them viable and self-sufficient. For years, however, many of us have been calling on the Government to do something about finding money for sport, to use the sportsmen and the sportswomen’s achievement and their greatness to help the situation, to invest in sports, in sports tourism, and things like that. Apart from making money, from getting money from that investment into the country’s coffers, the Government would then have enough money to provide for sports, to properly fund sports, to assist people in sports, to assist people who used to be in sports, to assist those coming into sports, and to truly develop sports to match Jamaica’s image in the world of sports. Jamaica has been blessed to have leaders in the persons of Michael Manley, Edward Seaga, P.J. Patterson, and Portia Simpson Miller, who truly loved sports and demonstrated such feeling, plus others like, Natalie Neita-Headley and Grange, who, as ministers with responsibility for sport, have shown that they do care about sports. Recently in Gordon House, Grange, in reporting on the Government’s group life and health insurance, a project started by the former Government, set out a plan to market sports. The plan calls for things like a Caribbean Sports Medicine Centre, whereby athletes, from home and abroad, can be served, for a national museum, and for erecting more statutes of achievers, of people like Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Asafa Powell, and Elaine Thompson. It also calls for investment, for supporting meets like the Racers Grand Prix, major international sporting and cultural activities, and other things from which the country can profile itself and make some money in the process, some of which can be used in the general economy, and some of it, or most of it, for sports. Some years ago, in 1995, the Government asked the country, other sports organisations, to forgo any assistance while it funded football’s dream of going to the 1998 World Cup, Grange said in the House recently that the Government assisted the athletes for the Beijing Olympic Games, and it is known that the Government also did so for London in 2012, and Rio in 2016, not to mention the World Championships in between. Grange has stated that while it was a good thing to do, because it was only done for track and field athletes, “it did not sit well with me”. She hopes to organise a proper structure for Government’s assistance in sports, and a good and proper investment in sports to ensure that the Government has the money to do so fairly and properly, especially without pinching from areas such as education, health, housing, and security, must be the right to way to go. In selecting the members of the committees, however, Grange should select the best available people to do the job that she wants done. She should remember that sports is sports, and it has no colour, or should not have any colour. The committees, one to look about things to commemorate the country’s achievements and one for investment, should be made up of people who have shown that they love sports, that they know about business, that they know how to start a business and how to keep it going, and that they also love Jamaica.
Holmes used his encounter with Breton to give himself some ring work, before the referee stopped the fight in the third round. Cotroni had a more difficult passage, even though he too won inside the distance. Miller won rounds one and two, with aggressive boxing, but he ran out of steam in the third and was defenceless. The referee therefore stepped in and called a halt, giving Cotroni a technical knockout victory. Both men seem to be evenly matched. Holmes has a 14-6 record, while Cotroni has 12 wins, eight losses and a draw. Holmes declared yesterday that he “is much fitter and sharper” and expects to win, and Cotroni expressed similar sentiments. “I am ready. I have been working hard since the last fight and I am in very good condition” he stated. “My aim is to win the top prize of $2-million” he added. Holmes wants this to be his breakthrough year, having been to the finals twice before and lost. “I have done the work, and having seen Cotroni fight, I am sure that I can beat him. I am planning to take the fight to him, and see what happens from there. I want to be the Contender champion this year, and to do so I have to beat him. This is someone in my way to a good payday, and I have to take care of business,” he said. Another hard-fought and entertaining contest seems to be on the cards. Ring work Jamaica’s Richard Holmes, a finalist in the Wray and Nephew Contender series last year, is trying to get back there, and tonight, he clashes with Francesco Cotroni from Canada in the third quarter-final of the 2017 series, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium. The card starts at 8.30 with two amateur bouts, and the main event which will be broadcast on Television Jamaica, is scheduled for a 9.30 start. Two boxers have already booked their semi-final places. They are Sakima Mullings from Jamaica and Canada’s Phil Rose. This year, the contest, which is in the junior-middleweight division, started with eight boxers from Jamaica and eight from Canada and the numbers have been decreased each week, until only six now remain. The boxers are vying for the 2017 Contender junior-middleweight title, and prize money of $2-million to the winner, $500,000 to the runner-up, $250,000 for third place and $200,000 for fourth. Holmes and Cotroni safely navigated the preliminary round without any difficulty, against opponents that did not bring much to the table. Holmes went up against Mike Breton who had a 1-3 win/loss record, and ended that fight at the 29 seconds mark, of the third round. Cotroni went up against Gregory Miller, who had a record of one loss and no wins.
What has already been hailed as the best Wray and Nephew Contender series since its inception seven years ago, is set for an exciting finish, with two semi-finals on Wednesday, July 5 and 12 and the grand finale on July 26. There have been some interesting changes for these three shows. The first change is the venue. Instead of the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, both the semis and the final will be held outdoors, on the spacious grounds of Mico University College, on Marescaux Road in St. Andrew. This has been done to facilitate the large crowd of spectators expected to attend.There is also an addition to the programme. Each night, there will be a second professional bout on the card. On July 5, Jamaica crowd favourite Devon “Concrete”Moncriffe will clash with Canadian Winston Matthews, over five rounds, before Sakima Mullings and Tsetsi Davis clash in the first semi-final. Matthews is the boxer who fought the No. 1 seeded Mullings at the start of the competition and gave a very good showing. Mullings won the fight by unanimous decision, but it was a close hard-fought contest.Matthews was disappointed that he did not get the verdict, and after the fight said publicly that he wanted to fight in Jamaica again.The promoters have given the opportunity to do so against a very good opponent. Moncriffe also bowed out in the first round of the competition, when he lost to Canadian Larone Whyte, by split decision. This too was a very competitive bout, and the match between these two fighters, will undoubtedly live up to expectations.eight-round boutOn July 12, last year’s Contender champion, Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley will be challenged by Ramel ” Sub Zero” Lewis, another boxer who fought earlier in this year’s Contender series. This bout will be over eight rounds and will see Corley putting his boxing skills against the power-punching of Lewis. The semi-final that night, will be between Phil Rose from Canada and Richard “Frog” Holmes from Jamaica. On the final night, another former Contender champion, Kemahl Russell, will face Venezuelan boxer Mario Antonio Avendano over eight rounds. Avendano is a tested veteran, with a 30-11-1 record.He has a lot of experience, and fought for the World Boxing Association welterweight title in 2011, but lost. This is billed as youth versus experience, and Russell, with a record of 10 wins and one loss,will be given the opportunity to see how well he can do against against a wily boxer.The winner of the Contender series, will, in addition to the title, take home $2- million. The runner-up will get $500,000, third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000.
MANCHESTER, England, (CMC): The return of the self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’, Chris Gayle, to West Indies one-day colours following a two-year absence, is expected to strengthen the Caribbean side’s batting in the upcoming five-match series against England. But while his 9,221 runs from 269 One-Day Internationals speak volumes, captain Jason Holder said yesterday it was the 37-year-old’s wealth of knowledge which would be a major asset to the squad off the field. “Chris is always a guy who shares his advice [and] shares his input. Sometimes he tends to let things happen in terms of giving players the leeway to execute and free themselves,” Holder explained. “We always stress on that in the dressing room where we’re not complicating or clogging players’ minds as to what game they want to play. “And Chris has been a really good exponent of that over the years for himself. He’s been very clear on his game plans and how he wants to go about his cricket, and that’s one thing he has brought to the group – just be yourself and just express yourself.” He added: “He’s been obviously one that players tend to go to in terms of seeking advice and he’s never shy of a word to give them as much advice and guidance as he can.” Gayle, a former Windies captain, is set to play his first ODI since the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, when the West Indies take on England at Old Trafford today. The left-hander has largely plied his trade in the shortest format in recent years but has recently expressed a desire to represent the Caribbean side at the 2019 World Cup scheduled for England. Freed for selection after Cricket West Indies shelved their controversial eligibility rule, Gayle was an automatic choice for the current tour and Holder said he had already brought his flamboyant personality to the camp. “So far Chris seems to be in really good spirits,” Holder told reporters. “He’s always a lively character in the dressing room and he’s been really good for us, so I don’t expect anything different from him in the series.” With Gayle and most of the leading players barred from selection, West Indies suffered adverse results off the field and failed to qualify for the Champions Trophy staged here earlier this year. Those results – they have won just three of their last 20 ODIs – have also left them unlikely to achieve direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup as they languish ninth in the ICC rankings. However, Holder said past disappointments were now behind the squad and the focus was squarely on the current series. “That’s in the past. Obviously we didn’t qualify for the Champions Trophy so it wasn’t ideal but it was the situation,” the all-rounder stressed. “We can’t dwell on that, we’ve got to move forward and shift our focus here now in England. This is the current series we’re up against. We need to take it step by step, game by game and formulate our plans and go out and try and execute them.”