Month: January 2020

Haloute, Azar among 10 honoured at TOBA dinner

first_imgTop regional owner Elias Haloute, his business partner Stephan Narinesingh, and their associate trainer, Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, were among 10 awardees at the inaugural Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders’ Association (TOBA) yearling sales award dinner on Friday, November 13, at the Jade Garden Restaurant, Liguanea. Nunes’ leading patron, Haloute, is considered the pioneer of the overseas-based owner who began purchasing horses from the yearling sale in 1992 to take back to the Eastern Caribbean. But many of his purchases stayed In Jamaica with trainer ‘Baba’ Nunes, some such as TERREMOTO winning both the Jamaica and Trinidad derbies in 1998, as well as the Superstakes at Caymanas Park that year before his untimely death months later. Other big race winners for Haloute in Jamaica include PITTACUS and AD INFINITUM in the 2003 and 2008 Superstakes, respectively, as well as the outsider TECHNOMOTO in the 2011 derby and RELAMPAGO in both the derby and St Leger in 2014. Significantly, Haloute became the first owner to establish racing divisions in as Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados, emerging Jamaica’s champion owner in 2008. Three year earlier, he was honoured by the local racing fraternity with the prestigious None Such award for his contribution to regional racing. Other awardees were top T&T regional owner Basharan Bassawh, who also raced horses successfully in Jamaica, notaby two-time T&T Horse of the Year BIGMAN IN TOWN; the deputy chairman of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL), Andrew Azar, who owned and bred the 2008 T&T derby winner PRIDE AND GLORY and who was also recognised as a “man of action with a caring attitude” and for the beautification of Caymanas Park, along with former champion owner and CEO of Cal’s Manufacturing Carlton Watson for his high-powered sponsorship of this year’s derby. Former TOBA president, Lucius White, received his award from iconic track and field coach Glen Mills. Also awarded were the legendary stud farm Orange Valley Estates Limited (established in 1963 in Trelawny and winner of 22 titles), represented by owners Alex and Jacqui Henderson; many-time champion HAM Stables Limited, represented by co-owners Howard Hamilton, Philip Feanny, and Clovis Metcalfe; and winner-producing stud farm Y.S. (1955) Limited in St Elizabeth, represented by the Browne family. A special award went to the visiting Guyanese delegation, which was here to attend the yearling sale for the first time. Master of ceremony was Chris Armond, assisted by former Miss Jamaica Kerrie Baylis. Guest speaker was American trainer, Brian Lynch. Tributes paid More awardees Haloute paid tribute to Nunes, who got him started in Jamaica racing, and also to TOBA President Howard Hamilton, Chris Armond, and Dr Steve Bennett. The young Trinidadian Stephan Narinesingh, a protege of Haloute, is a part owner of several horses in partnership with him. He came to Jamaica for his first yearling sale in 2008 and purchased his first horse, STAMP OF AUTHORITY. His first winner locally, however, was GUAN YU, and since then, he has won 112 races in Jamaica and many more in his native Trinidad. Nunes, who hails from a famous racing family, needs no introduction. He followed his late father, Nigel Nunes (a former champion trainer), into racing and also his brother Andrew, all three having the distinction of winning the Jamaica derby. Although yet to win the trainers championship, Nunes, who has finished second to Wayne DaCosta eight times, said he is hopeful that “one day, things will fall into place”.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgBlatter faces judgement by FIFA ethics court ZURICH (AP): In the waning days of his presidency, Sepp Blatter attempted to save his job yesterday at the FIFA ethics committee that he helped create and whose authority he does not recognise in his case. The suspended FIFA president had been expected to tell four judges that he is innocent of wrongdoing during the hearing at the headquarters of soccer’s governing body, the first time Blatter has entered the building since he was banned for 90 days in October. “Blatter looks forward to a decision in his favour because the evidence requires it,” Blatter’s lawyer, Richard Cullen, said in a statement after the hearing. “The evidence demonstrates that president Blatter behaved properly and certainly did not violate FIFA’s Code of Ethics. This investigation should be closed and the suspension lifted.” With a large bandage on his face, Blatter arrived at FIFA headquarters shortly after 8 a.m. local time in a chauffeur-driven car for a hearing that was scheduled to start at 9 a.m. A spokesman for Blatter, Thomas Renggli, said the Swiss official has had a minor procedure to treat a skin problem on his right cheek. At 5 p.m., Blatter and lead lawyer Lorenz Erni drove away from the building without making any comment. Suarez hat-trick sends Barcelona into final YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP): Luis Suarez made up for the absence of a sick Lionel Messi and injured Neymar, scoring a hat-trick on Thursday as Barcelona beat Guangzhou Evergrande 3-0 to advance to the final of the Club World Cup. Suarez put Barcelona ahead just before half-time, hammering in a rebound off Ivan Rakitic’s long-range effort that was parried by Guangzhou goalkeeper Li Shuai. The striker made it 2-0 five minutes after the break when he controlled a pass from Andres Iniesta off his chest and beat Li with a right-footed volley. He put the result beyond doubt with a penalty kick after Huang Bowen took down Munir El Haddadi in the area. Barcelona will face South American champions River Plate in the final on Sunday. Ukrainian club Dnipro faces European ban NYON, Switzerland (AP): UEFA says Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, last season’s Europa League runner-up, faces being banned from playing in Europe unless $1.9 million in overdue payments are settled by next month. The Ukrainian club owes $910,000 to other clubs and $980,000 to staff. Dnipro have until January 31 to make the payments or UEFA will ban the club from the next European competition that they qualify for in the next three seasons. The club has been affected by the political and economic turbulence that has rocked Ukraine.last_img read more

Sammy, Russell struggle as Hurricanes beat Thunder

first_imgHOBART, Australia, CMC:Neither Darren Sammy nor Andre Russell were in top form but Hobart Hurricanes proved stronger, dealing Sydney Thunder their first loss of the Australian Big Bash here New Year’s Day.Sent in at the Bellerive Oval, Hurricanes rattled up 163 for six and then restricted Thunder to 152 for nine, to win by 11 runs.Both teams now have similar 3-1 records heading into the last two weeks of the preliminary round.For Hurricanes, George Bailey top scored with 56 not out while Sammy chipped in at the end with 18 off 10 deliveries, including one six.Russell was uncharacteristically expensive, sending down four overs of pace for 40 runs without taking a wicket.When Thunder batted, Russell also failed to shine, scoring just eight from five balls with a six, to be part of a lower order slump.Captain Mike Hussey lashed 71 from 58 balls to power his side, but was one of only three players in double figures as Thunder lost five wickets for 13 runs at the end to lose their way.Sammy’s three overs of medium pace went for 27 runs.last_img read more

Test evenly poised after SA fightback

first_imgPERTH, Australia (AP): South Africa staged a remarkable comeback and shrugged off the loss of fast bowler Dale Steyn to injury in the first cricket Test at the WACA yesterday. After Australia’s openers piled up 158-0, swing bowlers Vernon Philander (4-56) and Kasigo Rabada (2-78), and left arm spinner Keshav Mahraj (3-56) exposed the vulnerability of the Australian batting to dismiss the host for 244 runs. South Africa were bowled out for 242 after winning the toss and batting first on the opening day. The visitors were in trouble at 45-2 in the second innings after losing opener Stephen Cook (12) and Hashim Amla (1). But opener Dean Elgar (46 not out) and Jean-Paul Duminy (34 not out) guided South Africa to 104-2 at the close, a lead of 102 runs. Mahraj bowled with guile and control to claim the wickets of skipper Steve Smith, Peter Nevill and Mitchell Starc. Australia lost ten for 86 before and after lunch following an aggressive stand between David Warner (97) and Shaun Marsh (63). Warner was racing toward his 17th career century when he pushed at a delivery from Steyn away from the body, and was caught by first slip Amla. Warner’s dismissal triggered a top-order collapse as Australia lost Usman Khawaja (4), Smith (0), and Marsh in the space of 23 runs before lunch. Khawaja was yorked by Rabada, and two overs later, Mahraj dismissed Smith leg before wicket for his maiden Test wicket. Soon after dismissing Warner, Steyn left the field. Maharaj completed Steyn’s unfinished over and in his very next over trapped Smith, who unsuccessfully reviewed the on-field decision. “Losing nine for 80 is disappointing in any context in this game,” Warner lamented. “I accept responsibility as well as a top order batter. We always talk about one guy going on and getting a big hundred.” Steyn was taken to a nearby hospital for scans and was diagnosed with a rare bone stress which may force him out of the game for at least six months, according to team officials. Steyn will return home at the end of the first Test.last_img read more

LOOK: Conor McGregor, Draymond Green trade barbs on Instagram

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson As if the ongoing war of words between UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor and boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn’t enough, another high-profile athlete has decided to enter the picture.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Ahead of the monumental bout between the combat sports’ biggest athletes, reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green took a swipe at the Irish superstar on Instagram for wearing a classic Golden State Warriors jersey.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Call me C.J Watson! https://t.co/9m2Omw4Wca pic.twitter.com/GZMzxxTsbb— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 11, 2017In true McGregor fashion, he left another stinging comment and made sure he had the last word.“Now ask yourself why I’m rocking C.j. when I don’t know or give a f**k about basketball,” he wrote. “I dribble heads off the floor. Not a ball. This is no game here kid.”  /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans View comments McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return “We rocking with Floyd bro not you… take that off bruh,” Green captioned the photo, expressing his allegiance to the undefeated boxer.As anticipated, the equally brash McGregor fired back at his unlikely detractor, explaining who the jersey was intended for.“That’s C.J. Watson mate,” he responded. I don’t know who the f**k you are. No disrespect tho kid, keep hustling and stay in school.”McGregor, of course, was referring to former Warriors guard C.J. Watson, who used the same jersey number during his stint with the team from 2008 to 2010.In a tweet last January, McGregor also used Watson to troll his boxing opponent, after rumors that the NBA veteran had been involved with Mayweather’s ex-girlfriend in 2010.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 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. LATEST STORIES AP source: Free agent Derrick Rose agrees to deal with Cavs “The Notorious” was rocking a No. 23 jersey, which just so happens to be currently used by the eccentric forward.last_img read more

Blackwater owner thinks Ellis on his way out of PBA after continued no show

first_img“I want to sincerely thank everyone who has shown love n concern for me! Thank you!! Im Excited for what the future holds! Until we meet again!”Sy admitted that the Blackwater camp still tried to get a hold of Ellis as much as they could, to no avail.“I’ve been asking around — both MVP and SMC group, I don’t think any of the teams have shown any interest. We offered some trade but there’s no takers, so let us stay as is and let’s see what he’ll do on his own career,” he said.Ellis’ contract expired last August, and if he decides to play once more in the PBA, the Elite will retain his rights.The high-flying forward averaged 6.4 points3.4 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in his five-year run with the Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENT “Actually I think he is on the exit already from the PBA. Otherwise, if you’re interested to play, you have no choice but to follow the trade,” he said. “So far, in the past three years I’m in the PBA, this is the first time I found a player who doesn’t report in a trade. So we won’t force the issue.”Ginebra shipped Ellis together with center Dave Marcelo to the Elite in exchange for the injured Art dela Cruz and Raymond Aguilar last August.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneSince being dealt, he has just showed up once in the team’s practice before complaining of a kidney problem which needed hospitalization. That was the last time the team saw of the former Slam Dunk champion.In a tweet last November 12, Ellis seemed to be bidding his fans goodbye. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 gold00:50Trending 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBlackwater owner Dioceldo Sy couldn’t be more disappointed with Chris Ellis after the Fil-Am forward refused to report to the squad’s practices.Speaking to the media, the amiable executive shared that he thinks that the 28-year-old Ellis is already on his way out of the league.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UST rules UAAP Season 80 poomsae View commentslast_img read more

It’s a ‘bit tight’: Asian Games face race against time

first_imgThis picture taken on November 28, 2017 shows a signboard for the 2018 Asian Games at the airport in Palembang.Half-finished venues and an air of unpreparedness raise an uncomfortable question for Indonesia: will it be ready for next year’s Asian Games? / AFP PHOTO / GOH CHAI HIN / TO GO WITH ASIAD-2018-VENUES,FOCUS by Talek HARRISHalf-finished venues and an air of unpreparedness raise an uncomfortable question for Indonesia: will it be ready for next year’s Asian Games?With less than nine months to go, earthmovers and cranes dot construction sites and plans for logistics remain hazy, pointing to a frantic build-up to the regional Olympics in August.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set With at least one venue, the velodrome in Jakarta, not expected to be ready until June, chief organiser Erick Thohir admitted the schedule was “a bit tight” for the 30 trillion rupiah ($2.2 billion) Games.But Thohir, the media tycoon who is president of Inter Milan and owns DC United, pledged that Indonesia will be ready to host its biggest sports event yet from August 18 to September 2.“Actually we’re doing something that’s impossible but became possible,” he said this week during an official media visit and venue tour.“We’re still in progress but we will make sure that the (work) is finishing up and we will make everything ready on time,” he added.‘Pray for us’ADVERTISEMENT Hidilyn Diaz wins bronze, silver in weightlifting worlds Turbulent preparations for major events are nothing new: the 2004 Athens Olympics stadium was only completed weeks before the opening ceremony, and Brazil’s 2014 World Cup went ahead in unfinished venues.The doomsday scenario remains New Delhi’s 2010 Commonwealth Games, where problems ranged from filthy conditions at the athletes’ village to collapsing infrastructure.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIndonesia had its own problems with the 2011 Southeast Asian Games — which, like the Asian Games, were split between Jakarta and Palembang in South Sumatra — following corruption scandals and a deadly stampede at the football final.But the Asian Games are on a different scale altogether: 9,500 athletes in 40 different sports, compared to 28 for the last Olympics, and held in two different cities for the first time in the event’s history. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ 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? At the Palembang athletes’ village, originally built for the 2011 SEA Games, workers are painting curbstones black and white and an unidentified man is asleep in one of the bedrooms.Meanwhile the Jakarta athletes’ village, seven tower blocks housing 5,400 small apartments, is nearing completion but backs on to a foul-smelling, toxic black river.The target seems to be that Indonesia will be more or less ready for the Games, and that they will be held without too many of the organisational hitches that often plague major events.But for many Indonesians, holding the competition at all is already a triumph for a country which has weathered severe difficulties since independence in 1945 to become one of the world’s biggest emerging economies.“Not only do we want to host something for the international audience, but also we want to build something for the people of Indonesia. I think that’s something that’s important for Indonesia,” said Thohir.“We want to show Indonesia has really changed over the past 50 years… the image we want to show is the transformation of Indonesia.” Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Hosting the Asian Games is an ambitious endeavour for any country, as underlined in 2014 when Vietnam pulled out as hosts of the upcoming tournament, citing concerns over preparations and the heavy financial burden.Indonesia, facing five years to prepare rather than the usual seven, then opted to bring the Games forward from 2019 to 2018 to avoid a clash with national elections, losing another year.A change of president in 2014 slowed efforts to push forward the project, as has repeated tinkering with the sporting schedule.“We hope that this (sporting programme) is not changing any more — hope for us and pray for us,” said an exasperated Harry Warganegara of the Games’ organising committee, INASGOC.In sleepy South Sumatra, an hour’s flight from Jakarta, large parts of Palembang’s Jakabaring Sport City remain a building site, permeated with the screech of angle-grinders and smoke from bonfires on nearby wasteland.At the bowling venue, teams of carpenters are laying down chipboard underflooring for the 40 bowling lanes, while piles of bricks and debris are heaped on the dirt forecourt outside.Nearby, the skeletons of unfinished buildings stand next to the white grandstand at the rowing venue, which will be the “best… in the world”, according to provincial governor Alex Noerdin.“(The venues are) not ready 100 percent,” admitted the ambitious Noerdin, who also hopes to attract a MotoGP motorbike race to Palembang, and jokes that he even has his eye on the Olympics.“Some infrastructure is under construction, so apologies for the traffic jams, for so many cars everywhere,” he said.“But we promise you, six months before the Asian Games Palembang will be the most beautiful city in Indonesia.”Toxic river View commentslast_img read more

AMA pulls off draft surprise, tabs little known Graham

first_imgCarpio 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ “He’s fast and he’s an all-around player. He already played for me in Naascu,” said Herrera, comparing his prized recruit to former PBA MVP Arwind Santos.Graham and hardworking big man Andre Paras will be tasked to carry the load for AMA as it aspires to make a breakthrough and reach the semifinals for the first time this 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseWangs Basketball-Letran picked Jerrick Balanza at second, Batangas-EAC went for Allan Richard Martin at third, CEU nabbed Keanu Caballero at fourth, Zark’s Burgers-Lyceum got CJ Perez at fifth, Gamboa-St. Clare selected Mohammed Pare at sixth, and JRU got Leonardo Esguerra at seventh.Marinerong Pilipino tabbed Fil-Am Kyle Toth at eight, Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian picked RK Ilagan at nine, Mila’s Lechon had Jose Romeo Bellosillo at 10, and Go for Gold-St. Benilde ended the first round with Kendrix Belgica at 11. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next AMA Online Education threw a curve ball and nabbed Filipino-Canadian forward Owen Graham as the first overall pick in the 2017 PBA D-League Draft Tuesday at PBA Cafe in Metrowalk.Coach Mark Herrera put premium on familiarity in picking the little-known winger, who he believes can be a difference maker for the Titans.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanocenter_img School-based teams Perpetual and Akari-Adamson passed on their picks during the draft proceedings.Just like in past draft proceedings, most collegiate standouts got picked in the later rounds as D-League teams usually select the players from their partner schools.University of the East’s Alvin Pasaol, a member of the Mythical Team this UAAP season, went to Marinerong Pilipino in the second round. The stocky forward highlighted his breakthrough year with a 49-point explosion that shattered the varsity league’s single-game scoring record.Marinerong Pilipino also nabbed La Salle’s Abu Tratter and Ateneo’s Vince Tolentino.Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian acquired Far Eastern University standout Arvin Tolentino and University of the Philippines’ Rob Ricafort.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Shouldn’t Rigo be heading back to Havana? The draft proceedings lasted through 18 rounds which saw 124 players picked by the 13 teams.The Aspirants’ Cup is set to tip off on Jan. 18. View commentslast_img read more

Fajardo in for a tough challenge against determined Sangalang

first_img“But we have a game plan for him. I’m not just going to play him one-on-one. I’m going to do everything to stop him although, I won’t be able to stop him 100 percent. I just have to minimize his touches.”Sangalang has the unenviable task of guarding the 6-foot-10 Fajardo beginning Game 1 on Friday night.Magnolia forward Ian Sangalang. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBut the former San Sebastian star isn’t fazed.“It’s a great feeling. I feel really challenged and very inspired knowing that I’m going to play against June Mar who is a four-time MVP,” he said in Filipino. “I’m really going to give everything I can to help my team stop June Mar and contribute.”Fajardo was unstoppable in the Beermen’s five-game win over Barangay Ginebra in the semifinals, but Sangalang thinks Magnolia can do a better job in guarding Fajardo in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It’s going to be tough because he’s been playing really well this conference,” Fajardo said in Filipino Wednesday during the pre-finals press conference. LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery “I think we can stop him as long as we execute our game plan against him.”Sangalang added the Hotshots have been raring to go back to the finals. They haven’t been to the championship round since completing a Grand Slam in the 2014 Governors’ Cup.“For me, we’re really hungry to win the title because it’s been four years since we played in the finals. We’re always preparing hard to get back. We’ve been praying since the start of the eliminations to make the finals and now God put us in this situation so it’s our time to work hard to win the all-Filipino.“Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In fact, Fajardo will be going up against one of them in Ian Sangalang, who was instrumental in Magnolia’s return trip to the finals after a four-year absence.Despite his size advantage, the reigning four-time PBA MVP said matching up against Sangalang won’t be a cakewalk.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims No complacency ‘a must’ as Lady Eagles near UAAP volleyball Final 4 MOST READ Fajardo in for a tough challenge against determined Sangalang PLAY LIST 01:36Fajardo in for a tough challenge against determined Sangalang02:34Reduced to tears after first finals loss, Fajardo raring to get back at Magnolia01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina San Miguel center June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo has been the most dominant player in the PBA for the past four years.But when talking about the best big men in the league today, Fajardo may be in a class of his own but he isn’t the only one in the conversation.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Nurkic, new father Lillard carry Blazers past Clippers

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After trailing by as many as 23 points in the third quarter, the Clippers got within 92-80 early in the fourth, prompting Lillard to return to the game. Los Angeles narrowed the gap again to 102-94 with just under a minute left but Pat Connaughton answered for the Blazers with a 3-pointer on the other end.Portland remains in third place in the West, coming off a 2-1 road trip that ended with a 108-103 loss at Memphis on Wednesday night. But the Blazers played that game without Lillard, who was awaiting the birth of his first child. Damian Lillard Jr. was born Thursday morning.“I don’t think there’s any way to describe it. It’s a different level, different type of excitement. It was my son looking into my eyes. It was different,” Lillard said Friday.But his joy was tempered because his half-brother was shot multiple times in the parking lot of a Portland-area shopping mall on Thursday night. Lillard said 20-year-old Jahrell Lillard was in stable condition. Police continue to look for the suspects.“I just tried to go out there and have fun, clear my mind. I didn’t want to drag my personal things into the locker room or on to the court,” Lillard said. “I had a son, that’s a great thing. It was an unfortunate thing with my brother but he survived it so, a lot to be thankful for.”ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Bledsoe drops 39 as Bucks slip past Lakers in OT The Clippers were short-handed. The team announced that Milos Teodosic has a torn plantar fascia in his left foot and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Already missing were Avery Bradley (abdominal surgery) and Patrick Beverley (knee).But the Clippers saw the return of Danilo Gallinari, who had missed 18 games with a fractured right hand. Gallinari finished with 11 points.“I just thought Portland was the better team. I thought they were better coached, I thought the players played better, I thought they played harder. And that’s disappointing,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.The first half was a highlight reel of dunks for the Blazers, who led 64-49 at the break. Collins had three dunks in the second quarter to finish the first half with 13 points, topping his career high for a game.The Blazers had 17 assists in the first half.Al-Farouq Aminu’s layup and free throw put Portland up 74-51 early in the second half. But Davis headed to the locker room later in the third quarter. The Blazers said after the game that X-rays on the ankle were negative.Portland was already playing without starter Maurice Harkless, who had a minor procedure on his left knee on Wednesday and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.TIP-INSClippers: Los Angeles had won three straight in Portland. … Austin Rivers struggled, going 1 for 8 from the floor for the game.Trail Blazers: A reporter quipped that Lillard’s newborn son had a stack of his signature shoes waiting for him. “Nothing but the finest,” Lillard laughed. … Portland had 30 assists, matching it season high.THE END IS NEAR“If you’re desperate to get wins like we are to extend our season and play in the postseason like we are, we’ve got to have a sense of urgency from the start of the game,” Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said. 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Brown among SAG Awards presenters View comments MOST READ Nurkic had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Lillard added 17 points and 11 assists, and the Trail Blazers held off the Clippers 105-96 on Friday night.“I thought Damian was terrific with his passing. He found Nurk. They kept trapping him and he found Nurk almost every time,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “Someone asked me before the game about getting Nurk more shots. I think Dame is responsible for getting Nurk some shots.”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 crownRookie Zach Collins came off the bench with a career-high 15 points for the Blazers, who were hurt in the third quarter when Ed Davis rolled his right ankle and left the game.The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Clippers, who were just outside the playoff picture in the West with six games left. Lou Williams led Los Angeles with 23 points. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center, drives to the basket on Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace, left, and guard Austin Rivers, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., on Friday, March 30, 2018. The Blazers won 105-96. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland’s Jusuf Nurkic and Damian Lillard found their connection against the Clippers.“We understand each other,” Nurkic said. “Every possession, we already know where we’re going to be and how we’re going to play. When we look at each other we already know what we’re going to do.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more