GOALS GALORE Kingston College goalkeeper Jahvanni Grant came up trumps with three saves as the North Street-based school came from behind in a penalty shoot-out to stun defending champion Wolmer’s 4-3 after the teams battled to a pulsating 2-2 draw in an ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup quarter-final at the Constant Spring field yesterday. Alphonso Gooden fired Wolmer’s in front against the runner-of-play in the 16th minute, but the North Street school equalised through Rashawn Mackison five minutes later and then went in front after 60 minutes courtesy of Omar Thompson’s deflected strike. But Rivaldo English sent the game into extra time when he capitalised on an error from Grant to put the ball into an empty net. In the shootout, KC missed their first two kicks, while Wolmer’s netted theirs. But after KC scored their next two, Grant stopped two straight kicks and then in sudden death, he saved a penalty from opposing goalkeeper, Jemison, to clinch the win. Both coaches believed Grant made the difference. “I know Jahvanni (Grant) from previous school (Wolmer’s), I know he is a good shot-stopper when it comes to penalties. I needed the first save from him and that would have boosted his confidence. When I saw Jemison step up, I said: Why is Jemison taking a penalty when Jahvanni knows everything about him as both were once together at Wolmer’s? Right there, I knew he would have stopped it,” Ludlow Bernard the KC coach said. Wolmer’s coach, Vassell Reynolds, also thought Grant’s knowledge of his former teammates played a big role in the shoot-out. “The KC ‘keeper’ knew my players, and I think that ended up making a big difference,” he said.
ST JOHN’s, Antigua, (CMC):The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) yesterday confirmed the appointment of former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams as its new director of cricket.The 49-year-old, who recently stepped down as head coach of English County side, Kent, after four years in charge, has replaced the controversial Englishman Richard Pybus, who did not seek a renewal of his contract.News of Adams’ appointment had been widely reported last month.The Jamaican, who will be based in Antigua, officially started his new role yesterday on a three-year contract and said he was keen to undertake his duties.”I am very excited to be directly involved in Caribbean cricket once again, and I look forward to working with all those committed to moving the game forward in the West Indies,” he noted.Adams, a gritty left-hander during his playing career, represented West Indies in 54 Tests between 1992 and 2001, scoring, 3012 runs at an average of 41 with six centuries.He led the regional side in 15 Tests, winning four, losing eight and drawing three.Following his retirement, Adams managed the West Indies Under-19s, headed up the international players association (FICA), before overseeing Jamaica’s cricket programme as technical director.According to the WICB, Adams will “oversee and manage all cricket matters, to include development of all teams, all coaching and cricket education and other technical programmes.”Pybus, who was a member of the panel that selected Adams, said the new director of cricket was entering the role at an “exciting time”.EXCITING TIME”I look forward to Jimmy bringing the breadth of his international experience and knowledge of cricket in the Caribbean to continue the work of rebuilding West Indies cricket,” said Pybus.”It is an exciting time for cricket in the region, with the momentum of the World Cup’s success and the professional cricket structures beginning to produce players capable of competing and excelling at international level.”Pybus, who spent three years in the role, reportedly endured a strained relationship with players and was once criticised by West Indies opener Kieran Powell over his controversial exclusion from the regional squad.Former head coach Phil Simmons also hinted at a breakdown in his relationship with Pybus months before he was sacked last September.
Chelsea revealed that firing Jose Mourinho the second time cost about £8 million, adding that £67 million p was paid for the early termination of the Premier League team’sAdidas sponsorship.Mourinho, who now manages Manchester United, was dismissed by Chelsea during his third season back in charge in December 2015.termination paymentChelsea’s newly published accounts reveal “termination payments and compensation” of £8.3 million (then US$13 million).Mourinho previously managed Chelsea between 2004-07. Chelsea later said that itpaid £23.1 million to dismiss Mourinho and successor Avram Grant.Most of Chelsea’s “exceptional costs” last year covered the £67 million (then US $97 million) payment to adidas to allow the club to sign a new sponsorship with Nike worth more than US$1 billion.
Promising British sprinter Zharnel Hughes has signed with the American sports agency Doyle Management Group, as he looks to regain success shown as a junior athlete.In 2015, at just 19 years old, Hughes challenged and nearly beat Usain Bolt at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York. He then went on to win a pair of 200m races at Diamond League meets in Lausanne, Switzerland, and on home soil in London before finishing fifth at the World Championships in Beijing.Hughes found himself injured for 2016 season, but is recovering nicely and can’t wait to take on 2017 stronger than ever.”I’m excited to attack the 2017 season with a vengeance. I had a tough year with injuries in 2016, but I’m healthy again and I’m learning about my body. I’m doing a better job of taking care of myself on and off the track and I am very focused. I am still very young and I know there’s a lot of time ahead for me in this sport, but I am hungry! I had a taste of success in 2015 and I want to build on that this year and put myself on the map at the top of the sport. To win a medal in London in front of the home crowd is what I am working towards, and I am confident I can succeed,” said Hughes yesterday.Paul Doyle, CEO of Doyle Management Group, spoke very highly of his newest client.DESTINED FOR GREATNESS”Every once in a while, a very special athlete emerges and you just know they are destined for greatness. That is certainly the case with Zharnel. I’ve watched countless race videos of Zharnel and he just has a way about him. His stride are effortless. His strength and power is something rarely seen, especially in a 19-year-old kid. In a few years’ time, we could be regarding Zharnel as the greatest sprinter in British history. He has the talent, he has the determination, and he has the maturity and mentality to be successful. I honestly think he could be one of the best sprinters of all time, when all is said and done,” said Doyle.The 6’3″ Anguilla-born athlete will open his competition season race this Saturday at the Camperdown Classic in Kingston, Jamaica, where he will contest the longer sprint of 400m. Twice the distance of his bread-and-butter event, the 200m.”I’m looking forward to getting back on the track and competing again. The 400m race will be a good indicator of my fitness and the progress I have made in training. Consider me one to watch,” said Hughes.
Without giving a specific date, three-time Olympian Michael Frater is contemplating his retirement from athletics. Speaking last Saturday at the Gibson McCook Relays, Frater expressed his joy of being part of a golden era in Jamaican track and field. He is, nevertheless, looking forward to a good 2017 season. Though he didn’t compete at the Relays this year, the 34, year-old sprinter described 2017 as “a very important year for me”. “It’s getting down there to maybe the final years of my career”, he clarified, “so I just want to finish up on a good note.” He was on his way back to good form last year when he ran 10.04 seconds for the 100m at the inaugural Racers Grand Prix. But, his bid for a place on a fourth consecutive Olympic team was spoilt by an ill-timed bout with the Zika virus. The 10.04 was his best time in four injury-ridden seasons. Frater, the 2005 World Championships 100m runner-up, agrees that he was part of a generation of Jamaican athletes who did extremely well. “It’s the end of a great era for us, and looking forward, for the youngsters to really come and carry on the mantle from this one because the last 10-12 years have been excellent for us,” he said with obvious pride. “We have pretty much dominated the world,” he went on, “and I definitely want to see us continue doing that.” A 9.88 sprinter at his best, Frater was also a finalist in the 2008 Olympics and helped Jamaica to world record 4x100m victories at those Games, the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.
After a fine 2016 season, Jaheel Hyde wants to go one step further in the 400m hurdles. The 20-year-old plans to surpass his Olympic Games semi-final placing with a spot in the final at this year’s IAAF World Championships in London. To that end, he is working to move to the next level.”You know, last year I hit every mark that I set out for last year,” he reflected recently on a 2016 campaign that saw him defending his World under 20 400m hurdles crown, cutting his Jamaican junior record to 48.81 seconds and reaching the Olympic semi-finals. “I wanted to defend my World Junior title and to take everything in steps,” he said.Now, the University of the West Indies student is focused athletically on London. “Each year, I’m going to have to put on one step on it,” he asserted, “so that is what I’m aiming for this year.”Asked to pinpoint his 2017 target, Hyde said, “Of course I want to make the World Champs team, and I want to make the finals, and that’s the one step.”The former footballer is still adjusting to the rigours of training solely for athletics. “Trust me, it’s very hard, “he confessed. “When I was doing football, you know I started track and field in January,” he recounted, “so sometimes I would say to him just let me start training in January because to train from September straight back through to August is very hard.”He is, however, resolved to do the work greatness requires. “If I want to move to the next level, these are the sacrifices I have to make, so I’m not really bothered by it anymore.”MY OWN DESTINYIt’s no surprise that he misses the beautiful game. “Of course I miss football,” he revealed. “I even have thoughts of going back to football, between me and you,” he said.Despite that, this precocious Cameron Blazers team member won’t lace up his boots for quite some time. “I just want to enjoy my track and field career and see what happens,” he said . Moreover, he is quite sure that he was right to choose athletics over football. “I always wanted to do something where I control my own destiny,” the former Wolmers’ Boy striker reasoned.”For example, the Manning Cup final,” he recalled of a 3-2 loss to Jamaica College in 2013. “I played my heart out there, scored two brilliant goals and we lost.””When I go out there by myself now, and I mess up, I know that’s all on me,” he said. “When I lose, it’s on me,” Hyde said. “When I win, it’s on me.”
From L-R: Joshua Pacio, Jomary Torres and Eric Kelly. PHOTOS FROM ONEMACAU–Three Filipino fighters are set to fight in a stacked fight card ONE Championship here on Saturday.Strawweight Joshua Pacio looks to get back to the title picture as he takes on undefeated Japanese Hayato Suzuki (16-0-2) in the second-to-the-last fight in the card.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I look at Rika and I know I can take her on,” said Torres in Filipino. “I don’t know if I’ll knock her out or submit her but I know I can take her on and I’ll do my best to represent the Philippines.”Eric Kelly (12-3) will break his one-year hiatus from MMA as he takes on former ONE World lightweight champion Kotetsu Boku (25-11-2).In the main event, Bibiano Fernandes takes on challenger Andrew Leone to defend his title Bantamweight title.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Record-breaking Neymar says money not motive for joining PSG 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 Pacio (12-1) faced ONE World strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito back in 2016 but bowed to the latter’s choke in the third round.“There are people who’re saying that if I win, there’ll be another title shot,” said Pacio in Filipino Friday at Holiday Inn.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’Filipino atomweight Jomary Torres (1-0) will debut in the Asian fighting promotion as she takes on Thai counterpart Rika Ishige (2-0) in the card’s lone women’s fight.Torres, despite being a nervous wreck during the press conference Thursday, said she can take on Ishige inside the ONE cage. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “We had a meeting with coach Rico [De Guzman] after the game and we all admitted that we weren’t in the game mentally,” said Pablo, who just won the conference’s MVP award, in Filipino.“We weren’t focused during the game and we absolutely had no reception against Bali Pure.”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’The Lady Warriors registered just 20 excellent receptions, while the Water Defenders tacked 33.And Bali Pure capitalized on Pocari’s lack of ground defense to score 39 spikes and nine service aces. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Pocari Sweat main man Myla Pablo lamented her team’s lack of defensive intensity in the straight set loss to Bali Pure, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22, in the first game of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference finals Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Teen gunned down in Masbate Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pablo expressed her discontent with how they failed to replicate whatever they did in training wherein they were able, she said, to execute their defensive plays perfectly.“That’s really the problem, we don’t have any reception,” said Pablo who had nine points in the loss. ”When we practice we’re able to execute them well but we just can’t seem to do it during games.”Pocari Sweat trail Bali Pure 0-1 in the best-of-three championship series.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Bali Pure strikes first for 1-0 lead over Pocari in PVL Finals View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ
Malaysia, who have given the 29th edition the tagline “Rising Together”, are aiming to top the medals table for only the second time by matching the 111 golds they won on home soil in 2001.Ahead of the opening ceremony, they have already made a strong start with seven golds to lead the table ahead of Singapore and Thailand, who both have three.The Games retain a distinctly regional flavor, with Olympic sports like swimming and athletics contested alongside Asian favorites such as pencak silat, sepak takraw and wushu.They are a big source of national pride in the fast-growing region of about 650 million people, which all too often finds itself outclassed on the world sporting stage. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Teen gunned down in Masbate MOST READ LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Katropa fields Rice, try to catch up with leaders Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Malaysian athlete Nur Dhabitah Sabri lights the torch during the opening ceremony of the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on August 19, 2017. AFP PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Teenage diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri flew through Malaysia’s national stadium in a brave stunt to light the cauldron at the climax of a glittering Southeast Asian Games opening ceremony on Saturday.The 18-year-old rising star was suspended high above the Bukit Jalil stadium floor in Kuala Lumpur, carrying a flaming torch, at the end of the four-hour extravaganza.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Games mascot Rimau, a fluffy Malayan tiger, flew into the stadium on a wire, after LED-lit pedal cars and flag-wavers wearing glittering gold suits had entertained the crowd.Fans watched video messages from Malaysia’s badminton and squash stars Lee Chong Wei and Nicol David, who are busy with world championships commitments, and cheered the succession of marching bands.After the Games had been declared open, the stadium erupted in song as hundreds of dancers waving silver palm trees and waving red-lit parasols gave the event a carnival atmosphere.Olympic silver medal-winning diver Pandelela Rinong passed the flaming torch to Nur Dhabita, who took off slowly towards the 40-foot (12-metre) cauldron and lit it, setting off a blaze of fireworks.The biennial SEA Games, formerly the Southeast Asian Peninsula Games, have been running since 1959, when the region was still emerging from its long era of colonialism.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Earlier a flying tiger, shiny gold suits and a parade of marching bands took center stage as the two-week Games opened in a blaze of color.More than 4,000 athletes from 11 nations strode into the newly refurbished, 87,000-capacity Bukit Jalil stadium, which was sold out for the vibrant show.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’Torrential rain early on failed to dampen enthusiasm as the hosts put on an entertaining spectacle before Malaysia’s king, Sultan Muhammad V, declared the Games open.About 4,200 athletes are competing for 404 gold medals in sports ranging from boxing and equestrianism to petanque, speed skating and lawn bowls at the popular and unique SEA Games. View comments
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ READ: Narvasa remains defiant: I’m fighting for principleNational team head coach Chot Reyes can heave a sigh of relief as he begins the Smart Gilas Pilipinas’ preparations on Friday evening.Players like June Mar Fajardo, Christian Standhardinger, and Von Pessumal of San Miguel, Japeth Aguilar and Kevin Ferrer of Ginebra, Paul Lee and Jio Jalalon of Star, Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort, and LA Revilla and Russel Escoto of Kia have the greenlight to join the national team’s preparations for the Asian qualifiers.The Philippines is set to open its first round assignment against Japan in Tokyo on November 24, before playing Chinese Taipei at Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 27.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Stephen Curry puzzled over mention in GOP tax proposal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe PBA governors may be at an impasse when it comes to the matters about the Commissioner’s office, but the teams remain united when it comes to the national team.The five teams supporting the extension of PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa said that they won’t allow the controversy to affect the league’s commitment to Smart Gilas Pilipinas.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny In a joint statement released on Friday, San Miguel, Ginebra, Star, GlobalPort, and Kia said they are still allowing their players to suit for national team duties for the 2017 Fiba World Cup qualifiers as part of the PBA’s agreement with Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).READ: Seven PBA governors stand firm, urge Narvasa to resign FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“All five teams composed of San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra, Star Hotshots, GlobalPort and Kia Picanto will continue to make available its players to the Philippine team that is preparing for the Fiba Asia World Cup qualifier and other league functions. We believe this should not be adversely affected by the board members’ differences in opinion,” the statement read.“We reiterate that we are doing this to protect the league we all love, the game of basketball and the millions of fans who continue to support us.”