CECH IN SPOTLIGHT EARLY START LEICESTER CONTROVERSY LONDON (AP): How José Mourinho must long for the days last season when Chelsea was being goaded for being “boring”. The start to the new campaign has been anything but mundane at Stamford Bridge. Tumult has replaced apparent tranquility after losing the Community Shield to Arsenal and starting the Premier League title defence with a draw to Swansea. A victory over Manchester City on Sunday, though, would quickly transform the mood surrounding the champions. Perhaps that is why Mourinho has shielded his players from criticism even though goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will miss the trip to Manchester after being sent off against Swansea, with new signing Asmir Begovic taking his place. Instead, it’s the Chelsea medical staff in Mourinho’s firing line. By publicly criticising his medical staff and removing doctor Eva Carneiro from her match-day role, Mourinho has generated a new wave of damaging headlines for the club. But Mourinho’s failure to strengthen the squad is now biting, with a couple of weeks remaining in the summer transfer window. First-choice striker Diego Costa is not fully fit and new backup Radamel Falcao has much to prove after a lacklustre season at Manchester United. Mourinho wants to strengthen a defence that was exposed against Swansea with the addition of John Stones but Everton is rebuffing Chelsea’s pursuit of the centre back. Manchester City, meanwhile, face Chelsea on a high after starting their quest to regain the trophy from the London club with a victory at West Bromwich Albion. Unlike Chelsea, City made a high-profile addition to their squad by signing Raheem Sterling from Liverpool for 49 million pounds (US$76 million). “It’s going to be a really tough season,” Sterling said. “With it being our first home game of the season, we want to get off on the right foot.” Leicester striker Jamie Vardy will not be sacked over a racial slur captured on camera at a casino, manager Claudio Ranieri said Thursday. “Jamie apologised to everyone; it was a mistake,” Ranieri said. “The club has said it is OK.” There’s an early opening to the second round of Premier League, with Manchester United facing Aston Villa tonight. Although Friday night games will feature more regularly from next season, this is a one-off due to a march by the far-right English Defence League group in the Birmingham area tomorrow and United being unable to play the following day due to their Champions League playoff against Bruges on Tuesday. David de Gea was dropped from United’s opening-day win over Tottenham and the goalkeeper will be left out of the team again. Manager Louis van Gaal is concerned that the Spaniard is not mentally fit as he continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid. Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero will instead seek another clean sheet at the start of his United career. The pre-season optimism at Arsenal was quickly deflated by losing to West Ham at the start of its search for a first league title since 2004. There’s another London derby for Arsenal on Sunday against Crystal Palace and goalkeeper Petr Cech will want to avoid a repeat of the mistakes that contributed to a 2-0 collapse to West Ham.
Amateur boxing show cancelled Tropical Storm Erika, which struck the Eastern Caribbean on Thursday, has caused the cancellation of the international boxing show between Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands that was scheduled for tonight at the Olympia Crown Hotel. Two of the six-man team of boxers from the Virgin Islands arrived on Wednesday, and the other four were scheduled to come in yesterday. Because of the storm, all flights were cancelled, so the remaining boxers were unable to get to Jamaica. The Boxing Board, under whose auspices the show was being held, told The Gleaner yesterday that arrangements will be made to hold the show later in the year. Yaya Toure opts out ABIDJAN (AP): Yaya Toure asked not to be included in CÙte d’Ivoire’s squad for its first 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier, and coach Michel Dussuyer says the midfielder is in a “period of reflection” over his international career. Dussuyer met with Toure in London recently over his future with the national team and said in comments published by the Ivorian federation “I hope he will continue his adventure” with national team. “I told him that I was counting on him. He is a great player and is the captain of the team,” Dussuyer said. Now 32, Toure led CÙte d’Ivoire to their first continental title in 25 years in February, his first international trophy. He said in March he was considering whether to continue his international career. CÙte d’Ivoire open their qualifying campaign for 2017 against Sierra Leone next weekend. Robben now Netherlands captain THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP): Arjen Robben replaced striker Robin van Persie as captain of the Netherlands yesterday in Danny Blind’s first squad since taking over from Guus Hiddink as national coach. Blind said he needs a captain with more on-field presence as his team heads into two crucial European Championship qualifiers against Group A leader Iceland and Turkey. “It’s a great honour that the coach asked me to captain Oranje,” Robben said in a written statement. Robben was the undisputed star of the Dutch team that reached the semi-finals of last year’s World Cup in Brazil, but the Bayern Munich winger has struggled with injuries for much of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Van Persie, the Netherlands’ all-time top scorer with 49 goals in 98 internationals, said he respected Blind’s decision and accepted the role of vice-captain. Spain coach calls up David de Gea MADRID (AP): Spain coach Vicente del Bosque yesterday included goalkeeper David de Gea, Diego Costa, and Juan Mata in his squad to take on Slovakia and Macedonia in qualifying matches for next year’s European Championship. Del Bosque called up De Gea, even though he has not played for Manchester United so far this season amid speculation over a possible move to Real Madrid. Former Madrid keeper Iker Casillas is also included in the squad. “It’s true he hasn’t been in official competitions, which is a requirement, but we are in the early part of the season,” Del Bosque said of De Gea’s inclusion, explaining that the player has trained and is ready to play. Del Bosque said he expected De Gea’s club situation was only “temporary” and would be resolved by September 1, when the transfer window will have closed. “He is a goalkeeper that, like Casillas, we think will defend Spain’s goal for many years.”
BERLIN (AP):Franco Di Santo claimed a 17-minute hat-trick yesterday as Schalke beat Asteras Tripoli 4-0 in the Europa League, while Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Tottenham, Ajax and Celtic were held to draws.Di Santo completed his feat with a penalty before half-time and Klaas Jan Huntelaar rounded off the scoring in the 84th with his 49th goal in UEFA competitions for Schalke to take charge of Group K with seven goals scored and none conceded in two games.Sparta Prague defeated APOEL 2-0 to stay two points behind the Gelsenkirchen-based side.Dortmund drew 1-1 at PAOK despite dominating possession. Robert Mak put the Greek side ahead in the 34th, before Gonzalo Castro equalised in the 72nd when Jonas Hoffman’s dummy deceived goalkeeper Robin Olsen. It was Dortmund’s third consecutive draw after starting the season with 11 straight wins across all competitions.Despite Adam Lallana’s fourth-minute opener, Liverpool could only draw 1-1 with visiting FC Sion thanks to Ebenezer Assifuah’s equaliser in the 11th. Rubin Kazan drew 0-0 with Bordeaux in the other group game.Late goalStephan El Shaarawy scored late for Monaco to snatch a 1-1 draw against Tottenham. Azerbaijani side Qarabag defeated Anderlecht 1-0 in the other Group J match.Ajax were held to a 1-1 draw at Molde in Norway. Molde’s 40-year-old captain Daniel Hestad became the Europa League’s oldest goalscorer when he converted from close range in the eighth minute, only for Viktor Fischer to equalise 11 minutes later.Molde leads Group A two points ahead of Celtic, which was held to a 2-2 draw at home by Fenerbahce after substitute Fernandao struck twice for the visitors.Leo Baptistao’s brilliant 54th-minute goal was enough for Spanish league leaders Villarreal to defeat Viktoria Plzen 1-0 at home for their first win. Rapid Vienna lead Group E after their 1-0 win at Dinamo Minsk.
MBU put the game to bed in the 85th minute when Williams netted, his 10th goal so far, from the top of the area and for the 3-1 lead. “The result sounds right, but the way we play doesn’t look as good as the score. I thought we were very tired today, very sluggish in the first half. I think our last game against Arnett Gardens on Monday took a lot out of our legs,” said Tim Hankinson, the MBU coach. “We have Rivoli on Sunday, and we are aware that Williams needs some rest, but he is in form, so he will play. Overall, I think it was a decent game. They made it hard for us in midfield at times, but we did well to overcome that. So I am pleased with the result we got,” he stated. 3-1 lead Western Bureau: Montego Bay United continued their merry march at the top of the Red Stripe Premier League with a comprehensive 3-1 victory over struggling Waterhouse FC at their Wespow Field yesterday. Donovan Carey, Owayne Gordon, and Dino Williams all got on to the score sheet, while Kenroy Howell scored the only goal of the match for Waterhouse, who were losing a third straight game to MBU, going back to last season. Waterhouse remain stuck at the foot of the standings on seven points and left many questions unanswered for their coach, Anthony Patrick. But while they battled hard in midfield, it was clear the problems were on the two ends of the spectrum as defensively, they looked weak, and even more worrying, they were unable to threaten Romaine Bowers in goal for this match instead of regular Jacomeno Barrett. Carey, who has been outstanding on either wing for MBU, got the opener in the 19th minute, with Williams providing the assist and Gordon doubling the lead with a clinical finish in the 32nd, his sixth of the campaign. But Waterhouse did make a game of it by pulling a goal back on the strike of half-time when Howell found just enough room to shoot beyond Bowers.
AFTER two years of success, defending Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association girls champions Edwin Allen High will be hoping to make it three in March, and following his team’s opening at Saturday’s Purewater JC Invitational Michael Dyke is predicting just that. “I am extremely pleased with the overall performance,” said an upbeat Dyke. Despite losing two of his top Class One throwers – Janelle Fullerton, who transferred to St Jago, and Paul Ann Gayle, who has gone overseas – Dyke is not deterred. “It would have been good to have them back in the team, but their departure will not affect the performance as other girls in their shadows over the years have stepped up,” he said. Saturday was an indicator of this as Bristol O’Connor threw 43.72 metres to finish behind Fullerton, who won with the Class One discus in 47.54m. The defending champions had a solid start in the middle and long distance events where they had top three finishes in all classes. Dyke singled out the performance of young Cemore Donald, who clocked the fastest time of all three classes (2:19.30), to win the Class Three 800m. “Cemore is the defending champion at Champs and what she did was awesome and I am confident that she is going to break the record at Champs,” said Dyke. Over the last three years Edwin Allen’s jumpers have been the most impressive at Champs. Dyke thinks his rivals are doomed again this year. “Our jumpers were of high standard on Saturday and nothing will change for the remainder of the season.” The only members of this team yet to taste success are in Class Four, but Dyke is unconcerned about the present crop. “Despite this going to be their first time competing I think the group is much stronger than last year,” he said. Dyke could be right as the Class Four girls dominated the 100 metres. Bethany Bridge led the way with 11.99 seconds. Patrece Clarke (12.51), Selieci Myles (12.66), and Jessica McLean (12.71) finished in the top eight overall.
Jamaica has won the bid to host the 2016 Caribbean Volleyball Senior Men and Women Championship to be held in July of this year.Jamaica had been in contention to host the championships that will feature eight male and a similar number of female teams from across the region battling for the right be called Caribbean champions. Trinidad and Tobago are the defending male and female champions.Martinique had also expressed an interest in hosting the championships, but following a visit here late last year by president of the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA), Mushtaque Mohammed, it was decided that Jamaica was the better option. During his visit Mohammed conducted site inspections and looked at hotels in Kingston. He also met with athletes and officials before making his decision.”From my inspection visit, it was evident that you and your team have the enthusiasm and drive necessary to provide the best conditions for the hosting of our major tournaments,” Mohammed told Jamaica Volleyball Association president Rudolph Speid in a letter communicating the good news.This will be the second occasion this year that Jamaica will be hosting a major international volleyball tournament as the island is set to host the second round of Women’s Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers in Ocho Rios, at the end of January.
It was a scintillating performance – adding to her more likely 100m gold – Jamaica’s first in Rio. It spoke eloquently to the inestimable value of guru coach of a multiplicity of skill sets, Stephen Francis, seen by many with expertise as the world’s best. More will be told of the Wolmerian, turned ace accountant, whose craft, cunning and competence is on course with his calculus. There should be no talk of the seemingly shy miss from the mid-island district of Banana Ground replacing the outstanding Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in her queenly status, but that is for another place and another time. For now, let the new champion be commended and celebrated for her Olympic double sprint gold – the first in 28 years for a woman. Year 2016 has been literally an up-and-down season for another Manchester High product, coached there by former high-school sprint standout Carlos Samuels. From there, Omar McLeod moved, or, better put, was attracted to Kingston College where Raymond ‘KC’ Graham, not unknown in the country’s hurdling culture, saw to his conditioning. The World indoor 60mh champion from Portland, Oregon, took on and bested the world in the opening Diamond League exercises, winning in Doha, Shanghai and the Pre Classic in Eugene. Then followed falls in Monaco and the Hengelo in Belgium. In true Fortis style, he did not yield, but rose again for the Olympic gold. The mettle of the 22-year-old, together with timely coaching acumen, won out for his country. If ever a top-of-the-podium finish can be predicted, the traditional 4x100m relay for men is it. The expected quartet of Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake, Nickel Ashmeade and the farewell man, Bolt – in his Olympics finale – got the equally expected result. Goodbye to Rio, and the same to Usain. For feedback, email email@example.com. The shades have been drawn on Rio 2016 and this blessed nation is left with memories, some sweet, others not so. Clearly, the world has seen the last Olympic act of the grandmaster of track and field, Usain Bolt. Give him any title imaginable, but let it speak to the way he performed on a grandiose scale for the multitude of fans, encompassing both genders, who warmed to and reached fever-pitch excitement and ecstasy levels in response to his entertaining antics, victory after victory. From the moment he took off his running shoes in the Beijing Bird’s Nest after the 2008 Olympics 100m world record triumph, he has been imposing and impressive, instantly initiating the worldwide acclaim that rose to a pinnacle in the Olympic Stadium in Rio. With an admirable display of poise and panache, garnished by a substantial helping of flamboyance and flair, the sport’s sensational superstar has captured the hearts and minds of those who crammed into the world’s stadia to see him live, as well as the wider throng watching on television or other available video-imaging devices. The Brazilians, already nurtured on and nourished by their hero, race car driver – the late Ayrton Senna – and the institution in PelÈ, had found in this phenomenal athlete another idol at whose feet to kneel. His final tally of gold medals over the three Games where he shone, beacon-style, was a stunning nine. They were comprised of the triple-triple of sprint titles, never before accomplished. At the end of the action, with the closing ceremony to come, most appropriately on the big man’s birthday, the people from Brazil, with their tumultuous cheers, spoke for the entire Olympic movement, in saying, “Thank you, Usain”. Foster’s Fairplay, trapped in the afterglow of Jamaica’s nine medals, would take pleasure in keeping the tributes and show of appreciation at the level stimulated by the Bolt magnificence. No such luck, as the journey through one’s existence will always toss up the excellent and that of lesser brilliance. However, they must all be recognised, respected and accorded the relevance that is deserving. Not all will make the Bolt cut or trod the paths that he has so attractively traversed. In that regard, one must, in the first instance, revisit the outstanding showing of the country’s new queen of the sprints, Elaine Thompson, the girl out of the Manchester High School programme, astutely handled by senior coach Jerry Holness. She has stunned a phalanx of critics by reversing the 2015 Beijing World Championship triumph by the reigning 200m World champion, the Dutch former multi-eventer, Dafne Schippers. NEW CHAMPION
Mico maintain good form Four teams maintain perfect records Four teams have perfect records in the Jamaica Domino Federation-City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union Portmore-St Catherine League after five rounds of matches. Defending champions Fort International racked up their fifth win in as many matches as they whipped Garveymeade 300-217. Also winning five of five games are Eradication who thrashed Exceptional 300-242; Waterhouse United, also with a perfect record, dismantled Mechanical Strikers 300-270 and Spring Village, also unbeaten, stunned Braeton All Stars 300-235. However, the biggest upset of the fifth round was Correctional Services’ shock 300-295 win over Links United (Formerly Spit Fyah). In other games, Naggo Head stopped Felluchi Strikers 300-290; Right Stuff beat Masterpiece 300-288; Kens Wildflower defeated Memory Lane 300-286 and Soursop Tree got past Chedwin Strikers 300-256. Tafari Lions roar on in St Elizabeth Tafari Lions expended their best start in the St Elizabeth Magnum Major League by knocking over Great Bay Lions 4-1 in sixth round play. They have now scored three wins in their last four games, dropping points only after a 1-1 draw with Real Treasure Beach FC in the third round. However, the highlight of the fourth round was the loss sustained by the previous joint second placers, New Holland Club and Middle Quarters. In two remarkable results New Holland were beaten 3-1 by Real Treasure Beach while Middle Quarters went down 2-0 to a resurgent Appleton. Tafari Lions lead with 14 points and they are followed by the trio of Treasure Beach, Appleton and New Holland with 10 points each. The Mico University have continued their good form in the intercollegiate 50 overs cricket competition. Led by a four-wicket haul from Oshene Wilson and a half century from Odain McCatty they defeated visitors University of Technology (UTech) by eight wickets on Tuesday to record their third straight win in the competition. Scores UTech 165 all out off 44.3 overs, Mico 166 for two off 25.5 overs. Delbert Gayle, 59, and Anthony Brown 40 were the leading scorers for UTech against Wilson with four for 29 and Joseph Lemmie, two for 25. In reply Mico cruised to victory. McCatty hit 74 not out with eight fours and two sixes while skipper Antwain Stephens hit an unbeaten 53 (3×4, 2×6). Mico are now sole leaders of the competition with a perfect nine points from three matches. Professional walkers Jon Oliphant and Natasha McKenzie wrote a bit of local history for themselves after winning the Knox High School 5k Run Walk race in Spaldings last weekend. Oliphant won the 5.2 K walk in 29 minutes by a city block, while McKenzie had no challengers in the female section, winning in 33 minutes. The two had previously won the walk races organised by the Knox Junior and Knox Community College. Semi-final places loom in South Central Confed league There is no change again at the top of the South Central Super League following nine rounds of matches in the preliminary stage. St Bess FC of St Elizabeth and Tru-Juice of St Catherine, who entered the round on 19 points each were pegged to just one point each after both had drawn results. St Bess who has the overall lead on goal difference, were held 0-0 by struggling Hillstars of Manchester while Tru-Juice ended 2-2 against parish counterparts Dunbeholden. The two front runners, along with former National Premier League campaigners Rivoli and Sporting Central, are now on course for the semi-finals. Black Star of St Elizabeth and Dunbeholden are, however, still in striking distance. Interestingly, New Bowens of Clarendon, who are in tenth place on seven points, were the only team to record a win and this came in a 2-0 effort against parish mates Kemps Hill, who are unlikely to avoid relegation at this stage. Porus take over Major League lead Manchester Division One kicks off The Manchester Division One, which is in its third year of sponsorship from alumina giant Jamalco, kicked off with much fanfare at the Brooks Park last weekend. As in previous years, there was an opening ceremony and a dress parade from which teams earned prizes. Among the speakers were Manchester Football Association president Dalton Wint and Errol Davy, senior community relations officer at Jamalco. Wint, in a short address, hailed Jamalco for their sponsorship at a difficult time for grass roots football. Daley said that Jamalco were desirous of seeing not only quality football but disciplined football. Twelve teams will take part this year, with two preliminary zones of six teams. The top two from each zone will advance to the semi-finals. Two matches were played on opening day. Newcomers Silent Hill surprised former champions Old England 2-0 with both goals coming from Jermaine Austin. The final game of the day saw Los Perfectos coming from a first minute 0-1 deficit to whip Plouden 3-1. Later this week, Clandon Strikers FC defeated New Green CC 1-0, with Richard Campbell getting the winner in the 72nd minute. Hot Edgewater FC face Braeton in semis Red hot Edgewater will clash with Braeton United in the opening game of a double-header in the semi-finals of the Portmore Division Two Football League tomorrow, at the Cedar Grove Sports Complex. Match time is 1 p.m. Edgewater warmed up for the semi-finals with a big 5-0 thrashing of Westchester in their final preliminary round game. Edgewater also defeated their semi-final opponents 3-0 two weeks ago. In the second semi-final at 3 p.m. Southborough will oppose Racing United. In results last Sunday, Braeton surprised Southborough 3-0; Racing United clipped Cumberland 3-2 and Waterford drew 3-3 with Three West. Porus are now the sole leaders of the Manchester Football Association Magnum-Captain’s Bakery Major League after outscoring Alligator Pond 3-2 in a contest which lived up to its top of the table clash billing. The two had been locked on nine points heading into the round. In fact, this deadlock had remained since round one. John Dennis gave Porus the lead in the 30th minute, but Kenji Thomas found the equaliser in the 44th sending the game to a 1-1. Dane Seaton’s strike in the 60th put Alligator Pond into the lead for the first time. However, late goals from Mark Thompson (85th) and Sanjay Whittingham (90th) sealed the win for Porus. In other results from the round, Star Zone Academy and Technical Strikers drew 1-1 while Comfort tagged former champions Mile Gully 3-0. Oliphant, McKenzie dominate Knox 5K Henriques tops Pre-Florida Open Pistol show Orville Henriques continued his amazing dominance of home turf at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club by easily winning the Pre-Florida Open pistol tournament last weekend in Lincoln, Mandeville. Henriques has not lost a single competitive match in Mandeville since August 2014 and he was fastest on all eight stages and dominated the points except for Stage Four dubbed This can hurt you, where Paul Dixon surprised all with victory. Thomas Jones finished second overall with 71 per cent followed by Ellsworth Dixon at 68 per cent. Budding shooter Lyle Swaby shot a creditable 61 per cent to finish fifth, edging out Alvin Amore. Established pro, Owen Campbell, had his worse finish in terms of percentages since 2014, managing sixth at 42 per cent.
LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer And Robinson hopes that the next games, starting next Friday against San Sebastian, will enhance the Pirates’ camaraderie as they seek to break the glass ceiling and make it to the Final Four for the first time since it joined the league in 2011.“Hopefully it could really propel our drive, but again, it’s really looking at the vision of really showing that we have a good culture, we have good leaders on the team, we have good that individuals, that are again inspiring others. That’s really important to us,” he said. Red Lions learn the hard way against the Pirates 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith Lyceum on a 2-0 start in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament, coach Topex Robinson is giving full credit to the entire squad and not just a single individual.“Success is a team sport. It’s really about us, the entirety of the team,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Robinson praised the versatile winger for his tireless efforts late.“(Reymar) has really been helping us. He’s deceiving because he looks like a big man but he really is a guard. He’s just confident and our trust on him is there. And today, he just bailed us out with his solid performance.“Caduyac strung the last five points for the Pirates, which proved to be the final blow to the powerhouse Red Lions.With the victory fortifying everyone’s claim from the preseason that Lyceum is indeed this year’s dark horse, Robinson was quick to pull his side back to earth and reiterated that it hasn’t proven anything yet.“Nobody wins a championship in the second game. We know that teams will be playing us harder. We just have to always be ready, prepared, and always be humble and hungry,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT CJ Perez has undoubtedly been the leader for the Pirates, but the youthful mentor has been adamant in pointing out that the hardworking forward can’t do it all alone.“That’s what I always tell him. CJ is gonna win games for us, and he’s gonna lose games for us. That’s the way of the world for us. But CJ knows that he will never be better than his teammates. He can never win it by himself,” said Robinson.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’And that manifested on Friday in Lyceum’s huge 96-91 win over defending champion San Beda.As expected, Perez was able to weave his magic and tow his team to the driver’s seat, but he needed the aid of his teammates, specifically Reymar Caduyac, to pull off the victory in the end game. MOST READ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 All’s well in Ateneo as Final 4 approaches “We don’t have any other motivation except to win the championship,” said Ayo.“In the first round, there were lots of distractions, simple schemes on defense that sometimes we cannot execute; we tended to gamble a lot. We were very undisciplined in the first round. But they became different come the second round because they just surrendered to the system and overcame the distractions.”It wasn’t smooth-sailing for the Archers in their Final Four rematch with the Falcons as they came out cold from beyond the arc, missing their first 17 three-point shots.Jolo Go hit one from the corner with 8:18 remaining that set off the endgame run that took the fight out of the Falcons. More than the shot, Abu Tratter’s pick to free up Go caught Ayo’s attention.La Salle stifled Adamson in the final period, holding the Falcons to just 12 points.ADVERTISEMENT But the defeat left a bitter taste in Adamson coach Franz Pumaren’s mouth. Pumaren was heard complaining about the officiating as he walked to the dugout after the game.“This was the worst officiating (I experienced in the UAAP),” Pumaren was seen telling the referees. “You did not give us a chance to play.”Adamson was called for 33 fouls, 21 more than La Salle, which went 26-of-39 from the free throw line. Adamson, in contrast, made just two of its five foul shots.“I don’t want to sound sour-graping but I guess everyone saw the game,” said Pumaren.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Trailing for most of the match, Ben Mbala (23) and La Salle fended off the challenge posed by Sean Maganti (left), Papi Sarr and hard-fighting Adamson. —AUGUST DELA CRUZDown by six at halftime to a hot-shooting Adamson team, La Salle coach Aldin Ayo took his players to task for their sloppy play, sensing a hangover from the big win over rival Ateneo almost a week ago.“Are you playing like this because its not Ateneo?” the fiery coach asked his team.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES “This is the more important game. Some of you are not focused that’s why we can’t execute our plays.”Ayo finally got his response in the final period, where the Green Archers blitzed the Falcons on their way to an 82-75 victory that booked a return trip to the finals of UAAP Season 80 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneBen Mbala scattered 27 points, Leonard Santillan wound up with 15 and Ricci Rivero finished with 14 points as the Archers rolled to their eighth straight victory after rallying from 15 points down.The Archers now await the winner of Sunday’s clash between top seed Ateneo and Far Eastern U for the best of three Finals that starts next Saturday. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments