no objection Gayle told The Gleaner that himself and Blake had lengthy discussions with the three athletes and were convinced that they were not being coerced into making the move. It is expected that the trio, who are members of the Stephen Francis-led MVP Track Club will continue to train in Jamaica. Under the IAAF rule 5.4, athletes are allowed to compete for another country after sitting out a period of 12 months once there is no objection from their original federation. If there is an objection, the athletes would then need to wait for three years before representing their new country. Williams, who is approaching her 30th birthday, won silver medals in the 400m at the 2008 Olympic Games as well as the 2009 World Championships. She last represented Jamaica in the IAAF World Relays earlier this year. Brown, who on Monday celebrated his 23rd birthday, has a 100m personal best of 9.93 seconds finishing second in the 100m at the World University Games earlier this month. Fisher, also 23, recently joined the sub-10 seconds club running 9.94 seconds in Madrid. All three should be eligible to represent Bahrain at next Summer’s Olympic Games. Bahrain, like Qatar, has been involved in recruiting athletes over the years – particularly Kenyan distance runners. At least 40 athletes have switched allegiances, encouraged by lucrative deals from the oil rich Gulf States. There have been reported cases where athletes, who have switched to these countries have received, in some instances up to US$5,000 a month for life and additional bonuses for records. The ‘transfer’ of Jamaican athletes Shericka Williams, Kemarley Brown and Andrew Fisher to Bahrain is still being processed, but while he isn’t too concerned, Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) boss Dr Warren Blake admits that a trend seems to be developing. He was also quick to point out that the JAAA does not stand to benefit financially from any athlete switching allegiance to another country, as this is prohibited under IAAF regulations. Blake the JAAA president along with general secretary Garth Gayle have both confirmed that the athletes’ requests are being processed after the trio had written to the organisation expressing their desire to represent the Middle East archipelago over a month ago. If confirmed, this will not represent the first time that a Jamaican athlete has renounced their citizenship to represent another country with well known names such as Merlene Ottey (Slovenia) and the US-born quarter-miler Brandon Simpson, who went on to compete for Bahrain as well as Jacques Harvey, who recently committed to Turkey all coming to mind. This will, however, represent the first time that multiple athletes have made a request at once and Blake, while admitting that Jamaica has also benefited from athletes switching allegiance, it could be a developing trend that Jamaican athletes are now considering more seriously to benefit from the financial aspects of transferring allegiances. “Without any evidence to suggest (trend); it’s more of a developing trend as opposed to being a trend,” Blake told The Gleaner. “Athletes have always been switching allegiances and we have also benefited from it up to recently with steeplechaser Aisha Praught, who was born in the US and has decided to represent Jamaica.” It should be noted, however, that Praught was born to a Jamaican father.
NZ beat Pakistan by 10 wickets HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP): Martin Guptill made 87 and Kane Williamson 72 in an unbroken record partnership of 171 that steered New Zealand to a 10-wicket win over Pakistan in the second Twenty20 cricket international yesterday, levelling the three match series at 1-1. New Zealand took four leg byes from the fourth ball of the 18th over to win the match with eight balls to spare. In doing so, Guptill and Williamson passed the Twenty20 record partnership for all wickets against all nations that had been held for South Africa by Graeme Smith and Loots Bosman at 170. Pakistan seemed to have posted a sufficient total when they came in after batting on winning the toss with 168-7, just short of their winning tally in the opening match. Coe: IAAF will probe bribery claims against Qatar LONDON (AP): IAAF President Sebastian Coe says claims of bribery by Qatar in the bidding process for the 2017 World Athletics Championship are being investigated. Ed Warner, chairman of UK Athletics, said yesterday his bid team was told “brown envelopes” were being handed to members of the IAAF Council the night before the vote in 2011 between London and Qatari capital Doha, which London won. Warner also said his team agreed to spend $7.2 million to cover prize money, having been warned they were unlikely to succeed if they did not. Speaking on BBC Radio alongside Warner, Coe said he was unaware of the claims and promised to look into them. Qatar has denied any wrongdoing in its bids for either the 2017 championship or the 2019 championship, which it will host. Sinclair fifth in Bermuda 10K HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC): Jamaican Kenia Sinclair followed up her runner’s-up spot in Friday night’s elite women’s mile race with a creditable fifth-place finish in the women’s division of Saturday’s Bermuda Marathon Weekend 10-kilometre event held in wet and windy conditions. Sinclair, 35, was 14th overall in a time of 37 minutes and 42 seconds – around two minutes behind the British female winner, Faye Fullerton. The 31-year-old Fullerton was clocked in 35:48, ahead of compatriot Charlotte Arter in 35:48. Finishing third in 36:22 was Heather Kampf of the United States, who beat Sinclair into second place in the mile race. The overall 10K winner was Zambia’s Jordan Chipangama, who stormed to an emphatic victory over the undulating course – his fourth in Bermuda. Chipangama won the 10K event in 2014 and back-to-back half-marathon titles in 2013 and 2014. He also holds the half-marathon race record, which stands at one hour, 4:21 minutes, which he achieved in 2014. Maxwell’s 96 guides Australia to series win MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Glenn Maxwell scored 96 runs from 83 balls to guide Australia to a series-clinching three-wicket win over India yesterday in the third of five limited-overs internationals. Maxwell hit a six and a boundary at the start of the 49th over to tie the scores, but was out trying to hit a six to raise triple figures, leaving James Faulkner (20 not out) to hit the winning single with seven balls to spare. The win gave Australia a winning 3-0 lead in the five-match series following an opening five-wicket win in Perth and a seven-wicket in Brisbane. India, batting first for the third game in a row, posted 295-6, with Virat Kohli scoring 117 – his 24th ODI century – and sharing partnerships of 119 for the second wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (68) and 109 with Ajinkya Rahane (50). John Hastings led the Australian attack with 4-58 from 10 overs. Australia chased down 300-plus targets in Perth and Brisbane and were in a comfortable position chasing 296, with opener Shaun Marsh scoring 62 in partnerships of 48 with Aaron Finch (21) and 64 with Steve Smith (41) for the first two wickets.
The mission Allyson Felix has chosen to accept is still difficult. When the superb American ran the 200-400m double at the 2011 World Championships, the schedule was perfect.Now, even though the overlap between the 200m and 400m has been eased for the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Felix still has a tough road to travel.In 2011, in Daegu, South Korea, the 400 metres and the 200m were separated by a day of rest. At the 2012 Olympics, the 200m started the day after the 400 metres ended but with the 200m heats and semis on the same day.Overlap between the two sprints appeared at the 2013 World Championships, and even though the gap between the 200m heats and the 400m final has been extended from 75 minutes to 13 hours at this year’s Olympic Games, they are still on the same day.WAY TO GOLDIt would be far better for the 30-year-old American if the Daegu schedule was reintroduced. In fact, when US superstar Michael Johnson fought to do the same double in the 1996Olympics, he insisted on a day to rest in between the 400m and the 200m. Not only is that rest day absent for Felix, but the elegant American still has to run a 200m and a 400m on the same day.In other words, if she does qualify for both events at the US Olympic Trials, she will have to run once on day two and three; twice on day four at 9.30 a.m. local time in her 200m heat and in the 400m final at 10.45 p.m. local time; and then once on both days five and six.As good as the four-time individual World Champion is, she obviously doesn’t have the clout Johnson had in 1996 when he was the undisputed king of athletics. If she got her way, it would be a good guess that others might try the double.Bahamian Shaunae Miller, second to Felix in the 400m last year at the Worlds, is nippy over 200 metres. If the overlap remains, Miller might be best advised to skip it to save all her energy for the 400 metres.That event could have the last two Olympic winners, American Sanya Richards-Ross and Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain and a likely Jamaican trio from the quartet of World bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, Christine Day, Stephenie McPherson, and Novlene Williams-Mills in Felix’s way to gold.In the meantime, Daphne Schippers of Holland and the Jamaican pair of Elaine Thompson and Veronica Campbell-Brown, who went 1-2-3 at last year’s World Championships, and the rest of the world’s best 200-metre runners, are probably breathing a sigh of relief. Instead of facing the reigning Olympic 200m champion when she is relatively fresh, they will face Felix in the final of the curved sprint on her sixth consecutive day of action.Add 2012 Olympic runner-up Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and young British star Dina Asher-Smith to the mix and the task for Felix gets tougher.Given that they will all have rested after the 100m ends on day two of the Olympics athletics programme and before the 200m starts on day four, they still hold the advantage.n Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.
WORLD Championships 200 metres silver medallist, Elaine Thompson, expressed delight with her final 20 metres after she sped to victory in her heat of the women’s Invitational 60 metres in 7.17 seconds at yesterday’s Queen’s-Grace Jackson meet at the National Stadium. “Today I just came out to execute as my coach instructed me to do. I was pleased with my final 20 metres. as I got out a bit slow. I am really happy to be competing before my fans again and I am looking forward to the remainder of the season,” the MVP Track Club athlete said after her first competitive run this season. Sprint Tech Track Club’s Gayon Evans was second in the heat. In the men’s event former national senior 100 metres champion, Oshane Bailey, who now competes for Sprint Tech won in a tight finish in 6.60 edging out MVP’s Ronald Levy (6.61) with another MVP athlete, Julian Forte, third in 6.63. Sharing the spotlight was national senior representative, Aneisha McLaughlin-Whilby who was making a return to the track after a one year absence. Competing for Sprint Tech McLaughlin-Whilby clocked 52.87 seconds to post the fastest time of the day in the women’s open 400 metres. G.C. Foster College’s Ronda Whyte was second overall in 53.07 with third going to Sprint Tech Verone Chambers, 53.28. McLaughlin-Whilby was also happy with her performance. “I was very anxious before the event but felt good after the race as I executed the way my coach wanted me to do and my body felt good,” she said. St Jago High’s Alesha Kelly was also in good form in the one lap event. Competing in Class One Kelly topped the field in 53.94 to finish ahead of Holmwood Technical’s Ashley Williams (54.96) and St Jago’s Shanice Reid, 55.16. Edino Steele, 46.39, was best among the males in the men’s 400m. Nasieve Powell of G.C. Foster College was second in 46.91 and Racers’ Zharnell Hughes, third in 47.12. Calabar dominated the sprint hurdles winning in all three classes. Shavon Carr won Class Three in 14.28 seconds, ahead of teammate Oratio Craig, 14.51. In Class Two Dejour Russell captured the 110m hurdles in 13.38 seconds, ahead of teammates Orlando Bennett, 4,28, and Michael Stevens, 14.38. Seanie Selvie took Class One in 14.40 from Jamaica College’s Odario Phillips (14,46).
Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 5. Donald Tankoua – C, San Beda Red Lions 11 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdmittedly inconsistent through the first six games, Donald Tankoua has finally had his best game to date for San Beda as he took a page out of his old self in the team’s 66-55 win over Mapua.With only Christian Bunag challenging him on the inside, the Nigerian center may have just gotten the shot of confidence he needs as the Red Lions gear for the tougher wars ahead.Couple that with the good showing of young prospects like Clint Doliguez and San Beda may just very well be building up a solid team ready to defend its throne.6. Juju Bautista – F, EAC Generals 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocksLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSidney Onwubere starred in EAC’s 85-79 win over Arellano, but largely was absent in its home game on Thursday.Francis Munsayac, meanwhile, corralled a career-best 26 points, but committed the heartbreaking turnover which took the fight out of the Generals in their 97-93 loss to Lyceum.Despite the up-and-down week, the lone consistent force for coach Ariel Sison has been Juju Bautista, who refused to let his team down in those two close games.The Fil-Samoan’s role, though, is expected to get bigger with Hamadou Laminou being ruled out of the season after tearing his ACL in his right knee.7. Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags 20 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assistLast Week: 5 As promising as this stretch is, the road is about to get bumpier for the Knights, with San Sebastian and Lyceum next in their schedule.3. CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assistsLast Week: 2A staple of this list from the start, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that CJ Perez is still flying high in these rankings.Just as the past weeks, the energetic forward has embraced the team concept coach Topex Robinson has been preaching and seven games in and Lyceum has still yet to fall.The test, however, will be in this coming week as the Pirates’ discipline will be put to the test with Robinson serving his one-game suspension following his ejection in the EAC win.4. Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights12 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assistsLast Week: 1FILE PHOTO by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week’s top performer took a bit of a bump down the rankings, but that shouldn’t take away his contributions for Letran in its game against Perpetual.Rey Nambatac did all he could to tow the Knights to the victory, even if that meant crashing the boards against the towering Prince Eze, as he became the engine that made the team work.Showing the leadership qualities Letran has been looking for since last season, Nambatac has indeed established himself as one of the best young prospects in the amateur ranks today.But just like Quinto, he and the rest of the Knights will be put into the test this coming week with a tough two-game grind coming up. Creamline gets headway for bronze medal, trumps Air Force Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:28’Star Wars’ cast reveal which co-stars they’d go caroling with and hopes for the New Year00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact on the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the past week.ADVERTISEMENT Oh, how fast time flies.We’re past the halfway point of the first round and it seems that Lyceum and San Beda have pulled away from the field.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’But beyond them is where the action is, with only a win separating the third and the ninth seeds, showing how important every game is for every team aspiring to be in the Final Four.But those wins wouldn’t come to be if not for the players themselves, and this is our list of this week’s top performers.1. Jaycee Marcelino – G, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 blockLast Week: 7 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHas San Sebastian finally figured things out after a shocking slump early in the season?It’s still too early to tell, but for Michael Calisaan, this past week’s dominating 101-71 victory over lowly St. Benilde should be a good indication on how far the team can go.Known as a heady defensive crew, the Golden Stags put their offensive prowess in full display, with Calisaan dominating a stretch in the fourth quarter and racking 12 straight points.If San Sebastian keeps this up, there shouldn’t be any hitches for it to realize the preseason predictions placed on its head. MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Jaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAdamson’s loss is Lyceum’s gain. And Jaycee Marcelino has no qualms on making that fact known.With the past week his coming out party, the offensive-minded half of the Marcelino twins is proving that he might just be the next great NCAA playmaker, coming out of nowhere to follow the footsteps of stars like Scottie Thompson and Jio Jalalon.This week, Marcelino hushed the boisterous crowd in EAC with his stupendous showing including the game-sealing steal on Francis Munsayac as the Pirates bucked the absence of coach Topex Robinson to stay unscathed at 7-0.2. Bong Quinto – F, Letran Knights14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKnown as a gunner throughout his career, Bong Quinto shared that it took time for him giving the steering wheel to Rey Nambatac.But with this selfless act, the 20-year-old seems to be thriving, as the duos’ trust with each other have helped Letran nab three straight wins to pull it out of the muck and grab solo third place.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Belga explained that hitting the showers early last game against the Picanto made him reassess his part in the current situation the Elasto Painters are in.“Coach Caloy (Garcia) told me that a leader should always be present on the court. Gabe (Norwood), Jireh (Ibañes), and Raymond (Almazan) are not here, so I have to help our teammates, especially that a lot of them are shy. So I barked instructions on defense and the things we need to do, and I’m happy that we got a win so that we’ll have a bit of a momentum,” he said in Filipino.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’With Belga taking the leadership mantle, Rain or Shine didn’t have a hard time running away from TNT as it strung its first winning streak of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The Sorsogon native is hopeful that the Elasto Painters can sustain whatever positives they got from the win against the KaTropa as he is finally set to serve his one-game suspension in the team’s next assignment against Star on Sunday. Beau Belga. PBA IMAGESBeau Belga seemed to have taken a 180-degree turn after his ejection last week, exuding poise in Rain or Shine’s 105-73 rout of TNT on Sunday.Keeping his temper in check, the burly big man had the most impact for his team in his time on the floor, garnering a team-best plus-28 as he racked five points, 10 rebounds, and three assists in the blowout.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her View comments Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lesnar survives to retain Universal title at SummerSlam “I can’t help them much in the next game, so I showed them that someone has to step up when it comes to leadership. Good thing is that Gabe and Raymond will already be here,” he said.With Belga relegated to the sidelines, he is taking the suspension as an eye-opener for him to control his emotions in the following games.“It’s too bad that I can’t join them in next game, but it is what it is and it’s a lesson for me to control my emotions. I need to be there for my teammates because the coaches consider me as one of the veterans, so I need to be a role model,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite
End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Break new ground “It always gives you satisfaction when you win, especially since it’s our first of the season, and my first one as the coach,” said FEU coach Olsen Racela. “But we’re still far from what we want to be. We still have a lot of things to do and take care of.”Arespacochaga, meanwhile, downplayed the back-to-back 20-point victories to start the season, saying the Eagles still have their work cut out for them if they want to reach the finals again.“Our mentality and philosophy is ‘next game’ and it might have been a 20-point win for us, but we want to keep on improving,” he said. “We don’t want to look at that 20-point win and get big-headed. It doesn’t show how hard we had to fight, especially defensively against all their (UP’s) good guards.” Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The Eagles extended a 44-36 halftime lead to 11 points in the third period, before enjoying a 24-point buffer late in the game as Tio, who missed the opening-day win over Adamson due to an ankle injury, caught fire with 10 of his output in the final period.“We’re just happy for Tyler because he’s been working hard since last season,” said Ravena. “We always knew he can contribute.”“I was just doing my job for the team,” said Tio, a standout from Xavier High School, who initially only had Canadian citizenship before applying for a Philippine passport last year.Three days after hitting the triple that lifted the Maroons to a 74-73 win over University of Santo Tomas, Paul Desiderio was held to just nine points on 4-of-18 shooting as he struggled to find his rhythm. But rookie Juan Gomez De Liano got going early and finished with 16 points for the Maroons, who fell to a tie with Far Eastern U at 1-1.The Tamaraws turned back University of the East, 90-83, earlier after another strong game from Ron Dennison, who had 16 points. Prince Orizu also finished with a double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds aside from anchoring FEU’s interior defense.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A costly, catty dispute finally settled Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. A costly, catty dispute finally settled Winning start MOST READ Ateneo guard Tyler Tio wasted little time showing the skills that made him a blue-chip recruit a year ago, while the rest of the Blue Eagles once again stamped their class against another contender.ADVERTISEMENT Bombers try to keep distance vs Knights LATEST STORIES With Tio delivering one of the finest debuts in recent memory, the Eagles rolled past the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 92-71, last Wednesday to grab the early lead in the UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Tio, who sat out last season after he was unable to get a Philippine passport in time for the tournament, finished with 14 points in just 11 minutes, going 6-for-6 from the field as the Eagles brandished the depth of their squad to seize the early lead in the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThirdy Ravena once again led the Eagles with 16 points and six rebounds, while Chiz Ike followed up his strong opening-day performance with a nine-point, seven-rebound haul for the Eagles. Aaron Black also had a solid game of nine points and 10 boards.“Hats off to the guys who stepped up for us,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “One of the things that coach Tab (Baldwin) said at halftime was we needed to play better defense and take care of the ball and we saw some improvement in the second half.” 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
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson BC ASTANA 65 — Gavrilov 11, Clemmons 10, Carter 10, Degtyarev 8, Murzagaliyev 8, Zhigulin 8, Yergali 6, Kolesnikov 2, Marchuk 2, Chsherbak 0.Quarters: 21-19, 35-43, 57-55, 73-65. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Photo from FibaAsia.comChooks-to-Go Pilipinas did just enough to hold off BC Astana, 73-65, to open its 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup campaign Friday at Chenzhou Sports Center in Chenzhou, China.Kiefer Ravena uncorked nine of his 22 points in the third quarter, where the Philippine side staged a huge fightback after being down by as big as 11, 40-29.ADVERTISEMENT Pingris grateful for coach, teammates’ support as he gets 5k points The 23-year-old also had three rebounds, two assists, and two steals, including the game-sealing freebies with 20 seconds left in the clock as Gilas got off to a good start in the continental club competition.Isaiah Austin also impressed in his first game in national team colors, firing 17 markers, 18 rebounds, and six blocks to hold the paint for Chooks-to-Go.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogJett Manuel also added 10 points, while Jeric Teng got seven in the victory.Chooks rallied back from a 51-44 deficit midway in the third quarter with a 13-2 blast, punctuated by a Jeric Teng three to take a 57-53 lead with 1:14 left in the period. 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 DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene BC Astana stayed alive in the fourth quarter, thanks to back-to-back triples from Anthony Clemmons and Alexandr Zhigulin in the final 3:48 that cut Chooks’ lead down to two, 65-63, but LA Revilla and Austin iced the win with huge baskets in the end game.Dmitriy Gavrilov paced BC Astana with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Clemmons and Justin Carter both had 10 in the defeat.Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas will shoot for its second win on Saturday as it takes on Sarreyet Ramallah of Palestine.The Scores:CHOOKS-TO-GO PILIPINAS 73 — Ravena 22, Austin 17, Manuel 10, Jeri. Teng 7, Jose 6, Revilla 5, Cruz 2, Torres 2, Jero. Teng 1, Tamsi 1, Vosotros 0.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments
Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide 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 Photo from Fiba.comChooks-to-go Pilipinas salvaged the fifth place in the Fiba Asia Champions Cup after fending off Mono Vampire Basketball Club, 89-79, Saturday at Chenzhou Sports Center in China.Kiefer Ravena came up big in the clutch for the Philippine side after the Thai Club threatened a late comeback.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody MOST READ The Philippines had an 83-76 lead with 3:38 left in the game but Michael Singletary hit a quick three with just 10 seconds elapsed on the clock to cut the margin to four, 83-79.Ravena then scored four straight points, a jumper and a couple of free throws, to hike Chooks-to-go’s lead to eight, 87-79 with 2:10 left. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Philippines shrugged of a slow start against its fellow Southeast Asian foe after it fell 45-42 at the break. A strong third quarter propelled Chooks-to-go to 66-57 lead after outscoring Mono Vampire, 24-12, in the penultimate period. How to help the Taal evacuees View comments Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Thunder’s Westbrook signs record $205M deal Isaiah Austin had 37 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists to lead the Philippines while Ravena had 18 points.Singletary led Mono Vampire with 30 points and 12 boards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
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The Cubs dropped four of seven games against the Nationals this season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson DAY6 is for everybody View comments 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 Chicago, a runaway winner in the NL Central last season with a 103-58 record, has some decisions to make about its rotation against the Nationals, but appears to be in good shape heading into the playoffs. The Cubs closed the season with 15 wins in 19 games.Mike Montgomery pitched three scoreless innings for Chicago before John Lackey (12-12) allowed Adam Duvall’s run-scoring double in the fourth in his first relief appearance since the 2013 World Series with Boston. The right-hander could work out of the bullpen in this year’s playoffs.“I mean he gave up a run, whatever it was, but I thought he had a really good slider coming out of the pen and his velocity was normal,” manager Joe Maddon said. “So I thought he looked actually pretty good.”Scooter Gennett added an RBI single in the sixth for Cincinnati. Joey Votto doubled twice and led the majors by reaching base 321 times this year, breaking his own team record set in 2015.“I think as a complete package, this was the best year of my career,” said Votto, who won the NL MVP award in 2010.NO STEALINGCincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton went 0 for 4 with a walk and lost out to Miami’s Dee Gordon in the race for most steals in the majors. Hamilton had 59 coming into the day, one shy of Gordon’s total.The Reds tried to get Hamilton another steal in the ninth, but Jesse Winker was thrown out at third on the front half of a double-steal attempt, ending the inning.TAKE A BOWThe Cubs paid tribute to retiring Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo with a scoreboard message before the start of the fourth inning. The 40-year-old Arroyo waved to the cheering crowd when he was shown on the videoboard. How to help the Taal evacuees The Chicago Cubs acknowledge their fans after the last regular season baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Chicago. The Reds defeated the Cubs 3-1. (AP Photo/David Banks)CHICAGO — The cheering slowly increased as the crowd of 40,971 recognized the significance of the Chicago Cubs flag on the videoboard at Wrigley Field. The banner on top of the pole for the NL Central standings rippled in the breeze as the cheering turned into an appreciative roar.The regular season is over. Next up for Chicago is the Washington Nationals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant each had a light day of work as the Cubs prepared for the playoffs by playing much of their roster during a 3-1 loss to Deck McGuire and the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.Most of Chicago’s starting lineup was gone by the fifth inning. Rizzo flied out leading off the first, and then was replaced in the field by Taylor Davis. Bryant and shortstop Addison Russell were pulled after the NL Central champions batted in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogChicago (92-70) is trying to become the first team to repeat as World Series champions since the New York Yankees won three in a row from 1998-2000. It will open the NL Division Series at the Nationals on Friday.“They’re a deep team. So are we, so it’ll be a fun series,” Rizzo said. Lynx force decisive Game 5 vs Sparks in WNBA Finals Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson McGuire (1-1) pitched five sparkling innings for his first major league win in his second big league start. The right-hander also picked up his first RBI when he drove in Phillip Ervin with a grounder in the fifth.“It’s been a really long journey,” he said. “I pitched well, they played unbelievable defense behind me and Tucker (Barnhart) did a great job behind the plate.”Raisel Iglesias allowed Albert Almora Jr.’s one-out homer in the ninth before finishing for his 28th save in 30 chances.Cincinnati finished last in the NL Central for the third straight season. It also went 68-94 last year.“A ton of really good things here, and that’s what gets us excited moving forward,” manager Bryan Price said. “Now we have to get our pitching in a position where we move from the bottom to more towards the top.”ADVERTISEMENT