MAN AT WAR Today, in Jamaica, and as it is in the world, football is the most popular sport. It is almost everybody’s sport and, although it is not yet competitive on the international scene, it is the sport of the people. Today, football is considered the “beautiful game” all around the world. Football, however, is running the risk of not being the “beautiful game”, the sport that Matthews and company, Pele and company, Maradona and company, and Messi and company, with their swaying hips, the dip of a shoulder, their deft movements from side to side, their passing, their acceleration, and their accurate shots, turned into the “beautiful game” for all to enjoy. Nobby Styles of England attempted it in the World Cup of 1966. He roughed up Pele of Brazil so much that England’s victory will forever be marred by the memory of his assault, and particularly in the last World Cup in Brazil, Luis Suarez of Uruguay, Liverpool, and later Barcelona, was punished for violent, unprovoked, and unbecoming behaviour on the field, for conducts which are considered dangerous to opponents. Diego Costa, however, from Spain and Atletico Madrid and now of Chelsea, is gradually earning for himself a reputation, not as a striker with the skills as a footballer worthy of making defenders and goalkeepers, tremble in fear at the sight of him, but as Chelsea’s one and only hit man. Last year, in his first season with Chelsea, Costa, was welcomed, as much as possible, everywhere he played. His skills were amazing. He was quick, he controlled the ball nicely, and his shots to goal were accurate and deadly. He was strong, He stood his ground regardless. He was a team man. This season, however, he is like a changed player. He has been like a man who is unsure of himself. He plays the man instead of the ball. He goes to ground every time an opposing player passes close to him. In fact, many times, he seems to be trying to get himself fouled and, like almost every footballer these days, seeking the attention, and action, of the referee. Last week Saturday, he was a man apparently obsessed, or possessed. He seemed intent on getting someone from the opposing team sent off, and he did succeed. The match against Arsenal was a fairly rough one, and in one play, Costa and Laurent Koscielny went up for the ball, Costa had both hands all over the face of the Arsenal defender, his left hand attacking his neck, and then he chested him to the ground before the referee, Mike Dean, got involved. By that time, Gabriel Paulista of Arsenal also got involved. He and Costa had a scuffle. After they were parted, the referee had a talk with them and the play was restarted. Costa continued his antics, however. He baited Gabriel and got Gabriel to back-kick him as he close-marked him. Costa then gesticulated and pointed to the referee, and the referee came over and showed Gabriel the dreaded red card. Gabriel deserved the card for getting involved and for retaliating. That is the way of football. It seemed strange, however, that Costa, the man who started it all, the man who chested Koscielny to the ground, and the man who kept seeking the attention and the interference of the referee, got away scot-free. Once upon a time, when I was boy and cricket was king in Jamaica, football was a distant second, or third, probably behind track and field, in the pecking order. Those were the days of Stan Matthews, Alfredo Di StÈfano, and Ferenc Pusk·s, before the days of Pele, George Best, Johan Cruyff, and Franz Beckenbauer, and also before those of Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo, the maestros who transformed the once “ugly game” into “the beautiful game”. Those were the days, in Jamaica, also before the coming of men like Leighton Duncan and Winston Chung, who, in the 1960s, founded Cavalier and Santos, before the days of Neville Glanville and Russell Bell, who championed community football in Jamaica and got rid of club football, and before the days which saw the formation of teams like Elletson Flats, Duhaney Park, Rollington Town, Bull Bay, and the now forgotten House of Dread, which lasted for one season. Those were the days also of Reno, Wadadah, and Violet Kickers, Black Stars, Port Morant United, and a host of others that sprung up all over the country. There were also men like Jackie Bell and Dennis Ziadie, who, like Duncan, dreamed of Jamaica’s participation in the World Cup of football, who believed in the Brazilian way of playing football. Jackie Bell and Ziadie, like Duncan, had many “fights” with Glanville and Russell Bell over their respective ideologies of the structure of football. Jackie Bell and Ziadie died in a motor vehicle accident in Mexico in 1986, minutes after watching their beloved Brazil in action in the World Cup finals. MOST POPULAR SPORT Costa, who looked like a man in a war instead of a football match, who looked ready to take on anyone who came in his way, never did anything worthwhile on the football pitch. It seemed as if it was his job to get under his opponents’ skin and nothing else. Although it does not help Arsenal, who went on to lose 2-0, the Football Association (FA) has rescinded the three-match ban on Gabriel and it has issued a three-match on Costa instead. That is good. Costa deserves the FA’s attention, especially after all the referees seemed unconcerned all season, and especially that Mike Dean, on Saturday, appeared to turn a blind eye on Costa and his shenanigans. Regardless of what Costa, and Chelsea’s JosÈ Mourinho, had to say about the FA’s intervention, if this had gone unpunished, if such behaviour had been allowed to continue happening and nothing was done about it, the football pitches around the world were destined to become like war zones. Costa had no right to do what he did, and he must not be allowed to undo what Matthews, Pele, Maradona (even with his “hand-of-God” behaviour), Messi, and Ronaldo have done for football, now recognised the world over as “the beautiful game”. The FA has shown that it has some teeth. As far as I know, however, Mike Dean is not blind. His faculties all are intact, and he should share the blame. He also should answer to the FA for attempting to destroy “the beautiful game”.
– Kingston College 5, Haile Selassie High 1 – St George’s College 3, St Jago 0 Group I – 1:00 p.m. Denham Town vs Innswood – 3:00 p.m. Camperdown vs Hydel Both matches will be played at the Constant Spring field. TOUGH GAME AHEAD Yesterday’s Results Having scored what could well turn out to be a contender for goal of the season in the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup, St George’s College’s captain, Shevon Stewart, declared, “I want this Manning Cup,” following their 3-0 win over St Jago High in Group J action yesterday at the Constant Spring field. His team is now in pole position to qualify for the semi-finals, with an acid Kingston College test in their way. Should St George’s draw, they would advance, but should KC win then the compact and red-hot group could be decided on goal difference. Stewart, in the 39th minute of play, scored a thing of beauty and brilliance to break the deadlock. He piled one defender, dribbled around one, and then two, then caressed the ball past an advancing Webston Pennant in goal. The build-up started along the right side of play from a long ball from Ronaldo Watson. St Jago then went a man down when Maleke Miller received his second yellow card of the match, and subsequent marching orders for a late challenge on Alex Marshall. Marshall later made an exquisite strike, which he scooped over the advancing goalkeeper in the 79th minute to make the score 2-0. Youngster Ronaldo Watson scored his first goal of the season in the 82nd minute to round out the 3-0 scoreline and his school’s second victory over St Jago so far this season. “I am glad I picked up the scoring at this time, the time when it is needed most. I haven’t won the Manning Cup yet, and I am aiming to win this one in my final season,” Stewart told The Gleaner. He has scored 14 times this season. His head coach, Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell, said: “They came hard today, but we came to play. We now expect a tough game against Kingston College. We haven’t won a title yet, so we know there is still a whole lot of work to be done and we will do our best to reach the final.” Meanwhile, KC drubbed Haile Selassie High 5-1 in the day’s 1:00 p.m. game. Dashawn Donaldson (fourth), Rashawn McKinson (29th, 62nd) and Nathan Jones (45th, 48th) scored for KC, while Hamish Smith scored Haile Selassie’s consolation. Today’s games
DURBAN, South Africa (CMC):Assistant coach Ezra Moseley, has said that West Indies Women need to improve heading into the Twenty20 series against South Africa, despite winning the just concluded one-day international series.The Caribbean side beat the Proteas Women 2-1 in the three-match series in East London, but Moseley said that the performance was not up to their usual standards and pointed to the fielding as one area that needed enhancing.”It’s always good to win a series away from home although in my opinion, I don’t think we played to the best of our ability,” the former West Indies seamer said.”I was satisfied because it’s always nice to win, but we left Barbados saying we were going to look to win all three, but there were things that happened along the way. We had the captain (Stafanie Taylor) getting injured for the last game, and also the Knight sisters (Kyshona and Kycia) were out for most of the series and only Kyshona played.”We were happy in the end to win 2-1, but there are certain areas we need to brush up on. Our fielding during the tournament was not up to good standards, so that is something we have to work on going forward into the T20s and also into the World Cup.”West Indies Women will turn their attention to the three-match T20 series, which bowls off at Kingsmead today.
It also put Jamaica to within a point of qualification of the semi-finals, with two return-leg group matches to go. Their next matchup will be today against the Pride, who defeated them in their first meeting with their final group game being against ICC Americas. Campbell, who at the start of the tournament was struggling with the bat while opening, the innings, but after three matches was pushed down the order to number six, in identifying where the team came up well, pointed to their efforts in the field. “We just stuck with our plans as we weren’t necessarily getting quick wickets, and it turned around the game.” Campbell, who is also vice-captain of the team, in the meanwhile, was happy with his returns and said that he was looking forward to their next match. “I am very happy with my performance. It has been going well as this is my third innings at number six, and I have got two good scores. I even wanted to be at the end, but unfortunately, that did not happen. But the contribution was good enough.” He added: “I also thought we bowled really well. Jerome Taylor and all the guys. It was a very good effort. We have Barbados next, and definitely, that will be a tough game. We just need to continue to stick to our plans.” SCOREBOARD JAGUARS A Fudadin run out 57 R Chandrika run out 13 R Reifer c Taylor b Campbell 54 *L Johnson c Powell b McCarthy 3 S Chanderpaul c Taylor b Campbell 17 C Barnwell lbw b Campbell 0 S Jacobs st Walton b Campbell 4 +A Bramble c Miller b Powell 39 V Permaul c wkp Walton b Taylor 30 D Bishoo run out 0 R Beaton not out 1 Extras: (lb6, w11) 17 TOTAL: (all out, 49.4 overs) 235 Fall of wickets: 1-34, 2-124, 3-129, 4-147, 5-147, 6-164, 7-165, 8-224, 9-226, 10-235. Bowling: Taylor 10-1-44-1 (w3), Leveridge 6-2-26-0 (w2), Powell 6-0-32-1 (w2), Jacobs 2-0-14-0 (w1), Miller 10-0-55-0, Campbell 10-0-43-4 (w3), McCarthy 5-0-15-1. Result: Scorpions won by 20 runs. Man-of-the-Match: John Campbell. Extras: (lb4, w13) 17 TOTAL: (all out, 49.4 overs) 255 Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-39, 3-129, 4-154, 5-182, 6-229, 7-239, 8-245, 9-254, 10-255. Bowling: Reifer 8.4-1-38-4 (w4), Beaton 8-1-33-2 (w5), Jacobs 8-0-54-0, Permaul 8-0-44-0, Bishoo 7-0-37-0, Barnwell 10-0-45-2 (w4). Man-of-the-Match, batsman John Campbell, has described Jamaica Scorpions’ victory over Guyana Jaguars in return-leg action of the WICB Regional Super50 as a major boost in their quest to qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament. Jamaica led by 42, and a four-wicket haul from Campbell defeated Guyana by 20 runs in the contest, which was played at Kensington Oval. Electing to bat, the Scorpions first posted 255, with Campbell playing second fiddle to United States-native, opener Steven Taylor, who got 86, and AndrÈ McCarthy, who made 45. The Robert Samuels-coached unit then returned to limit Guyana to 235, with Campbell, bowling part-time off-spin, getting good support from fellow part-timer, McCarthy, one for 15 off five overs, and all-rounder Rovman Powell, one for 32 off 6.4. “It’s a big boost for us beating Guyana twice,” stated Campbell. “It was a crucial win as basically, it could be described as a final whereby we knew that if we had won, we would have all but knocked them out of the semi-finals.” The victory, which was Jamaica’s fourth in six outings with the other two ending in defeats, also maintained their position of second in Group B behind tournament co-hosts Barbados Pride. CLOSE TO QUALIFICATION SCORPIONS +C Walton c Jacobs b Reifer 6 S Taylor run out 86 J Blackwood c Jacobs b Reifer 5 A McCarthy c Beaton b Barnwell 45 D Thomas c Bishoo b Barnwell 17 J Campbell run out 42 R Powell c Jacobs b Beaton 24 D Jacobs c (sub) Hetmyer b Beaton 3 J Taylor b Reifer 8 *N Miller c and b Reifer 1 R Leveridge not out 1
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sharapova played for the Orange County Breakers in their season-opening match against the defending champion San Diego Aviators at the La Costa Resort and Spa. It was Sharapova’s first appearance in the U.S. since testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.She returned to the court in April and played three tournaments in Europe. In her first event, the Russian star reached the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix semifinals. A thigh injury prevented Sharapova from competing in the grass-court season that ended at Wimbledon on Sunday. But now she’s fit and ready for a summer run, hoping to cap it at the U.S. Open.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’“It’s nice to have a schedule again and something that I really miss, having a tournament on the schedule and a calendar and knowing what I have to prepare for,” Sharapova said.When her initial two-year ban was reduced to 15 months, some questioned if Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, was given beneficial treatment. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet “As someone who is 30 years old, I achieved enough to call it a day. But there’s something deeper. It’s more than just the sport. It’s something I’ve done all my life and my career. I wanted to continue that. That’s where my focus is and not much else.”Sharapova said her schedule leading to the U.S. Open will include another WTT appearance and WTA Tour stops at Stanford and Toronto. She declined to predict how she would fare at the U.S. Open, the year’s final Grand Slam event.“It’s not something that I think about; it’s not part of my job,” she said. “Just because I have to be realistic that I haven’t played in a long time. With the injury, it was almost like a two-year break for me. The importance and significance of every tournament is much more in my mind than what I can or cannot do at the U.S. Open.”Which brought her back to the WTT and the La Costa Resort and Spa, where she won twice when it was WTA Tour stop.“This was a great little addition to my schedule,” she said. “I hadn’t actually planned on playing World Team Tennis but I just thought I could use the bonus matches as I like to call them. Play in front of the crowds and come back to places that I’ve competed at before.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Russia’s Maria Sharapova celebrates her victory against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit during their quarterfinal match at the WTA tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday, April 28, 2017. (Bernd Weissbrod/dpa via AP)CARLSBAD, Calif. — Maria Sharapova is realistic as she tries to regain her form after a 15-month drug suspension.“I think no road is easy,” Sharapova said Sunday before a World Team Tennis match.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade “I served the suspension period and I think there’s not much more that I could add to that,” Sharapova said.Ken Macdonald, one of Sunday’s spectators, welcomed her return.“She’s good for women’s tennis,” Macdonald said. “She deserves a second chance.”But Sharapova also hears her detractors claiming she got a pass. Sharapova, one of the world’s most recognizable female athletes, said that she’s answering her critics by showing up.“I think just by doing what I do, and that’s playing tennis,” she said. “That’s what I wanted to do from the very beginning. I’ve done it. I’ve always had the choice of not doing it. I have had a lot in my career. I’ve had the support.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Lakers overcome Ball’s injury to beat Mavs, reach title game 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission
Trump took credit for the departure of Pence and his wife from the stadium in a later tweet, saying, “I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.”San Francisco safety Eric Reid, one of the players to embrace the anthem protest after it was initiated by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year, said Pence’s walk-out looked like a publicity stunt.“With the information I have, the last time he went to a Colts game was three years ago, so this looks like a PR stunt to me,” said Reid, noting that the picture Pence had tweeted of himself and his wife in Colts apparel appeared to be the same as one taken at a game three years ago.The vice president also tweeted a picture of himself, clad in a button-down shirt and blazer, and his wife standing for the anthem on Sunday.“He knew our team has had the most players protest. He knew we were probably going to do it again,” Reid said.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Members of the San Francisco 49ers kneel for the National Anthem before the start of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. FILE PHOTO/Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPUS Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an NFL game Sunday when some players kneeled for the national anthem, the latest twist in a running saga over the controversial protests against racial injustice.Pence said that he departed after seeing players kneel during “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of the clash between his home team the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers.ADVERTISEMENT “And so this is what systemic oppression looks like — a man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple things out and leaves the game with an attempt to thwart our efforts.”Pence, who flew to Indianapolis from Las Vegas and was scheduled to head back west to California, was criticized in other quarters as well.“After all the scandals involving unnecessarily expensive travel by cabinet secretaries, how much taxpayer money was wasted on this stunt?” US congressman Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, said in a tweet.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” Pence wrote on Twitter.While Colts players stood arm-in-arm at their home game in Indianapolis, more than 20 of the opposition San Francisco 49ers players knelt during the song.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIt was a less organized gesture than the team’s demonstration last week, when 30 players kneeled with hands on hearts while teammates stood behind them, but it should have come as little shock to Pence, an Indiana native who tweeted his photo in Colts cap and shirt before the game.“While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem,” Pence tweeted. “I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Curry scores 40, Warriors rout Wolves in Shanghai Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments
Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Netizens were quick to predict the grim consequences ahead for the 18-year-old guard, but his outspoken father, LaVar Ball, assured everyone that his middle son would be all right.“He’ll be fine,” the Ball patriarch said, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. “He’ll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal. It ain’t that big of a deal.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogLiAngelo’s older brother Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball also didn’t seem too worried about his sibling.“No, I haven’t talked to any of them yet,” he told the news outlet. “I know they are all over there in China taking care of it, so I will talk to them when they get back.” Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES LaVar Ball, father of Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers, jokes with fans at halftime of a 2017 Summer League game between the Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Clippers won 96-93 in overtime. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPUCLA freshman LiAngelo Ball hogged the headlines for all the wrong reasons on Tuesday after he was arrested along with two other teammates for allegedly shoplifting sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China.READ: LiAngelo Ball, UCLA teammates arrested in China for shopliftingADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 A follow-up report by ESPN’s Arash Markazi confirmed that Ball and teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill had been released on bail on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), but is barred from leaving their hotel until the legal process pushes through.The team is in the country to play an exhibition game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai this weekend. Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Magic end two-game losing streak with 112-99 win over Knicks
Baldwin said his team shot “abysmally” in contrast to the Tamaraws, whom he described as “sharper on both ends of the floor.”Ateneo shot just 36 percent from the field, including 31 percent from beyond the arc.For a team that hardly showed any weakness in the elimination round, the sputtering performance by the Eagles came as a surprise.“I think FEU played real well,” he said. “They had a good game plan, we shot the ball just abysmally. We had open shots particularly in the first half, and we didn’t hit them. I think our confidence kind of went down, and I hate to see that because with young kids, you don’t ever want to see their confidence sort of erode a little bit.”Baldwin feels this type of adversity will only strengthen his players, saying he can already feel the urgency within the team.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Two weeks ago, Ateneo was flirting with a perfect UAAP Season 80 elimination round and an outright finals berth.But two successive losses, including a 67-80 defeat to Far Eastern U in the Final Four, has put the Blue Eagles’ impressive campaign in peril, a scenario which coach Tab Baldwin said is humbling for his team.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cash incentive, more allowance await world champ Tabora Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “We just have to play a lot better and play much closer to what we’re capable of,” he added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “We have to accept the humility of the scenario, we have to get back to understanding what we do well, and sort of rediscover who we are,” said Baldwin, moments after emerging from the Ateneo dugout at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.“It’s there, there’s no question that it’s still there. But today I thought we played like a young team, and we shouldn’t. Yes, there’s youth there, but we’ve been together long enough and we shouldn’t play like a young team. We have to figure it out.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe Tamaraws seemed to have the Eagles all figured out as they started strong and finished even stronger to send their Final Four matchup to a do-or-die affair this Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.While Baldwin acknowledged FEU’s brilliance, the American coach said the defeat was also due to his players lacking confidence with their shots. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Here’s a look at the action:WHOSE GOAL?With United struggling to break through Brighton’s defense, it found inspiration from an unlikely source in left back Young. The utility player picked up a clearance on the edge of the box and shot into the top corner, via the sprawling Lewis Dunk.“It’s taken a deflection,” said Young, who disagreed with the award of an own goal. “You know, it was going on target, so I’ll be claiming that.”Brighton, which had been undefeated in its previous five league games, gave United one of its toughest challenges this season and was punished for failing to take its chances.ADVERTISEMENT Chelsea claimed only a point from a 1-1 draw at Liverpool in the day’s standout game and again there was luck involved, substitute Willian’s attempted cross to the far post soaring into the top corner for an 85th-minute equalizer.Still, it was another good day for City, even though the leader wasn’t playing until Sunday at Huddersfield.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneUnited might have moved five points behind but the Anfield draw saw two more possible title rivals drop points, while Tottenham’s travails at Wembley Stadium continued with a 1-1 draw against lowly West Bromwich Albion.There were also wins for Watford and Crystal Palace. Bohol’s Magsayo defends WBO international featherweight crown vs Hayashi Chelsea’s Willian celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield, Liverpool, England. APLIVERPOOL, England — Manchester United and Chelsea needed fortunate goals to maintain their status as the closest challengers to rampant leader Manchester City in the English Premier League on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Ashley Young’s long-range shot looped up off a defender and spun into the far corner to earn second-place United a 1-0 win over Brighton, for its eighth consecutive victory at Old Trafford.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “I want to be honest and give them what they deserve, for me probably they deserve more than the result they got,” United manager Jose Mourinho said.For United, its 39th home game in all competitions without defeat set a club record. The last loss at home was in September 2016 to Manchester City.SALAH SCORES AGAINChelsea was nearly left embarrassed by another former player.Two months ago, it was Kevin De Bruyne — discarded prematurely by then-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in 2014 — scoring the winner against the Blues for Manchester City.Mo Salah was at Chelsea around the same period and made just six league starts before being sent on loan by Mourinho to Fiorentina and then Roma, which he eventually joined on a permanent deal. Chelsea might be regretting it.Salah scored his 15th goal of the season, in just 20 appearances, when he ran into Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pass and slotted home in the 65th. He is the league top scorer on 10 goals and must go down as the signing of the summer.Willian’s goal came within two minutes of coming on as a substitute.“Everything was good,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said, “until Willian crossed the ball.”SPURS’ SEASONAL STRUGGLES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Tottenham will be looking forward to the end of November. For a second consecutive season, it has won just one of its three matches in the month.Harry Kane equalized 15 minutes from the end after Salomon Rondon gave West Brom’s stand in-manager, Gary Megson, the perfect start. West Brom, which hasn’t now won in 11 league games, was playing for the first time after firing its Tony Pulis on Monday.Tottenham is 10 points adrift of City.HAPPY TRAVELERSWatford’s run of scoring two goals in its league away games this season ended at Newcastle, but it didn’t mind.The Hornets went one better with a 3-0 win at St James’ Park. Will Hughes and Andre Gray scored either side of DeAndre Yedlin’s own goal to secure a comfortable win.Watford has more away points in seven matches this season than the team managed in the whole of its previous campaign.LATE WINNERMamadou Sakho scored in added time to give last-place Crystal Palace a 2-1 win over Stoke and move the team to within three points of safety.Xherdan Shaqiri’s solo effort put Stoke in front but Ruben Loftus-Cheek equalized just three minutes later. Sakho reacted first when Yohan Cabaye’s effort came back off the post to seal only Palace’s second win of the season. 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It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Rondina added that there’s nothing to go but up for them and she vowed that UST will recover.“We haven’t lost hope and I told them every time we’ll go into battle we should’ve the mindset that we will win,” said Rondina. “I can say this, and I can be proud of this, that my teammates and I can win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next University of Santo Tomas’ contender status is slowly falling apart.ADVERTISEMENT The Golden Tigresses have yet to win back-to-back games in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, but they’ve already registered two straight defeats after losing to National University and University of the Philippines.Cherry Rondina knows, though, that there’s no one to blame for that terrible standing and inconsistent showing so far but the Golden Tigresses themselves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We talked how we can fix our problems, there’s no one to blame but us,” said Rondina in Filipino. “The coaches fought for us, now it’s up to us to keep fighting.”After their 31-33, 25-23, 25-16, 25-12 loss to the Maroons on Wednesday, the Golden Tigresses dropped a 2-4 record but remained at fourth place thanks to a three-way logjam at the second spot. UST’s loss to UP was the first time that Rondina got outscored with Diana Carlos and Isa Molde’s 32 and 24-point outputs eclipsing the Golden Tigress’ 23.And Rondina knows she didn’t play up to her level against the Lady Maroons.“I’m also mad at myself, I committed so many mistakes,” said Rondina who went 23-of-57 in her spike attempts. “We really threw the game and we weren’t able to recover quickly enough to give ourselves a chance to win.”UST’s conundrum started as early as the first set when they held a 19-10 lead but allowed UP to come back and force the set to go into the 30s.And although the Lady Maroons flunked in the first set, they eventually built the foundation that allowed them to keep the Golden Tigresses at bay until the final point.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Haruna, Gaco carry Go for Gold past pesky Batangas-EAC UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View comments