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Newcastle hold Man U


first_imgLONDON (AP):As Wayne Rooney went a 10th game without scoring for Manchester United, an English striker did manage to score a hat-trick yesterday – Callum Wilson of Bournemouth.It was a landmark treble for the player and his team, both newcomers to the Premier League.In edging a wild encounter at West Ham, 4-3, Bournemouth, for the first time in their 125-year history, scored goals in the top flight of English football and won their first game.It was just the kind of attacking enterprise that Rooney’s United was missing in their 0-0 draw with Newcastle.Bournemouth, who came close to going out of business and dropping out of the fourth professional division in the last decade, had lost their first two Premier League games without scoring.DUG DEEPWilson sent Bournemouth into a 2-0 lead at half-time, but the visitors had to dig deep after Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate brought West Ham level after the break. Marc Pugh restored Bournemouth’s lead and Wilson completed his treble from the penalty spot after West Ham defender Carl Jenkinson was sent off for clipping Max Gradel in the box.Tottenham and Sunderland are still searching for their first wins after draws yesterday.In a lively final 10 minutes at Leicester, Dele Alli headed Tottenham in front, but it was quickly cancelled out by Riyad Mahrez, who preserved the hosts’ unbeaten start to the season.Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe was on target, securing Sunderland’s first point of the season by cancelling out Bafetimbi Gomis’ goal in a 1-1 draw with Swansea.Crystal Palace have six points from a possible nine after Bakary Sako scored his first goal for the team to clinch a 2-1 win over Aston Villa.In Norwich, Xherdan Shaqiri marked his Stoke debut by setting up Mame Biram Diouf’s opener, but Russell Martin equalised in one of several games that required drinks breaks because of the heat.last_img read more


Champs beaten in St Mary 35 overs cricket


first_imgTop End crushed defending champions Boscobel by 206 runs in the opening match of the St Mary Cricket Association LP Martin’s Funeral Home 35 overs competition at Boscobel on Sunday.Batting first, Top End chalked up an impressive 295 all out, with Delroy Stone making a stroke-filled 95. When Boscobel batted they were skittled out for a paltry 89, with no batsman offering resistance to D. Clarke, who picked up five for 20.Over at Galina, highly touted Jack’s River were made to fight all the way before defeating Galina by 17 runs. Taking first knock, Jack’s River were bowled out for 179, with skipper Orane Farr, 44, and T. Daley, 54, being the main run-getters against J. Brown, 3-20 and D. Brown, 2-30.Galina were restricted to 162 for five, with R. Gordon, 61 and D. Brown, 29, the top batsmen against D. Walker, 2-21.Over at Wilderness, the home team were trounced by 113 runs by Sandals/Beaches resorts. The hotel men took first strike and rattled up 195 all out, thanks to Delroy Patterson, 47, and Samuel McIntosh, 36.Wilderness were bundled out for 83, with Marlon Thompson taking 5-20.last_img read more


Ja in pole position to host CAZOVA Champs


first_imgJamaica will know by the end of the year whether it will be selected to host the 2016 Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Volleyball Championship set for July 7-17. President of CAZOVA, Mushtaque Mohammed, visited the island from December 27 to yesterday and toured the facilities which could be used to host 16 male and female teams from across the region if Jamaica is successful in its bid. A decision should be made by the end of the week. The Jamaica Volleyball Association successfully hosted the CAZOVA Beach Volleyball Olympic qualifiers earlier this year and won rave reviews for organising the event. JAVA President Rudolph Speid said he is optimistic that Jamaica will be selected to host the tournament. He revealed that CAZOVA will donate an indoor volleyball court, which, if it gets the tournament, JAVA will use as a practice court inside the National Arena. During his short visit, Mohammed also met with Major Desmon Brown of Independence Park Limited (IPL), as well as Denzil Wilks of the Sports Development Foundation. If Jamaica is selected, the tournament would be staged at the National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC) run by IPL. The CAZOVA president looked at hotels in Kingston and also the courts at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, during his trip. Mohammed, who is also a vice-president of the North, Central American and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation, was in attendance at the 2015 JAVA Senior Awards Ceremony held Monday evening at the offices of the Jamaica Olympic Association on Cunningham Avenue, where UWI and Vikings received their awards as the champion male and female teams for 2015. Jamaica’s male Under-19 team, the CAZOVA Under-19 champions, head coach Steve Davis, assistant coach Adrian Ramdeen, and manager Tracey Ann Findley were honoured during the ceremony. Also recognised for their significant achievements during the year was the country’s female beach volleyball team of Kai Wright, Danielle Perry, Sasha Lee Wallen, and Alicia Malcolm, who won the first round of the Olympic Beach Volleyball qualifiers in May in Ocho Rios. The men’s team of Rick Webb, Mark Lewis, Christopher Wallen, and Donovan Richards, who were second in their qualifiers in CuraÁao, were also honoured.last_img read more


Minister tapping into business of sports


first_imgSports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says her ministry will be looking to pick up on a feasibility study conducted in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2007 in an effort to make sports a serious foreign-currency earner.In an interview with The Gleaner following welcome home celebrations for the island’s teams to the Carifta swimming and track and field championships, at the VIP Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport earlier this week, the minister outlined that she hopes to market Jamaica as a sports tourism destination and training facility.”When I became minister in 2007, I had submitted a proposal to UNESCO to do a pre-feasibility study on Jamaica as a training facility for various sporting disciplines. That pre-feasibility study was funded and was actually done by someone from the University of Technology (UTech). The results were submitted to UNESCO and they were about to fund the feasibility study when we demitted office; and so we are gonna pick up where we left off, because I know that Jamaica is a brand and we should exploit that brand,” she outlined.”We can be that training facility, we can be the centre of sports tourism, the centre of culture tourism and we can be the centre of a creative industry, where Jamaica can say to the world, here we have the facilities. We have the infrastructure and we have the people with the skills to be able to provide what you need. Come to Jamaica,” she pointed out.last_img read more


EPL points standing


first_imgP W D L GF GA GD Pts 1. Leicester City 34 21 10 3 59 33 26 73 2. Tottenham 34 19 11 4 64 25 39 68 3. Man City 34 18 7 9 62 34 28 61 4. Arsenal 33 17 9 7 56 34 22 60 5. Man United 34 17 8 9 42 30 12 59 6. West Ham 34 14 14 6 57 43 14 56 7. Liverpool 33 15 9 9 56 43 13 54 8. Southampton 34 14 9 11 45 35 10 51 9. Stoke City 34 13 8 13 37 47 -10 47 10. Chelsea 33 11 11 11 49 45 4 44 P W D L GF GA GD Pts 11. Everton 34 9 14 11 53 48 5 41 12. Watford 34 11 8 15 33 40 -7 41 13. Bournemouth 34 11 8 15 41 57 -16 41 14. West Brom 33 10 10 13 31 40 -9 40 15. Swansea 34 10 10 14 34 45 -11 40 16. Crystal Palace 35 10 9 16 36 45 -9 39 17. Norwich City 34 8 7 19 35 60 -25 31 18. Sunderland 33 7 9 17 39 57 -18 30 19. Newcastle 34 7 8 19 36 62 -26 29 20. Aston Villa 34 3 7 24 23 65 -42 16last_img


Seeking My Dream to show his class


first_imgThe 38th running of the Burger King Superstakes over 2000 metres will take the spotlight at Caymanas Park today. Billed as ‘A Day with the King and his Horses’, the nine-horse field for the prestigious invitational race with a purse of $4.5 million includes last year’s winner FRANFIELD with top apprentice Bebeto Harvey riding for trainer Richard Azan; two-time winner TYPEWRITER to be ridden by Robert Halledeen for trainer Spencer Chung, as well as the reigning “Horse of the Year’ SEEKING MY DREAM with leading jockey Omar Walker again riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, stable-companion PERFECT NEIGHBOUR with Orlando Foster aboard and this year’s St. Leger winner BIGDADDYKOOL with champion apprentice Linton Steadman riding for topline trainer Anthony “Baba’ Nunes. The above mentioned horses should ensure a highly competitive race and the winner is sure to emerge from this group. All have looked sharp in their preparation, especially SEEKING MY DREAM and the three-year-old gelding BIGDADDYKOOL, both of whom have already won over the distance this season, BIGDADDYKOOL winning both the St. Leger and Lotto Classic (Governor’s Cup) over same and having improved, could make it close. HOPING FOR THE BEST FRANFIELD, who won the Governor General’s Stakes over the distance by four lengths from PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, is also in good nick for the race and Azan is hoping for the best. He is quietly confident: “He won convincingly a year ago, is a better horse this year having beaten Seeking My Dream in the Chairman’s Trophy in March and Perfect Neighbour in the GG Stakes. He is not only fit but has a lot of heart and I am expecting another big run from him,” said Azan, who has won the Superstakes a record nine times, including four in a row with MENUDO (1999-2002). For me, however, the choice has to be SEEKING MY DREAM now that his main rivals are sitting level with him in the scales. The class horse of the field, SEEKING MY DREAM should at last provide DaCosta with that elusive success in the only major race he is yet to win in a career spanning 40 years. Owned by Member of Parliament Derrick Smith, the 4-y-o colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 2008 “Horse of the Year” Alsafra notched his last win over the distance in the Prime Minister’s Stakes on August 6 under topweight of 57.0kg, and although humbled by top sprinter BUZZ NIGHTMARE In the recent Gold Cup over 1400 metres, has worked impressively for today’s assignment. Elsewhere on the 12-race programme, the Philip Feanny-trained BUZZ NIGHTMARE looks a cinch for the GLEN MILLS O.D. Caribbean Sprint, while it should be the Nunes-trained HOUDINI’S MAGIC ahead of old rival BRAWN in the Coco Cola Invitational Mile. Post time 11:00 a.m.last_img read more


Mexico soccer star Marquez among 22 sanctioned for drug ties


first_img2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings The sanctions freeze all U.S. assets of the people and entities named and forbid U.S. citizens from doing business with them.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I categorically deny any kind of relation to this organization,” Marquez said in a statement, adding “today is my most difficult match; I will try to clear all of this up.”Flores Hernandez allegedly operated independently in the northern city of Guadalajara but maintained alliances with the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels. The attorney general’s office said Flores Hernandez was arrested July 20 and is being held while his extradition is pending.The Mexican Attorney General’s Office also seized related assets Wednesday, including the Grand Casino near Guadalajara, according to the U.S. statement.Mexican prosecutors said they were working closely with U.S. authorities on the investigation and added that Marquez came voluntarily to the Attorney General’s Office to provide a statement.Mike Vigil, former chief of international operations for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and author of the book “Deal,” said the 64-year old Flores Hernandez has been in the business since the 1980s.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate LOOK: Kobe’s in-game used Air Jordan 3s sell for $30k 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 Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her President Enrique Pena Nieto’s office confirmed Wednesday that a photo of the president and Alvarez had been removed from Pena Nieto’s Instagram account. The office declined further comment.The U.S. statement did not say that Marquez or Alvarez face charges in the United States.Marquez is famed as a tenacious defender whose crunching tackles have sometimes seen him sent off in high-profile matches. In Mexico he is revered as one of the country’s all-time greats, though many U.S. fans remember him for a studs-up, head-butt foul on Cobi Jones that earned him a red card at the 2002 World Cup.Marquez debuted in Mexico’s top-flight league in 1996 with Atlas and moved to AS Monaco of France’s Ligue 1 three years later. In 2003, Marquez joined Barcelona and spent 10 years there, helping the Catalonia super-club win Spanish league and Champions League trophies.Advancing into his 30s, Marquez then had stints with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer, Leon of Mexico and Hellas Verona in Italy’s Serie A before returning to Atlas.A longtime fixture of Mexico’s national team, he led “El Tri” at four World Cups and has hoped to become only the third player ever to compete in five. Marquez has scored 13 goals wearing the green jersey in 158 appearances between 1997 and 2017, according to statistics published by the Mexican Soccer Federation.Speaking in a briefing to reporters, a high-level Treasury Department official said the association between Marquez and Flores Hernandez went back at least 20 years and Marquez served as “an important” frontman for money laundering. Under the terms of the briefing, the official could not be named. Among the entities that the department cited were his soccer academy and health and rehabilitation clinics.Marquez’s children’s foundation was also linked to Flores Hernandez, though it also had a number of corporate sponsors. It claimed to have provided food, educational and sports programs for about 1,000 low-income kids.Vigil said cartel figures have long been drawn to soccer stars and musicians.“They love soccer … so they love to associate with sports figures,” Vigil said. “Who else do they like? They like these norteno singers, because these guys create ballads about their exploits and it adds to their legend, to the folklore.” 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano It will also sanction 43 entities in Mexico, including a soccer team and casino.It is the single largest such designation of a drug trafficking organization ever by its Office of Foreign Assets Control, the statement said.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’Marquez, 38, is a former defender for Barcelona, Monaco and New York Red Bulls who currently plays for the Mexican soccer club Atlas in Guadalajara and is captain of the Mexican national team. He did not practice with Atlas on Wednesday.Later in the day, Marquez denied having any links to drug traffickers. “He is extraordinarily crafty in the way he strategizes and the way that he navigates between cartels,” Vigil said.But, the former agent added, Flores Hernandez has remained a mid-level drug trafficker, never forming what one would call a cartel, and of late had aligned himself with Nemesio Oseguera of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.Vigil said Flores Hernandez had a real talent for laundering drug proceeds by setting up front companies. He said it would be difficult to imagine that Marquez didn’t know who he was dealing with because Flores Hernandez has been around for so long.“Raul Flores Hernandez has operated for decades because of his longstanding relationships with other drug cartels and his use of financial front persons to mask his investments of illegal drug proceeds,” John E. Smith, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, said in the statement.Federal drug trafficking indictments against Flores Hernandez were returned in March in Washington and the southern district of California.The U.S. government referred to Marquez and 34-year-old norteno singer Julio Cesar Alvarez, better known as Julion Alvarez, as people with longstanding relationships with Flores Hernandez who “have acted as front persons for him and his (drug trafficking organization) and held assets on their behalf.”Alvarez has been nominated for Latin Grammys and has won Billboard awards. His latest album, “Not a Devil, nor a Saint,” released in May was his fifth No. 1 on the Billboard list of regional Mexican music.Alvarez’s manager did not immediately respond to an email request for comment. A spokesman for Universal Music, the parent company of Alvarez’s record label Fonovisa, declined to comment.But Alvarez posted a video to his Facebook page saying “absolutely nothing is going on.”Alvarez called Marquez a friend and sent him a hug: “Everything they are saying there can be cleared up.” Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Mexican football star Rafael Marquez Alvarez, center, arrives to give a press conference to deny accusations of ties to drug trafficking, at Atlas Football Club in Guadalajara, Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Marquez and a well-known band leader are among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz)MEXICO CITY — Legendary Mexican soccer player Rafael Marquez Alvarez and a well-known band leader are among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday.The sanctions are the result of a multi-year investigation of the drug trafficking organization allegedly headed by Raul Flores Hernandez, the department said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more


Matt Barnes retires from NBA at 37, saying he did it his way


first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano AMA picks little-known Graham 1st in 2017 PBA D-League Draft “It was an amazing opportunity, a tremendous blessing,” he said that night. “I was one of those guys who wasn’t supposed to make it in this league.”Barnes had repeat stints with Golden State, Sacramento and the Los Angeles Clippers, for whom he played the longest. He also was with the Lakers, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Orlando and Memphis.He averaged 8.2 points and 4.6 rebounds during his career. He often came off the bench and was known for his hard-nosed approach.“He was a physical, tough kid,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “He was an instigator to say the least, and as Red Auerbach said every day when I was in Boston, you can never have enough of those.”Barnes played four years at UCLA before he was selected by Memphis in the second round of the 2002 draft.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “Traveled the world met alota cool people, some will be brothers for the rest of my life!” he wrote in part. “But now…. You telling me I can dress like this for business meetings & make more money off the court than in made on?? & spend more time with my kids??!!Ha… MEEEEE the one that wasn’t supposed to be (expletive) & ended up making it!!”His post was accompanied by a photo of Barnes in gray sweatpants, a dark T-shirt and denim jacket.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“Love me or hate me, I did it my way!” he wrote.Last month, Barnes received his NBA championship ring during Golden State’s game against Sacramento, which released him last season. He went to high school in the state capital. Off the court, Barnes made headlines during his marriage to Gloria Govan, with whom he has twin sons. The couple divorced and she began dating Barnes’ ex-Lakers teammate Derek Fisher. In October 2015, the two men got into an altercation at Govan’s Los Angeles home. Barnes was suspended two games without pay by the NBA for his part in it.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matt Barnes #22 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball in the first half against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Three of the 2017 NBA Western Conference Finals at AT&T Center on May 20, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. LOS ANGELES — Matt Barnes is retiring from the NBA after playing for nine teams over 14 years and winning a championship with Golden State last season.The 37-year-old small forward hasn’t played this season. He posted his retirement announcement on Instagram on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READlast_img read more


Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas reconcile in emotional NBA TV special


first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Johnson and Thomas were close friends in the 1980s but hit road blocks which tore them apart farther from each other.Johnson’s Lakers had a fierce rivalry with Thomas’ Detroit Pistons in the tailend of the decade, as the two teams met thrice in the NBA Finals.“When we got to the (1988 NBA) Finals, our relationship became very different. It was ok for us to be friends when we weren’t competing with the Lakers, but when we started competing with the Lakers, our friendship changed. I remember my son was born in ’88 during the NBA Finals and Magic wouldn’t even come to the hospital,” said Thomas in a previous interview with Sports Illustrated.Tensions continued to heat up when Thomas allegedly questioned Johnson’s sexuality, something which the latter expounded on the Jackie MacMullan book When the Game Was Ours. That led to Thomas being left out of the star-studded “Dream Team” which competed and won the gold medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.“Isiah killed his own chances when it came to the Olympics,” wrote Johnson on the book. “Nobody on that team wanted to play with him. I’m sad for Isiah. He has alienated so many people in his life, and he still doesn’t get it. He doesn’t understand why he wasn’t chosen for that Olympic team and that’s really too bad. You should be aware when you’ve ticked off more than half of the NBA.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Kuzma, Lakers overcome Harden’s 51 to end Rockets’ streak Thomas admitted that he felt “blindsided” by those comments in a previous report by Sports Illustrated.Despite the rift, Thomas kept Johnson in his heart and even went out of his way to persuade the players to let Johnson, who retired in 1991 after being diagnosed with HIV, to be included in the 1992 NBA All-Star Game.“They weren’t going to let Magic play in the All-Star Game,” he bared in the same Sports Illustrated article. “All the players were coming out (against him). You know how that all got turned around? I had a meeting with all of the players— because I was president of the players’ association—and I told them not only was he going to play, but we were going to shake his hand and give him a hug. And I was the first to shake his hand and hug him and give him a kiss, to let people know that’s not how the virus is spread.”Johnson and Thomas may have long been retired, but they have not left the game they love for good.Johnson is the current president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, while Thomas is currently serving as an analyst for NBA TV.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas made amends and embraced on a special Players Only Monthy NBA TV special. Screenshot from NBA TV Twitter account.Time heals all wounds, and for NBA legends Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas, years of separation came to an end Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) when the two reconciled in an emotional Players Only Monthly special on NBA TV.“This has been a tremendous day,” said Johnson. “My wife, my mother, my father have been saying y’all need to get back together. So when everybody called, I said no question we’re going to do this. And just to sit across from you and relive those moments of fun, excellence, working hard, dreaming big.”ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson ”You are my brother. Let me apologize to you if I hurt you—that we haven’t been together. God is good to bring us back together,” he said as the two shared an embrace, mending the fences on what was once a blooming friendship.“Let me apologize to you. If I hurt you. That we haven’t been together.”#PlayersOnlyMonthly pic.twitter.com/nDpfDfZek8FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk— NBA TV (@NBATV) December 20, 2017 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


Ancajas destroys foe


first_imgJerwin Ancajas poses with MP Promotions Joe Ramos. Roy Luarca/INQUIRERCorpus Christi, Texas —After displaying his ferocity as a fighter, Jerwin Ancajas unraveled his gentle nature—and class—on Saturday night.Ancajas knocked Mexico’s Israel Gonzalez out in the 10th round, and, instead of celebrating right away, went over to his fallen enemy to find out if he’s all right.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 For now, however, Ancajas is looking forward to a two-week respite back home, something well earned for masterful demolition of Gonzalez has put him among boxing’s elite.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “This honor is not for me alone, but also for the Filipino people,” Ancajas said in Filipino.It was a rude awakening for the 21-year-old Gonzalez, who was also hoping for a grand entry into boxing’s mainstream.“It was a tough fight. I wasn’t expecting this result,” said Gonzalez, who dropped to 21-2 with eight knockouts.“It was a great experience and I will bounce back.”Back in his locker room, Ancajas bared he drew inspiration from the attention Pacquiao, his idol and benefactor through MP Promotions, has been giving him.They talked late Friday night, with the eight-division world champion and Philippine senator giving him encouragement before praying over him.On Saturday, Pacquiao advised Ancajas to shun the pressure of being compared to him, to relax and do his thing in the ring.Best yet to comeAccording to chief trainer Joven Jimenez, however, Ancajas wasn’t at his optimum best against Gonzalez, giving him a seven with 10 being the maximum.For revered promoter Bob Arum, who signed up Ancajas to a three-fight deal with an option to extend, the southpaw’s fourth straight knockout victory over title challengers was an excellent performance.As such, expect Arum to pit Ancajas against other renowned 115-pounders in more lucrative fights within the year. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Gonzalez beat the count, but when Ancajas floored him anew with an overhand left, Puerto Rican referee Rafael Ramos finally halted the bout at the 1:50 mark.Gonzalez launched an attack in the fifth round only to be repelled quickly. The Filipino had won all the previous rounds before the stoppage.The 26-year-old Ancajas, hailed as the second coming of Manny Pacquiao, raised his record to 29-1-1 with 20 knockouts.For countryEver humble, Ancajas said the victory wasn’t only for him to savor.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson ‘Gonzalez needs more experience’ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In so doing, the new Filipino sensation not only retained the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown at American Bank Center. He also enthralled the fans inside the venue and the viewers from the United States and worldwide.Ancajas lived up to the hype and dominated the game but overmatched Gonzalez, stressing a point with a flash knockdown right in the first round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe pride of Panabo City, now residing in Barangay Ramirez in Magallanes, Cavite would have settled for a shutout victory, but found an opening and went for the kill in the fateful round.Ancajas staggered Gonzalez with a snappy right jab then sent the Mexican down again with another hard left straight. LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View commentslast_img read more