All about winning the RSPL title, says MoBay United striker Gordon

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Arnett Gardens FC will have just another 90-plus minutes to try and keep hold of their Red Stripe Premier League title when they battle Montego Bay United (MBU) in the return leg semi-final on Sunday at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.Hopes of returning home with an advantage were dashed on Monday night when they stumbled to a 2-1 loss in Montego Bay; a gallant effort, but not good enough on the night against resolute MBU, who showed glimpses of the kind of football their fans love to see.The MBU forward, Owayne Gordon, was at his imperious best once more, capping his night with a spectacular goal in the 23rd minute.Arnett responded like true champions when Michaelos Martin prodded home from close range in the 43rd for the equaliser.Midfielder Ronaldo Rodney sealed victory for the home side when he poked home his chance after some shocking goalkeeping from Peter Harrison in the Arnett Gardens goal.”We deserve the win because all season we have had it rough against this Arnett side,” said Gordon, who was scoring his league leading 20th goal.”It’s all about the final and winning the title. Nothing else matters. Once we get there, if Humble Lion or Portmore make it, we will win it,” Gordon added.NEW-FOUND CONFIDENCEThe forward has been a revelation all season and is relishing his new-found confidence. In tandem with either out-of-favour Dino Williams or the industrious Cory Hylton in attack, he just continues scoring goals.Against one of the better defensive teams in the defending champions, he was great. His goal was sublime to say the least.He picked up the ball in midfield sped by his marker, slid the ball to Hylton, who back-heeled the ball into his running path and without breaking stride Gordon took one touch before curling the ball expertly into the net.”I am really feeling good, and I am promising another goal on their ground next week because we know now that we can defeat them,” he added.Arnett Gardens were left ruing a number of missed chances, but will have loads of confidence playing at home, where MBU have found it difficult this season, as they have not done particularly well on their travels to the capital city Kingston.”It’s an advantage we can work with. We haven’t done greatly playing in Kingston this season, but it is an opportunity for us to show quality if we can hold off this Arnett Gardens team in their home,” said Dillon Thelwell, MBU’s assistant coach.last_img read more

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In Your Neighbourhood

first_img Jamalco proved they will be difficult to beat when they opened the 2017 Clarendon Netball season defeating Team R of Mandeville 10-2 in the final of the opening rally of the Jamalco-sponsored Open League. The opening day rally followed a dress parade of 15 teams as well as the sponsors’ presentation. Newcomers Dynamic Star won a cash prize for being adjudged the best outfit but they did not feature significantly when play began on court at the Mineral Heights Sports Centre. Jamalco played unbeaten in the preliminary rounds before defeating Holmwood A 11-3 in the semi-finals. Team R who have shown significant improvement over the last two years proved no match for Jamalco who now have the services of Annakay Griffiths. Griffiths is a former Cable Pro player. Jamalco led 4-1 at half time in the eight minutes final. The league begins tomorrow at the same venue starting at 2 p.m. Avadean Ellington scored twice to lift Old England to an important 2-1 win over New Green on Wednesday to take the lead in the Jamalco- sponsored Manchester Division One competition. They now have nine points and are ahead of Los Perfectos and Mandeville United who have seven points each. The last two teams have played a game less. Jamalco start netball season with rally win The former flag bearers of Manchester Football, Los Perfectos, will journey to St Ann tomorrow for the first staging to the one day Champion of Champions Masters Football Tournament. Drax Hall Sports Complex will host the tournament beginning as early as 9 a.m. The slated end time for the day’s activities which will involve other entertainment is 8 p.m. Los Perfectos will join three other teams in Park Rovers – the Kingston & St Andrew Master’s League Knockout champions; Constant Spring, the Kingston and St Andrew Masters League champions and from the western region, Violet Tourers of Montego Bay. Los Perfectos, the mid-island champions, are expected to field former stars such as Orville ‘Nose’ Smalling, Shawn Newman, Chris Powell, Cheddi Grant and James Sampson. Entry to the venue is free. Sporting Central, Tru Juice maintain form Bridgeport Primary, by virtue of topping the Portmore group with maximum nine points, advanced to the semi-finals of the Scotia Bank-sponsored Kiddy Cricket at the Bridgeport ground last Monday. Independence City Primary placed second in the group with six points from three games, but will not progress in the competition as only the group winners are assured a semi-final berth. The Jamaica Cricket Association also hosted a cricket seminar for administrators of Portmore schools with operations officer Oneil Cruickshank, the main speaker. Gregory Park Primary are the defending champions of the Portmore Cricket Association Primary Cricket League which is now in its third year. Henriques dominates The Faith “Steppaz” for the Lord Lapathon 2017 is on today, from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Emancipation Park in New Kingston. Dubbed “Living the Word: Faith Steppaz for God!” It is hosted by Caribbean Christian Publications (CCP) the region’s primary provider of Sunday School literature. This year marks the seventh annual staging of the Lapathon, which is open to runners, walkers, joggers and rollers (persons with physical disabilities who use wheel chairs). Other activities to be hosted at the Lapathon will include an aerobics marathon, egg-and-spoon competitions and sack races. Proceeds from Lapathon 2017 will help to finance CCP’s yearly Writers’ Conference for the development of the new Sunday School curriculum. Old England lead in Manchester Division One Semi-final bound teams in the Magnum/JB Rum/SCC Super league competition threw down the gauntlet on the struggling teams with a heavy downpour of goals last weekend. Sporting Central showed no mercy on relegation bound Kemps Hill, hammering them 8-0. Two players in Javier Brown and Tajay Reid scored twice with four players netting once. St Catherine’s Tru Juice drubbed Holland PYC of St Elizabeth 8-2 courtesy of four second half goals by Sevion Thompson. The rout had started with Gawaine Smith’s first half brace. Tru Juice led 3-2 at half-time. Blackstars continued the rough patch for Clarendon-based teams handing them a 7-0 defeat. However, the first half had ended only 1-0 with Akeem Higgins’s 12th minute strike. Thereafter, Xavier Harvey netted a hat-trick as the second half was a one-sided affair.center_img Manchester’s Los P in Masters Football tourney Alligator Pond in Manchester Major League semis Eradication stay perfect Faith Steppaz Lapathon 2017 Bridgeport qualify for semis in Kiddy Cricket The central region’s best shooter, Orville Henriques, triumphed over 21 shooters to win the tournament dubbed “A Minor Affair” last weekend at the at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club Range. Henriques finished on 650 points from seven stages to win ahead of guest shooter Christopher Fung-Chung who tallied 554 points at 85 percent. He won four of the seven stages. Female shooter Sue Ann Henriques turned in a superb performance to nab third place with 509 points at 78 per cent. There were other remarkable finishes down the field. Junior shooters in terms of experience, Lyle Swaby and Alvin Amore, copped fourth and fifth to lock out senior pro Thomas Jones (6th), Owen Campbell (9th) and Evan Grant (10th). Eradication continue to the way in the Jamaica Domino Federation/ COK Cooperative Credit Union after they chalked up their 10th win in as many matches with a solid 300-281 victory over Correctional Services last Sunday. Second place teams, Waterhouse United and Fort International kept close to the leaders with 300-296 wins over Ken’s Wildflower and Naggo Head respectively. In other games Soursop stunned Passagefort United 300-296; Masterpiece upset high-flying Spring Village 300-291; Felluchi Strikers shocked Right Stuff 300-290; Exceptional down Chedwin Strikers 300-287; Memory Lane beat Garveymeade 300-291; Links United slammed Mechanical Strikers 253-181 and Braeton All Stars defeated Frazsiers Whip 300-253. Alligator Pond are firmly in charge of the Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Manchester Major League after spanking Porus 3-0 at home. Kenji Thomas opened the scoring in the 28th minute before Dane Seaton’s brace effectively made the three points safe. With a four-point lead on second place Comfort and two more games to complete the preliminary round, Alligator Pond have sealed a semi-final spot. Comfort clipped Mile Gully 1-0 in another match with Geimel Muirhead getting the winner in the 73rd minute.Villa United who complete the seven-team table, were not involved this week and will have to wait for the next round at the end of the month to decide their semi-final fate.last_img read more

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Dela Peña, Pangga win gold medals in Asian juniors boxing championships

first_imgLATEST STORIES John Vincent Pangga. INQUIRER / Roy LuarcaPUERTO PRINCESA — Two finalists, two gold medalists for the Philippines.Kenneth dela Peña and John Vincent Pangga subdued their respective opponents Monday as the host country exceeded expectations in the 2017 ASBC Asian Juniors Boxing Championships at Puerto Princesa City Coliseum here.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 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 A prized find from General  Santos  City,  Dela Pena beat Kazakhstan’s Akilbek Mukhtarov, 4-1, in the pinweight (44-46kg) category while Pangga, pride of Cagayan de Oro City, bested Thailand’s Sarawut Sukthet by the same score in the light flyweight (50kg) class.Endowed with fast hands and agile on his feet, the 16-year-old dela Peña landed a left-right-left combination midway of the second round that rocked the Kazakh for a standing eight count.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’Sensing that he was way behind, Mykhtarov launched an all-out assault in the third, pinning Dela Pena on the ropes. Dela Peña,  who’s only on his first year as a boxer, however, weathered the attack with a left to the body followed by a right to the face to earn the wide decision.At the dugout, dela Peña admitted he got tired in the third round, but said he was determined to win for his family, which includes his twin brother and an older brother who have also taken up the sport, and bring glory to his country. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Former NBA star Metta World Peace says he’s ‘going to Manila’ Both Dela Pena and Pangga are aiming to make it to the Olympics someday.Having given the Philippines its first gold medals in the event confined to 15 and 16-year olds, dela Peña and Pangga will most likely represent the country in this year’s World Juniors,  the date and venue of which have yet to be announced by the AIBA (International Boxing Association).Ricky Vargas, president of the organizing Abap (Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines) was impressed with the Young Turks’ performances. “The kids fought with a lot of heart. They have a lot of potential to make it to the Olympics,” said Vargas. “I was surprised that we won two golds.”Also present were Abap secretary general Pato Gregorio and executive director Ed Picson.The Abap fielded only four bets for the tournament that drew entries from 18 nations, including world powerhouse Kazakhstan, with light flyweight Criz Russo Laurente and lightweight Norlan Petecio failing to advance to the medal round.Other early final bouts saw Kazakhstan’s Makhmud Sabirkhan snare the light flyweight and light bantamweight Biibars Zheksen snare the gold at the expense of Japanese Toshiya Yano and Uzbek Asadkhuja Muydinkhujaev, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Even during clinches, I was talking, saying that this gold is mine and I won’t let it slip away,” dela Peña, last year’s Batang Pinoy silver medalist, said in Filipino.Familiar with his foe, the 15-year-old decorated Pangga said he had to box smartly and threw everything in his arsenal to beat Sukthet, who had sparred with him during the national team’s training in Thailand last month.“He (Sukthet) caught me with a solid body shot that time and it hurt so I had to be careful,” said Pangga, a four-time Batang Pinoy and 2016 Palarong Pambansa champion. “I just followed my coach’s (Ronald Chavez) instructions to measure him up first, in Filipino.”Always beaten to the punch by Pangga in their first encounter, Sukthet changed tactics and turned counter puncher.Eventually Pangga was able to pierce his defenses by unleashing rapid combinations to earn the nod of four judges with only the judge from United Arab Emirates going for Sukhtet.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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WATCH: Nike unveils new ‘Statement Jerseys’ for 30 NBA teams

first_imgA costly, catty dispute finally settled New year, new look. 🔥#NIKExNBA(Via @NBA) pic.twitter.com/K4xVbunOAN— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) September 16, 2017Most teams boasted significant and modernized changes to their uniforms, while some opted to keep their signature style from previous seasons.ADVERTISEMENT From NCAA to UAAP, Ayo and Jarin have each other’s respect View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Break new ground It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Nike took over the reigns from Adidas as the official jersey manufacturer of the NBA and it didn’t take long for the sporting giant to leave its mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIn a star-studded event in Los Angeles on Friday (Saturday in Manila), both Nike and the NBA officially unveiled their innovative “Statement Jerseys” from all 30 NBA franchises.ADVERTISEMENT Winning start A costly, catty dispute finally settled Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend In July, Nike confirmed that it will do away with the traditional “Home and Away” uniforms and replace them with the “Association” and “Icon” editions.READ: Nike to junk ‘home’ and ’away’ designations for jerseys next seasonNike also described the colorful designs as “inspired by the team’s desire to make a bold statement every time they step on the court.”The “Statement” uniform will be available for purchase on all NBA Stores starting Nov. 20. /ra Panelo now believes Esperon on Duterte inclusion on NPA ‘kill list’ PLAY LIST 01:36Panelo now believes Esperon on Duterte inclusion on NPA ‘kill list’00:50Trending Articles02:19SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE)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 Representatives of the teams proudly wore their nifty new threads for the upcoming season. Aside from the vibrant alternates, players donned a new hoodie design as warm-ups—another first for the league. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Folayang to defend ONE title vs Nguyen at MOA Arena

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up The 28-year-old Nguyen (9-1) is currently on a five-match winning streak and the Australian is motivated to become a two-division champion in the promotion.“New Year will be coming early this year, because in this fight there will definitely be fireworks. I’m out not only to make a statement, but to go down in history as the best to ever compete under the ONE Championship banner,” he said.Other fights featuring Filipino fighters are still expected to be announced in the coming weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES FILE – ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang is set to defend his world title against reigning ONE Featherweight Champion Martin Nguyen in a champion-versus-champion main event of ONE: Legends of the World on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena.The 32-year-old Folayang (18-5) is embracing his latest the challenge after disposing of Ev Ting last April.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “As a martial artist, I am constantly in search of the biggest challenges, the biggest tests of my skills. As champion, I welcome any and all challengers and Martin is one of the best in the world and it is an honor to share the ONE Championship cage with him,” said the Team Lakay stalwart.But what excites Folayang more for the fight is to showcase his talents in front of his countrymen anew.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHis first title defense against Ting was also held at MOA Arena.“This bout is for the fans and I can’t wait to perform in front of my hometown crowd in Manila once again. I have complete respect for my opponent’s skills and together with my brothers at Team Lakay, my coach Mark Sangiao, I’m preparing to showcase the best version of Eduard Folayang on 10 November.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours How to help the Taal evacuees It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Irving confirms he did not talk to LeBron about trade request: ‘Why would I have to?’ DAY6 is for everybody View commentslast_img read more

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Malaysia bans travel to North Korea, football match postponed

first_imgCarpio 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 The Asian Football Confederation said in a statement it will have to decide on the future status of the match.Malaysia’s foreign ministry cited North Korea’s missile tests and related developments as the reasons for the travel ban and said it would last until further notice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNorth Korea has been targeted in recent months by stricter sanctions and increasing diplomatic pressure, with Kuwait and Mexico expelling its envoys in recent weeks. Since July, North Korea has launched its first intercontinental ballistic missiles, has flown midrange missiles over Japan into the Pacific and has detonated its sixth nuclear test.Malaysia is one of its few remaining diplomatic partners in the world, even though tensions escalated after the North Korean leader’s estranged half brother was killed at the Kuala Lumpur airport in February. Both countries imposed travel bans on the other’s citizens that were lifted after a deal was reached in March. Two women from Vietnam and Indonesia have been charged in the murder, widely believed to have been orchestrated by North Korea.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees St. Benilde, San Beda sweep their way to NCAA table tennis titles Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up View commentscenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES In this March 9, 2017, file photo, the North Korean flag is seen behind razor wire on top of a wall at the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia has banned its citizens from traveling to North Korea as the country faces increasing diplomatic pressure over its weapons programs. The foreign ministry announced the ban in a statement Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, and said it would last until further notice. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia on Thursday banned its citizens from traveling to North Korea as the country faces increasing diplomatic pressure over its weapons programs.The travel ban prompted the region’s football governing body to postpone for the third time an Asian Cup qualifier match between Malaysia and North Korea scheduled for Oct. 5 in Pyongyang. The match has already been delayed twice due to security issues.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ DAY6 is for everybodylast_img read more

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IOC weighs Russian Olympic ban, risks provoking Putin

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ The IOC then set up two commissions. One chaired by IOC member Denis Oswald verified McLaren’s evidence to prosecute cases of Russian athletes from Sochi. A second, now chaired by a former president of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid, was to assess if an “institutional conspiracy” existed.The Oswald judging panel began giving verdicts last month. By Monday, 25 Russians had been disqualified from Sochi and banned from the Olympics for life, and 11 medals were stripped. One Russian was cleared.Schmid has received a 50-page sworn affidavit from Rodchenkov for his report. It was set to be delivered to IOC board members on Monday.SOCHI PROGRAMRodchenkov said some Russian athletes at the Sochi Olympics used a fast-acting “Duchess” cocktail of performance-enhancing steroids dissolved in alcohol.During the games, the athletes were protected by a urine-swapping scheme to replace dirty samples with clean urine stored months earlier.The late-night swaps went via a “mouse hole” into a secured room at the Sochi testing laboratory.Secret service agents found a way to break into tamper-proof sample bottles and return them with clean urine, Rodchenkov claimed.Cleaned-up samples could further be tampered with by adding salt to make them more credible. In cases of some players in Russia’s women’s ice hockey team who did not have stored urine, male DNA was found in retesting of samples that are routinely stored by the IOC for 10 years in Lausanne.RUSSIAN DENIALSRussia denies a state-sponsored doping program existed. It blames Rodchenkov, calling him a rogue employee, and wants the scientist extradited from the United States, where he is a protected witness. LATEST STORIES “There has never been and will never be any state programs related to doping,” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday before the soccer World Cup draw in Moscow.Mutko, as sports minister in 2014, was implicated in the Pound and McLaren investigations, and also in Rodchenkov’s hand-written diaries which were made available to the IOC. Oswald’s panel called them “significant” evidence before The New York Times published extracts last week.Mutko said on Friday he met “a number of times” with IOC commissions, and risks being banned from the Olympics. The IOC board blocked his accreditation for Rio last year.Still, Mutko remains president of Russia’s soccer federation and head of the World Cup organizing committee.RIO PRECEDENT?Bach’s executive board did not impose a blanket ban on Russia before the Rio Olympics, passing on decision-making power to sports governing bodies. More than 100 Russian athletes were removed from a nearly 400-strong team.Then, Bach was seen as an ally of Russia and a personal friend of Putin.The “important difference” this time, Bach said last month, was that accused Russian athletes have now had due legal process and a fair hearing from the IOC.WHO WILL DECIDEThe IOC board will meet at its temporary headquarters in Lausanne. It is chaired by Bach and includes two members of the Oswald Commission — Oswald himself and Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr. FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo Alexander Zubkov of Russia carries the national flag as he leads the team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. When the International Olympic Committee board prepares to vote Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 on whether to ban Russia from February’s Winter Olympics, its members will decide the fate of numerous medals yet to be won. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Russia could be banned from competing at the Pyeongchang Olympics, a prospect that President Vladimir Putin has already warned would be humiliating for his country.The decision will come on Tuesday when the International Olympic Committee executive board meets in Lausanne, less than nine weeks before the games open on Feb. 9 in South Korea.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img 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 Pelicans: Davis has no structural damage, status day to day View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? The 14-member board, which includes two Americans, has received a so-far confidential report from an IOC-appointed panel. That panel was asked to assess if Russian state agencies did organize the doping program used at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.IOC President Thomas Bach, a German lawyer long seen as an ally of Russia, is scheduled to announce the decision at 7:30 p.m. (1830 GMT).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt might not be the last word, however. Russia can challenge any IOC sanction by appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Here is a look at the case, and the possible results: PUNISHMENT OPTIONS— A total ban on Russia competing in Pyeongchang.— Some Russian athletes compete, if judged to be clean under long-term doping controls operating to international standards. They would be classed as neutral athletes competing under the Olympic flag, and would be denied hearing the Russian anthem if they win Olympic gold. Those rules were imposed on Russian athletes at the athletics world championships in August.Putin has said either of those outcomes would be humiliating, and could provoke a Russian boycott.— The IOC board could ask the seven governing bodies for Winter Olympic sports to decide on individual athlete eligibility. That compromise applied to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT The board also includes a member of the Schmid Commission, Robin Mitchell, and two Americans: Anita De Frantz and Angela Ruggiero, a four-time Olympic hockey medalist.International Ski Federation president Gian Franco Kasper represents the winter sports, which mostly oppose a blanket ban.They will meet with world figure skating champion Evgenia Medvedeva, who has joined a Russian delegation that will argue for a lighter sanction.Rodchenkov’s lawyer, Jim Walden, told The Associated Press his client hopes “Russia would recognize the severity and confess, and work itself quickly back into the world sports community.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. — Impose a fine on the Russian Olympic committee. Tens of millions of dollars could go toward anti-doping work worldwide.A financial penalty would be “grossly inappropriate,” according to Joseph de Pencier, chief executive of iNADO, a global group of national anti-doping agencies.“It would send exactly the wrong message,” de Pencier said. “It’s pay to play.”TIMELINEA big red flag regarding Russian doping went up in July 2013, weeks before Moscow hosted the athletics worlds. British newspaper the Mail on Sunday reported wrongdoing by Grigory Rodchenkov and the Moscow laboratory he directed, but its claims were mostly ignored.In December 2014, 10 months after the Sochi Olympics, German network ARD broadcast a film by journalist Hajo Seppelt about extensive doping in Russian athletics using footage secretly filmed by whistleblowers.The World Anti-Doping Agency later appointed an investigation panel chaired by Richard Pound, a long-serving IOC member. That panel included Richard McLaren. Their reports in November 2015 and January 2016 led to the suspension of Russia’s athletics federation, anti-doping agency, and the Moscow lab.The Pound team interviewed Rodchenkov and concluded he was a key part of a conspiracy of supplying banneddrugs, covering up doping cases, and extorting athletes.Rodchenkov fled to the United States and detailed in a May 2016 interview with the New York Times how, aslab director for the Sochi Games, he helped Russian athletes cheat. He said 15 of Russia’s 33 medals were tainted.WADA appointed McLaren to verify the fresh allegations. Within two months, he delivered an interim report before the Rio Olympics which upheld Rodchenkov’s evidence.“It can’t possibly be done by a couple of rogue individuals, or even a rogue department of an organization,” McLaren said last week of Russia’s doping program.last_img read more

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UP players to skip PBA D-League, says Perasol

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I told them to focus on their second semester studies,” he said in a text message Tuesday.Javi Gomez de Liaño, who was picked by Wangs Basketball-Letran, and Jerson Prado, who was selected by Gamboa-St. Clare, were picked in the 10th round of the 2017 PBA D-League Draft, but Perasol said that the two won’t be making their debut in the developmental league, at least for this upcoming season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseThe same goes for Paul Desiderio, whose rights are with CEU (then-CafeFrance), and Diego Dario, who was with AMA Online Education.Perasol said that his decision to prohibit them from joining in the PBA D-League is an effort to give priority to his players’ welfare. View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson WATCH: Michael Jordan gives shout out to Filipino fans Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFans of the University of the Philippines will have to wait a little bit longer before seeing the Fighting Maroons on the court anew.Coach Bo Perasol said that instead of playing in the upcoming PBA D-League season, he advised his core players to focus on their studies as they prepare for next year’s run in UAAP Season 81.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “I suggested that to the team,” he said. “They will really have a hard time passing their classes if they’re going to miss those because of practices and games. More so, the second semester is very important in their eligibility for the next season.”Of the UP players which saw action last year, only senior forward Rob Ricafort, who was picked by Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian in the sixth round, will be able to play this upcoming 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 awardlast_img read more

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Els invited to Augusta National, but not to play Masters

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kane sets Premier League mark with 39 goals in calendar year Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img SPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAugusta National occasionally awards exemptions to international players, but those typically are given to players who are not full PGA Tour members and have multiple avenues to qualify on their own. Among ways for PGA Tour members to qualify for the Masters are winning tournaments that offer full FedEx Cup points, reaching the Tour Championship or getting into the top 50 in the world ranking at various cutoff points.“The inclusion of Honorary Invitees has been a great tradition at the Masters Tournament for many years,” Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said. “This coming year the list includes Ernie Els, and we are once again excited to welcome him and all of these distinguished guests to Augusta National in April.” 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 View comments The Masters pays homage to major champions more than any of the other majors by giving them special access as honorary invitees that includes two clubhouse badges, a $1,000 honorarium and a gift to commemorate them being there.Honorary invitees used to be able to play practice rounds and compete in the Par 3 Tournament, a practice that ended last year.Els failed to qualify for the 2012 Masters and was not given a special exemption.ADVERTISEMENT Instead, the 48-year-old South African received a letter welcoming him as an honorary invitee. His five-year exemption into the Masters from winning the 2012 British Open ended last year. Augusta National has a tradition of inviting past major champions as honorary guests for the week.Els tweeted Monday: “Wanted to clarify my excitement getting an invite from @TheMasters. Work continues to qualify to compete!FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown AP FILE PHOTOErnie Els says he received an invitation to Augusta National for the first week in April. It just wasn’t an invitation to play in the Masters.Els had to clarify a tweet from Sunday that said: “Thank you for a Great Xmas present! @TheMasters Can’t wait!” That led several media sites to post stories that Els, a four-time major champion, had received a special exemption into the Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READlast_img read more

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Hectic EPL schedule will ‘kill’ the players, warns Guardiola

first_imgView comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “Here in England, you don’t protect the players — that is a big mistake. You have to do it for the quality, not quantity. Play every three, four, five days, but not every two days … Look at how many players have muscular injuries in this period. But it doesn’t matter; the show must go on. And that’s why there will be players not fit.”Guardiola’s comments came as Palace’s Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon were ruled out for the remainder of the season. Manager Roy Hodgson said both players had suffered cruciate ligament injuries in Sunday’s 0-0 draw with City.“We won’t see anything of those players for the rest of our season and it is going to be hard for them to get ready even for the start of next season, because these are serious injuries,” Hodgson said after Palace’s 2-1 win at Southampton on Tuesday.Hectic EPL schedule will “kill” the players, warns GuardiolaADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola points during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Watford at Etihad stadium, in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hit out at the amount of games played in the Premier League over the festive period, saying the schedule is going to “kill” the players.City was one of the teams to play four games in 11 days across Christmas and the new year, with the last two matches — away to Crystal Palace and at home to Watford — coming just two days apart.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson “What I saw, what everybody sees, in the last weeks is how many injuries the players have,” Guardiola said. “We are going to kill them (the players). The federation — whoever the bosses are — have to reflect. It’s not normal.”Guardiola’s ire might have been caused by the sight of right back Kyle Walker holding his groin in the final minutes of the 3-1 win over Watford on Tuesday. The City coach said Walker “might have a little bit of a problem.”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 folkCity lost striker Gabriel Jesus to a ligament injury early in the 0-0 draw at Palace on Sunday that will keep him out for up to six weeks.“I know the show must go on and it doesn’t matter with which guys the show must go on,” Guardiola said. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Ayo bids La Salle goodbye, hints at differences in handling team Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

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