MOST READ 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round 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 Rousey declined to promote her comeback bout, and she refused to discuss her loss with fans or reporters after making a guaranteed $3 million along with undisclosed millions in bonuses and pay-per-view revenue from the UFC’s year-end show. She issued a statement to ESPN on Saturday.“Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year,” Rousey wrote. “However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda.“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”Nunes acknowledged feeling sorry for Rousey after landing 27 punches on the former champion in just 48 seconds. Nunes believes the cumulative stress of Rousey’s first loss, her acting career and numerous outside-the-cage responsibilities combined to “pressure her too much.”Nunes spoke directly to a bloodied Rousey in the cage after the loss.“I told her, ‘You did a lot for this sport,’” Nunes said. “‘Thank you so much. Now, take some time to rest and maybe do something else.’ Why should she keep doing this? She’s a millionaire already. Why would she want to keep doing this? She’ll hurt herself.”But Jones sees a ferocious competitor in Rousey behind the acting jobs and modeling gigs.“What she does next will truly determine her legacy,” Jones wrote. “I really hope she chooses to be … unbroken. Her story doesn’t have to be over here. I also still believe she beats 90 (percent) of the division. Lots of ass kicking still to be done, lots of money to be made.”Jones also joined Nunes and innumerable MMA figures in questioning the effectiveness of Rousey’s coaching.Edmond Tarverdyan, Rousey’s coach, was widely criticized for his uneven, unusual coaching methods even before Rousey’s career faltered. Even Rousey’s mother, AnnMaria De Mars, has ripped Tarverdyan, but Rousey has remained fiercely loyal to her longtime guru. Jones is based at the Albuquerque gym of respected trainer Greg Jackson, the mastermind behind several UFC champions. Rousey’s striking has long been a weak spot for the Olympic judo medalist, and she was utterly unable to cope with Nunes’ punching ability, showing little growth in the past year from the weaknesses exposed by Holm.“Maybe she just needs to complement her coach with an MMA family,” Jones wrote. “Maybe she should join one of the bigger MMA teams. … Being around other bad asses and constantly sharing your spotlight could be good for you (in) so many ways. They can improve on your humility.”Rousey turns 30 years old in February, with several years of her ostensible athletic prime before her. While she has circled several major acting jobs after playing three supporting roles in recent years, she doesn’t appear to have any major film commitments.But Rousey took several months off after her first defeat, and she seems likely to be deliberate again. De Mars, who cradled Rousey as the fighter left the T-Mobile Arena cage, took to her blog Saturday to offer support.“She cares DEEPLY about winning to an extent that I don’t believe the average person can wrap his/her head around,” De Mars wrote. “I am very proud of my daughter.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Amanda Nunes, right, throws a punch at Ronda Rousey in the first round of their women’s bantamweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 207, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. Nunes won the fight after it was stopped in the first round. APLAS VEGAS, United States — Ronda Rousey is taking time off to ponder her future after her 48-second loss in her comeback fight at UFC 207.Amanda Nunes thinks Rousey must retire.ADVERTISEMENT Eala aims for stints in Grand Slam jrs Jon Jones believes Rousey should fight again.READ: Rousey stopped by Nunes 48 seconds into comeback at UFC 207FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe UFC’s biggest names offered strong opinions about Rousey’s future Saturday, a day after Nunes punched Rousey into submission in less than a minute. Rousey (12-2), once the most dominant fighter in the sport, has now lost two straight boutss 13 months apart, looking unprepared and overmatched against both Holly Holm and Nunes.After Nunes easily defended the bantamweight belt once held by Rousey, the champion encouraged Rousey to move on. Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely “That’s it for her,” Nunes said Friday night. “For sure, she’s going to retire. She can’t take it anymore. If she wants the rematch, I’m going to do the same thing, because she can’t take my punches.”Other major figures in mixed martial arts disagree.Jones was arguably the most feared fighter in the sport before failing a drug test last summer. The suspended former light heavyweight champion took to Twitter on Saturday to encourage Rousey.READ: Jones stripped of UFC title after drugs ban“My advice to Ronda would be to pick yourself up and try again,” Jones wrote. “I think it’s important for Ronda to show her fans how great she truly is by displaying her courage and giving it another try.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town
Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member FEU honors ‘inspirational’ Daquis in emotional jersey retirement ceremony Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely “My confidence has been on a high. I want to help the team because I’m the one with experience here. Hopefully, I can impart to them what I learned from my other teams before.”Sedurifa, a reserve for Meralco last season, hasn’t been gun-shy at all in Batangas, leading the team in points with 20 markers through three games. He posted 17 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists in the squad’s recent conquest.Though elated with his recent offensive outbursts, the former CEU standout is hopeful that his teammates can also find their groove as Batangas seeks to rack up more wins this conference.“It feels so good to win. We’re just enjoying the games. We’re thankful that we got our first win so we’re really inspired to play. We just have to continue playing regardless of our opponents. We just have to sustain our process so we can improve.”Batangas will next face Racal on Monday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT And on Tuesday, they were finally able to break the ceiling, topping Victoria Sports-MLQU, 88-85.Joseph Sedurifa said that though Batangas has yet to jell after three games together, what makes the team deadly is the players buying in to Gonzales’ plea to give their all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“For us, we want to show our focus on the game, both on defense and offense,” he said.Joining a fairly young and inexperienced side in Batangas, Sedurifa has also taken a larger role in the team. 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 Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESStarting the season as a rag-tag team, Batangas has turned a lot of heads with its stellar play this 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Though losing in their first two outings, the boys of coach Eric Gonzales made sure that they won’t go down without a fight.ADVERTISEMENT
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEmbattled veteran PBA player Gary David on Wednesday opened up about his personal life involving his relationship with his estranged wife Jenny Rose.According to a report, David is facing charges of Republic Act 9262 or Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act filed by Jenny Rose and one of the couple’s four daughters on April 4 before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.ADVERTISEMENT (I can’t talk about it because I haven’t received a subpoena from the judge. But in case it has already been filed yet, we’re just going to see each other in court.)“Hindi pa natin alam kung totoo man ‘yun. Pero ang totoo, nag-file na ako ng annulment.Na-receive na niya ‘yun kaya ‘yun na lang ang pag-uusapan namin sa korte. Para lumabas ‘yung katotohanan, kung ano man ‘yung baho or kahihiyan na ginawa niya. Dun na lang.”(We don’t know yet if it’s true but what’s real is I already filed for annulment and she has already received that and that’s what we’re going to deal with in court. So that the truth about the embarrassment she has caused will come out.)David stressed he won’t let the issue get in the way of his playing career.He was one of the few bright spots for the Floodbuster in a 109-80 defeat with 13 points and three rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:19Robredo refuses ‘unfair’ tag; asks critics to read her drug war report00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions As per the report, a separate complaint charging David of RA 7610 or Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act was also filed.READ: Crowd shows some love for Gary David; teammates FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe 38-year-old David said he hasn’t received any subpoena yet and added he has already filed for annulment.“Hindi pa ako magsasalita kasi wala pa akong natatanggap na subpoena na galing sa Judge. Kaya hindi pa ako pwede magsalita. Kung saka-sakali man na naka-file na ‘yun, sa korte na lang kami mag-uusap,” David said following a lopsided loss to San Miguel Beer. WATCH: Loud ‘lovemaking’ sounds interrupt tennis match “Sa akin, ever since, kung ano man ang problema ko, hindi ko ina-ano ang trabaho ko. Ito ang source ng kabuhayan ko at ito yung nagbibigay sa akin ng kasiyahan. Kaya isinasantabi ko na ‘yun every time na maglalaro ako, maski sa practice. Hindi nila makikitang paektado ako,” he said.(Ever since, whatever my problem is, I don’t let it affect my job. This is the source of my livelihood and my happiness that’s why I’m setting it aside every time I play or even in practice. They won’t see me affected.)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments
BATANGAS City—With one short burst in the stretch, Star put away Rain or Shine and made a huge leap in the standings in the frenzied chase for the top two berths in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.Paul Lee scored 23 points, the last three coming in a closing 9-3 spurt inside the final 2:40 that keyed a 99-93 decision of the Elasto Painters in a Petron Saturday Special game that gave the Hotshots a virtual tie for second spot at Batangas City Coliseum here.ADVERTISEMENT Import Tony Mitchell had 21 points and 18 rebounds, with his final field goal, a dunk that almost brought down the entire goal post with 1:44 left, practically snuffing the fight out of the game Painters.The loss was the second straight for the defending champion Painters, who dropped to 4-4 and bowed out of the top-two race. With three games left, Rain or Shine needs nothing less than a sweep to qualify in the upper half of the playoff bracket.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnJeff Chan and import Shawn Taggart finished with 20 each for the Painters, who were hurt the entire night by their former franchise player Lee.Meanwhile, Alaska and crowd darling Barangay Ginebra slug it out in the 6:45 p.m. main game at Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday, looking for victories to inch closer to the playoffs. Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR The Gin Kings have a four-game winning streak going and will try to contain the highest scoring import in the tournament in Corey Jefferson.Alaska will play without its heart and soul, Calvin Abueva, while the Gin Kings will go into the contest minus the high-leaping Japeth Aguilar—both are on loan to the Gilas Pilipinas team that will try to win the Southeast Asian Basketball Association title next week.Star also played without two key men, rookie Jio Jalalon and the streak-shooting Allein Maliksi, but the Hotshots remained composed and came up with the winning run that snapped a 90-all tie heading into the final 2:40.Marc Barroca finished with 11 for Star.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely 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 Blue Eagles sweep their way to crown LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
But which Olympics?Officially, Los Angeles and Paris are the only two bidders left for the 2024 Games that will be awarded in September at a meeting of Olympic leaders in Lima, Peru. On the table, however, is a proposal to use that meeting to dole out the next two Olympics — 2024 and 2028 — one to each city.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundIOC President Thomas Bach said he wants to avoid producing so many losers in the multimillion-dollar Olympic-bidding game. Unsaid is Bach’s need to avoid another bidding debacle, similar to the 2024 contest, if the rules remain the same for 2028.The 2024 race began with five cities, but slowly, awkwardly, tapered down to two, after Rome; Hamburg, Germany; and Budapest, Hungary; all pulled out. And that’s not including the embarrassment the U.S. Olympic Committee suffered when its first candidate city, Boston, stepped aside because of tepid — or, some might say, barely existent — public support. That issue was worked out, and Trump’s order is stalled in court, but his presence will certainly be felt.“Both countries have a lot going on politically that can be game-changers at any minute,” said Jules Boykoff, a professor at Pacific University in Oregon who has written widely on the Olympics movement.When centrist Emmanuel Macron defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in France’s presidential election, it took some uncertainty out of the Paris bid. Meanwhile, Trump’s populist, “America-first” message is hardly the arms-wide-open stance the Olympics embrace. And yet, for his part, Trump is backing the bid, certainly knowing this is the kind of win he’d love to be a part of — the U.S. hasn’t hosted a Summer Games since 1996 — even if he plays a nominal role.COST: Los Angeles is pledging to stage the Games for a grand total of $5.3 billion, which would be around one-third of what Tokyo is expected to spend for 2020. It’s a claim that speaks to Bach’s mandate to keep costs down and stop spending billions on stadiums that don’t get used much once the Olympics end.A strong point of the Los Angeles bid, certain to be showcased during the visit, is that 95 percent of the proposed venues are already built, including the Los Angeles Coliseum, which would host the opening ceremonies, same as it did in 1932 and 1984.TRAFFIC: The 2016 cinematic tribute to the sort of dreams that can come true in Los Angeles, “La La Land,” opened, fittingly enough, with a musical number taking place amid gridlocked cars on the freeway during rush hour. That traffic is as much a symbol of LA as the “Hollywood” sign or the NBA’s Lakers, and it’s certain officials will do their best to keep their guests far away from the snarls this week.The bid promises to bring 100 percent of ticketed spectators to competition sites by public transportation or systems designed for spectators, such as shuttle buses. There are also memories of 1984, when traffic wasn’t much of a problem in part because many of the locals left town or stayed off the freeways.ENTHUSIASM: Time and again bid leaders have touted a poll, conducted by Loyola Marymount University, which found 88 percent of respondents wanted Los Angeles to host the Olympics.As the vote and any potential Games get closer, those numbers will certainly change.Already in question is an LA24 claim that more than 1 million Facebook users said they wanted to see the Olympics in Los Angeles. FILE – In this Jan. 25, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, center, speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles. Los Angeles leaders this week are trying to sell their plan to host the Olympic Games to visiting members of the International Olympic Committee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)LOS ANGELES — Leaders in Los Angeles will guide their International Olympic Committee guests from the Hollywood Hills to Santa Monica Beach to a construction site that will someday be a $2.6 billion NFL stadium that can also host soccer games.If this week’s tour is a success, Los Angeles will earn the chance to host its third Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sparks sit atop AP preseason WNBA poll; Lynx are 2nd Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead A report prepared for The Associated Press last month found that Los Angeles saw an explosion of support over a six-week period from places such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Indonesia. In Bangladesh, for instance, supporters of the bid rose from a few dozen to more than 113,000 in the span of six weeks.LA stands by the numbers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Like Paris, Los Angeles is sticking to the party line, insisting it is in the mix only for 2024.“Los Angeles is the right city for 2024 at this important time for the Olympic Movement and is only bidding for 2024,” LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman said.The 2024-28 issue is hardly the only unpredictable factor in a bidding process that has grown more confusing, even as the number of candidates dwindled.A look at the key issues Los Angeles faces as it hosts the evaluation visit Tuesday through Friday:POLITICS: When President Donald Trump first issued his executive order temporarily banning refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, it threw some Olympic sports into flux: Namely, the U.S. wrestling team was scheduled for a trip to Iran, which was one of the banned countries.ADVERTISEMENT
Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in San Miguel sends Alaska to 6th straight loss The crafty guard suited up in the Asean Basketball League for the woeful Pilipinas MX3 Kings after that and has been competing in several tournaments since including a 1-on-1 tournament last year.Miller also said he is focused on spending some of his time imparting his basketball knowledge and experience to kids.“I want to share my experiences to our future basketball players and teach these kids how to play the right way. It’s also my way of helping improve basketball more in the country.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “If there is a decent team out there that needs my help and wants to win a championship,” Miller told INQUIRER.net in Filipino during the Red Bull Reign Philippines 3-on-3 tournament finals on Saturday.“That team should really want to win,” he stressed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe 39-year-old Miller last saw action in the PBA as part of TNT in 2015 where he was signed at the beginning of the Commissioner’s Cup for the rest of the season.He played in 17 games during that stint and averaged 4.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 14.5 minutes. MOST READ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Willie Miller during the Red Bull Reign Philippines 3-on-3 tournament finals Saturday, May 27, 2017, at Nagtahan Bridge court. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netWillie Miller isn’t closing his doors on a possible return to the PBA where he was named MVP twice and won four championships.Miller, the 15-year veteran, said he could make a comeback given the team he would play for is inclined to winning a championship.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ View comments
WORK IN PROGRESS Any game featuring Tivoli Gardens and Arnett Gardens is always a delight, and today should be no different as the two powerhouses take centre stage in one of five Red Stripe Premier League matches on the schedule. As hosts and defending champions, Arnett Gardens should wear the favourites tag when both teams meet at 6 p.m. this evening at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex. Tivoli Gardens and their coach, Omar Edwards, will have other ideas. “We lost our first game, which wasn’t our plan. We travelled to Reno to leave with at least a point, but that did not happen. Despite that, we had some positives coming out of that game. We kept a lot of possession, defended stoutly up until about the 85th minute, and created quite a few chances, so this should help us going into today’s game,” Edwards said ahead of the contest. Today’s games EQUAL FOOTING To get the better of the opposition, Waite, whose team defeated debutantes Sandals South Coast 3-1 in their opening game, believes that they will have to play an improved first half. “The first game was not played the way I expected. We did not have a strong first half. It was in the second half that we got it together. It is still a work in progress, but we have to get it together from the start for this game,” Waite said. For Arnett Gardens to start the way they want to, top midfielder Vishinul Harris will have to have a more consistent game, creating openings for Fabian Reid, who is expected to lead the line. Marvin Morgan will also have to be at his best. Jermaine Johnson, as he was last year, was a key factor in Tivoli’s successes last season, and he will have to be focused today. Support for Johnson should come from Tevin Shaw, Nicholas Smith, and Shavar Campbell. At Stadium East, the returning Cavalier will hope to get the better of Harbour View in the battle of the east, while Humble Lion will be gunning for their second successive win and their first at home for the season. Sandals South Coast will be hoping to have similar luck to parishioners Reno FC, who got the better of Tivoli Gardens last week at the Frome Complex, while Waterhouse will be aiming to make home advantage count against Reno. Tomorrow’s Game – Montego Bay United FC vs Boys Town FC – 8:35 p.m. at Montego Bay Sports Complex p.m. at Montego Bay Sports Complex “Today is a new day, a new game, so we start on equal footing. Games between us are always physical. The communities have high expectations of both teams and neither will want to disappoint. We have enough quality to leave Arnett with a positive result,” added Edwards. Arnett Gardens’ Jerome Waite has had enough encounters with Tivoli Gardens to know not to take them for granted. “Despite Tivoli losing their first game, whenever they are up against Arnett Gardens, it is one of the biggest rivalries in the local Premier League, and we expect the usual tough game from them. They always come hard for us,” Waite said. – Cavalier FC vs Harbour View FC – 3:30 p.m. at Stadium East – Humble Lion FC vs UWI FC – 3:30 p.m. at Effortville Community Centre – Sandals South Coast FC vs Portmore United FC – 3:30 p.m. at Frome Complex – Tivoli Gardens FC vs Arnett Gardens FC – 6 p.m. at Anthony Spaulding Complex – Waterhouse FC vs FC Reno – 3:30 p.m. at Drewsland Stadium
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE Still, the proof of the pudding is always in the eating. Hyde has improved each year since he and coach Harley took on the challenge of the 400-hurdles in 2014. He set national junior records of 49.48 and 49.29 seconds, respectively, in his first season in the event, with the latter effort enough to nap his first World Under-20 title. He followed that with national junior improvements to 49.01 in 2015 and 48.81 in 2016. In 2017, his upswing continued to 48.52 seconds. His partnership with coach Harley had also seen him graduate to the senior level with semi-final spots in the Olympics and World Championships and to a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in April. Ironically, that bronze probably isn’t enough for a two-time World Under-20 champion who has also won a 2012 Youth Olympic gold and a 2013 World Under-18 gold in the 110 metres hurdles. That Commonwealth result reversed the placings with Kyron McMaster of the British Virgin Islands from the 2016 World Under-20 Championship. With McMaster’s personal best now being 47.80 seconds, Hyde may well feel that he had lost ground. Added to that, TJ Holmes of the United States reached the 2017 World Championships final. Like McMaster in 2016, Hyde had beaten Holmes into third at the 2014 World Under-20 Championships. Now, the young American’s personal best is 48.44 seconds, 0.08 better than Hyde’s. At home, he has seen the rise of Kemar Mowatt to a personal best of 48.49 and fourth place, ahead of Holmes, at the World Championships. That debate will continue, but there is no argument about the timing of the move. A new cycle of major championships begins next year with the World Championships in Doha. The Olympics and another World Championships follow in 2020 and 2021. That leaves this season as the time for change. One can recall 400 metres king Jeremy Wariner changing coaches in the Olympic year of 2008. His former coach, Clyde Hart, had led him to gold in 2004 and in the World Championships of 2005 and 2007. He lost his Olympic title to fellow American LaShawn Merritt and never regained his World title either. So while change can be good, a badly timed change can hurt. Whatever you think about Hyde’s coaching change, you have to agree that his timing is good. It gives the MVP a chance to lay the foundation for the cycle of championships that will come thick and fast starting in 2019. Hopefully, everything will work out. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980. Only time will tell if Jaheel Hyde, the 400 metres hurdler with no limits, has made the right move to split from his long-time coach Chris Harley and to join the MVP Track Club. It appears that Hyde felt he had to move to chase faster times and honours at the 2019 World Championships and 2020 Olympics. The MVP has a brilliant record in the 400 metre hurdles, with Melaine Walker winning Olympic gold in 2008 and the World Championships in 2009, and Kaliese Spencer and Janieve Russell taking the Commonwealth gold in 2014 and 2018, respectively. If that doesn’t convince you, Walker is the second-fastest hurdler of all time with her Jamaican record of 52.42 seconds. Added to all that, the MVP guided Markino Buckley to the 2008 Olympic men’s 400- metre hurdles final. Hyde is fast on the flat and has impressive sprint hurdling credentials. It’s a match made in heaven.
WILL IN CHARGE has been dealt a bad hand by the handicapper, which, if he even defies, on principle, would not vindicate him being allotted topweight 126lb for this afternoon’s Chairman’s Trophy, giving away weight to old rival BIGDADDYKOOL and two-time Diamond Mile winner SEEKING MY DREAM.Slapped with topweight because he used 119lb to wire SHE’S A MANEATER (126lb) in the Legal Light Trophy, WILL IN CHARGE’s performance, according to the handicapper, has made him the second-highest-rated horse in the country, though he has never beaten BIGDADDYKOOL without a major weight advantage, 16 and 18lb, on two occasions.In fact, the last two times they met, BIGDADDYKOOL finished ahead of WILL IN CHARGE, at level weights, in November’s Superstakes, which he followed up with an out-of-sight victory in December’s Harry Jackson Memorial, allowing his rival 10lb.Nevertheless, circumstances could result in WILL IN CHARGE defying the handicaps this afternoon. The five-year-old is superfit whereas his two main rivals, BIGDADDYKOOL and SEEKING MY DREAM, have both had issues and are not too far off in the weights, making them ripe for an upset.BIGDADDYKOOL skipped April’s Legal Light Trophy, deemed lame, a race in which he would have carried topweight. He has trained well enough on his return but clearly not as sharp as he did when prepping for the Legal Light, which, at 10 furlongs, was right up his street.POSSIBLE TROUBLEHowever, at seven and a half furlongs, definitely not his ideal distance, and not training as well as before, BIGDADDYKOOL could find himself in trouble against quicker rivals such as SEEKING MY DREAM and WILL IN CHARGE, who will both relish the trip.SEEKING MY DREAM looked awesome when romping open allowance horses on May 5. However, he carried 119lb and had stablemate DYSFUNCTIONAL for company on the lead in very friendly splits of 24.2 and 47.1, before leaving a ridden ANOTHER BULLET for dead, going about his business to clock a fast 1:30.2.However, there will be no friendly fire this afternoon. BIGDADDYKOOL’s stablemate, SIEMPRE BUENO, carrying 110lb, is expected to carry the pace for as long as he can hold out, which could drag SEEKING MY DREAM off his bridle too early with 123lb.SIEMPRE BUENO showed how dangerous he can be on the lead in the recent Lotto Sprint, knocking off splits of 22.1 and 45.0, unsettling the entire field before SHE’S A MANEATER used her big class to settle the issue.WILL IN CHARGE has been working like a bomb and need not get into the early fracas. Though he unjustly has the weight against him, he is the most improved horse in the line-up. He galloped 1:12.3 for six furlongs on Sunday, the fastest exercise time at the distance since SHE’S A MANEATER posted 1:12.2 last October when prepping for the Superstakes.Robert Halledeen has been retained aboard WILL IN CHARGE. He did a great job from in front against SHE’S A MANEATER in the Legal Light. This afternoon, it’s SEEKING MY DREAM, who he should use as his marker to get first run on what should be a collapsing pace.
SCHEDULE FOR JAMAICANS TOMORROW Several stars of the 2018 Diamond League series will be on show tomorrow and Friday in Zurich and Brussels, respectively. After 12 different stops, 32 champions will be crowned in individual events with the winners set to walk away with Diamond Trophies and cash prizes of US$50,000. Two pre-race favourites and leaders in their respective events will be missing in Zurich. The Qatari pair of Abdalelah Haroun (400m) and Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba (400m hurdles) are representing their country at the Asian Games in Indonesia. Haroun (35 points) is the number one man in the 400m with a season’s best and national record 44.07 seconds. His countryman, Samba has been very hot all season in the 400m hurdles where he ended with 48 points after picking up six wins. His best win came in Paris where he clocked a world-leading 46.98 seconds. In the absence of the two, the way could now be open for Caribbean success in both events. Steven Gardiner of The Bahamas is now the fastest man in the field in the 400m, while British Virgin Islands’ Kyron McMaster is the leading man in the 400m hurdles. Gardiner, who was victorious in May at back-to-back meets in Doha and Shanghai where he clocked 43.87 and 43.99 seconds, respectively, has been absent from the track since but returned recently to get the better of American Fred Kerley, who has a season’s best 44.33. In the 400m hurdles, the leading lights are now McMaster, Kersten Worholm of Norway and Yasmani Copello of Turkey. McMaster is the top man in the field with 47.54 seconds and he could go all the way. The women’s 100m should also attract a lot of attention tomorrow. Recently crowned European champion, Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain will face the CÙte d’Ivoire duo of of Murielle AhourÈ and Josee Mari Ta Lou. Smith produced a lifetime best of 10.85 seconds to win the European title in Berlin. However, Ta Lou, who also has a best of 10.85 this season, has dominated the short sprint on the Diamond League circuit. Four Jamaicans, Janieve Russell (400m hurdles), Natoya Goule (800m), Kimberly Williams (triple jump) and Shanieka Ricketts (triple jump), will be also be hunting trophies in their events. – 11:25 a.m. – Triple jump women: Kimberly Williams, Shanieka Ricketts – 1:13 p.m.- Women’s 800m: Natoya Goule – 2:02 p.m. – Women’s 400m Hurdles- Janieve Russell