Girls in NWC semi-finals

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first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Caribbean powerhouse Jamaica sealed their semi-final spot with a sensational one-goal triumph over Malawi on day eight of Netball World Cup (NWC) 2015 yesterday.The Sunshine Girls squeezed through with a 63-62 win in what was described as the tightest match of the tournament after Trinidad and Tobago defeated Samoa for the first time 66-47.The Jamaicans showed consistency and composure in all four quarters, which got them over the line after both teams put on a spectacle for the roaring crowd in Allphones Arena.Goal shoot Romelda Aiken scored 44 from 48 and goal attack Shanice Beckford 17 from 18 tries.last_img

Charlie Smith on a cruise

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first_img fitness level Last season’s beaten Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-FLOW Manning Cup finalists, Charlie Smith High, cruised to a perfect four wins from as many matches with a comfortable 3-0 victory over St Andrew Technical (STATHS) at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex yesterday. They sit atop Group D with 12 points. They have scored 13 goals, while conceding once. Despite having a new-look team, Charlie Smith played with their customary flair in front of a passionate Arnett Gardens crowd, which cheered them for the full 90 minutes. The players left the best for last yesterday. In the second minute of injury time, Omario Fisher struck a 35 metres shot, which lit up the back of the net and left everyone talking about his moment of brilliance. His shot gave goalkeeper Jeadino Waite no chance. It was a case of hard work paying off for Fisher. “It was good and perfect. I was working for this (goal) a very long time,” said Fisher, who has notched three goals in three appearances in his first year of Manning Cup. “More and more goals is what I want for the season for the entire team and the staff,” stressed Fisher. It was an even contest leading up to the opening goal, when Ashawn Ricketts sent Charlie Smith ahead in the 56th minute after the goalkeeper failed to collect cleanly. Zamario Sinclair doubled their lead in the 60th minute. Coach Jerome Waite believes his team proved much fitter than their opponents. “The game wasn’t the best in the first half. We still have a lot of work to do in terms of decision-making, but after 60 minutes in the game, you could see where the fitness level of the Charlie Smith team came to life while the opponents faltered in that area,” he told The Sunday Gleaner. “The talent pool is minimal, based on what you have seen. It is not the best Charlie Smith team, but what they are showing is that they have a lot of character and fighting spirit. We expect them to continue as the season progresses,” Waite added. Meanwhile, STATHS coach, Alrick Clarke, said it wasn’t a bad performance, but thought “a few errors” cost them the game. “Hopefully, we will rebound again. This might have been our toughest game of the season,” Clarke assessed.. Yesterday’s results GROUP A Tivoli 0 Jamaica College 4center_img GROUP D Penwood 0 Holy Trinity 3 Charlie Smith 3 St Andrew Technical 0 GROUP E Kingston High 0 Wolmer’s Boy’s 4 Bridgeport 2 Mona High 0 GROUP G Jose Marti 0 Kingston College 2last_img read more

Sprint champion Stars again

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first_imgNewly crowned champion trainer Wayne DaCosta continued his dominance of the major trophy races in recent months when POKER STAR won the St Catherine Cup open allowance feature over 1100 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday to confirm his status as the country’s top sprinter.Installed a 4-5 favourite, with Robert Halledeen aboard, POKER STAR, coming from the number-one post position under topweight of 57.0kg, chased the fleet-footed BUZZ NIGHTMARE in the backstretch before getting the inside run and the lead when ‘BUZZ’ drifted out entering the straight.Under a bustling ride from Halledeen, the four-year-old bay gelding by Liquidity out of Buyabook kept on strongly in front to stave off the ever-present CAMPESINO (7-5) under new champion Shane Ellis on the inside by a length, covering the distance in the good time of 1:05.2 behind splits of 22.4 and 45.1 on a slow surface.Owned by Alexander Haber and bred by Y.S. (1955) Limited, POKER STAR, according to DaCosta, has come on a ton after disappointing over longer distances during the 2015 classic campaign but really wanted to sprint.”This is a horse who won twice over 1300 metres in 1:17.2, and having won the Glen Mills Caribbean Sprint championship behind a fast time in his previous race on November 14, knew he was ready for all comers in the sprint department … . His next race could be in February, and we will take it from there,” said the 15-time champion trainer, who saddled three winners on the 10-race programme.The others were 3-5 favourite CRUISING MOTION (Halledeen up) in the second race for maiden three-year-olds, and BIG GEORGE, a 1-5 favourite in the very next race over 1200 metres, with former champion Omar Walker aboard.Walker, who also won the opening race for high claimers aboard 9-5 favourite ITALIANO for trainer Neive Graham to complete a double, shared the riding honours with Halledeen on a day when POKER STAR was one of five winning favourites. The lightly raced MEDICAL INSTINCT at 20-1 in the sixth race for maiden five-year-olds and up provided the day’s major upset.last_img read more

Rehydrating after maximum exertion

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first_imgThe Olympics will be held in Brazil this year. Despite the fears of side effects from the dreaded Zika virus, Jamaicans will be not only going to Brazil, they will be glued to television and radio stations during the Games, following in great detail the fortunes of our stars, who are expected to dominate the track and field section of the Games by winning the most gold medals.We didn’t get to be the ‘Sprint Capital’ of the world by chance. A significant reason for our dominance is rooted in the annual competition known as ‘Champs’. This annual ritual ensures that every schoolchild with talent is discovered and nurtured by coaches hoping to ensure that their charge goes on to not only secure points and bragging rights, but hopefully to become a future star who will regale a fawning public with stories about ‘who discovered me’.At my high school in the 60s, Wolmer’s Boys’, every one of the 600 enrolled boys had to enter at least one event in the eliminations for Sports Day. Thus raw and unexpected talent (mainly speed) was discovered and encouraged by House captains with an eye on winning on the day.Sports Day was also used as a trial for ‘Champs’. That same mindset now dominates the methods used to select the participants at ‘Champs’.Unfortunately, as Jamaica becomes more and more successful at sprinting (and now throwing) the quest to be the best seems to become the be all and end all of school. Sports and the financial benefits associated with excellence now trumps excellence at reading, writing and arithmetic.The recent innovation known as the Digicel Grand Prix provides financial benefits to schools and children who compete in weekend events in the months before Champs. This has resulted in our children competing almost on a weekly basis for points, which will add up to produce winners who are well rewarded.Unfortunately, this innovative method of incentives has forgotten that the participants are children, whose immature bodies are now stressed to unforeseen levels, resulting in what seems to me to be unprecedented levels of injuries that may derail the future potential of some of our more talented children.This incentivised desire to win at all costs is having a detrimental effect on our youngsters. Last Saturday’s well supported Gibson/McCook Relays is a case in point. I was shocked to see children running at maximum exertion in relays one or two hours apart, while open-mouthed reporters regaled the successful ones with unabashed praise, as if children performing multiple events in a 12-hour span is normal and should be encouraged.Years ago, the organisers of ‘Champs’ revised the number of events a child could enter after the great Lindy Delapenha, of Wolmer’s and Munro College, entered and did well in either eight or nine events.That limit has been further reduced by the governing body of ‘Champs’, ISSA, who apparently realised that these Games are for children!What I want to highlight in this article is the importance of refuelling after maximum exertion, a medical fact that can reduce the possibility of season-ending injury in children who are performing more than once in a 12-hour period.The three lines of defence after maximum exertion are fluid replacement, carbohydrate replacement and protein replacement.Drinking 16 to 24 ounces of fluid for every pound of weight lost in training or competition is strongly recommended. This fluid replacement will help to get the body of the child back in balance, remembering that sweat contains electrolytes (sodium, potassium and magnesium) therefore sports drinks are mandatory.During training and competition, the young athlete is relying mainly on stored carbohydrate fuel in the muscle, liver and blood to energise working muscles. Thus refuelling right after competitions (or exercise) can also decrease the chance of getting an injury. The muscle becomes a sponge ready to soak up and store needed ingredients for the next event.To complete the re-energising of muscles after training or competition, protein should be ingested in addition to the carbohydrate and fluids.A good rule is to eat or drink a healthy snack within 15 to 30 minutes of the event or hard training session and again two hours later. It is now well established that by adding protein to carbohydrate and fluids after competition, the body stores even more energy and recovers better than consuming carbohydrate alone.Athletes will find it hard to eat solid food after a hard workout or competition, so here are some suggestions for recovery fuel with at least 50 grammes of carbohydrate and 10 grammes of protein, necessary for maintaining good competitive health:(1) Eight ounces of orange juice and one small low fat yoghurt; (2) Eight ounces of Gatorade and one Power Bar; (3) eight ounces of apple juice and one peanut butter sandwich; (4) Twelve ounces soy milk and one ripe banana.These combinations are inexpensive and if consumed in the 15 to 30 minute window after competition can minimise the chance of injury while at ‘Champs’ or one of the other multi-event meets.last_img read more

More sports in brief

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first_imgUSA Under-17s arrive Sunday The United States of America (USA) Under-17 football delegation is slated to arrive in the island on Sunday at 6:59 p.m. to play two practice games against Jamaica’s Under 17-team. Matches will be played on Wednesday, November 2 at Stadium East and Sunday, November 6 at Winchester Park, St George’s College. Both matches are at 3 p.m. and entry is free of cost. Since the start of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 1985, the USA has qualified for every single Under-17 FIFA World Cup, except for the edition in 2013. The first time Jamaica beat the USA at any level was at the Under-17 stage in 2007 at the National Stadium, where Jamaica won 3-2 in the 2007 CONCACAF Under-17 tournament. Both Jamaica and the USA are utilising these two matches as vital preparation for the 2017 CONCACAF Under-17 Qualifiers to be played next April in Panama. The USA team will have their first training session on Monday, November 1 at 3 p.m. at the University of the West Indies playing field, Mona Bowl. They will stage four training sessions whilst in the island. Argentina, Uruguay reiterate co-hosting BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP): The presidents of Argentina and Uruguay say they are still planning to go ahead with a bid to co-host the 2030 World Cup. Argentina President Mauricio Macri says the South American neighbours “will work together to aspire to host the 2030 World Cup”. Soccer’s next World Cup is in 2018 in Russia, followed by 2022 in Qatar. North America is the favourite to host the 2026 event, either by the United States alone, or in a bid with Mexico and Canada. Macri and Uruguay President, Tabare Vazquez, spoke Monday at a joint news conference in the Argentine capital. The 2030 World Cup will mark the 100-year anniversary of the event, which was first played in 1930 in Uruguay and won by the host nation.last_img read more

She’s A Maneater to sweep SVL 2-y-o series

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first_imgThe curtain comes down on the $11.6-million Supreme Ventures Triple Crown series for native bred two-year-olds with the brilliant, unbeaten filly SHE’S A MANEATER expected to complete a series sweep in the $4.25 million Jamaica 2-y-o Stakes over a mile at Caymanas Park today.The classy bay filly, who is trained by soon-to-be-crowned 16-time champion Wayne DaCosta for owner/breeder Winston Kong, has won her three races to date by a combined margin of 243/4 lengths and judging from the manner in which she spreadeagled rivals in the first two races of the series, winning looks a mere formality, barring an act of God.She slammed another good filly, MONEY MARKET by six lengths in the first race of the series, the Cash Pot ‘Only One for Me’ Trophy over 1200 metres on October 15 and was equally impressive in the second race over 1400 metres on November 26, beating the grey SOTOMAYOR and LADY FAYE by 53/4 lengths.Although stepping up to a mile, MANEATER, who is by Natural Selection out of the 2009 Horse of the Year Ahwhofah, will have no problems coping wit the additional furlong and given her abundance of class, should give DaCosta his fourth win in recent years, behind ALL CORRECT (2011), HOVER CRAFT (2012), ALI BABA (2014) and FUTURE KING last year.SHE’S A MANEATER, with leading jockey Omar Walker again in the saddle, has good speed and should shake loose of stable-companion MR UNIVERSE leaving the half mile for another emphatic victory, ahead of the improving SOTOMAYOR from the Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes stable.She looks all set to emulate the feat of another brilliant, unbeaten filly PRINCESS POPSTAR, who swept all three races in the series in 2013 for Hall of Fame trainer Philip Feanny and was crowned Horse of the Year.Kong, who won this race with the unbeaten 2-y-o RUN TAT RUN in 1997 and ALI BABA two years ago, is confident that SHE’S A MANEATER will follow in their footsteps.”She has done everything asked of her, looks an exceptional two-year-old and although her opponents will be looking to lower her colours, it will take something out of the ordinary to deny her,” he said.Other firm fancies on the 11-race holiday programme, sponsored by Supreme Ventures Limited, are CHOO CHOO BLUE with Walker riding for trainer Peter McMaster in the third race, THAT’S THE MAN in the sixth, the fleet-footed filly DANCING QUEEN to make all in the seventh, VALLEY OF THE CATS in the eighth, and SEEKING THE DAWN in the ninth over the straight.last_img read more

NBA: Analyst Charles Barkley says it’s ‘stupid’ that Kyrie Irving wants to leave Cavs

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first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers  (Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP)NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is not one to hold his tongue regarding issues in today’s NBA and he recently chimed in on Kyrie Irving’s supposed request to be traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Was LeBron James’ tweet a shot at teammate Kyrie Irving?Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Teenager upsets Nadal at Montreal Masters The outspoken player-turned-analyst shared how baffled he was by the notion of Irving’s displeasure playing second fiddle to teammate LeBron James.“You want to be on a good team. You want to play with other great players. This notion where you want to be the man, I just think is so stupid,” he said during an interview on NBA TV, as relayed by Bleacher Report.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’“If I got a chance to play with another great player, I want to do that. The objective is to win,” he said.The 1993 NBA MVP also recalled Irving’s early years with the Cavaliers while LeBron was still playing for the Miami Heat. LATEST STORIES View comments Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 “When he was on a bad team and he was the man, I guarantee you that wasn’t a lot of fun for him,” he explained. “And now you want to leave the best player in the world. And listen, I hear all of this stuff about how LeBron casts a big shadow. He should cast a big shadow.”Barkley, meanwhile, certainly knows a thing or two about accepting a lesser role, as he joined fellow legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler at the twilight of his career in the 1996-1997 season.Although Barkley acknowledges that at 25 Irving is still in his prime with his best days ahead of him, he further explained why winning a championship remains the most important thing.“You wanna share the glory. You wanna win. Right now, there’s only two, three, maybe four legitimate teams in the NBA,” he concluded. “If you’re not on one of those four or five teams, you’re really just wasting your time for seven months. So I don’t understand why you wouldn’t want to play with LeBron. Listen, I wanna play with LeBron now!”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Lions tab playoff bonus

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first_imgRobert Bolick of San Beda for a layup as Armand Noah and Zach Nichols of Arellano U looks on , at the Filoil arena ,INQUIRER PHOTO/AUGUST DELA CRUZNow that it has sealed a twice-to-beat bonus in the Final Four in NCAA Season 93, San Beda is setting its sights on payback against Lyceum.That second-round clash happens on Oct. 19, but the Red Lions, who asserted their mastery of Arellano University, 83-72, on Thursday, have the Pirates on their crosshairs.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The Lions nailed a twice-to-beat bonus for the 12th season running, but Fernandez hopes they can still finish the elimination round in the top spot, while preventing the Pirates from completing an 18-game sweep.“As what I’ve always said to my players, we only have to take good care of ourselves,” said Fernandez. “We cannot pray for other teams to lose, other teams to win. All we have to do is take care of ourselves and win our games. We have to take care of ourselves because we have to play LPU on October 19.”The Chiefs dropped to 5-9 and although they are still mathematically in the Final Four race, coach Jerry Codiñera’s squad can no longer afford to drop games.Earlier, Mapua University snapped an 11-game slide, while eliminating College of St. Benilde out of the Final Four race with a 79-69 victory.The Cardinals notched only their second win of the season after pulling away from a 69-all deadlock.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Laurenz Victoria paced the Cardinals with 19 points and issued seven assists.It was the Cardinals’ first win since stunning Letran, 78-75, last July 11.“What can I say, it’s been a long time,” said Mapua coach Atoy Co.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mondilla widens lead to 3 shots Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ How to help the Taal evacuees In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “The games we have right now will be preparation for Lyceum,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez. “LPU is doing great. I will try to find ways to stop LPU.”The Pirates are on a 14-game winning run, with the Lions just a game behind with a 13-1 slate after rolling to a 12th straight win at the expense of the Chiefs, who kept the game close before fading in the final period at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogJeramer Cabanag came up with a breakout game, finishing with 14 points to match Jayvee Mocon’s output, while Robert Bolick and Donald Tankoua contributed 13 and 11 points, respectively.“They really prepared for us today,” said Fernandez, referring to the Chiefs, who came within 63-67 early in the fourth period, before the Lions dropped a 9-0 run to put away the contest. “It’s really our individual defense that worried me today.” It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Bottas takes Brazilian GP pole after Hamilton crashes

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first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments For NBA, Chicago is slam dunk for 2020 All-Star festivities “The maximum stimulation you can get now is to finish second,” Vettel said. “If we don’t manage to do that, then we failed. We failed once this season, and I don’t want to fail again.”Added Bottas: “Our target is to still try to get second place. So we really need to have a strong race here and also in Abu Dhabi.”Bottas will be shooting for his third victory this season to match wins in Russia and Austria. It’s also his third career pole.In the team standing, the top four teams are set and will not change in the last two races.Bottas set an Interlagos track record of 1 minute 8.322 seconds. Vettel was second followed by Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari and Max Verstappen of Red Bull fourth.Vettel was leading until Bottas posted a quicker lap. The German acknowledged he should have had the pole.“I chickened out a little bit on the brakes in the final run and it cost me,” Vettel said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Crews remove a car from the track after Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, crashed his car during the qualifying session for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil. APSAO PAULO — Valtteri Bottas claimed pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix from a qualifying session in which Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton crashed on the first lap on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Hamilton, who won his fourth Formula One championship two weeks ago in Mexico, walked away from the car without injury and will start at the back of the grid on Sunday.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 LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s been a tough weekend in Brazil for Mercedes.Several team members — Hamilton was not present — were held up at gun point on Friday. There were no injuries, and the team reported watches and passports being stolen when a team van was attacked.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAlso, FIA spokesman Matteo Bonciani said the car in which he was riding from the track on Friday was also attacked by a gun-wielding gang. He was not injured as the thieves failed to penetrate the armor-plated car.“First of all, I’m happy that everyone is one big piece,” Bottas said after qualifying, referring to Mercedes team members robbed at gun point. “Nothing happened physically to anybody, but obviously it’s a pretty bad situation to be in. I’m just happy everyone is still here.” MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Hamilton stunned fans when he was out of qualifying just minutes after it began.He came sideways out of a turn and crashed the left side of his car into a padded retaining wall. As the car was lifted off the track, the front left tire dangled from the mangled front end.Hamilton suggested a damp track might have been to blame.“I’ll do the best that I can to try to recover from it,” he said.There’s almost nothing left in the season to decide, apart from the winners of the last two races. The secondary fight is for second, with Vettel of Ferrari leading Bottas by 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Keys to victory: Ateneo-La Salle Finals series

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first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chot Reyes gets back at old foe Both teams got one win each in the eliminations against each other but expect the Blue Eagles to veer away from isolation sets in order to counter the Green Archers’ sheer physical might.And speaking of physical might…Power!There’s no question that Ben Mbala is the most dominating player in the UAAP for the past two seasons and his two MVP trophies attest to that.Mbala averaged 23 points, 16 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks against the Blue Eagles in the eliminations and quite frankly nobody on that Ateneo roster can stop the big man one-on-one.La Salle can afford to just throw the ball down to Mbala and leave him to work out against Ateneo’s defense, which usually gives him double and sometimes triple teams.When that happens, Mbala has the luxury of finding four open shooters or sometimes one big man open inside.Big men can shootThere was a time in the first round that Mbala fell in love with shooting the triple but against Ateneo he came away with four blanks.Ateneo’s bigs, however, have started to get comfortable with the long ball and Isaac Go, Chibueze Ikeh, and Vince Tolentino showed that in the Final Four against Far Eastern University. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES And those are the intangibles.Ateneo has a bone to pick with La Salle and not just because the two schools are archrivals in basketball.The Green Archers are the ones who derailed the Blue Eagles’ potential sweep of Season 80 and Ateneo still wants revenge from its Finals mishap in Season 79.La Salle, meanwhile, are hell-bent on taking its second straight title and prove that it’s still the ruling party despite having a worse eliminations record than Ateneo. MOST READ 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mom and dad jump in jubilation and the kids cheer with joy in their smiles and happiness in their eyes.Oh, this is not Christmas. It’s the UAAP Finals and it’s Ateneo vs. La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe most ballyhooed rivalry in all of Philippine sports, the Blue Eagles face off against the Green Archers for the sixth time in the championship round and both teams have something to prove.La Salle wants to get its second straight title while Ateneo want to avenge its loss in Season 79. It’s that time of the year once more when families flock outside wearing matching-colored t-shirts as they catch-up with other families who are wearing the same clothes as they do.ADVERTISEMENT The Blue Eagle trio went a collective 5-of-12 from deep in Ateneo’s 88-84 win over the Tamaraws with Go getting owning three of those conversions.Go also proved that he can shoot the three in dire situations when he sent the game to overtime with a clutch triple.Ateneo’s newfound three-point touch can spell trouble for La Salle as it will force the likes of Mbala, Santi Santillan, and Justine Baltazar to close out in the perimeter leaving the paint open to cuts and drives.Press it and push itBoth teams have shown they can pressure the ball for the full 94 feet of the basketball floor and run it off for easy scoring opportunities.The Green Archers have the Mayhem defense while the Blue Eagles have whatever they call their pestering scheme.Ateneo has the slight edge in turnovers and points off turnovers in the two previous meetings against La Salle with the Blue Eagles turning the ball over 16.5 times while the Green Archers gave the rock away an average of 19.5 times.The Blue Eagles are also more adept at scoring quickly off their opponent’s miscues with 16.5 points off turnovers while the Green Archers are at 13 points.The unseen statsSure the stat sheets show just how much the two teams play, but there are far many aspects of the game that those legal-sized papers don’t show. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And with that being said, here are INQUIRER’s keys to victory for this year’s UAAP Finals.Share the orangeRoster-wise, La Salle has arguably the better bunch.Ateneo, though, moves the ball better than the Green Archers with the Blue Eagles racking up an average of 17 assists in their previous two meetings.The Green Archers registered just 11.5 assists in the two elimination games played against Ateneo.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more