Jamaica has had a fantastic year of sports achievement to date and the year is by no means finished. We have had amongst other successes, excellent performances by the track and field team and our swimmers at the Pan American Games in Toronto, the Paralympians have again done us proud at their Pan American Games events, the badminton team has excelled in the recent Pan American championships with several gold medals, the men’s squash team was dominant in the Caribbean. Our martial arts competitors continue to demonstrate its world class, the Special Olympians came out on top in many of their events, the Reggae Boyz have had two excellent tournament performances which have catapulted them to 52nd in the world ranking, the Netball team maintained their fourth place in the world rankings and Alia Atkinson capped it all by equalling a world record in her pet event. There were others too whose performances simply serve to reinforce the notion that in the world of sport, we are indeed a dominant force to reckon with and frequently “punch above our weight class.” But all of these tremendous performances were before our recent excursion to the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing for the eagerly awaited IAAF World Championships. This Stadium evokes very pleasant memories for all Jamaicans and for me holds a very special place in my own heart, having been the head of the Olympic team when we drew a line of demarcation between our consistently good world class performances at the Olympic Games since 1948 and the sharp elevation to the top of the world with the superlative triumphs of legends Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser- Pryce amongst others in the 2008 Olympics Games. Greatest coaches We have undoubtedly the greatest track and field coaches in the world in Glen Mills and Stephen Francis. No debate. Any coach who has presided over the achievements of Usain Bolt, (the greatest athlete of all time), over the last eight years as Mills has done, has to be given the accolade of the greatest coach. Argument over. You may not always understand Francis but there is no other coach that gets the best out of the athletes like he does. I for one seriously questioned his judgement, even his motives when he pulled Elaine Thompson from the 100 metres at the trials, but in retrospect all credit must be due to him for this decisive action, seemingly against all good sense and foresight. Such is the genius of the man. Maurice Wilson, perhaps not as well known to the sporting world as these two, is close on the heels of these greats and he and the rest of the coaching staff and management team deserve all our accolades for a job excellently done in maintaining harmony and team spirit throughout and laying the groundwork for our magnificent performances.. These are never easy tasks in this highly charged environment and they deserve the credit for minimising any negatives that existed and to foster the level of peace of mind for the athletes to deliver as well as they did. The way forward Rio de Janeiro is the next big stop, with the 2016 Olympic Games. Whilst track and field athletics represent our flagship sports, I have long maintained that we can achieve much better success in other sports with a greater commitment to growing these sports both by the national federations and by corporate Jamaica. The national cupboard is full of extremely talented athletes that are simply waiting to explode on the international scene. Based on the standouts that we saw at the 2015 Boys and Girls’ Athletics championships, we may very well see some of them in Rio. The future of our sports is secure. Adequate return on investment is guaranteed. I urge corporate Jamaica to “buy” into the sports brand Jamaica now with a mind to reaping significant returns in the near future. Sports is a major, massive positive for Jamaica. Government with its limited resources must be the facilitators of this growth and expansion, with the private sector being the real engines of growth. Sports should be treated as any other investment option. Corporate Jamaica would have watched with excitement and financial interest over the last two weeks and must now be ready to pump funds to gain satisfactory reward on their investment. The case for a National Sports Museum We have become accustomed to excelling at these major Games to the extent that we now tend to take these performances for granted. We now quite often expect that we will repeat the 1,2,3 positions in many of the events we compete in, forgetting even momentarily that these were achieved against the best in the world in those events. This is not a good thing as when we don’t achieve this and don’t live up to the expectations, the disappointment is great amongst both players and supporters. The netballers can attest to this. The recent World Championship performances in Beijing have filled us all with a significant degree of national pride and joy and again fostered a temporary halt to crime and violence in the society. There is a need for more events and performances like these that can bond us together in this way. But I want to cast a different perspective on the Gold Medal winning performances of our team at the World Championships in Beijing, by putting the achievements in the context of medals won versus population size. When we do this, it will be truly obvious to all that as a country, Jamaica is indeed “punching well above our weight class”. Overall Medal count Beijing 2015 MEDAL TALLY G S B TOTAL KENYA 7 6 3 16 JAMAICA 7 2 3 12 USA 6 6 6 18 BRITAIN 4 1 2 7 ETHIOPIA 3 3 2 8 POLAND 3 1 4 8 CANADA 2 3 3 8 GERMANY 2 3 3 8 RUSSIA 2 1 1 4 CUBA 2 1 0 3 Jamaica’s performance in the IAAF World Championship meant we ended up second to Kenya, on the basis of them winning more medals overall, despite the two countries being equal on the gold medal count. This placed us above the mighty USA who, although winning more medals overall, had one less gold medal than Jamaica. Incidentally, if we needed anything to convince us that we are indeed the sprint champions of the world, we should note that Jamaica won six of its seven gold medals on the track, compared to the two that the USA won on the track. Only three countries earned more than 10 medals in the championships – Kenya, Jamaica and the USA. But whilst these data are convincing enough, a calculation of Jamaica’s performance can only be considered superlative when the achievement is measured in terms of medals won by size of population, more specifically by per 1,000,000 population. RANKING OF COUNTRIES IN 2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BEIJING BY 1,000,000 POPULATION BY NUMBER OF GOLD MEDALS WON COUNTRY POPULATION # OF GOLD MEDALS WON SCORE PER 1,000,000 POPULATION RANKING JAMAICA 2,800,000 7 2.5 1 CUBA 11,270,000 2 .177 2 KENYA 44,400,000 7 .158 3 POLAND 38,500,000 3 .077 4 BRITAIN 60,000,000 4 .066 5 CANADA 35,200,000 2 .056 6 ETHIOPIA 94,000,000 3 .031 7 GERMANY 80,600,000 2 .024 8 USA 318,900,000 6 .018 9 RUSSIA 143,500,000 2 .013 10 Jamaica by virtue of its seven Gold medals and smallest population amongst the top 10 countries, (2,800,000) won 2.5 gold medals for every 1,000,000 of its population to rank above all other countries on this scale. No other country closely approximates even one gold medal per 1,000,000 population with Cuba ranking second, significantly below Jamaica at .177 gold medals per 1,000,000 population. Where is the United States with its 318 million people? The USA won .018 gold medals per 1,000,000 population to rank not third on this scale but ninth overall. Put another way, Jamaica won more gold medals per 1,000,000 population than all the other countries ranked in the top ten combined, as these nine including Cuba, Kenya, Poland, Great Britain, Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, United States and Russia were only able to amass .607 gold medals per 1,000,000 population compared to Jamaica’s 2.5 gold medals per 1,000,000 population. When this data is examined against the background of the total number of medals won by each country, irrespective of colour, the data is no less convincing. With our 12 medals won overall, just one less than our all time high of 13, Jamaica won 4.3 medals per 1,000,000 population again significantly better than the second ranked country on this scale, Great Britain with 1.16 medals per 1,000,000 population based on its 60,000,000 persons. In stark terms, the question must be asked what is it that makes a country with 2.8 million persons so much better at track and field than other countries whose population sizes are so vastly greater than Jamaica. RANKING OF COUNTRIES IN 2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BEIJING BY 1,000,000 POPULATION BY NUMBER OF TOTAL MEDALS WON COUNTRY POPULATION # OF TOTAL MEDALS WON SCORE PER 1,000,000 POPULATION RANKING JAMAICA 2,800,000 12 4.30 1 GREAT BRITAIN 60,000,000 7 1.16 2 KENYA 44,400,000 16 .360 3 CUBA 11,270,000 3 .266 4 CANADA 35,200,000 3 .227 5 POLAND 38,500,000 8 .207 6 GERMANY 80,600,000 8 .099 7 ETHIOPIA 94,000,000 8 .085 8 UNITED STATES 318,890,000 18 .056 9 RUSSIA 143,500,000 4 .027 10 At 4.3 medals won per 1,000,000 population, Jamaica not only again ranks comfortably first overall, but that number outstrips the 2.49 medals won per 1,000,000 population in total across all the other nine countries in the top ten. The United States and Russia with a combined population of close to 500,000,000 earned a total of .083 medals won per 1,000,000, far less than one-tenth of a medal per 1,000,000 if one can use this measure. So let us examine some of those performances that contributed to these record breaking an truly amazing statistics. Usain Bolt (2), Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce (1) and Danielle Williams (1) all won individual gold medals. Bolt, in particular, is undoubtedly already a legend and in my books Shelley-Ann is fast approaching this status. Bolt is a phenomenon, a one of a kind athlete that comes along once every 50 years. But the entire team, including those who did not earn a medal, performed magnificently and based on our performances since Beijing, the consistency with which we are now producing these results has cemented us as the top sprint country in the world, bar none. There is no disputing this. But what do we attribute this to? The jury is still out. Which leads me to my final point. Despite our tremendous consistent performances at the track and field level since 1948, the undeniable dominance over the last 10 years or so, as well as world class achievements in a number of other sports where we have had world champions and other outstanding world class athletes, Jamaica does not yet have a National Sports Museum to showcase these achievements. This is unimaginable. A National Sports Museum would be an amazing attraction for locals and tourists alike. Just think of the sporting treasures collected through over 80 years of international sports excellence that could be displayed and interactively mounted. Government has now made concrete moves to establish this Sports Museum with a location now identified within the Stadium complex, next door to the Bob Marley statue, that in itself a major tourist attraction. Cabinet approval has been obtained and initial funds allocated for this purpose. Official announcements have been made to this effect. But there are sceptics who will not believe this will happen until they see more concrete steps. Well, the government is moving swiftly to tie up more initial sponsors for the realisation of this National Sports Museum. This is a golden opportunity for corporate Jamaica to show it fully understands the tremendous Investment that is sports and for them to help build this significant monument to our legends and heroes in sports. We hope that the private sector/corporate Jamaica will speedily embrace the concept and move without reservation to strongly support its completion. Look at it from the perspective of an investment that can only pay rich dividends over the medium and longer term. The extent to which sports has placed Jamaica on the map deserves no less. – Don Anderson, CD has been a team official for Jamaica at seven Olympics Games, head of delegation to the last five of these Games and a former vice president of the Jamaica Olympic Association for 32 years.
MANCHESTER, England (AP): Jamie Vardy tied the English Premier League record for scoring in consecutive games to help Leicester City climb surprisingly to the top of the standings yesterday when English football paid tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks. The England international’s goal, which set Leicester on its way to a 3-0 win at Newcastle, meant he has scored in 10 straight matches – a feat Ruud van Nistelrooy also achieved for Manchester United across two seasons in 2003. Leicester only narrowly avoided relegation after a sensational finish to last season, but are upstaging England’s major powers after 13 games of this campaign. Manchester City and Arsenal, who started the weekend tied for points at the top, both lost and were also overtaken by Manchester United, which needed a 90th-minute own goal to beat Watford 2-1. City conceded three goals in the opening 32 minutes and lost 4-1 at home to Liverpool, and Arsenal lost 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion, with Santi Cazorla missing a late penalty to tie the game. Chelsea beat Norwich 1-0, thanks to Diego Costa’s second-half goal, ending the champions’ three-game losing run and easing some pressure on manager Jose Mourinho. The French national anthem was played before all eight Premier League games to honour the 130 people killed in the Paris attacks, with England’s top division resuming after the international break amid tightened security. Vardy picked up where he left off two weeks ago, shrugging off an injury that forced him to withdraw from England duty last week to score in first-half injury time with a low shot inside the near post. Vardy’s scoring run began against Bournemouth on August 29 and the hard-working striker can break Van Nistelrooy’s record by scoring against Man United in what is now a top-of-the-table match next weekend. “I’ve managed to get there, let’s see what happens next week,” said Vardy, who was sent a good-luck tweet by Van Nistelrooy ahead of the match. He was playing non-league football only four seasons ago, but is currently the top scorer in the Premier League with 13 goals and reportedly attracting lots of interest from top clubs. Leicester have only lost one league game this season under new coach Claudio Ranieri, who took over in the summer after the team won seven of their last nine games last season to survive. COACH PROUD “I’m very proud because the players play like a team, suffer, run and play good football,” Ranieri said. In a stunning first-half display of high pressing and livewire attacking, Liverpool cruised into a 3-0 through Eliaquim Mangala’s own goal and goals by Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino. Fit-again Sergio Aguero replied in the 44th for City, but Martin Skrtel’s 81st-minute volley clinched a very impressive win for Liverpool and their new manager, Juergen Klopp. Watford striker Troy Deeney scored a 90th-minute own goal, soon after converting an equalising penalty, to gift Man United victory at Vicarage Road. Netherlands winger Memphis Depay – playing as an emergency forward to solve the side’s striker shortage – put United in front in the 11th minute. Also, Everton beat Aston Villa 4-0 courtesy of doubles from Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku, who became the fifth player – after Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo – to reach 50 top-flight goals before the age of 23. Stoke beat Southampton 1-0 away and Swansea rallied from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home to Bournemouth.
ON THIS WEEKENDSPORTSMAX2Saturday7:45 a.m: Man City vs Leicester10 a.m: Liverpool vs Sunderland5 p.m: Stoke vs Everton7 p.m: Swansea vs Crystal PalaceSunday12 a.m: Aston Villa vs Norwich1 a.m: Newcastle vs West Brom8:30 a.m: Bournemouth vs Arsenal11 a.m: Chelsea vs Man United
SHARJAH, UAE (CMC):West Indies were on the verge of their first Test win in 19 months and the first on foreign soil in four years, but a nervous final day lay ahead of the unpredictable Caribbean side in their quest to capture the third and final Test against Pakistan.Set a modest 153 for victory on the penultimate day of the contest at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium here yesterday, the Windies produced one of their now familiar implosions to slump to 67 for five on the stroke of the first hour after tea, before recovering to reach 114 for five at the close.Once again, vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite was at the heart of the West Indies’ enterprise, stroking an unbeaten 44 in an unbroken 47-run, sixth wicket stand with wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich, who was not out on 36.Brathwaite, who carried his bat in the first innings for 142, has so far faced 88 deliveries and counted four fours, while Dowrich has consumed 61 balls and struck three fours and a six.Together, the Barbadian duo propped up the innings, which looked like it was coming apart at the seams when leg-spinner Yasir Shah ripped through the innings after tea, to finish with three for 30.Left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz also snapped up two quick wickets for 30 runs as West Indies stumbled, jeopardising their pursuit of a first Test win since they beat England in Bridgetown last year May.West Indies require another 39 runs for victory.On a day when 11 wickets tumbled, captain and seamer Jason Holder captured his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests as Pakistan were dismissed for 208 in their second innings after resuming on 87 for four.Opener Azhar Ali converted his overnight 45 into a top score of 91, while wicketkeeper/batsman Sarfraz Ahmed, unbeaten on 19 at the start, made 42.The pair extended their fifth wicket stand to 86 before being separated as the hosts surrendered their last six wickets for 74 runs.Holder claimed two of those wickets to end with superb figures of five for 30 while leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo picked up three for 46.SCOREBOARDPAKISTAN 1st Innings 281WEST INDIES 1st Innings 337PAKISTAN 2nd Innings(overnight 87 for four)Sami Aslam c Joseph b Holder 17Azhar Ali c Bravo b Bishoo 91Asad Shafiq c Bravo b Holder 0Younis Khan c wkp Dowrich b Holder 0*Misbah-ul-Haq c Bishoo b Chase 4+Sarfraz Ahmed c Bravo b Bishoo 42Mohammad Nawaz c Johnson b Bishoo 19Mohammad Amir run out 8Wahab Riaz c Johnson b Holder 1Yasir Shah lbw b Holder 0Zulfiqar Babar not out 15Extras (b2, lb1, w6, nb2) 11TOTAL (all out, 81.3 overs) 208Fall of wickets: 1-37, 2-41, 3-41, 4-48, 5-134, 6-175, 7-189, 8-192, 9-193, 10-208.Bowling: Gabriel 15-1-36-0 (w1, nb2), Joseph 14-3-41-0 (w1), Holder 17.3-5-30-5, Brathwaite 1-0-5-0, Chase 15-1-47-1, Bishoo 19-2-46-3.WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (target: 153 runs)K Brathwaite not out 44L Johnson lbw b Yasir Shah 12D Bravo c wkp Sarfraz Ahmed b Yasir Shah 3M Samuels c Zulfiqar Babar b Yasir Shah 10J Blackwood b Wahab Riaz 4R Chase c Mohammad Nawaz b Wahab Riaz 2+S Dowrich not out 36Extras (lb2, nb1) 3TOTAL (5 wkts, 36 overs) 114Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-35, 3-57, 4-63, 5-67.Bowling: Mohammad Amir 8-0-29-0 (nb1), Wahab Riaz 8-0-30-2, Yasir Shah 13-4-30-3, Zulfiqar Babar 3-1-3-0, Mohammed Nawaz 4-0-20-0.Position: West Indies require a further 39 runs for victory with five wickets intact.
Smaller crowds Let me elaborate. The numbers of those attending this annual relay carnival has been falling in my visual estimation. I believe that there are two possible reasons for this. The first is that there are so many development meets and fans may be getting exhausted. The second is that the cost of attending is increasing and the organisers may have to look at other ways of offsetting increasing costs of promoting the meet, instead of passing on the increase to an already cash-strapped fan. The other problem with this year’s renewal is the withdrawal of some of the schools who were expected to figure prominently in the finals of some of the events. The official reason given by some of the coaches involved seems to be pointing to the fact that the many meets available for participation forces them to make choices as to where and when their charges will appear. However, the Digicel Grand Prix Series, where points are awarded for podium finishes, seems to be the attention grabber for coaches and schools. This fact may in the future adversely affect the attendance of name brand schools, and this may stimulate the Gibson/ McCook organising committee to look at the timing of the relays, vis-·-vis the schedule for meets in the Digicel Grand Prix series. Finally, in the build-up for the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships, the performance of the non-traditional schools continues to improve, which is a living testimony to the quality of coaches at these schools, the majority of whom are trained locally at the G.C. Foster College. But, there are rumours that there is trouble on the horizon for the continued production of world-class coaches being produced by this formidable institution. There are unconfirmed reports of major discontent among the present students and staff of the college. I am hearing of mass resignations and reduced input of students due mainly to discontent about the quality of teaching and the interpersonal relationship between staff and the principal. I do believe that the ministries of sports and education should take an interest in the happenings at this college, as any disruption in the smooth running of the school may adversely affect the future of the nation’s enviable legacy of producing world-class athletes in a variety of sports, all guided and coached by graduates of the G.C. Foster College. The Gibson McCook relays, held at the National Stadium last Saturday, certainly lived up to expectations. Patrons who attended (including some from The Hague) certainly got their money’s worth, as the pre-event hype definitely lived up to expectations. The added benefit of live coverage on free-to-air and cable television ensured that there was an international audience as well. These relays began in March 1973, as an “anything you can do, we can do better” response to the ultra-successful Penn relays, an annual relay carnival in the USA which Kingston College (KC) was the first Jamaican team to enter. History may recall that there was a “KC Relays” some years previously, which somehow didn’t gain traction with the ‘authorities’ at the time and died an uneventful death. The Gibson McCook Relays afford all types of educational Institutions the platform to portray the skills of their students, as well as giving them an opportunity to experience the highs and lows of competing before a responsive crowd and a widespread television audience. Our national representatives, some well-established, some coming back, and some up and coming, were also on show. Not to be left out were the older folk (masters). However, when I look at the response of some of the invitees and the paying audience, I wonder what is going on.
How to help the Taal evacuees NEW YORK — The NBA G League will use four referees for preseason and regular-season games through November and expand its playoffs from eight to 12 teams.The NBA’s minor league experimented with four- and five-person referee crews rather than the traditional three-person crews for nine regular-season games last season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Nearly half the 26-team league will qualify for the four-round postseason under the changes announced Wednesday.The new format will give berths to each of the six division winners, with the remaining six spots filled by three wild-card teams in each conference with the best regular-season records.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe top two seeds in each conference will earn byes into the second round. The playoffs will begin with three single-elimination rounds before culminating with a best-of-three NBA G League Finals.The 50-game regular season tips off on Nov. 3. Also:— Overtime periods will be reduced from three to two minutes.— Clear path reviews were scrapped, leaving five instant replay triggers.— The coach’s challenge has been revised to one per game. It can be used any time to challenge fouls, goaltending/basket interference and out-of-bounds calls.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide TNT bounces back, ties semis series Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments
PBA IMAGESBoth Jared Dillinger and Allen Durham have been under the bright lights of the PBA Finals.Dillinger is a proud owner of five PBA championships while Durham was the defender of Justin Brownlee in what became arguably the biggest shot in Ginebra’s championship history.ADVERTISEMENT Improving Star’s chemistry priority for Victolero for next season OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson While they have enough finals experience between them, both players will still look up to six-time champion Ranidel De Ocampo once the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup finals roll in.“He’s a huge addition,” said Durham of the veteran forward Thursday after the Bolts clinched the Finals berth with a 91-88 win over Star in Game 3 at Smart Araneta Coliseum .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“You guys saw we struggled a little bit and then Ranidel came and hit a big shot, that’s what he’s been doing for years, for TNT, and now he can do it for us. I’m happy he’s on our team now.”Meralco held an 86-83 lead with less than two minutes left in overtime when De Ocampo drilled a long two-pointer that gave them an 88-83 buffer at the 1:21 mark. LATEST STORIES View comments How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As for Dillinger, there is nothing strange with De Ocampo thriving in big moments since all of his titles were won with the big man being hoisting the trophy up with him.“I’ve been playing with that guy for so long and as soon as he got here we meshed right from the start,” said Dillinger. “Everyone knows what Ranidel is, everyone knows his game and his accomplishments so to have a guy like that on our team, who’s been through so much, it just gives us a legitimate shot at the title this year.”Dillinger has been so accustomed to De Ocampo that he can afford to throw shade at his bearded teammate.“He’s never going too fast, he’s like the slowest guy out there but he knows how to get to his spots, I can’t see enough nice things about that guy. It’s Ranidel, Mr. Delightful!”ADVERTISEMENT
Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Kia trades top pick to San Miguel It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “Sol will not play Sunday, so it’s next man up for us,” bared Ginebra coach Tim Cone on Saturday.Mercado suffered a high grade left ankle sprain in the waning seconds of Ginebra’s 85-83 loss in Game 4 after landing awkwardly off his chasedown block on Jared Dillinger.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHe was taken out of the venue in a wheelchair and was rushed to Cardinal Santos Medical Center.Still, Cone remains upbeat and believes his wards are well equipped to survive the absence of Mercado in the al-important Game 5. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “It’s a best-of-3 now. Like in a game, we have lost our lead and now, we have to pick up our game. What’s done is done, we have to play from here. I have great faith in our players that we can regain control of the series. It should be an interesting game in Philippine Arena,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra will miss a key cog in Sol Mercado in Game 5 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals set on Sunday at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.The Gin Kings and the Meralco Bolts eye a pivotal 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES
Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Luka Modric and Nacho Fernandez also scored for the defending champions, who have made it past the group stage for 22 straight seasons.The result eliminated Borussia Dortmund, which lost to Tottenham 2-1 in Germany in the other Group H match.Tottenham heads into the final round leading Madrid by three points and has already secured first place. Dortmund and APOEL have no chance of advancing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneMadrid also finished second in its group last season, to Dortmund, marking the first time the Spanish club has failed to advance in first place since the 2012-13 season.Tottenham hosts APOEL on Dec. 6, while Madrid hosts Dortmund. “We came here to qualify and we did it,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “It was a good night. We aresatisfied.”Madrid won only one of its last four matches in all competitions, but it found easy pickings in Nicosia to earn its biggest ever away win in the Champions league.Modric opened the scoring with a long-range shot midway through the first half and Benzema and Fernandez added their goals seven minutes apart just before halftime.Benzema hadn’t scored in six matches in all competitions.“Forwards aren’t always about scoring,” Benzema said. “If I can help my teammates with passes and movement, I will do (it). Today I was lucky enough to score two goals and do something good for my side.”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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Grand Slams planning to cut seeds from 32 back to 16 in 2019 MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, center, celebrates after scoring the fifth goal of his team during the Champions League Group H soccer match between APOEL Nicosia and Real Madrid at GSP stadium, in Nicosia, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)NICOSIA, Cyprus— With Karim Benzema finding its scoring touch and Cristiano Ronaldo adding to his tally, Real Madrid again made it to the knockout stages of the Champions League.Benzema scored twice in the first half and Ronaldo netted twice in the second as Madrid thrashed Cypriot team APOEL 6-0 to guarantee a spot in the last 16 on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Ronaldo has been struggling in the Spanish league with only one goal in 12 rounds, but he already has eight in the Champions League and is the competition’s leading scorer.The Spanish powerhouse is trying to become the first team since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win threeconsecutive European titles. Ajax did it in 1971-73, and Madrid won four in a row from 1956-60.APOEL hasn’t won a group stage match in the Champions League since 2012.“Today we’ve made so many mistakes that we haven’t made before,” APOEL coach Giorgos Donis said. “In the last game we’ll try to avoid those mistakes.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “It looked like there was a little hesitation the last time I played with him,” Reed said. “This time, he was fully committed and fully trusted in his body. There was no pain. That’s the biggest thing for me. If he stays healthy, then he’ll be back playing golf, hopefully like he used to. I want to see it and I want to compete against it.”Johnson said Friday’s round with Woods and the president was a big change from when the two played the opening two rounds at Torrey Pines together in January, when both missed the cut.“His speed was back. He played a lot better than he did in San Diego, for sure,” Johnson said. “He’s healthy. To me, he looks strong. He’s swinging with speed instead of in San Diego. When I played with him there, he wasn’t swinging at it. You could tell he was hurt.”The question is whether there is rust from having been gone from competition for so long.Woods has played only three tournaments since August 2015. Three of the four times that he returned to competition dating to that first back surgery before the 2014 Masters, Woods lasted no more than three starts before taking more time off. “Tiger looked great to me,” Faxon wrote in a story for Golfweek . “I was impressed with how far he hit the ball. Probably on the 10 holes that they were both hitting driver, Tiger hit it past Dustin half the time and Dustin hit it past Tiger half the time. He looked great. I think more than anything, he looked at ease. He was not concerned about swinging hard and going at it with driver. The ball flight, the sound off the club, all of it was right there.”Johnson is among the elite power players in the game. True story?Johnson smiled.“He hit it by me a couple of times,” Johnson said. “Did I bomb one and he hit it past me? No. But he did it past me a few times. He was moving it, though.”All this hype in the chill environment of the Bahamas should sound familiar. It was only last year when Woods returned after 15 months away from the game. He had gone through three back surgeries at that point, the first one right before the 2014 Masters, and Woods looked relatively normal, with freedom in his swing. He made 24 birdies, along with enough mistakes that he finished 14 shots out of the lead, in 15th place among an 18-man field.Woods missed the cut at Torrey Pines two months later, flew to Dubai and managed one round — a 77 in calm conditions — before withdrawing with back spasms.What appears to be different this time, at least from those who have played with him, is the absence of pain.Patrick Reed played nine holes of practice with him Monday morning. He saw Woods do whatever he wanted with his swing and saw an assortment of shots — a stinger off the tee, a low draw, a high cut.“He seemed to have command of not only the golf club, but his body,” Reed said.It was the first time Reed had played with Woods since the opening round of the Hero World Challenge last year. The difference Reed noticed was that Woods looked more free and fluid in going after any shot. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Woods was on the back end of the practice range Monday at Albany Golf Club, hitting balls with Patrick Reed, when he looked up at a drone buzzing some 50 feet over him in the cloudy sky. He had no idea that Daniel Berger was at the controls.Berger was on the front of the range, blocked by a row of bushes in the sand dunes. As the drone’s camera zoomed in, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Kisner and their caddies crowded around Berger to look.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThey cared more about his reaction to the drone than his swing.But they are curious about his game. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 Astros players set World Series share record at $438,902 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set FILE – In this Dec. 4, 2016, file photo, Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the third hole during the final round at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament in Nassau, Bahamas. Woods returns this week to the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. It’s the 10th time he has returned after a layoff of 10 week or longer. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)NASSAU, Bahamas — All eyes are on Tiger Woods and his return to golf, even the players he has to beat.Especially the players.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ And those who have played with Woods in recent weeks believe there is reason for the hype.“People are going to be shocked at how good his game looks,” PGA champion Justin Thomas said.Thomas will have the best seat in the house Thursday when Woods, who had fusion surgery on his lower back in April, plays for the first time in 10 months at the Hero World Challenge. Thomas, named the PGA Tour player of the year after winning five times and the FedEx Cup, is paired with him in the first round.Thomas spends a fair bit of time with Woods at their Florida homes, and they played a few weeks ago.The attention on Woods increased in recent days as more players joined him for casual rounds. Brad Faxon caused a stir when he played with Woods, Johnson and President Donald Trump on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments