first_imgEDITORS’ PICK Jericho helps Owens retain title at WWE Roadblock More importantly, it kept the Hotshots winning run alive as they racked their third straight conquest after that 0-2 start.Ramos said that the winning streak was Star’s main goal going to this game and not any other matter.“Every game naman, kailangan naming manalo kasi nasa winning streak kami. Kailangang i-continue lang namin yun, di ba? Yun yung motivation namin, manalo,” he said.Ramos is also hopeful that the Hotshots can ride this momentum, as they now prepare for that all-important duel against Ginebra on Christmas Day at Philippine Arena.“Hopefully matuloy namin yun kasi may Manila Classico sa Christmas,” he said. “Paghahandaan namin yun. One day break lang kamk then balik na kami sa training.”ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter View comments Senators to proceed with review of VFA PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Masama yung first three quarters ko, buti na lang nung fourth, yung mga open shots ko na-shoot na,” Ramos said.Ramos drilled two huge threes in the endgame that sealed the victory for the Hotshots as they escaped with a 99-91 win over Rain or Shine on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThe former Far Eastern U standout said the gravity of the game was like no other, given the aftermath of the blockbuster James Yap-Paul Lee trade in the offseason which further motivated both camps to win.Ramos finished with 12 points, all coming from threes as he shot 4-of-4 from rainbow country, on top of six rebounds and two assists.center_img Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter struggling in the first three quarters, Aldrech Ramos knew he had to contribute to help Star win.Fortunately for the veteran forward, Paul Lee was there to ease up the pressure and set him up for better shots.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modeslast_img read more

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Rhett Butler Researchers have found beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) in wild parrots from eight new countries.BFDV spreads through captive parrots worldwide, but its prevalence in wild species is unknown. Infected escapees could threaten native parrots, especially small populations.Parrots in West Africa carried viruses that probably spread from other countries, showing that the human pet trade market has made the BFDV epidemic worse.New regulations of live parrot trades are essential to protect susceptible species, researchers say. Parrots around the globe are captured and sold as pets in a thriving illegal market that has carried more than 19 million birds across borders since 1975. The deadly beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) – which destroys parrot immune systems and causes feather loss and beak defects – can spread worldwide through this lucrative pet trade.Now, a recent study published in Conservation Biology has documented BFDV in eight new countries in Asia and Africa. The discovery points to grave risks for native species if infected captives escape, especially in isolated populations, researchers say.BFDV infects captive parrots worldwide and spreads easily among species. However, scientists had a poor grasp of its prevalence in wild populations. Previous studies mostly screened parrots in South Africa, the U.S., or Australia. Other regions with parrots, such as Africa, Asia, and South America, have not received the same scrutiny.“There is definitely a risk of spillover of BFVD from captive birds into wild populations,” said conservation biologist Deborah Fogell of the University of Kent, U.K., lead author of the study. “A single infected individual that is accidentally or intentionally released can pose a threat.”BFDV-infected Timneh Grey parrots seized from the parrot trade in Senegal. Photo courtesy of Roman Martin/World Parrot TrustTo help assess the spread of BFDV, Fogell and her colleagues collected blood, feather, and tissue samples from wild and captive parrots in 13 countries. They sampled five species, including the invasive Rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri), and searched for a telltale genetic imprint of the virus.The team found infected Rose-ringed parakeets in their native ranges in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Senegal, as well as infected Grey-headed parakeets (Psittacula finschii) in Vietnam. Invasive Rose-ringed parakeets in Japan and the Seychelles tested positive for BFDV. No previous analyses had detected the virus in these countries.Sampling locations for parrots screened for BFDV in the study. Graphic from Fogell et al, Conservation Biology (2018).Researchers also discovered infected captive Rose-ringed parakeets in The Gambia, although their exposure to the virus could have happened earlier since the birds were seized from the wild. Other parrots from the illegal trade in western Africa were infected with viruses related to strains from Taiwan and southern Asia, showing that trading hubs have pooled viruses from all over the world, the authors state.“We found a lot more BFDV-positive samples than we expected,” Fogell explained, suggesting that humans have brought the virus to new locations.BFDV-infected Mauritius parakeet. Photo courtesy of Deborah Fogell/University of KentWith so many viruses from distant parts of the globe in one place, new and more dangerous strains could form. “You’ve got this big melting pot of co-infections,” Fogell said. Parrots can become infected with multiple strains, creating new genetic mixes that could prove lethal for parrots that have never been infected, she added.The study “certainly confirmed the presence [of the virus] in wild birds, and there have been very few other studies that have done that,” said Shane Raidal, a veterinary pathologist at Charles Sturt University in Sydney, Australia, who was not involved in the study.Raidal noted, however, that Fogell’s group only analyzed 30 percent of the full genetic sequence of BFDV, which makes it “hard to know the disease ecology of the virus.” He wants to see whole genome sequences from parrots in natural habitats to better understand how the virus is spreading in wild populations.Rose-ringed parakeets seized from the parrot trade in Senegal. Photo courtesy of Davide de Guz/World Parrot TrustThe study highlights how pathogens are exacerbated by the wildlife trade – and the challenges this poses for conservation, Fogell said. “We are just starting to scrape the surface of pathogens that are being spread globally through human actions,” she said.Fogell hopes continued surveys of wild parrot populations will lead to stricter international regulations to protect them. Rigorous standards would shield small parrot populations on island nations, such as Seychelles Black parrots, that are not yet infected with BFDV.Citation:Fogell D.J., Martin R.O., Bunbury N., et al. (2018) Trade and conservation implications of new beak and feather disease virus detection in native and introduced parrots. Conservation Biology 32(6), 1325 – 1335 DOI:  10.1111/cobi.13214.Erin I. Garcia de Jesus (@viruswhiz) is a graduate student in the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Other Mongabay stories produced by UCSC students can be found here. center_img Animals, Biodiversity, Birds, Conservation, Diseases, Endangered Species, Environment, Infectious Wildlife Disease, Invasive Species, Pet Trade, Pets, UCSC, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking, Zoonotic Diseases last_img read more

first_imgMotorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Federer made to work by qualifier, Berdych next 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 CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 17: Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls shoots over Salah Mejri #50 of the Dallas Mavericks on his way to a game-high 21 points at the United Center on January 17, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mavericks defeated the Bulls 99-98. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFPDallas forward Wesley Matthews drained the go-ahead three-pointer with 11.8 seconds remaining on Tuesday as the Mavericks spoiled Chicago guard Dwyane Wade’s 35th birthday with a 99-98 NBA victory over the Bulls.Wade missed at the buzzer and the Bulls fell to the Mavericks for the second time this season — after absorbing a 25-point defeat last month in Dallas.ADVERTISEMENT Harrison Barnes scored 20 points, Seth Curry had 18 and JJ Barea added 12 for the Mavericks, who notched their third straight win.Matthews and Deron Williams both finished with 11 points. Dirk Nowitzki, steadily returning to full strength after right Achilles tendon trouble, contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Mavs, who built a 13-point lead in the third quarter then withstood a Bulls charge that saw Chicago take a 98-96 lead on Jimmy Butler’s jump shot with 22.8 seconds left.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 returnButler led the Bulls with 24 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds.But the Mavs responded to his go-ahead basket with a pick and roll that sent Williams driving for the basket, only to find Matthews for what proved to be the game-winner. Leonard’s rebound and race down the court for a dunk with 7:36 to play highlighted a 20-2 scoring run for San Antonio that saw the Spurs turn a 90-83 deficit into a 103-92 lead.Joseph lifts RaptorsCory Joseph was the unexpected star for Toronto, starting in place of a resting Kyle Lowry and scoring a career-high 33 points to lead the Raptors to a 119-109 victory over the Nets in Brooklyn.Lowry, whose 1,487 minutes played this season are the most in the Eastern Conference, didn’t play for the first time this season.“Kyle provides a lot of scoring for us,” Joseph said. “I knew that slot would be missing today. So I took it upon myself to try to be more aggressive, try to be aggressive and take what the defense gives me.”Joseph surpassed his previous career high of 20 points – for San Antonio in 2014.In his fifth start for the Raptors he connected on 15 of 22 shots from the field.DeMar DeRozan, named the Eastern Conference player of the week on Monday, led the Raptors with 36 points and 11 rebounds. He surpassed 20 points for the 13th straight game and notched his 20th 30-point game of the season.The Heat sprung a surprise in Miami, withstanding Houston star James Harden’s 40-point triple double to upset the Rockets 109-103.Harden added 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his 13th triple-double of the season.But he also had six turnovers as the Rockets, third in the West, succumbed to a Heat team whose 12-30 record is second-worst in the league. DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ MOST READ View comments Once the Mavs were ahead again, Matthews was determined not to give Butler a chance to beat them.“Obviously, everybody knew where the ball was going to go,” said Matthews, whose suffocating defense forced Butler to get the ball to Wade, who missed a jump shot as time expired.“The shot didn’t go in,” Wade said. “They made plays, we made plays. They made a little more down the stretch.”In San Antonio, Kawhi Leonard paced the Spurs with 34 points in a 122-114 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.LaMarcus Aldridge added 29 points for San Antonio, who shook off a shaky start to improve to 32-9, second in the Western Conference behind the Golden State Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Heat point guard Goran Dragic scored 21 points with eight rebounds and eight assists as Miami grabbed the win with a 20-3 fourth-quarter scoring run.“Tonight we did an amazing job,” Dragic said. “The Rockets are one of the best teams in the NBA. They play really well. I’m glad we won this game, but we need to get better.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’last_img read more

first_imgStephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors warms up in his trademark Under Armour shoes prior to a game in this May 18, 2016, file photo in Oakland, California. Curry said he wasn’t ruling out separating with his sponsor AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — NBA superstar Stephen Curry stepped gamely into the political fray on Wednesday, responding to Under Armour apparel company chief Kevin Plank’s description of US President Donald Trump as a “real asset” to the country.“I agree with that description, if you remove the ‘et’ from asset,” Curry told the Mercury News when asked about the comments from Plank.ADVERTISEMENT Curry is the key endorser of Under Armour’s line of basketball gear. He’s under contract with the firm through 2024, and acknowledged he was surprised to hear Plank’s comment, made in an interview this week with CNBC.Curry, who endorsed Hillary Clinton in the bitter US presidential election, told the Mercury News he had spoken to “countless people” at Under Armour.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 returnHe said he was reassured by a statement released by Plank on Wednesday, clarifying the remarks in which he said having “such a pro-business president is something that is a real asset for the country”.In the statement, Plank said Under Armour has long been committed to supporting American jobs and manufacturing, but stressed the Baltimore-based firm was committed to diversity. 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Racela says KaTropa will find way to stop lethal Beermen Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 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 View comments “We have teammates from different religions, races, nationality, genders and sexual orientations; different ages, life experiences and opinions,” the statement said. “This is the core of our company.”Curry said he wouldn’t rule out a departure from the company that manufactures his signature basketball shoe.“If I can say the leadership is not in line with my core values, then there is no amount of money, there is no platform I wouldn’t jump off if it wasn’t in line with who I am,” he said.“So that’s a decision I will make every single day when I wake up.” CBBADVERTISEMENT 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot studylast_img read more

first_imgMotorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident 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 Galanza, though, hopes they can improve come the second half of the season.“I want to show them that even though we’re at 0-6 we can still fight our way up,” said Galanza. “This season’s not yet over, it’s just the first round and we still have the second round ahead of us.”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“Things can still happen.”Adamson has yet to win a set this season and with just one more match remaining in its first round schedule the Lady Falcons have to come out with a better performance in the second round. Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Pacquiao-Khan fight set for April 23 Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University captain Jema Galanza remains optimistic despite her team’s horrendous start in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Falcons are all but soaring as they fell to a disappointing 0-6 slate Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre after losing in straight sets to University of Santo Tomas 25-13, 25-12, 25-9.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ The Lady Falcons are dead last in every scoring statistic this season and thing’s aren’t better in the non-scoring aspects of the game.Adamson is 6th in the league in digs and reception and 7th in sets.Galanza said her team’s immaturity is also a factor why they’ve fallen behind in the standings.“I think our problem is not everyone has the emotional toughness to play well in this league,” said Galanza who’s been in the UAAP for four years. “And most of our players in the team are still kids and this is their first season in the UAAP.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgAlyssa Valdez and coach Francis Vicente. Photo by Marc ReyesNursing his second bottle of brew in a small beer joint in Davao City, national women’s head coach Francis Vicente started to loosen up in front of a few sports reporters.He was still visibly thrilled over the fact that his former ward, superstar Alyssa Valdez, had planed in from Bangkok that afternoon to catch the tryout for the national team at nearby University of Southeastern Philippines Gym.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties That squad was by no means uncelebrated, especially if you consider how they have improved their games through the years. There’s Valdez, who now plays in the Thailand League as an import, as well as Fajardo, Santiago, Manabat, and former Ateneo libero Denden Lazaro.“The core [of that team] will be there to tell the other players how strict I am [with nonperformers],” said Vicente, who is putting premium on youth and height.Among the possible middle blockers he mentions are Ateneo twin towers Maddie Madayag (6 feet) and Kat Tolentino (6-2), University of Santo Tomas’ Ria Meneses (6-0), Far Eastern University’s Geneveve Casugod (6-2) and University of Perpetual Help’s Lourdes Clemente (6-2). Certified stars Reyes (5-11) and Maraño (5-9) are also excellent candidates, according to Vicente.For libero, Vicente is also keen on La Salle’s prolific Dawn Macandili, who holds the distinction as the first libero ever to win the MVP award in the Philippine Superliga, as well as Faith Arado of University of the East, the coach’s team in the UAAP.Setter slots will most likely go to Fajardo, who turned heads during her stint with PSL-Manila in the FIVB World Club Championships last year, and Roselle Baliton, a 6-3 tosser from UE.Valdez heads the candidates for the open spiker position along with veterans Myla Pablo and Rachel Anne Daquis, and young guns Grethcel Soltones of San Sebastian, Kim Kianna Dy of La Salle and Remy Palma of FEU.That brings us back to the opposite hitter position.During that lazy evening in Davao, a pensive Vicente was thinking aloud. “Jaja is a 6-5 converted opposite, Aiza is a 5-11 veteran, and there’s Jovelyn. Who among them can be discarded?”“That’s your problem, coach,” someone at the table answered.Yes, indeed. And a happy problem at that. Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing MOST READ Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Cayco, the LVPI acting president who is in charge of the team’s formation, says a national team is also scheduled to vie in the Asian U-23 women’s championship on May 13 to 21 in Thailand, but they will scratch the trip if the federation encounters any hitch.“During that period we could compete in other regional tournaments or join training camps in South Korea or Japan,” Cayco says.Next to Gilas Pilipinas, pundits say the formation of the national women’s volleyball team is the most anticipated in local sports. Perhaps because of the presence of collegiate and commercial superstars like Valdez, Santiago, Maizo, Gonzaga, Aby Maraño, Mika Reyes, Dindin Manabat and Kim Fajardo, to name just a few, the team gushes with talent and drawing power.The federation is set to announce the 24 members of the national pool this Tuesday during a special session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) weekly forum. The pool gets pruned down to 18 after the “hard training” phase before the final 12 is announced a few weeks later.In his book, Vicente counts 22 players with the inside track to pool berths following the recent series of tryouts held in Manila, Cebu City and Davao City. He’s coy about the lucky 12 but hints at reuniting the core of the national team he coached that placed eighth among 12 nations in the 2008 Asian Youth Championships.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home View comments 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 Lastimosa admits she’s not at 100% yet in Season 79 Out of the blue, Vicente picked the mind of this reporter: “You have two slots in the opposite [hitter] position and you have Jaja Santiago, Aiza Maizo and Jovelyn Gonzaga. Who do you eliminate?”It was very clear that even at a busy table that also seated Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) top honchos Joey Romasanta and Pete Cayco, Vicente was already trying to form the national team in his mind.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 returnIn fact, Vicente, a respected mentor in the collegiate and club leagues, already got all the best hand of cards and all he has to do is show them. “We have to win a medal, a bronze is acceptable, but I want something better (silver or even gold) if we can,” said Vicente, referring to the team’s stint in this year’s Southeast Asian Games.The Philippines is expected to field its strongest team in more than a decade in the SEA Games, slated Aug. 19 to 31, in Kuala Lumpur. A week before the Games, Vicente’s squad gets to gauge its strength when it competes in the Asian women’s tournament which the country is hosting on Aug. 9 to 17. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Bibulatov, however, spoiled Lausa’s entry to the pay-per-view scene with the Russian flyweight controlling the majority of the match to come earn three 29-26 scorecards from the judges.“I feel great,” said Bibulatov (14-0) who made his UFC debut. “The first fight in a new promotion is always hard. It was a little bit challenging to concentrate, but it turned out well so I’m happy with the result..”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 returnBibulatov mixed it up against Lausa who had a hard time adjusting to the former’s constant striking.Lausa managed to escape Bibulatov’s ground striking in the third round and establish a momentary mount but it was all too late for the Filipino who slipped to 7-3. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lillard scores Blazers-record 59 points in win over Jazz Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Jenel Lausa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJenel Lausa fell short in his first UFC pay-per-view card losing via unanimous decision against Magomed Bibulatov in the undercard of UFC 210 Sunday morning (Manila time) at Keybank Center in New York.This was Lausa’s second fight in the UFC after he made his debut against Zhikui Yao in UFC Fight Night 101 and taking a unanimous decision victory.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out MOST READ On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska towncenter_img View comments 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 Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 respitelast_img read more

first_imgLos Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) drives around Utah Jazz’s George Hill (3) and Boris Diaw, center, during the first half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 28, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Clippers coach Doc Rivers put it simply when he said Chris Paul willed his team to victory with the season on the line.Paul scored 29 points and the Los Angeles Clippers forced a Game 7 in their first-round series with a 98-93 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Gobert was taken out of the game in the fourth quarter after suffering a mild left ankle sprain. X-rays were negative and he’s expected to be fine for Game 7.PAINT POINTSThe team with the points-in-the-paint advantage won the first five games. That streak came to an end as the Jazz outscored the Clippers 42-36 in the paint.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Cone looks forward to reunion with Yap in Cebu All-Star 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 Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar View commentscenter_img “I thought we were competing,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “I’m not sure if we got tired or got tired of missing. They were the more energetic team. Their physicality on the defensive end, we didn’t respond offensively the way that we needed to, or as forceful as we needed to be.“When you’re not aggressive enough with your frame of mind, I don’t think you shoot the ball as well.”The Clippers took a 47-45 lead into halftime after closing on an 8-2 run, including a pair of jumpers by Luc Mbah a Moute.The Jazz jumped out to a 22-13 lead and looked to be on the brink blowing the game wide open before the offense went cold and the Clippers ripped off an 11-0 run. Utah shot just 3 for 13 from 3-point range in the first half and missed several wide-open attempts.“Some days are diamonds, some days are stones,” Hayward said. “We didn’t shoot the ball well tonight. We got the looks we wanted, which is a positive thing for us. I think that’s the important part, we found the open shots, found the good looks.“Dug ourselves a hole there and it’s hard to dig out of it. I don’t think we were nervous, we just couldn’t find it tonight.”TIP-INSClippers: Austin Rivers started for the first time this series after missing the first four games with a hamstring injury. … Jordan’s six double-doubles in the first six games are a playoff high. … The Clippers held Johnson to 3-for-9 shooting.Jazz: Utah is 5-1 all-time when leading a playoff series 3-2. … The Jazz opened the game as the only team in the playoffs ranking in the top three in field goal percentage and 3-point percentage.GOBERT OK Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead The Clippers will host the only do-or-die game of the first round Sunday, with the winner advancing to face the Golden State Warriors.“It’s just Chris,” Rivers said. “He is as competitive as a human being as I’ve ever been around. When you put that with the talent and the will, that’s why he has performances like this in big games.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“Chris was amazing. He just willed the game for us.”Los Angeles began to edge away in the third quarter and appeared to be in control when Austin Rivers capped a 9-2 run with a step-back 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 91-77 with 3:58 remaining. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos He hit another with 1:29 left to make it 96-86, but Gordon Hayward scored seven straight to bring the Jazz within three before Joe Johnson missed a 3-pointer in the waning seconds.Paul pushed Los Angeles throughout the night and just wouldn’t let the Clippers lose. The nine-time All-Star dominated and finished with eight assists, three rebounds and two steals. DeAndre Jordan added 13 points and 18 rebounds.“We do it together,” Paul said. “I came to (Jordan) during one of those timeouts in the fourth and said let’s find a way. We’ve been in these situations time and time again. Some of us since we were kids playing AAU. You’ve just been in that situation. High school basketball. College basketball. It’s the same game, it’s just a lot more people at the games. You just go out there and try to stay in the moment.”The Clippers overcame a slow start to finish at 49 percent shooting from the field. The Jazz went in the opposite direction, getting sloppy with the ball in the third quarter and making numerous defensive mistakes. They also shot just 41.0 percent from the field and were 7 for 26 from behind the arc.Hayward led the Jazz with 31 points, George Hill added 22 and Rudy Gobert finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENRlast_img read more

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first_imgSwing Out Sister back to PH this April Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet A dream fulfilled for Christian Global’s second loss of the season also ruined new Singaporean coach Akbar Nawas’ domestic debut for the club.“The boys worked really hard to get the win,” said JPV coach Dan Padernal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES A brace from Japanese midfielder Takashi Odawara propelled JPV Marikina to a 2-1 win over Global Cebu and the lead in the Philippines Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium on Sunday night.Odawara scored in each half as the Marikina side secured a fifth straight victory to vault past Meralco Manila on top with 18 points. The Sparks who were held to a 1-1 draw by Stallion Laguna also on Sunday dropped to second with 17 points.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Wangs thwarts Racal, off to best D-League start 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 The victory avenged a 1-2 loss by JPV to Global during the opening weekend last May 7 in Biñan, Laguna.As expected, JPV was content to soak up the pressure and defend early before hitting Global with a haymaker in the form of Odawara’s header off a corner in the 25th minute.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 Japanese skipper doubled the lead 10 minutes after the break beating a static Global defense before slotting the ball home past Patrick Deyto.Global made a game out of it in the second half when Sekou Sylla pulled a goal back in the 69th minute, but the former league champions couldn’t carve open a resolute JPV defense in the final 20 minutes. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

first_img DESERVING HONOUR ZURICH, Switzerland: World 100 metres champion Justin Gatlin is in disagreement with compatriot Carl Lewis’ statement that athletics’ growth was hampered by the pro-Usain Bolt focus over the past eight years. Lewis, a nine-time Olympic champion, argued that Brand Bolt overshadowed the sport itself and suggested that track and field will be better off without the iconic Jamaican sprinter, who retired after the World Championships in London a couple of weeks ago. “We need to do more to build on the sport. We don’t need to follow that trend that we have been in the last eight years, which was just about following one person (Bolt),” Lewis said recently. However, Gatlin, who ended his season at the Weltklasse Zurich Diamond League meet on Thursday night after his fourth-place 10.04-second finish in the 100m final inside the Letzigrund Stadium, believes Lewis’ assessment of Bolt’s impact on the sport is out of sync with reality. “I had about three weeks to get ready for World Championships and I ran my heart out and silenced all the doubters and naysayers, and I was able to get through it, so mentally it was a great year.” The 35-year-old added that he has started to consider his retirement and noted that he will be doing a lot more charity work in the coming years, starting with the establishment of his foundation next month in New York. “I have started thinking about it (retirement). The funny thing is I would like to get into commentating when I am done. I would also like to be able to get involved into an agency of some sort, but right now, I am working on a foundation to give back to kids, to help kids to be mentally and physically strong,” Gatlin shared. “My foundation will start within a month in Manhattan, and it’s going to be called the Justin Gatlin Foundation, where we will be teaching kids to be leaders within their community and help drive that through track and field.” RAN HEART OUT “When you are a pillar and a figurehead within the track and field community and you helped to change the game like that, you are going to command that respect and command that attention, and I have to disagree with those (Lewis’) comments,” Gatlin told The Gleaner. “He (Bolt) has put together a great career, and he was always going to have to stop at one point in time, and there’s no better place to stop than on top, and that’s just who he is. He’s a legend, and so I have to disagree (with Lewis),” added Gatlin. The sprinter, who actually relegated Bolt to third place in that Word Championships 100m final, went on to describe 2017 as his best year in the sport from a psychological perspective. “This year has not really been a physical highlight of my career, if anything, I would say it was more of a mental highlight. I had to deal with injuries, I took a lot of losses at the beginning of the year, and usually, I am pretty undefeated except when it comes to Usain, but at the end of the day, I dug deep,” said Gatlin.last_img read more

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