Carifta Trials in Montego Bay?

first_imgJanuary 23 was a momentous day in the history of Jamaican track and field. Most people will remember it as the day Calabar High School opened the doors to its first synthetic track to be laid at a high school in Jamaica. The meet, the first McKenley/Wint Classic, was a memorable occasion.The mood was bright as all present enjoyed the sight and feel of the new facility. From a viewing perspective, the only drawbacks are that the throws and horizontal jumps are outside the oval, but that doesn’t detract from the overall value the new track brings. In any case, those ‘so-called’ drawbacks disappear if you view the new facility mainly as a training venue.As befits a meet carrying the names of megastar Olympians Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley, the event was thoughtfully operated with ticketing, parking and access to the track well worked out. It seems reasonable to assume that in the years to come, the grounds around the track will be developed with additional spectator seating and lighting.Calabar High wasn’t the only place that a new track opened on the 23rd. Thirty minutes away, the newly resurfaced oval at the GC Foster College for Physical Education & Sport was put into service at the Central Hurdles and Relays meet.Never before have two new synthetic tracks been opened in Jamaica on the same day. That’s history.Calabar High and GC Foster College join the National Stadium, the Stadium East field, the University of the West Indies and the Catherine Hall Sport Complex as locations with modern tracks.Catherine Hall is a great venue. It has already hosted the 2011 Carifta Games and shortly will play host to the annual Western Championships and Western Relays. For at least two reasons, it might be a good idea to move the Carifta Trials between Kingston and Montego Bay.Having the Trials at the Sports Complex might stimulate interest in the sport in the west. It would also relieve western teams of the financial burden of travelling in alternate years. As things stand, western teams must budget for trips to Kingston for the Gibson-McCook Relays, the Trials and Boys and Girls’ Championships, as well as for other meets in the Corporate Area that fit their needs.Consider a future where a synthetic track is laid at a central Jamaica venue like the Kirkvine Sports Club just outside Mandeville. In that future, the Trials could move from Kingston to Kirkvine and then to Montego Bay. Imagine that.n HUBERT LAWRENCE has been making notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

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Dilshan guides Sri Lanka to six-wicket win over Afghanistan

first_imgKOLKATA, India (AP): Opener Tillakaratne Dilshan struck an unbeaten 83 to help Sri Lanka open their title defence by beating Afghanistan by six wickets in their World Twenty20 Group One game yesterday. Dilshan struck eight fours and three sixes off 56 balls to guide Sri Lanka to 155-4 in reply to Afghanistan’s 153-7. Dilshan and Dinesh Chandimal (18) combined to open with 41 off 5.2 overs, but Sri Lanka struggled to build big partnerships. Having won just four T20s and lost 10 since winning the World Twenty20 at Dhaka two years ago, Sri Lanka could have had a harder time, but Afghanistan conceded some easy runs with misfields. The match seemed poised for a closer end after an off-colour display by the Sri Lanka middle order, but captain Angelo Mathews joined Dilshan and they ensured a smooth ending with seven balls to spare. Mathews struck 21 not out off 10 balls with three fours and one six to give confidence to Dilshan during their unbroken 42-run stand. “They had some quality bowlers, but we managed well in the middle with twos and threes,” Dilshan said. “The senior guys need to stand up and do it for the team. The middle order can bat around us.” Earlier, Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai produced an attractive 47-ball 62 with three fours and four sixes in what was his third T20 half-century and his highest in 33 games. Electing to bat, Afghanistan got off to a sedate start against a disciplined bowling attack and reached only 47-3 in 10 overs. Then Stanikzai broke the shackles. He increased the run rate in the company of Samiullah Shenwari (31) as they added 61 off 5.3 overs for the fifth wicket, with Shenwari striking three fours and two sixes in his 14-ball cameo. Stanikzai, who was dropped by Mathews off Nuwan Kulasekara on 44, hit two consecutive sixes off left-arm spinner Siriwardana over deep midwicket and long on. “The total was good, but Dilshan played really well,” Stanikzai said. “He took responsibility and played well. Our fielding wasn’t good, but we will try our best (in the tournament).” Pace bowler Thisara Perera (3-33) and left-arm spinner Rangana Herath (2-24) were the main wicket-takers for Sri Lanka. West Indies defeated England in the same group on Wednesday and South Africa are yet to get off the mark.last_img read more

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NBA’s Rose cleared in rape lawsuit

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP):NBA star Derrick Rose and two friends were cleared Wednesday in a $21.5-million lawsuit that accused them of gang raping his ex-girlfriend when she was incapacitated from drugs or alcohol.Jurors in Los Angeles federal court reached the verdict in less than four hours after concluding there was a lack of evidence to support the woman’s claims and dismissing her account as unbelievable.Rose remained stoic as the verdict was read and later thanked jurors and posed for photos with them in the lobby, draping his left arm around each one who wanted a souvenir of the Knicks point guard as one of his lawyers snapped photos on their phones.The case was X-rated at times with testimony from the men about poolside group sex at a mansion Rose rented in Beverly Hills in the summer of 2013 and multiple sexual encounters throughout the night and into the next morning.The woman denied having sex at Rose’s place, saying she had a few tequila shots and felt drugged before going home. Her lawyer said the defence invented the story to make it look like she had willingly had sex with the men.The incident in question happened hours later in the early morning of August 27, when she said the three men came to her Los Angeles apartment and had sex with her after she had passed out.The issue for the jury was whether she consented to sex or was too intoxicated to do so. The men all said it was clear she was willing when she stopped the three outside her bedroom door and said, “One at a time.”last_img read more

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Zlatan keeps United in Champions League hunt

first_img EVERTON 4, LEICESTER 2 LONDON, England (AP): After 30 minutes of yesterday’s English Premier League game against Sunderland, Manchester United appeared in danger of meandering its way to another disappointing result. Thankfully for manager Jose Mourinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had other ideas. The Swedish forward demanded the ball be played to him on the edge of the penalty area and then evaded the attempts of two Sunderland defenders to halt his progress before sending an unstoppable strike into the far bottom corner. “You need these players sometimes to make it, and normally, every top team has a couple of them that can make a difference. Zlatan did that with the goal,” Mourinho said. After Ibrahimovic’s moment of inspiration, the result was never in doubt and a red card for Sebastian Larsson left space for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and substitute Marcus Rashford to seal the points for United. With the league’s top four all having won on Saturday, the victory ensured United kept pace in the race for Champions League qualification as it moved above Arsenal into fifth and within four points of fourth-place Manchester City, which has played one more game. Sunderland remains bottom having now failed to score in its last seven games, 10 points adrift of safety. “We reacted to the results of yesterday,” Mourinho said. “We got the three points, (with a) solid performance against a team that is sad. When you play against a team that is sad, if you score before (them), the game is almost over because it is difficult to react.” “After Liverpool and Manchester City’s victories, if we didn’t win today, it’s almost mathematically impossible (to finish fourth).” Romelu Lukaku’s double ensured Craig Shakespeare’s perfect record as Leicester manager was ended at Goodison Park. The champions had won five consecutive league games after sacking Claudio Ranieri in February following a run of results that left it just above the relegation zone. But with Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg in mind, Shakespeare made five changes to his starting line-up, resulting in a lack of cohesion that Everton wasted no time in exploiting. There were four goals in the opening 23 minutes, with teenager Tom Davies giving Everton the lead after just 30 seconds. Islam Slimani and Marc Albrighton hit back for the champions, only for Lukaku’s strikes either side of a Phil Jagielka header to put Everton out of reach. Everton has now won seven consecutive Premier League home games, all of which Lukaku has scored in.last_img read more

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Hubert Lawrence | Turning the 400m corner

first_imgIn the space of two weeks, Jamaica’s prospects in the 400 metres have swollen. The first expansion came from Demish Gaye in Kingston and last week, Nathon Allen and Akeem Bloomfield made the second push forward. All three set sub-45 second personal bests and set fans dreaming of London and the 16th IAAF World Championships. On May 6, Gaye circled the blue National Stadium track in 44.85 seconds. A week later, on May 13, Allen and Bloomfield clocked 44.52 and 44.81, respectively at a meet in South Carolina. Importantly, Bloomfield’s advance put his 2015 Boys and Girls’ Championships winning time of 44.93 seconds in the shade. Add national record-holder Rusheen McDonald, two-time national champion Javon Francis, World semi-finalist Peter Matthews and Jermaine Gonzales, and you get a seven-deep list of active Jamaicans with sub-45 lifetime bests. That doesn’t include 45.06 man Fitzroy Dunkley or nippy World Relays anchor Steven Gayle. It’s a list long enough to cause second thoughts among those who want Calabar Dream Team member Chris Taylor to go to London. Instead, after a noticeably compact high-school season, he might rest in anticipation of a bid to win the World Under-20 title next year. The outstanding 17-year-old ran 45.41 seconds to win the Carifta Trials and could also be under 45 in the future. WELL-TIMED CLOSER Dunkley is one to watch. At the recent Penn Relays, he brought Jamaica to victory with a skilfully timed 45.1 closer. At last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships, he clipped off a 44.3 anchor for Louisiana State University. This year’s NCAA is the next big assignment for Allen, Bloomfield and Gayle, who attends the University of Alabama. Allen’s former St Jago teammate Sean Bailey ran 45.59 seconds to win the US Junior College Indoor title. Like the others, he gives Jamaica hope for London if they can hold form almost two months past their collegiate exertions. The only blot on the copybook is the minor injury suffered by relay genius Francis at the IAAF World Relays, who produced a 45.1 anchor in February for Akan Track Club at the Gibson McCook Relays. If Francis regains top form, two things will happen. First, the National Senior Championships men’s 400m will join the list of events not to be missed. Second, Jamaica’s prospects in the 400m and the 4x400m could be better than ever. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

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Standhardinger: Playing in the PBA is an option

first_imgFilipinos 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Young Taiwanese grabs spotlight after incident with Wright LATEST STORIES He had 17 points and 15 rebounds against Chinese Taipei A on Sunday night and showed what he can do even against players bigger than he is.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – The coming PBA Draft could be a lot deeper than anyone had anticipated.Christian Standhardinger, a 6-foot-7 center who only had the PBA in his consciousness less than a month ago, is considering having a career in the Philippines and would definitely be a deserving top overall pick.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslationcenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer “I’m really looking to what the future brings,” the 28-year-old, whose mother is from Angono, Rizal, said of a PBA career. “I became a free agent (in the German league) this season and right now, my options are open.“Definitely, the PBA is an option,” he said.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’Kiefer Ravena has more or less declared his availability for the Draft after two more international stints, and with Bobby Ray Parks also likely to join the proceedings, three teams can certainly change their fortunes for the next season.Standhardinger looms to be a very promising prospect because of his size and work ethic. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet View commentslast_img read more

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Hotshots’ Pingris returns but still ‘at 60 percent’

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Marc Pingris indeed got his Christmas wish as he fought through a bad back and played in Magnolia’s Christmas Day tussle against Ginebra on Monday.“I was also surprised that I played,” Pingris admitted. “But I really thank coach that I was able to play. At least, he still believes in me even though I’m still not in a good condition.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ View comments LOOK: LA Tenorio meets lookalike on Christmas Day Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES And he’s just keeping a positive view for the Hotshots as they take the extended break as a chance to recover and recuperate from their respective injuries, with a better showing in 2018 all in mind and putting this defeat to the Gin Kings behind.“Every time we lose, we learn a lot. And we’re still positive that we can make it to the semis. But before we do that, we need to work on our mistakes. We need to blend well with each other, and I believe that we can still improve,” he said.Fortunately for Magnolia, it goes on a 16-day break before facing Kia on January 10.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Pingris made his season debut at the cavernous Philippine Arena, seeing action for 25 minutes and chimed in six points, five rebounds, two assists, and a block for the Hotshots.Unfortunately for Pingris, his Christmas wish didn’t come in full as his efforts weren’t enough as Magnolia fell to Ginebra, 78-89.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkStill, Pingris feels better as the days go by, noting that he’s slowly gaining grounds in terms of his recovery.“I’m at 60 percent now,” Pingris said as he continues to work his way back to tip-top shape. “I need to regain my timing and my breathing. I rested for 10 days and I still hasn’t recovered from that. Coach has been handling me with caution in our practices.” Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more

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Fishy tale as Olympic venues face uncertain future

first_imgImage: AFP/Ed JonesThousands of fans will pack the futuristic Gangneung Oval for the Olympic speed skating competition next month. But afterwards, one suggestion is for the cavernous steel-gray structure to store frozen fish. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Balkman wants to bury the hatchet with Santos Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense White elephantA convention center, an indoor amusement park or football field have all been proposed for the speed skating oval, as was a speed skating training center, which came to naught because of the long distance from the existing facility in Seoul.With no purpose in sight and the dreaded white elephant status looming, a local warehousing company proposed packing it with containers of frozen fish caught in the Sea of Japan (East Sea).“It was a media stunt and we did not take the suggestion seriously,” Park Chul-Sin, a Gangwon province official in charge of legacy use, told AFP.The downhill course at Jeongseon was specially built for the event in an undeveloped forest, to the alarm of environmentalists, as no existing resorts had a big enough vertical drop to sufficiently test the world’s fastest skiers.It will be bulldozed and returned to its natural state — but whether the national government will agree to pay the $40 million rehabilitation cost remains unclear.One thing the organizers are sure of is the fate of the newly-built 35,000-seat Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang.The $100 million pentagonal structure is largely temporary and will be used only four times — the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and the ensuing Paralympics — before the main grandstand is converted to a museum to the Games and the rest dismantled to make way for a public park.‘Not so popular’Post-Olympics financial woes are commonplace, from Montreal in 1976 — which took 30 years to pay off the debts it incurred for a two-week event — to Rio in 2016. View comments Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img The last Winter Olympics, in Sochi in Russia, came with an eye-watering $50 billion price tag.The costs have made many potential candidate cities drop out of hosting future Olympics: there were only two candidates left, Beijing and Almaty, when the time came to choose the location for the 2022 Winter Games.Closer to home, Incheon in South Korea spent $1.6 billion to build 17 venues for the 2014 Asian Games. When the event was over, the city had accumulated a debt of $1 billion.But Korea Institute for Sports Science senior researcher You Ji-Gon said Gangwon faced particular issues with finding future uses for the venues “due to its remoteness from populated areas and the country’s small winter sports fan base.”The province faces combined annual losses to keep open the speed skating oval, the ice hockey rink and the ice skating arena — which will become a public leisure facility — estimated at a minimum of $10 million.It also remains unclear whether the biathlon, cross country, bobsleigh and ski jump venues will continue to exist, given a lack of local demand. “No matter who manages these facilities, it will be difficult to make them profitable,” acknowledged Park, the Gangwon official, urging the national government to cover the costs. “Winter sports are not so popular in this country.” CCRELATED STORIES:Filipina Greek American aiming fo 2020 Olympic judoWATCH: Tokyo unveils 2020 Olympics official theme song, dance Plans for an ice hockey team to take over the neighboring 10,000-seat arena fell apart in the wake of the bribery scandal that brought down president Park Guen-Hye.Even the International Olympic Committee has expressed concern, with Gunilla Lindberg, the head of its co-ordinating commission, saying that the issue of the Games’ legacy should be addressed “as a priority.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGangwon province, which includes Pyeongchang, where the ski events will be held, as well as Gangneung, is one of South Korea’s poorest and least populated regions, but was the driving force behind the bid.It made two unsuccessful attempts to secure the Winter Olympics before finally being awarded next month’s event. 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No definitive future use has been identified for the $120 million building on South Korea’s east coast, one of several venues whose legacy — or lack of one — threatens to tarnish the image of the Games.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Now the Games threaten to leave it with a multi-million-dollar headache.Gangwon and the Games organisers built six venues from scratch for the Pyeongchang Olympics and renovated six existing facilities, at a total cost of $800 million.Separately, the country spent more than $10 billion on infrastructure such as railways and roads.“They blindly pushed ahead and pulled it off,” said sports science professor Yu Tae-Ho of Korea University.“But they have no concrete plans about what to do with facilities after the games are over.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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Pringle’s 29 lifts GlobalPort to 1st win

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netStanley Pringle’s herculean effort did not go to waste this time as he lead GlobalPort to a 78-70 victory over Rain or Shine for its first win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The former Rookie of the Year made most of his damage in the first half where he unleashed 20 of his 29 points on 5-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc to help Batang Pier halt a two-game losing skid. He also had nine rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Kelly Nabong chipped in 12 markers and 13 boards, while Bradwyn Guinto had a near double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.Coming off a 29-point showing against Ginebra, Sean Anthony settled for the dirty work as he collected three markers, 13 rebounds and 12 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThat was just the kind of performance coach Pido Jarencio has been looking for as they limited their foes to just 80 points after giving up a league second-worst 109.5 points in their first two games.“It was a lesson learned for us. We hit our target that we limit our opponents to 80 points below. We talked about it with the players that we have to consider defending and tonight, we played good defense,” he said. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: Nicanor rallies to bring home 1st fencing gold for PH PLAY LIST 01:39SEA Games 2019: Nicanor rallies to bring home 1st fencing gold for PH04:16Hidilyn Diaz clinches her 1st SEA Games weightlifting gold04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dexter Maiquez put Rain or Shine within one, 61-62, with 7:16 to go, but GlobalPort responded with an 8-0 blast to take a 70-61 lead with 4:24 left and never let go of the lead.Gabe Norwood topped the Elastopainters, who suffered their second consecutive defeat to fall to 1-2, with 15 points, eight rebounds.Mark Borboran added 13 markers on a 3-of-7 clip from downtown, to go with five boards, while Maverick Ahanmisi got 10 points and five rebounds in the losing cause.The Scores:GLOBALPORT 78 – Pringle 29, Nabong 12, Guinto 10, Grey 8, Sargent 8, Gabayni 4, Anthony 3, Flores 2, Elorde 2, Arana 0, Juico 0, Taha 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew RAIN OR SHINE 70 – Norwood 15, Borboran 13, Ahanmisi 10, Belga 8, Nambatac 6, Yap 5, Ponferrada 3, Daquioag 3, Trollano 3, Almazan 2, Maiquez 2,Quarters: 19-18, 41-35, 58-56, 78-70.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Beda to see action in Dubai basketball tilt Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

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Gaston embraces last-minute role change to libero

first_imgAt the start of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, Ponggay Gaston was listed as an opposite hitter for Ateneo.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Gaston isn’t new in playing different positions as she was a middle blocker during her high school days at University of Santo Tomas and she once played as an outside hitter for Ateneo in Premier Volleyball League.And in her first game playing as a libero, Gaston registered seven excellent receptions and that is just one less than Lo had.“When I got to Ateneo my position really changed so I’m used to all this constant changing,” said Gaston. “So whatever coach Tai tells me I’ll just do it and instead of complaining I’ll just think that coach Tai gave me this responsibility because I can do it.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Time to face the monster Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yet on Wednesday, the third year Lady Eagle got switched to a defense-centric player when head coach Tai Bundit decided that Gaston will be an effective libero against Far Eastern University.And Bundit’s gamble paid off with the Lady Eagles taking their fifth win of the season with a three-set sweep of the Lady Tamaraws, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGaston, who has a minor sprain on her left ankle, said she only knew of her assignment the night before they faced FEU at the second round of the tournament.“I have a sprain so I knew that my only job would be to receive and I can do that,” said Gaston, who shared libero duties with Ria Lo, in Filipino. “I knew I didn’t have to jump and I just focused on my job and make my teammates happy.” 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 View commentslast_img read more

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