Boxing powerhouse Cuba made it clear that they are the top nation in the sport in the Americas, and are still a potent force in world amateur boxing, when they won 10 medals in the recently concluded Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. They were in the finals of all the men’s boxing divisions, and ended up with six gold and four silver medals. They did not enter any female boxers.Host nation Canada also performed brilliantly and took home three gold and three bronze medals. The United States won two gold, one silver and two bronze medals to take third spot in the medal placing. Canada’s female boxers won two of the three gold medals that women competed for, while the highly favoured US team, won the other female gold medal.This performance by Cuba, made them the most successful nation in boxing since the Pan American Games started in 1951. To date, they have won 90 gold, 20 silver and 16 bronze medals, for a total of 126. The US are second with 33 gold 32 silver and 41 bronze for a total of 106, while Argentina are third with 21 gold, 15 silver and 27 bronze for a total of 63.It was recognised from the start of the competition that Cuba was the team to beat, and from day one they started to mow down the opposition. In the finals, however, competition was very keen in the lower weight classes, and four of their highly rated boxers had to be satisfied with silver.They prevailed in the heavier weight classes and although well known heavyweight Erislandy SavÛn for example, had to work hard for his victory, he took the gold medal with a 2-1 verdict over Venezuela’ s Julio Deivi. It was another Cuba versus Venezuela clash in the super heavyweight division, and Cuba again prevailed as Lenier Pero defeated Edgar Munoz on points 2-1.Outstanding performancesFemale boxers again showed that they have a place in boxing in international games, by giving some outstanding performances. They are only allowed three weight classes, but their performances were excellent throughout, and strengthened the call by AIBA president C.K. Wu, for more places for women in boxing in the various games.All three female bouts drew rave reviews for their competitiveness, and Canada took two of the three gold medals. Cheered wildly by the home crowd, flyweight Mandy Bujold gave herself a birthday present, by defeating highly favoured American Marlen Esparza on points, while lightweight Caroline Veyre defeated Argentina’s Dayan Sanchez, also on points.In one of the other highlights of the competition, American Claressa Shields lived up to expectations and defeated Yenebier Guillen from the Dominican Republic, on points, to take the middleweight title.
CHELSEA 1 LIVERPOOL 3GOALS:- CHELSEA: RAMIRES 4th. LIVERPOOL: COUTINHO 45th, 74th; BENTEKE 83rd.Chelsea boss JosÈ Mourinho suffered again as Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claimed his first win. The Blues took an early lead through Ramires, but Liverpool levelled in first-half added time, with Philippe Coutinho scoring the first of two goals. He netted again with a shot that deflected off Chelsea skipper John Terry, before Reds sub Christian Benteke added a third for the visitors.CRYSTAL PALACE 0MANCHESTER UNITED 0Manchester United extended their goal drought to 325 minutes – more than five hours – in all competitions and squandered the opportunity to keep up with the Barclays Premier League pacesetters, with Crystal Palace putting up the shutters at Selhurst Park. It is the first time since 2005 that United have failed to score in three successive games.MANCHESTER CITY 2NORWICH CITY 1GOALS:- MANCHESTER CITY: OTAMENDI 67th; TOURÈ PEN 89th. NORWICH: JEROME 83rd.Yaya TourÈ’s late penalty rescued Manchester City and kept them at the top of the Barclays Premier League after Norwich had staged a brave comeback. Nicolas Otamendi’s header put the hosts in front, before Joe Hart inexplicably dropped the ball at the feet of Cameron Jerome for a Norwich equaliser. But TourÈ scored from the spot after Russell Martin’s red card for handball, before Aleksandar Kolarov missed a second penalty in time added.NEWCASTLE UNITED 0 STOKE CITY 0Not for the first time this season goalkeeper Jack Butland earned Stoke a point with a string of key saves. Newcastle went close when Aleksandar Mitrovic hit the post before Butland scrambled the ball clear. Moussa Sissoko twice went close with well-struck shots, only for Butland to save impressively each time. However, Stoke’s keeper saved his best until late on when he tipped a Jamaal Lascelles header over the crossbar.SWANSEA CITY 0 ARSENAL 3GOALS:- ARSENAL: GIROUD 49th; KOSCIELNY 68th; CAMPBELL 73rd.Arsenal bounced back from the humiliation of their 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday to remain level on points with Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City. Olivier Giroud headed Arsenal in front soon after the restart, before Laurent Koscielny seized on an error by former Gunners goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to double their lead. Joel Campbell struck on his first Premier League start to seal the victory.WATFORD 2 WEST HAM UNITED 0GOALS:- WATFORD: IGHALO 39th, 48th.Ten-man West Ham suffered their first away defeat of the season, after Odion Ighalo continued his goalscoring form. Ighalo turned home the opener, and then the Nigerian doubled Watford’s lead just after the break, firing home from Ikechi Anya’s cut-back for his seventh goal of the season. Hammers’ defender James Collins was red-carded for a foul on Ighalo.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2 LEICESTER CITY 3GOALS:- WBA: RONDON 30th; LAMBERT PEN 84th. LEICESTER: MAHREZ 57th, 64th; VARDY 77th.Jamie Vardy scored for the eighth game in a row to help Leicester come back from a goal down to beat West Brom. The England striker scored after two goals from Riyad Mahrez early in the second half had put the Foxes ahead. Salomon Rondon gave Albion the lead, and Rickie Lambert’s late penalty reduced the arrears, but Leicester hung on for the win and remain unbeaten away from home so far this season.
MANCHESTER CITY(4-2-3-1)HART, SAGNA, DEMICHELIS, MANGALA, KOLAROV, TOURE, FERNANDO, NAVAS, DE BRUYNE, STERLING, AGUEROSOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1)LONG, TADIC, S. DAVIS, LONG, CLASIE, WANYAMA, BERTRAND, FONTE, VAN DIJK, SOARES, STEKELNBURGManchester City wasted the chance to return to the top of the Barclays Premier League when they were thrashed 4-1 at home to Liverpool last weekend. It was only the second time City have conceded four goals or more at the Etihad – the other was a 4-2 League Cup third round home defeat after extra time against Aston Villa in 2012.It was also City’s heaviest home defeat in the Premier League in 12 years – when they were beaten 5-1 by Arsenal at Maine Road in February 2003.Interestingly, no fewer than eight of the 13 goals conceded by City this season have come in two games – last weekend’s defeat by Liverpool and another 4-1 rout, at Tottenham in September.However, City’s Joe Hart has kept more clean sheets – seven – than any other Premier League goalkeeper.City, who can return to the top, have a good recent home record in the Premier League against Southampton, winning the last four while scoring 11 goals. Saints last won there in April 2004, one of only three PL victories at City in 11 visits. City have won six and drawn two.On Wednesday, City went to Italian giants Juventus in the Champions League and lost 1-0. City were without David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Samir Nasri and Wilfried Bony in Italy and are unlikely to have any of them back for this game.
Sagicor Bank has returned as title sponsor for the UWI Mona Guild-led Sagicor Bank Champions’ League. The event, now in its sixth staging, will see 16 teams competing for the coveted 2016 Sagicor Bank Champions’ League title.Sagicor, the sponsors of the event since 2010, has supported the league in an effort to ignite camaraderie among students of the University of the West Indies while highlighting the football skills among players of respective blocks on the UWI Mona Campus.Former president of the UWI Mona Guild of Students and marketing coordinator, Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited, Terron Dewar, said that “health, sports, and education are at the core of most of the initiatives we support, and this Champions’ League encompasses all those areas. The students of the UWI Mona Guild and, by extension, the wider university community have maintained an extraordinary level of excellence with this event and we are proud to be associated with it.”MAKING IT BETTERGames committee chairman, UWI Mona Guild, Oshane Grant, said: “Both students and players look forward to this league. Sagicor is all about making the campus better and the guild appreciates this. With sponsorship support through the years, this league has gone through a metamorphosis that has brought the university together.”The 2016 season of the Sagicor Bank Champions’ League was launched at the UWI Students’ Union yesterday.The first match in the knockout competition will kick off today at the UWI Mona Bowl between Taylor Hall’s Roosters and the ELR Towers’ Hybrid at 5 p.m. followed by a matchup between the defending champions, Chancellor Hall’s Block Aye and Irvine Hall’s Bears at 7 p.m.
“The appeal is also to the parents because that is such a small investment when you can save your child’s life,” she said. “The fact is that more of the parents, principals and coaches need to be convinced of the need for the screening of their athletes.” However, Calabar High School principal and Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association executive committee member, Albert Corcho, believes that Chen needs to take a more objective view of the situation. He said that all student-athletes at his school have done sudden cardiac arrest screening examinations, but he would not say at which facility. He added that because many schools have not gone in to the Heart Foundation of Jamaica for checks, it does not mean they have not done it at other medical facilities. As such, he said that it was difficult to make a broad judgement of the situation at each school that has athletes competing in various sporting activities. SMALL INVESTMENT The Heart Foundation of Jamaica Executive Director Deborah Chen says she is concerned about the few schools that have visited its facilities to have sudden cardiac arrest screening exercises done on student-athletes ahead of what she describes as their lengthy sports seasons. Chen, who was a guest at The Gleaner Editors’ Forum on Friday, said that only a “handful” of schools in the Corporate Area had sent athletes to the foundation for screening examinations. She added that among these schools, some did not send the full complement of their squads to be checked. “In screening these students, you may have a team that is selective in the groups that they send,” Chen said. “For instance, there is a football squad of 40 students and it has the reserves in it. Some schools take the ones that are going to play, and those who aren’t – who are in the reserves – are not screened. Chen said that those reserve players may be used at another point in the season, especially to replace injured players, which increases their risk of a dangerous incident occurring. She added that it is a bad approach to take as those reserve players also train as often as the regulars and an attack could happen during one of those sessions. “Screening is too crucial to neglect as cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Jamaica,” she said. “A sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone. We must not assume that it is only the person who collapses on the field. A physical examination and an ECG (electrocardiogram – a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of the heart) can pick up 90 per cent of problems associated with cardiovascular disease.” Chen said that in some instances, the schools have covered the first-level screening fee of $2,500 for athletes, but many others do not get screenings because their parents do not provide the funds needed.
TWILIGHT DREAMS, the surprise package of the recent 2000 Guineas, reports well trained as the horse to beat in this afternoon’s Simply Magic Cup at 1820 metres. Out for the third time and sent off a rank outsider at odds of 99-1, TWILIGHT DREAMS ran the 2000 Guineas as though he was one of the favourites. The chestnut colt showed speed and pace to chase LOOSE CANNON from post-position one in a maximum 16-horse field, matching strides with SECRET TRAVELLER, while eventual winner FEARLESS SAMURAI tracked the pace from fourth. TWILIGHT DREAMS was still running strong a half-mile out in the one-mile Guineas before being passed by FEARLESS SAMURAI, who went after stablemate LOOSE CANNON three and a half furlongs out. Though relegated to third, TWILIGHT DREAMS stayed third into the lane, chasing splits of 1:11.3, and wasn’t joined by another horse until MARKET FORCE came with his run a furlong and a half out. Still showing fight TWILIGHT DREAMS actually improved into third with a half-furlong to run, going past a weakening LOOSE CANNON, almost as a team with MARKET FORCE, who started a late charge at FEARLESS SAMURAI. TWILIGHT DREAMS stayed third to the last quarter-furlong before being relegated to fifth by SOTOMAYOR and RADICAL closing from off the pace, beaten by a little less than six lengths. With his class exposed in the 2000 Guineas, TWILIGHT DREAMS returned to gallop seven furlongs in 1:28.2 eight days later, proving that he came out of the race none the worse, the only Guineas horse, fillies included, to have galloped so early after the opening classics. Down to carry 115lb and clearly the controlling speed this afternoon, the only question is whether TWILIGHT DREAMS will stay two turns. Apprentice Odean Edwards slips two kilos, making TWILIGHT DREAMS one of the lightest runners in the 12-horse line-up, returning 11lb lower than his Guineas outing two and a half weeks ago. He stayed on well enough at a mile with 126lb, against the best colts and geldings in the Guineas, to be given the benefit of the doubt in a weaker field.
NO GUARANTEES “Oh no, not again!” were the last words Jamaican Jockey Rajiv Maragh remembered muttering as he tumbled and fell hard from his mount in the fifth race at Belmont Park, New York, on July 10, 2015. Not far removed from a similar spill in October 2014, when another horse clipped the heels of his mount Wicked Strong in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, and where he suffered a broken arm and was sidelined for six months, Maragh feared the worst as he lay motionless on the dirt of the famous racetrack. “They say many trauma victims have no memory of the incident following a near-death experience like mine,” Maragh said in a telephone interview from his New York home. “But I remember it all … from hitting the ground and where the horse fell on me … to being wheeled away in the ambulance and asking God just to get me safely to the hospital, where I felt was my best and only chance at survival.” He said that while he didn’t yet know the extent of his injuries, he felt like he was fighting to stay alive. “My lungs had collapsed and I was running out of air and couldn’t breathe,” Maragh explained. “I felt like I was going to pass out and was just praying for the ambulance to reach the hospital.” And in what has to be one of the biggest feel-good and comeback stories in sports for the latter part of the year into the first four months of 2017, Maragh made a remarkable return and one that could see him win one of sports’ biggest prizes and on horseracing’s biggest stage – the Kentucky Derby to be held today at Churchill Downs (racing’s Holy Grail), Louisville, Kentucky. Maragh, who made his long-awaited comeback in November of last year and finished fourth in the jockey’s standing at Aqueduct, New York, with nearly 50 victories and purse money in excess of US$2 million, booked his ticket two weeks ago to ride in the Kentucky Derby by romping the US$750,000 Wood Memorial with a horse by the name of Irish War Cry. It would be his fifth appearance in the world’s most prestigious race, having finished third in 2011 with Mucho Macho Man, and fourth in 2014 with Wicked Strong. The Wood Memorial was, however, such a convincing victory that many pundits are now giving Irish War Cry more than a fighting chance to give Maragh what no Caribbean or Jamaican rider has ever done – and that is to win what is considered the most famous and exciting two minutes in all of sports – the Kentucky Derby. For Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports Olivia Grange, the Rajiv Maragh story is truly inspirational and also one that speaks of an indomitable spirit and having an unquenchable desire to succeed. “His exceptional story, which has seen him become one of the top riders in America, is the stuff of legends,” she pointed out. “But it’s his comeback – his amazing, courageous and incredible 16-month return from several broken vertebrae, a broken rib, and a punctured lung in a racing accident – that makes him stand out.” The minister added that Maragh embodies the Jamaican spirit: resilient, determined, always trying, and never accepting defeat. “I can’t wait to see him in the Kentucky Derby. He will ride one of the favourites in one of the world’s most anticipated races. I wish him the very best and, as a nation, we will cheer him on because he is already our champion. This year, we mark Jamaica 55 by celebrating Jamaicans at home and abroad. He is certainly one of those outstanding Jamaicans who we salute.” A winner of more than 1,700 races since he first got his jockey’s licence in 2003, Maragh is the son of former top-flight Jamaican jockey-turned-trainer Colin Maragh. A former student of Meadowbrook High School in St Andrew, he has also amassed nearly US$90 million in purse earnings, averaging a personal income of US$1 million per year. Maragh, who has also won four Breeders Cup races and has ridden in faraway places such as Dubai and Japan, is the only rider in the English-speaking Caribbean to have placed twice in the Kentucky Derby. The four Breeders Cup wins are also the most by a Caribbean rider. It was at the hospital, where he underwent every test imaginable, that Maragh finally learnt the severity of his injuries. X-rays showed that he had nine fractures of the spine, broken ribs and collapsed lungs. And while he miraculously wasn’t paralysed, there was not a doctor in the room that could or would guarantee him a full recovery. “The only thing on my mind was not wanting to die,” Maragh recalled. “I wasn’t like looking down the road or thinking whether I would ever get back on a horse. It was all about survival and not wanting to go out this way.” Maragh would, indeed, survive! However, what he was about to undergo for the next 16 months would not only break even the best and most strong-willed of men, but was also enough to convince even some of his most ardent supporters that he would never ride again. “For three months, through the fall of 2015, it had to be the lowest and most painful period of my life ever,” he noted. “I literally couldn’t do anything except lie on the couch and watch television. Just walking outside was a task and a half, as I couldn’t bend, stretch or lift.” Maragh said he is forever grateful to his wife, Angelina, who was there every step of the way through the rehabilitation process and who would not give him the time or space to be down on himself. “We were very close before, but I think we became even closer throughout that ordeal,” he noted. “She was, indeed, my inspiration and the one who had to put up with all my frustration and the pain I was feeling.” Maragh, however, pointed out that through it all, there was one thing he knew for a fact deep in his mind – and that he would get back to riding races again. RETURN TO TRACK
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NBA: Ever improving DeRozan looks to further develop ‘much better’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu 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 Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles On Sunday, she will face Latvian 16th seed Anatasija Sevastova for a spot in the quarter-finals.But she will need to cut out the errors that plagued her against 18-year-old Kenin, a fellow America-based player who was born in Russia.She was broken three times and her 38 winners just offset 33 unforced errors.“She had really nice words for me in the locker room, which was really nice,” said Sharapova, older than her opponent by 12 years and regarded as an idol by Kenin.“I wasn’t surprised with the way she came out and competed. She was down I believe a few match points in the previous match.“She’s a grinder. She’ll get many balls back. Despite not having the experience, she’s a tough player.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments Wozniacki, who has never won a Grand Slam, lost her second-round match to Ekaterina Makarova on Wednesday after being scheduled on Court 5 before getting bumped up to Court 10.“When you look on Center Court, I understand completely the business side of things, but someone who comes back from a drugs sentence — performance enhancing drugs -– and all of a sudden gets to play every single match on Center Court, I think that’s a questionable thing to do,” fumed the Danish former world number one.Sharapova, the champion in New York in 2006, returned from a 15-month doping ban in April but was refused a wildcard for the French Open while injury ruled her out of Wimbledon.Her world ranking of 146 meant she needed a wild card to get into the main draw at the US Open.But she has responded to the decision by the US Tennis Association by knocking out world number two Simona Halep in the first round and recovering from a set down to beat Timea Babos in the second.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The Danish woman said it was “unacceptable and questionable” for Sharapova, who is playing her first Grand Slam since the end of a drugs ban, to be given the showpiece court.“With regards to scheduling, as you know, I don’t make the schedule,” said Sharapova after reaching the fourth round with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Sofia Kenin of the United States.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’“I’m a pretty big competitor. If you put me out in the parking lot of Queens in New York City, I’m happy to play there.“That’s not what matters to me. All that matters to me is I’m in the fourth round. Yeah, I’m not sure where she is.” Maria Sharapova, of Russia, serves to Sofia Kenin, of the United States, during the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in New York. APNEW YORK—Maria Sharapova hit back at Caroline Wozniacki over a US Open scheduling row on Friday, saying of her bitter Danish rival: “I’m in the 4th round. I don’t know where she is.”Wozniacki was furious that her second round match was played on an outside court while five-time major winner Sharapova was playing all of hers in Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies
Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Present for the day are June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, and Gabe Norwood, returnees Raymond Almazan, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, and Troy Rosario, cadets Roger Pogoy, Mac Belo, and Carl Bryan Cruz, and rookie Kiefer Ravena.Japeth Aguilar was absent for the session following a dental procedure, Matthew Wright is attending Phoenix’s first practice under coach Louie Alas, while Jio Jalalon is still nursing an LCL injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogGilas Pilipinas returned to the court after taking a day off on Sunday.The national team is preparing for the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers slated later this month. Naturalized player Andray Blatche is scheduled to join the squad on Nov. 13. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ For the third straight session, Gilas Pilipinas held closed door practices on Monday morning at Meralco Gym.Twelve of the 15 players initially named by coach Chot Reyes attended the session as the Philippine national team started the twice-a-day practices.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:14Carpio 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 Hawks end 8-game skid, beat struggling Cavaliers View comments
Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set UP Pep squad performs during the 2017 UAAP Cheerdance Competition at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines has always carried a reputation that it will always provide the “wow” that will linger in memory in the UAAP cheerdance competition.Being eight-time champions, the UP Pep Squad was expected to at least take the podium in its return after boycotting the event in Season 79 but expectations turned to dust as the dance troupe from Diliman finished in sixth place.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening07:01In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The highlight of UP’s routine came when the middle lift of the three-lift formation paid homage to 1987 flick Dirty Dancing when Patrick Swayze carried Jennifer Grey with the latter spreading out her limbs.Co-captain Thea Obanil said they weren’t disappointed when they failed to crack the top three, saying their performance was a tribute to the UP community.“We’re still happy even though we didn’t have a podium finish, we know that we gave it our best for the UP community,” said Obanil. “We’re happy with whatever that happened, in the end the community’s still there to support us even if we don’t get a podium finish.The love we have for the UP community will always be there and the UP community’s love for the UP Pep Squad will never wander.”ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Although UP Pep Squad sunk to their lowest finish in their storied history, the captains have no disappointment.“After all that time, it still feels great to perform for the UP community because they’re always there for us,” said co-captain Megan Mendoza Cabrera in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Actually, we have a really relaxed feeling because we worked really hard and we gave our best. This team had been through so many setbacks, injuries, but at the end we’re still able to present.”UP scored 575.50 points of the possible 800 in a routine that relied more on dance than stunts. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Funniest #UAAPCDC2017 tweets LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.