The comeback kid : Rajiv Maragh and his date with destiny

first_img 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 TRACKlast_img read more

Sharapova throws shade at Wozniacki: Where is she?

first_imgOSG 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 dieslast_img read more

Gilas holds closed-door practice anew

first_imgJo 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?center_img 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 commentslast_img read more

No disappointments for UP despite failing to get podium finish

first_imgCoco’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. last_img read more

Olynyk’s big night helps Heat past Knicks

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 MOST READ Beasley — who’s had three stints with the Heat — shook hands with Heat managing general partner Micky Arison during one first-half stoppage in play.“I love Micky,” Beasley said. “Micky was one of my favorite people when I was here. I was just saying what’s up to him. He told me to cool off at that point.”He did cool off, with only two points and four shots after halftime.“The other team played with more energy,” Burke said.Miami’s halftime lead was 64-47, before New York briefly made things interesting. Tim Hardaway Jr.’s 3-pointer got the Knicks within 72-63 with 5 minutes gone in the third, but that’s when Johnson made his back-to-back 3s to restore order.The lead eventually swelled to 28 and the Heat emptied their bench with 5 minutes left.TIP-INSKnicks: Lance Thomas (family matter) remained away from the team, and Emmanuel Mudiay started despite a sore ankle. … Beasley was 4 for 4 in the first quarter. He’s only been better than that once in an opening period — 5 for 5 for Milwaukee against Detroit on Feb. 13, 2017. … New York had a two-game winning streak — its longest since mid-December — snapped.Heat: Dwyane Wade (hamstring) and Hassan Whiteside (hip flexor) remained sidelined. Wade is close to a return, but the Heat haven’t set a timetable. … Ellington’s third 3-pointer was his 200th of the season, making him the third Heat player with that many in a season. He joins Damon Jones (225) and Tim Hardaway Sr. (203). … The 17-point halftime lead was Miami’s fourth-largest this season.LIFE OF RILEYHeat President Pat Riley turned 73 on Tuesday. New York won seven playoff series in his four years as Knicks coach, and has won nine playoff series in the 23 seasons since he left for Miami.ROAD WOESThe Knicks are 8-29 on the road this season — and two of those wins were at Brooklyn, which means they’re 6-29 outside of New York. Tyler Johnson hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the third quarter to spark the run that put Miami in control for good, Kelly Olynyk finished with 22 points and a career-high 10 assists and the Heat rolled past the New York Knicks 119-98 on Wednesday night.Miami was 5 for 7 from 3-point range in the third, 15 for 34 from beyond the arc for the game, and is now only three makes away from the franchise record of 808 set last season.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 folk“They’re shooting the right ones,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I get that analytics question all the time: ‘Do you just want to shoot a bunch of 3s?’ It depends. You’ve got to have the right guys and you’ve got to shoot the right ones.”Wayne Ellington scored 16, Justise Winslow added 15, Goran Dragic had 14 and Josh Richardson finished with 12 for the Heat, who remained seventh in the Eastern Conference playoff race. They’re now 1 1/2 games ahead of No. 8 Milwaukee after the Bucks lost to the Los Angeles Clippers, and 6 1/2 games clear of No. 9 Detroit. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback View comments Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (9) looks to pass the ball as New York Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn (9) defends during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Miami. The Heat won the game 119-98. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)MIAMI — A big lead was slipping away, so the Miami Heat called upon their best offensive option: The 3-point shot.Just like that, the rout resumed.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Olynyk’s previous high for assists was eight, done twice. He scored 52 points, had 16 assists and grabbed 13 rebounds in Miami’s brief two-game homestand, with the Heat winning both outings.“We’re just real connected right now on both ends of the floor,” Olynyk said. “Guys are playing well together.”Led by Olynyk, the Heat bench outscored New York’s 62-28.“Their bench destroyed,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said.Enes Kanter scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Knicks. Michael Beasley had a brilliant start and added 22 points on 10 for 15 shooting for New York, and Trey Burke scored 16 off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Royal decree: LeBron scores 35, carries Cavs past Raptors TENNIS IN TOWNThe Miami Open started this week, and among those in the sold-out crowd for Knicks-Heat were tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Alex Zverev.UP NEXTKnicks: Host Minnesota on Friday.Heat: Visit Oklahoma City on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Eagerness to close out sidetracks Che’Lu-San Sebastian

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames “We really wanted to finish the game immediately. We got too overeager,” admitted Bulanadi, who led the crew with 23 points and 10 rebounds.With the best-of-three Finals going the distance on Tuesday, all bets are off on who will lay claim to the championship.But for Bulanadi, he believes that this Game 2 defeat puts Che’Lu-San Sebastian on a better position knowing that his side already knows what they should do.“We’ll preserve this mindset of ours to get this win, but come Game 3, we’ll really follow our gameplan,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast “Like what coach said, we beat ourselves in this game,” said Allyn Bulanadi in Filipino.“If you’ll look at the stats, we were leading in everything. So it was our fault why we lost in this game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSave for the seven-percent difference in field goal percentage, Che’Lu-San Sebastian was on top of the situation, controlling the boards, 67-44 on rebounds, and dominated the open court, 26-6 on fastbreak points.What failed the Revellers, however, was their 22 turnovers which the Jawbreakers used to zoom ahead and hold on to the wire-to-wire victory. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOvereagerness doomed Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian in Game 2 of the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Finals on Thursday.Going for the kill against Zark’s Burger-Lyceum, the Revellers came out flat and stared at a 20-point halftime lead before making a belated rally which just ran out of time as they absorbed a 90-98 defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Huge crowd welcomes PVL players at fan event View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Pocari survives BaliPure in thriller, nears semis

first_imgMOST READ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Meanwhile, Air Force booked the last semifinals berth in the men’s division after a 25-19, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22 victory over Instituto Estetico earlier.The Jet Spikers rose to 2-0 and kept the Volley Masters winless.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pushed against the wall by a young foe, Pocari Sweat-PAF fought back with a kind of game worthy of a defending champion on Wednesday night to secure at least a playoff for the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES 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 “We just showed our experience and hard work,” added Semana as Pocari handed BaliPure a second straight defeat in a 1-2 card.The youthful Water Defenders displayed so much spunk despite losing the fourth frame as the stalwarts from National University kept the fifth set close and even knotted it all up at 13.But unforced errors did the Water Defenders in, the last of their nine in the fifth set—which came via a long spike by 15-year-old sensation Mhicaela Belen—giving Pocari match point.Madeline Palmer came up with the win-sealing kill for Pocari and finished with 15 points, the same output of Myla Pablo.Janisa Johnson unloaded 30 points, while Alexis Matthews added 17 for BaliPure, which also got 10 points each from Belen and Roselyn Doria.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Caguioa downplays milestone, says he’s after more titles than individual feats Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 The Lady Warriors played catch-up for most of the match before turning back BaliPure-NU in a thriller, 29-27, 20-25, 19-25, 26-24, 15-13 at FilOil Flying V Centre.“As a setter you have to display patience especially when the team is having a hard time receiving,” Pocari setter Wendy Semana said in Filipino. She had 42 excellent sets for the Lady Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt was the third win in four quarterfinal matches for Pocari, which needs just one more to advance to the semis outright.It certainly wasn’t easy for the squad which had a major revamp after winning three consecutive conference titles. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View commentslast_img read more

Lukaku, Hazard score 2 each, help Belgium beat Tunisia 5-2

first_imgBelgium had a two-goal lead within 16 minutes. Hazard scored with a sixth-minute penalty kick he earned by being tripped, and Lukaku angled a low, left-foot shot into the corner of the opposing goal.“We knew that if we scored early, the game would be easy,” Hazard said. “So after five minutes we scored, and we controlled the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Tunisians cut the lead when defender Dylan Bronn headed in a goal in the 18th minute, but Belgium wasn’t done.Lukaku clipped a right-foot shot over advancing goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha in first-half stoppage time to match Cristiano Ronaldo with four goals as the tournament’s top scorers. LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View comments Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 awardcenter_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hazard then ran on to a long pass in the 51st, flicked the ball around Ben Mustapha and shot into an empty net. Substitute Michy Batshuayi made it a rout in stoppage time, and failed with three other good scoring chances.Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazri got his team’s second with almost the last kick of the match.Belgium has shown the most complete attacking force at the World Cup, though without yet playing a European or South American team.Against England on Thursday, Belgium will be favored to advance as the winner of Group H.The temperature inside the tightly packed Spartak Stadium was 28 degrees C (82 degrees F) at kickoff, and rising humidity spilled into heavy rain.ADVERTISEMENT Belgium’s Eden Hazard shoots a penalty kick to score the opening goal during the group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)MOSCOW — Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard scored two goals each in a dominant Belgium display on Saturday, leading their team over Tunisia 5-2 in the highest scoring game of the World Cup.The Red Devils were rampant at times and rested both forwards in the second half for tougher tests ahead. A spot in the round of 16 is almost certain after an opening 3-0 win over Panama.ADVERTISEMENT ONE: Edward Kelly bows to Jadambaa via TKO Earning the penalty kick, Hazard darted forward at speed and was clipped by Syam Ben Youssef. Video review confirmed the trip was on the white line of the penalty area, not outside as Tunisia claimed.Tunisia’s defense was unsettled by two first-half injuries. Bronn and Ben Youssef were both replaced after leaving the field on stretchers.GROUP DYNAMICSBelgium has all but qualified from Group G with two wins.A point from Belgium’s last game against England on Thursday in Kaliningrad will ensure a place in the round of 16.KEY TO SUCCESSBelgium pressed Tunisia into giving up the ball in its own half, and attacked with pace and skill in a dizzying mix of talented play.Tunisia also used pace and direct running to expose Belgium’s defense, though rarely tested goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees MOST READlast_img read more

NCAA postpones Tuesday games due to heavy rain

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Games between University of Perpetual Help and Arellano University, Letran and Mapua and San Beda and Jose Rizal University in the juniors and men’s tournament will be moved to a later date.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The NCAA has postponed its games scheduled on Tuesday, July 17, at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan due to the bad weather brought about by Tropical Depression Henry.The league initially pushed through with its scheduled basketball games Tuesday before eventually deciding to cancel it.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Dominant Beermen View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio nameslast_img read more

Ravena says loss to Adamson gave Ateneo ‘another challenge’ in UAAP Season 81

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew But the early setback, somehow, gave the Blue Eagles a reality check that the road to the championship won’t be as smooth as most people believe it would be for Ateneo, which turned heads in the offseason that included a Filoil preseason title, training camp in Greece and a fourth-place finish in the William Jones Cup in Taiwan.READ: Ateneo ends impressive Jones Cup stint in 4th placeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Their impressive offseason work put the Blue Eagles in an all too different altitude than the Soaring Falcons and Thirdy Ravena said the loss kept Ateneo grounded.“This game put us back to the ground in terms of preparation and I’m not saying this in a cocky way but Adamson gave us another challenge for this season,” Ravena, who finished with seven points and three rebounds, told reporters. Djokovic wins third US Open, equals Sampras on 14 Grand Slams Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ateneo carried an immense amount of hype heading into the season after Far Eastern University coach Olsen Racela said he’d be “surprised” if the Eagles won’t sweep the elimination round.READ: Racela says he’ll be surprised if Ateneo loses a game in elimsAnd yet the Soaring Falcons were able to quash Racela’s claim in just the second day of the tournament.“Adamson really deserved to win, they came out really prepared and they deserve the credit and they deserve the win,” Ravena said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena celebrates after his putback dunk late in the game against Adamson in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonAteneo’s title defense started off in the wrong foot after losing its first game of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament against Adamson University, 74-70, on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Adamson holds on to stun AteneoADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more