Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Ateneo opens post-Valdez era with sweep of UST LATEST STORIES “I hope our defense will stay the same because we did well on the two, especially on Terrence,” Castro said.TNT limited Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle to a combined 11-of-33 shooting through three quarters, where the KaTropa zoomed to an 18-point lead, 86-68.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Our focus on defense was to really limit him (Romeo), challenge his shots and take the ball out of his hands because when he has the ball, he can do a lot for his team,” said Castro.Castro also put emphasis on having a body on GlobalPort’s big men. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member “We’re also focusing on their big men.”Castro carried his side with 20 points on a 7-of-12 shooting from the field and four rebounds in the win.It was also TNT’s second victory over GlobalPort this conference, and with the blueprint already laid out, Castro is hoping that his team can make it three straight on Monday to advance to the semifinals.“We had a good game plan against them. I wish we could sustain our defense.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown PBA IMAGESTNT is known for its offensive firepower but Jayson Castro knows that what will propel TNT into the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals is its defense.On Saturday, TNT showed what it can accomplish on the defensive end of the floor in a 109-101 win over GlobalPort in Game 1 of their best-of-three quarterfinals series.ADVERTISEMENT
Parker fell to the court after missing an uncontested short jumper. He grabbed his left knee immediately upon landing and remained on the court for a few minutes. He attempted to walk, but had to be carried by teammates to the back. Spurs owner Julianna Hawn Holt rose from her courtside seat to point and scream at an official after Parker exited the game.Parker finished with 18 points and four assists in 26 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHouston point guard James Harden was limited to 13 points on 3-for-17 shooting.The Rockets shot 11 for 34 on 3-pointers after going 22 for 50 in their 126-99 victory in Game 1 on Monday night. They host Game 3 on Friday. LeBron scores 39, Cavaliers rout Raptors in Game 2 Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) works for an opportunity to the basket as Houston Rockets’ James Harden, left, defends. APSAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard had 34 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs overcame the loss of Tony Parker to beat the Houston Rockets 121-96 on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) and even the Western Conference semifinals at one game apiece.Parker did not return after hurting his left leg with 8:43 remaining in the game. Spurs officials said Parker will undergo an MRI on Thursday morning and update his status after, but Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said following that game that “it’s not good.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home View comments Harden led a charge in the second half, but not with his offense. He swiped the ball away, leapt out of bounds and tossed it backward to save it and then stripped Green on the following possession to set a strong defensive tone. The Rockets would force five turnovers in the third quarter to cut their deficit to 88-83 entering the fourth.Spurs reserve Jonathon Simmons provided a lift, scoring consecutive baskets at the close of the third quarter and then opening the fourth by diving into the front row of seats to save a loose ball that led to Manu Ginobili’s layup. On the ensuing possession, Simmons completed a three-point play off a dunk.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos The start was as frenetic as Game 1, but the Spurs kept pace this time. The teams shot a combined 15 for 25 in the opening six minutes, including 5 for 9 on 3-pointers.Popovich started Pau Gasol in place of David Lee to give the Spurs another outside shooter in the starting lineup and it paid off early. San Antonio shot 62 percent in the opening quarter.The Spurs finished at 54 percent.LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points after being limited to four in the opener, and Danny Green added 12.Leonard tied his postseason high with 20 points in the first half as the Spurs opened up a 65-55 lead entering the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption
Rivoli United and Cavalier FC will clash in the Magnum-JB Charley Rum-Jamaica Football Federation Premier League play-off opening round today at the Spanish Town Prison Oval starting at 3:30 p.m.The play-offs are being sponsored to the tune of $7 million by J Wray and Nephew. The top team will receive $200,000 and a trophy, while the runners-up are guaranteed $150,000 and a trophy. Each of the four teams involved in the play-offs will receive $100,000 and gear.Both Rivoli and Cavalier are experienced premier league campaigners relegated two seasons ago. Now, they are back in the play-offs battling for the two available spots to next season’s Red Stripe Premier League.”To be honest, it is a very important game for both teams. We made mistakes in the past and were relegated on four occasions, so the plan is to get back there. We need to get off the mark with a win,” coach of Rivoli United Anthony Thompson told The Sunday Gleaner.Rivoli will rely on captain Fabian Gordon, Jeremy Nelson, Owen Warren, Sheldon Bartley and Damion Alves to start at home on a winning note.FAVOURED TEAMSCavalier’s technical director Rudolph Speid said that both teams were favoured to reach the play-off stage.”Both teams were able to keep back players, so it is not surprising to see them back in the play-off. We believe that Rivoli are a strong team, so the aim is to go there for three points; if not, a point on the road would be good,” Speid said.Cavalier will look to players such as Oshane Jenkins, Swayne Thomas, Nicholas Hamilton, Alex Marshall, Al Nesbeth, as well as new additions Norman Bailey and Kaheem Parris.In the other game, Priory SA will oppose Sandals South Coast at Drax Hall in St Ann, also starting at 3:30 p.m.
The 22-year-old Gordon, who will be representing Jamaica in the flat 400 metres for the first time at the World Championships, said she is very happy that she has finally been able to secure an individual spot on the team. “It’s very special. I am very young, and to go there now and ran the flat 400m means a lot, it’s a big deal,” said Gordon. “I have been to the Olympics and World Championships, and I am always in the relay pool, and now I get to run the 400 metres, and I am so happy,” she said. “There were many times when I wanted to give up because I have worked so hard over the years and I wasn’t getting the results that I wanted and finally everything is coming together,” Gordon added. Gordon, who represented the University of Texas at the NCAA Division One championships, finished second at the National Championships behind Shericka Jackson, who won the event in 50.05. She noted that she tried her best in the event. “I think I executed my race well, but I think maybe I could have gone out a little bit faster in the first 100m but overall I think I ran a good race,” Gordon said while adding that she is confident that Jamaica can retain the 4x400m gold medal at this year’s championships in London. Having achieved her personal best time at this year’s JAAA National Championships, national 400 metres runner Chrisann Gordon is now planning to run sub 50-seconds at the IAAF World Championships in London in August. Gordon, who is the reigning NCAA Division 1 champion, ran a personal best 50.13 to place second in the final at the National Championships on Sunday at the National Stadium. The former Holmwood Technical star said her aim now is to run below 50 seconds in London. “I can do it, but I don’t really think about it that much,” said Gordon. “I know that once I train hard and continue to do what I am doing right now, I will get to 49 because I am pretty close to it,” said Gordon. “I am going there to ran fast and make the final,” she said. A BIG DEAL
Biggest boost There is no question that Usain Bolt has changed the image of global athletics. At number 23, Bolt is the only track and field athlete in the world on the Forbes 2017 list of highest paid sports stars. He holds a higher ranking than tennis stars Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal, basketballer Carmelo Anthony, and footballer Wayne Rooney. The athlete was reported to have made almost US$33 million over a 12-month period from 2015 to 2016, 10-times more than any other global track and field athlete. Bolt’s image has been used to sell everything, from cars (Nissan); watches (Hublot); sports drinks (Gatorade); painkillers (Advil); sportswear (Puma); credit cards (Visa); airlines (Nippon Airways); and entire countries The Jamaica Tourist Board. It’s not just products that Bolt sells; he can sell out entire stadia. Sports Business Daily reported that Bolt could command a meet appearance fee of as much as US$400,000 and reported Alfons Juck, the meet manager for the Golden Spike Invitational as saying: “When you have Usain Bolt, you have a sell-out, you have happy sponsors, you have happy TV. No other name attracts interest like him. None of the other great athletes of the past Carl Lewis, Sergey Bubka have been like Bolt.” The Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic is one of the few meets at which Bolt runs annually. Arguably the brand that got the biggest boost from Bolt was Puma. In 2011, after the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Puma reported that third quarter sales had increased 10.2 per cent to €841.6 million and said it was due in part to Bolt’s performance which included gold in the 200m and the men’s 4x100m. “The running category in particular grew significantly, boosted by Usain Bolt’s spectacular performances at the Track & Field World Championships in Daegu and by the lightweight concept which includes our best-selling Puma Faas range,” said the quarterly report released in October 2011. Last year, the company reported that sales had increased by 10 per cent, currency adjusted to €958 million. It again gave credit to Bolt and there are reports that the company could offer the athlete a job as a regional manager following his retirement. Puma has even suggested that Bolt’s post-track career impact could be greater than that when he ruled the world.
Western Bureau: Ten-time ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup winners Rusea’s High will face arch-rivals and defending champions Cornwall College when the quarter-final round of the competition kicks off today with eight matches across all four zones. The feature kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Cornwall head into the quarterfinals in great form after recording their biggest margin of victory, 8-0, over Morant Bay High last Saturday at the same venue. On the other hand, opponents Rusea’s had to make it through on penalties. Coach of Cornwall College, Dr Dean Weatherly, believes results in the previous round will not matter this afternoon as because of their rivalry the match will see good quality football and the team that wants it most will be victors on the day. “This is one where no matter if a team isn’t playing very well, there is always good football on display. We are both quality teams, so I’m expecting some good quality football. This is also a match where who wants it most will be victorious on the day because it’s one you can’t really predict based on the rivalry,” said Weatherly. When asked about the readiness of his team, coach Weatherly told The Gleaner that he is not concerned about Cornwall having a week off from competition while their opponents would have played their last match on Wednesday and could be more match sharp. “At this stage of the competition, no team can sit and relax, so we will have to come with all guns blazing. We have to be on our A-game as only one team will advance from the group so if you start out slowly, catching up can be problematic,” said Weatherly. Rusea’s coach Vassell Reynolds is grateful for the competition he got from Brown’s Town in the second round as he believes it helped prepare his team for the challenges of the quarter-final round. “We were one of the teams who had to dig deep to advance, we look at it as a positive for us and what it did was to keep us sharp,” Reynolds said. Today’s matches • 1 p.m: Central High vs Manchester High – Juici Beef Complex • 1 p.m: Frome vs Dinthill – Manchester High • 3 p.m: St Mary Tech vs Lennon High – Highgate Comm. Centre • 3 p.m: Garvey Maceo vs Clarendon College – Juici Beef Complex • 3 p.m: Little London vs STETHS – Frome Sports Complex • 3 p.m: Glenmuir vs Holmwood – Manchester High • 4 p.m: St James vs Spot Valley – MoBay Sports Complex • 6 p.m: Cornwall vs Rusea’s – MoBay Sports Complex
BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Gerard Deulofeu created the opening goal and then scored with a superb solo effort as Barcelona beat third-division Murcia 3-0 in the Copa del Rey yesterday. Jose Arnaiz, a 22-year-old reserve team player, marked his Barcelona debut by scoring the third goal for the cup holders in the first leg match of the round-of-32. Deulofeu got Barcelona going two minutes before half time when he cut back from the right flank and placed a perfect cross over a defender for striker Paco Alcacer to head home. The goal was Alcacer’s first of the season as he has struggled to find minutes under coach Ernesto Valverde. Deulofeu, who returned to Barcelona this summer after four seasons away, made it 2-0 in the 52nd when he slalomed past three defenders in the area before poking the ball under the goalkeeper. Arnaiz added the third goal with a powerful shot in the 57th minute. “He is a player who is daring, very good one-on-one, and it’s good for him to score on his debut and to help the team,” Valverde said of Arnaiz. Barcelona opened their defence of the cup title without stars Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez, while defender Thomas Vermaelen and goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen played their first minutes of the season for the Catalan club. “We are happy because we were playing with players from the reserve team and with some who don’t play very much,” Valverde said. “Once we scored, we were able to wear them down and get two more goals and several more chances.”
MADRID (AP): Despite his successes as coach of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane doesn’t see himself as a great tactician. Instead, he prides himself on being a manager of egos. Zidane, who will be trying to win his third straight Champions League title as Madrid coach today against Liverpool, said he does his best work in the dressing room, more a shrink than a coach. “I spent 17 or 18 years as a player and worked with many coaches and some gifted players who had big egos,” the former France great said. “I know the dressing room and I know very well how players think. That is important to me. “I’m not the best coach, I’m not the best tactically,” he said. “But I have something else. I have desire and passion, and that means a lot more.” It’s no small feat by Zidane to successfully manage a squad filled with high-profile players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. Despite many strong characters, there hasn’t been any major bickering or public showing of discontentment even when Zidane had to leave stars such as Benzema or Bale out of the starting line-up. In his first major head-coaching job, Zidane said he knows a united dressing room alone is not going to translate into victories unless there’s also a lot of other work done, but he sees it as a crucial part of a winning team. A UNITED DRESSING ROOM “Some can say that it’s not a big deal if the dressing room is not working well, but it is, I’m telling you,” the 45-year-old Zidane said. “You may win here and there, but to win consistently, the dressing room has to be [united].” After two and a half years at the helm of Madrid, Zidane said his team’s dressing room is exactly how he wants it to be. “It’s very good, it’s united. That’s crucial,” he said. “Talent alone is not enough. You can say anything you want, but if you don’t work, you are not going to win. And this dressing room has talent and work. With these two things together, you can achieve a lot.” Ramos, Madrid’s captain, was on the same page. “We’ve had different teams in the past, with a lot of stars, and maybe there used to be a divided dressing room,” Ramos said. “But now we have great team spirit. There are no egos, no individual protagonists. When the team wins, we all win individually.”
SARANSK, Russia (AP) – Panama lost all three matches on their World Cup debut and then the team’s coach took offence when it was suggested that they were the worst at the tournament. The Central American team closed out its time in Russia with a 2-1 loss to Tunisia yesterday. Egypt are the only other team to lose all three of their games. But Panama’s minus-nine goal difference was the worst at a World Cup among teams with zero points since North Korea’s minus-11 in 2010. When asked why some were calling his team the worst at this World Cup, Panama coach Hernan Gomez got angry. “Maybe we were last, but are we really the worst team?” Gomez said. “I think you should compare everything, the backdrops. We are the newest team and we ran into the most difficult schedule.” Primarily known as a country for producing baseball players and boxers, football is only just catching on in Panama. Gomez said that Panama lacks fields, strong club competitions and the infrastructure to compete at the top level at the moment. “Please don’t call us the worst team,” he said. “We are not the worst team. We are a team that is learning and growing. I think you need to respect our team much more. You cannot call us the worst team. That is a lack of respect.”
Lloyd said it would be extremely special if the Windies could lift the trophy in front of their home crowd. “This will be a wonderful tournament and we hope to see the best players in the women’s game show what they are capable of. I was there back in 2016 when we won both events (women’s and men’s) and it was a really great occasion,” Lloyd said. The event will be the sixth edition of the ICC Women’s World T20 and the second time it is being hosted in the Caribbean. The tournament will feature the 10 best teams in the world. Defending champions the Windies are in Group A along with Bangladesh, England, South Africa and Sri Lanka, while Australia, India, Ireland, New Zealand and Pakistan form Group B. NEW YORK (CMC): West Indies legends Brian Lara and Clive Lloyd are backing the West Indies women to defend their ICC Women’s World T20 title when the competition bowls off in the Caribbean on November 9. In the last tournament in 2016, the Windies women defeated Australia by eight wickets to claim their first-ever title. Speaking at a recent gala to mark part of the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy tour, the two former West Indies captains both said they believed the regional team had the quality of players to repeat as champions. “This will be a special tournament for the team and for all the people of the West Indies. I’m thrilled that we are hosting another world event in our side of the world – that last one was in 2010 – so its great to see the cricket world focusing on the Caribbean again,” Lara said. “I remember the celebration we had back in 2016 when the Under-19s won the World Cup, the ladies won the World T20 and the men won the T20 as well. We had a great run on all levels of the game and I believe they can pull it off again.” EXTREMELY SPECIAL