Ateneo gets confidence boost ahead of DLSU tiff with UE romp

first_imgAteneo can take the top spot if it gets the victory over the Lady Spikers (11-2) with the defending champions holding a slim, 33-32 lead in points.“We need each and every one of us to be confident when we face La Salle, because anyone can be pulled in to play,” said Morado after the game at Mall of Asia Arena. “We need every player in our team for that game.”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 returnOnly Jhoana Maraguinot, who was given the day off, and Janelle Lo weren’t fielded in the match against UE.Morado added confidence will be key in their match against the Lady Spikers. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos “I think my teammates will be more confident and will be even more aggressive,” said Morado. “And what will help us in Saturday will really be our teamwork because we don’t rely on just one girl.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UST gets inside track for 3rd spot, blanks UP View comments Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac towncenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo skipper Jia Morado said Sunday that the Lady Eagles’ win over University of the East in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament will eventually help the team on Saturday against rival and defending champion De La Salle.The Lady Eagles took just three sets to dismantle the Lady Warriors, 25-18, 25-12, 25-10, to improve to 11-2.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitelast_img read more

Bottas beats Hamilton to take pole position at Bahrain GP

first_img“I feel I’m now in the game,” he said.Bottas left Williams to join Mercedes this season as an emergency replacement for German driver Nico Rosberg — Keke Rosberg’s son — who quit F1 just days after winning the title last year. Bottas has 10 podiums with a best finish of second.Moments after they had climbed out of their cars, Hamilton grabbed Bottas, hugged him and shook him firmly by the hand.“Valtteri found some great pace,” Hamilton said.Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fourth, with Ferrari’s Raikkonen fifth ahead of Max Verstappen’s Red Bull.Although not as hot as Friday, drivers still had to deal with afternoon track temperatures of 37 degrees Celsius (99 degrees Fahrenheit) during P3. By the evening, the heat had dropped off to a more comfortable 30 C (86 F) — similar conditions to Sunday’s race, which starts at dusk and ends under floodlights.Hamilton and Vettel are level at the top of the championship standings. In an exciting start to the season, both have one win and one second-placed finish each, with Vettel winning in Melbourne and Hamilton responding in Shanghai.“It’s great how close it is between the teams, it brings out the best in each driver,” Hamilton said. “The more drivers you have in the mix, the more intense it gets.”Hamilton won in Bahrain in 2014 and 2015, on his way to his second and third world titles with Mercedes. Vettel won in 2012 and 2013 during a glittering run of four straight titles with Red Bull.Five drivers are eliminated from the first two parts of qualifying — Q3 and Q2 — to leave the best 10 in Q1. Hamilton topped Q3 and Q2. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government “It took a few races, but hopefully it’s the first of many,” said Bottas, who is competing in his 80th F1 race but only his third with Mercedes. “I’m getting better with the set-up of the car. Feeling more comfortable.”Bottas became the first Finnish driver to take pole since Heikki Kovalainen at the British GP in 2008 — the race after Kimi Raikkonen’s pole at the French GP — and the fifth overall. Keke Rosberg and Mika Hakkinen also qualified first during their careers.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“It’s a lot of races without a Finn on pole,” Bottas said.Bottas also denied Hamilton his 64th pole. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, from left to right, pose after the qualifying session for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. APSAKHIR, Bahrain — Valtteri Bottas beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton right at the end of qualifying on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) to take pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix. It was the first pole in Bottas’ career.Hamilton took pole in the first two races of the season, and had the leading time until Bottas beat him on the last lap.ADVERTISEMENT Spurs uses improved mentality to chase Chelsea for PL title On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska towncenter_img “It was definitely possible to be a bit further forward,” Verstappen said. “But last time I started a bit further behind and ended on the podium so anything is possible.” In a boost for Renault, both drivers made the top 10, with German Nico Hulkenberg seventh and Briton Jolyon Palmer 10th.But McLaren’s frustrations continued.The team struggled last year after switching back to Honda engines and it looks like things are getting worse. Fernando Alonso and teammate Stoffel Vandoorne have not scored a point yet.Alonso, a two-time world champion, did not even make it into Q2 after his engine’s power unit broke down. He will start from 15th and needs a new engine for the race.“It’s a shame,” the Spanish driver said.Vandoorne starts from 17th, making it unlikely that McLaren will get in the points here.Carlos Sainz Jr. had shown good speed during practice, but qualified 16th as his Toro Rosso was hit by a power failure late in Q1.In the third and final practice, Verstappen narrowly beat Hamilton — but the 19-year-old Dutchman could not carry that into qualifying.Still, starting from sixth on the grid will not faze him.Last weekend, Verstappen started from 16th on the grid and finished third. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions LATEST STORIES “That’s how close qualifying should always be, it forces us to be on the limit,” said Hamilton, who had taken pole in Bahrain for the past two years. “I’m genuinely happy with the job I did.”Bottas clocked a leading time of 1 minute, 28.769 seconds over the 5.4-kilometer (3.3-mile) track in Sakhir, compared to 1:28.792 for Hamilton.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was a bit disappointed with third.“I crossed the line, looked up and saw both were ahead,” said Vettel. “When I got the time I was a bit down to be honest. Four tenths was a lot more than I expected, given how good the lap felt.”The 27-year-old Bottas will now aim for his first win.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Another American saves Poulter from losing tour status

first_imgWildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead “I immediately found 30 points and thought, ‘OK, now we’re getting somewhere.’ And that point, I thought I had to bring that up,” Gay said.He called Andy Pazder, the tour’s chief of operations, and the tour agreed that a major medical extension was essentially about allowing a player the chance to keep his card if he had not been injured. After a quick review, the tour made the change — not just for Gay, but any player affected by it.“He called me and mentioned Ian,” Gay said. “And I thought, ‘I just got Ian his tour card back.’ For me, it was just about getting in The Players. For Ian, it was about getting his status back.”Gay said he sent Poulter a text that said, “How happy are you?” He said Poulter replied with, “I friggin’ love you,” followed by three red hearts.“He had no idea,” Gay said.Poulter also is eligible for The Players Championship. And then it was Brian Gay to the rescue.Gay also was playing under a major medical extension (back) and made it with room to spare with a tie for sixth at Hilton Head and the Texas Open, and he figured that would be more than enough money ($626,195) for him to get into The Players Championship.But when the tour told Gay he was 28 FedEx Cup points short of qualifying for The Players, he started investigating.Gay remembered that the tour changed its points distribution this year to reflect the breakdown of awarding money. The tour had deemed that too many points were awarded lower down the leaderboard, particularly in the range of 30th to 50th places.However, because Gay (and Poulter) suffered their injuries before the changes, Gay argued that the old points distribution should have applied. He asked his wife if the previous year’s player handbook was around. She found it and Gay started applying the math.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ian Poulter, of England, drives his shot off the second tee during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island. APWILMINGTON, North Carolina — For the second time in 18 months, Ian Poulter was spared at the last minute from losing his tour membership.Both times, it was an American to the rescue.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Ronaldo leads Madrid to 3-0 win over Atletico in CL semiscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Go back to late October in 2015 when Poulter was bumped out of the HSBC Champions at the last minute and there were no tournaments left for him to fulfill his minimum requirement to keep European Tour membership, which he needed to be eligible for the Ryder Cup.Rich Beem bailed him out by giving Poulter his sponsor exemption to the Hong Kong Open.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 returnPoulter wound up missing the Ryder Cup because of a foot injury that cost him five months, and that injury ultimately led to his second lifeline.He had 10 tournaments on a major medical extension to make enough money (or FedEx Cup points) to secure his full PGA Tour card for the rest of the season. He appeared to come up short in his last event when he missed the cut in the Valero Texas Open.last_img read more

AFC Cup: Ceres slays giant JDT, makes Asean zonal finals

first_img“I had confidence in myself, but I also thought about my family (as I was taking the penalty),” said Rodriguez, who also scored in the first leg.Farizal’s frustrations boiled over before the restart as he was seen shoving the Fu Ming as well as another assistant referee.While JDT, which ruled the competition in 2015, walked off the pitch in despair, the Busmen went on their victory lap, exorcising the ghosts of last season’s heartbreaking exit in the same stage against South China of Hong Kong.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ The Busmen were rewarded for their enterprising play early on paid with Kota Kawase stabbing home a Kevin Ingreso delivery in the 26th minute, before Gabriel Guerra levelled for the visitors 20 minutes into the second half, rifling home a shot from a tight angle just inside the box.Guerra’s goal sucked the energy out of the Panaad, which had witnessed Ceres blitzed through the opposition in the group stage.OJ Porteria almost restored the advantage for Ceres two minutes later, but his volley at the far post from Iain Ramsay’s cross went over.But just when it looked like all hope was lost for the Busmen, they were handed a lifeline when Chinese referee Fu Ming called a foul on Zafuan for pulling Rodriguez down as he went for the ball on Ingreso’s corner kick.With the entire stadium on pins and needles, Rodriguez calmly sent his penalty down the middle, even as Farizal lunged to his right.ADVERTISEMENT Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions View comments Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Star outlasts Alaska in OT thriller Fouled by Aidil Zafuan, Rodriguez slotted the ball past JDT goalkeeper Farizal Marlias in the 92nd minute, turning the stadium into a garden of delight.“I think after the 180 minutes, we deserved to go through,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic. “We got a bit lucky with the penalty, but what’s most important is we got the win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundRodriguez’s goal made it 4-4 on aggregate, but the Busmen advanced on the away goals rule, after scoring twice in the first leg in Johor Bahru.Ceres will play Home United of Singapore in the two-legged Asean finals, the equivalent of which is the quarterfinal stage in Asia’s second-tier club competition, in August. PENALTY? Johor Darul Ta’zim defender AIdil Zafuan pulls Ceres-Negros Fernando Rodriguez’s jersey while defending a corner kick, leading to the penalty that won the AFC Cup Asean zonal semifinal tie for Ceres. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Mymy AlagabanBACOLOD CITY – Ceres Negros treated this football-loving city another performance to remember. This time, the Busmen overcame a Southeast Asian giant, while adding a touch of history to their achievement.Spanish striker Fernando Rodriguez kept his cool from the penalty spot in stoppage time as Ceres nipped former champion Johor Darul Ta’zim, 2-1, to become the first Filipino club to reach the AFC Cup Asean zonals at Panaad Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Thunder center Steven Adams to grace NBA 3X PH

first_imgPornography greets commuters at Sweden bus stop Imee Marcos slams driver-cap on motorcycle taxis End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sixers’ No. 1 overall pick Fultz injures left ankle Travelling with Adams are former Sacramento Kings head coach Reggie Theus and the Laker Girls. “This will be my first trip to the Philippines, and I can’t wait to see the passion Filipinos have for the game of basketball,” said Theus.  “With the inclusion of 3-on-3 basketball in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, NBA 3X is a testament to the growth and popularity of the game internationally.”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’ Painting found in Italian museum wall is stolen Klimt Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams. APOklahoma City center Steven Adams is set to bring the thunder in the NBA 3X Philippines as the annual 3-on-3 basketball event unfolds on July 22 to 23. “I’m looking forward to meeting the Filipino fans and experiencing the country’s vibrant culture,” said Adams. “I’m also excited to work with the talented athletes from across the Philippines at NBA 3X.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Solar-powered barge a key ‘interceptor’ for plastic waste 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 PH02:48Boeing pitch to PH military: Get Apache, stop being ‘pushed around’ in WPS03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Jean-Paul Gaultier to retire as fashion designer MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Ajax aiming to relive past glories

first_img Bosz believes his team’s trip to Stockholm to play Manchester United is proof clubs with limited budgets but talented young players can still have an impact, at least in Europe’s second-tier club competition. “For a long time people in Holland said it’s not possible for a Dutch team to play any finals anymore because the financial difference between the big clubs in Europe and the Dutch clubs is so big now,” he said. “But we’ve made it.” Ajax, runners-up to Feyenoord in the Dutch league this season, are back in a European final thanks to their renowned youth programme, which has for decades churned out talented stars, and the club’s knack for scouting stars of the future. Amsterdam was the first overseas stop for Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who will miss the final in his home country because of injury. Ajax have uncovered another Scandinavian star in Kasper Dolberg, the 19-year-old striker who already has six goals in the Europa League this season and whose cool finishing has earned comparisons to Marco van Basten. Dolberg scored a goal in each leg of Ajax’s semi-final victory over Lyon. Partnering Dolberg up front will be 21-year-old Burkina Faso forward Bertrand Traore, who is on loan from Chelsea and set to again run into the manager who lured him to London – Jose Mourinho. Davinson Sanchez, a 20-year-old Colombian who has been one of Ajax’s most consistent defenders all season, is the only player in the team with experience of a major final – he won the Copa Libertadores in July 2016 with Atletico Nacional. Proof of impact AMSTERDAM (AP): A year ago, Ajax could dominate possession but struggled to stamp its authority on quality opponents. After one season in charge, coach Peter Bosz has transformed the long-dormant Dutch powerhouse into a dynamic team of young players who swarm forward in attack and are just as aggressive in defence. What has he changed to achieve the turnaround? “Almost everything,” Bosz said ahead of his team’s Europa League final against Manchester United in Stockholm today. “When I started, I knew how to play, but I didn’t know with which players,” Bosz said. “Now the players understand exactly what I mean – pressing, high pressing and high ball tempo, how we build up from behind, these kinds of things.” That philosophy is hardly new to Ajax. It’s the swift-passing style of play that won the Amsterdam club three straight European Cups in the early 1970s and the Champions League in 1995. But since a 1-0 victory over AC Milan in Vienna 22 years ago, and a loss on penalties against Juventus in the Champions League final the following year, Ajax have been largely left behind by free-spending European powers.last_img read more

Ja’s Campbell off to good start at BMW Classic

first_img Jamaican youngsters Sebert Walker Jr and Zandre Roye both had rounds they would want to forget after posting rounds of 11 and 13 over par 83 and 85, respectively. Other Jamaicans in the field are Orville Christie, Jonathan Newnham, Sean Morris and Romaine Evans. American Jared Wolfe held the club house lead after posting an impressive eight under par 64. His round included six birdies and an eagle. Jamaican professional golfer Fabian Campbell put in a workmanlike performance on a weather delayed opening day of the BMW Jamaica Classic at Cinnamon Hill in Montego Bay. Campbell shot a one over par 73 in a round that featured several missed opportunities and ill-fated putts. After bogeys on holes three and five, Campbell roared back to one over on the front nine following a brilliant eagle chip to make the turn. A bogey and a double bogey on holes 12 and 16 looked to have spoilt the Jamaican’s round, it would get worst as the players had to leave the course for a three-hour delay due to lightning. On the resumption, Campbell would, however, carve out birdies on holes 17 and 18 to save the round for the Constant Spring-based golfer, who was satisfied with his outing. “To be honest, I could have played a lot better today because the course was not that challenging, I had a couple of three putts that cost me, but I am glad that I could finish strong heading into Friday’s second day.” LIGHTNING DELAY FORGETTABLE ROUNDSlast_img read more

FINA re-elects top two officials

first_img Fresh allegations BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP): Despite fresh bribery allegations on top of long-standing accusations of wrongdoing, Kuwaiti official Husain al-Musallam was re-elected for another term as senior vice-president of swimming’s world governing body, FINA, yesterday. “Nothing happened against FINA rules. It’s very difficult to do anything. We’re monitoring the situation, but we have no, proof of anything,” the swimming body’s executive director, Cornel Marculescu, told The Associated Press. FINA delegates also re-elected the 81-year-old Julio Maglione of Uruguay for a third term as president, two years after the organisation changed its rules to remove its age limit. “The decision of the assembly of FINA was to decide we don’t have age limits,” said Maglione, who defeated the president of European aquatics federation, Paolo Barelli, for an expected victory at FINA’s election congress on the sidelines of the world championships in Budapest. Barelli complained that he wasn’t allowed to speak to the bureau before the vote. He said that that essentially ended any hopes he had of persuading the governing body to make a change at the top. Maglione has been in charge since 2009. “You must be crazy!” he answered when asked if he planned on stepping down mid-term so that al-Musallam could take over the top position. “I was elected for four years.” Al-Musallam ran unopposed after FINA cleared the Kuwaiti official on Wednesday for re-election despite fresh allegations made by British daily The Times and German magazine Der Spiegel that he sought payoffs from sponsorship deals through the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in 2012. “This is only allegations. I am a sportsman. The OCA and the committee of FINA, the committee that investigates, they did an investigation and there was no wrongdoing on anything,” al-Musallam told the AP. “People think I am bad. People think I am good. This is normal. We are humans at the end of the day. Let’s enjoy the championships now.” Al-Musallam is next in line to take over should Maglione be unable to fulfil his duties. “We witnessed a very transparent election. We witnessed very transparent amendments to the constitution. We witnessed a very transparent debate,” al-Musallam said.last_img read more

Swim boss optimistic after World Champs performances

first_imgSwim Jamaica president, Handel Lamey, says the performances of Justin Plaschka and Michael Gunning at the recent FINA World Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary, was very encouraging and he expects them to continue improving their times and ranking. Gunning lowered his 200- metre freestyle national record of one minute: 50.71 seconds and set a new mark of 1:50.00, which placed him 43rd overall and made him the best placed Jamaican male at a world championships since Olympian Allan-Roy Marsh in 1982. He competed in the 200-metre butterfly and completed it in 2:01.83 to place 35th overall, but claim the number one spot in Carifta and is the second fastest from the Central American and Caribbean region. Meanwhile, Plaschka also clocked a new personal best for the season in the 50m freestyle. The national record holder finished in 24.63 to place 41st overall, and became the second fastest from the region. Plaschka’s time also makes him the fastest ever Jamaican to compete at the Long Course World Championships bettering the 25.68 by former national record holder Brad Hamilton. He is also the highest-placed Jamaican man ever and the best ever placed Jamaican, surpassing Olympian Alia Atkinson who went to 46th. The performance of the pair in Budapest had swimming association president, Lamey, beaming with optimism. “It’s very encouraging, especially from Justin Plascka, who has been trying for some time to improve his time and has sacrificed so much, but has been able to do it now,” Lamey told The Gleaner. “Michael (Gunning) has also done very well and is now one of the best ranked swimmer in the entire region, and this is really a feather in his cap,” he added.. He noted that Gunning avoided the regional championship to concentrate on the World Championship, and it paid off for him. “I think that was the right decision,” he added. Lamey did not expect a podium finish from either swimmer at the world championships but he expects them to continue improving their times and continue to climb the world rankings. “They are definitely on the right track, and they are doing exceptionally well … we expect them to improve their times and final placings as time goes along,” he said.last_img read more

Advantage Portmore

first_imgPortmore United forward Jeremie Lynch delivered on his promise to score, as he got the winner for his team in the CONCACAF League round of 16 game at the National Stadium on Wednesday night. Portmore clipped Panama’s Plaza Amador 1-0 to take a slim advantage going into the second leg in Central America next Wednesday. Lynch netted the game’s only goal 73 minutes into the contest, turning home Ricardo Morris’ low cross from four yards. “We had confidence in ourselves. We didn’t have all our players, but we knew what we had to do,” coach Shavar Thomas said after the game. In an evenly contested game, the home team started better in terms of bossing possession, but the Panamanians always looked to hit them on the break, although there were few chances for both teams. The first real chance came after 21 minutes, but Plaza Amador goalkeeper Eric Hughes parried Michael Binns’ shot for a corner. In the 35th minute, the Panamanians forced Portmore goalkeeper Shaven Paul into an equally tough save, parrying the ball for a corner. Portmore started the second-half brightly, but wasted a great chance when Binns decided to shoot instead of passing to his overlapping striker. The visitors then wasted another good chance five minutes after when Jose Murillo fired over from 12 yards. A minute later, captain Ameth Ramirez hit high from 18 yards. Lynch came the closest to scoring when his volley hit the post and rebounded to Morris, who was denied by an excellent save from Hughes. But Portmore would go ahead on the next chance they created in the 73rd minute. Morris broke away down the left and produced a low ball cross the six yards box for Lynch to beat Hughes and a defender with a neat finish. Portmore also had two other great chances through Roshane Sharpe and Binns, but could not extend their advantage to take into next week’s return game in Panama.last_img read more