Benjamin concerned about Joseph

first_imgST. JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC): Leeward Islands Hurricanes head coach Reginald Benjamin said he was concerned that rookie West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph has failed to fire since his return to action in the WICB Regional 4-Day Tournament. Joseph was sidelined for a little over a month following his return home to Antigua from the West Indies Tour of Zimbabwe to tend to his ailing mother. He, however, returned to action for the Hurricanes in the last two matches of the 4-Day tournament before the long break for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday, plus the Regional Super50 Tournament. But the 20-year-old has not lit a spark, taking just four wickets in the period, much to the disappointment of Benjamin, as the Hurricanes suffered successive losses to the Windward Islands Volcanoes and Jamaica Scorpions, sliding to fifth in the tournament. “He is not coming and hitting the lines and lengths efficiently, and we didn’t want at the beginning of the season, to be depending on (Rahkeem Cornwall) only,” Benjamin said. “As you can see, Gavin Tonge and other players have stepped up, and with Alzarri coming back, we were sure that we would have an edge to our bowling attack, but thus far it hasn’t paid off.” Benjamin believes the break will be good for not only Joseph, but the rest of the Hurricanes squad, giving them a chance to regroup before tackling the Super50 tournament and the remainder of the four-day matches. “After the Guyana game, Hugh Gore, our manager, and I had a meeting and based on our observations, one of the things we came up with is that some players started getting complacent,” said Benjamin. “So we saw it right at that point, and even in Trinidad, and in Windward Islands. We addressed it against Jamaica, but (the break) comes at a very opportune time because we have to go back to the drawing board. “We should be second on the table, but we had a game against the Volcanoes, where we basically allowed that to get away from us, and I think that had a negative effect on us for the game against the Scorpions.”last_img read more

Kingston, Melbourne through to 50-Overs semis

first_imgA double century from Guyanese-born opener Trevor Griffith powered Melbourne CC into the semi-final of the Jamaica Cricket Association All-Island 50-Overs Tournament.The previously out-of-form Jamaica Scorpions stroke-maker, slammed 237 to lead his team to a 182 runs win over the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) at Up Park Camp yesterday.Batting first, after being asked to take first strike, Melbourne posted a challenging 407 for seven off their allotted overs with Sadiki Bolt, 62, best assisting Griffith.MOST WICKETSPart-time off-spinner Rasheed Outar, two for 65, and Rayan Bennett, two for 71, ended with most wickets.The army men, despite a quick-fire 55 from Jermaine Harrison, and 39 from Rasheed Outar, could only total 225 in their response.This was against part-time off-spinner Bolt, who claimed five for 43, and fast bowler Oshane Thomas, two for 51.In another quarter-final result, West Indies Under-19 bowling all-rounder Odean Smith took six for 61 to guide Kingston to a 85 runs win over St Thomas CA at Kensington Park.Electing to bat, Kingston scored 265 off 44.3 overs with Kirk Harris, 82, and Aaron Johnson, 74, making most runs against Omar Brooks, four for 60.St Thomas, in reply, were then bowled out for 180 with 5.1 overs remaining. Andre Bryce and Kenroy Williams with 39 each, were the top runs scorers for the losers.Left-arm spinner Patrick Harty, two for 36, best supported Smith.The other semi-finalists are defending champions St Catherine CC and Kensington, who defeated Lucas and Westmoreland, respectively, in their quarter-final matchups on Saturday.last_img read more

Jemison sets targets

first_img He was awarded the Dominic James MVP Award for his brilliant season. “I would leave (Jamaica) if I got the offer from this college; I think it is the best choice,” he pointed out. Jemison is expecting to leave high school this Summer, noting also that he wants to earn a place in the national senior team. In spite of his professional ambitions, he is, however, keen to continue his education. “I want the education and football, and then take it on from there. I trained with the national team, and it’s a different feeling from schoolboy football, but I know I will be ready for it, once I get more time playing with the older guys, and just keep working harder,” he added. Outstanding Wolmer’s Boys goalkeeper Shamar Jemison is hoping to successfully complete his ongoing trial with Florida Memorial University, while looking forward to a future with Jamaica’s senior Reggae Boyz team. The 19-year-old goalie’s one-week trial began Monday. It will run to Saturday at the Florida-based institution in the United States. The team is coached by Edil Pavon. Jemison’s talent caught that coach’s eyes at the 8th Annual Casa Youth Classic, held at Lauderhill Hill Sports Complex, in Florida, last December. “I feel good in myself to be on trial, as I get to meet players from all over, like Brazil and Argentina,” Jemison told The Gleaner. The Jamaican will have to compete with 35 other possible recruits, noting he knows a few other Jamaicans at the Florida campus. “It’s always my first choice to be a professional goalkeeper, and after training every day, the coach tells me this is my team,” an optimistic Jemison reasoned. The player represented FLOW Super Cup champions and beaten Manning Cup finalists Wolmer’s in 20 matches last season, keeping a sterling 18 clean sheets. AWARDED FOR BRILLIANT SEASONlast_img read more

Follow The Trace | Is The IOC Being A Big Bully?

first_imgThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) has so meticulously structured the rules of engagement as they relate to stored samples and retroactive drug testing that it is virtually impossible for the accused athletes to be judged fairly. The Nesta Carter case is a classic case in point, where the Olympic governing body, after the original sample taken in 2008 was deemed clean by their own testing machinery, eight years later, then declares an adverse analytical finding from the same sample for a substance that was not on the banned list at the time of taking the original sample. The now banned substance, methylhexanamine, was indeed added to the banned list some three years after Nesta gave his sample in Beijing in 2008. Injustice does not get any more fundamental than that. If this scenario was a matter of a crime and law, Nesta Carter would walk away a free man, with the option of suing for damages. Athletes have absolutely no legal obligation not to take any substance that is not on the banned list, therefore Nesta Carter, and or any other active athlete should, in principle, be free to ingest any substance into his system as long as that substance is not on the banned list. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) should put every single performance-enhancing substance they can define scientifically on the banned list and go testing for them. Outside of that, it should all be fair game. My bewilderment is that a principle so simple and fundamental is being violated so publicly and with such vulgarity, with very minimal pushback. The claim by the IOC is that methylhexanamine, the substance found in Carter’s eight-year-old sample, has similar chemical properties to tuaminoheptane, which was on the banned list at the time. therefore, the essence of what the IOC is saying is that in this “similarity” lays the breach by Carter. In science, however, “similar” cannot be interpreted to mean “same”, and this is the case that the IOC is seeking to make, and because of their unique position of power, they will more than likely they will continue to make. This is akin to a man being found “not guilty” of the specific crime of “washing cars” in 2016 because washing cars was not illegal in 2016. Washing trucks, however, was illegal in 2016, but despite not washing any trucks in 2016 and washing only cars, that man is now being charged and convicted retroactively for washing cars in 2016 because it was “similar” to washing trucks and is now illegal in 2017. That is IOC justice. One is forced to wonder if the flawed principles surrounding this Nesta Carter case are so clearly visible to the untrained eye, what kind of approach did Carter’s legal team take in arguing this case? what other angle could they take? If Carter tested for a substance that was on the banned list in 2008 when his sample was taken, this conversation would not be taking place because it would not be relevant. It is, however, a spurious denial of scientific principles to accuse and convict a person on the premise that similar is the same. Methylhexanamine is not even close in spelling or pronunciation to tuanimoheptane. The latter was on the banned list in 2008 and was duly not found in Carter’s sample. the former was not on the banned list in 2008, thus Carter had all the right to ingest it into his system. Nesta Carter, and to a lesser extent Jamaica’s entire programme, is being brought to shame and scandal by an action that is unjust in principle. Having listened extensively to almost all the discussions and analysis surrounding this issue, I find that for the most part, the discussions have been charged with self-righteousness and emotionalism while missing the very essence of justice. IOC justicelast_img read more

Wozniacki beats Pavlyuchenkova to retain Pan Pacific title

first_imgDAY6 is for everybody “This was my seventh final of the year — it gets harder to get that last win,” said world No. 6 Wozniacki, who has now won at least one title every year since 2008. “I’ve been putting myself in a position to win all year. It was really important for me to stay focused and positive.”Wozniacki had crushed world No.1 Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals and a similar score looked on the cards here Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“The court suits my game. She plays powerfully so it was important for me to make her move around early on. In the first set everything was going my way. In the second set she served better, so it was tricky for me to break.”The first set lasted only 20 minutes as Pavlyuchenkova struggled to get a foothold. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide LATEST STORIES How to help the Taal evacuees Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark poses with the winner’s plate after beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO — Caroline Wozniacki overwhelmed Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-0, 7-5 to retain her Pan Pacific Open title on Sunday.The victory gives Wozniacki, also champion in Tokyo in 2010, her first title of the year. The Dane had lost all six of her previous finals in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jarin on NU loss: ‘Adamson guards outplayed us’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments “I was really disappointed in the first three games,” said the Russian. “I felt I was a bit unlucky and really believe if I had turned those points round and won the games, it may have been a different match. I was a little down on myself and missed more than I should.”The Russian fought harder in a second set that went with serve until the 12th and final game.Yet she failed to earn a break point in the match and appeared outclassed in her first Premier-level final since Moscow in 2015. Semifinal opponent Angelique Kerber was the only seed she faced this week before third-seeded Wozniacki.“It’s disappointing to lose no matter which round it is, even more disappointing in the final,” said Pavlyuchenkova, who needed three sets to win all four of her matches en route to the final.“I felt a little flat due to the previous matches. I didn’t have so much energy left.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 awardlast_img read more

Graduating Alejandro laments not playing more years under NU coach Jarin

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set And Alejandro’s time under Jarin could last for just two more games after NU lost its eighth game in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament following a 101-76 defeat to defending champion De La Salle.READ: Green Archers lock up top two, blow out BulldogsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAlejandro finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in a losing effort.“With coach Jamike it’s like a love-hate relationship, because even though he’s furious at you, you know that he loves you,” said Alejandro. “Even though he’s shouting at us, that’s just coach Jamike.” 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’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIEScenter_img Sablan downplays UST’s potential 0-14 campaign, says others had winless seasons before Alejandro’s affection for Jarin, though, doesn’t go unnoticed as Jarin plans to make their final games of the season special for his outgoing player.NU is currently in sixth place with a 4-8 record and is in danger of falling off the race to the semifinals.“We will dedicate these games to our senior captains J-Jay and Matt Salem,” said Jarin. “Of course, we are still going for the win but I’m disappointed with what is happening. We’re still positive that we can still pull out these last two games.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJ-Jay Alejandro has undoubtedly become National University’s heart and soul, and with his final season nearing its potential end, the senior regrets that he only played for one year under head coach Jamike Jarin.“When coach Jamike arrived at NU, it sunk in that I knew that this will be my last year,” said Alejandro in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “It’s just unfortunate that we were only together for one year.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Fernandez thanks doubters for pushing Red Lions to work harder

first_img10 Filipino players bolster ABL teams as Heritage Imports But the Red Lions threw the Pirates’ undefeated record down the drain when they swept the best-of-three Finals with a 92-82 victory on Thursday.Fernandez added another hardware to his already gaudy trophy case with his third championship with San Beda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneBut more than the citation, what meant more to for Fernandez was his triumphant return to the collegiate scene after two years in the pros with NLEX.“A door closes and a big gate of San Beda opened up for me. San Beda welcomed me with open arms, and they really, really tried to adjust to my system,” he said. “It’s tough for me with all the situation that I had in the past. It brought back the trust I had in myself, because what happened to me was so bad that I thought I’d never coach again.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fernandez also said that these criticisms fueled San Beda to work as hard, if not harder, than anyone to show that it is still the defending champion.“We thank the haters and the doubters because they pushed me to work harder and really looked at that point why we’re losing against LPU. They gave us fire and we strived hard to win. They counted us out, they counted me out right away, but in the end, we came back and won a championship,” he said.Fernandez is also hopeful that the NCAA Season 93 trophy will be enough to merit a return ticket for him in Mendiola next year.“I wish I’ll continue to coach San Beda. I know it will be up to the bosses what their decision will be, but if I will be asked if I’ll stay with San Beda, can it be lifetime?,” he asked.At this moment, with a championship to boot, there’s no reason why Fernandez shouldn’t. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda coach Boyet Fernandez will be the first to admit that no one deserved the NCAA Coach of the Year award more than Lyceum mentor Topex Robinson.“Coach Topex deserves this one. He went 18-0 and I just want to share it to coach Topex,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. It was one of the most challenging tasks the outspoken mentor has ever faced in his decorated career in the collegiate scene.Through the course of San Beda’s stronghold of the NCAA throne, it has never been regarded as an underdog. That was until Season 93, when surprise top seed Lyceum rampaged through the field and completed the 18-game sweep of the eliminations.Fernandez knew the odds were stacked against him, and it didn’t help that criticisms were hurled his way when the Red Lions failed to finish on top for the first time in 12 years.Fortunately for him, his players showed their worth and proved that this batch is truly one of the best this decade has ever seen, shunning  doubts with a championship to brag.“This championship will not be a reality if not for my players. They deserve to win this championship because they worked hard really well. They sacrificed for around 11 months, and we know in the course of our season, people doubted us. But the circle of this team never doubted each other,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?last_img read more

McCarthy guarantees win for Kia

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRashawn McCarthy believes Kia’s unconventional approach is bound to deliver wins on the court.The new recruit even went as far as assuring a win by the Picanto this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Thompson, Durant lead injured Warriors to 10th straight win 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Playing significant minutes this time, the 28-year-old McCarthy impressed with 14 points, six rebounds, and five assists, proving that he could thrive in a situation outside the shadows of his former San Miguel teammates like Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, and Marcio Lassiter.But the Westbury, New York, native shared that the season he spent with the Beermen was helpful in making him the player that he is now, with him banking on those lessons as he takes on a bigger role at Kia.“Those are my guys, I learned a lot from Chris, Alex, Marcio, and all the guys who have helped me there. So I’m just trying to take some of the things I learned from those guys and bring it over here: just play hard, next play mentality, and just continue to work hard,” he said as he expects to perform better in the coming games as a key contributor for the Picanto this conference.“It feels good to get out on the court and play. I feel like I need to get my conditioning in because I haven’t played that many minutes, but it’s a work in progress. I felt good though.”ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I wasn’t part of that Kia team (last conference), but they didn’t finish with a victory. We’re gonna get a victory this conference, for sure,” he guaranteed.Kia came close to getting that elusive win on Wednesday when it almost caught NLEX off guard before taking a 119-115 loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMcCarthy, however, sees the game as a statement of sorts for the Picanto, showing everyone that ragtag as the team may be, they are still capable of pulling off surprises against their favored foes.“We got a lot of guys that have a lot of heart so I expect us to come out and fight every night,” he said. “I don’t expect us to just roll over and give other teams easy victories. I think we showed we lot of heart and showed we wanted the victory. We fell short but we fought hard.” View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Jarencio vocal on return to Tigers but ‘no response’ from UST yet

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina UST has yet to name a head coach following the ouster of coach Boy Sablan, who amassed a 4-24 record in his two-year tenure, including a 1-13 slate this past UAAP Season 80.Potential successors who are reportedly in the running for the post are former Ginebra playmaker Bal David, GlobalPort team manager Bonnie Tan. Aldin Ayo was once reported to replace Sablan but he squashed rumors about his potential move after reaffirming his commitment with La Salle.Tigresses assistant coach Arsenio Dysangco is currently overseeing the team practices for the Growling Tigers. And on Monday, the PBA legend doubled down on his plea.“Ang tagal sumagot eh. Pero okay lang, manliligaw pa rin ako. Nagpapaturo nga ako kung sino marunong manligaw eh para mapasagot ko,” he said with a chuckle after GlobalPort fell to NLEX in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Philippine Arena in Bulacan.(There’s still no response. But it’s okay, I’ll still court. I actually want to learn how to court because I really want to get an answer.)Asked if he can manage having to handle coaching duties with GlobalPort and possibly with UST, Jarencio doesn’t seem to be too concerned.“Madali naman tayo, matibay tayo. Wala naman tayong ibang alam kundi basketball lang,” he said. “Sana ba kung science ang usapan o kaya football, di ko na kaya yun. Basketball din naman yun eh. Isa lang ang trabahong gagawin natin.”(It’s still basketball. It’s the same kind of work and it’s part of my expertise. It’s not as if it’s science or football which I won’t be able to do.)ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Just like a persistent suitor, the 53-year-old mentor dropped hints on his Twitter account seemingly about knocking on UST’s doors.“Pano ba manligaw? Ang tagal ko na nanliligaw ayaw pa rin ako sagutin! #gouste,” Jarencio tweeted on Christmas eve.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk(How do you court? I’ve been pursuing for so long but there’s still no response!)Pano ba manligaw? Ang tagal ko na nanliligaw ayaw pa rin ako sagutin! # gouste— pidojarencio (@pidojarencio1) December 25, 2017Jarencio has been vocal about his willingness to again call the shots for the Growling Tigers, a team he led to a UAAP title in 2006 as well as two other Finals appearances, the last of which in 2013. He is currently the head coach of GlobalPort in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Iranian-Americans say they were detained at border PLAY LIST 02:11Iranian-Americans say they were detained at border02:54Praise, festivities at Quiapo Church ahead of Black Nazarene’s return01:21Trump suggests Iran responsible for downed plane02:14Carpio 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 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Pido Jarencio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — First love never dies.And for coach Pido Jarencio, he’s not giving up on his hope to once again return to his beloved alma mater University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lee says Magnolia has to go through Ginebra to win PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Rusty Serena defeated on long-awaited return

first_imgCarpio 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 The result took some of the shine off the United States’ otherwise decisive victory, leaving the final score 3-1 for the defending champions, booking a semi-final clash against France in April.It was Serena’s first competitive match since winning her 23rd major at the 2017 Australian Open, and the first time the sisters had played doubles together in this tournament since 2003.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe American star took time away from the sport to give birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia and get married, to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.Both were in attendance over the weekend, seated just behind the players’ box. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Serena told reporters on Friday that her path back had been full of “ups and downs” but credited her sister with helping her find her rhythm.There had been speculation she may drop out of Sunday’s doubles match, but team captain Kathy Rinaldi confirmed her participation after Venus won her singles match against Richel Hogenkamp earlier to seal victory for the United States, 3-0.“Serena’s gonna be joining her sister Venus!” she announced, to roars of approval before Williams appeared dressed in a white top, dark blue shorts topped off with a red headband.The sisters have won 22 doubles titles together, the last of which was Wimbledon in 2016.They enjoyed enormous support over the weekend from the sold-out 5,200-capacity crowd in the mountainous city of Asheville, North Carolina, famous for its historic architecture, breweries and vibrant art scene.ADVERTISEMENT Serena Williams of Team USA waits on a serve from Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands during a doubles match in the first round of the 2018 Fed Cup at US Cellular Center on February 11, 2018, in Asheville, North Carolina. AFPASHEVILLE, United States — Serena Williams made her long-awaited comeback to tennis on Sunday but the 23-time Grand Slam title winner and former world number one suffered defeat, playing alongside big sister Venus in a Fed Cup dead rubber.They lost 6-2, 6-3 to the Dutch pairing of Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs, with 36-year-old Serena appearing particularly slow on her feet and rusty after more than a year away from the sport.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NLEX ends Alaska run LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “To play the two Williams sisters, it’s amazing because we won the match,” said Kerkhove.“We knew it just 30 minutes before the match. We just both gave it our all and we just had nothing to lose.”Venus’ participation meant there was no room for Lauren Davis, the US’ fourth player.The seven-time Grand Slam winner, who enjoyed a renaissance year in 2017, earlier shook off a scratchy start to prevail 7-5, 6-1 in her singles match, ensuring the US booked their place in the semi-finals against France.Venus credited teammate CoCo Vandeweghe, who scored a hard-fought win over Hogenkamp the day before, for paving the way.“Honestly I like to think CoCo wore her down some. That gave me an opportunity to be able to close it out for the USA,” she said.“There was a lot of pressure for me to close it out, for her to be able to stay in, and I was able to handle it a little better,” she added. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more