In the women’s competition, Mahfood delivered a commanding performance to beat Alyssa Mullings 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 and dethroned the two-time champion. The win gave Mahfood, the current All-Jamaica Under-19 champion, her first senior title and an edge over Mullings, her teammate and arch-rival. “It’s never easy to play Alyssa because she’s such a fighter, but I’ve been working on my game playing on the US college circuit, and I’ve sharpened my match skills, so I’m very happy with my performance at this tournament,” Mahfood said. Mahfood was also voted Most Outstanding Female Player while senior national team player, Bruce Burrows was the most outstanding male. The gutsy journeyman prevailed 14-12, 6-11, 11-6, 8-11, 14-12 to beat Julian Morrison for third place, making him the top amateur player in the men’s draw. Jamaica Squash Association President Chris Hind said, “We could not have been more pleased with how the tournament unfolded. As professionals, Chris (Binnie) and Lewis (Walters) are lifting the level of local squash and we were thrilled to see Mary (Mahfood), a junior champion, breaking through to the next level and winning a senior title.” Tournament sponsors Wisynco, manufacturers and distributors of WATA, also expressed satisfaction with the 2015 championships. “WATA is very pleased to contribute to the growth of local squash,” said Andrew Mahfood, CEO of the Wisynco Group. “We anticipated that this would be an exciting competition and we’re thrilled that the players delivered consistently throughout the tournament.” Defending champion Chris Binnie claimed his sixth men’s title and Mary Mahfood won her first senior women’s trophy as the WATA All-Jamaica Squash Championships wrapped up over the weekend at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston. Facing his strongest competition in recent years, Binnie pulled out all the stops to beat his fellow professional player, Lewis Walters, who was out to end Binnie’s dominance on local soil. The training partners played a brutal first game, with Binnie barely managing to prevail. However, with one game under his belt, the reigning national and Caribbean champion grew in confidence, convincingly winning the second game and then staving off a third game rally to beat Walters 15-13, 11-4, 11-9. “It was one of the toughest finals I’ve had at the All Jamaica because Lewis is such a strong player, so I’m very happy that I came out on top because no matter where in the world I play it means a lot to me to defend my national title,” Binnie said. commanding performance
“It should be close”. That is the view of seasoned Jamaica Scorpions all-rounder David Bernard Jr, as the team prepares to battle Barbados Pride, in the opening round of the second annual WICB Professional Cricket League. The clash, which bowls off today at Kensington Oval in Barbados, will see the Scorpions, for the first time in years, entering the contest as slight underdogs, despite boasting players, who have represented the West Indies in the past. To be led for the first time by recent Jamaica Under-19 captain, Paul Palmer Jr, the Scorpians has in their squad discarded Barbadian Kirk Edwards, Bernard Jr, spinner Nikita Miller, and wicketkeepers, Carlton Baugh Jr, and Chadwick Walton, who has don the colours of the regional side. However, with Barbados, playing at home, and boasting seven West Indies players, the task for the rebuilding Scorpions, could be a daunting one. Guided by West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite, the Pride has in their squad as West Indies representatives, fast bowlers Kemar Roach and Miguel Cummins, opener Shai Hope, wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, and off-spinner, Ashley Nurse. “I think Barbados is as weary about us as we are of them as we are good team as they are a good team,” cited Bernard Jr. “However, over the years we have had good battles, and, often times we have got the better of them, so it should be close.” “It’s, therefore, about going out there, and play to the plans that we have set out,” he continued. Jamaica, second-from-bottom place finishers last season, are set to pivot their batting around Edwards, Baugh Jr, and Walton, who is likely to play as a batsman. The quartet, in-form based on the team’s preseason matches, will also be hoping that exciting opener John Campbell, and his new partner Palmer Jr, along with Andre McCarthy, can add in their runs scoring pursuits. Their bowling, the team’s mainstay in their last three failed title campaigns, is again slated to led by the consistent Miller with Jason Dawes and Marquino Mindley likely to provide fast bowling support. As for Barbados, runners-up last season behind Guyana Jaguars, their batting should stem around Brathwaite, Hope and Dowrich, who recently returned from Sri Lanka, and their bowling, Roach and Warrican, who too were on the Asian sub-continent.
The first Test between the West Indies and Australia ended in an easy, comfortable, convincing, and one-sided innings and 212-run victory for Australia. It ended inside three of the scheduled five days, and regardless of what anyone says, Australian or West Indian, it was pretty predictable. The West Indies, ranked number eight, went to Australia after hardly winning a match away from home since 1995 and only winning a few matches against the good teams at home since then. They lost two Test matches to Australia in the West Indies this year, one match by nine wickets, and the other by 277 runs, after Australia had declared at 212 for two in their second innings. And against a new-look Sri Lanka only recently, they also lost 2-0, one by an innings and six runs, and one by 72 runs. That was a defeat which was so humiliating that it left the incomparable Garry Sobers almost in tears. And after arriving in Australia, and playing against a Cricket Australia XI, a team with an average age of 21 and comprising six players making their first-class debut, they lost the game by 10 wickets with time to spare after the Australians eased to 13 without loss in their second innings. With such a record going into the Test match, it was difficult, or unrealistic, for anyone, friend or foe, to expect anything better when they tackled the number two-ranked team in the world, especially in their own backyard and with the likes of David Warner and Steven Smith, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, and Nathan Lyon. The West Indies, fortunately, did not have to face either Mitchell Johnson, who has surprisingly retired, or Mitchell Starc, who is injured. It mattered little, or very little. Australia broke almost every record, and quite comfortably at that. They batted first, after they had won the toss, and after Jason Holder had said he would have bowled first had he won the toss. They chipped to a mammoth 583 for four declared, after sliding to 121 for three, with a rousing fourth-wicket partnership of 449, not by Warner and Smith but by Adam Voges, 269 not out off 285 deliveries, and Shaun Marsh, 182, and then bundled the West Indies out for 223 and 148. In defeat, the West Indies did not seem worthy of being on the same field with Australia, and not for the first time in recent times, they looked out of place in a Test arena. At the start of the first day, the Aussie batsmen drove on both sides of the wicket and cut and pulled with relish, after tea on the same day they made merry when Romel Warrican, Kraigg Brathwaite, and Jermaine Blackwood were entrusted with the bowling, and on the last day, it was really embarrassing day as West Indian wickets tumbled with monotonous regularity. On that first day, the Australians sprinted to 70 without loss while stroking 15 of the 51 boundaries in the day’s play in the first 60 minutes, the four West Indies pacers bowled a total of only 48 overs between them, and Australia romped to 438 for three and to the highest total on any day in the history of Test cricket. At times during the match, especially while the part-timers were bowling, the West Indies had five and six fielders on the boundary. It was simply frustrating. The only saving grace for the West Indies as Australia scored at over five runs an over throughout their innings and their bowlers cut down the Windies batsmen one by one, were the batting performances of Darren Bravo and Brathwaite, who prevented a total embarrassment by chipping in with innings of 108 and 94 respectively. And all this followed a furious burst by Curtly Ambrose against the media for speaking the truth, nothing but the truth. Ambrose, the technical adviser, and the bowling coach, attempted to lambast the Australians for all their talk of a weak West Indies team. He was on the warpath, before the Test match, or appeared to be. The man who hardly uttered a word as a player, said: “We played against Australia not so long ago in the Caribbean and even though we lost 2-0 there were moments or periods when we had them on the back foot and had their backs against the wall. And we never finished them off. So we believe we can compete and not only compete but we believe we can beat them and that’s our focus, not just to compete but to win.” He also said, surprisingly: “We’re focused, and in light of what happened in the warm-up game, we are confident that we can put up a good show against Australia.” And to back up his words, he continued: “We had a meeting, we had a talk about it (the warm-up match). I explained to the guys in no uncertain terms that that’s unacceptable and if we are going to struggle against an Under-19 team how do we expect to compete against a strong Australian line-up?” Regardless of what Ambrose said, the West Indies did not win the first Test. In fact, they were beaten out of sight. He probably not only forgot the roles of Courtney Walsh, Richie Richardson, and Phil Simmons on this tour, but he also may have forgotten that he is the coach and not a player, and not a fast bowler at that. Ian Chappell, the former Australians great, said during the first day massacred of the West Indies bowlers, “regardless of what Ambrose says, this bowling is weak, very weak.” As the technical adviser, or the bowling coach of the team, Ambrose is expected to motivate the players as much as he can, especially as a former great player himself. He is not, however, expected to go overboard in his assessment of the players’ ability or their potential. He is not expected, especially as one who knows the game, to behave as if the players are better than they really are. He is expected to speak the truth, as he sees it, even if it is not really the entire truth.
There was an eerie silence and then disbelief at the Chinese Benevolent Association last Wednesday night, when the first fight in the 2016 Contender series between Richard ‘Frog’ Holmes and American Xzaviar Ford ended after only 55 seconds.Holmes was declared the winner by technical knockout (TKO), after Ford tore a tendon in his right shoulder and could not continue.After seeing two amateur bouts that ended by way of first-round knockouts, the large and enthusiastic crowd settled down for what was expected to be an exciting five-round bout between 19-year-old Ford, who is from North Carolina, USA, and Jamaica’s Holmes.Holmes, who is 28, was posted favourite by the crowd, because he had a 10-5 record as opposed to that of Ford, who had one win and three losses going into the fight. Holmes was also runner-up in the competition last year as a middleweight.Ford started aggressively, throwing jabs and moving in and out quickly, in an effort to get himself on the scorecards of the judges early. He landed a few good jabs to Holmes’ body and head, and gave the fans an early promise of an exciting fight.That was not to be, however, because while engaging in an exchange, Ford stopped abruptly, dropped his right shoulder and grimaced. Obviously in great pain, he was taken over to a neutral corner for an assessment by ring physician Dr AndrÈ McDonald, who advised referee Eion Jardine that the fight had to be stopped because Ford was in no condition to continue.Ford was then taken to his dressing room, where he was treated and then taken by ambulance to hospital. An MRI Wednesday night revealed that he had suffered a torn tendon in his right shoulder.He and his trainer Chris Joy left Jamaica yesterday for North Carolina.DISAPPOINTEDHolmes told The Gleaner afterwards that he was very disappointed at the way the fight ended. He said that he was very confident of victory and was sorry that his opponent had been injured and unable to continue.”I wanted a big [win] tonight to take me into the quarter finals, but unfortunately, that did not happen. I just have to move on,” he added.In the amateur bouts on the card, Joel Wedderburn from the St Thomas Boxing Club scored a first-round TKO victory over Iroyno Cleary from the Heavy Metal gym, while Samuel Grant from Sugar Knockout Gym knocked out Heavy Metal gym’s AndrÈ Sloley, also in the first round.
Past the finishing postRace 1 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) NB3YO (NW2)/IMP3YO & UP (MDN)-REST. ALL. II1. CHOO CHOO BLUE RHalledeen 54.0*2. KING D WHenry 50.5 8-1/2L3. PROUD PRESIDENT AChatrie 52.5 1-1/44. SUPER COP JInnis3 47.5 NeckWIN: $82.00Final Time: 0:59.0 Splits: 22.3, 46.0Winner: 3yo b filly COWTOWN CAT CHOOBLOOTrainer: PETER MCMASTER Owner: MISS SUCKIEBred by BRENT FEMUNG & CRYSTAL FEMUNGQu: $97.00 Ex: $203.00Trifecta: $118.00Race 2 1200 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. SONADOR EXPRESS RHalledeen 53.02. LEILANI JInnis3 50.0 2L3. I’MNOTFINE HPottinger3 51.5 5/1 Neck4. BRAVE HEART OEdwards3 52.0 1/2LLate scratch : #2 DEMOLITION BOYWIN: $79.00PLACE: $55.00, $56.00, $81.00Final Time: 1:17.1 Splits: 23.3, 47.0,,Winner: 4yo b filly OMMADON FIREONTHEOCEANTrainer: CLIFFORD ATKINSON (JR) Owner: CLIFFORD ATKINSON (JR)Bred by PHILIP A. AZARQu: $135.00 Exacta: $211.00D/E: $108.00 (4-2) $87.00Superfecta: $623.00Race 3 1200 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM ($180,0)/NB6YO & UP (NW3)1. MANDEYA AChatrie 56.0 174.002. SINK THE BISMARCK BebHarvey3 57.0 1L3. FABULOUSCONNECTION DDawkins3 55.0 1-1/2L*4. EL CLIENTE SEllis 57.0 1-1/2LLate scratch : #1 PERFECT GOLDWIN: $174.00Final Time: 1:15.0 Splits: 23.3, 47.1Winner: 5yo ch colt HOMING INSTINCT PASSIONTrainer: STEVEN TODD Owner: GARTH SAMUELSBred by LAKELAND FARMS LTD.Qu: $335.00 Exacta: $473.00D/E: $371.00Trifecta: $316.00Rolling Triple: $822.00Race 4 1700 M (Purse $500,000) 4YO & UP CLM ($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE JAN. 14*1. BLESSEDNESS BebHarvey3 54.02. POWERFUL RED AntThomas4 50.0 Neck3. EXPRESS TRUCK JPatterson3 49.0 3L4. CAUSE FOR CONCERN DDawkins3 52.0 4-1/2LWIN: $76.00PLACE: $63.00, $120.00, $66.00Final Time: 1:50.0 Splits: 24.4, 48.4, 1:14.3, 1:42.0Winner: 4yo ch colt BRIDLED QUEST WILD WILD WESTTrainer: LAWRENCE FREEMANTLE Owner: RANDALL SHAWBred by CHERYL & KRISTI MARSHQu: $967.00 Exacta: $1,001.00D/E: $339.00Superfecta: $1,938.00Rolling Triple: $613.00Race 5 1600 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV (NW3)1. TARANTINO JInnis3 51.02. LAZZA LMiller 54.0 Neck3. COLORS OF WAR RMcNaughton 52.0 Neck4. MERLIN WHenry 51.0 5-1/2Late scratch : #6 STIR IT UPWIN: $259.00Final Time: 1:43.2 Splits: 24.1, 47.1, 1:12.3Winner: 4yo b colt FILM DIRECTOR SEEMELATERTrainer: WAYNE PARCHMENT Owner: PAUL LUMSDENBred by LORENZO ROBINSONQu: $1,394.00 Ex: $3,276.00D/E: $731.00Trifecta: $3,627.00Rolling Triple: $1,474.00Race 6 1820 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #3 DUSSELDORF HPottinger3 51.5 7/2 247.00 83.002. #10 WONDER GIRL DDawkins3 49.0 5/2 4 83.00*3. #12 BAY COMMANDER DGordon 54.0 *9/5 3 84.004. #5 RED PARROT OWalker 54.0 3/1 3 1/45. #2 RAJPUT RAJA LSteadman2 53.5 52/1 Neck6. #1 GUAVA GROUND SEllis 54.0 15/1 6Late scratch : #4 SURE STEP, #6 BIG PAULWIN: $247.00PLACE: $83.00, $83.00, $84.00Final Time: 1:58.4 Splits: 27.2, 53.3, 1:18.0, 1:44.1Winner: 3yo ch colt RISING MOON LADY GEETADEOTrainer: EDWARD WALKER Owner: BARRINGTON BERNARDBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.Qu: $611.00 Ex: $1,327.00D/E: $1,406.00 (5-4) $466.00Trifecta: $1,025.00Hit-6: $18,988.50Rolling Triple: $2,567.00Pick-4: $10,116.00Super-6: $12,298.40Race 7 1500 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM ($250,0-$210,0) NB5YO (NW2) & 6YO & UP (NW4)*1. MINNIFFIA JJackson 52.02. CHEERS RHalledeen 54.0 1/2L3. GRAN CORAZON JPatterson3 52.0 5/1 2L4. STORMONTHESEA AndrePowell4 54.0 2L5. ONEFINEAFTERNOON MWard4 52.0 NeckWIN: $152.00PLACE: $73.00, $107.00, $118.00Final Time: 1:36.0 Splits: 24.1, 47.2, 1:13.0,Winner: 6yo mare EMMANUEL HOLE IN THE HEARTTrainer: PHILLIP LEE Owner: WIN GLENBred by DENNIS WILLIAMSQu: $667.00 Exacta: $1,379.00D/E: $971.00Trifecta: $2,520.00Hi-5: $52,536.50Rolling Triple: $7,484.00Race 8 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V (NW2)*1. SIR LEYLAND HALL BebHarvey3 53.02. GANJA MAN JErwin 53.0 5L3. ARIZONA GOLD RLahoe 51.5 1-1/2L4. BIG BUCK JInnis3 55.0 Neck5. KING WITHIN DDawkins3 49.0 1-1/4LWIN: $99.00PLACE: $70.00, $132.00, $99.00Final Time: 1:00.1 Splits: 22.3, 46.0Winner: 4yo b colt FEARLESS VISION CHIKINEYTrainer: PAUL HYLTON Owner: BALLYDOYLEBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $826.00 Exacta: $928.00D/E: $466.00Trifecta: $1,297.00Hi-5: $24,869.50Rolling Triple: $2,311.00G.A. “SARGE” BUCKNOR MEMORIAL CUPRace 9 1000 M (S) (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. BUZZ NIGHTMARE ISpence 56.0*2. ROYAL ASSAULT SEllis 56.0 5L3. HOLOGRAM SHADOW JPatterson3 51.0 1-3/4L4. GOLDEN BULLET OWhite 50.0 1-1/4L5. ALL CORRECT LSteadman2 56.0 Sh. HeadWIN: $135.00PLACE: $70.00, $61.00, $102.00Final Time: 0:57.1 Splits: 22.2, 44.1Winner: 4yo colt INTO MISCHIEF QUEEN OF BATTLETrainer: PHILIP FEANNY Owner: 2 PENYUBred by HAM STABLES LTD.NOTE: HORSE #6 SILVER CLOUD CAME 4TH, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 8TH;HORSE #8 LADY SHANKARI CAME 3RD, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 7TH.Qu: $103.00 Exacta: $231.00D/E: $301.00Trifecta: $463.00Hi-5: $4,587.50Rolling Triple: $1,216.00Race 10 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE*1. PRINCESS EMANUELLE RWilson 54.02. THAT’S THE MAN HPottinger3 52.0 3 1/4L3. LEEKOUT DBeharie 56.0 6-1/2L4. COPPERFIELD LSteadman2 53.5 1/2L5. DANCEHALL SWEET EStone 53.5 1-1/4LLate scratch: #1 WAR ADVOCATE, #7 MA. GRANDE, #11 TOP EAGLEWIN: $102.00PLACE: $60.00, $58.00, $63.00Final Time: 0:59.0 Splits: 22.3, 45.4Winner: 3yo ch filly TRADITIONAL EXPLOSIVE PEAKTrainer: PETER MCMASTER Owner: MISS SUCKIEBred by ELAINE MCMASTERQu: $128.00 Ex: $214.00D/E: $255.00 (9-7) $172.00Trifecta: $215.00Hi-5: $4,417.50Rolling Triple: $806.00Pick-4: $2,972.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6: $19,887.00 (6 OF 6)Pick-9: $204,316.50 (9 OF 9)PlacePot 8: $5,340.00 (8 OF 8)
The Red Stripe Premier League’s top goalscorer 19-year-old Shamar Nicholson of Boys’ Town and 2016 schoolboy sensation, Jourdaine Fletcher of Cornwall College and Montego Bay United, head the list of nine local-based players included in the Reggae Boyz final squad to face the United States on Friday February 3 in Chattagoona, Tennessee.The full delegation will depart the island on Tuesday morning for the game which will kick-off at 7:30 p.m. Jamaica time.The young Nicholson, who is in his third season in local top-flight football, currently leads the scoring chart with 10 strikes from 18 matches, while Fletcher scored an impressive 34 goals in leading Cornwall College to their first daCosta Cup title in 15 years and to the lucrative FLOW Cup final, where they lost to Wolmer’s.Both are receiving their first international senior cap.The last time both teams met in a friendly match was on April 11, 2006 when the game ended 1-1.Bruce Arena, who has returned to coach the Americans, was also the man in charge during that last friendly contest.The USA are preparing for their 2018 World Cup Qualifying matches against Honduras and Panama, while the Jamaicans will be using the clash to fine-tune ahead of their Caribbean Cup title defense and the upcoming Gold Cup.MOBAY UNITED PLAYERSMeanwhile, Montego Bay United accounted for the majority of the local-based contingent with five players in the squad. These include Fletcher, Owayne Gordon, Kevon Lambert, Dwayne Ambursley and Ladale Ritchie.The other local-based players are Micheal Binns and Ewan Grandison of Portmore United and Rosario Harriot of Harbour View.The squad is completed by 11 US-based players – Romario Williams, Cory Burke, Omar Holness, Je-Vaughn Watson, Kemar Lawrence, Sergio Campbell, Damion Lowe, Oneil Fisher, Andre Blake (GK), Ryan Thompson (GK) and Alvas Powell.
The Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) says it does not owe Montego Bay United Football Club (MBUFC) any money, nor does Red Stripe or any other sponsor. In a release yesterday, the PLCA slammed what it described as half-truths and outright lies stated publicly by MBUFC’s representatives. “PLCA wishes to inform all interested parties that Red Stripe has no contractual relationship with or responsibility to MBUFC. Similarly, MBUFC, of its own accord, wishes and desires, was not a member of PLCA from August 12, 2016 until March 31, 2017. PLCA’s board of directors voted to accept the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ) recommendation that MBUFC be readmitted as of April 1, 2017,” the release said. The PLCA added that “the incomes and other benefits obtained by it through hard work and much sacrifice are primarily for the benefit of its members and towards financing administration of the league. It is not available purely on the basis of participation in the league.” MBUFC has been at the centre of a football dispute in recent days. Last Thursday, Red Stripe, the title sponsor of the Premier League, said it would end broadcast coverage of the league until ongoing issues are completely resolved. President of MBUFC Orville Powell, in his response last weekend, said money owed to his club is yet to be paid. “The league and sponsor have not responded to us about money owed since last year. It seems we don’t have any value,” Powell said.
“A week will afford me time to research,” he said. “I haven’t evaluated my chances, so I have to examine the cycling community to get some feedback. The challengers have, constitutionally, one week before the date of the election to present themselves as a potential candidate for the presidency. But to date, we have not received any. So we are not sure of what is the construct of that challenge, but if the experience of the individual is such that the reins can be handed over, we have no problem.” Finnikin said that he is pleased with his accomplishments after two years in office and looks forward to continuing the work he started. “Cycling has developed. It has a way to go, but I am grateful just to contribute as best as possible to the further growth of the sport. “The cycling community wants different things from its leadership, and there are certain things that take time to get right. But we keep racing interest at all levels buoyant and active, and we are providing the (administrative) team with the right support because you can have the right man, but you must surround him with the right people to make things work,” he added. Word from the cycling community is that current Jamaica Cycling Federation president Kirk Finnikin will face a massive challenge to return for a second term, with a well-known businessman rumoured to be throwing his hat in the ring for the role of head of the association. But Finnikin, who is completing his first term, said he is unfazed and welcomes any challenge. However, Finnikin pledged to give his support to the new president if ousted and said that if this happened, he would help his replacement to make a smooth transition to office if needed. “I have heard it (rumour of the unknown candidate’s challenge), and I have been keeping my ears to the ground, but if there is a challenger, there is nothing wrong with someone coming and offering their time to serve their country. It’s a wonderful opportunity, and I wouldn’t deny anyone who is seeking to do the same for their country,” he said. Finnikin said that all challengers have one week before the annual general Meeting to submit their nomination, and he believes that that would be enough time to prepare for any possible opponent. RESEARCH TIME
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESStar kept its faint hopes of nailing a top four berth alive by capping KIA’s horrendous showing in the PBA Governors’ Cup with a 128-81 rout Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Hotshots nailed their sixth win in 10 outings. And while they are assured of a semifinal berth, tabbing a twice-to-beat edge in the playoffs still hangs in the balance for the squad.ADVERTISEMENT Coach Chito Victolero, however, downplayed the Hotshots’ dominating performance, saying things just fell into place against the Picanto.“Actually those kinds of things just happen,” said Victolero, who once served as coach for the KIA franchise. “We had a good mindset and we played together as a team. Both the offense and defense were rolling tonight.”“We needed this game very badly in order for us to have a slim chance for the top four and we knew KIA wouldn’t give this game that easily.”Kristoffer Acox led the Hotshots with 19 points and 15 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Picanto, meanwhile, exited the tournament without a win, signing off with a 0-11 card, but the 47-point defeat was an added blow for KIA as it suffered its worst loss in franchise history.Later in the night, Meralco strengthened its bid for a top two finish after holding off GlobalPort, 100-93.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Bolts tied Ginebra at the top of the ladder at 8-2 while the Batang Pier, who are already out of the playoffs, ended their conference with a 3-8 slate.Star used a huge second quarter to put the game away, overpowering KIA there, 33-12, to take a 65-36 lead going into the halftime break. 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 In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ How to help the Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Ding ousts So, faces Aronian for title Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DAY6 is for everybody OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments
Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings FILE – This is a Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 file photo of the French captain Yannick Noah, center, holding the cup after France won the Davis Cup at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille, northern France. France won the Davis Cup for the first time in 16 years after beating Belgium 3-2. The Davis Cup is set to be transformed into a one-week, 18-nation World Cup of Tennis in a major overhaul of the international team event in men’s tennis. The International Tennis Federation says it has unanimously endorsed a proposal to create a new season-ending event in November starting in 2019. The World Cup of Tennis would be played over seven days in the traditional week of the David Cup final and comprise a round-robin format followed by a quarterfinal knockout stage. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)The Davis Cup could be transformed into a one-week, one-location, 18-nation World Cup of Tennis in a major overhaul aimed at enticing the best men’s players to play.Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are among the stars to have reacted positively to the creation of an annual season-ending event, starting in 2019, that will have a total purse of $20 million.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 “I have to say that I haven’t spoken to them directly, but I know that Gerard has had some conversations over the last few days and had positive comments from Andy Murray, from Novak Djokovic.”The ITF board unanimously endorsed the proposal, which will be submitted at the ITF’s annual general meeting in Florida in August.Haggerty said a decision on the venue for the inaugural competition will be taken in four to six weeks. There has been interest in the United States and Asia, among others.It will be on a hard court to begin with, so players featuring in the ATP Finals in November don’t have to change surfaces.“We want to find a relevant city that is world class,” Haggerty said, “where sport and entertainment can come together, where fans will travel.”Haggerty said the ITF’s long-term goal is to turn the Fed Cup into a similar one-week event.“This is a complete game-changer for the ITF and for tennis,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Europa League or bust for Arsenal after feeble cup loss UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer “In November 2018, players will know who is playing in November 2019 and they’ll be able to factor that into their plans, travel, and prioritize it,” Haggerty said in a phone interview. “Now, you may know where your first tie is, but you’re not sure where your second would be. You’re not sure of the surface.“There are some uncertainties and this will bring some clarity to it to help make the commitment to play.”The event has been devised in conjunction with investment group Kosmos, which was founded by Barcelona and Spain soccer player Gerard Pique. The partnership is worth $3 billion over 25 years.Pique has been a big driver behind the overhaul. He personally presented the proposal to the ITF board in Barcelona on Saturday, a few hours before playing that night for his team in the Spanish league.“He has had conversations with players, and the players council,” Haggerty said of Pique. “The players are very supportive of this idea.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “We think the change we are making will make it so much more appealing and tangible to the top players,” David Haggerty, president of the International Tennis Federation, told The Associated Press on Monday.Established in 1900, the Davis Cup has struggled for relevance at times in a crowded sporting calendar in recent years because many top players have chosen not to play.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 folkIn this revamp, the World Cup of Tennis would be played over seven days in the traditional week of the Davis Cup final, rather than across four weekends in February, July, September, and November. It would comprise a round-robin format followed by a quarterfinal knockout stage. Each tie would be best-of-three sets and consist of two singles and a doubles.Sixteen teams would automatically qualify for the finals, and two more would be selected. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew