SVL offers $500,000 in scholarships to netballers

first_imgKINGSTON:Deserving players and coaches in Netball Jamaica’s Major and Minor Leagues will be rewarded with scholarships and bursaries valued at $500,000, as titlesponsor Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) continues to incentivise high-quality perfor-mances in the nation’s most popular leagues.The announcement was made by Diahann Guy-Shepherd, sponsorship, promotions and branding manager at SVL, at the recent launch of the leagues at the National Indoor Sports Complex in Kingston.According to Guy-Shepherd, the scholarships will form part of SVL’s $4.5 million sponsorship of the leagues that it has been supporting for the past 15 years.A member of the winning team will be awarded a scholarship valued at $130,000, a player on the second-placed team will walk away with one worth $75,000, while a member of the team that finishes third will be afforded a $65,000 scholarship.For the minor leagues, scholarships valued at $110,000, $70,000 and $50,000 will be awarded to a member of the first, second and third-placed teams, respectively.”Coaches will also benefit from bursaries towards the pursuit of their netball coaching course, administered by the University of Technology on behalf of Netball Jamaica,” Guy-Shepherd disclosed.She said she is aware that the teams are ready for fierce competition, but urged players to play with the right spirit.”We know it will be three months of intense rivalry, but we expect that teams will display fair play in their behaviour on and off the court,” she said.In matches on Thursday, Mico ‘A’ defeated Alpha ‘A’ 45-26. Taniel Roberts (33/49), Stephanie Anderson (4/6) and Mischa Creary (8/16), scored for Mico, while Oberon Pitterson (10/17) and Suzanne Brown (16/23) scored for Alpha Shooters.Molynes United ‘A’ defeated UTech Knights 37-28. Shantal Slater (31/38) and Kera Christie (6/11) scored for Molynes, while Shenel Riley (9/17) and Khadijah Williams (19/26) netted for UTech Knights.Cable Pro beat Waulgrovians ‘B’ 63-25. Petal Smith drilled in (57/70), Shantel Swaby (4/11) and Tracy Robinson (2/4) for Cable Pro, while Simone Gordon (16/20) and Hasana Williams (9/10) were on target for Waulgrovians ‘B’.Speg ‘A’ defeated Jetsetters ‘A’ 44-36. Shimona Nelson (37/44), Diane Dricketts (4/5) and Crystal Grant (3/9) scored for Speg, while Antoinette Miller (11/21) and Zodi Green (25/33) scored for Jetsetters.The competition continues today with 20 matches, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Leila Robinson Courts.last_img read more

Kohli leads India chase in routine victory vs NZ

first_imgDHARAMSALA, India (AP):India scored 194-4 in 33.1 overs to chase down New Zealand’s paltry 190 and win the first one-day international by six wickets yesterday. Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 85, after debutant Hardik Pandya took 3-31, to help their side take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.Chasing 191, Rohit Sharma (14) and Ajinkya Rahane (33) got off to a comfortable start and put on 49 runs for the opening wicket. Sharma was trapped lbw by Doug Bracewell (1-44) in the 10th over.Rahane hit four fours and two sixes, as he took India past the 50-mark. But he wasted his start and was caught behind off James Neesham (1-40) in the 12th over.It was a similar story with Manish Pandey (17), who put on 40 runs for the third wicket with Kohli. His innings also ended with a loose shot, caught at midwicket off Ish Sodhi (1-34).Kohli brought up his 37th ODI half-century off 55 balls. He faced 81 balls overall and hit nine fours as well as a six.He put on 60 runs for the fourth wicket with skipper MS Dhoni (21). The duo looked like finishing the game off for India, when a miscue between them led to a Dhoni run-out in the 29th over.FANTASTIC PERFORMANCEKedar Jadhav (10 not out) then made sure there were no further hiccups and took his team to victory with 16.5 overs to spare.”It was a fantastic performance by the fast bowlers. We had no clue that the wicket would’ve helped them so much early on. Despite the small total, it was also good that I got to bat in the middle,” said Dhoni, who turned out for India for the first time since late August.For Pandya, his first ODI was extra sweet as he was handed his ODI cap by legendary Indian all-rounder, Kapil Dev. The youngster was dropped from India’s tour of Zimbabwe after poor performances in the 2016 World T20, but has now made his way back after impressing with India-A in Australia recently.”It is good to be back and I was a bit nervous. But I have been bowling a lot of late and therefore was able to bowl today with a good rhythm. The ball was doing something in the early overs,” said Pandya, after winning the Man-of-the-Match award on his debut.MAYHEMEarlier, the Black Caps lost a fourth consecutive toss of the tour and at one point were reduced to 65-7. Pandya caused mayhem in his opening spell, dismissing Martin Guptill (12), Corey Anderson (4) and Luk Ronchi (0).At the other end, Umesh Yadav (2-31) removed Kane Williamson (3) and Ross Taylor (0) off successive deliveries.Only Guptill and Taylor got out to good deliveries and the remaining New Zealand batsmen were guilty of playing loose shots. Kedar Jadhav (2-6) added to their misery when he dismissed James Neesham (10) and Mitchell Santner (0) off consecutive balls in the 19th over.”We needed to weather the early storm a little bit. It was tough to bat at the start with the ball moving a lot. They bowled some good spells and there were some soft dismissals too. It was disappointing with the bat today,” said New Zealand skipper Williamson.Tom Latham (79 not out) and Tim Southee (55) then scored half centuries, and helped their side escape from an embarrassing position. While Latham became the first New Zealand opener – and 10th overall in ODI history – to carry his bat through an innings, Southee hit his maiden 50 with six fours and three sixes.Amit Mishra (3-49) wiped out the tail to restrict the Black Caps in 43.5 overs.last_img read more

La Salle foils Pasaol, UE

first_imgMbala pumped in 39 points in 23 minutes, marking the third time this season that he reset a personal scoring high, while front court partner Tratter fired 24 points as the Archers pulled away early before surviving a late onslaught by the Warriors anchored by Pasaol, who scored 18 points in the final frame.While La Salle picked up its fifth win in six games ahead of its finals rematch with Ateneo on Sunday, it was Pasaol’s brilliance for the still winless Warriors that made what was an otherwise routine victory for the Archers even more memorable.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“He was just in the zone,” Mbala said of Pasaol, who shot 20-of-30 from the field.“He was shooting very well and we didn’t do a good job. Knowing that La Salle is a defensive minded team, we have to do better than that. We should have gotten him out of his comfort zone.” How to help the Taal evacuees University of the East coach Derrick Pumaren hopes the fighting performance against the Archers will serve as a “springboard” for the Warriors as they face fellow cellar-dweller University of Santo Tomas on Saturday.“This is the first time that even though we lost, I was really proud of the way we played,” said Pumaren.“The team that has been missing the past five games showed up. Alvin (Pasaol) was awesome tonight. He could have scored 60, but he really gave us a really good show.”“I wouldn’t have done it without my teammates’ help,” said Pasaol, who also had eight rebounds and four steals.Earlier, Sean Manganti scored on a putback with a second remaining as Adamson nipped University of the Philippines, 73-71, to gain a share of third spot with Far Eastern U.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide NU, Adamson close in on PVL finals 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNot even the highest individual scoring performance in recent memory was enough to stop La Salle from sustaining its winning run ahead of its showdown with fierce rival Ateneo in UAAP Season 80.University of the East forward Alvin Pasaol exploded for 49 points, but the Green Archers also drew career-best outputs from Ben Mbala and Abu Tratter in a 106-100 victory Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Manganti’s tip-in off a Papi Sarr miss broke the deadlock and boosted the Falcons to their fourth victory in six games, while sending the Fighting Maroons to a second straight defeat for a 3-3 slate.“I guess we were lucky to win that game,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. “I guess this is a good test on our part that in crucial moments of the game, we can survive.”Manganti also broke up the Maroons’ final play intended for Paul Desiderio as they collected their third straight victory.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed DAY6 is for everybody LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Ginebra ousts TNT, faces Meralco in PBA Finals rematch

first_imgJustin Brownlee anchored Ginebra’s fourth-quarter surge to finish with 46 points, 10 rebounds, five assists to send the 11,891 in attendance, including legend Robert Jaworski, in jubilation.The Gin Kings’ relentless pursuit finally paid dividends in the fourth quarter as the Brownlee-led 24-8 charge coincided with the KaTropa’s shooting going ice cold, with TNT firing a paltry 2-of-20 clip in the first eight minutes of the period. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogGinebra, then, took a 104-94 lead with 4:07 left to play punctuated by a three from LA Tenorio before Greg Slaughter iced the game with a huge slam to give coach Tim Cone his 32nd finals appearance.“We were just fortunate that Glen Rice went out. But it was still a great game; they were making shots. It was quite a frustrating first half,” said Cone. How to help the Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Ateneo’s Matt Nieto ‘relaxed’ amid pressure-packed moment 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 DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “But our guys came collected in the second half and started playing like we do.”Tenorio chipped in 25 markers, seven assists, and four boards, Slaughter had 21 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks, and Sol Mercado added 11 markers, three boards, and three dimes in the Ginebra win.With its back against the wall, TNT came out like a house on fire as it established an early 16-point advantage, 35-19, courtesy of a three from Anthony Semerad.But that blaze was quickly doused after KaTropa reinforcement Glen Rice Jr. was ejected with 1:41 remaining in the opening frame after incurring a flagrant foul penalty one and a technical for throwing the ball to a fallen Kevin Ferrer.Though Jayson Castro kept TNT in the driver’s seat and put his team up by 18, 72-54 in the third quarter, Brownlee had other plans as the import commandeered Ginebra’s 28-point third quarter outburst to cut the KaTropa lead down to six, 86-80, at the end of the third quarter and set up the close finish.ADVERTISEMENT Justin Brownlee. PBA IMAGESDefending champion Barangay Ginebra gets a shot to defend its crown after dispatching TNT, 115-105, in Game 4 of their best-of-5 semifinals series in the PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Gin Kings arranged a finals rematch with Meralco starting on Friday at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Gin Kings’ 18-point comeback was the biggest comeback in the playoffs in seven years, or since the franchise crawled back from 20-points down to upend Alaska in 2010-11 Philippine Cup quarterfinals.Troy Rosario topscored for TNT with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Castro carried the mantle with a near triple-double performance of 26 markers, nine assists, and seven boards in the losing effort.The scores:GINEBRA 115 – Brownlee 46, Tenorio 25, Slaughter 21, Mercado 11, Aguilar 6, Ferrer 4, Caguioa 2, Thompson 0, Devance 0.TNT 105 – Rosario 28, Castro 26, Pogoy 14, Semerad 12, Williams 10, Tautuaa 9, Reyes 4, Rice Jr. 2, Golla 0, Carey 0, Nuyles 0, Hernandez 0, Seigle 0.Quarters: 32-41, 52-66, 80-86, 115-105.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbedlast_img read more

Balkman gets ‘chance for ‘redemption’ with Alab stint

first_imgBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Five years to the day I did something that I regret and I learned a valuable lesson from it.”READ: Balkman returns to Philippine basketball as Alab import 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 folkBalkman was banned for life from the PBA after he shoved game officials and teammates Ronald Tubid and Arwind Santos when Petron faced Alaska on March 8, 2013.The former New York Knick then choked Santos in a heated display of frustration as the 2013 MVP tried to pacify the situation. Halep, Sharapova off to flying 2018 starts View comments Balkman puts negativity behind ahead of 2nd PBA stint with San Miguel PLAY LIST 00:48Balkman puts negativity behind ahead of 2nd PBA stint with San Miguel02:06Passengers bear waiting at terminal for chance to be home for Christmas00:50Trending 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 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Puerto Rico’s forward Renaldo Balkman reacts during the 2014 FIBA World basketball championships group B match Croatia vs Puerto Rico at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes in Sevilla on September 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERAs Renaldo Balkman looks to restart his career in Philippine basketball, the Puerto Rican international brings along lessons he learned five years ago when he was still in the PBA.“Thankful for another opportunity to do what I to do,” said Balkman, who will suit up for Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League, in a message reposted by team owner Charlie Dy on his Instagram account.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “Always remember to keep your composure and to be the best role model you can be, now I finally have a chance for redemption.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Cilic obstacle in way of Nadal’s semifinal quest

first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal hits a forehand return to Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Rafael Nadal sees his quarterfinal showdown with big-match player Marin Cilic on Tuesday as the time to crank up his Australian Open offensive for Grand Slam number 17.The Spanish world No.1 has been in ominous form in the first week after coming into the year’s opening major tournament with knee concerns.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ “The match against Grigor in Brisbane wasn’t that long ago and I played well, he also played well,” Edmund said.“Of course, we can take things from that. There is a lot of things I did do well. Maybe a few things I could do better, and I will try and do that when I play him.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Nadal, who lost to Roger Federer in last year’s final, overcame tenacious Argentine Diego Schwartzman in a classic round of 16 encounter and will have to get past former US Open champion Cilic to reach the semi-finals.In Tuesday’s other quarter-final in the top half of the draw, Bulgaria’s world No.3 Grigor Dimitrov is up against British hope and 49th-ranked Kyle Edmund for a place in the last four. 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 folkNadal leads world No.6 Cilic 5-1 in career meetings, including a straight sets win over the Croat in the round of 16 in Melbourne in 2011.   “Now is the moment to make a step forward, to play again more aggressive,” Nadal said. “Generally throughout my career, I know that if I’m playing well, if I’m top of my game, that I can challenge most of the guys on the tour,” a confident Cilic said.“And with the win at the US Open I now believe in my own game, I believe in what I’m doing.“I think I’m moving the right direction. It’s obviously a big challenge, but that’s what we also work for at training.“My goal in this year is to win a Grand Slam. It’s a big challenge, but I’m improving every single year.”Extra gearDimitrov beat Edmund only two weeks ago in the quarter-finals at the Brisbane International, but he is prepared for another struggle after his monumental four-set victory over Australian Nick Kyrgios in the round of 16.“He’s gone this far. So for sure I need to be ready. There is no place to underestimate him or anything like that,” Dimitrov said.“I am finding that extra gear in every match and the main thing for me is to really focus on myself.”Edmund, the only British man in the draw after five-time finalist Andy Murray’s injury withdrawal before the tournament, is having his best run at a Grand Slam.He upset US Open finalist and 11th seed Kevin Anderson in the first round and followed up with wins over Denis Istomin, Nikoloz Basilashvili and Andreas Seppi. Top seed Simona Halep eases into last eight “I know I’m going to have a tough opponent with Cilic. I need to play aggressive and play well.”Nadal is respectful of the Croat’s abilities and is expecting another ding-dong struggle with last year’s Wimbledon finalist.“Marin will be a tough one, but at the same time, it’s a beautiful match to play against a great player,” he said.“We know each other. We’ve played a couple of times and I know I need to play well. I hope to be ready to make that happen.”Cilic has moved efficiently through the draw with wins over Vasek Pospisil, Joao Sousa, Ryan Harrison and Spanish 10th seed Pablo Carreno Busta.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Kobe Paras heads home, commits to Gilas program

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Paras has expressed his willingness to join the early buildup of the cadet team in the summer tournament, where he join players in coach Chot Reyes’ “23-for-2023” list.Reyes thinks it’s a great chance for Paras to finally see action in a more consistent basis, after playing sparingly during his collegiate career in the United States.“On the contrary, he should look forward to coming home and finally playing. We’re fine if he’s not here, the program is still going to continue,” he said.“He should look forward to playing because I made that statement that there’s no Filipino player whoever went to the US NCAA and came back a better player because the operative word was playing. If you go to the US and sit, you’re not going to get better,” he said. “I hope Kobe should be looking forward to coming home and playing, getting a chance to finally actually playing on the court. He should be looking forward to that.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending 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 View comments Warriors, Cavs vulnerable, or headed for NBA Finals Round 4? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident “I’m in touch with Benjie (Paras) and we’re talking regarding the possibility,” he said.The younger Paras earlier announced his decision to leave the confines of Cal State Northridge, saying he’s “turning pro.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut with opportunity of helping the country opening up, Antonio said that the popular swingman has committed to the national team.“Kobe will be basing himself in the Philippines in the meantime, and I’m very thankful and glad that Kobe is very committed to the Gilas program. He’s very important and he’s gonna play a major role,” he said. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAs far as Gilas Pilipinas is concerned, Kobe Paras is here to stay.National team manager Butch Antonio guaranteed that the high-flying 20-year-old will play for the Gilas cadets squad seeing action in the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

UAAP 80 Final Four keys to victory: La Salle-NU

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments La Salle and NU were the polar opposites during Season 80.On one hand, the Lady Spikers were practically unflappable during the whole tournament while the Lady Bulldogs only had the strength for one round.After the Lady Bulldogs went on a 6-1 record in the first round, its best start in school history, the complete inverse happened as they won just one game in the second round and got into the Final Four after Adamson University and University of the Philippines dropped crucial games in the latter half of the tournament.La Salle, for its part, went 4-2 in its first six games but eventually went on a rampant run that saw the Lady Spikers go on an eight-game winning streak to finish with a league-best 12-2 record.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. De La Salle and National University took two vastly different routes to the Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.If the Lady Spikers went the methodical and dominant way to the first seed, the Lady Bulldogs got into the semifinals by the skin of their teeth.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ LATEST STORIES NU’s first round win over La Salle, 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14, meant nothing in the second round as the Lady Spikers shot down the Lady Bulldogs in straight sets, 27-25, 27-25, 25-16.At the mercyIf numbers alone would be the basis of this matchup, NU is already on the losing side of things.The Lady Spikers are the best serving and the fourth-best spiking team in the league and that is the defining distinction the defending champions have against the Lady Bulldogs.NU, even before the start of the Final Four, already looks in trouble, as the Lady Bulldogs are the worst team in terms of digging and receiving.La Salle averaged 2.72 aces a set throughout the eliminations and that would be deadly for the NU that has an efficiency rating of 22.49 percent, the worst in the league, in its receptions.Making matters worse for the Lady Bulldogs, La Salle has the two best servers in the league in Desiree Cheng and Michelle Cobb who combine for more than an average of one ace per set.Jaja against the worldJaja Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJaja Santiago is undoubtedly one of the greatest offensive threats in all of UAAP. The defending champion La Salle amassed a 12-2 record to become the no. 1 team after the eliminations while the Lady Bulldogs’ 7-7 record barely got them to the Final Four.NU had the better record after the first round against La Salle, 6-1 to 5-2, but the second round became a different chapter altogether as the Lady Spikers won all seven of their second-half games while the Lady Bulldogs mustered just one.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAnd on Sunday, La Salle’s streak will be put to the test against an NU team that that got into the semifinals almost by luck.Consistency vs. inconsistency Serena Williams, Andy Murray on French Open entry list The 6-foot-5 Lady Bulldog compiled a total of 280 points and averaged 20 a game the whole season to become the second leading scorer of the tournament.Although Santiago has become an almost unstoppable force in front of the net, her supporting cast hasn’t made a mark.The Lady Bulldog closest to Santiago in terms of scoring is Risa Sato whose 116 points didn’t even reach half of what the NU captain put up the whole season.NU needs Sato, Roselyn Doria, and Aiko Urdas—whose combined total of 287 points is just seven points ahead of Santiago’s total—to pick up the slack for the Lady Bulldogs.Kianna Dy, La Salle’s leading scorer for the season with an average of 13.36 points, perfectly said the Lady Bulldogs’ predicament.“Jaja can’t do it alone, NU has to work as a team,” said Dy in Filipino.Tale of two settersIf there’s an individual matchup that would get a spotlight in this Final Four pairing, it would be the chess match between setters Jasmine Nabor and Michelle Cobb.Nabor sits at the second spot in the Best Setters table, behind Ateneo’s Deanna Wong, while Cobb is at third. The two setters aren’t that far apart in terms of production with Nabor putting up an average of 8.32 excellent sets per period while Cobb’s production is at 8.26.Cobb and Nabor are both quality setters, but the defining factors would be the designated spikers.Nabor has Santiago on her side as well as Sato, but a couple of consistent hitters won’t figure much against the Lady Spikers as Cobb has a plethora of spikers at her disposal.If Nabor has two spikers on the top 25 of the Best Scorers table, Cobb has five.Cobb has the option to go to Dy, reigning MVP Mary Joy Baron, Desiree Cheng, Tin Tiamzon, and Aduke Ogunsanya.La Salle may not have a volume scorer as Santiago, but what the defending champions have are multiple scoring options that have made them one of the most formidable teams in the league.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. 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Argentine fans weep as World Cup dream fades

first_imgAfter the abject 3-0 loss to Croatia, the team will have to beat Nigeria in their final game and hope other results go their way to advance.For even the most passionate fans here, that seems a tall order now.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLionel Messi came in for particular criticism after an under-par performance.“Messi, who keeps winning for Barcelona, who continues to deliver triumph after triumph for Barcelona, has given us nothing but defeats and sadness,” said an angry Miguel Angel Gutierrez, 50, wearing an “Albiceleste” wig. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Zulma Suarez smiled sadly and sighed as she reflected on the shattered hopes of a nation that has already suffered through a 1-1 draw with Iceland in its first game.“I thought we would get there, that it would get easier as we went along. But well, as an Argentine, I feel my country in my heart.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But this was no party in Buenos Aires as fans young and old hid their sky blue-and-white painted faces in their hands, the classic reflexes of cinemagoers at a horror movie. Some wept and others hugged each other like survivors at a disaster scene. One man stood and gestured angrily at the big screen as passes went astray on the pitch in Russia.The World Cup was supposed to provide a glitzy distraction for Argentines who have seen their purchasing power steadily eroded by subsidy cuts, IMF-inspired reforms, and a crippled national currency.“We are very sad because it’s all wrong! Just look at the dollar, we are very tired of everything. We trusted in this team,” a despondent Alfredo Dominguez, 48, said from under his blue-and-white-striped hat, which said “Messi 10”.The nation faced a long night of TV pundits arguing loudly about the shortcomings of Jorge Sampaoli’s misfiring team, and what he could do to inspire them for the next match against Nigeria.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Argentina fans react in disbelief at the end of a televised broadcast of the Croatia vs. Argentina World Cup soccer match, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, June 21, 2018. Argentina lost 3-0 to Croatia. (AP Photo Jorge Saenz)The party at the Buenos Aires fanzone fell flat as a crowd expecting a Messi-inspired Argentina World Cup revival could only watch in horror at as the nadir of Nizhny Novgorod unfolded.“We lost very badly, they really humiliated us this time,” said 22-year-old Joaquin. “And now, on top of that, we’re depending on Nigeria!”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Raptors make no picks in NBA draft Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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

PSL: Cignal fends off Cherrylume for first win

first_imgChristopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Mylene Paat led HD Spikers with 20 points while Rachel Ann Daquis added 14.Mary Anne Mendrez and Judith Abil combined for 32 markers for the Iron Lady Warriors. Justin Robert ValenciaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The first set loss was because of the low attitude of my team, however, I reminded them of our game plan and what did we practice,” Cignal head coach Edgar Barroga said in Filipino.Ahead 9-8 in the third set, HD Spikers unloaded a 6-0 run to pull away for good.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCignal took advantage of the blocking department with eight while the Iron Lady Warriors only swatted six.The loss dropped Cherrylume to 0-2. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Cignal averted an upset and overcame Cherrylume, 19-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-22, for its first win in the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Philippine Superliga Invitational on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.A quick 3-1 sprint in the fourth set capped by an AC Masangkay drop ball sealed the victory.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan 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 Senegal, coach Cisse look to recreate 2002 World Cup magic LATEST STORIES Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View commentslast_img read more