Ateneo nabs UAAP title, gets back at La Salle

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PHOTO BY Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETAteneo wrote the perfect redemption story against bitter rival La Salle, pulling off a thrilling 88-86 Game 3 victory to claim the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball championship Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Isaac Go drilled the game-sealing trey from the right wing with 24.7 seconds to give the Blue Eagles an 85-80 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Tabal overcomes pain to fulfill promise to father Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments The Scores:ATENEO 88 — Ravena 17, Ma. Nieto 14, Ikeh 12, Asistio 11, Tolentino 9, Go 7, Verano 6, Mendoza 5, Black 4, Mamuyac 3, Mi. Nieto 0.LA SALLE 86 — Mbala 19, Melecio 16, R. Rivero 14, Caracut 13, Santillan 11, Tratter 4, Go 3, Montalbo 3, P. Rivero 2, Tero 1, Baltazar 0.Quarters: 24-14, 45-38, 66-66, 88-86. Aljun Melecio, however, refused to let go of the title for the Green Archers and drilled a three with 5.6 seconds left.But Anton Asistio and Matt Nieto showed their poise from the charity stripe in the end game to seal the Blue Eagles ninth UAAP title, their first since the last of their five-peat back in Season 75.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAteneo also got back at La Salle for its runner-up finish last year.Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena paced the Blue Eagles with 17 points, eight rebounds, and five assists, none bigger than his pass to Go for the dagger triple in the waning seconds that completed the dethroning of the Green Archers. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Nieto chimed in 14 markers, three boards, and two steals, Chibueze Ikeh played the game of his life with a double-double of 12 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks, and Anton Asistio pumped three treys en route to his 11-point night.Engaged in a tight contest in the fourth frame, the Blue Eagles seemingly got things together as they staged a 14-2 blast to take the 80-70 advantage with 4:05 after a Vince Tolentino bucket.But showing the heart of a champion, the Green Archers did not go down without a fight, answering with a 10-2 blast to cut the deficit down to two, 82-80, after an Andrei Caracut three with 48.9 ticks remaining.Two-time UAAP MVP Ben Mbala gave it his all for La Salle going for 19 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks, and two steals.Melecio went for 16 markers on a 3-of-11 sniping from beyond the arc, on top of four assists, and three boards, while Ricci Rivero had 14 points and seven rebounds in the losing cause.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

There was favouritism at the Panorama competition

first_imgDear Editor,What were the judges looking for in deciding the winner of the Senior Panorama Competition 2018?It was observed that favouritism and disregard for the judging rules of the competition were on full display at the annual Panorama Competition. The judges, apart from being officials of the Department of Culture, were biased in their rulings and approach to judging.The rules and guidelines of the competition clearly state, in section (5), that during the process of judging the event, all officials are expected to conduct themselves in a proper manner. Judges should not communicate with any of the competitors and/or their sponsors, supporters, or members of the media for the entire duration of the competition.  This was not the case on the night of the competition.The coordinator was supposed to be Mr. Xavier, but Mr. Tyndall, who works for the same office, being the coordinator of the Mash Committee and past leader of the band that won, was seen mingling with the judges, bringing the results into disrepute; which brings a clear case of conflict of interest because the National School of Music Band is owned by the Department of Culture.Now if I owned that band, and all the judging officials came from me, what would people think and assume? It can also be noted that the outcome in judging for the past few years has been the same. This is disgusting, because the outcome seems to always be in favour of the National Band.No way, in my music knowledge, or listening to steel pan music and soliciting the views of others, could the National Band have emerged winners in front of the Guyana Police Force Band, which were the definite crowd pleasers — playing well with a clean sound, good balance, and with proper melody and audio coming from all sections of the band.At no time did they break the rules of the competition, unlike the National Band, whose members gyrated in front of the judges in clear violation of the rules and standing orders of the competition and still emerged victorious.Where are we going with competitions and judging in Guyana if injustices like this one keeps occurring? There were other bands that were eliminated for violating competition rules, but this was not the issue with the National Band. It was a great act of favouritism.Not only was this attitude deemed bad for pan music lovers, but also for the players, who try desperately to keep the art alive. If this is allowed to continue, sad to say, steel band competition is heading for a doomsday. Please, Mr. Tyndall and others, fair and neutral judges are what we need to avoid conflict of interest and to keep the art alive and well.Neil CortSteel Pan Loverlast_img read more

Dodgers notes: Furcal to top lineup

first_img“I’ll keep the same approach, just get on the bases and try to score runs,” said Pierre, echoing what Little says he wants Pierre to do. “I won’t do anything differently. I’ll take pitches when they need me to take pitches, and I’ll bunt when they need me to bunt.” One reason Pierre doesn’t draw a lot of walks is because he possesses such modest power. Thus, pitchers aren’t afraid to challenge him even when they fall behind in the count. Pierre will be called upon to execute hit-and-run plays with Furcal on base, but he says that won’t be a problem. “My swing looks like a hit-and-run swing every time anyway,” Pierre said. Little said he reserves the right to flip Furcal and Pierre if it becomes apparent during the season the alignment isn’t working. Getting attention: Right-hander D.J. Houlton, a long-shot candidate for the vacant fifth spot in the starting rotation, spent several minutes on a bullpen mound practicing his delivery without a ball in his hand. As he did so, he was surrounded by no fewer than five coaches, including Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and bullpen coach Dan Warthen. Also looking on were roving minor-league pitching instructor Marty Reed, Triple-A Las Vegas pitching coach Ken Howell and Double-A Jacksonville pitching coach Danny Darwin. “They spotted something in my mechanics during my last three (side sessions),” Houlton said. “Honeycutt actually told me about it last (spring), and we started to fix it, but I kind of went backward after that. They want me to stay a little more straight (toward the plate) in my stride, which should make my fastball tail away from right-handed hitters more.” Houlton spent all of 2005 in the majors because he was a Rule V pick from Houston. But last season the Dodgers sent him to Las Vegas, where he struggled and never was promoted. Another prospect: Shortstop Ivan DeJesus Jr., the club’s second-round pick in the 2005 amateur draft, played second base for the first time in his pro career with Arecibo of the Puerto Rican Winter League. He wound up being named the circuit’s Rookie of the Year. “It was good for me to learn another position, just to show the Dodgers that I could do it,” DeJesus said. “Turning double plays was a little tougher for me just because it was so different from shortstop. But I got comfortable pretty quickly.” DeJesus spent last season at low Single-A Columbus, Ga., batting .277 with a .361 on-base percentage. He probably will play at high Single-A Inland Empire, the Dodgers’ new California League affiliate, in 2007. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We feel this gives us a good opportunity to get something started in the first inning of every game and in every inning that those two guys come to the plate,” Little said. “If (Furcal) makes an out, we still have a chance to create some offense in that inning.” In other words, two leadoff men are better than one. VERO BEACH, Fla. – Shortstop Rafael Furcal will begin the regular season as the Dodgers’ leadoff hitter, manager Grady Little said Thursday, with newly signed center fielder Juan Pierre batting immediately behind him. Little made the announcement after three months of speculation about where the two would be in the lineup. center_img The leadoff spot had been muddled since November, when the Dodgers signed the speedy Pierre as a free agent to a five-year, $44 million contract. Furcal, who came to the Dodgers as a free agent a year earlier and signed a three-year, $39 million deal, hit .300 with a .369 on-base percentage last season and gave the Dodgers their first legitimate leadoff man in almost a decade. Pierre, like Furcal, had spent practically his entire career hitting leadoff. But while Pierre has enough speed to have at least 45 stolen bases in each of his six full seasons in the majors, his on-base percentage never has been as high as a leadoff man’s should be. The fact he is a contact hitter with little power who draws few walks made him the perfect guy for the No. 2 hole, at least to Little. And to Pierre. last_img read more

Never count out Couture

first_img“Welllllllllllllll …” That was the extent of my prefight analysis. But, few saw it coming. Sure, if you thought with your heart you picked Couture. But those who looked at all the variables knew Sylvia was going to finish the fight within a round or two. Couture entered the fight as a 43-year-old legend who hadn’t stepped inside the Octagon in a little more than a year. He had been knocked out by light-heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell in two of his last three fights in UFC. He was returning to fight the heavyweight champ, a 6-foot-8, 260-pound behemoth who had used his superior size and reach to capture and defend the title. Though he had not been impressive in recent title defenses against Andrei Arlovski and Jeff Monson, Sylvia had earned decisive victories by decision over fighters far younger than Couture. Just eight seconds into the fight, Couture landed a looping overhand right that hit Sylvia square on his jaw, sending him staggering backward into the fence. The crowd shrieked in delight, hoping for a quick knockout. Sylvia, though, survived that first onslaught, but anyone who saw his face moments later could see that he was stunned. I couldn’t commit. Whenever someone would ask me if Randy Couture had any shot at upsetting Tim Sylvia in their heavyweight title bout at UFC 68 on March 3 in Columbus, Ohio, I made the same sound my mom used to make when I was a child when I asked if I could eat ice cream just before dinner. center_img I’ve seen the fight about five times now and I’m convinced Sylvia was mentally beat by that early right hand. It’s kind of like when you’re a 13-year-old boy and you think you’re a real tough guy. Then, your older brother comes in and beats the tar out of you and you realize you’ll always be a peon in his world. Couture, the esteemed “ground and pound” fighter, outpunched the slugger. When the fight was on the ground, fans knew Couture was at an even stronger advantage. In fact, for the first time that I can remember, when the fighters were told to stand and fight by the referee, something that is often met with overwhelming cheers by fans, the crowd booed, knowing Sylvia still had a puncher’s chance. No one wanted the ending to be ruined. And it wasn’t. Couture earned a unanimous decision and, I’d be hard pressed to find a photo of a bigger smile than the one UFC president Dana White had on his face as he strapped the belt onto Couture’s waist. He knew that, less than two weeks before the start of March Madness, UFC had presented its own Cinderella story. Couture’s title win brought tons of media coverage for the still-growing sport. ESPN, it seems, is finally starting to realize the market for MMA is growing and likely will expand its coverage of the sport in the coming months. White’s smile was probably partly due to the fact Couture, dubbed “The Natural” and “Captain America” for his hero-type qualities, winning the world title was the best thing that could’ve happened for his organization. Meanwhile, Couture will continue to wade through the media frenzy and likely begin preparing for his next fight against Mirko Cro Cop, a monster from Croatia who is arguably the top knockout artist in the sport. Despite being the champion, Couture will likely enter that fight as the underdog. Do I think Couture can overcome the odds again? “Welllllllllllllll …” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Exclusive – Former Chelsea ace: Lampard MUST be respected for Man City move

first_imgFormer Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho has suggested that Blues fans should respect club legend Frank Lampard’s decision to join Manchester City.City boss Manuel Pellegrini revealed the England midfielder has agreed to join the Premier League champions until January, as he prepares for his permanent move to newly-formed MLS side New York City.Lampard’s shock switch was met with mixed reaction from the Chelsea fanbase, with some supporters questioning his legendary status at the club having transferred to a top flight rival.But former team-mate Carvalho, who won three Premier League titles and three FA Cups during a six-season stay at Stamford Bridge, accepts the decision was made for purely football reasons.“Obviously I would prefer to see Frank in a Chelsea shirt, but you have to respect his decision to move to City,” the former Portugal international told talkSPORT.“It’s a professional decision he has made for the football, so you must respect that from a player like Lampard.”last_img read more

Burton to host Liverpool, Chelsea facing Bristol Rovers – EFL Cup draw in full

first_imgBurton’s first round win in the EFL Cup has been rewarded with the opportunity to host English giants Liverpool in the second round.The Reds will travel to the Pirelli Stadium on the week commencing August 22, as a number of Premier League sides enter the tournament.Chelsea, entrants at the second round stage due to their struggles last season, will host League One outfit Bristol Rovers at Stamford Bridge after the Gas beat Cardiff City on Thursday night.Elsewhere, Luton’s incredible first round win over Aston Villa sees them set up against Leeds United, who required penalties to beat Fleetwood on Wednesday.Full Draw:QPR v RochdaleScunthorpe v Bristol CityWatford v Gillingham Peterborough v SwanseaEverton v YeovilMillwall v Nottm ForestSunderland v ShrewsburyLuton v LeedsChelsea v Bristol CityBurton v LiverpoolBlackburn v CreweAccrington v BurnleyCrystal Palace v BlackpoolMorecambe v BournemouthPreston v OldhamOxford v BrightonReading v MK DonsFulham v MiddlesbroughNewcastle v CheltenhamExeter v HullDerby v CarlisleNorthampton v West BromWolves v CambridgeStevenage v StokeNorwich v Coventry Liverpool will travel to the Pirelli Stadium to play Burton Albion 1last_img read more

Transfer news: West Ham and Everton set for January battle over Man United flop

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Kagawa, who scored six times in 57 appearances for United during a two-year stint, has been linked with a surprise return to the Premier League in recent weeks.Everton have been tracking the Japan international closely and according to Calciomercato, West Ham have now also joined the race for the midfielder.With Kagawa firmly out of favour at Dortmund, the Hammers believe they can strike a deal with the German club for around £12million. Latest Football Stories MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Crunch talks between Kagawa and Dortmund chiefs are expected to commence in the coming days as the Japanese midfielder assesses his options ahead of the January window. REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury center_img ADVICE West Ham and Everton are set to battle for ex-Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa.The 29-year-old Japan midfielder has made just four appearances for Borussia Dortmund this season and is considering his options ahead of the January transfer window. BEST OF Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ shining Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REPLY no dice 1 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Borussia Dortmund ace Shinji Kagawa last_img read more


first_imgDonegal team share a joke at the Mount Errigal for the launch of the Celebrate Sam DayA Celebrate Sam Day will take place at the Mount Errigal Hotel Letterkenny this Thursday 18th April from 12- 8pm.The county board have a number of goals they want to achieve with this project.“It’s a chance to give as many people as possible the opportunity to have a top quality professional photograph with the Sam Maguire Cup which they can have framed and cherish,” said a spokesman. They are hoping to repeat the event in Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal Town and Buncrana in coming weeks.CELEBRATE SAM DAY AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CELEBRATE SAM DAY AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTELlast_img read more

Over 200 homes without power across Donegal

first_imgA number of electricity outages have been reported around Donegal this Tuesday morning, leaving over 200 properties without power.Faults have occurred in West Donegal, Ballyshannon and Stranorlar.Over 100 customers are affected by outages in Ballyshannon. ESB repair crews are working on the issue and expect to have service restored by 11.45am. Meanwhile, power is out in Portnoo and outside Ardara. Supplies are expected to be restored before 1pm.Another outage in Stranorlar, affecting up to 50 properties, is expected to be repaired by 12.15pm.Updates are available on 200 homes without power across Donegal was last modified: December 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Power arms, Chapman’s home run lead A’s past Astros

first_imgOAKLAND — The Athletics rediscovered the formula that put them in the playoffs Wednesday night and did it against the team that stands in the way of American League West supremacy.A sixth-inning home run by Matt Chapman provided the winning run in a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros at the Coliseum, with the power-arm trio of Frankie Montas, Lou Trivino and Blake Treinen dominating before a crowd of 11,323 at the Coliseum.It was the first win by the A’s over the Astros after four consecutive …last_img