View comments Serena powers towards record title, top ranking Raonic saved a break point at 4-4 in the third set with a blistering forehand winner, and Bautista Agut double-faulted in the following game to give the Canadian a break and set point.Raonic then went on a run of seven games as the stadium roof was closed because of rain, changing the complexion of the match as the Canadian’s serve dominated.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal The big-serving Canadian will face either 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal or French sixth seed Gael Monfils in the last eight.He is 3-3 in career matches with Monfils, but trails Nadal 6-2 in their previous meetings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnIt is the third straight year Raonic has reached the quarter-finals in Australia, and it is also his sixth quarter-final at a major, the most by any Canadian player.Raonic, who stretched his record to 5-0 over the Spaniard, served up 33 aces but also had his issues with his serve as he was broken three times, along with nine double faults. Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims LATEST STORIES Canada’s Milos Raonic plays a low forehand to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Third seed Milos Raonic charged home to claim a quarter-final spot at the Australian Open with a fluctuating four-set win over Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday.Raonic had early problems before he recovered under a closed roof to win 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 against the 13th-seeded Bautista Agut in two hours, 52 minutes on Hisense Arena.ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member
Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos READ: NBA: LeBron to miss Cavaliers’ season finale But despite a four-game losing streak which culminated with Wednesday’s 98-83 defeat to Toronto, James is confident the Cavaliers will raise their game as they prepare for game one of their best-of-seven series against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We have good chance to win it all, but it starts with our opponent in two days,” James said.“So we have to be very determined but we have to be very smart about our game plan and how we execute. Through everything that went on with our team, we’re in a position where we can do something special still.” “We have a good club going to the postseason and that’s all I can ask for right now. At the end of the day I can’t have my mind focused on the past right now. The present is the only thing that matters.”In last year’s epic NBA Finals series against the Warriors, James inspired the Cavaliers in an unprecedented recovery from 3-1 down to a 4-3 series victory.‘Locked in’James is once again relishing his leadership role as the playoffs come into view.“Preparing this group, getting us locked in, and understanding what our opportunity is,” James explained. “Let’s get ready to go. Nothing changes for me. I’ve got to be the leader of this team every time I step on the floor.“I’ve gotta command these guys and put them in the right positions to be successful. And I’ve gotta do it at both ends. And if I do that we’ve got a good chance.”READ: Cavs slump sparks drama for NBA championsThe biggest obstacle to James and the Cavaliers chances of a repeat NBA title comes in the formidable shape of the Warriors.The Western Conference top seeds have by far the best record in the NBA this season, finishing in first place with 67 wins against 15 losses.Ominously for their rivals, there are signs that the Warriors are building irresistible momentum at the right time.Kevin Durant has returned to form and fitness following his extended injury lay-off, draining 29 points in 27 minutes during a routine 109-94 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. MOST READ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Stephen Curry meanwhile, who added 20 points in the win, revealed that the Warriors were brimming with confidence as they geared up for Sunday’s opening playoff game against the Portland Trail Blazers.Curry explained that the team’s mindset had changed from a year ago, when they were defending their title following a record-breaking regular season.“We’re chasing something — we’re not protecting anything this year,” Curry said.“Feel good. Feel confident. I just like the way we ended the season this year.”Elsewhere in the Western Conference this weekend, a battle of triple-double kings Russell Westbrook and James Harden looms large as the Oklahoma City Thunder open their series against the Houston Rockets.Game one takes place in Houston on Sunday. The second-seeded San Antonio Spurs meanwhile open against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday while the fifth-seeded Utah Jazz travel to the Los Angeles Clippers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government READ: NBA: Spurs punish Cavaliers The Cavaliers will head into Saturday’s opener buoyed by the knowledge they have already dominated the Pacers this season, winning their mini-series 3-1 over the course of the campaign.James however insists that his mind is solely focused on the challenge of the here and now as he leads the Cavaliers into battle once more.“I’m not going to harp on about what happened in the regular season through injuries, through good wins, through bad losses,” James told reporters on Thursday.READ: NBA: Frustrated LeBron bemoans Cavs organizationADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Alonso wary of United threat, Spurs ready to pounce Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots from the line in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)LeBron James believes the Cleveland Cavaliers are ready to defend their NBA crown as the postseason gets under way this weekend with the Golden State Warriors desperate to reclaim their throne.The Cavaliers stumbled into the playoffs after an erratic finale to the regular season which saw them pipped for the number one ranking in the Eastern Conference by the Boston Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town View comments
China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Smith’s status still unclear after early exit in TNT loss MOST READ View comments Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer If coach Tim Cone had it his way, he’d love to have legend Robert “Sonny” Jaworski in attendance every Ginebra game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“Boy, I just hope he comes every game,” he quipped.Jaworski once again went to the Gin Kings dugout and rallied the troops at halftime. The Gin Kings, though, were already well ahead at halftime, 61-47, and ran away with the 125-101 victory over TNT. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sonny Jaworski enters the Ginebra dugout at halftime. #PBA2017 pic.twitter.com/5WB15XrDHm— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) June 15, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Cone is hopeful that the players took Jaworski’s words to heart as the Gin Kings seek to force a deciding Game 5 and advance to their third straight Finals appearance.“We needed him to go there and say it on Game 4 and Game 5,” the two-time Grand Slam-winning mentor joked. “It’s nice to have him here. Hopefully, he could keep coming. His presence casts a big shadow on the team. He blocks the sun for us. He’s such a huge presence for us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Still, Cone cherishes the special attention given to them by the PBA great.“It’s always nice to see Senator Jaworski here. You feel so much better about yourself after that. I think we lost once when he came, but we’ve played well every time he’s come. So yeah, I think it’s great for the fans that he’s here and that they could see him in the flesh, especially the young fans,” he said.For Jaworski’s part, he shared that he didn’t say but he hoped to be the inspiration Ginebra needed to wage back from a 0-2 series deficit in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.“Nothing really. I just said ‘let’s go, adjust a little on defense” he said.“I think they came prepared, although they got to work more on their defense to really comeback. Honestly, I think they can do more and they can do better especially on defense. It’s just like a round robin on the other side. Meaning, there’s a lack of pressure. If they do that, they can win the next game.”ADVERTISEMENT
LONDON, England: Jamaica’s women have gobbled up half of the medals on offer in the 100 and 200 metres at the last seven international championships – that’s every major event from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to last year’s instalment in Rio de Janeiro. The country also boasts the current sprinting titan, Elaine Thompson, with the Olympic double champion at the top of her game having one of the most dominant streaks in female sprinting. Thompson has won all but one of her last 21 races over 100m, with her only loss coming in the heats at the London Diamond League a few weeks ago. She represents the latest flag-bearer in a long time of dominant Jamaican women over that period, with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson all sprinting their way onto the podium at the World Championships and Olympic levels in the eight-year stretch. The 25-year-old made light work of qualifying for today’s semi-final at 7:10 p.m. (1:10 p.m. Jamaica time) It will take a small miracle to keep her out of the 9:50 p.m. (3:50 p.m.) final, but while Thompson has well and truly started her journey as Jamaica’s next sprinting icon, she will have a few less-decorated compatriots Thompson eased her way to a 11.05 win in her heat; Jura Levy (11.09) and Natasha Morrison (11.21) ran third in their respective first-round assignments, while Simone Facey came out relieved after a nervous wait, qualifying as a ‘fastest’ loser after her fourth-place finish in her heat in 11.29. For Levy and Morrison, playing their role in extending Jamaica’s golden spell in the female sprints is not just an ambition, but a duty, which they hope will be fulfilled sooner rather than later. “Yes, there is a point to prove As long as I stay injury-free, train hard and do what I am supposed to do, I think I can be one of those athletes to continue Jamaica’s success,” said Morrison, who was a finalist at the Beijing 2015 World Championships. “I think Jamaica has the best sprinters. Morrison, 24, knows she has some way to go before she can carve her name beside the island’s best, but is focusing on the first step and the corrections needed to make it to the final. “My start, I think that I am not executing my race how I should, but I just have to work on it. I am happy to advance because the conditions were not what I was looking forward to,” said Morrison, who is nearing her best after an injury-ravaged year in 2016. Twenty-six year-old Levy is also cognisant of the expectations weighed on any sprinter wearing Jamaican colours. “I think it’s always about our legacy when you are performing for your country. Whenever you put the gear on, it’s a different feeling and I think we are all obligated,” Levy said. The women’s 100m final will highlight today’s third day of competition as Jamaica revs up its medal charge in the English capital. Quarter-milers Nathon Allen, who scared fans when he was seen being taken to the medical area after his 44.91 win in the heat yesterday, and Demish Gaye, who was second in his race with 44.98, will hunt lanes in the 400m final in today’s semis, which start at 7:40 p.m. (1:40 p.m.). Allen was later said to have been slightly dehydrated following the race, but was shortly afterwards cleared of any concerns. POINT TO PROVE
GUIDE YOUNG PLAYERS Harbour View’s central defender Christopher Harvey is aiming to end his career with a big bang by leading his club to next season’s Red Stripe Premier League title. The 35-year-old Harvey, who has been at the club for 18 years, told The Sunday Gleaner last Friday that this season will be his last. “This is my last season and so I am looking forward to helping Harbour View to finish the season with the most points and then to win the trophy,” said Harvey, who won three Premier League titles with the Stars of the East during his career. “I think that we can win the competition this season, but it is a pretty much a young team, but the players are willing to work hard,” he said. Harvey, who has seven caps for the national team, noted that he is in great shape ahead of the season. “I am training like a 20-year-old,” said Harvey. “I am very fit and my body is in tip-top shape, and I will be ready for action when the competition starts,” the former Camperdown, Clarendon College and Donald Quarrie High player said. Harvey noted that he has been helping to guide the young players in the Harbour View team. “I let them know what this competition is all about and what to expect when the season starts,” said Harvey. “I let them know that it is not hard, but it is not going to be easy. I also let everyone feel comfortable because everyone look up to me and any problems that they have they run to me and I do the best that I can to help them,” said the veteran player, who plans to go into coaching after he hangs up his boots.
PERFECT NEIGHBOUR again proved himself one of the most consistent two-turn horses in training, swooping down on SUPERLUMINAL at the top of the straight and powering home in yesterday’s 10-furlong Governor General’s Stakes. Sent off as the even-money favourite with Omar Walker, the 2013 Jamaica Derby winner sat off the pace in the five-horse field while stablemate DYSFUNCTIONAL dragged HOUDINI’S MAGIC and SUPERLUMINAL off their bridles from the start. Racing alongside another stablemate, HOVER CRAFT, down the backstretch, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR made his move five furlongs out to race a clear fourth and went by HOUDINI’S MAGIC, approaching the three-furlong marker, to pounce on SUPERLUMINAL and DYSFUNCTIONAL coming off the home turn. Worn out from having to chase DYSFUNCTIONAL, SUPERLUMINAL surrendered without a fight as PERFECT NEIGHBOUR quickly hit the front and pulled away to win by a length and a half, posting 2:07.3 for the distance. Superfit DYSFUNCTIONAL rallied down along the rail inside the last half-furlong to overhaul SUPERLUMINAL, who was done in by champion trainer Wayne DaCosta’s tag team and weakened into third place. DaCosta and Walker teamed up to sweep the afternoon’s feature races after earlier landing the six-furlong Knutsford Park Cup with the filly MISS FORMALITY, who recovered from interference three furlongs out to win the non-winners-of-two event by three-quarter length from fast-finishing 16-1 outsider APOLLO BAY. DaCosta’s perennial pursuer in the trainers’ standings, Anthony Nunes, combined with Panamanian jockey Dick Cardenas for a two-timer, ICE COLD and MIRABILIS, in the second and 10th races, respectively. Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Wednesday.
DUBAI, UAE (CMC): West Indies have suffered another setback before next week’s first Test against India after frontline seamer Kemar Roach was forced to return home due to the death of his grandmother. The 30-year-old Barbadian, who has formed a formidable new-ball partnership with Shannon Gabriel over the last 12 months, was scheduled to leave yesterday for Bridgetown, Barbados. A Cricket West Indies statement said Roach would not be replaced but would rejoin the squad in India following the funeral. The first Test bowls off in Rajkot next week Thursday with the second match carded for Hyderabad from October 12-16. Roach is the unit’s most successful seamer, having played 48 Tests and taken 163 wickets. He is one of five pacers in the touring party along with Gabriel, captain Jason Holder and the uncapped pair of Sherman Lewis and Keemo Paul. Only last week, speedster Alzarri Joseph was forced out of the squad with fitness concerns, leaving the Windies short of a bowler with Test experience. On Monday, Windies players were also hit with the news of head coach Stuart Law’s resignation effective year end.
Today’s matches Bernard is hoping KC can bring their ‘A’ game to today’s match. “It should be a treat for the spectators to see some good football from two attacking teams. St George’s are second in goals scored in the competition so they must be strong in attack. There are areas we can exploit but we have to be smart because they have quality and are very flexible. We have plans of our own and we are hoping we can come away winners,” he stated. Bernard noted that a good start was crucial at this stage of the competition. “We just have to ensure we turn up. It is important to get off to a good start as when it gets to this round you don’t want to get left behind. The team is well drilled and everybody knows their role. Kingston College’s hopes will rest on Ronaldo Robinson, Oneeko Allen, Trayvon Reid, Renato Campbell, Dwayne Atkinson and Travar Tingling. TREAT FOR SPECTATORS Kingston College’s (KC) head coach Ludlow Bernard, and St George’s College’s assistant coach Marcel Gayle, are both predicting a very competitive match when the Corporate Area neighbours meet in the latest renewal of the famed North Street football battle today. The teams will clash in the 3 p.m. feature match of an ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup quarterfinal round double-header at the Stadium East field. In the opening game, Camperdown High will face Charlie Smith High at 1p.m. In another double header at Calabar High, Wolmer’s Boys will first oppose Holy Trinity High at 1 p.m. before St Andrew Technical and defending champions Jamaica College meet in a repeat of last year’s final. According to Gayle the KC, St George’s clash is not a normal game. “It’s a derby. It’s not a regular or normal game. We are neighbours and derby games are always competitive, so all I am looking for is a competitive game and good football,” he said. He added: “I expect a very cagey one (game). KC haven’t lost a game, we haven’t lost either so it’s going to be end-to-end stuff. The team that concentrates most throughout the game and take their opportunities will prevail. “We just want to go out and play good football and do what we are supposed to do. We have a plan and hopefully we can go out and execute the plan. Confidence is high in the team and the guys are raring to go out and play.” The ‘Light Blues’ will look to players such as Chantomoi Taylor, Damani Harris, Emelio Rousseau, Tyrese Bennett, Cheva Denton and Raheem Williams to get the better of KC. – 1 p.m: Wolmer’s Boys vs Holy Trinity – Calabar – 1 p.m: Camperdown vs Charlie Smith – Stadium East – 3 p.m: STATHS vs JC – Calabar – 3 p.m: KC vs St George’s – Stadium East
Doha,Qatar: Akeem Bloomfield has admitted that the decision he and his coach, Henry Rolle, made to concentrate on the 200m earlier this season was a mistake and has said that he will be focusing on the 400m next season. The former Kingston College athlete opted to run the 200m instead of the 400m at the Jamaica Senior Championships back in June, but he did not secure one of the top three spots in the event and was given a place to run the quarter-mile event after Terry Thomas and Javon Francis did not make the qualifying mark to compete here. “I started with the 200m, and so the endurance side of racing took a really long time to develop, and I got hurt a lot before switching back to the 400m,” Bloomfield said after finishing eighth in the men’s 400m final here at the IAAF World Championships. “I think for the majority of next season, me and my coach will be sticking to the 400m.” Bloomfield, who predominantly runs the 400m, became one of the few men in history to have gone under 44 seconds and 20 seconds in the 400 and 200m, respectively, last season. His 19.81 seconds at the London Anniversary Games last year may have prompted the decision to concentrate on the 200m. “I have no excuses,” he said. “It just didn’t work out for me this year. My body has been feeling a bit tired. I was happy to be in the final, and valuable experience can be taken from it,” he said about how he performed in the 400m final on Friday.
All preparations are in place for the highly anticipated second annual “Bell West Big Night and Vehicle Sound Off” this Saturday evening at the Bell West Community Centre ground, West Bank Demerara. Thus far, several music systems are tuning their basses and ranges for the clash which is expected to be off the hook. Those ready for the showdown are Big Life Sound, Power Sonic and others.In addition, several vehicles that are known for their high quality sounds have already registered and promise patrons will get their money’s worth. The vehicle sound off will be judged in four categories – Mini Extreme Car, Extreme Car, Mini Extreme Bus and Canal Number Two Sound Off.The event is expected to be sizzling hot and also tasty since there will be the juiciest Bar-B-Que on sale. Also, there will be lots for the entire family, especially children, who can participate in several attractions including bouncy castle, merry-go-round and others such as face painting.Admission to the event is 0 with Bar-B-Que being sold for 00. Bell West Big Night and Vehicle Sound Off is promoted by Hype Entertainment.