Andre: Event? ‘KC’ Graham: Congrats, first, on your call about Gatlin tightening up. You were perfect. Andre: Thank you, Sir. Andre: He gave it away. Andre: Not used to that kinda pressure. KC: Men’s 400m. Andre: Tough one. Andre: Ok, you start. KC: What a start to the men’s 400 metres, amazing and unbelievable running in the first round. Can this continue all the way to the final, and who will come out on top here? Andre: It might, but surely those who ran sub-44 in the heats cannot find that sort of time again in the next round. There is so much talent in this 400m field, anything can happen – almost. KC: Before going further, I would just like to highlight the massive PR and national record done by Rusheen McDonald, as this is truly unbelievable. Andre: Amazing … . I never saw that coming. At least, not at this point. But did he run too fast too soon. And how can this affect his ambitions to make the final? KC: I think that it will surely affect those guys who ran in that second heat, where two ran sub-44 and three did sub-45. This is crazy running, and it will be interesting to see how many of them from this heat advance to the final, after going into a different threshold. Andre: We’ve seen a lot of good running all season from folks like Van Niekerk, Makwala and others, but despite their improvements, the class-athlete here is Kirani James, and I think he’s desperate to make up for Moscow and will win comfortably here. KC: He did win his heat quite easily, along with Merritt and Van Niekerk. However, I was most impressed with Van Niekerk running out of lane nine. Both Bromwell and DeGrass, who medalled in the 100 metres, have shown that experience will be no factor at these Championships, as once you come with your A-game, anything can happen and Van Vanierk has beaten James already this season, and this could play on the mind of James. Andre: I have been told that James is in super shape and is focused on a big performance here… . That’s all I need to hear. James for the win, with a strong time of 43.6 KC: After losing to the South African in his only defeat this season, I think he will want to show that that was just a one-off thing and will be eager to put things right when they meet again. He will start as favourite, but Van Niekerk cannot be taken lightly. And do not write off Merritt, who would have been waiting all season for this moment.
MOSCOW (AP):The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wants three outside experts to oversee the clean-up of Russia’s anti-doping system.A WADA report in November accused Russia of operating a state-sponsored doping programme in track and field and also led to the national anti-doping agency RUSADA being stopped from carrying out tests, following accusations that it covered up drug use by Russian athletes.As RUSADA tries to earn back its right to run Russia’s anti-doping operation, WADA announced yesterday that it would appoint two “international experts” to oversee the process and wants a third to sit on RUSADA’s board.”There is much work to be done if RUSADA is to become compliant again,” WADA director general David Howman said in a statement.”By appointing independent international experts, WADA will be able to monitor the situation and determine when requirements will have been met that will protect the rights of clean athletes worldwide and help re-establish public confidence in the Russian anti-doping programme.”UK BODY TO TAKE CHARGEMeanwhile, the UK Anti-Doping agency said yesterday that it had been asked by WADA to run Russia’s doping test system across all sports, while RUSADA is suspended and is close to signing a contract. WADA said this would mean “targeted and intelligence-led testing” for Russian athletes.”If you are talking about state-sponsored doping, you question whether it is just limited to just athletics. You have to be careful you are not singling one sport out in an effort to avoid a bigger issue,” Nicole Sapstead, chief executive of UKAD, said at a briefing in London. “If anyone thinks this is purely about Russia and purely about athletics, they are supremely naive.”It is not single figures, the countries where they need to do more. I’m not saying it’s state-sponsored or corrupt. It’s whether they are fit for purpose. I would say there is a big question mark over a number of countries’ anti-doping organisations.”Even if Russia’s ban from track and field is lifted in time for the Olympics, no Russian athlete will be allowed to compete internationally without having been tested at least three times.Natalia Zhelanova, an adviser on anti-doping to Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, told Russia’s Tass agency that she expected UKAD to work with RUSADA and that the pair would start joint operations “by February”.
They may be close to the middle of the table, but these two rivals will top the bill in today’s round of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).Arnett Gardens, a team favoured by neutrals and one which increased in popularity when the likes of Walter Boyd, Onandi Lowe and Fabian Davis – all national players – donned their colours, will headline today’s RSPL action when they host their biggest rivals, Tivoli Gardens, in a game which represents more than football for many. Kick-off time is 3 p.m.While many will be looking on at the quality of football on display, others will be looking at the sharpness, or the lack thereof, of the Arnett Gardens team as they did not train for three days. The Junglists, as Arnett Gardens are dubbed, are, at least, one of two teams in turmoil after the salaries of players and coaching staff were slashed.”There are several things that can affect us, but we just have to put them behind us. Yes, we have not trained for three consecutive days and this morning we had a training session for the first time since then,” Arnett Gardens coach Jerome Waite confirmed to The Sunday Gleaner yesterday.That situation, Waite conceded, could give the visitors the advantage, but he added that the significance of the game will not allow his team to be anything less than competitive.”The opposing team could have the advantage, yes, but a game against Tivoli Gardens is always more than just a game. Politics is always a factor. There is the rivalry and bragging rights, of course. It is our equivalent of a Manchester City-Manchester United derby. That is how big it is.”With that being the situation, you know we will find a way. Anything but a positive result will not satisfy us. Our objective is to ensure that we don’t lose at home – as we did two years ago when we last won,” Waite explained.As far as Tivoli Gardens are concerned, they are running into good form at the right time.”We foresee that this game will be a very tough one as Arnett Gardens are playing well and are playing at home. Traditionally, these games are very physical ones and this should be no different,” Coach Omar Edwards said.”What is good for us is that we are coming off a good result. Our last game, a 3-0 win over Reno, shows that we are capable of scoring goals and preventing other teams from scoring, so this is a plus for us,” added Edwards.EXPERIENCE AND CONFIDENCEWhat is even more positive for Edwards is the fact that his team is gelling nicely. Veteran goalkeeper Edsel Scott, he said, has come in and brought experience and confidence to the team. Scott’s experience, as well as the quality of another veteran, Jermaine Johnson, added to those of emerging stars Elton Thompson, who has scored three goals in two games, and the midfield duo of Tevin Shaw and Marvin Stewart.Arnett Gardens, on the other hand, will be looking to the veteran pair of captain O’neil Thompson and Dicoy Williams to provide leadership at the back and count on the offensive gifts of Fabian Reid, Marvin Morgan, Kemal Malcolm and the young Damari Deacon to provide the ammunition.At Wespow Park, the defending champions, Montego Bay United, will have it all to do against leaders UWI FC, especially in the absence of their top forward, Dino Williams, who got himself sent off against Portmore United last week. Former champions Harbour View will be aiming to continue their stabilisation with a win over the struggling Jamalco.Second-placed Humble Lion will look to show their superiority over the surprisingly competitive Maverley-Hughenden FC. Wolry Wolfe has led Humble Lion from the front as always, but the Humble Lion backline will have to contend with Phillip Peddie, who has scored in every single game he has played since his return from overseas.Portmore United will be looking to add another scalp to their collection when they host the battling Waterhouse at Prison Oval, while Reno will be looking to put some distance between themselves and the bottom two when they host the embattled Boys’ Town.Today’s games:o 3 p.m: Humble Lion vs Maverley-Hughenden – Effortville Community Centreo 7 p.m: Harbour View vs Jamalco – Harbour View Stadiumo 3 p.m: Portmore United vs Waterhouse – Prison Oval Complexo 3 p.m: Montego Bay United vs UWI FC – Wespow Parko 3 p.m: Reno vs Boys Town – Frome Complexo 3 p.m: Arnett Gardens FC vs Tivoli Gardens FC – Anthony Spaulding Complex
LOS ANGELES, USA (AP):The young Utah Jazz have grown up quickly.Gordon Hayward scored 26 points and the Jazz eliminated the Los Angeles Clippers yesterday with a 104-91 victory, closing out the first-round series 4-3 to earn the franchise’s first postseason victory since 2010.”We’ve been through some pretty hard downs,” said Hayward, a seventh-year veteran. “It definitely feels really good to go from 25 wins to where we were this year making the playoffs, winning a series.”George Hill and Derrick Favors added 17 points apiece for the Jazz in what proved to be the easiest game of the back-and-forth series.The Jazz advanced to face top-seeded Golden State in the Western Conference semi finals. The Warriors swept Portland 4-0 and have been waiting since Wednesday to find out their next opponent.Game 1 is tomorrow in Oakland.SENT PACKINGThe Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan had 24 points and 17 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the series. Jamal Crawford added 20 points off the bench.Chris Paul had 13 points for the Clippers, who were sent packing in the first round for the second straight year. Last season, they lost to Portland after Paul and Blake Griffin went down with injuries. This time, they didn’t have Griffin again after he was lost in Game 3 with a big-toe injury.”It came down to today to keep us afloat, keep us alive,” Paul said. “We’re done.”
IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Altamirano was pleased the Thunder were able to pull the win off despite starting the game flat and falling behind, 18-2, to start the game.“We’re happy that we’re the first one to make it to the semis. In the first half, we were a bit shaky, we were so relaxed and were complacent, but the good thing is we got our game back in the third quarter,” said the veteran mentor, whose team poured in 41 points in the game-swinging third frame.Daniel Salonga paced also-ran AMA (1-7) with 20 points on a 5-of-16 shooting from the field, to go with five rebounds and four assists, while Mario Bonleon also fired blanks from the field with his 6-of-20 clip to wound up with 16 markers, four boards, and three dimes in the losing effort.The scores:FLYING V 114 – Salamat 33, Teng 21, Cañada 15, Banal 14, Torres 9, Thiele 7, Dionisio 6, Tampus 4, Austria 3, Colina 2, Gamboa 0, Mendoza 0, Paredes 0, Webb 0.ADVERTISEMENT “Jeron has nothing to prove when it comes to his scoring, but the good thing is he’s showing that he’s a multi-dimensional player,” said Flying V coach Eric Altamirano.Teng earned an entry into the PBA D-League’s elite triple-double club, joining the ranks of BDO-NU’s Ray Parks, Phoenix’s Mike Tolomia (twice), and Racal Motors’ Kent Salado as the only other players to achieve such feat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Eric Salamat captained his team’s three-point barrage en route to a game-high 33 points on a scorching 7-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc, on top of five steals. Flying V made 20 out of its 42 3-point attempts.Jerick Cañada tallied 15 points, five boards, and five assists, while Gab Banal registered a double-double of 14 markers and 12 rebounds. Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES AMA 91 – Salonga 20, Bonleon 16, Paras 14, Calma 13, Celso 9, Flores 7, Jordan 4, Carpio 3, Macaranas 3, Tobias 2, Alas 0, Asuncion 0.Quarters: 18-27, 43-45, 84-65, 114-91.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESJeron Teng bucked his early struggles to post a triple-double to anchor Flying V to a 114-91 rout of AMA Online Education and clinch the top seed in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Facing his former team, the 23-year-old swingman became only the fourth player in league history to reach the rare feat, posting 21 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds to keep the Thunder unblemished at 8-0.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ WATCH: Tennis fan yelling advice gets invite to play, puts on Kim Clijster’s skirt LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum preserved its immaculate record in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 94-92 stunner over Arellano Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Pirates finished the game on a blistering 20-5 run that overhauled a 13-point disadvantage in the fourth quarter as they sealed their 12th win in as many games.ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alvarez sees a knockout and a great fight against Triple G Down 87-74, Lyceum went on a 14-0 run capped off by a bucket from CJ Perez to regain the lead, 88-87, with a little over two minutes to go.“Hopefully it’s a challenge or a wake up call for us that we have to keep on playing until the final buzzer sounds,” said Pirates head coach Topex Robinson of the close call. “It’s going to be hard along the way but hopefully this game would turn us really into a great team.”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 Chiefs retaliated to get back on top, 91-88, but that was the last they would get the lead as the Pirates took over for good with 7.4 seconds left.Kent Salado still had the chance to tie the game but he missed one of his free throws with 6.5 ticks left. Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Winning start MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 Arellano slipped to 4-7, making its battle for a Final Four spot even tougher. View comments
When asked by reporters if he would consider joining the Saturday night festivities, the three-time NBA champion gave a short yet frank response.“Not when I can spend a Saturday night at home with my family,” James was quoted as saying by The Athletic.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 folkThe annual basketball exhibition is set to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, where the superstar forward owns a home in the city.With the league shifting to a high-octane offense with emphasis on three pointers, James has shown confidence in his stroke from beyond, averaging 4.8 attempts per contest. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Morris, Satoransky lead Wizards to 109-91 rout of Pistons 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Still, the 32-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers superstar is highly likely to participate in the All Star game itself, which would mark his 14th consecutive appearance. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:LeBron ‘bothered’ that some teammates disapproved of Wade signingADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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/Todd KirklandLeBron James was never regarded as much of a marksman from the three-point range, but he is currently experiencing his most efficient clip this season, making 42.5 percent of his attempts.But despite his career resurgence from beyond the arc, don’t expect “The King” to join the NBA All-Star Weekend three-point contest this coming February.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set
With the rest of the Beermen clicking on all cylinders, the defending champions pounced on a battle-weary Barangay Ginebra for an emphatic 102-90 victory Friday night to grab the headstart in their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinal series at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Beermen turned the duel into a one-sided affair as Arwind Santos led a balanced assault for coach Leo Austria’s charges, who turned up the heat early on a Ginebra team that was playing its fourth game in a week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I think its very important to win the first game in a series,” said Austria. “We’ll have a better chance (of winning the series), but we cannot rest on our laurels because we all know that Ginebra was playing well before this game.”Santos had 23 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc, while sophomore Von Pessumal delivered a breakout performance with a career-best 18 points, including four treys, as the Beermen dished out a conference-high 34 assists. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Fajardo took just five shots and finished with nine points in just 30 minutes as he made the Gin Kings pay for sagging the paint by constantly finding the Beermen’s gunners, who found their range and combined for 16-of-34 from beyond the arc.“They were sagging on June Mar and it was a good thing he became a facilitator,” said Austria. “The players deserved a lot of credit because they’ve been focused. They’re very determined.”The Gin Kings, who needed to beat Rain or Shine three times in the past week to reach the semifinals, trailed by as many as 19 points, the last at 64-45 on Santos’ triple in the third period. They never got closer than 12 the rest of the way as the Beermen found a response with each uprising.Ginebra coach Tim Cone thinks his team can still play better as the series goes along. Game 2 is on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I think physically we were there but mentally we were a step slow,” said Cone, whose squad had 25 turnovers. “We weren’t reacting quickly. We had three gruelling games against ROS and I think that it just caught up with us tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Can Cobb lead La Salle past NU? Cone said 7-foot center Greg Slaughter’s status remains day-to-day as he recovers from an ankle injury.Slaughter has missed Ginebra’s last four games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Miguel Beer did not need a big game from June Mar Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings 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 Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View comments
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—TNT didn’t need an import to escape Meralco, 92-90, in the PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.The KaTropa, who sent home underforming import Mike Glover, improved to 1-1 after losing to NLEX in their first game, 103-90, while the Bolts dropped to 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH duel vs China ‘just another game’ for debuting Clarkson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Durham had another 20-20 mark of 27 points and 22 rebounds to go along eight assists for the Bolts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo connected in the game’s most crucial plays that allowed the KaTropa to take a massive sigh of relief after the earlier minutes of a tumultuous fourth quarter.With Niño Canaleta guarding him on the right wing, Castro drove to the paint and kicked the ball to the open Romeo, who drilled a three that gave TNT a 90-85 lead with 18.2 seconds left to cap the KaTropa’s 8-0 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’It was also Castro who tied the game at 85 with a 3-pointer from the left wing with 1:42 left to play.TNT head coach Nash Racela said rebounding became their priority in the final two minutes after seeing Meralco import Allen Durham dominate the boards. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments “Durham was really imposing himself in the fourth quarter and getting a lot off offensive rebounds so during the timeout what we talked about was end every defensive possession with a rebound,” said Racela. “And I think we did that in the last two possessions.”Troy Rosario was able to take Chris Newsome’s miss and that defensive board that led to Castro’s game-tying three-point shot.And Castro once again got himself involved, this time on the defensive end when he stole the ball from Durham with 43 seconds left before dishing it out to Romeo for the clutch triple.Romeo finished with 23 points, eight rebounds, and 10 assists for TNT while Roger Pogoy had 19 points and five boards.Castro had 16 points, five rebounds, and six assists to add to the KaTropa’s tally while Rosario pitched in 13 points.ADVERTISEMENT
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Phoenix posts No. 3; Ginebra scores Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Rogen Ladon dominated Tongdee Yuttapong of Thailand, scoring a 5-0 win in the men’s flyweight division on Friday afternoon to earn a crack at the country’s fifth gold medal and make up for the exit of two other Filipinos at Jakarta International Expo here.Light flyweight Carlo Paalam bid the tournament goodbye after a 2-3 loss to Amit of India, and middleweight Eumir Marcial fell to Uzbekistan’s Israil Madrimov via the same score to settle for bronze medals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I just followed my coach’s instructions, and that is to use the straights to my advantage,” said Ladon, an Olympian in Rio de Janeiro two years ago, after securing the country’s second silver. He suffered a cut on the nose bridge after an accidental head butt in the second round.He goes for the gold medal—and the country’s first in the sport since 2010 in Guangzhou—against Uzbekistan’s Jasurbek Latipov at 3:15 p.m. (PH time) on Saturday. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Latipov had a more difficult time disposing of his enemy from Kyrgyzstan, Azat Uzinaliev, who hung tough before taking a 4-1 defeat.Team Philippines will continue to improve in the overall medal standings because of Ladon’s sure silver, taking a four-gold, one-silver, 15-bronze tally into the final two days before the curtains fall on the Games participated in by 45 countries.“It will be an all-out war with Latipov,” Ronald Chavez, Ladon’s coach, said. “They are both southpaws.”The men’s basketball team tore Syria to shreds as expected, 109-55, to finish fifth—two rungs better than the previous Games in Incheon.Jordan Clarkson scored 29 points, Christian Standhardinger had 27 and 15 rebounds and two others tossed in twin digits for the squad, which will come home Sunday and start preparations for the Fiba Asia window matches against Iran and Qatar starting Monday.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs JAKARTA—Team Philippines can still have the slam-bang finish it wants in the 18th Asian Games, thanks to a boxer who shrugged off a bad start en route to a convincing semifinal victory.ADVERTISEMENT The country’s soft tennis bets in the men’s division also barged into the quarterfinals after 2-1 victories over Laos and Pakistan, while the women bowed out after 3-0 losses to China and Chinese Taipei.The men will take on Chinese Taipei in Saturday’s quarterfinals.Also in Palembang, Hermie Mascariñas and Ojay Fuentes made it to the finals of the 200-meter men’s canoeing doubles event, clocking 41.441 seconds to finish third in their heat behind China and Kazakhstan. The medal round is set at 10 a.m. (PH time) on Saturday.The women triathletes finished with a lot of fight but short of a medal, with reigning Southeast Asian queen Kim Mangrobang and charming Filipino-American Kim Kilgroe winding up seventh and ninth, respectively, also in Palembang.Mangrobang faded in the final 2.5 kilometers of the run leg, slowed down by 30-degree Celsius heat, and clocked two-hours, 5 minutes and 20 seconds. Kilgroe timed a minute and 37 seconds slower.Japanese Yuko Takahashi won in 1:59:29.Still, it was an improvement from Mangrobang’s ninth-place finish in Incheon.“Humid conditions affected her because she came from Portugal where the weather is cool,” coach Ani de Leon-Brown said.The women’s volleyball team bowed to Kazakhstan, 11-25, 25-22, 15-25, 25-19, 14-16, and was relegated to the battle for seventh and eighth spots. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next