Zverev signals arrival, beats Djokovic to win Italian Open

first_imgTrump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates after winning his semi final match against John Isner, of the United States, at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Saturday, May 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME  — Alexander Zverev signaled his anticipated arrival among the tennis elite by defeating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 Sunday to win the Italian Open.The 20-year-old Zverev became the youngest player to win a Masters 1000 event since Djokovic won in Miami a decade ago at 19.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working 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 respitecenter_img Melindo new IBF champion LATEST STORIES Zverev broke in the very first game and was never really challenged by Djokovic, who appeared drained after having to win two matches Saturday to reach the final.The title will move Zverev up to a career-high No. 10 in the rankings Monday and place him among the contenders for the French Open, the year’s second Grand Slam which begins next Sunday.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 groundEarlier, Elina Svitolina surged to No. 1 in the season-long rankings race by beating Simona Halep 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the women’s final. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Roach would love a PacMay rematch, but unsure it would ever happen

first_imgView comments “It’s still the most disappointing day of my life,” said Roach on Tuesday during the PSA Forum.READ: Pacquiao teases Mayweather rematchFEATURED 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 groundPacquiao dropped a 116-112, 116-112, 118-110 decision to Mayweather, who retired unbeaten later that year going 49-0, and the Hall-of-Fame trainer feels the Filipino ring superstar wasn’t at his best during the fight.“I know Manny can do much better than he did on that fight,” he said. LATEST STORIES READ: ‘Feeling young’ Pacquiao eager for MayweatherPacquiao did reveal he fought Mayweather with an injured right shoulder and immediately went under the knife to repair a torn rotator cuff.Roach likes to see a second installment between the two rivals but he admitted he’s uncertain if it will happen.“Would I love to see a rematch with Mayweather? Yes. But will it happen? I’m not sure,” Roach said.READ:  Mayweather invite stirs speculation of second fightADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Like Shaun Livingston, JaVale McGee perfect fit on Warriors Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle 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 More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot deadcenter_img China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Mayweather, 40, hasn’t fought since announcing his retirement in Sept. 2015 but the former pound-for-pound king has been rumored to fight MMA star Conor McGregor. Trainer Freddie Roach(l)and Boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines(R), talk during a news conference with Jessie Vargas, USA, at The Wynn Las Vegas, November 2, 2016.Pacquiao will challenge Vargas for the WBO Welterweight Championship Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. / AFP PHOTO / John GURZINSKIThe loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. two years ago still lingers as far as Freddie Roach is concerned.Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision in a fight no matter how uneventful still stands as the richest in boxing history.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Smith unstoppable as TNT clips Ginebra, takes Game 1

first_imgHe owned the shaded area going 16-of-22 from the field while also collecting 13 rebounds and four assists in just a little over 29 minutes off the bench.“Well again, just like the last game, if you give him minutes, he will give you the numbers,” TNT head coach Nash Racela said.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“I think today he had 35, rebounds maybe not that much, but because of Ginebra’s defense, they really concentrated on neutralizing Joshua and almost like having 2 or 3 guys on him every single time,” Racella added.But despite the Kings’ defensive game plan of crowding Smith with two or three defenders, the hefty import found ways to deliver for the KaTropa as if there was little resistance to hurdle. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Roger Pogoy also came up big for TNT with 17 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the three-point area while Jayson Castro, who was struggling all-game long offensively, hit the game-clinching 3-pointer with 12.2 seconds left.“I actually didn’t want him (Castro) to shoot the last shot but Jayson will be Jayson,” said Racela. “He was really born for those moments.”Castro was 0-of-9 from the field before hitting that dagger of a triple over Sol Mercado.The Kings never led but pulled within one possession thrice inside the final two minutes but each time, the KaTropa had answer with Pogoy, Smith and Castro hitting timely baskets.Justin Brownlee led Ginebra with 24 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. The Gin Kings look to even the series on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Ravena’s late three lifts Ateneo past La Salle Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions PBA IMAGESJoshua Smith threw his weight around and TNT held off top seed Barangay Ginebra, 100-94, to take Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Sunday night at Mall of Asia Arena.The 6-foot-8, 300-pound Smith scored 29 of his 35 points in the second half including an 18-point third quarter as the KaTropa weathered the Gin Kings’ fightback.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleetlast_img read more

LOOK: Netizens abuzz over confirmed McGregor-Mayweather bout

first_imgThe much-anticipated announcement sent shock waves in social media, with fans and professional athletes alike sharing their two cents on one of the biggest matches ever in combat sports.In true McGregor fashion, the Irish UFC lightweight champion reignited the rivalry by taking a jab at his counterpart’s age.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Several athletes, on the other hand, expressed their desire to participate in the historic card, including retired NFL-wide receiver Chad Johnson and UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miotic, who called out his boxing counterpart Anthony Joshua.I want to fight on Mayweather-McGregor undercard— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) June 14, 2017 For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in 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 This won’t be good for anyone except for those making money off it. Terrible idea. Mayweather will work McGregor like a heavy bag. https://t.co/teaCRxdZbp— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) June 14, 2017 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hey @anthonyfjoshua let’s have a proper tussle and still have time for tea and crumpets before the main event! #MayweatherMcGregor— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) June 14, 2017Elite female striker Chris “Cyborg” Justino also expressed her desire to face female boxing champion Cecilia Brækhus in the undercard.Imagine @FloydMayweather vs @TheNotoriousMMA #MayweatherMcGregor with @criscyborg vs @1LadyCecilia on the #lasvegas event! @MayweatherPromo https://t.co/HLq18LYhDR Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Fil-Am fan who asked Klay Thompson to sign toaster invited to Dubs’ victory parade — #UFC214 #LetsGoChamp (@criscyborg) June 14, 2017Others, meanwhile, weighed in on the blockbuster fight’s effect on boxing’s future.  /raThere’s no way Conor vs. Floyd on August 26 doesn’t hurt Canelo vs. GGG three weeks later. Mac vs. May is obviously the bigger fight.— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) June 14, 2017 THE FIGHT IS ON. pic.twitter.com/KhW0u3jRft— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 14, 2017Pundits, meanwhile, are already questioning McGregor’s chances, this being his first professional boxing match. The fact that he’ll be facing an undefeated defensive tactician only made people doubt his chances of victory even more.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak View comments LATEST STORIES After almost a year of endless teasing, the Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. crossover bout is finally set in stone.READ: Mayweather, McGregor agree to August super fightADVERTISEMENT Floyd/Pac had 4.4 million. I’ve seen estimates as high as 5.0 million for Mayweather-McGregor. seems like it will be close at least. https://t.co/FnukVWxw86— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) June 14, 2017 Man, much respect to Floyd Senior still getting a few rounds in at the gym. I hope I can still train at that age.Respect. pic.twitter.com/Q2jv4Lffgd— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 13, 2017 Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte McGregor is going to get battered, I reckon. Tbf though, I’d let Mayweather knock me out for a few million. https://t.co/L03DBwoxF9— Kirk McKeand (@MckKirk) June 14, 2017Twelve rounds of defensive boxing with Connor throwing hard and missing a lot. The build up will be fun though! https://t.co/UpXY55x3OH— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) June 14, 2017 Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Mayweather v McGregor will last two rounds. Three, maybe, but only if Floyd wants it to. pic.twitter.com/iNe1T6Grzj— Rob AF. (@RobForbesDJ) June 14, 2017last_img read more

London 2017 | Harley backs Hyde for 400m hurdles final

first_img NOT WITHOUT CHALLENGES LONDON, England: After guiding 400m hurdler Jaheel Hyde to a season that has seen him improve considerably with regards to the times that he has registered, coach Christopher Harley is expecting the youngster to underline that growth with a spot in the final at the World Championships in London. Hyde, who was conditioned by Harley during his time at Wolmer’s Boys School during, which time he won international age group gold medals in the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles, returned to Harley’s coaching since the beginning of the season after a stint with Bert Cameron with the impact revealing itself immediately. In addition to beating much more established athletes this year, Hyde posted a personal best 48.52 seconds in his first race of the season and has gone sub 49 seconds twice since then compared to once in 2016. Now Harley is expecting him to take that form into the World Championships and secure a lane in the medal round, which would be an improvement on his semi-final finish at the Rio Olympics last year. “I am expecting him to do well, and my goal for him this year is to make the final because once he is there, anything is possible,” Harley said. “As you know this is my first year outside of high school working with Jaheel from the beginning of the season and it has been a little up and down but today I am happy based on how things have unfolded based on his preparation and participation and I am happy to say he has done well up to this point,” he continued. In comparing his experience as Hyde’s high school coach to their time together in the professional ranks, Harley noted that it has not been without its challenges. “The major difference is he is not playing football and I have had him from the beginning of the training season until now and I’m not saying that football didn’t play a part because it keeps you on edge just the same, but that alone makes a lot of difference,” Harley said, while noting he has paid special attention to increasing Hyde’s strength training workload. “It has been a little challenging but at the same time it has been good. I don’t have Wolmer’s to focus on, it’s just him and so I can give him all my attention,” he added. “I took one major step which is his strength. He never really had a chance to have much of a gym programme while he was with me in high school when he was playing football and by the time he came to track and field training I couldn’t do much where that is concerned,” Harley explained. “So this year I paid a lot of attention to his strength and I will always do that and as he gets stronger over the years I expect him to keep improving.”last_img read more

Brathwaite cleared to bowl again by ICC

first_imgDUBAI, UAE (CMC): Part-time West Indies off-spinner, Kraigg Brathwaite, has been cleared to bowl in international cricket after having his action approved by the International Cricket Council. In a release yesterday, the world governing body said the 24-year-old Barbadian’s action had been “found to be legal, and the player can continue bowling in international cricket.” The assessment of Brathwaite’s action at the Loughborough testing centre in England last month confirmed that the elbow extension for all of his deliveries were within the approved 15-degree level of tolerance. Brathwaite was reported to the ICC following the day/night first Test at Edgbaston a month ago when West Indies slumped to an innings and 209-run defeat inside three days. Known more for his prolific scoring at the top of the order, Brathwaite struck 134 and 95 in the second Test at Headingley to help West Indies square the three-match series with a five-wicket victory. The tourists lost the final Test at Lord’s by nine wickets.last_img read more

A bad Bett – Kenyan runner faces four-year ban for failed drug test

first_img Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong, the first woman to win Olympic gold in the marathon for Kenya, was banned for four years for EPO use last November after a tribunal rejected her explanation that the hormone was in her system because she underwent treatment for an ectopic pregnancy. There was no record of her hospital visit. Sumgong’s failed test was in February 2017, after her gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, meaning she was not stripped of the medal. The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya said it believed she was taking EPO ahead of the defence of her London Marathon title in April 2017. The recent high-profile cases rebut Kenyan track authorities’ claim that their top athletes are clean and doping is confined to lesser-known runners. The 800m World Championships bronze medallist Kipyegon Bett faces a four-year ban after the Kenyan runner tested positive for the blood-booster EPO, having already been suspended and charged with evading a doping check. The failed test was announced by the Athletics Integrity Unit, which handles doping cases for the IAAF. The 20-year-old Bett, World junior champion in 2016, was suspended two weeks ago for “refusing or failing to submit” to a doping test. He now faces a ban of 12 months after he won bronze at the London worlds. Bett is the fourth Kenyan to face doping charges since the start of the year and another high-profile athlete from the East African distance-running powerhouse to test positive for EPO. Kenya’s track and field reputation has been seriously damaged by the upsurge in doping cases in recent years, which has been accompanied by multiple incidents of corruption in the anti-doping system. In one of the latest cases, Asbel Kiprop, the 2008 Olympic champion and three-time world champion over 1500m, is facing a disciplinary tribunal after being charged with using EPO. His case revealed that a doping officer tipped him off beforehand about the supposedly secret drug test and received money from Kiprop. Other Kenyans facing doping charges include former 10,000m Commonwealth champion Lucy Wangui (morphine) and 2017 Athens Marathon winner Samuel Kalalei (EPO). Ruth Jebet, the Kenya-born 3,000m steeplechase prodigy who won gold at the 2016 Olympics at the age of 19, was also suspended this year and charged with using EPO. Jebet, who runs for Bahrain, won the Asian senior title at the age of 16 and broke the world record when she was 19. Sumgong banned for four yearslast_img read more

Wake up call! – Windies Women skipper Taylor wants more consistency

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Windies captain Stafanie Taylor believes that the recent drawn series against South Africa has highlighted the need for her side to improve their consistency. The hosts lost the first One-Day International of the three-match ICC Women’s Championship series by 40 runs but rebounded to win the decisive third contest by 115 runs here Saturday after last Wednesday’s second game was abandoned as a no-result. “We still have way more to go. We still need to improve on our 50-over game,” Taylor said following the impressive win in the day/night fixture at Kensington Oval. “We still need to get consistent where that is concerned. And I believe it’s just consistency. We have the players to do it, but we must work on being far more consistent.” The Windies were installed as favourites to win the series but were stunned in their opener last Sunday when they failed to chase down a modest 202 in good conditions. Taylor described the defeat as a “wake-up call”, forcing the side to quickly pull themselves together and focus on playing a positive brand of cricket. “I am not 100 per cent satisfied [with the outcome of the series]. Having lost the first game, we had to go back to the drawing board because we know South Africa have evolved, and they have been playing good cricket over the last few years,” the Jamaican explained. “So, [losing that first game] was a wake-up call for us – that we needed to get things going and get back to the drawing board and get back to the game we know we can play. “In the second game, I thought we did really well to restrict them to such a total (177 for eight off 38 overs), and I believe that if that game had played until the end, it would have been good.last_img read more

Packers in no rush to hire new coach

first_imgGREEN BAY, Wisconsin (AP): The Green Bay Packers’ head-coaching vacancy should be appealing for one big reason. He plays quarterback and signed a four-year, $134 million contract extension this year. Two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, though, will not be involved in the process of selecting Mike McCarthy’s successor, but is free to provide input, team president Mark Murphy said. And that seems fine with Rodgers, who said he was focused on the Packers’ final four games under interim coach Joe Philbin. “I think there’s an interest in who the next guy will be, but (Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst) and I have always had good lines of communication, their offices, like they say, are always open,” Rodgers said. “I’m not needing to be involved in that process.” Murphy said Rodgers was also not part of the decision to fire McCarthy following the stunning 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday that dropped Green Bay to 4-7-1. Chances of making the play-offs are slim. It appeared that most players had already left Lambeau Field by that point, with many Packers saying they had learned of the firing on social media or through text messages. “Found out probably the same way you did at the same time you did,” receiver Davante Adams said on Monday. “I was definitely surprised. But, it’s a business and business is business, and that’s what it is.” Rodgers was already home to celebrate his 35th birthday when he found out. “I’m sure I found out the same way that most of you found out,” Rodgers said, “and was just as shocked as many of you were.” “I think him and I, like any relationship, we have our amazing times, we have our times where we butt heads,” Rodgers said. “But the basis, like I said, was built on mutual respect and communication. … We spent time together and growing our friendship and we accomplished a lot together.” From Adams to Rodgers, nearly every player in the locker room spoke highly of McCarthy, who overall had a successful tenure of 12-plus seasons highlighted by a Super Bowl win in the 2010 season. The 55-year-old McCarthy led the Packers to nine play-off appearances and four trips to the NFC title game overall. But offensive struggles this year followed a 2017 season in which Rodgers broke his right collarbone and the team missed the postseason. In 2016, the Packers started 4-6 before winning eight straight to get to the conference championship game. Murphy said it was time to make a change after the embarrassing loss to Arizona.last_img read more

“Mardi Gras: The Masquerade Ball” for Old Year’s Night

first_imgThe Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) is hosting its first Old Year’s Night party dubbed “Mardi Gras: The Masquerade Ball” on Saturday, December 31, at Triumph Lounge, Lot 8 Barrack Street, Kingston, Georgetown.Partygoers are encouraged to come out early and indulge one last time for 2016! The festivities start at 21:00h with free cocktails for partygoers who arrive before midnight, free party favours and free finger foods.Mix Master Tony will keep the celebrations energised with the best hits in all genres of music as we bid farewell to 2016 and usher in 2017. Revellers are encouraged to wear their best “Carnivalesque” party attire and take full advantage of all the offerings at “Mardi Gras: The Masquerade Ball”.Limited pre-sold tickets cost $2000 and can be purchased from Oasis Cafe, 125 Carmichael Street; Triumph Lounge, 8 Barrack Street; Vintage Wine Bar and Lounge, 218 Lamaha Street; and SASOD’s office, 169 Charlotte Street.Patrons will pay more at the door.All proceeds from this fundraiser go to SASOD’s LGBT Emergency Shelter Fund to provide emergency shelter for LGBT victims of violence in Guyana.last_img read more