BRIGHTENED OUTLOOK The win has brightened Gaye’s outlook for this season. “Well, I’m looking forward to the World Championships, World University Games,” he quietly projected. “Just want to go to the Trials and make my mark there.” Weakened by Zika, he was eliminated in the semi-finals at the Trials, also known at the National Senior Championships, last year. Junelle Bromfield, the University of Technology star, followed up her recent Carifta Games 400m win with a season’s best time of 52.37 seconds, to edge Anastasia Le-Roy in the women’s equivalent. In other highlights, Olympic and World 400m bronze medal winner Shericka Jackson turned up for some speed work and set a personal best of 11.24 seconds in the 100m. O’Dayne Richards, Jackson’s MVP Track Club teammate and fellow World bronze medallist, extended his best shot put distance of 2017 to 20.74m. Demish Gaye delighted a small band of devoted track and field fans at the first JAAA All Comers meet with a winning 400m run of 44.85 seconds inside the National Stadium on Saturday. Gaye, the two-time Inter-Collegiate champion, broke through the 45 second barrier for the first time. The G.C. Foster College student-athlete indicated that the run is the result of his training which he says is going very well. The time lowered his personal best from 45.24 seconds, and is the fastest time by a Jamaican this year. “That gives me a lot of confidence,” he said of his performance. Running strongly from the start, Gaye resisted the mid-race surge of national champion Javon Francis to win. Speaking breathlessly after the race, he said: “Training has been going well and I’m healthy right now, and I just want to keep it that way for the rest of the season.” That was a reference to last season when an ill-timed bout of the Zika virus ruined his Olympic campaign. Francis, who emerged from the recent IAAF World Relays with an injury niggle, was timed in 46.52 seconds.
Arellano U coach Jerry Codiñera feels having home court advantage under the new format of NCAA Season 93 could be a double-edged sword.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 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 MOST READ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer The Stags pushed the Red Lions to the limit before fading down the stretch in a 76-67 loss last Saturday.But there were plenty of encouraging signs for coach Egay Macaraya as Michael Calisaan, RK Ilagan and Enzo Navarro worked well together for large parts of the game, giving the Stags a boost on both ends of the floor.Still, their efforts were not enough to lift the Stags, who got outrebounded, 54-32, by the Lions.“The character of the players is there,” said Macaraya. “We don’t have the tallest of players but the energy and effort is there. We’re going to get better as the season goes on.”The Stags will have to deal with fleet-footed guard Kent Salado, who led the Chiefs with 24 points against the Cardinals.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation “We can’t take them (Stags) for granted,” said Salado.The San Sebastian Staglets and the Junior Chiefs meet in the first game at 2 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Blu Girls turn back hosts in Canada Cup While he’s glad that his players will be in familiar territory, the PBA legend turned mentor is also wary that the same scenario could throw off the players and make them overconfident.That’s why he’s quick to remind his Chiefs to maximize that advantage when they host the San Sebastian Stags at 4 p.m. Thursday at Arellano Gym in Manila.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’“It helps to have home court advantage because we’re familiar with the gym and we have to utilize that,” said Codiñera, whose Chiefs prevailed over the Mapua Cardinals, 91-82, last Saturday.“But we shouldn’t bank on our home court alone. We have to outwork them too because we know what San Sebastian is capable of especially after watching them give San Beda problems.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission View comments
Chris Ross. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere was something San Miguel Beer point guard Chris Ross said Wednesday night that might raise a few eyebrows considering how the last two games of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals have gone.“We’re both in the Finals for a reason,” Ross said after drilling in 23 points highlighted by seven triples on the way to a 132-94 ripping of Barangay Ginebra that gave the Beermen a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven title series.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “It’s confusing to me and I’m sure it’s confusing to the coaches,” Ross went on. “Luckily for us, the (last two) games were in our favor.”Ginebra’s Tim cone isn’t confused at all. He’s embarrassed.And he needs to address a lot of things going into the fourth game at 7 p.m. Friday also at Smart Araneta Coliseum.After winning Game 1, 127-99, and turning all pre-series forecasts around, Cone hasn’t gotten anything going for his Gin Kings in the last two games.The 38-point losing margin is the all-time biggest in a Finals game, and for the first time since 2007, a team has lost two successive games by more than 20 points. The last time it happened, ironically, was when Ginebra won Games 3 and 4 of the Philippine Cup Finals against San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT Bloodbath“I have nothing to say other than I am embarrassed by our performance,” Cone was quoted by Inquirer.net as saying as he left the Smart Araneta Coliseum in a huff. “They (Beermen) are too good for us.”It certainly seems that way as the Beermen slowly peeled away from the Kings in the third quarter and turned Game 3 into an ugly bloodbath.“This is another blowout, this is a championship game and we were expecting a close game,” said San Miguel’s Leo Austria after getting ahead in his battle with Cone. “I wasn’t expecting this to happen.”Renaldo Balkman has taken over, June Mar Fajardo is as efficient as ever and the Beermen have gotten even more fearsome because top overall rookie pick Christian Standhardinger is in the San Miguel rotation and is contributing solid all-around numbers.For Ginebra, losing Game 3 was quite simple to see after Cone got just two players in twin digits. San Miguel had six men scoring in double figures.Before Game 4, the league will hand out the Best Import and Best Player of the Conference awards. Fajardo is expected to grab his seventh trophy—a league record. Balkman and Ginebra import Justin Brownlee are locked in a tight race for the Best Import award.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Ginebra surely hasn’t played like it had a reason to be battling it out for the trophy, at least not in the last two games.And even the do-it-all point guard, who ended Game 3 with San Miguel’s medical team trying to contain blood from gushing out of a busted forehead courtesy of a wayward elbow from teammate Renaldo Balkman, couldn’t figure out why routs have taken place in the first three games of what was expected to be a tight series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Confusing“It’s just confusing,” Ross said of the results that have taken place in the first three games of the series, something which has never happened in the 43-year history of Asia’s pioneering pro league. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Perpetual, Benilde finally victorious View comments