Volleyball tryouts spread out for wider reach

first_imgROMY HOMILLADAFresh talents may emerge as Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) brings its national team tryouts to the provinces.LVPI acting president Pete Cayco said the coaching staff will head to Cebu and Davao with a video crew to search for players with potential to don the national colors starting next month.ADVERTISEMENT “As much as possible we want young players because they will serve as foundation of the team,” said Cayco, who recently named Generika mentor Francis Vicente as head coach of the Philippine women’s team.LVPI also announced that former Cignal coach Sammy Acaylar will handle the men’s team.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 returnCayco said six veterans, six new players and four reserves will likely form the national women’s pool.He said there will be no shoo-ins and everybody has to undergo the process, including the famed “Magnificent Seven” who played for PSL-Manila in last year’s FIVB Women’s Club Championships. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES MOST READ 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 Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Inspired Paredes plays best game yet a week before his wedding Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town That bunch include certified stars Jaja Santiago, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Mika Reyes, Jen Reyes, Kim Fajardo, Rachel Anne Daquis and Ces Molina.Also expected to gun for slots are Alyssa Valdez, Myla Pablo, Michele Gumabao, Dindin Manabat, Cherry Rondina, EJ Laure, Dawn Macandili and Aby Maraño.“We can’t go at it without veterans in the team,” said Cayco. “They have the experience and they are expected to lead the team.”Once the Cebu and Davao tryouts are finished, the Manila leg will start at Arellano University in Pasay City.ADVERTISEMENT SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

PBA D-League: Racal rips Blustar by 51 points

first_imgBen&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 Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES Mak Long Seng also got 11 markers and 13 rebounds for Blustar.The Scores:RACAL 109 – Nambatac 16, Gumaru 14, Onwubere 12, Cabrera 11, Flores 11, Mangahas 10, Torres 9, Corpuz 7, Salado 6, Gabayni 4, Gabawan 4, Singontiko 3, Terso 2, Apreku 0.BLUSTAR 58 – Heng 16, Mak 11, Liaw 9, Kwaan 7, Yong 6, Choong 4, Shadzwan 2, Gan 2, Ang 1, Zhi 0, Wong 0, Liew 0.Quarters: 25-8, 50-20, 83-40, 109-58.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Unveiling its new system under coach Jerry Codinera, Racal Ceramica put on a 51-point dismantling of Blustar Detergent, 109-58, in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Rey Nambatac set the tone early, scoring six straight points as the Tile Masters established a 25-8 edge against the inexperienced Dragons after the first quarter.Racal would further assert its dominance, extending the lead to as high as 53, 109-56, after a Sidney Onwubere three late in the game to open its campaign on a good note.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 returnNambatac topped the Tile Masters with 16 points, nine rebounds, and three assists, while Donald Gumaru went for 14 markers on a 4-of-5 shooting from threes.Onwubere added a double-double of 12 points and 10 boards, Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Hontiveros no longer surprised with Abueva’s Gilas pool inclusion Lervin Flores also registered 11 markers and 12 rebounds, and Roider Cabrera also chipped in 11.Allan Mangahas also marked his PBA D-League return with 10 points and four assists for Racal.Despite the Tile Masters victory, Codinera said that there’s still a lot to be desired for his team.“The chemistry is still not evident. We’re still looking for the right combinations,” he said.Heng Yee Tong led the Dragons with 16 points but committed eight turnovers in the loss.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Rebisco-PSL squad arrives in Kazakhstan

first_imgGerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Vicente quickly called for an evening practice right at the tournament’s venue, the spanking new Boris Alexandroc Sports Palace that sits at the town center near the Ulba river.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Quiñahan joins Paras, Teng, Ravena in PH 3×3 squad Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan—A tired, but fired-up Rebisco-PSL Manila squad arrived here Tuesday after a 35-hour flight from Istanbul to this laid-back town.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 groundAfter disembarking from the grueling Turkish Airlines flight, team captain Rachel Anne Daquis said the team’s battle cry will be “big fighting heart,” amid the challenge of facing tough teams in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championships which starts Thursday.The 14-player team, made up of the core of the newly formed Philippine team that will compete in the Southeast Asian Games, will battle clubs from Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Iran, Chinese Taipei and host Kazakhstan. MOST READ 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 Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in LATEST STORIES National head coach Francis Vicente refused to make a prediction—the country’s best finish here was 7th place out of the 12-team field last year—although he vowed to give SEAG rivals Vietnam and Thailand a good fight.“But we will be a going all out here because we want to gauge the team,” said Vicente.The team members are Daquis, Mika Reyes, Jaja Santiago, Aby Marano, Kim Fajardo, Denden Lazaro, Bia General, Lourdes Clemente, Maika Ortiz, Gen Casugod, Ces Molina, Aiza Pontillas, Rhea Dimaculangan and Jovelyn Gonzaga.“This is the strongest team we have formed for this tournament,” said Philippine Superliga director Anna Tomas who joined the squad also backed up by Asics and GrandSports.However, this marks the first time the country is sending an all-Filipino crew in a competition that allows imports.ADVERTISEMENT Ust Kamenogorsk school girls welcome the Rebisco PSL Manila at the airport today ahead of the Asian Women’s Club Championships here pic.twitter.com/4lG55bdhKt— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) May 23, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte 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’ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprillast_img read more

Staying strong for Germaine – Bolt determined to push on for fallen friend

first_img Putting in the work The sprinter was one of the first persons on the scene of the accident after earlier partying with Mason and other friends at a party in downtown Kingston. Images of a crying Bolt, taken at Mason’s funeral, showed the world just how difficult it was for the sprinter. “Mentally, I wasn’t ready to even train for, like, two and a half weeks, which I had to take off and just collect myself,” he added. “So I have been working hard trying to get back to where I was, but I am confident in myself and my coach that we can get it done because we have done it years and years, and this year isn’t any different. So it was tough, but I have to focus on what I have to do,” continued Bolt, who was also a pallbearer at Mason’s May 21 thanksgiving service. Bolt, who will compete for the last time on Jamaican soil at Saturday’s JN Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium, says that he is putting in the work to get back into shape and that though it has been a tough road back for him, he knows that his friend would have wanted him to continue pushing through and end his career on a high note in London. “I know my friend would have wanted me to go out there to do my best and to be strong and to be focused on what needs to be done,” said Bolt. “There is no other place to do the last one. The Olympics in London was out of this world. The support, the energy in the stadium was magnificent. Everywhere in the world I go people keep saying, ‘See you in London’. I don’t know if they have so many tickets, but I know the energy is going to be amazing, and it will definitely be emotional for me,” he added of this summer’s championship. “It’s the last one, and so many Jamaican fans will be there, and it’s for me to go out in as much glory as I can. I am looking forward to it.” Mason, the national record holder in the high jump, won several medals at the junior and senior levels for Jamaica before switching allegiance to Great Britain and winning Olympic silver at the Beijing 2008 Games. Sprinting superstar Usain Bolt has shared that it has been a struggle coming to grips with the passing of his close friend, Germaine Mason, but noted that he is determined to end his season and career on a high in honour of the Jamaican-born British high jumping standout. Mason, 34, died on April 20 in a motorcycle accident close to the Harbour View roundabout in east Kingston, with a grieving Bolt missing the next two and a half weeks of training in what will be his last season on the track. Bolt, who had announced several months ago that he would be hanging up his spikes at the World Championships in August, says that he is now back in training and pushing himself to be in the best shape possible ahead of his swansong in London. “It was rough for me at the start. It (Mason’s death) took us by surprise and set me back a little bit training- wise,” Bolt told the Sunday Gleaner. First on the scenelast_img read more

Rain forces cancellation of Basic School Champs

first_imgHeavy rains forced the cancellation of yesterday’s third and final day of the seventh staging of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) National Basic Schools Athletics Championships at the National Stadium. The cancellation meant that defending champions Torrington Early Childhood Development Centre retained their title. The coaches and principals were called to a meeting at 2 p.m. by meet director Anthony Gibbs and after deliberations lasting approximately one hour, they all agreed that on the advice of the doctors it was not safe for the championships to continue. “The championships had to come a premature end because of the weather,” said Gibbs. “We started with rain and we had rain on the second day and this time it was worse than the two days before. It did not appear as if it was going to stop and so we had to make a decision to cancel it,” he said. “The medical persons came after we had made the decision to cancel the meet and they supported the move to call it off,” Gibbs said. Meanwhile, Spanish Town Infant were leading the championships with 46 points after 25 events. They were followed by Laura Basic (30), Gemglows Kindergarten and Citizens Advice Bureau/RJR (29 each) and St Francis Primary and Infant and Silverstone on 22 each.last_img read more

Holder hails Lewis, Joseph after stand-out Oval displays

first_imgLONDON, (CMC): Captain Jason Holder has praised career-best performances from rookies Evin Lewis and Alzarri Joseph, despite his side’s defeat in the fourth One-Day International against England here yesterday. Defending an impressive 357 at the Oval, the Windies slumped to a six-run loss under Duckworth/Lewis after rain ended the contest prematurely with England on 258 for five in the 36th over. However, Lewis shone with a brilliant 176 – the fourth highest score by a West Indies batsman in ODIs to propel the tourists to their fourth-highest total in the format and the highest total ever against England. “It was an outstanding innings from Evin. He really set the tone for us up front,” Holder said afterwards. “He was able to keep the momentum up throughout the innings. He batted really deep and it’s just unfortunate we lost him at that stage. Credit must go to him for an outstanding innings.” With the Windies stumbling at 33 for three in the seventh over, Lewis produced a responsible knock with 17 fours and seven sixes off 130 balls to hold the innings together. Significantly, he put on 117 for the fourth wicket with Jason Mohammad (46) before adding a record 168 for the fifth wicket with Holder who stroked a career-best 77. Holder said the innings showed the Trinidadian was not simply just an attacking player but had the ability to adjust his game when necessary. “Obviously the situation asked him to adjust and he is one of those players that can adjust. If you check the history of Evin when he gets in he goes big and he showed that today,” Holder said. “It was just an outstanding innings and he had some support in the middle from Jason Mohammed. I thought that partnership was really crucial. He absorbed a lot of pressure there and he was able to kick on at the back end with myself.” Joseph then produced a fine spell of five for 56 to help limit England to 181 for five in the 28th over at one stage, after they cruised at 126 without loss in the 18th over. At 20, Joseph became the youngest ever West Indies bowler to take a five-wicket haul in ODIs and Holder said the fast bowler had been superb in helping to pull the Caribbean side back into the game. “We’ve always known the potential of Alzarri. He’s a young exciting fast bowler and he bowled well today and got us back in the game after a pretty even start,” Holder noted. “I thought the power-play went reasonably well even though we didn’t get wickets. He came in in the middle overs and really made the impact that we needed. “I’ll just encourage him in the last game [coming up] to continue on and hopefully we can get some good things from him in the future.” West Indies trail 3-0 in the five-match series which wraps up Friday at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.last_img read more

‘This is your chance!’ – Whitmore urges young Reggae Boyz to make most of training squad call-up

first_img With the directive the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has given the senior team coaches to expose the nation’s best young talent and assist their development as best as they can, Whitmore said his trainers have been doing their best to carry out this mandate. “It is a part of the JFF’s mandate to give the youth regular practice games. This is the way forward if we want to do something different. But it is not all about bringing through youth. There is a lot more to it. We just hope with the help of the Federation, we can achieve,” he added. The team is preparing for friendlies against Grenada on August 17 and Barbados on August 20. Full training squad: Amal Knight, Dennis Taylor, Ladale Richie, Javain Brown, Ricardo Thomas, Tevin Shaw, Fabion McCarthy, Alex Marshall, Chevone Marsh, Peter-Lee Vassell, Deshane Beckford, Daniel Green, Barrington Pryce, Kaheem Parris, Kevaughn Atkinson, Ajeanie Talbott, Shandel Senior, Ray Campbell, Malique Howell Liguanea, Nickjay White, Nicolloyd Dinham. livingston.scott@gleanerjm.com DEVELOPING YOUTH National senior men’s football team head coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore has said that with the Arnett Gardens and Portmore United players of the national team away on international club duties, this is a great opportunity for a number of Under-23 players to make an impression. The former Reggae Boy called up eight Under-23 players – Daniel Green, Kevaughn Atkinson, Ajeanie Talbott, Shandel Senior, Ray Campbell, Malique Howell, Nickjay White, and Nicolloyd Dinham – to the training squad currently in camp at the JFF-UWI Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence and said more players need to take their chances like Harbour View striker Daniel Green, who has impressed him so far. Whitmore said the Harbour View forward has done well in practice games, and he wants more players, especially in this camp that is under way, to grasp this opportunity to impress. “Over the past few days, we have been having some trials with the Under-23s. With the Portmore and the Arnett players out, we decided to give them a look-in because they are the players that the (U-23) coaches select from … , and we would want them to get a little playing time [in the senior team],” he said. “This is a chance to give the youth proper exposure apart from just carrying them in and not giving them any quality playing time. So we don’t intend to just bring them into camp, have them training, and not have anything to look forward to. We will try to give everyone as much of the exposure as possible, but it’s definitely up to them to make the best of this opportunity,” he insisted. “Look at Daniel Green. The coaching staff has been really impressed with him in the senior team. He scored two goals for us in a practice game against Portmore. Then he went to Lucea and was really impressive. He is still a bit rusty, so his fitness level needs to go up, but we have been really impressed with him,” Whitmore stated.last_img read more

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first_img Vidal agrees to switch from Bayern to Barcelona Scolari shrugs off Brazil critics after joining Palmeiras Brazil to play El Salvador in friendly SAO PAULO (AP): Former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said yesterday that critics would not bother him on his return home to work at Sao Paulo-based giants Palmeiras Despite leading Brazil to a World Cup title in 2002, ‘Big Phil’ took a lot of the blame for the team’s humiliating 7-1 defeat against Germany in the 2014 World Cup semifinals. “A 7-1, 0-0, 5-5, it does not upset me in any way,” Scolari told a press conference yesterday. “The last time Brazil won the World Cup was in 2002, and I was with that team. The last to be defeated in the World Cup was not me. That is over,” the 69-year-old coach said. His friend-turned-foe Tite was at the helm for last month’s World Cup quarterfinal elimination against Belgium.center_img RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) : Brazil will meet El Salvador in a friendly next month in a suburb of Washington, D.C. The game will be held at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, on September 11, four days after coach Tite’s team takes on the US in a previously announced friendly at East Rutherford, New Jersey. The two matches will be Brazil’s first since their World Cup quarterfinal elimination against Belgium in July. They will also be the first games since Tite extended his contract until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Tite will announce his squad next Friday. The matches are part of Brazil’s preparation for Copa AmÈrica, which it will host in June 2019. BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal has agreed to leave Bayern Munich for Barcelona. Vidal will sign a three-year contract at the Nou Camp subject to a medical in the next few days, the Spanish league champion said in a statement yesterday. The 31-year-old player joined Bayern from Juventus in 2015 and won the Bundesliga title in each of his three seasons in Bavaria. Neither club has announced a transfer fee for Vidal, who was under contract at Bayern until next June, but media reports in Spain said Barca would pay around 20 million euros (US$23 million). The former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder featured in 124 games for Bayern, scoring 22 goals.last_img read more

Kante adapting to new role

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri inherited possibly the best defensive midfielder in the world when he took over the team in the offseason. N’Golo Kante has been one of the most influential players in English football’s recent history, capturing back-to-back Premier League titles with Leicester (2016) and Chelsea (2017), and was the rock in the midfield of France’s World Cup-winning team in Russia. So what has Sarri done with Kante upon arriving at Stamford Bridge? Change his position, of course. Among the most notable aspects of the opening two weeks of the Premier League season has been the attacking role that Kante has taken up for Chelsea in their wins over Huddersfield and Arsenal. With Italy international Jorginho having followed Sarri to Chelsea from Napoli and becoming the anchorman in the team’s three-man midfield, many wondered how this would impact on Kante – a diminutive and dynamic player who has mastered the role of shielding a defence with his timely tackling and positional play. Well, Kante has instead switched to being one of the two more attack-minded centre midfielders in front of Jorginho. He scored against Huddersfield on the opening weekend – only his third league goal for Chelsea in a little over two years at the London club – and frequently found himself in the opposition penalty area in an open game against Arsenal that Chelsea won 3-2 on Saturday. “I play a little bit more forward,” the 27-year-old Kante said. “I try to find the striker, to be more offensive, to cause problems for the opponents. I need to adapt in this role.” So does Chelsea. From playing a 3-4-3 formation under previous manager Antonio Conte, Chelsea are now deploying in a 4-3-3 formation under Sarri. Crucially, the defence is now protected by an artist in Jorginho instead of a workhorse in Kante. It showed against Arsenal, which poured forward in the first half and created a string of chances. With Marcos Alonso still charging forward from left back and the occasionally error-prone David Luiz back in favour under Sarri and one of the two centre backs, there are likely to be goals at both ends of the field when Chelsea play this season. But it is clear that Sarri wants more of an on-the-ball player to begin the team’s attacks at the base of the midfield. Jorginho has settled quickly, and he has looked good in possession, but he was overrun at times against Arsenal and in the 2-0 loss to Manchester City in the season-opening Community Shield. It remains to be seen if Sarri’s tactical switch will help propel Chelsea into a genuine title contender again.last_img read more

Ari Rodgers rescues KC with fine double

first_imgAri Rodgers was the hero as Kingston College (KC) defeated Camperdown 2-0 in their ISSA Digicel/Manning Cup quarter-final Group H game at Prison Oval yesterday. Rodgers’ goals rescued the North Street-based school from elimination and put them into the semi-finals of the competition for a third straight season. KC and St George’s College, who defeated Charlie Smith 2-1, advanced from Group H to the semis with five points each. KC topped the group on goal difference. Ludlow Bernard, the KC coach, who used Rodgers as a substitute all season, said he took the decision to throw him in from the start yesterday as he knew the qualities he would bring. “This was a game we had to win. We made a couple of adjustments and they worked for us,” he noted. “We know his (Rodgers’) quality, his perseverance, his technical skills and his good reading of the game and all that really came to the fore. So it was indeed a good show from him here and the players really rallied around him,” Bernard said. KC dominated the first-half and kept asking questions of the Camperdown defence. The winners eventually took the lead a minute from the break when Dwayne Atkinson flicked the ball on for his strike partner Rodgers, who lifted the ball over goalkeeper Dejaun Gordon for the opener. FEELING PROUD The second goal was a beauty. Jahmal Pusey held the ball well in midfield and broke down the left before delivering a precise cross for the Ugandan, who controlled on his chest before slamming a left foot shot past Gordon. The striker said he was “proud” he was able to help his team get the win. “I was ready, I know the coach has a lot of trust in me, so I never want to let him down. I got the job done, so of course I am feeling very proud,” he said. While other KC players admitted they felt the pressure of the game, Rodgers said his approach was to relax and enjoy the game. “It was all about composure and being relaxed and taking the chances and thank God for the victory,” he said. His brace took his tally to eight goals for the season. Over in Group G, defending champions Jamaica College (JC) and St Andrew Technical advanced to the last four after JC defeated Holy Trinity 2-1 and STATHS drew 1-1 with Wolmer’s. JC finished with seven points and STATHS five.last_img read more