Alab Pilipinas thwarts pesky Taiwan five

first_imgSenators to proceed with review of VFA Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine View comments Parks had 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Alab, whose three victories so far this season have come at the expense of the Truth.Fortuna made only a single basket, but it was his triple with 51 seconds left that pushed the lead to 84-77.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngThe Filipinos looked like they were coasting to the win after Acuña hit a triple for an 81-71 advantage with 1:31 remaining.But Truth import Chris Oliver made six straight points off Alab turnovers to set the stage for a thrilling finish. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Alab unveiled new imports Sampson Carter and James Hughes, who both made an immediate impact, combining for 35 points.The 6-foot-8 Carter came up with a solid all-around game of 23 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Hughes grabbednine rebounds.“We’ll take the win but we still have to learn how to finish the game strong,” said Alab coach Mac Cuan. “An almost sure win turned into another close game again due to mental mistakes and unforced turnovers in the end. I hope we lose the habit when we start playing the tougher teams.”A day after firing a career-best 18 points in the win over Saigon, former Far Eastern U guard Achi Iñigo was held to just six points against Alab.Raymar Jose, who, like Iñigo, is a heritage import for the Truth, wound up with two points and 10 rebounds for the Taiwanese team, which fell to 1-5. —CEDELF P. TUPASADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Photo from Asean Basketball League Facebook pageAlab Pilipinas’ homegrown crew delivered down the stretch as the Filipino club kept its mastery of the Kaohsiung Truth, 86-77, Sunday in the Asean Basketball League at Kaohsiung Municipal High School Gym in the Southern Taiwanese city.Ray Parks, Val Acuña and Jeric Fortuna nailed clutch shoots as the Filipinos survived a late run from the Taiwanese team that was riding high on a morale-boosting 83-82 squeaker over Saigon Heat last Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modescenter_img We are young Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ EDITORS’ PICK Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Pacquiao-Horn likely April 23 Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol townlast_img read more

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Audio: Good news from Mexico monarch reserve despite looming deforestation, mine threat

first_imgA large population of monarch butterflies migrates from the United States and Canada to central Mexico every year. Tourists typically arrive in droves to see the butterflies at the reserves set up in their overwintering grounds. Right now is a particularly good time to see the butterflies, as Mexico’s national commissioner for protected natural areas has announced that, after years of declines, the number of monarchs spending their winter in Mexico is up 144 percent from last year.Scientists have cited a number of reasons why fewer monarchs might have made it to Mexico in recent years, including a more perilous migration route, the eradication of the milkweed the butterflies lay their eggs on in their breeding grounds in the US Midwest, and climate change, which is making milkweed too toxic for monarch caterpillars to eat. Recent research even suggested that at least some monarchs are giving up their migratory ways altogether and joining butterfly populations that are permanent residents of southern Florida.As Mongabay contributor Martha Pskowski found on her recent reporting trip to two different monarch butterfly reserves in the Mexican states of Michoacán and Mexico, the annual arrival of the monarchs is a major component of the local economy, but the butterflies still face a variety of threats to their survival once they reach their overwintering grounds.The locals Pskowski spoke with who rely on monarch tourism for their livelihood are members of ejidos, communities in Mexico that collectively own and manage their land. Many ejidos run some type of communal enterprise, such as sustainable forestry operations or ecotourism. In this case, the communities maintain the butterfly reserves. To hear more about ejidos, check out this Mongabay Newscast episode from May 2018, which features the voices of many ejidatarios from Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.Here’s this episode’s top news:Bolsonaro government reveals plan to develop the ‘Unproductive Amazon’Of concrete and corruption: Resistance kills Andes Amazon damsAfter a year of no babies, 3 right whale calves spotted off U.S. coastWould you like to hear about the Mongabay team’s long list of snake bites, or learn which huge mammal chased our Program Manager up a tree? Have you ever wondered about the origins of Mongabay, and how we got that name? We now offer Insider Content that gives members exclusive access to behind-the-scenes reporting and stories from our team. For a small monthly donation, you’ll get answers to questions like these and support our work in a new way. Visit mongabay.com/insider to learn more and join the growing community of Mongabay readers on the inside track.If you enjoy the Mongabay Newscast, we ask that you please consider becoming a monthly sponsor via our Patreon page, at patreon.com/mongabay. Just a dollar per month will really help us offset the production costs and hosting fees, so if you’re a fan of our audio reports from nature’s frontline, please support the Mongabay Newscast at patreon.com/mongabay.You can subscribe to the Mongabay Newscast on Android, the Google Podcasts app, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, RSS, Castbox, Pocket Casts, and via Spotify. Or listen to all our episodes via the Mongabay website here on the podcast homepage.Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) on a Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). Photo Credit: © Derek Ramsey / derekramsey.com. Licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.Follow Mike Gaworecki on Twitter: @mikeg2001FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Amazon Dams, Butterflies, Climate Change, Dams, Deforestation, Ecotourism, Environment, Hydropower, Impact Of Climate Change, Insects, Interviews, Marine Mammals, Mining, Podcast, Protected Areas, Whales, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation On today’s episode, we talk with Mongabay contributor Martha Pskowski, who recently traveled to central Mexico to report on threats to monarch butterflies in their overwintering grounds.Tourists typically arrive in droves to see the butterflies at the reserves set up in their overwintering grounds, and right now is a particularly good time to see the butterflies, as Mexico’s national commissioner for protected natural areas has announced that, after years of declines, the number of monarchs spending their winter in Mexico is up 144 percent from last year.As Pskowski found on her recent reporting trip to two different monarch butterfly reserves in the Mexican states of Michoacán and the State of Mexico, the annual arrival of the monarchs is a major component of the local economy, but the butterflies still face a variety of threats to their survival once they reach their overwintering grounds. On today’s episode, we talk with Mongabay contributor Martha Pskowski, who recently traveled to central Mexico to report on threats to monarch butterflies in their overwintering grounds.Listen here: Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Mike Gaworeckilast_img read more

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Lakers roll past Heat 127-100 after Clarkson, Dragic ejected

first_imgWith the Heat’s leading scorer in the locker room, the Lakers seized control in the fourth quarter of just their second win in 10 meetings with Miami. Williams led a decisive 19-4 run while scoring 16 points in the final period.Willie Reed had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who have lost seven of eight overall and nine of 10 on the road.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 returnD’Angelo Russell scored 19 points, rookie Brandon Ingram had a career-high 17 and Julius Randle added 15 for the Lakers, who had their highest-scoring performance of the season.Reed matched his career high, and James Johnson scored 20 points for the Heat. 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round The near-fight began when Dragic repeatedly made contact with Clarkson, who responded by knocking Dragic to the ground with a two-handed shove. Both players got up looking ready to throw punches, but officials and teammates separated them, with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra coming down to the other end of the court.Johnson and Randle exchanged harsh words moments later, but were kept apart. Johnson scored nine points in the ensuing five minutes to keep the Heat close.Jose Calderon received playing time in Clarkson’s absence, getting off the bench for the first time in 19 games since Dec. 3. The Spanish veteran struggled with a strained right hamstring in early December, but has been healthy lately.Tyler Johnson brought fans of both teams out of their seats with a ferocious fast-break dunk on Williams in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Rockets extend streak to 7 with 100-93 win over Magic 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 Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson, left, reaches in as Los Angeles Lakers forward Luol Deng, right, of South Sudan, drives to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. APLOS ANGELES, California—Lou Williams scored 24 points and Luol Deng added 19 points and 14 rebounds in the Los Angeles Lakers’ fourth victory in 20 games, 127-100 over the Miami Heat on Friday night.Goran Dragic scored 16 points for Miami before getting ejected along with Los Angeles’ Jordan Clarkson after a third-quarter scuffle in which both players appeared to be narrowly stopped from throwing punches.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ View commentslast_img read more

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JRU rallies from 20 down, shocks Racal

first_imgJohn Ambulodto also had 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for JRU.The Heavy Bombers shook off their poor start, where they fell behind early, 13-0, and by 20, 29-9, in the first half before Teodoro and Ambulodto chipped away the lead in the third canto and helped their team finish the game strong.Jackson Corpuz scattered 19 points and eight rebounds for Racal (5-1) while Sidney Onwubere had 15 markers and seven boards in the loss.The scores:JRU 77 – Teodoro 20, Pontejos 16, Ambulodto 12, Lasquety 8, Poutouochi 8, Grospe 6, Dela Virgen 3, Bordon 2, Bulawan 2, Astilla 0, Estrella 0, Sawat 0.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Shaq ends Twitter feud with JaVale McGee after ‘mom’s orders’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ PBA IMAGESJose Rizal University rose from the dead and stunned Racal, 77-75 Monday in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Paolo Pontejos and Tey Teodoro teamed up late to finish the Heavy Bombers’ huge fightback from 20 points down early, combining for 17 points in the fourth period and deal the Tile Masters their first loss in six outings.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Racal still had a chance to force overtime or win the game in the clutch, but Rey Nambatac threw an errant pass towards a referee with 0.4 tenths of a second remaining.“We know how strong Racal is. We kept on pushing, kept on fighting, and I told them to be ready,” said JRU coach Vergel Meneses, as JRU ended a three-game tailspin and leveled its standing at 3-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Victoria got their first win against us, so I think it’s just right that we deal Racal its first loss.”Teodoro got seven of his 20 points in the payoff period while Pontejos had 10 of his 16 in the final frame to go along with six assists and four boards. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. RACAL 75 – Corpuz 19, Onwubere 15, Dagangon 8, Nambatac 8, Gabawan 7, Gumaru 5, Mangahas 4, Cabrera 3, Terso 3, Salado 2, Flores 1, Apreku 0, Gabayni 0, Torres 0.Quarters: 9-21, 26-36, 52-52, 77-75.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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This week’s #KicksStalker pick: Chris Newsome’s Lebron Soldier 9

first_imgDuterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Every week, Inquirer Sports will feature a sneaker of the week as worn by your favorite basketball, volleyball or football star during games. Did a pair of sneakers catch your eye? Drop a line on Twitter, @INQUIRERSports and use the hashtag #kicksstalker.Chris Newsome’s Lebron Soldier 9THE SHOE: Lebron Soldier 9 White/BlackWHO ROCKED IT: Meralco guard Chris NewsomeTHE TAKE: It’s definitely the comfort. It’s a midcut shoe so I like midcuts and the double strap keeps it secure. But again, it’s more on the cushion. I’m a high leaper so I definitely need that cushion.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rice welcomes 3-point revolution, says he can beat Klay in 1-on-1 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going homecenter_img ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 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 ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties View commentslast_img read more

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Batolbatol looks to finally end losing skid in ONE

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “Ever since my last fight, I did not stop training. It is truly an honor to showcase my talent and skills on a global stage like ONE Championship,” said Batolbatol.Batolbatol (5-3) lost in his debut match against Martin Nguyen, submitting to a rear-naked choke in the second round then suffered the same fate against Anthony Engelen in 2016, this time in the opening period.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’The Filipino’s third fight in the Asian promotion was again disappointing after losing to Christian Lee via technical knockout.Noto, though, is no pushover with the Indonesian boasting four wins in the promotion. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation MOST READ View comments LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleetcenter_img Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit LATEST STORIES LSU title parade draws massive crowds Horn brushes off Pacquiao call to review loss CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ONE CHAMPIONSHIPFilipino talent Rocky Batolbatol has yet to win a match in ONE Championship, having suffered three straight losses since his debut in the promotion back in 2014.He will try to change that when he faces Su Noto (6-3) in ONE Championship: Conquest of Kings in Surabaya, East Java in Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 respitelast_img read more

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Budget time at Caymanas

first_img NOT HIMSELF Even though he led and was, indeed, significantly heavier than POLLY B, SIR BUDGET just did not seem himself, which was further compounded when he returned 11 days later and was shockingly outsped by LUNAR ROCKET and LIGHTNING LILY, before uncharacteristically making up late ground at six and a half furlongs. Realising SIR BUDGET’s run behind SHE’S A MANEATER, fitted with blinkers, was a flash in the pan, Beecham has removed the equipment and spent the last month reprogramming SIR BUDGET, his intentions made even clearer by summoning two-kilo claiming apprentice Oniel Beckford to come in at 121lb against main rivals PEKING CRUZ (115) and POLLY B (111). PEKING CRUZ won impressively on last but that was at his favourite trip, five furlongs straight, beating a highly suspect MR VIGOROUS and badly drawn OUTRAGEOUS TAJ. Though he has won four races, only one was on the round course, scrambling home ahead of a stayer, MY ELLE BELLE, at five and a half furlongs. POLLY B ran his heart out but was easily held by CRUCIAL APPEAL at five furlongs straight on Wednesday. Though he’s pretty light at 111 and has hot Anthony Thomas aboard, the extra half-furlong, after his exertions on Wednesday, should be his undoing. SIR BUDGET, on the other hand, has had a month’s rest and is drawn one out from the rail, which he should easily grab from out-of-sorts DRAGLINE, putting him in the catbird seat for Beckford to time his run against LUNAR ROCKET, PEKING CRUZ and POLLY B. SPEEDY SIR BUDGET reports without blinkers this afternoon and gets a slight pull in the scale, a combination which could put the six-year-old back in the winners’ enclosure for the first time in 10 months. An open allowance winner last October, his second in a little over three months at the level, SIR BUDGET went up to grade one in November and ran a big race with 126lb in the Caribbean Sprint, won by CHACE THE GREAT, beaten by only three and a half lengths after being second at the furlong pole. His next run was December’s Diamond Mile in which he turned for home third behind SHE’S A MANEATER, a six-furlong split of 1:09.4, before predictably weakening out of contention. SIR BUDGET spent his next four starts back down in class in open allowance, facing the best sprinters in the country, with whom he disputed the lead in all but one race – when drawn at post position one at five furlongs straight. In May, he carried the field to the furlong pole where ANOTHER BULLET ran through to win with another late closer, LOTTERY TICKET, claiming third. Encouraged by that run, trainer Michael Beecham decided to take a shot at the May 26 Lotto Sprint, a grade one race, an experiment with blinkers on SIR BUDGET for the first time. In what turned out to be blistering fractions set by MR UNIVERSE and SIEMPRE BUENO, SIR BUDGET, by default, closed from off the pace to finish second behind none other than the country’s best horse, SHE’S A MANEATER. Beecham thought he had found the cure for cancer and when SIR BUDGET returned fitted with blinkers on July 7, two classes lower, he was knocked down to 6-5 with Gary Richards at the minimum five furlongs round. However, he knotted up on the lead with POLLY B, who he was already allowing 15lb, and weakened inside the last half-furlong, both giving way to 14-1 stunner BIMINI.last_img read more

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Meadowbrook looking for mental strength

first_imgMeadowbrook High School Manning Cup coach Neo Oxford has sought the assistance of psychological experts to boost the confidence of his players as they try to get out of the group stage of this year’s ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition. Oxford’s side lost 4-1 in their opening encounter against Group C favourites Charlie Smith High School at the Meadowbrook Community Centre on Saturday, but he believes that if his boys had more confidence in themselves, the results might have been different. “The mental aspect of the team is the problem, and we are working on that,” Oxford said. “We have brought in people to help us there, and I think if we resolve those issues, then we can make it to the second round. We Challenged for some of the match. For about 40 minutes, it was 2-1. It is good that we started off with the team that should be topping the zone, so the only way is up from here.” Oxford is looking to achieve something that he has not been able to achieve in the three years he has overseen the football programme – advancing to the second round of the competition. “The plan is to come out of the first round of the competition this year. We are drawn in a very tough group. Three of the five other teams have won the competition before, but we are up for the challenge, and if we can get over that confidence issue, then we think we can advance,” Oxford said. Meadowbrook are scheduled to play Camperdown High School in their next match tomorrow. Group C consists of Charlie Smith High, Camperdown High, Norman Manley High, Jonathan Grant High, Meadowbrook and Eltham High.last_img read more

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Ronaldo scores but Juventus’ perfect start ended by Genoa

first_imgMILAN (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to net 400 goals across Europe’s top five leagues. It wasn’t enough on Saturday to maintain Juventus’ perfect start to the season. Ronaldo, who has been accused of rape in a civil lawsuit in the United States, scored in the 1-1 draw against Genoa. It was his fifth Serie A goal in nine matches. Ronaldo has 311 goals in La Liga for Real Madrid, and 84 in the English Premier League for Manchester United. Juventus won all of  their previous 10 matches across Serie A and the Champions League. Though Juve’s lead in Italy was cut to four points after Napoli won at Udinese 3-0, coach Massimiliano Allegri believed this result would help his side for arguably  their toughest test yet, Manchester United on Tuesday in Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford. “We drifted out of the game after a good start to the second half and, instead of making it 2-0, we let them make it 1-1,” Allegri said. “This isn’t good, because it’s with matches like this that titles are lost. After 10 minutes of the second half we were already thinking about Manchester. We needed to have more focus. “But it’s a draw that serves us well. It’ll get our feet back to earth and help us understand that, to win matches, you need sacrifice and hard work.” Kathryn Mayorga filed a lawsuit last month in Nevada state claiming Ronaldo raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Police also reopened an investigation into the allegation at her request. Ronaldo had last weekend off while Juventus were idle during the international break. Normally the star of his national team, he was left off Portugal’s squad. Less than 20 minutes in on Saturday, he scored. There was a miscommunication between Genoa goalkeeper Ionut Radu and his defender on Joao Cancelo’s cross from the left, allowing Ronaldo a simple tap-in at the far post. Genoa’s first goal at Juventus since January 2013 came from Daniel Bessa with a header in the 67th minute. It was a memorable first match back in charge for Ivan Juric, who returned to Genoa for his third spell as coach. OFF THE BENCH The substitutes made the difference at Udinese. Fabian Ruiz replaced the injured Simone Verdi in the opening minutes and the midfielder scored his first Napoli goal in the 13th, curling a stunning 20-yard strike into the top right corner. Dries Mertens doubled Napoli’s lead from the spot eight minutes from time after Udinese substitute Nicholas Opoku handled Jose Callejon’s effort. There was still time for Marko Rog to score, just 40 seconds after coming off the bench. Napoli visits Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday. SPAL MAKES HISTORY Roma fell to a surprise 2-0 defeat at home to 10-man Spal, who won at the Stadio Olimpico for the first time in Serie A in 53 years. Roma went into the international break with four straight wins in all competitions while Spal had lost their last four. However, the visitors took the lead shortly before halftime when Andrea Petagna converted a penalty after Manuel Lazzari was fouled by Luca Pellegrini. Spal doubled their advantage 11 minutes after the break as Kevin Bonifazi headed in a corner at the near post. Spal goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic — the younger brother of Lazio midfielder Sergej — did brilliantly to fingertip Pellegrini’s effort onto the bar but swiftly went from hero to villain. Milinkovic-Savic was booked for time-wasting and he received a second yellow card seconds later for petulantly throwing the ball away, leaving Spal with 10 men for the final 15 minutes. However, they clung on for  their first win at Roma in the top flight since 1965. Roma host CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday.last_img read more

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IAAF World Relays | Jamaicans made to work for 4x400m qualification

first_imgThe Jamaican male and female mile relay teams both booked their spots in their respective finals at the 2019 IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan in contrasting fashion inside the Yokohama International Stadium on Saturday. Jamaica’s women’s 4x400m relay team had to settle for third in their heat, posting 3:28.80 and a non-automatic spot in the final, set for Sunday morning at 5:21 a.m..  The Jamaican team of Christine Day, Shiann Salmon, Tiffany James and Chrisann Gordon, finished behind Ukraine, 3:27.71 and Canada, 3:28.75.  In the men’s 4x400m relay heats, the Jamaicans, who faced a tough heat with the United States, Czech Republic and Great Britain all listed alongside them, took second place behind perennial favourites the United States to comfortably secure a spot in the points round. The team of Demish Gaye, Akeem Bloomfield, Javon Francis and Nathon Allen, clocked 3:02.67 to the Americans’ 3:02.06, to secure an automatic spot for tomorrow’s final, which faces the starter at 5:05 a.m.last_img read more

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