DOHA, Qatar:Despite having 17 Olympic and World Championships medals to her name, Veronica Campbell-Brown knows it will be as difficult as ever to make Jamaica’s team to this year’s Rio Games when national trials roll around in June.”Based on my experience, it is always tough to make my team,” Campbell-Brown said. “Jamaica has a lot of great athletes. I expect it to be as tough as always.”Campbell-Brown, who will turn 34 on May 15, says she feels as fresh as ever and, therefore, is not ready to pronounce this as being her last Olympics despite the fact that she will be 38 in 2020 when the next track and field spectacle is slated for.FEELING YOUNG”Actually, I don’t feel a day older. I feel as young and as fresh as ever,” Campbell-Brown said. “So I will just train hard and stay focused as I feel good.”I do not put limits on myself, and I am not closing any doors because I do not know what God has in store for me. So I will just take it season by season, and right now I am focused on the 2016 season.”The former Vere Technical High student, one of the greatest female sprinters of all time, is the first to admit that last season was not one of her best. She did recover, however, to take bronze in the 200m at the World Championships and helped Jamaica to gold in the 4x100m.”I do expect things to be better and to move smoother than last year. Preparations have been going well. I am excited about the season.”Campbell-Brown, who has a personal best of 10.76 seconds in the 100m and 21.74 in the 200m, was unwilling to say how fast she is likely to go this season.”You never know. I don’t know. We will see,” Campbell-Brown said when asked how fast she believed she would go this season. “I am just focusing on making the team to Rio and then go from there.”email@example.com
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1)CECH, BELLERIN, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, MONREAL,CIQUELIN, CAZORLA,RAMSEY, OZIL, SANCHEZ, GIROUDLIVERPOOL (4-2-3-1)BENTEKE, IBE, LALLANA, COUTINHO,HENDERSON, MILNER,GOMEZ, LOVREN, SKRTEL, CLYNE,MIGNOLETArsenal returned to the Emirates on an English Bank Holiday Monday after they lost the season’s opener against West Ham at home. The Gunners won 2-1 at Crystal Palace last weekend and will be determined to add another three points.Arsene Wenger’s men swept to an impressive win over Liverpool last season, netting three goals in eight first-half minutes, with their 10th win in eleven games in the Barclays Premier League.Liverpool, though, were reduced to 10 men when Arsenal led 3-1. Indeed, Liverpool have won just once in their last 15 visits to North London, in August 2011. Of the other 14, the Reds have lost nine and drawn five.Liverpool have started well, albeit with narrow 1-0 wins at Stoke and at home to Bournemouth, and are third in the Barclays Premier League behind leaders Manchester City and second-placed Leicester City.It is the Reds’ best start for two years – when they won their first three in the league, when Daniel Sturridge scored in Liverpool’s first four.England striker Sturridge is still missing; he last played for Liverpool in the league in April but his troublesome hip means he is unlikely to return before October. Joe Allen, John Flanagan and Jordan Henderson are also likely to miss the game with hamstring, knee and foot injuries, respectively.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Marquee batsman Stafanie Taylor has been appointed the new captain of West Indies Women, replacing the long-serving Merissa Aguilleira.The change was announced by the West Indies Cricket Board yesterday as it named the 18-member training squad for the home series against Pakistan starting next month.Aguilleira led the side for six years, during which time they managed to reach the final of the ICC World Cup in 2013 and the semi-finals of the last three Twenty20 World Cups.However, chief selector Clive Lloyd said the time had come for a change.”Merissa has been there for a long time and did a pretty good job, but we feel the time is right for a new leader, and we have chosen Stafanie,” he said.”She has done well for Windies Women with bat and ball and has led Jamaica Women successfully, so leading the team would not be alien to her.”Stafanie has played quite a lot. She has been ICC Player-of-the-Year and she will be able to lead by example.”prolificTaylor has been one of the most prolific batsmen in the women’s game in recent years. The 24-year-old right-hander has garnered 3,115 runs from 84 one-day international, already with five centuries and 20 half-centuries.In 62 Twenty20s, she has managed 1,814 runs at an average of 36, with 16 half-centuries.In contrast, Aguilleira has struggled with the bat, especially in recent times. She has not scored a half-century in over three years and managed only 69 runs from 10 ODI outings last year and 86 runs from 12 T20 innings.WICB president Dave Cameron said he believed the changes would be “in the best interests” of the squad.”The directors have confidence in the decision made by the selectors and accept that it has been made in the best interests of the women’s team,” he said.TRAINING SQUAD: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Shakera Selman (vice-captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Shaquana Quintyne, Karishma Ramharack, Tremayne Smartt, Vanessa Watts.
WINNING LEAP The best moments of the second Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) All-Comers meet on Saturday evening came near the end as Christania Williams and Akeem Bloomfield delighted fans inside the National Stadium with fine sprint performances. Williams, a student-athlete at the University of Technology (UTech), lowered her 100-metre personal best to 11.07 seconds. Moments earlier, Bloomfield showed good form at twice the distance. Williams, a champion high-school sprinter at Edwin Allen High, jetted away from the start and ran powerfully to reduce her best from 11.11 seconds. The only Jamaicans to go faster over 100 metres this year were Veronica Campbell-Brown and Simone Facey, with Elaine Thompson joining them with her time of 11.02 seconds at yesterday’s Rabat Diamond League meet. Campbell-Brown and Facey have run the 100m in 10.91 and 11.00 seconds, respectively, already this season, while Thompson had an earlier clocking of 11.07 and her notable wind-assisted time of 10.71 seconds at the Jamaica International Invitational. Despite his six-foot-five frame, Bloomfield – an upper sixth form student at Kingston College – looked nimble in the early steps of his 200-metre race. He feathered the accelerator near the end of an effort timed in 20.66 seconds. That was the fastest 200-metre race of the evening by 0.03, as Jevaughn Minzie, the 2015 Boys and Girls’ Championships 200m winner, held off fast-closing Briton, Delano Williams, in 20.69 seconds. Nigel Ellis, the super sprinter from St Elizabeth Technical High School, was the only Jamaican junior athlete to go quicker over 200 metres this season than Bloomfield. Ellis clocked 20.40 seconds at Western Championships and 20.51 in the semi-finals at the Boys and Girls’ Championships. Shanieka Thomas, the 2015 World Championship triple jump finalist, entertained with a winning leap of 14.16 metres. That was achieved with a run-up that showed her improved sprint speed. Other notable performances came from Marvin Williams and Samantha James. Williams, the 2013 World Youth 400-metre hurdles champion, caught fast-starting Josef Robertson in the homestretch to win his pet event in 50.14 seconds. James got the better of Simoya Campbell in the 800 metres. Campbell, the World University Games runner-up, faded after a 57.8-second opening lap and fell prey to James’ strong finish. The winning time was 2 minutes, 03.94 seconds.
WESTERN BUREAU: Glenmuir High School’s 19-year-old daCosta Cup team football captain, Jevaughn Ennis, has his teammates eyeing the big prize. For him, the target is more goals. The centre forward currently leads the race for the 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-FLOW daCosta Cup Golden Boot award – the title that goes to the leading scorer at the end of the season. He has so far netted 19 goals. Those strikes include three separate hat-tricks and a five-goal onslaught against Foga Road High in an earlier Zone M fixture. Ennis told The Gleaner that his lethal form is due to understanding the simple nuances of the game, which works better when his teammates understand their role in the system. Having gained rich experience as part of previous Glenmuir High teams over the past five years, Ennis is one of the first names on the team list. MODEST PLAYER The modest player said that while he would continue scoring goals, it will never be for personal gratification, but for the betterment of his team. “I never set personal targets like the number of goals I want to score in a year, because I am scoring them for my school. That is the important thing. As long as the team does well, I am happy,” said Ennis. Ennis has scored 19 of his team’s 33 goals in 10 matches so far, and with the inter-zone round about to get under way, his ambition is to continue his rich vein of form to take his team as far as possible in the competition. “As captain, I have to lead from the front, literally, and that means staying calm and collected and focused to get my job done well. So if that means scoring another 19 goals, then that is what I want to do,” he reasoned. “I believe we have what it takes to do well this year. My pace and skill make me a dangerous player for defenders. I hope to keep scoring,” said Ennis, whose school advanced to the inter-zone round in second place in the zone behind Garvey Maceo.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours After losing to Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in November 2015, Cotto was idle for 21 months before an undisputed decision victory in August at Los Angeles over Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai to win the WBO crown he will defend against Ali.“I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to fight a legend,” Ali said. “My time is now.”Cotto’s only loss at the Garden came to American Austin Trout in 2012. His other defeats came at the hands of Mexico’s Margarito, American Floyd Mayweather and Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao. /cbbADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Injured LeBron out for pre-season, in doubt for Cavs opener SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 It will be the 10th fight at the famed Manhattan arena for Cotto, who has owned world titles at super lightweight, welterweight, light middleweight and middleweight.“I’m very excited to be back in the ring for my final fight at The Garden. I’ve worked really hard my entire career to be at this level,” Cotto said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I’m fully concentrated on getting together with (trainer) Freddie Roach so we can work hard and have a great victory.”Cotto has defeated a host of stars since his 2001 pro debut, including Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito and Ricardo Mayorga. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Miguel Cotto punches Yoshihiro Kamegai, as Cotto goes on to win in a 12 round unanimous decision during the WBO Junior Middleweight title fight at StubHub Center on August 26, 2017, in Carson, California. AFPNEW YORK, United States — Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto, a six-time world champion over four different weight divisions, will fight for the final time on December 2 in New York against hometown foe Sadam Ali, promoters announced Wednesday.Cotto, 41-5 with 33 knockouts, will defend his World Boxing Organization light middleweight crown at Madison Square Garden against Ali, a 2008 US Olympian based in Brooklyn who is 25-1 with 14 knockouts.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Tams rip Eagles, force do-or-die MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny The sixth-seeded Bulgarian claimed the title at the season-ending ATP Finals on Sunday, prevailing on his fifth match point to beat David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the final.“I felt I had a good mental toughness throughout the whole year,” Dimitrov said. “So when my body’s allowing me to do this kind of preparation, I feel I already have an advantage over any other player. And right now those are the moments that I rise up to.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneIt was not the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal matchup many fans had hoped for, but they were left satisfied as the two 26-year-olds delivered the longest final since the tournament returned to a three-set format in 2008.Dimitrov won in 2 hours, 30 minutes, 15 seconds, adding 11 minutes to the mark set by Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2011. 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria lifts the trophy after beating David Goffin of Belgium in their ATP World Tour Finals singles final tennis match at the O2 Arena in London pn Sunday, November 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — Grigor Dimitrov’s talent took him to the brink of his biggest career win, but he needed more than that to get over the line.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene That was not the only record Dimitrov set. After winning all five of his matches at the O2 Arena, he became the first player to win the elite tournament on debut since 1998, when Alex Corretja of Spain triumphed in Hanover.“I was a little bit tired,” said Dimitrov, who beat Goffin for the loss of just two games when they met on Wednesday. “I had to play a few matches obviously back-to-back against solid opponents. I knew that David is going to try something new. He had to be aggressive in order so he doesn’t let me play my game.”Goffin’s adjustments paid off early as he broke Dimitrov’s first two service games either side of losing his own, before settling down to control the opener.However, Dimitrov fought his way back. He leveled in the eighth game before breaking once more in the 12th to snatch the set, despite Goffin hitting eight more winners.Dimitrov’s confidence carried into the second set, where he brought up the first break point in the sixth game, only for Goffin to produce a stunning cross-court backhand winner to save it. The momentum back with him, Goffin broke the following game for a 4-3 lead and calmly closed out the set.ADVERTISEMENT Having become the sixth player to beat Nadal and Federer at the same tournament — the latter from a set down in the semifinals — Goffin had every reason to be confident after drawing level. But he wasted four break points in the opening game and they would turn out to be his only chances in the decider.“I think after this week I’m a better player mentally,” said Goffin, who ends the season at a career-high No. 7 ranking. “I proved to myself that I can do it.”Dimitrov was more clinical, striking in the sixth game to take control of the third set. However, the Bulgarian has had problems closing matches out this season — losing three times after holding match points — and had cause for concern when Goffin saved his first three to hold from 0-40 down at 2-5.Dimitrov served his way to 40-15 but saw another chance drift away, before Goffin finally netted a backhand volley to end the match.“I was a little bit tired in the third,” Goffin said. “It’s the only game maybe I didn’t serve well. I didn’t put a lot of first serves in that game … He was really solid.”Dimitrov claimed his first Masters title in Cincinnati in August, and having risen to a career-high No. 3-ranking with victory in London, his next target is a Grand Slam.“I don’t want to get too hyped up because I’ve done well, now I’m No. 3 in the world,” Dimitrov said. “Of course, one of my main goals is to win a Grand Slam tournament. This has always been, again, a dream of mine.” /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’
Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Ross displeased after Miranda says groin kick ‘part of game’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jaja Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJaja Santiago’s volleyball resume is already worth of anyone’s envy.The 22-year-old middle blocker has won the Rookie of the Year, Best Attacker, and several Most Valuable Player plums while playing in the club level.ADVERTISEMENT And although Santiago won four titles with NU in the offseason tournaments, and two in the club leagues, the closest she got to the UAAP trophy was in her first two years when the Lady Bulldogs reached the Final Four.“Now that this is my last year I won’t allow myself to not get that title,” said Santiago. “And I won’t forgive myself if I will graduate without having led the team to the title.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Santiago has also become a key figure for the Philippines in the international level having competed in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, Southeast Asian Games, and the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship.Of all those accolades, however, Santiago still needs one more piece in her stacked trophy cabinet—the UAAP title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAnd as she enters her final collegiate year, Santiago said only the championship will complete her Lady Bulldog career.“Of course that’s the one thing I’ve been searching for since I was a rookie, in the four years that have past I never got that,” said Santiago of the title in Filipino. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims And now he’s headed into the weekend feeling confident he’s got a shot at slipping on a second green jacket.“To come back from 3 over through two holes and only shoot 2 over with a limited number of (good) looks, it’s not so bad,” he said. “I’m still in this golf tournament. With the way the back nine was playing today, the wheels could have come off there. But I made some nice par saves and was able to grind out some phenomenal second-shot iron shots and good two-putt birdies.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next So Spieth remained calm despite losing a two-shot lead on the first two holes. He excused it as typical “punches” from a daunting golf course in difficult conditions. He responded by making two birdies over the final six holes, helping him recover from the inauspicious start.He finished with a 2-over 74 that left him 4 under for the tournament. He trails leader Patrick Reed by five strokes heading into the third round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I’ve taken a lot of punches on this golf course, and in tournaments in general,” Spieth said. “I told (caddy) Michael (Greller), ‘Look, when this course plays tough, I’m good for a double here or some bogeys there. Let’s make these the only ones.’”Spieth began the day at 6 under. He squandered that before more than half the field teed off. 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He finished second, three shots back of Willett.Compared to that, this was nothing.“I’m not going to downgrade my skill level, but I’m also not going to downgrade my ability to take punches and fight back on this course,” he said. “Good starts are really nice out here. Bad starts are tough to come back from. If I look at it one way, I mean, in 2016, I went bogey, bogey, quad and then was able to rebound from that.“So what’s the first couple holes on a Friday start mean? It doesn’t really mean much to me. It means let’s figure out what was wrong and fix it. But it’s not going to affect the outcome of this tournament off of those two holes. I’m still in a great position.”Spieth credited a par save at No. 9 with turning around his day.After his tee shot landed in a foot in the right rough, he flew the green with his second shot. He putted from the fringe to 6 feet and then drained it, flashing the kind of putter prowess that carried him (10 putts) on the back nine in the opening round Thursday.“I thought that my two-putt save on No. 9 was really, really big,” he said. “When that went in, I thought, ‘OK, forget about everything that’s happened here. Let’s try and shoot 2 under on the back nine.’ And that was the goal, and, you know, I almost did one better there.”Spieth’s 15-foot birdie putt on No. 18 burned the edge. Jordan Spieth hits from a bunker on the seventh hole during the second round at the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 6, 2018, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)AUGUSTA, Ga. — Given Jordan Spieth’s past experiences at Augusta National, there was no reason to panic.It was the front nine. It was the second round. It was nowhere near the worst he’s been through at the Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The 2015 Masters champion pushed his tee shot at the par-4 first way right. He failed to get his second shot back to the fairway and then left his third one short of the green. He missed an 11-footer for bogey.He pulled his second tee shot left and then missed a 5-footer for par.It opened the door for everyone else on the leaderboard. It also could have been a devastating start for Spieth.But he took it in stride, chatting with his caddy and talking to himself to not get overly frustrated.The rough start probably should have been expected given what Spieth endured at Augusta National just two years ago.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMagnolia caught fire early to torch Columbian, 126-101, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Hotshots outscored the Dyip, 37-18, in the first 12 minutes of the game en route to their second straight win.ADVERTISEMENT The game was over quick with Magnolia’s lead swelling to 32 points, 72-40, in the second quarter after Alvin Abundo’s triple while Columbian never recovered.In a matchup of the league’s most explosive offense and stingiest defense, it was the Hotshots’ dirty work that stopped the Dyip on its tracks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMagnolia holds its opponents to a league-best 88.1 points per game, fully compensating for its humble 89.5 ppg production, and that vaunted defense was in full display against the Dyip, who top the conference with 111.8 points per outing.“We have to respect this Columbian team because they’re on a really good run right now,” said Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero in Filipino. “It’s a battle of our defense against their offense, and it was a good thing that my players had the right mindset.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Saudis suspend World Cup referee over bribery Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vernon Macklin, who played his penultimate game in the PBA before flying to China to play in another professional league, posted 19 points and nine boards to lead the Hotshots.Ian Sangalang had 18 points to add to Magnolia’s cause with Paul Lee posting 17 points and eight assists while Mark Barroca had a similar line of 17 points and six assists.Jio Jalalon missed out on a double-double as he finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.John Fileds had a 22-point, 19-rebound double-double to play conductor for the Dyip while Jerramy King had 19 points.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina