Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte He further improved his averages in the Finals, where he netted 19.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in the Tile Masters’ first franchise championship appearance in the league.Corpuz’ entry to Mahindra will be a welcome boost to its thin frontline which only banners import Keith Wright, Mark Yee, Jason Ballesteros, and Prince Caperal.He will be cleared to play for the Floodbuster’s game on Sunday against TNT.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Celtics slump as Millsap lifts Hawks Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJackson Corpuz got the biggest break of his professional career after Mahindra signed the undersized big man Thursday evening.Sources close to the situation confirmed that the Floodbuster snagged 6-foot-4 forward just mere hours after Racal fell to Cignal in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mahindra team manager Joe Ramos also said Corpuz has signed a contract good until August.“We wanted to sign him up earlier, but with Racal’s success in the playoffs, we did not want to disrupt their run,” he said.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 returnAfter going undrafted in 2014, Corpuz has carved a long career in the PBA D-League as he bounced from one team to another before landing in Racal last season.This past conference has been the best of Corpuz’ career as he averaged 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds for the conference, making him a contender for the MVP plum. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ
SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos June Mar Fajardo observes the action as he rests his sore right knee.Limited to a spectator anew on Thursday, June Mar Fajardo still kept a keen eye on coach Chot Reyes’ schemes from the sidelines.“I’m watching what coach is teaching,” said Fajardo in Filipino as he sat the practice session out due to his sore right knee.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Greg Smith welcomes naturalization for Gilas Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely 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 View comments But Fajardo’s dedication to learn remains as he tried to absorb every lesson in preparation for the 2017 Seaba Championships in May.“That’s why I’m here, that even though I’m not joining them on the floor, I’m seeing what coach wants us to run,” he said.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 returnFajardo has yet to participate in the grind since the daily Gilas Pilipinas practices began last Monday.However, he shared that he would finally join the team when practices resume on Sunday in preparation for the 2017 PBA All-Star Week. On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government “I’ll be on the court next week,” he said.Fajardo will suit up for the Gilas squad in Cagayan de Oro on April 26 before teaming up with the Visayas All-Stars in Lapu-Lapu, Cebu on April 30.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out GALLERY: ONE Championship Kings of Destiny Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRemy Palma has the reputation not only as one fine middle blocker, but also as an even better person.And on Sunday Palma has found a new admirer.ADVERTISEMENT And that performance didn’t go unnoticed.Even Palma’s tears after the game transcended teams.“You can just see how Palma poured her heart out in the game, and I actually felt her emotions when she cried,” said Morado.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ After Ateneo ended Palma’s UAAP career in the Final Four of Season 79, Jia Morado took some time to praise FEU’s skipper.READ: Ateneo sets up sixth straight finals series with La SalleFEATURED 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“If there’s a person who has the biggest heart in today’s game, it has to be Remy,” said Morado after Ateneo’s four-set win, 25-22, 25-10, 16-5, 26-24, ay Mall of Asia Arena.Palma put on a spirited effort in her final collegiate game with 12 points, including three service aces. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ 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 “And you give us a day in between and we were ready to come out. Especially me, because that taste wouldn’t have been the same if we would have lost tonight and they would have celebrated on our home floor. So I’ll just leave that at that.”READ: Durant, Warriors rally to beat Cavs for 3-0 leadIrving hit 15-of-27 shots from the floor, going 7-of-12 from 3-point range to set the pace for a finals record 24 3-points on 45 attempts.But it was his extra motivation that caught the notice of James.“I didn’t hear it, but some of the other guys heard it and told me that they wanted to celebrate on our floor once again and they wanted to spray champagne in our locker rooms,” James said.ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Golden State still leads the best-of-seven title series 3-1 and can claim the trophy at home on Monday. But the loss snapped the Warriors’ NBA-record 15-game playoff win streak and denied them the league’s first unbeaten playoff run.READ: Cavs avoid elimination, overpower Warriors in Game 4FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“You hear some chatter going on throughout the Warriors locker room in terms of them trying to end it here, and it was another do-or-die game for us, and we had to leave it all out there,” Irving said.“It’s part of the game, I understand that. But we knew what we were faced with. Then you add some chatter in there, and that adds some extra motivation. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “We got to find our edge and respond,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “So all that chatter and stuff is neither here nor there. It’s whatever you need to get yourself ready to play.”Green warned that extra motivation is little help at this stage.“Winning a championship is enough motivation. All the antics and stuff don’t really matter. That’s water under the bridge,” Green said. “If you need extra motivation to go close out in five, you’re screwed, because that won’t be enough motivation.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Warriors’ Green stays in Game 4 after technical foul fiasco READ: Curry, Durant power Warriors past Cavs in Game 1“I think it came from Draymond (Green, a Warriors forward), which is OK, that’s Dray anyway.”James shrugged off unbeaten runs and celebration talk and just kept his mind on the moment.“I didn’t stress anything besides just live in the moment,” he said. “We have a great opportunity to give ourself another opportunity to keep going. We came out and this was as close to a 48-minute game as we played in the post-season. It was big for us.”Irving said he scans social media for such slights as premature celebration talk.READ: Warriors’ Green stays in Game 4 after technical foul fiasco “We’re in the finals. Everything is accessible. Social media is everywhere. It raises the bar, especially the attention that goes on with it,” Irving said.“So we see everything. I’ll be sitting up here lying saying that I didn’t see it. But I relish in that challenge. I know my teammates do as well. Definitely heard the chatter.”Curry said the Warriors will be ready to answer the Cavaliers raising their game.READ: LeBron’s legacy assured but Jordan’s might glow brighter Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) argues with Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) and Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)Talk from the Golden State Warriors about popping champagne corks and celebrating an NBA title on Cleveland’s court for the second time in three seasons inspired Kyrie Irving to do something to prevent it.Irving scored 40 points and LeBron James added 31 with 11 assists and 10 rebounds to power the Cavaliers over Golden State 137-116 Friday, averting what would have been a historic win and NBA Finals sweep for the Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments
MOUNTING HORROR The head of track and field’s governing body recalled watching, “with mounting horror”, from the IAAF headquarters in Monaco as news of the atrocity unfolded at the Ariana Grande concert. “Like many people, we felt we just needed to be here,” said Coe, the double middle-distance Olympic champion. “It can’t remedy or gloss over what happened a few days ago, but, at least, it can help in that grieving process. I hope that the athletes feel tonight and the people, the great people that were here tonight, feel that the athletes may have just helped in that healing process too.” Security in Britain is high on the IAAF agenda, with London hosting the World Championships in August at the Olympic Stadium. “I know the diligence and forensic work (by the security services); our police services are outstanding,” said Coe, who headed the 2012 London Olympics organising committee. “They’re the best in the world. You’ve only got to see the way they responded here (on Monday) and the work that we did in London with those teams. “The same thought and the same diligence is going into all these events and it’s important that we provide a safe and secure environment, but we don’t lose sight of the fact that sports is a celebration of humanity and we must never lose that.” MANCHESTER, England (AP): Sports can help Manchester’s healing process by celebrating humanity following the arena attack, IAAF President Sebastian Coe said on Friday after watching athletes competing in the city’s streets. Less than a mile from the scene of Monday’s suicide bombing, Coe was among hundreds of people who lined a specially constructed street track to see stars competing, including Australian former Olympic champion hurdler Sally Pearson. Around the corner, British world champion Greg Rutherford won the long jump event in Albert Square, which hosted Tuesday’s attack vigil. The City Games went ahead amid tight security, with Britain’s terror threat level raised to critical after the blast that killed 22 people at the Manchester Arena. Thousands of runners were expected also take to the Manchester streets today for a half marathon and 10-kilometre race. “Sports can actually help in that healing process,” Coe said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It’s not the only solution, but at this very moment, there are coaches working the length and breadth of the country in some really challenged communities, and that’s what sport does all the time. Maybe this is a really important time for sport to be involved in that process.”
World’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, has said that he is looking forward to what he expects to be an emotional send-off when he runs his final race on home soil at the JN Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium tomorrow. Bolt shared the stage with Allyson Felix, David Rudisha, Sally Pearson, Mo Farah, Christian Taylor, and Wayde van Niekerk in a question-and-answer session at the official press conference ahead of the meet yesterday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. He said he is looking forward to the energy his fans will provide at the National Stadium, which organisers said they expect to be filled to capacity. “It’s gonna be a great reception,” Bolt said. “I’m home, the amount of people that called me to get tickets (he laughs), I know the stadium’s gonna be full, so I know it’s gonna be high energy, and I know it’s gonna be just one big party. It’s going to be emotional, but I’m definitely looking forward to it.” The multiple Olympic and World Championship gold medallist also spoke about the motivation he got from Jamaicans, as a whole, to help him to do well for the country. “For me, I live to make my country proud,” he said. “When I was growing up, my role models were Don Quarrie, Herb McKenley. I watched these guys dominate and work hard (to) make their country proud. I just wanted to be like them. “Growing up, I got a lot of love, I got a lot of push, I got a lot of banter also from the country itself. But it was always love that allowed me to work hard and to be like the great Bob Marley himself, just trying to make my country proud and put my country on the map. I think I’m a legend. I work hard, I’ve done everything I possibly can do to prove myself as one of the greatest athletes ever.” Bolt said he knows the public will be showing up to see him at his best tomorrow and as such, he said he will try to not let emotions get in the way. “I don’t know how to feel. It’s my last time in front of my home crowd, so I don’t know how the emotions will be. I know they’re gonna be loud. I’m just going out there with an open mind. Just trying to do my best as always and put on a show for them because that’s what they’re coming out there to look forward to. We’ll see what happens. The fans in Jamaica know that when I show up, I always show up at my best. I always go out there and give my all. I always try to make sure they’re happy because they’re very hard to please, but I try my best,” he joked. Bolt will line up on the track in the special ‘Salute to a Legend’ 100m race against friends and relay teammates Michael Frater, Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter, Jevaughn Minzie, and Nickel Ashmeade, as well as Antiguan Daniel Bailey and Ramon Gittens of Barbados. ROLE MODELS
ST PETERSBURG, Russia (AP):Portugal coach Fernando Santos could deny himself the pleasure of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo play against New Zealand today.After promising to rotate his starting line-up for a third Confederations Cup game in seven days, Santos would not confirm if that means rest for his 32-year-old star.”Everybody wants to watch Cristiano Ronaldo, even I want to watch Cristiano Ronaldo,” the coach said yesterday, smiling when asked how Russia’s enthusiasm for the current world’s best player compared to other countries.”I don’t know if I’m going to play with Cristiano or without Cristiano,” Santos said through a translator. “Obviously, rotation will take place, that I can tell you.”Portugal has the luxury of choosing because of Ronaldo’s decisive header early in a 1-0 win over Russia on Wednesday – his 74th goal in 141 national-team games.The European champions have four points in Group A and need only a draw against No. 95-ranked New Zealand to advance to the semi-finals.One reason Ronaldo is strong deep into June is because Real Madrid managed his playing time more carefully this season. He peaked from April onward with a rush of Champions League goals, including two in the final to help beat Juventus 4-1.Santos also noted his team’s Sunday-Wednesday-Saturday schedule so far in three different Russian cities.”It’s less than 72 hours to recover, it’s not easy,” said the coach, who steered his team to the Euro 2016 title over seven games in a 27-day period in France.Still, the lone New Zealand reporter at the tournament insisted at the pre-match news conference that more than four million people back home want to see Ronaldo face the All Whites for the first time.”It’s many, many millions who every time Cristiano plays are very interested in watching him play,” Santos said. “I’m glad that also happens in New Zealand.”New Zealand is already eliminated after losing both games, though unsettled Mexico in a 2-1 defeat. The North American champion had rested several players who started in a 2-2 draw against Portugal, including forward Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez.
Jamaica celebrated a double gold medal performance to close off Day Three at the IAAF World Under-18 Championships with De’Jour Russell and Antonio Watson beating their peers in Nairobi, Kenya on Friday. Russell lowered his own championships record in the 110m hurdles, dominating the field to win in 13.04 seconds ahead of Chinese Taipei’s Hao-hua Lu, 13.41 and France’s Thomas Wanaverbecq, 13.55. Fifteen year-old Petersfield High school student Watson won gold in the 400m with a strong finish, after coming into the final 100m in the middle of the pack. Watson posted a personal best 46.59 to win ahead of Guyanese Daniel Williams, 46.72, and Turks and Caicos’ Colby Jennings, 46.77. Another Jamaican, Anthony Cox, who also posted 46.77, started strongly but faded into fourth place. In the girls’ final, Shaquena Foote, 54.05, finished fifth behind winner Barbora Malikova, 52.74 from the Czech Republic; Kenya’s Mary Moraa, 53.31; and Brazil’s Giovana Dos Santos, 53.57. The results lifted the Jamaicans to four medals (two gold, two bronze) and fourth place on the medal table.
Guided by Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 standout, batsman Andre McCarthy, as well as rookie representatives, leg-spinner Damion Jacobs and batsman Brandon King, the Eastern Tigers will seek to make a winning start to the new two-day franchise-based JCA Super League when they take on the Western Warriors in the opening round of at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium today. A combination of players largely stemming from Melbourne and Kingston Cricket Clubs, which participated in the recent traditional two-day Senior Cup, Eastern Tigers, coached by Robert Haynes, will enter the contest as slight favourites. This is based primarily on the cadre of West Indies ‘A’ and Jamaica representatives in their line-up. In addition to McCarthy and Jacobs, current members of the West Indies ‘A’ team, they also boast national players, captain Nikita Miller, all-rounder Derval Green, wicketkeeper Horace Miller, and fast bowlers Oshane Thomas and Keno Wallace. “It should be an exciting matchup as we know that the Warriors does have quality players, especially in their bowling,” said Tigers assistant coach, Andrew Richardson. “But all in all we have a good all-round team not just fast bowlers, but in every other department and are looking to do well.” Consisting of West Indies, West Indies ‘A’ and national players, as well, the Western Warriors, in the meanwhile, will be hoping to pull off an upset. Coached by Phillip Service and possessing players from Senior Cup champion outfit, the Jamaica Defence Force, Western Warriors will be led in their batting by out-of-favour West Indies batsman, Assad Fudadin, national batsman Jermaine Harrison and Rasheed Outar. Their bowling, in the meantime, will have sidelined West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell and West Indies ‘A’ fast bowler Reynard Leveridge leading their pace attack, and national left-arm spinner Dennis Bulli leading the spin equivalent.’ “It’s the first game of the season so we are looking forward to a very positive start,” said Warriors coach, Phillip Service. “It is not what is on the paper, it is not about name players, but it is what you do on the day, and we intend to play the best cricket on the day,” he declared. In other matches, Southern Seals will play Central Titans at Treasure Beach Sports Complex in St Elizabeth, and Nothern Panthers take on Combined Universities and Colleges at GC Foster College. Matches are slated to begin at 10 a.m. each day.
Manchester champions brace for Burger King 5k Run/Walk tomorrow With the start of the new season just weeks away, the Manchester FA is contending that it and other parishes will face dire sponsorship gaps with the expected loss of the Captain’s Bakery and Grill sponsorship. Manchester FA, for example, has been the beneficiary of the Captain’s Bakery and Grill sponsorship for the last 13 years. It has been their most secured sponsor’s call in terms of prize money, referee fees, balls, as well as products to host functions. The death of Captain Horace Burrell, the CEO of company, had the effect of curtailing payments for the past season as well as the end of the sponsorship. For the first time in 13 years, awardees as well as invitees to the recent end of season ceremony at Golf View Hotel did not walk home with Captain Bakery and Grill baked products like bread, bullas and donuts. As it faces the start of the 2017-18 season, the association is also on the hunt for sponsorship of its Under-13 and Under-15 leagues, as well as its Under-20 Women’s league. The Burger King 5K run and walk races returns to Mandeville after a one-year break tomorrow. Currently, the parish of Manchester boasts the top exponents in both categories. G.C. Foster runner Daniel Glaves, formerly of Holmwood Technical, has never been beaten in the races held in the parish. Professional Male Walker Duwell Allen, of the NCU team, has been dominant since last year, and easily took the recent Kingston College race. His NCU teammates also placed second and third. Female walker Natasha McKenzie has won the last seven road walk events and is the only female walker to post 31 minutes for a 5k walk event locally. She was also victorious at the Kingston College event. Several Manchester-based schools like Holmwood Technical, Spaldings High, Bellefield, Mile Gully and May Day are expected to field the bulk of the junior contenders. Manchester FA to suffer from lost of Captain’s Bakery sponsorship JHF Hockey 5s U-17 Development Tournament The Guardian Life Open Junior Tennis Tournament is the second of a two part series that continues to contribute to the development of junior players across the island. The weekend tournament is scheduled to begin today at 9 a.m. The contestants will vie for trophy prizes in the categories Boys’ 10, 12, 14, 16 & 18 and Girls’ beginners, intermediary and advanced levels. In addition to trophy prizes, the winners in each category will also receive points towards their national ranking. The semi-finals will be played tomorrow at 9 a.m. with the finals scheduled to get under way at 2 p.m. The closing and presentation ceremony will follow directly after the finals. The Jamaica Hockey Federation will be hosting its first Hockey 5s U17 Development Tournament at the Mona Hockey Field starting at 8:30 p.m tonight. The objective of this tournament is to start the process of screening players for training for the Jamaica’s Hockey 5’s Youth Olympic team that will be participating in the pre-qualification tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico in March 2018. The Youth Olympics will then be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in August 2018. Hockey 5s were introduced in 2012 and focused primarily on a smaller game for Under-17 players and is the official field hockey game played at the Youth Olympics. The JHF’s vision is participation in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Therefore, the federation is now changing its paradigm to seriously invest in the development of the cadre of international quality youth talent that resides in our schools and across the island. The game is a five-on-five (5 vs 5), including a goalkeeper with barriers around the field so that the ball does not go out off bounds unless over the barriers. All set for Guardian Life Open Junior Tennis Tournament