TRADITIONAL PRINCE, running at odds of 10-1 with Aaron Chatrie aboard, overcame a slow start to win the 11th running of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Trophy open allowance race in a bang-up finish over 1200 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. The betting made FORTUNE-ONEHUNDRED a 9-5 marginal favourite ahead of the speedy TALENTED TONY K at 2-1, but despite his consistency the Patrick Lynch-trained TRADITIONAL PRINCE was overlooked in the market. TRADITIONAL PRINCE hurt his chance by rearing at the start and was the back marker in the early stages as TALENTED TONY K with Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry aboard disputed the lead with the rank outsider, TOOTING KAT (99-1), in a field of 11. TALENTED TONY K soon surged ahead at the half mile, but FORTUNEINEHUNDRED was sent in serious chase by Robert Halledeen as both turned for home almost heads on. Although FORTUNEONEHUNDRED grabbed the lead a furlong out, the run-on horses by then were getting into top gear, with topweight TRADITIONAL PRINCE producing a storming rail run in the last 100 metres to catch FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, winning by a neck, with another neck to the fast-finishing SCOOP JORDYNE (13-1) in third and EDISON (8-1) finishing a mere length away fourth. A seven-year-old bay gelding by Traditional out of Princess Lal, TRADITIONAL PRINCE is owned and bred by Dr. Granville Ashton. Chatrie said he had ridden TRADITIONAL PRINCE in the past and knew what he was capable of. “I expected a fast pace with ‘TONY K’ in the line-up, so although losing lengths at the start, I knew the pace would to come back in the closing stages, and it did. I saved ground on the inside from the half mile, got a rocky run on the inside rails and was able to catch them in the nick of time,” said Chatrie, who had a second winner on the card in 5-1 chance ABOVE THE RADAR in the third race over 1820 metres for the Josseth Grey Memorial Cup. Chatrie, along with Wesley Henry, each rode two winners on the card, but all were upstaged by title-chasing jockey Halledeen, with three winners. These were the two-year-old debutante DREAMLINER at 3-5 for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta in the first race, PREMATUREE at 5-1 in the eighth and DWAYNE STAR for trainer Lynch in the eighth race over the straight to move to 46 wins so far this season. a storming rail run
Kingston’s Under-15 cricket team lifted the 2015 Kingston Wharves Under-15 crown last Friday after they defeated defending champions St Elizabeth by 59 runs at Sabina Park.As Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL) celebrates its 70th anniversary and 26 years as title sponsors of the competition, Kingston have achieved what could be considered a memorable victory.Scores: Kingston, 171 for nine in their allotted 40 overs; St Elizabeth, 112 all out. George Seymour led the way for Kingston with 50 not out while Razzaq Williams scored 48.In the bowling department, Rajiv Redhi bagged 4 for 26 from eight overs. He was supported by Matthew Comrie, 2-for 10, and Akeem Malcolm, 2-for 27.Joseph Simpson, 20, and Joshua Watson, 16, top-scored for St Elizabeth, while Roberto Simpson took three wickets for 14 runs and Romario Moxam, two for 28.”We went to the final last year with the same team and lost by one run. It was a big disappointment for most of us to lose a competition by one run, so to come back this year and do it all over with the same team is wonderful,” said Kingston’s coach Marlon Ramdeen.St Elizabeth’s coach, Tedroy Bromfield, bemoaned his team’s poor fielding and bowling.TOO MANY EXTRAS”We had too many extras – 40. The boys didn’t maintain their discipline and dropped some catches, so we let ourselves down by not doing the basics right,” Bromfield said.Mark Williams, chief operating officer of KWL, lauded the young cricketers.”Young men, this is your starting ground. All the big-named players – Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, even Stafanie Taylor – they all came through Kingston Wharves Under-15, so you are having a good launching pad,” he said.Kingston Wharves awarded four cash bursaries to the most valuable players from the four semi-finalists, and their total sponsorship package is worth approximately $5 million annually.
WESTERN BUREAU:”We can run with the fastest of them, we can play hard with the toughest of them, and still outscore the best of them,” warns hot Montego Bay United (MBU) striker Owayne Gordon, following another two goal blast that extended MBU’s lead atop the Red Stripe Premier League to five points.MBU registered a 2-0 win on Thursday night over Tivoli Gardens in a rescheduled fixture at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.The double gives Gordon four goals in two consecutive matches and thirteen in all for the season, just one goal behind out-of-action teammate Dino Williams (14) at the top of the goalscoring chart. Williams, who was spotted at Thursday’s match has inked a deal to play in the US for the remainder of the season.Gordon opened the scoring for MBU in the 32nd minute from a direct long kick from goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett.The ball took one bounce and Gordon used his speed to get by two defenders before employing a majestic chip over the advancing Davin Watkins in goal for Tivoli.His second was a superb effort from a free kick right on the edge of the penalty area in the 81st minute of play to seal victory for the title chasers, who now move five points clear of champions Arnett Gardens FC (49 pts) to be on 54 pts.The leaders were tasting victory for a fourth consecutive time in five matches and Gordon believes it will only get better from here.”The team is playing really well at the moment and with me scoring the goals, I think we are on our way to another title.”I am a confident player and right now I am feeling good. I hope my goals will take us to the Premiership title and that is all I want,” reasoned Gordon, who is emerging as MBU’s top goal getter in the absence of Williams.He enjoyed a good outing, but had to dig deep as the game became a physical affair. Both teams had their players flying into crunching tackles and both ended with 10 players after referee Danion Parchment issued red cards for dangerous tackles.MBU defender John Barrett was sent off with a straight red in the 45th minute, while Tivoli suffered the same fate in the 88th minute, when Romaine Breakenridge committed a second bookable offence.Tivoli remain just above the bottom two (Rivoli 22 pts and Waterhouse FC 21 pts). They have 29 points with the defeat that snapped their two-game mini-streak.
For the next two quarters, it was touch and go, but in the end, the defending champions prevailed for a narrow win in the end. The in-form Excelsior stayed on course for their mega match tomorrow with former champions The Queen’s School for Group One honours with another disciplined display after an easy 42-21 win over Norman Manley for their fourth consecutive victory. The Queen’s School also made it four in a row, when they got a walk over from Wolmer’s, who failed to show for their encounter. In other rescheduled matches, Tarrant got by former champions St Hugh’s 31-26; Immaculate stopped Penwood 36-26 and St Catherine High and Tivoli tied 42 -42. The competition will continue today at 12:30pm with two more senior matches and one Junior. Penwood face The Queen’s School and Wolmer’s face Excelsior among the seniors with St Jago playing St Andrew Technical in the junior competition. Defending champions Camperdown were pushed to the limit to stave off a determined Gaynstead in their top of the table Group II Senior ISSA Urban schoolgirl netball competition at the Leila Robinson Court yesterday, winning 35-33 in a thrilling contest. In what was a clash between unbeaten teams, it was the Wayne Stewart-coached team that walked away with bragging rights to make it four win from as many games and now look set to top their group with one game remaining. Camperdown were first to settle and raced to a quick 5-2 lead inside four minutes. They maintained their dominance for the remainder of the quarter, pushing on for a four goals advantage, leading 11-7. The gutsy Gaynstead team, however, came into their own in the second quarter as they matched the experienced Camperdown in all department. They outscored their opponents here 10-7 to reduce the deficit by one as Camperdown led 18-17 at the half-time break. NARROW WIN
THE Girls Class One 4x100m – a championships event is slated for 5:55 p.m. on Saturday at the Gibson – McCook Relays and when the teams line up for this event, Edwin Allen will be eyeing the record of 44.48 seconds, set two years ago. That team included the likes of Christania Williams, Monique Spencer, Saquine Cameron and Claudette Allen. This time around they have a Class One team, which is just as strong and the clock should be their only competition here. They have already shown their speed this season with little or no competition. At the Central Hurdles and Relay meet at GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, they clocked a record 45.08 seconds. The quartet of Patrice Moody, Shellece Clarke, Kamoy Farquharson and Kasheika Cameron showed their true might at the Milo Western Relays, storming to 44.87 seconds despite some hitches. BETTER EFFORT With a better effort in their exchanges they could erased their old mark and it will be interesting to see if the likes of Holmwood, St Jago and company will give them enough competition to push them into a super time. Still, whether or not that competition arrives from their rivals, this Edwin Allen team certainly packs the power to lower that record on their own. Top 3 Prediction 1. Edwin Allen 2. Holmwood 3.St Jago
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. “Everyone says, ‘We get killed. We can’t get there. We just can’t get over the hurdle.’ I felt like it was time for change,” he shared.“I got an opportunity to grow here,” he added. “It’s unreal to think about the times that we had. We had some good runs.”Furthermore, Paul downplayed the rumored nepotism between coach Doc Rivers and his son Austin, which pundits attribute to his exit in Los Angeles.“Just like I called Blake (Griffin) and those guys, I called Austin,” he said. “I wish him the best of luck with what he has going on in the future. No, that report wasn’t true. If anything, Austin has grown up a lot and is getting better. I heard the report. It’s not worth responding to.” Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Clippers coach Rivers on Chris Paul trade: ‘I hate the way it endedSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Chris Paul APNBA fans will definitely get some getting used to seeing Chris Paul donning the Houston Rockets’ colors.The league’s premier playmaker opted for a change in scenery and left the Los Angeles Clippers, which he helped rise from obscurity for the past six seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer NBA: Paul goes from Clippers to Rockets in blockbuster dealSpeaking to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, a sports news site, the 32-year-old point guard shared how the trade bodes well for both franchises.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’“I feel like the last six years we’ve had a great run. I felt like it was not only a good time for change for me, but for the team, too,” he said.The nine-time NBA All-Star also addressed the Clippers’ struggles to get over the hump throughout his tenure, with the team looking like contenders throughout the season only to burn out come playoff time. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Before Mayweather-McGregor … Ali v Inoki
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Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES National U hopes to cash in on its solid roster led by national player Jaja Santiago and ace playmaker Jasmine Nabor.But the Lady Eagles are going all-out to stop the Bulldogs and boost their bid for the top semis slot behind Kat Tolentino, Jhoana Maraguinot, and Bea de Leon. View comments Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Bulldogs will go for a sweep of their group side against a surging Lady Eagles (3-1) at 6:30 p.m.Focus will also be on the 1 p.m. faceoff between the Lady Maroons and the Lady Chiefs with the winner joining the unbeaten Adamson Lady Falcons (4-0) in the crossover semifinals of the event backed by Mikasa and Asics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogOusted St. Benilde and Technological Institute of the Philippines, both winless in four games, cap the rare triple-bill at 4 p.m.All matches can be viewed live via streaming on www.sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/pvl. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Juvic fires 69, grabs clubhouse lead MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody National U and Ateneo dispute the first Final Four berth in Group A, while University of the Philippines and Arellano U clash for the second semifinals seat in Group B in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’
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Argentina had started the day outside the automatic qualifying positions, needing to secure their first win in Quito since 2001 to be certain of claiming at least a playoff place.It looked as if Argentina’s worst fears were set to become a reality after Ibarra’s opening goal in the first minute.But it was not long before Messi stamped his authority on the game, hauling his team back into the contest with a composed opening goal.The equalizer came in the 12th minute when Messi darted forward and quickly released Angel Di Maria down the left.The Paris Saint-Germain attacker duly returned the favor as Messi raced into the penalty area to poke home a low finish past Maximo Banguera.Eight minutes later Messi fired Argentina into the lead with another virtuoso strike, lashing into the top corner.Messi then completed his hat-trick with a sublime chip in the 62nd minute to make it 3-1.But while Argentina celebrated, it was a miserable night for Sampaoli’s former team Chile.The Chileans — winners of the Copa America in 2015 and 2016 — were soundly beaten 3-0 by Brazil in Sao Paulo to see themselves eliminated on goal difference.Barcelona’s Paulinho opened the scoring before Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus bagged a brace to secure a win already-qualified Brazil which relegated Chile to sixth place in the standings. The Barcelona superstar scored twice inside the opening 20 minutes to give Argentina the lead after Ecuador had stunned the visitors with an opening goal after from Romario Ibarra after 38 seconds.Messi then completed his hat-trick — the 44th of his dazzling career — with a sublime chip in the second half to seal the victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Argentinian superstar can now look forward to his fourth appearance at the World Cup at next year’s finals in Russia, where he will attempt once more to lead his country to an elusive major title.Since his country’s defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, Messi has twice suffered agony at major tournaments with Argentina, losing the finals of both the 2015 Copa America and the 2016 Copa America Centenario. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Ecuador during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match in Quito, on October 10, 2017. AFPLionel Messi fired Argentina into the World Cup with a brilliant hat-trick on Tuesday as South American champions Chile suffered a shock elimination.Messi single-handedly resurrected Argentina’s hopes in a 3-1 win over Ecuador in Quito that drew a line under a chaotic campaign that had left the two-time champions in danger of failing to qualify.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Messi, who will turn 31 during next year’s World Cup, now has one, perhaps final, chance to emulate his idol Diego Maradona by lifting the World Cup.Relieved Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli — the third coach appointed during the qualifying campaign — could not avoid expressing his gratitude to Messi following Tuesday’s win.“Messi doesn’t owe a World Cup to Argentina — football owes a World Cup to Messi,” Sampaoli said.“He’s the best player in history. This is a team victory. They played a brilliant match.”Messi masterclassADVERTISEMENT Pizzi resignsThe Chileans finished level on points with Peru, who secured a two-leg playoff against New Zealand, but trailed on goal difference.Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi announced his resignation following the exit.“I take full responsibility,” Pizzi told reporters. “We gave everything but it was not enough. I will not continue.”Peru meanwhile kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 1982 with a fighting 1-1 draw with Colombia in Lima.Colombia took the lead through James Rodriguez in the 56th minute before veteran striker Paolo Guerrero equalized in the 74th minute. The result saw Colombia qualify alongside Uruguay, 4-2 winners over Bolivia in Montevideo.Uruguay, who finished the standings in second place, were jolted by a Gaston Silva own goal which gave Bolivia the lead on 24 minutes.Martin Caceres and Edinson Cavani scored twice just before half-time to give Uruguay the lead before two goals from Luis Suarez put the hosts 4-1 up.Bolivia reduced the deficit when Uruguay’s Diego Godin scored the second own goal of the night.In the day’s other game, Paraguay’s hopes of qualification evaporated in a 1-0 loss to Venezuela in Asuncion. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
“I know that we’re playing as a team right now,” Detroit’s Luke Kennard said. “We’re really locked in. We’re really playing together and we play hard. When you have a team that does that together, you win.”Now comes the test.Starting Wednesday, the Pistons play five of their next six games on the road — visiting Milwaukee, Indiana and Minnesota before returning home to face Cleveland, then heading right back out for a trip to Oklahoma City and Boston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneAfter topping Miami to finish off a 5-0 homestand Sunday, Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy made no effort to hide how pleased he is right now.“We did a great job here, and now you just move on to the next challenge,” Van Gundy said. “Now nine of 11 on the road, the next three games on the road against teams you beat at home so you know they want back at you. The challenges just keep mounting, but you put wins in the bank.” Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson “He plays now to destroy you,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters last week before Antetokounmpo scored 28 in Milwaukee’s road win over San Antonio. “In the beginning he was pretty darn good and he would do this and he would do that. But now he knows he can do it to you every time. He’s for real.”Antetokounmpo turns 23 on Dec. 6. The only other players in the last 50 years with 5,000 points, 2,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists before celebrating their 23rd birthdays — Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, and future Hall of Famer LeBron James.ANNIVERSARIESA couple of significant milestone dates are nearing.Sunday marks the 13th anniversary since the so-called “Malice at The Palace,” the infamous brawl involving Indiana and Detroit after Metta World Peace (then Ron Artest) went into the stands after a fan hit him with a drink. The aftermath included nine players being suspended, and security in NBA arenas has been different ever since.And Tuesday is the 16th anniversary of the first call-up from what is now called the NBA G League — the Denver Nuggets brought eventual NBA champion Chris Andersen up from the Fayetteville Patriots, a move that paved the way for hundreds of players to truly view the development league as a springboard to the NBA.THE WEEK AHEADSome games to keep an eye on over the coming days:— Philadelphia at L.A. Lakers, Wednesday: Ben Simmons and Lonzo Ball, a matchup of future NBA assist leaders.— Golden State at Boston, Thursday: An NBA Finals preview? The road team has won five straight in this series. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Reggie Jackson of the Detroit Pistons reacts reacts to a call late in the game next to Luke Babbitt #8 of the Atlanta Hawks at Little Caesars Arena on November 10, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 111-104. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPThe Detroit Pistons are heading on the road for a few days, so maybe someone will see them play.They’ve certainly been worth watching.Detroit’s 10-3 start, good for No. 2 in the Eastern Conference standings, is one of the biggest good surprises in the NBA through the season’s first month. The Pistons already have a road win at Golden State, swept a five-game homestand — possibly to the delight of all those unoccupied red seats at Little Caesars Arena, more on that in a moment — and are off to their best start in 12 years.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny No resolution: PBA Board leaves LA with league’s fate hanging MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Maybe at some point, there will be fans in the seats.The brand-new Detroit arena has a listed capacity for basketball at 20,491, which was the announced crowd for opening night. In seven games since, the Pistons have announced crowds between 13,709 and 17,683 — and those numbers may be generous, given how empty the building looks on television. Officially, Detroit sold 76 percent of its tickets in those seven games.GIANNIS WATCHTechnically, no foreign player has ever won an NBA scoring title. Dominique Wilkins has one and he was born in Paris, but only because his father was in the U.S. Air Force.Giannis Antetokounmpo may change that in a few months. And if not this season, then probably soon enough.The Milwaukee star who hails from Greece went into this week averaging just over 31 points per game and leading the league in that department. He was the Most Improved Player last season and don’t be surprised if he gets more votes for that trophy this season — along with MVP ballots as well.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson — Oklahoma City at San Antonio, Friday: Russell Westbrook has triple-doubles in his last two games vs. the Spurs.— Houston at Memphis, Saturday: The Rockets’ wide-open offense goes up against the Grizzlies’ airtight defense.— Washington at Toronto, Sunday: John Wall vs. Kyle Lowry might get overlooked on an NFL Sunday, but shouldn’t.STAT LINE OF THE WEEKPaul George, Oklahoma City: His 37-point, eight-rebound, five-assist game against Dallas on Sunday wasn’t even his best game of the week (he had 42, 9 and 7 two nights earlier against the Clippers). But the Sunday game gets the nod since it came on Russell Westbrook’s birthday and when asked what he got his teammate, George said “I got him 37.” Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 View comments