MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFA Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes We are young De La Salle Green Archers clinched the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball crown after sweeping rivals Ateneo Blue Eagles in the Finals Wednesday.La Salle’s Kib Montalbo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle head coach Aldin Ayo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle’s Jeron Teng.La Salle head coach Aldin Ayo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle celebrates its ninth overall championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle celebrates its ninth overall championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle celebrates its ninth overall championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJeron Teng talks to Ateneo players after winning the title. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo head coach Tab Baldwin after the Blue Eagles lost to the La Salle in the UAAP Season 79 Finals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGBoy Babilonia proud of how his teammates fought despite loss in Finals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo’s Thirdy Ravena sings the school hymn after the Blue Eagles lost to La Salle in the UAAP Season 79 Finals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle celebrates its ninth overall championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle head coach Aldin Ayo celebrates the UAAP Season 79 championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle head coach Aldin Ayo celebrates the UAAP Season 79 championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle head coach Aldin Ayo celebrates the UAAP Season 79 championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJulian Sargent kisses his kid after winning the UAAP Season 79 Championship.UAAP Season 79 runner-up Ateneo Blue Eagles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUAAP Season 79 runner-up Ateneo Blue Eagles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle celebrates its ninth overall championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle celebrates its ninth overall championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUAAP Season 79 Finals MVP Jeron Teng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUAAP Season 79 Finals MVP Jeron Teng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle’s Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER>netLa Salle’s Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER>netJeron Teng cuts off the net as part of the Green Archers’ celebration after winning their ninth overall title. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJeron Teng cuts off the net as part of the Green Archers’ celebration after winning their ninth overall title. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle celebrates its ninth overall championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle Green Archers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments PH among economies most vulnerable to virus FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brygy Ginebra victory party PLAY LIST 02:49Brygy Ginebra victory party00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan 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 Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Belief made ‘Mayhem’ system work for La Salle Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH
ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter EDITORS’ PICK PH vs Team SEA in ‘Ryder Cup’ duel Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In an Instagram clip on Monday, Tyson announced that he will train the 27-year-old “Loyal” singer and teach him every single dirty trick to beat the “Crank That” hitmaker. “It’s official. I’m going to train Chris Brown. Gonna teach him every dirty trick in the book to knockout Soulja Boy,” the retired boxing champion said.READ: Floyd Mayweather to train rapper Soulja Boy vs Chris BrownRapper 50 Cent, who is betting $100,000 (P4.9 million) in favor of Brown, also blared on his Instagram page: “The show must go on Soulja, forget the chain, train.”The celebrity bout, which began after Soulja Boy was accused of liking and leaving a comment on Brown’s former fling Karrueche Tran’s Instagram photo, has heightened since the past few weeks. Also, Soulja Boy had posted selfies of him hanging out with Brown’s ex-girlfriend Nia Guzman and Brown’s daughter Royalty at Mayweather’s home.Soulja Boy, 26, is training under Mayweather’s camp, who is also promoting the fight.Although no exact date is provided for their match, Soulja Boy previously announced that the pay-per-view fight would be staged in March in Las Vegas. Gianna Francesca CatolicoADVERTISEMENT The upcoming square-off between Chris Brown and Soulja Boy has netted interest from boxing champions as Floyd Mayweather sides with Soulja Boy and Mike Tyson, bats for with Brown. Senators to proceed with review of VFA Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ View comments PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan 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
Article published by Shreya Dasgupta Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Green, Jaguars, Mammals, Obituary, Rainforests, Tigers, Wildlife Alan Rabinowitz, a U.S. zoologist dubbed the “Indiana Jones of wildlife protection” by Time Magazine, died of cancer on Aug. 5 at the age of 64. He leaves behind a legacy of more than three decades of unceasing efforts to protect big cats and other wildlife at risk of extinction.Rabinowitz was instrumental in the creation the world’s first jaguar sanctuary, the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve in Belize, as well the creation of protected areas in Thailand and Myanmar, and the discovery of new species.In 2006, Rabinowitz co-founded Panthera, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation the world’s 40 wild cat species and the vast landscapes that hold them, along with his close friend Thomas S. Kaplan, a U.S. entrepreneur and philanthropist. The wildlife conservation community has lost a leader in big cat conservation.Alan Rabinowitz, an American zoologist dubbed the “Indiana Jones of wildlife protection” by Time magazine, died of cancer on Aug. 5 at the age of 64. He leaves behind a legacy of more than three decades of unceasing efforts to protect big cats and other wildlife under threat of extinction. He is survived by his wife, Salisa, and their children, Alexander and Alana.Alan Rabinowitz, center, collaring a jaguar in Brazil. Image by Steve Winter/Panthera.Rabinowitz achieved numerous milestones during his career. He convinced the government of Belize to create the world’s first jaguar sanctuary, the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve. He was instrumental in generating the first field research on Indochinese tigers, Asiatic leopards, and leopard cats in Thailand. He is also credited with discovering four new mammal species in Myanmar, including the leaf deer or Putao muntjac (Muntiacus putaoensis), which he came across while doing field research in a remote part of the country. His work in Myanmar also led to the creation of five protected areas, including the Hukaung Valley Tiger Reserve. It was while establishing this reserve in 2001 that Rabinowitz was diagnosed with chronic lymphatic leukemia.In 2006, Rabinowitz co-founded Panthera, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the world’s 40 wild cat species and the vast landscapes that hold them, along with his close friend Thomas S. Kaplan, a U.S. entrepreneur and philanthropist. Panthera has created conservation programs for cheetahs, jaguars, leopards, lions, pumas, snow leopards and tigers.“The conservation community has lost a legend,” Panthera CEO and president Frédéric Launay said in a statement. “Alan was a fearless and outspoken champion for the conservation of our planet’s iconic wild cats and wild places. Inspiring a generation of young scientists, the boldness and passion with which Alan approached conservation was captivating and contagious. While we are devastated by his passing, we are comforted by the fact that his extraordinary legacy of advocacy for the most vulnerable creatures will live on in his legion of students and followers.”In a tribute, Panthera co-founder Kaplan wrote that losing Rabinowitz was like losing a twin. “It is beyond mourning,” he wrote. “It is a loneliness framed only by the gratitude that our souls were granted an opportunity to meet and share a very special kind of joy — whether we were together, or apart.”Alan Rabinowitz in a meeting with government officials in Myanmar in 2000. Image by Steve Winter/Panthera.Rabinowitz’s love for animals began when he was a young child. Having suffered from a debilitating stutter while growing up, he vowed to become an advocate and a voice for animals if he ever overcame his stutter.“There are two things that stutterers can do without stuttering: one is sing, and I could never sing. The other is speak to animals,” Rabinowitz told U.S. comedian and TV host Stephen Colbert in an interview. “So coming home from school … I would go into my closet and talk to animals like the chameleon, the green turtle, the gerbil, and I realized that animals don’t have a voice. They’re just like me. They can think, they have feelings, but they don’t have voices. So at a particular point in my childhood as they were allowing me to pour my heart out to them, I made a promise to animals. I swore to them that if I ever found my voice and stopped stuttering, or if I could control my stuttering, I would be their voice. I would actually try to speak for them and save them.”Alan Rabinowitz examining tiger scratch marks on a tree in Bhutan. Image by Steve Winter/Panthera.Alan Rabinowitz. Image by Steve Winter NGM/BBC BhutanRead Panthera’s tribute to Alan Rabinowitz 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
A year after the collapse of a bridge over the Banab River in northern Papua New Guinea, the crossing is finally on the verge of reopening.The bridge, a vital link between provincial capital Madang and agricultural areas to the north, has become a symbol of the central government’s neglect of rural areas.The state’s failure to provide infrastructure has led some communities to welcome extractive industries that promise to build roads, schools and hospitals. MADANG, Papua New Guinea — On the banks of the Banab River in Papua New Guinea’s northern province of Madang, rows of makeshift wooden shops, eateries and huts have popped up alongside the remnants of a bridge that collapsed a year ago.Since January 2018, locals have had to make do with crossing the Banab on foot along a makeshift wooden bridge or via a series of small boats that ferry people between the banks, both costing 2 kina (60 U.S. cents) per crossing. The only alternate for large vehicles involves a drive inland along an abandoned logging road and a crossing over backfilled creeks, an option that can only be safely attempted in dry weather.Until late last year, stacks of prefabricated metal slated for the bridge’s repairs had been seemingly abandoned by government contractors on the side of the road near the southern bank of the river. According to locals, the materials had been there since July.It took a year for this portable, pre-fabricated bridge to be put in place to replace the collapsed Banab River crossing. Contractors say it will open for traffic on Jan. 26. The makeshift footbridge remains in place. Image by Marius Made.Now, contractors employed by the central government say the bridge is finally on the verge of reopening, with the replacement coming in the form of a temporary Bailey bridge, a prefabricated and portable design. According to local media, the current construction company is the second to be contracted after the initial one “allegedly failed to carry out the work.”The Banab bridge isn’t some minor crossing in a sparsely populated part of PNG. The 88-meter (290-foot) structure is a vital link along PNG’s sole northern highway, connecting more than half a million people in Madang’s northern region to the province’s eponymous capital to the south. For the predominantly agricultural communities in the area, the crossing also connects them to key markets of Lae, the country’s second-largest city, and the densely populated highlands.When compared to the investment in infrastructure in PNG’s urban centers, the delays in repairing the Banab bridge are seen by locals as reflecting not only mismanagement and alleged corruption by the government, but also the continued neglect of rural areas where more than 80 percent of the country’s population lives.
Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ONE: Belingon, Banario score KOs 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 In front of a packed crowd at Mall of Asia Arena, the 32-year-old delivered a show for his compatriots with his improved striking through five rounds, fending off his younger foe via unanimous decision to retain his title.“We delivered a good show and that’s what we’ve done,” said Folayang.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 returnREAD: Ting prepares for ‘best version’ of FolayangTaking the fight to his challenger, the champion came out firing as he dictated the tempo with his strikes in round one. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Folayang improved to 18-5 for his MMA career, while snapping Ting’s run of four straight victories and dropping him to 13-4.READ: Written off at first, Folayang pens own story with ONE title winIt was a triumphant return for Folayang to the same venue where he suffered his worst defeat at the hands of Timofey Nastyukhin back in 2014.This time, the three-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist for wushu replicated his moment in Singapore in November, where he knocked out Shinya Aoki to become Team Lakay’s second world champion.“It means a lot to me. A lot were discouraged the last time I was here. I slipped on the mat and a lot of you felt sorry for me, but I knew I had to rise up from my circumstances and this was it,” Folayang said.READ: Folayang learning from stablemates’ mistakes vs TingTeam Lakay completed a clean sweep for the night, with Kevin Belingon, Honorio Banario, Danny Kingad, and Gina Iniong all emerging victorious in the card.RELATED VIDEO Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Eduard Folayang successfully defended his ONE Lightweight Championship against Ev Ting at ONE: Kings of Destiny on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Ting attempted to take down Folayang several times in the second round but failed and a miscalculated left hook allowed the Baguio native to momentarily him lock in a rear-naked choke. The champion finished the round strong with knee strikes to the midsection which took some air off of the Kiwi-Malaysian contender.An early exchange in the third round left a cut on Folayang’s right cheek, allowing Ting to take control and be on the offensive against the champion.READ: Folayang: Fightingest Sensing blood, Folayang was the aggressor anew in the fourth round. He capitalized on Ting’s single-leg takedown attempt and turned it to his favor before finishing the round with a solid roundhouse kick to the midsection.Folayang would then exhibit his poise late, stopping Ting’s spinning back fist and turning it to a takedown midway through the fifth round and unleashing a pair of his own spinning back fists and a spinning back elbow to rock the challenger as the crowd chanted his name to close the fight.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ View comments Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Dasom’s 40 points lead Thailand in blowout of Myanmar Mclaude Guadaña. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netPlucked from a developing junior’s basketball program in Lyceum-Cavite, Mclaude Guadaña admits that his selection to the Batang Gilas roster surprised him.But on Monday, the 5-foot-10 swingman showed his worth, tallying a triple-double in the Philippines’ 96-73 win over Indonesia in the 2017 Seaba Under-16 Championship.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Guadaña said everything is coming in fast for him, and he’s just grateful for all of the breaks he’s getting in his young basketball career.“Again, I’m just thankful that I was selected in this under-16 team. Of all the high school teams, they picked someone from Lyceum which is just starting,” he said. “But I know that we’ll eventually compete with the top teams. All we got to do is to continue working hard.”Though the stalwart’s performance garnered the spotlight, coach Mike Oliver expressed disappointment over what he felt were letups in the second half that saw Batang Gilas’ 36-point advantage sliced to as low as 20.Guadaña said the team heard their mentor’s message loud and clear.“The teams we are facing are relying on their speed. They are using their speed to counter our size. Maybe it’s a wake-up call for us in the coming games to never relax and continue playing our game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle 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 READ: Guadaña has triple-double, Batang Gilas routs IndonesiaGuadaña scattered 19 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds to anchor Batang Gilas to its second straight win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundBut more than his amazing statline, the 16-year-old is just relishing his chance play for the national team.“I didn’t expect the triple-double, really. Actually, I’m just thankful for the Lord for the talent he gave me,” he said. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Batang Gilas will take a one-day break before facing Thailand on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend
China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Russia’s tennis player Maria Sharapova hits a return to US tennis player Christina McHale during the ATP Tennis Open tournament in Rome at the Foro Italico, on May 15, 2017. AFPROME, Italy — Maria Sharapova solidified her comeback to tennis on Monday as the former number one overcame a slow start to win her opening match at the Rome Masters, beating Christina McHale 6-4, 6-2.The five-time Grand Slam winner went down a quick break in the first set before revving up to claim the opener while playing in her third event since last month’s end of a 15-month doping ban.ADVERTISEMENT Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle PH goal: Oust Thailand Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ View comments Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Sharapova is still waiting to hear if she will receive a wild card entry into Roland Garros starting a week from Sunday; that news will come on Tuesday, when she is otherwise engaged laying her second-round match.“I’ll focussed on my match, I’m playing tomorrow,” Sharapova said; “But nothing is a disappointment after being away from the game for 15 months.”“Winning matches will get me places, so if that’s where it got me today, then I will take it. The fact that I’m back and playing three weeks in a row now and three events in a row for me is a big deal. That’s my focus.”The match began unsteadily, with three breaks of serve in the first 17 minutes, McHale took an early 3-1 lead. But the rhythm steadied as the experienced Sharapova pegged back her opponent and got to work to sweep the first set from the back foot.Sharapova is playing Rome for the ninth time, winning the title in 2011, 2012 and two years ago; the 30-year-old owns 11 WTA tour-level titles on clay.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 “At this point it’s week to week. I certainly have expectations of myself just because when you have accomplished things and when you have won big events and you have been number one, you know that feeling.“That feeling ultimately stays inside of you and you know how good it feels and you know what you work for.“I would love to experience those feelings again. Of course, that is my goal. Every week is important, and I treat every match — you know, I might have not played my best tennis, but I set up an opportunity to play another match and to hopefully improve in that match, and that’s what I need.”In the ATP men’s first round, ninth seed David Goffin beat Thomaz Bellucci 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-4 and AmericanSam Querrey upset French 11th seed Lucas Pouille 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (10/8).Tomas Berdych, the number 12, defeated German Mischa Zverev 7-6 (9-7), 6-4; Jan-Lennard Struff put out Australian Bernard Tomic 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-4.Former US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro staged a comeback to oust Grigor Dimitrov 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, winning with seven aces after more than two hours. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Swing Out Sister back to PH this April “It felt slow and the conditions are quite different to Madrid,” the three-time Italian Open champion. “It certainly took a few more games than I would have liked to get used to. But once I did, I felt like I took care of the second set quite well.”The former number one advanced to the second round at the sun-drenched Foro Italico as she beat McHale for a fifth time without defeat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe former No 1’a ranking has recovered into the 200s and a semi-final this week would put her into the main draw for Wimbledon.Sharapova came through a hic-cup near the end, losing serve as she prepared to wrap it up while leading 5-1, but recovered in the next game to emerge the winner. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’
LONDON, England: Disappointed at missing out on a return to the men’s shot put final at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, national record holder O’Dayne Richards isn’t only questioning a foul called on his first effort inside the London Stadium, but also his own mental fortitude. Richards, the 2015 World Championships bronze medal winner, registered 19.84m and 19.95m on his next two attempts, finishing with his worst mark since January and falling outside of the top 12 positions. The 28 year-old Commonwealth champion said he disagreed with the call made by the official on his first throw, but suggested a need for greater mental toughness on his part on his follow-up efforts. “I am very disappointed,” Richards said. “I thought it was a bad call. I tried to adjust the technique to accommodate not fouling again, didn’t do so good on the second throw, and (on) the final throw I tried again, but it was not good enough.” “I think it boils down to mental toughness. To have a bad call or to think it’s a bad call on your first throw and then to forget about that, recover, while the pressure is building up because you want to make the final; I was not mentally tough enough to battle that and overcome the situation,” Richards lamented. Richards, who improved his own national record to 21.96m at his last meet before the World Championships, the Rabat Diamond League competition, was largely expected to advance to the final and challenge for a medal after arriving at the championships as the sixth ranked thrower here. New Zealand’s Tom Walsh leads all qualifiers into tomorrow’s final with a 22.14m mark. He is the only thrower who went over 22m during yesterday’s competition. – A.L. MENTAL TOUGHNESS
ASABA, Nigeria (AP) Caster Semenya has won the 400 metres at the African championships and says she plans to compete at middle-distance in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics despite new IAAF rules starting in November that could prevent her running in her favoured events. She set a South African record of 49.96 seconds to win gold in Asaba, Nigeria, yesterday, finishing well clear of Botswana’s Christine Botlogetswe (51.19). Nigeria’s Yinka Ajayi was third in 51.34. Semenya, the 800-metre World and Olympic champion, has the fastest global times this year over 800 and 1,000 and holds the South African record in the 400, 800, 1,000, and 1,500 metres. The African championships are the first major international meet where she has run the 400m. Semenya could be stopped from competing from 400m up to the mile after the IAAF introduced new rules barring women with high levels of naturally occurring testosterone from those events unless they reduce their levels. Rule Challenge She has said that she will challenge the regulations at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Semenya said yesterday that she planned to compete at three more Olympics, and “we’re going to continue to focus on the 400 metres, 800 metres, and 1,500 metres.” She is also due to defend her 800-metre title at the African championships.
“But because the first voyage to England had more women than men, they (the organisers) thought it would be best to celebrate with Jamaica’s female team, and it is probably the opportune time when we are doing well. “So, Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz will play their counterparts, and the JFF is delighted. Hopefully, we will qualify for the World Cup and celebrate our qualification. But we are happy to be part of this Windrush celebrations. We are happy to be celebrating with our diaspora and all Jamaicans with English connections,” he added. The celebratory game between Nottingham Ladies and the Reggae Girlz to honour the Windrush generation takes place at the City Ground under the patronage of His Excellency George Ramocan, Jamaica’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom. The match will celebrate the arrival of several hundred Jamaican and otherwise Caribbean immigrants to Great Britain who arrived on the Empire Windrush 70 years ago. “The game will also be a celebration of Caribbean family culture. The fest will include Jamaican food supplies by local companies; performances by Nottingham’s reggae artistes; and as special events for visiting guests from Jamaica, the wider Caribbean and the UK. This will add an… extra dimension to the event and will be a celebration of Caribbean Family Culture,” a release from the JFF read. It will also be the Reggae Girlz’s first time in Europe. CHOSEN OVER MALE TEAM Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Mike Ricketts said Jamaica’s senior women’s team was chosen to represent the nation at the upcoming Windrush celebrations in a game against Nottingham Forest females, schedule for Nottingham Forest Football Club on October 28. Ricketts noted that on the Windrush voyage, the first mass migration of Jamaicans to England, Jamaican women played a critical role, and the events’ organisers want to emphasis this fact by hosting a game with the Jamaica’s female players. “Nottingham has more Jamaicans than any other township in England, and they will also be celebrating 158 years of existence, with the Windrush as a part of their anniversary celebration,” he said.