Talent search – Francis looking to develop promising players for Fast5 netball team

first_img “I was asked in January to be part of one of the squads, but because I don’t want to limit my ability I took the contract for six months. But where fast5 is concerned I think we stand a good chance, it’s how you apply yourself on the day,” she explained. “Although we have had success in the longer version, I believe we have better success in Fast5 because we came second and third was our worst, so I found this is my calling in Jamaica and I am going to give it my best shot,” she said. “I never thought that I would be back in the national program, but I am back and I am elated. Coaching is my passion, where I go and coach I try to do it to the best of my ability. Now I am more experienced, when you talk about understanding the role of management and people who hire you to do a job. I can accept changes, I can make adjustments to who is in charge,” she said. Netball Jamaica president, Paula Daley-Morris, said her return to the fold should have a positive impact. “We want to have a separate coach for the Fast5 because it is such a different game, we needed someone with experience and a good track record and she (Francis) came to mind and we approached her and she accepted,” said Daley-Morris. “She has a lot of plans for the squad and the passion she brings is infectious. We are happy to have her back. She has had success like any of our other coaches, she is the one who got the silver in FASTnet, so she has the level and we are hoping she repeats it.” Continuing, she said: “We are making sure the best minds are around the game and we are providing them with opportunities not just for their natural talent, but for the good of the country.” National netball icon, Connie Francis, who was reappointed to the national netball program recently, said the experience she gained while outside of the Jamaica set-up will serve her well in a new role as head coach of the country’s Fast5 team. Francis, who coached the Sunshine Girls from 2006 to 2011, did a stint in St Lucia from 2012 to 2015, helping the eastern Caribbean to country to qualify for the Commonwealth Games for the first time in their history. She added that her involvement and assistance with the grassroots program there helped her realise she had a knack for developing talent. “It (job) will be a challenge because some players I would like (to have) in the squad may not be possible. So it’s about going around the island seeking talent. When I worked overseas I had to develop new talent and I realised that I have some ability to work on new talent and let them enjoy the game, so it’s about growth and having experience. “I want to see what these new girls bring, but I want to let them know that playing for the Sunshine Girls is a big task and whoever is chosen will have to give their best, so I am looking forward to really coaching them,” she told The Gleaner. Netball Jamaica gave Francis the option to choose the version of the game she wanted to assist with and based on her past experience she believes they have a greater chance of success in Fast5. GOOD CHANCElast_img read more

‘We are a dynasty’, says JC Principal at Manning Cup celebration

first_imgIn what they charge to be the new home of their recently retained ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup title, three-time consecutive holders Jamaica College celebrated fervently at their morning devotion inside the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium at 189 Old Hope Road yesterday.The victory was described as their sweetest, as administrative staff, players and well-wishers gushed, clapped, cheered and sang loudly.JC triumphed over perennial rivals St George’s College in a very close 1-0 match at Sabina Park, St George’s backyard, last Saturday.”We gathered at the school a couple Mondays ago to do some reflection. The Griffin (JC crest) was wounded, but the Griffin has risen again,” said principal Ruel Reid.His team had recently been thrashed 4-0 by St George’s in the FLOW Super Cup.However, JC emphatically rebounded to defeat their rivals on Saturday courtesy of Donovan Dawkins’ 88th-minute goal.”This is one of my proudest moments as principal of this great institution. For 33 years, JC had not won the Manning Cup. Since 2007, we have been to seven semi-finals, six finals and won five championships,” Reid said to resounding applause and cheers.”We are a dynasty. We are gonna make history. It’s gonna be a long, long, long time before anybody beats us,” he warned.”One College, the ‘True Blue’ College, has risen victorious,” he added in obvious reference to the shade of similar colours among the combatants – with JC referred to as the ‘Dark Blues’ and St George’s, the ‘Light Blues’.Amid the euphoric celebrations, captain Allando Brown paraded his team on the platform, where they held the trophy aloft.Citing Psalm 136, Vice-Principal Rohan Wong told the audience: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.”The Lord redeemed us in the final and gave us victory over St George’s College. His love endures forever,” Wong continued.Michael Bernard, chairman of the school board, said: “No mishap can allow us to believe that St George’s College was better than us. We have not lost a Manning Cup in three years. We are the defending champions. St George’s lost two Manning Cup games this year before meeting us in the final. How could they be better than us?” he questioned, to rapturous applause.Team manager Ian Forbes believes JC celebrated not only a trophy, but the emphatic way in which it was done, without losing a Manning Cup game since 2012.”This is our sweetest one to date. Three straight hasn’t been done in 52 years, and after being buried by a lot of persons, we found the resilience and determination and discipline to beat a team that many said were unbeatable,” Forbes told The Gleaner.shayne.fairman@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Jennifer Ellison-Brown | The skeletal system

first_img All freely movable joints share features which prevent friction between moving bones. One of the main features is the presence of synovial fluid between the moving bones. The bones are held together by slightly elastic fibres called ligaments, which allow the bones to move. Any damage to the ligament results in the joint losing some of its strength and stability. Joints work smoothly together when we perform sporting activities. They must be capable of their full range of movement in order to work well. The demands of sport put severe stress on joints. Therefore, it is essential to warm up before an activity and cool down after the activity. Joints can be injured as a result of impact, internal forces or a mixture of both. Examples are sprains, torn ligament and dislocation. That’s it for this week’s lesson. See you next week as we continue with the skeletal system. In these, a small amount of movement can occur. The bones are linked by cartilage. Cartilage is a tough but flexible cushion of tissue that stops the bones from knocking together (friction) and can also compress a little to allow slight movement. Slightly movable joints are found between most of the vertebrae in the vertebral column and the joint between the ribs and sternum. Freely movable joints (synovial) Bone Growth The human skeleton is composed of 206 bones. The skeleton is the framework of the body. Without it, the body would be shapeless. The bones are shaped according to their function. Bones may be: – Long, as in the arm and legs – Flat, as the sternum and scapula – Short as in the ankles and wrist – Irregular, as in the vertebrae – Round, as in the patellae The bones of the arms, legs, shoulders and pelvis make up the appendicular skeleton. The bones of the skull and face and the auditory ossicle, vertebrae, ribs, and sternum make up the axial skeleton. Bones develop in the growing foetus through a process called ossification. The skeleton is completely formed by the end of the third month of gestation (pregnancy). After birth, bone growth proceeds from the epiphyseal plates (growth plates). Growth proceeds from the end towards the centre of the bone. When the bone has reached its full size and growth ceases, the epiphyseal growth centres are replaced by bone cells. Longitudinal (length) bone growth and ossification usually continue in girls until about age 15 and age 16 in boys. However, bones continue to mature and develop their final shape until about 21 years of age. The whole growth process is controlled by hormones. If there are too many growth hormones, the cartridge in the plates grows too fast and result in gigantism, while too little hormone leads to dwarfism. Bone formation and resorption are caused by the actions of osteoblast and osteoclast. Osteoblast makes new bone, and at the same time, cells called osteoclast break it down. Exercise cause osteoblast to work harder. But, extreme training especially with weights at young age, can result in problem with bone deformity. Bones get more fragile as you age and can get weak and break easily (osteoporosis), especially in women. Fixed or immovable joints (fibrous) Functions of Bones Slightly movable joints (cartilaginous) Nutrients and Bone Growth Joints In these, bones are fused together by tough fibres. These types of joints are found in areas requiring strength. Examples are the joint between the plates of the cranium (skull) and the fused joints in the sacrum. There are five principal functions of bones. They: – support the body, enabling you to stand erect – protect the internal organs and tissues – assist movement by coordination with muscles and joints – provide storage areas for minerals – serve as sites for formation and development of blood cells in the bone marrow (haematopoiesis). The most important nutrients for growth are: – proteins – build cells and repair damaged tissues. Found in milk, cheese, eggs, fish, pulses and nuts. – vitamins – vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium and is found in milk, fish, liver and eggs. The body also makes it with sunshine. – minerals – calcium, which give strong bones and teeth, is found in milk, cheese fish and green vegetables. A joint is where two (2) or more bones meet (articulate). There are over 100 joints in the body. Joints are divided into three (3) types based on the amount of movement they allow.last_img read more

‘Bolt’s records will be hard to beat’

first_imgAsafa Powell, the former holder of the 100 metres world record, believes that it will be hard to break the world sprint marks held by his illustrious Jamaican teammate Usain Bolt.Powell, who was speaking last week in India, says Bolt’s third lowering of the 100-metre record – to 9.58 seconds – was a great race. His opinion concurs with the view expressed early this year by another former world record holder, Donovan Bailey of Canada,”It will be very difficult to break these two records,” offered the 33-year-old Powell. Like the world record for 200 metres, Bolt set the current 100 metres standard at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany, with Powell getting third place.”I was pretty much the best starter in the world and he was already ahead of me at the start,” Powell recalled.Contrary to the general perception of the tall man from Trelawny being slow from the blocks, Bolt led the field from the very first step. He clocked 6.31 seconds at the 60-metre mark, which is superior to the world indoor record for 60 metres of 6.39.”So, he had a great race,” he said admiringly. “It’s going to be very hard for someone to come and match that run,” he stated.Powell set the world record at 9.77 seconds in 2005, equalled it twice before trimming it to 9.74 in 2007. Bolt accelerated that to 9.72 seconds before the 2008 Olympics and won the gold medal there with a miraculous run of 9.69 seconds.RECORDS LIKELY TO STAND”I would say it is likely to stand for a very long time,” he concluded of the 9.58 clocking. He did allow that the 100m record was slightly more vulnerable. “I feel the 9.58 is more likely to be broken,” he continued.The all-time performance list has the joint second-fastest 100-metre men alive, Jamaica’s Yohan Blake and American Tyson Gay, tied at 9.69 seconds while Blake’s personal best at 200 metres of 19.26 is closer to the Bolt world record of 19.19 seconds. Though Powell has a 200-metre personal best of 19.90 seconds and qualified for the 2004 200-metre Olympic final, he thinks Bolt’s world record in the curved sprint is astounding. “19.19secs in 200m is ridiculous,” Powell said.Earlier in the year, Bailey, the Olympic 100-metre champion in 1996, said the world records will stand for a long time. Bailey, who set a world record to win his Olympic gold medal, said: “Bolt has set the current bar high for sprinters and someone will be along to break his records in the far, far future.”last_img read more

Burrowes holds PGA ambitions

first_img The Hillel Academy standout launched on to the scene following a famous Junior Champion-ships win in the Republic Bank Caribbean Junior Championships tournament in Trinidad and Tobago in 2014, copping the top spot in Boys 11-13 category in that competition. He is working hard to continue making his mark in the sport. “Winning in Trinidad and Tobago got me known throughout the Caribbean. It was a good win for me, and I am working hard to continue improving and growing as one of the young golfers,” added Burrowes, who wants to be playing professional by age 22. shayne.fairman@gleanerjm.com WORKING TO MAKE HIS MARK Talented national junior golfer, Justin Burrowes, though admitting he was not at his best at this point, is determined to improve his game as the year progresses. Burrowes is hoping that these improvements will help in transitioning his career to the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) level in the near future. The 17-year-old, though winning the blue tees trophy in the final game of the Jamaica Golf Association Junior Series last weekend, was not happy with his performance. He missed some games due to exams, but managed to rack up a total of 365 points. “Today was a pretty poor performance. I think my finishing was terrible, and I will just keep on pushing on and training hard on my game,” Burrowes shared after his outing. Next up for the player is the February Flights Classic at the end of month at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club, to be followed by the national trials in March. The teen could make Jamaica’s national team for the sixth consecutive year. “For sure, I can make the team this year. After this year, I want to get a zero handicap and play professional golf ultimately,” shared Burrowes. “I want to take small steps at a time and take on smaller tours, then to go on to PGA Golf, that is my dream,” Burrowes continued.last_img read more

Shadow boxing – Local gyms appeal for help … JBBC to develop national gyms

first_img PROPER EQUIPMENT GRANT WANTS OWN PLACE One gym with no equipment problem is Bruising gym. Owner Carl Grant ‘begs’ when he travels and only needs a place to open a full-time gym. “When I travel, I tell them in Jamaica, we have no gear. When competitions are over, I beg gear. I own a truck, so it’s easy to move stuff,” he said. Some equipment he got through a friend who looked them up online and sent a barrel with shoes, gloves, gear and punching bags. “I can host a tournament and have gear for the opposition and my team. But I can’t sit and wait on the boxing board,” he continued. NO EQUIPMENT PROBLEM Grant now wants his own place. He says a location has been identified for development. “We get the privilege to use the Rocky Valley Community Centre for nine years, but we outgrew it. We need an indoor gym that can open 24 hours. Member of Parliament Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn is looking about a piece of land, and the Sport Development Foundation said if I can show proper documentation, they will fund it,” he said. His setback is lack of running water. “We (centre) just need water and a place to call our own, but, otherwise, we are alright. If they (the board) need results, they must put in resources, and they are not doing that,” he added. For Wallace, it’s distressing not having a reliable training venue. “The main thing we need is a space. If Government can help us get somewhere, it would be good. They promised to develop somewhere near six years ago, but I can’t put my faith in that. I need somewhere I can call Sugar Knockout. I tried at home, but the space is too small. I tried it in Waterhouse, but some people don’t want things to be better between the communities,’ he added.center_img Jamaica Boxing Board of Control president Stephen ‘Bomber’ Jones has admitted that local gyms need more equipment. However, plans are afoot to develop two national gyms. “The only thing missing is equipment. The focus is on a national gym, which will look more professional. We will build the national gym, Stanley Couch, and we are working on having another in Montego Bay. I will be comfortable having two gyms we can be proud of, then we can assist others with resources we have,” he said. Jamaica’s proud and decorated boxing history and the great boxers of the ’70s and ’80s were a result of the inspiration and foundation of local boxing gyms. However, in the ’90s, most of those facilities, like the Guinness and Dragon Gyms, closed. As a result, the enthusiasm and success went with them. Recently, Wray and Nephew has attempted to revive boxing with the ‘Contender Series’ and gyms have popped up all over again, with young and inspired boxers again dreaming of being world champions. Can these gyms again produce world beaters, the likes of Mike McCallum, Richard ‘Shrimpy’ Clarke, Bunny Grant, Percy Hayles, Uriah Grant, the late Trevor Berbick and Donovan ‘Razor’ Ruddock? The reality of present-day Jamaican gyms leave a lot to be desired. A visit to Sugar Knockout Gym in Olympic Gardens and the Bruising Gym in Stony Hill revealed that gyms are short on equipment and most are on borrowed space and time and need somewhere to call home. “Nobody give us anything,” Lindel ‘Sugar’ Wallace, Sugar Knockout Gym founder, told us. “The boxing board gave us a glove we use (in training) and it’s the same gloves we use to fight. We need a mid-section ball, speed ball, punching bag, skipping rope, mouthpiece and bandages, and I am not getting any help and I would be glad if I could get some,” he said In two months, Jones wants proper equipment at the Stanley Couch Gym and intends to have regular fights there “weekly or every two weeks’. While in Montego Bay, he wants a location where anyone can work out. “National boxers will be free, but we will seek membership so the gym take care of itself,” he reasoned. Both Grant and Wallace also believe Wray and Nephew can also do a lot more to assist the gyms.last_img read more

WI crush Pakistan to level series

first_img West Indies struck a major blow when they got the prized wicket of veteran Younis Khan for five, leg before wicket to Holder at 27 for three, but it was in the fifth over before the break that Gabriel turned the game on its head. With the second delivery, he removed skipper Misbah-ul-Haq without scoring to a catch at gully by Shai Hope after that batsman edged one into his pads, and was given out via DRS after the initial appeal went unheeded. Two balls later, new batsman Asad Shafiq also fell without scoring, nicking Gabriel to first slip where Kieran Powell held a juggling catch. Needing a virtual miracle after lunch to survive, Pakistan found themselves in deeper trouble when they lost two further wickets in the first 16 balls on resumption. The decisive third Test begins next Wednesday at Windsor Park. SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES 1st Innings 312 PAKISTAN 1st Innings 393 WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (overnight 264 for nine) D. Bishoo c Azhar Ali b Yasir Shah 20 A. Joseph c Mohammad Amir b Yasir Shah 7 S. Gabriel not out 0 Extras (b16, lb2, w3, nb1)22 Total (all out, 101.5 overs) 268 Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Powell), 2-41 (Hetmyer), 3-97 (Brathwaite), 4-155 (Chase), 5-235 (Hope), 6-235 (Singh), 7-236 (Holder), 8-252 (Dowrich), 9-261 (Joseph), 10-268 (Bishoo) Bowling: Mohammad Amir 21-8-44-1 (w1), Mohammad Abbas 25-6-57-2, Yasir Shah 39.5-12-94-7, Shadab Khan 17-0-55-0. PAKISTAN 2nd Innings (target: 188 runs) Azhar Ali c Hetmyer b Gabriel 10 Ahmed Shehzad lbw b Joseph 14 Babar Azam c wk Dowrich b Joseph 0 Younis Khan lbw b Holder 5 *Misbah-ul-Haq c Hope b Gabriel 0 Asad Shafiq c Powell b Gabriel 0 +Sarfraz Ahmed c Chase b Holder 23 Shadab Khan c wk Dowrich b Holder 1 M. Amir c Vishaul Singh b Gabriel 20 Yasir Shah b Gabriel 0 M. Abbas not out 0 Extras (b4, lb1, nb3) 8 TOTAL (all out; 34.4 overs) 81 Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Azhar Ali), 2-11 (Babar Azam), 3-27 (Younis Khan), 4-30 (Misbah-ul-Haq), 5-30 (Asad Shafiq), 6-35 (Ahmed Shehzad), 7-36 (Shadab Khan), 8-78 (M. Amir), 9-81 (Yasir Shah), 10-81 (Sarfraz Ahmed) Bowling: Gabriel 11-4-11-5 (nb1), Joseph 12-1-42-2, Holder 11.4-4-23-3 (nb2). Result: West Indies won by 106 runs. Series: Three-match series tied 1-1. Man-of-the-Match: Shannon Gabriel. Toss: West Indies. Umpires: R Kettleborough, B Oxenford; TV – R Illingworth. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC: A rampant West Indies flattened Pakistan for a record-equalling low at Kensington Oval as they romped to an emphatic 106-run victory in the second Test yesterday, to level the three-match series and set up a decider in Dominica next week. Set 188 for victory on the final day of the pivotal contest, Pakistan folded meekly for a paltry 81, about 38 minutes before the scheduled tea interval, to slump to their fourth loss in seven games at the historic venue and maintain their unenviable record of having never won a Test at the ground. The total equalled the previous lowest posted by India 20 years ago here and was also Pakistan’s second lowest-ever against West Indies, surpassing their record low of 77 in Lahore, 31 years ago. For West Indies, the victory came just 11 days after they lost the opening Test in Jamaica by seven wickets and marked only their third Test win in 17 outings over the last two years. “It was obviously a very good game for us. It was a collective team effort,” captain Jason Holder said afterwards. “I always thought once we could give them in excess of 170, I felt we would be in with a very good chance on a day five pitch, the way it has deteriorated here.” West Indies were fired by speedster Shannon Gabriel who turned in a Man-of-the-Match effort with five for 11 from 11 overs, to claim his second five-wicket haul in Tests and end with match figures of nine for 92. Holder claimed three for 23 while 20-year-old pacer Alzarri Joseph supported with two for 42. Resuming the morning on 264 for nine, West Indies added only four runs before the innings ended, when Devendra Bishoo holed out to Azhar Ali at mid-off for 20, off the fifth ball of the day from leg-spinner Yasir Shah who ended with seven for 94. Gabriel then produced a lethal three-wicket burst to wipe out Pakistan’s top order and reduce the innings to rubble at 35 for five at lunch. He prised out Azhar in the seventh over of the innings for 10, pulling a short ball to Shimron Hetmyer at short mid-wicket with as many runs on the board and four balls later in the next over, Babar Azam completed a pair in the match when he touched a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich off Joseph. Major blowlast_img read more

PH men’s volley team drops SEA Games opener to Vietnam

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Philippine men’s national volleyball team yielded to powerhouse Vietnam, 25-19, 25-21, 25-20, at the start of the 29th Southeast Asian Games volleyball competition Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre in Kuala Lumpur.The Filipinos may have faltered in straight sets but they had their moments especially in the third set, where they managed to take a 16-13 edge.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LATEST STORIES Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen fencers deliver silver, bronze for PH OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson But the errors piled up for the Philippines, allowing Vietnam to take control, 23-19, en route to the victory.The Vietnamese hope to win the gold medal this time after settling for second place in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore following a three-set loss to Thailand.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’last_img read more

Halep secures top ranking with China Open semifinal win

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In the second set, Halep surrendered a 3-2 lead with a service break in the sixth game, but went on to break serve again in the ninth game. At 40-0 in the final game, Halep won with a clean forehand winner down the line.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees Halep only had to reach the final this week in Beijing — and not lose to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the final — to knock Garbine Muguruza from the top spot.Svitolina was ousted by unseeded Caroline Garcia of France in a marathon quarterfinal encounter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHalep will play the winner of the semifinal between Garcia and 12th-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic. The Romanian will be looking for her second title of the year after winning in Madrid.Ostapenko entered the semifinal without the loss of a set during the week. But Halep dominated the first set, breaking Ostapenko’s serve in the first game at love. She cemented her lead with another break in the seventh game for a 5-2 lead to serve out the set. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenecenter_img DAY6 is for everybody LATEST STORIES Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Simon Halep of Romania celebrates defeating Jelena Ostapenko of Lativa to secure her world number one ranking after the women’s singles semi-final match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, China, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)Simona Halep beat ninth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-4 Saturday in the China Open semifinals to guarantee the Romanian will take over the top ranking for the first time in her career.Halep could have reached the No. 1 ranking earlier this year but was upset in the French Open final by Ostapenko in their first career meeting.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Adamson blasts FEU, takes solo thirdlast_img read more

Nazareth inaugural girls’ volley champ

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Faith Nisperos lived up to her billing, leading the Lady Bullpups’ offense while ace setter Joyme Cagande kept the team’s offense going throughout the match.On its way to the championship, NSNU swept the Pool A elimination round and ripped host Holy Rosary College in the crossover semifinals of the event which drew 12 high school squads nationwide.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneHoly Rosary settled for third place after outlasting Hope Christian High School, 14-25, 25-22, 25-27, 25-19, 20-18. MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Nazareth School of National University recovered from a second-set defeat by dominating the next two as it trounced De La Salle Lipa, 25-23, 24-26, 25-14, 25-12, and ruled the first 18-and-under Rebisco Volleyball League crown at Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Laguna late Sunday.Stung by their only set loss the entire tournament, the NSNU girls showed their true might in the next two, banging in hits from all angles while foiling their rivals’ attacks with solid net defense and court coverage.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scribes pick San Miguel’s Ang as Executive of the Year View commentslast_img read more