Texters book Finals berth

first_imgSta. Lucia notches maiden PSL victory But it wasn’t the point production that mattered in the game, according to coach Nash Racela.“What’s really crucial was Joshua Smith sacrificing a lot for the team,” Racela, in his first Finals appearance in just his second conference calling the shots, said. “Knowing how important this game is, he showed the heart of a champion (by suiting up). He’s a warrior.”Smith, though, might not be there when the Texters play Game 1 on Wednesday against the favored Beermen, with the toe injury forcing the hands of coaching staff and management to sign up Mike Myers.“We’re ready for any eventuality,” said Racela.Ginebra gave its most valiant effort only to be overwhelmed by the telling run in the fourth period that had the Gin Kings losing a three-point lead.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Under siege all game long from an enemy that was determined to take the series to a decider, Castro got a lot of help from several men as the Texters kept the Gin Kings at bay with a 19-1 run breaking Ginebra’s back for a 122-107 lead with under two minutes left.It was Castro’s best game in the series and he admitted coming into the crucial encounter with a must-win mentality, knowing that they would be in trouble if the series got dragged into a Game 5.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 ground“I told myself that this is a do-or-die game,” Castro said in Filipino. “We needed to win this game. I just told myself to keep shooting with confidence.”Import Joshua Smith dragged his 6-foot-9, 330-pound frame for 21 minutes but still shot 18 points. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments Japeth Aguilar stepped up for the Kings, shooting 20 of his 31 in the first half with Justin Brownlee taking over in the third period with 13 of his 25.But the duo was limited to just nine in a 17-point fourth quarter for Ginebra.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESWith an import standing on only one good foot, TNT KaTropa rode its fleet-footed franchise player practically all of Saturday night to make sure that the flagship teams of the PBA’s two conglomerates will be disputing the Commissioner’s Cup.Jayson Castro scored 21 of his 38 points in the final half and led the Texters in weathering the storm that was Barangay Ginebra, as a 122-109 victory at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay wrapped up their Final Four series, 3-1, and had TNT advancing to the best-of-seven title series opposite San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

Athletes cast their votes too

first_imgSo did two-time PBA MVP James Yap, former national team coach Chot Reyes, volleyball player Dzi Gervacio and collegiate stars Isaac Go of Ateneo and Wendell Comboy of Far Eastern University, who were among those who posted photos of their inked fingers.Screengrab of Chot Reyes’ Instagram storyYap also campaigned for former cager Francis Zamora, the former San Juan City vice mayor who is running for the same position again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJames Yap casts his vote. Screen grab from Yap’s Instagram StoryKiefer posted a Boomerang on Instagram Stories of himself and longtime girlfriend Valdez after voting in their precinct.Thirdy Ravena votes. Screengrab from Thirdy’s Instagram accountThirdy also documented his voting experience on Instagram, highlighting the indelible ink on his finger. Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Liverpool beats Wolves, misses out on Premier League title Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card View commentscenter_img Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard MANILA, Philippines—Athletes aren’t just looked up to with what they do on the court, they also try to be good role models off of it.JUST VOTED. Alyssa Valdez, Kiefer Ravena show the indelible ink on their fingers after voting on Monday. Screengrab from Kiefer’s InstagramBrothers and basketball stars Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena and volleyball ace Alyssa Valdez made sure to exercise their right to vote for the midterm elections Monday.ADVERTISEMENT NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s bookslast_img read more

Essequibo man nabbed with ganja

first_imgA 28-year-old labourer from the Onderneeming Sand Pit area in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) was nabbed by Police in Essequibo on Saturday evening with a quantity of cannabis.A search was conducted during which Police unearthed a quantity of seeds, leaves and stem suspected to be cannabis. The substance was found in the man’s right pants pocket. He was told of the offence, but denied the charge.The suspect, Audwin Pilgrim, was later taken to the Suddie Police Station where the substance was weighed and amounted to 12 grams. He is presently in Police custody pending charges.last_img read more

Old Thunder wins by neck in Santa Anita feature

first_imgSantos was injured when his mount For a Prayer fell and sustained a fatal neck injury. Are We Dreamin and jockey Ramon Dominguez fell over the horse, then Street Sass and jockey Eddie Martin Jr. fell over Are We Dreamin. Dominguez, Aqueduct’s leading rider, was treated for a sore knee and released from a hospital. He will miss at least twoweeks and is recuperating at his Maryland home, his agent Steve Rushing said. Martin escaped injury. Santos, 45, has more than 4,000 career victories, including the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness aboard Funny Cide. Invasor set for Donn: Invasor is ready for his 2007 debut. The Horse of the Year is the 6-5 favorite in a field of nine for today’s $500,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The 5-year-old Invasor, winner of all four of his starts in the United States last year, was assigned top weight of 123pounds, five more than second choice Magna Graduate and 13 more than 15-1 long shot Barcola. “We’re giving up weight to each horse, but he’s the Horse of the Year and he just won at 124 pounds,” trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. Invasor, with Fernando Jara around, drew the inside No.1 post position for the 1 1/8-mile race. The 10-race card features twostakes for 3-year-olds on the road to the Kentucky Derby: Nobiz Like Shobiz is the 8-5 favorite in the one-mile, $150,000 Holy Bull, with Scat Daddy at 2-1; Cowtown Cat is the 5-2 favorite in the 6 -furlong, $150,000 Swale. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Old Thunder paid $11.80, $5.80 and $4, Hockey the General returned $7.40 and $4.20, and Storm Mate earned $4.20 to show. The win was the third in nine career starts for the 4-year-old son of 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus and was worth $35,400, raising his career earnings to $125,585. Old Thunder has won both races since being moved from dirt to turf by trainer Ron McAnally. Santos injured: Jockey Jose Santos will be sidelined indefinitely because of injuries from a three-horse spill at Aqueduct. Santos sustained spinal injuries, broken ribs and possibly a broken nose in Thursday’s accident. “It was bad, and Jose knew it was bad, but he also knows it could have been worse,” his wife Rita said. “He is in a lot of pain. Right now, it looks like he won’t need surgery but will be in a brace for several weeks.” center_img Old Thunder took the lead at the sixteenth poll before holding off Hockey the General by a neck Friday, covering 1 mile on turf in 1 minute, 34.72 seconds to win the $64,140 feature race at Santa Anita. Storm Mate was another neck back in third, finishing a head in front of Courtnall, the 6-5 favorite in the allowance optional claiming race for 4-year-olds and up. last_img read more

No break in momentum at the box office

first_imgLIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! Foster is one of the few actresses who can carry an action-thriller (“Panic Room,” “Flightplan”). So when “The Brave One” opens a week from today, I expect it to be one of the fall’s biggest hits. Foster doesn’t make movies very often, so it’s usually worth seeing when she does release a film. Also breaking out on the action front, “The Kingdom,” starring Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner and Chris Cooper, will bow Sept. 28. The movie is about a group of FBI operatives investigating a terrorist attack and has hit written all over it. Then Oct. 12 offers a pair of action flicks: “We Own the Night,” starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg and Robert Duvall, and “Hitman,” a video-game adaptation starring Timothy Olyphant. I’d give “Night” the box office edge in that duel. OSCAR BAIT: “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” has Cate Blanchett reprising her Oscar-nominated role as Queen Elizabeth I. The royal sequel – out Oct. 12, focuses on Elizabeth’s middle years, while the original 1998 film, “Elizabeth,” told the story of a young queen. Like Blanchett, George Clooney is already an Oscar winner (“Syriana”) but could be nominated again for the title role in “Michael Clayton,” which goes into wide release the same day as “Golden Age.” Reese Witherspoon, the 2006 Best Actress winner (“Walk the Line”), teams up with “Brokeback Mountain” nominee Jake Gyllenhaal in the political drama “Rendition,” which will hit theaters Oct. 19. Meryl Streep, a 14-time Oscar nominee and two-time winner, is also in the cast. John Cusack has never been Oscar-nominated, but that could change with the indie drama “Grace is Gone,” which casts him as a widowed father of two who struggles to tell his kids that their mother has been killed in Iraq. “Grace” will be out Oct. 5. LEAVE ‘EM LAUGHING: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been faring better in comedy than in action flicks lately, so it’s no surprise that he is headlining the Disney comedy “The Game Plan,” out Sept. 28. He plays a pro football player who sees his jock lifestyle turned upside down when a 7-year-old girl shows up claiming to be his daughter. With the Oct. 5 release of “The Heartbreak Kid,” box office king Ben Stiller will be looking to add another title to his recent string of hits that includes last year’s “Night at the Museum” as well as “Meet the Fockers” and “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.” “Heartbreak” has Stiller playing a newlywed who ditches his sexy but nutty wife on their honeymoon for another woman. A week later, Steve Carell will be looking to get back into the hit business after the disappointment of “Evan Almighty.” Carell headlines “Dan In Real Life” about a widower (Carell) who falls for a woman (Juliette Binoche) who is dating his brother (Dane Cook). In addition to some of the movies I’ve mentioned, I’m looking forward to seeing “Reservation Road,” starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Connelly; “Why Did I Get Married,” the latest big-screen adaptation of a Tyler Perry play; the romantic comedy “Ira & Abby” written by and starring Jennifer Westfeldt of “Kissing Jessica Stein” fame; and the Sean Penn-directed “Into the Wild.” greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818) 713-3758285Love live music?Sign up for Festival Pass, a newsletter on Southern California’s festival culture. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This is supposed to be the time of year when no one is going to the movies! With that in mind, I’m previewing for you some of the flicks I think might keep the box office momentum going until early November, when moviegoers will be hit by an onslaught of would-be blockbusters. RIDE ‘EM, COWBOY: Westerns have been few and far between in recent decades, but this month, “Yuma” and “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (Good luck fitting that title on a theater marquee!) are both ambitious films with big stars. “Yuma,” which opened today, should take first place with a debut of about $15 million this weekend. It’s enjoyed strong reviews and it seems like this is a genre that Crowe’s fans will enjoy. “Jesse James” will be out Sept. 21 and stars Pitt as the famous outlaw. The film’s journey to the screen has been somewhat rocky, but it shouldn’t hurt its prospects that Pitt is in the news so much these days. My dad loves a good Western so I’m looking forward to taking him to see “3:10 to Yuma” this weekend – one of many star-powered films set for release this fall. So much for any kind of lull between the summer and holiday movie seasons. “Yuma” stars heavy-hitters Russell Crowe and Christian Bale and kicks off a two-month period that will have movies headlined by the likes of Jodie Foster, Brad Pitt, Clive Owen, Ben Stiller, Jamie Foxx, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and George Clooney. The movie industry bucked tradition by having a record August and by setting Labor Day weekend benchmarks. last_img read more

Real Sociedad chief confirms Arsenal forward on David Moyes’ radar

first_imgArsenal forward Joel Campbell is on Real Sociedad’s radar, the Spanish club’s president has confirmed.David Moyes had been keen to land the Costa Rican on loan in January but he instead joined their La Liga rivals Villarreal as part of the deal which took Gabriel Paulista to north London.Campbell is now back at Arsenal, but has told he can leave on a permanent deal this summer, and Sociedad chief Jokin Aperribay is keen on luring the 22-year-old – so long as the Gunners’ demands are not too high.“He is an interesting player for La Real,” Aperribay told TV station Teledonosti.“However, at this time there is no negotiation regarding a transfer.  We have to analyse the financial conditions that this transfer would pose“He was saddened not to come to La Real in January and he would happily come back to play in the Spanish league.“In any case we are in no hurry to make a signing. We need to be patient because the important thing is to sign the right player and to do so while respecting Real Sociedad’s budget.”La Real have turned their focus on Campbell after failing in their attempt to lure English forward Danny Ings to San Sebastian.Ings will join Liverpool on July 1 after his contract but Burnley expires.“We knew for a while now,” Aperribay said. “He told us that he was in talks with Liverpool and we knew that it was a club that he was keen to join.“Moreover, the financial offer he received from Liverpool was very good.” 1 Joel Campbell last_img read more

Bump n run

first_img WHO’S NOT The Cincinnati Bengals are the only team entering the playoffs coming off two consecutive losses. The defeats weren’t pretty either, both coming to non-playoff teams. First was a 37-27 loss to Buffalo, then a 37-3 stomping by Kansas City. The Bengals still earned a first-round playoff game, though it will be a tough task against Pittsburgh. Cincinnati did win at Pittsburgh earlier this season. WHO’S HOT The New York Giants won their division for an NFL record 21st time and tied the record by making the playoffs for the 27th time. All this after coming off a 6-10 record last season. The Giants reversed their fortunes behind a vintage season by the ageless Tiki Barber and improvement from young Eli Manning. Dallas and the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams are the only other teams to make the playoffs 27 times. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson ROOKIE WATCH Frank Gore finished the season strongly for the San Francisco 49ers, putting himself into good position to earn the starting tailback job next season. Gore rushed for a career-best 108 yards on 25 carries last week in San Francisco’s 20-17 overtime victory over Houston. He finished with 255 yards rushing in his final three games with Kevan Barlow out battling injuries. STAT LINE 4 Wild-card teams that have gone on to win the Super Bowl. The last was the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, and previously by the 1997 Denver Broncos, 1980 Oakland Raiders and 1969 Kansas City Chiefs. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Job Vacancies: SITT Rural Transport now hiring Part-time Travel Escorts

first_imgSITT Rural Transport are now seeking applications for placement on a panel for:Part-time Travel Escorts for people with Intellectual DisabilitiesRequirements: FETAC Level 5 Healthcare / Special Needs qualification or equivalent Experience of working with people with an Intellectual Disability would be an advantagePositions are on a fixed term contract and are available in various areas throughout Co. Donegal including but not limited to:–  Killybegs, Buncrana, Fanad/Letterkenny  –For an application form, please email:Sitt1hr@gmail.com Completed applications must be received no later than 4pm on Wednesday, 1st August 2018. CVs will not be accepted.Job Vacancies: SITT Rural Transport now hiring Part-time Travel Escorts was last modified: July 23rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Part-time Travel EscortsSITT Rural Transportlast_img read more

Ghana boots U.S. from World Cup

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Haminu Draman put the Africans ahead in the 22nd minute, breaking in alone on goalkeeper Kasey Keller after colliding with Claudio Reyna, who crumpled to the ground in pain. The United States, which has never won a World Cup game in which it trailed, tied it when Clint Dempsey scored in the 43rd minute with a smashing 10-yard shot off a perfect feed from DaMarcus Beasley. But Ghana captain Stephen Appiah converted a penalty kick in the second minute of first-half injury time after American defender Oguchi Onyewu was called for a foul in the penalty area. The Black Stars outfouled the Americans 32-16. Eddie Johnson entered in the 61st minute as the United States pressed, and Brian McBride nearly tied it again in the 66th, but his diving header inside the 6-yard box clanked off the near post. A minute later, Onyewu sent a header off Landon Donovan’s corner kick just over the crossbar. In order to advance, the Americans needed a victory and some help. They got the needed assistance when Italy defeated the Czech Republic 2-0 in a game played simultaneous in Hamburg. But the United States (0-2-1) didn’t come through and finished the tournament with one point – its first in a World Cup played in Europe, but not enough to escape the basement in Group E. Italy (2-0-1) won the group with seven points and Ghana (2-1), making its first World Cup appearance, advanced with six points. Four years ago, the Americans became heroes with their best showing since 1930. But this time, in what probably marked the final World Cup appearances of Reyna, McBride and perhaps Keller, they reverted to their form of 1998 in France, when they finished last overall. U.S. fans outnumbered the Ghanaians dressed in red, yellow and green, both in the cobblestone streets of Nuremberg’s old town before the game and in the historic ballpark where Hitler Youth marched seven decades ago. With Eddie Pope and Pablo Mastroeni suspended, the Americans used Jimmy Conrad to replace Pope at central defender and Reyna shifted back to Mastroeni’s defensive midfield role. Beasley joined Donovan in the center of the midfield and Eddie Lewis, who started the opener at left back, took over in left midfield – his more familiar position – from Bobby Convey. Draman scored after Dempsey played a back pass to Reyna, and the U.S. captain collided with the Ghanaian left knee to left knee. As Reyna fell, Draman took possession and rushed in one-on-one against Keller, putting the ball onto his right foot and sending it into the corner of the net beyond the diving goalkeeper from 10 yards. Reyna was taken off the field on a stretcher, grimacing, but returned in the 26th minute, just about the time Italy went ahead of the Czechs. Still looking pained, he was replaced by Ben Olsen in the 40th minute and went to the bench, where the knee was wrapped. Donovan, who failed to score after getting two World Cup goals as a 20 year old in 2002, had a great chance to tie it in the 35th. He had an open shot after Brian McBride dropped a header for him, but got under the ball and his volley attempt went way high – with U.S. coach Bruce Arena looking disgusted in front of the bench. Dempsey then tied it. Beasley, along the left flank just past midfield, battled Derek Boateng and John Pantsil and stole the ball. After a short run, Beasley sent a pinpoint left-footed cross in front of the goal. Racing ahead of Habib Mohamed, Dempsey one-timed the ball with his right foot from about 12 yards. It was the first goal by a U.S. player in the World Cup in 338 minutes. Dempsey did his rap dance as Americans celebrated. But moments later, the Americans fell behind again. For good. Onyewu pushed down Razak Pimpong in the penalty area battling for a header, and Germany’s Markus Merk – one of the world’s top-rated officials – immediately pointed to the penalty spot as Arena buried his face in his hands. Keller dived left, but Appiah put the ball high to the goalkeeper’s right. Arena kept on talking in the referee’s direction until an assistant coach pulled him away.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NUREMBERG, Germany – There was no glory for the United States at this year’s World Cup, only frustration and failure. The Americans were eliminated in the first round, losing to Ghana 2-1 Thursday in a game they had to win to advance to the tournament’s knockout phase. With thousands of red, white and blue-clad fans cheering them on in Franken-Stadion, the Americans fell flat against a Black Stars team that was stronger and faster. Surprising Ghana advanced along with Italy from Group E. It was a bitter ending for the United States, which carried high hopes – and a No. 5 world ranking from FIFA – onto soccer’s biggest stage. Four years ago, the Americans made the quarterfinals of the World Cup. last_img read more

St Mirren sign Ross County midfielder Rocco Quinn on short-term deal

first_imgSt Mirren have secured the signing of Ross County midfielder Rocco Quinn on a short-term deal until the end of the season.The 29-year-old, who was midway through his fifth season at the Highland club, was released ahead of his contract expiring in the summer.Prior to his stint with the Staggies, former Celtic youth prospect Quinn enjoyed two seasons at Queen of the South.He has been a regular for Jim McIntyre’s side but missed nine games earlier in the campaign with a muscle injury. He was also forced to sit out the majority of last season with a hip problem. Speaking to St Mirren Radio, Quinn said: “It all happened pretty quick, Wednesday or Thursday I got a phone call from my agent saying St Mirren were interested and I’m here today signing. “Speaking to the manager here and his plans for the club, the way he wants to take the club forward, I think that was a big factor in it. There were a few things he said that made me quite interested and excited about coming here.“He seems to have a good plan in place and there is a lot of good players at this club so I’m just happy to be here and looking forward to getting started.“I’ll bring experience and I’ll be giving nothing less than 100% for this club and these fans. I’ll be looking to bring a lot to the table.” Quinn scored two goals against St Mirren in Ross County’s 5-4 defeat in Paisley three and a half years ago. He also netted against the Buddies during a loan spell at St Johnstone in 2008.The arrival of the midfielder comes a day after St Mirren released Mark Ridgers. The goalkeeper left the club through mutual consent.Quinn will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s Championship fixture at home to Raith Rovers.last_img read more