STRAIGHTFIGHT The second race over 1100 metres for $180,000 claimers should come down to a straight fight between hat-trick seekers SIR D, with promising apprentice Linton Steadman again in the saddle and EUSEBIA under four-time champion jockey Omar Walker. Both are extremely fit, but the Steadman Curtis-trained EUSEBIA looked the more fluent in victory and is given the edge over SIR D and REIGN OVER ALL in an eight-horse field. The Steven Todd-trained DOOLAHIN has been a model of consistency, having finished 3-1/2 lengths third to ALYCINTH over 1100 metres on Heroes Day, and will prove hard to beat in the third race over 1000 metres for maiden three-year-olds. The chestnut filly by Legal Process out of Lady Naragin has less to do in present company and with title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen taking the ride and needing every winner if he hopes to catch Shane Ellis in the championship race, DOOLAHIN is preferred to MEET JUSTIN. BRAVE PROSPECT, with Ellis riding for trainer Neive Graham and popular owner O’Shaun Connection, is a strong fancy to win the fourth race over 1820 metres to be contested by nine $250,000-$210,000 claiming horses. A three-year-old colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 1999 derby winner Good Prospect, BRAVE PROSPECT, who was previously trained by 14-time champion Wayne DaCosta, finished 11 lengths fifth to ORIGINAL TRAIN over 1400 metres in much better company last Saturday, and despite the presence of the recent winner AUDRE’S BLESSING and the useful BROWN GIRL, should make no mistake in a race of this nature. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by FRANFIELD, who carries a mere 50.5kg for the services of 4kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey and STIR IT UP under top apprentice rider Linton Steadman. Their respective dangers are TRADITIONAL PRINCE and TASHIE BABY. With DI COBRE at 27-1 and KIMMY’S TRAIN at 25-1 scoring upset wins early on the Heroes Day programme, the first Super-6 had no takers. As a result, the carryover to tomorrow’s first Super-6 stands at $1.3 million. The Pick-9 and second Super-6 start anew with $1 million and $750,000, respectively. The Pick-9 will embrace races two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10. We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a 4-y-o and up maiden condition race over 1600 metres in which TWILIGHT ROCKET under leading jockey Shane Ellis, MY FAVOURITE DANCER with apprentice Andree Powell aboard, SMART TRAIN under former champion Wesley Henry, and ALL FOR GLORY with Rayan Wilson astride, the fancied horses. Although the form in maiden races is usually unreliable, TWILIGHT ROCKET from the stables of top-line trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes gets a glorious chance to open his account despite topweight of 57.0kg. The four-year-old colt beat all barring GIRSHOM over 1400 metres when installed a 3-5 favourite on October 10 but finished 1-1/2 lengths ahead of MY FAVOURITE DANCER in third and SMART TRAIN in fourth. All are expected to figure prominently, none moreso than TWILIGHT ROCKET, who will report even fitter for this race. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES 1. TWILIGHT ROCKET 2. EUSEBIA/SIR D 3. DOOLAHIN 4. BRAVE PROSPECT 5. FRANFIELD/TRADITIONAL PRINCE 6. STIR IT UP/TASHIE BABY
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Serena Williams put up both hands after sending a forehand long and high over the baseline in the first set. She wanted nothing to do with yet another unforced error in her Australian Open final against Angelique Kerber. For the second time in as many majors, Williams fell short of equalling Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles. No. 7-seeded Kerber had never played in a major final and had lost five of her six previous career meetings with Williams, but she responded with a stunning 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 upset win over the six-time Australian Open champion. Williams had won the title every previous time she’d reached the final at Melbourne Park, and was overwhelming favourite to continue that streak against Kerber, who joked she was “one leg in the plane to Germany” when she faced match point in her first-round win over Misaki Doi. “I mean, every time I walk in this room, everyone expects me to win every single match, every single day of my life,” Williams said in her post-match news conference. “As much as I would like to be a robot, I’m not.” The 28-year-old Kerber used acute angles to keep Williams guessing, tossed in two drop shots for a crucial break in the long sixth game of the third set, and continually tried to pass the 21-time major winner or forced errors at the net. And she had five service breaks — two in the first, and three in third set — against the top-ranked Williams, who hadn’t dropped a set in the previous six rounds. “My whole life I was working really hard and now I’m here and I can say I’m a Grand Slam champion,” said Kerber, who had only reached the semi-finals twice at the majors and hadn’t been beyond the quarterfinals since Wimbledon in 2012. “It sounds really crazy and unbelievable.” She is the first German woman to win the Australian title since Graf in 1994, and is projected to rise to No. 2 in the rankings next week. It took her 33 majors to win the title — sixth on the list for longest waits that is topped by 2015 U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta’s 49. Williams admitted previously she became nervous and was stalled for a while trying to get to 18 major titles, to equal Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova’s career marks in second spot in the Open era. For three majors, Williams didn’t reach the quarterfinals, but when she finally won her 18th, it triggered a roll of four straight major titles. Now she’s on 21.
DRIVING FINISH After Genesee Street got away alertly, Ramgeet kept the three-year-old bay filly narrowly ahead until the middle of the stretch, where he inched cleared in a driving finish to complete a pillar-to-post victory in a time of one minute, 11.94 seconds. Ramgeet then grabbed a 2 1/4-length win on the 5-1 chance Lookin Awesome in the US$7,100 sixth race, going 1700m. Lookin Awesome was crowded and checked at the start, forcing Ramgeet to drop the four-year-old bay gelding to the inside and racing him in the back of the 10-horse field. Ramgeet angled Lookin Awesome out going into the second turn and made his bid six-wide into the stretch. The animal closed on the leaders under steady urging, snatched the lead near the sixteenth pole and drew off while drifting wide to clock 1 minute, 46.75 seconds. Ramgeet returned in the US $7,000 next race to land another pillar-to-post victory astride the odds-on favourite Profound Victory, which finished 21/2 lengths clear over 1,300m. He vied for the lead through the first half of race before edging the five-year-old bay gelding clear through the final furlong under urging for a time of 1 minute, 17.03 seconds. PHOENIX, Arizona (CMC): Andrew Ramgeet stepped up his bid to take over the race for the jockeys’ title at Turf Paradise with a triple on Sunday’s eight-race card. The former Jamaica champion jockey moved his aggregate to 45 – two adrift of track leader Scott A. Stevens – with the season at the track in the south-western United States, due to be concluded in May. Ramgeet logged a 11/2-length victory aboard the odds-on favourite Genesee Street in the US$6,300 second race contested over 1200 metres on the dirt.
Things change. When the boys’ triple jump open evolved into two events at Boys and Girls’ Championships in 2014, the record – 15.83 metres by Clive Pullen in 2013 – stayed on the books. Pullen’s mark emerged as the Class One standard while the Class Two boys established records in the brand new event. History hasn’t precisely repeated itself with the evolution of the boys’ 400 metre hurdles Open. As with the triple jump, the 400 metre hurdles debuted at Champs this week in both the Class One and Class Two categories. However, the former Open record – 49.01 seconds by Jaheel Hyde, then of Wolmers’ Boys School – has left the record books. That could have been avoided. As with the Pullen mark, Hyde’s 2015 performance could have been preserved at the Class One record. It’s not the first time great marks have been consigned to obscurity at Champs. More than 20 years ago, there was a move to have running event records all time electronically. Manually timed records were swept away. That makes sense in the sprints, where the accepted differential between electronic times and manual times is 0.24 seconds. That’s too much. However, there is a greater tolerance and the electronic/manual timing differential is smaller at 0.14. The move wiped schoolgirl Olympian Claudine Williams off the Champs record books. Her all-time Class Two 800 metre best of 2 minutes 05.6 seconds is largely forgotten. The record on the books is significantly slower. That shouldn’t happen to the Hyde mark, which is a national junior record. Application of the triple jump record preservation logic should preserve the 49.01 as a target for the Class One boys. After all, he was himself a Class One athlete when he dazzled everyone with that big display of his world class potential. Moreover, the Class One 400 metre hurdles is contested with the same hurdle height as the old Open version. The triple jump split has doubled the number of boys learning the event. The change in the hurdles may yield benefits, too. That can be evaluated in time, but hopefully, Hyde’s mark can re-emerge as the Class One mark. Such a move would be simply following established procedure. – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980.
Caribbean Foods Limited through its Foska Oats brand continues to show its support for sports after handing over a $1 million cheque to Melbourne Cricket Club towards their 2017 programme. The sponsorship will go towards Melbourne’s cricket academy, camp and 5K road race with the senior cup team now expected to wear Foska Oats branded gear as a part of the agreement. “The academy that started last year (is for) all cricketers, you don’t have to be affiliated with Melbourne. The sponsorship is always good, and we are thankful to Foska Oats for their contribution to the development of Melbourne,” Mark Neita, Melbourne’s club president said during a media launch at Melbourne Oval on Thursday. “We also have a learning centre open to the young cricketers attending the academy and camps. We want to pay attention to the educational aspect of the cricketers. We want fully developed kids,” Neita disclosed. Melbourne is under renovation and Neita pointed out that the brand will attract sponsorship. “In order to attract sponsorship, we have to protect the brand. We spent $7 million to renovate the facility. We want to ensure a first class facility at Melbourne,” he added. Christopher Ramson, a director of Caribbean Foods Limited said that his company is committed to the partnership formed with Melbourne. ‘The Foska Oats brand is pleased to once again be aligned with the Melbourne Cricket Club, and the development of the sport of cricket in Jamaica. Melbourne Cricket Club, like Foska Oats has had a long and successful history in Jamaica, especially in the area of youth development,” Ramson said. “This is one of the reasons that in 2015, when we were approached by Mark Neita, that we did not hesitate on forging a relationship with Melbourne Cricket Club through the Foska Oats/Melbourne Cricket camp. This is a relationship that has not only helped in securing the future of Jamaica’s cricket through the development of young players, but a relationship that will provide so many young people with the opportunity to help themselves out of poverty and difficult circumstances through sports,” he added. President of Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven commended Melbourne for their development programme. “We need to apply educational skill to play the game. For us to read the game, we want to be properly developed in the mind. We want to thank you Mr Ramson,” Heaven said.
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 LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Jones-Cormier rematch headlines outstanding UFC 214 card View comments LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Durant’s first trip to India is the latest move by the league to grow the game there, much as it is doing in China.The academy opened in May to train some of the country’s top talents. Since 2008, the NBA has staged more than 1,500 events in 30 Indian cities.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’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ 2017 NBA Most Valuable Player, Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors gestures during his tour of NBA Academy in Greater Noida near New Delhi, India, Friday, July 28, 2017. Durant is in India to support the continued growth of basketball in the country and meet the elite prospects of NBA Academy India. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)NEW DELHI — Kevin Durant is in India to help the NBA make inroads in a nation of 1.3 billion.Durant took part in a camp in New Delhi, where the Golden State Warriors star helped set a Guinness world record Friday for the largest basketball lesson — 3,459 participants across multiple venues. The NBA Finals MVP met young players at the NBA Academy, with hundreds more joining by satellite from four other cities across the country.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
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Despite having his polo qualifications challenged by Johor Crown Prince Ismail Idris after his inclusion in Malaysia’s polo squad was announced, he is set to be the first minister in the region to take part in the SEA Games. The 41-year-old Youth and Sports Minister of Malaysia previously played in international matches, and in July’s Malaysia Open.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thailand, for example, have been represented by at least two royalties. The late King Bhumibol Adulyadej won the OK dinghy class in sailing at the 1967 Bangkok SEAP Games, while Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana – the only daughter of King Maha Vajiralongkorn – clinched the badminton team gold at the 2005 Manila SEA Games.FAIQ BOLKIAHFEATURED 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’ The Brunei national football team captain is the nephew of Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei. He announced himself at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, when Brunei finished bottom of their six-team group. Royal blood aside, the 19-year-old is a footballing prospect, having already recorded appearances for the youth sides of English Premier League clubs Southampton, Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester City.KHAIRY JAMALUDDIN Teen gunned down in Masbate Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ It is not often that you can tell your friends and family that you took on a king or princess, but some SEA Games athletes can.Ever since the inaugural South-east Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games in 1959, the biennial event has seen royal descendants participate in sports which pit them against people of different backgrounds.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES RoS import vows to play better after lack of aggressive play vs Kia Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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) Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her View comments
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 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 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Portugal’s Ines Henriques celebrates after winning the gold medal and setting a new world record in the women’s 50-kilometer race walk during the World Athletics Championships in London Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)LONDON — The first women’s 50-kilometer walk at the world championships produced a world record.Ines Henriques of Portugal bettered her own mark on Sunday by finishing in 4 hours, 5 minutes, 56 seconds on the two-kilometer loop in central London.ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES The Frenchman’s time was the second fastest in history. Diniz set the world record of 3:32:33 in 2014.“A lot of training has gone into this – cycling, swimming – everything for this 50 (kilometer) walk,” Diniz said. “Last night I kept away from watching the TV because I did not want to get too excited. I went to bed at 9 because I knew it was going to be my day today.”Hirooki Arai was second in 3:41:17, two seconds ahead of Japanese teammate Kai Kobayashi in third.The 20-kilometer walks were also held Sunday. Yang Jiayu of China won the women’s event in a personal best time of 1:26:18. She beat Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez of Mexico by only 1 second.Antonella Palmisano of Italy was third in 1:26:36.ADVERTISEMENT “The last 5 (kilometers) were really tough,” said Henriques, whose previous world record was 4:08:26. “My goal was to go under 4 hours and 6 minutes.”Yin Hang was second in 4:08:58, followed by Chinese teammate Yang Shuqing in 4:20:49.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’Only seven women started the race, which was being run at the worlds for the first time, and only four finished.In the men’s 50K, Yohann Diniz of France won in 3:33:12. At 39, Diniz is the oldest man to win a gold medal at the world championships. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Teen gunned down in Masbate Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Football, Netball, Water polo bets open PH bid MOST READ Lyu Xiuzhi had been in line for bronze, but the Chinese walker was disqualified with about 50 meters to go.“In the last 100 (meters) I was in a hurry,” Lyu said. “I forgot that I already had a medal.”The men’s 20K was also close. Eider Arevalo beat 18-year-old Sergei Shirobokov of Russia by two seconds to win gold.The Colombian finished in 1:18:53. Caio Bonfim of Brazil was third in 1:19:04.Action will return to the Olympic Stadium later in the evening on the final day of the championships, and the United States is expected to add more to its medal haul in the 4×400-meter relays.American great Allyson Felix is favored to win a 16th world championship medal.Other finals are in the women’s 800, 5,000 and discus, and the men’s high jump and 1,500.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PBA to honor Marawi soldiers in Game 6 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Calisaan, though, isn’t looking that too far ahead as he keeps his sights set on the present.“In the four years that I’ve been here, it’s only this time that we made it to the Final Four. What more if we become champions, right?,” he said.“I’m just focused, thinking of ways on how we could win because I really wanted to win, especially it’s coach Egay’s birthday,” he said. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLast year, Michael Calisaan was at the lowest point of his life after figuring in a motorcycle accident that led to his subpar showing in the NCAA.He lost his confidence and his game. But slowly, Calisaan picked himself up and, with the help of his head coach Egay Macaraya, built his way back.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson ‘I am prepared:’ Duterte reiterates openness to accept Rohingya refugees PLAY LIST 02:09‘I am prepared:’ Duterte reiterates openness to accept Rohingya refugees00:56At least 25 dead in Indonesia bus plunge03:22The decision on the Maguindanao Massacre case02:14Carpio 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The 22-year-old unleashed a career-best 36 points on 14-of-22 shooting from the field on top of 10 rebounds.His biggest moment came in the clutch, drilling the dagger trey from the top of the arc with 18.3 seconds remaining to seal the deal and bring the Golden Stags back to the semifinals for the first time since 2013.“Maybe it’s because of all the hard work that coach has been telling us. We’ve been doing a lot of extra work in practice. We’re shooting not only 200, but 300 triples every day, so we really had the confidence shooting those threes,” he said.Macaraya sees a bright future ahead of Calisaan.“If he plays like that all the way, he can be one of the top picks in the PBA Draft. I just tell him that he always has to avoid distraction and just focus. He understands already how important his second life is, and the process to success is to just do the hard work,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “Coach Egay really helped me. He took me wherever he go so I can regain my confidence,” Calisaan said in Filipino, harking back to his stint with Cafe France in the PBA D-League.Lending a helping hand to Calisaan was a no-brainer for Macaraya after seeing how hardworking and strong-willed the 6-foot-4 forward is.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“When I first came to San Sebastian, I really knew that he had that fire in his heart. That’s why I really took him wherever I went because I see it in his eyes that he really wants to win,” Macaraya, who celebrated his 56th birthday, said.Fast forward to Tuesday, and all of the trust Macaraya gave to Calisaan bore fruit in the form of San Sebastian’s 74-69 victory over Letran to claim the fourth seed in NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES View comments