Royals’ Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

first_imgBen&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards LATEST STORIES Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief Yordano wowed scouts with an electrifying fastball, the best they had seen in years, and a confident demeanor that bordered on brash and arrogant. And both of those traits served him well as he rocketed to the major leagues, helped the Royals win a long-awaited World Series championship in 2015, and became one of the most popular players in a city that embraced baseball one again.Ventura, whose nickname “Ace” fit so perfectly, died Sunday in a car crash on a stretch of highway near the town of San Adrian in his native Dominican Republic. He was 25.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 return“Our team and our organization is hurting deeply,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “It’s certainly something that puts everything into strong perspective, and challenges us all to never grow tired or weary or cease to do what is right, and loving others. Nobody is guaranteed tomorrow.“We loved Yordano,” Moore said. “We loved his heart, we loved who he was as a teammate, a friend. He was somebody that challenged us all and made us better and I’m going to miss him.” View comments Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely NBA: Warriors shake off sleep to pummel Magic Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo said Ventura died on a stretch of highway 40 miles northwest of Santo Domingo, the nation’s capital. Mateo did not say whether Ventura was driving.He’s the second young star pitcher to die in past four months. Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was 24 when he was killed along with two other men in a boating accident near Miami Beach in late September.Also Sunday, former major league infielder Andy Marte died in a separate car accident in the Dominican Republic. Metropolitan traffic authorities said he died about 95 miles north of the capital.“I was traveling to the airport this morning and I got a phone call wanting to know if I’d heard about Yordano, and I thought they meant Marte,” Moore said. “My first thought was, ‘Were they together?’“Then shortly afterwards, I got a call from Major League Baseball confirming this tragedy.”ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town The Dominican Republic has the second-highest traffic-related death rate in the world — officials there believe alcohol, speed and a blatant disregard for traffic laws is to blame. Oscar Taveras, Jose Oliva, Rufino Linares and Jose Uribe are among players who have died in crashes in the country.It wasn’t known whether Ventura had been drinking or speeding at the time of his accident.Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, a fellow Dominican whom Ventura called his hero, posted pictures of Ventura and Marte on Twitter and said, “Guys, the only way we can pay tribute to you, is by reflecting on the adjustments we all have to make in this game called life.”Moore speaks frequently with Latin American players about dangers of returning home, including driving on the perilous roads.“I’m more intentional about it to the point where it probably goes in one ear and out the other,” Moore said, “but we’re constantly discussing these things.”The Royals lowered flags at Kauffman Stadium to half-staff Sunday, and displayed Ventura’s photograph on the large, crown-shaped scoreboard in centerfield of the empty ballpark. Fans were leaving flowers, hats and other mementos within hours of learning of his death.Royals teammates learned the news in a text chain and took to Twitter to share their sorrow.“I love you my brother. I’m in disbelief and don’t know what to say,” first baseman Eric Hosmer said.Third baseman Mike Moustakas also expressed disbelief, tweeting: “I love you Ace. I don’t know what to say other than I’m going to miss you a lot. RIP ACE.”Ventura will be buried Tuesday in the Dominican Republic. Moore, manager Ned Yost and other members of the Royals are planning to attend. Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims FILE – In this Thursday, July 28, 2016, file photo, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Authorities in the Dominican Republic said Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, that Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte both have died in separate traffic accidents. APKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yordano Ventura quit school as a teenager so he could begin working a construction job to help his family make ends meet, laboring day after day in the hot sun of the Dominican Republic.It was a chance tryout with the Kansas City Royals that changed the trajectory of his life.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ventura wound up pitching his entire career for the Royals, going 38-31 with a 3.89 ERA.Born June 3, 1991, in Samana, Dominican Republic, Ventura was a true rags-to-riches story. He quit school at 14 and was laboring on a construction crew to support his family when he heard about a tryout, which led to a spot in the Royals’ academy located on his picturesque island home.Still, the odds were long that Ventura would ever make it to the big leagues. Very few players from the Dominican academies reached the pinnacle of the sport.But over time, Ventura was able to harness one of the most electric fastballs that scouts had seen in years, and his headstrong and confident nature was essential to his rapid rise. He made his debut to great fanfare in 2013, allowing just one run again Cleveland in a sign of things to come.He eventually became a cornerstone of a youth movement that included young stars such as Hosmer and Moustakas, one that carried the Royals first to respectability, then to the top of the American League.He was 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA in 2014, his first full season in the big leagues, and helped the Royals reach the World Series for the first time in nearly three decades. Then he helped to lead them back to the Fall Classic in 2015, this time completing the job on a crisp night in New York.“He always had a zest for life, an innocence about the game, a freshness, a fearlessness,” Moore said, his voice cracking. “He was a very compassionate human being, loved to compete, no doubt challenged us, but that made us better. Nobody could ever doubt how much he cared about his teammates, how much he cared about the fans, and how much he loved to compete and to pitch.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Before his start in Game 6 of the 2014 World Series, Ventura paid tribute to Taveras, his close friend and countryman who had been killed days earlier in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura wrote “RIP O.T #18” on his hat and also wrote messages on his glove, cleats and the mound before shutting out San Francisco for seven innings in a win.“If he was still here, I would for sure be talking to him, and Oscar would be very happy for me,” Ventura said afterward. “Oscar was a very humble guy and very likable, and I’m going to miss him a lot.”Ventura signed a $23 million, five-year deal with the Royals shortly before he started on opening day in 2015. He then helped them bounce back from their loss to the Giants in Game 7 by returning to the World Series and beating the New York Mets in five games for their first crown since 1985.The right-hander went 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA last season, and his fiery demeanor was never more evident than when he hit Orioles star Manny Machado with a fastball to trigger a brawl. Ventura was suspended nine games for the pitch, though it was cut to eight on appeal.In a surreal coincidence, the 33-year-old Marte played his final game in the big leagues for Arizona on Aug. 6, 2014. Ventura started that game for Kansas City.“Today is a very sad day for our entire game and particularly for the many loyal fans in the Dominican Republic, the home of both Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.Said players’ union head Tony Clark: “It’s never easy to lose a member of our fraternity, and there are no words to describe the feeling of losing two young men in the prime of their lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families, friends, teammates and fans throughout the United States and Latin America.”Moore said he spoke to Miami general manager Mike Hill early Sunday, in part because Moore admired the grace and heart in which the Marlins organization dealt with Fernandez’s death.It wasn’t certain whether Fernandez was driving the boat when it crashed on Sept. 25. He had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.147, above Florida’s legal limit of 0.08, according to autopsy reports released by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office.“That was one of the first things that came to mind when I began to figure out how we were going to process this,” Moore said. “Mike was able to provide some insight. Just give me some comfort, really.”last_img read more

Lee to the rescue as Star nips Ginebra, grabs 1-0 lead

first_imgView comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town “Paul Lee and Marc Pingris, both of them have big hearts,” Victolero said.Pingris, undoubtedly the heart and soul of Star, did it all as he finished with nine points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and three blocks, including huge stops in the final minute as he contested Japeth Aguilar’s jumper and came up with the game-sealing rebound.Mark Barroca, meanwhile, unloaded 17 markers, four boards, and two dimes.Star broke off from a 71-all deadlock in the final 4:28 and forced Ginebra to commit numerous turnovers in the clutch, none bigger than LA Tenorio losing the ball with 15.7 ticks to play.The Gin Kings turned the ball over 24 times, which led to 18 points for Star.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member PBA IMAGESPaul Lee buried a floater late in the game to deliver Star to a 78-74 victory over Barangay Ginebra Thursday night in Game 1 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Lee spun past two Ginebra’s defender to ice the final score and Star’s defense held on from there as the Hotshots took a 1-0 lead in their race-to-four showdown against the Kings.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Juniors Archers clinch semis berth 15 Taal towns now under total lockdowncenter_img Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 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 Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s all about team effort and team defense,” said Star coach Chito Victolero, whose wards notched their sixth straight win overall in the tournament. “But we needed that mental toughness to win this game.”Star shoots for a 2-0 lead in Game 2 Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.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 return“You cannot out-coach [Ginebra] coach Tim [Cone], but I told my players that they have to help me. I’m very happy because we got [Game 1], but we have so much respect for coach Tim that we know we have to work harder. It’s a good start for us, but we can’t celebrate because it’s only Game 1,”Victolero also praised veteran Marc Pingris, who held his own defensively against the Kings. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member The win is the Star’s seventh straight but it paled in comparison to the team’s dominant stretch, where the Hotshots beat their last six opponents by an average margin of 27.0 points.The Hotshots had to fight back from a 10-point deficit, 35-25, with 7:02 remaining in the second quarter, before clamping down on defense and zeroing-in on the Gin Kings’ perimeter game to cut the lead to just one, 38-37, at halftime.Chris Ellis led Ginebra with 12 points on a surprising 3-of-4 shooting from three, while Tenorio and Jervy Cruz got 10 markers each.Japeth Aguilar was limited to just 11 points and six rebounds after pouring a career-high 32 points in the two team’s Christmas Day duel.The Scores:STAR 78 – Lee 18, Barroca 17, Pingris 9, Sangalang 8, Maliksi 7, Jalalon 6, Reavis 5, Melton 5, Dela Rosa 2, Ramos 1, Brondial 0.GINEBRA 74 – Ellis 12, Aguilar 11, Cruz 10, Mercado 10, Tenorio 8, Thompson 7, Ferrer 7, Marcelo 5, Mariano 4.Quarters: 19-14, 38-37, 60-58, 78-74.last_img read more

Barroca surprise top vote-getter in PBA All-Stars

first_imgPBA IMAGESMark Barroca came out of nowhere and emerged as the top vote-getter in fan voting for the upcoming 2017 PBA All-Stars.The Zamboanga City native drew 32,793 ballots from the in-venue and online voting to lead the Mindanao PBA All-Star squad against Gilas Pilipinas at Xavier University Gym in Cagayan de Oro on April 26.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Maroon Booters book UAAP Final 4 spot 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 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READ Barroca will be joined by Scottie Thompson (18,641), PJ Simon (16,486), Rafi Reavis (10,043), and Cyrus Baguio (9,396) in the starting lineup for coach Chito Victolero.Star teammate Marc Pingris maintained his appeal to the masses, leading the starters for the Luzon PBA All-Stars with 11,079 votes.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 returnHe will be joined by Calvin Abueva (11,538), Japeth Aguilar (11,159), Paul Lee (8,163), and Jayson Castro (6,627) in the Luzon first five for coach Leo Austria at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena on April 28.Former teammate and now-Rain or Shine stalwart James Yap also emerged as the lead vote-getter for the Visayas PBA All-Stars with 18,612 votes. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebucenter_img The former two-time PBA Most Valuable Player will pair up with reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo (18,042), Terrence Romeo (15,069), Joe Devance (10,758), and Jeff Chan (9,419) in the Visayan cast under coach Tim Cone on April 30 at Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going homelast_img read more

Augusta stunner: DJ withdraws from Masters with back injury

first_imgOn the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town The world’s No. 1-ranked player was forced to withdraw from the Masters on Thursday (Friday Manila time) because of a lower back injury suffered less than 24 hours earlier in a freak fall at the home he was renting for the week.“I want to play,” Johnson said. “I just can’t swing.”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 returnHe certainly tried, arriving at the club about two hours before he was scheduled to tee off in the final group of the opening round with two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker.Johnson took some easy swings on the practice range, headed back inside for additional treatment, and then broke out his longer irons and the driver to see how the back reacted. He was clearly in pain, rubbing the area several times and letting his caddie tee up the ball so he didn’t have bend over. After an extended conversation with his coach, Butch Harmon, Johnson started walking toward the first tee.His intention was to play.His back wouldn’t let him.“It sucks,” Johnson said. “I’m playing the best golf of my career. This is one of my favorite tournaments of the year. Then a freak accident happened (Wednesday) when I got back from the course. It sucks. It sucks really bad.”Johnson got as far as the putting green between the clubhouse and the first tee. After about a half-dozen putts, he pulled out an iron and took a few more half-hearted practice swings.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Walker and Watson headed toward the tee.Johnson went the opposite way.“I was doing everything I could to try to play,” he said. “Last night, it was ice, heat, ice. I was up pretty much all night trying to get it ready for today. I had it worked on all morning. Obviously, I can make some swings. But I can’t make my normal swing.”This Masters was over for Johnson before it even began, a stunning development that removed the favorite for the green jacket .“It’s disappointing, for sure, for everybody,” 2013 champion Adam Scott said. “To pull out of the Masters when you’re in the kind of form he’s in, it must be a very difficult decision to make. Hopefully he gets better quick.”Two-time major champion Jordan Spieth realized Johnson was out of the tournament when his name was removed from the scoreboard.“As a friend of his and somebody who’s played a lot of golf with him, I know this: It must really, really not be good in order for him not to tee it up,” Spieth said.The injury occurred after Johnson returned to his rental home from a morning practice session at Augusta National. On the way outside to move his car, and wearing socks but no shoes, he slipped on a short staircase.“It would have been better if it was full set of stairs. I would have slid all the way down,” Johnson said. “But there were only three steps. I landed on my left side. My left elbow is sore and bruised. My lower left back took the brunt of it.”He doesn’t think the injury is serious. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government In fact, if it had happened earlier in the week, he probably would’ve been able to play.“I feel like in two days, I’ll be fine,” Johnson said.He had been scheduled to attend the Golf Writers Association of America annual dinner Wednesday night to accept its award as male player of the year. Johnson was coming off a season in which he captured his first major at the U.S. Open , was voted PGA Tour player of the year for the first time, won the PGA Tour money title and captured the Vardon Trophy for the lowest adjusted scoring average.Freak injuries are not unprecedented in golf.Two years ago, Rory McIlroy was playing soccer when he ruptured ligaments in his ankle a few weeks before he was to defend his title in the British Open at St. Andrews as the No. 1 player in the world.Johnson missed the 2012 Masters, withdrawing two days before the start of the tournament, saying he had tweaked his back from pulling a jet ski out of the water. Golf.com cited an unnamed source two years later as saying Johnson had been suspended for a positive cocaine test. His management denied that he had been suspended.Since then, Johnson had gotten his life and his game in order.The 32-year-old American rose to No. 1 in the world rankings and became the first player in more than 40 years to enter the Masters on a three-tournament winning streak. Two of those titles were World Golf Championships, and his undefeated week at the Match Play made him the first player to capture all four of the WGCs.Johnson headed into the first major of 2017 accompanied by as much hype as perhaps anyone since Tiger Woods in his prime — “a freak of nature,” in the words of Rickie Fowler.“I’ve got a lot of confidence in my game right now, especially with the way I’ve been playing the last few tournaments,” Johnson said Tuesday. “But, you know, anything can happen.” NBA: Durant set to return on Saturday Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Just not what anyone expected.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Dustin Johnson talks with media after deciding not to play in the opening round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club. APAUGUSTA, Georgia — Dustin Johnson arrived at Augusta National on quite a roll, having won his last three tournaments.He never even took a shot at the first major of the year.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 respitelast_img read more

Serena Williams speaks out against Ilie Nastase

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, Serena Williams holds up a finger and her trophy after defeating her sister, Venus, in the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Serena Williams is briefly back at No. 1 in the WTA rankings, despite not having played a match since January, and with plans to take the rest of 2017 off because she is expecting a baby. Thanks to a calendar quirk, Williams moved up one spot from No. 2, swapping places with Angelique Kerber. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)BUCHAREST, Romania — Serena Williams has spoken out in response to suspended Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase’s comments speculating about the skin color of the baby the pregnant Williams is expecting.The 23-time major champion wrote on Instagram on Monday: “It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and (my) unborn child.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shaq blames WWE for botched WrestleMania match with Big Show Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home LATEST STORIES Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Nastase earned the nickname “Nasty” for his on-court outbursts and gamesmanship in his playing heyday in the 1970s. But it also described his game, which earned him two Grand Slam singles titles and more than 100 ATP titles. He’s a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.Reactions in Romania to Nastase’s outburst have been mixed.George Cosac, the chairman of the Romanian Tennis Federation, defended Nastase by suggesting he was picked on by the British officials. Ion Tiriac, a businessman and Nastase’s old doubles partner, also stood by him, criticizing Konta for walking off the court.However, many Romanians were critical of Nastase on social media, saying he embarrassed himself and Romania.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Williams is black. Her fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, is white.Williams also referred to Nastase’s “sexist comments against my peers” — a reference to his verbal abuse directed at British player Johanna Konta, British captain Anne Keothavong and the chair umpire during Fed Cup matches over the weekend. He was ejected from the Romania vs. Britain contest and provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation.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 returnWilliams said: “I humbly thank the ITF for any consideration given to all the facts in this case. They will have my full support.”She also wrote: “I have said it once and I’ll say it again, this world has come so far but yet we have so much further to go. Yes, we have broken down so many barriers- however there are a plethora more to go. This or anything else will not stop me from pouring love, light and positivity into everything that I do. I will continue to take a lead and stand up for what’s right.” MOST READ Nastase, for his part, was unrepentant, saying that he didn’t believe his remarks at a news conference Friday about Williams’ baby were racist.“I want to know what word I used is racist?” he said Monday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from Budapest, Hungary.He added that he is a friend of Williams.As for what happened during the matches against Britain, Nastase acknowledged: “Yes, I lost my temper.”But he called his punishment “crazy.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot deadlast_img read more

PBA D-League: AMA ekes out thrilling first win, trips Gamboa

first_imgWith hand surgeon in stands, Kvitova wins Wimbledon return Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Leo Avenido paced Gamboa (1-5) with 15 points and five rebounds, but his squad absorbed its fifth straight defeat in the heartbreaking loss.Montuano got 11 markers and 13 boards, while Val Acuña also poured 11 in the game.The Scores:AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 67 – Bonleon 16, Asuncion 14, Paras 11, Subido 11, Villanueva 6, Alas 3, Flores 3, Salonga 3, Celso 0, Jordan 0, Malones 0.GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 66 – Avenido 15, Acuña 11, Montuano 11, Cawaling 10, Parala 9, Acibar 8, Knuttel 2, Arellano 0, Dadjilul 0, David 0, Jumao-as 0, Padilla 0, Riva 0, Vidal 0.ADVERTISEMENT Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Quarters: 14-23, 30-35, 52-47, 67-66. LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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 Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit LSU title parade draws massive crowdscenter_img Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet The Coffee Lovers still had a chance to take the game, but JR Cawaling threw an errant pass to Mark Montuano which Titans guard Daniel Salonga easily intercepted.Bonleon topped AMA with 16 points on a 6-of-17 shooting from the field, to go with three rebounds, while Jaycee Asuncion got 14 markers, five boards, and two assists.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’Andre Paras again notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Renzo Subido got 11 markers and five assists in the win, to improve their side’s slate to 1-5.“This win is so sweet because we faced a team that is full of ex-pros and are the idols of my players,” said coach Mark Herrera. “I told them to set aside those and play up until the end and I’m glad that up to the final second, our team held itself on defense.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Mario Bonleon. PBA IMAGESAMA Online Education finally halted its five-game losing skid with a nail-biting 67-66 victory over Gamboa Coffee Mix in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena.Mario Bonleon canned the go-ahead freebie with 8.3 seconds left after getting fouled by Leo Avenido off-ball in the inbounds play.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Seaforth SC in mourning

first_imgThe Seaforth Sports Club in St Thomas is still in mourning following the death of its captain and goalkeeper 27-year-old O’Brian Cruickshank of Navar Lane in the community. Cruikshank, who had served the club as team captain for over a decade was shot and killed in his home early last Friday morning. The dedicated and humble ‘baller’ as he is described by his associates recently led the team to victory in the midseason final and St Thomas Major League. The win secured their spot in the finals of the Eastern Confederation Super Cup where they lost to Priory Academic (formerly Volvo Football Club) of St Ann. This, according to the coach of the Seaforth Sports Club Lansdale Parry, is the furthest the team has gone in years. “We lost 2-0 to Volvo and that really disappointed ‘Obby’ because he’s a person who really loves to win. But he was very grateful to have reached that far. “To be honest I’ve never seen him in an argument or anything like that. In fact he was the prayer warrior of the team. Obby prayed before and after every match and even during training,” Parry noted adding that all he spoke about was church and football. The coach told The Gleaner that Cruickshank served not only as a team captain or player but was also a motivator that each member will miss: “The team suffered a great loss. Obby catered to the spiritual aspect of the person. The mood in the camp right now is not so wonderful.” A grief-stricken Kevin Strachan who serves as manager of the team fought through tears to speak of his lost member and friend who he also described as a ‘very prayerful person’. “Obby has been an example to the other team members. They respected him so much. This is very hard for me because we shared a brotherly love. All of these guys are like sons to me. “It’s a big loss for not only the team but also to the community,” he said.last_img read more

Drivers divided over F1 halo cockpit device

first_imgBUDAPEST, Hungary (AP): The ‘halo’ cockpit head protection system that will be mandatory on Formula One cars next season protects drivers from the potentially fatal impact of objects like a loose wheel travelling at up to 225 kph (140 mph). Motorsport’s governing body, FIA, has been looking at ways to improve cockpit protection and limit the risk of head injuries, after French F1 driver Jules Bianchi died in July 2015 and British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died a month later. “The halo will become the strongest part of the car, a secondary wall structure (along with the helmet) and can take about 15 times the car’s weight,” FIA safety director Laurent Mekies said at a news conference yesterday. “We know that our resistance against small objects has stepped up.” Drivers remain divided over the move. The halo design forms a semicircular barrier around the driver’s helmet in the front half of the cockpit, protecting against debris without completely closing the cockpit. When first tested ahead of 2016, drivers were split as to whether they liked it with some – such as three-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton – criticising it on aesthetic grounds. Tests were done from the front and side of the car with a loose wheel weighing 20kg. Researchers took in various factors: car-to-car contact, car-to-environment contact and external objects, such as a wheel. They also analysed real-life accidents, including those with fatalities. In terms of manufacturing design, FIA race director Charlie Whiting said “it’s going to be a one-part (piece) made by one company, so they all have to fit the same one.” The device is expected to weigh about 8kg, Whiting said. The manufacturer has yet to be decided, although several companies have been contacted. Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas both expressed concern that the extra weight will impact driving, particularly on cornering speeds. Other safety devices were considered before the halo was approved by the FIA last week. At the British Grand Prix two weeks ago, a transparent open canopy system constructed using polycarbonate, and known as the “shield,” was tested at Silverstone by four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel. The Ferrari driver was critical. “I wasn’t a big fan of the shield,” Vettel said. “For sure you need to get used to the halo, but at least it didn’t impact on the vision.”last_img read more

G.C. Foster College on a high after Forbes’ 100m win

first_img Excellent level WHEN Shashalee Forbes of G.C. Foster College won the women’s 100 metres at the World University Games in Chinese Taipei last Thursday, it marked the second time an athlete from that institution had mined gold at the Games. The first was Rasheed Dwyer, who won the men’s 200 metres at Shenzhen, China, in 2011. Head coach of the institution Maurice Wilson, in an exclusive interview with The Sunday Gleaner, said Forbes’ success had brought much joy to the Spanish Town-based college. “It was indeed an overwhelming feeling for all of us connected to the institution,” Wilson said on Friday. “It shows that we are not just preparing people to be coaches in local institutions, but we are also preparing people to be successful in the sport at the international level.” Wilson then highlighted athletes from that institution who have represented the country well at the international level. “Since deciding in 2007 to prepare athletes for international competitions, we have seen the likes of Lansford Spence, Rosemarie Whyte, Schillonie Calvert, Dwyer, Yanique Thompson, Anastasia LeRoy, and now Forbes, doing so successfully,” he said. He singled out LeRoy for her loyal and long service. “LeRoy has been very loyal and dedicated and has represented the country at every competition at the senior international level with success as she has been a part of several relay teams. “Forbes’ recent success has given hope not only for the institution, but for the country, in the short sprints. It is saying that we have youngsters that can help to build the future. I am also happy that people will now see G.C. Foster College as a viable alternative,” said Wilson who has been at the institution since 2003. He lauded several people at the management level who have all played pivotal roles in the success of the institution. Loyal and long service “We are very fortunate to have past principals like Yvonne Kong, Edward Shakes, and Joyce Graham Royal, along with our excellent coaching staff, who all have brought the institution to the excellent level it is. Then there is our present chairman of the school board, David Mais, whose keen interest in sport and contribution have been tremendous,” Wilson added. Wilson, who was recently appointed to act as principal of the institution, taking over from Graham Royal, believes that this new role will not hinder the progress of athletics at the college. “This is just a temporary position, and we are hoping that it does not,” said Wilson, who is clear in his mind that with continued support from all involved, including past students, the institution will continue to build on its legacy, and it will not only be the best in Jamaica, but in the world.last_img read more

Tough battle for Ja’s Holmes

first_img Holmes has taken the change of opponent in stride, and says that he is “well prepared for the challenge”. He conceded that Whyte will be a more difficult fighter to beat than Ismail. “He has more experience than Tariq, and I remember how well he fought last year. My training has gone well, however, I am fitter than when I fought in April, and it will be action from the opening bell. He is a better opponent, but I just have to raise the bar,” he ended. The winner tonight will join David Lebron from Canada and Jamaica’s Moncriffe in the semi-finals, and guarantee himself a portion of the top prize money. The winner will take home the Contender 2018 title and $2 million, the runner-up gets $500,000, third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000. Prepared for the challenge Richard ‘Frog’ Holmes, a two-time finalist in the Wray & Nephew Contender boxing series, with a 17-8 record, will fight for a place in the 2018 semi-finals tonight, when he takes on Canadian Larone Whyte over five rounds at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Old Hope Road in St Andrew. The action starts at 8:30 p.m. with two amateur bouts, followed by the main bout, which will be broadcast on TVJ at 9:30 p.m. Holmes was scheduled to meet Tariq Ismail tonight, but Ismail, who defeated Fabian Tucker earlier in the competition, withdrew last Thursday for what has been stated as “personal reasons”. Whyte has, therefore, been brought in as a substitute. He is very familiar with the Contender series, as he participated last year as a junior middleweight and reached the quarter- finals. Whyte, who has a record of three wins and two losses, created an upset last year when he defeated Devon Moncriffe by split decision in the preliminaries. In the quarter-final bout, he put up a gallant fight, but lost by split decision to the eventual winner, Sakima Mullings. He has strong Jamaican ties, as both his parents are Jamaican, and his coach, Chris Johnson, who was also born in Jamaica, is well known here. Whyte had a very large contingent of family members cheering for him last year, and he told The Gleaner yesterday that “it will be the same thing tomorrow.” “Jamaica is like home to me, and for the past few days I have been visited by both my father’s and mother’s relatives. I feel so good here man, and I am going to put on a good show,” he added. He said that he has a lot of incentive to win tonight. First, “it will mean getting into the semi-finals, and second, he will get to come back again. I have to win tonight”, he repeated. His trainer Johnson said his fighter is in good condition, and he expects a good performance from him.last_img read more