Remained unbeaten Jamaica also dominated the 1500m winning three out of four. Cemore Donald remained unbeaten this season after capturing the Under-18 girls’ event. The Edwin Allen High student won in 4:42.50 ahead of teammate Britnie Dixon. Ashani Robb won the girls’ Under-20 1500m in 4:39.20 while defending champion Shevon Parkes won the Under-20 boys’ event in 3:56.72. Earlier in the morning session, Hydel High’s Shian Salmon pocketed Jamaica’s first gold medal of the meet. Salmon, the defending champion in the Under-18 high jump, cleared a season’s best 1.82 metres to win the event. Teammate Lamara Distin picked up silver with a best of 1.77m. Bermuda’s Sakari Famous, also 1.77m, was third. Jamaica’s other medal in the morning session came from Akio Jones, who captured bronze after finishing third in the girls’ Under-18 shot put with a heave of 13.87m. Jamaica should also win several medals today as 19 finals, 10 on the track and nine in the field, will be contested. Track events include the 4×100 metres in both age groups. ST GEORGE’S, Grenada: DEFENDING 400 metres champions Christopher Taylor and Akeem Bloomfield retained their titles in fine style as Jamaica picked up 18 medals – eight gold, 7 silver, and three bronze – on yesterday’s opening day of the 45th Carifta Games in St George’s, Grenada. Taylor, the record holder in the Under-18 boys’ one-lap event, was not tested as he won in 47.36 seconds away from Antoni Hoya Small of Barbados, 48.23. Third went to Onal Mitchell of Trinidad and Tobago in 48.72. ” I just came out and did what I had to do to win the event,” said Taylor. Bloomfield ran a relaxed race throughout to take the Under-20 title, just doing enough to win in a season’s best 46.02. Jamal Walton of the Cayman Islands was second in 46.23, with bronze going to Kinard Rolle of The Bahamas in 46.88. “I just came out to win and defend my title as I want to finish competing here, so I can focus on the Penn Relays and World Junior Championships,” Bloomfield said after his victory. Stacey Williams had earlier captured gold in the Under-18 girls 400 m in 54.00, getting the better of Amanda Crawford of Grenada, 54.16, with Britni Fountain of The Bahamas taking third in 54.68. Jamaica’s Sanique Walker, the silver medallist a year ago, was fourth in 55.25. Sada Williams of Barbados prevented a Jamaican sweep of the 400m as she raced to a personal best 52.07 to capture the Under-20 girls’ event. Shaquina Dorset of The Bahamas was second in 52.59 while Jamaica’s Tiffany James took third in 52.70 ahead of her teammate Semoy Hemmings, fourth in 53.89.
Barrett Jr eyes pro careerBuoyed by his Under-20 shot put record at the recent CARIFTA Games, outgoing Calabar High standout Warren Barrett Jr, says he is now focused on going professional and making a number of Jamaican teams in the coming years.Barrett threw a personal best of 19.97m to emphatically claim gold on the final day of the regional championships at the Grenada National Stadium, last week and is now looking forward to improving to the 20m range.Sanjae Lawrence of Jamaica produced 18.89m for silver and Josh Hazzard of Grenada got bronze with a throw of 17.18m.”It’s kind of expected because I put in the work in shot put. I just did what I had to,” he said of his exploits. “I would really like to go pro because I really like the sport.”Barrett, who will continue his studies at the University of the West Indies added: “(I will) continue training with my coach (Julian Robinson) and, hopefully, I will make a couple national teams this year and the year after.”Barrett said this summer he wants to make the team to the NACAC Junior Championships, which will provide added competition and challenges for him with the presence of athletes from regional powers such as the United States.”They have a couple of 20m guys and I am yet to surpass 20m and that is the ultimate aim. With competition, I am sure I will surpass it though,” he reasoned.Despite finishing a disappointing third in the shot put event at the recent ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, he said he was happy to turn the tables at the CARIFTA Games.”Mentally, I am very strong, so the disappointment at Champs it wasn’t really hindering me, I just had to forget that. Going into CARIFTA, I knew I was representing my country, so I had to lay it all down for my country,” he underlined.
“We have to go out there and fight hard for the three points against Boys’ Town. We are aware of Boys’ Town’s history and it won’t be an easy win. We don’t watch where they are in the standings. It’s about going there to execute the team plan,” the head coach added. Jamalco’s diminutive midfielder Rohan Richards is the competition’s top scorer on four goals. However, Johnson says that other players have been contributing as it is about team effort. “He (Richards) is in good form, but the focus is on team. We expect other players to score goals as well, moving forward,” he said. Richards apart, former Boys’ Town striker AndrÈ Dawson and Sean Coleman are expected to give support. Boys’ Town’s coach Andrew Price says the four losses came with mostly young players, and with the senior players like Garfield Gillespie, Wayne Ellis, Daemion Benjamin, and Asrick Samuels back in the squad after returning from the United States of America, there has been renewed energy. “We started preseason late, and like other clubs, have suffered from senior players being overseas during the summer. Now we have them back, and they will add to the young talents that are in the squad. Shemar Nicholson has been shouldering the goalscoring on three goals. He will get quality support come Sunday,” Price disclosed. “We are aware that Jamalco is a quality team, but we will go there to execute and, hopefully, come away with a positive result,” Price also said. In another game of high interest, MBU and Humble Lion will clash in what should be a close encounter. Jamalco FC will look to continue their impressive form when they face Boys’ Town FC in match day six of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) today at Barbican Complex in St Andrew. Kick-off time is 3 p.m. The Jamalco team is having a wonderful start to life in top-flight football and is leading the 12-team league on nine points, the same as reigning champions Montego Bay United (MBU) and Humble Lion. However, hot debutants Jamalco enjoy a superior goal difference. On the other hand, seasoned Boys’ Town are struggling without a point on the board after four games played by the team. With that scenario, the matchup, to be live on Television Jamaica, is of high interest. All eyes will be focused on Jamalco to see whether they can build on the fine start, while Boys’ Town will look to score their first points of the new season. Jamalco’s head coach Rayon Johnson says that it is all about preparation for each game. “It all boils down to team preparation. We have to keep the team focused as we can’t get carried away by the start to the competition,” Johnson said during the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe last Thursday morning. – 3 p.m.: Boys’ Town vs Jamalco at Barbican Complex – 3:30 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Maverley-Hughenden at Edward Seaga Complex – 3:30 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Montego Bay United at Effortville Community Centre in May Pen, Clarendon – 3:30 p.m.: FC Reno vs UWI at Frome Complex in Westmoreland – 6 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Portmore United at Anthony Spaulding Complex – 7 p.m.: Harbour View vs Waterhouse at Harbour View Stadium Today’s games WON’T BE EASY
A persistent two-fisted body attack, was the tactic used by Ramel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis last Friday night, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in St. Michael, Barbados, to earn himself a split decision verdict in his six-round junior middleweight bout against Barbadian Christopher ‘Shaka’ Henry.Two judges voted 59-56 each for Lewis, while the other judge voted 58-56 for Henry. This was the main event on a six-bout, Pro-Am Card. In one of the three amateur contests, Jamaica’s Felice Groves lost on points to Barbadian Mary Frazer, in a bout in which she should have been declared the winner by tko in the first round.The Lewis versus Henry contest was a bruising, action-packed affair from start to finish. Henry, who is 6 feet tall, had a distinct reach advantage over the 5′ 5″ Lewis, and tried to use the jab as his main weapon. Lewis caught on to this quickly, however, and kept boring in successfully. His body shots rattled Henry, who although outgunned, had a few moments of glory himself. Lewis told The Gleaner that Henry was particularly decisive in the fifth round.”He came on strong in the fifth and caught me with some really good shots, but I was able to hang in there, and then come back strong in the final round,” Lewis said. “It was a good hard fight, and I had to work hard to beat Shaka, who had the crowd behind him all the way, and this assisted him.”Lewis added that he was happy for the victory and that it will boost his confidence going into 2017.Groves met Mary Frazer in a four- round amateur bout, and started aggressively. A recording of the bout showed that within the first 30 seconds of the contest, she was all over Frazer, and caught her with a solid right to the chin that floored her. Frazer landed on her back with legs in the air, but got to her feet as the referee reached the count of two. She stumbled back, however, and was falling to the canvas again, when she was caught by the referee and taken to a neutral corner.He then spoke with her for about 30 seconds, while she recovered. Instead of awarding the bout to Groves, the referee inexplicably signalled that it be resumed. Frazer survived the remainder of the round, regained her composure in the second round, made it a close contest thereafter and was eventually awarded a points victory.Coach Carl Grant, who accompanied the boxers to Barbados, told The Gleaner that there was no doubt in his mind that the referee blundered, and that Groves clearly won the bout in the first round.
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Soon enough the Thais were ahead, 33-32, but Christian Standhardinger quickly gave Gilas back the lead entering the second half.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vietnam shuts out PH in men’s football FIl-German Christian Standhardinger split a charity but hurt his left hand in the process and had to sit out for a few precious minutes.Teerwat Chantachot made it 68-65 which forced Gilas to push the panic button and saw emotions running wild.Kobe Paras lashed at the referee and had a shouting match with Kevin Ferrer at the bench as the rest of the bench tried to pacify the 19-year-old sensation.In what was billed as preview of the finals, Gilas tried use its brimming individual talent to good use by putting up a quick 10-points lead, 22-12, the first quarter.But the shooting went sour in the second quarter as Gilas allowed Thailand’s Chitchai Anati and Chanatip Jakrawan to come away with crucial baskets.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her LATEST STORIES Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Ravena’s free throw gave the Philippines the lead, 73-71, with four minutes left and then his jumper gave it more breathing space, 75-71.Asean Basketball League star Tyler Lamb nailed a triple to give Thailand a 46-45 lead early in the third as Gilas encountered difficulty smoothing its offence despite the presence of some of the A-list players in its fold.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’But Lamb picked up his fifth and final foul in the early fourth quarter which turned things around for the Philippines.In the third quarter, Thailand even held a 66-64 lead with seven minutes left in the game. Gilas cadets during a timeout against Thailand in the 2017 SEA Games basketball tournament. INQUIRER/ Marc Anthony ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—Under siege, Gilas Pilipinas relied on its individual brilliance — and not much on teamwork — to pull off an 81-74 victory over Thailand at the start of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games basketball tournament at MABA Stadium here.Kiefer Ravena sank a jumper and two free throws in the tension-filled last three minutes as the Philippines finally wiggled free from Thailand’s grip.ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments
PBA IMAGESJoe Devance bungled an easy layup that could have sealed the win for Barangay Ginebra outright.But that was the only lowlight for the quick-footed big man in a game-long brilliance that spearheaded the Gin Kings’ scrambling 106-103 triumph over the TNT KaTropa in their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal playoffs Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody View comments “It’s a very emotional game and I’m just thankful we got the win,” said Devance.The Kings need one more win to forge a Finals rematch with Meralco, which swept Star in the other semifinal bracket.It was a sorry defeat for TNT, especially since Rice came out with a monster game, posting a career-high 44 points aside from grabbing 20 rebounds and dishing off six assists.The former Washington Wizard buried long threes and converted his aerial gymnastics to bedevil the Kings.At one point in the first, rugged wingman Kevin Ferrer went physical on Rice to somehow force the TNT import out of rhythm.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I can’t believe I missed that layup,” said Devance as the defending champion Gin Kings moved to the cusp of the finals.The boo-boo was eventually forgivable.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRelentlessly jostling for positioning in the paint, Devance got away with 20 points, six of them at crunch time that helped stop the rampaging Glen Rice Jr. and the Texters from pulling off a reversal.With Rice flooring the pedal all night, the Texters had the Gin Kings on the ropes before a couple of miscues allowed Ginebra to eventually take control of their best-of-five series, 2-1. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Pichay named grievance body head Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Emotions further flared when Kelly Williams was slapped with a questionable foul on Greg Slaughter.It triggered a war of words between TNT coach Nash Racela and Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua from the court to the dugout.PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa and media bureau chief Willie Marcial stepped in to pacify the two officials. Olsen Racela, the Ginebra assistant coach and Nash’s brother, also intervened to prevent things from escalating.
Sans Salado, Arellano continues Final Four drive While there’s excitement over rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr., Dallas’ most important draft pick since Nowitzki in 1998, the Mavericks will likely have to overachieve to avoid missing the postseason for the second straight year.That hasn’t happened since Dallas was a sad-sack franchise wrapping up the abysmal decade of the 1990s, and a young Nowitzki was still learning his way in the NBA. The Mavericks missed last year because of an injury-plagued 4-17 start, the worst since the year before he arrived.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“I think we need to start a little better,” Nowitzki said. “Just always chasing. That costs a lot of energy, so hopefully we come out of the gates a little better. Create a little more energy than we did last year at the beginning. Hopefully have a decent season.”Harrison Barnes is now the primary scoring option. Going into his second year, his idea of fun most certainly isn’t a 33-49 record just two years removed from winning a championship with Golden State. Story lines with Carlisle coming off just his second losing season in 15 years as a head coach:Noel factorCenter Nerlens Noel had to settle for a $4.1 qualifying offer after failing to get the max deal he coveted as a restricted free agent. He’s playing for a payday next summer, but will mostly come off the bench because the Mavericks are better at the start of games with Barnes at power forward and Nowitzki at center.“I’m really locked into having a great year, no matter what. Just keep it simple,” he said.20 and counting?Nowitzki isn’t hiding his satisfaction over making it to 20 seasons, as Bryant did with the Lakers, crediting the single franchise thing to owner Mark Cuban buying the team during Nowitzki’s second season.“He’s obviously a big part of why I’ve been here so long, him being loyal to me and making the decision to make me his franchise player and stick with me through a lot of disappointments,” Nowitzki said.Bevy of guardsThere are five potential point guards in Smith, Seth Curry, Yogi Ferrell, Devin Harris and J.J. Barea. Combinations of two of those will be on the court plenty as well, once Curry returns from a stress reaction in his left leg that has him sidelined indefinitely. Ferrell is expected to start until Curry is ready.Low turnover MOST READ Other than drafting Smith, the Mavericks didn’t have any significant roster changes after dumping aging veterans Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut at the trading deadline last season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) talks with head coach Rick Carlisle in the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS, Texas—Dirk Nowitzki just wants to have fun while joining Kobe Bryant as the only players to spend 20 seasons with a single NBA franchise.For the big German, that means helping the Dallas Mavericks make the playoffs. Even better, the 13-time All-Star would love to win a series or two, which the Mavericks haven’t done since Nowitzki led them to their only championship in 2011.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “I think it comes down to we’ve got to make the playoffs,” said Barnes, who led Dallas at 19.2 points per game last season. “That’s where it has to start. If you don’t make the playoffs, it’s like where did we really improve from last season.”The Mavericks think they improved in the draft, which probably hasn’t happened in more than a decade. Missing the playoffs for just the second time in 17 seasons led to the ninth overall pick and Smith, who left N.C. State after one season and won’t turn 20 until late November.Coach Rick Carlisle is banking on Smith’s athleticism and depth at point guard improving the tempo after the Mavericks were one of the slowest teams in the league last season. Dallas is also much younger than the start of last season, even with the 39-year-old Nowitzki.Carlisle said the challenge will be playing faster while becoming a good defensive team.“I think we can do it,” he said. “I think we have the toughness. I think we have the wherewithal. There aren’t many people expecting much out of our group, but I believe in these guys.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiefer Ravena surveys the floor during a scrimmage at the PBA Draft Combine at Gatorade Hoops Center. PBA IMAGESAfter giving it much thought, Kiefer Ravena feels that the timing is just right for him to enter the PBA.“I really thought about this with my family and a decision that really took so much time. Once I submitted my papers, I knew my future is already here,” Ravena said.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Standhardinger says he will be at PBA Draft after missing combine LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set One of the most sought after prospects in the game today, Ravena believes that joining the draft is the culmination of all of his work back from his days playing for Ateneo.“It’s all for this. We look forward to this day since we all started playing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRavena, who is projected to go second after Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger, said he’s more than ready to play for whichever team he suits up for.But he admitted that the possibility of playing for coach Yeng Guiao at NLEX, which holds the No. 2 pick, makes him giddy. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene READ: Guiao eyes Standhardinger, Ravena as NLEX’s draft pick“If ever NLEX picks me, I’m excited to be under coach Yeng. I’ve been under a fiery coach before such as coach Jamike (Jarin), and I guess that was a good practice for me. But I don’t think coach Jamike is anywhere close to how coach Yeng is,” said the 23-year-old guard.“I’m very excited and I’ve talked to coach Yeng a couple of times prior to the combine, so hopefully everything pans out. If ever I go number two, I’ll be with him in NLEX.”Ravena cleared he will give his best effort to whichever team picks him.“For us, as long as we get our foot inside the PBA, we’ll control what we can control which is how we play, and that is giving 110 percent for the team that will pick us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Australia had the better opportunities in a 0-0 draw in the first leg last Friday in San Pedro Sula.But after a frustrating first half, when Tom Rogic created the only real chance with a mistimed shot in the 37th, Australia dominated the second half.Australia had opportunities to qualify directly for Russia in Asian qualifying but missed out on goal difference to Saudi Arabia in a tight finish in that group.That forced the Australians into an Asian playoff against Syria, which veteran Tim Cahill sealed with two goals in Sydney last month to set Australia up for the last-ditch home-and-away series against Honduras.The Australians edged Uruguay on penalties in a playoff in 2005 to qualify for the following year’s World Cup in Germany, and then qualified directly for 2010 and 2014.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said his Socceroos “did it the hard way, but we deserve to be there.”The final word went to the jubilant Jedinak, a veteran midfielder who plays for second-tier Aston Villa in England.“We got the job done and that’s all that matters — it’s going to be a big 2018,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Australia’s Mile Jedinak scores a goal against Honduras during their World Cup soccer playoff deciding match in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Daniel Munoz)SYDNEY — Mile Jedinak led Australia into next year’s World Cup with a deflected free kick and two penalties in Wednesday’s 3-1 intercontinental playoff victory over Honduras.Jedinak, who missed the latter stages of Australia’s Asian qualifying campaign because of injury, opened the scoring when his free kick curled to the left of the wall and went in off defender Henry Figueroa in the 54th minute, bringing the 77,060 crowd at Sydney’s Olympic stadium to life.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson The Pistons are 10-3, and might be the surprise of the NBA The Australian captain converted from the spot in the 72nd after referee Nestor Pitana penalized Bryan Acosta for a hand ball and calmly slotted home another penalty in the 85th to ensure Australia qualified for its fourth consecutive World Cup.“I’ll take them all,” Jedinak said of his goals. “It wouldn’t have mattered who scored. I’m happy to chip in.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneForward Alberth Elis got a consolation goal for Honduras deep into injury time.Honduras earned a playoff spot with a 3-2 win over Mexico on a hectic last day of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean, securing fourth spot and ensuring the U.S. missed out.
Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Making matters worse was Ricardo being assessed with a technical foul for calling excessive timeouts with 2:44 remaining in the game and with the Jawbreakers already leading, 99-53.The Mighty Roasters have lost their four games by an average of 26.25 points, with this 47-point rout being their worst defeat in the conference.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PBA IMAGESIn the wake of its four-game losing start in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, Mila’s Lechon will be summoned to the Commissioner’s Office to explain its side following its humiliating 55-102 defeat to Zark’s Burger-Lyceum.Officials from the league’s technical committee confirmed that the team management, led by coach Jesse Ricardo, will meet PBA commissioner Willie Marcial on Friday in the league office in Libis after yet another pitiful loss from Mighty Roasters.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES They stumbled to their fourth straight defeat, but questions were raised following the 47-point thumping after players seemingly showed complete lack of effort in the second half.Mila’s Lechon actually played superb in the first two quarters, shocking Zark’s-Lyceum with an 11-3 start and staying in step thanks to its 42-percent shooting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut it was a different story after the halftime break as the Mighty Roasters showed little to no willingness to play defense, allowing the Jawbreakers to stage a 23-0 run and break the game wide open, 67-41, in the third period.Zark’s-Lyceum coach Topex Robinson also related from his players that they were being encouraged by their foes to run the score up, which translated to 38 turnover points from 30 miscues from Mila’s Lechon. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UAE: Ras al-Khaimah welcomes new year with impressive fireworks PLAY LIST 01:10UAE: Ras al-Khaimah welcomes new year with impressive fireworks01:13New Year: Sydney celebrates start of 2020 under toxic cloud02:45Drilon blasts Duterte’s infra program as ‘dismal failure’02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Vicente blasts UE starters after blowout loss to UST Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours