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‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top 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 Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ That triggered Gronkowski to go over the barricade and barreled through Mahal.The #AndreBattleRoyal just got a dose of @Patriots‘ @RobGronkowski. Watch #WrestleMania streaming LIVE at 7e/4p on @WWENetwork! pic.twitter.com/fpoMaJAEHwFEATURED 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— WWE (@WWE) April 2, 2017 NBA: Rose out for rest of season after knee injury ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu The hyped superstar would then recover and eliminate Killian Dain before finally taking out Mahal to win the match as the two buddies celebrated in the ring.Rawley was the fourth man to win the annual battle royal, following the footsteps of Cesaro, The Big Show, and Baron Corbin.Last year, Shaquille O’Neal made a surprise entry to the match as he had his WrestleMania moment with the Big Show. CBBADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Rob Gronkowski helped Mojo Rawley win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Photo by WWE.comRob Gronkowski got his WrestleMania moment as he came out of the crowd and aided best friend Mojo Rawley to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33 Sunday (Monday Manila time) at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.Jinder Mahal attacked Rawley on ringside late in the match before disrespecting the New England Patriots tight end and throwing a drink on him.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts to a play in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — There’s a four-headed, shot-making, scoreboard-breaking monster out West awaiting LeBron James and the Cavaliers.The Warriors are stomach-churning scary.ADVERTISEMENT More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions LATEST STORIES Cleveland-Golden State 3.0 is the matchup fans worldwide expected and wanted, and James believes they’re in for quite a show.Both the Cavaliers and Warriors have upgraded their rosters from a year ago, when they went seven games in an epic series that spawned the first comeback from a 3-1 deficit in Finals history and resulted in Cleveland winning its first pro sports championship since 1964.That Warriors team James conquered in 2016 won 73 games during the regular season and was being mentioned as one of the best to ever take the floor.Hard to believe, but this version — with Durant — might be even better.Golden State has been putting on a basketball clinic over the past two months, winning 27 of 28 games since March 11 and becoming the first squad to start the postseason 12-0.Durant, who previously faced James in the 2012 Finals with Oklahoma City, has taken a great team and elevated it to a nearly unstoppable level.The Warriors are using Durant in every imaginable way on offense, and James isn’t surprised to see his good friend and Olympic teammate more mobile than he was with the Thunder.“You adapt to the culture,” he said. “You adapt to the style and that’s the same thing that happened to me when I went to Miami. I started to slash more and move more without the ball, shoot more standstill 3s and figure out ways I could be more productive than just having the ball in isolation. So, it’s the right thing to do. He’s one of the most dangerous guys we have in the world already. So it makes it even more dangerous when you equip that talent, that skill with those guys.”On the brink of becoming the first player since the early 1960s to play in seven straight Finals, James finds himself in a similar — and somewhat surprising — situation.The Cavaliers are being given little chance to defend their title against the vaunted Warriors, who have been winning by an average of 16.3 points per game in the playoffs. For the sixth time, James enters the Finals as an underdog, hardly a role he’s accustomed to before June. The only time he won a championship as a Finals favorite was with Miami in 2013, when the Heat upended the Spurs for their second straight title.James isn’t worried about point spreads or any odds.“I only play blackjack in Vegas anyway, so it doesn’t matter,” he said.What does matter is that the 32-year-old is having one of his finest postseasons, and the Cavs are gelling the way they did at this time last year.Maybe James has nothing to fear.“I feel good about our chances,” he said. “Very good.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James, though, can’t run or hide. With eight NBA Finals appearances under his belt, he is ready to face a team he’s called “a beast.” After all, he has slayed behemoths before.Pushing off any talk about the Warriors until after Sunday’s practice, James was asked to assess the task at hand: beating Golden State’s All-Star-studded lineup of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundIs this the biggest challenge of his career?“It’s probably up there,” he said. “I mean, it’s up there.” Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak 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 Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Stampede at stadium kills 4 fans, unborn fetus in Honduras For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments MOST READ And then, almost as if he was trying to remind himself that he’s got three championship rings and is frightful in his own right, James recalled other fearsome postseason opponents — San Antonio and Boston.“I’ve played against four Hall of Famers as well, too, with Manu (Ginobili), Kawhi (Leonard), Tony (Parker) and Timmy D (Tim Duncan) on the same team,” said James, occasionally sniffling as he continues to fight a cold. “And if you add Pop (coach Gregg Popovich) in there, that’s five Hall of Famers. So, it’s going to be very challenging. Those guys are going to challenge me, they’re going to challenge our ballclub.“This is a high-powered team.”James also took on a Celtics team loaded with big-name talents.“I’ve played against Ray (Allen), KG (Kevin Garnett), Paul (Pierce), (Rajon) Rondo and Doc (Rivers). So, it’s going to be very challenging not only on me mentally, but on our ballclub and on our franchise.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April
Read Next It is a championship bout, for sure. Manny Pacquiao stakes his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against Jeff Horn at Suncorp Stadium here Sunday. But belts hardly make for sure-fire classics nowadays.It is a fight for legacy, perhaps. Turning 39 in December, Pacquiao is arguably the most accomplished boxer of his generation. An eight-division, 11-time world champion, he’s a sure Hall-of-Famer when he retires.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 hanging up his gloves is far from Pacquiao’s mind. Instead, he wants to prove that he can still fight at the elite level, especially against the new breed of ring stars like Horn, who’s nearly a decade younger.It is a fight for the fans, apparently. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks For the first time since 2005, Pacquiao will be fighting in a card that won’t be limited to pay-per-view in revenue-rich United States. Instead, ESPN will air the show on free TV in primetime.And Pacquiao said this was his idea.“This is the time that I give back to the fans,” said Pacquiao, who told promoter Bob Arum “let’s do free TV for the fans.”It will also be the first time in a long while he’ll be facing a crowd that is neither cheering for him or split down the middle between the two fighters. Horn will get a majority of love from the crowd, which is expected to surpass the Australian record 38,000 attendance set when Jeff Fenech bowed to Azumah Nelson in 1992 in Melbourne.It could also be a fight that would return Pacquiao to relevance.ADVERTISEMENT Balse enjoys playing with young stars, vows to play better next game MOST READ LATEST STORIES Boxers Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, second left, and Jeff Horn of Australia, second right, pose for a photo in Brisbane, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Horn. AP FILE PHOTO into battle with a hungry young lion before over 50,000 blood-thirsty spectators.They’re calling it the “Battle of Brisbane.” In truth, it is a fight searching for an identity.ADVERTISEMENT The Filipino senator hasn’t knocked out an opponent since 2009 and against an oft-rigid, forward-charging foe, Pacquiao might finally have his chance.“I have my punch back,” Pacquiao told trainer Freddie Roach. It could also be the fight that pulls an underdog into the limelight.Pacquiao has fought 67 times, emerging the victor 59 times, losing six times and drawing twice, with 38 of his victims, including superstars like Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton left sprawled in the ring.The Queenslander Horn, on the other hand, is unscathed in 17 pro fights, knocking out 11 opponents.But he is installed a heavy underdog and very few give the former school teacher a chance against the eight-division champion.The bigger Horn intends to bring the war to Pacquiao from the opening bell of the 12-round tussle that will be beamed to over 30 countries, including the Philippines.Pacquiao would eat up the chance to engage Horn toe-to-toe. After all, this might be the fight that brings a highly lucrative rematch with Floyd Mayweather to the table.Roach, is prodding Pacquiao to go for an early stoppage, win impressively, make boxing fans happy, and lure promoters to offer him more juicy bouts—and none is juicier out there than “Money” Mayweather.Like Roach, Glenn Rushton is convinced the fight won’t go the full route. The self-made millionaire trainer is convinced Horn, if he sticks to his 10-point plan, will be able to stop Pacquiao in the later rounds. Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation LSU title parade draws massive crowds View comments
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, (CMC): Rohan Singh and Tyrone Nelson led the customary Caribbean domination of Wednesday’s mid-week race card at Assiniboia Downs with a pair of wins each. Singh, the 52-year-old Guyana-born reinsman, has now moved his aggregate of wins for the season to 42 opening up a six-win lead on his nearest rival for the jockeys’ title at central Canada’s main racetrack, whose season comes to a close on September 10. Nelson, the 32-year-old Jamaica-born jockey, is in a two-way tie for sixth on 26 wins with Trinidad & Tobago’s Prayven Badrie at the track, where all but two of the jockeys in the top-10 have their roots in Caribbean countries. Singh advanced his claims for top jockey this season when he guided 8-5 second favourite Dance Tizway to a half-length victory in the CAN $8,800 second race contested over 1,100 metres on the dirt track. He got the two-year-old bay filly to take over in the middle of the homestretch and hold on for victory in one minute, nine seconds flat. Singh returned to enhance his claims for champion jockey when he piloted the 8-1 favourite The Spimeister to a 33/4 lengths victory in the CAN $15,000 sixth race, going 1600m on the dirt. He ensured the six-year-old bay gelding was never headed after he took a short lead before getting him to open up, entering the final turn to run away for a winning time of one min, 40 2/5 seconds. Nelson was aboard the 3-1 second choice Dunne’s Dream, which won the CAN $8,700 fourth race contested over 1600m on the dirt. He put the five-year-old bay mare to challenge on the outside into the final turn and drew away in the middle of the stretch to win 2 1/4 lengths clear in a time of 1:43 4/5. Nelson followed up with a 1 1/4 lengths win astride the 9-2 chance Silent Auction in the CAN $8,700 seventh race, going 1100m on the dirt.
A mixed reception greeted the outcome of the super-middleweight bout last Saturday night, at the Alpart Sports Club in St Elizabeth, between promising middleweight boxer Kestna Davis and boxer-comedian Miguel ‘Iron Dawg’ Raye. Their six-round bout was the feature attraction on a six-fight ProAM card, promoted by Creative Sports and I-Fight Promotions in collaboration with the Jamaica Boxing Board, that was dubbed ‘Wray and Nephew Fight Night’. Davis won by unanimous decision, as judges Lindell Allen, 60-54; Ransford Burton, 59-55; and Eion Jardine, 60-50; gave him victory by a wide margin. The antics that came from Raye, his lack of boxing skills and the failure of Davis to end the fight early as he had promised, led to a spirited debate after the fight ended, and there is every indication that it will continue. There were two professional bouts on the card, and in the other six-rounder, the judges had Toriano Nicholas defeating Doran Weir by unanimous decision, 60-54. WAR OF WORDS There was a war of words before the fight, and Davis stated publicly that it would not go the distance. He tried to knock out his opponent, but Raye used fair and foul means to frustrate him. He clinched, chatted, used his head as part of attack, and drew several cautions from referee Peter Richards. In the end, Davis was relieved when the fight ended, and said he had become frustrated by his opponent’s behaviour. He conceded, however, that he had learnt a lot from the fight. “Iron Dawg is very unorthodox and did not give me room to fight. My tactics were also bad, as I should have stayed outside and attack his body. Anyhow, I did not do this and he went six rounds. I learnt a lot, however, and will be better next time around,” he conceded. Raye was not too sure what he would do in the future. “I am not sure if I am going to continue to fight,” he said. “His height and reach gave him the advantage, and I accept the decision of the judges. I am not sure if I am going to continue boxing. I may go into singing,” he confessed. In a very predictable fight, Nicholas easily won every round against Weir, and near the end, some spectators called out the boxers and told them, “You are boring. Fight.” In the amateur section of the programme, Jamaica and Guyana won two bouts each to square their series after four very entertaining and action-packed contests that gave spectators their money’s worth. Jamaica won the first bout when bantamweight Marvin Shea defeated Claremont Gibson on points. Joel Williamson came back aggressively after being floored in the first round to score a second-round technical knockout victory over Jamaica’s Ricardo Carter in a lightweight contest. Colin Lewis had too much speed and punching power for Jamaica’s junior welterweight boxer Patrick Sahadeo, and put his team in the lead 2-1, but middleweight Ian Darby salvaged some pride for Jamaica, by outpunching his rival Desmond Amsterdam for a win on points.
Western Bureau A determined Cedric Titus High team pushed 2015 champions St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) all the way before falling 3-2 in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup at Jarrett Park yesterday. The third seeded STETHS were a bit lacklustre in their overall performance against a team that was drafted as the 30th seed. Coach Omar ‘Rambo’ Wedderburn said his boys gave a relaxed performance that almost cost them. “I think we gave a relaxed performance while the Cedric Titus team came out to play. This result will make Saturday’s game interesting. We have seen what they had to offer today and this will motivate us to play better come Saturday,” said Wedderburn. Coach of Cedric Titus, Delroy Delisser, believes his team has what it takes to overhaul STETHS and added that they have nothing to lose come Saturday. “We gave up two soft goals, but I think we came out in the second half and really gave it a shot. This just shows people out there that Cedric Titus is not just here to participate. We are a team to compete, so we just have to go back, start all over again and prepare ourselves for Saturday,” Delisser said. STETHS started the game in commanding fashion, and Shemar Murray opened the scoring in the 30th minute. Five minutes later, Demani Henderson made it 2-0. Cedric Titus coach Delroy Delisser threw Triston Warren into action after conceding the second goal and this shifted the momentum in their favour. Within a minute, Warren made a brilliant run getting and scored in the 38th minute. Then Demani Henderson scored a minute before half-time, to put STETHS back on a two-goal cushion. Cedric Titus came out for the second half a very composed team and Kyle Marshall pulled a goal back in the 54th minute. Action swung from end to end throughout the second half, but the score remained at 3-2. Yesterday’s results – Oracabessa 1, Glenmuir 2 – Manchester 7, Ewarton 1 – Dinthill 1, Bellefield 1 – St Mary Technical 0, Steer Town 1 – Spot Valley 2, Fair Prospect 2 – Paul Bogle 1, Holmwood 2 – Frome 1, Munro 0 – Morant Bay 1, Cornwall College 4 – Green Island 1, Clarendon College 5
The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has reiterated its selection policy for all players looking to get into its national teams.The federation released a statement yesterday saying that selection of players is the responsibility of the respective national coaches and their technical staff, based on the needs of their respective teams.The statement comes after a furore regarding Bayer Leverkusen player Leon Bailey and his requests made to the body, which he wants granted before he accepts an invitation to represent the senior men’s team.”Players are scouted at the local and international level and depending on the needs of the particular unit, as well as the competencies displayed by the player he or she is extended an invitation,” the JFF said. “The motivation of the Federation is to always have the best players representing the country. The Federation has in place existing policies, code of conduct or contracts for relevant units that guide issues of accommodation, per diem, transportation, match fees, disciplinary matters, etc. This is applied across the board to players and staff. There is no room for special negotiations for individual players.”Equal opportunityBailey had said that he wants the JFF to give equal opportunity to all players for national selection and many have interpreted this to include his adoptive brother Kyle Butler, currently signed to Austrian Division Two side FC Juniors OO.The federation continued in the statement that it has been spending overtime to put in place cohesive units that will result in good performances on the field. However, it added that players invited to its national teams must exhibit undeniable worth to the team.”Although there is still room for improvement, there is no room for special considerations outside the norm or for any special considerations,” it said. “Where there are no contracts for some units, guidelines exist in relation to the same matters listed above. The federation has an open-door policy to any player that, in the assessment of the respective coaching staff, will add undisputed (which the statement stressed) value to the success of the teams.”
Following Jamaica’s impressive display in the just-concluded CONCACAF Under-20 World Cup qualifiers in the United States, head coach Jerome Waite believes that the nation has a special crop of young players and should try to keep the core of the group together for the long term. The young Reggae Boyz went into the tournament without much preparation or expectation, however, they surprised the entire nation and probably themselves when they finished level on 13 points from five games with CONCACAF kingpins, Mexico, at the top of the group. However, Mexico qualified for the second round by virtue of a better goal difference than the Jamaicans, and only group winners advanced. But Waite said they will have the core of that group for the Pan American Games in Peru next year, and he hopes they can continue their transition into the Under-23 Olympic qualifiers. “We have also qualified for the Pan Am Games next year, and that is a good stepping stone for these youngsters. These players are the ones who will play the next Olympic qualifiers, but some of these players will not make it there as well,” he cautioned. “A lot of things were asked by the Mexico players after the game, [including] if the Jamaican team was a professional team. But when they heard that the first time we were assembling was at the tournament, they were pretty shocked. These players are ones for the future,” he continued. Meanwhile, Waite said the players were quick to comprehend his tactics and their roles and functions within the team. “It wasn’t difficult (applying tactics to the team at short notice),” he said. “But it was a work in progress because in the first training session, the most important thing is to spend a little time to ensure the defensive unit understands its roles and function to the game, which it grasped quickly. Then, we spent a little more time with the offence in other training sessions. But it was a good experience working with those players,” he stated. firstname.lastname@example.org QUICK TO COMPREHEND TACTICS
With just two weeks remaining before the highly anticipated Linden Town Week (LTW) 2018, one of the featured events, the beauty pageant, has been cancelled in light of a scandal. Initially, seven delegates were poised to compete and the cancellation has definitely taken a toll on them.The decision to quash the pageant was taken on Wednesday evening by the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LMTC). LTW Project Coordinator Devin Sears told Guyana Times Entertainment that the majority of Councillors voted against the hosting of the pageant.The decision to cancel the pageant came after allegations surfaced of sexual misconduct on a delegate by a popular Linden businessman while the delegate was seeking sponsorship.The incident allegedly took place at the businessman’s home on March 3, 2018. The incident is being investigated by the Police.On Tuesday, former Linden Mayor, Carwyn Holland, called for the pageant to be cancelled following the revelation of sexual exploitation. Holland, who is no stranger to pageantry, is well aware of the consequences of such an allegation and thought it fit to make representation to call off the pageant.He described the incident as disturbing and urged young women in pageantry to lift their heads high as they are ambassadors of the communities they represent.
All roads will lead to the Linden-Mackenzie Bridge on Saturday evening for the second annual Bridge Light-up and Boat Parade. The event is organised by the Linden Youth Leaders and from reports coming out of the mining town, it will be a fun-filled event.The second edition of the event is expected to be more spectacular than the first and will attract a huge crowd. Those who turn up to witness the event will be treated to live performances by reigning Chutney Monarch Brandon Harding.In addition, the Redeemer Band and others will be performing. There will also be lots of activities for the children, but more excitingly, Santa and his helpers will be there to distribute gifts to children who are present. The action starts at 16:30h with nonstop entertainment throughout the evening.The event is sponsored by Linden Chambers of Commerce, Guyana Airways, Banks DIH, the Communities Ministry, Linden Youth Leaders and Linden Youth Group.Admission to the event is free.