netball final todayDefending champions Scotiabank ‘A’ and former champions General Accident, both unbeaten this season, will contest the final of the Business House Open League this evening at Leila Robinson Courts starting at 7:30 p.m.With both teams parading a number of former national players, the match promises to be an exciting and closely contested affair. General Accident, champions in 2013 but opted to take a break from the competition last year, easily disposed of Scotiabank ‘B’ in one semi-final, while Scotia ‘A’ brushed aside GraceKennedy in the other semi-final.Scotia ‘A’ will be banking on top players Nauda Brown (captain), Marsha Murphy-Dawkins, Kameika Sherwood and Sateva Taylor-Brown to carry the fight to their opponents. General Accident, on the other hand, will counter with Nadine Bryan (captain), Margaret Byfield-Lawrence, Samantha Mundle and Sasha-Gaye Lynch.Winston Nevers is the coach for Scotia ‘A’, while former national player and coach Oberon Pitterson-Nattie will guide the General Accident team.The Gleaner vs UWI in BH football actionTwo KSAFA/Western Sports Business House division one matches are scheduled for today.The Gleaner, who are currently in second place with 12 points from six matches, will oppose bottom of the tables UWI at Alpha starting at 4 p.m., while GraceKennedy are up against Norman Manley International Airport at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex, also at 4 p.m.Meanwhile, Scotiabank defeated Transport Authority 6-2 in the Business House KO Football Competition last Saturday at Winchester Park to join Petrojam, Carib Cement, Wisynco, ATL, NWC and Peaking Bottling in the quarter-final round.Kingston Wharves retain BH domino league trophyDefending champions Kingston Wharves retained the Wray & Nephew Trophy when they defeated Campari 108-86 in the Business House division one domino final at the NHT car park recently.The match was pretty close for most of the way with both teams locked at 60-60 early in the second half. However, Kingston Wharves soon asserted their authority to win convincingly.For Campari, it was a disappointing end to a good season. They also contested the KO final only to be beaten by The Gleaner.Kingston Wharves failed in their bid to take the double, having lost in the first round of the KO competition. However, they were unbeaten in the league.Senior, O’Gilvie smash centuries in Milo Cricket LeagueGreater Portmore’s Romaine Senior and Donale O’Gilvie smashed big centuries to highlight the opening round of the Portmore Cricket Association Milo Under-17 Cricket League at Waterford High School grounds last Sunday.Romaine Senior slammed an impressive 154 while O’Gilvie struck 149 not out to pilot their team to a mammoth 368-4 in 30 overs. In reply, Waterford were routed for 58. Daryl Williams took 4-8 and Kishawn Graham 2-9 as Greater Portmore won by a massive 310 runs. At Hamilton Gardens, Portsmouth defeated Hamilton Gardens by 59 runs. Scores: Portsmouth 212 all out. Shava Christie 88 and Sahim Simms 71 not out. Hamilton Gardens 153 all out; Jermone Hamilton 69; Kemani Wilson 23. Alex Hinds (3-18) and Shamar Davis (3-29).The competition was officially opened by member of parliament for East Central St Catherine, Ornaldo Brown, at the newly renovated field at Hamilton Gardens.MP launches domino leagueMember of parliament for South East St Catherine, Colin Fagan, launched the Colin Fagan South East St Catherine Domino League at the Edgewater Community Centre, located on George Lee Boulevard, Portmore, St Catherine last Sunday.Some eights teams are down to compete.In his presentation, MP Fagan commended the teams for their participation and urged them to play with their community in mind as a portion of the prize money will go to the community. The teams are playing for prizes that range from first place $60,000; second $30,000; third $15,000 and fourth $10,000. The competition runs for four months.Cumberland played an All Stars team in a exhibition match to signal the start of the league. Official games will start tomorrow at 1 p.m.Hope & Mercy log 2-0 winHope & Mercy Ministries blanked Lighthouse Assembly 2-0 in the latest round of the Power of Faith Ministries Church Football League at the Passagefort field last Saturday. Jason Williams (40th minute) and Doneque Francis (60th minute) were the scorers. In the second game defending champions, 65 Waltham Park New Testament defeated Faith Temple Pentecostal 3-0 with goals by Avon Wright (22 minute), Cordell Perkins (14th), and Shaquille Weir (50th). In the third game of the triple-header, Power of Faith clipped Greater Portmore Open Bible 2-1 with goals from Jason Gregory (16th), and Jerondy Henry (26th minute) while Shamir Rall (76th minute) scored for Greater Portmore. Today’s games: 1:30 p.m. Faith Temple Penetcostal vs Hope & Mercy Ministries and at 3:20 pm Light House Assembly vs 65 Waltham Road NT.PFM ‘B’ wins, gains semi-final spotPower of Faith ‘B’ clinched the final semi-final spot after a commanding 20-9 victory over Elim Open Bible in the final preliminary match at the PFM Sports Complex, 10c Dawkins Drive, in the PFM Church Netball League last Saturday.PFM ‘B’ will today take on their sister team PFM ‘A’ at 10 a.m.; while at 10:55 a.m. it’s Faith Temple New Testament vs Equator Faith Mission. Both games will be played at the venue above.St Catherine FA U-20 Football LeaguePortmore United, clipped Newland 2-1 to maintain their lead in Zone B of the St Catherine FA Under-20 Football League recently.Portmore United have 12 points from five games, two points ahead of second place Federal United. In other games Old Harbour Bay United blanked Albion 3-0; Royal Lakes outscored Naggo Head 3-2.In Zone A New Raiders surprised leaders Rivoli United (nine points) 2-1; Frazers Whip edged Portsmouth 1-0 and Christian Pen beat Police Youth Club 2-1.Clarendon, St Catherine win South Central Confed youth titlesClarendon and St Catherine have emerged winners of the South Central Confed Youth Leagues. The competitions have been sponsored by Juici Patties for the past 29 years.Clarendon won the Under-13 while the Under-15 title went to St Catherine. Clarendon completed their dominance of the Under-13 competition with a spanking 3-0 win over St Elizabeth. They were already confirmed champions from the previous round and their final tally of 14 points was six higher than second placed St Catherine.St Catherine’s win in the Under-15 competition was even more overwhelming as they ended the competition on 16 points. The nearest challengers were outgoing champions Manchester who mined seven points. St Catherine ended their campaign with a 1-0 win over Manchester at Kirkvine.Mandeville-based shooters for Jamaica CupAs many as ten pro shooters from the Mandeville-based Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC) will journey this morning to the Jamaica Rifle Association (JRA) headquarters on Mountain View Avenue in Kingston to participate in the Jamaica Cup.The pistol tournament is considered an early qualifier to the next International World Shoot and will field international competitors as well as the best local shooters. The tournament will take the form of a two-day challenge comprising sixteen stages approved by the world body for International Practical Shooting. Eight stages will be hosted today at the JRA and another eight will be completed tomorrow at the Woodleigh Range in Clarendon.Heading Manchester’s charge will be Orville Henriques who was the top-ranked local based on performances at challenge and club matches at the JRA and the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club. Henriques, however, has since lost to compatriots Andy Yapp and Ronald Brown Jr in two international matches hosted in the United States. Hence, this weekend’s match should go a far in determining who is best.Other fancied Mandeville-based shooters should be Owen Campbell, Evon Grant, Ellsworth Dixon and Thomas Jones.Jamalco win Juici Patties Senior LeagueJamalco once again showcased their dominance of Central Jamaica and Clarendon Netball Association leagues brushing aside Hayes Contenders 54-36 in the Juici Patties Senior League final at Clarendon Park last Sunday.Hayes’ 45-43 win over Jamalco in the preliminaries had opened expectations of a tight battle. However, veteran shooter Elaine Davis settled Jamalco early with near 100 per cent accuracy and the contest never materialised. In the hour-long game, Jamalco led 16-10, 30-18 and by the third quarter when Davis rested to give younger shooters a go, the scoreline was an unassailable 45-26.Jamalco’s latest championship win at the parish level, was their 23rd in 26 seasons. It was also their ninth consecutive one since losing to Windalco ten years ago. Windalco has since been rebranded Cable Pro. The latter finished fourth after losing 36-13 to Nemac Transport.While Davis’s goal-shooting success laid the platform, the major kudos went to the performance of Kameka Sherwood as goalkeeper. Sherwood, a former St Hugh’s High star, was later voted MVP of the finals.Zones take shape in Jamalco Football LeagueAll four preliminary zones of the Clarendon-based Jamalco Football League are taking shape. Mocho who completed a 5-0 demolition of Juventus last week, have already qualified from Zone One with six points from two games. With just one game to be completed, the trio of Raymonds (three points), Juventus (two) and Railroad (two) will decide who emerges as the second qualifiers.Invincible and Wembley lead the charge in Zone Two with four points each after two games. Savannah are next with three points but only have one remaining encounter. Two other teams, Top Halse Hall and Harmons, have only one point each but they have two matches in hand.New Bowens are clear leaders in Zone Three and are unbeaten with six points from two games. Next are Top Hill with three points but they have only completed one of their three scheduled games. Napoli who won their midweek encounter 2-0 against Hunts Pen, are already sure of qualification from Zone Four having mined six points from two games. Port who are on four points, can still advance if they avoid defeat in their final game.Two matches will be hosted today at Wembley Excellence Centre. Savannah will be up against Invincible at 2 p.m. while Top Hill play Sunset at 4 p.m. Tomorrow’s two games will be hosted at Harmons. Top Halse Hall will play the Harmons at 2 p.m. while the final game sees South Manchester battling Hunts Pen.Knox to host Scotia ‘A’ General Accident in BH pre-daCosta Cup tournamentThe second staging of the Knox Football Tournament will be over two days starting Thursday, July 30 at Brook’s Park in Mandeville, Manchester.The tournament is the brainchild of Courtney Jackson, coach of the Knox College daCosta Cup team. Jackson has had success at the schoolboy level having coached Edwin Allen to the semi-finals and Spaldings High to the finals in 2007. The tournament caters for schools preparing for the upcoming daCosta and Manning Cups schoolboys football season. The six confirmed participating teams are Wolmer’s Boys, Holy Trinity, Glenmuir, St James High, Edwin Allen and hosts Knox. Glenmuir won the inaugural tournament last year.The teams will be competing for the Clifton “Dove” Williams trophy. Cash awards will be given to the top three teams while individual awards will be presented to the most valuable player, best midfielder, best defender, top goalscorer and most outstanding goalkeeper.
Two football kicks off tomorrowThe Portmore Football League (PFL) will kick off its 2015-16 football season with a uniform parade and opening matches in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two at Cedar Grove playing field, tomorrow, beginning at 12 noon.There will be a uniform parade of all eight teams and a meet-and-greet session with officials of the PFL and sponsors.At 1:00 p.m., Braeton FC tackle Cumberland. In the feature, at 3:00 p.m., Cedar Grove and Edgewater will lock horns in what is expected to be a keen battle.Last year’s champions, Hellshire United, have been promoted to the St Catherine Division One competition.GC Foster, Federal BH basketball titlesThe curtain came down on the Business House Basketball Association three-on-three competition with National Housing Trust (NHT) and Courts capturing the division one and two titles, respectively.On Wednesday, at the Stadium Courts, NHT dethroned defending champions Grace Canning, 3-2, in the best-of-five finals, winning the deciding game, 42-34, in what was a closely contested series.On Monday, Courts defeated Sagicor, 37-25, in game four to capture the division two title, 3-1.Lamey leads Scotia to Ninth Interbank titleTwo goals from former national player, Kevin Lamey, led defending champions ScotiaBank to a 3-2 win over National Commercial Bank (NCB) in the Western Sports/JNBS Norman Goodison Interbank football league final at Winchester Park last Sunday. Scotiabank were winning the title for the ninth consecutive year.Lamey opened the scoring in the 10th minute, but Sheldon Maragh found the equaliser for NCB in the 21st minute. Lamey then made it 2-1 on the stroke of half-time.Donovan Hibbert scored from 30 metres out to make it 3-1 midway the second half. Andre Messam pulled back a goal for NCB in the 79th minute.Scotia played tough defence to hold NCB at bay in the closing stages. Independence City United clashGC Foster and Federal United will look to secure their second win in as many matches as the teams go head-to-head at GC Foster College, in the St Catherine Major League football competition, this afternoon, at 3:00 p.m.In another game today, Portsmouth oppose Tru-Juice at Portsmouth Primary School.In matches played recently, Federal United blanked Frasziers Whip 3-0, GC Foster beat Newland 3-1, Dela Vega City tagged Portsmouth 2-0, Old Harbour Bay clipped Royal Lakes 2-1, Tru-Juice edged Dunbeholden 1-0, Christian Pen and New Raiders drew 0-0.NHT, Courts capture shock champs in INSPORTS/Chubby footballIndependence City Primary carved out a shock 1-0 win over defending champions Portsmouth in the feature match of a double-header on the opening day of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Chubby Portmore Primary Football League at Portsmouth Primary on Tuesday. Shevaughn Haynes scored the all-important goal for Independence City in the 52nd minute.In the opening game at the venue, Bridgeport came from behind to draw 2-2 against Waterford. Jevin Parkinson (ninth) and Rocede Rose (11th) gave Waterford an early 2-0 lead, but strikes by Omarie Thompson (48th) and Jaheim McLeod (52nd) gave Bridgeport a share of the points.More than $300,000 of combined investment from sponsor Jamaica Beverages and chief organiser the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)has been pumped into this year’s competition.The competition is slated to culminate on December 4. Twelve teams, 240, players have been registered.Jermaine Bibbons, brand manager, Jamaica Beverage, said the programme is ideal for its brand but also encouraged the participants to make full use of opportunities the competition provides.”For Chubby, we are about fun, magic, and potential, and that’s what we want you to enjoy during this competition,” said Bibbons. “It is also very important to listen to your coaches, your teachers, and parents. You must fight hard to win but play fair. It’s not all about winning because if you lose, it’s not the end of the road.”Commending Jamaica Beverages for their support, Institute of Sports’ media-relations officer Andrew Hancel said it is also important that players take a balanced approach towards the sport and academics.”It is important to grab this opportunity because football can make you into millionaires, but academics is key,” said Hancel. “Too often I’ve seen players like you with immense potential get left behind because they didn’t see the importance of a good education.”With education, a player is able to connect the other important factors required to play at a higher level, and remember, there is always life after football,” he emphasised.The competition continues on Tuesday. Kensington Primary won the dress parade. Jamaica Beverages, through its Chubby drink, is the main sponsors of the league.Portsmouth make winning start in INSPORTS netballPortsmouth made an impressive start in defence of their title as they rushed past Waterford 14-3 in a lopsided game in the second match of a double-header, as the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Portmore Primary Netball League commenced with opening games and a dress parade at the Kensington Primary School on Thursday. Portsmouth Primary won the dress parade.Portsmouth jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead after the first quarter and consolidated at 8-2 by half-time, then cruised through the rest of the game. Trishana Gray (10 goals) and Shakera Baker (four goals) led the victors’ scoring. Jamalia Haynes scored all three goals for Waterford.In the opening match, home team Kensington Primary defeated Belmont Park 6-1. Hanna-K Hobbs (four goals) and Nachrista Spencer (two goals) scored for Kensington. The competition continues on Wednesday.Passagefort face Waterford in SE St Catherine dominoDefending champions and top-ranked Passagefort United will put their title on the line tomorrow in a do-or-die semi-final contest against arch-rivals Waterford in the South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League, sponsored by Member of Parliament, Colin Fagan, at Garveymeade Sports Club.In another semi-final clash, number two ranked Westmeade Rising Stars will square off against nemeses Ken’s Wildflower at Myrtle Way, Old Passagefort. Ken’s Wildflower were soundly beaten by Westmeade, 250-214, in the final preliminary round match, so the rematch is expected to be a real tussle. Both games will begin at 1 p.m.Spit Fyah, Giants in End-of-round domino finalSurprise team Giants will battle favourites Spit Fyah in the Jamaica Domino Council Association (JDCA) League at the association’s home, Melbourne Cricket Club, Courtney Walsh Drive, tomorrow, starting at noon.Both Spit Fyah, which won the mid-season final against veteran club Caribbean Classic, and Giants, ended the round on 32 points apiece.Meanwhile, Spit Fyah (57 points) once again defeated second-place Caribbean Classic (53 points), 300-295. Third-place Giants (50 points) cut down Small Axe, 300-228. The quarter-finals of the league will be played on Sunday, November 15.Portmore Division
PERTH, Australia (AP):Serena Williams withdrew from the Hopman Cup yesterday because of inflammation in her left knee, a setback in her preparations for the Australian Open.Williams has been replaced by Vicky Duval in the US team for the last Group A match against the Czech Republic today. Williams withdrew ahead of her season-opening match against Ukraine on Monday, with Duval filling in for her and retired in the second set against Australia’s Jarmila Wolfe on Tuesday.Hopman Cup organisers confirmed Williams’ withdrawal yesterday. The US team is 0-2 and cannot reach the final of the international mixed team competition at Perth Arena.Williams, who won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon and got within two victories of a season Grand Slam in 2015 before losing in the US Open semi-finals, had initially been confident of returning to action in Perth.”It’s not even a bump – just a really minor thing in the road and I’ll fly over it,” Williams said after retiring against Wolfe. “I just have some inflammation that’s been going away very slowly – it’s going away but it needs a little more time.”Mainly I was afraid to move and I need to get in the space where I’m not afraid to move. Maybe a day off or two will really make the world of difference.”Williams is expected to travel to Melbourne to continue preparations for the Australian Open, which begins on January 18.- AP
KNEE CANCER Having had his left leg amputated due to life-threatening bone cancer, former outstanding Holy Trinity High School footballer Jordan Foote is locked in a race for his life, with doctors working to prevent the cancer from taking over his body. Foote’s Manning Cup coach Devon Anderson has revealed that the youngster has had to put his request for a prosthetic leg on hold, to instead focus on surviving the cancer affecting his lungs. Foote is admitted to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Anderson, who admitted to sharing a fatherly relationship with the player, wants the public to keep him in their prayers as he seeks to recuperate. “They are seeing signs of improvement with the hole in his lungs healing back because of medications. “In terms of getting a prosthetic leg, it has to be on hold for now, after this last X-ray, we will know where we go from here,” said Anderson. “They are trying to patch the part of the lungs that is leaking liquid, and draining off the water from his chest. He is deteriorating due to the cancer,” Anderson continued. Foote helped his former school to the inaugural Flow Super Cup final, but was ruled out of last season’s Manning Cup competition due to cancer in his knee. He has since had his left leg amputated. He had to leave school prematurely after being sent home to recuperate with his family. Anderson, who has maintained a close relationship with Foote said the youngster remains upbeat despite the challenges. “Jordan is the type of person who is motivated, success driven and as an athlete, always wants to win and cries when he loses. He is a hardworking youth” Anderson said. Anderson, who works closely alongside Foote’s mother, Nadine Sutherland, added: “We just have to hope for the best but expect the worst, and know if the inevitable comes, it comes, but I hope it doesn’t come for now.”
AUGUSTA, Georgia (AP):Danny Willett in a green jacket was hard to believe, considering he wasn’t even sure he could play the Masters two weeks ago.No one was more stunned than Jordan Spieth.Nine holes away from another wire-to-wire victory, the defending Masters champion threw it away yesterday with a collapse that was shocking even by Augusta National standards. With a five-shot lead heading to the 10th tee, he dropped six shots in three holes and could never catch up.”It was a really tough 30 minutes for me that, hopefully, I never experience again,” Spieth said.Willett always had Sunday, April 10, circled on his calendar – the due date of his first child. He wasn’t planning to be at Augusta National until his wife gave birth to their son, Zachariah James, on March 30, and sent the 28-year-old Englishman on an improbable path to becoming a major champion.It was a comeback that ranks among the most surprising at the Masters.Five shots behind with six holes to play, Willett birdied three of his last six holes to polish off a round that might not get its due because of the unforgettable images of Spieth’s meltdown. Willett closed with a five-under 67, with no bogeys on his card, to match the best score of the weekend.He won by three shots at five-under 283, the highest winning score at the Masters in nine years.Top finishers: 1. Danny Willett (England) -5, 2. Lee Westwood (England) -2, 2. Jordan Spieth (US) -2, 4. Paul Casey (England) -1, 4. John Holmes (US) -1 and 4. Dustin Johnson (US)-1.
Manchester City’s boss Pep Guardiola has hailed his Tottenham counterpart Mauricio Pochettino as one of the best managers in the world ahead of his team’s Premier League trip to White Hart Lane tomorrow.”I don’t think he (Pochettino) is one of the best managers in England – I think he is one of the best in the world,” said Guardiola of the man who led Espanyol to a win over his then unbeaten Barcelona team at the Nou Camp in 2009.”I enjoy watching Tottenham play now, and since last year, he has been doing an amazing job.”The way they play, he is so aggressive and he has a lot of quality players and the basis of the national team in (Eric) Dier, (Dele) Alli and Harry Kane.”If I was a fan or a young person wanting to become a coach, I would see Tottenham and say ‘I really want to play that way’.”Guardiola added: “When he (Pochettino) arrived at Espanyol from his first game, he was so aggressive and high-pressing and many more things, and the way Mauricio plays is quite similar. The difference now, of course, is the quality of the individual players – they are all so good.”City, who are perfect in the league-winning all of their six games to date, will be looking to get back to winning ways against second-place Tottenham after a midweek draw at Celtic in the Champions League.They will have to do it without Kevin De Bruyne and Vincent Kompany, who are still absent with hamstring and groin issues, respectively.SCOUT REPORT:TottenhamAttacking down the wins – StrongCreating long shot opportunities – StrongCreating scoring chances – StrongDefending set pieces – StrongAerial duels – StrongProtecting the lead – StrongManchester CityShooting from direct free kicks – Very StrongFinishing scoring chances – Very StrongCounter attacks – Very StrongCreating chances using through balls – Very StrongDefending set pieces – Very StrongCreating chances through individual skill – StrongAttacking down the wing – StrongCreating scoring chances – Strong
Undefeated Kingston CC will seek to extend their successful season so far when they take on Kensington CC in semi-final action of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) All-Island 50 Overs Tournament.To be contested at Kensington Park, the match-up is expected to be close. The other semi-final will be between defending champions St Catherine CC and Melbourne CC at Chedwin Park.”We have been playing some very good cricket from the start of the season, and we are looking to continue,” said top Kingston left-arm spin bowler, Paul Harrison.”Kensington are a very good team, but we are, too, and once we play our best game, I and confident that we can win.”COMFORTABLE WINKingston, who topped their preliminary round group, advanced to the semi-finals following a comfortable win over St Thomas in the semi-finals.That victory was spearheaded by a six-wicket haul from West Indies Under-19 all-rounder Odean Smith, who along with Harrison, fellow spinner Patrick Harty represent their best bowlers thus far.Captain Garth Garvey, in-form opener Aaron Johnson and Kirk Harris has been their standard-bearers in the batting department.Kensington, in the meantime, will look to veteran David Bernard Jr, Horace Miller and leg-spin all-rounder Akeeem Dewar to lead their batting alongside former Jamaica Under-19 representatives, Delbert Gayle and Leroy Lugg.Fast bowlers Jason Dawes and Nicholson Gordon, Bernard Jr and Dewar will lead their bowling.”It’s gong to be a tough game as it is a match up between two top tier teams,” expressed Kensington vice-captain, Ryan Francis.Kensington defeated Westmoreland in their quarter-final.
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Don’t count the Arellano Chiefs out just yet.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody View comments How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 The Chiefs shot 50 percent from the field as five other players posted double digit outputs, including Zach Nicholls and Lervin Flores, who chipped in 13 points and 12 points, respectively.“We expected this performance from Kent (Salado) because he’s really matured,” said Codiñera, whose team took an early double-digit lead and never looked back. “We had a good start and the support group also responded.”The win gave the Chiefs a lifeline in the race for the two remaining Final Four spots. As it stands, Jose Rizal holds pole position with a 9-7 record with Letran (8-7) and San Sebastian (7-7) also in the running.While Codiñera knows their fate is no longer in their hands, the Arellano coach is hopeful the other teams slip.“We just have to win our remaining games and hope for the best,” he said. “If we end up with nine (wins), we might finish third especially with the win over the other rule. I think we have a good chance with the quotient system.”ADVERTISEMENT Later, Mapua notched its second straight win at the expense of Perpetual Help, 76-71.Andoy Estrella picked up 22 points including nine in the final period while Christian Buñag added 16 points as the Cardinals improved to 3-12. The Blazers dropped to last place with a 3-13 card.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Import invasion: Top-notch reinforcements add spice to Grand Prix tournament MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Kent Salado stood at the forefront of Arellano’s charge as the Chiefs continued their late assault at a Final Four berth with a 95-65 whipping of also-ran St. Benilde last Thursday in NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Salado scattered 16 points and dished out 11 assists as the Chiefs rolled to their sixth win in 15 games, pulling level with Emilio Aguinaldo College at sixth spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIt was the biggest win of the season yet for the Chiefs who, for most of the season, have been a shadow of the team that reached the Final Four the past three years.“It’s a very important (win) and I can’t exaggerate it because actually all our remaining games are important,” said Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera. “If we were able to do this in the first round, I think we would have a better chance. But nonetheless, this win gives us hope.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
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PBA IMAGESAll the UP standout needed was a chance, and when he was given one, he truly made the most of it.Manuel brandished his full talent in the two-day combine, showcasing his elite playmaking ability as well as his deadly offensive game alongside higher touted peers.Though he’s still confessedly a level below to the Kiefer Ravenas and Jeron Tengs of this batch, the 6-foot-2 guard remains as a decent selection, a dark horse perhaps, for any team looking for a shot of youth in the backcourt.Louie Vigil. PBA IMAGES(4) Louie Vigil – Guard (6-3, 26 years old, UST)If there’s one guy who truly made the most of the combine, it’s definitely Louie Vigil.Surprising scouts with his improved all-around game, the UST stud was a threat from all over the floor as he made his teammates look better in the mini-tournament.It remains to be seen, though, if his impressive outing will be enough to get him picked in the draft.Julian Sargent. PBA IMAGES(5) Julian Sargent – Forward (6-3, 26 years old, La Salle)Scouts and coaches may look at the stats, but the numbers do not perfectly elaborate how good Julian Sargent’s game was.The Fil-Am forward was Mr. Intangibles in the two-day event as he did all the dirty work on defense for his teams. But make no mistake, the La Sallian is still a threat on the offensive end, and with his improved conditioning, it shouldn’t come as a shock that teams are intrigued with what Sargent could do for their teams.(6) Jon Gabriel – Center (6-6, 24 years old, Colegio de San Lorenzo)Jon Gabriel. PBA IMAGESTalk about coming out of nowhere.Jon Gabriel tested his talents alongside famed counterparts and boy, did he deliver.Showing that he could compete with not only the best of NAASCU, but his fellow amateurs as well, the Colegio de San Lorenzo bruiser turned a lot of heads with his solid play down low, which could be pivotal as he eyes to shoot up the draft boards come Sunday.(7) Ervin Grospe – Forward (6-4, 23 years old, JRU)Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netComing off a confidence-boosting campaign in JRU, Ervin Grospe may just have picked the right time to make the jump.At 6-foot-4, the Bulacan native is still seen as undersized at his position, but it’s his grit that’s making him shine among his fellow big men, and if there are teams willing to gamble for hard-nosed players like Grospe, they may just have found their man. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson But it didn’t stop the other aspirants from making a case for themselves in the hopes of getting picked come Sunday.Here’s seven names who we feel made the most of the combine and shot themselves up in the draft board.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(1) Robbie Herndon – Guard (6-3, 24 years old, San Francisco State)Robbie Herndon. PBA IMAGESThe Fil-Am scorer made a solid case for himself in the combine, thriving alongside fellow bluechip recruits and showed his potential as a solid contributor for any team that picks him. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Herndon’s outburst was no surprise for fans who have seen him play in the PBA D-League, but more than his offense, it was his playmaking and defense which shone the most which may just be enough to boost for his candidacy in the draft on Sunday.(2) Lervin Flores – Center (6-5, 25 years old, Arellano)Lervin Flores. PBA IMAGESIn a field that doesn’t have much ceiling as compared to the batches prior, the Arellano center’s solid play stood out the most.Flores’ defensive showing is a sight to behold, and although there are still quirks on his game that he needs to improve on, his effort make up for those deficiencies as he is seen to fare well once he makes it to the pros.(3) Jett Manuel – Guard (6-2, 25 years old, UP)ADVERTISEMENT Less than a week before the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, 43 of the 44 applicants were given a chance to make last ditch efforts to impress scouts and coaches in the two-day 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine.As expected, cream always rises to the top and top-flight aspirants were able to standout from their peers.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Eric Menk wants PBA Draft abolished: ‘System is broke’ LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next