Dacres makes discus history … again

first_imgLast week, Fedrick Dacres won Jamaica’s first ever Pan-American Games gold medal in the discus throw. His coach, Julian Robinson, says Dacres, who is also Jamaica’s first World Youth and World Junior discus winner, has been through a lot to earn his latest success. The lanky thrower came close to his coach’s distancetarget at the Games in Toronto and is building towards next month’s World Championships.Referring to injuries Dacres has suffered in the last fewseasons, Robinson said, “To see him come and win now, it really warms my heart, and I was happy for him because he has had disappointments.”The gold medal in Toronto came with a winning throw measured at 64.80 metres. That was just short of the 65 metres mark Robinson thinks is required of throwers who seek World Championships medals.mid-season injury”At the World Championships, you’re going to have a qualifying round, and typically, people who advance to the top 12 will have to throw in the region of 65m,” he postulated.”I reason that for him to get a medal he will need to produce at least two 65 metres throws,” he said.Dacres produced two 64m efforts in Toronto, his winning throw and another effort of 64.40m. Prior to a mid-season biceps injury, Dacres produced throws measured at 66.40m and 66.30m. Since his return tocompetition, he took top spot in last month’s National Senior Championships.He will continue to build strength, power and technique as the World Championships approach.”I think that in the 30-odd days that remain, we can do some more work so that we’re in a better position going into the World Championships,” said coach Robinson.Robinson had high praise for Odayne Richards, who won Jamaica’s first Pan-Am gold in the shot with a national and Games record of 21.69m. The success of both throwers led the coach to make a recommendation to his colleagues.”Our human resource is such that we can produce jumpers, sprinters, throwers and middle distance people,” he essayed, “and I would hope that our coaches would not limit the young talent to sprinting alone but would consider other disciplines.”last_img read more

History and development of major sporting events

first_imgCommon wealth Games The Commonwealth Games were first held in Hamilton, Canada. It was borne from an idea in 1891, that the Games would be a good way to bring the countries of the British Empire together in a friendly competition. Thus it is also known as the ‘Friendly Games’. The Games are held every four years in between the Summer Olympics and include some sports that are mainly played in Commonwealth countries such as netball and rugby. CARIFTA Games In 1972, Austin Sealy, then president of the Amateur Athletic Association of Barbados, inaugurated the CARIFTA Games to mark the transition from the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CARIFTA was meant to enhance relations between the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean after the dissolution of the West Indies Federation, but the CARIFTA Games took that idea a step further, including the French and Dutch Antilles in an annual junior field championship meet. The meet is held yearly and normally runs over three days during the Easter period and includes over 150 separate events. The Games has two age categories for boys and girls: under-17 and under-20. Pan American Games The Pan American Games (also known colloquially as the Pan Am Games) is a major sporting event in the Americas featuring summer sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The competition is held among athletes from nations of the Americas. The first Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires in 1951. This is held every four years, before the Summer Olympic Games and is open to all countries in the Americas whose Olympic Committee is recognised by the Pan Americas Sport Association (PASO). This currently includes 42 nations from North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. PASO is responsible for choosing the host city for each Pan American Games and the program, consisting of the sports to be contested at the Games, is determined by PASO. Paralympics The Paralympics is a major international multi-sport event, involving athletes with a range of physical disabilities, including impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency, leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis, vision impairment and intellectual impairment. There are Winter and Summer Paralympic Games, which since the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, are held almost immediately following the respective Olympic Games. All Paralympic Games are governed by the International Paralympic Committee. This competition was borne from the idea of Dr. Ludwig Guttmann, who first organised wheelchair games at stoke Mandeville Hospital in England for injured veterans of the Second World War. The games were intended to help rehabilitate the disabled soldiers. Special Olympics The Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organisation for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and provides opportunities for them to train and take part in Olympic-styled events. The Special Olympics was founded in the 1950’s as a summer camp by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who felt that intellectually disabled people were treated unfairly. Special Olympics World Games are held every two years. The most recent World Summer Games were the Special Olympics World Summer Games, held in Los Angeles, California from July 25, 2015 to August 2, 2015 and the most recent Special Olympics World Winter Games were held in Pyeongchang, South Korea from January 29 to February 5, 2013. World Cup The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men’s of the members of Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sports’ global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champions are Germany, who won their fourth title at the tournament in Brazil. The current format of the competition involves a qualification phase – which currently takes place over the preceding three years – to determine which teams qualify for the tournament phase, which is often called the World Cup Finals. A total of 32 teams, including the automatically qualifying host nation(s) and defending champions, compete in the tournament phase for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about a month.last_img read more

Taylor-made! – Calabar star rewrites record books again

first_img With Tyreke Wilson missing due to injury, his Calabar teammate Dejour Russell seems to have little to be worried about where the Class Two Boys 100m gold medal is concerned. Russell followed Wilson to the line in a Calabar one-two at last year’s championships, but he is expected to boss the event this time around. He was certainly commanding in winning his heat yesterday afternoon, stopping the clock at 11.49 with little effort. He was still making his way back to the Stadium East area when Munro College’s AndrÈ Edwards posted 10.95 to win his heat and perhaps give the Calabar man something to think about, with JC’s Chislon Gordon, 11.06, and Gary Gordon (St Jago), 11.28, also advancing impressively. Top-billed Jamaica College (JC) pair of defending Class One triple jump champion, O’Brien Wasome, who already won gold in the Class One Boys’ long jump on Wednesday, and record holder Clayton Brown will take their rivalry into today’s final after both booked safe passage from yesterday’s preliminary round. Wasome won his section with a 14.61m effort ahead of Calabar man Javier Lowe, 14.38m, and Old Harbour’s Ryan Brown, 14.15m. Brown was third in his section with a mark of 14.47m, but there is a lot more in the tank. Jordan Scott (Campion), 15.04m, led all qualifiers, with Calabar’s Gabriel Allen, 14.49m, also doing well to qualify. St Jago’s Keenan Lawrence is the form athlete in the Class Two Boys’ 1500m, with many expecting him to seriously test Kemoy Campbell’s record of 3:58.06 set in 2007 He was comfortable in qualifying for the final, winning his heat in 4:12.98 ahead of Calabar’s Kimar Farquharson, who posted 4:13.40 for second place. St Elizabeth Technical’s Dwight Mason was, however, the fastest among the qualifiers, stopping the clock at 4:12.89. The Class One equivalent saw Rusea’s athlete Akeem Colley, who won his heat in a season’s best 4:05.40, registering the quickest time going into the final, with gold-medal favourite and defending champion Shevan Parkes finishing second in a time of 4:06.01. Samara Spencer of Hydel High leads all qualifiers into tomorrow’s final of the Class One long jump – set for 4:53 p.m. – after registering a huge season best of 6.04 metres during yesterday’s prelims. Excelsior will seek to continue their fine showing at this year’s championships in the Class Four high jump final as their duo of Shantae Foreman and Daniel Harris both cleared 1.55m, with gold-medal favourite Foreman doing so on her first attempt. Amelia Davis of Wolmer’s Girl led six others who cleared 1.50m. Calabar will have to work deep into Saturday night if they are to retain their title, but they certainly have the tools to do so. “I am not perturbed. We still have enough depth to go on and win,” said Calabar’s head coach Michael Clarke. Taylor, who already helped himself to the 400m record on Tuesday, was clearly not satisfied as he powered through the line in his Class Two Boys’ 200m semi-final, stopping the clock at 20.80, which betters another Calabar man – Ramone McKenzie’s 20.89 run in 2007. His schoolmate, Dejour Russell, followed up that run with an impressive one of his own, clocking 21.08 to win his semi-final, knowing very well that the defending champions will be banking heavily on maximising points in this event in tomorrow’s final. Herbert Morrison scored an unlikely one-two in the Boys’ Class Three high jump final, pushing with gold-medal winner Antonio Hanson and his teammate, Javeir Hall, both clearing 1.85m, in the process pushing pre-Champs favourite Lamar Reid (Calabar), 1.75m into third place. Edwin Allen High’s Janique Burgher won the Class Three girl’s high jump event after clearing 1.70m ahead of Shauntia Davidson (Hydel), 1.65m, and Excelsior’s Kaliah Jones, who also cleared 1.65m. In a closely contested girls Class Four long jump final, St Jago’ Dayshanae Hall took home the gold with a 5.17m leap, finishing ahead of Edwin Allen’s Paula-Ann Chambers, 5.14m, and Excelsior’s Samoya Neil, 5.13m. Petersfield’s Sanjae Lawrence took gold in the Class One Boys’ discus event with a 53.90m heave to get the better of Excelsior’s Phillip Barnett, 53.78m, and Calabar’s Warren Barrett, who would have been disappointed with his 52.88m bronze-medal mark. The Boys’ Class Two shot put title was won by Petersfield’s Daniel Cope, with a distance of 16.81m. Second place went to Meadowbrook’s Cobe Graham, 16.22m, with another Petersfield athlete, Courtney Lawrence, 15.62m, taking third. Michael Campbell (JC), who clocked 10.83, and Jhevaughn Matherson (KC), 10.95, both dipped below 11 seconds despite a strong headwind in the Class One Boys’ 100m, with other podium contenders Raheem Chambers (St Jago), 11.02, and Nigel Ellis (St Elizabeth), 11.04, also looking comfortable in qualifying to today’s semi-finals. CLASS TWO’S DEJOUR RUSSELL RETAIN TITLE Kingston College (KC) continue to go about their business in a workmanlike manner; Calabar High had another so-so day; Christopher Taylor is at it again; and the Edwin Allen machine is cranking into high gear. The ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships had its fair share of high points yesterday, and with today’s penultimate day of competition promising major excitement with the 100m finals and key hurdles and field events battles, it’s the KC faithful who are happiest at this stage. The boys from North Street lead the way with 37 points, with Jamaica College (JC) keeping them company with 33.5. Petersfield High’s team has impressed all week and they are currently third on 28 points, with St Jago as next best on 24, and defending champions Calabar in fifth with 23.5 points. Edwin Allen have been hitting the right keys so far, hardly putting a foot wrong since the opening day of competition. They are on course to defend their Girls’ title with 47 points after six events, 14 ahead of Hydel, with Excelsior in third place on 26 points. Holmwood (24) and St Jago (23) round out the top five.last_img read more

Arsenal join City at top of EPL

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Welcome to the Premier League, Bob Bradley. The first American coach in the 24-year history of the Premier League got a taste of the frantic nature of England’s top division in his debut match in charge of Swansea, a 3-2 loss at Arsenal yesterday.Lots of goals, a red card, momentum swings, a nerve-wracking finish. It was some first game for Bradley, but ultimately, a sixth loss in the last seven league games for Swansea and a reminder of the scale of the task facing the much-travelled 58-year-old coach.”That was an exciting game,” Bradley said, “but it didn’t finish the way we wanted.”Defensive mistakes by Swansea allowed Theo Walcott to score twice and put Arsenal 2-0 ahead by half-time at Emirates Stadium. Bradley’s new team showed spirit to fight back against the league’s most in-form team, with Gylfi Sigurdsson making it 2-1 and Borja Baston setting up a tense ending with a 66th-minute goal to make it 3-2.In the end, Mesut Ozil’s stunning volley in the 57th minute was the difference between the two teams, earning Arsenal a sixth straight win that left them tied on 19 points with first-place Manchester City after eight games.Arsenal finished with 10 men after midfielder Granit Xhaka’s 70th-minute red card.City stayed in top spot despite a 1-1 draw at home to Everton. Tottenham missed the chance to take over in first place after also drawing 1-1 at West Brom.MAN CITY 1 EVERTON 1After starting his City tenure with 10 straight wins, Pep Guardiola has now gone three matches without a victory after this draw at Etihad Stadium. City will wonder, though, how they failed to beat Everton.City had two penalties saved – by Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero either side of half-time – and needed a 72nd-minute goal by substitute Nolito to earn a point from a game they dominated.Everton went ahead in the 64th through Romelu Lukaku, his sixth goal in the last five league games.WEST BROM 1 TOTTENHAM 1With City drawing, Spurs could have gone top with a fifth straight league win, but needed an 89th-minute goal by Dele Alli to claim a point at The Hawthorns and preserve their undefeated record.Nacer Chadli put West Brom ahead in the 82nd minute with his fourth goal in five games since moving from Tottenham for a club-record transfer fee.Alli finally broke the resistance of West Brom and its impressive goalkeeper Ben Foster when he turned home a finish from 10 metres, his second goal in as many league matches.Other results: Chelsea 3 Leicester 0; Bournemouth 6 Hull 1; Crystal Palace 0 West Ham 1; Stoke 2 Sunderland 0.last_img read more

Samuels supports Miller’s appointment

first_imgNewly-appointed coach Robert Samuels believes spin bowler Nikita Miller is the right person for the position of captain of the Jamaica Scorpions heading into the new-look regional four-day Digicel SportsMax WICB Professional League.A consistent performer for the national team since making his four-day debut 16 seasons ago, Miller replaces young batsman Paul Palmer Jr.”Nikita has proven himself to be a leader on and off the field,” said Samuels of the 34-year-old, who earlier this year led the team during the regional one-day NAGICO Super50 in Trinidad and Tobago.RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB”Sitting in the dressing room and listening to Nikita talk about cricket and talk to the players, and how the players relate to him, I think he is the right man for the job at this time,” he declared.The previous selection of the now 24-year-old Palmer Jr, a former national Under-19 captain, but whose ascendancy to the post came as somewhat as a surprise last season, was made by the then Wavell Hinds-led national selection panel.The selection panel also included Robert Haynes, Wayne Lewis, Delroy Morgan and Cleveland Davidson.However, coinciding with the re-election of Jamaica Cricket Association president, Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven earlier this year, the panel has been changed.The selection panel now consists of three standing members with outgoing national coach Junior Bennett the new chairman, and returning selector Ephraim McLeod, as well as Samuels being the other members.DIFFEERENT APPROACHThis change in personnel, according to Samuels, has since taken a different approach to the selection of a leader with merit of a place in the team being an important barometer.”The first thing one should do is select a leader that can command and demand a position in the team first and foremost,” said Samuels.”Nikita has commanded and demanded his position in the team over the years, is an avid performer season after season, and for this the players have the utmost respect for him.”Jamaica, having failed to finish in the top three for the past three regional four-day seasons are set to open their account against two-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars at the Providence Stadium next weekend.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgDoping: Two lose Rio medals LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP): The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) says a Russian boxer and Romanian weightlifter will lose medals from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after failing doping tests at the games. Misha Aloian won a flyweight silver medal in a bout on the final day of the Olympics in August and tested positive for the banned stimulant tuaminoheptane. Gabriel Sincraian, who won bronze in the men’s 85 kg weightlifting, tested positive for exogenous testosterone. CAS says the results from both athletes have been disqualified. Zidane’s Madrid can set new unbeaten record BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Zinedine Zidane is one match away from coaching Real Madrid to a new unbeaten record. When Zidane replaced Rafa Benitez midway through last season, the inexperienced former midfield standout got off to an auspicious start with a 5-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna. Eleven months and one Champions League title later, Madrid face Deportivo again at home tomorrow with the chance of surpassing their longest unbeaten run since the club was founded in 1902. On Wednesday, Madrid equalled a club record of 34 games without a loss, set in 1989 under coach Leo Beenhakker, when they drew 2-2 with Borussia Dortmund. Barcelona invite Chapecoense to play friendly BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Barcelona say they have extended an invitation to host a friendly match against the Brazilian football club involved in last week’s plane crash. Chapecoense were on their way to the final of the Copa Sudamericana, one of South America’s most prestigious club tournaments, when their flight went down in Colombia, killing all but six of the 77 players, officials and journalists on board. The match would be played in August. The friendly, called the Joan Gamper trophy, is used as Barcelona’s traditional curtain, raiser for the new season.last_img read more

WI selectors keep faith with Sabina 13

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC :West Indies selectors have retained faith in the same 13-man squad for the second Test against Pakistan starting here tomorrow, despite their drubbing in the opening match in Kingston.The Caribbean side underperformed with the bat to plunge to a seven-wicket defeat, 20 minutes after lunch on last Monday’s final day at Sabina Park.West Indies entered the contest with a greenhorn batting line-up which included Vishal Singh and Shimron Hetmyer on debut but selectors have opted against changes and will enter the critical game at Kensington Oval with the same squad.Singh and Hetmyer failed in both innings along with Shai Hope and usually dependable opener Kraigg Brathwaite, but rookies Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich both managed half-centuries.Another defeat for West Indies in the upcoming match will hand Pakistan their first-ever Test series win in the Caribbean.West Indies arrived late Wednesday and trained on Thursday and yesterday, as head coach Stuart Law brushed up on final preparations for the game.The hosts won their last Test at the venue two years ago when they defeated England by five wickets inside three days.SQUAD: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Vishal Singh, Shane Dowrich, Shai Hope, Jermaine Blackwood, Shannon Gabriel, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins.last_img read more

Ronaldo says his ban for pushing referee is ‘persecution’

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Ronaldo was given an additional four-match ban for shoving the referee in the back after he was shown the red card.Ronaldo concluded his Instagram message with “Thanks to my teammates and fans for their support.”The message was accompanied by a photo of the moment when referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea showed Ronaldo the red card.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has also criticized the extended ban of his best player.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, left, celebrates after scoring during the Spanish Supercup, first leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo has bitterly criticized his five-game suspension for pushing a referee who had sent him off, describing the ban as “persecution.”Ronaldo wrote on his Instagram account on Wednesday that “it is impossible to remain silent in this situation, 5 games!! It seems exaggerated and ridiculous to me, this is called persecution!”ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 View comments Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano US men’s basketball enters a new world—without its stars Ronaldo’s outburst came after the Spanish soccer federation ratified his suspension, which was announced on Monday.The Real Madrid forward will miss the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona later on Wednesday. Madrid holds a 3-1 advantage.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’He will also miss the first four matches of the Spanish league, which Madrid opens on Sunday at Deportivo La Coruna.Ronaldo was suspended for one match after being sent off during Sunday’s first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Spanish media reports said Madrid appealed Ronaldo’s second yellow card, when the Portugal forward was booked for diving.last_img read more

Cavs ‘re-evaluating’ Irving-Thomas swap following post-trade physical—report

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles What’s in store for your animal sign this year “It’s a very sensitive situation,” a source reportedly told the veteran sports journalist, as relayed by Bleacher Report.Screen Grab from Twitter/@wojespnAlthough all signs point to the trade not being rescinded, Cleveland reportedly could push for an extra draft pick from the Boston Celtics.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’The original deal included the package of  Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ unprotected 2018 first-round pick to Cleveland for Irving.Meanwhile, Andre Igoudala, forward for the Cavs’ rivals Golden State Warriors, sent out a cryptic tweet, which most believe pertains to the ongoing trade situation. Philippines seizes silver in equestrian show jumping event Isaiah Thomas  (Elsa/Getty Images/AFP)The blockbuster Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas swap is most likely set in stone by now, but the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly “weighing their options” after the latter’s standard post-trade physical.According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the reigning NBA Eastern Conference Champions are wary of their newly acquired 5-foot-9 point guard  due to “uncertainty over the fitness of his injured hip.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 “Return to sender???” he wrote, which has since been retweeted over 3,000 times.Return to sender???— Andre Iguodala (@andre) August 26, 2017Meanwhile, despite having a tremendous regular season and a stellar start earlier in the playoffs, Thomas was sidelined for much of the Eastern Conference Finals showdown against the Cavs due to a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear. Prior to being traded, the two-time NBA All-Star was expected to miss the Celtics’ training camp.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu MOST READ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal RELATED STORIES:On Basketball: Kyrie gets a new address, but Cavs win tradeNBA pros, fans react to Irving-Thomas megatradeSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay View commentslast_img read more

Back on top

first_imgA costly, catty dispute finally settled It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Winning start The Grand Slam-seeking Beermen formalized entry into the playoffs earlier by squeaking past KIA Picanto, 118-112.June Mar Fajardo scored 41 points and had 17 rebounds, playing the entire second half and towing the Beermen to their sixth win in nine outings.Fajardo scored 20 of his total in the fourth period to send KIA to its 10th straight loss.Star and TNT KaTropa tangle in a crucial match Sunday at 6:45 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum where the Hotshots debut a third import in Iceland’s Kristofer Acox.The Texters will be gunning to improve a 6-3 card and stay well within top four contention, while the Hotshots, with a 5-3 record, will be shooting for a ticket to the next round.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson A costly, catty dispute finally settled Blackwater suits up new acquisition Allein Maliksi when it clashes with back-to-the-wall GlobalPort in the 4:30 p.m. game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments PBA IMAGESBouncing back from a rare loss in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Barangay Ginebra on Saturday night notched a win to reclaim top ranking—which Tim Cone won’t mind losing again.“I don’t care about being No. 1, 2, 3 or 4,” Cone said after an 89-82 victory over Rain or Shine that sewed up a twice-to-beat advantage for the Kings. “[Being No. 1] just adds extra pressure on you. We want to win as many games as we can and if we end up No. 1, that’s great.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award02:47Gatchalian seeks probe on Kuwait’s fake autopsy report on Villavende’s death00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Taal Mondilla gets his redemption “But that’s not our goal, it’s top four,” he said after getting 28 points and 10 rebounds from import Justin Brownlee at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay where the Kings picked up win No. 8 in 10 games. “It was just really important for us to get that eighth win.”Ginebra will play TNT KaTropa to close out its elimination round schedule, and a win in that Sept. 23 game would most likely give the Kings top ranking and the lightest first-round assignment in the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCone said the team was still smarting from a loss to San Miguel Beer a few nights ago.“We need to get better to reach their level,” he said. “We’re just not there yet.”last_img read more