LOS ANGELES, California (CMC):Jamaican goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts will line up alongside England superstar Steven Gerrard at LA Galaxy after being snapped up in the 2016 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.The 38-year-old journeyman, who started his professional career in England, will join the star-studded west coast outfit after just a year at Orlando City where he was selected during the 2015 MLS Expansion Draft.Ricketts will be returning to Galaxy for his second spell, after representing them between 2009 and 2011, before going on to feature for several other MLS clubs.”Donovan is one of the most experienced and successful goalkeepers in MLS,” said head coach and general manager, Bruce Arena.”He is familiar with our team and has proven to be a player capable of winning championships. We are happy that he is once again a member of the LA Galaxy and look forward to his contributions to our club.”Ricketts spent much of his early pro career at Bradford City in England, before heading to the United States where he signed for Galaxy in 2009.He was MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2010 and earned the title again in 2013 when he played for Portland Timbers between 2012 and 2014. Ricketts also featured for Montreal Impact in 2012.He spent 13 years at international level, before retiring in 2013 after gaining exactly 100 caps.
We did have a little chat, with the sprinter seeming relaxed and ready to step on track. Should be an interesting few days ahead. The Americans arrived shortly afterwards and it’s certainly interesting that the previously blocked social media platforms Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and even Google only became available – like magic – as soon as they arrived. The Americans’ arrival to their hotel was also preceded by a full security sweep of the property with vehicular restrictions said to be put in place around the hotel. I must admit that I’m never too adventurous where food is concerned, and Chinese cuisine doesn’t exactly get me excited. And before you knit your brow, I’ve long discovered that the typical fare served in our neck o’ the woods as ‘Chinese’ food is anything but. Twice I’ve been to China and I have yet to see ‘mallah chicken’ or ‘sweet and sour chicken’ on any menu, for instance. What a rip-off! I arrived at breakfast on our first morning here this time around, having convinced myself that I needed to sample some of the local food on offer. I needed to immerse myself in the culture, experience the heralded Chinese gastronomy, eat like the emperors did. Well, my autogenic pep talk quickly lost its effect as my eyes caught the first item on the line. ‘Stir-fried cabbage with black fungus.’ That didn’t sound too appealing. Judging from the many forks that were sent teeth first into the bowl, it seems to be a favourite among locals. Still, I couldn’t muster the courage. Maybe I’ll give it a try in a few days. There was something quite off-putting about pizza-size egg pancakes as well. But there were some really good surprises like the Chinese dumplings (baozi) with their delightful fillings, as well as the ‘fried jiaozi’, which in this case was crescent shaped and filled with spicy sauce. I suppose you would guess that rice and noodles were never too far away, but perhaps to make the influx of Westerners feel right at home, there was some Sprite and cola to wash it all down – something we learnt is not always on the breakfast menu at our hotel. On another note, the bulk of the Jamaican athletes checked into their Beijing hotel yesterday evening, and the most conspicuous of them all, Usain Bolt, created a stir as usual as he made his way through the lobby, before heading off to training. relaxed and ready
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Promising Trinidad and Tobago wicket-keeper/batsman Nicholas Pooran says he is nearly fully recovered from a leg injury sustained in a car crash earlier this year”I’m almost fully recovered,” talented 19-year-old cricketer declared.”The worst of the injury is over since I took out the screws from my knees two weeks ago and some stitches out today.”The injury forced Pooran to miss the Red Force Super50 triumph earlier this year and CPL 2015 with St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.Pooran says that dealing with the injury which affected his playing career has been difficult.”It has been very tough because I wanted to play cricket,” he said.”I thought I had a good chance of playing in the CPL, but physio (Oba Gulston) told me it would have been too much of a risk.”Pooran’s talent turned heads during the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in 2013 when he struck 54 off 24 balls for the TT Red Steel against the Guyana Amazon Warriors.His 143 not out for young West Indies against Australia in the 2014 Under-19 World Cup was another indication of his immense ability.Pooran plans to participate in the trials in a bid to return to the Red Force squad for the 2015/16 WICB Professional Cricket League (PCL) season which begins November 6.”I am not contracted for the PCL, so right now I hoping to get back on the field by mid-September to get involved in some of the national team trial matches in order to make the team,” explained Pooran.
The Culture, Health, Arts, Sport and Education Fund (CHASE) will announce the date for the staging of the 11th annual prestigious Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence at the opening of the nominations media event to be held today at the Cuddyz Sports Bar and Restaurant in New Kingston.The award has been gaining much traction over its 10-year lifespan, with an increased number of Jamaicans anxious to nominate an athlete who, in their eyes, has added to the phenomenal legacy that has been built by former athletes and Olympians as early at the 1940s.The impressive list of decorated athletes who have been honoured with the celebrated Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence are James ‘Jimmy’ Adams, cricketer (2005); Deon Hemmings McCatty (2006), track and field (hurdles); Elaine Lamour Davis (2007), netball; Nehemiah Perry, (2008), cricket; Brigitte Foster-Hylton (2009), track and field (hurdles); Aleen Bailey (2011), track and field; Dr. Neil Gardner (2011), cricket; Veronica Campbell-Brown (2012), track and field; Wavell Wayne Hinds (2013) cricket; and Michael Frater (2014), track and field.The Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence carries an attractive cash award of J$500,000 and a crystal trophy emblazoned with the name of the winner.Student of Excellence awardIn its continued quest to celebrate excellence in sports, the selection committee has also placed its focus on the achievements of upcoming male and female athletes at the secondary education level and will again recognise them at this year’s award ceremony.The first awards were presented in 2013. Winners are presented with a cash award of $250,000 and trophies.Natalie Neita Headley, minister with responsibility for sports, is expected to declare nominations open today.Much thought was put into the establishment of this award when former prime minister, PJ Patterson, made the announcement in 2003 and placed it into the hands of CHASE to administer and select persons to be honoured in the name of Jamaican Ambassador at Large Courtney Andrew Walsh, OJ.
WITH FIVE-STAR bankers such as SUPERLUMINAL and DREAMLINER having obliged at Caymanas Park last Saturday, both the Pick-9 and Super-6s were caught and start anew tomorrow with guaranteed minimums of $1 million and $750,000, respectively. The first Super-6 will embrace race one to six, the late Super-6 from race six to 11 on the well-supported programme, and the Pick-9 from race three to 11. We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a restricted allowance race over 1100 metres for four-year-olds and up (non winners of three) to be contested by eight starters, including JESSE’S FAVORITE and VIJEETA, second and third, respectively, to ARIZONAGOLD in a fast-run 1200-metre race recently. The then favourite, VIJEETA, who had won her previous race in fine style some weeks ago, hurt her chances by missing the break as JESSE’S FAVORITE enjoyed a clear lead into the straight before giving way to ARIZONAGOLD. VIJEETA finished 51/2 lengths third and although the speedy JESSE’S FAVORITE will be more effective over this shorter trip, the War Marshall – Winning Spirit offspring, with promising claiming apprentice Hakeem Pottinger riding for trainer Oneil Markland, should turn the tables from a clear break as she strikes me as the better horse. The second race, again over 1100 metres, should see the quartet of MAN IN BLUE, MAMETA, KING WITHIN, and and the sparingly raced VESPERS in contention where it matters. The best of the eight starters must be MAN IN BLUE, a disappointing favourite when finishing fourth to DASH BOARD recently, but had previously finished third to VIJEETA over 1200 metres on August 28. Champion jockey Shane Ellis will ride the four-year-old colt for trainer Andrew McDonald in an eight-horse field. EIGHT HORSES CONTESTING Eight horses will again contest the third race for $250,000- $210,000 claimers over 1820 metres, and here, the choice has to be the profound course specialist, ABOVE THE RADAR, to be ridden by his favourite jockey Aaron Chatrie. ABOVE THE RADAR won back-to-back races over the distance in midsummer and reporting that much fitter after finishing third to out-of-class MEGATRON over 1500 metres recently, should prove too strong for CHIEF PROSPECT and Saturday’s scorer QUEEN OF THE TOWN with the trip now right. Next on the programme is a three-year-old maiden special (conditional) over 1400 metres for horses who have not earned $120,000 since May 24. Topline trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes holds a strong hand in the 14-strong field, with LEIGHTON REID (Ellis up) and JASON’S GOLD (apprentice Linton Steadman up) both working well in preparation for this race. Either could win a race of this nature, but my preference is for the Gary Griffiths-trained CONCLUSION (tongue tie off), who finished a close second to WONDER GIRL over 1300 metres as a 99-1 outsider some months ago. Griffiths has called up Chatrie for the ride and the hint should be taken. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by DUSSELDORF (Pottinger up, distance now ideal) and the Michael Marlowe-trained LEEKOUT (ready now) with Ellis riding in the sixth race over 1400 metres for maiden three-year-olds. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) VIJEETA/ JESSE’S FAVORITE (2) MAN IN BLUE/VESPERS (3) ABOVE THE RADAR (4) CONCLUSION/LEIGHTON REID (5) DUSSELDORF/FLYING MACHINE (6) LEEKOUT
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAt least for the moment, there appears to be no need for Alyssa Valdez.Creamline played without its heroine and still came through with a convincing 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 win over Power Smashers Wednesday night to remain spotless in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles02:02‘Bata’ Reyes bows to Vietnamese foe for another SEA Games bronze01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade LATEST STORIES Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Mapua battles Perpetual at home Jia Morado tossed 50 excellent sets, fanning out the offensive chores masterfully.It was a sorry loss for the Power Smashers, who succumbed to their fourth defeat in five matches.What happened in the third set mirrored the second when Creamline fell behind, 18-21, against the youthful but inexperienced squad.Rosemarie Vargas strung up three straight points—all through soft-touch hits— while Colleen Bravo scored three kill blocks to lift the Cool Smashers.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation The win practically qualified the Cool Smashers to the next round—they have won all their five matches so far.“It’s a challenge for the team, really. So we have to step up and prove that it’s all team effort,” said Pau Soriano in Filipino.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 veteran spiker accounted for 15 points including five straight in the homestretch as the Cool Smashers raced from a 20-22 hole en route to the straight sets victory.But most importantly, Creamline proved that it can stand its ground even without top scorer and team leader Valdez, who is currently in Japan training with the Philippine team. View comments
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Arellano University took down San Beda in straight sets, 25-22, 25-21, 25-18, to keep an unblemished slate in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Eunika Torres dealt the final blow for the Lady Chiefs as they improve to 2-0 while the Red Spikers slipped to 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 MOST READ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu View comments Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES LOOK: Retired NBA, WNBA vets confirmed as cast members for upcoming film ‘Uncle Drew’ The Lady Chiefs, though, had to battle back in the third set after San Beda got the early lead in the final period.“That has always been our problem whenever we get two set, we start to dip in performance come the third,” said Lady Chiefs head coach Obet Javier. “So I always tell them that the third set will be crucial for us.”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’Arellano was down 8-6 early in the third set before Regine Arocha converted on a service ace to cap off a 7-1 run and give the Lady Chiefs a 13-9 lead.Arocha had a game-high 16 points to lead Arellano while captain Jovielyn Prado added 13 with Mary Anne Esguerra chipping in 10. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Photo by TristanAdamson guard Jerie Pingoy had just set the single game assists and steals record in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, but he was quick to defer his success to his teammates’ play.Pingoy orchestrated the Soaring Falcons’ offense in their 95-79 win over Far Eastern University as he finished with 10 points, 10 assists, and three steals with the two latter figures the highest marks in the tournament so far.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES NU gains finals, outlasts Arellano in grueling comeback win “I’m just going to do my job, my role as a point guard,” said Pingoy in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I’ll just do the little things, and it’s a good thing my teammates made their shots so the credit goes to them.”READ: Adamson blasts FEU, takes solo third FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogPingoy terrorized FEU’s defense with pinpoint passing, most of which went to Jerrick Ahanmisi who had 17 points in the game, nine coming off from beyond the arc.The point guard’s spirited play allowed the Falcons to establish their dominance as early as the first quarter when they took a 21-8 lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Adamson’s lead eventually ballooned to 61-40 by the break.Pingoy added he wanted to repay the trust his coaches gave him when he got the starting point guard job.“My spot in the starting lineup is not a permanent one,” said Pingoy as his team ended the first round at third seed with a 5-2 record. “I still have to work harder in the future because everyone in the lineup deserves a starting spot.”“I’m just happy to be named as a starter and I’ll do everything what the coaches tell me.”ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Good fight: Durham, Meralco come up short anew but with their head held high Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:19Robredo refuses ‘unfair’ tag; asks critics to read her drug war report00:50Trending 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 Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jared Dillinger. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Despite another hard-fought battle in a PBA Finals series, Jared Dillinger wouldn’t use the word rival to describe Ginebra and Meralco.Not until Meralco wins on over the crowd favorites.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “Rivals? I wouldn’t call them much of a rival if they beat us twice,” said the outspoken Dillinger after the Bolts surrendered Game 7 to Ginebra, 101-96. “I mean, until we can actually win a championship against them, they’re not really a rival.”Dillinger couldn’t help but regret to have his best performance of the Finals come too little too late, as he fired a series-best 20 points on a 5-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc, on top of five rebounds and two assists in the clincher.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I wish my shot came a little bit sooner in this series,” he said. “But that’s the name of the game. Sometimes, your shot’s off, it’s off. You gotta stay positive and find ways to work through it. You gotta try to to help the team in other ways. It happens. My shots are finally falling tonight but it doesn’t matter, we lost. It doesn’t matter anymore. I wish we won so it would be some kind of a rivalry but we didn’t win.”Dillinger, though, was proud with the fight the Bolts showed in the decider even if they found themselves down by as big as 20 points in the first half. “I’m speechless a little bit. It’s just tough we’re right here again — right at the edge and lose again,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We didn’t give up. But when you go down big against Ginebra, especially in the first half like that, it’s gonna be hard. It’s gonna be a grind to get back,” he said, saying that playing catch-up all game long took a toll on the team.“I think we pretty much lost the game by the first half. We were just playing catch-up the whole time. We wanted to let Ginebra shoot, tried to clog the paint, but tonight they hit their shots.”Amid all the frustrations, it doesn’t mean that the Bolts couldn’t learn a thing or two from this bridesmaid finish.“We have great pieces, for sure. We have good solid group of vets and young guys. We have a good team. It’s just we have to continue to build a good culture. We have a great coaching staff, management is very supportive, so we can continue to build.”Still, one can’t fault Dillinger for feeling bad after botching another chance for the title.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments
Reigning three-time champion San Miguel Beer went on a big surge in the final five minutes to beat rival TNT, 88-76, to remain undefeated in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at University of San Agustin Gym in Iloilo.ADVERTISEMENT Aldridge’s trade request sparked his resurgence, says Popovich The Beermen ended the game on a 17-5 run, led by Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos, to pull away from a 71-deadlock in the last five minutes and 10 seconds.Cabagnot and Santos combined for 12 points in the killer stretch for San Miguel, which is the lone unbeaten team in the league at 3-0.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSantos finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks while Cabagnot also recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. June Mar Fajardo led all scorers with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field.Troy Rosario scored a team-high 15 points that went with a game-best 13 rebounds for the KaTropa, who slipped to 1-2. TNT led by as much as 12, 24-12, in the first quarter. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award TNT star Jayson Castro, who saw multiple defenders thrown at him, struggled mightily on the offensive end, scoring nine points on 3-of-16 shooting with four turnovers in 28 minutes. He did have eight rebounds and eight assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments