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History-makers not done yet

first_imgBEIJING, China:Veteran Novlene Williams-Mills and Christine Day form part of the history-making quarter-mile quartet that sent Jamaica to the record books for being the first nation to qualify four athletes to a 400 metres final at any major global event.Shericka Jackson and Stephenie-Ann McPherson will join Williams-Mills and Day in tomorrow’s final of the IAAF World Championships inside China’s Bird’s Nest stadium here, and both are feeling pretty good about their chances.For Williams-Mills, the bronze-medal winner in 2007, getting to the finals seemed like too much of an ask a few months ago as a thyroid infection and other physical setbacks meant that she entered the championships coming off one of her worst seasons.In fact, yesterday’s 50.47-second run in the semi-finals was her first time running below 51 seconds this season. But the experienced campaigner, who hailed her teammates for their role in the history-making feat, says she is entering the final with a positive attitude.”Anytime you go into a World Championships and you can even be in the final, it’s a big accomplishment because there are so may people who are running and trying to make it to the final, and the plus thing is we are the only country with four persons in the final,” said Williams-Mills, a breast cancer survivor.”It’s been a rough year. I was taking it race by race. I will rest up and then, as usual, I will come and give it my best in the final,” added Williams-Mills, the Diamond Race winner from last season.”Eight people will line up in this final, three medals, and we are all going after the same thing, so we will see how it works out,” she added, when discussing her chances.Day has had a productive year on the track, from winning a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games to making her first 400m final at a World Championships, after two attempts.The wiry sprinter bowed out at the semi-final stage of the Berlin and Moscow editions of the World Championships in 2009 and 2013 and also failed to make the final at the 2012 Olympic Games.Happy to be there”God is really good. My aim was to ensure I secured a spot in the final, and I’m really happy that I was able to do that,” said Day, who was, nevertheless, not too pleased with her execution. “I was just working on my technique and tonight I didn’t think I executed properly. I know what I did wrong, so I’m still happy.”Day, who finished second in her semi-final in 50.82, has been busy on the circuit this year and hinted that regularly competing with the world’s best has helped her to learn to pace herself, while building her confidence as well.”When you are racing with the top girls, it builds your confidence and it doesn’t put you under any type of pressure. You just have to run your own race, and that’s what I’m focused on doing,” said Day.Shericka Williams, who won silver in Berlin in 2011, was the last Jamaican medallist in the women’s 400m at the World Championships. Jamaica and the USA have won the most medals in this event at the World Championships, with seven each.- A.L.last_img read more

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#JaVotes2016: Holness taunted by PNP supporters

first_img The greetings were returned by the JLP leader. Things changed when he drove into the polling station located in the St Mary of the Virgin Church on Molynes Road and Headley Avenue. Shouts of “Portia!” and “Patrick!” punctured the hitherto quiet atmosphere. Patrick Roberts is the PNP candidate, who is attempting to unseat Holness as Member of Parliament for St Andrew West Central. Clearly energised by Holness’ presence and closely watched by a team of security personnel, the crowd of comrades continued to chant “No Labourite!” Holness, however, continued his meet and greet. The comrades refused to cease even during a tender moment when Holness held a young baby wrapped in a green blanket, saying that his time at the centre had expired. The nearby Drewsland is a PNP stronghold. Similar sentiments were expressed by residents inside the Drewsland community – a PNP stronghold – which was quiet until Holness arrived in the area Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness was taunted by orange-clad supporters of the People’s National Party (PNP), a short while ago. Holness was touring his constituency of St Andrew West Central to ensure that the electoral process was proceeding without glitches, when he ventured into areas in which residents support the PNP. Prior to this, Holness was greeted well by supporters of both the JLP and the PNP.last_img read more

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The Wright View | Give locals a chance

first_img Any objective individual, who is apprised of this fact, would realistically surmise that the architects of this seasonal failure would either walk away from administration or be removed from office by local leaders who had a scintilla of national pride and who want the best for Jamaica’s football. Not so. Not here in ‘Jamdown’. Those at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) charged with the responsibility for charting the future of national football, hunkered down, refusing to accept responsibility for defeat. Those local leaders who decide the identity of the JFF power brokers were also aware of the facts of failure, yet doggedly refused to change the trajectory of the local programme, placing more emphasis on the amount of money garnered from their local sponsor than the future of Jamaica’s football. SAMEOLD SAMEOLD NO RESPONSIBILITY The football season in Jamaica is on in earnest. The two main crucibles of the future of our football got under way – the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions for schoolboys and the Red Stripe Premier League for adult males are truly up and running. This year’s competitions carry added significance because, as of the last week in August, the nation’s football appears to be in a freefall. The ignominious exit from the World Cup to be held in Russia in 2018 – losing to neighbours Haiti at home, in ‘The Office’ – continued a distressing trend that began in 1999, failure to qualify. Therefore, same old, same old … defeat and a look at the preparation for the World Cup in 2022. Football in Jamaica is at a crossroads. We can either continue as we have done since 1999, or we can take the fork in the road that will eventually lead us to relevance in world football. To date, there has been no indication that any change is contemplated. Our erstwhile leader, Captain Horace Burrell, has retreated from his usual “meeting at 0100 hours” to “the JFF will decide”. The coach of the Reggae Boyz, Wilfried Sch‰fer, has publicly stated that he is going nowhere, convinced that an acceptable excuse for failure is ‘oops’; and the parish association presidents, who knows? The prospect of sponsorship withdrawal from their parish league continues to be the ‘attention grabber’ that renders them impotent from making any ‘masculine’ decision. Therefore, now that we are at the crossroads, which road will our football leaders take? I submit that the road to take is the one that leads to the development of LOCAL talent. Begin with field improvement, one pitch per parish and then identify a group of 30-40 players who will train together, play together and raise our international profile together. Jamaicans have shown, decade after decade, that the talent and skill to perform at the elite level in sports resides right here at home. Just give our young men in football a chance. That is all I ask. That is all that is needed.last_img read more

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Samuels signs major bat deal

first_imgWest Indies Batsman Marlon Samuels has signed a two-year endorsement deal with renowned bat makers C-A Sports. The lucrative, multimillion dollar partnership will see Samuels using the top of the range CA Plus 15000 Elite Player Edition bat, plus the CA Sports thigh pads and gloves until January 2019. Samuels, an elegant middle-order batsman, will start using the bat during England’s One Day International tour of The West Indies from March 3 to March 9. He joins a list of notable West Indian ambassadors, who have used the CA Sports bats, including Chris Gayle & Brian Lara.last_img

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Paul, Harden lead Rockets to double OT win over Lakers

first_imgLATEST STORIES SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Los Angeles was up by 4 in the second overtime before a dunk by Black followed by a 3-pointer from Trevor Ariza made it 140-139 with 2 1/2 minutes remaining. The Lakers scored the next three points before Paul’s free throws tied it.Ariza finished with a season-high 26 points.Paul gave Houston its first lead of the second half with a 3-pointer that made it 127-125 with 2:40 remaining in the first overtime.The Lakers got two free throws from Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart added a basket on a goaltending call to make it 131-129 with about a minute to go in the first overtime.Black tied it up before Hart missed a 3-pointer to give Houston the ball back. Paul put Houston on top with a short jumper with four seconds remaining, but P.J. Tucker fouled Ingram and he made both free throws with 0.8 seconds left in the first overtime to tie it at 133-133.ADVERTISEMENT Paul had a shot to win it, but he missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.Houston got a 3-pointer from Ariza followed by a 3-point play from Harden to tie it at 119-all with about a minute left in the fourth. But Kuzma, who scored a career-high 38 points in his last game against Houston, made a 3-pointer a few seconds later to put the Lakers back on top.Harden was injured when he missed a layup after that and was taken to the locker room.Gerald Green tied it again with a 3-pointer with 17.7 seconds remaining.Kuzma followed with a missed 3-pointer, and the Lakers got the ball back with 0.7 seconds left, but they didn’t have time to get a shot off.Houston center Clint Capela had seven points and seven rebounds in his return after missing two games with an orbital fracture. He wore a mask in the first half to protect the injured area, but it seemed to be bothering him and he took it off at halftime.TIP-INSLakers: Rookie Lonzo Ball missed his fourth straight game because of a sprained left shoulder. He did not make the trip, remaining in California for treatment. … The Lakers’ 72 first-half points were a season high. … Ennis had a season-high 20 points.Rockets: Capela, who is also dealing with a bruised heel, missed four of the previous five games. … Gordon finished with 14 points. … Harden strained his left hamstring.UP NEXT Lakers: Visit Minnesota on Monday.Rockets: Visit the Magic on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conecenter_img Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) looks for a way around Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (5) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON — James Harden scored 40 points before leaving with a hamstring injury late in the fourth quarter, and Chris Paul scored 15 of his 28 points in overtime as the Houston Rockets snapped a five-game skid with a 148-142 double-overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.Los Angeles led by as many as 17, but couldn’t hold on as the team’s season-long losing streak stretched to six games.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Paul made a pair of free throws to tie it at 142 with about a minute left in the second overtime before Tarik Black blocked Kyle Kuzma’s shot on the other end to give Houston the ball back. P.J. Tucker grabbed a rebound on a miss by Paul and put it back up to put Houston on top.Tucker blocked a 3-point attempt by Kuzma, and Paul added two more free throws to make it 146-142 with three seconds left. Paul made two more free throws after that to secure the win.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 folkThe Rockets had hoped to limit Paul’s playing time in his second game back after missing three games with a groin injury. But with Harden out, he ended up playing 42 minutes.Julius Randle set season highs with 29 points and 15 rebounds, but fouled out with about three minutes left in overtime. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ Mission: Find Olympic gold Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Marcial mum on top PBA post

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ Salvador seizes early lead at Eagle ridge Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone “I’d rather wait when the 30 days are over,” Marcial told sportswriters on Wednesday during the first Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum for the year at Tapa King-Farmers Market in Cubao.“I don’t know whether it (PBA commissioner) will be given to me. What are their expectations (from me), and also my expectations from them. That’s why I can’t say anything.”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 folkMarcial was appointed OIC after the resignation of former Commissioner Chito Narvasa became effective at the start of the year. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Willie MarcialWillie Marcial said he would wait for his appointment as PBA officer-in-charge to lapse before making plans amid reports that several parties were pushing for him to be formally named league commissioner.Marcial was given 30 days as league caretaker and has already put in place noteworthy projects that the league could pursue if it awards him a tenured post as commissioner.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Pistons stay unbeaten with Griffin, rout Blazers

first_imgNewsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Griffin had 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and did a good bit of his offensive damage from the perimeter, making three 3-pointers. Anthony Tolliver added 15 points for Detroit, and Reggie Bullock and Langston Galloway contributed 13 apiece.Damian Lillard scored 20 points and C.J. McCollum added 14 for the Blazers, who lost again after falling at the buzzer at Boston on Sunday. Portland was without Evan Turner on Monday because of a left calf injury. /kgaFEATURED 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 folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) reaches in on Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Detroit. APDETROIT — Andre Drummond had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Portland Trail Blazers 111-91 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.Detroit has won three in a row with Blake Griffin in the lineup after acquiring him in a trade last week. The victory on Monday pulled the Pistons back to .500 and even with Philadelphia for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Nets trade Zeller to Bucks for Vaughn, 2nd-round pick Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbedlast_img read more

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Goldwin Monteverde gets UE coaching post

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Monteverde will inherit a UE squad, which went 3-11 this past UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, led by super scorer Alvin Pasaol and playmaker Philip Manalang. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGoldwin Monteverde will be the new head coach for University of the East.The decorated bench tactician has been appointed as the new chief for the Red Warriors, taking over the post left by coach Derrick Pumaren.ADVERTISEMENT Austrian snowboarder Schairer breaks neck in scary crash MOST READ Sources close to the situation confirmed that Monteverde has been introduced to the team Friday morning.Monteverde, though, will have to wait until the end of the UAAP Season 80 juniors basketball tournament before assuming the role as he is still currently the coach for the NU Bullpups.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 folkMonteverde steered NU to an 11-3 record and the second-seed, giving the Bullpups the a twice-to-beat advantage in the stepladder semifinals.The multi-titled mentor previously coached Chiang Kai Shek College in various collegiate leagues and also had a stint with the Adamson Baby Falcons. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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Reinventing Wade: At 36, another new role awaits Heat great

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Wade — one of the greatest shooting guards to play the game — was drafted by Miami as a point guard. He became a superstar shooting guard and NBA Finals MVP, a league scoring champion and absolute first option in Miami until he wooed LeBron James and Chris Bosh to the Heat to end his days as the lone Alpha dog. He tried to emulate the Miami days in Chicago, tried to fill a role in Cleveland.And now, this.Wade thinks he’s changed teams for the final time. Whether he plays past this season or not, this is his role until the end. It is the final reinvention.“I want to be my best self,” Wade said. “If I’m on the bench to start games, if I’m on the bench to end games, as long as we’re winning. That’s all I care about.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It really is similar to the role he had with the USA team,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He’d come in and be a force of nature.”There have been some signature moments already in his second stint with the Heat. Wade’s winner against Philadelphia last week was the 12th of his career. In the first 29 seasons of Heat basketball, only two players posted consecutive 25-point games off the bench. Wade is already the third name on that list.At home against Detroit on Saturday, he was serenaded with “M-V-P” and “We Want Wade” chants.“The guy is just a great player,” said Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy, Wade’s first coach with the Heat in 2003. “Has been since he walked into the league. To still be doing what he’s done these last few games at this point in his career is pretty impressive. But he’s back home. He’s back home. I think he probably feels that.”Wade agrees, saying the return has been an energy boost.It has also been emotional, as South Florida tries to recover from last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High that left 17 people dead — including a boy whose parents chose to bury him in a Wade jersey. Wade met with the family of that teen, Heat fan Joaquin Oliver, on Saturday night .“It’s bigger than basketball,” Wade said.It’s also just like old times, albeit in a new role.“The thing about Dwyane, he’s probably adapted and evolved and changed his role as much as any star player in this game,” Spoelstra said. “That is part of his brilliance. He figures things out.”He’s done that since Day 1 in Miami. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES View comments MIAMI, FL – FEBRUARY 09: (editor’s note: This image has been converted to black and white.) Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on before the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at American Airlines Arena on February 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Rob Foldy/Getty Images/AFPMIAMI — This is not the first reinvention of Dwyane Wade.Or the second.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Wade is clearly going to play a sizable role in the Heat playoff push, in all sorts of ways. The savvy veteran who can be a de facto assistant coach in the locker room, on the practice floor and on the bench.The guy who makes crowds in Miami roar simply by removing his warmups and walking to the scorer’s table to check into games. The closer, who’ll be on the floor in the most critical minutes of games.He’s just not starting.“I started embracing it when I was at the previous team, because I’m a winner,” Wade said. “I’m always about doing whatever I can to help whatever team I’m on be in its best position. I’ve done that my whole life. It’s not just now. I’ve done it in the Olympics, I’ve done it all over the place. It takes nothing away from who I am or what I’ve accomplished.”Before now, the last season that Wade played and wasn’t a full-time starter was the summer of 2008 — on the U.S. Olympic team at the Beijing Games, where he was the leading scorer on the way to a gold medal. Prior to that, he thinks it was his fourth-grade team.ADVERTISEMENT Cavs’ Thompson to miss several games with sprained ankle MOST READ Or the third.His 15 NBA seasons have been a series of role changes — the latest being where the most celebrated player in Miami Heat history watches five younger players start games while he waits for a chance to enter as a sub. But nearly a month after the trade that brought him back to the Heat, Wade has zero complaints.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“The finished product of Dwyane, you guys have seen me win three championships and all that,” Wade said. “But I’ve had so many different roles in my life in playing basketball. I came off the bench for a long time before y’all knew who I was. My ego is not too big at this point. I’m 36 years old. These guys are the future of this organization and this team. I’m definitely not the future. I’m cool with that.”Still, he’s vital to Miami’s hopes right now. 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citylast_img read more

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Nadal wary of saying he’s fully recovered from thigh injury

first_imgCarpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I was unable to do any physical work because the psoas (muscle) was affecting all the movements I could do,” he said. “It was a boring time because I don’t like to be doing nothing.”Nadal wasn’t bored last weekend, however, winning both his Davis Cup singles against Germany without dropping a set. Although he appears to have slotted straight back into his clay groove, his Acapulco setback leaves him circumspect about speaking too soon.“Well it happened twice, so you never know,” he said. “Of course it stays a little bit in your mind.”Nadal begins his bid for a record-extending 11th Monte Carlo title with a second-round match against either Aljaz Bedene or Mirza Basic. He needs to win the tournament or Roger Federer will reclaim top ranking in their seemingly endless fight for supremacy. They have won the last five Grand Slams, three for FedererBut with 20-time major winner Federer again skipping the clay season, Nadal must wait a while longer to try and avenge a run of five straight defeats to the Swiss star.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Engaged wrestlers John Cena and Nikki Bella break up LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast He took a swipe, although an amiable one, at Federer.“He says he will love to play against me again in best of five sets on clay, and I thought he would play Roland Garros,” Nadal said, with a wry smile. “A few days later he says he will not play in one (clay) event, so there’s a little bit of controversy with that.”Nadal’s victory at Monte Carlo last year made him the first men’s tennis player in the Open era to win the same title 10 times. He then won a 10th French Open.He feels at home at the picture-postcard tournament with its center court perched over the glittering Mediterranean sea. The Monte Carlo tournament launched his career as a scraggly-haired 16-year-old in 2003, although the sun had long set when he beat defending French Open champion Albert Costa under floodlights in the second round.“I always feel good when I am here,” Nadal said. “It’s been a love story.”The only Monte Carlo final that the 31-year-old Nadal has lost was to Novak Djokovic in 2013. Djokovic added another Monte Carlo title in 2015, during his pomp.But the former top-ranked Serb looks a shadow of the player he was. Hindered by a persistent right elbow injury, his ranking has tumbled to 13.Earlier this month, Djokovic stopped working with Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek — the latest in a series of coaching changes for the 12-time major champion.After significant rest during the second half of last year and a medical procedure in February, Djokovic spoke confidently of being pain-free — at long last.Then, he lost his first match at the Miami Open in straight sets. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Sunday April 8, 2018 file photo, Spain’s Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Germany’s Alexander Zverev during a World Group quarterfinal Davis Cup tennis match between Spain and Germany at the bullring in Valencia, Spain. Rafael Nadal is wary of saying he’s fully recovered from a troublesome right thigh injury as he defends his Monte Carlo Masters title. The top-ranked Spaniard only recently returned to action at the Davis Cup, after a recurrence of the injury forced him out of the Mexico Open and then Masters tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami last month. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz, File)MONACO — Rafael Nadal is wary of saying he’s fully recovered from a troublesome right thigh injury as he defends his Monte Carlo Masters title.The top-ranked Spaniard only recently returned to action at the Davis Cup, after a recurrence of the injury forced him out of the Mexico Open and then Masters tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami last month.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Djokovic used to be the player everyone was chasing. He even beat Nadal during a glorious run of seven straight finals and holds a 26-24 winning record against him.They have won a record 30 Masters each, but Nadal looks the more likely to get No. 31.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Those setbacks followed his crushing disappointment at the Australian Open, where he was forced to retire in the fifth set of the quarterfinal against Marin Cilic.Nadal had expected to make his comeback in Acapulco, but the injury flared up again during a last practice session with French player Adrian Mannarino. Looking back on it Sunday, the 16-time Grand Slam champion said it was mentally “even harder than what happened in Australia” because he was so convinced he would play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I did all the things the right way, practicing one week before, to be ready for the tournament and then it happened,” Nadal told reporters. “You’re in Acapulco, you fly all the way … Then the doctors told me: ‘You will not be able to play in Indian Wells, Miami.’ So that was hard to accept.”So was the painstakingly dull recovery which followed. View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

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