IAAF suspends Russia from international competition

first_imgLONDON (AP):Russia’s track and field federation was provisionally suspended yesterday by the sport’s governing body, keeping the country out of international competition for an indefinite period – possibly including next year’s Olympics in Brazil.The suspension was approved by a 22-1 vote during a teleconference of the 27-member council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).The IAAFs president, Sebastian Coe, convened the meeting after Russia was accused of widespread, systematic doping in a report released Monday by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission.Coe was under heavy pressure to take tough action, despite efforts by Russian officials to avoid a blanket ban by agreeing to cooperate and make reforms in their anti-doping system.The suspension will take effect immediately, barring Russian athletes from all international track and field events until the country can prove it has put its house in order. It’s the first time the IAAF has ever banned a country over its doping record.The Russian federation is likely to be given a month or so before appearing at a disciplinary hearing where the IAAF could then elevate the sanction to a full suspension.The IAAF and WADA will need to set out the terms for what the Russians need to do to get a suspension lifted, including complying fully with the global anti-doping code.OLYMPICS questionableWith the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro nine months away, the big question is whether Russia’s track team will be allowed to compete in the Games.Some Olympic officials have said Russia should have enough time to take the necessary steps to make it to the Olympics, which run from August 5-21.Russian sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, said yesterday he is “completely sure” that Russia will be able to compete at the Olympics. Speaking before the IAAF meeting, he said he thought any suspension would be short.”We may miss one or two competitions, but for athletes with clean consciences to miss the Olympics or a World Championships would be real stupidity,” he said in Moscow.In the short term, the suspension will keep Russia out of a dozen or so international events, the rest of this year, including the European cross-country championships in France on December 13. The athletes could then miss the indoor season, including the World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon, from March 17-20.Other big events that Russian runners could be ineligible for include the Boston and London Marathons in April.Russia also face being stripped of the hosting rights of three IAAF events – the Moscow indoor meet on February 14, the world race walking championships in Cheboksary from May 7-15 and the World Junior Championships in Kazan from July 19-24. Russia has been the dominant force in world race walking.Russian athletes would be eligible to compete in their own national events during a ban, which only covers international competition.Some officials, including IAAF vice-president, Sergei Bubka, the pole vault great from Ukraine, had argued against a blanket ban, saying it would penalise “innocent” athletes who haven’t been found guilty or implicated in doping.However, the report by the WADA panel outlined a deep-rooted, systematic doping system that cast doubt on the entire Russian athletics programme, making it difficult to judge which athletes are clean or not.last_img read more

JAAA to present award for top 2015 performance

first_imgUsain Bolt’s 100 metres final win over American Justin Gatlin, Danielle Williams’ women’s 100m hurdles victory , the women’s 4×400 team’s gold medal performance, Elaine Thompson and Hansle Parchment’s silver medal efforts in the 200m women and 110m hurdles respectively and Rusheen McDonald’s national 400m record run in the heats at the World Championships are the outstanding performances nominated for a new and exciting award that will be on offer at this year’s Scotiabank/JAAA Golden Cleats Awards ceremony. The awards will be handed out on Saturday at the Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium starting at 6:30 p.m. The announcement of this and other awards available to top athletes for their performances during 2015 was made at Scotia Centre in Kingston yesterday. President of the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA), Dr Warren Blake, said the nominations for the new award will be criticised by some but argued that there were many great performances over the course of the year and they chose four of the best. “At this time of the year like any good administrator you have to recognise the excellence of your support staff, and in this case our athletes have done us very proud at the junior and senior level,” he said while listing the nation’s athletic achievements for 2015. “At the end of the day a lot of people are not going to be satisfied, as what they consider to be the performance of the year was not included,” Dr Blake said while pointing the performance of Christopher Taylor who won 400 metres gold in record time at the World Youth Championships. “There were so many great performances that some had to be left out,’ he insisted.. Meanwhile, sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will face tough competition to reclaim the prestigious female athlete of the year award she last won in 2013. Fraser-Pryce faces a strong challenge from Williams the world 100m hurdles champion, Thompson the world 200m silver medalist and Shericka Jackson the world 400m bronze medalist. Bolts, who also last won the award in 2013, has a very good chance of retaking it, with Parchment and O’Dayne Richards, the world shot put bronze medalist will be his rivals for the award.. Stephen Francis, Glen Mills and hurdles coach Lennox Graham are the coach of the year nominees. The top youth athletes, male and female, will also be recognised. The female nominees are St Andrew Technical’s Ayesha Champaigne, Junelle Bloomfield of St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) and Excelsior High’s Shanice Love. Edwin Allen High’s Demar Gayle, Marvin Williams and Juvaney James of STETHS, Calabar’s Christopher Taylor and Clayton Brown and O’brian Waysome of Jamaica College will make up the male selections. Also, two to young athletes will be in line to receive the Howard Aris/Scotia scholarship, which will assist a male and female athlete in post secondary studies. The Howard Aris award will go to a junior athlete who has excelled in a non- traditional event.last_img read more

NCB Intercol Champs starts today

first_img 1 p.m.: Triple jump – men 2 p.m: 3000m steeplechase – women 3:30 p.m: Long jump – women 4 p.m: 400m hurdles – women 4:15 p.m: 400m hurdles – men 5:15 p.m: 800m – women 5:20 p.m: 800m – men 6:30 p.m: 100m – women 6:35 p.m: 100m – men The University of Technology (UTech), the defending male and female champions, will be hoping for more success when the two-day NCB Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships begins today at the National Stadium. Start time is 1 p.m. The meet is being sponsored for the second year by National Commercial Bank (NCB). At Wednesday’s launch, NCB announced $3 million in sponsorship for the meet. Associate sponsors are Lucozade and new sponsors Island Grill. Global apparel maker Nike will be a clothing sponsor. Belinda Williams, NCB’s group corporate communications manager, said at Wednesday’s launch: “Sports is something I am passionate about. Our intention is to make it better every time.” She added: “We are cognisant of the ever-increasing importance of sports in defining the heart and soul of Jamaica. This is why we did not hesitate when asked to come on board with sponsorship assistance.” The meet director is MVP president Bruce James, who described it as a “good transition for athletes from the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships.” UTech should be strongly challenged by former champions GC Foster College in both categories, while the likes of the University of West Indies and a new-look Mico University College team should make the championships intense and exciting. Fourteen finals – eight on the track and six in the field – will be contested on today’s opening day. Several former high school stars will be competing in their first intercollegiate championships. These include World Junior 400 m hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde, who is expected to compete in his pet event along with Michael O’Hara in the 100m and Martin Manley in the 400m. All three are teammates at the University of the West Indies. Dawnalee Loney and Tiffany James will compete for Mico University in the 400m. James is fresh off her 400m bronze at the Carifta Games in Grenada last weekend. Entrance fees are $200 for students with IDs on today’s first day and $500 without. Tomorrow, it will be $400 with IDs and $1,000 without. Selected finalslast_img read more

Champs Watch 17 | The best single event

first_imgIn 2016, the boys’ Class One 100 metres was the most anticipated event at Boys and Girls Championships. Nigel Ellis of St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS), Raheem Chambers of St Jago High and Jhevaughn Matherson of Kingston College all had possible claims to the most sought after gold medal in the greatest secondary level championships in the world. Everybody was watching. Ellis won in 10.18 seconds and became the first STETHS boy to win the Class One 100m, ahead of Chambers and Matherson. A year later, with Ellis and Chambers both gone, Matherson is the early favourite in the same event despite the arrival of the last two Class Two champions – the Calabar High School pair of De’Jour Russell and Michael Stevens – in his age category. With that pair being brought along slowly by the Calabar coaching staff headed by Michael Clarke, there’s no buzz about ‘the 100m’ just yet. Instead current consensus on the best event at Champs this points elsewhere. If Champs started on February 18 and not March 28, the best event would be the Class Two 100 metres hurdles for girls. Four fine athletes have presented themselves as candidates for the three medals on offer. Brittany Anderson of Vere, last year’s Class Three 80 metres winner and record breaker, has already run faster than the Class Two record of 13.38 seconds. Shanette Allison, Holmwood’s former Class Three and Four gold medallist, and Ray-Donna Lee of Hydel are going so fast that some experts worry that reigning champion Dazsay Freeman of Manchester High will be pushed off the podium this time. Freeman hasn’t done too many hurdle races so far this season. While she’s been away, Anderson, Allison and Lee have been super. The compact Allison zipped 13.46 seconds at the Central Hurdles and Relays last month on the same day that Lee beat Anderson at the Wint/McKenley Classic at Calabar. That time by Allison broke the Central Hurdles and Relays record which was set by Peta-Gaye Williams who set the Champs record in 2013. Allison and Anderson ran 13.40 and 13.48 in different races at the Queens/Grace Jackson meet and when they met at the Youngster Goldsmith Classic, Anderson unleashed her run of 13.18 seconds with Lee at 13.51. Yet, when Lee met Freeman at the Western Relays last Saturday, they ran neck and neck to the finish with Lee getting the edge in 13.5 seconds. Freeman ran 13.69 seconds into a heavy headwind to take the gold medal at Boys and Girls’ Champions last year. Her close race with Lee will make the others know that she will be ready when it counts. In the meantime, the high quality in this year’s Class Two 100 metres hurdles makes the event the best event this time around. Allison, Anderson, Freeman and Lee, listed here alphabetically, present hope for the future as current World Champion Danielle Williams also won in Class Two, in her last year at the Queen’s School. Anderson and Freeman even have Williams’ long legged frame. Allison and Lee are smaller and fizz with speed. Perhaps, for one of them, the old Champs adage will prove true by giving fans a chance to see an Olympic champion in the making. – HUBERT LAWRENCE has attended Champs since 1980. UNLEASHEDlast_img read more

Farm to honor Tom Brady with corn maze in his image

first_imgSauchuk’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in the town of Plympton said Sunday that its 10th corn maze will feature the New England Patriots’ star quarterback.The maze will open Sept. 16. The design has been unveiled on the farm’s Facebook page.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’Boston.com reports the crops won’t be fashioned into the shape of Brady until closer to the farm’s opening day. Farm owner Scott Sauchuk plants and grows the corn, which he says is a 90- to 100-day process. A company will then spend one day chopping the corn into the desired shape.Sauchuk says the decision was based on the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons earlier this year. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet PLYMPTON, Massachusetts — A Massachusetts farm is honoring Tom Brady with a corn maze designed in his image.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyercenter_img End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation PH 5 scrapes past Taipei B 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

Perpetual takes NCAA Shooting Stars crown

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGerald Dizon nailed the title-clinching halfcourt shot to give Perpetual the Shooting Stars crown in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Only a year removed from his playing year with the Altas, Dizon, who is now an assistant for the juniors team, capped off the victory for his team which includes GJ Ylagan, and Jielo Razon as they finished with a time of 24.8 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacueescenter_img “When I shot it, it was straight. I thought it would go board. I’m just thankful it fell in,” the alumnus said in Filipino.Dizon even had a fun bet with Razon and Ylagan before the contest.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’“We really do this. Whoever loses will buy us a meal,” said Dizon. “It really feels good. Even before the competition, we all talked and said that we wanted to win this. But we didn’t put any pressure to anyone. We just told each other to keep on shooting,” said Ylagan. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Altas edged Arellano which was comprised of Zach Nicholls, Kobe Camacho, and Donald Gumaru, who had a time of 41.7 in the Final round.Perpetual also led the preliminaries as Razon punctured the halfcourt shot to end the time at 20.7 seconds.Other participants were the Lyceum unit of Spencer Pretta, Mac Guadaña, and Chico Lanete; the San Beda team of Clint Doliguez, Evan Nelle, and Dan Sara; the JRU squad of MJ Dela Virgen, Toby Agustin, and Dave Sanchez; the Mapua team of Cedric Pelayo, Clint Escamis, and Randy Alcantara; the San Sebastian group of Michael Are, Rustin Rodriguez, and Paul Riguera; the Letran crew of Daryl Pascual, Neil Guarino, and Robert Guevarra; the EAC team of Jervin Guzman, Maui Cruz, and Bong Melocoton; and the St. Benilde squad of Edward Dixon, Joshua David, and Karl Santos.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Kyrie Irving breaks silence on trade request 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

Ginebra routs TNT in Game 1 of PBA semis

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Joe Devance scattered 19 markers, four boards, and three assists, while Slaughter collected 16 points, seven rebounds, five dimes, and four blocks off the bench in the win.Caguioa uncorked all of his 13 markers in the fourth quarter as three other players finished in double-digits for the Gin Kings.Game 2 is on Wednesday at Batangas City Coliseum in Batangas City, and Cone expects a much-prepared TNT squad for the tiff.“Game 2 is probably going to be pretty exciting. One way, we’re happy that we’re able to play like this because we’re able to beat them. On the other hand, we just filled their bag with a whole bunch of motivation going to Game 2,” Cone said.“There’s always positives and negatives to blowouts in a series. But we basically got done what we wanted to do today, in terms of getting the ball inside to Joe, Japeth (Aguilar), Justin, and Greg, and we also defended well.”ADVERTISEMENT It was a complete annihilation on the part of the Gin Kings, who controlled the boards, 54-42, and led by as much as 34 points, 113-79.Glen Rice Jr. paced TNT with 26 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and three steals, but committed seven turnovers.Jayson Castro chipped in 16 markers and seven dimes, while Roger Pogoy got 12 points and five boards in a losing effort.The scores:GINEBRA 121 – Brownlee 21, Devance 19, Slaughter 16, Caguioa 13, J. Aguilar 10, Cruz 10, Tenorio 10, Mercado 7, Thompson 7, Mariano 4, Taha 4, R. Aguilar 0, Helterbrand 0.TNT 94 – Rice 26, Castro 16, Pogoy 12, Tautuaa 7, Carey 6, Nuyles 6, Rosario 5, Williams 5, Semerad 5, Hernandez 3, Reyes 2, Chua 1, Golla 0, Lingganay 0, Seigle 0.Quarters: 31-22, 60-48, 95-75, 121-94.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra displayed its full strength as it clobbered TNT, 121-94, to gain a 1-0 lead in their best-of-5 semifinals series in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Justin Brownlee opened the floodgates for the Gin Kings in the first quarter as he anchored a 14-2 blast to turn a 17-19 deficit into a 31-21 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Brownlee fired a team-high 21 points on an efficient 10-of-15 shooting clip on top of eight rebounds, five assists, and three steals.The 29-year-old forward, then, teamed up with Greg Slaughter to further pounce on the hapless KaTropa in the third quarter, before Mark Caguioa followed suit in the fourth period.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“They beat us up in the eliminations, and we got them today,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.The Kings got back at the KaTropa, who manhandled them,121-92, in the elimination round. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up 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 UAAP Starting 5: Week 4 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ How to help the Taal evacuees DAY6 is for everybody Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Rain or Shine dumps Phoenix for 2-2 record

first_img“I challenged them before the game that I want them to be a running team from the beginning,”said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia after his squad evened its record to 2-2.Ed Daquioag scored a game-high 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field in less than 22 minutes while James Yap broke out of his shooting slump and explode for 20 points, hitting eight of his 10 shots to lead the Elasto Painters.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 folk“I think this is the best game I’ve seen him play,” Garcia said of Daquioag.Daquioag’s night though was cut short after hurting himself on a drive against Phoenix rookie Jason Perkins at the 7:33 mark of the third quarter. He also collected five rebounds and five assists. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense It was a dominant win for the Painters despite playing without their star center Raymond Almazan.Garcia said it was his decision not to play Almazan, who did not attend team practice the past couple of days.“Actually, after the loss against Global, [we got into a commotion] but I think everything’s good right now,” he revealed.Garcia said he called out Almazan after his poor outing in a 78-70 loss to GlobalPort on Friday.The Painters shot 55% from the field and had 31 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Matthew Wright and Jason Perkins paced the Fuel Masters (2-2) with 17 points apiece.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA now ‘letting players play’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Rain or Shine’s Eduard Daquioag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine raced to a commanding lead and never looked back en route to a 120-99 whipping of Phoenix in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Elasto Painters went on a 35-6 blast to take a 39-11 lead in the first quarter and extended it to as much as 39 points in the third period as the Fuel Masters just didn’t show up right from the opening tip.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 View commentslast_img read more

Pacquiao proves critics wrong; next fight still up in the air

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Australian conditioning coach Justin Fortune, meanwhile, expressed disgust over the senator’s detractors.“He restored his legacy with this fight, I mean there’s a lot of haters out there, like tons of them,” said Fortune the morning after the fight.Paul Supan of Jose Rizal University in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA),  who watched the fight live, said people need “to separate Pacquiao the boxer from Pacquiao the politician.”Supan came here with Arellano University’s Peter Cayco and Letran’s Fr. Vic Calvo as they felt it was Pacquiao’s last fight.“People were saying ‘Pacquiao is washed up, why is Pacquiao still fighting’ which are all ridiculous,” said Supan.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next While Pacquiao has not named who he would like to fight next, he said Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a welcome foe should the American come out of retirement for a rematch.Mayweather beat Pacquiao via unanimous decision in Las Vegas three years ago.“Mayweather? If he decides to go back to boxing then that is the time we are going to call the shots,” Pacquiao told reporters.“I have the belt, so it’s up to him. If he wants to come back, let’s do a second one,” he said.Three-weight world champion Terence Crawford is another possible money-spinning bout, as is a rematch with Horn, who wrested the WBO belt from Pacquiao a year ago.Crawford, now rated as the “best pound-for-pound fighter” in the world, has never fought outside of the US.   Pacquiao might be lured by a lucrative share of revenues.Veteran promoter Bob Arum has also talked up a super fight with his Top Rank stable’s three-belt lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, but that would necessitate Pacquaio dropping back from 147 to 140 or 135 pounds—weight divisions he has not fought at for 10 years.Legislative dutiesBut for now, the man who may run for President will return to his day job in the Senate where his inbox has been filling up while he was away.“There’s going to be a lot of work in the office,” he said with a grin.   —WITH A REPORT FROM AFP Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “My next fight, I want to defend my belt,” Pacquiao said.  “If boxing is not my passion, I would not fight again.”“It’s like I’m addicted to boxing and I really love to fight and bring honor to my country.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Pacquiao, his family and team arrived in General Santos City on Monday, a day after his seventh-round technical knockout victory over Lucas Matthysse for the World Boxing Association welterweight title at Axiata Arena here.Nonbelievers Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ Filipino athletes should also emulate Pacquiao, according to 1-Pacman Party-list Rep. Mikee Romero.“Our athletes in the coming Asian Games in Indonesia should know the true meaning of focus, sacrifice and discipline because these were ingredients used by Sen. Pacquiao to make a big comeback,” said Romero, listed as the richest member of Congress and one of several lawmakers who watched the fight live.Fortune, a former world heavyweight title contender, cited several great boxers with extended careers like Bernard Hopkins and George Foreman.“A lot of great champions proved it,” Fortune added.Fortune said he would love Pacquiao to bring his act to Wembley Stadium in London against Briton Amir Khan for his next fight.“If I had my way, you know, Wembley Stadium 100,000 people, come on, it’s Pacquiao,” said Fortune. “He (Pacquiao) brought 52,000 people in Brisbane, Australia, [in 2017], they’re for Pacquiao not for [Australian Jeff] Horn.”“English are great boxing fans, and they love, love, love Manny,” said Fortune of his ward who famously knocked out Briton Ricky Hatton in the second round of their 2009 bout.Former light welterweight champion Khan has long wanted a crack at Pacquiao and the pair agreed to fight in Dubai last year before the deal collapsed when investors failed to come up with the money in time.Khan’s speed and power could trouble Pacquiao but the Briton has suffered huge knockout defeats in the past at the hands of big punchers Danny Garcia and Saul “Canelo” Alvares.Who’s next? 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines poses after defeating Lucas Matthysse of Argentina during their WBA World welterweight title bout in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. Pacquiao won the WBA welterweight world title after knocking out Matthysse on round seven. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)KUALA Lumpur—His strength emanates from the Supreme Being but all his achievements are the fruits of hard work and dedication to his sport.A reflective, somber Manny Pacquiao on Monday said the formula to his success is not really a secret even as he declared he will defend his welterweight belt even after he turns 40 years old in December.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scratchers find way back to top View commentslast_img read more

Fire returns inside Mourinho at Man United

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments In Monday’s news conference ahead of a Champions League match against Juventus, Mourinho didn’t like the questions he was getting so he decided to answer his own.“I don’t like this press conference,” he said, after rebuffing — or only giving short answers to — questions about Real Madrid’s current crisis, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez. “I think the press conference is going in other directions. So if it’s going in other directions, I also want to go in another direction.”He proceeded to return to Saturday’s melee at Stamford Bridge, which saw Mourinho react to the taunts of one of Chelsea’s backroom staff, Marco Ianni, after Chelsea’s late goal that secured a 2-2 draw. Mourinho leapt from his seat in the dugout and attempted to confront Ianni, only to be held back by security staff and members of his own coaching team.On Monday, the English Football Association said Mourinho had been “formally reminded of his responsibilities” in relation to Saturday’s incident. Ianni was charged with improper conduct.“I don’t think he deserves more than what he got,” Mourinho said, referring to Ianni. “He apologized to me, I accept his apologies. I think he deserves a second chance, I don’t think he deserves to be sacked.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho looks at his watch, during a training session at the Aon Training Complex, in Manchester, England, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. Manchester United will play Juventus in a group stage Group H Champions League soccer match on Tuesday. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)MANCHESTER, England — The fire is back inside Jose Mourinho.Two weeks ago, the Manchester United manager was swearing in front of a television camera . Two days ago, he was involved in a touchline fracas at the end of a Premier League game. And on Monday, he was expressing a desire for a long stay at England’s biggest club.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “I’m happy to see my contract out to the very last day of that contract,” Mourinho said Monday, “and I would like to stay after my contract ends.”That Mourinho felt emboldened to talk about a long-term future at United is a sign he believes his position at Old Trafford is more secure after fevered speculation in recent weeks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSince the night at the start of this month when headlines emerged in a major British newspaper that Mourinho was about to be fired, United has come from two goals down to beat Newcastle 3-2 and then was only denied a win at Chelsea on Saturday after conceding a goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time.Mourinho is still under pressure but the crisis appears to have abated — for now. And some of his charisma and confidence is returning. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college And just like that, the agenda had changed. It was typical Mourinho.Lose to Juventus at Old Trafford on Tuesday, and the pressure could be back on Mourinho as United’s chances of advancing from its Champions League would be in the balance.After beating Young Boys, United drew 0-0 at home against Valencia and is two points behind Juventus in second place. After the back-to-back games against Juventus, United could soon find itself in third place.Returning to Old Trafford with Juventus is Ronaldo, who played for United from 2003-09 before moving to Real Madrid, where he played under Mourinho.“I thought Cristiano is in a level where he doesn’t need these questions and these answers,” Mourinho said, showing contempt at just being asked about Ronaldo’s greatness. “He is one of the best players of all time and nobody can tell different than that, he’s one of the best players of all time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Draymond Green: Banned Rockets-Lakers players got off lightly Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more