Foster’s Fairplay | Big up to Bernard!

first_imgWho remembers the former Munro College athlete Claston Bernard, who heaved implements at Boys’ Champs for the St Elizabeth school during the late ’90s? Jamaica, in those times, was nowhere near as proficient in that discipline to attract the offer of scholarships to US colleges – for sure not close to what obtains since the turn of the century. Along with two other student athlete/throwers from his school, he was fortunate to be part of a pioneer group in that area. At the Louisiana State University, Bernard started on a path to being a world-class decathlete and was the US National Collegiate champion in 2002, taking the Commonwealth Games crown later that year.At the global level, he was selected for the multi-sport event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, but he experienced the misfortune of a ‘did not finish’ result. That was erased when he was a finalist at both the 2003 World Championships in Paris, and the 2004 Olympics in Athens.Foster’s Fairplay had its first encounter with Bernard at the 1998 World Junior Championships when he was the first decathlete to represent the country at a world event. This was during the customary post-competition interview. Immediately, his mild-mannered demeanour impressed. He said that despite not medalling, his prize came from just being there. That sentiment resonated well with this journalist, as there was no recollection of an athlete from his school representing the country at that level. Bernard was one of four at the championships.There was to be another meeting in Manchester, England when he won the gold medal previously mentioned. Apart from a significantly greater degree of maturity and self-assurance, nothing else had changed. He was clearly focused on a career which he hoped would bring further recognition and glory to the track and field profile of the country of his birth.Over the past weekend, there appeared an article on the popular track and field exclusive website, trackalerts.com by the now-retired athlete that warmed the heart of this journalist. It started: “Away from the glare of the media, the lights, and the adulation, many track and field athletes seem to disappear, never to be heard of in the public sphere.”Bernard spoke eloquently to the role of the sport that he had embraced in the development of young athletes, highlighting, especially, those who did not make it on the track, saying, “What people tend to forget is that only a few(athletes) in this world ever truly become the greatest at whatever task or event the world has to offer.” He continued, “Track and field has given many young and poor Jamaicans more opportunities for success off the playing field than any other sporting event. We tend not to focus on the kid who is now a teacher, a professor or doctor who would never have had that opportunity otherwise.” Take a bow for that thought, Claston.commendation and gratitudeBernard proceeded to urge young athletes to “spend time developing their academic abilities, too. This is something most injuries cannot take away.” He ended with commendation for and gratitude to Jamaica. “I applaud Jamaica, for taking the time to invest and develop this wonderful sport. It is truly a wonderful testament. I am happy to be the beneficiary of such a great Jamaican product. Jamaica, please continue to nourish and develop this wonderful event.”Thank you again, Jamaica.”Foster’s Fairplay is obliged to take the time to congratulate this former athlete who has publicly admitted what his participation in track and field has done not only for him but for so many of his contemporaries. Jamaica will remain a better place for the administrators, officials, coaches and supporters of this sport, whose input, oftentimes voluntary, has been pivotal to the high achievements of our youth in and out of the classroom.The final word goes to these same individuals who have made the sacrifice that has stimulated Bernard’s mind to write as he has. Many more have benefited but for one reason or another, have not opened up to give credit where it is due.Keep up the good work. Jamaica’s marginalised and challenged youths need you even more now.n For feedback, emaillauriefoster2012@gmail.com.last_img read more

Practice makes perfect for PH booter Belgira

first_imgAlbay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES ‘Third is better than nothing:’ Creamline salvages bronze in PVL 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “I do free kick over and over again that when I got the chance to do it I was very happy I executed it well,” said Belgira in halting English.READ: SEA Games: PH booters score first win, deny Cambodians ‘bonus’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’Born to a Japanese mother and Filipino father, Belgira was brought here when he was 18 and went on to become one of the rising stars of the sport.He plays for Japan-Philippines-Voltes Marikina FC in the Philippines Football League. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Kouichi Belgira. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—I made that shot many times in practices.That’s what 20-year-old Filipino-Japanese midfielder Kouichi Belgira said of the Philippines’ second—and more emphatic—goal against Cambodia Tuesday night in the Southeast Asian Games football.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments “The team worked very hard and it paid off because the match was very, very tough,” said Belgira of the game which saw the Philippines groped for form in the entire first half.READ: PH football squads send strong message to SEA Games foes“I’m very happy we helped each other,” said Belgira who flung the goal—with the versatile Javier Gayoso as decoy—against a five-man wall.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Teen gunned down in Masbatelast_img read more

Nadal wins 6th title of year in Beijing; Garcia beats Halep

first_imgView comments The 15th-ranked Garcia, who lost to Halep the two previous times they played, won her second consecutive WTA title. The Frenchwoman will make her top-10 debut when the new rankings come out on Monday.The 31-year-old Nadal’s six trophies this year include a record 10th title at the French Open and a third at the U.S. Open. The last time the Spaniard won at least six titles in a year was in 2013 when he captured 10 trophies for the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogKyrgios started Sunday struggling with his serve and never found a confident range throughout the match. His first-serve percentage mostly languished under the 50 percent mark.In contrast, Nadal always looked in charge and saved all four break points he faced. How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Hamilton wins Japanese GP to move closer to F1 title LATEST STORIES In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Garcia also won her final in straight sets.“She played amazing tennis,” Halep said of Garcia. “She deserved to win today. She was better.”For Halep, the loss was particularly disappointing as she was unable to back up her guaranteed debut in the No. 1 ranking on Monday. She secured the top spot on Saturday with her semifinal victory over French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.Halep’s best opportunity to rebound against Garcia ended when she failed to make good on any of the nine break points she had at 3-3 in the second set.“For sure it definitely turned the second set,” Garcia said. “This game was definitely very important.”In the second-set tiebreaker, the unseeded Garcia jumped out to 4-1, and on a first match point at 6-3 with Halep serving, the Romanian netted a forehand. Garcia fell to her knees in celebration.She is enjoying an 11-match winning streak, having captured her first title of the season at Wuhan last week. This is the second time she’s won a career-best 11 straight matches.“It was such an amazing two weeks,” Garcia said. “It went so fast.”Garcia saved a match point in her three-set quarterfinal victory over third-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.The last time Kyrgios played a No. 1 it was also against Nadal. In that 2014 fourth-round encounter at Wimbledon, the then 144th-ranked Kyrgios emerged a four-set winner. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img DAY6 is for everybody This was Nadal’s second China Open title in four trips to the final. He won his first in his Beijing debut in 2005.“In 2005, I never will believe that I will keep playing tennis in 2017,” Nadal said.Nadal leads Kyrgios 3-2 in career meetings, and 2-1 this season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I was playing very high intensity the whole match, changing the directions and not making many mistakes,” Nadal said.Kyrgios offered Nadal eight break points in the first set with Nadal taking two service breaks.Kyrgios was angered by a line call in the first set and his complaints eventually cost him a penalty point at the start of the eighth game.Kyrgios didn’t make it onto the board in the second set until he was serving with Nadal already leading 5-0.“In the semifinal I played well, obviously beating Alex (Zverev),” Kyrgios said. “It’s a typical type of week for me: beat a player well, then pretty much no-show.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot to Nick Kyrgios of Australia during the men’s singles final match of the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, China. APRafael Nadal beat Nick Kyrgios of Australia 6-2, 6-1 Sunday(Monday Manila time) in the China Open final to win his sixth ATP title of the year, and Caroline Garcia defeated soon-to-be-No. 1 Simona Halep 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the women’s event.Top-ranked Nadal, who was tied with Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev at five titles this season, picked up his 75th career singles trophy with the win in Beijing.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Conor McGregor apologizes for homophobic slur

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Fil-Am forward Kamaka Hepa commits to Texas Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Conor McGregor watches replays after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas.  AP Photo/Isaac BrekkenUFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor is known for being quite the trash talker to his opponents, but has always seemed to know his limits.Yet, the 29-year-old Irish superstar has caught the ire of the LGBT community, after he was caught on camera using a homophobic slur to fellow UFC fighter Andre Fili.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The incident occurred in the backstage at UFC Gdansk in Poland on Oct. 21, after Fili dominated McGregor’s teammate Artem Lobov in their Featherweight bout.In an appearance on Irish TV show “The Late Late Show,” McGregor apologized for his words and clarified the incident.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 was whispering in his ear and I was speaking on that and I said what I said,” “The Notorious” said. “I meant no disrespect to nobody of the LGBT community. I didn’t mean no disrespect.”McGregor also made it clear that he voted “yes” during a 2015 ballot initiative which legalized same-sex unions in Ireland. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “You’d swear I was screaming at two people of the same sex kissing,” he said. “I campaigned, when we were trying to get same-sex marriage legalized, I was campaigning for that. It is another one where things just get blown out and they love to just, any chance they get they love to throw me under the bus.”His employer, the UFC, meanwhile, has yet to make an official statement regarding the controversy, but McGregor believes pundits should not make it bigger than it really is.“It is what it is,” he said. “I’ll just say sorry for what I said and that’s it and try to move on from it.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:MMA star McGregor wants to fight a boxer on his turfADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Lady Blazers near Final Four berth

first_imgSt. Benilde Lady Blazers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSt. Benilde strengthened its bid for a Final Four spot after stomping Mapua, 25-18, 25-15, 25-17, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Blazers, who still have a game left in their schedule, improved to 5-3 and tied Jose Rizal University at fourth place with the end of the tournament’s elimination round approaching.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year The Lady Cardinals, meanwhile, wrapped up their campaign with a 0-9 record.St. Benilde head coach Arnold Laniog used the game to give exposure to some of their bench players heading into the Final Four.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“Our target today was to perform what we did in practice and also to improve in the areas we need to master if we want to go further,” said Laniog in Filipino. “And we gave a chance to some of our players to feel what it’s like playing in front of a crowd.” Optimism surrounds six-team PFL with new season kicking off next monthcenter_img Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:54Praise, festivities at Quiapo Church ahead of Black Nazarene’s return01:06Anti-US rally in Manila against attacks in Iraq02:14Carpio 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

De Leon mum on Ateneo future: ‘I don’t want to make rash decisions’

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo failed to enter the finals for the first time in seven years after the Lady Eagles bowed Far Eastern University, 25-20, 25-21, 14-25, 25-19, in the Final Four of Season 80 and De Leon may or may not have played her final year in Lady Eagle blue.“It’s a possibility [that I played my last], but I don’t want to make rash decisions,” said De Leon Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “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 crownAnd it’s not only De Leon’s future with Ateneo that is uncertain as the whole Lady Eagles team in in transition mode with Tai Bundit, the only title-winning head coach with the team, not returning for Season 81.De Leon added that despite Ateneo’s exit in the Final Four, the first time since Season 73 that the Lady Eagles failed to enter the championship round, the team still overachieved. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Bea De Leon has been in the finals of the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament for all her career until now.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ The Lady Eagles had a new setter in Deanna Wong, several untested liberos in Dani Ravena and Ria Lo, and a converted libero in Ponggay Gaston, but still managed to take a respectable 9-4 record and finish as the third seed.“I even had my own doubts if we can make the Final Four, we had a lot of opportunities and we made it,” said De Leon who had seven points against the Lady Tamaraws.“I think we still outdid ourselves, maybe it wasn’t the best of exits because we lost three straight but I’m very proud of what the team has achieved.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew NU repulses UST, returns to UAAP men’s volleyball finals Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Read Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View commentslast_img read more

Ceres-Negros advances to Asean zonal semifinals despite loss to Home United

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Even with Takumi Uesato and Kevin Ingreso sidelined by injuries and Manny Ott rested, the Busmen still dominated possession, but were left undone by some poor finishing.Omid Nazari rattled the bar with a free kick as early as the seventh minute, even as Home stood firm the rest of the way to shut out Ceres, which failed to score for the first time in the tournament.It was Ceres’ first loss in almost three months with the Busmen’s last defeat coming against Tianjin Quanjian in the AFC Champions League qualifying round in January.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next F2 Logistics, Petron gun for Finals berths Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Still, the Bacolod-based side reached the knockout stage as the best second placed team among the three Southeast Asian groups in the tournament after finishing with 13 points from six matches.Home also ended up with 13 points, but advanced as the top team owing to a superior head to head record.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 crownThe result meant that the Busmen will be matched up with Myanmar’s Yangon United in the semifinals, while Home will be up against Persija Jakarta of Indonesia.Ceres will host the first leg on May 9 with the second leg set in Yangon on May 16. (FILE) CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBACOLOD CITY—Ceres-Negros advanced to the Asean zonal semifinals of the AFC Cup for the second straight year despite a 0-2 defeat to Home United of Singapore on Wednesday night at Panaad Stadium here.The Busmen conceded both goals in the second half as they suffered their first home loss in the competition in three years.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View commentslast_img read more

Ex-Raptors coach Casey named NBA Coach of the Year

first_imgDwane Casey, current head coach of the Detroit Pistons, accepts the coach of the year award for his work with the Toronto Raptors at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 25, 2018, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Dwane Casey has won the NBA’s Coach of the Year award for his work with his former team, the Toronto Raptors. He was fired last month and has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons.Casey led the Raptors to the No. 1 seed in the East for the first time in franchise history. Toronto won a team-record 59 games. Casey coached the East in the All-Star Game for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Kangaroo stops play during Australian women’s soccer match Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Casey won over Quin Snyder of Utah and Brad Stevens of Boston.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 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

7-time champ Serena Williams gets smooth draw at Wimbledon

first_imgSerena Williams of the U.S. celebrates as she defeats Germany’s Julia Georges during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Saturday, June 2, 2018 in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)LONDON — Serena Williams avoided any early matchups against opponents with success to speak of at Wimbledon in a draw on Friday that could put her against No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina in the third round.Williams is returning to the grass-court tournament for the first time since 2016 after missing it last year while pregnant. She gave birth to a daughter in September.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES View comments She is ranked outside the top 150, but the All England Club decided to seed her 25th based on past success, which includes collecting seven of her 23 Grand Slam singles trophies at Wimbledon. Williams’ first-round opponent when play begins on Monday will be 107th-ranked Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands, who has one career tour title.Williams is competing for the first time since she pulled out of the French Open ahead of a fourth-round showdown against five-time major champion Maria Sharapova in early June, citing an injured chest muscle. That was Williams’ return to Grand Slam action after a 16-month absence.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 crownRus has only once been as far as Wimbledon’s third round, back in 2012. That was the last time she won a match at the All England Club. She was beaten in the first round of qualifying a year ago, as were both of the women Williams could meet in the second round, 136th-ranked qualifier Viktoriya Tomova of Bulgaria and 167th-ranked wild-card recipient Tereza Smitkova of the Czech Republic.Svitolina has only once been as far as the fourth round. San Beda returns to Filoil finals Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Taal volcano ejects smoke and ash, villagers flee02:14Carpio 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 Two-time champion Andy Murray will face 48th-ranked Benoit Paire in the first round. It’s a rematch of Murray’s fourth-round victory over the Frenchman at the All England Club in 2017.That was Murray’s last win before he sat out nearly a year because of an injured hip that was surgically repaired in January.He returned to action last week and so is ranked only 156th and unseeded at Wimbledon, which he won in 2013 and 2016.Murray could face 26th-seeded Denis Shapovalov of Canada in the second round.The top-seeded Federer’s opening opponent on Monday will be 57th-ranked Dusan Lajovic of Serbia. Their only previous meeting anywhere came in Wimbledon’s second round last year, when Federer won in straight sets en route to the title.No. 2 seed Nadal, whose 17 Grand Slam titles trail only Federer’s 20 among men, faces 129th-ranked Dudi Sela of Israel on Tuesday. Nadal has won both of their previous matchups.Men’s first-rounders to keep an eye on include Dimitrov against three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka, who is still working his way back into form after knee surgery; 12-time major champ Novak Djokovic against Australian Open quarterfinalist Tennys Sandgren of the U.S.; and No. 23 Richard Gasquet against Gael Monfils in a matchup of Frenchmen.Two women who lost a Wimbledon final against Serena Williams will meet in the first round when former No. 1 and two-time major champion Angelique Kerber plays qualifier Vera Zvonareva. Kerber was the runner-up in 2016, Zvonereva in 2010.Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion who is seeded 24th, could face 2017 French Open champion and 12th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko in the third round, and Kvitova in the fourth. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Williams’ possible fourth-round opponent, 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys, made one quarterfinal appearance, while the 36-year-old American’s potential quarterfinal foe, reigning Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, has never been beyond the fourth round.Williams could face her older sister, five-time champion and 2017 runner-up Venus, in the semifinals. The ninth-seeded Venus Williams opens against 62nd-ranked Johanna Larsson of Sweden, who is 0-7 at Wimbledon.The Williams sisters are not in the doubles draw. They have won 14 Grand Slam titles as a pair, including six at Wimbledon.In the top half of the women’s singles bracket, the quarterfinals could be French Open champion Simona Halep vs. two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova, and defending champ Garbine Muguruza vs. No. 6 Caroline Garcia. In the bottom half, No. 2 Wozniacki was drawn to face Svitolina, while 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens could play No. 7 Karolina Pliskova.The potential men’s quarterfinals in the top half are eight-time champion Roger Federer vs. 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Kevin Anderson, and 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic vs. No. 6 seed Grigor Dimitrov. In the bottom half of the bracket, it could be two-time Wimbledon winner Rafael Nadal vs. 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, and No. 4 Alexander Zverev vs. No. 7 Dominic Thiem.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Cargo Movers, Blaze Spikers open PSL Invitational title series

first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Ramil de Jesus. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith F2 Logistics having all hands on deck this time, including its head coach, the Cargo Movers on Thursday open their best-of-three series with Petron for the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference title as the slight favorites.The Blaze Spikers will come into the 7 p.m. game at Filoil Flying V Centre with top hitter Frances Molina still hurting, which could greatly tilt the balance of power especially with Ramil de Jesus back coaching the Cargo Movers.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 De Jesus took a leave from the team in the Grand Prix earlier this year because of duties with La Salle in the UAAP.“The team had its shortcomings in the last Grand Prix,” said De Jesus, who acted as consultant to head coach Arnold Laniog in that conference.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’“[And] if they (Cargo Movers) will not give their full effort and play well, we will get the same result like we had in the Grand Prix,” De Jesus, who has the core of his La Salle team forming the F2 nucleus, went on.“If they are thirsty for this title, the players have to show it inside the court.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Clarkson, Standhardinger in Asiad lineup unlikely Shaq Delos Santos, meanwhile, believes that the mere presence of Molina alone can inspire the rest of the team. He also said that Molina, who has an injured shin, will be ready when called upon.“It all boils down to the heart of the players because both teams are good skillwise and the coaches have their respective game plans,” said Delos Santos, who has a 2-1 edge in title series wins over De Jesus.“Ces (Molina) is hurt, but she’s ready to go,” said Delos Santos, who will be squaring off with F2 for the fourth straight conference.Meanwhile, Smart-Army and Cignal collide at 4:15 p.m. for the bronze medal.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more