RACEHORSE owner and breeder, Dr Paul Wright, has questioned the authority of the stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) to determine jockey Aaron Chatrie’s state of mind, which led to them standing him down from his remaining mounts at Caymanas Park last Saturday. Dr Wright has referred to Rule 7d of the Jamaica Racing Commission Act, which authorises the stewards, “To suspend a person from performing his duties at a race or race meeting after considering medical opinion on the person’s health.” “They made a medical opinion on a jockey’s potential to earn a living, based on non-medical evidence. That is a restraint of trade. It is the man’s living. You made a medical decision with no training. The doctor on duty was next door the stewards. Do they know whether he is a trained psychiatrist or has any training in psychiatry?” asked Wright, who previously served as doctor on duty at the racetrack for 14 years. Operation steward Eustace Williams, who said Chatrie had engaged in “ungentlemanly behaviour” and was deemed “a danger to himself and others”, has countered Wright’s referral to Rule 7d, saying the section speaks to physical health, not mental state, which, he said, turned out to be “a judgement call”. “We saw his behaviour and how he appeared. He could have been a danger to himself, other persons and horses. It was basically a judgement call that we had to make,” he explained. Williams yesterday pointed to Rule 7i, which empowers the stewards, “To take such action, in advance, as they may regard as necessary to prevent an infringement of the Rules.” Wright remained adamant, however, that Chatrie was denied the right to earn a living based on non-medical evidence. “As far as I know, the stewards of a race meet cannot declare a man unfit unless they get an opinion from a duly qualified medical person, after examination and diagnosis. He is then to be sent off, immediately, to a tertiary institution for further expert opinion,” he stated. Only doctors allowed “The jockey signs a contract to ride a horse. The only person who can take him down is a doctor. The retainer is a contract that states, I am going to ride your horse. That information is published in the race form and newspapers. People bet based on which jockey is riding which horse. “Chatrie was down to ride SEEKING HOPE. He was replaced by Orlando Foster, who, on form, can in no way be compared to Chatrie,” Wright lamented. Meanwhile, Chatrie, who was on Tuesday slapped with a 10-day ban for the incident, in addition to $20,000 in fines, lodged an appeal with the JRC on Wednesday. He was fined $10,000 for the WOMAN IS BOSS disqualification and an equal sum for the previous week’s disqualification of BOLD AVIATOR. Chatrie has asked for a reduction in his sentence as well as a stay of execution, which would allow him to resume riding, pending appeal. The jockey’s ask for a stay of execution was in line to be heard by the commission yesterday.
Gambling on the unknown Captain is obviously still the man. Any rushed replacement of the army veteran would be nothing short of a gamble on the unknown at this level of leadership. However, Captain needs to take heed and realise that not all the subjects in his kingdom are happy with his rule. He needs to answer some of the questions raised by Powell and others, but I never agreed with the notion of ‘getting out’ Captain just for the sake of getting him out. When it was done in 2003, I disagreed and I never agreed with it this time around. The ‘hate the Captain’ phenomenon is something that I think cuts deeper into the Jamaican psyche than mere football. It’s not the norm for a black Jamaican to be as successful as Captain Burrell, both in his private business and in terms of his rise in stature in the corridors of power in world football. Those realities, along with his proud and sometimes arrogant demeanour, will always attract detractors, especially in Jamaica’s undeniable ‘crab in the barrel’ culture. We tend to accept silly notions such as ‘giving another man a chance’, ‘Captain is there too long’, ‘he is too arrogant’, ‘he is too boasy’, etc. Performance and achievements are secondary, while the bigger picture is often rendered irrelevant when we make big decisions. What is unfolding in the football is a microcosm of the wider Jamaican society. I am not saying for one moment that Captain is indispensable or that no one else can manage the affairs of Jamaica’s football. But all things considered, his experience, track record, reputation and stature – locally and internationally – Captain Burrell is still the candidate to lead our football. The decision for Powell was not bad for football. On the contrary, it is very good for football and it would be very unfortunate if Powell and, or Mr Danny Beckford, the St Ann Football Association president who nominated Powell, were in any way victimised for their bold step. We need to get beyond that level of tribal thinking. The questions raised need answering and the issues highlighted remain unattended, plus Captain needed the wake-up call, even as he moves forward with another emphatic mandate. I would like to encourage continued unity within the football fraternity, with the understanding that Captain is still, deservedly, THE MAN, and also an appreciation that the very attempt at a challenge by Powell is democracy at work. That is something we should always cherish and never ever take for granted. With the challenge by Orville Powell for the unseating of Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President Captain Horace Burrell fizzing into an anti-climactic no-contest – with Powell embarrassingly getting just one of the required four affiliates to nominate him – it’s ample time, again, for some retrospection. Looking dispassionately at what reasonably might have been and what could have been with a change of leadership at the JFF, I ask myself one simple question. All things considered, would Powell or any another local football administrator be able to do a better job of running the affairs of Jamaica’s football than Burrell? That is the key question the delegates must have asked themselves, and subsequently answered by their overwhelming rejection of the Powell’s bid. There is no doubt that the Montego Bay United Football Club owner has good and honest intentions for local football, but his challenge was rushed and premature. A strident and fearless personality like Powell definitely has a role to play going forward. My recommendation is that he continues to establish himself more as a credible leader by continuing to ask the relevant questions and raising pertinent issues over time, earn himself some more experience, spread his wings within the fraternity and then ‘wheel and come again’.
Sixteen of the very best horses in the country will today contest the inaugural running of the Supreme Ventures Diamond Mile, which offers a record purse of $13.5 million.The mammoth 14-race pro-gramme at Caymanas Park, which commences 10:10 a.m., will see the remaining 13 races offering purses of $1 million and over. And if that wasn’t enough, purse money will be paid to the first 10 past the post in the Diamond Mile, with a whopping $6.5 million going to the owner of the winner, $2.1 million for second, and $1.25 million for third.The race, which was conceived by the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission, is being sponsored by Supreme Ventures Limited with support coming from Caymanas Track Limited and the Jamaica Racing Commission.With so much at stake and the big guns of racing chomping at the bit to get a piece of the action, it should be a day of huge excitement. All roads will definitely lead to Caymanas Park today.GALAXY OF STARSAmong the galaxy of stars down to run in the Diamond Mile are the 2013 derby and St Leger winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, oneof six horses conditioned by 14-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta; stable-companions SEEKING MY DREAM, who won the derby in June; and ALI BABA, winner of the 2000 Guineas in April; two-time Horse of the Year; TYPEWRITER; the recent Superstakes winner FRANFIELD; not to mention the crack imported horse UPPA TUNE; outgoing champion sprinter POTCHEEN; and, of course, COMMANDING CHIEF.At the weights, the race looks tailored for SEEKING MY DREAM, to be ridden by four-time champion Omar Walker for Member of Parliament Derrick Smith.SEEKING MY DREAM estab-lished himself as the season’s top three-year-old by virtue of having won the derby in June and his close second to ALI BABA and SUPERLUMINAL in both the 2000 Guineas and St Leger, respectively.He catches my fancy, with the conditions of weight allotment for the three-year-olds (53.0kg) decisively in his favour.Since losing the recent Coca Cola Invitational Mile on the line to the lightly weighted PHINEAS on November 14, SEEKING MY DREAM has impressed at exercise. He looked the part when cantering nine furlongs Sunday morning, galloping the last six in 1:13.2, beating his much accomplished stable-companion PERFECT NEIGHBOUR by a length in the process.To say that SEEKING MY DREAM has improved since losing to SUPERLUMINAL in the July 4 St Leger would be an understatement.Indeed, I am expecting him to win on the strength of his near miss in the Invitational Mile when having his first outing in over four months. Toting top weight of 57.0kg that day, SEEKING MY DREAM, with Robert Halledeen aboard that day, chased stable-companion FORTUNEONE-HUNDRED before going by entering the straight, only to be denied on the line by the fast-finishing PHINEAS.NO MISTAKENow better for the run, SEEKING MY DREAM should make no mistake with his derby-winning jockey, Walker, back in the saddle. The Harry Parsard-trained UPPA TUNE is versatile and consistent as they come and given his strong pace, should make a brave bid with champion Dane Nelson aboard. But the biggest danger to SEEKING MY DREAM is his own stable-companion, PERFECT NEIGH-BOUR, who ran on strongly to beat a good field of grade one horses in the Gold Cup over 1400 metres some weeks ago and will truly relish a mile.Other firm fancies on the card are MESSITHEGREAT in the opening race for maiden three-year-olds; FORCE DEJOUR, who has win seven of his last eight races, to rebound in the second; WILL IN CHARGE to go one better in the fifth for maiden two-year-olds; as well as SHINE in the seventh; BRAVE PROSPECT in the ninth; and SILVER CLOUD to complete the hat-trick in the 10th, the SVL Diamond Sprint Trophy over 1200 metres.
Who 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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View 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 hours 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’ – Lacson
Don’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 comments
St. 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 month 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 comments
Trending 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 STORIES 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 comments
P16.5-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 comments