JAMAICA’s most-decorated female martial artist Sheckema Cunningham departs the island tomorrow for Stuttgart, Germany, to participate in Saturday’s International Sport Kickboxing Association’s (ISKA) International German Open.The Open is a German qualifier for the World Championships to be held in Stuttgart, May 2016.Cunningham shone at the ISKA US Open in July, winning her three fights in leading Jamaica to a silver medal in the Gold Cup won by Germany.Her coach, Jason McKay, said the Stuttgart tournament is being used as a launch pad for Cunningham, who won a bronze medal in sparring at the International Taekwon-Do Federation 2011 World Championships, to add an ISKA world title to her trophy case.”She is set to retire in five years. The aim is for her to win the World Championships next year and hold that title until she retires. That would be an ISKA record,” McKay said yesterday.Jamaica has had five ISKA world champions: Oshane Murray, Kenneth Edwards, Nicholas Dusard, Subrina Richards and Akino Lindsay.GETTING ACCLIMATISED”This championship is to sensitise her to the environment, get her acclimatised and sensitised to German fighters. Though five Jamaicans have won ISKA World Championships gold, none has ever defended it.”It’s going to be an extremely difficult championship. She will face the best ISKA fighters in continuous sparring, Europeans. The best in points sparring are the Americans and us. I expect her to do better in points sparring. Continuous will be very tough for her, but I expect her to medal,” he added.Cunningham admitted she hasn’t competed much locally or internationally this year because of an injury sustained at the ITF World Cup in Montego Bay last August. However, she believes she will be ready by Saturday.”In fitness, I would say I am at about eight out of 10. By the time I get there, I should be physically ready, doing both continuous and points sparring. I don’t believe I have done that in years. Preparing for that is very hard, but my coach gets me ready for anything,” said the petite 30-year-old, who normally fights at -50.0 kilos, but will be in the minimum -57.0 kilo category.
Waterhouse Football Club President Fitzroy Vidal says the club has to go shopping in the January window to strengthen areas where it has failed on the pitch this season, this as the local powerhouse team looks to rise from its position at the bottom of the 12-team league.”Certainly, I am not comfortable with the present squad of players. I think that my team needs to be strengthened, and we know where the weak areas are; we have identified them. We think this transfer window presents an opportunity for us to fix that,” admitted Vidal, the club’s new president.”We have conceded too many goals, and that is one of the areas we are looking to strengthen. We have identified the players for those positions, but I won’t call names now. But I am hoping that we can get some of these deals wrapped up and start getting better results,” he told The Gleaner.Waterhouse, currently bottom on 15 points, started the season with Calvert Fitzgerald at the helm. But after a shaky start, he was briefly replaced by former coach Anthony Patrick, before Paul Young assumed responsibilities recently as head coach.Throughout the season, the team has struggled for wins, with only three victories from 19 outings to date.TURNING AROUND CRISISThe Drewsland-based club has dwelled at the bottom of the table for most of the season, but Vidal has no doubt Young can turn the crisis around and return normalcy to the Waterhouse Stadium.”I reached out for the coach that I have confidence in, and that is Paul Young. He had to finish up some other work that he was doing overseas, … and in the interim, I brought in Anthony Patrick.”Paul took a bit longer than I expected to come in, but since Paul came, in his first two games, we got six goals, significantly more than we have been getting. So at least the conversion is taking place now,” the club president assessed.”The discipline and motivation is at a high at the club, all the players have stepped up their games and we believe we are on our way to getting back to the top,” he continued.Vidal has no fear of relegation and remains confident Waterhouse FC will make the top four, despite being 14 points adrift of a play-off spot.”It is all-important for us to be in the League, and I have no doubt at this time that we will not drop out of the league. We believe we belong there. We are satisfied with what we are doing to ensure that we maintain our status in the Premier League, and we are going to compete as we are not done yet. I tell you confidently that we are heading for the semi-finals,” he stated.”I want to say thanks to the fans for standing by us in this difficult time. We know it is not easy, but your support has been a tower of strength behind us. I am happy to be a part of this mighty club and committed to delivering results.”
St George’s College’s ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup football captain Dominic James, whose sudden passing shook the nation, yesterday received larger-than-life tributes from the local football community and beyond.The Holy Trinity Cathedral was packed to capacity, while scores stood outside as the tearful attended the thanksgiving devotion for the life of the fallen St George’s player.James was affectionately called ‘Delly’ by teammates and friends, and ‘Alessandro’, after his middle name, by coach Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell.He died Tuesday while leading his school against Excelsior High at Stadium East. He would have been 19 next Monday, September 26.According to St George’s Head Boy Odane Lalor: “It shakes the schoolboy population. It is the tragic loss of a football hero.”He was seen as somebody who would have made a difference if he was with us,” he outlined. “Delly’s smile was contagious.”He is always smiling, and happy birthday when it comes, Delly. Keep on smiling,” Lalor told The Gleaner.Acting Principal Dave Soares called the school mood “downcast”, noting that “Dominic will always live in our hearts”.”He was … [an] avid footballer, good leader, so he will live in our hearts. Moving forward, we will have to decide whether we have a memorial scholarship in his name, that’s in conjunction with his parents, of course,” he explained.He was backed by old boy, Opposition spokesperson on education, Ronald Thwaites, who acknowledged the unity that “James’ death had brought”.HONOURING JAMES”It would be a good thing to endow a sports scholarship for the most disciplined student or something in his honour. Doing that would be a considerable remembering,” outlined Thwaites.Education Minister and former Jamaica College principal, Ruel Reid, described James as “a standout student and leader in the classroom during his time at JC”, prior to transferring in 2014.”For me, Dominic died as a hero in his own way. May his soul rest in peace,” Reid said.Newly installed Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President, Howard Isaacs paid tribute, while an inconsolable goalkeeper, John Wilson, said “captain Dominic is always smiling, very humble and important to our team. I can’t believe he is gone. The team is going to miss him.”Meanwhile, former Red Stripe Premier League champions, Waterhouse Football Club, of which James was a senior player during the 2014-15 season, paid tribute. He also played for the club’s Under-20 team, winning the championship in 2014.”To his parents and immediate family, our hearts go out to you, and our condolences to the entire St George’s College team and wider school body,” said Donovan White, club president.Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) and its affiliates extended “sincere condolences to the family, schoolmates and friends of the late Dominic James at his sudden and untimely passing.”Students from St George’s, neighbouring Kingston College and Holy Trinity High, Convent of Mercy Academy Alpha, along with Wolmer’s Boys, Excelsior High, Jamaica College, Calabar High and Bridgeport High School turned out yesterday, along with a number of other high school principals.Carlo Redwood, vice-president of marketing for Manning Cup sponsor FLOW, was also in attendance.”Our thoughts are with Dominic’s family, friends and the wider St Georges College community at this time, and we express our deepest sympathies to them. We are very saddened by the passing of this promising young Jamaican talent,” a release from FLOW said.There was also social-media outpouring on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, including past players Gregory Messam Jr, Chevon Stewart, and others.
(CMC):Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul claimed his 19th five-wicket haul in first-class cricket and became the fifth bowler to take 300 wickets in the modern version of the Regional Four-Day Championship, to put Guyana Jaguars in control of their opening-round game against Jamaica Scorpions here yesterday.Defending their first-innings total of 298, Jaguars bundled out Scorpions for an inadequate 208 in reply, with Permaul finishing with five for 60 and fellow left-arm spinner, Gudakesh Motie, picking up four for 61.Together, they combined to wreck the visitors innings, which appeared in great shape at 113 for one.Opener John Campbell carried the fight for the visitors with 71 and Andre McCarthy got 36, but once Permaul and Motie got stuck in, wickets tumbled steadily, with the last six collapsing for the addition of just 41 runs.26 WITHOUT LOSSIn their second turn at the crease, Jaguars were 26 without loss – an overall lead of 116 heading into the third day at the Guyana National Stadium.Earlier, captain and left-arm spinner Nikita Miller finished with four for 71 and seamer Derval Green, three for 72, as Jaguars managed to add only 19 runs after resuming on 279 for seven.Left-hander Campbell then gave Scorpions the ideal start, posting 73 for the first wicket with hometown boy Trevon Griffith (20) and another 40 for the second wicket with Devon Thomas (20).All told, the 23-year-old West Indies A batsman stroked ten fours in an entertaining 101-ball innings.AT WARNER PARK: Pride trail by 275 runs with seven wickets intact.LEEWARD ISLANDS HURRICANES, 377 (Nkrumah Bonner, 94; Rahkeem Cornwall, 84; Jahmar Hamilton, 65; Kenroy Williams, 4-26; Kevin Stoute, 3-35).BARBADOS PRIDE 102 for three (Roston Chase, 29; Rahkeem Cornwall, 2-42).AT GUYANA NATIONAL STADIUM: Jaguars lead by 116 runs.GUYANA JAGUARS 298 (Shiv Chanderpaul, 91; Rajendra Chandrika, 86; Raymon Reifer, 40; Nikita Miller, 4-71; Derval Green, 3-72) and 26 without loss.JAMAICA SCORPIONS 208 (John Campbell, 71; Andre McCarthy, 36; Veerasammy Permaul, 5-60; Gudakesh Motie 4-61).
Milwaukee Bucks breakout star Giannis Antetokounmpo is headed to the Philippines on Sunday for “The Greek Freak Invades Manila” at Glorietta Activity Center in Makati.ADVERTISEMENT King Bally has donated a fully refurbished basketball court to the campus along Kalayaan Avenue. The official turnover of the completed basketball court will also take place at the event.Antetokounmpo will also meet the MakSci students who participated in the 3-on-3 tournament. He will have a chance to offer advice and inspire young Filipino players who might one day enjoy the same success.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Fans will get a chance to see Antetokounmpo in action as he participates in exhibition drills with PBA players Gabe Norwood and Ranidel de Ocampo along and college basketball stars Vince Tolentino, Marco Sario and Thomas Torres at 4pm in the event organized by King Bally Entertainment Group.INQUIRER is the official media partner of the “The Greek Freak Invades Manila.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The charity event is free for public but fans have the chance to get up close with the young Greek forward. Mechanics are available King Bally’s official Facebook and the Ayala Center website.“The Greek Freak Invades Manila” will also host the final match of a 3-on-3 tournament featuring students of the Makati Science High School, which is the beneficiary school of the event. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 LOOK: Tour de France cyclist shows off tired, vascular legs after 16 stages View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson League heavyweights Foton, F2 Logistics and Petron see action Saturday in the Chooks-to-Go Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Cargo Movers and Blaze Spikers renew their rivalry in the 6 p.m. match—with last season’s finalists also parading the same imports they had during their Finals showdown.ADVERTISEMENT However, F2 Logistics won’t be having key players Dawn Macandili, Majoy Baron and Kim Kiana Dy, who are playing for La Salle in the ongoing UAAP.The Tornadoes (1-1), who are also bucking the absence of UAAP star Jaja Santiago, test the mettle of the Cocolife Asset Managers (2-2) at 4 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCocolife has won its last two games. LATEST STORIES JPV finally plays on Marikina home pitch, hosts Global; Davao opens season bid vs Kaya 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 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings
Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees: It’s on — again. Mookie Betts and the Red Sox make their first trip of the season to New York to take on Aaron Judge and the Yankees. Boston won the AL East in 2017, and then bolstered its lineup by signing slugger J.D. Martinez to a $110 million, five-year contract in February. New York, which lost to Houston in last year’s AL Championship Series, traded for Giancarlo Stanton in December, creating the type of star-studded batting order usually only found in video games. One of baseball’s biggest rivalries is must-see TV again in 2018.THURSDAY, MAY 17Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels: Albert Pujols begins the season just 32 hits shy of 3,000, and he could be right around the magic number when Los Angeles welcomes Tampa Bay to town for the opener of a four-game series. The 38-year-old Pujols isn’t as dangerous as he was at the start of his career, but he hit 23 homers and drove in 101 runs for the Angels last year. He dropped about 15 pounds over the winter and could see more time at first base after Los Angeles signed pitcher and designated hitter Shohei Ohtani over the winter.FRIDAY, JUNE 15Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals: The NL Central used to belong to the Cardinals, but it has been the Cubs’ show lately. Chicago won the division in each of the past two seasons and remains the favorite after signing right-hander Yu Darvish to a $126 million, six-year contract in February. St. Louis traded for outfielder Marcell Ozuna in December and is hoping to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2015. A good place to start might be the season series against Chicago after the Cardinals lost 14 of 19 games against the Cubs last year.ADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a spring baseball game in Tempe, Ariz., Wednesday, March 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Baseball begins again with every team opening on the same day for the first time since 1968. Here are a handful of dates to mark on the calendar:THURSDAY, MARCH 29ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Shohei Ohtani’s arrival leads Angels into a fascinating year In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers: The earliest domestic start in baseball history features one of the game’s best rivalries. Clayton Kershaw makes his record eighth opening-day start for the NL champion Dodgers after going 18-4 with a 2.31 ERA in 27 starts last year. He takes on a much more challenging lineup after the Giants acquired Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen in a pair of offseason trades. It’s the first opener between the clubs since 2013.MONDAY, APRIL 2FEATURED 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 crownBaltimore Orioles at Houston Astros: Reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve and the Astros celebrate the franchise’s first championship before their home opener against Adam Jones and the Orioles. The Astros outlasted the Dodgers in a seven-game World Series last fall, and they might be even better this year after acquiring right-hander Gerrit Cole in a January trade with Pittsburgh. The Orioles are hoping to bounce back after finishing last in the rugged AL East last season.TUESDAY, MAY 8 Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View comments Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ TUESDAY, JULY 17All-Star Game: The Midsummer Classic returns to Washington for the first time since Willie McCovey homered twice in the National League’s 9-3 victory at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in 1969. That was part of a long run of dominance for the NL in one of baseball’s showcase events, but times have changed. The American League won 2-1 in 10 innings in Miami last year for its fifth consecutive victory.TUESDAY, JULY 31Trade deadline: The last chance for teams to make deals without having to first pass players through waivers.THURSDAY, AUG. 30Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians: The AL Central rivals conclude their season series with eight games in August after Cleveland ran away from Minnesota on its way to the division title a year ago. The Twins are much improved after making a surprise playoff appearance in 2017, signing right-hander Lance Lynn and slugger Logan Morrison off the slow free-agent market and trading for righty Jake Odorizzi. The Indians return mostly intact after winning 102 games last season and dropping a heartbreaking first-round playoff series against the Yankees.SUNDAY, SEPT. 23New York Mets at Washington Nationals: When New York and Washington are healthy, they offer all sorts of tantalizing pitching matchups when they play each other. But the Mets have been hampered by injuries for the past couple years while the Nationals have captured the NL East in each of the previous two seasons. Each team is looking for a breakthrough under a new manager, with Mickey Callaway hoping to get the Mets back into the playoffs and Dave Martinez trying to guide the Nationals to postseason success.SUNDAY, SEPT. 30Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners: Ichiro Suzuki begins his 18th season in the majors in the same place where he started after he came to the United States from Japan, returning to Seattle for a $750,000, one-year contract. If he decides this is it — Suzuki turns 45 in October, but doesn’t seem to be entertaining the idea of retiring anytime soon — he could play his final game at Safeco Field in the season finale. LATEST STORIES 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 “We have [close to] two weeks to review [our performance in the first half of the eliminations] and basically, prepare for Magnolia. We have 12 days to do that.”Play was very physical right from the start. With 3:20 left, GlobalPort’s Kelly Nabong and Rain or Shine’s Maverick Ahanmisi almost came to blows.Both were tossed for fighting fouls and several technical fouls where slapped, giving Garcia the chance to put Tiu back in the game after taking a rest for taking an elbow to the mouth from GlobalPort import Malcolm White.From 84-79, Tiu gave the Painters a breather after converting a technical free throw and a triple that broke the Batang Pier’s backs and doomed GlobalPort to their third loss in six games.Things almost got out of hand again in the last 40 seconds when Raymond Almazan planted an elbow to White’s face in a rebound play.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Burly Reggie Johnson led the Painters with 18 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists.James Yap had 14 points, Ahanmisi 13, Almazan 12 and Tiu 10 for the Painters, who won this tournament under Yeng Guiao in the 2015-2016 season with a similarly hulking import in Pierre Henderson-Niles.White paced the Batang Pier with 21 points.The scores:First GameRAIN OR SHINE 96—Johnson 18, Yap 14, Ahanmisi 13, Almazan 12, Tiu 10, Ponferada 9, Daquioag 7, Belga 6, Norwood 5, Torres 2, Nambatac 0.GLOBALPORT 90—White 21, Pringle 15, Anthony 14, Nabong 13, Tautuaa 8, Elorde 8, Grey 4, Javelona 3, Sargent 2, Guinto 2, Araña 0, Teng 0.Quarters: 26-30, 45-45, 67-62, 96-90Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alyssa’s Cool Smashers back on top View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Rain or Shine returned to the solo lead on Sunday night after a physical 96-90 decision of GlobalPort at Smart Araneta Coliseum where the endgame took a long time to finish after skirmishes halted play three times and Chris Tiu returned with a swollen kisser to play hero.In the nightcap, Phoenix Petroleum labored through two extra periods before edging Barangay Ginebra, 103-98, to tie idle Meralco for fifth and sixth spots at 3-2.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 crownGinebra fell to 1-3.“It’s good that we’re No. 1,” Garcia said after Rain or Shine rose to 4-1 after getting the biggest buckets in the endgame from Tiu. “But there’s still a long way to go. We’re just halfway through [the eliminations]. MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Game officials break up themelee that marred the Rain or Shine-GlobalPort game on Sunday night. —AUGUST DELA CRUZRain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia lauded his Elasto Painters for going into the annual PBA All-Star break on top of the Commissioner’s Cup heap.But instead of looking at the long break to marvel at how they have overachieved so far, Garcia will use the time to rest his players, review the things they’re doing right, identify what they have done wrong and prepare for a stern test on June 2.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
LATEST STORIES Yes, each has scored at least 200 more goals, won at least one more Champions League title and taken home at least one more Ballon d’Or trophy since that last World Cup. Ronaldo also captained Portugal to win the 2016 European Championship.Both have also turned 30 and seen their families grow, becoming doting dads while still the game’s best players.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 crownRonaldo is now a 33-year-old father of four children, and three were born within the last year.Messi will have his 31st birthday in Russia during the group stage, and two of his three sons were born since Argentina lost in the 2014 World Cup final. Messi inspired Barcelona to go unbeaten until the league title was won, when many expected a dip after Neymar left.Ronaldo scored in Madrid’s first 10 Champions League games on the way to a fourth final in five years, against Liverpool on Saturday. Madrid won the previous three.Amid the other-worldly feats are down-to-earth moments shared with social media followers — 91 million for LeoMessi on Instagram, 73 million for @Cristiano on Twitter.They show Ronaldo and 7-year-old son Cristiano Junior in green hospital gowns, at the bedside of partner Georgina Rodriguez and new-born daughter, Alana Martina, last November.Messi is reading a story to 5-year-old son Thiago, and wearing a red and white Santa Claus hat in a family portrait at Christmas.Thiago is among Messi’s toughest opponents, albeit on a games console — “he drives me crazy wanting to play all the time” — and Cristiano Junior joins dad to collect his trophies at FIFA award ceremonies.Cristiano Junior’s birthdays in June are woven through his dad’s major tournaments. He was born in the United States during the 2010 World Cup where, 12 days later in South Africa, Portugal lost to Spain in the round of 16.Ronaldo, captaining his country, scored once in four games and that was a late goal in a 7-0 rout of North Korea.In more fruitful times at Euro 2016, Ronaldo was surprised by a family visit at the team’s base near Paris so he could celebrate his son’s sixth birthday. Footage of the moment shows the tenderness between them.Ronaldo led the European champions to Russia last June for the 2017 Confederations Cup and was — unknown to all but a few people — unable to be with his newborn son and daughter, Mateo and Eva. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tamaraws fend off Falcons as Racela gauges team’s progress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ FILE – In this Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 file photo, Portuguese soccer player Christiano Ronaldo, second from right, and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., right, sit beside Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, left, and wife Antonella during the The Best FIFA 2017 Awards at the Palladium Theatre in London. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi put up impressive numbers, in life and on the field, going into a fourth World Cup for each. So much has happened for football’s standout stars since the 2014 tournament left both still lacking the game’s most coveted prize. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)GENEVA — Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have put up impressive numbers — in life and on the field — going into a fourth World Cup.So much has happened for football’s standout stars since the 2014 tournament, when both left Brazil still lacking the game’s most coveted prize.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial The day after Portugal’s semifinal loss on penalties to Chile, Ronaldo announced on social media he was a father again and had left Russia to see his twins.Ronaldo said he would not forget the understanding shown by Portugal coach Fernando Santos and the team’s management in whose service he was committed “body and soul” for the tournament.One day later, Messi had his own family event. Taking advantage of his first free offseason in four years, Messi married long-time partner Antonella Roccuzzo in Rosario, Argentina. Their third son, Ciro, was born in March.Messi missed Barcelona’s next game after the birth, and again put family first by missing a news conference where teammate Andres Iniesta confirmed he is leaving the club. Messi’s reason? He was collecting renewed passports for his sons.Still, a World Cup is unfinished business for both greats, whose career score of world’s best player trophies is 5-5.In 2006, Portugal lost to France in the semifinals. Last time, Portugal was third in a group where Germany and the United States advanced.Argentina has been eliminated by Germany, in two quarterfinals then a final.Both now are in tricky groups: Portugal plays Spain, Morocco and Iran. Argentina has Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.If the World Cup eludes Messi again, there is one important future goal. He and his wife want to welcome a daughter.“We are having trouble, but we are happy,” Messi told Fox Sports in a recent interview. “After the World Cup, or sometime in the future, we will try again.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Life is changing even as their will to win and hunger for goals stay the same.“You start to see things differently, in another manner,” Messi said in an interview with Spanish sports daily Marca, “and the truth is that becoming a father is most beautiful thing that has happened in my life.”For Ronaldo, there was a revealing recent interview with celebrity lifestyle magazine Hola!“It has shown me things about love I never knew existed,” the Real Madrid forward said of his family. “It has softened me and given me new perspective on what is really important in life.”This life balance delivered results on the field this season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Kiefer Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThere has been no shortage of support for Kiefer Ravena after he tested positive for prohibited substances and was suspended for 18 months by Fiba.Fellow athletes and coaches are rallying behind Ravena, who is one of the brightest young stars in the country.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil I stand with you, manong. @kieferravena #KiefTheFaith pic.twitter.com/r2EAXGiNmz— Ish Polvorosa (@ishpolvorosa) May 28, 2018 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Ravena’s basketball career took a major hit but many, including his national team coach Jong Uichico and fellow Atenean athletes Gretchen Ho and Ish Polvorosa, believe he will come back better than ever.I’ve seen how passionate, hardworking and sincere this guy is about his basketball since high school.No doubt 💯Got you @kieferravena. #WeStandWithKiefer pic.twitter.com/OQDHYO8mRU— Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) May 29, 2018 Rain or Shine veteran and Gilas Pilipinas teammate Gabe Norwood also gave some words of encouragement for Ravena.Keep your head up @kieferravena!— Gabe Norwood (@GNorwood5) May 28, 2018In a press conference on Monday, Ravena didn’t point fingers at anyone but himself.READ: Kiefer Ravena clears he’s not doing illegal drugsRavena plans to create an advocacy that aims to bring awareness about the prohibited substances in the World Anti-Doping Agency List as a way to prevent other athletes from committing the same mistake that he did.Take a second and look how @kieferravena is handling this challenge in his life. Admission. Explanation. Acceptance. Advocacy. Proud of you Kief. This, too, shall pass. Nothing but love and respect for you.— Jeff Cariaso (@thejet_22) May 29, 2018 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial A young man of tremendous character. No doubt in my mind you will fly higher after this @kieferravena! pic.twitter.com/bm9dvgFNYQ— Jong Uichico (@coachjong) May 29, 2018 “It could have been any of us. Stay strong @kieferravena! #KiefTheFaith,” Teng, who is now playing for the Alaska Aces in the PBA, posted on Twitter.The suspension also keeps Ravena from suiting up for the NLEX Road Warriors, who are now without their two best players with guard Kevin Alas still recovering from an ACL injury.Behind you all the way @kieferravena 🙏🏻👊🏻 #WeStandByKiefer pic.twitter.com/iyBsV9OGt9— Kevin Louie Alas (@kevinlouiealas) May 28, 2018ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Warriors reach 4th straight NBA Finals with win over Houston MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “@kieferravena has done so much for basketball in the country and deserves the benefit of the doubt. You can check out the list of banned substances here. How can anybody know this in a country with no WADA presence? #honestmistake,” Far Eastern University athletic director Mark Molina wrote on Twitter.READ: NLEX stands by Kiefer Ravena amid doping ban 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 crownAt 24, Ravena already owns the Philippine record for the most number of gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games with four.His college rival Jeron Teng also voiced out his support to the former Blue Eagle and fellow rookie in the PBA. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next