Volero remains spotless, downs VakifBank to stay atop Pool B

first_imgTeam ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Popovic though, walked it off and finished the match.Rykhliuk led Volero with 30 points while Dobriana Rabadzhieva and Foluke Akinradewo each had 11.Zhu Ting had 31 points to lead VakifBank while Milena Rasic added 20.ADVERTISEMENT Volero head coach Zoran Terzic said it’s a big confidence boost for their team to beat VakifBank, the 2013 World champions, and it shows the bronze medalists from last year’s tournament has the caliber to play against the best clubs in the planet.“It was a very very interesting game,” said Terzic whose team has a 3-0 record is the first to advance to the semifinal round from Pool B. “Also it’s very important for Volero, for the players, that they can win against VakifBank.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“VakifBank is one of the strongest teams in the world.”A scary moment, though, happened to Volero when libero Silvija Popovic and spiker Olesia Rykhliuk collided early in the fifth set. MOST READ Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 EDITORS’ PICK BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinecenter_img Durham rues crucial miss: I thought it went in We are young 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Volero Zürich vs Bangkok Glass. INQUIRER PHOTO/Sherwin VardeleonVolero Zurich dug deep into its bag of tricks and survived VakifBank Istanbul in five sets, 25-22, 27,-25, 16-25, 12-25, 16-14 and stayed undefeated in the preliminary stages of the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena.Mariana Costa, who has played sparingly for Volero in their first two matches, was the heroine in the third set as she scored eight points including the match winner that bounced off the block of VakifBank.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchiselast_img read more

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Drunken escape

first_imgSan Miguel Beermen. PBA IMAGESDragged to a see-saw game by a weakened enemy that was supposed to fold up early, San Miguel Beer gutted out a character-setting comeback for a win that represented more than the team’s pride.San Miguel held Alaska scoreless inside the last 1:54 last night and the Beermen bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 93-88 nipping of the severely depleted Aces in a PBA Philippine Cup elimination game at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 The Beermen scored seven points inside the final 48 seconds to cap the rally from 15 points down and halt the Aces.It was the second win in three outings for San Miguel. “I have been scared of games like this my entire career—when people expect you to win by a big margin (because of an undermanned opponent),” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria. “This is not just a win, but a matter of pride for the team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliEarlier, Meralco rose to 1-1 after getting the goods from Chris Newsome and rookie Ed Daquioag in a 106-93 decision of NLEX. Newsome and Daquioag scored 10 points each in the final frame to finish with 28 and 23 points, respectively. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus We are young Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Big Donaire fan claims Davao City’s lone boxing gold Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Senators to proceed with review of VFA View commentslast_img read more

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Serbian coach braces for tough 2017 season

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Phoenix logs emotional win Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine EDITORS’ PICK Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFoton coach Moro Branislav is expected to come back to the country in the second week of January to prepare the Tornadoes for a tough 2017 season in the Philippine Superliga.Foton owner Rommel Sytin said the Serbian mentor, who steered Foton to the Grand Prix title early this month, is tasked to hone the Tornadoes amid stronger competition.ADVERTISEMENT “When she (Santiago) came back, not in top condition,” said Branislav.He said Santiago has what it takes to score a million-dollar contract.“I have a player who just signed a contract for $1 million with Eczasibasi Vitra,” said Branislav of Tijana Boskovic.F2 Logistics is expected to come intact with the core of UAAP champion La Salle.Petron is reportedly keen on acquiring Foton’s Cherry Rondina and another middle blocker who will replace CJ Rosario.ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Reigning All Filipino champion F2 Logistics and three-time titlist Petron are reportedly beefing up for the season.Branislav had earlier announced his intention to whip up the Tornadoes into a battle-ready club.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“We need to professionalize, which means we don’t go abroad to play friendly but to really compete,” Branislav said before leaving for Serbia two weeks ago.He was referring to Foton standout Jaja Santiago, who left for Japan to train with National University in the middle of the Grand Prix.center_img We are young Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes MOST READ Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Senators to proceed with review of VFA Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exerciselast_img read more

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3 Filipinos among Asia’s best in boxing

first_imgShanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Three Filipinos won in the 2016 Asia’s Best in Boxing Awards, Asian Boxing Confederation President Serik Konakbayev of Kazakhstan announced on Wednesday.Abap’s 2014 discovery Criztian Pitt Laurente, 16, of General Santos City, was cited as Best Junior Boxer in Asia for 2016 for his spectacular Gold Medal win in the Children of Asia Tournament held in Yakutsk, Russia last July. Laurente won the only gold medal for the Philippines in that competition, where Filipinos competed in nine different sports.ADVERTISEMENT Laurente comes from a family of boxers. His father Cristino is one of General Santos’ foremost boxing coaches, elder brother Criz Sander is also a national team member, mother Rosalinda is an ABAP National Referee-Judge.Long-time Abap head coach Patricio Gaspi was acknowledged as the Best Asian Coach. Gaspi, a former national boxer, is the Chairman of the ASBC Coaches Commission and is a certified AIBA 3-Star Coach (the highest level) and is also a certified AIBA Coaching Instructor. He is also a member of the AIBA Coaches Commission.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliMaria Karina Picson, who passed the ITO (International Technical Official) Course and Examinations in Antalya, Turkey in 2011 and the AIBA Supervisor’s Course and Examinations in 2015 in Almaty Kazakhstan, was recognized as the 2016 Best Supervisor in Asia.She is certified for all three AIBA programs- AOB (AIBA Open Boxing, the Olympic program) WSB (World Series of Boxing, a team tournament fought in 5 rounds) and the APB (AIBA Pro Boxing, fought over 12 rounds). Picson is also a member of both the AIBA and ASBC Women’s Commissions. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View comments As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK We are young Nadal looks to kickstart 2017 in Brisbane Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Abap President Ricky Vargas sent a congratulatory message to the three awardees calling them “Asia’s Best, Philippines’ Pride.”Vargas encouraged them to continue to strive for excellence in their respective roles and to inspire everyone in ABAP to do the same.There were 14 awardees in all including Danita Yeleussinov of Kazakhstan as Best Male Elite Boxer, China’ Yu Jin Hua (Best Woman Elite Boxer), Hayato Tsushima of Japan (Best Youth Boxer), Asian Discovery of the Year Shakhram Giyasov of Uzbekistan, Kuok Veng Vong of Macau as Best Asian ITO and Kazakhstan as Best Asian National Federation for 2016. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PH among economies most vulnerable to viruslast_img read more

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Bakers move on from rout with tougher battle ahead

first_img“The game plan was just to let the other guys step up and to learn to play without me and Paul (Desiderio). That was really our game plan,” he said. “That was really the reason why he rested me in the game.”READ: Sara, also-ran Batangas stun Cafe FranceFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnWith the team’s leading scorers only playing for a combined nine minutes in the game, Cafe France fell to also-ran Batangas, 91-69, as it stumbled to the playoffs on a two-game losing skid.Still, Ebondo said that the slump wasn’t any reason for the Bakers to fret knowing that it holds a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Sara, also-ran Batangas stun Cafe France ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ PBA IMAGESCafe France couldn’t care less about what the result of its final elimination game against Batangas on Monday.Congolese Rod Ebondo shared that with the Bakers locked in at third place, there was no reason for coach Egay Macaraya to exhaust his wards going to the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely “We have a game on Thursday and coach just wanted to rotate the players, especially if ever it happens that I get in foul trouble,” he said.However, Ebondo said that Cafe France must pick up itself from these recent string of losses and shift its focus to the playoffs, where it’s still awaiting its quarterfinal date.“We just have to forget about it and move on,” he said. “If we lose on Thursday, we will have a do-or-die, so now the competition is tough. We just have to forget about today and move on and focus on to the quarterfinals.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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WATCH: Jalen Rose waves ‘walis tambo’ prior to Dubs’ sweep of Spurs

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working His comical gesture was warranted, as the Warriors indeed swept the Spurs, catapulting themselves to a 12-0 post-season record and into their third straight NBA Finals appearance.READ: Warriors set 12-0 record for 3rd straight trip to NBA FinalsCome post-game, Rose once again proudly waved the “walis tambo.”“My Filipino family, fans, and friends wanted me to bring out the walis, walis, tingting,” he said.  Khristian Ibarrola /raJalen Rose calls the GSW sweep tonight! Where the Filipino homies at! Lol. pic.twitter.com/XFP3ecK4JiADVERTISEMENT Warriors ready for third straight NBA Finals appearance End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in — Warriors Talk (@JaeAzizi) May 23, 2017 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak View commentscenter_img Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte The 2017 NBA Playoffs have been filled with landslide victories or “sweeps,” and ESPN analyst Jalen Rose has surely taken notice.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIES Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas PLAY LIST 01:07Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas01:18SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Aside from his candid commentary, the former NBA player is notorious for bringing out the Philippines’ famed cleaning tool during playoff times—which perfectly signifies going winless in a best-of-seven playoff series.Speaking alongside fellow analysts Heather Cox, Michael Wibon and Chauncey Billups prior to tip-off of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), the 2000 NBA Most Improved Player once again brought out the broom to signify the Spurs’ demise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“I have as much respect for the Spurs as anybody, that’s why I’m not gonna wave it very high,” Rose said referring to the “walis tambo,” which he wrongly identified as its outside counterpart, the “walis tingting.”“But I have to get out the walis-walis, tingting tambo, because the Spurs will be getting swept this evening.” MOST READlast_img read more

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‘Please help me’—Mattek-Sands suffers horror Wimbledon injury

first_imgNot easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Horn ready for rematch MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “I wish I could have done more. You wouldn’t wish that on your worst enemy.”Mattek-Sands’s husband Justin tried to console his wife before medics arrived, while Cirstea was distraught and in tears.After lying prone on the ground for around 20 minutes, Mattek-Sands was eventually stretchered away and taken to a west London hospital where she was said to have suffered “an acute knee injury”.Mattek-Sands’s doubles partner, Lucie Safarova, with whom she shares the world number one ranking as well as four Grand Slam titles, also arrived at the scene in tears.Cirstea, who had dropped the first set 4-6 but took the second 7-6 (7/4), was declared the winner of the second round match.ADVERTISEMENT Bethanie Mattek-Sands clings on her knee after hurting it during a Wimbledon match. SCREENGRAB FROM ESPN TWITTER VIDEOAmerica’s Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered a horror knee injury at Wimbledon on Thursday which left her screaming and crying in pain in the middle of the court.The 32-year-old collapsed to the ground after damaging her right knee as she approached the net in the first game of the deciding set against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea on Court 17.ADVERTISEMENT She questioned why it took the medical services so long to reach a court which is just a stone’s throw away from the famed Centre Court.‘Everyone froze’“I was screaming at the umpire. I told them to bring a stretcher because everyone froze, nobody reacted,” said Cirstea who said only she, her physio and Justin Mattek-Sands initially raced to the player’s assistance.“She went into shock and it took so long for the medical team to arrive. It felt like forever.“What if it was a heart attack? You should look at the video and time how long it took. I was there 10 to 15 minutes and the stretcher had still not arrived.”Safarova had to go and play her second round match just minutes after witnessing her close friend’s turmoil.She lost 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-3 to Shelby Rogers but said that was irrelevant.“It’s been a tough day, just terrible what’s happened. I am so sad for Bethanie,” said Safarova who had been hoping to partner Mattek-Sands to the Wimbledon doubles title and complete the non-calendar Grand Slam.“I have talked to Justin. She’s having more tests but we don’t know how long she will be in hospital.“I will see when I can visit her. I will be there when she needs me.” LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs LATEST STORIES To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban PLAY LIST 02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban03:10Injuries from fireworks down by 35% this year, DoH say00:50Trending 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 Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks View comments LSU title parade draws massive crowds “Please help me, please, please,” screamed the 32-year-old in scenes so distressing that television cameras panned away from the stricken player.Cirstea said her friend’s knee was “out… and in a very weird position”.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’“I freaked out. I have never seen such an injury before, the knee was really in a bad position. It was like something you see only in the movies,” said Cirstea.“I tried to comfort her but I panicked. I felt useless. All she kept saying was ‘Sorana, help me, help me.” The All England club defended its medical teams.“The first response to Court 17 was within one minute, by a qualified ambulance technician,” they said in a statement.“The player was kept on court while pain relief was given.“The player was then transferred directly to an ambulance and taken under emergency conditions to a hospital.”Messages of support poured in for Mattek-Sands, well known on the tour for her flamboyant fashion sense and friendly, easy-going nature.“I love you @BMATTEK  you are the biggest fighter I know and you will come back stronger than ever,” tweeted India’s Sania Mirza, her former doubles partner.Olympic champion Monica Puig tweeted: “Stay strong @BMATTEK … we love you so much.”Wimbledon courts are no stranger to injury controversies.In 2013, Victoria Azarenka fell heavily, hurting her ankle and blamed the state of the courts.Maria Sharapova said the surface on Court Two where she lost to Michelle Larcher de Brito was “dangerous” after she fell a number of times. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return On Thursday, Alison Riske and Kristina Mladenovic had wanted to stop playing on Court 18 with the defeated Frenchwoman claiming there was a hole on the baseline.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinoslast_img read more

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Small returned as ISSA president for sixth term

first_imgRachid Parchment, Gleaner Writer Dr. Walton Small was returned as President of the Inter Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) after voting was held in the body’s Annual General Meeting at the Terra Nova Hotel today. St. Elizabeth Technical principal Keith Wellington, who challenged Small, will return as ISSA’s Vice President, while six new members have been elected to the board. Small said his mandate for this term is to make ISSA a more effective and efficient organisation with the creation of a new policy committee, an execution board and an operations panel. The Wolmer’s Boys School president will be serving his sixth straight two year term in charge of the organisation.last_img read more

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… ‘We had to change’ – Wellington explains adjustments to ISSA football

first_img “In the Manning Cup, the eight teams that win their seeded play-offs will [continue in the] Manning Cup and [qualify for the] Champions Cup, and the eight that lose will play in the Walker Cup. So you can’t win Walker Cup and Manning Cup, and you cannot win the daCosta Cup and Ben Francis Cup,” he added. He said there was overwhelming support from the schools on the changes, and although the best of the best will not be competing for the urban and rural area knockout crowns, Wellington insists there will still be teams of some pedigree contesting the trophies. “We will still have quality teams. As it was last year, St George’s and Wolmer’s would [have] contest[ed] the Walker Cup, so there will be quality teams left back. So we believe it will work out,” he said. livingston.scott@gleanerjm.com Keith Wellington, ISSA vice-president and principal of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), admitted that the changes to the format of the Walker Cup and Ben Francis Cup – the urban and rural area knockout competitions – have watered down the tournaments, but he believes it’s a move ISSA had to make to relieve the congested schoolboy football fixture. In former years, group winners and some second placed teams advanced in the Manning, Walker and Super Cup competitions. While second-round group winners and a few runners-up would advance in the Ben Francis Cup competition. Last season, the eight winners in the Manning Cup seeded play-off advanced to the Walker Cup quarter-finals, while the winners and runners-up from the four quarter-final groups contested the Ben Francis equivalent. However, this season, only the winners from the seeded play-offs will progress to the Manning and Champions Cup quarter-finals, while the losers will contest the Walker Cup. In the daCosta Cup, the top two teams from the four quarter-final groups will qualify for the Champions Cup and daCosta Cups play-offs, while the third and fourth place teams will compete for the Ben Francis Cup. “I would agree that the Walker Cup and Ben Francis Cup have been watered down to second-tier teams, but we have to take into consideration the number of games and we had to make a decision on which set of competitions we wanted to offer as our premier competitions. “As it is, other than the Rusea’s team in the ’80s that won four trophies – and that was at that time when the trophies were one-game play-offs – no team has been able to win four trophies, because it is just too difficult with the schedule. “So what we have done is open the competition to a second-tier set of teams to have something to play for, which is the Ben Francis and Walker Cup. First and second in each (daCosta Cup) group will play in the Champions Cup, while the third and fourth (places) will play Ben Francis. So the third and fourth place teams cannot win the daCosta Cup and Champions Cup, but they can win Ben Francis,” Wellington said. “The four quarter-final winners will play the daCosta Cup semi-final.” OVERWHELMING SUPPORTlast_img read more

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The Grand Poopah

first_imgSatiricus was back in his element at the old hangout with Hari and Bungi. They’d been commiserating with Bungi over his uncertainty as to whether there’d be a job waiting for him in the canefields when the new crop began. And having drowned their sorrows, were now ready to solve the world’s problems.“A wha’ me hear ‘bout dis Poopah fella?” queried Bungi. “Me na gat computa fuh see wha’ me a hear about!”“Bungi, why you want to talk about that?” asked Satiricus.“Well, fuss me wan’ fuh know how de maan t’un Poopah?” said Bungi with a puzzled look. “Da na wan big maan in de Chu’ch?”“Very, big, Bungi,” intoned Hari. “Big officials in many countries come together and anoint him with honey and myrrh.”“Wha’ myrrh?” asked Bungi as he signalled for another round. He could afford to be generous since Hari was buying!“That’s not important,” said Satiricus, who really had no idea. “The point is, this is a conspiracy to pull down Guyana because we have our own Grand Poopah.”“Conspiracy?!” Hari almost shrieked. “I saw with my own two eyes the Poopah doing the dirty with two women!”“Really?” interjected Bungi with interest. “An’ yuh can see everyt’ing?”“Don’t be vulgar, fellas,” said Satiricus sanctimoniously. “De Poopah was just healing the women, by touching them.”“But wha’ da gat fuh do wid de Church?” Bungi wanted to know. “Dem na gat rule and regulation?”“Well, that’s the problem,” said Satiricus. “We got our religion from the British, who were very upright. The Poopah is bringing back that good old-time religion.”“Sato, you really believe that nonsense?” demanded Hari. “The man just having a good time with those young women he fooled.”“Hari!!” said Satiricus sternly. “Didn’t you hear those women shouting, “Oh God!! Oh God! ” all the time the Grand Poopah was healing them?”“Really?!” asked Bungi, as he raised his beer “Me na see de tape…but da sound like Church wuk.”last_img read more

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