Cignal eyes semifinal berth, battles Cocolife

first_imgLady Eagles try to soar while staying grounded ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 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 LATEST STORIES Cignal shoots for a semifinal slot against a Cocolife team that got a recent momentum boost even as Sta. Lucia searches for its first win in a packed doubleheader of the Belo-Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference Saturday at Muntinlupa Sports Complex.The HD Spikers are coming from a 26-24, 23-25, 26-24, 25-14 triumph over the Generika-Ayala Life Savers late Thursday when they nailed their third win in the tournament and kept them behind unbeaten league-leader Petron.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View comments Cignal’s Jovelyn Gonzaga, Honey Royse Tubino, Rachel Anne Daquis and Cherry Vivas stepped up against a tough challenge put up by a gutsy Generika-Ayala squad all night, allowing the squad to pull through.Gonzaga fired 13 points, Tubino contributed 12, while Daquis and Vivas each added 10 markers for the HD Spikers.FEATURED 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 a victory against Cocolife, Cignal could clinch the second semifinal berth after Petron. The top three teams after the classification phase would join Japanese squad Kobe Shinwa in the semifinals.But the last thing Cignal can expect is for the win to be handed on a silver platter. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. While Cocolife may be a new squad still trying to find its identity and cohesion in the tournament, the team is riding on the crest of its breakthrough win in the PSL after defeating Sta. Lucia also on Thursday.That victory could give the Asset Managers the confidence to battle the HD Spikers on even terms in the 7 p.m. game.“This is a good start for us, hopefully we sustain it and win some more matches,” said Cocolife coach Obet Javier in Filipino.The Life Savers, meanwhile, can’t afford to lose against Sta. Lucia in the 5 p.m. match if they want to catch up with the idle Foton Tornadoes for the last semifinal slot.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Warriors take 2-0 series lead on Blazers, win without Durant

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, center, drives to the basket as Portland Trail Blazers’ Maurice Harkless, left, and Al-Farouq Aminu (8) defend during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. — JaVale McGee has made a name for himself catching lob passes and reliably slamming them home to the pure delight of his teammates, and oh did those matter for the short-handed Golden State Warriors as they moved one win closer to another NBA championship.The typically spot-on Splash Brothers weren’t hitting consistently. Kevin Durant wasn’t on the court at all, nor Shaun Livingston.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Trump basks in Patriots’ White House visit More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions McGee shined on a night none of the usual stars found their steady shooting strokes and sparked Golden State off the bench with 15 points, and the Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-81 in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series Wednesday night as Durant sat out injured.“That’s my whole thing, I just try to be efficient out there,” McGee said.FEATURED 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 returnThe backup big man made all seven of his field-goal attempts and delivered several more of his signature alley-oop dunks as Durant watched with a strained left calf he hurt in the playoff opener Sunday.“Sometimes we get caught up in looking for him too much when he’s not open because we feel he can do something spectacular above the rim,” Stephen Curry said. “We’ve got to have this one,” Lillard said.Maurice Harkless scored all of his 15 points in the first half and the Blazers gave up seven straight points to start the third as the Warriors were off and running. Portland played again without center Jusuf Nurkic, and missed him. The 7-footer still isn’t 100 percent from a nondisplaced fracture in his right leg that sidelined him for the final seven regular-season games.McCollum, who shot 16 for 28 to score 41 in the 121-109 Game 1 loss, scored 11 points on 4-for-17 shooting. Lillard was 5 for 17 and held to 12 points.“Coming in the first two games we just wanted to take one,” Lillard said. “We didn’t do that.”Coach Terry Stotts called on his team to be more balanced to have a chance against top-seeded Golden State, which finished with the NBA’s best record for a third straight season.Instead, the Warriors once more showed their remarkable balance despite Livingston being sidelined after he also got hurt in Sunday’s win.Ian Clark scored 13 points, Andre Iguodala contributed 10 rebounds, six assists and six points, and Zaza Pachulia scored 10 points. McGee did his thing with three alley-oops in the first and two on consecutive possessions late in the period.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Draymond Green put together another fantastic all-around game, getting 12 rebounds, 10 assists, six points and three more blocked shots after swatting five in Sunday’s win.Curry went 6 for 18 for 19 points and also had six assists and six rebounds. Klay Thompson was 6 of 17 with 16 points and CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard were hardly were the dynamic scoring duo for Portland they’d been combining for 75 points only three days earlier.Again, Golden State did it on defense – holding the Blazers to 12 points in the third.“Our offense got scattered, we were rushing everything. We were just not poised offensively and that put our defense in a bad position,” coach Steve Kerr said. “I thought in the third quarter we settled our offense down which helped our defense.”And now the Warriors own a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series as it shifts to Portland for Saturday’s Game 3, just as Kerr’s group did going ahead on the Blazers in last year’s Western Conference semifinal won in five games.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Don’t count us out yet, skipper Daquis says as PSL squad battles Hisamitsu

first_imgFiloil: Dario’s ‘lucky shot’ keeps UP unscathed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April 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 Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Passing of the torch from one team captain to another. MARC REYESUST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan — Rachel Anne Daquis conceded the fact that everything will be uphill once the tournament starts, especially when Rebisco-PSL Manila goes up against former champion Hisamitsu Springs at the start of the Asian Women’s Club Championships Thursday here.But she’s very clear they will put up a big fight.ADVERTISEMENT “I know that we are the underdogs here against the best clubs, but the Philippines is known for having a big fighting heart so please don’t count us out,” said the 29-year team captain.Rebisco PSL-Manila and 2002 champion Hisamitsu open tournament hostilities at 10:30 a.m. here (12:30 p.m. in Manila)at the famed Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace which now occupies a prime spot in the city center that used to serve as a vital station during the Cold War.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“We’d like to take this opportunity to have a great experience playing with top caliber teams and we’ll make sure we compete well,” added Daquis.Southeast Asian Games team captain Mika Reyes, was asked by team officials to join the press conference held at Shiny River Hotel “to observe and learn” from Daquis. LATEST STORIES Head coach Francis Vicente told the international media they will use the experience for the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in August.“We are taller than Japan. But we need speed. And Japan has that; we should learn from the match,” said Vicente, who was also accompanied in the press conference by team manager Anna Tomas.The all-Filipino team, made up of some of the best players in the country, trained all of Wednesday morning to work on their game plan.“That’s what we are talking about earlier with Rachel,” said Reyes. “The team has solid camaraderie. There is no seniority. No superstars. Everybody is on the same level and communicates with one another.”The Philippines will face Vientin Bank of Vietnam on Friday before rounding up its Group B games against Tianjin Bohai Bank of China on Saturday. In Group A are Taiwan Power of Chinese Taipei, Sarmayeh Bank of Iran, Supreme of Thailand and Altay of host Kazakhstan.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreaklast_img read more

Roger Federer comeback halted by Tommy Haas in Stuttgart

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Mayweather, McGregor agree to August super fight ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Swing Out Sister back to PH this April 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 respitecenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Germany’s Tommy Haas during their match at the Mercedes Cup tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany. APSTUTTGART, Germany — Roger Federer was beaten on his return from a two-month break, losing 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4 to German veteran Tommy Haas in the second round of the Stuttgart Open on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).The 39-year-old Haas, who is playing his last season before retirement, saved nine of the 12 break points he faced and converted two of his three chances to deal the Swiss great just his second defeat of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Federer claimed his last grass-court title in 2015 in Halle, where he is an eight-time champion.Also Wednesday, Philipp Kohlschreiber upset fifth-seeded Steve Johnson of the United States 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-6 (6), while sixth-seeded Mischa Zverev, another German, defeated qualifier Yannick Hanfmann 7-6 (1), 6-2 to secure his place in the quarterfinals, where he next faces Haas.No. 4 Lucas Pouille of France came back to eventually beat Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8) for a quarterfinal against Kohlschreiber.Pouille, like top-seeded Federer, had been given a bye to the second round. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in “I’ve even shocked myself a bit,” said Haas, who is ranked 302nd and was given a wild card for the grass-court tournament. “I’m a bit speechless. It’s hard to find words.”Haas, who hadn’t beaten his good friend since the 2012 final in Halle, improved to 4-13 against Federer, who hadn’t played since winning the Miami Open in early April.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“If you don’t take your chances like I didn’t, leading a set and a break, you really only have yourself to blame at the end,” Federer said. “You’ve got to acknowledge the fact that he was a bit better. It’s quite frustrating, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”The 35-year-old Swiss had skipped the clay-court season to recuperate from a busy start to the year that saw him capture his 18th Grand Slam at the Australian Open. View commentslast_img read more

Who gains from swap of sparring partners?

first_imgView comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBRISBANE, Australia-—Whoever gained in an unintentional swap of sparring partners between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn will be known Sunday.George Kambosos Jr. is an unbeaten Australian prospect who helped Pacquiao in his prepartions in the Philippines while Czar Amonsot is a Filipino veteran who now lives in Australia and served as Horn’s chief sparring partner in the closing stages of training camp.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LSU title parade draws massive crowds LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Ancajas ready for war vs Japanese foe 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 Having felt Pacquiao’s speed and power, Kambosos (12-0 with six knockouts) readily picked the 11-time world champion to beat his compatriot, who said that Kambosos should have at least informed him that he’s going over to the Pacquiao camp.The 31-year-old Amonsot, who owns a 34-3-3 record, earlier said that Horn stands a good chance of wresting Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization welterweight crown.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’Boxer Jeff Horn trains in a gym in Brisbane, Australia, Monday, June 26, 2017. Horn is preparing for his WBO welterweight world boxing title bout against Filipino Manny Pacquiao on Sunday, July 2. (Photo by JOHN PYE / AP)Horn and his chief trainer, Glenn Rushton, was all praises for Amonsot, a southpaw like Pacquiao.While no one will be able to exactly copy Pacquiao’s moves and style, Horn insisted that the Boholano was able to provide him with constant pressure throughout their 12-round sparring sessions at Rushton’s gym inside his mansion at Stretton. Amonsot has gone unbeaten since losing to Michael Katsidis in 2007 for the WBO lightweight title.He’s on an 18-fight winning run and is deemed capable of making another world title run.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

NCAA Season 93 Preview: EAC Generals target Final 4 berth

first_imgHead coach: Ariel SisonLast Season: 6-12 (8th)Holdovers: Sidney Onwubere, Hamadou Laminou, Francis MunsayacKey losses: Igee King, Jorem MoradaKey additions: Juju Bautista, Jerome GarciaIt’s now Final Four or bust for Emilio Aguinaldo College.ADVERTISEMENT LSU title parade draws massive crowds Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit That’s the ultimatum coach Ariel Sison gave to his Generals as they prepare for war this coming NCAA season.“To be honest, we want the Final Four now,” he said with emphasis.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’One can’t blame Sison wanting to go all-in.After all, this will be Sidney Onwubere’s final season, and the husky-voiced mentor wants a proper sendoff for his star forward. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos “This is Sidney’s last playing year so we’re looking to reach that,” he said.EAC won’t be relying on Onwubere alone, as it will still have Francis Munsayac and able-bodied transferees in Juju Bautista and Jerome Garcia to aid in this year’s campaign.The bad news, though, is that Cameroonian big man Hamadou Laminou is out for the first two weeks of the season as he nurses a knee injury.However, Sison still believes this Generals crew will be a force to be reckoned with this season.“Our bench got deeper and I think that they’ll be capable of helping us to achieve what we’re aspiring for,” he said. “Every day in our practices, we remind them to give their 100-percent in training and especially in the games. And I can see that everybody is willing to step up for us to win.”ADVERTISEMENT Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation MOST READ Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks To end, Sison reaffirmed his vision for EAC this year and made it clear that there’s only one goal in mind.“We’re hoping that we’ll be in the Final Four and we want it now.” LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Pacquiao: There will be a rematch Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’last_img read more

Gaye impresses at Jamaica Invitational

first_img Jamaica’s Olympic finalist Aisha Praught won the women 3000m steeplechase in a new meet record of 9:31.85 ahead of the USA’s Sara Pease (9:48.89) and Jessica Kamilous (10:02.03). Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer Rising star Demish Gaye captured the men’s 400m event at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet inside the National Stadium on Saturday. The fast improving Gaye, who ran a personal of 44.85 two-weeks ago at the JAAA All Comers meet at the same venue, beat a good field to win the event in 45.08. Kevin Borlee of Belgium was second in 45.52, while third went to Tony McQuay of the USA in 45.73. National champion Natoya Goule finished second in the women’s 800m in 2:01.20. The event was won the Charlene Lipsey of the US in 2:01.09, while world junior champion Jaheel Hyde ran a personal best 48.52 seconds to finish second in the men’s 400m hurdles also in the early action inside the National Stadium. Hyde’s time bettered his 48.81 seconds ran last year. The event was won by Kyron McMaster of the British Virgin Islands in a world leading time of 47.80 seconds. Bershawn Jackson of the USA was third in the event in 48.63, while Jamaica’s Ricardo Cunningham finished sixth in 50.31.last_img read more

Hudson fights off injuries to get silver at World Para Champs

first_imgShane Hudson, Jamaica’s lone medallist at the recently concluded World Para Athletics Championships in London, said he was very surprised by his performances at the meet.Hudson won silver in the men’s 400m T47 event in 49.60 seconds behind Gunther Matzinger of Austria, who won the gold in 49.35 at the July 14-23 meet. At a function to honour him for his achievement at the Jamaica Olympic Association head office yesterday, Hudson said:”I am feeling great for this because it shows that hard work and determination pay off. I was surprised by my performance at the championships because I was having a lot of injuries going into the meet, and I didn’t really start full training until the last week in March.”He added that the competition was not very difficult because he has always competed against the athletes in London, so he knew that he would have won a medal.”I think I could have done better if I had just relaxed on that top curve, but that is just how it goes sometimes. I think this will boost my career a lot because I finished fourth last year in Rio de Janeiro,” he said.David Richards, manager of Jamaica’s Paralympic team to London, said that despite only winning one medal at the meet, the athletes tried their best.”The performances were a bit below par because we were expecting more medals.”There is room for improvement, most definitely, but at the end of the day, Shane came out with a medal for us,” he said.Richards added that Hudson had tried very hard to get gold.”He fought gallantly for that gold medal, and coming down to the 130 metres mark, you saw that he was giving it his all, but at the end, the Austrian guy was very good in his technique,” Richards said.robert.bailey@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Jamaica will improve, says volleyball coach

first_imgCoach of Jamaica’s senior women volleyball team, Dr Ricardo Chong, admitted that his players were a bit nervous in the opening game of the CAZOVA championships but will improve. Jamaica defeated the US Virgin Island 25-16, 25-18, 25-17 for a 3-0 result in the feature match on Wednesday evening at the National Indoor Sports Centre. “I kind of expected it, a little bit of nervous. I am also expecting the team to get better during the tournament,” Dr Chong told The Gleaner yesterday. ‘There is always a possibility of winning the championships. Trinidad and Tobago (the defending champions) looked impressive during their game,” he continued. “They (Trinidad and Tobago) have weaknesses that can be exploited, but we are going to take it one game at a time,” Jamaica’s coach added. The eight participating teams have been placed into two groups. In Group D are The Bahamas, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Trinidad and Tobago. In Group E are hosts Jamaica, CuraÁao, Suriname and the US Virgin Island. At the completion of the preliminary round, the top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals. The six-day will end on Monday, July 31. The championships will continue today with four games. At 1 p.m. – The Bahamas vs Guadeloupe. 3 p.m: CuraÁao vs US Virgin Island. 6 p.m. – Trinidad and Tobago vs Martinique and 8 p.m: Jamaica vs Suriname. The Jamaica team is: Simone Asque (captain), Kiara Irving, Cherie Thompson, Aiko Jones, Danaisha Moss, Sashalee Wallen, Kai Wright, Renae Temple, Tasha-Gaye Richards, Breanna Atkinson, Tahleia Bishop and Sasha-Lee Thomas. The championships’ main sponsors include the Ministry of Sports, the Sports Development Foundation, Jamaica Tourist Board, Hi-Lite and Lifespan Water.last_img read more

ITF Junior tournament serves off tomorrow

first_imgOver 150 junior tennis players from the USA, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean, including Jamaica, will start competing for valuable international points tomorrow at two venues, the Liguanea Club and the Eric Bell Tennis Centre, in the 2018 ITF/COTECC Junior International Tennis tournament.The Boys’ and Girls’ Under-18 tournament will be played at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre, while the Under-14 competition will take place at the Liguanea Club. Jamaica’s leading junior players will be participating, and one of the favourites to take the Boys’ Under-18 title is promising Blaise Bicknell, who is one of the top-seeded players in the region. Bicknell, who will be playing under the USA flag for this tournament, has been doing well on the international circuit and has just returned from a European tour in which he met great success.Other Jamaican players who are expected to make an impact in the tournament are, among the boys, Nicholas Gore, John Chin, and Damani Cain, while Michaela Stephens and Jenna Harrison will be the main challengers in the girls’ Under-18.SponsorshipTennis Jamaica President Aswad Morgan said yesterday that he was pleased that 876 Water and Hi-Lyte have agreed to sponsor the tournament, which is the top junior tournament in Jamaica each year, and that some of the best junior players in the world will be participating. The top-seeded Under-18 girl is American Hina Inque, who is ranked at 257 in the world.The qualifying section of the tournament will be on Saturday and Sunday, and the main draw will start on Tuesday, July 10, and end on Saturday, July 14.last_img read more