Initially fearful “I was scared when my coach told me I was going to run the 200m at trials. But, I worked with him. He’s a great coach so I tried to execute and follow his instructions,” Thompson said. “I am surprised because I didn’t love the 200m. I had always told myself that I cannot run the event, but my coach said to take that out my brain because I can be a good 200m runner and I just worked with him and he turned me into a good 200-metre runner,” Thompson added. The youngster will now turn her attention to the women’s 4x100m where she is expected to feature in the final. – A.L. Tried hard BEIJING, China: Between 2009 and the end of last year, Elaine Thompson had competed in a mere eleven 200-metre races. Before her heat at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing on Wednesday, Thompson had made only two international appearances in the event. Two races later, she is the World Championships silver medallist in an event she had no idea she would be good at. Thompson signalled her intention from her very first race at the championships, easing to a conformable 22.78 seconds win before also taking her semi-final in another comfortable display, posting 22.13, setting up a clash with Dutch star Dafne Schippers, the 100m silver medal winner, who had also looked impressive throughout the two rounds. In the final, Thompson came off the curve in front of the powerful Dutch sprinter but could not hold her off as Schippers crossed the line in 22.63 making her the second-fastest woman in history. Thompson took the silver in an equally jaw-dropping personal-best time of 21.66 with Veronica Campbell-Brown finishing third in 21.97. Thompson was elated with the result, stating that she did everything she could to hold off the towering Dutchwoman, but underlining that she had no regrets given her efforts. “I have to give God thanks. I came back second with a big PB. I cannot complain. I was really trying to get to the line. I saw her coming and I was trying to pull through, but I came in second,” said Thompson, who is now the second-fastest Jamaica in the event after Merlene Ottey’s national record 21.64 set in 1991. “My coach Stephen Francis has prepared me well physically and mentally, so I just came out here, delivered and executed as best as I can,” Thompson said. “The plan was to come out as quickly as I can. I knew she has a strong finish and I had to get out first but she still caught me.” Thompson said she is extremely surprised by her performances and by the new personal best mark that she achieved, especially considering she never considered the 200m an event she is good at.
PRESIDENT of the Jamaica Volleyball Association (JaVA), Rudolph Speid, says the success of the island’s players at the CAZOVA Under-19 Championships on the weekend is the reward of a decision to invest in the sport’s youngest.”We decided to invest heavily in youth development,” a pleased Speid told The Gleaner yesterday.The Jamaicans dethroned Barbados to take home the title, becoming the first Jamaican team to win an international indoor volleyball title.Jamaica’s female volleyballers won the regional beach volleyball title in May.”This is the best-prepared volleyball team to ever come out of Jamaica. We scouted these players five months ago. We did three weekend camps and, over the last three weeks, they have been in permanent camp,” said Speid.”We have natural athletes; we just need to harness the talent,” he added.JaVa’s VISIONThe success of the teams was part of Speid’s vision, which he and his team, that includes Tracy Findlay, Steve Davis and G.C. Foster College, embarked upon a year ago when he assumed the presidency.”They are the ones who brought out the vision of JaVA,” he said.Part of the youth investment involves the primary-school competition, the formation of parish associations – seven have been formed so far – as well as the re-launch of the adult male and female Premier Leagues.”We are decentralising the control of volleyball from the Corporate Area and spread it right across Jamaica. Some of these players are from right across Jamaica,” he said.”Our mandate was always to move volleyball from recreational to commercialise, professionalise and popularise … that’s our mantra what we are working on now, and that’s how we approach things now,” he said.He noted that volleyball is played islandwide despite its low profile, and the plan was to start a church league.”Sports administration is sport administration anywhere, and once you follow them, you get good results.”With our natural athletes, the sky is the limit,” Speid said.
The efforts of the Junior Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) and the golf coaches over the last few years are now paying dividends. The Junior Golf fraternity is thriving and preparing well for the international stage.Over the past weekend, the Junior JGA’s second tournament in the Junior Series was held at Constant Spring Golf Club. While this is the home course for many of the juniors, the Junior JGA also supported the participation of players from Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Thirtytwo Junior golfers between the ages of six and 16 played and brought in some very commendable scores.Players were grouped by age, and tees were set according to international standards. In the Boys’ Under-15 category, Radino Lobban, from St Ann, shot 83 on Day 1 and 76 on Day 2 to win the category overall. Elric Li placed second and Wahid Thomas third.In the Boys’ Under-13 section, Tristan Brown and Rocco Lopez had two days of competitive golf. Brown won on Saturday with a score of 74, while Lopez shot 79. Although Rocco gave away hole 9 on Sunday, with a four putt, he still managed to win for the day with a score of 76. Due to Tristan’s outstanding score on Saturday, he managed to win the category overall by two strokes. Matthew Grant placed third, while Justine McKenzie won the Girls’ Under-13.In the Under-11 grouping, there was an amazing performance by 10-year-old Trey Williams. Williams led his age group with an 88 on Day 1, then outdid himself on Day 2 with an 86. Brady Holmes, aged 10, came second with a 94 on Saturday and an excellent 87 on Sunday, marred only by missing a one-foot putt on the final hole 18 to give Trey the outright win on Day 2. Also in this category, Bjorne Dennis and Sebastian Azan fought it out, but Dennis managed to edge Azan out of third place with one stroke.IMPRESSIVE SCORELek Drummond won the Under-9 category with an impressive score of 42 over nine holes. Mattea Issa placed second with a score of 44, followed by Samantha Azan, who shot 48.The Beginners section had players aged six to eight years, who played nine holes from 100 to 150 yards. Seven-year-old Kemari Morris was the clear winner, shooting 46, with Cillian Hall in second place with a score of 54, and Spencer Taylor shooting 58.This second match in the JGA Junior Series was made possible in part by sponsors of the Alliance Buccaneer Memorial Tournament and the Jamaica Golf Association. The third match in the JGA Juniors Series will be held on December 3 at the Constant Spring Golf Club as a part of one of the biggest tournaments of the year for the golfing fraternity of the year – S.A.N.T.A.
Calabar High School’s principal Albert Corcho has declared that he is not opposed to Kingston College’s Ugandan athlete Ari Rodgers competing at this year’s Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships, but said details of his registration must be provided. Speaking on Hitz 92FM’s Sports Explosion last Friday, Corcho said ISSA has failed to give a proper explanation as to why they have decided to allow Rodgers to compete at this year’s event after the registration deadline had passed. “We have no problems with the decision,” said Corcho. “But all we asked for is an explanation because we realised, based on experience, if you just leave it as how we used to operate, it can set off a whole a lot of things.” “We have no issue with Kingston College. All this started because a top school that is very organised and very responsible wrote to an organisation and all we said was just provide us with (an explanation),” Corcho added. “We have never had a situation like this in Jamaica, and so we took that lead and we want to say to ISSA just provide the information to the public,” he said. Ten of the 15 ISSA executive members, all school principals, attended the meeting a few weeks ago and eight voted in favour of allowing Rodgers to participate. NOT IN ATTENDANCE One voted against, and the other abstained. However, Corcho was not in attendance. Corcho dismissed ISSA president Dr Walton Small’s claims that Calabar benefited a few years ago after their team failed to meet the registration deadline to participate at Champs. “We have not benefited at all from this rule because I know exactly how to run an institution. There are some students here that we organise in terms of the subjects that they do,” he said. “My contention is that the president of such an institution (ISSA) can go on radio and talk things that are not true, and that is basically what is happening,” Corcho said. “We sent a letter to the president now asking (him) to provide that explanation that he presided over a situation where Calabar benefited, because we are proud a institution,” said Corcho. He added that during a meeting on Thursday at ISSA, he handed a letter to ISSA and they are now awaiting a response. The ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships will take place at the National Stadium in Kingston from March 28 to April 1.
Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ #MambaThick: Kobe posts ‘dad-bod’ pic, deletes it soon after LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets His transfer from Brazilian club Santos in 2013 became the source of a legal dispute that has dogged Barcelona even since. Barcelona said at the time that his transfer cost 57 million euros, while an investigative judge says that the real cost was at least 83.3 million euros.Now Bartomeu and predecessor Sandro Rosell, who resigned as president of the club amid the transfer scandal, are facing trial on charges of fraudulent administration.Neymar has also mixed his flair for fancy goals with bouts of immaturity on the field, often needlessly taunting defenders and trying to upstage them with his dribbling skills.But nobody doubts Neymar is one of the greatest talents of his generation.PSG saw it first-hand in last season’s Champions League. In his most memorable performance at Camp Nou, Neymar scored two goals and set up two more to lead Barcelona to a 6-1 rout to overturn PSG’s 4-0 first-leg win in the last 16.Unless PSG gets last-second jitters, Neymar will take over a team that is searching for a leader who can achieve elusive Champions League success.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur FC Barcelona’s Neymar arrives at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. Neymar has arrived at Barcelona’s training grounds amid widespread rumors that the Brazil striker could make a record-breaking move to Paris Saint-Germain. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)SANT JOAN DESPI, Spain — Neymar has told Barcelona that he plans to leave the club, with a blockbuster move to Paris Saint-Germain seemingly imminent.The club said Wednesday that the Brazil striker told his teammates “that he had the intention of leaving the club and seeking his future elsewhere, and the coach has given him permission to leave training.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Last year, Neymar signed a new contract with Barcelona that tied him to the Catalan club through 2021.Both Barcelona club president Josep Bartomeu and Spanish league president Javier Tebas have said they will consider filing a complaint to UEFA if they think the PSG transfer violates financial fair play rules.With his lightning-quick feet, creative instincts and scoring touch, Neymar helped maintain Barcelona as one of the top clubs in Europe for the past four seasons as he blossomed into a worldwide star.He teamed up with Lionel Messi and Luis Saurez to make an almost unstoppable attack. Neymar scored 105 goals — some of them true gems — and was a key playmaker for Barcelona as it won a Champions League, two Spanish leagues, three Copa del Reys, one Club World Cup, a UEFA Super Cup and two Spanish Super Cups.Yet, even before this drawn-out saga, Neymar also provided more than one headache for his club.ADVERTISEMENT PSG is rumored to be ready to pay his release clause of 222 million euros ($262 million). That would dwarf the 105 million euros (then $116 million) that Manchester United paid for France midfielder Paul Pogba last year.Barcelona said Neymar did not specify where he wants to play next, but the only club speculated to be after him — and one of few which could handle the cost of the transfer — is the Qatari-owned PSG.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’PSG did not answer messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.Barcelona said Neymar left the training ground 30 minutes after arriving on Wednesday. He had arrived to Spain on Tuesday night after holding publicity events for both his personal brand and Barcelona in China. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 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
“We’re a young team. We’re a new team, and we gotta learn to play with each other still. We have five rookies, four new players, and a new coach, so we’re gonna just look at the positives,” he said.In control for the first three quarters, the Batang Pier lost grip of the game in the fourth frame as the Gin Kings exploded for 36 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We had the lead almost the whole game, up until the end, and we had our spots. We just didn’t close it down the stretch,” he said.“Our lack of team chemistry and our youth showed, but those are things we can improve on, and we will get better on that and we’ll learn to close out games down the stretch. We just got to learn quicker.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCharge it to experience.Sean Anthony opted to look at the positives rather than dwell on the negatives following GlobalPort’s 97-104 defeat to Ginebra on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The defeat spoiled Anthony’s third-highest scoring output in the PBA with 29 points as GlobalPort continued its search for its first win of the new season.Still, the hardworking forward is seeing signs of progress.”We’re growing and we’re getting better as a team.”“I think we went from 20-plus turnovers in the last game to 13 turnovers this game, so we’re cleaning it up, having more assists, shooting better percentages. Now it’s learning to play team defense down the stretch and limiting our mental turnovers,” he said. “Ginebra is such a smart team and a veteran team. They capitalized on our mental mistakes, and that’s something we’ll learn and get better from.”The Batang Pier seek to end their misery on Friday against Rain or Shine.ADVERTISEMENT Mixed feelings for Kevin after losing to dad Louie in PBA LATEST STORIES 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 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “I’m taking my Master’s right now so it’s okay for me to miss the march, I’ll just look forward to the ceremony for this one. I’ll just march in the graduation rites for my Master’s.”Though Cheng missed the chance to don a toga, the 21-year-old got to experience a hard-fought win over University of the Philippines.The defending champions trudged in three sets against the Lady Maroons for the 25-21, 25-22, 26-24 victory.La Salle trailed 24-23 in the payoff moments of the third set when sophomore setter Michelle Cobb worked her magic and scored three straight service aces to push the Lady Spikers to their second straight win.“I’m fine because we won and it’s a double celebration for me because we won and it was my graduation,” said Cheng who had 10 points against the Lady Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track A new star rises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Desiree Cheng has hit a fork in the road in her life as a student-athlete.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next On one path is the ceremonial graduation ceremonies, and on the other a preliminary game in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.Cheng, who graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management, chose the latter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Well, priorities,” said Cheng in Filipino Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “This is my priority right now, which is volleyball, and it’s the UAAP. If it was any other league I would’ve skipped the game and marched.”Cheng, though, is not missing much because she still has another chance to do the graduation march—when she finishes her Marketing course for her Master’s Degree. LATEST STORIES 2 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan PLAY LIST 00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments
MOST READ LATEST STORIES Kevin Alas led all scorers with 18 points, including an acrobatic drive that extended the Road Warriors advantage, 87-83, with 1:12 to go. Alas also grabbed nine rebounds.The Aces, who drew a beastly effort from Calvin Abueva, missed their last five attempts from the field inside the final three minutes.Abueva wound up with 17 points and 16 rebounds for Alaska, which had 24 turnovers and shot only 4-of-20 from downtown.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments 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 Tigresses on wrong side of history as Lady Warriors finally end skid Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City NLEX’s Kevin Alas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX booked a historic trip to the semifinals after sweeping Alaska following an 87-83 win in Game 2 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Michael Miranda emerged as the unlikely hero for the Road Warriors, who arranged a best-of-seven semis duel with No. 2 Magnolia beginning Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Miranda reentered the game with 3:20 left in the game after replacing JR Quiñahan, who fouled out, and scored five unanswered points, a 3-pointer and two free throws, that put NLEX ahead for good, 85-80, with 2:06 remaining.He finished with 12 and three rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench.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 folk“We knew before the game that Alaska was going to get back at us a lot harder than in our first game. Our luck held up and the team deserves the credit,” said Yeng Guiao, who is only in his second season as NLEX’s head coach.“They really wanted this. They’re very hungry to make the semifinals and make our fans happy, make our supporters happy, our management happy. This bunch of guys were able to at least get to the farthest level that we can get.”
Knee woes: Steph, Kyrie not expected back until playoffs “I deserve it after this match,” Federer said. “That’s how I feel.”Kokkinakis became the lowest-ranked man to beat a No. 1 player since No. 178 Francisco Clavet upset Lleyton Hewitt in 2003. That upset was also at Key Biscayne.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Pretty crazy,” said Kokkinakis, 21. “I’m pretty happy about it.”Federer now has lost back-to-back matches for the first time since 2014, a dip that comes after a career-best 17-0 start to the year. He lost to Juan Martin del Potro in the Indian Wells final Sunday, a defeat that also came down to a winner-take-all tiebreaker. Federer won’t be playing to reclaim the No. 1 spot anytime soon. He said he’ll skip the upcoming clay season for the second year in a row, including the French Open.During a stadium ceremony before the night session, tour professionals joined members of the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to promote a fundraising campaign for victims of last month’s mass shooting there.Federer’s match turned when he played a poor service game and was broken at love to fall behind 3-1 in the second set.“That game I knuckled down and put pressure on him,” Kokkinakis said. “I started to dictate from there.”Kokkinakis never broke again but held the rest of the way, consistently topping 125 mph with his serve.“Every time I had chances, something bad happened,” Federer said. “Wrong decision-making by me, good decision-making by him. It’s disappointing. I don’t know why I couldn’t get to any level I was happy with today.”Federer kept one exchange going by hitting a volley behind his back, but couldn’t win even that point. He laughed then — it was early in the match — but looked grim two hours later as the end neared.On match point, Federer buried a backhand return in the bottom of the net. Kokkinakis screamed in celebration, waved his index finger and gestured for more noise from the appreciative capacity crowd.Kokkinakis said he didn’t mind that fans were firmly in Federer’s corner during the match — and even before it.“When I came on court there wasn’t much cheering,” Kokkinakis said with a laugh. “He came on court with a little delay and that sort of strut he does, and I was like, ‘This is pretty nuts.’ The crowd goes nuts when he does his walk onto court.” Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback The walk to the exit was the last at Key Biscayne for Federer, a three-time champion. The event is moving next year to the Miami Dolphins’ stadium.Nadal will become the new No. 1 even though he missed Key Biscayne because of a hip injury that also forced him to skip Indian Wells.Kokkinakis is healthy for a change. The tournament is just his fifth in the past seven months, but he said he thought he could beat Federer.“When I’m playing on my terms, I don’t feel there are too many people that can go with me,” Kokkinakis said. “I just needed to play my game and aggressive tennis.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism View comments In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery 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 Did the losses have anything in common?“Yes, 7-6 in the third,” Federer said. “Other than that, not much.”The 6-foot-5 Kokkinakis has long been regarded as a promising talent thanks to a thunderous serve and forehand, but has been plagued by injuries. The match was his first against Federer, although they’ve practiced together.“I’ve always liked his game,” Federer said. “I’m happy for him that on the big stage he was able to show it. It’s a big result for him in his career, and I hope it’s going to launch him.”Federer’s defeat left both No. 1 players out of the tournament. Simona Halep lost hours earlier to Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. Eight-time women’s champion Serena Williams and six-time winner Novak Djokovic were also eliminated in their opening matches.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Roger Federer, of Switzerland, wipes his face during his match against Thanasi Kokkinakis, of Australia, at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Roger Federer lost his second consecutive match and the No. 1 ranking Saturday.Big-serving Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, a qualifier ranked 175th, rallied to upset Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) at the Miami Open. The 36-year-old Federer had been the oldest No. 1 man ever, but he’ll lose that spot to Rafael Nadal when the new rankings come out April 2.ADVERTISEMENT
Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback “Man, where do you start? First, it’s understanding the enormity of it, that when you get there, it’s going to blow you away,” Wright said. “And I would even give more advice now in that when we went in ’09, it blew us away, right, so I knew to expect that.”Wright’s Wildcats lost the national semifinals to North Carolina in ’09. In 2016, Villanova beat the Tar Heels for the championship.“The difference in seven years, what they had done to the Final Four and all of the trappings and the murals on the side of buildings of your players, everything had grown so much, I was shocked. Still shocked, even though we had been there before,” Wright said.“Just to understand, don’t feel like you’re not worth it when you get there and you’re blown away. It happens to everybody. And just try to concentrate on the basketball part of it.”Everything about the last month has been new and exciting to Moser and the Ramblers, starting with their Missouri Valley Conference championship and first NCAA appearance for the school since 1985.Nothing has fazed Sister Jean’s team.“So I love that they’re enjoying this,” Moser said. “Now, with that said, times it by about 100 with the Final Four hoopla, and I get that. I’m going to let them enjoy the ride, and when we’re in film, when we’re in practice, when we’re in walk-throughs in the ball room, everything is going to be as normal, as focused and about what we do. These guys are mature enough to handle it, and that’s all I can do. I mean, you can’t simulate what’s about to happen. They’ve got to go through it, and I want them to go through it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery LATEST STORIES With Majerus gone, Moser has tried to channel him through mutual friends and admirers, such as former University of Utah player and Saint Louis assistant coach Alex Jensen.“I worked with Al Jensen, who’s now at the Utah Jazz, and we were texting each other and going to have a conversation, and we were talking about a couple things Coach Majerus was doing,” Moser said. “But I definitely am in the school of thought, it is my first time, and if I can get any advice or anything, I’ll take it all in and then mix it to what we do.”Beilein said what sets Final Four weekend apart is the time demands, including media obligations.“It’s our duty as college basketball teams and (for) fans to satisfy those requests. But it is, it’s a lot of the same questions over and over and over and over again, and you’ve just got to do it and do it the right way,” Beilein said. “Do not get frustrated by it because you will have enough time to plan if you plan your day right.”Along those same lines, Wright said the grandness of the whole thing can be overwhelming.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I wish Coach (Rick) Majerus was around,” Moser said. “Obviously I was so close to him, and, ironically, it was 20 years ago almost to the date that he was in San Antonio with his Utah team. I wish I could tap into that.”Moser will be the only coach in the national semifinals in San Antonio this weekend who has not previously taken his team to a Final Four. Michigan coach John Beilein, whose team will face Moser’s 11th-seeded Ramblers in Saturday’s first game, is making his second Final Four appearance with the Wolverines. Michigan lost the NCAA championship game in 2013 to Louisville.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 crownOn the other side of the bracket, both Villanova’s Jay Wright and Kansas’ Bill Self are leading their teams to the Final Four for a third time. Each has won a title.The 49-year-old Moser worked as an assistant for the late Majerus at Saint Louis for four seasons in between a stint as Illinois State head coach and taking the Loyola job in 2011. Majerus, who died in 2012, took Utah to the Final Four in 1998, losing to Kentucky in the title game. 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