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
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Kevin Belingon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNot every fighter has a catchy moniker and an interesting narrative behind it.Kevin Belingon is one of the few who has both a cool nickname and an even better story to tell about it.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES It took just the first fight for Belingon to earn one of the coolest monikers in the business.“I got the name ‘The Silencer’ after my first mixed martial arts fight,” the Team Lakay star said.“My opponent was the champion, he was the one holding the belt, and I was the underdog. Most of the fans were on his side. I beat him and it silenced the crowd and my opponent as well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBelingon was referring to Richard “The Dancing Devil” Lasprilla, one of the original Filipino MMA fighters back in the day. That bout happened in 2007 when no one knew who Belingon was heading into the fight against Lasprilla.But that quickly changed after Belingon stunned Lasprilla. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “That’s how I got the moniker, to this day. It’s still the ring name I use,” he said.He went on to also win his next eight fights to start his MMA career at 9-0 on his way to becoming a ONE bantamweight world champion following a gutsy win over Brazilian legend Bibiano Fernandes last year in ONE: Heart of the Lion.“I plan to stick with it for a very long time,” said Belingon, who currently owns a 20-5 record. “It witnessed my ups and downs in this sport and we can also say that the ‘The Silencer’ has brought lucky charm to me.”“The Silencer” hopes to keep making noise when he takes on Fernandes for the third time for the bantamweight belt in ONE: New Era in Tokyo, Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ PBA D-League: Marinerong Pilipino routs FEU View comments
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said it for us all when she extended deepest condolences to President Alassane Ouattara for the terrorist attack that occurred last week on the Ivorian resort Grande Bassam resort near Abidjan, killing 21 people and injuring several others.What happened at Grande Bassam is a serious threat to all nations, governments and peoples in the Mano River Basin. We should all take this very seriously and develop appropriate initiatives to protect our individual countries and people from any such threats or attacks that may befall us.The Islamic group AQIM said they launched the bloody attack on the innocent people and country—why? What did the Ivory Coast and its people do to them? Or was it just a penchant (liking, fondness) for premeditated, unprovoked violence against an innocent people and country? For what?It is known that La Cote d’Ivoire has peace keeping troops in Mali. Was that the reason for the attack? So do Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Liberia and other countries. Does it mean that all the other nations, including Liberia, are similarly threatened and can expect an attack in the near future?This horrific incident has claimed the attention of three former Liberian security personnel. They are Senator Steven Zargo, Chair of the Senate Committee on Defense, Intelligence and Veteran Affairs and former CID Director; Abraham Kromah, former Deputy Director of Police for Operations; and Saah Gbollie, a professor of Criminal Justice, AME University and former Chair of the House Committee on National Security.The three unanimously agreed that the national security sector should concentrate on intelligence and become proactive, especially at all border entry points, including air, land and sea. Mr. Kromah referred specifically to the Emergency Response Unit (ERU), which he said had undergone training in counter-terrorism, hostage rescue and protection of Very Important Persons (VIPS).Our Senate Correspondent J. Burgess Carter said the three men, speaking on a radio talk show, called for a case study of what transpired in Mali, Burkina Faso and La Cote d’Ivoire, to be able to design mechanisms and a blue print “to guide us as to how to meet the occurrence of some of these issues on our soil.” They called for the passage of the Police and Immigration Act, which they described as vital for Liberia’s national security, especially in the face of the imminent UNMIL draw down. In the phase of the drawdown, GOL has crafted a National Security Transition Plan of US$103 million, of which US$20 million had already been disbursed. Senator Zargo called on international partners “to work with us in the preparation of our resolve to avert another tragedy.”The three former security officers suggested the installation of CCTV cameras at hotels, resorts, hospitals and other relevant institutions.To this we add schools, colleges and universities. In this era of present and constant danger, it behooves all of us to exercise utmost security consciousness. The three former security officers called on the public in general to be security conscious. This means watching out for strange individuals, parcels, loads or incidents, however insignificant they may appear to be. One other major concern that must be highlighted: ALL of our security forces must exercise utmost integrity! This means they—the Police, Immigration, Emergency Response Unit and Armed Forces, etc.—should not be tempted with money. That would be a sure way of willingly admitting miscreants (troublemakers, wrongdoers, rebels) into our country and our midst that could create havoc here. We surely do not want that, for it would seriously undermine our peace and security. So we all, especially those who have been trained and are being paid to protect us, have to be very, very careful. No one can buy integrity; it is innate in a human being. Either one is honest, or he or she is not. However, it would behoove the government to pay our security officers and soldiers better wages and give them incentives. As the Rainy Season approaches, the Liberia National Police should ensure that every Officer receives rain gear—raincoat, hat and boots. If GOL is truly in the process of receiving increased funding for security operations, we pray that this money will be shared equitably with the ordinary officers on the ground, whom we hope will be supplied with the logistical equipment they need, including transportation and communication gear to make them more effective. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Everyone knew it would be tough sledding for the Fort St. John Huskies against the North West Junior Hockey League’s top team, the North Peace Navigators in the second round of the playoffs but through two games the Navigators have made things look quite easy. While the Huskies did play a better game overall on Monday night compared to Saturday, they still fell way short on the scoreboard as they lost game two of the series 5-1.The story of game one much like game two was penalty trouble for the Huskies and not being able to stop a red hot Navigators power play. The Navs followed up Saturday’s 3/7 performance with the man advantage with a 2/8 outing with the power play in game two.Head coach Gary Alexander admitted penalties played a big part in the final score but was happy with how the Huskies played in the third period of the contest and hopes they can use that going forward into game three Saturday night back at home.- Advertisement -“Right off the bat we jumped into penalty problems,” he said. “Killing penalties that early takes a lot of your energy out and we started out the game behind. I think we finally recovered in the third. We did a lot more good things; more effort and more hitting. It was a positive note to end with.”Scoring the lone goal for the Huskies on the night was Daylen Pearson on the power play.Daimon Derouin got the nod between the pipes and made a number of big saves as he turned aside 32 shots.Advertisement
PEBBLE BEACH – Phil Mickelson is so enthused about how well he is hitting the ball that he was looking forward to tough, windy conditions along the ocean Friday at Pebble Beach. He didn’t get what he wanted, but had few complaints. He had chances to score even lower, but three consecutive birdies on the back nine at tame Pebble Beach and a simple up-and-down for birdie on the par-5 18th enabled him to catch Furyk and reach 12-under 132. Furyk also was pleased to see the flags drooping instead of flapping when he arrived at Poppy Hills, especially after seeing a forecast of 15-mph wind and heavy rain. The rain was brief and light and he birdied all but one of the par 5s on his way to a 65. “I think we got out of it pretty good today,” Furyk said. “Hoping for the same tomorrow.” That gave the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am a good 1-2 punch at the top from the two highest-ranked players in the field. Furyk (No. 2) and Mickelson (No. 6) had a three-shot lead over rookie John Mallinger and Kevin Sutherland, who turned in the best round of the dreary afternoon by firing off 10 birdies for a 63 at Spyglass Hill. Mickelson had to cope only with the cold and rain – but not much wind – and that helped him sail to a 5-under-par 67 and a share of the lead with Jim Furyk at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. “It was a good day. We got a pretty good draw,” Mickelson said. “It was a little windy the last three or four holes, but I’m not going to complain. We had a great day to take advantage of scoring.” BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP)- Craig Stadler eagled the par-5 18th hole for a 9-under 63 and a one-stroke lead in the Allianz Championships, and Nick Price shot a 71 in his first Champions Tour round. GOLD COAST, Australia – South Korea’s Ahn Sun-ju shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Australian Ladies Masters. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
TRENTON, N.J. – A 60-year-old woman became a mother, twice over, when she delivered a pair of boys Tuesday. Frieda Birnbaum gave birth to “Baby A” at 12:44 p.m. and “Baby B” a minute later by Caesarean section at Hackensack University Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Nancy Radwin said. The twins each weighed 4 pounds, 11 ounces, she said. “The mom is in recovery, and she and the babies are doing really well,” Radwin said, declining a request to speak with the mother. Hospital officials believe Birnbaum may be the oldest woman to give birth to twins in the United States, Radwin said. Birnbaum, a psychologist from Saddle River, underwent in-vitro fertilization last year in Cape Town, South Africa, at a center that specializes in older women. She and her husband, Ken, a New York attorney, have been married for 38 years and have three other children – sons ages 6 and 33 and a daughter, 29. Birnbaum told Fox News she wanted her younger son to have siblings closer to his age and wanted to remove some of the stigma attached to older women giving birth. Coincidentally, Tuesday was the birthday of twins born one year ago to a 59-year-old woman – also a New Jersey woman. Lauren Cohen gave birth to Gregory and Giselle on May 22, 2006, at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia. Cohen said Birnbaum contacted her after seeing her name in a magazine and that the two quickly became friends. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000The ‘great’ one: Jose Mourinho has once again fiercely defended his record © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 31 – Jose Mourinho insisted on Friday he is one of the world’s best managers in a continued defence of his managerial record despite Manchester United’s recent struggles.Mourinho ended a press conference following his side’s 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham on Monday by demanding respect from the media. United also lost, 3-2, at Brighton the week before, but the Portuguese launched into a fierce defence of his record.“I am the manager of one of the greatest clubs in the world but I am also one of the greatest managers in the world,” said Mourinho.That was the start of another edgy exchange between Mourinho and journalists in which he was asked whether he could still claim to be one of the greatest managers in the world should he fail to win a league title with United.And, in keeping with his recent self-justification, Mourinho even cited 18th century German philosopher Georg Hegel.“Of course,” said Mourinho. “Hegel says the truth is in the whole, the truth is always in the whole.“Do you ask that question to the manager that finished third in the Premier League or fourth? To the manager who finished fifth?”When it was pointed out that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had faced a similar line of questioning last season, Mourinho cited the German’s record of never having won a European trophy.“Because he never won anything in international (competition), for example. That’s his problem, I tell you what I think, how I feel. And I answer the question.”When Mourinho was pressed further, and quizzed as to whether his best days were behind him, the United manager reiterated his stance that finishing second behind a record-breaking Manchester City last season was one of his greatest achievements.“I had great success last season and that’s what you probably don’t want to admit,” he added.“I analyse my performance, myself and for me it is more important what I think than what you think.“I won eight (league) titles, I am the only manager in the world that won in Italy, Spain and England and by winning eight titles – not small titles or countries – my second position last season is one of my greatest achievements in football. I think.”One of the few positives from United’s start to the season has been left-back Luke Shaw’s return to form.Shaw has not only won his place back in the United team but also been selected by England manager Gareth Southgate for the forthcoming internationals with Spain and Switzerland.“He played three very good matches and is not easy to play three very good matches when your team loses two of them,” said Mourinho.“Mentally, physically he is stronger; tactically he has a better understanding and we are very happy for him. It is an extraordinary thing for him.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.”Wenger, 68, won three Premier League titles, leading the only side to go a full league season unbeaten in 2003-04, and lifted seven FA Cups during his tenure.However, he has been under increasing pressure to step down from the club’s fans for several seasons as Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League for 14 years and risk missing out on Champions League qualification for the second consecutive season.Arsenal’s only realistic chance of making the Champions League next season is by winning the Europa League where the Gunners face Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals.“I urge our fans to stand behind the team to finish on a high,” added Wenger.“To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club. My love and support for ever.”Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke paid tribute to a man of “unparallelled class”.“Arsene has unparallelled class and we will always be grateful to him. Everyone who loves Arsenal and everyone who loves football owes him a debt of gratitude,” said Kroenke, who took a controlling stake in the club in 2011.“This is one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport. One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsene has brought to the club on and off the pitch. His longevity and consistency over such a sustained period at the highest level of the game will never be matched.”Arsenal added that a successor to Wenger will be found “as soon as possible”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season./AFPLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 20 – Arsene Wenger will bring his 22-year stay in charge of Arsenal to an end at the end of the season, the Frenchman announced on Friday.“After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season,” Wenger said in a statement posted on the club’s website.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – More than a dozen fewer teachers, no buses for school trips, fewer janitors to clean schools and classrooms without instructional aides. Those and other cutbacks could shape the next school year at the Lowell Joint School District, where officials have approved a series of budget cuts in anticipation of a projected $1.8 million deficit in 2006-07. Rocked by budget miscalculations and declining enrollment, the district is now facing the prospect of laying off 14 teachers, 16 instructional aides, an assistant middle school principal, a speech consultant, an art liaison person and an assistant maintenance supervisor. Making all of those cuts would save more than $1 million in the district’s budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in July, board members were told at a meeting Monday at which they approved the cuts. The district’s financial troubles surfaced last year, when the Los Angeles County Office of Education rejected Lowell Joint’s initial 2005-06 budget, saying officials had overestimated revenues, among other problems. Declining enrollment also decreased the amount of state money flowing into the district. In total, the district needs to shore up a $1.85 million gap in the 2006-07 budget. That follows a $1.7 million funding gap in this year’s budget. The district plans to close this year’s gap by selling off Grovedale school this spring. Board members said they were reluctant to approve the budget cuts, but realized it was a necessary move. “We really have no choice but to do this,” board President Janet Averill said at Monday’s meeting, which was packed with parents. She characterized the cuts as “not cast in stone.” “We’re hopeful that more revenue will be forthcoming in some fashion soon,” she said. Margaret Palmer and Patty Jacobsen, co-presidents of the Lowell Joint Education Association, which represents district teachers, said the cuts will directly impact children. While the teacher layoffs would still allow the district to continue putting fewer students per classroom in first and second grades, “we are very concerned about what will happen to class sizes in grades three to six,” Palmer said. Teachers in many of those classrooms already have 35 to 38 students, Palmer said. The board approved laying off a teacher in grades four through six at each elementary school, and four third-grade teachers districtwide. “This means class sizes will increase considerably,” Palmer said, “and we feel the impact of this will not only affect the working environment for teachers, but also negatively impact students in these classes.” Interim Superintendent Ronald Randolph said officials tried to spread out the cuts among all departments – a difficult task, he said, “because no one in this district has a job that isn’t necessary.” Even so, the bulk of the cuts, about 41 percent, were made in teaching positions. Although some board members held out hope that more school funding might be forthcoming from the state, Randolph warned against relying too much on the governor’s recently proposed budget, which has yet to be approved by the state Legislature. “Don’t take anything for granted until the check is in the bank,” Randolph said. “When you see the check come through, then we’ll see how much money we have.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051
2 Five years later, Ronaldo had developed into a two-time PFA Player of the Year winner, also claiming the Ballon d’Or, the FIFA World Player of the Year and the FIFPro World Player of the Year awards.It was that summer, half a decade after joining United, Ronaldo looked likely to join Real.Their interest first came to light in early 2007, when it was revealed by a former Sporting youth coach that Real had turned down the chance to sign Ronaldo before the Red Devils came calling. Both Ronaldo and the club made it clear he would not be leaving in the summer of 2007, but Real’s interest was ramped up over the following campaign when he started to truly establish himself as world class.During the 2007/08 season, Ronaldo scored 42 goals in just 49 games across all competitions, helping United win the double of Premier League and Champions League.In the summer of 2008, Real chiefs confirmed they would be willing to pay £100m for Ronaldo, and the player himself even started to hint a transfer to the Bernabeu may be on the cards.He said in May: “I have said a thousand times that I have one dream – to play in Spain. Sometimes your dreams don’t come true but I dream, I still dream, and I am happy at Manchester United, but the future? Nobody knows.”By June he openly admitted he wished to play for Real: “I would like to play for Real Madrid but only if it is true they are ready to pay what Manchester United ask of them. However, it does not depend on me.”United made it clear they had no desire to sell the attacker, despite Ronaldo’s wishes to go, and even then-FIFA President Sepp Blatter had his say on the transfer, suggesting Ferguson should let Ronaldo leave as keeping him equated to ‘modern slavery’.Two days later, Ronaldo openly agreed with Blatter’s comments.Despite the relationship between Ronaldo and United seemingly fractured beyond repair, when Real signed Rafael van der Vaart and gave up on Ronaldo he stated he had no problem remaining at Old Trafford and would continue to give his ‘heart and soul’ to the club.Despite his performances remaining superb, it was clear Ronaldo’s heart and soul were already in Madrid.By December there were reports Ronaldo had already signed for Real, but the deal couldn’t be announced for contractual reasons, and when Florentino Perez was named club President in June it became clear a deal would go through that summer.United accepted an £80m offer on June 11, 15 days later the world record deal was finalised, and on July 6 he was presented to 80,000 adoring fans in Madrid. 2 It has been eight years to the day since Cristiano Ronaldo completed his world record transfer to Real Madrid from Manchester United, and, looking back, it is fair to say it was £80m well spent.A precocious teenager with Sporting CP, Sir Alex Ferguson swooped for the highly-rated youngster in the summer of 2003. A friendly between United and Sporting in August of that year ended in a 3-1 win for the Portuguese side; Ronaldo grabbed two assists in a scintillating solo performance which inspired a tale that has become famous in the annals of football history.Ferguson revealed his players convinced him to sign Ronaldo having been torn apart by the youngster, failing to contain their incredulity at just how good his performance had been as they left the field of play.He said: “After we played Sporting last week the lads in the dressing room talked about him constantly, and on the plane back from the game they urged me to sign him – that’s how highly they rated him.” It was a world record fee at the time, but Ronaldo has more than paid back the money paid for him.He has scored 406 goals in 394 games for Real, winning two LaLiga titles, two Copas, three Champions Leagues, one Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup twice.Is Ronaldo the best value for money signing in the history of the sport? Maybe.But what can’t be questioned is just how successful he has been for Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo was presented to the Real Madrid support on July 6, 2009