Slow start costs Ashley WBC title

first_imgKenyan boxer Fatuma Zarika became the new World Boxing Council (WBC) female super bantamweight champion last Saturday night when she dethroned Jamaican Alicia ‘Slick’ Ashley by split decision, in a hard-fought contest in Flint, Michigan. This was the main bout on a six- fight card that was put on as a benefit to raise funds to assist with that city’s ongoing severe water problems. The three judges scored the 10-round fight 94-96 for Ashley and 96-94, 97-93 for Zarika. The fight was a close one and the Kenyan boxer was able to keep pace with the champion by utilising her boxing skills to avoid punches and then successfully counterpunching. She had the edge in the early rounds, but Ashley got her act together and fought back decisively in the second half of the fight to earn the verdict on one card and make it close on another. The 97-93 scorecard for Zarika was seen as an aberration. Ashley was not her usually dominant self in the early rounds and her adviser, Luigi Olcese, told The Gleaner yesterday that he believed she could have earned the decision if she had been more decisive in the early rounds. “She made her opponent miss, but did not make her pay when she did and this made the difference. I nevertheless thought that Alicia won the fight, but it did not go her way and we just have to move on,” said Olcese. “We have a return fight clause in the contract and we will see how soon we can make that fight happen. I am confident that Alicia will regain her title,” he added. Zarika, who is 31, improved her record to 28-12-2, while Ashley, who is still fighting brilliantly at age 49, falls to 23-11-1.last_img read more

The Wright View | Money well spent; but no statues

first_img STROKE OF GENIUS BANNED SUBSTANCES With the current policy of urine and blood samples being kept and subject to retesting over and over again as science catches up with the reported use of banned substances by athletes, erecting statues before retirement is fraught with danger and exercising patience would in no way diminish the effect these statues would have on our people. The erection of statues by nations to honour citizens in the past has had to be seriously reconsidered when information about the honouree came to light years after the statue was erected. There will be nothing lost by waiting until our national treasures have retired from active competition. Usain Bolt has already announced his planned retirement in July next year. Let us wait. Track and field athletes have been the most successful group of Jamaicans in international competition for over 50 years. The Olympics and, to a lesser extent, the World Championships, have been broadcast to an expectant nation in great detail and has galvanised support that transcends class and economic circumstance in a way that has never been seen in our fair island. ‘Beijing’ in Half-Way Tree during the 2008 Olympics revealed the extent of the power of these men and women to affect, in a positive manner the psyche of a nation. We celebrated their victories and cheered and supported them when they lost, highlighting in print and electronic media their struggles, injuries and setbacks. As a direct result of their exploits, the name JAMAICA took on added significance and attracted visitors and investments that have benefited everyone of us, no matter what we feel about sports in general and athletics in particular. These people are national treasures and we owe them. The Government committed in excess of J$82 million in showing our nation’s appreciation of their accomplishments. Part of this sum was allocated to those men and women who participated in the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Brazil. Not only were medallists and finalists rewarded, but most importantly, the non-athletic support group was also rewarded and commended. No longer will those who went to the Olympics to assist and give their expertise in managing the behind-the-scenes activities – that have resulted in the gamut of emotions that we as a nation have experienced whenever these Games are televised and reported on – be satisfied with a meagre per diem and ‘thanks’, but they now have cash to show that we care. The decision to juxtapose these celebrations during National Heroes weekend was indeed a stroke of genius. The celebrations began with a reception hosted by Prime Minister Andrew Holness at Jamaica House and this was followed by the Rio gala and awards ceremony at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday. The JN 5K Run/Walk – supported by the Usain Bolt Foundation – and another reception at the Braco Melia hotel in western Jamaica allowed as wide a cross section of Jamaicans to be there to show their appreciation. That is why I believe that the $82 million is money well spent, even though it pales against the $30 million (over three years) pledged by the Minister of Education to assist schools with the expenses surrounding the health and welfare of children at risk during the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-sponsored sporting competitions. In fact, there are several aspects of life in this island of ours that could well do with $82 million. However, let us not forget that, as a people, we owe these men and women. The plan to erect four statues – two in 2016 and two in 2017 – commemorating Jamaica’s top four sprinters in recent years, does not have my support. As I understand it, the athletes to be depicted are Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest athlete; Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, double Olympic gold medallist; Asafa Powell; and Veronica Campbell-Brown. Building statues to honour and commemorate our athletes has precedent that never recorded a murmur of discontent from a grateful nation. However, these athletes, who have their likeness recorded on a statue, had long retired and were indeed worthy.last_img read more

Top nominees – Usain, Elaine expected to lead RJR Sports Awards nominations

first_img THREE MEDALS FOR ATKINSON Olympic stars Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson are expected to lead nominations for the 2016 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards, with the selection committee set to make those announcements today. Bolt, who returned to the island with three gold medals from the Rio 2016 Games after his 100m, 200m and 4x100m success, is the favourite for what would be a record seventh National Sportsman of the Year award, a nod that would make him the joint most successful male recipient and second only to Merlene Ottey in the overall tally. Boxer Michael McCallum has also won seven Sportsman of the Year awards, while Ottey has won a remarkable 13 National Sportswoman of the Year awards. Fellow speedster Elaine Thompson ended the season as the most dominant female sprinter in the world, winning double gold in the 100m and 200m in Rio before helping Jamaica to a silver medal in the 4x100m relay. She also finished the season unbeaten in the 100m and duly won the Diamond Race title in the event. Underlining her class, Thompson registered the three fastest times in 2016 the 100m (10.70, 10.71 and 10.72) and the two fastest times in the 200m (21.78 and 21.85). Other Olympic standouts such as Omar McLeod, the first ever Jamaican gold medal winner in the 110m hurdles and Shericka Jackson, bronze medallist in the 400m, and 100m bronze medal winner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce are also expected to be named among the nominees for the highly coveted award. Fraser-Pryce was the female recipient of last year’s Sportswoman of the Year award. Swimmer Alia Atkinson, the 2014 female recipient, had a disappointing time in the pool in Rio but bounced back tremendously since leaving Brazil to break the record in the short course 50m breaststroke at the Swimming World Cup stop in Tokyo, Japan, touching the wall at 28.64 seconds, shaving 16th hundredth of a second off the old mark. Atkinson also recently claimed three medals at the FINA Short Course Swimming World Championships in Windsor, Canada, winning gold in the 100m breaststroke, silver in the 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m Individual Medley. Track and field has been Jamaica’s most successful sport, and it certainly reflects in the winners of this award, with athletics dominating the National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards over the years. In its previous 57 stagings, 27 track and field athletes have walked away with top honours among men, with 49 winners among the females. Before Atkinson’s nod in 2014, the last non-track and field connected woman to win the award was Vivalyn Latty-Scott in 1976. 2014 represented a departure of sorts as boxer Nicholas ‘Axeman’ Walters also claimed the male award, making it only the second time in 15 years that a track and field athlete had not won the award. The 2016 RJR National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards will take place on January 13, 2017.last_img read more

NU Bullpups sustain impressive run

first_imgMourinho has dig at Man United fans over style Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Palencia, who was discovered by UST in the Palarong Pambansa two years ago, has been tipped to make an impact for the Tiger Cubs in their UAAP juniors campaign.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 National University’s high school squad continued to impress as it downed another collegiate Team B opponent in the Milcu Sports Basketball Presents Got Skills Elite Showcase.Behind Reyland Torres, the Bullpups slipped past La Salle, 74-70, in the 25-under division recently at Lyceum gym.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The Bullpups—who are gearing up for their UAAP juniors campaign—held their own in the tight match as Torres took charge before finishing with 15 points and four rebounds.Lyceum, though, avoided an upset as it turned back another tough high school squad in Chiang Kai Shek with a 69-61 decision.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCarl Lumbao paced the Pirates with 16 points and 4 rebounds, while CKSC’s John Galinato topscored with 22.In the 17-under division, University of Santo Tomas blasted Lyceum, 69-57, behind Kobe Palencia’s 18-point outing. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

ABL: Alab Pilipinas survives Chong Son in OT

first_imgAlmazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak It was only the second win at home for Alab as it improved to 7-4.Howard led Chong Son with 25 points and 18 rebounds, while Fil-Am MicKinney also got 25 markers, nine assists, and six boards in his first game in Philippine soil.The Kung Fu suffered only their second loss and fell to 6-2.The Scores:TANDUAY ALAB PILIPINAS 94 – Parks 31, Brownlee 20, Balkman 20, Urbiztondo 9, Domingo 8, Maierhofer 6, Celiz 0, Hontiveros 0, Javelona 0.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES CHONG SON KUNG FU 91 – McKinney 25, Howard 25, Tucker 24, Tiongson 11, Kamiran 6, Liu 0, He 0, Zhao 0, Luo 0.Quarters: 18-24, 39-47, 62-65, 84-84, 94-91.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Pistons’ Blake Griffin says he wants to be where he’s wanted MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases 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 View comments Reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks had his best game of the season, finishing with 31 points on 11-for-18 shooting clip, on top of six rebounds and two assists while handling bulk of the defensive load guarding Chong Son Heritage import Mikh McKinney.Brownlee also overcame his woeful 7-of-27 shooting night and wound up with 20 markers and 11 rebounds, while Balkman poured five of his 20 points in the extra period, while also hauling down 16 boards and six blocks.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 folkJosh Urbiztondo was instrumental in Alab’s late fightback from 11 points down, catching fire in the fourth period as he drained three consecutive treys to put his side up, 82-80 with 1:35 left in regulation.However, it was his errant pass to Brownlee in the final 15 seconds that allowed the Chinese club to stay alive as Justin Howard tied the game at 84. Brownlee missed the desperation three as the game went to overtime. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTanduay Alab Pilipinas bucked gaffe late in regulation and scored a 94-91 overtime squeaker over Chong Son Kung Fu Wednesday in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League at Sta. Rosa Multi-purpose Complex.The home team needed huge defensive stops, with Renaldo Balkman securing a huge deflection of Kamiran Sidikejiang’s pass in the clutch to deny the visitors a chance to score before Justin Brownlee sealed the three-point win.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Fajardo, Beermen make it 3 straight with rout of Dyip

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Jury clears ex-wrestler CM Punk in defamation lawsuit Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer stepped on the gas pedal in the fourth quarter to cruise past Columbian, 129-117, and stretch its winning streak to three in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.June Mar Fajardo showed why he’s the four-time MVP after posting 37 points on 15-of-21 shooting from the field and 18 rebounds to lead the Beermen.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Alex Cabagnot added a triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists while Renaldo Balkman also had a his way with 27 points, 18 rebounds and six assists.“Every time we’re facing Kia, I’m really worried because we have a history against this team. Even in the preseason or elimination round, we always have a hard time winning against them,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria, whose squad evened its record to 3-3.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 crownAustria had every right to feel concerned especially with Columbian only down by five early in the fourth quarter.But that’s also when the Beermen turned on the jets. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Fajardo scored nine during a 16-4 run by San Miguel that made it, 113-96, with 5:46 left.The Dyip had no answers for the 6-foot-10 Fajardo, who scored whenever he wanted to.John Fields and Rashawn McCarthy, who was part of the controversial trade that sent the rights to the No. 1 overall pick to San Miguel, had 19 points apiece for Columbian, which dropped to 3-5.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film View commentslast_img read more

PetroGazz posts 1st win in quarterfinals at expense of Tacloban

first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film How Asian countries are ranked by Fifa this 2018 “Fingers were pointed, people were blamed, but those kinds of things happen.”Trach finished with 11 points against the Fighting Warays while Alyssa Layug added nine.Amporn Hyapha had 16 points to lead the Fighting Warays.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPetroGazz posted its first win in the quarterfinals after dispatching Tacloban in straight sets, 25-15, 25-17, 25-21, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Angels improved to 1-1 in the six-team round-robin quarterfinals while the Fighting Warays are yet to win a game.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Olena Lymareva-Flink led all scorers with 22 points for the Angels.PetroGazz head coach Jerry Yee said they were able cool heated heads in the team after the Angels lost to Pocari Sweat-Air Force in four sets, 18-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-21, in their first game.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 crownYee said Anastasiia Trach got frustrated in the last game after not receiving enough touches while in position.“We were okay in our first game but we let it go because there was a small conflict within the team,” said Yee in Filipino. “They couldn’t get the ball to our left-hander when she’s in position so she became frustrated.” 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Abueva gives what Phoenix lacks, says Phelps

first_imgPhoenix rolls to 2-0, razes NorthPort Peza offers relief to ecozone firms So when Phelps scored a meager, by his standards, 30 points that went with 15 rebounds and four blocks in Phoenix 132-91 win over NorthPort, it left a sense of shock to the onlookers.Phelps, though, is fine with scoring less than 50.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We got the win, I don’t get bonuses for 50-point games,” said Phelps Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I get bonuses for winning, so we got the win and that’s all I care about.”Phelps’ last scoring outburst was in Phoenix’s opening game against Columbian when he put up 50 points, 17 rebounds, and eight blocks. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEugene Phelps scoring at least 50 points is already a too normal of an occurrence during the PBA Governors’ Cup that sometimes it’s considered weird when he doesn’t get to that offensive plateau.Phoenix’ high-octane import has three 50-point games whenever the Fuel Masters play their opening game in a conference and Phelps has been involved in five of those.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another new thing for Phelps is having Calvin Abueva as a teammate.Abueva was traded to Phoenix from Alaska and Phelps is enjoying every bit of the Beast’s action.“I think Calvin is a big help, the guy brings in energy and that’s what we’re lacking,” said Phelps as the Fuel Masters climbed to the top of the standings with a 2-0 record to tie the Aces. “He’s always talking.”And just as Abueva’s story starts to unfold with Phoenix, he and Phelps are set to face Alaska on Wednesday for their next game in the conference.“We got a tough game on Wednesday. Hopefully, we get that win and have a three-game winning streak but we’ll see how it goes.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taallast_img read more

Steph Curry dances and dazzles in Manila return

first_imgKevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:14Carpio 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 Curry capped the first day of his visit with some hoops and some jukes as he danced and played alongside current PBA players.Heads up MMDA, Steph (@StephenCurry30) does the In My Feelings challenge! #WiredDifferent #SC30AsiaTour pic.twitter.com/FPyT95r3TQ— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) September 7, 2018Amateur players from the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand played in a couple of 3×3 games divided into girls and boys’ divisions.ADVERTISEMENT Not yet done: Curry determined to lead Warriors to more titles View comments MOST READ It was a long wait but NBA superstar Stephen Curry delivered on his promise to return to the Philippines and enthrall thousands of his supporters.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title There was also skills course featuring PBA players Poy Erram, Troy Rosario, Mark Barroca, and PJ Simon, who won the exhibition, and shootout contest starring Marc Pingris, Christian Luanzon, Harvey Carey, Willie Miller, and their sons.Miller and his son topped the preliminaries which was also participated by Stanley Pringle, Von Pessumal, and Fiba 3×3 3-point shootout champion Janine Pontejos.Steph and Dell winning the father and son shootout contest. #WiredDifferent #SC30AsiaTour | @BLozadaINQ pic.twitter.com/GZzRR2HKRW— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) September 7, 2018Curry joined the action to the delight of the fans, but lost to Simon in their skills course.But teaming up with his father Dell, Curry showcased his sweet shooting stroke and defeated Miller in the culmination of the shootout contest.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Curry last visited Manila in 2015 right after Golden State won the Larry O’Brien trophy and this year’s trip also followed another championship for the Warriors, who have gained a big fan base here in this basketball-crazy country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It feels great, so much support here in the Philippines in what I do in the basketball court,” said Curry Friday during a showcase at Mall of Arena Arena as part of the Philippine stop for his Under Armour Asia Tour.“I told everyone at MOA Arena that I will be back and it took a long time to get back.” LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

PH golden golfers donate over P16M incentives to NGAP golf dev’t program

first_imgThe chance to represent the country in future tournaments and pursue their golfing dreams in the US NCAA was worth a whole lot more than P16 million.ADVERTISEMENT That was the cost for Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and LK Go had to give up to retain their amateur status as the country’s golf heroines donated all their incentives for their two-gold, one-bronze performance in the Asian Games to the National Golf Association of the Philippines’ golf development program Thursday, the same day President Duterte bumped up the bounty for Asiad champions to a total of P8 million.“Due to immutable circumstances … we are unable to accept any and all forms of financial reward,” the trio said in a joint statement forwarded to media outlets Thursday. “At present, two of us are actively playing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States, with the third, soon to follow.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We will automatically lose our amateur status the moment we keep these incentives, as well as the opportunity to continue representing the Philippines in the future.”The three were supposed to receive at least P16.5 million in total, with Saso, the individual gold winner, due to receive P10.6 million. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 The Inquirer managed to obtain a copy of the Royal and Ancient’s opinion, where it said cash awards offered as incentives are based on performance and thus fall under the rules on prizes.Thus, if the players kept their incentives, they would lose their amateur status and make them ineligible for the national team and in the US NCAA.“We unanimously agreed that if it were possible to donate this money to support the national golf program—and thus help other aspiring golfers reach their goals—this would be the best scenario for us. After consulting the world golf governing body, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, we were advised that this was a viable option. We are thus confident that the [NGAP] will allocate these resources in a prudent, equitable, and ideal manner, consistent with our intentions,” the three golfers wrote in their joint statement.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Another windfall: Duterte makes it an added P2M for Asiad gold medalists President Duterte threw in another extra P2 million for gold medalists in the Asian Games during the release of incentives Wednesday at Malacañang Palace, according to the Philippine Sports Commission.The PSC had announced earlier that the bonus from the President would be worth P1 million but Mr. Duterte upped it by another million.The cash pot is on top of the P2 million granted by law via Republic Act 10699. Gold medalists will also get P1 million each from Siklab Foundation of Sec. Dennis Uy and Ambassador to Indonesia H.E. Lee Hiong Tan Wee, plus a P2 million bonus from the POC.“We were touched by the decision of the girls to donate their cash incentives to our golf development program,” said Bones Floro, the NGAP’s secretary-general, who also told golfers and their parents of the legal opinion sent by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews regarding the impact of the incentives on the girls’ amateur status.“The girls and their parents were very appreciative of the situation and they knew what they wanted and it wasn’t a hard decision for them to make,” Floro added.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more