Thompson, McPherson impress indoors

first_imgWorld Championships 200-metre silver medallist Elaine Thompson looked at home on her indoor debut, twice clocking 7.14 on a day that saw her finishing second to her Dutch rival Dafne Schippers in the 60m at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix at the Emirates Arena yesterday.Just like she did in the 200m final at the World Championships in Beijing last August, Schippers led Thompson to the line with a time of 7.10, with third place going to Ewa Swoboda (Poland), who clocked 7.15 seconds.Thompson’s run makes her the joint fastest Jamaican in the event so far this year along with Simone Facey, who also ran 7.14 earlier this month.Competing in her first individual indoor 400m race, Stephenie-Ann McPherson became the fastest Jamaican this year after posting 52.05 to win ahead of Seren Bundy-Davies (Great Britain), 52.10 and Lisanne De Witte of The Netherlands, 52.49.In the men’s 60m, Julian Forte ran 6.64 for fourth place in the heats before improving in the final to a personal best 6.63 and a sixth-place finish behind winner Sean Safo-Antwi (Great Britain), 6.56. Another Briton, Richard Kilty, the defending World Indoor champion, finished second in 6.57 with third place going to American Mike Rodgers, 6.60.Rusheen McDonald was sixth in the men’s 400m in 49.38 seconds. The win went to Pavel Maslak, 46.02, of the Czech Republic, who finished ahead of USA’s Calvin Smith, 46.45 and Great Britain’s Jarryd Dunn, 46.67.With the IAAF World Indoor Championships fast approaching and the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association set to name their team this week, it’s left to be seen who will be available for the March 17-19 championships which takes place in Portland, USA.last_img read more

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INSPORTS to donate $500,000 worth spikes to champion school

first_imgThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) will be continuing its initiative to develop track and field in Junior High Schools with the annual staging of the popular INSPORTS Junior High Athletics Championships from April 13-15.The meet, to be held for the second consecutive year at the National Stadium East, will see some 2,000 athletes vying for top honours.Through its regular coaching seminars, the government-run sports agency recognised the necessity for a constant supply of sporting equipment to enhance proper development at this level and as such, they have allocated $500,000 for the purchasing of spikes for the champions.”We’re going to give the winning school half a million dollars’ worth of running spikes,” said Ian Andrews, administrative director, INSPORTS.”That will go towards their development. If they want to keep them or give them to the athletes, it’s up to them,” he added.Andrews noted that their aim is to increase participation on a national scale.”We only have 22 schools participating,” he pointed out. “The number of schools have been dwindling because many have been upgraded to high schools.”Hopefully with this initiative, next year, we will be able to attract other schools from outside the Corporate Area and St Catherine. Right now, Osborne Store is the only school outside Kingston and St Catherine that will be participating,” he observed.In keeping with that plan, the INSPORTS administrative director said they have formed a union with the heads of institutions.PARTNERSHIP WITH PRINCIPALS”We’ve developed a partnership with the principals with a view of developing the meet and, hopefully, they will spread the word and influence other principals for their schools to take part at the meet,” said Andrews, who listed more plans to increase popularity.”We’ll be going into the schools to try to sensitise them between now and next week. We’ll be looking to highlight the top athletes, who invariably will end up going to high schools,” he noted.The majority of those athletes are generally fielded by Windward Road Junior High and John Mills Junior High, which have dominated the championships.During the recent staging, Windward Road successfully defended their title ahead of John Mills, the many-time champions.The top teams prepare at the National Stadium East and meet director, Maureen Chin-Miller, said expectations are high because a larger portion of the student body will now contribute to the overall outcome.”So far, it’s looking good, we’re getting everything in place,” she said about their preparedness.”What has heightened the competition is because we’ve added the primary school component as well.”Windward Road and John Mills will be renewing their rivalry again, and it should be very exciting,” said Chin-Miller.last_img read more

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Jamaica, T&T in crucial clash in Regional Women’s Super50

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) remain on course for a spot in the final of the Regional Women’s Super50 following the third round of the championship which concluded on Monday. While Barbados trounced South Windwards by 102 runs at the National Cricket Centre in Couva, hosts T&T strolled to an equally uncomplicated six-wicket victory over Guyana Macaulay Park in California. Both teams are the only unbeaten ones in the competition. T&T lead the standings with 12 points, but are just one ahead of Barbados, with defending champions Jamaica a further four points back in third. Guyana also have seven points, but are fourth on net run rate, while North Windwards and South Windwards bring up the rear with two points each. T&T, however, face a crucial clash today when they take on Jamaica at the National Cricket Centre. The hosts will fancy their chances of full points, especially with the Jamaicans having played unconvincingly and picking up their first win on Monday with a 116-run verdict over South Windwards. Barbados, meanwhile, have a far easier assignment against the winless North Windwards at Caldrac and will see the fixture as an excellent opportunity to top the tables, especially if T&T slip up. The remaining game will see Guyana squaring off with South Windwards at Gilbert Park. Sunday’s final, following the last round of preliminary games on Friday, will be contested between the two top teams in the table. Last year, Jamaica beat Guyana in the final at Windsor Park, when the tournament was hosted in Dominica. excellent opportunitylast_img read more

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RCB crushed as Gayle struggles again

first_img RCB were early trouble when Gayle fell to the third ball of the game without a run on the board, caught at first slip by JP Duminy off a tentative push at an out-swinger from left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan. Since his blistering hundred against England in the opening game of the Twenty20 World Cup last month, Gayle has struggled with scores of of 4, 5, 4, 1 and 0. Kohli, who struck seven fours and three sixes off 48 deliveries, put on 107 for the second wicket with de Villiers and another 63 with Watson, who made 33, to rebuild the innings. West Indies seamer Carlos Brathwaite took one for 18 from two overs. De Kock then took the game away from RCB with an innings that required 51 balls and included 15 fours and three sixes. At 50 for two in the sixth over, the game was still open, but de Kock and Nair put an end to RCB’s hopes in a 134-run third-wicket stand. Gayle fell BANGALORE, India, (CMC): Superstar Chris Gayle’s slump continued as Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered at the hands of a quick-fire hundred by South African opener Quinton de Kock, crashing to a seven-wicket defeat to Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League here yesterday. Sent in at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB rallied to an imposing 191 for five off their 20 overs, behind captain Virat Kohli’s 79 and South African star AB de Villiers’ 55, with seamer Mohammed Shami taking two for 34. In reply, de Kock plundered 108 and Karun Nair, an unbeaten 54, as Delhi roared to victory with five balls to spare. Australian all-rounder Shane Watson claimed two for 25 with his four overs of medium pace. The victory was Delhi’s second in three outings, while RCB have won one of two.last_img read more

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Nadal pulls out of French Open

first_imgPARIS, France (AP):For a decade, Rafael Nadal ruled Roland Garros the way no other man has dominated any Grand Slam site.Yesterday, his powerful left wrist wrapped in a blue brace, Nadal delivered the surprising news that he was withdrawing before his third-round match at the French Open because of an injury that would prevent him from delivering the whiplike, spin-heavy forehand that carried him to a record nine championships and a 72-2 record on the tournament’s red clay.”To win the tournament, I need five more matches,” Nadal said, his face expressionless, his arms crossed in front of him. “And the doctor says that’s 100 per cent impossible.”His announcement, at what he called “one of the toughest press conferences in my career”, overshadowed everything else going on around the grounds on Day 6 of the French Open, from the straight-set victories by defending champion Stan Wawrinka and No. 2-seeded Andy Murray, to the out-of-nowhere 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-0 upset of two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova by 108th-ranked Shelby Rogers, a 23-year-old American.Nadal’s withdrawal robbed the event of more star power, coming a week after 17-time major champion Roger Federer pulled out because of lingering back problems.AIMING FOR FOURTH TITLEIt cleared one potential obstacle from the path of No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who is attempting to win a fourth consecutive major title and his first in Paris – and could have faced Nadal in the semi-finals.Fourth-rounders established Friday included No. 3 Wawrinka against No. 22 Viktor Troicki, No. 5 Kei Nishikori against No. 9 Richard Gasquet, and No. 8 Milos Raonic against unseeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas.Women’s fourth-round matches will be Rogers against No. 25 Irina-Camelia Begu, No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska against unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova, No. 4 Garbine Muguruza against No. 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova, and No. 6 Simona Halep against No. 21 Sam Stosur.last_img read more

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We can win with Gayle – Patriots fans confident after Jamaican’s arrival

first_imgKittian journalist Loshaun Dixon says that fans of the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots believe their team can win next season’s Hero Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 cricket competition following the addition of star batsman Chris Gayle. Gayle’s shocking move from the Jamaica Tallawahs was announced by the St Kitts and Nevis franchise on Thursday, with the Jamaican leaving a team that won the title twice in the competition’s four years, for a club that struggled in its first two seasons. The move has left many wondering about the reasons behind it, with some speculation that it may be that Gayle has been offered a higher salary than he earned at the Tallawahs, despite the Tallawahs saying that his decision was for what he calls personal reasons. However, Dixon, a writer for the St Kitts and Nevis Observer, says that Gayle may have made the switch because of his partner. “He has a link to St Kitts and Nevis,” Dixon says. “This is where his partner is from.” He says that Gayle may also have made the move to keep himself motivated and says that fans are pleased to have one of their favourite players from the league, as a whole, playing his home games at Warner Park in Basseterre. “He is a fan favourite here; even in a Tallawahs uniform, people always turned up to see him,” Dixon says. “There are actually fans of the Tallawahs here, because of him. “He’s a big name; he’s a household name here. He, being in a Patriots shirt, will obviously cause a big stir among Kittians and Nevisians.” Fans are hoping that Gayle’s arrival may mean a return for his West Indies teammate and fellow Jamaican Marlon Samuels. But Dixon says that the team board has not yet said anything about a possible return for their former captain.last_img read more

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MMA star McGregor wants to fight a boxer on his turf

first_imgMayweather, who returned after two years of retirement to take on the Irish mixed martial arts star, bided his time before exerting his superiority from the middle rounds onwards at the T-Mobile Arena.The match ended with a 10th-round stoppage as Mayweather ended his career with a perfect 50-0 record.But McGregor, nicknamed “The Notorious”, said he would beat the 40-year-old American in a rematch by changing his training regime.“He (Mayweather) was a tactical genius in there. He changed his gameplan three times and that is the sign of a true champion,” said McGregor.“If it happened in a rematch, it’s a simple adjustment of me having a heavier sparring partner coming in the later rounds, leaning on me and walking me down.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kyrie Irving to ’flat Earth’ theory doubters: ‘Do your own research’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson McGregor, speaking ahead of the Dublin premiere of “Conor McGregor: Notorious” — a documentary about the fighter — said his next fight would be to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title.“Right now I am focused on my world, the world of true fighting,” he told the BBC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Ideally I would like to take one of the boxers into an MMA bout — someone come into my world now.“I went into their platform and faced the so-called best-of-the-best and I handled him pretty easily in the early rounds, before I got fatigued and got stopped.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Conor McGregor stands on stage during a weigh-in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing bout Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher)Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor says he wants a boxer to “come into his world”, insisting he would beat Floyd Mayweather in a rematch, the BBC reported Wednesday.The 29-year-old Irishman lost to ex-welterweight champion Mayweather in Las Vegas in August in one of the richest boxing bouts of all time.ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “My sparring in the lead-up to the camp was always against fast-twitch, light-on-their-toes opponents. I was never against forward pressure because he (Mayweather) had never fought like that. That took us by surprise and I got beat.“But if we had a rematch I would correct that and beat him.”Referring to a possible Mayweather rematch, he added: “He’s retired. I will not call him out. I respect what he has done.”Asked if he would get back in a boxing ring, McGregor replied: “Of course. Boxing is certainly an interest of mine. But the next fight will be to defend my UFC lightweight belt.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Chemistry between Ross, Lassiter made SMB’s winning play happen

first_imgDawn of a new era: Vargas unseats Cojuangco in POC elections reboot Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I just tried to stay at the moment during the game-tying three and the last shot,” said Lassiter who finished with 22 points. “Just being in the moment and just being ready if the ball comes to me, just being ready to shoot and that’s what happened.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCount on San Miguel to draw up one final intoxicating play.With the Beermen pressed for time in finishing off bottom-dwelling Kia, the reigning Philippine Cup champions turned to the crafty partnership of Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter.ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel (8-2) and the Picanto (1-10) were tied at 106 with 1.8 seconds remaining and Ross was given the task to inbound the ball.Ross, listed at a generous 6-foot-2, had the 6-foot-6 Jon Gabriel in front of him in the sideline when he whizzed past a pinpoint bounce pass to Lassiter who banked the ball off the glass for San Miguel’s game-winner in the 108-106 victory.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 folkLassiter said the play was never practiced and it was his chemistry with Ross, his teammate for almost five years, that allowed for the play to be completed.“We don’t practice that, good thing we have chemistry,” said Lassiter Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I’m just glad that he was able to make the pass and I was able to convert it.” Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ LATEST STORIES “Marcio and I talked about it before he went out, he said that he was going to push his man up some more,” said Ross. “Usually, when Marcio and I run some of our sets, he’ll put a guy on his back and I’ll just throw it to him.”Before Ross bounced the ball under Gabriel’s right arm, Lassiter first muscled his way against Jan Jamon in the lane to get a good position under the basket.And just like clockwork, Lassiter turned the play into an alley-oop that kissed the glass with the softest of touches.“I had the ball over my head, I couldn’t throw a chest pass, I had to put enough power on it to get it there and luckily it bounced right to him,” said Ross, who had nine points and 10 assists.Before Lassiter made the game-winner, though, he first made a three-pointer from the corner with 47.5 seconds left that tied the game.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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Phoenix spoils Romeo’s return, keeps quarterfinal hopes alive

first_imgPhoenix had to grind it out in the payoff moments after the Fuel Masters lost a 31-point lead, 66-35, at the start of the third quarter thanks to GlobalPort’s blistering 20-6 run.Romeo capped the Batang Pier’s comeback with a layup to trim the lead lead to four, 102-98 with 26 seconds left, but Jeff Chan and RJ Jazul iced the game for the Fuel Masters  from the free throw line with one charity apiece.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 folkPhoenix head coach Louie Alas admitted they still lack the composure to hold on to their leads and finish strong.“It’s a good thing that we had a huge lead because we don’t know how to finish until now,” said Alas. “If we didn’t have a big lead, we might be on the other side.” It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Wright lit up for the Fuel Masters with 32 points with five rebounds and six assists, while Chan added 18 points, five boards, and five dimes.Romeo had 20 points in his season debut while backcourt partner Stanley Pringle finished with a 16-point, 10-assist double-double.Despite the loss and a twin 5-6 record, the Batang Pier are already secured of either the sixth or seventh spot in the standings due to quotient scores.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed San Beda sweeps NCAA beach volleyball elims GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings 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 MOST READ Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phoenix Fuel Masters vs Globalport Batang Pier. PBA IMAGESPhoenix fanned its quarterfinal hopes, and spoiled the return of Terrence Romeo after turning back Globalport, 104-100 in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Fuel Masters ended their campaign in the elimination round with a 5-6 record and assured themselves of at least a playoff for the last quarterfinals spot on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Johnson powers Rain or Shine past Alaska in OT

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Campbell extinguished the Aces’ chances late with a turnover off an inbound pass that led to Johnson game-sealing two freethrows.Raymond Almazan also had 11 points and two rebounds, while James Yap got 10 for Rain or Shine, which survived a 40-point, 20-rebound performance from Campbell.Calvin Abueva got 19 points, nine boards, four steals, and three dimes for the Aces in the loss, while Vic Manuel got 12.The Scores:RAIN OR SHINE 109 — Johnson 32, Tiu 18, Ahanmisi 11, Almazan 11, Yap 10, Belga 9, Daquioag 6, Ponferrada 5, Norwood 4, Casiño 3, Washington 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRain or Shine survived a tough Alaska side, 109-103, in overtime for its first win in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Reggie Johnson pumped in 32 points and 22 rebounds, while Chris Tiu shot 4-of-7 from thres to collect 18 points, six assists, and three rebounds for the Elasto Painters.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames WNBA great Taurasi adapting to being a parent on the fly ALASKA 103 — Campbell 40, Abueva 19, Manuel 12, Casio 8, Thoss 8, Racal 7, Banchero 3, Baclao 2, Enciso 2, Teng 2, Exciminiano 0.Quarters: 23-16, 45-39, 69-61, 94-94, 109-103.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Maverick Ahanmisi almost bagged the win in regulation with a layup with 2.9 ticks left in fourth to make it a three-point lead, 94-91, but Chris Banchero banked in a desperation three to force overtime.“I got mad at them. It was already a won game. But then again, we can’t fault the players. We’re OK, but we’re not OK because we’re not getting the rebounds,” lamented coach Caloy Garcia of the wild finish.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 crownDeja vu struck Rain or Shine in extra period when it held a 105-103 lead in the final 18.7 seconds as Ahanmisi failed to deliver the final blows when he missed his foul shots.But the Fil-Am guard made up for the miscue with a steal on Antonio Campbell that led to a layup to extend the lead to four, 107-103 with 2.9 seconds left, and those proved to be the biggest of his 11 points and four rebounds for the night. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View commentslast_img read more

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