National University’s Jaja Santiago. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHead coach: Roger GorayebLast season: 7-7 (5th)ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Key losses: Myla Pablo, Rica Diolan, Ivy Perez,Key additions: Risa Sato, Larnie AberinFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnIf head coach Roger Gorayeb is to be believed, National University could be on its way to a big year in the 79th Season of the UAAP.The Lady Bulldogs failed to enter the Final Four last season despite flaunting the attacking trio of Jaja Santiago, Myla Pablo, and Jorelle Singh as they finished the eliminations with a 7-7 record and settled for the fifth seed. Quinahan one-ups Belga as former teammates face off Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town “I hope they can carry the pressure up until the Finals especially with the social media presence that is why I try to limit their use of social media,” said Gorayeb.Now that NU starts off on practically a clean slate, Gorayeb’s hopes his decision to put in Santiago as the team’s captain will eventually payoff.Gorayeb said Santiago is now the “older sister” of the team and it’s always a good thing to have the best player also as the designated leader.“Jaja has always been their older sister, and she can talk to the younger players and the kids also listen to her,” said Gorayeb. DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Gorayeb, however, doesn’t see the Lady Bulldogs’ mediocre run the past year as a reason not to aim high for Season 79.“I wanted to reach the top four last year, now I want to go to the Finals because they started recruiting in 2008 but they never had the chance to get to the Finals,” said Gorayeb in Filipino.NU’s early 3-1 record in the elimination round proved false pretense as the Lady Bulldogs lost four of their next five games and even back-to-back wins over University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines weren’t enough to push them to the semifinals.And even though NU had the tallest player in the league in the 6-foot-5 Santiago, the Lady Bulldogs were the second worst blocking team as they averaged just 1.4 blocks per set.Reasons beyond numbers also plagued the team with chemistry problems preventing the Lady Bulldogs to contend against title favorites Ateneo and La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Don't miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards View comments
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Problems with the McLaren’s Honda engine kept him from finishing the first three races, and that only got more embarrassing when his car broke down in the formation lap of the last grand prix in Russia.Things didn’t appear close to improving back home.Despite McLaren and Honda having two weeks to find some desperately needed fixes, Alonso’s car spouted smoke and gushed fluid in a breakdown on the very first lap of practice on Friday.That debacle came a day after Alonso gave McLaren an ultimatum of six months to give him a car with a chance of winning a championship.So forecasts were high that the Spaniard would endure more torment come qualifying.ADVERTISEMENT Alonso had his best day behind the wheel of his trouble-prone McLaren on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, finally giving his Formula One team some relief and his home Spanish fans a reason to cheer.Alonso finished 1.9 seconds slower than pole winner Lewis Hamilton, but he defied expectations by beating out all the other teams that can’t compete with Hamilton’s Mercedes and challengers Ferrari and Red Bull.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundAlonso called seventh place a “gift,” considering his previous best qualification was 12th place in Australia.“We knew we needed to put the perfect lap together,” he said. “Today was the one of those days when everything went well.” Instead, Alonso went from surprise to surprise, making the cut from the first session that eliminated the slowest five drivers, then surviving the second cut to reach the remaining 10 drivers for the first time this season. He topped it off by clocking a better lap than Force India pair Sergio Perez and Esteban Icon and Williams’ Felipe Massa.Hamilton took note of Alonso’s improvement, saying “It’s fantastic for McLaren and Honda to get into the top 10. It shows progress.”Alonso marked a cautiously optimistic tone about the race on Sunday, when his car will have a much tougher test of its more than questionable reliability.“Obviously, I don’t have 100 percent confidence. But I am pretty sure we keep learning from the things that are happening to the car,” Alonso said. “I have a good feeling for tomorrow.”He spoke alongside team director Eric Boullier and Honda F1 boss Yusuke Hasegawa, both looking relieved to not have to again explain why their cars have taken a step back. The season’s start is in risk of damaging the reputation of the once proud McLaren, which has 12 driver titles and eight constructor titles to its name.Alonso’s last race win, his 32nd, came here at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 2013 while driving for Ferrari. With its rougher surface and tricky curves, the track gives slower cars like his McLaren a fighting chance.If his car holds up, Alonso said he will need to use every bit of his veteran wiles to keep McLaren in the points. He marked the importance of a good start in order to protect his position.“The points is the main target,” he said. “Seventh place maybe seems too good.”Regardless of the outcome on Sunday, Alonso will then take a break from F1 to try his luck at the Indianapolis 500.The decision to switch competitions will mean he misses F1’s Monaco GP this month, but Alonso said he had “zero” regrets since Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull are still out of reach. “I will race the Indy 500, one of the biggest races in the world,” Alonso said. “There will be six cars (in F1) that will be unbeatable for the next few races. To fight for seventh place in Monaco? No thanks.” 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thousands in Madrid demand end to bullfighting in Spain For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Mclaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain steers his car during the qualifying session for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, Spain. The Spanish Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. APMONTMELO, Spain — It’s only seventh place in qualifying, and Fernando Alonso will take it.Take it, and cling to it, in hope that his season has hit bottom and is looking up.ADVERTISEMENT Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in
RAFAEL DOS ANJOS WIN EDMONTON, Alberta (AP): Brazilian brawler Amanda Nunes played a tactical game on Saturday night to beat challenger Valentina Shevchenko by split decision and retain her bantamweight title at UFC 215. "I wanted to show the world I'm here to stay," Nunes said. The judges scored it 47-48, 48-47, 48-47 to run Nunes' record to 15-4. It was a careful fight with few extended skirmishes until Nunes took Shevchenko to the canvas in the fifth round. The fans often booed and chanted, "Fight, fight, fight!" Nunes, nicknamed the 'Lioness', raised her arms as the decision was announced while many of the fans booed the verdict. She later told reporters her strategy was to go the full five rounds to wear Shevchenko down and then strike and hush detractors who said Nunes was an early-round knockout artist and would fade in the long game. "I know the crowd wants to see a knockout ... but tonight, this fight was for me, to go five rounds and prove I'm the best. I'm here to stay. I'm here for a reason," she said. Shevchenko, a Kyrgyzstan fighter nicknamed 'Bullet,' is 14-3. The 29-year-old walked to the side of the octagon, shaking her head in disbelief. "I don't agree with the decision at all," Shevchenko said afterwards, adding: "I won this fight." She said she believed she won three rounds, and while Nunes took her down in the fifth, "I was landing more punches from being on the ground (than Nunes from above)." It was the second time Nunes had beaten Shevchenko in 18 months. The 29-year-old Nunes took a unanimous decision over Shevchenko at UFC 196 in March 2016. The two were set to fight in July at UFC 213, but Nunes pulled out the day of the fight with sinus issues. Nunes has smashed her way to the top of her class over the past 14 months. She bloodied and submitted Miesha Tate in July 2016 to take the belt, and then defended it successfully in December with a 48-second dismantling of star Ronda Rousey. Also, on the main card, in a bout with a potential title shot on the line, former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos submitted sixth-ranked Neil Magny with an arm-triangle choke at 3:43 of the first round of their welterweight battle. The 10th-ranked Brazilian is now 27-9-0. No. 2-ranked flyweight Henry 'The Messenger' Cejudo, looking for another title shot against Demetrious Johnson, nailed Wilson Reis of Brazil square in the jaw, dropping him to the mat, then pounded him into a knockout 25 seconds into the second round. Swedish veteran Ilir Latifi lived up to his 'Sledgehammer' nickname, lifting up and piledriving Australian upstart Tyson Pedro head first to the mat in a light heavyweight tilt. Latifi won by unanimous decision. Gilbert Melendez, dropping down to make his debut in featherweight, was cheered as he staggered up repeatedly from the canvas while taking a hellacious flurry of kicks and punches from eighth-ranked Jeremy Stephens. Stephens won by unanimous decision. HERE TO STAY
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (CMC): Batsman Roston Chase says that he is confident of a West Indies victory in the opening Test but does not expect Zimbabwe to simply roll over in their second innings. The Caribbean side held a dominant position at the end of yesterday's day three, reaching 369 for eight in their second innings to lead by 429 runs, heading into the penultimate day of the encounter at Queens Sports Club. "It's not going to be easy (to win). I don't think the Zimbabwe guys are going to lie down and play dead," said Chase, who was unbeaten on 91 at the close. "The same way we fought back in our second innings, I think they will be looking to do that as well, but I'm putting all faith in my bowlers to get those 10 wickets. We're most likely going to have two days to get them, so I'm really looking forward for us to get this victory." He added: "I think the Zimbabwe players are going to put down their heads a lot more, so it will probably take us a little bit more overs to get the job done, so I may need to give the fast bowlers a rest. "I think (Devendra) Bishoo will be key for us. He bowled really well in the first innings ,and that set the tone for us, so I'm hoping he can do it again in the second innings and give us the victory." Chase played a key role in helping the Windies assert themselves after they resumed the day on 88 for one. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite struck a battling 86, Shai Hope got 44, and Kyle Hope, 43, but West Indies lost a clatter of wickets approaching tea to surrender some of their momentum. However, Chase stepped up to take responsibility for the innings in a knock that has so far lasted 127 deliveries and included eight fours and a six, putting on 33 for the seventh wicket with captain Jason Holder (24) and 92 for the eighth wicket with Bishoo, who made 44. Chase said that he and Holder had made a deliberate attempt to be aggressive after the interval. "It started from me and the skipper. We both said that we would counter-attack to put a little pressure back on the Zimbabwe guys, seeing that we had a sizeable lead already," Chase told reporters. "We were just looking for some quick runs, and it paid off for us and made it a lot easier for Bishoo to come out there and just bat normally, and that worked for us in the end." KEY ROLE
The FIFA men's football World Cup is in high gear. The debates continue about the greatest footballer, the best team, who will win, and who won't make it through the first round. This is because the World Cup is considered the 'Greatest Show on Earth'. There's also the constant debate as to which is bigger - the World Cup or the Summer Olympics. What is clear, though, is that both are among the largest supported mega global sporting events. Both the World Cup and Olympics are quadrangular events and rake in significant revenue for their governing bodies. Both have also been dogged with controversy, the past few years. Interestingly, for most Olympic sports, the main goal at a national level is to qualify for and participate in the Olympics, and in some cases, to win a gold medal. So while governing bodies may have their own World tournaments, the pinnacle of their athletes' national career is participating in and/or medalling at the Olympics. However, football is different. It's the reverse. The pinnacle is the World Cup. That is because FIFA has protected its brand and carefully orchestrated a model that ensures that the best players in the world are available for their showpiece and not the Olympic football competition: Players of any age can play in the World Cup, but the Olympics is an Under-23 competition, with only three players over that age allowed. The World Cup squad is 23 while the Olympic football squad is 18. More stars can be available for the World Cup when held. The qualification is very rigid for the FIFA World Cup, and 32 teams (to be increased for 2026) qualify for the finals ,while only 16 teams make the Olympics. Global calendar dates are designated for FIFA-run competitions, World Cup qualifiers, and international friendlies. During these qualifiers, significant resources go into building rivalries and marketing with the regional associations such as UEFA. In essence, FIFA has decided that it is not giving the International Olympic Committee (IOC) its best and most lucrative assets - its players - and has consistently protected that market so successfully that it is even considered in some quarters to be bigger than the Olympics. Make no mistake, the World Cup ensures profit even though it is a not-for-profit organisation. Success of the competition is based on revenue: profit garnered from TV rights, sponsorship, ticket sales, of course, merchandising, and other rights fees. For the 2014 World Cup, FIFA raked in US$4.8 billion with a profit of US$2.6 billion. Sponsorship accounted for US$1.6 billion, TV rights brought in US$2.4 billion, and tickets sales , US$527 million. Additionally, FIFA minimises expenses by passing on most of those to the host nation. The host also provides tax exemptions and tax free zones for companies associated with the World Cup. The build-up to the showpiece event, the marketing strategies, and post-event activities are carefully orchestrated. Sponsors pay billions to be associated with the FIFA World Cup brand and also spend millions as part of sponsorship activation and preventing ambush marketing. Another reason for the success of the World Cup is the compensation to teams. The 2018 staging is expected to amass approximately US$6 billion in revenue. The prize money this year will total approximately US$791 million, with the governing body distributing $400 million directly to the teams based on finishing position and performance, while the rest will be allotted for payments to clubs, prize money, and player insurance fees. Each team will decide the breakdown of player compensation. For example, if Germany wins, they will pay bonuses of approximately US$400,000 per player; while Brazil will pay US$930,000/player and Spain, US$950,000/player. The eventual winners will pocket US$38 million from FIFA, while the first and second runners-up take home US$29 million and US$24 million, respectively. The FIFA World Cup Finals features 32 nations competing over a month but the reach is significant. We can debate the negative and positive impact on the citizens of host countries and whether hosting the event is beneficial in the long term, but what is certainly clear is that the FIFA World Cup is one of, if not, the greatest show on Earth. - Dalton Myers is a sports consultant and administrator. Email feedback to email@example.com
MILAN (AP): Cristiano Ronaldo often scores goals. In Turin, Cristiano Ronaldo always scores goals. The Juventus forward, who will be making his home debut for his new club today, is still looking to score his debut goal for the Italian champions. And as luck would have it, the team is finally ready for its home opener. Ronaldo has played in Turin three times, and he has scored in every match. He scored for Real Madrid at Juventus in the group stage of the 2013-14 Champions League, as well as in the semi-finals the following year. He also scored twice in the 2018 quarter-finals, including a spectacular overhead kick, which earned him a standing ovation from the Italian team's fans and supposedly played a part in his decision to join the Bianconeri. "The small details make the big difference at the end of the day, so I would say what I saw in the stadium helped, to be honest," Ronaldo said recently. "[It] was, in my opinion, the best goal in my career so far. And, of course, when the people start to applaud me in the stadium, I was like, 'Wow.' [t] surprised me a lot because this has never happened in my life, so was an unbelievable moment." AWAY DEBUT REPEAT VICTORY Ronaldo made his Juventus debut last weekend in a 3-2 victory at Chievo Verona, but he didn't score. Still, there were positive signs in Verona when Ronaldo appeared to link up well with his new team-mates, especially attacking full back Alex Sandro. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner also had eight shots on goal - twice as many as any other player. "I feel really good alongside him," Sandro said. "He is a really great footballer. I understand him, he understands me. We did a good job. We need to continue like this." However, it will take even Ronaldo some time to settle into his new team after nine years in Madrid. At times in Verona, he made a clever run only for the pass to arrive too late or not at all. "Cristiano is a great player and has added notable quality to the team," Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny said. "Unfortunately he didn't score on his debut at Chievo, but he will score his first goal in a match very soon, I'm sure of that." Whether that comes against Lazio remains to be seen. Lazio beat the Bianconeri in the Italian Super Cup and also was one of only two Serie A teams to win at the Allianz Stadium last season. Lazio will be looking to repeat that victory, especially after the disappointment of losing their opener against Napoli. Italy has not had a player of such global interest since a player of the same name - former Brazil great Ronaldo. "Ronaldo 'The Phenomenon' was devastating at Inter. He drove everyone crazy and scored goals every Sunday," former Italy forward Christian Vieri said. "The Portuguese Ronaldo is the same. He's scored more than 600 goals, scores 50 goals a year, overhead kicks, left foot, right foot. He's a goal machine."
Chilean star Arturo Vidal is already charging up the rivalry between his new club Barcelona and their fierce rivals Real Madrid. The former Juventus and Bayern Munich midfielder claimed Real Madrid would have not won the last two Champions Leagues title had VAR been in use. Vidal was part of the Bayern team that was beaten by Real Madrid in the latter stages of the previous two editions of the competition in controversial fashion. "With VAR, Bayern would have two more Champions League titles and Madrid two less," said Vidal. "I want to win everything," he added. "My favourite title is the Champions League." Bayern felt hard done by on both occasions when they went out to Madrid after a number of decisions went against them, including Vidal's red card in their quarter-final second leg in April 2017. That clash went to extra time with the scores level at 3-3 on aggregate, but Cristiano Ronaldo turned the tie Madrid's way with a double to complete his hat-trick with his second goal coming from an offside position. Bayern also had issues with some of the decisions in last season's semi-final, when the Bundesliga champions were denied a penalty for a poor challenge from Sergio Ramos on Robert Lewandowski.
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Jamaica's men's and women's rugby teams were fully convinced of achieving Pan American and Olympic Games qualification before their departure yesterday for the Pan American Games qualifiers in Barbados this weekend. Local members of both teams took pride of place and utilised the opportunity to showcase their optimism, during a send-off at the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), the island's parent body for sports. "I'm confident that we'll be able to qualify for next year's Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru and Hong Kong Sevens. We've put in all the work and we are going down there not only to compete, but to perform to the best of our ability," said Sasha-Gay Green, captain of the national women's team, the Lady Crocs. "Our main rivals will be the Trinidadians and the Mexicans and we're confident we can beat them," added Green. "We've beaten Trinidad before and Mexico, right now they're the main ones and we're going to snap them." Oshane Edie, captain of the men's team, said he was confident but expressed a bit of caution. "We're the defending champions, but we're not banking on that. We've made our preparations and analysed the teams that we're going up against." Looking at the competition, Edie added: "Bermuda are coming strong and we're looking at them because they've made some additions to their team as well. We encountered Trinidad and Guyana in Colombia and we understand what they're going to bring to the table. We've trained for that, we're going out there on our toes and we're expecting to play our game." In Colombia, both finished as top Caribbean teams at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, with the Reggae Crocs securing the bronze medal. The Jamaicans will launch their quest on Saturday in group play, which funnels the top teams into bigger play-off spots and ultimately Sunday's finals. The top two will advance to the Pan American Games to be held in Lima, Peru, which also presents opportunity for Olympic competition. "This will be a test, every new beginning is a test of your mettle, gumption, focus, team spirit," JOA president Christopher Samuda noted of the challenge in Barbados, which the JOA assisted with sponsorship valued at $1 million.
After leaving school early, Noel Khan tried his hands at many things, but nothing was permanent and there was no passion, drive, or satisfaction from what he was doing.After he was out of a job for almost two years, his sister saw the frustration in his eyes. The frustrations that come with unemployment started to get him down and he became depressed.His sister, who has a media background, decided it was time for him to create his own opportunities and chart a different course. So, she encouraged him to learn videography and photography; fortunately, he found much happiness from capturing and preserving the precious moments of others and so he decided to make it his profession which has given him much independence and an unlimited amount of creative freedom.Noel, who hails from Rose Hall Town, Corentyne, Berbice, has seen how many young men his age and younger have caved in to the pressure to live a dishonest life and vowed to never take that path. He has instead created his own destiny as a young and humble photographer.Now he is the owner of a small business that caters for any event that would need a videographer or photographer and through his profession, he has been able to find fulfilment and happiness.When he first started, he would sometimes borrow the camera of Andy Henry, another photographer who he describes as his mentor.After about a month, he started purchasing his own equipment and with help of his family he is on the rise in the Ancient County. He also works as a cameraman/videographer for News-in-Depth/Royston Drakes Production in Berbice and is loving the field of news which has helped him to meet countless people from all walks of life.“The thing that I love about photography is that you get to travel and meet new and awesome people and if it wasn’t for this, I’m not sure what I would be doing because I love what I do … photography has given me a lot of independence,” Khan explained.He is also now in charge of photography at News-in-Depth, which has its office in Rose Hall Town, and he is able to conduct in-studio shoots as well. Khan is looking to expand his business and continues to learn and evolve in his field of work.His advice to youths is to stay focused and true to themselves and understand that hard times don’t last and better is on the horizon, once they are willing to work hard and make the sacrifices necessary to get to their goal.Now Khan and one of his older brothers, Samuel, have teamed and are working to make a major impact in their field in not just Berbice but Guyana in general, as well as expand their operations.You can follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube @capturedmomentsgy or call 696-3750/337-4422 to book him for any event.