“We knew what we had to do in the final game because as a team, we watched the video footage from the previous game, and we reviewed, and we analysed, and we went back to training, and so we came out victorious.” Meanwhile, goal shooter Jhaneile Fowler-Reid, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the series, said after their defeat in the second game, the Sunshine Girls were very determined to win the series. “This means a lot to us, and it shows that we have it in us to go overseas and win games against some of the best countries in the world,” said Fowler-Reid. “We have a very good bunch of girls and they are very easy to work with, and so that makes my job as shooter much easier,” she said. “We just need to stick together, and with a lot more financial help that we can reach our goal of becoming the number-one team in the world.” Hot on the heels of their series victory over rivals England Roses in the United Kingdom, Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls head coach Minneth Reynolds said that the work is just beginning for the national team. The Sunshine Girls won the three-Test series 2-1 after their stunning 64-57 victory in the deciding game at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday. They opened the series with a 66-49 win at London’s Copper Box Arena last week. However, they faltered in the second game at Belle Vue in Manchester, going down 63-50 to England. The victory was the Sunshine Girls’ first away series win over England since 2007. “We are certainly not going to sit back because this series is part of our development process,” Reynolds told The Gleaner in an interview, following the team’s arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday. “We can’t beat England and say that is it. (We) have to continue to work on what we did during this series and continue to improve on it,” she added. “In all three games, our final quarter was the best, and so what it proves is that we have been finishing strongly, but we need to work on our start and maintain it throughout our games,” added Reynolds. CAME OUT VICTORIOUS
Local Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Matthew Colquhoun said that his loss to American Roy Cooper III in their X-1 World Events Welterweight title fight two weeks ago has not done much harm to his career, and he has learnt from the experience. Colquhoun suffered his first professional loss in MMA by way of a first-round knockout to Cooper and he said that after reflecting on the bout, he realised that he went into octagon with the wrong attitude. “I guess I could say I got caught up in the playing of mind games and being too overconfident,” Colquhoun told The Gleaner. “I didn’t respect the experience he had enough. But I learnt not to allow my opponent to draw me out. He’s shorter than I am but he’s more built, and he packs a punch.” He said the trip from Kingston to Honolulu, Hawaii, where the match was staged took a toll on his body, and that also probably influenced the outcome. Mixed Martial Arts Jamaica CEO Daniel Chacko-Wilmot is, however, pleased, despite the result. “Although I am disappointed at the loss, I must say that I am extremely proud of Matthew’s achievement in getting such a title shot,” Chacko-Wilmot said. High expectations “Believe me, we have not seen even half of what he is capable of, so expect this young warrior to reach the highest levels in MMA in the very near future. This young lion will only get better.” Colquhoun is now back in Florida, where he trains, as he gets ready for another bout later this month. This time he will be facing Colombian Daniel Holguin in a bout that was to take place last summer but got cancelled at the last moment. “My next opponent will face a very different fighter from what they have been seeing,” he said. “A different fighter in attitude, technique and overall fighting style. Right now, I’m working on aspects to tighten up my game and improve the way I fight, and to adjust to fighting a different fighter.”
Waterhouse head coach, Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey, says his team’s continued march up the table and further away from relegation trouble in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) is mainly down to the zest and determination he has instilled in the side. Waterhouse played to a 0-0 draw with Humble Lion in a bruising RSPL contest at Drewsland on Sunday, and although it was an ugly point, Bailey says this new tough character is what is aiding their climb up the table. “Playing against Humble Lion, you expect a very tactical game, (Donovan) Duckie is a very tactical coach and I think we were very disciplined tactically,” Bailey said. Physical game “But (when) Humble Lion (meets) Waterhouse you expect that (physical game), and that was what it was, a very physical game. “But that is what I believe I have brought to the team. Earlier in the season the team didn’t have that physicality, they didn’t have that aggression, that desire and that is why it (game) looks more physical, because I bring more zest, more determination, self-belief and confidence.” It was a game of few chances, with the best opportunities for both teams coming towards the end, just minutes apart. With less than ten minutes to go, Rodave Murray broke free at the top of the area, with time and space, but dragged his effort wide of the target. Then on the counter, Humble Lion’s Francois Swaby broke down the right and slipped a delightful ball across the six yard box for the onrushing Rohan Richards, who steered his effort wide, although he was under pressure. The result keeps Waterhouse in eighth on 28 points, and although a place in the top four is far-fetched, Bailey is still keeping his eye on a spot in the play-offs. “This put us on 28 (points) and we just keep on elevating, keep on moving up, and that is what is important to us, making sure at the end of the day we are in the Premier League next season. We still have hope of making to the top six, but we still have some work to do in the offensive third, and once we get the hang of that, we will be fine,” he said.
Edwin Allen High and Holmwood Technical have waged a season-long battle in the 4x800m relay. That will come to a climax this Thursday and Friday at the 123rd Penn Relays. Edwin Allen advance to Franklin Field, the Philadelphia home of the Relays, as slight favourites. Holmwood turned in times of 8:57.50 and 8:57.54 to beat Edwin Allen at two early season meets. Led by Chrisanni May, Holmwood revved up to 8:49.71 at the Gibson-McCook Relays but lost. A slick Edwin Allen unit – Ashanni Robb, Kara Grant, Kayann Green and Cemore Donald, a gold medal winner since then at both the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships and the Carifta Games – zoomed to the finish in 8:47.71. NOTEWORTHY TIME It was such a fine race that Hydel High achieved a noteworthy time of 8:54.12 seconds but was left far behind. That was February 25. This week at Penns, they can’t focus only on each other. Defending champion Shenendehowa High of Clifton Park, New York, has run 9:00.34 indoors. Shenendehowa clocked 9:00.74 to beat Holmwood and Edwin Allen into minor places in last year’s final. If the weather turns chilly, Shenendehowa will have the advantage. However, Dyke could strengthen Edwin Allen even more with the inclusion of reliable Janiel Moore.
The West Indies assistant coach Roddy Estwick is looking forward to the arrival of the new ball to help the team in their quest to limit Pakistan below their first innings total, heading into today’s fourth day of the first Brighto Paints Q Mobile Test at Sabina Park.The duel, which is so far evenly poised, has Pakistan at 201 for four in response to the West Indies’ competitive score of 286.Leading the West Indies’ charge thus far are fast bowlers Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and captain Jason Holder.The trio, in bowling impressive spells during various stages of the match, has so far claimed two for 37, one for 35, and one for 40.This is against Pakistan batsman Babar Azam, who has so far topscored with 72, and Younis Khan, who in becoming the first Pakistani to surpass 10,000 runs, scored 58.”The aim remains to get Pakistan out as quickly as possible and then try and go and bat as long as possible and see what happens on the fifth day,” said Estwick.KEEPING RUNS LOW”We are looking to get the six wickets in the first session and, if we can do that, then we can either have a lead or restrict them to as low a lead as possible. The pacers have done very well so far and we hope as well that the spinners will come into their own tomorrow.”Also, the new ball is just two overs away so if we can strike early with some pressure, and we can expose the lower to bottom half of their batting,” he added.The West Indies, who were hoping to surpass the 300 runs landmark at the start of play, were denied by the outstanding Mohammad Amir, who in picking his sixth wicket bowled Gabriel for the addition of one run to his overnight four.This left Holder, who at the time had gathered another two runs to his overnight score, on 55 not out. The 25-year-old Amir closed with six for 44 off 26 overs.Buoyed by their decent first innings score, the West Indies then took that momentum unto the field and in a sprightly first stanza kept Pakistan in check with wickets at 23 for one, and 54 for two.Pakistan was to, however, make a comeback with a 131 runs third wicket stand between Azam and Khan. The experienced Mishbah-ul-Haq and AsadShafiq, who are both not out on five, will resume batting today.”It is not going to be easy getting their remaining wickets,” outlined Estwicket. “It is going to be difficult as it’s a good pitch and they still have to specialist batsmen at the crease, and the wicketkeeper to come as well.”We will just have to continue to be disciplined and work hard as we did in the last session. We are looking to win the game, but if it ends in a draw we would be happy with that and then we would move to Barbados and see what happens.”
Naggo Head won their third straight INSPORTS Primary Schools Athletics Championships at the National Stadium yesterday. The Floyd Coke-coached Naggo Head tallied 238 points to top the championships comfortably ahead of second-placed Greater Portmore on 147. They were followed by Spanish Town (95), Lyssons (86), Rousseau (82), Belmont Park (80), Harbour View (77), Lawrence Tavern (70), Portsmouth (63), St John’s (58), Excelsior (37) and Half-Way Tree (32). Alana Reid set the tone for Naggo Head’s victory when she clocked 13.06 seconds to win the girls’ Class One 100m. Reid’s teammate, Juwanna Whitehorne, was third in 13.55 while second went to Tonie-Ann Forbes from Rock Hall in 13.48. The Portmore-based Naggo Head were also the leading team in relays, winning four out of 12 relays. Old Harbour’s Christopher Scott captured the boys’ Class One 100m in 12.46 seconds ahead of Naggo Head’s Yourie Lawrence (12.79), and Antonio Forbes of Belmont Park. STANDOUT PERFORMERS St John’s Asanneya Tomlin was among the standout performers of the championships after she captured Class One girls 200m and 400m. Tomlin, who the 200m on Friday, returned to compete the double when she won the 400m in 1:00.22 yesterday. Quaycian Davis from Naggo Head finished second in 1:00.84 while third went to Domoya Compass of Greater Portmore in 1:02.46. Lyssons’ Quana Walker completed the Class Two sprint double when she won the 100m in 13.56. Chennel Thompson of St Richards was second in 13.63 while third went to Sashauna Smith from Mineral Heights in 13.65. Belmont Park’s Akeem Weir crossed the line first in the Class One boys 400m event, but he was disqualified after he was adjudged to have run out of his lane. The race was awarded to Ronaldo Reid in 56.96. Second went to Kevaughn Thomas of Jessie Ripoll in 59.56 while Stevenson Madden of Naggo Head was third in 59.79.
“[The moment I feel better] of course, I’ll play,” Fajardo told reporters in Filipino after the Beermen lost to the Star Hotshots, 104-98.“It’s painful. The result appears to show that it’s on my old tear and it’s being overused and painful,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Fajardo will be joining his Gilas teammates when they leave for Lebanon early Sunday morning.“Of course, I’ll go with them and if I feel okay, I’ll play,” Fajardo said. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netSan Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo hasn’t ruled himself out of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon just yet.Fajardo is expected to miss at least two weeks due to a strained right calf he suffered on Wednesday in a win over TNT, but there is still a slight possibility that he could play for Gilas Pilipinas.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Gilas main backer apologizes for max-salary offer for full-time Gilas players LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Fajardo added he has the go-signal from SMB to play for Gilas but knows he has to be careful not to worsen his injury.“Of course, it’s my future and it would be hard if I end up prolonging my recovery from the injury. Of course I want to play.”SMB coach Leo Austria also has no problems with Fajardo possibly seeing action in the Fiba Asia as long as he’s not feeling any pain.“We advised him to play if he’s not feeling any pain, but he has to think of his future because it’s recurring when it comes to the hamstring or calf unless it’s fully healed,” said Austria. “But the only way for it to fully heal is through rest.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return
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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments A jubilant Lindsay Stalzer. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA familiar face is coming back to the Philippine Superliga, although she’ll be wearing a different hue of blue.The prolific Lindsay Stalzer will suit up for Petron in the import conference after leading Foton to two straight Grand Prix titles.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ironically, it was Petron that Foton beat for its back-to-back Grand Prix titlesStalzer joins Yuri Fukuda, her one-time teammate for PSL-F2 Logistics in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, and Hillary Hurley at the Foton side.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIn response to Stalzer’s departure from their camp, the Tornadoes tapped the services of Serbian national Sara Klisura, Montenegro national Dragana Perunicnic, and libero Katarina Vukomanovic of Serbia.Cignal HD recruited middle blockers Beth Carey, who represented Australia in the 2017 World Grand Prix, and Michigan State University product Alexis Mathews, and libero Mami Miyashita. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed How to help the Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Manganti game-winner lifts Adamson past UP Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Cocolife tabbed Santa Clara University alum Taylor Milton and Tai Manu-Olevao of University of Hawaii as its imports while Sta. Lucia got Canadian nationals Marisa Field and Kristen Moncks and Bulgarian star Slavina Koleva.Generika hired American open hitter Katelyn Driscoll and Croatian Katarina Pilepic, who played for University of Arizona.American Katelyn Driscoll and Venezuelan national Maria Jose Perez will banner F2-Logistics.ADVERTISEMENT
Meralco nips Ginebra, ties PBA Finals Mercado writhed in pain at the baseline as the Gin Kings tried to force overtime, but Brownlee’s one-hander went short and the Bolts escaped with the 85-83 victory to level the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals to two games apiece.“It’s unfortunate because that was a game-saving play by Sol, but he got injured doing it,” rued coach Tim Cone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMercado declined to give interviews after the game as he was taken out on a wheelchair and was rushed to Cardinal Santos Medical Center.Gin Kings assistant coach Olsen Racela shared to the media the initial findings from the team doctors, who ruled it a high grade ankle sprain. But the team is still hoping that the injury won’t keep Mercado out of their lineup for the duration of the championship series. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGinebra is keeping its fingers crossed that Sol Mercado’s injury isn’t serious.The 33-year-old playmaker suffered a high grade left ankle sprain after a bad landing following his chasedown block on Jared Dillinger in the last 15 seconds of Game 4.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “You never know about sprained ankles until the next day. The swelling dictates what grade it is, one, two, or three. If it’s a grade one, he’ll get a chance to play, but if it’s two or three, he won’t make it on Sunday,” said Cone.Mercado has been a good barometer of Ginebra in the Finals as he averaged 6.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 2.5 steals in the first two wins, but went scoreless in Games 3 and 4, both Gin King losses, to go with 1.5 boards, 1.0 assist, and 0.5 steals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments
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The Mexican Grand Prix is set for Sunday. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)MEXICO CITY — The checkered flag is two days away, yet the underlying expectation at the Mexican Grand Prix is that Lewis Hamilton’s fourth career Formula One championship is on course for the inevitable.Whether it’s this week or next month, Hamilton’s nearly insurmountable lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has him facing constant questions about his legacy in the sport and where he stands among Formula One’s greatest drivers.ADVERTISEMENT Hamilton tries to steer the conversation toward winning a single race, but it always returns to measuring his place in F1 history. He can win the title if he finishes as low as fifth. He’ll shoot to finish first.“I’m trying to win,” in Mexico. “It would be cool if we did and I plan to,” Hamilton said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIf he wins the championship Sunday, the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez would be the fourth city where Hamilton gets to celebrate a title, joining Sao Paolo, Brazil in 2008, Abu Dhabi in 2014 and Austin, Texas in 2015.And with its confetti and sombreros in front of tens of thousands packed into the enormous grandstand, Mexico City provides one of the biggest podium parties of the F1 season. LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny A fourth world championship would put the 32-year-old Briton in some elite company. He would set the championship record for British drivers, join Vettel and former champion Alain Prost as four-time winners, and trail only Michael Schumacher (seven) and Juan Manuel Fangio (five) for the most all-time.He also would pass his idol, Brazilian driving great Aryton Senna, who was killed in a crash in Italy in 1994 and is generally considered to be the most elegant and skillful driver in F1 history.“Aryton’s life was cut short. If he had the chance to race in safe conditions, he would have won more,” Hamilton said. “I feel very proud to have my name mentioned with his.”Formula One is full of disputes over who were the top drivers of different eras, and how they would fare against each other. Hamilton won his first title with McLaren, but his most dominant years have come with a Mercedes team that has had no peers in the hybrid engine era. Of his 62 career victories, a mark second only to Schumacher’s 91, 40 have come since 2014.“He’s a champion of this generation,” said McLaren driver Fernando Alonso, himself a former two-time champion. He and Hamilton were teammates for one tempestuous season in 2007 when the rookie Hamilton upstaged Alonso and finished second in the championship by a single point.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “He won races when the car was good, and when it was not so good,” Alonso said.Williams driver Felipe Massa, who Hamilton beat to the title with a final-lap dash in Brazil in 2008, this week already put Hamilton on the level with Schumacher and Senna.“He’s there,” Massa said.“It’s really made me happy to hear nice things from other drivers,” Hamilton said. “They know how hard it is to be consistent and perform.”Hamilton has neared the 2017 title by chasing down Vettel over the second half of the season. That’s a sharp contrast to the past three years, when Hamilton’s biggest rival was former teammate Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes garage. Those tension-filled seasons fractured a childhood friendship.Part of Hamilton’s legacy will be his persona off the track. He’s a global star for Formula One as he leads a rock star’s lifestyle with world travels, hobnobbing with other celebrities and a social media presence that draws millions of followers. After the Mexico race, he and friends plan to visit the ruins of the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru.Rosberg’s quest for the F1 title left him exhausted by season’s end and he abruptly retired. Hamilton seems ready to keep winning. He considers himself a wiser, better racer with more still to accomplish.“In 2008, I had all the natural talent I have now but I don’t have the experience,” Hamilton said. “It’s been more enjoyable (now). I’m more comfortable in my own skin.”How long before he retires?“Definitely don’t want to be here at 40,” Hamilton said. “I anticipate a couple more years.” View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.