Batang Pier brace for series vs Kings

first_imgAfter winning out in a classic encounter for the right to bring up the tail of the playoff field, GlobalPort is bracing for a series against what its coach said is the best team in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Terrence Romeo drained a tough triple with 8.1 seconds left  that helped key the Batang Pier’s 107-106 nipping of Alaska at Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday night for the last quarterfinal slot as GlobalPort gears up for the series of its life against top-ranked Barangay Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES “We surprised a lot of people,” GlobalPort coach Franz Pumaren said after the gripping win that saw the best of Terrence Romeo at the clutch. ”Justin Harper finished with 32 points and Romeo capped a 26-point night with that dagger triple over Kevin Racal’s pressure defense for 106-104, a sequence of greatness that Pumaren later said typified how thick-faced Romeo is.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You have to give credit to the guy (Romeo), he was willing to take that shot. In short, makapal talaga ang mukha niya,” Pumaren said in jest of Romeo, who made three of his six triples inside the last five minutes.  “It takes a great player willing to take that shot.”Corey Jefferson fired 32 points and had 16 rebounds in Alaska’s eighth straight loss, which ruined Calvin Abueva’s career-high 31 points on top of  13 rebounds. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “Ginebra is really peaking at the right time,” Pumaren said of his opponent at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, the first of two games the Batang Pier need to win to march on to the Final Four. “It will be a tough series for us, we’re playing the best team [in the conference] that’s on a streak.”The loss meant that Alaska will be missing the playoffs for the first time under Alex Compton’s watch that dates back to the last eight conferences, where the Aces finished runner-up four times. It  will also be the first time that Alaska failed to make it past the eliminations in  14 conferences.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments MOST READ Venus Williams loses in 4th round at French Open Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Dope scandal: Athlete Sini Jose blames coaches

first_imgSini Jose has been provisionally suspended by NADA after flunking dope test for anabolic steroid.Sini Jose, one of the eight athletes who recently tested positive for banned substances, on Wednesday blamed the country’s athletics coaches for the scandal.A member of the Commonwealth Games 4×400 metre gold winning quartet, Jose lifted the lid on the doping scandal. It was the first time that any of the tainted athletes came out accusing the coaches of giving them performance enhancing drugs in the name of vitamins.Jose said: “We had taken vitamins (not contaminated food supplements). Our coach had given us some vitamins. We are innocent.”The athletes had earlier claimed that they did not know how the banned substances got into their system. They had blamed adulterated food supplements or food contamination.Earlier in the day, three of the eight athletes, who had failed dope test, appeared before a National Anti-Doping Agency panel for their B sample examination. Jose, Tiana Mary and Juana Murmu were summoned by the NADA panel.The Union sports ministry had on Tuesday directed the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to sack the foreign athletics coaches.last_img read more

Government Facilitating Access to Sport for All

first_img Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has reiterated the Government’s commitment to make sport accessible to all.This, she says, is one of the key objectives of the National Sport Policy, which aims to ensure that Jamaicans are healthier.“We embrace the concept of sport for all, as it promotes the health and social benefits to be derived by all members of society through regular physical activity,” Ms. Grange said.Her remarks were made in a speech delivered by State Minister, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, during the opening ceremony for the 8th annual Caribbean Conference on Sport Sciences at the University of Technology (UTech) in St. Andrew on April 13.Ms. Grange said not only does sport bring people together and help to raise national pride and international profile, but it also aids in maintaining healthy lifestyles.“Studies have shown the importance of engaging in regular physical activity from a young age, which means that physical activity not only produces an immediate benefit, but is also an investment for the future well-being and health of the individual,” she said.The Minister noted that regular moderate physical activity, such as walking, cycling, or participating in sports, has significant benefits for health, including reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, colon and breast cancer, and depression.She pointed out, however, that physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality, causing an estimated 3.25 million deaths globally.Against this background, Ms. Grange said the Government remains committed to ensuring that future generations benefit from efforts to have sport made accessible to all.She said this was evidenced in the Administration’s continued provision of financing and other forms of assistance through the Sports Development Foundation and Institute of Sports.Ms. Grange indicated that key infrastructural upgrades are being undertaken at the National and Trelawny stadiums to bring these facilities up to international standards.“An important effect of these upgrades is that members of our national family who have disabilities will have greater access to the facilities,” she said.The conference, which was held under the theme ‘Sport for All’, saw sport stalwart awards being presented to football coach and analyst, Bradley Stewart; former Boys’ Town and national senior football player, Ali McNab; and late sports administrator Pat Anderson (posthumously). Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has reiterated the Government’s commitment to make sport accessible to all. “Studies have shown the importance of engaging in regular physical activity from a young age, which means that physical activity not only produces an immediate benefit, but is also an investment for the future well-being and health of the individual,” she said. “An important effect of these upgrades is that members of our national family who have disabilities will have greater access to the facilities,” she said. Story Highlightslast_img read more