Bacolodnon completes 250km Manila-Baguio ultramarathon

first_imgBacolod City native marathoner Rolando Espina Jr. (leftmost) says he “feels proud and honored to represent” the Philippines in any race he participates in. PRESS RELEASE [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Bacolodnon completes 250km Manila-Baguio ultramarathon’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’18’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]February 16, 2018[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”] Bacolod City native marathoner Rolando Espina Jr. (leftmost) says he “feels proud and honored to represent” the Philippines in any race he participates in. PRESS RELEASEMANILA – A native of Bacolod City made history after finishing the men’s division of the 4th Manila-Baguio 250-Kilometer Ultramarathon from Feb. 8 to 10.Rolando Espina Jr.was not only the first Filipino to finish the grueling race participated by around 20 runners – he also set a new record of 35 hours and 43 minutes.“It was a tough competition,” Espina told CNN Sportsdesk. “I did not have the time the get acclimatize since noong dumating ako, kinabukasan is start nang race.”“Midway in the race, I nearly quit dahil nawala ako doon sa parang guide ko sa race,” added the runner, who works as a full-time nurse in Ireland. “We cannot sleep also kasi baka maunahan, but I instead took powernaps and sat down as my rest.”The 43-year-old started joining marathons eight years ago. He said he is glad with his record feat and hopes to continue running while representing the Philippines.“Of course, I will always represent Philippines over Ireland,” Espina said. “I feel proud and honored to represent the country. My goal is to have the Philippine flag raised at the finish line of any race I join in.”Espina will be staying for the meantime in the Philippines as he will also participate in Zark’s Burgers Ultimate Run 500 (Ilocos to Quezon City) on Feb. 20./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

USC picks up four commitments following Spurrier’s press conference

first_imgMontgomery, Alabama linebacker P.J. Blue is one of four players who committed to South Carolina over the weekend.Montgomery, Alabama linebacker P.J. Blue is one of four players who committed to South Carolina over the weekend.COLUMBIA – Steve Spurrier’s Wednesday’s rant against those who have suggested his retirement is right around the corner appears to have paid early dividends.The Gamecocks gained four commitments over the weekend, with several coming from some of their most sought after athletes.USC picked up commitments from four star recruits Marlon Character (6-0, 170), from Atlanta, four star linebacker P.J. Blue, a 6-2, 210-pounder from Montgomery, Alabama, and South Pointe High School defensive back Chris Smith (5-10, 168).Character chose the Gamecocks over a strong bid from Auburn, while Blue opted for USC over offers from Tennessee, Clemson, Missouri and Louisville.The weekend was topped off with a commitment from Georgia Military Academy offensive lineman Akeem Cooperwood, a 6-7, 325-pound athlete.He will enter USC with two years of eligibility.The Gamecocks now have 12 commitments for their 2016 class.USC hosted more than 30 prospects at a pool party on Friday and held a camp on Saturday.In addition to having a positive affect with recruits, Spurrier’s comments appear to have resonated in a positive way with his team.“It has served as motivation for the team,” junior wide receiver Pharoh Cooper said of Spurrier’s comments. “To know that our coach is 100 percent, all the assistant coaches, the new players, new defensive system – we’re a young team, a new team. We’re ready to go out there and play.”South Carolina football players solid in support of Steve SpurrierUSC women’s basketball has turned up its offseason traininglast_img read more

Basketball: Huawei Saints aim for a good PMBL season

first_imgHuawei Saints are set for a good season after its impressive preseason show against the defending champions the Kutubu Security Service Southern Flames in the PNG Premier Men’s Basketball League competition on Wednesday night this week. Despite Saints going down 75-59, Saints put the defending champion into tough waters before the champions rescued themselves in the third and final quarter to win. Saints came in all fired up to take an early 16-11 lead in the first quarter and improved on to lead by four baskets at half time, 36-29. It was a good tactic by their head coach and former player maker Lawrence Lahari who started off his starting five with point guard Augustine Kaupa, Daniel Aila, Ant Ferguson, Donald Kala and Mika Loko while Flames started off with Moses Lune, Cornelius Muri, Garry Holmes Suve, Obert Muri and Moses Kairi but could not contain the fast finishing Saints who came out with all guns blazing. Saints in fact had a top performance in the first two quarters with good communication and great team work that saw them running away with nine points against the champion team in the first half however with star player maker Ant Ferguson leaving the team because of injury on his legs muscles, the tide changed as there were no ball control and Flames putting a full court defensive press quickly caught up with score line through the inclusion of Charles Parapa, Moses Lune, Purari Muri and Cornelius Muri winning the third quarter 21-11 and finally wrapping up the final quarter 23-12. However most of the Saints players and coaching staff were happy with their boys’ performance on the night despite not having some of its regular players like Sibona Kala. Saints is certainly picking up its form again in tomorrow night’s match against last year’s runner up team, Moni Plus for another double header preseason matches to be played at the Taurama Aquatic Center. Moni Plus beat PNG Propest Chariots 85-45 on Wednesday and this match against the Lawrence Lahari coached Saints will be another tough battle as they look forward to finalizing their season’s playing roster for the 2019 PMBL season. The final game in tomorrow night’s match will be Exodus up against Flames while Chariots are on bye. Picture caption: Saints Donald Kala tries to dribble past KSS Southern Flames  Gary Holmes Suve and his team mate during the PMBL preseason match held at the Taurama Aquatic Center on Wednesday. Picture by KEVIN TEMElast_img read more

Church’s Chicken supports GFF-ExxonMobil/STAG International Futsal tournament

first_imgCAMEX Restaurants, Inc., under the Church’s Chicken brand, is the latest entity to support the GFF-ExxonMobil/STAG Beer International Futsal tournament, when the agency’s Marketing Consultant presented a sponsorship cheque to aid their interest.The presentation was made Monday at the Church’s Middle and Camp Street outlet by Deslyn Griffith to GFF president Wayne Forde and Kashif and Shanghai representative Aubrey ‘Shanghai’ Major.Griffith expressed pleasure at her company’s commitment to the success of the tournament, while acknowledging that they have been active in the community, exploring sporting and other opportunities for growth.Griffith noted their “brand is about sharing the good times with the communities and so it was an easy decision to partner with the organisation.”In wishing the tournament well, Griffith said they are hoping the tournament will “bring more opportunities for more futsal competitions in Guyana and increase the level of awareness of the sport.”The four-day tournament will kick off with six matches on December 27. The Surinamese are scheduled to play the fifth match of the evening against a Georgetown All-Stars team.The other international teams participating in the festival include Morvant Caledonia United from Trinidad and Tobago and a Sao Paulo selection from Brazil.Apart from Guyana, the other local, participating teams are an East Coast All-Stars, Linden All Stars, Georgetown All-Stars and West Demerara All-Stars.The winning team will pocket $1.2M while the losing finalists will receive half that amount. Third- and fourth-placed finishers will pocket $300 000 and $100 000 respectively.last_img read more

Alec Burks is happy to finally be healthy, but faces an uncertain future with the Utah Jazz

first_img Mitchell: ‘This isn’t a victory lap summer’ Related The next step: What do the Utah Jazz need to do this offseason to improve?center_img SALT LAKE CITY — As the 2017-18 Utah Jazz season came to a close earlier this week, Alec Burks proclaimed he was as healthy as he’s been at the end of a season in several years.“It’s a blessing I got through the season healthy,” said Burks, who missed significant portions of the previous three seasons with an assortment of injuries.Ironically, now that he’s finally 100 percent, Burks’ future with the team may be as tenuous as it’s been since he joined the Jazz as a rookie seven years ago.Burks, who was taken with the No. 12 pick of the 2011 NBA draft, has played with the Jazz for seven seasons and has been a starter at times and key contributor off the bench. However, this year he ended the regular season as one of the last men off the bench. And now he’s entering the final year of a four-year contract.The 6-foot-6 wing from the University of Colorado was basically Utah’s 10th or 11th man after rookie Royce O’Neale surpassed him in the rotation in January. He never left the bench in 12 of Utah’s final 20 games when he averaged just 1.5 points in the games he did play.Then suddenly in the playoffs Burks was given an opportunity because of an injury to Ricky Rubio and he made the most of it with some solid performances for the Jazz.In the last game of the season, the Game 5 loss in Houston, Burks played a season-high 32 minutes and scored 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range with five assists, three rebounds and a steal. He also had 14 points in Game 3 with 3 of 4 from long range and 17 points in the Game 2 win in Houston when he also had six assists and four rebounds in 22 minutes.Burks played a key role in Utah’s Game 6 victory over Oklahoma City when he came in from cold storage for Rubio when the point guard went out with a hamstring injury in the first quarter.After that game, coach Quin Snyder went so far as to say the Jazz wouldn’t have won without the contributions of Burks.“It’s easy for a coach to say, ‘Stay ready, you never know when your number’s going to be called’ — that’s coach-speak, but he stayed ready,” said Snyder. “I’m unbelievably proud of him. He’s a reflection of what our group has been about all year.”Burks has never been one to brag about himself — or to say much, period — and he didn’t complain about not getting more of a chance to play before the playoffs.“I just pride myself on being ready,” he said. “I know I had the ability and I got the opportunity so I did what I had to do. I just want everybody to be great, want everybody to succeed and the team to be great. I have no problem with knowing my role.”Burks has an uncanny ability to drive to the basket at full speed and make some circus shots at times and he’s always been a decent 3-point shooter (35.3 percent for his career). However, his decision-making has come into question and he’s never been known as a great defender.Jazz officials haven’t commented on Burks’ future with the team with one year left on his contract, which will pay him $11.5 million next year. The question going into next year, is where will he fit in when everybody’s healthy?Burks plays the same position as sensational rookie Donovan Mitchell, who will be playing 35 minutes a night for years to come. O’Neale moved ahead of him and doesn’t show any a signs of falling back after a solid postseason when he started four games and averaged 24 minutes per game. Another wing player, Thabo Sefolosha, should also be back after sitting out for three months with a knee injury.The Jazz could use Burks in a similar role next year as an insurance policy in case some regulars get injured or they could trade him in the offseason.“I’ve been here a long time, since I was 19, and hopefully it keeps going,” Burks said. “I’ve seen a lot in seven years. There’s been high times, low times and even-keel times. Hopefully there’ll be more good times in the in the future.”While Burks’ Jazz future may be a little bit up in the air, he’s happy that he’s at least fully healthy for a change.“I’m never going to take that for granted again,” he said. “This summer is going to be big, the first summer in a couple of summers where I don’t have to rehab. I’m just going to work on my game and play anytime I want to. I don’t need to ask nobody, see nobody, I can just hoop and have fun. I can’t wait for that — I haven’t had that for a long time.”last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo: I was bad, scored eight, now I’m good

first_img Sport EN Visibly annoyed, he said: “Before I was bad and now I am good ebcause I scored eight goals in two games.” 16/09/2015 Upd. at 02:33 CEST He scored a hat-trick and netted five in the game before, and spoke to foreign media after the game to show his displeasure at some of the criticism he received during his minor goal drought. center_img Ronaldo only spoke to the foreign media but not the Spanish. He added: “We are in a good moment, you have to highlight the work of the team. We were consistent in defence and the team has done good work. Cristiano Ronaldo spoke after Real Madrid beat Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Shakhtar played very well, they are a team that had a lot of the ball, but this Tuesday was the day of Real Madrid and we won playing well.”last_img read more