SMOOTH SAILING The 2013 derby and St Leger winner, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, made amends for his near miss a year ago with an emphatic victory in the 52nd running of the Prime Minister’s Stakes grade-one feature over 2000 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. Installed a 6-5 favourite with title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, toting topweight of 57.0kg, won by five lengths from his highly fancied stable-companion, ALL CORRECT (9-5), with Paul ‘Country’ Francis in a field of six, erasing the memory of last year’s race when he was beaten a short head by COMMANDING CHIEF, with champion jockey Dane Nelson at his brilliant best. Yesterday, there was no such intrigue. PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, drawn at post position one, raced prominently in third as MILITARY MOVE (11-1) led comfortably from ALL CORRECT turning into the backstretch. ALL CORRECT shot past MILITARY MOVE at the half mile, but PERFECT NEIGHBOUR soon went in chase on the outside and assumed the lead entering the straight. Thereafter, it was smooth sailing as the classy five-year-old horse by Natural Selection out of Desperatehousewives moved away from ALL CORRECT to win in the fairly good time of 2:06.3. This marked his first win from five starts this season, but according to DaCosta, he has had to be running him over sprint and middle distances due to a lack of suitable distance races for grade-one horses on the calendar. “Since winning the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over a mile and a half last Boxing Day, I was forced to run him in the Lady Geeta Trophy and Lotto Sprint Trophy just to keep him race fit. He ran over a more suitable trip at nine furlongs in the Viceroy Trophy on June 27, and although running well for second to stable companion Hover Craft, had to wait too long for a suitable race. “He will now have to wait for another two and a half months for the Governor General’s Stakes in mid-October (Heroes Day) before embarking on his major objective – the Superstakes – a month later,” explained the Hall of Fame trainer. “I was very encouraged by this performance, as he not only won in a good time, but carried the weight well,” said DaCosta, who is on course to win a record 15 trainers’ championship this year, which would surpass the legendary Philip Feanny with 14 titles. PERFECTNEIGHBOUR is owned by Alfred Lee and Jeffrey Mordecai.
TORONTO, Canada (CMC):Seven-time Woodbine champion Patrick Husbands says he is looking forward to taking sole possession of the Breeders Stakes record, after winning his fourth title here Sunday.The 42-year-old carried favourite Danish Dynaformer to a stunning victory at Woodbine to win the CAN$500,000 race, the third jewel in Canada’s Triple Crown.With the success, Husbands joined legendary Hall-of-Fame jockeys Sandy Hawley and Robin Platts as riders with four wins in the prestigious race, but said he had his sights set on a fifth Breeders Stakes win.”Well, you know, I still have a couple more years left (in my career),” Husbands said.”I’m so happy and proud to win four Breeders in terms of two great Hall of Fame riders. I’m glad I’m in that class right now.”Husbands’ first Breeders Stakes win came in 2003 when he made history by capturing the Triple Crown with the legendary Wando. His success remains the last Triple Crown achievement.He followed up with Breeders Stakes wins in 2006 with Royal Challenger and then in 2007 with Marchfield.Only last weekend, he won the $250,000 Wonder Where Stakes – the final leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara – with favourite Season Ticket. He now has six stakes wins this season, with the last four coming in August alone.On Sunday, Husbands sat Danish Dynaformer off the pace in second as he stalked the leader Samuel Dechamplain down the backstretch.He was four lengths adrift heading into the turn, but closed strongly to draw level before exploding mid-stretch and storming to the wire 73/4 lengths clear.Husbands, the reigning Woodbine champion, has picked up the pace after a sluggish start to the season. He lies fourth with 59 wins, eight off third-place Alan Garcia, but 32 adrift of current leader Eurico Rosa da Silva, on 91 wins.However, Husbands lies second in earnings with CAN$3.1 million, only behind da Silva with $3.9 million.- CMC
Brendan Rodgers was fired as Liverpool manager yesterday, paying the price for the club’s 18-month slump since almost ending their long wait for an English league title. Liverpool’s American owners, Fenway Sports Group, chose the day of the Merseyside derby against fierce rivals Everton to announce that Rodgers’ three-year stint at Anfield was over. About three hours after the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park, Rodgers had his contract terminated. “All of us have experienced some wonderful moments with Brendan as manager and we are confident he will enjoy a long career in the game,” the FSG’s ownership group said. “Although this has been a difficult decision, we believe it provides us with the best opportunity for success on the pitch. Ambition and winning are at the heart of what we want to bring to Liverpool, and we believe this change gives us the best opportunity to deliver it.” TURNING POINT RODGERS’ REPLACEMENT Liverpool said the search for Rodgers’ replacement was under way, with much of the media speculation centering on Juergen Klopp, who is on a break from football after leaving German side Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season. The timing of the announcement caught many by surprise, but the upcoming international break means Liverpool’s next league game isn’t until October 17 – at Tottenham – giving the club two weeks to hire a replacement. Liverpool are in 10th place in the Premier League after winning three of their first eight games. Heralded as one of English football’s brightest coaches, Rodgers was hired in June 2012 to revive one of England’s biggest clubs after a period of financial and ownership problems. Initially, he proved the perfect fit. With the prolific Luis Suarez pouring in goals for the side, Liverpool launched an unexpected title challenge in the Premier League in the 2013-14 season and came up just short, finishing two points behind Manchester City in second place. Rodgers was admired for his style of football, his tactical awareness, and his insistence on giving youth – and English players – a chance. He also conducted himself well in all the engagements that came with the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Stadium tragedy in which 96 Liverpool fans died during a crush at an FA Cup semi-final. But things turned for Rodgers once Suarez left for Barcelona in July last year. With fellow striker Daniel Sturridge spending half of last season out injured, Liverpool struggled for goals and ended up finishing sixth to miss out on the Champions League. Rodgers’ gamble in signing Mario Balotelli failed, and the mercurial Italy striker was loaned to AC Milan two months ago. Liverpool was one of the biggest spenders in the Premier League this offseason, overhauling its playing group after selling Raheem Sterling to City and losing long-serving captain Steven Gerrard to the MLS. Rodgers won’t be given time to see if newcomers like Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino, and Danny Ings can make a difference. Rodgers had been the second longest-serving manager in the Premier League behind Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger.
IT’S an outcome few would have imagined at the start of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup season, but one of the competition’s surprise teams, Jonathan Grant High, sensationally moved within a point of qualifying for the semi-finals from Group K, after outclassing former champions Charlie Smith High 2-0 yesterday at Spanish Town Prison Oval, to lead Group K with six points.Now, the Spanish Town-based institution needs a mere draw in their final game against Calabar High to advance.Anelka Grandison sent Jonathan Grant ahead in the 32nd minute with a majestic strike past Charlie’s goalkeeper, Eric Robinson.Tyrone Small put the icing on the cake for Jonathan Grant with another delicate finish, after slipping through Charlie Smith’s defence like a ghost to tap in at the 61st.The goal sent the home supporters into ecstasy, as Jonathan Grant’s 12th man, their supporters, were fully in the game.Jonathan Grant defended deep, blocked goalscoring opportunities and continued their counter-attacking runs, which exposed Charlie Smith’s back line.Charlie Smith ended with 10 players, as captain Shaquille Notice saw straight red for violent conduct.The Jonathan Grant team only just advanced to the quarter-finals ahead of Norman Manley High after equalising in their eight-minute replay of their final preliminary-round match.Their only title in the local schoolboy competitions is a Walker Cup triumph in 1999, but they have toppled two former champions so far.”Good victory; all about preparation, planned preparation, and we executed,” said head coach Oneil Thomas.”We got harder fights from other teams, but we planned and prepared for Charlie Smith. We are on six points and still underdogs, and will take it one game at a time,” stressed Thomas.Meanwhile, former champions Excelsior High School returned to winning ways and maintained their hopes of advancing with a 5-1 drubbing of 2005 champions Calabar High in the 3:00 p.m. feature match, also at Prison Oval.Excelsior’s scoring was led by Voshawn Williams (15th, 48th), Thorne Buchanan (38th, 57th) and Christopher Thorpe (19th). Lenworth Reckford scored Calabar’s consolation.The result leaves Excelsior on three points and second in the group – on goal difference with Charlie Smith – while Calabar are out of the runnings.Excelsior assistant coach Xavier Gilbert credited his team’s scoring.”Jonathan Grant has put themselves in the driver’s seat. They are in a better position than us, so we just have to do what we have to do and hope for the best,” he said.
Winfried Schäfer, Jamaica senior men’s national football team head coach, is yet to receive his salary for the month of November. Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, said up to Friday, the tactician had not been paid and that the federation was seeking funds to fulfil its obligation. “As it relates to Coach Schäfer’s salary, we have not yet paid Coach Schäfer,” Burrell said bluntly. “This is the first time we have not been able to pay, and such a long time over. He was due on the 25th (November) and we are not seeing the payment in December. “We have not paid him for the month of November and we are concerned. He is not a happy man. He needs to get his funds and we are hoping that this situation will be resolved shortly,” he said. He said the federation has been working around the clock trying to secure the funds needed to compensate Schäfer, but remains confident its calls will be answered. “We are in need of sponsorship support because the financial burden on the federation is extremely heavy. It is a very challenging period for the federation, but we will do our endeavour to make it work,” he added, noting that it has 11 teams to finance, several of which have been travelling for competition recently. OPTIMISTIC FOR SUPPORT “Sponsors we have talked to, many have said that in their new budget year in March, but I am optimistic that closer to the time, we will get some support. We are trying our very best, working around the clock and doing our endeavour best to see the type of support that we are able to garner to help. “But it is a challenging time and we welcome all the help we can get, because when glory comes, it doesn’t come just to the JFF it comes to the entire nation,” he added. Burrell said it was a very active year for national teams, of both genders, at the various age groups and travelling and accommodation for these competitions proved very costly. “I have to be frank. There is no other sport where so many young people are involved at the national level. We had 11 national teams that participated in competitions (this year). Others (sporting bodies) have one or two national teams. We had 11, with some 35 people travelling at each time, as you must have a full team, doctors, physios, equipment people, and that is what makes the difference with these delegations, and the cost of travel and hotel accommodation amounts to millions of dollars,” he explained. “The nation has to realise that our nation’s football is women and men. Not so long ago, we had to abandon the female programme in order to stay alive because of the finances, and that is the last thing I would want to do. Our women deserve an equal chance and we certainly are not looking to cut our women’s programme. Our ladies deserve the opportunity to display their talent the same way our men do,” he said.
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt was certainly not satisfied after his 9.98-second win in the 100m at yesterday’s Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, admitting that he has a lot of work to do to get up to speed. Bolt walked out of the starting blocks before building up some power midway the race and powering to the finish line without company. “The power behind the start wasn’t there. I didn’t execute,” said the Jamaican. “I had to get to work a little bit harder at the end to get up the speed.” “If I can improve that, it should be OK.” Bolt is next scheduled to compete at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston on June 11, the National Senior Championships and then at the London Diamond League meet on July 22 before the Rio Olympic Games. However, despite posting his first sub-10 clocking of the season, the defending double Olympic sprint champion believes he still has a lot of work to do ahead of the Olympic Games. “This is a very important season. This is a very big year for me,” said Bolt. “I have a lot work to do. I just need to continue, need more races to go.” Ramon Gittens of Barbados finished second in 10.21, with Iran’s Hassan Taftian finishing third in 10.25. Other Jamaican winners included Christine Day and Javon Francis, while Kaliese Spencer had to settle for second place, with Jaheel Hyde falling before the end of his 400m hurdles event. Francis ran a well-paced race for his 400m victory, which arrived in 44.87 – his third straight sub-45 seconds clocking this season. USA’s Tony McQuay, 45.17 was next best with home boy Pavel Maslak, 45.46 finishing third. WOMEN’S 400M Day was commanding in her 51.09 win in the women’s 400m ahead of Carline Muir (Canada), 51.84 and Jessica Beard (USA), 51.88. Kaliese Spencer, 55.43, was out-sprinted by Joanna Linkiewicz (Poland), 55.40 with world champion Zuzana Hejnova (Czech) 55.69 taking third place. Young Hyde fell in his 400m hurdles event after clipping the seventh hurdle as he made his way around the 200m bend very much in the thick of the action with the event eventually going to South African LJ van Zyl, 48.67 with Johnny Dutch (USA), 49.01 finishing second and Patryk Dobek, 49.51 ending in third place. Another highlight came from Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie, who didn’t meet his 6.00m ambition after clearing 5.83m to win the pole vault, beating World champion Shawnacy Barber, who made 5.70m. Decathlon Olympic and World champion Ashton Eaton withdrew after two jumps in the long jump “During the second jump, I felt something happen in my left quad,” Eaton said. “I don’t know what happened, but I don’t want to take a risk in the Olympic season.”
Jamaican winger Leon Bailey has signed a five-year deal with Bundesliga team Bayer Leverkusen just ahead of the European Winter transfer market deadline.Reports surfaced late yesterday out of Germany and Belgium, where the Jamaican had played for Genk, that the 19 year-old was secured by the German outfit in an £11.5-million (J$1.8-billion) deal – becoming the second most expensive player ever sold by Genk.A picture of Bailey posing with a Bayer Leverkusen jersey with the words ‘Bailey 2022’ in reference to the year his contract is scheduled to expire printed on the back alongside his adopted father and manager Craig Butler as well as club officials made the rounds on social media late yesterday ahead of Leverkusen’s expected confirmation.IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCEBailey rose to prominence at Genk after impressive performances in the Belgian domestic competition as well as the UEFA Europa League. He scored 15 goals and provided 21 assists in his 77 league games for Genk, adding seven goals and three assists in 12 European fixtures.He is, however, yet to secure his first cap for the Jamaican senior football team.He becomes the latest noted player sold by Genk following the departure of now-established players such as Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke, Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) and Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).Bayer Leverkusen, which finished third in last season’s Bundesliga have been one of the better performing teams in the competition in recent years and boast talents such as Javier Hernandez, Kevin Kampl, Karim Bellarabi as well as Hakan Calhanoglu.
The 40-year-old Terry is beginning his 19th season in the NBA. He appeared in 74 games with the Bucks last year and averaged 4.1 points in 18.4 minutes per game. He also made 73 3-pointers in 171 attempts from beyond the arc.The 6-foot-2 Terry, who was selected by Atlanta with the 10th overall pick in the 1999 draft, has career averages of 13.8 points and 3.9 assists in 1,359 games.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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide 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 Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson APMILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks have re-signed Jason Terry after the veteran guard shot 42.7 percent from 3-point range last season.The Bucks announced the contract Monday night. There was no word on the length or value of the deal.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees DAY6 is for everybody MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours PBA teams not obliged to lend players to PH squad for Champs Cup, says Reyes
Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ He along with newcomers Luc Mbah a Moute and PJ Tucker were brought in to give superstar James Harden more support as the Rockets seek to challenge the Golden State Warriors’ hegemony in the Western Conference.Paul, who was hurt when he banged knees with Memphis Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers in a pre-season game, was hampered by the knee in Tuesday’s season-opening triumph over the Warriors.He scored just four points and handed out 11 assists and sat out the Rockets’ game at Sacramento the following night.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Back to square one It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s not a tear or something like that. It’s a bruise. We just have to make sure he’s 100 percent the next time he plays.“I don’t think there’s (concern). All indications are he should be OK.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut the New York Times and ESPN were among the outlets reporting that Paul could be sidelined for a month. ESPN, citing unnamed sources, said the team had been making inquiries about acquiring a fill-in point guard.Nine-time All-Star Paul joined the Rockets in the off-season via a trade from the Los Angeles Clippers. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets checks on referee Tre Maddox #73 after he fell during their NBA game against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on October 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPHouston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni downplayed the seriousness of point guard Chris Paul’s knee injury, but US media reported Friday he could miss up to four weeks.“It’s only a bump,” D’Antoni told reporters as he revealed Paul would sit out Saturday’s home opener against the Dallas Mavericks.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments
A return to the semifinals is Rain or Shine’s immediate goal heading into the 2018 PBA season.The Elasto Painters made the playoffs in each of the three conferences last season but they just couldn’t go past the quarterfinals.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 folk“Our expectation [this season] is for us to be better than last year. First, we’re looking to make it to the semis and if we make it, we’ll see what happens after that,” ROS head coach Caloy Garcia told INQUIRER.net.Rain or Shine barely made the playoffs in the 2017 Philippine Cup as the eighth seed and was immediately knocked off in the quarterfinals by San Miguel Beer, which went to to win its third consecutive all-Filipino crown. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA Season 43 Preview: Without marquee players, Kia to bank on sheer work ethic Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ Garcia, though, will need Nambatac to mature quickly with the Painters ailing coming into the season.Health is Garcia’s only but major concern entering the 2018 Philippine Cup, which opens on Sunday.“The only thing that we’re worried about right now is we still have five to six players recovering from injuries,” Garcia said.James Yap, Jericho Cruz, Jireh Ibañes and Jay Washington missed Rain or Shine’s all three games in the preseason due to injuries. Raymond Almazan sat out too.Fortunately for the Painters, they have the depth to fill in some of the holes their injured players left with the likes of Maverick Ahanmisi and old reliables Beau Belga, Chris Tiu and Gabe Norwood to bank on.Garcia is also counting on his young guns in Nambatac and second-year player Ed Daquioag.“We’re depleted right now and he (Nambatac) is going to get his time at the beginning of the season,” said Garcia.“Basically, he just has to adjust to his teammates and in facing bigger players. We also know what kind of quality we’re gonna get. He’s a scorer, he’s a good slasher.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Head Coach: Caloy GarciaKey Players: James Yap, Beau Belga, Gabe Norwood, Raymond AlmazanKey Additions: Rey NambatacADVERTISEMENT The Painters got swept by the Star Hotshots in a best-of-three series in the Commissioner’s Cup before and were eliminated by the TNT KaTropa the following conference.Still, it was a decent run by Rain or Shine considering what the team had to deal with following a major shakeup.This year, the Painters added Rey Nambatac, whom they picked seventh overall in the draft.Garcia just couldn’t pass up the chance to reunite with his former player at Letran knowing the things he could do on the court.“He is quick to adjust because he played for me before,” said Garcia, who coached Nambatac for two years in college. “He knows what kind of coach I am and I know what kind of player he is.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments