5-month pregnant champion swimmer to join pro race

first_imgDana Vollmer arrives to the 2016 Golden Goggles Awards at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on November 21, 2016 in New York City. AFP FILE PHOTOFive-time Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Dana Vollmer isn’t letting her latest pregnancy slow her down.The 29-year-old American, expecting her second child in July, says she’ll enter the 50m freestyle at the Pro Swim Series event in Mesa, Arizona, next month, according to a post on her Instagram account.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards “Started having dreams about being at competitions!!” her post said. “It’s been too long! So I’ve decided to enter the Mesa Arena Pro Swim Series and swim a 50free!!”Vollmer, whose Olympic gold medals include individual gold in the 100m butterfly in London in 2012, took almost two years off from competition when she had her first child, son Arlen, on March 6, 2015.FEATURED 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 returnShe returned to competition and took her Olympic medal haul to seven at last year’s Rio Games, where she helped the United States win 4x100m medley relay gold and also won a silver and a bronze. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Chism believes elusive NLEX win just around the corner 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 Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Almadro reminds Blue Eagles to shrug off hecklers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead The Blue Eagles were bugged all-game long by a relentless Bulldog fan, who kept talking trash.Senior Josh Villanueva even exchanged words with the heckler in the first set.FEATURED 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 returnAlmadro reminded his wards to keep their focus on the game and not mind the unnecessary noise.“We know that these things can happen because they want to distract us. We have no problem with that. Even before when Josh and Ish (Polvorosa) were rookies, FEU has been doing that to us. Guys like Berlin (Paglinawan) and Peter (Torres) has been doing that before. It’s nothing new,” he said. MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR 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 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely NU has to remove doubt in do-or-die Game 2, says Alinsunurin LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption FILE PHOTO – Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netAteneo expected a tough fight against National University in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 79 men’s volleyball Finals on Tuesday.What Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro didn’t expect was his team dealing with a heckler, who tried to get under the Blue Eagles’ skin.ADVERTISEMENT “What I’m telling my players is to manage it. You are an Atenean so you don’t stoop down to their level,” he said.The veteran mentor noted the best way to silence haters is through winning, which Ateneo did with a tough 25-22, 21-25, 22-25, 25-18, 15-13 five-set victory over NU to inch closer to  its dream three-peat.“What’s important here is our goal,” said Almadro. “If you win, they might bash you, but you still won. So who won? It’s not them but my players. I’m teaching my players not to be rude and not to retaliate to things like that.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Enciso on missing crucial triple: ‘I just need to be better’

first_imgTrump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in MOST READ But that wasn’t the case as Enciso misfired and Alaska yielded the last quarterfinals berth to GlobaPort, 107-106, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The young guard said the play was exactly what his head coach Alex Compton drew up, for either him or Cory Jefferson to take the final shot.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 ground“It was for me and Cory, and there’s not much I can say. I just got to be better,” he said.Overall, it was one of those nights for Enciso where the ball just didn’t bounce his way as he went 1-of-7 from the field to finish with measly three points. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ 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 Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak PBA IMAGESWith time winding down, there was no doubt in Simon Enciso’s mind that his potential game-tying three would find the bottom of the net.“It felt good,” Enciso recalled.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April View comments Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Enciso struggled in his first conference with the Aces, averaging just 5.8 points per game on a woeful 29% from the field and 16% from deep.“I just need to be better. I’ve been on a shooting slump this couple of games so there’s nothing I can really do right now but to just get back to the gym and do better,” he said.Enciso vowed to bounce back stronger as he hopes to deliver for the Aces next conference.“Next conference, I’ll be ready. We fought hard until the end but unfortunately, in the last couple of games, it just haven’t been sliding out there,” he said. “I believe in this team and I believe in coach. He’s a hell of a coach. It’s a pleasure they acquired me this conference. I just feel super blessed to just be on this team. I’ll be better and I’ll be ready.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Compton: Aces’ early exit ‘not acceptable’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’last_img read more

Smith shows big heart as he continues to push past pain for TNT

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LOOK: Durant thanks Warriors, fans in full-page newspaper ad Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Joshua Smith vs June Mar Fajardo. PBA IMAGESThere was uncertainty surrounding Joshua Smith’s status for Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.But after playing through a right foot injury and even hitting the game winner to lift TNT over San Miguel Beer on Wednesday night, his heart could never be questioned.ADVERTISEMENT “He has a big heart,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela of Smith, who sank a hook shot over the Beermen’s June Mar Fajardo with 1.6 seconds left in a dramatic 104-102 win.“It was for Jayson (Castro). He wasn’t open. I caught the ball, I was looking for somebody to pass it to. Once there was nobody else I just decided to it myself,” Smith recalled of the final play. “My foot’s hurting but it feels better when you win, so that’s all really that matters.”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 groundRacela opted to stick with the injured Smith instead of parading Mike Myers, who was flown in as a potential replacement import, and at least for Game 1, he made the right decision.Smith came away with 21 points, nine rebounds, two assists, one block and a steal in less than 27 minutes. He also set solid screens that led to baskets and his sheer size gave TNT an intimidating presence on the defensive end. The 6-foot-8, 300-pound Smith did a little bit of everything while limping through the fourth quarter after he aggravated his injury late in the third period.“I just kept telling myself 12 minutes, 12 minutes, 12 minutes. Like I said, my thing is, as much as it is easy for me to pack up my stuff and leave, I wanna keep playing. I came here with one goal and I’m so close so I gotta take it day by day,” said Smith, who is listed as day-to-day.“Like I said, I have faith in my teammates it was like the Game 4 against Ginebra. I went out end of the third quarter. It’s a similar play and I came back, but I trust my teammates. You know what I’m saying? I got faith in them and I know they’re gonna go out there and handle their business.”Game 2 is on Friday night and Smith’s status is up in the air again.But one thing’s for sure, regardless of his health issues, he will be ready to play.ADVERTISEMENT A dream fulfilled for Christian LATEST STORIES For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province MOST READ 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 Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet View commentslast_img read more

SMB, TNT out to break tie

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRookie TNT KaTropa coach Nash Racela was not about to offer any excuses for what happened Friday night.“We did not lose because of the import,” Racela said matter-of-factly, minutes after his Texters got blown off the Smart Araneta Coliseum floor in Game 2 of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup title series with San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Stallion forces draw on leader Meralco Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer “We lost our composure, especially in the second quarter,” Racela said as he offered no excuses after the Texters blew an early 17-point lead and trailed by more than that when the third quarter came along. “In the PBA, the team that loses composure is normally the team that loses.”Needless to say, Racela will make preparations for the third game—and the rest of this series—to make sure that his Texters don’t fall into a lapse similar to that of Game 2, where they failed to score in the first seven minutes of the second quarter to lose the lead—and the game—right there.And preparations like that need to be in place especially with Racela knowing just where this series is headed.“We’re expecting a Game 7,” he declared.San Miguel’s Leo Austria, meanwhile, is bracing for a tough fight—despite coming off the very authoritative win—as he believes that just suffered such a defeat will have all the energy to bounce back hard.ADVERTISEMENT View comments For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province LATEST STORIEScenter_img Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ That’s exactly what the Beermen did after they gave up the first 17 points of Game 2 and looked ripe to fall into a 0-2 hole.“It would have been very tough coming back from that, because Talk ‘N Text is such a talented team,” Austria said.“Trailing that big [early] pricked their pride,” he added. “And they just worked hard for it (series-tying win). And that’s what we don’t want to happen (allow TNT to bounce back).”Despite proving they have the ability to bounce back from a bad start, reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo said it is crucial that San Miguel bursts out of the starting gate with a lot more energy.“We can’t start flat in the first quarter,” Fajardo said in Filipino. “If we can go hard, we should go hard immediately.The Beermen’s anchor said the lock-down defense the team played after falling behind, 0-17, to start the game will play a key role in the tie-breaking match.“We had a better defense [after falling behind early] and it’s a credit to my teammates,” he said. “They saw that I was having a hard time defending TNT’s import and they helped me. Our coaching staff had a good adjustment, and Kuya JayR (Reyes) and Kuya Yancy (de Ocampo) taught me how to defend the import better.”“We were able to adjust from what they did in Game 1, so we expect them to do the same for the next game. We’ll see what we can do more for Game 3,” Fajardo added. 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet A dream fulfilled for Christian That’s why Racela is sticking it out with burly Joshua Smith as the Texters try to bounce back from the silly manhandling they got as TNT and favored San Miguel break a 1-1 tie on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. also at the fabled Big Dome floor.“They (Beermen) had a scheme [for] Joshua,” Racela said. “The problem was how we reacted to the other things they were doing.”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 groundOne of those ugly reactions came from rookie RR Pogoy, who was coming off a career game in the series opener. Pogoy had a short night after losing his top and striking Arwind Santos in the groin to get ejected.He was lucky enough to duck suspension and just be slapped a P30,000 fine despite being whistled for a flagrant foul 2 penalty.last_img read more

French Open | Nishikori hails his perfect tennis

first_imgPARIS (AP): A combination of luck and perfect tennis helped Kei Nishikori reach the quarter-finals of the French Open. The eighth-seeded Nishikori recovered from a nightmare opening set to beat Fernando Verdasco 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 yesterday and progress to his seventh Grand Slam quarter-final, a record for a Japanese man. “I couldn’t do anything first set, but I tried to play a little more heavy and a little more aggressive sometimes, and start working a little bit better,” Nishikori said. “I don’t know how I get the second and third. But, yeah, a little bit gained some confidence during second and third. The fourth, I think it was perfect tennis I played.” Nishikori has now had three tough days in a row on court after finishing his rain-delayed third-round match against Hyeon Chung on Sunday. That match lasted nearly four hours and also saw Nishikori drop a set to love. “It wasn’t easy, but actually (the delay) helped me a lot against Hyeon in the third round,” he said. “You know, after that 3-0 down in fourth set, the delay gave me a little bit of luck. I was able to talk with my coach and regroup again with what I have to do on the court. I have to thank the rain a little bit in that match. “It was tough one today, but fought through and it’s good to have one day off tomorrow and ready for next match.” That next match will be against the top-ranked Andy Murray tomorrow. Nishikori has won just two of 10 matches against Murray but cannot remember beating the British player at the US Open last year. Nishikori won a dramatic five-setter 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 to reach the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows. “Actually, I’m very bad with the memories,” Nishikori said. “I don’t even know if I won or lost.” He added with a smile: “I mean, always, you know, when we play, it’s always a battle. Sorry that I don’t remember much.”last_img read more

Good first session for Jamaicans at IAAF World U-18 Championships

first_imgIt was a good opening session for Jamaican athletes at the 10th IAAF World Under 18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, as four of five athletes involved advanced to the next round of the competition in their respective events. Tyreke Wilson, who was the first Jamaican in action, won his heat in the boys 100m in 10.60 seconds, the sixth fastest time overall as he comfortably moved into the semi-finals, which take place later on Wednesday morning (Jamaica time). Shaquena Foote (56.18) was second in her heat of the girl’s 400m and seventh overall in her progression to the semis. Anthony Cox with a personal best 46.53 seconds and Antonio Watson, 47.22 seconds, won their heats of the boys 400m to be the fastest two moving forward to the semis of the event. The second session will get underway at 8:55 a.m. (Jamaica time). Thrower, Kimone Reid with a best of 40.84, in the girls discus failed to advance after finishing 15th overall in the qualifying round. Six Jamaicans are down to compete when the second session of competition gets going. Wilson will be the first as he will compete in the third semi-final of the boys 100m at 9:14 a.m and will run out of lane three. Safin Wills in Group A and Owayne Owens in Group B will both feature in the preliminary round of the boys triple jump competition that starts at 9:25 a.m. At 9:40 a.m, Tyrese Reid will run out of lane eight in heat 1 of the boys 800m with Kimar Farquharson facing the starter in the second heat. Kevona Davis will line up in the girls 100m heats, which gets started at 10:45 a.m.last_img read more

Champs stars moving on

first_imgGabrielle McDonald, Carey McLeod and Tissana Hickling all won two individual gold medals each at their last chance at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships in March. Now, like a number of others who have used up their high-school eligibility, they are moving on. The first two are headed for scholarships to American universities, with Hickling all set to study and train in Jamaica. McDonald, a dominant hurdler this year for Edwin Allen Comprehensive High, is reportedly headed for Texas A&M while McLeod, the boys’ Class One long and triple jump champion, is going from Kingston College to Arkansas University. This pair is both set to start school in January. Hickling, who did the same double as McLeod for the St Jago High girls’ team, will be at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education and Sport. Hickling isn’t the only 2017 Championships winner to stay home as her St Jago teammate Aneka Brissett, who won the Class One 100m; and Ronesha McGregor, upset winner of the 200m for Hydel High, have both joined the Racers Track Club. 2016 Class One 100m queen Patrice Moody, is now at South Plains College in Texas. Timor Barrett, St Jago’s 2016 Carifta 400m hurdles winner, is off to Johnson C. Smith University, while former Class Three 400m champion Aykeeme Francis of Calabar heads to St Augustine University in January. The other notable mover is consistent sprinter/hurdler Renee Shaw of Excelsior High School, who is now at Auburn University. At Champs, she was third behind Brissett and Moody, and she also reached the Class One 100m hurdles final, won by Mcdonald in the record time of 13.12 seconds.last_img read more

Taylor, Williams head World U-20 team

first_imgCalabar High’s Christopher Taylor and overseas-based Briana Williams will lead a 42-member team, 22 males and 20 females, to the IAAF World Under-20 Championships, which will be held in Tampere, Finland, July 10-15. Taylor, who won the senior 400m title at the recent National Championships in a national junior record and personal best 44.88 seconds, is the top junior on the world list in the event. Taylor is also the top athlete in the 200m. Taylor was a semi-finalist in the one-lap event two years ago in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Williams, who was fifth among seniors in the women’s 100m at the National Championships, is ranked number five on the world list with 11.13. Also on the boys’ team is overseas-based Damion Thomas. Thomas, who has just completed his first season for Louisiana State University, won the Under-20 110m hurdles in a World Junior record-equalling time of 12.99 seconds. World Youth Under-18 110m hurdles champion, De’Jour Russell, who finished third at the championships, has been included in the team as a member of the 4x100m squad. Two female medallists from the 2017 World Under-18 Championships, Britany Anderson who won gold in the 100m hurdles, and Sanique Walker, who won silver in the 400m hurdles, are also included. Boys: Philip Barnett, Orlando Bennett, Michael Bentley, Anthony Carpenter, Shamar Chambers, Kai Chang, Shawkon Coke, Kimar Farqhuarson, Malik James King, Leanordo Ledgister, Jhevaughn Mattherson, Dashawn Morris, Xavier Nairne, Owayne Owens, Wayne Pinnock, Dejour Russell, Chantz Sawyers, Malik Smith, Michael Stephens, Christopher Taylor, Damion Thomas and Tyreke Wilson. Girls: Britany Anderson, Amoi Brown, Lotavia Brown, Janique Burgher, Lamara Distin, Shaquena Foote, Susan Francis, Janielle Josephs, Chrissani May, Fredrick McKenzie, Ockera Myrie, Kemba Nelson, Ackera Nugent, Shian Salmon, Kimone Shaw, Ackelia Smith, Colisha Taylor, Sanique Walker, Briana Williams and Stacy Ann Williams. Coaches: Jeremy Delisser, Michael Dyke, Marlon Gayle, Keilando Goburn, Neil Harrison, and Omar Hawes. SQUADlast_img read more

Brathwaite slapped with hefty fine

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC):Captain Carlos Brathwaite was fined a hefty 40 per cent of his match fee after West Indies and hosts Bangladesh were slapped with fines by the International Cricket Council for slow over-rates during the second Twenty20 International on Thursday.The Caribbean side were adjudged to be two overs short of their target while Bangladesh were found to be one over short. The fines were imposed by ICC match referee Jeff Crowe.Fine structureUnder ICC regulations, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their team is short, while the captain is fined double. As a result, the Windies players were hit with 20 per cent fines and Brathwaite, 40 per cent. Brathwaite’s opposite, Shakib-al-Hasan, was also fined 20 per cent, with the Bangladesh squad fined half that amount. Brathwaite could also face suspension if the Windies commit another over-rate breach within the next 12 months. Bangladesh won the match by 36 runs to level the series and set up a series decider here on Saturday.last_img read more