Jamaican Donovan ‘Razor’ Ruddock had his dream of once more becoming the Canadian heavyweight boxing champion, at age 51, dashed to pieces on Friday night when he was knocked out at two minutes and five seconds of the third round in Toronto, Canada, by current champion Dillon Carman.Ruddock, who was the Canadian champion in 2001 when he walked away from the ring without formally retiring, tried to turn back the clock and had two successful outings in March and May this year. This, in addition to his former impressive record and world rating, obviously were the reasons he was given the opportunity to challenge Carman.The dream did not come true, however, as after two tentative rounds, in which both boxers did very little, Carman exploded in round three and floored Ruddock twice. He beat the count the first time, but was knocked out cold on the second occasion and laid flat on his back for several seconds before being revived.He has had a great career and is now 40-6-1, while Carman, who is 29, won the title on October 2, 2014, and has a 9-2 record.The consensus after the fight is that he should now formally retire and not put himself at risk.- Leroy Brown
cancellation Their actions led to the cancellation of the Test tour, and an angry BCCI subsequently slapped the WICB with a US$42 million claim for losses, while also threatening legal action. The BCCI also suspended bilateral relations with the WICB. Following the October meeting between Cameron, Muirhead, and BCCI officials, the WICB said it hoped for an amicable resolution, especially with the BCCI set to meet in the AGM. “We had discussions on the resolution of the impasse that currently exists. It was very cordial,” ESPN Cricinfo quoted Muirhead as saying recently. “We discussed everything that would affect us at length. We were sure that a resolution would be forthcoming in the very near future. We are hoping that it will take root at the AGM.” According to the noted cricket website, the WICB has indicated its inability to settle the multi-million-dollar claim and has proposed touring India in 2017 instead. Since the abandoned tour, the WICB has subsequently come under pressure at home, with a recent commission of eminent persons, established by the regional nation-state grouping CARICOM, proposing the “immediate dissolution” of the board. MUMBAI, India, (CMC): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) says it will take its time in mulling over the normalising of relations with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Following the conclusion of its annual general meeting (AGM) here Monday, BCCI president Shashank Manohar said the board would “take a call” on resuming bilateral tours with the Windies, which were suspended last year in the wake of the ill-fated limited overs and Test series. “There is still plenty of time to go and play in West Indies. We will decide at the appropriate time,” Manohar said. “They met us recently … the CEO of the West Indies Board and the chairman of the West Indies Board. They have given their viewpoint. We will take a call.” WICB president Dave Cameron, along with chief executive Michael Muirhead, recently met with BCCI officials to discuss a resolution to the dispute which arose in October last year when the West Indies one-day team abruptly abandoned the tour of India over a contracts squabble with players union WIPA.
SHARING THE BLAME “Everyone will take responsibility and move forward,” he added, while noting there is no discontent in the camp. “It is a good set of guys playing; we go out there and represent Jamaica fully well. Everyone wants to play well, everyone wants to do good. Sometimes it goes bad, and we will take responsibility and improve,” he added. The Jamaicans’ loss has put them under increased pressure to win away to the Haitians as Panama cruised to the top with three points in Group B, while Costa Rica, who beat Haiti 1-0, also raced to three points. “Definitely, we will be looking to bounce back. We have done this before. Everyone put in the right effort,” Austin said. “We are a group; we win together and lose together. We are gonna talk about this, and we are gonna work and give it our all to turn it around and get three points against Haiti.” “Everyone knows what we have to do, and whoever goes on the pitch has a responsibility of doing their best to winning the game, with the coaching staff. We win together, and we lose together. we just have to keep focusing and working hard so we can go to Haiti and change this result,” he said. Admitting that last Friday’s 2-0 loss to Panama was due to a flat performance by his team, Reggae Boyz captain Rodolph Austin says he will be looking to lead from the front and lift his team to a better result against Haiti today. The Jamaicans will today face the Haitians in their second game of the semi-final round of the CONCACAF FIFA World Cup qualifiers. “We came out flat, and everyone knows we didn’t play good tonight (Friday), and we have to take the responsibility for it as a team. We didn’t start the game well, and we conceded two soft goals. We just have to bounce back and focus, and look ahead to Haiti’s game; that’s the plan,” Austin said at Friday night’s post-game press conference.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP):Rafa BenÌtez held on to his job last year but faces another tough test of his coaching credentials tomorrow when Real Madrid visit Valencia for their first Spanish league game of 2016.BenÌtez has been the focus of criticism from disgruntled fans for Madrid’s unpredictable campaign, which has included a lopsided loss to fierce rivals Barcelona and their embarrassing disqualification from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player.Madrid travel to Mestalla Stadium after two easy victories at their own Santiago BernabÈu home that failed to win over their most sceptical supporters, some of whom jeered BenÌtez.Madrid defender Pepe has called for calm.”We have to let our coach continue to improve,” Pepe said. “If a new manager came, we’d have to adapt to new systems and that isn’t good. We should save the evaluations for the end of the season.”Madrid have struggled on the road this season, dropping points on four of eight of their outings. Their last away game ended in a 1-0 loss at Villarreal.Madrid are in third place, two points behind Barcelona and AtlÈtico Madrid. Defending champions Barcelona have played one less game than their rivals.BenÌtez’s counterpart tomorrow is also in need of a victory.Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville’s coaching debut has got off to an uninspiring start.Valencia have only beaten a third-division side in the Copa del Rey since he took over. Otherwise, the team has recorded a pair of draws and two losses, including a poor showing in a 1-0 league defeat at regional rivals Villarreal on Thursday. That loss left Valencia 10th and 11 points from the Champions League spots.”The team is united and we are trying to get a win as soon as possible,” said Valencia striker ·lvaro Negredo. “January will be a key month.”BARCELONA DERBYBarcelona make the short trip across the Catalan capital to play the first of three derbies against Espanyol today.The two clubs will also meet in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey over the next two weeks.Barcelona will be heavily favoured to continue their record form of 2015, when Luis Enrique’s team won five titles and set a new record 180 for goals scored.The strike trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Su·rez combined for 137 of those goals. Su·rez is leading the league this campaign with 15, followed by Neymar and Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo with 14 each.Espanyol’s defence is the fourth-worst in the competition with 28 goals conceded. Only the three teams in the relegation zone have conceded more.
On the face of it, when the whistle blows at the Montego Bay Sports Complex this afternoon at 4 p.m., or whenever, signalling the start of the 2016 Red Stripe Premier League final, promoted team and multiple champions Portmore United should start as favourites. The team, which originated in the parish of Clarendon under the name Hazard before changing base to Portmore in St. Catherine but now straddles both parishes, has been the most consistent this season. That consistency saw them crowned ‘League’ champions as they ended the regular season with the most points and were duly rewarded with the $1m bonus. Additionally, Portmore United have owned Montego Bay United (MBU) on the three occasions that they have met this season. In their match, which marked their return to top-tier football, they defeated Montego Bay United 2-0, with Montego Bay resident Ricardo Morris responsible for one of them. That was followed up with a 1-0 win at the Juici field, courtesy of a Cleon Price strike. Morris was again on the score sheet along with Tramaine Stewart and Mark Alves as Portmore United left Montego Bay with a 3-1 win in the last meeting. QUALITY TEAM Even with the evidence, which is helped by the depth of their available squad, Portmore United coach Jeffrey Hewitt will not accept the favourites’ tag. “To me, MoBay will be starting favourites. This is their third consecutive final and that shows that they are very consistent. They are quality team and their record speaks to that, so no one can take anything away from them,” said Hewitt who was a part of Portmore United’s coaching staff when they won in 2008 and 2012. “Despite that, we are confident in our abilities and what we can do. Yes, we have beaten them in the three matches that we have played so far, but the past does not matter now. What matters is what we do on the day,” added Hewitt. According to the man who distinguished himself at Garvey Maceo, the Portmore United unit is so focused right now that nothing will distract them. Not even the protest action by MBU, which has seen them boycott a number of promotional events leading up to today’s big day and them threatening not to show up for the 4 p.m. start. “We are so focused that we are not entertaining any thoughts of them turning up or not. We are preparing for a 4 p.m. game and we will be showing up for that. “Tomorrow’s game, we are anticipating, will be a very competitive one. It is a final and our players know what is at stake and we have to go out there and compete,” he added. VERY OPEN While the Portmore United camp has been very open, the Montego Bay United camp has not so much as entertained a call or interview request from the media in relation to today’s game. The Sunday Gleaner, however, managed to speak with someone close to the camp. “My players are ready for the game. They have not been distracted by what is going on, and they will be showing,” the source said. “This is the third final that the team has been in, the past three years, and this is important to us. The first year, we won; last year, we came second; and this year, we are going out to win again. “Even if it is nine players, we are going to play them. No team can beat Montego Bay United four times in a season,” the source added. In addition to the record going against them, Montego Bay United have the offfield distractions which could spill over on the field going against them. Add to that the absence of two of their most potent players – Owayne Gordon, the season’s leading scorer to a loan deal, and Dino Williams to an injury. Allan Ottey is the only one available of that pacy and skilful trio. A lot will depend on the former schoolboy star who shone alongside Portmore’s Morris for St James High. Injury kept him out for chunks of the season, but he will have to lead the forward line with support from Cory Hylton. Goalkeeper Jacomena Barrett is a player with a lot to prove as he is a former Portmore United player and conceded three goals in the last match. Losing again will not sit well with him. If he reports in inspired form as he has been on occasion, he could lift his teammates. With almost everything stacked against them, this could be the motivation the Montego Bay United players need to pull off the improbable victory.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): David Williams is one of the candidates being considered as a possible replacement for current Trinidad & Tobago Red Force head coach Gus Logie. The Trinidad Guardian said that Williams, the former T&T and West Indies wicketkeeper, as well as former national coach, could replace Logie, because of the Red Force’s results in the WICB Regional 4-Day Tournament. The Guardian said some members of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) executive are in favour of Williams because he was successful with the national team between 2006 and 2011. But Patrick Rampersad, the second vice-president of the TTCB, said Logie was still strongly favoured for the position. “We have had no discussion as far as Gus Logie is concerned,” Rampersad told the Guardian. “As far as I know, Gus is still the man in charge of the team, and he will be working with the players as they prepare for the Regional Super50 Tournament. “We have had no discussions as far as removing Gus from his position. “We are all disappointed over the results we have gotten in the first-class tournament and we are about looking to continue to put things right for the team.” TTCB officials will meet with Logie and the Red Force’s management in the coming days to discuss his side’s performance this season. After starting the season with great promise and a comfortable win over Windward Islands Volcanoes, the Red Force sunk to their third defeat of the season two Mondays ago, when the Guyana Jaguars crushed them by 10 wickets at the Guyana National Stadium. They are now last at the halfway stage in the six-team tournament on 35.6 points, heading into the long break in the season for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, plus the Regional Super50.
Past The Finishing PostWeather: Overcast Track: MuddyRace 1 1200 M (Purse $930,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB4YO(NW3O/T)&NB3YO-REST.STAKES1. #5 MR. UNIVERSE JInnis2 49.0 $137.00 $55.00*2. #1 LOOSE CANNON OWalker 53.0 2-1/2L $52.003. #3 ARMAGEDDON JErwin 53.0 3-1/4L $125.004. #6 VERY CLASSIC DDawkins2 50.5 2-1/2LFinal Time : 1:12.2 Splits : 22.3, 45.3Winner : 3yo ch colt – REGION OF MERIT – RAGING FURYTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : CARLTON WATSONBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $145.00 Ex: $344.00Trifecta: $776.00Race 2 1100 M (Purse $600,000) NB5-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. #5 BRAVE HEART AChatrie 54.0 $490.00 $159.002. #8 MOUNT ZION KING BebHarvey2 55.0 Sh.Head $117.003. #2 BREEZY RMcNaughton 52.5 Neck $85.004. #4 CONNOR SEllis 57.0 6LFinal Time : 1:10.1 Splits : 24.3, 48.4Winner : 5yo b colt – SILENT VALOR – MY DEAR TUDORTrainer : MAURICE CROOKS Owner : MAURICE CROOKSBred by PETER WALKERNOTE: HORSE #2 BREEZY FINISHED 1ST, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 3RD.Qu: $1,234.00 Ex: $2,835.00D/E: $1,197.00Superfecta: $5,366.00Race 3 1400 M (Purse $680,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3O/T)1. #7 LIKE A LADY JPatterson2 49.5 $178.00 $63.00*2. #5 BUBBLING KITTEN WHenry 52.0 1-1/4L $55.003. #1 NUCLEAR WARNING OMullings 52.0 3-1/2L $ 69.004. #4 LITTLE BIG HORN JErwin 54.0 6LFinal Time : 1:26.1 Splits : 23.2, 46.3, 1:12.2,Winner : 4yo gr filly – MARKET RALLY – KNIGHTLEYTrainer : DWIGHT CHEN Owner : HAMARK FARMSBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $201.00 Ex: $473.00D/E: $3,115.00Trifecta: $640.00Rolling Triple: $7,863.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $660,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)*1. #6 OCEAN SEEKER DDawkins2 50.5 $120.00 $58.002. #4 RAISING THE BAR RMcNaughton 53.0 7L $85.003. #5 LIGHT BRIGADE AndrePowell3 54.0 1-1/4L $82.004. #2 PRINCESS BRIANNA OWalker 54.0 NeckDNF #8 SMART BIDDER AntThomas3 50.5 54/1Final Time : 1:07.0 Splits : 23.3, 47.0Winner : 4yo b filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – A THOUSAND OCEANTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : ELIAS HALOUTEBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $423.00 Ex: $578.00D/E: $513.00Superfecta: $900.00Rolling Triple: $7,638.00Race 5 1500 M (Purse $620,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)*1. #6 BOUNCE AChatrie 55.0 $131.00 $57.002. #8 CUP O TEA DDawkins2 50.5 1-3/4L $94.003. #2 PIANO MAN LSteadman* 55.0 1L $77.004. #7 MAJOR FORCE OEdwards2 52.0 2-1/4LFinal Time : 1:34.2 Splits : 24.0, 47.0, 1:12.3,Winner : 4yo b colt – TAQARUB – LADY SUHAAGRAATTrainer : ALBERT CHONG Owner : DAVID FORBESBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.Qu: $532.00 Ex: $1,765.00D/E: $259.00Superfecta: $4,649.00Rolling Triple: $831.00Race 6 1000 M (S) (Purse $870,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. #4 TOOT THE BLUES OWhite 52.0 $99.00 $59.002. #5 FEAR DE BREEZE OFoster 53.5 2-3/4L $89.003. #10 AHUAGAIN SEllis 54.0 7/1 2 $106.004. #12 AURELIA’S SUMMER AGray4 52.0 99/1 Sh.Head5. #8 GENERAL REPORT OEdwards2 52.0 19/1 1/2Final Time : 1:00.2 Splits : 23.1, 46.4, ,Winner : 3yo b filly – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – TOOTINGTrainer : PATRICK LYNCH Owner : PATRICK LYNCHBred by DERICK LATIBEAUDIERE O.J,Qu: $313.00 Ex: $401.00D/E: $273.00Trifecta : (4-5-10) $335.00Hi-5 carry-over : $161,138.25Rolling Triple: $440.00Pick-4: $2,000.00Super-6: $28,390.60Race 7 1500 M (Purse $870,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE*1. #3 HENRY THE SECOND WHenry 53.0 $52.00 $50.002. #1 SUBBIE RHalledeen 56.0 15L $50.003. #7 E.J. MAKIT OMullings 52.0 1/2L $50.003. #8 TWILIGHT STORM AndrePowell3 52.0 DH $50.00Late scratch : #10 SANDORIFinal Time : 1:33.0 Splits : 24.0, 47.0, 1:12.4,Winner : 3yo b colt – MIRACLE MAN – REBRIDLED SECRETTrainer : IAN PARSARD Owner : CURRAGH JAMAICA AGENCYBred by DACOSTA FARMS LIMITEDQu: $100.00 Ex: $115.00D/E: $133.00 (4-10) $358.00Superfecta: $65.00 (3-1-8-7) $47.00Rolling Triple: $248.00Race 8 1200 M (Purse $620,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. #7 WICKED TUFF SEllis 56.0 $295.00 $121.002. #11 MR. COOKIE WHenry 53.0 6-1/2L $101.003. #1 MAN IN BLUE JPatterson2 52.0 Head $146.00*4. #9 NASDAQ PRINCESS OWhite 52.0 2-1/2LLate scratch : #8 TWILIGHT ROCKETFinal Time : 1:17.1 Splits : 24.0, 48.3Winner : 6yo ch colt – URBAN KING – CONNELL TOWNTrainer : FERNANDO GEDDES Owner : FERNANDO GEDDESBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Qu: $631.00 Ex: $1,647.00D/E: $695.00 (3-8) $69.00Trifecta: $1,916.00Hi-5: $20,453.00Rolling Triple: $2,501.00PlacePot 8: $1,987.00LEGAL LIGHT TROPHYRace 9 1820 M (Purse $1,300,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES*1. #2 BIGDADDYKOOL LSteadman* 56.0 $84.002. #6 BRAWN BebHarvey2 53.5 2L3. #4 HOUDINI’S MAGIC WHenry 51.0 Neck4. #1 FRANFIELD SEllis 57.0 1-3/4LFinal Time : 1:55.0 Splits : 28.1, 53.2, 1:16.4, 1:42.0Winner : 4yo b colt – SORRENTINO – BEWARE BABYTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : STEPHAN NARINESINGHBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $220.00 Ex: $227.00D/E: $1,141.00Trifecta: $236.00Rolling Triple: $1,838.00Race 10 1400 M (Purse $600,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. #2 JUNIOR DON OEdwards2 55.0 $866.00 $86.00*2. #1 RUBY ROSE RHalledeen 55.0 4-1/2L $53.003. #4 HE’STHEREAL LINKS BebHarvey2 54.0 1-1/4L $69.004. #14 ROMAN SPY ARobles 54.0 4-1/2L5. #7 DOUBLE DEAL AndrePowell3 53.0 NeckLate scratch : #11 WARRIOR PRINCESS, #13 MINY LEEFinal Time : 1:29.3 Splits : 24.3, 49.0, 1:15.2,Winner : 6yo b colt – LEGAL PROCESS – ROYAL PARDONTrainer : ROBERT DARBY (SR) Owner : DAVID MARRETT & GORDON BUCKNORBred by DACOSTA FARMS LIMITEDQu: $514.00 Ex: $1,502.00D/E: $1,052.00 (2-11) $66.00Trifecta: $1,451.00Hi-5: $4,455.00Rolling Triple: $11,410.00Pick-4: $12,168.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6: $21,120.80 (6 OF 6)Pick-9: $1,000,000.00 (9 OF 9)
Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LOOK: McGregor wears suit with ‘F you’ pinstripes to Mayweather presser Chooks To Go in its first of a four-year commitment with the national team.READ: Gilas banners young team for Jones CupMascariñas said his suggestion has been done before with the formation of Northern Consolidated under the leadership of San Miguel Corporation chairman Danding Cojuangco. The team achieved international success in the 1980s.“Financing a national team is not a new idea. Northern Consolidated in the past ran a very successful program and we want to do that again, hopefully,” Mascariñas said.Gilas Pilipinas team manager Butch Antonio praised Chooks To Go for its full support to the national team since their partnership was announced late last year.ADVERTISEMENT READ: 9 games, 9 days: Gilas PH opens Jones Cup bid vs CanadaAntonio also expressed interest in Mascariñas’ plans for the country’s men’s basketball program.“You have to give it to Chooks To Go. They have not relented in support. When they were unleashed, they were really unleashed,” Antonio said.READ: Myers to beef up Gilas in Jones Cup “With regard to that plan, it’s something we can expound and talk about. And right now, nothing is cast in stone, it’s not even put on any table for discussion but that is an option that can be cultivated,” he added. “Anything that can help the program, help the federation and help the Philippines in general then it’s something that we should really look at.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ronald Mascariñas, president and general manager of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc., whose holding company Chooks To Go is in its first of a four-year commitment with the national team, made his glitzy pitch during the team’s sendoff on Wednesday.READ: Gilas out to win Jones CupFEATURED 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’“We’re making this offer that we’re willing to finance full-time national team players if we can work something out with the SBP and the PBA,” Mascariñas told reporters.“As an incentive for them, we’re willing to give the maximum salary allowed in the PBA to the national player.” Ronald Mascariñas, president and general manager of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. Photo by Mark GiongcoChooks To Go, a major sponsor of Gilas Pilipinas, is looking at the possibility of bankrolling the Philippine men’s national team.That’s if the squad will have players suiting up for the Philippine team on a full-time basis.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 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 IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe search for Calvin Abueva continues and Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes seems to have reached his breaking point.The outspoken mentor on Sunday issued an ultimatum with the energetic Alaska forward still nowhere to be found.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets “[He’s got some] personal matters to take care of,” the American mentor previously said when asked where Abueva is.Reyes was obviously irked with the continuous disappearance of Abueva with the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup fast approaching.“There’s no news. We’re trying to contact him through Alaska, through their team manager, but there’s none,” he said.Reyes added that Abueva’s spot in the 12-man roster in Fiba Asia is in danger if he continues his disappearing act.But the veteran tactician said that he has yet to make a final decision, hoping that Abueva will eventually show up in the team’s practices on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Sweep of Pocari a confidence-booster for Bali Pure, says Malabanan McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return MOST READ View comments Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LATEST STORIES “If he doesn’t come by tomorrow, we’re going to be forced to drop him. We have no other recourse,” said Reyes on Sunday during the national team practices at Upper Deck Gym in Pasig.Abueva has been absent since the team resumed practice on Thursday and has yet to reach out to anyone regarding his status.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’The information that got to Reyes was the same detail which Alaska coach Alex Compton shared when asked why the Kapampangan forward was absent on Friday in the Aces’ 101-92 defeat to Star.READ: Compton says absent Abueva dealing with ‘personal matters’ “That’s the big problem. I’m still yet to think about it,” he said.Abueva last saw action with Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Seaba Championship, where he averaged 13.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists.His presence is going to be much needed, especially with naturalized big man Andray Blatche opting to sit out the tournament.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi scores a penalty during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Lionel Messi added to his impressive start to the season by scoring four goals and helping Barcelona rout Eibar 6-1 to extend its perfect record in the Spanish league on Tuesday.Messi converted a penalty in the first half and scored three more goals in the second to give Barcelona its fifth straight victory in the league.ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Read Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 Brazil midfielder Paulinho and Denis Suarez also scored for the Catalan club, while Sergi Enrich netted Eibar’s goal.Barcelona was without Ousmane Dembele, who injured his left thigh at the weekend and is expected to be sidelined for up to four months. The young France forward, Barcelona’s top signing during the transfer window, traveled to Finland to undergo surgery on a ruptured tendon. He made only three appearances after arriving to replace Neymar.Valverde left Luis Suarez on the bench and started with Gerard Deulofeu, Denis Suarez and Messi as a false “9″ in the attack. Paulinho, the Brazil midfielder who came off the bench to score the winner against Getafe on Saturday, also made it to the starting lineup.“Today we have been able to rest certain players and give playing time to others who needed to play and it turned out well,” Valverde said.___LOSING AGAINValencia won 5-0 with a hat trick by Simone Zaza to hand Malaga its fifth straight loss to start the season.Zaza scored his three goals eight minutes apart early in the second half to give Valencia its first victory after three straight draws and move the club into third place.Forward Santi Mina and Rodrigo also scored for the hosts at Mestalla Stadium. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ How to help the Taal evacuees View comments Alex Gordon hits MLB’s record-setting 5,694th HR of season Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene DAY6 is for everybody It has been a rather unexpectedly good start to the season for Barcelona, which began the league amid turmoil after seeing Neymar leave for Paris Saint-Germain and losing the Spanish Super Cup match to Real Madrid.It is the best start to the league for Messi, who in 2011-12 had scored eight goals after five matches.He is the league’s leading scorer, with four goals more than Simone Zaza of Valencia, who had a hat trick in a 5-0 rout of Malaga earlier Tuesday.“He is one of the smartest players I’ve ever seen on a field,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said of Messi. “You don’t really know how, but he is always in good position. He is extraordinary.”It was the fourth time Messi has scored four goals or more with Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Argentina playmaker took his tally to 12 goals in eight matches this season, including nine in the five league games.Messi had already scored a hat trick in Barcelona’s 5-0 rout of Espanyol in the Catalan derby two rounds ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe result gave Barcelona a five-point lead over Sevilla, which hosts Las Palmas on Wednesday. Real Sociedad, six points back, is at Levante on Thursday.Defending champion Real Madrid, seven points behind Barcelona, hosts Real Betis on Wednesday. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide