SportsMax La Liga Experience winner living a dream

first_img TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE PAMPLONA, Spain: SportsMax’s La Liga Experience winner, Calvin Palache, and his partner have already started receiving the VIP treatment with surprises, fine dining, interviews and photo shoots. But that was just the beginning for the couple, as they will have two of the best seats inside the El Sadar Stadium to witness Palache’s favourite team Real Madrid take on Osasuna today. Prior to the game, the couple will get a tour of Pamplona and the stadium and also be granted locker room and tunnel access. “I am looking forward to being pitch side and getting to go into the tunnel and the locker room to get a chance to interact with the superstars such as CR7 (Ronaldo), Sergio Ramos and Marcelo,” Palache, who once played for Jamaica’s Red Stripe Premier League club Humble Lion, said. “I want to see Cristiano Ronaldo up close, take a picture and Facebook it immediately. I am going to take a lot of pictures, and don’t be surprised when I shout ‘King Ronaldo! King Ronaldo!'” When first informed by SportsMax that he was the winner of the competition, Palache thought it too good to be true and enquired if it was a scam. But after travelling out of Jamaica for the first time and touching down in Spain, he has finally come to terms with the fact that this is really happening. “This is just a dream come true, because this is my first time travelling and I actually ended up taking three planes and got to experience so much,” the 28-year-old said. The competition, which is into its second year, has seen SportsMax team up with the world’s most star-studded football league, La Liga, to offer football fans across the Caribbean the chance to win a trip for two to see the likes of four-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo and Real Madrid. Palache’s partner of four years, Tishana Sharpe, is just happy that he has been given this chance and is thrilled she is able to experience it with him. “I am super excited and I am happy for him,” Sharpe said. “He lives for football and went crazy when he found out he won, so I just hope he gets to meet all his favourite players.” ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

New Jamaica Skeet Club boss has growth agenda

first_img Thwaites, who became the new president of the local skeet club after he was elected unopposed recently, at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore, said Azan would be tasked with improving the participation of the young shooters and encouraging the development of the sport. “We want to expand its (the sport) exposure to the school population in Jamaica. We see the future of our sport as highly dependent on the number of youngsters who we can bring into it,” continued Thwaites. Former president Azan says that it’s time for younger members to take control of the sport. “I am very confident that we are leaving at the right time. I think that it’s time now for a younger group to come in and to take charge,” Azan reasoned. He credited the new president for selecting a committee of young, bright people, noting that they and would take the club to a new level. Meanwhile, Thwaites is joined on the executive by Leighton Sasso, who was vice-president in the last regime (he retains his position); AndrÈ Holung – treasurer; and Jordon Samuda – secretary. The committee members who will also serve on the board are Shaun Barnes, a five- time national champion; James Chen; Andre Hopwood; and Ray McMaster. New Jamaica Skeet Club president, Evan Thwaites, has put the continued growth of local shooters and competitions high on his mandate, noting that he wants to have up-to-date systems to help develop even greater competitiveness in Jamaica’s clay shooting. Thwaites will be looking to build on the successes of past president Kahaleel Azan who demitted office recently, after four years at the helm. President Thwaites indicated that the new committee is going to build on the past president’s success. “Mr Azan has developed the sport of shooting tremendously. We see our role as building on that, improving the shooters’ experience, the competitions, making sure we have up-to-date registration systems, scoreboard systems and thus trying to develop even greater participation in the future.” DEVELOPING THE SPORTlast_img read more

Big test for Chelsea

first_img ARSENAL vs MANCHESTER CITY MANCHESTER, England (AP): They can’t keep a clean sheet. Their striker has stopped scoring. Their opponents have worked out how to stifle them. The Chelsea juggernaut might just be starting to slow, just when English football’s major trophies are about to be decided. Chelsea and Tottenham park their battle for the Premier League title for one weekend when they meet at Wembley Stadium tomorrow for the first of two blockbuster semi-finals in the FA Cup. There’s no doubt which of the two teams has the momentum. In the white corner, there’s Spurs, the form team in the country with eight straight wins in all competitions, during which they’ve scored 28 goals. They have the meanest defence around and arguably the hottest striker in Harry Kane. Chelsea, meanwhile, are still the Premier League leaders by four points over Tottenham and could yet finish the season with the domestic double. But cracks are starting to show. Antonio Conte’s side last kept a clean sheet in the league on January 22, 11 games ago. Top scorer Diego Costa hasn’t scored in his last six matches. Chelsea have lost two of their last four games, to Crystal Palace and Manchester United. In those games, Palace and United played two up front to pressurise Chelsea’s three-man backline. Tottenham did the same in beating Chelsea 2-0 at White Hart Lane in the league in January. Tottenham and United also played wing backs in those matches to negate the threat of Chelsea’s wide players. There looks to be a formula to stop Chelsea, provided opponents have the personnel to achieve it, and Spurs clearly do. “It won’t be easy,” Conte said, looking ahead to the semi-final, “because Tottenham now are the best team. They are in good form and they have a lot of enthusiasm. They are feeling the possibility to write the history.” Spurs last lifted the FA Cup in 1991 and haven’t won the league since 1961. The second semi-final looks just as compelling and features two more of England’s heavyweight teams whose managers want to win a trophy for different reasons. City manager Pep Guardiola is looking for something tangible to mark his first season in England, although an FA Cup title will not make up for his team’s last-16 exit in the Champions League and failing to mount a Premier League title challenge. As for Arsene Wenger, this could be his last season in charge of Arsenal, with his contract up in June. Winning the FA Cup in 2014, for his first trophy in nine years, might have persuaded him to stay on as manager and history could be repeated three years later.last_img read more

At 37, Venus Williams looking for a 6th Wimbledon title

first_imgView comments IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Muguruza, however, beat Serena to win the French Open title in 2016. And she’s expecting the same kind of atmosphere despite the unfamiliar opponent.“I don’t think it’s going to be different. A final is a final,” Muguruza said. “Only one’s going to win. … The racket has to talk.”Besides her experience on the court, Muguruza will also have some experience behind her off it. She has been working with 1994 Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez recently.“I think she’s helping me to deal with the stress of the tournament, because it’s a long tournament,” Muguruza said. “So she just knows how to prepare, how to train, what to do.“Not that I’m doing something different, honestly. But to have her by my side gives me also this little confidence on having someone that has won before.”Williams and Muguruza have played each other four times before, and the American has won three of them. They have never before played on grass, though.“It’s good that she’s played her before, and that she’s beaten her. So she knows what’s to come,” Martinez said of Saturday’s match. “She just has to play tennis, and not worry about who’s favored or who isn’t favored. She needs to think about the next point and nothing else.”When Martinez won at Wimbledon for her only major, she beat 37-year-old Martina Navratilova in the final. Williams is the oldest Wimbledon finalist since then.Age, however, seems to be an advantage for Williams.“I think it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to play well and to be strong and have experience,” Williams said. “So I think experience can either work against you or for you. I like to think it’s working for me.” Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Venus Williams of the United States returns to Britain’s Johanna Konta during their Women’s Singles semifinal match on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday, July 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — Even at 37 and with five Wimbledon titles to her name, Venus Williams still has that overwhelming desire to win.And she’s showing it again this year at the All England Club, where she will face Garbine Muguruza on Saturday in her ninth Wimbledon final.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES “I’m definitely in the position I want to be in,” Williams said. “It’s a long two weeks. Now, knocking on the door for a title. This is where I want to be.”Williams has quite a history at the grass-court major, winning her first Grand Slam title in London in 2000. The last of her seven majors came at the same place in 2008.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’Shortly after that, in 2011, Williams announced she had Sjogren’s disease, an energy-sapping illness that also can cause joint pain. She missed some big tournaments, and made several early exits at the majors.But she has bounced back, playing some of her best tennis over the last 12 months. She reached the Wimbledon semifinals last year, and the Australian Open final this year. Dy: We don’t think of ourselves as reserves On Saturday, she’ll be playing for the Venus Rosewater Dish for the ninth time in her 20th Wimbledon appearance.“There’s still a lot to be done. I have one more match that I’d like to be the winner of,” Williams said. “I have to go out there and take it and play well.”The person on the other side of the net also has experience playing in the last weekend on Centre Court. The 23-year-old Muguruza played for the title in 2015, losing to Venus’ little sister, Serena Williams.Serena isn’t at Wimbledon this year because she is pregnant and taking the rest of the season off. But Venus will likely be checking in with her for some advice ahead of Saturday’s match.“Serena did play her in a final,” Venus said. “I definitely will ask her. I’m sure she’s going to give me hopefully some things that will make a difference for me in the match.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Paradelast_img read more

D’Antoni, Harden and Paul poised to capture trio’s 1st title

first_imgGreen group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In this Nov. 18, 2017 photo, Houston Rockets guards James Harden, left, and Chris Paul warm up before and NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn. Chris Paul has a long history of playoff heartbreak. So does James Harden. And coach Mike D’Antoni has more than either of them combined. Separately, they’ve never gotten it done at playoff time. Together, their fortunes might change. They’ve led the Houston Rockets to the NBA’s best record going into these playoffs. In a league that Golden State and Cleveland have dominated in recent years this might be the Paul-Harden-D’Antoni triumvirate that breaks through this spring. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)HOUSTON — Chris Paul has a long history of playoff heartbreak.So does James Harden.ADVERTISEMENT The Knicks were swept by Boston in 2011, the Lakers swept by the Spurs in 2013, both of those coming in the first round. Before last season, D’Antoni hadn’t won a playoff game in nine years.“We’ve had a great regular season, but it doesn’t matter,” he said. “But what it does mean is that we’re pretty good and if we make big shots and do what we’re supposed to do … then we’ll see if we can do it.”Paul’s failures in the postseason may be even more scrutinized. The nine-time All-Star, who came to Houston in an offseason trade, has made nine playoff trips without advancing past the second round. The worst of those flops came in 2015, ironically against Houston, when Paul and the Clippers had a 3-1 lead in the conference semifinals. They got blown out in Game 5, wasted a 19-point second-half lead in Los Angeles in Game 6, then fell in Game 7 at Houston.That was then, Paul said.“It is cool when you stop and think about it,” Paul said. “But for us right now we’re trying to enjoy the moment. Trying to enjoy the process and not worry about all that stuff. Maybe after it’s all said and done you can reflect on it.”Harden knows playoff pain as well. His splendid 2016-17 season was so promising, especially after Houston routed San Antonio, on the road, in Game 1 of the West semifinals. The Spurs won four of the next five, including a 114-75 embarrassing series-clincher in Houston where Harden was held to 10 points.“These last few years I’ve learned that obviously you can’t do it by yourself,” Harden said. “You need guys to step up, make big shots, make big plays and so we have enough guys in here on any given night that can change a playoff series. So that’s what you need. That’s what puts you over the top.”Paul might be the topper Harden needed.From the moment Paul arrived in Houston, Harden raved about what he would bring to the team. After playing with him for a season, the normally reserved Harden was even more effusive in his praise of the fellow guard.“I don’t mean to sound too mushy or what-not but it was like love at first sight,” Harden said. “It was just meant to be.” Matthysse raring to face ‘legend, monster’ Pacquiao Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames And Mike D’Antoni has more than either of them combined.Separately, they’ve never gotten it done at playoff time. Together, their fortunes might change. They’ve led the Houston Rockets to the NBA’s best record going into these playoffs, and in a league that Golden State and Cleveland have dominated in recent years, it may not be overly surprising to see the Paul-Harden-D’Antoni triumvirate win it all this spring.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWith two regular-season games left, the Rockets have already piled up a franchise-record 64 wins to secure the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. But this group — perhaps fueled by past playoff shortcomings — knows it has much more work to do.“The ultimate goal is holding that trophy up,” Harden said. “So until we do that there’s no celebrations … we haven’t done anything yet.”center_img D’Antoni, who’ll turn 67 next month and would be the oldest coach to win an NBA title if Houston gets it done, has revived his career in Houston. He got the Rockets to the West semifinals in his first year with them last season. And on the eve of these playoffs, D’Antoni insists he won’t spend a second thinking about all the times things went wrong in his previous postseason trips.“Zero,” he said when asked how much he thinks about his playoff failures. “Twenty-nine teams look back every year. It’s hard to win.”D’Antoni might know that better than most.In 2004-05, his Phoenix Suns won 62 games in the regular season and reached the conference finals before losing to eventual champion San Antonio in five games. The Suns advanced to the conference finals again the following year, but were eliminated by Dallas in six games. They lost in the second round in 2007, the first round in 2008.More failures followed in his stints with New York and the Los Angeles Lakers.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew This will be Harden’s ninth playoff appearance after three trips with the Thunder and five in Houston. He’s led the Rockets to the postseason in each of his seasons in Houston, but his failure to shine in big games has dogged him for years.Bringing a title to Houston, which hasn’t seen the Rockets hoisting a Larry O’Brien Trophy since the back-to-back crowns in 1994 and 1995, will render all those criticisms moot.“We’re all in this together,” Harden said. “That’s what it’s all about. We talk about it every single day. We’re in this together and if one fails we all fail. So we’re going to ride this thing out together.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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. View commentslast_img read more

Filoil: Mapua sends UP to 0-2 start after shock win

first_imgScientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Juan Gomez de Liaño nailed two crucial treys to cut the lead down to two, 75-73 in the last 27.5 seconds, but Biteng was able to wiggle out of the UP defense to once again bring Mapua’s lead to 77-73 advantage and seal the win.Bright Akhuetie carried UP with 30 points and 18 rebounds, while Paul Desiderio got 13 points and 10 assists, but shot a measly 1-of-8 clip from three as the Fighting Maroons dropped to 0-2.The Scores:MAPUA 79 — Biteng 19, Jabel 13, Victoria 12, Serrano 8, Salenga 8, Bonifacio 7, Pelayo 5, Pajarillo 3, Bunag 2, Lugo 2, Aguirre 0, Garcia 0.UP 78 — Akhuetie 30, Desiderio 13, Ju. Gomez de Liaño 12, Murrell 9, Lim 4, Gozum 4, Manzo 3, Vito 2, Ja. Gomez de Liaño 1, Jaboneta 0, Dario 0, Longa 0.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Quarters: 19-15, 35-32, 55-56, 79-78. 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 ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Eric Jabel. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netMapua University showed its fangs against preseason favorite University of the Philippines and delivered a shock 79-78 victory Sunday at the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Eric Jabel and Justin Serrano teamed up in helping the Cardinals erect a 75-67 lead in the final minute, while also holding off a belated uprising from the Fighting Maroons to start their preseason preparation on a good note.ADVERTISEMENT Exe Biteng paced Mapua with 19 points and three rebounds, while Jabel got eight of his 13 in the fourth frame.Laurenz Victoria contributed 12 points, five assists, and three boards, and Serrano just missed out on a double-double with his eight points and 10 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s the effort,” said coach Atoy Co. “We have less big men and more small players and that’s what we’re trying to do, to play fast and run. But what’s important for me is we play defense.”The Cardinals did a good job of stifling the Fighting Maroons from long range, forcing them to shoot 26-percent from beyond the arc. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pascua: Pons deserves to win UAAP MVP Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

‘Physically easier to watch Nadal on TV’, says beaten Thiem

first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal (L) embraces Austria’s Dominic Thiem after victory at the end of their men’s singles final match on day fifteen of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 10, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERGBeaten French Open finalist Dominic Thiem hailed Rafael Nadal’s “exceptional” 11th Roland Garros triumph on Sunday, joking that it was easier to watch the great Spaniard on TV as a child.The 24-year-old Austrian was playing in his first Grand Slam final, and although he pushed Nadal at times, he fell to an ultimately one-sided 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 defeat.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Rafael Nadal, master of the impossible MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Thiem is the only player to have beaten Nadal on clay in the last two years after wins in Madrid this year and Rome in 2017.The world number eight is also one of just three men to have defeated the 17-time Grand Slam champion three times on his favoured surface in total, but he had no answer to the 32-year-old’s relentless pressure on Sunday.“He was playing very well, I think, and there is a reason why he won 11 times here,” Thiem added.“It’s definitely one of the best things somebody ever achieved in sport. For sure, me, I’m confident that this was not my last Grand Slam final, and that’s my biggest goal, to get into the next one and then to do it better than today.“But if you win a Grand Slam tournament 11 times, one single one, then this is just very exceptional and amazing.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “You need to have, I think, many extraordinary skills and talents and work ethic to achieve that.”After winning just one point in the first two games, Thiem dragged himself back into the contest, only to throw away the opening set with an erratic 10th game as he was broken to love.Nadal has never lost a best-of-five-set match on clay when he has won the first set, and every time Thiem has faced the world number one the winner of the first set has gone on to take the match.But the seventh seed insisted that his hopes weren’t automatically ended before set two.“It was a bad game, but I did the right plays always, and I just missed some close balls.“And in general… game-wise it was a good game. It was just terrible misses. And it was, for sure, not the turning point.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 “Physically I enjoyed more watching him on the couch,” smiled Thiem, who was 11 years old when Nadal won his first French Open in 2005.“When he won here the first four or five times, I was always watching it. Of course it’s really a great thing that I made my way and that I was competing in a final against him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s a really great thing, honestly, but still I’m disappointed, of course. It was a final. I really wanted to win.“I gave everything I had, and I’m the loser of today. So at the end, it’s not the best day.” View commentslast_img read more

World-class Ironman triathlete on mend from broken neck

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team His, though, is a painful tale.He was in elite shape heading into the world championships last season in Kailua-Kona for a race that combines a 2.4-mile (3.86 kilometers) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon. That May, he set a world record at an Ironman event in Brazil, finishing the course in a blistering time of 7 hours, 40 minutes, 23 seconds.Don was on a nice leisurely bike ride — for him anyway — in Hawaii to wake up the legs. He was in the cycling lane when a white pickup truck turned in front of him. Don’s first reaction wasn’t so much about personal safety before slamming into side of the vehicle. No, it was about the new racing wheels on his Specialized bike.“I was like, ‘I’m going to need a new tires now,’” said Don, who trains in Boulder.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Molinari not flashy except the players he beats View comments LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced This November 2017 image provided by On shows Tim Don outside his home in Boulder Colo. A few days before the 2017 Ironman world championships in Hawaii, British-born triathlete Tim Don was out on a training ride when he got hit by a truck. For three months, the 40-year-old world-record holder wore a halo to stabilize his broken neck. Nicknamed “The Don,” his mission is straightforward: Get back to Hawaii and finish what he started. (Frank Vetterott/On via AP)BOULDER, Colo. — Ironman triathlete Tim Don carries a constant reminder of the accident with him — besides, of course, a neck that can only turn to the left and the fading marks from where screws painfully dug into his forehead.It’s tucked away in his wallet: A driver’s license that features a photo of Don wearing a halo device to stabilize his broken neck.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ When he ventured out, he was asked all about the halo. That was sometimes followed by if he had seen the film, “Bleed for This .” It’s based on the story of world champion boxer Vinny Paz, who broke his neck in a car crash, wore a halo and rose to prominence again. His comeback story was dramatized in the 2016 film starring Miles Teller.“I’m basically trying to do the same thing — without Hollywood and all the glamour of boxing,” said Don, who had a fifth screw added to his halo midway through because it was getting too loose.On Jan. 3, Don had the halo removed . For another two months, he wore a hard collar to protect his neck. His fitness was back at square one even though he was squeezing in some training against doctor’s orders.“I was like, ’How am I going to get there?” said Don, who’s raced twice in Hawaii and is still searching for his first podium finish. “Everyone was racing and training for two hours or more a day. I’m doing 30 minutes on the bike at (a low level). That was pretty hard.”Hawaii and competing in that October race has kept him motivated. He trained in the pool with a snorkel since his neck could barely turn. He rode as much as possible with his fellow training partners on his left because he still struggles to turn the other way.“His story is amazing — how he went from Olympian to reinventing himself in the Ironman to having this tragic accident,” his manager Franko Vatterott said. “Now it’s ‘Tim 3.0.’ He amazes me every single month, because he always has some sort of breakthrough.”His first test: The Boston Marathon. He wanted to see if this entire endeavor was realistic and set his goal at finishing in less than 3 hours. He went 2:49:42.Next test: A “70.3” triathlon in Costa Rica last month. He won by nearly a minute .Now a crucial test: Hamburg. He’s so far back in the point standings that he figures he must do well in order qualify for Hawaii. His wife and two kids, who are in England as he trains, will meet him there. He’s optimistic even if he estimates he’s only 85 percent and sometimes bothered by an aching hip.“That’s all I’m trying to do — get back to Kona,” Don said. “For me, it would be closing a chapter. It would be an emotional day. A hard day, but very emotional.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins That’s the last thought he had before waking up on a stretcher about 20 minutes later.“I was in a neck brace and my shoulder hurt, but I was still thinking, ’I can get through the swim, I’ve just got whiplash, and once I’m on the bike I’ll be OK,’” recounted Don , whose recovery was chronicled in a documentary titled “The Man with the Halo ” that was directed by Emmy award-winner Andrew Hinton and commissioned by Don’s sponsor, the Swiss-based sportswear company “On.”Then, the MRI returned. A fractured vertebra high up in his neck.There went the race. Possibly, his career.He was flown back to Colorado and presented with two options: Fuse his vertebrae, which might restrict his swimming and biking, or wear a halo device that consisted of a vest, stabilization bars and a carbon ring encircling his head with multiple screws tightened into his skull.The halo won out.“I wasn’t fearful, because I knew I could race again,” said Don, who competed for Britain in the triathlon at three Summer Olympics, with his best finish 10th at the 2000 Games. “But at what level? I was trying to be optimistic about it. But there was that thought I might not get the full range of motion back in my neck.”Early on, he was in discomfort and the pain medication was making him sick. On one occasion, he even went out to the garage to get an Allen wrench and take the screws out himself.His wife stopped him.Don couldn’t recline to sleep. He couldn’t shower on his own. He couldn’t even pick anything up. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi02:14Carpio 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 “Insane, right?” the British-born Don said, laughing, as he flashed his license. “I didn’t think they’d take the picture with me like that. Now I’m always asked about it whenever I show my license.”A few days before the 2017 Ironman world championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, last October, the world-class endurance athlete nicknamed “The Don” was on a training ride when he smashed into a truck that pulled in front of him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Three months in a halo, two months in a hard collar and lots of physical therapy later, the 40-year-old’s mission remains straight-forward: Get back to Hawaii and finish what he started.“I’m still living the story of my broken neck,” said Don, who figures he needs a top-four finish at Ironman Hamburg in Germany on Sunday to secure a spot for Hawaii, a race that’s regarded as the Super Bowl of his sport. “But no one is going to feel sorry for you, because when the gun goes, we all have our stories.”last_img read more

Ceres next goal: Alcantara cup

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Magsanoc tasked to lead 3×3 program BACOLOD CITY—After running away with a second straight league crown in the Philippines Football League, Ceres Negros is seeking to pull off a double when the Copa Paulino Alcantara gets going in September.The Busmen completed their dominance of the league with a 4-1 drubbing of Stallion Laguna at Panaad Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READcenter_img 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Bienve Marañon bagged a brace, while Martin Steuble and Blake Powell were also on the scoresheet for the Busmen, whose coach Risto Vidakovic watched the match anew from the grandstand after serving a suspension.The PFL title assured Ceres of a berth in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League playoff round next year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’If they miss out on Champions League group stage, it’s back to the AFC Cup for the Busmen, who claimed the Asean zonal title last year only to be dethroned by Home United of Singapore early this month. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

Rugby: Philippines wins silver in Asia Trophy Series

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I couldn’t be more proud of how the team performed overall. Not only is it the best result the team has ever had in a single tournament, the entire team was composed of Philippine homegrown players. The program is on track for a competitive rematch against Malaysia in the Southeast Asian Games next year,” said Philippine team head coach Ada Milby.The Philippines beat Uzbekistan, 12-10, to open its campaign then, crushed Pakistan, 38-0, and topped India, 17-10, in the first day of the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Filipinos picked up where they left off with a 43-0 romp of Nepal before edging Guam, 10-7, in the semifinals. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Philippine women’s rugby team after winning the silver medal in the 2018 Asia Trophy Series in Brunei. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Philippine women’s rugby team settled for the silver medal after bowing to Malaysia, 10-7, on Sunday in the 2018 Asia Trophy Series in Brunei.The Lady Volcanoes went undefeated, winning their first five games of the two-day competition before running into the Malaysians in the gold medal match.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img ONE: Folayang eyes double celebration vs Khan in Manila 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more