The Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) has named 25 swimmers to commence training ahead of the 31st Carifta, Water Polo, Open Water and Synchronised Swimming Championships, to be held in Martinique later this month.The championships will take place over four days, from March 22-26.At the Carifta Champs last year in Barbados, Jamaica picked up 25 medals – two gold, nine silver and 14 bronze – placing fifth overall with 458 points.The Jamaicans will be looking to improve last year’s tally and will have training sessions at the National Aquatic Centre on March 6, March 13, and March 19.The team will be under the supervision of coaches Gillian Millwood and Miguel Jonas; manager, Georgia Sinclair Dr Jacqueline James, and physiotherapist, Sophia Brown.The championships are a FINA-approved qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They also serve as the top junior amateur swim meet for the Caribbean.SQUAD: Boys 11-12 – Rajiv Redhi; Girls 11-12 – Emily MacDonald and Simone Vale.Boys 13-14: Chester Adams, Cameron Brown, Jordane Payne and Nicholas Vale. Girls 13-14: Gabrianna Banks, Naomi Eaton, Brittney Williams and Laura Lim Sang.Boys 15-17: Joseph Black, Mattheau Bonner, Keanan Dols, Sean-Douglas Gooden, Barak Goren, Jesse Marsh and Xavier Phillips.Girls 15-17: Anjuii Barrett, Kelsie Campbell, Shaun Johnson, Annabella Lyn, Bryanna Renuart and Angara Sinclair.The Open Water swimmers are Johnathan Lyn and Annabella Lyn.
Jamaica won seven medals on the opening day at the 31st staging of the CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Martinique.The Jamaicans earned one gold, three silver and three bronze medals on Tuesday, a performance that carried 24 personal bests.First-time national representative, Kelsie Campbell, led the way with gold in the 15-17 girls 100-metre butterfly in 1:04.99.The last time a Jamaican won this event was when Jamaica hosted the event in 2013 and Zara Bailey prevailed in 1:04.87.Campbell’s teammate, Shaun Johnson, finished seventh in the event in a personal best 1:06.78.Another national debutant, Rajiv Redhi, won Jamaica’s first medal, a silver in the 11-12 boys’ 200m breaststroke, in a personal best 2:45.69. This is the first medal Jamaica has won in this event since 2011 when Xavier Philips won bronze.Cameron Brown placed sixth in the 13-14 boys’ 200m breaststroke in a personal best 2:39.48.Emily MacDonald, also representing Jamaica for the first time, won bronze in the 11-12 girls 50m backstroke in a personal best 33.46 and Shaun Johnson, also making her debut at the meet, won silver in the 15-17 girls 50m backstroke in a personal best 31.06. Angara Sinclair placed fourth in the same event, in 31.67.SILVER FOR DOLSThe 15-17 boys’ 100m butterfly saw Olympic hopeful, Keanan Dols, returning after a one-year absence to win silver in 56.80, while Jesse Marsh finished eighth in 58.95.Dols also placed fourth in the 15-17 boys’ 50m backstroke in 28.07.Simone Vale ended a long drought for Jamaica in the 11-12 girl’s 100-metre butterfly, securing bronze in 1:12.17. Bryanna Renuart ended an even drier spell when she won the bronze in the girl’s 13-14 200-metre breaststroke in 2:44.51.Jamaica had not won a medal in this event since Gabrielle Hopkins claimed silver in 2012 in 2:54.90.Nicholas Vale, brother of Simone, finished sixth in the 13-14 boys’ 100m butterfly in a personal best time of 1:00.57.
Former world 100m champion Yohan Blake sent out an early message to his rivals when he stole the spotlight at the MVP Track and Field meet inside the National Stadium on Saturday night. Blake seemed to be nearing his best after years of injury setbacks as he gave the fair-sized crowd something to talk about, stopping the clock in a world leading 9.95 seconds to win his 100m heat. After seeing his training partner at Racers Track Club, Warren Weir, posting 10.07 seconds to win his 100m race in the previous heat, Blake settled in his blocks in front of an anxious crowd inside the venue. The sprinter caught up to the field in the early part of the race then burst away from the pack to score an impressive win ahead of Sprintec’s Rasheed Dwyer and High Performance Training Centre’s Zharnel Hughes, who both clocked 10.10 seconds. Delivered “First and foremost, I must give God thanks. He has been present in my life and has changed my life over the past weeks, and I have gotten rid of that name the ‘Beast’. I am happy for the win as I came out and delivered and it is like a heavy load has been lifted off my head,” Blake said after his run. “While warming up before the race, I felt very good, and I am extremely happy with my first outing. This is a big step for me, and I can say Yohan is back,” Blake declared. Earlier, Blake had teamed up with Weir, St Kitts and Nevis’ Jason Rodgers, and Michael Frater to win the Open 4x100m for Racers in a zippy 38.45 seconds. Annsert Whyte effortlessly clocked a season best 49.39 seconds in winning his men’s 400m hurdles event – the fastest time for the night in the event. Javarn Gallimore was next best in 50.09 seconds, while Ricardo Cunningham of Cameron Blazers Track Club, who was running the event for the second time in his career, won his section in 50.28 seconds for the third fastest time overall. Racers-based Antiguan Miguel Francis delivered big time in copping the men’s 200m event with a 20.11 seconds clocking, getting the better of Sprintec’s Oshane Bailey, 20.42, with 400m specialist Javon Francis of Akan Track Club finishing third in 20.54 seconds. MVP’s Jonia McDonald continued to show improvements in the 400m as, competing in the final heat, he cruised to victory in 46.32 seconds for the fastest time, overall, with Peter Matthews finishing second in 46.38 seconds ahead of Josef Robertson, 46.45. Making his debut in the one-lap event this season, outstanding Junior Jaheel Hyde won his heat in 46.66 seconds to be fourth overall, School record Kingston College, Calabar, and Jamaica College warmed up for next weekend’s Penn Relays in impressive style as all three teams went under 40 seconds in the 4x100m relay, with Kingston College leading the way. The quartet of Shivnarine Smalling, Akeem Bloomfield, Jhevaughn Matherson and Tyrese Bryan finished second behind Racers in 39.52 seconds, the fastest time by a schoolboy team this year and a Kingston College school record. Calabar were third in 39.60 seconds, while Jamaica College were fourth in 39.77 seconds. On the female side, it was Sprintec’s Ronda Whyte who stole the show with a big personal best in the women’s 400m hurdles. Whyte was at her best as she turned back a strong field to win the event in 55.58 seconds to be the top Jamaican female in the event so far this season. Trailing her in second was training partner at Sprintec, Ristananna Tracey, 56.04, and her sister, Nikita Tracey, 56.33, of MVP Track Club. World Championships 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, 52.10, topped the field in the women’s 400m, getting the better of Namibia’s Herunga Tjipekapora, 52.81, and Dawnalee Loney, 53.14.
Fraser-Pryce has been reported to have said, “I’m not running the 200m.” With her omission, the title will be up for grabs. The door has been flung open for Elaine Thompson to lead Jamaica’s challenge in the event. Thompson should be joined by veterans Veronica Campbell-Brown and Sherone Simpson in the 200m pool of potential medallists. With a season best of 22.10 seconds and consistency which belies her limited experience, Thompson is best positioned to earn a medal for Jamaica on her first major international assignment; the workloads of the other women being militating factors working against favourable predictions for the Jamaican veterans. Thompson’s quest for gold took an encouraging turn when it was revealed that perennial race favourite and former champion, Allyson Felix of the United States, would not be competing in the event in Beijing and has opted to face the starter in the 400m instead of attempting the difficult 200-400m double. Felix, who has had her fair dose of injury woes in recent seasons, had thrown down the gauntlet as early as May in Doha, setting a season-leading time of 21.98. In her absence, the field will not have a clear favourite, though American Candyce McGrone (22.08, July 17) has the stats to wear the favourite hat. Thompson is well prepared by Stephen Francis of MVP and should mount the Beijing podium twice at these Championships, if she is made available to represent in the sprint relays. The sprint relay pool is not as deep as that of USA, and race accumulation may render Campbell-Brown and Simpson race flat when it matters most. Notwithstanding, the team will be good enough to earn a medal; silver is projected, with USA expected to win. PRIZE MONEY DISCUS Up for Grabs! CHAMBERS IN Viable Prospects Ricardo Chambers crossed the line third in the 400m, but violated lane rules at the Jamaican National trials in June. He finished third in the 400m at the NACAC Senior Championship and received a call-up to replace Edino Steele, who cited personal reasons for declining to represent Jamaica at the World Champs. With a season best of 44.93, Chambers is the fourth fastest Jamaican of 2015 behind Javon Francis, 44.50, and Rusheen McDonald, 44.60. Individually, Francis, McDonald and company will be working overtime to restore Jamaica’s quarter-mile heritage, which began Jamaica’s prowess in the sport in 1948 with the likes of Herb McKenley and Arthur Wint at the London Olympics. Chambers’ late inclusion should assist Jamaica’s quest to revive their 4x400m heritage. But, the status quo is unlikely to change this year as, at present, the 4×400 men’s team is predicted to be wide of a history-making mark, with the USA, The Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago, and possibly Belgium, being esteemed among the leading male quartets heading for Beijing. The prospects for Jamaica’s women’s 4x400m relay team is much brighter though; the women should be in the big money, with a podium finish. Truth is, the USA is extremely blessed with quarter-mile talents and Jamaica will be chasing early on, racing with Bahamian women for Caribbean pride. Lane violation aside, MVP should add dough to its purse through Kaliese Spencer. The perfectly built 400m hurdler has a personal best of 52.79, done in 2011. Spencer is the most viable Jamaican prospect in the event, but will need to be at her best to stave off Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic, who has a personal best of 52.83, done in 2013. The season leader is USA’s Shamier Little, who has run sub-54 on two occasions this year. Her best performance of 53.74 was achieved in June. But Spencer and Hejnova have superior stats from 200m to 800m and should prove a little too much for the American. Projections are for Jamaica to earn gold in the 400m hurdles for women. The same is not expected in the sprint hurdles for females, where the US’ dominance is dizzying to all comers. But on the male side, the Jamaicans are expected to be technically ready for the Beijing outing. Here the US’ David Oliver is the class act in a fairly qualified field. He will do extremely well to win, or may run extremely poorly to finish out of the medals. Jamaica can eye two podium spots in the 110m hurdles. Although the national record holder, Hansle Parchment, was second best at the National Trials, the word is that he is conditioned methodically with the World Championships honours in mind. Projections are for Parchment to be ahead of Omar McLeod, though McLeod enters the event as the second fastest man of 2015, behind Olando Ortega of Cuba. Approximately 2,000 athletes from more than 200 nations are expected to compete in the Chinese capital over 10 days, starting August 21 and ending August 31 at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics. With US$100,000 on offer for record-breaking performances and another US$60,000 for individual podium-topping finishers, Jamaica now has the momentous distinction of having the most success per capita of all countries in the world in track and field. At this 15th staging of the Championships, which starts tomorrow, local time, Jamaica will be gunning to go better than their medal haul of nine, which was gained in the last staging in Moscow, Russia, in the summer of 2013. In addition to Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaicans earning wildcard spots on the team of 53 athletes include 2014 Diamond Race winners Kaliese Spencer in the 400m hurdles and Novlene Williams-Mills in the 400m. Beijing has been a happy hunting ground for Jamaica, and the US$80,000 incentive for winning teams in the relays means the mining for gold in the one-lap relays and medal-winning purses in the four-lap races will be a priority for athletes and team managers. Jamaica’s 4x100m relay pools are bolstered by Nesta Carter, Nickel Ashmeade and Kerron Stewart, who all formed part of the triumphant 4x100m teams in the Russian capital, and have also been included in the relay squads this time around. Jamaica gained late wildcard inclusions, with Rasheed Dwyer added for the 200m and Ricardo Chambers for the 400m. Both athletes gained their ‘brawta’ spots as a result of efforts at the North and Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Senior Championships held in early August. Outside of Bolt, Jamaica’s best chance of earning another podium spot in the men’s 200m is a wildcard entrant in the person of Rasheed Dwyer. Dwyer is poised to pounce, but given our history of nepotistic decision-making practices, it is highly unlikely that Ashmeade, Weir, or Forte will give Dwyer the ‘bligh’. Jamaica cannot exceed four entrants under the rules of completion; I wonder if Bolt will oblige? Dwyer’s inclusion cannot be argued, as he is the Jamaican with the fastest 200m time of the year, 19.80, which was achieved as recent as July 23 in Toronto, Canada. The mark places him as the second fastest in the world year-to-date. He now holds the designation of prospective medallist behind Gatlin and Bolt. Dwyer, who finished fifth at the national trials in the absence of Bolt, will be a suitable alternate eyeing a sprint-relay spot. Jamaica’s contingent includes five throwers, shot-putters Danniel Thomas and O’Dayne Richards, while Federick Dacres, Jason Morgan and Chad Wright ensure all the male spots are filled in discus. Projections are for at least one of the male throwers to medal in 2015. With Jamaican men ranked at No. 2 in both the discus and shot putt, in the persons of Morgan and Richards, respectively, Richards is expected to transition on to the world stage with a medal-winning effort in Beijing, following-up on his Commonwealth Games gold medal of 2014. When the dust would have settled on the IAAF Championships of 2015 over Beijing, Jamaica can expect a double digit haul of medals – five gold, three silver and four bronze is a realistic prediction. The summary table is intended to temper the readers’ expectations.
Brought back to earth by a 3-2 loss to Central American hopefuls Nicaragua, head coach of Jamaica’s football team Winfried Schäfer has issued a call for concentration, belief, and determination ahead of Tuesday’s return leg of the World Cup qualifying tie. On a high after their recent historic CONCACAF Gold Cup final appearance, the Reggae Boyz were stunned by FIFA’s 139th-ranked Nicaragua at the National Stadium on Friday night. The result left Jamaica, now ranked at 52, in danger of crashing out of the race for qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. They must win, and by two clear goals, in Nicaragua, to advance to the next round. “The head (intelligent football) is very important when you play a match like this, and we have to change. We have a good team, so we have to change game by game,” Schäfer told reporters at Friday’s post-match press conference. “When you lose, you lose, but we have to fight. The team has to believe we can change, and that is how we will. We play to win,” he continued. This ‘must-win encounter’ will take place at the Estadio Nacional in Managua. Match time is 8:30 p.m. “For the second leg, we can’t start this way. We have to press for the ball, and we have to go to Nicaragua with the motivation to win,” Schäfer stressed. “Like the Gold Cup, I hope all the players will play for the team, and with discipline, so we can win the match. That is what we want,” he added. Goal scorers for Nicaragua were Manuel Rosas from the penalty spot in the fifth minute, Carlos Chavarria in the eighth, and Luis Galeano in the 48th. Darren Mattocks scored his 11th Jamaican goal in the 68th minute, while defender Adrian Mariappa scored in the 78th minute, giving Jamaica some hope of salvaging the tie. “I told players to play with accuracy from the first minute, and that was our problem. We made some mistakes, and they won 3-2. We have to concentrate; we have to believe we can change the match. I believe it,” Schäfer reasoned. He added that improvements and tactical changes in the second half brought Jamaica back into the match, while maintaining: “We lacked a bit of luck. We should have had more goals. We had shots, corners, and free kicks, we just didn’t convert many of them tonight.”
ELBASAN, Albania (AP):Portugal closed in on a spot at the European Championship after midfielder Miguel Veloso scored in injury time to snatch a 1-0 win from Albania in qualifying yesterday.Both teams had hit the woodwork before Veloso headed in substitute Ricardo Quaresma’s pass for the late winner.”I thought the ball was for me, and fortunately, it made it,” Veloso said.Elsewhere, Denmark was stymied by Armenia for a second 0-0 draw in four days, complicating the Danes’ chances to secure a berth for the 2016 tournament with a top-two finish in the group.Portugal increased its lead of Group I to 15 points. Denmark has 12 while Albania has 11, but both Portugal and Albania have a game in hand.Portugal’s Nani hit the goal frame in the 13th minute, while Sokol Cikalleshi of Albania sent a shot off the bar in the 75th.Two minutes later, Cristiano Ronaldo had an opportunity to put Portugal in front, but goalkeeper Etrit Berisha made a save.The victory came exactly one year after Albania stunned Portugal 1-0.Armenia has two points, while Serbia is in last place with one.”After halftime our team had one of its worst matches,” said Denmark coach Morten Olsen. “We failed in the last 20 minutes. The Armenians also proved they can play. The fact they have only got two points must be a mistake.”Portugal hosts Denmark on Oct. 8 when a draw will be enough to qualify, while Albania plays Serbia at home.
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments Yet, instead of moping, she stepped down from the national team and said she would take a “specialized training course” abroad to help her earn credentials as a future fitness guru.“It was a very difficult decision for me because I have always aspired to represent our country,” Daquis said in a statement. “I am very grateful that you (national coaches) have considered me to be included in the team lineup. But I feel that there are other more capable candidates who can contribute more effectively to the team given the other priorities in my life that I must consider.”That’s Daquis gracefully telling them: If you’re not giving me my rightful place in the grand ball, I’m skipping the party altogether.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Rachel Ann Daquis. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith her lean 5-foot-10 frame, flawless skin and winsome smile, Rachel Anne Daquis easily catches everyone’s attention. The highly popular open spiker for Cignal in the Philippine Superliga also happens to be a force on the hard court.A champion many times over with Far Eastern University in the UAAP, as well as with Philippine Army and Petron in volleyball’s commercial leagues, Daquis won the Most Valuable Player award in the 2015 PSL All Filipino Cup, which the Blaze Spikers won via 13-0 sweep.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener01:40Filipinos 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 Keeping up with Kobe End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Over breakfast at Shiny River Hotel in Ust-Kamenogorsk, head coach Francis Vicente, worried sick by the bashing the national team was receiving in social media, tried to lighten the mood of the girls. After five matches in five days the team still could not buy a win against stronger clubs.“Hey, girls, have you said hello to your bashers this morning?” Vicente asked his players.Daquis offered a reply for the team in Filipino: “No coach. We have stopped checking [our social media accounts]. All we know is that we’re all very pretty!”Her remark brought the house down and conveyed the correct attitude the team, including Vicente himself, took to ward off online critics.So after Daquis was unceremoniously cut from the national team’s final roster by the coaching staff, supposedly in favor of younger and stronger open hitters, the news stunned her legions of fans, probably more than Daquis herself.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade That may explain the uproar in social media when she was relegated to the reserve list of the Philippine team that will see action in the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Seniors tournament next month. After all, to paraphrase a classic line from the movie “Dirty Dancing,” “nobody puts Rachel in a corner.”For years, the 29-year-old Daquis painstakingly earned the tag “Face of Philippine volleyball.” During the Singapore SEA Games two years ago, giant posters bearing her image—she was an endorser for a top sports manufacturing company— adorned big malls around the Lion City’s OCBC Arena.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’Daquis has represented the country in international tournaments since 2011 and was part of the pioneering PSL-Manila squad that played in the FIVB World Clubs Championships in 2016.Fast-forward to last May’s AVC Asian Club Championship in Kazakhstan, where Daquis served as team captain of Philippine representative Rebisco-PSL and played the part well. She was on top of everything, from the team’s airport check-ins, to the daily bus rides, to the team bull sessions. MOST READ
Rocky Batolbatol. Photo from ONE ChampionshipMixed martial arts fighter Rocky Batolbatol passed away on Sunday after figuring in a road accident in his hometown Cagayan de Oro. He was 32.Formal medical reports have yet to be released on his untimely demise.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return 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. LATEST STORIES Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Signed under the ONE Championship umbrella for the past three years, Batolbatol has registered a 5-3 record since transitioning from boxing to the world of MMA.His last fight was on May last year where he submitted to Christian Lee at ONE: Kingdom of Champions in Bangkok, Thailand.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’Batolbatol was scheduled to fight Indonesian Sunoto Peringkat at ONE: Conquest of Kings this July before the card was cancelled.In a statement, ONE Championship expressed its grief following the tragic news, which read: “ONE Championship is deeply saddened by his untimely passing. The organization extends its sincerest sympathies and deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Rocky Batolbatol during this very difficult time.” Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Australian tennis star Tomic says he has no love for the game 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Batolbatol’s fellow fighters also paid him a tribute, with Jenel Lausa writing: “Sana nasa magandang kalagayan ka na ngayon, ‘tol. We miss you so much. God bless. Alam naman namin kasama ka na ngayon ni God.”(I hope you’re in a better place right now, brother. We miss you so much. God bless. We know that you’re with God now.) IDLSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets MOST READ View comments
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In a matchup between former World champions, former lightweight titlist Shinya Aoki submitted former featherweight king Marat Gafurov with a rear-naked choke in the card’s Grappling Super-Match.Russian bantamweight Yusup Saadulaev spoiled Japanese veteran Masakazu Imanari’s return to ONE after scoring a unanimous decision win in a technical showcase.Saadulaev (17-4) controlled the fight from the ground where he negated much of Imanari’s (36-17), who last fought in the promotion in 2012, offense.Victorio Senduk (3-0) made a triumphant return to ONE Championship after almost six years and taking a TKO victory over fellow Indonesian Yohan Mulia (8-7) 57 seconds into the second round.Indonesian Priscilla Hertati Lumbangaol (1-2) snapped her 0-2 career start with a resounding first round TKO win over Malaysian Audreylaura Boniface (0-3) 3:23 into the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo from ONE ChampionshipXiong Jing Nan made history on Saturday when she became ONE Championship’s first women’s strawweight champion after stopping Tiffany Teo at Jakarta Convention Center in IndonesiaRelying on her pinpoint accuracy, Xiong (11-1) repeatedly tagged Teo (7-1) with overhand rights and left hooks that the Singaporean struggled to counter.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Riski Umar (2-0) opened up the fight card in his home country with a powerful TKO win over countryman Eka Aprilianto (0-1) 4:20 into round one.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Xiong’s relentless striking prompted referee Olivier Coste to stop the fight 2:17 into the fourth round.“I am happy to represent China and I take a lot of pride in that, I feel great and overwhelmed,” said Xiong. “I feel great and overwhelmed and this is a message to all the women across the world, you can achieve anything. This win is dedicated to my grandmother and grandfather who passed away recently.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIn the co-main event, Indonesian flyweight Stefer Rahardian (7-0) drew energy from the hometown crowd as he dominated Pakistani fighter Muhammad Imran (5-2).Rahardian repeatedly took the fight to the ground where he rained down on Imran with punches and continuous submission attempts en route to a decision victory. LATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Hot-shooting Rosario leads TNT past struggling Meralco Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson