Pitches not conducive to big scores – Holder

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Test captain Jason Holder says the standard of regional pitches needs to be improved if teams are to produce more attractive cricket.The 24-year-old, also the Barbados Pride skipper, said that scores in the ongoing Regional Super50 had been low because pitches were slow and turning and not conducive to good strokeplay.”It’s been tough. Obviously, the scores are not what we’ve been accustomed to in one-day cricket, and I think that’s been due to the slow pitches,” Holder said.”I’ve found it very difficult so far batting in this tournament, in the middle overs especially, and trying to get the ball off the square. I think spinners are dominating it, and that’s because the ball has spun quite early and quite sharply.”I just think we need to work a little bit more on improving our pitches and … strokeplay, and the viewing of the cricket would be a lot better.”The highest total of the tournament has been Jamaica Scorpions’ 260 against minnows ICC Americas at the Sir Frank Worrell ground at St Augustine here in the second-round Group ‘A’ contest.In Group ‘B’ played in St Kitts, the highest total there was 255 by Guyana Jaguars in the final round when they chased down a competitive total set by Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners.Between both groups, there have been 14 totals under 200 runs, with four of these coming at Queen’s Park Oval, and Holder said that the par score at the tournament’s premier venue would be quite small.”It’s been a tough pitch. The games I’ve seen here and have played here have been tough going in terms of batting, so you have to be very sharp in the field in terms of restricting opposition under 200 runs. I think 200, 210 is probably a par score on this track.”The tournament is in its final stages. Barbados Pride clash with Windward Islands Volcanoes in the second semi-final today.last_img read more

WI hunt T20 double – Confidence is high, says men’s skipper Sammy

first_img Strong belief While acknowledging the threat posed by a strong England side, Sammy told reporters there was strong belief in the squad that they could defeat whatever opposition was placed in front of them. “I feel very excited. We left the Caribbean with one goal on that journey, which was to win the Cup, and both our men’s and women’s teams have created that opportunity to do that and, as a group, we are really excited,” Sammy said. “The confidence in the group and the belief in the group are really high and really good, and we’re looking forward again to playing England. They are a very good side. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s a step we’re willing to take.” West Indies will carry into the final the confidence of having beaten England already in the tournament. In their opening game in Mumbai, the Caribbean side chased down England’s 183 to win with 11 balls to spare, with superstar opener Chris Gayle lashing an unbeaten hundred. Since then, they defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in Bangalore, edged South Africa by three wickets in Nagpur before suffering their only defeat days later at the same venue with a shock six-run loss to minnows Afghanistan. They remarkably chased down 193 to beat the Indians in Mumbai last Thursday, and Sammy said everyone was aware they were on the brink of their ultimate goal. Consistent “We came here after winning [the] tournament in 2012. A hail storm knocked us out in Bangladesh [in 2014]. It’s a format we’ve been consistent in, but nobody gives us a chance,” Sammy pointed out. “We just wanted to take six steps. It’s a six-step process to the Cup. We have taken five steps. We took a big one against India. We had a bit of a skid on the way [against Afghanistan], which kind of knocked us off, but we got up. We are left with one more step. “We have improved, we believe in each other. We enjoy each other’s success. Just thinking about lifting that Cup tomorrow, I could almost foresee what’s going to happen after. We have a cricket game to play first.” Sammy has been lucky enough to win the toss in every game to date, opting to chase on each occasion. And while they uncharacteristically struggled against the Afghans, they have been dominant in their pursuit of targets, especially packing a battery of big hitters like Gayle, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher and Andre Russell. He warned that West Indies were not only a chasing team and would bat well regardless of if they were asked to bat first or second. And with criticism that West Indies’ batting was one-dimensional with all power-hitters, Sammy said the side would continue to play to their strengths. “Whatever we do, we just have to do it well. I’ve been lucky enough to win all five tosses that I’ve taken, but in case England win [the toss], we’ve just got to bat well, bowl well or defend when that time comes. It’s a final and whatever each team does, we just have to do it well,” he outlined. Note: The match starts at 8:30 a.m. (Jamaica time) on ESPN. KOLKATA, India, CMC: Confident West Indies will rely on their unshakable self-belief and devastating power hitting when they clash with an inform England in today’s final of the Twenty20 World Cup in a quest for their second title in five years. Ranked as outsiders before the start of the tournament, the Darren Sammy-led unit has torn up the form books and silenced critics, topping their group in the preliminaries, with just one defeat, before stunning title favourites India in last Thursday’s semi-final, to reach the championship game.last_img read more

Captain Miller stars as Scorpions sting Red Force

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Captain Nikita Miller’s 26th five-wicket haul in first-class cricket helped Jamaica Scorpions halt their losing skid with a convincing 87-run victory over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force inside three days yesterday.Set a modest but tricky 229 for victory at Queen’s Park Oval, the hosts were bundled out for 141 – the second time in the contest they failed to crack 200 after being dismissed for 173 in their first innings.Miller scythed through the innings to finish with five for 45 and claim match figures of nine for 85. In the process, the 34-year-old passed 450 wickets in first-class cricket.Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs provided the support, picking up three for 55 to add to his three from the first innings.Marlon Richards, batting at number eight, top-scored with 47, while captain and opener Kyle Hope chipped in with 35 and Isaiah Rajah, 23.Red Force lost Jeremy Solozano for two, but cruised to 60 for one courtesy of a 51-run, second-wicket stand between Hope and the left-handed Rajah.MULTIPLE WICKETSBut Miller and Jacobs combined to trigger a collapse where five wickets tumbled for eight runs in the space of 53 deliveries.Richards brandished his bat to good effect, cracking three fours and four sixes in a 43-ball cameo, but the damage was already done and Red Force never recovered.Earlier, Scorpions were dismissed for 201 – the same score as their first innings – after resuming the day on 172 for seven.Left-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell picked up two of the three wickets to fall to finish with three for 52 while seamer Rayad Emrit failed to add to his tally from Saturday, ending with three for 30.Scorpions had lost both of their games since the restart of the competition earlier this month.last_img read more

JSA rolls out outreach programme

first_img Major objective KINGSTON: Seeking to expand the reach of the game, the Jamaica Squash Association (JSA) has rolled out an outreach training programme with Penwood High School. Under the programme, eight female students from Penwood will participate in squash training sessions each Saturday at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston. The inaugural workshop was conducted last week by seven-time All Jamaica squash champion Chris Binnie. Fresh from the successful defence of his national title at the All Jamaica Championships last month, Binnie gave the girls an introductory squash lesson before taking them through a series of on-court drills and some match simulation. Subsequent sessions will be conducted by certified coach and 13-time All Jamaica ladies champion Karen Anderson and JSA junior programme manager Gill Binnie. The major objective of the initiative is to expose youngsters to the sport with a view to recruiting new competitive and recreational players. “In order to keep local squash growing we have to ensure that a wider cross section of people get to experience the fun and excitement of the sport,” Gill Binnie said. “The JSA is developing a programme to work with both primary and high schools, and although we are starting it on a small scale we hope to attract financial support so we can broaden the scope in the future,” she added. The Penwood students will participate in training sessions until the end of the school year in late June. After the initial training programme, players will have the option to become part of the JSA’s junior squash programme.last_img read more

NU opens UAAP Season 80 bid with rout of UE

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Red Warriors, who finished at the bottom of the standings last season, faded in the second half after a promising start. Alvin Pasaol paced UE with 14 points.“It was good because we won. It feels good that we won, but still a lot of things to work on,” said new NU head coach Jamike Jarin. “A lot of mistakes. It’s always hard to play the opening game because you don’t know what time you’re going to play.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogYu sparked a big third quarter by NU, which went on a 17-3 run that broke a 42-deadlock and set the tone for the rest of the second half.Alejandro found ways to be effective despite having a tough offensive outing with a big part UE’s defensive game plan focused on limiting the veteran guard. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDave Yu gave National University a big lift to put away University of the East, 86-69, at the start of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Yu scored 14 points on an efficient 5-of-8 shooting from the field while team captain Jay Alejandro had an all-around effort with 11 points five rebounds, five assists and seven steals.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled 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 Winning start Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendcenter_img MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ UAAP greats from all sports honored as Season 80 unfurls Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ LATEST STORIES “This guy, he just played consistent,” Jarin said, referring to Alejandro.NU also drew quality minutes from its Senegalese import Issa Gaye, who nearly had a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds on top of three blocks. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Ronaldinho plays soccer exhibition with Chechnya leader

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Costa Rica clinches World Cup berth on Waston’s late goal LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Brazilian soccer star and former FC Barcelona player Ronaldinho, prepares to play in the Chechnya’s regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s team against the Italian former players team in Grozny, Russia, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. The Chechen leader, who is fond of sports, particularly soccer and martial arts, enjoys bringing foreign sports stars and other celebrities to Grozny. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)GROZNY, Russia — Brazil great Ronaldinho has played a game in Chechnya alongside the Russian region’s authoritarian ruler Ramzan Kadyrov.Ronaldinho, a two-time world player of the year, scored for Kadyrov’s team as it won an exhibition 6-3 against a lineup of Italian former players, including World Cup winners on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Kadyrov himself took to the field and scored for his team, which was largely made up of Russian ex-pros with a smattering of government officials.The Chechen leader is fond of sports, particularly soccer and martial arts, and has often brought foreign sports stars and other celebrities to Chechnya as a sign of prestige for the formerly war-torn region.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogInternational rights groups have accused Ramzan Kadyrov’s feared security forces of extrajudicial killings, abductions, torture and other human rights abuses. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidecenter_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacuees DAY6 is for everybody OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Olympics: US interested in Winter Games bid

first_imgLATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments The 2018 Winter Games start in February in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Summer Games of 2020 will be held in Tokyo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ USOC Chairman Larry Probst (Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images/AFP)Los Angeles — The US Olympic Committee wants to bid for the Winter Olympics, but is still mulling whether it would be better to seek the 2026 or 2030 Games.“I put a stake in the ground that we are interested in hosting the Winter Games,” USOC chairman Larry Probst told reporters on Friday as he discussed talks at the USOC Assembly in Colorado Springs, Colorado.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “Ideally, that’s probably 2030, so that there’s no confusion with preparations for 2028,” Probst added, referring to the Summer Games awarded to Los Angeles.The United States last hosted the Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogUSOC board members discussed the pros and cons of possible 2026 or 2030 Winter Olympic bids on Friday, Probst said, adding that officials still need more information from the International Olympic Committee on the bidding process.Probst said the USOC wants to be part of the discussion if the IOC decides to award the 2026 and 2030 Olympics in one vote — as it did last month in choosing Paris for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Pirates still peerless Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In that case, the USOC could be interested in entering the next round of bidding.If so, they would need to select a bid city by next March, Probst said.Salt Lake City, Denver, Reno-Tahoe on Nevada’s border with California and other cities have expressed interest.“We really need more discussions with the IOC to understand their process and timing before we determine what our process is going to be,” USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said.Probst said he has interpreted remarks from IOC president Thomas Bach about selecting a “more traditional” venue for the Winter Games as an indication that he wants them held in Europe or North America.ADVERTISEMENT 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 awardlast_img read more

Solo accuses former FIFA President Blatter of grabbing her

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Irving gets hit in face, Celtics hold off Hornets FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2013, file photo, Abby Wambach, left, of the United States is presented the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award by Hope Solo, center, goalkeeper of the U.S. team, and FIFA President Sepp Blatter, right, during the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala held at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland. Solo told a Portuguese newspaper that former FIFA President Blatter sexually assaulted her at the ceremony. In an interview published Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in the newspaper Expresso, Solo said Blatter “grabbed” her inappropriately on her rear end shortly before the two appeared onstage at the awards event. (AP Photo/Keystone, Steffen Schmidt, File)Hope Solo told a Portuguese newspaper that former FIFA President Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in 2013.In an interview published Friday in the newspaper Expresso, Solo said Blatter grabbed her rear end shortly before the two appeared onstage at the annual soccer awards event.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set For her career, Solo has made 202 total appearances with the national team, with 153 wins and an international-record 102 shutouts.Solo’s tenure with the national team ended following last year’s Olympics in Brazil, when the Americans were ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals. Afterward, Solo called the Swedish team “cowards” for their defensive style of play.She was suspended from the team shortly thereafter and has not returned.Blatter was suspended from office and banned from soccer for six years following allegations of a widespread corruption scandal that came to light in 2015. Both U.S. and Swiss officials cooperated in the investigation, which is ongoing, and more than 40 people have been indicted.Blatter has also had a history of what many consider to be sexist behavior concerning the women’s game.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ U.S. forward Alex Morgan has said that Blatter failed to recognize her at the annual award event in 2012,even though she was one of three nominees for the women’s Player of the Year.Blatter also famously argued in 2004 that players could boost the popularity of the women’s game by wearing tighter shorts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene A representative for Solo confirmed Friday to The Associated Press that the report was accurate and said the former goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national team had no further comment on the matter.Blatter could not immediately be reached for comment by the AP, but the embattled former head of soccer’s governing body told the Guardian newspaper: “This allegation is ridiculous.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSolo has been dogged by a number of off-the-field controversies. Notably, a domestic violence case stemming from a 2014 altercation at a family member’s home in Washington state.Solo anchored the U.S. team in goal during its 2015 Women’s World Cup championship run, allowing just three goals in seven games with five shutouts during the tournament. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

Down by 21, Archers refuse to go quietly, force sudden death

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ View comments 2 eagles lift Campbell to 2-stroke CAT Open lead There was little going for the Green Archers before the run that preceded that inbound play. In contrast, the Blue Eagles were flying, holding a 21-point lead and looking poised for a sweep. But Montalbo and the rest of the Archers weren’t going away just yet.What the Archers lacked in defensive intensity and shotmaking in a forgettable first quarter was wiped away by a relentless belief that they were built for these moments of adversity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“What I wanted to show in that play was for us to believe and to want it more,” said Montalbo. “I think we needed that wake-up call.”La Salle planted the seeds of one of the biggest comebacks in UAAP Finals history late in that second period and nurtured that on the way to a 92-83 victory that might have just swung the momentum in the way of the Archers heading into a winner-take-all showdown for the Season 80 crown on Sunday. 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Eagles appeared to be on their way to a sweep after taking a 49-28 advantage on Anton Asistio’s split from the foul line with 2:24 left in the second period. Worse, the foul that sent Asistio to the line was Rivero’s fourth—and he trudged back to the bench in tears.But Mbala later zipped through the lane for a dunk to cut the lead, 34-51, triggering the Archers’ big run.“We saw some of our players down, struggling,” said Mbala. “We kept grinding, we kept pushing. Coach (Aldin Ayo) told us to keep believing. I feel like we got used to games like this and we just have to stick together, stick to the game plan, and play defense.”The Archers came out of the break with renewed vigor with Rivero hitting eight of his 18 points in the third period, while Montalbo scored on a couple of fast break layups. The Eagles, on the other hand, lost steam, outscored by their rivals, 26-8, in the period.“We just didn’t stop working,” said Rivero. “That wasn’t the way I was supposed to play in the first half because we got overeager.”With a comeback for the ages, La Salle likes its chances in the deciding game.“We should handle this victory very well,” said Montalbo. “Hopefully we ride this momentum for Game 3.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Kib Montalbo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTheir title-retention bid on the verge of an epic collapse, La Salle skipper Kib Montalbo stood in front of Ateneo star Thirdy Ravena as he defended an inbound play late in the second period Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Twice, Ravena tried to throw off Montalbo with a bump, but the La Salle skipper refused to budge, as if to say he wasn’t giving up his spot on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Ben Mbala, named MVP for the second straight season, before the start of the game, finished with 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, while staying away from foul trouble in the second half and Ricci Rivero returned with aplomb after a foul-plagued first half as the Archers completed a 30-point turnaround to even the series at one game apiece.As the Archers went on a tear in the second half, the Eagles, who started the game on a 32-15 burst, suddenly went cold as the defending champions regained control of a highly physical series.“We were down by 20,” said Montalbo. “We wanted to take it inch by inch, possession by possession. Never give up. Execute and defend. As a captain of this team, it starts with me if we’re going to play tough.”The last two periods saw La Salle at its finest since the start of the season. Clogging the lane every time the Eagles reached the paint and closing out on shooters at the perimeter, the Archers played with urgency and tenacity, while getting points in transition.“We’ve worked hard for 10 to 11 months,” Montalbo added. “We can’t just throw this away. We had to fight until the end.”ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Suarez Navarro credits Henin for old-school fightback

first_imgThey have faced each other seven times before with Wozniacki leading 5-2. Both of Suarez Navarro’s wins have come on her favourite clay.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES “I saw a lot of matches from her. Yeah, she was one of my favourite players when I grew up.”Two breaks down in the second set, the Spanish former world number six used all her experience, patience and court craft to grind her way back against a nervous Kontaveit who was trying to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final.“Maybe we can open a little bit more the court with the angle,” said Navarro of being one the last of a dying breed of single-handed players.Kontaviet failed to cope with the unusual problems created by Suarez Navarro’s clever shot-making, changes of pace and spin.The Estonian’s power game that had brought 22 winners in a dominant opening set then unravelled in a dramatic second set.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 awardcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro celebrates after defeating Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Carla Suarez Navarro used the only one-handed backhand left in the women’s draw to mighty effect Sunday as she reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the third time.The Spanish world number 39 came from a set and 4-1 down to register a 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 win over Anett Kontaveit with a delightful display of her old-school tennis she says is inspired by Justine Henin.ADVERTISEMENT The 32nd seed had one more chance to serve for the match at 5-4 in the third, but again collapsed with the finish line in sight.Wozniacki nextAfter despatching French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the third round Kontaveit gave no hint of the meltdown to come, oozing confidence in the early stages.The 22-year-old unleashed the shot of the match — a scarcely believable running forehand pass around the net post — on her way to taking the first set 6-4 in 42 minutes.When a bullet-like backhand gave her a second break of to go 4-1 up in the next it seemed she had one hand in the quarterfinal. Instead it was the old-style one-handed play of Suarez Navarro that fashioned a famous comeback to put her into a third quarter-final at Melbourne, nine years after her first. Her reward is a clash with an old foe — world number two Caroline Wozniacki.The Danish second seed ruthlessly routed Slovakia’s 19th seed Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-0 — taking 11 of the last 12 games in handing out a tennis masterclass.READ: Wozniacki into Aussie Open quarterfinal vs Suarez Navarro“We play a lot of times together,” Suarez Navarro said of Wozniacki. “I know how she plays. I know how tough she is. Will be a really tough match. She’s fighting every ball.” Spence dominates Peterson to retain IBF welterweight title READ: Suarez Navarro rallies into Australian Open quarterfinalThe Belgian former number one was renowned for having one of the greatest backhands in the game. 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 folkSuarez Navarro, who reached the Australian Open last eight in 2009 and two years ago, was asked how much of an influence Henin had been.“I think a lot because we don’t have too many players with one-handed backhands,” she said.  Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearlast_img read more