Concern over arrivals – Bolt to join camp within two days, MVP athletes delayed by visa issues

first_img They were originally advised by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) that they would be able to secure their Chinese visas from any Chinese embassy in the world. The group, which started arriving in Japan yesterday, will now receive their documents for China through the Japanese government. Fraser-Pryce is expected to arrive in Japan by tomorrow. “That issue had to do with some visa issues in Europe. Visas for China will now be obtained in Japan. MVP is, of course, based in Italy at this time of the year and they (Italian officials) wouldn’t issue visas to China for non-Italians there,” Watts explained. “The Japanese foreign ministry has made arrangements with the Chinese embassy so they can secure the visas within a day or two after arriving here.” MVP president Bruce James further explained. “The only reason why everyone isn’t already in Japan is because we thought we could get the Chinese visas from Italy. The JAAA advised us that we could get the visas for China there and again confirmed even after (Chinese Embassy in) Milan said no,” said James. “Once we got all the athletes, (MVP assistant manager) Aundre Edwards went twice (to the Chinese Embassy in Italy) and the second time that he went, they said they couldn’t do it for non-Italians, so the decision was to fly into Japan and get the visas there.” James also noted that the difficulty since then, has been to get earlier flights into Japan, which best accommodate the large group. O’Dayne Richards and Jonia McDonald are already in Japan, with several others expected to arrive in Japan early tomorrow (Japan time). “Getting in there is another challenge because, as you know, there are a lot of them – 15 athletes, coaches, managers, massage therapists – but everyone will be in Japan this week,” added James. “We speak every day to the JAAA and they know the schedule and are making arrangements to pick them up and so on, so it’s working well,” said James. Reason for the delay Sprint king Usain Bolt is expected to arrive in Tottori, Japan, within two days, while Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Kaliese Spencer, Elaine Thompson and the majority of the MVP Track Club athletes selected to represent Jamaica at the World Championships are also yet to arrive, due to visa issues. Speaking from the team’s hotel in the Japan prefecture of Tottori, where Jamaica’s athletes are staging a pre-World Championships training camp, team manager Ludlow Watts told Gleaner Athletics that he is expecting the triple world record holder Bolt to join the group within two days. Watts also admitted that not having all 53 athletes selected to represent the country in camp, some five days after they arrived in Japan, was somewhat of a concern for the technical staff. “I would have to say ‘Yes, it affects us’, because if you have everyone together, you would be able to do everything together, but if you don’t have everyone, it means that you would not get the maximum out of the whole plans for the camp,” said Watts. “Bolt? We expect him (to arrive in Japan) shortly. I cannot be sure (when exactly he will arrive), but he should be here within two days,” Watts said. The 15-strong MVP group, which also consists of experienced campaigner Nesta Carter, along with the likes of Janieve Russell, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Julian Forte and Rusheen McDonald, were not able to travel to Japan because of difficulties in obtaining their visas for China, from their European base in Lignano, Italy.last_img read more

Coach Broderick calls for Vauxhall focus

first_imgVauxhall High school’s Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Flow Manning Cup football coach, Keon Broderick remains buoyed by the East Kingston school’s gutsy performances so far this season, and believes that with focus and discipline a second-round berth is certain. The Vauxhall team has been no pushover so far, with their latest, and biggest win over Spanish Town High on Saturday (4-0), at the Vauxhall field, satisfying their loud supporters. “I am feeling very good. We base our team off getting clean sheets and being well organised defensively, and they did just that. Once the boys remain disciplined tactically, and also off the field, I am sure we will get enough points to reach the second round,” he told The Gleaner. The win took Vauxhall to a table-topping 16 points from seven games, while Jonathan Grant is a close 15 from their six matches. UNDERESTIMATING US “We feel very good. One thing for sure, that is what we want, we want people to underestimate us because we know exactly what we have and once you underestimate us you are going to come out sorry for us and, then they will see exactly what we have,” he outlined Saturday when asked if his team is a football minnow. Former champions Excelsior High also fell 2-0 to the current Group F front runners, in a game played at Vauxhall. Admitting his team is Group F underdogs, Broderick notes they will be looking to remain disciplined and try to peak at the right time. “We can get much better, because in the preparation phase of the season we lost about two weeks and so we are not at 100 per cent like we wanted to be. Definitely as the season goes along I am sure we will get better, ” he stressed.last_img read more

English Premier League Standings

first_imgP W D L GF GA GD Pts1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 47 27 20 532 Tottenham Hotspur 25 13 9 3 45 19 26 483 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 39 22 17 484 Manchester City 25 14 5 6 47 26 21 475 Manchester United 25 11 8 6 32 22 10 416 West Ham United 25 10 9 6 38 29 9 397 Southampton 25 10 7 8 33 24 9 378 Everton 25 8 11 6 46 34 12 359 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 32 36 -4 3510 Watford 25 9 6 10 27 27 0 33 P W D L GF GA GD Pts11 Stoke City 25 9 6 10 24 31 -7 3312 Crystal Palace 25 9 5 11 26 30 -4 3213 Chelsea 25 7 9 9 33 35 -2 3014 West Brom Albion 25 7 8 10 23 32 -9 2915 Bournemouth 25 7 7 11 29 41 -12 2816 Swansea City 25 6 9 10 24 33 -9 2717 Newcastle United 25 6 6 13 26 44 -18 2418 Norwich City 25 6 5 14 28 48 -20 2319 Sunderland 25 5 5 15 30 49 -19 2020 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 20 40 -20 16last_img read more

Johnson favoured to lift Liguanea title

first_img AMATEUR COMPETITION In the amateur competition, Jermaine Case beat Orville Mattherson 4-6, 6-4, 10-5. The open competition continued last evening with Johnson taking on Gregory Spencer, Miller matching skills against Stefan Wilson and Migoko up against Phillpots. In amateur action, Leighton Burton played Pawan Bhushan, Stephen Todd went head to head with Marlon Hosang and Scott Jones battled Sproul. The 2016 Liguanea Club Tennis Tournament will run straight through until Friday. In addition to Total and UHY Dawgen, tournament sponsors include Avis, Lifespan, KLAS ESPN Sports FM, Epic Technologies and Cari-Med. KINGSTON: Jamaica’s top-ranked tennis players are challenging for top honours in the 2016 Liguanea Club Tennis Tournament, which kicked off on Monday night at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston. Reigning national men’s champion and number one seed Damion Johnson is favoured to win the competition, in which 32 players are battling for top honours. However, the number two seed, Dwayne Pagon, also has a good chance of taking the title. Jeremy Miller and Yussuf Migoko, who are seeded third and fourth, respectively, are also in contention and either player could upset the pecking order. In the amateur competition, reigning national class two champion Leighton Burton, is tipped for the win, but Stephen Todd, Scott Jones and Rafael Romero are also strong contenders. For this year’s tournament, leading petroleum products dealers Total and UHY Dawgen Chartered Accountants have come on board as headline sponsors. “We have strong sponsorship support and very competitive draws in both the open and the amateur competitions, so we expect to have an excellent tournament and a week of exciting tennis,” said tournament director Llockett McGregor. In early-round action in the open draw on Monday night, Carlos Phillpots beat Myles Harrison 6-2, 6-3, Mivkel Riley defeated Alric Sproul 6-2, 6-1 and John Azar stopped Daniel Hill 6-3, 6-2.last_img read more

Bradley out to earn respect

first_imgSWANSEA, Wales (AP): Being a pioneer doesn’t sit comfortably with Bob Bradley. “The American stuff I can cover in 30 seconds,” Bradley said yesterday at his Swansea presentation as the first American to manage a Premier League club. “Then I can push that out the door.” After a long pause to gather his thoughts, the former United States coach continued his answer in a modest hotel in the south Wales city with a population of less than 250,000. “With football in the United States, we have always understood we have to earn respect,” said Bradley, who left French second-tier club Le Havre on Monday. “When I was with the national team, every time we got a chance to play in Europe, the players and I would understand, ‘Today is one more day where we can show what the game is like in our country,’ so in some ways, this helps. I am proud what I have been able to do. “This stuff about pioneer, I’m not an American manager. I’m a football manager.” And he is plunging himself straight into a scrap to prevent Swansea from being relegated, with Francesco Guidolin fired after winning only one of the first seven league games. “We have got to find a way to restore confidence,” Bradley said. But Bradley is determined to seize the opportunity. Throughout the arduous years, from working in dangerous conditions in Egypt to the edge of the Arctic Circle, Bradley always hoped to land a job in the top flight in a leading European league. The 58-year-old New Jersey native was linked to Premier League jobs in the media, but rarely came close. “You guys have written my name a few times,” Bradley said. “Most of the times, I never got on a shortlist, maybe once. In those kind of situations, the decision-makers may not know who I am.” What helped at Swansea was the club having American owners, just like at Le Havre. Steve Kaplan, a minority owner and executive vice-chairman of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, and Jason Levien, a part-owner of DC United, took control of Swansea in July. Bradley made his name as a coach internationally at the 2009 Confederations Cup, where the Americans beat European champion Spain en route to the final. The US team followed it up by reaching the second round at the 2010 World Cup, but he was fired in 2011 and is still aggrieved with the circumstances. At his first Swansea news conference, Bradley complained that Jurgen Klinsmann “was already jockeying for the job” while broadcasting at the 2010 World Cup. Bradley took a bold step by moving to the Middle East to coach Egypt through the Arab Spring uprising. The ‘American Pharaoh’ – as he became known – gained admiration there by staying through the violence but left after failing to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. Bradley moved to Stabaek, which he departed after securing qualification for the Europa League last year. He impressed in his next job, too, in France, where Le Havre only missed out on promotion to the top division in May on goal difference.last_img read more

Taylor shines with half-century at Big Bash

first_imgWest Indies captain Stafanie Taylor ended an otherwise disappointing Women’s Big Bash campaign on a high note when she stroked a half-century to see defending champions Sydney Thunder to a consolation five-wicket victory over Perth Scorchers yesterday.Entering the contest at Lilac Hill Park on a run of two consecutive ‘ducks’, the right-handed Taylor turned around her form with an enterprising 62 that anchored a Thunder run chase to overhaul a tricky target of 132.She lost opening partner Rachael Haynes for 22 off 17 balls at 27 for one in the fifth over, but then put on 57 for the second wicket with captain Alex Blackwell (26) and a further 36 for the third wicket with Indian star Harmanpreet Kaur (16 not out) as the visitors got home off the first ball of the final over.Jamaican Taylor faced 54 balls and counted seven fours and a six before perishing in the 18th over with Thunder in sight of victory.Earlier, Scorchers finished on 131 for four off their 20 overs, after opting to bat first.Opener Nicole Bolton struck 53 and captain Suzie Bates got 28, the pair posting 63 for the second wicket to keep the innings alive.Thunder finished three from bottom of the eight-team standings on 12 points to miss out on the play-offs while Scorchers finished second on 16 points to qualify.At Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Taylor’s Windies teammate Hayley Matthews played a crucial role in helping Hobart Hurricanes defeat Melbourne Stars by four wickets, and reach the final four of the tournament.Set 136 for victory, Hobart got home with a ball to spare, after gathering the 12 runs required off the final over.Captain Heather Knight top-scored with 35 off 26 deliveries, Amy Satterthwaite weighed in with 26 while the teenaged Matthews got 24, as they propelled Hobart’s run chase.Batting at number five, Matthews played a crucial role in adding 38 for the fourth wicket with Satterthwaite before going bowled by leg-spinner Kristen Beams (3-11).Earlier, Matthews grabbed two for 23 with from three overs of off-spin as Stars, opting to bat first, finished on 135 for eight off their 20 overs.- CMClast_img read more

Footballer regrets quitting school

first_img “I just want to tell all the youths that when they are in school and playing football, or doing any other sport, they should do their school work first,” he said. “I also believe it is important for parents and friends who know students who are good in sports to encourage them to stay in school and complete secondary or even tertiary education.” Palache captained May Pen FC to the semi-finals of the Clarendon Division One competition last year, qualifying them for the Major League. He, however, quit the team as he was not being paid and feared that if he got injured, he would have to foot his own medical bills. He has, however, not given up on his dream of playing professionally again and says if a team comes along that can at least help him if he gets an injury, he would be ready to pick up the sport again. Pamplona, SPAIN: SportsMax La Liga Experience winner Calvin Palache watched in awe as his football idol Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid defeated Osasuna on Saturday. Palache and his partner, Tishana Sharpe, were at the stadium to witness the win courtesy of SportsMax and La Liga, but the spectacle brought back memories of his own playing days. The 28-year-old was once playing at the highest level in Jamaica, having represented Humble Lion in the National Premier League, and he still has ambitions of getting back to the top locally and even playing abroad if possible. But to this day, the Clarendon native still regrets his decision to quit school and take up football full time – a mistake he does not want other talented youngsters to make. “I stopped going to school just after completing lower sixth,” Palache revealed. “I didn’t go back to sixth form as I started playing and earning money.” Palache, who was captain of Humble Lion’s under-21 team and who also made first team appearances, revealed that it was a constant struggle for his parents to afford to send him to school, so he was happy to have been able to earn money for himself. However, upon turning 22 and no longer being able to represent the under-21 team, there was a change of coach at the senior level, and he did not figure prominently in his plans. “I started playing fewer games, and instead of getting paid every month, I started getting paid like every three months,” Palache said. “And I got a daughter, so I couldn’t work with that and had to quit football and use my six CXC subjects to get a job as a security guard.” The 28-year-old, who has now fathered a second daughter, regrets not having finished upper sixth as he believes that he would have at least been able to secure a better job. MESSAGE TO YOUTHlast_img read more

McGregor completes community service for pre-fight fracas

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur The comments, which can be found online, are likely to be remembered — and possibly imitated — by children who see them, said Dorothy Espelage, a professor of psychology at the University of Florida and an expert on bullying.“He has to recognize that these kids look up to him, that they will imitate him, and he needs to check himself,” she said, referring to McGregor. “He was a wonderful opportunity to deliver a message, but he can’t be speaking out of both sides of his mouth.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 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 Wizards’ Wall inks 4-year, $170 m extension OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Conor McGregor gestures during a news conference at Staples Center on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Los Angeles. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LAS VEGAS — UFC star Conor McGregor has completed the 25 hours of community service imposed by Nevada officials following a profanity-laced, bottle-throwing fracas with a rival during a pre-fight news conference last year in Las Vegas.A document obtained by The Associated Press shows McGregor talked with children and teenagers in Dublin about physical, verbal and online bullying. But anti-bullying experts say his efforts may have been canceled out by the profanities he recently exchanged with his next opponent, Floyd Mayweather Jr., for which neither will be disciplined.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments 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 “He has been showing up earlier to our kids and teens classes, to interact with them and instill values of loyalty, commitment and camaraderie,” according to a letter dated Thursday and signed by McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh. “… He is undoubtedly the greatest role model for the kids in our gym, and for the people of Ireland of all ages.”The Nevada State Athletic Commission disciplined McGregor and Nate Diaz after the men and members of their groups yelled at each other and eventually hurled water bottles at an Aug. 17 press conference ahead of UFC 202. McGregor’s original penalties consisted of a $150,000 fine and 50 hours of community service. That was reduced in March to 25 hours and a $25,000 fine.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’Last week, however, neither McGregor nor Mayweather held back on profanities and exchanged racially insensitive and homophobic remarks during a four-city promotional tour for their upcoming fight in Las Vegas.Mayweather at one point used a homophobic slur during a tirade against McGregor. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor twice told Mayweather “Dance for me, boy! Dance for me, son!” during the news conferences. That’s an insult to black men that dates back to slavery.Per regulations, the athletic commission may fine or discipline an individual licensed to fight in the state of Nevada if the person behaves “at any time or place in a manner which is deemed by the Commission to reflect discredit to unarmed combat.”Executive director Bob Bennett told The Associated Press on Friday that the athletic commission “in no way, shape or form condones homophobic, racist or inappropriate sexual comments,” but the board does not plan to take disciplinary action against Mayweather and McGregor “at this point.”He said the board would investigate and consider appropriate action if unsportsmanlike conduct that could physically hurt someone took place in Las Vegas, such as when bottles were thrown during the McGregor-Diaz press event.The remarks from Mayweather and McGregor were condemned on social media last week, including by LGBT activists and organizations.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

LeBron calls for love, unity before taking swipe at Trump

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Concluding a day of fun and games at an amusement park, James turned serious when speaking about the recent violence and tragedy in Charlottesville. James also took a pointed swipe at President Donald Trump, calling him the “so-called president.”While holding his young daughter, Zhuri, James stood on stage before an excited crowd of students, parents and others connected to the LeBron James Family Foundation and delivered his emotional message.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’“I know there’s a lot of tragic things happening in Charlottesville,” James said to cap the annual event at Cedar Point amusement park. “I have this platform and I’m somebody that has a voice of command, and the only way for us to get better as a society and for us to get better as people is love. And that’s the only way we’re going to be able to conquer something as one.”Then, James, who endorsed Hillary Clinton last year and introduced her at a rally in Cleveland just two days before the election, went at Trump, whom he has criticized in the past. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Now in its sixth year, James’ foundation has brought hope to children who might not have any otherwise. If the students meet certain criteria, stay in the program and graduate, they can receive full tuition to the University of Akron.“That means everything,” Latasha McCullough said as she sat with her husband, Arthur, and children Arlissa and Arsea while waiting for James to appear on stage.The McCulloughs have been directly impacted by James and his work, and they’re forever grateful.“He doesn’t have to do anything,” Latasha said. “All he is responsible for are his kids, his family, go to work and provide for his, but he does it for his city. He does it for everybody, everybody’s kids. All the things he didn’t have growing up, he’s giving it to our kids with no problem and he’s not being selfish. It’s constant and consistent, you earn what you get.”James has grown his foundation beyond its initial goals of tackling the city’s drop-out rate. Next year, the charity will open the I Promise School, designed to help students who have already fallen behind and need extra attention.Michelle Campbell, executive director of the LeBron James Family Foundation, is awed by what the group has accomplished.James has led the way.“It’s never enough with him,” she said. “He is always pushing, just like on the basketball court, pushing and pushing. I could have never imagined what we have done and are doing, but with his belief and what he wants to do and his drive and his ability to put all these partners around us. We can’t fail.“It started out with working with kids and changing a child, then OK, we got the family involved and we learned that some didn’t have their high school diplomas, so we broke down those barriers. Now he’s changing a whole community. He’s uplifting this whole community, on his back.” 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 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James speaks while holding his daughter, Zhuri, during the We Are Family Reunion at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. (Erin McLaughlin/The Sandusky Register via AP)SANDUSKY, Ohio — Along with getting good grades and listening to their parents, LeBron James has encouraged kids in his foundation’s educational program to stand up for their beliefs.On Tuesday night, the superstar gave a lesson in how it’s done.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her “It’s not about the guy that’s the so-called president of the United States, or whatever the case. It’s not about a teacher that you don’t feel like cares about what’s going on with you every day. It’s not about people that you just don’t feel like want to give the best energy and effort to you. It’s about us. It’s about us looking in the mirror. Kids all the way up to the adults. All of us looking in the mirror and saying, ‘What can we do better to help change?’ And if we can all do that and give 110 percent, then that’s all you can ask for.“So, shout-out to the innocent people in Charlottesville and shout-out to everybody across the world that just want to be great and just want to love. Thank you, and I love you all.”James’ remarks ended a star-studded show that included pop stars Jordin Sparks and Usher as well as his Cavaliers’ teammate J.R. Smith. They stood alongside him for his message along with his sons, Bronny and Bryce.There had been a celebratory vibe all day, as James hosted nearly 7,000 of his foundation’s students and their families, who strolled around the immense park best known for its roller-coasters wearing light blue T-shirts with “We Are Family” across the fronts.It was as if James’ hometown of Akron had all gone out together for the day, and that was exactly the point of the event — to celebrate the successes of kids committed to making more of their lives.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Valdez, PH volleyball take lessons from losses in AVC 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments MOST READ Teen gunned down in Masbate Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

Katropa fields Rice, try to catch up with leaders

first_imgTNT actually has a third player in Troy Rosario serving flag and country as he plays with a different Gilas crew that will be trying to retain the Southeast Asian Games gold medal in Kuala Lumpur.The Gilas five, which Castro and Pogoy are part of, was to play Lebanon for fifth place in the classification phase of the Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut at press time.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’“I hope so,” TNT coach Nash Racela said when it was pointed out that Rice has sparkling credentials as a scorer. “We will see in this [Rain or Shine] game. It will be a test for the whole team.”Rice had a good collegiate career with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets before playing briefly for the Washington Wizards in the NBA. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Can Team PH go beyond 50 golds? LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ He was MVP in the NBAD-League in the 2013 season after averaging 25 points and almost 10 rebounds in the playoffs for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.The Texters will be coming off a 107-106 decision of Alaska more than a week ago.Meanwhile, GlobalPort tries to add to KIA Picanto’s woes in the 4:30 p.m. contest and start getting back in the playoff hunt.The Batang Pier will continue to be without the electrifying Terrence Romeo as they try to pin a sixth straight loss on the Picanto and push them closer to elimination.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Glen Rice Jr. AP FILE PHOTOGoing for more offense with the twice-to-beat privilege in the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs as the main objective, TNT KaTropa unveils Glen Rice Jr. against Rain or Shine on Sunday in an effort to keep the elimination round leaders in sight at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The Texters suit up the son of former NBA All-Star Glen Rice in the 6:45 p.m. contest, who will try to plug the holes created by the absence of Gilas Pilipinas stalwarts Jayson Castro and RR Pogoy as they shoot for a second straight victory to stay in the upper half of the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Teen gunned down in Masbate End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangaslast_img read more