Star rookie Jalalon makes PBA debut in loss to SMB Season MVP Daryl John Mercado, who ruled the -55 kg. event, led the way for UST, as it dethroned Ateneo, which settled for second place with 36 points. Other gold medalists for the Tigers were veteran Al Rolan Llamas (-60 kg), Luis San Diego (-81 kg) and Diether Joshua Tablan (+100 kg). De La Salle wound up third with 29 points. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentUST reasserted its mastery in the distaff side with whooping 51-point margin over runner-up University of the East.The Tigresses banked on tournament MVP Sueko Kinjho, who topped the -52 kg category, while Miam Salvador (-44 kg), Khrizzie Pabulayan (-48 kg) and Eunice Lucero (-63 kg) also won gold medals in the two-day event. University of the Philippines clinched the third place trophy with 20 points. Yiu Man Noah Lee of the Fighting Maroons and Blanca Louise Garcia of the Lady Maroons emerged as the Rookie of the Year winners in the men’s and women’s division. Other men’s gold medalists were De La Salle’s Edward Daniel Borja (-73 kg) and Keith Reyes (-100 kg), Ateneo’s Christian Clemente (-66 kg), and UP’s Carl Dave Aseneta (-90 kg). Also winning golds in the women’s side were UE’s Bianca Mae Estrella (-70 kg), UP’s Dylwynn Keith Gimena (-78 kg), La Salle’s Marjorie Anne Santiago (-57 kg) and Ateneo’s Seanne Cathleen Cheung (-78 kg). UST also swept the juniors division, winning the boys and girls titles behind MVPs Aaron Emmanuel Reyes and Krizza Joy Amisola.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND University of Santo Tomas completed another double championship in UAAP Season 79 judo action over the weekend at the Sports Pavilion inside the De La Salle-Zobel campus in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa. The Growling Tigers captured a league-best 12th men’s title with 49 points, while the Tigresses won their third straight women’s championship – and ninth overall – in runaway fashion by amassing 74 points. ADVERTISEMENT
Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by malavikavyawahare Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change And Forests, Conservation, Deforestation, Extinction, Forests, Global Warming, Habitat, Wildlife Conservation Forests play an important role in cooling the Earth.Deforestation doesn’t just contribute to temperature increases where it occurs but also in adjacent forests, according to a new study.This leaking of heat into adjacent forests puts species living there at risk by pushing up temperatures that are already rising due to climate change.This is bad news for countries like Madagascar, which not only hosts many endemic species with limited habitat, but also has alarming rates of deforestation. Areas cleared of forests bleed heat to neighboring forests, and this fuels increases in temperatures there, new research has found. Average temperatures in forests around the world are already rising because of climate change; this leaked heat exacerbates the problem and accelerates local extinctions of forest-dwelling species.“The warming is happening from global climate change but deforestation is generating additional warming, which is making climate change’s impact even worse in the tropics for biodiversity and the forest itself,” said Barry Sinervo, an ecologist and evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a co-author of the recent paper in PLOS ONE that described the phenomenon.The new research was prompted by findings from an earlier paper by Sinervo and colleagues. That 2010 paper analyzed patterns of local extinctions among lizard populations between 1975 and 2009 and examined the link to climate change. It predicted that almost 40 percent of lizard populations around the globe were at risk of local extinction by 2080. About 20 percent of species were at risk of being wiped out altogether.What struck Sinervo was the unusually high rate of extinction in Madagascar, one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. “I was intrigued why Madagascar had a much higher observed extinction rate than any other [country] and I saw that Madagascar had warmed faster than mainland Africa,” Sinervo told Mongabay.In Madagascar, two forest reserves analyzed in the 2010 paper reported an increase in maximum temperatures of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) and also a 75 percent rate of deforestation in adjacent areas. However, there was insufficient data at the time to investigate whether the rising forest temperatures were related to the nearby deforestation.In the new paper, Sinervo and his colleagues, including lead author Jayme Prevedello, an ecologist at Rio de Janeiro State University in Brazil, examine that link by looking at data from Brazil, where rapid deforestation threatens vast swaths of forest. The team looked at satellite data for deforestation and developed a model that could estimate the corresponding increase in land surface temperature due to deforestation.An Amazonian rainforest and cattle pasture in Brazil. Credit: Rhett A. ButlerIn tropical forests, the study found, loss of half of the forest cover leads to an increase of about 1.08 degrees Celsius (1.94 degrees Fahrenheit) in the land surface temperature of the adjacent forest. Based on the model, the team predicted that in Brazil, current rates of deforestation could lead to as much as 1.45 degrees Celsius (2.61 degrees Fahrenheit) of additional warming by 2050.Forests are known to perform a cooling function, especially in the tropics. A different study published in Nature in April showed that forest cover helps cool the land by an average of 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit). This is a combined effect of two key factors.The albedo effect is one: Land cleared of forest is darker in color than land with tree cover, and thus absorbs more solar radiation. Transpiration is the other: Trees absorb water from the ground and channel it upward to the tiny pores on leaves, where it evaporates and helps cool the surrounding area.According to Sinervo, it is a mistake for people to believe saving forest patches near clear-cut areas will save the species living there. Rather, temperatures in forests left standing rise substantially, which can make them unsuitable habitats for a variety of animals. This exacerbates the direct impacts of forest loss, such as the shrinking of habitat.A rainforest in Tampolo on the Masoala Peninsula, Madagascar. Credit: Rhett A. ButlerScientists are already documenting the effects of climate change on certain species in Madagascar. Christopher J. Raxworthy, a herpetologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, led a study showing that at least three species of amphibians and reptiles in mountainous northern Madagascar may be wiped out between 2050 and 2100 as warmer temperatures make habitats at lower altitudes unsuitable.The message, according to the authors of the new research, is that in order to save biodiversity, deforested areas need to be reforested to mitigate the impacts of climate change, especially in the tropics.The first steps toward understanding these impacts are now being taken. In May, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) launched a climate-resilience project in collaboration with Madagascar National Parks. The project, funded by the African Development Bank, will cover 14 national parks in Madagascar chosen for their unique biodiversity. An initial study to be conducted by the IUCN will identify the problems caused by the increasingly unpredictable climate in these sites and look at how local communities and other private actors affect the health of the forests there, including via deforestation.CitationsPrevedello, J. A., Winck, G. R., Weber, M. M., Nichols, E., & Sinervo, B. (2019). Impacts of forestation and deforestation on local temperature across the globe. PLOS ONE, 14(3). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0213368.Sinervo, B., Mendez-De-La-Cruz, F., Miles, D. B., Heulin, B., Bastiaans, E., Villagrán-Santa Cruz, M., . . . Gadsden, H. (2010). Erosion of lizard diversity by climate change and altered thermal niches. Science, 328(5980), 894-899. doi:10.1126/science.1184695Raxworthy, C. J., Pearson, R. G., Rabibisoa, N., Rakotondrazafy, A. M., Ramanamanjato, J., Raselimanana, A. P., . . . Stone, D. A. (2008). Extinction vulnerability of tropical montane endemism from warming and upslope displacement: A preliminary appraisal for the highest massif in Madagascar. Global Change Biology,14(8), 1703-1720. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2008.01596.xBanner image: A Parson’s chameleon (Calumma parsonii), a species endemic to Madagascar. Credit: Rhett A. Butler.Malavika Vyawahare is the Madagascar staff writer for Mongabay. Find her on Twitter: @MalavikaVyFEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.
98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG View comments Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Joe Devance. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoe Devance can do a lot of things on the basketball court and with the versatile guard/forward out with an injury, Barangay Ginebra is paying the price for his absence.Somehow, the Gin Kings survived the loss of Devance in both of their do-or-die games against the Alaska Aces in the quarterfinals, but it hasn’t been the case in their semifinals duel with the Star Hotshots.ADVERTISEMENT The Gin Kings hope to avoid a 0-3 hole on Monday against the Hotshots, who have won eight games in a row dating back to the elimination round.“It really doesn’t come down to Xs and Os anymore. It’s just a matter of who wants it more. We have to want it more next game. We have to get all the 50-50 balls, we have to play our best game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown And after dropping the first two games of the series, the effects of not having Devance around have been amplified.READ: Lee, Star bracing for tougher defensive battle vs GinebraFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“There’s not a word we can put on his importance. He’s our glue guy,” said Ginebra guard Sol Mercado.Devance, who hurt his foot in the third quarter of Ginebra’s victory over Alaska on Sunday, is averaging 12.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists prior to the injury this conference. But there’s more to Devance than what his numbers show.READ: Hotshots slip past Gin Kings for 2-0 lead “Everybody knows that about Joe. He’s someone that does stuff that doesn’t show up on the stats sheet,” Mercado said. “He sets great screens, he gets us into our offense, he gets the high-low passes to Japeth.”“Defensively, he’s our anchor. A lot of people don’t know that, but he’s always talking. So we’re missing him big time.”Ginebra will have to make do minus Devance, who is expected to miss a couple of weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely This week’s Kicks Stalker pick: Jericho Cruz’ Dame 3 Roots MOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines snapped its four-game losing streak and repulsed University of the East, 25-14, 18-25, 25-15, 25-10, to get back to winning ways in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Maroons, who started the season on a four-game unbeaten run before spiraling, improved to 5-4 while sending the Lady Warriors to a 1-8 record.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Diana Carlos led UP with 21 points while veteran Kathy Bersola and Isa Molde added 18 and 16 points, respectively.Shaya Adorador had 12 points to lead UE.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos UP assistant coach Rald Ricafort said this win was a huge boost for them as they are trying to recover from their disastrous skid that saw them plummet from first seed all the way to sixth.“They’re getting there mentally but the basis really is if they can show that in the game,” said Ricafort. “But this is a huge help for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnUP tied National University and Far Eastern University with 5-4 records with all three schools competing for one of the Final Four spots.Ateneo (7-1) and De La Salle (7-2) have established solid footing on the top two spots while University of Santo Tomas have laid claim on the third seed with a 5-3 slate. LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Federer, Nadal win to set up early showdown at Indian Wells MOST READ ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards View comments Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu 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 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot
Swing Out Sister back to PH this April For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Liaw Chee Huei added seven markers and six boards in the low-scoring affair, which saw Malaysia shoot 30 percent from the field and the Singapore going on a paltry 23 percent clip.The Malaysians blew a 31-20 lead with 8:53 remaining in the third quarter as Delvin Goh, Leon Kwek, and Wong Wei Long rallied the Singaporeans to within two, 43-41, with 25.6 left to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundChan Kek Thai split his freebies which left the door wide open for Singapore, but Wong and Hanbin Ng flubbed their potential game-tying treys before Liaw iced the game with a split from the charity stripe.Goh paced winless Singapore (0-3) with 14 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak MOST READ 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Chun Hong Ting. PBA IMAGESMalaysia had to survive a late scare from Singapore to win, 45-41, for its breakthrough victory in the 2017 Seaba Championship Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Chun Hong Ting exploded for 18 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks as Malaysia posted its first win in four outings.ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Poulter completes surprising turnaround at Players Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle The scores:MALAYSIA 45 – Ting 18, Liaw 7, Chan 5, Choo 4, Ong 4, Heng 3, Choong 2, Teo 2, Ang 0, Chin 0, Liew 0, Mak 0.SINGAPORE 41 – Goh 14, Kwek 7, H. Ng 6, J. Ng 5, Wong 5, Liew 2, Lim 2, Cheok 0, Chia 0, Lim 0.Quarters: 15-13, 26-20, 35-30, 45-41.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Kvitova to play at French Open PARIS (AP): Only two months after picking up her racket for the first time following a knife attack at her home, Petra Kvitova will be playing at the French Open. The two-time Wimbledon champion said yesterday she will make her comeback at Roland Garros, although she still lacks power and strength. Kvitova has missed all season while recovering from surgery on her racket-holding left hand. She sustained damage to the tendons in her left hand, along with injuries to all five fingers and two nerves, during the attack. Doctors initially thought she would need more time before returning to tennis. But Kvitova’s recovery was faster than expected and she said last month that she was signing up for the French Open, which begins on Sunday, in hopes of being able to compete. England win group at U20 World Cup SEOUL, South Korea (AP): England advanced to the knockout stage of the Under-20 World Cup by beating hosts South Korea 1-0 yesterday. Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell scored the only goal in the 56th minute, back-heeling a pass to Jonjoe Kelly and then positioning himself for the return pass and a shot into the far corner. England won Group A with seven points, one more than South Korea. Argentina ended up in third place after beating Guinea 5-0 for its first win of the tournament. The Argentines still have a chance to advance. The top two teams from each of the six groups and the four best third-place finishers advance to the next round. The final is set for June 11 in Suwon. King James breaks Jordan’s play-off scoring record BOSTON (AP): King James has another throne. LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan for the top spot on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list, scoring 35 points against Boston on Thursday night to reach 5,995 in his career. Jordan scored 5,987 in his postseason career in 179 games from 1985-2003. James played in his 212th career postseason game on Thursday night, when the Cavaliers beat the Celtics 135-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals to advance to the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers star came into the game needing 28 points for the record and hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter against the Celtics to break it. Celtics star Isaiah Thomas unsure if he’ll need hip surgery WALTHAM, Massachusetts (AP): Celtics star Isaiah Thomas says it’s too early to tell if he needs surgery on his right hip. The injury knocked the Boston point guard out of the Eastern Conference finals in Game 2. Although the Celtics won the next game without him, Cleveland went on to win the series in five games. Thomas said at the team’s practice facility yesterday that the swelling must go down before there is a decision on how to rehab. He says surgery is “not the No. 1 option right now”, Thomas says he told doctors that whatever happens, he needs to come back even better – “and I will”.
Jamaica combined martial arts team super heavyweight, Akino Lindsay, yesterday mined gold at the 2018 International Sport Kick Boxing Association (ISKA) Amateur Members Association World Championships in Athens, Greece. Lindsay, a gold medallist at Portugal 2015, had to battle past fighters from France, Germany and finally the Ukraine to take gold at the May 31-June 3 event. Named among four gold medal hopefuls by the Jamaican contingent, Lindsay said he had to “dig deep” against his European rivals. “Coming to my second ISKA World Champs, having won before in Portugal, this one was very, very difficult, three tough fights against France, Germany and Ukraine. I had to dig deep and get the job done. “The judging was very tough. The first fight was most difficult, I was trying to get in the frame of mind for the tournament while seeing how to maneuver around the judge, who was very tough on me,” he added. Jamaica has a star-studded squad at the event including Sheckema Cunningham and Subrina Richards, who is back defending her title won in Germany last year. International Taekwondo Federation Pan-Am gold medallist Ackeem Lawrence completes the quartet, which coaches Jason McKay and Claude Chin are confident will return home with four gold medals. Jamaica are hoping to set the stage for a successful staging of the 2018 championships, set for Montego Bay, with at least four defending champions. “It is considered really crucial that, being hosts, countries should have persons defending their world titles,” he said. Richards and Cunningham were due to take the mat in yesterday’s evening session. Star-studded squad
LONDON (AP) : Roy Hodgson returned to football management for the first time since leaving his job as England coach last year, taking over at Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace yesterday as a replacement for the fired Frank de Boer. The 70-year-old Hodgson signed a two-year contract with his boyhood club. Palace lost their first four league games of the season without scoring, with their players failing to adapt to a more expansive style of play under De Boer, following his arrival in the off season. The Dutchman was fired on Monday after just 77 days at the club. Hodgson’s four-year spell with England ended in humiliating fashion at the European Championship in 2016 when his team was beaten by Iceland in the round of 16. Within minutes of the final whistle, he announced he’d be stepping down – even though his contract was due to expire anyway. “I am very excited to be back in club football,” Hodgson said, “and it is a long while since I have enjoyed the day-to-day sessions of training.”
Holy Trinity High School coach Devon ‘Pablo’ Anderson anticipates that they will have a tough time in their top-of-the-table ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup Group G clash against the highly fancied Wolmer’s Boys at Heroes Circle this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Anderson insists that his team is far from the finished article even though they have taken three wins from their three games in this season’s competition. Although players like Ray Evelyn, Phillon Lawrence, Dillion McEnnis, and Nicholas Thomas have turned up and have done well in the competition for Holy Trinity so far, Anderson believes that they are still not near where they hope to be but insists that they have done some work since their last game against Pembroke Hall on Friday, and he is hoping to see more improvements from that last outing. “We will try to get it together and get it right for Monday. We are not halfway where we want to be as yet, but step by step, we are getting closer to where we want to reach. But we will be aiming for a win,” he added. SOLID DEFENCE Camperdown v Jonathan Grant Meadowbrook v Eltham Charlie Smith v Norman Manley Wolmer’s are second to Holy Trinity on goals scored, with the latter netting two more than the Alex Thomas-coached team. But Wolmer’s have been good at both ends of the field as they look solid in defence and have been clinical up front, scoring seven unanswered goals in their three matches. Wolmer’s will start as favourites for the contest, and their hopes for victory will rest on the likes of national youth representative Dushane Bernard, Rushane Thompson, Tyrone Small, Rivaldo Mitchell, and goalkeeper Tajay Green. Holy Trinity, with nine points, lead the group on goal difference ahead of Wolmer’s. They are followed by Pembroke Hall and Edith Dalton James with three points each. Waterford and Jose Marti are next with one point apiece. Today’s fixtures: Group C Group G Pembroke Hall v Waterford Jose Marti v Edith Dalton James Wolmer’s v Holy Trinity
When the National Stadium undergoes major repair next year, the velodrome will be removed in order to bring spectators closer to the action on the field and to also increase the capacity of the venue to 38,000. The 500m cycle track is where Jamaica Cycling Federation (JCF) riders practise and have their development meets, but it has become an albatross as far as the development of the sport locally is concerned as its size and shape have long been outdated and no longer fit international standards. But the cycling fraternity may not have to wait too long for a modern velodrome. Minister of Sport Olivia Grange is aggressively seeking a location at Independence Park to build a modern 250 metres velodrome. “We are in discussion to build a new velodrome and we are pursuing it in a very aggressive manner,” Grange told The Sunday Gleaner. “As you know we plan to take out the old one at the stadium now and build one at a separate location within the compound of Independence Park Limited.” President of the JCF, Joylene Griffiths, has welcomed the announcement from Minister Grange as she believes a modern 250m velodrome could inject the impetus local cycling needs in order to grow. “The velodrome is needed because not only would it provide us with the opportunity to practise on a modern-day track, but we could also host meets and invite cyclists from around the world who could provide competitions for our riders,” Griffiths said. “When Trinidad and Tobago got theirs (velodrome), it really made a big difference in the sport in Trinidad, and their performance has got better, and I believe the same can happen for us.” ORGANISE TRAINING Griffiths is also happy that the velodrome will be separated from the National Stadium. “The National Stadium is used for football matches and track and field meets, and many times, we would want to have a meet and we are not able to because the Stadium is just difficult to get,” she said. “Now that it will be in a separate location, we can have our meets whenever we want and organise training for the riders.” According to Griffiths, a modern-day velodrome will also solve the age-old problem of cyclists not being prepared properly for events such as the Central American and Caribbean Games, the Commonwealth Games, and others. “Because we do not have a 250m track here in Jamaica, it’s only when our riders leave the island that they can get access to one and this does not happen very often because it is already difficult to get funding to go to meets so it is almost impossible for us to get funding to practise on a modern track,” she explained. The Sunday Gleaner understands that cyclists have often complained about being at a great disadvantage when they compete on the international stage as they are not prepared to compete on the 250m velodrome.