Jamaica College hockey star Jahmar Williams did not have the best start to the season as he struggled to find his form in the preliminary round.However, the youngster rose to the occasion when it mattered most, scoring both goals in their 2-0 semi-final win over Munro on Wednesday, which booked his team’s spot in the ISSA/Jamaica Hockey Federation under-19 schoolboys hockey final.Then in yesterday’s decider at the Mona Astro Turf, the forward netted the game’s only goal – two minutes from the end (58th), to help the Old Hope Road school win the championship for the third year in succession with a 1-0 win over Campion College.”It’s a good feeling (to score winning goal in final). Coach always tell us what we do in training, we are going to do in the match. He told me to stand at the back line and when the ball comes, I should give it my all and that’s what I did,” Williams told The Gleaner after the game.Williams’ start to the season was not the most eye-catching but as the competition wore on, he got better and better and in the play-offs he turned up trumps for his school.”I started (season) on a low but I got in the groove, and as a result, I scored four goals (for the season). I could have played better (in final), but I got the winning goal and that’s all the team needed,” he said.GREAT GOALKEEPINGThe champions had the better of the game from the start, but inspired goalkeeping from Sean-Paul McPherson kept the game scoreless. Campion also had their chances, but could not capitalise. With the game heading for penalties, Williams combined with Chevaun Stanley before guiding his shot past McPherson in the Campion goal”We tried really hard in the first-half, but the Campion goalkeeper made some brilliant saves, but at JC, we never doubt ourselves we say just believe and you will achieve,” added the player, who has two more seasons with the team.Winning coach Kemar Mitchell said he expected a tough match.”Coming in the tournament Campion was one of the strongest teams. We tried to score early, but I told the guys to just wait patiently and the goal will come,” he said.
The 2016 season comes to a close at Caymanas Park today with an 11-race programme featuring the grade one race over 2400 metres for the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup, which was traditionally run on Boxing Day since its inception 54 years ago but which has been moved for the first time.Offering a total purse of $1.25 million, the race has attracted six starters, including ‘Horse of the Year’ contender BIGDADDYKOOL, the season’s leading stakes winner with $10.2 million.One of four horses from the stables of in-form trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, BIGDADDYKOOL, who recently finished second to SEEKING MY DREAM in the ultra-rich Diamond Mile, can expect stiff competition from stable-companion HOUDINI’S MAGIC, who was third in the Diamond Mile, and the imported colt BRAWN from the Gary Subratie stable.Although BIGDADDYKOOL just held off the vastly improved HOUDINI’S MAGIC for second in the December 10 Diamond Mile, the Superstakes winner should prove a different kettle going two turns, especially with 2.0kg claiming apprentice Linton Steadman again in the saddle.IMPRESSIVE RECORDBIGDADDY boasts an impressive record going two turns, having won the St Leger, Lotto Classic, and the Superstakes (in the stewards’ room) following the disqualification of FRANFIELD on November 12.The three-year-old gelding by Sorrentino out of Beware Baby also finished second in the derby, and with this sort of record over a distance of ground, should outstay rivals from the convenient mark of 54.0kg. If he wins today, his Trinidadian owner, Stephan Narinesingh, could well snatch the ‘Horse of the Year’ award to go with his champion owner award.Other firm fancies on the card are STORMING to win the opening race over a mile ahead of old rival BRAVE PROSPECT, BILINGUAL in the third for the Sweet Ruckus Trophy for two-year-olds, HOLY LIGHT in the fifth, TURBO MACHINE in the sixth, and CORALANDO in the ninth.
There is a crucial question that, not for the first time, is being asked after another successful staging of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys & Girls’ Athletics Championships. Inevitably, it concerns the plethora of talent that continues to flow from the five-day showcase of the country’s best in that age cohort. What needs to be addressed and answered should be palpably clear to all who understand and appreciate the sport. How will Jamaica respond to the further developmental requirements of the young male and female athletes who came to the National Stadium, and guided by coaches and team officials of optimal quality, delivered the goods in such outstanding fashion? Foster’s Fairplay has long yearned for a system that could provide the environment and material necessary to afford the stars of Champs the opportunity to enhance the gifts with which they have been undoubtedly blessed. Take a look at the lower classes. The two little babies – how else can they be appropriately described? – Brianna Lyston and Kevona Davis of St Jago High and Edwin Allen, respectively, put on sprinting displays that sent those privileged to be there into sheer ecstasy. Vere Technical’s sprint hurdler, Brittany Anderson; and Sachin Dennis of St Elizabeth Technical were no less awesome in the execution of their events. There were others who one hopes will form the nucleus of a wealth of talent that will keep the nation’s flag aloft internationally for years to come. Any lover of the sport who believes that this will happen automatically had better think again. There has been talent before, and many have hit a brick wall and stopped in their tracks, failing to achieve their true potential. This has been so as there was an absence of the nurturing that would encourage excellence in any given discipline. A formula has to be found and developed to take care of the limiting deficiencies and deprivations that currently exist. Maybe, one day, some bright individual will come up with the reason our sports performers are invariably from the country’s socially and economically disadvantaged sector. Until that is reversed, it is the duty of a caring nation to ensure that lack of resources is not a hindrance to the advancement of those who give us the inestimable joy and satisfaction that the athletes bring to us. What the country witnessed at the National Stadium two weekends ago had its genesis in the work of some special and select individuals. Coaches, some school officials, parents, guardians, and volunteers have worked and sacrificed for a long time to bring about solid achievements for their charges – these young athletes. In their turn, the youngsters have performed out of their skins to bring honour and recognition not only to their community, but to the country. There are more educational and financial outcomes that can emanate from all this, and they should not be left to do it all alone. This is where the Government should step in. Being present, occupying the best seats in the park, to applaud, revel in the spectacle, and hand out a few awards are commendable efforts. Those actions and activities show that there is interest. However, a lot more is expected. Can there not be a think tank bringing in some of those who have toiled and contributed to the athletes’ efforts over time, and where giving them more support is discussed and a way forward is identified? Would it not be justice for these athletes if they were afforded an easier passage away from the neglect and abuse of their talent that some of them are forced to endure? These youngsters are giving to the nation a lot more than the compensation that they are receiving. As the great one, Herb McKenley of blessed memory always said about athletes, “What they need is a sense of belonging to something.” The country should join with them in the struggle to achieve their full potential and for them to feel good about their efforts in pushing their country’s image to greater heights. Isn’t this what these youngsters are doing for the nation? So why can’t Jamaicans join hands and do the same for them? Let it start with our leaders. For feedback, email email@example.com. HELP NEEDED TO BRING ABOUT OUTCOMES
Rodman, who was given an incentive of $10,000 if he could lap the entire field in 15 laps, did just that, but one competitor was able to regain his lap before the 15th was completed. However, he still received the $10,000 incentive, and he admitted that the money was a great motivation. “Money will motivate anybody but there are some very good riders locally and I wanted to show my talent and how strong I am against the other riders. I’ve got talent and I executed, which shows I am on top form right now. Not to say that the rest of guys are not good competition, but I’m just putting my best out there,” he reasoned. He added that. “When I lapped the field, that was a next ten grand covered and then I went for the other five grand, I didn’t get it but it (the race) was good.” Rodman, who also won the category one event, will now turn his attention to overseas, as he will travel to the USA next week to compete. “The Criterium gave me some more fitness because I am leaving in another week to go to New York to do some races over there and this just shows me where I am at to race against the guys in the US. So it was a good challenge and it showed me that I am ready. My goal is always to win, so that is what I am hoping to go there to do,” he said. Other winners on the day included, Daniel Palmer who won category two, Jerome Forest, won category three, Daniel White won category four and Raghni Stephenson category four. The Allcomers title went to Omar Dwyer, Brandon Reid took the junior title, Tatdre Watt the juvenile category, while the women’s event went to Denise Caine. Cleveland Sharpe captured the Master’s trophy and Donald Hall the Super Masters trophy. GREAT MOTIVATION Defending champion and Jamaica’s number one ranked cyclist, Marloe Rodman, decimated the field by at least a lap to capture the feature 25 lap race at the Kingston Criterium event in Downtown Kingston, yesterday. The former Caribbean champion has been winning local races with relative ease, especially over the last two years, but he does not think the local competition is lacking, just that he is training and competing harder. “I would never say it is getting easy to win locally. It is never easy, as the other guys train very hard as well, it’s just that I have to push a bit harder. But it’s not easy,” he insisted.
Teen gunned down in Masbate 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Bowie gets gold, and Jamaica fails to win medal in the 100 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas There was no stopping Henry Walker on Sunday night and not even a bad case of leg cramps could slow him down.Walker was cramping up as early as the third quarter but he fought through it and willed Blackwater to its first win in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “Most definitely, probably the most fun I’ve had playing here. Period. Today was just great,” said Walker, who had a triumphant debut for the Elite, following a 92-86 win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters.“I was cramped up from probably around the four-minute mark of the third quarter. So I’m just praying like ‘just get me through this game’ but the whole time, I was just trying to instill in my teammates that it doesn’t matter if I score 50 points. If we don’t do this as a collective, we’re not gonna win,” he added.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’The 29-year-old Walker replaced Trevis Simpson, who suffered a groin injury. Elite went 0-3 before Walker came in.The former NBA veteran, who had stints with the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and the Miami Heat, made immediate impact with his new team as he provided leadership apart from his numbers. LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Walker shared he has also shed some weight and he did look noticeably lighter compared to his last PBA stint with NLEX in 2016.“I got this new skinny body, I’m moving a little faster than I’m normally accustomed to and it just so happened that I cramped up today.” End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ PBA IMAGES MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “There comes a time, we’re 0-3, you gotta get tired of losing. You just gotta go out there and compete,” he said after putting up 32 points, 14 in the fourth quarter, and 15 rebounds.“You know my mindset. You gotta kill me off. I’m going for the win. I’m a competitor and that’s just how I feel. I don’t look at the 0-3, we’re 0-0 right now. Anything can happen, we just gotta believe and go out and play.”Walker also commended JP Erram’s effort in shutting down Phoenix import Eugene Phelps.The Fuel Masters’ explosive import was limited to just 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the field. “Erram competed today, he went up against Phelps. Phelps is no walk in the park, that’s a big, mobile guy and Erram held him to 13 points. After he busted his jaw, he came back and he did that for the team. We rallied around that,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 View comments
National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Far Eastern University leaned on its veteran crew and clobbered a Grethcel Soltones-less San Sebastian College side, cruising to a 25-17, 25-21, 25-14 victory to gain a share of the Group A lead in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Sunday.Bernadeth Pons fired 13 hits, including eight attack points and two aces, while Toni Rose Basas added 11 as the Lady Tamaraws matched the Ateneo Lady Eagles’ straight-set romp over the Jose Rizal U Lady Bombers in Saturday’s opener of the season-ending conference of the Sports Vision-organized league.ADVERTISEMENT “We played as a team and that made it a lot easier for us,” said Pons.It was an all-Lady Tamaraws show right from the start as they imposed their will upfront and pounced on the erratic Lady Stags, who sorely missed the services of former ace hitter and many-time NCAA Most Valuable Player Soltones.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’In the second game, San Beda recovered from a third-set defeat and thwarted Technological Institute of the Philippines,25-13, 25-18, 25-27, 25-13, to join Arellano U in the Group B lead. The Red Spikers looked headed for a trouble-free debut after dominating the Lady Engineers in the first two quarters. But they sputtered in the third, enabling the TIP tossers to steal the set on deuce points.Soltones and Kath Villegas have played their last season with the Lady Stags.Soltones actually helped on the bench as part of Roger Gorayeb’s coaching staff but the Lady Tamaraws, responding to new coach George Pascua, proved too strong for the Lady Stags.“The important thing was we were able to maximize everyone’s potential,” said Pascua, who recently took over from Shaq delos Santos.San Sebastian put a gutsy stand in the second set but Pons and Basas stepped up their attack before the Lady Tams reasserted their might in the third with Pons’ last ace wrapping up the one-sided match.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Celine Domingo and Jeanette Villareal also combined for 17 hits for FEU.The Lady Stags scored 24 attack points but yielded 21 points off miscues.Nikka Dalisay paced San Sebastian with 10 points while Daurene Santos and Joyce Sta. Rita combined for 12 points for the Recto-based squad.Earlier, fancied National University whipped San Beda, 25-15, 25-16, 25-18, to join opening day winners La Salle and University of Santo Tomas in the men’s division of the league backed by Mikasa and Asics.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles San Beda edges Lyceum, gains NCAA chess Final Four 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 View comments
MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhilippine Superliga’s one-year ban and P50,000 fine on Iriga open spiker Grethcel Soltones stands.After convening in an emergency meeting on Tuesday, the PSL team owners unanimously denied the appeal of team owner and Iriga mayor Madeline Alfelor to downgrade the penalty for former San Sebastian standout, who apparently violated the tournament’s One League Policy.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda barges into 12th straight Finals, ousts San Sebastian Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The league voted 7-0 and unanimously upheld its decision.Under league rules, Soltones should have been under contract with Iriga for a year as teams are required to sign all their players to a minimum of one-year contract with an exclusivity deal due to the One League Policy. Players under contract could not suit up in any games or tournament outside of the PSL until after their deal is done.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMuch to the team owners’ dismay, Iriga has no contract with Soltones despite her suiting up for the Lady Oragons’ season opener against Sta. Lucia in the ongoing 2017 PSL Grand Prix.Iriga and guest team Victoria Sports- University of Santo Tomas could not vote during the deliberations. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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
No sweep: La Salle takes down top seed Ateneo 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 “To have a coach like that really means a lot for the confidence level of one player. If you’re open, you can take the shot. If you’re free take it. Whoever deserves to be on the court will play. Even if I’m on the bench or on the court, I’ll do my best,” he said.La Salle heads to the Final Four with a twice-to-beat advantage against No. 4 Adamson and Montalbo said the team is right where it wants to be.“We’re really confident. Hopefully, we’ll peak on time. It ain’t over until it’s over and we won’t stop until we get that crown,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kib Montalbo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast time La Salle and Ateneo met, Kib Montalbo lost the ball on the inbounds play which led to the Blue Eagles taking a 76-75 victory in the first round.On Sunday, Montalbo was the hero after drilling the go-ahead floater with 40.3 seconds left in the Green Archers’ 79-76 win abd deal the Blue Eagles their first defeat of UAAP Season 80.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? The Bacolod native said atoning for his costly turnover in the first duel was the least of his concerns.“I wasn’t thinking of making up for that (mistake). I just want to play my game and be aggressive,” he said after winging up with six points, three rebounds, and three assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Coach told me to calm down. Eventually, I did,” he said. “Coach called for a play, didn’t see anyone open because they were denying, and I saw the lane and took what the defense gave me.”It also helps that Ayo continues to trust Montalbo and that faith allows the fourth-year guard to play his usual game. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Embiid had 25 points and 16 rebounds, JJ Redick scored 24 points, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 105-98 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday (Tuesday Manila time).“Especially after what we’ve been through the past four years, I was so excited to play tonight because we’ve been through so much losing,” Embiid said. “And to be able to be one of the few teams in our league that can play on this day, it just shows you how much we’ve improved.”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 folkNeither Embiid nor Redick was cleared to play until going through pregame warmups, and their presence gave the 76ers just enough to win their first Christmas Day appearance since 2001.Embiid, who has been battling a bad back, powered through a big-man duel with Enes Kanter, who had a season-high 31 points and tied a career best with 22 rebounds. He joined Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Bob Lanier as the only players with a 30-20 game on Christmas, according to research provided to the Knicks by Elias. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson “I respect the guy a lot because that guy didn’t play three, four years and coming back (at the) level he’s playing right now,” Kanter said of Embiid. “So it’s cool to play against, go against a guy like that.”Redick, who missed the last game with right hamstring tightness, helped the 76ers pull away from an 89-all tie midway through the fourth quarter. He’s played in Christmas games before — and made clear again he’s not a fan of them — and he thought his young teammates responded well to their first opportunity.“There’s a tendency to try to put on a show instead of just going out and competing, and I think we did a great job of just going out and competing,” Redick said.Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 points for the Knicks, who fell to 22-30 on Christmas with their fifth straight loss on the holiday.Backup point guard T.J. McConnell had Philadelphia’s final eight points of the third quarter, and the 76ers pushed the lead to nine with about 9 minutes left in the game. The Knicks battled back to tied it 89 on Porzingis’ three-point play with 5:20 left, but Philadelphia promptly scored the next seven to go up 96-89 on Redick’s 3-pointer with 3:34 to play.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, left, and New York Knicks’ Michael Beasley battle for position during the second half of an NBA basketball game. APNEW YORK — Joel Embiid has endured too much misery in the NBA to miss one of the fun days on the schedule.So as soon as he knew his back felt up to it, he couldn’t wait to get on the court for his first Christmas Day game.ADVERTISEMENT Philadelphia’s young stars kept the Knicks from getting much closer, with Embiid making a 3-pointer and Ben Simmons stealing Porzingis’ pass and dunking it, both times hiking the lead back to eight.TIP-INS76ers: Coach Brett Brown called Embiid a “borrowed stud” who they get to “inherit” when he is able to play. “He doesn’t practice and he comes in and plays games and we’re trying to grow him into a situation where he is a normal part of a team,” Brown said. … The Sixers franchise is 17-13 on Christmas.Knicks: Hall of Famer Bernard King, who set the Christmas record when he scored 60 points for the Knicks against the Nets in 1984, was at the game. … New York had won seven straight at home over Philadelphia.FULTZ UPDATENo. 1 pick Markelle Fultz, who has missed two months with right shoulder soreness, is on the trip with the 76ers. Brown said the purpose of having the guard from Washington with the team was “to make sure that he understands completely he is a significant part of our future and that we are with him unconditionally.”“We will help move him forward in a timeline that’s responsible and I just like having him with his extended family, his teammates, with me, with us,” Brown added. “Those types of things.”WHAT COULD’VE BEENPorzingis could’ve been playing for the 76ers instead of against them. The Knicks took him with the No. 4 pick in 2015, one spot after Philadelphia went with Jahlil Okafor, who eventually fell out of the rotation entirely and was dealt earlier this month to Brooklyn. But Brown declined to look back, saying “next question” when asked if he ever wondered “what if?” when it came to Porzingis. 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Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLa Salle and University of the Philippines emerge as the heavy favorites to win the first UAAP 3×3 basketball tournament on Sunday at SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.The Green Archers, bannered by Andrei Caracut, Aljun Melecio, Justine Baltazar, and Santi Santillan, as well as the Fighting Maroons, led by Jun Manzo, Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño, and Gelo Vito, are primed to make a deep run in the landmark staging as the collegiate league brings the action from the hardcourt to the half-court.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re going back to our roots because even before I played 5-on-5 basketball, we all started in 3-on-3 in the streets,” said UAAP commissioner Rebo Saguisag. “It was a rite of passage. Manhood was measured by how good you were in the basketball court.”READ: New tournament aims to promote ‘fun, entertaining’ 3×3 basketball FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSeven men’s squad and eight women’s teams will participate in the one-day tournament, which will serve as a demonstration sport this UAAP Season 80.Teams are divided into two groups with crews playing in a single-round elimination format. The top two teams from each group will progress in a crossover semifinals, with the victors facing off in the Finals. 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UST opted to forego a chance to field a squad in the tournament.READ: High expectations for 2018 FIBA 3×3 World CupThe Soaring Falcons will parade Brendan Espeleta, Jude Longalong, June Buenaventura, and Lenda Douanga; the Blue Eagles will lean on Rodney Manuel, Dan Wong, Gabe Natividad, and Quintin Banzon; while the Red Warriors will field Philip Manalang, Mark Maloles, Alvin Pasaol, and Jason Varilla.Also, the Tamaraws will bank on Michael John Casiño, Wendel Comboy, Richard Escoto, and Ken Tuffin while the Bulldogs will rely on JP Cauilan, Chami Diputado, Theo Joshua Flores, and Anthony Sistoza.The women’s side will also have essentially the same groupings.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Rondina says ‘no one to blame but ourselves’ amid losing skid UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed READ: SBP starts forming best PH team for 2018 Fiba 3×3 World CupAdamson (Jonalyn Lacson, Jaime Grace Alcoy, April Cabug and Nathalia Prado), Ateneo (Katrina Guytingco, Johanne Nimes, Nicole Cancio, and Jhazmine Jason), La Salle (Vea Malarde, Lauryn del Campo, Angel Figueroa, and Marga Jimenez), and UE (Christine Cortizano, Joyce Francisco, Princess Pedregosa, and Anna Requiron) will make up Group A, while FEU (Claire Castro, Princess Soraya Jumuad, Valerie Mae Mamaril, and Fatima Quiapo), NU (Jack Animam, Afril Bernardino, Annick Fabienne Edimo Tiky, and Ria Nabalan), UP (Lourdes Ordoveza, Justine Domingo, Christine Iriss Isip, and Gene Amar) and UST (Angelica Anies, Jhenn Angeles, Karla Manuel, and Maria Sangalang) complete Group B.League officials are hoping that the initial staging of the 3×3 event will be a success as it serves as a platform for the discipline on its potential inclusion in the succeeding seasons.READ: 3×3 could be PH’s path to Olympic basketball stint“When 3-on-3 was announced to be an Olympic sport, we discussed it internally in FEU, then afterwards with ABS-CBN as something we wanted to push,” shared FEU athletic director Mark Molina.“This will be the start. Hopefully, this will be a regular sport in the UAAP come next season. If volleyball has indoor and beach volleyball, I don’t see any reason why UAAP can’t have 3×3 as a regular sport in the second semester by Season 81.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next