Month: January 2020

Gordon’s late strike saves MBU

first_imgWestern Bureau:Owayne Gordon scored for the second game running to snatch a dramatic 1-1 draw for Montego Bay United (MBU) against Humble Lion at Westpow Park in the Red Stripe Premier League yesterday.Gordon was on target five minutes before the full-time whistle, to dash the hopes of the travelling Humble Lion supporters. His goal erased Kevon Issacs’ 27th-minute strike for Humble Lion.It is the forward’s third goal of the season and a most welcome one at that, as it also keeps last year’s beaten finalists close to the leaders.MBU now join FC Reno on 10 points and second in the 12-team standings, behind Portmore United (12 pts), who returned to winning ways after edging Cavalier SC 1-0.It was a game that MBU could hardly afford to have lost, and when Humble Lion grabbed the lead halfway into the first half, it left Tim Hankinson’s men with a whole lot to do to recover lost ground against the combative style of the Humble Lion players.Defender Cordel Simpson lost the ball in his third to Issacs, and the midfielder cut inside and unleashed a shot through Jacomeno Barrett’s legs for the opener.Although MBU battled to get back into the contest, it took them the remainder of the first half and 40 minutes of the second before Gordon found the equaliser for his club.MBU entered the game on a high after an easy 4-0 victory in midweek over previously unbeaten Cavalier and must have been brimming with confidence, but Humble Lion, for the past two seasons, have been able to hold their own against them.last_img read more

SANTA goes back to the green again for charity

first_img IMPORTANT ELEMENT The 15th anniversary SANTA Amateur Charity Golf Tournament was launched last Friday at a transformed 18th hole of the Constant Spring Golf and Country Club. The event coincided with the presentation of the newly renovated course and clubhouse for the tournament, which started yesterday and ends today. SANTA, which is an acronym for ‘Seeing A Need, Taking Action’, was conceived as a means of raising funds to support a variety of charitable causes. Since 2001, some $30 million in cash, time, materials and equipment has been contributed. Approximately $3million is expected to be raised in support of this year’s charities: The Wortley Home, Boys’ Town Infant & Primary School, Sickle Cell Trust, and Laws Street Trade Training Centre. During the launch, cheques in the amount of $1 million were presented to the Wortley Home and $300,000 to the Sickle Cell Foundation, respectively. Addressing the launch, Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill praised the organisers and the principals of the club in staging the tournament. “Not only is golf an important element of the tourism mix, the development of a nation is measured by the presence of green areas and recreation spaces such as this one,” the minister said. He also spoke of the ongoing development of Kingston as a visitor destination, with the opening of new properties as the Mariott, and the work now proceeding to renovate the former Hilton Kingston. President of the Constant Spring Golf Club Nigel Davy thanked the sponsors for their dedication, as well as the participants. Addressing the work done on the property, he said, “This is only the beginning. We aim to complete the renovation work by the first quarter of 2016.” The SANTA Charity Golfing event is presented with the support of the CB Facey Foundation (the charity arm of Pan-Jamaican Investment Trust), the Tourism Enhancement Fund, Heineken, Jamaica Broilers, Jamaica National, RJR Group, Proven Investments, ICWI, BCIC, JMMB, Hot Off the Press, Whistling Frog, Power 106, The Gleaner, and other sponsors. Heineken provided a welcome hospitality bar to complement Friday evening’s putting contest on the green of the 18th hole.last_img read more

India trounce Bangladesh for Asia Cup title

first_imgDHAKA (AP):OPENER Shikhar Dhawan hit a career-best 60 as India won the Asia Cup for the sixth time after beating Bangladesh by eight wickets yesterday.The home side was put into bat and posted 120-5 in a rain-hit game that was reduced from 20 to 15 overs after a two-hour delay.World T20 host India won with seven balls to spare, reaching 122-2 as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni smashed a towering midwicket six.Dhawan and Virat Kohli combined for a 94-run partnership for the second wicket after India was reduced to 5-1.Kohli was unbeaten on 41, while Dhoni was on 20.”The top order played sensibly and made it easy for us,” Dhoni said.”It’s looking very good now, we are on track for the World T20. It’s the beauty of the side that everyone is taking responsibility to finishing the game.”Bangladesh’s fast-bowlers Taskin Ahmed (1-14) and Al-Amin Hossain (1-30) shared the wickets.To the delight of the home crowd, Al-Amin broke through in just the second over when he swung one nicely to get the edge of Rohit Sharma (1) who was caught by Soumya Sarkar at first slip.Dhawan and Kohli spent some uncomfortable moments at the crease against the pace of Al-Amin and Taskin. They took their frustration out on Abu Haider, who was playing his first match. Haider conceded 14 runs in his first over and the quick didn’t bowl further in the match.Both Dhawan and Kohli also found Shakib Al Hasan’s left-arm spin to their liking as they kept India in the hunt.Dhoni hurried the victory for India with 20 off six balls including one four and two sixes.”We are disappointed, no doubt. They played really well and we couldn’t keep the pressure,” Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said.”We have exciting batsmen and bowlers, hopefully this team will carry on from here.”last_img read more

Spence Jr climbing to the top 3 -Top boxer with J’can roots wins big

first_imgErrol Spence Jr., a 26-year old boxer with Jamaica roots, considered to be one of the brightest prospects for a world welterweight title, saw his stocks soar last Saturday night. Spence Jr scored a sensational fifth round knockout victory over well-known contender Chris Algieri in a fight that took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and was broadcast worldwide by NBC as part of their Premier Boxing Series. The fight was scheduled for 10 rounds. The fighter, whose father Errol Spence Sr. hails from Hanover, was born in New York and lives in Texas. He is ranked No. 2 by the International Boxing Federation( IBF), No. 6 by the( WBC) and No. 7 by the World Boxing Association (WBA). He will now move up in the rankings. Spence boasts a 20-0 record with 17 knockouts and looked great as he dismantled Algeiri, who now has a 21-3 record, and was knocked out for the first time, although he has fought the likes of Manny Pacguiao in 2014 and Amir Khan in 2015. Spence was impressive from the opening bell and kept the pressure on Algieri from the start. He attacked his opponent primarily with body shots, but from time to time he switched swiftly to the head and found him wide open. He floored him with a sharp left hook to the head in round four and then in similar manner twice in the fifth round. On the second occasion, Algieri landed heavily on the canvas and seeing that he was badly hurt, the referee did not even bother to pick up the count from the timekeeper. It was a sweet victory for Spence, who said afterwards that he believed from the start that he would win by knockout, but expected it to be later in the fight, as his opponent is an accomplished fighter. He immediately threw out a challenge to the IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook, saying “let’s get it on Kell, I am ready for anybody.” Also on the card was Marcus Browne, 18-0, another boxer with Jamaican ties, who fought a light heavyweight contest against Radivoje Kalejdzic 20-1 and won by split decision.last_img read more

Stadium record in hammer throw at JII

first_imgAmerican Gwen Berry and Trinidad and Tobago’s Shakeil Waithe captured the women’s hammer throw and men’s javelin, respectively, at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet yesterday.In the first final, Berry set a National Stadium and meet record with a throw of 73.82 metres in the hammer. Another American, Jene Stephens McCall (71.06m), was second, and Britain’s Sophie Hitch (70.65m), third.Waithe had a winning throw of 76.30m in the javelin. The United States duo, Riley Dolezal (76.26m) and Cypress Hostetler (74.25m) took second and third. Jamaica’s Orlando Thomas (69.92m) was sixth.There was also early action in development events involving promising local athletes.World University Games 100 metres silver medallist Shimarya Williams and Kemarley Brown captured the women’s and men’s 100m, respectively. Williams clocked 11.39 seconds with Brown topping the men in a swift 10.03.Jody Ann Muir won the women’s 400m in 52.08 seconds, ahead of Dawnalee Loney, who ran a personal best 52.38.G.C. Foster College’s Demish Gaye maintained his great 2016 form, winning the men’s one-lap event in 45.61. Javere Bell (46.94) was second.last_img read more

Chile, Boyz clash today in friendly

first_imgJamaica’s Reggae Boyz will face hosts Chile at Estadio Sausalito in Viña del Mar in a friendly match today as part of preparations for the upcoming Copa America Centenario. Match time is 6:30 p.m. The third-ranked Chile, under new manager Juan Antonio Pizzi, have been very inconsistent recently and will be hoping for a good result against Jamaica. In South American World Cup qualifying they lost recently to Uruguay (3-0) and Argentina (2-1) before defeating Venezuela 4-1. The Reggae Boyz were the invited team for last year’s edition of Copa America in Chile, but lost all three matches by 1-0 scorelines. Coach Winfried Sch‰fer will be hoping on an improved showing in the tournament this time. Juan Antonio Pizzi has largely stuck to the players who earned the Copa title under Jorge Sampaoli last year with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas as the key men once again. Reggae Boyz team manager Roy Simpson told The Gleaner earlier this week: “The Chile game is to look at the local players and areas that need addressing.” LAST WARM-UP Like Jamaica, Chile are preparing for the Copa Centenario tournament and today’s clash with the Reggae Boyz is the last warm-up before they play Argentina, Bolivia, and Panama in the tournament in June. Jamaica will be looking to hit form before they take on Venezuela, Mexico and Uruguay in the Copa America Centenario. With the injury to Darren Mattocks, all eyes will be on Giles Barnes to find the ball in the back of the net alongside Dever Orgill, Simon Dawkins, Clayton Donaldson and Allan Ottey. Sch‰fer has already said that today’s match is a big chance for the local-based Reggae Boyz to impress, therefore, Montego Bay United’s Ottey, who has been with the squad for some time, and Andrew Vanzie of Humble Lion, Harbour View’s Rosario Harriott, and Portmore Michael Binns could see some action as Jamaica prepares for the Copa America tournament and crucial World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Haiti in September The squad is: Gareth McLeary, Ryan Thompson, Michael Hector, Dever Orgill, Clayton Donaldson, Giles Barnes, Jobi McAnuff, Duwayne Kerr, Je-Vaughn Watson, Lee Williamson, Simon Dawkins, Adrian Mariappa, Kemar Lawrence, Jermaine Taylor, Ricardo Morris, Damano Solomon, Andrew Vanzie, Rosario Harriott and Allan Ottey.last_img read more

KC, Vere dominate Hugo Chambers 5k

first_imgVERE Technical’s Kris-Ann Plummer and Kingston College’s Ari Rogers were crowned female and male champions, respectively, at yesterday’s staging of the Hugo Chambers 5K event at Jamaica College.Fifteen year-old Plummer topped the overall female section in 20:38.73 minutes, leading a clean sweep of the top-three spots for the John Mair-coached team, with Alecia Young taking second place in 20:41.32 and third going to Alysha Skyers in 21:13.14.Plummer was pleased with her win, which was her first on the road.”This is my first road race victory and I am very pleased and I am also happy to know that I won for my teammate, Britnie Dixon, who stopped during the race due to a knee injury,”‘ said Plummer.Uganda national Rodgers was very impressive in winning the male event as he won, going away from rivals in a smart time of 15:35.85. His teammate Shane Buchanan finished second in 16:03.88 with Nicholas Elliot making it a clean sweep of the top three spots for the North Street – based institution, finishing third in 17:03.63.Race director Alan Beckford was pleased with the overall staging of the event.”We achieved our main objective once again as this meet is one for development. We cater also for one mile, and two mile and it was a wonderful evening,” said Beckford, who stated that he was very impressed with the times done.Other ResultsTwo-mile males:1. Trees Rhoden – KC – 10:25.902. Billy Watson- Mavis Bank – 10:29.543. Taj Michael Hinds-Mona – 10:34.75Two-mile females 13-151. Shanty Chamberlain- Mavis Bank – 12:14.502. Pates ha Ellis -St Jago – 12:31.293. Rushelle Johnson- St Jago – 12:41.65Two-mile 16-19 females1. Chris Ann Lewis – St Jago – 12:28.372. Tara Bert -St Jago- 13:05.883. Latice Morgan-Mavis Bank – 13:15.60last_img read more

Kane vs Lukaku: Duel of the in-form strikers

first_img 3 p.m: West Ham vs Chelsea Tomorrow’s games LONDON (AP) They are 23-year-old strikers in the form of their lives, leading the race to be the English Premier League’s top scorer, and blossoming after circuitous routes to the top of the game. One is lean, hard-working, and can score all types of goals. The other has a boxer’s build, has been criticised for his work rate, and relies on physique over technique. Both are model professionals off the field and highly sought-after for being so consistent at doing one of the hardest jobs in football. And they are going head to head on Sunday at White Hart Lane. Born within 77 days of each other, Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku are the priceless assets that Tottenham and Everton who have recently been just outside English football’s established elite want to build their futures around. Kane and Lukaku have each scored a league-high 17 goals, along with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, and have more than 20 goals for club and country this season. Kane has three hat-tricks in his last nine appearances, while Lukaku recently scored four in a game. Kane might just have the edge between them, perhaps because he plays for a superior team. Tottenham are second in the league and Everton seventh. He made a surprising breakthrough at Spurs in the 2014-15 season, after loans spells in the lower leagues with Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich, and Leicester, where his scoring wasn’t prolific. Now he is first choice at his local club he has 20 goals in all competitions for the third straight season and for England. Kane is striving to retain the league’s Golden Boot after scoring 25 goals last season, and believes he is “up there” with the best in the world on current form. “When people have said I’m a one-season wonder, that’s motivated me,” Kane said. “I want to prove them wrong and I know, in myself, that I will always score.” Lukaku a powerfully built, 6-foot-3 (1.90m) striker has just tied Duncan Ferguson as Everton’s highest-ever scorer in the Premier League with 60 goals. His tally came in 129 games as opposed to Ferguson’s 239 across two spells. The Belgium international also had to fight to get to where he is after failing to establish himself at Chelsea, which he joined from Anderlecht in 2011 as a seemingly natural heir for Didier Drogba. He had spells on loan at West Bromwich Albion in 2012-13 (scoring 17 league goals) and then at Everton the following season (15), before completing a permanent club-record move to Goodison Park in 2014. Under Ronald Koeman, who was hired as Everton manager in the last off season, Lukaku is working harder off the ball than previously, putting himself about outside the area as well as inside it. Diego Costa (16 goals) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (15) are the others fighting for the Golden Boot in what is proving to be a season for the big-name striker. Sunday’s games LIVERPOOL vs ARSENAL ON THIS WEEKEND 8:30 a.m: Tottenham vs Everton 11 a.m: Sunderland vs Man Citycenter_img 7:30 a.m: Man United vs Bournemouth 10 a.m: Leicester vs Hull City 10 a.m: Stoke City vs Middlesbrough 10 a.m: Swansea vs Burnley 10 a.m: Watford vs Southampton 10 a.m: West Brom vs Crystal Palace 12:30 a.m: Liverpool vs Arsenal The teams have been struggling for form and confidence since the turn of the year, and the losing team at Anfield will likely drop to sixth place, behind a resurgent Manchester United. This is the Arsenal players’ first league outing in three weeks, and they won’t have another for two more weeks. Liverpool have one league win in seven attempts in 2017. While the team has lost five games against teams in the bottom half of the standings this season, it is unbeaten in eight matches against other sides occupying the top six. Points standing Monday’s game Pts P W D L GF GA GD 1. Chelsea 63 26 20 3 3 55 19 36 2. Tottenham 53 26 15 8 3 50 18 32 3. Man City 52 25 16 4 5 51 29 22 4. Arsenal 50 25 15 5 5 54 28 26 5. Liverpool 49 25 14 7 5 55 33 21 6. Man United 48 25 13 9 3 38 21 17 7. Everton 44 26 12 8 6 42 27 15 8. West Brom 40 26 11 7 8 36 32 4 9. West Ham 33 26 9 6 11 35 44 -9 10. Stoke 32 26 8 8 10 30 40 -10 11. Burnley 31 26 8 4 13 28 37 -9 12. Watford 31 26 8 7 11 30 43 -13 13. S’hampton 30 25 8 6 11 28 31 -3 14. B’mouth 26 26 7 5 14 36 51 -15 15. Leicester 24 26 6 6 14 27 44 -17 16. Swansea 24 26 7 3 16 32 57 -25 17. M’brough 22 26 4 0 12 19 28 -9 18. C Palace 22 26 6 4 16 33 46 -13 19. Hull 21 26 5 6 15 23 50 -27 20. Sunderland 19 26 5 4 17 24 48 -29last_img read more

Froome takes back Tour de France yellow jersey from Aru

first_imgWell before the frenetic finale, veteran French rider Thomas Voeckler launched hostilities on the outskirts of Toulouse.Under a bright sunshine, Voeckler was joined at the front by four other riders who took advantage of the peloton’s apathy.The pack, however, kept the quintet on a leash as they rolled through the Aveyron province, keeping its deficit under 2 1/2 minutes.With less than 100 kilometers left, the peloton passed Carmaux, the hometown of French Socialist leader Jean Jaures. But there was no sign of insurrection within the pack, with the Sunweb, Bahrain, and BMC teams riding at the front at a pedestrian pace.But when the road began to climb, the leading group struggled to stay together. Thomas De Gendt went solo with 36.5 kilometers left but the Lotto rider lacked stamina and could not resist the peloton’s chase on roads with constant ups and downs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Froome said his teammates played an essential role in keeping him at the front, allowing him to pounce on the final climb while Aru was stuck.In the last frenzied dash, Froome said teammate Michal Kwiatowski was urging him on over their radio system, yelling: “Froomey, go, go, go! There are gaps everywhere!”Froome remained wary, because the top five were still very close. He said he’d always expected this Tour to be very open, with its atypical route over all five of France’s mountain ranges, a prediction that is coming true, with just 29 seconds separating the top four.“Everyone is fighting for every second they can get,” Froome said. “The time I made up today could be very vital.”Matthews, who beat Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet in the sprint to claim his second stage win at the Tour, said he’d targeted the stage win all year, and trained specifically for the last climb.The Australian rider also eyed this stage when the Tour last visited Rodez in 2015. But he was riding injured that year, with four broken ribs. He said he planned to celebrate the stage victory with champagne.It was the second consecutive win for the Sunweb team, after Warren Barguil’s victory on Friday, Bastille Day.Matthews described his emotions crossing the line as “disbelief.”He was so assured of victory that he sat up at the end and cruised over the line.“I’ve been dreaming of winning like that since I started cycling,” he said. “I could sit up and enjoy the win in the Tour de France.” LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade 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 It was unclear whether the Italy champion suffered a mechanical problem in the closing stages, or simply made a mistake by riding at the back.Froome, who trailed Aru by six seconds at the start of the stage in Blagnac, was well positioned at the front and had no problem tackling the final climb. He finished hot on the heels of Matthews.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’center_img Britain’s Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, pours water on his arms to cool off while Italy’s Fabio Aru, wearing the best climber’s dotted jersey, second left, drinks during the eighth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 187.5 kilometers (116.5 miles) with start in Dole and finish in Station des Rousses, France, Saturday, July 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)RODEZ, France — Fabio Aru was dropped in the last 500 meters of Stage 14 of the Tour de France won by Michael Matthews and relinquished the yellow jersey to Chris Froome on Saturday.Aru lost touch with the leaders in the final short, sharp ascent of the Cote de Saint Pierre in the town of Rodez and crossed the line 25 seconds behind Matthews.ADVERTISEMENT “I need to say thank you to my teammates who rode at the front in the final 10 kilometers,” he said. “In the final climb we made a big difference on other favorites. Every second counts at this Tour.”Froome enjoys an 18-second advantage over Aru, who is paying for the weakness of his Astana team, which lost key member Jakon Fuglsang on Friday after he broke a wrist and elbow.French rider Romain Bardet, the runner-up to Froome last year, is 23 seconds back from the leader, in third place.In fourth is Rigoberto Uran, who stuck with Froome on the final climb. He trails the Briton by 29 seconds overall.Froome could hardly believe he won back so much time and recovered the yellow jersey on a stage that, on paper, didn’t seem set up to pose such difficulties for Aru.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LATEST STORIES IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Venus Williams falls short of 6th Wimbledon title at age 37 View commentslast_img read more

Creamline sits star, takes Game 1 anyway

first_imgEarlier, Mega Builders and Cignal TV toppled their respective rivals to move closer to forging a duel for the men’s crown in the mid-season conference of the country’s premier league organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa and Asics.The Volley Bolt got back at the Air Force Jet Spikers, fighting back from two sets down and hacking out a 19-25, 16-25, 25-20, 26-24, 15-10 decision, while the HD Spikers thwarted the Sta. Elena side, 25-16, 25-16, 20-25, 25-18, at the start of their respective best-of-three series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Coming off a fourth set loss, we thought of stepping up in the fifth,” Vargas said. “We were able to communicate and everybody contributed.”In putting a foot inside the Finals, Creamline ran its winning streak to eight games after sweeping the classification phase of the mid-season conference organized by Sports Vision.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’And the Cool Smashers did it despite the continued absence of Valdez.Valdez, a member of the national team that will see action in two tournaments this month, got the green light from the national volleyball federation to suit up for the Cool Smashers for the playoffs. Ginebra flattens NLEX on the road Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But team management later decided to give the former two-time league MVP the rest she deserves following a grueling 17-day training with the national team in the Japan.Creamline officials also released a statement later saying Valdez will sit out the rest of the conference.The Cool Smashers haven’t lost a step since losing Valdez to national team duties, and they showed the ability to handle pressure minus their star player by saving four match points to steal the third set and then rebounding from a lopsided loss in the fourth with a dominant showing in the decider.Vargas stood out in that emphatic stretch, firing away power-packed spikes that bamboozled the Water Defenders.Creamline shoots for the championship berth in Game 2 at 6:30 p.m. Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her After celebrating their Game 1 victory, the Creamline Cool Smashers will walk into Game 2 with a chance to seal a Finals berth. —AUGUST DELA CRUZRosemarie Vargas stepped up when Creamline needed her the most, providing the key points in the decisive set for a 25-19, 13-25, 28-26, 18-25, 15-7 decision over BaliPure Saturday night to inch closer to a maiden finals berth in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Vargas filled in for superstar Alyssa Valdez, who Creamline opted to sit out at the last minute, and pumped seven of her 19 points in the fifth set, including five hits off the block, as the former Far Eastern U standout perplexed the Water Defenders with her power to give the Cool Smashers a 1-0 headstart in their best-of-three semifinal series.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 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 respitelast_img read more