Hubert Lawrence: World Juniors in Kingston again?

first_imgIt’s like a nightmare you want to end. The investigations concerning high-level drug test ‘bandooloo’ mar our collective memory of competitions past. Yet, the fallout from the Russian scandal had produced one positive outcome and that is the opportunity to bid to host the 2016 World Junior Championships. With Russia banned from hosting International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) events, the memories of the 2002 World Juniors have come rushing back. One writer on Facebook, Donovan White, says his recollections give him goose pimples. Like everyone else who was there during the Kingston staging of those memorable days in July 2002, White recalled the sea of yellow shirts filling the National Stadium night after night, heightened goodwill and the rise of patriotism that were part and parcel of that event. By the time the World Juniors came to Kingston, attendance had gone flat since the meet’s inception in 1986. Before and since, this flagship Under-20 championship has been contested in front of empty seats instead of cheering fans. By contrast, Kingston roared when super Swede Carolina Kluft and Croatia’s Blanka Vlasic did victory laps carrying their own national flags and the black-green-and-gold. When 15 year-old Usain Bolt saluted fans after his 200-metre victory, they engulfed the young titan with love. Understandably, Ethiopian Meseret Defar was applauded for her 3000/5000 double. Housed at the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology, competing teams travelled with ease to the stadium for their events. The warm-up track at Stadium East brought Jamaica in line with international regulations and made hosting the event a breeze. Those elements are still in place and if a bid were made to host the 2016 Championships, The Mico University College could make its student accommodations available too. By the same token, the UWI/Usain Bolt Track could be an additional practice venue for all the teams. The National Stadium has hosted international events since it opened in 1962 for the CAC Games. The Commonwealth Games followed in 1966. With Boys and Girls’ Championships and the 12-year-old Jamaica Invitational run to international standards, Jamaica can claim to be among the world leaders in staging high-calibre athletics. One major expense would be avoided this time. In 2002, the National Stadium track was relaid for the World Juniors. Today’s blue surface was laid in 2011 and is in good condition. For a point of comparison, one set of figures pinpoints the 2015 resurfacing of the G.C. Foster College track at J$171 million. POSSIBLE JUNIOR TEAM Athletically, the 2016 Jamaican team would likely be led by reigning World Junior 400 hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde and Youth Olympic 200 champion Natalliah Whyte. Medal hopes extend to Akeem Bloomfield, the winner of the 2015 Champs Class One 400 in 44.96 seconds. To see them against young American hopes like Candace Hill, Kaylin Whitney and Sydney McLaughlin, the Japanese World Youth 100/200 champion Sani Brown and Caribbean sprint gems Mario Burke of Barbados and Khalifa St Fort of Trinidad and Tobago is a dream for every sports fan. The key question is where will the money come from. Given that our Bahamian friends reportedly lost money on the 2014 World Relays and with our exchange rate at J$120 to US$1, that question will have to be answered before the green light goes on. If staging the World Juniors passes the financial test, then the world can come back to Kingston. – Hubert Lawrence attended the 2002 World Juniors and the 2003 Netball World Cup, both held at Independence Park.last_img read more

STOKE CITY VS MAN CITY

first_imgBUTLAND,JOHNSON, WILSON, WOLLSCHEID, PIETERS,ADAM, WHELAN,SHAQIRI, BOJAN, ARNAUTOVIC,WALTERSMANCHESTER CITY(4-2-3-1)BONY,STERLING, TOURE, DE BRUYNE,DELPH, FERNANDINHO,KOLAROV, OTAMENDI, DEMICHELIS, SAGNA,CABALLEROOn Tuesday, both teams reached the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup. Stoke beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 while Manchester City won 4-1 against Hull City.City also returned to the top of the Barclays Premier League last Saturday when they beat Southampton 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium, though they are ahead of second-placed Leicester only on goal difference. But of the 30 goals City have scored so far, only seven (23.3%) have been netted away from home – the same as bottom club Aston Villa.However, they have also conceded just four goals on their travels, the fewest in the Premier League. And given that Stoke City have scored just five goals at the Britannia Stadium, the visitors should be hopeful of holding on to top spot.Stoke have only 11 goals overall, the fewest in the Premier League, and have won five of their 14 games so far this season, but only two victories have come at home. However, if form is repeated, a draw could be on the cards. Of the seven Premier League games between these teams at Stoke, no fewer than five were drawn.Stoke’s only home win over City in the Premier League came in January 2009.last_img read more

Thomas targets big leap – Triple jumper sets sights on 15m, 4x400m

first_imgTake one look at Jamaican Olympic triple jump hopeful Shanieka Thomas and her potential is obvious. At six-foot tall and 145 pounds, she is built almost exactly like world record holder Inessa Kravets. Thomas, 11th at the 2015 World Championships, knows the similarity and hopes one day to match the Ukrainian’s fine achievements. Kravets set the record – 15.50 metres – at the 1995 Worlds and took gold as well at the 1996 Olympics. “The fact that the world record holder has the same build as me is encouragement to show I’m able to achieve the world record or even more,” she observed after a training session at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies last week. “A lot of people don’t remember that the world record holder has a really slim build,” she pinpointed. Thomas, a three-time US collegiate champion at San Diego State University, left California to train at Mona last season. “Everyone was asking me, ‘Why come back to Jamaica and there’s not a lot of people doing well in the field events?’,” she recalled. “It’s hard to have a lot of people doing well in the field events if nobody actually comes home to show the talent the coaches have here,” she analysed. “So it’s a big jump, and it was risky at first, but I like the transition because it’s been going well.” With astute advice from her coach, Kerry-Lee Ricketts, the former Vere Technical High School student-athlete qualified for the Worlds at the last opportunity with a winning 14.23-metre jump at the NACAC Championships in Costa Rica. Now their goal is to make her faster and stronger. MORE SPEED “This year,” she revealed, “we’re focusing on getting more speed down the runway, as well as strengthening, making sure I’m more powerful.” Now almost 24, Thomas has great respect for retired 2005 World Champion Trecia Smith and her former Vere Technical teammate, Kimberly Williams, who in 2014 succeeded Smith as Commonwealth champion. Mention of Smith’s national record of 15.16 metres and Thomas glows. “That’s a really big performance, and I would love to jump at least 15.01,” she envisioned, “just to be over the mark.” During her San Diego years, the 2008 Carifta Games Under-17 champion ran relays on a regular basis. Now she dreams of running the 4×400 in black green and gold. “Every season, I contemplate doing the 400, but when I start thinking about the training for the 400,” she shudders, “I’m like, no. I’m going to stick with the triple jump.” She is encouraged by the relay running of World and Olympic triple jump men’s champion Christian Taylor at the 2014 World Relays. “If it’s not the Olympics or the World Championships,” she said, “if it’s even like the Pan-Am Games or something like that, I want to run a 4×4 … for Jamaica.” Runs over 350 and 400 metres are part of her background training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and she says “you’ll maybe see me on the 4×4 for UWI for the preparation towards Rio”.last_img read more

Crucial Appeal wins CTL’s final feature

first_imgYesterday’s race meet at Caymanas Park marked the end of an era, as Supreme Ventures will assume responsibility for the racing complex, effective Tuesday, March 7, this through the divestment process.Although the track will retain its name, Caymanas Track Limited (CTL), previously the sole promoters of horse racing in Jamaica, will now hand over to Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited, a subsidiary of gaming giant Supreme Ventures Limited.This being the last meet before the takeover, CTL directed that there would be no carry-overs in exotic bets. As a result, mandatory payments were made after the last race on the Pick-9, Super-6, Pick-4, Triple and Hi-five wagers.Meanwhile, the management of Supreme Ventures has already had meetings with various stakeholders.When contacted during the races at Caymanas Park yesterday, Paul Hoo, chairman of Supreme Ventures Limited, said further meetings are scheduled for tomorrow with the owners, breeders and OTB franchise owners to pave the way for a smooth transition on Tuesday morning.Meanwhile, yesterday’s meet, which saw each of the races run in honour of CTL directors and an the open allowance feature in honour of Finance Minister Audley Shaw, saw six favourites being unsaddled in the winners’ enclosure.They included CRUCIAL APPEAL at 6-5 in the Hon Audley Shaw Trophy over the straight, the seven-year-old gelding coming through on the stands’ side early in the last furlong to beat hat-trick seeker GARY GLITTER (2-1) and long-time leader SIR BUDGET (5-2) by 23/4 lengths in a field of nine.RECORD TIMERidden by three-time champion Dane Nelson for trainer Dwight Chen and owner Howard Hamilton, CRUCIAL APPEAL covered the distance in near track record time of 56.4 behind splits of 22.2, 44.3.Earlier in the afternoon, 4-5 favourite SUPREME MAGIC beat 7-2 chance on the wire to lift the Roderick ‘Pilot’ Francis Memorial Cup (claiming $180,000) over 1200 metres, with Shamaree Muir riding for trainer Neive Graham and popular owner O’Shaun Connection.The Hon Fayval Williams Trophy over 1400 metres saw 8-1 chance ROGAMMA winning in a driving finish from 3-2 favourite LAWS OF THE CODE to give trainer Richard Azan his first win of the season.last_img read more

Big shot confrontation at Champs

first_imgFormer Cornwall College and Calabar High School thrower Warren Barrett and expert throws coach Marlon Gayle will be watching the Boys and Girls’ Champs Class 1 shot put extra keenly. Barrett and Gayle expect big putts from reigning champion Kyle Mitchell of Calabar and season-leading Petersfield High School ace Kevin Nedrick, but neither is 100 per cent sure who will win. Barrett is hoping his former Calabar training partner will win, but Gayle is simply envisaging a great duel.Speaking at the G.C. Foster College for Sports and Physical Education, where he lectures and coaches, Gayle believes that the record of 19.52m will fall. “I think it’s time for the record to go,” he said at the Central Championships. He traced the ownership of the record from Ashinia Miller, who put 18.98m in 2011; to Fedrick Dacres; at 19.29m in 2013; and to the present holder, Demar Gayle, whom he coached at Edwin Allen. “If you check historically,” he recalled, “Ashinia had it about two years; Dacres took it, and Dacres had it for two years.””Demar did the very same,” he recounted of young Gayle’s 2015 mark of 19.52m.”It is two years old now,” pronounced the coach, “and I think it is time.” His guess is based on Nedrick’s outstanding 2017 season and his 20.08m throw at the CARIFTA Trials.Barrett believes in Mitchell. “I still think Kyle can come on top,” he said recently, “because both guys are capable of one big throw.” Mitchell’s big missile upset Barrett at Champs last year when it landed 19.27m from the circle. “That’s what I’ve noticed about both of them,” he expertly observed, “because last year, both of them threw 19m once, and it was to the shock of many.”Asked what makes the tall and athletic Nedrick so good, Gayle said, “This is a young man that loves competition, and I really admire that”. But he gives Mitchell high ratings in part because of fine work by Calabar throws genius Julian Robinson. “Based on what I’ve seen in Kyle, it’s just to put a few things together and I think from there, it should an exciting competition.”He is longing for a restaging of the 2013 shot fest between Dacres and Chadwick DaCosta from Kingston College. “That was an awesome competition,” the coach said.THRILLING SHOT PUTThe Class 1 shot put has been a thriller all season long. When Nedrick and Mitchell met at the Charlie Fuller Memorial at Manchester High in January, Mitchell took the lead with his last effort with a distance of 18.33m. The Petersfield boy cranked up a final-throw heartbreaker of 18.85m to win. He followed that with heaves of 19.05m at the STETHS Invitational and 18.94m at Western Champs.Nevertheless, Barrett hopes that the Calabar tradition in the throws will continue. “I think that Kyle can come out on top, hopefully, with a 20m throw,” he said in the knowledge that Miller’s national junior record is 20.12m. “I’ve been talking to him and mentoring him about some things I’ve done last year,” Barrett revealed, “and how he can improve on that, so I’ve been talking to him and, hopefully, if it’s God’s will, he’ll come on top at Champs once again.””He’s a very good, very good competitor,” Barrett said of Nedrick. “He’s one of the best I’ve seen since I started track and field.”last_img read more

John Chin tops COTECC ranking

first_imgFollowing his success at two regional tennis tournaments in as many weeks, Jamaica’s John Chin now holds the number-one spot for U14 Boys in Central America and the Caribbean combined as determined by the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) regional governing body, COTECC (ConfederaciÛn de Tenis de CentroamÈrica y el Caribe).The 13-year-old Chin won both the singles and doubles titles at the Boys Under-14 events in Trinidad’s Trinity Cup, held last month, in Port-of-Spain. After defeating Julian Lozano of Costa Rica in three sets, he went on to cinch the doubles title with his partner, James McKenzie, of Barbados. Chin claimed the runner-up spot for the U14 singles in Barbados C.O. Williams Junior International Competition a week before and won the doubles event with his partner, Alejandro Licea, of El Salvador.WILD CARDChin’s current ranking may possibly earn him a wild card by COTECC to participate in this year’s Mexican Tennis Federation’s ‘Abiertos 100’, a series of four tournaments held this June to August, that grants the most points in their U14 national ranking.Trained by Ryan Russell of the Russell Tennis Academy, Chin, an eighth-grade student at the Heinz Simonitsch School, receives continuous support from his principal, Diane Girvan, and all his teachers, who ensure that he stays on top of his academic work when participating in overseas tournaments. Tennis Jamaica, the island’s national association for the sport, also provides valuable support and encouragement to the young junior.last_img read more

NBA: Durant offered kind words to Paul George on what to expect with Thunder

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 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 Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant (52) guards Indiana Pacers’ Paul George during the USA Basketball Showcase game Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Las Vegas.  APKevin Durant’s departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Golden State Warriors still leaves a sour taste in most people’s mouths.Over a year since his decision, the reigning NBA Finals MVP still relishes his time with the organization, as evidenced by him putting in a good word for the team’s newest dynamic wing player, Paul George.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission View comments “He was pretty high on them. He thought it was a first-class organization in every way,” George said.Meanwhile, the former Indiana Pacers superstar also publicly addressed his change of teams for the first time.“There’s no right way to handle it,” he told the news outlet. ”I get the frustration. I get why people are upset. But at the same time, I want the average fan to understand that we only get a small window to play this game and more than anything you want to be able to play for a championship.”He added: “I love Indiana. That will always be a special place for me and I’m sorry for not holding on. But I wasn’t sure we’d ever get a team together to compete for a championship and that’s where all this came from.”  Khristian Ibarrola  /raADVERTISEMENT LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Mayweather to quit for good after McGregor bout Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ READ: Paul George heading to Thunder, Griffin stays with Clippers – reportsAccording to Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated, Durant had nothing but kind words for his former franchise.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’“KD was like, ‘That place will blow you away,’” George, who reached out to former Thunder players to get an idea of the franchise, revealed. ‘They can offer what other teams can’t in terms of the people and the preparation and the facility, down to the chefs and the meals.’Contrary to the supposed animosity he has with some of his former OKC teammates, Durant made sure to praise the city he played for in his first nine seasons in the league. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

Star stops San Miguel, stays unbeaten

first_imgMarcio Lassiter added 24 points with his third and final 3-pointer pulling SMB within two, 100-98, with 20.3 ticks remaining before Sangalang went 4-of-4 from the free throw line to end the game.Fajardo is expected to be out at least two weeks due to a calf injury he sustained in San Miguel’s 97-91 win over TNT on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ “It’s all about team effort. It’s all about the teamwork and the game plan of the coaches,” said Star head coach Chito Victolero.The Beermen, who played without their reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, went on a 12-2 run after Arwind Santos’ putback cut the Hotshots’ lead down to two, 97-95, with 1:11 remaining.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’Malcolm Hill also helped Star keep San Miguel at bay with a clutch triple, 100-95, with 1:02 left. Hill finished with 20 points and nine rebounds.Wendell McKines powered the Beermen with 27 points and 22 rebounds but he missed a potential game-tying basket with Hill contesting his attempt underneath the basket inside the last 20 seconds. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View commentscenter_img McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur PBA IMAGESStar blew a big lead late before surviving San Miguel Beer, 104-98, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Ian Sangalang capped his double-double effort of 18 points and 11 rebounds with four game-sealing free throws in the final 10 seconds for the Hotshots, who climbed to 3-0 and dealt the Beermen their first loss in three games.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Three Filipinos see action in ONE Macau card LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanslast_img read more

Khan fears for McGregor in Mayweather bout

first_imgBishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Phoenix Suns guard Knight to miss season after knee op OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson With the bout expected to bring in more than $60 million at the gate, the commission could earn as much as $1.2 million.But Bob Bennett, the executive director of the commission, hit back at suggestions of a conflict of interest.“As a regulator, I take offense to the fact that we’re approving this fight for fiduciary reasons,” Bennett said. “That’s totally unfair, and it’s simply not true.” McGregor has never fought in a professional boxing contest and is a huge underdog against Mayweather, a 49-0 fighter regarded as one of the best boxers in history.“It’s like a tennis player trying to play badminton,” Khan said.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’“So he (McGregor) should not show too much too balls in this fight. If he starts getting a beating — step out man,” he added.“He needs to think about himself in this fight, because if he gets seriously injured, he might not ever be the same fighter or he might not even fight again.” LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies MOST READ Conor McGregor stands on stage during a weigh-in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing bout Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — British boxer Amir Khan fears Conor McGregor could face serious injury as the Irishman prepares to face Floyd Mayweather here Saturday.Former light-welterweight world champion Khan told the MMA Hour television show Friday he believed mixed martial arts star McGregor could be hurt in what he expects will be a one-sided meeting with Mayweather in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Khan’s fears reflect wider misgivings by some in the boxing community who believe Saturday’s money-spinning superfight should never have been sanctioned on safety grounds.The head of the Association of Ringside Physicians, Larry Lovelace, is among those who believe Nevada should not have granted a licence to the fight.“We were very surprised this bout was even sanctioned and was going to be permitted to carry on,” Lovelace was quoted as saying by the New York Times.“The thing I really fear, truly fear, is that somebody’s going to get really hurt.”The Nevada State Athletic Commission, which sanctioned the fight, has a financial interest in the fight going ahead, earning a slice of the gross ticket receipts.ADVERTISEMENT 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 What’s in store for your animal sign this year National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Last seat

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Far Eastern U seeks to complete a stunning reversal, while Ateneo hopes its impressive season won’t go for naught.The stage is set for a dogfight between the Blue Eagles and Tamaraws on Wednesday as they dispute the right to face defending champion La Salle in the best-of-three finals of UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Tamaraws outplayed and outhustled the Eagles for long stretches last Sunday with former Ateneo players Arvin Tolentino and Hubert Cani doing some of the damage on both ends of the floor. FEU also got solid games from graduating player Ron Dennison and Richard Escoto.FEU coach Olsen Racela said it would take more than their performance last Sunday to overcome the Eagles in the decider.“It was our best game so far and we’re hoping that it happens in Game 2,” said Racela, a rookie coach in the UAAP.“Actually, I told the players that we’re peaking at the right time so we’re looking forward to the game on Wednesday.”The Tamaraws entered the Final Four with an even 7-7 record, but looked sharper on both ends of the floor against the Eagles, whose only other loss came against fierce rival La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? New Pinoy boxing star Ancajas burns bright Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “The tough games we went through in the elimination round helped us (against Ateneo),” said Racela.“But then again, it will be about defending Ateneo’s disciplined offense. We did that last Sunday, but it’s not going to be enough on Wednesday so we have to find more ways to beat them.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES The Tamaraws forced a do-or-die encounter with an 80-67 dumping of the Eagles last Sunday in their initial Final Four meeting. But Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin remains confident enough that the Eagles can turn the tables on the Tamaraws in their rubber match.The Eagles won all but one of their 14 games in the elimination round, including two victories over the Tamaraws, an accomplishment that should give Ateneo a morale boost heading into their most important game of the season yet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“We have a successful season to fall back on in terms of looking for confidence,” said Baldwin.“So really, it’s about the coaching staff giving these players a message, something specific that they can look at and say, ‘Yes, we can do that.’ And go about doing it.” View commentslast_img read more