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UFC: BJ Penn’s coach, ‘gun to his head,’ says his fighter won’t retire

first_imgBJ Penn. APAfter his comeback attempt once again fell short, many believe that UFC legend BJ Penn does not have anything else to prove in the octagon and should just ride off into the sunset.In a bid to come out of retirement, the 38-year-old Hawaiian fighter suffered yet another lopsided beatdown, this time against top prospect Yair Rodriguez at UFC Fight Night 103 last Sunday (Monday in Manila).ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments “Not only did he not fight in two and a half years, he’s only fought once in five years,” he again described his fighter’s long lay-off.“The one time he fought in five years, he lost. He got stopped,” Parillo explained. “So as far as ring rust, I say 1,000 times it’s the real deal. Especially when you’ve fought once in five years, that’s just insane.” Khristian IbarrolaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ MOST READ “[Expletive] no, that wasn’t the right matchup,” Parillo said, referring to the obvious age gap between the two. “One fight, five years. Give me the no. 35 guy. Who’s ranked no. 35?”Despite the apparent mismatch with Rodriguez, Penn is beloved by many because he is the type of guy who does not turn down fights—a trait which Parillo believes could lead to his own undoing.“BJ is the type of guy that is never gonna want to not fight. BJ, he’s gonna fight until he dies. That’s where he’s gonna die—he’s gonna die in that cage,” he boldly proclaimed.The longtime coach added that it’s not his place to make a decision regarding Penn’s career, and he would support his fighter whichever path he chooses to go on.If Penn does fight again, Parillo hopes that it would be against someone not ranked as highly, unlike with Rodriguez who was rated at number 10 in the division prior to their fight.ADVERTISEMENT The once invincible fighter looked like a shell of his former self and did not mount much offense against his young and up-and-coming foe, who easily dispatched him in less than two rounds.Jason Parillo, the man who has coached Penn through the years, said he’s also uncertain whether the former two-division champion will ever fight again. But if he follows his gut feeling, the longtime mentor believes Penn won’t stay retired for long.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 return”I can’t give a straight answer, like yes or no, because I’m not a mind reader,” the boxing coach told MMAFighting. “But again, if you put a gun to my head and you say: ‘If you answer wrong, I’m gonna shoot you in the head. Do you think BJ Penn will fight again?’ I would say yes,” he revealed.The veteran coach also did not mince words regarding the obvious disparity between Penn—who was coming off a long lay-off—and Rodriguez, who has remained active in the UFC’s 145-pound division. Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ 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 Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Curry, Durant, LeBron, Irving to start NBA All-Star Game Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikelylast_img read more

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Tile Masters slay Titans

first_imgPBA IMAGESRacal got its act together just in time as it overcame powerhouse AMA Online Education, 78-73, Tuesday to seize a share of top spot in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.Undaunted by the Titans’ star-studded roster, the Tile Masters used a strong finishing kick to roll to a second straight win for a tie with Jose Rizal U at the top while pinning a first defeat on AMA.ADVERTISEMENT Racal came out aggressive in the opening period, before the Titans held the Tile Masters to just 22 points in the middle quarters.But NCAA standouts Kent Salado, Sydney Onwubere and Rey Nambatac delivered the telling blows in the final period, where the Tile Masters climbed their way back from a seven-point hole, 63-56, with six minutes left. A triple from Onwubere gave Racal the lead for good, 70-68, with three minutes to go.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 return“We weren’t able to adjust with the way we defended, but I’m glad the players put more effort in the fourth quarter,” said coach Jerry Codiñera, who drew a combined 38 points from Salado, Onwubere and Nambatac.Teng and Tiongson joined forces for 44 points, but coach Mark Herrera struggled to get more production from his reserves as the Titans fell to solo third. Earlier, Joseph Sedurifa kept his solid play as Batangas scored a breakthrough win at the expense of Victoria Sports-MLQU, 88-85.Sedurifa came up with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists, while Dan Sara tallied 15 points, five boards, and three assists for the Batangueños, who improved to 1-2. Cedric Ablaza chalked up 15 points and seven rebounds.Batangas coach Eric Gonzales was delighted over his team’s performance, noting the vast improvement from its first two games.ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 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 AMA’s loss to Racal shows Teng is a marked man Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Girl who wanted to play on boys’ basketball team expelled

first_img15 Taal towns now under total lockdown LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ A judge last month denied the family’s attempt to allow 12-year-old Sydney Phillips to play on the boys team after the girls team was canceled.The Archdiocese of Newark said in a statement that the school’s parent and student handbook says that parents will be requested to remove their children if they file lawsuits against the school.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 returnPhillips found out about the expulsion while his daughter was practicing with the WNBA’s New York Liberty on Wednesday night. The team invited her family to their practice facility in Tarrytown, New York, after learning that she wasn’t allowed to play with the boys team. She ran drills with players Brittany Boyd and Sugar Rodgers and Teresa Weatherspoon, the team’s director of player development.“I’m bummed I couldn’t play,” Sydney told NBC New York after she was given a custom Liberty jersey. “I’m better than them.” NEWARK, N.J. — A girl who wanted to play for her Roman Catholic school’s boys’ basketball team has instead been kicked out of school after her family filed a lawsuit.Scott Phillips said that he was told Wednesday that both of his daughters would have to leave St. Theresa’s School in Kenilworth.ADVERTISEMENT Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leytecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Aaron Gordon headlines field for All-Star dunk contest Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 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 Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board memberlast_img read more

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Coach pleased with CSB’s showing despite semis exit

first_imgMOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown “It boosted my morale and I even got excited to know that I still have players that will fight until the end even though my seniors (Jeanette) Panaga and (Chelsea) Santillan are set to leave the team,” said Cariño on Friday at San Juan Arena.Benilde finished the eliminations as the No. 3 team with a 6-3 slate, and a repeat performance seemed bleak, but Cariño knew their championship experience from a year before was still with them. 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 returnCariño may say that the identity was still with the team but one major figure wasn’t with them in Season 92 as former captain Djanel Cheng left the team due to graduation.“We carried the fact that we were the champions a year before and that’s what pushed us this far,” said Cariño. 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board membercenter_img Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Painters seal last playoff spot, rout Elite 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 Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town “We may not have finished the season the way we wanted but what my players show was a thing of beauty. I don’t care if we lose or win, what’s important is we gave it our best.” Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCollege of St. Benilde may no longer be a champion, but Lady Blazers head coach Michael Cariño believes that identity will still linger with the team,CSB saw its bid for a repeat come to an end after being overthrown by Arellano in five sets in the stepladder phase of the NCAA Season 92 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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UE coach Pumaren reveals bad bump breaks right leg

first_imgMissile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Pumaren on Wednesday said he dislocated his right patella when he accidentally bumped his leg while walking in his home.“The bone went through the other side of the leg, and I thought my skin would be punctured,” said Pumaren after UE beat Letran 81-77 at Filoil Flying V Centre. “I’m starting with my rehab now.”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 groundPumaren said he’s limited with his movement and the most he can do is limp when he’s walking.“It takes time to stand up, but it’s still pretty hard to do it,” said Pumaren. “But I have to do my job.” China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop workingcenter_img More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Despite the pain, Pumaren can’t help but joke around with his situation.“I can’t play one-on-one with my players now,” joked Pumaren. “Hopefully in two weeks’ time I’ll be up and driving.” UE coach Derrick Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East head coach Derrick Pumaren is usually a spryly man walking around the sideline with vigor and intensity that can match up to his players.Yet for some time Pumaren has been saddled with a cast wrapped around his right leg during the Red Warriors’ stint in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Amer drops 32 as Bolts take q’finals to decider View commentslast_img read more

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SMB heads back to Finals

first_img“What more can I say? People and management expected this from us,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria said after earning a shot at the second jewel of a Triple Crown sweep. “We’re back in the Finals and my players showed that they are (of) championship caliber.”Alex Cabagnot fired 26 points and Chris Ross had 24 and 10 assists and Austria’s starting five scored all but eight of the Beermen’s total. The starters were outscored by just one by the entire Hotshots.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 ground“Yes, we’re one step closer to the Grand Slam,” Austria said. “But it’s not in my mind. You can never know what will happen in the Finals. But now that we have the chance, we will work hard for it.”June Mar Fajardo fired 22 points and import Charles Rhodes accounted for 21, with Marcio Lassiter shooting eight points after draining the Hail Mary three-pointer in Game 2 Wednesday night. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April 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 TNT KaTropa will try to put away No. 1 seed Barangay Ginebra on Saturday afternoon at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay in their half of the Final Four.“I really don’t care who we play (in the Finals),” he said. “Either team will be tough because, remember, they were the only ones who beat us in the eliminations.”The best-of-seven title series will start on Wednesday even if the Ginebra-TNT series drags into a fifth game on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Horn out to get Pacquiao with shock shot Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in 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’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working PBA IMAGESFinally finishing off a foe that simply didn’t want to go away, San Miguel Beer won its Final Four series and took a giant step toward its run at history.The Beermen turned back Star with authority, 109-102, Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena and bundled out the hard-fighting Hotshots by winning the last three games of the best-of-five series to book the first title series slot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Flying V survives Marinero scare, stays unscathed

first_img7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province “Jeron showed how professional he is. We got a shot in the arm when he entered and I’m really proud with how he took it upon himself and forced himself to play,” said Flying V coach Eric Altamirano.Teng finished with 15 points, four rebounds and six assists off the bench to carry Flying V in the gutsy win.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 groundEric Salamat led the Thunder with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting from threes on top of six assists, while Hans Thiele notched a double-double with 15 points and 15 boards.Aris Dionisio added 13 markers and seven rebounds, while Gab Banal got 12 points and four rebounds against his uncle Koy and father Joel’s squad. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Quarters: 13-28, 34-40, 64-59, 83-78.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sluggish at the start, the Thunder fought back from 18-points down and fired a 16-2 run to get back in the game and cut the deficit to four, 35-31, in the second quarter before eventually seizing control in the third frame to set up the nip-and-tuck battle.Julian Sargent paced Marinerong Pilipino (1-3) with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Mark Isip and Pao Javelona both chipped in 13 markers apiece.The scores:FLYING V 83 – Salamat 20, Teng 15, Thiele 15, Dionisio 13, Banal 12, Tampus 3, Torres 3, Webb 2, Cañada 0, Mendoza 0, Ongteco 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 78 – Sargent 14, Isip 13, Javelona 13, Lopez 8, Marata 8, Moralde 6, Alabanza 5, Iñigo 5, Javillonar 4, Publico 2, Gumaru 0.ADVERTISEMENT A dream fulfilled for Christian MOST READ Jeron Teng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJeron Teng came up big down the stretch to help Flying V escape with an 83-78 win over Marinerong Pilipino Monday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Playing through flu, the former La Salle standout drilled eight of the Thunder’s final nine points, including a 15-foot jumper with 41.7 seconds to ice the victory and preserve the team’s immaculate 4-0 record.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 Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Pacquiao’s next fight depends on his performance vs Horn Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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So long, Wayne? – Cup final may be Rooney’s last United game

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): Wayne Rooney could finish his Manchester United career by hoisting a European trophy, surrounded by jubilant teammates and with fireworks exploding around him. Still, it wouldn’t be quite the end he would have envisioned after 13 years at the English club. Rooney is set to be a substitute for United today in the Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm, a role which the club’s captain and record scorer has become increasingly accustomed to this season. Depending on the situation in the match, he might not even come on. That’s how it’s been for most of this season, watching from afar at a club where he was once the main man. Talk about United’s key players ahead of a final that means so much to the English club, and many would say Marcus Rashford or Paul Pogba or Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Few would say Rooney. United are moving on under Jose Mourinho and Rooney is being left behind. Speculation grows that James Rodriguez will be moving to Old Trafford from Real Madrid, adding to the list of attackers who will be ahead of Rooney in the pecking order next season. There was a symbolic moment Sunday on the final day of the Premier League season. Rooney was one of the few senior players picked for a virtually meaningless match against Crystal Palace Mourinho rested most of his Europa League starters and he was replaced in the final minutes by 16-year-old attacking midfielder Angel Gomes, who became the first player born this millennium to play in the Premier League. Rooney applauded all corners of Old Trafford and walked off with his head down. Was he saying goodbye to the stadium he has played at since 2004, when at 18 he made a spectacular debut by scoring a hat trick in a Champions League game against Fenerbahce? Since then, he has racked up 253 goals for United to surpass Bobby Charlton’s longstanding club record. He is also England’s record scorer with 53 goals, again overtaking Charlton.last_img read more

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Ashley laying foundation for future of local chess

first_img NATURAL EXCELLENCE Maurice Ashley is the first-ever chess grandmaster that Jamaica has produced although he now represents the United States after migrating at age 12. Ashley grew up in Tower Hill, Kingston, with his grandmother, a schoolteacher, and his siblings, who are also champions in their own right. His brother, Devon, is a three -time kick-boxing world champion, and his sister Alicia, a former World Female Super Bantamweight champion. She also held the Guinness World Record for being the oldest-ever female champion in the sport at 48 years old. He said that the reason for their successes is that they all grew up with competitive roots. “We liked to beat people (at sports) when we were kids. We played a lot of games, and my brother was a martial artist from a very young age. He’s older than me by eight years,” Ashley said. “I don’t think any competitiveness was instilled in us. It was somehow just natural for us to want to be our best. That was something that our grandmother stressed – if you’re going to do something, do it right, and it worked out. We just ended up being excellent in different fields.” Ashley is one of the organisers of this weekend’s Jamaica International Chess Festival, which officially gets under way today with various activities planned across the Corporate Area. He said that his objective is to use it to increase the profile of the sport among youngsters in Jamaica and to give them hope of becoming champions themselves someday by providing inspiration through other International Chess Masters who are also teenagers, who will headline the festival. “Jamaica has a lot of talent, but we’re still lagging very much behind the major countries,” Ashley said. One such talent is Jamaican Jomo Pitterson, who was a national master at the time. He defeated Ashley in what many considered an upset in the final of the Frederick Cameron Open tournament at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston in 2007. However, Ashley is gracious about the loss, saying that he was proud that such an incident occurred. “Jomo, in particular, is a fantastic player,” he said. “I helped him by giving him lessons and showing him different paths to growth. I was actually proud to see that he was playing so well. “Yes, he upset me that day, but I’d like to see the day when somebody from Jamaica beats me and it’s not considered an upset – especially some youngster, who may start chess from this festival that we’re doing. It’s important that the young generation surpasses the old one. We want our youngsters to rise beyond what we have achieved. Hopefully, we get a number of kids through the pipeline, with the support from sponsors here, so that they can become, one day, International Grand Masters, but also look beyond that and become world champions. That’s my hope for Jamaica.” rachid.parchment@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

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Ja’s big three dominate at US Open Karate

first_imgJAMAICA’S big three, the combined martial arts team of Olympian Kenneth Edwards, Richard Stone, and Akino Lindsay, yesterday opened the island’s medal count with gold in the open-weight three-man team fight before returning to sweep the top three black belt weight divisions at the International Sports Karate Association’s United States Open in Orlando, Florida. Competing among thousands of international martial artists, Jamaica ended yesterday’s continuous sparring with six gold, two silver, and three bronze medals, heading into today’s action, which will feature points and clash sparring. Calabar High School’s Tyrique Tai-Loy of Zendo Karate won gold in the 14-15 junior black belt category, whereas Romario Martin battled exhaustion to win the 18-35 intermediate division on his first trip to the US Open. Nicholai Reid and Rasean Martin each won silver in 18-35, 169lb and under and 200lb+ black belt divisions, respectively. Calabar’s Trevor Webb Jr won bronze in 18-35, 169lb and under. St George’s College’s Duncan Smith won bronze in the 16-17 junior black belt category. Calabar’s Lamari Johnson and Britney Mitchell of Pembroke Hall High captured bronze medals in the 16-17 beginner and intermediate divisions, respectively. Edwards, Stone, and Lindsay continued their domination of the big-men category at the US Open, dominating their divisions, the most watched at the event. Edwards, fighting at his heaviest ever, over 200lb, beat fellow Jamaican Rasean Martin of Jamaica Taekwondo to mine gold in the 18-35 division. Stone and Lindsay were equally impressive in seeing off their challengers in the 170-184lb and 185-199lb divisions, respectively.last_img read more

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