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Digicel, NBA launch Jumpstart clinics in the Caribbean

first_imgTORTOLA, British Virgin Islands:Digicel and the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced yesterday the launch of the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Basketball Clinics in the Caribbean, which will take place in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos Islands.The clinics, which began on Monday and will run continue until September 28, will be run by NBA International Basketball Operations staff and focus on player development and will bring together hundreds of players and coaches from across the Caribbean.Each clinic will bring together the top-40 players, ages 16 and under, from their respective countries for two-day national training camps. The programme also features one-day clinics in each country for local coaches.As with Digicel’s successful football programme, the Digicel Kickstart Clinics, the best athletes in each country will be selected for the intensive ‘Elite Camp’ programme from September 26-28 in Trinidad and Tobago.The top-eight players from the Elite Camp, as determined by a NBA coach and Legend, will have the opportunity to attend an NBA game in the United States.”We applaud the NBA and Digicel for launching this initiative in the British Virgin Islands, as this will, no doubt, bring first-class expertise to the Caribbean, making it easier for the players to take their game to the highest level possible,” said Paul Hewlett, acting assistant director of sport affairs, British Virgin Islands, where the inaugural clinic tipped off on Monday.Tommy Farrell, commercial director, Digicel British Virgin Islands, said: “Digicel is all about developing aspiring young athletes at the grassroots level, having done so in various sports, including cricket and football. Over the years, we have developed and maintained partnerships with big-name sporting organisations such as Chelsea FC, Manchester City FC, Sunderland FC, and the WICB to name a few. We are delighted to be adding the NBA to that list and supporting the development of basketball.”The Elite Camp and camper trip to the United States to attend an NBA game will be shared with Digicel customers online, digitally and through mobile and will be broadcast on Digicel Sportsmax, which brings NBA fans closer to their favourite teams through its live coverage of the NBA season, which tips off October 27.Location Programme Dates:British Virgin Islands, Aug 24-26Antigua and Barbuda, Aug 28-30Barbados, Sept 1-3Jamaica, Sept 5-7Bermuda, Sept 9-11Turks and Caicos Islands, Sept 13-15Trinidad and Tobago, Sept 23-28last_img read more

Digicel puts big bucks into Grand Prix Athletic Championships

first_imgTelecommunications company Digicel has almost doubled the sponsorship for this year’s Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championships from $8.5 million to $16 million in cash and prizes in this, the second year of the six-meet high school series.The Grand Prix, which gets under way on February 6 with the Western Championships at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay as well as the Youngster Goldsmith National Classic at the National Stadium in Kingston, was launched yesterday at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston.The other meets in the series are the Corporate Area Development Meet on February 11 and the Camperdown Classic on February 13, both at the National Stadium; and the Central Championships on February 16 and the G.C. Foster Classics on February 20, both at the G.C. Foster College in Spanish Town.The events to be contested over the course of the series will be the 100 metres, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus, and 4x400m.REGIONAL MEETSThe five regional meets – the Corporate Area Development Meet, Youngster Goldsmith, Camperdown Classic (Corporate Area), Western Championships, and Central Championships – will be used to determine the qualifiers for the final on February 20.The six athletes with the two best times from each of the regional meets will advance to the final, with the athletes with the two best times from any meet who did not advance to the final earning wildcard spots for each event.Points will also be awarded to the winning schools, and the institution with the highest number of points will be declared champion at the end of the series. A champion boy, girl, and coach will also be named.The prizes for this year’s event include smartphones, $1 million worth of sporting equipment to the winning schools, and cash prizes of up to $250,000 to the champions.Any athlete who breaks a meet record will earn a scholarship of $20,000, which will be paid directly to the school the athlete will attend in September 2016.There are also $20,000 awards for breaking a championship or national junior record.Digicel’s chief executive officer David Butler told The Gleaner that the company was committed to the long-term development of Jamaican sports.”Since Digicel has been in Jamaica, we have been involved in many grass-roots schemes. Last year was such a success. We just felt that after a huge opportunity, we could see that people really loved the Grand Prix, and the idea was to put more back into the schools,” he said.”This year, we included a scholarship fund of just over $1 million, and that was really important, and it’s also about what kids are doing after athletics,” Butler added.Butler also revealed that the company had extended its three-year sponsorship of the meet, which began in 2015, until 2019.”I think we really wanted to show our commitment to this, and it gives great comfort as well to the events that are involved that we extended that out and we wanted them to understand that this isn’t a one-off thing,” he said.More than 14,000 athletes from 200 schools around the island are expected to participate in the Championships.last_img read more

Warriors cruise past San Antonio

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):Golden State’s Stephen Curry scored 37 points and hit six 3-pointers in three quarters as the reigning champions, Warriors, showed that they still rule the NBA’s Western Conference by beating nearest rivals San Antonio 120-90 on Monday.The Spurs were chasing a win that would have left the conference’s top teams only one game apart but were never in the contest against a Warriors team that has now won 39 consecutive home games.Golden State’s Curry had 15 points in the opening quarter and shot 12 for 20 as he recorded a personal best-points total against San Antonio.Kawhi Leonard scored 16 for the sloppy Spurs, who had won their previous 13 games.Chicago came from eight points down in the fourth quarter to win 89-84 at Chicago.Dwyane Wade had 28 points, including 10 in the fourth, and Chris Bosh added 18. Pau Gasol had 19 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Bulls.Memphis’ Jeff Green scored a season-high 30 points to lead the Grizzlies to a 108-102 overtime win against Orlando.Cleveland struggled against Minnesota before a spurt late in the third and early in the fourth that set up a 114-107 win.LeBron James scored 25 points and Tristan Thompson had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Karl Anthony-Towns led Minnesota with 26 points and 11 rebounds.Pint-sized point guard Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points in three quarters, and five other players finished in double figures as Boston defeated Washington 116-91.Atlanta completed a four-game Western Conference road trip with a 119-105 win at Denver, with Paul Millsap scoring 22 points.Detroit’s Reggie Jackson scored 29 points as the Pistons led from go to whoa in beating Utah 95-92.Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins set a team record with 56 points – the most by an NBA player this season – but it was not enough to prevent the Kings losing 129-128 to Charlotte.Houston’s James Harden scored 35 points and Trevor Ariza added a season-high 31, and the Rockets needed all of it to edge undermanned New Orleans 112-111.last_img read more

Pakistan hammer Windies in ODI opener

first_imgSHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, (CMC):Beleaguered West Indies extended their miserable run when they slumped to a fourth straight defeat to Pakistan, losing the opening one-day international (ODI) by 111 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method yesterday.Chasing a revised target of 287 off 49 overs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, the Caribbean side once again produced an insipid batting effort and were bundled out for a disappointing 175 off 38.4 overs.Only Marlon Samuels of the front-line batsmen showed any enterprise with a top-score of 46, while tail-ender Sunil Narine struck a cameo 16-ball 23, and opener Johnson Charles, 20.They were the only three to pass 20 as left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz ripped apart the innings by grabbing four for 42, while seamer Hasan Ali claimed three for 14 to offer great support.Man of the Match Babar Azam had earlier slammed his maiden ODI hundred to help the hosts motor to 284 for nine, in a game reduced to 49 overs following a floodlight failure in the dying stages of the innings.The 21-year-old right-hander hit 120 from 131 balls with eight fours and three sixes and was supported by dashing opener Sharjeel Khan, who made 54 from 43 deliveries, with six fours and three sixes.Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed chipped in with 35, while Imad Wasim got a run-a-ball 24 down the order.Medium pacer Carlos Brathwaite picked up three for 54, but his wickets came late in the innings, with Pakistan already racing towards a challenging total.The defeat follows an embarrassing whitewash in the preceding three-match Twenty20 International series, which saw the Windies lose each game heavily.Their hopes of rediscovering the winning touch would have been boosted when captain Azhar Ali nibbled at the first delivery of the game from fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, and was caught at the wicket by Denesh Ramdin without a run on the board.However, Babar then anchored two stands to wrench the advantage away from West Indies and put Pakistan on top.First, he put on 82 for the second wicket with the attacking Sharjeel before adding a further 99 for the fourth wicket with Sarfraz, who faced 45 balls and counted a single four.18th-over stumbleStumbling at 93 for three in the 18th over, Pakistan recovered through Babar, who, until then, had played the anchor role. He reached his half-century off 74 balls at the end of the 25th over and then required only 45 more deliveries to raise three figures.Charles and debutant Kraigg Brathwaite gave West Indies a promising start when they posted 27, but they perished in quick succession thereafter, leaving a rebuilding effort to be undertaken.As usual, Charles was positive, striking a four and a six in his 21-ball knock before pushing uncertainly at seamer Mohammad Amir and edging behind in the eighth over.Brathwaite, who played and missed at Amir several times, eventually nicked Hasan Ali behind in the 13th over to end a 38-ball labour over 14, and when left-hander Darren Bravo was bowled by Nawaz for 12 in the 17th, West Indies were tottering at 54 for three.Samuels then staged a brief recovering by putting on 35 for the fourth wicket with Ramdin, who made eight.The Jamaican was eyeing his 28th ODI half-century when he gave himself room to hit through the off-side and was bowled by left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz.SCOREBOARD Pakistan vs West Indies – 1st ODIPAKISTAN*Azhar Ali c wkp Ramdin b Gabriel 0Sharjeel Khan c Narine b Benn 54Babar Azam c Pollard b C Brathwaite 120Shoaib Malik c Benn b Narine 6+Sarfraz Ahmed c wkp Ramdinb Holder 35Mohammad Rizwan run out 11Imad Wasim b C Brathwaite 24Mohammad Nawaz c Holderb C Brathwaite 19Wahab Riaz run out 0Mohammad Amir not out 3Hasan Ali not out 2Extras (b1, lb3, w5, nb1) 10TOTAL (9 wkts, 49 overs) 284Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Azhar Ali, 0.1 overs), 2-82 (Sharjeel Khan, 14.2), 3-93 (Shoaib Malik, 17.4), 4-192 (Sarfraz Ahmed, 35), 5-211 (Mohammad Rizwan, 39.1), 6-239 (Babar Azam, 42.1), 7-269 (Imad Wasim, 46.3), 8-269 (Wahab Riaz, 46.4), 9-281 (Mohammad Nawaz, 48.1)Bowling: Gabriel 8-0-53-1 (w2, nb1), Holder 7-0-35-1, C Brathwaite 10-0-54-3, Benn 10-0-46-1, Narine 10-0-58-1 (w1), Pollard 4-0-34-0 (w1).WEST INDIES (target: 287 off 49 overs)J Charles c wkp Sarfraz Ahmedb Mohammad Amir 20K Brathwaite c wkp Sarfraz Ahmedb Hasan Ali 14DM Bravo b Mohammad Nawaz 12M Samuels b Wahab Riaz 46+D Ramdin c Azhar Alib Mohammad Nawaz 8K Pollard c Sharjeel Khanb Mohammad Nawaz 9*J Holder b Imad Wasim 1C Brathwaite b Mohammad Nawaz 15S Narine c Imad Wasim b Hasan Ali 23S Benn not out 16S Gabriel b Hasan Ali 2Extras (lb6, w2, nb1) 9TOTAL (all out, 38.4 overs) 175Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Charles, 7.4 overs), 2-41 (K Brathwaite, 12.2), 3-54 (Bravo, 17), 4-89 (Ramdin, 23.2), 5-99 (Pollard, 25.1), 6-103 (Holder, 26.5), 7-125 (CR Brathwaite, 30.4), 8-135 (Samuels, 33.1), 9-166 (Narine, 36.2), 10-175 (Gabriel, 38.4)Bowling: Imad Wasim 8-0-36-1, Mohammad Amir 5-1-21-1, Hasan Ali 5.4-0-14-3, Wahab Riaz 6-0-27-1 (nb1), Shoaib Malik 4-0-29-0 (w2), Mohammad Nawaz 10-0-42-4.Result: Pakistan won by 111 runs (D/L method).Series: Pakistan lead three-match series 1-0.Man-of-the-Match: Babar Azam.Toss: West Indies.last_img read more

Windies Women sweep India

first_imgVIJAYAWADA, India (CMC): West Indies Women defeated India Women by 15 runs to complete a 3-0 sweep of the T20 International series at Vijayawada here yesterday. A solid half-century opening partnership between Hayley Matthews and Captain Stafanie Taylor laid the foundation for West Indies’ tally of 139 for four in 20 overs after they won the toss and elected to bat. Their bowlers then suppressed the Indian run chase, restricting them to 124 for three in 20 overs despite a fighting unbeaten half century stand between Veda Krishnamurthy and Harmanpreet Kaur. Matthews and Taylor powered the early part in the innings for the visitors by adding 61 runs for the first wicket in 6.4 overs. Matthews dominated the partnership with a 22-ball 47 that included seven fours and one six before she was caught behind. Taylor batted throughout the innings to finish not out on 44 and picking up four boundaries in the process. The Windies Women skipper also featured in two crucial partnerships, putting on 16 with Kycia Knight and 11 with Britney Cooper. The hosts suffered an early setback when opener Vellaswamy Vanitha was run out by Taylor without scoring of the first ball of the innings. Their innings plunged into further chaos when they lost another two wickets and stumbled to 32 for three. Krishnamurthy and Kaur stayed together to the end of the match, adding 92 runs for the fourth wicket. Krishnamurthy scored a boundary less 40-ball 31, while Kaur struck three fours and three sixes in her 51-ball 60. Deandra Dottin and Matthews picked up a wicket each for West Indies to contain India, who fell 15 runs short with seven wickets intact. Score board WEST INDIES WOMEN HK Matthews c +Parween b Poonam Yadav 47 SR Taylor* not out 44 B Cooper lbw b Bisht 11 Kycia A Knight+ c Meghna Singh b Poonam Yadav 16 DJS Dottin c Kaur b Goswami 6 SL Quintyne not out 9 Extras (b 1, w 4, nb 1) 6 Total (4 wickets; 20 overs) 1 39 Did not bat SS Connell, SA Campbelle, SC Selman, CN Nation, A Mohammed Fall of wickets 1-61 , 2-87 , 3-108 , 4-123. Bowling: Goswami 4-0-21-1,Patil 2-0-27-0,Bisht 3-0-21-1, Pandey 4-0-33-0, Yadav 4-0-25-2, Kaur 3-0-11-0 INDIA WOMEN VR Vanitha run out (Taylor) 0 Meghna Singh c Selman b Matthews 19 S Mandhana c Quintyne b Dottin 6 V Krishnamurthy not out 31 H Kaur* not out 60 Extras (b 2, lb 1, w 5) 8 Total (3 wickets; 20 overs) 124 Did not bat J Goswami, S Pandey, E Bisht, AA Patil, Poonam Yadav, NM Parween+ Fall of wickets 1-0, 2-21 , 3-32 Bowling: Selman 4-0-16-0,Dottin 4-0-29-1,Matthews 4-0-28-1, Mohammed 4-0-21-0,Quintyne 4-0-27-0. Result: West Indies Women won by 15 runs. Series: West Indies Women won three-match series 3-0.last_img read more

Petersfield look to fend off Sandals in derby match

first_imgSandals South Coast and Petersfield FC square off this afternoon in an early Westmoreland derby in the second-round match of the Charley’s JB Rum Western Confederation Super League at Petersfield Community Centre at 3 p.m., as both teams seek to keep a 100 per cent win record going at the other’s expense.Both teams posted identical 1-0 victories in the opening matches of the season and are among the leaders on 3 points. Sandals (formerly Sandals Whitehouse) defeated St James champions Faulkland SC 1-0 on Sunday.On Tuesday, Petersfield tagged Holland United by a similar scoreline to be among the early leaders in the twelve team league.2015-16 champions Granville FC are going after three points, after drawing their season opener 0-0 against Hopewell FC. They tackle Reggae Youths at the UDC playing field.TOUGH TIMES AHEADOver at Jarrett Park, former league winners Wadadah FC are in for another tough time when they take on Faulkland, while Three Miles River FC battle Beaches Negril in another Westmoreland derby.Sandals boast some serious experience, having lost in the final to Granville last season, but head coach Aaron Lawrence believes his team will not only get the better of Petersfield, but also prove a touch challenge for opposing teams during the campaign.”It is very early to say where we will end up, but at the same time, we want to end up back in the final and take our chance. But that’s some way off,” said Lawrence.”Right now, we have Petersfield on our minds, and that’s an important three points to have. So we are going there to play some smart, attacking football, and once we take the chances that will present itself, we will win,” Lawrence added.Tomorrow, Hopewell will host Clarks Town FC at Orchard Field, while Holland welcome Montego Bay Boys and Girls Club to the Elleston Wakeland Centre to complete the weekend fixture.Lupton Haughton of Clarks Town leads the goal scoring race after his hat-trick in Sundays match against Three Miles River and will be keen on bagging more against Hopewell. Today’s matches – Faukland SC vs Wadadah at Jarrett Park- Reggae Youths vs Granville United at UDC Field- Petersfield FC vs Sandals South Coast at Petersfield- Three Miles River FC vs Beaches Negril at Frome Sports GroundTomorrow’s matches- Hopewell vs Clarks Town at Orchard Field- Holland vs MBBGC at Elleston Wakeland CentreAll games start at 3 p.m.paul.clarke@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Levy: Hurdles to cross at JII

first_imgRonald Levy, undefeated in three races so far in 2017, has hurdles to cross at this Saturday’s Jamaica International Invitational. Levy has fallen in the 110 metres hurdles at the last two Invitationals but recently made a psychological breakthrough by winning at the Penn Relays. The powerfully built University of Technology student is primed to go faster than he has done so far this season. Coached by Stephen Francis and 2009 World 100 metres hurdles champion Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Levy has won at the Jamaica Inter-Collegiate Championships and the UTech Classic as well. He places the highest premium on his win at Penn last month. He followed times of 13.41 seconds at the Inter-Collegiate Championships and a wind-aided 13.15 to beat national record holder Hansle Parchment at the Classic with a run of 13.33 seconds at the Penn Relays. “After I came out the blocks,” he recounted of the latter race last week, “and I attacked the first two hurdles, I hit hurdle three or four and that took me off, so I said, ‘Levy, you don’t need to hit any more hurdles so just try to finish this race and whatever happens, happens.’ “So when 13.33 came up, I was like ‘ok, could have run faster still but I’m okay with that'”, he recalled. It was a relief since he had fallen at Penn on two previous visits. psychological boost “For me, winning at Penns was basically a psychological boost,” he said of the mindset he is carrying to the Invitational and the rest of the season. The 13.33 moved him to number eight in the all-time Jamaica performance list and to joint seventh in the world this year. His personal best before the season began was 13.50 seconds. Having overcome injuries by diligent work on rehabilitation, stretching and other preventive measures, the construction management student says Jamaican 110 metre hurdlers are getting better. “You have to run really fast to be a part of Jamaica’s sprint hurdles team. So it gives you a boost to say you need to push harder each and every day,” he said. He looks up to Parchment and 2016 Olympic silver medal winner Orlando Ortega of Spain. “The way he operates even when he’s warming up,”Levy observed, “okay, this guy is serious.”last_img read more

Gilas Pilipinas, Korea resume bitter basketball rivalry

first_imgOh Se Keun helps Korea shoot down Japan and is expected to be a major obstacle to Gilas Pilipinas’ bid to reach the semifinals. —FIBA.COMThe stage is set for another emotional match that could end in either heartbreak or triumph.Gilas Pilipinas battles South Korea again Wednesday and, unlike the last time these two countries met just over three weeks ago, their quarterfinal clash in the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon has a lot at stake.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Water polo team sinks Thailand So much so that the game will be a guaranteed tearjerker.The Koreans sealed their clash with the gung-ho Filipinos after ripping Japan, 81-68, on Monday night. They will be the first of three huge roadblocks Gilas has to hurdle to regain Asian cage supremacy.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’Getting back to the top of Asia in the sport the Philippines treats like religion became an achievable dream a week ago when the Filipinos upset the balance of power in the biennial conclave. Undersized as usual and with less than two weeks practicing together, they brought down defending champion China.The game is set at 11:30 p.m. (Manila time) at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in the Lebanese capital of Beirut and the Filipinos would like nothing less than a repeat of their 2013 triumph in the Final Four of this event in Manila. That victory was the first after a series of heartrending defeats in major international events, and it left the packed Mall of Asia Arena crowd shedding tears of joy as the Filipinos entered the title game. They eventually lost to Hamed Haddadi and Iran the following day.But it wasn’t the gold-medal loss that remained in the minds of the Filipino fans.Up until this day, when Jimmy Alapag, the retired former Gilas captain, anchored Team Philippines’ swashbuckling finish with huge triples, the game this country remembers most is the one against Korea.Of that Gilas squad, only Gabe Norwood, Jason Castro and the injured June Mar Fajardo are in Lebanon.Korea also has a new look, with the veteran Oh Se Keun leading this young squad that dealt the Philippines an 83-72 defeat in the Jones Cup in Taipei more than three weeks ago.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate But that loss didn’t hurt, it was actually just a pinch.Knowing the rivalry of these two teams, defeating the resilient Koreans could matter more than the Filipinos’ upset of the Chinese.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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’ View commentslast_img read more

SEA Games: Suarez, two Filipino pugs enter semis; Paalam out

first_imgTeen gunned down in Masbate View comments Fil-Briton Felix John Nobel Tupas finished the card with a dominant debut for the Philippines team in 81kg, banging Cambodian Felix Merlin Martinez via unanimous decision.READ: ‘Solid’ PH boxing team capable of taking home golds But the victories were tinged by the questionable defeat of Carlo Paalam to Malaysian Muhamad Fuad Redzuan in the 49kg.Paalam, one of the most promising boxers in the country at only 19 years old, was clearly on top of everything against the fighter who had earlier in his career lost to Filipinos Rogen Ladon and Elmer Pamisa.But Redzuan kept Paalam busy by dragging him down at least four times throughout the match.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “I told myself that I need to win the favor of the crowd,” said Suarez in Filipino who unloaded his power punches that put Azmi on all fours. The Malaysian, though, made the count.READ: PH boxers make rousing 2017 SEA Games debutsFEATURED 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’Mario Fernandez also advanced after a masterful unanimous decision win over Tran Phu Masuk of Vietnam in the 56kg.Fernandez, the defending champion in bantamweight division, controlled the match with his 1-2 combinations. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano READ: PH in for tough gold hunt in SEA Games; Athletics, boxing bright spotsThe Malaysian also threw haymakers coming from out of nowhere and landing very few.That decision shocked the Philippine team here drawing criticism as the Malaysian Sports Minister Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar was in the sidelines.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH men’s volley team drops SEA Games opener to Vietnam Charly Suarez of the Philippines dominates Khir Akyazlan Bin Azmi of Malaysia in the quarterfinals of the light welterweight class men’s boxing competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the MITEC Hall 8 in Kuala Lumpur. Suarez prevailed by unanimous decision. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Two-time champion Charly Suarez battered Malaysia foe to score a convincing decision win and lead two other Filipino boxers to the Southeast Asian Games semifinals at MITEC Hall 8.Suarez slammed left and right upper cuts to the solar plexus of Khir Akyazlan Azmi in the third to win the 64kg quarterfinal match before a band of uniformed, boisterous crowd trying to distract the Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal LATEST STORIESlast_img read more