The absence of Helps, RenÈe Medley, Sashalee Forbes, Carmelita Griffiths and Jeanine Williams, and the possible deployment of St Jago teammate Shanice Reid to the 400m leaves defending girls’ Class One 100m and 200m champion Natalliah Whyte in a league of her own this year. Helps, Reid, Medley and Forbes, Griffiths and Williams were second, third, fourth and fifth, sixth and seventh in the Class One 100m final last year. Together, those circumstances force fans to look to Class Two for quality depth and mass speed. Calabar’s Dejour Russell and Tyreke Wilson, first and second in the 100m, both return. Wilson will want to add the Class Two title to the Class Three version he won over Russell in 2014, but the big boy will want to repeat. If their starts are better than they were last year, fast times are possible. The best group of speedsters are probably in the girls’ Class Two category. Defending champion Shellece Clarke of Edwin Allen has been winning since her Class Four days, but her hand could be full at Champs this year. Not only must she cope with last year’s Class Three winner Kimone Shaw of St Jago, she probably will have company from Sheneil English. In Class Three, English beat both Shaw and Clarke at 200 metres while attending Hydel High. Now she is Shaw’s teammate at St Jago and missed the 2015 season of Champs eligibility because of the switch. Since then, the smooth running English has reached the World Youth 200m final. Recently, she opened her 2016 with a trip over 400 metres. Shaw is the best starter of the three, but the other two are great finishers. The last time they all met in a Champs 100m, the order was Clarke – English – Yanique Dayle of Hydel – Shaw. That was two years ago. All have improved, and a run at Helps’ Class Two record of 11.50 isn’t out of the question. – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980 With Michael O’Hara and Shauna Helps gone a year early from Class One, the search for speed might settle in Class Two when ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships arrives in March. That’s where Calabar’s potent sprinters dominated last year on the boys’ side. Edwin Allen did likewise amongst the girls but may have challengers this year. O’Hara, Edward Clarke and Raheem Robinson, the top three from the Class One 100 final are gone. So is Okeen Williams who was fifth. That should leave the way clear for Raheem Chambers, St Jago’s former Class Two and Three 100m winner and Nigel Ellis of St Elizabeth Technical who has already shown promise over 200 metres this season. If Jevaughn Matherson of Kingston College bounces back from a wretched 2015 campaign, he could be a threat. He broke Chambers’ Class Three record, and when the St Jago speed merchant set the Class Two record of 10.29 seconds in 2014, Matherson was a splendid second in 10.37, a fine time for a first-year Class Two athlete. LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
BANKING ON KING Undefeated Kingston and the St Catherine Cricket Association team will look to cement berths in the quarterfinals of the Jamaica Cricket Association 50-Overs Championship when they play away to Kensington and GC Foster College, respectively, today. The Brandon King-led Kingston currently lead Zone D with maximum 18 points after recording three wins from as many games, while it is a similar record for the Nkrumah Bonner-captained St Catherine CA in Zone B. “The plan is to continue to play each game on its merit and up our winning streak to four,” said Bonner, who last weekend spearheaded his team to a nine-run win over title holders St Catherine CC. “GC Foster have a decent team and are not a team to be taken lightly, but I am confident if we play to our abilities, we will do well.” St Catherine CA, in addition to Bonner, are likely to count on national four-day trials invitees, batsman Kemar Marshall and left-arm spinner, Coi Thompson. GC Foster, who have so far recorded a win and two losses, will look to former national youth batsman Oshane Walters and spin all-rounder Odane Vassell. Kingston will come up against a rejuvenated Kensington, who last week rebounded to beat title-favourites, Melbourne, at Kensington Park. “Another win will put us in the quarter-finals and that is what we will be going for,” said lead spinner Paul Harrison. Kingston will bank on King, Harrison, fellow left-arm spinner Patrick Harty, the big-hitting Aaron Johnson, and pacer Fabian Forbes, while Kensington will look to batsmen Horace Miller, Cassius Burton, and pacer Jason Dawes. In other matches, Lucas will host St Thomas at Nelson Oval and Melbourne will travel to Boys’ Town while St Catherine CC will visit Kingston and St Andrew CA, and Manchester entertain Clarendon. Zone A will see Hanover welcoming Westmoreland and St James travelling to Trelawny, while over in Zone C, Police will host Portland, Jamaica Defence Force play away to St Ann at Noranda Sports Club, and the University of the West Indies host St Mary at the Sir Frank Worrell Oval.
A week ago, it was Old Year’s Night, or Watch Night, or New Year’s Eve, a night when it is the custom of people from all around the world to pause for a while, fill their glasses with the ‘bubbly’, and then raise them in a wish for the best in the coming year. And normally, it is a wish for anything, including good health, more money to purchase a bigger house, a bigger and better car, and, generally, to buy them a better life. I have made a wish on many occasions, and despite not getting anything that I had wished for in the past, when the clock inched towards midnight last Saturday, I dutifully wished for something dear to my heart one more time. This time, I know that what I wished for is almost impossible. I know that good or great cricketers do not drop from trees like coconuts, and also that if, by some miracle, that were to happen, one would need to have a good and knowledgeable West Indies Cricket Board that could find the right selectors to go through the lot and pick out the best nuts from the crop. One would also need a good management team, a good coach, or a few good coaches, and a good manager to guide their full development, people who the players would respect and who also had respect for the players. And one would also need a good batch of young cricketers from which to select. That is why, maybe, I should have made another wish, or two, or even three. I probably should also have wished for a board that would guide West Indies cricket through the New Year and beyond without too many conflicts, for a solid group of selectors, coaches, etcetera, etcetera, and for some good, promising, and dedicated cricketers. According to custom, however, it is usually one wish at a time, and this one, bearing in mind that the responsibility is on the players to perform, is for a vastly talented team of players, a set of players that can overcome the burden of a generally stifling administration despite its contribution of more pay for more players, a semi-professional league, and a home-and-away domestic competition. As the West Indies enter the New Year, and despite the conflicts, make a determined bid to correct the failures of the past and to walk in the steps of their not too immediate predecessors of the 1960s, the 1980s, and the early 1990s, I beseech the powers that be to select some players who are dreaming of the glorious days of the past and who are willing to put in the time and the effort to achieve them. WONDERFUL WICKETKEEPER The West Indies need their most gifted young players who will develop into the masters who will carry the baton. They do not need run-of-the-mill donkeys who, at their best, will struggle breathlessly to reach the tape if they manage to make it that far. Some will be hard workers, and some will be – like Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Wes Hall, Lance Gibbs, Clive Lloyd, Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Viv Richards, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Joel Garner, Colin Croft, Courtney Walsh, Curtley Ambrose, Malcolm Marshall, and Brian Lara – simply geniuses of the bat and ball, as well, for some of them, in the field also, fielders like Roger Harper, Faoud Bacchus, and Gus Logie. Of the present performers, Kraigg Brathwaite must stay, but not as a part-time off-spinner who sometimes comes into the attack even before one who is selected as a bowler. His batting as an opener, though disappointingly slow at times, is important, and he has also shown the tendency to get big scores. While Marlon Samuels may be on his way out, Darren Bravo, despite his century in the first Test recently against Pakistan, is doubtful because of his rash outburst against the West Indies Board president. He is, however, a wonderful player. He needs only to apologise, and particularly as the number three batsman, to score runs with a little more consistency. Devendra Bishoo must be considered a certainty, but he needs to toughen up a bit, or be used sparingly by his captain, in five or six-over spells usually, or until he comes into conditions that suit his leg-spinners and googlies perfectly. GIFTED YOUNG PLAYERS Shane Dowrich is a wonderful wicketkeeper, and short of finding a Jackie Hendriks with the gloves, a Franz Alexander, or a Deryck Murray as a wicketkeeper/batsman, or a Jeffrey Dujon as a top-class wicketkeeper/batsman, he will have to stay. Despite the skills of Sonny Ramadhin, Alfred Valentine, and Lance Gibbs, fast bowling is a key to the success of West Indies cricket, and while Alzarro Joseph promises a lot in this respect, and so does Miguel Cummins, we have to hope and pray that Shannon Gabriel maintains his form, that one like Delorn Johnson and another like Marquino Mindley, who promised so much as youngsters, really deliver, and that Reynard Leveridge comes good – and quickly at that. Time waits on no man. If the West Indies, but the odd good performance, are really to ‘turn the corner’ this year, they must find some cricketers, some good cricketers, and they must do so quickly. Good cricketers do not fall out of trees like coconuts do, but if the selectors have eyes to see, they can see some waiting to be picked. Roston Chase looks quite good at number six, and after his century innings against India, he does not need a run to prove that he is probably the man. Samuels’ place at number four is in trouble, and Jermaine Blackwood needs to buckle down if he is to maintain his place and fulfil his early promise. Jason Holder, the captain, has not come on as expected, but the selectors will need to think, once, twice, three times before removing him. Holder was too young and too inexperienced when he was elevated to the captaincy, but probably, there was no other choice. To remove him now, however, when there is no one around, when he is growing in the job, would be a backward step. He was selected as a fast bowler. He has been picking up wickets and is batting fairly well down the order. The West Indies need to find at least two good fast bowlers so that Holder can be used as the third or fourth pacer. Looking around, the players who appear capable of filling these places, two, four, and maybe five, should come from Evin Lewis, Tangerine Chanderpaul, Nicolas Pooran, Kyle Hope, Anthony Alleyne, Jahmar Hamilton, and the elegant Brandon King could be the answer. From all appearances, and from what some good judges have said about him, it seems that young Shimron Hetmyer is also one for tomorrow. This could be the year that the West Indies have been waiting on since around 1995 to show the world that they are back, or really coming back. They will, however, need the young, promising, and dedicated cricketers to stand up and deliver consistently and also for the selectors to offer Nikita Miller another chance to prove that he is good enough for that level. The first-class season is halfway through, and I cannot wait for the other half to see, apart from Trinidad and Tobago’s inept performance on a good pitch at Sabina Park and the dismal showing of the Windward Islands, who were dismissed for 64 in 27 overs in less than three hours on a good pitch at Sabina Park, possibly some more wonderful performances from the region’s cricketers. One cannot reasonably expect to build a champion West Indies team without building a champion regional tournament, and without the best playing with and against the best in the best conditions, near to the beach or not, tourists or no tourists.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) :One by one, Chelsea’s closest challengers are falling away in the English Premier League title race.After implosions by Manchester City, Liverpool, and then Arsenal over the past month, it was second-place Tottenham’s turn to trip up yesterday.Spurs were outplayed at Liverpool in a 2-0 loss and could be 12 points behind Chelsea if the leaders beat Burnley today. With 13 rounds remaining, Chelsea could then canter to a second title in three years.Sadio ManÈ scored both goals in a two-minute spell in the first half, as Liverpool rediscovered their form of the first half of the season to gain a first-league win in six attempts in 2017.It was only Tottenham’s third loss in this campaign and instead of having faint hopes of catching Chelsea, the priority for Mauricio Pochettino’s players will be preserving a top-four place to get back in the Champions League. In a potentially demoralising defeat, they were outplayed and out-pressed by Liverpool.Arsenal and Manchester United also won 2-0, against Hull and Watford, respectively, as the race for a top-four finish intensified. Two points separate Tottenham and sixth-place United.LIVERPOOL 2 TOTTENHAM 0ManÈ scored in the 16th and 18th minutes to cap a first half in which Liverpool blew away Tottenham with their intensity and movement that had been lacking in recent games.Liverpool’s slump in form coincided with ManÈ’s absence at the African Cup of Nations in January, and his return could be the catalyst the team needs to clinch a top-four place.ManÈ raced through the middle to latch on to Georginio Wijnaldum’s pass and lifted home a well-taken finish for his first, and was celebrating again after driving a rising shot into the net from close range.Spurs were so overwhelmed, they should have lost by a bigger margin.”It’s difficult to fight for the Premier League if you show that performance,” Pochettino said. “There was a lack of aggression and desire to play for a win.”MAN UNITED 2 WATFORD 0Recalled to the team, Anthony Martial took his opportunity to impress United manager JosÈ Mourinho.The France winger set up Juan Mata for a 31st-minute opener against Watford before scoring the second in the 60th in a comfortable win for United at Old TraffordMartial – signed for £36 million in 2015 – has been in and out of the team under Mourinho, who has called on him to show improvement with so many other wide players competing for places.United extended their unbeaten streak in the league to 16 games.ARSENAL 2 HULL 0It was a tale of two handballs at Emirates Stadium.Alexis S·nchez bundled in his first goal from close range using his right hand, with officials deciding it was accidental as the ball deflected up off goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovi.In injury time, Hull midfielder Sam Clucas blocked a header from Lucas PerÈz on the goal line using his hand and was sent off. S·nchez drove home a low penalty for a league-high 17th goal of the season.Other results: Sunderland 0 Southampton 4; Stoke City 1 Crystal Palace 0; West Ham 2 West Brom 2; Middlesbrough 0 Everton 0.
Former JFF physical trainer and UTech lecturer, Andre Waugh, recently resigned from his posts with both organisations to take up his new role as Caribbean Development Manager for CONCACAF.The former Portmore United Technical Director wants to make a mark and help uplift the general standard of football in the region and believes his experience from both of his former jobs will serve him well in his new capacity.”I really want to make a mark. Money is rewarding but I want to lay in my bed at night and feel I have made a contribution and a mark,” he told The Gleaner.”It has always been my desire to serve at the highest level, so this opportunity from CONCACAF will allow me to pretty much put what I have been doing in both organisations, JFF and UTech, together and try to give back on a wider scale,” he continued.As Caribbean Development Manager, Waugh will coordinate and supervise development activities specific to the Caribbean through CONCACAF. This includes coaching education programmes, women’s football, liaising with different technical directors of the region, and assisting with development programmes. He says that he is ready to take on this new challenge.GREAT RESPONSIBILITY”Everything that has great reward comes with great responsibility. This (job) is going to require a lot of commitment. I am really looking forward to the challenge, and I like the direction of the organisation, the programmes that are on stream, and the vision of the president and the director of the Caribbean office, Horace Reid. So the future looks bright. The philosophy and the vision are clear, and I want to achieve,” he said.Although his focus is to do his best as the regional development manager, waugh has ambitions of moving on to even greater things in the organisation.”We are very ambitious people and the possibilities are endless, but for now, I am just focusing on the task at hand and being fully committed to this job and raising the standard of football in the Caribbean. We will see where it takes us, but for now, it’s just work,” Waugh said.
After a third place finish in the 2000-metre steeplechase and second in the 5000 metres a year ago, Shane Buchanan, the co-captain of Kingston College’s (KC) track and field team at this year’s ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships, is hoping to end his Champs career on a high by winning both events. “I feel great going into the Championships and my training has been going well all season and I am feeling better now at this stage than I was last year,” he said this week. With Kingston College aiming to wrest the title from Calabar High, Buchanan, one of the favourites for the 2000 metres, steeplechase, says he is feeling some pressure. “Knowing that I am one of the favourites here, there is a little pressure because I will be a target man but I am just staying focused and will just go out there and do what I have to do,” he stated. After playing second fiddle in the 5000 metres this season to teammate Aryamana Rodgers, his main aim is for both to earn maximum points for the school. He, however, wants to be in front at the finish. “Training with Ari (Rodgers) gives me a great lift as we push each other in practiCe, and we will both be running a tactical race. I am hoping to use my good early pace as Ari is a strong finisher,” said Buchanan. The co-captain wants fans to come out to give their support to the school. “I am hoping that all the KC supporters come out in large numbers to support the team as all the guys are in fantastic shape and we are confident we will win the title,” Buchanan said. – R.G. MAXIMUM POINTS
MOST READ Though there are no doubts on Laminou’s capabilities, it’s still a surprising performance considering that two weeks ago, his status for the opening week was still up in the air because of the MCL injury on his left knee.READ: EAC takes command with rout of St. BenildeFEATURED 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’Laminou himself admitted that he’s still far from tip-top shape, but he’s doing his best to keep up with his fellow Generals.“I feel like I’m at 60-percent,” he said. “Actually, I just came back from my injury last Monday. I didn’t practice for almost two months. I’m trying my best to be in condition.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Hamadou Laminou. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShowing no signs of rust, Hamadou Laminou took the spotlight on Friday as he helped Emilio Aguinaldo College nab the 74-64 win over St. Benilde to kickstart its NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball campaign.The Cameroonian big man looked like he didn’t miss a beat as he roared in his season debut, posting 21 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, and tallying seven blocks in the dominating victory.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation “We have trust in the coach and we hope that we can make it into the Final Four. We want to make it good this year,” he said. Fortunately for Laminou, he has his fellow veterans Sidney Onwubere and Francis Munsayac by his side as he reintroduces himself to the flow of coach Ariel Sison’s system.“I get all my confidence with my teammates Sidney and Francis. Last year, we tried to help each other and we look at it the same way so we can make it good this year,” he said.Sison acknowledged that Laminou’s return is a huge boost for EAC, noting that had his foreign player didn’t go down with an injury, the team could have made it far in the preseason tourneys.“If Laminou played, we might have had a better showing in Filoil,” he said.But Laminou, with enough trust on Sison’s system and the camaraderie he has with his fellow Generals, has his full confidence that the squad can fulfill their preseason goal and make it to the Final Four for the first time in school history.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano At 37, Venus Williams looking for a 6th Wimbledon title Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
READ: Mac Cardona to suit up for Zark’s BurgersCardona created a stir on social media after posting a photo of himself joining the Batang Pier in one of their practice sessions at Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong City.In the Instagram photo, Cardona is with former fellow La Salle alums Mike Cortez, Ryan Araña and Rico Maierhofer, Renren Ritualo and Arnold Van Opstal and Pumaren, who was his coach with the Green Archers.Cortez and Araña were teammates with Cardona during their collegiate days.READ: Cardona takes another step in rebuilding his lifeADVERTISEMENT 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 Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Pumaren cleared Cardona is not yet part of the team and that he has to prove that he can still play at a high level.“We still have to take a look at him in the next few days if he is still capable of playing in the PBA,” Pumaren said.Cardona last played in the PBA with the NLEX Road Warriors in 2016 until he was let go by the team before the start of the 42nd season after a series of misfortunes that included an arrest due to domestic violence and sleeping pill overdose that almost ended his life in August of last year.Cardona saw action in the PBA D-League as a member of Zark’s Burgers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next #KicksStalker: Is a Filipino signature shoe on the horizon? Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mac Cardona hopes to make a return to the PBA and his potential comeback could also be a reunion of sorts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 35-year-old Cardona, who survived a pill overdose in an apparent suicide attempt nearly a year ago, is trying out for the GlobalPort Batang Pier, a team that is all to familiar with the veteran swingman.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “We are looking for other options and we feel Cardona is in the equation,” GlobalPort head coach Franz Pumaren told INQUIRER.net in a text message Thursday when asked if Cardona is trying to make the team. View comments MOST READ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monza racetrack, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. (Photo by LUCA BRUNO / AP)MONZA, Italy — Lewis Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix virtually unchallenged from pole position Sunday and moved ahead of Sebastian Vettel to take the lead in the drivers’ standings.Hamilton finished nearly five seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas while Vettel came third in his Ferrari, more than half a minute behind.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ San Beda downs TIP in 4 sets 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 Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hamilton now has 238 points, three more than Vettel with seven races remaining in what has developed into a riveting Formula One season.Vettel had led the standings all season but Ferrari struggled in rainy qualifying conditions Saturday and couldn’t match Mercedes’ race pace, either, on a Monza circuit featuring long straights and high speeds better suited to Mercedes’ power.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’Fly-away races make up the rest of the F1 calendar, starting with the Singapore GP in two weeks. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies View comments Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Winning start Break new ground It was a far different Adamson that showed up Saturday afternoon at FilOil Flying V Center.The Lady Falcons were a picture of confidence and efficiency, with Jem Galanza leading the way with 18 points.Meanwhile, Ateneo sprung back from a previous defeat with a dominating 25-23, 25-20, 25-20 triumph over Lyceum for a 2-1 slate.The Lady Pirates fell to a 1-2 record.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A time for change LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ The win was third straight for Adamson, which is trying to rebuild itself from a disastrous campaign last year in the UAAP.It also moved the Lady Falcons two wins closer to an outright semifinals stint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut Padda knows better than to celebrate this early.“We need to play even better because the competition is going to get tougher for us,” said Padda, who joined Adamson in the previous UAAP season, where the Lady Falcons scored only one win. Airess Padda, Adamson’s eloquent, photogenic American coach, knows things are only going to get tougher in the days to come.“We are slowly getting the consistency that we’ve been working for,” said Padda of the Lady Falcons after mangling the Technological Institute of the Philippines Lady Engineers, 25-12, 25-14, 25-13, Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled A costly, catty dispute finally settled OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments