Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Cody Allen throws during the eighth inning of Game 3 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, in Chicago. APCLEVELAND — The Indians got it right with four pitchers on Friday.Cleveland reached agreement on 2017 contracts with closer Cody Allen, starter Danny Salazar and relievers Bryan Shaw and Zach McAllister, four right-handers who were eligible for arbitration and are key members on one of baseball’s deepest pitching staffs.ADVERTISEMENT Allen will make $7.35 million next season, a major jump from the $4.15 million he earned in 2016, when he recorded 32 saves in 34 tries and further established himself as a top-flight finisher. The 28-year-old has averaged 30 saves in the past three years.The Indians also avoided salary arbitration with Salazar ($3.4 million), who went 11-6 with a 3.87 ERA last season but was slowed late in the year and limited in the playoffs by a forearm strain. He earned $546,200 last season.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 returnShaw ($4.6 million) has been a workhorse for Cleveland, appearing in at least 70 games in each of the past four seasons. He made $2.75 million in 2016.McAllister went 3-2 with a 3.44 ERA in 53 games last season for the AL champions, earning $1.3 million. McAllister has been a starter and reliever during his six seasons with Cleveland, which acquired him from the New York Yankees in 2010. The 28-year-old had one trip to the disabled list in 2016 but was otherwise one of Cleveland’s steadiest relievers. The Indians reached deals on Thursday with starter Trevor Bauer ($3.55 million) and reliever Dan Otero ($1.55 million).Cleveland agreed to a $4.3 million, one-year deal with outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall. Another outfielder Brandon Guyer, asked for a raise from $1,185,000 to $2.3 million in arbitration and was offered $1.9 million.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal LATEST STORIES Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Belga loses sleep over crucial turnover in OT loss 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 member MOST READ In the co-main event, Australian Martin Nguyen dazzled in a quick work of Japanese veteran Kazunori Yokota.Nguyen decked Yokota with a timely overhand right before pummelling him for the first round stoppage.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 returnMeanwhile, Filipino lightweight fighter Vaughn Donayre continued his downward spiral after yielding to Vincent Latoel by unanimous decision.Donayre has now dropped seven of his last eight fights, including four in a row. He lost to Singapore’s Amir Khan by submission in his previous outing two months ago. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:57Duterte wants ‘one-on-one’ talk with Joma Sison01:28‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man01:40Filipinos 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 No. 1 Kerber admits pressure on Grand Slam defense Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims LATEST STORIES Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Buoyed by their hometown crowd, Indonesian fighters Sunoto and Stefer Rahardian emerged victorious.Sunoto scored a first-round stoppage over Cambodia’s Chan Heng in their bantamweight clash while Rahardian downed Jerome Paye by unanimous decision in the flyweight division.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Filipino Rene Catalan applies the armbar to defeat Adrian Matheis in their strawweight bout. Photo from ONE ChampionshipUndefeated Russian fighter Vitaly Bigdash outclassed Burmese challenger Aung La N Sang to retain his ONE middleweight world title in the headliner of ONE: Quest for Power Saturday in Jakarta, Indonesia.Bigdash dominated N Sang from the get-go, connecting on combinations and landing elbows on the mat, en route to a unanimous decision win, his ninth overall.ADVERTISEMENT Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal But while Donayre faded, another Filipino in Rene Catalan shone.Catalan submitted Adrian Matheis with an armbar at the 2:08 mark of the second round in their strawweight bout.The keenly-awaited duel between lightweight contenders Georgi Stoyanov and Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev ended in a No Contest. Stoyanov was unable to continue after getting hit with an ill-advised technical ground kick.In the most exciting fight of the evening, Igor Subora edged Sherif Mohamed via unanimous decision. The two light heavyweights went toe-to-toe for three rounds but it was Subora’s superior stand-up game made the difference as he effectively used his boxing to keep the smaller Mohamed out of reach.Dutch featherweight Anthony Engelen, who is based in Jakarta, needed only a minute and 42 seconds to knock out his Malaysian foe AJ Lias Mansor. Engelen unloaded a combination while Mansor was pressed against the cage before a crushing right sealed the early stoppage.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
“They (Painters) pose all sorts of problems and we have great respect for them,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said. “We know that this is really a playoff game for both teams and we need to be extremely sharp.”Rain or Shine, though, is on a three-game losing streak, with the Painters coming off what could be their worst game of the season, a lopsided loss to GlobalPort just three nights before.Basically, GlobalPort and TNT KaTropa, which finished the eliminations with 6-5 records, are safe and will be landing in best-of-three series, their opponents to be known only after the final two games Wednesday.Should the Hotshots and the Painters prevail, Rain or Shine would wind up No. 6 and will be in a best-of-three quarterfinal series with No. 3 Alaska. Star will take No. 2 and would need to beat the Gin Kings just once to make the Final Four.That scenario would also boot the Elite out of the picture and make Phoenix Petroleum No. 8 and topnotcher and defending champion San Miguel Beer’s quarterfinal foe, whom the Beermen need to beat just once to make the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ View comments Can Ancajas shoot for Chocolatito? 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 Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal After the frenzied battles in the last week, the Aces and the Hotshots, both with 6-4 records, would wind up second or third, at worst, but what makes the final playdate interesting is which teams would eventually wind up Nos. 7 and 8 and with the gargantuan task of beating a top-two team two straight times.“We will go all out [for a win],” said Star coach Chito Victolero, whose first coaching stint came with KIA, now Mahindra.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 prepared hard for this game because we want to end with a win and get the momentum and winning habit going to the playoffs, plus we have a chance to be No. 2.”Painters pose problemsIn the event of victories by the Hotshots and the Aces, Alaska will be No. 2 and Star the third seed, and that development would shove crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra down to No. 7 and will forge a playoff for the last slot between the Elasto Painters and idle Blackwater. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Should the Floodbuster upset the Hotshots and Alaska triumphs over the Painters, Star will advance to a race-to-two series against Ginebra, which will climb up the rankings at No. 6, with Rain or Shine and Blackwater to go to that playoff to determine No. 8.If both Mahindra and Rain or Shine win, a seven-team tie for No. 2 will ensue with the Hotshots to win the quotient system and land No. 2 with Alaska, GlobalPort, TNT KaTropa, the Painters, Ginebra and Phoenix occupying the next six places, in that order.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Calvin Abueva goes up for a shot. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe PBA Philippine Cup playoff picture is now down to who between the Alaska Aces and the Star Hotshots would end up as the No. 2 seed with the twice-to-beat quarterfinal bonus—and which teams will be driven to the edge of the cliff.Star battles also-ran Mahindra in the 4:15 p.m. game, and even if the Hotshots win, the Aces can end up second with a win over Rain or Shine in their 7 p.m. clash Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay by virtue of the winner-over-the-other rule.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media LATEST STORIES Mississippi State guard Morgan William, center, celebrates with teammates after she hit the winning shot at the buzzer in overtime to defeat Connecticut in an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the women’s Final Four, Friday, March 31, 2017, in Dallas. Mississippi State won 66-64. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)DALLAS — UConn’s record 111-game winning streak came to a startling end when Mississippi State pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in women’s college basketball history, shocking the Huskies 66-64 on Morgan William’s overtime buzzer beater in the national semifinals on Friday.William hit a 15-footer to win it, moments after a replay review awarded UConn two free throws for a flagrant foul call that tied the game with 26.6 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties 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 promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely La Salle streaks to sixth straight win, whips Adamson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments The Bulldogs will play South Carolina for the national championship Sunday night in a matchup of two South Eastern Conference teams.Mississippi State and UConn met in the playoffs last season and the Huskies won by 60 points — the biggest win in regional semifinals history.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 returnNow they’ve erased that defeat, beating UConn — which had won the last four national college championships — on the grandest stage in one of the sport’s greatest games. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos
View comments Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Butler met with management on Saturday but declined to speak to the media.STAY OR GOWade wants to hear a defined direction for the organization from management.He plans to meet with Bulls executives John Paxson and Gar Forman in a few weeks and will then figure out whether to exercise his contract option or look elsewhere. The Bulls’ intentions with Butler will be “a huge component” in his decision but not the only one.Wade could be staring at limited options or a huge pay cut if he decides to leave. But he also might have an opportunity to play for a contender.Either way, he insisted he has no regrets about the two-year deal he signed to leave Miami last summer for his hometown team.“The biggest thing is I came here and I was embraced,” Wade said. “Not only by the city, by up top. I was embraced by the coaches, the players, and it was some good moments and some bad moments, just like every season. But I don’t regret my decision at all.”Wade averaged 18.3 points in 60 games. He also found himself at the center of a big blowup in January when he and Butler criticized the team’s effort and Rondo fired back at them. That resulted in fines for the three veterans.“My message was just about trying to make sure that guys understand how important this is,” Wade said. “And maybe because I’m at Year 14 of my career, maybe I see it different and I do it different.”ON POINT Rondo ended an up-and-down season on a high note. But was it good enough to convince the Bulls to exercise their option on him?In and out of the rotation for much of the regular season, he played well down the stretch and was a huge factor in winning the first two playoff games at Boston. The Bulls weren’t the same with the four-time All-Star sitting out the final four games because of a broken right thumb.ON THE BENCHChicago is 83-81 with one playoff appearance in two seasons under coach Fred Hoiberg and some fans were chanting for the Bulls to fire him on Friday.“Sure I understand the frustration,” he said. “It was a frustrating game to go out this way.”Wade thought those chants were misguided.“Talent makes all of us look better,” he said. “Fred was dealt a young team and a team that didn’t really have an identity. It was kind of unfair, in the sense, in his second year to get a whole new team and say, ‘Be great with it.’ It takes a while. It takes time.”OUCHForward Bobby Portis revealed he suffered a third-degree burn on his left foot from a heating pad in early March and is still experiencing pain.“I had my headphones in; I didn’t feel it burning through,” he said. Palace: Crisis over ABC-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 “I don’t need to ring chase, but I can,” he said on Saturday. “It’s a great luxury to have if I want to do. Or I can be a part of passing down my knowledge to younger players.”Wade’s contract option is one of the biggest issues hanging over the Bulls as they head into the offseason following a 41-win season and first-round playoff exit against Boston, though it’s not at the top of the list.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 returnJimmy Butler has a comfortable spot there. The Bulls need to decide if they’re going to build with him or go all in on a tear-down and trade one of the league’s best two-way players.They also have a contract option on Rajon Rondo and need to build a roster that suits the more open offense coach Fred Hoiberg prefers. LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade, right, looks for a shot against Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder during the first half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Friday, April. 28, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO — Dwyane Wade wasn’t ready to make any declarations about his future with the Chicago Bulls.The 12-time All-Star and three-time champion is waiting for management to set the direction of the franchise. Then he’ll make up his mind: Stay with his hometown team for $23.8 million or look elsewhere.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As much as anything, perhaps, they need to settle on a clear direction. The Bulls tried to walk the line between staying competitive and getting younger last season, and it led to a .500 season and an exit in Game 6 after they made the playoffs on a tiebreaker.Here are some things to know as Chicago sets its offseason course.BUILD OR BYEThe Jimmy Butler Rumor Season figures to be an active one.Butler’s name has been coming up in trade talk for a year with Boston mentioned as a possible destination. But the Bulls could also make a strong case for building with him.ADVERTISEMENT Japanese tops Subic triathlon; Huelgas disappointed with finish Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar
Vanguardia hopes Phelp’s return helps them get over playoff hump End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Serbia’s Novak Djokovic slips in his quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Austria’s Dominic Thiem at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/David Vincent)PARIS— Novak Djokovic’s French Open title defense ended with a surprisingly lopsided 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 quarterfinal loss to sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria on Wednesday.A year ago, Djokovic became the first man in nearly a half-century to claim a fourth consecutive major championship and completed a career Grand Slam at Roland Garros. But his form has dipped considerably since then, and now he has gone four majors in a row without earning a trophy.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “It’s a fact that I’m not playing close to my best,” Djokovic said. “This is a whole new situation that I’m feeling.”On Wednesday at a windy Court Suzanne Lenglen, Djokovic was out of sorts in so many ways, even before that 20-minute third set in which he won only 8 of 34 points. That was only the second time that Djokovic lost a final set by the score of 6-0 in his 937 career tour-level matches.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“It was not there for me today,” Djokovic said with a sigh.He wasted two set points in the opener. By the end of the match, he wound up with nearly twice as many unforced errors, 35, as winners, 18. His backhand was particularly problematic. More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Known for tremendous footwork and court coverage, the No. 2-seeded Serb even stumbled and tumbled to the court, his racket flying out of his hands, early in the second set. Djokovic was left on his knees, and soon he would be out of the tournament entirely.“All in all,” Djokovic said, “it was decided, I think, in the first set.”How unlikely was this result? Djokovic entered the day having won all five previous matches — and 11 of 12 sets — against Thiem, including in the French Open semifinals a year ago.“It’s amazing for me,” Thiem said. “To beat him for the first time in the quarters of the French Open is a dream.”Plus, Djokovic had appeared in a record six consecutive semifinals in Paris. But this continued what has become something of a 12-month downward slide for him since he finally grabbed ahold of the French Open championship he had so long sought.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:50Trending 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 Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Since then, though, the highlight for Djokovic was a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open. Otherwise, he lost his No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray and lost in the third round of Wimbledon, the first round of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and the second round of the Australian Open.Along the way, he split with one of his coaches, Boris Becker, and then his other, Marian Vajda, along with other members of his entourage. Djokovic enlisted Andre Agassi for coaching help during Week 1 of the French Open, but Agassi had some prior commitments and so was gone by the time Djokovic faced Thiem.The 23-year-old Thiem will face nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal next.“You have to play the best guys round after round,” Thiem said. “It’s not getting easier on Friday.”The other men’s quarterfinals scheduled for later Wednesday: 2016 runner-up Murray vs. No. 8 Kei Nishikori, and 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka vs. No. 7 Marin Cilic.Thiem is a talented, up-and-coming player, to be sure, and he is the only man to beat Nadal in the Spaniard’s 23 matches on clay in 2017. That came in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open last month.Earlier Wednesday, Nadal reached his record 10th French Open semifinal when No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain retired from their match early in the second set because of an injured abdominal muscle he said began bothering him on a serve at 5-2 in the first.Nadal led 6-2, 2-0 when Carreno Busta stopped.Nadal has dropped only 22 games so far in the tournament, the fewest he has lost on the way to any of his 26 Grand Slam semifinal berths.“I don’t know how many games I lost this year, but I really don’t care about this, no?” Nadal said. “I only care that I am in the semifinals.” 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 Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View comments
Interim Spanish FA head defends ‘friend’ Villar BARCELONA, Spain (AP): The new interim head of Spain’s football federation defended Angel Maria Villar yesterday, saying he’d bet his life that his “friend” and the man he has replaced is innocent of corruption charges. While Villar remains in prison without bail awaiting the outcome of a criminal investigation, the new federation president is Juan Luis Larrea, the body’s treasurer under Villar for three decades. Larrea backed his old boss a day after Villar was suspended from his job for a year by Spain’s top sports authority, pending the outcome of the criminal investigation. “I will never say that I am not his (Villar’s) friend,” Larrea said at the federation’s general assembly after being named Villar’s replacement. “I completely trust that the federation has been run correctly.” Rio shut out of World Cup qualifiers SAO PAULO (AP): Brazil’s football confederation says the country will complete its World Cup qualifying schedule without playing a single match in Rio de Janeiro, site of the 2014 World Cup final at the famed Maracana stadium. The CBF said yesterday that Brazil’s final qualifier will be October 10 in Sao Paulo against Chile. The five-time World Cup champions have already qualified for next year’s World Cup in Russia. The Maracana stadium has been infrequently used since last year’s Olympics as the state of Rio de Janeiro – the stadium owner – local clubs, and the stadium operator have battled over unpaid bills and control of the venue. Mayweather-McGregor fight to be shown live in movie theatres NEW YORK (AP): Movie theatres around the US will show the August 26 fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor. The bout between the undefeated boxer and the Irish Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion will cost $99.95 on high-definition pay-per-view TV. Tickets for the fight at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena will range from $500 to $10,000 – and there aren’t many $500 seats. Meanwhile, movie theatre tickets for the fighting spectacle of the year are being sold at $40 per adult in advance. A complete list of participating theatres can be found at www.FathomEvents.com . Fathom Events and Mayweather Promotions announced the partnership on Tuesday. Mayweather is coming out of retirement for a boxing match against a UFC star who has never boxed professionally.
But Bayer was to rue missing other chances when Jakub Blaszczykowski grabbed another equaliser for Wolfsburg. It was Wolfsburg’s fourth straight draw since Martin Schmidt took over as coach. Both sides remained in the bottom half of the table, as Bayer are 12th on nine points while Wolfsburg sit in 14th on eight. Werder Bremen was seeking its first league win this season in the late game against visiting Borussia Monchengladbach but suffered a 2-0 loss. MISSED CHANCES BERLIN (AP): Jamaican forward Leon Bailey played all 90 minutes but could not get on the score sheet for Bayer Leverkusen in their 2-2 home draw with VfL Wolfsburg yesterday. Wolfsburg twice came from behind to get a share of the points, in a result that helps neither team after disappointing starts to the German Bundesliga. Bayer took the lead through Lars Bender after the home side dominated the opening half-hour. The goal sparked a reaction from the visitors and Divock Origi duly equalised before the break. Argentine striker Lucas Alario restored Leverkusen’s lead with a cool finish to Wendell’s cross after Kevin Volland played the Brazilian defender through.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC: Player-of-the-Match Hayley Matthews and fast bowler Shakera Selman turned in handy performances, as West Indies Women trounced Sri Lanka Women by 71 runs in the opening Twenty20 International on Thursday night. Matthews stroked a run-a-ball 37 to propel the hosts to 140 for four off their 20 overs before Selman snatched two for six from three overs, to limit the Sri Lankans to 69 for seven off their quota of overs. The contest proved a stroll for the reigning World champions, extending their dominance from their clean sweep of the one-day series in Trinidad last week. Sent in at Coolidge Cricket Ground, Matthews spearheaded a 67-run, opening stand off 63 deliveries with captain Stafanie Taylor whose 31 came from 29 balls with three boundaries. The right-handed Matthews had counted five fours when she was stumped in the 11th over off left-arm spinner Inoka Ranaweera, who claimed two for 35. Her dismissal sparked a slide which saw four wickets tumble for 39 runs in the space of 38 balls, as West Indies Women slipped to 106 for four in the 17th over. Former captain Merissa Aguilleira then arrived to stroke a 19-ball unbeaten 22, while Britney Cooper struck a four and a six in 20 not out off 11 deliveries, as they provided a late flourish with an unbroken 34-run, fifth wicket stand. Selman then shocked the Sri Lanka top order, removing openers Yasoda Mendis (0) and Chamari Atapattu (1) in successive overs, to reduce the tourists to nine for two in the third over. Ama Kanchana tried to revive the innings with a top score of 17 off 21 balls but found little support, as no other batsman reached double figures. Off-spinner Anisa Mohammed kept the pressure on with a pair of wickets from her four overs which cost 14 runs, while seamer Deandra Dottin stifled the middle order with a spell of one for six from three overs. The second match is scheduled for the same venue at 6:30 p.m. today.
PLAYING STRENGTHS Jamaica’s senior women’s football team lost 2-1 to Venezuela in their opening group stage encounter yesterday at the Central American and Caribbean Games, after missing two penalties in the late stages of the match. The Reggae Girlz took the lead in the 12th minute through a goal from Khadija Shaw, but the Central American side found the equaliser right after the break through a goal from forward Ysaura Viso. The Venezuelans went ahead through a 83rd-minute strike from substitute Deyna Castellanos but the Jamaicans missed two opportunities from the spot to salvage a positive result. The team will take on Costa Rico in their next game tomorrow at 4 p.m. Diver Yona Knight-Wisdom barely missed out on qualification to the men’s 1 metre springboard final, after placing ninth in the event with a score 329.85 points. Knight-Wisdom’s best dive came in the third round, where he scored 63 points. He will now turn his attention to the 3m springboard, his pet event, tomorrow at 2 p.m. Meanwhile, the women’s basketball team is looking to face their toughest competitor in the group stage when they take on Cuba today. Team manager Daisy Pedley believes that the team should fare well against our neighbours, despite the challenge posed. “Cuba is a very strong team, but we have a fairly strong team. We are going to play to our strengths because Cuba play a very fast game, but as long as we play our game, we should do well,” Pedley said. The team will take on hosts Colombia tomorrow before playing the Virgin Islands in their final group encounter on Sunday. “We should come out of the group in the top group. Virgin Islands is a very good team, but we should get the better of them. Colombia has come a long way, but again, we should do better,” Pedley said. The hockey team will also be in action today against Barbados at 4 p.m., Guatemala and Trinidad and Tobago are also drawn in Pool B. In squash, Bruce Burrowes will take on Rhett Cumberbatch of Barbados in men’s singles Round of 32 action at 9:15 a.m. Chris Binnie will also be in action as he takes on Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez at 5:30 p.m. today.