November 2019

first_imgPH boxers make rousing 2017 SEA Games debuts Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Denden Lazaro (13) of the Philippines receives the ball as teammate Alyssa Valdez looks on. Photo from asianvolleyball.netKUALA LUMPUR—A day after arriving in Malaysia for the Southeast Asian Games here, national team head coach Francis Vicente and his staff announced that Dawn Macandili has replaced Denden Lazaro as the squad’s libero.“It was hard for us coaches because there was a change in the roster,” said Vicente in Filipino Saturday at Seri Pacific Hotel here in Kuala Lumpur. “And we also need to carefully explain to Denden why she was replaced.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES “As a player, that change hurt,” said Vicente. “But it was understandable because she was expecting to play but we can’t force her into the role because of medical reasons.”Vicente added Macandili’s award wasn’t part of their decision and that they can’t put Lazaro in further danger because of the injury.center_img READ: Macandili replaces Lazaro in SEA Games lineupLazaro was chosen as the team’s libero a month before they suited up for the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, but the former Ateneo Lady Eagle suffered a hamstring injury in July that hampered her performance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Atenean was still able to play in the Asian Championship, but Macandili slowly emerged as the team’s first choice as she eventually earned the tournament’s 2nd Best Libero award.Vicente added that their choice to put in Lazaro, who was initially a reserve player, was a hard pill to swallow for Lazaro. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Read Next Already, Syquia is being eyed to represent the Philippines in the Asian Games next year. Rhezie Aragon cops silver in taekwondo Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LATEST STORIES Colin Syquia of the Philippines. Photo taken from the official Twitter account of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games @KL2017KUALA LUMPUR — John Colin Syquia was already rethinking his decision of competing in the Southeast Asian Games because of a long flight from Florida.His mount Adventure L took the flight from Florida to New York to Amsterdam, Netherlands to Baku, Azerbaijan before coming here.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension READ: Syquia wins PH’s 23rd gold, rules equestrian show jumpTeam manager Daniella Virata said the horse may have travelled 36 hours.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Imagine what the horse went through, standing on the pallet all those hours,” said Virata.But Syquia remained cool through it all, “he was smiling and sharing the same personality as Adventure, they really jibed together,” she said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentslast_img read more

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Grand Slam-seeking Beermen on the right track “After four months, finally a sweet, sweet podium finish,” said Maraño, referring to the period of time she spent with the national team.“Hopefully with more hard work from us players and a strong volleyball program we can achieve our goals,” added Maraño, the former UAAP MVP from La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe PSL All-Star squad bested Khonkaen Star Volleyball Club, 25-18, 25-22, 32-34, 25-22, for the bronze medal.Other team members were Mika Reyes, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Remy Palma, Bang Pineda, Frances Molina, Rhea Dimaculangan, Chie Saet, Jheck Dionela, Honey Royse Tubino, and Mar-Jana Philips. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ For Aby Maraño, it was one tangible indication that Philippine volleyball is on the upswing.The feisty middle blocker helped steer a bunch of Philippine Superliga players to a bronze medal in the 2017 Annual Princess Maja Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup in Sisaket, Thailand, over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

first_imgA second successive honor for Ronaldo was expected after a season in which the Portuguese eclipsed his award counterparts in the trophy stakes.As well as Spanish league and Spanish Super Cup success, Ronaldo scored twice in the Champions League final against Juventus to win European soccer’s elite competition for the third time in four seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRonaldo’s coach at Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, was crowned coach of the year.FIFA has shifted its award ceremony from its usual January slot to October so players are judged across a season — based on the typical European schedule — rather than the calendar year. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Metta World Peace joins Lakers’ G League team as assistant coach Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The women’s award honored the Netherlands’ success at the European Championship in August. Lieke Martens, who scored in the final win over Denmark, won the player’s award and Sarina Wiegman collected the coaching accolade.The Puskas Award for best goal went to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud for a scorpion-style kick. The Puskas Award-winning goal from an overhead back-heeled strike came on New Year’s Day in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the English Premier League. MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img View comments LATEST STORIES Read Next Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Portuguese soccer player Christiano Ronaldo, second from right, and son Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., right, sit beside Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, left, and wife Antonella during the The Best FIFA 2017 Awards at the Palladium Theatre in London, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — Cristiano Ronaldo has caught up with Lionel Messi to become a five-time winner of FIFA’s best player award.The Real Madrid forward was crowned player of the year on Monday at the FIFA Best ceremony at the London Palladium theater attended by runner-up Messi and third-placed Neymar.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

first_imgRead Next Fans packed the world’s largest indoor arena to the rafters and eclipsed the previous marks set in Games 5 and 6 as they witnessed Ginebra won its back-to-back titles.READ: Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeatFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGame 5, which ended in a Gin Kings victory over the Bolts, 85-74 on Sunday, drew 36,445 fans.However, Game 6 smashed that turnout, with 53,642 basketball aficionados trooping to Bocaue to gain the distinction of being the biggest crowd in PBA history. Meralco took that game at the expense of Ginebra, 98-91 on Wednesday. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa READ: More than 50k fans attend Ginebra-Meralco Finals Game 6 That mark eclipsed the long standing record of 52,612 during the opening ceremonies of the 2014 PBA season, where the Manny Pacquiao-coached Kia bested Blackwater, before Ginebra turned back TNT in the main game.Turns out, all those marks pale in comparison to Friday’s playdate.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — For the third straight time, the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals broke the record books.Game 7 between Ginebra and Meralco on Friday once set a new league attendance record, attracting 54,086 fans to the Philippine Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeat QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

first_imgProtesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSensational all season long, CJ Perez continued to reap the rewards of his hardwork as he was named the NCAA Season 93’s Most Valuable Player.The 23-year-old forward has undoubtedly been the driving force for Lyceum this year, leading the Pirates to an amazing 18-game sweep of the eliminations en route to their first ever Finals appearance.ADVERTISEMENT Onwubere showcased his full arsenal in his final year with the Generals, averaging 16.1 markers, 11.0 boards, 2.6 assists, and 1.4 rejections in his team’s failed bid to make it to the Final Four.The same was the case for Eze, who has been a beast for the Altas in their campaign but failed to help his side advance to the playoffs. The Nigerian bruiser corralled 15.3 points, a league-high 16.4 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks this season.Meanwhile, Jaycee Marcelino’s stellar first year with the Pirates did not go unnoticed as he was feted as this season’s Rookie of the Year.A transferee from Adamson, the soft-spoken guard made immediate impact in his debut year for Lyceum, averaging 10.7 points, 5.4 boards, 2.4 assists, and 1.4 steals, while terrorizing the opposing team’s guards with his hounding defense together with twin brother Jayvee.Eze’s defensive prowess was also recognized as he was named as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Perez averaged a league-best 19.3 points, together with 6.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.9 steals to stamp his class among his peers.Joining Perez in the Mythical Team is his Pirates teammate Mike Nzeusseu along with Javee Mocon of San Beda, Sidney Onwubere of Emilio Aguinaldo College, and Prince Eze of Perpetual Help.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Cameroonian Nzeusseu has been a rock down low for Lyceum, netting a double-double of 11.4 markers, 11.8 boards, and 1.2 blocks.Mocon, meanwhile, has been an embodiment of stability for the Red Lions as he churned out solid numbers of 13.0 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 3.4 dimes in his fourth season. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img MOST READ NBA: Jason Kidd brushes off comparisons to Lonzo Ball: ‘It’s a stretch’ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Also making the Best Defensive Team are Lyceum’s Nzeusseu, EAC’s Onwubere, Jose Rizal U’s Abdulwahab Abdulrazak, and Mapua’s Christian Buñag.Heavy Bombers guard Jed Mendoza was  adjudged as the Most Improved Player, turning around a largely forgettable rookie year and emerging as a solid contributor for his side with a team-best 13.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.JRU, meanwhile, was given the sportsmanship award. LATEST STORIES Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

first_imgRomania’s Simona Halep celebrates after defeating Germany’s Angelique Kerber in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — Simona Halep fended off Angelique Kerber to set up a high stakes Australian Open final against Caroline Wozniacki that will have a first Grand Slam title and the No. 1 ranking on the line for both players.After No. 2 Wozniacki had secured her spot in the final, top-seeded Halep raced to a 6-3, 3-1 lead in the second semifinal before Kerber rallied to force a third. Both players had chances to serve out the match, and both staved off match points in long and engrossing rallies, before Halep converted her fourth match point in a 6-3, 4-6, 9-7 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Halep was on a 10-match winning streak after collecting the title in Shenzhen, China, while Kerber was on a 14-match streak that included the Hopman Cup and her title run in Sydney.“Well, definitely was very tough. I’m shaking now — I’m really emotional,” Halep said after her 2-hour, 20-minute semifinal win over Kerber, the only major winner to reach the last four. “I’m really glad that I could resist. I had two match balls and I lost them. Today I was like a roller coaster — up and down — (but) I had confidence in myself.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor Halep, now, it’s a first Grand Slam final appearance off the clay at Roland Garros. For Wozniacki, it’s a first Grand Slam final outside of America.Both finalists have had to save match points to reach Saturday’s championship match. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa In the tiebreaker, Wozniacki’s experience made the difference.“Once she had set points. I thought, ‘OK, now you just have to go for it … she’s nervous now, too,’” Wozniacki said. “I managed to just gather myself and thankfully closed it out in the end.”The 27-year-old Dane squandered a match point in a semifinal here against Li Na seven years ago, but held her composure this time around and converted her first match point in the tiebreaker.Wozniacki lost U.S. Open finals to Kim Clijsters in 2009 and to Serena Williams in 2014, but it was that semifinal loss to Li that has haunted her most among her near-misses.“I’ve had many bad losses, many great wins (but) that’s one of the ones that hurt extra because it was going into the finals of a Grand Slam,” she said. “I felt like I was playing better on the day. I felt like it was my time to get there.“I think that’s why it hurt extra that I lost that day, especially with being one point away. I think if you ask any player, they always have one or two matches that they’ll think back on that hurt extra.”The last time the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds met in an Australian Open women’s final, No. 1 Serena Williams beat No. 2 Maria Sharapova in straight sets in 2015. That was 11 years after the previous time, when No. 1 Justine Henin beat No. 2 Kim Clijsters in three. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Halep spent just shy of 10 hours on court in her first five matches, the longest of any of the semifinalists, and fended off triple match point in her third-round win over Lauren Davis that ended 15-13 in the third.Wozniacki has had a slightly smoother run, though she had to save match points and rally from 5-1 down in the third set of her second-round win. She also had some nervous moments in her 6-3, 7-6 (2) semifinal win over Elise Mertens.Wozniacki appeared to be coasting against Mertens, getting breaks in the middle of each set. But she began getting tight when she was serving for the match at 5-4: From 30-15, she double-faulted twice and Mertens passed her with a forehand winner to level the set at 5-5.The No. 37-ranked Mertens lifted her intensity, holding her serve at love and then having two set points in the next game before Wozniacki eventually held in a service game lasting 8 ½ minutes.“I got really tight at 5-4,” Wozniacki said. “I think I was nervous. I didn’t do much wrong for the first three points of that game. I served two good serves, then I had that forehand down the line which I missed by a couple of millimeters. It was 30-15 instead of 40-Love. All of a sudden, yeah, it just turned around.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Given a chance to shine, Heruela shows true worth Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Nextlast_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Flashing a balanced offensive, San Beda turned back Jose Rizal U, 80-66, in the other semifinal match.Pint-sized playmaker Aljun Melecio exploded for 30 points, while Ricci Rivero and Ben Mbala combined for 51 for the Archers. “This is a good game for us, because we learned a lot with having composure with our decision making,” said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout What ‘missteps’? MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ End of Pacquiao reign is here, Horn claims 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Newcomer Santi Santillan completed a three-point play with 10 seconds remaining to lift UAAP champion La Salle to a thrilling 100-99 victory over Lyceum and forge a title duel with San Beda in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup.A recruit from University of the Visayas, who is set to make his debut in the UAAP this season, Santillan was at the right place at the right time, capping a wild sequence with a lay-up while drawing a foul as the Green Archers survived a gutsy stand by the Pirates, who nearly completed a comeback from 12 points down in the final period at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgMOST READ View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken In this photo taken Saturday, June 24, 2017, Decathlete Trey Hardee poses with the Sheppard sisters, Tai, 12, left, Brooke, 9, center and Rainn, 11, right, at the U.S. Track and Field Championships, in Sacramento, Calif. The once-homeless sisters were guests at the nationals over the weekend, meeting their idols and given the gold medal Justin Gatlin earned in the 100 meters. The Sheppard siblings rose to prominence in track and field, with their exploits bringing them medals, TV appearances and even a magazine cover. (AP Photo/Pat Graham)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The three once-homeless sisters recited all the athletes they met at nationals and the souvenirs they received as they slurped shaved ice.Nine-year-old Brooke Sheppard got pointers from high jumper Vashti Cunningham . Rainn, 11, showed off the shirt she picked out at the merchandise tent. And 12-year-old Tai, well, her family’s story moved Justin Gatlin so much that he gave her the first-place medal he won in the 100 meters at the U.S. track and field championships.ADVERTISEMENT “She’s really tall and kind and talented,” Brooke said. “She jumped 6 feet, 6 inches.“One day, I’ll jump 6-6, too.”Many athletes stopped to pose for pictures with the sisters, including Olympic shot put gold medalist Michelle Carter and decathlete Trey Hardee, who showed them a picture of his new baby wearing the first-place medal he captured at nationals.“It’s been so fun,” Rainn said. “I learned new tips on how to think in my mind when I run.”They got into track around January 2015 when their baby sitter signed them up for a track meet that did not require any entry fees. Bell happened to be there looking for new talent. She had given her business cards to each of the girls separately with the instructions to have their mother call her or just show up to practice.“They came to practice together and I’m like, ’You three are sisters?’” Bell recounted. “That was a bonus, because I had three good athletes, from one family. That’s easy to hold on to. They just took off from there.”According to Bell, the Sheppard family had been homeless for around two years. They made an appearance on ABC’s “The View” in November, when co-host Whoopi Goldberg presented the family with $10,000, along with $40,000 to their track club.Handy took a job working in the financial department of a hospital in February, with the goal of going back to school in September.They moved into their new place on April 1. At first, the family had no furniture, so they slept on air mattresses.Entertainer Tyler Perry saw their story and pledged to help out. Bell said Perry had the family’s apartment redecorated, with the family surprised by the remodel on a recent episode of “The View.” Antetokounmpo reveals ambitious dream with Greece LATEST STORIES Being invited to nationals meant quite a bit to them. The sisters hope to come back again — as participants.“They’re there (in a few years) and they’re on the podium,” Bell said. “They have the talent. They have everything it takes.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire The siblings from New York City were guests of USA track and field after their rise to prominence in the sport, with their exploits bringing them medals, TV appearances and a magazine cover. It also helped get them something more — a home. They and their mom moved out of a homeless shelter and into a two-bedroom apartment in April.“A whole different world,” Brooke said, referring to all the paths that have opened up through track.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor a few days at nationals, they were treated like royalty. The sisters were accompanied by their coach Jean Bell, their “track mom,” since their actual mother, Tonia Handy, couldn’t make the trip because of work.“Their lives have changed so much,” said Bell, who helped develop the talent of the sisters through the Jeuness Track Club in Brooklyn. “Track keeps them focused and positive. They’re good at it. They’re really good at it.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The trio earned medals at the AAU Junior Olympics in Houston last summer, with Rainn winning the 3,000 meters, Tai finishing runner-up in the 80-meter hurdles and Brooke taking second in the high jump. In December, the sisters appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated Kids .Gatlin was touched by all they’ve gone through.“I wanted them to take the medal as a symbol of believing in yourself,” Gatlin said. “People are going to say that you can’t or you’re too young or you don’t have the will to do so, but I wanted them to know they can do it. If they believe in themselves, they can do it. That’s what that medal meant to me.”With wide eyes, they went behind-the-scenes at nationals. They even presented medals — Brooke to the women’s high jumpers, Rainn to the women’s 1,500 winners and Tai to the 100-meter hurdlers.They socialized with 800-meter runner Ajee Wilson, along with sprinters Tori Bowie and Allyson Felix. They talked to Hall of Famer John Carlos and received gift bags containing Team USA running apparel and Nike shoes. Brooke also came away with a new appreciation for the high jump after chatting with Cunningham.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Police: Venus Williams driving ‘lawfully’ at time of fatal crash Pachulia played for $2.9 million last season, willing to take a lower salary to be part of a team that would chase a championship — and he wound up with his first ring after 14 NBA seasons.Booed early on by the home crowd at Oracle Arena as he found his way with a new team, Pachulia eventually got comfortable with the Warriors and elevated his play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsA native of the Republic of Georgia, Pachulia joins several familiar faces who have committed to the team.Most notably, two-time MVP Stephen Curry is receiving a record $201 million, five-year contract, while Finals MVP Kevin Durant reached agreement on a deal for approximately $53 million over two years. Fresh off his first career championship, KD is expected to decline the second year on his contract in order to sign a max contract next summer. Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins, left, guards Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Warriors won 117-106. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)OAKLAND, California — Center Zaza Pachulia has agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract to stay with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Friday.Golden State’s starter in a three-center rotation last season, the 33-year-old Pachulia averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.1 minutes during the postseason, and scored in double digits four times.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more