I can continue training horses until I die – DaCosta

first_imgAfter four decades and 1,926 Caymanas Park victories, trainer Wayne DaCosta became the record champion trainer at Caymanas Park after topping the field for the 15th time with 67 wins in 2015. DaCosta also surpassed legendary trainer and former record holder Phillip Feanny, who has 14 titles. His achievement, surpassing one of the all-time greats of regional training, has given DaCosta great satisfaction, but to him, winning the title in 2015 was no great surprise. “I was confident (coming into the year). I had a full stable of horses, so I didn’t see why the results would have been any different from last year (2014),” he told The Gleaner. “He (Feanny) is still one of the great trainers of Caymanas Park, so it’s definitely a honour to surpass his record. It (15th championship) was indeed satisfying, it’s a great feeling to be number one. I don’t know how long it will last, but I am on the top now, and it is really a good feeling getting the 15th win,” he stated. DaCosta, who is second on the all-time list of winners saddled at the Park, says his love and passion for racing is the secret to his success and he has no plans to take a break anytime soon. “I can continue [training horses] until I die. I am doing something that I like, and from 1976 when I got my licence, I have always liked it. I see no reason why I should stop. “However, you never can tell (how long it will continue) because the sport can change in the turn of a dime. But now everything looks good and I have some good horses in the top class and some nice three-year-olds coming next year, so it could be the same old, same old you never can tell. “I want to thank all of my owners who have stayed with me over the years and my groom, Linval McFarlane, who has been with me for more than 30 years as an assistant trainer. racing has good times and bad times, and you will never know when your bad time is going to come. But I have some nice horses. I hope they keep sound and make it a memorable year again,” he stated. DaCosta trained the top three horses in stakes last year – Derby and Diamond Mile winner SEEKING MY DREAM ($13.58 million), ALI BABA ($5.37m), PERFECT NEIGHBOUR ($5.08m). He was also the leading trainer for two-year-olds, earning $9.06m. Supreme Ventures Jamaica Two-year-old Stakes winner FUTURE KING was the leading earner in this category with $3.66m.last_img read more

Wrong forum Chris Gayle

first_imgWhat is the problem with Christopher Henry Gayle that is causing this continuous display of his manhood and sexuality in the public space?The T20 cricket batting superhero had another on-air amorous approach aimed at a female journalist conducting a post-performance interview during a game in the Australian Big Bash League (BBL).It was only last year, on Antigua home soil, that Big Chris committed what Foster’s Fairplay assessed then and still now, as a trend towards vulgarity.On that occasion, in a pre-game interview, the former West Indies captain was reported to have been asked by a female interviewer: “How does the pitch feel so far in terms of the training (and) the weather”?The response was: “Well, I haven’t touched yours yet, so I don’t know how it feels.”The question in this columnist’s view did not indicate cricket savvy, but Gayle put the query on a sexist plane.Following the story from Down Under, what is interesting is a comment by a Jamaican sports journalist considered, in this corner, to be ‘from the top drawer’.FOOT-IN-MOUTH DISEASENoted for his incisive analysis, after listening to excerpts from the recent interview with Gayle and the woman, he made the point: “I thought Gayle had learnt his lesson.”No such luck, Leighton. There is no stopping the loose talk coming from the swashbuckling opening batsman, as he seems to be stuck in the groove of ‘putting his foot in his mouth’ on these occasions.This time, his 41 off 15 balls was being recounted when what he chose to highlight was his attraction to the lady’s eyes and proceeded to issue an invitation on set for the woman to “have a drink” later.The “Do not blush, Baby” followed.Subsequently, the BBL boss, obviously and justifiably incensed, has issued sanctions against our boy, Chris. First up, he will no longer be featured in the coverage of the games. His wearing of on-field microphones to facilitate comments during the fast-paced spectacle is now denied. Added to this, the now-beleaguered entertainer has been docked US$7,200 (AUS$10,000.)In response to the many negative remarks from all over, there have been shouts of “Overkill!”, “Killing an ant with a hammer!” and the like. The view expressed there is that Gayle’s flirtatious foray did not deserve such adverse comment.In general, it is also the talk that the matter has been “blown out of proportion”. Some have responded to the most popular comment, which is that the approach was “inappropriate”.Another famed radio talk show host and academic has said that the measure of that description is dependent on how acceptable it was to the lady in question, Mel McLaughlin.Also, it has been mentioned that she was made to feel “uncomfortable”, while carrying out the requirements of her job.culture-dependent viewOn the matter of discomfort, the only opinion in the public space has not, to this columnist’s knowledge, come from the lady herself, but rather from what she was alleged to have said to her superior. Foster’s Fairplay is in total disagreement with the highly respected talk show host on the matter of the lady’s acceptability or not. That is immaterial in this corner. Depending on culture, socialisation, or plain lack of decency on the part of the target, the foulest language in requesting sexual attention can find favour in certain quarters but can be rejected, as it should be, in others.This columnist, in his youthful days, trying to adhere to lessons taught, lost many a battle, failing to land the booty, while the vulgar approach won the hand, and whatever else was on offer from the female. Unacceptability is a legitimate call, regardless of its source.As for the suggestion that the story has received an overabundance of mileage, this is how journalists eat, drink, and enjoy life’s blessings. Put a little one-Test medium pacer in the superstar’s position, the hue and cry would be considerably less – if heard at all.The so-called extra publicity comes from the elevated territory, and Gayle and his supporters must be aware of this as they line up in his support.Foster’s Fairplay sums up the varied arguments and counter arguments: It was the wrong forum for the comment.Take the thought elsewhere, Chris.last_img read more

Former big guns clash at Anfield

first_imgLONDON (AP): As English football’s most successful teams, Manchester United and Liverpool are the mainstays around the summit of the league. Rivals come and go but United and Liverpool are always to be found among the chasing pack – at least, for the top prize. No longer. When the northwest rivals play on Sunday at Anfield it will be a meeting of mediocrity – by their standards. For the first time in 35 years, the league could finish without either United or Liverpool – who have 38 titles between them – in the top four. And it’s about cash, not just symbolism. Finishing outside the top four would mean missing out on the Champions League next season. With only one win in eight league matches, record 20-time champions United have dropped to sixth place, two points behind Tottenham in fourth. Liverpool are three points behind United in ninth after failing to achieve the uplift anticipated in the three months since hiring Jürgen Klopp as manager. There’s halfway to go in the January transfer window. Having not signed an outfield player in the summer window, Arsenal recruited midfielder Mohamed Elneny from Basel. Arsenal expect the Egyptian to be registered in time for Sunday’s game against Stoke. “Arsenal are one of those teams that everyone enjoys watching, and, of course, I would love to play for such a great team,” he said. Elneny arrives after winning three consecutive Swiss league titles at Basel, which he joined from El Mokawloon in Egypt. Arsenal are seeking their first league title since 2004, but are only ahead of surprise contenders Leicester at the summit on goal difference. Tomorrow, Arsenal’s north London neighbours, Tottenham face Sunderland, which has signed striker Dame N’Doye on loan from Trabzonspor for the rest of the season. The 30-year-old Senegal international was previously at Hull, scoring five times in 15 appearances before moving to Turkey. “Having already played in the Premier League, he should have no problems in hitting the ground running, too, which is very important at this stage of the season,” Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce said. VARDY GOAL DROUGHT SQUAD ADDITIONScenter_img While United’s draws have added to the pressure on Louis van Gaal, Liverpool’s scrambled comebacks to rescue points have been celebrated by Klopp and his squad almost like wins – including Wednesday’s 3-3 comeback at home to Arsenal. “There has been a big improvement recently (in our mental strength) and that’s very important when you’re at a big club,” Liverpool defender Kolo Toure said. “You can’t ever give up. When you refuse to lose games, you often find yourself winning them. “It’s always important that if you don’t win, you don’t lose. We showed character and resilience and we didn’t give up until the end of the game. It’s very important that we keep things going at home.” After setting a Premier League record for scoring in 11 consecutive games, injury-hit Jamie Vardy has failed to score for a fifth consecutive match. The 1-0 victory at Tottenham on Wednesday was secured by a rare goal from Robert Huth, on Vardy’s first game back from groin surgery.last_img read more

Exciting finale to Access/Proven tennis

first_imgA nail-biting finish between Wolmer’s Boys’ and Hillel High in the Under-19 boys competition was the feature of the four-day Access/Proven All-Island High School Tennis Tournament, which ended on Sunday at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre at Piccadilly Road in Kingston.The four days of competition saw 34 teams from 17 high schools vying for honours in two age categories, boys and girls’ Under-19 and boys and girls’ Under-15.Hillel, defending champions in the boys’ Under-19, seemed set to retain their title with a 3-2 lead and their two highly fancied doubles teams left to play. The Wolmer’s pair of Kyle Martin and Gregory Spencer, however, scored a very close victory over John Azar Jr and Daniel Hill to make it 3-3.In the next match, Reuben Pinchas and Aman Chatani seemed to have it all sewn up when they moved to a 5-2 lead and served for the match, but Damani Cain, one of Jamaica’s most promising juniors, led a rearguard action with his partner, Mark Hardy, to win 7-5 in the most thrilling match of the four days. They were hoisted on the shoulders of their happy and wildly cheering schoolmates at the end of the match.Montego Bay High School for girls retained their Under-19 title by beating Immaculate Conception 4-2.Immaculate rebounded to win the girls’ Under-15 title by defeating St Andrew High, while Campion College won the boys’ Under-15 by defeating Hillel.Shaeda Nickle of Montego Bay High was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the Under-19 girls’ class, while Damani Cain from Wolmer’s was the Under-19 boys’ MVP. Campion’s Joseph Richards was the boys’ Under-15 MVP, while Immaculate’s Kailey Chin was the girls’ Under-15 MVP.Immaculate garnered other awards through Alex Marzouca, the Most Disciplined Player, plus the Fair Play Trophy.last_img read more

Seeking My Dream wins rich Diamond Mile

first_imgThis year’s derby winner SEEKING MY DREAM, running as the 3-1 second favourite, turned in a ‘Horse of the Year’ performance at Caymanas Park yesterday to win the inaugural running of the rich Supreme Ventures Diamond Mile.Ridden by four-time champion jockey Omar Walker in the green and black chequered silks of Member of Parliament Derrick Smith, the classy 3-y-o colt from the stables of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta stormed through on the inside early in the straight to win by 2 1/4 lengths from the 2012 derby winner and two-time ‘Horse of the Year’ TYPEWRITER (9-2) with jockey Aaron Chatrie aboard, followed by the DaCosta-trained PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, the 2013 derby winner, finishing another two lengths away third.PERFECT NEIGHBOUR was the 2-1 favourite for the race which had a purse of $13.5 million, the largest ever offered for any race in the English-speaking Caribbean.With the winning owner receiving a record $6.5 million and purse money paid to the first 10 past the post, DaCosta, who is safely on course for a record 15th trainers’ title, not only saddled the winner and third horse PERFECT NEIGHBOUR with Robert Halledeen aboard, but fourth past the post ALI BABA (19-1) as well.BLISTERING EARLY PACEDaCosta, who saddled as many as six horses in the field, sent his speedy American 5-y-o gelding FORTUNEONEHUNDRED (74-1) to ensure a blistering early pace from the outside post position. He was joined by another fleet-footed American horse, UPPA TUNE (9-2), under champion jockey Dane Nelson and both had a prolonged duel for the lead in the backstretch, as SEEKING BY DREAM bided his time off the pace in fifth before starting his winning run on the inside approaching the 600-metre pole to win in a fast 1.36.2.Bred by Sherman Clachar and Norman Gordon, SEEKING MY DREAM, by Seeking The Glory out of the 2008 ‘Horse of the Year’ and Triple Crown winner Alsafra, has now won the two biggest races for the year to become the season’s leading stakes winner with $13.7 million.For owner Derrick Smith, it was part two of a dream come true. “My dream was always to win the derby. But having realised that back in June, I had to dream again and this time it came up big with the Diamond Mile,” said the former minister of national security, who was accompanied by his wife Karleen and their three sons, Derrick Jr, Jay and Duane.DaCosta said that following his close second to PHINEAS under topweight in the recent Coca Cola Invitational Mile, SEEKING MY DREAM had the conditions in his favour.”Walker rode a perfect race and I am happy with the outcome, in that Perfect Neighbour placed third and Ali Baba fourth,” he explained.Sales went through the roof with records falling all around. The Diamond Mile sold $2.5 million in win tickets alone and sales touched close to $70 million on 14 races.last_img read more

Thomas delivers for Scorpions

first_imgJamaica Scorpions opening batsman Shacaya Thomas was the second-highest runs-scorer in regional first-class cricket two years ago.He was, however, lukewarm last season and was in and out of the team at different stages.Fast-forward to this season, where after finishing as one of the top batsmen in the national trials, he did not get a chance to parade his skills until yesterday.So what did he do? On seasonal debut, the 27-year-old hit a second-highest score of 64 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Sabina Park, to put Jamaica on 197 for six at the end on the first day of their WICB First-Class Tournament clash at Sabina Park.”Not bad for me just starting the season,” he said following his 249-ball knock.”The pitch was hard to bat on at the start, but credit to Trinidad. I thought they bowled in some good areas. Instead of coming at us, they played the patient game with us, causing me to play an uncharacteristic innings,” Thomas said.Bereft of his normal attacking flair, Thomas batted throughout all three sessions before falling 17 minutes before the close.The former West Indies Under-19 representative, who following his breakout season in 2014 was called up to the West Indies ‘A’ team, also hit four.”Normally, I am an aggressive player, so facing close to 250 balls and making 64 was really uncharacteristic for me,” he stated.EXTRA WORK”I have been doing some extra work with coach Robert Samuels and Junior Bennett, so I know I could bat as much balls. It was just to do it in a game.”Starting out with Campbell, who fell for eight within the first 20 minutes of play, Thomas shared in two crucial partnerships for the Scorpions, who have been having batting problems all season long.The first was with number-three batsman, Barbadian-born Kirk Edwards, who scored 66 to anchor an even 100 runs second wicket stand, and the second with Antiguan-born, Devon Thomas, who made 38, and with whom he put on 66 for the fourth wicket.Thomas’ knock, which was cheered by the sparse crowd that was on hand to witness the match, was also produced amid a penetrative spell of bowling from off-spinner, Jon-Russ Jagessar.The 29-year-old, who played a key role in Trinidad lifting the regional one-day tournament last month, and was drafted by the Jamaica Tallawahs for the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 later this year, ended with figures of three for 53.But what about his thoughts of being left out of the team from the start of the season?”It is the game of cricket. Today, you up; tomorrow, you down,” Thomas said.”If you check the team, I play as an opener, and the (then) captain (Paul Palmer Jr) and vice-captain (John Campbell) are openers,” he shared.”It would (therefore) have always been difficult to get into the team.””But I think that nothing happens before its time, so I just had to put in the work and wait until I get my chance.”Now that I have gotten my chance, I just want to grab it with both hands.”Play is scheduled to resume today at 10:00 a.m.SCOREBOARDSCORPIONS 1st InningsS Thomas lbw b Imran Khan 64*J Campbell c Lewis b Richards 8K Edwards lbw Jagessar 66A McCarthy lbw b Jagessar 14J Blackwood lbw b Jagessar 1D Thomas c Emrit b Imran Khan 38+C Walton not out 1N Miller not out 1Extras (lb2, w2) 4TOTAL (6 wkts, 91 overs) 197To bat: D Jacobs, M Mindley, S Cottrell.Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-111, 3-127, 4-129, 5-195, 6-196.Bowling: Emrit 16-3-33-0, Richards 16-5-24-1, Khan 31-10-59-2, Jagessar 21-3-53-3, Ottley 5-1-17-0, Mohammed 2-0-9-0.RED FORCE – *J Mohammed, E Lewis, J Solozano, Y Cariah, K Hope, Y Ottley, +S Katwaroo, R Emrit, M Richards, Imran Khan, J Jagessar.Toss: Scorpions.Umpires: V Smith, L Reifer.last_img read more

Enrique ‘relieved’ to be leaving Barca

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP): Freed from fretting about the future, Luis Enrique wants to put a happy ending to his three years in charge at Barcelona. The coach said yesterday he was “relieved” to be stepping down after the season, two days after he made the surprising announcement. “In a certain sense I am relieved, and clearly focused on the end of the season and the goals that we have,” Luis Enrique said. “I am only obsessed with my final three months here, with enjoying them, giving my players the best solutions I can, and winning titles.” Luis Enrique insisted that his decision to leave the club was purely personal and denied any tensions within the club or his players. “I need to disconnect,” he said. “I see other coaches who enjoy their profession for years, but that is not my case. It is a personal and private decision. “I have an ideal relationship with the team. I think that as time has gone by my relationship with my players has improved.” Barcelona striker Luis Suarez said that while surprised by his manager’s choice, he understood. “The job of a manager is a difficult one,” Suarez said. “It requires many hours of work, and he needs to spend time with his family.” Luis Enrique announced his decision on Wednesday following a 6-1 victory over Sporting Gijon. That, combined with Real Madrid’s 3-3 draw with Las Palmas, left the defending champions in first place in the Spanish league. Increasing pressure But Luis Enrique has been under increasing pressure because of several subpar performances that culminated in a shocking 4-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain two weeks ago in the Champions League. His decision to not stay on for a fourth campaign comes a week before Barcelona hosts PSG needing a huge result to avoid their earliest elimination from the European Cup in a decade. First, though, Barcelona host Celta Vigo, which Luis Enrique coached before moving to Camp Nou today. Celta were the last Spanish league team to beat Barcelona, dealing them a 4-3 defeat in October. Hired after a trophy-less season under Gerardo Martino, Luis Enrique quickly restored the Catalan club to their winning ways with a success rate on par with Pep Guardiola by winning eight of a possible 10 titles. While in the thick of the Spanish league title chase, Luis Enrique will also have the chance to win more silverware in May when Barcelona play the Alaves in the Copa del Rey final. The former Barcelona midfielder said he wasn’t worried about his approaching departure causing a distraction. “We are all concentrated and focused on the same things as always, winning titles,” he said. “We have to be prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves to us.”last_img read more

Gilas nearly pays price for playing ‘bad game’ vs Thais

first_imgThe absence of Mac Belo and that Christian Standhardinger, who just arrived from Beirut, Lebanon after playing in the Fiba Asia Cup, wasn’t able to practice with the team also didn’t help the Cadets.“And for one, Mac Belo wasn’t able to play,” added Uichico. “And here comes the guy (Standhardinger) who came from Lebanon, never practiced with the team.”He lauded the Fil-German naturalized player for scoring 15 points and providing a power in the paint.“But the guy came from Fiba Asia and he’s playing 20 minutes and we have Belo practicing with the team for last nine days and all of the sudden he can’t play,” said Uichico. “That just mixed up my rotation.”Belo wasn’t included in the initial lineup due to an injury, but when he was given the green light to play, SEAG organizers refused to allow him, demanding proof that he indeed got injured.ADVERTISEMENT The nailbiter, according to Gilas cadets coach Jong Uichico, “was a bad game for us.”The Philippines, still brimming with talent despite being a watered down version of the Fiba Asia Gilas squad simultaneously playing in Lebanon, made just 6-of-30 three-point shot attempts, and gave away 19 offensive rebounds which the Thais gamely took advantage.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’In the most trying times — the final four minutes of the match that saw a capacity crowd at MABA Stadium — Uichico was telling his team “make some adjustments, try not to give second chance points and make the basket.”He cited first-game jitters for the weak stand against a team that the Philippines would normally bury in double-digit leads from the opening buzzer to the end. Ray Parks of the Philippines soars for an easy layup during their match against Thailand in the men’s basketball competition of the 29th Southeast Games late Sunday at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. The Filipinos won, 81-74. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — It was a close call for Gilas Pilipinas as it barely escaped hard-fighting Thailand late Sunday night.Even the big Filipino crowd was shellshocked as the Thais made the Filipinos work doubly hard for the victory in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games basketball opener.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No break for Huelgas, Mangrobang with their eyes set on Tokyo 2020 Filipino basketball officials said there is little chance Belo will be allowed to play at all, although he showed up in plain clothes and sat on the Philippine bench.RELATED VIDEO Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stingscenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Teen gunned down in Masbate LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Alab Pilipinas taps Ivan Johnson as import

first_imgSo far, joining Johnson in the Alab Pilipinas roster are reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks and returning Heritage Import Lawrence Domingo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Eustaquio shrugs off close loss, hopes to be included in Manila card Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES How to help the Taal evacuees FILE PHOTO – TNT Import Ivan Johnson. PBA IMAGESAlab Pilipinas is bringing in the big guns this as it signed up Ivan Johnson as its first World Import for the coming Asean Basketball League season.The menacing 6-foot-8 bruiser is undoubtedly a huge addition for the Philippine team and immediately propels the squad among the favorites.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-upcenter_img Johnson has proven to be a winner having led TNT to a PBA title in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The former NBA veteran returned to the PBA the following year, but was handed a lifetime ban, which was later downgraded to a one-year suspension by the league after disrespecting commissioner Chito Narvasa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogJohnson last saw action for Sagesse in the Lebanese Basketball League, where he averaged 17.3 points on 33 percent shooting from three, on top of 7.8 rebounds last season.The 33-year-old, though, is expected to be in a better state of mind for the regional tournament with Jimmy Alapag, a respected figure not only in the Philippines but also in Asia, calling the shots for Alab. MOST READ View comments 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Rivero: La Salle gave everything

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Schrock goal powers Ceres past Kaya Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “I’m always proud of my teammates and coaches,” said Ricci. “We were together all throughout the year. We’ve been through a lot together.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson But just like in Wednesday’s Game 2, the Archers showed no quit in them and answered with a 10-2 rally of their own to trim the gap to just a basket, 82-80, after an Andrei Caracut triple with 48.9 seconds left.“At this point, we gave everything,” said Ricci. “Maybe they’re really just more deserving than us.”The Eagles showed they wanted it, all right, with Isaac Go knocking in a clutch triple with 24.7 ticks remaining and Anton Asistio and Matt Nieto sealing it from the free throw line.“This loss is really a big factor,” said Ricci. “But a loss would make you pray more, would make you look at everything that happened.”There’s no shame, though, in the Archers’ effort as season MVP Ben Mbala dropped a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Aljun Melecio (16 points), Ricci (14 points), Andrei Caracut (13 points) and Santi Santillan (11 points) also finished in double figures.ADVERTISEMENT As confetti rained on new UAAP men’s basketball champion Ateneo, La Salle’s Rivero brothers stayed and hugged on court.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 It was a poignant moment that similarly happened in Game 2, where Prince tried to straighten up his younger brother Ricci, who picked up his fourth foul early but later recovered in the second half to help the Green Archers force a decider.This time, it was Ricci who tried to console a devastated Prince after the Green Archers bowed to the Blue Eagles, 88-86, in the thrilling do-or-die Game 3 showdown on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It’s really hard,” admitted Ricci. “We know there are ups and downs, and now, we’re down. We just have to think of ways to recover.”The Archers had a strong shot at winning their second straight crown, before the Eagles unleashed a 14-2 run to take a double-digit advantage, 80-70, going into the last four minutes. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more