WI set to defy soaring temperatures in tour match

first_imgGEELONG, Australia (CMC):In the wake of heavy losses in their only two fixtures on tour, West Indies will look to defy soaring temperatures and make the most of their two-day match against the Victoria XI as they continue their build-up to the second Test match against Australia starting Boxing Day.Skipper Jason Holder said the match, which bowls off today (last night Jamaica time), would give all the batsmen a chance to get some time in the middle while offering the bowlers an opportunity to get acclimatised to the relative heat of the mainland – significantly warmer than the conditions experienced in the first Test in chilly Tasmania.The weekend forecast in Geelong is for 408C but Holder said his players were prepared for the dry heat at the Simonds Stadium.Officials at the stadium have brought in special cooling fans, as well as scheduled extra drinks breaks.”It’s just a matter of adapting. We played in some cooler conditions (in Hobart) and now we face warmer conditions,” Holder told members of the media here.”Many of us have played in the subcontinent and we all know that it can be quite humid as well, so I don’t think it will be anything we haven’t experienced.GOOD PITCH”It’s two days but we have to make the most of it. It’s what’s on the schedule and what we have to work with. We will get a chance for the batsmen to get in on what appears to be a good pitch. We have to make the most of the opportunity here.”West Indies have made a nightmare start to their tour in Down Under and are under immense pressure to improve ahead of the Melbourne Test starting in just over a week’s time.They lost their opening four-day tour match to a Cricket Australia XI by 10 wickets and then were hammered inside three days by an innings and 212 runs in the opening Test in Hobart.Holder said the two-day match would also be key opportunity for his bowling staff to make the necessary changes ahead of the BoxingDay contest.”On the bowling side, we have done a lot of bowling in the nets, so this will serve as a chance to get a few things right in the middle,” the 24-year-old said. “We will look at the plans we have for the MCG Test, which is what we’re working towards.”last_img read more

Lothian wants greater support for table tennis

first_imgTable Tennis Jamaica (TTJ) President Godfrey Lothian has made a call for greater support from corporate entities, following the country’s third-place finish in Division Three at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Perfect World Team Champion-ships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, recently, which also saw the Jamaicans jumping from Division Five to their current status in three years.In 2014, in Japan, the Jamaica team of Michael Hyatt, Kane Watson, Simon Tomlinson and Chris Marsh swept all before them to take the Division Five crown.Starting out at Division Four this time around, the Jamaicans won all their four group matches, before moving on to the quarter-finals where they defeated the United Arab Emirates 3-0.In the semi-finals, the Jamaicans lost to Pakistan.TOO HOT FORPANAMAHowever, the Caribbean team was too much for Panama in the bronze-medal match, as they beat the Central Americans 3-0 to claim third spot and a place in Division Three for the next championship.”In three years, we have moved up two divisions. We have moved from fifth to fourth to third [division], and that is unprecedented. So things are happening in table tennis, and we should be rewarded with some strong support,” Lothian commented.”We see that we can have success in the sport. This [sport] is not just for Asian and European countries. Countries from Latin America and the Caribbean, in particular, Jamaica, can have success, but we need corporate Jamaica to see table tennis as a sport they can invest in.”They (corporate community) need to see it as a sport that can draw large support as it can be played any and everywhere. We also have a lot of new activities coming on board that we just want support for,” he continued.Lothian was also full of praise for the country’s representatives – Hyatt, Watson and Mark Phillips – who won the bronze at the championship, and noted that there were many more youngsters on the rise.”I am elated! This is great because success has been achieved, so we are overwhelmed,” beamed Lothian.”They (players) really did Jamaica proud. We have other youngsters coming up, so we have a face now of five, six players, so things are looking good for table tennis,” he added.last_img read more

CPLT20: not all that glistens is gold

first_img a waste of money The Caribbean Premier League T20 has been going the rounds in the region for the past three years attracting huge crowds on its way. It has been almost like the Pied Piper. A few weeks ago, however, the highly respected cricket journalist, Tony Cozier wrote that the CPLT20 may not return to Barbados, and just over one week ago, an Australian director of the CPL, implored the people and the private sector of Jamaica to support it. The reason it may not return to Barbados, according to Cozier, is that despite the full houses at Kensington Oval, the CPLT20 has been losing money. According to CEO, Damien O’Donohue, and COO, Pete Russell, unless the government comes up with at least US$1 million, it probably will not be back, not if another territory comes with the money. And the director’s plea for help from Jamaica is along the same lines, in spite of the full houses at Sabina Park ever since the start of the CPL in 2013. The CPLT20, as popular as it is, is not making the sort of money it anticipated. According to the organisers, the CPLT20 spent some US$166 million around the region last year, it spent the money on things like players’ fees, grounds, hotel, air and ground transport, entertainers – music, dancing girls, and fire-eaters, officials, and promotion, and it created a lot of jobs in the process as well as promoting the tourism industries around the region. In return, according to their figures, the CPLT20, which attracted 220,000 spectators to the matches and earned US$47 million from it last year after beaming the matches to 65 million people around the world, is losing money. To them, it is only fair that since the television revenue and the live audiences cannot pay the bills, the territories should fall in line and pay their share for the benefits, the enjoyment, and the exposure they receive. And that seems only reasonable. The problem, however, is this: cricket, it is said, is a business, and in a business, it is not wise to spend more than it is possible to earn. And, based on the crowds which generally attend the matches, based on the admission fees to the matches, it seems the people cannot afford the matches, unless it is paid for by television. On top of that, West Indies cricket has been suffering from the lack of funds for a good while now, the grounds have been empty for a long time now. West Indies cricket needs support – it needs money. West Indies cricket is run by a group of volunteers, or it is supposed to. It would seem that if the governments were to ensure that any cricket survives, that were they to give money to anyone – if they had it to give – they would give it to save its own cricket run by its own people. It would seem that the people and governments of the West Indies, even if they could, would not rescue the CPLT20, a privately-owned endeavour, and not their own, not what they themselves have called the only unifying force in the West Indies. What is interesting is that, according to the CPLT20, Antigua dropped out last year because they could not make up the difference and were replaced by St Kitts and Nevis which paid $7 million for five years to join the party. What is also strange about that is that, according to CPLT20, every other territory paid a similar amount of money for a similar time in order that they can have the privilege of hosting the CPLT20. Seven million dollars for four matches each year is quite a lot of money, especially for poor countries like Jamaica and Barbados. Countries where the important needs are things like education, health, and housing, food and security. low revenue It is a waste of money, except from it can come enough money to assist in the funding of education, health, and housing, food and security. The West Indies board has been criticised time and time again for not spending enough money to promote the game and to build the game, money which it never had. The CPLT20, however, spends a lot of money each year. Apart from spending a lot of money on the players, it spends a lot of money on music, dancing girls, fire-eaters, prizes, and promotion. West Indies cricket does not have that type of money to spend, and so it has to survive on volunteers and to depend on cricket making new friends and winning back old friends. Although West Indies cricket is now based on a bidding system for the right to stage a Test match, and even though the territories have put up $7 million per season to host the CPL. West Indies cricket has to depend on the governments of the region to say no to those who would wish to come in and make money and then, when they spend too much, when they do not make enough money, turn around and ask the poor governments of poor people to help balance the books. The CPL is their show, and although the governments have a responsibility to provide entertainment for the people, the governments of the region have nothing to do with it. It is as simple as that. Another T20 tournament, the Champions League T20, has been cancelled this year, it was the tournament which brought together teams like the top teams of the Indian Premier League, the Big Bash, the NatWest T20 Blast, and the CPL, and it has been cancelled because of lack of interest by the spectators and by the broadcasters. The CPLT20 is an exciting tournament, and, with all its attractions and good intentions, it is good for cricket. It brings back the crowd. It may, however, be too big for the West Indies. The West Indies, the poor West Indies and its people simply cannot afford it as a cricket attraction. The West Indies, Jamaica and Barbados, Antigua, and Guyana, and others will just have to play cricket as they know it. The West Indies cannot hang its hat where it cannot reach it. The 18th century is a long way back, but as Thomas Gray wrote back then, “Not all that tempts your wandering eyes and heedless hearts is lawful prize, nor all that glistens, gold.”last_img read more

Cavs prove credentials with win over Spurs

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP):Cleveland’s LeBron James scored 29 points as the Cavaliers belatedly beat one of the top NBA teams by downing San Antonio 117-103 on Saturday night.The Cavaliers had been 0-5 against Golden State, San Antonio and Chicago – three of the teams contending for the title this season along with Cleveland – but broke through for a win that would silence some critics.Those critics might now turn their eyes to Golden State, as the Warriors needed a basket with two-tenths of a second left to beat Philadelphia in a clash of the league’s top and bottom teams.Elsewhere, Toronto extended its winning streak to a team record 11 games by downing Detroit and Memphis held on against a strong finish by Sacramento.Cleveland’s Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving added 21 apiece as the Cavaliers won a fourth straight under new coach Tyronn Lue, who replaced the fired David Blatt.Kawhi Leonard scored 24 for the Spurs, who still retain a healthy 11-1/2 game lead in the Southwest Division.HARD WORKToronto were forced to work hard to extend their record streak, with DeMar DeRozan’s 29 points helping the Raptors beat Detroit 111-107. Kyle Lowry had 18 points for the Raptors, who opened their lead in the Atlantic Division to 5-1/2 games. Reserve guard Brandon Jennings led the way for Detroit with 22 points.Golden State’s Harrison Barnes hit a three-pointer just before the buzzer to give the Warriors a 108-105 win against Philadelphia. Klay Thompson had 32 points and Stephen Curry scored 23 points for the Warriors, who nearly blew a 24-point second-half lead.Their sixth straight win improved the Warriors to 43-4; tying the best win-loss record over 47 games in NBA history.Isaiah Canaan had 18 points to lead the 76ers, who dropped to 7-41.Memphis’ Jeff Green scored 29 points to lead the Grizzlies to a 121-117 win against fast-finishing Sacramento.The Kings pulled within 118-117 on a three-pointer from Darren Collison with 18.7 seconds left. Courtney Lee sank two free throws for the Grizzlies to create a 120-117 lead. On the next possession, Collison lost the ball, allowing Memphis to hold on for a third straight win and send the Kings to a fourth successive loss.Marc Gasol had 22 points for Memphis and Rudy Gay led the Kings with 21 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter.last_img read more

Coaches give warm response to cold therapy

first_imgKINGSTON:Coaches of student athletes participating in the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship are happy that their contestants are enjoying the cool benefits of on-the-ground cold therapy, courtesy of Pure National Ice, one of the partners in the series of youth-development meets across the country.This new ice bath facility, known as the Pure National Ice Cold Therapy Zone, is expected to improve the overall performance of the athletes, especially those who perform in multiple events.”Having this cold therapy treatment here at the meets is a brilliant idea, especially since a lot of the athletes have to perform in multiple events on the same day or even in the same week,” said Leroy Gray, strength and conditioning coach at Racers Track Club and one of the coaches of the Kingston College (KC) track and field team.”This increased level of activity causes the build-up of a lot of lactic acid in their bodies, and the cold therapy is just one of the ways that we can help to remedy that.”Gray added: “I have no doubt that this cold therapy is going to help foster an overall improvement in the performance of the student athletes as it will replenish and recondition their muscles following an event, making them much lighter and re-energised for any subsequent events.”Patrick Johnson, one of the coaches at Excelsior High School, shared similar sentiments.”Today, one of my athletes made a big personal record in the 1500m,” he said at the Youngster Goldsmith track meet. “In order for him to repeat this kind of performance today, or even later this week, he needs this kind of therapy. The same can be said for other students who run the 400-metre final and also have to run the 4×4 relay.”Johnson also commended the sponsors, Pure National Ice and Digicel, saying: “A lot of us as coaches don’t have the means to provide this kind of therapy for our athletes while they are at school, much less while they are at these meets performing. This is quite an upgrade for a lot of them, and I must thank the sponsors for providing this facility at the meets and improving the overall quality of the experience for the students.””The Digicel Grand Prix gave us the opportunity to play a part in supporting sports development in Jamaica and preparing our young athletes for the world stage,” said David Walton, sales and marketing manager at Pure National Ice.”We know that many schools don’t have the capacity to provide this kind of therapy for their students, so we felt the development meets would be an ideal environment to expose them to the benefits of this. We consulted with a number of coaches and sports medicine experts and they all agree that having this type of therapy available on the ground would be highly beneficial to muscle recovery and performance of the athletes.”The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship began on February 6 with the Western Championship at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay and the Youngster Goldsmith Meet at the National Stadium. The series will culminate at the G.C. Foster Classics slated for February 20.The events include 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus and the 4x400m relays. The public is invited to log on to www.digicelgrandprix.com to keep abreast of the latest news.The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship is sponsored by Sportsmax, Gatorade, Pure National Ice, Honey Bun, and Logo Stitch.last_img read more

Edmílson happy for first Jamaica visit

first_imgFormer Brazil defender Edmílson, who won the 2002 FIFA World Cup, said it is a fantastic feeling being able to reunite with some of his teammates ahead of their clash with the Jamaica Heroes team. The Brazil All Stars arrived in the island this afternoon for their “Share The Love” exhibition football match at the National Stadium tomorrow evening at 7:30. The squad is made up of Brazil’s legendary players from the 1990s and early 2000s and includes Rivaldo, Edmílson, Zé Carlos, Edílson, Paulo Sérgio, and Dunga who won the 1994 World Cup as captain. “In one word, it’s fantastic. We can feel again, the same atmosphere we felt when we played (in the past). I’m tired now but I feel like playing again,” Edmílson laughed. The former Barcelona man said that he is looking forward to the game because he knows that the spectators will not only be cheering for Jamaica but also the Brazilians. “I feel so happy to be here. I know Brazilian football inspired so many people around the world and I want to give the same inspiration to everyone here in Jamaica,” Edmílson said. Players from both teams should be familiar with each other as the two nations met three times since the late 90s. The first of these was a 0-0 draw in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in February 1998, a game infamous for an elbow by Brazilian defender Júnior Baiano which left midfielder Theodore Whitmore with a broken nose. The second was days later in the 3rd place match of the same tournament where Jamaica went down 1-0, thanks to a goal by Romário. The third meeting was a friendly international played at the then Walkers Stadium (now renamed the King Power Stadium) in Leicester, England in 2003, where the Jamaicans also lost 1-0, courtesy of a wonder goal by Brazilian left back Roberto Carlos. Edmílson said he remembers that game, having played, and he’s curious about how much has changed with not only his teammates but the Jamaicans, as they have all aged since then. “Of course now, it’s another level,” he said. “The first time in 2003, it was a high level, just after the World Cup, but the atmosphere and happiness is the same. I’m very very happy to be here. I feel the same way and I want to share this kind of experience and game with all the people of Jamaica.” The Jamaica Heroes team will include former Reggae Boyz such as Walter Boyd, Ricardo Gardner, Ian Goodison, Donald Stewart and Andy Williams.last_img read more

Ja top Carifta table once more

first_img Jamaica captured two of the 200m events and three in the 800m. Michae Harriott took gold in the Girls’ Under-18 200m in 23.73 seconds, and so did Michael Stephens in the Boys’ equivalent, winning in 21.30 seconds as teammate Xavier Nairne took the bronze after finishing third in 21.58 seconds. Sasheika Cameron picked up bronze in the Under-20 Girls’ 200 metres in 24.28 seconds. Cemore Donald defended her title in the Girls’ Under-18 800m, winning in 2:11.28 as teammate, Shaquena Foote was second in 2:13.44. Chrisanni May won the Girls’ Under-20 event in 2:12.43 as teammate Kara Grant was third for bronze in 2:1721. Kimar Farquharson (1:54.65) won the Boys’ Under-18 event ahead of countryman, Tyrese Reid second in 2:13.44 . In the Boys’ Under-20 event, Agerian Jackson finished second for silver in 1:52.07 as teammate Ackeen Colley failed to finish. ONE year later and it is the same story, as Jamaica’s junior athletes proved once again that they are the best among their Caribbean counterparts. They dominated the 46th staging of the Carifta Games which came to an end yesterday in Willemstad, Curaccao. Jamaica picked up 14 gold, eight silver and seven bronze to total 29 medals on the final day. This meant they ended with 84 overall – 38 gold, 27 silver and 19 bronze. Jamaica started off the final session on a bang, led by a smashing record run by Britany Anderson in the Girls’ Under-18 100m hurdles to make it a clean sweep by Jamaica in the hurdle events. All season, Vere Technical High School’s outstanding hurdler has been competing against the wind, and yesterday it was no different as she showed her class once again in the event. Competing in a negative wind of 2.1 metres per second, she smashed the previous record of 13.29 seconds set by Jamaica’s Janeek Brown in 2015, after winning the event in 13.16 seconds. Defending champion, Daszay Freeman made it a quinella for Jamaica after finishing second in 13.39 seconds, with Gabrielle Gibson of The Bahamas taking bronze, after finishing third in 14.07 seconds. Amoi Brown, teammate of Anderson at Vere Technical, made it a quick double for Jamaica in the Girls’ Under-20 event. Brown and her teammate, Janeek Brown had a very close battle throughout, but it was Amoi who came off the best off the final hurdle to win in 13.44 seconds, just outside the previous record of 13.42 seconds set by Jamaica’s Samantha Elliot in 2010. Janeek finished second in 13.49 seconds with Laetitia Bapte of Martinique getting third in 13.79 seconds. Both Calabar High athletes DeJour Russell and Orlando Bennett closed out the hurdle sweep for Jamaica by taking the Boys’ Under-18 and Under-20 events respectively. Russell won the Under 18 110m hurdles in a wind aided 13.19 seconds as teammate, Jeremy Farr took bronze after finishing third in 13.71 seconds.The athletes were aided by a positive wind of 2.4 metres per second. It was also 1-3 for Jamaica in the Under-20 110m hurdles as Bennett, who clocked 13.60 seconds, took the gold, while teammate Alex Robinson was third in 13.72 seconds. Like he did a year ago, Tavonte Mott of The Bahamas took silver in 13.64 seconds. THREE WINS 800M GLORY Following the disqualification of Jamaica Under-18 Boys’ in the preliminary round of the 4x400m relays, it was three wins for Jamaica here. The Under-18 Girls’ quartet of Kimara Francis, Joanna Reid, Shaquena Foote and Sanique Walker won in 3:38.76, ahead of The Bahamas in 3:41.24 and Trinidad and Tobago in 3:43.05. The Under-20 Girls’ quartet of Kimora Muschette, Nicolee Foster, Shauna Salmon and Junelle Bromfield won easily in 3:37.95, ahead of The Bahamas in 3:59.37, and British Virgin Islands in 3:53.03. However, there was a major upset in the Boys’ Under-20 4x400m as Jamaica was beaten by Trinidad and Tobago. A fumble at the first exchange saw Jamaica having to play catch-up, despite a brilliant anchor leg for Christopher Taylor, who made up a big deficit but stumbling close to the finish line. However, Trinidad and Tobago held on to win in 3:09.32 as Jamaica finished second for silver, clocking 3:10.33.last_img read more

FLOW Foundation to fund 31 schools for Penns

first_img “This started 24 years ago and a couple of schools wrote to us to ask if we could assist them in getting to the Penn Relays,” Miller told The Gleaner. “We thought this was an opportunity to help the young Jamaicans. Year after year, more schools began to write to us seeking assistance, and we tried to have a policy that any school that writes to us before the cut off date that we set, we’re gonna help them.” Immaculate Conception High received sponsorship last year and Miller said that its entire team gained scholarships and placements at US-based schools. Immaculate’s head coach and technical director, Franz Forde, said he’s pleased with the cheque the school has received, as it prepares to send a two-member team to this year’s Relays. “FLOW Foundation cut us a very nice cheque,” he said. “If it wasn’t for FLOW, this wouldn’t be a reality. Track and field is expensive and we are a non-recruiting school. We are a school that, at the end of the day, not only focuses on track and field and not only on the other sporting disciplines … but we do have to find other means to get our funding and FLOW is fully aware of that and they actually reached out and said they wanted to help. If it wasn’t for them, some of my girls wouldn’t be able to get a scholarship over there.” The 123rd staging of the Penn Relays takes place at the University of Pennsylvania from April 27 to 29. The FLOW Foundation has given approximately $4.3 million in sponsorship to 31 schools as they prepare for participation in the Penn Relays Carnival later this month. The foundation’s executive chairman, Errol Miller, said FLOW is not only aiding these athletes on the track, but also contributing to their academic exploits and future opportunities often gained by Jamaican athletes while participating in the Penn Relays. “The games are a known attraction for overseas talent scouts and agents and our Jamaican athletes are notorious for attracting high attention wherever they compete,” he said. “We have, however, seen this materialising in a highly tangible way, even after the Games.” Miller said that the initiative of giving to the schools started when FLOW noticed how many schools had been reaching out for financial assistance in preparing their teams. ASSISTANCE TO OTHERSlast_img read more

With a heart for old people, Richardson twins hope to run to golden finish

first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We are very close to them (maternal grandparents), we take care of them as much as we can,” added Kayla.Kyla said the gerontology, a course that deals with the scientific study of old age, the process of aging, and the particular problems of old people, is a growing field and a new major at USC.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’“Plus people will get old eventually, they would need people to help them,” said Kayla.At the moment, Kyla and Kayla said their lives, all 18 years of them, revolve around running. Stage parents: Malditas have someone to watch over them during SEA Games campaign Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sprints twins Kayla and Kyla Richardson. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—The Richardson twins, Kayla and Kyla, share the same passions: Running, watching TV series and taking care of their grandparents.In fact, both are gerontology sophomores at University of Southern California.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “We just love running,” said Kyla who is a minute older than sprints queen Kayla. Kyla is entered in the relay events.They even run to get away from the stress of competition.No wonder the 18-year-olds are the “marked women” in the Southeast Asian Games sprints and relay events, which start on Tuesday.Kayla, the reigning century dash champion and silver winner in 200 meters, said they also enjoy watching TV series like Grey’s Anatomy and Food Network shows, and going to the beach.The Richardsons said they were not bothered by jet lags as they spent five days in Manila to train.ADVERTISEMENT They also don’t put pressure on themselves even though they are expected to bring in honors in the track and field competitions.“Dr. (Philip) Juico (track and field president) told us not to be bothered by pressure, because when we are relaxed, success is on our side,” said Kayla.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 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 STORIESlast_img read more

F2 forces rubber match for PSL Grand Prix title, survives Petron

first_img“I think Petron were so far away from us in the fourth, and if you’ll look at it the game was almost finished,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “I think Petron got disappointed in the fifth set.”“The only important thing for us was to get the scores as close as possible in the fourth set, then our breaks began to happen and the momentum carried over to the fifth set.”Perez paced F2 with 25 points while Bryan and Aby Maraño had 15 and 12 points, respectively.Lindsay Stalzer had 24 points to lead Petron while Hillary Hurley added 16.The two teams’ attack stats were almost level with Petron and F2 tacking nine service aces apiece with the Cargo Movers having a slight 54-51 edge on scoring spikes.ADVERTISEMENT Cruz then worked her magic in the clutch with a service ace that put F2 at match point, 14-4, before Kennedy Bryan finished things off.F2’s dominance, though, did not begin in the fifth set, as the Cargo Movers brushed off a 0-9 deficit in the penultimate set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Cargo Movers mounted a 13-4 run to tie the fourth set at 13-13 then followed it up with a 9-3 spurt that Maria Perez capped off with an off-the-block kill that put F2 up 22-18.F2 head coach Ramil De Jesus said Petron might have lost focus in the fourth set after watching its lead dissipate and that change in attitude carried over to the final period when the Cargo Movers finally began to heat up. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It was in the defensive department that F2 had the distinct advantage, tallying 17 blocks to Petron’s five.The deciding game is on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina PBA Season 43 Preview: Small Meralco ready for giants of PH Cup Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ F2 Cargo Movers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netF2 Logistics kept its chances alive for the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix title after denying Petron a Finals series sweep with a 25-20, 24-26, 14-25, 25-19, 15-4 victory in Game 2 Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Cargo Movers extinguished whatever fire the Blaze Spikers had in the fifth set with captain Cha Cruz punishing Petron’s Rhea Dimaculangan with an off-the-block kill that capped off a 10-3 start.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more