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La Salle, UST vie for last F4 twice to beat bonus BY JEREMIAH M. SEVILLA

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E La Salle University and University of Sto. Tomas clash for the last Final Four twiceto-beat bonus in Season 81 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s volleyball tournament today at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

The four-peat seeking Lady Spikers and the Golden Tigresses, both holding 10-4 records, collide at 3:30 p.m. La Salle failed to lock in on the second seed that comes with a win-once incentive after a stinging 22-25, 25-13, 25-27, 8-15 defeat to fourth seed Far Eastern 5NIVERSITY&%5 ON3UNDAY Bemedalled coach Ramil De Jesus just wants his wards to focus on today’s all-important game. g&OR US  IT LOSS  WAS HUGE Come Wednesday, we need to prepare. What’s important is we

need to work hard if we really WANTTOGETTOTHEkNALS uSTRESSED De Jesus. On the other hand, UST EARNED A SHOT AT THE SEMIkNAL BONUSAFTERkNISHINGTHEELIMInations on a four-game winning streak capped by a 27-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-17 win over National University on Saturday. Come what may, mentor Kungfu Reyes said his Tigresses are raring to take on the threetime titlist. “It’s a pleasure for us to play against the defending champion,� said Reyes. “If they get the

SBU’s Viray twins notch early win in Lingayen Open SAN Beda’s Nieza and Ella Viray overwhelmed Pangasinan 3’s Dada Martin and Jasmin Ocado, 21-7, 21-12, for a winning start in the BVR On Tour: Lingayen Open on Tuesday at the Capitol Beachfront in Lingayen. The Viray twins showcased their prowess that gave their school two NCAA titles to dominate Pool A. The Virays later secured a spot in the quarterfinals together with Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez after Perlas, seeking to rebound from last weekend’s second place finish in Dumaguete, downed Pangasinan 3, 21-12, 21-3. Pangasinan 2nd District Rep. Leopoldo N. Bataoil took the effort to invite BVR in Lingayen to bring in national level players to the beautiful beach of Lingayen Gulf. He hopes to hone local talents while promoting sports tourism in the province. In the men’s division, Air Force 1’s Jade Becaldo and Mike Abria struggled against Army 2’s Jason Uy and Randy Fallorina before posting a 21-23, 21-19, 15-7 victory. Becaldo and Abria, former two-time Boracay beach volleyball champions, who were reunited and placed second in Dumaguete over the weekend, are installed as heavy favorites. Bingle Landicho had a successful

return in the sand court for NU Boysen 2 with Kath Epa as the duo turned back Rizal Techonological University’s Myla Lim and Hannah Patrocenio, 21-13, 21-11, and so is Kly Orillaneda, who joined forces with Roma Joy Doromal in NU Boysen 1’s 21-10, 21-8 conquest of Air Force 2’s Mikaela Andres and Angel Antipuesto. Despite the loss, Andres and Antipuesto, who bested Pangasinan 2’s Tricia Abalos and Abigail Guzman, 21-12, 21-12, in their opening Pool B match, remains in quarterfinals contention. University of the Philippines’ alums Pam Legaspi and Aliyah Ong made quick work of Pangasinan 1’s Lyka Aquino and Princess Cabalteja, 21-9, 21-15, in the other women’s morning match. Other men’s games saw Army 2’s Jason Uy and Randy Fallorina defeating FEU’s Kevin Hadlocon and Ralph Justin Dablo, 22-20, 21-13, Mapua’s Jeremy Santos and Benneth Abellada beating Baguio’s Jason Salonga and Paul Pangidian, 21-8, 21-9, and Fury’s Greg Utupo and Pemie Bagalay prevailing over RTU’s Peter Galvan and Cesar Sebastian, 21-10, 21-13. Action resumes today with the quarterfinals starting at 7 a.m., with the semis and finals to be played in the afternoon.

Holyfield’s son signs for Panthers LOS ANGELES: The son of former world heavyweight boxing champion %VANDER (OLYkELD WILL ATTEMPT TO forge a career in the NFL after being signed by the Carolina Panthers, the CLUB CONkRMED -ONDAY 4UESDAY IN-ANILA  Elijah Holyfield, a running back with the University of Georgia last season, was one of four undrafted free agents signed by the franchise. The 20-year-old rushed for 1,000 yards for the Bulldogs last season but his draft stock plummeted when he could only manage a relatively sluggish 4.78sec for the 40-yard dash at the NFL Draft Combine. Most running backs typically aim for a time below 4.50sec for

the combine benchmark sprint. A total of 25 running backs were chosen in the draft, which wrapped up this weekend. Nevertheless Holyfield earned a reputation as a solid ball carrier at Georgia, and will now seek to nail down a permanent spot on the Panthers roster alongside Christian McCaffrey. Speaking before the draft last week, Holyfield told suitors he would be the “hardest-working guy in the room� if picked. “I think I can help change the culture and add some toughness to the team,� he said. “If you want a guy that can do everything at the running back position, I’m your guy.� AFP

twice-to-beat, so be it. We’re just going to work it out.� UST and La Salle went even in the double-round elimination. The Tigresses pulled off a sweep in the first round, 2520, 25-22, 25-17, but the Lady Spikers got their revenge in the second round, 21-25, 25-23, 2519, 26-24. The marquee match-up will once again feature the battle between graduating captains Sisi Rondina of UST and Desiree Cheng of La Salle along with rookie sensations Eya ,AURE 534  AND *OLINA $ELA #RUZ,A3ALLE  Regardless of today’s result, the two teams will square off in the Final Four starting on Saturday. Top seed Ateneo De Manila University will take on FEU in the other semifinal pairing armed with a twice-tobeat advantage.

QDe La Salle University’s middle blocker Des Clemente (No. 5) smothers University of Santo Tomas’ Cherry Ann Rondina (No. 16) during the elimination round of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. PHOTO BY ROGER RAÑADA

PH surpasses 2011 Arafura Games gold haul THE Philippines scooped 10 gold medals on Monday in the 2019 Arafura Games in Darwin, Australia, surpassing its haul eight years ago when the multisports competition was previously held. 4HE&ILIPINOATHLETESkNISHEDTHE third day of competitions with 28 gold medals, exceeding the 27 the country tallied in 2011, the last time the Arafura Games was staged. The Philippines also has 41 silvers and 24 medals in its campaign here supported by the Philippine Sports Commission

and Standard Insurance. Zoe Marie Hilario won two gold medals Monday including the women’s 15 to 16 year old 200m backstroke when she recorded a new Arafura Games record of two minutes, 30.63 seconds, breaking the 2:47.69 she set during the heats. Hilario also ruled the 200m individual medley with a time of 2:28.76. Ivo Nikolai Enot tallied his second gold medal when he bagged the men’s 13 to 14 year old 200m backstroke in record time after

clocking two minutes, 21.42 seconds, surpassing the Games record of 2:24.70 he set in the heats. Ray Martin Yarra and John Martin Yarra also smashed Arafura Games records after winning the men’s 13 to 14 year old 200m BUTTERlY MENSAND OVER M BUTTERFLY   respectively. John Paul Elises and Samuel Alcos also broke Arafura Games records in ruling the men’s 15 to 16 YEAROLDMENSBUTTERlY  and the men’s 17 and over 50m

BACKSTROKE RESPECTIVELY Romel Bautista won the men’s 400m hurdles, while the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay captured the gold in athletics. In muay thai, Phillip Delarmino and Ryan Jakiri lost in their preliminary bouts. Boxing starts Wednesday at the Darwin Convention Centre while the basketball team goes up against New Caledonia at the Marrara Indoor Stadium. Ariel Lampacan will also compete in muay at the Darwin Convention Center.

PINAY SHINES IN 78° NORTH MARATHON FILIPINA runner Joyette Jopson overcame all odds and conquered the grueling 42-kilometer 78° North Marathon held near the North Pole on April 16. Jopson, a triathlete, 2014 Ironman 70.3 Ph ilippines Filipino %LITE#HAMPIONAND&7$kNANCIALWEALTHOFkCER BECAMETHEVERY kRST&ILIPINATORUNAMARATHONIN the freezing temperature of Longyearbyen, Svalbard—a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Jopson and the FWD Team Asia runners ran amid a ruggedly icy terrain and freezing temperature. She finished the race with an impressive time of four hours, 10 minutes, and 59 seconds—good FOR THIRD OVERALL AND kRST IN THE women’s group. The lone Philippine representative in the marathon, Jopson joined other FWD runners from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, and Thailand in the marathon sponsored by the global FWD group. Her participation, in turn, was sponsored by FWD Philippines, one of the fastest-growing insurance companies in the country. “The FWD Group had initially been supporting the world’s ‘coolest’ marathon at the North Pole, returning as title sponsor for the third year in a row,� says Peter Grimes, FWD Philippines president and CEO. “The Mara-

Q Filipina runner Joyette Jopson beats extreme cold near the North Pole. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

thon was cancelled at the last minute because of geopolitical tensions between the Russian and Ukrainian administrations regarding flight plans to the Pole,� Grimes adds. Undeterred, FWD stepped in

with the idea to create and organize its own marathon at Longyearbyen, which they called the 78° North Marathon, so that runners could still fulfill their ambitions to complete a marathon in sub-zero temperatures and

extreme winter conditions while raising funds for their sponsored charities. FWD successfully arranged the marathon against the odds in three hectic days, inviting all registered North Pole Marathon runners to take part.

ACC accepts PhilCycling bid to host BMX championships in 2020 THE Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) has elevated the Philippines’ bid to host the 2020 Asian BMX Championships to the continental body’s management committee meeting set later this year. This was confirmed by ACC Secretary General Onkar Singh to the PhilCy-

cling during the confederation’s congress last Friday at the International Hotel Tashkent in Uzbekistan that coincided with the Asian Championships for Road. So far, only the Philippines signified an interest to host the championships, whose 2019 edition was held last

month in Kuala Lumpur where Filipinos Patrick Coo won gold in the men junior category and former Asian Games champion Daniel Caluag finished fourth place after skidding in the first turn in the elite class. PhilCycling President Rep. Abraham “Bambol� Tolentino

welcomed the ACC’s acceptance of the national sports association’s intention to host next year’s championships at the International Cycling Union (UCI)-regulation BMX track that is being built in Tagaytay City for the 30th Southeast Asian Games. “We are hopeful of the

ACC approval of our bid to host the Asian championships at the world-class track in Tagaytay City,� Tolentino said. “With the new UCI track, we can host even the world championships given the existing facilities that Tagaytay City offers.� The Philippines has

hosted the Asian road championships in 1965, 1977, 1983 and 1995. The PhilCycling included BMX as a demonstration event in the 2005 SEA Games the country hosted ahead of the disciplines inclusion as a medal event in the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

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THE MANILA TIMES | MAY 01, 2019  

The Manila Times is one of the leading national broadsheets in the Philippines. It is also one of the oldest, having been founded in 1898.

THE MANILA TIMES | MAY 01, 2019  

The Manila Times is one of the leading national broadsheets in the Philippines. It is also one of the oldest, having been founded in 1898.

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