Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next “This game is really for him,” said Nambatac.Despite the gloom surrounding his passing, Nambatac shared that he proud of the legacy Lotuaco left for them and every one who had been touched by the inspirational coach.“It feels good that he left us with a great message, which is never ever give up,” he said. “He fought cancer twice, and was able to get himself back up. So he’s really a great example of those words.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary With the two now seen as the undoubted leaders of the Knights, Lotuaco’s words continue to resonate with Nambatac and Quinto as they try to make a name for themselves in the seniors division.Unfortunately, they would never hear their mentor utter those words again as the former Squires assistant coach lost his battle to throat cancer last Wednesday. He was 51.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 shutoutNambatac and Quinto couldn’t help but wax poetic on the contributions Lotuaco had in their careers.“He was very close to us and he was very supportive. He was our mentor. Even when he was no longer coaching us, he was always there watching us,” said Nambatac. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Chooks-to-Go cruises past UAE side, arranges 5th place date vs Thais LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:57Senate honors late Senator Rene Espina01:37Protesters 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 Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net“Never ever give up.”Those were the words former Letran Squires coach Bob Lotuaco always told Rey Nambatac and Bong Quinto whenever he got a chance to chat with his old juniors players.ADVERTISEMENT “He always tells us NEGU — Never Ever Give Up. He was the type of coach who was positive all the way. He was never negative. He was a cancer survivor and he told us that he fought that and was able to recover from that.”Quinto added: “Every time we saw each other, he always motivated us. He was like a father figure to us.”Commemorating their late coach, Nambatac, Quinto, and fellow former Squires Jerrick Balanza and Tommy Gedaria wore white t-shirts with the words “Never Ever Give Up” printed on it for Letran’s game against EAC on Friday.Those emotions also translated on the hard court, with the senior Knights anchoring the team to the 84-78 victory over the Generals.Quinto tallied a career-best 27 points, seven rebounds, and two assists, while Nambatac added 19 markers, nine boards, and three dimes in the win.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
USA Gymnastics announced Tuesday it hired Kerry Perry as the organization’s new president and CEO. Perry starts Dec. 1. NVGRELATED STORIES:US gymnastics gold medalist reveals abuse by team doctorUS Olympic gymnastics doctor pleads guilty to child porn charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending 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 View comments Read Next FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2016, file photo, United States’ Aly Raisman rests between apparatus’ during the artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Raisman says she is among the young women abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor. Raisman tells “60 Minutes” she was 15 when she was first treated by Dr. Larry Nassar, who spent more than two decades working with athletes at USA Gymnastics. He’s now is in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she is among the young women sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor.Raisman tells “60 Minutes” she was 15 when she was first treated by Dr. Larry Nassar, who spent more than two decades working with athletes at USA Gymnastics. He’s now is in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding ‘He took advantage of so many people’s trust’The 23-year-old Raisman has been highly critical of USA Gymnastics in recent months, calling for leadership change at the top of the organization while advocating for athlete’s rights.Nassar began working with USA Gymnastics as an athletic trainer in 1986 and became the national team doctor in 1996. He stepped down in 2014 but remained on staff before being fired in 2015.“These girls, they should be comfortable going to USA Gymnastics and saying ‘I need help, I want therapy. I need this,’” Raisman said in an interview with The Associated Press and USA Today in August during the 2017 national championships.Raisman declined to get into specifics at that time about whether she was abused by Nassar but painted a vivid picture of how Nassar’s behavior went unchecked.ADVERTISEMENT Raisman, the captain of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold-medal winning teams, details the abuse in her book “Fierce,” which will be released on Tuesday. Raisman’s interview with “60 Minutes” will air Sunday night.Raisman is the latest gymnast to claim she was sexually abused by Nassar. McKayla Maroney, who won two medals at the 2012 Games as Raisman’s teammate, said last month she was molested for years by Nassar.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 shutoutNassar also is awaiting trial on separate criminal sexual conduct charges and has been sued by more than 125 women alleging sexual abuse. Nassar has pleaded not guilty to the assault charges, and the dozens of civil suits filed in Michigan are currently in mediation.USA Gymnastics said in a statement Friday that Raisman sharing her personal experience took “great courage” and it is “appalled by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused.” “I think that, you just want, you want to trust people and that he was just a disgusting person, he took advantage of so many people’s trust,” Raisman said. “And I think, it just disgusts me he was a doctor. It’s crazy. Because when a doctor says something you want to believe him and it’s just awful.”Jamie Dantzscher, a bronze medalist on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, filed a lawsuit against Nassar in California in September 2016. She says Nassar touched her inappropriately while disguising the abuse as treatment. Dantzscher initially filed as “Jane Doe” but came forward publicly to “60 Minutes” in February.USA Gymnastics adopts SafeSport PolicyUSA Gymnastics launched an independent review of its policies in the wake of the allegations against Nassar and reporting by the Indianapolis Star in August 2016 that highlighted chronic mishandling of sexual abuse allegations against coaches and staff at some of its more than 3,500 clubs across the country.In June, the gymnastics board adopted the new USA Gymnastics SafeSport Policy that replaced the previous policy. Key updates include mandatory reporting, defining six types of misconduct, setting standards to prohibit grooming behavior, preventing inappropriate interaction and establishing accountability.In July, the organization hired Toby Stark, a child welfare advocate, as its director of SafeSport. Part of Stark’s mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs and reporting. The federation also adopted several recommendations by Deborah Daniels, a former federal prosecutor who oversaw the review. USA Gymnastics now has the power to withhold membership from clubs that decline to report claims of abuse.Clubs are now “required to report child abuse or neglect, including sexual misconduct, to proper authorities, including the U.S. Center for SafeSport and law enforcement authorities.”The organization has taken some steps to provide more oversight and safety to its national team gymnasts.Team members who fly into Houston for training camps must be escorted to the camp with at least two other people to avoid any one-on-one interaction. Underage female gymnasts with male coaches who are picked to compete internationally must now travel with a credentialed female chaperone. One-on-one visits by medical staff are prohibited at cabins the athletes use during overnight stays at the national training center. LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. 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The series will commence in 2010 and be held in Australia with New Zealand hosting the return clash in 2012.After reinvigorating the international calendar with successful Youth and Open Trans Tasman clashes, the Masters Trans Tasman Test Series assists in completing the player pathway for both nations.Colm Maguire, Chief Executive Officer of TFA commented, “The series will mark 25 years of Trans Tasman competition and there will be a heritage theme throughout the event”.Joe Sprangers, Chief Executive Officer of TNZ said, “The series will enable our senior athletes to represent New Zealand in what is the pinnacle in Touch, playing against Australia in Trans Tasman competition”.Colm Maguire added, “Our Youth and Open teams have had the privilege of playing against New Zealand recently and the Masters series provides a valuable reward to our senior athletes to do the same”.It is anticipated that the following divisions will be offered:* Male Divisions: Men’s 30’s, Men’s 35’s, Men’s 40’s, Men’s 45’s and Men’s 50’s* Female Divisions: Women’s 30’s, Women’s 35’s and Women’s 40’s* Mixed Division: Senior Mixed (Women’s 30’s and Men’s 30’s)Selection processes for both nations will occur at their respective national events in March.The sport of Touch continues to flourish on the international scene and the third installment of the Trans Tasman will provide an avenue for all players to strive for, regardless of age.Dates and venue of the competition will be confirmed in the coming month.More information will be provided in due course, but if you have any enquiries, do not hesitate to contact your respective national sporting organisation.Related Filestrans_tasman_-_media_release-pdf
The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have launched an exciting new partnership with Touch Football Australia (TFA) and the NSW Touch Association (NSWTA).Together the organisations have created the ‘Sea Eagles Group’, with a view to promote a holistic approach to game development, branding and fan engagement across all levels of touch football and the Sea Eagles.The ‘Sea Eagles Group’ comprises of:Manly Warringah Touch AssociationNorthern Beaches Touch AssociationHornsby Touch AssociationNorths Touch Association, andCammeray Touch AssociationThe relationship is designed to further increase engagement within the local and wider communities through various programs and touch points during the Touch Football group and Rugby League seasons.It will also help to create an authentic and measurable relationship, both organisations working together on common goals to achieve favourable outcomes.Manly Warringah Sea Eagles CEO Lyall Gorman said it was a great new partnership for the club. “I want to express my excitement in relation to the partnership journey we are about to embark on,’’ Gorman said.“I have no doubt at all that together, we can achieve many special things and create some wonderful mutual benefit and growth for our respective organisations and as a collective.”TFA CEO Steve Mitchell is very excited about the establishment of the Sea Eagles Group in this, the 50th year of touch football, which was born out of rugby league in 1968.“It makes absolute sense for the touch football communities of the peninsula to work collaboratively with the Sea Eagles,’’ Mitchell said.“Both sports have huge followings in the Manly region. Some of our sport’s best players grew up in the area – the Trbojevic brothers followed pathways through touch football locally so we already have links between our clubs and theirs, and we look forward to building on those to reach mutual goals.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal striker Aubameyang determined to win over Gabon fansby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is determined to “change this image” Gabon fans have of him.Aubameyang, 30, has a point to prove to his nation after coming in from the cold to play for Gabon this week.Aubameyang scored as his country secured a late win over Burkina Faso in a friendly played just outside of Paris.It was his first game for Gabon since March – a 1-1 draw with Burundi – and only his fifth match since January 2017.In 2018, national chiefs claimed Aubameyang’s father had been named joint-coach of the team – but the Arsenal man slammed them on social media, calling it untrue.That prompted a self-imposed exile by the Arsenal striker – with the striker also citing players’ treatment and welfare as a cause for concern.In the process, he snubbed national team call-ups and ultimately considered retiring from international football.Now back with Gabon under new manager Patrice Neveu, Aubameyang revealed: “I’m vengeful. Things haven’t gone well lately [at international level].”I want to change this image of me that I might have with the national team.”I would rather show another side as a player in terms of performances.”
While there hasn’t been any kind of official update from Ole Miss regarding quarterback Chad Kelly’s status with the team, Rebels fans were given a decent clue Tuesday night. Kelly, who ran into a bit of legal trouble up in Buffalo, New York, back in December, took to Instagram to post a photo of himself practicing inside the school’s Manning Center with two teammates – Tony Bridges and Derrick Jones.Assuming Kelly’s status on the team remains unchanged, he’s expected to compete for a starting job in 2015. He began his career with Clemson back in 2012 before transferring to East Mississippi Community College this past season.
OSU freshman Emily Clark (20) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Big Ten title hopes for the Ohio State softball team were ripped away by Northwestern University on Friday. No. 6 seed OSU threatened to score several times in the final innings but ended up being eliminated from contention, losing 3-1 to the No. 3 seed Wildcats.The Wildcats were led by a stout defense and solid pitching, and the Buckeyes offense struggled to produce runs, while also giving up too many runs in the first frame of the game.Things got off to a rough start for OSU when the Wildcats scored three runs on three hits in the bottom of the first. After a dominating, seven-inning outing against Penn State on Thursday, OSU junior pitcher Lena Springer was pulled after allowing the trio of runs on Friday.Her replacement, junior pitcher Shelby Hursh, held the Wildcats to the three runs they scored in the first, along with striking out six. However, the strong showing out of the Tipton, Indiana, native was not enough to give OSU the win.A few highlight plays by the Buckeyes were potential sparks to fuel a comeback, but the Scarlet and Gray ultimately fell short of advancing in the tournament. OSU redshirt senior shortstop Maddy McIntyre made a difficult play to end the third, reaching far behind her head while racing toward the outfield to catch a line drive. After a pinch-hit single by freshman outfielder Bri Betschel in the top of the fifth, a double play quickly ousted any chance of OSU scoring in the fifth. A typically high-powered lineup for the Buckeyes was shut down by the combination of senior pitchers Amy Letourneau and Kristen Wood from Northwestern. Out of the five hits picked up by OSU, only one was for extra bases: A double by freshman utility player Emily Clark drove in senior outfielder Cammi Prantl for the only run of the game for the Scarlet and Gray.The Buckeyes will now have to wait and see their fate for the NCAA tournament. The team is projected to be within the top 64, but the loss to Northwestern on Friday could hurt OSU’s chances.
Junior defenseman Sam Jardine (21), senior forward Chad Niddery (19) and senior forward Tanner Fritz (16).Credit: Photo Illustration by Mark Batke / Photo editor, Photos by Kelly Roderick (center), Michael Griggs / For The LanternOhio State men’s hockey senior forward Tanner Fritz stood outside the locker room with his hands tangled inside his shirt. The more he spoke about plans for the future, the more his voice softened.Minutes later, a smile broke across the face of his teammate, junior defenseman Sam Jardine. The Chicago Blackhawks’ draft pick spoke proudly about his draft day, but as he discussed his NHL status, his tone changed from self-confident to self-precautionary: he’s still working toward a contract. As Jardine spoke, Chad Niddery sauntered down the hallway that leads to the OSU locker room. Upon hearing he’d been requested for an interview, the Buckeyes’ senior forward half-jokingly declined his requirement to speak. Why would anyone want to talk to him?Moments later, Niddery, the guy that unsuccessfully suppressed his disdain for interviews, couldn’t mask excitement for the next stage in his hockey career, a stage that will likely earn him another stamp on his passport. Three guys. Three different situations. Three entirely different perspectives on the future. On its roster, OSU has two players who were selected in the NHL Entry Draft and four who were invited to 2014 NHL development camps but have not been drafted. Below is a comparison of three Buckeyes who share the same locker room, but belong to different categories with regards to their future.Senior forward Tanner FritzNHL Status: Undrafted, Attended Chicago Blackhawks Development Camp last JulyAfter graduation, Fritz wants to play professional hockey, and if he can have it his way, he’ll play in North America.Aside from being contacted by the Nashville Predators his sophomore year, Fritz’s invite to the 2014 Blackhawks development camp was his first indication his future might lead to the NHL.The OSU captain has 92 points in 117 games played. He caught the eye of NHL scouts last season when Blackhawks representatives, who were at an OSU–Michigan game to watch Jardine, approached Fritz after the game, he said.Chicago’s representatives believed Fritz fit the Blackhawks’ style of play and wanted to introduce him to the organization, he said.“It’s a pretty humbling experience,” Fritz said of attending the development camp. “Just seeing how fortunate and lucky (the Blackhawks) are … it’s every kid’s dream to be in that position.”Chicago instructed Fritz to make better use of his speed and shot, he said.In his final season, Fritz is working to improve his play with the knowledge that scouts are always in attendance and that small plays can make a big impact. “You know there’s always going to be people watching,” Fritz said. “It doesn’t take much for them to notice you.”Still, Fritz acknowledged there’s a chance he won’t receive additional NHL attention, in which case he might make use his connections in the business to earn a tryout. While NCAA athletes are not permitted to have agents, many have family advisers to assist their career decision-making. Fritz, however, does not have one.He’s a lone rider in limbo, but said he’s not nervous for the future. Junior defenseman Sam Jardine NHL Status: Selected by Chicago Blackhawks in 2011 NHL Entry Draft (169th overall)Jardine had just arrived home when the Blackhawks officially claimed his rights in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Before his selection, he had become uneasy about falling to the sixth round and left his house to calm himself.By the time he had returned, Chicago’s chief amateur scout Bruce Franklin, who recognized Jardine when he was playing for the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, called Jardine to relay the good news: The then-future Buckeye was NHL property. In his third season with OSU, Jardine has 25 points in 74 games played, often logging time on the Buckeyes’ top defensive pairing.With his foot in the door, Jardine is now working toward earning a contract from the Blackhawks when he’s finished at OSU. Unlike Fritz, he has a family adviser. “Everyone always tells you that as soon as draft day comes, you’re right back into the pool with everyone else again,” Jardine said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself.”The Blackhawks are keeping tabs on Jardine. Representatives from Chicago attended multiple games last season and Blackhawks’ development coach Mark Eaton was in Columbus for the OSU–University of Nebraska-Omaha series earlier this year.Jardine will have contact with Chicago throughout the year, but any comments the Blackhawks make are general, as they are wary of infringing on the instruction of Buckeye coach Steve Rohlik, Jardine said. “You put in the work so that you’re performing for the team here, for Ohio State,” Jardine said. “The extra benefit of that is preparing yourself for the NHL.”Senior forward Chad Niddery NHL Status: Undrafted, not invited to a 2014 NHL Development CampThe Buckeyes’ addition of freshman defenseman Janik Möser might have done as much for the team’s blue line as it has for its fourth-year forward applying for dual-citizenship in Germany.“I’ve always dreamed of going overseas,” Niddery said. “I’d love to go to Germany or Sweden or Switzerland and play over there.”Niddery, whose grandmother is German, will often get language lessons from Möser, who grew up in Mannheim, Germany. Knowing basic German is a requirement for citizenship and something Niddery seems to have his heart set on learning before he attempts to play overseas. During a five-minute discussion of his hockey future, Niddery mentioned the prospect of playing professional hockey in North America only in passing. At 24, Niddery said he doesn’t consider the idea of starting in the lower tiers of American or Canadian professional leagues as enticing as his preferred option.He plans to follow the path of two members of the OSU hockey staff. Buckeye director of hockey operations Layne LeBel and associate coach Brett Larson each played professional hockey in Germany.The connections will be key for Niddery, the senior said. European recruiting is mostly done via word of mouth.“I’m at the age where I have buddies that (play) over there now,” Niddery said. “Basically you just have to network as much as you can just to get that one opportunity.”Niddery’s optimism comes during what might be his career-best season. He’s logged one goal and three assists through 11 games, four points shy of last year’s career-best point total for a season.Any nerves for the future are hidden by his electric excitement. “Get paid to play hockey overseas? Man, that’s living the dream,” Niddery said. “That’s how I look at it.”As the three teammates ponder their professional futures, the Buckeyes are just one game into Big Ten play. OSU fell to Michigan State, 3-1, Thursday night at the Schottenstein Center to start off its conference season.
Bayern Munich defender Joshua Kimmich suggested that the club should perhaps look at signing Kai HavertzThe 19-year-old midfielder set up Serge Gnabry’s 18-yard stunning strike to seal Germany a 3-0 friendly win over Russia in only his second appearance.Havertz, who idolises Arsenal star Mesut Ozil, has been frequently linked with a switch from Bayer Leverkusen to Bayern.And Germany teammate Kimmich says that Havertz has his vote at the club.“I cannot buy him, but Kai Havertz is a player who would suit us well,” Kimmich, according to SportsStarLive.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Germany boss Joachim Low added: “He impressed me,”“He is very secure on the ball and has good positioning going forward.“When he gets the ball, he always tries to bring the ball forward. You can see that in training as well.”Havertz has managed six goals and five assists in 16 appearances for Leverkusen this season.Germany will next face Holland in a UEFA Nations League clash on Monday.
Jamie Redknapp praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for improving Manchester United players after suggesting they “downed tools” under the previous manager Jose Mourinho.United continued Solskjaer’s 100% run with the sixth win thanks to Marcus Rashford’s goal before the break.However, Paul Pogba, who provided a brilliant assist for the goal stole the headlines with his display but Redknapp feels all the players have raised their game in recent weeks.“I just think Pogba is enjoying his football. He has freedom, he has a manager that believes in him, but the point is it’s not just Pogba, it’s everybody,” he told Sky.“Pogba is so high profile that he’s the one we focus on, but what about all the other players? What about the goalkeeper [David de Gea] that couldn’t make a save to save his life a while ago, now he looks like the keeper we all knew.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It’s the same for every player in that United side. They had downed tools for the last manager, whether you like it or not, it was so obvious. I have watched United this season and they have been diabolical for pretty much all of it.“All of a sudden a new manager comes in and they have a bit of freedom and they are enjoying it and Pogba looks like the player from the World Cup.“Ole deserves credit but I don’t think it needed a rocket scientist to go in there and do that. It was purely because the other manager they weren’t keen on and they couldn’t wait for a new manager to come in. He has come in and now they are playing well and playing at the level they should be.“It’s not just about Pogba but I do think he’s a good player who sometimes needs to be told that. I don’t think he’s as confident as he makes out with social media, I think he needs an arm around the shoulder like most good players.”