Walker, DiGregorio tow Blackwater past Phoenix for 1st win

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Blackwater import Henry Walker against three Phoenix defenders. PBA IMAGESReturning import Henry Walker and Mike DiGregorio teamed up to lead Blackwater to its first win at the expense of Phoenix, 92-86, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Walker, who is in his third tour of duty in the league after playing for Alaska in 2014 and NLEX last year, battled through cramps in the fourth quarter to post 32 points and 15 rebounds while DiGregorio came up big with a career-high 28 points.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “Finally, we’re able to get the win. Special thanks to our new import Henry Walker,” said Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac, whose squad improved to 1-3.“Going into the ninth minute of the fourth quarter he was complaining of cramps and he was challenging his teammates to be on the top of the situation. But still, he was able to hit shots and grabbed rebounds and we’re very happy that we have an import like Walker,” Isaac said.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’The two combined for 24 of their team’s 26 points in the final frame with Walker scoring the Elite’s last eight points in the final two minutes and 24 seconds.Blackwater put the clamps down on Phoenix’s explosive import Eugene Phelps, who scored just 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the field, in 40 minutes. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Thistleton finishes 2nd in elite female despite bike crashcenter_img Teen gunned down in Masbate Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas RJ Jazul also had 13 points on top of seven rebounds and three steals for the Fuel Masters, who turned the ball over 23 times, slipped to 2-3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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

Marathon ran into cash wall

first_img“They’re just like any other person – if you don’t get paid, what would you say?” Chris Devine, chairman of Chicago-based Devine Racing, which he founded in 2003, acknowledged the delays and attributed them to mistakes his company made in estimating the costs of establishing its new races. He said payments this year will be made within 90 days, or he will pay an additional 4percent. “We ran into a cash-flow crunch, but that’s an old story,” Devine said. “All the athletes have been paid, and we will demonstrate we’ve recovered from that.” Whether the race can once again attract top-flight runners is less certain. The winners of last year’s Los Angeles Marathon and several other top runners boycotted this year’s race because they didn’t get all their prize money until February. Organizers of the event, Devine Racing of Chicago, which took ownership of the L.A. Marathon in 2006, admitted they simply ran out of cash to pay out all the prize money because they launched similar races in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. Management of the company was in the midst of a shake-up at the time, but it is now on solid financial footing, the company insists. That was little consolation to many of the top 2006 finishers and their agents, who waited six months to get part of their money and nearly a year to collect it all. “I did not want my athletes in Los Angeles in any case,” said Konstantin Selinevich, who represents Irina Safarova and Mikhail Khobotov, the fifth-place women’s and seventh-place men’s finishers in 2006. Neither of last year’s champions, Benson Cherono of Kenya and Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia – each of whom set course records – returned to defend their titles. Also absent were any of the top 145 fastest marathoners from 2006. Slowest win ever The men’s race, won by an unheralded Kenyan, Fred Mogaka, was the slowest in the 22-year history of the race by more than three minutes – this on a course that was tweaked to make it faster. The women’s race, the slowest since 1993, was won by 45-year-old Ramilia Burangolova, who is 11 years off her personal best. A spokesman wouldn’t say how much money sponsors contribute to supplement the $100 application fee most racers pay, but he said it has to cover the bulk of expenses. While the pool of prize money for the men’s and women’s divisions was cut from $325,000 to $201,000, that wasn’t the reason many stayed away. There was still the carrot of $100,000 to the first finisher – the women were given a nearly 20-minute head start – and a new Honda Accord to the top men’s and top women’s finishers. “The prize money had nothing to do with it,” said Brendan Reilly, who represents Nuta Olaru, the fourth-place finisher in 2006. “It’s all the aftermath of last year’s treatment. It didn’t even remotely cross my mind to send anybody this year.” L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge, one of the city leaders who would like to see the race’s profile raised alongside the Boston, New York and Chicago marathons, was dismayed to hear that it took so long for the elite 2006 runners to be paid. “It’s important for anyone who represents Los Angeles to treat people fair and right, and there’s got to be a high standard on the business end,” said LaBonge, who helped design this year’s course. “If somebody is coming from around the world to run through our streets, they should be treated in a respectful manner.” Unlike golfers, tennis players or even middle-distance road racers, marathon runners can’t race week in and week out because of the toll the 26.2-mile race takes on their bodies. Thus, the elite runners usually pick two races per year – one in the fall and one in the spring – to make their money. “It’s not like it’s fun money, like somebody just won the lottery,” said Reilly, the agent for Olaru, who was owed $14,000 in prizes and expenses for finishing fourth in 2006. “This is how marathoners are paying their mortgage, their groceries, the gas for their car.” The major complaint by the four agents is that they never heard when they would get the money. When the checks arrived, there was no explanation for the delay, and no withholdings had been taken. They said Bill Orr, the former elite athletes coordinator, would try to get answers for them from Marathon President Bill Burke or Executive Vice President Marie Patrick, but to no avail. Orr sent an e-mail to agents last fall saying he had resigned after being misled by management. Orr declined an interview request through his secretary. Messages for Burke, who is vacationing in Mexico, and Patrick were returned by a spokesman who said they would be unavailable to comment. Waiting on payments Devine said he acted in good faith, and “we communicated directly with agents by telephone to indicate timelines when they’d be paid and in that spirit followed up with a phone call to say why we missed.” When asked which agents he had spoken to, Devine could not recall. Ratcliffe said one of clients, Paul Tarus, still has not been paid his prize money (about $10,000) from a second-place finish in the Salt Lake City Marathon in June. Salinevich said Safarova, the fifth-place winner in last year’s L.A. Marathon, is still owed $2,700. Devine said Thursday that he would look into those matters but did not call back with an explanation. Joseph Kahugu, who won the $65,000 bonus for being the first one across the finish line at the Las Vegas Marathon on Dec.10, has not yet been paid. “We’re waiting and hoping it’s sooner than later,” said his agent, Derek Froude, who also represents Burangolova, the women’s winner Sunday. Scott Robinson, the agent for Mogaka, whose winnings Sunday are worth close to $150,000, said his client was treated very well, but he’s aware of the past delayed payments. “If a race wants to attract a high level of competition, they have to pay in a timely manner,” Robinson said. Devine said his company, which went through layoffs and a change in chief financial officers, is on firm financial footing now. He says the Las Vegas Marathon has grown from 2,700 to 16,000 runners in three years, and Los Angeles attracted 26,000 Sunday. “This is a growth business,” he said. As to whether the elite athletes will return next year, Devine isn’t sure. “I can’t run their businesses for them,” he said. “If an athlete kept away, maybe it was a prudent decision. I hope it was imprudent. Everybody got paid – don’t be angry. If they’re concerned, I expect them not to run.” billy.witz@dailynews.com (818) 713-3621160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

PBL: Suresh Raina cheers for Saina Nehwal during Awadhe Warriors match

first_imgSuresh Raina was spotted in a stadium in Lucknow on Tuesday. However, as it turned out, it was a badminton stadium not a cricket one.The Indian cricketer came out to cheer for Saina Nehwal during the latter’s Premier Badminton League (PBL) match in Lucknow on Tuesday.Saina Nehwal was gearing up to take on world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying in Awadhe Warriors tie against Ahmedabad Smash Masters when Raina turned up at the Babu Banarasi Das Stadium.Raina was seen watching Saina battle against Tai intently from the dug out of the Awadhe Warriors. Sitting beside Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap, Raina seemed to be having quite a lot of discussion about the happening on the badminton court.  ALSO WATCHSaina, who is making a return after suffering an ankle injury, lost the match 5-15, 14-15 to Tai in the fourth match of the night.Saina massively struggled in the first game against the deceptive player from Taiwan and without much of a fight, lost the early battle 5-15.However, the golden girl of Indian badminton turned up with all her grit and determination in the second set and the packed Lucknow stadium witnessed the Saina that India is used to watching.Saina took Tai around the court and used her back court strength to her advantage to put Tai to test.Flat smashes, cross-court duels and that loud power on shots saw Saina take reach the game point 14-12.Just as Raina and the others were waiting to pat Saina on her back for all that effort, Tai turned up in the best fashion and her deceptive strokes to not just level the scoring but win the game 15-14 and take the match.advertisementNow that’s some way to win a match. Simply sublime from the World No. 1 �??�#AWDvAMD #VodafonePBL #SmashTheHouseDown pic.twitter.com/bJpjUy05qb- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) January 2, 2018Suresh Raina recently passed the Yo-Yo fitness test after working immensely hard on his fitness at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.In order to make a comeback in the Indian cricket team, Raina has been working behind the scenes to gain his fitness back.The failure to clear the endurance test was the primary reason why Raina and star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh were not considered for the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka in August this year.Raina last featured for India in the T20 International series against England in February. He was the third highest-scorer in the three-match series with 104 runs at an average of 34.66 with a highest score of 63.However, Raina was last spotted with his family at the Delhi reception of Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma, along with Gautam Gambhir and Shikhar Dhawan.With the IPL retention annoucement on January 4, Chennai Super Kings is expected to retain their Raina along with captain MS Dhoni and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.Earlier on Tuesday, Awadhe Warriors won their mixed doubles match 14-15, 15-12, 15-14 to put themselves 1-0 up in the tie.Kashyap then staged a remarkable comeback against Sourabh Verma in the Awadhe’s Trump match to edge out his compatriot 11-15, 15-13, 15-14.However, Kidambi Srikanth lost his match against world No.10 HS Prannoy 8-15, 11-15 to get Ahmedabad back in the tie.last_img read more