Determined to keep momentum, Lady Eagles skip Holy Week break

first_imgAteneo Lady Eagles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor the better part of the decade, Ateneo has aligned itself with the elites in the UAAP volleyball landscape.The Lady Eagles have appeared in six finals, all against De La Salle, winning two titles and part of that success was a relentless work ethic especially when Tai Bundit took over the team in Season 76.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES View comments Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Ateneo has clinched at least a playoff for a Final Four in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament as it sits at the second spot with an 8-3 card.As of March 25, the last game day before going into the Holy Week break, the Lady Eagles are the best team in spiking, blocking, and setting.The Lady Eagles have a success rate of 30.94 percent in their spike attempts, average 2.53 blocks a set, and norm 9.69 sets per period.“Last year we trained until Wednesday and had a break on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday,” said Madayag. “But this year we wanted train even if it’s the Holy Week, I think this will be our sacrifice for this year.”ADVERTISEMENT Chong Son denies Alab of outright semis berth after win over HK Eastern In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims MOST READ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil And the current Lady Eagles are planning to continue that tradition.Captain Maddie Madayag said they decided to train during the Holy Week instead of the enjoying mandatory break they were given from Holy Wednesday until Easter Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We’re going to train, we won’t be taking a break,” said Madayag in Filipino in a chat with Inquirer. “We were actually given a break but as a team we decided that we wanted to focus on training.”“If we don’t train for a long period of time we will be out of condition and we don’t want to stop. We don’t want to see our level of play go down so we decided to continue training.” Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenterslast_img read more

Gymnastics Association preparing for September reopening

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The North Peace Gymnastics Association says that renovations are progressing on their new location, and that the club should be fully reopened by September.The Gymnastics Association’s Club Manager Chantelle Yates said that work crews have completed the foam pit and trampoline pit, as well as support columns to support the roof of the building, which is at the former MAXX Fitness on 95th Ave. The building, which is owned by Epscan, needed to have load-bearing interior walls torn down so that the space could be opened up for the gymnasts’ needs.Yates said that since there were several unforeseen delays in construction earlier this Spring, the Association has had to push back plans to reopen at their new location from July 1st. She added however that the new columns and pits mark major milestones in construction, and that the building should be ready for the gymnastics season to start in the fall.- Advertisement –last_img read more

State seeks fix for crisis in pensions

first_imgAlarmed that the annual taxpayer tab for teachers’ and state workers’ pensions and health benefits has soared from $1 billion to more than $5 billion since 2000, California officials called on Friday for fixes to stem the financial outpouring. The calls come amid growing concern about California’s pension crisis, which has deepened over the past seven years as the average county fund has gone from being flush with cash to being at least 9 percent underfunded. And officials are worried that the state’s already massive unfunded liabilities for pensions and retiree health benefits – estimated as high as $300 billion combined – will only continue to grow. But on Friday, a governor-appointed commission charged with addressing the problem said it is committed to finding options before the situation gets even worse. “We want to make sure that we address now the magnitude of the problem and not saddle future generations with a burden they haven’t created,” said commission Chairman Gerald Parsky, chairman of the Aurora Capital Group, a Los Angeles-based investment firm. At a meeting at the University of California, Los Angeles, state Department of Finance Director Michael C. Genest said one option involves simply continuing the current pay-as-you-go approach. But Genest warned that that approach would continue to eat up a growing share of tax dollars that are also needed to pay for badly needed schools, public safety improvements, and roads and transportation infrastructure. Another option involves “pre-funding” the cost by borrowing $31 billion and depositing it into a retiree benefit trust fund, eliminating $48 billion in unfunded liabilities for health care costs. With a “full funding” option, the state would pay $2.6 billion a year into a retiree benefit trust fund, covering the annual health care costs and amortizing the debts. A final option, known as the “hybrid approach,” would couple the pay-as-you-go approach for existing employees with full funding for new employees. “Such a system might minimize near-term costs while at the same time reducing out-year costs,” Genest said. “Of course, this would mean the state would continue to report an unfunded liability for years to come, but it would not continue to grow with the addition of new employees. “I urge the commission to include such a hybrid approach among the options you consider.” But John Cogan, a public-policy professor at Stanford University and a member of the Public Employee Post-Employment Benefits Commission, raised questions with the hybrid approach. Cogan said the proposal repeats the mistake officials have made in the past by over-promising generous benefits to workers that the state can no longer afford. “To have the governor set up a commission and then for us to propose to do nothing, these liabilities would be a huge mistake,” Cogan said. “I’m concerned the proposal being offered would not reduce the unfunded liabilities that the state has incurred as a result of its retirement plans. “To me, the central job of this commission is to make recommendations that will reduce that unfunded liability.” The Legislative Analyst’s Office presented a report to the commission that estimates unfunded liabilities for pensions and retiree health for teachers, state workers and University of California employees at $95 billion. That figure doesn’t include debt incurred by numerous cities and counties throughout the state. Former state Assemblyman Keith Richman, a Granada Hills Republican who heads the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility, has estimated the unfunded pension and health care liabilities for all city, county and state workers at $200 billion to $300 billion. Amid the growing debt, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger established the 12-member commission late last year to propose ways to fix the problem. The commission is holding a series of meetings around the state to identify the extent of the unfunded liabilities. It also plans to review and analyze options for the situation and is expected to recommend a plan to the governor and Legislature by Jan. 1. troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want 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

Europa League: Monaco 1-1 Tottenham – Stephan El Shaarawy denies Spurs laboured victory

first_imgStephan El Shaarawy scored late on to deny Tottenham a laboured victory against Monaco in the Europa League.A dull first half was eventually lit up with a good goal on the break from Spurs which was both started and finished by Erik Lamela.As the game looked like it was petering out, El Shaarawy pounced and scored to set up a frantic finish.And Monaco might have won it if not for a last-ditch Danny Rose challenge, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men held on for the draw.It was a low-key start from both sides with neither making any inroads into the opposing half as Spurs were limited to some hopeful crossing from Rose.But Spurs burst into life after 20 minutes when Harry Kane evaded the Monaco goalkeeper before laying the ball back to Nacer Chadli, who tried to dink the ball over the covering defenders but his effort landed on the roof of the net.Another stale 15 minutes ensued but on 35 minutes Tottenham broke the deadlock with a lightning-quick breakaway goal.Lamela started the move on the right wing before Chadli took over, skipping past two men to set up Dele Alli who saw his shot saved, only for the Argentine forward to follow up into an empty net.There was a heart-in-mouth moment for Toby Alderweireld when Thomas Lemar’s dangerous cross deflected off the Belgian before flying a yard wide of the post as Spurs went into half-time with a 1-0 lead.If the first half began quietly, then the second half began even more so with the only action of note was Rose getting his hand trodden on – accidently – leaving it covered in blood.In truth, the majority of the half was a non-event but in the 78th minute, Spurs broke again as Kane played in to substitute Clinton Njie but the Cameroonian had strayed just offside.Moments later he was made to pay as Monaco drew level through a substitute of their own – El Shaarawy.The on-loan AC Milan forward headed past Hugo Lloris from close range after a brilliant cross from Nabil Dirar.And the hosts were a left boot away from taking the lead a minute later as Rose put in a brilliant last ditch tackle to deny Andre Carrillo a tap-in into an empty net.Both sides pushed for a late winner but it didn’t come as the points were shared among the two Group J sides. Erik Lamela 1last_img read more

Game, set, match

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Matched up against James, with Lakers center Chris Mihm setting picks to try and free him, Bryant buried three jumpers as the crowd grew louder with each one. He hit an 18-footer and 22-footer, all from the left side, and saved his best for last by doubling back on James and connecting on a 20-footer with 8.6 seconds left over both James and Cleveland’s 7-foot-3 center Zydrunas Ilgauskas. James posted up Bryant at the other end and was fouled as he went baseline. He hit the first free throw but missed the second with 5.2 seconds remaining. But Drew Gooden pulled down the rebound to give the Cavaliers a second chance. James again got the ball and pulled up over Bryant, but couldn’t get his shot to drop. He collapsed to the floor as the final horn sounded and streamers rained from the ceiling. Bryant finished with 27 points on 9-of-21 shooting, while James had 28 points on 11-of-22 shooting. Forward Lamar Odom finished an assist shy of his first triple double with the Lakers and sensational with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. And Bryant once again unable to emerge from a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers unscathed, and somehow it didn’t matter as Bryant hit every big shot down the stretch as the Lakers won, 99-98. Bryant suffered a sprained wrist with five minutes left in the first half and spent much of the night tugging and flexing on his hand. That just made what happened in the last 90 seconds, though, all the more remarkable. LOS ANGELES – USC quarterback Matt Leinart walked through the Lakers locker room before the game in a No. 8 jersey and suspended Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest sat in the second row at Staples Center, a surprise appearance to say the least. NBA superstars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were matched up on the court Thursday night. It was a star-studded regular-season game, especially for the middle of January. center_img The Lakers managed to take a 68-67 lead into the fourth quarter, even with the condition of Bryant’s wrist uncertain. Bryant and Luke Walton trapped James along the sideline, ending in a turnover when James stepped out of bounds. That defense, gone and forgotten in Wednesday’s 113-103 loss to Portland, led to a dunk at the other end as Mihm finished a pick and roll with Odom with an emphatic slam. Mihm then blocked Mike Wilks back on defense. The Lakers gave up only 17 points in the third quarter, a quarter that Jackson has described often this season as his team’s nemesis. Odom hit a critical basket for the Lakers coming out of a timeout with 3:08 left and made the second of two free throws with 1:53 remaining. Bryant wasn’t the same after the wrist injury. X-rays at halftime were negative, but Bryant missed his last four shots of the first half after suffering the injury and went the first 8:13 of the third quarter without taking a shot, astonishing for the NBA’s leading scorer. The past two times James and the Cavaliers came to Staples Center, Bryant suffered serious injuries. He sprained his shoulder in a game during James’ rookie season, then sprained his ankle coming down on a rebound last January. Bryant had to miss 14 games with the severe ankle sprain and the Lakers’ season wasn’t the same afterward. And Bryant couldn’t get out of the second quarter Thursday without being nicked on his right wrist. He took a shot from Cleveland’s Sasha Pavlovic fighting through a pick with five minutes left in the first half. Bryant winced and grabbed the wrist on his shooting hand in evident discomfort. Odom got involved early and had 10 points by halftime. Sometime about matching up against James seemed to energize Odom, who attacked the basket starting early in the first quarter. The 6-foot-10 Odom was feeling so good, evidently, he threw a behind-the-back pass in the lane to Mihm, which the Lakers center finished with a hook shot. 160Want 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

Lorenzo Insigne’s agent responds to reports of £45million Chelsea move

first_img Lorenzo Insigne has impressed for Napoli and Italy 1 The agent of Lorenzo Insigne insists his client is fully focused on succeeding with Napoli, despite interest from Premier League champions Chelsea.The Blues are reported to have put in an offer of £45m for the Italy international, as Antonio Conte sets about reshuffling his squad ahead of the new campaign.However, it seems Insigne will stay put for the time being, after the playmaker’s representative poured cold water on a potential move to Stamford Bridge.Franco della Monica told Radio Kiss Kiss: “I would start by saying the offer reported in The Sun would be low and he has always been in the sights of many clubs.“The priority for Lorenzo, though, is to be wearing the Napoli shirt and be rewarded in an important way by his team.“Now he has both and he is happy as well.”Chelsea transfer news: Lorenzo Insigne and Eden Hazard comparedlast_img read more

Premier League round-up: Man City, Arsenal and Tottenham all win

first_img Sergio Aguero finished Brighton off 7 Wolves 2-0 SouthamptonWolves’ impressive return to the Premier League continued with a 2-0 home win over Southampton.Adama Traore set up fellow substitute Ivan Cavaleiro, who had just come on, to break the deadlock with 11 minutes left.Jonny wrapped things up with a late second from close range. Jonny scored Wolves’ second Newcastle 0-2 LeicesterNewcastle’s wait for a victory goes on after Leicester won 2-0 at St James’ Park.The Foxes went in front on the half-hour through a penalty from Jamie Vardy, with Harry Maguire then heading in from a corner after 72 minutes. Harry Maguire enjoyed bagging Leicester’s second Here’s what happened in the 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League on Saturday, September 29Manchester City 2-0 BrightonManchester City pressed their claims for a title defence with a 2-0 home win over Brighton.Raheem Sterling put the home side ahead after 29 minutes following a swift counter-attack, with Sergio Aguero wrapping up the points after 65 minutes. Harry Kane lashed home from the spot Mesut Ozil sealed the points for Arsenal 7 Everton 3-0 FulhamEverton produced a strong second half to win 3-0 at Fulham with two goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson.After Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon hit the crossbar, Everton midfielder Sigurdsson then also struck the woodwork with a penalty in the 52nd minute.The Icelander, though, was on target four minutes later with a curling left-footed effort, before substitute Cenk Tosun headed in a second after 66 minutes.Sigurdsson added Everton’s third after 89 minutes. 7 Cenk Tosun netted in Everton’s win Tottenham 2-0 HuddersfieldEngland captain Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham won 2-0 at struggling Huddersfield.Kane headed the visitors in front on 25 minutes and added a second from the penalty spot after Florent Hadergjonaj was ruled to have pushed down Danny Rose.Huddersfield forward Laurent Depoitre hit the crossbar just before the break, but the Terriers could not mount a recovery and remain bottom. 7 Arsenal 2-0 WatfordArsenal left it late to maintain their winning run with a 2-0 victory over Watford at the Emirates Stadium.They made the breakthrough with nine minutes left when Craig Cathcart turned a cross from substitute Alex Iwobi into his own net.Mesut Ozil slotted home a second just two minutes later to secure a seventh straight win in all competitions for Unai Emery’s improving side. West Ham 3-1 Manchester United (12:30pm kick-off)West Ham turned up the heat on Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho with a 3-1 Premier League win at the London Stadium.After their midweek home penalty shoot-out defeat by Derby in the Carabao Cup, the Red Devils once again failed to produce the required performance.Hosts West Ham went in front after just five minutes through Felipe Anderson, the Brazilian’s first goal since his big-money summer transfer from Lazio.An own goal from United defender Victor Lindelof doubled West Ham’s lead just before half-time.Shortly after Paul Pogba was substituted, in the week he lost vice-captaincy duties at United, striker Marcus Rashford reduced the deficit.However, West Ham swiftly restored their two-goal advantage through Marko Arnautovic’s finish after 74 minutes as United equalled their worst start to a Premier League season. 7 7 7 Goals from Felipe Anderson, Victor Lindelof (og) and Marko Arnautovic cancelled out Marcus Rashford’s strikelast_img read more

DONEGAL HOUSE TO GO UNDER THE HAMMER FOR JUST €10,000

first_imgA TOWN centre house in Co Donegal will go under the hammer next month – with a reserve price of just €10,000.The property in Letterkenny will be sold off at the house on Saturday December 1st.Auctioneers Sherry Fitzgerald Rainey say Lot 5 Kelly’s Lane may need some modernisation. But the two-bedroom property is ideal for town centre living.“It is an older style two bedroom house enjoying a town centre location,” said a spokesman for the estate agents.“It is in a quiet area off the main thoroughfare situation yet is right beside shops, pubs, restaurants and churches.“It would be ideal for non car users as most amenities and facilities are within walking distance. “General refurbishment and refit is required to modernise to current standards, but the reserve price will be €10,000.”For further details click here:http://www.sfr.ie/property_buyorrent/auction/page/2/#headeranchorDONEGAL HOUSE TO GO UNDER THE HAMMER FOR JUST €10,000 was last modified: November 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:000DONEGAL HOUSE TO GO UNDER THE HAMMER FOR JUST €10last_img read more

Half-time: Cardiff 2 Brentford 0

first_imgBrentford’s five-match unbeaten run looked under threat at the break after goals from Tony Watt and Kenwyne Jones put the home side in command.Cardiff were on top early on, with Jones heading straight at Bees keeper David Button and Anthony Pilkington’s header clipping the top of the crossbar.At the other end, an Alan Judge free-kick was held by Bluebirds keeper David Marshall but just as Brentford had started to settle, they fell behind on 20 minutes.Craig Noone saw a shot blocked but former Celtic striker Watt reacted to slot in the rebound.Cardiff, who have only lost once at home all season and sat seventh at the start of the evening, doubled the lead on 34 minutes.John Swift was dispossessed on halfway and, as Brentford looked for a free-kick, Pilkington led a quick counter, Watt then fed Jones and after Button failed to hold his shot, the ex-Sunderland and Stoke man netted at the second time of asking.Brentford were disappointing in the first half but had a chance to halve the deficit as Lasse Vibe headed a Jake Bidwell cross wide.Brentford: Button; Yennaris, O’Connell, Tarkowski, Button; Diagouraga, Kerschbaumer; Woods, Judge, Swift; Vibe.Subs: Bonham, Colin, Dean, Saunders, McEachran, Jota, Hofmann.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Lady Panther Classic returns

first_imgFour local girls basketball teams will get their first up-close looks at each other this weekend as the 39th annual Lady Panther Classic begins today at McKinleyville High.St. Bernard’s will get the weekend started with a first-round clash against Redding Christian at 5 p.m. and Fortuna will finish the night up with a contest against Yreka at 8 p.m. while the tournament’s host team, McKinleyville, will face Hoopa in its first-round matchup today at 6:30 p.m.The best offense is a…Good …last_img