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first_img A dark bay colt by Natural Selection out of Millenium Princess, bred by the Y.S. (1955) Limited, FUTURE KING chalked up his second win from five starts, and is almost certain to be crowned Champion Two-Year-Old. “He has really come on nicely since finishing second to Sorrentino’s Star in the Pick-3 Super Challenge, and Halledeen rode him perfectly to my instructions,” said DaCosta. “‘I had two strong contenders in the race, but Dreamliner apparently found a mile taxing, and it was left to Future King to wear them down in deep stretch. He has now established himself as the winter book favourite for the classics in 2016. He has class, and I have high hopes for him,” said DaCosta, who duly won his 11th consecutive trainers’ championship. PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, installed a 4-5 favourite with Orlando Foster aboard, outduelled arch-rival TYPEWRITER (Nelson up) leaving the half mile to win the Harry Jackson by two lengths from the much-improved LONG RUNNING TRAIN (5-2), but had to survive an objection from the rider of LONG RUNNING TRAIN for crossing the three-year-old filly a furlong out. On a tough day for form, players who saw the Pick-9 consolation paid out on six of nine, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR was one of four marginal favourites to score on the 11-race programme, which attracted a bumper holiday crowd. Second win FUTURE KING, running at odds of 5-1 with Robert Halledeen riding for trainer Wayne DaCosta, got up in the nick of time to beat NUCLEAR AFFAIR (5-1) by a neck in the 104th running of the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes over a mile at Caymanas Park yesterday, the third and final race in the $11.5 million Supreme Ventures Triple Crown Series for native bred two-year-olds. For DaCosta, it was a day he will long remember, having saddled the island’s top distance horse PERFECT NEIGHBOUR as well to win the traditional Boxing Day supporting feature for the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over 2400 metres for the second year in a row for owners Jeffrey Mordecai and Alfred Lee. DaCosta easily won his 15th trainers’ championship to become Jamaica’s leading all-time trainer with 15 titles, finally surpassing Hall of Famer Philip Feanny with 14. Significantly, FUTURE KING and PERFECT NEIGHBOUR are not only trained and owned by the same connections, but are groomed by the veteran Alphanso Edwards. The cream of the crop contested the SVL Jamaica Two-Year-Old stakes and punters made the recent Pick-3 Super Challenge winner SORRENTINO’S STAR, with outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson riding for Feanny, a strong favourite at 8-5 in a 15-horse field. But after racing in touch approaching the home turn SORRENTINO’S STAR flattened out to finish fifth. FUTURE KING, meanwhile was held off the early pace in midfield as ZUGULU (7-1) led for the first half mile before giving way to the DaCosta-trained DREAMLINER (5-1) under four-time champion jockey Omar Walker. But DREAMLINER came under pressure from several horses a furlong out. NUCLEAR AFFAIR (Aaron Chatrie) pointed on the rails but he was nabbed by the fast-finishing FUTURE KING within shades of the wire.last_img read more

first_img REWARDING CAREER DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Retired veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul believes his recent shabby treatment at the hands of selectors is a worrying sign for the younger generation of West Indies cricketers. The prolific 41-year-old was sacked last May ahead of Australia’s two-Test tour of the Caribbean, with selectors contending he had suffered a “rapid” decline in form. Chanderpaul said having not been given the opportunity to “retire properly” following a long career for West Indies, sent a negative message to up-and-coming players. “I wanted one last opportunity to play against Australia before signing off, but (I) can’t do anything about it. (I) just want to put that behind (me),” Chanderpaul said here. “I got the NOC to play in Masters Champions League (MCL) after retiring from international cricket. Having played for so long, I feel I should have been treated well. If a player (like me) is treated like that, then think how the younger generation will be treated.” He added: “Being treated like ordinary schoolboys. Nobody would come and say that you like so and so. You are always treated that way. These things will happen.” Chanderpaul enjoyed an illustrious 164-Test career, garnering 11,867 runs at an average of 51, with 30 centuries. His stellar record left him second on the all-time West Indies run-scorers list behind former batting star Brian Lara with 11,953 runs. He suffered a run of low scores, however, managing 91 runs in three Tests on the 2014-15 tour of South Africa and 92 runs in a similar three-Test series during England’s tour of the Caribbean last April. In the two series prior, he compiled 270 runs in two Tests against Bangladesh without being dismissed and averaged 48 in three Tests against touring New Zealand. Despite the dip in form, Chanderpaul believed he still had more Tests runs in him. “I thought I could have gone on for a while, given more series and retired properly,” the Guyanese explained. He added: “It’s been a great run throughout the two decades. I am thankful for all the opportunities I got. I enjoyed playing all the formats for that long.” Chanderpaul, who made his debut as a 19-year-old 22 years ago against England in his hometown Georgetown, said his career had been a rewarding one. “(It) probably could have been better in some areas, (but) my career has been great since I was a schoolkid. Then there were things you expect from certain people, but sometimes you have to put things behind and look ahead,” he noted. “I don’t know (if there are any regrets). I have always played the game with passion. I have enjoyed it. I don’t know if I have any regrets.” Chanderpaul is here to play in the inaugural MCL where he will turn out for Gemini Arabians. Lara is also participating in the tournament as captain of Leon Lions, with past stars such as Australian Adam Gilchrist, Muttiah Muralitharan and Jacques Kallis also involved. “It’s been great. All these guys from different parts of the world are here and most of them are legends, some really good players, and I am happy to play alongside them,” said Chanderpaul.last_img read more

first_imgFORTUNEONEHUNDRED underlined his well being with another post-to-post victory in the second running of the Saint Cecelia Cup Open Allowance feature at Caymanas Park yesterday, the American five-year-old gelding winning by five lengths in the fairly good time of 1:19.0.With title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED broke smartly from the number-one position and quickly established an early lead over the three-year-old filly, MOM’s STUDENT (5-1), and the 50-1 outsider, LADY SHANKARI, in a field of nine.Coasting into the straight (rails) some three lengths clear of MOM’S STUDENT and TRADITIONAL PRINCE (7-2), he kept on strongly under the right-hand stick to win unchallenged, notching his second consecutive win over the distance following his fast-time win (1:17.3) in the Seek Exercise Book Room Trophy on August 15.PETE’SWILDONE (5-1) finished strongly from off the pace to beat TRADITIONAL PRINCE for second, while TIMEFORARMS (8-1) stayed on for fourth.Victory was expectedDaCosta, who is safely on course for a record 15th trainers’ title, which would surpass Philip Feanny’s long-standing all-time record of 14, said FORTUNEONEHUNDRED has improved this season and the victory was expected.”He won the Seek Exercise Book Trophy over the distance in a fast time some weeks ago and, having followed up today, has now graduated to grade one company,” he said.”We will weigh our options in the coming weeks, but the Gold Cup, which has been brought forward to mid-October to pave the way for the rich Diamond Mile on December 5, looks a tempting proposition given his style of running,” said DaCosta, who won this year’s derby with SEEKING MY DREAM and the 2000 Guineas with ALI BABA.According to the trainer, he would love to see FORTUNEONEHUNDRED taking his place in the field for the $13.5 million Diamond Mile.”His participation could come down to lifetime earnings, but I am hopeful he makes it,” he said.As far as the Diamond Mile is concerned, DaCosta had some issues.”It should be run as a handicap race.”He asked: “How on earth can one explain the fact that a horse like Pete’swildone will be allowing weight to Typewriter, Perfect Neighbour, and Commanding Chief?”Leading jockey Shane Ellis rode two winners in BRAHMOS and BARS OF GOLD, both at odds of 5-2, to inch away from closest rivals, Robert Halledeen and Omar Walker, in the jockeys’ championship. Ellis pushed his season’s tally to 60 wins – ahead of Halledeen (56) and Walker (52), who both logged one winner each.All, however, were overshadowed by in-form jockey Paul ‘Country’ Francis, who rode three winners on the card, including NEVER GIVE UP, who finished in a dead heat for first with the favourite FRANKENSTORM.last_img read more

first_imgJamaica Scorpions captain Paul Palmer Jr does not believe the loss against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes should been seen as a huge defeat given that the Eastern Caribbean outfit has a number of good players in their line-up.The Leewards, bottom of the six-team tournament, defeated Jamaica – who sat in third position heading into the contest – by 85 runs at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua at the weekend, in the sixth round of the WICB Regional First-Class Championship.”I wouldn’t say it’s a big loss,” said Palmer Jr, shortly after the team’s return yesterday.”The team is in transition, so it will never be easy to win games continuously or to come out on top in every game.”Likewise, the teams playing in this competition are good teams with quality players.”I just think Leeward Islands played better on the day than us. That is all.”Asked to bat first, the Hurricanes were bundled out for 155 in their first innings, to which the Scorpions replied with 158.368 FOR EIGHTSpearheaded by an unbeaten knock of 130 by wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton and 72 from opener Montcin Hodge, the Nkrumah Bonner-captained Leewards went on to post 368 for eight in their second time at bat.Set a victory target of 365, Jamaica were dismissed for 280, despite a defiant knock of 93 by Kirk Edwards.Top Jamaican batsmen Jermaine Blackwood, Devon Thomas, Andre McCarthy and John Campbell, made 21, 15, 22 and eight, respectively, in the victory chase.The defeat represented revenge for the Leewards, who lost at Sabina Park in the first half of the tournament.It was also the second time in as many matches the Scorpions were losing away to the Hurricanes, having suffered defeated in St Kitts and Nevis last season.”We know what we did wrong,” highlighted Paul Palmer Jr, whose wretched run of form continued in the match with scores of one and 15.”We know the mistakes we made. We identified them, (primarily) in the second innings where we dropped catches.”Hamilton, who made a hundred, he was dropped twice, on 30-odd (off Nikita Miller) and 40-odd (off Sheldon Cottrell), and we paid the price dearly.”The other guy (Hodge), who made 70-odd, he was also dropped on 40-odd.”If we had taken those chances, more than likely they would not have got up to such a huge total.”Jamaica, with the loss, is all but out of the title race with four rounds of matches remaining. They will play Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Sabina Park, starting on Friday.last_img read more

first_imgThe 21st running of the Lady Geeta Trophy grade one feature over 1200 metres provided a bittersweet experience for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, who, despite winning with 7-2 chance PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, said he was shocked when stable-companion and 3-5 favourite POKER STAR decked jockey Robert Halledeen at the start.”It was nerve-racking”, recalled the 15-champion trainer. “Although my other horse, Perfect Neighbour, made up for the disappointment by scoring a narrow win, what was more important was that neither Poker Star nor the jockey was injured,” he added.Bidding for his sixth consecutive win, POKER STAR pitched from the outside post position (No. 6) on leaving the gates and dislodged Halledeen, much to the horror of racing fans who had installed the reigning champion sprinter a howling favourite to win his third trophy event from as many races this season.PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, ridden by four-time champion jockey Omar Walker for co-owners Alfred Lee and Jeffery Mordecai, broke well to chase the tearaway leader UPPA TUNE (5-2) with apprentice Bebeto Harvey into the straight, closing strongly in the last 100 metres to overhaul the consistent US-bred horse, winning by three-quarter length. The 2014 sprint champion POTCHEEN, highly fancied at 5-2, finished third after failing to go the early pace.Winner of the derby and St. Leger as a three-year-old in 2013 and voted the champion stayer of 2015, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR has now won 15 races from 36 starts lifetime with total stakes of just over $21 million. The 6-y-o horse, by Natural Selection out of Desperatehousewife, was bred by Y.S. (1955) Limited.The season’s first classics, the Post to Post 1000 and 2000 Guineas over 1600 metres, will both be run this Saturday, April 9.last_img read more

first_imgSpeaking in yesterday’s sitting of Parliament, Minister of Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange noted that her office has initiated discussions with colleague ministers of health and education, as well as youth and information, to review protocols and policy guidelines, to better protect and serve student athletes.The technical team in her ministry has been in discussions with the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), which governs the Manning and daCosta Cup football competitions as well as the Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, among other school sporting competitions.According to Grange, there will be the establishment of an inter-ministerial working group/task force on Safeguarding Children in Sport.She explained that this task force will examine the role of Government in the provision of resources and capacity building, as well as in the setting, implementing, monitoring and enforcing of standards related to the participation of children in sports.CHILDREN’S SUITABILITYThe task force will have responsibility for determining the suitability of children to participate in sport, critical-incident management, and reporting procedures.Grange assured protocol on the provision of medical and other services at training and competition, and training and certification in safety and response.Grange spoke about plans to advance the development of a policy for the safeguarding and protection of children in sport.She noted that the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, the Office of Children’s Registry, the Child the Development Agency and the Children’s Advocate will work to build a partnership for creating a safe environment for children in sport.Importantly, Grange said safeguarding actions should take precedence to ensure that children are protected against abuses, including: overtraining and training and participating in sport without proper nutrition.She said they should not be forced to play while injured or while having a lack of or inadequate health and diagnostic checks or exposure to prohibited substances.She also warned against sexual abuse, and mental and emotional abuse, where, according to Grange, children are made to feel like failures if they do not perform at a certain level.last_img read more

first_img The team from Christiana, Manchester, has shown glimpses of former years when they dominated the Championships and the quartet of Britney Campbell, Chrisanni May, Osheena Kerr and veteran Nicolle Foster will be aiming to continue their good early-season form here. Vere, with a very young team led by Class Two athlete Sanique Walker, scored a good win at the Camperdown Classic, clocking 3:42.58 to defeat St Jago (3:44.88). However, the Spanish Town-based team was without top athlete Alisha Kelly and with her expected addition to the team for ‘Gibson’, they are expected to improve big time here. They have a strong unit with the likes of Shaniel English, Rosalee Cooper and young Joanna Reid. After defeating Edwin Allen at the St Elizabeth Technical Invitational meet, Hydel, which boast Shian Salmon and Roneish McGregor among their ranks, were expected to do well in Montego Bay, but they looked flat and could only managed third behind Holmwood and Edwin Allen. Still, they cannot be written off, as coach Corey Bennett will be hoping for a first Gibson Relays victory for his team in this event. Edwin Allen will be hoping to make it right this time around after flat performances twice this season, and with coach Michael Dyke expected to insert Class One athlete Janiel Moore in his team for the first time this season, this could make a big difference. Despite Holmwood being the slight favourite here, it could come down to the anchor leg and bring back memories of the Douglas Forest Invitational meet a few weeks ago, where Kelly and Holmwood’s Foster were involved in a keen 400m Class One tussle, before Kelly showed her class in the final 30m to pull away for a big win in the end. 1. Holmwood 2. St Jago 3. Hydel A BIG DIFFERENCE Top 3 Prediction THE 41st staging of the Gibson-McCook Relays will be held next Saturday inside the National Stadium. This is a crucial meet leading to the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships and often times, results here give strong indications to the outcome of those Championships. With a close encounter expected among the males and females, teams will be using the relays to score psychological advantages, and leading up to the relay carnival, The Gleaner will be previewing some of the events. GIRLS 4x400m OPEN This is a championships event and will be one of the most competitive among the girls as any of five teams in Edwin Allen, St Jago, Hydel, Vere Technical and defending champions Holmwood Technical can win this event. A year ago, Holmwood surprised a hot St Elizabeth Technical team and are determined to make it back-to-back wins. They are unbeaten so far this season after winning at the Central Hurdles and Relay meet and the Milo Western Relays, where they clocked a season best of 3:40.91. Here, they had an easy win over Edwin Allen and a Hydel team which surprised Edwin Allen at the St Elizabeth Invitational meet.last_img read more

first_imgMILAN (AP):Nobody seems capable of stopping Juventus, at home or abroad. After taking a step closer to the Champions League final on Wednesday, Juventus can secure an unprecedented sixth straight Serie A title this weekend if results go their way.The team is also in the Italian Cup final, where it will face Lazio, and there is the feeling that this could be the year Juventus emulate the Inter Milan team of 2010 by winning the treble.”We have a huge week coming up,” Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini said. “But we head into it with bundles of energy and enthusiasm.”The first trophy can be clinched this weekend if Juventus win at home against city rivals Torino tomorrow and Roma fails to do the same at AC Milan the following day.Juventus are currently riding a league record run of 33 straight victories at home, but a draw would also be enough if Roma lose at Milan.If Juventus doesn’t clinch the title this weekend, they could win it the following Sunday – at Roma. That match comes days after the secondleg of the Champions League semi-finals against Monaco, with Juventus leading 2-0.CONCEDED GOALSSince Serie A was founded in 1929, no club has won six straight titles – though Torino, Inter Milan and Juventus have all won five in a row.Juventus have appeared to have had the title sewn up for several weeks – even months.A key part of Juventus’ title defence has been its defence. The Bianconeri have conceded only 22 goals in the league, nine fewer than Roma.Before last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Atalanta, Juventus hadn’t conceded in any competition since a 3-2 cup loss at Napoli – a run of five matches, which included two games against Barcelona.The BBC of Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini earned yet more plaudits after another stingy display in Monaco.”It’s the team which is special, the defence is only something extra,” Chiellini said. “The lads up front were exceptional tonight. We played well at the back but we had Gigi (Buffon) to thank, too, because when you’re up against players this good, you always end up conceding a few chances.last_img read more

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Meralco’s Ranidel De Ocampo eyes the basket off the double team of Star’s PJ Simon and Marc Pingris at the start of their semifinal duel on Sunday in Biñan, Laguna. —PBA IMAGESBIÑAN, Laguna—Jared Dillinger knew that winning the big games means taking the big shots.On Sunday night, the Filipino-American walked the talk as he steered Meralco to a 72-66 win over Star in Game 1 of their PBA Governors Cup best-of-five semifinals series at Alonte Sports Complex here.ADVERTISEMENT It also helped that Meralco import Allen Durham came back from ankle injury to score 23 points and grab 23 rebounds.Ginebra San Miguel and Talk ‘N Text begin their own series at 7 p.m. on Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.MERALCO 72—Durham 23, Dillinger 15, Amer 10, Newsome 7, De Ocampo 5, Hodge 5, Lanete 4, Hugnatan 3, Caram 0, Nabong 0, Tolomia 0.STAR 66—Jalalon 15, Barroca 11, Lee 11, Sangalang 9, Acox 7, Simon 6, Pingris 4, Brondial 2, Reavis 1, Dela Rosa 0, Melton 0, Ramos 0.Quarters: 7-21, 32-36, 47-53, 72-66Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees 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 LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ “We got banged up a little because it’s our fifth game in a week,” said Dillinger.That busy schedule helped the Bolts keep the momentum going, especially after a scrambling win over Blackwater in the quarterfinals.“We put that D (defense) on them tonight,” added Dillinger. “The ability to give out the D was the key for us.”After Lee hit a twinner for a 66-57 lead, that “D” held up until the end.Star, despite its array of shooters, failed to take a single shot except for Mark Barocca’s miss in the last 1:16.ADVERTISEMENT Dillinger scored eight of his 15 points in the last three minutes, including the game-tying triple with one minute and 42 seconds left. He followed it up with a barreling drive to hand Meralco the lead for good.“Well you know in the playoffs it’s about taking those big shots,” said Dillinger, who also had five assists for the Bolts who were behind, 7-21, after the first quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Bolts clamped down on the Hotshots, denying them a basket in the final four minutes to score the win and have a morale-boosting lead in the series which will resume on Tuesday in Santa Rosa, Laguna.But until the final three minutes, Meralco was groping in the dark against Star’s defense that limited the Bolts’ scoring opportunities. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Competitive UP good for UAAP View comments DAY6 is for everybodylast_img read more

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson The controversy surrounding the tenure of Chito Narvasa as commissioner was finally settled on Sunday, and it’s now Kia’s turn to show the PBA and its fans that it did well in giving up the No. 1 Draft pick that started the biggest issue that rocked the league.The Picanto gave up the top pick in the draft—which turned out to be potential franchise star Christian Standhardinger—in a trade that gave Kia two benchwarmers and the veteran Ronald Tubid.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 folkKia defended its move, saying it was building a champion team via the “unconventional” route. In the aftermath of that decision, the Picanto also let go of national pool point guard LA Revilla, leaving a shell of the team that entered the league five years ago and showed so much promise.At 4:15 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Centre on Wednesday, Kia makes its Philippine Cup debut against NLEX which, in the exact opposite manner that the Picanto handled their offseason, beefed up the best it could to challenge the powerhouses of the league. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ LATEST STORIES Kia Picanto made a lot of headlines during the offseason—for all the wrong reasons.On Wednesday, they finally get their chance to show they were right after all.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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kia has no point guards that could match up to Ravena and Alas. After Reyes, Gavina doesn’t have someone with the size of Taulava and Al-Hussaini, making the Picanto the underdogs against the Road Warriors and the rest of the field for that matter.San Miguel—even without Standhardinger, who is not due until the middle of the Commissioner’s Cup—flaunted its vast might in Sunday’s opening day by whipping Phoenix Petroleum, 104-96.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Troubled PBA must spare sports media right away Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone No. 2 overall pick Kiefer Ravena, the former MVP and UAAP champion with Ateneo, will play a big role in the NLEX makeover as the Road Warriors try to sustain their remarkable improvement shown in the last Governors’ Cup, where they made it all the way to the quarterfinals.Alaska, meanwhile, slugs it out with Magnolia (formerly Purefoods) in the 7 p.m. contest, with the Aces to play for the first time in years without erstwhile defensive coach Louie Alas.Kevin Alas, another Gilas pool member, will be the second point guard for coach Yeng Guiao, who also has at his disposal veterans Larry Fonacier and JR Quiñahan.The ageless Asi Taulava could be asked to play longer minutes than he did in the past two import-spiced conferences, being the best big man in the NLEX roster. Rabeh Al-Hussaini hasn’t lived up to his promise and continues to underachieve after several seasons.Tubid, together with former San Miguel teammate Jay-R Reyes, will be the focal point of Kia’s unorthodox approach, with Mark Yee remaining as coach Chris Gavina’s best defensive man.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more