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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


first_imgMOST READ “We’re all happy because slowly there’s been a solid show support for the national team, and of course I hope we can improve Philippine volleyball,” said Valdez on Friday during the fans’ day of the Premier Volleyball League which drew a big crowd.Valdez herself showed up to the first session of the two-day of the auditions for the national team, where collegiate players like University of Santo Tomas’ Cherry Rondina and University of the Philippines’ Diana Carlos also attended.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 crownDe Jesus, just like Valdez, is aware that other players, especially those in the collegiate leagues, could not just simply go to the tryouts in the expense of their time with their school teams.“It’s hard to set tryouts when there are still tournaments that are going on,” said De Jesus in Filipino during one of the tryouts. “They can’t just leave their own training sessions with their school or mother teams.” Alyssa Valdez (left) with Shola Alvarez (right) and a fan on stage during the PVL grand fans day. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAlyssa Valdez, one of the most recognizable faces Philippine volleyball, is hoping to see continuous improvement in sport, starting with the national team.Valdez, who is also one of the country’s top volleyball stars, is elated with the response to the national team call up, which invited 34 players to join the tryouts two weeks ago, but still sees a lot of room for growth.ADVERTISEMENT Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Utah sends Westbrook, Oklahoma City packing in 6 games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Valdez, though, believes that once the 80th season of the UAAP is finished, more players will come to the tryouts.Far Eastern University’s Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza have yet to attend a tryout due to their commitment to the Lady Tamaraws in the UAAP, but the finish to the season could eventually allow the two student-athletes to take part in the national program.“We’re just waiting for the finals of the UAAP and we’re hoping we can start as early possible,” said Valdez.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flameslast_img read more


first_imgAmer time Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho also scored for Barcelona, which has already won the title but it is still trying to become the first team to go through the entire season unbeaten in the league’s current format.With two matches left, Barcelona reached 90 points, 15 more than second-place Atletico. Its final games are at Levante and against Real Sociedad.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“It’s a great victory, it keeps us unbeaten and that’s how we want to finish the season,” Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo said.Villarreal stayed in sixth place, still in position to qualify for next season’s Europa League. It is two points behind fifth-place Real Betis and three points in front of seventh-place Sevilla, which occupies the last spot in the qualifying zone for the second-tier European competition. Barcelona has scored 94 goals in 36 matches in the league this season.Villarreal got on the board with a 53rd-minute goal by Nicola Sansone.STRONG SEVILLASevilla defeated Madrid for its second straight win after enduring a nine-match winless streak in all competitions.Wissam Ben Yedder and Miguel Layun put Sevilla ahead in the first half, and the hosts added to the lead with an own-goal by Ramos while he tried to block a cross.Ramos, a former Sevilla player who is often jeered by the crowd when he plays in Seville, missed his first penalty attempt by sending the ball onto the crossbar early in the second half. He converted from the spot in the final minute of stoppage time, not long after Borja Mayoral scored Madrid’s first goal in the 87th.“We played better in the second half but couldn’t get it done in front of the goal,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.The loss leaves Madrid three points behind Atletico ahead of the team’s final two games, against Celta Vigo and at Villarreal. Atletico is at Getafe and then hosts Eibar.Among other players rested by Zidane on Wednesday were Luka Modric, Keylor Navas, Marcelo, Toni Kroos and Raphael Varane.Madrid will play Liverpool in the Champions League final on May 26. FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi kicks the ball to score during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Ousmane Dembele scored twice and Lionel Messi added to his league-leading tally as champion Barcelona stayed on track to finish unbeaten in the Spanish league with a 5-1 rout of Villarreal on Wednesday.A depleted Real Madrid, without Cristiano Ronaldo and many other regular starters, lost 3-2 at Sevilla to remain in third place behind Atletico Madrid. It was an eventful night for captain Sergio Ramos, who missed a penalty, converted a penalty and scored an own-goal.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Before the match, Villarreal players lined up on the field to congratulate Barcelona for its title in a guard of honor that Real Madrid had declined to give its rival in their match at Camp Nou last weekend.Wednesday’s match was postponed from two rounds ago, when Barcelona and Sevilla met in the Copa del Rey final. The Catalan club won 5-0 to earn the first leg of its double.Coutinho opened the scoring in the 11th minute off the rebound of a shot by Dembele, and Paulinho added to the lead with a touch from close range five minutes later.Messi got on the board just before halftime after a perfect pass by Andres Iniesta. It was Messi’s 34th league goal, leaving him with nine more than Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, his closest contender in the scoring race.Dembele scored his first goal in the 87th after a low pass by Ivan Rakitic, then closed the scoring after a long run from near midfield.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more