ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Propelled by their historic run in the recent CONCACAF Gold Cup, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have stormed up the rankings to claim the top spot in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU).In the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, Jamaica jumped 21 spots to be 55th in the world – a significant rise considering their 76th-place ranking a month ago.Trinidad and Tobago, who also experienced a measure of Gold Cup success last month, have leapt eight places in the FIFA rankings to be 56th. They now lie second in CFU.Jamaica’s upward movement came as little surprise, especially after they upset the form books to reach the final of the Gold Cup.They went down 3-1 in the championship game to Mexico.(FIFA rankings are in brackets.)1. Jamaica (55)2. Trinidad & Tobago (56)3. Haiti (84)4. Antigua & Barbuda (105)5. St Vincent & the Grenadines (115)6. St Kitts & Nevis (119)6. Cuba (119)8. Dominican Republic (129)9. St Lucia (131)10. Bermuda (135)11. Aruba (137)12. Barbados (138)13. CuraÁao (148)14. Puerto Rico (150)15. Guyana (152)
Former national champion, Oshane Bailey, is looking forward to an injury-free season and a bid for a place in the Jamaican Olympic team.Speaking just after a controlled 100-metre win at the Western Relays in Montego Bay on Saturday, Bailey was cautiously optimistic about his prospects for 2016.Asked to assess his early season races, he said: “Yes, fairly good start to the season right now.”At the Grace Jackson/Queens meet two weeks earlier, he looked zippy over 60 metres, as he stopped the National Stadium clock at 6.60 seconds. On Saturday in Montego Bay, he smoothly sprinted to a winning time of 10.32 seconds. His run was aided by a wind barely over the allowable limit at 2.2 metres per second.He said his move from Akan Track Club to the GC Foster College of Physical Education and the Sprintec Club has been “alright so far”. He had been coached by Michael Clarke ever since his transfer from Vauxhall High School to Calabar High, and stayed with Clarke at Akan when his schoolboy days ended in 2009. Now he is coached by Maurice Wilson.His new training partners include 2008 Olympic 100-metre silver medallist Sherone Simpson and 2014 Commonwealth 200-metre winner, Rasheed Dwyer.”I’m getting myself used to the camp right now,” he said of his new training environment at Angels, Spanish Town, where the college is located.His senior career started well as he beat Olympic finalist Michael Frater to win the 2010 national 100-metre title and reached the Commonwealth Games final. Now 26, he set his personal best of 10.11 at the 2010 NACAC Under 23 championships.Consistent since then in the 10.1 range, he got a taste of high-level international action as anchorman of the Jamaican 4×100 team in the heats at the 2013 World Championships.With injury trouble and the change of camps behind him, Bailey is taking the Olympic year step by step. The three-time individual Boys’ Championships medal winner has straightforward goals for this season.”Going to the Trials injury- free, going to make the final,” he said. “The rest will come.”
BARCELONA, Spain (AP):Barcelona’s big three of Lionel Messi, Luis Su·rez and Neymar all scored to beat Arsenal 3-1 yesterday, sending the defending champions into the Champions League quarter-finals for a ninth consecutive season with a 5-1 victory on aggregate.Leading the tie after Messi scored both goals in a 2-0 first-leg win, Su·rez passed for Neymar to open the scoring in the 18th minute at Camp Nou.Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny struck in the 51st and the English side threatened to add another, before Su·rez answered with an acrobatic goal in the 65th.Messi chipped in Barcelona’s third with two minutes to play, following a pair of timely stops by goalkeeper Marc-AndrÈ ter Stegen to protect the lead.Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger, whose side was eliminated from the round of 16 for a sixth straight year, said Barcelona’s strike trio took the game to the level of “art”.”We played against the team with the best strikers I have seen,” Wenger said. “The three together are exceptional. Messi is incredible. They are two or three players who transform normal life into art.”BAYERN MUNICH ADVANCEAlso yesterday, Bayern Munich fought back to beat Juventus 4-2 in extra time to advance.Thomas Mueller equalised in the first minute of injury time, and Bayern Munich scored two more goals in extra time.Thiago Alcantara scored in the 108th minute to put Bayern ahead for good in the second-leg match of the last 16 and Kingsley Coman, on loan from Juventus, added the hosts’ fourth goal just two minutes later to seal a 6-4 victory on aggregate.Bayern trailed 2-0 at half-time after goals from Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado put Juventus firmly in charge. The home side looked to be on the way out until Robert Lewandowski scored in the 73rd and Mueller’s late header changed everything.”To score four goals against an Italian side, wow, compliments to my team,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): Veteran West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo yesterday revealed that the West Indies Cricket Board’s decision to axe “trusted” head coach Phil Simmons on the day of the squad’s departure for Dubai, had left the Caribbean side demoralised for the ongoing limited overs tour against Pakistan. Speaking on local radio here, Bravo, who was a member of the Twenty20 squad that suffered a humiliating 3-0 whitewash last week, said the players and management team appeared “lost” during the series and the dressing room lacked a positive atmosphere. He said Simmons in his short time with the squad, had built up a high level of trust with the players, an element that was now missing from the West Indies squad. “I’m very passionate about the game so whenever I step on a cricket field I give a hundred per cent,” Bravo told i95.5 FM here. “But the honest truth is, it is very difficult for a bunch of guys – collectively – 15 guys to switch on and go play in a series when on the day of the team travelling, they find out that their head coach was fired. Which organisation in the world would do things like that? “[Simmons was] the most successful coach the team had in recent years in his short stint. I’m sure the people of the Caribbean see the positive signs with and within the team. “We went on, we won the [T20] World Cup … [we played well] in the Tri-Nations against two very powerful ODI teams and yet still, moments before the team flies to Dubai, they fired the coach so it will definitely affect the morale of the team and the players.” West Indies have looked a shadow of themselves on tour, losing all five limited overs games to date with a series of ordinary performances, and this led to rampant speculation over the level of team morale owing to Simmons’ sudden departure. The reigning T20 World champions, West Indies looked anything but as they crashed to nine-wicket, 16-run and eight-wicket defeats in the three-match series in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Their shocking effort in the final game in Abu Dhabi when they managed just 103 for five from their 20 overs batting first, was perhaps the clearest sign that was all was not well behind the scenes. Bravo, who got the only half-century for the tourists during the T20 series, said the team environment had been low-keyed throughout. “I’ve been in the team for 12 years and if it is one coach I actually see come there and the players really, really look up to and really enjoyed playing for [was Simmons]. The players had that trust with Simmons and it is no longer there anymore,” the outspoken Bravo continued. “I was there in Dubai and basically players were lost, the management team looked lost … we were looking like school kids again. The team meetings had no sort of positive input or anything like that. It was like we were just there.” Following Bravo’s departure at the end of the T20 series, the West Indies one-day squad enjoyed little change in fortune, losing both opening games in Sharjah to already concede the three-match series. Bravo, who in the past found himself at the centre of a players impasse with the WICB over the abandoned tour of India two years ago, said if there was not a “drastic” intervention soon, West Indies cricket could be seriously damaged. “For me to come out and talk about these things now is because, one, I’m hurting; two, I’m seeing that our cricket actually has nowhere to go and that’s the honest truth,” Bravo said frankly. The WICB announced just prior to the Pakistan series that it had parted ways with Simmons because of “differences in culture and strategic approach” but did not elaborate. His removal was the second major change in team management in the space of weeks as successful two-time T20 World Cup-winning captain, Darren Sammy, was sacked in August.
LAST FEW MONTHS Pound believes Los Angeles leaders will urgently want to meet with Trump to see if he is “an enthusiastic supporter of this venture or not.” “Your most important campaign is at home,” Pound said, suggesting that IOC voters and Olympic sports leaders can be swayed closer to election day. “The roadshow only happens in the last few months.” Before that final stretch of campaigning, the city’s biggest rival – Paris – could have its own domestic politics to explain. In May, France elects a president in a contest many predict will include far-right candidate Marine Le Pen among the two candidates in a second round of voting. LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP): Donald Trump’s election as US president has the potential to influence Los Angeles’ chances of hosting the 2024 Olympics. For better or worse. Some International Olympic Committee (IOC) members – who will choose between Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest, Hungary, in a vote next September – cited possible pros and cons of Trump’s role in the American bid. As a polarising presidential candidate, Trump’s words on Muslims, Mexicans and other issues could have offended some of the 98 IOC members from around the world who will select the host city. “It may have,” the IOC’s longest-serving member, Dick Pound of Canada, told The Associated Press (AP). At the same time, Pound did not rule out the possibility that Trump could help win votes if he travels to Lima, Peru, in September to pitch the Los Angeles bid in person to the IOC ahead of the secret ballot. South African IOC member Sam Ramsamy, whose country has been described by Trump as a “very dangerous mess,” dismissed any lingering effect with 10 months left before the 2024 Olympic vote. “He has been rude to everybody,” Ramsamy told the AP. “I don’t believe it will affect bidding in any way.” In a statement Wednesday congratulating Trump, the Los Angeles 2024 bid committee said the Olympics can “transcend politics and can help unify our diverse communities and our world.” IOC President Thomas Bach offered a brief statement to the AP on Trump’s election. “Let me congratulate President-elect Trump on his victory and wish him all the best for his term in office for all the people of the United States and of the world,” he said. While Trump has little track record with the Olympic movement, his opponent, Hillary Clinton, was a supporter of New York’s failed bid for the 2012 Games and has attended several Olympics. She was First Lady when the US last hosted the Summer Games – in Atlanta in 1996.
A star-studded line-up has been named for this year’s Jamaica National Racers Grand Prix, which takes place at the National Stadium on June 10.The meet, which is in its second staging has been themed ‘Salute to a Legend’ to honour iconic sprinter Usain Bolt, who will be competing in his last event on local soil at the event.Some of the international names already confirmed for the meet are Olympic 400m gold medallist and world record holder Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa, 800m double Olympic gold medal winner and world record holder David Rudisha of Kenya, and Britain’s ‘double double’ Olympic 5,000 and 10,000m gold medallist Mo Farah.Bolt, who was the highlight of yesterday’s launch event, which took place at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, said that he is pleased with how the meet has grown from last year, given that the 2016 edition set high standards to live up to.”The fact that the coach (Glen Mills) is close to a lot of athletes really helps the meet, and I know a few athletes also,” the world’s fastest man said.DREAM COME TRUE”We have always had good relationships with athletes overall. But, for me, I’m very happy. I’m very proud of my coach and the way he has built this meet. It has always been one of his dreams to really have an international meet, so this is his dream come true and he’s building it.”We at Racers are trying to make it bigger and better and any way I possibly can, I’ll also help,” Bolt added.Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange said that “this year, not even the great Boys and Girls’ Champs will be as highly anticipated as the Racers Grand Prix”.Grange also announced that the Government, through the Sports Development Fund, will be contributing US$200,000 ($26 million) to the meet.- R.P.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We’re about to all go off-line in 1 hour. Pls pray for us #LabanPilipinas #Puso #💪❤️ pic.twitter.com/kRSc21ehBB— Chot Reyes (@coachot) August 8, 2017Facing the regions’s best teams is not the only thing Gilas Pilipinas has to deal with in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon.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’Former national team coach Tab Baldwin said the Gilas will also have to get accustomed to the living and playing conditions in Lebanon, where, according to the American-Kiwi, traffic is much worse than it is in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Lebanon is hostile territory to many but it used to be a place that Baldwin once referred to as home.“Lebanon is a different place. I lived there for awhile and coached there. It’s not an easy place to play and we’re a long way from home,” said Baldwin, who coached in Lebanon for two years from 2010-2011.The Philippines opens its campaign against reigning Asian champion China on Wednesday in a rematch of the 2015 finals.The 59-year-old Baldwin was at the helm when Gilas settled for silver two years ago in Changsha, China.“Like everybody else, I hope we do well.” 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Rally in support of Kaepernick planned SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:40Filipinos 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 Teen gunned down in Masbate MOST READ “I’m just like everybody else. I’m hopeful that they’re gonna be really well over there. I don’t really know what the competition is exactly,” said Baldwin, whose squad Ateneo nearly pulled off the upset against the Cadets in a tuneup Tuesday. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES “They’re gonna face some tough teams there. It’s tough conditions to play in Beirut. It’s usually traffic–we think we understand traffic here but it’s a different kind over there. It can really be frustrating.”It seems like Gilas Pilipinas is already experiencing what Baldwin is talking about.Head coach Chot Reyes posting updates of their struggles getting to the practice venue because of traffic. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments
Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Khairul Jantan of Malaysia wins 100m dash. Eric Cray of the Philippines (right) comes in second. Photo from @KL2017 Twitter/MASOCKUALA LUMPUR — Nineeteen-year-old Khairul Jantan of Malaysia stunned Filipino defending champion Eric Cray to capture the men’s 100-meter dash Tuesday night in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.Cray, who ran in the 400m hurdles just one hour before the century dash final, stumbled across the finish line in an attempt to catch up with hometown bet who clearly got there first.ADVERTISEMENT Cray wins 400m hurdles by a nose with focus on century dash 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu READ: SEA Games: Cray strikes gold in 400m hurdlesJantan clocked 10.38 seconds, while Cray wound up with a time of 10.43 to settle for silver in the event that he won two years ago in Singapore.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’Jantan and Cray figured in a head-to-head battle but the Malaysian soon established a half-stride lead going into the last 10 meters.READ: Cray wins 400m hurdles by a nose with focus on century dash National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Obviously, Cray was too tired to put in his 100 percent as he was still recovering the 400m hurdles that he won.Zion Corrales Nelson didn’t place in the women’s century, an event the Philippines won in 2015 through Kayla Richardson who opted to concentrate on 200m and relays.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES MOST READ
In this handout photo released by Salavat Yulaev Hockey Club on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, Canadian goaltender Ben Scrivens tours the locker room at his Russian hockey club Salavat Yulaev in Ufa, Russia. With the NHL out of next year’s Olympics, Canada and the United States are looking to players based across Europe and Asia who might make the team. Among them is Canadian goaltender Ben Scrivens, who left the NHL behind last year and is now playing for a Russian club. APUFA, Russia — As the NHL opened its season, Canada’s potential Olympic starting goaltender was half a world away.On the edge of Russia’s Ural mountains, Ben Scrivens suited up for Salavat Yulaev Ufa in the Kontinental Hockey League, taking on Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk’s SKA St. Petersburg. Scrivens was pulled after giving up four goals to SKA, which started its season 18-0. It was an off night for Scrivens, who has otherwise been solid in the KHL, posting a .918 save percentage last season with Dinamo Minsk of Belarus.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The elephant in the room is what’s going to happen with the Olympics,” Scrivens says. “They’re tentatively holding that window open.”USA Hockey has been tracking Europe-based players like former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mike Lundin, one of four Americans at Finnish KHL club Jokerit, and making sure they’re Olympic-eligible.“They’ve been prepared, getting the ball rolling and letting us to know be available for dates, setting us up with the drug testing,” Lundin said.The team to beat in Pyeongchang will likely be Russia, thanks to its many ex-NHL players now playing back home. KHL players can hit the ground running in Pyeongchang with experience on international-size ice and the experience of facing players of Kovalchuk and Datsyuk’s caliber.The KHL’s vast geographic reach, from Slovakia in Central Europe to Vladivostok and Beijing on the Pacific coast, imposes a brutal travel schedule on its players, who can cross up to eight time zones between games.“If you can’t get used to the travel, you’re going to have to stop playing in this league,” says Brian O’Neill, a former New Jersey Devils wing who plays with Lundin at Jokerit and has also been contacted by USA Hockey. “When you come home, you get a 12-hour flight back, your body feels the negative side-effects for a week or two.”Still, the first Olympic tournament without the NHL since 1994 feels different somehow.“It’s kind of a strange situation, obviously, knowing if you do make it you’re kind of replacements,” Lundin says. “At the same time, the Olympics, it’s an honor to play for your country on such a big stage. It’ll be exciting to try and make the team and see how it unfolds.”Even though the NHL says its decision is final, Scrivens refuses to believe it’s a done deal.“I’m still anticipating that something’s going to happen with the NHL, that they’re going to be able to come,” he says. “Nothing is certain until it’s already going on. Until they announce final rosters, or until it really is done, all I can do is try and play my game here and make sure that if I do get the opportunity to go, that I’m ready.” LATEST STORIES In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide 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 DAY6 is for everybody Scrivens was mostly a backup goaltender in the NHL, where he took the league record for saves in a regular-season shutout with 59 for the Edmonton Oilers against the San Jose Sharks in 2014. After being bounced between the NHL and farm teams in 2015-16 and admittedly outspoken with coaches, he looked abroad. Now 31, a KHL salary offers Scrivens the chance to “give my family a foundation for the rest of our lives.”Located just west of the Urals that divide Europe from Asia, Ufa is a city of 1 million known for its oil industry and traditionally liberal brand of Islam. Hockey games in the city’s 8,000-capacity arena feature a passionate section of hardcore fans who roar their way through the game, plus a heavy emphasis on scantily clad cheerleaders as entertainment.Scrivens admits adapting to Russia hasn’t been easy. It’s meant a “significant decrease” in his social life and he speaks mostly in a kind of simplified English with his Russian and Scandinavian teammates — so much so that friends and family sometimes tease him for bizarre or ungrammatical speech on calls home.“We don’t have time to do (Russian) lessons, so it’s more what you pick up from the rink. Guys teach you how to swear, that’s about it,” Scrivens said.Scrivens’ wife, Jen, is in North America after spending time with him in Belarus last year. His wife and family are holding off visiting him in Europe because they don’t want to burn vacation time and miss him at the Olympics — if he goes.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ NBA: Lakers play safe with injured rookie Ball How to help the Taal evacuees With the NHL skipping the Pyeongchang Olympics in February, he could star for Canada.Scrivens has been in contact with Hockey Canada and he played preseason games on a roster assembled from KHL players. The Canadians played six games across two tournaments, with three goaltenders each playing two games. Of those three, Scrivens has the most NHL experience (144 NHL games for four teams between 2011 and 2016).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“As a Canadian you just want Canada to win,” he told The Associated Press. “Obviously you want to be part of it.”Without the NHL, the United States and reigning Olympic champion Canada will have to make do with scratch squads of minor leaguers, college players and the many ex-NHL players looking for new opportunities abroad — particularly in the Russia-based KHL, widely considered the best league outside the NHL. The KHL is taking a massive 33-day break for the Feb. 9-25 Olympics while the NHL soldiers on.
LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — Kevin Alas caught fire in the payoff period to propel NLEX past Blackwater, 93-90, and into the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Sunday at Philippine Arena here.Alas, the former Letran hotshot, pumped in 16 points built on four treys in the fourth quarter as he led the Road Warriors’ comeback en route to their fourth straight win.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rondina powers UST past Adamson in 3 sets for 2nd win UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Alas’ hot-shooting allowed NLEX to overturn a 65-74 deficit to start the fourth canto to build an 84-78 lead with 7:04 remaining.Blackwater rallied with Allein Maliksi cutting the deficit down to three, 93-90, with a split from the free throw line with 7.4 ticks left, but Mac Belo missed a potential game-tying triple as time ran out.Kiefer Ravena continued his stellar play inside, this time, uncorking 23 markers on top of three boards, and three steals, while Juami Tiongson got nine points, four rebounds, and three assists.Mike DiGregorio led Blackwater in scoring with 16 points, while JP Erram had a double-double of 14 markers and 17 rebounds.The defeat brought the erstwhile-streaking Elite back to earth as they drop to 4-6.ADVERTISEMENT The scores:NLEX 93 — Alas 25, Ravena 23, Tiongson 9, Quiñahan 8, Al-Hussaini 6, Baguio 5, Mallari 5, Soyud 4, Ighalo 3, Miranda 3, Fonacier 2, Gotladera 0, Taulava 0.BLACKWATER 90 — DiGregorio 16, Erram 14, Jose 14, Maliksi 13, Sena 12, Belo 10, Palma 6, Marcelo 5, Pinto 0.Quarters: 23-20, 41-46, 65-74, 93-90.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “Our last four wins were just grind out wins and this is no exception. Good thing Kevin Alas saved the day for us. He made fantastic shots and even I was surprised,” said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao.It turned out to be a career night for Alas, who finished with a career-best 25 points, while also hauling down eight rebounds and dishing out five assists as NLEX rose to fourth place with a 6-4 record.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 folkGuiao bared that he has been urging the fourth-year guard to rely on his three-point shooting more.“I’ve been getting on Kevin’s outside shooting past games. But I did not expect that it will pay dividends this early,” he said. “Today, he showed us that he’s an outside threat. That’s just incredible shooting, the best I’ve seen him shoot from the outside this past one and a half years.” Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments