BARCELONA, Spain (AP):Rafa BenÌtez held on to his job last year but faces another tough test of his coaching credentials tomorrow when Real Madrid visit Valencia for their first Spanish league game of 2016.BenÌtez has been the focus of criticism from disgruntled fans for Madrid’s unpredictable campaign, which has included a lopsided loss to fierce rivals Barcelona and their embarrassing disqualification from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player.Madrid travel to Mestalla Stadium after two easy victories at their own Santiago BernabÈu home that failed to win over their most sceptical supporters, some of whom jeered BenÌtez.Madrid defender Pepe has called for calm.”We have to let our coach continue to improve,” Pepe said. “If a new manager came, we’d have to adapt to new systems and that isn’t good. We should save the evaluations for the end of the season.”Madrid have struggled on the road this season, dropping points on four of eight of their outings. Their last away game ended in a 1-0 loss at Villarreal.Madrid are in third place, two points behind Barcelona and AtlÈtico Madrid. Defending champions Barcelona have played one less game than their rivals.BenÌtez’s counterpart tomorrow is also in need of a victory.Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville’s coaching debut has got off to an uninspiring start.Valencia have only beaten a third-division side in the Copa del Rey since he took over. Otherwise, the team has recorded a pair of draws and two losses, including a poor showing in a 1-0 league defeat at regional rivals Villarreal on Thursday. That loss left Valencia 10th and 11 points from the Champions League spots.”The team is united and we are trying to get a win as soon as possible,” said Valencia striker ·lvaro Negredo. “January will be a key month.”BARCELONA DERBYBarcelona make the short trip across the Catalan capital to play the first of three derbies against Espanyol today.The two clubs will also meet in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey over the next two weeks.Barcelona will be heavily favoured to continue their record form of 2015, when Luis Enrique’s team won five titles and set a new record 180 for goals scored.The strike trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Su·rez combined for 137 of those goals. Su·rez is leading the league this campaign with 15, followed by Neymar and Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo with 14 each.Espanyol’s defence is the fourth-worst in the competition with 28 goals conceded. Only the three teams in the relegation zone have conceded more.
Charlie Smith High drubbed Penwood High 8-1 at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex yesterday to move closer to a spot in the next stage of the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup football competition.Led by a brace from Kemar James in the 44th and 48th minutes, Charlie Smith notched their fifth straight win. Also getting their names on the score sheet were Ronaldo McDonald (3rd), Shawn Ricketts (14th), captain Shaquille Notice who converted a penalty (23rd), Brian Harding (35th), and substitute Kurt Hibbert (67th).Penwood scored a late goal when Cherando Anderson converted a penalty in the 77th minute.From the kick-off, the home side was clearly the better team and they were quickly in the lead going two up in the first 15 minutes.In the second half, they missed a number of clear chances which could have seen them winning by a much wider margin.Wasted some chancesPenwood looked good in patches and also wasted some chances to make it a more respectable scoreline.Charlie Smith’s coach Jerome Waite was pleased with the three points as it pushed his team a step closer to the second round.”I expected more goals as we wasted about seven in the second half. It is always a concern when the team misses many chances,” Waite told The Gleaner.”However, I am satisfied with the win as we need one more victory to seal a spot in the next round. And, that is the objective,” the veteran coach, who has guided Charlie to three Manning Cup titles added.On the other hand, Penwood’s coach Orlando Clarke was pleased with his team’s performance in the second half.”Well, based on the second half, we improved as a team and got some chances. This team is young, so it is a work in progress,” Clarke said.Penwood are rooted at the bottom of the group without a point from six games.
Defending ISSA-FLOW Super Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) stung Wolmer’s Boys’ 2-0 and sent them packing from the semi-finals at Sabina Park yesterday. In the second semi-final, at the same venue, St George’s College beat St Jago 3-1, and will meet JC in the final. In the opening game, JC went ahead courtesy of a first-half wonder strike from Tyreek Magee, who whistled a shot into the right corner and past the outstretched arm of Shamar Jamieson in goal, in the 32nd minute. Chances came and went in the open, attacking game, and the first-half closed with a 1-0 advantage to JC. With the confidence of champions on their side, JC attacked the second-half immediately on resumption and were denied by Jamieson again and again. Their second goal, though coming in extra time, knocked the wind from a less-clinical Wolmer’s after Jahvain Russell pounced on the rebound from a powerfully hit shot by Donovan Segree in the 94th minute. It was the first time Wolmer’s were conceding two goals this season and it came against the same JC team, which they eliminated in the Walker Cup KO recently. Meanwhile, Wolmer’s will be blaming Rivaldo English, who got a glorious equalising opportunity from Alphanso Gooden, with a delightful chip into the box, which English failed to put away with some 70 plus minutes gone in the contest. He cut a JC defender, but struck his shot straight into the legs of goalkeeper Jahmali Waite, much to the amazement of the stunned Sabina Park crowd, who, by then, were at inaudible decibels of cheering as if to signal game over for Wolmer’s and victory for JC. Allando Brown, the JC captain, said: “I feel really great. The team came out and fought to the end. We got two goals. Lovely! “As I said before, no team will beat Jamaica College twice in a tournament, so we came out and showed Wolmer’s who the champions are,” the never-say-die skipper told The Sunday Gleaner. Their head coach, Miguel Coley, said: “Tactically, it was a good game. We just have to keep the ball in front more. We have some good players, we are still working on getting that clinical striker, but it was a total team effort as Wolmer’s threw everything forward and we were able to capitalise and keep the game.” Vassell Reynolds, Wolmer’s head coach, called it a “tough loss”. “We gave them too much room to operate in the first-half. “We created a number of easy chances and we were left to rue those chances.” GREAT FEELING
I was telling one of my colleagues just this past week that one of the fundamental problems facing Jamaica’s football is that when you look at the schoolboy season currently in progress and see the level of talent, passion, enthusiasm, and quality of some of the players, I am willing to bet that in another four or five years, very few, if any, of these individuals on show will make the transition to the national senior level.I pointed out that this season is quite typical of almost all the other seasons in schoolboy football, with minor variations, in that this year, St George’s College is the outstanding team. Last year it was Jamaica College; and in previous years, there were perhaps no stand-out teams. But quality individual players were scattered all over the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions, and the principle remains the same: So very few, if any, of the players we see excelling at the schoolboy level will transition into the senior ranks. Something has got to be terribly wrong with that.Not only did I speak to losing the talent of these players, but with these schoolboy stars getting lost in the system, the national programme is also losing the loyal support of the fans who have been connected to these young players from their days as Manning Cup and d’Cup stars.The fans now have a senior Reggae Boyz team comprising players they really don’t know.The just-concluded Flow Cup grand finale, which was played at the National Stadium the Saturday night after Jamaica’s opening semi-final round World Cup Qualifier (WCQ) against Panama, filled the stadium to capacity, while the big WCQ saw the stadium 10,000 or 12,000 short of full capacity. That’s an index of the bigger problem to which I am alluding.’gap’ yearsMy colleague listened intently to my tirade then calmly pointed out to me that when Jamaica plays at the regional level against the likes of Mexico, the USA, and Costa Rica at the Under-17 and even at the Under-20 levels, our players are somewhat competitive. However, in those critical years between 18 and 24, the best young players – in Mexico and the USA, especially – become full professionals and develop at a more rapid rate their Jamaican counterparts.In so doing, they can make the transition to the senior level easier, while our young players benefit from very little in terms of structured development after schoolboy football. Therefore, my colleague explained, he fully understood and empathised with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) for continuing the trek to England in search of England-born professional players to represent Jamaica.At that point, the conversation ended, but my thoughts on the issue continued deep into the night. I was not swayed. Why should it be a case of either-or, as it now appears to be?The mistake the JFF continues to make is in directly comparing our young players with the other young players around the world. The fact of the matter is that our best young players are what we have, and we must have more faith in them.While there might be 50 or 100 Alex Marshalls in Brazil or Argentina, or even in Mexico, it does not change the fact that Alex Marshall is our best young player. We don’t have 50 or 100 like they do in Brazil or Argentina or Mexico.We have one or two. So instead of comparing Marshall – and others like him who have popped up on the schoolboy football production line over the years, with other players across the world – we must also, in principle, do what the other countries of the world are doing: develop and work with the best young talent they produce and get more of them transitioning to the next level, even as we continue to seek the reinforcements we need from England and elsewhere.The problem, as initially pointed out to my colleague, remains that we continue to slam the door shut on our best young Jamaican players – and that is fundamentally WRONG.
When Rasheed Dwyer finished sixth in the 200 metres at last year’s National Senior Championships, that ended his chance to run an individual event at the World Champion-ships in Beijing, China. Despite that, Dwyer won’t be running the 100 metres at this year’s Nationals as insurance. That’s the word according to his Sprintec coach Maurice Wilson. Speaking at the recent PUMA/JAAA Jamalco meet, coach Wilson said: “No, he will not be doubling this year, but I can tell you he will be running a fast 200m somewhere along the line.” Dwyer, who turned 27 on January 29, sparkled at the Pan-Am Games in Toronto after his Nationals disaster. In the semi-finals, he reset his personal from 19.98 seconds to 19.80. That moved him past Nickel Ashmeade – 19.85, Donald Quarrie – 19.86 and Asafa Powell – 19.90 on the Jamaican all-time list. He was second in the final to fast Canadian newcomer AndrÈ DeGrasse with a silver medal run of 19.90 seconds. His form earned him a spot in Jamaica’s World 4x100m relay pool. He did a fine job running the third leg in the heats. In 2011, during his days as student-athlete at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education, Dwyer won his pet event at the World University Games. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the former Camperdown High School sprinter led Warren Weir and Jason Livermore in a Jamaican medal sweep. Dwyer and superstar Usain Bolt were the only Jamaicans to go faster than 20 seconds last year, and his new personal best made him the third fastest man in the world in the 200m after Bolt and American Justin Gatlin. By contrast, his best run over 100 metres was 10.16 seconds. Five Jamaicans ran that distance in under 10 seconds flat.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Test batsman Shai Hope and left-hander Jonathan Carter both gathered attractive unbeaten hundreds to power Barbados Pride into a match-winning position against leaders Guyana Jaguars yesterday.The right-handed Hope struck 114 not out, while Carter finished on exactly 100 not out as Pride stormed to 320 for four declared in their second innings on the penultimate day of the seventh-round encounter at Kensington Oval.Set an improbable 405 for victory, Jaguars were making a fist of it heading into today’s final day, however, finishing on 52 without loss – still 353 runs adrift of what would be a remarkable run chase.Test opener Rajindra Chandrika was unbeaten on 28 and was partnered by Tagenarine Chanderpaul on 23.The day belonged to Pride, in particular, Hope and Carter, who dominated the Jaguars’ much-vaunted spin attack, to put the hosts in control of the contest.Hope faced 225 balls in a shade over 5 1/2 hours at the crease and counted six fours, while Carter was the aggressor, hammering eight fours and three sixes in an innings requiring only 104 deliveries.For Hope, it was his fourth first-class hundred and second triple figure score in as many games, following his 162 against Windward Islands Volcanoes in the last round.Carter, meanwhile, collected his third first class hundred and his first of the season.The pair put on 162 in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand, which steadied the innings after Pride had lost two quick wickets for 16 runs to slip to 158 for four in the first hour after lunch.Brooks perished in the fifth over after lunch, caught at slip by Johnson, off pacer Keon Joseph and Roston Chase lasted just 11 balls before he edged a drive to Assad Fudadin at second slip, also off Joseph.The 24-year-old Keon Joseph was impressive in claiming two for 35, while Veerasammy Permaul finished with two for 108.Hurricanes poisedAt Addelita Cancryn Junior High School: Windward Islands Volcanoes, replying to Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ 327 all out, reached 323 for six in their first innings at the close on the penultimate day of their seventh-round match in the WICB Regional Four-Day Championship yesterday.Scores: HURRICANES 327 (Rahkeem Cornwall 97, Orlando Peters 47, Jahmar Hamilton 46, Nkrumah Bonner 41, Montcin Hodge 31, Kyle Mayers 5-83, Kevin McClean 3-56); VOLCANOES 323 for six (Devon Smith 89, Kavem Hodge 71 not out, Sunil Ambris 56, Jerlani Robinson 47, Kyle Mayers 30 not out, Jacques Taylor 2-52).
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Track Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1100 M (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. *ARMAGEDDON OWalker 54.02. #3 VICE ROYALTY ARobles 52.5 101/2L3. #5 FOURTHOUSAND HLewis 51.5 5L4. #4 FLOWERS THIRTY SBlake 52.5 HeadWIN: $74.00Final Time : 1:06.3 Splits : 23.3, 46.4, ,Winner : 2yo b colt – NUCLEAR WAYNE out of BONSAI by MR. NUTCRACKERTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : EDISON J CHAIBred by EDISON CHAIQuinella : (1,3) $245.00 Exacta : (1-3) $265.00Trifecta : (1-3-5) $160.00Race 2 1200 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. ARIZONA GOLD LSteadman2 56.02. JESSE’S FAVORITE DDawkins2 49.0 33/4L3. *VIJEETA HPottinger2 50.5 21/2L4. SWEET DIMENSION JJackson 54.0 17/1 2LWIN: $338.00PLACE: $53.00, $65.00, $52.00Final Time : 1:12.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.2, ,Winner : 4yo ch colt – BURNING MARQUE out of ALL IN by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : FREEMANTLE,LAWRENCE W Owner : LLOYD A SALMONBred by IAN PARSARDQuinella : (2,7) $1,083.00 Exacta : (2-7) $3,095.00D/E : (1-2) $334.00Superfecta : (2-7-6-9) $9,712.00Race 3 1500 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. JESSIE JAMES BebHarvey22. IGNITION HPottinger2 51.0 81/2L3. ABOVE THE RADAR MWard4 48.0 31/2L4. RUNNER RUNNER JErwin 56.0 3LLate scratch : #6 RUNJOHNNY RUNWIN: $215.00Final Time : 1:35.2 Splits : 24.4, 48.4, 1:15.0,Winner : 8yo b horse – STORM CRAFT out of JESSICA by JACK HORNERTrainer : DARBY,RYAN O Owner : NADONBred by GEORGE MILESQuinella : (2,3) $805.00 Exacta : (3-2) $1,283.00D/E : (2-3) $2,823.00Trifecta : (3-2-4) $874.00Rolling Triple : (1-2-3) $3,559.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)1. *ETERNAL JOY WHenry 50.52. FIFTYONESTORM RHalledeen 53.5 7L3. WINESHA BebHarvey2 52.5 Head4. ST. BERNARD JPatterson3 51.0 21/2LWIN: $119.00PLACE: $64.00, $94.00, $80.00Final Time : 1:06.3 Splits : 23.3, 46.3, ,Winner : 5yo ch filly – TRADITIONAL out of MAYKEN JOY by ALISIOSTrainer : NUNES,ANTHONY C Owner : STEPHAN A NARINESINGHBred by MARK H. A CROSKERYQuinella : (1,5) $408.00 Exacta : (5-1) $506.00D/E : (3-5) $779.00Superfecta : (5-1-11-2) $1,736.00Rolling Triple : (2-3-5) $12,589.00Race 5 1100 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. PLAY BACK DDawkins2 51.02. *I’MNOTFINE WHenry 53.0 2L3. GOFORHOME HPottinger2 50.0 11/2L4. BRAVE HEART BebHarvey2 53.0 5/1 41/2L5. IDON’TKNOW AntThomas4 49.0 7/1 11/4LWIN: $209.00PLACE: $121.00, $73.00, $167.00Final Time : 1:09.0 Splits : 23.4, 48.1, ,Winner : 4yo b filly – FILM DIRECTOR out of MISS BIRDIE by RUNNING STAGTrainer : MATTHEWS,ROY R Owner : V. & O. RACING STABLESBred by LORENZO B. ROBINSONQuinella : (4,13) $330.00 Exacta : (4-13) $685.00D/E : (5-4) $945.00Trifecta : (4-13-1) $5,349.00Hi-5 : (4-13-1-3-9) $5,786.50Rolling Triple : (3-5-4) $5,349.00Race 6 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. TEISHA’S DREAM RDuhaney 52.02. ALL FOR THE GLORY MWard4 50.0 21/2L3. SMOKIN PRINCESS JInnis3 49.0 1L4. MISS ADDI CBudhai 52.0 3L5. WICKED TUFF ARobles 54.0 Sh.Head6. CAPTAIN DJ RHalledeen 56.0 1/2LWIN: $624.00PLACE: $246.00, $193.00, $127.00Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 23.1, 46.2, ,Winner : 5yo b filly – HOMING INSTINCT out of DARE TO DREAM by STAR OF MANILATrainer : PHILLIPS,RAY A Owner : JUNIOR T GOLDINGBred by LAKELAND FARMS LTD.Quinella : (5,7) $9,953.00 Exacta : (7-5) $11,382.00D/E : (4-7) $4,754.00Trifecta : (7-5-11) $21,149.00Hit-6 carry-over : $51,579.45Rolling Triple : (5-4-7) $44,787.00DONALD TANKOY MEMORIAL CUPRace 7 1300 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE – FILLIES1. VALLEY OF THE CATS JPatterson3 52.02. MEMORY OF TS LSteadman2 53.5 11/2L3. REASSURANCE BebHarvey2 53.0 11/4L4. OUR DREAMS JInnis3 50.0 11/4L5. PHOTOGENIC RHalledeen 50.0 Sh.HeadWIN: $205.00PLACE: $80.00, $130.00, $115.00Final Time : 1:21.0 Splits : 23.3, 47.0, 1:13.1,Winner : 3yo ch filly – DODGEM out of STARLIT VALLEY by PEAKS AND VALLEYSTrainer : ANDERSON,CARL D Owner : CARL D ANDERSONBred by CARL D. ANDERSONQuinella : (4,9) $1,926.00 Exacta : (9-4) $4,048.00D/E : (7-9) $5,149.00Trifecta : (9-4-2) $1,984.00Hi-5 carry-over : $108,689.75Rolling Triple : (4-7-9) $33,353.00Super-6 : (2-3-5-4-7-9) $31,744.00 (5/6) Carry-over : $952,321.50Race 8 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II1. *PURE AMAZEMENT DDawkins2 52.02. BOLD SYMPHONY OMullings 51.0 2L3. PROUD PRESIDENT AntThomas4 49.5 3/4L4. MISTER BONES RWilson 53.0 3/4L5. EXECUTIVE CHARM ARobles 51.0 3/4LWIN: $119.00PLACE: $83.00, $463.00, $456.00Final Time : 0:57.2 Splits : 22.3, 44.2, ,Winner : 3yo ch filly – TOO MUCH BLING out of AMAZING TRACE byTrainer : PARSARD,IAN S Owner : P. J. K TEAMBred by W.S. FARISHQuinella : (6,10) $646.00 Exacta : (10-6) $2,879.00D/E : (9-10) $434.00Trifecta : (10-6-11) $5,878.00Hi-5 carry-over : $261,371.50Rolling Triple : (7-9-10) $11,868.00PlacePot 8 : Carry-over : $268,447.50Race 9 1600 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP-NW31. *PAPER N LACE OEdwards3 54.02. COURT CALL JErwin 54.0 21/4L3. CODED SECRET OnBeckford4 51.0 41/2L4. SUNSHINE CITY BebHarvey2 52.5 21/4L5. MONEYNEVERSLEEP WHenry 52.0 13/4LDisqualified Placed out of race #1 COLORS OF WAR OWhite 52.0 13/1Jockey Fell due to interference #2 MR. ROMANTIC HPottinger2 55.0 99/1WIN: $153.00PLACE: $130.00, $129.00, $2905.00Final Time : 1:42.0 Splits : 24.3, 48.1, 1:11.3,Winner : 7yo horse – SWEETSOUTHERNSAINT out of SHY MARFA byTrainer : CHARLTON,PAUL A Owner : VEN DEEZLEBred by OCALA STUDQuinella : (5,12) $644.00 Exacta : (5-12) $1,166.00D/E : (10-5) $451.00Trifecta : (5-12-10) $21,413.00Hi-5 : (5-12-10-13-7) $613,049.00Rolling Triple : (9-10-5) $1,643.00Pick-4 : (7-9-10-5) $48,604.00Super-6 : (5-4-7-9-10-5) $533,437.60Pick-9 : (1-2-3-5-4-7-9-10-5) $118,475.50 (8\9) $1,742.50 (7\9) Carry-over : $414,663.90
“On the fourth and the fifth day, the ball will spin a lot more and I used the rough a bit too and I also tried to use the crease a lot more and bowl more on the stumps,” he reiterated. Bishoo returned to West Indies colours last summer against India following a short injury break, but had little major success in the three Tests on the home tour. He has played only 19 Tests since making his debut five years ago and said he had already identified the ongoing series as a turning point in his career. “I am delighted right now that I got eight for 49. I am so happy, I don’t have words to explain that,” he beamed. “I am really happy, but even more happy with the position we put ourselves in in this Test match so that we can win.” He added: “From before I was saying this was a very important series for me, especially in the UAE and I think there are a lot of expectations I have to look out for now. I think going forward here I just have to keep improving as the days go by.” West Indies finished the day on 95 for two, requiring a further 251 on Monday’s final day to win the contest. LITTLE MAJOR SUCCESS DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): A thrilled Devendra Bishoo told reporters here yesterday he had been forced to make several adjustments which resulted in his career-best eight-wicket haul against Pakistan, on the penultimate day of the day/night first Test here. The leg-spinner snatched eight for 49 as Pakistan were routed for a paltry 123 in their second innings at the Dubai International Stadium, to concede much of the advantage they held in the game from day one. “I think I used the crease a bit more and I tried to bowl more tight than the first innings,” Bishoo said afterwards. “There was a lot of thinking about it after the first innings and I tried to use the crease as much as possible in the second innings. He added: “(In the first innings), I was bowling more fourth, fifth stump and they were cutting the ball down to cover for singles all the time so I tried to bowl more straight on the stumps.” Pakistan wrapped up the West Indies first innings for 357 within 75 minutes of yesterday’s fourth day to lead by 222 runs, but then found themselves under pressure when they slumped to 20 for two at lunch. On the resumption, Bishoo ripped through the remainder of the Pakistan innings as the hosts crashed from 77 for two to lose their last seven wickets for 44 runs. Bishoo took only two wickets in the first innings as Pakistan piled up a massive 579 for three declared, but said he knew the pitch would offer more assistance later in the game.
The Archers had one final stab at stealing the victory, but Ben Mbala and Montalbo bungled their attempts under duress as the Eagles completed a seven-game sweep of the first round while sending their rivals to their second loss in seven games for a tie of second with Adamson.Earlier, National U sent University of the Philippines reeling to a third straight loss while enhancing its own Final Four bid with a 77-70 victory.Matt Salem produced a breakout performance with 21 points as the Bulldogs notched their third win in seven games, tying their victims at fifth spot.Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga quickly quashed talk that the Eagles have supplanted the Archers as the favorites this season.“Its too early to talk about that,” said Arespacochaga. “It was an upset on our part. La Salle is still the favorite, I guess.”Mbala, coming off a career-best 39 points against University of the East on Thursday, was held to just 18 this time as the Eagles clogged the lane and double teamed him at every opportunity.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. First Game: NU 77 – UP 70NU 77—Salem 21, Gaye 13, Alejandro 12, Joson 6, Diputado 5, Tibayan 4, Yu 3, Abatayo 3, Mosqueda 2, Morido 2, Aquino 2, Bartlett 2, Flores 2, Cauilan 0, Lastimosa 0, Rangel 0.UP 70—Desiderio 15, Dario 11, Gomez de Liano Ja 10, Lim 7, Ouattara 6, Manzo 6, Lao 6, Prado 5, Gomez de Liano Ju 4, Vito 0, Ricafort 0.Quarters: 18-21, 33-38, 56-53, 77-70Second Game: ATENEO 76 – DLSU 75ATENEO 76—Nieto Ma 16, Asistio 14, Mendoza 10, Ravena 9, Verano 6, Go 4, Tolentino 4, Nieto Mi 4, Black 4, Mamuyac 3, Ikeh 2.DLSU 75—Rivero R 19, Mbala 18, Go 11, Rivero P 8, Caracut 5, Paraiso 5, Tratter 4, Montalbo 3, Santillian 2, Gonzales 0.Quarters: 28-16, 43-36, 63-62, 76-75Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Meralco back for unfinished business Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacuees View comments A missed free throw during last season’s finals haunted Ateneo guard Matt Nieto until Sunday when he delivered the Blue Eagles’ biggest victory yet in UAAP Season 80.Given the opportunity to exorcise the ghost of the loss to fierce rival La Salle, Nieto came through with the biggest plays of the game, including two foul shots with 3.1 seconds remaining that lifted the Blue Eagles to a thrilling 76-75 victory over the Green Archers before a crowd of 14,717 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT “Everyday I kept thinking about that,” Nieto said of his missed free throw in Game 2 of the finals that hastened the Eagles’ loss to the Archers. “I promised myself it won’t happen again.”Down 74-75 with 7.1 seconds remaining, Nieto forced the turnover on the inbound play for Andrei Caracut, before drawing the foul off Kib Montalbo that sent him to the line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIt wasn’t total redemption, but for Nieto, there was plenty of satisfaction knowing that his pressure-packed foul shots sealed the win, fashioned out desspite Ateneo not hitting a field goal in the last five minutes.“I was just relaxed, just like in practice,” said the third-year guard, who finished with 16 points. “It’s still a long way to go for us (this season), but its just nice to beat La Salle.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ 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