P W D L GF GA GD Pts1. Man City 5 5 0 0 11 0 11 152. Leicester City 5 3 2 0 11 7 4 113. Man United 5 3 1 1 6 3 3 104. Arsenal 5 3 1 1 5 3 2 105. Crystal Palace 5 3 0 2 8 6 2 96. Everton 5 2 2 1 8 5 3 87. Swansea City 5 2 2 1 7 5 2 88. Norwich City 5 2 1 2 8 9 -1 79. Liverpool 5 2 1 2 3 6 -3 710. West Ham 4 2 0 2 9 6 3 611. Southampton 5 1 3 1 5 5 0 612. Tottenham 5 1 3 1 4 4 0 613. Watford 5 1 3 1 3 4 -1 614. West Brom 5 1 2 2 3 6 -3 515. Aston Villa 5 1 1 3 6 8 -2 416. Bournemouth 5 1 1 3 6 9 -3 417. Chelsea 5 1 1 3 7 12 -5 418. Newcastle 4 0 2 2 2 5 -3 219. Stoke City 5 0 2 3 3 7 -4 220. Sunderland 5 0 2 3 6 11 -5 2
MOSCOW (AP):Russia is making efforts to reform after its damaging doping scandal, according to the head of the IAAF taskforce set up to determine whether the country’s ban from global track and field should be lifted.”The Russians have recognised that there is an issue, a problem, and they are trying to fix it,” Norwegian anti-doping expert Rune Andersen told The Associated Press yesterday.Russia was suspended by the IAAF – track and field’s world governing body – from international competition, including the Olympics, in November after a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel detailed a state-sponsored doping programme.Andersen, who heads the five-person IAAF taskforce, held meetings Monday and yesterday in Moscow with Russian government and sports officials.”There is an open and frank discussion,” he said. “There are no obstructions to what we’re trying to do. Everyone wants to find solutions to the problems that Russian athletics has had today.”Andersen added that “several” more meetings are planned with “our Russian friends” before the taskforce reports back to the International Association of Athletics Federations in March.In order for Russia to be readmitted in time for this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the IAAF has said the country must investigate doping cases, remove officials or coaches who were involved in drug use or cover-ups and establish “a strong anti-doping culture”.The Russian athletics federation is due to elect a new president Saturday as part of its own reform programme. The front-runner is long-time general secretary Mikhail Butov, who also sits on the IAAF’s ruling council.”We have talked about the structure, that’s part of the verification criteria; and of course, that will be part of the discussion when we move on to this,” Andersen told the AP.
It has come to this! They will not last, but Jamaica College (JC) surged to the front of the pack yesterday, while the Kingston College (KC) faithful spent much of the day dancing with confidence. But the Calabar lions are roaring again! It was bound to be a close race for the Mortimer Geddes Trophy and that’s what we are getting as we head into the final day of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships inside the National Stadium. When the dust settled on a breakneck day of competition, it’s Jamaica College (JC) out front on 102.5 points ahead of KC, 101 and Calabar nicely poised on 93.50. St Jago are next on 63 points after 17 finals. In the girls title race, Edwin Allen lead the way with 142 points followed by Hydel 102.5, with St Jago, 89.5, Holmwood 68 and Vere 58 at the top of the heap after 20 finals. Nigel Ellis has been setting the standards all year and the St Elizabeth Technical star showed that he is genuinely a few strides better than everyone else, stopping the clock in a blistering 10.18 seconds to win the Class 1 boys 100m final ahead of Raheem Chambers (St Jago), 10.25 and KC’s Jhevaughn Matherson, 10.35. But he wanted to do even more. “The race was excellent, I was going for the record, so I am disappointed that I didn’t get it. I had a sub-10 time on my mind,” an ambitious Ellis exclaimed. As expected, the Calabar boys took the top two spots in the Class Two 100m, but it didn’t go exactly to script with Michael Stephens winning in 10.48 over his more fancied teammate Dejour Russell, 10.54, with St Jago’s Gary Gordon, 10.77 in third. Patrice Moody (Edwin Allen), 11.49, was too strong for the rest of the field in the Class One girls 100m final as Nelda Huggins (St Jago), 11.67 and Shanice Reid, also from St Jago, finished second and third, respectively. Kimone Shaw (St Jago) destroyed the Class Two girls 100m field and in the process, erased the record of 11.46 to claim gold in 11.40 ahead of Edwin Allen’s Khamoy Farquharson, 11.65 and Shaneil English (St Jago), 11.68.
LATROBE, Pennsylvania (AP):With a large tear forming in his left eye, Jack Nicklaus asked everyone from the elite to the ‘everyman’ to remember the time Arnold Palmer touched their lives during an emotional farewell to the King yesterday.”I hurt like you hurt,” Nicklaus said. “You don’t lose a friend of 60 years and don’t feel an enormous loss.”The service at St Vincent College in Palmer’s hometown was filled with just as much laughter and warmth from stories of the most significant player in the modern game. The basilica at the college was packed with golf’s biggest names from around the world.Charlie Mechem, the former LPGA commissioner who became one of Palmer’s most trusted advisers, referred to them as the “elite battalion” of Arnie’s Army.Palmer died September 25 in Pittsburgh as he was preparing for heart surgery. He was 87. His private funeral for family members was Thursday.”We were looking down at the airstrip and the fog just suddenly lifted,” Ernie Els said yesterday after landing in one of several private jets that descended on Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. “This is a beautiful day. We’ve all met different people in life. He was a man who didn’t change. It didn’t matter if you cut the grass or you were a president. He was the same with everybody.”Palmer’s co-pilot, Pete Luster, flew his plane around St Vincent College for nearly an hour before the service, tipping the left wing as he zoomed by.Mechem set a happy tone by pointing to a large photograph of Palmer with a grin that made everyone feel so important. He asked the crowd to remember the Palmer who hitched up his pants and gave a thumbs up.”There’s an old saying that there are no irreplaceable people,” Mechem said, his voice cracking towards the end of the ceremony. “Whoever made that line didn’t know Arnold Palmer. There will never be another.”Palmer won 62 times on the PGA Tour, including seven major championships.The service was another reminder that Palmer was not the greatest golfer who ever lived, or even the best from his generation. He just had the greatest influence through television, through marketing and mostly through eye contact.PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem tried to explain Palmer’s popularity by mentioning his attacking style of golf, his appeal on television and the way he carried himself.”He had this other thing,” Finchem said. “It was the incredible ability to make you feel good – not just about him, but about yourself. I was amazed by how people reacted to him. He took energy from that and turned right around and gave it back.”
Wider revolution It is a part of a wider revolution that must take place in school sports in Jamaica where the future of our most talented athletes across all sports must be seen as more important than winning Champs, or the Manning Cup or the daCosta Cup. For far too long, far too many outstandingly talented young track and field ‘stars’ at the Boys and Girls’ Champs level have fallen by the wayside due to physical and or psychological burnout. We are at a time and space now where the systems and structures are in place by way of a wave of impressive private track and field clubs that continue to effectively capture the best of the best of our young track and field athletes, but regardless of their talent level if the youngsters are physiologically exhausted, burnt out and psychologically saturated the track clubs will be getting athletes for whom it will be difficult if not impossible to make the required transition. The trend over several years is there for all to see. The majority of our most successful senior athletes were hardly ever over exerted at Champs, the best of them all Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Asafa Powell, Elaine Thompson were never members of any title chasing teams at Champs. On the contrary the list is way too long, of outstanding Champs stars who were members of title contending schools, but who have failed miserably to fulfill their promise and potential. The recommendations for changes to the participation rules at champs might well be a knee jerk or panic reaction, but in these moments of panic, ISSA has stumbled upon some sensible changes which are needed to protect our top athletes from the very coaches and schools and communities they so innocently and proudly represent. The contemplated changes to the rules of the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships aimed at reducing the amount of events individual athletes can compete in has filled the air with questions and uncertainty in the months leading up to Champs 2017. It has been proposed that athletes should only compete in two individual events plus one relay, down from three individual events and one relay; the 5000 metres and 2000m steeplechase will be contested by Class One boys only, while the girls 3000m and 2000m steeplechase will only be contested by Class One and Class Two girls instead of being an open event. The gruelling 400m hurdles is set to be broken down into Classes One and Two for boys instead of being an open event. The multi-event competitors in the decathlon and heptathlon will be allowed to do no other event. On the face of it, these recommended changes have the appearance of a panic or knee-jerk reaction to the couple of tragic deaths which occurred in and around ISSA football and basketball earlier this season. The amount of work being done by student athletes across the board has become more of an urgent concern for one and all. That reason aside, these recommendations will more importantly serve to protect the long-term welfare of the nation’s talented young athletes. Understandably, the coaches of some of the top schools especially the schools contending for Champs glory will have a problem with these changes. After all plans and preparations for Champs 2017 are well advanced, with some athletes already putting in the background work in accordance with the old rules. If, however, the future of our young athletes is the genuine priority and not the champs winning ambitions any individual or any group of schools, then by all means bring on the changes.
The Jamaica Urban Transit Company’s (JUTC) Communi-cation Manager Cecil Thoms has admitted they erred in the picking up of the Tivoli Gardens Red Stripe Premier League team for their game against Humble Lion in May Pen on Sunday, but refused to take the blame for the west Kingston team’s 4-0 thrashing.”We are not shirking the fact that one of our buses was late. But it has been a very busy period for us. We had six games on Wednesday, and on the weekend, we had six games. It was really busy because it was the Easter holidays. However, the bus company cannot be blamed for the outcome of the game. That, to me, is irrational thinking,” he stated..”In this particular case, it was a hiccup … . It was extremely challenging, but it’s a one-off,” he added.Tivoli arrived for their final regular season game against Humble Lion at Effortville only 25 minutes before the match, and according to a JUTC source, a mix-up in the depot assigned to pick up Tivoli led to the bus being late.Depots are assigned to teams based on logistics, and Rockfort usually picks up Tivoli, while teams travelling to Clarendon are transported by buses from the Spanish Town depot. Crews were unsure as to which depot was, it appeared, responsible for Sunday’s pick-up. Thoms said the real reason behind the bus being late has not yet been ascertained and he is awaiting a report.”I have asked for a report … as to why the bus was late. I don’t want to point any fingers. I have been hearing some stuff, but they are very preliminary. I don’t want to send that out,” he stated.NO BLAME FROM HUMBLE LIONJUTC are the sponsors responsible for transporting teams to Red Stripe Premier League games and operations have been smooth for most of the season. Thoms said mishaps do happen, and noted that even Humble Lion, a team owned by the Minister of Transport Mike Henry, have encountered setbacks with the bus company this season, and he also pointed to recent incidents with Tivoli and Boys’ Town.According to reports, the JUTC bus was late in picking up Humble Lion for a game against Portmore in Spanish Town, so the club chartered its own transport, but were transported back home by JUTC. Thoms hopes to avoid these glitches in the future, but insisted they can’t be blamed for results.”I can imagine that they (Tivoli) would be upset (for being late). But on Wednesday with Humble Lion, we did not make it, and they suffered a draw. Although their situation was different, they are not blaming the bus company,” he reasoned.When contacted, Tivoli manager Brian Rose said only the club president, Edward Seaga, could speak on the matter. However, Seaga was not in office and could not be reached for comment.Sunday’s 4-0 win earned Humble Lion a $1 million bonus for topping the points standing at the end of the preliminary round. They ended with 61, two ahead of longtime leaders UWI FC, who were blanked 2-0 by Portmore United in their final match.
His 11 Wimbledon finals are a record for a man at any Grand Slam tournament (no one else has played more than seven at the All England Club.)His 29 Grand Slam finals are seven more than Rafael Nadal, who ranks No. 2.His 18 Grand Slam titles are three more than Nadal, No. 2 in that category, too.And only Pete Sampras and William Renshaw (who played in the 1880s, back when a previous year’s champion only needed to win one match to retain the title) also can boast of seven men’s trophies at Wimbledon.Now Federer wants to collect another after missing out on chances with losses to Novak Djokovic in the 2014 and 2015 finals.“It’s a big deal. I love this tournament. All my dreams came true here as a player,” Federer said. “To have another chance to go for No. 8 now, be kind of so close now at this stage, is a great feeling.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Another significant difference for Federer, whose 36th birthday is Aug. 8, making him the oldest men’s finalist at Wimbledon since 1974?“I didn’t have kids running around, potentially waking me up at night,” he said. “Today we’ve got to, like, close down the doors. Say, ‘Daddy is sleeping.’”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’He’s a father of four: twin boys, 3; twin girls, 8 soon.On the court, there are ways in which the Federer who faces Marin Cilic on Sunday is not the same as the Federer who beat Mark Philippoussis 14 years ago. The larger racket, for example, or the increased willingness to hit over the top on his backhand. Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after beating Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych in their Men’s Singles semifinal match on day eleven at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 14, 2017. (Gareth Fuller/Pool Photo via AP)LONDON — Much has changed for Roger Federer since he played in, and won, his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in 2003.First of all, as he reminded everyone after moving into his 11th title match at the All England Club — with a shot at his eighth championship, more than any man in history — he favored a ponytail and some scruff on his cheeks way back then. Nowadays, his hair is short, his face clean shaven.ADVERTISEMENT In truth, though, what’s most important is this: Federer is still as capable as ever of beating everyone who stands in his way.“This guy doesn’t really seem (to be) getting any older or anything like that,” said Tomas Berdych, who lost to Federer in the semifinals, “or slowing down at all.”That’s certainly the case.Federer is 30-2 and tied for the tour lead with four titles in 2017, including at the Australian Open in January.During Wimbledon, he has not lost a set through six matches; the last man to earn the title without ceding a set was Bjorn Borg, 31 years ago. He’s only been broken four times, saving 16 of 20 break points along the way.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer MOST READ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Muguruza heir to Williams sisters? Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet “Roger is playing maybe (some) of his best tennis of his career at the moment,” said Cilic, the No. 7-seeded Croatian who hit 25 aces and returned quite well during his semifinal victory over Sam Querrey. “It’s going to be a huge challenge.”They have played each other seven times previously, with Federer winning six, including in last year’s Wimbledon quarterfinals. Cilic took the first two sets and even was one point from victory, before Federer came back.The lone head-to-head win for Cilic came in one of the most significant matches of his career: 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals of the 2014 U.S. Open, where he went on to earn his only Grand Slam title.“He knows he absolutely destroyed Roger,” said Jonas Bjorkman, one of Cilic’s two coaches.That knowledge is key for this match, according to Bjorkman. So, too, is the past experience of participating in, and winning, a major final.“He knows what it takes,” Bjorkman said. “He knows how it feels to be out there, and he knows what it is to be under the pressure like that.”The 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Cilic, who is 28, has improved since then, too. His serve is better, as are his volleys and his inclination to move to the net. Those can help on Sunday. Would also be useful if he is able to read Federer’s serves as well as he did Querrey’s.Still, it’s the mental side of things that matters for Cilic, according to the only Croatian man to win Wimbledon, Goran Ivanisevic.“He needs to just believe,” said Ivanisevic, the 2001 champion at the All England Club and Cilic’s coach in New York three years ago. “It has nothing to do with tennis. In the end, it’s all in your head.”Past history favors Federer by a wide margin. LATEST STORIES LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend
Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lyceum completes first round sweep with Mapua rout 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) “It’s too bad, they got ahead in the tiebreak and we couldn’t shake it,” said Alcantara, the 2009 Australian Open juniors doubles champ.The Thais zoomed to 4-0 in the super tiebreak. The Philippines tried to catch up with some power baseline drives but there was no stopping the Thai twins, who have now won four men’s doubles titles.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’“At this level there’s no easy points. We had to be solid in serves and returns. It was very close which was already good at this level,” added Alcantara.Anna Clarice Patrimonio, meanwhile, hopes to end the country’s gold medal drought in women’s singles when she takes on Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand in the finals Saturday. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees KUALA LUMPU—Francis Casey Alcantara and Ruben Gonzales dropped a tough three-set decision to the defending champions from Thailand to settle for silver in the Southeast Asian Games tennis men’s doubles Friday.The Filipino pair took the fight to twins Sonchai and Sanchai Ratiwatana before yielding a 6-4, 2-6, 10-7 decision in the final at Jalan Duta Tennis Complex.ADVERTISEMENT View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal The 23-year old Patrimonio is looking to become the first FIlipino SEA Games singles champ since Maricris Fernandez in 1999.“I will do everything that I can to win, said Patrimonio, who is the daughter of former PBA four-time MVP Alvin Patrimonio.Clarice defeated fourth-seed Ka Andrea Daray of Cambodia, 6-0, 6-3, in the semifinal round to advance to her first gold-medal match in her career.Kumkhum, the No. 1 ranked, defeated Tan Li Yan Stefani of Singapore, 6-0, 6-0, in the other semifinals. The Thai has career-best ranking of 85th in the world in singles and won gold in doubles in 2014 Incheon Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu What’s in store for your animal sign this year
For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. PVL: Arellano secures semis spot, drops UP in thriller Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. How to help the Taal evacuees DAY6 is for everybody It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo remained perfect in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament after turning back National University, 96-83, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Blue Eagles scored their season-high and retained their spot atop the eight-team ladder with a 6-0 record while the Bulldogs slipped to their third straight loss and fell to a 2-4 card.ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up MOST READ NU trailed 85-73 late in the fourth but the Bulldogs tried to build momentum with five unanswered points to cut the deficit to seven, 85-78, on an Issa Gaye throwdown in transition with 2:46 to play.Thirdy Ravena, however, quelled any hopes of a comeback with a booming triple that gave Ateneo a 10-point lead, 88-78, with 2:20 remaining in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogChibueze Ikeh effectively put the game away as he rolled to the basket for the open layup to push the lead to 14 with under a minute to play.Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga knew they had to avoid playing NU’s pace after allowing the Bulldogs to partially dictate the tempo in the first three quarters. “NU’s a tough team, we knew that coming in,” said Arespacochaga. “We played their pace, which was an up and down game. Good thing in the fourth quarter we played better defense.”And that defense was focused on NU’s J-Jay Alejandro who had 21 points coming into the fourth but was limited to just three in the final period.Ikeh tied his career-high of 18 points, to go along 11 rebounds, while Vince Tolentino also finished with his own career-high of 15 points.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
View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Bellator begins yearlong heavyweight tournament at Forum “I woke up this morning with the thought that I’ll just do everything that’s in my power at the moment. I’ll live in the moment,” she said.Carolina Kostner of Italy, the Sochi Olympics bronze medalist, struggled through an error-filled free skate that included falling on her opening triple lutz, but took bronze on the back of her strong short program.The 30-year-old Italian veteran wore a pistachio-green catsuit that she said was inspired by the renowned Russian ballet dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky.“It was not at all my best performance and it’s a pity because my body’s ready and the practices were easy-going and mostly flawless and then you get into the competition and it just slips away,” she said.Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron won their fourth consecutive European figure skating championship, extending the two world records they already held.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Zagitova augmented several of her jumps by raising one of two hands above her head, her elbow-length crimson gloves drawing attention to the move.“I’m happy I performed two clean skates. Of course I’m happy I became the European champion and I want to keep going,” she said.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 folkMedvedeva, who had won gold in every appearance since late 2015, landed some of her jumps with less assurance than her compatriot, though her “Anna Karenina” theme outpointed Zagitova on program components.Medvedeva missed the Grand Prix Final and the Russian nationals this season to recover from a foot stress fracture, and said “there were some moments during the skate when the two-month break had an impact.” LATEST STORIES 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 The French duo’s free dance to sections from Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” reflected the music’s mood changes. They were fluid in the first movement and animated in the stormy third. Papadakis and Cizeron scored a record 121.817 points for the free dance and 203.16 total.“I think we’re very happy with our scores and we had a great feeling on the ice today,” Cizeron said. “(We’ll) just keep working as usual and really just keep working with our team.”“The Olympic Games will come up very soon now and we’re really excited.”Silver and bronze went to Russian couples Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev and Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin, respectively, reversing their positions from the results after the short dance.Bobrova and Soloviev’s free skate was a touching tale of love sought, found and lost, ending with him trying to embrace her but missing as she stares in apparent dismay. The program featured a straight-line lift in which he kneeled on one leg and she balanced upside down on the outstretched thigh“Yes, we achieved a personal best, but we still want the mark to be higher,” Bobrova said. He added: “Now it is important that we relax a bit and then on January 27th we will fly to Japan and wait for our invitation” to the Pyeongchang Olympics, where Russians are to compete under a neutral flag.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW — Alina Zagitova’s nearly flawless free skate on Saturday not only won gold in her debut at the European Figure Skating Championships, but also snapped the two-year winning streak of training partner Evgenia Medvedeva.The 15-year-old Russian landed seven clear triples as well as two double axels, one of them dramatically late in the program, skating to lively music from the ballet “Don Quixote.” The program scored 157.97 points, more than three points ahead of second-placed Medvedeva.ADVERTISEMENT