The Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence being administered by the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports, and Education Fund (CHASE) will again recognise the accomplishments of male and female high-school students who excel in academics and sports during the staging of its annual award ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Thursday, October 15. Schools at the secondary level are asked to nominate one student who meets the criteria of displaying exceptional qualities in their academic performance and team commitment, plus good tenets of fair play while representing their school in sports. The students nominated must be Jamaican nationals and currently in grades 10 to 13. All nominations must be submitted by the principal of the secondary institution and should include a report explaining why the student is being nominated for the award. The Student Excellence Award carries a handsome package, which includes $250,000 from Supreme Ventures Limited towards the development of a specific school project to benefit the student of the institution, as well as a one-year Internet service, a trophy, and a computer tablet from the Supreme Ventures Foundation. Since its establishment in 2013, four outstanding student athletes have already received this award. They are Mark Parchment of Munro College and Janell Dalberry of St Jago High in 2013, and Natalliah Whyte of St Jago High and Jaheel Hyde of Wolmer’s Boys’ School last year. Last year, Whyte said she was really surprised at winning the award and thanked her mother for giving her the support so that she could attain her goals. “My mom is my greatest motivator … she is always pushing me and I know she is very proud of me. I am also proud of myself as I worked very hard,” said Whyte upon receiving her award. Outstanding footballer and gold-medal hurdler Jaheel Hyde said at the awards last year that it was a good feeling to add such an award to his collection. “It is really good to be recognised not only as an athlete, but for academic excellence … you have to balance both of them,” he added. The Courtney Walsh Award, which is in its 11th year, was conceptualised by former Prime Minister P. J. Patterson, an avid cricket follower, who was prompted to establish the award to celebrate excellence in sports, having observed the exemplary qualities demonstrated by Ambassador Courtney Walsh throughout his illustrious international career.
Confidence is high in the air and both teams will no doubt be raring to go as urban area kingpins face-off for the ISSA/Flow Super Cup trophy inside the National Stadium, today. This game is billed as a contest between opposites – St George’s College, the most attacking team with over 64 goals in all competitions, versus the well-balanced Jamaica College machine, who are yet to lose a game in regular 90 minutes play. “This is how we play, but we are not kamikaze pilots who are just gonna go charging at anyone. We play cautiously at the back but when we get the ball we attack,” coach Neville Bell said. The ‘light blues’ and ‘dark blues’ have been locked in a two way battle for schoolboy football supremacy for almost a decade, and today will be no different with a beautiful Italian-crafted trophy, bragging rights and $1 million to play for. “JC are a very good team and a team used to winning, they have won so many titles in recent times so they will be ready for it but so will we. We are playing against a quality football team but you know this is the reason we train so hard. We wanted to be in the finals and in these tough games,” Bell added. JC has no doubt been the defacto since Neville Bell’s St George’s last won a Manning Cup title in 2012, while George’s stopped JC from sweeping all four trophies last season, courtesy of a cracking 3-2 win in the Walker Cup final. “We are going to be playing on a good surface, but it’s been finals all along, and since we won that Denham Town game we’ve won nine straight games, but we expect the game will be tough. “It’s a team effort from us, Alex (Marshall) is the leading goalscorer and Alex is not the only player on the team, Alex is not the reason that we have gotten this far,” Bell warned those who might be thinking his team is over reliant on their gifted centre forward. STGC have registered nine wins in a row since being clipped 2-1 by Denham Town in a rare Winchester Park loss earlier this season, but will miss inspirational captain and goal-scorer Shevon Stewart, who is out with a hamstring injury. He has scored 14 times this season. Defender Paul Young is also suspended for today’s game with a red card against Kingston College and Bell is fully cognisant that all his other weapons will need to be firing if they are to beat a strong JC team. – Shayne Fairman
AFC BOURNEMOUTH 0CRYSTAL PALACE 0Crystal Palace ended Bournemouth’s three-match winning streak with a battling goalless draw at the Vitality Stadium. Alan Pardew’s side started brightly, and Simon Francis cleared Damien Delaney’s goal-bound volley off the line. But Bournemouth recovered well and Matt Ritchie headed wide before Eunan O’Kane’s shot was tipped over.GOALS:- NONE.ASTON VILLA 1WEST HAM UNITED 1A Jordan Ayew penalty helped bottom team Aston Villa come from behind to earn a draw against West Ham. In an evenly contested game, Villa twice went close in the first half through Rudy Gestede before Aaron Cresswell scored with a low strike. The spirited hosts levelled through Ayew after Gestede was clumsily felled by Angelo Ogbonna.GOALS:- VILLA: AYEW PEN 62. WEST HAM: CRESSWELL 45.CHELSEA 2 WATFORD 2Guus Hiddink’s first game back as interim coach ended in stalemate with Chelsea coming from behind, thanks to Diego Costa’s second of the game. The Blues would have won had Oscar not missed a late penalty. Costa claimed the opener before Nemanja Matic’s handball allowed Troy Deeney to level from the penalty spot. Odion Ighalo’s deflected shot gave the visitors the lead, only for Costa to fire in and earn Chelsea a point.GOALS:- CHELSEA: COSTA 32, 64. WATFORD: DEENEY PEN 42; IGHALO 56.LIVERPOOL 1LEICESTER CITY 0Leicester saw their nine-match unbeaten Premier League run ended by Liverpool substitute Christian Benteke. The Reds were rewarded when Roberto Firmino’s pull-back from the left was steered in by a stretching Benteke. Leicester offered little threat, Nathan Dyer going closest as they failed to score for the first time this season.GOALS:- LIVERPOOL:BENTEKE 63.MANCHESTER CITY 4SUNDERLAND 1Manchester City put pressure on the leaders when enjoying a convincing win over Sunderland. Raheem Sterling opened the scoring and the lead was doubled through Yaya Toure’s 20-yard drive before Wilfried Bony headed in. The Belgian calmly scored before Fabio Borini’s consolation, as Bony skied a penalty later on.GOALS:- CITY: STERLING 12; Y TOURE 17; BONY 22; DE BRUYNE 54. SUNDERLAND: BORINI 59.NEWCASTLE UNITED 0EVERTON 1Tom Cleverley scored at the death as Everton secured a first Barclays Premier League win in five games at Newcastle The midfielder headed home after Rob Elliot – who had made several saves throughout – raced off his line to punch away a corner. Georginio Wijnaldum went closest for Newcastle, but his powerful header was saved by Tim Howard. The win moves Everton up to ninth while Newcastle drop back into the relegation zone.GOAL:- EVERTON:CLEVERLEY 90.SOUTHAMPTON 4ARSENAL 0Arsenal missed the chance to go top of the Premier League as they were thrashed by Southampton at St Mary’s. Saints full-back Cuco Martina marked his first league start with a stunning goal, curling in from 30 yards out. Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott missed free headers, before Shane Long slotted from close range and Jose Fonte headed in the third. Long struck the post with three minutes remaining, but managed to add a fourth through the legs of Petr Cech.It could have been even worse for the visitors. Virgil van Dijk had a header ruled out for offside, while Dusan Tadic’s dipping strike was pushed away by Cech.GOAL:- SOUTHAMPTON: MARTINA 19; LONG 55,; 90’FONTE 69′.STOKE CITY 2MANCHESTER UNITED 0Manchester United suffered a fourth straight defeat – for the first time since 1961 – to increase the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal. Bojan Krkic broke opened the scoring following a poor header back to David de Gea from Memphis Depay allowed Glen Johnson to play it back to the Spanish forward. Stoke went 2-0 ahead through Marko Arnautovic.GOALS:- STOKE: BOJAN 19; ARNAUTOVIC 26.SWANSEA CITY 1WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0Swansea overcame West Brom to secure their first win in more than two months and climb out of the relegation zone. Ki Sung-yeung stabbed in the only goal of the game after goalkeeper Boaz Myhill failed to hold a loose ball from Angel Rangel’s shot. West Brom rarely threatened in the first half, but pressed forward more after the interval.GOAL:- SWANSEA: KI 9.TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3 NORWICH CITY 0Tottenham recorded a convincing win over Norwich, thanks to two goals from Harry Kane and one from Tom Carroll. Norwich had the better chances early on, but faded away after conceding a penalty that Kane scored. The England striker doubled Spurs’ lead before the break after being set up by the impressive Dele Alli.GOALS:- TOTTENHAM: KANE PEN 26, 42; CARROLL 80.
It was in the spring of 1978 that for the first time in the country’s history, a Jamaican schoolboy leapt over seven feet.Thousands discarded abiding love for schools nurtured in the competitive atmosphere that characterised Champs.Track and field enthusiasts were keen to partake in a delectable piece of history that was tauntingly placed before them.Former Kingston College (KC) high jumper Desmond “Zele” Morris, might have been the only athlete at Champs to silence the entire stadium in one soaring swoop.No one dared to cheer when he lifted his lanky frame beyond seven feet, a new feat at the great games.Zele was a tall, lanky, hurdler and sprinter.A gazelle in his own right, but Zele was not quite as quick over the hurdles as his teammate, Kenneth ‘Sonny’ Gray.Nor was he as fast in the sprints as Marlon Pottinger.But there were no two ways about it – Zele was the supreme high jumper, constantly rising to new levels since the early 1970s.So it was that the lanky lad, already the holder of the classes three and two long jump records, was expected to soar to unprecedented heights in 1979.The record for Class One high jump 37 years ago was in the region of 6′ 10″ when he lounged for the tackle.It was twilight under the glare of the National Stadium lights.Zele had broken the old mark and was approaching the hitherto unbelievable height of seven feet.The suspense was heightened by Zele’s need to don his purple and white sweat suit as if some magic was concealed in its secret compartment.Thousands waited on him.Zele jumped.Again.The painstaking process was repeated.Finally, Zele was challenged to clear the unbelievable height.He did and even went a quarter of an inch above the “unreachable” mark.The packed stadium, awe saluted by applauding.Like many had done before, another Jamaican had created history to make the Boys and Girls’ Championships only the greatest of its kind on the globe.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC):Legendary former pacer Sir Curtly Ambrose says tweaks need to be made to the controversial eligibility rule in order to have the best players available for West Indies duty.Sir Curtly, who currently serves as a West Indies team bowling consultant, said while he appreciated the objective of the rule, the overall focus should be on ensuring that the region always fielded its best XI.”I still believe that there are a few guys out there who I believe can play the ODIs and the Test cricket but there are criteria that you have to play the first-class cricket here in the region to be selected or eligible for Test cricket, and you have to also play the regional one-day tournament to play for the ODI [team],” Ambrose said.”I can understand that because you must have some structure, but I still believe that we should be looking to get our best team.”I am not saying guys should just walk into the team willy-nilly, but if there is a situation where guys are available and we are looking to get our best team, I still believe we should get them in.”Currently, the West Indies Cricket Board requires players to make themselves available for the Regional First Class Championship in order to qualify for the Test team. Similarly, players need to play the Regional Super50 if they are to be considered for selection for ODIs.However, many of the leading players like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, AndrÈ Russell, Darren Sammy, and Sunil Narine all ply their trade in Twenty20 tournaments across the globe, often conflicting with the scheduling of Caribbean tournaments.For instance, the Australian Big Bash clashed with the Regional Super50 last January, and West Indies players opted for the T20 tournament.Weakened squadThis means that West Indies are likely to have a weakened squad for the upcoming Tri-Series in June involving South Africa and Australia.Sir Curtly, one of the finest fast bowlers the sport has seen, advocates for a better relationship between the players and administrators in order to address the many existing issues.”If you have a better relationship or a great relationship, I believe the cricket will get better because guys will go to play cricket feeling relaxed, knowing that their business off the field is being taken care of, so all they have to worry about is playing cricket,” the Antiguan said.”I honestly believe a better relationship between board and players will change our cricket and make it better.”
He might not have been team captain in his four years as Denham Town High goalkeeper, but like the lawyer he is aspiring to be, a talkative Brian Bennett stoutly defends his team.In this, his final year of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup football competition, the agile goalie, who has kept six clean sheets so far, is hoping to score a scholarship to study law.”I hope that I can get a scholarship to better my future; that alone I am looking at. I have six subjects and it’s my last year in CAPE,” said the player.According to Bennett, who lives in the rough western Kingston community, he wants to become a lawyer to elevate his family and friends in his area.”Nobody is working on anything for me so far, but I am hoping to have a good season, continue making my name, pass my subjects and, hopefully, get a chance to move forward for a scholarship. I want to study law overseas and I love football,” Bennett told The Gleaner.HELPING FAMILY”I chose law because I want to help my family and see if I can help out friends and stuff in my community, where living is tough,” he stressed.Bennett stuck with his inner city-based school despite passing his subjects and amid prospects of transferring to another institution.”This is my fourth year playing Manning Cup. I have played all four years as a starting keeper. I have not been captain, but I am very vocal in helping my team defend and attack as a team,” he pointed out.In Denham Town’s recent game against many-time Manning Cup champions, Kingston College, Bennett was a standout, producing save after save and rallying his teammates to defend well and attack asa team.He describes football as not just about fun, but a way out.”My family has great expectations of me because they know that I can do it and I am the only one to do it for them. I am determined to do it for them,” stressed Jackson, the second of three brothers.”I stuck with Denham Town because I wasn’t sure that I was going to get my subjects. It was a tough time in school and I was waiting on the results, so when I got my results, I wasn’t training with any other team, so I stuck with my school,” explained the goalkeeper.He added that life in his community has been a tough one, but he has had to “just keep calm and hold my head high and keep struggling to get my subjects and do good in school”.
In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Get ready for pandemonium as the UAAP basketball season has begun. ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees View comments Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Center: Steve Akomo (University of Santo Tomas)Steve Akomo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHey look, it’s a player from the University of Santo Tomas, which remained winless after two games.Never mind that the Growling Tigers looked more like house cats than large predators, but Steve Akomo has shown glimpses that he can become a force in the middle in the UAAP.The 6-foot-8 Akomo has displayed tremendous upside as he averaged 12.5 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks to become UST’s most consistent player despite its disappointing start to the season.Forward: Santi Santillan (De La Salle University)ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ DAY6 is for everybody Ron Dennison. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRon Dennison was mainly used as a defensive stopper in Season 79, but in Season 80 he’s become FEU’s full-fledged main offensive option. The fifth-year guard averaged 15 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists during the stretch but his team’s 1-2 record has put a damper on his personal numbers. Ricci Rivero (De La Salle University)Ricci Rivero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAnother honorable mention is La Salle’s Ricci Rivero.The sophomore Green Archer got in this list after his 21-point outburst against NU, a game that La Salle won, 115-109. NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 10 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson No collegiate league in the country generates as much hype as the UAAP and nothing stirs conversations and debates than players’ rankings.With that said, here are the best players for each position in the first two weeks of competition. And sticking to Inquirer’s seven-bulleted list articles there would be two more names included in this piece and those couple of players are the honorable mentions. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogPlayers are considered based on their numbers and win-loss records are also factored in.Enough chitchat, let’s start some arguments. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson But when the Fighting Maroons needed the big shots, Desiderio wasn’t shy to throw the haymakers.Desiderio took out the heart out of University of Santo Tomas in UP’s opener and he then proceeded to suck the soul out of University of the East for the Fighting Maroons’ second win.The UP skipper was 1-of-10 from deep before he hit the game-winning triple against UST to push the Fighting Maroons to the 74-73 win.He then outscored the whole Red Warriors team, 16-7, in the third quarter in UP’s 84-71 win en route to a career-best 28 points.Guard: Aljun Melecio (De La Salle University)Aljun Melecio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAljun Melecio has been La Salle’s diminutive dynamite averaging 24.5 points, 5.0 assists, and 2.5 steals.La Salle employs head coach Aldin Ayo’s Mayhem system and it always starts with the point guard hounding the opposing team’s ball handler. Melecio is capable of starting the team’s defensive scheme and he’s also at ease with finishing his team’s possessions. Honorable mentions:Ron Dennison (Far Eastern University) Santi Santillan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe reigning champion De La Salle have started off marvelously in its title defense going 2-0 with wins over Far Eastern University and National University despite the absence of reigning MVP Ben Mbala.Santi Santillan, with all his length, has become a disruptor in the paint for the Green Archers.He may not have the same bulk as teammates Mbala, Abu Tratter, and Prince Rivero but Santillan makes up for it with his smooth game and the aforementioned length to average 11 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 4.0 offensive rebounds.Against NU, Santillan had one of the better games of any individual this season when he put up 13 points and 16 boards.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo de Manila University)Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHe may be called Thirdy but Thirdy Ravena has played like he’s the No. 1 in his position this season.After an up-and-down performance last year, Ravena has been Ateneo’s most consistent player so far this season and his steady contributions helped the Blue Eagles grab the early lead in the standings at 3-0. Ravena is averaging 18 points, nine rebounds, and 2.3 assists this season.Guard: Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines)Paul Desiderio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUnlike Ravena, Paul Desiderio hasn’t been steady. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University put the exclamation point to what had been a dominant campaign after a 25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-16, win over Far Eastern U sweep the in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Saturday night at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Led by by Most Valuable player Jaja Santiago, the Lady Bulldogs also completed a perfect run after nine games.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Pons and Atienza suited up in the UAAP beach volleyball finals where FEU fell short to the Golden Tigresses.NU also won the finals opener in four sets, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Santiago validated her conference MVP plum with a 22-point outing, but she also got a lot of help from playmaker Jasmine Nabor, who dished out 45 excellent sets.Nabor, who also got six points, took home the Finals MVP award. She had 46 excellent sets in Game 1 on Wednesday.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 Lady Bulldogs smelled blood, entering the fourth set where they took control early, 17-10, and never letup.Jeannette Villareal and Czarina Carandang scored 10 points each for the Lady Tamaraws, who missed the services of Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza anew. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Arellano gets PVL bronze, turns back Adamson LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny
LATEST STORIES Antetokounmpo, meanwhile, continues to post MVP-like stat line of 29.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per contest. Khristian Ibarrola /ra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Giannis yelling “I’ll fuck you up” at Coach Sweeney pic.twitter.com/OQjS8K0BIh— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) November 26, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set After figuring in what appeared to be a verbal altercation, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Sean Sweeney have put their differences behind them.The usually mild mannered 22-year-old Greek forward was recently heard unleashing an expletive-laden tirade against Sweeney while on the bench during the team’s 121-108 loss against the Utah Jazz over the weekend.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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Four Filipinos to see action in ONE: Warriors of the World in Bangkok It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ But after cooler heads prevailed, last season’s NBA Most Improved Player downplayed the spat and said the altercation happened in the heat of the moment. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “That’s what me and Sweeney do,” Antetokounmpo told reporters, as seen on a clip from the Bucks’ official Twitter page. “You always fight with your brothers. You know, it’s something common.”“That’s what we do. We fight. We argue. At the end of the day we both want to win.”@Giannis_An34 on his relationship with Coach Sweeney pic.twitter.com/uNlJ4XQaw8— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 26, 2017After a promising start to the 2017-2108 NBA season, tensions are certainly high in Milwaukee as the team has lost three of its last four games, with a subpar 9-9 record.ADVERTISEMENT
Jerwin Ancajas at lobby of Holiday Inn Corpus Christi Downtown Marina. Photo by Roy Luarca/INQUIRERCorpus Christi, Texas— Just one pound above the weight limit, Jerwin Ancajas found a moment to relax Wednesday night.Right after a meet and greet at Rockit’s Whiskey Bar & Saloon Wednesday night, the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight champion rode back to Holiday Inn Downtown Marina, where he and Mexican challenger Israel Gonzalez were billeted for their title duel at American Bank Center on Saturday here.ADVERTISEMENT UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: UST looks to ‘overachieve’ anew, targets twice-to-beat LATEST STORIES Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases 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. Ancajas went directly to his 15th floor room, changed into sleeping clothes, turned off the light, and dropped on the king-sized bed.He crawled inside the bedsheet, pulled out his mobile phone, put the ear plugs on and shut himself out from distractions.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 folkEyes closed, Ancajas reminisced on his journey so far.Lured by his brother, Jesar, into the sport, Ancajas won in the 2008 Palarong Pambansa in Palawan and was named best boxer in the Philippine National Games four years earlier. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson He turned pro at 17 in 2009, won the IBF crown from Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo in 2016 and defended it thrice against Mexican Jose Alfredo Rodriguez, Japanese Teiru Kinoshita and Irish Jamie Conlan in succession last year.Finally realizing his goal of fighting in the United States, Ancajas is now looking forward to attaining global recognition like his idol and benefactor, eight-division champion Sen. Manny Pacquiao.The first step is to beat Gonzalez convincingly. And on fight night, Ancajas plans to be patient, stalking his prey, before going for the kill.That would be easier said than done. Gonzalez, who was riding a 13-bout unbeaten streak before an upset to lightly regarded countryman Argi Cortes, promises to keep on winning.“I don’t want to lose again,” Gonzalez told Filipino media through an interpreter before his open workout at Neighborhood Center Boxing Club Wednesday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ Since that defeat, he has racked up eight wins, five by knockouts, and was rewarded with a title shot against Ancajas.Having studied videos of Ancajas’ last few fights, Gonzalez knows he is in for a rough, tough night.“He’s aggressive, a strong fighter with fast hands,” said Gonzalez, whose 21-1, 8 knockout record pales in comparison to Ancajas’ (28-1-1, 19 KOs) card.Gonzalez trained in high altitude for two and a half months at Jiquipilco, 40 kilometers north of the famed Toluca Mountains. He also sparred for over 100 rounds.Gonzalez, who learned boxing from his grandfather and an uncle, said he intends to exploit Ancajas’ “predictable” footwork, and lure the Filipino into a punch.With the official weigh-in set Friday afternoon, Gonzalez said he’s just a little above the 115-pound limit.“I don’t feel any pressure,” said Gonzalez, youngest among 10 siblings. “The pressure is on Ancajas and I’m going to give it to him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments