BY CYRUS GARDE and MAE SINGUAY The 29-year-old Paul Adrian Pabontosacommitted suicide, a police report showed. Officers of the Binalbagan municipalpolice station have ruled out foul play in the incident./PN His cadaver was brought to theBinalbagan Infirmary for a “post mortem examination.” BACOLOD City – He was found dead hanginginside their house in Barangay San Teodoro, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental. Pabontosa’s lifeless body was found byhis father Efren in the kitchen area of the house around 6 a.m. on April 15, itadded.
Congratulations to the area schools who made a great run in the softball and baseball state tournaments this year. Milan and Franklin County girls both made it to the semi-state in softball. Ironically, both schools lost 1-0. I know in the case of Franklin County they were a very young team and should be a power the next few years.In baseball Milan boys made it to the regional as did Rising Sun. Both of these schools are members of the ORVC. Milan also had the county golf champion in Travis Butte. Travis will be taking his golf talents to Hanover College this fall. It was a very good season for the ORVC and the EIAC conferences.
DONNELLSON, Iowa (July 14) – Mike Van Genderen was consistent in finishing second in 2013 point standings for the XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour.His IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified series-first victory will go a long way toward winning the 2014 tour championship.Van Genderen emerged as the new point leader Monday night following a back-and-forth battle at Lee County Speedway with Jesse Sobbing. The two swapped the front spot as the 30-lapper wound down and were virtually side-by-side coming to the white flag. Sobbing scraped the frontstretch wall before Van Genderen surged ahead to take the $1,000 checkers by a car length. Pole starter Hunter Marriott led the first nine laps before giving way to Sobbing. The only caution of the night waved on lap 18; Van Genderen was scored first across the stripe on lap 20 but Sobbing was back in front the next time around. Richie Gustin, Marriott and Jeff Waterman completed the top five. Hard charger Jeremy Mills advanced nine spots to sixth. Tim Ward went into the night tied with Van Genderen for first in the points race, started 17th and finished 12th. Van Genderen was already on the ballot for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational by virtue of his Desert Classic victory at Canyon Speedway Park in Ward’s home state of Arizona. The fourth XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour event of the season is Tuesday, July 15 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. in the third of five installments in IMCA’s Hawkeye State Modified Speedweek. That feature also pays $1,000 to start and is a qualifier for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Feature results – 1. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 2. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood; 3. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 4. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 5. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 6. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 7. Bill Roberts, Burlington; 8. Steve Stewart, Burlington; 9. Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.; 10. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 11. Jeff Joldersma, McClelland; 12. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 13. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 14. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 15. Mike Jergens, Plover; 16. Kyle Brown, Kellogg; 17. Jeff Mueller, New London; 18. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 19. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 20. Brandon Banks, Washington; 21. Dustin Brown, Thornton; 22. Levi Smith, Donnellson; 23. Dennis LaVeine, West Burlington; 24. Jim Lynch, Bloomfield. 1st heat (top three) – 1. Sobbing; 2. Murray; 3. Joldersma; 4. Drake; 5. Ward; 6. Lynch; 7. Joey Franklin, Las Vegas, Nev.; 8. Kurt Kile, Nichols. 2nd heat – 1. Van Genderen; 2. Gustin; 3. Roberts; 4. Mueller; 5. Jergens; 6. Smith; 7. Kevin Cale, Donnellson. 3rd heat – 1. Banks; 2. Stewart; 3. Waterman; 4. Mills; 5. Lauritzen; 6. Scott Dickey, Packwood; 7. Dustan Fenton, Burlington.4th heat – 1. Marriott; 2. Elliott; 3. Dustin Brown; 4. Kyle Brown; 5. Carter; 6. Roberts; 7. LaVeine. 1st “B” feature ( top five) – 1. Drake; 2. Mills; 3. Ward; 4. Lauritzen; 5. Lynch; 6. Dickey; 7. Franklin; 8. Fenton; 9. Kile.2nd “B” feature – 1. Mueller; 2. Kyle Brown; 3. Carter; 4. Jergens; 5. Smith; 6. Roberts; 7. LaVeine; 8. Cale.Provisionals – Roberts and LaVeine.
In his post-match comments following the Boxing Day defeat at Manchester City, the Northern Irishman appeared to question whether it was correct to have an official from Greater Manchester in charge of the game. As a result he has been landed with an FA charge to which he has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond. “Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been charged by The FA over post-match media comments he made following his side’s game against Manchester City on 26 December 2013,” the FA said in a statement. “It is alleged the comments by Rodgers called into question the integrity of the match referee, and/or implied that the match referee was motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute; and/or amounted to a failure to act in the best interests of the game.” After the City defeat, Rodgers was particularly angry at the decision to disallow a Raheem Sterling goal for offside, despite the player being at least two yards behind the last defender. “I thought they were horrendous in terms of performance,” he said of the officials at the time. “I thought it was throughout the evening. Hopefully we don’t have another Greater Manchester referee again on a Liverpool-Manchester game. “I was surprised we are playing in Manchester and have a referee from Greater Manchester. “I am sure we won’t get (for) Liverpool-Man City someone from the Wirral.” The day after the game Rodgers insisted he was trying to make a valid point and did not intend to slight Mason. Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been charged by the Football Association for allegedly questioning the integrity of referee Lee Mason. “In terms of geography, I certainly wasn’t questioning the integrity of referees,” he said. “It was more than logical (as a comment) in terms of having a referee from that part of the world refereeing a game in Manchester. “I wouldn’t suspect that Mike Dean, from the Wirral, has refereed many games for Liverpool over the years. “I was only speaking honestly after the game. I think the FA and the Referees’ Association know perfectly well I am someone who engages in supporting the referees.”
“It was never going to just change overnight,” said Lallana, who had another good game under the German. “Maybe the reaction to him coming in was a bit over the top but he’s a great manager who has had great success. “He’s asking people to do different things to what they were used to so it will take a bit of time. “I think in his first two games you have seen glimpses and moments of the style he wants to play. “It’s not going to happen overnight, but I’m very confident we’re going to succeed under him. “The fans here demand success here and we want to give them that.” In his two matches in charge obvious elements of Klopp’s style – the high-tempo pressing, for example – have been evident but the side are a long way from being where the manager wants them to be. There is plenty of work still to be done on the training ground but with the return from injury of Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino and striker Daniel Sturridge set to come back into contention for Sunday’s visit of Southampton Klopp is at least being able to work with most of his squad. Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana admits successive draws in new manager Jurgen Klopp’s first two matches have added a dose of realism to temper fans’ sky-high expectations. The former Borussia Dortmund coach’s arrival at Anfield a fortnight ago sparked a wave of optimism on Merseyside with many fans predicting great things from the off. From the start Klopp insisted he was not a miracle worker and change would take time and a 1-1 Europa League draw at home to 10-man Rubin Kazan, on the back of a goalless stalemate at Tottenham, have highlighted exactly that. Press Association The return of captain Jordan Henderson, Klopp’s archetypal hard-running midfielder, from a broken foot cannot come soon enough but the manager will have to wait late into the season before Danny Ings comes back from anterior cruciate ligament surgery and even longer for Joe Gomez, who sustained a similar but more serious problem. Benteke and Firmino both came off the bench against Kazan and Klopp will hope they can add more threat in the final third, something which has been a problem all season. “It was great to have Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino back fit and hopefully Daniel Sturridge won’t be too far away,” added Lallana. “Looking at the squad, there are definitely goals there. “We’re disappointed we didn’t take the three points (against Kazan). “We created a lot of chances but the ratio of shots on target to off target wasn’t high enough and that probably explains why we couldn’t get the second goal. “Parts of the performance were bright and encouraging as we got into good areas. We need a bit more ruthlessness from everyone. “Moving forward there are encouraging signs. Everyone is warming to the manager and how he wants to play. “There’s lots of hard work and lots of yards to put in to get to where we want to be. “Jurgen has made it clear that he demands 100 per cent. He wants us to win the ball back as soon as it’s given away. “Going forward, it’s going to improve.” Lallana’s former club are next up at Anfield and will pose a more significant test than the 10-man Russians did. “They are playing well at the minute and recruited well,” said Lallana. “I’m looking forward to meeting up with a few old friends but Sunday is about getting the business done and ensuring we get the three points. “It’s back to the training ground for us on Friday and we want nothing less than three points on Sunday.”
PATRICK King has emerged as one of Guyana’s most important components in rugby over the last year, especially in the Sevens format.Having been one of Guyana’s premier athletes in Track and Field, it comes as no surprise that his sublime speed and agility would catapult him to being an asset for the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU).King’s exploit on the rugby field didn’t go unnoticed by others in and around the Caribbean, given the fact he was named to the recently resuscitated West Indies rugby team, along with fellow Green Machine teammate Claudius Butts.However, on April 7-9, King will have his chance to see just how good he is when he faces some unfamiliar opposition when Guyana participate at the IRB’s Hong Kong Sevens. It will be the Green Machine’s second showing (first in 2012), but King’s first taste of competition at one of the IRB’s grandest stage.Guyana were placed in Pool G, alongside Spain, Uruguay and Papua New Guinea. The ‘Green Machine’ as they are more popularly known, will open their account on April 7 against Spain and would wrap up day one of the tournament against Papua New Guinea.The men from the Land of Many Waters will play their South American neighbours Uruguay on April 8 in their final Group stage game.“At the highest level, most teams, speed is one their attributes,” said King during a recent interview with Chronicle Sport, as the winger pointed out,“I think that one of our plus is that we have a lot of speed, not only from me but actually everyone has the speed because that’s needed at the top level since Sevens is a fast-pace game.”Ryan Gonsalves was named captain of the team, and will be joined by Butts, King, Richard Staglon, Ronald Mayers, Avery Corbin, Vallon Adams, Blaise Bailey, Rupert Giles, Rickford Cummings, Peabo Hamilton and Rondell McArthur.King pointed out that “most teams now working on speed on the main circuit and we could match them, whether it’s on the wing or at the forwards, so that’s something good for us.”A member of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), King didn’t shy away from the fact that he’s eager to see where exactly he stands amongst some of the world’s best, adding, “I’m very excited to play in Hong Kong. I think it will be good for me to know just how good I am and what I have to work on to be the best at what I do and also to help Guyana Rugby go forward.”The team will depart next week for New York, where they will play several warm-up matches to fine-tune preparations before heading to the East Asian city.
MANCHESTER City’s Champions League ambitions are in ruins once more after Lyon shocked Pep Guardiola’s side in the quarter-final in Lisbon.City started as firm favourites but came out second best against a fiercely determined Lyon in a game that swung on controversy and uncharacteristic errors in the closing stages.Lyon went ahead in the 24th minute with Maxwel Cornet’s smart finish but City, lifeless as Guardiola chose to play a three-man central defence, looked to have been revived by Kevin de Bruyne’s precise strike from Raheem Sterling’s pass after 69 minutes.Former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, on as a substitute, restored Lyon’s lead in contentious circumstances 11 minutes from time, the video assistant referee (VAR) ignoring what appeared to be an obvious foul by the goalscorer before he ran on to beat Ederson.City pressed for the equaliser but Sterling was guilty of an atrocious miss, somehow sending his finish over the top of an open goal from Gabriel Jesus’ pass.It proved to be hugely expensive as seconds later Lyon set up a semi-final meeting with Bayern Munich when Dembele scored his second after Ederson fumbled a shot from Houssem Aouar’s routine shot. GUARDIOLA MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITYGuardiola has rightly been showered in plaudits for the wonderful football and success he has brought to Manchester City – but his biggest target remains elusive and this was a miserable night for the manager.Guardiola, who has been accused of over-thinking his approach in the Champion League before, adopted a three-man central defensive system and chose to leave many of City’s creators and manipulators on the bench.Lyon deserved respect after eliminating Juventus but this was a ploy that took it too far and resulted in a stuttering City lacking urgency and creativity.He eventually introduced Riyad Mahrez after the break to some effect but Lyon were offered hope and encouragement by Guardiola’s approach and showed magnificent grit and resilience to secure the win.City will rightly claim an injustice over the VAR decision that did not penalise what appeared to be a foul on Aymeric Laporte by Dembele but the team defending for the second goal was horrific, with every City player bar keeper Ederson in the Lyon half when the goal was created when the game was finely balanced at 1-1.City and Guardiola have suffered Champions League disappointment before but this may hurt more than any other – and make no mistake, the much-feted Catalan must take his full share of responsibility for a flawed game. (BBC Sport).
MATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoFor the first time since 2001, Wisconsin (3-0) hosts No. 14 Michigan (2-1) under the lights at Camp Randall Saturday.The numbers are not on Wisconsin’s side in this series. Michigan leads the all-time series 47-10-1 and owns a 23-3-1 record against the Badgers in Madison. To further complicate things for Wisconsin, Michigan has won its last 24 Big Ten road openers. The last time Wisconsin was able to chalk up a win against the Wolverines was in 1994, when they beat Michigan 31-19 in Ann Arbor.In its 100th season in the Big Ten, Michigan has remained the conference’s premier team, with 42 conference titles — including three this decade. While head coach Barry Alvarez respects the Michigan tradition, he isn’t intimidated by it.”I think it’s a simple fact that [Michigan] is pretty good,” Alvarez said. “They always have been. I think if you take a look at every other team in the [Big Ten], there has been some slippage where they have slipped and they have down years. I can’t remember a year where Michigan has been down. Their down years are pretty good years.”Coming off a heartbreaking 17-10 home loss to the re-energized Fighting Irish, Michigan exploded for 435 total yards and seven touchdowns against Eastern Michigan last Saturday. Michigan looks to carry the momentum from the Eastern Michigan contest into its first road game of the year, having struggled in recent years in their opening road game, losing five straight.”As a team, we don’t look at things the same way that the media will look at things,” Michigan wideout Carl Tabb said in a team press conference. “I’m not going to sit and say that we’ve lost our last five openers, we need to do something special in this one. You have to approach every game the same … if anything, it’s going to make me want to win even more. It’s going to make the team work that much harder to turn that stat around.”Michigan is lead by sophomore quarterback Chad Henne. In his true freshman season at Michigan, Henne led the Wolverines to a Big Ten title en route to a Rose Bowl berth. However, the true standout player this season for Michigan has been senior captain Jason Avant.With the departure of Braylon Edwards to the NFL, Avant has become Henne’s go-to guy at wideout. In three games this season, Avant leads the Big Ten in catches (22) and receiving yards (310) while snaring three touchdowns.Michigan’s ground attack will prove to be a large challenge for Wisconsin’s depleted defensive front. The Wolverines sport three running backs — Kevin Grady, Max Martin and Mike Hart — all of whom are more than capable of carrying the workload. In three games this season, the trio has combined for over 400 yards and four touchdowns.The key to the game for both teams could come in the trenches. Wisconsin’s defense enters the contest boasting the No. 4 rush defense in the nation, allowing a paltry 39.7 yards per game.Conversely, Michigan hopes to contain Junior Brian Calhoun with a punishing run defense of its own. Over Michigan’s last three games, the Wolverines have allowed an average of only 110 yards per game on the ground and just two rushing touchdowns.The hype surrounding Saturday’s kickoff promises an energized atmosphere at Camp Randall, as these two Big Ten rivals always play each other tough, despite the disparity in the all-time series. The last four meetings have been decided by a total of only 18 points (4.5 ppg).”It’s a big game,” Alvarez said. “It will be two rated teams playing, [which] is one of the goals that we set going into the season. We wanted to make this a big game. We should have a great atmosphere. My main concern [is] that we prepare well and play well.”
Love him or hate him, Derek Jeter gave sports fans one last moment to cherish with a walk-off RBI single in his final game at Yankee Stadium last Thursday.It wasn’t a ball blasted out of the park for a home run. It wasn’t a hit to clinch game seven of the World Series. It wasn’t even a hit to move the Yankees into playoff position, for which they had long been out of contention. And yet, the overwhelming simplicity of Jeter’s line-drive single into shallow right field seemed to underscore everything his career has been about, in a way the “RE2PECT” marketing fluff never could.Derek Jeter ends his 20-year career as the Yankees’ all-time leader in hits with 3,465. — Al Bello | Getty ImagesJeter continued to eye victory despite the playoff implications or lack thereof, and he knocked in a base hit as he had done hundreds of times before. Via a simple, no flash or no flair base knock, Captain Clutch stayed clutch until the very end.For most college students, they have never known an MLB without Derek Jeter, who made his MLB debut in 1995. With Captain Clutch delivering a performance and ending that screamed “vintage Jeter” last Thursday, we received one more chance to appreciate what the Yankees icon has offered baseball for the past two decades. But as one of the latest and greatest dominos to fall, Jeter also reminded us to appreciate a broader stratum of superstar that now borders on the edge of extinction – the 1990s-generation superstar.The players whom college-aged sports aficionados grew up watching, the generation of guys who matured into the games of basketball, football, baseball and so on while we matured into the game of life, are now in the end days of their careers. Father time is undefeated, and he appears to be calling it for big names from the 1990s across all sports.In the NFL, Peyton Manning is currently the only starting quarterback to have been drafted in the 1990s (Tom Brady was drafted in 2000), while making his first start for the Indianapolis Colts in 1998.With one super bowl ring and countless NFL passing records under his belt, Manning has leaped into the “best quarterback ever” discussion, but having undergone neck surgery and appearing in multiple Super Bowls already, Manning has himself garnered speculation of potentially calling it quits in the near future.Retirement talk also seems to follow generation-defining NBA players year-in and year-out, and not without reason. While they might age like fine wine, guys like Tim Duncan (age 38), Dirk Nowitzki (age 36), Kevin Garnett (age 38) and,to the disdain of my fellow Los Angeles natives, Kobe Bryant (age 36), don’t have many years left for the court. While all four have at least one NBA Championship and MVP award on their résumés, all four have continually seen decreasing playing time over the past few years, not infrequently due to injury concerns.Bryant, in particular, faces questions about how much longer he’ll be suiting up for the Lakers after tearing his Achilles tendon two years ago and only playing in six games last season.Age has even come to haunt American soccer – MLS and U.S. Men’s National Team icon Landon Donovan, who accrued three MLS Cups, multiple MLS single-season scoring records and a plethora of appearances for the U.S. in three World Cups.He missed the final cut for the United States’ 2014 World Cup team this past summer and not long afterward, the 32-year-old Donovan announced that this season will be his last on the pitch.Jeter. Manning. Duncan. Nowitzki. Garnett. Bryant. Donovan. Those seven guys alone combine for over 20 championships and countless records between the four respective American sports leagues. Professional sports is reaching the end of an era, most heavily indicated thus far by Jeter’s last season.While it’s of course not the first time such a shift in the landscape of professional sports has ever taken place, but for some such as myself, this will be the first era we’ll have seen from virtually start to finish.In lines of work where one’s considered “over-the-hill” at 30 years old, there’s no logical reason to expect our favorite athletes to play forever.Bryant and Duncan alone sound like the result of some bizarre alternate timeline a la the Back to the Future films. These guys are in reality slowly fading from the picture, but they’re not gone yet.Just like with Jeter, appreciate and enjoy the greatness that remains of the ‘90s era while it’s still here.Watch in awe at the passing spectacles Manning continues to deliver on the gridiron. Applaud Bryant’s comeback as he chases both the NBA all-time points record and an elusive sixth championship ring, as bleak as that last part may look.Try not to cry (then cry a lot) during Donovan’s final game for the red, white and blue on October 10 in Team USA’s friendly versus Ecuador.Before they are relegated to books or Internet archives, enjoy these lasting relics of an aged sports world. For as Derek Jeter revealed in his final moment of grandeur last week, in sports, there’s no time quite like the present.
“(Astros infielder) Alex Bregman was like … ‘What do think about four-seamers over two-seamers?'” Hendriks recalled during a Tuesday appearance on DAZN’s “ChangeUp.” “That was interesting because I’d never even thought about it. I’d always thought guys either liked fastballs or off-speed.”Hendriks knew his budding relationship with Bregman and Astros outfielder George Springer was a bit odd, but he wasn’t about to miss out on a potential friendship.🗣️ “I really wanted to hate all of the @Astros guys … but there are some good blokes on that side.” – @Athletics pitcher Liam Hendriks, on his @AllStarGame experience pic.twitter.com/BQMoCuYz6E— ChangeUp on DAZN (@changeupondazn) July 16, 2019″I really wanted to hate all of the Astros guys,” Hendriks said. “They’re our rivals … but a lot of them are decent guys. There are some good blokes on that side. It’s a pain now.” Oakland and Houston have been the top two teams in the AL West the past two seasons, so such camaraderie was somewhat unexpectedMORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN A’s closer Liam Hendriks generally stands on the mound with a scowl, his intense demeanor a central aspect of a strong competitive edge..Off the field, Hendriks is a different person, regularly trying to network with fellow ballplayers. During his All-Star appearance last week, his friendliness led him to chat with a number of Astros players.