Arsenal on top of English Premier League

first_img GREAT WEEK HARD WORK AND COMMITMENT “You’re only two days away from another crisis, so it’s important we keep our feet on the ground,” McClaren said. “We’ve not turned the corner … we want to be (like) this every week and that only comes on a platform of hard work, attitude and commitment and discipline.” A week after a miserable trip to McClaren’s Newcastle, Liverpool were facing a second successive loss. Although Jordan Henderson put Liverpool ahead at Anfield, Craig Dawson quickly scored an equaliser in the first half for West Brom and Jonas Olsson put the visitors ahead in the 73rd. But Henderson set up Origi to score from outside the area just when the Midlands club seemed set to take all three points. “Maybe the crowd was disappointed, but they didn’t let us feel it,” Klopp said. “We were all in the game, we were all concentrated to get this one point at the end and it felt like three. I know it’s only one, but it felt like three and in this moment there was an explosion (of emotion).” LONDON (AP): As title-chasing Arsenal completed back-to-back wins with ease, it took other Premier League games to provide a double-dose of late drama. Newcastle were facing ending another weekend in the relegation zone until Ayoze Perez stunned Tottenham in the third minute of stoppage time to win 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Liverpool, which lost last weekend to Newcastle, left it even later at home to West Bromwich Albion, with Divock Origi recovering a 2-2 draw in the sixth minute of stoppage time. The optimism which surrounded Juergen Klopp’s arrival as Liverpool manager two months ago has been substituted with a realism. Liverpool are five points adrift of Manchester United, which held on to fourth place despite losing at Bournemouth on Saturday, and nine behind provisional leaders Arsenal. Olivier Giroud converted an early penalty for his 50th Premier League goal, before Mesut Ozil set up Aaron Ramsey to sweep in another as Arsenal beat bottom-place Aston Villa 2-0. It was goalkeeper Petr Cech’s 169th clean sheet in the Premier League – most achieved with Chelsea – matching David James’ record. Although Arsenal’s stay at the top could be brief if Leicester beat ailing champions Chelsea, the win at Villa Park capped a good week when the odds were defied to book a place in the round of 16 in the Champions League. “I was a bit anxious today because we had given a lot on Wednesday night (at Olympiakos) and we came back very, very late,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “I knew that Villa was fighting to survive … it was a controlled performance and a great week for us. Don’t worry. I had as well a few bad weeks already. So sometimes it balances a little bit.” It’s been a good four months for north London counterpart Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs. They had not lost in the League since the opening day of the season until running into a resilient Newcastle, which ended the 14-match unbeaten run. Perez beat Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris at his near post as the full-time whistle loomed, after fellow substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic had cancelled out Eric Dier’s first-half headed opener for Tottenham. “In the second half, every time we had the ball we started to make some mistakes and we give them the possibility to a right to a goal,” Pochettino said. “I think the first person that was responsible of the defeat is me.” With Newcastle out of the drop zone and up to 15th – above Chelsea – the pressure is off Steve McClaren for now.last_img read more

Sojourner Truth provides Beckford with first winner

first_imgONeil Beckford, one of 17 apprentice riders who graduated from the Jockeys’ School in September of last year, rode his first winner when 4-1 chance SOJOURNER TRUTH romped the eighth race for $180,000 conditional claimers over the straight five course at Caymanas Park yesterday. A past student of Tacius Golding High in St Catherine, Beckford, 26, could not hide his glee when he passed the post first aboard his 58th ride, standing tall in the saddle with his whip hand raised high in celebration. Having secured three rides on the 10-race programme, Beckford said that he was looking forward to his first winner in SOJOURNER TRUTH, especially when it was learnt that the hot ante-post favourite, BARS OF GOLD, was a late non-starter. “She had shown improved form in her last two races, and with Bars of Gold out, I knew this was a golden opportunity for me to finally win a race. SOJOURNERTRUTH usually runs her best races over the straight when fully fit, and she delivered today by three lengths,” he explained. SOJOURNER TRUTH is owned by All-Stars Pro and trained by Paul Hylton. The 8-y-o bay mare by Skipping out of Augus Mawnin was winning her first race in well over a year. Beckford, who is apprenticed to veteran trainer Vin Edwards, thus became the 12th graduate from the last batch to ride a winner. Looking ahead, the young rider said he would work even harder to maintain his weight (51.0kg) and establish himself as a go to claiming apprentice. Meanwhile, BRAVE PROSPECT, running as the 2-1 second favourite, ran on strongly to beat long-time leader and 3-2 favourite FRANKENSTORM by three lengths in the Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup feature over 1100 metres. The 4-y-o colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 1999 derby winner Good Prospect, was ridden by Kerry-Gayle Robinson for in-form trainer Neive Graham and leading owner O’Shaun Connection. Eleven ran. – O.C.last_img read more

Brathwaite’s wicket key for Scorpions – Campbell

first_imgJohn Campbell, captain of Jamaica Scorpions, believes the wicket of Barbados Pride opener Kraigg Brathwaite will be key if the Jamaica Scorpions is to make a comeback in their WICB Professional League encounter at Sabina Park.Brathwaite, the captain of the Pride, at the close was on 66 when his team closed on 103 for three on the first day.This was in reply to the Scorpions pedestrian first-innings total of 177 after they had won the toss and elected to bat.”His (Brathwaite’s) wicket will be key, and if we can come out and get his wicket, I think their batting will be under some pressure,” stated Campbell, who is leading the Scorpions for the second time.Coming off scores of 117, 30 and 34 since his return from Australia with the West Indies Test team, Brathwaite, in his usual accumulating style, has so far batted for close to two and, half hours and hit 11 fours.Of note, as well, was his duel with the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, left-arm spinner Nikita Miller.Closing with competitive figures of three for 22 off 14 overs, Miller got the ball to turn considerably, putting Brathwaite and others under pressure at times.”Miller put in a good spell,” conceded Brathwaite, who is eyeing a 16th first class in the process.”Once the spinners hit in the right areas, it is not easy scoring as the pitch is turning.”But its’ just about trusting my defence and staying positive when I see the ball to score and rotation of the strike.He continued: “I would like to score a hundred here at Sabina Park. The last couple of times, I scored two 90s.”I am working towards that, but, at the end of the day, I am looking to build a foundation with my team to get a big score.”With him at the close was the in-form Royston Chase, who has batted for 39 minutes and is nine not out.Earlier, the Jamaica Scorpions, hoping to break a string of three consecutive defeats, were led to their total by Andre McCarthy, 52, and opener Shacaya Thomas, 50.McCarthy, entering the fray with Jamaica at 42 for one, batted for one hour and 48 minutes and counted six fours and a six, while Thomas batted for an hour and 34 minutes on his way to hitting his second half century in as many matches.Former West Indies Under-19 fast bowler Justin Greaves with five for 41, his first five-wicket-haul in his third first-class encounter, was the pick of the bowlers.New West Indies left-arm spinning recruit Jomel Warrican ended with two for 43.”We did not get anywhere close to the runs that we wanted,” Campbell highlighted.”But, having said that, the total is already there and is a task for our bowlers to go and defend.”last_img read more

22m in Beijing for Richards?

first_imgOdayne Richards is already the finest shot putter in Jamaica’s history. Richards, however, isn’t resting on his hard-won laurels. He has his eye on Beijing, the upcoming World Championships, and the 22-metre line. The stocky MVP putter produced a second-round national record throw of 21.69 metres to win gold for Jamaica at the recent Pan American Games. That mirrored his win last year at the Commonwealth Games, where he took charge of the national record with a distance of 21.62m. Even though no Jamaican had ever won shot put gold in either the Pan Am or Commonwealth Games before, Richards has his aim on Beijing. “The goal is to throw 22m in the final in the World Championships in Beijing,” he calmly asserted. Those firsts don’t occupy his mind too much. “It does feel good, but I’m not too concerned about the history,” he explained. “I believe that other people will come up and do great,” he predicted. He eased off the gas at the Pan Am Games after the big throw. “I had thrown 21m,” he stated. “So the rest of the throws were safe throws to try and keep healthy.” The St George’s College and University of Technology graduate is looking forward to meeting world leader Joe Kovacs of the USA, reigning champion David Storl of Germany, and the rest of the world’s best in Beijing. “I expect them to come well, and I’d like to be one of those persons who compete well against them and possibly beat them.” The 25-year-old had appeared to struggle early in the season, but he and coach Linval Swaby were working on building strength. “After we achieved what we set out in the strength area,” explained Swaby, “we started focusing on throwing, and he has been responding.” Kovacs, 22.56m, and Storl, 22.20m, are the only men with marks past 22 metres, but Richards is number 3 this season with his national record. Even so, he expects the American pair of former World champions, Christian Cantwell and Reese Hoffa, to return to 22m territory in Beijing. “I’d just like to join that elite group of throwers who have gone over 22m,” he said quietly. “That’s my goal,”, he concluded, “and I believe it is possible to throw far enough to medal.” building strengthlast_img read more

Arsenal, Man United in Sunday showdown

first_img INGS GETTING BETTER Securing victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach in the 90th minute on Wednesday could be the spark to get Manchester City’s season back on track after back-to-back Premier League losses. “We need to get back to the first five games of the Premier League, where we were more of a balanced team,” City goalkeeper Joe Hart said ahead of Saturday’s game against Newcastle. Danny Ings started the season on the periphery at Liverpool after his offseason move from relegated Burnley. Now he’s establishing himself as a regular, scoring two goals in the last three games, and has been called up by England. “He is someone we followed very closely,” England coach Roy Hodgson said of Ings, who is likely to partner Daniel Sturridge up front in the Merseyside derby against Everton on Sunday with Christian Benteke still nursing an injury. The pressure on Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers eased after a 3-2 win over Aston Villa last weekend, but would ramp back up with a derby defeat. CHELSEA WOES LONDON (AP): For the first time in 110 weeks, Manchester United enter a Premier League game as the leaders. And a trip to Arsenal on Sunday is the perfect platform for Louis van Gaal’s side to justify – and fortify – its spot at the summit. United swept to five wins in their six September fixtures in all competitions and came from behind to edge Wolfsburg in the Champions League on Wednesday. “I do feel we are improving,” United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin said. “At the start of the season people were talking about good results and not very good performances. “In the last few weeks, I don’t hear this anymore. They don’t complain about the style of play or anything and that is because we have improved.” At Arsenal, though, it’s a familiar tale of early-season torment. Arsenal are only three points adrift of United in fourth place but two straight group-stage losses in the Champions League have left Arsene Wenger’s team in danger of missing out on the lucrative knockout phase. “When we play like we did (on Tuesday against Olympiakos), with that lack of concentration and discipline, then we have got no chance,” defender Per Mertesacker said. “(Sunday’s game) will be a good opportunity to come back to the Emirates and play our football with possession and dynamism.” CITY FIGHT BACK There was one piece of good news for Jose Mourinho this week: The Chelsea manager will not face any Football Association action over the comments he made to then-club doctor Eva Carneiro during a touchline incident in August. But independent FA director Heather Rabbatts yesterday denounced the governing body’s treatment of Carneiro as “seriously disappointing”, particularly over the apparent failure to interview any witness – including the doctor. On the field it’s been a bleak few days for Chelsea as well. After scraping a draw at Newcastle last weekend to slump eight points behind the leaders, Chelsea lost to FC Porto in the Champions League on Mourinho’s return to his former club. Tomorrow Chelsea host a Southampton side sitting a point higher in the league. Both games between them last season were 1-1 draws. “They will look to react after the loss against Porto in the Champions League,” Southampton manager Ronald Koeman said. “They will go up in the table because they don’t stay that low for so long. We know what they can bring.”last_img read more

Lankans top Kiwis in third ODI

first_imgNELSON, New Zealand (AP):Sri Lanka borrowed parts of New Zealand’s successful formula to win the third one-day cricket international by eight wickets yesterday, and kept alive the five-match series which home team leads 2-1.Sri Lanka restricted New Zealand to 276-8, in which Williamson’s 59 was the highest score, and a blazing 65 from 45 balls by opener Danushka Gunathilaka ignited a run chase which Tillakaratne Dilshan strengthened with a masterly innings of 91.Dilshan put on 111 for the second wicket with Lahiru Thirimanne before his innings ended when he was run out with Sri Lanka 202-2.Thirimanne made an unbeaten 87 in a 68-run partnership with Dinesh Chandimal (27 not out) which closed out the win with 20 balls remaining.”A very satisfying and much-needed victory for us,” Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said. “We gave ourselves a chance to stay alive in the series, and going forward to the fourth ODI we still have a chance to square the series.”I thought the bowlers were brilliant up front, given the task on a good track they kept them to a very chaseable target. And I thought all the batters batted brilliantly after the humiliating and embarrassing first couple of games.”Small changes yesterday made a big difference to the dynamics of the series, and Sri Lanka were just as commanding in winning the third match as New Zealand had in winning the first two.The New Zealand bowlers couldn’t contain Sri Lanka as they had done in the first two matches. Pacemen Tim Southee and Adam Milne returned after being rested earlier in the series and showed signs of rustiness, becoming cannon fodder for Gunathilaka and Dilshan, giving up 44 and 50 runs respectively from six over spells.Williamson also returned to the New Zealand line-up after missing the first two matches of the series with a knee injury and was immediately installed as captain when Brendon McCullum was forced to withdraw with an injured back.Williamson did something McCullum couldn’t in winning the toss, but that also worked against his team. Compelled to bowl first and chastened by the words of captain Angelo Mathews who described their previous performances in the series as “embarrassing and pathetic” Sri Lanka bowled well and fielded with enthusiasm to restrict New Zealand.In the first match at Christchurch, Sri Lanka managed only 188 in ideal batting conditions and saw New Zealand surpass that total in 21 overs; in the second match Sri Lanka made only 117 and New Zealand reached that target in 8.2 overs.last_img read more

Brazil into RSPL playoffs

first_imgBrazil of St Ann defeated St Georges of Portland 4-3 on penalties to win the Charley’s JB Rum Eastern Confederation Super League football title, this after battling to a 1-1 scoreline in regulation and extra-time in the final at Drax Hall on Sunday.Brazil joins KSAFA’s Maverley/Hughenden, Western Confederation’s Granville and the South Central Confederation’s Jamalco in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) play-offs, which begin on Sunday. The top two will qualify for next season’s RSPL.St George’s jumped in front right after the half-time break when Tyrone Brown scored for the Carl Brissett-coached team. But the Portland team was reduced to 10 men shortly after, when Oneil Brown was ejected for violent conduct.By the 57th minute, Brazil were right back in it when Andre Reid fired home a free kick for the equaliser.”Brazil is the stronger and the better team, and we have more fighting spirit,” said their head coach, David Galloway.”It was a tense moment, but we knew that once we got to penalties, Brazil would win because we have the better kickers and the better goalkeeper. We missed one penalty, but we knew we would bounce back and come out victorious,” he added.St Georges’ team manager, Cedric Ormsby, thought his team had a bad day.”It just wasn’t our day in terms of the matchup between us and Brazil. We are a far better team, but it was just a bad day, and bad days come in any sport. But we are very disappointed,” he stated.last_img read more

Chalmers back with Grizzlies after season on sidelines

first_imgIndian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Marbury opts for final season with Beijing Fly Dragons View comments Chalmers developed a relationship with Grizzlies coach David Fizdale when Chalmers played for the Miami Heat and Fizdale was a Heat assistant.Chalmers won NBA titles with the LeBron James-led Heat in 2012 and 2013.Chalmers averaged 10.8 points, 3.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 55 games with the Grizzlies in 2015-16.Last season the Grizzlies finished in seventh place in the Western Conference and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LATEST STORIES 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 McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Chalmers used Instagram on Tuesday to post a picture of himself in a Grizzlies uniform with a caption that read “GNG… enough said.” “Grit and grind” is the Grizzlies’ motto.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’Chalmers, 31, has battled back from a torn right Achilles tendon he sustained in March 2016 while playing for the Grizzlies.The Grizzlies released Chalmers after he was injured, and he missed all of the 2016-17 NBA season. Mario Chalmers #6 of the Memphis Grizzlies dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter at TD Garden on March 9, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPThe Memphis Grizzlies inked Mario Chalmers to a contract on Wednesday, a day after the guard indicated he was headed back to his old NBA team.The Grizzlies did not reveal terms of the deal, but multiple media reports said Chalmers agreed to a one-year contract.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

LiAngelo Ball, UCLA teammates arrested in China for shoplifting

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LiAngelo Ball of Chino Hills High School dribbles the ball down court during the game against Mater Dei High School at the Galen Center on February 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images/AFPLiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers star Lonzo Ball, was among three college basketball players arrested in China on suspicion of shoplifting, reports said Tuesday.Ball, who is with the UCLA basketball team ahead of their season-opening game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday, was detained with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, ESPN reported.ADVERTISEMENT Bucks get Bledsoe from Suns for Monroe, 2 draft picks OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene The shoplifting reports threaten to tarnish that campaign, which has included LaVar Ball’s creation of the “Big Baller Brand” shoe and apparel line “inspired” by his three sons.The brand has promotional events planned for Friday in Shanghai, including an appearance by LaVar with autograph signings, according to the store where it will be held.Eldest brother Lonzo joined the Lakers this year after just one season with UCLA, while youngest brother LaMelo Ball is still in high school but also on the radar as a future professional.LaVar Ball is frequently criticized over his brash claims, and Twitter users wasted little time taking shots at LiAngelo.“Season hasn’t even started and he already leads the nation in steals,” said one posting, while others launched a cheeky #FreeLiAngelo hashtag.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A US State Department official told AFP: “We are aware of reports of three US citizens arrested in China and stand ready to assist.” The official declined further comment, citing “privacy considerations”.UCLA had said Tuesday it was “aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes” and was cooperating with local authorities, but otherwise declined comment. Georgia Tech said none of its athletes were involved.The Pac-12 conference to which UCLA belongs issued a Twitter statement saying it was “very disappointed by any situation that detracts” from the China visit.“Whether in the United States or abroad, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards,” it said.LiAngelo Ball is one of three basketball-playing siblings who have emerged on the national stage in recent years, fueled in part by father LaVar’s aggressive promotion of his sons as future NBA superstars.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ A Hangzhou government spokesperson confirmed to AFP that three American citizens had been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting but referred further questions to police, who could not immediately be reached.ESPN said the players were arrested Tuesday after around 20 police officers descended on their hotel in Hangzhou near Shanghai, where the team had gone to tour the corporate campus of China e-commerce giant Alibaba, a sponsor of 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 smogESPN had reported that police questioned members of both teams in the hotel before taking away the three UCLA players.The fate of the players on Wednesday, and whether they would face charges, was unclear. Shoplifting can bring a prison term of several years in China. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Work begins as Ravena inks max rookie deal with NLEX

first_img“I’ve been around the PBA for almost all my life because of my dad, so I know how it goes,” he said.The idea, however, is still different from execution, and Ravena is hopeful he could get a seamless transition“Hopefully, the transition would be smooth. I know it’s a matter of maturity because in college, you get away with a lot of things. You play with younger guys if you’re the senior. But here, you play against much bigger, stronger, older and more intelligent guys with a lot of experience. So you have to counter that with a lot of things to be able to be efficient with your game,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiefer Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSigning a maximum rookie deal worth P8.5 million on Thursday, Kiefer Ravena couldn’t be more elated to formally join the NLEX family.“I’m very happy to be in a franchise where it wasn’t really hard to negotiate. More than the contract, it’s the honor to play for a franchise like NLEX,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Standhardinger: I don’t want Rookie of the Year award .@kieferravena: It’s nice to have my first game in an @nlexpba jersey. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/VN454ePVQr— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) November 9, 2017 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img READ: Guiao hails Ravena-Alas backcourt as NLEX’s futureAnd the work starts now for the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft as he will have to prove his hype in this new chapter with the Road Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set But Ravena doesn’t mind the early grind with NLEX, which came back to work early in the offseason with more than a month to go before the opening.“I really wanted to come in early to make up for lost time and to make my transition a bit faster and smoother when the real practice time comes. So I’ve already learned a lot here, from the guys who I’ve been with or faced one way or another,” he said.READ: Rookie Ravena hopes to bring leadership at NLEXSeen as the most PBA-ready of the class, Ravena shared that his exposure to the culture of the pros all his life has prepared him for his moment, giving him a slight edge among the pack.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more