Battle : D-III player Raridon works as player, custodian for North Central

first_imgDerek Raridon can’t stand the smell of sweat-drenched athletic tape. But somehow, after every North Central (Ill.) College home game, the used tape is strewn across the Cardinal’s locker room for him to pick up.‘Ankle tape is the worst to clean up by far,’ Raridon said. ‘I tell my teammates to pick it up because someone has to. That someone is generally me, though.’When Raridon isn’t playing on the court inside Merner Field House in Naperville, Ill., he’s cleaning the court, locker rooms and weight room at the facility. The 6-foot-6 forward for Division-III North Central works 20 work-study hours each week during the season as a member of the school’s custodial staff. On the floor, Raridon is a key part of North Central’s lineup. The forward is a two-time All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Second Team selection. He has averaged 13.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game this season, and he became the 23rd player to score 1,000 points in school history in December.But as a custodian, Raridon picks up trash after home games, buffs the floors before basketball and volleyball games, and — unfortunately for Raridon — collects what’s left behind in the home and away locker rooms. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I’ve picked up some gross stuff,’ said Raridon, whose father, Todd Raridon, became the head coach of the Cardinals eight years ago.And Derek Raridon isn’t the first in his family to hold such a unique position. His older brother, Mitch, was the first to help the Merner Field House custodial staff during their father’s first four years at North Central. Todd Raridon said his eldest son needed to find work to offset the costs of attending North Central.‘There’s no such thing as a scholarship D-III athlete,’ Todd said. ‘Mitch started off cleaning the courts, and when Derek moved to Naperville, he started helping out, too.’Raridon was a 16-year-old high school student when his father started coaching the team, and he was in need of a summer job. Five years and probably hundreds of discarded balls of sweaty ankle tape later, Raridon considers himself a grizzled veteran of the trade.‘I’m pretty much a professional custodian,’ Raridon said, laughing. And being a ‘professional’ custodian means being ready to clean at any time, whether he’s on the clock or not. When the Cardinals returned from their holiday break to practice before a home game against Manchester (Ind.) College, they found the floors of the 81-year-old Merner Field House covered in dust. Much to the amusement of his teammates, Raridon broke out the broom and cleaned the court. And on a newly cleaned court, the Cardinals beat Manchester, 62-38.While his teammates joke with Raridon about his job as a custodian, they have a much tougher time ridiculing his basketball skills.Todd Raridon admits his son’s game is well ahead of what it used to be.‘Derek used to stay behind the (3-point) arc because he was a little scrawny,’ Todd said. ‘He’s certainly changed since then.’That change came about because of Raridon’s dual role as a player and custodian. After 40-hour work weeks during summer 2010, Raridon found himself sticking around the athletic facility.He would work on his low-post moves. He’d practice his foul shots. And after a summer of weightlifting, Raridon wasn’t the same scrawny 3-point shooter his father once saw him as. ‘I was right there (at Merner), so I felt like I’d miss out on an opportunity to improve,’ Raridon said. ‘There was no excuse to tell my dad that I didn’t stick around and work on my game.’That change helped save the Cardinals season last year, when injuries decimated the North Central frontcourt. Todd Raridon knew his son could handle the forward position, and after a summer of hard work, Raridon proved him right.Todd Raridon, the CCIW Co-Coach of the Year last season, can easily draw the connection between the time his son spends cleaning the court at Merner and his on-court performance. ‘The place has become a second home to Derek,’ Todd Raridon said. ‘He’d really do anything to improve as a player.’That improvement may come at the cost of picking up sweaty ankle tape, but if it helps his level of play and his team, Raridon is willing to keep cleaning.‘It’s actually fun to be a janitor,’ Raridon said. ‘And being in the gym is a nice perk, too.’Games of the weekGeorgia Tech 79, No. 15 Virginia 77Thursday, 8 p.m.The Cavaliers could be due for a letdown after coming so close against Duke. Glen Rice Jr. and company could take advantage here for a signature Atlantic Coast Conference win on Thursday night. No. 1 Syracuse 84, Notre Dame 66Saturday, 6 p.m.Notre Dame is a team that sorely needs some consistent scoring. Expect Syracuse to stick to what it does best: score in transition and play strong zone defense for another win.No. 3 Baylor 89, No. 5 Missouri 74Saturday, 2 p.m.Marcus Denmon isn’t enough for Missouri to give the Bears a loss here. Baylor is among the deepest teams in the nation, and even if it gets tripped up by Kansas, that’s not a testament to its talent. Perry Jones III, Quincy Miller and Quincy Acy should carry their team in this game. Tennessee 84, No. 13 Connecticut 81Saturday, 4 p.m.UConn’s inconsistency trips the Huskies up again. But don’t think this will be an easy game for the Volunteers. Tennessee should lean on the experience they gained by taking Kentucky to the brink of an upset to actually pull one off here. No. 21 Marquette 77, Providence 66Darius Johnson-Odom, Jae Crowder and the rest of the Golden Eagles should be too much for the Friars to handle. And although head coach Ed Cooley has his team playing well, it seems the Friars always play well enough to lose. Buzz Williams won’t let his team come out flat against an inferior opponent. [email protected] Published on January 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nicktoneytweets Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Six scenarios for final College Football Playoff rankings, from chalk to chaos

first_imgConference championship weekend is here: the last weekend before the College Football Playoff pairings are revealed.The top six teams in the AP Top 25 — No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 Utah and No. 6 Oklahoma — have the best chances of cracking the field after Saturday’s slate of conference championship games. No. 8 Baylor is the only other remaining team with one loss or fewer. Is there a chance that a two-loss team — don’t make us say No. 9 Alabama — could crack the field? What happens: LSU and Ohio State win, but the rest of the weekend is pure chaos. Oregon throttles Utah in the Pac-12 championship game, Baylor destroys Oklahoma and Virginia beats Clemson by three touchdowns, leaving no doubt the Cavs are the superior team (just work with us here). That causes the committee to start considering the top two-loss teams, which include Oregon, Penn State, Florida, and, yes, Alabama.Who gets left out? Clemson would still likely get in, but two-loss Oregon would have an interesting case. That would likely leave out any SEC team trying to squeeze into the last spot. Georgia wouldn’t get in after losing on conference championship weekend; neither would Florida, because of its loss to the Bulldogs in the regular season.Reception: This really is the only way to keep the Crimson Tide in the conversation late. It’s not going to happen considering they are currently behind three-loss Auburn in the rankings. We tried to find a scenario for that. In fact, we break down the six possible scenarios that will unfold this weekend and who will make the four-team Playoff as a result:Chalk wins1. Ohio State (13-0)/LSU (13-0)2. Ohio State (13-0)/LSU (13-0)3. Clemson (13-0)4. Utah (12-1)What happens: The Utes set the tone with a business-like victory against Oregon on Friday. Ohio State, LSU and Clemson follow up to make it back-to-back years where three undefeated teams make the Playoff. You can flip Ohio State or LSU based on style points, but this is the cleanest look at the picture.Who gets left out? The Oklahoma-Baylor winner becomes the only one-loss teams in the New Year’s Day 6.Reception: The LSU-Ohio State argument will get nasty, but either way the semifinal against Clemson will be epic. People will question Utah’s credentials, but the Utes have proven they belong since their loss to USC.Update: Utah’s 37-15 loss to Oregon Saturday eliminates the Utes from Playoff contention.LSU loses to Georgia in SEC championship1. Ohio State (13-0)2. Clemson (13-0)3. Georgia (12-1)4. LSU (12-1)What happens: Georgia wins the SEC championship in an instant classic, creating a one-loss pileup with LSU and either Oklahoma or Baylor. The committee sticks with the Tigers in the final spot based on wins over Florida, Alabama and Auburn, who could rank inside the top 10 by season’s end.Who gets left out? The Utes and winner of the Big 12 championship are left out in the cold.Reception: This is what the TV networks want: Georgia vs. Clemson in Atlanta and Ohio State vs. LSU (and Buckeyes transfer Joe Burrow) in the Fiesta Bowl. Utah and the winner of the Big 12 champions would rightly be angry considering their status as Power 5 conference champions. Georgia, which lost to South Carolina on Oct. 12, would receive considerable criticism. So would LSU, though the Tigers’ schedule is strong enough to warrant a Playoff berth even with a loss. #SECBias starts trending.Big 12 blowout1. Ohio State (13-0)/LSU (13-0)2. Ohio State (13-0)/LSU (13-0)3. Clemson (13-0)4. Oklahoma (12-1)/Baylor (12-1)What happens: Utah either loses or looks woeful against Oregon and is lucky to escape with a win. With that still fresh in mind, Oklahoma or Baylor blows the other out in the Saturday noon slot. The Sooners are the better bet to pull this off, but a complete, dominant performance from either team would likely be enough to bump the Pac-12 champion out of the mix.Who gets left out? This scenario only works if LSU knocks Georgia out (but it wouldn’t hurt for Utah to look bad in a win or for Oregon to beat the Utes). Assuming those conditions are met, the Pac-12 champion would be left out of the Playoff again for the third consecutive year.Reception: It’s still four conference champions, but Clemson, Oklahoma and Ohio State will have combined for 12 of the 24 Playoff appearances at that point. Still, the potential semifinal matchups — especially with the Sooners as the fourth team — are enticing enough to keep most satisfied with the outcome.Clemson and/or Ohio State lose1. LSU (13-0)2. Ohio State (12-1)3. Clemson (12-1)/Utah (12-1)/Oklahoma (12-1)/Baylor (12-1)4. Clemson (12-1)/Utah (12-1)/Oklahoma (12-1)/Baylor (12-1)What happens: Clemson and/or Ohio State — the two heaviest favorites of the weekend — find a way to lose their conference championship games. We still think Ohio State would get in no matter what. But Clemson, because of the ACC schedule, would be in an uncomfortable argument with Utah and Oklahoma. Baylor likely wouldn’t get in in this scenario, even if it beat Oklahoma, though the conference championship card would be played. That would leave the committee to choose among Clemson, Utah and Oklahoma for the final two spots.Who gets left out? There’s a decent chance Clemson would get left out because they wouldn’t have a conference championship in the relatively weak ACC. The Utes and Sooners would.Reception: Be careful what you wish for when it comes to chaos. If Ohio State or Clemson lose and still get in, then it would only further ramp up debate on the exact value of a conference championship game — and the call for an expanded playoff.LSU, Clemson and Ohio State lose1. Georgia (12-1)2. Ohio State (12-1)/LSU (12-1)3. Ohio State (12-1)/LSU (12-1)4. Clemson (12-1)/Oklahoma (12-1)/Baylor (12-1)/Utah (12-1)What happens: All three undefeated teams lose, which opens the door for at least one of the Pac-12 and Big 12 champion. It’s unlikely both get in due to LSU likely remaining in the top four, even with a loss.Who gets left out? How would the committee sort out six one-loss teams? Georgia would get in because of the SEC championship. LSU, Ohio State and Clemson would still be hard to turn away. Would the committee replace one of those teams with the Oklahoma-Baylor winner and Utah if they won their respective conference championships?Reception: Either way, two one-loss teams would be left out. The six-team Playoff model starts getting more attention.A two-loss team?  1. LSU (13-0)2. Ohio State (13-0)3. Baylor (12-1)4. Clemson (12-1)/Oregon (11-2)/Penn State (10-2)/Florida (10-2)/Alabama (10-2)last_img read more

Thursday April 4th Local Sports

first_imgCEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa coach Mark Farley says the quarterback race is wide open. The Panthers need a replacement for Eli Dunne, who led them to the second round of the FCS playoffs last season.Farley doubts a starter will be solidified by the end of spring drills.One of the goals on defense is to establish a rotation at linebacker. AMES — Iowa State’s tight ends have become a bigger part of Iowa State’s offense and their role is expected to grow even more next season. Redshirt sophomore Charlie Kolar earned second team All Big-12 honors a season ago and says it was a vision the Cyclone coaches presented him on the recruiting trail.Kolar says he takes pride in both blocking and receiving.Chase Allen had eight receptions a year ago while battling through a groin injury.Allen says with key departures in the receiving corps the tight ends may be a bigger factor in the passing game.Allen says the versatile nature of the tight ends is also a plus.Spring drills for Iowa State will conclude on April 20th, with this year’s spring schedule not including a spring football game. IOWA CITY — Iowa defensive line coach Kelvin Bell hopes to continue Iowa’s tradition at the position. Bell was elevated following the retirement of longtime assistant Reese Morgan.The Hawkeyes have sent several defensive linemen into the NFL in recent years.Last year’s defensive line had depth rarely seen at Iowa. Bell says developing depth will be accomplished between now and the season opener.Iowa started spring practice last week and will have their final practice on April 26th. DALLAS (AP) — Dallas rookie sensation Luka Doncic passed up a shot at a potential winning 3-pointer in a 110-108 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Fellow rookie Jalen Brunson missed a 3 on a shot that would have been reviewed to see if he got it off in time. Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Andrew Wiggins hit the go-ahead bucket with 19 seconds remaining. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eddie Rosario hit a go-ahead single in the ninth inning and the Minnesota Twins again rallied late against Kansas City, beating the Royals 7-6. After Max Kepler hit a tying, two-run single in the Twins eighth, Nelson Cruz drew a leadoff walk in the ninth from Wily Peralta. Pinch-runner Byron Buxton stole second and scored when Rosario followed with a single. Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 25 games, tied with George Brett and Mike Sweeney for third longest by a Royals player. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — NIT championship — Texas vs. Lipscomb — pre-game 5:45, tipoff 6:00 MASON CITY — The 20th-ranked NIACC softball team split their doubleheader with 7th-ranked Kirkwood on Wednesday at home. In the opener, Kirkwood took advantage of an error in the fifth inning with Taleah Smith socking a two-run homer for a 2-0 win. Kristen Peka took the loss, striking out seven. In the nightcap, NIACC rallied from an early 5-0 deficit, scoring five in the third, one in the fourth, three in the fifth and four in the sixth for a 13-8 win. Peka came back in to relieve Kylie Sherwood, pitching the final three innings to get the win. She also was 2-for-2 with two homers and three runs batted in. Alyssa Laxson was 2-for-4 with a homer and four runs batted in, Kaitlyn Carlson was 2-for-4 with three RBI, while Morgan Kelley also socked a solo homer. NIACC is now 13-7 overall and 5-1 in the conference. They continue their week-long homestand with a doubleheader against Northeast Community College at 1 o’clock on Saturday and hosting Iowa Central for a doubleheader on Sunday at noon.last_img read more

Thurston County Board of Commissioners to Hold Public Hearing on the…

first_imgFacebook60Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyThe Thurston County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 to receive public testimony on the proposed draft of the Rochester Subarea Plan update. The Rochester Subarea Plan is part of the 2020-2021 Official Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a video conference and teleconference option will also be available in addition to in-person attendance to ensure those wishing to provide testimony have every option available.What: Public Hearing – Comprehensive Plan Amendment for the Rochester Subarea PlanWhen: Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. or soon thereafterWhere: Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 280, 2000 Lakeridge Drive, SW, Olympia, WA 98502Attend virtually through this link Written Comments: If you are unable to attend, you can submit written  comments to Shannon Shula, Associate Planner, at [email protected] no later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28 2020. You can also hand deliver or mail comments to:Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development DepartmentAttention: Shannon Shula, Associate PlannerThurston County Courthouse, Building 12000 Lakeridge Dr. SW,Olympia, WA 98502BackgroundThe Rochester Subarea Plan was last updated in 1996. In 2017, the Board of County Commissioners approved a project to review and update to the Rochester Subarea Plan. The county held four open house events between 2018 and 2019, in addition to several other public outreach and community engagement activities with residents and businesses in the Rochester and Grand Mound communities. The Thurston County Planning Commission reviewed and held a public hearing on the draft update on January 8, 2020, and recommended approval of the updated Plan.Copies of the proposed subarea plan and supporting documents are available at the Building Development Center, located in Building One at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, in Olympia. You can also find the proposed plan and supporting documents at: www.grandmoundplanning.org.To request disability accommodations, call the Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator at least three days prior to the meeting at 360-786-5440. Persons with speech or hearing disabilities may call via Washington Relay:  711 or 800-833-6388.last_img read more

New Concept in Urgent Care: Treating Both Medical and Behavioral Health

first_img“What’s extraordinary about it is that it’s ordinary,” said Donald Parker, CEO of Carrier Clinic and president of Care Transformation for Behavioral Health for HMH. “It’s in a neighborhood, it’s in a community, it’s across the street from the hospital. It’s got a parking lot. It’s not someplace that you can’t see. It’s not hiding away in the back of the emergency room.” NEPTUNE CITY – Whether you have the flu or feelings of depression or anxiety, a new urgent care center with behavioral health services can help. The center’s opening is a collaborative effort between Hackensack Meridian Health, with corporate offices in Edison, and Carrier Clinic, based in Belle Mead, meant to bring integrated health care to the community. Their three main goals are to get rid of the stigma surrounding behavioral health issues, provide people experiencing mental health issues with the latest treatments through new technologies, and rapidly expand access to care. Parker said they expect this to be the first behavioral health urgent care center integrated with a medical urgent care center in the country. It will give patients the ability to walk in and receive help immediately. Previously, people seeking immediate help with nonemergent issues might have had to go to the emergency room, which he described as “expensive” and “crowded.” “We saw the rates of depression across the United States and in New Jersey significantly rise. We saw suicide rates continually going up. Just last year alone in New Jersey, over 3,000 of our citizens passed away due to opioid overdoses,” said Garrett. Parker said he thinks the future of behavioral health is “all about being commonplace, being ordinary, being in the places that we need it.” The center is located on Route 33 in Neptune City. After looking at statistics years ago, Garrett said the board of Hackensack Meridian Health knew it had to do something to combat the problems facing the health care system at large. He said studies show that 1 in 5 Americans have some type of mental illness. The pursuit to open such a center started seven years ago when Parker wrote a grant for a center for Medicare and Medicaid services that was ultimately denied. “I’ve been pounding on it,” he said. Bob Garrett, Hackensack Meridian Health CEO, said patients with mental illnesses or addictions had to navigate busy emergency departments at hospitals, competing with patients who are having strokes, heart attacks or have been involved in motor vehicle accidents. “Many of those patients don’t need emergent care, but they need urgent care. They need quality urgent care. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do here,” said Garrett. The center has a physician on site at all times, access to specialists, a lab with X-ray and EKG machines, as well as follow-up communication with primary care providers. It is not a clinic nor does it replace a patient’s psychiatrist, therapist or psychologist. Patients with more serious symptoms such as thoughts of suicide should go to a Behavioral Health Clinic, professional or local emergency room equipped to handle that higher level of care, according to the center. Noting a lack of addiction treatment centers in New Jersey, Garrett said one is now underway in northern New Jersey that will open later this year into next year. It will include 80 in-patient beds and out-patient services and programs. “Too many people in New Jersey, particularly our young people, are still traveling out of state for addiction treatment services. They’re going to states like Florida and Arizona and California,” he said. At a ribbon cutting Friday, the people behind Hackensack Meridian Urgent Care with Behavioral Health, located across from Jersey Shore University Medical Center, said this could be the first center of its kind in the country. “What I love about what Bob and Don and all of you have done here is you’re setting an example of what the future should look like,” Kennedy said. “We want chronic disease management of these illnesses. We want them integrated into the rest of physical health care.” An estimated 140 attendees visited Neptune City’s urgent care center for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 20. Speakers included Garrett; Parker; former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy; deputy commissioner of Integrated Health for New Jersey Deborah Hartel; and Neptune Mayor Carol Rizzo. In a passionate delivery, Kennedy said the nation’s response to the opioid epidemic and suicide crisis is “pitiful.” Backers and supporters of the new Hackensack Meridian Urgent Care with Behavioral Health center gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 20 in Neptune City.Photo by Allison Perrine Freeholder Gerry P. Scharfenberger said the center fills “a huge niche” and also gets patients out of the emergency room. “I think it’s great. It’s really something I’d like to see expanded.”last_img read more

Kannibelles clean cars for International experience

first_imgThe “Belles” are entering the tournament ranked sixth overall, and are looking forward to playing some of the pacific coast teams who bring both experience and an element of the unknown along with them.The Kootenay team, with players on the roster from Nelson, Trail, Rossland and Salmo, is rebuilding with the loss of five players since Nationals, and this tournament will be an opportunity to gain experience and hone their skills in a short amount of time before the Western Canadian Divisional Tournament early this July in Fernie.The Kannibelles would like to send out huge thank-yous to Nelson Ford for generously donating their lot for the car wash, to those who came and had their cars washed, and to the folks who just waved back and showed their support of the team.Roller Derby is amazing and so is our community, thank you everyone! We appreciate your support. For more information on West Kootenay Roller Derby including scores and schedules, go to:www.kootenayrollerderby.comwww.facebook.com/wkrollerderby The Kootenay Kannibelles — complete with six-foot-tall gecko and a fuzzy pink monster dancing and cheering at the four-way stop leading into Nelson — were out in full force Saturday raising money to defer cost for a 20-team tournament Women’s Roller Derby Tournament this weekend in Spokane.The West Kootenay Roller Derby’s All-stars staged a car wash Saturday at the Nelson Ford Location to earn much-needed funding to go towards international roller derby domination.last_img read more

GOODYEARFORROSES MUCH BEST UNDER NAKATANI AS SHE WINS GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA ANA STAKES BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS; TRAINED BY BALTAS, SHE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:47.98 AS SHE TAKES HER THIRD STAKES OF MEET

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 12, 2017)–With a couple of confident looks back, veteran Corey Nakatani stepped on the gas heading into the far turn and went on to a convincing 1 ¾ length win aboard Goodyearforroses in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes for older fillies and mares.  Trained by Richard Baltas, the 5-year-old Irish-bred mare got a mile and one eighth on grass in 1:47.98 as she took her third consecutive stakes race of the Winter Meet.A measured fourth, about two lengths off of pacesetter Kenriya three furlongs from home, Goodyearforroses made an eye catching move around the turn, swung three-wide turning for home and aside from a couple back-handed reminders, was hand-ridden to victory.A winner of both the Robert J. Frankel Stakes on Dec. 31 and the Astra II Stakes on Feb. 2,  Goodyearforroses was off at even money in a field of eight and paid $4.00, $3.00 and $2.20.Transferred to Baltas following a third place finish in the Grade III Maple Leaf Stakes at Woodbine on Nov. 5, Goodyearforroses is unbeaten with her new connections.“She’s been aggressive from the time we got her and it’s nice to have a jock like Corey, who I don’t have to give any instructions to,” said Baltas. “She’s done everything right and she’s acted like a good horse.  We’ve got some weight on her now and she’s all race horse.”When asked where she might run next, Baltas responded, “We might stay home and run in the Gamely (Grade I, 1 1/8 miles on turf, May 27).”Owned by Abbondanza Racing, LLC, who brought a large throng of racing enthusiasts to the Winner’s Circle, Goodyearforroses now has seven wins from 15 starts and with the winner’s share of $120,000, she increased her earnings to $365,995.“The sky’s the limit,” said Nakatani. “She’s doing unbelievable, as you can tell from the way she ran today.  She tells us when she wants to run and she’s just such a good mare.”Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Argentine-bred Pretty Girl, who was last after six furlongs, proved second best, finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Sweet Charity. Off at 7-1, Pretty Girl paid $7.20 and $3.80.With Flavien Prat up, Sweet Charity was off at 4-1 and paid $3.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.85, 48.90, 1:12.80 and 1:36.58.First post time for an eight-race card on Thursday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

Geje Eustaquio looks for more improvement after tough comeback win

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Geje Eustaquio put on an impressive showing against Kim Kyu Sung on Friday in ONE: Enter the Dragon in his first fight since losing the flyweight world title five months ago.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “The kid is willing to win, that’s why he was unbreakable. That’s why I didn’t get the finish.”The 6-foot Sung’s glaring height and reach advantage also played a big factor in the fight particularly in the third round.Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao also had high praise for the 26-year-old Sung.“We did not expect that the kid would be that tough. Kim was really tough. He kept on moving forward, he kept on pressuring. Even when we were tagging him, he just won’t back down,” said Sangiao.Sangiao, though, never had any doubts that Eustaquio would pull through in the end.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “In the last round, Geje kind of slowed down, I noticed he was slowing down, I was kind of nervous at that time but the nice thing about Geje is he knows what he’s doing there,” shared Sangiao.“For all the things that he was doing, the heavy blows, the spinning kicks and fist, that takes a lot out of you, that’s why he got tired.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Of all people, however, Eustaquio was far from content with his performance in front of a sellout crowd at Singapore Indoor Stadium.“I’m not a hundred percent satisfied with my performance. I’m looking forward to get better and I’m willing to go back to the drawing board and be a better athlete,” said Eustaquio,FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsEustaquio beat Sung on points, a result that left the Team Lakay star disappointed.“I was starting to be dismayed by my performance. I was looking forward to take him down, put on an arm triangle or a marcelo choke but I have to be honest, he’s a tough guy,” said Eustaquio.center_img Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Manny Pacquiao relishes underdog tag vs undefeated Keith Thurman Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoPochettino declares he could stay with Spurs ‘for 20 years’

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pochettino declares he could stay with Spurs ‘for 20 years’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has declared he could stay with the Londoners for 20 years.The 46-year-old Argentine has guided Spurs to fifth, third, second and third in his four completed league seasons since joining from Southampton in 2014.”I hope, or I wish to be here 20 years, and decide to leave or to finish my career here,” said Pochettino.”I am so focused here, and want to help the club to achieve what the club want to be in history.”He added: “It would be fantastic. I am so happy to be here. I am so happy to work in that pressure. Why not?” last_img read more