Red Force into final after whipping Jaguars

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force stormed into the final of the Regional Super50 when they produced a clinical bowling performance to whip Guyana Jaguars by 54 runs in the semi-final here Wednesday night.In a repeat of last year’s final, Red Force raised a competitive 259 for nine off their 50 overs and then used their spin attack on a turning Queen’s Park Oval track, to bundle out Jaguars for a disappointing 205 off 48.3 overs.Left-hander Darren Bravo missed out on a sixth regional one-day hundred when he fell for 95 while West Indies teammate Denesh Ramdin weighed in with an attacking 43 off 44 balls and Kjorn Ottley, a well-played 33 off 62 deliveries.Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul was the leading bowler with three for 56 while off-spinner Steven Jacobs (2-12) and seamer Paul Wintz (2-67) picked up two wickets apiece.In reply, Jaguars suffered from a sluggish start before losing wickets steadily as the Red Force spinners crippled the innings.Wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble resisted with a cameo 51 while Paul Wintz struck 26. Chris Barnwell got 22 and captain Leon Johnson and opener Vishaul Singh both scored 20.The damage was done by Jon-Russ Jaggesar who claimed three for 36 while fellow off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine (2-35) and left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein (2-42) picked up two wickets apiece.Red Force will now await the winners of last night’s second semi-final between Barbados Pride and Windward Islands Volcanoes, to know their opponents in tomorrow’s final.last_img read more


Messi helps Barcelona equal record

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP):Lionel Messi scored with an unstoppable free kick to help Barcelona come from behind to beat Sevilla 2-1 yesterday, a record-equalling 34th game without loss that kept the champions on track to retain their Spanish league title.Sevilla’s Victor “Vitolo” Machin struck first for the visitors in the 20th minute, but Messi curled home his free kick 11 minutes later before Gerard Pique put Barcelona ahead just after half-time.Barcelona equalled Madrid’s record unbeaten streak in all competitions from 1988-89. Barcelona’s last loss in any competition was at Sevilla on October 3.”The record means nothing to me,” said Barcelona coach Luis Enrique. “If we win the title, fine, but, if not, then it means nothing to me.”Luis Enrique’s team is certainly on course to win the league. In fact, they have a chance to repeat their rare treble of league, cup and Champions League trophies from last year.Barcelona’s 10th consecutive Liga win maintained their eight-point lead over second-place Atletico Madrid. Third-place Real Madrid, which lost 1-0 to Atletico on Saturday, fell 12 points behind the pacesetters with 12 rounds to go.Sevilla, which remained dangerous until the final whistle, slipped down to sixth place. Unai Emery’s team will have the opportunity to avenge the defeat when they meet Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final on May 22.”It’s tough for a defeat to strengthen you,” Emery said. “To beat Barca, you have to find that extra something because we are probably talking about the best team in the world.”Elsewhere Sunday, Villarreal eased to a 3-0 win over 10-man Levante to cement their hold on fourth place, while Athletic Bilbao won 3-0 at Valencia in a preview of their Europa League round-of-16 clash.last_img read more


Poker Star a strong fancy

first_imgLast Saturday’s nine-race programme at Caymanas Park proved a nightmare for punters, but lady luck smiled on one punter who, with a paltry $480 stake, won a whopping $1.4 million on the late Super-6.According to reports, he carried 8-5 favourite KING WITHIN as a banker in the fourth race and took it from there. It was the first time this year that a small punter was winning so much on the popular Super-6.Meanwhile, the first Super-6 eluded punters, resulting in a $1.2 million carryover to tomorrow’s first Super-6 from race one to six. And the Pick-9 had no takers as well, ensuring a $2.1 million carryover.We look at the first super-6, which gets under way with a four-year-old and up maiden special to be contested by nine starters over the straight five course.The race is devoid of good recent form, but horses such as MACHU PICCHU (Shamaree Muir up), BOOK OF RULES (O’Brien White), AWESOME ROCKET (Natalie Berger), and REGINA’S WAY (Javaniel Patterson) have shown enough past form to be considered.The most consistent of this quartet is MACHO PICCHU, who finished 9 1/2 lengths third to GENUINE ARTICLE and RUNNER RUNNER over the course on September 9 when bumped at the start. RUNNER RUNNER subsequently paid tribute to the form by winning, and the Terence McWhinney-trained MACHU PICCHU should follow suit, having shown good speed in her races.The speedy COUNTRY TRAIN, now back to her happy hunting ground (claiming $350,000 – $300,000), should rebound with a win in the second race over 1100 metres.Trained by Marlon Anderson, who has been getting among the winners this season, COUNTRY TRAIN has already won five races in 2015. She finished a close second to FORCE DE JOUR over the distance on a $400,000 claiming tag on August 29 and with less to do in present company, should make all with Paul Francis riding her in a 10-horse field. The recent winner LOVETTA JONES (Wesley Henry up) and AQUILO (Jevanne Erwin) are twin dangers.CAMPESINO, with leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny, looks the one to beat in the third race over 1100 metres for overnight allowance horses. The five-year-old gelding is out for the first time since finishing a close second to PHINEAS over 1400 metres on June 20, but despite this, has been burning up the track at exercise, galloping five furlongs in a brisk 59.4 (bullet work) last Saturday morning.Now dropped in class and basically better than his six opponents, CAMPESINO looks hard to oppose even with 56.0kg. RIO COBRE, also dropped in class, looks his principal danger with title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen aboard.Halledeen should rebound in the fourth and fifth races with the well-forward two-year-old debutant VISION OF GOLD in the fourth and POKER STAR in the fifth, both trained by 14-time champion Wayne DaCosta.A chestnut colt by Fearless Vision out of the 1999 derby winner Good Prospect, VISION OF GOLD has looked the part at exercise, galloping five furlongs in 1:01.3 (bullet work) last Sunday morning. He is nicely drawn on the outside at post position 13 and should stave off LIKE A LADY (Henry up), who beat all barring the highly thought of ZUGULU over this trip recently.POKER STAR, on the other hand, has worked exceptionally well in preparation for this race following a four-month absence and remembering his fast-time win over 1300 metres (1:17.2) on May 2, should return with a bang at the expense of hat-trick seeker GOLD MEMBER. Then, close all bets with INFANTRY OFFICER, who failed by three-quarter length to catch SIR D over the straight on September 26. He renews rivalry with SIR D on 2.0kg better terms and with Shamaree Muir taking the ride, should turn the tables on SIR D, both well drawn on the stands’ side in a maximum field of 16,FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) MACHU PICCHU/BOOK OF RULES(2) COUNTRY TRAIN/ LOVETTA JONES(3) CAMPESINO/RIO COBRE(4) VISION OF GOLD/LIKE A LADY(5) POKER STAR(6) INFANTRY OFFICER/SIR Dlast_img read more


Tony Becca: The Australian inspiration

first_imgSome people may now be questioning the reason for this headline, The Australian inspiration. After all, the West Indies did go from 1976 to 1995 losing only one Test series against all comers, they defeated Australia mercilessly in seven series from 1980 to 1993 and during all those years there skill was such that they were considered the greatest set of cricketers ever to play the game. Maybe the headline reflected the 4-1 defeat in 1951-52 when Australia first played the West Indies, or maybe it brought back memories of the 3-0 thrashing they dished out in 1955 when they first toured the West Indies. No, it could not have been. Those defeats, and others, were well and truly avenged during the 19 years of ascendancy and the many thumpings that Australia received from the West Indies during that time, even though those victories are nearly as far away and as long ago as the wonderful and historic 3-1 victory against England in 1950. The headline is for another reason. Back in those days, cricket was popular among the six or seven countries which really played the game, and Test cricket was what other cricket was judged by. Whenever stumps were driven into the ground and two men in white walked out of the pavilion, it was the signal for the people to turn out in their thousands, or for rain to come tumbling down. People loved the sport, and they used to revel in who wins and the successful performers were the toast of the day, as they are today. In that atmosphere, with everybody, toddlers to grandparents, probably even to great grandparents, involved in the game, England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, the West Indies, India, and Pakistan were happy. They won series and they lost series. They produced good players. Everybody was playing, young and old. They played in the backyard and in the front yard. They were seen on television enjoying the Test matches, and by playing everywhere and anywhere, and by playing every day and everywhere, the young players were in a position to replace the stars whenever their time came to step aside. They had the numbers. That was how it was in those days. While it is basically the same in the other countries, it is no longer so in the West Indies, and certainly not so in Jamaica where a cricket match, almost any cricket match, is like a ghost town. Today, the team, the West Indies team, still wins a few matches, but they are few and far between, and mostly against teams as low as Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. And they are gradually catching up with the West Indies. Their performers are few and far between, and with one like Chris Gayle and probably another like Dwayne Bravo not involved, the relatively good performers are Darren Bravo, Kirk Brathwaite, and Marlon Samuels, and they are so only now and again. The reason is that those who are equipped to take the places of the stars are not around, or by playing only now and again, they take too long in getting there. It is difficult these days to spot, not only another Brian Lara or another Curtly Ambrose, another Shivnarine Chanderpaul or another Courtney Walsh, but also a player who really looks like for one for the future England, Australia, South Africa, and especially India turn these type of players out almost every season. They flow like off a production line, Alistair Cook, Ian Bell, Steve Hamison, Joe Root, Jos Butler, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, and Steven Finn, Michael Clarke, David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Finch, Michael Johnson, and Mitchell Starc, Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Hashim Amla, Quinton De Kock, Faf Duplessis, A.B. De Villiers, Makhaya Ntini, and Dale Steyn. And from India, Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S. Laxman, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinka Rajane, Rohit Sharma, R. Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Suresh Raina, and many more. It is almost like you hear about them today and by tomorrow they are gone, and not because they are not that good enough, but because a better one appears on the scene. One of the reasons why England, Australia, South Africa, and India keep producing more and better players more often than the West Indies is because their cricket fraternity really loves cricket. Young players Competitively Based on what I have seen they go to cricket from they are young until they are old, and during that time, they play cricket, in the backyard, in the front-yard, and even competitively until after their 75th birthday. The Australians, who were in Jamaica two weeks ago courtesy of Paul Campbell’s Sports Innovation Group, played four 20-over games against a Kingston CC Masters Invitational X1, a Melbourne CC Masters Invitational X1, and two games against a Paul Campbell Masters Invitational X1, were from Victoria. They came to Jamaica from Mexico and Cuba, and they were heading to Vancouver in Canada before going on to Philadelphia in the USA for a seven-match series in five days to end the tour. The Philadelphia series has been going on for the past 20 years. The reason for the headline is this: the tour was an eye-opener for the Jamaicans, certainly to regulars like former Jamaica nationals Delroy Morgan, John Gordon, Terrence Corke, and Odelmo Peters and to regular master league players like Mark English and Myron Chin. The local players were, however, nowhere near 60 or 75 years old, and while there were maybe a few of them, who may play five or six games a season, the Australians number thousands, who play a minimum of 15 competitive games a season. It is because of that why the Jamaicans were astonished by these older Australians, who, while were attired in the green and gold of Australia, ran sprightly and smartly between the wickets, something which is almost foreign to West Indies cricket these days. “Boy, these guys certainly taught us a lesson. Imagine, 70 and 75 yeas old and still playing, and playing two games a day on top of that,” said one of the Jamaicans who was just pushing his 50th birthday. That’s what made cricketers like Clarke and Smith, and also others like Johnson, Starc, and company. “These guys really love cricket, man. We really have to take a leaf out of their book if we are to match them,” said one of the Jamaicans who required a substitute fielder half way through the match at Melbourne Oval. If the West Indies played cricket like the Aussies, they probably would not have suffered so badly for so long: 1995 to 2016 at the bottom, or near to the bottom, of the Test and One-day rankings.last_img read more


Foster’s Fairplay | Setting the record straight

first_imgThe president of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), Italian media man Gianni Merlo, has written to the president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Lord Sebastien Coe, suggesting that all world records in track and field should be scratched and made to start anew. Merlo is a true friend of Jamaica’s journalists who travel internationally to cover the sport. He has, on a few occasions, rushed to support Jamaican sports media professionals who were in conflict with their bosses on issues regarding their services. This, even though the locals have not, as a group, been affiliated as contributing members with the world body. Merlo’s request to Lord Coe stems from the launch by the IAAF head of an online portal, where information on doping violations could be conveyed for subsequent investigations, leading to charges against offending parties. Having accepted that such a move was necessary, his first concern, as expressed in his letter, was “The problem will be the investigations, looking into the tips. Who will follow up on the anonymous suggestions and the whispers?” He went on to say that if things have reached the point where such a course was considered, and in fact implemented, “then, I think that the moment has arrived to close the world record books in athletics and open new ones”. Merlo was equally concerned that the stripping of medals of those who emerged as guilty from any investigation would be accompanied as well by records going through the window. He attempted to justify “scrapping all records” by declaring that with all the doubts that have plagued the sport, he had to look to the future. He further explained, “I think it would be healthy to begin a new era of athletics that would give new hope to coming generations.” RECENT FRUSTRATIONS This last thought resonates well with Foster’s Fairplay. That is on account of the very recent frustrations expressed by the female athletes, in particular, when they look at the 10.49 (100m), 21.34 (200m), set by the late Florence Griffith Joyner of the USA, and 47.60 (400m) set by Germany’s Marita Koch, and so on. Those marks stand before them like USA’s President-elect Trump’s much-talked-about wall, placed there to stymie all thoughts of movement into an area of a better life. All female athletes in these sprint disciplines, present and future, will always see these marks as unattainable. But, is the Merlo response one that should be contemplated, let alone put into being? To bring the discussion closer to home, there are two outstanding world records set by a Jamaican that are very special to the nation. They are 9.58 in the men’s 100m and 19.19 in the 200m at the 2009 Berlin World Championships – pinnacle moments in the history of track and field. Given opposing views as to authenticity and disparaging remarks held in high places, if they were tainted, it would surely have been revealed as such some time ago. Are they destined, or better put, how much justice would be served by having them go the way of the Merlo request? Foster’s Fairplay remains doubtful. Any thought of falling in line and accepting the Merlo urge to Lord Coe as workable, have, however, been severely compromised by further content in that letter. Merlo is quoted again. “The fanatic quest for records has brought athletics on the brink of destruction. It is time to change the direction. Usain Bolt will be not remembered for his records, but for what he has achieved in every race, for his behaviour.” The Italian had the same view about the great Jesse Owens, “not for his world record, but for the symbol he represented”. This columnist totally disagrees with this Merlo viewpoint. The view here is that as ephemeral as a world record can be, it adds to the stature of the athlete and makes him or her just as worthy of emulation as any other excellent feat or achievement. The fact that the mark may be transient and short-lived is irrelevant to its importance as a statistic to be targeted by those in the future of the sport. Let there be sustained effort and enforcement to lessen or, as much as possible, rid the sport of drugs. Removing records set by the honest athlete does not provide a fair answer. – For feedback: E-Mail: lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more


Blue Dixie wins feature

first_imgBLUE DIXIE, one of two winners for jockey Aaron Chatrie and trainer Gary Subratie, floored the odds on the howling 1-5 favourite PINELOPE to win the inaugural running of the Alexander Hamilton Trophy over 1600 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.The 3-y-o and up open allowance race was run in honour of Hall of Fame inductee Alex Hamilton, a former Jockey Club president and long-time owner/breeder, whose career spans 60 years of racing in Jamaica. As owner of Caymanas Estates, he was instrumental in providing the lands on which Caymanas Park was built in 1959. Hamilton, accompanied by his wife, Erica, and son John, was on hand to present the trophy to the connections of BLUE DIXIE.Always prominent as PINELOPE led from SIR BUDGET in a field of six, BLUE DIXIE (4-1) was produced on the inside, entering the straight. The American 4-y-o filly eventually gained the ascendancy on the rails early in the last furlong, holding off fast-finishing stable-companion AWESOME DESTINY. PINELOPE was third.CONFIDENT OF VICTORYOwner Michael Bernard said he was pretty confident of victory despite the presence of the talented native-bred 4-y-o filly PINELOPE.”We beat her by a length over this trip in fast time when we previously met on October 1 and felt she had to be able to run 1:37.0 today in order to turn the tables,” he asserted.Subratie and Chatrie completed a quick double, having teamed up to win the preceding race over the straight with 8-5 favourite GOLDEN GLORY.Meanwhile, DON CHASSIS won the Mercury Trophy supporting feature over the straight for maiden three-year-old colts and geldings as the 1-1 favourite.Ridden by Ian Spence for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny, the winner came through in the last furlong to beat SILENCE (8-1) by 11/4 lengths.last_img read more


Mega stars expected at Racers Grand Prix

first_imgRacers Track Club president Glen Mills is targeting a world-class spectacle at this year’s second annual Racers Grand Prix, which will be headlined by Usain Bolt and other world-record holders on June 10, at the National Stadium. In addition to Bolt, three other world-record holders, along with several Olympic and World Championships stars, are expected to feature at the highly anticipated meet. Mills, Racers Track Club’s president and head coach, was quick to point out that the organisation is determined to put on a high-calibre show – one which will top anything ever witnessed on Jamaican soil before. “We have a wider span of stars in events that were not previously, and we have the top stars in the world, record holders, world championship … those events, even (jumpers) coming to participate in the triple jump,” Mills outlined, while noting fans could be on hand for a treat in the triple jump. According to Mills, that jumper could go over 18 feet for the first time in Jamaica. HOMAGE TO BOLT While he held back on naming the other world-record holders, Mills was quick to point out that athletes and fans should consider the event a homage to Bolt. Bolt, 30, will be retiring following the London 2017 World Championships and, will run what is expected to be his final race on local soil. “It’s going to be tremendous because of diversity this year, not just because of the sprints, but the quality of competitors that we have,” noted Mills. “The last event will be the salute 100 metres that will feature Usain Bolt in his final appearance on the track in Jamaica, so we want to create some fanfare around it and throughout the evening we will have spots that highlight his achievements over the years,” he stressed of his charge. Meanwhile, the 2000 metres, 400 metre hurdles for women as well as the men’s 800m, have been added to this year’s programme. Event tickets for the Racers Grand Prix will go on-sale (online) on May 1, 2017 The names of confirmed athletes will be revealed at next Friday’s press conference.last_img read more


Neymar slams Barca bosses after PSG home debut

first_imgMOST READ “I want to speak the truth, I’m very sad with them,” said the Brazilian star who cost the Paris club a world record 222 million euros ($261 million) to prise from Barcelona.“I spent four years there and I was very happy. At the start, I was happy. I spent four beautiful years there and I parted happy. But with them (the club’s directors), no.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’“For me, they are not the people who should be there, for the direction of Barca,” said Neymar.“Barca deserve much better and the whole world knows it.” National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Uichico rues Gilas’ bad shooting in tough outing vs Thailand 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 View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Teen gunned down in Masbate Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “I hope that things will improve for Barca and that they will become a team that can rival others.”However, former Tottenham flop Paulinho’s arrival has not been warmly received by Barca fanatical supporters at the Camp Nou.Over 80 percent of fans urged the club not to pay more than 20 million euros for Paulinho in a survey conducted by Barcelona sports daily Mundo Deportivo. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Despite securing the massive fee for Neymar, Barcelona are struggling to replace him before the transfer window closes.The club have had bids in excess of 100 million euros for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele turned down.And the club have been criticised for splashing out 40 million euros ($47 million) for Brazil midfielder Paulinho, who has spent two years at Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande.But Neymar said he could not comment on what the club were doing before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.“I cannot speak now I am in another team. I don’t know what’s going on there, but I see my old teammates sad, and it’s that which makes me sad because I have a lot of friends there,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar applauses after winning the French L1 football match Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) vs Toulouse FC (TFC) at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on August 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / bertrand GUAYParis Saint-Germain’s world record signing Neymar launched a scathing attack on his former club’s directors, saying “Barca deserve much better”.The people in charge at the Catalan giants “are not the people who should be there, for the direction of Barca,” Neymar told reporters after scoring twice on his home debut as PSG thumped Toulouse 6-2 in Ligue 1 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


With Fajardo playing sparingly, Santos delivers for ‘complete’ SMB team

first_imgSearch on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Against Globalport, though, Santos was again playing at his natural position while import Wendell McKines played at the five spot.This allowed San Miguel’s offense to spread out with Santos lurking in the perimeter and that allowed him to knock down a career-high seven three-pointers.“It’s just great that you can contribute in so many ways,” said Santos in Filipino. “Who wouldn’t be happy if they know they can help their team win in whatever way they can?”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ PBA IMAGESSan Miguel on Friday knew the reality that prized three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo wouldn’t be able to log in heavy minutes against Globalport. And even though Fajardo played just seven minutes and 30 seconds, all in the first half, one-time MVP Arwind Santos was there to will the Beermen to a 115-112 win over the Batang Pier for their third win in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Caluag fails to defend BMX title, settles for bronze Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:40Filipinos 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 Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles “Our performance out there, even though we didn’t have June Mar, just shows that this San Miguel team is a complete team,” said Santos in Filipino at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Santos finished with 30 points, eight rebounds, and five blocks in the victory as he reverted back to his natural power forward spot.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’READ: San Miguel overcomes GlobalPort behind Santos’ heroicsThe 2013 MVP usually gets moved to the three spot during import conferences to accommodate the  reinforcements that play power forward while Fajardo remains at center. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


WWE legend Rick Flair vows to ‘never drink again’ after near-death experience

first_imgHow to help the Taal evacuees It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson But a after a recent health scare that nearly cost him his life, Flair has changed his tune and has vowed to “never drink again.”WWE: Pro wrestler Ric Flair out of surgery and restingFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It scared the sh*t out of me,” the “Nature Boy” recalled his harrowing experience in an interview with People TV.  “I never want to go through this again.”Flair recalled experiencing an upset stomach last month, which prompted his fiancee, Wendy Barlow, to rush him to the hospital. Still, the “Limousine Ridin’, Jet Flyin’, Kiss Stealin’, Wheelin’ Dealin’, Son of a Gun” said he remained sober while performing for his countless fans.“I never drank when I was working,” he said. “But as soon as work was over, I went right to the mill.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES View comments Retired professional wrestler Rick Flair, the subject of the documentary “30 for 30: Nature Boy” participates in a panel during the ESPN Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Aside from his trademark “Woo!” yell, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Famer Rick Flair is perhaps best known for his overly outgoing personality and carefree attitude.The 68-year-old retired professional wrestler certainly knew how to live his life, and admitted his penchant for consuming alcohol on a daily basis.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU sends UST reeling to fourth straight loss MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:52China reports first death from mystery pneumonia outbreak02:14Carpio 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 In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up DAY6 is for everybody What he initially thought as a minor issue turned out to be way worse, as his kidneys began to shut down and was on the brink of congestive heart failure, according to The New York Post.“My daughter [Charlotte] told me that the doctor told her to go see me — that I wasn’t going to make it,” Flair shared. “I had no idea it was that bad. Wendy never told me.”As it turned out, Flair’s years of alcohol abuse was the main culprit—a condition he didn’t even know he had.“I didn’t think I was an alcoholic, but obviously I was,” he admitted.Flair also confessed that he had never taken a pain pill in his life, but often relied on booze to ease the pain from his wrestling injuries.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more