HAPPY WITH THE EFFORT Ali was happy with the collective efforts of the middle order, especially after the collapse in Dhaka when England lost to Bangladesh. “We have changed our mentality a bit and want to spend some time on the pitch. Batting at No.5 allows me to do that. I can work on the time needed to bat and play for singles. I enjoy such situations,” said Ali. He was also full of praise for teammate Stokes, whose attacking display helped England accelerate the scoring rate. It could have an impact on the game as a wearing pitch comes into focus. Ali reached his fourth Test hundred off 195 balls. He put on 62 runs for the fifth wicket with Stokes. Mohammed Shami (2-65) then bowled Ali as he inexplicably shouldered arms to an incoming delivery. Keeper Wriddhiman Saha dropped Stokes twice off Umesh Yadav (2-112), making it five drops in this innings for India in total. The all-rounder reached his fourth test hundred off 173 balls. His stay at the crease lasted 235 deliveries, including 13 fours and a six. RAJKOT, India (AP): India’s openers Gautam Gambhir and Murali Vijay made a solid start to India’s first innings on day two of the first Test, reaching 63-0 at stumps in reply to England’s 537. At stumps, Vijay was on 25, while Gambhir was 28 not out. The opening duo didn’t look in any discomfort negotiating the final session of play. Seamers Stuart Broad (0-20) and Chris Woakes (0-17) shared the new ball, but spin was introduced in the sixth over as Moeen Ali (0-6) came on to bowl. Zafar Ansari (0-3) and Adil Rashid (0-8) also bowled short spells as England sought a breakthrough. England’s innings featured three centuries from Joe Root (124), Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes. Ali (117) and Stokes (128) guided England to their third-highest total in Test cricket on Indian soil. It was the first time since 2012-13 that a visiting team had crossed the 500 barrier on Indian soil. England was also the last to do it when they scored 523 runs in Kolkata.
MIAMI (CMC): Four new venues have been added to the roster for next July’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, the confederation announced yesterday. The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas; the FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio; Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California; and Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee will be among 14 venues which will play host to the July 7-26 continental championship staged exclusively in the United States. In 2015, preliminary-round matches were staged in Toronto. “We’re excited to bring the Gold Cup to new markets across the country. These cities have all proved ready and eager to host our region’s marquee soccer championship, and welcome world-class international soccer next summer,” said CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio. “With matches also set for some of our more popular venues over the years, such as Dallas, Los Angeles and New York, next year’s Gold Cup will highlight the top-tier sporting status of international soccer across the nation.” The Alamodome, the FirstEnergy Stadium and Nissan Stadium will also feature preliminary-round games, while Levi’s Stadium will be one of five venues to stage knockout games. Jamaica, the 2015 finalists, along with CuraÁao, French Guiana and Martinique are the Caribbean teams which have so far secured qualification for the Gold Cup. Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname and Haiti will contest a play-off next month for a chance to secure another berth at the showpiece. Canada, Mexico and the United States automatically qualify, with the four top finishers from next month’s UNCAF Central American Cup wrapping up the remaining places at the 12-nation championship.
Andre Lowe, Sports Editor David Rudisha, world record holder in the 800m and 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk will join 100m and 200m world record holder Usain Bolt as headliners for this year’s JN Racers Grand Prix. Kenyan star Rudisha, a two-time Olympic and world champion in the two-lap event holds the current mark after his 1:40.91 run on his way to winning gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Rudisha also won gold at the Rio 2016 Games as well as gold medals at the Beijing and Daegu World Championships in 2015 and 2011 respectively. World champion Van Niekerk produced what is regarded by many as the best athletics performance at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after a record-breaking 43.03 run in the 400m final and will be making his second trip to the island for the meet as part of a South African group that also includes fast-rising sprinter Akani Simbine, a 100m finalist in Rio. Simbine has already gone sub-10 seconds and sub-20 seconds this season with efforts of 9.93 and 19.95in the 100m and 200m recently. In fact, both times were registered on the same day at a South African meet. Rudisha and Van Niekerk will join Bolt as the main draw for a meet that has already established itself as a leading event in the region. This year’s JN Racers Grand Prix, which is set for the National Stadium on June 10, will be used to celebrate the career of the retiring Bolt with several features, such as a farewell 100m set to be announced by organisers today. A number of other top named athletes are also expected to be confirmed but local stars such as Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, Warren Weir and Kemar Bailey-Cole are said to be among those already booked. Meet organiser and president and head coach of the Racers Track Club Glen Mills a few weeks ago underlined plans to focus on a wider range of top level competitors at the meet. “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 at a recent meeting.
National swimming coach Gillian Millwood is confident that members of the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) National Age Group team to the 2017 CARIFTA Swimming Championships will be strong medal contenders at the April 15-19 meet in Nassau, Bahamas.The Jamaicans will line up against 25 participating countries, with high hopes of equalling, or bettering, the eight gold, nine silver, and eight bronze (25 medals) they won in Martinique last year.More than a fifth of the contingent are overseas-based swimmers who live and train outside of Jamaica but compete for the team annually.PREPARATION MODEAccording to Millwood, the swimmers are in preparation mode and will test their sprinting skills in the pool in one last competition two weeks before they depart for Nassau.”It’s only up to them from here. We have a bigger team than last year and I anticipate that we will be able to pick up more medals than we got then,” she reasoned.The team is a mix of experienced swimmers and a few newcomers.Millwood is expecting everybody to go out and give of their best, even if they don’t medal.”I pick returnees to medal. Everybody understands that once they do their part, their best, the results will come,” she underlined.Jamaica’s squad includes:11-12 Boys: Joshua-Daniel Alleyne, Nikolos Gordon-Somers, Jaleel Samms and Nathaniel Thomas.13-14 Boys: Akeem Alleyne, Cameron Brown, Dominic Mullings and Kyle Sinclair.15-17 Boys: Joseph Black, Mattheau Bonner, Joseph Cardozo, Sean-Douglas Gooden, Adrian Grant, Jesse Marsh and Nicholas Vale.11-12 Girls: Zaneta Alvaranga, Paige Lewis, Sabrina Lyn and Isabella Sierra.13-14 Girls: Brianna Anderson, Gabrianna Banks, Emily MacDonald and Simone Vale.15-17 Girls: Anjuii Barrett, Annastazia Chin, Shaun Johnson, Laura Lim Sang, Annabella Lyn, Bryanna Renuart, Angara Sinclair and Britney Williams.The team will be managed by Tastey Blackman.
Sunshine Girls head coach, Jermaine Allison-McCracken, has described the fitness of the fourth-ranked Sunshine Girls as “average” and has warned that they will have to improve on and off the field to get to the level of their top international rivals. Allison-McCracken, the holder of a United Kingdom level two coaching certificate, said earlier this week that she is looking to toughen up the Sunshine Girls both physically and mentally. “At the moment, their fitness level is average, and they haven’t been training that hard. … . If we are going to compete with them (top rivals), then we will have to have that same sort of approach,” the coach said. The new coach is in the process of starting training regimes like gym work, running, teaching sessions and swimming to her squad over the next six months. Her plan is to have the team near the intensity levels of perennial top three teams; Australia, New Zealand and England. CAN BE NUMBER ONE “I am tough. I know where I want them to be. I think they can be at world number one, and I am gonna do my utmost to get them there, but I can’t do it without them. “They have to have the passion, they have to want it, and have to be able to see that they can get it,” she underlined. According to the head coach, the Sunshine Girls will need to be professional in all aspects. “I know where they are now, and I know where I want to get them to. Some of them may not like the end product, in which case they can choose to leave at anytime, but I am looking for committed athletes,” Allison-McCracken pointed out. She stressed it will be a lot of hard work to become world class athletes, adding that raw talent will not be enough. “Raw talent will get you so far, and it’s got them (Sunshine Girls) to number four. If they want to be competing with one, two, and three, then they have to put in the same amount of work as the Australians, New Zealanders and English, who are all professional athletes,” she told The Gleaner. The coach added that all netballers under her charge will have to begin taking their craft very seriously as athletes.
Last year, with an import-laden team led by NBA veteran Al Thornton, the Philippines won the Jones Cup via a sweep.Gilas last won the event in 2013, when Reyes became the first Filipino coach to triumph.Reyes will fly to Taipei from the US where he attended to some business matters.Mac Belo, Carl Bryan Cruz, Ed Daquioag, Kevin Ferrer, Fonzo Gotladera, Raymar Jose, Bobby Ray Parks, Von Pessumal, Mike Tolomia and Almond Vosotros are the other members of the team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Guevarra, Aguilar eye PPS tennis repeat in Naga Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Jones Cup will be the first full event of Paras, the high-leaping son of PBA legend Benjie seen by many as one who could dominate the pro league in the future.“Kiefer, Kobe and Christian will have no problems adjusting to the PBA [brand of play],” Reyes told the Inquirer on Thursday via text message.Gilas will be using the Jones Cup to get the momentum it needs for two more events before playing in the World Cup Qualifying proper starting November.The Filipinos, with import Mike Myers, open up against a club team from Canada at 3 p.m. on Saturday, the first of their nine straight games.They wind up against Iran on July 23—the likely title match.ADVERTISEMENT Coach Chot Reyes will take with him a very young team that will be the face of Team Philippines in the future.Members of the Gilas Cadet program, a hardy bunch of professional rookies now enjoying the good life, will don the country’s tri-colors in the multination event that the Philippines will try to win for the sixth time.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’RR Pogoy, Jio Jalalon and Matthew Wright will play their second straight international tournament together with amateur stars Kiefer Ravena, Fil-German Christian Standhardinger and Kobe Paras.The trio first played with PBA superstars in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association tournament that Gilas ruled with ease two months ago. The first step to the World Cup in China will be taken Friday when Gilas Pilipinas 5.0 flies out to Chinese Taipei for the 39th edition of the Jones Cup Invitational.ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heroics like this will be the ones to solidify Salado’s lore in Legarda, as he was quick to make up for his crucial free throw misses in regulation and take charge in extra period.Coach Jerry Codiñera may still miss Jio Jalalon from time-to-time, but having Salado in his corner is not too bad of a replacement.(2) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals Last Week: 1Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week’s top performer suffered a slight dip in the rankings, thanks largely to his eight turnovers in Lyceum’s 78-73 win against San Sebastian compared to Salado’s six.But as coach Topex Robinson said, CJ Perez is going to win some and lose some for Lyceum this season.Fortunately, the losing part has yet to happen through three games as the Pirates stand as the lone unbeaten team in the league so far.It will be an interesting tiff, though, next Tuesday, with Perez and Salado set to cross paths when Lyceum takes on Arellano.(3) Jed Mendoza – G, JRU Heavy Bombers 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists Last Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJRU is still Tey Teodoro’s team, but it won’t hurt if it finds its cornerstone for the future.Jed Mendoza has come out of nowhere for the Heavy Bombers, inserting himself as a reliable cog for coach Vergel Meneses. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets The 21-year-old rising star has definitely made his imprint this past week, drilling the game-tying three with two-tenths of a second remaining in regulation to force overtime against Arellano.Though the game ended in a loss, Mendoza made sure that it would no longer be the case when the Heavy Bombers faced Letran, firing 17 points to lead his side to the W.(4) Robert Bolick – G, San Beda Red Lions 9.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.5 steals Last Week: 3Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda may have went 2-0 this past week, but Robert Bolick’s campaign took a hit because of the caliber of his team’s opponents.Blowing away St. Benilde and Emilio Aguinaldo College, the senior guard has allowed his other teammates to take the limelight as he prospers in doing the dirty work for the Red Lions.Bolick may not lead his team in scoring, but his impact for San Beda is undeniable as his veteran leadership keeps the engine going for the Mendiola crew.As the old saying goes, numbers don’t lie.(5) AJ Coronel – F, Perpetual Altas 10 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist Last Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith its season-opening victory being forfeited, Perpetual had to go to Intramuros just to make that first victory official.And the one to shine when it mattered the most? AJ Coronel. The swingman came through in the last two minutes, stringing five straight points to overturn a close 56-55 deficit to a four-point advantage, 60-56.Coronel’s efforts allowed the Altas to pull off the 63-60 conquest, with his near double-double showing enough to hush the raucous Mapua crowd.(6) Jeo Ambohot – C, Letran Knights 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.0 assist, 1.0 steal Last Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSpotlight may be on Rey Nambatac and Bong Quinto, but don’t turn your back on Letran’s frontline, especially Jeo Ambohot.The 20-year-old big man has slowly found his niche in coach Jeff Napa’s system, finishing off the Knights’ pick-and-roll plays to solidify the team’s inside-out attack.Expect more from this 6-foot-5 slotman going forward as he’s bound to gain more confidence with his impressive showing this past week.(7) Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags 28 points, 12 rebounds Last Week: 5Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian may have lost its lone game this week, a tight 78-73 defeat at the hands of league-leader Lyceum, but that will not overshadow Michael Calisaan’s standout performance.Firing a season-best 28 points and grabbing 12 rebounds is no joke, especially with Calisaan being guarded by Cameroonian big man Mike Nzeusseu.The statline becomes more impressive if you account Calisaan doing most of the damage for the undersized Golden Stags against a relentless crew like the Pirates. With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact on the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Most of the commotion was in the middle, with teams jostling for position this early as they acknowledge the impact one win can play at the end of the tourney.But as always, the spotlight is on the players and here’s our list for the week’s top seven performers.(1) Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs 25 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals Last Week: 7Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf there are still any doubters on Kent Salado’s status as Arellano’s main man, the speedy playmaker just basically silenced them for good.The Cagayan de Oro native drained the gutsy game-winner in overtime to lift the Chiefs to a tight 73-72 victory over Jose Rizal University.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Guidicelli thinks Filipino triathletes slowly catching up with foreign competitors Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Calisaan may have gotten those numbers, but for sure, the senior forward wants nothing more but to rack up wins in the games to come. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Parity was in full view this week in the NCAA.All 10 teams are now in the win column, assuring that there won’t be any records of futility set this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return “Every time he watches, we loses, so we just wanted to break that and also continue our momentum so that we’ll go home smiling,” said coach Lawrence Chongson said of the no-bearing game for the third-seed Tanduay.Von Tambeling led the Rhum Masters with 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists, while James Martinez got 12 markers and three dimes.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’Emil Palma added 11 points, eight of which coming in the fourth quarter for Tanduay, as they fended off an upset-seeking Racal crew which got to as close as four, 74-70, with four minutes left to play.Paul Varilla also had 10 markers, six boards, and two assists in the conquest for the Rhum Masters. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets View comments LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube MOST READ Eric Kelly moves up to lightweight for Boku fight Racal suffered its third straight defeat, sixth in its last seven games, to wound up with a 3-6 slate, with a game against CEU on Tuesday remaining in its schedule.Allan Mangahas poured 14 points to lead his side in the losing effort.The Scores:TANDUAY 81 – Tambeling 13, Martinez 12, Palma 11, Varilla 10, Gaco 9, Sollano 7, Eguilos 4, Taganas 4, Vigil 4, Terso 3, Alvarez 2, Santos 2, Villamor 0.RACAL MOTORS 72 – Mangahas 14, Tallo 10, Cabrera 9, Pontejos 9, Lozada 8, Capacio 6, Faundo 4, Gomez 3, Ortuoste 3, Cortes 2, Grimaldo 2, Octubre 2, Apreku 0, Ayonayon 0.ADVERTISEMENT Emil Palma. PBA IMAGESTanduay continued to gain steam going into the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals, nipping Racal Motors, 81-72 Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.With their fifth straight victory, the Rhum Masters ended their eliminations campaign with an 8-2 slate, while also giving team owner Bong Tan, who was in the audience, a win.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Quarters: 21-16, 49-44, 68-60, 81-72.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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
Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees READ: PH men’s poomsae team bags back-to-back SEAG golds“These two guys are brothers, I’m like the adopted son,” said Reyes, referring to the Mella brothers.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’They won their second straight SEA Games gold in the same event, although the winning tradition dated back from 2013 for the Mella, who played with a different teammate back then.Together they won bronze in 2014 World Championships in Mexico. Philippine men’s poomsae team after winning its second straight SEA Games gold medal. Marc Anthony Reyes/INQUIRERKUALA LUMPUR — They work out together. They train together. They win together.Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella and Rodolfo Reyes Jr. bonded very well as they moved seamless toward the Southeast Asian Games taekwondo poomsae gold medal Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Watanabe outclasses foes on her way to SEA Games gold LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles “We are very close because we bonded a lot during training and work out,” said Raphael, who is taking up computer science at La Salle.Reyes shed happy tears as he just came off a bronze medal finish in the individual event after a clean routine. Malaysia won the men’s individual event and Indonesia was seconds.“All our hard work paid off,” said Dustin.They will see action in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games next month.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal View comments
Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Defending champion Real Madrid, 11 points behind Barcelona in fourth place, hosts Las Palmas on Sunday.LATE TRIUMPHAtletico Madrid avoided another poor result with a hard-fought win against Deportivo thanks to Thomas Partey’s late free kick.Atletico’s second win in nine matches ended a streak of three consecutive 1-1 draws in the league and Copa del Rey.“We knew how to suffer,” said Partey, who also scored on Tuesday in the draw with Qarabag in the Champions League. “In the end we deserved these three points. This win will give us a boost.”The victory at Riazor Stadium moved Atletico to four points behind Valencia.It was the sixth loss for Deportivo, which stayed in 16th place.WINNING STREAKValencia’s attack keeps impressing, having outscored opponents 28-8 in its run of eight straight wins in all competitions.“We are not getting too excited, we know it’s difficult to maintain this,” Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia said. Messi attracted a little extra attention by becoming the third Barcelona player to reach the 600-match milestone, behind captain Andres Iniesta (643) and Xavi Hernandez (767).Meanwhile, Alcacer, who hadn’t been getting much playing time, scored the winner by redirecting a right-side cross by Ivan Rakitic on a rainy night at Camp Nou.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“We have to take advantage of the chances we get as a starter,” Alcacer said. “I got my chance.”He opened the scoring from inside the area after a long pass by Luis Suarez from near the midfield line in the first half. Dani Parejo scored the first against Leganes from a free kick, Rodrigo added a header in the second, and Santi Mina converted a late penalty.Italian striker Simone Zaza, who entered the game at Mestalla Stadium with eight goals in six games, was visibly upset when he was substituted near the end. He refused to greet his teammates or coach Garcia and went straight into the locker room. Zaza has nine goals for the season, three fewer than league-leader Lionel Messi.“He wanted to play 90 minutes and got upset, but we already talked about it,” Garcia said.Leganes, in its second season in the first division, had won three of its last five league games. It is eighth in the standings.HOME VICTORYAlaves beat Espanyol 1-0 for its first home win of the season.Christian Santos scored the winner one minute into the match, ending Alaves’ five-game losing streak at Mendizorroza Stadium.Espanyol played a man down from the 39th because of a red card to defender Mario Hermoso. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ FC Barcelona’s Paco Alcacer, right, celebrates after scoring with his teammate Lionel Messi during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. APMADRID — On the day Lionel Messi played his 600th match for Barcelona, Paco Alcacer got the job done for the Spanish league leaders, scoring in each half to beat Sevilla 2-1 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Barcelona’s 10th win in 11 matches kept the Catalan club four points in front of Valencia, which defeated Leganes for its seventh straight league victory.ADVERTISEMENT Alcacer had scored only once in five games this season.“I hope they will help give him more confidence,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.Guido Pizarro equalized for fifth-place Sevilla early in the second half with a firm header that bounced in front of the goal.Messi, who made his club debut in 2004, had an average night by his standards. He had a goal called off for offside, and was uncommonly issued a yellow card in injury time.Third-place Atletico Madrid, eight points off the lead, needed an injury-time goal to earn a win at Deportivo La Coruna 1-0.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Grizzlies make 13 3-pointers, beat Clippers Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments