Travel tournaments a hit for golf, tourism sector

first_imgTHE tourism sector is hitting up a lot of positives on the golf course, with tournaments geared towards some of the leading players in the travel industry.The latest instalment took place towards the back-end of last week, with the 21st renewal of the Baxter’s Golf Tournament, also referred to as the Canadian Travel Industry Golf Tournament, at Sandals Golf and Country Club in Upton District, St Ann.For Miguel Arthurs, the club’s general manager, the long-established endeavour is aptly described thus, “win-win”.”We get the opportunity to sell Jamaica, golf and the Sandals product,” he explains. “The travel industry professionals get to experience Jamaica, particularly as it relates to golf. When the travel pros come it enhances the tourism product, the tourism golf product and after the experience they can go back and offer it to other packages.”Kevin Percy, Jacques Gilbert, Bob Wakeford and Daniel Murray were the leading competitors in the two-day tournament, while Joe Grind DeMarinis, Enzo DeMarinis and Leo Sgovio headed the other contenders.Traditionally, there are added components to the championship, specialised segments that form part of its fundraising drive.”The tournament not just focused on the travel industry, there’s a charitable segment to it,” Arthurs outlined. “There is the Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and Putting and Chipping contests and the competitors pay to enter these contests. The proceeds go to the Sandals Foundation.”The Ladies Closest to the Pin was won by Joanne Fillion, while Joe Grind DeMarinis took the men’s Closest to the Pin contest.Danny Murray won the men’s Longest Drive, while Sherry Scott took the women’s equivalent. Enzo de Marinis won the Putting and Chipping contest.”Those prose proceeds go directly into our junior golf program. It’s the only way to secure the program and continue the development of the youth,” Arthurs stated of the Sandals Golf and Country Club youth program.Wesley Brown, now a pro on the United States circuit and Romaine Evans, the current Caribbean amateur champion, were products of the system funded with proceeds from the yearly Travel Golf Tournaments.last_img read more

#JaVotes2016: Young voters want jobs

first_imgThe main reason for turning up to vote in today’s elections is for more jobs, two youth electors in St. Andrew East Rural said. “Mi want the increase weh dem promise so mi a vote fi di party weh a go create the jobs dem,” 27-year-old Lorenzo Bennett, who was casting his ballot for the third time, told The Gleaner. Though 23-year-old Alicia Brown remained undecided, she also insisted she plans to hold whichever party wins, to the promise of job creation. First time candidates – the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Juliet Holness and the People’s National Party (PNP) Imani Duncan Price – are contesting the elections in the constituency  which historically has gone to the PNP eight times, with the JLP taking the reins four out of the last 12 elections since 1959. Both candidates have been in the constituency now for a year. For Brown, it was a matter of trying to decide whether “it even matter, to participate.” She laughed at the irony of her leaning against a fence, wrestling with whether to board the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) number 62 bus to head down to her community to vote. “Mi deh pon di fence. Honestly, mi nuh mek up mi mind if mi fi vote or mi nah vote because the two a dem a the same thing,” the 23-year-old said. Whichever way the ballots swing, both youth voters insisted they want more jobs from the party that makes up the next government.last_img read more

Three straight for St Jago

first_imgKINGSTON:St Jago High School scored an emphatic 3.5-0.5 win over Campion College in the final round of the PCJ Group National Schools Chess Championships, to secure the national title for the third consecutive year.After a draw in their round three match, both St Jago A and Calabar High went into the final round tied for the lead with five points each. As a result, both teams needed an outright win to stay on course for the title.With their feet to the fire, Calabar could only manage a 2-2 draw against St Jago B, which left the door wide open for St Jago A, who made no mistake in dispatching Campion College. This left St Jago A alone atop the standings with seven points.Decarteret College took second place on tiebreaker over Calabar, St Jago B and St Catherine A, as each school ended with six points.Individual category prizes were awarded to the zone champions, Mannings High, Glenmuir High, Wolmer’s Boys’, Ardenne High and St Jago High, while Excelsior High’s girls and Wolmer’s Girls were adjudged best female teams.National Master Shreyas Smith and Malik Curiah, both of Calabar, took home the awards for Best Boards one and two, respectively, Glenmuir’s Wayne March was the Best Board three, Best Board four went to St Jago’s Akeem Brown, and the Best Reserve was Tajae Morgan, also of St Jago. St Jago’s coach, National Master Mikhail Solomon, was adjudged the Best Coach.”The 2016 National Schools Chess Competition was efficiently run by the organisers and well contested by the competitors, and we commend the Jamaica Chess Federation for their efforts to engage students across the country in this beneficial sport,” said Camille Taylor, manager, information and corporate affairs of title sponsors Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica.last_img read more

SVL launches 2-y-o Triple Crown series

first_imgThe Supreme Ventures 2-Y-O Triple Crown Series will kick-start an exciting last quarter of racing at Caymanas Park this Saturday with the first of the three races, the $2.95-million Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Trophy over 1200 metres taking the spotlight. Details for the $11.4-million series, which marks its 12th staging, were outlined by representatives of SVL and Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) at yesterday’s launch at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston. Denzil Miller Jr, CTL’s racing secretary, expects a field of 12 to face the starter, among them the unbeaten stable companions SHE’S A MAN EATER and ARMAGEDDON from the stables of 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta; MONEY MAGNET, VERY CLASSIC, AWESOME SAUCE and a third DaCosta runner, MR UNIVERSE. Paul Hoo, chairman of SVL, the company that will soon take over Caymanas Park – following approval of their divestment bid by government – said the series will continue on Saturday, November 26 with the $3.6 million Pick-3 Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres, culminating on Boxing Day, December 27, with the SVL Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile, with a purse of $4 million. Any 2-y-o good enough to win all three races will receive a million-dollar bonus by SVL. Hoo added: “This year the 2-y-o series happens while other exciting things are taking place on the racing landscape, chief among them, for us, our pending new role with Caymanas Track. The work continues in earnest to finalise that negotiation and the final takeover date,” he informed. “It is our intention to continue in the future our investment in the series, as it reinforces our commitment to horse racing in Jamaica. It is our plan to revitalise racing for the benefit of all stakeholders through new marketing and markets, thereby increasing much needed revenues.” He was quick to add that SVL wanted to do something a little different this year, presenting special awards to the top trainer (Wayne DaCosta with 11 wins, including Fatty Bum Bum, Perfect Neighbour, Future King) over the past 11 years; Ruth Hussey (top owner), Shane Ellis (top jockey with five wins, including Miss Ruth, All Correct)) and Byron Murray of Princess Popstar fame (top groom) with all three wins by the outstanding filly when she swept the series in 2013. Also speaking were Simone Clarke-Cooper, SVL’s assistant vice-president, corporate communications, who highlighted a range of promotional activities on the day, and CTL’s managing director, Shane Dalling, who hailed the contribution of SVL as the foremost sponsor in local racing, with five major races, including the Lotto Classic (Governor’s Cup) and the ultra-rich Diamond Mile to be run in December. OUTSTANDING FILLYlast_img read more

Hot-tempered RSPL match ends in draw

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:A brutal tackle and two red cards interrupted what was, up until then, a very good Red Stripe Premier League match between hosts Reno and Harbour View, which ended in a 0-0 stalemate at the Frome Sports Complex yesterday.Brothers Evan Taylor (Harbour View) and Dennis Taylor (Reno) held back no punches literally, as the two went at it, after the Harbour View player laid out Reno defender Romario Smith with a elbow that sent Smith sprawling in the 73rd minute.He was rushed to hospital. Preliminary assessment indicated he may have suffered a broken jaw bone.Evan was subsequently issued a straight red card by referee Dwight Royal for his action.Dennis challenged his brother personally as Evan walked off the field as he, too, was unhappy about the reckless tackle. A brawl ensued between them that soon involved another of the Taylor brothers and irate Reno fans.SENT OFFWhen calm was restored by the police and the match officials, Dennis was sent packing for his involvement.That Reno failed to score was of their doing. They missed three easy opportunities in the first half, twice hitting the upright.Afiba Chambers had them both. He was gifted a simple chance in the sixth minute, but his effort from an acute angle struck the upright.Harbour View never troubled the Reno defence in the first half, but came into their own in the second.But just as they were settling into a rhythm, they allowed Chambers to sneak into a goal-scoring position, but he again failed to score.On the 66th-minute mark, Smith attempted an audacious effort, but Devon Haughton, in the Harbour View goal, blocked his shot.Ronique Muir then fired a sizzling shot just over the top in the 72nd minute, as Harbour View pressed for forward.A minute later, all hell broke loose, with Evan Taylor’s crunching tackle.”We deserved more than a point from this,” said Reno assistant coach Courtney Hughes.”We did enough to win, but once again, we are not finishing. Apart from that, it was a good game, in part, because that tackle from Evan Taylor soured the whole game,” Hughes added.Harbour View’s coach Donald Stewart agreed that the bust-up was bad for the game, but gave his team credit for withstanding Reno’s spirited performance.”We started the game really slowly. I am not sure if that was because of the long journey down, but we began by allowing them too much time in our defensive third,” he said.Reno (17 points) remain just above Harbour View (16) in the 12-team standings.last_img read more

Lyceum extends win streak to five, crushes St. Benilde by 43

first_imgFilipinos 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 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano So in control was Lyceum that it forced St. Benilde to turn the ball over 40 times leading to 46 turnover points and 26 fast-break points.Wealth was spread all over, too, with the bench joining in the party with 70 points as the Pirates shot 11-of-32 from beyond the arc.Rookie Unique Naboa topped St. Benilde with 14 points as the Blazers incurred their third straight loss to fall down to 1-3.The Scores:LYCEUM 98 – Jc. Marcelino 17, Baltazar 16, Perez 14, Pretta 10, Tansingco 9, Jv. Marcelino 7, Nzeusseu 6, Caduyac 6, Marata 4, Ayaay 4, Santos 4, Serrano 1, Ibañez 0, Liwag 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube ST. BENILDE 55 – Naboa 14, Leutcheu 7, Belgica 7, Johnson 6, San Juan 4, Bunyi 4, Young 3, Domingo 3, Pili 3, Castor 2, Suarez 2, Dixon 0, Sta. Maria 0, Mercado 0, Velasco 0.Quarters: 16-11, 47-21, 68-34, 98-55. LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum continued to rip through the competition, eviscerating St. Benilde by 43 points, 98-55 in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Pirates coasted to their fifth straight victory, the school’s best start since joining the league in 2009, while also getting back at the Blazers after being the lone team to lose to the cellar-dwellers last year.ADVERTISEMENT D-League: Batangas, Flying V load up LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “We remembered the time they beat us last year. They were 1-17 and that’s the motivation for us,” said coach Topex Robinson.Jaycee Marcelino starred anew in the game, firing 17 points on an efficient 7-of-9 shooting from the field, on top of seven rebounds and three assists, while Wilson Baltazar got himself going from beyond the arc, shooting 4-of-9 from threes to wind up with 16 markers.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’But it was still CJ Perez who made things work for Lyceum, doing it all with his 14 points, seven dimes, six boards, four steals, and a block.The Pirates went on a hot streak in the second quarter, turning a close 16-11 edge to a comfortable 47-21 lead after a scorching 31-point explosion in the second period before leading by as much as 46. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Initial tests reveal no fracture on Galanza’s injured ankle

first_imgMOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Thank God! @jemagalanza Xray and CT Scan results are out and it says NO Fracture. Shell be confined for observation and further tests,” Virtual Playground posted on Twitter. READ: Adamson coach unsure of Galanza’s availability for UAAP after brutal injuryLady Falcons coach Airess Padda feared Galanza may have broken her right ankle after landing on her teammate’s foot following a block attempt early in the third set of their game against the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers.Galanza grimaced in pain and had to be stretchered off and rushed to a nearby hospital.Adamson still went on to win in three sets and book a semifinals berth minus Galanza, who could miss the remainder of the tournament.The 20-year-old hitter is entering her final playing year in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT Thank God! @jemagalanza Xray and CT Scan results are out and it says NO Fracture. Shell be confined for observation and further tests. pic.twitter.com/HTAvyNe7wL— Virtual Playground (@VPlaygroundPH) September 25, 2017Adamson can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now, after initial tests revealed no fracture on the ankle of star spiker Jema Galanza after a brutal injury Monday night in the Premier Volleyball League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAs per Virtual Playground, a sports management agency which handles Galanza, X-ray and CT scan results were negative.ADVERTISEMENT Knicks know they face tough task in moving on after Anthony How to help the Taal evacuees Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 LATEST STORIES View comments DAY6 is for everybody Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Black vows to sort out Alapag-Nabong issue

first_imgDAY6 is for everybody LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson The incident almost overshadowed Meralco’s 72-66 comeback win over Star to open their 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena here, where the Bolts fought back from 17-points down early and rallied from a 12 point hole early in the fourth.Eyewitnesses said Alapag and Nabong had a disagreement on the bench while Meralco was making a furious run in the final three minutes of the game. Alapag was pointing something out to Nabong late in the game, but the bruiser didn’t take one of the veteran guard’s points kindly as the two had to be separated by the Bolts staff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAlapag would later on join the team’s huddles as Black mapped out his game-winning plays, while Nabong refused to participate and stayed on the far end of the bench.The Fil-Am center rushed to the locker room after the game and was the first one out of Meralco’s dugout. MOST READ Alapag opted to stay mum on the exchange as he excused himself out of the venue together with his pregnant wife LJ Moreno.Black knows that he needs the two to make amends quickly as the Bolts seek to go up 2-0 against the Hotshots on Tuesday at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBIÑAN — Meralco coach Norman Black offered little to shed light on the spat between assistant coach Jimmy Alapag and Bolts center Kelly Nabong, but promised he would get to the bottom of the issue and sort things out on Monday.“I really don’t know the whole story, but I’ll sort it out tomorrow (Monday) and I’ll take care of it. Believe me,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Pingris: Hotshots ‘gave up’ in Game 1 loss to Bolts OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 How to help the Taal evacuees View commentslast_img read more

Standhardinger, Hong Kong foil Alab Pilipinas comeback

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours CONTRIBUTED PHOTODefending champion Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club proved to be the steadier team in the endgame as they held off Tanduay Alab Pilipinas, 92-89, in the 2017-2018 ASEAN Basketball League Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Christian Standhardinger showed why he is indeed one of the biggest recruits this year, scoring the final four baskets, the last of which an undergoal stab with 5.3 seconds to spare to hold off the Philippine side in his ABL debut.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Hong Kong, though, answered back with a 9-0 run to bring the lead back to eight, 82-74 with 5:45 left, as Standhardinger finished off the game and halt Alab’s late comeback bid.Reggie Okosa carried Alab Pilipinas with 28 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocks, while Parks came alive after a listless first half and poured in 16 of his 17 markers in the last two quarters.Ivan Johnson got 17 points, 15 boards, three dimes, and two steals before fouling out with 3:23 remaining in the game.Tanduay Alab Pilipinas returns to action on November 29 against Singapore Slingers at Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Josh Urbiztondo had one last shot to force overtime, but he missed a desperation three from halfcourt at the buzzer.The Fil-German forward topped Hong Kong Eastern with 26 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and two steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneReigning ASEAN World MVP Marcus Elliott posted a near triple-double with 25 markers, nine dimes, and eight boards, while ASEAN Heritage MVP Tyler Lamb tallied 23 points on 3-of-6 shooting from threes that went with three assists and two rebounds.It was a gallant stand for the rejigged Alab crew, which fought back from 15 points down, 63-48, in the third quarter and even took a 74-73 lead with 8:07 remaining in the payoff period after Bobby Ray Parks Jr. completed a three-point play. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene HONG KONG EASTERN 92 – Standhardinger 26, Elliott 25, Lamb 23, Moss 10, Xu 4, Lee 2, Tang 2, Wu 0, Lau 0.TANDUAY ALAB PILIPINAS 89 – Okosa 28, Parks 17, Johnson 17, Urbiztondo 14, Sumalinog 9, Domingo 2, Maierhofer 2, Hontiveros 0, Raymundo 0, Celiz 0, Javelona 0.Quarters: 24-18, 54-43, 73-68, 92-89.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson ‘Quick adjustment’ for returning Blatche Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View commentslast_img read more

No rollercoaster ride for Kyrgios, more even keel at Open

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals FILE – Nick Kyrgios of Australia hits a return during the men’s singles against Steve Johnson of America at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNAMercurial Nick Kyrgios wants to keep an even keel as the pressure of home expectations weighs on him at this year’s Australian Open in Melbourne.The tempestuous 22-year-old has the brilliance and talent to win his national Open, yet it is his brittle state of mind that oftens malfunctions to his detriment.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I feel relaxed’“But at the end of the day I just need to know it’s a long year. I can’t expend too much energy on other things.“I want to kind of ride the highs, not as high as I usually do. If I lose a match, at the end of the day it’s a tennis match.“I kind of want to keep it even-keeled throughout the whole year rather than being such a rollercoaster ride. I guess right now that’s what I’m doing.”Kyrgios said he feels better placed to make a deep run at this year’s Australian Open.“I probably feel a bit better this time around. I feel relaxed,” he said.“Obviously, winning a tournament before you play a Grand Slam always helps.”Kyrgios said he had no injury problems heading into the tournament.“Yeah, my knee feel good. My physio flew in, so I’ve had him for the last two, three days. I’ve had the luxury of getting treated in my room at my hotel,” he said.“Haven’t been spending too much time around the courts. I’ve been kind of doing my practice, getting out of here, and just relaxing. So it’s been good.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson He is facing Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva on his favourite Hisense Arena court in Monday’s first round and could face world number three Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round, but he is taking it all in his stride.“I’d like to do well. I’m not going to say quarter-finals, semi-finals, anything like that. I just want to take it one round at a time,” Kyrgios said ahead of his fifth Australian Open campaign.“Everyone started the year hungry. They can play great quality tennis. I don’t want to look ahead at all. I want to take care of business one round at a time.”Kyrgios’s mental strength and attitude always come up in the conversation about his title chances, but he says he wants to keep things at an even keel.“I think last year there were periods where I was really good and really bad,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Kyrgios said he has the physical resilience to put together the best-of-five-set matches potentially over the two weeks.“I feel very confident in best-of-five matches. I’ve played a lot of them now,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Halep, Wozniacki eye maiden Slam in Serena’s absence Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Roger Federer rates Kyrgios a threat to the established order in the year’s opening Grand Slam, but says the volatile Australian is a work in progress. “When he’s on, he’s on and he’s really difficult to beat… for him it’s day to day and then week by week, can you keep it up?” Federer said this week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“For him it’s maybe in his mind and his body because he still needs to work much more than he currently is.”Kyrgios won his first home ATP Tour title at the Brisbane International and is looking to go further than a quarter-final appearance in Melbourne three years ago. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 commentslast_img read more