Drugs and sports

first_imgA drug is any substance that may affect a person’s emotional state, body function, or behaviour. Most drugs are developed for medical purposes, but they can be dangerous when misused.The misuse of drugs in sports has been around as early as the 1904 Olympics in St Louis, USA, where a marathon runner of the USA was suspected of taking drugs. At the 1960 Rome Olympics, a Danish cyclist, who had been using drugs, died of heatstroke. Issues concerning drug abuse continued throughout the years.Whatever the reasons are for taking drugs, the risks are high. Governing bodies try to prevent the misuse of drugs through coach and performer education and testing. Many drugs that are legally available contain substances that are prohibited by sports governing bodies.SOCIAL DRUGSThe drugs that are available within social situations are known as social drugs. Some are legal and widely used; others are illegal and still used by a number of persons. Social drugs are usually taken to help persons relax or to give an enjoyable experience. The most commonly used social drugs and their effects on performance are as follows: alcohol (depressant); amphetamines (stimulant); caffeine (stimulant); cannabis (depressant); cocaine (stimulant); nicotine e.g. tobacco (stimulant).Stimulants increase the heart rate and speed up the nervous system, while depressants slow down how the body works.PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGSThese are drugs that athletes specifically take to gain an unfair advantage over other competitors. Performance-enhancing drugs take many forms. They are all banned in sports and are grouped into the doping class as follows:• Anabolic agents (nandrolone, testosterone, etc) – Hormones that help repair muscle and bones. Occurs naturally in the body but also made artificially. They increase size and strength of muscles.• Narcotic analgesic (codeine, heroin, methadone) – Helps athletes compete or train even if they are injured.• Diuretics (frusumid, profenecid) – Produce rapid weight loss by reducing fluids in the body.• Peptides, hormones, analogues – Natural or artificial hormones that increase strength and size of muscles, repair damaged body tissue, and increase red blood count.• Stimulants (amphetamines, cocaine, ephedrine) – Speed up nervous system, quickening reaction; mask fatigue; and reduce pain.Some drugs are restricted in some sports but are not completely banned. These include:• Beta blockers – Keep heart rate and blood pressure low. Reduce tremor in hands.• Corticosteroids – Reduce inflammation and pain. Allow performance.• Local anaesthetics – Reduce pain, mask injury to allow performance.BLOOD DOPINGBlood doping is not an actual drug. This involves the practice of injecting blood that has been earlier removed from the athlete and stored in a refrigerator. This makes the blood cells many more than normal, thereby carrying more oxygen to the muscles. Blood doping cannot be detected but carries a high health risk.ANTI-DOPINGThe International Olympic Committee does not allow doping for three main reasons:1. To ensure that competition in sports is as fair as possible.2. To protect the health of sports people.3. To protect the image of sports.The World Anti-Doping Agency WADA) was established in 1999 to combat drugs in sports through education, strong leadership, and scientific research. The world anti-doping code has been written and ensures a common approach towards a vision where all sports are drug free. Regional Anti-Doping Agencies (RADO) have been set up.TESTINGDrug testing discourages those who might cheat, identifies performers who do cheat, and protects those who do not. Testing can take place during training and after competitions. It is carried out randomly. If a performer is selected for drug testing, there is a set procedure that is followed:1. Competitors are chosen for testing.2. Competitors go to doping-control room.3. Competitors produce urine samples.4. Samples are split and put into separate sealed containers.5. The containers are sent to the lab.6. Sample A tested.7. If negative, sample B is destroyed; if positive, the governing body of the sport investigates.8. A governing-body hearing is arranged.Athletes must let their location be known throughout the year and comply with the test by providing a blood or urine sample.It is important that performers know what is banned and the consequences if drug taking is not resisted.last_img read more

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Local soldier dies of injuries in Iraq

first_imgThe 1st Battalion, in which Sellen served, provided support for the 16th Military Police Brigade, from Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Chrystal said the unit provides convoy security throughout Iraq. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – A 20-year-old former College of the Canyons student died this week while serving in Iraq, California Army National Guard officials said Tuesday. Army Guardsman Spc. Dennis L. Sellen Jr., of Newhall died Sunday of noncombat-related injuries in Umm Qasr, Iraq. Sellen was assigned to the 185th Infantry Regiment, Fresno, according to military officials. Sellen’s family, who lives in Granada Hills, could not be reached Tuesday for comment. A Blue Star banner, signifying a family member is in the military, hung in a front window. A stained-glass heart was intertwined in the cord of the banner; two pastel-colored doves signifying peace hung nearby. Decking the front porch was a small tin angel holding an American flag, the word “Liberty” inscribed on her wing. Sellen enlisted in the Alabama National Guard in November 2003, transferring to the California National Guard in March 2006, and was serving his first tour in Iraq. His death was not cause by hostile fire, and Sellen was the only confirmed casualty in the incident, which is being investigated, said Lt. Theresa Chrystal, a spokeswoman for the California National Guard. Sellen attended College of the Canyons for one semester as a part-time student in spring 2006. “It looks like he was interested in graphics, media design and computer networking,” said Sue Bozman, a spokeswoman for the college. He attended high school outside of Santa Clarita. Sellen left on June 24 for training in Camp Shelby, Miss., where many reservists train before being deployed to Iraq. Three months later Sellen left for Iraq, where he was due to remain for one year, said Lt. Theresa Chrystal, a spokeswoman for the California National Guard. last_img read more

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One dead on I-5 in big-rig crash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! One person is dead after a big rig overturned on northbound Interstate 5 Saturday night, California Highway Patrol Officer David Porter said. The tractor-trailer caught on fire and went over an embankment south of Calgrove Boulevard. The incident happened at 7:47 p.m. The far right lane of I-5 was closed starting at approximately 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

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VALIANT KILLYBEGS FIREFIGHTERS WIN BRAVERY AWARD AFTER BATTLING A BLAZE TO SAVE AN ELDERLY WOMAN’S LIFE

first_imgSeated from left to right; Shaun Curran, Station Officer, Joseph McTaggart , Chief Fire Office, Deirdre Friel, (Nominated the service for the award) Kevin Conwell, Former Station Office and Kevin McGarvey, Assistant Chief Fire Office. Back from left Gary Martin, Director of Service, Finance, Emergency Services and Information Systems , Alan McBrearty, Robert Beirn, Thomas Curran, Ronan Smyth, Anthony O’Hara, Owen Dorrian and Cllr. Niamh Kennedy. Photo Clive WassonA special event to mark the bravery of fire fighters from Killybegs who battled flames in a blazing building to save the life of an elderly lady was held on Saturday night last in The Tara Hotel, Killybegs.The event was hosted by Donegal County Council to acknowledge Killybegs Fire Brigade who received a Certificate of Bravery at the National Bravery Awards Ceremony held on the 13th November 2015 in Dublin.Deirdre Friel. Photo Clive WassonThe Certificate of Bravery was presented to the Killybegs Fire Brigade as a whole for a rescue the Brigade carried out on the 2nd November, 2013. The brigade was alerted at 8.17am on that date to a fire at Hughie’s Bar, Main Street in Killybegs that also had living accommodation at first floor level. On arrival smoke was seen billowing from the building and the Incident Commander was informed that an elderly lady was trapped in the first floor accommodation. The fire, which originated on the ground floor, had already penetrated to the first floor. Firefighters using breathing apparatus entered the building and successfully rescued the lady and extinguished the fire in the building. The lady was removed to Letterkenny General Hospital where thankfully she made a full recovery.Former Station Officer Kevin Conwell speaking at the event.Station Officer Kevin Conwell and Sub-Station Officer Shaun Curran accepted the Certificate of Bravery on behalf of the entire Killybegs Fire Brigade at a ceremony in Farmleigh House and the event on Saturday night was an opportunity for the other members of the Brigade to be officially recognised by Donegal County Council for their part in the award.Sub-Station Officer Shaun Curran accepting the Certificate of Bravery with Joseph McTaggart , Chief Fire Office, (left) and Deirdre Friel, (right) who nominated the service for the award at a special event to mark the bravery of fire fighters. Photo Clive WassonMr. Garry Martin, Director of Emergency Services, said that it was a privilege to acknowledge the contribution made by the Killybegs Fire Brigade. He noted that; “Receiving a National Bravery Award is a great honour and I am delighted, on behalf of Donegal County Council, to be in a position to host this evening’s event to congratulate, recognise and thank each member of the Killybegs Fire Brigade for the contributions they make in their vital role in protecting the community they serve.”VALIANT KILLYBEGS FIREFIGHTERS WIN BRAVERY AWARD AFTER BATTLING A BLAZE TO SAVE AN ELDERLY WOMAN’S LIFE was last modified: July 18th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bravery awardfirefighterskillybegs fire stationlast_img read more

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ARTIST ORLA IS “FOR THE HILLS”

first_imgA month long exhibition featuring the work of a Donegal Town artist opens at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny this Friday night.Donegal artist Orla McHardy.Orla McHardy left her native town twenty years ago to attend college.She returned home in 2013 to begin making the work for her current exhibition which is called ‘For the Hills’ which features the landscape around Donegal Town. Indeed ‘For The Hills’ is Orla’s first solo exhibition in the county. It includes new and recent animations, films and sculptural installations.The 39 year old artist returned to Donegal, allowing the place to function as the main generator and backdrop to this body of work. She attempts to record the complex interactions linking her memories of her home place, the landscape and the people that had become interrupted, disconnected and reconnected again over time. The artwork inhabits a poetic territory that straddles the intuitive and the conceptual.Looking forward to the event Regional Cultural Centre (RCC) Manager, Shaun Hannigan, said “we are delighted that the RCC was in a position to host this exhibition, particularly as Orla was a local artist whose work had its roots in Donegal. Events like this copper fastened the fact that the RCC was one of Donegal County Council’s Cultural Flagship venues and an ideal location for such a prestigious exhibition” he said.Currently based in Dublin she is on research leave from her position as Assistant Professor of Animation, Dept. Kinetic Imaging at VCU University in Richmond, Virginia, US. Orla graduated with an MFA from the Dept. Film, Video, New Media and Animation at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BA in Animation from the National Film School, Dublin, Ireland.Her work spans across traditional single channel films made for broadcast to mixed media site-specific gallery installations. She has exhibited internationally and her films have been included in prominent international film festivals. She has been the recipient of many awards, most recently the Irish Film Board’s Frameworks Award.‘For The Hills’ was made with the support of an Arts Council Ireland /An Chomhairle Ealaíon Film Project Award in 2012.

This exhibition is part of a year-long programme of events curated by Eilís Lavelle. and is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Curator in Residence award in partnership with Donegal County Council, Regional Cultural Centre and the Glebe House and Gallery (Derek Hill Collection, OPW).The exhibition will continue until Saturday, April 25. ARTIST ORLA IS “FOR THE HILLS” was last modified: March 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:artistdonegalFor The HillsOrla McHardylast_img read more

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Bobble-Head Birds See Straight

first_imgAnyone who has fed pigeons in the park has probably wondered why they bob their heads forward and back when they walk.  It not only looks comical to us, it seems like it would give them a very confused sense of sight.  Leave it to scientists to go find out why birds bob their heads.  Strangely, nobody seems to have studied this before.    A team of Maryland biologists decided to investigate, and just published their results in Current Biology.1  They found that the head bobbing actually maximizes the amount of time the eyes see a stationary picture.  “The stable phase of bird head-bobbing movements is particularly interesting,” they say, “because the behavior, unique to birds, clearly contributes to visual gaze stabilization.”  (To make this all sound scientific, they had to give it the highfalutin name “gaze stabilization.”)Many species of birds move their heads forward through a series of successive, fixed positions when walking.  This unique ‘head-bobbing” behavior stabilizes visual fields during body movement, preventing motion blur of the retinal image.  Gaze stabilization could be required for successful visual search, particularly for moving objects, but the time available for stabilization varies with walking speed.  No direct evidence has been published showing that birds favor the stabilization phase while foraging either for moving or immobile food.  We examined head-bobbing behavior in foraging whooping cranes, Grus americana, as they searched the ground for food, and found that they walk at speeds that allow the head to be immobilized at least 50% of the time.  This result strongly suggests that, in cranes and probably many other birds, visual fixation via head stabilization is necessary for object detection and identification during visual search. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)They chose Big Bird the whooping crane because its head, with eyes nearly five feet off the ground, makes the bobbing easy to observe.  Watching male and female cranes feed in a pen, they recorded their movements with a video camera, and analyzed the motion mathematically.  Think of the two extremes: “At a slow pace, fixation is possible almost all the time, but the area that can be searched is limited,” they write, but “At near-running speeds, much more ground can be covered, but head thrusts dominate the thrust-fixation cycle.”  (For the rest of us, that means that while the bird is running, its head would bob so often the vision would be blurry.)    Birds forage at a walking pace that gives them the best of both: a large search area, and stable eyes to detect prey.  Their preferred walking pace allows them to see with tripod-steady intervals about 50% of the time, giving them occasions to change their head angle and “fixate new objects of visual interest,” they say.  Pigeons bob their heads when landing, they noted, and herons assume a rigid gaze, even if the perch moves under their feet.  These observations suggest that a steady gaze is important to a bird.  In conclusion, they say, “The observation that foraging whooping cranes favor visual fixation strongly implies that for them, and probably many other species of birds, stabilization of vision is necessary for object detection, recognition, and localization.”1Kronin, Kinlock and Olsen, “Head-bobbing behavior in foraging whooping cranes favors visual fixation,” Current Biology, Volume 15, Issue 7, 12 April 2005, Pages R243-R244, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2005.03.036.For this to evolve, the neck muscles had to adapt to fast controlled motion while the brain simultaneously found a way to interpret the motion.  Additional structural support might be needed to keep the eyes from popping out.  Does the brain tune out the jerky part of the motion and stitch together a seamless set of still images?  Perhaps so.  It would be interesting to project on a screen how the smart bird brain (see 02/01/2005) interprets its visual input.  This story illustrates how even the simplest everyday phenomena in the living world around us have a purpose.  Investigating such things with careful observation and analysis often reveals an amazing set of parts working together harmoniously for the big picture. (Visited 53 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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South African soccer fans meet their English Premier League heroes in Joburg

first_imgTottenham Hotspurs’ mascot, Chirpy, not only won the hearts of locals but was there to support his side when they faced LiverpoolMarcel Desailly, Robbie Fowler and former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe were at the BPL Live event conducting training sessions with young and aspiring footballersKamal “Kamalio” Ranchod, one of South Africa’s, and indeed the world’s, best freestyle footballers, showed off his tricks in front of a crowd of over 15 000. Ranchod is twice the national winner of the Red Bull Freestyle Football competition and was placed runner-up in the 2010 world championship: Sunderland AFC coach, Michael Havelock, gives aspiring footballers priceless tips at the Pitch Zone. Havelock has been hosting coaching clinics for more than 180 underprivileged boys since his arrival in South Africa last monthLiverpool supporters celebrate after their team score the opening goal in their 4-0 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur. More than 15 000 fans attended the event on SundayFans were given the opportunity to test their dribbling and shooting at the Skills Zonelast_img read more

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World sees with respect those holding Indian passports, says Modi

first_imgIndia’s image has gained global prominence and the world expects our country to play a leading role in resolving international problems, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. He was addressing BJP workers at the airport during an event organised by the party’s state unit to felicitate him for his speech at the UN General Assembly. “India’s image has gained prominence in the world, which is expecting us to take a lead role in resolving global problems,” he said. A large poster of Mr. Modi and US President Donald Trump was put up on stage. “The strength and the value of Indian passport has increased. The world sees those holding Indian passport with respect,” Mr. Modi said.last_img read more

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NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 15

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next But if there’s any silver lining for coach Jerry Codiñera to take away and look forward to next year, it’s that he can  bank on Alcoriza to make things happen.(5) RK Ilagan – G, San Sebastian Golden Stags23 points (5/9 3FG), 5 rebounds, 1 assistLast Week: N/ARK Ilagan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlso fighting for its life, San Sebastian stayed in the playoff hunt and earned a bye in the fourth place playoff in the stepladder semifinals with an 80-60 rout of Perpetual on Thursday.And one of the biggest reasons for that is RK Ilagan, who rekindled his shooting touch and drilled five treys in the huge win.But coach Egay Macaraya needs to have him, as well as the other Golden Stags shooters to find their mark, especially with a streaking Letran side next on their schedule on Tuesday.(6) Levi Dela Cruz – G, Arellano Chiefs19.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.5 stealsLast Week: 5 And with that, Lyceum’s efforts has been rewarded as it progresses to the best-of-three Finals awaiting the survival of the stepladder semis.(2) Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights21.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 stealLast Week: N/ARey Nambatac. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLetran is still alive and kicking, and it’s largely thanks to Rey Nambatac.The 23-year-old swingman refused to have his swansong this week as he led the Knights to two pressure packed wins to stay in the running.Nambatac has repeatedly said that he’s not yet ready to leave the auspices of Letran, and so far, he’s backing his words up and silencing his doubters.But what awaits will be a third do-or-die game for the Knights, as they take on San Sebastian on Tuesday.(3) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP (1) Mike Nzeusseu – C, Lyceum Pirates27 points, 21 rebounds, 2 blocksLast Week: N/AMike Nzeusseu. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith Lyceum on the cusp of history, Mike Nzeusseu unfurled an amazing showing as he led his squad in a tough 107-105 double overtime win over San Beda on Thursday and thus, completing its 18-0 quest.The Cameroonian big man was instrumental for the Pirates as they had every answer for everything the Red Lions threw at them to silence the defending champions for the second time this year.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The stage is set and on to the stepladder we go.Half of the league have already went on early vacations, wrapping up their second round schedule as the contenders take center stage from here on out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut that didn’t stop the heroes from grabbing the limelight for one last time in the eliminations as they sought to end their campaign on a winning note.For one last time, here are this week’s best. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Levi dela Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAnother feel good story coming from Arellano late this season, Levi dela Cruz has come to his own on the heels of Salado’s devastating injury.With Codiñera christening him as “Mini Jalalon,” the diminutive playmaker played like a veteran in the Chiefs’ do-dor-die tussles this past week.Arellano’s season may have already ended, but next year could promise to be an exciting one with Salado and dela Cruz emerging as the next best backcourt tandem in the league.(7) Donald Tankoua – C, San Beda Red Lions34 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocksLast Week: N/ADonald Tankoua. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWe have to give the final slot to Donald Tankoua, who recorded a career-best outing in San Beda’s heartbreaking defeat to Lyceum in a duel that gave the fans a preview of how this year’s finals will be played.Admittedly still on the recovery road, the Nigerian big man showed no signs of his past injury as he kept the Red Lions in the game until he fouled out late in the first overtime. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 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 in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Last Week: 1CJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe leading MVP candidate is still in the thick of things this week as he paired perfectly with Nzeusseu to help Lyceum sweep the eliminations this week.Spurred by his hero coach Topex Robinson, CJ Perez has exemplified the battlecry the Pirates had through the course of the season: play to inspire.And with Lyceum firmly in the championship series, there’s still a lot of inspiring Lyceum needs to do as it seeks to cap off this amazing season with a title to boot.(4) Rence Alcoriza – F, Arellano Chiefs12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 blockLast Week: N/ARenz Alcoriza. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRence Alcoriza played the game of his life when Arellano fought Letran on Friday.The forward tried his earnest to keep the Chiefs’ season alive, going as far as pouring 13 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter.However, Alcoriza’s efforts proved to be moot as Arellano bowed in the fourth-place playoff and saw its season cut short. 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PVL kicks off new season with All-Star Game

first_imgBefore it officially gets its latest season started, the Premier Volleyball League will provide a tasty treat for its fans.The PVL kicks off its third season with its traditional All-Star Game on Saturday featuring the game’s established queens and some of the rising stars from the country’s premier league at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes 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 A series of activities will precede the All-Star Game, including autograph signing and photo ops at 1 p.m. to be followed by the fans’ skills games.Tickets are pegged at P50 (upper box), P200 (lower box) and P500 (ringside, inclusive of a shirt and photo ops with the players).Pablo, who will banner Motolite’s campaign starting this season, will skipper Team X which features Creamline’s Jia Morado and Jema Galanza, Jonah Sabete and Cherry Nunag of PetroGazz, BanKo Perlas’ Jem Ferrer and Joy Dacoron, Akari-Adamson’s Rose Ponce, Pocari-Air Force’s Dell Palomata, Tacloban’s Dimdim Pacres, and Ateneo’s Vanessa Gandler, Kat Tolentino and Bea de Leon.Oliver Almadro will coach the team with Jasper Jimenez as assistant.The two-time champion Valdez, on the other hand, will banner Team Y that includes Creamline teammates Michelle Gumabao, Risa Sato and Melissa Gohing, BanKo Perlas’ Nicole Tiamzon and Kat Bersola, Ateneo’s Dani Ravena, Deanna Wong and Maddie Madayag, Jessey de Leon and Chie Saet of PetroGazz, Iriga Navy’s Grazielle Bombita and UP’s Isa Molde.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Jerry Yee will coach the squad with Air Padda assisting him.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View commentscenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Alyssa Valdez, long considered the face of the sport and the reigning Open Conference MVP, and fellow power hitter Myla Pablo, also a former league MVP, head the two teams facing off in the league’s special offering for the fans, who have been the backbone of its success through the years.The 4 p.m. match, which will be aired live on television and via livestream, will be a charity duel that aims to generate funds for the benefit of the Hero Foundation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“This is our gift to the fans who have been supporting us and our way of raising funds for charity,” said Ricky Palou, president of the organizing Sports Vision Management Group, Inc.Special activities Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES Would Thurman be ready for Sen. Pacquiao? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

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