“At one point (Winfried) Sch‰fer saw one of my videos and showed some interest, but in terms of a follow-up, I didn’t hear anything. “I have been performing internationally from I was little and in the games that I played, I showed I have the potential to be in the national team. “Now the older me has learned a whole heap more, is smarter and more experienced. It’s just to get the opportunity as I am always looking to play for my country,” the player who turns 31 in April told The Gleaner. Priestly has spent the last five years abroad, plying his trade in Azerbaijan, the United States, Finland and Bangladesh and thinks playing for the national team would also give his family a chance to see him perform in person. “Playing for the country would give me an opportunity to let my family come to my games. That is something I look forward to, but it’s up to them (selectors),” he added. The flamboyant and tricky playmaker, who is commonly called ‘Boogie’ locally, was a crowd favourite since joining Antigua GFC at mid-season in October, and he found the experience of playing in a football-mad country like Guatemala very inspiring and encourages local players to try and break into the international market to gain experience in like environments. GREAT POTENTIAL GOOD PERFORMANCE “My performance was really good throughout. I scored a few goals and had a few assists, and in the final, I had a good performance. It was a great feeling helping them to their first championship,” he said. “Football-wise, I really like the city. I really enjoy the football, the style of play. They are more technical, more touches, and as such, and it really suits my game. I feel at home there. Even before you go on the field you are ready to play because you are playing in a country where the people love football, so your game goes up without you doing anything different just because of the energy. So those things motivate me … if nobody is in the stands, you won’t have any motivation. “Apart from Arnett or Waterhouse, you don’t really get that vibe when you are playing here,” he pointed out. “Any player who used to play overseas and comes back here can tell you it’s a different feeling when you are lacing up your boots,” he insisted. Although the player is currently a free agent, he is constantly in contact with his agent and expects to join a team soon, as he is looking for an even better 2016. “I want the best for myself, so, God’s willing, He will provide something. I will just continue to play hard and play my football. If you are playing good football, you are going to stand out no matter where you are, and that is all I want to do: try and improve in any way possible. That is the aim, to get better for 2016,” he added. Almost a decade after playing the last of his six games for the Reggae Boyz, creative midfielder Akeem Priestly still has the hope, desire and will to represent his country. The former Harbour View player just completed the Guatemala top-flight season with Antigua GFC, playing a starring role in their first-ever championship. The well-travelled player, who made his senior international debut at age 19 against Guatemala, believes he still has something to offer at the international level and thinks he is playing well enough to earn a recall. “I did multiple interviews in Guatemala and they (reporters) asked me why I am not playing for the national team. They watch the team (Jamaica) and say what I show I could definitely make the team. But I tell them it’s beyond my control,” admitted Priestly.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP):It’s been an injury and illness-filled start to 2016 for the top six women in tennis and just a week from the start of the Australian Open.Defending Sydney International champion Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon winner, pulled out of the Sydney tournament yesterday, the second week in a row she’s had to quit due to a stomach virus. She was joined a few hours later by Agnieszka Radwanska, the No. 2-seeded player in Sydney, who has a left leg injury.Last week, the world’s four top-ranked women retired or withdrew from tournaments due to injuries on the left side of their bodies: No. 1 Serena Williams (Hopman Cup/knee), second-ranked Halep (Brisbane/ankle), No. 3 Garbine Muguruza (Brisbane/foot) and fourth-ranked Maria Sharapova (Brisbane/forearm).Now No. 5 Radwanska and No. 6 Kvitova are on the ever-growing injury list.Kvitova retired during the first round of the Shenzhen Open in China last week. She was scheduled to play her first match in Sydney against Germany’s Sabine Lisicki today.”I’m really disappointed to have to withdraw … but unfortunately I am still not feeling well,” the sixth-ranked Kvitova said in a statement.Former No. 1 and now 16th-ranked Ana Ivanovic is healthy, but her new season is nonetheless off to a poor start. After losing in the first round last week in Auckland, she was granted a Sydney wild card.Ivanovic, who won the French Open in 2008, months after losing the Australian Open final to Sharapova, was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in a first-round match yesterday.”I was thinking, it’s not really (an) easy draw for first round,” Pliskova said. “I was really expecting a tough match. I’m just happy it went a little bit more my way.”In other first-round matches, another Serbian former No. 1, Jelena Jankovic, beat American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-4; former French and U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Australian Tammi Patterson 6-2, 6-0; and Caroline Garcia, who represented France at the Hopman Cup last week, beat countrywoman Kristina Mladenovic 7-6 (4), 6-4.Bernard Tomic is the top-seeded man at Sydney, while Halep is the top-seeded woman.Halep, who has a first-round bye, said yesterday she’ll likely carry the injury into the Australian Open, which begins January 18.”It’s difficult to know that you will be injured when you come to Australia. To me it happened this year,” she said. “I was not happy but we have to accept it.”At the Hobart International, another of the Australian Open warm-up tournaments, second-seeded Camila Giorgi of Italy beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 and seventh-seeded Alize Cornet of France defeated Denisa Allertova of Czech Republic 6-4, 7-5 yesterday.Sloane Stephens, who won the ASB Classic in Auckland on Saturday, was a late withdrawal from Hobart due to a virus.Former No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard, who is entered at Hobart, says she has “zero expectations” at the Australian Open as she makes her comeback from a concussion she sustained at the US Open when she slipped and fell in the dressing room.
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Two well-struck goals in both halves of Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Walker Cup knock-out competition by forward Duhaney Williams led Jamaica College (JC) to a fighting 2-0 win over underdogs Haile Selassie High at the Constant Spring playing field yesterday. The ‘Dark Blues’ will play Kingston College (KC) in what is expected to be a blockbuster final, scheduled for November 26. Meanwhile, KC prevailed 1-0 over Bridgeport High courtesy of a Rashawn Mackison penalty in the 30th minute on Tuesday. The game was called off at half-time due to torrential rain and the second-half resumed yesterday at the same venue. The experience and depth of the reigning Manning Cup champions, JC, was too much for Haile Selassie, who were forced to defend stoutly and play the ball out of their half most of the game. Goalscorer Williams, a mix of skilful dribbling and clinical passing, netted a powerful 25-yard strike from direct play in the 14th minute. He finished his brace in the 60th, pouncing on a rebound and spanking home from close range, after the Haile Selassie’s goalkeeper failed to collect the ball cleanly. Williams has netted three Walker Cup goals in two games and seven this season. He is ready for KC. “It feels very good to score and better to help my team reach the Walker Cup final,” he said in a post game interview. “We are the real blue, Jamaica College, and yes we can beat KC. We wanted to face KC,” he stressed. “A good team has to play strong teams and win.” When asked who the favourites for the final are, Williams told The Gleaner: “We (JC) will win. We can give KC probably 2-0.” According to Williams, JC “didn’t want to play any weak team in the final”. Coach Miguel Coley said his team was able to grow throughout the game and get the result they wanted. “We were solid defensively and we looked like a championship team, Congrats to KC, it will be a good game, the tradition is very deep and this is the hallmark of schoolboy football,” said Coley. Haile Selassie’s coach, Geoffrey Maxwell, refused to give a post match interview after claiming interference by “coaches in the team all of a sudden”, noting that they wanted to take charge with the team in the semi-final. CONFIDENT OF WIN
Another voice has entered the arena of public discussion on a track and field matter about which there are varied opinions. There has been continuing dialogue surrounding the issue as to how much work is too much, as far as the process of caring for and developing young athletes is concerned. Now coming with a related topic is none other than the world-class sprint coach, the Honourable Glen Mills, OJ, who rescued then shepherded the legend Usain Bolt from the depth of despair to the lofty perch in world sprinting which he now enjoys. This, after the Trelawny-born 2002 World Junior Champion seemed to have stumbled through two global events, the 2004 Athens Olympics and the Helsinki World Championships the following year. Mills’ slant speaks to athletes in their formative years, being asked to compete when hurt. There are those who argue that ‘running hurt’ is naturally accompanying with the sport. The sentiment is extended to suggest that just as a sniffle should not preclude going to work, a niggle can be countenanced while engaging in a sporting activity. That thought may be acceptable in professional exploits at the senior level, but this columnist rejects that view for our young children, as in so doing, it could rob them of a hopefully rewarding career. Coach Mills has cited two instances during the 2017 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys & Girls Athletics Championships where a male and a female athlete were asked to compete wearing tapes, which are clear indicators that something is amiss in the area where they appear. He appeared disturbed as he deemed the two individuals to be crucial cogs in the wheel of the sport looking forward. These are the words of Foster’s Fairplay, but the tracks were carefully laid by the man who also has conditioning responsibility for the joint second- fastest sprinter ever, Yohan Blake. If Mills is to be taken seriously and given his expertise and experience, he should, this is worrisome in the extreme. But then, the creator of the once productive Camperdown High School Sprint Factory and co-founder of the Racers Track Club, is merely the Meet Director at Champs. He is not blessed with the power or the professional qualifications to compel a coach to withdraw an athlete under these suspected circumstances. Any such attempt could lead to unwelcome repercussions and thoughts of interference into areas thought to be the sole purview of school management, which in many cases means an all-powerful coach. It should be accepted by the organisers and indeed all involved in the staging of the world renowned event, including sponsors, that the future of these youngsters is of paramount importance. They need to be protected from over exuberant coaches who see that shiny medal as well as the points attached, as the main or perhaps, only target of their admittedly hard work and sacrifice. To answer to coach Mills’ obvious concern, there should be a body of suitably accredited personnel, empowered to identify instances where athletes are put into competition carrying those injuries or trauma that are likely to hamper their future progress. As copious as the talent is, it is not proper, in the opinion of this columnist, to ignore its nurture simply because, there is more waiting in the wings. The powers that be cannot give credence to any belief that has such a fallacy at its core. It needs to be emphasised that it is not acceptable to vest what ought to be a medically guided decision in persons not so qualified, and, with that in mind, a viable solution to the problems expressed should be sought. The Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association ruled just prior to the start of the season against, what in their opinion, was the overuse of athletes. The restrictions they instituted were hotly contested in certain areas. The results of their action might not be with us for years to come. Regardless, they must rule again in the further interest of our young athletes, nothing less. No entity should be seen to kill their aspirations or those of their families, who are simply waiting in line for a better day. Least of all, those under whose umbrella of care they fall. For Feedback: Email – email@example.com Future important
View comments Globalport’s third replacement import Jamal Thomas won’t be able to suit up in the PBA Governors’ Cup after exceeding the height limit for the conference.The Governors’ Cup has a height limit of 6-foot-5 but Thomas exceeded the limit by almost an inch, the PBA tweeted hours before the 7:00 pm tipoff.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide 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 MOST READ DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours NBA: Damian Lillard would rather not win a title than move to star-studded team Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees Thomas, who replaced Murphey Holloway, was set to play his only game in the PBA in the Batang Pier’s last game against Meralco at Mall of Asia Arena Friday.Globaport’s already out of the playoff race with a 3-7 record.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
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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Arellano survives stern test, turns back Perpetual Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina FILE – In this Dec. 18, 2017 file photo, former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant arrives for a halftime ceremony, retiring both of his jersey’s during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors, in Los Angeles. Bryant is nominated for an Oscar in the animated short category for “Dear Basketball,” based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from basketball. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)LOS ANGELES — Does Kobe Bryant need another trophy? He might get one — at the Oscars.Bryant, the retired Los Angeles Lakers star, was nominated in the animated short category for “Dear Basketball,” based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from basketball. He was nominated along with veteran Disney animator Glen Keane.ADVERTISEMENT Bryant’s poem begins: “Dear Basketball, from the moment I started rolling my dad’s tube socks, and shooting imaginary game-winning shots in the Great Western Forum, I knew one thing was real: I fell in love with you.”It reflects on how time is running out. “I can’t love you obsessively for much longer,” it says. “This season is all I have left to give. My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.”It ends by counting down the final five seconds on a game clock.Bryant, 39, a five-time NBA champion, played 20 seasons with the Lakers before retiring last year.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments “What??” Bryant responded on Twitter. “This is beyond the realm of imagination. It means so much that the @TheAcademy deemed #DearBasketball worthy of contention.”The reaction to Bryant’s nomination was not all positive, however. Some on social media recalled the athlete’s sex assault case from more than a decade ago. “Congrats Academy you just nominated an accused rapist — Kobe Bryant for best animated short,” wrote Melissa Silverstein, of Women and Hollywood, on Twitter.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 folkBryant was accused in June 2003 of sexual assault by a worker at hotel in the Vail, Colorado area. Sexual assault charges were filed but dropped the following year after the woman told prosecutors she was unwilling to testify. Bryant in 2005 entered an out-of-court settlement with the woman for undisclosed terms.The academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
Muntinlupa, QC trounce MPBL rivals The Lady Bulldogs celebrate after taking the early tournament lead. —AUGUST DELA CRUZNational University arrested a late-game meltdown to take down Ateneo, 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 12-25, 15-7, and grab the early solo lead in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.After letting the Lady Eagles swoop down on them in the third and fourth sets, the Lady Bulldogs reestablished their dominance in the deciding fifth behind Jaja Santiago and Jasmine Nabor.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UST is coming off a five-set loss to La Salle on opening day, unable to match the composure of the defending champions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run PLAY LIST 01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:09SEA Games: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Santiago asserted her dominance over Ateneo with a game-high 26 points, while Nabor—who had 11 points and 29 excellent sets—knocked the Lady Eagles out cold by scoring three straight service aces, the last landing square in the middle of Ateneo’s defense that sealed the win.The Lady Bulldogs remained unbeaten in two games as the Lady Eagles slipped to 0-2, their worst start since opening Season 73 with a 1-1 card.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 folkNU looked utterly dominant in the first two sets despite wobbling midway through the second, but coach Babes Castillo said they had a momentary lapse in communication that allowed Ateneo to force a fifth set.“Jasmine had a hard time communicating with her teammates when she was giving out instructions,” Castillo told reporters. “But they quickly fixed it.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Earlier, University of Santo Tomas picked up its first win after handling University of the East with ease for a 25-17, 25-15, 25-21 decision.Cherry Rondina dropped 20 points and Dimdim Pacres added eight points for the Tigresses, who rebounded from their opening-day loss to defending champion La Salle.“This was a good bounce back win for us after coming from that five-set loss, said UST coach Kung Fu Reyes in Filipino.“We just have to be consistent because in the first two sets we really performed well, but when we got to the third set we kind of relaxed.”UST was on the offensive throughout the game and scored on 40 spikes, 13 more than what UE was able to muster, while also enjoying 26 free points due to the Lady Warriors’ errors.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
NOFA Cup aims to produce future Azkals More than four months later, after a thrilling Alab victory in Game 1 of the best-of-five ABL Finals, Brownlee’s stock continues to rise while Balkman’s redemption is almost complete.Brownlee, who has won two PBA titles as reinforcement for Barangay Ginebra, and Balkman, the former Petron import who gained notoriety for choking a teammate during a game, combined for 85 points as the Filipino club outlasted Thailand’s Mono Vampire, 143-130, in overtime on Sunday night at Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Laguna.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBalkman’s tip-in with 1.3 seconds left in regulation forced overtime, where Brownlee atoned for his two free throw misses late on with a spectacular performance in overtime, scoring 10 of his ABL Finals record 46 points to boost Alab to within a couple of wins from the title. Game 2 is set Wednesday at the same venue.“As soon as they arrived, the atmosphere within the team just improved,” said Alab coach Jimmy Alapag, whose team started the season with three straight losses.“There was just a genuine excitement and we felt a shift to the level of commitment within the team.” ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames 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 Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES When they returned to the Philippines in January, Justin Brownlee wanted to uphold his reputation as a winner, while Renaldo Balkman saw it as a chance to repair a reputation left in tatters following an outburst a few years ago in the Philippine Basketball Association that led to a lifetime ban.The two imports also shared a common goal of taking San Miguel Alab Pilipinas to greater heights in their second season in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Alab wiped out a late four-point deficit thanks to a triple by Brownlee with 19 seconds remaining.And after Mike Singletary split his free throws, Brownlee drew the fifth and last foul on Mono’s 7-foot-5 import Sam Deguara, setting the stage for Balkman’s heroics.With Deguara out, Brownlee wreaked havoc in overtime even as Mono’s top playmaker Jason Brickman went down with cramps, leaving a huge hole for the Thais.“In all my years of being involved in professional basketball, I’ve never seen and never been part of a game like what you saw tonight,” said Alapag whose team scored the first eight points in the extra session.“I was amazed with the offensive showing we put on in a 45-minute game. I’m definitely not happy giving up 130 points. I’m proud of our guys. I know we have to be much better on Wednesday.”ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pacers blows out Cavs, force Game 7 The Bulldogs, who got swept by the Blue Eagles in the last three championship rounds, leaned on Bryan Bagunas, James Natividad and Madz Gampong.Bagunas scored a game-high 19 points while Natividad added 17 points. Gampong, who anchored NU’s defense, had 11 points built on five blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNU head coach Dante Alinsunurin downplayed his team’s defensive effort against Espejo, who was limited to 16 points.“We focused on our service and our blocking. It just so happened that we did good on our service and they weren’t able to receive well,” said Alinsunurin in Filipino. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Espejo seemed invincible heading into a fifth straight finals matchup against NU after averaging a jaw-dropping 46 points per game, highlighted by a record-setting 55 points, in the Final Four where Ateneo knocked off No. 2 Far Eastern University.Ateneo rallied from five points down, to pull within a point, 24-23, before Kim Malabunga, who chipped in eight points, converted the game-sealing hit.Despite the loss, the Eagles are upbeat heading into Game 2 on Wednesday.“It’s about being consistent and being able to adjust but we weren’t able to do that today. Perhaps, the fatigue hit us. But the series isn’t over yet and hats off to NU,” said Ateneo coaco Oliver Almadro.“Our backs are against the wall but we will never back down. I’m sure my players will be back. They’re resilient and I trust them,” Almadro added.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 National University shut down Marck Espejo and beat Ateneo in straight sets, 25-20, 25-19, 25-23, in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball Finals Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding