Simmons fails again in Heat lossBRISBANE, Australia (CMC):West Indies opener Lendl Simmons failed to score for the third time in four outings as his Brisbane Heat slid to an eight-wicket defeat to Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash here yesterday.Sent in at the Gabba, Heat rallied to 175 for six from their 20 overs, with opener Jimmy Peirson top-scoring with 51 from 36 balls and Nathan Reardon hitting an unbeaten 40 from 32 deliveries.The right-handed Simmons faced two balls before perishing in the second over leg before wicket to seamer Michael Neser with seven runs on the board.English leg-spinner Adil Rashid was brilliant, taking two for 17 from his four overs.In reply, Strikers raced to their target in the penultimate over with opener Tim Ludeman getting 57 not out off 49 balls; Mahela Jayawardene stroking 53 of 30 balls; and Travis Head, 50 off 25 balls.Bonners shines before rain takes overBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):Jamaican Nkrumah Bonner stroked an entertaining half-century, but rain forced the abandonment of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ opening game of the Regional Super50 after only 38 overs at Warner Park here Thursday.Opting to bat first in the day/night encounter against Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, Hurricanes had reached 187 for five when the adverse weather ended the game prematurely.Both teams were awarded two points.In the time available, Bonner hammered 65 off 69 deliveries with six fours, while opener Shane Jeffers hit 47 and left-handed partner Chesney Hughes, 28.Messi set to get5th FIFA best player prizeGENEVA (AP):Lionel Messi is favoured to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or on Monday, ending Cristiano Ronaldo’s two-year hold on football’s top individual prize.Messi already has a 4-3 lead in their career duel for the annual FIFA prize but has recently been eclipsed by his great rival.That changed in 2015 when Messi inspired Barcelona to regain the Champions League title among five major trophies to none for Real Madrid, despite Ronaldo’s relentless goalscoring pace.Barcelona’s dominance also helped Brazil star Neymar earn a place on the three-man shortlist for the first time.The Catalan club can sweep the men’s honours with Luis Enrique heading the coaches’ shortlist after becoming European champion and winning the Spanish league and cup, the European Super Cup, and the Club World Cup.Luis Su·rezsuspendedBARCELONA, Spain (AP):Barcelona striker Luis Su·rez was suspended yesterday for two Copa del Rey matches for insulting rival players.The referee’s report for the heated match at Camp Nou that ended 4-1 for Barcelona on Wednesday said Su·rez insulted Espanyol players in the tunnel after the match.Referee Juan Martinez Munuera’s report states that Su·rez told Espanyol’s players: “I am waiting for you. Come here. You are trash.”The ban will rule the Uruguay striker out of the return leg set for next week at Espanyol’s stadium and possibly the first leg of the quarter-finals.
San Beda poured on the heat in the second half as the defending champion continued putting pressure on an undefeated leader by dismantling Emilio Aguinaldo College, 76-57, in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Red Lions stayed undefeated in the second round and, more importantly, stayed half a game behind idle Lyceum, which leads the league with a 12-0 record. San Beda notched its 12th win against a lone loss, which came at the hands of the Pirates in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dismal campaignMeanwhile, Jerry Codiñera resigned as Arellano coach in the midst of a dismal 4-7 campaign.The announcement came as a bit of a surprise considering the way Codiñera had carried the Arellano program to two Finals appearances.According to the school, Junjie Ablan, who coached the Chiefs during its trial run in the NCAA in 2009, will take over on an interim basis.Codiñera ends his stint with the Chiefs with a respectable 52-31 record, highlighted by championship appearances in 2013 and 2015.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Philippines raring to test Korea Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In Thursday’s other game, San Sebastian kept its flicker of a playoff hope alive after grounding Jose Rizal University, 82-75.The Stags scored their third straight win to get to a 4-9 record, staying in the 10th spot of the standings, and in the process eliminating the 2-11 Heavy Bombers from the Final Four race.Allyn Bulanadi lit up for a career-high 27 points with six rebounds to lead the Stags while RK Ilagan put up 16 points and 11 boards.Alvin Capobres and Michael Calisaan also finished in double figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively, while JM Calma was a point shy of a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.Darius Estrella had 19 points for the Heavy Bombers while Jed Mendoza added 15 points and seven rebounds. The Generals stayed stuck at 11th spot with a 2-10 card, and looked to make a game out of it when they kept the Red Lions within reach, 38-36, after two quarters.But San Beda opened the second half with nine straight points and the rout was on. The Red Lions outscored the Generals 21-9 in the third quarter to take a 59-45 margin heading into the final period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissRobert Bolick led San Beda with 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and three steals while Javee Mocon added 11 points.Hamadou Laminou finished with a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double for the Generals. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title