Ramdin shrugs off talk of pressure

January 20, 2020

first_img Ramdin’s sacking as Test captain has sparked criticism, especially from some officials in Trinidad and Tobago, while Holder’s promotion to captain has been criticised in some quarters as premature. But Ramdin has expressed full support for Holder and says he remains committed to providing support to the young skipper. “Jason is a good guy. I advised him on many things during the World Cup, and I intend to do my part in this series,” said Ramdin. “He is a young captain and needs all the support he can get in order to make a difference”. Ramdin has appealed to senior players to step up their game and says he believes the team has the “all-round strength” to beat Sri Lanka. “The senior men on the team have to make their experience count for him and people like Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Kraigg Brathwaite, and myself have to make sure we have good totals. Then the bowlers like Devendra Bishoo must lead the charge,” he said. “Bishoo is a key man in those conditions for us, and he has been bowling very well, so we need to back him up and look to take the fight to the home team. I think we have the all-round strength to beat this team, and we are going to give it our best effort.” BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Former West Indies test captain Denesh Ramdin says he is under no pressure, particularly with the presence of two other wicketkeepers in the regional squad, which assembled in Barbados Monday for a training camp ahead of the tour of Sri Lanka. Ramdin, a wicketkeeper-batsman, is part of a regional outfit that also includes wicketkeeper-batsmen Shane Dowrich and Shai Hope preparing to play two Test matches, three ODIs and two T20s against Sri Lanka from October 14. “I am not feeling any pressure at all,” declared Ramdin. “They might be under more pressure than me because they have less experience, and they will be batting higher up the order.” The Trinidadian cricketer was removed as West Indies Test captain after 14 matches and 15 months in charge and has been replaced by Jason Holder, also the ODI captain. West Indies selectors have told the discarded Test captain that he should focus on his batting, and Ramdin has expressed confidence that he can deliver. “I feel good at the moment, looking to hit some balls and get my game going,” he said. “It will be important to spend time at the crease and forge partnerships with whoever is batting with me.” support for Holderlast_img read more

Vauxhall’s Wilson is one to watch

January 20, 2020

first_imgVauxhall High’s coach, Keon Broderick, has described his wily attacker, Tyane Wilson, as one of the best in the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup competition, and after seeing the crafty striker in two matches it’s hard to disagree. Broderick has given the 18-year-old youngster a free role and charged him with the responsibility of taking Vauxhall to unprecedented heights this season. On Tuesday, the player was at his majestic best in a three-star performance against Norman Manley, showing why his coach rates him so highly and believes that if they are to make any meaningful progress this year, he will have to be at the heart of it. But Wilson, a past student of Mel Nathan Preparatory School in Hannah Town, is not feeling any pressure from being given the mantle to lead this team. On the contrary, he has full confidence in his ability and relishes the task. “It’s not a burden, I really enjoy the role because I know I can manage it,” he stated. The Brown’s Town FC midfielder carried his tally to five with his three-timer but his game is more than goals, he is the main creative spark and provider of assists as well. “I think my contribution has been great, the coach tells me the team cannot do without me. He says they feed off my energy so I have to always make my presence felt and put out extra effort, and I think I am doing that,” he continued. “This is the first hat-trick in my career and it’s a wonderful feeling, as it helped us get closer to the next round, it’s a good feeling,” he added. The win over Norman Manley edged Vauxhall even closer to a second-round berth but he is just taking things as they come. “We will leave that part (second round) to God. I will answer that part when we get there,” he said. The player was injured in the last game and was taken out after an hour, but Broderick doesn’t expect that to keep him out. “It’s not too serious, it was a precautionary measure to take him out and preserve him for the upcoming games,” he said. He also added: “This young man is spectacular … it’s just for the entire Jamaica to see, and once we reach second round they will.” Vauxhall are on top of Manning Cup Group F with 19 points from nine matches. They are ahead of Excelsior High (18 points from eight) and Jonathan Grant High, also on 18 from eight games.last_img read more

Taylor leads WI to big win

January 20, 2020

first_imgGROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC : Captain Stafanie Taylor agonisingly missed out on her sixth one-day international (ODI) hundred and then returned to pick up three wickets as West Indies Women crushed Pakistan Women by 109 runs in the third ODI late Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series. The prolific right-hander was left stranded on 98 as West Indies Women, asked to bat first, ratcheted up 281 for five at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium. Taylor, in her first series as captain, faced 117 deliveries and struck six fours and received great support from former skipper Merissa Aguilleira, who stroked 68 from 90 balls to record her second half-century in three innings. Kyshona Knight chipped in with a brisk 45 off 40 deliveries, while opener Matthews struck a breezy 35 from 34 balls. Left-arm spinner Anam Amin finished with two for 50. In their turn at the crease, Pakistan Women never really recovered from slumping to 19 for two in the fifth over and were restricted to 172 for nine off their 50 overs. Once again, Taylor forced her way into the spotlight, snaring three for 26 to help cripple the Pakistani innings, while seamer Shamilia Connell (2-28) and off-spinner Hayley Matthews (2-32) both finished with two wickets. Only Javeria Khan, with an unbeaten 73 off 127 balls, managed to make it past 20 and was one of only four batsmen in double figures. The result handed West Indies two more all-important ICC Championship points, and once they can win tomorrow’s final ODI, they will find themselves tied at the top of the standings with powerhouses Australia. West Indies Women were given a flyer by Matthews and Kycia Knight (17), who put on 45 from 32 balls for the first wicket. Knight struck three fours off 14 balls, while Matthews counted five fours off 34 deliveries but was two of three wickets to fall for 12 runs in the space of 29 balls, to leave the Windies Women struggling on 57 for three in the 11th over. However, Taylor then took charge of the innings by anchoring two successive partnerships that wrenched the advantage away from Pakistan Women. took chargelast_img read more

Skipper Bonner ready for Leewards challenge

January 20, 2020

first_imgRecently-appointed captain of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Jamaican-born Nkrumah Bonner, said he was surprised at being handed the position, however, now that he is in the post, he will give it his best shot. “I wasn’t really expecting it,” stated Bonner, who is currently in St Kitts preparing with the eastern Caribbean outfit for the second half of the WICB First-Class Tournament. “Since joining the Leewards, earlier this season, I believe I have been doing reasonably well, particularly with the bat. “I have also been active in the field, and making suggestions so on, and I guess they were of the opinion that I was having a good influence on the team “I was approached and asked if I would like to take charge, and after thinking about it I agreed to accept it,” added the West Indies representative. A former Jamaica Under-15 vice-captain, it will be the first time the 26-year-old Bonner will be leading a team at the regional level. He has, however, led teams at the club level in Jamaica performing similar duties even up until recently with St Catherine Cricket Association in the two-day Senior Cup. “I am prepared mentally for the challenge, and is expecting good things,” Bonner highlighted. “I tend to say things as I see it, and I guess people respect me for that. This, I believe, is a good starting point, and is something I hope to build on.” Bonner, who has represented the West Indies in two Twenty20 Internationals, has also expressed pleasure in the confidence placed in him by team officials. “The coach (Reginald Benjamin) and manager (Hugh Gore), who is a no-nonsense guy, recommended me, so from that point of view, it’s good to know they have the confidence in me,” he said. Looking at the on-going four-day tournament, Bonner, who is the Leewards’ leading runs scorer, said he believes the team can improve their fortunes. The Leewards have lost all of their five matches to date, and are currently at the bottom of the six-team standings. “I am expecting us to do a lot better in the second half of the season,” he explained. “We will be looking to win, but even if we don’t, I would love to see our batting, bowling and fielding performances improve overall.” The Hurricanes are scheduled to play third-place Jamaica Scorpions in their next encounter in Antigua, commencing on Thursday.last_img read more

AIBA makes important rules changes

January 20, 2020

first_img With regard to rule changes, there has been a change in the number of judges whose scorecards will be used to determine the winner of each bout in future. Previously, all five judges at ringside scored the bouts, but a computer randomly selected only three of the scorecards and used them to come up with the decision. This has been changed. What will now take place is that all five scorecards will be used to determine the winner of the bout. The scores of the judges and the performance of referees in each bout will, however, be carefully scrutinised by referee/judge evaluators after each contest and action will be taken against officials whose scorecards or performances in the ring do not measure up to the standards expected. There has also been a change in the positioning of the judges at ringside. Previously, the five judges in a bout were placed on only three sides of the ring. This has been adjusted and they will now sit on all four sides of the ring in a bid to get more consistent decisions. The selection of referees and judges for each bout has also been changed. The human element has been removed and all selections will now be done electronically. The draw to decide which boxers will meet at the various stages will also be done electronically. The AIBA has stated that these changes will, to a large extent, remove the human element and are designed to add more transparency to the selection of officials and the matching of boxers in competition. The rules with regard to professional boxers have also been amended and national Federations will be given the authority to bring professional boxers into their fold. It has also been confirmed that professional boxers will be allowed to compete at the Olympic Games in the future. Following the adverse criticism that was levelled at the sport after some of the boxing matches at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has taken steps to protect the integrity of the sport and lessen future controversy. At an extraordinary congress that was held in Montreux, Switzerland, on Tuesday, several rule changes were approved. An initial step that was taken after the Olympics, which is still in place, was the abolishing of the five-star referee/judge positions, which was an innovation designed to provide special opportunities for outstanding officials. The AIBA was not satisfied that this served the purpose intended and decided not to continue with this category of officials. The three-star qualification will remain as the highest ranking for referees and judges. Shortly after the Olympics, the AIBA grounded all the 36 referees/judges who participated in the Olympic Games. The decision was taken that they would all remain on hold, with regard to their participating in any competitions, and this would continue until a full investigation and assessment of what took place at the Olympics was completed. CHANGES TO JUDGESlast_img read more

Top players ready for badminton showdown

January 20, 2020

first_imgJamaica’s top badminton players and upcoming talents will line up against representatives from nine countries at the third annual Jamaica International Badminton Tournament, which will serve off at 10 a.m. today at the National Indoor Sports Centre.The tournament will climax on Sunday at the same venue and will see the players challenging for overall prize money of US$10,000.00 (J$1.2 million).Top Jamaican players such as many-time national champion Gareth Henry are expected to challenge in the men’s singles, doubles, and mixed doubles competitions.Number one ranked local female Katherine Wynter, who is also the current All Jamaica Badminton singles champion, will also be in action.All Jamaica men’s champion Dennis Coke will be challenging in the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles categories.The island’s players will all be in action today, with competition set to be decided up to the quarter-finals, with the final match of the day slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.EXCITING MATCH-UPSThe top-seeded players in the men’s singles competition include Adam Mendrek from Czech Republic and Jan Frohlich, who are seeded at first and second, respectively, while Matej Hlinican of Slovakia and Soren Toft (Denmar), who are seeded at three and four, respectively, should provide a lot of excitement for local fans.Jamaica’s women’s doubles team, which was the only local team to advance to the semi-finals last year, will see Mikaylia Haldane and Katherine Wynter seeded at number two, with the pair determined to improve on their placing.From the region, Barbados’s top-ranked player Cory Fangus is also slated to compete.Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) president Courtney Henry believes that the Jamaican senior players will have a very good chance against their rivals, noting that the association is also using the opportunity to expose young players.”The top players are really looking forward to it, and it should be exciting, and we should have a good turnout and get out all the youngsters who play badminton currently to come out,” Henry told The Gleaner.last_img read more

‘Pool queens’ eye 1-2 billiards finish for PH

January 19, 2020

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Teen gunned down in Masbate LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas FILE – Chezka Centeno of the Philippines during the 28th SEA Games Women’s 9-Ball Pool held at the OCBC Arena Hall 4, Singapore Sports Hub.INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMAThe Philippines will bank on its “Pool Queens” to ensure a gold-silver finish in the Southeast Asian Games billiards competition.“That’s our target. To meet again in the finals,” said two-time World 10-ball champion Rubilen Amit, referring to prodigy Chezka Centeno.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano The 2005 and 2009 SEA Games champion was runner-up to teenage sensation Centeno during the women’s 9-ball competitions in the 2015 SEAG in Singapore.Training together at Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, the 35-year-old Amit said she has fostered a close relationship with the 18-year-old Centeno.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’“I can’t say that I was mentoring her, because she’s already good at it, but I’m more of an Ate (elder sister) for her,” said Amit. “Hopefully, I can be a guide for her outside the pool hall.”Rubilen Amit of the Philippines during the 28th SEA Games 9-Ball pool Singles quarterfinals beating Fathrah Masum of Indonesia 7-2 held OCBC Arena Hall 4, Singapore Sports Hub.INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMAAmit finished fifth in the China Open last June, but she’s confident she can perform very well in the lone women’s event, the 9-ball singles, which will be held Aug. 22 at KLCC Hall 4. MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Gilas gold? Perlas looking at SEA Games crown too 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Amit captured the 2009 and 2013 World 10-ball championship trophy and will share the top billing in the country’s all-star billiards cast that includes legend Efren “Bata” Reyes.Centeno, who hails from Zamboanga, was discovered in the Philippine National Games when she, at the tender age of 11, bagged bronze. She also won 9-ball gold medal in the 2015 World Games in Shanghai.Also making up the men’s team are SEA Games champions Warren Kiamco, Dennis Orcollo, Basil Hasan Al-Shaijar, Alvin Barbero, Johann Chua, Francisco dela Cruz and Jeffrey Roda.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Gilas begins buildup with closed-door practice

January 19, 2020

first_imgMOST READ Chot Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTwenty-one days before the start of the 2017 Fiba World Cup qualifiers, Smart Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes is going down to business as he is set to hold his first practice session behind closed doors.The outspoken mentor made the announcement on Friday afternoon as he begins his preparations for the pair of home-and-away games later this month.ADVERTISEMENT “Yes we will practice but behind closed doors. No Gilas player/coach will grant any interview in the meantime. I hope you understand,” he wrote on his Twitter account @coachot.Yes we will practice but behind closed doors. No Gilas player/coach will grant any interview in d meantime. I hope you understand #💪❤️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— Chot Reyes (@coachot) November 3, 2017 View comments 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Players who were earlier named in the national team pool are expected to show up, especially those were part of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup squad which finished seventh place in Lebanon.Reyes is expecting a high turnout, especially with all 12 PBA teams giving the players the green light despite the impasse that has divided the Board of Governors in relation to the status of PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene WATCH: ’Emotional’ Hayward recalls how his family felt after horrific injury Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Wilder calls out Joshua again for big heavyweight fight

January 19, 2020

first_imgKobe Paras urges Kai Sotto to go to US to develop basketball game It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson There are other obstacles to the fight, as well, including whether to hold it in England or in the U.S. and on what pay-per-view network. Joshua’s camp has indicated their fighter would have to get more money than Joshua, too, because he has proven his ability to sell huge amounts of tickets in England.There’s also the feeling that both fighters should fight once more — perhaps on the same night — to build up more anticipation for the bout.“They want a warmup fight,” Wilder said. “Joshua’s last performance was OK, but it wasn’t his best. They want to redeem that and they want to make at least one more good payday before fighting me.”Joshua fought last month, stopping Carlos Takam in the 10th round of a sloppy fight in Wales. A week later, Wilder destroyed Stiverne in Brooklyn to keep his share of the heavyweight crown.Stiverne, who lost his title to Joshua in their first fight, was criticized for being out of shape and didn’t land a punch. But Wilder showed his brute power in stopping him in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “It was a devastating knockout,” Wilder said. “Being able to put on a spectacular performance like I did put the icing on the cake.”Joshua is massively popular in England — his fight earlier this year with Wladimir Klitschko drew 90,000 to Wembley Stadium — but not as well known in the U.S. Wilder also is trying to grow his fan base outside his home state of Alabama and there have been questions about the quality of his opponents.But both fighters are undefeated with impressive knockout records. When they do meet it could be thebiggest heavyweight fight since the days Mike Tyson was destroying everyone in front of him.“The heavyweight division was once in a dark place but now it is coming into the light,” Wilder said. “It’s exciting and I can’t wait to make it even more exciting.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Deontay Wilder paces the ring before a boxing bout against Bermane Stiverne for the WBC heavyweight title Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in New York. Wilder knocked out Stiverne in the first round. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Deontay Wilder can’t wait to get Anthony Joshua into the ring.He’s just not sure when it’s going to happen.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “I just want to prove who is the best, that’s all I want to do,” Wilder said Thursday. “I want people to see a great fight and witness the two best heavyweights compete with each other one night in the ring.”Wilder, who is coming off an impressive first-round knockout of Bermane Stiverne, said his representatives have been in contact with Joshua’s camp, and the sides are exploring ways to stage the heavyweight unification fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneIt could happen sometime next year, Wilder said, if Joshua’s handlers aren’t too protective of the British fighter.“I think they’re hesitant for a reason,” Wilder said in a phone call with The Associated Press. “They’ve got a great thing going. He can fight literally a guy who doesn’t even have a name and can make millions and millions of dollars off him. Why would they risk taking a chance with the most dangerous heavyweight in the division?” View commentslast_img read more

Ricci Rivero denies drug use, ‘lewd’ rumors

January 19, 2020

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle guard Ricci Rivero vehemently denied rumors that he’s used drugs of any kind in connection to his departure from the Green Archers in February along with older brother Prince and Brent Paraiso.In an effort to clear his name, Rivero posted a copy of results of the drug test Ohio-based laboratory Omega Laboratories conducted from late January to early February which stated that he tested negative for traces of methamphetamine, ecstasy, cocaine, opiates, and other related substances.ADVERTISEMENT Rivero insisted in the letter that his leave of absence was about “honoring my commitments and respecting the new team rules.”He also said he was left with “no choice” but to leave the team.The younger Rivero also blasted those who started the rumor that he was accepting money from gay sponsors.“As for the lewd rumor, please do not disrespect the hard work of my parents to provide for me and my siblings. I simply accepting money is an insult—that is foul.” Its been a while, once and for all allow me to open my heart to answer your questions. May God bless us all. Thank You po. pic.twitter.com/2ykpNZzLQA— Ricci Rivero (@RicciRivero06) March 7, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano In a lengthy essay Rivero posted on his Twitter account Wednesday, he said he waited for the right time to address the talks about his use of illegal substance and “lewd rumor” of involvement with gay benefactors. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celtics’ Smart fined $15,000 for criticism of officiating Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIEScenter_img BCDA: P13-B deal with Malaysia firm for New Clark City project aboveboard PLAY LIST 03:51BCDA: P13-B deal with Malaysia firm for New Clark City project aboveboard03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer “I am aware of all the rumors and speculations circulating on social media and all those who personally expressed their concern to us from inside and outside the community—buzzes about alleged drug usage and alleged acceptance of money from gay benefactors,” wrote Rivero.“I remained mum about it not until I saw the need to speak up and defend ourselves once and for all.”“I am negative to all types of substance contrary to initial reports that I was tested positive for drugs.”Rivero said he handed his hair follicle samples last January 28 to Hi-Precision Diagnostics Center which were transferred to Omega Laboratories for the testing.It was revealed back on Feb. 2 that Rivero went on an indefinite leave from the Green Archers due violation of certain university policies wherein players are prohibited to enter into sponsorship agreements, according to a statement from the school.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more