KALIBO, Aklan – The accommodations fora weeklong festival here are almost full, according to Gerwin Garcia, presidentof the Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Accommodations Association here. Garcia said around 70 establishmentsin the town, including hotels, inns and pension houses, among others, are80-percent full. Amongthe highlights of the activities include a motor show on Jan. 11 to 12, Departmentof Education Sinaot sa Calle on Jan. 15, Kapuso Night and Higante contest onJan. 16, Sadsad Ati-Atihan contest on Jan. 18, and the pilgrims’ mass andprocession on Jan. 19. TheSto. Niño Ati-atihan Festival will start with the Miss Kalibo Ati-AtihanPageant. This will culminate with street dancing and revelry on Jan. 16 to19. “Weanticipate more local tourists and ‘balikbayans’ arriving due to a series ofalumni homecoming of the different schools here,” he added. Beingamong the most sought-after festivals not only in Western Visayas but in theentire country, the annual Ati-Atihan Festival gathers thousands of merrymakersin Aklan’s capital town of Kalibo./PN
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Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan The USC women’s volleyball team escaped the Bay Area unscathed last week for the first time since 2006 and returns home with two critical victories against its strongest rivals.Top-notch · Sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio set USC’s single-season record for service aces (61) against California on Friday. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanAfter a grueling, five-set win over No. 5 Stanford on Wednesday night, the No. 8 Women of Troy (20-3, 10-2) turned away No. 27 California 3-1 (25-23, 24-26, 25-12, 25-23) Friday night to earn its fifth consecutive 20-win season.“We’re tired because we had a five-set game [on Wednesday],” sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio told the Pac-12 Network after the game. “But we came really focused today and we’re just getting better.”Combined with home victories against both teams in early October, the wins on the road represented USC’s third-ever regular season sweep of the Bay Area teams and first since 2003. The win over the Bears also improved USC’s all-time record versus Cal to 52-11.“Anytime you can get out of the Bay Area with two wins is equal to teams coming to Los Angeles and beating USC and UCLA, which is tough to do,” USC head coach Mick Haley said. “Beating Stanford and Cal at their own places is a very hard task, so you have to be as pleased as you can be leaving here with two wins.”Bricio unsurprisingly led the USC attack against the Bears with 14 kills and 13 digs, her fifth straight double-double. She also set USC’s single-season record for service aces (61) by converting five on the night in addition to four solo blocks and four block assists in a strong all-around performance.“Today the hitting wasn’t my forte, but I can compensate with other things,” Bricio told the Pac-12 Network. “I’m really excited right now because I’m seeing the results of how I work.”Freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu (13) and senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard (10) also struck double figures in kills, while senior libero and captain Natalie Hagglund posted another phenomenal defensive outing with 36 digs.USC quickly jumped out to an 8-2 lead to open the match, but Cal won seven of the next nine to pull within one at 10-9. The Women of Troy recovered to go up 16-10 on a kill by junior middle blocker Hannah Schraer, but the Bears put together an impressive comeback and took a 22-20 lead. USC calmly fought back, however, as freshman outside hitter Elise Ruddins’ kill brought up set point before Nwanebu finished with a kill to seal the first set 25-23.Cal regrouped in the second frame and went on a 6-1 run to go up 13-8. USC came back and eventually tied it at 17-all on a tandem block by Bricio and Schraer, then strung together four straight points to tie it at 24 after facing set point. But Cal claimed the set 26-24 when sophomore Lara Vukasovic knocked down a kill and then an ace to tie the match 1-1.The third set, noted by Haley to be a team weakness, actually proved to be the easiest for the Women of Troy. A Schraer kill put USC up 10-5 after which the Women of Troy extended their lead to as much as 21-9 on a kill by senior outside hitter Sara Shaw. Back-to-back blocks by Bricio and Schraer introduced set point at 24-11. After conceding a point, USC clinched the set at 25-12 when Schraer punctuated the rally with a kill that gave the Women of Troy a 2-1 lead.The fourth set was more contentious as the teams went back and forth. The Women of Troy saw their 11-7 lead diminish to 11-10 before going up 15-14. Consecutive kills by Olgard and Bricio put USC up 20-16 before Cal came back to whittle the deficit down to one at 23-22. Nwanebu then registered her 12th and 13th kills to end the match 25-23.“I think we were upset that we gave away that second set after working so hard in the first set,” head coach Mick Haley said. “They stayed even with us all the way through but we were able to stay one good play ahead of them.”Haley seemed proud of his team not only because of the wins, but also the grinding manner in which the Women of Troy claimed victory.“It was a hard fought match and the girls got very tired, but we deserved to win both of these matches,” Haley said.USC will return to the Galen Center this weekend to face Oregon Friday and Oregon State Sunday.
Related Stories Trevor Cooney shines and Michael Gbinije shrinks in Syracuse’s 84-73 loss to No. 6 North CarolinaGrade Syracuse’s performance against UNC and vote for the player of the gameSyracuse community reacts to loss against North CarolinaWhat we learned from Syracuse basketball’s 84-73 loss to No. 6 North CarolinaDajuan Coleman plays season-high 27 minutes in loss to Tar Heels Nothing was different for Boeheim, a man that has coached 1,315 games but joked he’s coached 100 fewer, a subtle jab at the NCAA vacating wins. And for Syracuse, despite the hype and hoopla of a game that set Saturday night apart, it was a similar late collapse that put SU in its deepest conference hole in 19 years.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We just want to win, period, at this point,” Michael Gbinije said. “Having these back-to-back losses, it’s not a fun environment to be in. It hits us … We talk about it a lot.”Syracuse and North Carolina traded leads 16 times on Saturday. It was the Tar Heels that had started out with a 27-20 lead. When the Orange had scored, the crowd reacted to each like it was a game-winning shot. But 14 minutes in, UNC was on a 10-0 run, powered by eight points in the paint.Trevor Cooney created space by fading away on a corner 3 to start the SU response. Then he hit a pull-up jumper. And even though his long-range jumper missed, an offensive rebound from Dajuan Coleman and a 3-pointer by Malachi Richardson erased SU’s six-minute and 13-second scoring drought.At the next dead ball, Cooney, who finished with 27 points, flexed his arms at his sides. It was like this every time UNC made its run. The Tar Heels went up 44-38 early in the second half. But Richardson stared down Theo Pinson after the UNC guard tripped trying to defend his perfect 3-pointer.It was pure emotion and adrenaline that kept Syracuse afloat, players said after the game. And it seemed to be never-ending.“We wanted to win this game bad,” forward Tyler Roberson said. “… We really needed this one.”North Carolina owned the paint, though, and it owned the high post. That led to easy points, including six Tar Heel dunks, each seemingly more thunderous than the last. The Tar Heels broke down Syracuse for 12 makes in each of its final 13 attempts from the field.The Orange had cut the lead to six points on a Gbinije three-point play and Tyler Lydon had made a body-diving block in transition on Marcus Paige. But a Justin Jackson layup proved it only delayed the inevitable.Syracuse had answered every run. It played, at times better than the better team. But just like Syracuse has seen a second-half lead slip away in each of its first three conference losses, it happened again to finish the fourth.With 1:13 to play, Boeheim sat in his chair, his hand rotating between a place to rest his chin and a tool to scratch the back of his ear. The same fans that greeted him with undying devotion had begun streaming out before the night was complete.He got up with five seconds left, and waited for the result to be official before walking to shake Roy Williams’ hand, the victor on a night defined by his return.“A long way to go,” Boeheim said, unprompted, before he left his press conference. “We’ll be fine.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 9, 2016 at 10:12 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Jim Boeheim acknowledged a crowd of 26,811 with a brief and seemingly forced wave. The pitch of their roar had overtaken a public address announcer that was able to introduce his name for the first time in 32 days. It was the beginning of a night that was — whether he liked it or not — dedicated to him.“Same as always,” Boeheim said, before repeating himself. “… It’s not something new for me.”Syracuse played an inspired game in front its 40-year head coach who returned from a nine-game suspension. It outrebounded a team that outrebounds its opponents by 10 a game. It took a six-point, second-half lead on a team that, on paper, may have been better at every position. The Carrier Dome felt a high that it hadn’t at any previous point this season, but it was a “same as always” result and storyline for the Orange (10-7, 0-4 Atlantic Coast), dropping its fourth consecutive conference game in an 84-73 loss to No. 6 North Carolina (15-2, 4-0).MORE COVERAGEDajuan Coleman plays season-high 27 minutes in loss to Tar HeelsWhat we learned from Syracuse basketball’s 84-73 loss to No. 6 North CarolinaTrevor Cooney shines and Michael Gbinije shrinks in loss to UNC
Until then, Colombia had been the better side. On five minutes, a Radamel Falcao cushioned header found Roger Martinez but the forward wanted an extra touch and his goal-bound volley was charged down.James Rodriguez then had a free-kick in a dangerous position but failed to clear the defensive wall.Ospina made an incredible one-handed save on 12 minutes to keep out an Eduardo Vargas header from a Jose Fuenzalida cross, but it wouldn’t have counted anyway as the ball was deemed to have been out of play.Soon after the disallowed goal tempers flared as Sanchez squared up to Wilmar Barrios, only to then find himself face-to-face with Colombia’s giant center-back Yerry Mina.Chile were by now in control of proceedings and Maripan headed over from a Beausejour cross.The champions were buzzing and Mauricio Isla threaded a through ball to Vargas, whose shot was blocked by a sliding Mina.Chile were looking increasingly threatening as Sanchez fired wide, Fuenzalida had a shot blocked and Vidal went closest yet with a curler from 18 yards.– VAR saves Colombia again –Colombia made a bright opening to the second period as Rodriguez curled a free-kick into the side-netting and Juan Cuadrado sliced well wide on a rapier counter-attack.Ospina was having a jittery performance and needed two attempts to gather a long range Vargas strike.The best chance of the match came on the hour when Aranguiz slipped in Sanchez behind the defence but under pressure from a backtracking Davinson Sanchez, the Manchester United forward sliced his shot horribly wide.When Chile had the ball in the net again on 70 minutes after Vidal fired home through a forest of legs into the far corner, Argentine referee Nestor Pitana again signaled to VAR and Colombia were reprieved for the second time.Chile continued to boss proceedings right to the end but in the shoot-out it was third time lucky as not even VAR could deny them victory this time.Share on: WhatsApp Chile players celebrate after defeating Colombia in a penalty shoot-out after a 0-0 draw in their Copa America quarter-final matchSao Paulo, Brazil | AFP | Champions Chile maintained their hopes of a third straight Copa America victory after beating Colombia on penalties on Friday to reach the semi-finals.Chile could have won the game in normal time but had two goals ruled out for marginal decisions in a scoreless draw, before Alexis Sanchez stroked home the winning spot-kick.It was just rewards for the champions after dominating a match in which Colombia held on thanks to a couple of tight VAR calls.Charles Aranguiz had a goal ruled out in the first half for a marginal offside against Sanchez in the build up to the move.And after Arturo Vidal shot low into the far corner on 70 minutes, that was chalked off for a handball against Guillermo Maripan, who had teed up the Barcelona midfielder.Following eight successful penalties, William Tesillo casually put his effort wide for Colombia, leaving Sanchez to be the hero, as the Manchester United forward continues to make up in Brazil for a dreadful club season.“We dominated practically the whole match. It was a great match against a team with a lot of quality,” said Vidal.“We scored two goals that unfortunately VAR annulled. We deserved to have won in normal time, we couldn’t, but we managed to score the five penalties and went into the next round.”They will face either Uruguay, who beat them 1-0 in the group stages on Monday, or Peru in Wednesday’s semi-final in Porto Alegre.“Penalties are more in the hands of God than the players, that’s the way they’ve always been and always will be,” moaned Colombia coach Carlos Queiroz.– Chile bemused –The first half was dominated by Chile’s 16th minute goal being controversially disallowed.Jean Beausejour made a surging, overlapping run down the left and his inviting cross was spilled by Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina after Davinson Sanchez got in his way, allowing Aranguiz to nip in and slot home from a tight angle.But much to the bemusement of many watching, the referee consulted VAR and the goal was chalked off for the most marginal of offsides.
London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City and England footballer Raheem Sterling on Sunday insisted that racism is “the only disease right now”.The 25-year-old, who has often and powerfully spoken out on discrimination, admitted his remarks may appear ill-chosen as the globe fights the coronavirus pandemic.“I know this might sound a little bit cheesy but the only disease right now is the racism that we are fighting,” said Sterling in a BBC TV interview to be broadcast on Monday.Sterling is the latest sports star to voice support for protests against racism in the United States and across the world following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.“This is the most important thing at this moment in time because this is something that is happening for years and years. Just like the pandemic, we want to find a solution to stop it,” he added.“At the same time, this is what all these protesters are doing. They are trying to find a solution and a way to stop the injustice they are seeing, and they are fighting for their cause.“As long as they are doing it peacefully and safely and not hurting anybody and not breaking into any stores, they continue to protest in this peaceful way.”Sterling has previously been prominent in calling out racism in both the domestic and international game. Last year he advised fellow players against walking off the pitch in the event of racial abuse.But Sterling believes it is now time for the talking to develop into real change – in society and in the notoriously tribal world of professional football.“There’s only so much communities and other backgrounds can take – especially black people.“It’s been going on for hundreds of years and people are tired and people are ready for change.“This is something that needs more than just talking. We need to actually implement change and highlight the places that do need changes.“But this is something that I myself will continue to do, and spark these debates and get people in my industry looking at themselves and thinking what they can do to give people an equal chance in this country.” Racism ‘only disease right now’: Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling Share on: WhatsApp