GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC): All-rounder Mitchell Marsh says he has fully recovered from injury and is relishing his return to the Australian side for their tri-series campaign in the Caribbean starting this week. Marsh is part of the Australian squad arriving in the Caribbean after stopping in New York on Monday to reduce the impact of jet lag on their performances during the tournament, which also involves South Africa. Australia start their campaign in the tri-nation tournament against West Indies on June 5. “We’re obviously extremely lucky that Cricket Australia have allowed us to do that,” said Marsh, the son of former Australian cricketer Geoff Marsh. “We’ve had a chance to get out and about and see what the city has to offer, but we’re still focused on our task at hand over the next month and we’re looking forward to getting to Guyana first.” Marsh, 24, is a fast bowler who can hit 140kph and has shown promise as a lower middle-order batsman. A side strain forced him out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year, but now the budding all-rounder says he is ready to perform in Australia’s busy schedule in the coming months.
Local conditions DUBAI, UAE (CMC): West Indies Test and ODI skipper Jason Holder says the regional team remains a powerful force despite the absence of some top players heading into the series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. West Indies are missing some of their big stars in the T20s and ODIs, including explosive opener Chris Gayle and all-rounder AndrÈ Russell. Trinidad and Tobago left- handed batsman Evin Lewis was called up to replace Gayle at the last minute, while Kesrick Williams, the fast bowler from St.Vincent and the Grenadines, has replaced Russell. “It’s obviously a big loss to lose certain players, but obviously, we have some very capable players in the dressing room to fill their boots,” said Holder. International circuit “Evin Lewis was called up at the last minute to replace Chris Gayle, and we saw what he did (100 against India at Lauderhill). I don’t think we are short on personnel. It’s just a matter of everyone getting in and getting used to international circuit. “We have played a very vibrant brand of cricket, especially in the limited overs, and I think whoever is coming in has the ability to do the same.” West Indies start their tour with a warm-up game against Emirates Cricket Board XI at the ICC Academy on Tuesday before the opening T20 match against Pakistan on Friday. “We are just looking to start the series well. It is important that we start well,” said Holder, after an intense net session at the ICC academy on Friday. “We are coming off a very good win against India in the T20 series. We are coming in with a bit of confidence and, hopefully, we can carry it in the heat here in Dubai.” One major factor the Caribbean side will have to contend with is the climate in Dubai. The 24-year-old Barbadian, who celebrates his next birthday in November, says his teammates would need to become familiar with local conditions quickly. “I just think it’s a situation where we understand these conditions as best as we can and as quickly as we can and get acclimatised to the conditions here. The heat is not something we are accustomed to,” said Holder. “We come from the Caribbean, which is quite hot – at times it can get hot – but the humidity in the Caribbean is not as it is here. It is just important to acclimatise ourselves to the conditions here as quickly as possible and play the cricket we are accustomed to.” West Indies and Pakistan will play three T20s, three ODIs, and three Test matches.
Leading Jamaica middleweight boxer Kemahl Russell will take on American Martez Jackson in a six-round warm-up fight tomorrow night at the Shrine Temple in Macon, Georgia.This is the first of two fights that are designed to get him ready for a World Boxing Association regional title fight, which is slated to take place in December.Russell, who was the Wray and Nephew Contender Middleweight champion in 2015, has been training in New York, USA, for the past two months, and his manager, Leiza-May Keane, told The Gleaner yesterday that he is in great shape and is primed for an exciting performance. He will enter the ring with a 9-0 record, with seven of those fights ending inside the distance.His opponent, Jackson, has a 3-1-2 record.Russell made his mark in the Contender series and earned himself a reputation of being a very aggressive fighter. In the series, he showed both good boxing skills and punching power and won most of his fights inside the distance. In the finals of that contest, he scored a fourth-round tko victory over Richard Holmes. In his last fight against Mexican Hector Nava in Mexico, he scored a first-round knockout.Reflecting on his fight tomorrow, he told The Gleaner that he was going into the fight to get some good work and come out victorious. “I am not thinking of a knockout, but if it comes, I will take it. What I need now is to fight regularly, and the plan is for me to be back in the ring next month. I have been promised a title fight, and that is my major goal now. I want to be a world champion, and these fights are stepping stones,” he said.
Disrespectful response He responded in a manner that was disrespectful to his president, “the owner fe de yard” who ultimately decides who gets paid and who does not. So in a true “Trump-like” manner Darren Bravo is instantly dismissed and sent home from the touring team. But, I am yet to see any attempt by our President to correct his erroneous statement or to apologise for his unfortunate and incorrect categorising of Mr. Bravo’s previous contract. So, another one bites the dust. One by one, the better players of cricket in the West Indies are sidelined for perceived ‘insubordination’ and the team is filled with untried and unproven players who are too scared to voice (or tweet) any opinion about conditions under which they are forced to play. The result, defeat after defeat and a relentless and continuous slide down the International rankings, with elimination from the really important ICC competitions. So it’s on to the Tri-Nation series in Zimbabwe, minus our best spinner, Sunil Narine, who has withdrawn from the tour ‘for personal reasons’. Where will it end? When will West Indian fans, whose hard- earned dollars support this WIBC Board and their sponsors, have the guts to say to our president No mas, No more, please, please, leave us and give West Indies cricket a chance to be relevant. With a lot of cricket being played around the world, it is usual to expect that the game would be prominent in global sport news. The English are locked in an interesting tussle with India, Australia is battling South Africa and the West Indies are due to play in a triangular series with Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. As an added bonus, West Indian women’s team play against India, knowing that one win in three games would see the team automatically qualifying for a place in the ICC World Cup, scheduled for England next year. For the West Indian cricket fan, however, as usual, the only news is bad news. Our ladies suffered another batting meltdown to lose the second straight game to India, putting more pressure on themselves (and us fans) before game three tomorrow, desperately needing a win. The men of the West Indies cricket team, coming off a rare win in a Test match, albeit in a dead series against Pakistan, are looking (once again) to turn the corner in their quest to resume relevance in World cricket. But along comes another “controversy”. Having their overtures to Kraigg Braithwaite and Marlon Samuels rebuffed, the board was asked to explain the offering of a “C” contract to their second best player in the past year, Darren Bravo. Rushing into a television studio to answer this and other questions was the president of the WICB, Dave Cameron. That decision, to have the President attempting to explain the actions of a Board constantly under fire from the majority of the regional fans proved to be a costly mistake. The president of the WICB doesn’t have a good history of outing fires and soothing the ire of players. Ever since he was ignored at a cricket function in South Africa by players, who he apparently felt owed him a debt of gratitude for their improved earnings in world cricket, our President has consistently shown us how thin-skinned he really is. He has no problem in making disparaging tweets etc against West Indian players, but if anyone dares to respond in kind – sanction! In that interview last week, our president explained that Darren Bravo could not expect to keep his ‘A’ contract if his average keeps falling in the previous twelve month period, as there would be no incentive for an ‘A’-contract player to improve his on-field statistics. That sounded reasonable, but a quick fact check revealed that our president did not state the facts. Darren Bravo was (factually) the second best West Indian batsman in the twelve-month period under review by the Board. Second, Mr. Bravo NEVER had an A contract. Third, Darren Bravoa test team veteran was offered a ‘C’ contract similar in terms to one offered a newcomer to the team, and fourth, Marlon Samuels, a player with a demonstrable inferior average in the twelve month period used by the Board to calculate contract values was offered a ‘B’ contract. Darren Bravo, a West Indian career cricketer, who gave up playing the shorter form of the game to improve his statistics in the longer and purer form of cricket, felt hurt and insulted.
Letran shoots for a third victory but remains wary of an opponent that just suffered from a 43-point beating.ADVERTISEMENT The Knights—who hold a 2-3 record—hope to build on their Tuesday triumph, 82-75, over last year’s runner-up Arellano where Rey Nambatac took charge in the final quarter.“We hope this win could start something big for us,” said Napa.Aside from Nambatac, transferees Jeo Ambohot and Jeremiah Taladua also shone in the Knights’ triumph.The 6-foot-6 Ambohot, a former middle blocker in volleyball from Arellano, played his best game yet with 15 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, while Taladua, a former Pirate, tallied 13 markers and 11 boards.The Blazers’ 43-point loss against the Pirates was the highest losing margin by any team this season. —CARLO ANOLINADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Cohesive national volleybelles return from Japan End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Aiming for their first back-to-back wins, the Knights take on the St. Benilde Blazers in the 93rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament Thursday.“They’re a resilient team and we expect them to bounce back from that loss,” Letran coach Jeff Napa said of the Blazers, who absorbed a 55-98 shellacking from unbeaten solo leader Lyceum.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’“We just have to be ready,” added Napa.Letran and St. Benilde clash at 4 p.m. at the Letran Gym in Intramuros, Manila. Their junior counterparts collide in the first game at 2 p.m.
MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Teen gunned down in Masbate “We want to show not only China but the rest of the world that we can play good football in the Philippines,” Coach Thomas Pfyl said in a statement on Tuesday.Gothia Cup, which originated in Sweden in 1975, is considered the biggest youth football tournament in the world. Its staging in Asia, which is considered the second biggest in the world, was first held in Shenyang, China last year.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’Last year, Kaya FC was the only Philippine team in the tournament. They finished in the top 16 out of the 32 teams in their age group. This year, the Quezon City Football Club also joined the Cup. IDLPhoto courtesy of Paco Guerrero End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Photo courtesy of Paco GuerreroKaya Futbol Club (FC) Academy’s Under-12 team has raced to a 2-0 start at the Gothia Cup in China.Kaya recorded a convincing 12-0 victory against Beijing’s Sunny Zone team on Monday, and followed it up with a 2-0 beating of Shanxi’s FC Eagle Brothers.ADVERTISEMENT PH opens SEAG bid on high note, nips Thailand in water polo 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
GO FOR GOLD 94 — Salem 24, Haruna 22, Leutcheu 12, Desiderio 8, Alejandro 7, Gaco 5, Naboa 5, Gutang 4, Dixon 3, Domingo 2, Ocampo 2, Pasturan 0.Quarters: 36-23, 63-44, 83-66, 108-94.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MJ Ayaay chipped in 16 points, six rebounds, and six assists, while Jaycee Marcelino dropped six of his 15 markers in the fourth period to put away the Scratchers for good.“It’s been a while. Again, we’re happy that we got back in our winning ways. We just have to play our game, nothing is gonna change. What’s important is we learn from our mistakes and try to get better all the time,” said a relieved coach Topex Robinson, as Zark’s-Lyceum improved to 5-4.FEATURED 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 folkThe Jawbreakers easily overturned a 15-20 deficit after staging a 21-3 blast to take a 36-23 lead at the end of the first quarter. They continued to pounce on the listless Scratchers, stretching their lead to as high as 27, 81-54, with 3:07 left in the third quarter.The Scratchers made one last rally behind Matt Salem, whose barrage of treys cut the Jawbreakers’ advantage to eight, 91-83, midway through the payoff period. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil PBA IMAGESZark’s Burger-Lyceum put the brakes on its three-game losing skid after scoring a 108-94 drubbing of Go for Gold Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.CJ Perez paced the Jawbreakers with 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals, while Mike Nzeusseu recorded a double-double with his 21 markers, 11 boards, and three dimes in the victory.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Naomi Osaka on her way up with first pro tennis title LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Twins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino, though, came to Zark’s-Lyceum rescue late as they strung six straight points to restore oder, 97-83, with 4:53 remaining.“The joy was gone in our game,” admitted Robinson of his team’s struggles that led to their slump. “Joy means that you’ll make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. I just let them play today.”Salem went 6-of-12 from three to top Go for Gold (4-6) with 24 points and six rebounds. Yankie Haruna added 22 markers and nine rebounds, but their efforts weren’t enough as the Scratchers incurred their third straight defeat.The scores:ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 108 — Perez 23, Nzeusseu 21, Ayaay 16, Jc. Marcelino 15, Pretta 9, Jv. Marcelino 8, Caduyac 6, Baltazar 3, Tansingco 3, Marata 2, Yong 2, Ibañez 0, Santos 0, Serrano 0.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism
Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Women, children attend wrestling event in Saudi Arabia LATEST STORIES Miller (20-0-1, 18 KOs) takes on France’s Johann Duhaupas, (37-4-0, 24 KOs), and Joshua will be watching. It’s “Big Baby,” who weighed in at nearly 304 ½ pounds Friday, and not Deontay Wilder who could end up with the next fight against Joshua, the unbeaten British heavyweight who holds three belts.Miller has heard the talk of a potential Joshua match but said he’s seen no paperwork about it, so isn’t worried about the possibility.“I can’t think about nothing else past Saturday right now except whooping this guy’s behind,” Miller said. “That’s all that matters to me.”Titled “Straight Outta Brooklyn,” the card includes Jacobs’ first bout at Barclays Center since 2015. The popular cancer survivor from the Brownsville section of Brooklyn expects plenty of his home fans, while Miller will be fighting there for just the second time.“It’s going to be fun,” Miller said. “I’m not just the Brooklyn champ, I’m the people’s champ.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 View comments FILE – In this April 12, 2018, file photo, heavyweight boxer Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller shadow boxes during a workout at Gleason’s gym in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Daniel Jacobs wants another shot at Gennady Golovkin. Miller could get the next one at Anthony Joshua. The potential path for both might lead right through their hometown. Miller (20-0-1, 18 KOs) takes on France’s Johann Duhaupas, (37-4-0, 24 KOs) on Saturday, April 28 in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)NEW YORK — Daniel Jacobs wants another shot at Gennady Golovkin. Jarrell Miller could get the next one at Anthony Joshua.The potential path for both might lead right through their hometown.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames 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 ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jacobs and Miller fight the headline bouts Saturday night at Barclays Center, where the Brooklyn products hope to position themselves for lucrative title opportunities with victories.Jacobs (33-2-0, 29 KOs) faces unbeaten Maciej Sulecki (26-0-0, 10 KOs) of Poland in the main event of the HBO televised card, with the winner becoming the WBA’s mandatory challenger for the middleweight championship.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 crownJacobs, a former 160-pound titlist, lost a close, unanimous decision to Golovkin last year and is seeking a rematch or another bout with one of the big names in the division.“I have an opportunity of a lifetime,” Jacobs said at his final press conference. “The WBA has mandated me for Golovkin’s belt again, so you guys know how vocal I’ve been about calling these guys out and wanting to get back into the ring.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident A Joshua-Wilder unification match is the biggest that can be made in the heavyweight division, but as usual with boxing, the sides may opt for a detour rather than the straight line. That could send Joshua to an interim bout against Miller while he raises his profile in the U.S. in case a Wilder bout takes place outside his native Britain, where he has fought all 21 professional bouts.In the meantime, Miller said he’s blocking out all the talk — even if nobody else is.“I know he doesn’t believe it, but what we all we can do is say that Jarrell Miller against Joshua is a fight we’re very interested in. If we’re going to come to America, that’s a fight that would definitely appeal to us,” promoter Eddie Hearn said.“I think if has a commanding performance against Duhaupas, why not make that fight happen? But listen, whether he takes it or not is up to Jarrell, and whether he believes it or not, is up to him as well.”The brash Miller expects to deliver the commanding performance against Duhaupas, who was stopped by Wilder in a 2015 fight.“I think the main thing is just make him feel something he’s never felt before,” Miller said, “a big guy that comes forward and hits him everywhere to make him just realize that eventually he’s going to break down, that he’s in a war for his life.”Jacobs could also move onto something big with a victory. He might have to wait a while for Golovkin, who fights Vanes Martirosyan next week and perhaps Canelo Alvarez later in the year after their planned May 5 rematch was scrapped. Alvarez was suspended for six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing two drug tests.Hearn also mentioned Jermall Charlo, who became the WBC’s interim middleweight champ with a second-round knockout of Hugo Centeno Jr. last week at Barclays Center.“Right now I see Daniel Jacobs, as, even at this stage of his career, the emerging star again of the middleweight division and we’re going for all those big fights,” Hearn said. “Gennady Golovkin, possibly another title that might become vacant. Mr. Charlo has been running his mouth recently, we love that fight also.”
LATEST STORIES View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Federer set to swing into Shanghai again Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team PBA IMAGESBatangas-EAC mounted a comeback late in the third quarter to beat hard-luck AMA Online Education, 91-78, in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.The also-ran Generals ended their conference with a 4-6 slate while keeping the Titans winless in 10 games.ADVERTISEMENT Earvin Mendoza racked up 24 points for the Generals while Cedric de Joya poured in 18 markers.AMA Online’s Donmark Matillano flirted with a double-double with 19 points and eight rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Down by 10 in the last minute of the third quarter, the Generals went on a blistering 21-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarter and never looked backed as they ended their campaign on a high note.“I actually didn’t use my coaching board [during the run]. They showed their effort today in this game,” Batangas head coach Oliver Bunyi said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Generals were able to score 31 points off AMA’s 30 turnovers and chalked up 17 fastbreak points.Batangas-EAC also got a big lift from its bench, which outscored AMA’s, 32-12.
Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric speaks after winning the trophy for the Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2018 Award during The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony, on September 24, 2018 in London. AFPLONDON, United Kingdom – Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards by being crowned FIFA’s best player of the year on Monday.The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title To call or not to call a timeout Modric’s success means Ronaldo remains tied with Messi having won FIFA’s award in different guises five times each.At 33, Croatia’s run to the final was the culmination of a brilliant career for Modric that had often been overshadowed by Ronaldo’s goalscoring in their time together in the Spanish capital, before the Portuguese left for Juventus in July.Modric scored twice and also netted in penalty shootout wins over Denmark and Russia, but it was his playmaking ability that caught the eye in winning the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup.“It was an unbelievable season, the best season in my life,” said Modric.“I’m still not realising how good a year I had collectively, individually, and I’m very proud for everything I achieved this year and it will be remembered forever.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lyon boss Reynald Pedros did win the award for best women’s coach, though, after winning the Champions League with the French giants. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The emotion is huge because it is thanks to the work of everyone. So many people have come together and so many have supported me,” said Modric.Modric beat out Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah and Ronaldo, who along with Messi did not attend the glitzy awards ceremony in London.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 ChrissBoth are in action for Juventus and Barcelona on Wednesday, but their no-show attracted criticism after so many years on top.“Everyone has their own reasons,” said Modric. “Obviously I would have liked them to be here but they aren’t.” MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 For a sixth straight season, Ronaldo was the Champions League’s top scorer with 15 goals and also scored four times at the World Cup, including a hat-trick against Spain in a thrilling 3-3 draw to open Portugal’s campaign.However, Portugal’s last 16 exit to Uruguay in Russia and Ronaldo’s failure to score in the semi-finals or final of the Champions League opened the door for Modric.Salah scoops best goalFor the first time in 12 years, Messi was not among the finalists with Salah earning a place on the podium for his incredible 44-goal debut season with Liverpool that carried the Reds to the Champions League final.Salah did not go away empty-handed, however, as he picked up the Puskas award for best goal for his strike against Everton in the Merseyside derby last December.Modric was joined by Real team-mates Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Marcelo in the FIFPro team of the year, also featuring David De Gea, Dani Alves, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe, Messi and Ronaldo.“I am as happy as if I had won it,” said Ramos of Modric’s success. “He deserves it, he is an excellent player and has marked an important era in the history of Real Madrid.”France’s World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps won the best coach of the year prize in recognition for his work in leading Les Bleus to success in Russia.Deschamps, who became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach, beat off competition from Dalic and his former France team-mate Zinedine Zidane, who won a third consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid before resigning in June.Thibaut Courtois won the best goalkeeper award for helping Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals as well as the FA Cup with Chelsea before a summer move to Madrid.Brazil’s Marta was crowned best women’s player for a record sixth time for her role in winning the Copa America to beat out Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan. 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