Boxing in the Rio 2016 Olympics lasted throughout the 16 days of competition from August 5-21 and was marked by both exciting boxing and controversies.There were complaints about the judging, and two fights in particular – a bantamweight contest between Michael Conlan of Ireland and Vladimir Nikitin from Russia, and a heavyweight contest between Eveny Tishchenko from Russia and Vassiliy Levit from Kazakhstan – drew the ire of thousands of boxing fans.In the bantamweight contest, Nikitin was awarded the verdict, which took him into the finals, and this has been challenged far and wide as a bad call. The widespread opinion is that Conlan won, and this belief was heightened when Nikitin was unable to fight again because of injuries to his face and lost by walk-over in the semi-final bout.This was a particularly bad situation as Conlan gave the middle finger salute to the judges before leaving the ring, and after he left, he launched a broadside against the International Boxing Association (AIBA), the ruling body and the officials, calling them corrupt. He announced afterwards that he would be turning professional, but the last has certainly not been heard of this because it is quite likely be brought up on various charges for his behaviour.In the heavyweight contest, Tishchenko went on to win the gold medal, but public opinion was that it should have been Levit in the finals. In response, the head of AIBA, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, pointed to the fact that in over 239 bouts at the time of the controversy, “only a handful of bouts” had been targeted for criticism.Action was, however, taken against some officials. Some referees/judges were excluded from the competition shortly afterwards and reports are that they were sent home. In addition, and this was a major development, the executive director of AIBA, Karim Bouzidi, was removed from his duties at the Olympics and as executive director. He is to be assigned to another position in AIBA, it was announced.BEST SHOWApart from these few particularly bad days, the boxing competition was keen and exciting and some of the best boxing at the Olympics was put on show. The new scoring system, which is based on the 10-point must scoring system, as in professional boxing, was used, and was very successful.Boxing fans were treated to very competitive bouts throughout the 16 days, and the boxing venue, Rio Centro Pavilion 6, was always packed with wildly cheering spectators. The addition of professionals was not a very successful move as only three made it to Rio, and they were all defeated early in competition.At the end of the day, the records will show that medals were won by 19 countries. Uzbekistan pulled off a surprise by topping the medals table with three gold, two silver, and two bronze. Cuba followed with three gold and three bronze. Russia, France, and Colombia were the other gold medal winners in the male section of competition.In the female section, Claressa Shields from the USA successfully defended her middleweight title, as did Nicola Adams from Britain, the flyweight champion. The new lightweight female champion is Estelle Mossely from France. Shields was again the only gold medal winner in boxing for the USA.Shields was named the Outstanding Female Boxer of the tournament, and light-flyweight Hasanboy Dusmatov from Uzbekistan was named the Outstanding Male Boxer. They were both awarded the respective Val Baker trophies.
1) The movie is directed by brothers Gabe and Benjamin Turner 2) The Brothers have directed a number of critically acclaimed sports movies such as Mo Farah and Freddie Flintoff’s biopic, Class of 92, which highlights the rise of Manchester United legends David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Gary and Phil Neville, and Paul Scholes, as well as In the Hands of Gods which sees British freestylers journeying across the Americas in hope of meeting their idol, Diego Maradona. 3) Several global sporting stars such as Neymar, Serena Williams, PelÈ, and Asafa Powell made an appearance. 4) The film’s length is one hour and 47 minutes. 5) The documentary will be released worldwide today. 6) US rapper Nas features in the opening scenes and has also contributed to the soundtrack. 7) The UK premiere will take place at the Odeon Leicester Square Cinema.
St Bess, Tru-Juice stay on semis course St Bess and Tru-Juice tightened their grip at the top of the preliminary stage standings of the South Central Super League following wins last weekend. Both have kept the joint lead on points for the past three rounds with St Bess clinging on by goal difference. Both are now on 23 points. St Bess added to Kemps Hill’s relegation woes by handing them a 3-1 defeat while Tru-Juice ended Black Star’s semi-final hopes with a 2-1 win. Another St Catherine team, Dunbeholden has now seriously entered the fray for a semi-final spot by defeating Manchester’s Hillstars 3-1. Holland PYC’s 3-2 win over Downs again exposed the weakness of Manchester-based teams at this level this season, The only Manchester team to avoid defeat in the past round was Ricam who managed a 1-1 effort against Clarendon’s New Bowens, who are in the bottom four. Royal Lakes win eight-goal thriller Royal Lakes and G.C. Foster shared eight goals as the former ran out 5-3 winners in last Sunday’s FLOW St Catherine Major League. The win saw Royal move up the table in Zone A to third on 20 points. Meanwhile, Old Harbour Bay (24 points) took over sole leadership of Zone A after a clinical 2-1 win over Frazsiers Whip. The victors got their goals through Tajay Baker and Devroy Gray. Gray is the competition’s leading goalscorer with 10 goals. In other games, Portsmouth surprised Zone B leaders, Christian Pen (19 points) 1-0; Zone A second place club, Federal United (23 points) were held goalless by De La Vega City and Newland defeated New Raiders 3-1. Big win for Spring Village Spring Village, a domino club based on the outskirts of Spanish Town, St Catherine, are showing early signs that they can keep up with the big guns, as they silenced Ken’s Wildflower 300-243 and notched their sixth straight win of the season and maximum 24 points in the seventh round of the City of Kingston Cooperative Union/Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore/St Catherine league. Three other teams also have 24 points and perfect records. They are defending champions Fort International, which had to fight for a 300-287 win over Chedwin Strikers; Waterhouse United who beat Masterpiece 300-281 and Eradication 300-250 winners over Memory Lane 300-250. The competition continues tomorrow. Southborough, Braeton square off in final Braeton United and Southborough FC will square off in the final of the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division two Football League following semi-final wins last Sunday. Braeton avenged a 3-0 loss to Edgewater a couple of weeks ago with a shock 1-0 elimination of Edgewater the number one seed, while South Borough clipped Racing United 2-1. The final will be played tomorrow at the Cedar Grove Estate Sports Complex. Kick-off time is 3:30 p.m. Porus beaten in Manchester Major League Porus were displaced as the sole leaders of the Manchester Football Association Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League after they were clipped 1-0 by Comfort. Torchon Dwyer scored the only goal of the match. The huge movers of the sixth round were Alligator Pond who handed newcomers Star Zone a 4-0 baptism. Dane Seaton began the rout in the 20th minute for a 1-0 lead at half time. Three goals followed in the second half, with Romaine Samuda making it 2-0 in the 62nd minute then Oshane Nelson slammed in the third in the 65th and Kamarlo Dixon completing the scoring in the 72nd. This win has propelled Alligator Pond FC into the top position in the table on goal difference as the first half of the preliminary round ends, Villa United who are in striking distance with 10 points, continued the wretched run of former multiple Manchester champions Mile Gully by beating them 2-1. Ajani Laylor found the first goal for Villa United in the 12th minute with team mate Calvin Matthie finding the net in the 30th minute. Defender Ronald Taylor’s (75th minute) got the consolation strike for Mile Gully. Clandon take early lead in Division One Clandon Strikers have the early lead in the Jamalco-sponsored Manchester Division One after being the only team to score two wins from two matches played so far. Clandon beat Starz Academy 2-0, to add to their opening 1-0 win over New Green to move to six points. Seven other teams are on three points. In other results from the second round, New Green, with a goal from Owen Whyte’s (25th minute), rebounded with a 1-0 win over Silent Hill, and Old England tagged Trinity United 2-0.
Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) leaders, UWI FC, will look to inch closer to the $1 million bonus set aside for the team topping the preliminary stage when they welcome champions Montego Bay United (MBU) today, at UWI Bowl starting at 3:30 p.m.The game is one of six scheduled in the penultimate stage prior to the Championship title play-offs later this month.UWI are on top in the 12-team league with 58 points, followed by Humble Lion (57), Tivoli Gardens (52), Montego Bay (52), Portmore (49) and Arnett Gardens (45) as the teams in the top six.With that scenario, UWI FC only have to avoid defeat for the first time this season to their opponents in order to stay in pole position entering the final preliminary games next Sunday.Coach of UWI FC, Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle, says his team is hunting the $1-million bonus prize money and ultimately the championship title in their quest for the double this season.UPBEAT ABOUT WINNING”We are upbeat about winning the $1 million. The players are going for it. We have MoBay, a team that beat us twice already in Montego Bay, so they should be high on confidence,” Gayle told The Gleaner.UWI’s key players include captain Rochane Smith, goalkeeper Amal Knight, former Reggae Boy Keammar ‘Dada’ Daley, Kemar Flemmings and former national youth star Dawyne ‘Rick’ Smith.Meanwhile, although MoBay still have a mathematical chance of taking the bonus prize, chairman Orville Powell says the aim is to prepare for the bigger prize.”We are at that stage of the season, where we have to step up by winning against UWI. We are not going to UWI to win a $1 million. I figure we have lost that chance,” Powell said about his team’s slim chances of coming out on top in the race for the bonus prize.MBU will travel to town with top players such as national senior men’s team representatives, Dwayne Ambusley, Owayne Gordon, Jourdain Fletcher, Kevon Lambert, Dino Williams and Allan Ottey.In another game of high interest, Maverley-Hughenden who are battling for their Premier League life, will oppose Humble Lion.Humble Lion are in the running for the bonus prize while eleventh place Maverley-Hughenden need a positive result in the relegation battle.In two previous meetings, Humble Lion won 3-0 and 2-0 at their Effortville Community Centre home field.
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago Red Force ended an otherwise disappointing Regional four-day campaign on a high when they crushed Leeward Islands Hurricanes by an innings and 17 runs here yesterday.Starting the final day of their 10th round game at Warner Park needing a huge effort to pull off victory, Red Force found their inspiration in leg-spinner Imran Khan who finished with match figures of 11 for 140.He failed to add to his overnight five-wicket haul as Hurricanes, resuming on 273 for six, were dismissed for 299. Seamer Roshon Primus took two of the four wickets to fall to finish with two for 62.Following on by 254 runs, Hurricanes were dismissed for 237 in their second innings with Khan proving T&T’s trump card again with six for 74.Off-spinner Bryan Charles picked up three for 110.Opener and captain Montcin Hodge resisted with an unbeaten 96 while Kacey Carty carved out his second half-century of the game with 54 and Akeem Saunders got 41.Hurricanes were 188 for three at one stage inside the first hour after tea but suffered a swift collapse to lose their last seven wickets for 49 runs, and slide to their fifth defeat of the season.
Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Rockets, who trailed for most of the game, won their eighth consecutive road game, running their season road record to 12-1. It is Houston’s best road start since the 1996-97 season.Harden hit 16 of 29 shots and grabbed eight rebounds, while Chris Paul scored 24 points and Trevor Ariza had 13 for Houston. The Rockets’ 20-4 record is the best by percentage in the NBA this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“We’re riding high right now. That’s great. We know we’ll have some bumps. We have a lot of things to figure out, but we just keep getting better and grinding it out,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said.Houston took a good punch from Portland, which was trying to end a three-game home court losing streak. Damian Lillard tied a franchise record with nine 3-pointers and scored 35 points, while C.J. McCollum had 28 for the Blazers (13-12). Read Next MOST READ Houston Rockets guard James Harden drives to the basket on Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Oregon—The NBA’s hottest team has found a home on the road.Houston won its ninth consecutive game after James Harden scored 48 points and the Rockets rallied from 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 124-117 on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “It was disappointing to lose. . We had a lot of good efforts from a lot of different players. It was good to be in a game at the end against a really good team,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said.Houston hasn’t had a close game in a while, particularly with Paul returning to action from an early season knee injury. That changed Saturday as Portland built a 98-84 lead after three quarters, though Lillard started the fourth quarter with an ice bag on his right foot after limping to the bench.Houston went to a small lineup, and punished Portland’s defense with 1-on-1 offense. The Rockets hit 15 of 18 shots, and Harden and Paul combined to score 25 of the team’s 40 fourth-quarter points.“Me and James were talking about how cool it was. I went a few times and then he got to go a few times. It was fun that we got to play off of each other like that,” Paul said.Harden went 6 of 7 during the fourth quarter, including five layups.“We went small and they had to adjust to us . once they did that, we had shooters on the court and the lane was wide open. So it was layup, layup, layup, 3-ball,” Harden said.ADVERTISEMENT Donaire blasts Rigondeaux for quitting vs Lomachenko Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson With Lillard’s foot on ice, Houston launched a rally, pulling to 103-98 when Lillard returned with 7 minutes remaining. But the Rockets had momentum, and took a 110-109 lead on Ariza’s 3-pointer.The Rockets never trailed again, outscoring Portland 14-6 during the final 3 minutes.“It took everything we had to beat them,” D’Antoni said.The Blazers, eager not to finish a home stand 0-4, were aggressive early, as Lillard hit two 3-pointers but also drew two fouls during the first 3 minutes. Midway through the first quarter, Lillard stepped in front of Paul and earned a charging foul, touching off a battle of words that resulted in technicals to Portland’s Meyers Leonard and Paul.Lillard’s 3-pointer gave Portland its largest lead of the first half at 57-46, but Houston outscored the Blazers 16-5 during the final 5:37 to pull even at 62 at halftime.Houston piled up a big edge at the free throw line, making 34 of 42 shots, while Portland took only 12 free throws, making nine.“The disparity was ridiculous,” Stotts said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES University of Perpetual Help climbed to third spot of the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament after fending off woeful Emilio Aguinaldo College, 22-25, 25-19, 25-14, 23-25, 15-13, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Lady Altas improved to 3-1, just half a game behind second-running San Beda (3-0), while the Lady Generals stayed at the bottom of the ladder with a 0-4 slate.The Lady Altas have now forged two tough five-set victories and head coach Macky Cariño sees this as a testament to the team’s character.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 folk“If you really don’t have that strength within you will fail,” said Cariño.Skipper Maria Tripoli and Maria Clemente each had 15 points for the Lady Altas while Allysa Sangalang and Hershey Llorente added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Letran, meanwhile, brought itself closer to the top four after fending off Lyceum, 28-26, 20-25, 26-24, 25-22, in the other match.The Lady Knights reached .500 territory as they improved to 2-2 and tied Jose Rizal University at the fifth spot while the Lady Pirates are in a rough patch with a 1-3 record.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year SBP eyes record crowds for 3×3 tourney
View comments But with Cruz coming out strong, the Texters came out playing with verve and urgency as they overwhelmed the Road Warriors, 101-75, to stay in the quarterfinal race in the PBA Philippine Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.Acquired in a deal with Rain or Shine, Cruz provided much-needed firepower with 17 points and five assists in 30 minutes, while Kelly Williams wound up with 17 and 16 rebounds.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 folk“We needed to win to give ourselves a chance at the playoffs,” said Racela, whose team, at 5-6, now awaits the remainder of the elimination round to determine whether it will figure in a playoff or gain an outright seat in the quarterfinals.Later, injury-hit Rain or Shine found an unlikely hero in Jewel Ponferrada as the Elasto Painters rolled past the San Miguel Beermen, 95-80, to formalize their entry to the quarterfinals. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours PBA IMAGESTNT coach Nash Racela was candid enough to admit that he didn’t know what to expect from his team heading into its do-or-die clash with NLEX last Wednesday.With key players loaned to Gilas Pilipinas and new acquisition Jericho Cruz barely a week with the Texters, TNT’s buildup was far from ideal for a game where its string of playoff appearances was on the line.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Vargas wants Gregorio for sec gen Ponferrada knocked in all of his 17 points in the second half, where the Painters pulled away for their sixth win in 10 games.Despite the loss, the Beermen will go into the playoff as the No. 1 seed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson
While Kick Axe mainly caters to casual players, there are locations across the country where enthusiasts play the sport competitively.There was no alcohol in sight during recent tournament play at Chicago’s Bad Axe Throwing, a Canada-based chain of 18 venues.Bad Axe’s CEO, Mario Zelaya, founded the World Axe Throwing League a year ago. He said it now has 2,500 members worldwide who compete at his own locations and other independent venues.“It’s bowling 2.0,” said Zelaya. “What bowling maybe used to be in the 80’s and 90’s and this is what ax throwing is right now. It’s fun. It’s new. It’s addictive. It’s active entertainment.”The World Axe Throwing League held its first world championship tournament in December. Competitors played in their home courts and the games were broadcast remotely on Facebook Live. The winner took home a $3,500 prize.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Zelaya says his ultimate goal is to make ax throwing an Olympic sport.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims 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 MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Griffin narrowly misses triple-double, Pistons rout Suns LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In this Saturday, March 3, 2018, photo, a contestant prepares to throw a hatchet at a wooden bullseye at the Kick Axe Throwing venue in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Ax throwing is a growing sport that some enthusiasts hope will take off the way bowling did in the last century. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — Leave it to the hipsters of Brooklyn to combine craft beer and sharp objects.Kick Axe Throwing is the first bar in New York City to pick up on a nationwide trend of ax throwing, a growing sport that some enthusiasts hope will take off the way bowling did in the last century.ADVERTISEMENT “People are like, ‘Sharp objects and beer? What a great idea that is.’ But truthfully, after you have a couple drinks you start to actually throw a little bit better,” said Alexander Stine, an “axepert” at Kick Axe. He honed his own skills growing up in Colorado throwing knives at carnivals and now trains newcomers on proper technique. “It’s about believing in your ability to do something you didn’t think you could do before.”Scoring is similar to darts. Players aim at a wooden board painted with a bull’s-eye and rings corresponding to different point values.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 folkPlaying to the sport’s origins at Canadian logging competitions, Kick Axe’s decor is reminiscent of a ski lodge, complete with flannel chairs and calfskin carpeting.The perimeter of the venue is lined with cages for throwing. There’s a bar serving wine and beer, but no hard liquor. Guests can take a break from throwing axes to play board games like “Candy Land” at tables in the center of the room. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown
In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Balkman has Santos’ full support in Beermen return Wozniacki was facing 15th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova in a late match on the red clay of the Foro Italico.Keys also withdrew from the doubles competition, where she was partnered with Venus Williams.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 crownLast year in Rome, Halep rolled her ankle in the final and lost a lead and the championship to Elina Svitolina.Halep will next play either U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens or seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ View comments Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES Romania’ Simona Halep reacts after winning a point to Japan’s Naomi Osaka, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (Claudio Onorati/ANSA via AP)ROME — Simona Halep’s hold on the No. 1 ranking received a boost when American opponent Madison Keys withdrew from their third-round match at the Italian Open on Thursday due to a right rib injury.Halep needed to reach the quarterfinals and progress further than No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki to hold onto the top spot, and she has accomplished the first task.ADVERTISEMENT Svitolina also reached the quarterfinals, overcoming a poor start in beating 14th-seeded Daria Kasatkina 0-6, 6-3, 6-2. She’ll next face either former No. 1 Angelique Kerber or Maria Sakkari of Greece.This is the last major warmup for the French Open, which starts in 10 days.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina