SUPPORT FOR PARIS Drivers wore black armbands as a sign of mourning for those killed in deadly attacks in Paris. In addition, a French flag decorated with a black ribbon was displayed on a truck used during the drivers’ parade before the race. The race at Interlagos was run on a dry day free of rain, which is often a feature of the Brazilian GP outside S„o Paulo. It made for a race with few incidents, and little excitement in the racing. Rosberg safely protected his lead at the start with Hamilton right behind. Both pitted early and Rosberg managed to hold the lead by 0.9 seconds after the first round of stops with Vettel and Raikkonen right behind. A third of the way through, Hamilton was closing on Rosberg – cutting the gap to 0.4 seconds – with Vettel slipping sevens second behind the leaders. But that was as close as Hamilton ever got. “I’m faster but I can’t get close,” Hamilton said over the team radio as he began to slip further off the lead in second place. That summed up the day. Two more pits, and the positions held with almost no passing in the entire race. SAO PAULO (AP): Nico Rosberg won yesterday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, leading from start to finish to beat Mercedes teammate and already-crowned season champion Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg started from pole and won his second consecutive race – his fifth victory of the season – to clinch second place in the season standings with one race to run in Abu Dhabi. Rosberg and Hamilton spent the entire race 1-2, remaining that way through three pits stops. Hamilton turned some of the fastest laps near the end but could not catch his teammate and rival. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished third and teammate Kimi Raikkonen was fourth, exactly the way the top four racers started on the grid. It was Hamilton’s ninth race in Brazil, and he has yet to win. He often compares his struggle to that of Brazilian great Ayrton Senna, who needed eight races to win his home race.
The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) is being challenged by one of its creditors, Edward Cooke, whose lawyer has filed on his behalf for compensation from the government agency for monies owed for his services.Attorney Davion L. Vassell served the notice yesterday on the agency largely responsible for grassroots sporting development. It seeks payment for services allegedly rendered between July and October 2, 2014, which amounted to $619,000 and was accompanied by six invoices.The letter was addressed to INSPORTS to the attention of its chairman, Don Anderson, “re payment of funds to Edward Cooke”, with administrative director Ian Andrews and Cooke also cited.”I act for Edward Cooke in the captioned matter,” it said. “I am instructed that Mr Cooke did work on several occasions for the Institute and to date has not been compensated for services rendered.”I am further instructed that despite several demands, the Institute has failed and/or refused to honour its obligation to Mr Cooke.”Further, it said: “We demand that this sum be paid in two weeks of the date of this letter (January 5, 2015), failing which we will explore other avenues available to Mr Cooke without further notice to you if the debt is not paid.”UNAWARE OF DEVELOPMENTWhen contacted, Anderson said he was oblivious to the development.”I am not aware of it. I am sitting in my office working now and I will continue for the rest of the day to work, no intention to investigate this,” he noted.”If it comes to me, fine, but right now, I have no idea of it. If it comes to me, I will consult my lawyer, but I know nothing about it, so I cannot answer any question,” he further stated.Further calls were made to INSPORTS, where a source, who requested anonymity, explained that the situation stems from a policy change in September 2015 by the new board of directors, which relieved Andrews of the authority to sign cheques. The source said that has resulted in a backlog of payments to its creditors.Andrews was also barred from his office and sent on leave at the time.However, the latter actions were reversed after union intervention, with the exception of Andrews’ signing power.ALLEGED BREACHThis authorisation of cheques is now facilitated with signatures by two board members, an action the source alleges constitutes a breach of government financial regulations on the grounds that the board functions in an advisory capacity and is only responsible for setting policies, as opposed to an executive capacity, which would make it responsible for the day-to-day running of the agency’s operations.In the meantime, Cooke’s attorney expressed hope in the letter that the matter against the government agency would be resolved soon.”We look forward to a prompt and positive response in light of the above,” said Vassell.
HIGH NUMBERS IMPORTANT Coaches obtain these badges through the University of Technology’s coaching courses, which starts at Level One and move up to the Jamaica Award, from which coaches can move on to the international level. But Campbell says there needs to be greater urgency in training top-class local coaches. “There is a UTech advanced course. But the Level One starts in a few weeks, and from there, you move through the different levels. The Jamaica Award takes you to the next level of going international and coaching at that level. It’s not an easy course, because it’s for top coaches, and the theoretical, scientific and psychological sides and the whole preparation of playing at that level is not as easy to grasp,” noted Campbell. “But Jamaica is doing what is best to get coaches up to that level, they just need to speed it up, although I think they are trying to do that. We need more coaches, as we are in a bad place now, because the ones that are qualified are just not interested [in coaching the national team] at this time,” Campbell said. International umpire Sylvester Campbell believes there is a need for more top-level local persons fit to coach the national team and is imploring Netball Jamaica to increase the pace at which they are turning out international-level tacticians. The senior Sunshine Girls have been without a coach for more than two months and most of the handful of local qualified coaches (those holding a Jamaica Award, which is the highest qualification locally) are either unavailable or have expressed no interest in the position. This has left the team in a coaching dilemma since late last year. But Campbell, who also sits on the international testing panel of the International Netball Federation, says the answer to problem is to improve the number of accomplished top-level local coaches. “In any system it is good to have a lot, more to choose from, so it’s good to have more. The cadre [of top level coaches] needs to be bigger, enough for you to pick, choose and refuse from. So it’s important to keep the numbers high so we don’t get in the position we are currently (with national team) in where there are only a handful, when we could have more,” Campbell commented. “A league like BEL (Berger Elite League) was played at a high standard, and you need coaches in it that can coach at a very high level. Coaches you can see and pick because they are performing at the highest level,” he added. Currently, only Oberon Pitteron-Nattie, Connie Francis, Minneth Reynolds, Annette Daley and Maureen Hall hold a Jamaica Award, while Tracey-Ann Griffiths, Conrad Parkes and Marvette Anderson are now completing theirs. GREATER URGENCY NEEDED
Windward Road captured the INSPORTS All-Age & Junior High Athletics Championships crown for a fourth straight year at the Stadium East field yesterday. The champions tallied 503 points to top the meet by a mere five points over rivals John Mills who ended on 498. Oral Whilby, coach of Windward Road, said he was very happy with his team’s performance because they had to fight very hard to win it. “We fought very hard for this victory because we only won it by five points,” said Whilby. “I must lift my hat off to my athletes and everyone involved because it was a very difficult victory,” he said. Windward Road trailed John Mills by 19.5 points entering yesterday’s final day of the three-day, but despite this, Whilby said he was always confident that they would have come out on top. “These athletes are champions and that champion spirit that they have in them just came to the fore at the right time and so they never panicked,” Whilby said. The top two were followed by Constant Spring (326), Swallowfield (211.50), Cockburn Gardens (206.50), Shortwood (204), New Day (198), Mico Practising (158), and Calabar (134). In yesterday’s action, Windward Road’s Amanda Spaulding won the girls’ Class One long jump with a leap of 4.91m ahead of her teammate Moesha Thompson (4.39m). Teneisha Morris of Mico Practising was third with a mark of 4.21m. Jahiem Scott of John Mills won the boys’ Class Two long jump with a mark of 5.48m in front of his teammate Leo-Paul Foster (5.46m) and Constant Spring’s Javaugh Walters (5.36m). Calabar’s Naseem Clarke captured the Class One boys 100m in 11.77 seconds defeating Antonio Phillips of Constant Spring (11.85) and Calabar’s Raheim Hamilton (11.93). John Mills’ Antonio Hylton won the boys’ Class One 400m in 54.44 seconds ahead of Windward Road’s Vishaugn Gayle (55.67) and Jahvanie Percy of Cockburn Gardens (55.79). John Mills also took home the gold medal in the girls’ equivalent when Shaniece Benjamin won in 1:02.75. Windward Road’s Amanda Spaulding was second in 1:03.27 while third went to Christopher Shieed of Constant Spring in 1:13.57. Champion athletes
Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Westbrook, Biles win athlete of year honors at The ESPYS IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Britain’s Chris Froome puts on the overall leader’s yellow jersey on the podium after the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 203.5 kilometers (126.5 miles) with start in Eymet and finish in Pau, France, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Chris Froome will return to the scene of one of his most frustrating moments at the Tour de France on Thursday.But the three-time champion said after Wednesday’s 11th stage he has no regrets about the day he was denied the chance of going for a stage victory in Peyragudes as he had to wait for team leader and eventual champion Bradley Wiggins.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade While the last two flat stages since Monday’s rest day were relatively simple and tranquil for the overall contenders, some still managed to get themselves in bother.‘Nervy’Romain Bardet, third overall at 51sec, came off his bike twice, as did two-time former winner Alberto Contador.“I’m ok, I’m happy to have finished with that stage, it was nervy,” said Bardet.“I was caught up in crashes twice so I’m happy to have come out unscathed and to have finished with these flat stages.“It’s never nice to crash twice — these are the type of days on the Tour where you have to know how to accept your pain with patience, kowtow a bit and wait for better days.”Contador might have been thinking about attacking in the Pyrenees but his two crashes, added to two more last Sunday, have left him looking just to survive until the Alps.“This complicates things a lot for me in the Pyrenees but there’s no way I’m letting my head go down,” insisted the 34-year-old, who is already five minutes down and 12th overall.“When things go against you, instead of thinking of other things or other objectives, you need to be stronger, more determined, and that’s what I’m going to do.“This certainly doesn’t help. I’ll have to wait for the Alps (to attack).” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View comments LATEST STORIES “I have mixed feelings. On that day there was frustration for not being able to go for the stage win, but at the same time I had great feelings and great legs.“I would be very happy if they felt the same tomorrow.”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’The 17th stage in 2012 was won by Spaniard Alejandro Valverde by just 19 seconds as he held off the charging Froome and Wiggins.But several times Froome had been able to accelerate away from his team leader, only to be called back to wait for Wiggins, the yellow jersey holder at that time. MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Colombian Nairo Quintana vowed to attack if he has the strength, although he’s been complaining of a lack of that the last few days.He cracked on the final climb last Sunday and has drifted out to eighth overall at 2min 13sec from Froome. But he too is staying positive.“We’re not far and we’ve not lost hope. We’ll see how tomorrow goes and how the legs are.“For the moment they feel good and we hope they’ll get better still.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet “I’ve no regrets, that’s not who I am. I will continue to look forward and in the moment I made the right decisions,” said Froome.Thursday’s 214.5km stage will be crucial to the overall standings, according to Froome, and he’s expecting his rivals to try something audacious.“It’s interesting, it’s going to be certainly one of the stages that shapes this year’s Tour de France being one of the only uphill finishes left now — there are two of them,” said the Sky team leader.“From our point of view, we don’t want to see guys who’ve lost time already getting back into the game, so we aren’t going to let any GC contenders get up the road to get that time back.“But my focus is on Fabio Aru who’s only 18 seconds behind.”ADVERTISEMENT
Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Lady Bulldogs shoot for the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference title Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre and with it, the chance to forge the first perfect tournament in the league.Stringing up eight victories up to this point, the Lady Bulldogs are bent on putting an exclamation point to their dominance in the tournament among college teams gearing up for the coming varsity season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogJaja Santiago, who had 23 points when NU frustrated the Lady Tamaraws in Game 1, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24, will again power NU in Game 2, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m.FEU isn’t about to roll over with coach George Pascua crediting that defeat to a breakdown at the wrong time. MOST READ View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Everyone is a Ginebra rival It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 National University has two goals it can achieve and one opponent it has to deal with.ADVERTISEMENT “Our mindset just collapsed,” said Pascua, as his wards committed 27 errors in Game 1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’
Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “We set goals at the start of the year and I’m happy that we’ve made history in the AFC Cup and in the PFL. To achieve this in front of our own supporters made it more special for the club.”The Busmen unveiled a retooled squad at the start of the year after a disappointing 2016 campaign where they yielded the league crown to Global and got eliminated in the Round of 16 of the AFC Cup.“We’re quite a new team,” said Iain Ramsay, one of the players acquired at the start of the season. “It took a bit of time, but once we knew our playing style and believed in that style of coach Risto (Vidakovic), everything just clicked. We respect everybody, but we just know if we play to our style, play to our strengths we can beat anyone.”Ceres had struggled against Global in recent seasons, particularly when the two powerhouse sides played in the United Football League.Ramsay produced a hat trick after assisting on Bienvenido Maranon’s fourth minute strike as Ceres completed a magical finish to the season.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Not a so-so sports season after all Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone BACOLOD CITY—No other Filipino football club logged more air miles and played more matches than Ceres Negros FC in 2017.So when the Busmen played their 44th game in 11 months last Saturday night in the Philippines Football League final, they were expected to plod at the last hurdle.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ But the Busmen hardly looked like a spent force.Counterattacking at every opportunity, Ceres picked apart a surprisingly listless Global Cebu side on the way to an impressive 4-1 victory to make history as the first champion of the country’s professional league at Panaad Stadium here.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 folkThe win not only spoke volumes of the team’s quality but the resolve of the side to not let up even with an AFC Cup already in the bag.“It’s a testament of the hardwork of the players, coaches and the staff,” said Ceres chair Leo Rey Yanson, who lifted the PFL trophy with his mother, Olivia Yanson, by his side. View comments
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Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Tenorio fired 27 points, 11 assists, and five rebounds, Aguilar had 25 markers, six boards, two dimes, two steals, and two blocks, and Slaughter got a double-double of 20 points, 14 rebounds with four assists, and two rejections.“LA was awesome all night long, Japeth was making brilliant passes to Greg and we love seeing those guys play together, passing to each other,” praised Ginebra head coach Tim Cone after guiding his team to 5-4. “It’s not how well Japeth plays or how well Greg plays, but how well they play together and that’s the key for us.”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 folkScottie Thompson almost had a double-double of his own too, posting nine markers, 11 boards, four assists, and two steals while Kevin Ferrer also helped spark a fourth-quarter breakaway with his pair of triples breaking a 65-deadlock.“We said before the game that it was a huge game so now that we’ve won it, it’s a huge win. We’re tied in the standings right now and it’s so tight. It’s the time in the conference that everyone’s scrambling for wins,” Cone remarked. “But our guys stepped up today. We were playing ok in the first half, but we knew it wasn’t gonna be enough to win the game so we elevated our play in the second half.” Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak TNT 78 — Castro 17, Williams 17, Pogoy 16, Tautuaa 10, Garcia 8, Paredes 2, Reyes 2, Semerad 2, Tamsi 2, Torres 2, Carey 0, Golla 0.Quarters: 22-18, 44-42, 63-62, 93-78.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 PBA IMAGESGinebra went to its top guns and downed TNT, 93-78, to grab a share of fifth place in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, and Greg Slaughter formed a terrible trio for the Gin Kings as they frustrated the KaTropa and accounted for almost the entire team’s production.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ LATEST STORIES TNT suffered its second consecutive defeat and fell to eighth place at 4-5.Jayson Castro led the fight with 17 points, but shot 6-of-20 from the field, while also grabbing four assists and two rebounds.Kelly Williams also had 17 markers and 15 boards for the KaTropa, who played without Troy Rosario, while Roger Pogoy added 16 points and five rebounds.The Scores:GINEBRA 93 — Tenorio 27, J. Aguilar 25, Slaughter 20, Thompson 9, Cruz 6, Ferrer 6, R. Aguilar 0, Caguioa 0, Caperal 0, Mercado 0, Taha 0.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Abueva, Aces fall short in comeback bid vs Road Warriors OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Norvell had 28 points, hit six 3-pointers and grabbed 12 rebounds, leading Gonzaga back into the Sweet 16 with a 90-84 victory over Ohio State in the West Region on Saturday night.“I call him our spiritual leader; he gets us going every practice, even the ones they don’t want to be at,” said Gonzaga coach Mark Few, who brought back his celebratory headstand in the locker room. “He’s just a fiery guy with some swag from Chicago and we need that.”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 folkA redshirt last season, Norvell averaged 12.3 points to help Gonzaga sweep the WCC regular-season and tournament titles.The 6-foot-5 shooting guard has elevated his game on the sport’s biggest stage, hitting a late tiebreaking 3-pointer against UNC-Greensboro in the opening round to help the Zags advance. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert, left, and Killian Tillie (33) celebrate following a second-round game against Ohio State in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)BOISE, Idaho — Zach Norvell Jr. pulled up for 3-pointers, drove fearlessly to the rim and bulled his way into the trees to snare rebounds.A spectator during Gonzaga’s Final Four run a year ago, the confident, extroverted freshman could be the ticket for a return trip.ADVERTISEMENT The player known as “Snacks” — all he wanted was candy and chocolate as a kid — made 6 of 11 from the arc against Ohio State to lead Gonzaga (32-4) into the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season — two wins from a second straight Final Four.“I always have confidence on the offensive end, but helping the guys on the boards was big,” said Norvell, who shot 8 of 18 overall.The Bulldogs jumped out to a big early lead, withstood a second-half Ohio State charge and made the big plays down the stretch to earn a spot in the West Region semifinals against the Xavier-Florida State winner in Los Angeles.Rui Hachimura added 25 for Gonzaga.The resilient-all-season Buckeyes (25-9) rallied from an abysmal start and an 11-point halftime deficit to take a brief second-half lead before Gonzaga went on an 11-0 run to snatch it back.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Buckeyes got even more shots to fall coming out of halftime and forced a rash of Gonzaga turnovers during a 12-2 run to go up 58-54.Gonzaga answered with an 11-0 run, going up 73-67 on Hachimura’s 3-pointer at the shot clock buzzer — a run that propelled them back to the Sweet 16.BIG PICTUREOhio State came up short of its first Sweet 16 since 2013, but the season could hardly be considered a failure. The Buckeyes were picked to finish 11th in the Big Ten in Holtmann’s first season, but ended up second and won a game in the NCAA Tournament.“Obviously, you’d like to see it end differently, but we’ve evolved as a program,” Holtmann said. “This group really turned a corner and flipped a switch.”Gonzaga did not play particularly well in its opening NCAA Tournament game, but looks like it could make another Final Four run after getting past the Buckeyes.PERKINS’ IMPACTWhile Norvell and Hachimura were handling most of the scoring duties, junior guard Josh Perkins was aptly running the offense. He had 10 points and eight assists, helping the Zags shoot 53 percent and make nine 3-pointers.“Josh Perkins has put together two really, really solid games, kind of managing the throttle of our offense,” Few said.UP NEXT Kansas holds off Seton Hall to reach Sweet 16 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Keita Bates-Diop had 28 points and Kam Williams 19 for Ohio State.“They are really good and could make another Final Four run,” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann.Ohio State and Gonzaga met four months ago in the PK80 Invitational.It did not go well for the Buckeyes.The Zags shredded Ohio State’s defense while shooting 59 percent and held the Buckeyes to 35 percent in an 86-59 thrashing.The Buckeyes said they are a better team now. Their record reflects it, too: 25 wins, a second-place finish in the rough-and-tumble Big Ten Conference and a return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015.The Zags looked a little rusty in their opening 68-64 win over UNC-Greensboro. They looked more like the team that blew out BYU in the WCC title game early against the Buckeyes.Gonzaga scored the game’s first 15 points while hitting six of nine shots and blocking two of Ohio State’s. The Buckeyes had three of their first seven shots roll off the rim early and didn’t score until Jae’Sean Tate hit a 3-pointer at 14:18Ohio State righted itself on offense, but struggled to slow the zigging Zags, who made 18 of 31 shots to lead 44-33 at halftime.“We weren’t locked in on defense and just tried to stay calm,” Bates-Diop said. “I’m proud of how we fought back.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Gonzaga will face the Xavier-Florida State winner at the West Region semifinals in Los Angeles. 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