The 37th running of the Burger King Superstakes over 2000 metres is the big event at Caymanas Park today, the nine-horse field including two-time winner TYPEWRITER and his arch rival PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, the two best distance horses in the country.While the $4.5 million Superstakes is the showpiece event of the afternoon, the mammoth 13-race programme will facilitate three other valuable sponsored races. These are the 27th running of the Glen Mills O.J. Caribbean Sprint Championship – in honour of world-renown track and field sprint coach Glen Mills, himself a long-time racing enthusiast; the Coca Cola Invitational Mile, with a purse of $1.25 million; and the Coca Cola 2-y-o Juvenile Sprint over 1300 metres for a purse of $1 million.TYPEWRITER, to again be ridden by big-race jockey Shane Ellis for trainer Spencer Chung and the Wayne DaCosta-trained PERFECT NEIGHBOUR under stable jockey Robert Halledeen, both represent class. And while others such as last year’s runner-up UNCLE TAF; FRANFIELD, who was fourth a year ago; and the DaCosta-trained HOVER CRAFT should prove competitive, I see it coming down to the big two.the race is definitely onSignificantly, the three-year-olds, in an unprecedented move, have bypassed the Superstakes, including derby winner SEEKING MY DREAM and stable-companion ALI BABA, who will instead run in the Invitational Mile. As a result, the race has lost some of its sheen, owing to the absence of the three-year-olds.Still, TYPEWRITER and PERFECT NEIGHBOUR should ensure the necessary fireworks to excite racing fans. When both horses last met over the distance in the Governor General’s Stakes on September 26, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR led home TYPEWRITER by 4 3/4 lengths in the fairly good time of 2:06.4, but he was in receipt of 4.0kg that day and now asked to sit level with TYPEWRITER (working very well), the race is definitely on.The fact that Wayne DaCosta has never won the Superstakes also puts a different spin on the race. PERFRECT NEIGHTBOUR was highly fancied to win a year ago but could only manage third.This remains the only major race that has eluded DaCosta in a long and distinguished training career, but he has the horse to finally break the jinx in PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who ran on strongly to win the Alex’s Imports Gold Cup race over 1400 metres on October 17.”Perfect Neighbour is an exceptional horse,” said DaCosta.”He has done everything asked of him coming into this race, and given luck in running, is in the best condition of his career to win this prestigious race,” he added.Over the years, DaCosta has seen some of his best horses fall along the wayside in the Superstakes. The most celebrated was the 1996 Triple Crown winner, WAR ZONE, who, on the back of a record 12 consecutive wins, was thwarted by a muddy track, finishing third as the howling favourite to the Trinidadian horse ADORING GROOM and the celebrated claimer PRINCE AKEEM.Today, I expect the stretch-running PERFECT NEIGHBOUR to succeed where WAR ZONE failed by outfinishing his principal danger, TYPEWRITER, from below the distance.Other firm fancies on the programme are the impressive 3-y-o colt POKER STAR to upstage hat-trick seeker CAMPESINO in the Glen Mills Caribbean Sprint; Derby winner SEEKING MY DREAM (working brilliantly) over stable-companion ALI BABA and TIMEFORARMS in the Coca Cola Invitational Mile; the unbeaten ZUGULU in the Coca Cola 2-y-o Juvenile Sprint; as well as LONG RUNNING TRAIN in the fifth for overnight allowance horses.
Second win A dark bay colt by Natural Selection out of Millenium Princess, bred by the Y.S. (1955) Limited, FUTURE KING chalked up his second win from five starts, and is almost certain to be crowned Champion Two-Year-Old. “He has really come on nicely since finishing second to Sorrentino’s Star in the Pick-3 Super Challenge, and Halledeen rode him perfectly to my instructions,” said DaCosta. “‘I had two strong contenders in the race, but Dreamliner apparently found a mile taxing, and it was left to Future King to wear them down in deep stretch. He has now established himself as the winter book favourite for the classics in 2016. He has class, and I have high hopes for him,” said DaCosta, who duly won his 11th consecutive trainers’ championship. PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, installed a 4-5 favourite with Orlando Foster aboard, outduelled arch-rival TYPEWRITER (Nelson up) leaving the half mile to win the Harry Jackson by two lengths from the much-improved LONG RUNNING TRAIN (5-2), but had to survive an objection from the rider of LONG RUNNING TRAIN for crossing the three-year-old filly a furlong out. On a tough day for form, players who saw the Pick-9 consolation paid out on six of nine, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR was one of four marginal favourites to score on the 11-race programme, which attracted a bumper holiday crowd. FUTURE KING, running at odds of 5-1 with Robert Halledeen riding for trainer Wayne DaCosta, got up in the nick of time to beat NUCLEAR AFFAIR (5-1) by a neck in the 104th running of the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes over a mile at Caymanas Park yesterday, the third and final race in the $11.5 million Supreme Ventures Triple Crown Series for native bred two-year-olds. For DaCosta, it was a day he will long remember, having saddled the island’s top distance horse PERFECT NEIGHBOUR as well to win the traditional Boxing Day supporting feature for the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over 2400 metres for the second year in a row for owners Jeffrey Mordecai and Alfred Lee. DaCosta easily won his 15th trainers’ championship to become Jamaica’s leading all-time trainer with 15 titles, finally surpassing Hall of Famer Philip Feanny with 14. Significantly, FUTURE KING and PERFECT NEIGHBOUR are not only trained and owned by the same connections, but are groomed by the veteran Alphanso Edwards. The cream of the crop contested the SVL Jamaica Two-Year-Old stakes and punters made the recent Pick-3 Super Challenge winner SORRENTINO’S STAR, with outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson riding for Feanny, a strong favourite at 8-5 in a 15-horse field. But after racing in touch approaching the home turn SORRENTINO’S STAR flattened out to finish fifth. FUTURE KING, meanwhile was held off the early pace in midfield as ZUGULU (7-1) led for the first half mile before giving way to the DaCosta-trained DREAMLINER (5-1) under four-time champion jockey Omar Walker. But DREAMLINER came under pressure from several horses a furlong out. NUCLEAR AFFAIR (Aaron Chatrie) pointed on the rails but he was nabbed by the fast-finishing FUTURE KING within shades of the wire.
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): West Indies head coach Phil Simmons is urging his players to “keep fighting” when the third and final Test against Australia enters its fourth day. The entire third day’s play was washed out Tuesday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, leaving West Indies on 248-7 in a match marred by inclement weather. Carlos Brathwaite’s entertaining 69 was the highlight of West Indies innings, which was affected by rain during the first two days, particularly the second day when only 68 balls were bowled. “I think we have seen, in the last three days of cricket (including in Melbourne in the second Test) we’ve had, we’ve improved, and our batting seems to be thinking about it more and fighting a little bit harder to not give the Aussies wickets,” Simmons told reporters. Brathwaite’s counterattacking 69, following his bold 59, has earned him a place in the record books as the second batsman in Test history to score half centuries in his first two matches batting at No. 8. The only other batsman to achieve the feat was Australian wicketkeeper Sammy Carter against England in 1907. “There is a lot of light (at the end of the tunnel) with the players and I think you can mention (Kraigg and Carlos Brathwaite) because they have got runs,” said Simmons. “The way how (Darren) Bravo has batted in all the Test matches. The way (Rajendra) Chandrika has looked. He hasn’t gone on to a big score but the way he looked early on.” Showers are also forecast for the fourth day, but officials are hoping the rain would not be significant enough to affect the chances of play. The weather forecast is for improved conditions, but there is still some rain in the atmosphere. “I think we need to see how much play we get tomorrow first,” he said. “One side is telling me there is showers again in the morning and now I’ve just heard there may be showers in the afternoon too, so we’ve just got to see what happens tomorrow, then we go from there.”
He may be a few months away from his 30th birthday and is still bothered by a serious case of scoliosis, but six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt has no doubt that he still has a lot left in the tank – a point he hopes to prove this season.With the Rio Olympics just around the corner, Bolt will be looking to qualify for his fourth Olympic Games and successfully defend the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay gold medals he won almost four years ago in London.The double world record holder has been very clear about his objectives this season; protect his gold medals and lower his 19.19 world record in the 200m.But is that too much to ask?Bolt doesn’t seem to think so as he points to his poor run of injury-affected seasons and underlined that an uninterrupted 2016 campaign could truly bring out the best in him.”I personally think that I can get better. I haven’t had a good season since 2009, a season that I haven’t gone without injuries or problems, so if I can get through on a clear note, then anything is possible,” Bolt said.It’s perhaps no coincidence that 2009 was the year that the triple gold medal winner – from last year’s World Championships in Beijing – set new marks in the 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19).He, says, however, that he is approaching the coming season with a positive outlook and noted that he had seen several areas in his technique with room for improvements.”It’s all about staying positive,” said Bolt.”I think I am more focused because over the years I have seen ways where I can improve, and that’s why I have always said that I am more likely to run faster over the 200m because I see where I can improve and I have talked to my coach, so it’s possible,” Bolt added.”It’s all about staying injury-free and staying on top of things and trying to get through the season and push myself towards my targets.”Since running 19.19 seconds over the 200m in 2009, Bolt’s fastest time in the event has been 19.32 seconds, which he did at the 2012 Olympic Games. He has since ended seasons with 19.66 (2013) and 19.55 (2015). He did not run any 200m races in 2014.
MUCH TO CHEER ABOUT Things didn’t get better for United, who lost the game 2-1, but as FLOW’s head of marketing and products Carlo Redwood, underlined, Manchester United and football fans in general will have much to cheer about as this partnership unfolds. “We are now the official sponsors of Manchester United in the Caribbean, and that’s a huge deal for us. It’s a partnership that allows us to connect with our customers in unique ways. Manchester United is the most popular football club in Jamaican and the region and it was important to partner with a brand like Manchester United. It allows us to provide new and exciting experiences for our customers,” Redwood said. “A key part of the arrangement is geared towards development of football in Jamaica and the Caribbean. We are working through the specifics of how we will make that happen in Jamaica and the Caribbean, but we will be seeing programmes rolling out in terms of coaching and in terms of different elements of developing football in Jamaica and the region,” Redwood added. FLOW subscribers can also download a free co-branded mobile app, which will feed them with content related to the club. This is also available through SMS subscription. FLOW will also have exclusive distribution rights of the dedicated MUTV channel in the region, allowing subscribers to get access to exclusive Manchester United programming as well as behind-the-scenes access to the club, starting with the upcoming 2016-17 Premier League season. Manchester United legend in attendance. Check. Why stop there? Let’s bring in Manchester United’s mascot, ‘Fred the Red’ as well. Check. A Manchester United game on big screen (even if it was only a Europa League loss to lowly Midtjylland). Check. Telecommunications company FLOW has scored a heck of a deal and they went all out to make that point, certainly ticking all the right boxes yesterday as they launched their ground-breaking multi-year partnership with Barclays Premier League giants Manchester United. Despite their current sporting struggles, the ‘Red Devils’ remain one of – if not the most – recognisable brands in world football and FLOW’s ‘Official Sponsor’ tag will certainly excite their disciples in Jamaica and the region. The deal, which was originally announced several weeks ago, follows the company’s securing of the exclusive broadcast rights for the Barclays Premier League, starting next season, and will include, among other things, engagement opportunities for fans and other programmes geared at the development of the sport in the region. Andy Cole, who scored 93 goals in 195 games for Manchester United and who is also known as half of a fearsome strike partnership with another United legend, Dwight Yorke, was introduced to deafening cheers with the ‘ManU’ mascot Fred also getting his fair share of lens time with the specially invited guests who had packed the aptly-themed Spanish Court Hotel lounge. “It’s (the partnership) fantastic! The Caribbean market is massive, especially when it comes to football, and for FLOW to get involved with Manchester United, it’s a great partnership. It’s just starting out, but, no doubt, it will go from strength to strength, not just here, but right across the Caribbean,” Cole beamed before a quick glance at a television monitor to his right as he checked the score – 1-1 at the top of the second half.
TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)LLORIS,WALKER, ALDERWEIRELD, WIMMER, DAVIES,DIER, ALLI,SON, ERIKSEN, CHADLI,KANEARSENAL (4-2-3-1)GIROUD,CAMPBELL, OZIL,WALCOTT,COQUELIN, RAMSEY,MONREAL,MERTESACKER, GABRIEL, BELLERIN,OSPINABoth Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur lost on Wednesday night meaning that they go into this North London derby in third and second place respectively.Spurs could have gone top against West Ham United on Wednesday but the 1-0 loss at the Boleyn Ground leaves them three points behind leaders Leicester City.But Arsenal were also disappointing, losing 2-1 at home to struggling Swansea City and, after the defeat at Manchester United, have now lost back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since November 2014.The Gunners have now gone four games without a win in all competitions and are now third and six points behind leaders Leicester.But this game has a history of draws; of the previous 23 Premier League meetings at White Hart Lane 10 have been stalemates, with Spurs winning eight and losing five. Indeed, Spurs have won four of the last six, all with a 2-1 scoreline.The teams have met twice already this season. In September, in the Capital One Cup the Gunners beat Spurs 2-1 with Mathieu Flamini netting twice. But when they played each other at the Emirates Stadium Harry Kane scored the opener for the visitors before Kieran Gibbs scored what proved to be the equaliser.Kane has scored Spurs’ last three league goals against Arsenal; he also netted both goals in the 2-1 win over the Gunners in this game last season.Spurs miss Moussa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen. Arsenal, meanwhile, have lost goalkeeper Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny for the derby and are still without Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who could all be missing for most, if not, the rest of the season.
Dr Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), says Jamaica’s 86-medal haul at the recent Carifta Games comes as no surprise.Jamaica equalled their record medal haul from the previous year, winning a whopping 42 gold, 28 silver and 16 bronze.They also broke three field events and one track record in the process.Blake was present at the welcome-home press conference held inside the VIP Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport on Tuesday.”The future really looks very good; the assign athletes have performed really well, and as usual, we have topped the medal table yet again and in terms of our overall medal performance, this is one of our better performances,” said the president, adding that the dominance at CARIFTA is now routine.”It shows that people respect our brand and value the training that we give to our athletes and that as you see year in, year out quite a number of athletes from other territories come to Jamaica to benefit from the training that is offered here, not just the physical training, but the mental training as well, and I think it’s something very good for us here in Jamaica and for the Caribbean,” he pointed out.When asked if it was a concern that no Jamaican athlete was selected for the Austin Sealy Award for the best young athlete of the championships, he said he was a little surprised.”This year, I was a little surprised at the choice of the athlete. This is not to take anything away from the winner because the winner really did very well in breaking Kashawn Walcott’s javelin record, but we had people who broke records as well and won more than one gold, so that is something that we will be bringing up and speaking to NACAC (North America Central America Caribbean Association) about,” Blake told The Gleaner.Grenada’s Anderson Peters was presented the Austin Sealy award at the 45th Carifta Games as the most outstanding athlete. The host country’s athlete produced a winning throw of 78.28m on the second round on Saturday.The last Jamaican to win the award was Yohan Blake in 2007.
ASSUMED POWER PROPLEMS FACED The West Indies cricketers have completed the ‘rolling triple’ by winning all three international competitions scheduled for 2016. The Under 19 cricketers are World champions, the women’s T20 are World champions and the men’s T20 are World champions … again, the only team in the world to have that distinction. To the fans and supporters who got up at 4 a.m. in Jamaica and at 5 a.m. in the rest of the Caribbean to watch both matches on television, congrats. Your support and dedication is the stuff of which legends are made. West Indies cricket has been suffering for years, as the best cricketers of the region were denied time and time again the opportunity to express themselves regarding their concept of right and wrong. The administrators of West Indies cricket, once they assumed power, seem to have taken the view that once they assumed power “no guy can chat to me”. In fact, on one occasion the president of the board complained that he came in contact with players who didn’t even acknowledge him! This attitude, which has traits of the ‘baccra massa’ style, became the hallmark of every confrontation with the players and their representatives. This superior and condescending attitude appeared to have got stronger when the president’s friend and fellow Jamaican ex-Test cricketer became president of the Players’ union. Dispute after dispute with the players failed to reach any satisfactory conclusion until agreed arbitrators or the courts ruled in favour of the players. These so-called rulings were then followed by a slew of rule changes, which could be seen as being designed to render dissatisfaction by any player. Older and wiser heads in the Caribbean took note and encouraged the board to engage experts to review the state of West Indian cricket. But even after agreeing to the formation of different review boards, their conclusions were largely ignored, eventually reaching the ultimate insult of accusing a committee of prime ministers and other dignitaries that their considered opinion re the actions necessary to save West Indies cricket were faulty. The result was that the present World T20 champions played this year’s competition with what can be described as ‘the passion of the wronged’. The speech at the presentation ceremony by victorious captain Darren Sammy catalogued some of the problems the present team faced in the preparation for the tournament. Sammy praised those that contributed to their victory, including Rawle Lewis and coach Phil Simmons, for their work behind the scenes, as well as the support of the CARICOM Committee, for its support and words of encouragement which, as the captain pointed out, was conspicuously absent from the Board led by President Dave Cameron. As is now usual, the statement of the board after Sammy’s tirade promises to “look into his complaints”. How much longer will we the Caribbean cricket fans allow these men in suits to continue to lead cricket into oblivion, as the victorious captain has expressed doubt about whether any of these men’s World T20 heroes will be selected to represent the West Indies in upcoming competitions. Local cricket boss Billy Heaven has promised a suitable reception for the victorious Jamaicans on their return. When that will be is uncertain as international commitments will ensure that the men’s return will be fragmented. No such fragmentation is expected when the victorious members of the women’s team returns. An arrangement to host such a reception in the arena or the indoor sport centre must be mandatory. We have to show these cricketers (in real terms) what their victory means to us, Jamaicans and West Indians. We are champions!
MIAMI, Florida, (CMC): Nine Caribbean Football Union teams taking part in the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship to be staged in Nassau, Bahamas, from February 20 to 26 next year, now know their schedule. The regional governing body and Beach Soccer Worldwide disclosed the full schedule of matches recently, which also includes Barbados, a late replacement for Guatemala, which is currently prohibited by FIFA, football’s world governing body, from taking part in international competition. All but three of the CFU teams will take to the sand on the opening day of the tournament with the hosts bringing the curtain down against Guyana in the night cap match. Earlier in the day, Barbados get things rolling, when they face Canada, followed by an all-CFU contest between Trinidad & Tobago and Antigua & Barbuda, then Jamaica vs Belize, Mexico vs Guadeloupe and the United States vs United States Virgin Islands. The Championship will include a field of 16 teams. During the first four days, teams will contest a round-robin format in four groups of four teams each, as selected at the official draw for the competition held last October in Miami. Group A consists of Bahamas, Jamaica, Belize and Guyana, with Group B comprising Mexico, Barbados, Canada and Guadeloupe. Group C includes the United States, Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda and the United Virgin Islands, with Group D formed by El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama and Turks & Caicos Islands. The winner and runner-up from each group will advance to the quarterfinals, while the third- and fourth-placed teams from each group will also participate in positioning matches over the final three match dates. The champion and the runner-up of the competition will join host Bahamas as the three CONCACAF representatives at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup to be staged two months later in the same venue. MATCH SCHEDULE Monday, February 20, 2017 Barbados vs Canada Trinidad & Tobago vs Antigua & Barbuda Jamaica vs Belize Mexico vs Guadeloupe United States vs United States Virgin Islands Bahamas vs Guyana Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Costa Rica vs Panama El Salvador vs Turks & Caicos Islands Guadeloupe vs Barbados Canada vs Mexico Guyana vs Jamaica Belize vs Bahamas Wednesday, February 22, 2017 United States Virgin Islands vs Trinidad & Tobago Turks & Caicos Islands vs Costa Rica Panama vs El Salvador Belize vs Guyana Antigua & Barbuda vs United States Bahamas vs Jamaica Thursday, February 23, 2017 Canada vs Guadeloupe Antigua & Barbuda vs United States Virgin Islands Panama vs Turks & Caicos Islands Mexico vs Barbados El Salvador vs Costa Rica United States vs Trinidad & Tobago Friday, February 24, 2017 Minor Quarter-finals 4B vs 4D 4A vs 4C 3B vs 3D 3A vs 3C Major Quarter-finals TBD vs TBD Quarterfinal 1 TBD vs TBD Quarterfinal 2 TBD vs TBD Quarterfinal 3 TBD vs TBD Quarterfinal 4 Saturday, February 25, 2017 Minor Semi-finals Loser Minor quarter-final 2 vs Loser Minor quarter-finals 1 Winner Minor quarter-final 2 vs Winner Minor quarter-finals 1 Loser Minor quarter-final 4 vs Loser Minor quarter-finals 3 Winner Minor quarter-final 4 vs Winner Minor quarter-finals 3 Major Semi-finals Loser Major quarter-final 2 vs Loser Major quarter-finals 1 Loser Major quarter-final 4 vs Loser Major quarter-finals 3 Winner Major quarter-final 2 vs Winner Major quarter-finals 1 Winner Major quarter-final 4 vs Winner Major quarter-finals 3 Sunday, February 26, 2017 – Final Playoffs Minor Playoff Loser Minor semi-final 2 vs Loser Minor semi-finals 1 Major Playoff Winner Minor semi-final 2 vs Winner Minor semi-finals 1 Minor Consolation Playoff Loser Minor semi-final 4 vs Loser Minor semi-finals 3 Major Consolation Playoff Winner Minor semi-final 4 vs Winner Minor semi-finals 3 Minor Consolation Final Loser Major semi-final 2 vs Loser Major semi-finals 1 Major Consolation Final Winner Major semi-final 2 vs Winner Major semi-finals 1 Consolation Final Loser Major semi-final 4 vs Loser Major semi-finals 3 Grand Final Winner Major semi-final 4 vs Winner Major semi-finals 3
Hyperdunk ’17 ‘Tenement’.Another Nike shoe comes home. And this one is a little bit closer to the heart of the Filipino baller.Going straight back to the roots of Filipino hoop dreams, Nike just announced the Hyperdunk 2017 Manila with little fanfare–but expect patriotic local sneakerheads to rave about this latest pair.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’ PLAY LIST 01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her LATEST STORIES The Hyperdunk 2017 Manila is of of six shoes representing different cities with rich basketball culture. The others include American playground haunts New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, Chinese hoop hotbed Beijing and Spanish basketball mecca Madrid.The “Tenement” tribute shoe honors the place where every Filipino baller dreamt of playing big-time hoops in front of adoring crowds: The streets. Taking inspiration from the Tenement Court Taguig, the limited edition Hyperdunk 2017 Manila still features its latest cushioning breakthrough, Nike React.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’That means players still get the quick bounce reaction that streetball players will find reassuring even during the harshest concrete court battles.Even the aesthetics of the shoe takes from the tenements. It boasts an all-gray upper and concrete-style midsole. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The Hyperdunk 2017 ‘Manila’ (retail: P6,745, Titan BGC and Titan22.com), is the latest in the line of Nike “homecoming” kicks released to satiate the thirst of flag-waving Filipino hoop fans for local-flavored lines.Among the fan-favorite “homecoming” kicks from Nike include the Kobe 9 EM “Philippines,” which features the likeness of flip-flops, another streetball fixture, and the Lebron 14 “Agimat,” which features Filipino words and phrases and was inspired by Gilas Pilipinas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Filipinos in Lebanon go all out in support of Gilas Pilipinas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments