Mercado embraces her inner legend

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast It’s the journey that excites Stephanie Mercado.Greatness is encoded in Stephanie Mercado’s DNA. For some, that may be a curse: Building an athletic career under the shadows of a parent who has achieved legend status in sports.But Mercado doesn’t run away from it. She fully embraces her bloodline.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Bata’ Reyes bows to Vietnamese foe for another SEA Games bronze PLAY LIST 02:02‘Bata’ Reyes bows to Vietnamese foe for another SEA Games bronze00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding She tried lawn tennis at first, seriously, to the point of taking lessons and attending summer camps. But one day, when she was about eight years old, neighborhood friends hauled her to the street for a game of volleyball. “It was just right outside our house but it also was the first time I realized how fun it was to play with a team; you’re six players in the court and you’re communicating and helping each other. That’s when I fell in love with the sport.”And she’s become very good at it. A champion with the vaunted La Salle program in the UAAP, Mercado has starred with several teams to become one of the more reliable hitters in the country. This year, though, she has decided to grow her roots, signing up for a long-term deal with new team Petro Gazz Angels in the Premier Volleyball League.It was a first for Mercado, committing to a team long-term. From an organizational point of view, it was easy to understand why.Petro Gazz entered the league with an air of optimism, not letting its status as a new squad get in the way of being competitive. Management, led by team owner Ricky Villavicencio, Petro Gazz vice president Retchel Gabales and team manager Camille Cruz, another former La Salle standout, has left no stone unturned for the team’s PVL stint.“It’s been very wonderful, it’s been great,” import Kadi Kullerkann said. “Especially for a new team, it’s surprising how organized they are.”ADVERTISEMENT Lady Spikers near crown “I consider myself lucky that my mother is who she is,” Mercado told Sports IQ, the Inquirer’s live multiplatform sports talk show, Thursday night.Mercado’s mother needs no introduction. Even to casual—millennial, too—sports fans, Lydia de Vega-Mercado is more than just a favorite target of internet death hoaxes. She has cemented her place in the pantheon of Philippine sports. Even across the continent, her name hauls back memories of glorious track conquests—Lydia, after all, was once Asia’s fastest woman.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 crownMercado, however, made it clear that she wasn’t in a race to match her mother’s accomplishments—literally.“When I was growing up, I realized I didn’t even like jogging—what more sprinting,” Mercado said. “My parents never pressured me to follow my mom’s footsteps. They gave me the freedom to choose my own sport.” For Mercado, Petro Gazz represents something different.“I was excited to be part of a new squad,” she said. “We may have to start from the bottom but the chance to stay together and reach the top, that journey is what excites me.”“Whatever it takes,” she added. “Nothing ever comes easy after all but the journey really excites me.”And this is why she finds it easy to navigate through her athletic career with absolutely no fear of being an asterisk to her mother’s legend. The lessons Lydia imparts to her daughter (“She gives me advice on how to be a better athlete on the court and how to be a better person outside of it,” Stephanie said) is something that guides Mercado.“I remember my mom once told me that she came home empty-handed after her first Palarong Pambansa,” Mercado said. “Then her parents, my grandparents, asked her: ‘What happened?’ She said ‘I know I can beat them but I just lacked the proper training.’”“Then my grandfather asked her, ‘Are you sure about that? Because if you are, then tomorrow we start training hard and there’ll be no turning back.’ My mother said yes and the rest is history.”That’s the arc Mercado hopes to trace. She said yes to a long-term deal with Petro Gazz and there’s no turning back anymore. She may be in it for the journey. But don’t be surprised if, one day, she tows the team to the finish line ahead of the rest of the field.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View commentslast_img read more

Fear of Ebola Causes Revenue Short Fall at Ganta Border

first_imgAuthorities at the Ganta Port of Entry in Nimba County say that the news of the Ebola Virus has drastically slowed activity (business and trade) between Liberia and Guinea, causing low revenue intake at the usually-busy border.The Chief Assessor at the Custom Collectorate, Josiah Washington, told the Daily Observer recently that prior to the spread of the Ebola news, people were moving in and out of the two neighboring countries doing a lot of business. However, upon hearing that the disease was contagious and had been ‘killing people in Guinea,’ people of both countries slowed down their activities.“The news is creating fear in people; they are hardly moving about as in the past.  As we speak, only one vehicle has crossed from Guinea to Liberia today, and this has a serious negative consequence on revenue intake at this border,” Mr. Washington said.Though he did not say how much the intake per day or month at this port of entry usually is, Mr. Washington indicated that the amount recently realized, is far below what came in before the Ebola outbreak.He had no suggestion as to what could be done to restore the generation of revenue at the border; he did say that Ebola issue is health-related and only Ministry of Health & Social Welfare can give assurance to people to do away with the fear associated with news of the deadly Virus.The spread of the news of Ebola has not only caused low revenue intake for the Custom Collectorate at the Ganta border; it has stirred fear amongst those working at the border.Speaking to reporters, the head of joint security at the port of entry, Maj. Betty Benson, said fear has gripped them as the news continues to hit them.According to Maj. Benson, they have been cautioned to use masks over their noses and wear gloves to avoid contacting the skin of others; that, she added, increases fear amongst them as their work requires interacting with people.“Our fear reduced a bit when Francis Ketteh (MD) told us not to avoid people but take preventive measures by observing hygienic methods.  But the news is so scary; we are afraid and skeptical about dealing with the few people that use this route to go in and out of Liberia,” Maj. Benson said.Also speaking, the Port Health Officer at the border, Milton Suah said they are only at the border because it is a duty area where they are assigned, but not much work is going on because people are not moving in and out as compared to the past.Mr. Suah intoned that movement of people has come to a standstill as a result of the news of Ebola outbreak.A source told the Daily Observer that workers no longer use the latrine built at the border, but use the bush to defecate because they do not want to contract the Ebola Virus.News about Ebola began spreading in Liberia in March this year when suspected cases were discovered in Guinea.After a few days it was reported in Liberia that suspected cases had been reported from Lofa County. Specimens of about seven persons had been taken to France, and out of the seven, two had proved positive.Since then, spread of the news of the dreaded disease has increased, with the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare cautioning people to avoid eating Bats and bush-meat, which are presumed to have the virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies unveiling new uniforms at home opener this Saturday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies will be starting their 50th season playing on home ice this weekend in a big way.The Huskies will be looking for redemption against the Sexsmith Vipers, who bested the pups 2-1 in the teams’ season opener on September 24th. Huskies General Manager Jeremy Clothier says that though the players, many of whom were playing in their first Junior game were nervous, the team has since played several thrilling games, winning against the Fairview Flyers last Saturday 6-1.Clothier says that the Huskies will be unveiling their new jerseys at Saturday night’s game, and will also have brand new items in the booster booth, including breast cancer awareness hoodies. The Huskies open their NWJHL season at home with the warm-up starting at 7:30 before the puck drops at 8.- Advertisement –last_img read more

New Arsenal striker a doubt for England friendly after training injury

first_img New Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck trains with England 1 Roy Hodgson has confirmed new Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is a doubt for England’s friendly against Norway after suffering an ankle injury in training.The 23-year-old sealed a £16million deadline day move to the Emirates from Manchester United in the early hours of Tuesday morning.But in his first session at the Gunners’ London Colney training ground, where the Three Lions made their preparations for Wednesday’s tie at Wembley, the striker picked up a knock in training that puts his participation in doubt.On Welbeck’s late move, England manager Hodgson said: “We are happy for Danny. He felt the move might lead to more regular football and that will only be to our advantage and we think or hope he will be ready to start for Arsenal.“But unfortunately in training today he did manage to receive a knock in the session, but I have been assured he is okay and that it will not rule him out, but obviously I suppose it could happen.“I would be very disappointed if he could not play tomorrow because of what happened with the last kick of the session.”Hodgson is planning to field a “young team” against Norway, although the Three Lions coach revealed none of the four uncapped players in the 22-man squad will start.While Calum Chambers, Fabian Delph and Danny Rose may get a chance off the bench, Jack Colback will have to wait.The Newcastle midfielder will be available for the Switzerland match but an injury he injury picked up while playing for Newcastle at the weekend rules him out of the Wembley encounter, where he could be joined on the sidelines by Welbeck.Hodgson confirmed Colback’s absence from Wednesday night’s match, saying: “He’s been having treatment since we got together on the Sunday but unfortunately it’s still going to be a day too soon for him.“Hopefully he’ll recover by Thursday so when we go to St George’s Park he’ll train but unfortunately he’s out of the game for tomorrow, but he’s the only one.”last_img read more

Messi vows to play on after latest Argentina heartache

first_img“If I can still help in any way, I will continue to do so. I feel really good in this group,” said the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.“This is a good, talented generation who showed that they love the national team,” he added.“They have a future and great foundations, they just need to be given time.”Messi will get another chance to break his tournament duck next year when the Copa America takes place in Argentina and Colombia, with the 2022 World Cup looming further on the horizon.Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni meanwhile insisted his new-look squad had a bright future despite the defeat.“Without a doubt, today we showed that this group of players feel the jersey like no-one else,” he said.“We showed an image for the future of this squad and these players and the great path they are on.“To play in this stadium, in these conditions and to be superior to our opponents.“It doesn’t matter because they’re going to the final but if we’re aware of what we did today then there’s only positives.”He said the defeat was “unfair” claiming that “no other team has created as many goalscoring chances against Brazil as we did.”Messi’s best chance came on 57 minutes when he volleyed against the post. Scaloni said the veteran was Argentina’s “standard-bearer.”“Brazil were continuously trying to stop passes from reaching him and we kept looking for ways to get him the ball,” Scaloni said.“It was thrilling to see him play. It didn’t work out today but he’ll have his rematch and the whole squad will have their rematch.”Scaloni was unhappy with some of Ecuadoran referee Roddy Zambrano’s decisions, not least the fact that Argentina picked up six bookings to Brazil’s two.“I didn’t like the referee, I don’t usually make those comments,” he said.“I don’t think he was qualified for a match of this level.”He added: “If a midfielder player is on a yellow card this changes things. There were a lot of small details where the match started to lose its balance because of those decisions.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Messi vows to play on after latest Argentina heartacheBELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, Jul 3 – Lionel Messi vowed to extend his international career after yet another bid to win a major title with Argentina ended in failure at the Copa America on Tuesday.The 32-year-old Barcelona star, who infamously quit international football after Argentina’s defeat in the 2016 Copa America Centenario final, said he had no plans to hang up his boots after a 2-0 semi-final loss to Brazil.last_img read more

Vardy dilemma for Leicester as Liverpool lie in wait

first_img0Shares0000Tough schedule – Leicester striker Jamie Vardy © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 25 – Leicester City face runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool on Boxing Day knowing their own title hopes are very much in the balance.Thursday’s match will see the second-placed Foxes, the shock 2015/16 champions, kick off 10 points adrift of Liverpool, who will arrive in the East Midlands fresh from winning a maiden Club World Cup title following a 1-0 victory over Brazilian side Flamengo in Qatar. One of the more remarkable statistics in English football is that it is nearly 30 years since Liverpool were last crowned domestic champions in what was then the First Division.But Premier League silverware is now in sight following a successful 2019 that has also seen Liverpool take the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup trophies back to Anfield as well as the Club World Cup.One of the enduring peculiarities of the English game that has not changed, however, is the packed programme of matches that take place during the Christmas and New Year holiday period.The congested schedule is again causing headaches for managers, with Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers saying the fixture list is a “nonsense”.Leicester kick off against Liverpool at 11pm on Thursday before they play West Ham on Saturday.– ‘Game about money now’ –They then complete four games in 10 days with a trip to Newcastle on New Year’s Day, before hosting Wigan in the FA Cup on January 4.This presents Rodgers with a problem about how often to field Jamie Vardy, the league’s leading scorer so far this season, given the striker is now aged 32.“The game is about money now. You can’t say it’s about the welfare of players,” insisted Rodgers, himself a former Liverpool manager who added that Vardy, for all he has scored 16 goals this term, had “no chance” of being involved throughout the festive period.This season sees the Premier League experimenting with a ‘winter break’ that will see all teams get a weekend off in February.But that pales into insignificance compared to the Bundesliga’s long-established winter break.The German top-flight closes down for several weeks in December and January, with Rodgers saying the English break was a “let’s pretend” version.Liverpool will be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the midfielder suffered an ankle injury against Flamengo as Jurgen Klopp’s side, unbeaten in the Premier League this season, bid to go 13 points clear and all but end the title-race before by the halfway stage.“If anyone wants to think things are over before they are over we cannot stop them doing that, though it is not important to us,” said Liverpool manager Klopp.“As a group we are pretty good at shutting the doors all around us to keep out the noise from outside,” the German added.Fourth-placed Chelsea, fresh from a 2-0 win away to Tottenham Hotspur marred by allegation of racist abuse, are at home to Southampton while Spurs will be without the suspended Son Heung-min for the visit of Brighton after the South Korean’s red card against the Blues.Mikel Arteta’s reign as Arsenal manager starts away to Bournemouth, while new Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is in charge at home to Burnley.Newcastle, managed by former Old Trafford favourite Steve Bruce, will look to complete a league double over Manchester United with both sides presently level on 25 points and looking to break into the top six.Sheffield United face Watford, still bottom despite last week’s win over Manchester United.“We’re halfway through this season and we knew this season was going to be a season of some ups and downs,” said Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Meanwhile reigning champions Manchester City are away to Wolves on Friday.Fixtures (6pm unless stated):Thursday: Aston Villa v Norwich, Bournemouth v Arsenal, Chelsea v Southampton, Crystal Palace v West Ham, Everton v Burnley, Leicester v Liverpool (11pm), Manchester United v Newcastle (8:30pm), Sheffield United v Watford, Tottenham v Brighton (3:30pm)Friday: Wolves v Manchester City (10:45pm)0Shares0000(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Former United boss Moyes ‘in talks to take over at relegated Aston Villa’

first_img Moyes has entered into talks with Aston Villa about taking over as manager 1 Former Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes is in talks with Aston Villa about taking over as manager.Moyes has been out of a job since being sacked by Real Sociedad and hasn’t worked in England since parting company with Manchester United in April 2014.Incoming Villa executive chairman Christopher Samuelson met with the Scot last Thursday, according to The Sun.The West Midlands club are planning for life in the Championship after a woeful season and the upheaval on the pitch has been mirrored by events off it.Villa have confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Recon Group, owned by Dr Tony Jiantong Xia, to take 100 per cent ownership of the club.The takeover is subject to approval from the Premier League and the Football League.A club statement read: ‘Aston Villa Football Club is pleased to announce that an agreement has been signed today for the sale of 100 per cent ownership by Randy Lerner to Recon Group owned by Dr Tony Jiantong Xia subject to the approval of the Premier League and the Football League.‘Once those approvals have been granted and the new board members approved under the fit & proper rules of both leagues, Dr Xia will become Chairman of Aston Villa. The club will announce the appointment of a new manager shortly.’last_img read more


first_imgIT’S D-DAY in the biggest GAA boundary dispute in Co Donegal – as the County Committee meets tonight to decide whether or not to split Letterkenny.At the September meeting, Letterkenny Gaels reiterated their call to have the parish of Aughaninshin part of the town declared as their club’s catchment area.That would have left St Eunan’s with Conwal and Leck part of the town only. However St Eunan’s GAA club say this is a breach of an agreement reached when the Gaels club was founded.The matter is to be voted on tonight after delegates in September said they wanted to discuss it at their clubs before voting on it.The result could have wider implications for other boundary disputes in the county.An independent report by former GAA chair Peter Quinn opposed a parish split in Letterkenny. Here’s our previous report on that:© 2011, all Rights ReservedFollow us on us on Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comD-DAY IN GAA BOUNDARY DISPUTE was last modified: November 7th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BOUNDARY DISPUTEGAALetterkenny GaelsSt Eunanslast_img read more

They’re teaming up and tuning up

first_imgThe Friends of the Santa Clarita Master Chorale are coming to Valencia and will appear in performance on the same bill together during a benefit concert. Five exceptional musicians who have endeared themselves to the Master Chorale over recent years will now unite in support of the Chorale, which will benefit from the proceeds. Musicians scheduled to perform are Jan Sanborn, Brad Ellingboe, Caroline McKenzie, Leslie Garman and Allan Robert Petker. These artists have contributed to the Chorale’s success on many different occasions, but this is the first time they all will appear together. The concert is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Valencia United Methodist Church. Santa Clarita’s very own Sanborn is an accomplished concert pianist and the composer of many published choral works. Over the years, the Chorale has performed several of Sanborn’s compositions. At the Friends concert, audiences will hear Sanborn play her own arrangements of two favorite hymns and the ever-popular “Over the Rainbow.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Audiences will remember Ellingboe, whose booming bass-baritone solos wowed audiences last March during the Chorale’s performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” On his return visit to Santa Clarita, the New Mexico resident plans to present “Bella Siccome” from “Don Pasquale” by Rossini, “On the Street Where You Live” from “My Fair Lady” and “Warm as the Autumn Light.” McKenzie made an indelible mark on the Santa Clarita music scene when she soloed with the Chorale during the December holiday concert in 2003. Wearing traditional African apparel, she held audiences spellbound with her rich, emotional renditions of African Christmas music. At the Friends event, McKenzie will perform two jazz numbers by Duke Ellington, two spirituals, and an aria from Bellini’s “La Sonnambula.” Fans of the Santa Clarita Master Chorale know the voice of featured soprano soloist Garman. She will team with McKenzie at the Friends concert on Delibes’ “Flower Duet” from “Lakme,” perform two solos and a piece titled “I Hate Music” by Leonard Bernstein. Also on the bill of featured vocalists is the Chorale’s artistic director, Petker. He will join Ellingboe, McKenzie and Garman in the grand finale, performing the medley from “Les Miserables.” Tickets for the concert are $25 and all proceeds will benefit the Santa Clarita Master Chorale. Tickets are available for purchase at The Cobblestone Cottage, 24335 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, and Cookbooks Plus, 18919 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Order forms are also available online at Call (661) 254-8886 for information. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Women’s Basketball To Host Sacred Heart In First Round Of WNIT

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team is in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) for the second-consecutive season, the WNIT selection committee announced late Monday night. Drake (22-9) will host Sacred Heart (20-12) on Thursday, March 17 at the Knapp Center in the first round of the 64-team postseason tournament. Game time versus the Pioneers will be announced Tuesday. This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Drake has previously appeared in the WNIT 11 times, including making a run to the WNIT final four in 1999. The Bulldogs own a 13-12 all-time record in 25 WNIT games. Drake and UNI are the two Missouri Valley Conference teams to make the challenging tournament field, which includes 36 teams with 20 or more victories. This year’s tournament features six teams from the Big Ten, five from the Mid-American Conference and four each from the ACC, C-USA and West Coast Conference. Four conferences each placed three teams – American, A-10, Big East and Colonial. Other conferences represented include Big West (2), Horizon (2), Missouri Valley (2), Pac-12 (2), Summit (2), Sun Belt (2), America East (1), Atlantic Sun (1), Big 12 (1), Big Sky (1), Big South (1), Ivy (1), MAAC (1), MEAC (1), Mountain West (1), Northeast (1), OVC (1), Patriot (1), SEC (1), Southern (1), Southland (1), SWAC (1) and WAC (1). Drake women’s basketball season ticket holders have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for the first-round WNIT home game. While season ticket holders have the first opportunity to purchase tickets, the same seats as the regular season are not guaranteed. Ticket orders are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Season ticket holders have the benefit to purchase tickets prior to the general public.  Tickets will go on-sale to general public at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Tickets may also be purchased by visiting or calling the Knapp Center Ticket Office at 515-271-DOGS (3647). Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for youth (ages 3-18). All seats are reserved seating throughout the Knapp Center. Fans purchasing tickets online may pick their own seats then enter the arena using their credit card or Flash Seats app at the gate in order to avoid Ticket Office and Will Call lines on game day. Parking for the first-round WNIT game will be free and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more