DaCosta holds key to PM Stakes with Perfect Neighbour in Caymanas Park feature

first_imgFourteen-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta holds a very strong hand with three challengers in today’s grade one feature, the 53nd running of the Prime Minister’s Stakes, over 2000 metres.DaCosta saddles ante-post favourite PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, ALL CORRECT and the vastly improved HOVER CRAFT in a field of six.Despite the small field, the race should be keenly contested, especially with the Fitzroy Glispie-trained TIMEFORARMS, under four-time champion Omar Walker, gunning to crash DaCosta’s party.Last year, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR was woefully unlucky to be beaten by a short head by the Dane Nelson-ridden COMMANDING CHIEF. But the 2013 Derby and St Leger winner represents the class horse of the field, and following his good second to stable companion HOVER CRAFT in the recent The Viceroy Trophy over 1800 metres, he can definitely go one better with topweight of 57.0kg.True, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR is winless in four starts over varied distances this season. But this marks the first time since winning the Governor General’s Stakes over the distance last October (Heroes Day) that the five-year-old son of Natural Selection-Desperatehousewives will be running over the distance, and it’s his race to lose, with title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen aboard.He has worked well in preparation for this race, galloping seven furlongs in a brisk 1:29.1 on July 31. Remembering his easy win over COMMANDING CHIEF in the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over 2400 metres last Boxing Day, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, now back over two turns for the first time since then, catches my fancy.HOVER CRAFT, who ran on strongly to beat him by two lengths in the June 27 The Viceroy Trophy over 1800 metres when in receipt of 5.0kg, looks the obvious danger on similar weight terms, as the five-year-old son of He’stherealthing-Royal Pizzaz has shown significant improvement in recent months, while ALL CORRECT will more than likely set off in front in this small field and should make a brave bid.DaCosta’s best hope, however, lies with PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who should bide his time close to the pace before coming through leaving the quarter pole for the victory.Elsewhere on the nine-race holiday programme, back-to-form DOC HOLIDAY (Halledeen up) should supplement his recent win by capturing the 2015 Independence Day Stakes Trophy over 1600 metres, to be contested by nine starters.Trained by Marlon Anderson, who has done well with his small string of horses in recent months, DOC HOLIDAY steps down in class with winning form and this should make his job a lot easier, despite the presence of another down-in-class contender, SIRMANDI, who has twice won a mile this season.I also like COURT CALL in the third race, ROYAL VIBES to catch old rival PRINCE ANDREW in the fifth, and down-in-class HOLOGRAM SHADOW to romp the seventh over 1300 metres.last_img read more

Red-hot Molynes tipped to oust JN Open League champions

first_imgTHE qualifiers for this Thursday’s semi-finals in the JN Open League netball competition will be known today, following today’s quarter-finals at the Leila Robinson Courts, starting at 6:45 p.m.Defending champions Mico ‘B’, who topped Group Two with 24 points from eight wins, will be aiming to move forward in a bid to retain their title as they go up against the very dangerous Molynes ‘A’, which topped Group Seven with maximum 21 points from their seven wins.This game is expected to be very close, but Molynes ‘A’, the team with the second-highest number of goals in the competition, is given the edge to topple the defending champions.It could go either way in the UWI Pelicans vs Jamalco encounter, as both teams were red hot in the preliminary stage of the competition and topped their groups quite easily. The Conrad Parkes-coached UWI Pelicans topped Group One with maximum 21 points from seven games, and with the likes of former national senior players Nadine Bryan and Thristina Harwood, along with former national Under-21 player Shameera Sterling in their line-up, they could go all the way.After being beaten in last year’s final by Mico ‘B’, the Winston Nevers-coached Jamalco are determined to go all the way this time around, and after topping Group Seven with maximum 21 points from seven games, they will be hoping that ace shooter Marsha Murphy-Dawkins continues her impressive form and steers them to the semi-final.MICO ‘A’Last year’s beaten semi-finalists, Mico ‘A’, who were upstaged by sister team Mico ‘B’, have been the best attacking and defensive team so far this season, and after dominating Group Six with maximum 24 points from eight games, they will be hoping to get the better of Group Three winners Cablepro in the other quarter-final.Despite their impressive record, the Mico team will enter today’s encounter without ace goalshooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, who played her final game on Saturday against UTech Knights.Fowler-Reid left the island on Sunday for the ANZ Championship in New Zealand, but the Annette Daley-coached team still has national senior defender Vangelee Williams in their line-up.The consolation quarter-finals will also take place today, starting at 5:54 p.m. The games are: Speg A vs Waulgrovians B, Tivoli Gardens vs Skibo, Ravens A vs UTech Knights, and Molynes United B vs Molynes United C.last_img read more

Another Rashford double helps Man U beat Arsenal

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Teenage striker Marcus Rashford continued the dream start to his Manchester United career, scoring two goals and setting up another in a 3-2 win over title-chasing Arsenal in the Premier League yesterday.Only playing because of United’s chronic injury crisis, the 18-year-old Rashford marked his league debut by scoring in the 29th and 32nd minutes to put his team 2-0 ahead – three days after a double in the Europa League against FC Midtjylland on his senior United debut.After former United striker Danny Welbeck replied for Arsenal, Rashford set up Ander Herrera for a shot from the edge of the area that deflected in off Laurent Koscielny.Mesut Ozil made it 3-2 in the 69th, but fifth-place United held on comfortably to move three points off the top four. Arsenal, which put in an off-colour performance against a young and injury-hit United side, dropped five points behind leaders Leicester and haven’t won in the league at Old Trafford since 2006.United manager Louis van Gaal, under much pressure amid the team’s troubles this season, delivered some light relief when he fell to the ground theatrically while remonstrating with the fourth official in the technical area. The Old Trafford crowd roared with laughter and finished the match singing van Gaal’s name, adding to an atmosphere that was buoyant throughout the game as United’s youngsters proved too energetic for Arsenal.SCORING GOALSThat was particularly the case with Rashford, who must think professional soccer is easy. In his first two games as a pro – both of them high-profile ones – in the space of three days, the striker has scored as many goals as Radamel Falcao did in a whole year for United last season.”I could imagine the first game he did that because he is a striker coming in to score goals and the first match is always good,” Van Gaal said. “The second match he has to do what the manager is willing him to do, and he did it fantastically.”Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was also impressed with Rashford, who hadn’t started a game above under-19 level before Thursday.”The timing and intelligence of his movement was great,” Wenger said. “He could be a very positive surprise for Man United.”Arsenal were flat, strangely, and their passing lacked the usual crispness. But the team managed to reduce the deficit before half-time when Welbeck got behind marker Morgan Schneiderlin at a free kick and headed in Ozil’s cross.Arsenal have 11 games to make up ground on Leicester and is also three points behind second-place Tottenham.”It is still possible,” Wenger said of Arsenal’s title chances, “but the answer will have to come quick and strong.”last_img read more

Unimpressive Reggae Boyz lose to USA

first_imgRobert Bailey, Gleaner Writer Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz went down 1-0 to the United States in their friendly international played at the Finley Stadium in Chattanooga on Friday night.  Jordan Morris netted the all-important goal for the Americans in the 58th minute, when he found himself with space and only substitute goalkeeper Ryan Thompson to beat after a neat exchange with a teammate. Morris, who was buy throughout the contest slotted the ball powerfully under the advancing Thompson, who had replaced his counterpart Andre Blake at the start of the second half. Boys’ Town’s prolific striker Shamar Nicholson and Cornwall College’s Schoolboy Jourdaine Fletcher both made their debuts, as they were brought on by Reggae Boyz head coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore in the 82nd  minute. However, the they could do nothing to lift the Jamaicans, who failed to create any meaningful chances as the US dominated the second stanza.   IN PHOTO: United States’ Juan Agudelo (9) is defended by Jamaica’s Damion Lowe (3) during first half of a friendly match. The Americans also dominated the first half possession as they created a number of clear chances, which their attackers failed to convert. Jamaica also had an opportunity in the first half but former Kingston College star Romario Campbell could not get a positive touch on the ball from about six-yards out after good work from Corey Burke on the left hand side. The Reggae Boyz are scheduled to take on Honduras in another friendly match in Houston on February 16. They are using both games as part of their preparations for the Caribbean Cup finals and CONCACAF Gold Cup later this year.last_img read more

More Sports In Brief

first_imgBielsa returning to France Controversial coach Marcelo Bielsa will take charge of ambitious Lille for next season, signalling his return to French football after a chaotic end to his spell with Marseille two years ago. Lille said in a statement yesterday that Bielsa will replace interim coach Franck Passi on July 1 and has been given a two-year deal. Dolgopolov upsets Nishikori BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP): Top-seeded Kei Nishikori was beaten 7-6 (4), 6-4 by Alexandr Dolgopolov yesterday in the final of the clay-court Argentina Open. Dolgopolov won his third ATP singles title and his first in five years. It was also the Ukrainian’s first victory over his Japanese opponent after losing their previous five head-to-head matches. Nishikori, who is No. 5 in the ATP singles rankings, has won 11 singles titles, but only two on clay. Leipzig cut Bayern’s lead BERLIN (AP): Leipzig held on for a 2-1 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach to cut Bayern Munich’s lead in the Bundesliga to five points yesterday. Emil Forsberg scored one and set up another for the promoted side to end their two-game losing streak and stay on course for Champions League qualification with their 14th win of the season.last_img read more

Thailand, Korea top respective groups at end of AVC pool stages

first_imgFilipinos 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 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ace spiker Kim Yeon-koung, after resting out the first two games of the tournament, stepped through in the clutch for the Koreans as a fourth set substitute and put up five points in just 10 minutes.“I think we played well in the first two sets, then in the third set we had a problem,” said Kim as they topped Pool C with a 3-0 card. “We didn’t have a leader but we still won so it’s good.”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’Kim had to sit out the first two games as she just played in the FIVB Grand Prix that lasted nearly a month from July 7 until August 6.Yang Hyojin had a team-high 15 points to lead Korea while Kim Heejin and Kim Suji had a dozen points apiece. Mayweather promoter tired of talk about ticket sales Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Powerhouse Thailand and Korea breezed through their respective opponents in the final day of the group stages and advanced to the quarterfinals with unblemished records.The Koreans were the first ones to advance to the next stage after upending Vietnam in four sets 25-23, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22, in the opener Friday at Alonte Sports Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate Tran Thi Thanh Thuy put up a game-high 25 points to lead the also quarterfinals-bound Vietnamese to a 2-1 recordIn the second game, Thailand made quick work of Chinese-Taipei, 26-24, 25-14, 25-15, to top Pool D with a 3-0 record.Chatchu-on Moksri led the Thais with 20 points while Wilavan Apinyapong and Hattaya Barmrungsuk added 15 and 12 points, respectively.Tseng Wan-Ling led Chinese-Taipei with 11 points as they finish the group stages with a 2-1 record en route to the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas View commentslast_img read more

Rain or Shine, NLEX escape

first_imgPolice seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Rodriguez, Superal join LPGT hunt Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles “Since we made the trades, we became the No. 1 defensive team,” Garcia said after the Painters rose to 4-2 while dealing a first loss in five starts on the Hotshots.“The [defensive] effort is there. When we play good defense, the offense comes.”In the nightcap, NLEX earned at least a tie for a quarterfinal slot with a 103-100 triumph over San Miguel Beer.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 Painters battle the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen next, and even with J’Nathan Bullock not dominating any department, Garcia believes he has the perfect import that will take the team deep into the tournament.Gabe Norwood and Raymond Almazan returned to duty after serving the country in the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon and finished with a combined 28 points, 25 rebounds and seven assists.Despite being under the weather, Almazan forced himself to play and won Player of the Game honors with 13 points and 14 rebounds in less than 19 minutes. He was wheeled out of the dugout on a stretcher and taken to a hospital after the match. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia diescenter_img 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles James Yap. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter trades seen by many to have weakened the team, and with an import that is not putting up monster numbers compared to the others, Rain or Shine roared to a third straight win on Sunday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Elasto Painters held Star to its fewest output in the conference and pulled off a 92-88 victory as they continued to climb up the standings, ironically, after trading away a veteran superstar and a blue-chip rookie.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Chooks-to-Go falls to Petrochimi, faces Blatche-led China in QF

first_imgLATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Warren unfurled 12 of his 30 points in the killer second quarter, while Sajjad Mashayekhi got 15 markers, six rebounds, and five dimes.Behnam Yakhchali also chimed in 12 markers, six boards, and three assists, while national team veteran Arsalan Kazemi contributed nine markers and 18 rebounds in the resounding win.The Scores:PETROCHIMI 87 – Warren 30, Mashayekhi 15, Yakhchali 12, Kazemi 9, Davarpanah 8, Niktash 5, Zakeri 4, Mirzaeitalarposhti 2, Sahakian 2, Bahramzad 0.CHOOKS-TO-GO PILIPINAS 66 – Austin 20, Ravena 20, Torres 9, Jero. Teng 5, Revilla 4, Manuel 3, Jeri. Teng 3, Vosotros 2, Cruz 0, Jose 0, Tamsi 0.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Quarters: 16-14, 43-29, 61-45, 87-66.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Star ousts NLEX, enters semis MOST READ How to help the Taal evacuees View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Isaiah Austin. Photo from Fiba.comWith its Iranian foes imposing their height advantage, Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas fell to Petrochimi, 87-66, Tuesday in the 2017 Fiba Champions Cup at Chenzhou Sports Center in Chenzhou, China.The Philippines dropped to 2-2 at third place in Group A, putting them in a collision course against Andray Blatche and his Chinese ballclub Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the quarterfinals on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Isaiah Austin paced Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas with 20 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks, while Ravena got 20 markers, five boards, and three assists in the defeat.Norbert Torres added nine points and four rebounds for the Filipinos, who failed to sustain their hot shooting from their game against Mono Vampire last Sunday and only drilled four of their 19 shots from three this time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogChooks-to-Go lost hold of the game in the second quarter when Willie Warren anchored Petrochimi’s 27-point outburst to grab a 43-29 halftime lead that ballooned to as high as 21, 57-36, with 3:57 left in the third frame.Austin and Ravena kept the fight going for Chooks, cutting the deficit to as low as 10, 66-56, with 6:54 remaining in the game, but the Iranians answered with a 14-0 blast to regain the 24-point advantage, 80-56 with 3:36 remaining capped off by a pair of free throws from Saeid Davarpanah. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidelast_img read more

Who leads among win-win Pinoy warriors?

first_imgGenesis Servania was not successful in his challenge to unbeaten WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez in their clash in Tucson, Arizona, last Saturday. Servania floored Valdez in the fourth, but was himself decked in the fifth. It was a compelling contest and Servania, who fights out of the Kashimi gym in Japan, said he would continue his hot hunt for a world crown. He used to be a major fighter in the ALA Stable.The week before last, Milan Melindo of the ALA Stable, retained his IBF light flyweight crown in a thrilling and bloody battle in Cebu. Melindo is seeking to unify the world light flyweight crown.It was not a simple comeback win for Donaire, 34, who lost his WBO super bantamweight crown to Jessie Magdaleno of Mexico last November. Donaire, 38-4, 24 KOs, announced he has been renewed by a new diet and a new coach (Max Baffel), at the same time swearing the presence of his wife Rachel in his corner to shout out instructions was a major factor in his return to the mainstream.Donaire, the 2012 Fighter of the Year, is now recognized as the WBC Silver featherweight belt owner.ADVERTISEMENT Dancers, Amit pile up silvers for PH delegation; Bowlers shoot for gold OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson All these winners appeared solidly headed toward a world crown challenge.Jhack Tepora, 21-0, 16 KOs, scored a stunning second round stoppage of former African world titlist Lusanda Komanisi in East London, South Africa, to capture the WBO Intercontinental featherweight crown in his first international outing. His handlers at Omega Pro Sports International wasted no time to announce Tepora would be seeking a crack at the world title in the crowded featherweight division.Before Tepora’s stunning triumph, the sensational Frank Duno of Sanman Gym in General Santos City scored an impressive decision over seasoned Mexican lightweight Juan Pablo Sanchez at The Forum in Inglewood, California.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe victory was a followup to Duno’s stunning stoppage last March of then unbeaten Golden Boy standout Christian Gonzales of Mexico. The 21-year-old Duno, handled by former world flyweight champion Rodel Mayol, is now with the Golden Boy stable of Oscar de la Hoya.At Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Nonito Donaire Jr. dominated Mexican Juan Pablo Sanchez in a well-attended featherweight contest. How to help the Taal evacuees 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 In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide DAY6 is for everybody It’s doubly hard looking for the next big star in Philippine boxing following bright results from abroad last week.No, there definitely was no lack of worthy contenders.Fact is the search for the next Manny Pacquiao has become crowded following win-win stands by Filipino boxers in foreign rings.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Indians get AL-best 102nd victory, beat White Sox

first_imgCleveland Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin waits for Chicago White Sox’s Rob Brantly to round the bases after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Phil Long)CLEVELAND — The Indians had already locked up the best record in the AL, captured the Central Division title and compiled the second-longest winning streak in baseball history.With one last victory, now it’s back to the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ramirez went 2 for 2, including his AL-high 56th double, and Carlos Santana added a sacrifice fly. Rob Brantly hit a leadoff homer in the fifth off Tomlin for Chicago’s lone run.“We finished the season in a good place and I’m excited, so happy to be in the playoffs again,” All-Star shortstop Lindor said. “We put ourselves in this position and I can’t wait for it to start. I’m looking forward to the whole experience.”THE NEXT STEPThe White Sox finished 67-95 in their first year under manager Rick Renteria. It was their worst record since 2013, but featured the development of SS Tim Anderson, 2B Yoan Moncada, 3B Yolmer Sanchez, DH Matt Davidson, RHP Carson Fulmer and RHP Juan Minaya, among others.“All in all, I think we showed improvement and we showed some fight,” Renteria said. “People should be optimistic about the coming years.”TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: OF Michael Brantley (sprained right ankle) went 0 for 2, but said he felt “great, ready to go” following the game. The two-time All-Star had been sidelined for seven weeks before delivering a pinch-hit single Saturday. “If I’m on the playoff roster, that’ll be great,” Brantley said. “And if I’m not, I’ll be the biggest cheerleader on the team.”UP NEXTThe Indians take on the winner of Tuesday’s wild-card game. Game 1 of the best-of-five Division Series is Thursday at Progressive Field. Cleveland will have home-field advantage over every potential playoff foe, except for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who led the majors in wins. Josh Tomlin pitched into the sixth inning and Jay Bruce drove in a pair of runs, leading Cleveland to a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday to close out the regular season.It was the Indians’ 102nd victory — second most in franchise history — and gave them 33 wins over their final 37 games dating to Aug. 24, when it began an AL-record 22-game winning streak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“You obviously want to take a step forward going into the playoffs, and we were able to do that today,” said Tomlin, who is penciled in as the fourth starter in the postseason.“Now, I think I speak for everyone in the clubhouse when I say, ‘It’s time to get to work.’ We’re all pulling the same ropes, trying for the same goal of winning the World Series.” View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up DAY6 is for everybody Cleveland begins its playoff quest in an AL Division Series against the winner of the wild-card game between the Yankees and Twins. It lost the 2016 World Series in seven games to the Chicago Cubs.“It’s been a special regular season,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We were talking about that today as a staff, how proud we are of these guys. Now, we’re going to embrace the next challenge, whatever that may be.”Tomlin (10-9) tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, striking out six and giving the club five pitchers with double-digit victories. Cody Allen worked a perfect ninth for his 30th save as Cleveland set a majors’ season record with 1,614 strikeouts.Bruce’s two-run single in the first gave him 100 RBIs for the second time in his career and helped the Indians take a 3-0 lead. Cleveland acquired the 30-year-old slugger in an Aug. 9 trade with the Mets.White Sox right-hander Chris Volstad (1-2) walked Francisco Lindor, Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez to begin his day — all of them scored — before settling down. He allowed three hits over six frames in his second start in the majors since 2012.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LA would support a US Winter Games, but it’s complicated Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more