Perez leads Heroes side, Bolick heads Saints roster in NCAA All-Stars

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Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Flores banners an intriguing field who are all staking their claim as this season’s king in the Slam Dunk Contest.He will be joined by San Sebastian’s Allyn Bulanadi, San Beda’s Arnaud Noah, EAC’s Rustan Bugarin, Perpetual’s Kervin Lucente, Letran’s Renato Ular, St. Benilde’s Justin Gutang, JRU’s Jefferson Sarmiento, and Lyceum’s Yancy Remulla.AC Soberano, meanwhile, will defend his throne in the Three-Point Shootout as he shoots for back-to-back titles in the competition.Out to take the crown from the Red Lion sniper are EAC’s Sidney Onwubere, San Sebastian’s RK Ilagan, Letran’s Jerrick Balanza, Lyceum’s Wilson Baltazar, JRU’s MJ Dela Virgen, Mapua’s Almel Orquina, Arellano’s Brylle Meca, St. Benilde’s Matt Johnson, and Perpetual’s Jack Hao.Lyceum guard Jaycee Marcelino is also the favorite to win this year’s Skills Challenge, but his path to the crown is shaping up to be a tough one with nine other speedsters out to win the plum.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCJ Perez and Kent Salado will spearhead the team which will clash against the alliance of Robert Bolick and Rey Nambatac in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Game on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.With a new grouping this year, stars from Lyceum, Arellano, JRU, EAC, and Mapua will join forces in the Heroes teamagainst the Saints squad, made up of stalwarts from San Beda, Letran, San Sebastian, Perpetual, and St. Benilde.ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Perez will be joined by his Pirates teammates Mike Nzeusseu and MJ Ayaay, the Chiefs’ Salado, Lervin Flores, and Allen Enriquez, the Generals’ Sidney Onwubere, Francis Munsayac, and Jerome Garcia, the Heavy Bombers’ Tey Teodoro, Ervin Grospe, and Jed Mendoza, and the Cardinals’ Christian Buñag, JB Raflores, and Laurenz Victoria in the Heroes lineup.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBolick, meanwhile, will team up with fellow Red Lions Javee Mocon and Davon Potts, the Knights’ Nambatac, Bong Quinto, and JP Calvo, the Altas’ Gab Dagangon, Prince Eze, and GJ Ylagan, the Blazers’ Gerard Castor, JJ Domingo, and Edward Dixon, and the Golden Stags’ Alvin Baetiong, Kevin Baytan, and Ian Valdez in the Saints roster.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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PH’s Dumaan treks rough road to gold in pencak silat Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Also competing are EAC’s Francis Munsayac, St. Benilde’s Unique Naboa, Perpetual’s Keith Pido, Arellano’s Levi dela Cruz, JRU’s Aaron Bordon, Letran’s Jeremiah Taladua, Mapua’s JP Nieles, San Sebastian’s Michael Are, and San Beda’s Radge Tongco.NCAA alumni also return to don their school colors one more time as they forge partnership with marksmen from the seniors’ and juniors’ teams in Shooting Stars.San Beda will be made up of Clint Doliguez, Evan Nelle, and Dan Sara, Arellano will be represented by Zach Nicholls, Kobe Camacho, and Keith Agovida, while JRU will bank on Jed Mendoza, Toby Agustin, and Paolo Pontejos.Mapua will be bannered by Leo Gabo, Clint Escamis, and Randy Alcantara, Perpetual will lean on GJ Ylagan, Jielo Razon, and Gerald Dizon, EAC will be flanked by Jervin Guzman, Maui Cruz, and Dhan Diolanto, St. Benilde to entrust its luck on Edward Dixon, Joshua David, and Karl Santos, and host San Sebastian to be composed of Michael Are, Rustin Rodriguez, and Paul Riguera.Lyceum will be composed of Wilson Baltazar and Mac Guadaña, while Letran will have Daryl Pascual and Neil Guarino for the contest. 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Champions League final: 30 years after Heysel, is destiny calling Juventus?

first_img4 Juventus recognise they are the outsiders in Saturday’s Champions League final against Barcelona, in the same way Atletico Madrid were last season, and Dortmund the year before. They acknowledge they have been fortunate like Chelsea were in 2012, although they’re a better team than that particular Blues vintage. But the stars are aligning.Juventus might not have Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez on their side, but maybe, just maybe, they are destiny’s team. This feature appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on twitter @sportsmagukWords by James HorncastleIn the 39th minute of Juventus’ final game at the J Stadium this season, fans in the Curva Sud produced a moving choreography.It remembered the 39 supporters who went to the European Cup final in 1985 and never came back. Pieces of card were held aloft with the names of each and every victim of the Heysel disaster and an accompanying banner was unfurled. It read: “No one truly dies if they stay in the hearts of those who remain.” “To reach the Champions League final 30 years after Heysel is a coincidence that in some respects honours the memory of those who died,” explains Paolo Garimberti, the president of the J Museum. “So we’re proud to be in the final and each of us will of course remember the victims, especially because of this quite coincidental anniversary.” Juventus’ journey to Berlin is loaded with emotion. For captain Gigi Buffon, centre-back Andrea Barzagli and il Maestro Andrea Pirlo, the Olympiastadion was the setting of a World Cup triumph in 2006. No sooner did the round-of-16 draw pair Juventus with Borussia Dortmund than parallels were made with that summer in Germany nine years ago.  4 4 4 New generationThe adversity brought on by the Calciopoli scandal also represented an opportunity for young players to make names for themselves. Giorgio Chiellini had signed from Roma two years earlier and, at 22, was about to become a lynchpin of Juventus’ defence. Turin-born Claudio Marchisio, a product of the academy he had attended since the age of seven, also began to establish himself in midfield.“Success never gets boring,” Chiellini insisted before the Coppa Italia final in May. “Particularly for those of us who were there in Rimini, Crotone and Frosinone [in Serie B].” Juventus beat Lazio 2-1 in Rome (above) to do the double for the first time since 1995. The suffering and self-doubt the squad experienced in Serie B did not disappear immediately upon their return to the top division. Juve could finish only seventh in both 2010 and 2011, but these moments created an apparently inextinguishable source of inspiration and motivation for the dressing room core. And, after restoring the club’s name at home with a level of hegemony not seen by Juventus since the 1930s, doing so abroad has become more of a priority these last couple of years. Despite the common perception of disappointment and even ‘failure’ in Europe before this season, this group of players instead believe they have made progress in each of the previous two campaigns. Eliminated in the quarter-finals by a Bayern team that won the treble in 2013, a group stage exit last season was followed by an appearance in the Europa League semi-finals.Don’t underestimate just how valuable that experience was as a learning curve. Juventus have used it to hone their approach to knockout games and better understand what tweaks were needed in mentality and shifts made in system. If former manager Antonio Conte sewed the seeds, watered and grew the plants, his successor Max Allegri (below) has trimmed and refined them and overseen an ulterior blossoming. For the players, proving they could win without Conte – who was largely credited with Juventus’ success, as if it were almost exclusively down to him – was also a significant catalyst. It drove them not only to another Scudetto, but to overcome their complex in Europe and finally do themselves justice.  Back to Berlin“The road to Berlin goes through Dortmund,” Buffon reminded everyone. Just as it did when Italy met Germany in the semi-final in 2006 and became the first ever team to beat them in front of the daunting Gelbe Wand, or ‘Yellow Wall’. Ever since, Juventus fans have reprised the chant sung by a nation in the latter stages of that competition: “Andiamo a Berlino!” or ‘We’re going to Berlin!’For Pirlo, it could be a swansong. After winning five straight Scudetti (one with Milan and four in a row with Juventus) he has intimated that, should the Old Lady do the treble this season, “it could be the best way to close” this particular chapter of his career.Buffon has no intention of riding off into the sunset – even if this could represent the end of a long journey, his personal odyssey. The goalkeeper is the only member of this team to have played a Champions League final with Juventus. That was 12 years ago, when the Bianconeri knocked out holders Real Madrid in the semis – another deja vu for this season – only to lose to Pirlo’s Milan on penalties. Buffon never thought it would take more than a decade to get back. When he joined Juventus for a world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper in 2001, the club had reached three of the previous six Champions League finals. It remains the only major trophy missing from his collection. Buffon’s World Cup high, after which he was edged to the Ballon d’Or by former teammate Fabio Cannavaro, was followed by the low of relegation to Serie B in 2006 after ‘Calciopoli’ – an investigation into senior figures at several Serie A clubs, who were accused of attempting to influence referees.Buffon could have joined Pirlo at Milan and figured in their Champions League revenge over Liverpool in 2007. Instead, like Alessandro Del Piero, Pavel Nedved (now a member of Juventus’ board) and David Trezeguet, an ambassador for the club, he stayed loyal to the Old Lady when the likes of Cannavaro, Lilian Thuram and Zlatan Ibrahimovic abandoned ship.  Will Juventus be celebrating in Berlin on Saturday night? last_img read more