‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms The volleybelles return to action Tuesday afternoon, playing another force in Japan this time as they hunt for that one win in group action that will shove them to the next round and make this trip worth it.“This is a good experience for us because we know we can beat Thailand,” coach Shaq delos Santos told Filipino scribes. “But we’re still in the process of rebuilding and hopefully, our performance improves as we go along.”And because it is experience and cohesion that this team is looking for, Delos Santos actually played all of his charges against the Thais, who dominated with impunity in the last two sets and ended the Filipinos’ agony in just over 70 minutes.Valdez knows that’s important for a team as young as they are while admitting that they’re really here for a goal they need to accomplish next year.“We have to know what we’re playing against, and experiencing it first hand means a lot,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “Hopefully, we still have time,” Valdez said of the target, which is actually to beat the Thais next year in the Philippines and end their stranglehold of the Southeast Asian Games gold. “If we can get the experience, who knows?“Because in most cases, in tight games, the experienced teams almost always prevail.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It should, at the very least, dampen the spirits of the members of the team.But not Alyssa Valdez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 Jordan Clarkson likens being PH flagbearer to being in NBA finals MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal SPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The talent is there, you all saw that we can play with them,” Valdez told the Inquirer Sunday night, referring to a close first set shave the had the Filipinos blowing a 9-2 lead before losing, 25-22. “But our inexperience playing together as a team told heavily in the end.”Valdez believes that they are a work in progress and that nothing but success will follow if the powers-that-be in the sport will continue to keep them together and expose them to high-caliber tournaments. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago of womens volleyball team of the Philippine celebrated after scoringThailand opponent during their first game in the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang. Photo from PSCJAKARTA—The Philippine women’s volleyball team marked its return to Asian Games action on Sunday afternoon by getting a clinical dismantling from regional power Thailand.The straight sets loss certainly leaves a bad taste in the mouth, considering that people back home are expecting more from this glamorous all-star team to do better, never mind if it hasn’t played at this level in the last 36 years.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Ameriquest, whose signs have become familiar at ballparks across the nation, is venturing into NASCAR for the first time. Its previous involvement with motor sports was as an associate sponsor for drag racing entries owned by Don “The Snake” Prudhomme. In addition to Busch regulars – the 150-lap race starts at 5 p.m. – the race will include Nextel Cup drivers Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth. Adrian Fernandez, a two-time open-wheel winner at the track, will make his stock car oval racing debut. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It is big for both sides. For the Orange-based mortgage lender, it’s an opportunity to tap into the most loyal fan base in the country. For the racing industry, and the Fontana track specifically, it’s another new major sponsor. “NASCAR racing is a national phenomenon appealing to a broad range of fans across America,” said Brian Woods, Ameriquest chief marketing officer. “The Ameriquest 300 offers us a great platform to strategically communicate our brand, our services and our positioning to NASCAR fans.” For the track, it means all three races will have new sponsors this year. The Sunday evening Nextel Cup race will carry the Sony HD 500 tag, and the Grand National West race on Friday night will be called – deep breath – the Relocate Here 200 presented by San Bernardino County. … Dale Earnhardt might be more popular now than ever. Las Vegas Motor Speedway general manager Chris Powell helped unveil a $200,000 wax likeness of the late seven-time NASCAR champion at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. Earnhardt is depicted standing in victory lane, complete with sunglasses. Visitors to the venue will be able to stand next to the figure and be photographed. Either before or after the glamour shot with Elvis. … You have to give the front office at Perris Auto Speedway high marks for creativity, but maybe not political correctness, in its effort to attract Saturday night fans. This week, any adult customer wearing a skirt will be admitted for $5 and be able to buy $1 hot dogs and $2 beer. Not just women, but any man who wants to participate in “Hot August Skirt Night.” … Jeremy Mayfield is fifth in the NASCAR Nextel Cup point standings, but seemingly off everyone’s radar screen. His victory Sunday at Michigan International Speedway helped elevate his profile. A former winner at Fontana, Mayfield might be the most underestimated driver in NASCAR. “I feel that way, but the good thing about it is that it’s something that doesn’t bother me,” Mayfield said this week. “I can go with the flow with a lot of things. As far as on the race track, car for car, driver for driver, I feel like I’m as good as any driver out there driving a race car, and that’s the way I should feel. “The problem I’ve got with it is people want to throw off on just me or say I’m not focused or I don’t drive like I used to drive. That’s not right. That’s what irritates me more than anything. We’re gaining respect. “I’m as much focused now as I’ve ever been, and I feel like I’m a better driver than I’ve ever been. Yet, nobody seems to realize that.” Louis Brewster covers motor racing. His notebook appears on Thursday. He can be reached at (909) 386-3935 or [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Clearing out a very crowded notebook for the return of NASCAR to Southern California in a week. Just how important is the Southern California market for Corporate America? Enough for one of the country’s largest mortgage lenders to sponsor a NASCAR Busch Series race Sept. 3 at California Speedway.