Valenzuela, Santoc clinch FEDBG No. Tap 9 titles

1 / 2
2 / 2
Updated 18 January 2013
0

Valenzuela, Santoc clinch FEDBG No. Tap 9 titles

Rudy Valenzuela kept striking distance on the first two sets until he saw the chance on the last game to take men’s title while Ester Santoc, after grasping the front seat on game two, safeguarded her post till she bagged the ladies crown of the Filipino Expatriate Damayan Bowling Group No Tap 9 bowling tournament at the Bowling City here.
Ranking No. 12 on the qualifying round wherein Zaldy Bacero (4255) and Oca Bernabe (4172) went direct to finals, Valenzuela survived the third position with 989 behind Dariel Loquias (1057) and Rolly Vistal (990) of the group OAB semifinals.
Valenzuela is now also up against the group CDE finalists with Frank Afurong and Richard Antonio got seeded with 4100 and 4069 respectively. Edris Mangoda topped the semifinals with 1076 while Pip R. Planas and Med Ramos separately survived second and third posts with 965 and 947.
With 300 and 297, top favorite Bacero dominated two third of the match with 597. Valenzuela was right behind with 574 capitalizing his 4-pin hpg with 266 and 300.
Bernabe was five marks away with 526. But on the homestretch of ultimate Valenzuela saw his chance when Bacero got whipped with a split to score 222. With another 266 the patient and cool quality bowler Valenzuela got paid off with 844 handicapped series to be the consequential men’s division champion of the FEDBG No Tap 9 tournament.
Pushing his way to bridesmaid is Bernabe totaling handicapped series of 830 with 300 on the endgame. Such big turnout settled Bacero to third place with 819 scratch series, Vistal ranked fourth with 775 and Mangoda, who tied Antonio at 746, salvaged last berth on 22-34 rule of consistency.
Other male semifinalists were: Tom Langa, Bas Langa, Edward Botardo, Jun de Dios, Nards Hassan, Ver Jasa, Ross Isabiniano, Jowet Carreon and Serge Rivera on CDE. Ruel Santoc, Marcelo Manalo, Tito Cruz, Bobby Baraquel, Jimmy Aragones, Ruben Griño and Rene Martinez on OAB.
On the ladies division, Ailen Miralbuna startled other finalists with her 278. Second direct-to-final Ester Santoc keeping manageable gap at 254. Cheryl Tibay, Fatima Jintarat and top qualifier Grace Funtilon have six marks or more to deal. As Miralbuna got hobbled with splits sliding to second with 450 on the next salvo, Santoc seized top spot with 481 on her 227 follow up. Swiftly improving bowler Funtilon broke to third with 429 on her 223 pursuit.
Seeing top favorite Jintarat is mounting a rally and Miralbuna is on regaining demonstrations, Santoc tried parrying frame by frame. Such move consummated her goal when she finished 660 for ladies championship of this FEDBG No Tap 9 event.
Jintarat’s rally of 270 installed her to second place with 645, Funtilon sustained third spot with 640 while Miralbuna and Tibay dwelled the last two berths. Other lady semifinalists were Mariz Resano, Letty Mendoza, Sally Sañosa, Eva Garcia and Alma Bacero.


Heartbreak for Mohamed Salah and Egypt as Russia all but secure last-16 spot

Updated 19 June 2018
0

Heartbreak for Mohamed Salah and Egypt as Russia all but secure last-16 spot

ST. PETERSBURG: Russia scored three goals in a 15-minute span early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday, moving the host nation to the brink of the World Cup’s knockout stage.
Mohamed Salah won and converted a penalty for a consolation goal on his return from injury but Egypt’s first World Cup in 28 years could be over in barely five days following a second straight loss.
Ahmed Fathi poked the ball into his own net — the fifth own-goal of the tournament — to put Russia ahead in the 47th minute. Then Denis Cheryshev and Artyom Dzyuba scored in quick succession to leave Russia on course for a victory that followed up a 5-0 opening-night win over Saudi Arabia.
It was Cheryshev’s third goal of the World Cup, putting him tied with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the scoring chart.
Russia’s place in the round of 16 will be assured if Uruguay wins or draws against the Saudis on Wednesday. Those two scenarios would also eliminate Egypt, which started with a 1-0 loss to Uruguay.
The hopes of 100 million Egyptians were raised when Salah was selected in the starting lineup, the Liverpool forward making his comeback after 3 1/2 weeks out with damaged ligaments in his left shoulder after a tangle with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final.
Salah trotted out for his pre-match warmup to roars from Egypt fans, who at times appeared to outnumber their Russian counterparts. They shouted every time Salah’s face flashed up on the big screen and when his name was announced before kickoff.
Yet from the start, it was clear that Salah was staying out of anything too physical and there was no concerted effort from his Egypt teammates to pick him out each time. He didn’t touch the ball until the seventh minute.
He did win the penalty — confirmed by the video assistant referee after Salah was pulled down by Roman Zobnin. He converted it in the 73rd minute, but it wasn’t enough. Egypt is still without a victory in six World Cup matches.
Russia is nearly assured of advancing from the group stage for the first time since the Soviet era.
Cheryshev, who entered the World Cup as a fringe player, is proving lethal in front of goal, with his latest a side-footed effort from close range from Mario Fernandes’ cross in the 59th. Dzyuba’s goal was more direct, the striker chesting down a long ball from defender Ilya Kutepov, beating his marker and curling home a low finish.