Valenzuela, Santoc clinch FEDBG No. Tap 9 titles

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Updated 18 January 2013
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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.


Mohamed Salah threatens Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or stranglehold

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Mohamed Salah threatens Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or stranglehold

  • Messi and Ronaldo have won the award for the past ten years
  • Salah has emerged as a genuine rival after scoring 43 goals this season

LIVERPOOL: Mohamed Salah could be the man to finally break the Ronaldo-Messi duopoly at the top of world football after the Liverpool forward burnished his soaring reputation with a mesmerising Champions League performance against Roma.
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi have locked down the Ballon d’Or award for a decade, winning five gongs apiece — for the past seven years they have occupied the top two slots.
But Salah is now second favorite behind Ronaldo for this year’s award after scoring his 42nd and 43rd goals of the season in a thrilling 5-2 victory for Liverpool in the Champions League semifinal first leg.
After his first strike against his former club on Tuesday, the man dubbed by fans as the “Egyptian King” stood motionless, hands raised in apology, as bedlam broke out on a night for the ages at Anfield.
Salah’s curling effort arrowed into the top corner with such accuracy his manager Jurgen Klopp labelled it “a genius strike.”
Soon after came the forward’s signature finish, a cute dink over advancing Roma goalkeeper Alisson for his 43rd goal in 47 games for Liverpool.
When Salah, 25, made the move from the Italian capital back to the Premier League just 10 months ago for €42 million ($51 million), there were plenty who felt Roma had got the better deal. Salah after all was a talented player, but who often lacked an end product.
It also came just a few weeks before Neymar’s move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record €222 million revolutionized the transfer market.
The Brazilian’s desire to leave the Catalan giants was tied to his ambition to beat Messi and Ronaldo to the Ballon d’Or by stepping out of Messi’s shadow.
Now, though, it is Salah who has emerged as the pretender to end the Messi-Ronaldo domination by not only scoring the quantity of goals that have become the pair’s trademark but doing it when it really matters, in the latter stages of the Champions League.
“If you think he is the best in the world, write it or say it,” urged Klopp, who has been credited with bringing out Salah’s previously untapped potential.
“To be the best in the world you need to do that over a longer period I think, and there are a few others that are not so bad.”
Heavily left-footed, small, speedy and with a low center of gravity, Salah’s characteristics are far more like those of Messi than the muscular goal-machine Ronaldo.
“In a certain light, at certain points, it is possible to glimpse in Salah a little of Messi’s afterglow,” wrote Rory Smith in the New York Times.
And he demonstrated another Messi-like quality in showing no mercy to Roma.
Chasing his first hat-trick in the Champions League, Salah would have been forgiven for going for goal as he bore down on Alisson once more after half-time.
But he showed why he is considered one of the game’s more unselfish superstars by instead creating another two goals for strike partners Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
When Salah left the field to a standing ovation 15 minutes from time, Liverpool led 5-0.
“Unstoppable (when Salah’s on the pitch),” said the back page of The Times.
Two late Roma away goals have at least given the Italians hope of recreating the incredible comeback they staged from a 4-1 first-leg deficit against Barca in the quarter-finals.
For once it is Salah’s turn to lead the way where Messi faltered on his return to the Eternal City next week.
Messi is almost certain to win a La Liga and Copa del Rey double and Ronaldo could lead Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League after another bucketload of goals this season.
But Salah is the coming man and after bagging the African and English players’ player of the year crowns, it is hard to back against him also conquering the world.