Past The Finishing PostTrack: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1600 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. SNEAK PEAK JAnderson 54.02. TASHIE BABY SMuir 52.0 2 1/2L3. MR. GRAND NATIONAL DBadaloo 54.0 2 1/2L4. BRIDLED PRINCESS MGrant 53.5 18/1 2DNF #4 DIAMOND SEllisFinal Time : 1:45.1 Splits : 24.3, 47.4, 1:14.2WIN: $246.00PLACE: $213.00, $186.00, $192.00Winner : 3yo b colt – HE’STHEREALTHING – MS. MARTHA BRAETrainer : KEVIN BRIVETTE Owner: CALVERTON I BROWNBred by PERCIVAL A. HENRY (DR.)Qu: $1,036.00 Ex: $1,718.00Trifecta: $2,468.00Race 2 1200 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO-NW2 & 6YO&UP-NW41. JODY’S LODGE SEllis 53.52. PRINCESS NIYAH SMuir 51.5 6L3. EL CLIENTE RWilson 54.0 1/2L4. SINK THE BISMARCK JAnderson 52.5 3 1/2LFinal Time : 1:15.3 Splits : 23.3, 46.4, ,WIN: $168.00PLACE: $128.00, $119.00, $142.00Winner : 3yo b filly – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – SIMPLY DEVINETrainer : SPENCER CHUNG Owner : BROTHERLY CONNECTIONBred by MARCUS BRADLEYQu: $391.00 Ex: $858.00D/E: $972.00Trifecta: $743.00KEELING MEMORIAL CUPRace 3 1100 M (Purse $850,000) NB2-Y-O RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE I(NW3)1. VISION LSteadman4 53.0 16/1*2. DREAMLINER RHalledeen 55.0 1 1/4L3. NUCLEAR AFFAIR OWalker 52.5 2 3/4L4. BABY P OEdwards4 48.5 5LFinal Time : 1:08.1 Splits : 22.4, 46.2WIN: $885.00Qu: $185.00 Ex: $1,527.00D/E : $3,799.00Trifecta: $1,119.00Rolling Triple: $22,691.00Winner : 2yo ch colt – HE’STHEREALTHING – MONEY SPINNERTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ELIZABETH A DACOSTABred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Race 4 1600 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. MARIA’S GLORY HPottinger4 50.52. WHO’S BOSSY KPowell 51.0 3 1/2L3. TRACKING DANIEL RHalledeen 48.0 1/2L*4. MISS ADDI SEllis 54.0 3 1/2LFinal Time : 1:45.0 Splits : 24.1, 48.0, 1:13.4,WIN: $151.00PLACE: $66.00, $74.00, $82.00Qu: $952.00 Ex: $1,554.00D/E: $2,713.00Superfecta: $3,593.00Rolling Triple: $15,595.00Winner : 4yo b filly – KERRYGOLD – LA CERENTOLATrainer : GARY GRIFFITHS Owner : PHILIP A AZARBred by PHILIP A. AZARRace 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. FIFTYONESTORM OEdwards4 48.52. CHEERS RLunan 53.0 5 1/4L3. MAGIC CITY RLahoe 52.0 1 1/4L4. KABRINA OFoster 53.0 3/4 LFinal Time : 0:59.4 Splits : 22.3, 45.3WIN: $138.00PLACE: $74.00, $117.00, $81.00Qu: $919.00 Ex: $1,159.00D/E: $318.00Superfecta: $3,893.00Rolling Triple: $14,024.00Winner : 4yo b filly – STORM CRAFT – SHE’S A GEMTrainer : EDWARD WALKER Owner : EDWARD S WALKERBred by ALLAN L. FLOWERSRace 6 1300 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. LUCKYBEGOOD OEdwards4 50.02. GIRSHOM PParchment 56.0 5 1/2L3. ALL FOR THE GLORY RWilson 57.0 1/2L4. MY FAVORITE DANCER RSaunders 54.0 3L5. IDON’TKNOW NBerger4 48.0 Sh.Head5. ON THE DOUBLE RLahoe 54.0 3 1/2LLate scratch : #2 AWESOME ROCKETFinal Time : 1:24.3 Splits : 24.0, 48.1, 1:16.1,WIN: $238.00PLACE: $159.00, $293.00, $120.00Winner : 4yo ch filly – BURNING MARQUE – LITTLERICHGIRLTrainer : BERNARD VINCENT Owner : GORDON A. BUCKNOR & MEGAN L. VERGO-BUCKNORBred by GREGORY BUCKNORQu: $5,276.00 Ex: $19,068.00D/E: $453.00Trifecta: $28,084.00Hit-6 carry-over : $62,214.75Rolling Triple: $2,003.00Pick-4 : $172,668.00Super-6: $7,726,094.50Race 7 1400 M (Purse $768,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB4YO(NW3O/T)&NB3YO-REST.STAKES1. HOUDINI’S MAGIC SEllis 53.0*2. DRIPPING IN GOLD RHalledeen 54.0 Nose3. LONG RUNNING TRAIN RMairs 53.0 1/2L4. BRAWN OWalker 56.0 4 1/2LFinal Time : 1:26.1 Splits : 23.1, 45.4, 1:11.2,WIN: $1342.00PLACE: $181.00, $81.00, $164.00Qu: $916.00 Ex: $2,502.00D/E: $15,075.00Superfecta: $50,508.00Rolling Triple: $22,045.00Winner : 3yo b colt – PERFORMING MAGIC – MILESTONETrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : DERRICK H BRANDTBred by EVERGLADES FARMS LTD.Race 8 1600 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO-NW3*1. COLD GROUND JErwin 54.02. JESSIE JAMES KRobinson 54.0 3L3. DOC HOLIDAY OFoster 56.0 1 1/2 L4. OUR CREATION RLunan 55.0 2 3/4L5. BATIDOR DE MUNDO SMuir 56.0 3 1/2LLate scratch : #5 SIRMANDIFinal Time : 1:42.4 Splits : 24.0, 46.4, 1:12.1,WIN: $136.00PLACE: $76.00, $240.00, $95.00Qu:: $807.00 Ex: $1,045.00D/E : $7,666.00Trifecta: $3,316.00Hi-5: $43,977.00Rolling Triple: $33,490.00Winner : 7yo b horse – STORM CRAFT – PFEIFFERTrainer : DONOVAN PLUMMER Owner: DONOVAN PLUMMERBred by MARK & SUSAN WATESGOVERNOR GENERAL’S STAKESRace 9 2000 M (Purse $1,200,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES*1. PERFECT NEIGHBOUR RHalledeen 53.02. TYPEWRITER SEllis 57.0 5L3. UNCLE TAF OWhite 50.0 3 1/4L4. HOVER CRAFT PFrancis 50.0 1 1/2LFinal Time : 2:07.3 Splits : 24.3, 51.2, 1:15.0, 1:40.3WIN: $78.00Qu: $100.00 Ex: $181.00D/E: $179.00Trifecta: $181.00Rolling Triple: $14,174.00Winner : 5yo b horse – NATURAL SELECTION – DESPERATEHOUSEWIFETrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ALFRED A. LEE & JEFFREY S. MORDECAIBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Race 10 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE MAY 261. SIR D LSteadman4 52.02. INFANTRY OFFICER RHalledeen 55.0 3/4L3. PAPER N LACE OWhite 52.0 1 3/4L4. FASTANDFLASHY AnthThomas4 50.5 3/4L5. FABULOUSCONNECTION PParchment 55.0 1 1/2LFinal Time : 1:01.2 Splits : 23.0, 47.1, ,WIN: $179.00PLACE: $73.00, $97.00, $203.00Winner : 7yo ch horse – CONCERTO (USA) – ANOTHER MOOCHIETrainer : RYAN DARBY Owner : RAPHAEL E GORDONBred by STUD EL AGUILAQu: $356.00 Ex: $656.00D/E: $353.00Trifecta: $2,351.00Hi-5: $14,010.00Rolling Triple: $1,138.00Pick-4: $30,720.00Super-6: $188,629.40 (6 OF 6)Pick-9: $12,505.00 (7 OF 9) $225.50 (6 OF 9)Carry-over : $437,671.50
Taylor got his revenge in his next over, the fifth of the morning, with the score on 29 when Warner tried to pull a short one from outside off, but only succeeded in lobbing a catch to cover where Marlon Samuels took the offering on the third attempt. Khawaja, who missed the opening Test through injury, then joined Burns to end any hope West Indies had of taking the advantage. Left-hander Khawaja faced 227 balls and struck six fours and a six while Burns, a right-hander, hit 16 fours and a six in an innings requiring 230 balls. They took the Aussies to lunch at 70 for one, and then controlled the second session to be in sight of triple figures by the time tea arrived at 193 without further loss. Burns, unbeaten on 27 at lunch, was the first to his half-century. He moved into the 30s with two boundaries off debutant fast bowler Carlos Brathwaite in the second over on resumption and was quickly into the 40s a couple of overs later when he steered Taylor the ropes at third man. In Taylor’s next over, Burn collected three runs to cover to complete his fourth half-century in his seventh Test. Khawaja, meanwhile, erred on the side of caution. On 18 at lunch, he was measured after the break and needed a further 43 deliveries before bringing up his half-century with a cut to the backward point boundary off Roach. Khawaja was 84 at tea and Burns, 83, and both batsmen sped to three figures on resumption. Burns cleared the ropes at extra cover with left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican in the first over and followed up with a flowing drive to the cover point boundary. Not to be left out, Khawaja’s retort was two back-to-back boundaries off Taylor in the next over, as he joined his partner in the 90s. Burns reached his second Test hundred in the fifth over after the break with three square on the off-side off Warrican, and Khawaja joined him two balls later when he took a single to square leg. For Khawaja, it was his third hundred in consecutive Tests. Part-time off-spinner Kraigg Brathwaite eventually got the breakthrough when he had Burns stumped in his fifth over at 287 for two and Khawaja added 41 with Smith for the third wicket before he dismissed five overs before the close, brushing a leg-side catch behind off Taylor. AUSTRALIA 1st innings J. Burns st Ramdin b K Brathwaite 128 D. Warner c Samuels b Taylor 23 U. Khawaja c wkp Ramdin b Taylor 144 *S. Smith not out 32 A. Voges not out 10 Extras (lb3, w3, nb2) 8 TOTAL (3 wkts, 90 overs) 345 To bat: M Marsh, +P Nevill, J Pattinson, P Siddle, J Hazlewood, N Lyon Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Warner), 2-287 (Burns, 3-328 (Khawaja) Bowling: Taylor 18-2-83-2, roach 10-1-53-0, Holder 17-6-33-0 (nb2), C Brathwaite 20-1-71-0 (w3), Warrican 16-1-71-0, K Brathwaite 9-1-31-1. Toss: West Indies. Umpires: M Erasmus, C Gaffaney; TV – I Gould. Taylor’s revenge MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): Hundreds by Usman Khawaja and Jose Burns condemned under-fire West Indies to another torrid day in the field, as Australia dominated the opening day of the Boxing Day Test yesterday. Opting to field first at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the second Test of the three-match series, West Indies quickly came under the sword as Khawaja stroked 144 and opener Burns, 128, two innings which propelled the hosts to 345 for three. Fast bowler Jerome Taylor was the best of the bowlers with two for 83, but the remainder of the attack struggled to make an impression on an MCG surface good for batting. West Indies made a good start, claiming the dangerous David Warner for a cameo 23 off 12 balls inside the first half hour following a delayed start due to rain, but Khawaja and Burns added 258 for the second wicket – a partnership that killed off the tourists’ chance of making any immediate future inroads. Captain Steve Smith was unbeaten on 32 at the close. Needing a strong start following their disaster of the opening Test in Hobart, West Indies got exactly the opposite with the left-handed Warner collecting boundaries off the first three deliveries of the day’s second over sent down by seamer Kemar Roach. Warner followed up with another two fours off Taylor in the next over as Australia raced to 27 without loss after only three overs. SCOREBOARD
The triumph of the West Indies under 19 cricketers in winning the region’s first world title at this level is a sweet experience worth savouring for the long suffering fans of West Indies cricket. Many of us have, in recent times, become despondent, resorting to cynicism and blind hope in our search of that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel for the region’s cricket. However, the manner in which this team went about its business in this tournament suggests that the hope might no longer be blind. The region’s cricket administrators now need to do everything in their powers to ensure that the core of this group makes the transition into the senior ranks sooner, rather than later. The tenacity, passion, commitment and basic cricket intelligence shown by this Shimron Hetmyer-led team has not been seen in any West Indies team at any level since the glory days of the 70s and 80s. There were some teachable moments during this tournament which left no doubt that these players possess some of the crucial qualities that have been missing from our cricket for many years. DESIRE TO WIN The ruthless desire to win, at first manifested in that now infamous run out of the Zimbabwean tail-ender by all rounder Keemo Paul to win the game and effectively keep the West Indies team in the tournament. Then there was that stumping by the wicketkeeper, which accounted for the first wicket against India in the final. Then later in the Innings when another Indian batsman was struck by a short rising delivery, the West Indies bowler was all business getting back at his mark ready to do more damage, even as the wounded batsman received treatment. There have been many West Indies senior teams in recent years that lacked both the awareness and killer instinct of these teenagers, to run out that Zimbabwean tail-ender, to stump the Indian opener; title-winning decisions made in the heat of battle. Our fast bowlers of recent years, would probably have been apologising to the injured batsman instead of keeping their eyes menacingly and uncompromisingly on the prize. These are but some of the conspicuous differences I saw with this team that should inspire genuine hope for the future. Even with elevated expectations, I urge caution as West Indies cricket overall is still in a pretty bad place, especially in the longer versions of the game. We must not forget amid our visions of grand turnaround, these Under-19s won a 50-over tournament and not a tournament of Tests. I posit that most of these young players will evolve and develop into T20 stars and not Test cricket stars. Natural athleticism, speed, power and flair remain the trademarks of Caribbean players, including the Under-19s, which make them a perfect fit for the shorter, more explosive format of the game. The reality is that these young players, like those before them, will more than likely be smote by the irresistible incentives of T20 cricket and will inevitably gravitate towards those goodies, therefore deepening our already substantial talent pool in that version of the game, as our Test and ODI relevance continue to diminish. It is downright foolhardy and naive to expect that this group of young players will behave significantly different from the current crop of international senior players, when faced with the reality making five or 10 times more the amount of money they can make as ‘T20 freelancers’ playing in the glamorous high paying T20 leagues around the world, compared to what they would make as international Test cricketers representing the West Indies. Those are the fundamental realities we need to ponder going forward, even as we raise our expectations thanks to the performance of the new Under-19 world champions, the West Indies.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): An investigation is to be launched into the reasons for the poor condition of the outfield at the Queen’s Park Oval (QPR) which led to play in the fourth Test between West Indies and India being abandoned after only 22 overs. The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) announced that it is teaming up with the Queen’s Park Cricket Club (QPCC), to carry out the probe after the fourth and final Test finished in a farcical draw on the final day Monday. Rain halted play just before lunch on last Thursday’s opening day and the action never resumed, raising huge questions about the historic ground’s drainage system and mopping up operations. Attempted mopping up operations by ground-staff occurred in an abundance of sunshine at Queen’s Park Oval but were all in vain. “As hosts, the Trinidad and Tobago cricket Board (TTCB) and the QPCC regret that limited play was possible in the fourth Test match between WI and India at the Queen’s Park Oval,” the statement read. “We have jointly launched an investigation to determine what occurred with a view to remedying the situation so that this does not occur in the future. Once this has been done it will be presented to the WICB.” West Indies reached 62 for two in nearly two hours of play possible in the morning session of the opening day. West Indies lost the opening Test in Antigua by an innings and 92 runs, drew the second in Jamaica before suffering a 237-run defeat in the third Test in St Lucia. EXPRESSED REGRET
NOT A GOOD LOOK Instructively, his response to the first career challenge of this magnitude also saw him quitting rather wimpishly. It was not a good look for Walters and not a good look for Jamaica. As to what this will mean for his career and his reputation as a prize fighter, we will have to wait and see; but for sure, the way he went out on Saturday night, it will be hard for him to regain the trust and respect of the general boxing public. It is something of an unwritten rule in boxing – ‘champions don’t quit’ and Walters’ expressed inability to breach the defence of Lamachenko was hardly a reason to quit just after the half-way mark in a fight of this magnitude. Walters has come a long way from boxing in an imaginary ring in the streets of Roehampton in rural St James to become the latest on the list of Jamaican world boxing champions. He has had some bumps and bruises along the way, but his decision to quit half way through his biggest fight of his career on the grandest stage, will be a hard bump to recover from, and will leave Walters and all of us wondering what might have been, and what could have been. Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters literally threw down his axe and ran at the end of round seven of his scheduled 12-round super featherweight championship fight against Vasyl Lomachenko over the weekend. Bewilderment, surprise, disappointment and even anger typified the mood of the boxing fans inside and outside the arena, upon witnessing the bizarre moments in the Axeman’s corner immediately after the bell signalled the end of round seven, when the Jamaican beckoned to the ring referee and uttered the infamous words ‘no mas’, akin to Roberto Duran in his 1980 bout against Sugar Ray Leanard. The Axeman’s groan of ‘no mas’, as was that of Duran 36 years ago, meant ‘no more’ – no more beating, no more punishment, ‘I quit’ as the referee signalled the anticlimactic end to the much-publicised fight. My initial thoughts were that Walters must have been carrying an undisclosed injury into the fight, or sustained a knock during the early rounds that resulted in him being incapacitated, thus his decision to quit. Lo and behold, Walters, in the post-fight interview, simply said he could not go anymore, he could not find his range and could not land his punches as he could not get to the nimble southpaw, Lomachenko. The Axeman said his poor showing was due to his inactivity, having not fought for over a year, and that the long period of inactivity leading up to the fight rendered him unable to compete with the brilliant Ukrainian. That was indeed confirmation of the worst fears of many, that Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters, the Jamaican warrior, the gladiator, the champion we know, in the biggest fight of his career, had simply QUIT. Walters’ corner never actually threw in the towel, the decision looked to be taken by Walters himself in a fight where, admittedly, he was being outclassed, but was certainly not physically hurt or seriously injured. It was simply an old-fashioned act of cowardice. The fans inside the arena booed the Jamaican for failing to live up to his end of the bargain by bringing his skills, experience, and the heart, to the night’s main event. The truth be told, ‘The Axeman’ looked timid and nervous from the very first bell. Lomachenko sensed his fear and was as flawless in defence as he was confident and relentless in his attacking execution. It was the very first time in Walters’ career that the otherwise confident and brash Jamaican had no immediate answers to a clearly superior fighter.
Anti-doping efforts Just over a month after the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) abstained from an IAAF vote in Monaco, Olivier Gers, CEO of track and field’s global authority, the IAAF, notes that both bodies have put the matter to rest and are looking forward to moving ahead in continued partnership. Gers, who was in the island for Friday night’s RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards spent most of yesterday morning experiencing Jamaica’s grass root athletics system, with stops at the JAAA-Puma Development Meet at Kirkvine, as well as the Douglas Forrest Meet at G.C. Foster College. His tour followed a meeting with JAAA president Dr Warren Blake, with both men stating that the discussions were positive and that the focus has turned to ensuring that the JAAA and the IAAF continue their close relationship towards the development of the sport. Gers reiterated that while the IAAF is disappointed that the JAAA did not support its full reform package, there is a clear understanding on the reasons behind its decision, while welcoming the opportunity for discussion. “We have to put this behind us, we have put it behind us. We completely understand. We talked about it,” said Gers. “We are disappointed, but we respect the decision and we are moving on. That’s why we are here – to learn and listen and take on board the concerns that Dr Blake had and move forward on a global scale. “The challenge is to get something that works on a global basis, not for every single country. It’s not possible, but we do our best. We moved forward in December and we have some more efforts to make and we know that with Jamaican athletics’ help and the JAAA’s help, we will be able to go further and faster,” Gers added. The JAAA, which has underlined its support for the general reform package, particularly those geared towards increasing the anti-doping efforts, decided against adding its approval because of grouses with several governance proposals. With no opportunity to vote on an item-by-item basis, Blake maintained the organisation felt compelled to abstain from voting on the entire 15-point IAAF package. However, he, too, was happy for the dialogue and is closing that door behind him. “As Olivier said, we have put everything behind us and we are looking to move forward and just to make it clear that Jamaica is in full support of the IAAF’s efforts to improve the integrity of the sport and the anti-doping efforts. We support that 100 per cent, and our support for those efforts were never in any doubt,” Blake offered. Meanwhile, the IAAF executive left the island yesterday with a positive impression of the island’s development efforts, noting there is an opportunity to learn from Jamaica’s approach and implement in other areas. “I’m actually speechless. I am looking for words. I am very impressed. This morning (yesterday), we went to G.C. Foster, where about 2,600 athletes were there, and the sheer size of it was humbling, and coming here at Kirkvine and seeing a grass track – the first time I am seeing a grass track; the passion and the fervour, the dedication of the staff, athletes, coaches and officials are just impressive,” said Gers. “That’s what makes Jamaica so great.”
MONACO (AP):As the first men’s tennis player in the Open era to win the same title 10 times, Rafael Nadal showed yesterday that he’s likely the best ever on clay after easily beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3 in an all-Spanish final at the Monte Carlo Masters.It was Nadal’s 50th career title on his favoured surface, moving him one clear of Argentine Guillermo Vilas. The next big challenge for Nadal will be winning a 10th French Open title. The last of his 14 Grand Slams was three years ago in Roland Garros.”I want,” Nadal said after yesterday’s game, a smile breaking across his face. “I really want it too.”It was Nadal’s 70th career title but the first of the season, having lost his previous three finals – two of those to Roger Federer.The only final the 30-year-old Nadal has lost at Monte Carlo was to Novak Djokovic in 2013.”Winning 10 times in such an important event like Monte Carlo is something difficult to describe,” Nadal said. “My serve worked great. I have been hitting very well on backhand during the whole week. The forehand is better and better every day.”Ramos-Vinolas wasn’t a threat to the defending champion.Appearing in his first Masters final, the 15th-seeded Ramos-Vinolas saved three break points in his first service game and was 0-40 down in his next. Nadal served out the set in 30 minutes with an ace.GOOD SERVING”He was a little bit better in everything. When he’s a little bit better in everything, the difference is what we saw,” Ramos-Vinolas said. “Last time I played against him, I felt that on (his serve) it was my chance to put some pressure. But today I felt that he was serving so good.”Nadal’s 29th Masters title moves him one behind Djokovic’s record. He will also have his sights set on a 10th title in Barcelona next week – Nadal’s previous career title was there, almost one year ago.Since then, Federer has beaten him in finals at the Australian Open and the Miami Masters, either side of a win for big-serving American Sam Querrey at Acapulco, Mexico. Federer also beat Nadal in the fourth round at Indian Wells.”(This title) arrives in just the right moment, I believe,” Nadal said. “Winning here is an important step forward for me.”Nadal’s 70 titles are three better than Djokovic, who is a year younger. Nadal is fifth on the all-time list, but seven behind John McEnroe. Further ahead, the 35-year-old Federer has 91; Ivan Lendl 94 and Jimmy Connors is a long way away with 109.
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Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson On her first appearance back, in Stuttgart in April, the crowd gave her a polite reception and then in her Grand Slam return — at the US Open — the crowd was largely supportive.If her Chinese fans are keen to look forward, the Russian is too and in one press conference in Beijing she alluded to being “away from the game for a long time”, without saying any more.But in what is the sixth tournament of her stop-start comeback, she is more forthcoming when asked about the unwavering support she gets in China, where she won the Beijing title in 2014.“It’s always really nice to have that welcome and it’s really special to see fans that take the time and effort to make signs, to come up with wording,” she said.“For them to put in that effort is very special. For them to cheer and welcome me back to Beijing is really nice.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ How to help the Taal evacuees “I think that’s an American secret,” she replied, lowering her voice slightly.Pushed to expand on her conspiracy theory, she pulled out her smartphone and tapped Chinese into a translation app.“Political intrigue” popped up on the screen in English. She declined to go into further detail.‘She’s beautiful and so tall’Vivian and Lucia, both 20 and volunteers at China’s biggest annual tennis event, are also diehard Sharapova fans.“She fights to win every game, even when it’s difficult and hard,” said Vivian, a student who only volunteered so she could catch a glimpse of the Russian.“She’s also beautiful and so tall. We walked past her and I was like, ‘Gosh!’”So that makes up for the ban?“So what? It doesn’t matter,” Lucia chipped in. “It’s in the past. So you never made a mistake?”Sharapova, who according to reports is not popular with some players because of her supposedly lofty attitude, had an initial two-year ban reduced to 15 months after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled she was not “an intentional doper”. The 30-year-old Russian was in the Chinese capital this week for the first time since coming back to tennis in April from a 15-month suspension for taking the banned substance meldonium.The former world number one is now 104 in the rankings and needed a wildcard to make it to the China Open, where she was to take on world number two Simona Halep later Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSharapova’s return to the tennis circuit divided opinion, with the Canadian Eugenie Bouchard among her biggest critics, calling the five-time Grand Slam champion “a cheater” who should never have been allowed to play again.But try telling that to Sharapova’s fans in Beijing, where along with Rafael Nadal she has been the biggest draw by far at the China Open. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 DAY6 is for everybody Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a return during her women’s singles match against Ekaterina Marakova of Russia at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 3, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS ASFOURIOne fellow player labelled her “a cheater” and she is said to be unpopular in the locker room, but Maria Sharapova remains a crowd favourite in China despite her doping ban.“Welcome back goddess,” said one banner at the China Open in Beijing this week, while a Russian flag had the words: “I got your back Maria.”ADVERTISEMENT Gregorius, Judge, bullpen rally wild-card Yanks past Twins In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Suky, 26, flew from Xiamen in eastern China to see her hero in the flesh for the first time.Chinese flags flutter all over the country at this time of year to mark the founding of communist China, but the only flag on Suky’s right cheek was a smudged Russian tricolour. On her left arm and chest she had written her version of Sharapova’s signature in black biro.“I love Maria Sharapova,” she said. “She’s fair and beautiful, and so powerful and determined, she never gives up.”But what about that doping ban?ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’