Huge victory sets Ceres up for tough Roar duel

first_imgFILE PHOTOAfter battling past a formidable foe on enemy ground last Tuesday night, Philippines Football League champion Ceres Negros FC is setting its sights on a historic feat next week in Brisbane, Australia.The Busmen prevailed over Myanmar League champion Shan United, 4-3, on penalties to advance to the second round of the AFC Champions League preliminary phase at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon.ADVERTISEMENT Marcial mum on top PBA post Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Ceres star Stephan Schrock struck in the second minute of extra time only for Patrick Asare to equalize for Shan United seven minutes later and send the match into a shootout, where Ceres skipper Carlie De Murga, Schrock, Mike Ott and Bienve Maranon all found the back of the net.In contrast, the home side missed two penalty shots, allowing the Bacolod-based team to set up a showdown with Brisbane Roar on Tuesday in Australia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We can be very proud of this achievement,” said Schrock, who scored with a deflected strike in the 92nd minute and barely missed a winner deep in extra time when he was denied by the post from a tight angle.“We only had four training sessions and a long flight going here but for 120 minutes we worked well as a team.”last_img read more

Image issues hound start of Alaska’s Iditarod sled dog race

first_imgBut PETA has also increased its pressure on Iditarod sponsors, targeting them with mass email campaigns. Given the Iditarod’s strong name recognition outside Alaska, even the perception of animal mistreatment could be a “big brand hit,” according to branding expert Bob Dorfman of Baker Street Advertising in San Francisco.Pressure from a prominent organization like PETA could make sponsors think twice, according to Dorfman.“If they have a legitimate case, it’s going to be very difficult to say, ‘OK, I’m backing this,’ because in a sense, you’re backing cruelty to animals,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard hits winner, Raptors beat Trail Blazers FILE – In this March 3, 2018, file photo, Eagle River, Alaska musher Tom Schonberger’s lead dogs trot along Fourth Avenue during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska. The world’s foremost sled dog race kicks off its 47th running this weekend on Saturday, March 2, 2019, as organizers and competitors strive to push past a punishing two years for the image of the sport. Some of the drama has been resolved for Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen, File)ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The world’s foremost sled dog race kicks off its 47th running this weekend as participants strive to push past a punishing two years for the sport’s image.Some of the drama has been resolved for Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. In December, race organizers cleared four-time winner Dallas Seavey of any wrongdoing in a 2017 dog-doping scandal. New members also have been appointed to the Iditarod’s governing board following musher discontent over perceived conflicts.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 In December, Hooley said he was leaving after 25 years with the Iditarod to take on a new opportunity outside the state, but added he was not at liberty to say what it was. He said his departure had nothing to do with the Iditarod coming off a difficult time.Earlier pressure from activists led to the sport addressing “past imperfections,” said four-time champion Jeff King.“The last couple years have been very trying for many,” he said. “But in the end, I think there will be good that comes out of it.”The Iditarod begins Saturday with a short ceremonial run in Anchorage, the state’s largest city. The real race to the old Gold Rush town of Nome starts Sunday in Willow, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the north.The 52-team field — the smallest in more than two decades — includes defending champion Joar Ulsom, of Norway, along with King and two other four-time winners and a three-time champion. St. George said he doesn’t believe the number of competitors is indicative of any trend. But the economy could play a role because of the big expense involved in mushing, and St. George said some mushers have retired or are taking time off or racing elsewhere.ADVERTISEMENT But animal activists are turning up the heat over multiple dog deaths in the history of the 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) race, which spans mountain ranges, the frozen Yukon River and dangerous sea ice along the Bering Sea coast, with village checkpoints staged across the trail. Big-name sponsors continue to drop their support, and have been replaced by smaller, Alaska-based backers. And organizers still grapple with budget strains manifested in a purse far below the prizes offered in the recent past.The expected top prize is $50,000, the same amount as last year, but more than $20,000 below the 2017 prize. The total purse is again $500,000 — about $250,000 below the 2017 purse. The prize money comes from sponsors and other sources, including fundraisers, special promotions and the Iditarod Insider, a paid online subscription that provides race coverage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Iditarod has survived similar pressures, said Chas St. George, acting CEO of the Iditarod Trail Committee.“We have a bright future as long as we stay committed to and focused on what’s in the best interest of the sled dogs and in the best interest of the communities that are part of this race, that step up every year to make this happen,” said St. George, who is filling in at the helm while the board seeks a replacement for longtime CEO Stan Hooley, who departed in January. That is the case with Seavey, who has adamantly denied giving the opioid painkiller tramadol to his dogs during the 2017 Iditarod.Seavey skipped last year’s race in protest, competing instead in Norway’s Finnmarkslopet race. He said he’s going back to this year’s Finnmarkslopet, which starts about a week after the Iditarod, because of unfinished business after placing third last year.People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a longtime Iditarod critic, plans to protest at both starting points. By PETA’s count, more than 150 dogs have died in the race, including one last year. Five dogs connected with the 2017 race also died.The total number of deaths is disputed by race officials, who cannot provide their own count because they say no records of dog deaths were kept in the Iditarod’s early years. St. George didn’t immediately respond to a request Friday morning for the number of dog deaths they have counted.For this year’s race, PETA posted ads on Anchorage public buses that say, “Iditarod: Chained, suffering and dying dogs. End the race.” PETA maintains the dogs are forced to run and are subjected to cruel conditions that leave them with bloody paws, stress fractures and other injuries.“This race is an annual tragedy. It’s nothing more than organized animal abuse,” PETA spokeswoman Colleen O’Brien said in an email to The Associated Press.Mushers and race officials say great strides have been made in animal care, thanks largely to the Iditarod, the mushers themselves and an army of veterinarians stationed at every checkpoint along the trail.This year’s race, for example, incorporates a new rule that requires mushers be automatically be removed from the race if a dog dies, unless the death is caused by an unpreventable hazard like a moose encounter.The lifestyle of keeping and training sled dogs year-round actually enhances the animals’ lives, contrary to critics’ claims, said veteran musher Matthew Failor, who is running his eighth Iditarod.“You’re never going to get rid of PETA,” he said. “Those are extremists, just like dog mushers are extremists. 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