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Roach says it’s on Pacquiao when Horn goes down

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View comments Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak MOST READ He did say there would be a knockout but it’s not on him to say which round Horn will taste the canvas.“I don’t know, he’s a tough guy from Australia,” said Roach of Horn Thursday at Elorde Gym in the Mall of Asia Complex. “But that’s really up to Manny, Manny can knock him out whenever he wants in my opinion.”Pacquiao’s last knockout victory was back in 2009 when he stopped Miguel Cotto with a minute remaining in he 12th round to win his first WBO welterweight title.Roach, though, is confident that Pacquiao is primed to break that dry streak especially after seeing the Filipino fighter breeze through his workout.“We’re getting closer, we’re getting close,” said Roach.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sumalinog brings veteran smarts to Cignal For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Klitschko never made it to the 12th round falling to Joshua at the 2:25 of the 11th with the Brit taking home the WBA Super, IBF, and IBO World heavyweight titles.Roach also predicted that Sergey Kovalev has to stop Andre Ward in the two pound-for-pound greats’ matchup back in November 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundKovalev scored a 2nd round knockdown but failed to capitalize allowing Ward to take a unanimous decision win and take the WBA Super, IBF, and WBO World light heavyweight belts.Roach, being the oracle that he is, though somehow backtracked on the outcome of the fight between Manny Pacquiao against Jeff Horn. Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Manny Pacquiao during training at Elorde Gym in Pasay City. He is preparing for a title defense against Jeff Horn on July 2 in Australia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFreddie Roach is fond of giving predictions, especially when there’s a knockout involved.He once gave a piece of his mind before Anthony Joshua clobbered heavyweight legend Wladimir Klitschko saying the British will own the whole fight.ADVERTISEMENT More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Pirates survive Altas for fourth straight triumph

first_imgDuterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Sisi Rondina leads Petron’s big rally Jaycee Marcelino, who was rested in LPU’s 95-77 win over Jose Rizal University on July 26, had 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists in his return for LPU.The Altas dropped to 2-4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Benefits of township living Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted The tight ending didn’t seem likely as Lyceum was sitting on a 72-57 bubble, only for the Altas to rally hard and tie the game for the last time at 85 after a Jeff Egan basket going into the final 18.9 seconds.“You have to give credit to Perpetual for showing full pride in playing the game. They could have easily given us the win,” Lyceum coach Topex Robinson said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Jayson David could have easily taken the shot and be the hero. But what’s special about this team is everybody is trying to make everybody look good,” Robinson said. “You have to give credit to how this team is playing together.”Nzeusseu finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Reymar Caduyac chipped in 14 points for the Pirates. MOST READ Lyceum regrouped just in time to beat Perpetual Help System Dalta, 87-85, and stretch its winning run to four games in the 95th NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Thursday night.Cameroonian Mike Nzeusseu scored a layup off a Jayson David assist with seven-tenths of a second left for the marginal basket for the Pirates, who rose to 5-1 overall.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DENR suspends entrance fee collection to Bohol’s man-made forest LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalianlast_img read more

PBA: NLEX wins back to back, frustrates Meralco

first_imgOlu Ashaolu 17 points and 13 rebounds to negate Allen Durham’s eye-popping numbers of 32 points and 19 rebounds for Meralco.Raymond Almazan had another solid outing tallying 17 in both the scoring and rebounding departments, but could only do so much for the Bolts, who slid to 1-1 in the third conference.Meralco seeks to rebound against winless Alaska in a clash at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Friday next week.POST-GAME INTERVIEW The Road Warriors got the goods from JR Quiñahan, who scored 19 points to lead three more big productions from the bench that include Kiefer Ravena and Kenneth Ighalo, who both tossed in 15 each.“It’s been a long time since we’ve put together two wins in a row,” Coach Yeng Guiao, whose charges took early control of the standings. “So it really feels good.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“I just hope we could sustain it,” he added, noting the upcoming task which will come in the form of Blackwater this coming Sunday.“We’re playing balanced basketball—which is for me the best news. Despite of our import, our locals are also contributing on the offensive,” Guiao said. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ADVERTISEMENT NCAA: Lyceum pounces on error prone Letran to stay hot ‘People evacuated on their own’ View comments Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruptioncenter_img Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ MOST READ MANILA, Philippines–NLEX marched to its second straight win at the expense of sister team Meralco, 105-99, in Friday night’s PBA Governors’ Cup contest at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdownlast_img read more


first_img2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw University of Santo Tomas, meanwhile, already secured a playoff berth for a Final Four spot after the Growling Tigers held off the Adamson Falcons, 80-74, to finish the elimination phase with an 8-6 slate.The waiting game now starts for the Tigers, who actually have the inside track in the race for a higher seed should three other teams, UP, La Salle and Far Eastern U, finish with identical 8-6 records.Should they beat University of the East on Sunday, the Tamaraws will have the best quotient out of all the four teams, which will mean a duel with the Tigers for the No. 2 seed.La Salle will need to beat UP on Sunday and Adamson on Wednesday to stay alive. Couple this with a UP loss to Ateneo on Sunday, and the Archers and the Maroons may find themselves in a playoff for the No. 4 seed.The worst case scenario for the Tigers is getting dragged into a three-way tie from third to fifth spots involving FEU and La Salle. This situation will come to the fore should UP beat Ateneo on Wednesday, FEU topples UE and La Salle sweeps its remaining games.ADVERTISEMENT In this case, because of their inferior quotient compared to the Tamaraws, the Tigers will have to play the Archers in a knockout game for the No. 4 seed.“As much as we’re happy with our record, which we achieved even with a young team, we would have wanted to have our fate in our hands,” said Santo Tomas coach Aldin Ayo in Filipino.Renzo Subido knocked down a contested triple from the corner and hit two free throws inside the final 1:36 as the Growling Tigers survived the Falcons’ late uprising and avenged their first-round loss.Rookie Mark Nonoy who keyed the third-quarter run that gave the Tigers a 10-point cushion heading into the final canto, finished with 17 points, while Soulemane Chabi Yo chipped in 16 points and 15 boards.“We were tight—all of us from the players and coaching staff,” said Ayo in explaining his team’s performance.“This is a learning experience for us and the players are still working on how to handle the pressure.”The Blue Eagles broke out of the gates hard and never looked back as they authored their most authoritative win of the season.Ange Kouame finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds in just 23 minutes, while Thirdy Ravena tallied 15 points and four rebounds for Ateneo, which had 14 players scoring at least three points.It was another heavy defeat for the Bulldogs, whose once-promising season has turned out to be a nightmare after they suffered a fourth straight loss for a 2-11 record.The Bulldogs’ struggles were characterized by main man Dave Ildefonso, who was held to just two points after averaging 16.2 points in the first 12 games of the campaign. DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin set the bar high for his two-time defending champion Blue Eagles that routine wins against inferior opposition hardly brought satisfaction in UAAP Season 82.But with another blowout victory that moved the Eagles to within a win of a 14-game elimination-round sweep on Saturday, the Kiwi-American mentor, for a change, was profuse in his praise for his team.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES “I think in the last couple of weeks we’ve seen our team really transfer our work ethic from practice on to the court into the game,” said Baldwin after the Eagles walloped the National U Bulldogs, 88-51, for their most lopsided win this season.“That’s very gratifying as a coach. I think for two weeks in a row or two games in a row, we’ve come out with a great attitude and it’s been reflected in the way they played.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4What may be satisfying for Baldwin could turn out to be bad news for those still in the running of toppling the Eagles, especially University of the Philippines, which now has the unenviable task of foiling Ateneo’s march to an outright finals berth on Wednesday.The Fighting Maroons (8-4) still have the De La Salle Green Archers (6-6) to worry about on Sunday in a game with big Final Four implications for both teams. Double victory ‘Gago’ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruptionlast_img read more

Indigenous culture under threat – President Granger

first_img… Garrido-Lowe calls for greater understandingAmid much pomp and ceremony, and an array of spectacular cultural performances, Amerindian Heritage Month 2016 was officially launched at the Heritage Village at the Sophia Exhibition Centre, on Thursday evening.President David Granger received a token to commemorate Heritage MonthThe huge benab, however, could hardly contain the massive crowd of Guyanese from all walks of life, who joined President David Granger; Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo; Minister of and Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock and Valerie Garrido-Lowe; other Ministers of Government and members of the diplomatic corps, to celebrate with Guyana’s first people.All who graced the podium, whether to bring greetings or give addresses, registered the resounding call for unity and a deeper appreciation of the Amerindian way of life.President David Granger, delivering the feature address, lamented the significant threats which face Indigenous communities and which prevents them from reaching their “God given potential”.“The cultural heritage of our Indigenous communities unfortunately is under threat. The slow pace of economic growth threatens communities, limited economic opportunities over the last two decades has caused distress and migration to other nearby countries. It has also had a harsh effect on education, and health, environmental degradation through mining and logging, in some cases there has been alcoholism, Trafficking in Persons (TIP)”, the Head of State said of the state of affairs of Amerindian communities.“Our Constitution says that Indigenous peoples shall have the right to the protection, preservation and promulgation of their languages, cultural heritage and way of life. That is a right”, the Head of State told the massive crowd.He reminded that every year in September, Guyana renews its commitment so that these rights are not diminished in any way.The Head of State said Indigenous people are the custodians of the hinterland, as it is they who protect the country’s natural assets and who,through intimate relationships with nature and sustainable agriculture in fishing, forestry, hunting and mining, passed down the customs and practices for centuries.President Granger, however, noted that these can only be preserved and protected if there are cohesive communities, free from the threat of social decay and economic decline.He acknowledged that the Indigenous communities are generally remote and distant from the main population centres, and consist of many settlements, many of which are isolated and scattered.“The management of scores of these communities is compounded by the complexity of development issues,” the President said, stressing that these communities therefore need very strong structures of Government.He said because of the small numbers of communities and the large and great distances between them, it is often difficult to give them the quality of service they need and deserve.The President explained, “These threats, if left unchecked will hasten disintegration and the hinder the ability of Indigenous communities to propagate their values, traditions and way of life. We need therefore some administrative agency, which will ensure that decisions which are made by the National Toshao’s Council and the National Assembly through the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs are implemented”.According to him, while culture is important, it would be under threat unless there are apparatus and mechanisms to ensure that the communities are prosperous. He again proposed the establishment of the National Indigenous People’s Authority (NIPA) to ensure all decisions are implemented.“Implementation is the muscle of progress. Intentions will remain wayward without implementation”, the President said.Meanwhile, Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Valerie Garrido-Lowe, urged those present to take time to learn about all Guyanese culture.With that done, she said, it will to some degree prevent the spewing of misconceptions as was done by Pandit Deodatt Tillack, who at the interfaith service on Wednesday evening, ranted about his preconceived way of life of Amerindians.“How else would you learn to love and care or each other and how else would you learn to give, and achieve social cohesion… during my childhood in the hinterland, I have never met a person who willingly offered their 12-year-old girl children to warm men’s bed. That is a crime known by all nations,” Garrido-Lowe said, noting that the pandit erred on Wednesday evening during his remarks.“Guyanese, let us learn about each other, try to understand each other and celebrate together this special Indigenous Heritage month”, she urged.last_img read more

Rio 2016 Olympics glory awaits 7s heroes

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, July 3- After having their World Cup hopes dashed by harsh weather and England, the heroic national rugby sevens team can look forward to plotting how they will make history as the first ever Olympics Champions in Rio, 2016.Fears that Englishman Mike Friday, who has turned the talented amateur side into a formidable force on the international circuit, would be sacked after the Moscow Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow were allayed during the colourful return of the team on Tuesday. “Mike Friday is the coach of the Kenya’s sevens team and anyone who touches on the coach is shooting through my heart because that our strategy as the union,” Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) boss, Mwangi Muthee expressed while confirming the Englishman would see out the remainder of his two-year contract.With a winning structure in place, the only thing that can impede the progress of the talented and capable team is if the old enemy of the country’s sport — in-fighting among administrators— does not rear its ugly head between now and the first Olympics that will feature the short version of the game.It’s an open secret that wrangles and supremacy battles in the KRU Board almost saw Friday pack his bags and leave, when suspended Director of National Teams and Elite Performances, Phillip Jalang’o announced his sacking while the team was playing at the London 7s.Muthee was quick to recant the decision and the country heaved a huge sigh of relief when Friday was given the responsibility of leading the team to Moscow where winger Dan Norton and typical English foul weather at the Luzhniki Stadium combined to beat Kenya 12-5 at the semi-finals.His detractors point out to the fact the Englishman prefers to spend most of his time in his homeland despite the availability of a house and car paid for KRU as well as the failure to achieve the stated objective of achieving 100 IRB World Series points as enough reasons for the head coach to be relieved.In their estimation, his assistant, Felix Ochieng, who was named as the interim boss in Jalango’s sacking announcement, is capable of taking the team to the next level since he is the one who is largely involved in the side.While to some that may sound as a plausible argument, the naked reality is Kenya needs Friday since he has made the team believe in itself and the players who are not shy to say they would want to go on with Englishman also have faith in his ability.Throughout the 2013/13 HSBC World Series, the team has taken victory and defeat as a unit and gone are the days when reports of certain elements in the squad not being in sync with the rest are gone.Established players and newcomers who were drafted at the beginning of the season have gelled to make the side one of the most feared in the circuit as they shed their tag of unpredictability that used to be Kenya’s hallmark in the past, blowing hot or cold at various events.While their semi-final run at the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens was a fairytale, this time no one felt they deserved not bringing home the trophy that was won by New Zealand.“We must be proud of what we have achieved but the players also need to make money other than entertaining the world. The life of a player is very short since it’s between four to six years,” Muthee said during the lavish welcome for the team.He was alluding to the long thought out plan to make the team fully professional as he appealed to more corporate companies to pump their finances in the side.Kenya Airways, to their credit, were quick to declare the extension of their contract for a further two years.Evans Mwaniki, Group Chairman of Kenya Airways said, “We embarked on a journey with Kenya Sevens in 2009 because we felt they had the potential to be great brand ambassadors for the country, and they have lived up to that.”However, making the team fully professional and persuade the core players to abandon their jobs or studies to focus on making a career with the team will require more than a single firm.For this dream to be realised which would mean Friday and his technical bench have a full compliment of players all season round, the attitude of Kenyan companies towards sport need a radical change.In Brazil for example, 12 firms combined with Santos Football Club to pay star footballer, Neymar, 21, his astronomical wages before he was off-loaded to Barcelona in June during his last contract with the club that he joined at 15.What we celebrate here is companies, individuals and indeed the Government giving token awards for excellence without the real investment in the sport or the athletes and players involved.All said and done, the Sh900,000 given to the team by Kenya Airways for their Moscow success is not a bad figure but it is only a drop in the ocean to motivate full-professionalism of the sport. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Doormat’ to contender

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “We had a lot of skilled players, but they didn’t know what their skills were yet,” DiMuro said. “You know, it also simply came down to the fact that the girls were just sick of losing.” Louisville has benefited from the players’ time together. The Royals have eight seniors, and most of them have been playing together since they arrived on campus. “Most of us have played four years together,” said senior point guard Samantha Lui, a three-year varsity player. “We have matured and developed together, which has made us not only better players, but given us confidence.” Lui, Kerry McCarron, Kathleen Robinson, Avanissa Espinosa, Vanessa Soria, Janelle Christensen, Katie Marin and Joanna Dominguez have been teammates for four years. Lui, McCarron and Robinson are team captains. Louisville defeated Centennial despite the absence of leading scorer Mollie McIntyre (19 points-per-game average), a junior who was vacationing in Hawaii after a scheduling mix-up. The Louisville High of Woodland Hills girls’ basketball team has been what second-year coach Rob DiMuro called a “doormat” in the Mission League. The Royals went 0-10 in league play last season, when it was 3-19 overall, and struggled in previous years. Nobody’s stepping on the Royals anymore. Although Louisvile isn’t the favorite to win the Mission League crown in 2006, it is 11-2 overall, has won two tournament titles and is coming off a 54-50 victory over powerful Centennial of Corona (9-3) in the Bell-Jeff of Burbank tournament championship game on Dec. 30. DiMuro took over the team in summer 2004 and says he had to convince his players they were merely undertrained and that they possessed skills to be developed. center_img “It was extremely disappointing I couldn’t be there,” said McIntyre, who is being recruited by Vanderbilt, Colorado, Harvard and Colgate. “I had to call (my teammates) every day to see what was happening. I’m so proud of them.” Sophomore Meagan Hayden stepped into McIntyre’s spot at the Bell-Jeff tournament and made the all-tournament team after averaging 8.8 points, 15.8 rebounds and 3.8 blocks. “This was (Hayden’s) coming-out party,” DiMuro said. “She really showed me something.” The Royals were led at the tournament by McCarron, a guard who averaged 20.4 points over four games and made 14 3-pointers. She scored 24 points in the title game. “This definitely boosts our confidence,” McCarron said. “We have bonded as a team, and now we are ready for our opponents.” Even with a great start, the Royals know the Mission League will be a difficult test. “Now that we are winning, it’s even harder” McCarron said. “The more you win, the more you have to work, the more intense everything is.” Louisville starts its league schedule Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Harvard-Westlake of Studio City. “I don’t want to sound overconfident, but I know what this team is made of, and we will use it to compete,” McIntyre said. Said Lui: “This is most of our’s last season. It’s now or never, and we don’t want to lose.” Justin Frank, (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Rangers promoted to Premiership after 1-0 win over Dumbarton

first_imgRangers will be playing top flight football next season after clinching the Ladbrokes Championship with a narrow 1-0 home win over Dumbarton. After re-emerging at the bottom tier of Scottish football in 2012 in the wake of their financial meltdown, the Govan club’s trek to the Premiership ended with a second half goal from right-back James Tavernier in front of a packed but often subdued Ibrox. The Gers fans, who have stuck by the club in huge numbers throughout the lower league campaigns deserved to cheer long and loud into the Govan night although it was less than thrilling fare they were served up. Last season’s failure to get out of the second tier was embarrassing for a club whose wage bill has dwarfed every team they have played in the three lower leagues but boss Mark Warburton ensured the remit he was given when he arrived last summer was achieved. Ewings made a fine double save, first from midfielder Billy King’s powerful drive and then from another Forrester effort but in the 50th minute, as the home side kept up the pressure, he was eventually beaten when Tavernier, from close range, converted a pass from Jason Holt. The tension-easing counter had the Gers supporters in full voice for the first time and the home side began to push with sustained menace for the first time. Ewings saved Tavernier’s header from Forrester’s cross before Michael O’Halloran replaced Barrie McKay on the hour mark but in the 72nd minute, on a rare break, it was Dumbarton striker Christian Nade who tested Gers keeper Wes Foderingham with a drive, as Ibrox held its breath. Ewings saved with his feet from O’Halloran in the 86th minute and nerves again enveloped the ground in the final moments but a roar accompanied the final whistle, Rangers fans hailed Warburton and his players but they all know the real hard work has only begun. Copy of Press Association 2016. The former Brentford boss and his players will face much tougher opponents next season, although they will get a chance to gauge their level sooner than that, as they face traditional rivals Celtic in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park on Sunday week, following the Light Blues’ Petrofac Cup final against Peterhead at the national stadium. But for the supporters, the title win was to be enjoyed The loss of a late goal in the 3-3 draw at Raith Rovers on Saturday put title celebrations on hold but the first half revealed a sluggish Ibrox side. James Tavernier celebrates his goal for Rangers. SNS An organised, dense Sons defence coped comfortably with a one-paced Rangers attack with keeper Jamie Ewings making comfortable saves from Harry Forrester’s drive and Tavernier’s free-kick from wide on the left, which was drifting into the top corner. Gers striker Kenny Miller flashed a shot from outside the box over the bar in the 37th minute, by which time the home fans’ restlessness was growing. Rangers stepped up the tempo at the start of the second half and were soon rewarded. last_img read more

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