MOST READ CONTRIBUTED PHOTOIt was always going to be a tough draw either way for the Philippines in the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. But the Malditas got a slice of good fortune when they landed in Group A together with Southeast Asian powerhouse Thailand, host Jordan and 13th ranked China in their maiden appearance in the prestigious tournament in April next year.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Still, they will be facing their toughest test yet in the Asian Cup, where the Top Five teams will actually make the Womens World Cup in France in 2019. Philippine Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta hopes the country will rally around the Malditas as they seek a World Cup berth next year.“We are happy with the outcome of the draw and look forward to the opportunity to bring honor to our country,” said Araneta, who has taken charge of the preparations for the tournament. “We call on all true supporters of Philippine Football to come together to help make the World Cup Qualification a reality. In 2010, the Miracle in Hanoi brought us all together to support the men’s national team. Now is the time for Women’s football to take us to the next level.”ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The draw held at the King Hussein bin Talal Convention Center in the Dead Sea last Saturday night saw former World Cup winner Japan, Australia, Korea Republic and Vietnam in Group B. But with three of the four top-ranked teams in the competition in the other group, the Malditas’ chances of surviving the group stage actually look good. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseMalditas co-captain Inna Palacios is upbeat of the team’s chances following the draw.“We see light and hope to make the next round,” said Palacios. “But again, it’s not going to be an easy journey. It never will. Proper preparation is crucial here.” Ceres, Global forge PFL Finals duel Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments
Kiraly said some current and former pros are likely to enter. The open divisions offer $5,000 in prize money each. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From staff reports Freshly retired from the pro beach volleyball circuit, Karch Kiraly will host the inaugural U.S. Open of Beach Volleyball today through Sunday in Huntington Beach. Kiraly would have entered the tournament, which will be held next to the pier, but he tore a calf muscle in early July on the AVP Tour stop at Seaside Heights, N.J. The marquee divisions of the tournament are the men’s and women’s open divisions for two-person teams, and the coed open for both two- and four-person teams. There are 15 other divisions based on age and skill level.
Story Links The Valley on ESPN3 Photo Gallery DES MOINES, Iowa – Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) pitched a three-hit shutout for the Drake University softball team in a 6-0 win over UNI Tuesday night at Buel Field. Drake tacked on three runs in the fifth inning, all with two outs. Pena drove in the first run in the fifth inning with an RBI single through the left side as Johnson scored. One batter later, Smith’s ball went through the legs of the UNI shortstop for an error as Pena, who advanced to second on the throw in, scored. Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.), who came into the game one inning earlier, singled to left field as pinch runner Melissa Schlotzhauer (Pilot Grove, Mo.) scored. Preview Print Friendly Version Live Stats Next Game: Full Schedule Roster Drake (36-9, 19-0 MVC) set a new school record for single season wins with the home victory over UNI (23-22, 8-11 MVC). The Bulldogs have won 22 straight games as they will next play at Loyola this Saturday and Sunday. Watch Live In third inning, Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) drew a one-out walk and hustled into second base and was safe on a fielder’s choice by Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) before Pena’s second home run of the season that was a deep ball over the left field wall. This weekend’s series at Loyola will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Following the trip to Chicago, Drake returns home to face Missouri State, May 5-6. The series with the Bears will close out the regular season for the Bulldogs. at Loyola 4/28/2018 – 12 PM PDF Box Score Pena finished with four RBI and is now tied with Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) for the team lead with 26. Johnson, Maddox and Pena each finished with two hits. Smith tossed her second shutout of the season to improve to 8-3. Smith finished with four strikeouts and one walk.