Sta. Ana transfers to Letran, reunites with former HS coach Napa

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “He’s played for me for three years [in NU] and he’ll be part of our preparation for the future of Letran,” said Napa in Filipino.“At least we’re consistent on our vision to put Letran back to its glory days.” China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READcenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Filoil: Letran sends listless JRU to sixth straight loss LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments The former University of Santo Tomas standout has joined Colegio de San Juan de Letran in the NCAA where he reunites with his former high school mentor in Jeff Napa.“Sta. Ana has committed to play with Letran,” said Napa Friday after the Knights’ 94-71 victory over Jose Rizal University in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at The Arena in San Juan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNapa said Sta. Ana has yet to enroll in Letran, UST’s sister school under the Dominican Order, but the head coach is confident that his former player will be a Knight for a long time.Sta. Ana, who played for Napa in National University in the UAAP high school division, will serve the mandatory one-year residency the NCAA imposes on transferees but the former Growling Tiger will still have three playing years ahead of him. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jordan Sta. Ana didn’t look far for his new school and a new coach.ADVERTISEMENT 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 awardlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup Probe in Turmoil

first_imgGENEVA — Hours after a FIFA judge cleared Russia and Qatar of corruption in their winning World Cup bids, the American who led the investigation said he would appeal the decision to close the case because it was based on “materially incomplete and erroneous” information.In what appears to be an open act of conflict within FIFA, prosecutor Michael Garcia criticized ethics judge Joachim Eckert’s 42-page report clearing the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts.Eckert’s findings, which were released Nov. 12, were based on Garcia’s investigation. Despite finding wrongdoing among the 11 bidding nations, Eckert said the integrity of the December 2010 votes was not affected.The dispute between Garcia and Eckert further fueled the turmoil surrounding FIFA’s decision to give the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar.Questions about the integrity and validity of the hosting decision have been raised ever since the vote by FIFA’s executive committee.“Today’s decision by (Eckert) contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions detailed in the Investigatory Chamber’s report,” Garcia said in a statement released by his law firm. “I intend to appeal this decision to the FIFA Appeal Committee.”Garcia had called for key details of his 430 pages of investigation to be published, provoking clashes with FIFA President Sepp Blatter.Eckert’s report seemed to confirm that the 2022 World Cup would definitely be played in Qatar — though exactly when is still unclear as FIFA seeks an alternative to the desert heat in June and July. Qatar has also come under scrutiny for its treatment of foreign laborers.“FIFA welcomes the fact that a degree of closure has been reached,” the governing body said Thursday in a statement before Garcia announced his objections. “As such, FIFA looks forward to continuing the preparations for Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022, which are already well underway.”Eckert formally ended the probe almost four years after the vote by the governing body’s scandal-tainted executive committee. No proof was found of bribes or voting pacts in a probe hampered by a lack of access to evidence and uncooperative witnesses.“The evaluation of the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cups bidding process is closed for the FIFA Ethics Committee,” the German judge wrote in a statement released by FIFA.Both winners, however, had issues highlighted by Eckert.Qatar’s bid had “potentially problematic facts and circumstances,” plus a “significant lack of transparency” in its use of advisers. Computers leased for use by Russia staffers were later destroyed.Eckert’s report reserved his harshest condemnation for England’s failed bid for the 2018 tournament. It criticized England for wooing disgraced former FIFA vice president Jack Warner and “damaging the image of FIFA and the bidding process.”The corruption case is still open for past and current members of FIFA’s ruling board, but it is unclear who might be targeted.Critics of FIFA have long relied on Eckert and Garcia to build a case to remove the wealthy desert emirate as host in 2022 by proving suspicions that votes and influence were bought. Qatar beat the United States 14-8 in the final round of a five-nation contest.The Qatari organizing committee said it would study the report before commenting.(GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more