Thomas’s agency mistakenly posts a tweet to choose a team

first_imgThe soap opera Thomas had a bizarre turn this afternoon and with a creepy look. And it is that since His own representation agency, JJ Sports, was mistakenly posted on Instagram a tweet from the specialized Transfermarkt page in which the fans were urged to choose a team for the Ghanaian footballer. Among the options was not Atlético, by the way, but all the suitors who have come out in recent months. Arsenal the first and also the first in that particular list, Bayern, Juventus, United and PSG. Of Atlético, what is written, not a trace, although as AS has been able to know in the last two weeks, the footballer’s opinion has changed radically. If before the stoppage due to the coronavirus it was close to signing that offer from the English club now than It is close is from that signing of the renewal contract with Atlético that has been waiting for him since October, with a rise in salary and clause (100 million) according to its importance. Minutes later the agency itself issued a statement to regret “the unfortunate mistake.” “Before the publication that was made today, Wednesday, April 29, 2020 in our account of Instagram, regarding the future of our player Thomas partey, since J.J. Sport managers We want to convey that this publication was not approved by the management of the company. An internal investigation has been opened to find out what could have happened. We are sure that this was not intended by any of our workers and it’s probably an unfortunate mistake, “he argued first. “A little clarity on possible misunderstandings”“The post has been removed as soon as we have become aware of its existenceIn addition, the keys of all our social profiles have been modified to restrict access only to essential personnel. With this statement we want to give a little clarity to possible misunderstandings that may occur“It ended. What is written, at the moment the end of the soap opera, with interventions, supposed since his representation agency denied that they belonged to Jacob Partey, his father’s stars and a host of suitors who do not stop growing every day, is imminently red and white.last_img read more

Lakers win third straight

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY – Kobe Bryant’s throat was sore and his back was tight. Good thing he was able to score most of his points standings still. Bryant made up for an off shooting night by making 21 free throws, scoring 35 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 102-94 win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night. The Jazz were playing without guard Deron Williams, who missed his second game since the All-Star break with a strained groin. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After losing six straight, the Lakers have won three in a row and again got help from somebody other than Bryant, who missed the shootaround and said he spent most of the day sick in bed. “We’re getting there,” Bryant said. center_img Smush Parker added 24 points and Lamar Odom had 19 points and 14 rebounds. One day after scoring a career high 26, Maurice Evans added 10 points – scoring seven in the fourth quarter. “We’re starting to find some consistency in our offense and getting other people involved,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. Bryant said his back tightened up throughout the game after spending most of the day in bed. His free throws appeared just fine, though, going 21-for-24, just two away from tying his own team record for foul shots made. He was 7-for-21 from the floor, but four of his field goals came in the fourth quarter as Bryant led the Lakers with 11 points. “He forced us to help in a lot of situations and Smush Parker was able to get a lot of open looks at the basket,” said former Lakers guard Derek Fisher, who led the Jazz with 23 points and eight assists. “Defensively they are a tough team to match up against.” Parker finished 6-for-8 on 3-pointers and Odom even stepped out for a 3-pointer for the Lakers. last_img read more

DONEGAL’S TOP UNION CALLS FOR ‘COOL HEADS’ AFTER COUNCIL BUDGET SHAMBLES

first_imgDonegal’s biggest public sector union has called for “cool heads” after  the Donegal County Council 2014 budget shambles.After going to the brink of being dissolved after failing to agree a budget, the council now has one last chance to agree a deal for the coming year.In the early hours of this morning, Director of Services Liam Ward, told councillors they can come back next Monday and try to agree a resolution. After last night’s debacle which has once again saw Donegal plunged into the political spotlight, the IMPACT trade union says now is the time for calm.Union Official Richy Carrothers said as worrying as the news is, now is the time of for cool heads to prevail and to consider what has occurred and any implications.“We represent hundreds of workers at Donegal County Council who worried about their future and my message this morning is that they have job protection under the Haddington Road Agreement.“Our members are also tax payers and service users and need confirmation about the on-going delivery of services. The wider Donegal public also need guarantees about the delivery of services. “From an IMPACT perspective services should continue to be delivered. As priority today, I will be meeting Senior Management at Donegal County Council seeking commitments following the events in Lifford,” he said.But while some might hold out hope for some kind of budget agreement next Monday, the feeling today is not good.Sinn Fein’s Mick Quinn was in defiant mood in the early hours of this morning.“There is no point in coming back on January 13. There is little or no possibility of any flexibility in terms of additional resources,” he fumed. DONEGAL’S TOP UNION CALLS FOR ‘COOL HEADS’ AFTER COUNCIL BUDGET SHAMBLES was last modified: January 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County CouncilIMPACTLiam WardMayor Ian McGarveylast_img read more

St. Francis off to impressive start

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Bonds figured they would be good, but he did expect more growing pains to this point. “We loved our team and we loved our chemistry heading into the season, but I don’t know if anyone thought we would be capable of that (being undefeated through six games),” Bonds said. “We have so many young kids playing varsity football for the first time. The quarterback (Stephen Peterson) is new, the running backs (Nathan Stark, Mark Rivadeneyra) are new. And they’re still growing and learning every day. “Obviously, I’ve had some teams in the past that were better skills-wise, but this team is coming together as a team, and it’s happening much sooner that I thought.” The Golden Knights’ offense has been steady, but not overwhelming. Peterson has thrown for just 673 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions and the offense has combined to rush for only 662 yards (3.8 per carry), and are averaging just 264 total yards per game. St. Francis coach Jim Bonds has had teams with more skilled players and higher expectations. When he started in 2000, he had quarterback John Sciarra Jr. Last year, he had the trio of quarterback Matt Abbey, running back Blake Milton and all-purpose defensive specialist James Eland to go along with several other quality seniors that helped the Golden Knights advance to the CIF-Southern Section Division III semifinals. But after beating visiting St. Paul, 17-7, on Friday, St. Francis (6-0, 1-0) is off to the best start in Bonds’ six-year tenure, and are ranked No. 3 in Division III. center_img But the Knights have been so solid defensively, it hasn’t mattered. St. Francis held Arcadia to 12 points in the season opener. The Knights then followed by limiting two opponents to 10 and two others to seven points, respectively. They also have a 20-0 shutout of Saugus on the docket. Alex Bonifer (nine sacks) and Brian Lynch (eight sacks) lead a Knights defense that has recorded 28 sacks. Senior Scott Stephens, who is playing defensive back for the first time, leads the CIF-Southern Section with eight interceptions. “A lot of those (interceptions) are because the guys in front of him (Stephens) are putting pressure on the quarterbacks. But you have to give (Stephens) a lot of credit too, because he’s adjusted to that position well,” said Bonds, who has been particularly impressed the last two games. “We’re not doing this against pushover opponents,” Bonds said. “After we beat Saugus 20-0, they lost to Hart, but it was only 14-7. And then St. Paul came in here with three straight shutouts, which included a win against Redondo Beach, which was a team we beat in the playoffs last year. “So, we’re moving along, but we have a long way to go.” Of course, there is the magical matchup against defending two-time champion and top-ranked Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (6-0, 1-0), which the Knights will host on Nov. 4. But first, they have a couple of Mission League road games, which begins with Alemany (2-4, 0-1) on Friday, and Chaminade (5-1, 1-0) the following week. “The hardest thing to guard against is looking ahead, and you can’t afford to do that in our league,” Bonds said. “We haven’t played that good on the road, so we have some big challenges before we can even think about Notre Dame.” Rio Hondo Prep rolled to a 38-7 victory in the Prep League opener on Saturday without starting quarterback Will Torrico, who is questionable for Friday’s showdown against Flintridge Prep. Torrico, who injured his knee a week earlier in the 50-0 win over Maranatha, was complaining of soreness last week, and is having an MRI performed today or Wednesday. X-rays were negative. “He’s got some pain outside the knee that we’re concerned about,” said Rio Hondo Prep coach Ken Drain. “We thought he just hyper-extended it a little, because the X-rays were negative. But his knee’s not getting better, so he needs it looked at closer.” If Torrico can’t go, backup senior Nick Gonzalez, who was 11 of 12 for 171 yards and two touchdowns, will start again Friday. It’s early, but with Rio Hondo Prep (4-1, 1-0) and Flintridge Prep (3-2, 1-0) off to good starts, the winner has the edge toward the league title. “I’m glad that he (Gonzalez) had a solid warm-up against Webb,” Drain said. “He knows our system well enough to get the job done.” Fred J. Robledo can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485, or by e-mail at fred.robledo@sgvn.com. 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

Dunn and Glennie Lead Women’s Golf On First Day Of ISU Invite

first_imgTERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Madison Glennie and Grace Dunn led the Drake University women’s golf team on the first day of the Indiana State Spring Invitational on Sunday at the Country Club of Terre Haute.”Madison and Grace both finished their rounds strong today, something we’ve been working on,” Drake head coach Rachael Pruett said. “As a team we need to clean up the mental errors and we’ll see a big improvement.”Glennie and Dunn each fired a 79 and are tied for 21st-place. Freshman Adrianna Elliott registered an 83, while senior Katie Clausen shot a 90. Freshman Sophie Hill rounded out the Bulldogs’ effort with a 94.As a team, the Bulldogs finished the first 18 holes with a 331 and tied for 12th-place with Evansville.Drake closes out the ISU Spring Invite on Monday at 10 a.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Football’s Clayberg and Evans Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University football student-athletes Nathan Clayberg and Tanner Evans have been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team for their efforts in the classroom and on the field. As District 6 first-team honorees, both Clayberg and Evans are now eligible to receive CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. Drake football has had eight student-athletes earn a total of 10 Academic All-America honors.  Clayberg and Evans return to action on the field this Saturday as the Bulldogs host Jacksonville at 1 p.m. at Drake Stadium. Clayberg, a senior from Pella, Iowa, was a 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District selection. He has helped anchor the defensive line of a unit that ranks 34th nationally by allowing just 127.3 rushing yards per game. Individually, he has recorded 40 tackles (22 solo) with 5.0 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks. Academically, Clayberg maintains a 3.82 grade point average as a finance and accounting major.center_img Evans, a fifth-year from Gretna, Neb., earned his first CoSIDA Academic All-District honor. He has paced the Bulldogs with a team-high 6.0 sacks as the team is ranked 29th nationally with 26.0 sacks. He has also tallied 39 tackles with 7.5 tackles for a loss and four quarterback hurries at defensive end. Evans maintains a 3.79 GPA as a finance and politics major.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Cape seals hunt sharks off Cape Point

first_img2 April 2015The hunted has become the hunter off the coast of Cape Town, where great white shark expert Chris Fallows has made a remarkable discovery. Fallows has recorded his observations of free-swimming blue sharks, Prionace glauca, being caught, killed and partially consumed by Cape fur seals, Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus.It is an important discovery, revealing a previously hidden part of one species’ diet, and could also have important implications for the understanding of the food web in the open ocean.A study of Fallows’ discoveries has been published in the African Journal of Marine Science.Fallows, who runs the diving group Apex Shark Expeditions, has been working with sharks since 1992. He spends more time on sea than on land – up to 200 days a year tracking and observing sharks.One day in December 2012, he was taking a group of tourists on a standard shark dive 20 nautical miles southwest of Cape Point. Fallows put out some bait, which attracted 10 blue sharks. And then a male Cape fur seal, not quite mature, swam into view.Feeding frenzyInstead of going for the bait, as expected, the seal attacked one shark, tearing open its abdominal cavity and feeding on the viscera. Not satisfied, it turned to attack a second shark. Fallows recorded the seal attack and eat five of the 10 sharks before the scientist left, thinking he may be adding to the feeding frenzy.“I have not seen this behaviour since then,” Fallows said after the study was published on 31 March, although he has seen seals feeding on small sharks.In the vast, open ocean not everything has a human witness, but Fallows thinks this behaviour by seals is not widespread. “Only a small group of seals do this. They have probably been forced to because their usual food has been depleted.”There has been a depletion in the abundance of fish in the open ocean, and Fallows notes that species are also smaller: “In-shore reef fish have disappeared, there are fewer in-shore reef sharks and, what there is, is smaller in size than they were before.”He speculates that the Cape fur seals have been forced to attack predators – “while they did not eat full-grown blue sharks, these are efficient predators” – through desperation caused by heavy over-fishing by humans.High nutritional valueSeals’ teeth are rounded and cone-shaped – not made for tearing apart the extremely tough skin of sharks. Instead, they rely on tearing their prey by shaking it about.“Going after a shark is a big step. They bite into the softer gills and just eat the liver, which is rich in oils and nutrition they need. The stomach is also eaten. The rest of the shark is left for other marine creatures to eat.”Full grown, an adult Cape fur seal can reach 3m in size, although Fallows said this was unusually large. Adult blue sharks grow up to 3.3m; large specimens can grow to 3.8m long. The sub-adult males he witnessed attacking the sharks were about 1.5m in size, compared to the 1.4m of the young sharks. “They are punching in different weight classes. The seal is definitely the apex predator in this relationship,” he said.On the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, the Cape fur seal population appears to be healthy, and it is classified as Least Concern. The population trend of the blue shark is unknown and it is listed as Near Threatened.Scientists weigh inFallows first witnessed seals attacking sharks in 2004. Again on the open water near Cape Point, he spotted a young male seal chase and catch a blue shark. The seal tossed the shark into the air before eating its stomach and liver.Hugues Benoit, a fisheries scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, was intrigued, and contacted Fallows. Working with Neil Hammerschlag at the University of Miami, they wrote the paper, describing the event and its ecological significance.Cape fur seals and blue sharks have similar diets, but seals were not previously known to turn on their predatory rivals. The seal’s consumption of only the most energy- dense part of the shark, was also noteworthy, they said.Unlike Fallows, the scientists said the fact that the seal discarded the rest of its catch showed that it had the option to be picky and was probably not at a loss for food.In its article on the discovery, The Smithsonian reported the behaviour suggested that traditional methods of diet estimation for marine mammals might be missing some key strands in the food web.“If seals are selectively eating viscera from sharks – or any other large animal – that slippery evidence would have evaded scientists’ detection methods, potentially leading to a biased picture of who’s eating whom.”It also pointed out that predators that only targeted viscera instead of the whole animal could have population-level consequences for the prey, because they would have to kill so many animals to get their fill.“Benoit suspects that shark-eating is a natural behaviour for the seals, given that Fallows first witnessed it in open water where no human activity might somehow be egging on an abnormal interaction,” The Smithsonian writes. “Fallows was also ‘impressed at the ease with which this seal was able to take these sharks’, Benoit says, implying that this wasn’t the seal’s first shark-gobbling rodeo.”last_img read more

USDA Opens ARC-PLC Enrollment

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — USDA has opened enrollment for the main commodity programs in the farm bill, the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs.Enrollment is open for the 2019 crop year and farmers have until March 15, 2020, to sign up for the programs for 2019.Under the 2018 farm bill, farmers can sign up their individual crops in ARC-County or PLC, or sign up the entire farm in ARC-Individual. Those program elections will apply for the 2019 and 2020 crop years.ARC and PLC have been largely on the backburner over the past year while USDA has been providing farmers with trade-aid support under the Market Facilitation Program. MFP, which began last year, was initially expected to be a one-time program, but USDA reopened the program for 2019 after trade talks with China stalled last spring.ARC operates on a rolling average of revenue price guarantees for crops based on average county yields. PLC has set reference prices for commodities and pays when the national marketing year price comes in below those reference prices.While enrollment began officially on Tuesday for the 2019 crop year, farmers can enroll for the 2020 crop year starting Oct. 7 and continuing until June 30, 2020. USDA noted a farmer waiting until Oct. 7 for sign up can enroll in both the 2019 and 2020 crop years during the same visit.Farmers get one chance to update their yields for the 2020 crop year. Under the farm bill provisions, farmers will be able to update yield data for each commodity up to 90% of the average yield for the farm from the 2013-17 crop years.“During this time, farm owners have a one-time opportunity to update PLC payment yields that takes effect beginning with crop year 2020. If the owner accompanies the producer to the office, the yield update may be completed during the same office visit,” USDA stated.Farmers will have the opportunity from 2021 through 2023 to change their program decisions.Under the 2014 farm bill, payments for ARC declined over time for major crops as prices fell after the 2013 crop year. Payments for PLC, which were low at the beginning of the farm bill, increased during the latter part of the farm bill. Congress then added the option for the 2018 farm bill for farmers to switch programs if they wish to do so.Congress also changed the program by using yields reported by crop insurance companies to the Risk Management Agency for ARC and PLC.In another program change, if prices move higher over the next few years, then the reference price for ARC and PLC can increase as well. Reference prices have changed to use a five-year Olympic average of prices that would allow reference prices to increase as much as 15% for commodity crops. The current reference prices for corn ($3. 70 a bushel), soybeans ($8.40) and wheat, ($5.50) and reference prices for other commodities remain the same as the 2014 farm bill.The 2018 farm bill made some other changes to the ARC program, including a trend-yield adjustment and a provision that allows USDA to divide some of the largest counties in the country into smaller units for county average yields.USDA reminds farmers that enrolling in ARC and PLC can affect eligibility for the Supplemental Coverage Option insurance program. Farmers who sign up for ARC are ineligible for SCO on those planted acres, but farmers who enroll in PLC can still buy SCO policies.Upland cotton farmers who enroll their seed cotton base acres in ARC or PLC also are ineligible for the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) on those cotton acres. To remain eligible for STAX, producers must not enroll their seed cotton base acres into either ARC or PLC.To help farmers decide the best program for their acres, USDA has partnered with the University of Illinois and Texas A&M University for a pair of web-based tools.University of Illinois: https://farmdocdaily.illinois.edu/…Texas A&M University: https://www.afpc.tamu.edu/…Chris Clayton can be reached at chris.clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(BAS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The Only Thing Stopping You From Improving

first_imgSo what stops you from improving your performance? It isn’t anything financial, because no money is necessary. The only price you pay for improving yourself is an investment of time, and investment of energy, and an investment of your focused attention.You are the only one standing in your way.What should you be improving now?What investment do you need to make to improve in that area?How would it help you to improve that area of your life now? Most of the things you can do to improve your performance produce positive financial results and cost nothing, or something close to nothing.Reading is essentially free. You can go to a public library and read any book you want. If they don’t have it, they’ll order it for you. You can read magazines on the shelf at the bookstore. You can read most everything on the Internet for the cost of your bandwidth.Studying doesn’t cost you anything either. You can take notes, review those notes, write your own ideas about what something means, and argue these ideas with other thoughtful people. Throughout most of history this is how great minds improved themselves. Their employers didn’t send them off for professional development.You can work a lot harder and a lot smarter. It is both possible and free to close your browser window and produce something of value. It costs absolutely nothing to close your inbox, and all of your email messages will still be waiting for you when you reopen it. You can work harder and improve your performance and your results without spending one thin dime.Interacting with other human beings provides an endless stream of learning. The experiences you have offer you lessons about what works, what doesn’t work, and why. Observing the experiences of other people provides a lot of learning opportunities too, if only for the people observant enough to notice and aware enough to know to watch for the lessons.You don’t need a gym membership or a trainer to improve your physical well-being. Most of what you need to do you can do with a pair of shorts, a t-shirt, and some gym shoes. You can feel better, have more energy, and live a much more vital life with almost no financial investment at all.last_img read more

NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 12

first_imgMOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight (1) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates20.5 points (6/13 3PT), 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.5 stealsLast Week: 2CJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor the third straight time, CJ Perez topped our list and there wasn’t much of a debate at all.The energetic forward remained the lynchpin in aiding Lyceum preserve its unblemished 15-0 record.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Desiderio struggles, praises ‘great defender’ Dennison in UP loss to FEU The senior guard flirted with a triple-double in the Red Lions’ 83-72 win over Arellano on Thursday in what could be a prelude for his strong finishing kick late this season.With San Beda also dealing with a schedule heavy on contenders in its next four games, you can bet that Bolick can rekindle his form late in the elimination round and aid the Red Lions to extend its 12-game winning streak.(5) Allyn Bulanadi – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags17.5 points (4/13 3PT), 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 stealLast Week: N/AAllyn Bulanadi. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter another even week for San Sebastian, we have to go with its most consistent performer.And this week, it was Allyn Bulanadi.The forward was part of the sweet-shooting crew that barraged Letran for a 94-64 beatdown on Tuesday, and kept the Golden Stags fighting against Lyceum up until the endgame before falling, 73-78.Bulanadi’s emergence is a fresh sight for San Sebastian, as it spreads the scoring load more to the supporting crew aside from just relying to guys like Michael Calisaan and its troika of guards.(6) MJ Dela Virgen – G, JRU Heavy Bombers 18 points (4/8 3PT), 3 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 stealLast Week: N/AMJ dela Virgen. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSpeaking of sweet-shooting, MJ Dela Virgen also had a week to remember.The sophomore caught fire early and continued his torrid shooting in the endgame to go 50 percent from rainbow country in JRU’s 85-52 demolition of Perpetual.Dela Virgen stepping up is another welcome development for coach Vergel Meneses, as the Heavy Bombers strengthened their grip of the third spot.But the PBA legend is hoping that performances like these won’t be a one-off, as he preaches consistency going to JRU’s last four games.(7) Laurenz Victoria – G, Mapua Cardinals19 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 stealLast Week: N/ALaurenz Victoria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMapua may be out, but showed it still has some fight left. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Little-known Laurenz Victoria sparked the Cardinals to their first win in three months, as they pulled the rug from under St. Benilde, 79-69, and took the Blazers to the grave with them.Victoria’s late explosion, together with Denniel Aguirre, allowed Mapua to finally taste victory again as it snapped its inglorious 11-game losing streak.With the skid now halted, Victoria and the rest of the Cardinals now have the confidence to seek upsets and gain some silver linings despite having a woeful season. 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We’re just three weeks away from ultimately weeding out the contenders from the pretenders, and for the teams still in the running in the Final Four race, they are hell-bent to grab those seats rather than see their championship aspirations go down the drain.Two teams — Lyceum and San Beda — have already occupied the first two seats, while cellar-dwellers Mapua and St. Benilde are finally out of the running.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat leaves six more teams staking their claim for the last two tickets in the playoffs, and after another action-packed week, these teams once again went to their leaders to bolster their chances of making it to the final dance.Here’s this week’s best players: Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Last Week: N/AMJ Ayaay. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCall him Lyceum’s glue guy.Also enough to merit the spotlight this week was Pirates forward MJ Ayaay, who has shown tenacity on both sides of the floor.Though Perez has been the unbowed leader of Lyceum, Ayaay has been steadily churning out consistent numbers while being the one to do the dirty work on the floor for the Pirates.But his mettle will be tested as Lyceum enters unchartered territory as it guns to sweep the eliminations in the final three outings.(4) Robert Bolick – G, San Beda Red Lions13 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assistsLast Week: N/ARobert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLook who’s back!Jeramer Cabanag may have had his coming out party and Javee Mocon continued to showcase his worth for San Beda, but it was Robert Bolick, who has been making things work for coach Boyet Fernandez. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Perez showed his brilliance anew on Friday when he recorded a career-best 28 points in the Pirates’ 78-73 win over San Sebastian.But coach Topex Robinson warned Perez that the immaculate record will be put to waste if Lyceum won’t be able to pull off the wins they need to get, especially with the tough grind ahead at the end of the eliminations.(2) Bong Quinto – F, Letran Knights20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assistsLast Week: 1Bong Quinto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week’s pacesetter remains near the top of our rankings as Bong Quinto helped Letran go 1-1 in a tough week.Though the Knights bowed to the Golden Stags on Tuesday, the forward came out to played inspired basketball on Friday, registering a career-best 27 points in Letran’s 84-78 victory against EAC.Quinto and team captain Rey Nambatac unleashed a stellar showing that could no doubt make their late coach Bob Lotuaco proud if he was alive today.(3) MJ Ayaay – F, Lyceum Pirates13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 block With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more