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 LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely TNT KaTropa signed up NBA vet Lou Amundson, and the Texters will be making their PBA Commissioner’s Cup debut against Meralco on Friday not looking to rush franchise player Jason Castro into coming back.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Castro is still the most important piece in the TNT puzzle, though coach Nash Racela heaped praises on the former New York Knick Amundson, who came here on short notice after the Texters sent Denzel Bowles home for “self-destructing.”“He’s OK, he’s very seasoned,” Racela said of Amundson, a 34-year-old who passed the 6-foot-10 height test on Thursday at the league’s offices in Libis, Quezon City. “He can definitely help the team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnRacela bared that Castro is listed as doubtful for the 7 p.m. contest against the Bolts, though the 5-foot-10 dynamo voted as Asia’s best point guard twice will suit up.“He’s been practicing, but his timing is definitely not there yet,” Racela said of Castro. “He’s still working on it. As a matter of fact, we needed to do scrimmage (on Thursday) to get him (Castro) and Amundson on board.” Azkals not panicking over scoreless draw, looking forward to Nepal match The Bolts will be coming off a 91-84 decision of NLEX last week.“Alex moved a little better,” coach Norman Black said of his burly import, an imposing presence in the paint who fights ferociously for those rebounds.The Road Warriors, meanwhile, will try to snap a two-game losing streak when they face Mahindra in the 4:15 p.m. contest.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu MOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Castro missed Game 7 of the Texters’ Final Four series against eventual champion San Miguel Beer in the Philippine Cup because of a hamstring pull. He was ordered to rest for at least two weeks after that.Racela gave him more than that, knowing his value in the import-spiced conference.“He actually had three weeks of rest, just to be sure,” Racela said. “He might be out (against the Bolts) and might play on Sunday (against Phoenix Petroleum). But it all depends on him on how he feels.”Meralco will actually be shooting for the early lead and will try to stay unbeaten.Alex Stepheson is slowly but surely improving and is plugging all the holes in the middle for the Bolts, who finished at the tailend of the All-Filipino where their weakness at the spot was exposed to the hilt.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Ainsley Walters/Gleaner WriterHOVER CRAFT has the handicaps in his favour and could emerge from the shadow of PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, his more illustrious stablemate, in this afternoon’s 10-furlong Governor General’s Stakes.Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has three runners in the event – HOVER CRAFT, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and DYSFUNCTIONAL – ganging up on their main rival, Ian Parsard’s SUPERLUMINAL.Returning at 119lb, SUPERLUMINAL sits level with PERFECT NEIGHBOUR who he had beaten by three-quarter length for second behind WILL IN CHARGE in the Prime Minister’s Stakes a month ago, both carrying 110lb.PERFECT NEIGHBOUR was slowly away from the gate and ran well to get within three-quarter length of second-place SUPERLUMINAL, who tried hard but was outclassed by WILL IN CHARGE.Though boasting contrasting running styles, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and SUPERLUMINAL are proven 10-furlong specialists, leaving the race hinged on tactics and pace.SUPERLUMINAL rebounded to form, two races off a four-month layup, with a strong overnight allowance victory over useful DONTAE, going his signature distance on August 6.HARD TO BEATParsard’s runner skipped class 19 days later and bravely took his chances against WILL IN CHARGE in the Prime Minister’s Stakes, a run which should make him hard to beat if he gets a chance to control the pace.However, SUPERLUMINAL will have HOUDINI’S MAGIC and DYSFUNCTIONAL to contend with, leaving him open to DaCosta’s two closers – PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and HOVER CRAFT.Sneaking in under the handicaps, HOVER CRAFT is no 10-furlong specialist but will get at least 14lb from HOUDINI’S MAGIC and seven each from PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and SUPERLUMINAL, making him the fly in the ointment.The eight-year-old gelding flew home at odds of 15-1 to beat sprinters at five furlongs straight two weeks ago, albeit returning off a near four-month play-up, carrying 126lb to boot, winning the event in 57.2, nailing speedy CRUCIAL APPEAL at the wire.With that recent blowout victory under his girth and getting seven pounds from SUPERLUMINAL and PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, horses who he has extended in two-turn races before, makes HOVER CRAFT an enticing choice to upstage the specialists at a decent price.The last time HOVER CRAFT faced slowly declining PERFECT NEIGHBOUR was March, in the Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy, at nine furlongs and 25 yards, losing by a half-length, getting 14lb from his stablemate. PERFECT NEIGHBOUR had to fight tooth and nail to stave off DONTAE and HOVER CRAFT, who ran out of character by leading the event, which his stablemate won at odds of 2-5.