She won't let a day pass without chess | –

Janelle Mae Frayna.

Janelle Mae Frayna.

LEGAZPI CITY?In 2009, then 12-year-old Janelle Mae Frayna went to the public market of Tabaco City in Albay province to play chess.

Janelle, a resident of this city and a student of Divine Word College of Legazpi (DWCL), was in Tabaco to compete in a sports writing contest during the Bicol Regional Secondary Schools Press Conference. With time to spare, she asked her school paper?s adviser for permission to leave so she could look for a place to play chess.

Eventually, she found the market, where men of all ages spent their idle time playing the board game. She played and mesmerized onlookers after she won several games. Soon, potential opponents waited in queue for their turn to face the girl.

Geraldine Barrun, adviser of DWCL High School?s The Divinian newsletter, still remembers that day when Janelle sought her permission in Tabaco. ?She won?t let a day pass without playing chess,? she says.

?She?s weird, but in a positive way,? says Lon Meyanne Abad, a friend of Janelle. ?Those who don?t know her will get intimidated because she looks serious.?

Abad says Janelle has aspired to become a grandmaster since she was 12.


Adelaida Perez, another teacher, says the girl was able to balance her passion for chess and school work, and managed to excel at both.

?Sometimes, she would look at me while I was teaching and [unwittingly display an expression showing] she?s unconvinced [by what I was saying],? says Amalia Rito, the school principal and Janelle?s former science teacher. ?But you could see it in her eyes that she knew things.?

Rito says Janelle, on many occasions, got perfect scores in her exams. She has been a consistent honor student ever since.

Ma. Cecilia Arbo, a former classroom adviser, says she knew early on that her student ?has an analytical mind.?

?She always joined competitions outside [our school], but she never neglected her studies. She was determined in class,? Arbo says.

Her mother, Corazon Sonia, says she?s not a bit surprised with her daughter?s achievement because of her determination and focus every time she competes, Corazon says.


?I see her as a fighter. That time, when she played chess [with grown men] at the Tabaco public market, she proved that,? Perez says.

Janelle joined the Magayon Chess Club in 2008 on the encouragement of Dante Magno, the group?s public information officer. She beat the club?s best players, say Cyril Bongalon, one of her mentors, and Marvid Zuniega, club president.

?She was never afraid. She would play and beat anyone,? Zuniega says.

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Standout high school baseball player shot in north Nashville –

Lorenzo Butler  (Courtesy: Butler Family)
Lorenzo Butler (Courtesy: Butler Family)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) ? A stand-out youth baseball player, who made headlines in 2012 when the Goodlettsville All-Stars went to the Little League World Series, was shot earlier this week in north Nashville.

According to his former coaches, 16-year-old Lorenzo Butler was shot twice on Wednesday, following an argument.

Lorenzo Butler (Courtesy: Butler Family/Goodlettsville little League)
Lorenzo Butler (Courtesy: Butler Family/Goodlettsville little League)

Butler is now a junior at Hillwood High School, where he plays varsity baseball.

He underwent surgery this week and is still hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Johnny Garrett, the president of Goodlettsville Baseball, told News 2 Butler?s family is not able to afford his mounting medical bills.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for his care.

According to Garrett, Vanderbilt?s head baseball coach, Tim Corbin, visited Butler in the hospital this week.

UFC 204 results: Jimi Manuwa flattens Ovince Saint Preux for vicious KO in second-round –

MANCHESTER, England ? After one round of having his way with Jimi Manuwa on the mat, Ovince Saint Preux quickly faded in the second round.

That left him exposed to Manuwa?s (16-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) fearsome punches, and at the 2:38 mark of the round, a combination toppled Saint Preux (19-9 MMA, 7-4 UFC).

The light heavyweight bout was part of the main card of today?s UFC 204 event at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. It aired pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

UFC 204 play-by-play and live results

A left hook to the body stunned Saint Preux, and a right hook sent him to the mat. He managed to recover long enough to receive a left hook that completely knocked him out, sending his head bouncing off the canvas as Manuwa threw in another shot for good measure.

Saint Preux?s defense seemed to disappear after a failed takedown attempt in the second. Manuwa worked the body and legs in response, and attempted a flying knee to finish the job. It was a stark turnaround from the first frame, when it Saint Preux outworked him on the mat.

Manuwa was put down early and spent much of the opening frame with Saint Preux at his back, trying to secure both hooks in for back control. He managed to avoid serious damage, and attempted a guillotine choke late in the round that forced Saint Preux to defend. If the trend continued, however, he likely would have dropped a decision on scorecards.

Instead, Manuwa returned to the win column after a knockout loss against current No. 1 contender Anthony Johnson in his previous fight at UFC 191. Saint Preux, meanwhile, drops to 1-3 in his past four outings, which included a failed bid for the interim light heavyweight title against Jon Jones at UFC 197.

?All the hard work I put in over the weeks and months paid off on the night,? Manuwa said. ?People come to see me fight because I don?t come for decisions. I come to put my opponents away. Doing it in front of a U.K. crowd makes it even more special. Look at the size and the volume of the crowd ? it gives me energy and it?s a great feeling. I should be top five now, and that?s a great feeling, to be in the top five in my weight category in the world.?

Up-to-the-minute UFC 204 results include:

  • Jimi Manuwa def. Ovince Saint Preux via knockout (punches) ? Round 2, 2:38
  • Stefan Struve def. Daniel Omielanczuk via submission (D?Arce choke) ? Round 2, 1:41
  • Mirsad Bektic def. Russell Doane via submission (rear-naked choke) ? Round 1, 4:22
  • Iuri Alcantara def. Brad Pickett via submission (triangle choke) ? Round 1, 1:59
  • Damian Stasiak def. Davey Grant via submission (armbar) ? Round 3, 3:56
  • Leon Edwards def. Albert Tumenov via submission (rear-naked choke) ? Round 3, 3:01
  • Marc Diakiese def. Lukasz Sajewski via TKO (strikes) ? Round 2, 4:40
  • Mike Perry def. Danny Roberts via knockout (knee, punches) ? Round 3, 4:40
  • Leonardo Santos def. Adriano Martins via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

For complete coverage UFC 204, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie?s John Morgan and Mike Bohn contributed to this report on site in Manchester.)

Bet365 loosens grip on Italy's online sports betting market –

October 7, 2016


bet365-grip-italy-online-sports-bettingBet365?s traditionally vice-like grip on Italy?s online sports betting market loosened somewhat in September.

Figures released this week by the Agimeg news agency show Italian-licensed online sports betting turnover of ?369m in September, up 37% from the same month last year and 19% higher than the amount wagered in August 2016.

Bet365?s Italian site once again stood proud atop the chart of individual operator turnover with ?129m, which is ?6m higher than August?s total, but Bet365?s share of September?s overall pie fell to 35% from 39.7%. Gala Coral Group?s Eurobet brand held on to its distant second ranking with ?34.5m, but this was up sharply from ?27m in August.

The rest of the top-five posted solid gains in September, led by Sisal (?25.6m, +?5.5m), Snai (?24.6m, +?4.9m) and William Hill (?23.6m, +?6.6m). Paddy Power Betfair slipped from fifth to eighth place despite improving ?600k to ?18.2m while, which only launched in June, made the turnover top-10 for the first time with an even ?10m.

The Italian market?s online casino revenue hit ?37.6m in September, a 32.5% year-on-year gain. Over the first nine months of 2016, the casino vertical has generated ?315.3m, 36.3% higher than in the same period last year.

On the online poker front, cash game spending fell more than 10% year-on-year to ?218.4m while tournament fees rose 11.7% to ?66.5m. PokerStars? share of the tournament business was virtually unchanged from August at 74.2% while its cash games share slipped from 50.9% to 47.3%. No other operators scored double-digit shares of either tournaments or cash games.

Meanwhile, Italy?s online gambling regulator AAMS continues to do its best to ward off those pesky internationally licensed operators who dare let their signals drift over Italy?s digital borders. This week, AAMS announced that its online gambling blacklist had expanded to a hefty 6,100 domains. Only another couple thousand or so and they?ll finally get to collect that free hoagie.

Injury ends Prince Of Penzance's spring –

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Prince Of Penzance (Image: Slickpix)

Prince Of Penzance’s?defence of his Melbourne Cup victory last spring ended abruptly and in dramatic circumstances on Saturday when he was sent for surgery on a fractured leg.

Jockey?John Allen?was initially pleased?with the seven-year-old’s fourth placing in Saturday’s $400,000 Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) behind Assign?but a short time later vets reported that?Prince Of Penzance appeared to be lame in the off-fore.

Further examinations revealed that?Darren Weir’s seven-year-old son of Pentire?has a fractured off-fore and will need surgery followed by a long recuperation.

Prince Of Penzance settled last and produced an encouraging effort as topweight with 60kg in the Herbert Power, running his final 1000m in 58.23 seconds, which was the second-quickest of the race behind third-placed Pemberley.

Allen described his performance as ‘a good run’ and was bullish about heading to the Moonee Valley Cup in a fortnight.

Meanwhile, Stop Making Sense – who was sent out on the second line of betting at $7.50 in Race 3 – was found to have pulled up with an internal bleed or exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage.

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