Helping Jamaica to a 2018 FIFA World Cup berth may be high on his agenda, but Reggae Boyz and Vancouver Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks has other things on his mind these days. Mattocks, a former schoolboy star with Bridgeport High School, is looking forward to becoming a first-time father. The 25-year-old, who is currently in Jamaica on a break from his professional duties in the Major League Soccer (MLS), beamed with excitement as he confirmed the news. He noted that he is anxiously awaiting the birth of his firstborn, expected to be delivered later this year. “The child is not yet born,” a smiling Mattocks told Saturday Sports during a Red Stripe Premier League match between his former local club Waterhouse and Montego Bay United earlier this week. Clearly in high spirits, Mattocks, who has scored 12 goals in 31 appearances for the Reggae Boyz, says he feels absolutely ready for the commitment. “I think from a young age, I have been a responsible person as I have been living on my own since age 18,” said Mattocks. “As I get older, there are different things I want in life, and this is one of them. I’m looking forward to being a father for the first time,” Mattocks noted, while sharing a bit about his relationship with his significant other. “I’m with a special female. She is a wonderful person, someone to spend my life with, so I’m really excited. I know that I’m going to do a very good job. I take care of my entire family, so this (baby) is an extension,” he said. Mattock is a graduate of Bridgeport High in Portmore and also spent two years at Akron University in the United States. He was drafted into the MLS in 2012 and has represented Vancouver Whitecaps based in Canada since. He has made 93 appearances and scored 19 times for the MLS outfit.
Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Phoenix Pulse slipped past a streaking Alaska, 78-76, arrest a three-game skid and give coach Louie Alas a victory in his return to action Saturday night at Araneta Coliseum. The Fuel Masters drew four double-digit performances from their personnel, most notably Alex Mallari, whose commendable showing helped the team improve to 2-3 in the Commissioner’s Cup standings. ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “I felt like a rookie earlier,” said Alas, who served a two-game suspension following an eventful match against TNT earlier this month. “I was jittery all throughout the game.”“I give credit to Alex,” he said of his veteran marksman, who finished with 15 points four rebounds and three steals next to import Richard Howell monstrous 24 points and 29 rebounds. “For the longest time, Alex was absent. He almost didn’t get to play because he was late for a couple of practices. Good thing we were able to patch that up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJustin Chua added 10 points, including the go-ahead basket off an assist from Mallari with 9.8 ticks to go.The Aces, meanwhile, turned to old reliables Chris Banchero and Vic Manuel, who scored 18 and 10, respectively, to make up for the lackluster effort by new import Nino Johnson, who only had six points and four rebounds. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Terrence Jones kicks it up a notch in Jayson Castro’s absence for TNT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Phoenix 78 – Howell 24, Mallari 15, Wright 14, Chua 10, Intal 6, Revilla 6, Perkins 2, Jazul 1, Kramer 0, Marcelo 0, Wilson 0, Dennison 0.Alaska 76 – Banchero 18, Manuel 10, Thoss 8, Racal 8 Teng 6, Johnson 6, Casio 6, Cruz 6, Pascual 2, Enciso 2, Exciminiano 2, Ayaay 2, Galliguez 0. Quarterscores: 16-12, 35-30, 52-50, 78-76.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments Alaska’s inability to draw more from its cast and follow through on a last-ditch effort cost them their streak, sending them to a 4-3 record.Phoenix now braces for Magnolia next, a team Alas regards with high esteem.“It’ll be a dogfight on Saturday because both teams are coming off a win,” he said of their match at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay next Saturday.Meanwhile, Alaska looks to return to the win column when it takes on perennial powerhouse San Miguel the day before.The scores: ADVERTISEMENT