Monthly Archives: November 2019

NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 11

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first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Though San Sebastian evened its standing at 6-6, it should find a way to be more consistent if it wants to break its three-year Final Four drought this season.And the only solution for that to happen is for guys like Navarro to churn out solid numbers to compliment the stable showing of Michael Calisaan.5. Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights19.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 assistsLast Week: N/AOnce again, Rey Nambatac showed that he can be a threat for Letran with or without the ball.The senior guard allowed his teammates to shine in the Knights’ 84-73 win over Arellano on Tuesday.But with Letran seeking revenge against first round tormentor Mapua, Nambatac exploded for 17 first half points to steer his side to an 88-79 victory, enough for it to once again get itself in the conversation as one of the favorites to snare those last two spots.6. Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs23.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 stealsLast Week: 6For the third straight week, Kent Salado has found himself still at the sixth spot of this list.That’s what you get after another even week despite another solid showing.Salado’s numbers weren’t enough for Arellano to pull off a triumph against Letran on Tuesday, losing 73-84, but with Michael Cañete providing the much needed support, the Chiefs halted their two-game slide on Friday and remained alive in the playoff race. CJ Perez remains a force to be reckoned with for Lyceum, and his greatness is underscored with his supporting cast also delivering.The energetic forward showed that there’s no such thing as a second round slump for him, getting his bearings back to do it all for the Pirates in their 94-83 win over Perpetual.Lyceum may have clinched a twice-to-beat in the Final Four, but Perez knows there the tougher wars still ahead and their 13-0 record won’t mean nothing if the Pirates don’t get the job done in the playoffs.3. Javee Mocon – F, San Beda Red Lions19 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assistsLast Week: 2Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJust like Perez for Lyceum, Javee Mocon’s performance was once again the catalyst in helping San Beda notch its 11th straight victory.The hardworking forward’s performance should largely be credited in keeping the Red Lions in the thick of things, especially after their gritty 65-60 victory over JRU on Friday.But Mocon shouldn’t be alone in hoisting the flag for the Mendiola crew, and coach Boyet Fernandez needs Robert Bolick to rekindle his thunder if San Beda dreams of retaining its NCAA title again later this season.4. Renzo Navarro – G, San Sebastian Golden Stags16 points (5/6 3PT), 3 assistsLast Week: N/ARenzo Navarro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe littlest man of the court once again made the biggest impact in the clutch for San Sebastian as Renzo Navarro took the spotlight for his side.The diminutive guard waxed hot from downtown, going on a near-perfect clip as he unfurled 12 of his 16 points to aid the Golden Stags nab the huge 73-61 win over St. Benilde. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Just when you thought there’d finally be some clarity in the NCAA, the Final Four race just got more muddled.Pacesetters Lyceum and San Beda have now clinched their respective seats in the semifinals, while cellar dweller Mapua has been the first team to get the boot in the tourney.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 shutoutBut the seven other teams still have a crack at the last two spots, with a bounce here and a run there potentially deciding who will make it to the next round.Before that, let’s first take a loot at this week’s best seven players in the NCAA.1. Bong Quinto – F, Letran Knights21.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 assistsLast Week: N/A Steady is the word for Bong Quinto.The stocky scorer has kept the ship afloat for Letran as it got itself back on track, snapping its three-game losing skid and forcing a third place tie with JRU.Coach Jeff Napa said that the Knights have finally addressed their issues after that funk, and with Quinto being one of the team’s leaders, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if they secure one of those elusive Final Four seats sooner than later.2. CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates21 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 stealsLast Week: N/AADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ricafort eager to bring energy, help motivate Maroons Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments 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.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img At 5-8, Arellano is still just two games behind in the Final Four, but the Chiefs must step up in their next games if they want to make it to the postseason.7. Sidney Onwubere – F, EAC Generals19.0 points, 9.5 reboundsLast Week: N/AEAC remained in the running in the Final Four race, but could not extend its streak to three after suffering an 84-79 defeat to Arellano on Friday.But that wasn’t because Sidney Onwubere didn’t fight for the Generals, as the senior forward gave everything for his side.Still, EAC’s performance should be lauded given that it’s playing without its starting frontcourt, and coach Ariel Sison made it clear that the Generals will go for broke to reach its goal of making it to the Final Four. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

LeBron James ‘would love’ to have Dwyane Wade in Cleveland

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first_imgLATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City 2 gov’t execs wary of having separate dep’t for disaster risk reduction PLAY LIST 03:102 gov’t execs wary of having separate dep’t for disaster risk reduction00:50Trending Articles00:51Clarkson on being PH flag-bearer: One of the happiest moments in my career01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Knicks put cap on Carmelo Anthony era in NY Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James answers questions during the NBA basketball team media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)LeBron James said he would love Dwyane Wade to join the Cleveland Cavaliers.Wade and the Chicago Bulls have reached a buyout agreement and Cleveland is among his potential destinations. James and Wade won a couple of NBA titles together with the Miami Heat and are close friends.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  The two played four seasons together and had as many finals appearances with the Heat. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  READ: Wade, Bulls agree on buyout“I would love D-Wade to be a part of this team. I think he brings another championship DNA, a championship pedigree, brings another playmaker to the team who can get guys involved and can make plays and also just has a great basketball mind and I think it would be great to have him here,” said James.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 shutoutThe 32-year-old James, who is entering his 15th NBA season, said Monday at the Cavaliers media day that he has spoken to Wade, and plans to again.“I think it will be great to have him here and obviously our front office has done some great things throughout this summer so honestly, obviously, I’ve talked to D-Wade all summer and I probably will reach out to him as well, but it’s really not up to me, it’s kinda up to D-Wade,” James said. “If he can clear waivers then it’s up to our front office but I hope that we can bring him here. I would love to have him. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more

3-time Olympic champion ‘Pocket Hercules’ dies at 50

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first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES He was born to an ethnic Turkish family in Bulgaria, and defected to Turkey in 1986 while training in Australia.Regarded as a national hero in his adopted country, Suleymanoglu captured the hearts of Turks after winning his first gold at Seoul, South Korea, in 1988. Whenever Suleymanoglu returned home from a tournament, he would be greeted by thousands of fans who would lift him up on their shoulders.Suleymanoglu missed the 1984 Games at Los Angeles because of a Soviet-led boycott. Although only 17, he was the favorite to win the bantamweight gold.He was an outspoken critic of the Bulgarian government’s treatment of the Turkish minority in his homeland, and was forced by the authorities to change his surname to the more Slavic-sounding Shalamanov.When the Bulgarian weightlifting team went to a training camp at Melbourne, Australia, in 1986, he slipped away from the group while pretending to visit the restroom at a hotel.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments MOST READ Yankees acquire 17-year-old Then in trade with Mariners FILE- In this July 22, 1996 file photo, Naim Suleymanoglu, of Turkey, lifts 147.5kg, at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Turkey’s official news agency said Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, Suleymanoglu, the Turkish weightlifter who was known as “Pocket Hercules” and who won three straight Olympic gold medals for Turkey between 1988 and 1996, has died. Suleymanoglu was considered one of the sport’s greatest athletes and earned his nickname for his strength and diminutive size. He was 50. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)ANKARA, Turkey — Naim Suleymanoglu, the Turkish weightlifter who won three Olympic gold medals and was known as “Pocket Hercules,” died Saturday. He was 50.Suleymanoglu was considered one of the sport’s greatest athletes and earned his nickname for his strength and diminutive size. He died at an Istanbul hospital where he was receiving treatment for cirrhosis of the liver. He had been in intensive care since Sept. 28 and received a liver transplant in October, according to Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Suleymanoglu hid in Australia for several days before he went to the Turkish consulate to seek asylum. Eventually the Bulgarians allowed him to switch nationalities and he kissed the airport tarmac on arrival in Turkey. In 1986 he changed his name to the more Turkic-sounding Suleymanoglu.He went to the Seoul Olympics as a Turk and twice broke the world record in the snatch on the way to winning the gold medal.He competed unsuccessfully for a seat in Turkish parliamentary elections in 1999 and 2007. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The weightlifter — 1.47 meters (4-foot-10) tall — won three straight Olympic gold medals for Turkey between 1988 and 1996. The Bulgarian-born Suleymanoglu could lift three times his weight.He came out of retirement to try for a fourth gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 but missed all three of his lifts.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 shutout“I know only gold,” Suleymanoglu had said as he returned to competition. “I do not know about silver or bronze.”Suleymanoglu also won seven world and six European championships.last_img read more

Oladipo’s 19 leads Pacers, snapping Spurs’ home streak

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first_imgIndiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) drives to the basket past San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol (16) during the first half. APSAN ANTONIO — Indiana made itself at home at an arena that’s rarely hospitable to visiting teams.Victor Oladipo scored 19 points and the Pacers defeated San Antonio 94-86 on Sunday (Monday Manila time), snapping the Spurs’ 14-game home winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Asked if Dejounte Murray would continue to start at point guard, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, “We’ll see.”Murray had eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and four turnovers in 28 minutes.“A little different, so I guess we’re figuring where we need certain things (with Parker) coming off the bench to start the game,” Spurs guard Danny Green said. “Trying to get a happy medium of getting some fast pace, slower pace, getting it inside, working outside, but turn the ball over a little less, move it a little bit better.”Parker responded with 12 points, five assists and one turnover, but LaMarcus Aldridge struggled without the veteran point guard.The Pacers stymied Aldridge offensively even without the injured Myles Turner, limiting the Spurs forward to a season-low 10 points. Aldridge finished 5 for 14 from the field.ADVERTISEMENT Dinwiddie basket in last second, Nets beat Pistons Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting San Antonio lost at home for the third time this season and the first since Nov. 10 against Milwaukee.“It’s just a great win for this young team to come into San Antonio, where they only lost two games,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “This has always been a tough place to play and to end the road trip when you’re a little fatigued and a little tired. The challenge was mentally give yourself a chance by giving the effort, staying connected, playing together, and they did.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Pacers became the first Eastern Conference team in three years to sweep a season series from the Spurs.With Manu Ginobili, Rudy Gay and Kawhi Leonard out with injuries, San Antonio made a last-minute lineup change, bringing Tony Parker off the bench for the 14th time in 1,165 career games. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The difficulty of winning in San Antonio was not lost on veterans Collinson and Jefferson.“It’s big time,” Collison said. “Al and I were just talking about all that it takes to get a victory here. It’s a good win all around. If we can continue to keep this up, the way we’ve been playing, beating teams like this, we’re going to have a very good time.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES “Thaddeus (Young) did a really nice job of making LaMarcus work,” McMillan said. “You don’t stop those guys, but he was physical and made it tough for him to score. The rest of our guys did a good job defending and just keeping them in front.”Indiana, which led by as many as 17 points, had 15 steals while forcing 20 turnovers.“We did a great job just getting stops and moving the ball,” Oladipo said. “They’re a tough team to play against. Well-coached team, great players over there, it was a tough-fought team win. We’ve just got to build on it.”Darren Collison added 15 points for Indiana, which snapped a three-game losing streak in San Antonio.The Spurs pulled within 83-76 with 5:03 remaining on Davis Bertans’ 3-pointer, but San Antonio committed two turnovers on the next two possessions.“It happens a little too much with our team,” said Pau Gasol, who had 14 points. “We get a little bit out of whack. We don’t execute, we’re a little sloppy at times and we pay the price. We can’t afford mistakes like that.”TIP-INSPacers: Turner missed his seventh straight game with an injured right elbow. He high-stepped halfway down the baseline in celebration after Al Jefferson dunked on Gasol early in the fourth quarter. … The Pacers concluded their longest trip of the season, going 3-2. … Indiana came in averaging 106.5 points per game, which was 10th in the league.Spurs: Ginobili was a late scratch after being listed as questionable with bruised right thigh. … Popovich said he is still not sure when Leonard will return as he continues to rehabilitate right quadriceps tendinopathy. … Spurs players have missed 123 games collectively because of injuries and sat out 10 games for rest. … Aldridge’s previous low was 11 points against at Boston on Oct. 30.BIG WINlast_img read more

Irving sinks big shots for Cavs when need greatest

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first_imgCLEVELAND, OH – JUNE 09: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPKyrie Irving has become Cleveland’s clutch sharpshooter in the NBA playoffs, the Cavaliers guard making his biggest mark in must-win games.Irving will need all his skills Monday when the defending champions face Golden State in game five of the NBA Finals, the host Warriors up 3-1 in the best-of-seven showdown with a chance to reclaim the crown they lost to the Cavaliers last year.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? “We love how aggressive Kyrie has been,” Cavaliers star LeBron James said Sunday. “It has been great for our team with his ability to take big shots and knock them down.”Irving, who put the Cavaliers ahead to stay on a stunning 3-pointer in the final minute of game seven last year, scored 40 points Friday to lead Cleveland’s 137-116 home win over Golden State to extend the series, hitting seven of a finals-record 24 3-pointers for the Cavs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He has just been very special in closeout games,” James said. “He has always been built for the biggest moments and he showed that once again. It’s not surprising. He’s just that special.”Irving, who hit a playoff career-high 42 points against Boston in the penultimate game of the Eastern Conference finals, says closeout games bring out ultimate efforts. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Curry vows more aggressive play after finals struggles Teammate Richard Jefferson has a much less technical evaluation of Irving’s big shot success.“He embraces the moment,” Jefferson said. “At times he wants that moment so bad that he puts pressure on himself because he expects that much of himself. As a competitor, he wants to win. He’s not afraid of those moments. He looks forward to those moments.”Warriors coach Steve Kerr was overflowing in admiration as well, despite being on the beaten end of those heroics.“He was brilliant the last two games and we’ve got to do a better job on him,” Kerr said. “But there’s only so much you can do against certain guys. We’ll try our best to make things a little tougher on him, with full awareness that he may go for 40 again.”‘Clever creator of space’Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who often defends Irving, says his drives to the hoop are as deadly as his 3-pointers.“He has made a lot of contested shots. He has gotten to the basket a little too much for our liking,” Curry said.“Just try to make him play in a crowd as much as possible. That’s the biggest thing. He’ll have some runs, but over the course of the game you just want to make it tough.”Irving, 25, feels contact after nearly every shot now.“There’s not one possession where I come down where I’m not getting hit or hitting somebody, and that’s just the physicality of the finals,” he said. “I relish that challenge of becoming better and demanding more out of myself.” LATEST STORIES MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s a time to definitely show everything that you’re made of in those moments,” Irving said. “You never want to be in elimination games, but when you are, you want to be as prepared as possible.“Regardless of any situation, I feel like if I do a great job of giving confidence in my teammates and remaining calm, we have a great chance of coming out on the successful side.”‘He embraces the moment’Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue can see the difference in Irving from start of the finals to now.“Playing with more pace. Pushing the basketball. On misses or makes, he’s pushing it and trying to create an advantage there,” Lue said. “He’s attacking early. Not messing around with it too much. He’s one of the best one-on-one players in the game.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

Top talents now available for Gilas as PBA opens next season in December

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first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Celtics ink Paul Pierce to one-day contract Bracketed with Australia, Chinese Taipei and Japan, the Philippines will play games in those countries starting in November, before hosting the Aussies, the Taiwanese and the Japanese in games in Manila.The new scheduled is an arduous one and will have Gilas playing two games each in November, February and June next year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWith the new PBA opening schedule, the league also penciled its calendar to be playing elimination round games in the February and June playdates so as not to jeopardize title chances of teams where Gilas players will come from.Participation of the PBA’s veteran stars in the next Gilas event, the Fiba Asia Championship in Lebanon near the end of August, still hangs in the balance as it will run smack into the season-ending Governors’ Cup that opens this Wednesday. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer, the reigning three-time PBA MVP, Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort, Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra and Calvin Abueva of Alaska are just some of the names considered shoo-ins for Gilas in its toughest international tournaments.Gilas sent its team of Cadets and several amateurs led by Ray Parks and Kiefer Ravena to the Jones Cup here where the Filipinos hold a 2-1 record going into a clash with Japan’s Under-24 team at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.This same squad – save for import Mike Myers – will be flying to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to defend the Southeast Asian Games gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Team Philippines is assured of being represented by its best when the World Cup Qualifying starts in November as the PBA has agreed to push back the opening of its next season to December.This move, plans of which came out in an Inquirer reports several weeks back, was approved when the league’s board met a few days ago as the PBA does its part in helping Gilas Pilipinas come up with the best selection possible.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Carnival hits town as Mayweather and McGregor ready to fight

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The two got into an unplanned verbal confrontation as they moved between the outdoor stage and the arena, though it was brief. Bodyguards kept them apart and both fighters are smart enough not to do anything to jeopardize their immense paydays from what could be the richest fight ever.“It’s work,” Mayweather said when asked if he was having fun. “My job is to be a fighter.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMcGregor, meanwhile, reiterated his vow to knock Mayweather out within two rounds, and claimed the boxer was getting desperate in making comments about his weight and stamina.“Let him keep praying about weight and fatigue. All he’s doing is praying,” McGregor said. “But he’s praying to the new god of boxing.” Cavaliers trade Irving to Celtics for Thomas — source The crowd for one of the final promotional events was small and not terribly vocal, especially after waiting an hour or two in 100-degree heat to see the fighters. There was no one in line at T-Mobile Arena’s three ticket windows, where plenty of expensive tickets remain for the bout.The big money for the two fighters will come from pay-per-view sales, and early indications are that it could break all records. Some 50 million people may watch in the United States alone, with millions more tuning in worldwide.Estimates vary wildly, but Mayweather could pocket $200 million, while McGregor might make $100 million.The promotion has been more circus-like than anything, but both boxers said they were serious about putting on an explosive show on fight night.“This fight is not going to go the distance,” Mayweather said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games “I believe I’ll knock him out early, one or two rounds,” McGregor said.Both fighters seemed relaxed and confident, just days away from a fight that seemed improbable at times and impossible at other times. Yet they will meet under boxing rules in a scheduled 12-round fight that matches a UFC champion who has never boxed professionally against the master defensive fighter of his time.McGregor said it was just another progression in his fighting career, and chided Mayweather for saying he hopes the referee does his job and doesn’t allow McGregor to try any mixed martial arts moves against him.“I may make him beg me to follow the rules,” McGregor said.Mayweather said he expected McGregor to come out wildly and use roughhouse tactics, something Marcos Maidana did effectively when he fought Mayweather in 2014. But he said the Irish fighter can’t keep that up for 12 rounds and doesn’t understand what it is to get hit by a real boxing champion.“When he gets hit he’ll find out it’s totally different,” Mayweather said.While looking as fit as ever and insisting he is taking the fight seriously, Mayweather said he will be doing meet-and-greet experiences every night living up to the fight at his new strip club just off the Las Vegas Strip.“I’ll be at the Girl Collection every day this week,” he said. “Every day.” Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Floyd Mayweather Jr. motions to fans during the arrivals for their boxing match Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Las Vegas. Mayweather is scheduled to fight Conor McGregor in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — The carnival finally hit town Tuesday, with Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. putting on a bit of a fashion show before promising to knock each other out in their highly anticipated boxing match.Mayweather wore a fedora and gold rimmed glasses while McGregor sported a three-piece suit and tie and aviator sunglasses as they made separate appearances before a crowd of several hundred people in front of the arena where they will fight Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View commentslast_img read more

Butler says Kobe most unforgettable player, picks Houston to win west

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first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games But across the nine teams he played for in that stretch, there’s only one guy who stood out for the now-37-year-old.“I think the guy that jumps out of the screen is Kobe Bryant,” he said on Thursday during the media availability at NBA Store at Trinoma.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“He’s the second-best player to play the game of basketball, next to Michael Jordan. He’s one of the guys that taught me a lot about he game of basketball, enhanced my skillset, and I learned a lot from him about consistency and work ethic. I tip my hat to him.”Butler may have only spent a season with Bryant in Los Angeles, but he had a fruitful run with theLakers, averaging 15.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.4 steals in the 2004-2005 season. Though he was traded after the season to Washington, that was enough for the 6-foot-7 forward to sign a 5-year, $46-million deal with the Wizards as he, Gilbert Arenas, and Antawn Jamison formed the team’s “Big Three,” with Butler providing the toughness that earned him the nickname, “Tough Juice.”Looking at today’s NBA, Butler is glad to see that most of the superstars exemplify the same grit he had back in his heyday.“Russell Westbrook is relentless, aggressive, and he plays at an unbelievable pace. Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, and Kevin Durant are also some who have that ‘tough juice.’ Lebron James shows no signs of slowing down. There’s a lot of amazing talent in the league right now and I could go on forever,” he said.It shouldn’t come as a surprise, too, that these are the guys who Butler believes are capable of winning the Most Valuable Player award this year.“Lebron, KD, and Harden are my safe bets. If we’re gonna go out of the box, it’s Kyrie Irving and John Wall. But my wild card off the left field, it’s Blake Griffin,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PBA: Alaska staves off elimination, shackles Globalport NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Caron Butler could only smile as he looked back on his 14-year NBA career.ADVERTISEMENT Though much of Butler’s prediction coincides with the mainstream opinion, the Racine, Wisconsin native, though, offered one wild guess.“Houston’s gonna win the Western Conference,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

TNT KaTropa turn emotional as ‘brother’ Ranidel moves on after 9 years

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first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side While De Ocampo is leaving his longtime team, he is joining a familiar face on the Bolts bench—at least for the remainder of the PBA Governors’ Cup.“He and I have built a great friendship thru all our battles together both with TNT and Gilas, so I’m looking forward to having him around,” his former longtime teammate Jimmy Alapag told INQUIRER.net.“I feel he’s one of the best forwards to ever play in the PBA and an absolute winner who brings championship experience and leadership to the team,” added Alapag, who is an assistant coach for the Bolts but was tapped to call the shots for Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League.TNT veteran Harvey Carey, one of the last remaining players who suited up during Chot Reyes’ stint as coach, summed up de Ocampo as a “warrior” in his farewell message.“1 word describes @jutaca33: WARRIOR. Times may change but what was accomplished cannot be erased. Good luck tol,” Carey said on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games His departure has left his teammates and coaches in TNT emotional, as they took to social media to thank De Ocampo and wish him luck.“Countless unforgettable moments [Ranidel] through the years. Always a champion on and off the court. He will bring that winning attitude and find success wherever he goes. [I’m so impressed with this person. Thanks for everything, Del]! It will be weird to not see you in practice anymore,” TNT assistant coach Josh Reyes posted on his Instagram.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We are thankful for Ranidel’s service and sacrifice for TNT for the last 10 years. Built good relationships and memories along the way. He will surely be missed,” TNT head coach Nash Racela said in a text message to INQUIRER.net.The 35-year-old de Ocampo was the Finals MVP in two of those title runs with Talk ‘N Text, bagging the award in the 2013 Philippine Cup and 2015 Commissioner’s Cup. LATEST STORIES MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Even KaTropa rookie Roger Pogoy spoke of how valuable de Ocampo was to his young PBA career despite just spending nearly a full season as his teammate.“Kuya @jutaca33, I will never forget all your advices, both for the basketball and life. Salamat kuya,” Pogoy wrote on his Twitter account.The 13-year veteran played his first four years in the league as a member of the defunct Air21 Express and would likely end his career with Meralco but Talk ‘N Text will always be his team.He expressed his affection to the franchise moments after he got traded as he posted a team photo with the words, “Will always be my family.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ranidel de Ocampo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRanidel de Ocampo is not only a great player, he’s a class act as well as his former TNT coaches and teammates offered nothing but praise for the versatile forward.De Ocampo was traded to Meralco on Monday in a three-team deal, ending a nine-year stint with the Talk ‘N Text franchise that won six PBA titles during that stretch.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Despite training woes, Medina vows to give best for PH in ASEAN Para Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

Glen Rice Jr. drops triple-double as TNT nips NLEX

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first_imgJayson Castro had 13 points, including a clutch 3-pointer that gave the KaTropa a 110-106 lead with 1:12 remaining.“That was a hard-fought win. It’s good that we’re able to play together especially on the defensive end. We struggled a bit offensively but we’re able to organize ourselves in the endgame,” TNT coach Nash Racela told reporters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“The last few days were really tough for us. And for us to really have a good chance today, important thing is we accept the change, embrace the change right away and move forward right away,” Racela, whose squad improved to 6-3, said.The KaTropa played their first game without veteran forward Ranidel de Ocampo, who was sent to Meralco on Monday in a shocking three-team deal. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Practice was emotional yesterday. Ranidel dropped by practice to say goodbye. Fortunately, the guys were able to focus.”De Ocampo won six championships at Talk ‘N Text during his eight seasons with the franchise.Aaron Fuller led the Road Warriors, who remained in second place despite sliding to 7-3, with 28 points and 18 rebounds while Alex Mallari had 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists.Larry Fonacier, the former longtime TNT swingman, who was traded to NLEX four months ago late in the Commissioner’s Cup, played against his former team for the first time and had 10 points off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT Glen Rice Jr. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — Glen Rice Jr. did a little bit of everything and TNT scraped past NLEX, 112-107, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night at Ynares Center here. Rice notched a triple-double with 25 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists with five blocks while Troy Rosario added 17 points and 12 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte tells PSC to include IPs, out of school youth in recruitment Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:14Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao01:53Gov’t, MNLF creating panels to ‘move forward’ in peace talks02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

IOA sacks Suresh Kalmadi, V K Malhotra to replace him

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first_imgSuresh Kalmadi was on Tuesday removed as the president of the Indian Olympic Association in the wake of his arrest in the Commonwealth Games scam case.The decision to remove him was taken at a meeting of the IOA members where a no-confidence motion was moved, which saw vice-president Vijay Kumar Malhotra being elected as the interim president.After his arrest on Monday, the former Organising Committee chief was immediately suspended from the Congress.  Minister of State of Sports Ajay Maken on Monday had indicated that Suresh Kalmadi’s days as Indian Olympic Association head may soon be over in the wake of his arrest in the Commonwealth Games scam case.  “While we have asked the IOA to take action against Kalmadi, we are also seeking legal opinions and the views of Attorney General G.E. Vahanwati. So, even if the IOA doesn’t taken action, we will remove Kalmadi if the AG gives the go-ahead,” Maken had told Headlines Today. On being asked if he believes that a tainted person should not head the IOA, Maken said, “I entirely agree. A tainted person should not represent India at the international fora. However, since IOA is an autonomous body, we need to be careful about the IOC guidelines.” Slipper thrown at Kalmadi On Tuesday, when Kalmadi was being taken to court by the CBI, a man flung a slipper at him. Although Kalmadi was not hurt in the incident, the alleged attacker was immediately taken into custody. He was identified as Manoj Sharma and was being questioned by the police.advertisementManoj is a Gwalior-based lawyer, whose license was revoked earlier for rowdy behaviour inside court. He reportedly came to Delhi two days ago, with an affidavit demanding Kalmadi’s arrest. He has reportedly told the police that he is a warrior against corruption.last_img read more

Model Sonia Dara first South Asian to feature in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue

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first_imgLife has not been the same since 21-year-old Sonia Dara became the first South Asian model of Indian descent to feature in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue in 2010.An economics major at Harvard University, US, Dara recently appeared as a guest judge on the show America’s Next Top Model and,Life has not been the same since 21-year-old Sonia Dara became the first South Asian model of Indian descent to feature in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue in 2010.An economics major at Harvard University, US, Dara recently appeared as a guest judge on the show America’s Next Top Model and had some vital inputs for the contestants. But rather than letting success go to her head, Dara says she intends to use her fame for the causes she believes in. Is there a beauty pageant winner in there?last_img read more

No action likely on Dow Chemical sponsorship issue

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first_imgThe London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is unlikely to take any action on the London Assembly resolution passed on Wednesday, seeking a rethink on the sponsorship awarded to Dow Chemical Company.The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, dismissed the motion agreed to by the full Assembly urging the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the national organising committee to consider the “envrionmental, social, ethical and human rights records of companies when awarding highprofile partnership and sponsorship” deals.”I have not seen the motion,” Johnson said when asked during a media tour around the Olympic Village organised by LOCOG on Thursday afternoon. He was unwilling to entertain any more questions on the subject, choosing to answer other queries about the preparedness of the Games.The London Assembly acts as a system of checks and balances on the mayor and looks into matters that affect Londoners. Johnson is the most high-profile face of the London Olympics.Dow Chemical is under pressure to withdraw from its sponsorship of the Games, which included paying for the fabric wrap around the Olympic Stadium. In 2001, the company had bought out the Union Carbide Corporation, which had been held responsible for the Bhopal gas tragedy in 1984, killing thousands and injuring tens of thousands.On Wednesday, Navin Shah, an Assembly member who proposed the motion, said in a statement that it was time for LOCOG and the IOC to “take their ethical and sustainability code seriously” and exclude Dow Chemical from future sponsorship deals. “It’s not too late to clean up their act. We owe it to the victims and their families to demand actions and implement changes,” he said.advertisementShah acknowledged that almost 30 years after the Bhopal disaster, the factory site had still not been cleared and the survivors and their families continued to fight for compensation. Dow has maintained that it was not responsible for the disaster, and that Union Carbide had paid court-ordered compensation.Darren Johnson, who had seconded the motion in the Assembly, said in a statement that it was ridiculous to argue that a company “could be absolved by a takeover deal. When Dow bought Union Carbide, they also took on the responsibility, alongside the assets. It’s high time they lived up to it.”The Assembly motion, passed by a margin of 16 votes to seven, had called upon the two bodies to introduce criteria for the selection of worldwide partners and high-profile sponsors, and “review their current partnership with Dow in light of those criteria”.In India, calls for boycott of the Games because of Dow sponsorship by some politicians as well as non-government organisations have not found widespread favour, especially among athletes. Efforts to urge a review of the Supreme Court-ordered settlement on the Bhopal gas tragedy have remained unsuccessful.last_img read more

India can’t afford to lose their next match against Kiwis

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first_imgThe match between India and the Netherlands was a game of two halves. After giving the Dutch a lot of space to move around in the first period, the Indians got their act together and with a bit of luck, could have earned a share of the spoils.In the first half, India put pressure on themselves by wrong passing and lack of co-ordination. The Netherlands got hold of the game and scored twice, though both goals could have been prevented.Robert van der Horst was given acres of space in the danger area and even when he entered the striking circle, Sardar Singh was too slow to close him down.Even the second goal, which came off a penalty corner, could have been avoided. Manpreet Singh was on the line and got his stick to Roderick Weusthof’s shot, but could not keep it down.Sardar seemed off colour in the first half, but was his usual self in the second. The other player to have a great game was captain and goalkeeper Bharat Chetri, who made three or four great saves. SV Sunil was also good with the ball and went past defenders regularly.Chief coach Michael Nobbs would have changed tactics at half-time as the Indians came out recharged in the second half. Their physical fitness came to the fore and Indians outclassed the Dutch in the second half.I am disappointed that after Dharamvir Singh and Shivendra Singh scored, India allowed the Netherlands to score a third goal.advertisementNobody charged out Mink van der Weerden as he came inside to shoot home. India earned two penalty corners but failed to convert either. Indians have started their campaign with a respectable performance, though I would have been much happier if the match had ended in a draw.They face New Zealand next. The Kiwis lost to Korea in their opener, but they have always given India a tough game. They are fighters and have a very good penalty corner battery. We are slow starters at the Olympics, so all is not lost yet.(The writer is a 1980 Moscow Olympics gold medallist)last_img read more

Asian Cup: Azkals impress in loss to South Korea

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first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Playing with laser-like focus against a side that regularly plays in the World Cup, the Azkals defended stoutly and looked dangerous on the counterattack for 65 minutes, before they were left undone by a classy finish from Hwang Uijo. The Korean striker turned and rifled the ball past Michael Falkesgaard, bringing relief to his side that struggled to break down the disciplined and well-drilled Azkals, who are the lowest ranked side in Group C at No. 116. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMichael Falkesgaard pulled off two big saves in the first half to keep the Azkals in the match, before Javier Patino had a couple of golden opportunities to put the Philippines in front. His best chance came early in the second half when he broke free on the left only to fire a tamed effort straight at Kim Seunggyu. Patino had a volley saved by Kim on the counter late in the second half.  PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 ‘Yellow vest’ boxer arrested after assaulting French policeman SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion South Korea’s forward Jaesung Lee (up) heads the ball during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup football game between Korea Republic and Philippines at the al-Maktoum stadium in Dubai on January 07, 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)DUBAI—The result was not ideal, but it was a memorable debut nonetheless for the Philippines in the AFC Asian Cup. The Azkals held their ground against powerhouse South Korea before conceding in the second half as they fell to a 0-1 defeat in their first AFC Asian Cup match at Al Maktoum Stadium here. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño As it stands, Korea and China lead the group with three points each. The Chinese came from behind to beat Kyrgyzstan, 2-1, in the other match. The Azkals travel to Abu Dhabi on Tuesday as they prepare for the clash against China set on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: France vs Honduras, Group E- Benzema’s twin strike sinks La Bicolor

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first_imgKarim Benzema scored three goals as France romped to a 3-0 win over Honduras Karim Benzema scored twice and created a third that was confirmed by goal-line technology as France eased into its World Cup campaign with a 3-0 victory over Honduras on Sunday.The convincing victory – albeit against a 10-man team for more than 45 minutes – was in stark contrast to the team’s performances in South Africa four years ago, when the highly paid squad failed to win a single match and was sent home in a disgrace after going on a training strike.It now tops group E and, with Switzerland and Ecuador left to play, stands a good chance of staying there.”Winning 3-0 at a World Cup isn’t easy,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “(The players should) savor the moment, there’s nothing more wonderful. We’re going recover and then go again in five days’ time.”Benzema’s first goal came from the penalty spot just before halftime after Wilson Palacios was sent off with his second yellow card for charging into the back of Paul Pogba. The Real Madrid striker calmly slotted the ball to the left of Noel Valladares to give the French a deserved lead going into the break.”It’s my first World Cup and I think we’re all satisfied with the result,” Benzema said. “It was important to win this match.”With Honduras down to 10 men, France didn’t take long to double the score, thanks again to the Real Madrid striker and the first decisive use of goal line technology in a World Cup.advertisementYohan Cabaye, whose pass had earlier picked out Pogba to give the French their penalty, struck a long ball that Benzema shot across the goal. The ball came back off the post across goal before Valladares fumbled it over his own line. With the new technology system confirming the ball crossed the line, referee Sandro Ricci gave the own goal despite Honduran protests.MATCH COMMENTARY Benzema got his second on the 72nd minute, firing in powerfully from inside the area after a long-range shot by right back Mathieu Debuchy was blocked.”Obviously Karim did well because he scored and he was decisive for us,” Deschamps said. “But I was also pleased with our team spirit and our collective way of playing. They defended with a lot of aggression; it was pretty difficult to find an opening even though we hit the crossbar twice. The sending off changed things. We had a lot of space and could take advantage of it.”Les Bleus, featuring just five holdovers from 2010, dominated from the opening whistle against a Honduran team seeking its first World Cup win. The Central Americans had a reputation for aggressive play going into the match, and their 14 fouls and one expulsion will only add to that.The Hondurans’ physical approach succeeded in stifling some of the approach play of the French, but the 1998 champions looked especially dangerous down both flanks in the first half hour.Blaise Matuidi connected with a cross but saw his header tipped onto the bar by Noel Valladares, while Antoine Griezmann, playing in place of Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, also rattled the woodwork after climbing high in the six-yard box.French keeper Hugo Lloris didn’t have to touch the ball until the 31st minute and didn’t have to make a save all night against a team that managed just 37 percent of the possession.”I think they played better than us so there are no excuses,” said Honduras coach Luis Suarez. “There are certain things that we will have to improve in the future, but sometimes it is difficult to play with a man less, especially when you are facing a team that’s very well organized.”He denied his team had played rough.”I don’t think we crossed the line,” he said. “Of course we have a strong and intense style, but we respect the game.”The only downside for the French fans was that the teams’ national anthems weren’t played before the game because of an apparent malfunction – meaning they didn’t get a chance to sing “La Marseillaise.” FIFA later saidt was a malfunction and promised that it wouldn’t happen again.Team Line-ups(from):France: Hugo Lloris, Mathieu Debuchy, Mamadou Sakho, Raphael Varane, Patrice Evra, Yohan Cabaye, Paul Pogba, , Blaise Matuidi, Mathieu Valbuena, Karim Benzema, Antoine GriezmannHonduras: Noel Valladares, Brayan Beckeles, Maynor Figueroa, Andy Najar, Victor Bernardez, Emilio Izaguirre, Luis Garrido, Luis Garrido, Carlo Costly, Roger Espinoza, Jerry Bengstonlast_img read more

Lords Test: Won’t regret missing out on ton if we win Test, says Indian opener Murali Vijay

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first_imgMurali VijayIndian opener Murali Vijay has said that he will not feel dejected on missing out on a century at Lord’s if his team goes onto win the second Test against England on Monday.Chasing 319 for victory, the hosts slumped to 105 for four at stumps on day four. This was after Vijay’s patient knock of 95 runs had guided his team to 342 in their second innings.”It is disappointing to miss the hundred but I will take it any day if we can win the Test match tomorrow,” said a smiling Vijay after the day’s play.”The game is very well placed and (Ravindra) Jadeja is spinning the ball well. The fast bowlers can help too because it is doing a lot for spinners because of footmarks on the pitch. It will be a fifth day pitch and it will have wear and tear,” he added.While Jadeja will have a prominent role to play as a bowler on the final day of the Test, he had a major say as a batsman in how things shaped up on the fourth day here.Jadeja struck his maiden Test fifty, scoring 66 runs overall and his 99-run partnership for the eight wicket with Bhuvneshwar Kumar came in a whirlwind manner to knock the wind out of England.”Jadeja really played well and that helped us gain momentum. Obviously Bhuvneshwar is hitting the ball really well in this series and that has put us in a good position,” said Vijay.When asked if the James Anderson incident in the first Test at Nottingham had inspired him, the batsman replied, “When Jadeja came into bat, I could feel the energy that he will do something special. His intent was very special. I was playing the anchor role but I got out and he capitalised on his intent. He is a fighter and he was showing it with his celebration on reaching the fifty as well.” .advertisementBut the ground work for this impactful innings was laid only by Vijay’s patient and calm knock. He faced 247 balls and struck 11 fours, building a 79-run partnership with skipper MS Dhoni and helped India get into a position of advantage.”They were bowling in an off-stump channel and the wicket was doing a bit, I just thought I will tire them out. If I get a good ball there isn’t much I can do about it. So I just focussed hard and batted.”The first hour of play here is very crucial, especially in this match it has been tough because the ball is moving around. I thought there are more attacking batsmen after me so I will just bat till the second new ball comes,” said Vijay.”I have waited for my chance and worked hard. I believed that I will get my turn and when I have got it, I have just grabbed it. In international cricket, you have to play your natural game because the game is unpredictable,” he added, reflecting on his recent success.The final question then remains is if India can go on to win their first overseas Test since 2011.”We are all pumped up to do something special, we are here to prove a point and win a game,” was Vijay’s reply.last_img read more

LA Galaxy unveil statue of Beckham before 2-1 win over Chicago

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first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Arena spoke during the ceremony and Jones was among the former players who were in the crowd.“In this era of analytics I am sure David’s numbers would not stand out,” Arena said. “But when he scored goals, he scored decisive goals. He was simply a great leader and winner.”Beckham was also placed in the team’s Ring of Honor at halftime. He will have a chance to his statue often during future seasons as he is one of the owners of Inter Miami FC, which will begin play in MLS next year.“My commitment to his league and country was always a lot more than on the field,” Beckham said. “I wanted to grow the game and play a small part in growing this league and making it bigger. I think we have been successful but there still is a long way to go but I think we are very happy with the growth over the past 10 years.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy No. 3 Duke rolls past Miami 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Former LA Galaxy MLS soccer midfielder David Beckham looks at a statue of himself at Legends Plaza in front of Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)CARSON, Calif. — Major League Soccer’s past, present and future all converged at Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday night.One of the highlights of the opening day of the league’s 24th season was the LA Galaxy unveiling a statue of David Beckham before their 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire. Beckham played six seasons with the Galaxy (2007-12) and led them to two championships.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endcenter_img Beckham saw one of the league’s top players make an impact in the Galaxy’s 2-1 victory. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on a header in the 80th minute for the go-ahead goal. Chicago’s C.J. Sapong opened the scoring in the 49th minute and Daniel Steres tied it in the 68th on a header.Beckham’s signing gave higher prominence to the league internationally as more top players arrived and fan interest increased.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“No doubt our league wouldn’t be what it is today if David didn’t make that decision,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said during a pregame ceremony. “At that time we were a fledgling business and trying to figure out if soccer would make it in America. His signing told the world that Major League Soccer could be the league of choice.”Beckham admitted that he felt a little sheepish to be the franchise’s first statue in their legends plaza, which is located outside the stadium’s main entrance. Former coach Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan and Cobi Jones have had success both in MLS and with the U.S. national team. In sketches of the plaza, AEG, which owns the Galaxy, has plans for more statues. MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Finals slot in sight

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first_imgThe physicality of the match hit Phoenix hard, as the Fuel Masters lost two players—Alex Mallari and Jaypee Mendoza—to ejections.Calvin Abueva finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Fuel Masters, but he was the only player in double figures for his squad, which gave up 100 points for the first time this conference.A lot of that had to do with the Beermen finding their range, with five players finishing in double figures—and that doesn’t even include June Mar Fajardo, the reigning five-time MVP who played limited minutes and finished with just nine points.The Beermen also kept Marcio Lassiter’s minutes at the minimum after the gunner missed Game 3 due to a sore back.San Miguel’s defense also bared its teeth, with the Beermen holding the Fuel Masters to just 35 percent shooting from the field. With Matt Ganuelas-Rosser in the lead, the Beermen also held Phoenix gunner Matthew Wright to just six points on 3-of-14 shooting. And the Beermen, on the heels of a 114-91 semifinal rout of the Phoenix Fuel Masters in Game 4 late Tuesday night, are now on the verge of a Finals berth in the PBA Philippine Cup.“Finally, we had a good start. And that’s what we really needed to dictate the game,” coach Leo Austria said after a late burst in the first quarter gave the Beermen the early lead at Cuneta Astrodome.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, logisticsBut the Beermen really put the game away in the third, when offseason acquisition Terrence Romeo waxed hot and helped his team cruise—leading by as many as 30—on the way to a 3-1 series lead.Romeo, who finished with 20 to lead the Beermen, drilled five of his six looks from deep in the third to deflate Phoenix in a game which turned physical several times. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Already flashing a defense that was both unflinching and unforgiving, San Miguel Beer got a huge boost in the third quarter when its offense began humming.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Battle for survival Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Romeo dropped 17 of his total in the third period alone.“I think that was the turning point. He was, at the right time, at the right place,” Austria said of his ward. “He was the main man tonight.”The Beermen can finish off the Fuel Masters on Thursday in Game 5, an opportunity that Austria targeted going into Tuesday’s match.“Game 4 was very important. We didn’t want to go into a 50-50 situation. I think we’ve learned a lot from our quarterfinals experience,” Austria said.“Whatever they threw at us, we were ready,” Austria said. “Everyone wanted to win so badly.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Gennady Golovkin splits with long-time trainer Sanchez over money dispute

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first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “I would like to announce that I have made a major decision for myself and for my career,” Golovkin said.“I want to build on what I have already achieved and continue to better myself. Therefore, I will not be training with Abel Sanchez.”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, logisticsShortly after Golovkin’s announcement, Sanchez issued his own statement, blaming “greed” for the boxer’s decision.“He insisted on an insulting new trainer compensation schedule,” Sanchez said. FILE – Trainer Abel Sanchez (L) and WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin attend a news conference at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 12, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPFormer world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and long-time trainer Abel Sanchez parted company on Wednesday in an acrimonious split apparently triggered by a dispute over money.Golovkin, who recently signed a lucrative six-fight deal with streaming company DAZN, confirmed the break-up of one of boxing’s most famous partnerships in a short statement.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “My dignity and honor does not allow me to be screwed like that. It’s unfortunate being greedy, being ungrateful, and (having) no ethics, honor or integrity will end this relationship.”The decision means Golovkin will have a new trainer in his corner when he returns to the ring in June.Golovkin owned the World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation world titles until last September, when he lost a 12-round majority decision to Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas.The 37-year-old Kazakhstan fighter, 38-1-1 with 34 knockouts, is scheduled to return to action on June 8 at Madison Square Garden in New York against unbeaten Canadian Steve Rolls, 19-0 with 10 knockouts.It will be the first time “Triple G” will enter the ring without Sanchez guiding him since they began working together in early 2010.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img They won 20 fights together, only denied victory by Alvarez in a September 2017 draw and last September’s defeat.“This was not an easy decision for me and it is not a reflection on Abel’s professional abilities. He is a great trainer, a loyal trainer, and a Hall of Fame trainer,” Golovkin said.“I will be announcing my new trainer at a later date. But today, I want to thank Abel for the lessons he taught me in boxing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Steve Kerr rips Warriors after Game 5 loss: ‘We seemed to take it for granted’ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more