Tenorio reminds Kings to keep emotions in check amid heated battle

first_imgNash Racela throws shade at ‘perfectly officiated ball game’ Things got heated in the second quarter between TNT import Glen Rice Jr. and Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer and this altercation led to the Racela-Chua beef behind the Big Dome’s curtains.READ: TNT pulls even, turns back Ginebra in semis game 2Tenorio, who also tried to calm things down between Racela and Chua, was seen trying to pacify any potential outbursts in the second half, talking to both his teammates and Racela to prevent  any more arguments.“I just kept on reminding the players that they have to be smart and that they can’t complain too much about the officiating because it’s beyond our control,” said Tenorio who finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists.“The officials are just doing their job, and us players should also do our job. We have to defend, be physical, but be smart.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight And with emotions running high between both camps, Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio just reminded his teammates to calm down and just play their game.READ: Ginebra routs TNT in Game 1 of PBA semis 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 kept on reminding the players, especially during the halftime break, that we’re not going to back down but we’re going to play smart,” said Tenorio Friday as his Gin Kings escaped the KaTropa 106-103 to take a 2-1 series lead.Physicality has been an encompassing theme of the game with Ginebra and TNT combining for 59 fouls, two more than the total free throw attempts between the two teams.center_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PBA IMAGESA deluge of emotions poured over the noisy Smart Araneta Coliseum in Game 3 of the semifinals series between TNT and Barangay Ginebra.As the predominantly Ginebra crowd shouted the deafening “Gi-Ne-Bra” chant, TNT head coach Nash Racela exchanged barbs with Gin Kings governor Alfrancis Chua in the halftime break.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

Argentina heads for World Cup, but hurdles still lie ahead

first_imgArgentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Ecuador during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match in Quito, on October 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Juan RuizArgentina was in trouble until the final round of South American qualifying for the World Cup, and needed Lionel Messi to seal his country’s place at soccer’s global showcase.Now comes the really difficult part.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Given Argentina’s World Cup tradition, the 3-1 win earned against Ecuador with Messi’s hat trick was little short of mandatory. But coach Jorge Sampaoli still has a lot to fix in a squad that almost made Argentina miss a World Cup for the first time in 48 years.Here is a look at the issues facing the team: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 shutoutDependence on MessiAt a crucial moment, Argentina needed Messi to step in and avoid what could have been a humiliating exit. And he certainly delivered, with his three goals against Ecuador worth a place at next year’s finals. Goalkeeper Sergio Romero is also on good form despite being a reserve at Manchester United. Defenders Nicolas Otamendi, Gabriel Mercado and Marcos Acuna have similarly earned praised for their performances.Coaching changesSampaoli was the team’s third coach during qualifying, with the former Chile and Sevilla manager taking over four months ago after Edgardo Bauza was fired. Bauza stayed on the job for only eight matches, after succeeding Gerardo Martino.Argentina never used the same starting lineup twice in its 18 matches, a statistic which many believe has made it less effective as a team and more reliant on the individual talent of Messi.Now Sampaoli has eight months to find the right partners for Messi and help him claim soccer’s most coveted trophy. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Russia might be Messi’s last World Cup, and it will definitely be his final attempt at the peak of his powers. At the 2022 tournament in Qatar, the Argentine will be 35 years old.Regardless of his numerous titles with Barcelona, he has still to win a major one for Argentina.“The nationality of the best player in the world is luckily Argentine”, Sampaoli told reporters. “Messi does not owe a World Cup to Argentina, it is football that owes a World Cup to him. We have the chance to help, he is the best player ever.”The dependence on Messi has been proportional to the lack of goals from other players.Goal droughtADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Argentina scored only 19 goals in its 18 games in South American qualifying, tying with Paraguay for the second-worst record. Messi scored seven, and no other player added more than two goals.In the standings, South American leader Brazil and second-place Uruguay scored 41 and 32 goals, respectively.Messi’s hat trick in Quito gave Argentina its first goals in open play since a 3-0 victory over Colombia in November 2016.Sampaoli replaced veteran striker Gonzalo Higuain for Boca Juniors’ target man Dario Benedetto, and he has also brought in players that had been overlooked, like Mauro Icardi and Alejandro Gomez.None of them did any better.Sergio Aguero missed the last two rounds due to injury. He and Angel Di Maria will have to step up in Russia, while Sampaoli will also have to find a way to use Juventus starlet Paulo Dybala.Doubts about MacheranoArgentina also faces problems in defense, despite conceding only 16 goals, the second-lowest number in South American qualifying. Veteran defender Javier Mascherano seems to be at the end of his impressive run at 33 years of age.It was a mistake by Mascherano that allowed Ecuador to open the scoring on Tuesday and he has been frequently replaced by Sampaoli.Moving Mascherano back to a midfield role seems unlikely, as Enzo Perez, Lucas Biglia and Ever Banega have all done well in recent games. LiAngelo Ball center of attention at UCLA media day Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Bolts continue to lose key players as Hodge suffers suspected knee injury

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESThe injury bug bit Meralco anew on Wednesday in its duel against Phoenix.With Ranidel de Ocampo (calf) and Jared Dillinger (foot) still nursing their respective injuries, the undermanned Bolts continued to lose vital players with Cliff Hodge injuring his right knee in the 92-20 win.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Bolts are desperate to make a late run in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, and will need to sweep their remaining games against Ginebra and Magnolia for them to have a chance to advance.Unfortunately, with Hodge possibly out, that slim window may be slowly closing as we speak. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Alas rues missed target but still confident of Phoenix’s chancescenter_img The energetic forward was going for a shot late in the third quarter but his knees collided with Willy Wilson which sent him sprawling in pain on the floor.Though he was still able to shoot the succeeding free throws, he was unable to proceed in the next possession and hobbled his way out of the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That didn’t look good,” remarked coach Norman Black when asked about Hodge’s status. “I have no idea at this point, but according to Willy Wilson, he banged knees with him, so that’s something completely different from what he’s been struggling with this entire conference which is the ankle injury.”Hodge was immediately sent to Makati Medical Center to undergo MRI, but by the looks of it, he might miss Meralco’s crucial tiff against Ginebra on Sunday. 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 View comments AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal PLAY LIST 02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Read Nextlast_img read more

Wizards hold off LeBron, new-look Cavaliers

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Bradley Beal scored 18 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 17 and tried to untie the sneakers of one of Cleveland’s new players, and the Wizards withstood a late assault by LeBron James to beat the new-look Cavs 110-103 on Thursday night.The Wizards, who have been playing for weeks without Wall, their super-speedy star guard, nearly blew a late 11-point lead as James scored 14 straight points to pull the Cavs within 106-103. But Beal hit a driving layup and James missed a free throw and committed a lane violation while intentionally missing the second one and the Wizards held on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We hung together,” said Wizards coach Scott Brooks. “We showed great resolve. That’s what we talked about. Resiliency is what successful teams do in this league. We’ve been showing that. We’ve just got to keep doing it.”Washington is 8-2 since Wall went down with a knee injury. Tomas Satoransky, who has been starting in Wall’s spot, added 17 points, eight assists and didn’t have a turnover in 31 minutes. Burke leads Knicks past Magic to end 8-game losing streak Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson battle for the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Maybe life without John Wall won’t be as miserable as the Wizards feared.The All-Star break barely slowed them down, and the Cavaliers couldn’t stop them either.ADVERTISEMENT James, back from winning MVP honors at the All-Star Game, scored 32 — 14 in the fourth — for the Cavs, who dropped to 2-1 since acquiring four new players before the trade deadline. J.R. Smith added 15 for Cleveland.Despite the loss, James was encouraged by the performance.“I think we played well tonight, even though we lost,” James said. “I hate losing, obviously, but I think the way we played, the way we shared the ball. Defensively, we were flying around as well and those guys, they just played better than us tonight. I like the start, I like the direction we’re headed.”The Wizards spoiled the home debuts for Larry Nance Jr., George Hill, Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson, four new faces the Cavs are hoping can get them back to the NBA Finals.But there are more obstacles in the Eastern Conference than ever and the Wizards could be a much tougher out in the postseason — with or without Wall. Washington overcame an early 12-point deficit and matched Cleveland’s intensity.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ LATEST STORIES Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving After making just one 3-pointer in the first quarter, the Wizards dropped four deep shots in a span of 2:24 of the second quarter.Oubre and Markieff Morris each made two 3s during Washington’s barrage, which enabled the Wizards to take a 57-54 lead at halftime.UP NEXTWizards: Host Charlotte on Friday.Cavaliers: At Memphis on Friday. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img “It was a great team effort,” said Beal, who added nine assists. “We know the games before the break and the game after the break are always the toughest ones to get, especially when you’re playing a team like this. It was definitely a challenge for us.“The rest of the year is going to be a challenge for us, but we did a great job starting out.”Oubre tried to give the Wizards an extra advantage when he reached over during a dead-ball situation and tried to untie one of Hood’s shoes.“I was just joking,” explained Oubre, whose tactic was exposed by the Cavs with a replay on their giant scoreboard. “I was down on my knees and his teammates were like, ‘Tie your shoes.’ He laughed about it. He was trying to snitch on me to the ref. That’s my guy, though.”The four newest Cavs received warm ovations when introduced, with Nance Jr. getting the biggest roar from fans who remember his shot-blocking, dunking dad. Larry Nance Sr. was a two-time All-Star during eight seasons with Cleveland.TIP-INSWizards: Brooks would not confirm reports Washington will sign veteran G Ramon Sessions to a 10-day contract. He was released by New York last month. Washington has been playing without Wall, who had surgery on his left knee in late January and could be out until the playoffs. The 31-year-old Sessions served as Wall’s backup from 2014-16.Cavaliers: Smith’s recent fast starts have been a key to Cleveland’s success. Smith is shooting 18 of 21 — 14 of 15 from the 3-point range — in the first quarter of the past six games. “When he’s making shots,” said coach Tyronn Lue, “we’re a different team.” … James became the seventh player with 11,000 career field goals. … The trades brought an infusion of youth to what was the league’s oldest roster. “It’s not an old team anymore,” Lue said. “We’ve definitely gotten younger.” … Signed G Marcus Thornton to a 10-day contract.NO. 22 AGAINBefore the game, Nance Jr. announced that the NBA will allow him to wear his dad’s retired No. 22 jersey, which will remain hanging from the rafters in Quicken Loans Arena.“I’m ecstatic about it,” said Nance Jr., who will switch from 24 to 22 next week.The elder Nance took part in an in-game skit, holding the ball over his head as Moondog, the team’s furry mascot, dunked off a trampoline.OUTSIDE WASHINGTON AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:29Police 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 Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Celtics’ Thomas says hip surgery not top option

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Miyazato retiring from LPGA Tour after 2017 season The injury means the ball joint in the hip socket is not moving freely.Thomas, who averaged 28.9 points per game during the regular season and 23.3 during the postseason, scored 19 total points in the first two games against Cleveland. He played just 18 minutes in game two while playing through the lingering pain.Tough and determinedLeBron James, who scored 35 points on Thursday night in Game 5 as the Cavaliers finished off the Celtics, expressed his admiration for Thomas after the two stars embraced on the court.“Throughout the series, I didn’t get the opportunity to have that moment (with Thomas),” James said Thursday night.James was impressed with Thomas’s performance in the playoffs, which began a day after his 22-year-old sister Chyna was killed in a car crash.“I know I said a few things in the media about the situation he was going through, but I was happy to see him, give him a big hug from myself and my family.“Just how tough and determined the guy is, to be able to go through the situation he was going through on a day-to-day basis, still being focused and maintaining his focus for the team, you know, family is everything. Basketball comes second after family. To see him perform the way he was performing in the playoffs under the circumstances, it was a treat to watch.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Cavs beat the Celtics 135-102 in game five on Thursday to book a third straight NBA Finals clash with the Golden State Warriors.Thomas told reporters Friday that he won’t be able to determine a rehabilitation plan until the swelling subsides in his hip.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“(Surgery is) not the number one option right now, but it could be once the swelling goes down,” Thomas said.“They want to let (the swelling) die down a little bit then take another MRI once everything is down and it’s back to normal. We’ll go from there. Hopefully I don’t have to have surgery, but I know that is an option.” LATEST STORIES Thomas said there is not a timetable until more tests can be run, but he has full confidence knowing Celtics coach Brad Stevens and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge will keep in mind the best path to his long-term health.“I’ve got to do what’s best for me in the long run, what’s best for my body,” Thomas said.“As Brad continues to say each and every day, it’s how you’re healthiest for the long run. Even Danny and those guys say that, so that says a lot about who they are as people.”Thomas initially injured his hip in the third quarter of a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 15.The 28-year-old Thomas aggravated the injury in game six of the Celtics’ second-round series against the Washington Wizards.ADVERTISEMENT Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas APBoston Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas said surgery is not currently the best option for his injured right hip although it could eventually prove necessary.Thomas aggravated a right hip injury in the second game of the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers and missed the rest of the series.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds View commentslast_img read more

No reversal of PacHorn decision, says WBO

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jeff Horn, left, of Australia and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)After calls for a review of the world welterweight title bout between Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao, World Boxing Organization said that the controversial ending couldn’t be reversed.The sanctioning body said that a reversal is only possible if there was violation of any law or if fraud was evident in the fight. Both instances, though, weren’t found in the 12-round fight that Horn won via unanimous decision in Brisbane, Australia.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong For some players, 2 teams now mean 2 chances at NBA 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 Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend READ: NBA players, US celebrities upset over Horn winPacquiao backed GABs request, saying he doesn’t want to see the sport die “because of unfair decision and officiating.”Horn won the fight through the judges’ scorecards, 117-111, 115-113, 115-113, despite hitting less punches than Pacquiao, 182-92.There were also visible accidental headbutts from Horn, causing cuts to open on Pacquiao’s head, but only the WBC reprimands a one-point deduction for such actions, not the WBO.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend READ: Pacquiao demands ‘closure’ from WBO on controversial ‘Battle of Brisbane’“The discretion of a referee or judge cannot be reversed, except in a case of fraud or violation of laws, which is not the case in Pac vs Horn,” WBO body tweeted.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 starsGames and Amusement Board asked WBO for a thorough review of the fight due to “possible miscalls of the referee [Mark Nelson] where some deductions were not made and of the judges in their judging that have caused varying opinions in their objectivity.”GAB is asking for possible sanctions for the referee and the judges if warranted. 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

Relentless Ceres rules Asean zonals of AFC Cup

first_imgCeres players broke down in tears as the referee blew the final whistle as Ceres’ campaign in the second tier continental competition that started in Hanoi last February rolled on with another memorable win in front of the Negrense faithful.With the victory, Ceres advanced to the inter-zonal semifinals where it will meet Istiklol of Tajikistan in another two-leg affair. The first leg is slated Aug. 22 in Dushanbe, while the return leg is set Sept. 9 at Panaad.“My players gave everything,” said coach Risto Vidakovic.DREAM STARTCONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANEnergized by the home crowd, the Busmen got off to a dream start when Porteria bundled home a cross from Iain Ramsay in the second minute.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 LATEST STORIES After dropping the first leg, 1-2, at Jalan Besar Stadium last Wednesday, the Busmen returned to the comforts of home needing just a 1-0 victory.But they did just that and more as they put in a disciplined performance on defense , while relying on their class and quality up front.CLEAN SHEETFEATURED 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 starsRoland Muller kept a clean sheet for the first time in six matches as the Ceres backline proved equal to every Home United attack.Twice, Muller was rescued by the crossbar, including one on Stipe Plazibat’s strike with 10 minutes remaining. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The Busmen could have wrapped up the tie as early as the first half, but Fernando Rodriguez missed a 13th minute penalty and also wasted a glorious one on one chance minutes later.Just four minutes before the break, Ott gave the Busmen breathing room with an inch-perfect free kick that sailed into the top corner, beating the experienced Singapore international Hassan Sunny to make it 2-0.“It wasn’t easy when you miss so many chances because when that happens, you usually lose,” said Vidakovic. “It was very hard for the players to stand up again. We could have finished the game in the first half.”INSPIRED FORMSchrock was in inspired form, putting challenges and pressing when the Busmen didn’t have possession. He showed vision and lovely feet as he instigated quick transition plays that allowed the Busmen to put Home on their heels.“It was a very important game and I’m just honored to be given a starting place,” said Schrock, who was added to the roster for the zonal finals.“I had to prove that I deserve to start because my teammates have been sacrificing the past six months to get us to this stage (of the competition).”Schrock summed up the Busmen’s performance: “We left it all out there, the heart and the sweat. We put in the performance of our life in this final. We deserve to make history for the club, the country and Southeast Asia.” CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANBACOLOD CITY – Ceres Negros delivered another performance to remember when it mattered to oust Home United, 3-2, on aggregate and claim the AFC Cup Asean zonal title before a huge crowd at Panaad Stadium here.The Busmen leaned on goals from OJ Porteria and Manny Ott in the first half, while Stephan Schrock provided the flash of inspiration at midfield as the Bacolod-based club made history by becoming the first team to claim the regional crown.ADVERTISEMENT NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Filipinas shrug off first-game jitters vs Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

UFC president believes Ronda Rousey will announce retirement soon

first_imgPH chinlone squad catches eye of gold-medal coach Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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’ LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR At 30 years old, Rousey might still have plenty of fight left in the tank but has remained mum about her future in fighting.She also got recently engaged to fellow UFC fighter Travis Browne and has continued pursuing an acting career.  Khristian Ibarrola. /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ronda Rousey stands in the cage after Amanda Nunes forced a stoppage in the first round of their women’s bantamweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 207, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas.  APAlthough her last two matches ended in brutal knockout losses, Ronda Rousey remains one of the catalysts in catapulting women’s MMA (mixed martial arts) into the mainstream.But as far as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is concerned, Rousey may never step foot on the octagon again—this time, for good.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 think she’s going to retire,” White candidly spoke of Rousey to Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim. ”She hasn’t announced that. She hasn’t said that to me, but it’s what I believe.”The former Olympian judoka’s recent actions certainly point to an early retirement from the sport—refusing to answer any MMA-related questions from the media and instead focusing on TV and movie appearances.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 openingFurthermore, Rousey is the only ranked UFC fighter to have not gone through USADA’s (United States Anti-Doping Agency) mandated testing in 2017, after being tested on nine occasions last year.Rousey’s first career setback came at UFC 193 in 2015, when she was on the receiving end of a brutal head kick from Holly Holm. She returned a year later but suffered the same fate against current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes. View commentslast_img read more

Haryana govt to felicitate CWG medallists from state today

first_imgThe Commonwealth Games (CWG) medal winners from Haryana would be felicitated at a grand ceremony in the state’s Sonepat district on Monday. Athletes from the state bagged 32 medals and will be awarded cash and other rewards at a ceremony being organised by the state government to mark the occasion of Haryana Day. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda would be the chief guest of the event, dubbed ‘Chak de Haryana – Chak de India’. All CWG participants from the state would be awarded Rs 2 lakh each. Players winning gold, silver and bronze medals would be given Rs 15 lakh, Rs 10 lakh and Rs 7 lakh each respectively. Apart from the cash rewards, each gold medallist would also get a Maruti SX-4 car. The silver medal winners would be given Swift Desire cars, while bronze medallists would get Wagon-R cars apart from their cash reward.last_img read more

Lalu Prasad Yadav on Indian Railways’ success story at India Today Conclave 2007

first_imgLalu Prasad YadavLALU PRASAD YADAVUNION RAILWAYS MINISTER I really feel a proud man today. Till yesterday I was known as a joker, a rustic. Today, after talking to you, I am going to address students of the Massachussetts Institute of Technology who have come all the way here to hear,Lalu Prasad YadavLALU PRASAD YADAVUNION RAILWAYS MINISTER I really feel a proud man today. Till yesterday I was known as a joker, a rustic. Today, after talking to you, I am going to address students of the Massachussetts Institute of Technology who have come all the way here to hear from me about the success story of the turnaround of the Indian Railways.But before talking about the Railways I was thinking that many of our economists and think tanks do not have any idea of what a village is like and yet they discuss at length about the country and the state. The result is that all the resources and capital are today restricted in a few hands. That’s why we have to make policies keeping the common man in mind. People, however, say we make some policies that do not give us any return, such as the ‘mid day meal’ sheme. But if the children of our country turn literate because of it, they become our asset. So it is not a useless expense.Now the Indian Railways. As you all know, it is a big network. It has approximately 14 lakh workers, runs 1,100 trains every day and carries more than 1.5 crore passengers. Till yesterday, the Railways was in a very bad shape, not even in a position to pay dividend. It was completely bankrupt. Some years ago, the Rakesh Mohan Committee was set up and it came up with various suggestions. The Railways is our lifeline, one of the important infrastructures that we have. We could have ignored it only at our own peril. The committee made several suggestions: dissolve the Railway Board and create a regulatory commission; decrease the staff strength; increase the railway budget every year, increase passenger and freight fares every year; privatise services.advertisementTo tell you the truth, when the UPAcame to power in 2004, I was not interested in becoming the railway minister. I wanted to become the home minister but they made me the railway minister and I said okay. I started looking into its functioning and found that accidents were a common feature in the Railways and I used to think, what if these keep happening and I had to face Parliament every day. If accidents happen every day, the MPs will keep asking for my resignation every day and one day I might have to resign too.So I got down to the job earnestly and one of the first things I told the Railway Board was that they must have honesty, commitment and vision. We felt if we increased the fare it would affect the masses. Instead, we reduced the fares. Every day, approximately, 60-70 lakh people travel in Mumbai suburban railway where the passenger fare is already low, but still we reduced the fare by a rupee. We also reduced the fare of the goods train.MID DAY MEALS WERE CRITICISED. AS USELESS EXPENSE. BUT IF CHILDREN TURN LITERATE, THEY BECOME AN ASSET TO THE NATION.I assured all 16 lakh gang men, signalmen and others that they will not be retrenched. The turn around in the Railways is not one man’s effort, I have merely directed it. I just said we will not let anybody steal. We have to stop it. I have personally checked goods trains, weighed the goods on the weighing machine and found huge disparities in load booked and the actual load carried. Several officers have been punished. Earlier the loading and unloading used to take seven days, now it has been reduced to five days. By taking these few small steps only, we were able to save about Rs 10,000 crore. Not just that, we have reduced the expenditure and last year we had a surplus of Rs 13,000 crore and we have paid dividends. This year again we had a surplus of Rs 20,000 crore. We have money now. We are going to get new coaches designed for every class.Almost 60 per cent of freight in India is carried by road and I want that to move to the Railways. Now we are adding lines to handle the extra freight that we envisage. A third line is being built from Ludhiana to Howrah covering all ports including Haldia.I have some other plans also. After the Ministry of Defence, the Indian Railways is the biggest landowner in the country. I intend to commercially exploit this asset. We will build world-class stations, budget hotels as in the West. Look at the irony: the shoes and sandals that we wear are sold in air-conditioned showrooms while the items that we eat like tomatoes, onions, potatoes etc are being sold on footpaths. These things are produced by our farmers and we have to give them all the facilities they need to sell their products and get the prices that they deserve. So we have plans to give land to farmers on lease, create cold storages near the stations with packaging facilities. Corporate houses can come and buy the stuff from the stations and we will carry the stuff by air-conditioned container services. I know that what I have done has not pleased everybody. My only aim is to give relief to the people and take the country forward.advertisement DiscussionQ. From what you have said it appears to me that Indian Railways has the potential to become the largest retail chain in the country. Is this part of your vision or not? Yadav: There is a tremendous scope of improvement in the railways, be it in IT or advertisements or retail. Banks have also started investing in Railways and are handling ticketing and other activities.Q. You talked of the Railways being like the Jersey cow. Yadav: Indian Railways is like a Jersey cow. Cows should be properly bred and milked. They should not be over-milked because that will bleed them and they should not be undermilked, or they will fall ill. In three years, we have brought the Railways on the track and that too without any hardship.Q. There is still a problem of sanitation in the Railways, toilets are not clean. Yadav: We have taken steps. I am introducing a system, just like in aeroplanes, there will be a suction pit. This will be advertised shortly. When trains will go to the washing pit, this suction pit will be taken out. I have seen this in European countries as well. From the washing pit, the waste will be sent to be stored in a different place and then we can utilise it as gas and fertiliser source.Q. You have turned the Railways into a success story. But there are other sectors that are still bleeding. Will you like to turn your attention to them?   Yadav: Please wait till I become the prime minister.Q. Why couldn’t you do for Bihar in 15 years what you did for the Railways in three years? Yadav: We have not failed in Bihar. Our planners, who sit in the Planning Commission, have neglected Bihar since the beginning. You know, Bihar is a strong state, it is a rich state but Biharis are poor. It was abuse of Bihar as a whole. Wherever there are mines and minerals, there is wealth. God has given wealth but we were not the actual owners of mines and minerals. But in united Bihar there was lowest per capita investment in comparison to other states. I fought with the Centre. I made three prime ministers but they did nothing for Bihar. And people criticised Biharis. Biharis are everywhere-in Surinam and Mauritius also. Now the UPA Government is paying attention. We are opening up factories. An electric coach factory will come up at Madhepura, diesel loco at Barhara, wheel factory at Chapra. This is for the first time Bihar is getting justice.advertisementQ. What is the future of UPA Government and Lalu Prasad? Yadav: Who can forecast the future? Lord Krishna said that whatever has to happen will happen and that cannot be averted. But the future of UPA is bright. We will complete five years and more.Q. Your take on SEZs. Yadav: We are not opposing investment and industry. If the farmers are willing to give land directly to industrialist we have no objection. Barren tracts of land can be given to develop infrastructure.Q. What will happen in UP? Yadav: No comments. It will be a hotch potch and the other Yadav will not come back.last_img read more

Dhoni questions Dravid’s controversial dismissal

first_imgIndian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday questioned the third umpire’s controversial decision to rule Rahul Dravid out even though television replays did not show any edge off the bat during his side’s first ODI against England here. “There are quite a few things (about that dismissal).There was no mark on the Hot Spot, no visual deflection and the umpire had given not out. The benefit of doubt in such cases go to the batsman,” Dhoni said at the post-match press conference after the match was abandoned due to heavy rain. “I still don’t know how exactly he was given out. Whether it was off snicko-meter; whether snicko is allowed to be used; whether it was an audio technician or a third umpire who gave him out. There are any number of fair questions to be asked; why should not the benefit of doubt go to a batsman?” Dhoni asked. Dhoni was worried at the ever-growing list of injured players in the Indian camp after Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma joined the casualty list list today. “We could do with 15 more players, initially I said what could have gone wrong did go wrong. But it has only increased since then,” stated Dhoni While Tendulkar has an inflamed right toe, Rohit got his right index finger fractured during the Indian innings. “Coming from India and performing here straightaway can be difficult. We are fighting with whatever resources we’ve got. May be increasing the strength of the team can be the key. We could look at travelling with 18 players if needed,” he said. Dhoni confirmed that the team would be asking for Rohit’s replacement straightaway as the right-handed batsman is definitely out for the rest of the series. “Rohit would be visiting a specialist and it’s almost certain he would not play any further in this series. Tendulkar will also see a specialist. It’s an old injury which has flared up. He had practice with us last evening but this morning it flared up,” Dhoni informed. He said India would have won the match had England got only to 20 overs to play and with 164 to win. England were 27 for two in 7.2 overs when rain interrupted and match abandoned later. “A lot has happened in this series. This alone (abandonment) was left. It could have been difficult for them to get close to 130 runs in 12 overs. It was a difficult target to achieve as we had bowled well in the first seven overs,” he said. The Indian captain was all praise for his top order batsmen for posting 274 for seven in their allotted 50 overs. “They (the openers) batted well. What was important was to see off new ball. It initially swings at this time of the year. What we wanted was stable partnership. They were careful initial but then nicely built up their innings. After Rahane was out, Parthiv made sure he had some partnership so that lower order batsmen could come and score runs. “It was important knock for them. If you think, these players will be playing in next 3-4 years time. They did it against a good bowling attack and when the most experienced players in your side were missing. It’s a big learning experience for them and it would help them in future.” Dhoni, however, said that his side did not quite capitalize on the fine start of the top order. “We were a few runs short because we lost Rohit. We wanted to cash in on the slog overs, get as many runs as possible without taking too many risks.”advertisementlast_img read more

Fashion Council’s finances generates much heat after opting out of supermodels

first_imgClick here to EnlargeFew things, of late, have created greater schadenfreude than the run-up to the second Lakme India Fashion Week (LIFW).First, it was about some fashionistas like Ravi Bajaj and Pallavi Jaikishan having been ignored, and others like Raghavendra Rathore having dropped out.Now, it’s the turn of our desi,Click here to EnlargeFew things, of late, have created greater schadenfreude than the run-up to the second Lakme India Fashion Week (LIFW).First, it was about some fashionistas like Ravi Bajaj and Pallavi Jaikishan having been ignored, and others like Raghavendra Rathore having dropped out.Now, it’s the turn of our desi supermodels to do a bunk; alphababe Madhu Sapre will not be sashaying down the LIFW ramp along with the wiccan-eyed Noyonika Chatterjee and the Bollywood-struck Bipasha Basu.The kerfuffle is all about India’s self-styled apex fashion body – the Delhi-based Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), its response to LIFW 2001 and, of course, money. Three years ago, a handful of Delhi designers like peroxide blonde Rohit Bal, along with exporter and designer Gitanjali Kashyap’s husband Sumeet Nair set up the FDCI, with Nair as co-opted member.Click here to EnlargeClick here to EnlargeNow, the faux fur is flying. The fact that the board is self-appointed is a major grouse. “We needed to have it that way initially just to get things going,” protests Nair, who is now the executive director. “Now that the FDCI has many more members, we will hold elections for the board in September this year.”The promise might soothe some feathers at the Mumbai Fashion Week. Read 44 “insecure folks” – as Bajaj likes to put it – working with 48 equally temperamental clotheshorses, for 27 ramp shows.Predictably, spats are inviting more attention than the “business of fashion”, the original aim of the extended exercise. IMG, a global sports marketing and event management company, is responsible for all commercial aspects as well as event management at LIFW.advertisementIt may own the New York Fashion Week but in India its experience has been limited to sports so far. This unfamiliarity with handling fashion egos has created discontent, with discounting model fees surfacing as the major issue. Click here to EnlargeReported missing are top models like Dino Morea, John Abraham, Joey Mathew and Ayesha Prem. Sapre, perhaps the highest paid among the country’s female models, created a storm in Delhi over her unwillingness to take part in the show.She refused to give in to the 30 per cent discount demand, which would have put her in the Rs 17,500 per show LIFW category while her reported asking price is Rs 25,000.But Sapre is hurt by the furore. “I really had no intention of creating bad blood because of my refusal. All I can say is that I am not participating.”Models have five scales of payment and each was asked to give a 30 per cent discount; a ramp model earning Rs 10,000 would get Rs 7,000, post-discount.But since there is no Rs 7,000 category, the model gets Rs 6,000 instead, escalating the 30 per cent discount to 40 per cent. “By a similar calculation, some end up having to concede less than 30 per cent. No one is complaining about that,” retorts IMG’s Zubin Sarkare who is also LIFW 2001 event director.Points of feudLIFW responds to a flurry of allegations flung its wayGrouseWhy can’t the names of jury members who selected the LIFW participants be announced?Why do the registered members of the FDCI have to cough up a show registration fee?The 30 per cent discount being demanded from the models for the LIFW show is too steep.Why is Lakme holding a grand finale with the spotlight only on three designers?Lifw retortThe jury members have requested anonymity. And it’s never done by other international fashion bodies as well.In a way, the fee remains their own. It goes into the FDCI corpus fund to be used for market research or participation in global fairs.Giving discounts in bulk shows is a done thing. Where else will a model get 12 shows in seven days and this kind of a forum?Lakme is the title sponsor and the designers are chosen on the basis of who best suits its theme.Models claim they were promised at least 13 shows each but that it’s down to a minimum of seven now. So they end up making much less money after rebate.For the “been there, done that” beauties like Fleur Xavier, it just doesn’t make for sound economics. “I think FDCI being a much bigger organisation than the NIFD could have given the models a better deal rather than demanding high discounts. Instead they wanted to stick to last year’s deal.”Sarkare maintains that the spending on models is the single highest expense head (close to Rs 50 lakh) and that the buck has to stop somewhere while trying to control the spiralling costs.Sponsor Lakme’s dominant role has also turned many puce in the face. Lakme has already decided on who the three finalists are going to be at the “Sparkle, Shimmer, Shine” grand finale. The decision was based on “who would best suit the theme”, according to Bal, one of the finalists along with Rina Dhaka and Manish Malhotra.advertisementThough Lakme isn’t ready to divulge, Bal insists he will be doing the Shine sequence. The Gang of Three will endorse Lakme’s products, including lipsticks, nail enamel and make-up.Lakme has also roped in its own models for the finale – Lisa Ray, Yana Gupta and Indrani Das Gupta. Anil Chopra, business head, Lakme Lever, explains they watched global trends, spoke to an expert panel and “chose the designers who agreed with our views”.Lakme may have found a compliant lot eventually but many couturiers question LIFW’s efficacy in boosting the retail market. “No doubt it’s a good platform for designers but I think it’s premature,” says Jaikishan.SWAYING PASSIONS: Many top models are sore over the high discounts being demanded”India hasn’t reached the stage where retailers will readily order pret lines. Also, membership fees should not vary for each category.”Ritu Beri voices similar apprehensions. For all the spiel, she was a part of the event last year but after Paris Couture Week 2001, la Beri would rather focus on getting her October pret line for Paris ready.”Stores in India still don’t understand what ordering and merchandising is all about. Besides, a show in August is completely confusing as it falls neither in the summer nor the winter category,” she says.While Bajaj, a board member in 1998, resigned because.. er.. he “just didn’t have the time”, rumours have it that he is miffed with the board for ignoring him after his resignation and not sending him an invitation.”Such events don’t really generate business,” he says. Jaikishan, Beri and Bajaj may have a point. Organised retailing comprises only 2 per cent of the total, and for all the FICCI’s drumbeating about cashing in on the “Rs 40,000-crore domestic retail market”, it cannot work unless an infrastructure is formed to track and develop business even after the muchhyped Weeks end.Many FDCI members are irked by the covertness that surrounds the board and its decisions, be it the secrecy about jury members or accounting transparency. Designers from Delhi are unhappy over the high expenses which include travel costs for staff and hotel bills despite the proferred discounts.Click here to EnlargeAn FDCI fellowship and an associate membership comes for a one-time fee of Rs 50,000 and Rs 30,000 respectively, while registered members have to pay a single fee of Rs 10,000. In addition, there is an annual charge of Rs 3,500 across all categories. The participating cost for LIFW is Rs 1 lakh for a solo show with a stall, Rs 50,000 if two designers jointly put up a show, with a stall each, Rs 33,333 in case of a trio.A 20 per cent discount is offered to designers who don’t want a stall. So, with additional costs, each designer ends up spending a minimum of Rs 2 lakh if he or she is in the Rs 33,333 category, and up to Rs 3 lakh or more if he or she is in the Rs 1 lakh show category. Designer Aparna Chandra is abstaining from LIFW this year because it is too expensive to attend. So is Manish Arora.advertisement”Where does the huge sponsorship money go?” ask the members. The FDCI says that there are many event expenses, including choreographers, sets, stalls and venue hiring but the show registration fee is sacrosanct and goes only into the FDCI corpus fund for activities like research.In an industry as insecure or perhaps more than the Indian film industry, and infinitely smaller, these answers need to be conveyed more effectively and openly to the members.If the FDCI has audited its accounts, as it maintains, they should be widely circulated, not just among the board members. Despite the fact that it is a young body, the FDCI could do with a bit more revamping and streamlining.The lesson: being transparent isn’t enough. The idea is to also appear transparent. Much like the fabric its members use. The floodlights can be harsh. – with Anshul Avijitlast_img read more

Champion Vettel thanks Red Bull team for success, asserts ‘focus and discipline’ key to winning races

first_imgDefending champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull insists that “discipline and focus” were the two main ingredients of his success after winning his second successive Indian Grand Prix here on Sunday.A flying Vettel faced no challenge as he led from the start to finish at the Buddh International Circuit and recorded his fourth win on the trot to extend his lead in the Drivers’ Championship to 13 points over second-placed Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.”It was my fourth win in succession. The feeling is pretty amazing because it is hard to set these targets. These kinds of things either happen or they don’t. All in all, it was a fantastic race and I enjoyed it. I got a good start which was important. We had very good pit stops,” he said at the post-race press conference.”It takes a lot of discipline and focus at the right moment to achieve such feats,” Vettel said.The German was gracious in thanking his entire Red Bull Racing team for the success. “I thank the whole team because the whole team is working together fantastically. The guys are working night and day in the garrage and in the factory to improve the car,” Vettel said.He was full of praise for the circuit and the great Indian hospitality which he received here in the last two years. “The feedback from drivers about the circuit is very positive. You are challenged to the limit here. One mistake can cost you dearly,” Vettel said, adding that warmth and affection of Indians is something that he will always cherish.advertisement”India is an impressive country. Life outside the circuit is very different from other places. The country has a lot to offer. The culture and livelihood is very different. Unlike Europe, here people have low expectations and money is not that important. People are warm-hearted and are very happy to live a healthy family life here,” he said about the country.Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso managed to finish second and remain in the hunt for drivers’ championship.Click here to Enlarge Starting from fifth position on the grid, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso raced amazingly as he went past the two McLaren cars and then Red Bull’s Mark Webber to take second position, which kept him in the hunt for the Drivers’ title.The win here might have given Vettel a slight edge over Alonso but the Spaniard sounded a warning to his Red Bull compatriot, saying things can change quickly in the last three races of the season.Asked whether he is still positive about his chances of winning the Drivers’ championship, Alonso replied in the affirmative. “Of course, I still fancy myself. There are still 75 points to race for and I am just 13 behind. There are still many points in table,” an optimistic Alonso said.”Hopefully, we can improve in Abu Dhabi and USA. I expect the Brazil race to be good for us. Today Mark (Webber) had a problem with his KERS, you never know tomorrow it might be Sebastian,” he said.Third-placed Webber said his aim for a top-two finish ended after his KERS (Kinetic Energy System) failed in the first quarter of the race. “My start was good. I settled into the race well but I lost my rhythm and tempo due to KERS,” he said.”There was no battle (for top two positions) after I lost KERS in lap 19 or 20,” the Australian said.last_img read more

Glasgow CWG 2014: India thrash Scotland 6-2 in hockey

first_imgIndia’s Raghunath Vokaliga, reacts with Chandanda Nikkin as Danish Mujtaba looks on following a goal by Vokkaliga during his sides field hockey match against Wales at the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, Glasgow National Hockey Centre, Scotland. Photo: APThe Indian men’s hockey team on Saturday thrashed hosts Scotland 6-2 for their second consecutive win in the group stage of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.India dominated the proceedings right from the start and it was only in the final moments of the game that Scotland managed to score but it was too late to make a comeback.India got the scorecard ticking early in the sixth minute of the game, with Gurbaj Singh scoring a brilliant field goal.Not wanting to lose their hold in the match, India continued attacking and kept looking for chances to convert.In the 23rd minute, India bagged a penalty corner which was converted through the stick of V.R. Raghunath helping India to increase the lead.At the end of the first half, the scorecard read 2-0 with India leading the match.Going into the second half, India continued its urgency of scoring goals in quick successions.In the 37th minute, Rupinder Pal Singh converted another penalty corner to increase the lead further to 3-0.In the 40th minute, Gurwinder Singh Chandi added one more as he brilliantly struck past the defence to sound the board.India yet again converted a penalty corner stroke in the 45th minute again through Raghunath to make it 5-0.advertisementIndia struck again in the 48th minute through another penalty corner and this time through Rupinder.Trying to break through the Indian defence, Scotland finally managed to open the scoring in the 56th minute when K. Bain scored through a field goal.In the 69th minute, the home team reduced the margin by converting the penalty corner through Nicholas Parkes to make it 6-2.India will now take on Australia on Tuesday.last_img read more

Celtics’ Kyrie Irving sprains knee, leaves game vs Clippers

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town 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 The Celtics led 74-53 at the half.Irving appeared to injure himself with about five minutes left in the second quarter while weaving through traffic on defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges LATEST STORIES View comments Magic Johnson plans to hug Lakers after NBA trade deadline SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) drives past Los Angeles Clippers’ Garrett Temple (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving sprained his right knee in the second quarter Saturday night against the Los Angeles Clippers and was declared out for the rest of the game.Irving had 14 points in 14 minutes before leaving the game.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Players like Anthony Davis have value and hold power

first_imgAbdul-Jabbar said he understands why Davis’ trade request is getting so much attention.It’s because Davis — averaging 28 points and 13 rebounds this season — is worth it.“That’s always going to be the case,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “The most talented people out there in the job market are going to get the most attention.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next If anyone understands what Anthony Davis is thinking, asking for a trade out of New Orleans with nearly 1 1/2 seasons left on his contract, it’s Abdul-Jabbar. His trade request came with two years left on his contract in Milwaukee. Eventually, he got his wish in the summer that followed his ask and got traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.“I think that the players have power because they have value,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “The players that teams know that they can win with are going to be in a position to dictate what they want to do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAnd while few people would disagree with that, the fact that Davis’ request went public — and the impact it had on the both the Pelicans and the Lakers, the team that appeared to go after the six-time All-Star the hardest before the trade deadline came and went earlier this month without a move being consummated — did not sit well with a number of the league’s former players at All-Star weekend.And it isn’t about the money. Top players like Davis, who will likely get his trade request fulfilled this summer are going to be well compensated one way or the other. But some think he might have been better served keeping it quiet until then. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ALA Boxing cares for Mark Magsayo US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, center, speaks with Dominque Wilkins, left, as former player Bill Russell is seen at right, during the NBA All-Star skills session basketball contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)MIAMI — There was no social media or around-the-clock basketball coverage in October 1974, on the night when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar looked up from his dinner plate and told the Milwaukee Bucks that he would like to be traded.As such, hardly anybody knew initially about the demand.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “I just think it’s a situation where they needed to keep it in house,” Hall of Fame guard Rick Barry said. “Just talk to the owners. Talk amongst yourselves. Airing your dirty laundry and putting stuff out there … I just don’t understand why you want to get into a situation like that that does nobody any good and can only cause problems.”Like Abdul-Jabbar, and like Davis, Barry also forced a trade. Back in his ABA days, he made it known that when the Washington Caps were moving to Norfolk, Virginia, he wanted no part of playing there. So Barry got traded to the New York Nets, the entire trade “saga” lasting no more than a week or two and all done during an offseason.Davis asking in-season, Barry said, had a negative effect on both the Pelicans and the Lakers.“Doing it a year before, I don’t understand,” Barry said. “Hopefully they won’t continue doing it that far in advance.”Actually, that is nothing new.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kyrie Irving had two years, plus an option year, left on his deal with Cleveland when he asked for a trade and eventually got moved to the Boston Celtics. Paul George had a year left when he told Indiana that he wanted out. Both of those requests went public, and it could be argued that the Cavaliers and Pacers were ailed, at least somewhat, by losing leverage since it was no secret the superstars wanted to be moved.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver doesn’t like trade demands, especially ones that go public. When the NBA adopted its most recent collective bargaining agreement, Silver said the notion was that teams would have the option to extend player deals a year early to avoid being blindsided by requests by those players to leave.It hasn’t worked that way, with Davis just being the latest example.“The law of unintended consequences,” Silver said. “It hasn’t worked precisely as we had planned.”Irving had a title with the Cavaliers. Kawhi Leonard had a championship with San Antonio when he asked to be moved, and ultimately got his way. George still doesn’t have a championship, though flirted with one plenty of times when he was in Indiana only to be thwarted on annual basis by the Miami Heat.Davis doesn’t have one. He hasn’t been close. New Orleans went to the second round of the playoffs last year, a great sign of progress. This year the Pelicans have plummeted back toward the bottom of the Western Conference. And Davis realizes that his window for winning and being elite won’t last forever, so mindful of his legacy he wants to be moved.The great players are rich and going to be rich no matter where they play. The ring is also very much the thing, and Davis knows helping lead a team to a championship is vital to how he will be remembered.“I just want to win,” Davis said at All-Star weekend.The Pelicans haven’t done enough of it, and this year was the wrong time for their winning percentage to fall off a cliff. So Davis made the ask, and Hall of Famer Dave Cowens said that’s fine — as long as he accepts whatever comes next, whether it’s good or bad.“If a player wants to usurp or influence a decision on personnel, then the accountability for that move if it doesn’t work out, that’s what it’s about,” Cowens said. “You can’t have union and management doing the same things. … To me, it starts with the accountability. That’s the biggest thing.” MOST READlast_img read more

‘UAAP is a community first before competition’

first_imgNick Kyrgios withdraws from French Open, citing illness Ateneo president Fr. Jose Ramon “Jett” Villarin, S.J. said during Ateneo’s bonfire celebration that there may be fierce competition and rivalries in the UAAP but at the end of the day, the league is a one big community.Villarin said he came to the realization when he saw Ateneo middle blocker Maddie Madayag doing cartwheels with University of Santo Tomas captain Cherry Rondina after the end of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball finals.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, logistics“I didn’t saw the volleyball and soccer games live but when I watched a few YouTube clips later I saw a video of Sisi Rondina doing a cartwheel with Maddie and I thought that the UAAP is a community first before it’s a competition,” said Villarin Friday at Ateneo de Manila University.Rondina and Maddayag celebrated with each other after the Lady Eagles beat the Golden Tigresses in Game 3 of the women’s volleyball finals, 25-17, 25-22, 25-22, a week ago. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—Sports may create competitors but it’s also the field of utmost respect and communal presence within athletes.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES Despite the differing atmospheres of the two teams, Ateneo in absolute euphoria from winning the title while UST in sorrow, the players from both teams celebrated the feat in a show of class and sportsmanship.Villarin added that every athlete needs a rival for those are the people who push everyone to be at their best.“We need our rivals to better ourselves, we need competitors so we can go beyond ourselves,” said Villarin. “We need passion and transcendence and that is going beyond ourselves, that’s a gift.”ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

NBA monitoring political climate with China, without worries

first_imgPDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:41Video captures shooting by Hong Kong police02:42PH 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 NBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds a news conference before Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The NBA is closely monitoring the ongoing trade dispute and tariff rift between the U.S. and China, though the league is not yet worried that it will interfere with any business happening with the world’s most populous nation.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver even went as far Thursday night to suggest that the sport could provide a reprise of sorts to the phenomenon known as “pingpong diplomacy” — when table tennis players from the U.S. and China played in the early 1970s and essentially began a major mending of relations between the two countries.ADVERTISEMENT Silver said he’s discussed the issue at length with former NBA star Yao Ming, the biggest name in Chinese basketball.“I am not concerned at this time,” Silver said during his annual state-of-the-league address prior to Game 1 of the NBA Finals. “Of course, we’re not immune from global politics. It’s something that we’re paying a lot of attention to. I look, though, to sports — and this is something Yao and I have discussed — where we can use basketball maybe in the way pingpong was used in the days of Richard Nixon. There could be something called ‘basketball diplomacy.’”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, logisticsThe NBA’s ties with China have never been stronger: The Chinese National Team has been invited to play in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas in July, the league is sending LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers to China for a pair of preseason games in October, and the FIBA World Cup will be held across China from Aug. 31 through Sept. 15.But the political ties are severely strained right now. The Trump administration has imposed 25% tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports and is planning to tax the $300 billion in imports that have so far been spared — with the Chinese responding this week by saying they may be willing to escalate matters into an all-out trade war. He also spoke of entertainer Drake’s antics when he sits courtside in Toronto, including an in-game shoulder massage he gave to Raptors coach Nick Nurse during the Eastern Conference finals.“We certainly appreciate his superfan status, and I know he’s beloved in the community of Toronto,” Silver said. “I think certainly we don’t want fans, friend or foe, contacting an NBA coach during a game.”FORMAT CHANGESSilver has had exploratory talks with the National Basketball Players Association about certain changes that may become formal proposals in the coming years, such as the adding of a midseason tournament, but stressed that everything remains in the earliest exploratory stages.EXPANSIONAs he has said before, Silver reiterated that expansion is not in the NBA’s current plans.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In Greece, Rick Pitino slams fans for smoking at games Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Game 1 of the Toronto-Golden State series is the first to be played on something other than U.S. soil.“This is truly a homecoming that here we are all these years later with our first finals game ever outside the United States and for the first time here in Canada,” Silver said. “So we’re thrilled to be part of it.”CLIPPERS ARENAThe Los Angeles Clippers are trying to bring a new arena to their city in the next five years, and Silver said the NBA is supportive of an idea where the team would have its own home.The Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers currently are tenants at Staples Center, along with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings.“I think from a league standpoint, if you had both teams in the playoffs, plus a successful hockey team there, it becomes very difficult for us for scheduling purposes,” Silver said. “So in terms of the overall marketplace and the concert marketplace, I can’t speak to that. But maybe purely out of self-interest for the NBA, it would be helpful to have another arena in town.”FAN BEHAVIORSilver addressed a number of high-profile fan incidents, including the one where Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook was heckled and allegedly was on the receiving end of racist taunts by a courtside ticketholder in Utah.He said he did not believe the league needed to step in at that time, because he said the Jazz franchise’s reaction was spot-on.“We have such tremendous confidence in the Miller family, and Gail Miller as the principal owner, I thought by her taking the court prior to the following game, speaking directly to the people in that community and saying, ‘This does not represent our community,’ I think that was much more powerful than me issuing a statement from all the way across country in the New York,” Silver said. “I think they handled it very well.” ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Silver sees these times as a chance for basketball to, again, bring cultures together.“I think with the World Cup of Basketball coming to China in September, with our continuing to play preseason games there, with the attention on our Finals right now, I see it as an opportunity, again, to demonstrate to people that through sports there’s commonality,” Silver said. “And we can use the values of sports hopefully as a positive force to continue to bring people together.”In other matters addressed by Silver on Thursday:O, CANADASilver took note of the fact that Game 1 of the NBA Finals was being played about a mile away from the site of the first NBA game — held at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1946. And the inventor of the game, Dr. James Naismith, was a Canadian.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more