Month: November 2019

 

Injured Madarang hopes to play for Malditas in SEA Games

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Assistant coach John Paul Merida said they are leaving it to head coach Marnelli Dimzon to decide on Madarang’s fate.But Merida said they have backup strikers like Kyren Angela Dimaandal and Hali Moriah Candido Long who can step up the plate.The young, energetic squad is bolstered by Fil-foreigns players including Madarang, Long, Faith Sean Ruetas and Patricia Tomanon and is often mentioned in the same sentence as their famous counterparts, Philippine Azkals.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LATEST STORIES The Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games Read Next “It doesn’t hurt. But it’s stiff. The swelling is down really,” said the 19-year-old Madarang who have not joined the team in practice. “I mean I really want to play but it’s what’s best for me and what’s best for the team.”But Team Philippines’ orthopaedic surgeon Felix Victor Gaddi didn’t recommend her to play, saying “risk outweighs” the gains.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 shutoutMadarang, according to Gaddi, needs at least two months of rest. She just might be saved for the 2018 Asian Cup in Jordan.Incidentally, the Malditas qualified in the Asian Cup following an impressive showing by Madarang who scored four goals in total in the qualifier in Tajikistan. MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Malditas’ Eva Silva Madarang. INQUIRER/Marc Anthony ReyesKUALA LUMPUR — Given the choice, Eva Silva Madarang is willing to defy the recommendations of the coaching staff and even team doctors so she can play in the Southeast Asian Games women’s football opener against host Malaysia Tuesday.The bubbly Madarang, who hails from Thousand Oaks, California, dislocated her right elbow on Tuesdayhen the Malditas underwent training camp in Japan.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

 

Chicago Bulls ban Portis 8 games for breaking teammate’s jaw

first_imgBolts bounce back Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Mirotic fell to the floor after being struck and stayed there several minutes before rising. He was taken to the hospital and discharged Tuesday.Mirotic, 26, averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 70 games last season and was expected to have a starting role for the Bulls this season after inking a two-year deal worth $12.5 million with Chicago.Portis, 22, averaged 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 64 games last season and was competing with Mirotic to start at power forward. He averaged 6.9 points and 5.0 rebounds over 126 games in the past two seasons after being taken by Chicago in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft. /cbbADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Bobby Portis (left) of the Chicago Bulls fouls Jae Crowder of the Boston Celtics during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 28, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls have suspended Portis for eight games after he broke the jaw of teammate Nikola Mirotic with a punch. AFPCHICAGO, United States — Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis was suspended eight games by the NBA club on Wednesday, a day after punching teammate Nikola Mirotic at practice and breaking his jaw.Bulls executive vice president John Paxson, who announced the ban, also said Mirotic, of Spanish and Montenegro citizenship, will miss four to six weeks after suffering upper jaw fractures and a concussion in Tuesday’s altercation.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “Both players owned responsibility in the incident itself but only one player threw a punch,” Paxson said. “And that punch connected. For us, that is inexcusable. It’s not who we are. It disappoints us.”Mirotic’s concussion symptoms must subside before his facial injuries can be addressed, Paxson said.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 shutoutPortis begins serving the ban Thursday when the Bulls play their season opener at Toronto. While unable to play, Portis will be able to continue practicing with the team.“Bobby Portis is not a bad person,” Paxson said. “He’s a good kid. He’s a competitive kid. But in this instance, he made a mistake. And as we all know when you make mistakes, you have to suffer the consequences.” 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 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 Gamescenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

 

Irving’s big 2nd half leads Celtics past Thunder 101-94

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Paul George had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook added 19 points and 11 assists for the Thunder. Carmelo Anthony had 10 points and 14 rebounds but shot just 3 of 17.In a play that seemingly summarized the first half, Irving drove hard to the hoop in the closing seconds of the second quarter and went for a layup before Andre Roberson emphatically swatted it to the ground as time expired with the Thunder leading 55-37. Irving was 1 of 9 from the field before the break.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 shutoutBoston chipped away at Oklahoma City’s lead throughout the third quarter and cut it to a point. Irving had nine points in the period to help the Celtics shave their deficit to 71-67.A 3-pointer by Semi Ojeleye with just under six minutes to play tied it at 79, and a 3-pointer by Horford put the Celtics ahead 82-79. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) grabs a rebound in front of Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Kyrie Irving scored 22 of his 25 points in the second half and the Boston Celtics rallied from 18 down to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-94 on Friday night for their seventh straight victory.Al Horford scored 17 of his 20 points after halftime and Jaylen Brown added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Celtics. Boston has allowed 94 or fewer points in every game during its winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion DeRozan scores 37 as Raptors top Jazz; Nuggets nip Heat LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Irving made a 3 and was fouled by Westbrook. Irving missed the free throw, but came up with the rebound and made a layup to put the Celtics up 87-81 with 4:13 to play. Irving’s layup with 14.6 seconds remaining gave Boston a five-point lead. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View commentslast_img read more

 

AFC Cup: Ceres slays giant JDT, makes Asean zonal finals

first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Fouled by Aidil Zafuan, Rodriguez slotted the ball past JDT goalkeeper Farizal Marlias in the 92nd minute, turning the stadium into a garden of delight.“I think after the 180 minutes, we deserved to go through,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic. “We got a bit lucky with the penalty, but what’s most important is we got the win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingRodriguez’s goal made it 4-4 on aggregate, but the Busmen advanced on the away goals rule, after scoring twice in the first leg in Johor Bahru.Ceres will play Home United of Singapore in the two-legged Asean finals, the equivalent of which is the quarterfinal stage in Asia’s second-tier club competition, in August. Star outlasts Alaska in OT thriller BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES The Busmen were rewarded for their enterprising play early on paid with Kota Kawase stabbing home a Kevin Ingreso delivery in the 26th minute, before Gabriel Guerra levelled for the visitors 20 minutes into the second half, rifling home a shot from a tight angle just inside the box.Guerra’s goal sucked the energy out of the Panaad, which had witnessed Ceres blitzed through the opposition in the group stage.OJ Porteria almost restored the advantage for Ceres two minutes later, but his volley at the far post from Iain Ramsay’s cross went over.But just when it looked like all hope was lost for the Busmen, they were handed a lifeline when Chinese referee Fu Ming called a foul on Zafuan for pulling Rodriguez down as he went for the ball on Ingreso’s corner kick.With the entire stadium on pins and needles, Rodriguez calmly sent his penalty down the middle, even as Farizal lunged to his right.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast PENALTY? Johor Darul Ta’zim defender AIdil Zafuan pulls Ceres-Negros Fernando Rodriguez’s jersey while defending a corner kick, leading to the penalty that won the AFC Cup Asean zonal semifinal tie for Ceres. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Mymy AlagabanBACOLOD CITY – Ceres Negros treated this football-loving city another performance to remember. This time, the Busmen overcame a Southeast Asian giant, while adding a touch of history to their achievement.Spanish striker Fernando Rodriguez kept his cool from the penalty spot in stoppage time as Ceres nipped former champion Johor Darul Ta’zim, 2-1, to become the first Filipino club to reach the AFC Cup Asean zonals at Panaad Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events PLAY LIST 01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:38Duterte orders probe on radio broadcaster slay in Dumaguete00:50Trending 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 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I had confidence in myself, but I also thought about my family (as I was taking the penalty),” said Rodriguez, who also scored in the first leg.Farizal’s frustrations boiled over before the restart as he was seen shoving the Fu Ming as well as another assistant referee.While JDT, which ruled the competition in 2015, walked off the pitch in despair, the Busmen went on their victory lap, exorcising the ghosts of last season’s heartbreaking exit in the same stage against South China of Hong Kong.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

 

Lariba to undergo bone marrow transplant

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “Her doctors are now preparing Yanyan for her bone marrow transplant. The procedure and other medical expenses is estimated from P1.6M to P3M,” it added.READ: Rio Olympian Ian Lariba diagnosed with leukemiaFEATURED 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 starsLariba had been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), La Salle announced in May.The La Salle star was the first Filipino table tennis player to represent the country in the Summer Olympics. Tatum, Celtics 3-0; Summer League set for tournament stage Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend The 22-year-old paddler dominated the UAAP table tennis field in her five-year stint for the Green Paddlers where she became a three-time Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year in Season 74, and the UAAP Athlete of the Year in Seasons 77 and 78.READ: Athletes unite for ailing LaribaDLSU called on their community to extend financial assistance to Lariba and her family to “defray the cost of the expenses.”Donations can be sent through Mrs. Imelda N. Lariba by making deposits to the following savings accounts: BDO 870-007-459 and UCPB 104120046272. –Rogelio Jr Nato, INQUIRER.net internADVERTISEMENT 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 El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH Olympian Ian Lariba.Rio Olympian Ian Lariba is set to undergo a bone marrow transplant even as De La Salle continued to ask for support for the ailing athlete.“Yanyan Lariba’s recent laboratory results are encouraging and she is currently undergoing consolidation chemotherapy to sustain her improving health condition,” said DLSU Sports in a tweet.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View commentslast_img read more

 

Sources: Blatche reluctant to join Gilas in Lebanon Fiba Asia

first_imgAn obvious reason for Blatche’s reluctance, according to one of the sources, is the peace and order situation in Beirut, the Lebanese capital where the games will be held.Reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer, Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra, Alaska’s Calvin Abueva, Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort and TNT KaTropa’s Jayson Castro are considered shoo-ins for the Asian Championship squad.The PBA had agreed a few days ago to go “all in” for Gilas as Reyes now has a free hand to assemble the best team possible in a tournament where Australia and New Zealand will play in for the first time after Fiba had merged the Asia and Oceania regions.Meanwhile, Reyes and the rest of the Gilas team that finished fourth in the Jones Cup in Taipei planed in home on Monday morning and the coach is set to have a meeting with the SBP leadership and his assistant coaches to be able to finalize the lineup.As of now, Fiba already has a 24-man list – Blatche and Standhardinger included – forwarded by the SBP a few weeks back, and from there, Gilas’ final roster will come.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Andray Blatche. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChot Reyes will submit his 12-man roster to Fiba Asia by 12 noon on Tuesday, and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is cramming to convince Andray Blatche to sign up as the former NBA star has been reluctant in joining the team in the Aug, 8-20 regional showcase in Lebanon.Two different sources told the Inquirer that Blatche has yet to get on board even with just over two weeks left before the country tries to win the Asian Championship for the first time in 44 years with a team backstopped by the best talents in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Standhardinger is scheduled to play in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on Aug, 20 together with some members of the Jones Cup team led by amateurs Kiefer Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks, Raymar Jose and Kobe Paras.Baser Amer, who is playing with Meralco, and Troy Rosario, a mainstay of TNT KaTropa, will join Ravena and Co. as they try to win the Philippines’ 18th cage gold medal in Malaysia.Considering the SEAG lineup, Reyes will have just 15 men to choose from for the Fiba Asia team, meaning he would need to just cut three men, one of them being the off-form Mac Belo, the top pick in the last PBA Draft.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES This, despite the SBP reportedly being forced to bite the bullet, so to speak, with Blatche commanding a very high price to again play for the country.Blatche has been Gilas’ naturalized player since the 2014 World Cup in Spain where he helped the Filipinos win their first game – an overtime thriller over Senegal – in the classification phase in over 40 years.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 starsThe SBP had the rest of Monday and the morning of Tuesday to convince Blatche and his handlers as Reyes has to beat the deadline, otherwise, the cage body could be forced to tap Christian Standhardinger in the place of the former Brooklyn Net in the NBA.Should this happen, the 6-foot-8 Standhardinger would be playing two events in three weeks as he would also be suiting up in the Southeast Asian Games a week later. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Top-seeded John Isner wins 3rd Hall of Fame title FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentslast_img read more

 

Ceres XI ready to wage battle vs Singaporean side for crown

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I think that my players will give everything tomorrow (Wednesday). They will fight for ninety minutes and that’s the only thing I can promise.”Home United has plenty of motivation as the match falls on Singapore’s national day.“For us it’s all about national pride,” said Home winger Faris Ramli. “We want to win it for the nation.”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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side EAC repulses Arellano; St. Benilde scores NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIEScenter_img NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers MOST READ The winner will also advance to the inter zonal semifinals where it will meet Istiklol of Tajikistan.The first leg will be played on Aug. 22 in Dushanbe.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 starsThe significance of the match isn’t lost on Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic.“I think it’s the most important game in Philippine club history,” said the Serbian. Philippines Football League side Ceres Negros attempts to make history against a motivated Home United from Singapore as the AFC Cup Asean zonal competition reaches its climax on Wednesday night at Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.The Busmen need at least a 1-0 victory to overturn Home’s slim advantage from the first leg as the two clubs dispute the inaugural Asean title in the competition before another huge crowd in Ceres’ home field.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

 

SEA Games: PH Archers pluck bronze out of semis heartache

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “That (PH semis score) was the lowest score for us even in practice,” said Yap who owns the Benel Archery Club in Mandaluyong.Still, the team managed to cut its losses and destroyed the Vienamese after coming perfect in the final two ends.Vietnamese were even led by last SEAG’s gold winner Nguyen Tien Cuong but just could not find their range.“I didn’t expect they (Vietnamese) would shot like that in the bronze medal match,” said Yap.READ: Seeking more golds, Cojuangco balances archery and familyADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony “But we are happy with bronze, hopefully tomorrow we will win gold in mixed,” said the 30-year-old Dela Cruz.The top scorer in individual and team events will automatically be entered in Friday’s mixed compound.The women’s compound team of Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, Abbigail Tindugan and Jennifer Chan dropped in the eliminations against Thailand, 222-215.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Starting off hot with a 236-214 win over Myanmar in the eliminations, the Filipinos all of a sudden went cold in the semifinals, turning in 227 points against Singapore’s 233.READ: Dela Cruz gives PH a bronze medal in archeryFEATURED 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“That happens, when suddenly the opponent shoots very well,” said Dela Cruz who on Wednesday won bronze in individual category.But Yap rued the fact that the Philippines’ 236 showing in eliminations — the highest score of the day — suddenly turned sour in the semis. PH Archery Team gets second bronze medal in the SEA Games. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippine men’s archery team bucked a heartbreaking defeat in the semifinals to salvage a bronze medal Thursday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games at Synthetic Turf Field in KL Sports City here.The trio of Earl Benjamin Yap, Joseph Benjamin Vicencio and Paul Marton Dela Cruz destroyed Vietnam, 233-230, in the bronze medal match to clinch the country’s second bronze in compound events.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ LATEST STORIES U12 Kaya FC advances to last 32 in Gothia Cup Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

 

Annu Raj & Heena shine but Narang fails in his quest for fifth successive victory

first_imgIndia’s  medal haul at the Karni Singh Shooting Range continued on Tuesday even as Gagan Narang’s hopes to take his tally to six gold medals in as many events at the Commonwealth Games went up in smoke.Women shooters posing with their gold medalsA gold in the women’s 10m air pistol pairs, combined with silver medals in the men’s 25m standard pistol pairs and women’s 50m rifle prone singles, took India’s shooting tally to 28 medals ( 14 gold, 10 silver and four bronze), surpassing the 27 won at Melbourne in 2006.Narang did not let his fans down in his event – the men’s 50m rifle prone pairs – on Tuesday. He shot 593/ 600, just one point behind the pacesetter, former Olympic champion Warren Potent of Australia.But the other Indian in the competition, Hariom Singh – who was struggling with the flu – could manage only 580, thus ending India’s chances of a medal. The gold went to Scotland’s Neil Stirton and Jonathan Hammond with 1,181 points, while Englishmen Mike Babb and Richard Wilson shot 1,178 to take the silver.Buoyed by Potent’s 42 perfect 10s, the Australians took bronze ahead of Northern Ireland, despite both finishing on 1,174.It was learnt that the Indian team tried to get Imran Hassan Khan to replace Hariom for the singles event on Wednesday, but the Commonwealth Shooting Federation rules do not allow for such a swap after the shooter in question has performed in an event.But thankfully, that was the lone dark moment for India on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Heena Sidhu and Annu Raj Singh beat Australia and Canada in the women’s 10m air pistol pairs.advertisementThough both youngsters showed a bit of inconsistency, they were helped by the fact that none of the other countries was perfect either.Australia and Canada also finished on 759, the same score as the Indians, with the women from Down Under even having the same number of perfect 10s – 21 – as the hosts. But on the countback rule, Heena’s final round of 97 helped India bag the gold.At the 25m range, Samaresh Jung was taking part in his first event this time around, with Chandrashekhar Kumar Chaudhary giving him company. Jung shot brilliantly in the 150- second series for a score of 195 before Singapore’s Bin Gai edged ahead of him in the 20- second series.Chaudhary was way off the mark in the 20- and 10- second series to finish with a total of 542, 19 points behind his teammate.This meant India finished 13 points behind Singapore’s 1,116, with England taking bronze courtesy Michael Gault and Iqbal Ubhi.Tejaswini Sawant, who shot a poor 583 in the rifle prone pairs the previous day, got back into the groove and scored 594. But Scotland’s Jen McIntosh still finished ahead of her with a remarkable 597, which broke the Games record by seven points. Johanne Brekke of Wales finished third.last_img read more

 

CA rules out disciplinary action against angry Katich

first_imgCricket Australia is “not happy” with Simon Katich for his angry outburst after being dropped from the list of contracted players but does not plan to take disciplinary action against the veteran batsman.Simon Katich”I understand that Simon’s disappointed and that he has made comments along those lines today but I don’t see that CA will be taking action for those comments,” Sutherland told reporters.In an emotionally charged press conference today, the 35-year-old Katich said he was disappointed and frustrated at being dropped despite being one of the most consistent performers for Australia in the Test arena.Katich ridiculed the Australian selection panel saying,” If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.”Sutherland said he could understand Katich’s anger but CA stood by the panel headed by Andrew Hilditch.”My view and the Cricket Australia board’s view is that it is right for people to be able to make their subjective judgements but it crosses the line when there are any suggestions about the integrity of individual members of the selection panel, the panel as a group, or the processes they engage in to make these selections,” said Sutherland.”I am not necessarily saying Simon has entirely called them into question in that fashion but Cricket Australia stands by them in terms of their integrity and the process they go through,” he added.Sutherland said it would have been better had Katich spoken to CA officials privately instead of making his anger public.”The simple answer is yes, Simon could have expressed his views more privately. But he chose to do that in the manner that he did,” Sutherland said.advertisement”I’m not making a complaint about that. I know Simon did have some discussions with the Australian Cricketers’ Association to explore that. If that’s not some sort of avenue to at least understand what his rights might be then I’m not sure what is,” he added.The CA chief also ruled out a paid selection panel for the time being.”At the moment we have a selection panel of three, Greg Chappell is a full-time employee, there are no immediate plans for that, but there is a review under way and it is quite obvious that one of the topics of discussion within the review process has been about selection,” he said.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

 

No doubt Tendulkar will score his 100th ton in England: Akram

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels the fourth Test at The Oval will provide Sachin Tendulkar with an ideal opportunity to reach the milestone of scoring 100 international centuries, in the ongoing four-match series against England.The Oval is the venue for the fourth and final Test.Akram is, however, not certain if the champion batsman would be able to get to the landmark in the third Test at Edgbaston, where the ball swings around, and the pressure would be on India to come back into the series.”I think Tendulkar will reach the milestone in the fourth Test at the oval where he has the best chance of creating history. But I have no doubt he will get this milestone and become the first batsman to achieve this record,” Akram told reporters in Karachi.He was in the city to attend the opening of a T20 corporate tournament being organised by former captain and close friend, Moin Khan at a brand new ground in the posh Defence Housing Society area here.Akram said the pressure comes from the fact that Tendulkar is standing on the threshold of achieving a landmark no cricketer has come close to in the history of the game.”There has been so much hype and build up to this series and particularly around Tendulkar’s milestone that obviously the pressure must be felt by the great batsman. Even the greatest of batsman feel the pressure in such situations.”– With PTI inputslast_img read more

 

India to contest boxer Vikas Krishan’s ouster from Olympics

first_imgStunned by Vikas Krishan’s ouster from the Olympic Games following a reversal of decision by the International Boxing Association, Indian Chef-de-Mission P.K. Muralidharan Raja on Saturday said the country’s contingent will file an appeal against the AIBA decision. Speaking to Headlines Today, Raja said the Indian contingent has got a video of the bout and will file an appeal against the decision. In a stunning reversal of fortunes, Vikas (69kg) was ousted after AIBA overturned the result of his pre-quarterfinal bout, that he had won, following a review. The 20-year-old had won 13-11 over Errol Spence in a thrilling contest on Friday night but following an appeal by his rival’s team management, the AIBA awarded the bout 15-13 to the American citing the fouls committee by the Indian which were not noticed by the referee. Raja, also the Indian Boxing Federation’s Secretary General, said the team will not accept the decision.last_img read more

 

Potential top pick CJ Perez draws inspiration from first born ahead of PBA Draft

first_imgLacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Even though the pressure kept mounting, Perez got a big dash of inspiration when his baby girl Ciana Tanisha was born on Monday.“My baby girl has given me a lot of motivation because I have my own family now,” said Perez in Filipino during the PBA Draft Combine Wednesday at Gatorade Hoops Center. “She’s in my heart and mind, and I know that I’ll always push myself and do everything I can for my family.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“This isn’t just for me, this is also for them.”Perez, who’s been likened to the manic Calvin Abueva since his early collegiate days with San Sebastian, is in a draft class that isn’t shallow by any means. 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 TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MANILA, Philippines—The prospect of being selected no.1 has put a load on CJ Perez’ shoulders as early as the middle part of the NCAA Season 91 men’s basketball tournament.Perez, who was in his last year with Lyceum during the competition, was seen as the heavy favorite of his class having led the Pirates to back-to-back finals appearances.ADVERTISEMENT The likes of Robert Bolick, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., Paul Desiderio, Abu Tratter, Bong Quinto, and J-Jay Alejandro are also in the Draft but it’s Perez whose name is being tabbed as the best of all the 47 applicants.And Perez knows he can’t let the pressure of being a potential top pick weigh him down.“Everybody’s saying that I’m the no.1 pick but I’m not even expecting it,” said the 6-foot-1 Perez. “There are still a lot of things that will happen and I’m just excited for the Draft and the Combine.”“The pressure is a given, when I get to the PBA I might be in the top three and the expectation is the one thing that gives pressure. And when you’re on top your play should also be there. There’s a lot of pressure but I just have to prepare for it.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Golden State G League team in Santa Cruz is key developer MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

 

World Cup Match Report: Argentina finish top in Group F; FULL TIME score Argentina 3-2 Nigeria

first_imgArgentina’s Marcos Rojo celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal. (AP Photo)This is the live coverage of the Group F World Cup match betweenArgentina and Nigeria being played at the Estadio Beira-Rio in PortoAlegre, Brazil.Match Report | Match Analysis | Match Photos  Argentina finish top in Group F; FULL TIME score Argentina 3-2 Nigeria 63′: No hat-trick for Messi as he is replaced by Alvarez.  50′: It’s pouring goals early in second half! Argentina’s Marcos Rolo scores to regain lead for a second time;  47′: Ahmed Musa scores his second to equalise again!  Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa scores his side’s 2nd goal. (AP Photo) For the IndiaToday World Cup homepage, click here.  Half-Time Report Lionel Messi scored his third and fourth goals of the World Cup to give Argentina a 2-1 lead against Nigeria going into halftime of their Group F match. Messi scored in the third minute, slamming in the rebound after Angel Di Maria’s shot bounced off the post. But Nigeria’s reply was swift as Ahmed Musa cut in from the left flank and beat Sergio Romero with a curling shot toward the far post. Messi then curled in a perfect free kick just before the break to restore the lead. Argentina striker Sergio Aguero was substituted for Ezequiel Lavezzi after picking up an injury. Argentina only needs a draw to win the group, while Nigeria needs to make sure it doesn’t lose to guarantee advancement to the second round. Lionel Messi scores his side’s 2nd goal. (AP Photo) advertisement45′: Messi scored on a free-kick just before half-time to put Argentina back in the lead at half-time; Argentina 2-1 Nigeria  38′: Ezequiel Lavezzi comes on in place of Kun Aguero who is out with a muscle pull; Argentina 1-1 Nigeria Nigeria equalise at 6′: Ahmed Musa scores on a brilliant curve ball. Argentina 1-1 Nigeria Goal at 3′: Messi scores in the opening minutes. Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa celebrates scoring his side’s first goal. (AP Photo)   Nigeria and Argentina are not resting any of their starters in their final Group F match on Wednesday and sticking with the lineups they had in their previous matches. Argentina will again rely on captain Lionel Messi – with two World Cup goals in Brazil already – moving wide and deep in a three-man attack behind Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain. Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is also keeping the lineup he used in Nigeria’s previous match, against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Vincent Enyeama will try to remain the only goalkeeper yet to concede a goal at this World Cup, while striker Peter Odemwingie has been called up again after scoring the winner against Bosnia. Already qualified for the second round, Argentina needs at least a draw to win Group F. If Nigeria wins it will top the group, while a draw is enough to make sure of advancing.  Lineups:Nigeria: Vincent Enyeama; Efe Ambrose, Kenneth Omeruo, Joseph Yobo, Juwon Oshaniwa; Ahmed Musa, Ogenyi Onazi, John Obi Mikel, Michael Babatunde; Peter Odemwingie, Emmanuel Emenike. Argentina: Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta, Federico Fernandez, Ezequiel Garay, Marcos Rojo; Fernando Gago, Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria; Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero.last_img read more

 

Indo-Pakistan relations: Caught in a web

first_imgIn the subcontinent, the wheels of amity grind but slowly. India and Pakistan fought four wars in 34 years; it is Utopian to expect the conflicted twain to rush to the bucolic goal of treaty-bound peace. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi took three months to reply to a cordial and constructive,In the subcontinent, the wheels of amity grind but slowly. India and Pakistan fought four wars in 34 years; it is Utopian to expect the conflicted twain to rush to the bucolic goal of treaty-bound peace. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi took three months to reply to a cordial and constructive letter from President Zia-ul-Haq.Since there is no Indian ambassador in Islamabad, she sent her reply through K. Natwar Singh, secretary in the foreign office in charge of Pakistan, Afghan and Persian Gulf affairs. Singh was received by Zia with a warmth which belied impressions that the Pakistani leader had been stalling the process of negotiation between the two countries for a no-war treaty.As he read Mrs Gandhi’s letter, Zia beamed. The prime minister had taken a positive stand, and the communication breathed cordiality. Natwar Singh returned to New Delhi on the morning of June 2 with his portfolio bulging with goodwill. But the second round of negotiations between India and Pakistan is now to be held very soon. No date has been fixed. Early August, after Mrs Gandhi’s return from Washington, is a safer guess than early July.In the subcontinent, diplomacy is conducted with noisy silences. The noise is made by reporters; the silence is the property of governments. While in the United States, nothing remains secret in the world of foreign policy, in the subcontinent little is known until and unless officialdom pleases to share information with the public.Mrs Gandhi: Treading carefullyThe official “smokesman” of the foreign office artfully kept the contents of Mrs Gandhi’s letter to Zia concealed from the people; enterprising reporters spun out yards of moonshine prose to hide the fact that they did not know what their prime minister had told the President of Pakistan. Still they almost unanimously announced that Mrs Gandhi – and India – had taken the “initiative” to break the logiam in the talks.Equal Responsibility: The truth was different. In the current India-Pakistan diplomatic dialouge, neither party can be exclusively hailed for an initiative nor blamed for a deadlock. The two parties are equally responsible for both. If they seem to be taking two steps backward after one step forward, they are keeping in step with one another. In other words, the dialogue has now become a web. Neither Pakistan nor India can break loose from it. They can, and they will, stall. But it looks as if the two are at long last doomed to sign a no-war treaty before the end of 1982 and keep talking about a friendship pact.advertisementBefore explaining why, it is necessary to listen to what India and Pakistan have been telling one another. On February 1, the then Pakistani foreign minister, Agha Shahi, left Delhi at the end of his talks with the Indian Minister for External Affairs P.V. Narasimha Rao. Within a few hours of Shahi’s departure, Rao reported to the Lok Sabha on the talks. “Mr Shahi’s visit afforded the first opportunity to hold direct and in-depth discussions on the proposal for the conclusion of an agreement on non-aggression and non-use of force between India and Pakistan,” Rao told an eager House. He disclosed that India had sent to Pakistan an aide memoire on this subject on December 24, 1981, and had received an aide memoire from Pakistan on January 12.President Zia: Seemingly earnest He said that “after the discussions between the two sides, we are now in a position to undertake specific consideration of the elements which would constitute the substance of a no-war pact or an agreement on non-aggression and non-use of force.” He announced that the second round of talks would take place in Islamabad at foreign secretary level in the first week of March.On February 21, Zia wrote a warm and cordial letter to Indira Gandhi. He had received from Shahi a full report of the New Delhi talks and was particularly pleased to learn that “Madame Prime Minister” had bestowed upon the dialogue her personal blessing. Zia said that he was certain that the conclusion of a no-war pact between Pakistan and India would alter the strategic scenario in the entire region.He welcomed Mrs Gandhi’s suggestion that the two countries set up a joint commission and described it as a positive step. He hoped that the negotiations would proceed on the lines of the understanding reached between the foreign ministers as a result of their talks, and that the dialogue would not be interrupted by any external or internal circumstance. As evidence of his desire to improve India-Pakistan relations, Zia informed Mrs Gandhi that he had ordered that postal rates to India be cut by 15 per cent.advertisementFriendship Treaty: Neither Zia in his letter nor Rao in his report to the Lok Sabha made any reference to a friendship treaty, for the simple reason that India did not formally offer a friendship treaty to Pakistan at any stage of the dialogue till the prime minister’s letter of May 31.”In the current India-Pakistan diplomatic dialogue neither party can be exclusively hailed for an initiative nor blamed for a deadlock. The two parties are equally responsible for both.” The idea of a treaty of peace and friendship was thrown at Pakistani correspondents by Mrs Gandhi rather sportingly shortly before Shahi’s departure from Delhi. If it were meant to be a formal proposal. Rao would have included it in his report to the Lok Sabha. The fact is that neither verbally nor in writing did India suggest a friendship treaty to Pakistan till the end of May.Zia’s letter to Mrs Gandhi was written three days after the exchanges between the Pakistani delegate, Agha Hilaly, and the Indian representative, B.R. Bhagat at the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva. Verbatim report of the exchanges is now available at the UN office in New Delhi. On February 25, Rao, responding to a call-attention question in the Lok Sabha, observed: “We have carefully studied Mr Agha Hilaly’s statement. It is inconceivable that so senior and experienced a diplomat, who has served as his country’s high commissioner to India, could have made such a statement without the prior approval of the Government of Pakistan, who could not have failed to anticipate the strong reaction in India.”The Indian Government therefore decided to postpone “for the time being” the foreign secretary’s journey to Islamabad for the second round of talks. A protest was lodged with the Pakistani Government. The fact that Zia’s letter to Mrs Gandhi had followed Agha Hilaly’s remarks in Geneva was either ignored or considered insufficient evidence of Pakistan’s sincerity and goodwill. The possibility that the Pakistani and Indian delegates to the Human Rights Commission had unwittingly provoked one another to fight a verbal duel over Kashmir, and that both spoke mainly with the home audiences in mind was apparently dismissed when the Indian Government interpreted the Hilaly statement and put the dialogue in the freezer.Diversionary Moves: As both sides blamed each other for stalling, each expressed hope that the dialogue would be resumed soon. There was no lack of diversionary moves on either side. Zia permitted three territories in the Jammu and Kashmir region, Gilgit, Hunza and Skardu, whose legal status is in dispute, to send “observers” to the hand-picked Majlis-i-Shoora. India lodged a cosmetic protest, wondering, at the same time, if the President was not moving in his own way towards accepting the prevailing political and military realities in Kashmir.Meanwhile, Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister, Shahabzada Yakub Khan, who seems to be more confident than his predecessor of his grip on Islamabad’s external policy, chose Beijing to be the capital of his first trip abroad after assuming office. There, conversations between Khan and the Chinese leaders produced a jelled Sino-Pakistani approach towards improving ties with India: cautious, step-by-step movement towards amity without abandoning established policies or values, but ready to pursue give-and-take tactics.advertisementMrs Gandhi, on her own part, went to Saudi Arabia with a view to conquering the minds and purses of the oil-rich princes. She told them that India had offered a treaty of peace and friendship to Pakistan, and got this written into the joint communique issued at the end of her visit.The prime minister’s diplomatic offensive wrested from the reticent Khan the first authoritative Pakistani statement on the concept of a friendship treaty. “We feel convinced,” said he on May 15, “that the interest of both countries will be served by the early conclusion of the proposed non-aggression pact. The requisite ground for the promotion of mutual friendship and cooperation can be effectively prepared through this approach.”Principal Objective: Khan added: “The idea of a treaty of peace and friendship was mentioned by the Indian prime minister to Pakistani journalists in the course of a discussion on the nature and scope of the Indo-Soviet treaty of 1971. However, the matter was not pursued as it was realised that such a treaty was premature. The principal objective of the non-aggression pact was to create the necessary atmosphere of mutual trust and confidence in the context of which alone could such a treaty acquire relevance.” He implied that a no-war pact and the joint commission (about which he said there was “no element of doubt or ambiguity”) would help create the kind of strategic harmony on which alone could a treaty of friendship and cooperation be mounted.Mrs Gandhi in her letter to Zia has (according to reliable sources) made six points. First, she repeated her assurance that India regarded a stable and prosperous Pakistan highly and would never attack the neighbouring country. Secondly, India, she said, would be ready to resume negotiations for a no-war or non-aggression treaty as soon as arrangements could be mutually agreed upon for the next round in Islamabad. Thirdly, the next round should aim at finding common ground between Indian and Pakistani concepts of a non-aggression treaty.Fourthly, as negotiations proceeded, the two countries should agree to set up the joint commission but it should not be made conditional on the no-war pact. Fifthly, her offer of a friendship and cooperation treaty stood and this was what the two countries must aim at as soon as the necessary ambience had been created. And, finally, both countries must strictly adhere to the letter and spirit of the Simla Agreement and refrain from doing or saying anything that might be construed as offensive to that accord. Mrs Gandhi’s letter was couched in friendly and polite language, of course; she defended the postponement of the second round as a result of Hilaly’s references to Kashmir in Geneva.Motivation: The question that was asked avidly in New Delhi’s diplomatic community was: what exactly motivated Mrs Gandhi’s letter to Zia? Various answers were suggested. Some argued that having committed herself to the Saudi princes that India would pursue the quest for amity with Pakistan, the prime minister had to lift the embargo and get the dialogue going again. Others believed that the letter to Zia was part of Mrs Gandhi’s environment-building for her trip to Washington.She must also have had in her mind the major shift in the balance of power in south-west Asia that will follow a decisive Iranian victory in the 20-month-old war with Iraq and a probable regime change in Baghdad. Both India and Pakistan have been backing the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) which is strongly opposed by Iran with the support of the “steadfast group” of Arab nations-Syria, Libya, Algeria, Yemen and the Palestine Liberation Organisation.This confrontation has suddenly gifted Moscow its moment in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other Gulf sheikdoms are seeking Soviet help to bring the war to an end. A Soviet “Tashkent” in the Persian Gulf will have a profound impact on the balance of power in south and south-west Asia. It seems that both Mrs Gandhi and Zia realise that this is the time to bridge the India-Pakistan strategic divide that has enabled external powers to intervene in the subcontinent’s affairs.last_img read more

 

MMA legend Vitor Belfort signs with ONE Championship

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 Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Eduard Folayang will go to Japan looking for war vs hometown bet Shinya Aoki Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I have been in this sport since I was 19-years-old, and have been fortunate enough to witness its growth and evolution firsthand,” said Belfort, 41.“ONE Championship is the Home of Martial Arts and I plan to become a ONE World Champion in front of some of the best martial arts fans in the world.”ADVERTISEMENT Brazilian fighter Vitor Belfort competes against Brazilian fighter Lyoto Machida during their middleweight bout at the Ultimate Fighting Championship 224 (UFC 224) event at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 12, 2018. (Photo by MAURO PIMENTEL / AFP)MANILA, Philippines—Mixed martial arts legend Vitor Belfort has signed with ONE Championship in what can be described as one of the biggest acquisitions for the promotion.Belfort (26-14) is one of the most iconic MMA fighters in the world and was a one-time UFC light heavyweight champion.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandemcenter_img Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced the acquisition of Belfort on Twitter.“it is with great pleasure and honor that I welcome Vitor Belfort into the ONE Championship family,” said Sityodtong in a statement,” said Sityodotong. “Vito is, hands down, one of the biggest names in mixed martial arts.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“He is a legend across the world, and we are thrilled to have him as ONE expands into South America. A World champion in multiple divisions, Vitor is a massive addition to our ever-growing roster of ONE Championship athletes,” added Sityodtong.BREAKING NEWS: I am thrilled to announce that UFC Legend Vitor Belfort is now a ONE Championship athlete! A former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion, Vitor holds the record for the most KOs in UFC history as well as the 2nd most finishes. #WeAreONE pic.twitter.com/Sbf15KPPua— Chatri Sityodtong (@yodchatri) March 1, 2019Belfort, who holds the record for most knockouts in UFC history with 12, said he’s grateful to have witnessed the growth of the sport and that he plans to one day hold a title strap in ONE Championship.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

 

Rampaging Beermen

first_imgJune Mar Fajardo explodes for San Miguel. PBA IMAGESAll San Miguel Beer needed was a whiff of a playoff bonus to stir the defending champions into a frenzy.The Beermen went on a blazing start then cruised the rest of the way to forge a 121-111 victory over NLEX Friday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Maraño, De Guzman named national team skippers Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed A shot at the top two, which offers teams there the twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals, stoked San Miguel Beer’s fire as it manhandled the Road Warriors on the way to its fifth win in eight games.“I’m so happy tonight for that win. But we’re still aiming for one of the top two slots,” said Beermen coach Leo Austria. San Miguel doesn’t have the incentive within reach just yet. But, Austria said, “the chance is still there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesNorthPort, meanwhile, was one possession away from erasing the memory of a previous painful defeat. Then, somehow, it all slipped away—literally.It was enough to allow Meralco coach Norman Black to let out a sigh on Friday night, although, understandably, it took a while for him to do so. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LATEST STORIEScenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy After all, Meralco escaped what looked like imminent defeat and held off hard-luck NorthPort, 126-123, in double overtime to finally arrest a three-game skid and continue nursing hope for a playoff spot.A quick double on Sean Anthony with six seconds remaining resulted in the ball slipping away from the NorthPort big man’s hand. It was a cruel trick by fate on Anthony, whose potential game-winning triple in the Batang Pier’s last game—against Phoenix—was waved off when he was whistled for an offensive foul that the league later admitted was wrong.But instead of watching what went around come around, Anthony lost possession with a little over three seconds remaining, and Meralco capitalized with an alley-oop off the inbounds to Chris Newsome, who tied the game at 106 to forge the first overtime.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash View commentslast_img read more

 

Beau Belga, Rain or Shine determined to force Game 7 vs Magnolia

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Belga admits Magnolia has the edge when it comes to experience playing on the big stage.But Belga added it still shouldn’t be an excuse for the Elasto Painters as they try to get back on track and force a knockout game for a ticket to the finals against defending champion San Miguel Beer.“We already won two games so we know that we can beat them. It’s just up to us how far we want to go. We’re already here at this point and it’s going to be tough if we let go of this opportunity,” he said. “They (Magnolia) are more experienced when it comes to playing in the playoffs and being in this kind of atmosphere.”“Backs against the wall, do-or-die game, we’re going to give everything we have on Friday.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Recharged Hotshots go for kill vs Painters in Game 6 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—From knockout playoff games to nerve-wracking Game 7’s, Beau Belga had been there and done that having played for more than a decade and counting in the PBA.Belga has won and lost Game 7’s but no matter the result, the experience of being in such a defining game is something that the Rain or Shine bruiser never forgets.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 And he wants his young teammates to realize its importance and use it as added motivation heading into Friday night’s Game 6 of the Philippine Cup semifinals against Magnolia.“This is not the time to give up. I told them, if the series reaches Game 7, it will be something you will never forget. You will bring that experience of playing in a Game 7 with you,” Belga said in Filipino after an 82-74 loss in Game 5.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“And this is the All-Filipino conference. Next conference, you won’t matter as much because there will be imports dominating the games. The All-Filipino is really the conference that everybody is fighting for.”The Elasto Painters fell to the Hotshots for the third time in a row in the series Wednesday night after winning the first two.center_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

 

Enes Kanter goes for 26 in Game 1 even with sore shoulder

first_imgPortland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter reacts after being called for a foul against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Monday, April 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Enes Kanter didn’t even think about his sore left shoulder as he soared in for a first-quarter dunk and hung from the rim with his left hand.Then, the Portland center grimaced and briefly grabbed the shoulder.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “I told him to just dunk it with his right hand, rather than put two on it,” Meyers Leonard said.Sound advice.Now more treatment awaits as he and the Blazers try to rebound in Game 2 on Wednesday.“Just keep playing through it,” Kanter said. “Pain killers, injections, anything I can do to help my teammates. Doesn’t matter. One arm, two arm, I’m going to go out there and help my teammates win.”Kanter hit 11 of 14 shots and all four free throws. He also grabbed seven rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT “Enes was terrific,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “He was very efficient, finished around the basket, playing through the shoulder injury. I couldn’t have asked for anymore from him.”The Blazers struggled to stop Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic, who scored 37 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Kanter tried to slow him down, but simply couldn’t. No one could for the Blazers. The player nicknamed The Joker was unstoppable.“He kind of got what he wanted all night,” said forward Maurice Harkless, who fouled out with just over three minutes remaining. “We’ve just got to do a good job of making it tough on him, whether it’s being physical or whatever it is. We’ve got to make it harder for him.”Kanter was waived by the New York Knicks following the trade deadline and signed by the Blazers just before the All-Star break as a backup to starter Jusuf Nurkic. But Kanter became an even more valuable asset for Portland when Nurkic broke his leg in an overtime victory at home over the Brooklyn Nets on March 25.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LOOK: Lady Tamaraws get ‘merienda’ treat from Tigresses On the bench soon after, Kanter pointed to his head as if to say he needed to be more cautious with his injury.Sore shoulder and all, Kanter finished with 26 points in a 121-113 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Monday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. All things considered he held up just fine.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 don’t have another choice,” Kanter said. “I don’t even try to think about my shoulder. It’s the playoffs. Just got to go out there and play hard and play smart.”Kanter suffered the shoulder injury in the Trail Blazers’ deciding Game 5 win over Oklahoma City last Tuesday. He was questionable heading into the series opener against Denver, but looked sharp early as he scored 10 of his points in the first quarter. That dunk, though, got everyone’s attention, especially the look on his face after. Then again, it was so instinctual — clear path, dunk it, just like usual. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more