Month: November 2019

NBA G League to use 4 refs, expands playoffs to 12 teams

first_imgSports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino 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 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight NEW YORK — The NBA G League will use four referees for preseason and regular-season games through November and expand its playoffs from eight to 12 teams.The NBA’s minor league experimented with four- and five-person referee crews rather than the traditional three-person crews for nine regular-season games last season.ADVERTISEMENT TNT bounces back, ties semis series Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Nearly half the 26-team league will qualify for the four-round postseason under the changes announced Wednesday.The new format will give berths to each of the six division winners, with the remaining six spots filled by three wild-card teams in each conference with the best regular-season records.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe top two seeds in each conference will earn byes into the second round. The playoffs will begin with three single-elimination rounds before culminating with a best-of-three NBA G League Finals.The 50-game regular season tips off on Nov. 3. View comments Also:— Overtime periods will be reduced from three to two minutes.— Clear path reviews were scrapped, leaving five instant replay triggers.— The coach’s challenge has been revised to one per game. It can be used any time to challenge fouls, goaltending/basket interference and out-of-bounds calls. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next MOST READlast_img read more

Alejandro lauds teammates’ fighting spirit despite loss to Ateneo

first_imgUnfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Blue Eagles converted 11 of their three-point attempts.Still, Alejandro doesn’t care much for the numbers and instead would look at the intangibles.“For me as long as I see them fighting, not giving up that is fine with me,” said Alejandro.And even with NU staying at the sixth seed with a 3-6 record, Alejandro said there’s no panic in the team and that they can still turn their fortunes around in their remaining five games.“There’s no panic, and we have to work about it,” said Alejandro who finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. “As long as we play this kind of game we have a chance.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES FILE Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJ-Jay Alejandro on Wednesday walked out of Mall of Asia Arena a different man compared to when he left Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.National University’s veteran wingman was frustrated, to say the least, at his teammates after their 90-77 loss to University of the East last Saturday in UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Hugnatan steps up big in De Ocampo’s absence View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa And although the Bulldogs lost again, this time to league leader Ateneo 85-72, Alejandro was spritely and couldn’t help but applaud his teammates’ efforts.“I’m still okay, and we fought earlier,” said Alejandro. “It just so happens that we lost by the breaks of the game, those went to Ateneo. But I’m still proud of my teammates because I saw that they really fought hard.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Bulldogs were in the game until the fourth quarter, when they trailed the Blue Eagles 67-65, when Ateneo managed to outscore them 18-7 in the final period.And although there was a huge disparity between the two teams in the fourth, NU was able to prevent Ateneo’s inside scoring. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Curry scores 13 points over final 1:42, Warriors beat Celtics

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier, right, and Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry chase the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — The “M-V-P!” chants reigned down, and Stephen Curry played every bit like one yet again. Mouthpiece dangling and shots dropping.He has had so many brilliant back-and-forths with Kyrie Irving in recent years, and this one will surely be added to that list among the best.ADVERTISEMENT Plenty familiar with Golden State from three straight Finals matchups with the Cavaliers, he hit his first seven shots with three 3-pointers while Jaylen Brown converted his first four field goals including two 3s. Boston built a 34-24 lead late in the opening quarter and stayed ahead by 10 going into the second.He didn’t miss his first shot until a driving floater 4:16 before halftime. Irving too appreciates the push from Curry.“Oh yeah. I’ve been going against him for the last seven years,” Irving said. “This special team that they have now, adding KD, you’ve seen how they’ve kind of transformed from the first year they won it to now being two-time champions. The bench, everyone. It’s always a high-level game.”Curry isn’t about to make a bold prediction about Finals time. He learned that lesson already.“I got in trouble last time,” Curry said, “if I was thinking about going back to Boston in the summer.”HAYWARD PROGRESSCoach Brad Stevens still doesn’t expect Gordon Hayward to play again for Boston this season as he recovers from a gruesome broken left ankle suffered early in his Celtics debut last October.Hayward hasn’t lost his shooting stroke as he rehabs.“He makes a lot of shots standing still. I mean a lot. He’s a heck of a stand-still shooter now,” Stevens said. “He’s really good in a chair too. Nothing new. We don’t anticipate him being back this season.”Kerr has been so impressed with the Celtics’ resiliency without the star guard. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I was devastated for him and I’m happy to see he’s recovering well,” Kerr said. “Their recovery as a team without him has been amazing. Two losses to start the year and then they just took off.”TIP-INSCeltics: Second-year F Brown, who played collegiately at nearby Cal, scored 20 points. Durant hit a 3 from the top of the arc over Brown midway through the first quarter. … Boston shot just 32.9 percent in beating the Warriors last time, including 7 of 32 from deep, but made 14 of 27 3s on Saturday.Warriors: Curry has made at least five 3-pointers in five straight games, one off the NBA record. “I’m shooting 30 3s next game,” he cracked. … G Patrick McCaw missed his second straight game but said he is improving from a strained mid-back and hopes a few days before the next game will give him time to be ready. … Rookie F Jordan Bell missed his fourth straight game with left ankle inflammation. … C Damian Jones was recalled from the G League Santa Cruz Warriors, who will play their second ever game at Oracle on Sunday night against the Austin Spurs. So Jones could play again in Oakland on Sunday if sent down again.UP NEXTCeltics: At Denver on Monday to conclude a four-game road trip.Warriors: At Utah on Tuesday looking for a fourth straight road win in the series. Curry made a go-ahead 3 with 1:42 to play, scored on a driving layup the next time down before eight late free throws. He also made three of his 3s over the final 4:20 of the third quarter for the Warriors, who had lost the last two matchups to the Celtics and two in a row at home. The Warriors fell 92-88 at Boston on Nov. 16 in which they squandered a 17-point lead.Kevin Durant added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors, who haven’t lost to the same Eastern Conference opponent twice in the same season during fourth-year coach Steve Kerr’s tenure. Draymond Green had 15 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.Curry’s 3-pointer with 4:20 left in the third put Golden State up 70-63, he hit another at the 2:52 mark then connected once more at 2:12 as Golden State grabbed momentum heading into the final period up 80-73.The two-time NBA MVP scored 18 points in the third, shot 16 for 24 and 8 of 13 from long range while notching his second 40-point game of the season and 29th of his career in the regular season. Fans chanted “M-V-P!” as he made two free throws with 43 seconds left, two more at the 10.3 mark, another pair with 6.9 seconds left and two more at 1.6.Irving was sensational himself.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Butler returns to score 21 points, Wolves beat Nets Curry scored 49 points with 13 of those over the final 1:42 and hit eight 3-pointers, lifting the Golden State Warriors past the Boston Celtics 109-105 on Saturday night in what is already being hyped as a potential NBA Finals matchup come June.Irving scored 37 points on 13-for-18 shooting with five 3s, but Boston failed to build momentum from a win at the Clippers on Wednesday night and lost for the fifth time in six games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The way he started the game tonight was pretty crazy,” Curry said. “We try to bring the best out of each other. Tonight was one of those nights, just a fun way to play.”The NBA’s top teams from their respective conferences put on quite an entertaining show. View commentslast_img read more

ONE launches Super Series for stand-up martial arts

first_imgMOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s not the first time that ONE Championship veered away from the hybrid rules of MMA as it already had two bouts in the Grappling Super-Match that was exclusive to grapplers.Shinya Aoki won the last Grappling Super-Match against Marat Gafurov in January of 2018 but was on the losing end of the first one against Garry Tonon in May 2017.Sityodtong said fighters under the ONE Super Series can also fight in the main MMA cards of the promotion and vice versa.ONE Super Series will have its first bouts on April 20 and will share the card with MMA fights.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Santiago-Manabat impressive in return from ACL injury NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Nextcenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The ONE Super Series is exclusive to strikers who practice either of the following disciplines, Muay Thai, Lethwei, Silat, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Sambo, Kung Fu, Sanda, and Wushu.And these strikers could either fight inside a kickboxing ring and would follow the sport’s rules or inside the cage under hybrid rules.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“ONE Championship has been a celebration of Asia’s greatest cultural treasure—martial arts—and the values of integrity, honor, respect, humility, discipline, courage, and compassion,” said Sityodtong.“Why is ONE Championship launching another league? In the same way that Starbucks offers many flavors of coffee and tea, we offer all martial arts.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES ONE Championship is continuing its innovation of the sport of mixed martial arts with the launch of ONE Super Series that will pit stand-up artists against each other.ONE Chairman Chatri Sityodtong said in a conference call that introducion the ONE Super Series is a “massive, game-changing moment for the world of martial arts.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

Frolicking while the giant sleeps

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games In this Commissioner’s Cup, under an equally legendary coach in Tim Cone and a similarly prolific import in Justin Brownlee, the Gin Kings have ruled the elimination round and are looking ripe for yet another championship.The difference this time is that this batch of Gin Kings pulled it off when their version of a gentle giant was asleep.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSo with the impending return of the 7-foot Greg Slaughter later in the playoffs, how will he be of help to a team that is playing with such great speed and chemistry and has found ways to win using one of the smallest front lines out there?Or, are the Kings better off without him? Star escapes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sister team San Miguel Beer has been labeled as the team to beat in this conference mainly because of the presence—and the sustained dominance—of reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.Plus, the Beermen landed a prized import in Charles Rhodes, who packs a mean inside-outside game that has made San Miguel even more formidable.This is where the coach in Manotoc comes to fore, thinking match-ups way before they happen and figuring how useful a lumbering Slaughter could be to a Ginebra squad that, as the pundits say, can unleash its run-and-gun game more efficiently without him.Since Ginebra and San Miguel will only collide if they reach the best-of-seven title series, Manotoc points out that Slaughter, if he comes in earlier than the Finals, will not only help the Kings in the Final Four, but also preserve Brownlee for the long haul.“I think Tim will be breaking him (Slaughter) in slowly for the Finals,” Manotoc says. “And if he can do that, he takes a lot of pressure off Brownlee in doing the chores underneath. The best thing about Slaughter’s return is that Tim can have someone who can match up with Fajardo.”Meneses agrees: “It will be a good match-up if ever they meet in the championship.”Manotoc believes that the absence of Slaughter has helped Ginebra a great deal in another aspect. Japeth Aguilar, he says, is finally showing great improvement playing in the shaded lane.“Japeth’s playing so well and I don’t think that his playing time will be affected (when Slaughter comes back) because he can easily slide to his old spot,” Manotoc says. “That will be a very strong team once all the pieces fall into place.”Cone has said there’s a 20- to 80-percent chance that Slaughter will make his return in the playoffs. Although he didn’t really say how he will use his franchise player, he telegraphed his anticipation by breaking the news with a wide smile.San Miguel vs Ginebra or Ginebra vs San Miguel for the Commissioner’s Cup championship series will certainly be a box-office smash. And because of the quality of the player slated to make his return, there’s no doubt that the resurgent Gin Kings will be a lot better with the big man around. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments With Greg Slaughter in sick bay, Ginebra’s fleet-footed Gin Kings have enjoyed great chemistry. Now two former coaches say that the Kings will become even more lethal with the 7-footer’s return. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTwenty seasons. That’s how long it has been since the Barangay Ginebra franchise last topped an elimination round of a PBA conference.Gordon’s Gin, as the team was known then, had an explosive import in Chris King and a gentle giant in Marlou Aquino when the squad went on to win the 1997 Commissioner’s Cup under legendary playing-coach Sonny Jaworski.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? “That’s a good question,” Grand Slam champion coach Tommy Manotoc says, admitting that it will be quite a situation for Cone to handle. “Tim would know how to use him (Slaughter). It will make them deeper because they now have a legitimate inside threat.”Manotoc, who posted a Triple Crown sweep in 1983 with a Crispa Redmanizers crew many consider as the best team of all time, says that if he’s the one coaching Ginebra now he would welcome Slaughter back to the team.“Greg will be a good reserve (in the playoffs) and a good post presence,” Manotoc says. “Tim doesn’t have that at this time. Greg can match up with the bigger guys, even with the slower imports.”Ginebra has made do with Dave Marcelo as its only pure center in the roster, with Japeth Aguilar, a natural big forward, and Joe Devance both putting in some time in the spot—and doing a tremendous job while Slaughter is in sick bay with a knee injury.“I would rather have a 7-footer in the lineup than not have one at all,” says Vergel Meneses, a PBA all-time great and former Ginebra player. “Coach Tim will know what to do.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

UFC fighter who pooped herself will be sponsored by butt-wipes company

first_imgScreen Grab from Youtube/Domenick Nati ShowMost people say “there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel” and it seems that it can also apply to a certain fighter who recently had a peculiar “accident” in the cage.Social media was ablaze last week when UFC strawweight fighter Justin Kish accidentally lost control of her bowels mid-fight against Felice Herrig.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Dude Wipes reportedly reached out to Kish on Twitter shortly after the bout and said it would like to supply her with all the product she needs.“We think Justine had an awesome attitude about the situation and are discussing a fun way to work together to make light of it,” Sean Riley of Dude Products told the news outlet.Kish, meanwhile, confirmed that they are currently ironing out details of the endorsement, which may include several light-hearted commercials.Although mocked online for the pooping-incident, Kish was still praised by some netizens for owning up to the act.Even UFC president Dana White was impressed by her performance during the fight, and the way she handled the incident afterwards.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Rhodes’ title search ends with the Beermen Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 WATCH: UFC fighter accidentally soils herself mid-fightAfter losing the bout, the 29-year-old Russian-American fighter became an instant online celebrity, albeit in an extremely unflattering manner.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 starsAlthough humiliated by the incident, Kish is now dealing with multiple sponsorship offers from butt-wipe companies—including famed baby-wipe brand Dude Wipes.“I’m actually considering it because we could have some fun with it and maybe make the product less embarrassing and more funny,” she said over the weekend on iHeart radio’s “Domenick Nati Show”, as relayed by the Huffington Post. “He called me the day after the fight to check on me to make sure I was OK because there’s a little bit of humiliation behind what happened,” Kish shared, according to MMAWeekly. “I was in a dark area for a few hours. He just wanted to check in to see that I was OK and he gave me some encouragement.” Khristian Ibarrola/JBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Ateneo Blue Babble protests CHR budget, EJKs at halftime performance

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo After tearing a huge placard that said “P1,000″ into two, members of the BBB held up signs that read “stop the EJKs [extra judicial killings], uphold human rights” during their performance. MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 119-32 to approve the P1,000 budget.This was not the first time that the Blue Babble Battalion used the halftime show to get their message across. Last year, members of the team wore shirts that spelled “NOT A HERO.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Right mindset key to Dennison’s easy transition to FEU’s go-to-guy Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Stop the EJKs and uphold human rights. #UAAPSeason80#MensBasketball pic.twitter.com/gVNJG6Geae— Ateneo Blue Babble (@AteneoBabble) September 13, 2017The Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion on Wednesday took a stand against the extrajudicial killings and the House of Representatives’ decision to allocate just P1,000 of the 2018 budget for the Commission on Human Rights.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 openingThe group made the statement during the its routine performance at the halftime break of the game between Ateneo and University of the Philippines at Smart Araneta Coliseum in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Rain or Shine fends off Wright, Phoenix

first_img“Lucky that we won the game. I felt in the third quarter our energy wasn’t there after our good start,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia. “We just woke up in the fourth quarter.”“Matthew Wright today played like an import. I told the players you cant relax against Phoenix,” he added after his team stayed in the hunt for the top four slots with a 5-3 slate.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 openingA followup dunk by Gabe Norwood off a miss by Almazan gave the Painters a 115-110 cushion with 54.4 seconds left. Almazan then made a free throw and swatted away Phoenix import Brandon Brown’s drive attempt inside the last 10 seconds to seal Rain or Shine’s fifth win.Almazan posted a double-double with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and 11 rebounds with three blocks to boot. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — Rain or Shine overcame a big second half by Matthew Wright and Phoenix to win, 116-111, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Center here.The Elasto Painters blew an 18-point lead before holding off the Fuel Masters thanks to timely plays from Raymond Almazan, Jericho Cruz and Gabe Norwood down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT J’Nathan Bullock scored Rain or Shine’s first 17 points and already had 24 points by halftime. But he cooled off in the second half to finish the game with 33 points built on seven 3-pointers.Wright led Phoenix’s comeback, firing 17 points in the third quarter to erase a 16-point deficit. The Fil-Canadian deadshot exploded for a game-high 36 points while Brown added 33 points and 20 rebounds.The loss eliminated the Fuel Masters from playoff contention as they reeled to their eighth straight setback for a lowly 2-8 mark with only a game left.Jeff Chan struggled in his first game against his former team. He scored only six points on 2-of-5 shooting from the field.ADVERTISEMENT Pumaren wants better decision-making from UE after 2nd loss Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul 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 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Nagpur Test- Day 2: India take control with solid batting display

first_imgIndia’s famed top oder batsmen capitalised on Virender Sehwag’s flourishing start as the hosts took firm control of the the third and final cricket Test against New Zealand with a solid batting display in Nagpur on Sunday.SCORECARDAfter dismissing the Kiwis for 193 in the first innings, the Indians reached a comfortable 292 for two at close on the second day, taking a 99-run first innings lead at the VCA stadium.Virender Sehwag (74) provided a flying start alongwith Gautam Gambhir (78) while Rahul Dravid (69 batting) and Sachin Tendulkar (57 batting) consolidated the position for the hosts with an unbroken 100-run partnership for the third wicket.Monday can turn out to be an eventful day as Tendulkar, was a picture of concentration. He looks determined not throw it away as he requires another 43 runs to complete the historic milestone of 50 centuries in Test cricket.He completed his half century after punching part-time spinner Martin Guptill to the sweeper cover region for three runs. The kind of applause he received after completing his 59th half century, one can imagine what will happen if he reached the coveted landmark.The maestro, who was only perturbed by a few short balls from Tim Southee, hit some delightful strokes on both sides of the wicket. Those included a cover drive and steer off Southee, an arrow like straight drive and a cut off McKay and a drive through the mid-wicket boundary off Martin.With Dravid (69 batting, 167 balls, 8×4) also looking good for his 31st Test century, the hosts would ideally like to pile up a huge score in order to avoid batting last on this track. The Tendulkar-Dravid duo had added exactly 100 runs for the unbroken third wicket stand.advertisementHowever, if India are in the box seat, credit should go to the start provided by opening duo Sehwag-Gambhir—- inarguably India’s best opening pair in Test matches since Sunil Gavaskar and Chetan Chauhan in late 70s and early 80s.The two Delhi players have only themselves to blame for missing out on well-deserved centuries as loose shots led to their dismissals.While Sehwag scored 74 off only 73 deliveries with the help of 12 fours and a six, Gambhir who has just been made the ODI captain for two matches played an useful innings of 78 with the help of 12 boundaries.It was again Sehwag who provided the momentum as he send the New Zealand bowlers on a leather hunt blasting his way to 26th half century in Test cricket.Gambhir, who is slowly regaining his touch, was the perfect foil to his partner taking singles and giving Sehwag more of the strike.When Sehwag plays his natural game, the margin of error is very less for the opposition bowlers. Time and again the Black Caps bowlers have suffered in the hands of Sehwag and it wasn’t any different during the first session. He started off punching Southee through the vacant cover region for a boundary.Chris Martin, who has troubled the Indian batsmen with some incisive spells, was then pulled twice to the mid-wicket region for couple of boundaries. Whenever the New Zealand pacers Martin, Southee or debutant Andy McKay tried to add an extra yard of pace, they were guided over the slips through the vacant third man region with minimum fuss.When skipper Vettori came into bowl, the Nawab of Najafgarh danced down the track to clear the long-on ropes. He also played quite a few delightful late cuts off the spinner.With loose hands he would just steer the ball in the vacant region between the keeper and the first slip. He completed his half century off 50 deliveries.Vettori finally got his revenge when Sehwag couldn’t check his drive as he gave the New Zealand captain a simple return catch. The duo put on 113 runs for the opening stand.At the other end, Gambhir, who had grown in confidence watching Sehwag bat also clipped Southee to square leg for successive boundaries. He also hit a lovely cover drive off McKay who did trouble the southpaw as he brought a few back into the batsman.After Sehwag’s departure, Gambhir looked even more fluent with his drives while Dravid quietly settled down. Gambhir completed his 13th half century hitting Vettori over deep mid-wicket for a boundary.Just when he looked like getting set for his 10th century in Test cricket, he needlessly flashed a Southee delivery to be caught by Ross Taylor at gully ending a fruitful 79-run second wicket stand.Dravid?s was a more gritty effort waiting for the loose deliveries. He took his own time to settle down but none of the New Zealand’s pace trio of Martin, Southee and McKay was able to bother him. A classic bowler’s back drive stood out.advertisementEarlier, Ishant Sharma (4/43) quickly dismissed Brendon McCullum (40, 84 balls, 4×4) to ensure that Kiwi tail doesn’t wag for long.McCullum, who is suffering from back spasms didn’t look any better than yesterday as he came out to bat. A streaky boundary past a diving Virender Sehwag at gully got him a boundary.The bowler Ishant, however had the last laugh when he hit one back of length and cramped McCullum who went for another cut shot only to edge it to Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind stumps.McKay hit a boundary but didn’t last long enough as Ishant got his fourth victim castling the New Zealand No. 10.Tim Southee, who was playing patiently till then decided to throw caution to the wind as he launched into Harbhajan Singh hitting him for a couple of big sixes and a boundary in one particular over.He first hit Harbhajan over long-on and then a slog sweep that went to the mid-wicket boundary followed by another mighty heave over deep mid-wicket.The New Zealand pacer hit the third six off the innings when he cleared the long-on boundary off Ojha’s bowling.However, he perished trying to repeat the shot off the left-arm spinner who got his third scalp with Virender Sehwag holding onto a skier at mid-on.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Asian Games: Ashwini and Joseph set track ablaze, India win three golds

first_imgIndia’s Ashwini Chidananda celebrates after winning gold as she stands in the podium with silver medallist from China and bronze medal-winner of Japan at the medal ceremony of the women’s 400m hurdles at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China on Thursday. PTIHurdlers Joseph Abraham and Ashwini Chidananda provided a huge boost to the country’s medal haul in the 16th Asian Games with their gold-winning feats while teen sensation Vikas Krishan bagged a boxing gold as India jumped to the eighth spot on an eventful 13th day of competitions in Guangzhou on Thursday.Taking Indian athletics to a new high, Joseph and Ashwini took centre stage by taking the honour in the men’s and women’s 400m hurdles, an unprecedented feat for any country at the Asian Games.The Indian men’s hockey team and talented middle distance runner Tintu Luka bagged accounted for a bronze each as India added seven more medals to their kitty.Mausam Khatri also had his moment of glory by winning the bronze in men’s 96kg freestyle wrestling event to make amends for the otherwise disappointing show by his colleagues on the mat.With the addition of seven more medals, India’s medal haul climbed to 10 gold, 14 silver and 29 bronze to climb to the eight spot on the medal rostrum and equal the gold tally of the 2006 Games in Doha. India had finished tenth in the Doha edition.With the men’s and women’s kabaddi teams keeping themselves on course for the coveted gold and star pugilist Vijender Singh and two other boxers eyes gold medals, India will be looking for a top-five finish.advertisementChina maintained their supremacy atop the medals table with a stupendous tally of 179-103-91 while South Korea (72-60-85) and Japan (39-68-86) were in the second and third position respectively.It was the performance of the athletes which was largely responsible for India climbing two rungs on the medals table.Joseph and Ashwini raced to glory on an action-packed day to give India a golden double in a single athletics event for the first since 1978 Bangkok Asian Games when the county had won both 800m men’s and women’s gold medals.Striding smoothly over the low hurdles, long-legged Ashwini stepped on the gas on the final straight to clinch the gold with a personal best of 56.15secs, clipping 0.28secs off her own previous high of 56.43 which she clocked in the qualifying heats. Ashwini’s victory is significant as she had started concentrated on hurdles just recently.Just a few minutes after Aswhini’s triumph, the 29-year-old Joseph, hailing from Kottayam district in Kerala, made it a historic 400m hurdles golden double by edging past his other rivals in a very tight finish.Young Tintu Luka won the bronze medal in 800 metres event but team-mate Sinimole Paulose finished a disappointing seventh. Luka, a protegee of former sprint champion PT Usha, clocked 2:01.36 while Paulose timed 2:06.95.Luka led the pack right from the start, but couldn’t keep pace in the last 50 metres.Teen sensation Vikas Krishan ended Indian boxing’s 12-year-old gold medal drought in the Asian Games by winning the lightweight (60kg) title but Dinesh Kumar (81kg) settled for the silver after losing in the finals.India had not won a boxing gold at the Asiad since 1998 when the flamboyant Dingko Singh fetched the bantamweight top honours and it took a little known teenager from Haryana to break the jinx.The 18-year-old Vikas stunned defending champion Qing Hu of China 5-4 in the lightweight 60kg final that was low on thrill as the Indian decided to play defensive.World Youth champion and a bronze-medallist at the inaugural Youth Olympics, Vikas kept a shell guard which ultimately proved impregnable for his rival.However, Dinesh proved no match for defending champion Uzbek Elshod Rasulov and lost 4-10.The Arjuna awardee was on the backfoot from the word go as Rasulov took the attack to him with a combination of powerful bodyblows and well-timed jabs.The Indian men’s hockey team lifted itself from the disappointment of missing a final berth and clinched the bronze medal after defeating four-time champions South Korea in the third-place playoff.India beat the 2002 and 2006 champions with a lone second half goal through Tushar Khandekar to end their campaign on a better note than four years ago in Doha where they ended up a poor fifth.Having their dreams of winning the gold destroyed by the 3-4 defeat against Malaysia in the semifinals, the Rajpal Singh-led side outsmarted the fitter and faster Koreans.By virtue of this bronze, India ended their eight year-long medal drought in the quadrennial event after having finished on the podium (silver) last in the 2002 Busan Games.advertisementIndia’s win also ended double defending champions South Korea’s honeymoon in Asian Games hockey. This is the first instance since the 1986 Seoul Games that they finished without a medal.Somdev gets direct entry into Chennai OpenIndia’s No. 1 Somdev Devvarman, who has won two gold medals at the ongoing Asian Games in Guangzhou, has gained a direct entry into the main draw of the men’s singles at the ATP Aircel Chennai Open Tennis tournament to be held from January 3-9.The other direct entrants in the tournament are World Number 6 Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic and defending champion for last two years Marin Cilic (No 14) of Croatia.Somdev, ranked 106, is the only other player apart from Leander Paes (in 1999) to qualify as direct entrant in the singles event for this ATP event in South Asia.Somdev, a finalist here in 2009, is in superb form, winning back-to-back golds in the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.He created history by becoming the first ever Indian to win a gold in the men’s singles event in Asiad after claiming the doubles title with Sanam Singh.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more