PH men’s volleyball team vows to give it all in SEA Games

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Bong LozadaMen’s volleyball national team skipper John Vic De Guzman said Thursday the squad he’ll be leading in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games will be a different one from the 2015 team that failed to bring home a medal.“I can’t say where we are right now but we made sure that this team will be a different one from the 2015 one,” said De Guzman in Filipino in the athletes send-off for the SEA Games last Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next WATCH: Bodybuilder breaks neck after failed backflip attempt 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 Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES “What I can say is this SEA Games will be more exciting.”The men’s national volleyball team traveled to Korea for its training camp where the team would train for almost 16 hours with meals serving as the only rest for them.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 shutoutAnd even though De Guzman and his peers went through rigorous activities during their two-week stay in Korea, the captain did not make any concrete promises.“I am not saying that we’re confident we’ll bring home the gold, but what I can say is we’ll do our best, we’ll play to our extent and we’ll take it to heart everything we’ve been through in Korea,” said De Guzman. And one thing the team will definitely remember once they start playing in Malaysia is the injury to hitter Greg Dolor who suffered a broken pinky finger.De Guzman said the injury to one of their offensive weapons deeply hurt the team skills-wise, but it also bolstered the group in the attitude department.“That hurt but we all know now that we’re far more motivated going into the SEA Games and we’re braver now because we’ll be offering our games to Greg.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes MOST READlast_img read more

‘It’s so fake’: Track legend Lydia de Vega dispels death hoax

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:59Sports 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 LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Visits from legends Ray Allen, Robert Jaworksi ‘uplifting’ for Lyceum Pirates Lydia De Vega, once dubbed as the fastest woman in Asia, dispelled rumors circulating on social media that she has passed away.In a conversation with INQUIRER.net Wednesday night, De Vega said she was surprised about her fictional death and that she actually felt sorry for whoever wrote the malicious article.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Nextcenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES “I don’t even know why someone would write such thing,” said De Vega in Filipino. “This kind of joke is not funny. I hope this serves as a lesson that he won’t do this kind of thing again.”A fake news website under the URL houstonchronicle-tv.com broke the so-called story about De Vega’s death, saying that the former Asian sprint queen supposedly succumbed to illness.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 two-time Asian Games gold medalist scoffed at the hoax, which she found out when her children called her Wednesday morning to check up on her.“I read the article, and it’s so fake because it said that I was rushed to V Luna (the avenue where the AFP Medical Center is located), but I’m not even in the Philippines,” said De Vega. De Vega is now based in Singapore as an athletics coach for students. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Who leads among win-win Pinoy warriors?

first_imgIt’s doubly hard looking for the next big star in Philippine boxing following bright results from abroad last week.No, there definitely was no lack of worthy contenders.Fact is the search for the next Manny Pacquiao has become crowded following win-win stands by Filipino boxers in foreign rings.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  All these winners appeared solidly headed toward a world crown challenge.Jhack Tepora, 21-0, 16 KOs, scored a stunning second round stoppage of former African world titlist Lusanda Komanisi in East London, South Africa, to capture the WBO Intercontinental featherweight crown in his first international outing. His handlers at Omega Pro Sports International wasted no time to announce Tepora would be seeking a crack at the world title in the crowded featherweight division.Before Tepora’s stunning triumph, the sensational Frank Duno of Sanman Gym in General Santos City scored an impressive decision over seasoned Mexican lightweight Juan Pablo Sanchez at The Forum in Inglewood, California.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 victory was a followup to Duno’s stunning stoppage last March of then unbeaten Golden Boy standout Christian Gonzales of Mexico. The 21-year-old Duno, handled by former world flyweight champion Rodel Mayol, is now with the Golden Boy stable of Oscar de la Hoya.At Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Nonito Donaire Jr. dominated Mexican Juan Pablo Sanchez in a well-attended featherweight contest. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Genesis Servania was not successful in his challenge to unbeaten WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez in their clash in Tucson, Arizona, last Saturday. Servania floored Valdez in the fourth, but was himself decked in the fifth. It was a compelling contest and Servania, who fights out of the Kashimi gym in Japan, said he would continue his hot hunt for a world crown. He used to be a major fighter in the ALA Stable.The week before last, Milan Melindo of the ALA Stable, retained his IBF light flyweight crown in a thrilling and bloody battle in Cebu. Melindo is seeking to unify the world light flyweight crown.It was not a simple comeback win for Donaire, 34, who lost his WBO super bantamweight crown to Jessie Magdaleno of Mexico last November. Donaire, 38-4, 24 KOs, announced he has been renewed by a new diet and a new coach (Max Baffel), at the same time swearing the presence of his wife Rachel in his corner to shout out instructions was a major factor in his return to the mainstream.Donaire, the 2012 Fighter of the Year, is now recognized as the WBC Silver featherweight belt owner.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Dancers, Amit pile up silvers for PH delegation; Bowlers shoot for gold Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Thunder’s Paul George prepares to face former team

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa FILE – In this Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) tries to get past Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks (10) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City. New Thunder star Paul George prepares to play the Indiana Pacers On Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, for the first time since he was traded during the offseason. (AP Photo/Chris Nicoll, File)OKLAHOMA CITY — Just four games into the season, Paul George has to face the team he just left under less than ideal circumstances.During the offseason, George’s camp let it be known he planned to become a free agent after next season.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The Pacers got Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis from the Thunder in exchange for George. Oladipo is averaging 22.3 points per game. Donovan said Oladipo is in a good place because his athletic ability can be maximized in Indiana’s up-tempo style.“The greatest Victor has always had in my opinion has been his energy,” Donovan said. “That’s the way it was in college. He’s worked exceptionally hard to develop his shooting, develop his ballhandling.”Sabonis is averaging 12.3 points and nine rebounds.George’s adjustment has been a mixed bag so far. He’s averaging 21.3 points, but he’s shooting just 37percent from the field.“The more of these games come around, the more I see teams play us, the more opportunities I see that are opening up. The game is different for me now, in an easier way that I’m not taking advantage of.” Read Next NBA fines Suns’ Jackson $35,000 for ‘menacing gesture’ The disappointed Pacers opted to trade the face of their franchise to Oklahoma City rather than play a season with a star they had no long-term future with and perhaps get nothing in return.With the Pacers, George was a four-time All-Star and helped Indiana reach the Eastern Conference Finals twice. The Thunder host the Pacers on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’ll be emotional from a standpoint of it’s an organization that I started with, had a wonderful journey with, that I had seven unbelievable years with,” George said.George was especially close to Larry Bird, who was team president when the Pacers made him the 10th pick in the 2010 draft. George said he appreciated the time he spent with Bird, who has stepped down as president but remains with the franchise as a consultant. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments “His stories, his knowledge of the game, talking with him through playoff battles and his understanding,” George said. “He’s a legend. Hall of Fame player, Hall of Fame across the whole board — executive, coach.It meant a lot as a young player coming into this league. I was grateful to have that time talking to him and sharing conversations.”New Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony had to face his old team, the New York Knicks, in the season opener. He said he spoke with George during the preseason about facing their former teams so soon.“If I sit here and say he’s not excited about that game tomorrow, I’d be lying to you,” Anthony said.Thunder coach Billy Donovan said he expects George to handle the situation well.“I’m sure that there’s things he’s going through, but he’s a pro,” Donovan said. “He’ll handle things how he sees fit to handle them. I think he’ll be fine.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:38Trillanes accused of harassment, hiring social media trolls01:24Alleged Manila drug queen to face murder, drug raps — NCRPO01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNPlast_img read more

Brazil striker Robinho given nine-year term in Italy for rape

first_imgView comments He was found guilty in absentia by an Italian court for raping a 22-year-old Albanian woman.Five of the player’s friends were accused of the same crime. One of the accused was also given a nine-year prison sentence while the trial of the four others has been suspended because they are on the run.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 shutoutAccording to Milan daily Corriere della Sera, Robinho and his acquaintances made the young woman drink “to the point of making her unconscious and unable to resist”.They were then said to have engaged in “sexual intercourse multiple times in a row” with her. The court in Milan also ordered those found guilty to pay the victim 60,000 euros ($71,000).Robinho, who is currently playing for Atletico Mineiro in Brazil, posted messages on his Instagram and Facebook profiles protesting his innocence and his lawyer said an appeal against the verdict had been launched.“We have already said that he has defended himself against these accusations and stated that he played no role in this incident,” the statement said.“All legal measures have already been taken.”The sentence is suspended while appeals take place.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion It is not the first time the player has faced allegations of sexual misconduct.He was questioned by British police in 2009 after a woman accused him of assault at a nightclub in Leeds, northern England while he was playing for Manchester City. He was eventually released without charge.The 33-year-old won 100 international caps for Brazil and played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.He was one of the first big-money signings at Manchester City, joining for 32.5 million pounds on the day the English Premier League club was taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH still in the running for 2023 Fiba World Cup hosting Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Robinho of Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro gestures during their 2017 Copa Libertadores match against Bolivia’s Wilstermann held at Mineirao stadium, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on August 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / DOUGLAS MAGNOFormer AC Milan and Real Madrid striker Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison in Italy after he was convicted of gang rape, according to local media reports Thursday.The alleged incident occurred in January 2013, when the Brazilian was playing for Milan in Serie A.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextlast_img read more

PBA: Kia halts 16-game skid, upsets Rain or Shine

first_img8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But it appeared like the game was really for the Picanto after the Elasto Painters muffed two free throws and five makable attempts from the field, three of which came in the last 19.5 ticks.Rain or Shine guard Chris Tiu, one of the best free throw shooters in the league, had a couple of splits from the line. He also missed an open triple from the right corner that would’ve given the Painters a one-point lead in the waning seconds.The game got testy late in the second quarter that saw the ejection of Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan and Kia’s Eric Camson after engaging in a fight.Glen Khobuntin filled in for Camson, scoring eight of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, including back-to-back baskets that gave the Picanto a 96-89 cushion with 1:52 remaining.Mark Yee nearly had a double-double with 13 points and eight rebounds while Rashawn McCarthy and Roider Cabrera led Kia with 14 points each.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Mark Yee. PBA IMAGESKia finally stopped its seemingly interminable slide after stunning Rain or Shine, 98-94, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome.The Picanto ended a 16-game losing skid dating back to last conference. It was Kia’s first taste of victory since pulling off a double overtime win over Phoenix on May 21, 2017.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Brady mum on status for AFC title game after hand injury Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Rookie Rey Nambatac notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Painters, who fell to 2-3. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I’m more relieved than anything else because of this win,” said Kia coach Ricky Dandan. “We broke that [16-game losing skid] and this will go a long way in our rebuilding our ball club.”“It was really difficult for us because our confidence were all shot, but we really had no choice but to move forward and look at the positives despite all of those blowout games,” he added. “We really dug deep and our guys really worked hard for this win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKia posted its first win this conference after a 0-4 start but not after surviving an anxious final minute where the Picanto barely avoided a major collapse.Protecting a three-point lead with 55 seconds left, Kia turned the ball over twice. View commentslast_img read more

Eze’s triple-double powers Perpetual over JRU

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “At least, he knows what he can do and what he can bring to the table,” said Perpetual Help head coach Frankie Lim of Eze’s performance.John Villanueva added 18 markers, seven boards, four assists, and two steals while AJ Coronel got 11 points, six rebounds, and four dimes for the Altas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith Eze lording in the paint, Perpetual quickly established control of the game with a 15-3 start.Though the Heavy Bombers leaned on Jeckster Apinan to recover and even briefly claim the lead in the second quarter, Eze was at it again to help the Altas regain control and this time, for good after taking a 41-29 lead that ballooned to 20 in fourth quarter. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Player of the Week: Injury free, Manuel back to playing big for Aces The Scores:PERPETUAL 88 — Eze 24, Villanueva 18, Coronel 11, Aurin 9, Jimenez 9, Peralta 8, Charcos 7, Antonio 2, Mangalino 0, Tamayo 0.JRU 72 — Esguerra 21, Apinan 14, Mendoza 11, Grospe 6, Perez 6, Yu 6, Dela Virgen 5, Bordon 2, Mvogo 1, Padua 0, Pontejos 0, Tayongtong 0.Quarters: 17-11, 41-29, 62-53, 88-72. View comments CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPrince Eze recorded a rare triple-double to power University of Perpetual Help to an 88-72 rout of Jose Rizal University in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at Pasig Sports Center.Eze dominated with 24 points, 20 rebounds, and a record-setting 11 blocks to become only the fifth player in league history to achieve the feat.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Lim, however, felt that the win over a fellow NCAA contender doesn’t mean much at this stage.“We just caught JRU in a bad night,” he remarked, as JRU shot 36-percent from the field against Perpetual’s sky-high 52-percent clip.Lim did share his elation with how the Altas have been improving over their past outings.“We’re getting better every game and that’s what I want to see.”Leonardo Esguerra carried JRU with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Apinan got 14 markers and 12 boards in the team’s first loss in three games.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

US Olympic gymnastics doctor pleads guilty to child porn charges

first_imgFormer Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar (left) confers with defense attorney Matt Newberg in this June 23, 2017, file photo. AFPWASHINGTON, United States — A former US Olympic gymnastics team doctor accused of molesting more than 100 female athletes pleaded guilty Tuesday to three charges of child pornography, avoiding tougher sexual assault charges in the first case to be heard against him.A Michigan federal court said Larry Nassar, 53, a doctor for USA Gymnastics from 1996 to 2015, faces a maximum 20 years in prison for each of the pornography charges.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CJ Perez powers Pirates 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 “Why would they question this gymnastics god?”The case cast a dark shadow on the country’s vaunted youth gymnastics program, which has produced a steady number of world and Olympic champions.The US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, and some of the country’s most prominent gymnastic clubs known for training Olympic champions, have been sued for allegedly hiding and protecting sexual abusers, including Nassar.Also sued is Michigan State University, where coaches and trainers were allegedly told about Nassar’s abuse as early as 1999 but took no action. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenacenter_img El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ In exchange for pleading guilty to those three counts, the court dropped federal criminal charges that Nassar molested four athletes, one as young as 11 at the time, on two occasions while he worked with their teams.READ: USA gymnastics president resigns amid sex abuse scandalAccording to Acting US Attorney Andrew Birge, who prosecuted the case, the four women supported the plea agreement, in which the government accepted not to further prosecute their specific assault charges.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 starsIt was the first federal sexual assault case to be heard against Nassar. The court said Nassar could still be tried on other possible allegations of sexual abuse.In addition, he faces sexual assault charges and civil lawsuits in Michigan and California in complaints involving more than 100 women who say he abused them. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “With Dr. Nassar’s admissions of guilt on federal charges today, victims and the public can be assured that a day of reckoning is indeed in Dr. Nassar’s future,” Birge said.“Those who exploit children will be found out and they will be held accountable.”Nassar served as the US gymnastics team’s doctor through four Olympic Games.In a week of hearings in late June, witnesses testified that Nassar, using his position as a team doctor, molested and penetrated girls with his fingers under the guise of providing medical care.“He convinced these girls that this was some type of legitimate treatment,” the prosecutor said.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View commentslast_img read more

#KicksStalker: Lonzo Ball swaps his ZO2s for a pair of Kobes

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Lonzo wore a pair of adidas James Harden Vol. 1 during his workout with the Lakers, and it’s understandable since UCLA is an adidas school.And even four-time MVP LeBron James, who was in attendance in the Lakers’ 103-102 win over Philadelphia, had to take notice of Lonzo’s brand switch.“Just. Do. It,” James posted on his Instagram with a video closeup of Lonzo’s feet.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Priced at upwards of $495, the ZO2s are worth more than double most basketball sneakers and it’s something LaVar Ball, Lonzo’s over-spoken father, described as ahead of other global brands such as adidas, Nike, and Under Armour.While Lonzo wore his signature shoes in his first two games in the NBA Summer League but those couple of outings both resulted in losses for the Lakers.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 starsOn Thursday, however, the Laker rookie ditched his ZO2s and rocked a pair of Nike Kobe A.D. “Purple Stardusts” in a game where he exploded for 36 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, and five steals.This isn’t the first time, though, that Lonzo wore shoes not under his family’s Big Baller Brand. Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2017 Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 12, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Los Angeles won 103-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPPolarizing NBA rookie Lonzo Ball has been grabbing headlines, sometimes not his own doing, even before the Los Angeles Lakers drafted him second overall in the 2017 Draft.One of the things the public took notice of the former UCLA Bruin was his overpriced signature ZO2 shoes from under his family’s Big Baller Brand.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong #KicksStalker: Irving pays tribute to women with new Kyrie 3 colorway El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveralast_img read more

PH volleyball team to avoid social media during Japan training camp

first_imgLATEST STORIES “We will bond; there will be no cellphones. It’s for the better because we will be able to focus on the training and eliminate any distraction since we won’t read anything on social media,” said Maraño in Filipino during the team’s media day at Arellano.“I’ve said what’s supposed to be said, I’ve aired my side and the side of the players. I don’t have to explain anything and why would you explain anything if you didn’t do anything wrong.”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 starsMaraño posted several tweets which were targeted at the team’s detractors who pointed out that practices were missed since players did not show up.The 24-year-old said they, as a team, will have to talk the issues out once they get to Japan for their training camp. MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ The national team is set to leave for Japan for their training camp to prepare for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games and the 19th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championships.“I think we need to talk about the issues among ourselves and that will happen during the team building exercises,” said Maraño. “It will be more than half a year that we will be together in the national team so we need to have great communication among ourselves.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet PH Women’s National Volleyball team. Photo by Bong LozadaNational team player Aby Maraño recently set Twitter ablaze after posting several rants directed at her detractors as volleyball squad became the target of negative comments regarding its missed practices.Maraño, though, said she’s put her emotion-filled tirade to bed, and she looks forward to her team’s training camp in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Despite roaring return, Laminou admits he’s not in top shape yet El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View commentslast_img read more

Blazing Teodoro carries JRU past San Sebastian

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTey Teodoro caught fire as Jose Rizal University silenced the home crowd in San Sebastian with a 73-62 victory Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at San Sebastian Gym in Recto.The veteran gunslinger drilled back-to-back deep treys in the final five minutes to restore order for the Heavy Bombers, 64-58, with 3:34 remaining as they held off a gutsy rally from the host school.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion JRU 73 – Teodoro 19, Abdul Razak 13, Grospe 10, Mendoza 9, Bordon 7, Poutouochi 5, Lasquety 4, Sawat 4, Dela Virgen 2, Mate 0, David 0, Mariano 0, Castor 0.SAN SEBASTIAN 62 – David 18, Bulanadi 14, Navarro 13, Gayosa 6, Ilagan 3, Baytan 3, Baetiong 2, Capobres 2, Are 1, Calma 0, Mercado 0, Costelo 0, Valdez 0, Quipse 0.Quarters: 12-17, 30-25, 52-42, 73-62. Coach clamps down on volleyball team’s celebrity statuscenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Teodoro went 4-of-13 from three to lead JRU with 19 points and three rebounds, while Abdulwahab Abdulrazak tallied a season-best 13 markers and seven boards.Ervin Grospe also added 13 points, six rebounds, and two assists, while Jed Mendoza had nine markers, seven boards, and two steals.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 Heavy Bombers are now on a three-game winning streak at 5-3, and can close out the first round with another victory against Mapua on Tuesday.JRU lost hold of a 10-point lead, 52-42, entering the fourth period as San Sebastian tied the game at 58 with a bucket from Allyn Bulanadi with 5:01 to play. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments But it was all downhill from there for the Golden Stags as Teodoro went off for the Heavy Bombers, followed by an undergoal stab from Grospe, a corner triple from Mendoza, and a thunderous slam from Abdulrazak with 21.0 ticks remaining.San Sebastian sorely missed the presence of leading scorer Michael Calisaan, who is serving his one-game suspension following his ejection from the team’s last game against EAC on Friday.Jayson David stepped up for the Golden Stags with 18 points on a 5-of-8 sniping from three, on top of six rebounds, while Bulanadi had 14 markers and seven boards,San Sebastian, though, wrapped up its first round with a 4-5 slate.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

Arellano pulls rug from under St. Benilde, ends four-game skid

first_imgPerlas boosts hopes for podium finish with Vietnam rout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “At least, this was what we’re waiting for. When I woke up earlier, I had a good feeling that we’ll finally get the win,” said Codiñera.Clement Leutcheu topped St. Benilde (2-7) with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Edward Dixon got 14 markers and 14 boards as the Blazers stumbled to their third straight defeat to finish the first round.The Scores:ARELLANO 87 – Dela Cruz 24, Flores 14, Salado 9, Alcoriza 8, Enriquez 7, Nicholls 7, Concepcion 6, Cañete 4, Meca 4, Taywan 4, Filart 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Padilla 0, Viloria 0.ST. BENILDE 81 – Leutcheu 21, Dixon 14, Domingo 10, Sta. Maria 10, Naboa 9, Castor 8, Pili 6, San Juan 3, Young 0.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Quarters: 19-20, 35-47, 58-62, 87-81. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLevi dela Cruz sparked Arellano’s fourth quarter assault as the Chiefs finally snapped a four-game losing slide with a come-from-behind 87-81 victory over St. Benilde Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The 22-year-old playmaker fired 12 of his 24 points in the payoff period, to go with four assists, three rebounds, and a block to help complete the Chiefs’ fightback from 16-points down, 39-23, midway in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Dela Cruz triggered Arellano’s telling 15-2 run that turned a 69-63 deficit in the final 7:17 to a 78-71 lead, capped off by his back-to-back treys with 2:57 remaining.“I was surprised with his performance. I hope he consistently does this,” said coach Jerry Codiñera of his guard in Filipino.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 openingLervin Flores added a double-double of 14 markers, 11 boards, and two blocks, while Kent Salado got nine points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals.Arellano finally broke out of its funk and rose to 3-5, just in time for its first round-ending duel against reigning champion San Beda on Tuesday. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion View commentslast_img read more

Lady Tamaraws stop Lady Eagles for 2-0 start in PVL

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ikeh, Ravena star as Ateneo drubs Adamson Kim Gequillana also hurt her left knee in the third set prompting Ateneo head coach Tai Bundit to have her brought to the locker room.Bernadeth Pons finished with 16 points to lead FEU while Toni Rose Basas and Jeanette Villareal added 15 and 13 points, respectively.Jhoana Maraguinot led the Lady Eagles with 16 points.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 It wasn’t the best of starts for FEU and head coach George Pascua had to remind his team they just have to relax and play at their own pace after dropping the first set.“I told them that we have to dictate the tempo and not play at the same pace as Ateneo,” said Pascua in Filpino. “They were quite aggressive in the first set and unfortunately they were quite off.”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 openingPascua added the absence of Ateneo captain Bea De Leon also helped as “her veteran presence can change the game for the Lady Eagles.”It wasn’t just De Leon who didn’t play for the Lady Eagles as Maddie Madayag, though in uniform, didn’t play due to an ankle sprain. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: 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’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University remained spotless in Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference after shrugging off Ateneo in four sets, 17-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-14, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Tamaraws improved to 2-0 to stay atop Group A while the Lady Eagles slipped to 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

India give top athletes a run for their money

first_imgMy heartiest congratulations to Kavita Raut and Harminder Singh for bringing India its first and second bronze medals in this year’s track and field events of the Commonwealth Games. Fighting it out against Kenyan middle-distance runners – as in the case of Kavita – and Australian walkers – as in the case of Harminder – and still managing to find a place on the podium is no mean feat.Having given Grace Momanyi and Doris Changeywo a run for their money, Kavita became the first Indian since 1958 to win a medal in the track events at the Games. She is also the first Indian woman ever to bag a medal in track events in the history of the Games. Although her performance on Friday wasn’t the best by her own standards, she made up by calculating her run to perfection. Harminder put up a clinical show on Saturday.As I had predicted earlier, with luck on their side, one or two Indian walkers could easily emulate their predecessors in the 1982 Asian Games and win a medal in the 20km category and that is exactly what Harminder did. Caught unawares, he kept pecking at Jared Tallent and Luke Adams (both Australians) to not only finish with a personal best time of 1:23:28sec, but also a bronze.Even Tallent deserves praise for clocking a new Games record time of 1:22:18sec. Five days into the track and field events at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, I feel the overall level of competition hasn’t been something to write home about. As I had foreseen, the level of competition wouldn’t be topclass as the foreign athletes have just finished their season and would be on a downward curve as far as performance level goes.advertisementEven so, I would admit that I have been pleasantly surprised by the performance of a few foreign athletes. In the men’s 100m sprint, Lerone Clarke of Jamaica (gold) and Mark Lewis- Francis of England (silver) put up commendable performances. Lewis- Francis impressed me even more because having slipped at the starting block, he still managed to hold his cool and finish second.Also, a lot of questions had been raised regarding his mental strength to shine at the senior level after having taken the junior level by storm. He finally answered his critics. Although Frizell Sultana (Canada) created a new Games record on her way to a gold medal, in the women’s hammer final, the level of competition on offer was mediocre to say the least. One incident that really saddened me was the disqualification of women’s 100m gold medallist Sally Pearson. I feel the organisers were foolish to wait till the medal ceremony to decide if she had indeed made a false start.The timekeeper should have checked and re-checked in the initial stage itself, when Laura Turner was disqualified for a false start. The callousness of the organisers actually led to humiliation for Pearson as she had to wait till the postponement of the medal ceremony to realise that the English had protested against her. Coming to the Indian picture, although we haven’t seen medals being won, I have been impressed with the performance of a few athletes. To begin with, Abdul Najeeb Qureshi did a good job by equalling the national record in the men’s 100m sprint.Also, Prajusha Maliakkal (women’s triple jump) created a national record and Jhuma Khatun (women’s 1,500m) clocked her personal best to make us proud. As I keep emphasising, for me, winning medals is a commercial success while performing well and creating records is more praiseworthy. Even though we have won just two medals till now, let me remind you, our best bets – Vikas Gowda (men’s discus throw), Krishna Poonia, Harwant Kaur and Seema Antil (all in women’s discus throw), Renjith Maheshwary (men’s triple jump), Tintu Luka (women’s 800m) and 4x400m women’s relay runners – are yet to take the field of play. (The writer is a 1962 Asian Games gold medallist)last_img read more

CWG Blog: Delhi Games end with a bang, Glasgow invites all

first_img9.50 pm – That’s it folks. It’s all over. The Delhi Games have come to an end. A bittersweet ride, the controversies of the past months have somewhat been mitigated by India’s glorious run which propelled them to a best-ever second place finish.The Indian athletes’ form bodes well for Asian Games which is in November in Guangzhou, China.9.46 pm – Chak De India, followed by Rahman’s CWG Theme. Fireworks begin. This is it. The Delhi Games are about to end.9.41 pm -Where’s The Party Tonight, Desi Girl and other fast-paced Bollywood numbers being performed now.9.30 pm –  Sunidhi Chauhan, Shankar Mahadev, Shubha Mudgal perform cameos. Old pop hits being dug out of their graves.9.15 pm – Kailash Kher on stage, singing Allah Ke Bande, followed by Sajda. Shiamak Daavar, Shankar Mahadevan, Usha Uthup with him.Ila Arun sings next.  Sukhwinder Singh starts Ibn Batuta.Shiamak begins singing We Will Rock You. Blimey.Usha Uthup performs We Are The Champions. Much more convincing than Shiamak.  Shiamak sings again. Why oh why?9.11 pm -The laser show begins.9.06 pm – Prince Edwards declares the 2010 Commonwealth Games closed.The Indian contingent at the closing ceremony parade. 9.05 pm – Trecia Smith of Jamaica wins the David Dixon award for being the outstanding athlete of the Delhi Games. Fennell hands over the trophy to Smith, who appears very pleased.She is Jamaica’s triple jump gold medal winner at the CWG.8.57 pm – Mike Fennell comes on. “As the curtains fall on the Games, let us celebrate what has been a wonderful exhibition of Commonwealth sports.”advertisement”Delhi has delivered a truly outstanding Games,” he says.”The Games have given Delhi a rich legacy not just in terms of world class sporting venues, but showing the world India can organise major sporting events.”The CGF boss also praises volunteers and the security apparatus.”Thank you Delhi,” he finishes.8.50 pm – The Glasgow show goes on. The next hosts of the Commonwealth games tell the world what their country has to offer in 2014.8.45 pm – A little film about Scotland plays. Bagpipers enter the venue. Scottish performers begin their act. Crowd cheers them along.8.35 pm – The flag handover begins. But first, another long, boring round of thanks from Tejinder Khanna. The Glasgow representative is here.Khanna finally hands over the flag to Glasgow, the 2014 hosts. 8.31 pm –  Sheila Dikshit and Tejinder Khanna in the spotlight. The ceremonial flag is now to be delivered to Glasgow.8.25 pm – Kalmadi goes on: “I thank Sonia Gandhi and young leader Rahul Gandhi for sitting in spectator area, not in the VIP area”.Speech is too long and boring, says S Kannan. More thanks. To Jaipal Reddy. Chidambaram. Sonia, Manmohan, Ambika Soni, Tejinder Khanna, Sheila Dikshit, and who not.”Many feel Games village was the best ever”. Crowd approves.”The impact of the Games has been felt. Delhi has advanced by 10 years.””Games bound India together,” he says.Kalmadi has made this a political speech. People are getting bored.Kalmadi thanks Lalit Bhanot. Crowd booes. Good.Kalmadi signs off: “We wish Glasgow all the best for the 2014 CWG. Thank you Delhi, thank you India. Jai Hind.”Shaan sings ‘Goodbye Oh Shera’ with Shera the CWG mascot. 8.20 pm – Shera waves goodbye. Laser lights trained on him. He walks away from the stadium. Kalmadi’s speech begins. Crowd booes him. He’s an unpopular man. They don’t want his speeech!He address ‘the proud people of Delhi’. Crowd approves.’This is not the end’. More cheers.Kalmadi refers to India’s 101 medals, a record haul. More cheers. He thanks Manmohan Singh for his support.8.16 pm – Images of the 11 day’s action unfold. It’s time to say goodbye to our mascot Shera, says the announcer as she welcomes singer Shaan. ‘Goodbye oh Shera’, Shaan sings in an open-top rickshaw with Shera by his side. Eyes get moist. In a short while New Delhi will be bidding goodbye to the Games. And it will be over to the 2014 hosts ScotlandShera after Appu of 1982 Asiad will be remembered for years to come.8.15 pm –  Indian athletes soak in the atmosphere. Dancing all the way. Justified with the medal haul they raked in.Jio, Utho, Badho plays. There is an audio-visual package being beamed on the aerostat. It captures the golden moments of the Games. AR Rahman’s song has crowd in a rocking mood.CWG volunteers at the closing ceremony. (PTI)8.05 pm – Our man at the venue, MT sports editor S Kannan says: This is a long procession of athletes walking in. During the opening ceremony, it lasted 45 minutes. This seems no less. advertisement7.58 pm – More and more athletes troop in, in alphabetic order. Sri Lanka’s flag was prominent. Catch the closing ceremony photos on India Today.7.45 pm – Lesser number of athletes from each nation enter. Most have started leaving after their events over all in track dress mostlyDhanyavaad Delhi united, the volunteers who made these games happen, says the announcer.Team India enters.Gagan Narang leads the hosts. He has won four gold medals. THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE FOR HIM. Indians are happy. A record haul of medals and they get a great reception, loud and raucous.7.39 pm – The athletes parade begins. Volunteers and marshals enter in a curved river formation. The flags of the Commonwealth enter now.Led by India and scotland, the 2014 hosts other flags follow in an alphabetic order. Athletes wave coloured scarves.The closing ceremony kicks off at the JN Stadium. (Subir Halder/India Today)  7.30 pm – School kids now performing Vande Maatram. A riot of colour in the middle, informs Kannan.7.29 pm – The bands’ performing Saare Jahan Se Accha gets the crowd going again.7.16 -Throbbing first segment ends. Air Force, Army, Navy bands enter. Their majestic formations wow the crowd. The decibel levels are high.7.07 pm – The first performance begins. It’s called Agni, featuring martial art performers. Nagas in action. And Silambam from Tamil Nadu. Performers from various cultures in action. Khalsa martial art on display too.7.06 pm – National anthem begins. Followed by the crowd’s loud approval. The countdown begins on the Aerostat. The crowd approves again. The ceremony has begun.7.05 pm – Have the Delhi Games met your expectations? Tell us what you think in the comments.7 pm – Ceremony kicks off. Sonia Gandhi takes her seat. OC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi welcomes CGF chief Mike Fennell, who said that the Delhi Games have been delivered successfully.Sri Lanka President Mahendra Rajapakse also at the stadiuim as the chief guest.6.55 pm – Ceremonies will begin in five minutes, informs Mail Today sports editor, S Kannan.  The stadium isn’t choc-a-bloc full yet. The performers have taken their positions out in the centre.In the meanwhile, you can revisit the opening ceremony for the Games.Disabled children perform at the CWG Closing Ceremony in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI) 6.45 pm – 15 minutes to go for the closing ceremony. Sonia Gandhi arrives at the Stadium. Water tight security.6.40 pm – The MC has got the crowd warmed up.  6.30 pm – The closing ceremony for the Commonwealth Games will begin at 7 pm the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.The ceremony would involve the passing of the Games Baton back to the Commonwealth Federation, followed by Glasgow’s invitation to the world for the 2014 Games.last_img read more

India drop to fifth position in ICC rankings

first_imgWorld champions India dropped to the fifth position in the Reliance ICC ODI Championship table after England won the five-match ODI series 3-0 at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Friday.It is Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side’s lowest ranking since October 2008, when it spent three months at the number-five position, to sum up a disappointing summer in England where it slipped from number-one position in the ICC Test Championship to third spot after losing all the four Tests.India had entered the series in third position on 117 ratings points and finished on 112 ratings points after it lost the second, third and fifth ODIs while the first ODI at Chester-le-Street was washed out and the fourth at Lord’s ended in a tie.In fact, India had slipped to fourth position after the third ODI at The Oval where it went down by three wickets (according to Duckworth-Lewis method) and then slipped further behind after defeat in another rain-reduced match in Cardiff.In contrast, England has gained a place and has moved to fourth position. For remaining unbeaten in the series, Alastair Cook’s side earned six ratings points which has left it just one point ahead of India and three behind third-ranked South Africa.However, India will have a chance to not only reclaim lost ground but potentially move into second position depending on how it performs in the five-match ODI series against England which starts at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad Oct 14.But India will also have an eye on the three-match ODI series between South Africa and Australia, which starts at Centurion from Oct 19.advertisement-With IANS inputslast_img read more

Federer sets up semifinal clash with Murray at Shanghai Masters

first_imgBritain’s Andy Murray booked his place in the semifinals of the $3.5 million Shanghai Masters here on Friday with a come-from-behind win over Czech player Radek Stepanek. Third seed and reigning champion Murray will now face World No.1 Roger Federer in the final four after beating Stepanek 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.Federer beat Croatia’s Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 22 minutes in the last singles quarterfinal of the day. The other semifinal will pit the Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych against second seed Novak Djokovic.Berdych beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in straight sets earlier in the day while Djokovic completed a straight-sets win over German veteran Tommy Haas in their quarterfinal encounter. The Serbian star won 6-3, 6-3, wobbling only at the start of the second set when Haas, ranked 21 in the world, managed to take a 2-0 lead.On Thursday, Swiss world No. 1 Roger Federer had amnaged to stutter past compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka to reach the quarterfinals, keeping his top ranking for an all-time record of 300th week in the process. Federer, 31, dropped the first set before surging back in the second to crush the 13th seed in the decider for a 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-0 win.Bhupathi-Bopanna advanceIn doubles, the Indian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna reached their fifth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semifinals of the season. The seventh seeds saved all five break points they faced to defeat second seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 7-6(7), 6-4 in one hour and 24 minutes.Currently ranked No.8 in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings, they will next play No.11-ranked Britons Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins in the semis. Fleming and Hutchins saved two match points at 8-9 and 9-10 in the match tie-break to beat sixth seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-6(2), 4-6, 12-10 in two hours and 14 minutes.advertisementlast_img read more

Tim Cone left with regret as Jett Manuel walks away from Ginebra, PBA

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MANILA, Philippines—He may be saddened by Jett Manuel’s departure for a different career, but Ginebra coach Tim Cone lauded the former University of the Philippines for his guts to walk away from the game he has played his whole life.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Cone added that he regretted not giving Manuel enough time to show his skills on the PBA competition.“I think the regret is I didn’t give him enough playing time so that he could really feel good about his career, you get a guy like that, it really makes you sick that you didn’t give him that opportunity,” said Cone. “He’s a great kid and he’s a great representative of the game for us.”“He came and worked his butt off in practice, the only problem was he had a bunch of veterans in front of him, it was going to take patience. We felt that he was part of the future core.”Cone added that Manuel would still play on a part-time basis with Mighty Sports in the Dubai International Bball Championship but he also assured his former player that Ginebra is always open for a reunion.“I told him I left the door open, if he gets bored with the civilian life he can go back to our army and keep battling with us, but that will be on him,” said Cone.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cone tabbed Manuel to become part of the potential core that the Gin Kings will ultimately rely upon in the future, but the 12th overall pick of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft chose to part ways with the franchise just days before the 2019 season began.Manuel, a licensed civil engineer, has decided to follow the career path that he had prepared himself for at the country’s no. 1 university.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionREAD: Jett Manuel leaves good impression in belated debutCone may have used Manuel sparingly during the Fighting Maroon’s rookie year, but the departure still left a sting on the multi-titled coach’s heart. MOST READ “I’m saddened by it all, but man it takes an incredible character to walk away from the game and to do something for your family,” said Cone after the Gin Kings’ practice Friday at Upper Deck. “That’s how he explained to me, his family wants him to get going on a career right away and it’s nice that he has that option.”“A lot of basketball players get so locked into their playing career that they don’t prepare themselves to do anything else, and the fact that he went to school and he did well in school and got his degree. He has the opportunity to be a top-flight engineer, which he will because he’s a very disciplined kid.”READ: Manuel ‘physically, mentally’ ready as he joins GinebraDespite being a first round pick, Manuel played sparingly for the Gin Kings only appearing in 21 games and putting up totals of 21 points, 10 rebounds, and eight rebounds—a stat line comparable to a day’s work by a starter.Manuel, though, had to compete with veterans LA Tenorio, Jeff Chan, Solomon Mercado, and even Mark Caguioa in the guard rotation. There’s also Thompson who has blossomed into a star in just his rookie season when he helped lead the Gin Kings to the 2016 Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?center_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Maria Sharapova retires with injury, Aryna Sabalenka reaches semifinals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Pasig Grindhouse gets back at 1Bataan Risers, wins 2nd leg of Chooks 3×3

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Ababou gave Pasig a one-point edge with 1:40 remaining before Munzon made the game-clinching basket.“Just keep working, just stay hungry, not getting satisfied,” Munzon shared about the team’s focus in the remaining legs. “And continue to make that push. We want it all so keep grinding it out.”Pasig had to go through the wringer to make the finals after it barely escaped Vigan Baluarte, 20-19, in the semifinals while Bataan had an easier route after turning back San Juan Knights-Go for Gold, 21-15, in less than six minutes.Santillan paced the Risers with six points while Anton Asistio had five.ADVERTISEMENT UST bounces back, downs UP in duel of UAAP favorites Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It was so sweet, especially after losing the last leg in the championship game,” said Munzon as the Fil-American guard led the way for Pasig with eight points. “It was a great comeback for us.”Taylor Statham added seven points while Dylan Ababou chipped in with six.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesPasig blew a 12-6 lead and needed to hold off Bataan, which went on a 10-2 run.“We needed to stop fouling. We needed to get stops,” Munzon pointed out. “We have to find a way to take control a little bit. We just found a way.”center_img PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Pasig Grindhouse. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPasig Grindhouse Kings got back at 1Bataan Risers, 21-18, in a rematch of last week’s finals to rule the second leg of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup Sunday at the SM Megamall Events Center.Joshua Munzon delivered the game-winning two-pointer over the outstretched arms of Santi Santillan with 1:25 left as Pasig Grindhouse avenged its finals loss in the first leg.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more