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FIFA bans 3 soccer officials for life for taking bribes

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “His guilty plea related, amongst others, to schemes in which he received bribes in exchange for his support in relation to the FIFA presidential elections and to gain control and influence within the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) and FIFA,” the soccer body said of Lai in a statement.Sheikh Ahmad referred his own case to the ethics committees of FIFA and the International Olympic Committee in April after Lai’s guilty plea was revealed. The Kuwaiti royal also withdrew from an election to retain his seat representing Asia on the FIFA Council.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe sheikh has denied wrongdoing and continues to work on Olympic duty, including chairing an IOC panel with a $500 million budget to distribute grants, and leading the global group of national Olympic committees known as ANOC.Two more former soccer federation presidents, Rafael Esquivel of Venezuela and Julio Rocha of Nicaragua, were also banned for life Tuesday. They were arrested in Zurich in May 2015 in early morning raids on luxury hotels and later extradited to the United States. Though the life bans were announced during the trial in Brooklyn of three other FIFA-connected officials from South America, the ethics panel investigations were separate and did not use new evidence being aired daily in court.FIFA said its ethics judges imposed “appropriate fines in relation to the amounts of the bribes that they have admitted having taken.”Esquivel was fined 1 million Swiss francs ($1 million), Lai was fined 870,000 Swiss francs ($870,000), and Rocha was fined 500,000 Swiss francs ($500,000). It is unclear if FIFA can enforce fines on people who have left the sport.Lai, who is an American citizen, previously agreed to pay “more than $1.1 million in forfeiture and penalties,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in April.In court, Lai pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy charges related to taking about $1 million in bribes, including at least $850,000 from Kuwaiti officials.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Durant unfazed by Thunder return OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?center_img Esquivel agreed to forfeit $16 million a year ago when he pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy. His offenses were linked to the awarding of contracts for media and marketing rights to South American soccer competitions.However, Esquivel’s name was cited Monday in Brooklyn during testimony in the ongoing trial of former soccer executives from Brazil, Paraguay and Peru, who deny corruption charges.One witness who formerly worked for a marketing agency in Argentina said he kept a ledger of payments to officials, including a $750,000 payment to Esquivel for “Q2022.”Prosecutors did not specify if the payment was linked to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.FIFA has repeatedly declined to comment on allegations and evidence detailed in the current federal court case.Rocha was a FIFA staffer working for its development department when he was arrested in 2015. He agreed to forfeit nearly $300,000 after admitting to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy charges last December.All three banned officials are awaiting sentencing in Brooklyn. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours FILE – In this Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 file photo, Kuwait’s Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, president of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) speaks at the European Olympic Committees General Assembly in Minsk, Belarus. Three soccer officials who pleaded guilty in American courts to accepting bribes were banned for life by the FIFA ethics committee on Tuesday Nov. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)GENEVA — Three soccer officials who pleaded guilty in American courts to accepting bribes were banned for life by the FIFA ethics committee on Tuesday.They include former FIFA audit committee member Richard Lai of Guam, who testified in federal court that the source of his bribe money was Olympic powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah of Kuwait.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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PH Azkals suffer embarrassing loss to Timor Leste

first_imgLATEST STORIES “They told us they were trying to beat the deadline and we were in Nepal for our last game so we were not consulted, before they submitted the squad,” said Palami. “I hope that Mr. Cheng will continue to support football despite the results. I know that he has genuine love for sport. He genuinely only wanted to help.”The PFF official said it’s time the federation gets its acts together to ensure that a similar result doesn’t happen.“We need to look at our shortcomings as an organization,” said Palami.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Philippine Azkals File Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netOn the day Philippine football marked one of its biggest achievements, a hastily assembled national men’s squad also suffered one of its most embarrassing losses on Tuesday.The Azkals, the top-ranked team in Southeast Asia at No. 118, absorbed a stunning 0-1 defeat to 196th ranked Timor Leste, on the final day of the four-nation Chinese Taipei Football Association Invitational Tournament at Municipal Stadium in Taipei.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The loss came on the seventh anniversary of what Filipino football fans dubbed The Miracle in Hanoi when the Azkals upset powerhouse Vietnam in the AFF Suzuki Cup, triggering the sport’s resurgence in the country.The Azkals missed more than half of their regular squad since the tournament did not fall in the international window, while Philippine Football Federation technical director Marlon Maro was tasked to handle the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseAzkals manager Dan Palami also wasn’t around to be with the team with businessman Jefferson Cheng appointed this time by the PFF. Cheng owns the Davao Aguilas, where Maro is the coach.There was still plenty of optimism within the side that they can produce creditable results in the tournament that also featured Laos, which the Azkals defeated, 3-1, on Friday. Fernando, Tio lead strong local showing It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments The Azkals already lost to Chinese Taipei, 1-3, on Sunday, but the bigger, more alarming loss came against the Timorese side, which has dropped its previous three games against the Azkals in the AFF Suzuki Cup.Maro opted for an inexperienced starting eleven, putting Phil and James Younghusband on the bench against the Timorese with the Azkals playing their third game in five days.“It’s a humiliating experience that we should never ever have to go through again,” Palami told the Inquirer.Despite not having the strongest squad, Palami, who is also the national teams’ committee chair, said he agreed with the decision to participate in the tournament “as a matter of courtesy to the CTFA.”But Palami was hoping that Maro and PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes consulted the Azkals management and coaching staff on which players to be placed on the roster first.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

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Asiad like a Masters debut for POC’s Vargas

first_imgFajardo pushes past fatigue to deliver masterful performance View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism All eyes will be on new POC president Ricky Vargas who has been caught in a tricky and testy situation, though no fault of his own.For Vargas, it would be like appearing in his first Masters tournament, with no solid idea of what’s waiting out there.He can’t be expected to readily produce wonders but, at the same time, Vargas cannot afford to go bogey-bogey and fumble in his opening round.There are daunting obstacles, but there are also bright possibilities, like in athletics.Vargas may have to turn to his boxers, he happens to head the Alliances of Boxing Associations in the ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippines (Abap), which returned without a single gold from the last Asiad.The boxers have been holed up in Baguio, working day and night.It will all depend on how coaches and trainers will utilize the remaining short period to upgrade and be ready against tested warriors, mainly from the former Soviet states like Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.In the last Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the boxing team played silly and flat, with its lone entry, Rogen Ladon, freezing and bombing out in his first round assignment.There’s nothing clear on what steps have been taken, although a lead member of the national coaching staff said they plan to venture into more foreign tournaments to toughen up for the Asiad.Of course, Vargas has also been quoted as saying the main goal of his fresh tenure in the POC is to win the Philippines first Olympic gold medal.It’s truly a noble goal but Vargas must be reminded that winning the first Olympic gold medal for the country can’t be a cure at all.Now is the time to overhaul and change a prior system that had been mired in mediocrity, no thanks to neglect, misdirection, greed and selfishness of those who used their office as a ticket to all-expenses excursions to the Olympics and various other foreign tournaments. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims LATEST STORIES Were our national athletes underfed or poorly prepared during the lengthy failed reign of Peping Cojuangco as president of the Philippine Olympic Committee?Only the athletes themselves can provide the answer, although the intriguing rush to get ready and catch the bus to this year’s Asian Games in Indonesia should also help trace how, where and why top national sports leaders, previously headed by Cojuangco, have missed and faltered.ADVERTISEMENT The forthcoming Asiad could also provide rare moments to shine and make up for the dismal national delegation performance in Incheon four years ago.It’s a tough task but, for starters, the Philippine Sports Commission has ordered a 24-hour feeding service for all national athletes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAdd to that the fact that PSC Chair William Ramirez has spearheaded massive preparations, while new POC chair Bambol Tolentino hammered hard to harness the support of all national sports associations, no matter how late.Ramirez was overheard as warning the Asiad clock is ticking fast. It’s indeed a lot closer than we think. MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

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Police: Taxi driver who hit 8 Moscow pedestrians fell asleep

first_imgThe man in the video says he hadn’t slept in 20 hours and wasn’t drunk, and ran away after the accident because he was afraid that angry bystanders would kill him. He was later detained.The Moscow city traffic authority identified the driver as 28-year-old Chyngyz Anarbek, who is from Kyrgyzstan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSpeaking to The Associated Press from the town of Muras Ordo in Kyrgyzstan, Anarbek’s older brother said only had been working as a taxi driver for a month. He said his sibling was in “stress, shock, horror” after what happened.“Let people say what they want, but my brother is clean, not guilty. He was never and could never be a terrorist,” Almazbek Anarbek said. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments The younger Anarbek won a bronze medal last year in the world championship of Pankration, an ancient sport combining skills of boxing and wrestlingVideos circulating on Russian social media and some news websites after the incident showed the taxi veering onto the sidewalk Saturday and striking pedestrians. The accident took place on Ilinka Street, about 200 meters (650 feet) from Red Square and Moscow’s famous GUM shopping arcade, an area popular with tourists.Viktoria Geranovich, who works nearby and filmed the fleeing driver on her phone, described her shock.“I called the ambulance right away,” she told The Associated Press. “I was trembling. It is not a thing you see every day, when a taxi drives right into the crowd.”Moscow police would not comment on whether the crash would affect security measures for soccer’s World Cup, which is being held in 11 Russian cities over the next month. Among the security concerns has been the possible use of vehicles as weapons.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Russia has also been working with law enforcement from other countries to secure the tournament.“The sense we are getting is that (the taxi crash) is not football-related,” Mark Roberts, head of U.K. soccer policing, told the AP. “At the moment, everything we are being told is that it was just a run-of-the-mill event.”A spokeswoman for FIFA told The Associated Press that World Cup organizers regretted what happened, but referred security questions to Moscow authorities because the crash took place outside stadiums or fan venues.The spokeswoman, who was not authorized to be publicly named, said World Cup organizers were in regular contact with local authorities on security.The Mexican Embassy said the two injured female fans met with embassy representatives and were not hospitalized. The Mexican national soccer team plays against Germany on Sunday in Moscow.The head of the Moscow health department, Alexei Khripun, was quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency as saying the other injured people were in satisfactory condition. Three Russians remained hospitalized Sunday, but were expected to be discharged in coming days, Khripun said.International soccer fans in Moscow shared information about the crash, but didn’t appear to let it dampen their enthusiasm.“It is pretty horrible that something like that has happened,” said Mexican supporter Julio Domingues. But, he added, “there are crazy people everywhere.”Fellow fan Fernando Ibarra said: “We hope our countrymen are OK! Big hug to the families too. Viva Mexico!” In this image provided by Moscow Traffic Control Center Press Service, ambulance and police work at the site of an incident after a taxi crashed into pedestrians on a sidewalk near Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. Police in Moscow say at least seven people have been injured when a taxi crashed into pedestrians on a sidewalk near Red Square. (Moscow Traffic Control Center Press Service via AP)MOSCOW — The suspect in a taxi crash near Red Square that injured two Mexican soccer fans and six other pedestrians as Russia hosts the World Cup told interrogators he fell asleep at the wheel, Moscow city police said Sunday.The police released a video of an interrogation session with a man the Moscow force identified as the taxi driver. In the recording, he says he briefly dozed off and accidentally hit the gas. It was unclear whether the man spoke under duress.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Mexico beats defending champion Germany 1-0 at World Cuplast_img read more

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NBA in London: Wizards vs Knicks in January

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES MOST READ It will be the NBA’s ninth regular-season game in London, all sellouts. The Knicks have played there twice, facing the Detroit Pistons in 2013 and the Milwaukee Bucks in 2015. This will be the Wizards’ debut in London.International players on the rosters include Wizards center Marcin Gortat of Poland, Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis of Latvia and Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina, who was born in Belgium to Rwandan parents and grew up in France.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe game will be shown by the NBA’s broadcast partners across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and on NBA League Pass International. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments FILE – Tim Hardaway Jr. #3 of the New York Knicks works against the Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards in the fourth quarter during their game at Madison Square Garden on February 14, 2018 in New York City. Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFPLONDON — The NBA will return to London next year with a regular-season game between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks.Tickets for the Jan. 17 game at the O2 Arena go on sale in the fall.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95center_img Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Goatee & goals turn this into Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

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Toughest opponent

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ang to keep mastery of karting field Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team MOST READ “We are here for glory.”“With all due respect to all fighters, we all know that we are facing one of the greatest fighters the world has known,” Arano said via translator during Thursday’s final press conference. “I ask you to applaud Señor Pacquiao. But I wanna tell you that we are not here for the pay check.”De La Hoya said Matthysse “has a good chin,” and that he will show that he’s the younger fighter. Pacquiao, De La Hoya added, is worn down physically after having faced the best fighters in his prime.His forecast: “If Pacquiao wins it’s gonna be by decision, if Lucas wins it’s gonna be by knockout.”De La Hoya lavished Pacquiao with praises for being “an inspiration for the youth to become warriors, giving them hope and opportunity (now as a promoter) using his fists. Using his heart. He’s doing it because he loves to give back.”De La Hoya said he and Pacquiao were the next generation of promoters, “who got a page from Bob Arum’s playbook.”Arum’s Top Rank’s only involvement here was distributing the fight in the United States, snagging a deal with ESPN+, the livestreaming arm of ESPN network.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “He (Pacquiao) made me get old,” De La Hoya said on Thursday. The Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) chief, who is here for the bout between Pacquiao and Argentine Lucas Matthysse, jokingly added: “I am still in pain from after I fought him.”Pacquiao chased De La Hoya from post-to-post, administering a punching clinic that left the all-time great winded and welded to his seat in the ninth round. It was a beating so sound, De La Hoya never fought after that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“With Pacquiao, it is very tricky. Pacquiao has a very unique style. When I fought him, I thought he was gonna get tired,” Dela Hoya told select journalists in his Le Meridien lounge suite. “Well, he never got tired.”And after fighting the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Pernell Whitaker, Bernard Hopkins, Felix Trinidad and Julio Cesar Chavez, it took hardly a pause before De La Hoya answered the question of who gave him the hardest time on the ring. Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “Toughest? Manny Pacquiao! What separates him was his determination, his conditioning, his skills, his power, his speed and his footwork. He’s one of the fighters I most appreciate.”How he views the 2008 version of Pacquiao is far different from the Pacquiao who will fight GBP ward Matthysse on Sunday. But there are parallels. In one corner is a fighter eager for a shot at glory. In the other? A legend slowly on the fade the way De La Hoya was in 2008.“I hope it won’t happen on Sunday,” he said on the potential of Matthysse doing to Pacquiao what Pacquiao did to De La Hoya a decade ago. “I don’t know maybe how distracted he (Pacquiao) can be. And I do know that Matthysse is fully focused and determined, fighting the fight of his life.”Mario Arano, Matthysse’s manager, agrees with the 45-year-old De La Hoya.When both fighters climb the ring on Sunday, Matthysse will be looking for more than just a paycheck, Arano said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Golden Boy Promotions chairman and CEO Oscar De La Hoya chats with select members of the Filipino media on Thursday at Le Meridien Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netKUALA LUMPUR—Oscar De La Hoya has fought the sport’s biggest name all the way to his spot in boxing’s pantheon.But no fighter troubled him as much as Manny Pacquiao did. And no one but the Philippine ring icon made the sport’s “Golden Boy” feel the way he felt one night in 2008 in Las Vegas, when Pacquiao emptied De La Hoya of every drop of will with a violently beautiful beating.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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No sweat: Woods changes shirt and game to stay in mix at PGA

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Too bad he couldn’t do something about those ugly numbers already stacked up on the scorecard.A bogey-double bogey start left Woods scrambling to stay close Thursday. After having his caddie grab his backup shirt from the bag, Woods popped into a restroom near the 12th tee box, put on the dry shirt and shot 3 under the rest of the way to finish at even-par 70. That kept him within six shots of the first-round leader, Gary Woodland.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It kept me in the golf tournament,” Woods said. “It could have easily gone the other way, being 3 over through two. A lot of things could’ve happened, and not a lot of them are positive.”Opening the day on the back nine at steamy Bellerive Country Club, things couldn’t have been much worse for Woods after Nos. 10 and 11. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Peza offers relief to ecozone firms It could have been better: He said he “tattooed” a 3-wood from 275 yards on the par-5 eighth, only to have a gust of wind kick up and push the ball into the rough instead of onto the green. He made birdie there, anyway.It also could have been worse: He yanked his drive deep into the trees on No. 15, hooked the second shot as well and got up and down from a trampled lie 70 yards away to save par.“Just tried to keep chipping away at it,” Woods said. “Just keep hanging in there.”Three weeks ago at Carnoustie, Woods was five shots behind, in a tie for 32nd, after the first day. He held the lead Sunday before finishing three back, in a tie for sixth.The quick turnaround between majors, to say nothing of the steamy weather in St. Louis — temperatures in the mid-80s — will make this a test of both golf and conditioning for everyone in the field.“The main thing about major championships is making sure you have enough energy,” said Woods, who frequently grabbed the towel from caddie Joe LaCava, removed his cap and wiped the sweat from his head. “These are marathons. Four long days, slow rounds. They’re not quick, certainly not under these conditions.”Unable to maintain his weight or curtail his sweating during the summer — “I’ve tried everything. I just sweat a lot,” he said — he has long carried an extra shirt in the bag. Normally, Woods changes after his warmup is done on the driving range.But at Bellerive, there was no place to change on the 10th tee box, so he waited two holes.Waited two holes to get the golf game going, too.“I was able to grind out a score today,” he said. MOST READ View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ His opening tee shot found the right-side rough, and the ball sat down so low he simply pitched out, then left his approach shot nearly 40 feet short. Bogey.His tee shot on the 11th landed in the left-side rough, 120 yards away, with the most direct line to the hole crossing a pond. Woods said he wasn’t aiming at the pin.“I was trying to hit it left of the hole, and I stuck it in the ground and hit it short right,” he said. “I came up 12 yards short of my number.”The ball hit the top of the hill and bounced back into the water. Woods had to scramble for a 6, and was 3 over before he grabbed his backup shirt, which seemed to make a difference.Woods hit his approach to 2 feet on No. 12 for his first birdie. Rory McIlroy, who joined Justin Thomas and Woods in the threesome, adjusted the back of Tiger’s collar as they approached the next tee box, and from there, Woods made three more birdies and one bogey to finish at even-par.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA: EAC bags 2nd win, sends Mapua to 3rd straight loss LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Tiger Woods reacts to his second shot on the eighth hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS — What Tiger Woods really needed after two holes at the PGA Championship was a fresh start.A change of shirts helped do the trick.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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Breaking the monotony

first_imgIn a tournament where the overwhelming narrative is Lyceum’s monotonous march to yet another undefeated elimination round in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, it takes big-time performances or dramatic wins to grab the spotlight.Laurenz Victoria earned his share Thursday, burying the winning basket with seven-tenths of a second remaining to rescue Mapua against Jose Rizal, 81-79, at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Osaka and sports’ young guns It might, but not today.The Pirates made sure of that, taking a familiar route to crushing Emilio Aguinaldo College, 95-75, in another game.In what has become an oft-repeated refrain, the Pirates again pulled away in the fourth quarter after toying around with the Generals for three quarters.EAC was within 61-54 going into the fourth but, as everyone who has watched a Lyceum game the past couple of weeks probably expected, the Pirates burned rubber and tore off on the way to their 12th straight victory in as many games.Spencer Preta sparked Lyceum’s initial run that stretched the lead to 72-61 before the Marcelino twins took over. Jaycee and Jayvee scored four points each in the Pirates’ 8-0 run that gave them a commanding 89-69 lead with 1:26 left in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It helped that Victoria had some advice from one of the country’s legendary shooters, his own coach, PBA great Atoy Co.“With my experience, the more you look for your shot, the basket just gets smaller and you’ll likely miss the shot,” said Co in Filipino. “I just told them to play defense and you will be relaxed by the time you have to score.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Cardinals’ sweet shooter sank the game-winner over the defense of Jed Mendoza as the Cardinals added a little luster to their struggling campaign—Victoria’s heroics sealed just the third win for the Cardinals in 11 matches.But it did spice up a playdate of a season that is shaping up to be a two-team race for the crown and has fans lazily gnawing cold peanuts at the stands trying to figure out if Lyceum is ever going to suffer a loss in the elimination round. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Pirates head coach Topex Robinson said he wasn’t worried that the Generals were within striking distance with one quarter left to play.“I think that’s something we’re not surprised about but what’s important to us is we should sustain our effort for 48 minutes,” said Robinson. “We should have discipline both in the offensive and defensive end.”CJ Perez led the Pirates with 19 points and five rebounds while Mike Nzesseu had 18 points and seven boards.Jaycee Marcelino had 15 points, seven assists, and four steals for the Pirates while Ralph Tansingco and Jayvee Marcelino added 11 and 10 points, respectively, in the yawner.Mapua’s game-winner wasn’t the only clutch shot Victoria made as he had a big three-pointer with 1:04 left in the game that put the Cardinals up 79-74.Victoria’s three could’ve been the dagger but ill-advised foul calls and a technical foul on Mapua assistant coach Randy Alcantara awarded the Heavy Bombers five free throws in a span of less than 40 seconds.Mark Mallari made those free throws that tied the game at 79 with 21.5 seconds left in the game.After Victoria’s shot, JRU had a chance to tie the game but JR Aguilar’s jumper bounced off the rim after hitting the square of the backboard.Mallari led the Cardinals’ offense with 17 points while also clamping down on JRU’s Mendoza, who had 19 first half points but finished the game with 22.Warren Bonifacio had 13 for Mapua. MOST READlast_img read more

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UST stays hot in UAAP beach volleyball

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The Lady Spikers bumped their record to 3-1 while the Lady Maroons settled in at the fourth spot with a 2-2 card.The Lady Eagles, Lady Tamaraws, and Lady Falcons are in a three-way at the fifth spot at 1-3.In the men’s division, FEU’s Jude Garcia and Kevin Hadlocon brushed aside UE’s Clifford Inoferio and Alen Aljas 21-13, 21-13 to stretch their winning run to four games.Defending champions Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad of NU put down La Salle’s Geraint Bacon and Paul Serrano, 21-15, 21-17, as the Bulldogs improved to 3-1.Tiger Spikers Krung Arbasto and Jason Requinton humbled Fighting Maroons Nico Consuelo and Mac Millete, 21-16, 21-7, while Adamson’s Pao Pablico and Jesus Valdez fended off Blue Eagles Kurt Aguilar and Abai Llenos, 21-15, 21-18,.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UST, NU, and Adamson all have 3-1 records to get in a three-way tie for the second seed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown University of Santo Tomas continued its stellar performance in the sand courts after easy wins in both the men and women’s divisions in the UAAP Season 81 beach volleyball tournament Friday at Sands SM By the Bay.Reigning MVP Cherry Rondina and Babylove Barbon made easy work of University of the East’s Lyen Shan Ritual and Donna Nebrea, 21-4, 21-7, for their fourth straight win.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “The kid wants to learn, wants to win, and is very competitive,” said Rondina in Filipino of Barbon. “Whether we’re facing a strong team or not, we will fight.”National University also maintained a perfect record after Klymince Orillenada and Antonette Landicho outlasted Far Eastern University’s Ivana Agudo and Marianne Calinawan, 21-11, 21-15.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLa Salle’s Tin Tiamzon and Mich Morente took sole possession of the third spot after holding off Ateneo’s Ponggay Gaston and Jules Samonte, 21-14, 25-23.University of the Philippines’ pairing of Isa Molde and Justine Dorog came back from one-set down to deny Adamson University’s Hannah Infante and Gracelchen Ave, 19-21, 21-13, 15-12. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Not about football anymore’: Indonesia hit by hooligan violencelast_img read more

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Raptors finally pull away from Suns, improve to 8-1

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Well, our effort was better,” Suns first-year coach Igor Kokoskov said. “Having book and Canaan back, I mean that helps a lot. We have to sustain playing a physical, strong team like Toronto. We have to sustain and play 48 minutes. We had a stretch in the fourth quarter that we couldn’t handle the physicality, their length, their size. … And we were just tired.”The Suns led most of the first half but never by more than seven points.Phoenix was up 52-48 at the break, with Canaan scoring 12 points and Ayton adding 10 points and 10 rebounds.The Raptors opened the third quarter with a 13-2 run. Leonard’s three-point play on a drive to the hoop put Toronto up 56-54 and Danny Green’s 3-pointer from the corner made it 61-54. Phoenix, though, scored the next seven, tying it at 61-61 on Booker’s 18-footer.Despite missing four free throws during that stretch, the Raptors responded with a 13-3 run to lead 74-64 after Fred VanVleet’s 3-pointer with 2:04 left in the third quarter. Josh Jackson’s 3 at the third-quarter buzzer cut Toronto’s lead to 77-71 entering the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Toronto Raptors forward CJ Miles, right, drives past Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — The Toronto Raptors weren’t at their best, but good enough to pull away from the Phoenix Suns for another victory in the best start to a season in the Canadian franchise’s history.Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points and the Raptors used a 14-2 fourth-quarter run to finally put away the pesky Phoenix Suns 107-98 on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Jackson’s jumper to start the fourth quarter cut it to35 77-73 but the Raptors finally took control for good.VanVleet sank a 3-pointer, followed by a steal and layup and Norman Powell sank a 3 to finish a 14-2 outburst that put the Raptors up 91-75 with 8:35 remaining.Toronto stretched it to 99-81 on Valanciunas’ layup. Phoenix outscored the Raptors 17-8 the rest of the way.“We want to be an aggressive, defense team, get hands on some balls, deflect, get out and transition, get out and get some 3s and layups,” said Leonard, who jammed his left foot late in the fourth quarter but later said he was OK. “We did a good job for about six or seven possessions in a row.”TIP-INSRaptors: Toronto started the season 7-2 in 2014 and in 2016. … Toronto opened a four-game road trip through the West … Green left after taking a shot to the head in the third quarter. … Raptors have three straight wins over Phoenix, matching longest streak in franchise history.Suns: Suns lost their previous six games this season by 28, 20, 18, 21, 7 and 30. … Phoenix has three games left on a five-game home stand. … On this date in 1990, Phoenix defeated Utah in Tokyo in first NBA regular-season game outside North America. Tom Chambers scored 38 for the Suns, Karl Malone 33 for the Jazz. … Phoenix led at halftime for only the second time this season.UP NEXTRaptors: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.Suns: Host the Memphis Grizzles on Sunday night. LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Rookies lead way as Knicks make easy work of Mavs MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points and Serge Ibaka 14 for the Raptors, who improved to 8-1, the best nine-game start in franchise history. Kyle Lowry had 11 points and 12 assists.“It is a 48 minute game and I think we are playing pretty good basketball for about 28 minutes right now,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “We got to stretch that. I don’t think we will ever get to 48 minutes, but we want to get in the 40s probably after the new year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDeandre Ayton, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Suns, losers of seven in a row since winning their season opener. Isaiah Canaan scored 19 and Devin Booker 18 for Phoenix. Booker returned after missing three games with a strained hamstring.Phoenix trailed by only four early in the fourth quarter before Toronto’s decisive 14-2 surge. 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