Month: November 2019

Desiderio hits last-second 3 as UP escapes UST

first_imgSrisaket KOs Gonzalez in fourth to retain WBC title Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City University of the Philippines guard Paul Desiderio shoots a jumper against University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Desiderio hit the game-winning triple and University of the Philippines escaped University of Santo Tomas, 74-73, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. Desiderio drained the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left as the Fighting Maroons salvaged the victory to start their campaign on an emphatic note.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Marvin Lee almost gave UST the victory as he calmly hit a couple of free throws that gave the Growling Tigers a 73-71 lead with 5.3 seconds remaining.“Our objective for this season, exactly, is to generate excitement because the UP community is very passive when it comes to the basketball team,” said Maroons head coach Bo Perasol in Filipino. 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“And we got to complete that objective and what a way to generate that excitement, especially with that last-second shot. I don’t know how Paul does that but during the huddle he called it, ‘we’re going to win, this shot will go in.’”Desiderio was off the mark all game long, going 1-of-10 from deep before his clutch basket, but he made it when it mattered most. He finished with a team-high 17 points while also grabbing nine boards. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Lee finished with a game-high 20 points to lead UST while Steve Akomo had 15 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks before fouling out late. View commentslast_img read more

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Trump tells Curry that White House visit is off; LeBron reacts

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Warriors were expected to comment further later Saturday after their opening practice. Other athletes weighed in quickly, including LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going!” James tweeted. “So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”For Trump, it was the NFL one day, the NBA the next.At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump said NFL players who refused to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” are exhibiting a “total disrespect of our heritage.” Several NFL players, starting last season with then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have either knelt, sat or raised fists during the anthem to protest police treatment of blacks and social injustice.“That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,” Trump said, encouraging owners to act. He added, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired.”ADVERTISEMENT NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell strongly backed his league’s players.“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities,” Goodell said in a statement.Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman said the president’s behavior is “unacceptable and needs to be addressed.”“If you do not condemn this divisive rhetoric you are condoning it!!” Sherman tweeted.Trump also bemoaned what he called a decline in violence in football, noting that it’s “not the same game” because players are now either penalized or thrown out of games for aggressive tackles.“No man or woman should ever have to choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights,” DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Association executive director, said Saturday. “No worker nor any athlete, professional or not, should be forced to become less than human when it comes to protecting their basic health and safety.”The NBA did not immediately react to Trump’s tweet about Curry. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told The Players’ Tribune in July he believes teams should visit the White House when invited, though also said he would not order anyone to make such a trip.“I think that these institutions are bigger than any individual politician, any individual elected official,” Silver said then. “And it concerns me that something like going to the White House after winning a championship, something that has been a great tradition, would become one that is partisan. I will say, though, even though I think that teams should make decisions as organizations, that I would also respect an individual player’s decision not to go.”Trump has met with some teams already in his first year in office.Clemson visited the White House this year after winning the College Football Playoff, some members of the New England Patriots went after the Super Bowl victory and the Chicago Cubs went to the Oval Office in June to commemorate their World Series title. The Cubs also had the larger and more traditional visit with President Barack Obama in January, four days before the Trump inauguration. It was not immediately clear whether Trump was rescinding the invitation for Curry or the entire team.“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump wrote from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.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 shutoutGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (2nd L, front row) flanked by forward Draymond Green (L) and guard Shaun Livingston (C) are seen during an event honoring the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors in the East Room of the White House on February 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGANThe Warriors, who hold their first practice of the season Saturday, had not made a collective decisionwhether to go to the White House in celebration of last season’s title. Curry has said he did not want to make such a visit.“By acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to,” Curry said Friday at the Warriors’ media day. “It’s not just the act of not going. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion.” MOST READ And if the Warriors don’t want to meet with Trump, they may still get a welcome in Washington: House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California has said she would like to bring the team to the Capitol. Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Stephen Curry: Trump tweet ‘further cemented’ stance on White House1.9K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PLAY LIST 02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:37Protesters 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 Perasol, UP ready for risk of possible forfeitures Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SOMERSET, N.J. — Stephen Curry and President Donald Trump agree on one thing: The Golden State star isnot going to the White House anytime soon.Trump tweeted Saturday that Curry is no longer invited to the White House because of what the president called hesitation by the two-time NBA MVP in deciding whether to make the traditional champions’ trip to Washington. Trump’s comment on Curry came one day after the president told NFL owners to fire players who won’t stand for the national anthem.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Nambatac not ready to go on vacation yet

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netHis days in the collegiate level may be winding down, but Rey Nambatac is not ready to say goodbye to Letran just yet.“I don’t want to go on vacation yet because I feel I have an unfinished business here in Letran,” he said. “I don’t think that every game will be my last. That’s why whenever I enter the court, I really give it my best effort to help the team and for us to get the win.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Johnson looking to help Alapag succeed in his first head coach stint For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Nambatac backed up his words as he fired 18 points, nine rebounds, and five assists to help the Knights escape St. Benilde, 66-60 on Friday, and hike their standing at 9-9 to force a playoff for the coveted fourth spot against Arellano.The 23-year-old is hell-bent on taking Letran to the Final Four in his fifth year, even if it means going through the eye of a needle as he seeks to become a two-time NCAA champion before moving on to a new chapter of his career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I want to make it to the Final Four and after that, the Finals and hopefully, we get the championship again,” he said.But before aiming for the stars, Nambatac knows that Letran’s journey to the next round begins on Friday when the Knights and the Chiefs clash in the knockout game. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Arellano is still missing lead guard Kent Salado, who is out due to a slight MCL tear on high right knee, making Letran the obvious favoriteHowever, Nambatac knows that the Chiefs are still a dangerous foe as evidenced by their conquests in the eliminations — an 82-75 squeaker in the first round and a tight 84-73 triumph in the second round.“We can’t relax. Even if Salado isn’t there, their team is still intact,” he said. “We have to do it through our teamwork, discipline, and most important of all, our defense because it’s our defense which will help us win the game.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me? PLAY LIST 01:29Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me?00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

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Varsity-based teams banner PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup field

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AMA, Wangs, and Batangas are all slated to make the first three selections.The PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup opens festivities on January 18, 2018. Completing the field are last year’s cellar-dwellers Wangs Basketball and Gamboa Coffee Mix, and neophyte Mila’s Lechon.Curiously, defending champion Cignal HD, powerhouse Flying V, and perennial contender Racal Motors have all opted to forego participation in the first conference.Three of the 12 teams have also secured a tie-up with PBA teams namely JRU with Ginebra, CEU with Rain or Shine, and Powerball with Blackwater.Interested teams have until Monday, November 27, to submit their letter of intent and pay their entry fees to be eligible for the upcoming conference.Rookies aching to make the roster will also get their chance as the 2017 PBA D-League Draft is set on December 12 at the PBA Cafe in Metrowalk, Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSchool-based teams take center stage when the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup tips off in January.Seven of the 12-team field will be trotting out players from their respective varsity squads, mostly from the NCAA.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ This early, Zark’s Burger-Lyceum is emerging as the favorite for the crown with coach Topex Robinson and NCAA MVP CJ Perez in tow.Not to be outdone is Foundation Cup runner-up Centro Escolar University which will bring back a virtually same core bannered by Congolese big man Rod Ebondo.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 shutoutAlso seeing action this year will be returning school-based teams AMA Online Education, Jose Rizal University, and Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College, as well as newcomers Perpetual and Powerball-St. Benilde.Last season’s semifinalists Tanduay and Marinerong Pilipino are also hoping for another run to the finals. Champions League, Premier League, La Liga to air live on free TV CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next View commentslast_img read more

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NBA eliminates timeouts to keep the ends of games moving

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR The league’s Board of Governors unanimously approved some changes that will potentially eliminate four timeouts per game, help speed up the final minutes of games and emphasize a timely resumption of play after halftime.The changes all go into effect starting this coming season, the NBA said Wednesday.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 starsTeams will be limited to two timeouts in the final three minutes of a game, instead of having up to three. All four quarters will have two mandatory timeouts, after the 7- and 3-minute marks.“We’re pretty happy with the length of the game,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “We were more focused here on the pace and flow of the game. What we heard from our fans, what we heard from many of our teams, was that the end of the games in particular were too choppy. And I think since I was a kid, that was an issue people were talking about, the last two minutes of a game.” Silver said the full complement of commercial-showing opportunities will still be available to the league’s broadcast partners, and that the league doesn’t believe player in-game rest will be affected by speeding up some aspects.Also, all halftimes will be 15 minutes and delay of game penalties will be issued if teams are not ready to immediately play when intermission ends.“These changes will help us fulfill our goal of improving game flow and pace of play,” NBA President of League Operations Byron Spruell said. “Fewer stoppages and less time without action, especially at the end of a game, will further enhance the viewing experience for our fans.”The league also changed the trade deadline, moving it up so teams would not have their rosters significantly altered during the All-Star break.This season’s deadline will be Feb. 8 — 10 days before the All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Under the old system the deadline would have been Feb. 22, when teams are getting ready to resume their seasons after the break.ADVERTISEMENT If an All-Star is traded to the other conference before the game, Silver said the league will review which side that player should play for on a case-by-case basis.The NBA’s Competition Committee also considered making other tweaks — such as the oft-criticized play where so many shooting fouls are now called on 3-point attempts, often when the offending contact there seems to be initiated by the offensive player.But on that front, no changes are coming at this point.In other news from the Board of Governors meeting and Silver’s news conference:— One and done. Silver said the NBA will take “a complete, holistic look” at the one-and-done rule and how prepared players are going into their pro careers. He said that Kobe Bryant spoke with teams on Tuesday about his development before entering the league straight out of high school.“I don’t believe the system is working well for anyone,” Silver said.— Tanking. Silver addressed comments made by Dallas owner Mark Cuban that when the Mavericks were eliminated from playoff contention last season, they tanked with hopes of improving their draft lottery odds.“Yes, it’s not what you want to hear as commissioner,” Silver said. The league and Cuban discussed it, and moved on, Silver said.— Luxury tax. Silver said it’s too early to say if the NBA is concerned about the chance that 10 or more teams could be in the luxury tax for the 2018-19 season.“These systems are so hard to calibrate. As the money’s gotten bigger, it’s gotten harder to project future cap and tax levels,” Silver said. “And I think those are all things that we continue to look at. Our teams are smart. They find ways to compete. They work within the existing system but always with one eye on the next time we sit down at the bargaining table.” In this Oct. 21, 2016, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to reporters during a news conference, in New York. The NBA is trying to make games go a little more quickly. The league’s Board of Governors has unanimously approved some changes that will potentially eliminate four time-outs per game, help speed up the final minutes of games and emphasize a timely resumption of play after halftime. APLAS VEGAS, United States — The NBA has for years heard complaints that a free-flowing, fast-paced and athletic game grinds to a halt at the most important and compelling time, when everyone tunes in to watch the final few minutes of a tight game.Now the league is finally taking steps to make sure crunch time doesn’t get bogged down by commercial time.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. — Playoff seeding. Silver also spoke about the perception of conference imbalance, and the notion of seeding the top 16 teams for the playoffs with no limitations based on conferences. He said a study two years ago showed it wouldn’t be ideal, though Silver noted that it will likely be looked at again in the future.“The only fair way to do it is to have a balanced schedule throughout the season,” Silver said.— Expansion. Silver reiterated that neither relocation nor expansion is not in the NBA’s plans right now, and that there’s no focus on putting a team in Las Vegas anytime soon. He did say that when the NBA looks to grow in the future, and it will, the league will look at the Las Vegas market — which it has been fond of for years, especially the role it plays in the summer league. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Djokovic ponders long break ‘for body and mind’ View commentslast_img read more

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Lyceum extends win streak to five, crushes St. Benilde by 43

first_imgDILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ So in control was Lyceum that it forced St. Benilde to turn the ball over 40 times leading to 46 turnover points and 26 fast-break points.Wealth was spread all over, too, with the bench joining in the party with 70 points as the Pirates shot 11-of-32 from beyond the arc.Rookie Unique Naboa topped St. Benilde with 14 points as the Blazers incurred their third straight loss to fall down to 1-3.The Scores:LYCEUM 98 – Jc. Marcelino 17, Baltazar 16, Perez 14, Pretta 10, Tansingco 9, Jv. Marcelino 7, Nzeusseu 6, Caduyac 6, Marata 4, Ayaay 4, Santos 4, Serrano 1, Ibañez 0, Liwag 0.ADVERTISEMENT D-League: Batangas, Flying V load up FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ ST. BENILDE 55 – Naboa 14, Leutcheu 7, Belgica 7, Johnson 6, San Juan 4, Bunyi 4, Young 3, Domingo 3, Pili 3, Castor 2, Suarez 2, Dixon 0, Sta. Maria 0, Mercado 0, Velasco 0.Quarters: 16-11, 47-21, 68-34, 98-55. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresscenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “We remembered the time they beat us last year. They were 1-17 and that’s the motivation for us,” said coach Topex Robinson.Jaycee Marcelino starred anew in the game, firing 17 points on an efficient 7-of-9 shooting from the field, on top of seven rebounds and three assists, while Wilson Baltazar got himself going from beyond the arc, shooting 4-of-9 from threes to wind up with 16 markers.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 starsBut it was still CJ Perez who made things work for Lyceum, doing it all with his 14 points, seven dimes, six boards, four steals, and a block.The Pirates went on a hot streak in the second quarter, turning a close 16-11 edge to a comfortable 47-21 lead after a scorching 31-point explosion in the second period before leading by as much as 46. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet 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.netLyceum continued to rip through the competition, eviscerating St. Benilde by 43 points, 98-55 in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Pirates coasted to their fifth straight victory, the school’s best start since joining the league in 2009, while also getting back at the Blazers after being the lone team to lose to the cellar-dwellers last year.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Ebondo, Scorpions move on from tough semis Game 1 loss

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Congolese big man did all he could, firing 20 points and 27 rebounds in the defeat. Unfortunately, he had the ignominy of being the one to commit the charging foul on Gab Banal in the waning seconds that took the fight out of the Scorpions.Still, Ebondo lauded CEU’s efforts after they came just within breaks away from dealing Flying V its first loss of the conference.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 stars“We just wanted to give them their first loss. We really played hard, but we just have to move on and adjust next game. We want to be more mature, especially in the end game,” he said.Ebondo also seeks to be more of a veteran as he wants to calm his fellow teammates in the clutch. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Rod Ebondo. PBA IMAGESSeeing his herculean effort go down the drain, Rod Ebondo opted to move on rather than dwell on Centro Escolar University’s sorry 65-61 Game 1 loss to Flying V in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals on Thursday.“This is basketball. We can’t say anything about it. It just happened,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES “Our team has many young players and sometimes, they panic in the crucial moments of the game. But next game, we will just try to be more confident so maybe we can force a Game 3 and go to the Finals.”The Scorpions now that if they want to extend their stint in the Foundation Cup, they have no choice but to fight harder in game 2 on Tuesday.“In basketball, nothing is impossible. We just have to deal with it and focus on the next game. This is a do-or-die for us,” he said. “We just have to come back stronger. We hope that we give our best and play hard to force a Game 3.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers PBA opens doors to 2017 draft applicants 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 Gameslast_img read more

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ICC REJECTS BCCI REQUEST FOR FRESH DEADLINE FOR EDEN GARDENS

first_imgThe International Cricket Council rejected BCCI’s plea to give them a fresh deadline for Eden Garden to host a World Cup match.The BCCI had sought time till February 7 to make the Eden Gardens to host India and England World Cup match on February 27.Meanwhile, ICC will inspect Eden Gardens on January 31, 2011 for the remaining three World Cup matches.last_img

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IPL 2011: Mumbai aim for a royal revenge

first_imgStill not assured of a place in the next stage of the ongoing Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians would be hoping to book their berth in the play-offs with a win over out-of-contention Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.Though Mumbai are sitting pretty with 16 points from 12 games, they still need one victory out of their remaining two games to secure their place in the four-team play-offs. Mumbai cannot afford to wait till the last away league tie against Kolkata Knight Riders on May 22, incidentally the final round-robin game before the play-off phase begins on May 24.But the Royals would be equally eager to stop Mumbai from clinching the berth. The match would also provide Mumbai an opportunity to avenge their humiliating seven-wicket defeat against Royals in in Jaipur last month when they were restricted for a 94 for eight. Tendulkar would be keen to reverse that result on a track which is likely to assist the slow bowlers at the fag end of the season.The packed gathering at the Wankhede Stadium will witness the leg-spinner, who is retiring from all forms of cricket after the tie, confronting the Tendulkar who would be smarting from the Warne retort against his comments about the pitch in Jaipur after the previous engagement between the two teams on April 29. Mumbai would be down on confidence going into their penultimate round robin game having suffered backto- back defeats against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali and against Deccan Chargers at home.Mumbai’s mighty batting line-up has shown signs of vulnerability once the three main run-getters – Tendulkar (408 runs from 12 games), Ambati Rayudu (364 from 12) and Rohit Sharma (291 from 12) – are sent packing cheaply. The overseas batsmen have simply not stepped up to the plate and delivered, though big-hitting Kieron Pollard showed some signs of rediscovering his lost form in the last game against the Chargers. The biggest problem confronting the hosts is the lack of an effective opening partner for Tendulkar.advertisementThe latest opening partner to the master batsman, Australian Aiden Blizzard has generally struggled against the spinning ball at the beginning of the innings. Andrew Symonds has been a big disappointment with both bat (135 runs from 10 games) and ball (1 wicket) while Pollard (102 runs and 9 wickets from 12 games) has only done slightly better. In such a scenario, the Mumbai batting will largely depend on the top order against the Royals’ spin-heavy attack. Mumbai’s bowling has delivered for the most part though Munaf Patel (17 wickets in 12 games) had an off day against the Chargers in the last match.Pace spearhead Lasith Malinga (27 wickets in 12 games) and Harbhajan Singh (13 wickets in 11 games) have bowled splendidly. ON THE other hand, Rajasthan have been let down by the below-par show of opener Shane Watson (241 runs in 10 games). Botha, a batsman with far less ability, has been more effective (230 from nine).Rahul Dravid has scored the most runs for the team (300 from 11 at a strike rate of over 106).Apart from that, lack of consistency from other Indian batsmen like Maneria and Ajinkya Rahane has also upset the Royals’ plans. On the bowling front, Warne has emerged as the leading wicket-taker for Royals with 12 scalps while Botha (seven wickets), Amit Singh (eight from eight) and Siddharth Trivedi (10 from 11) have made useful contributions. Though Watson has been economical, his lack of penetration (three wickets from 10 games) has not helped Royals while Shaun Tait (six wickets from four games) has not played enough matches to make a difference.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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CA may allow its players to participate in Sri Lankan Premier League

first_imgUnlike BCCI’s opposition to the Indian players participation in the Sri Lankan Premier League, the Cricket Australia is likely to allow its players to feature in the inaugural Twenty20 league, starting next month.The BCCI had refused No Objection Certificates to the Indian players, saying that SLPL is not a tournament to be organised by SLC but by a private party based in Singapore on its behalf.CA acting chief executive Michael Brown and Ricky Ponting. APBut CA acting chief executive Michael Brown said he would discuss the details of the tournament, which is to be held from July 19 to August 4, with Sri Lanka Cricket officials at the ICC’s annual conference in Hong Kong next week. He, however, indicated it had CA’s “in principle” support.”We’ve got a number of CA camps during July, so our CA (centrally contracted) players will be training in preparation for the tour (of Sri Lanka) two days after the SLPL finishes — they’ll be locked into camps,” Brown was quoted as saying in The Age.”For the other guys, we just need to find out what the comp is, who’s involved. We want to support Sri Lanka Cricket, like we want them to support us. We want their players to play in our Big Bash,” he added.The SLPL will be played in Colombo and feature seven teams, each with up to five international players.The fact that Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka begins with limited-overs matches should preclude any CA-contracted players from participating.advertisementBut some state players like Victoria’s Brad Hodge and Dirk Nannes and South Australia’s Aiden Blizzard and Daniel Christian have already confirmed their participation.- With inputs from PTIFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Wimbledon 2011: Big battles in store in quarter-finals

first_imgRafael Nadal is all set for his Wimbledon quarter-final clash against Mardy Fish on Wednesday, but if one goes by British media reports, it is as if the defending champion is as good as finished.Watching the world No. 1 battle through the pain barrier to eventually outmanoeuvre Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 7-6(8/ 6), 3-6, 7-6(6/ 4), 6-4 in a high quality match which ended past 9 pm on Monday, it is clear Nadal is going to do whatever it takes to defend his title.At the post-match conference, Nadal did speak about the pain. “I have to get an MRI done. I felt really bad during that half of the first set at 6-5, when I felt I broke my foot. I asked for the trainer at that moment and I didn’t know I would have a chance to continue playing,” said Nadal.However, as the match progressed and the intensity kept rising, Nadal looked fully focussed and played with felicity. “But with the taping, I think we changed a little bit the direction of the support, and probably didn’t hurt me much. But to run to my forehand was very, very tough for me,” said Nadal.The packed audience at the Centre Court, however, was treated to some delectable forehand drives from Nadal in the final set. The way he ripped inside-out forehand winners to leave del Potro stranded in the corner was proof of how badly Nadal wanted to win the match.In the good old days, when Pete Sampras won his seven Wimbledon titles, he also had to keep fighting niggles and injuries. If people think Nadal is not going to be fit against Mardy Fish, they are fooling themselves.advertisementNovad Djokovic faces qualifier Bernard Tomic in Wimbledon quarters. APTop pros do whatever it takes to be on court in a Grand Slam and a day’s rest will do Nadal a lot of good.Way back in 2000, when Sampras won his last Wimbledon title, he had to take all kinds of treatment to stay fight for seven matches in a row. At that time, rather than conventional treatment, Sampras used the Chinese needle therapy to battle pain and eventually defeated Pat Rafter in a thrilling five-set final.The point is, Nadal may not be a 100 per cent fit but with top quality treatment available, he is going to go out and give it his best shot against Mardy Fish, who is the lone American now in fray.”Yeah, Mardy is playing fantastic. I saw him a little bit against Robin Haase. He’s playing at a very, very high level. He’s a dangerous player, so I will try my best to be very competitive on Wednesday. I need be at my hundred percent. If not, it’s going to be impossible against him,” added Nadal.And what about Roger Federer, who badly wants to win the title this time? On Monday night, Federer did drop a set against Mikhail Youzhny before winning 6-7 (5/ 7), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.But barring the first set, Federer did not have to exert himself in the remaining three sets.The classical backhand volleys were also executed with finesse against an opponent who is not a grass court specialist.”Even though I lost the first set, it was good tennis. I thought overall we played a good match from start to finish. There were good rallies, good atmosphere and it was fun,” said Federer.Roger Federer will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. APLooking ahead at his quarterfinal against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Federer said: “Tsonga is a great player. He’s proven it on numerous occasions. I played a really good match I thought against him in Qatar. I think we both played well in the semis there.” Federer says he is going to be ready for the battle. “I think he’s got the weapons to be a huge threat on grass, make a run here. It’s a tough draw, but I’m ready for it,” said Federer.Among the other quarterfinals, Novad Djokovic faces dangerous qualifier Bernard Tomic and Andy Murray plays Feliciano Lopez.Last eightRafael Nadal (ESP x1) vs Mardy Fish (USA x10)Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs Novak Djokovic (SRB x2)Andy Murray (GBR x4) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x12) vs Roger Federer (SUI x3)last_img read more

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Dhoni terms England tour one of the toughest of his career

first_imgHis injury-ravaged team down in the dumps after back-to-back defeats and some key players experiencing indifferent form, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday conceded that the current England Test series is one of the most difficult tours of his career.”If you consider injuries, fitness, form, everything, there are quite a few things to worry about. It’s difficult to recall (any other) but it’s among the most difficult tour (I’ve been involved in),” Dhoni said ahead of the third Test at Edgbaston.Dhoni did not reject the idea of fielding four medium pacers on a green track. “The wickets so far haven’t assisted spinners. It pushes us to think if we can play four fast bowlers. The slow over rate doesn’t bother us. It’s important that we select the eleven suited to the track,” said the Indian captain.Despite opener Virender Sehwag’s failure against Northamptonshire, Dhoni underlined the value the Delhi dasher brings to the side. “He is a dynamic player and has a big impact on opposition bowlers.”Reacting to the riots in London and Birmingham, Dhoni said he and some of his teammates were planning to go out for dinner when the violence broke out.”Our security manager told us it was better if we stayed in the hotel. It’s sad, but there is much we can do as individuals cricketers.”There are concerned authorities. We should do what’s in control and that’s preparing the game. We are avoiding things we can avoid,” he said.Meanwhile, England are determined the prospect of becoming the world’s top Test side prove no distraction. “We’re approaching this Test any differently,” captain Andrew Strauss said. “We have been keen to keep everyone’s feet on the ground whether we are winning or losing.”advertisementStrauss said the match was opportunity for cricket to put feel-good factor. “Clearly, it’s our proudest moment as a country. When you watch those things on the TV it’s horrific but they haven’t affected our preparations,” he said.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Juventus coach says Ronaldo ‘calm’ as rape case goes forward

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Juventus’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Sampdoria in Turin, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)TURIN, Italy — Cristiano Ronaldo is “very calm” amid the latest developments in an alleged rape case involving an American woman, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said Friday.Ronaldo is being asked by police to provide a DNA sample in an investigation of the allegation by Kathryn Mayorga, a former model and schoolteacher, that he raped her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse in 2009 and paid her to keep quiet.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img Ronaldo’s lawyer, Peter S. Christiansen, downplayed the DNA development, denied the rape allegation and called evidence collection common in any investigation. He added Thursday that “what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature so it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request.”Las Vegas police said in a statement that an official request has been submitted to Italian authorities for a DNA sample from the player. Police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said the request involved a warrant.The Italian justice ministry, Turin police and the U.S. embassy in Rome had no immediate comment.After the Bologna game, Ronaldo and Juventus are scheduled to travel to Saudi Arabia for the Italian Super Cup against AC Milan.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LA Tenorio wants to retire with Ginebra SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “It’s a private matter so I can only talk about soccer. So I’ll respond to how I’ve seen Ronaldo. He’s very calm. He has trained very well and rested like everyone else — which was needed after four intense months,” Allegri said at a pre-match news conference. “Now he needs to prepare well for the second half and most important part of the season.“I see Cristiano very serene and calm and that’s what I’m basing this on,” Allegri said when asked if the alleged rape case might affect Ronaldo’s performance in the long run. “For the rest of it, it’s not my job to respond because they are private matters and it’s only right that I don’t respond.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAllegri added that Ronaldo will play in an Italian Cup match at Bologna on Saturday.“He’ll play tomorrow. We’ll see about when and how,” Allegri said.last_img read more

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June Mar Fajardo hard on himself after ‘terrible’ season debut for San Miguel

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Joshua Pacio: A champion’s job is to prepare for anything But even with any of his teammates capable of leading the team, five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo still rued his poor individual performance in the Beermen’s first game of the season.“I had a terrible game, I missed a lot of shots, all of my teammates had terrific games, but I played horribly,” said Fajardo in Filipino. “It’s just sad with how the way I performed.”Fajardo was subjected to the usual double-teams but he regretted the way he failed to fight off those defensive schemes.The person who made life difficult for Fajardo was Columbian forward Jackson Corpuz, who continuedly popped from the weak side to knock the ball off the center’s hands and force turnovers.“Corpuz played great defense because he was always at the weak side and I really can’t see him,” said Fajardo who finished with 16 points, on 6-of-15 shooting, 13 rebounds while turning the ball over seven times.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel’s quest to a fifth straight PBA Philippine Cup title started off on the wrong note after it absorbed a shock 124-118 loss to ragtag Columbian Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.What would’ve been a breeze turned into a turbulent wind for the Beermen who fell victim to a team that features zero players on Gilas Pilipinas, a stark contrast to San Miguel’s roster. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fajardo was visibly upset that he couldn’t do more for his team whom he said carried much of the burden in the loss.Arwind Santos, for one, tied his career-high of 34 points with seven rebounds while Marcio Lassiter finished with 25 points, five rebounds, five assists, and four steals.“It’s disappointing because my teammates played great games and they followed the game plan while I had a ton of lapses earlier,” said Fajardo who played much of the time against former teammate JayR Reyes.Rashawn McCarthy, also a former Beerman, came up big for the Dyip nailing a three-pointer with 1:07 left for Columbian’s 117-113 lead.McCarthy, who once languished at the San Miguel bench, promptly sealed the game for Columbian when he dove for the loose ball and called a timeout with 35.3 seconds left and the Dyip holding a 120-113 lead.“Credit to Columbian because that team played great, while I have to improve some more,” said Fajardo. “I have a lot to work out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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All-Star game marks latest milestone for Michael Jordan

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes But Peterson never saw this coming: His roommate becoming an NBA owner and hosting the league’s All-Star game in his home state of North Carolina.“You know, staring across the dorm room at him back then, no, I never would have thought this would happen,” Peterson told The Associated Press.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJordan didn’t either.“Frankly, no,” Jordan said Tuesday in a news conference previewing the All-Star game. “Growing back up as a kid here in North Carolina, the first thing is play basketball. Then things just evolved from there.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants His Hornets have yet to win a playoff series since he took over as majority owner nine years ago and they remain mired in NBA mediocrity while struggling to compete in a small market.But Jordan wants to change any negative perceptions of the Hornets or of Charlotte. It’s one reason he aggressively pursued the All-Star game, hoping the showcase will help attract marquee players in the future. He said Kemba Walker being an All-Star game starter also helps.“It’s an illustration of the type of players we are trying to draft and grow from within,” Jordan said. “So from a Hornets standpoint, that is on display this week. We have a lot of work to do and choices to be made to get to that (championship) level, but it starts with the presentation of what the city is all about — for other people to see and understand that this may be a small market but it is a unique city to be in, and that the fan base tremendously comes out and supports the game.”Dell Curry is expecting Jordan to go all-out for this weekend’s festivities.“He’s excited for the NBA to come to his home state and play in the building of the team he owns,” said Curry, the Hornets color commentator and former NBA player. “So he is going to roll out the red carpet. He only knows one way to do it, and that is big time.”Jordan’s is known to embrace a challenge.On the court, after not being able to make his school varsity as a sophomore, Jordan went on to become a two-time All-American, NCAA champion and the national college player of the year in 1984. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and won three straight NBA titles — and after a stint in minor league baseball — returned to the league and won three more.Off the court, Jordan marketed his on-court success into a fortune.“He has always had incredible determination — always,” said Fred Lynch, Jordan’s former junior varsity basketball coach at Wilmington’s Laney High School.Michael Jordan’s older brother, James Jordan Jr., said it comes from their parents. He describes Michael as a “country boy” who never lost sight of his work ethic. He was the youngest of the three boys who relished a challenge, and James Jr. said their parents, James Sr. and Deloris Jordan, always taught the boys to go after their dreams.“Our parents taught us that you can achieve anything you want, but you have to have drive, that motivation — and you have to work hard at it,” said James Jordan Jr., who now works as an executive for the Hornets after spending 31 years in the military.Jordan changed the shoe game when Nike created Air Jordan, which he later spun off into the Jordan Brand.Now, when fans see the Jumpman logo, they think of Jordan.“I think it was easy to envision Michael doing anything at that point,” said former Chicago Bulls teammate Steve Kerr. “He was conquering the NBA world as a player and as a shoe salesman and endorser, so I think we all just felt like the sky was the limit.”Forbes Magazine estimated Jordan’s net worth in 2018 at $1.6 billion and Hornets president Fred Whitfield said he anticipates the All-Star game will have a $100 million economic impact on Charlotte.It should all make for an entertaining weekend.“I think when it’s all over,” James Jordan said of his brother, “he will sit back and relax and maybe smoke a cigar and say ‘that was a great event,’ and just be really proud of himself that he made it happen.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Trae Young leads Hawks past LeBron James, Lakers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan speaks to the media about hosting the NBA All-Star basketball game during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Buzz Peterson knew Michael Jordan as well as anyone when they were in college.Roommates and teammates at North Carolina, they spent countless days competing on the basketball court in practice and endless hours talking hoops. Their nights often included shooting pool and tossing cards in their Granville Towers South dorm room. There often were arcade games — before the home video game craze hit — at the Pump House on Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes While maybe unexpected, Peterson said he isn’t shocked by what Jordan has achieved.“Michael has always been very sharp, very smart,” said Peterson, now an assistant general manager for Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets. “He’s a very good listener. He gathers information and opinions and then makes decisions. And once he makes the decision to go after something, he goes all out. He is absolutely driven to be successful in whatever he chooses.”The All-Star game will be played on Sunday — Jordan’s 56th birthday.“It’s a constant reminder that I am getting old,” Jordan joked. “The All-Star game is always around my birthday and I wish it could be postponed a week.”The only thing seemingly that has eluded Jordan is ultimate success as an executive and team owner.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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PBA: Magnolia boosts playoff bid, holds down NorthPort

first_imgThe Hotshots turned up the defensive intensity in the second half, limiting the Batang Pier to just 31 points after surrendering 59 in the first two quarters of the match.“It was all about our defense in the second half,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero. “We gave up 59 in the first half. That’s the most, I think, that we gave up this conference in the first half.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAnd so Victolero sent his wards out of the halftime break with a simple message: “If we don’t play defense in the second half, we will lose this game.”The Hotshots responded. And the numbers showed it. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “We limited [Stanley] Pringle, [Mo] Tautuaa and [Jonathan] Grey. The defense of our small guys on Pringle really worked. It was tiring, but at least we got the W and boosted our playoff chances,” said Victolero, whose wards rebounded from a tough 97-93 overtime defeat to Barangay Ginebra last Sunday.Grey led NorthPort’s first half assault with 14 points. He was scoreless in the second half. Pringle had 11 in the first two periods but scored just four in the final half. Jalen Green, FilAm Sports dominate Ateneo en route to NBTC Final 8 Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Google Philippines names new country director Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bumping off cutters and funneling drives to crammed, uncomfortable spaces in the middle, Magnolia limited NorthPort to just 24 percent shooting in the second half after the Batang Pier shot 58 percent in the first two periods anchored on 26 points off transition.“We gave up too many fastbreak points. Usually, if we give up 59 points, that’s already the third quarter for us,” Victolero said.The Hotshots were so disruptive defensively that NorthPort could only manage eight points in the last quarter—a franchise-low for a team that is currently on a six-game slide after a promising 2-0 start to the conference. The Hotshots thus climbed to 4-5 on a night Paul Lee fired 24 points and attracted a lot of NorthPort’s defensive focus.Lee hit a triple to bite into NorthPort’s lead and then Rodney Brondial, benefitting from the defensive attention Magnolia’s star guard was getting, found open spots and hit four straight points to give the Hotshots the lead, 83-82, early in the fourth.It was all Magnolia from thereon as NorthPort couldn’t dust off the scrappy, bruising pressure applied by the Hotshots on defense.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines–How does one bounce back from a strength-sapping, deflating defeat to a fierce rival? Play another scrappy, bruising game that would have further drained more energy—and morale—had it ended in another loss.This time, however, Magnolia came out with a win as it played in total grind-out fashion in the second half to subdue NorthPort, 103-90, and boost its playoff hopes on Wednesday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants 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 Krausslast_img read more

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A league for their throne

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The league has a make-or-break feel to it this year considering the clubs’ struggles to keep up with the demands of the home-and-away format.Four clubs have already folded since the league started in 2017, including Davao Aguilas, which actually looked like it had a strong financial backing only to quit late last season.Amid the precarious state of club football back home, Ceres has been the torchbearer for the country in international competitions the past four years.The Busmen have become the most successful Filipino club in AFC competitions with their AFC Cup Asian zonal title two years ago and a stirring run in the AFC Champions League qualifying in 2018. This season marks the fourth straight year the Busmen are in the knockout stage of the AFC Cup.“Considering the circumstances of Philippine football domestic-wise, it sounds almost unreal,” Schrock said. “But here we are and we want to enjoy this moment—but we also know with more success comes more responsibility.”ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid It’s an incredible rise set against the backdrop of uncertainty and instability.For Bacolod-based football club Ceres Negros, which recently climbed to the top of the Southeast Asian club rankings in only its seventh year, there’s no better time to reap success than this year when the national league—the gateway for clubs to make international competitions next year—hit an early bump.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Under coach Risto Vidakovic, Ceres has never looked so potent on attack and stable defensively, rolling to five straight victories in the group stage to book a return trip to the knockout stage of the AFC Cup. Another Filipino club, Kaya-Iloilo, is also in contention for a knockout berth.Their blistering start in the AFC Cup catapulted the Busmen to the top of the Asean rankings early this month ahead of more established and richer clubs like Buriram United of Thailand and Johor Darul Ta’zim of Malaysia.“Being No. 1 in Southeast Asia is a result of the hard and clever work from the owner, management and the team,” said Schrock, who credited club Leo Rey Yanson and the management team led by Nicolas Golez for their support.The Busmen now go into the knockout stage of the AFC Cup brimming with confidence. Spanish striker Bienvenido Marañon is in sensational form with a tournament-leading nine goals, while Schrock has delivered four assists so far, including the one that Mike Ott converted in the 93rd minute that completed a dramatic 3-2 comeback win over Indonesian champion Persija Jakarta at Bung Karno Stadium.“I think we’re more composed in the way we play,” Schrock said. “It’s more on picking and choosing what to do with the situations. We embrace every challenge. It’s about stepping up and evolving year by year. This is just a great journey not just for us, but for Philippine football. Rankings are nice, but we have our eyes on the gold in every competition.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES There’s a growing urgency in the Ceres camp not just to reinforce their ranking, but to once again do their share in ensuring that club football in the country survives this year, after a rough start that saw the supposed reboot of the national tournament—the Philippine Premier League—suffer a quick exit due to mismanagement issues.“We’re just hoping that there will be a league this year,” Stephan Schrock, the Ceres talisman, told the Inquirer recently.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Philippine Football Federation has moved to salvage the season by convening the five licensed clubs as it reverts back to the two-year-old Philippines Football League (PFL).Two more clubs—Mendiola FC and Philippine Air Force—are looking to secure club licenses in the next couple of weeks that will signal its participation in the PFL, which is slated to start late this month. 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Sports is an inseparable part of education: Chief Minister Mufti

first_imgOn September 13, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed described sports as an inseparable part of education, saying the focus on extra-curricular activities should be realistic and not a mere symbolic exercise.He stressed upon making games an essential part of the curriculum and said that, “Our children are blessed with great talent. It is imperative that the heads of the educational institutions provide them a platform to display their skills.” The Chief Minister was speaking after inaugurating the South Kashmir Sports Festival at Government Degree College for Boys in Anantnag.The minister said that adequate funds, over and above the normal allocation, have been provided to the Youth Services and Sports Department for restoration of flood-damaged sports infrastructure. Stating that a healthy mind rests only in a healthy body, the Chief Minister emphasized upon the importance of sports in overall personality development of the children.Further, he added that the government has made a new beginning by restructuring the State Sports Council by giving representation to those who have excelled in various sporting disciplines. “Sports has received the least attention and our capacities have been severely under-utilized. I have ordered immediate restoration of playgrounds and playfields so that these are used for organizing inter-school, inter-college and inter-district sporting activities,” he said.Sayeed said there is a need to create a very conducive and healthy atmosphere in sports arena so that we can produce many more Pervez Rasools. He asked the Sports Minister to revive the hustle and bustle of playgrounds by formulating a sports itinerary that is strictly adhered to.advertisementThe South Kashmir Sports Festival, being organized by J&K Police, will be a 15-day event, in which participants from the four districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam will compete with each other in various sporting disciplines including cricket, soccer, volleyball, kho kho and badminton.last_img read more

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