Monthly Archives: November 2019

Month: November 2019 South Korea defender scores 2 own goals in loss to Russia

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next Russia’s Fyodor Smolov, third from left, celebrates after scoring a goal during the international friendly soccer match between Russia and South Korea in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW — South Korea defender Kim Ju-young conceded two own goals in three minutes as his team lost to Russia 4-2 in a friendly on Saturday.Kim turned the ball into his own net at a corner in the 55th minute to go 2-0 down, and seconds after the restart, he tried to cut out a pass from Alexander Yerokhin on the edge of the box, but it bounced off his foot and rolled into the bottom-right corner, leaving the goalkeeper stranded.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Pingoy downplays record-setting performance in win over FEU Despite his double gift, Kim played the full 90 minutes.For Russia, it was a morale-boosting first international game since its disappointing Confederations Cup group-stage exit, while South Korea has gone five games without a win despite having qualified last month for next year’s World Cup in Russia.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 shutoutFyodor Smolov gave the hosts the lead in the 45th when he headed an Alexander Samedov corner off the ground and in. Alexei Miranchuk made it 4-0 on a rebound.Kwon Kyung-won scored with a header on his international debut in the 87th and Ji Dong-won added another consolation goal in stoppage time. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

View Article...

Month: November 2019 BPC award the least of concerns for Slaughter, Newsome

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Coming back to action this conference, Slaughter is averaging 14.69 points, 8.75 rebounds, 1.69 assists, and 1.63 blocks to be the difference maker for the Gin Kings in this title retention drive.Meanwhile, Newsome has been the best local talent for the Bolts with his 13.06 markers, 6.25 boards, 5.0 assists, and 1.0 steals to help the team top the eliminations with their 9-2 record in the eliminations.The Best Player of the Conference will be awarded before Game 3 of the Finals on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA: JRU claims 3rd Final Four slot BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next PBA IMAGESLeading their respective teams to the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, Greg Slaughter and Chris Newsome are seen as favorites to claim the Best Player of the Conference award.But with another finals meeting coming up, the two are simply unconcerned about the plum, saying that it’s the championship they are chasing after.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “If I score zero and we win, I’ll be happy with that. We always look on winning the championship over individual awards,” said Slaughter, who is currently third in the statistical points race with 32.625 SPs.“The one thing that’s important for me is making it back to the Finals. Now, my top priority is winning in the Finals. It’s always good to hear that you’re part of the BPC race. That means I’m playing at the level that I expect to be playing at, but the individual accolade is not my top priority at the moment,” saidNewsome, who’s sitting at fourth with his 30.875 SPs.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 shutoutSan Miguel center June Mar Fajardo is still the pacesetter for the highest individual award per conference with 38.455 SPs, followed by TNT guard Jayson Castro who has 33.563 SPs.But with Fajardo and Castro failing to help their teams reach the Finals, it’s almost certain that the award will be disputed between the two former Ateneo studs, who could take home their first BPC trophy.center_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

View Article...

Month: November 2019 Knicks hand Clippers ninth straight loss

first_imgInjured Haye pulls out of heavyweight rematch with Bellew NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending 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 New York then led by 26 in the fourth quarter.The game was tied at 20 after one quarter, but the Knicks opened a double-digit lead late in the half after a 9-2 spurt and were ahead 56-44 at the break.“In the first half we weren’t moving the ball. One pass or no passes and the guys were shooting it,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. “Once we got into passing the ball and moving it from side to side, then we ended up with 20 assists in the final 32 minutes and that’s pretty good.”The Clippers traded Chris Paul in the offseason and the search for reliable guard play remains. Austin Rivers was 1 for 9 for two points, Lou Williams came off the bench to shoot 2 for 8, and rookie Jawun Evans shot 2 for 8.TIP-INSClippers: Los Angeles had won five straight at Madison Square Garden. … Clippers assistant Mike Woodson was the Knicks’ coach last time they beat Los Angeles, on April 25, 2012.Knicks: Tim Hardaway Jr. played with a sore left foot and scored 13 points. He had been listed as questionable but Hornacek said Hardaway felt better after rest. … Enes Kanter had 12 points and 16 rebounds.STREAK SNAPPEDThe Clippers’ 10-game winning streak over the Knicks was their longest active streak against any opponent. Now it’s seven in a row against Portland and Orlando.STARKS WITH THE “STEAL” CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Porzingis outplayed a frustrated Blake Griffin and helped the Knicks snap a 10-game skid in the series with their first victory over the Clippers in more than five years.“Bottom line, we just can’t sustain anything,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Right now we get it going a little bit and one thing happens and it just implodes.”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 shutoutDoug McDermott added 16 points for the Knicks, including a 3-pointer that swung the momentum for good midway through the third quarter.“I got in there, had to bring some energy because we got off to a little slow start to start the third quarter,” McDermott said. Doc Rivers was talking to reporters before the game when former Knicks teammate John Starks walked by.“Can you bring my wedge back?” Rivers yelled out. “Guy stole my wedge and didn’t give it back.”Rivers said he had been without his golf club, which Starks contended that Rivers had left in his bag, for about two months.“You know, when someone allegedly leaves a club in your bag, the right thing to do is mail it back to them,” Rivers said. “That’s all I’m saying. At some point, it’s stolen.”UP NEXTClippers: Visit Atlanta on Wednesday.Knicks: Host Toronto on Wednesday. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Los Angeles Clippers’ Jawun Evans (1) and New York Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn (9) fight for control of the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Things are going so poorly for the Clippers that they can’t even beat the Knicks anymore.Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points and New York extended Los Angeles’ losing streak to nine games with a 107-85 victory Monday night.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Griffin scored 21 points but shot just 6 for 18, picked up a technical foul and fouled out with 4:46 remaining. The Clippers (5-11) still haven’t won since Nov. 1 at Dallas, when they improved to 5-2.“Tonight was not a good showing,” Griffin said. “We have to put together 48 minutes rather than playing in spurts. We know as a team that this is not going to be the end.”Patrick Beverley returned after missing five games with a sore right knee and had nine points and six rebounds. But the Clippers are still without fellow guard Milos Teodosic and the rest of their backcourt play was mostly dismal.The Clippers fell behind by 17 early in the third quarter before running off 15 straight to cut it to 66-64 midway through the period. But McDermott hit a 3-pointer in transition and added another during a 12-0 response by the Knicks that gave them a 78-64 advantage with 4:11 remaining in the period.“I thought that was disheartening,” Rivers said. “I thought that took the spirit away but it shouldn’t and that’s where we’re at right now. When you lose nine games in a row, you’re in a losing streak, you start feeling sorry for yourself when things don’t go right and you can’t do that.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

View Article...

Month: November 2019 Filoil: San Sebastian blasts UP for sixth straight win

first_imgIbrahim Quattara had 14 points, 12 rebounds, and six blocks to lead the 4-2 Maroons. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Arellano stays alive for q’finals spot, grounds Mapua After a 34-34 stalemate at the start of the second half, the Stags went into overdrive and outscored the Maroons, 22-9, in the third to build a 56-43 lead.Jason David eventually finished off UP with back-to-back triples with 3:08 left to give San Sebastian a 64-49 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Everybody is stepping up and we played good defense in the second half,” said Stags head coach Egay Macaraya. “I’m just very happy that my team is learning to win every game. Right now their character is they would never give up, no matter what.”Regille Ilagan top scored for San Sebastian with 14 points while David showed his versatility finishing with 13 points, four rebounds six assists, two steals, and a block. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games San Sebastian head coach Egay Macaraya. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian continued its stampede in the group stages of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup, ripping University of the Philippines, 64-51, Wednesday at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.The Stags now lead Group B with a 6-1 record, leaving behind their season opener loss to Adamson University into distant memory.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds 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

View Article...

Month: November 2019 Chooks To Go willing to offer ‘max salary’ to full-time Gilas players

first_imgLATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera READ: 9 games, 9 days: Gilas PH opens Jones Cup bid vs CanadaAntonio also expressed interest in Mascariñas’ plans for the country’s men’s basketball program.“You have to give it to Chooks To Go. They have not relented in support. When they were unleashed, they were really unleashed,” Antonio said.READ: Myers to beef up Gilas in Jones Cup “With regard to that plan, it’s something we can expound and talk about. And right now, nothing is cast in stone, it’s not even put on any table for discussion but that is an option that can be cultivated,” he added. “Anything that can help the program, help the federation and help the Philippines in general then it’s something that we should really look at.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LOOK: McGregor wears suit with ‘F you’ pinstripes to Mayweather presser Chooks To Go in its first of a four-year commitment with the national team.READ: Gilas banners young team for Jones CupMascariñas said his suggestion has been done before with the formation of Northern Consolidated under the leadership of San Miguel Corporation chairman Danding Cojuangco. The team achieved international success in the 1980s.“Financing a national team is not a new idea. Northern Consolidated in the past ran a very successful program and we want to do that again, hopefully,” Mascariñas said.Gilas Pilipinas team manager Butch Antonio praised Chooks To Go for its full support to the national team since their partnership was announced late last year.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ronald Mascariñas, president and general manager of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc., whose holding company Chooks To Go is in its first of a four-year commitment with the national team, made his glitzy pitch during the team’s sendoff on Wednesday.READ: Gilas out to win Jones CupFEATURED 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’re making this offer that we’re willing to finance full-time national team players if we can work something out with the SBP and the PBA,” Mascariñas told reporters.“As an incentive for them, we’re willing to give the maximum salary allowed in the PBA to the national player.” Ronald Mascariñas, president and general manager of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. Photo by Mark GiongcoChooks To Go, a major sponsor of Gilas Pilipinas, is looking at the possibility of bankrolling the Philippine men’s national team.That’s if the squad will have players suiting up for the Philippine team on a full-time basis.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 View commentslast_img read more

View Article...

Month: November 2019 Malacañang hails Filipino SEA Games medalists

first_imgPhilippines’ Gilas Cadets in the Southeast Asian Games. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZMalacañang lauded on Sunday the Filipino athletes who have brought honor to the country in the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) which is ongoing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.“Congratulations to all the Filipino athletes who won and brought honor to the country in yesterday’s events in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “The whole country cheered when Team Pilipinas Gilas Men’s Basketball Team unleashed their top form and once again asserted our basketball supremacy in Southeast Asia by clinching the gold last night,” he added.Abella said Kiyomi Watanabe and the Philippine taekwondo poomsae team composed of Rodolfo Reyes, Jr., Dustin Jacob Mella and Raphael Mella also got gold in the 63kg division in women’s judo and taekwondo male poomsae, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAs of August 26, 11:00 p.m., the Philippines had 18 gold, 25 silver and 47 bronze medals, the spokesman added.“Mga kababayan, patuloy po natin ibigay ang ating suporta sa mga manlalarong Pinoy.  Puso para sa bayan!” said Abella. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ McGregor must get rough and creative to upset Mayweather Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The multi-sport event will run until August 30.  CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

View Article...

Month: November 2019 Pleasure and surprise: National film awardees react

first_imgFilmmakers like Shyam Benegal, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, R Balki and first-timer Sanjay Puran Singh are a happy lot as each of their films clinched coveted honours at the 57th National film awards announced on Wednesday.Benegal’s ‘Well Done Abba’ has won the National Award in the Film with a Social Message category and even though the veteran filmmaker has won about 17 National awards earlier, he said that recognition can’t be “measured” and it’s always good to have another one.”I am very pleased with the award since it is a recognition for the film. National awards are always special and welcome,” the 75-year-old director told PTI.The film is a political satire with Boman Irani, Minnisha Lamba and Rajit Kapur playing pivotal roles.Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s second directorial ‘Delhi 6’ bagged the Nargis Dutt award for Best Film on National Integration. It is his second National honour after ‘Rang De Basanti’ bagged one in 2006.”It feels good when one’s work has been awarded. It is especially a great honour since it is the National award when the country is honouring, not some commercially-motivated prize,” said Mehra.Delhi 6, which starred Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Om Puri and Waheeda Rehman, is based in Chandni Chowk of old Delhi and deals with issues like caste discrimination, communal divide and other social stigma.”I am most happy since this was a socially oriented film showing the religious and cast divide in India. A film like this which goes against the current trend takes time to get its recognition. I hope this award gives birth to 10 more films like ‘Delhi 6’,” said Mehra.advertisementAmitabh Bachchan starrer ‘Paa’ won the Best Hindi Film award, and its director R Balki called the recognition an added “bonus”.”For me the most important thing is to make a film and people should love it. I just wanted to make a good film in the form of ‘Paa’. Awards are a bonus and yes, they do call for a celebration,” said Balki.Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, who won the Best Debutante Director award for his sports-based film ‘Lahore’, said the honour came to him as a surprise.”This is a very special moment for me and ultimate encouragement as a filmmaker. I was sure that Farooq Sheikh would receive an award but my winning the National award came as a surprise,” said Chauhan.Sheikh won the Best Supporting Actor award for the film, which carries the message of unity and sportsman spirit between India and Pakistan with the backdrop of a the sport of kick boxing.last_img read more

View Article...

Month: November 2019 Federer makes quick work of Monaco at US Open

first_imgRoger Federer reached the quarterfinals at a 30th consecutive Grand Slam tournament by making quick work of the 36th-ranked Juan Monaco 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 at the U.S. Open.Federer’s fourth-round match against Monaco didn’t get started until nearly midnight, and thanks to his superb play, it was over shortly before 1:15 a.m. Tuesday.Federer played brilliantly right from the start, taking the first five games – and 20 of the first 25 points – in only 12 minutes. He didn’t miss a beat in the second set, hitting four aces in his opening service game and finishing with 14.Five of Federer’s record 16 major championships have come at Flushing Meadows. In the quarterfinals, Federer will face 11th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, who eliminated No. 8 Mardy Fish of the United States in five sets Monday.Tsonga upset Federer in the Wimbledon quarterfinals two months ago, coming all the way back after dropping the first two sets.”He’s a tough player. … I look forward to that match,” Federer said. “If I play as good as I did today, sure I have a chance.”Federer compiled a 42-4 edge in winners against Monaco.The start of their match was delayed because the preceding match in Arthur Ashe Stadium – No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki’s 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-1 victory over No. 15 Svetlana Kuznetsova – lasted 3 hours, 2 minutes.”You have to be ready,” Federer said.Wozniacki, seeking her first Grand Slam title, trailed by a set and 4-1 in the second before coming back to beat the 2004 U.S. Open champion.advertisement”I knew that I had to do something,” said Wozniacki, who faces No. 10 Andrea Petkovic of Germany next. “I had to do something different.”She managed to turn things around thanks to a combination of her own increasingly aggressive play and Kuznetsova’s increased mistakes. Kuznetsova’s 40-20 edge in winners was rendered meaningless by her 78 unforced errors, 52 more than Wozniacki, who reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the third year in a row.Tsonga made it this far in New York for the first time, and unlike Fish, he’s already tasted this sort of success. Tsonga made it to the final of the 2008 Australian Open before losing to Novak Djokovic, and got to the Wimbledon semifinals this year – where he again lost to Djokovic.On Monday, Djokovic extended his 2011 record to 61-2 by beating No. 22 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 7-6 (14), 6-4, 6-2. Their 16-14 tiebreaker in the first set lasted nearly a half-hour all on its own, with Djokovic saving four set points and finally converting his sixth when Dolgopolov pushed a forehand long to close a 13-stroke exchange.Both men called that tiebreaker the key to the match. One tiny piece of evidence: Dolgopolov double-faulted twice in the opening game of the second set to get broken, and Djokovic was on his way.Asked whether he considered winning that energy- and will-testing tiebreaker to be a physical or mental triumph, Djokovic replied: “Combination of both. But in the end, it was more mental, just to hang in there, try to play right shots at the right time.”Djokovic now meets his Serbian Davis Cup teammate and friend Janko Tipsarevic, who is seeded 20th and made it to the first Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career by beating 2003 French champion and U.S. Open runner-up Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain 7-5, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in a match that lasted more than 3 hours.”Strange feeling,” Djokovic said. “We are professionals. Certainly we both want to win the match when we play against each other. So you kind of forget about friendship. You put that aside.”Most players complained about the wind, which gusted at up to 20 mph (32 kph) and kept changing directions, making even serve tosses difficult.Serena Williams handled those conditions much better than former No. 1 and 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic and beat her 6-3, 6-4 to return to a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time in 14 months. She missed about 11 of those with a series of health scares but looks really good so far at the U.S. Open.Against Ivanovic, Williams hit nine aces overall, only lost serve once, and finished off the match with four consecutive unreturned serves that ranged from 99 to 111 mph.”I didn’t even go for winners at any point,” said Williams, who hit only 16. “I just tried to get it over because it was so windy. It was definitely tough.”She’s seeded only 28th because of all of that time away, but now has won her past 16 matches heading into a quarterfinal against No. 17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia. Pavlyuchenkova got past 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in a match with 21 double-faults and 16 service breaks in 31 games.advertisement”I’m going to say that I don’t want to go out there and enjoy just being on center court playing against Serena,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “I would like to do well, try to fight, and with my effort, I’ll try to beat her.”last_img read more

View Article...

Month: November 2019 Hockey World Cup 2002: Opportunity for Indian hockey team to count itself amongst the elite

first_imgf On a sunless winter’s day, all that stood out in the grey was a flaming garland of marigolds on the statue. When the Indian hockey team left the National Stadium in Delhi on its last morning before flying off for the World Cup, they walked briskly past the statue.,fOn a sunless winter’s day, all that stood out in the grey was a flaming garland of marigolds on the statue. When the Indian hockey team left the National Stadium in Delhi on its last morning before flying off for the World Cup, they walked briskly past the statue. Maybe they were preoccupied. Maybe it was late.Maybe they were only doing what Indian hockey has been trying to do all these years. Leave the shadow of its giants behind, throw off the burden of its history and look for new routes, new roads, new histories. The statue, though, was smiling. Dhyan Chand – for it is his bronze image that backs the stadium’s new hockey turf and looks out towards India Gate – would have approved. He could use the company.To judge Indian hockey by its yesterdays is like taking modern India to task for not resembling the Gupta era – they were both Golden Ages, remember. The Olympic golds, the wizards of hockey, the breathless beauty of it all, came from a time when our mothers were fainting at the sight and sound of Elvis Presley.In the past 30 years, the honours list has grown thin: the World Cup in 1975, an Olympic gold in 1980, an Asian Games gold in 1998 and a Junior World Cup only last year. The Indian team returns to Malaysia, the country where it won the Cup 27 years ago, but it will be playing a very different game from the one played by its illustrious predecessors.advertisementDhanraj Pillai”When Dhanraj begins to run, the opposition runs with him.”CEDRIC D’SOUZA, Indian coach, on star striker PillaiIn the past quarter century, there have been few sports that have changed as much as hockey – not just in terms of equipment and surface like tennis, but also in tactics, techniques and pre-match preparation. It is where the Indians fell apart in the past two decades and it is why, along with other reasons like sheer administrative blindness, catching up has been like puffing up the Everest in bathroom slippers.When the World Cup explodes from the first whistle on February 24, the nostalgia bugs would be advised to switch channels from some damned cricket match and watch. Sixteen nations will play on a turf called System Five, the ball hit from a standing stroke will travel at speeds between 120 and 150 kmph, and go from stick to goal in 1.5 seconds. Once the wizards of hockey attacked in waves, weaving pretty rings around defenders. Today’s stickmen will play, to borrow from Harry Potter, wizard’s chess at full tilt. In this game only if the men of action and men of thought combine as a seamless whole can a team hope to succeed.Where then do the Indians fit in this intricate and grand design? Baljit Singh Dhillon, the Indian captain and a quiet man of reasonable words, says, “We have always gone one step ahead. But we have to listen to the criticism until we win something big.” The only way to judge the team – they rarely play as a unit at home – is by results. Through 2001 there have been flashes of light. The Indians won the Champions Challenge in Kuala Lumpur, earning them a ticket into the Champions Trophy, meant only for the top six hockey nations in the world.At the World Cup the Indians, who finished ninth in the last edition in Utrecht, Holland, will play seven group matches in nine days. They are in the “easier” of the two groups, but while Australia has old “pedigree”, no longer can the other teams in their group – Korea, England, Malaysia, Poland – just be sneezed away.The CompetitionGermanyEfficient set piecesSpeed on the breakConvert close to 60 per cent chancesStars: Bjorn Michel, Oliver DomkePakistanSuperior skill advantageGrasp of tactical hockeyAbility to score off penalty cornersStars: Shahbaz Ahmed, Sohail AbbasAustraliaSpeed in the D, fitnessSuperb midfieldersAggressive play in the first 10 minutesStars: Troy Elder, Brent LivermoreHollandSpeed over the groundSure hands in the DSmooth transfers out of defenceStars: Bram Lomans, Taeke TaekemaSo the Indians have prepared in three long camps, including physical training that would leave the cricket team counting its blessings (the minimum level required of the “bleep” test for endurance is set at 17 for the hockey team – the Indian cricketers strain for a bit over 11), early morning starts in freezing Ludhiana, video-analysis sessions and simulated matches in sweltering Chennai in which one half lasted an hour instead of the regulation 35 minutes, leaving athletes smelling their own blood. It is an enormous workload but it is what is being put in by every other team.advertisementThe Dutch are now in Egypt trying to duplicate Malaysian conditions and to keep set pieces away from spying eyes. For the first time the Indians sent assistant coach C. Kumar out to Malaysia for a six-nation event featuring the big daddies – Holland, Pakistan and Australia – so that he, armed with a video camera, could do a little bit of spying too. Coach Cedric D’Souza has worked out 12 penalty corner set pieces-stealthily moving arrows and dots, dodges and dashes-on his computer’s Power Point programme. It may seem obsessive and overzealous but, again, it is all mandatory.The team has headed for Kuala Lumpur on a bubble of goodwill but should they “fail” – and that’s a very loose definition – they know they will be taken to the cleaners. Indian hockey is not only a miserly employer – the players receive an allowance of $20 (Rs 960) per day and a match fee of zero – but an unforgiving one. A year after the India lost the final of the 1982 Asian Games to Pakistan, someone cut the electricity when goalkeeper Mir Ranjan Negi was getting married in Indore, the ceremony continuing in darkness.After Rajiv Mishra, a junior instrumental in taking India to the 1997 World Junior final, suffered from a knee injury, he was left out on a limb, the IHF President K.P.S. Gill remarking, “You can’t take care of someone who doesn’t want to take care of himself.” Clearly the golden era of nurturing hockey players is over too, gone like the grass on which the greats played.On the current Indian team, Jugraj Singh is already being hailed as the golden boy with the penalty corner hits and being thrown in to the sharks. Before he became a modern maestro Sohail Abbas of Pakistan was groomed for four years and sent to Holland to develop his penalty corner skills. Olympian striker Jagbir Singh says the reason Indians have won little recently has plenty to do with player morale. “We are always changing our players, putting them under pressure. Look at Pakistan – they value their players more. The confidence of their team is always higher.”The Indians now in Malaysia believe they are different. Half of the 22 now in Kuala Lumpur – the squad will be trimmed to 18 – come from the under-21 World Cup winning squad but have played on the national team as part of a core group in international competitions. Their pure optimism may be easily drained in the future but for the moment it is stuff that could be drunk neat. But only as an aperitif, to stimulate the senses.The meat and potatoes of the team remains the experience of Dhillon, the peerless Dhanraj Pillai, Sabu Varkey and defender Dilip Tirkey is worth its weight in golden boots. The pressure of playing for the “revival” of Indian hockey may just be too hot a cup of tea for the juniors.”We have to channelise their speed, thrust and off-the-ball running,” says Dhillon. “Sometimes greater the speed the greater the mistakes.”advertisementPillai, playing in his final World Cup, matching sticks and wits with the most youthful, will be the centre of attention and play two parts: that of goal-scorer and panic-creator. Says D’Souza, whose move to play Pillai out on the right instead of dead centre has caused some heartburn: “When he’s playing, the opposition is more on guard. Dhanraj’s reputation precedes him. When he runs, the opposition runs with him.” The point is whether he has the ball or he doesn’t. If he doesn’t, he is able to create space for the rest of the forwards. When it works, it is pure theatre. When it doesn’t, Pillai’s skills seem wasted. The great man has a great stage again.Worth the Wait: New find Jugraj Singh’s success in converting penalty corners will be crucialD’Souza has returned to handle the hot potato of the Indian team after a stint in 1996. He says he has tried to soften his own man-management style and break down the barrier between seniors and juniors, north and south. He has set up an “inner circle” of seniors, draws up the room lists and tries to put players from different regions together. “That way the common language is hockey. And humour. To the seniors I’ve said, ‘If you want to be called seniors, you have to take the responsibility of behaving like grown men, take charge of the younger players.'” It’s a prickly subject, this, a hangover from a history of deference. As a rookie, a member of this team found himself intimidated by the aloof manner of Pargat Singh, who to him became not Pargat Singh, comrade, but Pargat Singh, “triple Olympian”. The player says, “They were all supremely talented players but as a team – what?”It is a culture that needs to be dismantled before any team can move ahead. If not checked and balanced in this World Cup, it could yet delay India’s dream. Former coach and Olympian M.P. Ganesh tries to be realistic, “Getting into the semi-final would be a very good effort. What we all really need to see is India proving that they belong to the Champions Trophy group – the elite of the hockey world.” India did in an era long gone, but this is a new century and it must find its place , in it all over again.”We must get over this psyche of, ‘We were the champions and we will remain so,'” says Jagbir. When striker Deepak Thakur came home as a junior world champion, he saw what could be: not just the headlines and TV lights, but 400 children turning out for under-15 hockey trials in Patiala. It’s like every man on the team can almost sight the corner, can sense the moment when he can stop being the ordinary son of extraordinary fathers and be himself. It is time to turn the corner and time to turn the page.A new history for Indian hockey – whether a good, bad or an ugly one – waits to be written. The team now in Kuala Lumpur comprises its writers.last_img read more

View Article...

Month: November 2019 Parliament passes historic Judicial Appointments Commission Bill

first_imgUnion Minister Ravi Shankar PrasadThe Narendra Modi government succeeded in getting the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2014 passed in Rajya Sabha, where the BJP is in minority, on Thursday.Moving the Bill in Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the amendments will ensure transparency in the appointments of judges. “The effort now is that we restore the spirit of original Constitution,” Jaitley said.Defending the Bill, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad assured the House that the changes will not result in the political executive dominating over the judiciary. “There is no provision for executive primacy in the Bill,” he said.”My heartiest congratulations to Parliament for passing National Judicial Appointments Commission, 2014 bill unanimously,” the Law Minister later tweeted.The Bill, still being contested by top judges as it seeks to change the way they are appointed, had passed the Lok Sabha test on Wednesday.The proposed legislation seeks to scrap the collegium system of appointing judges and in its place set up a commission for the same.The Bill proposes that the Chief Justice of India will head a six-member National Judicial Appointments Commission, other members of which would be the law minister, two senior Supreme Court judges and two eminent people.A collegium comprising the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of India and the leader of the single largest party in the Lok Sabha will select the two eminent people.One eminent person will be nominated from among the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, OBCs, minorities or women.The Congress supported the Bill in Lok Sabha after the government dropped the word “unanimous” from a clause that said all members of the commission have to agree to a judge’s appointment if there are objections and the President sends back the same name for reconsideration.advertisementMeanwhile, in an exclusive interview to Headlines Today, top jurist and leading constitutional expert Fali Nariman has opposed the Bill in its present form stating that it would be completely unacceptable to him.Nariman also said that he will challenge the Bill in the Supreme Court. He maintained that the Supreme Court has the power to strike down the Bill even if it passes the Rajya Sabha test.CPM leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sitaram Yechury backed Nariman. “Yesterday, I raised this issue. I told the House that this was ultra vires. First you have to amend the constitution and get consent from 15 states and only after that can you bring in the amendments,” he said.Earlier, Chief Justice R.M. Lodha had deplored the criticism of the collegium system of appointment of judges, saying a misleading campaign was on to defame the judiciary which would shake people’s confidence in democracy.last_img read more

View Article...

Month: November 2019 Into the City

first_imgA comedian must reinvent himselfSunil Grover aka Gutthi of Comedy Nights with Kapil fame tells SimplyPunjabi that making people laugh is no joke.As a young child in the village of Dabwali in Punjab, he would say things in his peculiar tone and people would be in splits. In school and,A comedian must reinvent himselfSunil Grover aka Gutthi of Comedy Nights with Kapil fame tells SimplyPunjabi that making people laugh is no joke.As a young child in the village of Dabwali in Punjab, he would say things in his peculiar tone and people would be in splits. In school and college, he would mimic others and invite a fantastic response. But this boy from the countryside had no idea that he would one day go on to become one of the most popular comedians on the small screen. Sunil Grover aka Gutthi, who mesmerised audiences with his perfect comic timing on Comedy Nights with Kapil, is all set to make a comeback on the popular TV show in a different avatar. “I have signed another contract with Kapil. Let’s hope the audiences appreciate me as much as they did during my last stint,? he says.Grover attributes his success to his mentor-the late Jaspal Bhatti-under whose guidance he trained for a long time at the MAD Arts film school in Mohali. “The man had the knack of laughing at himself, something which is very rare,? he says. He adds, “He never used to act, he was all about realism. The best part is that he never forced his students to be like him.? Grover feels that doing comedy requires a balanced mix of preparation and improvisation and that it is very important for a comedian to keep himself updated on important issues that are being talked about. “This makes people relate to you effortlessly. You cannot be an island in yourself.?advertisementAll set to mark his presence on the big screen in Gabbar alongside Akshay Kumar, Grover says he cannot elaborate on the project yet. “It’s too early to talk about it. Let’s just say you will see me playing a very different character.?Ask Grover if he would like to branch out and portray characters which arent comical, and he insists that he has always wanted to experiment with different roles. “Frankly, I am waiting to be approached for roles that are demanding and promise a completely different experience. It’s important to reinvent oneself as an artist and seek new challenges. And yes, I am not averse to Punjabi cinema. I am just waiting for the right script,? he says. n by Sukant DeepakStore OpeningFit For SaleThere are those who chalk out exercise routines for you, and others who plan diet charts, prescribe health drinks and supplements. The two often lackcoordination, putting your health in jeopardy.Enter O2 Nutrition, a one-stop nutrition solution for fitness freaks, bodybuilders and sports persons. The store is the brainchild of 35-year-old Puneet Sandhu, a Mr India 2014 finalist, Mr Punjab 2014 and Mr North India 2013; and 42-year-old Prince Bhatia.Talking about how the idea of the store came about, Sandhu, a qualified engineer from PEC University of Technology, says he was always passionate about body building.”For a long time, people have been coming to me to seek advice on nutritional supplements. I noticed that there were so many misconceptions regarding them. This sometimes stops them from taking beneficial nutritional supplements altogether,? says Sandhi. He believes it’s a misconception that supplements are harmful. “They are not steroids that can cause havoc to the system.?The other half of this team is a skilled professional in the field of body building. Prince Bhatia, also a gym owner, has trained celebrities like actor Kuljinder Sidhu.The duo has an experience of more than 20 years in body building and insist that they have sourced quality products after extensive research that will surely help clients attain desired fitness goals. “A number of gyms have mushroomed around claiming to train people to keep fit. We felt there was a serious need for professional guidance to make gymming a safe experience. It is an authentic store bringing the best brands from across the world to your doorstep at reasonable rates,? Bhatia promises.The owners have also noticed an increase in the number of fitness-conscious women, they say the store also has a wide variety of products for them as well.At First Floor, SCF 66, SAS Nagar n By Sukant DeepakFrench ConnectionTucked away in the chock-a-block Sector 16 market of Chandigarh, the French Press Caf breaks the monotony of the surroundings. Its striking fluorescent orange board stands out in the chaos. Walk into the the bright, neat and uncluttered cafe andtake a seat on one of the comfortable, no-fuss tables. A wooden wall adds to the charmingadvertisementambience, and there’s a space for comments, on a board displaying the specials of the day. The menu begins with a range of coffees and shakes, served hot or chilled. If you’re looking for a quick cuppa to get you moving, the Espresso Italiano, a traditional shot of black coffee with a layer of cream on top will do the trick. And in case its some sinful indulgence you fancy, the trio ofchocolate shakes is your best bet. A blend ofchocolate ice-cream and chocolate brownie served with a garnish of Choco chips and brownie, it is sinful. According to the owners, the menu is inspired by their travelsaround the world, and eating at cafes in both big and small cities, with the focus being authentic and fresh food. In the starters section, Breaded Pencils is a complete meal, with a minced lamb stuffed phyllo case served with chili and garlic aioli and a side salad. The lamb is well-flavoured and the pastry flaky and fresh. Olive Crispies gives regular olives a twist, with breaded olive stuffed with cheese and served with zesty lemon and tomato dip. The USP of the place are the Croques, a traditionally French oven roasted sandwich, served with French fries and house salad. Our favourite remains the Grilled Chicken baked sandwich with pesto marinated grilled chicken and yellow cheddar cheese. A huge portion, this one melts in the mouth and is best had with country style tomato soup. End the meal with a Fruit and Pistachio Parfait which is a rich and creamy fruit and pistachio frozen delicacy.At The Ashok, 50-B, Kautilya Margn By Sukant DeepakKebab TrailSeptember 19 to 28Ludhiana residents, get ready for succulent kebabs, tempting meats, cottage cheese and vegetable delights grilled to melt in your mouth. While kings would need to travel to Afghanistan to experience the food of the great Pashtun region food (pic right), you don’t have to go that far.At Kitchen at Tannur, Hyatt Regency, LudhianaTel 01614071234Happy FeetSeptember 10Interface 2014 promises to be a rich melting pot of artistes and artistic disciplines from across the world. Considering artistes from USA, UK, Singapore, Spain and India will showcase their dance, dance theatre and music, get ready to witness a gamut of interesting shows, workshops, panels and seminars.At Tagore TheatreTel 0172 272 4278Sweet addictionSeptember 5 to 30Got a sweet tooth? Treat your taste buds to some delicious German desserts like Prinzergentort-thin layers of sponge cake interlaid with delicate chocolate buttercream. Revel in the complex flavour of Frankfruter Kranz, also known as the Crown Cake. Other German Classics such as Streuselkuchen and other afternoon cake will also be available.At The Pastry Shop, Hyatt AmritsarTel 01832871234Fusion FlavoursSeptember 3 to 27A Western Australian fusion food festival awaits you at Collage with a buffet dinner every Wednesday and Saturday. Indulge in scrumptious jacket spuds with peanut sour cream, fish in beer and butter potato sauce, lamb and vegetable stew and other gastronomical delights.advertisementAt Collage, Hyatt AmritsarTel 01832871234MusicListen UpCreative, innovative and experimental-the Gandharva Choir will be performing at the Tagore Theatre this September. A pioneer in choral music in India, the Gandharva Choir’s efforts and achievements have been successful in setting a trend of choral music in the country.At Tagore TheatreTel 0172272 4278Timings 7 pm onwardslast_img read more

View Article...

Month: November 2019 Column: NBA trade deadline provides best reality show around

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town ABL: Alab stays hot, routs Hong Kong anew in Renaldo Balkman’s historic night Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2019, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) smiles during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in San Antonio. Only a few hours remain to determine if the Anthony Davis saga ends for this season or lingers into the summer. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at 3 p.m. EST, and Davis is still seeking a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans.(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)The latest episode of “Survivor: NBA” was quite a cliffhanger.All kinds of intrigue. A hefty dose of griping. Some thoroughly unexpected plot twists.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But the assets far outweigh the liabilities.And “Survivor: NBA” returns this summer, right after the Finals, for what figures to be some blockbuster episodes.Will Leonard or Davis team up with LeBron on the Lakers? Will Durant bolt from the Warriors? Will the woeful New York Knicks be able to land two franchise players? Will the Dallas Mavericks, better known as Team Europe, emerge as the next powerhouse franchise?Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Plenty of teams do have their eyes on a title, however, far more than usual.There are the Warriors, of course, seeking their fourth in five seasons and still the team to beat. But they’ll have to navigate the loaded-as-always Western Conference, which also features James Hardin and the Houston Rockets, the surprising Denver Nuggets, and an Oklahoma City team led by triple-double machine Russell Westbrook.But the East is where the real suspense lies.Boston, which stood pat at the deadline ahead of what could be a major push to go after Davis this summer, was the preseason favorite. But the Celtics were only fourth in the conference after a last-second loss Thursday night to the Lakers.Up front were the Milwaukee Bucks, with the league’s best record, a long-forgotten franchise that won its lone NBA title in 1971 with a young center named Lew Alcindor. They added Nikola Mirotic, who gives coach Mike Budenholzer plenty of new options with the big-man lineup.Right on Milwaukee’s heels are the Raptors, who are pretty much all-in on winning their first championship with rent-a-year star Kawhi Leonard now joined by Marc Gasol, who was acquired from Memphis at the deadline. The Philadelphia 76ers are also in the mix, having landed Tobias Harris from the Los Angeles Clippers to complete the conference’s best starting five.“Everybody made moves,” said Toronto’s Kyle Lowry. “But at the end of the day, all we can do is worry about us.”Granted, the NBA has its issues.If you live in a city such as Atlanta or Phoenix, which have essentially thrown in the towel for the next couple of seasons while they undergo massive overhauls that may or may not succeed, these are dark times indeed.And the league is unlikely to ever address the lack of competitive balance, the entrenched system that has largely allowed a handful of top franchises to dominate year after year. As long as it has the smallest rosters in major team sports and only allows five players on the court at a time, the sport’s path is always going to be dictated by a handful of star players. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The King may grumble about how the tacky way the NBA goes about its business — yes, it was lame of the Dallas Mavericks to trade Harrison Barnes during a game, though they apparently told him beforehand that a deal was in the works and he decided to play anyway — but the system certainly works well for James, who has collected hundreds of millions of dollars (well worth it) and pretty much moved around the county whenever he pleased.It’s messy and exhilarating and confusing and silly, best epitomized by “Nik and Wade’s Excellent Adventure.”Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin IV started the week playing for Portland. Then they got traded to Cleveland, which dealt them to Houston, which quickly sent them packing to Indiana. Of course, the Pacers never had any intention of keeping them, so they could wind up on their fifth team in seven days by the weekend.Pelicans star Anthony Davis was the big prize, having made it clear a season and a half before his contract is up — yep, A SEASON AND HALF — that he doesn’t want to play for New Orleans any longer. But no deal could be reached by the deadline, so Davis will at least finish the season in the Big Easy, an incredibly awkward situation of a lame-duck player going through the motions with a rudderless franchise.Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, about half the Lakers roster knows that it was dangled as bait in a potential Davis trade, so the remainder of LeBron’s debut season in Tinseltown figures to be a forgettable one. The King can certainly forget about a ninth straight trip to the Finals.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 Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Now that’s a reality show worth watching.“They always catch me by surprise,” said Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse, whose team had a major role in the plotline. “There’s so much going on all the time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesDespite complaints from the likes of Kevin Durant and LeBron James, the league’s off-the-court drama leading up to Thursday’s trade deadline was a welcome respite from the long, sometimes dreary regular season — enhancing all the compelling story lines (and there are plenty) while highlighting a system that really works well for everyone.KD may choose to rip the media for its infatuation with what the future holds for him, but we’re guessing the Golden State star doesn’t mind cashing those checks (worth $30 million this year) or that he’ll be too upset this summer when he can opt out of his contract and decide where he wants to play for a deal that could require nine figures to fill out. View commentslast_img read more

View Article...

Month: November 2019 Change in mindset helps Milena Alessandrini lead UST over UP

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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “The team, my teammates, the coaches, they all helped me move on and forget the past.”Alessandrini scored just 10 points against the Lady Eagles against a defense that stifled her every turn, but against the Lady Maroons the reigning Rookie of the Year had a feast.“I threw out my emotions, started training, and thinking positive because in the past I always think negatively,” said Alessandrini. “I told myself ‘let’s go Lena, you can do it.’”With UST holding a 23-19 lead, Alessandrini took it upon herself to ultimately bury UP.She first put UST at the 24-19 match point with an off-the-block kill that also forced UP to get into a team error, then she finished things off with a block on Diana Carlos to give the Golden Tigresses a 2-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants George Pascua rues FEU’s lack of killer instinct in meltdown vs Ateneo MANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas’ Milena Alessandrini had herself a complete turnaround, not just on the stat sheets but also in her overall character.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Alessandrini put on an inspired performance with 22 points to lead the Golden Tigresses past University of the Philippines, 21-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-20, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.Season 80’s top rookie, however, was a gloomy camper in the Golden Tigresses’ previous game against Ateneo when they lost in four sets, 25-21, 25-18, 16-25, 25-22.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAlessandrini admitted that she wasn’t happy following the loss but she learned from her mistakes and took on a much different approach against the Lady Maroons.“I’m happy with this result, and I really struggled in my body motion in the past games,” said Alessandrini Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

View Article...

Month: November 2019 Giannis Antetokounmpo becomes record 11th 50-point scorer of season

first_imgFILE – Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after making a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won, 131-114. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — This is now the season of the 50-point scorer in the NBA.There have been 11 players to score at least 50 in a game this season, the most of any season in league history. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 52-point effort in Milwaukee’s loss to Philadelphia on Sunday was the record-breaker, after 10 different players scored 50 in each of the last two seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments PBA D-League: Letran recovers, routs McDavid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The other 50-point scorers this season: LaMarcus Aldridge, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, James Harden, LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Derrick Rose, Klay Thompson and Kemba Walker. Harden has done it six times, the others once apiece.The 11 players have combined for 16 games of 50 or more points this season. That’s the NBA’s most since 2006-07, when there were 18 — 10 by Kobe Bryant alone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Google Philippines names new country director Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventlast_img read more

View Article...

Month: November 2019 Still all business as LeBron James leads Lakers past Wizards for back-to-back wins

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — Lance Stephenson stepped on Jeff Green’s foot and then stepped back, releasing a perfect 20-foot jumper while the Washington defender stumbled and nearly fell.Staples Center roared and the Los Angeles Lakers’ bench lost its collective mind, leaping and sprinting in all directions to celebrate one incredible crossover.ADVERTISEMENT Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “It’s been difficult knowing that mathematically we’re not going to be in the postseason,” James said. “That’s like March Madness for college kids for me. But when I suit up, it’s all business. I never change my approach, and I try to go out and make every play.”Two days after beating Sacramento, the Lakers comfortably won this meeting of 11th-place teams whose playoff dreams have been wrecked by injuries. Washington has lost John Wall and Dwight Howard, while the Lakers don’t have Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart or Reggie Bullock.“We know if we were healthy, what we would have been,” Caldwell-Pope said. “Unfortunately, injuries got the best of us. But we’re still going out and having fun.”🎥Lance Stephenson walks us through his highlight crossover. pic.twitter.com/SGZUHCPxOD— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 27, 2019Bradley Beal scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half for the Wizards, who opened a four-game road trip with their fifth straight loss. Washington (30-45) is on the brink of missing the playoffs for just the second time in six seasons.“We’ve got to get some of these wins, even if they don’t mean anything,” Beal said.The Lakers are out for the sixth consecutive season, tripling the previous longest postseason absence in franchise history.Los Angeles opened a 19-point lead in the third quarter despite Beal’s 17 points in the period. Washington trimmed it to single digits midway through the fourth, but James and Caldwell-Pope hit big shots down the stretch. DOUBLE DIGITSJames fell three rebounds short of his second consecutive triple-double. He is fourth in the NBA with eight triple-doubles this season even though he has only played 54 games.BEAL’S FUTUREBeal expects the Wizards to consider limiting his minutes going forward, but he wants to keep playing. He leads the NBA in minutes per game, and is on track to play in every game for the second straight season after injuries repeatedly set him back earlier in his career.“That (was) a knock on me, that I can’t stay healthy and I can’t play a full season,” he said. “And I feel like the last three years, I’ve been able to do that. Why not keep it going?”UP NEXTWizards: At the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.Lakers: At the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lance making them dance is our @budweiserusa Moment of the Week pic.twitter.com/kr5tgZt3kf— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 27, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics 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 Google Philippines names new country director After every disappointment in this lost season, the Lakers and their fans are grateful for any bit of fun — and for every win they can get. MOST READ Clippers clinch playoff spot with win over Timberwolves Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event “We don’t like the way we played tonight,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said. “We put our heads down when the shots didn’t fall, and when you also don’t get back on defense, that’s a bad combination.”TIP-INSWizards: Trevor Ariza started despite a groin injury, but the former Lakers swingman played only seven minutes. The product of Westchester High School and UCLA had missed Washington’s previous two games. … Thomas Bryant had seven points and six rebounds against his former team. He showed promise as a rookie last season while playing 15 games for the Lakers and making the All-G League first team, but their front office waived him in July to save $1.38 million in salary cap room. He has started 46 games for Washington.Lakers: Bullock missed his second straight game with right plantar fasciitis. … Coach Luke Walton will wait to see how James feels in the morning before deciding whether he’ll play at Utah on Wednesday night. The Lakers are managing the 34-year-old superstar’s minutes. … James airballed a free throw in the first quarter. He entered the game hitting a career-worst 66.9 percent of his free throws.THE CROSSOVERGreen looked foolish at first glance on Stephenson’s epic crossover move. Replays showed Stephenson had to step on Green’s foot to make it happen, but that didn’t dampen the fun.“It was just a little tap, man,” Stephenson laughed. “I ain’t going to bail him out on that.”Green took it all in stride.“I can confirm that he did step on my foot, but run with it,” Green said with a smile. “I don’t care. He crossed me, if that makes everybody happy.”James, Green’s former teammate in Cleveland, wasn’t surprised by his reaction.“If there was one guy that could care less about that happening to him, it would be Jeff,” James said. “He’s like, ‘OK, take the ball out.’” LeBron James had 23 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds, and the Lakers beat the Wizards 124-106 on Tuesday night for their first back-to-back victories since mid-January.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 29 points and JaVale McGee had 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who had lost 20 of 27 and plummeted out of the playoff race since their last set of consecutive wins.Put ‘em on ⛸ & break out the 🕺 pic.twitter.com/r0BzSVeHiv— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 27, 2019ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving View commentslast_img read more

View Article...