Ateneo bags sixth win, hands NU third straight loss

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. PVL: Arellano secures semis spot, drops UP in thriller Read Next 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. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “NU’s a tough team, we knew that coming in,” said Arespacochaga. “We played their pace, which was an up and down game. Good thing in the fourth quarter we played better defense.”And that defense was focused on NU’s J-Jay Alejandro who had 21 points coming into the fourth but was limited to just three in the final period.Ikeh tied his career-high of 18 points, to go along 11 rebounds, while Vince Tolentino also finished with his own career-high of 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo remained perfect in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament after turning back National University, 96-83, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Blue Eagles scored their season-high and retained their spot atop the eight-team ladder with a 6-0 record while the Bulldogs slipped to their third straight loss and fell to a 2-4 card.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City NU trailed 85-73 late in the fourth but the Bulldogs tried to build momentum with five unanswered points to cut the deficit to seven, 85-78, on an Issa Gaye throwdown in transition with 2:46 to play.Thirdy Ravena, however, quelled any hopes of a comeback with a booming triple that gave Ateneo a 10-point lead, 88-78, with 2:20 remaining in the game.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 shutoutChibueze Ikeh effectively put the game away as he rolled to the basket for the open layup to push the lead to 14 with under a minute to play.Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga knew they had to avoid playing NU’s pace after allowing the Bulldogs to partially dictate the tempo in the first three quarters. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Green Archers lock up top two, blow out Bulldogs

first_imgMOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle secured a top two spot after shooting down National University, 101-76, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Green Archers rose to 11-2 while dealing a big blow to the Bulldogs’ Final Four bid.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. WATCH: Conor McGregor named EA Sports UFC cover athlete for 2nd time John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:34UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS00:50Trending 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 Read Next Reigning MVP Ben Mbala put up a game-high 30 points with eight rebounds to lead La Salle while Rivero added 16 points and six rebounds.J-Jay Alejandro and Antonio Joson had 20 points apiece to lead the Bulldogs. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The loss was NU’s eighth in 12 games as the Bulldogs will now have to rely on other teams in hopes to making the semifinals.La Salle immediately built momentum as early as the second quarter going on a 23-9 run with Ben Mbala giving the Green Archers a 43-27 lead late in the period and the defending champions never looked back.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 think we’re getting better every game because we make it a point to follow the game plan the coaches set up,” said Ricci Rivero in Filipino. “What we do in practice, we make sure that we apply it to the game,” said captain Kib Montalbo. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Carroll’s 24 points lead Nets over struggling Grizzlies

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA While the Grizzlies were grousing, the Nets were celebrating, at least for one night, after snapping a three-game losing streak.DeMarre Carroll scored a season-high 24 points and Trevor Booker added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Joe Harris finished with 13 points for the Nets, who used a third-quarter spurt to put away the Grizzlies.The teams were tied at 47 at the break, but the Nets opened the second half with a 22-6 run, looking much more fluid on offense than in the opening half. Brooklyn connected on nine of its first 15 shots to build the lead, outscoring the Grizzlies 32-18.“We came out in the second half and got two big stops, scored,” Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said. “We picked up our energy in the second half. The first part of the third quarter, that’s where I thought the game turned.”Memphis was able to get back in the game to open the final period, composing a 12-3 run. Memphis got the deficit to five points, but the Brooklyn lead was too much to overcome.ADVERTISEMENT Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker (35) reacts after dunking the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The misery remains for the Memphis Grizzlies, and friction seems to be building in the locker room.Memphis dropped its eighth straight on Sunday in a 98-88 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. The Grizzlies made a fourth-quarter dent in a Nets lead that stretched to 19, all while center Marc Gasol was in a warmup on the bench. Despite matching Tyreke Evans for the team lead with 18 points, Gasol, who leads the team in scoring, rebounds and assists, wasn’t called on to play in the final period.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And he wasn’t pleased.“I do not know the why,” Gasol said of not playing down the stretch, later adding: “It’s a first for me, trust me, and I don’t like it one bit. I’m more (ticked) than I can show and frustrated.”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 shutoutSpeaking before Gasol, Memphis coach David Fizdale said his decision was based on the reserves playing well and cutting into the Brooklyn lead. He said not much has worked for the team during the skid, particularly Sunday, when the Grizzlies gave up the lead in a poor third quarter.Asked about Gasol’s reaction about not playing down the stretch, Fizdale said: “We’ll address it if it needs to be addressed, but it was a pretty simple decision what I did. It’s nothing against him. I’m trying to win a game. I’m desperate.” Gilas size key vs Taipei Grizzlies: Visit San Antonio on Wednesday. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ “We wanted to get out in transition and make them run,” Harris said, “and I thought we did better at that in the second half.”TIP-INSNets: Harris started in Allen Crabbe’s place. … Carroll’s previous season high was 18 on Oct. 25 against Cleveland. … The Nets shot 45 percent from the field, breaking a string of surpassing 50 percent the last two games and three of the previous four. … The Nets had 19 assists, breaking a streak of at least 24 assists in their last five.Grizzlies: Memphis had not lost eight straight since a similar skid from Feb. 11-March 3, 2009. … The team announced that Chandler Parsons tweaked his knee and did not return in the second half. The team characterized it as a precautionary move.MORE INJURY TROUBLESThe Nets, who already were without D’Angelo Russell and Jeremy Lin with long-term injuries, had more setbacks. Crabbe, who was going to start, was a late scratch with a sore lower back. Then in the second quarter, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson went down with a right ankle sprain. “It’s unfortunate that we have so many injuries right now, but that’s why we have 15 guys on the team,” Booker said.MORE MARC MUSINGSGasol spent a lot of time answering questions about the fourth-quarter situation in the Grizzlies locker room. Even after the team’s public relations staff asked if everyone was finished, Gasol said he was willing to keep talking, expressing his displeasure about the situation. “I’m just as competitive as anybody,” he said. “I hate not playing. That’s what I value the most. If I’m not on the floor, I’m not valued. I’m sure (the coaching staff) knew that would hurt me the most.”UP NEXTNets: Visit Houston on Monday. 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Meralco cuts off Ginebra

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Acquired at the start of the season as Meralco shored up its roster following a spate of injuries on the likes of Ranidel de Ocampo and Cliff Hodge, Ballesteros finished with seven points and 16 rebounds as the Bolts pulled level with TNT KaTropa and Blackwater with a 4-6 record for ninth spot.More importantly, the Bolts gave themselves a chance of catching the last bus to the quarterfinals with a victory against the same team that handed them a Game 7 loss in the Governors’ Cup finals last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBallesteros was at the right place at the right time for the putback off a Chris Newsome miss with 35 seconds remaining. He stood his ground against Japeth Aguilar and came up with his last rebound before drawing a foul with 17 seconds left.It was Kevin Alas’ turn to shine for NLEX in the other game. MOST READ Ancajas gains foreign fans after explosive US showing Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PBA IMAGESBOCAUE—Returning to the site of one of the most painful losses in the history of its franchise, Meralco got some measure of revenge while staying alive in the playoff race in the PBA Philippine Cup.Journeyman center Jason Ballesteros scored on a putback and split his free throws at crunch time as the Bolts hacked out a thrilling 84-82 victory over the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings at Philippine Arena Sunday night here.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Alas continued his inspired play as NLEX turned back Blackwater, 93-90, for its fourth straight victory that also propelled the Road Warriors to a playoff spot.Alas sizzled in the final period with 16 of his career-best 25 points as the Road Warriors climbed to 6-4 for a tie of fourth spot with Alaska.Rookie Kiefer Ravena also knocked in four triples on his way to 23 points.“Kevin Alas saved the day for us,” coach Yeng Guiao said of the former Letran star.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum View commentslast_img read more

In a playful moment for Globalport, Jarencio lets Araña be coach

first_imgNabong guarantees GlobalPort will make playoffs LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “They’re play around and the way they treat each other is like they’re still college players. But when it’s time to work, they do their jobs,” he said in Filipino. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Late in the game between the Batang Pier and Kia on Wednesday was another testament to Jarencio’s beaming demeanor that radiates to his players and creates a buddy-buddy kind of relationship with them.At the 1:37 mark of the fourth quarter and GlobalPort was on its way to victory, Jarencio let one of his veterans Ryan Araña call the shots during a timeout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We all know that coach is a very cool coach. He’s like your buddy on the court and even in practice. So during our huddle, I sat on the bench, gave me the board and told me to draw the last play for Stanley (Pringle),” Araña recalled in Filipino.“So I drew up a play and everyone was listening and that’s the good thing about this team. We can poke fun at coach Pido but at the same time, we respect him a lot so that’s our advantage over other teams because we have that kind of relationship with our coach.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEven in his time at the helm of University of Santo Tomas, every post-game press conference with Pido Jarencio is something reporters look forward to because of his comedic persona.And it’s no surprise that the GlobalPort coach Jarencio also brings that same jovial vibe of his in practices and games.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Pringle went on to score on a free throw off the play that Araña mapped out en route to the Batang Pier taking a 108-91 victory, their fifth in 10 games as they enhanced their bid to clinch a playoff spot.“We were able to score but it wasn’t exactly the play that I drew up and Stanley was subbed out after so I got mad a little bit in the corner and I saw coach Pido and he was just laughing at me,” Araña said smiling.Araña also described Jarencio as always optimistic and isn’t fond of dwelling on the past.“He always gives us long breaks. Not actually long breaks but like two days off. And we don’t want to abuse that and instead, we want to repay that gesture by playing our best and so far, the result has been good,” he said.Jarencio is far removed from his coaching days in college, but it doesn’t seem like it.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

KaTropa make it

first_imgLady Warriors blank rivals In the end, it was the depth, playoff experience and shooting prowess that mattered largely for the KaTropa, who rained down threes in the middle quarters to put their elimination round tormentors away.The absence of proper spacing in the paint forced Troy Rosario to take his game from beyond the arc, firing four threes before halftime that shoved them slightly ahead and set the tone for the blowout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJayson Castro craftily bored holes in the Phoenix defense and fed Jericho Cruz and inside operator Kelly Williams, opening a double-digit advantage going into the final period.So fluid was the KaTropa offense that they just went through the process of counting down the minutes while protecting a 20-point lead. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img View comments With big boss Manny V. Pangilinan watching at ringside, TNT arranged a must-win tiff with league-leading San Miguel Beer in the next round.TNT 118—Rosario 18, Castro 17, Cruz 17, Pogoy 15, Semerad 12, Williams 11, Tautuaa 10, Reyes 5, Garcia 4, Tamsi 4, Paredes 3, Nuyles 2, Carey 0, Golla 0, Torres 0.PHOENIX 97—Wright 18, Kramer 16, Alolino 13, Jazul 11, Perkins 10, Chan 9, Mendoza 7, Eriobu 5, Intal 4, Guevarra 2, Wilson 2, Cortes 0, Dehesa 0, Gamboa 0.Quarters: 27-25, 54-49, 94-76, 118-97ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Phoenix reluctantly stepped out of Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night, never to return in this season’s PBA Philippine Cup.TNT KaTropa brazenly ushered the Fuel Masters to the exit with an overpowering 118-97 win in a knockout setting for the eighth and final quarterfinal spot.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

Lopez proud to see former teammate Blatche play for Gilas

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Nadal, Djokovic launch French Open assaults BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBrook Lopez thinks the Philippines is lucky to have Andray Blatche as its naturalized player.“I can’t say enough because I know how much he loves the game and I know how much the Filipino people love the game as well. It’s a natural partnership,” Lopez said on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Lopez feels proud seeing how far his former teammate has gone since leaving the NBA with Blatche making a name for himself in the international stage.“It was great to see him be a part of the Gilas team. It’s a great thing and I love seeing him play for this country,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV The two spent two years together with the Brooklyn Nets before Blatche opted to go to China and play for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in 2014.That same year, Blatche’s naturalization papers were approved which allowed him to represent the country starting in the 2014 Fiba World Cup in Spain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingLooking back at their two seasons together, Lopez shared that the 6-foot-11 Blatche is just a bundle of joy to be with, imparting character to the team on and off the court.“Playing on the same team with him, he’s such an amazing talent,” he said. “He made things easier for me when we’re on the floor together and he’s such a fun locker room guy. He brings a lot of energy. We call him ‘Dray Live’ and he’s a great guy and a great person to be around.” BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View commentslast_img read more

Backlash from Mayweather-McGregor will last years, says Duva

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide READ: LOOK: Netizens abuzz over confirmed McGregor-Mayweather bout There are some who think that if McGregor starts losing he might resort to throwing elbows and kicks at Mayweather, but the promoters of the fight say that won’t happen.“It is in the contract,” said Dana White. “The fight is under the rules of boxing. There would be a lawsuit. If that ever happened, Conor would depart with a lot of money, and Conor likes money.”White said plans are in the works to have the fighters go on a promotional tour of major US cities.READ: Mayweather says he offered McGregor $15M to fightSince the fight was announced Mayweather has mentioned it just once via social media — as he appears to be more concerned about showing off his extravagant lifestyle.He has launched something he calls the “Mayweather Challenge” because he is “tired of people on social media bragging they live a certain lifestyle when they don’t.”Over the last few days, Mayweather has made a point of using his Twitter and Instagram to show off his private jet.That was followed by another video taken inside his “Rolls-Royce Phantom Limousine” as he boasts about his Patek Philippe gold watch while the camera pans down to show off his “Chinchilla” floor mats. Olympian Michael Phelps set to race against Great White Shark Boxing legend Mayweather and mixed martial arts superstar McGregor announced plans on Wednesday for a boxing showdown that could become one of the richest bouts in history. The fight will take place August 26 in the American boxing capital of Las Vegas.READ: Mayweather, McGregor agree to August super fight FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You’re all going to write about it. People will get all excited,” Duva said of the competition. “And the casual fans we always want to bring into the tent are going to be disappointed again.“It’s going to be years before they want to see another boxing event,” she told the Los Angeles Times. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View comments Conor McGregor teases fans as he posts a photoshopped poster of him and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on his Twitter account. Photo from Conor McGregor’s Twitter accountPromoter Kathy Duva says the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight is “bad for boxing” and the backlash from the exhibition spectacle will likely dog the sport for years to come.“Of course it’s bad for boxing,” said Duva. “It’s going to suck up all the air in the room.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Mayweather, who is considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, is a heavy favourite against McGregor — who hasn’t boxed competitively in the ring since he was a teenager.READ: McGregor backers: Mayweather fight is no sideshow“It’s not a boxing event, it’s a spectacle,” said Duva, who is the promoter for Russian boxer Sergey Kovalev, who will fight Andre Ward in a world title light heavyweight rematch on Saturday.“On the other hand, when this is over and this fight ends up the way I expect it will, the next time somebody asks me, ‘MMA or boxing, what’s the better sport?’ I’ll say, ‘We know who the bad asses are because Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor just got their asses kicked by two boxers.’“We’ll have that to cling to,” she told the paper.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

Hotshots get young import

first_imgANTIPOLO—Not wanting to take a chance and seeking a great start, Star dispatched its import after just one game and will parade someone fresh out of college when the Hotshots shoot for a second straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Amateur Arevalo rules PGT Riviera Ladies tournament by one stroke MOST READ Michael Craig, the import who got into a trash-talking match with Chris Ross in one of the Finals games that almost led to a halftime brawl, finally makes his first appearance on the court for the Texters.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hill started out at the point guard spot in his last season with Illinois and averaged 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. But with his huge frame—he weighs over 230 pounds—Hill could find himself manning the post for Victolero.“I’ll be asking him to do that,” Victolero said over the phone after Hill’s fourth practice with the team on Thursday. “He has a lot of potential, he’s very young and he has an excellent attitude.”Victolero’s only concern is that Hill will be asked to spearhead a team for the first time in his life, unlike at Illinois where he wasn’t the team’s focal point.“I told him that he would have to adjust to his new role here,” said the Star coach, who bombed out in the Final Four in the first two tournaments.Meanwhile, TNT KaTropa, the losing finalist to San Miguel Beer in the Commissioner’s Cup, makes its debut in the 4:15 p.m. contest when the Texters slug it out with winless KIA Picanto.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresscenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Malcolm Hill, a 21-year-old out of Illinois, will play his first pro game when the Hotshots clash with Alaska in the 7 p.m. contest—where Star tries to keep in step with the early leaders while adding to the woes of the traditional power Aces.Alaska has been reeling since the last conference, losing a 10th straight game overall.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 starsDespite Star winning its first game in this conference last week over Blackwater, 103-86, coach Chito Victolero pulled the plug on Cinmeon Bowers and quickly brought in Hill, who went undrafted in the last NBA proceedings despite a respectable collegiate career as a Fighting Illini.The 6-foot-6 Hill played 135 games for Illinois and scored over 1,800 points while grabbing 640 rebounds but still couldn’t catch the eye of NBA scouts. He was auditioning in the Summer League before deciding to play here. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

Aguilar, Ginebra escape Star despite costly foul and poor FT shooting

first_imgAlso, had the Kings lost the game, they would have likely blamed it to their horrible 12-of-30 free throw shooting.“Because of our missed free throws we kept them in the game. We just have to make our free throws and lessen our turnovers,” Aguilar said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Cardona makes PBA return with GlobalPort: ‘I feel like a rookie again’ MOST READ 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 “What I was trying for is to go over him. But he stopped, pulled back, and went for a pump-fake. He was able to foul bait me,” recalled the athletic forward.With Ginebra leading by three, 95-92, Aguilar fouled Hill, who was attempting a three-point shot with 0.6 tenths of a second left. 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 openingHill cooly made his free throws to send the game into overtime.Fortunately for Aguilar, he was able to atone for his mistake with a follow-up dunk in OT that sealed Ginebra’s sixth straight win. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Japeth Aguilar. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJapeth Aguilar could only heave that sigh of relief after Barangay Ginebra eked out a heart-stopping win over Star Sunday night.And he had every reason to feel relieved after almost costing the Gin Kings the game with a careless foul on Malcolm Hill at the last-second of regulation.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img “I’m proud of my teammates. As the match escalated, we picked each other up and helped each other. It was really a test of character for us,” he said after finishing with 12 points, nine rebounds, and two assists in 30 minutes of play.“We really got tested in this game. They really came out with ferocity. They played with fire and intensity.”Ginebra coach Tim Cone explained that there’s no reason for him to dwell on Aguilar’s play with the game still on the line.“It just happened. We were trying to switch out and we had Japeth out there specifically because he has the ability to switch out on smaller guys. So his instinct on a pump-fake is to jump for the shot, and he just went to his instincts,” Cone said.“Obviously, it wasn’t a good instinct and it wasn’t the right thing to do, but he just went to his instincts, and in those situations, you just gotta try to stay disciplined,” he added. “But it’s the last play of the game. There’s 15,000 people in the stadium and they’re screaming, and it’s Manila Clasico, so you just gotta move on from it. It’s not that big of a deal, but you just gotta move on.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more

Kunjarani Devi shocked by CWG mess

first_imgWeightlifter Kunjarani Devi has slammed the shoddy work for the Commonwealth Games (CWG), saying the level of under-preparedness had shocked her.”I wonder why we failed to deliver. I have never such under-preparedness ever in my life,” Kunjarani told Headlines Today, adding that she was ashamed of what was going on.The ace weightlifter said the CWG mess will affect India’s chances to bid for sporting events. “I don’t think we’ll get any big event, such as the Olympics, in the future,” she said.Kunjarani said she had come to the Games Village in August but wasn’t allowed to enter the premises.last_img

Ceiling collapse at CWG venue is ‘normal’ for AK Mattoo

first_imgCommonwealth Games Organising Committee treasurer A K Mattoo today found the false ceiling collapse incident at the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium complex “normal” and said there was no need to panic as such things can happen anywhere, anytime.Two-three tiles fell this morning from the ceiling of the stadium where the weightlifting event is scheduled to be held.Although no one received injury in the incident, it caused more embarrassment to the organisers and the government a day after an under-construction foot overbridge collapsed, injuring 27 labourers.”It can happen anywhere, anytime. These are normal. It’s a construction accident and it’s up to the engineers to see and rectify it. There are still 11 days to go before the inauguration of the Games and rectification can be done in less than that time,” Mattoo said.”We are sad that it happened but there is nothing beyond that. I’m confident people will come out in large numbers to witness the Games,” the OC official added.Today’s was the second incident of collapse in the past three days inside the stadium complex. On Monday, a canopy collapsed in which two police personnel, including an Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, suffered minor injuries.In another incident which took place yesterday outside the complex, an under-construction foot overbridge collapsed when labourers were engaged in work.Asked about why Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi is not coming out from the hiding and speaking to the media, Mattoo said, “That you (media) have to check with him, not me.”advertisement”I’m doing my job, you have to check with him and not to ask this to me,” he said.The Centre, the Delhi government and the CWG Organising Committee are under attack for the pace of preparations for the Games.last_img read more

CWG: All eyes on India-Pak hockey match

first_imgThere is nothing like a clash between India and Pakistan on the hockey field. As the two teams face off at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Sunday, it again brings into focus the stock of Indian hockey.Everyone knows that after the team failed to make it to the Beijing Olympics in 2008, there was outrage at home. People said coach Joaquim Caravalho should be booted out and that’s exactly what happened. Just after that, the KPS Gill-led Indian Hockey Federation was also ousted.Two-and-a-half years later, nothing much has changed in Indian hockey. One thought hiring a foreign coach would kill all the ills that plagued it. Men running the sport changed, coaches changed and Jose Brasa, who was supposed to be the miracle man, took charge.When India failed to do well in the World Cup in New Delhi at the start of the year, Brasa had said it was too early to expect results. But months later, after the hammering at the hands of the Aussies in the Games, all Brasa could come up with were lame excuses like lack of match practice. The travel schedule of the Indian hockey team, shows that the team has perhaps travelled to every nook and corner of the world. So how can Brasa say Indians “lack in match exposure”? It is the flimsiest excuse that can be offered.The clash against Pakistan will be watched with great interest on Sunday and tickets are hard to find. Pakistan will be keen to exact revenge after the way they lost to India at the same venue in the World Cup.advertisementBut the bigger picture is of how this Indian team has struggled to play with consistency. At a time when India has done well virtually in every other sport in the Commonwealth Games, men’s hockey has been absolutely low key.It brings into focus how, despite loads of money being spent on Brasa, nothing has been achieved. People in the know admit that Brasa is forever cribbing about what he has not got from Hockey India and how promises made to him have not been kept.Another lament of his is how the management does not let him choose the team he wants.Whichever way one looks at it, Brasa has been a big failure and has let down Indian hockey. The Guangzhou Asian Games in November will be Brasa’s last assignment.But the bigger question is, who will set Indian hockey right?last_img read more

BCCI to usher in changes for all-new season

first_imgChange is going to be the flavour of the 2012-13 Indian domestic cricket season. The new season, which begins in September, will bring along many alterations that will hopefully combine to raise the standard of the game in India.In the real sense, the prelude to the ‘season of change’ has well and truly begun, with many alterations being suggested/implemented to several aspects of domestic cricket. Be it the change in the Ranji Trophy format/points system or a fresh resolve to prepare sporting pitches, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is getting its act together.Also in the new season, the three regional academies are expected to start functioning even as the National Cricket Academy’s budget breaks the Rs 20-crore barrier. The BCCI has also decided to respect government rules on taxes and other legislation, and will not immediately challenge them, as it has been doing over the years.For the first time in many years, both the intent and purpose of the BCCI looks genuine. From a purely cricketing point of view, the changes in the Ranji Trophy format and the revised points system augur well. There have been demands to give the 12 teams in the lower division more opportunities to compete with stronger ones.Any change in the points system and teams’ groupings without providing sporting pitches will yield nothing. So, the BCCI has decided to take care of this important aspect too. And, as a first step, a three-week certification course for curators is currently being held in Mohali to assist them in embracing scientific methods and modern technology in preparing pitches, besides taking other required steps. “We will implement the new methods learnt here in our grounds for the upcoming seasons. The top layer of pitches are going to be changed,” Samandar Singh Chouhan, curator of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, told Mail Today from Mohali.advertisementAlso, the spadework for the smooth launch of the three regional academies is under way. Once the Rs 20-crore budget is passed by the working committee on Monday, the path will be paved for another big leap in honing the talent of youngsters as well as treating injured players at these centres, as NCA chairman MP Pandove, a former first-class player, envisages.Another laudable step is the move to check age fraud in junior cricket. On a proposal from veteran doctor Vece Paes, the BCCI has embraced the virtually fool-proof TW3 bone age maturation tests for boys under 16.This method has been accepted globally and it promises to end the debate over which method to embrace to ascertain that genuine boys are selected. All in all, the new domestic season is set to herald many changes that will, hopefully, raise the standard of domestic cricket, bring more transparency in selection, and provide more options to the national selectors while picking the various teams.===Scindia setting it straightJyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, president of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association.Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, president of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, is unlike the typical Indian sports administrator. As chairman of the BCCI’s finance committee he has brought a fresh, professional way of working to the Board.According to BCCI sources, Scindia means business whenever he conducts meetings of the finance committee. “He wants everything in order,” a source told MAIL TODAY. “More importantly, he doesn’t live off cricket. He doesn’t even accept Board’s allowances for attending meetings, like former president Shashank Manohar, who also used to spend from his pocket while travelling for Board’s meetings.”That Scindia, 41 and a member of Lok Sabha, has an MBA obviously adds to his strength. After graduating from Doon School, he attended Harvard University in the US and Stanford University, a graduate school of business, in California.Scindia at times asks hard questions even to his seniors in BCCI. One such occasion was the working committee meeting in December 2010, when he seemed to have ruffled some feathers.”Some of his questions are pinching. He asked questions pertaining to finances and they seemed to have annoyed some senior officials,” said someone who attended the meeting in Mumbai.”And now he wants to bring order to the working of the finance committee. For instance, he wants the associations to take advance subsidy and return it on time; basically, he wants a system in place,” he said. “He is very strict with accounts.”===With the Indian athletes set to compete at the Olympics, it is worth knowing how much money the government has spent on their preparation. According to the sports ministry, a total of Rs 135.29 crore have been spent so far on the contingent. Of this amount, Rs 65.05 crore have been used for the various coaching camps and Rs 70.24 crore on foreign exposure of the London-bound athletes. The shooters, widely considered among the best medal prospects, have received the lion’s share of the 16 sports disciplines in which India will be competing. Rs 22.72 crore have been spent on them while Rs 18.90 crore has been used to prepare the men’s hockey team, which has qualified after eight years.advertisementSolo SAI man for LondonDesh Deepak Verma.The upcoming Olympic Games in London must be the first occasion in a long time when a lone Sports Authority of India (SAI) official would be attending the greatest sports show on earth. Actually, SAI had forwarded a list containing a few more names but the government turned all of them down, barring that of director general Desh Deepak Verma, who joined the body in May last year. However, in less than a year Verma, a 1978 batch IAS officer from the Uttar Pradesh cadre, was transferred out of the SAI, on July 3. Verma has been promoted to the post of a secretary of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. Now, instead of him, SAI secretary Gopal Krishna, who is standing in for Verma, is likely to go to London for the 30th Olympics, said a SAI official. “I would have liked to go to watch the Olympics. But I won’t be going now,” said Verma.last_img read more

London Olympics: Just 3 physios in Indian contingent

first_imgThe 81-member Indian contingent for the London Olympics will have to do with only three physiotherapists.Only boxing and hockey contingents have physios of their own while one physio will be going from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and will be available for the rest of the athletes from 11 other disciplines. The 14-member athletics team and five wrestlers do not have dedicated physios. The athletics federation did not ask for any physio as they had to accommodate coaches and one doctor in their quota of seven support staff.Some athletes sponsored by Mittal Champions Trust (MCT) had requested Englishman Patrick Kenny on board and, as such, he will be given daily passes for the Games Village.IOA president VK Malhotra said they have done everything to accommodate the request of the federations. “Besides the physio from IOA, the two others will also help other athletes once they are through with their respective teams. We have decided to give Patrick Kenny daily passes that will allow him access to the Games Village. Then there are masseurs and doctors available at the Games Village,” he said.The wrestlers will now use the services of Kenny as, barring Sushil Kumar, all of them are MCT-sponsored. “During the World Championships last year, we asked him to help out Sushil and he agreed. So, we can do with Kenny,” said chief coach Vinod Kumar.last_img read more

A title and second-place in tow, Saina Nehwal returns from ‘satisfactory’ Europe leg of BWF events

first_imgAce Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal returned to Hyderabad after two creditable finishes in the European leg of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Super Series tournaments.Saina, who won bronze medal at the London Olympics this year, won the Denmark Open title last week, making it her fourth consecutive title victory. However, she could followed that up with only a runner-up finish at the French Open, as the World No. 3 lost tamely to Japanese Minatsu Mitani in the final.The year 2012 has been a rewarding one for Saina with title triumphs in Switzerland, Thailand, Indonesia and Denmark, besides the Olympic medal. She is expected to return to action at the Hong Kong Open beginning November 20.Satisfied with her performance in Europe, Saina said, “I am very happy to have played so well in Denmark and France and now I will be concentrating on Hong Kong Open. I’m very happy to have won in Denmark…happy with the way I played.”last_img read more

Without Bernadeth Pons, new era begins for FEU Lady Tamaraws

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening “The heart of Ebon is just different from the other rookies and you can see that she’s really a leader.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “Of course we’ve moved on and we can’t rely on just one player to carry us because teamwork is really important for us,” said Pascua in Filipino during the team’s practice Wednesday at FEU.Pascua said captain Jerrili Malabanan and other veterans such as Kyle Negrito and Heather Guino-o can take the leadership mantle for the coming season.The fun-loving mentor is also looking forward to rookie Lycha Ebon to make an immediate impact for the team since she’s playing the same outside hitter position that Pons once played with the Lady Tamaraws.“We have veterans like Jer, Kyle, and Heather, then there’s also Ebon and all of those guys were once leaders in high school,” said Pascua. “Ebon just has to go through a little adjustment with the team.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Robert Bolick explodes for 26 in debut, leads NorthPort to rout of Blackwater Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It’s a new area for Far Eastern University as it enters the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament without leader Bernadeth Pons.Pons bid goodbye to the team after Season 80 where she led the Lady Tamaraws to a runner-up finish, the highest FEU has placed in the tournament since winning the title in Season 70.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The absence of Pons is an obvious blow to the Lady Tamaraws, who have relied on their talisman for the better part of two years, but head coach George Pascua said his squad has slowly moved on from it.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 starslast_img read more