Sablan hopeful UST will turn its fortunes around

first_imgE.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES Although UST did not erase the deficit in one defining run, the Growling Tigers did outscore the Blue Eagles 33-12 from the middle of the third to midway through the fourth.This was a small victory for Sablan, who sees it as the building block heading into the team’s breakthrough win in the season.“I’m happy with my team because even when we were down big, we still fought hard and in the end we just lost steam,” said Sablan. “We have five losses but we kept fighting. This is the hardest game because we fought back from 22 down to just one.”“That first win will come, I don’t know when but it will come at the right time.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Norwood, Rain or Shine clamp down on TNT import Rice Read Next View comments UST may have lost to Ateneo, 94-84, in a frustrating fashion Wednesday to dig a deeper hole at 0-5, but coach Boy Sablan liked what he saw from his wards.The Growling Tigers were in a 22-point hole, 69-47, in the third quarter but managed to run back in the fourth and cut the deficit to 81-80 before the Blue Eagles closed the game on a 13-3 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“What they did, coming back from a 22-point, anyone will surely get a huge confidence boost from what happened,” said Sablan in Filipino.“Our first win is upon us. The whole team is praying and hoping that the next games would be a different round for us.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAs far as sports are concerned, moral victories never appear on a stat sheet.But for University of Santo Tomas head coach Boy Sablan, those intangible moments would yield something concrete soon enough.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

Paging Sen. Pacquiao: Mr. Roach calling, calling

first_imgSo who faulted?Pacquiao would cry he had been set up following the monumental upset by Horn.There were claims Roach failed to demand attention from the fight referee while Horn proceeded to foul and manhandle Pacquiao during the championship.There was nothing clear. But there’s a big possibility Pacquiao would not be seeing action in the April 14 card Top Rank has prepared for him.Pacquiao has not communicated with Arum after it was announced he has been billed to fight former world champion Mike Alvarado. Pacquiao had said he would rather clash with Argentine punching machine Lucas Matthysse, reigning WBA welterweight champion.Top Rank announced Arum might end up tapping IBF super flyweight Jerwin Ancajas to fight in the cofeature to the Horn title defense against the unbeaten sensation Terence Crawford.Latest word from the Pacquiao camp said the fighting senator will not fight in the Arum April 14 card. Pacquiao’s office said the eight-division world title winner finds it “insulting” to fight in a nonheadlining event. LATEST STORIES Read Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Based on an eyewitness account, the two prominent world boxing figures failed to communicate.Roach was left to cool his heels, while Pacquiao busied himself in front of the mirror, attending to his hairdo.It was a very awkward situation for both.It took long, but the rift was more or less confirmed following Roach’s claim of Pacquiao’s continued disregard.Veteran promoter Bob Arum, and all those involved with the Pacquiao career, have remained puzzled.Did this start with Roach’s obvious mishandling of the crucial situation when he kept calling for a knockout in the championship rounds against Horn?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 City Needless to say, the Hall-of-Fame boxing coach chiefly credited with charting Pacquiao’s path to boxing superstardom is at a loss.Roach told Pugmire he has called Pacquiao at least five times. He got no reply.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMaybe he has changed his phone number? Roach wondered.Pacquiao was last seen with Roach in Brisbane last July. The scene was inside the dugout, after Pacquiao had lost his WBO welterweight crown to Australian Jeff Horn. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacquiao eyes comeback fight in Kuala Lumpur, says source John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Boxer Manny Pacquiao (L) and coach Freddie Roach. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netIn a report by the eminent Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, it was asked if Freddie Roach has been fired as trainer of Filipino world boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.The same report wondered if Pacquiao’s boyhood ally and longtime Roach deputy Buboy Fernandez has been promoted to full-time trainer.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Gritty Manila volleybelles drag unbeaten Thais to 4 sets

first_imgBREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Diego shares Jr chess lead Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR 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 BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ UST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan—Playing an inspired game, Rebisco PSL Manila stood up to title favorite Supreme of Thailand before surrendering a 25-20, 25-12, 18-25, 27-25 decision Monday in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship.It was the Filipinos’ fourth straight defeat but one that won them the admiration of the big crowd at Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace. The spectators cheered them as they displayed grit and spunk against the unbeaten Thais.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Were it not for a questionable call by the referee at first match point 24-22—he called a Thai hit a touched ball when it was clearly long—the game could have a different ending.“The referee’s call was bad,” said Vicente, looking back at the match clincher. “But we played well.”Santiago scored 22 points, while Gonzaga and Marano finished with 14 and 13, respectively.The Philippines had more blocks, 10-8, and service aces, 7-2, against the Thais.Kim Fajardo dished out 84 excellent sets compared to Parinya Pankeaw’s 70 of the Thai club, while Rebisco had more excellent receives, 10-8.ADVERTISEMENT The Philippines still has a chance to nail fifth place—the best it got here with foreign reinforcements was seventh—if it wins its last two assignments.“We did a great job,” said national coach Francis Vicente, who had at least two pep talks with his players before the match.“The game went well and you know that the game flows well when we support each other.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Filipinos, led by top scorers Jaja Santiago, Jovelyn Gonzaga and Aby Maraño, put the Thais on their toes as they dominated the third set after dropping the first two.“I hope the team realizes how strong it is,” said Vicente.“They fought toe-to-toe with a world-class team. That means they are also world-class.”last_img read more

Holloway ‘perfect fit’ for GlobalPort, says Pumaren

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Globalport averts disaster, holds off Phoenix MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant READ: One and done: Trawick plays first and last gamePumaren had high praise for Holloway, who also excels in a different sport.“He’s a former NFL player. That’s why despite his size, he’s agile and fleet-footed,” said Pumaren. “He showed a glimpse of what he can do.”Holloway was signed to play tight end for the Baltimore Ravens in the National Football League (NFL) in May 2013 but was cut four days later.“I guess we found the perfect fit for us.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo PBA IMAGESMurphy Holloway was exactly what GlobalPort was looking for in an import.Holloway provided the muscle and inside presence on both ends, bullying his way to 29 points, 26 rebounds, two steals and three blocks in close to 42 minutes of action.ADVERTISEMENT Despite Holloway’s gaudy numbers in his PBA debut, his head coach Franz Pumaren said the stocky forward’s best is yet to come after joining the team just five days ago.READ: Globalport averts disaster, holds off PhoenixFEATURED 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“Our import just arrived last Friday. He only practiced with us for only a couple of minutes. He practiced a little with us yesterday because he was throwing up. Despite that, he pushed himself to finish the game,” said Pumaren after the Batang Pier held off the Phoenix Fuel Masters, 100-91, on Wednesday night.The 27-year-old Holloway replaced Jabril Trawick, who played his first and last game on Friday after scoring just three points in a loss to Rain or Shine. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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

Pencak Silat: PH finishes 6th in men’s doubles

first_imgAlfau Jan Abad and Alhohaidib Abad of the Philippines perform during the Pencak Silat double final of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYAlfau Jan Abad and Almohaidib Abad failed to make the podium in seni ganda (artistry men’s doubles) at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Thursday at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Malaysia.The Filipino duo only wound up sixth in seven teams that participated after wounding up with 529 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Host Malaysia won the gold medal, Indonesia got the silver, and Singapore claimed the bronze in the event.Almohaidib Abad can still claim the Philippines a medal as he participates in seni tunggal (artistry men’s singles) on Saturday.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 opening View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Blazing Teodoro carries JRU past San Sebastian Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

Conference Profile

first_imgWelcome to the India Today Conclave – an international forum for ideas & debate presented by South Asia’s most influential weekly magazine India Today. The Conclave has, over the past eight years, established itself as a gathering of the finest minds from government, politics, business, science & technology, religion and academia to sport, the arts & entertainment and has become one of the most sought after international engagements.A unique concept, the India Today Conclave has been an enriching journey right from the start. The issues that have been debated and documented over the past eight Conclaves have been significant.In 2002, the theme “India Tomorrow: Opportunities and Threats” explored the implications of geopolitical and strategic implications of the turmoil for South Asia on governance, security and the economy of the region.Leaders of government and business, analysts and representatives of thinktanks led by The Honorable Al Gore, 45th Vice-President of the United States of America; L.K. Advani, Home Minister of India; Jaswant Singh, Minister for External Affairs, India; Farooq Abdullah, Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, India; Bimal Jalan, Governor, Reserve Bank of India; Stanley Fischer, First Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund; and Laurence J. Brahm, CEO, Naga Group/Author, China Investment specialist, were present from India and around the world at the inaugural forum.In 2003, President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, 42nd US President William Jefferson Clinton, Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and futurist Alvin Toffler exchanged views on “India Tomorrow 2003: Giant Or Pygmy”, and in the process explored the immense potential of India in relation to its performance in geopolitics and diplomacy, global access for business, market performance and governance.advertisementClinton’s speech focused on the core topic and the former President set the tone for his discourse by stating upfront that “the world cannot afford for India to be a pygmy. You have to be a giant and you have to be the right kind of a giant”.The following year, Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf, US Secretary of State Collin Powell, Historian Paul Kennedy and many others addressed the India Today Conclave 2004 and spoke on how best we could go about “Building An Indian Century”. Among the other speakers were Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Reliance MD Mukesh Ambani.The year 2005 saw a convergence of key decision-makers and opinion-makers. From US Senator Hillary Clinton and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai to Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, Nobel Laureate V.S. Naipaul and Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravisankar, a diverse spectrum of minds argued in Conclave 2005 about the stereotype images India was clouded with and how the “Perception Versus Reality” could be altered.The 2006 Conclave titled “Bridging The Divide” generated a mix of ideas from former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan to Economist Hernando de Sotoand. Conclave 2006 became a host of issues that gave a new direction to help India play a role in the new world order.In 2007, India Today Conclave looked at the “Challenges For The Brave New World” and speakers such as Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, Former President of Iran Hujjat-ul-Islam Seyed Mohammad Khatami, Nobel Peace Laureate Dr Wangari Maathai and Dr Andrew T. Weil made Conclave 2007 a powerhouse of ideas that offered solutions and identified the next big forces and global trends.In 2008, the theme “Leadership for the 21st Century” was a logical extension of the 2007 theme. This congregation of leaders from various fields – Al Gore, 45th Vice-President of the United States of America; 42nd President USA William Jefferson Clinton; Dr J. Craig Venter, the pioneer of Genomic Research; Union Finance Minister of India P. Chidambaram; Chief Ministers from Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh; and Corporate & Business Leaders such as Mukesh Ambani, Sunil Bharti Mittal and Wim F. Elfrink focused on Leadership that would gaze beyond short-term objectives.The India Today Conclave 2009 addressed the subject of “Challenges of Change”.India, one of the most stoic victim states of terrorism with a religious tag, can no longer remain a passive power where national security is subordinated to political expediency. The war on terror is a war within as well, for we have to change ourselves to be better warriors. Change in our political culture and change in our perception of the enemy. And it is not an Indian story alone. In every terrorist attack, only the site is local; the grief, the fear and even the victimhood are global.India Today Conclave 2009 discussed & debated matters that called for sweeping changes in India and the world.advertisementThe theme for Conclave 2010 is “New Decade: Great Expectations”and its scope is intended to be predictive, projecting what lies ahead. For this purpose Leaders & Thinkers from across the world have already signed on to congregate in New Delhi on March 12 & 13, 2010, to debate and discuss the problems and excesses of the past years & the hopes and possibilities that the brand new decade brings.For details related to participation please click on registration page or email us at conclavedesk@intoday.com or call us at (011) 23731481/23731402.last_img read more

It’s a Bowler’s Cup

first_imgIan BishopEveryone loves to see his or her home team win the World Cup and I’m no exception. Having said that, I can’t say for sure that current West Indies team has the potential to become the 2011 champion. If they fancy their chances, they will have to bowl really well. Their bowling lacks the firepower.Of course, the team can boast of some world class batsmen such as Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. But the problem is these players are not consistent enough. Chanderpaul is an experienced player but his form is a worry. That Dwayne Bravo is now out of the tournament because of his knee injury is a huge blow to the team.Among bowlers, Kemar Roach has the potential to penetrate into any batting line-up. Though his hat-trick came against the Netherlands, it shows his ability. Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn can prove useful on sub-continent tracks.Darren BravoIt’s sad to see the slide of the West Indies team which was once the most formidable side in the world. The team was full of superstars in the 1980s. It’s not that the current players are not talented. But they have not been nurtured the way they should have been. It makes no sense to play blame game now; we all are responsible for this collapse. We must put a good structure in place immediately and do our best for uplift of the game in our country.If I have to pick four game changers in the current West Indies team, they are Gayle, Darren Bravo, Roach and Sarwan. The three teams that have a real chance to win the Cup are India, South Africa and Australia. South Africa have a strong bowling unit and their batting is very experienced. I did not pick Australia at the start of the tournament, but now I can see potential in their bowling. India have to win the Cup on their batting prowess. I love to watch Virender Sehwag play as much as I enjoy Darren Bravo’s batting.advertisementHaving played my last World Cup in India, I can say that any team with a decent batting line-up will put up a good score here, but only the teams with a penetrating bowling attack will be successful in this tournament.Ian Bishop is a former West Indian fast bowler. He spoke to Kaushik Deka. PITCH REPORTIrish LegendWhen Ireland beat Pakistan at Kingston in 2007, many smelt a rat. But on March 2, at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore the crowd rose to applaud Kevin O’Brien’s 50-ball century-fastest in the World Cup history. Ireland were floundering at 106 for 4 when he came out to bat, but O’Brien, 27, clobbered 13 fours and six sixes to help his team successfully chase England’s mammoth total of 327.”Just had a lovely lunch with Siddharth Mallya and Deepika Padukone. Thanks for picking up the bill Deepika…”Kevin Pietersen, England batsmanCapital PunishmentICC CEO Haroon Logart got a taste of Delhi police’s hospitality when he came to watch the South Africa vs West Indies match on February 24. Logart was not allowed in to the Kotla ground for 40 minutes. He came without his accreditation card and the policemen did not recognise him. He was made to wait with the crowd. Logart threatened to take away the remaining games from Delhi. He has not kept his word though.last_img read more

Govt decides to shift Arunima to AIIMS

first_imgWith growing public outcry over the sub-standard medical treatment given to national volleyball player Arunima Sinha, the government has finally decided to shift her to AIIMS in Delhi. Minister of State for Sports Ajay Maken is in Lucknow along with a team of experts, who decided to shift Arunima to ensure she gets proper medical care. The government has decide to bear all expenses of Arunima. Besides Rs 2 lakh given to her by the sports ministry, the state government and railways have offered her jobs. Arunima, 23, lost a leg after she was pushed off a moving train by robbers when she resisted chain-snatching by them. She underwent a second surgery at Lucknow’s Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University on Sunday, due to an infection in the amputated limb. She was shifted from Bareilly District Hospital on Saturday noon after developing multiple complications. Besides swelling and infection, Arunima’s hemoglobin levels plummeted due to excessive bleeding. This necessitated an emergency blood transfusion on Saturday night. She has been given two bottles of blood since she was admitted to the Lucknow hospital.last_img read more

IP 2011: Table-toppers Mumbai take on bottom-ranked Punjab

first_imgAssured of a berth in the play-offs, table-toppers Mumbai Indians will start outright favourites when they take on bottom-ranked Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League encounter at the PCA stadium in Mohali on Tuesday.It is going to be a tall order for the Adam Gilchrist- led Kings to face Mumbai, a side coming into this game with eight wins from 10 matches.The win at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday against Delhi Daredevils propelled Mumbai to the top of the points table with 16 points from 10 games and booked them a berth in the play-off stage of the Twenty20 tournament.Mumbai have been in terrific form with all-round performances putting them way ahead of the rest of the teams in the competition.They suffered a hiccup against the Rajasthan Royals earlier, but Tendulkar ensured that the side bounced back quickly defeating Kings XI in a home match.Apart from the 38-year-old Tendulkar, in-form Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma have shown the ability to tear apart any bowling attack, which in Punjab’s case has been the weak link.Aiden Blizzard, who blasted 37 in 23 balls in last game, can also be dangerous. Kieron Pollard is an asset for Mumbai with his all- round abilities and his athleticism on the field has impressed all.Mumbai’s bowling has also been quite good, with Sri Lankan import Lasith Malinga being the highest wicket- taker with 24 scalps. Medium pacer Munaf Patel and off spinner Harbhajan Singh have also been taking wickets.Finding themselves on the opposite end of the points table after a five- wicket defeat against the Pune Warriors, Kings XI have been struggling in the tournament and have managed just three wins from nine games.advertisementKings XI, which had managed to reach the semi-finals in the opening edition of the IPL, have had an ordinary run in the successive editions.After impressing all with his heroics, opener Paul Valthaty has not been able to maintain consistency and the same has been true for skipper Gilchrist.Gilchrist’s compatriot Shaun Marsh is the key batsman Punjab and on his day he can single- handedly lead the attack but it will remains to be seen how he tackles the in- form Malinga’s pace.Punjab had made wholesale changes in the game against Pune and it will be interesting see what combination they play on Tuesday.Punjab’s bowling has looked ordinary forcing the side make changes. Key bowler Praveen Kumar came good against Pune and Punjab would be hoping he does well against Mumbai also.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

Nightmare on Patna’s Streets

first_imgShe was a pretty girl studying in Class IX. The sight of Prashant Jha, a ‘cute’ senior in Class XI of the same Patna school, would set her heart aflutter. His mobike was an object of envy, and when he asked her out, she would be happy to skip classes for long drives riding pillion.Two years since she first saw him in 2010, their relationship blossomed. Priya was sure she and Prashant (all names changed) were made for each other. With marriage in mind, she paid no attention to the many rumours of Prashant’s affairs.Prashant had other ideas. In June 2012, when his parents decided to send him to Delhi for higher studies, he planned to dump her. But not before satisfying his friends’ requests, of ‘sharing’ his girlfriend with them. On June 14, he asked Priya to his friend Sushant’s home in Rambha Apartments in Rajvanshinagar, Patna.There, as the 17-year-old fought and pleaded, Prashant laughed away as he invited his friends Rahul Lamba and Rahul alias Ranvijay to strip her naked. They took turns to rape her and filmed the act on a cellphone. Priya says she knew the other rapists-both school seniors-whose sexual innuendos she had ignored in the past as they were Prashant’s buddies.The boys shot a 43-minute graphic video, which was uploaded from a cyber caf in late June. Arman, 15, Prashant’s junior, was the first to get the link. He promptly demanded sexual favours from Priya. A week later, Lamba summoned Priya to a cyber caf, showed her the clip, and promised to destroy it if she visited the apartment once again. He told her “Sushant bhaiya” would inform her parents and the police if she did not turn up. Inevitably, when she did visit the flat, Lamba and 26-year-old Sushant raped her again. Emboldened, they called her over once again a few days later. That is when she finally mustered the courage to refuse them.Two months on, Priya wakes up in dread in the middle of the night. Hers is a nightmare built on an even more horrifying reality; her family thinks she has brought them dishonour. A traumatised Priya has cut herself off from the world. She has deleted her Facebook account and switched off her cellphone. Her friends have been told not to meet the “disgraced girl”. “I can’t come out of it. I trusted him so much,” says Priya in a broken voice.The tables were turned when an FIR was finally registered on July 24 after the Bihar Women’s Commission (BWC) tracked Priya down and forwarded her statement to the DGP. “Her family was reticent about filing a case. She is still very vulnerable. We want the government and society to support her,” says Kahkashan Parveen, chairperson, BWC.The Patna police have arrested Arman, Prashant, Ranvijay, Lamba, Sushant and his 27-year-old domestic help Dinesh. Prashant and Arman are now lodged at a juvenile home, the rest in Beur Jail.The video is so horrific that it would probably shock even a nation with a sordid track record of 69 rapes a day. The National Crime Records Bureau says 25,125 rapes were recorded in 2011. Priya is the victim of a disturbing new trend of teen rapes. In 2011, teenagers committed 1,149 rapes and 1,231 teens were arrested in connection with them. Rape accounts for a majority of teen crimes. Worse still, of the hundreds of rapists who prey on teens, more than a third are themselves juveniles.With teens exposed to more conflicting information and explicit images of sex than ever before, from movies to the Internet, inappropriate sexual behaviour is probably only to be expected, what with no proper counselling, education or the like in place.”It’s never too soon. We can’t wait for teens to ask questions on sex to discuss the subject with them. The growing obsession among teens is surely a parenting issue,” says Dr Hetukar Jha, noted Patna-based sociologist. On a social network, Lamba cites “bed games” as his favourite sport, and describes himself as someone who likes drinking, partying and the company of girls. Prashant’s mother acknowledges her son’s criminal tendencies. In fact, she had wanted to send her son to Delhi in the hope that the relocation would mend his ways.”Sex offenders are very good at manipulating and deceiving others,” says a policeman. Already, all the rapists have offered to marry Priya, in the hope that this would secure them their freedom. Besides, Prashant, whose school leaving certificate mentions his date of birth as March 26, 1994, has managed to fool the police and secure a stay in a juvenile home instead of jail.”As a society, we tend to gloss over juvenile crimes. But we need to understand that most of these criminals return to their predatory ways. Often, this escalates in cruelty and regularity,” says Chandramukhi Devi, BWC member. With horrific cases like that of the teen arrested in Mumbai last year, who had names of his seven victims tattooed on his body, India might be awakening to a bitter, new reality.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Ex-PBA star Adducul joins Blackwater as ‘teacher’ for Elite big men

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Ular making a name for himself in MPBL 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 “It’s just nice to be back again,” said Adducul who also had memorable stints with the national squad. “Fortunately, coach Bong gave me an opportunity to teach their big men.”“We do skills training an hour before the regular practices,” said the former NorthPort assistant coach in Filipino. “Every time I’m seeing something off, or something they could improve, I point it out.”And Tratter is enjoying the education.“Actually, when there were talks when he was coming in I actually [checked] YouTube,” he said. “There’s not a lot of clips of him. But I’ve seen his presence inside and it’s crazy.”Aside from Erram, Blackwater also lost playmaker Paul Zamar, who recently signed with San Miguel Beer. The Elite are also set to ship rising guard John Pinto to Phoenix for two role players after problems with contract negotiations.ADVERTISEMENT Rommel AdduculBlackwater is faced with an “interior” dilemma following JP Erram’s exit and the absence of Rabeh al-Hussaini.But like it has done in the past, the Elite will make do with what they have when the 44th season of the PBA comes off wraps next week.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Elite, though, still have old reliables Allein Maliksi, Mac Belo, Raymar Jose, along with newcomers Tratter, Desiderio and another UP product, Diego Dario. MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Rookie Abu Tratter, acquired in the deal that shipped out Erram, is projected to start at center for Blackwater, and a very familiar face will help his transition to the pros.Rommel Adducul, one of the finest big men to ever set foot in the PBA, has been tapped to help the big men of the Elite sharpen their skills.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“He’s been with us since even before Dec. 27,” coach Bong Ramos told reporters on Saturday. “He’ll have a big impact on this team, especially now that we have a shortage of big men.”Erram, a 6-foot-8 versatile big man, was dealt to NLEX for first-round picks Paul Desiderio and Tratter, while Al-Hussaini, Erram’s chief reliever, has yet to report for work. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Dwyane Wade hits 500th 3, joins Michael Jordan, LeBron James on elite list

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Heat, trying to win for the 13th time in their last 18 games, trailed Atlanta by 21 points late in the third Sunday.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 stars US basketball player says Milan police racially profiled him MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 20: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on during the playing of the national anthem prior to the game against the Charlotte Hornets at American Airlines Arena on October 20, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFPATLANTA — Dwyane Wade made his 500th career 3-pointer in the third quarter to join Michael Jordan and LeBron James on an elite list.On a miserable shooting night for Miami — the Heat had missed 20 of their first 22 attempts beyond the arc — Wade joined Jordan and James as the only players in NBA history with at least 20,000 points, 5,000 assists, 4,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals, 800 blocks and 500 3s.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

FIFA bans Barcelona from signing players for two transfer windows

first_imgBarcelona will be banned from registering players during the next two transfer windowsBarcelona have lost an appeal against a decision to ban them from the transfer market for two consecutive windows, soccer’s world governing body FIFA said in a statement on Wednesday.As a result, Barca, who were found guilty of breaching rules on the international transfer of under-18 players, will be banned from registering players during the next transfer window in January as well as the 2015 summer window, FIFA said.FIFA also rejected Barcelona’s appeal against a 450,000 Swiss francs (493,637 dollars) fine and have been given 90 days to regularise the situation off all the minor players concerned, the governing body said.The ban was originally imposed in April and would have covered the current transfer window, followed by the next one in January.However, Barcelona appealed later the same month and the ban was lifted pending the outcome of the disciplinary process.Barca have since signed Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, himself serving a four-month ban from football, for 65 million pounds ($108.18 million), Belgium centre back Thomas Vermaelen, France defender Jeremy Mathieu and Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic.”The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to? confirm in their entirety the decisions rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in the respective cases relating to the protection of minors,” said FIFA in a statement.”FC Barcelona is to serve a transfer ban which will see the club prevented from registering any players at both national and international level for two complete and consecutive transfer periods, starting with the next registration period (January 2015).”advertisementThe Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) also lost its appeal against a 500,000 Swiss francs fine, FIFA said.”The RFEF has been ordered to pay a fine of CHF 500,000 and granted a period of one year in which to regularise their regulatory framework and existing system concerning the international transfer of minors in football.”last_img read more

Andy Murray will put ‘heart and soul’ into return, says mom Judy

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 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 The former world number one announced at an emotional press conference ahead of the Australian Open in January that he planned to retire after Wimbledon but was more hopeful following a remarkable five-set defeat by Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round.No player has come back from the same operation to play singles but American Bob Bryan recently returned in doubles and won an ATP Tour title in Delray Beach last month with his brother Mike.Bryan said in Australia that he no longer felt any pain and backed Murray to follow him by making a comeback.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endcenter_img Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates after winning the the third set tie-breaker against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)Andy Murray will put his “heart and soul” into trying to return to professional tennis, his mother Judy has said, although she admitted the player’s future is unclear.The 31-year-old underwent hip resurfacing surgery at the end of January in a final throw of the dice to try to overcome the problem that first became a serious issue in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte South Korea sends World Cup bid plan to North The operation was performed primarily to improve his quality of life, with Murray revealing that he struggled simply to put on his socks and shoes, but also offered a potential route back to the sport.“He is doing pretty well. It is not that long since he had the operation and time will tell,” Judy Murray told Sky Sports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Nobody knows how he is going to recover in the longer term. He is in a good place mentally and we just keep our fingers crossed.“But I tell you, if anybody can do it he can because he will put his heart and soul into it like he does with everything.” View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

No. 22 Auburn routs 8th-ranked Tennessee for SEC title

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Auburn’s Malik Dunbar celebrates after defeating Tennessee in the championship game of the NCAA Southeastern Conference basketball tournament Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Auburn won 84-64. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Auburn Tigers are taking home their first Southeastern Conference Tournament championship since 1985 and aren’t satisfied.Not with the NCAA Tournament up next.ADVERTISEMENT Now Pearl has his first SEC Tournament title at the expense of the first team he coached in the league.“I get no greater pleasure in beating Tennessee for this SEC championship because I spent so many wonderful years as a Tennessee Vol,” Pearl said. “Got great respect for their fans and program, their tradition in basketball.”On the court, Pearl thanked SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey for forgiving him and letting him return to the league as a coach. Pearl was still under an NCAA show cause penalty when Auburn hired him in 2014 for violations committed when he was at Tennessee. He was fired in 2011 for lying to NCAA investigators about a cookout he held for recruits.“I hope the SEC’s better with me in it,” Pearl said.Tennessee (29-5) likely cost itself any chance at the program’s first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Vols will have to win their first-round game to reach 30 victories for only the second time in school history.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Tennessee: The Vols had not lost a rematch in the regular season, going 5-0 in such games in each of the past two seasons. This game came a week after the Vols lost at Auburn. The Vols’ drought without a SEC tourney title, last won in 1979, will stretch to at least 41 years.BROWN’S BACKBrown had struggled in the first half of games at this tournament and said after Auburn’s win over Florida in the semifinals that he knew he would have to start faster in the championship game. The senior guard did just that. He was 4-of-8 shooting with 11 points, and Auburn needed his production with Harper limited to two minutes in the first half because of foul trouble.QUOTABLE“The fact is we weren’t very good,” Barnes said.UP NEXTAuburn is cruising into its second straight NCAA Tournament.Tennessee makes its second straight NCAA Tournament. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Google Philippines names new country director “Now it’s time to play for the big one,” Tennessee senior Admiral Schofield said after being held to a season-low four points.Chuma Okeke scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds for Auburn, and Danjel Purifoy added 10. Junior guard Jared Harper, Auburn’s second-leading scorer, went 1 for 11 and had nine points.Lamonte’ Turner led Tennessee with 24 points. Grant Williams, the two-time SEC player of the year, was held to 13. Jordan Bone had 11 and Jordan Bowden scored 10.Tennessee struggled to bounce back after an emotional win over No. 4 Kentucky in the semifinals. Coach Rick Barnes said he told his assistants the Vols looked a little drained at the start.“We just came out with no energy,” Williams said. “We came out like we expected things to happen. It’s hard to bounce back from that, especially how Auburn plays, how explosive they can be, especially when they start making shots.”The Tigers also became only the third team this season to lead Tennessee by double digits. Tennessee led 17-13 with 11:09 left on a pull-up jumper by Jordan Bowden. Then the Vols went cold, making only two buckets the rest of the half.Auburn heated up with the Tigers’ defense helping them turn the Vols over and over. The Tigers scored 16 straight points in a run that featured a pair of 3s from Brown. A free throw by Horace Spencer capped the spurt with 3:58 left and a 31-18 advantage. Auburn led 32-23 at halftime.The team that just set the SEC record for 3s made in a season hit 6 of 12 outside the arc to push that lead further. By the time Austin Wiley finished off a three-point play with 11:22 to go, the Tigers led 56-34.BIG PICTUREAuburn: The Tigers get so much attention for how they shoot 3s, but they also are fifth in the nation in steals per game. They came up with 14 steals in forcing 17 turnovers and had a 21-11 scoring edge off turnovers. … The Tigers also got the most minutes yet from Wiley, coming off an injured lower right leg. He missed five games, including the Tigers’ tournament-opening win over Missouri. Copeland, Yale beat Harvard for Ivy League title, NCAA berth MOST READ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Bryce Brown scored 19 points, and Auburn won the SEC Tournament title by routing eighth-ranked Tennessee 84-64 on Sunday.“We still have a lot more to prove, a lot more to accomplish as a team,” said Brown, a senior guard who hadn’t won an SEC Tournament game before this week.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, logisticsNo. 22 Auburn (26-9) hadn’t even played for the title since 2000, and the fifth-seeded Tigers won their fourth game in as many days to capture only the second SEC Tournament championship in program history. The Tigers now have won eight straight and 10 of their last 11 heading into the NCAA Tournament.Better yet, Auburn and coach Bruce Pearl have become the nemesis to his old program, beating Tennessee three straight times. Auburn ruined Tennessee’s hopes of winning back-to-back SEC regular-season titles for the first time with an 84-80 win to wrap up the season a week ago, and the Tigers also are the last team to beat Tennessee in Knoxville. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag View commentslast_img read more

Terrence Romeo stars as San Miguel blows out Phoenix, nears finals berth

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—The technical fouls kept coming and so were 3-pointers from Terrence Romeo.ADVERTISEMENT Scuffle breaks out anew between Phoenix, San Miguel MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Romeo took over in the third quarter and San Miguel Beer steamrolled Phoenix, 114-91, in another rough-and-tumble Philippine Cup semifinals duel for a 3-1 series lead Tuesday night at Cuneta Astrodome.The explosive guard erupted for 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from distance after going scoreless in the first half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRomeo alone outscored the Fuel Masters in the third quarter, where the Beermen dominated, 30-15.San Miguel looks to close out Phoenix on Thursday at the same venue. ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:15Terrence Romeo wiping Jeron Teng’s hand with his spit in UAAP semis01:08Romeo credits team effort for Gilas comeback win02:42PH 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 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The game saw two ejections and a ton of technical fouls called against both teams.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

F2 Logistics sets up PSL Grand Prix finals showdown vs Petron

first_imgMOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lindsay Stalzer F2 over Sasa Devanadera and Jasmine Nabor PLDT. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines–It’s going to be Petron against F2 Logistics after they finished off their respective semifinals opponents in similar sweeping fashion Thursday night in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Center.F2 Logistics disposed of PLDT, 26-24, 26-24, 25-17, in Game 2 of their best-of-three semis series.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess San Miguel back in PBA Philippine Cup finals anew after ousting Phoenix View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles That earned the Cargo Movers a spot in the finals, squaring off with the Blaze Spikers for the finals for the fifth time. Game 1 is slated Tuesday.But unlike Petron, which scored an easy 23-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-21 win over Cignal HD, F2 Logistics faced set points in the first two sets scrambling plays before cutting down PLDT.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe frustration proved unbearable for PLDT coach Roger Gorayeb who went off the court in the third just as F2 Logistics was making the decisive move.last_img read more

Kyrie Irving, Al Horford lead Celtics past Bucks in opener

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Jaylen Brown chipped in with 19 points and Gordon Hayward had 13 off the bench for the Celtics.Antetokounmpo scored 22 points but shot just 7 for 21. He didn’t make his first field goal until the first minute of the second quarter.“It was one of the toughest losses we’ve ever had, all season, especially at home,” Antetokounmpo said.Game 2 is Tuesday in Milwaukee.Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer is expecting his star player to bounce back.ADVERTISEMENT Antetokounmpo corralled the ball and went up a second time only to be met by Horford again, who this time spiked the ball to the court.The Celtics clamped down on Antetokounmpo all game and cruised past the Bucks, 112-90.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“Our focus was to make sure that we just made it tough on him every time, just making sure he earned everything he got,” Horford said. “I felt like we did a pretty good job of that.”Kyrie Irving had 26 points and 11 assists, tying his playoff career high, and Horford added 20 points and 11 rebounds to pace Boston, which controlled the game for long stretches while playing stingy defense against Antetokounmpo. Kevin Durant’s 35 points carry Warriors past Rockets in Game 1 “As great as he’s been, he hasn’t been perfect every night,” Budenholzer said. “He’s hard on himself, so there will probably be some point where I put my arms around him and tell him, ‘You’re going to be great.’”Khris Middleton had 16 for Milwaukee, which completed a four-game sweep of the Detroit Pistons on Monday and advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2001. The Celtics came off a sweep of their own against Indiana.The Celtics knocked Milwaukee out of the playoffs in seven games last year, winning the final game at home. This year, Milwaukee is the top seed in the East and has home-court advantage throughout the postseason after posting the NBA’s best record, but Boston didn’t play like an underdog in any way.The Celtics jumped out early, leading by as many as 11 in the opening quarter. Boston shot 52% while the Bucks shot only 5 of 19.The shooting woes continued for the Bucks until midway through the second quarter, when Milwaukee used a 15-0 run to pull even at 40. The teams then traded baskets with the Celtics grabbing a 52-50 lead at the half.Boston used a 9-0 run in the third quarter to again build a double-digit lead, which grew to as much as 21 as Milwaukee again failed to make shots.“This is a hard team to play against,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “That wasn’t their best game.”Irving thinks the Celtics have been rounding into shape in the playoffs after an uneven regular season.“We were dealing with our ups and downs, but I think we just have an appreciation for the group that we have,” he said.TIP-INS Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo is fouled during the first half of Game 1 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series against the Boston Celtics Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — Al Horford stood his ground as Giannis Antetokounmpo charged his way.Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks’ MVP candidate, desperately wanted to provide a spark and cut into a second-half lead against Horford’s Boston Celtics in the opener of a second-round playoff series on Sunday. He drove hard into the lane, quickly switched directions and tried to lay the ball up over Horford, who met him at the rim and blocked the shot.ADVERTISEMENT Celtics: Boston players wore a black stripe with the No. 17 on their jerseys to honor Hall of Famer John Havlicek, who died Thursday at the age of 79. The team won eight championships during Havlicek’s 16 seasons with the Celtics. Havlicek was the MVP of the 1974 NBA Finals when the Celtics defeated the Bucks in Game 7 at the MECCA in Milwaukee. A moment of silence was held before tipoff. … G Marcus Smart traveled to Milwaukee but wasn’t in uniform. Smart has been out since suffering a left oblique tear on April 7. Smart has been practicing with the team but isn’t expected play in Game 2 either. “I don’t see any way that he’s available until what we thought initially, four to six (weeks) and I said at the start that four seems awfully aggressive,” Stevens said. ….F/C Aron Baynes left the game in the third quarter after rolling his left ankle.Bucks: Starting guard Malcolm Brogdon, who is recovering from a partially torn plantar fascia in his right foot, remained out but took part in shooting drills before the game. He’s also expected to miss Game 2 before being re-evaluated. The 2017 Rookie of the Year has been out since March 15. … Center Pau Gasol (left foot soreness) was inactive. He missed the final 15 regular-season games and didn’t play in the opening round.HIGH NOONThe teams had to deal with an unusual noon tip time. “You play when you are told to play,” Stevens said. “If you aren’t ready because of the time of the day, you’re probably not going to be successful anyway.”LONG LAYOFFThe Celtics had six days off and the Bucks five. “Guys are sick of practice. Guys are sick of film. They are ready to play,” Stevens said. The extended layoff created challenges, Budenholzer said. “We tried to balance rest and getting healthy and working on our execution and our game plan and playing, letting them keep their rhythm,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Raptors OK mentally, Warriors shaky physically in NBA Finals

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ So the Warriors were in no condition to dance their way back across the border in this first NBA Finals to be played outside the U.S. — in fact, DeMarcus Cousins posted an Instagram picture of him and Andre Iguodala being moved through the airport in wheelchairs.But they wouldn’t have been too excited even in peak condition. They’ve played in so many series during their run to five straight finals that they understand better than anyone how momentum works.“It swings so much. They’ve gone through it, too, when they were down 0-2 last series and won four straight games,” Iguodala said. “We won two games at home and went to Houston and lost two and everyone thought the world was ending, especially with our team. Certain things that we pick up along the way, that experience will help us with emotional swings from game to game in this series.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Golden State held on to win 109-104, tying the series that moves to Oracle Arena for Games 3 and 4. The Raptors lost the game and home-court advantage, but not any of their belief that they can win the series.“We fought back and we know that going towards Game 3 we’ve got to play a lot better, and it’s going to be even harder on the road,” Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said, “but we’re capable and we know what we bring to the table.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Warriors aren’t quite sure, at least as it relates to their health.They are hoping Kevin Durant is close to returning from a seven-game absence with a strained right calf, and that Klay Thompson can play after he limped off the court early in the fourth quarter Sunday. The Warriors said Thompson had an MRI exam Monday that indicated a mild left hamstring strain and that he would be listed as questionable for Game 3. They will be without Kevon Looney, who has been their best center in the postseason. He will be out indefinitely because of a non-displaced cartilage fracture on the right side of his ribcage that he sustained in Game 2. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard (2) is defended by Golden State Warriors’ Shaun Livingston (34), Stephen Curry (30), Quinn Cook (4) and Draymond Green (23) during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors feel good mentally, and they are certainly in better shape physically than the Golden State Warriors.The Raptors know they have outplayed Golden State for perhaps 90 of the 96 minutes of the NBA Finals, and they almost overcame the one brutal stretch where they didn’t. Despite being blanked for nearly half the third quarter of Game 2, the Raptors were within two points in the final seconds.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH 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 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Chooks-to-Go, Coca-Cola tie up to help PH’s Olympic 3X3 bid Iguodala hit the clinching 3-pointer after the Raptors had clawed their way within two points by scoring 10 straight in the final minutes. It certainly seemed it would be easier for the Warriors after their 18-0 run to start the third quarter, an NBA Finals record to begin a half, had put them in control.Toronto stayed in it thanks to Kawhi Leonard, who finished with 34 points and 14 rebounds, and an assault on the backboards in which they outscored the Warriors 23-0 in second-chance points.It might take even more than that to get a game at Oracle Arena, where the two-time defending champions will play Wednesday for the first time in nearly three weeks. Golden State hasn’t played a home game since Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against Portland on May 16.“The only thing that matters is the four. Four wins,” Leonard said. “Once you get it, two wins, three wins, it does not matter. Just take one game at a time and just play through the adversity.”That’s what the Warriors did in Game 2, when they turned to all the tricks they’ve learned and pulled a rabbit out of their hats.Now they have to hope they won’t run out of rabbits.“Obviously, we have the star power, but when you bring guys off the bench, that goes a long way,” backup guard Quinn Cook said. “I don’t think they’ll get tired for the finals. There are two days between games. They’ll be back hungry on Wednesday, just like us. We just have to keep being better.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

SAFF U-18 Championship: Gurkirat Singh, Aman Chetri Score as India Beat Sri Lanka to Reach Semis

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Kathmandu: Gurkirat Singh’s brace took India to the semi-finals of the SAFF U-18 Championship as they beat Sri Lanka 3-0 here on Wednesday. Gurkirat’s brace alongside Aman Chetri’s strike proved to be the difference between the two sides in India’s last league match.The Indian team started the match on an attacking note but despite holding possession they could do little in front of the goal with Sri Lanka heaping bodies in defence. The two sides remained goalless at the half time break.The Indian team started the second half with much vigour but once again complacency in front of goal cost them chances. In the 65th minute, Gurkirat found the back of the net with a cross coming in through the flanks.Gurkirat and Aman then added a goal each to take India 3-0 up in the dying moments of the match.The three goal margin proved enough for India to seal their win and progress to the semi-finals of the SAFF U-18 Championship.India were held to a goalless draw by Bangladesh in their opening match. India will take on Maldives in the semi-final on September 27. footballIndiaIndia U-18 men’s football teamindian football First Published: September 25, 2019, 6:18 PM ISTlast_img read more