Charly Suarez of the Philippines dominates Khir Akyazlan Bin Azmi of Malaysia in the quarterfinals of the light welterweight class men’s boxing competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the MITEC Hall 8 in Kuala Lumpur. Suarez prevailed by unanimous decision. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLEumir Felix Marcial was emotional in semis win, he wanted to avenge fallen teammates. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—The three Filipino boxers left in the fight vowed to go all out for a gold medal on Thursday.Bantamweight Mario Fernandez, light middle Eumir Felix Marcial and light heavy John Nobel Tupas Marvin said they won’t pull any punches against their respective finals opponents in the 29th Southeast Asian Games here.ADVERTISEMENT PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Filipino-British Marvin, a former army boxer for Great Britain, said he will be ready for the boisterous Malaysian crowd at MITEC Hall 8 when he takes on local boy Adli Hafidz Mohd Pauzi for the crown.“At the end of the day, you do what you gotta do, you exchange punches and don’t worry about anything,” said the 6-foot SEA Games rookie.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 shutoutPauzi won over Singapore’s Muhamad Dinie Hakeem via decision despite a generally lackluster performance here he hardly showed punching skills and movements.That should play to Marvin’s advantage as he loves to throw haymakers and doesn’t stand back from a full-blown, phone-booth slugfest. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIES Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Marcial, who was in tears as he talked about his three teammates who suffered dubious losses, will be out for payback.“I will be all-out sir,” said Marcial in Filipino. “I will go for a clear win and will be punching for all my teammates who lost by questionable decisions.”Marcial, the 21-year-old from Zamboanga City, will battle Pathomsak Kuttiya, one of the five Thais who made it to the six gold medal matches.“We are all affected (by the teammates’ losses),” said Fernandez in Filipino. “But we don’t control the judges. We control ourselves so I will just fight on.”Fenandez, who hails from Bukidnon, will face Thai Chatchai Butdee, who went from flyweight to bantamweight.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Malaysian icon thwarts rising PH star WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippines won five gold medals in the last SEA Games in Singapore. View comments
Read Next LATEST STORIES Phoenix, potentially, has the fourth pick in the draft and Vanguardia says they’re looking to add Filipino-German big man Christian Standhardinger.The 6-foot-8 bruiser, however, won’t play in the PBA in the first six months of the season as he is under contract with the Hong Kong Eastern Lions in the Asean Basketball League.“The first three teams may not like him [Standhardinger], because he’s not going to play for the first six months,” said Vanguardia. “We’re willing to wait.”Vanguardia also looks at NCAA standouts Rey Nambatac of Colegio de San Juan de Letran and San Beda’s Robert Bolick and Davon Potts to fill up their backcourt spots.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients “This is all part of the journey and we are really humbled by this experience,” said Vanguardia after Phoenix lost to San Miguel 109-107 at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.“I take full responsibility. We will learn from this and we’ll move on to become a better team.”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 shutoutPhoenix was able to enter the playoffs in the first two conferences of the season finishing as the sixth seed in both the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups, but it was in the Governors’ Cup that Vanguardia’s team took a dip.And with the 2016-2017 season over for Phoenix, Vanguardia now looks at the future with a eye on the upcoming draft. 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 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. #KicksStalker: Adidas tries to woo Antetokounmpo with a van of sneakers Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix had a decent start in the PBA Governors’ Cup winning its first two games, but everything went downhill when the Fuel Masters strung together nine straight losses, effectively dashing any hope for a spot in the quarterfinals.The team’s 11th-place finish was the worst since head coach Ariel Vanguardia took over, and he knows there’s no one to blame for their dismal finish but himself.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAllen Durham unleashed another colossal performance to tow Meralco to an 85-83 Game 4 victory to even up the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at two games apiece Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The hulking reinforcement muscled his way down low and scored the marginal undergoal stab off a Reynel Hugnatan assist with 46.6 seconds on the clock to capped off another amazing output of 28 points, 18 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Ginebra fought back from 13-points down in the second half, turning a 63-50 deficit with 3:24 late in the third quarter to a 70-all tie with 7:48 remaining. Old reliables Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand turned back the clock and paired up with Brownlee in staging that huge 20-7 blast abridging the final frames to set up the thrilling finish.The Scores:MERALCO 85 – Durham 28, Newsome 18, Hugnatan 14, Amer 11, Hodge 7, Dillinger 2, Caram 2, Faundo 2, Lanete 1, Tolomia 0.GINEBRA 83 – Brownlee 34, Devance 15, Caguioa 8, Aguilar 7, Slaughter 6, Cruz 4, Thompson 4, Ferrer 3, Helterbrand 2, Tenorio 0, Mercado 0.Quarters: 17-17, 41-40, 68-63, 85-83. “As always, it’s beautiful if it works. Our execution down the stretch was pretty good today, except for that last layup of JD (Dillinger). But everything went pretty smoothly,” said coach Norman Black of the game-winning connection between his veteran forward and the two-time Best Import. “The guys really focused in this time on what we did in the huddle as far as instructions were concerned, unlike in Game 2. And we made some big shots and some big plays down the stretch.”The Gin Kings still had numerous cracks at the basket, but Sol Mercado muffed his right wing trey, and Justin Brownlee botched his two attempts in the final 26 seconds off the game, none tougher than a missed one-hander at the buzzer which could have forced overtime.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 shutoutMeralco and Ginebra now go to a virtual best-of-three, with the remaining games to be played at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Game 5 is slated this Sunday.Chris Newsome added 18 markers, 11 boards, and four dimes, while Hugnatan once again was instrumental in the win as he churned out 14 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next From role player to Rookie of the Year: Getting award feels ‘surreal’ for Pogoy View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Sophomore playmaker Baser Amer also came through in the clutch, drilling a confidence-boosting corner trey with 1:16 remaining to give the Bolts the 83-81 lead. He wound up with 11 markers on a 2-of-4shooting from three, on top of three assists and two boards.Black said that Meralco really looked at Game 4 as a must-win. “If we go down 3-1, then it would have been very difficult for us to come back.”But with the two teams now on an even keel, the former Grand Slam-winning mentor can set his sights once again on finishing the “unfinished business” from last season’s campaign.“It’s just a great win for us to tie the series. That basically means we have at least two games in Philippine Arena now. So that should be very exciting. Big win for our program, big win for the series, to come back and tie them after being down 2-0. It’s a morale-booster for us and we really just have to see what we can do about giving our guys a little bit of rest in practice and making sure that we fix what we did wrong tonight and hopefully execute better in the next game,” said Black.Brownlee did all he could for Ginebra, firing 34 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals, while Joe Devance got 15 markers, six boards, four dimes, and two steals in the defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Woods has not played since he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on Feb. 3 with back spasms. Two months later, he had his fourth back surgery in just over two years.Woods will be part of the 18-man field at the Hero World Challenge, which starts Nov. 30 at Albany Golf Club. While sponsor exemptions are limited to the top 50 in the world, Woods is exempt as the tournament host.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 shutoutHis latest procedure was a fusion surgery — the previous three were microdiscectomy surgeries — and Woods reported instant relief. He also said just one month ago at the Presidents Cup that he had no idea what his future held.Doctors gave him clearance to practice without limitations about a week later, and Woods had been posting video on Twitter of a full swing with an iron, a driver and then his signature stinger shot with the driver. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Hurricane Dorian lashes South Carolina, Great Abaco Island PLAY LIST 03:28Hurricane Dorian lashes South Carolina, Great Abaco Island01:52Aerial images show damages from Hurricane Dorian on Grand Bahama00:59Sports 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 Astros, Dodgers connect, riveting World Series onto Game 6 MOST READ N”I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge,” Woods said in a story on his website. “Albany is the perfect setting and it will be great to join this outstanding field.”The tournament has no cut.A year ago, Woods returned after 15 months recovering from two back surgeries. He made 24 birdies, but finished 15th out of 18 players. The tournament is not official on any tour, although it does award world ranking points.He made his first PGA Tour start at Torrey Pines and missed the cut, and then went to Dubai and didn’t make it past the first round before his back began acting up.Woods made the announcement just three days after he pleaded guilty to reckless driving in a deal that allows him to avoid jail time if he doesn’t violate terms of his probation.The deal stems from a Memorial Day arrest on a DUI charge when Woods was found asleep at the wheel of his car, which was still running and parked at an awkward angle about 15 minutes from his home in Florida.Woods attributed it to a bad combination of prescription medicine.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH FILE – In this Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 file photo, Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the ninth hole of the North Course during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. Tiger Woods is returning to competition at his holiday tournament in the Bahamas the week after Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)Play it again, Tiger Woods.For the second straight year, Woods will return from back surgery at his holiday tournament in the Bahamas the week after Thanksgiving.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next According to a toxicology report, Woods had the active ingredient for marijuana, two painkillers, the sleep drug Ambien and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in his system.He completed a drug treatment program in July.Woods has 79 PGA Tour victories and 14 majors, both second all-time, though he has not won since the Bridgestone Invitational in August 2013 for his record 18th World Golf Championships title. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The announcement of Gilas Pilipinas’ final 12-man lineup for the Fiba World Cup qualifying will have to wait until on the eve of its game against Japan slated next Saturday in Tokyo.As it stands, the Philippines has 15 players and with naturalized player Andray Blatche taking one spot, four will have to be cut.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blatche is expected to arrive in Manila on Saturday night. He has not donned the national colors since the 2017 Seaba Championship last May.Gilas arrived at the press conference just shortly after beating the NLEX Road Warriors in a tuneup game, 95-87.The Philippines takes on Japan on Nov. 24 at Komozawa Gymnasium before hosting Chinese Taipei three days later at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Reyes did not guarantee victories, but he said that the players have really committed themselves since training began.“And that is the most difficult sacrifice of the players here. They’ve been practicing here twice a day since November 3 and there is no assurance not one person in this lineup, in the pool that he will make it to the final 12 and yet they’ve all come in and offered to serve,” Reyes said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next NBA: Westbrook says it’s his duty to make George, Anthony comfortable with Thunder Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 National team coach Chot Reyes said the team hasn’t decided yet on who among the players from the pool will make it, but the remaining 15 will all make the trip to Japan on November 21.“We really don’t know yet at this point. We will make the final line up the night before the deadline is due,” Reyes told reporters during Gilas’ sendoff Saturday at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pasig. “That means everyone here is going to go with us in Japan.”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 shutoutGilas Pilipinas pool. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Smart SportsPlayers present at the press conference were June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Raymond Almazan, Kiefer Ravena, Troy Rosario, Matthew Wright, Roger Pogoy, Mac Belo, Kevin Alas, Allein Maliksi, Carl Bryan Cruz and Gabe Norwood.Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo were not able to join the team in the presser but all three are going to Japan. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “And that’s what we can promise, to come and continue to play our best and hopefully, the winning will take care of itself. we’re jut making sure that we’re putting the work in.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Reyes to decide on Gilas final 12 on eve of deadline853 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’
MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 AFP official booed out of forum He begged off from national team duty back in 2016 due to pneumonia, leaving him out of the squad which competed in the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.Now, however, is a different story as Lassiter is in the best shape of his life and is ready to answer whenever an opportunity knocks.“I just got to keep preparing myself and stay healthy. I’m just trying to stay healthy and that’s the most important thing,” he said as he has his sights set on helping San Miguel win its fourth straight Philippine Cup.Currently, Gilas only has two legitimate knock-down shooters in Matthew Wright and Roger Pogoy with Terrence Romeo still out of commission due to a knee injury. Kevin Ferrer could also be in the conversation, but the sophomore has yet to be called up for the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.This dearth in gunslingers could be considered the lowest in years, dating back to the days when Jimmy Alapag, Jeff Chan, Dondon Hontiveros, Larry Fonacier, and Gary David were donning the national tri-colors.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lassiter’s addition to the pool would definitely change that notion as the Beermen marksman expressed glee with the recent development between the PBA and Gilas Pilipinas.“That’s just great,” he said. “It’s a great thing to have more players coming in so at the end of the day, we should be able to find a good team for these upcoming events.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIn dire need of a shooter, Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes may finally get the snipers he badly craves for after PBA commissioner Willie Marcial lifted the player limit for all teams.And with that development, one name comes to mind: Marcio Lassiter.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Lopez, Lakers top Thunder Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Undoubtedly one if not the best shooter in the country right now, Lassiter is closing in on a possible return stint with the national team as his potential inclusion is guaranteed to be a huge shot in the arm when it comes to artillery from beyond the arc.For now, Lassiter is just leaving everything to Reyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I hope so, but it all depends on coach Chot. We’ll see what happens. When it comes, it comes,” he said.Lassiter last played for Gilas in the 2011 Fiba Asia Championship in Wuhan, where the Philippines finished fourth. View comments
View comments Barangay Ginebra took sole possession of the second spot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after taking down also-ran Blackwater, 96-82, Friday at Alonte Sports Arena in Laguna.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ FEU’s Ramirez playing in PH to fulfill mother’s dream Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LATEST STORIES Greg Smith led Blackwater with a game-high 37 points and 19 boards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Gin Kings improved to 7-2, half-a-game behind league leaders Star, to overtake San Miguel (6-2) while the Elite dropped to a woeful 2-8.It was a still a close contest in the third quarter with Ginebra leading by the thread, 65-62, but the Gin Kings went on a frenzied run in the fourth with Mark Caguioa capping off a 17-5 run with a jumper in the 7:17 mark to put them up by 12, 79-67.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThis proved enough foundation for the Gin Kings to hold on to their second straight win.Justin Brownlee carried Ginebra on his back as he put up a team-high 35 points, 14 rebounds, and five assists while LA Tenorio filled the stat sheets 17 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
LATEST STORIES OKC’s Steven Adams and former NBA coach Reggie Theus during the opening of the NBA 3x in the Philippines.Former NBA head coach Reggie Theus has had his time as the top honcho in an NBA bench in the late 2000s and he’s exchanged wits with some of the brightest minds in the league.Theus once led the Sacramento Kings to a 38-44 record in the 2007-2008 season when seven of his players averaged more than 10 points a game.ADVERTISEMENT “Obviously you have top of the hill guys but there are a lot of young good coaches too,” said Theus. “There are only 30 in the world so they’re all great coaches.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Neymar dazzles as Barcelona down Juventus Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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. Kevin Martin and then-known Ron Artest led the team in scoring, posting 23.7 and 20.5 points a game but it still wasn’t enough to crack into the playoff picture of the Western Conference as the Kings finished 4th in the Pacific Division.Theus never stayed long as an NBA head coach, but in his short experience he knows he can’t pinpoint anyone who’s really the best of all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“There’s no way to say who’s the best,” said Theus Saturday during the media availability at the opening day of NBA 3X at Mall of Asia Music Hall. “I think there are so many great coaches.”Theus did give two distinctions to the head coaches right now in the NBA. MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping mallDay 1: Start exploring Milan with a short walking tour. Your first stop is the Duomo, the second largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Then visit Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, five minutes away. It is said to be the oldest shopping mall in the world, bursting with high-end stores. Marvel at La Scala, one of the worlds’s famed opera houses and visit the museum there. Then proceed to Castello Sforzesco, a former palace that houses an art museum today to view Michelangelo’s last work ‘Rondanini Pieta’. By now you would be starving so have your lunch at Di Gennaro (+39 2805 3454), the daddy of pizzerias in Milan. Concentrate your energy on shopping for the rest of the afternoon. The shopping quadrangle between Duomo Square, Cavoure Square and San Babila Square, filled with boutiques and showrooms, is the area to focus on today. Dine at Da Abele with locals and get a taste of authentic Italian cuisine and enjoy a musical performance at La Scala, the musical jewel of Milan.Day 2: Today you have a date with the snow-capped mountains at Lake Como, just 30 minutes away from Milan. The wonderful old churches and temples deserve a quick look. Take a look at the exquisite villas that Lake Como is known for when you take a boat tour on this magnificent lake. Disembark at the quaint town of Bellagio. Stop for lunch at La Punta (+39 031 951 888) and dine on fresh lake fish on its panoramic terrace. Bursting with handicraft, antique and souvenir shops Bellagio is the place to make a special buy. Water sport enthusiasts will find all they need at Cavalcalario Outdoor Club. Return to Milan and dine at Trattoria Milanese (+39 02 8645 1991), serving traditional Italian cuisine since 1933.advertisementDay 3: Get out of the city to discover one of Italy’s most scenic secrets when you tour Cinque Terre; meaning five lands. This UNESCO World Heritage Site comprises of five lovely fishing islands interlinked by walking paths and a train line. The highlight here is the Via dell’Amore (Lovers Lane) walk, a gentle 20-minute stroll along a scenic coastal path to Riomaggiore, with romantic vistas over the Mediterranean Sea. After exploring the islands of Monterosso al Mare, Manarola, and La Spezia settle down at Riomaggiore and lunch at the quaint Ristorante and bar Gli Ulivi (+39 187 760 020). Tour the fishing wharfs and sample locally produced wine from historic vineyards.Day 4: Visit Santa Maria delle Grazie church to take in the magnificence of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’. Be sure to book this viewing in advance as this is the most sought after and protected historical item in Milan. No trip to Milan is complete without a glimpse of its many museums. Do try to see at least two of the top four–The Ambrosian Art Gallery, The Sforza Castle’s Art Gallery, Brera Art Gallery and the Leonardo da Vinci Science and Technology Museum. As dusk falls make your way to the Navigli, a network of canals of which only two survive, a lively place in Milan. A boat trip on the canals makes for a perfect ending to your holiday.Must see: Duomo, the second largest Gothic cathedral in the world.Must shop: Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, said to be the oldest shopping mall in the world. It is full of high-end designer stores.Must eat: Scrumptious pizzas at Di Gennaro, one of the best pizzerias in the city.
It will be a challenge for off-spinner Harbhajan Singh to excel against South Africa in the ongoing Test series that is going to be dominated by batsmen, predicts former Springbok captain Ali Bacher.Bacher, who was here for a World Cricket Summit, said that speedsters of both sides will find it difficult to bowl the other side out twice in the three- Test series, and felt that the present Indian batting line- up is the best one in the country’s history.”If you look at world cricket from a Test match point of view, the top three teams are India, South Africa and England.Australia have lost their dominance, which is good for the health of world cricket.Both India and South Africa are strong in batting, in quality and depth,” Bacher told Mail Today.”I would suggest that India is the strongest batting lineup of all time. There are some formidable players there with great track records. Can the bowlers get these two good teams out twice in a Test match? Unlikely. They are pretty strong and competitive teams and I would suggest that in a three- Test series you may very well be in for a drawn series. I would be very surprised if either team dominates this particular series,” he felt.Bacher, especially admired the depth in Indian batting.”There were times before when South Africa had one or two great batsmen. Similarly, India too had some. If you look at the Indian line- up, there is someone like Mahendra Dhoni batting at No. 7.advertisementThey are tremendous in batting, but also from a quality point of view,” he emphasised.The 68- year- old cricketerturned administrator said that spinners would also make their presence felt while the hype has been built around pacers.”South African pitches are like in Australia; generally, there’s some bounce, and unlikely to provide seam movement. The talk is always about fast bowlers, which is not 100 per cent right. Good spin bowlers have done well there,” he pointed out.”The last time England came to South Africa, their best bowler was Graeme Swann. So, I think it will be a great test for Harbhajan. He has been a formidable bowler in India. Can he do the same away from home, in South Africa? Time will tell. It’s a misnomer to say that a spin bowler cannot do well in South Africa. That’s not true.” A former chief executive of the South African board, Bacher said that even the One- day International series, following the Tests, would be ” important and very competitive” as the World Cup is just about two months away.Bacher hopes that Sachin Tendulkar leads India to a World Cup triumph, thus breaking the jinx of a home team never having won the title.”But history is also there to be changed and, may be, destiny is that Tendulkar, after such a glittering career, be part of an Indian team that wins the World Cup in India. Time will tell,” he said.Bacher feels the Indian team, comprising several experienced players, can tackle the expectations of millions of home fans and turn in a new chapter in the annals of the World Cup.”The Indian team is very strong. So many players have played for so many years. Collectively, they can handle pressure in India better than previous teams. So I don’t see this as a negative factor,” he averred.Bacher praised Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag effusively.”Sachin, for me, remains a strong ambassador, not only for Indian cricket but also for world cricket. What staggers and amazes me is that for 21 years the pressure has been on him, day in and day out, to perform well for a billion people in India. The way he handles it is quite extraordinary,” he gushed.”Sehwag is a brilliant opening batsman. At times, I have seen him bat, on television, and open in a Test match as if he’s playing a Twenty20 game. He’s outstanding. He is very innovative and positive. He has been very refreshing for Test cricket.”
The Jharkhand government, which has been boasting of developing state-of-the-art infrastructure to host the 34th National Games, has failed to provide a pool to its swimmers or ammunition to the shooters to allow them to practise even as the event is just a few days away. The preparation of the state’s swimming team has been reduced to an absolute joke as the athletes are practising the sport inside a flat, instead of splashing in a swimming pool. These swimmers can be spotted practising on the floor of the ground of the flat where they have been undergoing a training camp imitating the moves of different styles of swimming. Ironically, more than half of the 40-member contingent has not even seen a swimming pool so far. The state’s swimming coach cited lack of pools in the city to train the swimmers, while the players said the so-called training camp has left them demoralised. They ruled out the possibility of a medal in the event. Shooters practise ‘dry fire’The condition of state’s shooters has been no different. They have been practising for the event without any ammunition. The shooting coach has been trying his best to keep his players in high spirits by shooting blanks. He offered “dry fire” to the participants on a makeshift target put on the ground in a bizarre manner. From the state of preparation in the state, it seems that the National Games have been relegated to a point where no one seems interested and facilities and infrastructure offered to athletes have been shockingly abysmal. However, ignoring the truth, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Suresh Kalmadi said, “The National Games are going to be held from February 12 to 26. I have seen the preparation. They have prepared world-class infrastructure for the Games.” Reacting to the report, Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken said the situation could have been avoided by offering players the facilities created for the National Games.advertisement
Once the drama of the IPL auction fades out, all eyes will be on the 2011 World Cup. Here’s what lies ahead for cricket’s greatest contestIt is only appropriate that on the day after the IPL auction in Bangalore crowded out all other news from television channels, we take note of cricket’s biggest slugfest returning to the sub-continent after a 15-year hiatus. With 39 days remaining for the curtains to go up on the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup in Dhaka on February 17, the game’s greatest show will be played out in its biggest market.Consider the action that is set to take off: 14 teams slugging it out in 49 day-night matches spread over 45 days across 13 venues. You can’t have a more tempting recipe for undiluted fun, with enough temptations to send die-hard fans into a high state of excitement and get even the not-so-sports-inclined to jump on to the World Cup bandwagon. Get set for the biggest, longest and most varied cricket tournament ever.India co-hosted the World Cup in 1987 and then in 1996, but those were different times.The craze for the game has since touched the sky, thanks partly to the Indian Premier League (IPL) that has given a huge boost to the popular interest in the game (though the connoisseurs of the game would vehemently disagree), and the stakes involved have shot through the roof.Then, there is the biggest point of interest for Indian fans: Sachin Tendulkar. Most probably the maestro will be playing his last World Cup – he will be just about two months short of 38 years when the tournament kicks off – so the burden of expectations will he heavy on his overworked and overstretched shoulders. Another man under close scrutiny will be Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the master of cool who is expected to be retained as captain. He is known to maintain his composure in the most trying and tense match situations, but playing in front of home crowds prone to emotional swings and overcoming the performance anxiety that is bound to overcome even the sturdiest during a tough-as-nails competition is a different matter altogether.advertisementAdd a bit of history – no home team has won the World Cup in the championship’s 35-year history – and you can imagine the pressure on co-hosts India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. India will play five of their six league matches on home turf and their lone face-off outside home will be the tournament opener against Bangladesh in Dhaka on February 19.It’s not just the participating teams that will be under close scrutiny. The tournament will be the acid test for the security agencies of the three host nations. With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) deciding to rely on the Indian forces to provide security, and not hire private security like it was done for the IPL’s 2008 and 2010 editions, it will be a Himalayan challenge for the men in uniform to ensure an incident-free World Cup.Pakistan was to be the fourth joint host, but after the near-fatal attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March 2008, and the subse-quent violent incidents inside Pakistan, the ICC was compelled to take hosting rights away from the troubled country.Security issues confronted the 1996 World Cup as well, thanks to Sri Lanka’s war against the Tamil Tigers. The West Indies and Australian refused to travel to Sri Lanka because of the volatile political situation in the Emerald Isle, despite being offered the luxury of playing in an empty stadium sealed by security forces.With the LTTE problem having been resolved, Sri Lanka will be trouble-free this time around. But nothing can be taken for granted as certain militant organisations have already announced that they would disrupt the World Cup. The security agencies have taken note of the threat perception and are planning accordingly, said Delhi’s joint commissioner of police (northern range) Karnail Singh. The Ferozeshah Kotla, which will host four matches, comes within the northern range.Tournament director Ratnakar Shetty said the security issue was a sensitive one. “We don’t discuss such issues,” he said. But the venues are leaving nothing to chance to ensure the smooth conduct of matches. The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), for instance, has included three retired top cops in its security committee to chalk out a detailed plan.”We will keep the threat perception in mind when providing security,” said Karnail Singh on Kotla. All things said, it is the on-field action that will get the crowds and the eyeballs. The Indian team is already being elevated as favourites, a tag that will only add to the load of expectations on the players.advertisementThe team is well settled, though the final 15 will be announced by January 19. The batting will be in the hands of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Tendulkar, Yusuf Pathan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma; the bowling attack is expected to be shared by Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Sreesanth and Harbhajan Singh.It promises to be the most closely fought World Cup, with quite a few teams being the contenders for the winners’ cheque of $3 million (Rs 13.8 crore) and the losers’ for $1.5 million (Rs 6.9 crore)-the total prize money adds up to $10 million (Rs 46 crore). Australia, who will be chasing their fourth successive title, South Africa, England, Sri Lanka and even Pakistan are the others that will fight hard for the honours. That will only heat up the action in the balmiest part of the sub-continental year.
An impressive display of batting and bowling helped Canada beat Kenya by 5 wickets. Kenya suffered an early jolt when Canada’s Henry Osinde picked up both the openers at just 7 runs on the board.Osinde later went on to pick his career best figures of 10-2-26-4. For Canada, Cheema and Baidwan took 2 wickets a piece.During the Canada batting, captain Ashish Bagai (64 no out) and Jimmy Hansra put 132 runs for the fourth wicket to push the opposition to the wall.Ashish Bagai, who remained unbeaten till the end along with John Davison steered their team home. Jimmy Hansra top-scored brilliant 70 runs off just 99 balls.Man-of-the-Match Canada bowler Henry Osinde won the Man-of-the Match for his brilliant bowling display.
While conceding that India were the favourites to lift the World Cup on Saturday, Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara refused to term his own band of men as the underdogs in the mega event’s summit clash at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.”They (India) are a very good side and they have always been the favourites to win this tournament. They’ve got to the finals and everyone will be looking for them to keep going,” he told a media conference here on the eve of the match.”We are very confident of the fact that we have been one of the best sides in the tournament. At the same time India are playing great cricket. As I said before, they have always been favourites. They have the best batting side in the world and everyone in the world expects them to turn up tomorrow and win the game.”I don’t think we are underdogs as such. We are a pretty good unit. We have to understand the fact that India for the last two years have been the favourites to win the World Cup. I am sure they will be looking at themselves as favourites too. We have just come here to play as well as we can tomorrow,” said Sangakkara.Admitting his team is battling injuries to key players — Muttiah Muralitharan and Angelo Mathews — Sangakkara, without mentioning their names, said a final decision on their availability for the winners-take-all clash would be taken tonight.”We have got few injury worries. We have flown in people for those who are injured as cover. We will make assessments as the day goes along and then make a final decision this evening as to who is fit enough to play and what’s our combination is going to be,” he said.advertisementThe visitors have added Chaminda Vaas and Suraj Randiv as cover for the two injured players.Murali, for whom the game is his Swan Song in international cricket, is struggling with a knee injury while Mathews has a quadriceps injury.Sangakkara was happy with the track prepared for the match by curator Sudhir Naik.”The wicket looks fantastic. It looks a great wicket. Conditions here are lot more different to conditions at home. Sri Lankan wickets are a bit tougher. Here the wickets are even throughout the game. We are going to try and adapt to the conditions. It looks a very decent wicket and it looks pretty flat and we need to adapt accordingly,” he said.Sangakkara hoped there would not be a repeat of the sort of assault that their bowling got from Australian swashbuckler Adam Gilchrist four years ago in the final at Bridgetown, Barbados.”Well four years ago we were outdone by a fantastic innings by Adam Gilchrist. Hopefully we won’t allow a repeat of that. Even if that does happen we’ve got to have the mental attitude to adjust and get back into the game.”According to Sangakkara it was important to produce controlled aggression.”The World Cup brings the best out of players and sometimes the worst. For us tomorrow is going to be about controlled aggression. Not to be too emotional about anything. Being clinical and stay grounded. Take things as they come. You can plan as much as possible, but things can change out there in the middle.”Everyone’s excited. But it’s nice to see that it’s a controlled excitement. Everyone’s relaxed and having a laugh. But also you can see that steely determination behind all that, knowing what a big job is at our hands tomorrow. World Cup finals are huge occasions, so it’s pretty tough,” he said.The skipper said not playing at home had both advantage and disadvantage.”It cuts both ways, I think. Playing in front of your home crowd adds to the excitement and passion and the pride that you feel. But it also adds to the weight of expectations when you feel that the entire crowd is looking at you to do everything right. That’s also tough.”We would have loved to play at home. But that’s not the way it is. We have accepted that and we will take whatever the conditions are there for us and I am sure the Indian crowd is always appreciative of a good game of cricket,” he remarked.Sangakkara said winning the World Cup was a huge thing for his nation in the background of the lengthy internal conflict that has ended recently.”It means everything for us. We have come through a very tough period. A lot of people have laid down their lives for our country. In this new future, hopefully we can take the World Cup home and it will be another occasion for celebrations,” he said.advertisementOn Sachin Tendulkar’s quest to reach the landmark of 100 international centuries, Sangakkara said his team’s job was to curtail the Indian score and prevent them from lifting the coveted Cup for the second time in the tournament’s history.”I don’t think we are here to spoil anything. I guess everyone knows the importance of scoring runs in a final whether it’s Sachin or anyone else. He is going to be the first player to get there (100 international tons). It all adds to the expectations of a World Cup final. Our job is to ensure that the Indian team doesn’t score too many runs,” he said.- With PTI inputs
A new rule which makes wearing skirts on court mandatory for female shuttlers has created a furore in India with former and current players saying such an “unfair” move could discourage girls from taking up the sport.The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has introduced a new dress code, which requires all female shuttlers to wear skirts from May 1. Players may continue to wear shorts if they wish to but it has to be underneath a skirt.India’s most successful doubles player Jwala Gutta and her doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa and a few like them prefer wearing skirts on court but even they feel it should not be made compulsory.BWF’s new rule is a step to glamourise badminton like tennis and Jwala said though she is all for boosting the glamour quotient, wearing skirts should not be mandatory as it might affect a player’s freedom.”I have always been comfortable in skirts but forcing players to wear them is not right. A player can wear a skirt if she is comfortable but making it mandatory is not right,” Jwala told PTI.”Players come from different background and different countries, some of the countries are pretty conservative and have different culture, so some players might not like the idea.”There can be other ways to make the game attractive. In badminton, the sponsors such as Yonex and Li Ning can come out with designer on-court outfits,” she added.Ashwini, who won the Commonwealth Games gold medal partnering Jwala, said personally she doesn’t have a problem but feels it would be unfair to force it on players.advertisement”I personally feel happy about it because I am quite comfortable wearing it. But I know a lot of girls would not be comfortable with it. It is quite interesting for those who like it,” Ashwini Ponnappa said.”A lot of Indian girls like wearing shorts as they have always played with shorts but even in skirts, you can wear shorts underneath it, so it would take a little time for them to get used to it,” she added.Former shuttler Madhumita Bisht, who became the national sub-junior champion in 1977 and went on to became eight-time national singles champion and nine-time doubles winner, said it should not be compulsory and might discourage girls from joining the sport.”It should not be made compulsory as a lot of girls are not comfortable wearing skirts and it is not only in India. Even top players from China, they wear skirts. European countries will have no objection but then think about Iran, Pakistan and such other countries,” said Madhumita, who was awarded Padma Shri for her outstanding performances in Sports by the Government of India in the year 2006.”During the Commonwealth Games, Pakistani shuttlers were wearing track suits. In 2005 Asian Satellite, two Iranian shuttlers were wearing track suit and white scarf. So such a mandatory rule, actually we discourage girls from coming to badminton. So it is a request to BWF to reconsider their decision,” added the 12-time mixed doubles nation champion.Aparna Popat, who won the women’s singles in the French Open in 1998 and a silver at the Commonwealth Games at Kuala Lumpur in the same year, also endorsed Madumita’s views.”I don’t think it would be fair to force it on players, especially since many players are not comfortable. As long as the attire is decent, there should not be a problem and players should be allowed to wear what they want. Skirts are not unwelcome but then should not be mandatory,” said Aparna, who a bronze at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002.World number three Saina Nehwal, who starts as the top seed at the Indian Open next week, is one of the many Indian shuttlers who prefers wearing shorts on court but the 21-year-old said she has no problems wearing skirts.”I think I love it, I enjoyed my days when I wore shorts and I would enjoy my skirts too. No problems,” Saina had said when she was asked about the new BWF rule after the first round of the All England Super Series.The new rule was BWF’s bid to boost the sport’s profile among viewers and sponsors but not every one is happy with the changes.
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World number one players Roger Federer and Victoria Azarenka will head the list of seeded players in the draws for the London Olympics’ tennis tournament.The draw will be held at Wimbledon on Thursday for the star-packed tennis competition beginning on Saturday, Xinhua reports.Each of the singles tournaments has 64 competitors, with 16 seeds based on the world rankings of June 11.Reigning Wimbledon champion Federer aims to win his first Olympic singles medal, having captured men’s doubles gold with Stanislas Wawrinka at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Second-ranked Novak Djokovic is the defending bronze medallist and fourth-ranked Andy Murray looks to win a medal on home soil.Reigning gold medallist Rafael Nadal was forced to withdraw from the event with knee tendinitis.In women’s category, Belarussian Azarenka will lead the pack of top ten players in the prestigious event to be held at All England Club.The doubles events will each contain 32 teams, with eight seeded pairs selected at the discretion of the International Tennis Federation(ITF).If there are two players or doubles teams from the same National Olympic Committee(NOC) in any event, they will be drawn in opposite halves of the draw. If there are three or four players or teams from the same NOC, they will be drawn into different quarters of the draw.The draw for the 16-team mixed doubles, based on the rankings of June 11, will be held on July 31.Players can only enter the mixed doubles event if they are competing in at least one of the other four events.advertisement
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