Top prospects mum on PBA Draft plans, keep options open

first_img“We’ll see. I still have other things I need to focus on so I’m not thinking about it that much,” he said.Same is the case for bluechip amateurs like Jeron Teng and Raymar Jose, who will also see action for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the upcoming 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m not thinking of the PBA just yet. Right now, I’m just focused 100 percent on the task and that is to really play well for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas. I want to focus on that so I can play my game,” said Teng.For now, Ravena said he’s keeping the door open for opportunities and prefers to represent the country and play in different international competitions. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “When you decide to play in the PBA, technically that’s it and your life will revolve around it. It’s gonna be hard for other options and opportunities like these to come in,” said Ravena, who is coming off a fourth gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur last month.Ravena has been everywhere since playing his last UAAP game for Ateneo in 2015.He suited up for Mighty Sports in the Merlion Cup and Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League, tried his luck with the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League, represented the Philippines in the Fiba 3×3 events and SEA Games.Ravena also said he doesn’t have any preference as to which PBA team he wants to play for.“I don’t want the people to think that I’m just waiting for a group to pick me, that I’m not willing to play for any other team,” the 23-year-old guard said.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Gilas’ Kiefer Ravena drives against Singapore during their game in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWith the deadline of submission for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft fast approaching, top prospects are still yet to decide on whether to make the jump to the pros.Kiefer Ravena shared he’s still mulling his options as he keeps his eyes on the October 12 deadline set by the league for local-born aspirants.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  “I’m always ready. It’s going to be a challenge for me that whatever team picks me, I have to find a way how I can make an impact right away as a rookie.”So far, only Fil-foreigners Christian Standhardinger, Jason Perkins, and Davon Potts are the big names who have declared for the draft. Alab Pilipinas taps Ivan Johnson as import BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next View commentslast_img read more

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Castro maps out key plays for Gilas in win over Japan

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next View comments With Matthew Wright shooting freebies midway through the fourth quarter, the star guard drew up a play as Reyes willingly allowed him to devise the team’s next attack.“That’s the kind of relationship that we have. He teaches me on what to do and it’s my job to follow him,” Reyes said in jest.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 shutoutThe act was also a glimpse of how deep Castro and Reyes’ bond is dating back to when both of them shared a player-coach relationship at Talk ‘N Text.“[Japan’s] defense was so effective. So since coach Chot already handled me before, I just drew our old play. I realized that it would be effective for us because (Japan) denies our shooters,” the 31-year-old slasher said. After poor finals stint last year, Ravena makes presence felt for Ateneo this time Jayson Castro William. Photo from Fiba.comIt’s often been said that the point guard is the extension of the coach on the court.But on Friday, Jayson Castro William took things to the next level as he mapped out a play on coach Chot Reyes’ whiteboard during Smart Gilas Pilipinas’ duel against Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Though Castro did not go into the specifics, his play worked as he partially played as a decoy to rattle the Japan’s defenders that led to an Andray Blatche triple and an open June Mar Fajardo undergoal stab in the ensuing plays for a 10-point Gilas lead, 80-70, with 3:43 to play.He then took over in the closing minutes, scoring five of Gilas’ last seven points as the Filipinos started their campaign in the Asian qualifiers of the 2019 Fiba World Cup with a 77-71 win over Japan.Castro was magnificent on the floor all game long, racking up a team-best 20 points, seven rebounds, and six assists in the victory.But Reyes made it clear that any player who feels like speaking out can voice his thoughts and even take his whiteboard, as long as it’s for the benefit of the team.“Every player has that right to tell the coaches on what they are seeing on the floor. Japan had a very effective zone defense against us and I think Jayson’s play was a big adjustment for us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

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PSL trims schedule for PH squads

first_imgRobredo: 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 Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds The Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference kicks off Tuesday with a shortened calendar to accommodate the national team’s campaign in international competitions.Foton, last year’s Grand Prix champion, and newcomer Cherrylume collide at 5 p.m., while Cocolife and Generika-Ayala clash at 7 to usher in the “flagship project” of the PSL.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ PSC director Ian Laurel said this year’s AFC calendar was tweaked to accommodate the schedule of the national team to the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Seniors, both slated this August.TV5 executive Patricia Hizon lauded the gesture of the league, many stars of which are part of the national team rosters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe PSL will have a formal opening ceremony on Saturday to bring in the weekend crowd. The tournament will end July 15, just in time for the national team to begin its camp in Japan. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments Pumaren, GlobalPort brace for top seed Ginebra Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPlast_img read more

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Hall of Famer Evander Holyfield: My mom wouldn’t let me quit

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View comments LATEST STORIES Former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield looks on during a charity boxing event in Lagos, on May 25, 2017. AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNISCANASTOTA, N.Y. — “The Real Deal” delivered one more time.Evander Holyfield, boxing’s only four-time world heavyweight champion, was greeted with a standing ovation on Sunday at his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and he punctuated the moment with a heartfelt speech that focused on the significant contributions to his long career made by his mother and his siblings.ADVERTISEMENT Bradley’s stunning early goal helps US to 1-1 tie at Mexico World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 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 WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage “I cannot think you enough for honoring me and making me feel so special,” the 76-year-old Roth said.Tompkins, who began his boxing career in 1965, has called championship bouts featuring Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran, Alexis Arguello and Sugar Ray Leonard during stints with HBO, ESPN, Fox Sports, and Showtime. The smile on his face Sunday simply would not go away.“You hope that people like what you do,” Tompkins said. “What makes this so humbling is that it’s an acknowledgement by my peers that maybe … somewhere along the line I contributed a thing or two to this great sport.”One of the biggest applauses of the afternoon was for Lennon’s 93-year-old widow, Doris, who sang the national anthem before the festivities began. Aaron Pryor, Bobby Chacon and Lou Duva, who all died since the last year’s ceremony, also were honored with a moment of silence.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “This Hall of Fame thing is all about the help I got from someone else,” said Holyfield, the youngest of nine children. “My mother would have been so happy.”Holyfield’s impressive career spanned more than three decades and included a bronze medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics, undisputed cruiserweight and heavyweight titles, and two memorable fights against Mike Tyson and another against Riddick Bowe. He had an amateur record of 160-14 with 75 knockouts and finished his professional career at 44-10-2 with 29 knockouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOn this day, the memory of his mother, Annie, who died in the 1990s, took center stage.“When I came back with the bronze medal, my mama said, ‘See, I told you.’ My mom wouldn’t let me quit,” Holyfield recalled. “My mom said, regardless of how good you are, you do mess up, and if you do mess up and you have a good attitude, you’ll get more opportunities. I had 10 setbacks, so that lets you know that I messed up. But because of the good attitude I had, I got more chances.” “My goal was to be the very best that I could be. I just didn’t know what it was.”Also inducted were: three-division champion Marco Antonio Barrera of Mexico; the late super flyweight champion Johnny Tapia; Australian trainer Johnny Lewis; judge Jerry Roth; journalist-broadcaster Steve Farhood; broadcaster Barry Tompkins; and Eddie Booker and ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Sr., also honored posthumously.Tapia’s career was tainted outside the ring by drugs and alcohol — he served a stint in prison and was suspended three years for cocaine use. But in the ring he found his own sort of solace, winning 59 fights against five losses and two draws and captured three different titles starting at 115 pounds. His induction came almost five years to the day that he was found dead in his Albuquerque, New Mexico home at age 45.“Johnny had the greatest fans, and he soared to the greatest of heights,” his widow, Teresa, said as she recalled his upset knockout win over Henry Martinez for the vacant World Boxing Organization Junior Bantamweight Championship in 1994. “Johnny fought like a demon possessed throughout his career. The fans were his strength and salvation. From this day forward, Johnny, you shall be immortalized. Your heart … will live on forever.”Roth, a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, officiated 225 world title fights, including Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Oscar De La Hoya and Holyfield’s trilogy against Bowe. He said he was speechless when he was informed of his selection six months ago, and the emotion in his voice nearly rendered him speechless again on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? MOST READlast_img read more

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Draft is next up during NBA’s dizzying days of deals

first_imgMarkelle Fultz, center, speaks with reporters after his private workout with the Los Angeles Lakers at NBA basketball team’s training complex Thursday, June 15, 2017, in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Greg Beacham)NEW YORK—Markelle Fultz is ready for the NBA draft. He’s already learned about life at the trade deadline.During a dizzying few days of deals around the NBA, the presumed No. 1 pick had his Saturday plans – not to mention his future destination – change when the Philadelphia 76ers brought him in for a workout. They then completed a trade with the Boston Celtics and are expected to take the Washington guard to begin the action Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken And if the last few days are indication, what follows might be a wild night inside Barclays Center.“It’s been a little crazy last couple days,” Duke forward Jayson Tatum said Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTeams seem to have one eye on the draft and future stars like Fultz and Lonzo Ball, while the other is firmly focused on jockeying for proven veterans. Former and future No. 1 picks have already been dealt this week in what feels like the trade deadline, free agency and draft all rolled into one frenzy.“It just shows you what the NBA is about. I mean, you can get traded in the blink of an eye, without knowing,” Fultz said. “It just shows you how this business is and like I said, I just go with the flow. I’ve got an opportunity to play basketball and that’s all I ask for.” World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Alaska re-ups Henton for PBA Governors’ Cup 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 From there it could be Tatum, Josh Jackson of Kansas, Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox or some other player in the mix at No. 3, where the Celtics will now pick after the deal with the 76ers. Celtics President Danny Ainge said after making the trade he thought he could get the player he wanted two spots lower.“It’s a very loaded class and I feel like especially whichever guys go at the top four, five, there may not be that much separation between (them) because everybody’s just so talented,” Tatum said.Many of them, as usual lately, are freshmen. A record 14 were taken in the first round of last year’s draft and that number should be threatened Thursday. The Sacramento Kings have two top-10 picks, while NBA champion Golden State and runner-up Cleveland have none in the first round.Teams chasing those two squads may make up ground quickest with a veteran player they can only get through free agency or a trade, so that may have to wait until July.But they should be able to find someone good Thursday.“This, I think, has a chance to be a historic draft,” Minnesota Timberwolves general manager Scott Layden said. “You look at the top end of the draft and I think there’s a chance that there’s going to be a lot of very good players, but it also runs deep into the late first round. I think that’s why there will be a lot of activity at this draft, because I think teams see potential to get a great player.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Though Fultz heads what’s widely regarded as a strong draft class, the young stars have had to share the spotlight this week with veterans who are – or could be – on the move. All-Stars and Olympic champions such as Paul George and Jimmy Butler are front and center in trade talk that usually isn’t this heavy until February. Dwight Howard was dealt and D’Angelo Russell – who just two years ago was on the same stage the players will walk Thursday as the No. 2 pick – was dealt by the Los Angeles Lakers, presumably to clear the point guard spot for Ball and salary cap space for the future.“I’ve been seeing a lot of crazy things. They’ve been coming through my phone with the ESPN app,” Kentucky guard Malik Monk said.“I knew right before the draft something crazy was going to happen. It happens almost every year, so I wasn’t shocked about it.”Things are expected to settle down a bit for at least the first two picks. The 76ers, selecting first for the second straight year, should take Fultz before Magic Johnson takes Ball with the Lakers again in the No. 2 spot, which is exactly what the UCLA guard and his father, LaVar, want.“It would mean a lot to play for my hometown and learn from the best point guard ever,” Ball said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Uesato strikes as JPV trips Ilocos

first_imgJapanese striker Takumi Uesato scored his sixth goal of the season as JPV Marikina slipped past Ilocos United,2-1, Wednesday night to move within a point off leader Meralco Manila in the Philippines Football League.Uesato, who delivered the first hat trick in league history in a 4-0 win over Stallion Laguna, doubled the lead for JPV in the eighth minute as the Marikina side picked up its fourth straight victory at Quirino Stadium in Vigan.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 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 Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Mike Myers set to beef up Jones Cup-bound Gilas squad Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Alen Angeles got on the scoresheet in the fourth minute to set the tone for JPV’s strong start, before Chima Uzoka pulled a goal back for the home side, which fell to its fifth straight defeat.Ilocos is languishing at the bottom of the table with just one point from six matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Sparks dropped points for the first time this season after battling Davao Aguilas to a thrilling 2-2 stalemate at Davao del Norte Sports Complex in Tagum City.Australian winger Tahj Minniecon scored the quickest goal in league history when he pounced on a scramble inside the box in the second minute, before Phil Younghusband made it 2-0 in the 12th minute. But just when the Sparks looked to cruise to victory, Davao’s Serbian defender Milos Krstic pulled a goal back midway in the first half before Filipino-Belgian Dylan De Bruycker equalized in the 73rd minute.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage What ‘missteps’? View commentslast_img read more

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Pacquiao going big, or going bust in the Battle of Brisbane

first_imgAsked specifically what the fallout would be if Horn (16-0-1, 11 knockouts) somehow won, Roach said “depending on how he lost, I would probably encourage him to retire.”Not that he’s expecting Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 knockouts) to struggle. Roach said training has consisted of 50 rounds on some days and the preparation — after a slow start — has been very intense.“I expect Manny’s best in this fight. I am looking for a big win here,” Roach said. “We want to go on to bigger and better things.”Pacquiao lost the 2015 mega fight to Mayweather but has rebounded to beat Tim Bradley and Jessie Vargas on points since then. He wants another shot at Mayweather.“If there’s a chance, why not? I’m willing,” Pacquiao said of a potential rematch with Mayweather, who has visited Roach’s gym a couple of times — though not to discuss business. “But let’s focus first for this fight. We don’t want to underestimate … Horn, thinking about another fight. This fight is not done yet.ADVERTISEMENT “Manny is in a must-win situation. He wants a rematch with Mayweather,” Roach said Tuesday at a gym next door to the Suncorp Stadium, where a 50,000-plus crowd is expected for the “Battle of Brisbane.”“With Mayweather you have to look good against an opponent, you have to be impressive.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRoach has been a long-time trainer for the multiple world champion, and reckons the 38-year-old Pacquiao should have a few more big wins in him.“If he struggles in this fight, it could be over,” Roach said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I know my body. I’m ready. I’m not underestimating (Horn). I’m not taking him lightly. I’m working hard.”Horn turned pro in 2013, the year after reaching the Olympic quarterfinals in London, and has faced 10 top-15 rated boxers in his 17 professional bouts. He hasn’t faced anyone of the caliber of Pacquiao, though.The Pacquiao camp is expecting Horn to come out aggressively in front of his home crowd, and so the preparation has been tailored to that.A world champion in eight divisions, and now a senator in the Philippines, Pacquiao can still remember the feelings he had ahead of his first big-time bout and is treading carefully because of that.“That’s why we did a lot for this training camp,” Pacquiao said. “I know what he’s feeling — being there, being the underdog.”It won’t mean he’ll take it any easier in the ring.“All I can say is, it’s good he’s a teacher,” Pacquiao said. “I’m a teacher in the ring.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pacquiao eyeing Mayweather rematch, says Roach What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagecenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 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 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Boxer Jeff Horn trains in a gym in Brisbane, Australia, Monday, June 26, 2017. Horn is preparing for his WBO welterweight world boxing title bout against Filipino Manny Pacquiao on Sunday, July 2. (Photo by JOHN PYE / AP)BRISBANE, Australia — Freddie Roach is ready to narrow down Manny Pacquiao’s options following the WBO welterweight championship fight against Jeff Horn: Think about another shot at Floyd Mayweather, or think about retirement.The 11-time world champion is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday against the 29-year-old Australian, a school teacher who is in the biggest bout of his professional career.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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SEA Games conclusion sees early start to celebrations

first_imgForeign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano waves the Southeast Asian Games Federation flag after receiving it from Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco and outgoing SEA Games Federation president Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar of Malaysia during the closing ceremonies of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Wednesday night at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. Cayetano will serve as chairman of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—A spectacular showstopper with a glorious medal tally of 323 was the magnificent end to the 29th SEA Games hosted by the nation.On the eve of the 60th National Day, with a roaring spirit of nationalism, thousands of Malaysians thronged the Bukit Jalil National Stadium to witness the closing ceremony of the Games that saw 7,090 athletes from 11 nations come together to compete in the spirit of sportsmanship.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano then waved the flag, signifying Philippines’ acceptance of hosting the Games.Among some of the highlights at the closing ceremony included a tribute video, a visual journey into the daily lives of some of the 13,000 volunteers at the SEA Games on the tasks and various duties they undertook to ensure the Games’ success. This then followed with Terima Kasih Daun Keladi (tribute of thanks), which was an inspiring fusion of communal singing and dancing, thanking Mother Nature.There were also a video featuring all the major moments and achievements during the Games, together with a short tribute from Malaysia’s medal winners to all Malaysians.Among them were shot putter Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli, wushu champion Diana Bong Siong Lin and karate exponent R. Sharmendran.The closing ceremony mostly centred around Malaysia’s 60 years of nationhood with the region as well as unity, harmony, togetherness, aspiration and respect.Among the key highlights was an 80-minute long musical ode called the Soundtrack Negaraku that featured iconic Malaysian songs recreated for the public.It was accompanied by visuals that were a combination of projection mapping and LED showcasing the nation’s landscapes, symbolic moments and glimpse into its future.The other highlight included a video segment, which was a compilation of nation building and defining statements from history brought to life for all, accompanied by visuals from the 1957 Merdeka declaration cries by Tunku Abdul Rahman.There was also the multi-faceted rendition of the national anthem that reverberated across the stadium, with thousands singing, guided by a choir.This was then accompanied by a spectacle of fireworks. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments “May they display cheerfulness and concord so that the Sports Torch may be carried on with even greater eagerness, courage and honour for the good of humanity throughout the ages,” he said in a short declaration yesterday.As the curtain came down on KL 2017, all eyes will now be fixed on Philippines, the host of the next edition in 2019.Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who is also the organising committee chairman, handed over the SEA Games Federation flag to South-East Asian Games Federation president and Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Imran Tuanku Jaafar.Tunku Imran then presented the flag to the Philippines Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr, who received it on behalf of the Philippines government.Cojuangco Jr then passed it to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and the 30th SEA Games organising committee chairman, His Excellency Alan Peter Cayetano.ADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion MOST READ Malaysia as the host dominated the medal tally and became the overall champion with a total haul of 145 golds, 92 silvers and 86 bronze.This surpassed the initial target of 111 gold medals, making it one of the best ever in the Games.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 openingPrime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak arrived at 9.40pm, accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and his deputy Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.“I declare the 29th SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 closed and I call upon the youth of the South-East Asian countries to assemble two years from now at the Philippines to celebrate the 30th SEA Games. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim There was also a “wefie moment” when the public had the opportunity to be part of one of the biggest and widest “wefies” of all time with Najib and Khairy.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Olympic medalist Michael Phelps challenges Conor McGregor to swimming racelast_img read more

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Saunders and Monroe want Golovkin-Alvarez shot

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lyceum averts disaster, escapes Arellano to stay unbeaten Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Saunders’ promoter Frank Warren is confident his boxer will face the winner of Golovkin-Alvarez should he beat Monroe Jr.“If Bill comes through he will fight the winner of Canelo-Golovkin,” said Warren. “It’s all in his hands now. He knows what he gets out of this fight if he wins and I believe he will deliver.”– ‘Shot at redemption’ –Monroe, 30, is boxing for the first time in a year and has registered two points-wins since being stopped in six rounds by knockout specialist Golovkin.“He took a beating before and if he quit before when there were three belts on the line, he will certainly quit when there’s one belt on the line,” said Saunders.Monroe, from New York, refused to be drawn into trash talk but is hoping Golovkin beats Alvarez so he can have a re-match.“It’s a shot at redemption,” said Monroe. “I think Canelo is just going to win but I want Triple G (Golovkin) to win so I can get him back.“If you look at my fight with Golovkin and his fight against Kell Brook and Danny Jacobs, he doesn’t deal with fast fighters.“I’ve had a 12 week camp for Billy Joe, but I only got six weeks’ notice for Golovkin. I never had big backers and money guys in my corner to make things happen, so when a shot like that comes up you take it.”He added: “Billy Joe has had a great promoter like Frank Warren in his corner. All the fights have been in his own backyard. Willie Monroe Jr. of the US is checked by the referee after being knocked down in the first round by Gennady Golovkin from Kazakhstan during their Middleweight World Championship bout at the Forum Arena in Los Angeles, California on May 16, 2015. Golovkin won the fight by knocking out Monroe Jr. in the sixth round. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON / AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTONGennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s eagerly-anticipated bout will be watched by a global television audience, but it is not the only world middleweight title fight on Saturday.Billy Joe Saunders’ second defense of his World Boxing Organization belt against Willie Monroe Jr. in London will not attract the same attention or glamour but is nevertheless significant since the winner is likely to face the victor of Golovkin-Alvarez clash, which takes place a few hours later in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Golovkin, from Kazakhstan but based in California, defends the other three versions of the world title (World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation) against Mexico’s Alvarez in a clash between boxing’s biggest stars now that Floyd Mayweather Jr has gone back into retirement.For Saunders, there can be no more excuses about motivation after an inactive and frustrating reign as champion. The 28-year-old English boxer won the WBO belt from Ireland’s Andy Lee in December 2015 but due to injuries and postponements has only fought once since, an unimpressive points win over Artur Akavov at a leisure centre in Scotland in December.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 openingBut Saunders (24 wins, 0 defeats, 12 KOs) feels rejuvenated and credits new trainer Dominic Ingle with improving his conditioning ahead of facing American Monroe (21 wins, 2 defeats, 6 KOs).‘Confidence boost’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters 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 Great Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders (L) is declared winner after defeating Turkey’s Adem Kilicci during their 2008 Olympic Games Welterweight (69 kg) boxing bout on August 10, 2008 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON“You can say lack of motivation but when you’re in touching distance of something great, that alone gives me motivation,” Saunders told reporters on a conference call from his training base in Fuerteventura, one of the Spanish Canary Islands.“The way the Ingles go about their business is second to none. My fitness is on a different level. I’m fit enough now to fight 15 rounds, every minute of every round. That alone boosts my confidence by leaps and bounds.“I know what is around the corner, I want to test myself against one of the greats. Willie had his chance (against Golovkin in May, 2015). I want to beat Willie Monroe in a better way than Golovkin did.”Golovkin, 35, and Alvarez, 27, are recognised as the best middleweights in the division and Saunders thinks the champion will prevail this weekend.“I think it will be a very close fight but Canelo looks like he has overdone it in training, he looked fatigued in training and he’s overdone it,’ said Saunders, from Hertfordshire, northwest of London.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments “He hasn’t had to go into a lion’s den with all these screaming fans against him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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India aim for historic Test series triumph in S Africa

first_imgIndia’s Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot during a practice before the third Test match against South Africa, which begins on Sunday, at Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, Jan 1, 2011. APIndia’s emphatic win in Durban has set the tone for a high-voltage climax as the visitors go into the series-deciding third cricket Test against the Proteas in Cape Town on Sunday seeking to record their first-ever series triumph on South African soil.India, the world number one team, bounced back valiantly after an innings and 25 runs defeat in the first Test to level the series with an 87-run triumph in the second Test.What seemed like a doomed tour after their shambolic batting in the opening Test suddenly came alive with a fightback in Durban, setting the stage for what promises to be an electrifying contest between two sides battling it out for the number one position.Team India for the 3rd Test at Cape Town. PTIThe match is set to be played at a venue where India have never won, with a draw in 1993 being their best result in Cape Town.In all, India have played three Tests at the Newlands Cricket Ground and ended up on the losing side twice (by 282 runs in 1997 and by five wickets in 2007).But the morale-boosting triumph in Durban means that having history against them would hardly matter for Dhoni’s men when they step on the field on Sunday.Most of the credit for the turnaround in India’s fortunes goes to the return from injury of pace spearhead Zaheer Khan and middle-order batting mainstay VVS Laxman.advertisementIn fact, in Durban, the 96-run second innings knock of Laxman and the six wickets by Zaheer were ultimately the decisive contributions in what was a topsy-turvy match.Zaheer’s presence was especially inspiring for the rest of the Indian bowling and S Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma, both struggling in the opening Test, found their rhythm in Durban.Sreesanth was particularly lethal in the second innings, grabbing three wickets.The batting, however, remains a bit of a concern as India collapsed in both the innings.Had it not been for some good bowling that dismissed the South Africans for 131 in the first innings, India could well have been in trouble due to their famed batting line-up’s below-par show.Murali Vijay, who came in the side to replace an injured Gautam Gambhir, could not make use of the opportunity and would most definitely be out if the regular had recovered completely from the hand injury he sustained during a practice session before the second Test.Gambhir practised with his teammates at the net session on Friday and is likely to play the crucial match.Similar was the case of Cheteshwar Pujara, who came in for a woefully out of form Suresh Raina. With scores of 19 and 10, Pujara couldn’t quite make an impression in the match but could still be persisted with.In the bowling department, Harbhajan Singh can be expected to have a bigger role as Newlands has traditionally favoured the spinners on the last two days.For the South Africans, the loss in Durban was a rude shock after the high of an imposing win in Centurion.But they can take heart from the fact that Newlands is a happy hunting ground for them. The Proteas have won 14 out of 21 Tests here and lost just three (against Australia).Graeme Smith’s men, who pulled off a solid batting performance in the opening Test, couldn’t quite click in Durban.The first innings was a disaster and even in the second innings, the batting was a let down. But the line-up is way too good to collapse too frequently and the Indians cannot afford to take it lightly due to the flop show in Durban.The likes of Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Alviro Petersen and Smith himself cannot be expected to flop in unison continuously.The Proteas have the better of the two bowling attacks with Dale Steyn’s fiery pace being a major difference.The world’s number one fast bowler in Tests has been in good form in the series and has consistently troubled Indian batsmen. He has been backed up well by Morne Morkel but spinner Paul Harris going wicketless in Durban should be a concern.The verbal volleys coming from players of both the sides continues to add colour to what has already been an engrossing contest on the field.Squads (from):South Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher, Dale Steyn, Paul Harris, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Ryan McLaren, JP Duminy, Wayne Parnell.advertisementIndia: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, S Sreesanth, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Jaidev Unadkat, Pragyan Ojha.Match starts at 2 pm IST.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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