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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Aging Jayasuriya recalled to Sri Lanka team

first_imgVeteran batsman Sanath Jayasuriya’s international career has been resurrected in the wake of a doping investigation involving Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga.Sanath Jayasuriya has been recalled in the side as a replacement for opener Upul Tharanga. APJayasuriya, who turns 42 this month, will return to play for Sri Lanka in the upcoming limited-overs and Twenty20 matches against England.He was included in a 16-member squad announced Thursday, a day after Sri Lanka Cricket announced the official notification by International Cricket Council that Tharanga has tested positive for a banned substance after the World Cup semi-final win over New Zealand and that a disciplinary action has been initiated.”Since there is an ongoing inquiry to verify this charge, Upul Tharanga will not be making himself available for selection until the conclusion of the inquiry and therefore will not be available for the ODI and T20 matches in England and the Sri Lanka “A” team tour of England,” a statement from Sri Lanka Cricket said.Jayasuriya has not played a limited-overs international for Sri Lanka since December 2009, and played his last Twenty20 game a year ago. His career was thought to be over after being dropped from the World Cup squad and failing to secure a contract with a franchise in this year’s Indian Premier League.Jayasuriya has played 444 one-day internationals, scoring 13,428 runs at an average over 32. He has also taken 322 wickets bowling left-arm spin.Left-handed batsman Thilina Kandamby was named deputy to captain Tillakaratne Dilshan.Dimuth Karunaratne, a 23-year-old left-handed opening batsman is the only uncapped player in the squad.advertisementAllrounder Anjelo Mathews’ selection will be subject to fitness as he hasn’t fully recovered from an injury sustained during the World Cup.Sri Lanka will play England in a Twenty20 match and five limited-over internationals starting June 25, followed by Twenty20 games against Ireland and Scotland.The squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan (captain), Thilina Kandamby, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Sanath Jayasuriya, Dinesh Chandimal, Jeevan Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Tissara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dilhara Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Suraj Randiv, Ajantha Mendis.last_img read more

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Love bytes

first_imgImagine how you would feel if you were madly in love with someone but sex was off-limits? While this may sound improbable, it is in fact a reality for some, and acts like a spanner in the development of a romantic relationship.That’s why a new dating website for men and women who are seeking love but don’t want to, or can’t have actual intercourse is such a big hit: 2000 people have already signed up since 2date4love went live four weeks ago.Set up by a 50-year-old California based hairdresser Lauren Brashier, this dating site is intended for cancer survivors like herself who may have experienced complications from treatment that affect the ability to have intercourse, as well as those who can’t have sex for other reasons such as disability or erectile dysfunction. Brashier’s own experience of trauma each time she had to break the news that sex wasn’t a possibility to potential romantic partners was her motivation.This online dating service is one of many in the US for singles with health problems. Others include Dating 4 Disabled, a site for those with various disabilities; NoLongerLonely, for adults with mental illness and POZ Personals, for those with HIV. They fulfill the important role of alleviating the anxiety of groups of people concerned about how disclosure of a chronic illness will impact the outcome of their romantic relationships.These dating sites provide a safe space in which to discuss the awkward problems of illnesses – impaired sexuality, mobility and intermittent pain. Users are plenty, providing proof of their success.advertisementIn the Indian context, however, no such online dating sites exist. Instead, a handful of matrimonial sites cater to people with health challenges.Diabeticmatriomonial. com is one that provides a forum for those with diabetes; iMilap. com is another internet site that encourages unions between handicapped, deaf, dumb, physically challenged Indians throughout the world.THESE sites are a move forward and challenge outdated notions that people with disabilities and challenging health issues can’t have romantic relationships.Still, their contribution of revenue to the online matrimonial industry is insignificant.According to market research done by EmPower Research, matrimonial websites in India such as Shaadi. com and Bharat Matrimony are estimated to generate $ 63 million a year.Traditional dating sites, on the other hand, are struggling to survive, because the concept of dating before marriage is still not traditionally acceptable. In fact, the only dating sites that have a booming business cater to gay people, probably because gay marriages aren’t legal here! A new concept expected to bring about a revolution in the concept of online dating, however, is that of group dating central to a website called Igniter. com. Set up in the US by three American men for twenty year olds, Igniter. com has become a huge hit among Indians. After the founders saw that the majority of users were Indians, they decided to change its identity to an ” Indian” dating website.Users say that they signed on because the concept of group dating was safe and less daunting than typical dating. Indian parents, too, perceive this as a safer option for their offspring than the solo one: One person registers and sets up a movie, coffee or picnic, with a few others, making the date “socially acceptable.” Though still in its nascent stage, the growing success of Igniter. com reflects how ready today’s young adults are for a new dating script. This sort of onlineforum to set up group dates would also provide the ideal platform for those with complex health issues to find love and companionship. ===Mapping success M S Dhoni is soon going to have his head under the scanner. IIM Ranchi is designing a project with the help of psychiatrists to map the brains of successful people, and has declared that they intend to approach the ace cricketer among others to study how his brain reacts to different situations. Brain mapping may offer valuable insights into what makes him so good at his game.Also referred to as neuroimaging, this technique scans your brain and represents it on the computer screen. The information can determine which part of the brain gives us certain abilities.Sport bodies in the West are already exploring the potential of brain mapping for identifying and understanding athletic talent.Neuroscientists are in the process of understanding athletic skills and analysing the complex differences at the neural level of a player with exceptional athletic skills. An MRI used to track brain functions can enable a better understanding of how athletes perform during competitions.advertisementApart from becoming crucial in the selection process, mapping would also influence coaching techniques, as methods would be developed to improve skills essential for a heightened athletic performance based on individual brain maps. ===Scrabble is the winner Playing scrabble can increase the visual word recognition of players. This ability to read individual word is hard to master and researchers at the University of Calgary have done a study on how Scrabble helps.Research participants were asked to do some word recognition exercises and it was found that those who played Scrabble demonstrated extraordinarily intellectual dexterity in the categories tested.The conclusion drawn is that exercising the mind through regular games of Scrabble early in life can build word skills during adulthood. Other word games such as crossword puzzles and Words with Friends don’t have the same impact. ===Juggling the choices Making decisions will surely deplete your energy, especially if you have been making one after another. That’s why you won’t be able to say no to that teatime brownie if you have turned down the paratha at breakfast and pizza at lunchtime.We all have a finite amount of willpower or mental energy directed at self-control. Once this is depleted, we suffer ” decision fatigue,” which affects our judgement on a regular basis.The more choices you are confronted with, say experts, the harder it becomes for our brains to make them.Once we have reached the stage of burn-out, we look for quick ways out.We may act recklessly instead of thinking the problem through, or simply do nothing at all.To avoid letting things get to this stage, its best to structure your life to conserve willpower.Don’t schedule one meeting after another. Also get some idea of how decision fatigue affects your own life and determine when it’s best to trust yourself.Finally: Make sure you are rested and have a piece of chocolate before making a tough choice as low blood sugar can impact your decisions adversely.last_img read more

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Yuki Bhambri, Vishnu Vardhan to miss tennis nationals

first_imgIn the absence of some of the stars, the Fenesta Open Tennis Championship, which begins here in the Capital on Monday, will provide an opportunity for unheralded players to make a mark.Defending champion Yuki Bhambri and last year’s runner-up Vishnu Vardhan are two of the biggest names missing from this year’s men’s singles draw.Both Yuki and Vishnu are currently playing the ATP Challenger tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, which leaves the men’s singles draw at the Nationals wide open.Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan has been handed top billing but it will be interesting to see how the Tamil Nadu lad fares on his comeback. The 24-year-old was handed a wild card at this year’s Chennai Open and is currently ranked 395 in the world.Jeevan won an ITF tournament in April on clay and will have to adjust to the speed of the courts at the RK Khanna Tennis Complex. He has lost three ITF semi- finals on hard courts this year. Former champion VM Ranjeet is seeded second ahead of Siddharth Rawat.Jeevan will open his campaign against another former champion Vijay Kannan while Ranjeet will start against Maharashtra lad Rajat Maheshwari.In women’s singles, seasoned pro Prerna Bhambri will lead the field. The Delhi girl is on a high after her recent win in the ITF tournament in Gulbarga.Ranked 798 on the WTA computer, Prerna will be itching to reclaim her Nationals crown and the victory last week, which was only her second ITF title, will hold her in good stead.The women’s singles draw will not have defending champion Rutuja Bhosale, who created ripples with her giant-killing effort that saw her win over seasoned players like Prerna and Rushmi Chakravarthy. Thje main challenge for Prerna is expected to come from Rishika Sunkara.The six- day tournament will conclude on Saturday with Sania Mirza giving away the trophies.The men’s singles champion will take home Rs 1.50 lakh with the runner-up will receive Rs one lakh.advertisementlast_img read more

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LeBron James passes Jordan for fourth in NBA career points

first_imgBeal’s poster dunk, 30 points lead Wizards past Mavs James wears the same No. 23 worn by Jordan.“I wear the number because of Mike. I fell in love with the game because of Mike,” James said before the game.“I just take all the accomplishments as they come. It’s just an honor to have my name be mentioned among all the greats.”Jordan played 15 NBA seasons and was a five-time NBA Most Valuable Player who won six NBA crowns in the 1990s with the Bulls.James, in his 16th NBA campaign, is a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player and three-time NBA champion as well as a 15-time All-Star.While Jordan went 6-0 in the finals, James is only 3-6 but has reached the past eight NBA Finals, four each with Miami and Cleveland before joining the Lakers last July.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem During the next timeout, James went to the bench and buried his head in a towel, appearing to cry while a video tribute played on the scoreboard and he reflected upon the achievement of surpassing his boyhood idol.“Cant even front,” James tweeted about 90 minutes before tipoff. “This is going to be UNREAL!! Wow man.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 34-year-old American forward, the top scorer among active players, made his points in 1,190 games compared to 1,072 for Jordan with the Bulls and Washington.The next target for James would be retired Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant, who is third on the NBA career list with 33,643 points. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:398 drug convicts, including pastor, linked in ‘hospital pass’ scheme01:31‘Hospital referral pass’ can cost inmates up to P2M – Lacson02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crashcenter_img LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after passing Michael Jordan and moving to #4 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list during the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on March 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Robert Laberge/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES, California—LeBron James overtook Michael Jordan to move into fourth place on the NBA all-time scoring list Wednesday with a driving layup in the second quarter against visiting Denver.The Los Angeles Lakers playmaker, who had matched the Chicago Bulls legend’s career total of 32,292 with his first 12 points, made history on the layup with 5:38 remaining in the quarter and sank a free throw to complete a 3-point play.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the NBA points record with 38,387, with long-time Utah great Karl Malone ranked second on 36,928.On his current pace, James figures to pass Bryant next season and could overtake Abdul-Jabbar by the end of his Lakers contract in the 2021-22 campaign if he stays healthy.James went 2-of-6 from the floor in the first quarter and 0-4 from the free throw line in the opening quarter, but added a lay-in and jumper to match Jordan early in the second quarter and break the record attacking the basket, a trademark move in his career.James has more assists and 20-point games than any other top-five scorer.Jordan and James are often compared as the best players in NBA history.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endlast_img read more

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Phisgoc reopens talks with MOA for SEA Games basketball venue

first_imgUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash The Philippines has won 17 of the 19 previous stagings and has held the championship for the past 12 SEA Games. The last SEA Games basketball game played in the country was in 1991 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MANILA, Philippines–So maybe it wasn’t a good idea to downgrade the venue for men’s basketball in the Southeast Asian Games after all.ADVERTISEMENT “Now let’s see in a couple of days if they can make the schedules available,” said the Phisgoc source.The same insider said the 15,000-seater MOA Arena has several bookings on the same week that basketball will be played in the SEA Games, which will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.Earlier, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio offered a promising compromise: Let Filoil host the other games but put the Gilas matches in a bigger venue.The Phisgoc insider said Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, “is on standby.” But officials think the 55,000-seat venue might be “too big” for the competitions.“We are talking of the SEA Games hosting which only happens every 10 years or more,” said the Phisgoc official.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed A day after a ruckus was raised over the decision to move the event from Mall of Asia Arena to Filoil Flying V Centre, a top official of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games organizing committee (Phisgoc) said on Friday it has reopened negotiations with SM for the retail giant to host the basketball event.SM owns Mall of Asia and the source said top officials of the mall contacted Phisgoc after it was announced that basketball would be moved the Filoil arena in San Juan, which can only hold 5,500 people.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesREAD: SEA Games venues for basketball, volleyball in Manila get a downgradeBasketball, which will field the popular Gilas Pilipinas squad that could feature stars of the PBA, is expected to be one of the blockbuster events in the SEA Games. The last time the country hosted the SEA Games in 2005, the Philippines did not get to field a basketball team because it was suspended by the Fiba. Milos Raonic ends lucky loser’s run at Indian Wells MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Rico Maierhofer retires from basketball after injury-prone career

first_imgWarriors start playoff road, without LeBron James there at the end MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “Thank you to the entire San Miguel Corporation,” said Maierhofer, whose stint with NorthPort from 2015 to 2017, was the only time he didn’t play with SMC in his career.“My family and I are forever grateful for the opportunity and had been blessed with three championship rings all from the SMC Family,” said Maierhofer. “Maierhofer also thanked his wife Jeck for taking care of their four children, his parents, and the Lord.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The lanky 6-foot-6 forward was a winner in both the collegiate and professional ranks having led De La Salle to the 2007 title and was a two-time champion in the PBA with the Purefoods franchise and San Miguel.He was also a champion with Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League.“It was truly a wonderful experience, but unfortunately, due to an injury-prone career I am announcing my early retirement from playing professional basketball,” said the 33-year-old Maierhofer via Instagram.He suffered his worst injury in April 2016  when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament while he was with Globalport—now known as NorthPort—in the PBA. MANILA, Philippines—Rico Maierhofer is calling it a career after almost a decade of professional basketball. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

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Warriors prepare for rested James Harden, Rockets in West rematch

first_imgGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry eggs on the the crowd after scoring during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — After outlasting the no-name Los Angeles Clippers in six games, the Golden State Warriors have a superstar on their hands next.James Harden and the Houston Rockets in a rematch of last year’s Western Conference finals. That’s when the Rockets let a 3-2 lead slip away and saw the Warriors go on to win their second straight NBA championship.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Starless Clippers ready to shop in summer free-agent market Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess This time the teams meet in the West semifinals beginning Sunday in Oakland.“We know them well,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday night after his team finished off the Clippers with a 129-110 victory to win the best-of-seven series 4-2. “They’re going to come after you and pick-and-roll. We know they’re already in the Bay waiting for us, so it will be a quick turnaround.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAnticipating a Warriors’ closeout, the Rockets flew to Northern California on Friday to be ready for the series opener. They’ve been resting since Wednesday, when they defeated the Utah Jazz 4-1.The Warriors were stretched to six games for the first time in the opening round in Kerr’s five seasons. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Durant believes Harden’s game is much more than drawing fouls and getting to the line.“He can score in a variety of ways, so we have to be locked in from the beginning,” Durant said. “You can’t fully stop a guy like that; you’ve got to be ready to play him tough all game.”Stephen Curry finished with 24 points, the only other Warrior with at least 20 Friday. Klay Thompson had nine points. Both of them were banged up slightly in the game, but Kerr said he’s hopeful they’ll both be good to go Sunday.Draymond Green had his fifth career playoff triple-double of 16 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists after not playing well in Game 5.Warriors center Kevon Looney expects to see the Rockets employ some of the same defensive schemes used by the Clippers, who twice won in Oakland, including a 31-point comeback that was the biggest in NBA history.“Defending the pick-and-roll is going to be huge,” Looney said. “The Clippers punched us in the mouth and woke us up. They showed us it’s not a cakewalk in the West. Every game is going to be hard.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “One of the things that can happen during the playoffs is you can sharpen your game against an opponent that forces you to do so,” Kerr said. “We had leads in some games that we lost. Every time we thought, all right, we’ve got this, we didn’t have it.”Kevin Durant had a statement game for the Warriors, scoring 38 of his playoff career-high 50 points in the first half at Staples Center. He was 15 of 26 from the floor, made 14 of 15 free throws and hit six 3-pointers.Durant was coming off a 45-point performance in a losing effort in Game 5.“No matter what anybody does, he can get a good shot,” Kerr said.Harden averaged 27.8 points in the first round against the Jazz, but he struggled at times to get going offensively. His worst effort came in Game 3 when Houston won despite him missing his first 15 shots to set an NBA record for most misses to start a playoff game.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

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Clippers fined $50k over Doc Rivers’ Leonard-Jordan comparison

first_imgPDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Passing first test Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He is the most like Jordan that we’ve seen,” Rivers said on the telecast. “Like, there’s a lot of great players. LeBron (James) is phenomenal. KD (Kevin Durant) is phenomenal. But not that he is Jordan or anything like that, but he is the most like him. Big hands. Post game. Can finish. Great leaper. Great defender. In-between game. If you beat him to the spot, bumps you off. Then you add his 3-point shooting.“So, I never get in that ‘who’s the best player?’” Rivers continued. “Magic is the best player, Michael Jordan was the best player, LeBron. But it’s that same group.”Silver said NBA coaches or executives, when put in those situations, should simply say something akin to “I’m not permitted by the league to respond to that question.”“It’s a balance of interest. I understand that,” Silver said. “But he unfortunately crossed a bright line.”ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives around Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The Los Angeles Clippers are paying a price, because Doc Rivers paid Toronto star Kawhi Leonard a compliment.The NBA fined the Clippers $50,000 on Friday for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule. The league did not specifically say what comments were determined to be fine-worthy, other than saying it was in response to what Rivers — the Clippers’ coach — said about Leonard “in a recent television appearance.”ADVERTISEMENT Rivers appeared on an NBA Finals preview show on ESPN earlier in the week and compared Leonard to Michael Jordan. The NBA has regularly warned teams about the perils of saying anything that could be construed as lobbying for a player who is under contract to one team to join another.“I would just say Doc has been at this a long time,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday at an NBA Cares event in Toronto, not long after the fine was announced. “It’s not a fun part of my job ever fining anyone. And I understand the competing interest of the media in hearing a coach’s view about a current NBA player but it’s something where there’s a bright line in this league and you’re not allowed to do it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLeonard will be a free agent this summer, and the Clippers are expected to be the teams who will try to pursue him.Rivers was part of a panel with Magic Johnson and others discussing Leonard’s game when he made the Jordan comparison. View commentslast_img read more

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Lionel Messi retires from international football as Chile retain Copa

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED COMMENT football Published on Lionel’s Messi’s apparent last act in international soccer was to blast his penalty over the bar as Chile won the Copa America for the second successive year following a 4-2 penalty shootout victory over Argentina on Sunday.It was the second successive year Chile had beaten Argentina on penalties in the final. Last year’s Copa America title was their first.Messi cut a dejected figure after Argentina’s trophy drought at senior level was extended to 23 years. It was the fourth final he had lost with his country and he said later he was retiring from international soccer.“It’s tough, it’s not the time for analysis,” he said. “In the dressing room I thought that this is the end for me with the national team, it’s not for me.“I tried so hard to be champion with Argentina. Now I am leaving without having managed it.”The two sides were deadlocked 0-0 after 90 minutes and also after another half an hour of extra time in a match where both teams were reduced to 10 men in the first half.Chilean substitute Francisco Silva placed his penalty low and to the right of Sergio Romero to score the decider after Messi and Lucas Biglia missed for Argentina and Arturo Vidal missed for Chile.“It’s not easy to explain what happened,” said Argentina coach Gerardo Martino. “Argentina should have won that game. It hurts.”DISAPPOINTING FINALThe tension of the penalty shootout barely made up for a disappointing game with few memorable moments for the announced sellout 82,000 crowd.The bulk of first half action involved referee Heber Lopes, who sent off Chile’s Marcelo Diaz on 27 minutes for a second crude challenge on Messi, before Argentina’s Marcos Rojo was given a straight red for a rough tackle on Vidal about 15 minutes later.Three others were booked, including Messi for diving, in a first half that had as many cards as shots on goal.The second half provided more of the same and although Chile, who have never beaten Argentina in open play in 26 previous Copa America encounters, at least managed to call Romero into action, neither side created any clear cut chances.The 30 minutes of extra time was similar, though Vargas came close for Chile and substitute Sergio Aguero had a header tipped over by Claudio Bravo.Messi, who surpassed Gabriel Batistuta as Argentina’s top scorer in the semi-final against the United States, was heavily marked and had few chances to show his brilliance.The tournament was played in the U.S. for the first time to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the inaugural competition and expanded to include six teams from North and Central America along with the 10 from South America. Messi will still be the face of Tata Motors June 27, 2016 COMMENTS Chile stun Argentina to win Copa SHARE null Argentina trophy drought at 23 yearslast_img read more

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