View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny FEU, Ateneo gain finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Ben Mbala. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle may have lost its first match this season to fierce rival Ateneo, but it still has the UAAP’s top player in Cameroonian Ben Mbala, who looks poised to repeat as the league’s Most Valuable Player.Mbala ended the first round as the runaway leader of the MVP race with 98.0 statistical points after averaging 30.4 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1.2 steals in five games.ADVERTISEMENT The Archers, though, are just 3-2 with Mbala in the lineup after their 75-76 loss to the Blue Eagles on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena, capping a roller coaster first-round campaign.But more than individual glory, Mbala knows the Archers have their work cut out for them in their bid for back-to-back titles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We still have a lot of time to work on our game, our team chemistry especially on defense,” said Mbala, who missed the first two games of the season as he represented Cameroon in the Fiba Afrobasket won by Tunisia.Instrumental in Ateneo’s unbeaten start this season, forward Thirdy Ravena is a far second to Mbala after picking up 66.0 SPs. Ravena, younger brother of former UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena, averaged 14.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists.Other top performers are Adamson center Papi Sarr (65.17 SPs), NU guard J-Jay Alejandro (62.71 SPs) and UE’s Alvin Pasaol (61.0 SPs).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday that a church-backed fact-finding report into serial desecrations in Goa was part of a conspiracy hatched against him ahead of the bypolls. On August 21, the Council for Social Justice and Peace, an NGO affiliated to the Goa Catholic Church, had released the report on a series of cases of alleged desecration of Christian and Hindu religious symbols in South Goa.Mr. Parrikar said, “All methods were tried — legal, media, social media and scurrilous publicity. Even to the extent that two days before elections, some organisation released an untrue fact-finding report. I am calling it untrue, you will realise why in the coming days after details of the police investigation.”The report, co-authored by the Mumbai-based Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, has demanded a court-monitored probe into the cases of desecration. It has accused the Goa police of colluding with the State administration in covering up the investigation into the cases and so far arresting only one person. Earlier, a Church-run magazine had severely criticised the BJP governments at the State and Centre. The article compared contemporary India to Nazi Germany and implored Catholics to vote against communalism.