Gilas Pilipinas to go with same lineup vs Chinese Taipei

first_imgClutch Go delivers anew for Blue Eagles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas will parade the same lineup it used against Japan when it faces Chinese Taipei on Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Leading the way for the Philippines are naturalized center Andray Blatche and star guard Jayson Castro.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Also part of the roster are June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Calvin Abueva, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Kevin Alas, Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, and Kiefer Ravena.READ: Gilas shakes off Japan to start World Cup qualifiers campaignFEATURED 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 Philippines is coming off a 77-71 win over Japan on Friday in Tokyo to start its campaign in the Fiba World Cup qualifiers.Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei hopes to bounce back after suffering a humiliating 104-66 loss to Australia in its home court. View commentslast_img read more

Nadal, Dimitrov advance to Australian Open quarterfinal

first_imgDimitrov has never won a major, coming closest here last year before losing a semifinal to Rafael Nadal in five sets, but is enhancing his credentials as a next generation champion.Nadal secured his spot in a 10th Australian Open quarterfinal earlier Sunday on Rod Laver Arena, beating Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 in 3 hours and 51 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 16-time major winner draped an arm around his Argentine friend and patted him on top of the head. If he needed a fitness test in the first week in his comeback from an injured right knee, he got it.“A great battle … he’s a good friend of mine,” Nadal said. “This is the first big match that I played in 2018. That’s confidence for myself … confidence I can resist for four hours on court at a good intensity.” Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH The Patriots and Eagles will square off in Super Bowl 52 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — After snuffing out local hopes for yet another Australian Open, Grigor Dimitrov huddled with Nick Kyrgios at the net and the pair exchanged encouraging words.It was Kyrgios, having just lost 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (4) in the fourth round in a typically tempestuous performance, who left No. 3-ranked Dimitrov with this message: “Believe.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadal lifted to win the third, but Schwartzman didn’t relent.The second game of the fourth set lasted almost 13 minutes, with Nadal finally holding after saving five break points.He broke again in the next game to regain control.“It was a good test for me. It was a lot of hours on court. Moments under pressure,” Nadal said.Britain’s Kyle Edmund reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 afternoon win over Andreas Seppi and could relax and watch the night-time entertainment featuring Dimitrov and Kyrgios. They all played two weeks ago in Brisbane, where Edmund lost to Dimitrov, who lost to eventual champion Kyrgios.Both Dimitrov and Kyrgios got tense at key times in the night match. Dimitrov was broken while serving for the match. Kyrgios was called for a foot fault, double-faulted on a set point and smashed an easy overhead into the net on a break point after dominating the rally. He had 36 aces, and some second serves recorded at faster than 202 kph (125 mph).“Only a couple points in it, you know. It wasn’t like I got demolished out there,” said Kyrgios, who missed the chance to end the drought for local men that dates back to the 1976 Australian Open. “I had a lot of chances to win the match and I just came up short.”He tipped his mate Dimitrov to go far.“He hasn’t even found his best form yet and he’s still getting through all those matches, which is pretty frightening,” Kyrgios said. “Once he finds his feet and he has more confidence, he’s got a real chance at winning it.”Dimitrov thanked him for the support, and said he’s growing more confident in his game. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Nadal will next play 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, who collected his 100th Grand Slam match win with a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (3) victory over No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta.“I had the 300th win of my career at the U.S. Open in 2014, so this is also beautiful one,” Cilic said of his latest major milestone. “I hope I’m going to continue and gather three more here.”Nadal lost last year’s Australian Open final to Roger Federer, but went on to regain the No. 1 ranking and win the French and U.S. Open titles before bringing his season to a premature end because of an injured right knee.Despite not playing any competitive matches in his Aussie Open preparation, Nadal advanced through three rounds without dropping a set.That streak finished when Schwartzman took the second set, rebounding three times after dropping serve to break back and win the tiebreaker.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Caroline Wozniacki continued to cash in on her second chance, reaching the quarterfinals here for the first time since 2012 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Magdalena Rybarikova.After saving match points and coming back from 5-1 down in the third set of her second-round win, No. 2-ranked Wozniacki said she was “playing with the house money” and had nothing to lose.Wozniacki next plays Carla Suarez Navarro, who rallied from a set and 4-1 down to beat No. 32 Anett Kontaveit 4-6, 6-4, 8-6.The other quarterfinal will feature the winners of two tune-up events. Brisbane International champion Elina Svitolina beat Denisa Allertova 6-3, 6-0 in a match that started just before midnight.Fourth-seeded Svitolina next plays Hobart International winner Elise Mertens, who beat Petra Martic to reach the quarterfinals in her Australian Open debut. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

North, South Korea share the ice in figure skating

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Despite their Four Continents bronze last month, Ryom and Kim had a few problems in practice. Ryom fell hard on a throw and failed to land two jumps, though she and Kim showed off an impressive lift, as Ryom perched on top of her partner with seemingly little effort.Ryom and Kim regularly consulted their coaches rinkside and Kim at one point visibly winced when a Japanese skater fell near him.They didn’t stop to chat with the dozens of assembled South Korean and international journalists.ADVERTISEMENT “We didn’t have much time to talk because our warmup schedule was different, but we just said ‘Hi’,” Kam said. “We were just talking about our schedule for this weekend.”Fresh off a third-place finish at the Four Continents championship in Taiwan last month, Ryom and Kim are the only North Koreans who met the Olympic qualifying standards in their sport prior to being invited. They’re also rare among North Korean athletes in having competed at several competitions abroad, where they’d mixed with foreign skaters including Kam and his partner Kim Kyu-eun.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThey’re likely to be respectable mid-level competitors in Pyeongchang, though aren’t considered medal contenders.“They’re really friendly and really bright, so it wasn’t too difficult to get close to them,” Kam said. “It was nice to train alongside them because they’re a really good team, so when there’s good teams training with us, it pushes us a bit more.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Brady takes his 3rd Super Bowl loss, despite 500-yard game LATEST STORIES MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Nextcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:13US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum South Korea’s Kim Kyueun and Kam Alex Kang Chan, left, skate next to North Korea’s Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik during a Pairs Figure Skating training session prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)GANGEUNG, South Korea — North and South Korean figure skaters shared the same ice Monday for the first time at the Pyeongchang Olympics.The North’s pair of Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik didn’t socialize much with the South Korean and Japanese athletes in their practice session, but South Korean skater Alex Kam said they’d shared a few words.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Blatche joins Gilas Pilipinas practice

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Jayson Castro and June Mar Fajardo bannered the attendees, together with Gabe Norwood, Kevin Alas, Roger Pogoy, Jio Jalalon, Matthew Wright, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Kiefer Ravena.Calvin Abueva also attended the session though, Reyes had already ruled him out of making the roster for the February window.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJapeth Aguilar was also present, but watched the session from the sidelines.Big man Abu Tratter, a member of Reyes’ “23-for-23” cadet list, lent a hand in the practices. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche reunited with his Gilas Pilipinas teammates on Monday afternoon as he rejoined the team at the start of its daily trainings at West Greenhills Gym.Blatche was the latest addition in the session as coach Chot Reyes had 12 locals present for practice.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Manalang nets 40 as new recruits help AMA post 1st victory Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Philippines is preparing for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, where it faces powerhouse Australia on February 22 at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne before flying back home to take on Japan on February 25 at Mall of Asia Arena. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum View commentslast_img read more

Arellano Eyes twin NCAA titles

first_imgPH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Almodiel, a 20-year-old transferee from Southwestern University in Cebu, vowed to strike back strong.“I felt the pressure. I hope to bounce back,” said Almodiel.In the juniors’ division, defending champion Perpetual Help and Letran start their own best-of-three duel at 11 a.m.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentscenter_img GA tackles crucial POC issues Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Arellano University eyes a double celebration as its men’s and women’s teams try to finish off their respective foes in the 93rd NCAA volleyball tournament on Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.“We can’t afford to give them a chance to beat us,” said coach Obet Javier as his Lady Chiefs gun for a second straight women’s title and third overall.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Chiefs shoot for a finals sweep after turning back the San Beda Lady Red Spikers, 25-15, 25-16, 15-25, 22-25, 15-6, in Game 1.Regine Anne Arocha and Jovielyn Grace Prado are expected to star anew in the 4 p.m. showdown after the duo led three other players who finished in double-figures.In men’s action, the Chiefs also stunned the fancied Perpetual Help Altas, 12-25, 25-21, 19-25, 26-24, 15-9, to gain the upper hand in their best-of-three duel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’ll just try to help the team win a championship,” said Christian dela Paz, who delivered 24 points in the opener.The 20-year-old Dela Paz outshone Perpetual Help’s Joebert Almodiel, the newly awarded rookie MVP and Best Outside Spiker, who was held to eight hits in his first finals appearance in the NCAA.last_img read more

NBA: Brandon Ingram is the only ‘untouchable’ Laker, says Magic Johnson

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers at No. 2 keep pickNBA: Lakers’ Russell, Ingram plan to reach out to Kobe this off seasonSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, right, drives past Sacramento Kings’ Arron Afflalo . (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Los Angeles Lakers’ roster is undeniably filled with youthful but raw talent at the moment.The team’s young nucleus certainly brings a ray of promise to the storied franchise, but Laker legend and current team president of basketball operations Earvin “Magic” Johnson is open to trading their core if the right deal comes along.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes WATCH: ‘Major Pain’ Eric Menk rides jeep for first time LATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARcenter_img BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Well, except for one gangly yet promising forward.In a recent interview with ESPN, Magic said he considers last year’s number two pick, Brandon Ingram, “untouchable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I would say probably the only player that we would say, hey, we would probably not move is Brandon Ingram,” the player-turned-executive told ESPN Los Angeles in a radio interview.The blue chip prospect out of Duke started off slow out of the gates during his rookie campaign, but gradually made an impact for the Purple and Gold as the season progressed. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ “I think that we’re excited about Brandon, his length, his size, his agility, his athleticism,” Johnson described his 19-year-old potential star.“And then when you think about, you know, he was a baby coming in, in his first year last season and we see that he really has a high ceiling and we’re excited about what he can possibly turn into,” he added.Over the course of 79 regular season games, Ingram finished the season with modest averages of 9.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists. With his maiden year out of the way, the lanky wingman is expected to command a bigger role with the team next season.Meanwhile, more help is expected to come to the Lakers, as they currently hold the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft next month. Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORIES:ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

Bali Pure blanks Creamline to reach PVL Finals

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View comments What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BaliPure players celebrate after booking a Finals berth and eliminating Creamline. —AUGUSTDELA CRUZ through the defense of the Cool Smashers.Bali Pure head coach Roger Gorayeb said he never predicted that their last semifinal match would turn out to be such a cakewalk, and all he did was give a little motivational speech to his players minutes before the game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES Cignal, Air Force set up men’s finals duel in PVL “Actually I never expected this sweep, and I didn’t talk much during before the game,” said Gorayeb. “I just told them to treat this game as one in the championship round and that they should work as a team and not as individuals.”The Water Defenders enjoyed a well laid-out offense with skipper Grethcel Soltones and guest player Jennifer Keddy scoring 13 points apiece while Risa Sato and Jeng Bualee adding a combined 20.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBali Pure also scored on a combined 41 spikes while limiting the Cool Smashers to just 30.Kaewpin Kuttika had 14 points to lead Creamline while skipper Alyssa Valdez added 13.last_img read more

CEU rallies past Gamboa, inches closer to qf berth

first_imgCEU 100 – Guinitaran 24, Aquino 18, Wamar 16, Casiño 14, Cruz 10, Uri 8, Fuentes 6, Baconcon 2, Saber 2, Arim 0, Intic 0, Jeruta 0, Manlangit 0.GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 96 – Avenido 28, Parala 17, Cawaling 13, Acuña 11, Padilla 11, Montuano 10, Vidal 3, Acibar 2, Knuttel 1, Arellano 0, Dadjilul 0.Quarters: 17-30, 45-47, 83-66, 100-96.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We really talked to him and told him that his confidence must start from himself,” said coach Yong Garcia of Guinitaran.Orlan Wamar also found his stroke from the outside as he shot 4-of-7 from downtown to wound up with 16 markers, on top of 11 assists and five rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsArt Aquino added 18 points, four boards, and three assists, while JK Casiño nabbed 14 markers, three rebounds, and two dimes in the victory.CEU dug itself from a 30-17 first quarter hole and went on a rampage in the third quarter, unleashing 38 points in the frame to take an 83-66 lead. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Rich Guinitaran. PBA IMAGESCentro Escolar University didn’t really need Rod Ebondo to escape Gamboa Coffee Mix, 100-96, Monday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.With the Congolese big man recovering from a battle with pneumonia, Rich Guinitaran stepped up for the Scorpions as he unloaded 24 points on a 6-of-10 shooting from threes to help his side improve to 5-3.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Coffee Lovers, though, roared back and cut the lead to as low as three, 95-92, before Guinitaran drilled a dagger triple from the left corner with 37.7 seconds left to put the game away.Leo Avenido topped Gamboa with 28 points on a 9-of-16 shooting from threes. His scintillating sniping from downtown was the most since James Martinez fired 10 treys to nab the PBA D-League record for most points with 58 back in the 2016 Foundation Cup.Mike Parala had a double-double of 17 markers and 11 boards, and JR Cawaling shot 3-of-5 from beyond the arc to claim 13 points and four rebounds in the losing effort.The defeat was the Coffee Lovers’ seventh straight defeat to drop down to a 1-7 record.The scores:ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Gilas Pilipinas scrapes past Taipei B for 2-1 recordlast_img read more

Dhoni praises Raina, Vijay for the victory

first_imgChennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday heaped praise on Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay for setting the platform for the comfortable 97-run victory over Wayamba in Group A match of the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament in Centurion.Raina (87 off 44) and Vijay (68 off 48) shared a 137-run second wicket partnership, that came off just 72 deliveries, to help Chennai post a mammoth 200 for three and set the tone for the convincing win at the SuperSport Park.”We did not want to bat first because in this ground it is very hard to defend. But once we were sent into bat, we needed couple of extra runs, something over 180.”And exactly thats what the batsmen did. They started off cautiously and after that Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay batted brilliantly. They were easily picking up boundaries and in the end 200 is a very good score to defend,” Dhoni said after his side had inched a step closer towards semifinals following their second consecutive win in Group A.”We want to win each and every game that we play. But we always talk about not to think too much about the result, instead prepare well for the game. It is really important to prepare well and execute your plans on the field,” he said.The Chennai skipper also lauded his quick bowlers Doug Bollinger and Albie Morkel for their impressive display upfront.”It is important to have a quick bowler in the side. Dougie (Bollinger) came in as a replacement for us and all of a sudden the team looked different with his inclusion because pace really matters,” Dhoni said.advertisement”Equally important was Albie Morkel’s spell because he has got the neck of picking wickets,” he added.His Wayamba counterpart Jehan Mubarak was of the view that his bowlers awful performance in the middle overs cost his side the match.He also lauded Chennai for their clinical display.”They are a very good team and we knew we had to play our best cricket if we desire to beat them. But they brought out their best game today. Suresh (Raina) batted extremely well,” Mubarak said.”We got a good start with (Ajantha) Mendis opening the bowling but there were four big overs in the middle which produced in excess of 20 runs and I think this cost us the game,” he insisted.Mubarak said opting to bat after winning the toss was not a wrong decision but his batters struggled from the onset of their innings.”In Twenty20 cricket, the wicket and toss don’t play a big difference. The wicket was the pretty much the same all throughout the game but we struggled with the bat.”We lost too many wickets early on and when you need to chase 10 an over from the start there is additional pressure on the batsmen,” he said.Man-of-the-match Suresh Raina was also of the view that his second-wicket partnership with Vijay did the trick for his side.”Vijay batted really well. Me and Vijay got a very good partnership which set the tone but at the end of the day credit goes to the team. We executed our plan really well,” he said.last_img read more

Sachin back for warm-up but Zaheer skips again

first_imgIndia will be looking to keep up the momentum they gained in the warm-up win over Australia when they take on New Zealand in their second and final warm-up match in Chennai on Wednesday.The match will provide India, who defeated Australia by 38 runs in their first practice match in Bangalore on Sunday, one last chance to assess the fitness of players and tweak the combination before the mega-event commences with the India-Bangladesh tie in Dhaka on Saturday.The return of Sachin Tendulkar , who is certain to play on Wednesday, would also boost India and allow the iconic batsman a chance to test his own form.”Sachin will be playing tomorrow but we will preserve Zaheer (Khan) for the tournament. There are no worries about Zaheer’s mild groin injury as he is fit to play,” skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.On the other hand, New Zealand, who have had a poor run in the recent past, got a boost to their morale when they overcame a fighting Ireland by 32 runs in their high-scoring warm-up tie in Nagpur, thanks to a solid 130 by Martin Guptill.Looking to put behind their dismal performance of losing 14 of their last 17 ODIs, the Kiwis would be banking on the experience and expertise of their new coach John Wright in sub-continent conditions to keep alive their hopes of making it to the knock-out stage.As for the wicket, which was termed ‘under-prepared’ by captains of both South Africa and Zimbabwe after their warm-up match on Saturday, Dhoni said: “The wicket on which we are to play tomorrow is damp now and I cannot say as to how it will behave.”WRIGHT’S TAKEWright is not yet ready to label India as the firm favourites to win the Cup and said coping with the huge pressure of playing at home would be crucial.”The pressure of playing at home is certainly something that India will have to deal with. There can be a huge advantage when things are going well. But if they are not, it could be a factor. As for the maturity in them, let us see. They are playing very good cricket. We will know in two months,” said Wright.advertisementlast_img read more

India Today’s Sharda Ugra on why Team India’s World Cup 2007 campaign is in trouble

first_imgRahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar look for hopeImpossible as it may sound, the last time India were in trouble in southern Africa, things were actually worse. Smoke was emerging from Parliament, mock funeral services for the team were held outside the Eden Gardens and heads were demanded on plates. The,Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar look for hopeImpossible as it may sound, the last time India were in trouble in southern Africa, things were actually worse. Smoke was emerging from Parliament, mock funeral services for the team were held outside the Eden Gardens and heads were demanded on plates. The Indians had been clobbered by a Kwa Zulu Natal 2nd XI, embarrassed by Holland and then flattened by Australia.This was the World Cup, the only meaningful prize in the ODI game and the buck stopped dead at India’s door.To recover from a forgettable tour of New Zealand, and the loss of five ODIs in a row, the 2003 team had done all they say India 2006 has not: lined up net bowlers before landing, arrived well in advance, camped in the Durban nets. But still the batsmen struggled, still India was being steamrolled.So, at a meeting before a must-win game vs Zimbabwe, the mighty bats were all banished to the hotel swimming pool and asked to fix the problem amongst themselves. They returned with a re-ordered line-up. The next day, Tendulkar produced a precious 50 as opener, Zimbabwe were beaten and India got its groove back.The veterans of 2003 know that team fortunes can turn on trifles but three years later in South Africa, no one has been able to tap that tipping point. India have again lost five ODIs in a row. They have failed to bat out 50 overs in five of their last eight matches, seven of their last 16. “It’s like one team is playing the 100-overs game and India is playing 20-20,” says former India and Kenya coach Sandeep Patil mournfully.advertisementOne traveller with the India party says, “What’s frightening is that for the first time, we can’t see hope.” After the Port Elizabeth ODI that cost India the series, Sunil Gavaskar proclaimed, “Unless a strong message is sent for the Test series, you can kiss the World Cup good bye.” Stripping Virender Sehwag of the vice captaincy was a message alright, but it needs sound follow through. Between now and the World Cup, the team has eight matches to find faith and Indian cricket has few questions to answer.Q. Is it time to return to the OLD GUARD?Yes. First came the scramble for VVS Laxman and then the selection of Mr G for the Tests. Like both Mrs Gs, Mr G is an individual, an idea and an influence. The first hint of Sourav Ganguly’s return to the Test squad and a former selector dripped acid, “It seems there is no other cricketer in India.”Stats of the last 15 ODI results of the top teamsClick here to EnlargeBut the injury to Yuvraj Singh and his iffy World Cup chances could mean a yawning hole in the already stuttering middle order. Yuvraj’s experience, match nous and fielding are hard to replace but of all players, only Ganguly and Laxman qualify on two out of three counts.It may mean choosing between Laxman’s fire-fighting skills and the added dimension of Ganguly’s medium pace and also which of the two will be easier to handle. Rahul Dravid and Greg Chappell are firm with what they consider youthful petulance (Sreesanth was apparently dropped from the Champions Trophy as a warning).The arrival of older, stronger personalities will not be Dravid’s and Chappell’s recipe for harmony going into a big event. Patil brushes aside all objections, “It doesn’t matter if you don’t like someone’s face. The bottomline is this: youngsters are not delivering, you have too little time, so don’t go by personal grudges, bring your trusted warriors back-Laxman, Ganguly Kumble, Zaheer.”Former India coach John Wright’s advice to the Indian management is muted but focussed: “Get your top three right and know who your best bowlers are.”Q. Should the coach or captain be SACKED?No. Because it’s just too late. “It would put tremendous pressure on the team,” says one Board member. “What would the other captain or coach achieve in four months?” What the Indian think tank could contemplate is a new tack of leadership.OLD WARRIORS: VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly find favour againMore than the famous ‘Now or Never’, India’s 2003 World Cup campaign was built around the idea: keep winning, stay together. Along the way it took a while to engage with the humble single, finals came and went, there were frustrating stumbles. But as Javagal Srinath, a key member in 2003, remarks, “Our bad form may have been temporary, but the environment- of reinforcement and freedom- remained constant.”Maybe perform or perish, worthy idea as it may be, does not work for a team repeatedly perishing. Maybe Dravid and Chappell, self-starting high achievers both, are just too similar. Maybe there is too much stick and too little carrot. Along with the daily business of planning and preparation, one between Dravid and Chappell needs to actively work to minimize the distance between officers and men.advertisementQ. Does the team need a bowling COACH?Yes. Even chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar thinks so. But, for jeepers’ sakes, choose smartly. With his aggressive posturing and unsympathetic dissection of Irfan Pathan, (once considered his protege), Wasim Akram may please the frontbenchers, but at a big ticket event, go native.Number of batsmen fielded by India in various positions in last 10 ODIs this seasonClick here to EnlargeAt the World Cup, it may help to find a savvy local, say Andy Roberts, who understands local conditions. Bruce Reid did in Australia, 2003-04. The local nails down the right lengths to bowl, short-cuts a touring team’s trials and errors, and passes on his knowledge.Former South African paceman Fanie De Villiers offered a tip to the tourists, “The Indian bowlers need to use the crease better because of the extra bounce.” And then asked, “Are they doing it? Are they getting good advice?”. The team’s assistant coach, biomechanist Ian Frazer was an opening batsman in Australian first-class cricket.The bowling unit of every team needs guidance from a senior practising colleague or an old master. At the 2003 World Cup, the bowlers’ team used technology as a basis for every bowler’s net sessions. If the bowlers had worked out that Inzamam was susceptible to the incoming ball early in his innings, at net sessions the call would go out, “okay boys, this is Inzamam, now…”Each bowler would then try to replicate the strategy formulated for Inzamam during the computer sessions out on the training ground. In the end, the bowling unit made of diverse and eccentric talents, who played together for nearly a year took India into the World Cup final.Q. Are resources well used? Is the bench really EMPTY?No. Cards in a Las Vegas casino are shuffled less than the Indian batting. Four different batsmen and four pairs have opened for India this season, though admittedly injury played a part. Six different batsmen were played at No. 3 in 10 ODIs this season, five each at No. 4, 5 and 7.BRINGING BACK ZAK: Suddenly Zaheer Khan leads the bowlersThe batsmen in those slots have between them averaged 18.52 runs. Is there a connection? What comes first? Confidence or security? Former chairman of selectors Kiran More who was known to be in sync with the current team management, says, “We have the bench strength but it needs to be developed.”He recommends expanding the current touring squad strength from 15 to 16 and taking two rookies on for experience. Did his selection committee blood put too much faith in the young players blooded last season? Did no one anticipate such a rash of second season blues?advertisementMore says in reply, “Unless you are an exceptional talent, it always helps to play two-three seasons of domestic cricket.. I also think we should have more regular A-tours to tough countries and not Zimbabwe and Kenya. It is where you will spot players who perform in foreign conditions.”Q. Is blaming the system a mere FIG LEAF?Yes. No country ever went into such a wide-ranging debate on macro issues of national psychology and institutional cultures when the problem at hand is careless batting and inexperienced bowling. Ever seen Pakistan, New Zealand or even West Indies teams lose on tour and embark on dissertations about their first-class cricket?GLOOM: Ntini snares Virender SehwagPakistan’s first-class cricket is a slowly germinating idea, the West Indies Board is made up of fractious national bodies, and there have been machine guns brandished in Sri Lankan board elections.New Zealand have the smallest of player pools to choose from but even that, their head of coaching Rick Charlesworth recently declared, is out of bounds as an excuse for failure. All these teams have better recent results than India’s-by a good distance.The BCCI’s domestic structure has holes you can drive a Super Sopper through but it is not the source of all ills, a punching bag for failures on tour. “Definitely not,” says former India player and first-class veteran Sanjay Bangar, “People who have not gone through the grind, tend to downplay first class cricket. Those who have been through it really know how to appreciate what it offers.”While it is tough to replicate Perth and Durban in Pune and Dhanbad, under a two divisional format, the Ranji Trophy in particular is more competitive than it has been. Teams now have to travel outside their zones and during the course of a season criss-cross the country to play on a variety of wickets with varying conditions.This has been a season of the busting of myths, the unmaking of reputations and, in the light of recent results, the emptiness of jargon. All that the Indians have to do now is ask themselves one question: who can win them the World Cup in the West Indies?Not who they hope can, who they think can, who they wish would do so, but who, on the basis of the evidence at hand and the time at India’s disposal, have it in them to deliver.last_img read more

London Olympics: Vincent Hancock retains skeet gold

first_imgDefending champion and world record holder Vincent Hancock put on a shooting masterclass to retain the Olympic gold in the men’s skeet on Tuesday. The American waltzed through the course downing all 25 targets to score 148, and the Olympic record for a final.Anders Golding of Denmark pushed Hancock close, missing just once for a total of 146 for silver, while Nasser Al-Attiya of Qatar defeated Russia’s Valery Shomin in a bronze shootout after they were tied on 144.last_img

World T20: Bangladesh seek Pakistan’s help to tackle Saeed Ajmal

first_imgBangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said feedback from former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq will help counter Saeed Ajmal in their do-or-die clash against Pakistan in Pallekele on Tuesday.Bangladesh need a big win over the 2009 champions in their final group D match to advance to the Super Eights but Ajmal’s danger looms large after the off-spinner took four for 30 in Pakistan’s 13-run win over New Zealand on Sunday.New Zealand, who have already qualified for Super Eights, beat Bangladesh by 59 runs in the opening group match. The top two teams from the group qualify for the Super Eights.Saqlain regarded as the inventor of doosra – off-spinner’s stock delivery which turns the other way and is mastered by Ajmal – is currently serving as Bangladesh’s bowling coach. “Ajmal is a world class bowler but we have taken help from Saqlain who is very experienced. We have to execute our plans on the field and it’s a do-or-die match for us but Pakistan is not unbeatable if we play well,” said Rahim.Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez said he feels blessed with a varied bowling attack, led by Ajmal. “What else can you ask for when you have such a variety in your bowling attack,” said Hafeez, who, along with Ajmal and Shahid Afridi, holds spin responsibilities, with rookie left-armer Raza Hasan in reserves. Hafeez, however, said Bangladesh will not be taken lightly.last_img read more

New Adamson coach Onyok Getigan has eyes on big prize after triumphant debut

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Jayson Castro, TNT hold off Rain or Shine Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use00:50Trending 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 Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Getigan also noted that winning a championship boils down to effort.“The secret in becoming a champion is preparation and hard work, and that’s where you will get ahead,” said Getigan who led King’s Montessori School to the national championship among girls’ volleyball programs.“If your opponents are resting, you shouldn’t do the same and instead start training. We’ll have intense practices from now on.”ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedcenter_img P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Onyok Getigan just coached his first game for Adamson in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament, but he already has his sight set on lofty goals for his team.“I want to lead this team to a championship,” said Getigan in Filipino after the Lady Falcons swept National University 25-15, 25-19, 25-22 Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Getigan was an assistant with the Lady Falcons during the tenure of Air Padda, who was now demoted to being the strength and conditioning coach, but wasn’t that active with the team since he handled King’s Montessori School.“I know I don’t say it to them but it’s always in my mind that I want to lead them to the title,” said Getigan, who was also aware of the prospect that he’ll face his former players like La Salle’s Norielle Ipac and University of the Philippines’ Maristela Layug and Lorie Lyn Layug.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesGetigan added that even though he became Adamson’s head coach four games into the season, and with a 1-3 record, the one thing he can change with the team is change the team’s effort levels.Adamson, unlike other teams in the league, holds once-a-day practices and he knows that he can’t change the Lady Falcons’ schedule but he can adjust the intensity of their training. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Punjab Warriors release marquee player Dwyer

first_imgAfter Delhi Waveriders, it was the turn of Jaypee Punjab Warriors to release their marquee player Jamie Dwyer for the fourth and fifth seasons of the Hockey India League. The two-time finalist released another key player in drag flicker Sandeep Singh. Punjab have retained Australian trio – Christopher Ciriello, Mark Knowles and Jacob Whetton – and India’s experienced forward player SV Sunil along with promising youngsters Satbir Singh and Varun Kumar.In the last three seasons, Australian great Dwyer has played an important role in guiding the team to finals in 2014 and 2015. He forged a lethal combination with compatriots Kieran Govers and Simon Orchard along with Jaap Stockmann (The Netherlands) and Lucas Ray (Argentina).Among those retained, Australia’s drag flicker Ciriello is among the core group of players who have been with the team since the first season. The penalty corner specialist scored three goals in the first season and two in the second season. Ciriello displayed his best performance in the HIL 2015 where he scored four goals through penalty corners. His fellow countrymen Mark Knowles is a key member of the defence.Among the Indian players, forward SV Sunil has been a regular member of the team.”The players, which we have retained for the next two seasons, belong to the core group of the team and their experience is invaluable to us. We will build a new team around them and their presence will help the new players to adjust with our style of game. Everyone can expect a good performance from the Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the upcoming season,” said Jaypee Punjab Warriors’ coach Jagbir Singh.advertisementlast_img read more

Nissan to have 240 dealerships by March

first_imgMumbai, Sep 17 (PTI) Japanese car maker Nissan India will ramp up its dealerships to 230-240 by March from 200 it already has, as part of its three-pronged strategy of more products, more customers and more customer touch-points. “We will have 230 to 240 dealerships by the end of the current fiscal year and 300 by March 2017. We have launched 19 dealerships this year so far, with the latest being in Mumbai the other day,” Nissan India managing director Arun Malhotra told PTI. Nissan is present across 124 cities with 200 dealerships since it entered the country five years ago. He said the companys efforts at increasing network quality, or having more customer touch-points has seen the customer satisfaction score jumping to No 3 this year from a distant No 9 two years ago. Recently, JD Power Asia Pacific ranked Nissan India No 3 in terms sales satisfaction in 2015. When asked about Nissans plans to launch premium SUVs and sports cars in the country, Malhtora said a decision on the same will be announced within a month under their strategy of Hello Model strategy next month, which is aimed at enhancing customer delight and bringing excitement to the market. He said during the current financial year alone, Nissan has already opened 18 outlets in metropolitan as well as non-metro cities. Nissan India sells the hatchback Micra, the MUV Sunny, Terrano the SUV and the sedan apart from the hatchback Go from its Datsun stable and has a manufacturing facility in Chennai in partnership with its global partner Renault. Earlier this month, Nissan India president Guillaume Sicard had said the company was keen to bring in some of the high-end performance cars and sports utility vehicles from its global portfolio here next year. “We have a plan to evolve our product line-up. As for 2017, we will have a renewal of all Nissan models. I cannot disclose too much but we are changing the tone of our products, injecting a strong amount of style and also being very SUV oriented. We also want to bring in performance cars and SUVs into this market,” Sicard had told PTI. He further said Nissan is busy studying on importing some performance cars or sport SUVs. While he did not name the models, globally it sells various sports cars such as the GT-R, 370Z Roadsters and SUVs like Patrol. Last year, Nissan launched the Datsun Go here, marking the global comeback of the brand after nearly three decades. But so far it has got only a lukewarm response. PTI BEN NRB MR SRElast_img read more

To ride tandem with Indian Terrain for multi-city cycling championship,To ride tandem with Indian Terrain for multi-city cycling championship

first_imgChampions Sportive Series, a cycling championship for amateurs, will be held across eight cities in India for the first time from mid-August.The championship is sponsored by men’s apparel brand Indian Terrain and TI Cycles of India, through its brand Montra, and organised by ChooseMyBicycle.com.The event is split into two — competitive and non-competitive rides. While the former is a 100 km race, the latter is a 50-km ride. The top three winners in the competitive category from eight cities will get to participate in the grand finale of the accredited Champions Sportive Series that will be held in New Delhi this year.The event will be held in Chennai, Chandigarh, Pune, Gurgaon, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Rohit Kuttappa, CEO, ChooseMyBicycle.com, said around 100-200 cyclists are estimated to participate in each city and expects the number to increase for the event next year.Cyclists can register by paying ₹600 for 50 km ride and ₹700 for 100 km race, which is inclusive of Indian Terrain-designed sportswear.Venky Rajagopal, CMD, Indian Terrain Fashions Ltd, which has designed the sportswear, and a cyclist himself, said though cycling has always been in the vogue, cycling as a form of fitness has taken off in the recent times. Events like these give the necessary push to bring out new talent, he added.Kailash S, Head, Marketing, TI Cycles of India, said the company’s turnover doubled thanks to growing demand for professional cycles. “Events like these are meant to seed the thought of serious cycling among amateurs,” he added. COMMENTS August 10, 2017 × SHARE Published on eventscenter_img COMMENT Venky Rajgopal, Chairman, Indian Terrain Fashions Ltd, unveils the jersey for the Champions Sportive Series. To his left are S Kailash, Head, Marketing, TI Cycles; Capt J Shankar Srinivas, Senior GM, Isuzu Motors India and Rohit Kuttappa, CEO, Choosemybicycle.com Venky Rajgopal, Chairman, Indian Terrain Fashions Ltd, unveils the jersey for the Champions Sportive Series. To his left are S Kailash, Head, Marketing, TI Cycles; Capt J Shankar Srinivas, Senior GM, Isuzu Motors India and Rohit Kuttappa, CEO, Choosemybicycle.com computing and information technology SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more