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Tambeling regains confidence, hot hand to lead Tanduay

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 But slowly, the 6-foot guard has rebuilt his confidence, rekindling fire in him with his new school before getting his feet wet anew in the PBA D-League with Tanduay.And on Thursday, Tambeling felt like a rock star once again, leading the Rhum Masters’ smashing 111-86 victory over Batangas to help his side inch closer to a playoffs spot in the 2017 Foundation Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I just focused on what coach has been telling me. He said he got me for my scoring and for my effort, so I had to do my part,” the 25-year-old said in Filipino, just minutes after pouring 28 points, five rebounds, and three steals in his best game to date with Tanduay.Tambeling admitted that he couldn’t help but feel shy seeing the caliber of his teammates in the Rhum Masters camp. But all he needed was to heed coach Lawrence Chongson’s words and do his part in the team’s system. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “That was my thinking when I got here, that I’m with a lot of scorers. (Lester) Alvarez, (James) Martinez, (Jerwin) Gaco, every one can score here,” he said. “But coach told me that we can’t score if we can’t execute on defense, and once we show that effort, that’s the time when we can finally score.”Luckily for Tambeling, Chongson has been generous in boosting his confidence as he finds his niche in the team’s flow.“In our past games, I was struggling because I still didn’t have the confidence. But right now, I think that I’m getting in the same groove of my teammates and I can feel their trust on me,” he said.Tambeling, though, acknowledged that he still has a lot to work on before he makes the jump to the pros, giving himself at least one more year in the amateur ranks as he expects to figure on a go-to guy role in PCU this coming NAASCU season and a vital cog for Tanduay in the future.“I think I still need time. I feel I still lack parts on my game and I need to work on those. I still need to be confident and be consistent with my game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Von Tambeling. PBA IMAGESIt has been four years since Von Tambeling last made waves in the amateur ranks.Once an upstart guard for Letran under coach Caloy Garcia, Tambeling slowly faded into the shadows as he left the hollowed walls of Muralla and transferred to Philippine Christian University.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong English football club Lewes FC commits to pay male, female players equally El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Sharapova makes first US match appearance since drug ban

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sharapova played for the Orange County Breakers in their season-opening match against the defending champion San Diego Aviators at the La Costa Resort and Spa. It was Sharapova’s first appearance in the U.S. since testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.She returned to the court in April and played three tournaments in Europe. In her first event, the Russian star reached the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix semifinals. A thigh injury prevented Sharapova from competing in the grass-court season that ended at Wimbledon on Sunday. But now she’s fit and ready for a summer run, hoping to cap it at the U.S. Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s nice to have a schedule again and something that I really miss, having a tournament on the schedule and a calendar and knowing what I have to prepare for,” Sharapova said.When her initial two-year ban was reduced to 15 months, some questioned if Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, was given beneficial treatment. MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Russia’s Maria Sharapova celebrates her victory against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit during their quarterfinal match at the WTA tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday, April 28, 2017. (Bernd Weissbrod/dpa via AP)CARLSBAD, Calif. — Maria Sharapova is realistic as she tries to regain her form after a 15-month drug suspension.“I think no road is easy,” Sharapova said Sunday before a World Team Tennis match.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “I served the suspension period and I think there’s not much more that I could add to that,” Sharapova said.Ken Macdonald, one of Sunday’s spectators, welcomed her return.“She’s good for women’s tennis,” Macdonald said. “She deserves a second chance.”But Sharapova also hears her detractors claiming she got a pass. Sharapova, one of the world’s most recognizable female athletes, said that she’s answering her critics by showing up.“I think just by doing what I do, and that’s playing tennis,” she said. “That’s what I wanted to do from the very beginning. I’ve done it. I’ve always had the choice of not doing it. I have had a lot in my career. I’ve had the support.ADVERTISEMENT “As someone who is 30 years old, I achieved enough to call it a day. But there’s something deeper. It’s more than just the sport. It’s something I’ve done all my life and my career. I wanted to continue that. That’s where my focus is and not much else.”Sharapova said her schedule leading to the U.S. Open will include another WTT appearance and WTA Tour stops at Stanford and Toronto. She declined to predict how she would fare at the U.S. Open, the year’s final Grand Slam event.“It’s not something that I think about; it’s not part of my job,” she said. “Just because I have to be realistic that I haven’t played in a long time. With the injury, it was almost like a two-year break for me. The importance and significance of every tournament is much more in my mind than what I can or cannot do at the U.S. Open.”Which brought her back to the WTT and the La Costa Resort and Spa, where she won twice when it was WTA Tour stop.“This was a great little addition to my schedule,” she said. “I hadn’t actually planned on playing World Team Tennis but I just thought I could use the bonus matches as I like to call them. Play in front of the crowds and come back to places that I’ve competed at before.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lakers overcome Ball’s injury to beat Mavs, reach title gamelast_img read more

Kings, Texters triumph

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 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Tim Cone had Barangay Ginebra using the very weapon on Phoenix Petroleum which the Gin Kings hope to ride to repeat as PBA Governors’ Cup champs.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Walker did finish with 33 points, but was 10-for-26 from the field in almost 43 minutes as the TNT perimeter defense forced him to a 1-for-6 clip from three-point range.Meanwhile, with Sept. 1 declared a holiday, the PBA extended the deadline of Draft aspirants based abroad or with foreign lineage until the end of office hours on Monday, Sept. 4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and the 7-foot Greg Slaughter scattered 14 that went with 11 boards as the Kings humiliated the Fuel Masters in the rebounding battle, 76-47.In the first game, TNT KaTropa routed Blackwater, 117-96, to snap the Elite’s franchise-best winning run at three games.“I think they just caught us on a good day,” TNT coach Nash Racela said.Blackwater is now 0-9 against TNT all-time, and the Texters made the Elite look so bad as they built leads of as many as 27 points.TNT bottled up Blackwater’s inspiration, Henry Walker, no end and forced the NBA veteran into a sour shooting night. In dropping to 3-4, Blackwater lost for the first time in four games with Walker around.ADVERTISEMENT “We overwhelmed them with our size,” Cone said after a 105-92 ripping of the Fuel Masters that gave the Kings a fifth straight win and allowed them to stay in the upper half of the elimination round bracket at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Wednesday night.“It’s the strength that we have, which nobody else has,” Cone added after Ginebra rose to 5-1 and tied idle Meralco, as both are now within a win of advancing to the quarterfinals. “I guess if we will win this tournament, it will be because of our size.”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 openingGinebra came out of the halftime break a very different team, breaking free from a 53-50 game to eventually deal the Fuel Masters a seventh straight loss in a 2-7 card.“San Miguel (Beer) has great size with June Mar (Fajardo),” Cone pointed out. “But we will have to take advantage of our size. It’s the same thing I had with Purefoods with (Marc) Pingris and Joe (Devance), only this time, we are really big.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Mayweather-McGregor a ‘shameless cash grab’last_img read more

Cricket World Cup: Selection of final 15 on January 17

first_imgThe final selection of the Indian team for the Cricket World Cup 2011 starting next month will take place on January 17 in Chennai. After the disappointing Indian performance in the first ODI against South Africa, the second ODI in Wanderers on Saturday has been termed vital for the selection of the final 15 members. The preliminary squad of thirty members would be pruned as per the ICC regulations.last_img

Djokovic wins Australian Open title, beats Murray

first_imgSerbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts after winning the second set against Britain’s Andy Murray in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.Novak Djokovic hit passing shots and looping lobs with equal perfection to overwhelm Andy Murray 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday, winning his second Australian Open title and extending Britain’s near 75-year drought in men’s singles Grand Slams.Djokovic also won the 2008 Australian title for his only other Grand Slam victory. Murray has lost three Grand Slam finals, also falling to Roger Federer in the 2008 U.S. Open and 2010 Australian Open.Djokovic had to overcome some big obstacles en route to the final, including a win over Federer in the semifinals. And this came just two months after leading Serbia to its first Davis Cup title.”We have known each other for such a long time,” Djokovic said about Murray. “It was difficult tonight.”About an hour after his win, Djokovic went out on a balcony on the concourse at Rod Laver Arena and lifted his trophy to hundreds of spectators as they cheered below.There wasn’t much of that in the Murray camp: he’s still yet to win a set in a Grand Slam final.Last year, the Scot cried after his loss to Federer. There were no visible tears this year, but the hurt may have been just as bad after he lost seven straight games through the end of the e first set and into the second and never appeared to be in the match.”I’ll try and keep it together this year,” Murray said, speaking confidently and talking about “having more chances in the future” as the crowd yelled out “Andy! Andy!”The last British man to win a Grand Slam singles title was Fred Perry in the 1936 U.S. Open – more than 270 majors ago.”It was better than it was last year,” Murray said at his mandatory post-match news conference. “I thought Novak played unbelievably well. It’s tough, but you have to deal with it.”Murray said he tried to get himself back into the match, but Djokovic defended too well.”You always have to try to find a way, to believe,” Murray said. “When I got ahead in some games, even in just points, he was sticking up lobs that were landing on the baseline, passing shots that were on the line. I broke his serve twice in the third set and still lost 6-3.”The match finished in two hours, 39 minutes. The statistics underlined Djokovic’s domination: he won 11 of his 14 service games, Murray only six of 13. Murray’s second serve was pounded by Djokovic – Murray won just 16 of 51 points, 31 percent, on his second serve.Murray and Djokovic, each 23 and born a week apart, are good friends and often practice together. At the coin flip before the match, Djokovic smiled broadly for photos while Murray looked fidgety and nervous.After the match, the two hugged, then Djokovic threw his racket, his shirt and then his shoes into the crowd. But there was no prolonged celebration so as to not offend his opponent.”I understand how he feels, it’s his third final and he didn’t get the title,” Djokovic said. “As I said on the court, I really have big respect for him and his game, because I think he has everything what it takes to become a Grand Slam champion.”The roof was closed at Rod Laver Arena for most of the day due to 100-degree temperatures, but was opened just before the match started and after the weather had cooled significantly.Trailing 5-4, Murray double-faulted to lead off the 10th game of the first set. Then he hit a backhand into the net after a 39-hit point. Murray challenged the final point of the set when he thought his forehand stayed in on the backline, but Djokovic walked away with the set in 59 minutes.”Maybe there was a turning point in the whole match, that 5-4 game,” Djokovic said. “I was a bit fortunate, I kind of anticipated well and read his intentions and played some great shots and great moments. It is a big advantage mentally when you are a set up and you are getting to the second set and really going for the shots.”Djokovic held serve on four straight points to open the second set, then went up 2-0 when he again broke Murray’s service, finishing off the point when Murray’s attempted drop shot was returned crosscourt for a winner. Murray had five unforced errors in the first two games.The Serb went up 3-0, then continued his domination in the next game, breaking Murray in four straight points to go up 4-0 and held for 5-0, his seventh straight game win. Murray finally stopped the streak with an ace on game point to trail 5-1, then broke Djokovic in the next game to cut it to 5-2.Murray appeared to be having problems with his eyes, blinking often and rubbing them on changeovers and often during points. That didn’t help in the next game when he again dropped serve and lost the second set in 40 minutes, Djokovic establishing set point with a memorable crosscourt winner off a near-impossible shot from Murray.The third set started with Murray’s second break of Djokovic’s service in the match, but Djokovic ensure that Murray’s advantage was short-lived by breaking him in the next game. After an unforced error wide, Murray pounded his fist and yelled out in disgust.Things didn’t improve for Murray, who held off six break points before Djokovic prevailed on the seventh in the fourth game, hitting a backhand down the line to pass a stretching Murray. Djokovic pumped his fist and let out a loud yell in celebration.That, too, was short-lived, when Murray broke back in the next game to pull to 3-2, then held through two break points to level the set at 3. Late in the match, Murray appeared to clutch his lower back after a low return on the baseline.Djokovic soon broke serve again and then served it out.Djokovic leads the head-to-head series 5-3, ending a three-match streak for Murray.Earlier Sunday, Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia and Daniel Nestor of Canada won the mixed double doubles championship, beating Chan Yung-jan of Taiwan and Paul Hanley of Australia 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Turning point in Pakistan versus Sri Lanka World Cup match

first_imgThe turning point in Pakistan-Sri Lanka World Cup Group A match at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo has to be Tillakaratne Dilshan’s dismissal as that set the pace of things to come.It was only after Dilshan’s dismissal that Pakistan bowlers pressed further and pushed Sri Lanka to the wall. Some would say that Dilshan’s dismissal had a lot to do with his opening partner Upul Tharanga’s fall. As often it is seen that if one opener fall the other loses his rhythm. But on the whole Dilshan’s wicket in a way opened the gate to the Pakistani bowlers and Sri Lanka were reeling on 96/4Later, skipper Kumar Sangakkara did provide a little stability in the innings but post his fall things just went out of control for the hosts fell 12 runs short of the 278-run target. Man-of-the-MatchAfter an impressive bowling performance against Kenya, where he claimed six wicket, skipper Shahid Afridi once against led by example claiming four wickets in the day.Earlier, Misbah-ul-Haq (83 not out) and Younis Khan (72) forged a 108 runs partnership as Pakistan put 277/7 on board.last_img read more

Famous apps, videos and news from the web world

first_imgTweet tweetWinning FormulaThese headlines topped the Twitterverse on July 16:The top trend had people tweeting about their favourite music albums-from 21 by Adele to The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.People discussed telltale signs when someone is lying. Answers ranged from ‘When your pupils are dilated’ to ‘When,Tweet tweetWinning FormulaThese headlines topped the Twitterverse on July 16:The top trend had people tweeting about their favourite music albums-from 21 by Adele to The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.People discussed telltale signs when someone is lying. Answers ranged from ‘When your pupils are dilated’ to ‘When your occupation reads politician’.Netizens tweeted about the ‘typical Indian mentality’ in assuming that engineers were the smart ones and calling a girl who drinks, one with ‘loose morals’.Jaswant Singh being the unanimous choice for vicepresident of the BJP-led NDA camp created ripples. Fans of actor Katrina Kaif wished her on her birthday on July 16,causing her name to trend.Viral videoThis week, a video showing ‘Cookie Monster’ from the popular TV show Sesame Street singing to Call Me Maybe; an advertisement depicting the relationship between child Olympic athletes and their mothers; and The Dark Knight Rises trailer narrated by the American comic fictional characterPee-wee Herman went viral.App alertTop of the Lot This week’s app round-up is for those who are single, ones who are organised and those who love sport. Make your smartphone smarter with these apps.BBC Olympics will give you information on the 2012 London Olympics, including live streaming and results.Brewster will take your contacts from across various social networks and bring them under one folder.Relation Book tells you which of your Facebook friends are single, to help you make the first move.Lakshmi RebeccaStar of the weekTea Break Lakshmi Rebecca, 31, host of the online chat show Chai with Lakshmi, gives the world positive stories on a weekly basis. The Bangalore-based host interviews celebrities and entrepreneurs and calls her show “urban, sensible and insightful”. The former researcher with Discovery and BBC started her show in March 2011, and has over 2,00,000 fans.advertisementInter talesBoy TalkChickipedia, a new web series on YouTube, claims to teach you everything about relationships.Produced by Disney UTVBindass, the series is aimed at “helping men understand women”. Each episode features a nameless boy and a girl and portrays a variety of situations-from the girl who wants to change her boyfriend, to the girl who has marriage on her mind.Although the show comes across as sexist, it already has over 5,00,000 viewers.News nowWhat caught the attention of people on the World Wide WebMarissa Mayer, 37, an engineer, has been appointed Yahoo’s new CEO after a 13-year tenure at Google.The number of administrators managing Wikipedia has come down to eight,from 67 seven years ago.WeirdonetBob Russell, a 66-year-old American who lost an Austin-Healey 3000, his favourite car, in 1967, found it on eBay, the online auctioning site, after 45 years.French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent has launched a limited edition eyeshadowpalette inspired by Facebook.The colours include bright blue, white, black and lavender-grey.Web tipsWant more Twitter followers than Lady Gaga? Follow these tips and that might just happen:Tweet at regular intervals and engage your followers.Tweet about things that matter.Nobody cares about what you ate for breakfast.If you are serious about tweeting, add your username on your business card.last_img read more

London Olympics: Soumyajit Ghosh and Ankita Das begin Games campaign

first_imgIndia’s hopes in table tennis would ride on two teenagers – Soumyajit Ghosh and Ankita Das – who have upstaged some of their top compatriots to make it to London.Not much should be expected from the 19-year old Siliguri paddlers, who will be competing in their first Olympics. The two talented players have shown promise in their fledgling career and have it in them to cause a few upsets.The two have booked their London Olympics berths through the South Asian qualifier, and had trained in China in the run-up to the event.Soumyajit, ranked 206, will face higher ranked Gustavo Tsuboi (104) of Brazil in the opener. Ankita, ranked 221, will meet Spanish Sara Ramirez, ranked 83, in her first-round match on Saturday.If Soumyajit manages to pull an upset over Tsuboi, he is likely to run into North Korean Kim Hyok Bong.Ankita, on the other hand, is expected to meet Margaryta Pesotska of Ukraine if she goes past the Spaniard in the first round.Soumyajit, who has honed his skills under Swedish world champion Peter Karlsson for two years, was part of the team that made history by winning a mixed doubles bronze in the World Junior Championships in 2010.last_img read more

Guts ‘N’ Glory: Archery flop show highlights need for sweeping changes in set-up

first_imgManisha Malhotra, CEO, Mittal Champions TrustThere are sports, and then there are pressure cooker sports.Precision sports fall in the second category. In these events, it doesn’t matter what you have done in your life; you need to shine in the two-hour window at the Olympics. These are the sports where we see the most upsets.India’s archers, one of whom was number one in the world, are the prime examples. Both the men’s and women’s teams were also ranked in the top-three.But the archers turned out to be a big disappointment. It was tough to watch them fail, but the fact that they failed so miserably was heartbreaking.How can the world number one not even put up a contest against the number 37 ranked archer? That is the beauty of sport- even the underdog can have his day. Unfortunately for us, this Olympics, we were not the underdogs.The way archery works is quite simple: there is a qualification round where the scores determine “seedings”, followed by a straight knock-out draw that pits the number one seed against the number 64, and so on.We didn’t fare very well in the qualification round, which didn’t put us in the driver seat, but we were not in that bad a position either.In the team events, the women drew Denmark, after which they would’ve played Korea. But they didn’t even show up! It’s hard to blame anyone, but the fact that we hardly even competed puzzled everyone. The men drew Japan- to play the USA- and failed to clear the first hurdle, although theirs was a closer contest.Individually, world number one Deepika Kumari shot the best out of all Indian archers and was seeded seventh, she was slated to play the 37th seed from Great Britain and it was not exactly a tough match.advertisementSo the million dollar question is: What happened?It doesn’t matter that they lost, but the way they lost is something even me, who has been watching them day in and day out, cannot believe. They were one of my favorites going into the Olympics, so I too am scratching my head.Everyone is saying it was the “pressure”, but really, both these teams have performed under pressure. They have been in the medals at the World Championships and four World Cups. So it’s not like they are basket cases.My theory is that we didn’t surround our athletes with a good enough team. The Archery Federation of India had insisted that this time they would go to the Olympics with their own coaches and support staff to help the team.But the truth is that when you have your life on the line, you need experience. We don’t have any home-grown coaches who know much about top-level competition, and so, there was no one for our athletes to fall back on.We need to alter the way we choose teams. Till now we have been choosing the best in country; now we need to choose people who may not be the best in India, but who can win internationally.I think India is a peculiar country where we have athletes who do so well at home, but cannot replicate the results internationally. It is now time to stop thinking about how to groom the best in India and work with international standard in mind.last_img read more

World Twenty20: West Indies in a do-or-die tie against Ireland

first_imgIt is an oft-misunderstood phrase, but given the condition of a few of their players, the ‘luck of the Irish ‘ has struck again. Ahead of their win-or-gohome Group B clash against the West Indies here on Monday, captain William Porterfield revealed that many of the group were battling stomach bugs. “A few lads have gone down with upset stomachs. As long as everyone wakes up well tomorrow morning, hopefully we’ll have a full squad to pick from,” Porterfield said after a practice session on Sunday.It won’t be easy for the motley bunch of professionals and journeymen to contain bighitters like Chris Gayle , Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard. Nor will the Caribbean bowlers, who conceded 100 runs in 9.1 overs on Saturday against Australia and allowed them to win when the rain came beating down, try to make things easy for the Irish. Porterfield knows as much but has faith in his personnel.”They can be very destructive but they’ve got the capability of getting out as well,” Porterfield said. “So we’ll be looking to put pressure on them and the first six overs with bat and ball are going to be a crucial part of the game.”Windies skipper Darren Sammy, meanwhile, won’t have a tough job motivating his troops, since the team believes the rain robbed it of a victory on Saturday. His batsmen fired nicely, though, and that pleased Sammy no end. “We back ourselves to set a target and I think we did that. It’s good we achieved our first target with the bat and that is to put lots of runs on the board. We have to believe that we can win this tournament and just do it against Ireland to make sure we qualify to the Super Eights and take it from there,” the skipper said.advertisementlast_img read more

FIFA 2014: Suarez apologises, Chiellini forgives for the ‘bite’

first_imgGiorgio Chiellini complains after Suarez ran into his shoulder with his teeth Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has finally apologised for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match and vowed there would never be a repeat of the incident.After initially denying that he bit Chiellini, Suarez issued a carefully worded statement on Monday admitting his offence.”The truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me,” Suarez said in a statement published on his Twitter account.His admission came days after he was expelled from the World Cup and banned for Uruguay’s next nine competitive international matches and from any involvement in football for four months by FIFA.Suarez had steadfastly denied biting Chiellini and wrote a letter to world soccer’s governing body saying he had simply lost his balance and fallen on the Italian.But FIFA ruled that he acted intentionally and promptly handed him the longest ban ever imposed on a player at the World Cup, prompting fury in his South American homeland, where he was given a hero’s welcome on his return.FIFA later explained that Suarez was given a heavy punishment partly because he had twice before been banned for biting but also because he had shown no remorse.”After several days of being home with my family, I have had the opportunity to regain my calm and reflect on what occurred during the Italy-Uruguay match on 24 June,” Suarez said in his statement.advertisement”For this: I deeply regret what happened; I apologise to Giorgio Chiellini and the entire football family; I vow to the public that there will never again be another incident like (that).”The Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) has notified FIFA that it intends to appeal against Suarez’s punishment.Shortly after Suarez apologised, Chiellini replied: “It’s all forgotten. I hope FIFA will reduce your suspension.”Uruguay now have until next Sunday to submit their written reasons for the appeal.The appeal will be handled by FIFA’s Appeal Committee, which is chaired by Larry Mussenden of Bermuda and which is a separate body to the Disciplinary Committee.last_img read more

Paul Desiderio schooled by mentor Cabagnot: ‘Coach Alex knows all of my weaknesses’

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Cabagnot took up a coaching position with University of the Phlippines in 2016 and was able to become a teacher to the then third-year Desiderio.Fast forward three years later and the two eventually shared a PBA floor together with Cabagnot taking Desiderio for another round of schooling.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Coach Alex knows all of my weaknesses. Our mentor just ate us up,” said Desiderio in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “It’s fun having to play against him, after all he was my mentor in college and now he’s my opponent in the PBA.”Desiderio had four points and two assists, both numbers close to his 5.8 points and 2.2 assists a game, but Cabagnot had more–a lot more. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel02:06Reunited at police station: Activist daughter too weak to recognize pa02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Paul Desiderio learned a valuable lesson in Blackwater’s 93-79 loss to San Miguel in the PBA Philippine Cup and that’s he still has a long way to go before he can one-up mentor Alex Cabagnot.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Davao del Norte native rules 5K run in Batang Pinoy Mindanao leg ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Cabagnot showed Desiderio how it’s done with 19 points, on 8-of-15 shooting, and five assists while playing 24 minutes, which is just four more than the former UP stud.“Of course I kept thinking how I could stop coach Alex because he’s the teacher and I’m the student, but it was still the teacher who prevailed,” said Desiderio.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

DeMar DeRozan leads Spurs past Nuggets in Game 1

first_imgDenver Nuggets guard Will Barton, left, defends against San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA first-round basketball playoff series Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Nikola Jokic overcame suffocating double teams to become the fourth player in NBA history to record a triple-double in his playoff debut and the first since LeBron James in 2006.What did it mean to him?ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “Every time he put it down, there was somebody right there. They trapped him every time,” Malone said. “So, I think Nikola has a high IQ. He’s going to make the right play. Unfortunately, we didn’t make them pay for double-teaming enough.”The Nuggets made just 42 percent of their shots, 21 percent from 3-point range, and missed eight free throws while failing to score a single fast-break basket.“I think if we’re making shots, it becomes a lot harder to double-team him consistently,” Malone said. “They stayed with it because we couldn’t make a shot. So, that was the tough thing about it. But I love Nikola’s approach. I love his play-making. I love his passing.”The sellout crowd at the Pepsi Center, where the Nuggets went 34-7 for the best home record in the league, certainly wanted Jokic to take more shots. But even those calls quieted after Jokic shot an airball on a 3 at a crucial point in the fourth quarter.White stole the ball at midcourt from Jamal Murray with 1.3 seconds left after Aldridge sank a pair of free throws following his key defensive rebound of Murray’s errant shot that would have given the Nuggets the lead with seven seconds left.Game 2 is Tuesday night in Denver.Making their first playoff appearance in six years, the Nuggets trailed most of the night, but they trimmed a 12-point deficit to one in the final minute.They had the ball with 6.9 seconds left and needed a 3 even though they were just 6 for 28 from the arc. But they never got the chance to tie it because White, a second-year pro who moved into a bigger role when Dejounte Murray got hurt in the preseason, stripped Murray and drew the foul, then sank both shots.“He was spectacular,” Popovich said. “For somebody who got put in that position and to learn that position with a bunch of new players, it’s really remarkable what he’s done. Hopefully, he’ll continue to play that way because it’s going to be a long series.”Asked what adjustments he had in mind for Game 2, Malone said simply, “Make shots.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES “To be honest, nothing,” Jokic said.It also mattered little to the San Antonio Spurs, who beat the Denver Nuggets 101-96 in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series Saturday night.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, logisticsJokic’s accomplishment was rendered a footnote by LaMarcus Aldridge’s suffocating defense, DeMar DeRozen’s 18 points, Derrick White’s clinching steal in the closing seconds and all those wide-open shots that just didn’t fall for Denver.Although Jokic pulled down 14 rebounds and dished out 14 assists, he took just nine shots, made four, and was limited to 10 points, less than half his regular season scoring average of 20.1. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called it a wash because Aldridge wasn’t himself, either, going just 6 of 19 for 15 points.“We didn’t let Jokic play as he wanted and they didn’t let LaMarcus play as much as he wanted,” Popovich said. “It is important because they are both great players and they are going to continue to get a lot of attention throughout the series.”Aldridge said this is what everyone can expect this whole series, too.“Both bigs kind of never really got comfortable down there. When you have two bigs that are so big for your team, it’s going to be like that,” Aldridge said. “We did a good job of just trying to mix it up on him. They did the same thing on me.”Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he didn’t wish his All-Star had taken more shots.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 TIP-INS:San Antonio: The Spurs have won five of six playoff series against the Nuggets with their only series defeat coming in 1985. … San Antonio is making its 22nd straight playoff appearance, this one with a new cast that includes DeRozan, who came over from Toronto in the Kawhi Leonard trade. … The Spurs’ win marked the third by a road team on the opening day of the NBA playoffs. They joined the Nets, who won at Philadelphia, and Magic, who won at Toronto.Denver: The Nuggets are 6-21 against the Spurs in the playoffs. … The Nuggets have lost seven of their last 12 home games against San Antonio. … Denver won the Northwest Division title for the first time since 2010. … Gary Harris led Denver with 20 points and Murray had 17, but that was on 8-of-24 shooting, including 0 for 6 from the arc.UP NEXTGame 2 is Tuesday night in Denver.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments Isa Molde unsure of return to UP Lady Maroons for final year Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Tim Cone gives vote to Justin Brownlee as Gilas’ naturalized player

first_imgBruins, Blues set to clash in bruising Stanley Cup Final Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Once that bill goes through both levels of Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate, and gets signed by President Rodrigo Duterte to become a Republic Act then, Brownlee can officially say he’s a Filipino.Brownlee, who won three titles with the Gin Kings, had said that he would love to play for the Philippines and that stance has not change one bit.“I’d definitely be honored to play and represent the country, that’s definitely been a dream of mine since I’ve been here in the Philippines. Connecting with the Philippine culture and the people, it’s been unbelievable,” said Brownlee.“Hopefully, the [legislative] process is still going forward and it’s not standing still or going backwards, I’m still excited for it,” added Brownlee who had 27 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, and four blocks against the Bolts.Cone said that Brownlee’s impact goes beyond basketball and that the prolific 31-year-old’s personality alone gives a team wonders.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone knows just how good Justin Brownlee is that he wants his trusted forward to one day don the Philippine national team colors.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Brownlee started playing in the PBA in 2016 as a replacement import for Paul Harris and has since become entrenched in the local basketball culture even playing hoops with fans he comes across while driving.“Justin can change a team, not just by his play, but by his personality,” said Cone. “He’s an amazing player and human being, he really is.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Cone didn’t discount the capabilities of current naturalized player Andray Blatche, but if it were him he’d vote for Brownlee to represent the Philippines as a naturalized Filipino in international competition.“Isn’t Justin amazing?” said Cone after Ginebra’s 110-95 win over Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I tell you, I know that Andray is a great player, and I know all these guys, I really don’t have any say in that.”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, logistics“But I tell you my vote goes for Justin, for the national team.”Mikee Romero, the 1-Pacman party-list representative and NorthPort governor, filed House Bill No. 8106 endorsing Brownlee’s naturalization in the lower house of the Philippine Congress back in August 2018. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more

Marc Gasol adjusts quickly to make big impact for Raptors

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol eyes a ball during basketball practice at the NBA Finals in Toronto, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Marc Gasol dislikes speaking about himself, but the Spaniard is the talk of the NBA Finals for how well he’s playing only four months after joining the Toronto Raptors.The 34-year-old center, whose older brother Pau won two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Toronto’s 118-109 victory over Golden State in the best-of-seven opener.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Warriors, Steph Curry have been ‘transformational’ for NBA Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “There’s always a sort of kind of comfort when he’s on the floor,” Raptors forward Pascal Siakam said. “He’s so smart and reads the defense and he’s able to protect the rim for us. It’s definitely great to have him, a vet that’s been through it.”Gasol went 6-of-10 from the floor, 2-of-4 from 3-point range when the Warriors “gave him a couple of dare shots and he knocked them down” in Golden State coach Steve Kerr’s words.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, logistics“He turned himself into a very good 3-point shooter,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “Great passer. Very good defender at the rim. That pickup turned out to be huge for them.”The Raptors swung a February trade deadline deal to obtain Gasol, a two-time Olympic silver medalist and 2013 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, after he spent a decade in Memphis.center_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “He got into maybe one of the lowest points of his career in these playoffs,” Nurse said. “He had a 1-for-9 game. People were basically writing him off.“I did talk to him about it. He just didn’t waver at all. ‘Tomorrow, it’s going to be great,’ was his answer. I told him several times: ‘You’re a great player because you’ve lifted the level of who our team thinks they can be and you lift the level of other players’ play.’ That’s, to me, what great players do.”Fast tempo is Toronto’s strength but Gasol’s defensive work gives others freedom to attack.“He has been great,” Raptors star Kawhi Leonard said. “He’s a good rim protector. He has been guarding everybody. Another smart player on the floor that has been through the ups and downs of the NBA. Veteran guy who is just ready for the moment.”And his mellow attitude fits well on a selfless squad.“He’s a true professional,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. “Goes about his business. He blends in well. He’s just an easygoing guy.”Relentless mindsetInstead of slowing the Raptors, Gasol is a 7-footer who can launch fast breaks with his defensive work.“You run at them and be aggressive,” Gasol said. “To be able to run, you have to get stops. And to get stops, you have to communicate, be physical, do all the little things. Being physical starts with pressuring the ball. You have to do it all the time. You can’t relax.”It’s that relentless attitude Gasol sees as vital to a championship run.“It’s about the mindset and trusting the guy next to you,” Gasol said. “You cannot overreact. You have to cover a lot of ground, do a lot of talking, lot of running. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ask about the excitement of his first NBA Finals and he’s as low-key as his chilled-out teammates.“I don’t get caught up in those things,” he said. “I’m not doing that, I’m sorry.”And the tension of the NBA’s ultimate stage?“My brain doesn’t function that way,” he said. “You’re playing basketball like you did your whole life and it’s the most fun. You got to stay poised during the whole game so your brain can’t go anywhere else but every possession.”So Raptors coach Nick Nurse spoke of how Gasol handled tough times, praising his “strong ability” to bounce back.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s how you stay in the moment and continue to play the next possession. Get one more stop. Get one more good shot. Eventually, you put enough of those together, you’re going to have a pretty good chance of winning.” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Mitchell Starc out of India tour with stress fracture

first_imgCOMMENTS SHARE starc SHARE SHARE EMAIL starc COMMENT March 10, 2017 Australia’s premier pacer Mitchell Starc was today ruled out of the remaining two Tests against India with a stress fracture in his right foot, dealing a major blow to the team’s fortunes.Starc was handy with both bat and ball in the opening two Tests, picking up five wickets besides scoring a crucial half-century on a rank turner in Pune.“Mitchell experienced some pain in his right foot during the second Test in Bengaluru which unfortunately had not subsided a few days after the Test as we had hoped,” said team physiotherapist David Beakley.“We made the decision to scan his foot in Bengaluru this morning and unfortunately it has revealed a stress fracture.“Subsequently, this means Mitchell will be unavailable for the remainder of the Qantas Tour of India and will return home to Australia to start his rehabilitation,” Beakley added.Starc is another player added to the injury list after all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was ruled out of the series with a shoulder injury.Starc’s replacement has not been named yet though Jackson Bird is the reserve fast bowler in the Australian squad.“The National Selection Panel will confirm a replacement player in due course,” said Cricket Australia in a statement.The four-match series has been fiercely contested so far with India winning the second Test in Bengaluru to draw level at 1—1.The third Test in Ranchi begins on March 16. cricket × Published onlast_img read more

NBA: Cavs adamant on extending Larry Nance Jr.’s contract soon

first_imgAdvertisementThe Cleveland Cavaliers just gave Kevin Love a multi-year contract extension, and now it appears that Larry Nance Jr will be next up to the plate. Last season, at the NBA trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers traded Nance Jr. to the Cleveland Cavaliers mid-season.In 2019, Nance Jr. will become a free agent, knowing so, the Cavs want to lock him down for the long-haul. Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported this week that the Cavs will “work hard” to extend the 25-year-old big man before he becomes a free agent next summer, adding that they “love” him.Nance Jr, now 25 years of age, made 24 appearances with the Cavs during their 2017-18 regular season campaign (10 starts), averaging 8.9 points on 55.0 percent shooting from the field, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.2 steals, and just under one block (0.8) in 20.8 minutes per outing.Exactly how much the Cavs will offer Nance remains unclear, but it sounds like both sides are interested.Advertisementlast_img read more