Lacuna, PH swimmers hope to get out of SEA Games slump

first_imgLIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES View comments Also swimming for the Philippines is Fil-Am newcomer James Deiparine, who owns the national record of 28.13 seconds in men’s 50-meter and 1:02.00 in 100-meter breaststroke.Deiparine, whose mom hails from Angeles City, Pampanga, is making his first SEA Games appearance. He first donned the tricolours in the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary last month.The country bagged two silvers and 11 bronze medals in the Singapore edition.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img Jasmine Alkhaldi. INQUIRER File photoKUALA LUMPUR — Swimming, the Philippines’ biggest frustration the past Southeast Asian Games, hopes to get out of the doldrums this time when competition starts Monday at KL Sports City.One of the sports with the biggest number of gold medals at stake at 38, the country went home with nothing two years ago in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 6 MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program But two-time Olympian Jhessie Lacuna hopes to break that slump when he competes in the men’s 400-meter heats in the morning. He won silver two years ago in this event in Singapore.Lacuna has trained in Italy along with fellow Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlso buckling down to work are Nanjing Youth Olympic Games veteran Roxanne Yu and Fil-American Nicole Oliva who will vie for 100m backstroke heats.Six gold medals are at stake in one of the two centrepiece events of the SEA Games which will have heats in the morning and finals in the evening starting at 7 p.m. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

NLEX eyes QF bonus

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Can Pacquiao wangle a rematch now? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments NLEX is tied for the lead with idle Barangay Ginebra at 7-2 and Guiao had said that he thinks the magic number for a top four slot—and a twice-to-beat privilege—would be eight wins.“It will be tough. But who knows? We could get lucky again in one of our last two games,” he said.Aaron Fuller has proven to be exactly what the doctor has ordered to resuscitate NLEX. Then there’s Guiao’s genius of tweaking the local lineup to get the players he wants.“I think the players just jelled earlier than I anticipated,” Guiao said as Larry Fonacier, JR Quiñahan and Alex Mallari have come to fore and are immediately playing with impact for the Road Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Alex Mallari is among the newcomers who have taken the lead for NLEX’s turnaround this season. —Sherwin VardeleonANTIPOLO—Yeng Guiao hasn’t had this kind of a view for quite a while.The NLEX coach is looking down on almost everyone for the first time this PBA season, and the Road Warriors take the first of two shots to nail down a big quarterfinal advantage in the Governors’ Cup with a win over TNT KaTropa Wednesday at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Weather permitting, tip off is at 7 p.m. and Guiao knows exactly what’s in store for his Road Warriors if they win.“That’s the good thing with our situation right now—we know what we need to do to get a top four slot,” Guiao said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Texters, meanwhile, will play for the first time in eight years with Ranidel de Ocampo no longer part of the squad after dealing the veteran forward to Meralco in a trade that also involved Phoenix.TNT got Justin Chua, who Meralco first shipped to the Fuel Masters. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

NCAA volleyball: San Beda books semis ticket, fends off San Sebastian

first_imgThe Lady Stags (5-3), on the other hand, were with a major blow to their semis bid.Joyce Sta. Rita had 16 points while Daurene Santos tallied 15 for San Sebastian, which committed four errors that contributed to San Beda’s 7-0 run to end the match. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Irving scores 27 points as Celtics edge Nuggets Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Nextcenter_img Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH San Beda Lady Red Spikers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda secured a semifinals berth after beating a gutsy San Sebastian side, 25-14, 25-22, 22-25, 25-18, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Cesca Raqraquin unleashed a game-high 20 points, including a kill off a bad reception by Nikka Dalisay to seal the win.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The Lady Red Spikers booked a ticket to the Final Four for the second straight year.But unlike last year, when it finished fourth, San Beda is on track to earn a twice-to-beat advantage as one of the top two teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It will be a big benefit for us and we really worked hard for that,” said San Beda coach Nemesio Gavino in Filipino.The Lady Red Spikers are currently in second place with a 7-1 record behind defending champion Arellano University (7-1), which has superior quotient. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Lakers fined $50k after Johnson praises Antetokounmpo

first_imgModest goal Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Giannis Antetokounmpo (left) and Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — The Los Angeles Lakers have been fined $50,000 after team president Earvin “Magic” Johnson showered praise on Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA said Tuesday.The league said in a statement Johnson had breached the NBA’s anti-tampering rule in remarks about Antetokounmpo made in an interview with ESPN last week.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m just happy he’s starting in the All-Star game because he deserves that. And he’s going to be like an MVP, a champion, this dude he’s going to put Milwaukee on the map. And I think he’s going to bring them a championship one day.“He’s special. A man that can handle the basketball like he can and be a great — he’s probably the greatest athlete we have in the league today. And then his understanding, his basketball IQ is off the chart.” View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 28 points per game this season, was delighted by Johnson’s lavish praise.“A compliment like that coming from Magic, that’s huge,” he said.“But for me, I just got to stay focused, keep working on my game and try to get better.” /cbbADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES In the interview, Johnson spoke glowingly about Antetokounmpo, saying he saw parallels between the 23-year-old and his own Hall of Fame career.“In his understanding of the game, his basketball IQ, his creativity of shots for his teammates. That’s where we [have the] same thing,” Johnson was quoted as saying.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

Making the Wright plays

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “It’s the only thing I wanted, man. I just wanted to win today,” he said after the Fuel Masters’ 74-72 win. “It was a big game, really important for both teams We were down all game but they let the door open. We’re just lucky to capitalize on some mistakes.”The Fil-Canadian dead shot, who had 16 points, five rebounds and three steals, said he already knew the kind of defense TNT was going to throw at him in Phoenix’s last offensive possession and he read it perfectly resulting to Kramer’s short baseline hook that won the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I knew that they’re gonna double. I know Coach Josh (Reyes), I know the scheme that they’re trying to do, they’re not gonna let me get off a good shot. I knew right when I touched the ball, when I came off that screen that I was gonna be met with either Kelly (Williams) or Mo (Tautuaa),” he recalled.“So it was just a matter of Doug positioning himself in the right spot, and a matter of me just making a good pass. It just happened very instinctively.” Matthew Wright. PBA IMAGESMatthew Wright turned 26 today and it was only fitting that the birthday celebrant was the one who put the icing on the cake Wednesday night.Wright accounted for Phoenix’s last five points inside the final minute, burying the game-tying triple and assisting on Doug Kramer’s game-winner with 3.0 seconds remaining.ADVERTISEMENT LA Revilla hurts hand in Phoenix win NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phoenix won despite playing catchup majority of the game and trailing by as much as 13.“We’re a veteran team. We have some young guys, like myself, Jason (Perkins). But we got some very savvy vets who know how to win: RJ (Jazul), JC (Intal), Willie (Wilson), Doug, Jeff (Chan). They know how to win games, they know how to close out games. So I feel like we have a good batch of guys to go far this year.”Wright likes his team’s chances heading into its last three games in the elimination round.“This is the PBA, man. Anything can happen, so we’re not taking any of those teams lightly. We are confident in our abilities, and we’re expecting to go 4-and-0 in our last four games. We took care of today, so we just gotta take care of the next three.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Read Next 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stinglast_img read more

North Korean delegation returns home after Olympics outreach

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum North and South Korean officials also on Tuesday started working-level talks to set up the details of North’s participation in the Paralympics that begin in Pyeongchang on March 9. The North sent around 500 people to the Olympics, including officials, athletes, artists and 229 cheerleaders who amused spectators with their synchronized routines and songs.Seoul’s decision to allow Kim to visit trigged controversy because South Korea had accused him of being the mastermind of two attacks on the South that killed 50 people in 2010 when he headed the North’s Reconnaissance General Bureau.Hundreds of protesters rallied outside the Olympic Stadium, holding signs like “Killer Kim Yong Chol go to hell,” while Kim attended Sunday’s closing ceremony with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. presidential adviser Ivanka Trump.Several conservative lawmakers protested on a road near the inter-Korean land border on Tuesday, demanding Kim apologize over the attacks before leaving. Seoul’s Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon had breakfast with Kim and other North Korean officials earlier in the day, where they praised the Pyeongchang Olympics as a successful peace gesture, the ministry said.Reviving inter-Korean dialogue is critical for the policies of Moon, a liberal who insists Seoul should be in control of international efforts to deal with North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus But experts say arranging an inter-Korean summit would be difficult after a year in which the North conducted its most powerful nuclear test and flight-tested intercontinental ballistic missiles that could, when perfected, target the U.S. mainland.South Korea may also need to persuade the United States and Japan, which are concerned North Korea is using its outreach to Seoul to relieve pressure over its nuclear programs. Rockets zoom to 13th straight win, rally past Jazz 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 In a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in shortly before the Olympic closing ceremony on Sunday, Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, said the North has “ample intentions” for holding talks with the United States, Moon’s office said.U.S. President Donald Trump responded to North Korea’s overture by saying that talks with North Korea will happen only “under the right conditions.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We want to talk only under the right conditions,” Trump said at a White House meeting with the nation’s governors on Monday. The administration’s position is that North Korea must get rid of its nuclear and missile programs before any talks can take place. The United States applied new sanctions Friday in an extension of what it calls a “maximum pressure campaign” to force North Korea to disarm.The North sent the sister of ruler Kim Jong Un to the Feb. 9 opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics as a special envoy. Kim Yo Jong told Moon in a luncheon at Seoul’s presidential palace the next day that her brother wishes to meet Moon in Pyongyang soon. MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kim Yong Chol, center, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, leaves to return to North Korea, at a hotel in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. The North Korean envoy making a rare visit to South Korea said Sunday that his country was willing to open talks with the United States, a rare step toward diplomacy between enemies after a year of North Korean missile and nuclear tests and direct threats of war from both Pyongyang and Washington. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s delegation to the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics left South Korea on Tuesday after a visit where the former general suspected of masterminding deadly 2010 military attacks told Seoul officials the North is willing to talk with Washington.The delegation’s return home completes North Korea’s diplomatic outreach to the South during the Pyeongchang Olympics that was seen as an attempt to break out from the isolation and pressure North Korea faces over its nuclear program.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Tigresses on wrong side of history as Lady Warriors finally end skid

first_imgMOST READ Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding For more than two decades, the Golden Tigresses had never lost to the Lady Warriors but that ended on Friday in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.University of the East stunned UST in four sets, 25-23, 18-25, 28-26, 26-24, to win its first string of two straight games since 2012, and Golden Tigresses head Kung Fu Reyes had no choice but to accept that they were on the wrong side of history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I told the players that play this game for the school, ‘if we lose here we will make history and until the day you go old you will bring this with you,’” said Reyes in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The victory marks UE’s first win over UST since the 1993-1994 academic year. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH University of Santo Tomas just made history for all the wrong reasons.ADVERTISEMENT “I hope this becomes a lesson for the team that they should always protect the pride of the school, although I commend University of the East for overcoming this winless spell.”What made the Golden Tigresses’ loss to the Lady Warriors more dismal was how they collapsed in the third and fourth sets after getting the 24th point.UST held a 24-20 lead in the third before allowing UE to go on an 8-2 run to close the set at 28-26.The Golden Tigresses also broke down in the ensuing set when they wasted a 24-22 lead after allowing Mary Ann Mendrez and Shaya Adorador to exchange hits for the 24-24 tie and committing two straight errors to award UE the victory.“We still lack that finishing ability so we really have to correct that issue,” said Reyes, whose team slipped to 2-6. “We have to assess what has happened because we have to change this second round. We have to fix every issue that we have.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivingcenter_img View comments 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 Read Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Slaughter doubtful for semis opener as Ginebra faces ‘monster’ SMB Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicolast_img read more

Bonleon says speaking up against Sablan was ‘God’s will’

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ He even added that it might have been “God’s will” that he was able to speak up against Sablan.“I guess this is God’s will that I talked because the Thomasian community has the right to know what’s really happening,” said Bonleon. “It’s just sad because they’re wasting their time and effort to go to the arenas and show their support.”“Still, this is my fault. I’m only human and I would like to apologize to everyone involved.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UST’s Mario Bonleon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBeleaguered Growling Tiger Marion Bonleon of University of Santo Tomas stressed Thursday that he will be skipping the upcoming UAAP Season 80 after a falling out with head coach Boy Sablan.Bonleon said he would readily accept the consequences of his actions after he went on a tirade against Sablan in an earlier report saying the UST head coach lacked the acumen in leading a team.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Teng lifts Flying V past Cignal Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds He also claimed in the same report that Sablan is inclined to give more minutes to players who had more “money.”“What I said was true, and what I said weren’t all that delicate because I can defend myself and the things that I said,” said Bonleon who now plays under the AMA Titans in the PBA D-League. “I will accept the consequences of my actions, because I know it’s my fault.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingBonleon, who will have two more remaining playing years with UST, added he won’t return to the team as long as Sablan stays as its head coach.The 6-foot-2 forward said he felt sorry for the UST supporters because he saw how the Thomasian community got cheated with what is happening in the team’s dynamic.last_img read more

Nishikori’s erratic loss to Murray reflects his French Open

first_imgMOST READ The match was still evenly poised — it was only 1-1 — yet it seemed as if Nishikori knew he’d missed his chance.He was right.The next five games flew by in a blur of Murray’s winners and Nishikori’s unforced errors: One player commanding from the front foot, the other backing off toward defeat.When Murray broke him again and held for love, making it 4-1, Nishikori sat slumped forward with a towel draped over his head.He simply never looked capable of launching a comeback. Instead, he seemed listless, almost resigned to losing to Murray for the ninth time in their 11 career matches.Nishikori needs a rest before he goes to play on grass.“Well, I try to take couple days off, because I have some issues with my body right now,” the 27-year-old said. “Recover first and try to be ready for Wimbledon.” BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES View comments So it was a bit of a guess which Nishikori would turn up Wednesday at a sunny but somewhat windy Court Philippe Chatrier.Murray got a taste of the Nishikori’s stylish shot-making in the first set, then saw Nishikori carelessly give points away in the second set, disintegrate completely after forcing a third-set tiebreaker and lose six straight games despite securing an early break in the fourth set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“For sure I need more consistency. I should, you know, maintain the level like I did in the first set,” the eighth-seeded Japanese player said. “I think my serve got a little bit bad today, missing too many first serves.”Murray was happy to profit. 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 Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Japan’s Kei Nishikori gestures after missing a shot during his quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Britain’s Andy Murray at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. APPARIS — Kei Nishikori’s French Open ended with an appropriately erratic performance against top-ranked Andy Murray in the quarterfinals.The 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-1 score and the manner of the defeat fittingly reflected how inconsistently Nishikori had been playing. In his previous four matches at Roland Garros, he twice won a set 6-0 and twice lost a set 6-0.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He played, you know, a very bad tiebreak and a bad game where I broke him in the fourth set, and also in the second (set),” said Murray, listing the errors. “Today (he) was maybe more erratic than usual, but I do think a little bit of that was to do with the conditions being difficult.”It was a far cry from Nishikori’s five-set win against Murray in the quarterfinals of last year’s U.S. Open, where he had trailed 2-1 in sets before turning the tables on Murray.When Wednesday’s humiliating tiebreaker ended, a dejected Nishikori took out his aggression on his racket by hurling it down.His body language spoke increasingly of a player heading for trouble.After he broke Murray at the start of the fourth set to raise his hopes of a comeback, Nishikori immediately lost his serve. He stood glumly at the far side of the court with his back to Murray, his arms stretched out against the backstop of the court, his head down between them.ADVERTISEMENT Wladimir Klitschko says he’ll decide future within 2 weeks  Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudslast_img read more

Deja vu as Horn pulls off a Bradley on Pacquiao

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trainer Atlas blasts Horn’s UD win: You’re not supposed to get it for trying hard Five years ago, Pacquiao suffered a highly-disputed defeat to Bradley by split decision despite out-boxing the American throughout the bout.READ: NBA players, US celebrities upset over Horn win, say PacquiaoFEATURED 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 starsAgainst Bradley, the CompuBox, which records the number of punches thrown and landed by both boxers, depicted that Pacquiao landed 253 total punches as compared to the American’s 159. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:06Manny Pacquiao trains in LA for last time before Keith Thurman fight01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:49Robredo: 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 Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Against Horn, Pacquiao also out-landed his foe, 182 to 92, despite the Aussie throwing 52 more punches.Pacquiao thew 573 punches in total, 32% of which hit Horn. The Filipino ring legend also landed 123 power shots as compared to Horn’s 73.READ: Horn stuns Pacquiao for unanimous decision winAll three judges scored in favor of the hometown bet, 117-111, 115-113, 115-113, to the delight of the packed Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.Bradley, who is now a boxing commentator, is actually in attendance, calling the fight alongside his trainer Teddy Atlas, who couldn’t hide dismay over the unanimous decision win.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend What ‘missteps’? Horn answers questions about his victory over Pacquiao8.2K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao’s shocking loss to Jeff Horn on Sunday in Brisbane, Australia was deja vu.Pacquiao dropped a unanimous decision and yielded his WBO welterweight title to Horn in controversial fashion that brought back memories of the Filipino ring icon’s stunning setback at the hands of Timothy Bradley in 2012.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Alaska determined to get back into playoffs

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt took 14 ill-fated games to tarnish Alaska’s winning tradition in the league where it has won 14 championships in 30 years.But second-winningest franchise are hell-bent on moving on from that debacle which saw them lose 14 straight games spanning two conferences this PBA season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Aces have managed to get back on track after winning back-to-back games and they’re not stopping at that.“We’re hungry to get back and get to the playoffs,” said forward Calvin Abueva Friday at Mall of Asia Arena after Alaska fended off Globalport in the PBA Governors’ Cup.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 openingAbueva finished with 12 points in that win, all coming from the fourth quarter.Alaska improved to 2-6 in the conference and still has a chance to get to quarterfinals if it wins all of its remaining games. 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “We have to take these chances bit by bit because you won’t get to the playoffs that easily,” said Abueva in Filipino. “And the team’s mindset is slowly changing. Still the two wins we had are nothing compared to the losses we’ve experienced.”“We have to get to the playoffs because that’s where we’ll know how far we’ve come.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Yu pounces on chance to finally show worth for NUlast_img read more

Australian girls supreme in gymnastics

first_imgAustralia made it a grand double in team gymnastics when their women took top honours at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex on Tuesday.The Aussie men had reigned supreme in the corresponding event on the first day of the Commonwealth Games and it was the turn of the girls a day later.Georgia Bonora, Ashleigh Brennan, Emily Little, Lauren Mitchell and Georgia Wheeler teamed up to add another gold to the Aussie tally. It was a similar scenario to the one in the men’s team event with England and Canada taking silver and bronze respectively.India – represented by Debjani Samanta, Priti Das, Meenakshi and Dipa Karmakar – finished eighth among as many teams. The difference between the top two teams was 5.5 points as Imogen Cairns, Laura Edwards, Jocelyn Hunt, Becky Wing and Charlotte Lindsley settled for silver.Catherine Dion, Kristine Jana Ann Klarenbach, Emma Leigh Willis, Gabrielle May and Cynthia Lemieux-Guillemette claimed bronze for Canada with 154.750 points.Malaysia, Scotland, Singapore and New Zealand finished fourth to seventh. None of the Indians qualified for the individual all-round final, but Dipa has made it as a reserve.Among individual apparatus, the Australians came first in the vault, uneven bars and floor exercises while England were best in the beam. Mitchell was the best individual on show with a tally of 56.950, followed by Little (53.600) and England’s Cairns (53.500).last_img read more

No positive dope test is heartening

first_imgWith almost two-thirds of the events over in the Commonwealth Games and India adding to the medals tally, one thing which has not been spoken about is dope.Less than a month before the Games began, Indian athletes were in the news for the wrong reasons as almost a dozen of them from various disciplines has tested positive for MHA (Methylhexanamine) Few knew what this stuff was all about since it was added on the list of banned substances by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) only in January this year.At home, when wrestlers like Rajiv Tomar, swimmer Richa Mishra and even shot putter Saurabh Vij tested positive for MHA, the feeling was disgusting. The world of sports is made ugly by any form of doping and for the host nation to be caught before the Games was distressing.On Sunday, Commonwealth Games Federation boss Mike Fennell answered questions on dope tests being conducted during the Games. He said approximately 850 random tests have been conducted at the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), a WADA-accredited lab in the Capital, and 600 results have come out. The surprising part is, not one test has been reported positive.At a time when people are still critical of the Games, and rightly so, because of the ticketing, transportation and food problems for volunteers, people are not aware how the people in the lab are also working overtime.India has a dubious history of sorts in the Commonwealth Games and as far back as 1990 in Auckland, a weightlifter called Subrata Kumar Paul had flunked a dope test.advertisementIndia athletes also shamed the nation during the 2004 Athens Olympics when women weightlifters were caught in tests just before the Games. I was scared that in a sport like weightlifting, the Indians would be under the scanner because of their dubious past.To have been penalised $500,000 by the International Weightlifting Federation was shocking. The Indian body had to virtually beg, borrow and steal before paying a sizeable portion so that India could compete in the Games. Obviously, nobody in India wanted to take a chance with dope and athletes were subjected to stringent testing.However, there was a school of thought which said that a WADA-accredited lab being used for checking athletes was wrong. As the hosts celebrate the rich medal haul, what needs to be highlighted is how the Indians have been fair while competing. At least till now.last_img read more

Routes to avoid on CWG closing day

first_imgRoute to avoidClick here to EnlargeCommunication gaps between different authorities and spectators caused the traffic deadlock on the day of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on October 3.Acknowledging this, the Delhi Traffic Police have come up with a comprehensive advisory and traffic plan for those attending the closing ceremony of the CWG at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium on Thursday.The Delhi Traffic Police blamed the Games Organising Committee for the problems faced by spectators who went to watch the opening ceremony. They said there were no specific instructions on reaching the stadium.Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic), said: “We assumed the tickets would have all the information, but they didn’t. We have now come up with specific instructions for the spectators.”There are three Metro stations – Jorbagh, Jawaharlal Nehru stadium and Jangpura – from which spectators can reach the venue. Those entering the stadium through Gate No. 6 can get off at Jorbagh station.From there a shuttle service will take them to the Gate No. 6 Those entering the stadium through Gate No. 9 one should alight at Jangpura station and at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium for Gate 14.Shuttle services will be provided from the stations to the corresponding gates, he said. As far as roads on the Games routes are concerned, the traffic police have advised commuters to avoid several arterial roads in south Delhi. Bhishma Pitamah Marg will be closed from 6 am to midnight on Thursday.Lodhi Road, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg and the road adjacent to the MTNL building will be closed from 2 pm to midnight. Besides, part of NH-24 from Noida Mor flyover to the Ring Road, Nizamuddin T-point and Ring Road; and from the Bhairon Road T-point to Ashram will be closed between 2.30 pm and 6.30 pm.Delhi Metro has made elaborate arrangements for commuters who will be using the service to attend the closing ceremony on Thursday. Additional signages will be put up at Jangpura as well as Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium stations where details of the nearest stadium gates will be highlighted.Metro trains will run at a frequency of 2 minutes 40 seconds. Additional trains could also be plied after the stipulated revenue hours to manage the crowd.advertisementThe police have also come out with an advisory for the marathon which will be held on Thursday in the heart of the Capital.The marathon will be held on a 10.5-km route along Rajpath, Janpath, Rajendra Prasad Road, Red Cross Road, Parliament Street, Outer and Inner Circle of Connaught Place, Minto Road and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg.The Patel Chowk and Central Secretariat Metro stations will remain closed between 5 am and 11 am.Commuters will be allowed to exit only from select gates at the Rajiv Chowk Metro station to facilitate several Commonwealth Games events. They will be allowed to use Gates No. 1, 2, 7 and 8. Vehiclular traffic will be blocked at South Fountain, Rafi Marg, Janpath, Rajpath, Rajendra Prasad Road, Ashoka Road, Raisina Road, Tolstoy Marg, Outer and Inner Circus Connaught Place, Barakhamba Road, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, Jahangir Road, Bhav Bhuti Marg, State Entry Road, Jai Singh Road, Imtiaz Khan Marg and Talkatora Road.last_img read more

Film review: Endhiran

first_imgHappy Diwali, folks Rating: RobotDirector: ShankarStarring: Superstar Rajinikant, Aishwarya Rai BachchanAishwarya is pocketing a cool Rs 6 crore for Endhiran, making her the highest paid actress in the country.Okay, how do we know Rajinkant is a superstar? Well, because the opening titles misspell Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s surname, and the Bachchans haven’t boycotted the film. Because he is the only who can have 112 missed calls from such a beautiful woman. And because only he can shoot with his finger.A Rajni film is not just a two dimensional experience. It’s a 360 degrees experience which involves getting plugged into the energy source. There are three Rajni’s for the price of one, well actually, a 100 in the extended climax. This is a film that makes Bollywood look puny in both its imagination and intent. It has special effects that have never been seen before on Indian screens–a shape shifting giant, a snake, a human train. Just think, and Shankar does it.It also has powerful emotional scenes, surprisingly involving the scientist and his creation, Chitti, who can dance like Prabhudeva, fight like Bruce Lee, and love like Rajni. There’s a big moral dilemma at the heart of the film, about man and machine, and what makes us human (love, of course, especially if the object of our affections is Aishwarya Rai).We know Rajni is the rational, thinking scientist, because he reads Freakonomics and Stephen Hawking, because he speaks in English when he gets angry (irresponsible idiots, shocking surprise, he says) and because he doesn’t have time to reply to Aishwarya Rai’s emails (silly man).advertisementRajni can do anything. He wears big wigs and short wigs, goes bald and sports a white streak, dances and plays the guitar, gets kissed by Aishwarya and has her kissing him back. The robot is a delight–unlike the rival Danny’s robot, he doesn’t confuse a bun with a gun. Little wonder then that Aishwarya calls him her toy friend, not boy friend. But my personal favourite is the third Rajni, the one who can float like the Green Goblin and fight like Darth Vader. He snarls, clones, laughs madly and grabs Aishwarya as if she was a luscious fruit (she looks particularly beautiful here, a fitting queen for a king).So anyway, Rajni walks sideways, runs on trains, flies, sprouts wheels, even talks to mosquitoes. He also tells us in a wonderful scene what humanity is all about. There’s a me too 3 Idiots scene involving the birth of a child and lots of wasteful footage involving giving of roses and showering of praise, but the film’s climax is worth the wait. Rajni tells us why robot sapiens are superior to homo sapiens. It also tells us that it’s Happy Diwali, folks.Enjoy.last_img read more

Cool Ashish has feet on ‘floor’

first_imgIf you thought Ashish Kumar was good only on the floor or the vault, you are mistaken. You should know that the 19-year-old also carries a cool head on his shoulders.Yet, what separates him from other boys of his age is the confidence he oozes of a man with his feet firmly planted on the ground. This may have something to do with the sport that Ashish pursues.After all, India has never seen a gymnast like him as he made it to the Asian Games final on Saturday. Talk about his achievements – he is in the final of the floor exercise and is fourth behind two Chinese and a Korean – or the Commonwealth Games (CWG) medals at home, and he does not hesitate in crediting foreign expert Vladimir Chertkov for the success.Ashish is not unduly bothered about the final outcome – he insists on giving his best and leaving the rest to the judges and God. Above all, he is also not worrying about Chertkov flying out of this city.Undoubtedly, Ashish owes his success to him but on Saturday the American of Russian origin had packed his bags. During the course of an exclusive interview to Mail Today, Ashish never sounded over-confident. The boy from Allahabad says after having done his routines, he goes back to his room and quietly analysis what he did. He pays attention to mistakes and looks at ways of improvement. And that is what has made Ashish a successful gymnast.advertisementHe touches upon his routine sets which he feels he is good at but says what can fetch him good points are the triple somersault dismount. He does realise that this one element – the most difficult as even an experienced gymnast can be erratic when landing – has its problems but he is going to give it a try in the final on Tuesday.Talking on the field at the Asian Games here, Ashish insists it is no less than an Olympics or the world championships. “You have the best of gymnasts in the Chinese and the Koreans. They are second to none in the world. Competing against them is not only a huge experience but also to my advantage. I always pick up some intrinsic elements they do,” he says.Indeed, having watched them from close quarters, Ashish realises the need for dusting up some of his crucial flaws. “I know what I want to do but when it comes to execution, I make mistakes and lose vital points. I need some polishing here. And that’s where a coach can be of great help,” he reveals.So, does he miss Chertkov at a time when he would have been of great help during the finals? “I came to know about his leaving China the night before my event. I felt very bad and went to talk to him.”He wished me well and advised me on certain things. I did feel his absence on the competition day. But then I remembered that ultimately I have to perform,” said Ashish, not wanting emotions to overpower him.He also realises how important it is for him to do well at the Games to motivate his teammates here. “They are always praying for me to win a medal. I know this because the profile of the sport in the country can go several notches up if I manage to win a medal. But personally I feel we need to develop a lot if we want to see more gymnasts making real progress at the international stage,” he says.Giving credit to all concerned, Ashish says gymnastics in the country has improved on many counts after the CWG, with government and the Sports Authority of India help coming in.”Today we have new equipment and good coaches. But you must have a foreign coach like Chertkov who can shape us well besides helping our coaches do well,” he concludes.His Indian coach Ashok Mishra and team manager Satpal Kaur are, for the moment, pinning their hopes on Ashish not because he has entered the floor final, but because of the boy’s burning desire to do well on the big stage.last_img read more

We have plans for Sehwag: SA coach

first_imgSouth Africa coach Corrie van Zyl has said that his team has worked out special strategies to counter India opener Virender Sehwag during the three-match Test series.”Sehwag would realise very quickly that he is now in South Africa and not on the tame pitches of his homeland. I know he has been successful against us in the past, but that was mainly in India. Look at his record in South Africa,” van Zyl told the Afrikaans daily Beeld.”It is easier to bowl to him here than in India, where the bowlers are punished heavily for every small error,” Van Zyl said. Sehwag was recently described as the most destructive batsman in world cricket today by West Indian legend Vivian Richards and the Indian opener is currently toiling hard to get acclimatised with the conditions in South Africa.Team India coach Gary Kirsten said Sehwag was of immeasurable value to the team.”Even if he gets just 30 or 40, he does it so fast that he always places the opposition’s bowlers under pressure. He also makes it much easier for the other batsmen around him, by taking the pressure of them,” Kirsten said.Sehwag has hit five centuries against South Africa in 12 Tests, with his 319 off just 304 balls against the Proteas in Chennai in 2008 remaining his highest Test score.Corrie rued that the Super-Sport Park pitch at Centurion had slowed down but feels that there should be enough spice in the strip to bother the Indian top-order in the first Test starting December 16.advertisementThe Test venue on which the Proteas have had most success isn’t what it used to be but van Zyl is still hopeful that there would be some pace and bounce.”The wicket has had a lot of traffic – what with Champions Trophy and Champions League – and they struggle to get grass to grow on it. That’s why it’s slowed down,” van Zyl said.”They (the groundsmen) are confident they can prepare something with pace and bounce,” he added.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

IPL 2011: Pune look to keep hopes alive against table-toppers Mumbai

first_imgSix straight defeats weighing them down, the Pune Warriors’ enormous task of keeping their wafer-thin hopes of advancing to the play-offs alive won’t get any easier as they take on table-toppers Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday.The two teams are at opposite ends of the table going into their ninth round clash at the DY Patil Stadium, with Mumbai losing only two matches and Pune winning only two. Pune have got a shot in the arm with the inclusion of the Sourav Ganguly in place Ashish Nehra in their squad, but he is unlikely to get a game on Wednesday itself.In this Indian version of a local derby, the first leg clash between these two neighbouring city franchises had ended in defeat for Pune as they were shot out for a measly 112 before showing some fight. Mumbai went on to a seven-wicket triumph courtesy a last ball six by Rohit Sharma on that occasion.The Warriors have only fleetingly displayed a combined effort. On days when their batting clicked, the bowlers have gone off target and vice versa.The absence of some key players, especially South African opener Graeme Smith who picked up a freak injury after colliding with team-mate Rahul Sharma on the field while going for a high catch early in the tournament, has clearly upset the balance of the outfit.Unheralded South African Alfonso Thomas and domestic product Rahul, with nine wickets each, have been the pick of the bowlers. But they have not got the requisite support from the others, among whom Murali Karthik, despite his vast experience in first-class cricket, has been a big disappointment.advertisementFor Mumbai, on the other hand, the worst display has been against the Royals when their strong batting led by Tendulkar failed to muster even 100 runs. But the way the iconic batsman has led the team, was no wonder Mumbai bounced back in splendid fashion with an all-round display lay low Kings XI Punjab Monday.The batting, barring the opening partner for Tendulkar, has done the job well while the bowling has been especially good with Lasith Malinga and Munaf Patel superb in stemming the flow runs and taking wickets, along with Harbhajan Singh’s off-spin.Mumbai are likely to retain the same winning combination if wicket keeper Davy Jacobs, who suffered a thumb injury on Monday, is fit to play.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more