Huelgas willing to represent PH ‘in a heartbeat’ in 2019 SEA Games

first_imgFilipino triathlete Nikko Huelgas shows off his second straight SEA Games gold medal. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netThere’s no way Nikko Huelgas, who has risen as the face of Philippine triathlon, is going to pass up on a chance to represent the country in the next edition of the Southeast Asian Games two years from now.Especially when the next staging of regional sports spectacle will be in the country.ADVERTISEMENT Pencak Silat: PH finishes 6th in men’s doubles MOST READ 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 Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “Definitely, I want to compete again. I’d do it in a heartbeat,” Huelgas told INQUIRER.net during his hero’s welcome dinner at Discovery Suites Hotel Wednesday night.Huelgas successfully defended his men’s triathlon crown in the SEA Games on Sunday after the Philippines finished 1-2 in the event with John Chicano claiming silver.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 shutoutHuelgas’ eyes lit up when asked about the possibility of going for a third consecutive SEA Games gold medal in front of his countrymen, but he also doesn’t want to look to far ahead.The 26-year-old Huelgas is set to go back to training sooner than later and though his best years are still ahead of him, he is wary of the wear and tear that every athlete who undergoes rigorous training is susceptible to. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Gamescenter_img “It will be an honor to represent the country on your home soil, but I take it race by race. As they say, you get more injury prone when you get older,” he said. LATEST STORIES View comments SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Perasol, Maroons remain upbeat despite 2 straight losses

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines needed just 22 seconds to take a victory lap all the way to the third seed in the standings of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.With 22 seconds remaining in the game and the game tied at 71-71, all the Fighting Maroons had to do was get a defensive stop.ADVERTISEMENT IOC, Tokyo organizers aim to cut costs for the 2020 Olympics Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Adamson, however, didn’t had other plans when Sean Manganti lifted the Soaring Falcons to the third spot scoring the game-winner for the 73-71 Falcon win.As Manganti’s game-winner sank through the net, so did the hearts of the Maroons who slipped to 3-3 and the fifth seed.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 shutoutMaroons head coach Bo Perasol, however, was still proud of his team even though they left Smart Araneta Coliseum after a disappointing loss.“I can’t ask for more. We just have to pick up the good things about the game and find a way to get another win so that we get to four wins,” said Perasol Wednesday. “I think the good thing about this is the boys really wanted to bounce back, and that I can give them.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments After suffering a brutal loss to Far Eastern University, 78-59, the Maroons were looking to rebound strong against the Falcons.“I was really hoping for a bounce back game, but most of the time you cannot guarantee a win even though you really bounced back well,” said Perasol.Paul Desiderio could’ve been the hero for the Maroons when he tied the scores at 71-71 with 22 seconds left of the game but Manganti was in the right place at the right time to become Adamson’s savior.And as heartbreaking as their close loss was, Perasol are still staying positive as they try to finish the first round on a winning record.“If we can finish the first round at 4-3 and when was the last time UP finished at 4-3?” said Perasol. “That’s the positive that I see. They’re going to believe we’re getting to 4-3.”ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Gameslast_img read more

Yankees face elimination again, this time in ALCS Game 7

first_imgSeverino threw only 62 pitches — exactly half as many as Verlander — in Game 2. The 23-year-old right-hander didn’t even take the mound for the fifth in that game after he uncharacteristically wound his arm several times after giving up a solo homer to Carlos Correa, and was struck on the wrist of his non-throwing hand on the last out.Robertson gave up a solo homer to Altuve, and four runs without recording an out, in the eighth.Verlander has thrown 16 scoreless innings and won twice against the Yankees in the ALCS.The closest the Yankees came to scoring against Verlander in Game 6 was after Greg Bird drew a walk to lead off the seventh and Starlin Castro was hit by a pitch — though Girardi had to issue a replay challenge after home plate umpire Jim Reynolds initially just called the pitch a ball. The ball clearly hit off Castro’s arm.But Aaron Hicks struck out and Todd Frazier hit a deep drive to center field, where Springer made a leaping catch on the warning track and came down against the wall. Chase Headley, already with two more hits Friday to give him seven in nine at-bats after starting the postseason 0 for 18, then ended the inning with a groundout.In Game 2, Verlander had already thrown the last of his 124 pitches before Altuve’s dash from first base to score on Carlos Correa’s double in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 2-1 victory that had put the Astros up 2-0 in the series. MOST READ The Yankees haven’t lost when facing elimination this postseason. After beating Minnesota in the win-or-go-home AL wild-card game, New York lost the first two games in the best-of-five AL Division Series against Cleveland before winning three straight to advance.Judge’s third homer of this series — he hit two in New York — was a soaring shot off reliever Brad Peacock in the eighth projected to 425 feet by Statcast.But in his other three at-bats, Judge grounded into a double play and struck out twice. That’s 26 strikeouts this postseason for the rookie slugger, matching the record set by Alfonso Soriano while with the Yankees in 2003.Severino got into trouble against the bottom half of the Astros order in the fifth. After No. 6 batter Alex Bregman walked to lead off, Evan Gattis drew a one-out walk and No. 9 batter Brian McCann got his first hit in the ALCS with a ground-rule double that drove in the first run.George Springer, the Astros leadoff hitter still hitless in the ALCS, then drew a walk, and Jose Altuve ended an 0-for-12 slide with a two-run single that made it 3-0 and chased Severino.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Tagalog NPA Luis Severino had another abbreviated start in Houston and Aaron Judge struck out two more times to match a major league record for strikeouts in a postseason before a towering home run in the Yankees’ 7-1 loss in Game 6 on Friday night.With a series lead for the first time this postseason after winning all three ALCS games in the Bronx, the Yankees were again stifled by Justin Verlander — just like in Game 2. The big right-hander didn’t go the distance this time, but he did get his ninth win in nine appearances since being acquired by Houston.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 shutoutNew York will have veteran left-hander CC Sabathia on the mound for Game 7 on Saturday night. Sabathia, reliever David Robertson and left fielder Brett Gardner are the only holdovers from the Yankees’ last World Series team eight years ago — in Joe Girardi’s second season as their manager.It will be the first Game 7 for the Yankees since the 2004 ALCS, when the Boston Red Sox came back to claim the AL pennant after losing the first three games in that series. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino leaves the game during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball’s American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — The New York Yankees will have to win one more elimination game to get to their first World Series since 2009.This time, the Baby Bombers are going to a Game 7 after missing a chance to close out the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LeBron James delivers as Cavaliers breeze past Bucks Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Lady Altas return to Final Four, oust Lady Blazers

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Perpetual Help went through the wringer, surviving a desperate College of St. Benilde side, 27-25, 25-23, 11-25, 32-30, to complete the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball Final Four Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Altas overcome an error-filled outing with Jowie Verzosa scoring back-to-back hits on opposite sides of the court that booked her team’s return trip to the semifinals after missing the cut last year.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We really wanted to win. I told my players to treat this game as if it was our last and their willingness to win showed,” said Perpetual Help head coach Macky Cariño in Filipino.“I’m just so happy right now because we really prepared hard for this season. We told ourselves before the season that we’re going to make the Final Four after missing it last season,” said Lourdes Clemente, who scored 15 points for the Lady Altas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Blazers had numerous chances to force a fifth set but went on to blow seven set points, most of which off service errors as the pressure got the better of them.The Final Four begins on Friday with No. 1 and defending champion Arellano University clashing with first-timer Jose Rizal University while the other matchup features No. 2 San Beda and No. 3 Perpetual Help. Cebuano studs rise in fourth week of NBTC 24 Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

After memorable weekend, Mark Barroca back into basketball mode

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Coach told me to focus. I had a very hectic schedule and my wedding is already over, so coach reminded me that it’s time to go back to basketball,” said Barroca, who married his wife Russelle in a church last Monday.And focus, Barroca did.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe shifty playmaker triggered the Hotshots’ uprising, firing eight of his 12 points in the third frame fightback before ultimately claiming the 96-81 win over the Batang Pier.“Coach reminded us that we didn’t need to score, but rather, we need to defend. And that’s what we did,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA IMAGESMark Barroca couldn’t let his first game as a married man end up in a loss.That’s why the 31-year-old guard tried to move heaven and earth to bring the Magnolia back to life after a lackluster first half which saw it fall behind by as much as 13 to GlobalPort on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Barroca was one of the heroes for Magnolia as it ended its two-game slide and recover in its quest to secure one of the elusive top two spots, which comes with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.With the Hotshots now in the playoffs, the former FEU stud said the Hotshots must not show let-ups, especially with one last game slated against Meralco on Saturday in Cagayan de Oro.“We have a big chance to get the top two if we win against Meralco. Hopefully, we get that on Saturday. Now that the opportunity is here, we have no other choice but to grab it,” he said.And it doesn’t matter for Barroca if he has to sacrifice his own honeymoon. All he wants is for Magnolia to achieve its goal of getting back in the championship round.“My honeymoon is going to be delayed, but we have to be professional here,” he shared. “After everything is done this conference, then we can go to our honeymoon.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PSL: Foton opens new season with Generika-Ayala win 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting 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 View commentslast_img read more

Simmons’ late FTs gives 76ers win over Bulls

first_imgPhiladelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons (25) scores off a lob pass from Joel Embiid a Chicago Bulls’ David Nwaba (11) and Lauri Markkanen watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Chicago. The 76ers won 116-115. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — Ben Simmons couldn’t recall winning a game from the free throw line at any level before Thursday night.Still, the rookie stepped to the line with the confidence of a veteran.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Wizards hold off LeBron, new-look Cavaliers Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Simmons scored a career-high 32 points, making two free throws with 5.6 seconds left to complete Philadelphia’s rally from five points down in the final minute, and the 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls 116-115.“Stepping up to the line, I knew I was going to knock ’em down. You have to have that mentality,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJoel Embiid had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and Simmons added 11 assists and seven rebounds as Philadelphia won its sixth straight and snapped a four-game road losing streak.Bobby Portis had a career-high 38 points and Zach LaVine added 23 for the Bulls, who were 18 for 34 on 3-pointers. Philadelphia’s lead was down to 33-29 at the end of the quarter and the Bulls busted out for 40 points in the second to take a 69-67 halftime lead. Chicago was 9 of 12 on 3-pointers in the quarter, including 4 for 5 by Portis.The 76ers were up by five early in the fourth before Portis scored six straight points — on a 3-pointer and a three-point play — to put the Bulls on top 101-100. A few minutes later, Portis dunked over Embiid to stretch the lead to 111-106 with just over four minutes to play.LaVine hit a 3-pointer to make it 115-110 with 1:02 left.“We stole that win,” Embiid said. “We didn’t play well. Offensively, I thought, we were moving the ball when we needed, but defensively I thought we sucked.”TIP-INS76ers: C Embiid has nine straight double-doubles. … Simmons has six triple-doubles this season, which ties him with Wilt Chamberlain (three times) and Billy Cunningham for most in a season in team history.Bulls: To look at some younger players during the final 25 games, C Robin Lopez and G/F Justin Holiday were removed from the starting lineup. Both were inactive on Thursday as Cristiano Felicio and David Nwaba (21 points) started; Also, Cameron Payne — who played in his first game on Thursday — will replace Jerian Grant as the backup point guard.“It really is hard,” Hoiberg said. “It’s hard for Robin, it’s hard for Justin and it’s hard for Jerian, who’s probably making as big a sacrifice as anybody.”LOOKING BACKPhiladelphia is on the cusp of a playoff appearance this season, but the organization found itself in the same position as the Bulls the previous few years, playing mostly young players with the unspoken hope of improving draft position.“When I look in the rearview mirror, it’s not as painful as people make it out to be,” coach Brett Brown said. “Losing stinks and the pain of losing is real, but the things that went into growing young players was really enjoyable for me. The development of young guys, giving them opportunities, explaining life in the NBA, what it takes to stay in the NBA, the culture — stuff that nobody sees.”UP NEXT76ers: Host Orlando on Saturday. AFP official booed out of forum 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 Bulls: Visit Minnesota Saturday night. “He’s a guy that continues to grow and develop,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “It’s been fun to see him shooting the ball without any hesitation.”Chicago had a 115-114 lead and the ball with 8 seconds to go before Embiid deflected an inbounds pass to create a turnover. Simmons came up with the ball near halfcourt and was fouled by Denzel Valentine. He made both free throws.“First of all, we needed a steal,” Simmons said. “I saw Joel get it and he kind of lobbed it to me.”Portis had a chance for a game winner, but his short attempt — with Embiid closing from the weak side — just missed.The 76ers raced to a 25-7 lead midway through the first quarter before Portis got hot and Chicago started making 3s.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Cignal HD makes quick work of Zark’s

first_imgBREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Quarters: 27-15, 49-28, 80-43, 107-69.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Former pro Salvador hopes for one last shot at PBA View comments Raymar Jose set the tone for the all-out assault with 12 markers and 17 boards, while Jason Perkins and Davon Potts both nabbed 10 in the game to improve Cignal’s standing to 2-1.The Hawkeyes raced to a 10-2 lead and never looked back, pouncing on the hapless Jawbreakers as they extended the lead to as high as 43, 94-51, with a Dan Sara jumper with 6:10 remaining in the payoff period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough scoring another rout, coach Boyet Fernandez said that the game should serve as a lesson for Cignal moving forward.“We just have to be ready. We’re falling to a lot of bad behaviors that we shouldn’t do. Our games are back-to-back and we’re playing tougher teams after this. We should be wiser in the coming games,” he said. 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 Andreas Cahilig. PBA IMAGESCignal HD easily dispatched Zark’s Burger, 107-69, to score its second win in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Andreas Cahilig took advantage of the blowout, unleashing 15 points, three rebounds, and two assists to topscore for the Hawkeyes.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Robby Celiz dropped 20 points despite his 5-of-14 shooting for Zark’s, while also contributing five rebounds and five assists.Jerome Ferrer chipped in 12 markers and 10 boards, while RR de Leon had 12 points and five rebounds in the second straight defeat for the Jawbreakers.The scores:CIGNAL HD 107 – Cahilig 15, Jose 12, Potts 10, Perkins 10, Villarias 9, Bartolo 8, Atkins 8, Raymundo 7, Sara 6, Arong 6, Arboleda 5, Sumalinog 5, Bringas 4, Batino 2.ZARK’S BURGER 69 – Celiz 20, De Leon 12, Ferrer 12, Argamino 7, Mangahas 5, Nalos 4, Sheriff 3, Juruena 2, Cayabyab 2, Cariaga 1, Cudal 1, Bautista 0.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIVlast_img read more

Air Force stuns Pocari to inch closer to PVL Finals

first_imgMOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games 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 “Almost everyone stepped up for the team,” Jimenez said. “Our service and blocking worked and we also did well on our floor defense.”May Pantino and Jocemer Tapic scored 12 and 11 points, respectively for No. 3 Air Force, which fell to Pocari in straight sets back in the elimination round on July 26.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 starsMyla Pablo had a game-high 14 points for the Lady Warriors, who will shoot for the equalizer in their best-of-theee duel less than 24 hours from now. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAir Force got back at Pocari Sweat, 25-20, 25-19, 25-21, to take a 1-0 edge in their semifinals series in the Premier Volleyball League Saturday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Head coach Jasper Jimenez said everything clicked for the Lady Jet Spikers, resulting to a surprisingly quick victory over the formidable Lady Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Head-turners Mendez, Kilgroe relish challenge in Cobra Ironman 70.3 View commentslast_img read more

Sharapova determined to prove point on Slam return

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Alexandra Dulgheru, of Romania, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Sharapova has been granted a wild-card invitation for the U.S. Open’s main draw. Sharapova is among eight women who were given entry into the 128-player field by the U.S. Tennis Association on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, and by far the most noteworthy. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)Former world number one Maria Sharapova makes her first Grand Slam appearance next week since serving a 15-month doping suspension, bringing renewed passion and resolve to the US Open.The 30-year-old Russian was given a wildcard into the tournament by the US Tennis Association (USTA), a move critics complained about earlier in the season but another key step in the road back for the five-time Grand Slam winner.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: ‘Stand-in’ Ferrera nails hammer throw bronze View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sharapova has missed three of the past four US Opens, her last visit ending in the 2014 fourth round.The USTA defended its wildcard offer, saying, “Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wildcard selection process.”“Consistent with past practice, a wildcard was provided to a past US champion who needed the wildcard for entry into the main draw.”Former world number one Sharapova won the 2006 US Open as well as Wimbledon in 2004, the 2008 Australian Open and the 2012 and 2014 French Opens.“I’m sure this is a great moment for her to have an opportunity to be back to a place where she has done so well,” seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams said.Sharapova plays catch-upSharapova was bolstered by fans with “Welcome back Maria” signs in Germany and cheering support last month in Stanford, her first US match in more than two years.“I feel like I just want to hug everyone and say thank you,” Sharapova said.Sharapova defeated American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener but suffered a left forearm injury and has not played competitively since.“I feel like I’m playing catch-up against everyone who has had a head start,” she said of being hurt during US Open tuneup events. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 “When it comes to tennis, good or bad — there’s really only one thing that I know for certain — I’ve missed it,” Sharapova wrote on the Players’ Tribune website.“Though these last two years have been tougher -— so much tougher -— than I ever could have anticipated… my passion for the game has never wavered. If anything, it has only grown stronger.”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 openingSharapova was issued a two-year suspension after testing positive for the banned heart and blood boosting drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the ban on appeal.She said that she had taken it for several years and did not know it had been placed on the banned list at the start of 2016. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sharapova made her return in April at Stuttgart, reaching the semi-finals as a wildcard, but such invitations sparked criticism from some WTA rivals, saying she should have to work her way back without such benefits, some suggesting a life ban.“I’m aware of what many of my peers have said about me and how critical of me some of them have been,” she wrote.“If you’re a human being with a normal, beating heart… I don’t think that sort of thing will ever fully be possible to ignore.”Sharapova was refused a wildcard by French Open organizers and missed Wimbledon with a thigh injury, so the US Open will be her first Grand Slam event since last year’s Australian Open.Shaking off criticism after the French Open snub, Sharapova tweeted, “If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, everyday. No words, games or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams. And I have many.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Castro admits De Ocampo irreplaceable

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The 35-year-old de Ocampo visited TNT practice to bid farewell to the team, which he played for eight seasons.Castro said de Ocampo told the team to just “accept” the change and “move on.”“That’s basketball. And it’s something we have no control over,” the explosive guard said.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Golovkin skips birth of daughter to train for title fight MOST READ “I’m still not used to it because he’s our captain, our vocal leader and that what makes him the anchor of the team,” said his former teammate Jayson Castro on Wednesday after the KaTropa edged NLEX, 112-107, in their first game without the veteran forward. “And you can’t really replace a Ranidel in your team.”“Trade has been done and we have no choice but to move forward and embrace the change. No one person can replace RDO. It takes everybody pitching in,” echoed TNT head coach Nash Racela in a text message to INQUIRER.net on Tuesday.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 openingCastro knows exactly what he’s talking about having shared six championships with de Ocampo. Both won a couple of Finals MVP awards during those title runs.“It was sad when we found out that he got traded, but I guess there’s a reason why he was traded to Meralco,” said Castro, who was also teammates with de Ocampo with Gilas Pilipinas. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRanidel de Ocampo can space the floor, break down his defender in the post and has a knack for hitting big shots.De Ocampo was traded to Meralco on Monday and TNT will surely miss all of those and so much more.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

Yeddyurappa to induct six ministers, drops three

first_imgSetting the stage for Wednesday’s expansion and reshuffle of his ministry, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa sacked three ministers on Tuesday, ignoring suicide threat by one of them.In the much-awaited reshuffle, Yeddyurappa would induct six ministers, going ahead with his resolve to restructure the 28-month old BJP Ministry, the first ever in the south.Ministers Goolihatti Shekar (Sports), who has threatened to commit suicide if removed, Shivanagouda Naik (Adult Education) and Aravind Limbavali (Higher Education) were shown the door by Yeddyurappa, who also faced threat of resignations by ministerial aspirants to quit their assembly membership if not accommodated in the cabinet.A day after consulting the party central leadership on the exercise, Yeddyurappa recommended the sacking of the three ministers to Governor H R Bhardwaj, who promptly accepted it.An appeal by Tourism Minister and mining magnate G Janardhana Reddy, who was the rallying point for dissidents last year, not to drop Shekar, Limbavali and Naik met with an outright rejection.Shobha Karandlaje, who fell victim to dissident activity launched by Reddy last year and a close confidant of Yeddyurappa, is all set to return to the ministry tomorrow.Others who will be sworn in on Wednesday are V Somanna, C H Vijayashanakr, A Ramdas, A Narayanaswamy and C C Patil.Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa. Photo: PTIYeddyurappa was reportedly furious with Shekar, an independent who supported the BJP at the time of formation of the government in 2008, for issuing the suicide threat.Similar was the fate of Naik, who had threatened to quit his assembly membership if he was dropped.advertisementLimbavali, who initially ignored the directive to resign seeking Reddy’s support for continuance, however, ultimately yielded and sent in his resignation letter, but it was too late as Yeddyurapa had already recommended his sacking.C T Ravi, a strong aspirant for ministerial berth, submitted his resignation to his assembly membership to the Speaker’s office, after his claim was ignored, but it was yet to be accepted. Speaker K G Bopaiah is abroad now.Suspected supporters of Ravi, pelted stones at three buses on the outskirts of Chikmagalur today to vent their anger over denial of ministerial post to their leader.In another development police foiled an attempt by a supporter of Shekar to consume poison in front the residence of Health Minister B Sreeramulu.last_img read more

CWG has left a legacy of white elephants

first_imgAt the Commonwealth Games, most world record holding swimmers, cyclists and divers performed to empty stands.Some months back President Pratibha Patil stood at the lectern in a crowded Jawaharlal Nehru stadium and announced in an animated high pitched voice ‘Let the Games BEGIN’. Her enthusiasm doubtless, emanated from not just the first time anyone in India has ever said those words, but also from the presumption that no one in future is likely to utter them.India is ranked by world sporting bodies – despite a heroic medals tally at the Commonwealth Games – closer to the end, than the beginning of the sports spectrum. Few would give it a rousing ovation in any international arena that includes sporting powerhouses such as China, the US, countries of Europe, South America and the Far East.With a grand opening ceremony, and without the disruptions of traffic, power or terrorism, the games were hailed a roaring success. Those who made the claim either belonged to the government or were merely saying so to avoid charges of sedition. Yet, by almost all standards, the Games were an abject failure. Merely the ability to allow them to happen is no measure of success.DeceptionOf course, India’s achievements on the badminton court and on the wrestling mat were laudable and came at a time when politics, corruption and administrative bungling had touched a new low. But this can hardly be confused with a rise in sporting interest ( Doubtless, the country’s shining cricket record will readily refute such an allegation, but a game played by a dozen nations cannot be used to make lofty sporting claims).A sporting nation is the first to recognise the skills and abilities of the world’s best athletes by seizing every opportunity to watch them at close range. At the Commonwealth Games, most world record holding swimmers, cyclists and divers performed to empty stands; as did world beating Australian and Pakistani hockey teams.By contrast, the India- Pakistan hockey match was sold out much in advance. Was this an indication of an interest in hockey or resurgent nationalism? Then came corruption. Did the absence of a difference between public funds and personal wealth, reduce India’s status from world power to banana republic? Will future international events be sought merely to fill private bank accounts? Certainly, the financial excesses of the Commonwealth Games smacked of a national shame, much more than the sight of paan stained toilets and reports of inadequate preparations in the international press.Amongst the corrupt, there have already been some superficial prosecutions. But revelations on graft and nepotism will doubtless get blunted over time, and soon enough tainted politicians will win big election majorities. And bigger glitzier events will doubtless be proposed. In time, voices propagating the future staging of mega international events will get louder and more vociferous.But the case for avoiding any such proposal was made obvious in the complete pretense needed to conduct the CWG. For those ten days Delhi was virtually out- ofbounds to its citizens. Schools and colleges closed, traffic diverted, roads divided into lanes. An unseemly military presence on the sidewalks; flower pots and excessive shrubbery flooded pavements; view cutters diverted attention away from slums, and road signage – absent for 50 years – suddenly appeared.So desperate was the city’s denial of its reality that Delhi had become an urban theatre – a colossal stage management of the lives of 16 million people. A difficult civility was forced on people who had happily lived without it for so long. Far too many of the city’s natural forces – despotic traffic, pollution, inept police, public defecation, urban hostility and street commerce – had to be held at bay to merely create the right atmospherics essential for the event.With no interest in sport, nor the inclination for mega events, the Games were a successful act of international deception. In the future, the rising tide of urban population, the growing demands on city utilities, and an increasingly self- centered middle class will ensure that the Indian city is unsuited for any collective endeavour. The Olympics and World Cups are best left to countries that have a natural inclination to foster a common spirit amongst citizens – places that have gone beyond the need to showcase their position in the world.Today, the legacy of the Commonwealth Games is unfortunately not a changed attitude to sport, but a glittering mass of structural steel, cement and aluminum, that have already begun to gather the rust of inactivity. Of the 12 new stadiums barely two or three will get used for the activity for which they were planned; the others will pass into a state of high maintenance or permanent decline. Had these stadiums been created with the intent of a future assimilation into the sporting life of the city with a planned integration with community or public school programmes, or had they been designed with new innovative architectural ideals, their worth in the long term would be guaranteed.As a structure that makes innovative use of construction materials, ideas of passive energy and cooling, and unique methods of circulating large numbers of people, Beijing’s Birds Nest stadium has made a significant contribution to the city fabric. Chinese pride in possessing something unique is wholly justified. Ordinary Chinese themselves describe the building as an important cultural monument, on par with the Great Wall. By contrast, for the CWG the Indian government chose to employ second rate proposals, with neither an informed design idea, nor a propagation of appropriate construction technology.ReuseThe unwritten brief for all projects was merely ‘ to look good’. In a city known as a junkyard for ramshackle and hopeless architecture, that itself was a lofty unattainable ideal. Indeed when mere completion and competence are prized, innovation becomes too distant a goal.Around the world many of the cities that played host to the Olympics have had to install significant civic programs to prevent their new stadiums from going to seed.Atlanta’s Olympic stadium was converted into a baseball park, a public facility that today gets ample usage. Beijing’s Birds Nest Stadium has been put to multiple uses, including winter amusement park and temporary rock concert venue. The Chinese government eventually plans to convert it into a shopping centre. Nearby, the famous Water Cube of the Aquatic Center has become a concert hall, staging Russian opera and ballet.PossibilitiesIn the 100 year life of a building, what is the ultimate use of a Rs 900 crore stadium that supported a Rs 50 crore balloon for a few hours of glitz and glamour? The chances that it will ever be used to its original capacity are not just negligible but non- existent.Barely four months after the event, the showpiece Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium already wears a forlorn look. It won’t be long before peeling plaster and cracked walls render it as just another of Delhi’s many anonymous public projects.Like the decaying smudged walls of housing that stretch endlessly to the Delhi horizon, the stadium too will be adrift among the dreary mass of forgotten buildings.Should then a serious physical restructuring be considered for its reuse, as for other Commonwealth structures? Would the boxing arena make a useful health centre for East Delhi; could the aquatic centre be converted into a public spa and club? Indeed could the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium support an indoor/ outdoor bazaar, or perhaps low- cost housing for the labour that helped construct it? Obviously, decisions on such changes can be taken only after a comprehensive review of the possibilities available in each building.And an administration that has the will to carry out such a radical experiment through serious dialogue or architectural competitions. A government that has spent thousands of crores to erect new stadiums can surely spend a couple of lakhs to take stock of the immense possibilities that now lie strewn about Delhi.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

US Open: Leander Paes, Sania Mirza crash out of mixed doubles quarters

first_imgLeander Paes and Sania Mirza, along with their respective partners, crashed out of the mixed doubles event of the US Open after losing in the quarterfinals in New York.The third-seeded Indo-Russian pair of Paes and Elena Vesnina was stunned by the seventh-seeded Czech duo of Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak 6-7 (2) 5-7 in a battle that lasted an hour and 43 minutes.Paes and Elena could win just 67 points as compared to their rivals’ 80, while they also committed 25 unforced errors.Sania along with her British partner Colin Fleming also went down in straight sets to fourth seeds Kveta Peschke of Czech Republic and Poland’s Marcin Matkowski.Unseeded Sania and Fleming failed to match their more fancied opponents in the match to bow out in just 69 minutes, losing 3-6 5-7.The Indo-British combo wasted as many as seven out of the eight breakpoints they got, to go down tamely.last_img read more

NU strikes gold in ASEAN University Games men’s volleyball

first_imgLethal weapon: Paul Lee nails winner as Magnolia escapes Alaska for 3-2 lead PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:42PH 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 Francis Saura’s quick hit gave the Philippines the upperhand in the extended first frame before Bryan Bagunas took over in the second set.Putting up a tough defense against the hard-spiking Bagunas, the Thais were able to snatch the third set before the Filipinos regrouped in the fourth behind Bagunas’ solid attacking, Saura’s net defense and libero Ricky Marcos’ floor defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefAn outside spike by Thailand served as the championship point for the Philippines, which finished its stint with a perfect 4-0 record.The Filipinos surpassed their bronze medal finish in the 2016 edition in Singapore. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Starring players from reigning UAAP men’s champion National University, the Philippines unseated Thailand with a 27-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20 victory to capture the 19th ASEAN University Games men’s volleyball gold medal Friday in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.The Filipinos were very determined to become the best in the biennial competition for the region’s student-athletes.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

Manchester United’s season hits new low with 3-1 loss to Liverpool in English Premier League

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Liverpool’s 3-1 win over its great rival on Sunday was confirmation of that — although it still needed two strokes of luck to underline the gulf that has quickly grown between English soccer’s two grandest clubs.Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench and scored goals from deflected shots in the 73rd and 80th minutes to finally give Liverpool daylight in a match it dominated from the start at Anfield. In total, Liverpool had 36 shots to United’s six.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe gap between Liverpool in first place and United in sixth place extended to 19 points after just 17 games.“We cannot compare with their intensity,” Mourinho said, “we cannot compare with their physicality.” Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)Jose Mourinho chose his words carefully, and they proved to be as candid as they were concerning for Manchester United as its worst start to a Premier League season hit a new low.“Liverpool,” Mourinho said, “is a better team than us.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The drinks were on Ralph Hasenhuettl at St. Mary’s Stadium.In a bid to raise spirits at the struggling south-coast club, its new Austrian coach sent drinks vouchers to all season-ticket holders ahead of the game against Arsenal. It wasn’t the only thing the Southampton fans were celebrating on Sunday.Charlie Austin’s 85th-minute goal sealed a 3-2 win that lifted Southampton out of the relegation zone with 17 of 38 matches gone. It was the first victory for Hasenhuettl since taking over from the fired Mark Hughes two weeks ago, and he greeted the final whistle by running onto the field and leaping into the air in delight.Arsenal twice came from behind through goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and looked like preserving a 22-game undefeated streak in all competitions and an unbeaten run in the league stretching back to Aug. 18 — a stretch of 14 games. Danny Ings put Southampton ahead both times.Arsenal stayed in fifth place, but is now three points behind Chelsea.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Late PBA Draft pick John Ragasa to work on his defense, hopes to get roster spot with NorthPort TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img “The mix-up of big fight and really playing football against an unbelievably strong team,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said of his team’s performance, which he described as “one of the best we’ve had” in his three-year tenure.Liverpool reclaimed its one-point lead over Manchester City with nearly half the season gone. United, meanwhile, is on 26 points — its lowest haul after 17 games since the 1990-91 season — and has a goal difference of zero.HAZARD’S NEW ROLEEden Hazard is settling just fine into his new attacking role at Chelsea.Playing as a “false nine” for the second straight game, Hazard set up Pedro Rodriguez’s early goal and then scored himself for the first time since October to lead Chelsea to a 2-1 win at Brighton.The Belgium forward usually plays on the left wing but is being deployed by Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri in the center of a mobile front three, between Pedro and Willian. It was an approach Sarri used to great effect when in charge of Italian team Napoli in his previous job.Hazard set up two goals in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Manchester City last weekend, leading Sarri to keeping him as the team’s deep-lying central striker at Brighton.Outplayed in the first half, Brighton improved after the break and reduced the deficit when Solly March turned in a shot from close range in the 66th.Chelsea stayed eight points behind Liverpool.HASENHUETTL’S FIRST WIN Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? The sight of former United manager Alex Ferguson looking glum in the stands and United’s record signing, Paul Pogba, burying his head in his thick training top to shield himself from the driving rain summed up the state of United at the moment.“We can still finish fourth,” Mourinho added. “For sure, we are going to finish top six.”United is one point above seventh-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers and 11 behind fourth-placed Chelsea.Shaqiri’s intervention spared Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker from some of his embarrassment after the Brazil international gifted United its equalizer by fumbling a fairly tame cross from Romelu Lukaku into the path of Jesse Lingard in the 33rd minute.That goal canceled out the 24th-minute opener from Sadio Mane, which came amid a breathless start from Liverpool as United’s defense was opened up constantly.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

‘Big Four’ still Grand Slam stars to beat, insists Novak Djokovic

first_imgBREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2018 in Abu Dhabi, on December 29, 2018. – Djokovic won a fourth Mubadala World Tennis Championship title, coming back from a set down to beat Kevin Anderson 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)World number one Novak Djokovic said Monday that tennis’ big four — himself, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray — were still the favorites to win Grand Slam titles in 2019.Despite a combination of age, injury and long-held prediction of a new generation of stars about to burst through, Djokovic insisted the four veterans remained the players to beat.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ “I think if we are healthy and playing well, the four guys still have probably the best chance to always win Slams,” said Djokovic in Doha, ahead of playing in his season-opener, the Qatar Open.Djokovic is the favorite to dominate in 2019, having finished last season so strongly, overcoming an injury-hit start to the year to claim the Wimbledon and US Open titles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe 31-year-old also rose from world number 22 to number one, becoming the oldest ever player to finish the year as the highest ranked player in the world.His rivals, especially Nadal and Murray, are still battling back to full fitness, increasing the chances that the Serbian could add to his 14 Grand Slam titles. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 The world number eight admitted it was time for the next generation to step up.“All the guys who won Slams in previous years are on tour, so it will be very tough,” Thiem said.“Yes, there are four chances for us… and we are very pumped to take one Grand Slam and maybe it is going to happen this year.”Djokovic won a Qatar Open doubles match on Monday, partnering his brother Marko.He begins his quest for a third Doha singles title on Tuesday against Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina.In Doha, his main challenge is likely to come from Thiem and Karen Khachanov who ended Djokovic’s 22-match winning streak in November.Khachanov starts against three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka.“I’m happy, I’m fit, I’m ready for the season and I’m looking forward to starting it,” said Swiss star Wawrinka.On Monday, there were wins for Thomas Berdych, the Czech beating Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) and Russia’s Andrey Rublev against Italy’s Andreas Seppi, 7-5, 6-1. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Manny Pacquiao rings in new year with 10 rounds of mitts, roadwork One more major win and he will overtake Pete Sampras to become third on the all-time list of Grand Slam winners. Only Federer (20) and Nadal (17) have more.Since and including 2010, the “Big Four” have won 32 Grand Slams between them, with Djokovic top of that list with 13 of his titles coming in the current decade.Djokovic though insisted that “the next generation is already there” and singled out Germany’s world number four Alexander Zverev, Croatia’s Borna Coric, number 12 and Greece’s number 15 Stefano Tsitsipas as the main threats.“It’s a matter of time when we will see some of them competing in the last stages of Grand Slams,” he added.Another of those who might challenge the usual suspects is Austria’s Dominic Thiem, who is also in Doha, and the number two seed after the Serb.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Joshua Pacio, new ONE strawweight champ Yosuke Saruta open to rematch

first_imgPhoto from ONE Championship.JAKARTA, Indonesia–Last Saturday night won’t be the last time Joshua Pacio and Yosuke Saruta would be slugging it out inside the ONE Championship cage.With their world title fight too close to call, it’s almost inevitable that the two would be pitted against each other soon in a rematch.ADVERTISEMENT Hugo Ruiz dominates Jhack Tepora replacement in featherweight bout SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight00:50Trending Articles04:36Joshua Pacio is the new ONE Strawweight world champion02:42PH 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 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “Agree or not, I have to agree [with the result] because that’s the decision of ONE Championship so next time I fight, I need to win convincingly,” he said in Filipino.“I want a rematch right away but it would still depend on ONE. I’m motivated to come back and I can’t wait to train again and return to the cage.” Saruta, who was just a replacement fighter for his injured compatriot Hayato Suzuki, took the belt after earning a split-decision win.The 23-year-old Pacio, who yielded the crown in just his first title defense, doesn’t seem to agree with the decision but he isn’t the type to cry over spilled milk.The Team Lakay star has already set his sight on the potential second fight.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “If ONE tells me to do the rematch then, bring it on,” said the newly-minted strawweight champion Saruta through an interpreter.“I never say no to a match. I’ll fight anyone at any time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more