Month: November 2019

Mbala lauds Pasaol for record-setting career game

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first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Pasaol’s magnificence saw him become the top single game scorer this century in the UAAP, toppling now-National University head coach Jeff Napa’s 15-year-old record of 42 points.READ: La Salle sends UE to 0-6, spoils Pasaol’s 49-point explosionFEATURED 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 shutoutFor Mbala, watching someone apart from him dominate the game deserves praise of the highest accord.“He was just in the zone, he played very well, and he was able to lead his team. I feel like we didn’t do a good job of stopping him,” said Mbala Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn a game where Ben Mbala recorded yet another career performance, the La Salle center had no choice but to take the backseat and tip his hat to University of the East’s Alvin Pasaol.Mbala had a career-high 39 points in the Green Archers’ 106-100 win over University of the East but it was Pasaol who dominated the stat sheets when he finished with 49 points.ADVERTISEMENT Perasol, Maroons remain upbeat despite 2 straight losses “For a guy to drop 50 on us, and if a guy is in the zone, we have to take him out of the comfort zone.”Mbala and Pasaol even had a tender moment near the end of the game when the two exchanged a small embrace with the big man as if almost congratulating the Red Warrior on a job well done.“I told him to keep working, he did a great job, and when a guy plays well you have to acknowledge him,” said Mbala. “The guy played well and I’ll give it to him.”“This is the game of basketball, we all want to have fun. We have to enjoy and I have to congratulate him for his career-high.”ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 MOST READ Read Nextcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

Federer hails Chung as future top 10 player

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first_img“We will see much more of him. Top 10 for sure.”He added that he did not want to put too much pressure and expectation on Chung as “I don’t think it’s fair”.But he said: “I think he’s going to have a lot of success. At what stage, how much, we will see.”Chung’s unexpected run to be the first South Korean in a Grand Slam semi-final has drawn new fans to the sport in his homeland where tennis lags far behind golf and baseball in the popularity stakes.It also sparked top television ratings and a spike in sales of tennis gear, with Chung set to return home far more famous, and richer, than when he left.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding One of his key takeaways was the confidence it had given him.“A lot of confidence. I played a lot of good players in the last two weeks. I can play, like, more comfortable on the court with the great players like Roger.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Halep and Wozniacki aim for Australian Open first Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports 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 Switzerland’s Roger Federer makes a forehand return to South Korea’s Hyeon Chung during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer hailed Chung Hyeon as a future top 10 player Friday after the South Korean’s Australian Open came to a painful end at the hands of the Swiss maestro.The defending champion was leading 6-1, 5-2 and in full control when Chung retired with foot blisters, bringing the curtain down on a breakout tournament in which he announced himself as a future star in the making.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The 21-year-old sent 12-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic packing in the fourth round, although the Serb was carrying an injury and not at his best.But he also accounted for fourth seed Alexander Zverev in his best Grand Slam showing so far.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn 20 years at the top, Federer has seen plenty of players come and go and only had praise for the youngster.“I think he is already a great player, but we are talking next level excellence and I think he will achieve that,” said Federer, who is into his 30th Grand Slam final as he chases a 20th major title. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Red rawMany Koreans were glued to their televisions watching him on Friday, with fan Park Meing-Cheon brought to tears in Seoul.“Unfortunately, with the blister wounds on his toes, I couldn’t help crying earlier on,” she said.Yoon Ji-Su, from Anyang City, forecast great things from him moving forward.“Although the injury is a pity, I hope he recovers well, and I believe there will be great results in the next French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open,” he said.Nicknamed “The Professor” due to his trademark thick white-rimmed glasses, Chung said he retired because his blisters were “red raw”.Despite the anti-climax, he said it was great experience and he was “really honoured” to be on the same court as Federer.“I enjoyed the two weeks, on court and off court. I’m just really happy,” he said.“For sure, I played really good in the last two weeks. I made first round of 16, quarters and play Sascha (Zverev), Novak, Roger. I had a really good experience.“I think I can play better and better in the future.” MOST READlast_img read more

Ramirez dominates Ahmed with 6th round stoppage

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first_imgAFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC He was ranked fourth in the division despite almost 70 percent of his previous wins coming against boxers with losing records.Ramirez already holds the distinction of being the first fighter from Mexico to win a title in the 76kg division and now he’s setting his sights on unifying the different titles.“Next I would like to fight with another champion from Europe or England for a unification.“I want to be the best division pound for pound fighter.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Rondina admits UST lacked composure in 5-set loss to DLSU Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:39Ancajas willing to fight Chocolatito if given a chance01:29Police 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 MOST READ The bout was the feature fight on a card that also saw Filipino Jerwin Ancajas make an impressive American debut with a 10th round knockout of Israel Gonzalez to keep his IBF super flyweight belt.READ: Ancajas impresses in US debutFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe southpaw Ramirez improved to 37-0 with 25 KOs as he defended his 76 kilogram (168 pound) title for the third time since winning it from Arthur Abraham in 2016.Ramirez said he was pleased to get his first win by a knockout in three years. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – CARSON, CA – APRIL 22: Gilberto Ramirez of Mexico poses for a photo with his belt after beating Max Bursak of Ukraine in a 12 round unanimous decision during the WBO Super Middleweight World Championship at StubHub Center on April 22, 2017 in Carson, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPMexican champion Gilberto Ramirez easily retained his World Boxing Organization super middleweight title, dominating challenger Habib Ahmed in a one-sided main event on Saturday.Ahmed’s corner mercifully threw in the towel with 29 seconds left in the sixth round as their fighter was unable to fight back while being overwhelmed with body and head shots.ADVERTISEMENT “This fight was really important,” Ramirez said. “We have been training for a knockout and we got it. “I never felt frustrated. I kept moving forward at him and tried to hit the body.”Ramirez suffered a cut above his left eye in the third round from an accidental head butt. His corner did a good job of closing the wound so it didn’t bother him for the final three rounds.He came dangerously close to knocking Ahmed out in the fifth round, connecting on separate occasions with an overhand right, right hook and a driving right jab before the challenger was saved by the bell.Heading into the final round, Ramirez had landed a total of 90 punches to just 24 for the heavy underdog Ahmed, who was fighting for the first time out of his home country. ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

FEU’s Ramirez playing in PH to fulfill mother’s dream

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first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “That’s why I’m here, to play basketball and go to the next level.” 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 “I’m doing this for my mother who passed away two years ago,” said Ramirez Friday after leading the Tamaraws to an 88-77 win over National University in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup.Ramirez, who was initially en route to a collegiate career with Adamson University, played two years for Humber College in Toronto before returning to his mother’s land.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingBoth of Ramirez’s parents are Filipinos and were once based in Rosario, Cavite where he lives with his grandparents when he’s not at FEU’s dormitories.“I have here the opportunity of playing basketball in the next level, and I will have to play in the UAAP for a couple of years,” said Ramirez who had 15 points, five assists, and three steals during their game against the Bullogs. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University guard RJ Ramirez has foregone a basketball future in Canada to play the sport in this hoops-crazed country.And it’s to complete the wish of his mother Virginia.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Globalport clings to playoff hope after upset of Rain or Shine MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Finals coaches ponder Warriors’ spot among their epic teams

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first_imgAbueva, Romeo penalized as PBA doles out more than P90k in fines The Warriors are 15-0 in the playoffs, the best post-season run by any North American sports team, having swept Portland, Utah and San Antonio and pushed Cleveland to the brink.They would become the first NBA squad to make an unbeaten playoff charge to the crown by winning Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“What this team has accomplished is remarkable,” Kerr said. “And we have had some good fortune, too. We have stayed healthy, knock on wood. So far things have gone our way. Our guys have really played well and competed at a high level.“But in the end you just want to win. The other stuff doesn’t really matter. People can talk about it in historical context, but you just get it done, win the series and let everybody else talk.” Kerr won five NBA titles as a guard, three of them alongside Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls from 1996-1998 and two more with the San Antonio Spurs.Lue won NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000 and 2001, a member of the lineup led by Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.The Lakers’ 15-1 playoff run in 2001 is the best playoff record by any NBA champion but could be eclipsed by Golden State, a club Lue struggled to compare to his former team.“I really don’t know. Because I won, so I mean, I was on the other side of it,” Lue said. “For us, with the Lakers, we just had two dynamic pieces, two of the best players in the world at the time with Kobe and Shaq.“They were both dominant and everybody else on the team was a star in their role. They played their part. Whatever they had to do to win is what we did. And it was just a great run. We beat some great teams.ADVERTISEMENT “It was just ultimate team. Kobe and Shaq were our great players and everybody else was just great role players.”The only 2001 playoff loss by the Lakers came in the first game of the finals against Philadelphia.“It’s very tough. When you have a great team, you have opportunities to do things like that,” Lue said. We had a chance to do it, but we had had like a 12-day layoff, and Philly came in and it was like they were running 100 mph. We couldn’t keep up the first game.”The 1996 Bulls went 15-3 in the playoffs, losing twice after seizing a 3-0 finals lead over Seattle and giving Kerr an appreciation for the feat his club is on the verge of achieving.“I remember that well. We were up 3-0 the finals, too, and then we lost the next two games in Seattle,” Kerr said. “It’s hard. In the playoffs, every team is good. As you go deeper, it gets tougher and tougher.“You don’t really stop and think about it until after.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors shake hands prior to Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California.Tyronn Lue and Steve Kerr, rival coaches in the NBA Finals, struggled Thursday to fit the Golden State Warriors among the league’s greatest clubs, some of which they played upon.Kerr’s Warriors own a 3-0 lead over Lue’s defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the best-of-seven series that could end with a Golden State sweep Friday in Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, firecenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

9 games, 9 days: Gilas PH opens Jones Cup bid vs Canada

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first_imgAfter taking on Canada’s 3D Global Sports on that day, the Filipinos will clash with Taipei A, Taipei B, Japan, South Korea, Iraq, Lithuania, India and Iran in what could be the title game on the 23rd.Iran has been the most dominant force in the tournament in recent years, with five championships in the last eight years. In 2013, the Filipinos failed to defend the crown by losing to the Iranians.“This year’s Jones Cup field is tough. Nine games in nine days,” said Gilas coach Chot Reyes, the first Filipino coach to win the event.The Jones Cup is a single-round tournament that awards the championship to the team with the best record on the final day, making it interesting that the committee scheduled the Filipinos and the Iranians to collide in the final day.Team Philippines will also be defending its gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games slated in Kuala Lumpur in August, before playing in the Fiba Asia Championship in Lebanon later that month.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Priming up for two important regional events in the next two months, Gilas Pilipinas opens up its hectic Jones Cup Invitational schedule against Canada on July 15 as the country hopes to win the event for the fifth time and retain the championship using its national team.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 It will be nine games in as many days for the Filipinos, who will be bringing in one import in Mike Myers and will be parading Kobe Paras as a National for the first time in front of the world.Paras will be joined by former collegiate phenom Kiefer Ravena and members of the Cadet pool all seeing action in the PBA now, counting Jio Jalalon and Matthew Wright, who were with pro veterans that bamboozled the opposition in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association championship in Manila two months ago.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 starsRavena and Paras are, without a doubt, the finest talents in the amateurs today with Ravena contemplating on turning pro later in the year.Myers has been in the country for weeks now, originally listed to see action for TNT KaTropa in the PBA, while Paras and Ravena headed straight to Gilas camp after bannering the PH 3X3 team. LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img Double Grand Slam for SMB? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View commentslast_img read more

Lyceum, EAC now marked NCAA teams

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first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection 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 Teng drops 30 pts anew Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hardly creating a ripple in the NCAA in past seasons, Lyceum and Emilio Aguinaldo College are finally getting attention for the right reasons.Keeping their solid core and with prized recruits finally suiting up, the Pirates and Generals are setting lofty goals for Season 93 which opens on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.ADVERTISEMENT The Pirates, who joined the league in 2011, have been tipped to challenge San Beda for the title after a preseason semifinal stint in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup.“We’ll be marked in the season but that’s part of the challenge,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“To be honest, we want the Final Four now,” said coach Ariel Sison, whose Generals spent the last eight seasons in the bottom half of the standings. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View commentslast_img read more

Uichico aware of PH’s rich cage history as he calls shots in SEAG

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first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES McGregor completes community service for pre-fight fracas In Kuala Lumpur, Uichico will have Christian Standhardinger and young members of the Cadet program that counts amateur Kiefer Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks, Raymar Jose and Kobe Paras.Baser Amer, Mike Tolomia, Von Pessumal, Kevin Ferrer, Carl Cruz, Almond Vosotros and Troy Rosario are the other members of the team.The Philippines failed to win the gold medal just once, in 1989, also in Malaysia, interestingly enough.“We’ll give them a few days (off) after this tournament before going to work,” Uichico, who won the 2013 gold in Palembang, said.Jimmy Alapag, the Gilas shooting legend, will be Uichico’s assistant in Kuala Lumpur and Chot Reyes and son Josh will be calling the shots for the PBA superstars-composed National Five that will play in the Fiba Asia Championship in Lebanon the week before.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino 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 Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonycenter_img View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Jong Uichico will call the shots for Gilas Pilipinas in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur late next month, and knowing the country’s history, the multi-titled coach knows that there is pressure to deliver.“It’s the gold (medal) that matters,” Uichico said on Saturday while munching on a candy bar, moments before Gilas was to play its penultimate game in the Jones Cup Invitational here. “They (other countries) will surely be sending strong teams.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Uichico feels that, while the Philippines sends its best teams in bigger regional events like the Asian Games and the Asian Championship, the country’s foes in Kuala Lumpur are concentrated on unseating the Filipinos for the longest time as kings of Southeast Asia.“Those countries believe that the SEAG is the tournament they have to concentrate on,” he said. “We sent our best team to the SEABA (Southeast Asian Basketball Association championship, the qualifier for the Fiba Asia) and I don’t think they (opponents) did.”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 starsGilas was made up of multimillionaire PBA stars in the SEABA and it was reinforced by naturalized center Andray Blatche as the country didn’t take anything to chance.The result was a bamboozling of the field many thought to be overkill. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

PBA: Alaska staves off elimination, shackles Globalport

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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/INQUIRERAlaska remained in the hunt for a playoff spot in the PBA Governors’ Cup after taking down Globalport, 101-88, Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Aces, who lost the first six games of the conference, won its second straight to improve to 2-6 and climbed to the 10th spot while the Batang Pier slipped to 3-5.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 Murphey Holloway had 25 points to lead the Batang Pier with 25 points and nine rebounds.Globalport point guard Stanley Pringle was absent from the game as he went back to the United States to mourn the passing of his father.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A strong fourth quarter push propelled Alaska over the Batang Pier with Calvin Abueva and Noy Baclao scoring all of their combined 20 points in the period as the Aces outscored Globalport, 34-21, in the final 12 minutes.“I’m happy to see these guys put together another win,” said Aces head coach Alex Compton in Filipino. “Because during our 14-game losing streak there were times when we were ahead then the other team will catch up and now instead of folding we bounced back and that’s the thing I’ve been waiting to see.”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 openingAlaska was in the worst period of its storied history when it lost 14 straight games dating back to the Commissioner’s Cup before the Aces broke the curse in Pampanga beating San Miguel, 90-79.LeDontae Henton put up a massive double-double of 31 points and 21 rebounds to lead Alaska while Calvin Abueva finished with 12 points and five boards. San Sebastian repulses EAC to even slate at 5-5 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READlast_img read more

Kotla offers to host scrapped Eden WC game

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first_imgThe Firoz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.Delhi has joined the race to host the India-England World Cup match even as the International Cricket Council (ICC) is yet to choose the venue that will replace Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.The ICC snatched the only India match from the country’s most famous cricket venue after it found that the stadium was not match-fit. The world body also rejected a plea from the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), forwarded to the ICC by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), to reconsider its decision.While Bangalore is considered to be the front-runner to replace Kolkata for the February 27 game, Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) too now wants to host the high-profile match whenever the ICC wants it to.”Like some other venues must have, we have offered to host the match. Date is not a problem for us,” DDCA general secretary SP Bansal told Mail Today. DDCA president Arun Jaitley is believed to have conveyed DDCA’s desire to host the game to the BCCI.Kotla has been allocated matches between South Africa and West Indies on February 24, West Indies and the Netherlands on February 28, Kenya and Canada on March 7 and India and the Netherlands on March 9.CAB had requested the ICC to give it 10 more days to meet a fresh deadline of February 7. But the ICC has firmly turned down the plea, saying there will be no more inspection of the Eden Gardens.The world body has asked the BCCI to suggest an alternate venue by Monday.advertisementOn the other hand, ICC president Sharad Pawar said that a final decision on the other matches scheduled in Kolkata would be taken on Sunday. “I will get the report this evening (Saturday). After that, an ICC committee will deliberate on whether Eden will host the matches or not,” PTI quoted Pawar as saying in Kanpur. “Fans from other countries would also be coming to see the World Cup and they would have made their travel plans much in advance. Any last-minute change would hassle them.”Kolkata has also been allocated the South Africa-Ireland match on March 15, the Ireland-Netherlands game on March 15, and the Zimbabwe-Kenya encounter on March 20. Even though the Kolkata game is scheduled just a day before the West Indies face Netherlands at the Ferozeshah Kotla on February 28, Bansal said it would not be a problem for the DDCA to host back-to-back matches. “It’s a decision that the ICC will have to take. It’s not in our hands; we can only offer to host the game. But suppose if the match is eventually shifted to Kotla, we will have problem in hosting back-to-back matches as we have three pitches earmarked for the World Cup. Two different pitches can be used for the two matches,” he said.”We have all the facilities ready for the World Cup. If the match is shifted to the Kotla, what we will have to do after the February 27 game is clean the stadium,” he averred. “But we don’t want the India-England game at the cost of CAB. If it is shifted from Kolkata, the national Capital deserves to host it as it has not got any good matches.”Elsewhere on Saturday, different people put forth their views and proposals for an amicable solution to the tricky issue. One suggestion is that the India-Netherlands game on March 9 in Delhi be swapped with the Kolkata even as the dates remained unchanged.CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya met finance minister Pranab Mukherjee in Kolkata apparently to salvage the match.last_img read more