ROS, SMBeer turn back foes

first_imgBig Ben fuels La Salle win Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Rain or Shine improved to 6-4 and stayed in the hunt for a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals while the Aces bid farewell to two of their stalwarts—and their season—with a 3-8 card.San Miguel Beer held off Phoenix, 109-107, to also bolster its top-four drive.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Beermen found themselves in a dogfight in the stretch with the already-out Fuel Masters but held on for their seventh win in 10 outings.Rain or Shine broke the game wide open with a big second-quarter run before stretching the lead to 98-61 after opening the fourth with a 15-0 run. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next MOST READcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “I just told the players that we will go up against Alaska and that they should play like they want to win,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia.While it wasn’t the best way for them to exit the game, Hontiveros and Dela Cruz will always look back at the fond memories they created in the PBA.“I learned so many things; coach Alex [Compton] told us in the locker room that even if we leave the relationship is still there,” said Hontiveros, who had three titles overall in his 17-year career in the PBA.“Obviously I didn’t have the accolades, the trophies, the championships I wish I had but I got to meet some really great people, played against awesome opponents, imports, and played for great coaches in the best league in Asia,” said Dela Cruz, who also won three titles, all with the Aces.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Dondon Hontiveros and Tony Dela Cruz may have wanted to leave the game on the saddle of victory. But Rain or Shine had business to attend to.The Elasto Painters ripped Alaska, 112-82, Wednesday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Sports Center here, strengthening their bid for a top four finish going into the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

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Pacquiao wannabe plucks gold for Cebu; Aklan rules in the pool

first_imgDUMAGUETE CITY—His coach describes him as a naughty kid with a natural athletic flair.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 shutoutOn a humid Tuesday afternoon in front of a big crowd, Cebu City’s John Kevin Jimenez put those qualities to good use to score a unanimous decision over hard-fighting Dante Montales of La Carlota for the boys 34 to 35 kilograms boxing gold medal in the Batang Pinoy Visayas qualifying here.“I was challenged because he (Montales) is also good,” said Jimenez in Filipino, a lollipop already plugged in his mouth after coming off the ring. “I like what I did. I fought very well.” LATEST STORIES Blackwater stumped: Where in the world is Chris Ellis? Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The sixth child in a brood of nine, Jimenez, a Grade 8 student, was introduced to the sport by his four elder brothers. One of them, Johnriel, is already fighting in the pros.“He is mischievous and naughty, but he’s a good kid and we saw natural talent in him,” said his coach Jordan Dopalco.Those traits served him in good stead as he stubbornly held off Montales for the gold.Jimenez, who started boxing at 9, aspires to one day don the national colors and follow the footsteps of Manny Pacquiao and Mark Magsayo.Chris Carlos Emnas scored for Leyte after beating local boy Jhon Jeffrey Rosales via unanimous decision in the boys 38kg.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Earlier, Cebu City collected three golds in karate through Gian Mangitngit in boys kumite 8 to 13 years -28kg, Genda Rya Atillo in girls kumite 8 to 13-30kg, and Adrian Ray Ayuda in kumite boys 8 to 13 -32kg.Cebu Province’s Trisha Jean Ogoc snared her second gold after topping the girls’ kumite 8 to 13 -25kg.Host city Dumaguete grabbed a share of the lead late Monday after its archers hit the target with six more golds at Negros Oriental State University grounds.Prisa Helen Lofranco led the gold winners, ruling the Cub girls 20 meters. Other winners were Crisha Mae Merto (Cadet girls 30m), Caryl Generoso (Cub girls 30m), Gabriel Flores (Cub boys 20m) and Carson Francis Hastie (Cub boys 30).Dumaguete dominated the sport with nine golds. The team also won five golds in swimming, led by Ranzge Benedict Quilicot, who topped the boys 12-under 200m breaststroke and boys and girls relay teams.Tagbilaran’s Gabriel Manigque, who at 15 already stands 6 feet, ruled the boys 13 to 15 200m freestyle for his fifth gold of the competition, which saw Aklan claim 15 golds. Bacolod and Ormoc each got eight golds from the pool. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Action-packed R1 between Dante Montales of La Carlota and John Kevin Jimenez of Cebu City here in Batang Pinoy boxing competition pic.twitter.com/YfJfd3G5D7— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) November 14, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:37Protesters 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

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Kobe Paras urges Kai Sotto to go to US to develop basketball game

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Goods worth $400K stolen from Venus Williams’ Florida home Creighton eventually recruited Paras, who did not flourish with the Bluejays and later  transferred to Cal State Northridge where he is now on redshirt status, an academic sophomore on his first year of athletic eligibility.Paras said Sotto, given his height, would have “endless opportunities” in the United States. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next View comments “I was 15-years-old when I moved out here in LA,” said Paras, who is now a member of the Cal State Northridge Matadors.“Hopefully one day Kai may make a mature decision to continue his basketball career in the States so that he won’t get rotten and brain washed in Manila.”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 shutoutSotto is still in high school playing for Ateneo and his 7-foot-1 frame puts him a literal head above his opponents.Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netParas, for his part, moved from La Salle Greenhills to Cathedral in Los Angeles where he made a name for himself as an athletic forward. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKobe Paras encouraged high school sensation Kai Sotto to continue playing basketball in the United States while also taking a swipe at the current hoops scene in the Philippines.In a Twitter post, Paras made use of the new 280-character limit saying Sotto moving to the US will be the right decision instead of playing in the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler, wife die in Los Angeles crash

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said the 38-year-old Butler and 31-year-old Leah LaBelle Vladowski were pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsies are pending, as of this posting.Butler was drafted in 2002 by the Miami Heat and played for a total of eight NBA teams including the Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, and San Antonio Spurs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutButler’s wife was an R&B singer signed to Epic Records. She placed 12th on the third season of “American Idol” in 2004.            /kga 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next In this July 19, 2015 photo, NBA player Rasual Butler (left) and singer Leah LaBelle (right) attend The Players’ Awards presented by BET at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for BET/AFP)LOS ANGELES — Former NBA forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles.The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday in the Studio City area and left a swath of damage along a major thoroughfare.ADVERTISEMENT Alaska whips Phoenix fivelast_img read more

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Inquirer 7 top UAAP 80 women’s volleyball players: Week 3

first_imgRead Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Okay, okay just bear with this a little.Sure Maddie Madayag scored just 12 points in Ateneo’s four-set win over University of the East, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-14, but it was her leadership that shone through here.After starting the season with two straight losses, the Lady Eagles have now steadied and climbed to 2-2 and that’s thanks to no small part to Madayag’s leadership.Madayag was visibly talking to teammates while on the floor and on the bench, and the fourth-year middle blocker knows how important that is to a young team.“We need more confidence especially we have a new setter and new liberos,” said Madayag pointing out to the departure of Jia Morado and Gizelle Tan. “It’s like we need to have more motivation when we play in the future.”5. Dawn Macandili (De La Salle University, libero)Last week: No. 5Weeks on list: 3There’s just one constant in De La Salle’s play, and that is Dawn Macandili’s impressive defense. La Salle will usually see different players lead its offense, but defense is Macandili’s and hers alone.After three weeks, Macandili is the top at the Best Diggers list with 6.83 digs per set and the no. 2 at the Best Receivers column with an efficiency of 47.62 percent.6. Kianna Dy (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)Last week: N/AIt’s been a longtime coming but Kianna Dy is in this list, and for lukewarm reasons.There’s no denying that Dy is a phenomenal player since she’s, arguably, the best opposite hitter of her UAAP generation but the Lady Spikers went 1-1 this week bumping her to this low in the list.Dy averaged 14.5 points this week and was crucial in the Lady Spikers’ five-set win, 25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 23-25, 15-7, over the Lady Tamaraws.7. Dimdim Pacres (University of Santo Tomas, opposite hitter)Last week: N/A John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Dimdim Pacres has featured in her own narrative lately for the Golden Tigresses.Since Season 79, Pacres has been UST’s third scoring option behind Rondina and EJ Laure and head coach Kung Fu Reyes expected that from her this year.Pacres, however, struggled to find her groove in Season 80 as one of the team’s scorers behind Rondina and rookie Milena Alessandrini.In the three games prior to UST’s dismantling of Adamson, Pacres was averaging just 6.7 points and Reyes wanted more.Pacres responded with 13 points, almost double than her average, in a redemption game that brought her confidence back.“I had to step up and I was really frustrated the past few days because I really can’t bring my game back,” said Pacres in Filipino. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Jaja Santiago has been nothing short of dominant in the UAAP as she showed her force against the Lady Spikers in an epic five-set win, 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14, over the defending champions.NU’s captain poured in 27 points that treated a La Salle defense like fodder.And Santiago had her final two points in dramatic fashion against the Lady Spikers.Unable to come on to the floor in the waning moments of the fifth set, and La Salle needing just three points to win the match, Santiago had to watch in agony as NU hasn’t rotated enough for the middle blocker to take the floor.So when Aiko Urdas scored NU’s ninth point in the fifth set, Santiago entered the floor in a chorus of cheers as if Joan of Arc suddenly appeared on the field.Santiago’s mere presence alone inspired NU to hold on, and as if magic caused La Salle to commit three errors, to tie the set at 13-13.Then Santiago went to work, first sending a booming kill down La Salle’s defense for the 14-13 lead then another one for the 15-14 match point.2. Jasmine Nabor (National University, setter)Last week: No. 6Weeks on list: 2 1. Jaja Santiago (National University, middle blocker)Last week: No. 1Weeks on list: 3It’s almost befitting that the first rankings in the Year of the Dog features a Lady Bulldog at the forefront.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Articles00:59Sports 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 Jasmine Nabor is the Robin to Santiago’s Batman.And if the narrative in the match between NU and La Salle was for battle of supremacy between two undefeated teams, there’s also a chapter within this tale and that involved Nabor’s playmaking duel with Michelle Cobb.It’s safe to say that Nabor schooled the up-and-coming Cobb as NU got to a 4-0 start while La Salle slipped to 3-1There’s no denying that Cobb has finally distinguished herself as a capable playmaker for La Salle, she did end up as the no.2 player of Week 2, but Nabor worked with magic against the Lady Spikers.Nabor had all of NU’s 53 excellent sets, more than double than Cobb’s 27 and 20 more than what La Salle had as a whole team.And Santiago’s clutch kills in the final set? That was courtesy of Nabor’s fine passing.3. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside hitter)Last week: No. 4Weeks on list: 3 View comments Three weeks in and the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament just got more interesting.National University, the league’s top seed, has distinguished itself as the early power after a thrilling five-setter against defending champion De La Salle, the league’s no. 2 team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt’s in the middle of the ladder that things suddenly got compelling as Ateneo, University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University, and Adamson University are all tied for the third seed with 2-2 records.And that’s about it for the third week, a late happy Chinese New Year to you ladies and gents and here are the seven players who got the best fortune in Week 3. Martinez ‘surprised’ with Olympics showing after just 3 weeks of training Cherry Rondina has been nothing but spectacular for University of Santo Tomas.It’s hard to imagine seeing a 5-foot-6 person strike fear in a game that usually sees height as an advantage, but the diminutive Rondina proves that she’s the UAAP’s atomic fireball.UST played just one game this week and that ended in a three-set sweep of Adamson, 25-9, 31-29, 25-19, in match that left Lady Falcons head coach Air Padda speechless.“We didn’t fight her, my players totally bowed down,” said Padda as Rondina unleashed 22 points on them. “They were scared on defense, we couldn’t stop Rondina at the net.”“Cherry is capable of taking a whole set… the girls were intimidated.”And after the third week, Rondina and Santiago are tied atop the scoring ladder with 92 total points apiece.4. Maddie Madayag (Ateneo de Manila University, middle blocker)Last week: N/A NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READlast_img read more

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AVC: Chinese-Taipei trumps Philippines for crack at 5th place

first_imgView comments “One set could’ve tilted the game but we’re here and we just have to accept the loss and move forward.”Wu Wei-Hua had 14 points to lead Chinese-Taipei while Chen, who came in as a substitute in all the three sets, and Hsiao Hsiang-Ling had nine points apiece.Jaja Santiago helped the Philippines’ cause with 10 points.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 Sharapova receives US Open wildcard for first post-ban Slam Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Chinese-Taipei earned a shot at the fifth place in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after taking down host Philippines, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19, in the classification stage Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The 55th-ranked team in the world is set to face Vietnam for the battle for the fifth spot while the Philippines will once again match up against Kazakhstan for a crack at seventh. ADVERTISEMENT The Philippines had the early momentum in the third set putting up a 10-4 lead but Chinese-Taipei managed to score seven straight to take an 11-10 lead.Captain Chen Wan-Ting then finished off the no.79 team in the world with a brutal crosscourt kill.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 openingAlyssa Valdez, who had 13 points to lead the Philippines, was disappointed with how they squandered their edge but said they have to move on and end the tournament on a positive note.“We definitely wanted to win, but we just couldn’t hold on,” said Valdez in Filipino. “But, again, this is a learning experience because there was the regret because it would’ve been a huge difference if we were able to get at least one set.” 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 Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

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PBA: Globalport stuns TNT

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Globalport pulled off a 119-112 upset over TNT to get a crack at a quarterfinals spot in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Ynares Sports Center here.The Batang Pier relied on dead-eye shooting late in the game and improved to 3-3 for ninth place while the KaTropa slipped to 4-3 after seeing their streak snapped.ADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion View comments GALLERY: NCAA Season 93 All-Star Skills Challenge MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side This is the first time in five games that TNT dropped a game against the Batang Pier whose losing streak dates back to last season’s Governors’ Cup.Globalport was rampant with its shooting in the final frame as Sean Anthony and Mike Cortez solely scored on the Batang Pier’s 13-4 run in the fourth to give their team a 104-92 lead at the 5:56 mark.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 opening“It’s a morale-boosting win for us,” said Batang Pier head coach Franz Pumaren. “Each game is very important and I think until the very end, every game will have a bearing because it’s all locked up in the middle of the standings.”Stanley Pringle lit up the boards with a game-high 30 points, on 10-of-16 shooting, eight rebounds, and four assists while Murphey Holloway added 24 points, 17 rebounds, and six assists for Globalport. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Anthony finished with 21 points and six rebounds for the Batang Pier.Glen Rice Jr. led TNT with a game-high 39 points to go along 13 rebounds but he turned the ball over 11 times.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Hockey girls aim to put past behind

first_imgThe Indian women’s hockey team hasn’t had it good in recent months. If it was the ‘sex scandal’ involving former coach MK Kaushik that rocked the camp before the Argentina World Cup, it was worse at home when Delhi hosted the Commonwealth Games, where a miscalculation by the team management pushed India out of medal reckoning.The Indian women’s hockey players practise before the Asian Games.It became such a major issue for the Indian contingent that an inquiry was launched but without any worthwhile result. Nevertheless, before the CWG began India had high hopes for the women hockey players providing a medal after their excellent showing in Manchester (gold) and Melbourne (silver). But things changed overnight, thanks to the goof-up, and India went out of the medal bracket. That is now behind us and as we move on to the Asian Games for continental supremacy and an automatic berth in the London Olympics — the Indian women launch their campaign against Malaysia on Saturday.Yet, it will not be as easy as they have six other teams in the round-robin league. The Malaysian women, unlike their men counterparts, may be easy opposition but teams like Japan, China and Korea will be the real hard nuts to crack.The Indian team has youth and experience in its ranks With former India player Sandeep Somesh as coach the girls may have picked up vital clues against the Malaysians. Sandeep was, however, confident of his team’s chances. He said the players had put their bad run at the Commonwealth Games behind them.advertisement”The girls are a well-knit unit and putting their best foot forward. We know we have to face some bigger hurdles when we meet the hosts and the Koreans. But we are not taking any team lightly,” said the coach.last_img read more

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Merger with CPI not on CPI(M)’s agenda: Prakash Karat

first_imgMerger of CPI(M) and CPI was not on the agenda of CPI(M) but the party would strive to strengthen the Left unity in the country, CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat said on Thursday. CPI-M would work for closer co-ordination with CPI to strengthen the unity of Left forces in the prevailing political circumstances, Karat told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar organised in memory of veteran Marxist leader late E M S Namboodiripad. On questions about his continuance as general secretary of the party despite the drubbing it received in the assembly polls in West Bengal and Kerala, Karat said it was the party which has to decide the matter. “If the party desired so (continuance as general secretary), I will abide by that,” he said. Earlier inaugurating the seminar, Karat said Marxism had faced challenges during the last three decades both in theory and practice. Many of these challenges emanated out of the globalised finance capitalism, he said. He said it was important to look at Marxism, in theory and practice, in “a new way” with an “authentic understanding” of its theories and their applications in the changed context.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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