Sonny Thoss was just the third man in twin digits for Alaska with 11.Meanwhile, Star slugs it out with Rain or Shine on Sunday afternoon, looking to not only remain the only undefeated team but also to move closer to the first playoff spot at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The Hotshots have a 4-0 record and will come into the 4:30 p.m. contest as the favorites over the Elasto Painters, who will welcome back Gilas Pilipinas stalwarts Gabe Norwood and Raymond Almazan.Coach Chito Victolero has been bracing for this game for quite a while now as it starts a tough stretch for his Hotshots, who will clash with Barangay Ginebra next Sunday before colliding with Meralco.Those are first-rate teams and Victolero got the jumpstart he was hoping for last week when Star ran roughshod over Phoenix Petroleum, 100-81.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “The players are jelling well and are learning their roles,” Victolero said. “This (game against the Painters) will be very crucial for us because it starts a tough stretch for us.”A win would shove the Hotshots to within another victory of nailing the first quarterfinal slot, though Victolero has been very vocal about what the true target of his squad is.“Of course, we want to finish in the top four,” he said as the first four placers earn twice-to-beat privileges in the first round. “But we are taking it one game at a time and we cannot look past any opponent.”Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer, after dusting off the rust in a 115-112 nipping of GlobalPort on Friday, battles rejuvenated NLEX at 6:45 p.m.NLEX has a 5-2 record and can claim the first playoff slot with an upset of the powerhouse Beermen. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding From mall to medal: Journey on skates ends in gold Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:41RSA reminds Ginebra to stay humble after back-to-back PBA titles01:37Protesters 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 SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PBA IMAGESCEBU—It was hard to see anything that would say that Barangay Ginebra was coming off a 21-day break.With three men in its starting lineup finishing with double-doubles and Japeth Aguilar coming off the bench to carve one of his own, Ginebra plastered Alaska, 94-80, to win a fourth straight game and stay in the upper half of the PBA Governors’ Cup standings.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games The Gin Kings were dominant right from the start of the Petron Saturday Special Game at Hoops Dome here as they buried the Aces in an avalanche of baskets early to take command and eventually rise to 4-1.Alaska, on the other hand, still didn’t see an end to its franchise mark in futility, dropping to 0-6 overall after losing its 14th straight game dating back to the Commissioner’s Cup. And this one was the most lopsided in this tournament as the Aces simply didn’t have an answer to Ginebra’s game-long intensity.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 shutoutJustin Brownlee had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Greg Slaughter contributed 12 and 13, and Scottie Thompson missed a triple double by just two points after plucking down 11 boards and issuing 10 assists.Calvin Abueva, Alaska’s big contribution to the Gilas Pilipinas program, finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds, but import LeDontae Henton sealed his 10th point only inside the final minute when the game was all but decided. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next View comments
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH squash team after their 2017 SEA Games gold medal match. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine men’s squash team, which upset Malaysia in the semifinals on Monday, surrendered to Singapore, 2-1, in the final Tuesday night at National Squash Center here in Kuala Lumpur Sports Center.The Filipinos settled for another silver, the other in women’s doubles, in the penultimate day of competition.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino 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 LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Filipinos bag another silver in sepak takraw Reymark Bergornia dropped the opening match, 11-1, 11-3, 11-16, to Pang Ka Hoe. But Robert Andrew Garcia equalised after beating Benedict Chan, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, in the second match.That left David William Pelino to carry the fight for the gold but he succumbed to the faster and craftier Samuel Kang, 11-4, 11-4, 11-5, in the deciding match.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 shutout SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments
MOST READ Reigning MVP Ben Mbala returned like he never left and University of the Philippines showed it’s a force to reckon with after taking down defending champion De La Salle in a game that saw the Fighting Maroons hit a record-setting 16 3-pointers.READ: UAAP Starting 5: Weeks 1 and 2FEATURED 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 shutoutCenter: Ben Mbala (La Salle Green Archers) Ben Mbala. Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter representing Cameroon in the 2017 Fiba Afrobasket, the MVP returned in style. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Jun Manzo. Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDesiderio wasn’t the lone Maroon, who posed problems for the Green Archers. After Desiderio lit up in the third quarter, Jun Manzo took his turn to finish La Salle off.Manzo had nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, scoring late buckets that kept the Green Archers down for the count. Honorable mentions:Ron Dennison (Far Eastern University)Ron Dennison. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s a dilemma concerning Ron Dennison. As good as he is for FEU, he plays the same position as Ravena and that’s a tough competition to win considering that Ateneo has also remained undefeated. Still, Dennison is on a class of his own and his 15 points plus his defensive leadership against UST puts him on this seven-man list.Papi Sarr (Adamson Falcons) Papi Sarr. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPapi Sarr was decent in his first game in Season 80 as he put up 10 points and four rebounds in Adamson’s 88-81 win over UST, but it was in his past two games the 6-foot-8 big man showed his quality. The Adamson center, who is still trying to regain top form after suffering a groin injury before the season started, averaged 15.5 points and 14.5 rebounds against La Salle and National University. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters 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 Mbala averaged 33 points and 11 rebounds and although La Salle split its first two games with the menacing big man back, there was no better center in the league than him.Forward: Arvin Tolentino (Far Eastern University)Arvin Tolentino. Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRebounding and defense isn’t exactly Arvin Tolentino’s strong suit, yet he delivered when Far Eastern University needed a presence in the middle.Prince Orizu played on and off for the Tamaraws against University of Santo Tomas due to illness and Tolentino took it upon himself to provide the muscle. Tolentino put up season-highs in scoring and rebounding to lead the Tamaraws over the Growling Tigers with 15 points and 10 boards.ADVERTISEMENT In the three games prior to FEU’s match against UST, Tolentino only averaged exactly five boards a game and 9.6 points.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Thirdy Ravena. Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo had just one game the past week, but boy did Thirdy Ravena make it worth watching.Ateneo currently owns the best record in the league with a 4-0 slate and it’s largely because of Ravena’s strong play.The senior wingman led the Blue Eagles in their 83-65 rout of University of the East with 21 points, on an efficient 7-of-12 shooting, while grabbing eight rebounds.Guard: Paul Desiderio (UP Fighting Maroons)Paul Desiderio. Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe legend of Paul Desiderio continues to grow.Desiderio was hell-bent on toppling the Green Archers and he did that by pouring in a career performance that made him Diliman’s most beloved person in a jersey.The senior guard unleashed 16 third-quarter points to post a career-high 30 and all the while keeping a straight face as La Salle searched for a way to stop him. Guard: Jun Manzo (UP Fighting Maroons) Corey Kluber gets 18th win as Indians beat Mariners Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It had been quite a whirlwind week in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT
LaVar Ball thinks son LiAngelo’s arrest in China ‘not a big deal’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Baynes also had eight rebounds and three assists, and Boston improved to 10-2 even as Horford sat out after being placed in concussion protocol earlier in the day. The Celtics then lost rookie forward Tatum late in the second quarter, when he went to the locker room with a sore right ankle.Coach Brad Stevens said Tatum had X-rays and was fitted with a walking boot as a precaution. He will be re-examined on Thursday.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 shutoutIt’s yet another blow for a team that lost Gordon Hayward for the season after a gruesome leg injury on opening night.“Until we have only four left, I guess we’re just gonna keep playing,” Stevens said. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments RIVALRY REKINDLED?Lakers coach Luke Walton said this generation of players views the Celtics-Lakers rivalry differently than those around for the 1980s matchups.“I think some of them get it, more than others,” he said. “Guys like Lonzo that grew up in LA, I think if you grew up in either one of these cities, you’re probably pretty well schooled on the rivalry. For some of these young guys, they probably don’t know much about it.”Celtics fans chanted “Beat LA!” after Walton was whistled for a technical foul in the third quarter.CELEBRITY SIGHTINGSNew Red Sox manager Alex Cora, New England Patriots players Devin McCourty and Dion Lewis, and rapper DMX were in attendance.UP NEXTLakers: At Washington on Thursday night.Celtics: Host Charlotte on Friday night. Irving also got banged up and had his right leg examined by trainers between the third and fourth quarters. He came back with just over six minutes to play and immediately made an impact, scoring back-to-back baskets to push Boston’s lead back to 100-90.The Celtics led by 48-28 in the second quarter but were outscored 24-13 over the final 6:51 of the half to let the Lakers back into the game.TIP-INSLakers: Only lead of the game was 2-0. … Had 12 turnovers in the first half.Celtics: Shot just 8 of 24 in the fourth quarter. … The 61 points scored by the first half was a season high. … Took a season-high 98 field-goal attempts.LAY OFF BALLCeltics forward Marcus Morris thinks fans should ease up on Ball.“He’s a good kid — it’s his dad,” Morris said. “He’s got a big mouth, everybody knows it. … He has a long time to do this. He’s a young guy. It kind of sucks that he’s gotta go everywhere and they just boo him and boo him and boo him. He’s just a regular player.”Ball said he didn’t take offense to it.“They’re home. I’d boo too if I was a fan,” he said. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Read Next Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters 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 students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Boston led by 20 in the second quarter before letting the lead shrink to two in the third. Los Angeles then struggled down the stretch, shooting 5 of 18 from the field with six turnovers in the final period.Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 18 points apiece. Julius Randle had 16 points and 12 rebounds.Celtics fans gave rookie Lonzo Ball an icy welcome in his first trip to TD Garden. They booed the No. 2 overall pick throughout the night whenever he touched the ball. He finished with nine points, six assists and five rebounds, making just 4 of 15 from the field.With Tatum sidelined in the second half, Boston struggled defensively, and the Lakers exploited the paint for several easy baskets.“They hit us in the mouth and we were kind of shocked,” Kyle Kuzma said. “The second quarter and the secondhalf we fought back.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) and Los Angeles Lakers’ Brook Lopez reach for the ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — The Celtics are piling up injuries almost as quickly as they are victories this season.Aron Baynes matched his career high with 21 points, Kyrie Irving scored 19 and Boston overcame injuries to Al Horford and Jayson Tatum to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-96 on Wednesday night for their 10th straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Djokovic said apart from tennis he has always looked at ways to improve himself, which he terms his “philosophy of life”.“It has always been, not just for tennis, but in general there’s always something that you can improve and get better at as a person and as a player,” he said.“That’s probably the most exciting thing about life, is that every day is a new opportunity for you to get better.”Djokovic faces South Korea’s “NextGen” star Chung Hyeon in Monday’s round of 16. MOST READ Djokovic has become involved in meticulous off-the-court preparation in recent years. He has a strict, gluten-free diet and is an advocate for well-being.The new year has given him the opportunity to analyse aspects of his game and preparation.“When it comes to tennis, I obviously was excited to analyze my game,” he said.“First of all, I wanted to get the right team of people around me, experts in their field, so they can contribute to the process and the journey of working on my body and my game.“Improving different aspects that are there to be worked on. Thankfully there is always something to work on.”ADVERTISEMENT The Serb former world No.1 is playing in his first tournament since Wimbledon in July and he has a brand new support team, headed by eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi as coach. Djokovic said after reaching the fourth round of the year’s opening Grand Slam on Saturday that he now meditates on a daily basis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Yes, I do. I’ll tell you what. I don’t want to tell you what I gain with it, but I’ll tell what I lose with it,” he said.“I lose fear. I lose anxiety. I lose stress. I guess, in the end of the day, that’s what you’re looking for.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments 76ers climb to 6th in East, beat Bucks Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award01:57Taiwan bridge collapses, at least 14 injured; rescuers fear six trapped01:29Police 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 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Novak Djokovic. APNovak Djokovic says meditating has helped him overcome fear and stress that comes with playing elite tennis.The 12-time Grand Slam champion, 30, says he often turned to the practice during his long spell out of the game last year with elbow trouble.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
Suns guard Isaiah Canaan breaks ankle in gruesome injury MOST READ “Unlucky is a different thing than ridiculous,” Mourinho said. “And after that Tottenham has the game in their hands.”It was a damaging defeat for Mourinho’s team, with Manchester City allowed to surge 15 points clear of its second-place neighbor by beating West Bromwich Albion 3-0.United was second-best all night in front of a Premier League record 81,978 fans at English soccer’s national stadium, which is Tottenham’s temporary home while a new venue is being built at White Hart Lane.Tottenham set the tone with its explosive start, producing the third fastest goal since the Premier League’s inception in 1992.After the kickoff, Jan Vertonghen’s high, long pass from inside his own half reached Harry Kane who headed to Dele Alli and the midfielder flicked the ball across for Eriksen to finish.ADVERTISEMENT “We prepare that situation,” Pochettino said, “… and give the signal to the opposition that we want to play in the opposition half and dominate the game and put pressure on them.”United should have been more alert, based on its preparations.“After kickoff is ridiculous, especially ridiculous because the players they watched it before, we analyze opponents,” Mourinho said. “The players knew the long ball, they knew Harry Kane normally he is already inside, before the kickoff, he is already inside the opponent. We knew everything and then we don’t press the ball.”Mourinho broke down United’s shortcomings in detail.“One mistake, we don’t clean the ball in the air,” he said. “Second mistake, we don’t win the second ball on the ground. Third mistake, we don’t cover the fullback inside when Eriksen comes. Four mistakes.”It was timed at only 0.1 seconds slower than Alan Shearer’s 10.4-second goal in 2003 for Newcastle against Manchester City. Tottenham does hold the record, with Ledley King netting after 9.9 seconds at Bradford in 2000.“One of the criticisms of ourselves over the last couple of weeks was our slow starts, it was something we wanted to improve on and we definitely did today,” Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier said. “We were in control of the game from beginning to end, we came out and pressed them and didn’t give them any time. They suffered under it.”For a Tottenham side that couldn’t even beat fourth-tier Newport in the FA Cup on Saturday — drawing 1-1 — beating United so convincingly reasserted its top-four credentials.Tottenham is two points outside the Champions League places in fifth, and heads to third-place Liverpool on Sunday. Liverpool felt the full force of Tottenham’s formidable counterattacking potency in October when Juergen Klopp’s side lost 4-1 at Wembley but inconsistency has proved costly.“You can win a game if you’re ready to fight,” Pochettino said, reflecting on a third successive home win over United. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 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 LATEST STORIES Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was rarely troubled by one of the league’s most-expensively assembled teams, with only one save of significance required to block a shot from Romelu Lukaku.With the title appearing unattainable, United will have to settle with locking down second place for the team’s highest-place finish since Alex Ferguson won a record-extending English title in 2013 before retiring.“The distance to the leader was already considerable, even before this match,” Mourinho said. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 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 “It feels a bit weird to score from your first touch,” Eriksen said after Tottenham’s 2-0 victory.Jose Mourinho watched aghast. “Ridiculous,” was the United manager’s assessment after his conceded for the first time since Dec. 26.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut not quite as hard to fathom as the second goal.On a night when Mourinho’s side was outrun and new recruit Alexis Sanchez struggled to make an impact, United’s pitiful performance was summed up by the own-goal that sealed Tottenham’s win. Phil Jones inadvertently turned Kieran Trippier’s cross into his own net in the 28th minute when the United defender was under no immediate pressure. AFP official booed out of forum View comments Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, center with back to camera, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London, England, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)ONDON — Watched by the Premier League’s biggest-ever crowd, Tottenham scored one of the competition’s fastest goals.Manchester United hadn’t even had a chance to touch the ball when Christian Eriksen put the ball in the net after 10.5 seconds at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters 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 View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Terence “Bud” Crawford celebrates his victory by knockout over Julius Indongo in the third round of their junior welterweight world title unification boxing bout in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)LINCOLN, Neb. — Terence Crawford stopped Julius Indongo in the third round Saturday night to become the undisputed world champion at 140 pounds.Crawford sent Indongo to the canvas with a right to the body in the last minute of the second round and just missed with a massive left hook before the bell. Midway through the third round, Crawford caught Indongo with a left hook to the body that put him down writhing in pain.ADVERTISEMENT The fight was the first four-belt unification bout since 2004, when Bernard Hopkins stopped Oscar De La Hoya to claim all the belts in the 160-pound division. Crawford came in with the WBC and WBO belts; Indongo, from Namibia, was the WBA and IBF champion.“It means everything,” Crawford said. “I’m the only one who can I’m the undisputed champion of the world. That’s big because there’s nobody else who can they’re undisputed in their weight division.”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 openingPromoter Bob Arum of Top Rank said the plan is for Crawford to go with him to Australia for the expected November rematch between Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao. Arum wants Crawford to fight the winner.“I’m all for it,” Crawford said. LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Chaos ensues as McIntyre wins NXT title in NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III MOST READ “When he hit me, it hurt so bad,” he said. “When he hit me like that, my mind was gone.”On the undercard, 20-year-old Shakur Stevenson scored a unanimous decision over Argentinian David Paz in a super featherweight bout. Stevenson (3-0, 1 knockout) flashed superior speed and finesse throughout the six rounds and knocked down Paz (4-4-1) late in the fifth.Stevenson, of Newark, New Jersey, is considered a rising star in the pro ranks after earning a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics.“I feel like the competition stepped up this fight and I feel like I put on a good show, a good boxing display,” Stevenson said. “I was really trying to get the knockout, and I was trying to get him with a good hard punch. I was trying to hit him with my left hand and my hook. I do need to use my jab a lot more.”Light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk (14-0, 12 KOs) of Ukraine stopped Craig Baker (17-2, 13 KOs) of Baytown, Texas, at 2:40 of the sixth round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Crawford (32-0, 23 knockouts) was in his home state for the fifth time in nine fights but for the first time in Lincoln, 45 minutes from his Omaha base.Indongo (22-1, 11 knockouts) was fighting for the first time in the United States after winning bouts in Russia and Scotland to win his titles.Crawford entered the ring to roars from the Pinnacle Bank Arena sellout crowd of 12,121 after coming down the steps from the arena concourse. He wore a red No. 140 Nebraska Cornhuskers football jersey, a nod to this city being home to the University of Nebraska.With fans on their feet and chanting his name, the 29-year-old Crawford seized control early. When his final blow took down Indongo, the decibel level increased even more, and Crawford jumped in the air in the middle of the ring in celebration.Indongo couldn’t get up.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges FILE PHOTO – TNT Import Ivan Johnson. PBA IMAGESAlab Pilipinas is bringing in the big guns this as it signed up Ivan Johnson as its first World Import for the coming Asean Basketball League season.The menacing 6-foot-8 bruiser is undoubtedly a huge addition for the Philippine team and immediately propels the squad among the favorites.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Eustaquio shrugs off close loss, hopes to be included in Manila card Johnson has proven to be a winner having led TNT to a PBA title in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The former NBA veteran returned to the PBA the following year, but was handed a lifetime ban, which was later downgraded to a one-year suspension by the league after disrespecting commissioner Chito Narvasa.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 openingJohnson last saw action for Sagesse in the Lebanese Basketball League, where he averaged 17.3 points on 33 percent shooting from three, on top of 7.8 rebounds last season.The 33-year-old, though, is expected to be in a better state of mind for the regional tournament with Jimmy Alapag, a respected figure not only in the Philippines but also in Asia, calling the shots for Alab. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ So far, joining Johnson in the Alab Pilipinas roster are reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks and returning Heritage Import Lawrence Domingo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
With questions being raised over the cleanliness in the Commonwealth Games Village, Union Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar tonight directed Delhi Government to take control of the maintenance of the complex which will house the athletes.The maintenance of the Games Village was under the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) which is under direct control of Union Urban Development Ministry.Highly-placed sources told PTI that Chandrasekhar directed the city government to take control of the maintenance and cleanliness of the Games Village from tomorrow following criticism by the Commonwealth Games Federation.They said the CWG Organising Committee will be the overall incharge of the Games Village but Delhi government will look after the issues of maintenance and cleanliness.Already 40 DANIPS (Delhi, Nicobar and Andaman Island Police Service) officers have been deployed in the Games Village and if required more officials will be put into service. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will visit the Village tomorrow to assess the ground situation.Cleanliness and maintenance of the Games Village had come under sharp criticism from foreign participants as well as Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive Mike Hooper who described the facility as “filthy and unimaginable”.Concerned over the unhygienic conditions at the Games Village, Commonwealth Games Federation chief Michael Fennell shot off a letter to Cabinet Secretary asking him to take immediate steps to fix the deficiencies in the residential zone of the Village, which he said has “shocked” advance parties from New Zealand, Canada, Scotland and Ireland.”The final preparations for the Games Village have been of concern to the CGF since viewing the residential zone along with a number of Commonwealth Games Associations advance parties on September 15,” Fennel said in a strongly-worded statement.advertisementBut the embarrassed organisers, while promising to sort out all the glitches within the deadline, came out with a bizarre defence that the issue of cleanliness was a matter of difference in perception.”For us and for you it is clean. But they (the foreign countries) have a different standard of cleanliness. It is a matter of difference in perception,” Organising Committee spokesperson Lalit Bhanot said.New Zealand Chef de Mission Dave Currie, who is camping in Delhi, threatened to pull out if the cleanliness issue of the residential zones where his country’s athletes will stay is not sorted out.”There are some realities, I guess, that if the village is not ready and athletes can’t come then obviously the implications of that are it is not going to happen. If the village isn’t ready, the athletes can’t arrive,” Currie said.”It’s not our decision. We’re not saying we’re not coming or the country’s not coming. What we’re saying is they’ve got a real challenge with the village and they need to take urgent attention to address it,” he added.
India had never won a medal in men’s hockey at the Commonwealth Games. But that has changed now. The hosts capped off a dramatic comeback to beat England 5- 4 in a tie- breaker after the scores were level at 3- 3 in regulation time and extra period in the semi- final.Sardara Singh battles for the ballThey will now take on Australia in the gold medal match after the world champions thrashed New Zealand 6- 2 in their semi- final clash earlier in the day.The Indians showed tremendous resilience and fighting spirit, recovering from 1- 3 down with 15 minutes left. The stands were only two- thirds full at the start but by half- time, there was virtually no seat available.Bharat Chetri emerged the hero, saving Glenn Kirkham’s stroke. All other nine attempts in the tie- breaker found the net.Shivendra Singh sealed the final spot and sent the packed house into delirious joy.In the fast- paced match, India took the lead in the 20th minute following a penalty corner. A variation resulted in the ball reaching Dhananjay Mahadik, whose shot was blocked by England custodian James Fair. But Sarvanjit Singh, who had taken the push, was on hand to slot in the rebound.The European champions wasted a chance to draw level almost immediately, when Rob Moore found Simon Mantell in the striking circle, but the shot went wide with the goal unguarded.India made several forays into rival territory, mostly through the right flank where skipper Rajpal Singh was lively.advertisementEngland, however, regained parity in the final minute of the half with their first penalty corner. As the hooter sounded, Ashley Jackson made no mistake with his low shot to give his team a boost going into the break.It seemed to be the turning point in the match as the visitors needed just six more minutes to go ahead. Jackson found the top corner of the net with his drag- flick off the second penalty corner. Another short corner saw the Englishmen find the target through a variation by Simon Mantell.Sandeep got a chance to reduce the arrears but his drag- flick went wide. But he made amends soon on finding Vikram Pillay in the rival box to deflect in. The crowd found its voice again and with 10 minutes to go, India were level when Sarvanjit took advantage of a goalmouth melee to level scores.The match went into extratime and India completely dominated the first period.The deadlock had to be broken in a tie- breaker. The Indians kept their nerves to set up a shot at glory.
Maharashtra government has invited bids from consultants for setting up a ‘Formula 1 Racing Track’ in the state.Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation which has been entrusted with the job of putting up the track has invited bids from consultancy firms in this regard.Bids are to be submitted by December 23 and may be opened on the same day, according to the tender document on the website of the corporation.The consultants should be able to complete the work in six months, it said.As per the tender, the consultant submitting the bid should have completed an assignment of giving consultancy services for at least one racing track, should have experience in designing race circuits or other sporting facility on a similar scale and should have knowledge of F1 Racing and other forms of Formula racing around the world.The tender does not indicate the possible location of the racing track but according to reports it is expected to come up along the Mumbai-Pune expressway.
Sunday, February 13, 10.35 p.m., Chinnaswamy Stadium, BangaloreI was standing near the team bus, waiting for the Indian team to emerge from the dressing room. They had just thumped Australia in the warm-up game and I expected a bunch of beaming faces to board the bus. In a few minutes, the players started strolling out, excited at the prospect of a night-out. But the captain and the coach looked grim. Behind them was my man, Agent Viru. Our eyes met and a half-nod prompted me to stealthily walk closer to him. “Kya hua Viru,” I asked. He said something in English which, putting mildly, was somewhat incoherent. “There’s something black in the pulses,” he repeated under his breath. Just before boarding the bus, he turned around, and with his fingers, signalled me the number 7.Monday, February 14, 7.00 a.m., ITC Gardenia Hotel, BangaloreI saw Viru cringing at the sight of a bowl of cornflakes when I joined him at his table in the morning. He updated me on the situation. Apparently, Kirsten Kaku and Dhoni Babu were locked up till late night worrying about what had happened in the warm-up game. “What could be wrong?” I asked. After all, India’s batting had performed true to form, Munaf Patel had bowled fast and got dispatched faster, and Ashish Nehra had misfielded in ways more comical than his facial expressions. But Piyush Chawla and Sreesanth had bowled India to victory. “That is the problem,” Viru said, “how come the Australians made Sree look like Gillespie and Piyush Warne?” The Indian think tank is exploring the possibility of this being an Australian conspiracy to get these two in India’s playing XI. “That’s what I don’t understand yaar,” Viru said, “if you pick a lucky mascot, why play him?” “Lucky mascot?” I probed. And then, Agent Viru showed me a hitherto unknown facet of India’s selection process. Chairman Cheeka clashed with the captain over the 14th member of the squad, someone who wouldn’t play a game but would bring a lucky charm. Parthiv Patel, waterboy in the 2003 World Cup, and Piyush Chawla, benchwarmer in the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup, were the two top contenders. “If you play Piyush, it defeats the purpose,” Viru said, “in that case, they might as well have picked Joginder Sharma. At least, we could laugh at him.”advertisementMonday, February 14, 4.15 p.m., Bangalore AirportJust before boarding the flight to Chennai, Dhoni called Praveen Kumar to wish him on Valentine’s Day. An emotional Praveen broke down. “How could you do this to me?” he asked. “I compared you with Obama and you call me just street smart? Kamse kam Mulayam Singh toh bolna tha na.”Tuesday, February 15, 8.00 p,m., Chola Sheraton Hotel, ChennaiSelect players joined the coaching staff in the coach’s suite to discuss the first game against Bangladesh. Within 15 minutes, walked out a nonchalant Viru. “They don’t even know which team we are playing against,” he told me at the elevator. “They are talking about Abdur Razzak. Don’t they know he plays for Pakistan?” I reminded him of the Bangladeshi left-handed bowler by the same name. “Right handed, left handed, whatever handed he may be, the ball is going out,” he said before entering his room where a plate of aloo parathas waited for him.- The writer was formerly known as the Fake IPL Player. He will observe the 2011 World Cup through Agent Viru’s eyes.
India openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar will take the crease in a while against South Africa during their World Cup Group B match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur.India won the toss and elected to bat. India are already in the quarterfinals, but a win here will boost their confidence ahead of the KO stage. India have included Munaf Patel in place of Piyush Chawla and South Africa have called in Johan Botha in place of Imran Tahir.These changes have been done keeping in mind that the VCA pitch does assist the seamers.Teams: India (From): Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w/c), Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel,South Africa (From): Graeme Smith(c), Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers(w), Faf du Plessis, Jean-Paul Duminy, Johan Botha, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Morne van Wyk
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been contemplating a three-member panel under former captain Anil Kumble to probe the team’s disastrous tour of England, which concluded last week.India got whitewashed in the Test series, followed by a one-off Twenty-20 match and finally in the ODI series. The board has received flak for poor planning as the reason for the team’s dismal performance.Sources said Kumble was likely to be entrusted with the task of reviewing the series and suggest ways for future. The spinning legend had given his preliminary views during the last working committee meeting.Kumble has been in the race to head the technical committee along with another former skipper Sourav Ganguly following the resignation of Sunil Gavaskar.
It is tempting to look at Iraq as a hindi movie script gone horribly over the top. Saddam Hussein is Amrish Puri.Dharmendra defeated but did not quite demolish him, so now Sunny Deol has sworn to finish the task – George Bush followed by George W. Bush.Behind such black humour,It is tempting to look at Iraq as a hindi movie script gone horribly over the top. Saddam Hussein is Amrish Puri.Dharmendra defeated but did not quite demolish him, so now Sunny Deol has sworn to finish the task – George Bush followed by George W. Bush.Behind such black humour and the equally facile plans of Pentagon war strategists, there lies a country of 25 million, a human drama encapsulating every possible emotion. Iraq’s society is more liberal and secular than any other in the Middle East; Iraq’s polity is built around terrorism-the terrorising of a people by their self-proclaimed emperor.Iraq used to be the progressive face of Arab Islam, the stabilising, moderating influence in a region of religious extremes. The energy of its educated, white-collar middle class was every neighbour’s envy. Today, only a shell survives.An entire value system has collapsed. Iraq was once throbbing; now it is just tired, very tired. Humiliation in the Gulf War, 1991, has been compounded by a decade of economic sanctions. It has taken the luxury of consumerism out of the average Iraqi’s life; indeed, it has consumed the life out of the average Iraqi.Iraqis fear what American bombs may do to their children but the zeal with which they rallied around their patriarch through the war with Iran in the 1980s and then in 1991 has gone. So has the pride and swagger of the legatees of Mesopotamia, of Sumer, of Babylon. All that they are left with is nostalgia; and hope.advertisementI DICTATE, WE DO, THEY DRIVEA couple celebrate their wedding at Baghdad’s state-run Ishtar Hotel – it was once the Sheraton – amid the ubiquitous presence of the “Wise Man of the Arabs”; Sardar Cars, the city’s biggest auto dealer, still sells 50-60 cars a month, from Mercs old and new to pick-up trucks. Only a buccaneer elite, enriched by the parallel economy the embargo has spawned, can afford to buy.COLD COMFORT, HOT MOVESOil is aplenty, water is scarce. An Iraqi improvises his bathtub into a roadside “shop” to sell fellow Baghdadis what they covet most-safe drinking water. The concerns at a city party are altogether different and a throwback to the time when the Iraqi capital’s nightlife still roared.GETTING ALONG GAMELYIf a cursory survey of poster shops be proof, David Beckham is Iraq’s favourite foreigner. His sport itself is a craze and this repaired-football salesman appears confident of good business. His compatriots in a Baghdad cafe wait for their country’s luck to change.WORSHIP, HERO WORSHIPSaddam’s regime is dominated by Sunnis but over 60 per cent of Iraqis are Shias. In Karbala, Shias from across the world congregate at the mausoleums of Imam Hussain.Abbas, part of the Prophet’s family. Meanwhile in Baghdad, a motorist dresses up his Volkswagen Beetle for his leader.
The beauty of this format is that it always gives underdogs a chance. It is like One-day cricket where a team dominating in the beginning holds the advantage. Similarly, in this format of badminton, a lead by few points at the start puts the opposition under real pressure.This is why you see so many upsets these days, unlike in the past when a player had to win service and then score points. Here, a top-rung player cannot breathe easy. If he is pushed behind at the start, he can be shaky and it opens up the game for an underdog.All said and done, gameplan and proper execution are central to an unfancied player’s chances over his rival. The way Parupalli Kashyap played against higherranked Tien Minh Nguyen, it was clear that he has done his homework well. I had said in my earlier column that Kashyap needs to plan his game against Tien Minh, vary his pace, mix his variety of strokes and patiently wait for the defensive Vietnamese to crack.Kashyap did exactly that. He was smart and clever and played a tactical game. Tien Minh is a very defensive player. He likes to retrieve against a faster player. He would return each and every shuttle and wait for the opponent to commit mistakes.Kashyap kept the shuttle low and was not giving enough space to Tien Minh. In the long rallies, he would increase the pace, slow it down and then hit straight that caught his opponent totally off guard.advertisementThe shuttles being used are extremely slow and this should suit the game of someone like Tien Minh. But once Kashyap got off to a good start he played freely, and without any pressure.Now, Kashyap has a god chance of moving into the quarter-finals. He will meet Sri Lankan Niluka Karunaratne in the pre-quarters, whom he beat earlier this year.Karunaratne has often come to train at our academy in Bangalore. He is a physically strong and attacking player. He would be high on confidence after knocking down eighth seed Japanese Kenichi Tago to top Group C. But Kashyap would fancy his chances.Lang Ville of Finland stretched world No.2 Lee Chong to three games in the group stage. If Indonesian Simon Santoso upsets Chong Wei in the prequarters, Kashyap will face the former.Coming to the women’s doubles match of Jwala and Ashwini, it was pleasing to see that the two have started to get their act together.Ashwini was at her attacking best and did a lot of hard work. The Chinese Taipei pair tried to put Jwala under pressure, but she stood up to the challenge. The Indians should be confident when they take on Singapore’s Shinta Mulia Sari and Lei Yao next.(The writer is a two-time national champion and former India coach)