first_imgMan sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago After a quick turnaround, she needed only 67 minutes to beat a rested Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4 for a sweep into the semis.“The first match helped me a little bit to have some rallies already today,” Pliskova said. “Physically it was not that tough, so I was warmed up enough.”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 shutoutNadal got only halfway there.He spent an hour and 37 minutes on court in the afternoon while beating fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a match carried over from the previous night. Five hours later, he was back on court against Nick Kyrgios, who had won a three-set match earlier in the day.Nadal was sloppy at the outset and on the defensive for much of a 6-2, 7-5 loss that lasted an hour and 20 minutes. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oh baby! Jeter welcomes birth of daughter Kyrgios will face David Ferrer, who won his only match of the day — 6-3, 6-3 over fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem. At age 35, Ferrer is the second-oldest semifinalist in Cincinnati during the Open Era behind Ken Rosewall in 1970.No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov is the top seed left in a men’s field depleted by upsets and injuries — Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and defending champion Marin Cilic missed the tournament because of injuries. Dimitrov needed only 52 minutes to beat Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 6-1.He’ll face John Isner, who beat wild-card Jared Donaldson 7-6 (4), 7-5. Isner won the only break point of the match to go ahead 6-5 in the second set. He closed it out with a 136 mph ace, one of his 25 in the match.“I knew that a lot of the conditions and everything about this tournament, my schedule — a lot of things have worked in my favor this week,” Isner said. “So I hope to keep it going.”In the women’s bracket, Pliskova will face Garbine Mugaruza in the semifinals. The Wimbledon champion survived another tough challenge on Friday, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 5-7, 7-5. The match went 2 hours, 45 minutes — her longest of the tournament.“I think it was one of the best matches of the year,” Muguruza said. “I think we both played very well, especially in the third set. I know I won, but I’m sure she feels like it was a great match as well, because it was a tough battle and very hot out there.”Muguruza’s win came less than 24 hours after she spent 2 hours, 18 minutes on the court and fought off three match points to beat Madison Keys in the round of 16.Muguruza has reached the semifinals of two of the three tournaments she’s entered since winning Wimbledon.“You know, I’m happy with the way I’m playing and the way I’m going through these tough matches because, you know, I’ve got to dig in and somehow win them,” she said.Sloan Stephens also pulled off a two-win day to reach the semifinals. She beat Ekaterina Makarova in three sets, and then ate lunch, took a nap, woke up and knocked off Julia Goerges in straight sets. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, reacts during a match against Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)MASON, Ohio — Defending champion Karolina Pliskova pulled off a doubleheader sweep Friday at the Western & Southern Open, reaching the semifinals by winning a pair of matches with little rest in-between.Rafael Nadal couldn’t do the same.Pliskova completed a match that was suspended overnight because of rain, beating qualifier Camila Giorgi in three sets.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:57DOJ to come up with resolution on case vs 13 Pampanga cops in a month01:37Protesters 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 “No excuses, nothing at all,” Nadal said. “I didn’t play well.”Despite the loss, Nadal will move back to No. 1 in the ATP rankings next week for the first time since 2014, before a series of injuries affected his game.“To be No. 1 after all the things I’ve been going through the last couple years is something unbelievable,” Nadal said. “For me, it’s an amazing achievement.”After the match, Nadal wore a ribbon honoring the victims of the attack in Barcelona that left 13 people dead.“A tragedy,” he said. “The feeling that you’re not safe nowhere — that’s terrible. It’s very sad and I’m very, very sorry about what happened. To all the victims, the families, friends — all my support.”ADVERTISEMENT “The day is just like a blur,” Stephens said. “I’m ready to get dinner and get in bed because I’m so tired.”On Saturday, she’ll face No. 2 Simona Halep, who beat Johanna Konta 6-4, 7-6 (1).“I played the best match so far this tournament,” said Halep, who was slowed by a knee injury earlier this season. “I could hit the ball. I could move well. So I feel the rhythm. It’s back. So I’m positive again.” MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause, and former Globetrotter and New York Rens player Zack Clayton were honored posthumously.McGrady had earlier told reporters his celebration was being tempered by the impact of Hurricane Harvey on his family and neighbors in Texas.His estate in Sugar Land, Texas, suffered only minor damage from the storm, allowing him and his wife to take in the families of five relatives and friends for three days after mandatory evacuations. He also put on a Labor Day feast at a church in the Houston area for about 800 victims of the storm.“My sister was at the house, and I was trying to take her home and driving to her house. Just seeing cars under water and you don’t know if people are in there — it’s real,” he told reporters. “I’m being as vocal and proactive as I can.”Other inductees were vocal about other issues Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Jackson talked about being born in a box car in Missouri and rising to become a player and later a successful business executive and owner of the Globetrotters. His was the most political speech of the night, calling for unity in a divided nation, saying he does not believe the country can endure if it does not cast indifference, hatred and bigotry aside.“If basketball can be a showcase for non-discrimination, for integration, for performance-based emotions, why can’t we do that over in every part of our society?” he asked.Lobo and McGraw celebrated the growth of women’s basketball. McGraw became just the sixth women’s coach to be enshrined.“I’m grateful for Title IX and the opportunities that it’s given to women like me, who dreamed of a future where we could do the same job as a man, where playing a game could lead to a 40-year career,” she said.Lobo told a story about when her oldest daughter, Siobhan, was 5 years old and saw her father watching a UConn men’s game. She said to him, “I didn’t know boys play basketball too.”Self, 54, told The Associated Press he feels a little uncomfortable being enshrined in the middle of his career, which includes nine 30-win seasons and an NCAA championship in 2008“I hope it doesn’t mean that I’m on my last leg yet,” he said. “I think this will be motivation to try and validate it, always. I’ll work harder now that ever to validate being thought of with these other fraternity members.”Self spent part of his speech listing the Kansas basketball coaching greats in the Hall of Fame.“James Naismith, Phog Allen, Larry Brown, Roy Williams and me; what is wrong with that picture?” he joked.Jernstedt, credited with overseeing the growth of the Division I men’s tournament and the creation of the women’s tournament, acknowledged to reporters that his class doesn’t include a superstar name like Michael Jordan or Shaquille O’Neal, but said he is impressed with what this class has meant to the sport. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Pau Gasol becomes career scoring leader in EuroBasket “I didn’t know three of four of these people very well at all before, but the contributions they’ve made are so impressive,” he said. “Hopefully now, more people will understand that and reach out and learn more about them.”center_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ Tracy McGrady raises his fists as he takes the stage for his enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Springfield, Mass. McGrady is a seven-time NBA All-Star and a two-time NBA scoring champion who played for seven NBA teams in his 16-season pro career. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Tracy McGrady says his wife, Clerenda, has been trying to get him to say that he deserves to be in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.The seven-time NBA All-Star and two-time league scoring champion couldn’t bring himself to do that, until Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He went to the podium during his induction pumping his fists in the air as the crowd chanted “T-Mac,” then celebrated his 15 years in the league.“On this day, I can finally say, ’Yes I deserve to be here,’” said McGrady, who played for seven teams, starring with Toronto, Orlando and Houston. “I am truly humbled. I’m grateful and proud to be in the class of 2017.”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 shutoutMcGrady was among 11 basketball greats enshrined Friday night.The class also includes former ABA and NBA star George McGinnis, former UConn and WNBA star Rebecca Lobo, Kansas men’s coach Bill Self, Notre Dame women’s coach Muffet McGraw, former Texas high school coach Robert Hughes, former Harlem Globetrotters player and now owner Mannie Jackson, NCAA administrator Tom Jernstedt and former European star Nick Galis.last_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Ateneo earned back-to-back wins in the UAAP Season 80 women’s basketball tournament after sneaking past University of the Philippines, 52-51, Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Cara Buendia had 10 points and eight boards to lead the Lady Eagles, who are undefeated at 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad center_img Lakers’ Ingram alters shooting stroke, has grown 2 more inches—report BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 University of the East, meanwhile, hung on and tamed Far Eastern University, 59-56, for its first win in the season.Eunice Chan finished with a near double-double of 19 points and nine rebounds as the Lady Warriors improved to 1-1, the same record as the Lady Tamaraws’.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 shutoutLove Sto. Domingo aided Chan with 12 points and nine rebounds while Ruthlaine Tacula filled the stat sheets with eight points, seven boards, six assists, and three steals.last_img read more

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ “We played good defense and made the stop,” Isaac said.The dramatic win was Blackwater’s first in the playoffs since joining the league in 2014 and it couldn’t have come at a better time with the Elite facing the formidable Bolts, who won nine games against only two losses in the elimination round.Walker only had 11 points in the first three quarters before taking over when it mattered most. He exploded for 19 points in the fourth quarter, scoring Blackwater’s first 18 points in the period.The former NBA veteran, who had stints with the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Miami Heat, scattered 30 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, one steal and a block.The 30-year-old Maliksi, who was acquired from Star in a four-player trade on Sept. 10, wound up with 15 points and four rebounds. Starting guard Mike DiGregorio added 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Reigning Best Import Allen Durham posted 18 points, including an inside basket that gave the Bolts a 91-90 edge with 15.8 ticks remaining, 21 rebounds and seven assists while Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge had 19 and 18 points, respectively.Blackwater tries to become only the fourth team to knock off the No. 1 team on Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next “Going into the final 15 seconds of the game with Meralco up by one, the instruction was to have a good shot and if there was opening, we take it,” Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac recalled.“We challenged the players to face the situation. We wanted the ball to Walker but there was also an option for Maliksi,” Isaac said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe ball did go into the hands of Walker, who then setup Maliksi for game-winning jumper from the free throw line with 9.5 seconds left.Walker and Maliksi carried the Elite down the stretch but it took team effort in the waning seconds to pull off the defensive stop on the Bolts, whose last shot was a one-hander from just inside the 3-point line by Mike Tolomia that was off target. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Marcelino twins help Lyceum go 14-0 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PBA IMAGESAllein Maliksi continued to prove why Blackwater made a good move in trading for him late in the season.Maliksi came up clutch as the Elite took down the top-seeded Meralco Bolts, 92-91, Wednesday to pave way for a do-or-die for a slot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon00:50Trending 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 View commentslast_img read more

first_imgPBA IMAGESGinebra and TNT engaged in a tension-filled battle in the semifinals, but the intense competition still couldn’t take away the respect Japeth Aguilar has for veteran TNT forwards Danny Seigle and Kelly Williams.After the Gin Kings’ tough 115-105 Game 4 win to eliminate the KaTropa, the reedy forward went to as far as asking veteran Danny Seigle for his jersey.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ “Can I have one of your jerseys please? You are my childhood idol. Forgot to ask you a while ago,” Aguilar wrote on his Twitter account (@japethaguilar35) late Sunday night.Luckily for him, the 41-year-old Seigle was quick to respond and “Of course! Thank you & I’m flattered you asked. So nice to see you develop into one of the Superstars of PBA and Gilas. Good luck in the finals!”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 View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “You are an inspiration, man,” he tweeted.You are an inspiration, man @KelWilliams21 https://t.co/9bBoiRJdjR— Japeth Aguilar (@japethaguilar35) October 8, 2017Aguilar’s comments weren’t reserved on Seigle alone, as he also praised TNT forward and former PBA MVP Williams.“You are an inspiration, man,” he tweeted.Aguilar averaged 9.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks in the semis series. Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president No surprise as Mbala leads UAAP MVP race 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 Gamescenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wow that’s awesome! I really never opened up to you about it but since I was a kid, I’d try to copy your game.🙈 Thanks, man!✔ https://t.co/DgDCp7glOI— Japeth Aguilar (@japethaguilar35) October 8, 2017Aguilar’s comments weren’t reserved on Seigle alone, as he also praised former PBA MVP Kelly Williams for the tremendous battle they had in the series.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Of course! thank you & im flattered you asked. So nice to see you develop into one of the Superstars of PBA & Gilas.Good luck in the finals!— Danny Seigle (@dannyseigle42) October 8, 2017 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball keeps his head down as he leaves Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Los Angeles. Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, California—Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal.Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley arrived at Los Angeles International Airport late Tuesday afternoon after a 12-hour flight from Shanghai. They ignored reporters’ shouted questions while making their way through a horde of media outside and getting into a van that took off from the departure level.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Aldridge has 32 points, Popovich gets milestone in Spurs win Read Next “I want to be clear that we take seriously any violations of the law,” he said in a statement. “In this particular case, both Athletics and the Office of Student Conduct will review this incident and guide any action with respect to the involved students. Such proceedings are confidential, which limits the specific information that can be shared.”There was no immediate word on the trio’s status for the team’s home opener Wednesday night against Central Arkansas.The school said the three players, along with coach Steve Alford and athletic director Dan Guerrero, will make their first public comments about the matter at a campus news conference Wednesday, but won’t take questions.Scott thanked President Donald Trump, the White House and the State Department for their efforts in resolving what he called “the incident with authorities in Hangzhou, China.” He indicated that UCLA made “significant efforts” on behalf of its athletes.It wasn’t clear under what terms the players were freed to return to the U.S.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said the matter “has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities.”The players were detained in Hangzhou for questioning following allegations of shoplifting last week before the 23rd-ranked Bruins beat Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai as part of the Pac-12 China game. The rest of the UCLA team returned home last Saturday.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 shutoutA person with knowledge of the Pac-12’s decision said any discipline involving the trio would be up to UCLA. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the conference doesn’t plan any sanctions.UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the school is weighing its options. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “We are all very pleased that these young men have been allowed to return home to their families and university,” Scott said.Trump said Tuesday he had a long conversation about the three players’ status with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.Ball, Hill and Riley were expected to have an immediate impact as part of UCLA’s highly touted recruiting class. Instead, they are being talked about solely for their actions off the court.Ball, a guard whose brother Lonzo is a rookie for the Los Angeles Lakers, averaged 33.8 points as a high school senior. The elder Ball played one season in Westwood and left early for the NBA draft.The Balls’ outspoken father, LaVar, was in China at the time of the incident. He spent some time promoting the family’s Big Baller Brand of athletic shoes with his youngest son, LaMelo, while his middle son was detained.Forwards Hill and Riley, both four-star recruits, figure to bolster 7-foot senior Thomas Welsh in the frontcourt.The Bruins traveled to China as part of the Pac-12’s global initiative that seeks to popularize the league’s athletic programs and universities overseas. The China Game is in its third year, and while the scandal was developing the league announced that California and Yale will play in next year’s edition.The game is sponsored by Alibaba Group, the Chinese commerce giant that both UCLA and Georgia Tech visited before the shoplifting incident occurred. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgMOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next What she also hopes to do, of course, is win a second gold medal in her sport’s fastest event, to go along with the one from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.Vonn missed the Sochi Games four years ago after tearing ligaments in her right knee and has said this will be her last go-round at an Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutShe was asked this week how her health is at the moment.“Everything’s great. I feel like a million bucks,” she said with a smile. “And 33!” View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Vonn, generally considered the greatest female ski racer in history, was in strong form heading into these Olympics, winning the last three World Cup downhills she entered beforehand.Most consider her the favorite, and she looked good in training runs. She produced the fastest time Sunday and the third fastest Monday despite easing up before the finish. In the final practice Tuesday, she was fourth fastest, trying different racing lines to see which created the most speed.“Some of the lines I took (Tuesday) I think were faster, others not,” Vonn said course-side, before going to analyze her run on video. “Everything feels pretty good.”Vonn promised an “all or nothing” effort.“There’s really no need to be nervous or think about pressure or expectation,” she said. “If I’m nervous then I’m going to lose anyway, so what’s the point?”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Phoenix, Blackwater clash in virtual q’final KO match LATEST STORIEScenter_img United States’ Lindsey Vonn competes in women’s downhill training at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)JEONGSEON, South Korea — Lindsey Vonn prefers not to dwell on what shapes up as a significant story line for the women’s downhill at the Pyeongchang Games.“I’ve tried not to think about it as being my last Olympic downhill. Just focus on the moment, the right here and the right now. And I think later I’ll reflect on how much I enjoyed it and how much my teammates and my coaches made it special for me,” Vonn said ahead of Wednesday’s contest. “But you can’t get too sentimental right now, because I still have to race. I still have to be focused. And afterward, I’ll do some reflecting.”ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting TWO GOLDSThere will be no repeat Olympic champion in this race, even though there were two winners — yes, two — in 2014.Four years ago, Slovenia’s Tina Maze and Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin tied for the downhill title with the same time down to the hundredth of a second. It was the first time in 78 years of Olympic Alpine skiing there were double gold medals.Maze and Gisin have since retired; Gisin’s younger sister, Michelle, is in the lineup and was second fastest in the final practice run Tuesday. The bronze medalist last time, Lara Gut of Switzerland, is also a strong contender.COURSE DESCRIPTIONRacers consider this a course that is neither particularly creative nor particularly steep, so the skiers need to generate pace on their own. “It’s easy,” Italy’s Nadia Fanchini said. “Very beautiful, but very, very easy.” NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending 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 Here are other things to know about the women’s downhill:SURPRISE! NO LEDECKAThe woman responsible for one of the most stunning Alpine results in Olympic history will not be in the starting hut four days later.Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic, who had only once finished as high as seventh place in 19 career World Cup races, came out of nowhere to beat Vonn and others and win the super-G on Saturday.She’s also a snowboarder, though, and instead of entering the Alpine downhill, she will switch to her other sport and try to qualify Thursday in the parallel giant slalom. That would make Ledecka the first athlete to compete in ski racing and snowboarding at the Winter Games.Italy’s Sofia Goggia, who edged Vonn in March to win the only World Cup downhill ever raced on this track, called Ledecka’s double duty “one of the coolest things in the whole Olympics.”The last women’s super-G champ who skipped the downhill at the same Winter Games was Diann Roffe of the U.S. in 1994.NO SHIFFRIN, TOOThe altered Olympic program of back-to-back race days has not helped Mikaela Shiffrin.Shiffrin opted out of the downhill after the schedule was changed late Monday by forecast strong winds, moving the Alpine combined event forward one day.She will now focus her energy on Thursday’s combined, which adds the times of a downhill and one run of slalom, her specialist discipline.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comSocial media exploded after the Philippines’ monumental victory over China Wednesday night in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon.The Filipinos showed tremendous heart and grit in beating the Asian champions, 96-87, at the start of the continental tilt and that fact did not escape the fans.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The whole country was watching tonight, and rejoicing. Nakakatayo ng balahibo! And very proud of you. #PUSOADVERTISEMENT NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Not surprised by @tbvromeo performance… I gotta guard that every day in practice!! 🕺🕺🕺🕺— mike cortez (@mikecortez_11) August 9, 2017 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters — sam daghlas (@samd13) August 9, 2017 READ: Philippines stuns China to open 2017 Fiba Asia Cup bidGilas Pilipinas was playing with an undermanned, All-Filipino roster with June Mar Fajardo sitting out with an injured calf and naturalized center Andray Blatche begging off a week before the tournament.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 starsPerhaps the biggest cheerleader of Gilas Pilipinas was sportsman-businessman Manny V. Pangilinan, who couldn’t help but be proud of the Filipinos’ effort in the victory.What a great win tonight!Made more special with an all Filipino crew. Great job Team. Great job @coachot !— Manny V. Pangilinan (@iamMVP) August 9, 2017 Sweet win. Proud of Japeth. Chot coached brilliantly. Like all of us in the PBA, China didn’t know what to do with Terrence. Again, awesome!— Tim Cone (@manilacone) August 9, 2017Fellow players–some former members of the national team—also took to Twitter to share their excitement over the Filipinos’ strong start in the Fiba Asia Cup, where the country has finished second the past two editions. Helll f**king yea!!! I see you T-Romeo!!! Lil bro Balling! #PUSO— Asi Taulava (@agelessasi88) August 9, 2017 Terrence Romeo is taking over the clutch role that Jimmy Alapag left! #BigTimeClutchBaskets @tbvromeo @JAlapag3 #LetsGoPilipinas #Gilas— Vince Hizon (@VinceHizon12) August 9, 2017 MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul — Manny V. Pangilinan (@iamMVP) August 9, 2017Ginebra coach Tim Cone, a former national team coach, also marveled at the Filipinos’ tenacity against their Asian rivals, saying Gilas Pilipinas is “ready for anyone.”READ: Gilas shatters Great WallHe also praised his player Japeth Aguilar, who made a big impact on the defensive end, with a team-best five blocks.Who’s next??? Bring ’em on!! Gilas is ready for anyone!ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments 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 Jimmy Alapag, who was part of the team that ended the Philippines’ curse to South Korea in 2013, put into words what Gilas players are probably feeling right now.No better feeling than getting the opportunity to represent our country!!! #PUSO 🏀❤️— Jimmy Alapag (@JAlapag3) August 9, 2017LA Tenorio, meanwhile, turned into a big fan—like most of those who witnessed Terrence Romeo’s mesmerizing performance against China—when talking about the sly guard.Grabe ka @tbvromeo!!! #Puso #LabanPilipinas— L.A Tenorio (@LA_Tenorio) August 9, 2017Romeo unleashed 26 points including eight of the Philippines last 12 points that put Gilas Pilipinas out of danger in the last four minutes of the game.He’s on his way to earning nick name of big shot Romeo of Asia @hoopnut @JAlapag3 @FIBA — Tim Cone (@manilacone) August 9, 2017 Pocari bucks 2-set hole, grounds Air Force to book Finals berth Gilas Pilipinas hopes to sustain the momentum as it faces Iraq on Friday in the continuation of the group stages.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments SEA Games: PH booters bow out Cray, who hails from Olongapo but lives in Texas, spent the few suspense-filled minutes waiting for the results lying on the track, totally sure that he won the first of his two finals events of the evening.The officials timer showed he clocked 50.03 seconds as against the Vietnamese’s 50.05. It was way off  the 49.40 SEA Games record that he also holds.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 openingCray was probably saving himself as he was to compete later in the 100m dash which he also won two years ago.Another Filipino in the final, Francis Tiaga Medina, also crossed the finish line but on wheelchair as he appeared to have injured his legs. 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 ceremony Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Eric Cray of the Philippines competes in the men’s 400-meter hurdles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games. Cray clocked 50.03 seconds to win the gold medal. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR — Eric Cray chose to coast along to the finish line despite a Vietnamese competitor and still emerged the men’s 400-meter hurdles champion Tuesday night in the Southeast Asian Games.Holding a big lead at the final turn, the defending champion brushed off the challenge of Quach Cong Lich in the final 50 meters to nail it via thrilling photo finish.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 side MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_img read more

first_imgTillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga starred in a record 282-run opening stand to set up Sri Lanka’s 139-run victory over Zimbabwe and help them qualify for the quarterfinals of the World Cup, at Pallekele in Sri Lanka on Thursday.Faced with the uphill task of chasing Sri Lanka’s 328, Zimbabwe were bundled out for 188 in 39 overs as Dilshan, following his blazing knock, shown with the ball too, picking up four wickets to cap off a memorable day in the field.The 268-ball partnership between Dilshan and Tharanga is the second highest in the history of World Cup.Dilshan blasted 16 fours and a six to score a 131-ball 144, while Tharanga plundered 17 fours en route to his 133, to guide the 1996 winners to a mammoth 327 for six in a group A encounter at the Pellekele stadium here.TeamsZimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (captain), Regis Chakabva, Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Terry Duffin, Craig Ervine, Greg Lamb, Shingirai Masakadza, Chris Mpofu, Tinashe Panyangara, Ray Price, Vusi Sibanda, Tatenda Taibu (Wicketkeeper), Brendan Taylor and Prosper Utseya.Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara (Captain and Wicketkeeper), Mahela Jayawardene, Tilakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Chamara Kapugedera, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath.Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA) and Nigel Llong (Eng)Third Umpire: Tony Hill (NZ)Match Referee: Chris Broad- With PTI inputslast_img read more

first_imgShane Warne announces his retirement from IPLWithin minutes of reaching London after spending two weeks in India with her son Damian and beau Shane Warne, Elizabeth Hurley, 46, tweeted: “@warne888 Give my love to all the boys! Back soon xxx”. The 41-year-old cricket legend, trying hard to impress his long-distance,Shane Warne announces his retirement from IPLWithin minutes of reaching London after spending two weeks in India with her son Damian and beau Shane Warne, Elizabeth Hurley, 46, tweeted: “@warne888 Give my love to all the boys! Back soon xxx”. The 41-year-old cricket legend, trying hard to impress his long-distance lover, had earlier tweeted: “Found balance and calm in my life-father to my 3 wonderful children-excited by what the future holds. Can’t change the past but can put the future right.”Cricket’s ultimate lover boy wants to settle down, now that he has announced his retirement from the game that brought him both shame and fame. Warne has been working towards this for the past four years. He led Rajasthan Royals to victory in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was then paid $400,000, an amount that remained unchanged for the next two years. This time around, Warne doubled his wages ($800,000) and reduced his girth. The cricketer has shed 7 kg to tip the scales at 86 kg, coloured his hair, whitened his teeth and sought facials at his hotel spa in Jaipur after every match, denying the botox claims of a British tabloid.In Jaipur, home of the Rajasthan Royals, clay replicas of the legend have flooded the market. Recently, a ball boy at Jaipur’s Sawai Mansingh Stadium walked up to Warne to gift him a clay replica. An elated Warne extended his hand. Instead, the boy touched his feet. In an instant reflex, the spinner lowered his hand and touched the boy’s head, saying: Jai Ho.advertisementHis team members, standing close, were impressed. Among them was South African all-rounder Johan Botha, who has already asked his team to win three of the remaining four matches as a tribute to Warne. “This is the time to show what he means to us,” an emotional Botha told reporters.IPL 4 will be Warne’s final port of call with cricket. Expectedly, he wants to reach out to almost anyone and everyone. There have been times when he has even pushed away guards to allow fans to shake his hand and hug him, even walked into the stands for an impromptu jig.Last week, a Royals official told team co-owner Shilpa Shetty that he counted Warne signing a record 450 autographs on a day the Royals lost a game. The team are nowhere near their inaugural ipl-winning form but Warne-currently joint third on the wicket-takers’ list in ipl 4-is king.Those who watched him bowl and those who faced his wild, soaring leg-breaks, say they will never see anything closer to perfection. “The genius will be missed,” says former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid. Legendary spinner Bishen Singh Bedi, says: “Everyone will miss him for everything he did for the game and himself.” Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan feels Warne’s departure could actually push leg-spin out of the game. “Warne revived leg-spin when experts the world over thought it to be extinct.”So will the magical whizz of his deliveries, especially the one in the 1993 Ashes Test at Old Trafford when Warne had one that bounced a foot outside leg stump, cut back viciously to clip Mike Gatting’s off-stump. Till date, sports cognoscenti call it the most famous in cricket history.Wickets kept falling, so did women. Yet, Warne the showman easily blended with Warne the cricketer. He returned in 2004 from a 12-month hiatus to scalp 26 Sri Lankan batsmen in three Tests. In 2005, he picked up a record 96 victims. The nationalist streak in the genius eventually surfaced when he helped Australia reclaim the urn and quit at the end of the 2006-07 Ashes series.He was brilliant, unstoppable with the ball, his magical spin encouraging him once to tell a dissenting umpire: “They’ve come to watch me bowl, not you.” Former England captain Mike Atherton wrote in one of his columns: “He oozed action, he radiated star quality.” What’s more, he knew it.last_img read more

first_imgIt takes lot to bowl over Sachin Tendulkar as bowlers around the world would confess but tennis ace Roger Federer managed to do it just by his knowledge of cricket when the two legends caught up during the Wimbledon here.Tendulkar, a self-confessed Federer fan, met the winner of 16 Grand Slams at the All England Club after the world number three beat David Nalbandian to advance to the fourth round of Wimbledon.Tendulkar chatted for an hour with the Swiss and posed with him for the shutterbugs. “Spent an hour with Roger Federer chatting on the balcony of Wimbledon Royal box. What a humble guy! And by the way he knows a lot about cricket!!” Tendulkar later tweeted.The two reportedly also had dinner together after Federer’s match. Federer too talked about his meeting with Tendulkar on his facebook page.”Today was a special day, played a good match and had the chance to catch up with the great indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar,” read the status message on his facebook page.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

first_imgCricket has given people enough reason to believe in the worst of it. The latest allegations of members of the Indian cricket team using “performance-enhancing drugs”, however, must be held up to the scrutiny of both reason and science. In the absence of a prohibitory code, overseas cricketers have flirted with drugs, whether sampling cannabis or trying out cocaine and heroin. But these were young men looking for thrills, not unfair advantage. What is unproven is whether performance-enhancing drugs (banned in Olympic sports) can make a significant difference in cricket. They may improve stamina but strength without direction will not help a bowler. Intense concentration without technical discipline will not result in runs. A steroid works on the body only when coupled with the most intense training, the kind the Indian team is not known for. Whatever Ajit Agarkar is said to be on, it’s obviously not helping. That a coach, who may or may not have made the allegations, did not bother to find out what his players were being given is symptomatic of an old-style approach to running a team. Indian team trainer Andrew Leipus recommending dietary supplements is part of the new. The difference between the two is an understanding of the potential and limits of sports science.The real scandal is in Indian athletics and weightlifting. Here drug use is rampant and, worse, practised by cut-price doctors hired from the now-defunct laboratories of the Soviet bloc. Despite evidence in the form of skewed results, mishandled injuries, and the latest, a drug bust in the National Institute of Sports hostel in Patiala, it hasn’t caused a stir. Athletics and weightlifting are relatively fringe sports in India. Cricket is currency.last_img read more

first_imgThe flamboyant Shoaib Akhtar is in the news once again, this time for claiming that late- night parties are a norm rather than exception in cricket, and that glamour and money have led many players astray over the years.The former Pakistan paceman has said that players party hard before and after games, and it has an adverse effect on their game.”Twice or thrice I did go out to party night before the game.When I was 23- 24, it was Pakistan team’s culture to party late. Australians, Indians, Pakistanis, all party hard before & after the game,” Akhtar told Headlines Today. “Eating out the night before the match means you don’t sleep before 1 am. All players need to hit the sack before 12 at all cost,” he said.Pointing to the cocktail of money and glamour, Akhtar admitted that cricketers do chase girls and it’s difficult not to succumb to the temptations that fame brings.”Any young man would go after girls if he’s straight. How do you tell an 18-year-old not to look at girls. There are heady temptations of fame and girls swooning over rising stars.At 20 you get fame, you’ve crores in your pocket, you have people who lead you down the wrong path.” He is also candid enough to admit that match- fixing does take place in the game.”Fixing happens in our culture because there’s less money, there are even lesser opportunities. Cricketers victimised by their boards return to mint money. In 2008, I had no money to even buy a car. I had to borrow money from a friend. I handled it, others go astray. The board doesn’t back you. Some are corrupt, but some cricketers are turned into criminals by the system.” Akhtar had several run-ins with the Pakistan Cricket Board and various controversies, but he said it was not always his fault.”They told me why are you criticising PCB policy. I said it’s for betterment of Pak cricket and I will do it again. They had Rs 14-bn graft taint being hurled at them. I touched raw nerves. Officials told me ‘why do you question us, take you share and stay quiet.””I was cleared of all drug charges. It wasn’t due to attitude problems but because of a hamstring injury that I was sent back from the 2005 tour. I admit to my mistake of picking an ugly dressing room fight with (Shaid) Afridi. But then that’s only one mistake in 14 years,” he claimed.Regarding the Indian Premier League, Akhtar it was not serious cricket.”IPL is business, entertainment. Don’t make it the benchmark. It can’t be India’s criteria for excellence,” he felt.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgView comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—Phoenix’s first playoff stint has left the team with invaluable lessons.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid After finishing at no. 2 heading into the playoffs of the PBA Governors’ Cup, the Fuel Masters plummeted once the big lights shone bright and lost their twice-to-beat edge to seventh seed Meralco.With three shots to make it to the quarterfinals again in PBA Season 44, star guard Matthew Wright and the Fuel Masters know exactly what they need to work on to make a deeper playoff run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“It’s the same team, the same feeling, the same games, it’s just more games in a shorter amount of time and we just have to play better,” said Wright during Phoenix’s practice before the New Year.“I guess there’s a little bit of playoff atmosphere but whatever that is we can’t let it bother us or change the way we play because at the end of the day we’re playing the same games.” Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Pelicans hope Elfrid Payton’s presence reinvigorates playoff hopescenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Phoenix had a lackluster performance in the first two conferences failing to enter the playoffs on both the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups but things changed when the team acquired the mercurial Calvin Abueva in a trade with Alaska right before the Governors’ Cup.Abueva averaged 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.3 blocks during the eliminations for the Fuel Masters but the whole team hit a snag against the Bolts in the playoffs.The loss is what Wright and his team are looking to avenge in their quest to become a better team in 2019.“We still haven’t won our first playoff game as a franchise so we’ll start there,” said Wright. “We lost twice to Meralco and that’s something we want to avenge but we have a long way to go to think about the finals. We’re going to take it one game at a time.”“We have to be a lot more disciplined come playoff time.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgMOST READ The 23-year-old Bolick debuted in style, turning in a game-high 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field on top of three rebounds and three assists in close to 36 minutes of play.“He’s different. He’s made [for the PBA],” said NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPBA fans who never religiously followed Bolick’s NCAA career were surely left surprised by the guard’s performance.But his Batang Pier teammates have somewhat saw that coming from Bolick. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “We’re not surprised. I’m not surprised because I’ve seen him play in our tune-up games and I’ve known then that he’s going to have a big impact on our team,” said swingman Paolo Taha, who also starred for NorthPort with a career-best 21 points.“We all know Robert is a winner ever since he was in college with many championships at San Beda. I like playing with him because he can do everything. He’s a court general, an unselfish player so he and Stanley are the ones who dictate our tempo,” Taha added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stanley Pringle and Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNorthPort newcomer Robert Bolick scored 10 points in his first six minutes in the PBA, had nine in the third quarter before adding the finishing touches in the final frame including a tough step back jumper from the deep right corner in front of his team’s bench.“He’s not even a rookie,” said his superstar teammate Stanley Pringle Wednesday after the Batang Pier steamrolled the Blackwater Elite, 117-91, in the two squads’ opening game in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. ” He’s ready to go, ready to work.”ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening After last season’s runner-up finish, Lady Tamaraws not looking too far ahead Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Odisha has invited applications for recruitment at various posts. Candidates can apply latest by August 12.Post details:Total posts: 131 postsPost name: Physical education instructor: 72 postsArt education instructor: 59 postsEligibility criterion:Educational qualification:Physical education instructor: Candidates applying for this post should have completed their 10+2 with CPED/they should possess a graduate/post graduate degree in professional education. Candidates having a valid certificate issued by ‘Director of sports, Odisha’ will be preferred. Also, sports candidates above the age of 42 years with national level participation is eligible to apply.Art education instructor: Candidates applying for this post should have done Bachelors in Arts/Bachelors in Visual Arts. Candidates having BFA and BVA degree from B.K. Degree College and other government college of art and craft may be considered. Also, candidates who possess a B.Mus degree will be taken into consideration. Besides, candidates who do not possess a diploma/degree but has participated in the state-level competition can also apply.Pay Scale:Physical education instructor: Rs 100 per class (maximum 24 classes per month)Art education instructor: Rs 100 per class (maximum 24 classes per month)How to apply:In order to apply, the candidates are required to log in to the official website and download the application forms from there. The duly filled application forms should be printed and sent to “District Project Coordinator, RTE-SSA, Shiksha Sadan, Near Collectorate,Koaput 764020”.last_img read more

first_imgIn this Feb. 9, 2019, photo, invitees listen during an orientation for volunteers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries, and translate for lost fans. IOC officials acknowledge the games couldn’t be held without them; invariably smiling, helpful and praised by presidents, prime ministers, and monarchs. That’s the case at next year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics where about 80,000 will be needed. Just over 200,000 have applied with orientation and interviews for Japan residents starting this month. (Mizuki Ikari/Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO — Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries and translate for lost fans.IOC officials acknowledge the games couldn’t be held without them; invariably smiling, helpful and praised by presidents, prime ministers and monarchs.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting As Gilas enters crucial stretch, Yeng Guiao’s system helps players get ‘mentally locked in’ “It’s easy to imagine the Olympics charging for the right to help if the honor were high enough,” Schwarz said.Olympic volunteers typically pay their own lodging and transportation to the host city. They get meals on the days they work, some training and uniforms to treasure. In Tokyo, they will get up to 1,000 yen daily (about $9) to get to work on the city’s vast train system. Tokyo organizers also provide some insurance. Almost two-thirds of the applicants for the Tokyo Olympics are Japanese, and almost two-thirds are women.A study done for the IOC on volunteers at the 2000 Sydney Olympics said their value was at least $60 million for 40,000 volunteers. Now, 20 years later, Tokyo organizers will use twice that many.Separately, the Tokyo city government will field another 30,000 unpaid volunteers.Proponents argue volunteers embody the spirit of the games, harkening to a time almost 50 years ago when Olympic athletes were unpaid amateurs. The IOC champions their use despite some complaints on social media in Tokyo that volunteers are similar to “forced labor.”IOC member John Coates, who heads the inspection team for Tokyo, strongly defended the use of unpaid help.“They don’t have to apply if they don’t want to,” the Australian said. “The economics of it necessitates having to have volunteers. They get trained, they get their uniforms. They are part of something very exciting. … I don’t think there’s a case for paying volunteers.”Almost everyone else working the Olympics gets paid. Many, handsomely.Tokyo is spending at least $20 billion to organize the Olympics, and organizers have raised $3 billion in local sponsorships — twice as much as any previous Olympics. IOC members like Coates receive per diems of between $450 to $900 when they are on Olympic business, and other generous perks like flights and top hotels.IOC President Thomas Bach gets no salary but receives an allowance of about $250,000 per year as a “volunteer” president. The IOC typically operates with a $1 billion cash reserve, and had total revenue in the 2013-2016 Olympic cycle of $5.7 billion. It says it returns 90 percent of its revenue to sports federations and national Olympic committees. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations The billion-dollar Olympics are awash with cash. But volunteers work for free. That’s the case next year at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, where about 80,000 volunteers will be needed. Just over 200,000 have applied with orientation and interviews for Japan residents starting this month.Most don’t seem to mind, thrilled about a once-in-a-lifetime chance and largely unaware that their unpaid labor enriches Olympic sponsors, powerful TV networks, and the Switzerland-based International Olympic Committee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“To me, it’s very clearly economic exploitation,” Joel Maxcy, the president of the International Association of Sports Economists and a professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, told The Associated Press.Maxcy described a situation in which volunteers assemble the product but “someone else is collecting nearly all of the money derived from those labor efforts.” American network NBC is paying $7.75 billion for the rights to six Olympics beginning in 2022, an extension on a $4.38 billion contract.Tracey Dickson, who studies volunteerism at Canberra University in Australia, said many factors go beyond “the pure economics.” She listed social cohesion and volunteer camaraderie, which she termed “the fellowship of the suffering.”“I can understand the economic argument,” she said. “But if they were being paid it would be real job with real expectations and there’d be a totally different vibe.”“If they are just employees well, they’re just another employee. There’s so much value in that feel-good factor,” she said.The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics had problems finding volunteers. And when the games began, organizers said about 30 percent on any given day failed to show up for work, which organizers said was anticipated. Brazil also lacked a volunteer culture, and entrenched poverty meant that mostly the white and wealthy signed up.Using volunteers also means those with free time are putting it toward the Olympics, rather than other charitable endeavors.Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland who has also served as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, cautioned about using volunteers in mega-sports events if they undercut the market for people who need work.Robinson is now serving with the Switzerland-based Centre for Sports and Human Rights, which was launched last year.“Volunteers can play a role,” Robinson said. “But not if it displaces the potential for people having jobs where the entities can well afford to give people the opportunity to have gainful employment rather than work as volunteers.”David Berri, a sports economist at Southern Utah University, suggested that organizers and Olympic officials should also work for free, or for smaller salaries. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Volunteers are lured by the powerful Olympic brand, the glamor of being behind the scenes, a sense of altruism and, for younger volunteers, a hope the work might lead to connections and a full-time job.“I’m willing to work for free if I can get a chance to see and talk to Olympians from all over the world in person,” Yutaro Tokunaga, who attended a recent Tokyo orientation for volunteers, told the AP. The 26-year-old said his employer is giving him five days of paid Olympic leave.One aspiring volunteer, Masanobu Ishii, said he wanted to convey the spirit of “omotenashi,” which translates as showing Japanese hospitality.Volunteers also get involved out of civic duty or patriotism — and the chance to brag to friends. Many older volunteers often don’t need the money.California-based labor economist Andy Schwarz suggested some volunteers would even pay to play.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “If the volunteers were paid, there would be less money for everyone else,” he said. “The Olympics have learned people will work for free, so they take advantage of this. If they (Olympic officials) really thought this was all OK, they should obviously volunteer to work for free.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more