Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine women’s volleyball team forged a masterful 25-18, 25-11, 25-16 victory over host Malaysia Thursday and head coach Francis Vicente is hoping that a pretournament prediction will hold true.Word going arount at MITEC Hall 11 is that people are expecting the Philippines and world power Thailand to duke it out for the crown.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses There is a prediction that it’s going to be a Thailand versus Philippines in the finals.The first step to that direction is a win over Vietnam in the semifinals, to put the Philippines out of the Thais’ path in the semifinals.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“Whatever happens the important thing is we avoid the No. 1 team in the other group,” said Vicente. A win over Vietnam on Friday will help in that goal.Jaja Santiago on the attack. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLThe Philippine drubbed Vietnam during the Asian Championships last week in Biñan, Laguna. PH wins bronze in women’s 50m rifle for shooting’s 1st medal SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next SEA Games: Philippines off to hot start in women’s volleyball2.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 “Vietnam will put up the same team but of course we [have to be] prepared because for sure they will make adjustments,” said Vicente.Jaja Santiago towered over the opposition, banging in 13 points to lead the Philippines. Aby Marano added 11 markers while bringing in the energy for the Philippines, which started slowly before entertaining the large Filipino crowd that came to watch the game.Malaysian leaned on middle blocker Low Meng Cing who scored 15 points.Jovelyn Gonzaga scored nine points, Alyssa Valdez had eight, while Kim Fajardo and Aiza Pontillas chipped in six each for the Filipinos.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:50Trending Articles02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa FILE – ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang is set to defend his world title against reigning ONE Featherweight Champion Martin Nguyen in a champion-versus-champion main event of ONE: Legends of the World on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena.The 32-year-old Folayang (18-5) is embracing his latest the challenge after disposing of Ev Ting last April.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ The 28-year-old Nguyen (9-1) is currently on a five-match winning streak and the Australian is motivated to become a two-division champion in the promotion.“New Year will be coming early this year, because in this fight there will definitely be fireworks. I’m out not only to make a statement, but to go down in history as the best to ever compete under the ONE Championship banner,” he said.Other fights featuring Filipino fighters are still expected to be announced in the coming weeks.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Irving confirms he did not talk to LeBron about trade request: ‘Why would I have to?’ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “As a martial artist, I am constantly in search of the biggest challenges, the biggest tests of my skills. As champion, I welcome any and all challengers and Martin is one of the best in the world and it is an honor to share the ONE Championship cage with him,” said the Team Lakay stalwart.But what excites Folayang more for the fight is to showcase his talents in front of his countrymen anew.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 shutoutHis first title defense against Ting was also held at MOA Arena.“This bout is for the fans and I can’t wait to perform in front of my hometown crowd in Manila once again. I have complete respect for my opponent’s skills and together with my brothers at Team Lakay, my coach Mark Sangiao, I’m preparing to showcase the best version of Eduard Folayang on 10 November.”
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors jumps for a rebound with Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks during 2017 NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The NBA is scrapping the East vs. West format for its All-Star Game and will have captains pick teams this season.The league said Tuesday the two starters with the highest fan vote totals from each conference will choose teams from the pool of players who were voted as starters and reserves.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The 10 starters will continue to be chosen by a combination of fan, player and media balloting, with the coaches from each conference then selecting the 14 reserves. The captains will then draft their teams at an undetermined time — making certain that those chosen starters are split up so they remain starters.The teams will play for charity. They will select either a Los Angeles-area or national organization for donations to go. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Archers still seeking old form The change will begin with this season’s game in Los Angeles on Feb. 18.Players and league officials have been eager to inject new interest in the often defense-absent game, and they decided to act after another dull affair last February in New Orleans.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“I’m thrilled with what the players and the league have done to improve the All-Star Game, which has been a priority for all of us,” National Basketball Players Association president Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in LA.”The sides worked closely — with Charlotte owner Michael Jordan, chairman of the league’s Labor Relations Committee, heavily involved in the conversations — and chose a format that has been used by the NFL and NHL for what will be the first NBA All-Star Game that doesn’t pit the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference. 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 MOST READ
JAZZ 120, SUNS 102Ricky Rubio scored 20 points in only 15 first-half minutes, getting the rest of the night off as Utah rolled. The Jazz never trailed, and had a 28-point lead by the time the game was 21 minutes old.Donovan Mitchell added 17 for the Jazz.Devin Booker scored 19 for Phoenix, which got 18 more from Alex Len.JAZZ: Rubio shot 8 for 10, plus had three steals. … Derrick Favors was plus-22 in 20 minutes, finishing with nine points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks in that little bit of work. … The Jazz used 17 players, and 16 scored.SUNS: Josh Jackson scored 14 and Marquese Chriss added 13. … Eric Bledsoe handed out seven assists, but shot just 1 for 6. … Phoenix took 41 free throws to Utah’s 17.UP NEXT: Utah (4-0) visits the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Phoenix (1-2) hosts Portland on Wednesday.TRAIL BLAZERS 97, KINGS 83Jusuf Nurkic scored 16 points to lead Portland. The Trail Blazers’ backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 26 points, on 7 for 21 shooting.Justin Jackson had 16 for Sacramento, which was without several rotation players.TRAIL BLAZERS: Caleb Swanigan had 12 rebounds, while Evan Turner and Jake Layman each scored 10 points. … Portland finished with a 48-39 rebounding edge. Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) drives to the basket against New York Knicks’ Damyean Dotson (21) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)MIAMI — There is no NBA mandate urging teams to not rest players in the preseason.Good thing.The dog days of the exhibition schedule have arrived, with plenty of stars sitting out Monday night’s games. Among those getting the night off to rest: Boston stars Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving and Al Horford; Miami’s Goran Dragic; and the Orlando trio of Elfrid Payton, Aaron Gordon and Bismack Biyombo. Indiana rested a half-dozen players, as did Sacramento — including Vince Carter, George Hill and Zach Randolph.“It’s hard to play 14 guys,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said.ADVERTISEMENT In Dragic’s case, Miami is being smart since he played for two months this summer, helping Slovenia win the European championship and returning to Miami just two days before the first practice of training camp. He hasn’t played much in the preseason.“This is all relatively part of the plan I had sketched out,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I wanted him to be in training camp … and he really wanted to be there too, just to establish the right tone out of camp. We want to try to strike that balance of keeping him in shape and making sure he’s peaking for the first game, not going the other way. I think we’re headed that way.”Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the lineup he went with Monday allows him to take a good look at what willbe Boston’s second unit.“I feel really good about where we are, considering we’re 13 days in,” Stevens said. “I don’t think we’re by any means a finished product and I think we can get better.”ROCKETS 117, KNICKS 95ADVERTISEMENT Hornets’ Jordan donates $7 million to build medical clinics View comments LATEST STORIES KINGS: Frank Mason was impressive, with 13 points and five rebounds. … Skal Labissiere also scored 13 for Sacramento.UP NEXT: Portland (3-1) visits Phoenix on Wednesday. Sacramento (1-3) visits the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. Houston’s Chris Paul didn’t play in New York because of a right shoulder contusion, the Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis (hip) and Frank Ntilikina (knee) sat out that same game with soreness, Detroit’s Avery Bradley was sidelined by a turned ankle and Orlando’s Evan Fournier (ankle) and Terrence Ross (hamstring) also didn’t play because of minor injuries. Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox was out with a sore back.When the regular season starts next week, resting players who are healthy enough to play will be officially frowned upon by a new NBA policy. But for now, it just makes sense for clubs to either limit minutes or not take unnecessary risks.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 shutoutThat being said, teams are still working. Joerger knows his team needs a day off — but the Kings arepracticing Tuesday anyway.“We have way too much stuff to do, and not just for opening night,” Joerger said. HEAT: James Johnson was called for a Flagrant-1 after a hard foul on Howard in the third quarter. The two slapped hands afterward, clearly without animosity. … The rookie learning curve for Bam Adebayo continued, after he had three fouls in three first-half minutes and the Heat were outscored by 10 in that stretch.UP NEXT: Miami (2-2) hosts Washington on Wednesday. Charlotte (1-2) hosts Boston on Wednesday.HAWKS 100, GRIZZLIES 88Dennis Schroder scored 21 points to lead Atlanta, which got 15 from Malcolm Delaney.James Ennis scored 14 to lead Memphis.GRIZZLIES: Memphis was only 4 for 22 from 3-point range. … Marc Gasol had 13 rebounds.HAWKS: Rookie John Collins got cut beneath his right eye, then returned and led the Hawks with eight rebounds. … Atlanta was plus-21 in DeAndre’ Bembry’s 20 minutes. … The game was at Georgia Tech because of renovations at the Hawks’ home arena.UP NEXT: Memphis (2-1) hosts Houston on Wednesday. Atlanta (2-2) hosts Dallas on Thursday at Georgia Tech.MAVERICKS 99, MAGIC 96Dennis Smith Jr. scored 16 points, Harrison Barnes added 14 and Dirk Nowitzki added 10 for Dallas.D.J. Augustin scored 24 points for the Magic, which got 19 from Jonathon Simmons.MAGIC: Nikola Vucevic grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. … Augustin was 6 for 10 from 3-point range, and Mo Speights had 15 points after shooting 4-for-7 from beyond the arc.MAVERICKS: Smith also had seven assists and six rebounds. … J.J. Barea was very effective, with eight points and nine rebounds. … Nowitzki made 4 of his 7 shots.UP NEXT: Orlando (2-2) vists San Antonio on Tuesday. Dallas (3-1) visits Atlanta on Thursday at Georgia Tech. 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BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next James Harden had 36 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and Houston made 22 3-pointers while remainingunbeaten and keeping New York winless in the preseason.The teams tried during the offseason to work out a trade for Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks ended up sendinghim to Oklahoma City, though the Rockets appear to still have plenty of firepower.Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points for the Knicks.ROCKETS: Houston has made at least 22 3-pointers in all three games. No team has ever had three straight games with 20 or more in the regular season. … Clint Capela had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Eric Gordon added 18 points. … Zhou Qi played three minutes, getting three points.KNICKS: Michael Beasley scored 17 points before leaving with a bruised left elbow. He landed hard on a drive to the basket in the third quarter. … Damyean Dotson also had 17 for New York.UP NEXT: Houston (3-0) visits Memphis on Wednesday. New York (0-4) hosts Washington on Friday.PISTONS 107, PACERS 97Detroit outscored Indiana 30-15 from the 3-point line, and had a 26-11 edge in points off turnovers.Ish Smith, Reggie Jackson and Boban Marjanovic had 14 points apiece for the Pistons. Damien Wilkins led Indiana with 14 off the bench, shooting 5 for 6 and making both of his 3-point tries.PACERS: Indiana led by 16 in the second quarter, but was outscored 71-47 in the final 25 minutes. … Myles Turner, Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis and Lance Stephenson all didn’t play. … Al Jefferson had 12 points on 6 for 14 shooting.PISTONS: Smith also had nine assists. … Detroit was plus-25 in Henry Ellenson’s 28 minutes. … Anthony Tolliver and Reggie Bullock each scored 12 for the Pistons.UP NEXT: Indiana (2-1) hosts Maccabi Haifa on Tuesday. Detroit (2-1) visits Toronto on Tuesday. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president CELTICS 113, 76ERS 96Hours after Philadelphia and Joel Embiid agreed on a five-year extension worth $148 million, Boston had no trouble with the 76ers and led wire-to-wire.Semi Ojeleye scored 16 for Boston, which led by as many as 34. Ben Simmons scored 15 for the 76ers, though he missed seven of his 10 free throws.CELTICS: Aron Baynes sprained his left knee in the first half. … Jaylen Brown scored 12 for the Celtics, who got 15 apiece from Terry Rozier and Abdel Nader.76ERS: Furkan Korkmaz scored 13 and No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz added 12. … The 76ers shot 28 percent from 3-point range and 52 percent from the foul line.UP NEXT: Boston (3-0) visits Charlotte on Wednesday. Philadelphia (0-3) plays Brooklyn on Wednesday in Uniondale, New York.HEAT 109, HORNETS 106Justise Winslow’s layup with 23.7 seconds left put Miami ahead for good as the Heat rallied in the final minutes.Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson each scored 18 for Miami, which got 13 from Dion Waiters and 11 points and 11 rebounds from Hassan Whiteside. Malik Monk scored 19 and Dwight Howard had 16 for Charlotte.HORNETS: All-Star guard Kemba Walker left early in the third quarter after getting hit in the face, and Jeremy Lamb left with groin soreness. … Charlotte had a 29-14 edge in points off turnovers, but was 5 for26 from 3-point range.
Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Wilder calls out Joshua again for big heavyweight fight View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Houston came up 14 points shy of the franchise record for points in a game. The Rockets knocked down 21 of 44 3-point attempts, and Harden made all 18 of his free throws.Harden, the NBA’s leading scorer, had 33 points at halftime. Houston used a 13-1 over the final 3:08 of the first quarter to take control and was never threatened after that, leading 45-23 going into the second.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 shutoutPaul, who hadn’t played since the season opener, got the start and didn’t miss a beat, scoring 11 points and handing out 10 assists in limited action.Coach Mike D’Antoni said before the game that getting the two stars, Harden and Paul, in sync will “take care of itself over the next week or so.” D’Antoni planned to play Paul for 20 minutes; Paul saw 21 minutes of action and sat out most of the fourth quarter. PHOENIX, AZ – NOVEMBER 16: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts to a three point shot against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on November 16, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX, Arizona—James Harden had 23 of his 48 points in the second quarter while the Houston Rockets scored 90 points in the first half en route to a 142-116 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.Houston dominated with Chris Paul back in the lineup after missing 14 games with a knee injury. The Rockets made 61 percent of their first-half shots to match the second-most points in a first half in NBA history.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ryan Anderson added 24 points for the Rockets, who have won seven of eight.The Suns also shot well in the first half, getting 65 points before the break. They got the lead down to 14 with one of Troy Daniels’ six 3-pointers in the second quarter, but the Rockets repeatedly scored with ease at the other end.Daniels tied a Suns franchise record for 3s in a quarter and led Phoenix with 23 points. Devin Booker added 18 points and 10 assists.The Suns have lost seven of eight.As the first half came to a close, a fan yelled at D’Antoni from the stands. “Sit down Mike, you’re up 40!” D’Antoni, a former Suns coach, turned and deadpanned, “It’s 25. You can’t count.”Center Greg Monroe made his Suns debut, starting and playing 26 minutes. Monroe, acquired by Phoenix from Milwaukee with two draft picks for guard Eric Bledsoe on Nov. 7, was dealing with a left calf strain when he arrived.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next MOST READ He finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds.Monroe played amid speculation that he could be traded or have his contract bought out. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort
View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “I’m very proud of my players. Of course, they worked really hard for us to make it to this point,” said JRU head coach Mia Tioseco in Filipino.“Hopefully, we get into the Final Four. At least, we’re one foot in,” added Tioseco, who steered her team to a 6-3 record in the elimination round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutShola Alvarez fired 23 points while Dolly Verzosa added 15 points for JRU, which scored 15 unanswered points to wipe out an 11-5 deficit in the fourth set.“I just told them to stay focused and not repeat our mistakes in the second set where we were really careless,” said Alvarez in Filipino. Three Lady Pirates finished in double-digit scoring with Christine Miralles and Monica Sevilla tallying 11 each while Elainr Juanillo chipped in 10.Lyceum shot itself in the foot with 38 errors while JRU committed only 19. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pistons stay unbeaten with Griffin, rout Blazers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJose Rizal University secured at least a playoff for a Final Four spot after turning back also-ran Lyceum, 25-13, 25-23, 25-11, 25-12, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Bombers are eyeing their first Final Four appearance since making their return in the tournament in 2008 and they will earn an outright berth if University of Perpetual Help knocks off College of St. Benilde in the second game.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Bulls: Host Memphis on Wednesday. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus NLEX signs up former Sixer Arnett Moultrie Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC They remembered what happened when they visited in December, getting blown out with Irving sidelined by a bruised quadriceps, and made it clear right from the start that wasn’t going to happen again. The Celtics immediately took control, building a 37-point lead on the way to their fifth win in six games.“Kyrie didn’t play last time (and) they felt like they could beat us and they did beat us by 20-plus points,” Brown said. “Coming into this game we had the mindset we needed to get out on them early and we did that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJayson Tatum scored 14, while Al Horford and Terry Rozier added 13 points apiece for Boston.“We were ready to play,” coach Brad Stevens said. “Our defense was really good in the first half, obviously. I thought we were really flying around, covering for one another, playing the right way. And then we were aggressive in taking the ball to the basket. That opened up some 3s.” LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico This one got out of hand almost as soon as the opening tip.After losing to the NBA-leading Rockets on Saturday by three points, Boston led 55-29 at halftime. Brown had 10 points as the Celtics raced out to a 26-5 lead. He nailed a 3 and threw down a one-handed jam before Horford’s steal and dunk made it a 21-point game with 4:21 left in the first quarter.IRVING UPDATEStevens wasn’t sure if Irving will be ready to play at Minnesota on Thursday.“It doesn’t sound like it’s a long-term concern, but certainly, it could last through the week,” Stevens said.With Irving out, the Celtics opted to put Shane Larkin in the lineup rather than Rozier or Marcus Smart. That was because Stevens wanted to keep the second unit together.Larkin had nine points and four assists in his first start since the 2015-16 season with Brooklyn. He made all three of his field goals — each of them 3-pointers.“He was great,” Stevens said. “It’s one of the things we talked about — who should start? We trust all three of those guys. Then it becomes who you want to play off the bench. But (Larkin) was really good.”TIP-INSCeltics: Brown was 9 of 13 from the field. … The Celtics scored 35 points in the first quarter, five shy of their season high for an opening period.Bulls: LaVine shot 1 for 11. He along with G Kris Dunn and C Bobby Portis combined to go 6 of 29. … Hoiberg said the Bulls will recall G Antonio Blakeney from the G League Windy City Bulls “in the next couple of weeks.” Blakeney is averaging 7.1 points in 12 games for Chicago.UP NEXTCeltics: Visit Minnesota on Thursday. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Chicago lost for the 14th time in 17 games. Denzel Valentine scored 20 and nailed four 3-pointers for the Bulls, but that was about the only positive for them.“They made us uncomfortable, things got tough and we just shut down,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “We quit playing.”Zach Lavine said the Bulls were “terrible all around” and added: “There’s no excuse for what we did out there.”STRONG STARTIt didn’t matter that the Celtics held out Irving. He was still sore after aggravating his knee in Saturday’s loss at Houston, but his absence didn’t stop Boston from burying the Bulls right from the start.They had no trouble driving to the rim against a weak defense and dominated in the paint 46-26.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown (7) shoots over Chicago Bulls’ Bobby Portis as Aron Baynes, left, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — This time, Boston delivered the big beating in Chicago with Kyrie Irving sidelined.Jaylen Brown scored 21 points, and the Celtics pounded the Bulls 105-89 on Monday night even though their All-Star guard sat out because of a sore left knee.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games “If Myla decided to shut down for the rest of the conference, we wouldn’t have won the title,” says Ty, who retired as team manager recently. “She just proved that she’s our franchise player.”American import Krystal Rivers, a cancer surivor, proved almost unstoppable in the finals, while Michelle Strizak played solid throughout the tournament. Everyone in coach Rommel Abella’s squad did more than her share to clinch a third straight championship for Pocari Sweat, starting with the Shakey’s V-League Open and Reinforced Conferences last year.“We were in a pretty bad shape at the start of the tournament,” says Ty. “Players were injured probably because we started preparing as early as January. We were in a state of flux.”The level of competition in the PVL had also gone up with teams raring to come up with a creditable showing in the first tournament since the switch from the Shakey’s V-League. “In terms of parity in the lineups, this was one of the most competitive tournaments we played in,” says Ty.Abella also praised Gyzelle Sy and Melissa Gohing in their title run. “They were great all throughout the conference and they held the team together,” he says. “In all the adversities that we faced, they stepped up and provided the leadership the team needed.”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 View comments In the end, this turned out to be the toughest and sweetest championship yet for the Lady Warriors, whose move from the Philippine Superliga to the established PVL raised plenty of eyebrows.Nonetheless, the club owned by Federated Distributors Inc. has come a long way from a last-place finish in its debut in the PSL in 2014. That windup by the squad, then known as Mane ’N Tail, proved to be an eye-opener for management which decided to come up with a 15-year plan in an effort to make its mark in the volleyball scene.“Our goal was not just to win championships, but also to supply the national team with players,” says Ty. Three years after the plan was hatched, the Lady Warriors have emerged as one of the most successful clubs in the PVL.The club then known as Philips Gold placed third twice in the PSL, behind the efforts of Pablo, Gohing and Michelle Gumabao, who is no longer with the team. Their three straight titles are a record in the PVL, organized by Sports Vision.“You have to go way back to the time when we were still called Mane ’N Tail and were given just a few hours to decide on having a franchise,” says Ty. “But we didn’t want to be known as a losing team, that’s why we invested in a long-term plan.”The signing of Pablo to a long-term contract was the biggest indication of Pocari’s commitment to winning. “We try to build a team and that has given us an edge because our core is intact and we’ve jelled,” says Ty, reflecting on their success. “We have a family atmosphere. Everyone looks after each other. We have players who at one point were team captains in other clubs. But they’ve set aside egos to work together for a common goal.”As the club looks ahead to the next PVL conference, key pieces will be added to shore up the lineup. But with resilience, toughness and commitment to winning ingrained in the squad’s DNA over the years, there’s no reason to doubt Pocari’s abilities to collect more crowns. And who knows, the next title celebration won’t just be in Boracay.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next While reinforcements later came to beef up the squad, Pablo remained its heart and soul. On their way to the hospital for Pablo’s checkup, team manager Eric Anthony Ty broached the idea of resting her for the entire tournament. She refused.“I can’t just leave the team,” Ty recalls Pablo as saying. “There’s a championship for us to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe back injury had bothered Pablo right from the start. When the Warriors opened the season with back-to-back defeats, she was also asked to sit out the conference. But there was no way she would miss out on this run.Pablo, who signed a multimillion five-year deal with the club early this year, typified the Lady Warriors’ resilience on their road to the crown at the expense of the BaliPure Water Defenders. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors may be frolicking in the sands of Boracay the past few days, but there was a time when things weren’t always fine and rosy. A championship run can have many turning points, and for these women it came early in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference.Pocari star Myla Pablo slumped on the floor in agony after aggravating the pain in her back after a crucial play. It was only an elimination-round game, but the sight of Pablo in pain had teammates, the coaching staff and fans of the Lady Warriors worrying about the open spiker’s health.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ Two Filipinos in ‘Battle of Brisbane: Pacquiao vs Horn’ undercard
The third no-ball bowled by Pakistan against England in the fourth Test match during the recently concluded series cost underworld don Dawood Ibrahim Rs 50 crore in Mumbai alone as his bookies had no clue about it. The latest match-fixing scandal has put the spotlight on cricket’s dirty links with the underworld where spot fixing is not new. Sources told Headlines Today that only two no-balls were to be bowled by the Pakistan pacers. Bets of Rs 300 crore were riding on this match worldwide out of which betting worth Rs 50 crore was from Mumbai only, sources said. Pakistani bookie Mazhar Majeed was assigned the task of spot fixing in this match. He was assigned the task of fixing two no-balls in two overs. The information was made available to all the bookies who had links with Dawood’s betting syndicate. Everything was happening as per the plan. Both Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif bowled one no-ball each and the bookies made huge profits. But the tables turned when Asif bowled the third no-ball. It left the bookies in Mumbai stunned as they incurred huge losses, sources said. Dawood’s men responsible for his betting syndicate in Mumbai — Junior Kolkata and Kothari — called up their boss Sunil Dubai. They requested him to call off the bets as following the third no-ball Mumbai’s bookies had started demanding that they return their money. Sunil Dubai then informed Shoiab Khan — the man running Dawood’s betting syndicate from Karachi. Shoaib made it clear that any hue and cry over botched up fixing could expose the syndicate so it was better to return the money and bear the losses. Underworld links in the betting syndicate have been speculated for quite sometime. But it is only now that stronger evidence has emerged. Instructions are given from Dubai and Karachi and all moves are planned before the game. As far as profit and losses are concerned, it is all a part of the game.advertisement
Sania Mirza decided to celebrate her 24th birthday near the tennis courts at the Aoti sports complex on Monday. For one who likes to keep the media at a distance, this was a day when Sania mixed freely with all as she cut the cake and offered it to several people.With husband Shoaib Malik flying down for the special moment, the Indian tennis star was all smiles. “My husband has come down and it also happens to be my mother’s birthday. Above all, India has won a medal in tennis and I am very happy,” Sania told Mail Today.Reflecting on the year gone by, Sania was frank in her assessment. “No doubt this has been an eventful year for me. Getting married to Shoaib was a big decision and having to spend five months at home because of injury, I thought I would quit tennis. Yes, Allah has been kind to me,” she said.Currently on antibiotics for a severe ear infection, where the Indian star says she could hear “tennis balls popping in my ears”, Sania is aware of the challenges ahead. “I had to miss the team event but I am ready for the open events now. As I can take part in only two events, I will play singles and mixed doubles with Vishnu Vardhan,” said Sania. “I have seen his game. He serves and volleys well and has a good backhand.”This was a day when Sania was ready to reflect on her first medal at the Busan Asian Games in 2002. “I was just 15 then and these eight years have gone by fast. I think the Doha Asiad was very good for me but what makes me happy today is I am still enjoying my tennis,” she said.advertisementHaving been with Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi and now being part of a contingent with youngsters, Sania feels the next generation is ready to take over. “Look at it, we don’t have Leander or Mahesh or Rohan and we still win a medal in men’s tennis. This is a superb start,” she said.Sania is pleased to see the progress of Indian sport. “We had a good run at the Commonwealth Games and we started winning medals. I wasn’t able to see Pankaj Advani’s match or Gagan Narang win silver. But I think we will keep the momentum going,” she said.On her fitness, injuries and overall life, Sania was very clear. “I am actually feeling no pain in my right wrist, which had been bothering me. I think after marriage I have got what I wanted and Shoaib is a very nice husband. Most often, I am travelling during my birthday. Tonight, it should be a quiet dinner with my family and friends,” she said.For his part, Shoaib prefers not to talk too much. “Yes I came all the way for Sania’s birthday and will be flying back on the 18th. I did play the Super Sixes in Hong Kong and I hope Sania can do well here,” he told Mail Today.
The BCCI is likely to move the Supreme Court challenging the ruling of the Bombay High Court which has upheld the order passed by an independent arbitrator granting stay to the termination of IPL team Rajasthan Royals’ contract.”Our legal experts will first study the order and then we will decide the future course of action. We may move the Supreme Court,” a BCCI source said.Justice S J Vazaifdar on Monday dismissed an appeal filed by BCCI challenging the stay granted by the arbitrator and permitted Rajasthan Royals to participate in the IPL-4 auction that is to be held on January 8 and 9.The Court, however, imposed a condition on Rajasthan Royals directing them to file an affidavit before it by January 3 specifying full details of its ownership pattern and mode of control.The Court also directed Rajasthan Royals to submit USD 2.83 million as guarantee to the BCCI for the contract and USD 18 million as bank guarantee for the players.BCCI secretary N Srinivasan declined to comment on the development, saying his lawyers have not yet briefed him on the order yet.BCCI had on October 10 terminated the franchisee agreement of Rajasthan Royals – winners of IPL in 2008 – after the team allegedly committed breach of contract by having changes in its corporate structure without consent.Rajasthan Royals had on October 26 approached the High Court against BCCI. However, the case was kept pending as both the parties agreed to resolve the matter through arbitration.
If any player has seen the transition of the West Indian cricket team from invincible to below-par at the international level, it is the Prince of Trinidad Brian Lara.Having played through the transformation, he knows what it takes to be a champion and feels that the reason behind the success of the present Indian side is that they have learnt to perform in adverse conditions.”Indian teams have always been good batting outfits. But the reason why they failed to become the number one team is that their level of performance dipped the moment they went abroad. But the USP of the present side is that they have performed in situations not conducive to their strength – playing well on flat batting tracks. This is where the present team under Mahendra Singh Dhoni has scored over past teams,” he said.”With teams travelling the world over and performing in foreign conditions, the game will only get more competitive over the next few years. Sports is a cycle.While we started the domination, Australia took over from us.”While they remained unbeaten in the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, no one expected England to beat them the way they did in the Ashes. The time of invincibility is over.” Lara believes the inclusion of Sreesanth makes the Indian bowling attack balanced.”Sreesanth bowled really well in South Africa and I think him joining India’s pace spearhead Zaheer Khan will augur well for the team. I think Sreesanth and Zaheer add a lot of balance to the side. It also makes the bowling very competitive,” he said.advertisementHaving been a leading player during the 1996 World Cup, Lara believes building momentum will be the key in this year’s showpiece event.”Having played the 1996 World Cup, I feel the team that builds momentum throughout the tournament will go on to win the Cup.In these conditions, you need momentum as it is a pretty long tournament. In such cases, you don’t want to start on top and run out of steam in the later stages,” the 41- year- old said.Reliving his memories from the 1996 World Cup, Lara said: “Beating South Africa in the quarterfinal in Karachi was definitely the happiest moment as they were the favourites and were going great guns before we knocked them out.”As for the saddest moment, it definitely came a few days later when we lost from a winning position against Australia in the semifinal in Mohali. We were cruising before spin wizard Shane Warne ran through our lower middle- order and handed us a fiverun loss.”Having worked as a batting consultant for the Zimbabwe team, Lara doesn’t expect to make them overnight champions, but feels he has shared his experience and that can help them gain confidence ahead of the World Cup.”As a batting consultant, my job was to improve their batting. But I didn’t stop just at that. I have shared my experiences about how favourites can crumble under pressure in such big tournaments.I know they aren’t a fancied side, but I seriously feel that they can spring a few surprises and that will be the basic aim.”They might not be champions, but they are all good players and some are very good players.But the problem is with their selfbelief.If they can start believing in themselves, they can do wonders.I looked at building the right atmosphere in the team and increase their confidence,” he said.
India’s stand-in skipper Suresh Raina admitted that his batsmen let the team down after they were handed a crushing 103-defeat by the West Indies in the fourth ODI here on Monday.”Credit to Windies for batting well. But we did not bat well at all to be honest,” Raina said after the match. “Our shot selection was wrong, we had no partnerships. Rohit (Sharma) was there but I and Yusuf (Pathan) got out at that time.”There was no partnership. Batsmen have to be there when chasing a total like 240-245. And the West Indies played well in the batting Powerplay.”Raina was, however, pleased with his bowlers’ performances. “(Amit) Mishra and (Ravichandran) Ashwin bowled well for us, Ashwin got us the wicket of Pollard who was batting well. Ishant and PK also bowled well,” he said.Rival skipper Darren Sammy was delighted that his team managed to break a sequence of three successive defeats. “We showed a lot of character and it’s good to come on the winning side. We played a lot better today, we have been improving throughout this series. We posted 250, bowlers have been getting early wicket, today we handled it better,” Sammy said.Opener Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard — both made valuable half centuries — came in for praise from the skipper.”Since Simmons came back he has been our main run-getter. Pollard got runs down the order, we keep losing track in the middle. As long as we keep improving, we are still a young team,” he said.advertisementAbout Andre Russell, Sammy said, “He is a total team man, I spoke to him and he told me, skipper I am going to give my best. He has a bright future.”Man-of-the-Match Anthony Martin, who acknowledged the loud cheers from the crowd, said the familiar conditions worked in his favour.”The conditions I know very well, it helped me a lot. Thanks to the crowd for supporting me. I am going to do the best I can,” Martin said.Asked what was his strategy going into the match, he said, “I just decided to keep it tight and let the batters do what they wanted to do.”- With inputs from PTI
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Fixing ODIs: V. Jayadevan’s formula awaits ICC clearanceComputing the revised target score in interrupted limited-overs cricket matches is a complex activity. Now, a civil engineer from Kerala might have a big say in it.Since 1998, a method formulated by the statistician-mathematician duo of Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis has been in,Fixing ODIs: V. Jayadevan’s formula awaits ICC clearanceComputing the revised target score in interrupted limited-overs cricket matches is a complex activity. Now, a civil engineer from Kerala might have a big say in it.Since 1998, a method formulated by the statistician-mathematician duo of Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis has been in use, but the D/L has run into controversies as it often arrives at illogical numbers.V. Jayadevan, 38, an assistant director at the Kerala Engineering Research Institute, Thrissur, claims his formula is superior to the D/L method.Many seem to agree, Sunil Gavaskar for one. He invited Jayadevan to present it before the BCCI, which forwarded it to the International Cricket Council. The ICC is expected to take it up for discussion after the 2003 World Cup.Wisden (Asia) magazine published details of Jayadevan’s computation and felt it was better than the D/L method. The journal Current Science also featured Jayadevan’s method in a recent issue.Is he overawed by the fact that his work could be accepted by the ICC? “Slightly. But the Boer method which preceded D/L was developed by a South African schoolboy,” he says easily.
Bajaj Pulsar 200NS is a definite head turner on the road since it was launched in January 2012. Weighing 145kg, this machine from the Bajaj Auto has most of its mass concentrated at the centre presenting the bike with superb handling and cornering abilites.The new Pulsar NS is priced at Rs 85,000 (ex-show room, Delhi).According to reports, the motor pumps out 23.52PS of power at 9,500rpm and 18.3Nm of torque at 8000rpm. The new Pulsar, with a large 33mm carburetor and new 6-speed gearbox, is capable of reaching 100km/h from a standstill in less than 10 seconds and can reach speeds in excess of 140km/h.The 200 NS is fitted with petal disc brakes on both front and rear (280mm front and 230mm rear with floating callipers). The Bybre (Brembo’s proprietary brakes for bikes under 600cc) brakes are very efficient and can bring the heavy bike (145kgs at the kerb) to a standstill from higher speeds. The perimeter frame and its twin steel spars, side-cowls and knee-recesses incorporate the same muscular design philosophy, with neat cuts and sharp lines. The rear is the same old tapering design with the two LED-strip tail lamps. The Pulsar sports a Nitrox Mono Suspension at the rear (with a piggy-back Nitrox canister usually seen on older Pulsars rear shocks). The wide tyres give the Pulsar 200NS a further aggressive look. With Agency inputs
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