Month: November 2019

Raring to end skid, Doliguez vows ‘different’ fighter will show up vs Brazilian foe

first_imgFolayang believes Eustaquio ready for bigger fights Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:44Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries01:37Protesters 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 But Doliguez isn’t underestimating his foe, with Bryan also gunning to end his own two-match losing skid and nab his first win in ONE Championship.He believes that most of the match will be fought standing, but he’s well prepared if the former Shooto South American Strawweight Champion takes the match to the ground.“I know that he’s going for the takedown, but he can’t resist on engaging on a boxing match against me because of his brazilian jiu-jitsu background. But boxing should be my advantage, and if he wants to go on a striking duel with me, I know that I’m smarter than him. I have a plan against him,” he said.Raring to leave the dark chapters of his career behind, Doliguez vowed that the fighter entering the cage on Saturday will be a whole new fighter.“I guarantee, what you will see will be a good fight. It’s going to be a new Roy Doliguez who is going to be aggressive,” he said. “This chance is mine and this fight is mine.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “This is mine,” Doliguez kept on repeating as he met with select members of the media at Nam Hotel here on Friday.Doliguez, who has a professional record of 6-4, has lost all his three matches in ONE Championship.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 shutoutAnd the 35-year-old wants to get that triumph as quick as he can as he tries to go for the knockout.“My game plan is to knock him out. I never stopped training and even went to Wildcard Boxing Gym in General Santos just to train. So I have the advantage in boxing,” he said. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Elorde MMA’s Roy Doliguez. Photo by Randolph LeongsonJAKARTA — Roy Doliguez is confident his first win in the ONE Championship is just a day away.The Filipino bet is looking end his futility in the promotion on Saturday when he takes on Yago Bryan of Brazil in their strawweight battle at ONE: Total Victory at Jakarta Convention Center.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View commentslast_img read more

Alas proves Guiao right with barrage of treys en route to career game

first_imgMOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Alas remembered Guiao’s words, and on Sunday, the fourth-year guard, heeded his coach’s advice.In his best offensive night in the pros, the 26-year-old fired on all cylinders at Philippine Arena, draining four of his five triples in the fourth period to carry NLEX to a 93-90 squeaker over Blackwater.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat performance garnered Alas a new career-high of 25 points, on 5-of-12 shooting from downtown, to go with eight rebounds and five assists as the Road Warriors clinched a spot in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.Asked what led to his stupendous showing, the 26-year-old said that it was just a matter of him trusting Guiao’s system while also seeking to perform better than his 15-point effort against Alaska last week. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Santiago right in time to complete NU’s comeback vs DLSUcenter_img “I was locked in. I played ok last game but coach said that I shouldn’t be satisfied,” he shared. “I just wanted to repay the trust coach has been giving me.”His explosion came at the right time for the Road Warriors, who was banking largely on Kiefer Ravena majority of the game before finding another offensive weapon in Alas.“We’re down and Kiefer was playing well. The focus of the defense was on him so I felt someone had to step up. We can’t rely on Kiefer alone and I’m happy that we’re both able to play well,” he said as that opened the floodgates for the others like Cyrus Baguio and Rabeh Al-Hussaini to make big plays down the stretch.With the famed NLEX backcourt now clicking, Alas is keeping his fingers crossed that this will only be the beginning of what Guiao labeled as his “K-and-K” combo.“I hope we’ll be consistent. I wish this is already the start for me and Kiefer to play better in our coming games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — NLEX coach Yeng Guiao knew how good of an offensive threat Kevin Alas could be once he fully develops his outside shooting.“I’ve been getting on Kevin’s outside shooting the last few games, I’ve been asking him to take outside shots, come early in the morning in practice and practice those outside shots. I’ve been telling him that he’s underusing his outside game and he’s relying so much on his slashing ability and the defense were already sagging off him,” Guiao said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextlast_img read more

Lyceum escapes EAC for 7th straight win

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Jaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum weathered a furious rally from Emilio Aguinaldo College to score the 97-93 stunner Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at EAC Gym in Ermita.Jaycee Marcelino uncorked 20 points, five rebounds, three assists, and four steals, none bigger than his swipe against Francis Munsayac with 7.0 seconds to spare as he cruised to the game-clinching fastbreak to preserve the Pirates’ 7-0 record.ADVERTISEMENT Flying V survives close call, draws first blood in D-League semis LYCEUM 97 – Perez 20, Jc. Marcelino 20, Nzeusseu 17, Jv. Marcelino 9, Caduyac 8, Ayaay 6, Baltazar 5, Ibanez 5, Santos 3, Tansingco 2, Marata 2, Pretta 0.EAC 93 – Munsayac 26, Garcia 19, Bautista 11, Diego 11, Bugarin 10, Onwubere 6, Pascua 5, Neri 3, I. Mendoza 2, Corilla 0, J. Mendoza 0, Tampoc 0, Guzman 0.Quarters: 27-24, 52-49, 77-71, 97-93. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Gamescenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “We need games like this to sharpen us, for the players to know that even though we’re undefeated, we should remain grounded,” said assistant coach Jeff Perlas, who took charge of the team after coach Topex Robinson was ejected after incurring two technical fouls midway through the second period.CJ Perez also scattered 20 markers, three boards, and five assists, while Mike Nzeusseu registered a double-double in the tune of his 17 points, 19 rebounds, and a block.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 starsThe Pirates shrugged off the distraction and controlled the tempo in the second half as they  grabbed a 91-84 lead in the final four minutes. But the home team refused to roll that easily, with Juju Bautista keeping the Generals in the game before Rustan Bugarin knocked down the undergoal stab with 54.4 seconds to play. Bugarin also denied Perez’ drive in the ensuing possession, but EAC couldn’t make the most of its chances as Munsayac bobbled the rock and allowed Marcelino to snuff the ball out of his grips for the dagger layup.The loss spoiled an emotional day for EAC as the team dedicated the game to its Cameroonian big man Hamadou Laminou, who was ruled out of the season after tearing his ACL on his right knee.Munsayac also saw his career-best 26 points go down the drain, while also collecting four assists and two rebounds in the defeat.Jerome Garcia had 19 markers and five boards for the Generals, which saw their two-game winning streak snapped and fell down to an even 3-3 slate.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

4 more Indian athletes fail dope test ahead of CWG

first_imgEmbarrassment piled on India on Wednesday barely a month ahead of the Commonwealth Games with four athletes, including three in Games squad, failing their ‘B’ sample dope tests while a weightlifter was also caught for a banned substance in New Delhi.The ‘B’ samples of two Commonwealth Games-bound swimmers — Richa Mishra and Jyotsana Pansare — and a shot putter Saurabh Vij returned positive for methylhexaneamine.Haryana discus thrower Aakash Antil, who was not in the Games squad, also failed his ‘B’ sample test for the same methylhexaneamine.”Richa, Jyotsana, Saurabh and Antil’s ‘B’ samples have tested positive. So we are sending them what is called the second notice to face (NADA) disciplinary panel. We have asked the panel chief to fix an early date for a hearing. All of them have tested positive for methylhexaneamine,” NADA Director General Rahul Bhatnagar told PTI today.”The punishment to be handed on them will be decided by the disciplinary panel,” he added.Bhatnagar also confirmed that 53kg woman weightlifter Sanamacha Chanu, who was added in the Commonwealth Games core group in August last year but did not make it to the CWG squad announced last month, tested positive for methylhexaneamine.”One lifter Thingbaijam Sanba (Sanamacha) Chanu has tested positive for methylhexaneamine,” he said.The 31-year-old Chanu, one of the most successful woman weightlifters in the country and an Arjuna awardee in 2000, returned positive in the NADA test conducted at the Commonwealth Games trials here last month.She is expected to face life ban if her ‘B’ sample also turns out to be positive and she is unable to clear her name before a NADA appeal panel since she had already been banned for two years after flunking a dope test at 2004 Athens Olympics.advertisementChanu’s dope flunk came days after Indian Weightlifting Federation completed payment of a hefty USD 5 lakh fine to the international body after its six lifters failed WADA dope tests conducted last September.The country’s lifters were allowed to take part in next month’s Commonwealth Games here after the CWG OC gave an interest-free loan of Rs 1.75 crore for the IWF to pay the remaining two instalments of the USD 5 lakh fine by August 31.Indian Weightlifting Federation Secretary Sahdev Yadav said that one lifter, who was not in the Commonwealth Games squad announced last month, had returned positive for a banned substance but refused to divulge the name.”One lifter has tested positive but under rules we don’t give names till the ‘B’ sample result comes. The ‘B’ sample result is expected to come by Monday. But I can say that the lifter is not among the Commonwealth Games squad,” he said.The two swimmers Richa and Jyotsana can now apply to appear before the NADA disciplinary panel to plead their case but they would be out of Commonwealth Games.Swimming Federation of India Secretary Virender Nanavati said that Richa and Jyotsana would not compete in the Commonwealth Games.”They can now appear before the NADA disciplinary panel on their application. But that is more of a formality and they are technically out of the Commonwealth Games,” Nanavati said.Richa, who was adjudged the best female swimmer of the 64th National Aquatic Championship in Jaipur, and Jyotsana were named in the CWG swimming squad.Delhi boy Saurabh was also named in the CWG squad. Antil, a young Haryana discus thrower, was not among the CWG core group.Today’s dope results came two days after the ‘B’ samples of six wrestlers also testing positive for methylhexanamine.The stimulant, which was widely available in dietary supplements and added in the WADA list of banned substances only this year, has been in the centre of a controversy with as many as 11 athletes returning positive in the past week.Four of them — men’s freestyle wrestlers Rajiv Tomar (120kg), who was conferred Arjuna Award last month, Sumit (74kg) and Mausam Khatri (96kg) and women’s freestyle wrestler Gursharanpreet Kaur (72kg) — were removed from Commonwealth Games squad.Rahul Mann (60kg men’s freestyle) and Joginder Singh (55kg men’s Greco Roman) were the other two wrestlers found positive.last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka World Cup final: Dhoni ready for the big clash with Lankans

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni feels the Indian team has peaked at the right time and the fact that there wasn’t much gap in between the semi-final and final would help the team’s cause.Not known to wear his heart on his sleeves, Dhoni was once again the composed self as he said that the short gap between the two games ensured that the players didn’t get much opportunity to think and wonder about their performance in Mohali.Click here to Enlarge”We played the match on Wednesday, travelled on Thursday, practiced today and will play the final tomorrow (Saturday). The short break has helped us. At times a long break can make the players wonder what went wrong and what went right in the last game and that isn’t such a good thing.”I believe in living the moment. What has been done – good or bad – can’t be undone or repeated. So there is no point pondering over the past. Being in the present is very important,” he told the media on the eve of the final clash.”Maintaining the level of intensity will also be crucial. Every game has been a challenge ever since we reached the knock-out stages and we have looked at preparing ourselves for every possible situation. Hopefully, we can keep the tempo going.”The preparations have remained the same right through and that won’t change in the final. Having played each other a lot over the last few years, we know their strengths and weaknesses and will look to end the tournament on a high.”advertisementYoung cricket fans extend their wishes to Team India for the World Cup final.Dhoni feels the team hasn’t played to its full potential as of yet and the fans can expect plenty more from the Men in Blue.”We have not reached 100 per cent of our potential. Despite reaching the finals, we can do plenty more as a team and hopefully we will play to the best of our ability tomorrow (Saturday). But irrespective of the result, I am proud of the team. We have stayed united and the individuals want to enjoy each other’s success. The result has shown on the field,” he said.With Ashish Nehra being ruled out due to multiple fractures on a finger in his right hand, Dhoni feels rotating the bowlers will hold the key come Saturday. “Using variations is very important to surprise the batsmen. With Nehra out, we have a tricky situation in hand. Although we would like playing R Ashwin, playing just two pacers could be too predictable. Rather having three pacers and two spinners – Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh – would be a better option,” he said.Dhoni’s attempt to bring in variation, could set the stage for a return of the mercurial S Sreesanth.”Playing Sreesanth is an option. Although only Sreesanth can control his aggression, there is no doubting that he can really swing the ball. We would have liked to play him a bit more after the first match. He is in a good frame and whoever plays, am sure he will do a good job,” he said.Dhoni also thanked coach Gary Kirsten for his contribution to the team’s success.”Although we aren’t thinking too much about tomorrow’s (Saturday) match being his last with us – as it will obviously shift the focus – we all know what his contributions have been. He has changed the environment in the dressing room and we have gelled as a team under him,” he said.Commenting on the change in circumstances from when he lifted the World T20 trophy in South Africa, Dhoni said: “Although am very bad at recalling the past, all I can say is that I have matured as a player and captain and I have played a few more big games since 2007.”last_img read more

Soon, Twitter fans can tweet in Hindi

first_imgThere is a good news for Twitter fans in India as popular micro-blogging site is all set to launch services in Hindi in the coming weeks.Twitter, which came into existence five years ago, now boasts of 100 million active users worldwide.”After launching Hindi, Filipino, Malay and Simplified and Traditional Chinese in the coming weeks, Twitter will support 17 different languages,” according to a company blog.Both Twitter and social networking site Facebook have huge following in India. Among others, Facebook already offers its services in Hindi and five other Indian languages — Tamil, Malayalam, Punjabi, Telugu and Bengali.Going by estimates, Twitter has around 200 million registered users.”For many, getting the most out of Twitter isn’t only about tweeting: 40 per cent of our active users simply sign in to listen to what’s happening in their world… Our 100 million active users range from passionate early adopters to recent converts,” the blog dated September 8 said.The micro-blogging site allows users to send messages, with a maximum of 140 characters.Global leaders, film personalities, journalists and sports people, including Indian cricketers, are among the diverse Twitter users.According to Twitter, 35 global heads of state such as Australia’s Julia Gillard and Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, use the site.”More than 40 per cent of the top global religious leaders are on Twitter, including @DalaiLama and the Pope…,” the blog noted.It said reporters share stories and photo from the front lines on Twitter.”Ordinary citizens break news and give us a view we might otherwise miss, like the now-famous Space Shuttle image that was re-tweeted over 2,300 times, and the first photo of the US Airways plane that landed in the Hudson River in 2009,” the blog said.advertisementlast_img read more

England should be ready to play on tracks that help tweakers, says Mahendra Singh Dhoni

first_imgTeams coming to the subcontinent should be prepared to play on turning tracks and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday threw his weight behind the idea.Speaking at the launch of his fitness centre ‘Sports Fit’ at a mall in the Capital, Dhoni said there was no harm if the pitches are tailor-made for tweakers.”I have never asked for turning pitches. The groundsmen know the best. There is no definition of a sporting pitch. When a team comes to the sub-continent, it should be prepared to play on tracks that help the spinners, and that’s how it should be. Every team uses their home advantage and it’s perfectly fine,” Dhoni said when asked about the brouhaha over the nature of pitches to be used for the upcoming India-England series.Dhoni appeared a bit defensive when prodded about Yuvraj Singh’s possible return to the Test side and said the left-handed batsman is the best judge of his fitness.”It is difficult for me to say at this moment whether Yuvraj is fit to play in the five-day format. Test cricket is very different from ODIs and T20s and teams might have to bat for two or more days on some occasions. So, considering the longevity factor, I feel Yuvraj is the best judge of his fitness. It should be best left to him to decide if he can survive the grind of Test cricket,” Dhoni said.He also rubbished suggestions that the present Indian team lacks the edge, after a former cricketer said this is the weakest Indian team in three decades. “On paper, it might look a bit weak, especially after the retirements of Rahul (Dravid) and Laxman. But we are also a very different side on the field. Slowly we are growing in confidence and I am hopeful that this team will only improve with time and produce the expected results,” he said.advertisementOn the prospects of trouncing England and avenging last year’s humiliating 0-4 defeat, the skipper was optimistic but did not guarantee a clean sweep. He added that he was looking forward to playing in the next few months, despite a choc-a-bloc schedule including visits by Pakistan and Australia.”We will try our best against England. We will try to do well and focus on the specifics. We need to be fit for the gruelling time ahead. The side is doing well in the one-day format and it will take some time to get back to the top of Test cricket. We have a busy schedule ahead of us, with home series against England, Pakistan Australia,” the 31-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman said.Talking about fitness, Dhoni said it is of paramount importance and should not just be restricted to sportspersons.”Fitness is an important aspect for professional sportspersons and I think there shouldn’t be any compromise on it. Fitness is about coping with the requirements of the body and every human being should be concerned about it. In the Indian team, I think Virat (Kohli) is the fittest. Manoj (Tiwary) is also a very fit guy,” he added.On the reason for skipping the first round of the Ranji Trophy, in which seniors like Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir are featuring, Dhoni said: “Actually I have been suffering from a cough and cold and hence was not able to play in Jharkhand’s first match (against Jammu & Kashmir in Jammu).”last_img read more

NBA All-Stars Chris Webber, Jack Sikma, Paul Westphal among 13 Hall of Fame finalists

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Read Next Sikma, who helped Seattle to the 1979 NBA crown, averages 15.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists a game over 14 NBA seasons and is the only center to be the most accurate free throw shooter in a season, hitting 92.2 percent in 1987-88.Webber was a star at the prep and college levels, leading Michigan’s “Fab Five” to the US college “Final Four” in 1992 and 1993, then jumped into the NBA and averaged more than 20 points for nine consecutive seasons.Westphal helped Boston win the 1974 NBA title and averaged 15.6 points and 4.4 assists over 12 NBA seasons.In addition, the Hall of Fame announced it’s 2019 lifetime achievement awards would go to Del Harris, who has coached at all levels of the sport in a 50-year career, and Harry Glickman, who helped create the Portland Trail Blazers.Harris became the first foreign coach to guide the Chinese national men’s basketball team, where future NBA star Yao Ming was among his players.ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Eight players, four coaches and 28-year NBA referee Hugh Evans were among those advanced forward from screenings committees to the full selction committee. Finalists need 18 of 24 votes for election into the Hall of Fame.Inductees will be announced in early April with enshrinement September 5-7 in ceremonies at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesOther NBA finalists include five-time All-Stars Sidney Moncrief and Marques Johnson, four-time Defensive Player of the Year Ben Wallace and eight-time All-Defensive First Teamer Bobby Jones.Also on the list were two-time NBA Coach of the Year Bill Fitch, all-time winningest high school coach Leta Andrews, top college coaches Eddie Sutton and Barbara Stevens and five-time Women’s NBA All-Star Theresa Thompson. Pelicans dump GM Dell Demps after Davis ‘dumpster fire’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town FILE- In this Feb. 12, 2007, file photo, Detroit Pistons center Chris Webber (84) shoots in front of Los Angeles Clippers forward Tim Thomas (2) and guard Shaun Livingston (14) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich. Webber is among 13 finalists for enshrinement later this year into the Basketball Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)Seven-time NBA All-Star Jack Sikma and five-time NBA All-Stars Chris Webber and Paul Westphal were among 13 people named Friday as finalists for 2019 induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.Candidates were announced as festivities began in Charlotte, North Carolina, ahead of Sunday’s 68th NBA All-Star Game.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

Players boycotting social media over racism receive abuse

first_imgLATEST STORIES There was silence on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram from many players from 0800 GMT Friday for 24 hours.“Yesterday, some members received racist abuse on their #Enough posts. When these incidents were reported, the response from social networks was — again — unacceptable,” the PFA said in a statement. “In the coming days, we will be inviting players to report any racist abuse they have received to us. We will collate it and share it with social platforms to demonstrate the impact of their lack of action.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We will be requesting meetings with each of the social platforms as a matter of priority,” the PFA said. “Meetings with the Football Association and government are planned for next month. This is a first step in a larger player-led campaign to tackle racism and demand meaningful change.”The boycott was advocated by Tottenham defender Danny Rose, who was targeted with monkey noises while playing for England in Montenegro last month, and Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, who called for more stringent regulation of posts on social media. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Johnriel Casimero stops Mexican foe to win WBO interim belt Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Social media companies did not appear to respond on their networks to the players’ concerns despite widespread coverage and support from FIFA for the boycott.Twitter did not respond to an email from The Associated Press requesting comment and Facebook, which also owns Instagram, provided a statement that did not directly address the players’ concerns.“We will remove hate speech or credible threats of any kind, and we encourage anyone who sees content they find offensive to report it so we can remove anything that breaks our community standards,” Facebook said by email. “We have developed a range of tools that allow users to moderate and filter the content that people put on their pages including; hiding or deleting comments, blocking certain words, turning on a profanity filter, and banning people.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, left, challenges for the ball with Tottenham’s Danny Rose during the Champions League, round of 8, first-leg soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)MANCHESTER, England — Some soccer players in England boycotting social media in a protest against racism were targeted with abuse for posting about the 24-hour campaign.Talks with the social media companies are now being urgently sought by the Professional Footballers’ Association, which coordinated the “Enough” campaign to demand a crackdown on racism by the platforms.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

‘Genius’ Ronaldo hat-trick sends Portugal into Nations League final

first_imgAnalysis: Raptors coach Nick Nurse making the right moves Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Switzerland had posed a threat themselves in the first half with Xherdan Shaqiri, fresh from winning the Champions League with Liverpool, particularly lively.However, it took the help of VAR to get them back in the game just before the hour mark.Brych had waved away appeals for a foul by Nelson Semedo on Steven Zuber before awarding Portugal a penalty as play broke down at the other end, but overturned his initial decision.Rodriguez drilled home the resultant spot-kick much to the fury of the home supporters at the Estadio do Dragao.The Swiss could then have gone in front when Benfica forward Haris Seferovic headed just wide.By contrast, Portugal had one of the deadliest finishers in football history on the end of their chances.“Congratulations to Portugal. They had street smarts, they had the cherry on top of the cake and that made the difference. Four shots, three goals,” said Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic.Silva was the creator for Ronaldo to drill home his second of the night two minutes from time.Moments later the hosts sealed their place in the final on the counter-attack as Ronaldo curled into the far corner for his 88th international goal. View comments However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner returned to the national team in March and was always likely to be the center of attention, particularly on a day when it was reported a rape lawsuit against him had been dropped.A lawyer for the American woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by Ronaldo — accusations he has strongly denied — later dismissed that report, saying the case had not been dropped.In front of an adoring home crowd, Ronaldo put the spotlight back on his performance on the pitch as he opened the scoring with a brilliant free-kick.Debut for FelixThe Portugal captain is however no longer his country’s only star name, with Bernardo Silva starring for Manchester City where he could soon be joined by Joao Felix.City are reportedly set to pay Felix’s 120-million-euro ($135 million) buyout clause from Benfica, but the 19-year-old missed a glaring chance to mark his international debut with a goal just before the break as he blasted over from Ronaldo’s pass.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Nations League semi-final football match between Portugal and Switzerland at the Dragao stadium in Porto on June 5, 2019. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP)Portugal manager Fernando Santos hailed Cristiano Ronaldo a “football genius” after his 53rd career hat-trick sent Portugal into the final of the Nations League on home soil in Porto with a 3-1 win over Switzerland.The hosts had to withstand a huge moment of VAR controversy as after Ronaldo’s free-kick opened the scoring, Portugal thought they had the chance to double their lead from the penalty spot.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Instead German referee Felix Brych reversed his initial decision and awarded a spot-kick at the other end for an earlier incident, which Ricardo Rodriguez converted to seemingly send the game to extra-time.However, Ronaldo predictably took center stage as he struck twice in the final two minutes to set up a clash with England or the Netherlands, who meet in the second semi-final on Thursday, in Sunday’s final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I was his coach in 2003 and I could see where he’d go,” said Santos. “He’s a genius. There’s genius paintings and sculptures and he’s a football genius!”Portugal made it to the last four without their all-time record goalscorer as Ronaldo took a hiatus from international football to concentrate on his first season at Juventus. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

PV Sindhu Makes Positive Start at World Badminton Championships

first_img Badminton World Championshipsbwf world championshipschinese taipeiPai Yu Po First Published: August 21, 2019, 7:30 PM IST Basel: Two-time silver medallist PV Sindhu produced a commanding performance in her opening match at the BWF World Championships here on Wednesday.Sindhu, who had reached the finals of Indonesia Open last month, looked in good touch as she controlled the rallies and outsmarted Chinese Taipei’s Pai Yu Po 21-14 21-14 in a 43-minute contest. The fifth seeded Indian, who received a bye in the opening round, is likely to face USA’s Beiwen Zhang, seeded ninth, in the pre-quarterfinals.Sindhu, an Olympic silver medallist, had lost to Zhang at the India Open finals last year.In the first game, Sindhu moved ahead from 5-5 to slowly create a gap and entered the interval with a 11-7 lead.After the break, Sindhu continued to surge and grabbed six game points when Pai made an error in judgement at the backline. The Indian sealed it with a cross court return.Sindhu zoomed to a 6-1 lead in the second game before Pai started constructing the rallies and narrowed the deficit to 5-7.Sindhu’s unforced errors also made life easy for the Taiwanese girl, who showed some great skills and managed to enter the interval with a 11-10 lead after Sindhu found the net.The Indian, however, changed gears after the break, dishing out some good-looking strokes to eventually enter match point at 20-14 when her rival missed a shuttle at the backline.She sealed the match next with a precise on-the-line return.Among others, the Indian pairing of Jakkapudi Meghana and Poorvisha S Ram went down 8-21 18-21 to eighth seeds Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto of Japan in the women’s doubles competition Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.center_img — SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 21, 2019 #TOPSAthlete @Pvsindhu1 reaches the round of 16 at the World #Badminton C’ships following a 21-14, 21-15 win over #PaiYuPo. 🏸🏸Best wishes to her for the upcoming matches! 👍🏻@RijijuOffice @KirenRijiju @IndiaSports @BAI_Media @bwfmedia #KheloIndia 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/zwQ0W1HJvXlast_img read more

‘Proud Indian’ PV Sindhu Dedicates BWF World Championships Gold to Mother on Birthday

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Moments after becoming the first Indian shuttler to win the World Championships, shuttler PV Sindhu dedicated the historic triumph to her mother, who celebrated her birthday on Sunday, and the country.In a final that lasted just 38 minutes, Sindhu demolished Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-7, 21-7. “This means a lot, it is a big win. I had lost in the finals in the last two editions,” said Sindhu in an on court interview after the match.Highlights | @Pvsindhu1 🇮🇳 fulfills a perfect week in Basel securing the first world title of her career 🏸 Follow LIVE: https://t.co/WYFILldUvo#TOTALBWFWC2019 #Basel2019 pic.twitter.com/wDdxK1aVly— BWF (@bwfmedia) August 25, 2019 “I won for my country, I am really very proud to be an Indian,” said an emotional Sindhu wearing a satisfied smile on her face. “I would like to thank my coach (South Korean Kim Ji Hyun) and Gopi sir (Pullela Gopichand) and also my parents. Today is my mother’s birthday, so happy birthday mom!” she added.P. Vijaya, mother of #PVSindhu in Hyderabad: We are very happy, we were waiting for that gold medal. She trained hard for this. #Telangana pic.twitter.com/MCtlAYRjQK— ANI (@ANI) August 25, 2019 This was Sindhu’s third consecutive final at the World Championships, having been beaten by Okuhara in 2017 and Olympic champion Carolina Marin in 2018.Sindhu had also won bronze in 2013 when she was just 18 and repeated the feat the very next year. She is the reigning BWF World Tour Finals champion. The ace shuttler is also a silver medallist at the Olympics, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.’I REALLY WANTED THE TITLE’Newly crowned world champion Sindhu said on Sunday that she treated the final just like her semifinal or quarterfinal contests and that she was “prepared for everything.””I just played the way I played my last two matches. I was really prepared for everything. Playing with the Japanese girls, it’s always going to be really long rallies and I was prepared for it,” the 24-year-old told reporters after the match.Watch 👀 the 2019 #WorldChampion as she speaks about – how she is feeling after the historic win at the #BWFWorldChampionships2019 and what made her feel more special!Watch it here👇!@Media_SAI @IndiaSports @RijijuOffice #IndiaontheRise #bwfworldchampionship2019 #sindhu pic.twitter.com/rfW9M2Rdjq— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 25, 2019 “Since the start of the match, I was dominating. It was very important for me to remain alert because of the long rallies that (Okuhara) tends to play. I had to be prepared for everything, whether attack or defence. Every point mattered and I could not give away any easy ones. “I was feeling upset whenever I gave an easy point, like a mid-court smash into the net, even though her score was really low. I was just thinking that no matter what the lead may be, I just have to finish it off,” Sindhu said.Sindhu also said that the absence of defending champion Carolina Marin did not make much of a difference to her run. “The top 1-15 players are of the same standard. It’s all about who gives their best on a given day,” she said.Sindhu said that after missing out on the previous two occasions, she was desperate to win the title this year.”It’s a very important win for me because after two bronze and two silver medals, I really wanted the title. I was expecting this for a long time and now finally it has happened. So, I’m really happy,” she said.Sunday’s gold is Sindhu’s fifth medal at the World Championships, which is the joint highest in women’s singles in the history of the tournament along with Xhang Ning of China, a two-time Olympic gold medallist. Apart from the two silvers Sindhu won in the last two editions, she had also won the bronze in 2013 and 2014. Related StoriesNothing Short of Masterclass: Twitter Celebrates PV Sindhu’s History World Championships WinPV Sindhu Makes India Proud Again: PM Modi Praises the World Champion badmintonbwf world championshipsIndiaPV Sindhu First Published: August 25, 2019, 8:06 PM ISTlast_img read more

Fouaad Mirza Seals Historic Olympic Berth in Equestrian, Ends Nearly 20-year Wait

first_img 2020 tokyo olympicsequestrianfouaad mirza First Published: November 23, 2019, 8:06 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Double Asian Games medallist equestrian Fouaad Mirza secured an Olympic quota after finishing as the top-ranked rider in his group in the qualifiers, ending a wait spanning nearly two decades.The 27-year-old was the highest ranked rider in Group G for the South East Asia, Oceania in the individual eventing category after the end of the Europe stage earlier this month. However, the official confirmation will be announced by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) on February 20.Imtiaz Anees (2000 Sydney) and Late Wing Commander IJ Lamba (1996 Atlanta) are the only Indians to have represented the country at the Olympics.Mirza, who was honoured with the Arjuna Award in August, finished with a total of 64 points from six qualifying events.He scored 34 points on his first horse Fernhill Facetime and 30 with his second horse Touchingwood.”I had an idea that I was in the reckoning for the quota but had to wait for China and Thailand to qualify as teams. Both of them qualified last week in Italy. If these two countries had not qualified as teams they would have taken up the individual slots and I wouldn’t have got the Olympic berth,” Mirza told PTI from Germany.The riders had to compete at 4 star level tournaments for Olympic qualifications. Based on an elaborate ranking system, a rider-horse duo collects points by taking part in tournaments throughout the year.To gain points the rider has to finish in the top 25 percent of the number of competitors participating in the tournament. The higher the athlete is ranked in the competition the more points he gets.”I am elated but there’s still enough work to be done. It’s one tick out of the many boxes. Now we have to prepare the best we can and enter the competition in top form,” Mirza said.Earlier this year, Mirza’s top horse Seigneur Medicott had suffered an injury, denting the Asian Games silver medallists chances of qualification. But the horses have worked out well for Mirza.”I miss my main horse, but the two new ones are doing well. They have worked out for me. They aren’t as good as Medicott but I am pleased to see how the season has progressed with them. They have worked well to come this far and to reach this level,” Mirza said.Mirza shot to fame when he became the first Indian since 1982 to win an Asian Games individual medal in equestrian besides guiding the country to a second-place finish in the team competition in Jakarta last year.”I am very grateful to the Embassy Group and Mr Jitu Virwani for giving me the opportunity to qualify for the Games. They have funded the entire project and Mr Virwani and the Embassy Group were behind the success at the Asian Games,” he said. last_img read more

ICC wants two more dressing-rooms at Eden Gardens for World T20 final

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) wants two more dressing-rooms at the Eden Gardens which will host the World Twenty20 final on April 3 next year, a senior Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) official confirmed on Thursday.Presently, the Eden Gardens has only two dressing-rooms, one for the home and the other for the visiting teams but as the womens World T20 final will be held on the same day, crickets world governing body has asked the CAB for four change-rooms.Yes. The ICC has told us to get two more dressing rooms. We will sit and have a meeting next to see how to go about it,?? the CAB official told IANS.In the last World T20 final which was held in Mirpur, the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium also had four dressing rooms for the same reason.The mens world event starts from March 11.last_img read more

SPORT-WT20-WI-BOARD

first_imgMumbai, Mar 16 (PTI) Scoreboard in the World Twenty20 Mumbai, Mar 16 (PTI) Scoreboard in the World Twenty20 Super 10 Group 1 match between England and the West Indies here today.England innings (20 overs maximum) Jason Royc Badree b Russell 15 Alex Hales b Benn 28 Joe Root c Taylor b Russell 48 Jos Buttler c Brathwaite b Bravo 30 Eoin Morgan not out 27 Ben Stokes lbw b Bravo 15 Moeen Ali run out 7 Extras: (b 1, lb 1, w 10) 12Total: (For 6 wkts in 20 overs) 182 Fall of wickets: 1/37 2/92 3/114 4/152 5/175 6/182Bowling: Jerome Taylor 3-0-30-0, Samuel Badree 4-0-34-0, Andre Russell 4-0-36-2, Dwayne Bravo 4-0-41-2, Sulieman Benn 3-0-23-1, Carlos Brathwaite 2-0-16-0. More PTI PDS PMlast_img

IPL 2016: Delhi Daredevils look to exact revenge against Kolkata Knight Riders

first_imgDelhi Daredevils will look to build on their hat-trick of wins when they clash with Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Saturday. (Full IPL Coverage)Delhi’s season began with a loss against KKR in the first leg and many feared another dispiriting campaign lay ahead for them. But they have creditably bounced back with three successive wins since then.But that streak was halted in their last-ball defeat by Gujarat Lions. But the loss shouldn’t demoralise Delhi who have been impressively led by veteran pacer Zaheer Khan.In his last competitive action, Zaheer has used all his experience to build a fighting outfit that has been impressive in its all-round play.Their batting has been led by South African opener Quinton de Kock. Having scored one of the three centuries of the 2016 tournament, he has shown unstinted stroke-making ability. But what will worry the Delhi camp would be his cheap dismissals in the last two matches.De Kock’s compatriot Jean Paul Duminy, the team’s captain last season, has also provided a steady influence in the middle order, guiding the young Indian batsmen, particularly Sanju Samson who has been in form.The batting appears a little short on experience but that hasn’t been exposed so far. But Morris’ big-hitting ability against Lions would have surely increased their confidence.The bowling looks more secure with Zaheer and South African Chris Morris forming the pace attack.The spin department is also in secure hands with wily spinners Amit Mishra and Imran Tahir working their magic in tandem.advertisementIt will be interesting to see what combination Delhi chooses for the match with West Indies’ World T20 win hero Carlos Brathwaite warming the bench for the last two matches.Their opponents, KKR, are also coming into the match on the back of a defeat to Mumbai Indians.While they are placed second in the standings, two places above Delhi, they failed to defend a strong score of 174 against Mumbai.KKR’s batting has been sound with skipper Gautam Gambhir leading from the front. They are yet to lose while chasing and have a balanced squad.Gambhir has scored three half-centuries. KKR would like him to continue his purple patch.The teams:Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Khaleel Ahmed, Sam Billings, Carlos Brathwaite, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Quinton de Kock, Jean Paul Duminy, Akhil Herwadkar, Imran Tahir, Shreyas Iyer, Mahipal Lomror, Chama Milind, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Nadeem, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Pawan Suyal, Jayant Yadav, Pratyush Singh.Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Piyush Chawla, Brad Hogg, Jason Holder, Sheldon Jackson, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Lynn, Manan Sharma,Morne Morkel, Colin Munro, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ankit Rajpoot, Andre Russell, Rajagopal Sathish, Shakib Al Hasan, Jaydev Unadkat, Robin Uthappa, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav.last_img read more

Kiran Bedi appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry

first_imgFormer IPS officer Kiran Bedi was today appointed Lt Governor to Puducherry by President Pranab Mukherjee, a post which was under the additional charge of Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Island for nearly two years.She will take over charge from Lt Gen (retd) Ajay Kumar Singh who has held the post since July 2014. Bedi will be the 24th Lt Governor of the Union Territory. Here are the latest updates in the story A press release from the President’s office said: “The President of India has been pleased to appoint Ms. Kiran Bedi, to be the Lt. Governor of Puducherry with effect from the date she assumes charges of her office.””I look forward to giving every bit of myself to the responsibility. I am there for the benefit of the country. I am here to give my best every day, each day. I am grateful for the government’s decision. They trusted me,” said 66-year-old Bedi.The L-G post in the Union territory had been lying vacant after the Narendra Modi Government had sacked UPA nominee Virendra Kataria on July 12 barely a year after he had been appointed.Bedi had led the BJP campaign in the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections but had to face the worst defeat in her maiden political innings with Arvind Kejriwal- led AAP winning 67 of the 70 seats.The first woman officer in the Indian Police Service when she joined in 1972, Bedi held key positions including Inspector General (Prisons) at Delhi’s high-security Tihar Jail.An IPS officer of 1972 batch, Bedi had sought voluntary retirement from the service in 2007. She was then posted as Director General, Bureau of Police Research and Development.A sports lover and an author, Bedi is a recipient of Ramon Magsaysay Award as well as UN Medal for outstanding service.She was one of the pioneers of anti-corruption crusade in 2011 along with Anna Hazare and Kejriwal against the then UPA government.She also earned a law degree at Delhi University in 1988 and a PhD from IIT Delhi’s Department of Social Sciences in 1993.In the recently concluded Puducherry elections, the Congress-DMK won 17 seats defeating the AIADMK which managed to secure just four in the 30-member assembly. advertisementlast_img read more