Folayang 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 fight 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 comments
MOST 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 DLSU “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 Next
NATO’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 Games 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 comments
Embarrassment 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.
Mahendra 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.”
There 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.advertisement
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Teams 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).”