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first_imgRead Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Cone on Game 6 collapse: Close out games are the hardest Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion For his part, Mercado is hoping for the best for Game 7.“I hope when I wake up on Friday, I’ll be fine. We’ll see,” he said.center_img Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Mercado, who is averaging 3.25 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals in the Finals prior to his injury, suffered a high grade left ankle sprain late in Game 4 and has not seen action since.The Fil-Am guard, though, attended the last two games at Philippine Arena, walking with crutches in Game 5 on Sunday before sporting a walking boot in Game 6 on Wednesday.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 shutoutBut with Mercado showing signs of recovery, Cone is keeping his fingers crossed that the 33-year-old slasher will be available come Friday.“He’s walking pretty well. He’s still in his boot, but that’s more precautionary. I wouldn’t say he’s a lock to play, but I also won’t say that he’s 100-percent sure to play. Most likely, he’ll be a game-time decision,” the two-time Grand Slam-winning mentor said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sol Mercado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — With Ginebra’s defense failing to keep up in Game 6 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, coach Tim Cone couldn’t help but miss the presence of one Sol Mercado.“Obviously, you see where we really miss him tonight,” he said, after the Gin Kings surrendered the clincher on Wednesday and allow Meralco to level the series with a 98-91 win and force a winner-take-all Game 7.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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first_imgCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) slaps hands with forward Jae Crowder (99) and guard JR Smith (5) after he was fouled during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Washington. The Cavaliers won 130-122. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON, United States — Four-time league MVP LeBron James poured in 57 points for the second-best scoring performance of his career as the Cleveland Cavaliers busted out of a slump with a 130-122 win over the Washington Wizards.James also delivered 11 rebounds and seven assists on Friday for the Cavaliers who shot 56 percent from the field and improved to 4-5 on the season.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ SMC still supports Gilas five James, who is in his 15th NBA season, finished just four points shy of his career-high 61 set in 2014 against the then-Charlotte Bobcats.But there is also something about playing the Wizards that seems to bring out the best in James.In February, James banked home the game-tying three point shot in the closing seconds of regulation and Cleveland went on to beat Washington 140-135 in overtime in a contest that some considered to be the league’s 2016-17 regular-season game of the year.On Friday, he scored 24 points and Cleveland shot 65.8 percent from the field in the first half for a 74-66 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of 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 LATEST STORIES The 32-year-old American sank 23 of 34 shots, including two three-pointers and made all nine of his free throw attempts in front of a crowd of 20,100 at the Capital One Arena in the US capital.Derrick Rose added 20 points for the Cavaliers, who lost three games during their four-game losing skid by double digits.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 shutoutBoth teams were struggling heading into Friday’s game as the Wizards only added to their woes, having now lost four of their last five.Bradley Beal scored 36 points for Washington. John Wall had 13 points and 15 assists as the Wizards shot 53.6 percent from the field. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgHe answered those emphatically this season with the best year of his career. Allen caught 102 passes for 1,393 yards and six touchdowns. He was targeted 159 times, nearly 10 per game.The awards were announced Saturday night at NFL Honors, when Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt received the league’s Walter Payton Award as man of the year. Watt, in his seventh NFL season and a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, had the goal of raising $200,000 for Hurricane Harvey relief in Houston. His fundraising did a whole lot more, bringing in an incredible $37 million in 19 days.“I’ve been fortunate to be on this stage and to win Defensive Player of the Year awards, but everything that you do on the field pales in comparison to what you do off the field,” Watt said. “And at the end of my life, if I’m remembered as a football player and a good football player and that’s all I’m remembered for, then I did a poor job in my life. When I go to my grave I want to be remembered as a guy who helped people out and who tried to do as much as he could off the field to be the best man he could be. I’m trying to make my family proud and my fans proud, and go out there and just be the best person I can be and leave the world a little bit better.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “The Saints got the rookies and we took home the offensive and defensive” player awards,” Gurley noted. “It just tells you the type of players we have on the team. We all help each other out, absolutely. We have some talent, but we’re nothing without the whole nine yards and everybody together. And we also have a coach who’s up for Coach of the Year.”A little while later, McVay was handed the coaching award.In his first season running a team and as the youngest head coach in NFL history, McVay led the Rams to a seven-game improvement. McVay, who turned 32 on Jan. 24, ran away with the voting with 35 votes to 11 for Minnesota’s Mike Zimmer.“What it means is we had a good season that I think we can build on,” McVay said. “But you have to earn it every single day. It’s a very humbling league.”The Rams’ hat trick of awards was not unprecedented. In 2003, Baltimore’s Ray Lewis was top defensive player, Jamal Lewis won best offensive player, and Terrell Suggs was Defensive Rookie of the Year. And in 1999, the St. Louis Rams had three award winners: Kurt Warner (MVP), Marshall Faulk (Offensive Player) and Dick Vermeil (Coach).New Orleans’ sweep of the rookie awards was the first since 1967, when Detroit running back Mel Farr and cornerback Lem Barney were honored. That was the first season for the top defensive rookie award.“You get caught up in the season, you don’t really get time to pat yourself on the back,” Kamara said. “But when the season is over you realize what you’ve done. I’ve kind of had to time to look back and say, I made some history this season.”Kamara shared duties with veteran Mark Ingram as the Saints won the NFC South. He rushed for 728 yards with a 6.1-yard average, and scored eight times. He also caught 81 passes for 826 yards, with five touchdowns.The 11th overall draft pick and first from his position selected, Lattimore was a shutdown defender as the Saints went 11-5. He had five interceptions and 18 passes defensed in 13 games, was a sure tackler and, by midseason, was someone opposing quarterbacks tended to avoid. He missed three games, one because of a concussion and two with an ankle injury.Allen returned from two devastating injuries to win the comeback honor. Allen missed half of the 2015 season with a kidney issue, then was lost in the 2016 season opener with a torn right ACL. There were questions if Allen would ever player at a high level again. Brady added The Associated Press 2017 NFL MVP award Saturday night at NFL Honors to his wins in 2007 and 2010. The New England Patriots quarterback was joined as an honoree by three Los Angeles Rams: Coach of the Year Sean McVay, Offensive Player of the Year running back Todd Gurley and Defensive Player of the Year tackle Aaron Donald.Other winners in voting by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league were Los Angeles Chargers receiver Keenan Allen as Comeback Player; New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara and cornerback Marshon Lattimore as top offensive and defensive rookies, respectively; and former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, now head coach of the New York Giants, as Assistant Coach of the Year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrady is the second the player in the four major professional sports to win MVP at age 40; Barry Bonds won baseball’s award in 2004.Wide receiver Julian Edelman, who missed the entire season with a knee injury, accepted for Brady. FILE – In this Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws a pass during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Foxborough, Mass. For the third time, Tom Brady is the NFL’s Most Valuable Player. Brady added The Associated Press 2017 NFL MVP award Saturday night, Feb. 3, 2018 at NFL Honors to his wins in 2007 and 2010. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)MINNEAPOLIS — For the third time, Tom Brady is the NFL’s Most Valuable Player.Now he goes for his sixth Super Bowl title, and perhaps with it a fifth MVP trophy for the NFL championship.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:29Police 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 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH FEU ends Ateneo’s 30-game win streak, UP stops UE in men’s volleyball John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Thanks, thanks. Wait up. I literally just found out I was doing this like 20 minutes ago. So, I’ve got to read the text,” Edelman said.“No, but I’m joking. But serious, Tom said he wanted to say he’s very honored and humbled that he gets this award for MVP. Also, he wanted to thank his teammates, his friends, his family and the Patriots organization for going out and doing what they do.”Brady competed 385 of 581 passes (66.2 percent) for 4,577 yards and 32 touchdowns with eight interceptions as New England went 13-3 for the AFC’s best record. At an age when many QBs are deep into retirement, Brady is throwing deep — and short — as well as ever.Donald was the first pure defensive tackle to win the award since Warren Sapp in 1999. He said it means “everything. That’s one of the best to ever do it. So, even for my name to be next to that guy’s name is beyond a blessing. This is what you dream about as a kid, dreaming about playing in the NFL to have success like this, to be able to (play good enough) to win this trophy.”Gurley’s sensational turnaround season in which he ran for 13 touchdowns and caught six TD passes sparked an equally impressive reversal of fortunes by his team, which won the NFC West at 11-5.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Salado repays team’s trust with clutch performance “Once we do that and the new players feel comfortable then we should be good.”The 27-year-old George averaged a career-high 23.7 points per game on career-best 46.1% shooting from the field, including 39.1% from the 3-point line last year for the Pacers, a team he played for in his first seven seasons in the league. The 7-foot Adams, who was candid and gamely spoke with reporters, is in town for the NBA 3X Philippines which begins on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams. Photo by Mark GiongcoAdding new pieces to improve the team is one thing, making them fit is different altogether.The Oklahoma City Thunder have been busy this offseason with several moves including the acquisition of four-time All-Star Paul George from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for guard Victor Oladipo and forward Domantas Sabonis.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READcenter_img 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 Apart from George, the Thunder also signed Patrick Patterson to a three-year deal and Raymond Felton for a year at a veteran’s minimum.The inclusion of the three veterans most notably George was definitely an upgrade for OKC, which relied heavily on MVP Russell Westbrook last season.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 starsBut big man Steven Adams, who is a vital part of the team, said the important step is to make sure everyone on the team plays together with one goal in mind.“He should be able to help us,” Adams said of George during his media availability at NBA Store Glorietta in Makati City. “It all comes down to all of us being on the same page in order for us to get results.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Guidicelli thinks Filipino triathletes slowly catching up with foreign competitors Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ The 21-year-old rising star has definitely made his imprint this past week, drilling the game-tying three with two-tenths of a second remaining in regulation to force overtime against Arellano.Though the game ended in a loss, Mendoza made sure that it would no longer be the case when the Heavy Bombers faced Letran, firing 17 points to lead his side to the W.(4) Robert Bolick – G, San Beda Red Lions 9.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.5 steals Last Week: 3Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda may have went 2-0 this past week, but Robert Bolick’s campaign took a hit because of the caliber of his team’s opponents.Blowing away St. Benilde and Emilio Aguinaldo College, the senior guard has allowed his other teammates to take the limelight as he prospers in doing the dirty work for the Red Lions.Bolick may not lead his team in scoring, but his impact for San Beda is undeniable as his veteran leadership keeps the engine going for the Mendiola crew.As the old saying goes, numbers don’t lie.(5) AJ Coronel – F, Perpetual Altas 10 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist Last Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith its season-opening victory being forfeited, Perpetual had to go to Intramuros just to make that first victory official.And the one to shine when it mattered the most? AJ Coronel. The swingman came through in the last two minutes, stringing five straight points to overturn a close 56-55 deficit to a four-point advantage, 60-56.Coronel’s efforts allowed the Altas to pull off the 63-60 conquest, with his near double-double showing enough to hush the raucous Mapua crowd.(6) Jeo Ambohot – C, Letran Knights 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.0 assist, 1.0 steal Last Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSpotlight may be on Rey Nambatac and Bong Quinto, but don’t turn your back on Letran’s frontline, especially Jeo Ambohot.The 20-year-old big man has slowly found his niche in coach Jeff Napa’s system, finishing off the Knights’ pick-and-roll plays to solidify the team’s inside-out attack.Expect more from this 6-foot-5 slotman going forward as he’s bound to gain more confidence with his impressive showing this past week.(7) Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags 28 points, 12 rebounds Last Week: 5Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian may have lost its lone game this week, a tight 78-73 defeat at the hands of league-leader Lyceum, but that will not overshadow Michael Calisaan’s standout performance.Firing a season-best 28 points and grabbing 12 rebounds is no joke, especially with Calisaan being guarded by Cameroonian big man Mike Nzeusseu.The statline becomes more impressive if you account Calisaan doing most of the damage for the undersized Golden Stags against a relentless crew like the Pirates. Parity was in full view this week in the NCAA.All 10 teams are now in the win column, assuring that there won’t be any records of futility set this year.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 starsLeague pacesetter Lyceum had to sweat it out against fellow preseason favorite San Sebastian, while San Beda went 2-0 in its considerably light schedule this week.READ: NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 1 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Calisaan may have gotten those numbers, but for sure, the senior forward wants nothing more but to rack up wins in the games to come. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View comments Most of the commotion was in the middle, with teams jostling for position this early as they acknowledge the impact one win can play at the end of the tourney.But as always, the spotlight is on the players and here’s our list for the week’s top seven performers.(1) Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs 25 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals Last Week: 7Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf there are still any doubters on Kent Salado’s status as Arellano’s main man, the speedy playmaker just basically silenced them for good.The Cagayan de Oro native drained the gutsy game-winner in overtime to lift the Chiefs to a tight 73-72 victory over Jose Rizal University.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heroics like this will be the ones to solidify Salado’s lore in Legarda, as he was quick to make up for his crucial free throw misses in regulation and take charge in extra period.Coach Jerry Codiñera may still miss Jio Jalalon from time-to-time, but having Salado in his corner is not too bad of a replacement.(2) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals Last Week: 1Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week’s top performer suffered a slight dip in the rankings, thanks largely to his eight turnovers in Lyceum’s 78-73 win against San Sebastian compared to Salado’s six.But as coach Topex Robinson said, CJ Perez is going to win some and lose some for Lyceum this season.Fortunately, the losing part has yet to happen through three games as the Pirates stand as the lone unbeaten team in the league so far.It will be an interesting tiff, though, next Tuesday, with Perez and Salado set to cross paths when Lyceum takes on Arellano.(3) Jed Mendoza – G, JRU Heavy Bombers 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists Last Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJRU is still Tey Teodoro’s team, but it won’t hurt if it finds its cornerstone for the future.Jed Mendoza has come out of nowhere for the Heavy Bombers, inserting himself as a reliable cog for coach Vergel Meneses. With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact on the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ 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 Gameslast_img read more

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first_imgGraduating Baniqued, Borlain reign in IronKids anew National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress He inherited a depleted front office in the aftermath of former owner Donald Sterling’s racially-charged audio tape scandal.In the wake of the scandal, Ballmer bought the Clippers for $2 billion and ultimately signed Rivers to a five-year, $55 million contract extension to continue as president and coach in 2014.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers has been relieved of his duties as president of basketball operations, allowing him to focus on coaching duties, team owner Steve Ballmer said Friday.Ballmer said Lawrence Frank, the team’s executive vice president, will assume responsibility for basketball operations. Frank also will oversee general manager Dave Wohl.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ 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 “The notion that one person can fairly focus on them and give them all the attention they need isn’t the case.”The Clippers head into the new NBA season without veteran point guard Chris Paul, who was traded to the Houston Rockets in June after saying he planned to depart the team in free agency.READ: Clippers, Doc Rivers bracing for wild offseasonThe Rockets sent seven players plus a 2018 first-round NBA draft pick to the Clippers in the deal, but the nine-time All-Star’s departure still prompted Las Vegas bookmakers to immediately drop the Clippers’ chances of winning the title next season from 40-1 to 100-1.Rivers, who guided the Boston Celtics to the 2008 NBA title, left the Celtics to join the Clippers as the Los Angeles club’s top basketball executive and coach four years ago.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Both Rivers, 55, and Frank, 46, will report directly to the owner.“Doc knows how to win championships,” Ballmer said in a statement. “That is what we prioritize, and that is what Doc will focus on. He is key to integrating our new players with our returning players and taking us to new heights on the court.”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 starsRivers will continue to have a strong voice in personnel and organizational matters, Ballmer later told ESPN.“I’ve owned the team for three years now, and I really better understand what an owner’s responsibility is — and it turns out that running a franchise and coaching are two enormous and different jobs,” Ballmer said. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgWith the shadow of spot-fixing scandal looming large over Champions League Twenty20 beginning in Johannesburg tomorrow, former India captain Anil Kumble today said ICC and CLT20 organisers should ensure strict anti-corruption measures during the 17-day event.The Royal Challengers Bangalore captain termed the recent fixing scandal involving three Pakistani cricketers – captain Salman Butt and pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer – as a “major issue” but said the game has the power and ability to withstand such crisis.”Yes, this is a major issue that has happened but cricket is larger than any individual. Whatever we are today is because of the game. Just because of couple of bad apples you can’t see everyone with suspicious eyes,” Kumble said on the eve of the show-piece event.”But having said that you need to be vigilant as any game is susceptible. I am sure the International Cricket Council and the (CLT20) organisers will be very cautious on this matter and cricket will be played here in a highly competitive atmosphere,” he added.Under the watchful eyes of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), the glitzy CLT20 will begin at the Wanderers tomorrow with the Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians taking on local team Highveld Lions in the opening encounter.Still enjoying the gameInterestingly, Kumble might have bid adieu to the international cricket nearly two years back but the same zeal and passion still exists in him as the old warhorse said he bowls his best every time.advertisement”I am really enjoying playing competitive cricket for a month or one-and-a-half month. So, I devote all my energies and ensure that I compete well because I know when I am enjoying the competition I bowl my best,” the veteran tweaker said.Asked if he still misses playing for the country, Kumble said, “I think, I have done my bit for India. I am extremely satisfied with what I have achieved playing for India. Kumble, however, hinted at continue playing in the Indian Premier League if his body permits.”I think IPL is another extension of going out there and enjoying yourself and also to keep going the passion of playing cricket. I am really enjoying playing 20-over cricket because it does not take much out of your body.”It (IPL) gives a motivation to remain physically fit so that I can compete against the younger lot. At the moment my body is good and I am enjoying it but it’s still a long way to go,” Kumble said.Ready for Champions League Keen to end his three-year contract with the RCB on a glorious note, a physically and mentally fit Kumble said, “I have had a decent run getting into the preparation mode for the Champions League.”I have been training for the last one month although I didn’t have too much match practice. But in the couple of practice games we played here, the ball came out well from the hand. I am really looking forward to finish off my three-year association with Royal Challengers on a high.”The RCB skipper, however, said that achieving the target would not be a cake-walk and their opening match against Guyana would be crucial.”All the groups are tough and in T20 you can’t predict anything. So we wanna get into the tournament in a confident mood. We have done well in practice games but if we can pull together in the first couple of games we will be on the track.The start is important,” Kumble insisted.He also agreed with Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan, who recently said that the tracks in South Africa at this time of year will suit the slow bowlers.”It’s the start of the season here. There is not much water on the field as they are still waiting for the first rain. The wicket is pretty dry and will be on the slower side.”Spinners will definitely come into action. Spinners have always done well in Twenty20 matches,” Kumble said ahead of their opening encounter against Guyana here on Sunday.last_img read more

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first_imgIndia’s next generation of sporting superstars do not hail from the country’s biggest cities — they are from remote, humble and impoverished villages of unknown India.Many among them are little known and surprised with their stellar performances.Sixteen-year-old Deepika Kumari Mahato, who won the gold in the women’s Recurve archery event on Sunday, is from Ratucheti village in Jharkhand. Her father, an auto- rickshaw driver, says they were so poor that Deepika had to practise her archery with bamboo bows and arrows.Long jump silver medallist Prajusha Maliakkal is from Thrissur in Kerala. Her father was a cook, but is currently unemployed. Her mother is a homemaker and does not earn. Until Sunday evening, she was just another athlete in India’s 619-strong Commonwealth Games contingent. However, today, she is the talk of the nation.Or take Kavita Raut, the surprise 25-yearold middle-distance runner from Sabpadda village in Nashik district of Maharashtra. The bronze medallist in the 10,000 metres race took up running because she did not have the money to buy shoes. “My family was very poor and we could not afford to buy any shoes,” she says. “I took up running and not any other sport because I could run barefoot.”These women are just three of India’s next crop of sporting heroes. The Commonwealth Games may have shown politicians and bureaucrats in bad light, but India’s athletes (with 29 gold, 22 silver and 22 bronze medals until Sunday night) have redeemed the nation’s pride with not only their stellar achievements on the field but also with their courage and determination off it.advertisementRajender Kumar Saharan, the 55 kg Greco- Roman wrestling gold medallist is from Umri village in Kurukshetra in Haryana. His family was so poor that, as a 11-year-old, Rajender would take part in dangals (local wrestling events) to win cash prizes and support him and his family.He almost missed taking part in the 2010 Commonwealth Games – with just a few days to go before the selection, he was down with typhoid. He was drained and had no energy to even practise, leave alone participate and win the gold. “I knew there was no second chance,” says Rajender. “I simply had to win.”For those who know “Chhotu”, this is not surprising. For example, his sisters Sunita and Rasna say that despite their poverty and the politics their brother was determined to make it big. “We belong to a lower middle-class family,” says Sunita. “Rajender was discouraged on several occasions due to politics in sports. Reaching a national level sports competition from remote Haryana villages is tough.There is politics, nepotism and corruption all around.” Perhaps it is the absence of malls and other glitzy recreational facilities, but the wrestlers who brought glory to India at the 2010 Commonwealth Games think of it as a blessing in disguise.”We had no choice,” says Anil Kumar, who won the 96 kg Greco-Roman wrestling gold. Anil is from Sonepat in Haryana. He practically grew up watching his father and brothers rubbing sand on their bodies every morning and wrestle a few rounds with each other. Narsingh Yadav was nicknamed “fireri” by the village folk Neema in Varanasi district.Yadav says the word meant that I am a “goodfor-nothing loafer” who went around the village doing nothing the whole day. He says the whole of Varanasi was stuck to the television before the 74 kg freestyle wrestling bout on Saturday.His fellow villagers say he has made the entire village and the nation proud. “He will bring about a wrestling revolution in eastern UP,” says Ram Milan Yadav, who had also won a Games wrestling gold medal 28 years ago and who hails from the same village.The humble Narsingh says, “I wanted to go to my village a month ago to take the blessings of my people. But due to the rigorous training schedule I dropped the idea. However, their blessings will always be with me.”Vijay Kumar, who has won three gold and one silver in shooting so far is from Hasrour, a village so small that it has only 60 families. It is in Hamirpur district in Himachal Pradesh, and thanks to his haul it could become a nationwide media phenomenon. “My next target is to win a gold for India at the 2012 London Olympics,” he says.Apart from Prajusha and Kavita Raut, India also had other surprise winners on the podium. Harminder Singh, who won the bronze in the 20 km walk, is an Indian Army hawaldar. He has been walking since he was 18, but given that his sport requires a fairly large investment in shoes Harminder decided to borrow from friends and family to meet his `25,000 a year footwear bill. “But walking is my life,” says Harminder, who is currently posted in Hyderabad.advertisementIndia was never even expected to reach the finals of any event in gymnastics. Yet, the 19-year-old Ashish Kumar broke the negative stereotype. He grabbed a silver medal in vault and a bronze in floor exercises thus becoming the first Indian to win a medal in gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games.The Allahabad boy is employed in the railways and was part of the Indian team that finished seventh at the Melbourne Games in 2006. “I knew that it was an opportunity to do well as I was performing on home ground and when I saw the crowd backing me I just went there and gave my best,” he says.With inputs from Maneesh Pandey and Ajit Vijaykumar in New Delhi, Vikas Kahol in Kurukshetra, Saiful Haque in Ranchi, Rajat Rai in Lucknow and Manjeet Sehgal in Shimlalast_img
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first_imgFormer West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has expressed his desire to play in the Indian Premier League but said he has to be match-fit to stand a realistic chance of featuring in next year’s Twenty20 event.Lara, who made a comeback to competitive cricket two months ago by playing in the Zimbabwe T20 league after a three-year hiatus, said he needs to get into the groove as soon as possible to give himself a chance to be picked for the 2011 IPL season.”If I was to give myself a chance to play in the IPL, then I need to start now,” Lara told ESPNcricinfo.”I tried negotiating with Surrey in May and that fell through. I am not going to say that I am ready for the IPL.The option is around the corner, and I have put my name in the hat. But I need to play cricket regularly from now till then to get fit and capable of doing justice to the game and to my form in such a highly competitive league,” he said.The 41-year-old left-handed batsman said he wants to take a mentor-cum-player role in the lucrative competition, same as Rajasthan Royals’ Shane Warne or Chennai Super Kings’ Stephen Fleming.”I see myself in that light as well. I don’t want to be fighting with the youngsters for a game … left out today, playing tomorrow. I would like to see myself as someone who can make a contribution even if I am not in the final XI. I would like to get involved in a holistic way and not just as a player,” said Lara, who scored 11953 runs in 131 Tests.advertisementLara, who played in the now defunct Indian Cricket League for one year, said he does not regret the decision.”Well, when the ICL first came to me, it was not a rebel league. It had the likes of Tony Greig and Kapil Dev (associated with it). That was a league that was trying to bring the game forward,” said Lara, who turned out for Mumbai Champs for one season.”I put my name in ink, which was obviously a mistake at the end of it. But I have no regrets. That’s gone. I played one season and I asked them to excuse me, because obviously after having such a long career, you don’t want to be playing ICL cricket and considered a rebel and banned from all levels of cricket,” he added. .West Indies are currently ranked number 8 in the ICC Test and ODI rankings and Lara feels the vast talent in the Caribbean needs to be properly channelised and supported.”There is still an abundance of talent. I believe that we still have some of the best youngsters in the world. You look at young Kemar Roach as a fast bowler; you look at Adrian Barath making a hundred in his debut Test at the Gabba. Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo’s brother … these are very, very good players,” Lara said.”What I am worried about is those three-four years from teenage life to early twenties. What happens? Do they grab hold of international cricket? They can’t do that by themselves. There’s got to be a supporting team behind them to make sure that they elevate themselves very quickly to that level.”I see ordinary Australians get on the scene and in three or four years they are top-class players. I see (that) in the West Indies, really special young players get out there and struggle, (and) can’t find their way. Something must be wrong with our system,” he added.Recently, there has been a lot of bad blood between the West Indies players and the administration over their contract.The last controversy to dog the team was Chris Gayle’s removal as captain after he, along with Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, opted out of a central contract with the West Indies Cricket Board. – With PTI inputslast_img read more

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first_imgIndian fast bowler Zaheer Khan gets early wickets for team India.Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bowl against Ireland in their Group B match of the cricket World Cup here on Sunday.India have fielded the same team which tied its previous match against England.Ireland have made one change to the side which upstaged England, bringing in Andrew White for Gary Wilson.Teams:India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel.Ireland: William Porterfield (c), P Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien, Andrew White, A Cusack, Kevin O’Brien, J Mooney, D Johnston, George Dockrell, W Rankin.last_img read more