first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Dillinger missed the finals against Ginebra due to a hamstring injury.The Bolts won the two teams’ lone duel in the elimination round, 93-78, in a game where the Gin Kings blew a double-digit lead in the first half.Game 1 of their best-of-7 series is on Friday at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.“It’s going to be tough, it’s going to be rough,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.“You all better believe that this is going to be war. We’re just excited at this point. I’m not sleeping. I woke up at 3 a.m. and I’m ready to go,” Dillinger said. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH05:38San Miguel, Ginebra expect long, gruelling PBA Finals series01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES BPC award the least of concerns for Slaughter, Newsome Read Next “As much as we want to have a short series, two tough teams will battle and I think it’s going to be a long one,” Ginebra playmaker LA Tenorio told reporters during the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals press conference Tuesday.“Two great teams, two great coaches. It’s going to be a long, hard-fought series,” said Ginebra import Justin Brownlee, whose buzzer-beating triple won the last season’s title for the Gin Kings in Game 6.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Bolts and Kings are loaded with firepower but they are also known for being two of the best defensive teams in the league.And Meralco head coach Norman Black thinks the game will be won on the defensive end. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “I know they’re capable of scoring 100 points and we are too, but I expect this to be a defensive struggle for how many games it will go,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.Meralco is No. 1 in points allowed with an average of 88.8 points per game while Ginebra is in fifth at 96.7.The finals is a sequel, but a lot has changed since.Ginebra now has Greg Slaughter, who just returned from a knee injury at the start of the conference, and rookie Kevin Ferrer.Meralco also had a major upgrade in adding veteran forward Ranidel de Ocampo, rookie Mike Tolomia and guard Garvo Lanete via trades while also welcoming back key player Jared Dillinger.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight PBA IMAGESIn a Finals series pitting two evenly-matched teams, Games 5, 6 and 7 will be necessary.At least that’s the consensus among players and coaches from both Barangay Ginebra and Meralco ahead of their championship rematch.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgMILO executives during the announcement of the Philippine team for the FC Barcelona training on Wednesday. Photo by Bong LozadaThirteen kids are set to go on a trip of a lifetime as they head to  Spain this October to experience the brand of football of the La Liga giant FC Barcelona.The selected youngsters, who were chosen after two-day camp conducted by MILO and FCB Escola Youth Academy, will be in Barcelona from October 15 to 23 for a series of trainings and other activities including watching a live La Liga match between Barcelona and Malaga at Camp Nou.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES But Willy De Ocampo, the Vice President and Business Unit Manager of MILO Philippines, said they are “committed to bringing everybody to Barcelona.”“Rest assured there won’t be anyone left behind, everyone will fly either on Saturday or Thursday,” said De Ocampo. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Tamaraws come up short against the Green Archers anew From 150 participants, Lien Dale Manuel, Lara Angela Amante, Liam Arc Villaran, Kevin Hadap, Heaven Andrei Teodosio, Lorenzo Miguel Castillo Plaza, Alexis Caitlin Tan, Joseph Kyne Garces, Marcus Lucas Arias, Lorenz Albert Tortona, Enzo Gacutan Courbet, Boris Malcolm Uy, and Ethan Jacob Roxas impressed coaches the most during the camp held last September 2 to 3.“We believe that we have a really good team of kids who exemplify the right mix of values and skills that both MILO and FC Barcelona advocate,” said the brand’s sports executive Robbie De Vera Wednesday during the press conference in Taguig.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 shutoutFormer Barcelona defender Eric Abidal will also join the young footballers in the training camp where they will also undergo classroom sessions at FCB Escola and technical skills development on the pitch.Unfortunately, there were hiccups when it came to processing of visa with a some of the kids with only a few days left before the trip. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgHouston Rockets’ Chris Paul, right, steps over Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) after losing the ball out of bounds during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Houston guard Chris Paul is out for the Rockets’ game in Sacramento on Wednesday night because of a bruised left knee and coach Mike D’Antoni isn’t counting on him Saturday for the home opener against Dallas.“It’s not a concern, it’s just nagging,” D’Antoni said before the game against the Kings. “We’ll sit him until the training staff thinks he’s ready to go and try to get over it totally.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Tuesday’s game was the first since March 9, 2015, that Paul was held to four or fewer points.D’Antoni isn’t concerned about Paul falling behind integrating and getting comfortable alongside JamesHarden in one of the Western Conference’s newest backcourt dynamic duos.“I don’t think it’s a challenge, you’ve got two great players that play very well on the ball and off the ball,” D’Antoni said. “I don’t see a problem. He wasn’t healthy yesterday so he was going half speed and we’re playing Golden State, so that was the challenge yesterday. They’ve looked good in practice. I think they’ll keep figuring things out a little bit better and make it easier on each other. But we’re looking forward to just getting him back healthy.”ADVERTISEMENT Hayward from hospital: It’s hurting me that I can’t be there Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Eric Gordon was to start in place of Paul, who still could be ready by Saturday but D’Antoni said, “I think he’s still in play but I think it’s hard.”Paul had four points and shot 2 for 9 in the Rockets’ season-opening 122-121 win at Golden State on Tuesday night but was limited by soreness in the knee. He led the Rockets with 11 assists and also grabbed eight rebounds, while playing 33 minutes in his regular-season debut with Houston after being traded away by the Los Angeles Clippers during the offseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Man, I got through it,” Paul told reporters after the game in Oakland. “It was cool. Tough game, but it’s all about getting the win.”Paul was hampered at the end of the preseason by the knee pain which continued flaring Tuesday, and D’Antoni said the perennial All-Star “is playing on one leg right now.” LATEST STORIES Read Nextlast_img read more

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Have been very, very tough conditions yesterday and today,” said the top-ranked Nadal, who played at night on Friday after the temperatures had dropped. “It’s not nice to see players suffering that much on court.”The tournament’s extreme heat policy calls for the roofs to be closed on the main show courts and play to be suspended on outer courts when the temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and the wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT), which takes into account humidity and wind speed, reaches 32.5 Celsius (90.5 Fahrenheit).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe high temperature Friday marginally topped 40 Celsius, but the WBGT remained below the threshold, so play was not halted.Cornet said she began feeling dizzy at the beginning of the second set against Belgium’s Elise Mertens and, at one point, fell to her back on the court in obvious distress. She received a medical timeout so a trainer could check her pulse and blood pressure and wrap her in an ice vest before she returned to the court. Cornet was able to finish the match, losing 7-5, 6-4. But she later said it was “dangerous” to play in that kind of heat.“The (official) limit of not playing the match is really high. I think this limit should be a little bit lower because playing in this condition is not nice for anyone,” she said. “I would never give up because of (the heat), that’s for sure. But you push your body so hard, you almost feel like you’re on the edge.”Tournament director Craig Tiley defended the response of officials to the extreme heat on both Thursday and Friday, saying “we start the event with this set of rules and policies in place, and in the interest of fairness, can’t change them halfway through.”“Protecting our players and the fairness of the competition is paramount in these conditions, which we acknowledge can be challenging,” he said, adding the extreme heat policy would be reviewed after the tournament to see if adjustments need to be made.Petra Martic, who won a two-hour, third-round match against Luksika Kumkhum during the hottest part of the day on Friday, said she got blisters on her feet from the sizzling court and had to take painkillers after the second set.ADVERTISEMENT France’s Alize Cornet is attended to by a trainer and tournament staff after suffering from the heat during her third round match against Belgium’s Elise Mertens at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — French player Alize Cornet has called for the extreme heat policy at the Australian Open to be re-evaluated after she said she nearly fainted in the broiling temperatures during her third-round match Friday at Melbourne Park.Other players echoed her concerns, with Rafael Nadal saying playing in such extreme heat can be “a little bit dangerous for the health.”ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments DOST-Pagasa 11 A.M. weather update, November 22, 2019 PLAY LIST 05:08DOST-Pagasa 11 A.M. weather update, November 22, 201900:50Trending Articles04:04‘Quiel’ now a severe tropical storm – Pagasa01:29Police 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 Defense wins games for GlobalPort in streak Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “It’s really tough on your feet to play in these conditions,” she said. “I was hoping they would close (the roof), but the temperature was not high enough. … So unfortunately it stayed this way.”French player Gael Monfils staggered through part of his second-round loss to Novak Djokovic on Thursday, saying he “had a small heat stroke for 40 minutes,” and likewise described the conditions as a risk to players.Roger Federer, who requested to play at night to avoid the blistering heat on Thursday, said he believed the officials were doing the best they could under the circumstances.“What do you do … stop all matches? The lucky guys on the big courts, they get to play under the roof. The other guys get postponed till the next day? Is that great?” he said. “Is everybody going to finish at 3 in the morning, like a rainy day in New York. I’ve had that, too. Is that better? I’m not sure, honestly.”Click here for more weather related news.” Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqlast_img read more

first_imgNowitzki has already said he is considering a 21st season. Barring a dramatic improvement through a trade, the draft or free agency, that likely means another year of helping turn Smith into a point guard that can guide a champion the way Nowitzki credits Jason Kidd for doing in Dallas.Assuming the Mavericks stay near the bottom of the West standings, they’ll have another high draft pick after getting Smith at No. 9. That will be another young player who sees the work Nowitzki does away from the court to stay in shape, and a 13-time All-Star who is frequently the last player to quit shooting after practice.J.J. Barea spent his first five seasons with the Mavericks and was still a relatively young guard at 26 when the Mavericks won the title.“I used him a lot,” said Barea, who returned to Dallas three years ago. “If I work half of what he does, I’m going to be all right. These guys, they really didn’t get him at his best like I got him. But they still see how hard you’ve got to work to be able to play out there with us.”Nowitzki doesn’t mind admitting that practice isn’t quite as fun as it used to be.“But once the ball goes up, it’s still great,” said the 2007 MVP, who has career averages of 21.4 points and 7.7 rebounds. “I still love to compete. I still love to be out there for the guys and trying to help them with my experience and spread the floor for them and maybe getting some timely scoring here and there.”Always big on self-deprecation, Nowitzki quips that he can’t help the younger players by showing them any moves. He doesn’t have to be joking to acknowledge that his patented one-legged fadeaway jumper isn’t nearly as dangerous as it was when he was Finals MVP.What Nowitzki can offer is work ethic and experience, not to mention longevity. He became the sixth NBA player to reach 50,000 minutes Tuesday night at the Los Angeles Clippers.“It’s been two decades of fun and competing,” Nowitzki said. “Getting to 20 years is special. There’s not a lot of guys that have done it. Not a lot of guys have done it with one franchise. I’m proud of that, but want to finish the season strong.”Nowitzki always finds a way to steer the conversation back to the present — and future. Now in his 20th season, Nowitzki is comfortable with the idea that he led the Mavericks to their first title and can try to help a younger core build toward making Dallas a title contender again.“I just think I pride myself with this city, with this organization, whatever this city or this franchise goes through, I want to push it through,” Nowitzki said. “I want to be there for it. If it’s rebuilding, I want to push it through and help as much as I can. If we’re playing for a championship, then I’ll do that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Mavericks haven’t won a playoff series since beating Miami in the Finals in 2011, LeBron James’ first season with the Heat. They had a woeful start for the second straight year, all but assuring that they will miss the playoffs with consecutive losing seasons for the first time since Nowitzki’s first two.The slide out of contention means little to the context of Nowitzki’s career: a 7-footer who changed the game with his 3-point shooting, the first foreign-born player to reach 30,000 points and the distinction with Kobe Bryant (Lakers) as the only players to spend 20 seasons with the same franchise. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises FILE – In this May 25, 2011, file photo, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, holds up his arms as fans cheer during the final seconds of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Dallas. Now in his 20th season, Nowitzki is comfortable with the idea that he led the Mavericks to their first championship and can try to help a younger core build toward making Dallas a title contender again. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki made peace years ago with the reality that spending his entire career with the Dallas Mavericks would likely mean little or no chance to win a second championship.The most accomplished European player in NBA history never seriously considered leaving the franchise that courted him as a teenager in Germany and drafted him five days after his 20th birthday in 1998.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Wizards beat Pacers to win 5th straight without Wall NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:29Police 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 “I think the reality is that when you see this kind of consistency of greatness, there’s a tendency to take it for granted,” said Rick Carlisle, in his 10th season as Nowitzki’s coach. “And we must be careful about taking this for granted. We’re seeing a generational player that’s changed the game.”Nowitzki still starts — Carlisle pretty much declared earlier this season that he will start as long as he’s playing — but often sits at the end of close games. He’s probably the fourth scoring option, behind Harrison Barnes, Wesley Matthews and even rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr.But the 39-year-old played the first 54 games, an important measure for him to feel he’s contributing. Nowitzki, the only 7-footer to win the 3-point contest that’s part of All-Star weekend, is in position for the best shooting percentage of his career from beyond the arc. The number of attempts isn’t far off from his prime either.“I wish he can play forever,” said Washington coach Scott Brooks, who was at Oklahoma City when the Thunder lost to the Mavericks in the 2011 Western Conference finals and beat them in the first round the next year.“You know the time is winding down, you don’t know how many more years he has. He probably has maybe six or seven more left in him,” Brooks said, trying to keep a straight face.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBatangas continued to stockpile in preparation for the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup playoffs, this time, fortifying their frontline on Tuesday.Coach Eric Gonzales secured the release of Leo Avenido from Gamboa Coffee Mix, while picking up Joseph Gabayni and Jebb Bulawan from the free agent pool.ADVERTISEMENT UFC: Ex-champ Daniel Cormier congratulates Jon Jones for winning title 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 Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant The three will join Robby Celiz as the new recruits for the Batangueños as they will play later against Flying V.The 38-year-old Avenido averaged 17.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.0 assists this conference for the Coffee Lovers, where he also filled the role of the head coach.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 starsGabayni last saw action in the PBA D-League with Racal last conference, while Bulawan suited up for JRU.Meanwhile, Flying V has also made minimal moves to its camp as it activated Ryusei Koga in lieu of Mike Gamboa. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ The Fil-Japanese guard last played for Victoria Sports-MLQU, and his entry will give the Thunder another playmaker as they gun to complete a sweep of the eliminations.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgBuilding Blocks (“Raring to Grow”, October 4)Kudos to your team for profiling 35 young achievers who are dreaming with imagination and excelling with innovation in their fields (“Raring to Grow”, October 4). Chosen from across the length and breadth of the country, their ambition, motivation and success stories will inspire,Building Blocks (“Raring to Grow”, October 4)Kudos to your team for profiling 35 young achievers who are dreaming with imagination and excelling with innovation in their fields (“Raring to Grow”, October 4). Chosen from across the length and breadth of the country, their ambition, motivation and success stories will inspire many others to achieve what they desire and dream.–Rohit Kumar, MumbaiThe demographic profiling of the population has brought out the promise of the present generation. These 35 young role models have excelled in spite of insurmountable odds. The number of such stories would multiply manifold if an infrastructural and academic platform is provided to them. Their talent should be nurtured with the utmost care for optimum realisation of their latent potential.–Piyush Prashant Sinha, HyderabadGames of Neglect (“Sprinting to Disaster”, October 4)Deficiencies of the system and inefficiencies of the managers are squarely responsible for the ill-preparation for the Commonwealth Games (“Sprinting to Disaster”, October 4). Our incompetencies have caused irreparable damage to India’s image. It’s a pity that the prime minister had to step in to fix loose ends and ask those responsible to focus on completing the job, instead of indulging in a blame game.–Neeharika Sinha, AllahabadWalk the Talk (“Groping in the Dark”, October 4)The all-party delegation’s visit to Srinagar was an exercise in futility, a paid vacation for the MPs who went to offer lip-service (“Groping in the Dark”, October 4). Sitaram Yechury and Gurudas Dasgupta of the Left cannot do anything to stop bloodshed. After all, their party was responsible for the carnage of innocent people in West Bengal. Parliamentarians like them don’t have any moral right to speak on humanitarian issues.–Arun Azad, JamshedpuradvertisementHeart Matters (“New Hope for the Heart”, September 27)A heart attack strikes whenever and whosoever it wants, without any forewarning (“New Hope for the Heart”, September 27). About 40 per cent of heart attack victims in India do not even reach a hospital. It not only indicates the swiftness with which it happens but also the lack of proximity to healthcare units or hospitals. People need to be more conscious and alert, and hospital charges, doctors’ fees and other medical costs need to be brought down substantially to enable patients to seek timely treatment. –Prem K. Menon, MumbaiPolitics of Peace (“The Hate India Movement, September 27)Why have India and Pakistan become favourite terror targets (“The Hate India Movement, September 27)? It is because these two nations are run by weak governments, which shy away from acting against terrorists and have become their breeding grounds due to lack of political will? Instead, they love to blame each other for the rise of terror in the sub-continent. The governments let terrorists thrive because they help them reap gain electoral dividends.–Som Sharma, GurgaonSpoiled Sport (“Cricket’s Crooks”, September 13)Cricket in Pakistan has been dogged by betting scandals for over a decade now but its cricket board has largely remained indifferent to it (“Cricket’s Crooks”, September 13). If players are found guilty, they must be banned for life. Players are accepting money from bookies, but are they doing so out of greed or is there a powerful clique within the team that threatens to end their careers if they don’t? Honest answers are needed.–J.S. Acharya, HyderabadSplit Wide Open (“Splits in Silicon Valley”, September 13)What leads to marital disputes (“Splits in Silicon Valley”, September 13)? Perhaps, the lack of work-life balance, and more often than not it is the woman who is blamed for the lack of it. Life becomes a mess, especially for working couples whose materialistic pursuits costs them marital bliss. The man, however, is seldom blamed, for he is the breadwinner and not responsible for kids and domestic chores. This work should ideally be shared by both, but a man rarely does so. If a woman can be a boardroom queen and also a domestic goddess, why can’t a man be a little more responsible, understanding and involved to make a marriage work? Happiness is not just one big thing, but it is many little things rolled into one. And these little efforts will sow the seeds for a happy marriage.–Vimal S. Thaker, Ahmedabadlast_img read more

first_imgPakistan President Asif Ali Zardari was in his devastating best on Saturday. “Nobody would be allowed to impose his views through the barrel of the gun and dictate his brand of Islam?nobody can force anyone to offer namaz and sport beard?there are some ‘asteen ke sanp’ [poisonous snakes hidden in our sleeves] and some from outside who are our enemies?. We have to live in history, while others want to live in tomorrow’s headlines.” These were the words Zardari spoke while addressing a public meeting on the inauguration of the Benazir Bhutto Apna Ghar housing scheme for PIA employees here. “We are turning their (Bhuttos’) words into action and we are not merely raising slogans as we are not political actors. We are making and saving Pakistan,” he added. Fight the terrorists to the last manAccording to reports in Dawn, The News International, Urdu daily Jang among other newspapers, President Zardari declared: “We are at war with terrorists and shall fight them to the last man and make Pakistan secure for ourselves and the future generation.” “After making workers owner of 12 per cent shares in various organisations, this scheme is part of the PPP’s promise of ‘roti, kapra, aur makan’ (food, clothing and shelter).” Sri Lanka-type fight Referring to Sri Lanka’s fight against Tamil Tigers for more than four decades, President Zardari expressed a similar resolve and said that those who wanted to take over this country through the barrel of the gun and by imposing their brand of Islam would never succeed.advertisement “Our enemies are foreign as well as within,” he said.  Zardari said the government was determined to make Pakistan secure for future generations from elements who were against its integrity. He said that former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had warned against the designs of the terrorists when she talked about Swat and was subsequently assassinated. Critics are ‘political actors’ He said that best revenge of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto’s martyrdom was to work hard and make Pakistan prosperous and economically strong and safe for the coming generation. Responding to critics who he described as ‘political actors’, he said that PPP did not believe in slogan mongering like them but was working for the welfare of people, especially the downtrodden. That is why its leaders are and will be remembered in history. In an apparent reference to the elements advocating for regime change Mr Zardari said: “No seth can dictate us who will form the government and who will not.”The people will remember the PPP’s period of governance for its service to the people, he said, adding: “We have to live in history, while others want to live in tomorrow’s headlines.” The president said that now prime ministers would only be made by the people and not by influential political leaders.last_img read more

first_imgUnion Sports Minister Ajay Maken.Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Tuesday said the government was being pressurised through diplomatic channels by some companies, involved in organising the Commonwealth Games (CWG), to get their unpaid dues. Terming it unfair practice, Maken said the payments would be cleared but the government was waiting for the clearance on such companies by the investigation agencies probing the alleged irregularities in the conduct of the Games. “Efforts are being made to put pressure through diplomatic channels. It is not fair. Companies not under the scanner have been paid their money,” Maken said outside Parliament. Unpaid bills related to the Delhi Games held in October last year are turning out to be a major embarrassment for India. As many as eight countries had recently lodged an official complaint with the government over yet to be cleared payments of $74 million related to the CWG. A letter signed jointly by the top diplomats of these countries – Australia and seven from Europe (Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands) – has warned the government that putting off the issue further might affect future investment in India. These countries want India to pay back for broken contracts and equipment still stuck in customs since the Delhi Games. They have also complained bitterly about unpaid fees for organising the opening and closing ceremonies.- With agency inputslast_img read more

first_imgAnil KumbleFormer Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Anil Kumble has announced his withdrawal from the auction of players for the upcoming DLF Indian Premier League (IPL), 2011.The legendary Indian leg-spinner cited business commitments, including his association with cricket and wildlife in various capacities, as the reasons for the withdrawal. He said he wished to withdraw from the IPL-4 auction process, scheduled for January 8 and 9 in Bangalore.”I wish to withdraw from the players’ auction for IPL-IV scheduled for the 8th and 9th of January, 2011 in Bangalore. I have enjoyed my stint at the IPL so far and thank all concerned for the support extended,” Kumble said on Monday.The former Indian skipper was largely responsible for the RCB’s turn around in the IPL’s second and third season after a disappointing finish in the opening league.After being named captain in IPL 2009 season, Kumble led his team to the final of the Twenty-20 extravaganza. A year later, Kumble inspired his team to third position in the 2010 edition. Consequently, the team qualified for the Airtel Champions League Twenty-20 tournament twice under his leadership.Kumble took 45 wickets in the three editions of Indian Premier League to reaffirm his dominance even in the shortest version of the game.’I have to concentrate on the management part’Asked why he pulled out, Kumble said, “I have played this game for more than 20 years and there comes a time when you have to take a stand about the future. My association with Karnataka cricket, as the chairman of NCA and also my business to run… I am also involved in wildlife.”advertisement”I have decided to concentrate on the management part of it (RCB team). I leave the actual playing. I will still be involved with RCB in a leadership role. Hopefully what I was not able to achieve as a player, I would be able to achieve in the IPL in the years to come,” he added.On how senior players were not retained by various IPL franchisees Kumble said, “I am not angry, but you will be angered when you do not retain players… but as such not angry. There must be some reason, but that’s not why I pulled out of IPL. In my career I don’t need any uncertainty and I am sure what I want to achieve.”Kumble dons mentor mantle for RCBMeanwhile, RCB issued a statement on Kumble’s new role in the team. “After playing a brilliant innings in season 2 and season 3 of the IPL, Royal Challengers are now game for more challenges this season with the legendary cricketer, Anil Kumble, as their chief mentor. Anil will work closely with the Royal Challengers team owner, Dr Vijay Mallya,” the statement said.The statement quoted Mallya as saying, “Anil’s leadership, both on-field and off-field augured well for the Royal Challengers in the last two seasons of the IPL as well as the Champions League. I sincerely believe Anil’s presence in the RCB leadership team will provide a fresh dimension and perspective to our IPL strategy in the medium and long term.”last_img read more

first_imgKilling Osama(Pakistan) armed Forces and ISI are to blame for the incident (“Terroristan: Pak trapped in a web of deceit,” May 16) and there should be an accountability process for them as well. the Accountability never weakens an organisation but it only helps to indicate the flaws and weaknesses within,Killing Osama(Pakistan) armed Forces and ISI are to blame for the incident (“Terroristan: Pak trapped in a web of deceit,” May 16) and there should be an accountability process for them as well. the Accountability never weakens an organisation but it only helps to indicate the flaws and weaknesses within institutions. So one could say that it would only strengthen them.Anwer Abbas, Pakistan, via email I won’t be surprised if Osama has been captured alive, and is in the custody of the Americans. Only time will reveal the truth.Ravi Bedi, via email Imperialists have been after Pakistan for some time. They know (and we also know) very well that their ends cannot be achieved unless they weaken our strong, brave armed forces and isi. They have overcome our democratic set up, they have weakened us economically and they have divided us ethnically. This time- and perhaps this is the final chapter-they managed to land a final blow to the very existence of isi and the Pakistani armed forces.Nadeem Choudhry, Pakistan, via email The more America piles up lie after lie in the media, itself confused about how to respond to the challenges from different sections of the world, the crime of 9/11 gets more and more fuzzy, raising doubts about whether it was not an inside job, most audaciously imposed on Osama, al Qaeda and the rest of the Muslim world.Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai Most leaders lead from the front, by example. The al Qaeda may have thought that their ascetic leader, Osama bin Laden, was running between caves, dodging drone attacks, braving bullets for their cause; in reality, he was well insulated from their mountainous tribulations. The rank and file of the al Qaeda must be dejected, now that they have a clear picture of the lifestyle of their leader over the past five-six years in Pakistan.Raju Aneja, Dubaiadvertisement Domestic travelInstead of travelling to Dubai or other international cities (“Hi, Dubai,” May 16) our high-flying politicians should visit places in India itself and promote tourism in our country, as well as boost the economy.R.K. Singh, DelhiSmart ChangeK.V. Kamath, with his vast experience, will be an able chairman of Infosys (“Infy Starts a New Chapter,” May 16). Though he may not deal much with operations, he will be an asset.Ravi Singh, via www.intoday.inSports Sans PoliticsApropos “Keep politicians out of sports”, May 16, finally someone of Kapil Dev’s stature has rightly observed the drawbacks in our sports administration. The standards of Indian sports could have been much higher if it was free of political influence. These politicians know nothing about sports, yet are put at the helm of sports affairs resulting in pathetic standards.Lt Col (Retd) Ranjit Sinha, Kolkata Politicians should be kept out of sports. Every important sports federation has a politician at its head. Only when we change the system will the sporting culture in our country improve.H. Hamid, via www.intoday.in Politicians have too much control over things that are important in our country. How would they feel if Sachin Tendulkar wanted to be the prime minister or Vijender Singh wanted to be chief minister of Haryana? It’s high time the system is changed.S.N. Pathak, New Delhi Control Price HikeIt looks like there is a need for another mass uprising under Anna Hazare to draw the Government’s attention to the phenomenal rise in the price of jowar, which is a staple food for the poorer sections of Maharashtra (“After Onions, it’s Jowar”, May 16). Government should take corrective measures to control the price of Jowar immediately.Ranjit Sinha, Kolkata Whenever there is a hike in prices of essential commodities, it is the common man who suffers. Politicians, who make all sorts of promises during elections, should be hauled up for the hardship that people have to endure.Subhash Arora, Delhi End of an Era”Just not my type”, May 16, touched just the right key of my heart. The article and the typewriter are just my type. I read india today for articles like this, which portray the common man’s struggle to eke out a living, rather than the Osamas and Obamas. Like all good things, the good old days of typewriters have come to an end. Let’s hope future generations get to see some well-preserved typewriters in museums.Bhushan Jindal, Jalandhar Forced conversionsYour article (“Freelancers of God”, May 9) establishes a direct relation between the foreign funds pouring into the country and the rate of conversions. Hindus, Muslims and mainstream Christians must unite to throw these “poachers” and “business” evangelists out of the country and stop their flow of funds.Atul Marathe, via emailadvertisementNo hope for Air IndiaThe present set-up does not raise any hope for this company (“Sell Air India while there is still a buyer,” May 16). The people running (read many in management and Board) the organisation have no business being there. Most of them are either openly corrupt, or are involved in it indirectly through their cohorts.Parvat Nanda, via email The recent pilots’ strike has once again brought into focus the state of our public sector enterprises. An Air India board member has suggested the patient is already suffering from cancer. With cancer only surgery works, not homeopathy or aruyveda. It may even be better to shut down the airline during the time it takes for such a surgical solution rather than incur a loss of Rs 57 crore every day. Dr Rajiv Kumar, Delhilast_img read more

first_imgThere could be more trouble for News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch as the fallout of the hacking scandal escalates. Shares of News Corp tumbled by over 7 per cent on the Australian Stock Exchange on Monday, as the phone-hacking scandal in the UK widened. Eighty-year-old Murdoch, his son James, who is the chairman of News Corp’s British arm News International, and former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks will be questioned by a British parliamentary comittee on Tuesday.  They are likely to face angry questions from politicians about suspicions that Britain’s parliament was misled over allegations of phone hacking by one of Murdoch’s newspapers. The 10-member panel of politicians on the Culture, Media and Sport committee would focus on James Murdoch’s admission that parliament was misled over the hacking allegations. The Murdochs had initially declined to appear at the British parliamentary hearing, but later changed their minds amid escalating political and public condemnation of suspected media abuses at the News of the World tabloid. News International had previously pinned the blame for phone-hacking crimes on a single rogue reporter, who was convicted in 2007.last_img read more

first_imgIll Winds “Promote deforestation, pollute without restriction and you shall be rewarded with retribution: no wind, no trees, no rains.”ANKANA DAGA, on e-mail Cloudy Prospects Given the ominous weather looming large over the globe, countries should focus on fighting this natural threat rather than indulge in skirmishes over region and,Ill Winds”Promote deforestation, pollute without restriction and you shall be rewarded with retribution: no wind, no trees, no rains.”ANKANA DAGA, on e-mailCloudy Prospects Given the ominous weather looming large over the globe, countries should focus on fighting this natural threat rather than indulge in skirmishes over region and religion (“What’s Wrong With the Weather?” August 12). The global weather waft will annihilate life on earth if this deterioration is not curbed. K. CHIDANAND KUMAR, Bangalore Rather than fighting among ourselves, we would do well to reduce our contribution to the environmental crisis before it overwhelms us. Each of us has the responsibility to make this planet a decent legacy for our children. It requires 625 sq ft of green surface area to produce one’s daily requirement of oxygen. If you do not have this much in your garden, you are using someone else’s oxygen. V. VENKATARAMAN, on e-mail The effects of global warming will have to be borne by the people and politicians alike. The Kyoto Protocol will probably get drowned in the melting of polar ice and the rising sea levels around the globe. Since the developed countries seem to be paying lip service to the problem of global warming, India should devise a meaningful long-term strategy for combating the monsoon’s erratic behaviour. SUJA NAMBIAR, Karaikal “Unless junior officers get dignified status and quality life, campaigning cannot attract talent for the officer cadre in the defence forces.” SADHNA UPADHYAYA, on e-mailMahatma Gandhi’s words ring true: “There are sufficient resources to satisfy everyone’s need but there’s not much left for anyone’s greed.” To satisfy our greed we have exploited nature to such an extent that nature has now decided to retaliate. It will not be long before Homo sapiens cease to exist. DIPTANSU SHARMA, Guwahati What is the purpose of sending rockets and satellites into outer space in search of extra-terrestrial life when our own planet remains unexplored and our people live in danger? To save the earth, Indians have to control population growth since overuse of natural resources is beginning to wreak havoc. Either we mend our ways or prepare to vanish from the face of the earth. Politicians, too, should relin- quish petty politics and work collectively to save the earth. BHUPINDER S. PARMAR, Jalandhar Bad Karma No one can deny that Sanjay Dutt has been reckless and self-destructive in continuing his relations with the mafia after getting a second lease of life (“Bollywood’s Bad Boy”, August 12). He has displayed immaturity and a tendency to run after the forbidden like an uninformed child. This time though, there does not seem to be any way out for Bollywood’s ill-fated child-man. SOWMYA RAJARAM, on e-mail What inspires dutt in repeated trysts with the underworld-fame, money or power? In a country like India where filmstars are revered as demi-gods, Dutt has lost the moral right to play the hero. SUSHANT SACHDEVA, on e-mail For Dutt, the thin line between life and art got blurred when he played the role of a mafia leader in one film after another. But he is only a victim and not a perpetrator of crime. B.K. BHATTACHARYA, Delhi I have often wondered what people who sympathise with Dutt’s “hard life” mean when he has always had everything going for him-a caring family, an affluent background and a flourishing career. His so-called misfortunes have been a result of his own actions. RADHIKA OLTIKAR, Mumbai After all that he went through for his alleged connections in the 1992 Bombay blasts Dutt should have had the good sense to maintain his distance from the underworld even if he could not completely cut off connections with them. At least now he must learn for the sake of the people who still have faith in him. KEERTHI MEHER ALLOJI, on e-mail Talking Point In an era of recession the only industry that seems to be flourishing is the cellular one (“Unlimited Mobility”, August 12). With rate cuts, alluring deals and affordable handsets, the one beneficiary, apart from the industry itself, is the subscriber. No wonder mobile mania has gripped even smaller towns. AMIT PARTAP, Solan, Himachal Pradesh Mean Machine If children show ruthless behaviour, it has to do with the media depicting violence as a way of life (“Rage of Innocents”, August 12). While the moral police is worried about the portrayal of sex in movies, they miss out on one point: domestic violence, wife-beating and bullying scenes also affect the young viewer adversely. Parents too fail to see how aggressive, selfish and reckless their children become playing violent computer and video games. J. VARGHESE, on e-mail It is unscientific to say that behaviour problems are on the rise in the present generation of children by quoting a figure from one or two current studies without providing a reference point for comparison. A few decades ago the figure based on a few quick-fix surveys used to be 20 per cent-far worse than the 12 per cent figure quoted now. Every generation tends to have a negative view of the younger generation although the world has evidently changed for the better. DR PREM LATA CHAWLA, DelhiDown, Not Out Sachin Tendulkar is one of the greatest players of all times and casting doubts on his performance is like committing a sin (“Testing Times”, August 12). He has always given his all on the field, be it batting, bowling or fielding. It is only a matter of a couple of Test innings and the same critics who are now running Tendulkar down will start singing paeans in his honour. RAKESH SINGHVI, on e-mail Bowl to Cup If we are aiming for the World Cup, producing Yuvraj Singhs and Mohammed Kaifs will not be enough (“Generation Next”, July 29). We need some Shoaib Akhtars and Glenn McGraths too. ROHIT SAINI, on e-mail Flesh and Blood Standards of morality cannot be equated with those of decorum (“Is Sex Okay?”, August 5). There is nothing immoral about making love but it is an act that needs privacy. The trouble with sexual events as an object of artistic or literary representation is that its meaning is not always apparent to a spectator who doesn’t know the motivations. Sex is okay but pornography is not a spectator sport. JOTIN D. PHUKAN, Guwahati The censor board believes that its duty is to protect Indian children from violent films. What its members should know is that anyone anywhere in India can readily get CDs and cassettes of X-rated movies. VINIT MATHUR, Barmer, Rajasthan The censor board needs to take a stronger position in curbing violent scenes in Indian cinema than the concupiscent ones. C.P. BELLIAPPA, Coorg All the Hindutva leaders who scream in support of astrology and vedic maths in school curricula should perhaps think of introducing the Kamasutra for sex education. Anyway, if we can decide who should govern us, why should someone else get to make the decision about what we should be able to see? RAHUL PRASAD, on e-mail The censor board may be hypocritical and inconsistent but the liberals of Bollywood and the media should stop pushing sex in films under the cover of democracy, free speech and progress as this has nothing to do with being a liberal democracy. It is simply a matter of economics: sex sells. BEN OBERKIRSCH, on e-mail advertisementadvertisementMature Bonds”Marriages of senior citizens is society’s way of adjusting to changing trends.” AANCHAL ARORA on e-mail “It just shows that it is never too late to attempt anything in life.” SARITA WARIYER on e-mailRocking the Boat It is unfortunate that the company claiming to be a role model for the Indian industry has suddenly developed cold feet at the whiff of bad news (“Silicon Jitters”, August 5). By remaining tight-lipped, Infosys of ficials have shown that its avowed adherence to corporate governance is a sham. Particularly galling was CEO Nandan Nilekani’s statement praising Phaneesh Murthy for driving US sales when at stake was the integrity of the top management, something found lacking at the time of reckoning. SUNIL NAGAR, Chennai Beating Retreat If their instruments are now dying a slow death, India’s classical musicians have only themselves to blame as they played to the gallery, promoted only their children and did not create enough following despite 50 years of state grants and promotion (“Discordant Notes”, August 5). ASHISH KHOKAR, Bangalore It is appalling that our culture is being allowed to die a silent death. If we don’t preserve these instruments, we shall be guilty of burying our past and such a country cannot have a future. It is time to take action to keep the instruments alive. ABHIGYAN VADERA, on e-mail Milk Shake While the ravals deserve appreciation, their claim that groundnut milk is a new discovery is far fetched (“The White Lie”, July 29). Mahatma Gandhi successfully produced soymilk in his ashram, with the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore, being the first in India to perfect the process of making groundnut milk. A pilot plant for mass manufacture was established at CFTRI, which blended groundnut protein with milk to produce Miltone with nutritive value almost equal to that of milk. CFTRI did not file for a patent for these processes as it felt that they should be made available to as many people as possible. The Miltone plant in Bangalore was active till Operation Flood made milk more available. M.R. CHANDRASEKHARA, retired scientist, CFTRI, Mysoreadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgSania Mirza entered the mixed doubles second round with a new partner, but the Mahesh Bhupahti-Rohan Bopanna combo made a shock first-round exit from the men’s doubles event of the US Open in New York .Sania ended her successful partnership with Bhupahti in the mixed doubles circuit after being “sacrificed” by the veteran in the infamous Olympic selection row in July.Sania and Fleming will now be up against winners of the match between Americans Melanie Oudin and Jack Sock and the fifth-seeded Slovak-Serbian pair of Katarina Srebotnik and Nenad Zimonjic.In men’s doubles, Bhupathi and Bopanna, who have been dumped from the Indian Davis Cup team for revolting against the All India Tennis Assoiation before the Olympics, were shown the door in the first round itself.The eighth-seeded Indian team was defeated 3-6 6-7 (4) by unseeded Australians Matthew Ebden and Bernard Tomic.But Leander Paes sailed into the second round with Czech partner Radek Stepanek. The fifth-seeded team outplayed the unseeded German duo of Dustin Brown and Christopher Kas 6-3 6-3.last_img read more

first_imgFormer India leg-spinner Subhash Gupte found himself in the news again, not once but twice. First, the BCCI honoured him with its prestigious C.K. Nayudu Award for 2000.Timed almost in sync, West Indian legend Gary Sobers then declared that the greatest leg-spinner ever was not Aussie Shane Warne but the,Former India leg-spinner Subhash Gupte found himself in the news again, not once but twice. First, the BCCI honoured him with its prestigious C.K. Nayudu Award for 2000.Timed almost in sync, West Indian legend Gary Sobers then declared that the greatest leg-spinner ever was not Aussie Shane Warne but the Indian who, now 72, lives in Trinidad.Gupte played for India from 1951 to 1962 and bamboozled the world’s best batsmen. Sobers revealed that unlike most leggies, he could bowl two googlies.Gupte was a man with an independent spirit and a fierce temper, who kowtowed to no one and so played fewer Tests than he should have. They say when the cricket ball left his hand, you could hear it whizzing through the air.Tests36Wickets149Best9/102Avg.29.55Econ rate2.34Strike rate75.75W/I1210W/M1last_img read more

first_imgLandon Donovan and Clint Dempsey will be crucial for USA at the World CupFor the first time since 1990, the United States heads to the biggest football tournament on the planet with no central defenders with World Cup experience.The reformed defense appears to be as shaky this year as it was in 2010, and offensive leaders Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey have struggled with their form recently.Michael Bradley, son of former coach Bob Bradley, has become the key figure in the American player pool, which has seen an infusion of German-Americans under Bob Bradley’s successor, Jurgen Klinsmann.Here are five players to watch:TIM HOWARDTim Howard is having perhaps his best season for Everton.The 35-year-old goalkeeper, preparing for his second World Cup as the No. 1 choice, will be counted on to blunt the attack of talented opponents such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Gomez.LANDON DONOVANGetting ready for his fourth World Cup at 32, can Landon Donovan provide the spark that helped the Americans reach the 2002 quarterfinals and the second round in 2010, especially after his lengthy sabbatical in 2012-13?CLINT DEMPSEYClint Dempsey, now 31, has struggled for goals for the past year with Tottenham and Seattle, but as United States captain provided a steady presence in qualifying.Will coach Jurgen Klinsmann use him in midfield or as a withdrawn striker?MICHAEL BRADLEYThe son of former United States coach Bob Bradley, 26-year-old midfielder Michael Bradley has become the most influential player on the national team.Will his January transfer from Roma to Toronto cause a drop in sharpness?advertisementJOZY ALTIDOREStill only 24, Jozy Altidore seemed to have his breakout season in 2012-13 when he scored 31 goals in 41 matches for AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch league.But Altidore had only two goals in his first 33 games this season for Sunderland, leading some to question whether he can lead the American attack.last_img read more

first_img3 IS-linked gunmen slain in Maguindanao offensives Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “This kind of gathering is our way to spend quality time with each other. This is our way to inspire other athletes, tighten our bond, and learn from each other.”Sangiao added the titles won by his fighters are the result of hard work, dedication and sacrifice.“It’s our biggest year. We won championship titles and received many awards this year. This is the result of our hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. Like we always say, this is our passion. We love what we do. These awards and titles are just the fruit of our hard labor,” said Sangiao.Champion or not, Eustaquio said what’s more important is each one of them is happy.“We are grateful for every year. We are always full of joy,” Eustaquio stated. “Seeing each other happy, seeing everyone living a peaceful life is more than enough.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Duterte urged to order review of all power deals with generation firms Comelec disputes PCIJ report on voter turnout in Lanao del Sur town SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “We have an early celebration coming up this Saturday, 15 December. We are going to have a beach house party in San Juan, La Union,” said ONE flyweight champion Geje Eustaquio.“The gathering will celebrate our accomplishments this 2018, and also prepare for 2019. Everybody will come that day, most notably our professional athletes.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefTeam Lakay’s celebration is also an opportunity for Folayang, Eustaquio, bantamweight king Kevin Belingon and strawweight titleholder Joshua Pacio to share their experiences and journey to the top of their respective divisions.“We have a program, a feast, and an open mat for whoever wants to roll. Our world champions will share their experience and tell what they went through this year,” Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao said. Top 10 finishers in 1st PH OCR Open earn national team pool slots Fans are in a frenzy as Netflix reveals that Henry Cavill is coming to Manila Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Photo from ONE ChampionshipTeam Lakay has a ton of reasons to celebrate for after four of its top fighters earned world titles this year with Eduard Folayang capping it off by reclaiming the ONE lightweight crown last month.And there’s no better time to celebrate the victories than the Yuletide season.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Mayweather previously said he was already making “seven figures” just by talking about it.Nasukawa, 20, appearing earlier in the day, said he wanted people to see his “courage, determination and challenging spirit.”Nasukawa, despite his no-loss record in kickboxing and mixed martial arts, was previously little known outside Japan. He said he enjoyed the sudden international attention.He acknowledged he didn’t understand what the English comments were saying on his Instagram account but added: “I love it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mayweather had initially appeared to walk away from the fight, set for Saitama Super Arena, on the northern outskirts of Tokyo.The Mayweather-Nasukawa bout will culminate an evening of more than a dozen fights, which will be streamed by FITE for a fee, but not in the U.S. Fuji TV is broadcasting the fights in Japan.“It’s all about entertainment, come Dec. 31. I want to go out and have fun,” said Mayweather, appearing relaxed and gushing about how he liked Asia and his fans in the region.Mayweather hasn’t fought since beating Conor McGregor more than a year ago for his 50th win from 50 fights.Nobuyuki Sakakibara, the head of Rizin Fighting Federation, who traveled to the U.S. to woo Mayweather back to the fight, has said it involves the largest payout for an exhibition fight but has not given specifics.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion But the American was adamant that his opponent wasn’t going to knock him out or down on Monday.“Throughout my years at boxing, I never touched the canvas once,” Mayweather, 41, told reporters at a Tokyo hotel, brushing off the upcoming event as “just another day.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I can do three rounds in my sleep,” he added.Neither kicking nor official results are part of the Rizin Fighting Federation match, but a knockout is possible under the special rules. Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks during a news conference in Tokyo Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. Mayweather is scheduled to fight Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in a three-round exhibition match in Japan on New Year’s Eve. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — Floyd Mayweather is promising entertainment when he fights Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in three rounds of exhibition boxing on New Year’s Eve, but not necessarily a knockout.“If it happens, it happens,” Mayweather said Saturday when asked whether he was going to knock out Nasukawa.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ LATEST STORIES Javee Mocon showing Caloy Garcia, Rain or Shine why he’s ‘steal of the draft’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Defending champ gone: Maria Sharapova ousts Caroline Wozniacki in Australia Still, he said it was an “amazing” feeling to play in front of so many friends and relatives.“I wish I could have played a little bit better,” Giles said. “They’ve seen me hoop before so they know, but just personally you always want to do good.”WILLIAMS ON WILLIAMSNorth Carolina Tar Heels coach Roy Williams made a surprise visit to see former Tar Heels player Marvin Williams play, something he tends to do at least once per season.“The funny thing is you never know when he’s going to pop up,” Marvin Williams said. “I’ve been in the league 14 years now and coach Williams has found a way to make it to a game every year. It’s unbelievable. And I know he does that for a lot of his former players — it’s bigger than basketball for him.”UP NEXTKings: Visit the Pistons on Saturday night.Hornets: Host the Suns on Saturday. “The second unit played well and got us back in the game,” Parker said. “But we have to have more consistency and keep it going now.”The Hornets entered the game looking to make up ground in the East after a 2-4 West Coast trip.After falling behind by 13 early, Charlotte outscored Sacramento 43-25 in the second quarter to take control and never trailed again, leading by as many as 20 early in the fourth quarter. Kidd-Gilchrist brought energy in the second quarter, scoring with 13 points before the break — most of those coming in transition after solid defensive play.In all, the Hornets scored 24 points off 16 Kings turnovers.“To score 43 points, it speaks to our defense there. That’s really how we were scoring,” Borrego said. “We were getting stops and steals.”TIP-INSKings: Buddy Hield led the Kings with 24 points. … Were outscored 52-38 in the paint despite being the Hornets being without center Cody Zeller.Hornets: Carolina Panthers All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly and former teammate Thomas Davis took in the game from courtside seats. … Center Frank Kaminsky did not play, even with Zeller out.GILES’ RETURNNorth Carolina native Harry Giles capped a frustrating night by fouling out with 1:20 left in the game. He finished with one point after missing all three shots from the field and going 1 of 4 from the foul line. LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The defense and bench play go hand-in-hand for Charlotte.Borrego has been substituting more frequently of late and going deeper into his bench in an effort to save energy for defense.“We want them to be fresh out there to give us all they have defensively,” Borrego said.While the first-year coach knows that may cost the Hornets some points on the offensive end, he said it’s “worth the payoff on defense.”Veteran guard Tony Parker agreed, saying if the Hornets want to make a playoff run — they are currently eighth in the Eastern Conference standings — they have to do it with defensive energy and consistently strong play off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “That’s the message right now,” Borrego said. “If we come out and defend with energy, physicality and disruption, we have a shot against anyone.”Kemba Walker scored 23 points, surpassing 11,000 for his career, and the Hornets set the tone with a strong defensive effort in the second quarter and powered their way to a 114-95 win Thursday night over the Sacramento Kings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMiles Bridges and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each had 15 points off the bench and reserve center Willy Hernangomez added 11 points and 16 rebounds for the Hornets. Charlotte’s reserves outscored Sacramento’s 60-44 and outrebounded them 25-17 as the Kings’ three-game winning streak ended. That run included a win over Charlotte in Sacramento on Saturday.“Their role players struggled a little bit at our place, our role players struggled a little bit here,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “That’s generally what happens — role players play better at home. We’re playing a lot of young guys at the same time, so it’s going to take a little while to figure out.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Charlotte Hornets’ Willy Hernangomez gestures after making a 3-point basket against the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C— Coach James Borrego says the Charlotte Hornets can beat any team in the NBA if they bring defensive intensity.The challenge is getting that effort every game.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more