Tabal delivers first gold medal for PH, rules women’s marathon

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES GOLD! Mary Joy Tabal rules women’s marathon in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/INQUIRERPUTRAJAYA, Malaysia Rising up through emotional ups and down, Mary Joy Tabal just crowned herself the queen of the 29th Southeast Asian Games marathon.The 28-year-old Tabal broke down in tears right after crossing the finish line, literally beating the Vietnam contestant by a mile, to deliver that gold medal she hoped would open the flood gates for Team Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I went through a lot of hardships. In training. In everything. But the I know in my heart that I really have to deliver,” said Tabal in Filipino. “I can’t let disappoint my country.READ: Tabal pleads with Patafa to reconsider: I did nothing wrong 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“To my fellow athletes, if we really do our best, we can do it,” added Tabal who clocked two hours, 48 minutes and 26 seconds, almost seven minutes clear of silver winner Hoang Thi Thanh.Tabal said she was feeling cramps on her tibialis or shin muscle during the first loop around the Putrajaya government complex that lined with gleaming office skyscrapers. READ: Patafa reinstates TabalTabal, who trained for three months in Italy, hugged Athletics chief Philip Ella Juico and Philippine Sports Commissioner Ramon Fernandez right after draping herself with the Philippine flag at the finish line.“Thank you to all people who believed in me and for all your support,” said Tabal who has had strained relationship with the national athletics body for the past two years. “That’s why on the first loop I tried to warm up, then in the second loop I saw the other runners being left behind,” added the Rio Olympian and silver medals in the 2015 SEAG.READ: Patafa cuts Tabal, runner says ‘I just want to run for PH’ The race was held on well paved city streets with four and half loops on the main street on a cloudy day and weather cooled down by the previous night’s heavy downpour.“I felt that God was gifting me with this victory and all I needed to do was take it,” said Tabal.Her compatriot in the men’s side, Jeson Agravante didn’t finish the race.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC At least, there’s the promise of a dogfight PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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PH Volcanoes lose steam, bow out of gold medal hunt

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LATEST STORIES But Sunday was cruel for the Volcanoes, who suffered a 21-7 shocker at the hands of Singapore, before finishing the round robin with a 31-14 defeat at the hands of Thailand.The Philippines were holding a 14-7 lead over Thailand in a match that the Thais needed to win to make the finals.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 the Volcanoes soon lost grip of the match, allowing Thailand to run away with the win which wasn’t enough for it make the gold medal match.Malaysia and Singapore were fighting for the gold at press time. Lacuna, PH swimmers hope to get out of SEA Games slump UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games FILE – Philippines Men’s Rugby 7s players during the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur at MBPJ Stadium on 19 Aug 2017. Photo by Faiz Azizan/MASOCKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines lost one of its expected gold medals after its rugby7 men’s team dropped three successive games in the round robin match at Majlis Perbandara in Kelana Jaya.The country, which handily won the gold medal when the sports debuted two years ago, got a strong start Saturday, scoring wins over Indonesia, Cambodia and Malaysia.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

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Nadal makes Shanghai semis, ties Agassi for wins in Open Era

first_imgFourth-seeded Marin Cilic stands between Nadal and a second ATP final in two weeks.Cilic advanced to his first Shanghai semifinal by beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 6-3, 6-4.The 25th-ranked Ramos-Vinolas ended Cilic’s streak of winning 21 service games in the sixth game of thesecond set.“I was a little bit angry with myself just with not keeping up the good tennis at that moment,” Cilic said.The other quarterfinals – Juan Martin del Potro against Viktor Troicki of Serbia, and Roger Federer against Richard Gasquet – are later Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Folayang preparing for Nguyen’s speed BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments MOST READ Nadal has yet to drop serve in Shanghai.Dimitrov extended the quarterfinal to a third set when he rebounded from a 4-2 deficit to win the second-set tiebreaker.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 shutoutIn the third set, Nadal saved the one break point he faced in the match in the fifth game, and broke serve in the sixth to set up victory.“Winning a lot of matches in a row, so I’m very happy for everything,” Nadal said. “Of course, being able to win the U.S. Open, Beijing, and being in the semifinals here … I have to try to keep focus and hold that momentum. We’ll see tomorrow if I can have another good day.” LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return shot against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during their men’s quarterfinals match in the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)SHANGHAI — Rafael Nadal tied Andre Agassi for seventh place on the list of all-time Open Era wins when he reached the Shanghai Masters semifinals on Friday.Topping Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 was his 870th match win. Nadal also improved his win streak to 15 having won the China Open last week. In Beijing, he defeated Dimitrov in a three-set semifinal.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

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Miocic, Cormier set to defend titles at UFC 220

first_imgUFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, left, taunts Volkan Oezdemir, right, during their weigh-in the night before their Ultimate Fighting Championship bout Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Boston. UFC president Dana White stands between the fighters. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON — UFC is back in Boston.The top MMA promotion returned to TD Garden Saturday night with the heavyweight and light heavyweight belts on the line on the same card for the first time since 2003.ADVERTISEMENT Stipe Miocic (17-2) looks to set a UFC heavyweight division record with a third straight successful title defense when he fights Francis Ngannou (11-1). The 31-year-old Ngannou hasn’t needed to go beyond the first round in any of his last four bouts and has never gone past the second in his 12 pro fights. Ngannou fights just seven weeks after his stunning victory of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218.Daniel Cormier (19-1) defends the light heavyweight title against Switzerland’s Volkan Oezdemir (15-1).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUFC held its fifth card at TD Garden, the first since 2016, and the company said the arena was sold out. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Thunder thump Cavs, keep LeBron shy of 30,000 points John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Filipinos break ice with 12-0 thumping of Indonesia in ice hockey

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This photo taken on August 15, 2017 shows members of the Philippines men’s ice hockey team, dubbed the “Mighty Ducks”, during a practice session at a mall skating rink in Manila ahead of their games at the Southeast Asian Games (SEAGames) in Malaysia./ AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBEThe Philippine ice hockey team showed why it’s among the favorites to win the gold medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.READ: Philippine ‘Mighty Ducks’ sets out to shock in SEA GamesADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Philippines thrashed Indonesia, 12-0, kicking off its gold medal bid in dominating fashion Monday at Empire City Ice Arena in Damansara Perdana in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.READ: Fil-Canadians boost PH SEA Games bid in ice hockeyFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIce hockey is being staged in the regional meet for the first time.The Filipinos take on Singapore next before wrapping up their stint against Malaysia and Thailand. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SEA Games: Suarez, two Filipino pugs enter semis; Paalam out Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony View commentslast_img read more

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Lyceum eyes first-round sweep

first_imgLyceum may be favored to complete a first-round sweep against tailender Mapua, but coach Topex Robinson wants his Pirates to remember how they nearly absorbed a first loss against Letran.Robinson said the scare—where Lyceum had to rally from 17 points down against Letran—only showed that the Pirates have more to work on as they gun for a ninth straight triumph in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But the Pirates said his absence wasn’t an excuse for the team’s poor start against the Knights.“We just want to continue to play the game right,” said assistant coach Jeff Perlas, who called the shots in the Pirates’ comeback win over the Knights, 75-68. —JASMINE W. PAYOSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pingris rejoins Star practice, set for return 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Game time is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan where the Pirates hope to bank on CJ Perez’s explosive game anew.“Honestly, we didn’t discuss about a potential sweep but rather we want to be a better version of ourselves from our Letran game,” said Robinson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPerpetual Help and Emilio Aguinaldo College, tied at 3-5, tangle at 4 p.m., while struggling teams Arellano (2-5) and St. Benilde (2-6) clash at 12 noon.Last Friday, the Pirates played minus Robinson, who served a one-game suspension. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

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England’s Anthony defeats Vijender

first_imgIndia had a mixed day at the boxing competition of the Commonwealth Games as three of their boxers reached the finals, while the World No.1 boxer Vijender Kumar suffered a shock defeat to settle for bronze.Suranjoy Singh (52kg), Manoj Kumar (60kg) and Paramajeet Samota (+91kg) assured India of at least three silver medals by beating Pakistan’s Haroon Iqbal, Bahamas’s Valentino Knowles and Tonga’s F.A. Junior, respectively.But middleweight boxer Vijender’s defeat stunned the crowd at the Talkatora Stadium as he lost to England’s Anthony Ogogo 3-4 after being handed two warnings. Vijender was first warned for hitting his opponent on the back of his head and then for holding the Englishman.Interestingly, the England boxer defeated his Indian counterpart despite not landing even a single scoring punch. In fact, Vijender was undone by the warnings, each of which cost him two points.The decision created a huge furore as the Indian Boxing Federation lodged a protest to the jury but it upheld Canadian referee Michael Summers’ decision. “The jury reviewed the bout and decided that Vijender was holding his opponent and the referee was right in warning him.The Indian team pointed out that even Ogogo was holding Vijender, but the jury didn’t agree and gave the England boxer a clean chit,” Indian Boxing Federation secretary-general P.K. Muralidharan Raja said.He said he had no problems with the jury’s decision. Vijender was furious. “It is unfair. Even he (Ogogo) held me but wasn’t warned,” he said. Vijender was leading 1-0 after the first round.advertisementIn the next round, none of them scored any points. In the third round, Vijender hit two scoring blows and extended his lead to 3-0, but then the Canadian referee Michael Summers handed the warning twice to Indians which resulted to an unexpected ouster of the brightest Indian contender for gold medal.Ogogo, exulting after perhaps the biggest win of his career, said, “a boxer of Vijender’s stature should not have acted the way he did in the ring”. “Critics will say that Vijender lost because he was handed a warning twice but the reality is that I was not given scores even after clear punches.Had those points been given to me, I would have been an outright winner.” Earlier, Commonwealth Championships gold medallist Amandeep Singh (49kg), Jai Bhagwan (60kg) and nine-time national champion Dilbag Singh (69kg) had to be content with bronze medals after losing their semi-final bouts.Jai lost to Thomas Stalker of England 5-10 after he was also warned twice. In the evening session, Suranjoy crushed Iqbal, the younger brother of professional star Amir Khan, 9-3.Manoj played a mixed game of attack and defence to register a 2-1 win over Knowles. In the final on Wednesday, Suranjoy will face Benson Njangiri of Kenya, while Manoj is pitted against Bradley Saunders of England who beat Louis Colin of Mauritius 10-7. Samota will play Abdul Haqq Tariq of Trinidad.last_img read more

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Indian team leaves for Mumbai for World Cup final

first_imgThe bare-knuckled slugfest eventually saw India pack off Pakistan by 29 runs.Indian cricket team on Thursday left for Mumbai to play the final of the cricket World Cup against Sri Lanka on Saturday. India vanquished Pakistan to storm into the final in a high-voltage match on Wednesday night, which was watched by the prime ministers of the two countries and millions of passionate fans across the world. As the team members boarded the bus in the afternoon for taking a flight, Indian cricketers looked in an upbeat mood while the mood in the Pakistani camp was one that of disappointment. The 29-run victory at Mohali had enabled India to maintain its unbeaten record against the arch-rivals in the 36 years of World Cup history. Man-of-the-match in Wednesday’s match Sachin Tendulkar waved to the fans and so did many others including skipper M.S. Dhoni while Yuvraj Singh, who hails from Chandigarh, obliged few fans with autographs and got pictures clicked with them. Zaheer Khan’s girl friend Isha Sharwani and Ashish Nehra’s family were also present at the Hotel Taj in Chandigarh, which had been brought under tight security cover. In the Pakistani side, speedster Shoaib Akhtar was the first to board his team bus as Pakistani team also left Chandigarh in the afternoon. Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi’s brother, Mushtaq Afridi, told journalists that there was disappointment in the team that they could not win. He also gave credit to the Indian team for playing well. He said the skipper was sad that the team could not make it to the finals. Mushtaq felt Pakistan had lost because of small mistakes which made the match slip out of their hands. India now meet Sri Lanka in a bid to win the coveted Cup for the second time since it first stunned the cricketing world by beating West Indies in 1983 at the Lords.  – With inputs from PTIadvertisementlast_img read more

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Lalit Modi backs magazine’s spot-fixing claims

first_imgFormer Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi has backed the investigation by a leading sports magazine, ‘Sports Illustrated’ into rampant spot-fixing in the subcontinent.The magazine has claimed that the second edition of the IPL, which was held in South Africa and some of the matches in the recently-concluded World Cup were fixed by a sophisticated bookmaker network.”Some of the incidents described are factual. Quite an accurate story. Well researched I must say,” Modi wrote in his twitter page on Tuesday.Modi had earlier raised a controversy by suggesting that the change of pitch for the IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings in Jaipur had been done at the behest of BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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ICC rankings for Tests: India still on top, Harbhajan rises

first_imgThe ICC on Monday announced the players and team rankings for Tests. West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards has achieved his career-best ranking in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers following the drawn third and final Test against India at Dominica.  The 29-year-old from Barbados, who finished with match figures of 36.8-4-122-6, has gained two places to 16th position in the latest rankings, a position he holds jointly with South Africa spinner Paul Harris.  Edwards is not the only bowler to have made moves in the latest rankings, India’s Harbhajan Singh is up one place to seventh.The off-spinner had a successful match, claiming figures of 57-21-101-6 and in the process passed the 400-wicket mark. His ascension to seventh has seen team-mate and the man of the series, Ishant Sharma, drop one place to eighth in the rankings. Just outside of the top 20, West Indies captain Darren Sammy is up one place to 29th, meanwhile India’s Praveen Kumar has broken into the top 50 for the first time. The medium-pace bowler from Uttar Pradesh walked away with four wickets in the final Test and is now ranked 42nd.  The top three remain unchanged with Dale Steyn of South Africa still leading the way ahead of England’s Graeme Swann in second position and James Anderson in third.  There is positive news for West Indies centurion Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who has risen to seventh in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen following his match-saving 116 not out in the second innings at Roseau. The veteran Guyanese batsman, who won the ICC Cricketer of the Year at the LG ICC Awards in 2008, marked a welcome return to form as he foiled India’s attempts to win the series 2-0. Meanwhile, fellow centurion Kirk Edwards has entered the rankings in 60th place after the 26-year-old from Barbados joined an elite group of people who have scored Test centuries on debut.  The top five remain unchanged with Jacques Kallis of South Africa still leading the way ahead of India’s Sachin Tendulkar in second position. Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Tendulkar, who did not play in the West Indies series, have fallen back because a player loses one per cent of his ratings points for every Test he misses. There was no change in the top five of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders with Kallis leading the way, followed by New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori. Despite winning the series, number-one team India has lost two ratings points in the latest ratings points due to the fact that it drew two matches of the three-Test series against a side that was ranked 42 points and six places below it. The rankings are weighted so that the amount by which a team’s rating changes after a series depends on the corresponding rating of the opponent. Equally, despite losing the series, the West Indies has gained two ratings points. This is taking into consideration the relatively high rating of its opponent. Darren Sammy’s men remain in seventh position but are now just two ratings points behind Pakistan. However, there is set to be further change this week as the annual update takes place before the start of the England v India series.advertisementTeam rating1 India (126 points)2 South Africa (117)3 England (116)4 Sri Lanka (107)5 Australia (107)6 Pakistan (90)7 West Indies (88)8 New Zealand (78)9 Bangladesh (7)ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 11 July) Top 10 batsmen1 Jacques Kallis (SA)2 Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)3 K Sangakkara (SL)4 Jonathan Trott (Eng)5 Alastair Cook (Eng)6 VVS Laxman (Ind)7 S. Chanderpaul (WI)8 Virender Sehwag (Ind)9 T Samaraweera (SL)10 AB de Villiers (SA)Top 10 Test bowlers1 Dale Steyn (SA)2 Graeme Swann (Eng)3 James Anderson (Eng)4 Morne Morkel (SA)5 Mitchell Johnson (Aus)6 Zaheer Khan (Ind)7 Harbhajan Singh (Ind)8 Ishant Sharma (Ind)9 Shakib Al Hasan (Ban)10 Daniel Vettori (NZ)last_img read more

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Tendulkar writes to Lorgat for changing ODI format

first_imgThe ODIs are perceived to be on the decline and it’s none other than Sachin Tendulkar who has now come out publicly in support of revamping the current 50-over format having written a letter to ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.Tendulkar, the world’s highest run-getter in both Tests and ODIs and someone who is on the threshold of his 100th international century, wants ICC to make “a radical switch” from 50-50 to four 25-over innings.Apart from reducing the number of overs per innings, Tendulkar has also proposed several more changes for the ODIs.The Indian batting icon had spoken about this new concept in television interviews in the past but had never written a letter to ICC in this regard.”I have been capturing my thoughts on what I think would be the way forward to ensure that all three formats in the game co-exist and ensure value creation,” he wrote in the letter seen by ‘The Times’.He argued that four alternate innings of 25 overs for each side in an international would be the fairest way of balancing the advantages gained by the team that won the toss when pitch and weather conditions mean that a match can virtually be decided by the spin of a coin.Tendulkar’s letter also proposed changes in voluntary Powerplays.In each 25-over block, Tendulkar wants only two Powerplays at the behest of the batting side but suggested that up to four bowlers should be allowed up to 12 overs each, rather than the present limit of 10.advertisementOne of the prominent matches featuring India seemed to have been lost after spin of coin was 1996 Wills World Cup semi-final when Lankans batted first on a square turner.Tendulkar also cited two games in the most recent World Cup when evening dew helped England to achieve a tie in their classic qualifying game against India in Bangalore but then counted in favour of Ireland during their famous run chase against England at the same venue.A split into two equal innings a side was often proposed for the final of the domestic county competition in the UK – originally the Gillette Cup – in the days when it was invariably an advantage to field first, the report said.The hover cover, instant outfield drainage and sophisticated drying equipment have ensured that matches at Lord’s almost always start on a dry pitch these days, but that is not the case everywhere.In Australia last winter, the inter-state one-day tournament, the Ryobi Cup, was played over 45-overs-a-side, split into two alternate innings of 20 overs followed by two of 25.The format was generally rated a success by Cricket Australia (CA). There were more close finishes, more runs, more wickets and larger TV audiences.Significantly, the new regulations appeared to overcome the relatively dull and predictable middle-over phases of 50-over games.last_img read more

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Columbian makes CJ Perez top PBA rookie pick; No. 2 Parks Jr. goes to Blackwater

first_imgAfter Game 1 rout, Blaze Spikers still got more to give Robert Bolick was selected third overall by NorthPort, giving its star Stanley Pringle a partner to operate with in the backcourt.“Coach [Pido Jarencio] jokingly told me if I wouldn’t die for the team, he’ll do it himself,” Bolick said in Filipino. “I’m thrilled. I know the two of us would gel together well … I’m excited to show my winning mentality.”With the three teams going for their expected choices, the shocker in the first round came when coach Yeng Guiao himself said “Amin na ’to (It’s ours),” before announcing Paul Desiderio as NLEX’s choice, which came from a predraft trade with Phoenix.“I was shocked because I never expected to be selected ahead of Javee (Mocon) and Trevis (Jackson),” Desiderio said. “My goal now is not to disappoint coach Yeng.”The surprises did not stop there as Meralco selected Trevis Jackson out of Sacramento State. The Filipino-American guard represented the Philippines in a 3×3 showcase in China in August along with stints in the PBA D-League.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Mocon, another star from San Beda, landed on Rain or Shine with the sixth pick that was originally held by TNT KaTropa. He was followed at seventh by Abu Tratter, a versatile forward out of La Salle and a former national player.Jesper Ayaay, the other Lyceum product in the draft, was chosen ninth by Alaska, while Michael Calisaan of San Sebastian was snared at No. 10 by Magnolia .Columbian, using a pick from San Miguel Beermen, went for Letran guard JP Calvo at 11th, before Phoenix ended the first-round with Jorey Napoles from Technological Institute of the Philippines.Prior to the event, technical director Eric Castro said the league will put on hold on all trades until the selection process was over.Rain or Shine opened the second round by selecting Paul Varilla of University of the East. Meralco followed by choosing Bong Quinto of Letran, Magnolia gambled on Jeepy Faundo of University of Santo Tomas and NLEX and Alaska chosr Kris Porter and GBoy Babilonia, respectively.Lesser-known Cyrus Tabi of Rizal Technological U went to Columbian as sixth pick in the second round. Adamson duo Robbie Manalang and Harold Ng were both tabbed by Rain or Shine.Phoenix, through picks acquired from trades, also went for FEU guards Ron Dennison and Jojo Trinidad.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After steering Lyceum to two runner-up finishes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Perez promised to bring not only scoring to the team, but also boundless energy.“I’ll bring effort, too,” he said. “I’m ready to give it my all to them … But I also know that I can’t do it all by myself. The winning ways won’t come without the effort.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBlackwater went for Ray Parks Jr., who missed the proceedings due to his commitment with San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, which was playing CLS Knights Indonesia in Surabaya at press time, in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).The Elite now aims to follow through with their goal of becoming playoff contenders following a franchise-best showing in the ongoing Governors’ Cup where they lost to finalist Magnolia in the quarterfinals. Archeologists find remains of 227 sacrificed children in Peru PLAY LIST 00:59Archeologists find remains of 227 sacrificed children in Peru01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta02:11CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netColumbian stuck to its original plan as it picked CJ Perez first overall in the Rookie Draft, making good with its intention to end years of futility in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).The 25-year-old Perez will join a Dyip squad that chalked up only six victories the past season.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Thunder win 7th straight, roll past Heat

first_imgLATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte George scored 43 points and had a career-high 10 3-pointers, Dennis Schroder scored 24 of his 28 points in the second quarter and the Oklahoma City Thunder extended the NBA’s longest current winning streak to seven games by beating the Miami Heat 118-102.“Paul George, tonight, was tremendous,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We basically tried every coverage we had in our playbook: regular man, trapping him, zone. … One of the more impressive shooting displays I’ve seen this season.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesGeorge once lost 11 consecutive appearances in Miami, going through some brutal defeats when he was with Indiana and the Pacers couldn’t break through the Heat in what seemed like their annual battle for the Eastern Conference title. But he was never better on the Heat home floor than he was Friday, connecting on 14 of 23 shots and 10 of 16 from 3-point land.At the end, he got to exchange jerseys with Heat guard Dwyane Wade. Wade was announced as an All-Star earlier in the day for the 13th time, after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver decided Wade and Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki merited becoming special additions to the player pool for the Feb. 17 game in Charlotte. Fans roared when Wade entered the game for the first time and was introduced as an All-Star.They didn’t have much else to yell about, at least in a positive light.George, who set a franchise record for 3s in a game, had 16 points in the first quarter to get the Thunder going and 12 more in the fourth to finish things off.“He’s in a groove, man,” Wade said. “He’s been playing phenomenal basketball. I’ve said it plenty of times: That’s my favorite player. I love watching PG play.”TIP-INSThunder: Schroder went 9 for 9 in the second quarter, helping stake Oklahoma City to a 72-53 halftime lead. … Westbrook had eight assists in the first quarter. There have been 11 instances this season of a player having that many assists in a quarter, and Westbrook has three of them.Heat: Whiteside’s double-double was his 100th at home…. One of the biggest roars of the night came after the third-quarter buzzer, when Bam Adebayo banked in a 90-footer. It didn’t count. … With his second basket of the night and the 8,242nd of his career, Wade passed Reggie Miller for 32nd on the NBA’s all-time list.WESTBROOK REACTIONWestbrook called getting picked for the All-Star team again a blessing. “Definitely an experience you don’t take for granted,” he said.HOME WOES The Heat fell to 11-15 at home, matching their home loss total from last season. Miami has dropped three straight at home, all by double digits.UP NEXTThunder: Visit Boston on Sunday, the Celtics’ 11th consecutive year playing at home on Super Bowl Sunday.Heat: Host Indiana on Saturday, wrapping up the 21st home-home back-to-back in team history.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rudy Gobert stars as Jazz turn back Hawks Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, left, and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade congratulate each other after exchanging jerseys after an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — Paul George has endured some rough nights in Miami.Friday was not one of them.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “D-Wade is a guy I look up to and we’ve shared a bond through competition and now through a mentorship as a guy I look at and honestly want to model my brand and off-the-court stuff like,” George said. “It’s great for him. He’s had an amazing run. I couldn’t say enough really about D-Wade and what he’s been to this league and honestly for my development. He played a huge role in my development and who I am now as a player.”Russell Westbrook got his fifth straight triple-double and 18th of the season, finishing with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists. Steven Adams added 13 for the Thunder.Oklahoma City beat Miami for the sixth straight time, and became the second team to have two separate winning streaks of at least seven games this season. Golden State is the other, with streaks of 11 and eight games.“There were some real good positive things to take from the game all the way around,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.Kelly Olynyk scored 21 for Miami, which fell to the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference. Josh Richardson scored 18 and Hassan Whiteside finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Heat.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

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1-minute silence for Emiliano Sala at Champions League games

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting After 3 straight NCAA titles, Lady Chiefs still not satisfied ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Tributes are paid to Emiliano Sala ahead of the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)NYON, Switzerland — UEFA says a one-minute silence to honor Emiliano Sala will be held before all Champions League and Europa League games this week.Clubs can also choose to wear black armbands as a tribute to the 28-year-old Sala, who died in an airplane crash in the English Channel last month.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says he urges “supporters across the continent to pay their respects to his memory over the coming days.”The Argentina-born forward was in a single-engine aircraft flying from Nantes in France to start his new career with English Premier League club Cardiff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSala’s body was recovered from the wreckage last week but pilot David Ibbotson is still missing. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

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Aiming higher

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Garcia and Yap have always rued about missing the playoffs in the third conference last season—a bitter taste they keep in their mouths for motivation to reach for loftier goals.“We’d want an advantage going into the next round,” said Garcia, whose squad improved to 7-1—the best record in the league—after their conquest of the Hotshots.The top two teams at the end of the elimination round are assured of a twice-to-beat bonus in the playoffs, an incentive that Garcia feels they can achieve if they can stretch their run of solid performances.“If we want to make it far, we have to be consistent,” he said. “Basically, [we] played well [on Wednesday]. But I think we could have done better.”Yap, who made the pivotal play in a nip-and-tuck endgame duel  against the Hotshots, feels like Rain or Shine’s recent clutch performances will sharpen the team up for brutal playoff wars.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES James Yap (right) has been having a rejuvenation of sorts, towing Rain or Shine to the lead. —Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine got what it wanted going into a midconference break in the PBA Philippine Cup. James Yap, the veteran former MVP, is having a career rejuvenation of sorts.Can’t blame Elasto Painters coach Caloy Garcia for aiming higher right now.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte HK club ends SMB-Alab’s 7-game run “Our target now is try to make it to the Top 2,” he said shortly after Rain or Shine survived last season’s Governors Cup champion Magnolia, 75-74, in a clutch duel Wednesday night at MOA Arena.“Before the game, I told the players that as of now, we’re playing good…  I think we’re already assured of a quarters spot during our last game,” he said. “I think six wins will get you to the quarterfinals.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe league’s chief statistician, Fidel Mangonon III, said that at least in the last four editions of the Philippine Cup, teams with six wins have made it to the playoffs.But an assurance is just that: an assurance. Moreso, just getting into the playoffs isn’t enough for the Elasto Painters anymore. Before beating Magnolia, Rain or Shine also outlasted erstwhile leader Phoenix.“I like it,” he said of the intense contests. “Come playoffs, we’ll be used to all of it.”It was doubly sweet for Yap, who came up strong against the team he powered to a Grand Slam in 2014. He was eventually traded to Rain or Shine and hasn’t quite made his mark until this conference, where he has been reliving his MVP form.But the Painters know Yap cannot do it alone.“We just have to trust each other,” Garcia added.The Painters resume their Philippine Cup campaign against TNT KaTropa on March 3 at Ynares Center in Antipolo. View commentslast_img read more

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With Popovich ejected in first minute, Nuggets blow past Spurs

first_imgDenver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, center, cuts between San Antonio Spurs forward Davis Bertans, left, and guard Marco Belinelli for a look at the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 113-85. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — The Denver Nuggets ran San Antonio right off the court. Long before, the officials ran Gregg Popovich.Nikola Jokic scored 20 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out nine of Denver’s season-high 41 assists as the Nuggets routed San Antonio 113-85 on Wednesday night in a game in which the Spurs coach was ejected after just 63 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Spurs: At Washington on Friday.Nuggets: Begin a home-and-home with Portland on Friday at Pepsi Center.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jamal Murray added 14 points and 11 assists for a Nuggets team that’s currently holding down the No. 2 seed in the West with four games remaining. The squad rebounded from a 116-102 loss to top-seeded Golden State a night earlier.“We played,” Murray said, “the way we want to play.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDenver steadily built a commanding lead against the Spurs before emptying the bench with about 5 minutes remaining. Popovich was long gone and didn’t have to endure his team’s implosion.Popovich appeared livid over a non-foul call and called time out to argue with the officials. After two technicals, he was sent to the locker room at 10:57 of the opening quarter. The last time a coach was ejected within the first two minutes of a game was Washington’s Flip Saunders on Jan. 2, 2012, at Boston, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau. Saunders was ejected 1:46 into that game. Following the game, Popovich didn’t have much to say.“You’ll have to ask the officials,” he said.Soon after, Popovich joined the scrum where Nuggets coach Michael Malone was conducting his postgame interviews. The exchange between the coaches was nearly as long as Popovich’s appearance in the contest.Malone: “We were just talking about an NBA record that was set tonight.”Popovich: “What was the record? What happened?”ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Malone: “Somebody got thrown out in 63 seconds.”Popovich: “Are you serious? That person must have hit somebody. Somebody get hit tonight? Somebody get cursed at or anything?”And just like that, Popovich was off for the exit.“That’s one of a kind right there,” Malone said. “I don’t know what to say after that.”LaMarcus Aldridge and Lonnie Walker IV each had 16 points for the Spurs, who slipped into the eighth spot with the loss.“You’ve got to give them credit. They played well,” said DeMar DeRozan, who had 11 points. “It’s tough coming into this place, especially on a back-to-back. They use their advantages coming here. They played well. They beat us. We couldn’t make shots. We never got anything going.”TIP-INSSpurs: Assistant coach Ettore Messina took over for Popovich on the bench. … The Spurs never led.Nuggets: Denver is 24-2 this season when holding an opponent under 100 points. … F Jarred Vanderbilt got into the game late on his 20th birthday. … Monte Morris and Malik Beasley each had 19 points off the bench. … The Nuggets improved to 32-7 at the Pepsi Center. It’s the best home mark in the West.UNSELFISH PLAY MOST READ 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 Conor McGregor hints at retirement U-turn after Khabib Nurmagomedov feud Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Denver moved to 11-1 on the second night of a back-to-back.“I’ve been on a lot of really good basketball teams, part of really good basketball teams, and I’ve never seen a team go 11-1 on the second night of a back-to back,” Malone said. “That’s an incredible stat for us.”HALL OF FAMERThe Air Force Academy recently announced Popovich will be inducted into the school’s athletics hall of fame. Popovich served as the team captain of the Falcons in 1970 and later returned as an assistant coach.“I’m surprised they haven’t done it earlier because the 14 points a game I averaged was pretty awesome,” Popovich cracked. “All 37 fans every game had a hell of a night and really cheered for me. It’s amazing it took so long.“In all seriousness, anything that has anything to do with the Academy is a thrill and an honor.”HOME SWEET HOMEBeing from Colorado, Spurs guard Derrick White’s ticket request was about 20.“And it’s still not enough,” said White, who finished with five points. “It’s always special to come home and play in front of your friends and family, people that have been there your whole life.”UP NEXTlast_img read more

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Warriors’ Kevin Durant suffers Achilles injury in Game 5

first_imgMany others just sent best wishes, including Miami’s Kelly Olynyk, Cleveland’s Kevin Love and Atlanta’s Trae Young. And some Raptors players, including Kyle Lowry, urged those fans who were cheering the sight of Durant limping to stop.“I don’t think the fans knew the significance of the injury,” Lowry said.The Warriors entered the night trailing the Raptors 3-1 in the title series — meaning their hopes of a third consecutive NBA championship remain on the brink now. Durant had not played since straining a calf muscle in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston, and the team hoped his presence would be a boost.“The skill, obviously, is undeniable and he’s a guy who can get a shot off anytime he wants,” Kerr said earlier Monday. “He’s been in similar situations with us where he’s had long layoffs. He’s Kevin Durant. If we have him out there, he’ll be a threat.”He won’t be out there again this season.“I just feel so bad for him,” Curry said. “Nobody should have to go through something like that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP WATCH: Kawhi Leonard scores 10 straight for Raptors late in Game 5 Durant got hurt on a dribble on the right wing, coming up lame on a crossover move and falling to the floor. He grabbed the back of his leg, appeared to grab below the calf and more toward the Achilles area, and needed help to limp to the bench area and more help to get back to the Warriors’ locker room. Warriors forward Andre Iguodala was on Durant’s left side as they made the long walk back to the room, with Myers and Stephen Curry in the group immediately behind them.“It sucks. I feel so bad for him, his camp,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “He’s going to come back stronger though. That’s the kind of fighter he is and I’m going to miss him, man. It’s not the same being out there without him.”Durant shouted an expletive as he left the floor, his frustration obvious. He was supposed to be one of the marquee free agents this summer. He may now end up exercising his $31.5 million option to stay with the Warriors, especially if he’s going to be sidelined for an extended period.“I’m hurting deep in the soul right now,” Durant wrote on Instagram after the game.His season is over.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts as he leaves the court after sustaining an injury during first-half basketball action against the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto, Monday, June 10, 2019. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Golden State forward Kevin Durant has an injured right Achilles, a massive blow for the perennial All-Star and two-time NBA Finals MVP who may be three weeks away from free agency and could also be facing a long rehabilitation process.Warriors general manager Bob Myers was teary when he gave the news after Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night. An MRI will be performed Tuesday to determine the severity, but Durant’s season is clearly over and his recovery will likely take several months if the Achilles is indeed torn.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View comments MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “He’s one of the most misunderstood people,” Myers said. “He’s a good teammate, he’s a good person, it’s not fair. I’m lucky to know him. I don’t have all the information on what really the extent of what it all means until we get a MRI, but the people that worked with him and cleared him are good people, they’re good people.”Myers said Durant’s first injury of this postseason was a calf injury, as the Warriors have insisted throughout. Myers also said that he is willing to accept the blame for the decision to play Durant in Game 5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGolden State won 106-105, cutting Toronto’s lead in the NBA Finals to 3-2.“I don’t believe there’s anybody to blame, but I understand in this world and if you have to, you can blame me,” Myers said. “I run our basketball operations department. And to tell you something about Kevin Durant, Kevin Durant loves to play basketball, and the people that questioned whether he wanted to get back to this team were wrong.” LATEST STORIES The Warriors’ season isn’t.“We do it for Kevin,” Thompson said.Durant had been cleared by the Warriors’ medical staff after Game 4, and participated in both a practice session Sunday and a shootaround practice earlier Monday. The Warriors had said throughout his monthlong absence that they did not want him back on the floor until he was right, for fear of a scenario where Durant aggravated the injury and had no chance of returning this season.Their nightmare came true. And if it really only was a calf injury initially, this was worse.“It’s a bizarre feeling that we all have right now,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “An incredible win and a horrible loss at the same time.”Durant had 11 points in 12 minutes, making all three of his 3-point attempts. He started and played the first six minutes, then had the lower leg wrapped with a heating pad to keep it loose before he returned about three minutes later.“He gave us what he had,” Curry said. “He went out there and sacrificed his body.”When the injury happened, a number of NBA players reacted on Twitter quickly — both to the injury, and to the sound of some Toronto fans cheering when Durant got hurt.“Why are they cheering for his injury? Come on man,” Philadelphia center Joel Embiid wrote.Added Washington’s Bobby Portis: “Raptors fans can’t cheer for a player getting hurt. That’s lame.”last_img read more

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Food Buzz: Paris Cafe is Kolkata’s rendezvous with French food

first_imgWith its irresistible range of cupcakes and pastries, the quaint Paris Cafe here is a rendezvous with classic French food and culture. It stands for what famed American chef Julia Child had once said about the style of cooking: “In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.”Done up elegantly with gold-hued interiors and lots of lace, the 17-seater boulangerie-patisserie in Ballygunge mirrors the sophistication and grandiose of the Champs Elysees, one of world’s most famous avenues, bang in the middle of Kolkata’s hustle and bustle.And it is not just the warm and stunning art-deco wrought iron furniture, the mirrors and other artefacts that take you to Paris. The salads, crepes, paninis, souffle, pancakes and French pastry aim to show the sweet-loving Kolkata residents some examples of professional French cooking.”French desserts are not overwhelmingly sweet and there is a perfect balance of flavours. A lot of technique goes into making a small cupcake. I wanted to bring the essence of French cooking, a bit of Paris to Kolkata,” entrepreneur-chef Sneha Singhi, the cafe’s owner, told IANS.The lavish menu-du-jour includes macaroons, eclairs (almost the size of a hot-dog), red-velvet cupcakes (the creme de la creme and chef’s favourite), pancakes, a range of breads and Singhi’s own creation, the pretty ‘Dream Come True’, a rainbow cake.Besides these popular items, the chocolate fudge, red-velvet cheesecake, spinach crepe with cheese sauce and pancake with maple sauce and an array of hot and cold beverages have loyal patrons who swear by the quality and freshness.advertisementAn order of pancakes with maple syrup comes with a bit of piped whipped cream dotted with cherries and mint leaves. The fresh zing of mint as it melts with the cream is as impressive as the softness, almost cushiony texture, of the pancakes’ filling.”We ensure the freshest ingredients and some of the quintessential French ingredients are imported from France and Belgium such as the almond flour, chocolate and some variants of sugar,” explained the 23-year-old Singhi.Singhi holds a diploma from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, the world’s premier culinary arts institute, and travels to France each year to learn new segments of French cooking and absorb the evolving Parisian food culture and bring it to the city gastronomes, known for their discerning taste.”Our target was the family crowd and youngsters and we mostly have them. People also reserve it for parties and other occasions. We have had French travellers visiting us as well in the last two-and-a-half years that we have opened,” said Singhi.The savoury broccoli tarts and mushroom crepe prove a point -veggies are not boring.Singhi and her well-trained staff, who greet you with ‘Bonjour’, ensure that even if you order just a cup of coffee, you don’t leave without a bite. A cup of light cappuccino is accompanied with a Madeleine – a buttery sponge cake.For a city that houses iconic food establishments like the Flury’s, the Swiss confectionery and a clutch of modern boutique cafes, does Singhi feel the heat?”No, we are serving quintessential French food cooked in the professional way and hoping people get hooked to the classic French style of cooking and eating where one enjoys the experience with food,” added Singhi, who launched the Paris Cafe casual dining restaurant last year.Bon appetit!last_img read more

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