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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