Gilas five needs pluck

November 30, 2019

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first_imgGilas Pilipinas players and coach Chot Reyes (right) pose for photographs on a makeshift stage outside Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut. Behind them are Filipino supporters as they celebrate their victory over Qatar, 80-74, in the Fiba Asia Cup on Sunday. Photo from Fiba.comA huge number of OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) celebrated with Gilas Pilipinas on Sunday night after the Filipinos topped Group B in the Fiba Asia Cup and advanced to the quarterfinals outright.But coach Chot Reyes was quick to remind his gung-ho wards that the way they played in a narrow 80-74 win over rugged Qatar won’t be enough to get the job done when they clash with either Japan or South Korea in the win-or-go home stage on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago View comments MOST READ Standhardinger is expected to play despite an aching shoulder on Wednesday, when the Filipinos battle the winner of the Korea-Japan match, which was being played at press time on Monday, according to a report by TV5’s Jutt Sulit.“No matter what, pain or no pain, I will play on Wednesday when it really counts,” said the 6-foot-8 Filipino-German, who sat out his first game in two tournaments with Gilas because of a severe stiff neck and sore shoulder.Standhardinger, who is averaging 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, said that the injury occurred after a rugged win over Iraq, when “somebody hit me in the back and I heard it pop.”The Koreans have a history of inflicting heart-rending defeats on the Filipinos and actually own a win the last time the two countries met, in the Jones Cup in Taipei, recently.In that game, the Philippines made just 1-of-26 from three-point distance in an 83-72 defeat that took the Filipinos out of the title hunt.ADVERTISEMENT “You all know that had we played Korea or Japan tonight, we would be headed home,” Reyes told his players after they blew a 17-point lead and had to withstand a furious finish by the Qataris behind guard Mansour Elhadary.“No way we’ll win like that,” Reyes was quoted in a story sent by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, which is providing details of Gilas games as no Philippine-based publication managed to beat Lebanon’s visa deadline on time.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 shutoutUsing speed yet again to win a third straight game and playing without big men Christian Standhardinger and June Mar Fajardo, Gilas took command early but then had a cold spell in the fourth quarter, allowing the Qataris to come dangerously close.Matthew Wright and Terrence Romeo quelled the last of the Iraqi uprisings with timely hits from the outside. Wright finished with 25 points built around seven triples, while Romeo made his only two field goals of the night inside the final three minutes. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Gilas didn’t shoot that bad against Qatar, but it had 17 turnovers and couldn’t play solid-enough defense as Elhadary got away with 23 points and almost won it by himself for his team in the endgame.PBA DraftMeanwhile, the Philippine Basketball Association is now accepting applications for the 2017 Rookie Draft, slated Oct. 29 at Robinsons Place Manila in Ermita.The Commissioner’s Office set the deadline for submission of applications and requirements for half-Filipino players on Sept. 1.Local-born aspirants have until Oct. 12 to apply.After a preliminary list of rookie hopefuls with foreign blood is released, there will be a month-long period to contest an applicant’s eligibility.Rickie Santos, deputy commissioner for basketball operations, said the Draft Combine— which serves as a test to determine the skill set and physical and abilities of the players— will be scheduled on Oct. 23 to 26, with the venues still to be finalized.The final list of candidates for the Rookie Draft will be known Oct. 27. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Flying V, Cignal eye PBA D-League title slots SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more


Bond grows stronger for tight-knit PH poomsae team

November 30, 2019

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first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC READ: PH men’s poomsae team bags back-to-back SEAG golds“These two guys are brothers, I’m like the adopted son,” said Reyes, referring to the Mella brothers.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 shutoutThey won their second straight SEA Games gold in the same event, although the winning tradition dated back from 2013 for the Mella, who played with a different teammate back then.Together they won bronze in 2014 World Championships in Mexico. 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Philippine men’s poomsae team after winning its second straight SEA Games gold medal. Marc Anthony Reyes/INQUIRERKUALA LUMPUR — They work out together. They train together. They win together.Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella and Rodolfo Reyes Jr. bonded very well as they moved seamless toward the Southeast Asian Games  taekwondo poomsae gold medal Saturday.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Watanabe outclasses foes on her way to SEA Games gold Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “We are very close because we bonded a lot during training and work out,” said Raphael, who is taking up computer science at La Salle.Reyes shed happy tears as he just came off a bronze medal finish in the individual event after a clean routine. Malaysia won the men’s individual event and Indonesia was seconds.“All our hard work paid off,” said Dustin.They will see action in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games next month.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


Mayweather on why McGregor landed more punches than Pacquiao: ‘I wasn’t counterpunching’

November 30, 2019

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first_imgE.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alyssa Valdez headed to Taipei to play for volley club ‘Attack Line’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose during a news conference after a super welterweight boxing match Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)It’s been over two weeks since Floyd Mayweather Jr. kept his unblemished record intact after turning back the UFC’s Conor McGregor in arguably the biggest boxing match this year.Although the 40-year-old future Hall of Famer cruised to victory en route to a 10-round TKO stoppage, boxing aficionados were amazed that McGregor, a boxing neophyte, managed to land a lot of punches against Mayweather’s seemingly impenetrable defense.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:37Protesters 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 Pacquiao commends McGregor, Mayweather As it turns out, the UFC Lightweight Champion fared better on hitting the evasive fighter than some of the biggest  names in boxing—including the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto.In a recent footage from FightHype.com and relayed by MMA Fighting, Mayweather downplayed McGregor’s high striking success rate and said it was a result of him wanting to give fans a show.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“That’s because I wasn’t counter-punching and boxing,” the recently retired fighter explained.“The reason why he probably landed a higher percentage or landed more shots than those guys was because I was coming straight ahead, I was barely moving, knocking his shots down a little bit and just breaking him down.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “Money” also bared that he played coy in the earlier rounds and went with an aggressive approach in the latter ones, as advised by his team.“That was the game plan, let him shoot everything,” he said. “I know he was gonna shoot shots from awkward positions, but the game plan was to dig into the body with good shots, hit him with left hooks, hit him with straight right hands and keep walking towards him, keep pressing him and pushing him back.”His scheme proved to be effective, as Mayweather got his first finish in six years, after last knocking out Victor Ortiz in 2011.“I could have just stayed on the outside, out-boxed him and counter-punched him, and probably still stop him down the stretch, but that’s not what I wanted to do,” the brash fighter said. “I wanted to press and push him.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


Man City striker Sergio Aguero breaks his rib in car crash

November 30, 2019

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first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LeBron misses second straight practice with ankle injury MOST READ Guardiola said Mendy would be out until the semifinals of the Champions League, which begin in April. The France defender has added a new dimension to City’s attacking play this season with his powerful runs and delivery from the left wing.City captain Vincent Kompany will also be absent, with Guardiola saying the defender hasn’t taken part in asingle training session over the last month.Aguero lost his status as first-choice striker at City last season following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus. However, he has been in good form this season, scoring seven goals in eight games in all competitions.He was selected in Argentina’s most recent squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador.City leads the Premier League on goal difference after six games, with Chelsea three points behind in third place. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero looks around the pitch during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk at Etihad stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero confirmed he broke a rib after being involved in a car accident in the Netherlands two days before his team’s biggest Premier League game of the season so far.“Hurts, but I’m fine, fully focused on recovery,” Aguero tweeted late Friday. “Thank you all!”ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight This image taken from video shows a car crashed up against a lamp post in Amsterdam, Thursday Sept. 28, 2017. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been injured in a road accident in the Netherlands, the English Premier League club said Friday. (KaWijKo Media via AP)Asked if he had given Aguero permission to be in Amsterdam, City manager Pep Guardiola said: “I’m not the police.”“I want the players to be happy,” Guardiola added. “They have to rest mentally and physically and they have to enjoy their lives. If he decides to go there, that’s OK with me.”On Thursday, Aguero posted a picture on Instagram of himself alongside Colombian singer Maluma, saying: “Thanks for the invitation!”Maluma was performing in Amsterdam on Thursday evening.The absence of Aguero for the Chelsea match is another blow for Guardiola, coming a day after City confirmed that left back Benjamin Mendy had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Aguero attended a concert in Amsterdam on Thursday evening and was on his way to the airport for a private flight back to Manchester when the taxi he was traveling in crashed into a lamp-post.The Argentina international spent the night in the hospital before returning to Manchester on Friday. He will not be available for the match against Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday and is expected to be out for up to a month.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 accident happened at 11 p.m. local time, on Aguero’s day off. City had scheduled its training session on Friday for 11 a.m.“The taxi I was riding made a wrong turn and crashed against a pole,” Aguero said on Twitter. “It was a very heavy slam but seatbelts prevented it from being worse.” Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


Can FEU, Arellano find answers during break?

November 30, 2019

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first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Chiefs, on the other hand, will be looking for remedies against NU star Jaja Santiago, who fired 24 hits to power the Lady Bulldogs to a convincing 25-17, 25-16, 25-23 win in their side of the semifinals of the season-ender of the league organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa and Asics.“We weren’t able to solve Jaja and the girls were a bit intimidated by her,” said Arellano U mentor Obet Javier. “But I always tell them that through practice, we should be able to handle her (Santiago) and get back into the series.”Victories by FEU and Arellano will force a pair of rubber matches on Monday.Meanwhile, unbeaten Ateneo sets out for a finals stint as it guns for a sweep of UST in the men’s semifinals.FEU, on the other hand, braces for a National U fightback in their Final Four duel.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next The Eagles thumped the Tigers, 25-19, 25-15, 25-21, while the Tams pulled off an escape over the Bulldogs, 25-22, 19-25, 19-25, 25-22, 16-14, last Wednesday. Chiefs stay in F4 hunt Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Arellano’s Andrea Marzan scores on a hit against UP’s Marian Buitre during their duel for the second semifinal slot in Group B of the PVL Collegiate Conference.Far Eastern U and Arellano have two days to find answers to the problems that hounded them in the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.Otherwise, they’re staring at a potential sweep that could forge a title showdown between National U and Adamson.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The Lady Tams are the ones in need of urgent answers after blowing a 2-1 set lead and dropping a 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-14, 15-8 decision to the Lady Falcons late Wednesday.FEU will be scrambling to figure out what happened in that fourth set as they hope to force a sudden-death in Game 2 of the best-of-three semifinal series Saturday.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 shutoutPlaying without top hitter Bernadeth Pons, FEU had Adamson stranded on the edge of a Game 1 defeat only to falter in the last two frames.FEU coach George Pascua is confident his players will redeem themselves in the next outing and pounce on the absence of injured Adamson ace Jema Galanza. View commentslast_img read more


Ayaay, Pirates look at NCAA Finals run as lesson learned

November 30, 2019

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first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Ayaay added they hoped they would learn from their first trip to the Finals as they look forward to Season 94.“The past two years for us were really a struggle,” said Ayaay of the Pirates who won a combined 10 games in Seasons 92 and 91. “I never expected that we would be in the Finals, maybe just the Final Four. I hope we would learn from this loss.”And the familial bonds Ayaay talked about came in full display when the Pirates huddled up in Topex Robinson’s final timeout with 22.5 seconds left.The Pirates gathered together as Robinson reminded them to be gracious in defeat and that they would congratulate San Beda for winning the title.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:27Filipino 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe 93rd season of the NCAA almost became the year Lyceum finally rose as one of collegiate basketball’s elite programs.After an 18-0 sweep of the eliminations, hype surrounded Lyceum but in the two games of the Finals the Pirates faltered against 21-time champion San Beda.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Bolick hopes to win one more championship with San Beda Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA All the ballyhoo came crashing to the depths of history when the Red Lions mauled the Pirates, 92-82, in the title-clincher Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Although the loss was a gut-wrencher, wingman MJ Ayaay said it wasn’t the end of the Pirates.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“This loss doesn’t mean that the whole world came crashing down on us,” said Ayaay in Filipino. “I told my teammates that whatever happens we’re brothers.”“Win the championship or not, we’re still a family, we’re still brothers.” LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


Chris Paul looks to get over playoff hump in Houston

November 28, 2019

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first_imgChris Paul smiles during news conference to introduce him as the newest member of the Houston Rockets Friday, July 14, 2017, in Houston. The nine-time All-Star was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers late last month. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — Chris Paul didn’t talk about his legacy, and never uttered the word “championship” on Friday when he was officially introduced as the newest member of the Houston Rockets.Still, Paul’s motivation for opting into the last year of his contract so the Los Angeles Clippers could orchestrate his trade to Houston was clear. He and the Rockets believe that adding him to a team headlined by James Harden gives both parties a much better shot to chase a title.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Paul had not one, but two comical responses to those worried about how they’ll share the ball. The first one came unprompted when he was asked what he and Harden have talked about since he joined the team.“There was a basketball in the room and we was fighting over it,” he said before cracking up.Later, he was specifically asked how he thinks the pairing will work out.“It’s definitely going to be an adjustment,” he said. “But I’m excited about it. I’m truly excited about it.”Then, after a short pause, he turned to D’Antoni and said: “That’s coach’s problem.”In a room that contained not only his wife and two children, but also numerous members of his extended family and several friends, he talked about how he has already been embraced by the team and said that he’s been with Trevor Ariza and Bobby Brown every day.And then he finally put aside the jokes and got down to the meat of his conversations with Harden.“We talked about the ultimate goal and that’s winning. Neither one of us have had the opportunity to do that,” Paul said. “We talked about how good that would feel, and that’s probably what I’m most excited about is to be on this journey with somebody else that wants it as bad as I do.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Not only has Paul never won a title in his 12-year career, he’s been widely criticized for his inability to advance past the second round of the playoffs. In the past when that fact was brought up, it would invariably elicit a prickly response from Paul.READ: NBA: Paul goes from Clippers to Rockets in blockbuster dealThat wasn’t the case on Friday when Paul smiled and joked throughout a news conference that preceded a party where thousands of fans including “Modern Family” star Rico Rodriguez welcomed him to the team.“Really? I didn’t know,” he deadpanned when his playoff shortcomings were broached by a reporter.Then he got serious.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m ultra-competitive,” he said. “There’s no reason in playing unless you’re playing to win … we have one goal here and it’s to win.”READ: NBA: Clippers stars Griffin, Paul opt for free agencyHouston coach Mike D’Antoni looked absolutely giddy, smiling broadly almost the entire time he sat next to Paul as the nine-time All-Star discussed joining the team.“You hate to play against him,” D’Antoni said. “But I’ve been on his side and I’ve been against him and it’s much better to be on his side. He brings a special type of competitiveness. He’ll be on my butt, too. We’ll all get better with him.”Paul, who said he once thought he’d never leave Los Angeles, feels rejuvenated since the trade and expressed his excitement at not only playing for the Rockets, but also all the work that he’ll have to put in before a game is ever played.READ: Ex-NBA exec denies having hand in botched 2011 Chris Paul trade“I haven’t been this excited about basketball in a while to tell you the truth,” Paul said.He’s been one of the top point guards in the NBA over the last decade, averaging 18.7 points, 9.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals over his career. His role could evolve a bit in Houston after Harden took over as the team’s point guard with great success in D’Antoni’s first year with the Rockets last season.How these two point guards will work together next season has been a major point of discussion since Paul was acquired for seven players, including Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams.READ: NBA: Thumb surgery to sideline Chris Paul six to eight weeks Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant El Nido residents told to vacate beach homescenter_img Undrafted Dylan Ennis drops 35 for Warriors in Vegas National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “It’s not just about me coming here to help him,” Paul said. “He’s going to help me. We’re going to help each other, and we’re going to help this team hopefully get to where we want to be at.”READ: NBA: Paul believes blockbuster trade will benefit both Rockets, ClippersFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Rockets haven’t won a championship since winning back-to-back titles in 1994-95, and knew they had to add another superstar to this team which was ousted by the Spurs in the second round last season to have any chance to get another one.“This is a moment that our whole organization has been working toward to get ourselves back to a championship,” general manager Daryl Morey said. “We really do think this is a historic pairing with Chris Paul and James Harden and the great players we have around them … that really gives us an unbelievable chance at getting back and getting our third championship.” FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 View commentslast_img read more


ICC hearing is a farce, says angry Qadir

November 28, 2019

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first_imgFormer Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir has called for the International Cricket Council to deal evenly with its member boards as he felt that the parent body was being biased towards PCB.The former chief selector was reacting to the announcement by Micheal Beloff who heads the ICC code of conduct commission that the provisional suspensions on Pakistani cricketers, Salman Butt, Muhammad Aamir and Muhammad Asif would remain until a full hearing by an independent tribunal.Butt and Aamir appeared before Beloff with their lawyers in Dubai on Saturday and Sunday for their appeals hearing which were rejected.Asif had earlier withdrawn his appeal against the suspensions imposed by the ICC. Qadir said he was surprised by the ICC tribunal decision to not allow the players to resume their cricket career.”It is total farce. If the ICC wasn’t interested in revoking the suspensions, why go through this farce at all?” he questioned.Qadir lashed out at the ICC for its double standards pointing out that Indian batsman, Suresh Raina was also suspected of having links with a woman who was working for a bookmaker during the tour to Sri Lanka.”The Sri Lankan board even sent a report to the Indians about it but nothing has been done so far and the matter was hushed up by the ICC and Raina continues to play,” Qadir said.”As things stand there is suspicion about Raina’s links with the woman and the same is the case with our players against whom nothing has been proven yet they remain suspended and the Indian batsman is free to play on,” the former leggie said.advertisement”I say bring Raina also into the dock,” he added. He lamented that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had failed completely in protecting its players and providing them support.”If the PCB had been pro-active from the start we would not have reached such a stage where we have lost the services of two of our best bowlers and our test captain and opener,” he said.The legal advisor of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Tafazzul Rizvi said the hearing was held under the ICC anti-corruption laws and the players could now only appeal when a full hearing was held by the ICC code of conduct commission.”This hearing was called by the ICC to give the players a chance to appeal against the suspensions on them. But the case of full spot fixing allegations would be dealt with when the full hearing is held,” he said.Rizvi said even if the players were found guilty at the full hearing of the ICC code of conduct commission they had the right to appeal with the court of arbitration for sports in Lausanne.He also made it clear that the PCB could not do anything in this issue as it was a full member of the ICC and had to adhere to its laws.”The players now have to continue to challenge this suspension and allegations independently through their lawyers, we can’t go against the ICC,” Rizvi said.Pakistan pace bowler, Mohammad Asif when contacted declined to comment on the hearing outcome insisting that only his lawyer was not authorized to speak on the matter.”I have said before we are preparing for the full hearing when it is held by the ICC,” he stated.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more


ICC reprimands Ponting fined for rage episode

November 28, 2019

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first_imgAustralia captain Ricky Ponting was on Wednesday fined 50 per cent of his match fee by the ICC for smashing an LCD TV during the Australia versus Zimbabwe match in Motera on Monday.The incident occurred shortly after Ponting was run out in the match when he caused some damage to a television set in the team dressing room. The damage occurred when he threw down a piece of equipment which bounced off his kit bag and hit the corner of the television.Ponting accepted the charge and the proposed sanction from ICC match referee Roshan Mahanama after an incident was brought to the ICC’s attention through the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Gujarat Cricket Association.  He was found to have breached clause 2.1.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match”.last_img read more


British press slam ‘shamed’ cricketers after Irish loss

November 28, 2019

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first_imgEngland cricketers came in for a slogging in the British press on Thursday after they slammed to a humiliating defeat against minnows Ireland in their World Cup match in Bangalore.England looked to be cruising in Wednesday’s Group B match after accumulating 327 in their innings and reducing Ireland to 111/5. At this point, odds of an Ireland win were as long as 400-1.However, all-rounder O’Brien , who had never reached fifty in his nine previous World Cup innings, blasted a scintillating century to turn the match on its head.BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew predicted England would find it hard to regroup after the breathtaking defeat. “England will be devastated by this result, (they) look like a team that will not go any further than the quarter-finals,” Agnew said. “We’ve had a week of superlatives in Bangalore – the greatest matches, the greatest centuries in England’s game against India, but clearly as a one-day innings Kevin O’Brien’s magnificent 113 from 63 balls is up there with the best of them.”The Telegraph’s editorial attempted to put the shock three-wicket defeat into context. “Over the years, England’s national sports teams have been on the wrong end of some infamous defeats,” it said. “Until yesterday, America’s 1-0 victory in the football World Cup of 1950 was probably the most notorious. But the extraordinary triumph of Ireland’s cricketers in their World Cup group match in Bangalore must rank alongside any sporting upset of yore.”Richard Hobson, writing in The Times, lauded the swashbuckling batsman’s unusual style. “With dyed pink hair, Kevin O’Brien looked more like the frontman in a punk rock band than a cricketer yesterday and there was a strong element of punk about the innings that has left England clinging to their World Cup place,” Hobson wrote.”Bold and brash, raw and uninhibited, it was the equivalent of a snarling, two-fingered salute to the mainstream,” he added. The Telegraph’s Simon Briggs highlighted O’Brien’s unorthodox journey from club cricketer for the Papplewick and Railway Union teams to World Cup matchwinner.”If it is a long way from Papplewick and Railway Union to the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, the shift from club cricket to the World Cup must be bigger still. But on the evidence of this insouciant innings, no one has told Kevin O’Brien, England’s demolition man,” Briggs added.The Guardian’s Kevin Mitchell echoed Agnew’s concerns.”Nobody in the aftermath on Wednesday seemed able to put a name to the malaise,” Mitchell said. “It was not tiredness… or was it a lack of diligence on the practice field, said those close to the action. However, through the prism of television at home, the image was clear enough in their body language.” -With agency inputsadvertisementlast_img read more