Arellano zooms to 2-0 card WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “It’s been very difficult for us,” the rookie coach answered when asked why such a talent-laden squad is running in the middle of the 12-team pack and is still a win out of the playoffs despite improving to 5-3. “Every day has been different for us, something always comes up.“As a team, we are unstable because of a lot of things—Gilas, import situation, Gilas, injuries and then Gilas again,” he said. “But again, that’s a sacrifice we have to make. Hopefully, we can (eventually) get our stride.”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 shutoutRiding its superior local lineup, San Miguel Beer snapped a two-game losing streak after a 103-96 decision of Rain or Shine later in the night, improving to 4-3 overall and staying alive in the hunt for a top four berth.The Beermen got paltry numbers from outgoing import Terik Bridgeman—he was held to just four points—for the second straight game, but with four locals tossing in twin digits, San Miguel was able to put a halt to the Elasto Painters’ three-game winning streak. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:02From UAAP to PBA, Austria and Racela renew coaching battle in finals02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Rain or Shine dropped into a tie with the Beermen, who got 27 points from Chris Ross. MOST READ Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA IMAGESTNT KaTropa led from start to finish on Wednesday night and brought down one of the leaders in the PBA Governors’ Cup in sister team Meralco, 113-107, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.After that, coach Nash Racela was still talking about the instability of his crew, which, he stressed, has been the main reason the Texters have been on and off in the season-closing conference.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief
APHOUSTON — Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined on a three-hitter, Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis homered and the Houston Astros reached the World Series, blanking the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.Just four years removed from their third straight 100-loss season in 2013, the Astros shut down the Yankees for two straight games after dropping three in a row in the Bronx.ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Morton bounced back from a loss in Game 3 to allow two hits over five scoreless innings. Starter-turned-postseason reliever McCullers limited the Yankees to just one hit while fanning six over the next four.Combined, they throttled the Yankees one last time in Houston. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and their New York teammates totaled just three runs in the four road games.CC Sabathia entered the game 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts this season after a Yankees loss. But he struggled with command and was gone with one out in the fourth inning.Houston was up 2-0 in fifth when former Yankees star Brian McCann came through for the second straight game by hitting a two-run double after snapping an 0-for-20 skid with an ground-rule RBI double to give Houston its first run on Friday night.The Yankees, trying to reach the World Series for the first time since 2009, lost an elimination game for the first time this season after winning their first four in these playoffs. New York struggled on the road this postseason, with this loss dropping the team to 1-6.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Cavs’ Derrick Rose out with sprained ankle Next up for the Astros: Game 1 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Houston aces Dallas Keuchel and ALCS MVP Justin Verlander will have plenty of rest, too, before the matchup begins at Dodger Stadium.Houston has never won even a single World Series game. The only previous time the Astros made it this far, they were a National League team when they were swept by the Chicago White Sox in 2005.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 shutoutNow, manager A.J. Hinch’s club has a chance to win that elusive first title, while trying to boost a region still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.Houston improved to 6-0 at Minute Maid Park in these playoffs and became the fifth team in major league history to win a seven-game postseason series by winning all four of its home games. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending 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
CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Most basketball fans still have the sight of Gordon Hayward’s gruesome leg injury etched in their minds, but luckily the former Butler star is now on his long path to recovery.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next Hayward, in blog post, expresses thanks for support Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family00:50Trending 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MVP asks for support as Gilas wages war in 2019 World Cup qualifiers Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The freak incident took place during the 2017-2018 NBA season opening night, which just happened to be Hayward’s first game as a member of the Boston Celtics.In his first appearance to the media after the successful surgery, the 27-year-old forward wore his heart on his sleeve and detailed the incident in an emotional interview with TODAY’s Matt Lauer.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 shutoutAround the 3:35 mark of the clip, Hayward detailed his family’s reaction to the accident—particularly his parents—who were inside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland when it happened.“As a parent, you don’t want your child to go through that,” a teary-eyed Hayward said. “And as a parent myself, it’s like thinking I would rather take their pain. And this is where it makes me emotional because … I wouldn’t want (my daughters) Bernie or Charlie to go through that.”The one-time All-Star also recalled how heartbroken he was to see his mom in tears.“I remember seeing my mom, and she’s crying. Like that’s just tough. It’s tough to see your parents cry too, because then it makes you emotional.”Hayward is expected to miss the rest of the 2017-2018 NBA campaign, but has vowed to remain involved with the Celtics this season. /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
“If you believe in yourself, then anything can happen,” she said. “But of course semis is, ‘Wow.’”She’s the first Belgian since Kim Clijsters in 2012 to reach the semifinals in Australia, and knew she had plenty of support at home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Kim, thanks for watching, I knew you sent me a message before the match — don’t be too stressy,” said Mertens, who trains at Clijsters’ academy. “I’m trying to be in your footsteps this week.”The No. 37-ranked Mertens successfully defended her Hobart International title — she decided last year to target that title instead of entering Open qualifying — two weeks ago, and has now won five matches at Melbourne Park. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Harden’s 28 help Rockets rally for 99-90 win over Heat Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Svitolina framed an attempted overhead and hit it over the baseline to give Mertens match point, and the 22-year-old Belgian finished it with a backhand crosscourt winner to advance to her first major semifinal.Mertens was one of the biggest movers on the women’s tour in 2017 as she improved her year-end ranking from 120 to 35 and won her first career title.In the semis, she’ll play either second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki or Carla Suarez Navarro.In other quarterfinals, top-seeded Rafael Nadal was playing No. 6 Marin Cilic and No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov faced Kyle Edmund.In other news, No 32-seeded Mischa Zverev was fined $45,000 for a poor performance in his first-round match against Hyeon Chung, the largest penalty ever assessed to an individual during a major.Zverev was punished under a new rule implemented by the Grand Slam Board in the off-season intended to deter players with pre-existing injuries to start a tournament and retired from their first-round matches.Zverev was trailing Chung 2-6, 1-4 on the first day when he retired. His fine of $45,000 nearly equals his first-round prize money of 60,000 Australian dollars ($47,900).Zverev’s fine was the largest ever assessed to a player for an on-site Grand Slam offense. Other players have been fined larger amounts following a Grand Slam tournament, such as Serena Williams’ $82,500 fine in 2009 for her tirade at a U.S. Open line judge.Italian player Fabio Fognini was fined $96,000 last year after insulting a chair umpire at the U.S. Open, an amount that could be reduced to $48,000 if he doesn’t have any further offences over the next two years.The new rule came in response to a rash of first-round retirements at Wimbledon last year. View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Mertens dominated against Svitolina, who also entered her first quarterfinal in Australia on a nine-match winning roll after winning the Brisbane International two week ago.Svitolina had won their only previous tour-level match, but had no answers on Rod Laver Arena and later said hip trouble had been bothering her all year.“She played great from the beginning of the year,” Svitolina said. “But, you know, when I give her opportunities to play and to play a good level, then of course she’s going to play. She’s going to go for shots.“Now she’s in semifinal. Now she’s not just a player that’s up and down. She’s quite consistent, and we can see this.”Mertens raced out to a 5-2 in the first set before Svitolina got her only service break. The second set was no contest. Mertens won a 27-point rally while holding serve in the fourth game, then hit a backhand winner into the open corner to break Svitolina in the next game for a 5-0 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Belgium’s Elise Mertens celebrates after defeating Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — A year after opting out of qualifying for the Australian Open, Elise Mertens has reached the semifinals in her debut at the season-opening Grand Slam.Mertens upset fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-0 on Tuesday to extend her winning streak to 10 matches and be the first woman through to the semifinals at Melbourne Park.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Damian Lillard scored 19 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter and the Portland Trail Blazers won their 15th consecutive game over the Los Angeles Lakers, 108-103 on Monday night.Lillard scored 15 in a row for the Trail Blazers down the stretch, giving them a 104-103 with 1:08 remaining by knowing down 1 of 2 free throws.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games View comments Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES The Lakers led 80-73 after the third quarter, with Randle scoring nine points and Caldwell-Pope adding seven. Caldwell-Pope knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to put Los Angeles up by 12, the Lakers’ largest lead of the game. Delivering on the defensive end, the Lakers held Lillard and McCollum to a combined six points on 2-of-13 shooting. Portland was 5 of 23 from the field, shooting 21.7 percent in the quarter.The Trail Blazers opened up an 11-point lead in the first quarter after Ball was called for two personal fouls in the first 5:56. The short-handed Lakers responded by cutting the advantage down to three going into the second, where the trading of runs became more pronounced.McCollum had seven straight to start the quarter, helping Portland to a 17-8 scoring edge over the first 4:28 and opening up a 46-32 lead, only to see the Lakers answer with an 8-0 run that included consecutive 3s by Kuzma and Ball. The Trail Blazers were up 58-55 at the break, with McCollum scoring 14 of his 17 first-half points in the second quarter.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Lillard was 12 of 25 for the game, including 6 of 11 from 3.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus CJ McCollum had 22 points, and Jusuf Nurkic added 16 points and 16 rebounds.Julius Randle had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who had their five-game winning streak ended. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 points, and Lonzo Ball had 10 points, two rebounds and two assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLillard was 5 of 7 from the floor and 4 of 5 from 3-point range in the fourth quarter.Isaiah Thomas had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds but was stripped by Shabazz Napier, who then made two free throws. Thomas finished with 19 points. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Roger Federer dazzles in first career Bay Area appearance Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next Lakers: Six Lakers finished in double figures, including 14 points for Brook Lopez and 11 for Kyle Kuzma.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Host the New York Knicks on Tuesday.Lakers: Host the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.
1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Cignal took advantage of the extended garbage time and shared the wealth, with Byron Villarias wounding up with 17 markers, five rebounds, and two assists, Jeremy Bartolo nabbing 14 points, and Dan Sara chipping in 10.The huge win is a good workout for the Hawkeyes, as they brace for a Finals rematch against Racal on Tuesday.“This was our preparation for our game against Racal. Again, we need to win these games so that we’ll have a little buffer in order for us to achieve our goal of making the quarters,” said Fernandez.Ken Acibar was the lone Coffee Lover to notch double-digits with 10 points and four rebounds, while Val Acuña added nine for Gamboa (1-2).The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Read Next Pamboy Raymundo. PBA IMAGESCignal HD delivered Gamboa Coffee Mix a 67-point shellacking, 118-51, Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Pamboy Raymundo and Jason Perkins kickstarted the rout as the two teamed up for 13 of the Hawkeyes’ 27 first quarter points, before the rest of the squad picked up the slack and dominated the second quarter, 23-7, to grab a 50-24 halftime lead.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken It was all Cignal from there as it set a new PBA D-League record for the biggest winning margin at 67 courtesy of a Mark Bringas lay-up with 13.9 seconds remaining in the game.It shattered the previous record set by the Boyet Fernandez-mentored NLEX when it battered Zambales M-Builders by 64 points, 125-61, on January 30, 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“My reminder is simple: I wanted to see the discipline on our execution,” said Fernandez, as his side improved to a 4-2 slate.Raymundo finished with 17 points, Raymar Jose dazzled with 15 markers, seven rebounds, and two dimes in his 16 minutes on the floor, and Perkins poured nine points, 10 boards and four assists after missing the Hawkeyes’ last game against AMA Online Education. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 MOST READ View comments CIGNAL HD 118 – Raymundo 17, Villarias 17, Jose 15, Bartolo 14, Sara 10, Perkins 9, Bringas 9, Arboleda 6, Potts 6, Cahilig 6, Batino 4, Sumalinog 3, Arong 2, Atkins 0.GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 51 – Acibar 10, Acuña 9, Montuano 8, Dadjilul 5, Jumao-as 4, Vidal 3, Avenido 3, Padilla 2, Knuttel 2, David 2, Lacastesantos 2, Sarangay 1, Riva 0, Arellano 0.Quarters: 27-17, 50-24, 90-35, 118-51.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Summer of Hype: Mayweather, McGregor know how to sell a show LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage
The Philippines will test its sharpness against a lowly Hong Kong side on Wednesday in the hope of scoring an important victory in the Asian Seniors Women’s Volleyball Championships in Biñan City, Laguna.A victory by the all-star national team, led by fan favorites Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago and Mika Reyes, would already ensure the country a spot in the quarterfinals of the 14-nation meet.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It will also automatically qualify the Philippines for the first time in the Asian Volleyball Cup for women in Thailand next year.“This is a very important tournament for us and the Hong Kong game is the most important match,” said national head coach Francis Vicente, who led the national team in a 17-day training camp in Japan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe country, carried by Foton Pilipinas of the Philippine Superliga, demolished Hong Kong (25-20, 25-14, 25-14) during the Asian Club Championships last year—a game where the Philippines sparingly used imports. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ceres XI ready to wage battle vs Singaporean side for crown 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 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View comments
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Blackwater suits up new acquisition Allein Maliksi when it clashes with back-to-the-wall GlobalPort in the 4:30 p.m. game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “But that’s not our goal, it’s top four,” he said after getting 28 points and 10 rebounds from import Justin Brownlee at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay where the Kings picked up win No. 8 in 10 games. “It was just really important for us to get that eighth win.”Ginebra will play TNT KaTropa to close out its elimination round schedule, and a win in that Sept. 23 game would most likely give the Kings top ranking and the lightest first-round assignment in the playoffs.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 openingCone said the team was still smarting from a loss to San Miguel Beer a few nights ago.“We need to get better to reach their level,” he said. “We’re just not there yet.” Mondilla gets his redemption LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters PBA IMAGESBouncing back from a rare loss in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Barangay Ginebra on Saturday night notched a win to reclaim top ranking—which Tim Cone won’t mind losing again.“I don’t care about being No. 1, 2, 3 or 4,” Cone said after an 89-82 victory over Rain or Shine that sewed up a twice-to-beat advantage for the Kings. “[Being No. 1] just adds extra pressure on you. We want to win as many games as we can and if we end up No. 1, that’s great.ADVERTISEMENT Jake Cuenca, Gerald Anderson talk about training for triathlon PLAY LIST 00:52Jake Cuenca, Gerald Anderson talk about training for triathlon00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Grand Slam-seeking Beermen formalized entry into the playoffs earlier by squeaking past KIA Picanto, 118-112.June Mar Fajardo scored 41 points and had 17 rebounds, playing the entire second half and towing the Beermen to their sixth win in nine outings.Fajardo scored 20 of his total in the fourth period to send KIA to its 10th straight loss.Star and TNT KaTropa tangle in a crucial match Sunday at 6:45 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum where the Hotshots debut a third import in Iceland’s Kristofer Acox.The Texters will be gunning to improve a 6-3 card and stay well within top four contention, while the Hotshots, with a 5-3 record, will be shooting for a ticket to the next round.ADVERTISEMENT
A month after producing their best-ever show in the Commonwealth Games, India underlined its rising sporting prowess by bagging the biggest madal haul in the Asian Games which concluded in Guangzhou on Saturday.India, who finished sixth on Friday with 14 gold, 17 silver and 33 bronze for a record 64-medal haul, maintained that position after the end of Saturday’s events.China ended on top with 199 gold, 119 silver and 98 bronze (total 416), followed by South Korea (76-65-91) and Japan (48-74-94) at second and third respectively.India’s best medal haul in the Asian Games till date was recorded in the 1982 Games in New Delhi when they had won 13 gold, 19 silver and 25 bronze for an overall tally of 57.India had finished 10th in the last edition of the Games in Doha with a tally of 10-17-26.The sixth spot on the medal rostrum by India is the best it has attained since 1986 at Seoul, where the country ended fifth with a more modest haul of 5-9-23.But a quarter century ago there was no Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and the rest of the former Soviet bloc to make the competition as stiff as it was here. In fact, Kazakhstan finished higher than India at fifth in Guangzhou.The 14 gold India won in Guangzhou is the second best after the inaugural edition in 1951 in New Delhi where the country finished second with 15 gold, 16 silver and 20 bronze for a total medal haul of 51. The 1951 Games was though contested by just 11 countries whereas the 16th edition here had seen 45 nations competing.advertisementIndia had also been improving in their medal haul in the last five Asian Games, having won 22 medals (4-3-15) in 1994 Hiroshima, 35 (7-11-17) in 1998 Bangkok, 35 (10-12-13) in 2002 Busan and 53 (10-17-26) fours years ago in Doha.The record medal tally of 64 in the Asian Games came a month after India won 101 medals (39-26-36) to finish second ahead of the likes of England and Canada in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.Out of the 14 gold India won in Guangzhou, the highest number of five came from athletics and two each were won in boxing, kabbadi and tennis and one each from shooting, cue sports and rowing.Just like in many earlier editions of the Asian Games, athletics contributed the lions share in Indian’s number of gold medals in this addition also.AC Ashwini (400m hurdles and women’s 4×400 relay) and tennis star Somdev Devvarman (men’s singles and doubles) won two gold medals while Preeja Sreedharan bagged a gold and a silver — in women’s 10,000m and 5000m respectively.With inputs from PTI
England openers Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell are at crease against Sri Lanka in the fourth quarter-final match of the World Cup at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday. Live ScoreEarlier England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to bat.Teams: Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara(w/c), Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath England (Playing XI): Andrew Strauss(c), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Luke Wright, Matt Prior(w), Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Chris Tremlett
They were all promising athletes from lower middle class families in Gujarat, but had what seemed to be an insurmountable deficiency. Till a year ago, these talented girls of Kalyani Girls High School in Ahmedabad’s Maninagar area, coming from poor economic background, lived on an uneven diet which meant low,They were all promising athletes from lower middle class families in Gujarat, but had what seemed to be an insurmountable deficiency. Till a year ago, these talented girls of Kalyani Girls High School in Ahmedabad’s Maninagar area, coming from poor economic background, lived on an uneven diet which meant low HB (hemoglobin) levels and malnutrition.HEALTHIER:Students of Kalyani SchoolToday, not only are they eating healthy, but are proving their potential in sports, with some even winning laurels at the state level. Hansa Thakore, 17, an athlete and a 5,000-m champion of the Gujarat School Games in 2006, works as a maid with her mother to eke out a living.Madhavi Barot lives with her handicapped father, has already lost her mother and yet won two state level gold medals in 3,000-m race. The father of Jashmika Soni, 16, state champion in 400-m race, is a rickshaw puller and lives in a one-room house with his five-member family. “Their transformation has purely to do with the new fortified diet that they have been getting”, says coach Yogesh Modi, The state Government floated a scheme in 2005 of fortifying edible oil and flour with vitamins at production or packaging stage to tackle malnutrition.A total of 620 women in Ahmedabad’s Daskroi taluka were put on a fortified flour diet for three months last year after which their HB levels went up. Vanitaben Parmar’s is a representative case. Wife of a factory laborer, earning Rs 2,000 a month, her HB count has risen from 7 to almost 11. “I feel much more energetic”, she concedes as do many of her ilk.advertisementA survey conducted by Sanguine Management Consultants recently in several districts of Gujarat at the behest of the State Food and Civil Supplies Department (SFCSD), shows that nearly 80 per cent of the people, both rich and poor, are now consuming fortified edible oils and over 40 per cent are living on fortified flour. Says a jubilant S.K. Nanda, department secretary, who was instrumental in the implementation of the scheme, “there are some small hiccups, but soon we will be able to cover the entire population of Gujarat under the scheme. In edible oil, we are close to achieving it.”After charting this scheme, SFCSD began working with edible oil manufacturers, packagers and refinery owners and convinced them to add Vitamin-A to the oil at the production stage. Vitamin packs are supplied by four companies and the whole process costs just five paise per kilo.Mill preparing fortified flourIt was, however, not so easy in the case of iron and folic acid being mixed with flour. The cost for this, too, is five paise per kilo, but small chakki (grinding mill) owners are resisting it as they see it as an extra burden. Apart from this resistance, there is also a problem establishing a time-bound and elaborate supply chain of iron and folic acid packs to mill owners in the far-flung and remote corners of the state.The scheme, however, is a boon for the below-poverty-line (BPL) families for whom malnutrition is a part of their existence. The Government is as a rule, selling only fortified oil and flour from its fair price shops, making BPL families the fastest beneficiaries of the scheme. If only the Gujarat model could be replicated in the rest of the country, a major front will be opened against the demon of malnutrition.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council has decided against allowing unsold players to be picked up by the franchisees, sources said on Friday.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly.The decision, taken during the IPL governing council meeting on Friday, comes as a jolt to former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, who had headed Shah Rukh Khan’s team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for two seasons.Ganguly was among the three capped players who had remained unsold during the players’ auction held in Bangalore last month. VRV Singh and Wasim Jaffer were the other two players.Later, the Kochi team had expressed interest in picking up Ganguly. While the meeting was still underway, sources told Headlines Today that the governing council had turned down Kochi’s request to pick up unsold players after some franchisees raised objections.Sources said as many as three franchises — Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians and the Rajasthan Royals had objected to Kochi team’s move.
Deviating from convention, the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) has decided to convene the monsoon session of Parliament on August 1, to be concluded on September 8, triggering strong protests from the BJP and the Left parties.The Opposition alleged that the government was trying to run away from discussions. Usually, the month-long monsoon session begins around the third week of July.Apart from the Lokpal Bill, the government is also contemplating to bring the controversial women’s reservation Bill in the ensuing session in its bid to divide the Opposition and divert attention from the Lokpal Bill.Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has convened an allparty meeting on Wednesday to discuss the women’s quota Bill. Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan said the party wants the Bill cleared in the monsoon session itself.Refuting the BJP-CPM charge that the government had deliberately delayed the session, parliamentary affairs minister P.K. Bansal said there have been instances of the session being called in August.Some Congress leaders, trying to justify the delay in the monsoon session, said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may go in for a cabinet reshuffle in the first week of July and the new ministers would need time to familiarise themselves with their portfolios.However, the BJP and the CPM slammed the move.Describing the decision as “shocking”, the BJP – led by veteran leader L.K. Advani – requested the President to call an early session “because there are pressing issues that Parliament needs to discuss. Instead of heeding that advice, the government has postponed the session,” BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.advertisementThe convention is broken only in “extreme” situations, he said. “You alter the timings of Parliament sessions only when there is a war or natural calamity or elections. Of course, if there is an undeclared Emergency, the ruling party can do anything it likes,” he said sarcastically.CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechury said the government’s decision was “most regrettable and unfortunate”.He said, “The budget session was also curtailed. We have been demanding that Parliament should be in session at least 100 days a year. This is the lowest in parliament democracy anywhere in the world. But this government, instead of even holding session for 100 days, is curbing it further.”Congress sources, however, said there was no hidden agenda behind the decision.”In the wake of Gandhian Anna Hazare’s threat that he would resort to fasting again from August 15 if the Lokpal Bill is not passed by then, the government’s first priority is to bring the anti-graft legislation to Parliament,” the sources said, adding that the government needed time to prepare the Bill.The draft report may be ready by the end of this month and an all-party meeting will be called in the first week of July to discuss it.The ministries concerned would then work on the draft Bill, which has to be approved by the cabinet.This process itself would take about a month, a senior Congress leader said.At the same time, sources in the party said the government wanted to counter the threat of Anna Hazare beginning the August 15 fast.”Once the Bill is tabled in Parliament, the government has no more any role to play. It is up to the political parties then to discuss it threadbare and either pass it or send it to the standing committee,” the sources said.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
While the doping scandal is getting murkier day-by-day with the reports of involvement of players and sports officials coming out, former national swimming champion Reshma Millet on Tuesday said she has seen many athletes administering themselves performance enhancing drugs. Millet told Headlines Today that ahead of the 2002 Asian Games, she saw a group of power-lifters openly injecting each other steroids during a training camp in Delhi. “We were sharing a dormitory at Talkatora with other sports people, mainly power-lifters. One time I remember, I must be 16 or 17 years old, I saw five power-lifters injecting each other something. I was really terrified to see them,” Millet said. She added that the drug abuse was not limited to power-lifters, but she had seen many fellow swimmers also using banned drugs. “No one ever gets caught because… to give an instance… when we had Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad. Every competitor used to go for dope test. Just before the dope test a couple of people were missing. There was one fellow swimmer who was actually hiding in the bathroom. She was terrified to come out and take the dope test,” Millet said. Going a step further, she added that officials in several sports federations have been promoting substance abuse among athletes. She said the federations back such activities and also help players in masking them. Millet’s allegations have the potential to open a can of worms and cause deep embarrassment to sports bodies battling India’s biggest doping scandal. Earlier, star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal had also revealed that some Indian athletes had admitted to her about taking performance enhancing drugs.advertisement
India stamped their superiority yet again at the Middle Asia Qualifying tournament for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship as they slammed Bangladesh 120-26 to enter the final here on Thursday.India’s Jagdeep Singh scores on ThursdayNew coach Kenny Natt had reasons to be satisfied. Not only are his boys just a step away from qualifying for the September event in Hubei, China, but also youngsters like Amrit Pal Singh, Amjyot Singh shone bright in the match at the Thyagraj Stadium.Amrit Pal finished as the joint top-scorer along with Vishesh Bhriguvanshi scoring 18 points each. India’s defence was rock solid as they hardly let the Bangladeshi forwards make their chances count.In the title match India will face Sri Lanka, who the hosts defeated earlier, on Friday. Sri Lanka defeated Nepal 65-44 in the other semi-final.The hosts dominated right from the word go with Trideep Rai opening the account. Bangladesh had no answer for the fast counter attacks as India surged ahead by 27-8 at the end of the first quarter.Sambhaji Kadam was the fulcrum of India’s attacks. Though, he scored only two points, he ended up with 12 assists. His passes were duly converted by Bhriguvanshi and Amrit Pal.Bhriguvanshi’s scoring accuracy was at its peak as he converted four of the seven attempted three- pointers.Another senior, Jagdeep Singh entertained the spectators with his dunks and finished with 14 points.If the first quarter was any indication of what was to follow, in the second India cemented their position taking a 63-17 lead.advertisementEven young Satnam Singh, who is grabbing attention with his height, played a clean game and scored three baskets from five attempts. The 15-year-old used his reach well as he had four defensive rebounds.The third quarter continued with the same flow with India giving little space as they went up 86-25. The visitor’s Md. Mahmudul Hasan Shawan was able to break past India’s defence on a number of occasions but his teammates failed to support him.In the last quarter, India’s defence was at its best with Bangladesh being able to score just one point as India finished the match 120-26.After the match, Natt said he was satisfied with the way his young players came up. “The youngsters have performed to my expectation and they are being helped by the veteran players,” he said.”Here, the competition is less so as the level of challenge rises we will be able to ascertain how far we have progressed.” Yadwinder, a senior player, echoed Natt’s view. “We are taking this competition as practice as India is the strongest team in this region. We need to improve our game if we are to do well in the main event,” he said.Natt said he was going to employ the defensive techniques more. “From here on we would concentrate more on the defence. If we are able to consolidate that part the offensive moves will bear results automatically,” he said.
Flamboyant left-hander Yuvraj Singh, who has recovered from cancer, made a surprise comeback on Wednesday to India’s 30-member preliminary squad for the Twenty20 World Cup beginning in Sri Lanka September 18.The Man of the Series of the ODI World Cup in India was diagnosed with a rare germ cell cancer and underwent chemotherapy treatment at the Cancer Research Institute in Boston.Since then Yuvraj has made giant strides towards regaining full fitness by training at Bangalore’s National Cricket Academy.”I think a guy who has won the World Cup for us deserves to come back,” chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth had stated.Out of favour off-spinner Harbhajan Singh too makes a comeback to the side. Another surprise pick was medium-pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji, who last played an international match in 2009 against Sri Lanka.Balaji, who has not played any T20 for the national squad, was rewarded for his consistent performance for the Kolkata Knight Riders in fifth edition of the Indian Premier League.Mandeep Singh, former captain of the India under-19 team too received a call-up for his good showing for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Naman Ojha and Ambati Rayudu too have been included owing to their good performance this season in the IPL. Regulars like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli are all in the squad.Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, R. Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Mandeep Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Naman Ojha, Dinesh Karthik, Praveen Kumar, Lakshmipathy Balajiadvertisement
Tata Motors-owned British luxury and sportscar marquee Jaguar will soon launch two high end cars in India, the XJ Ultimate luxury saloon and the F-Type sportscar. According to reports, both the cars will be brought to India through completely built unit(CBU) route as has been the case with most Jaguars. “While the Jaguar XJ Ultimate luxury saloon is a super luxurious car that will take on the long wheelbase versions of the Mercedes Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series saloons, the F-Type is a brand new sportscar,” said the report on indiancarsbikes.in.The report further adds that the Jaguar XJ luxury saloon retains the current engine line up: a 5 Liter V8 and a 3 Liter V6 supercharged petrol engines along with a V6 turbo diesel engine. All these engines will be mated to an eight speed automatic gearbox with a start-stop system as standard. The 2013 Jaguar F-Type sportscar, inspired by the C-X16 concept will be unveiled later this year. The F-Type sportscar is expected to feature a three liter V6 petrol engine in two guises, a naturally aspirated version and a supercharged version, said the report. The naturally aspirated engine is expected to deliver about 275 Bhp while the supercharged version of the engine could put out about 375 Bhp.The 2013 Jaguar F-Type sportscar is likley to be available in both coupe as well as convertible form.
India’s Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa won their last group match against Shinta Mulia Sari and Lei Yao of Singapore on Tuesday but could not progress to the quarterfinals of women’s doubles badminton at the London Olympics. The Indian duo, who lost their opening match, beat the Singaporean girls 21-16, 21-15 in just 31 minutes.But the win wasn’t enough as Jawala and Ashwni, World Championship bronze medallists, finished third despite winning two matches like group toppers Yu Chin Chien and Wen Hsing Cheng of Chinese Tapiei and Japanese duo Reika Kakiiwa and Mizuki Fujii.The Chinese Taipei and the Japanese team went through to the quarters on the basis of better points.For the Indians, the first set was a tight affair with the Singapore team equalling them for half of the game. Jwala and Ashwini then pressed on the accelerator to take a eight point lead and finally close the game 21-16.In the second game, the Indians were quickly out of the blocks taking a 10-0 lead. Complacency on their part allowed the Singapore pair to make a comeback into the match. But it proved to be a little too late as the Indians held on to record a memorable win.Jwala partnered by V. Diju had earlier in the day lost third consecutive group match to be ousted from Olympics.Jwala-Diju lost their third and final group match 15-21, 15-21 in 27 minutes against World No.9 pair of Ha Jung Eun and Lee Yong Dae of South Korea to end fourth and last in Group D. The win came as a consolation for the South Koreans who are also out of the tournament.advertisement
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Andy Murray became the first British man to win a Grand Slam men’s singles title in 76 years after defeating Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in five gruelling sets in the US Open final.After losing four Grand Slam finals, the Scotsman at last won a major title by battling it out in blustery conditions at Arthur Ashe Stadium 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2, here at Flushing Meadows on Monday.It looked as if Murray had the measure of the windy conditions as he took the first two sets before Djokovic came back roaring to take the next two.The Briton quickly regained his equanimity in the deciding set and jumped into a 3-0 lead pulling on his reserve stamina by breaking the Serb’s serve twice. Then and there the Serb’s fight was over and the Briton raced to take the set and the match.Djokovic thus failed to become the first to defend the title at the US Open since the five straight wins by Federer (2004-2008), reports Xinhua.The last British male champion to win a Grand Slam title was Fred Perry, who claimed the US Open in 1936.Murray, 25, had an extra day’s rest than his opponent as Djokovic’s semifinal against David Ferrer was postponed to Sunday.The Serb had to play two matches in two days and that gave Murray the edge over the defending champion, especially in the fifth set.The defeat cost Djokovic heavy. Had he won he would have collected $2.9 million payout instead of the $1.45 million runner-up cheque as he would have pocketed $1 million bonus for leading the US Open series.Murray earned $1.9 million, bringing his career prize money to more than $23 million.Djokovic, 25, was the 2-5 favourite at the Las Vegas Hotel’s Super Book, translating to a 71 percent probability of a sixth major title. A successful $100 dollars bet on underdog Murray yielded a 210-dollar profit.The win also broke a stranglehold on major titles by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic, who combined to win 29 of the previous 30. Juan Martin Del Potro’s 2009 US Open victory was the lone exception.Murray’s breakthrough came in his 28th Grand Slam event and after losing four finals. He lost the 2011 Australian Open final to Djokovic and was beaten by Federer in three others — at the 2008 U.S. Open, in Australia in 2010 and this year at Wimbledon.There were four service breaks in the first eight games of the opening set as the players tried to adjust to the swirling 26 kph wind.Playing tentatively instead of going for winners, the two men exchanged 54 strokes on one point in the sixth game of the 87-minute set. The tie-breaker lasted 24 minutes.After Murray won the first-set tie-breaker on his sixth set point, he took a 4-0 lead in the second set by breaking Djokovic’s serve twice.Djokovic stormed back to win five of the next six games, only to have Murray break his serve again in the 12th game to win the set.Djokovic rallied to clinch the next two sets to stay alive and revive hopes of defending the title. But Murray repeated what he did in the second set by breaking the Serb’s first two service games, establishing a 3-0 lead.Though Djokovic broke one back in the fourth game, but could not hold off the sliding and was broken for the ninth time in the match in the seventh game to lose.With the win, Murray, who took the gold medal at the London Games in July, also became the first man to win both a gold medal and the US Open title since tennis returned to the Olympics in 1988.Murray called the three-set Olympic gold medal-winning victory against Federer “the biggest win of my life.”Now Murray has a Grand Slam as well, moving past Nadal to become the ATP World Tour’s third-ranked player.advertisement