Kasparov would appear to be motivated more by love of the game than anything else. Though the winner’s purse in St. Louis is a not-paltry $150,000, the grandmaster said he would donate any winnings to promote chess in Africa.Kasparov did in fact return to the game, though only in informal capacity, once before, in 2015. He played a friendly match against Nigel Short — 10 years after formally bowing out of professional competition.Kasparov did not appear to have lost a step: He crushed his British opponent, 8 to 1. CBB So there was considerable surprise when he agreed to play in the new Rapid and Blitz tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, which follows closely after the annual Sinquefield Cup competition, a major stop on the world tour, in the same city on the Mississippi River.Kasparov, who became the youngest world champion ever at age 22 in 1985, is now 54, more than a decade past the age when professional chess players typically retire.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 shutoutIndeed, in a Facebook posting early Sunday, he made clear that the Rapid and Blitz tournament represents “not an end to my retirement from chess, only a five-day hiatus.”He added, “I have no plans to play after this event.” LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The younger generation, which Ramirez sees emerging almost by the day, “certainly looks up to him,” he said. “His contribution to chess theory and our understanding of the game resonate still today.”But what are Kasparov’s realistic chances after so many years away from the grueling competition of professional chess?“Garry Kasparov has always had a fighting spirit second to none, and he is extremely competitive,” Ramirez said. “But he is still going to be facing very stiff competition,” including “some of the best of the best of the world.”The man himself sought to “manage expectations,” quipping in his Facebook post Sunday that “at the age of 54 I would have as much hope of returning to my chess form of age 40 as to my hairline of age 20!”The high-pressure, speed-chess format of the St. Louis tournament, where players are forced to make their moves far more rapidly than during normal competitions, could be tough on the graying Kasparov, as he takes on much younger players who specialize in that approach.“I expect him to be fighting for the top spots, but I would be surprised if he wins it all,” said Ramirez, 29, who became a grandmaster at age 15.His ‘incredible aura’But in a tournament that will include four of the world’s top 10 players, Kasparov is not expected to be a pushover, said Sylvain Ravot of France, who has a master rating.“His sense of the game, his passion for winning, his experience and his reflexes should all help him do well, perhaps even land in the top three, even if it will be much harder for him,” Ravot said in an interview, while emphasizing Kasparov’s “incredible aura.”Accustomed to being a step ahead of the field, the Russian “chose the venue well — more or less within his reach — for his comeback,” Ravot said, adding that the mere fact of Kasparov’s return might be more important than his actual performance.“It’s a bit like Pete Sampras making a comeback” to tennis, he said. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia PLAY LIST 02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NLEX zooms to 5th win Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses From Monday to Saturday, the Russian will put aside the business that has kept him busy in retirement — his vocal and determined opposition to President Vladimir Putin — to play against some of chess’s big guns, like fellow Russian Sergey Karjakin.The world’s current No. 1 player, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, will not be there, however.Still, the return to competition of the Azerbaijan-born Kasparov — a man once dubbed the “Beast of Baku,” whose epic clashes with Anatoli Karpov are part of chess legend — has had an explosive impact in the chess world, particularly in St. Louis.‘To see this dude play’“Everyone is talking about it,” American chess grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez told AFP. “People are flying from India and China to see this dude play.”Kasparov’s long and “unparalleled” dominance of the chess world made him “a cultural icon,” said Ramirez, a US Open champion who coaches the chess team at Saint Louis University.ADVERTISEMENT This file photo taken on September 07, 2011, shows Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, playing simultaneous chess games in Porto Alegre, during his visit to Brazil. The former World Chess Champion and one of the leaders of Russian political opposition owned the game for 15 years, gaining superstar status among fans before retiring and throwing himself into politics. But he just can’t seem to stay away from the chessboard. The 54-year-old former world champion is coming out of retirement on August 14, 2017 to play in an official tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, against nine top-notch players. AFP FILELOUIS, United States — In a move electrifying the world of chess, former world champion Garry Kasparov is coming out of a 12-year retirement — if only briefly — to take on a new generation of players who have long worshipped him as the closest thing to a “chess god.”Kasparov utterly dominated the sport from 1985 to 2000. Since his withdrawal from a tournament in Linares, Spain in March 2005, the Russian’s absence has left many chess fanatics feeling orphaned.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA READ: Standhardinger no-show at PBA Draft Combine“Hi guys, Everything is good! It is understood that I am officially under contract in Hong Kong, so I could not be at the PBA Draft Combine,” Standhardinger posted on his Twitter account.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“My agent has already informed PBA officials in advance. Looking forward to seeing you all at Draft Day!” he wrote.Standhardinger, who is projected to be this year’s top overall pick, is currently in Hong Kong practicing with the Long Lions. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next UAAP Starting 5: Week 7 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 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 Christian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comAfter skipping the Draft Combine on Monday, Christian Standhardinger assured that he will attend the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.The Fil-German big man shared that he had already notified the league of his absence in the mandatory combine weeks ahead due to his commitments with his ABL team Hong Kong.ADVERTISEMENT The draft will take place at Robinsons Place Manila. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments
Read Next Much like every team in the league, the Cavs are known to hit a wall at some point in the lengthy regular season. However, their apparent struggles seem to have come much earlier than usual.Lue also bemoaned the team’s poor transition defense, and attributed it to the lack of effort.“Teams just look faster than we do at every position,” Lue said. “They’re running fast, they’re spreading, they’re pushing the ball up the floor. It’s like we can’t keep up.”Meanwhile, it is worth noting that the Cavs’ lineup is far from a hundred percent, with key addition Isaiah Thomas expected to be out until the All-Star break with a hip injury.The team also added several new faces to its roster, which still needs some more time to coexist on the floor. Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue answers questions during a press conference introducing Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic at Cleveland Clinic Courts on Sept. 7, 2017, in Independence, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have dominated the NBA Eastern Conference since his return to “The Land” in 2014. But so far in seven games in the 2017-2018 NBA regular season, the perennial powerhouse has gotten off to an underwhelming start.After starting the season at a 3-1 win/loss mark, the Cavs dropped its last three games, punctuated by blowout losses to the New Orleans Pelicans and the New York Knicks.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Cousins’ triple-double powers Pelicans past CavsPrior to that, the team lost a close game against the Brooklyn Nets—another non-playoff team from last season.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 shutoutSpeaking to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin shortly after the loss to the Knicks, Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue made his displeasure known.“Tonight’s loss and the last couple are unacceptable, and the only way we’re going to be able to get out of it is to put the work in—as players, as coaches,” he said. “And we’re going to do that. … When you lose to teams the way we’ve been getting beat, it’s unacceptable.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES 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 RSA reminds Ginebra to stay humble after back-to-back PBA titles QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The game was billed as a matchup between the defending league MVP Westbrook and the early season front runner for the award Bucks superstar Antetokounmpo.But unlike Greece’s Antetokounmpo, Westbrook got plenty of help from his supporting cast Tuesday as Paul George scored a team-high 20 points and Carmelo Anthony chipped in with 17.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 shutoutJeremi Grant also finished with 17 for the Thunder, who shot 49 percent and improved to 4-3 on the season.“I thought we played a great game on offense in the first half,” Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said. “We really moved the ball well and we generated high-quality shots.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Milwaukee struggled to keep pace without him and fell behind by as many as 24 before going into halftime down 60-42.In Los Angeles, Julius Randle came off the bench to score 17 points and lead seven players in double figures as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the red-hot Detroit Pistons 113-93. Kyle Kuzma added 16 points, Larry Nance tallied 14 and 12 rebounds for the Lakers. Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris scored 18 points each for the Pistons, who dropped to 5-3 on the season. Lakers stop Pistons“I don’t think we are going to play that great every night but it shows that our team is capable of being a very good basketball team when we are playing together,” said Lakers coach Luke Walton.The Pistons were coming off back-to-back wins against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday and the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. The Clippers were the last unbeaten team before Detroit rallied from 13 points down in the third quarter to win 95-87.In Indianapolis, the Pacers also used a balanced scoring attack to crush the Sacramento Kings 101-83 as Lithuanian forward Domantas Sabonis delivered his third double-double of the season with 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.Bojan Bogdanovic, of Croatia, scored a team-high 17 points while American Thaddeus Young chipped in 15 for Indiana who improved to 4-3 on the season. View comments The 22-year-old Antetokounmpo led the Bucks but failed to reach the 30-point mark for just the second time this season.Antetokounmpo, who grew up in Athens and is of Nigerian descent, hit nine of 14 shots, including a pair of three-pointers. But Milwaukee shot just 42.1 percent overall as they lost their second game in the last three.“They just played better than us,” Antetokounmpo said. “They were more physical than us. We need to do a better job of being ready, especially against teams like OKC.” Oklahoma City wasted little time setting the tone, using a 16-0 run to jump out to a 20-8 first-quarter lead. Antetokounmpo drew his third foul just a minute into the second quarter and spent the next eight minutes on the bench.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Victor Oladipo, who led the Pacers in scoring each of the first six games, finished with 14 points on four-of-10 shooting. Cory Joseph added 13 points off the Indiana bench.Elsewhere, the Phoenix Suns blew an 18-point lead in the third quarter but made enough timely plays down the stretch to beat the Brooklyn Nets 122-114. Devin Booker scored 32 points for Phoenix, his second 30-point game of the season and the 22nd of his career. The Suns improved to 3-1 since Canadian Jay Triano took over as interim coach, replacing Earl Watson last week. MOST READ Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Giannis Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 28 points but reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook claimed bragging rights as the Oklahoma City Thunder thumped the Milwaukee Bucks 110-91 on Tuesday night.American Westbrook finished just shy of his fourth triple double of the season, scoring 12 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and collecting nine assists for the Thunder in front of a crowd of 18,700 at the Bradley Center arena.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WBC orders rematch of Yamanaka-Nery bout over drug test
Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed LATEST STORIES Australian Open: ‘Almost dead’ Halep joins Thiem in last 16 Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry celebrates at the final buzzer as the Raptors defeated the San Antonio Spurs 86-83 during an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kyle Lowry turned in his best game since returning from injury, turning it on in the fourth quarter to help his Toronto Raptors grind out another home win.Lowry scored nine of his 24 points in the final period, DeMar DeRozan added 21 and the Raptors beat San Antonio 86-83 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak against the Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT Toronto led 55-41 on DeRozan’s three-point play at 7:33 of the third but Aldridge did all the scoring in an 8-0 Spurs run that cut the gap to 63-60 heading to the fourth.TIP-INSSpurs: Aldridge has 19 double-doubles this season, one more than he had all of last season. … Kyle Anderson matched his career high with 11 rebounds.Raptors: G Fred VanVleet (right knee) missed his second straight game. … DeRozan had a team-leading six assists.HOME SWEET HOMEAfter playing nine of their past 11 games on the road, the Spurs will be at home for eight of their next nine, including six straight. “Going home doesn’t guarantee wins but it definitely gives us better mojo, better energy,” Aldridge said.UP NEXTSpurs: Host Indiana on Sunday. San Antonio has won three straight home meetings with the Pacers, but lost at Indiana earlier this season.Raptors: Visit Minnesota on Saturday. It’s Toronto’s final road game of the season against a Western Conference opponent. San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili missed his second straight game because of a sore right thigh. Ginobili returned to Texas after the Spurs won at Brooklyn on Wednesday.The Spurs shot 34 percent, making 31 of 91 attempts. Their season worst was a 33.7 percent showing in an Oct. 27 loss at Orlando.Toronto is 8-0 this season when holding opponents below 90 points.“It was a tough one, and we couldn’t score,” San Antonio guard Tony Parker said.Parker shot 1 for 9 against the Raptors while Aldridge finished 6 for 25 after missing nine of 11 attempts in the first half.“My shot just never felt good tonight,” Aldridge said.The Spurs trailed 70-69 after a 3-pointer by Bryn Forbes at 6:52 of the fourth, but DeRozan and Lowry connected on back-to-back possessions, giving Toronto a 74-69 lead with 5:11 remaining.After a jump shot by Mills, Toronto reeled off a 6-0 run including baskets by Lowry, Valanciunas and DeRozan to lead 80-71 with 2:40 left.Another 3-pointer by Forbes made it 86-83 with six seconds left. DeRozan was fouled but missed both free throws, giving San Antonio a chance to tie, but the Spurs couldn’t get a shot off in time.After making seven of 23 shots in the first quarter, the Raptors hit 11 of 20 attempts in the second, including a buzzer-beating jumper from DeRozan that gave Toronto a 44-37 lead at halftime. Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:29Police 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 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Lowry got the Raptors off to a quick start, making a 3-pointer on his first shot of the game.“Just being aggressive,” he said. “It’s that time of year when everyone is kind of hitting a little bit of a rut, a little bit of a lull. We’ve got to continue to get better and take the step on the journey to making us a better team.”LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Pau Gasol scored 15 points and Patty Mills had 13 as San Antonio lost for the fourth time in six road games. The Spurs are 11-15 away from home.It had been more than two years since Toronto last beat San Antonio. The Raptors won 97-94 at home on Dec. 9, 2015.“They’re a well-rounded group,” DeRozan said of the Spurs. “Everybody understands their roles and they play extremely hard.”ADVERTISEMENT Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 17-3 at home, the second-best home record in the NBA behind San Antonio’s mark of 19-2.Lowry made eight of 16 shots, going 4 of 9 from 3-point range, in his third game after missing three with a bruised tailbone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRaptors coach Dwane Casey said Lowry looked stronger than he had in his previous two outings.“I thought he had a lot of bounce,” Casey said. View comments
At 6-2, San Miguel is still ahead of the pack as it sits at joint first place with Magnolia and Alaska.Still, Austria knows that these last three games will be crucial if the Beermen wants to end up with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, starting in their game against the Aces next Saturday in Batangas.“The mindset is we should win in these last three games. We know what can happen and that’s why I’m putting an emphasis in our game against Alaska. That will be the most crucial point for us to get into the top two,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Austria acknowledged that part of his side’s demise was complacency, feeling that Blackwater will be easy pickings for the defending three-time all-Filipino champion.“Maybe we’re so complacent because we thought that Blackwater was easy to beat. But I keep on telling them that this is a very dangerous team. It’s our fault because we’re not able to do what we’re supposed to do. We should attribute this loss to overconfidence,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAustria was dismayed by his side’s 18 turnovers, which led to 32 turnover points for the Elite, something which he believes is the perfect encapsulation of the Beermen’s listless effort.“I told them that whatever game plan we have, whatever we achieved in the past, if we won’t put the effort, we can’t beat any team,” the three-time Coach of the Year said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ravena saves the day as NLEX downs Meralco AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCoach Leo Austria couldn’t help but regard San Miguel’s 96-106 defeat to Blackwater on Friday as “the worst loss” in his coaching career in the PBA.Coming in as heavy favorites, the Beermen were left in a pile of heap following a waxing hot performance from the the Elite, who went 13-of-25 from three to drop the upset axe.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:32Austria: Ginebra is playing like a ‘well-oiled machine’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 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments
READ: Myers to beef up Gilas in Jones CupCompeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 19 to 30, Ferrer, together with Ray Parks, are shooting for their third gold medal, which will allow them to tie Rommel Adducul for the second-most haul in men’s basketball.Tolomia, meanwhile, is playing on his first SEA Games after previously helping the Philippines claim gold in the 2016 SEABA Cup, while Cruz will be making his national team debut in an international competition.The three acknowledge the obvious disadvantage of trotting out a youthful squad, but the squad will be fighting for pride to extend the Philippines’ dominance in the regional tilt.READ: Seeing growth of hoops in the region, Parks knows Gilas has to be ready“There’s a pressure because we’re champions here. We can’t lose,” said Ferrer. “But although we have a young squad, we’re familiar with each other so adjustment won’t be an issue. We know how to play off one another and we all know how to win.”Tolomia added: “It’s going to be a tough competition for us because the other countries will be bringing in their best players. Though we know we could learn a lot from them, we also know that we’ll give nothing less but our best.”“It’s going to be coach Chot’s system which will help us get the wins,” said Cruz. “It doesn’t matter if we’re undersized and they’re bigger, it’s the system where we’ll lean on and we’ll do everything just to fight for our country.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen coach Chot Reyes announced his 12-man lineup for the 2017 Seaba Championship, he pointed out three names whom he felt were the toughest cuts .“If I had to choose 15, Kevin Ferrer, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Mike Tolomia would definitely be there,” he said then.ADVERTISEMENT “I didn’t lose hope. Coach Chot talked to us and said that he has plans for us. So when there’s an opportunity to play, we’ll play,” said the Ginebra rookie.READ: More woes hound Gilas PH Same is the case with the FEU duo of Tolomia and Cruz, as they look at this break as their chance to show what they have been doing in the Gilas practices.“It’s time for us to prove that we’re worthy of our spot in that lineup,” said the cat-quick Tolomia.The bruiser Cruz added: “It means a lot. After all the hard work I put, making this roster makes me more motivated to give my best for the team.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong But now, all three will have their chance to shine donning the national team colors as Ferrer, Cruz, and Tolomia were named to the Gilas Pilipinas squad seeing action in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.READ: Kobe Paras future of Gilas, says Reyes FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s an honor to be a part of this team and represent our country. We promise that we’ll give our best wherever we play,” said Ferrer.The lanky UST forward said that his faith never waned, believing when one door closes, another one opens. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Weighing game: Horn still over 7 pounds overweight for battle LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What ‘missteps’? View comments
The No. 4-ranked McIlroy missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month and hasn’t had a victory in an injury-hit 2017 so far.Jon Rahm, playing in the same group as McIlroy, shot 67 and was a stroke behind leader Daniel Im (67) midway through Day 2.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 British Open starts July 20 at Royal Birkdale. LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments 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 Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena #KicksStalker: Throwback to Jordan’s baseball days with J9 ‘Baseball Glove’ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Rory McIlroy hits his second shot on the 18th hole during the final round of play at the Travelers Championship golf tournament Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Cromwell, Conn. (Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant via AP)PORTSTEWART, Northern Ireland — Defending champion Rory McIlroy looks set to miss the cut at the Irish Open in a blow to his preparation for the British Open.McIlroy shot 1-over 73 Friday in his second round over the links at Portstewart and was 1 over for the tournament, which he is hosting to benefit his foundation. He was four shots off the predicted cut mark.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
Sonia Chanu (left) with the silver medal, Sandhya Rani (right) with the bronze and Augustina Nwaokolo with the gold in the women’s 48kg weighlifting event on Monday.Hosts India opened their medal account in Commonwealth Games weightlifting competition when Soniya Chanu bagged a silver medal and Sandhya Rani Devi clinched a bronze in the women’s 48 kg class at the Jawaharlal Nehru sports complex today.Later in the evening, in the men’s 56kg competition, Sukhen Dey clinched the silver while the bronze was bagged by Srinivas Rao. The gold medal was won by Malaysia.Dey’s total lift was 252 kg while Rao’s was 248. It took India’s tally of medals to four on the first day. The host nation is aiming to finish second behind Australia, who’ve already claimed four gold and two silver medals today.Chanu cleared 167 kg to stand second in the event behind Nigerian woman Augustina Nwaokolo who hoised 175 kg to win the contest. She also created a new Games record. Sandya Rani took the bronze with a total clearance of 165 kg.Chanu and Nwaokolo were tied with the same clearance of 94 kg in the snatch competition but the latter, who weighed marginally less than the Indian woman, settled the issue in the clean and jerk category by clearing 8 kgs more.India’s Srinivasa Rao clinches the bronze for the 56kg weighlifting category on Monday. Chanu, coach dissatisfied with performance Chanu said she was disappointed about not winning the gold medal.”I am sad I could not win the gold medal,” said Chanu, who had to settle for a silver medal. She said pressure had nothing to do with her below-expectation performance.advertisementCoach Harnam Singh wasn’t too pleased.”I am not at all happy as we were sure to win a gold medal. I want to say sorry to all Indians for our performance,” Singh said.The coach blamed the slip-ups of his weightlifters on “coordination issues” but said the country could still hope for two gold medals.”We expect 10-12 weightlifting medals of which two should be gold,” Singh said.Tennis makes debut, India off to a good startIndia put up a dominant show on the debut day of tennis at the Commonwealth Games as all three singles players recorded easy wins and star pair of Leander Paes and Sania Mirza also began their quest for gold by storming into the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles.Leander Paes and Sania Mirza accept cheers after beating St Lucia in the first round mixed doubles game. Top seeds Leander and Sania rounded of the day for India in splendid fashion as they trampled the poor St Lucia combination of Stacey Nykita Roheman and Alberton Richelieu 6-1 6-0 in just 39 minutes.Before that Rohan Bopanna, Rushmi Chakravarthi and Poojashree Venkatesh scored dominant victories in the singles against their weak opponents.The only blot on India’s otherwise perfect day was 3-6 6-3 3-6 defeat of Bopanna and Nirupama Sanjeev against the top seeded Australian pair of Paul Hanley and Anastasia Rodionova in the mixed doubles first round.Bopanna had opened India’s account with an effortless 6-1, 6-4 win over Uganda’s Rober Buyinza in the first round of the men’s singles while Chakravarthi demolished Lesotho’s Pinki Agnes Montlha 6-0, 6-1 in the women’singles.Young Poojashree Venkatesh booked a second round berth with a 6-0 6-0 annihilation of Lesotho’s Nthabiseng Eunicia Nqosa in just 40 minutes.Badminton: India trounce Kenya 5-0 Saina Nehwal beat Kenya’s Joseph Mercy Mwethya 21-11 21-4. Ace shuttlers Chetan Anand and Saina Nehwal led from the front as India took less than an hour to inflict a humiliating 5-0 defeat on Kenya in a lopsided match of the preliminary stage of Group D in the badminton mixed team event of the Commonwealth Games at Siri Fort here today.Chetan started the proceedings for India, streamrolling Victor Odera Munga 21-7 21-13 in 14 minutes in men’s singles, while Saina then swelled the lead to 2-0 with a thumping win over Joseph Mercy Mwethya 21-11 21-4 in the women’s singles in just 11 minutes.Indian men’s doubles pair of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas then zoomed past Victor Munga and Patrik Kibet 21-5 21-5 to hand the home team an easy win over the African outfit in 12 minutes.Women’s hockey: India held to a draw by ScotlandReigning silver medalist India had to split points after being held to a 1-1 draw by a lowly Scotland in their opening Pool A match of the women’s hockey event at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here today.advertisementThe Indians fought back from a 0-1 deficit through Jasjeet Kaur Handa (45th minute) after Scotland took the lead in the third minute from a Holly Gram field goal.Jasjeet Kaur Handa scores in the 45th minute. The Indian eves had a mixed day in office, displaying contrasting hockey in both halves. While the home team looked out of sorts in the opening period, they dominated proceedings after the breather.India looked clueless in the first half, sparkling only in patches, while the Scots were by far the better side on display as they combined well to put pressure on the opponent’s defence on numerous occasions.In front of a sparse crowd that gathered at the stadium here, India conceded a goal early in the opening half, and from there on, played the catch-up game in the rest of the half.Archery: India dominate Day 1The wind changed its course at the Yamuna Sports Complex in the eastern fringes of the capital, but that did not break India’s rhythm as the recurve archers adjusted to the condition to dominate the ranking round on the opening day of their event.However, the ride wasn’t so smooth for the compound archers as they had to fight it out against some of the best.Rahul Banerjee and Jayanta Talukdar occupied the top two positions after returning scores of 679 points and 676 after two rounds of 36 arrows over a distance of 70m.Cadet world champion Deepika Kumari pipped two-time Olympian and 2007 World Finals champion Dola Banerjee for the top spot in the women’s recurve.”Today, the wind direction was opposite (than in previous days). From the last few days, it was from left to right but today, it was from right to left. But we did well to adjust, I am really happy with the show,” Indian chief coach Limba Ram told PTI.Teen sensation Deepika, fresh from her World Cup final stint in Edinburgh, was in her elements as she scored 662 points. Veteran Dola shot 658, while Naomi Anne Folkard of England was third with 642.”I am feeling really good, its only the ranking round hopefully we will do well in the championship round as well,” Deepika told reporters.Indian archers pose before Monday’s competition.Indian swimmers’ best ever effort not good enoughIndian swimmers made a maiden entry into a final in the Commonwealth Games before ending up sixth on a day when the formidable Australia clinched three of the five gold medals on offer today.Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington of England had to settle for a bronze as the Aussies made merry with three gold and two silver medals at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Aquatics Complex.South Africa clinched a gold bronze apiece while Canada bagged one gold and two silver as three new Games records were set. England picked up two silver and one bronze while Wales scopped up and Scotland got a bronzeEarlier, riding on a fine effort by India’s biggest hope Virdhawal Khade, the Indian 4x100m freestyle relay team advanced to the final.advertisementThe Indian quartet of Khade, Anshul Kothari, Arjun Jayaprakash and Aaron D’Souza clocked 3:28.06s in the heats to qualify for the final with a sixth place finish.In the final, Khade swam a brilliant 49.87 in the final lap to help India clock 3:27.14 and better their qualifying timing.But poor support from the other three members, Arjun Jayaprakash (52.99), Anshul Kothari (52.64) and Aaron D’Souza (51.64), forced India to settle for an identical sixth place in the final.The strong Australian quartet of Kyle Richardson, Eaamon Sullivan, Tommaso D’Orsogna and James Magnussen bagged the gold with a meet record of 3:13.92. England (3:15.05) got the silver and South Africa (3:15.21) the bronze.Injuries hit Indian gymnastic squadInjured Indian gymnast Rohit Jaiswal being taken away on a stretcher after a mishap during the Artistic Gymnastics event of the Commonwealth Games at IG Stadium on Monday. Plagued by injury to two of their players, India finished sixth, even as Australia swelled their medal tally with a gold in the men’s artistic gymnastics at Indira Gandhi Stadium here today.Australia won the gold with 259.050 points in the men’s artistic team subdivision two competition on the Vault, while England, who led into the final rotation, finished with the silver medal with 256.750 points.Canada bagged the bronze with 248.500 points.Australia became the third country to win the men’s team event in gymnastics artistic.Canada (four times) and England (twice) were the only two CGAs to win this event in the history of the Games.The Australia men’s team that won the artistic gymnastics event on Monday. All 21 medals in this event have been now divided between Australia, Canada and England.Indian coach Vladimir Chertkov however appeared optimistic despite their sixth place finish.”This is not the end — we look forward. I have seen tremendous improvement in the performance of the team. We have (already) qualified for the (2010) World Championships. The main challenge for our team is landing. So we focus a lot on that.”
Karnatak-ka-Damad (son-in-law of Karnataka) was the sobriquet that today greeted Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, who is all set to tie the knot with 28-year Bangalorean Priyanka Alva later this month.”Today I was referred to as Karnatak-ka-damad, instead of the usual terms like actor or hero when I arrived,” said Vivek, who has already picked up some Kannada words like Yellarigu Namaskara (Namaste to all) and Swalpa Swalpa (little little).Vivek, 34, was in Karnataka to participate in an awards press meet and promote his film Rakth Charitra slated for an October 22 release.”I am excited about my marriage and nervous about my film,” said the would-be-bridegroom, who is also keeping his fingers crossed over the Ram Gopal Verma directed film and his marriage, both of which are to take place later this month.His fiancee, Priyanka Alva, daughter of danseuse Nandini Alva and JD(U) leader late Jeevaraj Alva, he says, “is also looking forward to the film.”Vivek says Priyanka loved his role in films like Company and Saathiya and after watching the rushes of his new film, hoped he (Vivek) would not get that angry with her in real life.Though the film has him playing a role inspired by slain Andhra leader Paritala Ravi, Vivek says personally he is a non-smoker and a non-violent person. “It is my profession and I have to play roles as my profession demands”, he said.”In real life I do not smoke and on screen I avoid it unless the character demands it. In this film too the character demanded it so I had to smoke on-screen,” he says.Rakta Charitra is a movie that runs in two parts, with the first slated for release on Oct 22 and the second scheduled for release three weeks later, said Vivek, sporting a thick moustache and Che Guevera T shirt.The film promotion in varous parts of the country, he said had left him very little time for marriage preparations. “My parents and my in-laws are looking after it,” he said, claiming ignorance over the whole issue, including the choice of his clothes for the day. The tight schedule has left no time for a honeymoon. “Right, now there are no plans,” he said adding that the couple would decide on it later.Talking about Priyanaka, a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Royal Holloway, University of London and who was trained in dance at Martha Graham School of Dance in New York and in Bharatanatyam, Kathak and classical music in India, he said his fiancee has been “very understanding” about his hectic schedule. “She is absolutely like a dream come true”, said the much-in-love hero whose earlier relationships including that with Aishwarya Rai turned sour after a brief time.”It is a marriage of minds”, says Vivek who had agreed to his parent’s choice when they brought up the issue. “She has a wonderful sense of humour”, he said while narrating how when he first met her and asked whether she was comfortable that he had 1500 children (referring to his NGO), her quick repartee was– are they from the same mother.On whether he nursed any political ambitions,given the fact he was marrying into a family with a political background, he said “I am not marrying into a political family, I am marrying into a humanitarian family… a family with strongs roots in culture and social work for generations. A family that lived Gandhian principles and not merely spoke about them”, he said.advertisement
Apart from being the spokesmodel for the beauty brand Estee Lauder for more than a decade and appearing on the cover of British Vogue magazine thrice, it is still the stories of the men in actress-model Elizabeth Hurley’s life that grab the headlines.From being the girlfriend of the then superstar Hugh Grant at the beginning of her career to her wedding to Indian textile heir Arun Nayar and finally her presence at the recent IPL game in support of current love interest Shane Warne, she is turning eyes once again.Spotted with the cricketer’s son on Tuesday in the stands of M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore, it was a sight enough to cool off rumours about their split.Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne’s personal life has always been the subject of scandals and controversies, just like Hurley’s.The cricketer, known for his flirtatious nature, had said his relationship with Hurley was a short-lived one. But her recent appearance at the match indicates otherwise.While it a well-known fact that opposites attract, it does not seem to apply on this couple. Expressing her excitement about being present to support her beau, Hurley has been actively tweeting her experiences on the social networking website Twitter with the last one being, “Pouring with rain in India? Some mistake, surely.”As much as we are left curious about what ‘mistake’ the actress is talking about, we can only hope for someone who has been in the news for her scandalous relationships as much as for her bumpy career, she has found her Mr Right, finally.advertisement
A Delhi court on Monday gave a go-ahead to prosecute sacked CWG Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi and 10 others for corruption, cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy for alleged irregularities in awarding of TSR system contract to a Swiss firm, which has also been summoned.Taking note of the CBI chargesheet filed against the seven-time MP Kalmadi, 67, and 10 others, including two companies, Special CBI judge Talwant Singh said that there is sufficient material against the accused to take cognisance of the chargesheet.”I have taken cognisance of the chargesheet, the statement of the witnesses and other documents filed along with it. I am of the view that there is sufficient material to take cognisance against all the accused persons,” the court said.The court also directed that Swiss firm – Swiss Timing – which was given the contract and is an accused in the case, to appear before it through its official and issued summons returnable by July 14.”Summons be issued to its (Swiss Timing) CEO by diplomatic channels through Ministry of External Affairs and also by email, fax and international registry, returnable by July 14,” the judge said after noting that the company has not joined the investigation despite notice being issued to it.It also directed that Kalmadi, CWG OC Director General (Procurement) Surjit Lal and Joint Director-General (Sports) A.S.V. Prasad, who are lodged in Tihar Jail, be produced in the court on Tuesday.- With inputs from PTI
In a decision that is set to rock the walls of Indian football, Punjab’s JCT club on Monday disbanded its team. The club management termed the lack of popularity of the game in the country behind the judgement.This comes a year after another top club, Mahindra United disbanded its team. JCT, a pioneer in promoting football in Northern India, was going through a poor form in recent times and was relegated from the first division of the I-League this season.”JCT Limited has taken a strategic decision to pull out for the time being till football in India shows some possibility of generating value for corporates and their brands, besides bringing up popularity of football among youngsters,” a club official said in a statement.JCT won the inaugural National Football League in the 1996-97 season. That was a golden period for the Phagwara based side as it won the Durand Cup, Federation Cup as well as the IFA shield.But recently the 40-year-old club’s performance has not been up to the mark.It’s only remarkable performance in the recent past was when it reached the final of the 2010 Durand Cup.The club management reiterated that the depleting visibility of India football was a major reason behind the decision. “JCT won the inaugural Football League in 1996, where there was high quality TV exposure and widespread public interest. But since then the League has had negligible exposure and the teams have almost gone unnoticed,” the club official said.India coach Armando Colaco too came hard on the low returns that football in the country offers to the club owners.advertisement”The club owners invest so much money but honestly speaking the return is zero. The big clubs like Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Dempo have sponsors but what about the small clubs?” Colaco, who is also the general secretary of Dempo SC, said.”They struggle to pile up the money to build a team. Add to this the rising prices of top footballers where a player is demanding more than Rs 2 crores.”A top AIFF official shared Colaco’s sentiment. “It is a very unfortunate incident, but unless the league is professionalised and telecast, owning clubs can never be a profitable venture. At the moment, clubs don’t get back even 10 per cent of what they invest,” he told MAIL TODAY, on condition of anonymity.”It is obvious that it becomes an issue for them in the longer run as they are also answerable to their shareholders. Once a more professional approach is taken, as suggested by new sponsors IMG-Reliance, I am sure thinks will look up.”While Indian businessmen are ready to invest in foreign clubs, they refuse to invest in Indian clubs as it is a fruitless investment.Unless teams get more visibility, it will be impossible to attract sponsors and fanbase and teams will go the JCT and Mahindra United way.” Parminder, who is the current coach of the team, was unaware of the decision.”I was travelling to Chandigarh when I came to know about the decision. I had no prior information about this. After I return to Phagwara I will talk to the club management about this,” he said.”I don’t think there was any financial constraint on the club.”
Athletes of African descent are back in focus at the middle and long distance events in the London Olympics and people are once again scratching their heads as to how they keep replicating these efforts.In this edition of the Olympics itself, there are some outstanding names which catch your attention as Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba became the first woman in history to retain the Olympic women’s 10,000 m race title.Add to it Somali-born British athlete Mo Farah, winning gold in the men’s 10,000 m, Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana finishing the cross-line in women’s marathon and Kenya’s Ezekiel Kemboi triumphing in the men’s 3000 m steeplechase, the list is huge.Scientists have attempted various studies to find out what is it about these athletes who come from poor countries where they do not get proper food to eat and still run the gruelling events so well.Someone like Michael Johnson says it is not a secret at all. “You can’t buy into the clichs about what makes an athlete successful. Certainly genealogy plays a part in it. It doesn’t mean that if you are of African descent that you are going to dominate sprints and those who aren’t won’t,” feels Johnson.Almost nine years ago, some Australian scientists had come up with a study that black sprinters have a gene called ACTN3 which is involved in fast muscle twitching.Their belief was this gene helps the muscles to run fast and was more common in Jamaicans and those of West African origin.If one flips through the annals of athletics history, the turning point for the Kenyans was the 1968 Mexico Olympics when Kenyan icon Kipchoge Keino, won a gold medal in 1,500 metres. He then went on to add a silver medal in the 5,000 metres race.advertisementFrom then till his day, the Kenyans have made news in the distance events around the globe. There has been intense speculation as well as research as to what makes them such strong runners.In economically rich countries, you will find that even the common man or woman keeps running to lose weight and fat.But if you look at the Kenyans, Ethiopians and the Somali athletes, they look almost emaciated. Yet, when you put them in a middle distance race or a half marathon or a full marathon, they just cruise along.There is no panting, no gasping for breath and their cardio systems seem designed for sheer running.It has also been researched that most of the Kenyan runners come from one small ethnic group — the Nandi sub-tribe.”Out of the last 25 Boston Marathons, Kenyans have won 19 of them. This year Wilson Kipsang won the London marathon, ensuring that out of the last nine London marathons, eight have been won by Kenyans,” said an official from the international athletics federation (IAAF).Several former Kenyan greats have always been enthused and from Kipkoech to Kipchoge Keino have said that the Kenyan success is a natural phenomenon.The Kenyan and Somali athletes have no distractions in life. Over here, running is something as natural as having to walk many kilometres in a hilly areas in India to fetch drinking water.Yes, these athletes are lean and with a low body fat percentage as studies have shown. But the catch is in their natural leg length, better calf muscles and training naturally at high altitude.If you take the case of the Indian middle distance runner, with KT Irfan now a hero after finishing 10th in the 10km walk, they have to set up a high altitude base in Ooty and train.However, for the Kenyan stars and someone like Mo Farah who comes from Somali land, running is a way of life.Unlike the economically rich countries, where children aspire to play football, tennis or other elite sport, they can only run.Running never paid but now it does. In fact, Mo Farah is called a “plastic” athlete as he changed passports.It’s a phenomenon which has been in existence for decades and that is why you will find Black athletes migrating to Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.They give up their nationalities and in return get a better quality of life.It is well known that given the political turmoil in Somalia, people are leaving the country. And with American universities hunting for talent and recruiting athletes for their universities, the exposure which these African athletes get is huge.In addition to the natural flair for running and having an athletic body, more competitions make them sharper.advertisementWhile countries like India have also started sending the middle distance athletes to Kenya for training in high altitude, the natural advantage which a Kenyan or an Ethiopian runner has cannot be discounted.One also cannot forget the advantage of running bare feet as these Africans do in hilly terrain. And that’s why runners like Wilson Kipketer changed nationality and ran with great distinction for Denmark.Similarly, Ethiopian-born 800m and 1500 m specialist Maryam Yusuf Jamal, originally named ZenebechTola, now represents Bahrain.As of now, none can stop the economically stronger nations from importing natural talent and making them “plastic athletes” for winning medals.Mo Farah also belongs to this category as he makes headlines daily in Britain and Somalis watch helplessly.
‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss In a case of tough luck, Alas suffered the same injury on the same knee just five games upon his long-awaited return.“I re-tore the ACL in my right knee at Ynares Antipolo. It was the exact same venue and the exact same side of the court where I suffered the same injury, less than a year ago,” Alas posted on his Instagram account Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I admit this is very depressing and frustrating because I worked my ass off for the past 10 months just to be healthy and to be at my peak shape. I even did all I could to prevent this from happening again,” he wrote. “This is a tough situation for me, but tough times don’t last. This will only make me more resilient and much stronger.”The 27-year-old Alas hurt his right knee in the Road Warriors’ win over the Meralco Bolts on Saturday. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Alas just couldn’t catch a break.Last year, Alas was on a steady rise to becoming one of the best guards in the PBA when he sustained his first ACL tear.This time, Alas was slowly regaining his old explosive self when he hurt his knee again.“I honestly don’t know the plans of God for me but I trust our Lord God Almighty that he is preparing me for something greater and bigger,” he said.The 6-foot Alas, who is averaging 8.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and a steal in five games this conference, doesn’t want to dwell on his latest setback and instead, he is already looking forward to his recovery no matter how grueling it’s going to be.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “The goal now is to move forward, recover, get healthy and attack my rehab again,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES James Harden churns out another 40-point game as Rockets beat Suns US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Kevin Alas had just come back from an ACL injury that sidelined him for 10 months and the NLEX guard vowed to overcome it again.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
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Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, left, drives against Los Angeles Clippers’ Ivica Zubac during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)NEW ORLEANS — In a game marked by milestones, it was Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers who had the most to celebrate.Lillard scored 24 points and became the second-leading scorer in franchise history as Portland defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 122-110 on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments “When they needed the big shots,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said, “Damian and C.J. made them.”Portland took an 87-82 lead at the end of the third quarter and pushed the lead to eight early in the fourth.Payton’s 3-pointer pulled the New Orleans within three points at 102-99 midway through the period, but McCollum, Lillard and Hood each made a 3-pointer as Portland took a 115-103 lead with 3:51 left.New Orleans took a 37-30 lead after one quarter, but cooled off in the second. The Pelicans scored just 20 second-quarter points as the Blazers closed within a point at 57-56 at halftime.TIP-INSBlazers: The Blazers clinched a winning season and improved to .500 on the road (17-17). … Portland, which was swept by New Orleans in a first-round playoff series last season, completed a three-game sweep of the regular-season series. … Hood made his first start since being acquired in trade with Cleveland on Feb. 4, filling in for injured Maurice Harkless.Pelicans: G Jrue Holiday (abdominal strain) and F E’Twaun Moore (quad contusion) each missed their fourth consecutive games and coach Alvin Gentry said it’s unlikely either will return this season. … Randle set his career high for points in a quarter when he scored 21 in the first period.DAVIS WELL RESTEDPelicans All-Star F Anthony Davis did not play Friday and the official reason for his absence was “rest.” New Orleans has been restricting Davis’ minutes and holding him out of one game of each set of back-to-back games since he requested a trade in late January. He’s expected to play against Phoenix on Saturday.UP NEXT Lillard passed LaMarcus Aldridge (12,562) on the team’s list, giving him 12,584 and leaving only Clyde Drexler ahead of him with 18,040.“To move up the list with such a great organization, so many great players that came before me and to move up again is an honor,” Lillard said. “One more person to go.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsC.J. McCollum added 23 points, and Enes Kanter and Rodney Hood each had 17 points for the Trail Blazers, who improved to 8-3 since the All-Star break. Zach Collins scored 12 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 11 points and 12 rebounds as Portland handed New Orleans its fifth consecutive loss despite impressive performances by a couple of Pelicans.“Zach came off the bench and did a great job defensively,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “Rodney made some big plays down at the end that were important.” LATEST STORIES UAAP volleyball: Lady Eagles thump Lady Bulldogs, end 1st round at no. 1 Google Philippines names new country director Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Blazers: visits San Antonio on Saturday.Pelicans: hosts Phoenix on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss New Orleans’ Julius Randle had a career-high 45 points and 11 rebounds, falling four assists short of a triple-double. Elfrid Payton had his third consecutive triple-double, finishing with 14 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 16 assists.Payton has played in just 31 games in his first season with the Pelicans because of a multiple injuries“I think I have a good feel for where my teammates like the ball for the most part,” Payton said. “It’s just so unfortunate that I’ve missed so many games this year, so I’m just trying to finish strong.”Frank Jackson added 16 points and Jahlil Okafor had 10 for the Pelicans, who made just 12 of 25 free throws.The Pelicans led by one point at halftime, but Lillard and McCollum led the way as the Blazers had a 66-point second half.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other
“I’m just making sure everybody gets their playing time,” said Alas. The piece of paper represented a tangible reminder that Alas was here as a first-time all-star coach.Without it, his focus would have wandered to far more important business.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s hard to focus and get really excited when the playoffs are just around the corner,” said Alas, whose Fuel Masters are the No. 1 seed in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup.The All-Star weekend has given Alas the chance to relax here, but every time he starts relishing the opportunity of coaching some of the biggest names in the league, reality pulls him back. Google Philippines names new country director Specifically, the scrapfest for survival shaping up at the bottom of the playoff field.Any of four teams—Alaska, NLEX, Magnolia or NorthPort could wind up being Phoenix’s quarterfinal foe.“Of those teams, we beat three by just a single possession,” Alas said. “That’s why as much as I’m so happy and thrilled to be an All-Star coach, my mind keeps drifting to the playoffs.”Phoenix defeated NorthPort, 98-96, on a game it could have easily lost but for an offensive foul slapped on Sean Anthony of the Batang Pier that nullified a tie-breaking triple with the game knotted at 96.The Fuel Masters rallied to beat Magnolia, 89-87 on a clutch triple by Jason Perkins. And they held off the NLEX Road Warriors, 83-82, when Calvin Abueva swatted Bong Galanza’s potential game-turning shot.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES CALASIAO, PANGASINAN—Phoenix Pulse coach Louie Alas studied the sheet of paper on which he had scribbled how he planned to divvy up the minutes for his North All-Stars.ADVERTISEMENT “That’s why I keep stressing how important possessions are,” Alas said.The only comfortable win among the teams battling it out for position and survival was against Alaska, 94-80.“But that’s Alaska and you know Alaska is too good a team to beat twice like that,” said Alas.So serious was Alas about the playoffs that he brought the Fuel Masters here so they could schedule practices amidst the festivities of the All-Star weekend.“But they are really just general preparations. Until we know our opponent, we cannot fully prepare for the playoffs,” said Alas.“It’s difficult right now for us and it really doesn’t matter who we will end up facing. Whichever team it is, the only edge we have is that we own the twice-to-beat advantage,” he added.The Fuel Masters finished the elimination round on top of the standings with nine wins in 11 outings and will only need to win once to advance to the semifinals. Their opponents, on the other hand, will need to beat them twice in a row to advance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ONE: Mei Yamaguchi scores impressive submission in Japan homecoming Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss